The Beeb’s shortest-ever lived DG got a sizeable sum, no doubt: but his public humiliation because of the idiotic, slapdash actions of one small part of his organisation mean (a) he was the Patsy and (b) he will never work again in broadcasting because (c) a scheming Peer decided to turn nasty.
All blame, no responsibility, less than zero spine. The correct thing for our legislators to do would’ve been to condemn utterly the £185,000 paid out to a man who felt wronged but had a weak case. But our MPs don’t want to do that, because they don’t like the BBC. Labour has never forgiven them for questioning Iraq policy, and the Tories would rather have Murdoch in their stead. Our MPs would rather applaud lachrymose tripe about one Peer’s as yet unproven reputation for spotless honesty, while covering up the abuse meted out to vulnerable children. They would rather drivel on about austerity and cutting the deficit, than jail and then tear apart the criminal bankers and institutions that doubled it. They would rather ignore the civil service embezzlement of pension rights that doubled the National Debt than take on the feather-bedded sociopaths in Whitehall and Town Hall.