It’s a point that has been made many times elsewhere, but one that has to keep being made because it keeps happening. If I were to resign from my job my employer would process the paperwork and I would leave on an agreed date. The same follows for all hardworking taxpayers.
So why is it George Entwistle is able to resign from his position as Director General of the BBC of his own accord after just 54 days in the job and get a pay off amounting to one year’s salary – £450,000? The pay off amounts to £8,334 for each of the rudderless days he held the position. In addition to this he also has a licence fee funded pension pot of £877,000.
I would ask is it not incredible that decision makers at entities like the BBC, local authorities and quangos feel perfectly at ease doling out our money like confetti in this way. But it isn’t incredible, it’s nothing less than a scandal. The total absence of accountability to the public – and the unique way the BBC is funded, no doubt – makes these kind of completely unjustifiable pay offs possible. We little people are irrelevant and our dissent doesn’t matter.
That’s benevolent Auntie in action for you. When not turning a blind eye and deaf ear to the rape and sexual assault of juvenile visitors to its studios by one of its star turns over the course of decades; when not peddling ‘progressive’ socialist propaganda as unbiased comment via its news and current affairs; the nation’s supposedly beloved broadcasting institution treats licence fee payers with undisguised contempt, looking after itself and the vested interests of its self selecting executives, who consider the public purse to be a personal piggy bank to fund astronomical salaries and pension pots the rest of us can only dream of.
Compare what the BBC has sanctioned for Entwistle today with their howls of moralising outrage over the bonuses for bankers and private company executives. Apart from scale, where is the difference?
There is only one phrase to describe the BBC and its leadership, hypocritical thieving scum.