JUST when you thought the BBC couldn’t get any dumber, it’s pulled a gigantic rabbit-moron out of its hat.
Director-General Tony Hall has decided to end free TV licences for people over the age of 75. If they’d made Diane Abbott the new Doctor Who they couldn’t have aroused more anger.
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That’s up to 3.7million pensioners, including D-Day heroes, now forced to fork out for Auntie’s criminal tax of £154.50.
There’s already a huge petition demanding Lord Hall thinks again. And pensioner organisations are calling for a boycott of BBC programmes.
Count me in. Hell, it won’t be much to give up, will it?
Not only that, but soon — presumably — the Beeb will be hauling 80-year-olds into court because they haven’t coughed up their fee.
SICK TO BACK TEETH
That’ll be good publicity, won’t it? And it will convince even more people that not paying the licence should be decriminalised. As it should.
The BBC is insisting that this was a “tough decision to take”. And that if they didn’t do it, they’d have to close some channels down.
Really? How about sacking Gary Lineker? Does he really deserve almost 2million quid a year for whining about Brexit and telling you what’s coming next on Match Of The Day?
There are plenty more big-star salaries that could be sacrificed, too.
But how about getting rid of the vast swathe of middle managers in the BBC?
When I was a journo there I had to answer to about 20 bosses, most of who were inept and who usually disagreed with each other. More bosses than you could shake a stick at.
There’s 21,000 people working for the BBC. If you got rid of a few thousand middle managers the output would improve and they’d have easily saved their money.
RELENTLESS POLITICAL BIAS
Director-Generals always say they’re going to cut down on the middle managers. They never do.
Director-Generals also say they’re going to spend less on consultants. Lord Hall promised precisely this. But last year they INCREASED that spending to £4.4million.
Or how about they close down the BBC’s online service, which competes against commercial organisations and is utterly unnecessary?
This is the problem — well, one problem — with the Beeb. It over-reaches. It’s meant to make nice radio and TV programmes we might all enjoy. But that’s long forgotten.
It now tries to do everything. And it tramples on commercial organisations which don’t have a yearly licence fee to support their grandiose schemes.
Have a look at the web page for BBC jobs. They’re asking for architects, data scientists and resource schedulers.
I haven’t a clue what a resource scheduler is, but I bet the BBC could get by without one. And architects?
This is all a real own goal by the BBC. More and more people are sick to the back teeth of its relentless political bias, its political correctness and the lack of decent stuff you might want to watch or hear.
Truth is, it shouldn’t be just the pensioners who should be excused paying the licence fee.
It is time it was removed from the rest of us as well.
It’s long outlived its usefulness.
Piers Morgan slams BBC for scrapping free TV licences for pensioners saying they should ‘U-turn and cave on this’
Face fats, BoJo’s OK
SO, Boris has unveiled his leadership bid.
Lower taxes and a definite exit from the European Union by October 31.
I’ve always had my doubts about Boris as a Prime Minister. But then I saw how he was described in The Guardian.
“That incompetent, manipulative, lazy, over-entitled, media-constructed and media-protected fatberg of dishonesty.”Hmm.
If those bozos hate him so much, he can’t be all bad, can he?Tories going to pot
WHO are you rooting for in the Conservative leadership race? The skaghead or the coke fiend?
Rory Stewart has admitted to smoking opium. Michael Gove has ’fessed up to taking cocaine “a number of times” back in the 1990s.
It’s only a matter of time before we discover that Andrea Leadsom likes nothing more than chasing the dragon and Jeremy Hunt spends every evening at home with his crack pipe.
And God only knows what Boris is on. Horse tranquillisers chased with methamphetamine, I would guess.
Although I have no evidence for any of these suggestions, of course.
TIME TO INTERVENETHERE’S big trouble in Hong Kong – thousands of demonstrators on the streets.
We gave the city back to China more than 20 years ago. China promised to allow the place autonomy and democracy.
But China, a ruthless totalitarian state, is closing its grip on the little island.
In future, people arrested in Hong Kong can be extradited to the mainland. It’s time we intervened and stood firm with the protestors for democracy.
Women playing funny old game
I HATE to spoil the party – but this Women’s World Cup thing, you know?
The women are about as good at playing football as I am at ironing.
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A team of men – any men – would beat every team in the competition with ease. Even if the men had Stevie Wonder in goal, Stephen Hawking on the wing and Jacob Rees-Mogg at centre-forward.
Yes, I know Stephen Hawking’s dead, but my point still stands. And it is all being rammed down our throats for political reasons. Meanwhile, out in France, they can’t shift tickets for the games. Nobody cares.
Clare Balding once exhorted us all to watch women’s football because there was never any trouble on the terraces.
No, indeed. There’s nobody there.
Tudor’s manor isn’t UK
YAY, welcome to the UK, Leonard-Valter Tudor – crazy name, crazy guy.
The Romanian pitched up here last Friday. The following day he was arrested for trying to shoplift £500 worth of stuff from TKMaxx.
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On Monday he was sentenced to 16 weeks in a young offenders’ institute.
The proper ending to this story would see Lenny kicked out of the country as soon as he finishes his sentence.
But nope, he intends to make a life for himself – and his wife and child – in South Yorkshire. Lucky South Yorkshire.
How come we are so powerless to deport costly petty criminals like Leonard?
SNOWFLAKE STUDENTSIT’S GCSE time – and some of the kids were reportedly upset by a question in the maths paper.
It asked them to carry out a calculation involving calories. This “triggered” the little mites, apparently.
They started worrying about weight loss and whether or not they were obese. One student was so upset she had to leave the exam hall “in a panic”.
Do you ever worry about the sort of gener- ation we’re bringing up?
And what will happen to them once they get out into the real world?
It’s stranger than fission…
THE latest site of choice for glamour models to pose is Chernobyl, scene of the worst nuclear disaster in history.
I dunno what it’s supposed to tell us all.
“This lass is so anxious to get her kit off she’s now ingested a bunch of Strontium-90 and is glowing like a Belisha beacon.”
People do very strange things to get our attention.
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How Chernobyl disaster was two days away from everything in a 30km radius being completely destroyed and land where 60m people live being uninhabitable for 100 years