The new Conservative government seems to have lost little time looking for ways to reform the BBC:
The taxpayer-funded British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) appears to have had intricate involvement in a letter sent to the Prime Minister, urging the organisation to be spared from government spending cuts. The news comes despite the BBC claim that it had no involvement in the letter.
The Times reports that in fact, the letter sent by a number of British celebrities to the Prime Minister was circulated and promoted by BBC executives – a point that has emerged since one of the signatories admitted she was approached by the controller of BBC Radio 1.
The argument is over a situation that looks to be straight out of the 1970s. In reality it is the result of an agreement made in 2003, when the then Labour government caved in to pressure from BMA bosses and dished out a new deal for the NHS which included rights for senior doctors to opt out of working weekends – even though this is when hospitals face some of their greatest pressures.
Of course, if they really want to save wasted money, they could do no better than to de-fund the AntiSmoking Hate group, ASH, and similar organisations. And shake up the BMA and RCP.
But, H/T Rose, that doesn’t seem very likely, given the latest antismoking edict:
From 1 October 2015 it will be illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicles) with anyone under 18 present. The law is changing to protect children and young people from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50. The law applies to every driver, including those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving licence. The law does not apply if the driver is 17 years old and is on their own in the car.
The law applies to any private vehicle that is enclosed wholly or partly by a roof. It still applies if people have the windows or sunroof open, have the air conditioning on, or if they sit in the open doorway of the vehicle. The law won’t apply to a convertible car with the roof completely down.