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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Actions speak louder than words at the BBC

The BBC paid a total of £2.6 million to 11 departing executives in the five months after Lord Hall of Birkenhead took over as the Director-General last year.  The former managers received more than the £150,000 cap that Lord Hall has imposed on redundancy payments after the disclosure that dozens of former senior managers had walked off with six-figure sums in recent years prompted allegations of cronyism and misuse of public money.

The latest payoffs, averaging £234,720, were made despite Lord Hall’s promises to crack down on big severance deals, because the departing executives had already been promised te generous payoffs.

So that's OK then.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

This is what happens with a female Home Secretary

There will be no national extension of pub licensing hours during England's opening World Cup match, the Home Office has confirmed.

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) had asked for serving times to be extended on two weekends during the tournament in Brazil this summer.

But the Home Office rejected the bid, saying the World Cup was not a "one-off" event like the Queen's Jubilee.

So the Jubilee was a "one-off"?  I seem to remember there was one 25 years previously, and God willing, there will be another one 9 years from now.