BBC fat cat Danny Cohen's Baldrick-like plotting was cruelly exposed this week when it emerged that letters of support arriving 'spontaneously' from assorted international luvvies had in fact been individually solicited by Mr Cohen. Perhaps he's had to abandon a second cunning plan - using Eastenders extras to play protesters in a 'spontaneous' demo outside Parliament. Now one of the Dimbledum dynasty is calling for real members of the public to protest - but there's really no need.
You see, we do love much of the BBC's output; I'd be lost without Radio 3 and 4, the nation would be poorer without the BBC producing the Proms and from time they make first class drama and carry out serious investigations. No-one wants to trim the BBC on the grounds of core quality. The talent is (mostly) fine.
No, it's all the dags and tossers we want rid of; the ten layers of management, the meaningless jobs, the self-serving bureaucracy, the waste and inefficiency. Once this goes, once we treat the morbidly obese organisation for its own good by restricting its calorie intake, then the BBC's other major fault, a love of big-state, big-government central command and control, will fade away. As I've written before, the organisation is biased towards neither left or right but towards the political class and with a ridiculous metropolitan attachment. You don't cure this by moving chunks of the organisation to Salford; all they do is continue to talk with Whitehall and Westminster from slightly further away.
And Cohen is fundamentally out of touch with the British public if he doesn't realise that his somewhat amateurish and puerile attempts to campaign on the basis of output quality are simply read by people as a campaign in defence of the BBC's bloated and privileged middle-managers.