Bonkers nation

October 31, 2008 at 1:07 am (1)

A news report on BBC Radio 4 tonight led with the story that the broadcaster’s star chat show host Jonathan Ross has been suspended for three months after making an obscene call an old to much loved comic actor Andrew Sachs, who played Manuel in Fawlty Towers, as part of live radio prank. Ross was joined in this endeavour by the comedian Russell Brand who joked about having had sex with the actor’s granddaughter in a message the pair left on Mr Sachs’ answering machine.

Since then there has been outrage in the form of 30,000 complaints to the BBC in what can fairly be described as a media onslaught against the public broadcaster.

Yesterday, Brand resigned. Today the controller of Radio 2 resigned. No wonder. This week the Prime Minister added to pressure for the BBC to punish the people responsible for this episode of below-the-belt humour — for that is all it was. No more.

Our vocal Prime Minister is the same man who in 2004 decided to stay silent as Tony Blair lied to the country and took us to war, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people and dozens of British soldiers. Not one politician’s head has yet rolled as a result of that war. In fact, Jack Straw, who was foreign secretary at the time is justice minister. At least it is Ross and Brand’s job to be outrageous jokers. What’s Gordon Brown’s excuse?

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