Huw Pym in Ariel

Interesting to see Huw Pym’s piece analysing the pension changes in this week’s Ariel. In his very polite and restrained way he seems just as perplexed as all of us as to why Mark Thompson feels the need to make changes now (see earlier posts). He also points out that there are many variations on the BBC’s proposals which appear to have a very similar effect on the deficit and asks the question, why then has the BBC picked just one idea (the most brutal) and chosen to present it as the only alternative?

I am reminded of Tony Blair’s strategy; pick a fight with your own side to show how tough you are to the rest of the world. Perhaps Mark wants to demonstrate to the government (and the Conservative press) that he can neutralise the criticism of the BBC as a bunch of liberal wusses.

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