Thursday, April 19, 2012

How to hand the rich power: Lord O'Donnell's great plan

Finally it seems Siobhan Benita is being asked a couple of difficult questions. The independent candidate, or more accurately the Mandarin's candidate has been getting a remarkably easy ride up until now with a spate of fawning interviews across the media. People have started to ask questions about her reasons for leaving the civil service, which are as anti-democratic as can be, "she was losing faith in the power of the civil service to keep politicians in check", not really the task of a civil servant. 

She is very energised by the fact that, with no electoral support, and no political track record she has not been put on the platform in candidate hustings. As you well know UKIP are also a bit miffed by this, but with a little more reason, given that we are ahead of the media's preffered candidate on almost all matrices. But I digress.

Possibly the most extraordinary argument yet made in the 'who gets to have TV coverage and sit on the hustings panel' I have ever seen has been made by that Pooh Ba of Pooh Ba's, Augustine Thomas O'Donnell, Baron O'Donnell GCB. In the Huff Po he states,
"Lord O'Donnell said they should instead look at bookmakers odds. William Hill currently has Benita as third favourite to win behind Livingstone and Johnson."
Yup. the man they called God is seriously suggesting that the BBC should tear up its normal procedures (well maybe) and replace them with a trip to William Hill.

So that a decision on who gets free airtime should be made by how much someone puts on a candidate. Thus a rich benefactor, say Peter Jones from Dragon's Den could put £10,000 on her, and thus skew the odds.

Better still it wouldn't even appear as campaign donations...


1 comment:

Paul Wesson said...

TV and radio access? Seats at hustings? The UK fails to meet its international commitments under the Copenhagen Document June 1990, but nobody cares.

Deposits should automatically be refunded to those who don't get their share of coverage.