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Tuesday 10 September 2019

It’s Sir BBC Credibility Removal!

While most pundits were still taking in the news that Commons Speaker John Bercow would be stepping down by the end of next month, and that one of his last acts was to allow a motion compelling alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and his chief polecat Dominic Cummings to pony up a significant amount of correspondence on pain of breaking the law, Bozo’s predecessor was about to make her own news.
Theresa May has drawn up her resignation honours list, which, apart from a nod to her love of cricket, has rewarded a significant amount of failure, not least giving honours to Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy, the latter being the brains behind her 2017 General Election foul-up, which was intended to consign Jeremy Corbyn and Labour to the dustbin of history, but ended up with her losing her majority.

The most glaring of her honours, though, has been the award of a knighthood to Robbie Gibb, who was Ms May’s director of communications for just two years, and has since been rewarded by the Rothermere Press with occasional columns in the Daily Mail. How does two years’ service qualify him for a knighthood?

Ah well. Gibb’s service to the Tory Party goes back a long way. As an Evening Standard profile tells, “His first foray in politics was working for the then shadow chancellor Francis Maude. A Tory who met him after he’d joined Michael Portillo’s leadership campaign in 2001 remembers a rare moderniser in Portillo’s circle”. Then he went to the BBC.

The Standard again: “Euroscepticism is a thread through his career. When he returned to the BBC, he made no attempt to hide the fact that he was Conservative. ‘He felt strongly at times that the balance was too far to the Left and Blairism,’ says a former colleague. A cabinet minister adds: ‘He is unusual for someone schooled in the BBC in that he is avowedly partisan.’” Avowedly partisan. At the BBC.
Robbie Gibb

Gibb was a “hard Brexiteer long before it became fashionable”. He was the author of the infamous speech by Ms May that blamed MPs - including many in her own party - for her failure to deliver Brexit. He wrote the speech that finally pointed Theresa May firmly in the direction of the exit door. And for that, he got a knighthood?

Well, maybe not just that. The glaring litany of less than fortunate events at the BBC during and since his tenure show possibly the real reason he was given a K. Remember “Resignation! Making the news on the Daily Politics”? That the only MEPs appearing on the Beeb were from UKIP, and usually Nigel “Thirsty” Farage?

Remember the Corporation’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg effectively taking dictation from Matthew Elliott, the head man at Vote Leave, which had broken the law? The staged confrontation between the Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr and mercenary hack Isabel Oakeshott on The Andy Marr Show™? That Ms Cadwalladr has not been asked back, despite garnering a slew of awards for her work, especially on Cambridge Analytica?

For two years as Theresa May’s spinner, Robbie Gibb did not deserve a knighthood. This looks worryingly like the reward for pointing the BBC to the right.

That may have pleased Theresa May. But the damage may take a decade to put right.
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Anonymous said...

The "honours" system is and always has been a load of Medieval outdated bollocks.

It belongs in the same history dustbin as religious dogma, the unelected "House of Lords" and the unelected "Head of State" Ruritanian Lizzy von Windsor and assorted subsidised hangers-on in her dysfunctional relatives.

Get rid of the lot and we might, just might, have the beginnings of genuine democracy.

mirandola said...

I think "Sir" Lynton Crosby was equally as responsible for May's election collapse in 2017 as Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy.

No one in her election team spoke to anyone else.

Johnson has a very large number of election organizers and chiefs of staff and strategic panjundrums - Nikki da Costa, Carrie Symonds, Sir Eddie Lister, Danny Kruger, Dominic Cummings, "Sir" Lynton Crosby, to say nothing of all the staffers at Tory Central Office.

Let's hope the bastards are all eating each other alive.

Mark said...

And a knighthood for Geoff Boycott a man who punched a partner over 20 times in the face, was convicted for it in France (the reason he voted Brexit he claims) and once said that the only chance he'd get of becoming a sir was by 'blacking up'

nparker said...

Anonymous 10:50

You really are delusional.

(Or trying to discredit this blog, which doesn't work)

Mark said...

@nparker, on the contrary I quite agree with Anon, 10:50 re the ridiculousness of the honours system. Just what exactly is the point? I have nothing but respect for those people who turn these silly things down.