Six of the best
Reader’s Comment of the Week
In response to David Keighley: Why did Yentob not see Kids Company was an accident waiting to happen? Couldabin wrote:
I’d like to know how a “manager” of Yentob’s seniority and pay level within the Beeb, allowed him to have enough time to spend as Chairman of Trustees of Kids Company. No wonder he didn’t have a clue what was going on. He thought it would be a useful addition to his CV. He didn’t think he’d need to do any work apart from propping up Batmanreturn’s ego. Let’s hope (but I’m not holding my breath) that he’s learned a lesson or two from this mess. On a related issue, when will his very public slanging match with a BBC reporter result in an investigation of his behaviour? What’s good enough for Clarkson is surely good enough for this troughing idiot.
TCW Hero of the Week
Far be it from us to stand up for the Brownite wife of Ed Balls, the man who was pulling the Treasury strings when our economy crashed and burned. But oh my, what a speech Yvette Cooper gave this week, calling out the Hamas and IRA sympathiser Jeremy Corbyn.
Britain needs a strong opposition. As Cooper said, the policies of veteran left-winger Corbyn offer only “old solutions to old problems”. At least she is taking a stance, in contrast to slippery Andy Burnham who will not rule out serving in Corbyn’s neo-communist shadow cabinet.
TCW Villain of the Week
Alan Yentob’s behaviour in the Kids Company saga, even by the standards of the shameless we-can-do-no-wrong BBC executives, has been outrageous.
It also defies belief that one of the Corporation’s most senior managers did not understand that his elevated position as its creative director generated a massive conflict of interest when he rang the BBC’s flagship television investigative programme Newsnight to influence a story about a charity of which he was chairman. Time and time again, the BBC has been shown to a lousy steward of public money. Yentob is yet another example – and he is our villain of the week.