David Miliband and Tessa Jowell have come up with an idea to reconnect the licence payer with the BBC.
In a joint blog today, they will say*:
“The mutual principle could play a role in strengthening the democratic accountability of the BBC, as one of most treasured and important public institutions"
“Owned by the British public and paid for directly through each household’s TV licence, it is only right that ordinary members of the public should have a real say in how it is run”.
"Under a mutual model, membership of the BBC could be open to everyone who pays the licence fee. Members could have the right to elect representatives to a Member’s Council that would elect a majority of members of the BBC Trust. This would give licence fee payers a way to democratic voice in the priorities of the BBC.
“Greater public engagement with members could also take place via the website, to ensure the BBC was providing responsive services. With those running the BBC directly accountable to their members, they would have a clear mandate to canvas license fee payers on all major policy decisions.”
Fuck me. Bananaman and the arrogant, boot-faced cunt have come with an idea I support entirely.
If you pay the license fee, you get a better say in how the BBC is run. Increased accountability and transparency. Fucking genius, brilliant idea. So, apart from the near-breakdown in cognitive function caused by reading something quite sensible from a pair of power-crazed, dysfunctional buttmunches, I wondered how I might be misinterpreting this.
And then it dawned on me: this wouldn't be a voluntary co-op. We'd all still be forced with menaces to spunk our money out on twattish BBC cuntishness, the ability to vote and "participate" would just be an additional sweetener to help us accept the tax by another name. And because it would be driven by the BBC, the mutuality and co-operativeness would be about as much use as Network Rail is to rail commuters.
So, once again, Labour fail.
*How the fucking fuck do they do this? I never know what my blog posts are going to say when I sit down to write them.