Thursday, December 14, 2006

A Disgraceful Waste of Money

Good to see that the television licence tax fee is being put to good use. A story in The London Paper reads as follows:

The wild Radio 1 Christmas party left bosses with a sore head as they paid a £30,000 bar bill for DJs and staff last night.

The likes of Vernon Kay, Fearne Cotton and Pete Tong all gathered at the three-floor Sound club in Leicester Square, which has recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, enjoying the fresh sushi and huge amounts of alcohol.

I hope they enjoyed their sushi and alcohol paid for by 228 hardworking houses. I cannot take the BBC's demands for a licence fee increase above the rate of inflation seriously while they waste money on events like this. Privatise it.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Monster Raving Boring

I know that the Monster Raving Looney Party is supposed to be pointless, but for many there has always been a little sense of affection for their lightening of the democratic dialogue. Unfortunately, I think their time and any possible relevance has passed, even though party leader, Alan Hope, looks remarkably like Boss Hogg.

A recent stunt (reported here at the BBC) was an effort to drum up publicity. The big idea: make Mondays part of the weekend. What a crazy, mad cap idea. I would love to meet the comic genius that came up with that one. Surely there were a million better ideas. In fact, why did they choose an idea that has already been adopted by most socialist governments in the EU?

The sad part of all of this is that Ian Duncan Smith will probably be forced to announce this idea as part of a Tory policy review next week.