Sweary time travel…
Newsnight have been caught red-handed using a private firm to try stir up outrage toward’s the government’s, legal, tweaking of Housing Benefit changes. The bizarre email below was sent by Support Solutions, who boast that they have “carved a niche as a provider of revenue optimisation, strategic positioning and learning & development services.” The font sizes alone are baffling:
After a day of mourning on the airwaves after the legal challenge against the spare room subsidy cut was quashed, it would appear from this that the Beeb are struggling to find enough “victims”. So they’ve called in the private sector…
Bad news for the Department for Education this morning, or so the BBC would have you believe. Apparently a “university think tank” says that “the system of planning teacher training in England has broken down and risks a future shortage of teachers”. Doesn’t sound good, eh?
What the BBC doesn’t tell its readers is that the think tank in question, Million+, is quite obviously a Labour front. No mention that Pam Tatlow, quoted a length in the Beeb piece, ran as a Labour parliamentary candidate at the last election. No mention that their chairman, Michael Gunn, is a Labour luvvie who spoke at their conference last year. Nor that interim Head of Public Affairs is pally with the Fabian Society. And certainly not that the woman he is covering for, Victoria Mills, is a Labour councillor in Southwark and a National Officer for Unison. This is the top story on the education section of the BBC website. It is a classic sockpuppet…
We are forever hearing that Auntie Beeb is one of the institutions cherished most by the British public, admittedly usually from the BBC itself. Now a YouGov poll has found this to be a myth. 36% think BBC programmes have got worse over the last ten years, just 23% see an improvement. 48% say the licence fee offers bad value for money, 72% slam them for paying executives too much and 70% say TV and radio presenters are paid too highly as well. Perhaps most worryingly for Lords Hall and Patten as they face the Public Accounts Committee this afternoon? 69% want a police investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing in BBC severance pay…
He has tweeted that he’s okay…
Tory MP Rob Wilson tells the Telegraph:
“I have therefore written to the National Audit Office today asking whether it has further information it can share about the process by which pay-offs were made and whether any element of fraud or other criminal wrongdoing associated. Based on the reply I receive, I will consider whether there are grounds to refer this matter to the Police.”
That might get Mark Thompson back from New York…
150 top-ranking staff were given the huge severance payments over the last three years. George Entwistle pocketed £470,000, as well as £107,000 for costs for appearing as a witness at the Pollard Review. The other big winner was Chief Operating Officer Caroline Thompson, who trousered £683,000. In one in four cases the Beeb paid out more than they were entitled to…
Appearances on BBC Question Time since the General Election.
Via Martin Robbins
There is a by-election in the Welsh Assembly for the Anglesey constituency and the Welsh nationalists have got themselves into a right tizz. Rhun ap Iorwerth, one of BBC Wales’ most prominent faces, has announced he is standing down from broadcasting to seek the nomination. Local sources suggest that he is not even a member so Plaid Cymru are having to bend the rules. The local party and other local candidates are said to be furious about it. The BBC are saying this afternoon that as soon as Rhun ap Iorweth was linked to the seat then he was immediately removed from the airwaves. That’s not quite what happened…
The Beeb man’s planned candidacy was well known in Welsh media circles since mid last week and other hacks were tweeting about it. The less-subtle hints have subsequently been deleted, but what is clear is the BBC claim today that Rhun ap Iorwerth was taken off the air immediately is nonsense. For example, on Saturday their Welsh Affairs Editor Vaughan Roderick was in the know: “Sibrydion diddorol o Ynys Môn. Interesting rumours from Anglesey. Expect something tomorrow.” As were Welsh papers…
Big question, will Rhun ap Iorwerth’s name be on the list? #Monbyelection
— Holyhead Mail (@HolyheadMail) June 23, 2013
What correspondence, texts, emails or private DMs were exchanged between Rhun ap Iorwerth and editorial and/or management at BBC Wales about his intention to stand for selection? Precisely when did Rhun ap Iorwerth notify BBC Wales of his intention to stand for selection as the Plaid Cymru candidate? Did BBC Wales instruct journalists from their Political Unit at any point not to report on the controversy building around Rhun ap Iorwerth? Questions, questions…
Guido’s Column | Sun
NUT’s Loony Defence of Status Quo | Jago Pearson
A Dozen Reasons to Be Cheerful | John McTernan
Political Bloggers Are Equal Opportunities Attackers | ConHome
Michael Gove Should Resign | Conservative Women
Sarah Wollaston’s Naming and Shaming of Bloggers | LibDemVoice
Fraser Nelson: Put Your Money on Ed Miliband to Win | Guardian
Guido Fawkes is Too Aggressive | The Times
Ditch Tobacco Plain Packaging | Grassroots Conservatives
What Farage, Boris and Rob Ford Have in Common | William Walter
Labour Spell New Adviser’s Name Wrong | ITV
Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:
“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.
Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).
Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.
I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”