Really? Do go on. “Lineker was a talented goalscorer and is a decent TV presenter. For this, he trousers millions from licence-payers … Little surprise he considers the BBC, which pays this incredible salary, a saintly institution beyond reproach … Or that he would deride as ‘a chump’ the Culture Secretary for daring to suggest it could be slimmed down … Maybe the news hasn’t reached Lineker’s ivory tower, but millions are fed up having to pay an archaic tax on their TV to fund the bloated corporation … He should stick to the two subjects he knows a bit about: football and crisps”.
To understand this attack, though, we need to look further than Lineker’s disdain for embattled Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, although his passing adverse comment on the man who is regarded as the unofficial “Minister for Murdoch” will have contributed to the pre-ordered rant. There is also the aftermath of the Hillsborough inquest verdicts.
Or, to put it another way, “Nice career you’ve got there Gary. Pity if something were to happen to it”. Tom Watson was right - the Murdoch empire is a Mafia operation.