A mysterious Patten emerging

22 October 2013

6:22 PM

22 October 2013

6:22 PM

Lord Patten, the Chairman of the BBC Trust, rarely looks thrilled when being scrutinised, but he was particularly grumpy in front of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee today. He said sullenly that Rob Wilson, the tenacious Tory MP, has written to the BBC some 64 times in the past year with Savile-related questions. Wilson is famed in Westminster for his Watsonian commitment to letter-writing and truth-seeking, so Patten’s jibe fell flat.

Meanwhile, Patten was unable to answer questions regarding the continuing mystery over why key evidence about ex-BBC Director General Mark Thompson was excluded from Nick Pollard’s £3 million review of the BBC’s handling of the Savile affair. (Readers may recall that Thompson has gone on to earn an estimated $6 million by bossing around the New York Times.)

Has it occurred to Fat Pang that Rob Wilson writes so many letters to the BBC because it seems incapable of answering his questions?

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  • JunkkMale

    “written to the BBC some 64 times in the past year … Patten was unable to answer questions”

    Mr. P’s efforts in the latest dog & pony show were pretty dire, if now predictable from a person who has on more than one occasion told any public representatives that the BBC ASKS questions… it doesn’t get asked. Fall out of line and there’ll be a BIJ/Newsnight special slipping down Ian Katz’ slipway before you can say snoring boring.

    As to writing a lot in face of not getting any answers, this can be the precise reason the BBC uses to expedite (ban) the public from embarrassing the Trust by asking questions they can’t answer. They simply claim it’s a waste of time. If one they create. And being in secret, in the BBC, FOI exempted, who is to say different?

    Douglas Adams’ ‘Beware of the Leopard’ cupboard pales as a parody of institutional Catch 22 self-protecting abuse.

    Which is another unique they appear to get away with too often.

  • McRobbie

    It was appalling display of arrogance from both patten and hall..patten displayed convenient recall of a shyster and 11 jobs hall just blustered as he had no answers.
    I cannot believe that someone in such a highly paid and apparently challenging position can have more than one job anyway..and all this rubbish about we cant control what people do in their spare time is another sign of the arrogance of this BBC gang. Even in local government if you are paid above a certain scale you are expected to be available 24 / 7 to do your job as required….I’ve been there and was called out all hours….unpaid.

    • Kevin Ronald Lohse

      You were paid. Your remuneration covered being called aout at all hours, you said so yourself in the same sentence.

      • Daniel Maris

        No he didn’t. He said he was “expected” – not “contracted”. Pay attention at the back.

  • madasafish

    “Meanwhile, Patten was unable to answer questions ”

    Unable? Unwilling seems more likely.

    After all, when the truth is embarrassing, a failure to remember is not lying and impossible to criticise. A common ploy which I have used myself in the past when I don’t want to answer.

  • keith

    Christopher ” Lord” pattern, is one of the problems at the BBC, you only have to listen to his high handed attitude to questions from journalists he thinks don’t toe the BBC line, this man is supposed to represent the wider public when dealing with the BBC management, i have yet to hear anyone explain how this man who has spent his life as part of the establishment can represent the wider public.

    • WestPopeye

      Simple if you pause for thought, it involves licking and nether regions.

    • fathomwest

      Indeed, the wider public rejected him in Bath and yet he was placed by Major in Brussels as a Commissioner then to Hong Kong (not forgetting the Lords) ruined the Royal Ulster Constabulary, then some university job finally (hopefully) the BBC. Not bad for a failed politician!

      • ArchiePonsonby

        Further proof – as if any were needed – that Major should have kept his face full of Currie!

  • Andy

    No Fat Pang wouldn’t think that. He is far too dim. High time we broke up the BBC, which is a nest of Fascist vipers.

    • Jabez Foodbotham

      I had always put Fat Pang down as a commie rat. Appearances can deceive I suppose, but the essential awfulness of the underlying nature always shows through.