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15 Comments

  1. Missy

     /  July 20, 2017

    The big story today has been the release of salaries over 150,000 pounds paid by the BBC to its ‘talent’.

    This list is a little misleading as some are paid much more as part of their salaries are paid through companies, which means they weren’t included in what was required to be released, and others who should be on the list aren’t for the same reason – they are paid via companies.

    Unsurprising to anyone Chris Evans and Gary Linekar are the highest paid ‘talent’ at the BBC, with Evans on over 2 million, and Linekar on over 1.5 million.

    The other uncomfortable truth of this for the BBC is the gender pay gap that has been revealed, it is expected that the BBC may now be facing legal action as some of the women presenters take them to court for breaching equality laws.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/19/bbcs-highest-paid-stars-revealed-chris-evans-gary-lineker-lead/

    It has been interesting watching the lefties tie themselves up in knots over this. The incomparable & unimpeachable BBC vs Pay Equality. They don’t know whether to defend the BBC or to kick up a stink about the Gender Pay Gap, so most have gone to the position that what the BBC pay their ‘talent’ is commercially sensitive information and they shouldn’t have to divulge that information, conveniently forgetting that it is paid for by a compulsory licence fee. Another position that many have taken is to try and divert the conversation by demanding commercial stations divulge the same information.

    • Missy

       /  July 20, 2017

      A BBC sycophant in our midst is there? Obviously doesn’t like that the BBC have had to publish the salaries of their top earners, or maybe it is just someone who thinks the gender pay gap is all good.

      • Gezza

         /  July 20, 2017

        Grumpy old reprobate probably

        • Missy

           /  July 20, 2017

          Well, not you then G, you aren’t Grumpy. 😉

          (I didn’t think it was anyway….)

          • Gezza

             /  July 20, 2017

            Doesn’t like strong women.

          • Gezza

             /  July 20, 2017

            🤔 😠

            • Missy

               /  July 20, 2017

              That was a compliment…. nothing to be sad about, I was saying you aren’t grumpy. 🙂

            • Missy

               /  July 20, 2017

              or is that angry face? it isn’t very clear on my computer, time for some new glasses I think!

            • Gezza

               /  July 20, 2017

              Grumpy. Old. Reprobate.
              You said I only wasn’t grumpy.
              You know I’m bloody sensitive!

            • Missy

               /  July 20, 2017

              My bad, of course you aren’t old… or a reprobate.

            • Gezza

               /  July 20, 2017

              😎 👍🏼 ❤️ 🌹🌹

  2. Missy

     /  July 20, 2017

    Yesterday the Electoral Commission said they were going to investigate electoral fraud in the recent election, specifically whether students voted twice for Jeremy Corbyn.

    There is no centralised electoral roll in the UK, it is the responsibility of the local authorities to maintain the electoral rolls, this is just the first of the loopholes in the system that make it easy for electoral fraud to take place in the UK. It is legal for people to be registered in two constituencies in the UK if people spend time in more than one place, it is most common for students who are usually registered in their home constituency and in the constituency where they go to University, however, they are only allowed to vote in one constituency.

    Also in the UK, if you are going to be out of the country on polling day, instead of doing early voting like in NZ (or online voting) a person can do a postal vote, or get someone to vote on their behalf as a proxy, the voter must be registered for these types of voting. My understanding on proxy voting (though I could be wrong) is that the individual names who will do the voting for them, and only that person can vote on their behalf.

    The Electoral Commission received over 1000 complaints about students allegedly voting twice. There are also allegations that some students took the polling cards of their friends and classmates who weren’t going to vote and turned up later in the day to vote as someone else, most of them voted for Labour, and apparently there is evidence that some students who were not registered for postal or proxy voting voted despite being out of the country.

    A Conservative backbencher is going to introduce a Private Members Bill that removes the ability of voters to register in more than one constituency. This Bill is expected to pass, though it will be interesting how the voting goes, it could be a political nightmare for Labour, because no matter what grounds they may have if they vote against the Bill it could (and probably will) be spun as Labour wanting to keep a system that helps them out.

  3. Missy

     /  July 20, 2017

    Moggmentum

    Quick note on the new hero of the Right. He joined Twitter on Sunday, and by Tuesday he had over 20,000 followers, he is now up to 24,800 followers. He has tweeted a grand total of 5 times.

    In contrast to the number of followers he has, he only follows three accounts, The Conservative Party, The PM, and his sister (a journalist).