I am all in favour of those responsible for serious debacles being held to account, but the Director General's resignation is purely token. He had held the job for less than two months and must still have been learning the ropes: he can hardly be held responsible for whatever faults in the organisational structure led to this minor mishap.
- Yet at the same time bankers who failed properly to supervise their traders whose recklessness led to a global financial crisis with repercussions on millions remain in post.
- People are beaten up by policemen on demonstrations and there are deaths in police custody, but rarely is anyone found to be culpable.
- Warnings of the dangers of ash die-back disease have apparently been around for several years: who ignored them and why haven't they been sacked?
- The ministry of defence wastes millions on wasteful procuration deals and yet generals, rather than getting the sack, retire with honour and then hop nimbly into lucrative positions in the armaments industry.
- Newspaper executives who permitted the phone hacking which has caused distress to hundreds remain in post.
- Of those who produced an Olympics nearly 300% over budget, one is given a peerage and joins the government, and another is acknowledged in this morning's Guardian as a national hero
It has often been argued that the law in the UK deals more severely with injuries to property than it does with injuries to people. Clearly that does not apply if the person injured, if only in reputation, is part of the establishment, Lord McAlpine threatens to sue. If he does I hope the damages are only token (after all, the money comes from our licence fee) and if they are large he donates them to a suitable charity, perhaps one trying to help real paedophiles control with their unacceptable disposition.
In all this flagellation and self-flagellation of the BBC we need to remember that there are rapacious capitalists, who give priority to profits over balanced reporting, honesty and artistic endeavour, who are very anxious to gain a slice of the BBC's place in the market: viz the Murdoch empire, with the Telegraph and Mail not far behind