Whay Manuelgate Matters

Why Manuelgate matters

For all the distaste of the calls to Sachs there’s been some understandable frustration here that it’s this issue the public and papers have got upset about, rather than the constant bias.

This, though, would seem to suggest the result is the same – a lack of trust in the Beeb that can’t help but hit its unwarranted reputation as a impartial source of news:

The PoliticsHome Phi5000 Public Opinion Tracker, powered by YouGov, consists of a politically balanced panel of 5000 voters across the UK… [and] has tracked public perception of a variety of institutions on a daily basis. Since records began, the BBC has been the country’s best loved institution, with an average net approval rating of 30… The BBC’s approval rating, however, has plummeted this week as the Ross/Brand affair has dominated the media. In just four days, it has fallen a huge 24 points to only 6.

My favourite bit, though, bearing in mind the complaint that this has all been whipped up by the press, is this:

This places the BBC for the first time below ‘Broadsheet newspapers’

There’s also this, which will surprise no one: Among Conservative supporters (who initially had a lower opinion of the Corporation), the BBC now has a negative net rating (-3).

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69 Responses to Whay Manuelgate Matters

  1. Anonymous says:

    “I am happy to report that most presenters have 10 times the IQ of Ross, are knowledgeable and interesting.”

    Don’t care about IQs or pseudo-intellectual presenters, just the music.

    During Ross’s stints much of the airtime that could have been used playing other people’s talent was wasted by his nonstop prattling.


  2. Millie Tant says:


    That is simply a misspelling.

    The word in English is “prat”.

    I could start my own slang “dictionary” with lots of misspelt words and made-up etymologies, but it wouldn’t make it authoritative as to what the words and spellings actually are in English.


  3. Nick Riggs says:

    Prat, pratt, whatever. Stop trolling around and get back on topic.


  4. Nearly Oxfordian says:

    Yes, mein Fuehrer.
    Just bugger off, Nick: nobody died and made you king.


  5. Nearly Oxfordian says:

    Don’t care about IQs or pseudo-intellectual presenters

    A true low-brow response: anyone who can use 2-syllable words is ‘pseudo-intellectual’.


  6. Millie Tant says:

    Nick Riggs:
    Prat, pratt, whatever. Stop trolling around and get back on topic.
    Nick Riggs | 01.11.08 – 5:19 pm | #
    So why are you posting off topic if you disapprove of off-topic posting and have no information to add to the off-topic topic?

    (Note: that is a rhetorical question.)


  7. Anonymous says:


    Er no. I meant anyone using big words where 2-syllables are more than adequate, Radio 3 types in particular.

    You obviously like listening to pompous pretentious stuck-up-their own arse types, so

    Next time, in promulgating your esoteric cogitations, or articulating your superficial sentimentalities and amicable, philosophical or psychological observations, beware of platitudinous ponderosity.

    Let your conversational communications possess a clarified conciseness, a compacted comprehensibleness, coalescent consistency, and a concatenated cogency. Eschew all conglomerations of flatulent garrulity, jejune babblement, and asinine affectations.



  8. ivy says:

    Anonymous | 01.11.08 – 6:21 pm |



  9. Gerald Brown says:

    Two points.

    How on earth can the BBC have a rating as HIGH as -3 among Conservatives. Wake up out there!

    Watching Newsnight I feel sure the pro-Ross commentator said that the Radio 1 poll showed 2 to 1 in favour of Ross. Does (rather did) he have a Radio 1 show?


  10. Adam says:

    Wossy to replace tim westwood shocker


  11. Kill the Beeb says:

    Nearly Oxfordian:

    I’ll continue to spell Pratt with two t’s. And I’ll use apostrophe’s where’s ever’s I see’s fit.

    Incidentally, I have notice an increasingly angst ridden snarl to your posts lately.

    Still no luck in finding a girlfriend then?


  12. Nearly Oxfordian says:

    I have a long-term partner, you sad masturbating illiterate 12-year old. The angst is all in your head, but don’t worry: those hairs are quite normal, and I am sure some poor girl will fancy you once your spots disappear.


  13. Kill the Beeb says:

    Long term partner? What a ridiculous way to refer to your own hands.


  14. Catastrophe says:

    Now now lady… i have way more pubes than both of you!


  15. Catastrophe says:

    ladies that was meant to be.


  16. Nearly Oxfordian says:

    Is that the best comment you could elicit KTB? Pathetic.

    My partner was shooting ping-pong balls out of her flange, before you were even born. Before even I was born for that matter. As it was only in the 1980s I had the courage to take court her, after exhuming her victorian corpse from a graveyard in Surbiton.

    Ever since then our love has transcended idiotic comments from juveniles such as yourself.

    And she is the only woman I have ever been with who can actually totally detach her lower jaw during fellatio.


  17. Catastrophe says:

    Does that even matter when you have teeny weeny… ??? If she can shoot ping pong balls out of her vag she must not feel much during sex!


  18. Kill the Beeb says:

    Nearly Oxfordian:
    “those hairs are quite normal, and I am sure some poor girl will fancy you once your spots disappear.”

    You shouldn’t place commas before the conjunction “and” as it makes you look illiterate.

    It also confirms my belief that you are single, unloved and very, very angry.


  19. Ms. Know says:

    That’s a good one, because the mainstream media illuminati do supress lots of things. Things we need to know, and tell us things we could pass on.