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22 July 2017

BBC should tell its overpaid staff they’re getting a fifty percent pay cut – then slash the licence fee for the hard up

THE BBC’s biggest earners could all halve their pay and still be very rich indeed.

And that is exactly what should happen.

The corporation will instinctively be tempted instead to shower huge rises on those stars — mostly female — who are understandably furious that others, almost all male, get far more.

BBC have faced backlash at the rate some of their presenters are being paid
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BBC have faced backlash at the rate some of their presenters are being paid[/caption]

It must resist such a free-for-all with licence-payers’ money.

The problem is not that people already on six-figure salaries are underpaid. It’s that far too many others are grotesquely overpaid . . . and many know it.

Already Radio 4’s John Humphrys says he would work for less than his £650,000.

The BBC insists it pays the market rate for its presenters. Let’s test that.

Tell them to take a big cut or face redundancy. We’ll soon see then how eagerly the Beeb’s commercial rivals are to hire them on the extravagant salaries they have come to expect.

BBC Radio 4's presenter John Humphrys has even said he would take a pay cut
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BBC Radio 4’s presenter John Humphrys has even said he would take a pay cut[/caption]

Some may sue. But the corporation already faces sex discrimination cases if it fails to bring greater pay equality.

The hard-up public, their own wages in the doldrums for a decade, are in no mood to see the BBC hand out big rises and make even more staff millionaires.

They’d rather the pay bill was cut, along with the licence fee.

 


Fight for Brexit

HOW long will the Government continue to give the most rabid Remainers a clear run at ­rubbishing Brexit?

From every pessimistic anecdote and snippet of negativity, they are building a story that Britain is doomed. That David Davis is a fool being humiliated by Brussels’ negotiators, that the whole thing is so obviously already a catastrophe it must be reversed.

David Davis is making a fool of the UK in Brexit talks
David Davis is making a fool of the UK in Brexit talks
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They plainly hope that if they say it loud enough and often enough the ­public will begin to believe it.

The facts are against them. The economy has defied their dire predictions.

The weaker Pound has been a godsend for manufacturers and exporters and brought a huge surge in tourism.

Yes, inflation began to rise. Then it­ fell again.

Record numbers — and still climbing — are in work. The City, which these Remainers reckon will be destroyed, is full of confidence and on a hiring spree.

Trade talks with America begin on Monday.

People protesting in London following the EU referendum vote
People protesting in London following the EU referendum vote
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More sober Remainers are finally focusing on how Britain can make Brexit work best. The staunchly Europhile business group the CBI claims now to be among them.

Boss Carolyn Fairbairn insists none of her members want Brexit reversed — merely a transition period, time-limited and “as short as possible”.

If so, fair enough. The Sun backs that too.

After the summer break, our squabbling Cabinet ministers must unite — and come out fighting for Brexit.

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