Monday, February 3, 2014

One Question PAC Should Ask Mark Thompson

For the third time in 15 months Mark Thompson is back home answering questions about a BBC scandal, up in front of the Public Accounts Committee today. Guido has one question they should ask him.

Below is a letter sent by law firm Mills & Reeve on behalf of Thompson and BBC exec Helen Boaden to the Sunday Times’ lawyers on the 6th September 2012. In it, Thompson and Boaden threaten to sue the Sunday Times if it publishes a story by freelance hack Miles Goslett detailing their knowledge of the Savile scandal. Thompson has always claimed he knew nothing of the sex abuse rumours about Jimmy Savile until after he quit as BBC chief, on the 16th September 2012.

How can Thompson have denied knowing about allegations which his own lawyer was threatening to sue a newspaper over? Perhaps the PAC should try to find out…

Friday, January 31, 2014

WATCH: Daily Politics on Hayek

“Our faith in freedom does not rest on the foreseeable results in particular circumstances but on the belief that it will, on balance, release more forces for the good than for the bad.” 

Worth a watch.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

WATCH: Farage Gets Brillo’d

Andrew Neil gives Farage a bit of a bashing over his knowledge of some of UKIP’s more colourful policies, at least according to their website:

To be fair, who can argue with the traditional train colours stuff…

Via @liarpoliticians

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My Name’s Norman, Paddy

BBC Balls Belly Bias

Now where had Guido seen the photo that the official BBC News Twitter account just used to illustrate a story about weight loss before?

Ah yes, that’s the one:

Now that’s just uncalled for…

UPDATE: Balls’ spokesman says: “I think he may be “too busy training for his third Marathon” to complain about that one.”

Monday, January 20, 2014

See the BBC Noticeboard Mocking Tory Cock-Ups

The Sunday Telegraph had an amusing little story revealing the BBC office noticeboard covered with some classic news stories taking the mick out of Tory MPs. Well here it is in all its politically impartial glory:

The Mirror’s James Lyons is delighted that his photo of a tired and emotional Tim Loughton wading into the Indian Ocean is still enjoyed by staff at the Beeb, who were clearly also fans of ‘Gun Nut Tory Tried to Shoot Cat’. Which, to be fair, are both pretty funny. No doubt they’ve got a noticeboard devoted to laughing at Labour MPs the other side of the office. Right?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Nick Robinson Brings Fat Bottomed Girls Onto Daily Politics

Friday, January 10, 2014

WATCH: Daily Politics Week in 60 Seconds

Via Daily Politics.

One Foot in the Grave Waste of Space

BBC staff have been complaining at the lack of space to work at the new Broadcasting House. Seems a billion pounds does buy you some spacious loo facilities though:

Also, why does the woman only have one leg?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Culture, Media & Sport Committee MP: Patten Must Quit
Second Member Slams ‘Contemptuous’ and ‘Lofty’ Lord
Third Member: “Time He Gave Some Answers”

After waiting ten months to admit that it would be ‘preferable’ for a different version of the Pollard Review into the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal to have been published, the Chairman of the BBC Trust is now facing calls to resign. Philip Davies, an MP on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has called on Patten to walk:

“The last shred of credibility that Lord Patten had as Chairman of the BBC Trust has now gone and I think he should go.”

Another member of the committee, Conor Burns, who questioned Patten on this in October, adds:

“The Pollard report and the appointment of Tony Hall as Director General of the BBC was meant to allow the BBC to draw a line under a discreditable period in the BBC’s recent history. Yet myself and others on the Culture Select committee have repeatedly pressed Lord Patten and Tony Hall on the matter of Helen Boaden’s submissions to Polland and why they were excluded from the report. My questions were treated at best with lofty disdain and at worst as if I were just an irritant. The stone walling has now resulted in a completely avoidable questioning of trust in the BBC Trust and their handling of this matter. It may be excusable if there were not repeated warnings from MPs that the BBC could not move on until all information was fully in the public domain. The Trust and the Director General now have very serious questions to answer – not least why did they not answer questions to a Parliamentary committee when they clearly had the information to do so. It is not my role to call for resignations but it is to demand answers to questions that were posed and contemptuously ignored. I hope the Culture Committee will afford Lord Patten an opportunity to answer them very quickly before this episode yet again engulfs the BBC in yet another avoidable crisis of trust.”

The BBC say they are “not getting into numbers” over the amount of media requests that Patten has turned down in the last 24 hours, but it seems he will not be able to run away from scrutiny for long…

UPDATE: Another CMS committee MP, Angie Bray, who was Patten’s PA when he was Tory chairman and questioned Patten on this in April, calls for him to explain himself to parliament:

“I challenged Chris Patten on this issue at the select committee hearing on 25 April and he was very, very adamant then that there was nothing more to be said about it. I felt dissatisfied with the response I got then and it now seems at last that the BBC has woken up to it. It’s time that Chris Patten gave some answers. I think it would be right for Chris Patten to come and answer questions in front of our committee. I was always dissatisfied with the answers I got from Chris Patten back in April. I thought he gave very evasive answers in April. We need to get to the bottom of this and the best way of doing that is for Chris Patten to come and speak to our committee.”


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Sarkozy Tried it on With Hollande’s Ex | Times
Another Spare Room Subsidy Cut Success | Harry Phibbs
Rich Now Have Less Leisure Than Poor | Economist
UKIP’s Immigration Policy Promotes Migrant Entrepreneurs | Breitbart
Another Feminist Lecture | Laura Perrins
UKIP Posters Bad Economics But Good Politics | James Delingpole
Tories Losing to UKIP in Scotland | ConHome


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A confused Nick Griffin says Nigel Farage is a shill for the City, forgetting that City banks want to stay in the EU:

“Farage is a snake oil salesman, but a very good one. His supposed anti-immigration stance is all smoke and mirrors, as is his carefully cultivated image as a ‘man of the people’. The truth is that UKIP is a pro-immigration party that exists to lobby for the interests of the City of London.”



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It’s money innit.


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