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A BBC Preservation Order

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TAKE NOTICE

This noble institution should be preserved.

It is not perfect but it is better than any alternative.

It contributes enormously to the culture of the nation.

It is our BBC

This notice should be nailed to the door of Broadcasting House and all BBC premises.  Damaging or cutting off parts or branches of the institution is not allowed.  Adequate space must be given to the institution’s roots which must not be interfered with.  Severe penalties will be applied to anyone who knowingly or recklessly damages the institution in any way.

Then David Cameron, Nick Clegg and a heavyweight team need to take Mark Thompson aside and give him a good talking to.   We want to preserve the BBC and its unique qualities but we need a hard pruning of dead wood and unproductive growth.  Preserving the roots and fundamental strength are the most important objectives.   Cutbacks in the right places will stimulate stronger new growth elsewhere.

I agree that Sky should contribute towards those commercial channels that it broadcasts free-to-air.  It ties viewers into its subscription packages because they are comprehensive.  This is gives it an unfair advantage throughout the market, as does its coverage and bandwidth.

Sky is a parasite on traditional TV companies.  Its unfair advantages have enabled it to develop the best user interface and experience in the market.  Even so, it is expensive and has a reputation for appalling customer service.  Its relationship with Newscorp means it is part of a monstrous media empire which requires much more regulation in the interests of consumers and the community at large.  It should be required to invest more in original programming and production.  If necessary, a new media tax should be introduced to enforce appropriate investment and safeguards.

The BBC’s biggest mistake is the level of executive pay.  There is no justification at all for anyone in the BBC to earn more than the Prime Minister.  It is public money.  Anyone unhappy with this should resign today.  No one is indispensable.  The BBC has always been the best in its business at bringing on new talent.

The Licence Fee should remain unchanged.   It is fantastic value for money and shows just how expensive Sky is.   The BBC Trust should be strengthened in its primary role as regulator and it should enforce cost savings, efficiencies and executive pay.  It should also ensure that the BBC becomes more responsive and closer to its audience.  Its complaints and feedback system is fundamental to this.  It needs to be brought back in house and given real priority.  See here.

Britain adores its BBC.  Let’s ensure we preserve it and allow it to flourish.

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Theresa May Must Act On Gary McKinnon And Ian Tomlinson

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It's Decision Time

After defence there can be no higher priority for any government than justice.  The new government’s honeymoon period is over.  The cases of Gary McKinnon and Ian Tomlinson need urgent attention from our new Home Secretary.

A Victim Not A Villain

Gary McKinnon’s case raises profound issues.  He is in danger of “extradition” to the US but any idea that this is some legitimate process is nonsense.  He is actually in danger of illegal rendition or kidnapping which the previous Labour government seemed ready to sanction.  Any alleged crime was committed on British soil so there isn’t even any question of “extradition”.  If he is to be tried he must be tried where the alleged crime was committed.

I understand that Theresa May has already asked for an adjournment of the proceedings.  This is a good start but we need to be certain that she stands up for fundamental principles.  There are many complexities in the McKinnon case but it is crystal clear that he must be tried in Britain.  See here for more information.

There seems though to be no progress at all on the murder of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests.  This is a scandal and injustice of the very highest order and those responsible for prevaricating and filibustering over bringing charges are criminals themselves.

Murder

Ian Tomlinson’s family waits helpless while the dilatory DPP, Keir Starmer, and the CPS quibble and procrastinate over facts that the whole country has seen revealed on its TV screens.  Obviously they intend to delay long enough so that the case be consigned to history like the murder of Blair Peach by a police officer in 1979.  It was only last month that the Metropolitan Police came clean on this, 30 years too late.

There is some nonsense excuse being peddled that there is a problem with obtaining expert medical evidence.  This is a dreadful miscarriage of justice.  These are issues for a jury to decide.  Keir Starmer  should be dismissed for gross misconduct and should consider himself lucky if he doesn’t go to jail for perverting the course of justice.

Thug

We have already seen the inexcuseable acquittal of  Sergeant Delroy Smellie, the thug who assaulted Nicola Fisher at the G20 protests (see here).   This must be one of the lowest points ever in the history of British justice.  There can be no other description of this verdict and District Judge Daphne Wickham who made the decision than corrupt.  She deserves to be tarred and feathered for what she has done.

What can be higher in priority on Theresa May’s todo list than these matters of great principle and injustice?  She should put everything else aside.  There can be no more excuses.