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Women’s pay could bankrupt the BBC

It has dug itself a very deep hole and is calling for more shovels to finish the job

I hope you are enjoying the BBC drama series Hard Sun. It is described as pre-apocalyptic science fiction, set in the present day UK. The head of MI5 is a Nigerian woman and everybody else in it lives in a mixed-race family — so, if you are a racist, you might well query that aforementioned description pre-apocalyptic: it’s upon us! The rest of us will simply think it’s ludicrous and bears no relation to the country in which we live, and might become irritated by the BBC forcing this PC social engineering down our throats at every possible opportunity. Although we may already have filled up our beakers of irritation on the leaden, portentous dialogue, the sadistic revelling in violence, the grim and annoying characters and the imbecilic plot.

Hard Sun presages an earth which will be destroyed by a solar cataclysm five years from now. I suspect there is an element of schadenfreude on the BBC’s part here: it will surely have lost its licence by then. These are hard times for Auntie: it staggers like a dog with a broken back from one self-imposed catastrophe to the next, urged on its fervent quest for extinction by those who are its enemies for either commercial or ideological reasons. The latest crisis is women’s pay, where it has dug itself a very deep hole and is currently calling for more shovels to continue the job.

This spat was launched by the BBC’s China editor, Carrie Gracie — an excellent journalist who has, of late, been borne away into the ether on the furiously flapping wings of her own self-importance. In a very principled manner she has resigned from her post but is continuing to work full-time for the BBC in alternative employment, which is a bit like showing your displeasure at the food served in a restaurant by moving to a different table.

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