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…

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.

£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.

Tin-Eared Lineker

Gary Lineker goes from jug-eared to tin-eared:

“How can Chris Evans be on more than me?”

Gary Lineker Tax Scheme Loses Court Bid

Gary Lineker is among a group of celebrities who have lost a court bid to overturn a £700 million tax bill. The achingly right-on footballer turned self-appointed current affairs expert claimed the press were pursuing a “vendetta” against him over his involvement in the Ingenious film investment scheme, where tax reliefs were claimed on artificial movie losses. It was all media lies, Gary insisted…

Seems the courts do not agree. HMRC argued that the scheme was an aggressive kind of tax avoidance and yesterday a tax tribunal judge ruled the tax relief claims were not “allowable deductions”. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke.

Gary Lineker’s Walkers Selfie Stunt Backfires Spectacularly

Walkers Crisps have launched a marketing stunt asking users to send in selfies on Twitter, which are then being superimposed into a video with Gary Lineker and automatically tweeted from the Walkers account. What could possibly go wrong?

Tough day in the Walkers social media department.

Lineker Reveals Naivety and Personal Vendettas of Section 40 Lobby

Gary Lineker is a Hacked Off backer and high profile supporter of Section 40. Last night the respected media law expert David Banks explained to Lineker why Section 40 is so dangerous: because it will charge newspapers costs when corrupt, powerful people make vexatious legal claims against them. Lineker extraordinarily tried to argue that no one makes libel threats against newspapers with the aim of killing true stories:

As Banks and several others pointed out to Lineker, this is demonstrably untrue. Some examples: police boss Gordon Anglesea obtained libel damages from two papers and threatened many others before eventually being convicted of child abuse. The Guardian received legal threats from over a hundred clients of HSBC’s Swiss bank when they investigated their leaked account data. Last year Guido received a number of legal threats over true stories, for example from Nick Clegg. Vexatious legal threats aiming to shut down news stories happen every week, this is an irrefutable fact. One which the worryingly naive Lineker refused to acknowledge. 

Lineker then called for collective punishment of the national media, local newspapers, the entire magazine industry and student papers, justified in his mind because of “the Sun and Mail”. When Guido pointed out the problem with this non-argument, he replied:

I.e. The newspapers Gary has a personal problem with.

These three exchanges show the issue with Lineker, Max Mosley, Hacked Off, Impress and the Section 40 lobby. They are rich celebrities with personal vendettas against the press, either naive or wilfully blind to the facts, unable to offer any reasonable arguments other than ill-thought out policies driven by their own prejudices. Lineker revealed a lot about the people behind Section 40 last night, there are just five days left for it to be canned…

Walkers Crisps Factory Was Raided for Illegal Immigrants

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When the advertising implied Lineker would do anything to get more crisps, they were just joking, right?

Man on Yesterday’s Sun Front Page is NOT an Interpreter

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Yesterday a rumour went round Twitter virtue signallers that a man the Sun reported is a supposed child refugee is in fact a Home Office interpreter. It was too good for the tabloid-bashers to resist, soon hundreds of people had tweeted it without checking, as if it was fact. Including some very famous types like Gary Lineker, David Schneider and Caroline Criado Perez. Guido has asked the Home Office, who confirm the man in question is NOT an interpreter. They say they do not comment on minors, all but confirming he is a refugee claiming to be a child. As reported by the SunA lie will go halfway round the world while truth is pulling its boots on – will the Twitterati above be issuing corrections?

UPDATE: Tact Care, the charity which claimed he was an interpreter, say they “regret any concern caused”:

“With regard to a recent tweet by TACT questioning the status of an individual male in a photograph at Calais, our information was from a credible source.  However, if the male is indeed a migrant and not an interpreter, TACT regrets any concern caused.  The tweet has now been withdrawn as we do not want to cause any further distress to the individual depicted.”

Roll Call of Luvvies: BBC Turkeys Protest Christmas

Some surprise names on the list of celebs who have written in the Telegraph today calling on everyone to “leave the BBC alone”.

Why would they bite the hand that feeds them?

Other shock signatories include:

  • Claudia Winkelman (Strictly)
  • Adil Ray (Citizen Khan)
  • Jamie Oliver (BBC made him)
  • Prof Brian Cox (Ubiquitous across the corporation)
  • Nick Grimshaw (Radio 1)
  • Trevor Nelson (Radio 2)
  • Reggie Yates (various youth shows)
  • Clara Amfo (Radio 1)
  • Annie Nightingale (Radio 1)
  • Michael Palin (BBC documentaries)
  • David Attenborough (ditto)

Almost as if they’re worried about bumper Beeb salaries being in the firing line…

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