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Baroness Thatcher of Blessed Memory voted most powerful woman of the century

Goodness, it is nearly Christmas! So much to do and so little time. What with decorations, presents and church services, one feels quite giddy. Yesterday, I went around town delivering our Christmas cards, calling at the little parish church of St. Fidelia Undershift, where the incumbent, Mr. Pushover, has taken in refugee children from the Afghan and Zulu Wars. My, those young fellows mature early. I don’t think there was one under six foot – some even had beards! Could it be their diet or the hot sunshine of far distant lands that causes them to sprout so? Well, they will get nothing but grey skies in Barchester, which no doubt will put the brakes on. No girls, I noticed – most curious; but perhaps, given the make-do sleeping arrangements, it is just as well. Straw mattresses lined the nave, with more in the chancel, and goodness only knows what the font was being used for, but the smell was off-putting.

Mr. Pushover, who tells me his some of his guests are ‘animal fetishists’, had removed all Christian imagery in the church so as not to offend. Could that explain the goats tethered in the Lady Chapel? One disapproves. Despite being given a roof over their heads and three square meals a day, the boys looked rather glum. I asked what useful employment was being undertaken, for, to my mind, the devil makes work for idle hands. On hearing the young people just sat around all day, I decided to send Mr. Slope to St. Fidelia’s to introduce the children to football and other manly pursuits. Once he takes them in hand I’m sure they will perk up.

Moving on to the adjacent parish of St. Incredulus-in-the-Mindset, I noticed Mustafa Fatwah and a small group of his co-religionists making their way inside the church. Either they were up to no good, or a miraculous conversion had taken place. The rector, Mr. M. T. Vessell, was by the door waving people through.

“Have you come to join our little inter-faith gathering, Mrs. Proudie?” he beamed as I marched up the path.

My response was drowned out by the sound of rhythmic chanting from inside. Suddenly the great oak door was slammed shut and bolted, leaving the two of us standing in the porch.

Cries of ‘What do we want? A Caliphate! When do we want it? NOW!’ could be plainly heard.

“Oh dear,” exclaimed the bewildered Mr. Vessell, “It’s all going horribly wrong!”

I reminded him of the story of the crocodile and the mouse. The mouse needed to cross the river and the crocodile offered to carry it on his back, promising no harm would come to it. The frog should have known better than to trust a crocodile, but decided to accept in a spirit of openness and friendship. Before reaching the far shore, of course, the crocodile flipped round and caught the mouse between his teeth.

“But you promised!” exclaimed the mouse, before being swallowed up.

“It is my nature,” said the crocodile.

“Alas, I’ve never paid much attention to David Attenborough,” said Mr. Vessell, at which point I left him blubbering on a slab tomb. Some people never learn, even when the evidence is before their very eyes.

My last port of call was the parish church of Our Lady of Perpetual Indulgence, where everything is Perpendicular except for the incumbent. With its statues, incense and Stations of the Cross, it is as if the Reformation never happened. It needs a new broom, but until the Revd. Dr. Malpractice resigns or shuffles off in other ways, changes are on hold. I was invited to join the Mothers’ Union meeting in the vestry, where the ladies were debating who should be named as the most powerful woman of the century. Someone suggested Mrs. Hildabeast, but she was immediately discounted as being an American and a loser. Another suggestion that bit the dust (in record time) was Yasmin Alibaba-Brown, on account of writing for a comic. As no-one seemed willing to put my own name forward, I stood up, cleared my throat and suggested Baroness Thatcher of Blessed Memory. There was a moment of silence, and I wondered if this too would be rejected. But no… one by one the ladies agreed. Quite right too.

I trust you have enjoyed my little perambulation of our parishes, all of which you can look up in the Barsetshire edition of Pevsner, if you’ve a-mind. Architectural notes and queries are all very well, but I trust these observations will make you take note of our queries, of whom we have so many. So, as the Bailey’s Irish Cream of Time slips down the Gullet of Oblivion, and the Wild Goose of Brexit is stuffed by the Dead Hand of Martin Schulz, I bid you all adieu, until next week that is.

  • Mike Stallard

    “So, as the Bailey’s Irish Cream of Time slips down the Gullet of Oblivion, and the Wild Goose of Brexit is stuffed by the Dead Hand of Martin Schulz, I bid you all adieu, until next week that is.”
    I shall use that as an example of personification in my Grammar Book for 2017. Or, on second thoughts, even a blazon!

  • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

    Mmmmm yes so it appears. Another miracle?

    • CliveM

      We should build a shrine and encourage veneration of the mouse. If we also dig up an old chicken bone, we could pretend it’s a relic and charge people to kiss it.

      • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

        I feel a million coming on…

        • CliveM

          50/50 then.

          • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

            One never haggles…

          • Pubcrawler

            Well, it does take at least two.

    • Politically__Incorrect

      Another of those devilish DNA experiments more likely. I understand a child can have three parents now thanks to the wonders of bio-alchemy.

      • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

        Ah yes, the three in one…

  • Politically__Incorrect

    “Mr. Slope to St. Fidelia’s to introduce the children to football and other manly pursuits. Once he takes them in hand I’m sure they will perk up.”

    Perhaps you can verify Mrs Proudie, but I heard that Mr Slope is so keen to teach these youngsters a little hand-ball that he sometimes goes under the pseudonym Rev Pete O’Fael in order to get access to church?

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      I am sure I can get to the bottom of it…

  • David

    Both have four legs, so let’s not be picky !

  • David

    An excellent and revealing, if not uplifting, tour of His Grace’s domain Mrs Proudie. Many thanks indeed.
    Perhaps you should consider running Cooks Tours as a way of financing evangelism ?
    Or soon perhaps we will be the ones needing Christian missionaries coming from our former far flung fiefdoms ?

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Ah dear David, it is my Lord the Bishop’s domain…he has yet to be ‘arched’

  • HedgehogFive

    Following the tale of the crocodile and the mouse, here is a story from Arabia.

    A shepherd found an orphaned wolf cub, took it home, and nurtured it along with an orphaned lamb.

    One day, when both animals were grown up, the wolf killed the sheep.

    “Oh treacherous one!” cried the shepherd in grief, “Why didn’t you tell me you were a wolf?”

    • Bernard from Bucks

      Because ze thought ze was a lamb, but actually ze had the body of a wolf.
      Ze was ‘transitioning’.

      • DWMF

        Have the German soldiers from “Allo! Allo!” suddenly invaded the blog?
        Should I send for Captain Mainwaring and his troop to clear them out?
        Just kidding, but the use of “ze” looks absolutely ridiculous on the page.

  • dannybhoy

    ““Oh dear,” exclaimed the bewildered Mr. Vessell, “It’s all going horribly wrong!”
    As it inevitably will, because the heart of the matter is that well meaning kindly fellows like ‘MT’ don’t really follow the faith, whereas these Muslims really do…
    One fears for Mr Slope’s safety.

    • Merchantman

      …’one fears for Mr Slope’s safety’. Indeed he should be careful not to mount the ivory tower of St Incredulus least a dreadful accident befall him.

      • dannybhoy

        ” Indeed he should be careful not to mount the ivory tower…”
        An old seafaring term that Danny vaguely (and regretfully) remembers from his merchant navy days..

    • David

      My commiserations. Much of this lead is whisked out of the country by the eastern european gangs that operate, so as to supplement the attentions of our locally grown villains. One church in our benefice has been “stripped” twice !
      Eventually the unworldly purists at English Heritage will allow you to use the obvious and sensible material, which is not “nickable” lead, but stainless steel; in sheet form it is very difficult to remove and more importantly, it has little value.

      • dannybhoy

        We’ve secured permission (faculty) to use that for our first raid by the lead fairies, but I think our days as a parish church are seriously numbered.
        Sad in historical terms but frankly (as a non conformist posing as an Anglican), inevitable. God is moving on. The Church of England doesn’t want Him to..

        • David

          The falling numbers and ageing demographic attending most rural churches represent an inevitable, unstoppable trend I believe.
          At the root of this decay is, to a large degree, liberal wishy washy “teaching” which does not excite the young, or people of any age. In a age of doubt and uncertainty people who risk being considered a bit odd, by attending church services, seek something more definite and meaty as their spiritual guide for life.
          I myself have served for some years, as a Lay Minister, or Reader in Anglican speak, in rural parishes. I have grown tired of the lack of interest in sound doctrine and examining and believing in the fundamentals of our faith. There comes a point when you realise that you are trying to roll a very heavy stone up a steep hill. Then you a ask yourself where could your (limited) talents be used more effectively, to grow the kingdom.
          So in just over one month I shall be relocating my work to a nearby conservative, Biblically led urban Anglican church. The leadership team has plenty of energy, confidence, vision and finances whilst the worshipers are plentiful, of all ages and really do believe in the Scriptures. The strong, traditional belief of the clergy leads to convinced, believing, and actively engaged worshippers.
          Liberal Anglicanism, especially in the countryside is dying on its feet, quite literally, whilst the urban orthodox, Biblically led version is slowly growing. I believe that history will show that the west’s flirtation with liberalism, in all its cancerous forms, be it faith or politics, was a trap, a dead end. Doubt and scepticism is part of reason, but when it dominates rather than supplements our thinking and lives, it becomes toxic. The question is, are there enough of us conservatives, especially amongst the young, to rebuild our Christianity centred civilisation ? All we can do is work and pray.

  • Dreadnaught

    Dear Lady it may be of interest to you and your readers to be aware that The Judge has deferred making the decision on Sgt Blackman’s bail application for a further seven days.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      This travesty of justice goes on and on…

    • dannybhoy

      Could it be that they fear an uprising??

      • Dreadnaught

        As in Winson Green do you mean?

        • dannybhoy

          Nah, I was thinking more of one of our minority communities who might have been or have relatives more directly involved..

          • Dreadnaught

            What are you on man?; our happy-go-lucky Muggilims are far too loyal and peaceful to want to unsettle the forthcoming Christmas devotionals with anything other than looking on in benign amusement.

          • dannybhoy

            No one of my father’s generation would have believed that a serving member of the British armed forces would some back from some campaign and perhaps find relatives of the enemy living in the same neighbourhood…

    • Merchantman

      Heaven Forbid; surely not the Judiciary trying to bury bad news amidst the Good News of Christmas tide?

  • Dominic Stockford

    ‘in my nature’ – absolutely so. And about time the politicians recognised this and acted accordingly. The idiot ‘liberal christians’ will never realise this, even as they fly through the air from a roof, ‘surely this is a mistake?’ they will bleat as they fall….

    • David

      Yes absolutely !
      But because whole swathes of the establishment are steeped in the lies of Relativism and Cultural Marxism, and are therefore incapable of using factual evidence to reach and support verifiable conclusions, with which to drive political policy, only a strong threat from us, the great unwashed, to remove them from their gilded cages and lives of ease, will force them to amend their ways.
      The appalling, deluded liberal establishment has received two huge body blows to its assumptions this year, and I pray more are soon to be delivered. But one thing is sure, they will not go without making much noise and a putting up many a fight, so we must be steeled for an enduring campaign. Pressure must be maintained on their destructive doctrines at the ballot box and everywhere else possible. Winning two battles does not deliver to us the war, but we have made a very good
      start !

      • dannybhoy

        You may be seeing a shift in your ministry old chap. The Lord knows we need men and women called to a truly prophetic ministry in turning our nation around.

        • David

          Amen to that. I am ready, willing and waiting. Others will judge whether I am able.

      • Anton

        More coming. Please see my reply to Len, above.

        • David

          Indeed. Thank you. The tectonic plates are shifting !

      • not a machine

        well yes that is useful ,my own thoughts are about the outcomes ,I think I can prove in theory why this form of society will fail and cause harm ,goes against all the spoon fed stuff we have been forced to take or upload ,I doubt if I get it right the lefts social science social control theory will ever recover.

  • len

    ‘The wild goose of Brexit’ will be well and truly stuffed’ if the EU has its way.
    To watch the pantomime of the 27 EU members lovingly embracing each other whilst snubbing Theresa May sums up the pettiness and the small mindedness of the EU better than words could say.
    Better of out of it without a doubt.

    • Anton

      Be of good cheer, for this time next year there might not be an EU to Brexit from. Several elections in countries where the electorate have Had Enough, Italian banks tottering, Merkel demanding that the Italian government (er, what Italian government?) do a bail-in rather than a bail-out, which is liable to bring riots in the streets, and Italy replying OK, but in that case you must do the same to Deutsche Bank… interesting times!

    • David

      Quite !
      What a display of childish, irascible bad manners. They are a petty bunch.

    • Dreadnaught

      The fact that they are behaving in such an overt and punative manner suggests to me that the UK leaving is the very last thing they desire, otherwise they would simply have brushed us out the door el pronto.

  • not a machine

    Baroness Thatcher of the blessed memory , seems to me to have only been rediscovered having been made into the shrine of vox populae hopey changey st tone , in the diocese of multi all the same thing cos I say so .I was bit despondent with st T recent visit to brussels ,clearly glasnost has not yet arrived in the time line of the peoples expensed congress and fine dining.I think I would have left a large jar of Murdoch house blend coffee and asked them to smell it.So it will cost you 50bn and you can talk to us through the letter box .My immediate reaction was to laugh , but then I had to laugh more than once when the EU doesn’t like a vote that doesn’t go its way, so far as I can tell we are the only the EU member country who has a no vote and told them we will be going ahead with it, quite historic really .Don’t know what all this harping is about , over the concern that other countries may want the same ,its like saying decisions by unelected bodies are best na na na na .Biggest EU laugh for me is how they missed Daves tour a couple of years ago , I mean just think how much they could have headed off if they had just given him what he wanted ,£350mn a week to club funds in a long recession Doh .still apparently they felt a bit miffed he was even asking and not cleaning commissioners shoes at same time.I am working on the theory that st T was no mates cos all EU top and sub level now have occulus rift goggles as standard , simply place the goggles on , and you see a magic money tree making 100euro notes all day ,and 28 shovels and never ending balanced and functioning pan continent economy , marvelous what modern technology can achieve. I know it feels a bit sad ,having to do brexit ,but EU has to explain when it can stop deficit run away train , or explain when economy will be providing more money than deficit ,way I see it inflation will cause 2nd tier economies to have deficits and they will either have to get some command economics going or just send 26 countires onto debt black hole trajectory , wait and see experiment , with conclusion of experiment being “oh they all did disappear after all “.when was the last time you had economic figures from the EU that made you think they know what they doing economically ??.Some people might well say I will miss the EU , well I might , but am lot happier knowing , we understand economics , even if not perfect .third largest economy in Eurozone has had 20% unemployment in 18-25yr olds for 6 years In 4th largest its been 40% .Now they give st T cold front , when she is numereo uno minister of biggest non euro food currency trade Doh .I appreciate best deal for Uk approach ,but in the end club is not thing we thought it would be when we signed up ,all money sloshing around is smaugs , has been twisting minds to Marxists for some time , made having financial acumen equivalent ,of boring beer , rather than small beer or big beer , oculus rift now added in to drink ,fine dining,poor accounting and Marxism , all too much , keep shouting to EU economics department “hello any one there” and seeing if a light on , but seems no one ever in despite expense forms being regularly filed, complete mystery.I think someone has just used the word “winter of discontent ” with wink words whilst pretending UK Marxists are not enjoying , childs tarsh mum and dads home party.Not to worry have final argument with Marxists being honed in shed , fed up of mind control , mind police , keep consuming , and sell full filling beaurocracy , argument that has let them create happy clappers ,I think I can blow whole thing out of the water , toodle pip for now enjoying advent , New star wars film quite amazing ,just wish lord of rings could have had that film technology ,remember “all is as the force wills” and they “they destroyed my home”

  • Pubcrawler

    “everything is Perpendicular except for the incumbent”

    sounds like my kinda place!

    • Royinsouthwest

      Your comment made me realise that the Inspector has been rather quiet recently. Has he over-imbided, I wonder?

      • Pubcrawler

        Perhaps he’s been gagged by the gaystapo again.

        • David

          Too busy buying Christmas presents in his native Gloucester.

          • Anton

            Bah! Humbug!

          • David

            I have it on good authority Anton, that mere confectionary doesn’t interest The Inspector, just alcohol.

      • David

        Has he over-imbibed, I wonder”
        Following the truth fully established and accepted by the 1960s, although originating from earlier decades of darkness, that the one fixed and eternal verity is that all things are ever changing and relative, I would ask you to consider the philosophical point as to whether, for that mighty and hugely accomplished drinker The Inspector, is it even a remote possibility that he could ever truly over-imbibe ?

  • chefofsinners

    Woman of the century must surely be Michelle Obama, the first black first lady, whose husband has done such a fine job that she now says the USA ‘lacks hope’. Sulking, like the rest of the losers.

    Michellie the petulant packed her trunk
    And said goodbye to the Whitehouse
    Off she went ’cause of Trumpety Trump,
    Trump, Trump, Trump
    Michellie the petulant packed her trunk
    And trundled off with a grumble
    Off she went ’cause of Trumpety Trump,
    Trump, Trump, Trump

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Oh my, oh my…excellent!

    • David

      Brits love a gracious loser !

    • Anton

      Let us hope so. I wonder if this “Putin influenced the election” rot is a pretext by Hillary and Obama to try to cling to power. Americans should be glad of their much-derived Second Amendment.

      • chefofsinners

        Fortunately, Mr Obummer has ‘had a word’ with Vlad the emailer, reminding him that it is ungentlemanly to read a lady’s correspondence. The fact that she left it lying around in full view of any teenager with a GCSE in computer studies is irrelevant, of course.

        • Anton

          The question worth asking is why she didn’t use a server routed through the US government…

          • chefofsinners

            In all likelihood, Hanlon’s razor applies here:

            “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

          • Anton

            Not in her case.

          • chefofsinners

            If you like a conspiracy theory, here’s min:
            Barak Obama was (apparently) born in Hawaii.
            Doesn’t “Aloha Barak” sound suspiciously like “Allahu Akbar”?

          • Anton

            I enjoy conspiracy theories, but they are not all equal…

            Ask a Jew what Allahu Akbar sounds like in Hebrew (“Allah is a mouse”).

          • IrishNeanderthal

            One of the reasons Obama was not “sussed” earlier was because of people thinking he was a Moslem or making “ape” comparisons because of his colour.

            You should read his Wikipedia biography: his mother walked out on his father when young Barack was only a few weeks old, and she was the more-than-dominant influence in his life. He probably has no more clue about what is “real” Islam than has David Cameron.

            As for that Virginia mayor who referred to Mrs Obama as an “ape in heels”, if I had the powers of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado, I would take that man along to the zoo and put him on display in a cage like Ota Benga.

        • IanCad

          “Vlad the Emailer.” This blog is so good that it would be a great pity to lose it. That takes money. Up there – on the purple band – “Donations.”

          • chefofsinners

            You’re preaching to the converted here. His Grace’s totaliser tells a sorry story, although I have noticed it a little slow to respond to donations.

  • Inspector General

    An Inspector returns. He had to take time out when it was established beyond reasonable doubt that the ever increasing pile of ironing in Towers was inextricably linked with a general lack of anything to wear.

    Suggestions that one has spent the time in a voluntary alcohol induced coma are frankly disgraceful…

    • Royinsouthwest

      Welcome back. I suppose I will have to have a pint tonight to celebrate your return!

    • David

      Welcome back Inspector from those long, arduous days of “dashing away with the steaming iron” !

      • Inspector General

        A dreadful experience, David. Won’t wish it on any man…

    • Rehab more like eh Inspector!?

      • Inspector General

        Not you too, Marie!

        Quite easy, you know. Starts out as a boy and his dog, who grows up to be a chap and his pint. Several pints, if you must…

      • Anton

        He said No, no, no.

  • Inspector General

    The damnable BBC News has to go. Or at least ripped apart, thoroughly wormed and cleaned, and put back properly this time…

    This is what the Reds therein are passing off as ‘news’. Someones ‘important’ opinion…

    “David Remnick: Why Trump’s win is ‘an American tragedy’”

    …and who is Remnick. A mere journalist…

    • Anton

      Trump is doing an excellent job of filling his “Cabinet” with climate sceptics

      http://joannenova.com.au/2016/12/trump-appoints-even-more-skeptics/

      and appointing an ambassador to Israel who thinks it’s OK for Jews to build in the land God gave them

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/15/trump-israel-ambassador-david-friedman

      Small wonder the BBC is wailing and gnashing its teeth.

      • Inspector General

        One notes great sadness on the pages of Pink News these days. American lower bowel enthusiasts know it’s all over – at least for 4 years…perhaps more, God willing…

      • not a machine

        We shall all have to wait and see and then wait and see 100days ,don’t think hes right on climate on what hes said so far,but have to see if his appointments are articulate and intelligent with information ,bit more interested in if hes thinking about other things of eco damage or food production.

        • Anton

          The EPA badly needs reining in.

          The amount of warming caused by a given increase in the atmospheric concentration of CO2 has been calculable since Arrhenius a century ago – provided that the atmosphere is dry. The complicating effects of water vapour, which move thermal energy upwards due to evaporation at the surface and condensation as cloud releasing latent heat, and the reflective effects of that cloud upon radiation, and the change in the amount of water vapour which is itself a greenhouse gas, make the calculation so complicated that nobody knows what amplicative effect water vapour has on CO2 changes. The IPCC says a 2.5-3fold amplification. The satellite data, which are far more comprehensive than the terrestrial data because satellites can view the entire gobal atmosphere, and remotely sample all depths of it, suggest only a small amplification. The IPCC is lying for political effect, as one of its senior members has admitted (Ottmar Edenhofer, in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 14/11//2010). And the terrestrial data are alarmingly cooked – details on request. NB I have a PhD in physics.

          • not a machine

            well yes , I have doubts about some aspects ,the temperature measurements, arnt exactly saying noting is happening .In the UK its near the coldest time , last week we had 14oC nigh time temperatures , never mind IPCC ,in my living memory I have seen winters change , even met office note there are definitely changes .So the question is what is causing them .We are adding more heat than 100years ago because we are burning more fossil fuels .The CO2 is being absorbed by the oceans ,its at a ppm so the figs say at the highest level (although small) for over 100mn years .my own theory is that the pollution itself (small particulates) is acting as a heat absorber/retainer .If your saying the new guy at the EPA is going to give some of the bad science a run through , I welcome it , if your saying he shouldn’t have to explain what we are seeing and what many leading scientists believe , then I find that wrong .If hes going to knock it down (and the field is open) he has to explain what is happening .

          • Anton

            I was criticising the EPA for many things, and then getting specific regarding global warming.

            Re global warming, what goes on in the UK can hardly be extrapolated to the whole world, and in any case there have been various warming and cooling periods in human recorded history before the Industrial Revolution.

            Re the EPA, it has been indulging in executive over-reach to the extent of gross abuse for some years. If you have a stream pass through your land, they call your entire property a “wetland” and tell you what you can can can’t do, for instance.

          • not a machine

            well yes the climate has changed over millennia ,it is a natural system in as far as we understand the natural systems that govern life on earth.The example is interesting water rights are a big deal in American agriculture.I do go along with the EPA sponsoring some very dubious environmental processes , but it seems to me the reason we have started to see these environmental departments ,is because there is more awareness of our place within the environment and the larger environmental effects . would you for instance still like lead in your petrol as an anti knock additive. Even a physicist must get that processes that destroy plant or marine life , will have a direct effect on human life , whether by gradual process or fast process .But yeah if your argument is about the way the EPA blowing tax payer dollars on useless schemes that’s ok , but don’t know if your thinking all environmental work is subordinate to what business wants , have to disagree with you there .

          • Anton

            I make no claim to special expertise about the environment, but the EPA has been playing fast and loose under Obama for too long. See

            http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2016/03/09/epa-remains-a-paragon-of-government-waste-fraud-and-abuse/

    • IanCad

      You are on to something Inspector. Not only are they giving the deplorable Remnick a platform, his equally dopey colleague on the New Yorker – Adam Gopnick – has been the talking head on “Point of View” for six of the last seven episodes.
      Unbelievable that the BBC should rake in such dross.

      • Inspector General

        The only mitigation one will allow them Ian is that the bright young things who run the place were born into this multicultural socialist paradise we have to endure, and were spoon fed the stuff from an early age. Something has to explain the ghastly feminists among others within. Still, they either adapt to the new reality which is what they’ll have to call how it all was before they were born kicking and screaming or work elsewhere…

        • Anton

          Just stop the licence fee and then sit back and enjoy the view.

          • Inspector General

            Privatising the News Room should do it. There’s a lot to be said about the BBC otherwise, especially radio…

          • Anton

            But you pay a 3-figure licence fee instituted in an era when the BBC had a monopoly and there are now hundreds of channels which don’t see a penny of it. This is wrong.

          • Inspector General

            True, but it is not government money. Most important. That means we were spared a day of martial music, and songs about increased tractor production when Castro died…

          • Anton

            There is no such thing as government money. There is only taxpayers’ money. And that is what the government gives to the BBC; the tax being called the licence fee, and enforced by the government’s laws. Let them starve.

          • TV licence fee is enforced by a private debt recovery company Akinika who ring you up and harass at least twice or thrice a day even if you are behind by a small amount.

          • Anton

            It’s enforced by government and subcontracted to Akinika. If it wasn’t enforced by government then you could tell Akinika to get lost and they couldn’t do anything. As it is they can take you to court.

          • The licence fee payer has no contract with Akinika so they can’t take one to court.

          • Anton

            OK, they tell the authorities, who take you to court. That’s not the point. The point is that it is against laws made by the government to watch TV without a licence, even if you never watch the BBC. That is wrong.

          • Inspector General

            It would take a Judicial Review to say that is wrong…

          • The BBC is no longer special or unbiased it should be free to compete in the open market for its funding. It may as well have adverts as it wastes enough time in between programs promoting other programs.

          • Inspector General

            Maybe, but as we know these days, there is no such thing as statute law. Not if 3 judges sitting decide on a whim…

          • Anton

            That was Judicial Review; nothing to do with Statute Law.

    • David

      The BBC is now so utterly debased once it has “been ripped apart, thoroughly wormed and cleaned”, there will be little left to put back together again.
      The best hope is to sell off the lot, and then start again, creating a very small public service broadcaster with a totally new editorial and journalistic crew.
      But until we get a sharp increase in the quality of our MPs I fear that they simply are not up to that task of ordering a thoroughgoing root and branch change. However with exit from the EU in sight, and a return of real power to the H of C, quality candidates could once again be attracted to the political life. But this takes time, unfortunately. In the meanwhile we must keep the revolution building…

  • Manfarang

    So powerful that young people in many parts of the world have never heard of her.