BBC breathlessly informs us that Labour has become the second-largest party on Norfolk County Council after winning the Thetford West by-election. BBC not so quick to discuss the fact that ALL but one of Labour’s prospective MEP candidates for next year are linked to UNITE.
The BBC also failed to mention this on their website:
You can see from the list below just who gets the majority of these fees, which the BBC calls ‘modest’.
Any surprise they don’t understand what modest really means?
HOW THE BBC IS LINING THE POCKETS OF MPS
Diane Abbott (Lab) – £3,278 for television appearances and travel
David Blunkett (Lab) – £250 for a television appearance
Glyn Davies (Con) – £1,650 for newspaper reviews and interviews
Philip Davies (Con) – £1,290 in expenses for a trip to Florida to film a documentary
Peter Hain (Lab) – £2,900 in expenses for a trip to South Africa to film a documentary
Nia Griffith (Lab) – hospitality tickets to Wales vs Ireland Six Nations match worth £781
Alan Johnson (Lab) – £12,000 for 40 hours of work for the BBC
Tessa Jowell (Lab) – £750 for an interview and a television appearance
Owen Smith (Lab) – hospitality tickets to Wales vs Ireland Six Nations match worth £781
John Whittingdale (Con) – £150 for a radio appearance
A BBC spokesman said: ‘In general, we do not pay a fee to politicians to appear on BBC programmes to talk about party political matters. If they are making a filmed report or appearing as a presenter they may be offered a modest fee.’
I work a 40 hour week, I don’t remember ever having been paid £12,000.00 for one weeks’ work.
£300.00 PER HOUR, or about 30 times the average pay of the humble postman. Just about enough for your average Bollinger Bolshevik to get by on though.
I’m sure postie Johnson was worth it. After all, posties get paid £17,500 per year for 40 hour weeks, that works out at roughly £10 per hour gross (assume 1750 working hours pa)
“You would work up to 40 hours a week full-time, including Saturday mornings. You may have the option to work part-time hours or overtime, particularly at Christmas.”
How was Johnson selected for this job? Was it competed, where was it advertised? Can the BBC demonstrate that it has complied with Equal Opportunities best practice? Could I have put a bid in to do the job?
Or was it a ‘fast dial’ offer to one individual only.
The BBC would say £10 per hour is humble, £300 per hour is modest.
A non story: a single seat contest that was UKIP and is now Labour:
“The win puts Labour on 15 seats and UKIP on 14. The Conservatives, who lost control of the council in May, are the largest party with 40 seats.”
Political Betting provides more and better:
The CON gain from UKIP in Worcs
CON to LD swing of 14.7% in Ribble Valley
A good vote share for UKIP in Amber valley
Big LAB to PC swing in Ynys MON: Goodish for UKIP
As a UKIP member I was disappointed to see that they had formed a ruling alliance in Norfolk with Labour, Lib Dems and Greens. I expressed my concern about this to UKIP head office nearly two months ago but have yet to receive a reply.
I apologise for this comment being off-target on this site as it clearly doesn’t concern the BBC.
It does help the Tory line of vote UKIP get Labour.
ukip are jokers,when i heard nigel farage sounding like a socalist this week and condemming the goverments crackdown on illegal immigrants and bogus asylum seekers who abuse the system i thought goodbye ukip i will be voting for the torys from now on.
Going from nasty to nice may lose you votes, but at least bBC don’t treat you as a BNP lout quite so often. In other words Nigel’s done a Dave.
Another thing that I expect they forgot to mention. The lib/dems did not field a candidate, so many lib/dems would have voted Labour. The Labour and Lib/Dems have pulled this trick before
That’s interesting. So UKIP were stitched up by their local coalition partners!