Thomas Mathew reports from London: Well, that was one jolly performance that we saw the other day in British parliament, with BBC big wigs, both past and present, and members of the Commons Public Accounts Committee bringing us a new production of that famous comedy farce ‘Me Guv? I Know Nothing’.
Anyway, the whole fuss had erupted over the excessive payments to departing BBC executives, with some getting as much as a million quid and more. (Jenny Abramsky, why isn’t you name ever mentioned in haste?)
Would be nothing wrong with it, if not for the fact that the BBC is a publicly financed broadcaster that receives its money regularly, whether it does a good job or not. And if you consider that the Corporation, which has a budget of £3.6 billion a year, is putting out content that even the North Korean state television would think twice of showing, then you’d know where the rot is coming from. And if you throw in the appalling left-wing bias of the BBC news, vulgar dramas and entertainment shows made on the cheap, the overpaid ‘stars’ who don’t sparkle all that much and the excessive payments made to private production companies that make shows and programmes that the Beeb can just as well do itself, then you get the overall picture of a giant state owned Corporation that is not fit for purpose and should be sold off to the private sector at once.
But on that day when the Commons Public Accounts Committee was supposedly ‘grilling’ the BBC top execs there was no mention of the widespread misuse of public money, including running PR campaigns for the Labour party on a permanent basis. Oh no! The talk was who knew and who didn’t of the astronomical pay-outs made, in particular, to the former deputy director general, Mark Byford, who got one million quid as a golden ‘thank you’ when he left the ‘joint’. The then Director general of the BBC, Mark Thompson, who came all the way from New York where he is now toiling as chief exec of that loss making left-wing organ of print, the New York Times, came up with the most appalling bull imaginable, saying that paying Byford £1 million made perfect sense, as it allowed to save money in the future.
Half a million wouldn’t do, if you listened to that creep. Yes, Mr Thompson is a creep, a left-wing creep, who has been mismanaging the BBC for eight long years and was rewarded for it by the liberal mafia with a cushy job in New York. In an ideal world he should have been explaining how it happened that a paedophile network operated on the premises of the company he was running. Not to mention the way the budget for the New Broadcasting House spiralled out of control and the Labour party assisted in winning the 2005 general election – against all odds.
And then there was Lord Patten, the red faced Chairman of the BBC Trust, refusing to accept that he knew anything about the pay-outs to departing BBC execs, trying to save his career, even though he should have been kicked for handling the Jimmy Seville sex abuse scandal at the BBC. This is a man who knows nothing about broadcasting and is a closet left-winger, who got very chummy with the Chinese comrades when passing over Hong Kong to them.
But what of the members of the Public Accounts Committee, you may wonder. Well, its chairman, Margaret Hodge, did very well to pretend to be upset with the BBC lot sitting in front of her, telling them off for ‘losing the plot’. Margaret, you see, was part of the Labour cabal which held on to power for 13 long years, all thanks to the BBC leftie propaganda, so she was not really going to punish these opportunists. If she were serious, she would have summoned the cops to investigate the mess at the Corporation and the embezzlement of public money. Even though the boys in blue have already announced that they were not going to look into the trifle matter of about £100 million of public money going astray on pay-outs to departing execs. They are too busy chasing all those shoplifters and pickpockets, the plague of the British nation. No time to look into the affairs of a multi-billion publicly funded BBC, just not worth the effort. No wonder people say that Scotland Yard is actually a yard in Scotland where people just dress up as cops.
Time for some independent TV channel to make a hilarious comedy sitcom about a publicly funded broadcaster that meddles in politics, makes shitty programmes and gets away with it. Should be an instant hit.