Gary Lineker’s Tweets Prove Tim Davie’s BBC Social Media Neutrality Promise Is Hot Air

Co-conspirators may remember back to last September when the new BBC director-general Tim Davie appeared before Julian Knight’s select committee, promising to finally deal with the scourge of taxpayer-funded stars using their personal social media profiles to break the BBC’s supposed political neutrality. Knight proffered a specific example of a Gary Lineker anti-government tweet, in response to which Davie promised new powers that would allow the corporation to take stars like Lineker “off Twitter”. At the time he stuck to his word of publishing new social media guidelines in the coming weeks.

Since then, Mr Davie has clearly abandoned the promise, with just two staffers disciplined for social media breaches in the last year. Every other tweet of Gary Lineker’s remains overtly political; from migration to climate change, attacking Sajid Javid to calling the PM a “liar”.

There is no sign at all of the BBC preventing his Twitter rule-breaking, let alone taking him off the platform. If stars know they’re so important the rules don’t apply, the BBC’s unenforced social media guidelines become a sham…

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BBC Will Be Able to Take Stars Like Lineker “Off Twitter” if They Break Impartiality Guidelines

After managing to get his less than stable Zoom connection up and running, new director-general Tim Davie has told the DCMS Select Committee the BBC will be able to take stars like Gary Lineker “Off Twitter”, i.e. forcibly delete their account, for breaking impartiality rules. The answer followed chairman Julian Knight’s reference to a Tweet from the top sports presenter that accused the PM of a lack of leadership on the site. In the words of Dan Wootton, “👋 @lewis_goodall”…

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Tory MP Offers Gary Lineker‘s House Out to Illegal Migrants

During the election campaign it became obvious that should he win, Ashfield Tory candidate Lee Anderson would be right up there amongst the most plain-talking Tory MPs. Despite a couple of election campaign wobbles, Anderson is now living up to that reputation.

Appearing on TalkRadio this morning, he boldly suggested virtue-signalling Gary Lineker’s mansion should be offered free-of-charge to illegal migrants if the footballer is so keen to accommodate them in Britain (bed and breakfast included of course). Guido doesn’t expect the Twitterati football star to take Lee up on the suggestion…

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Lineker Costs All the Licence Fees of Everyone in Buckingham

Guido’s number crunchers have calculated that the total amount of money spent on each of the BBC’s top ten stars is equivalent to every single resident of some of the UK’s most significant towns paying a licence fee directly to the loaded luvvies.

Gary Lineker, for example is paid £1,750,000 a year. Including employer’s National Insurance the BBC is paying £1,991,500 for him, divided by the licence fee that would cover every man woman and child in Buckingham. And that’s not even taking into account that licence fees are per household rather than per person!

  • Gary Lineker – Buckingham, Bucks
  • Chris Evans – Abergele, Conwy County
  • Graham Norton – Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire
  • Huw Edwards – Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire
  • Steve Wright – Gilberdyke, East Yorkshire
  • Alan Shearer – Busby, East Renfrewshire
  • Andrew Marr – Kirton in Lindsey, Lincolnshire
  • Claudia Winkleman – Thorpe Willoughby, North Yorkshire
  • Jason Mohammad – Stocksfield, Northumberland
  • Vanessa Feltz – Brewood, Staffordshire

The BBC hands out this sort of cash to its top tier luvvies yet can’t bring itself to find the savings to not tax the over 75s. All of this would cease to be a problem if they just scrapped the licence fee and moved to a sensible subscription model like Netflix, Sky, HBO, Amazon Prime, BT Sports, Apple Music, Spotify…

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Gary Lineker in 2017: “Leave Won. Get Over It”

Here was Remaoner luvvie Gary Lineker tweeting in June 2017, telling his followers that he didn’t want a second referendum and that “Leave won. Get over it”.

Today Lineker has called for a second referendum, arguing that stopping Brexit is “more important than football”. Leave won, Gary. Get over it.

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£1.75m-a-Year Snob Lineker Mocks “Slimey, Smelly” Fishermen

Gary Lineker’s mask slips once again – the £1.75 million-a-year BBC presenter reveals his contempt for hard-working fishermen as he dubs skipper Aaron Brown “slimey” and “slippery”. Trust a snob like Gary to go the full Geldof.

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