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…
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.”
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?
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?
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.”
In order to stop Lord Patten hiding behind legal threats yesterday, Guido did not publish part of the Pollard tape that the Chairman of the BBC Trust claimed was libellous and had used to threaten Tory MP Rob Wilson. It was separate to Pollard admitting that he made mistakes and that his report was flawed.
With no excuse, the plan worked and the BBC Trust were forced to comment just ten months after the flaws in the Pollard Review were first highlighted. The allegation that Mark Thompson ‘lied’ was run by the Telegraph this morning and will make for interesting reading in New York over breakfast.
The fact that evidence that from Helen Boaden, in direct contrast to Thompson’s, was not in included in the final Pollard Review allowed the former BBC boss to take up his job as the Chief Executive of the New York Times. He had supposedly been fully cleared and vindicated. Just two months later, the man who had cleared him was agreeing with journalists that Thompson was a liar:
Journalist: I also think it’s a fascinating insight that the instinct of Thompson according to Boaden’s version which you’ve just told me was to lie about this. That tells you a lot about the man.
Nick Pollard: Yes. Well…yeah…
Journalist: I was always told you don’t lie.
Nick Pollard: I think that’s right. There’s no doubt he painted himself into a corner.
Grey faces at the Grey Lady today.
Paxman described Guido publishing the Pollard tape yesterday as “like stepping in dog poo on your way to Buckingham Palace” on Newsnight. He was damning of the BBC whitewash of the tape, noting that on the day they published their corporate governance report vowing greater accountability and transparency, “it doesn’t show transparency that’s for sure“.
Lord Patten read about the failings in the Pollard Review in February. Rob Wilson told him explicitly about them in August. Patten told Parliament there was nothing wrong in October. He was played the tape in November and now finally, halfway through December, he tries to instigate another whitewash. Why?
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Lord Glasman tells it like it is:
“The first thing is to acknowledge that Labour has been captured by a kind of aggressive public sector morality which is concerned with the individual and the collective but doesn’t understand relationships.”
Owen Jones says:
We also need Zil lanes.