"The Leader's own particular spite was reserved for Lucy Adams, erstwhile head of 'HR', sporting an attitude and a silver thumb-ring more suited to an argumentative teen than a public executive. Last time Adams had denied knowledge of a document that she actually helped author; at the first hint of a repetition the Leader snapped 'I'm not having any more lies this afternoon'
But Lucy Adams hadn't quite done with lying; perhaps it was her BBC training. 'Did you refer to these excessive payments as 'sweeteners'? asked the Senate. 'I have absolutely no recollection of that at all; it's not a word I would use' lied the egregious Ms Adams fluently. Unfortunately, it turned out a Senate member had an email leaked by an Adams subordinate in which Adams had employed precisely that word. Chairman Hoxha commented to the effect that Adams was only distantly acquainted with the concept of truthfulness to which I swear I heard a petulant teenage girl respond ' That is sooooo unfair!' "
Yes, I and countless others actually saw Lucy Adams lying live on TV.
The PAC have recorded it too, noting that 'Misleading a select committee constitutes contempt of Parliament’. The law allows Parliament to jail 'strangers' for the term of the Parliament for this offence - until May 2015 in Lucy Adams' case.
Let's hope the prospect of eighteen months in Holloway has a repentant effect on Ms Adams; in the current mood of Parliament with regard to BBC largesse, I wouldn't put it past the House to bang her up.