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Wonderful moment for Evan Davies on R4’s Today programme this morning. They’d found him a deserving poor person to pour scorn on the government’s plans to cap benefit payments to large families.
Or so they thought. But it all went a bit wrong.
The poor are always with us
It is axiomatic at the BBC the poor are downtrodden, oppressed, aching to be liberated by their betters, etc. etc; and that the women in particular are all moneyless versions of Lady Toynbee.
Alas, the interviewee proved to be neither.
Eileen McCoy, a robust and articulate Catholic mother of ten, wasted no time in informing Evan that her construction-worker husband had been priced out of his job by immigrants; and that the council had given all the large houses to the ethnic minorities.
And she blamed the previous government! Way off-message!
You could hear Evan almost fainting with horror as he tried to move the discussion on.
Judging by the salaries of its senior management, the BBC is clearly weathering the recession reasonably well.
Licence fee to print money
A quick burst of arithmetic via my calculator revealed, for example, that senior managers in the Journalism Group pull in more than £4.5m a year in total.
OK, it wouldn’t pay Jonathan Ross’s salary.
Still … I mean, it’s not bad, is it? For an outfit that gets its money from a compulsory levy on everyone with a TV.
No matter what they earn.
From Labour MP Tom Watson via Twitter.
Shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt wants the BBC to recruit more Conservatives to counter its ‘innate liberal bias’.
There is absolutely no chance of that happening. None at all. It’s a fantasy. Forget it. But even assuming the BBC did recruit some token Tories (it won’t), that wouldn’t help. Read the rest of this entry »