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Peter Reynolds

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Posts Tagged ‘Director General

BBC Proselytises For The Pope

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The Pope's Spin Doctor

Yesterday the Pope made a series of disgraceful excuses for paedophile priests.

Today, the BBC announced that it is to broadcast a Christmas message from him for the first time. This after earlier in the year it granted him extravagant and disproportionate coverage of his vist to Britain.

In a statement the Pope said that he wanted to thank the BBC for its coverage of his visit. I bet he does. For a religious cult that has less than a million regular supporters in Britain he was given saturation coverage on all BBC television and radio for four days.

Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC is, of course, a hard core Catholic. Surely he has gone too far this time?

What should be happening is that BBC journalists should be probing ever deeper into the disgusting cover up of child abuse that the Pope is responsible for. They should also be tearing apart the sordid and corrupt financial affairs of the Vatican.

Mark Thompson has to go.  This is gross misconduct.

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Written by Peter Reynolds

December 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm

The Bean Counter And The Ponce. A Pair Of Hypocrites.

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There is no more integrity.

This government is even more corrupt than the last.  Not just widespread financial corruption amongst MPs, now ministers have abandoned all pretence at listening or consulting.   Britain has become an oligarchy and both politicians and the media are complicit.

I and many other Tories were prepared to accept and defend the financial squeeze but I can no longer support this government.  I could not vote Tory again given the level of betrayal and arrogance from David Cameron.  As for the LibDems,  they have sacrificed their integrity completely.  I see nothing unfair with the present proposals for tuition fees but deplore and condemn the LibDem’s broken promises.  They are ruined.  Clegg is beyond, in fact, beneath redemption.

Ministers in this government have become more remote than ever before.  They sit in their feather-bedded ivory towers and just ignore correspondence.  This is now par for the course in the respect and courtesy that our government pays us.  One can write again and again, send email reminders and never get even an acknowledgement.  This is disregard so serious that it is corruption.

Clegg’s “Your Freedom” website was canned as quickly as it started.  No, no, no, that gave the people far too loud a voice.

And the press are involved too.  They protect and serve only their own comfort in the politics bubble.  The editors of the national newspapers follow their own agenda with no regard for their readers.  Normal rules of supply and demand do not apply.  They have so much power that most only know what they are given.   They distort the truth as it suits them.  Only what serves them gets published.

We have some recourse with the BBC.  It is obliged to provide balance but the complaints system is worse than useless and the director-general receives a ludicrous bribe of £838,000 per annum.

Over just the last 12 months there have been massive demonstrations in London where tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets but we do not hear of  them.  It is entirely true that were it not for the violence we would never have heard of the 52,000 students that marched on Millbank earlier this month.  The blood spilled and the damage caused is on the hands of the media.  They are a corrupt and pernicious influence on our society.  Much as I believe in smaller government, the media now have too much power.  Effective regulation is needed.

The Tory promise never to allow more power to slip to Brussels has also been broken and Cameron is exposed as nothing more than a procedural clerk.  All his bold, inspirational philosophy of freedom and fairness is gone.  I have never seen such hostility from those who were previously firm Tory supporters.

This corrupt and self-serving government is going down the pan.

The Public Sector Pay Scandal

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There are very few things in politics that are simple.  This is an exception.  The principle, implied by Panorama, that no one in the public sector should be paid more than the prime minister seems very sensible to me.

I already knew that BBC senior executives enjoy vastly overinflated pay but the fact that Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC, gets £838,000 per annum is shocking.   It is particularly hard to take after the absurd spectacle of the Pope’s visit.  The leader of a very minor church, presently mired in appalling scandal, has enjoyed a bonanza of free, round the clock, TV, radio and internet promotion.  I didn’t know but it turns out that Mark Thompson is a rabid Catholic.  He has a nerve to run his own private campaigns at our expense!  This is too much!

He is at the top and is the very worst of a deeply depressing list of excess and vanity.  I am sure that many of these people are very able and skilled in their profession.  If and when they choose to go into the private sector they may well make millions.  While in the public sector, every single one of them should be very grateful for the privilege to serve.

The argument about market forces, put forward by the leader of Liverpool City Council, is just a weak excuse.  If he really believes it then he needs to think again.  Believe me, real market forces will sort this out, no problem.  We will still get the very best in senior positions if we recruit properly.  Successful people will seek to make their name in the public sector first, in prestige positions, then move on to make their fortune.

I say increase the prime minister’s salary to £250,000.  These gestures of senior politicians cutting their own pay are meaningless and impress no one.  Make that the maximum that anyone in the public sector can earn.  Enforce it immediately.  All salaries to be trimmed to that level from 1st October.  I see everything in favour of this and nothing against.

If I Was Blair I’d Cancel My Donation

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The Times, 21st August 2010

There are plenty of other organisations looking after our heroes and their families who would behave far, far better.  Tony Blair should cancel his donation and give it to a different charity.

Chris Simpkins, the Royal British Legion’s director-general is an ungrateful, ill-mannered oaf.  All he had to do was keep his mouth shut.  He has dishonoured the generous intent behind Blair’s donation and he should be ashamed of himself.  The Times also needs to have its motives examined for running this shabby, despicable story.

Our heroes do not give their lives so that fat cat, small-minded, cowardly administrators and journalists can get their names in the papers.  Shame on them!

I am no blind supporter of Tony Blair.  I said what I thought about the donation just five days ago.  I stand by that.

The Poppy Appeal has been my first choice charity throughout my life.   This appalling, graceless behaviour will make me re-think where my money will go this year.

How Can the BBC Get It So Wrong Again…And Again

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You’re going to be sacked now aren’t you Mr DG?  What are you – some sort of Zionist Nazi collaborator?  Your judgement is so poor, so out of touch, so utterly incompetent.  Move on and let someone with some intelligence and wisdom take the helm of this great organisation that deserves so much better.

Written by Peter Reynolds

January 26, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Jonathan Ross, The Pratt And Incompetent BBC Management

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I don’t want even to mention the other one’s name because he is and always has been a complete and utter pratt.  His “brand” of entertainment appeals to the lowest common denominator and generally contributes to poorer standards of taste and behaviour.  There can be no doubt that he should be removed permanently from the BBC and it would be better for us all if he was never seen or heard of again.

Jonathan Ross though is an entertainment genius.  It is deeply disappointing that he has blundered like this but they say that genius is close to madness and participating in this has been insane.

The other one at least has the excuse of a spontaneous mistake.  No such excuse can be proffered by the editorial staff who made the decision to broadcast the show even after Andrew Sachs refused permission.

The award for the worst, most incompetent and simply ludicrous behaviour though must go jointly to the Director General and the Chairman of the BBC.  What utter stupidity they have demonstrated to flounder about doing nothing for days and days and then to impose these suspensions.  This is not a mistake but premeditated idiocy.

Written by Peter Reynolds

October 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm