Sounds nice doesn't it?
A little homely. Cuddly even.
A bit like referring to a Stalin as Uncle Joe or Kim Jong II as the Dear Leader.
It makes them sound, well, Oh so nice.
The ugly truth is that the BBC acts very much like a state within a state. It has its own tax raising power through the laughably outdated TV licence. It protects its patch with any weapon that comes to hand and it has not been slow on bending politics to its own will if need be (see this piece by Daniel Hannan)
Surely a public service broadcaster should be restricted to the same powers and controls as any other public service. But when have you ever come across say, the judiciary raising their own special tax?
Which other branch of the Civil Service pays £4.6 million to its top nine executives? What public service pays £834000 to its Chief Executive? That is the pay by the way. God knows what are the pension rights/severance pay/terminal bonus/pat-in-lieu etc. etc.
This thing is a monster and like all ugly self serving monoliths it threatens our very democracy.
So Billothewisp was very pleased to see this article which indicates that these
I hope it is true.
I expect the BBC will whine bitch and threaten. I expect that there will attempts at intimidation and blackmail to prevent any curtailment of their privileged position.
We should expect various irrelevant revelations “In the National Interest” about who is sleeping with who etc. etc. especially concerning those trying to control the monster.
The BBC establishment must be faced down and the whole thing reformed.
Or we will all continue to be the losers, while paying for the champagne lifestyles of the self serving unaccountable elite that is the BBC.