Jeremy Paxman: George Entwistle brought low by "cowards and incompetents"

Newsnight presenter's furious attack on "bloated" BBC management of "time-servers" and "biddable people".

The veteran Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has said that BBC director-general George Entwistle was "brought low by cowards and incompetents".

In a ferocious attack on the BBC's managers, he said that the corporation, scared by the Hutton Inquiry, had appointed "biddable people", cutting programme budgets and "bloating the management".

He added that he was sad to see Entwistle leave "[w]hile time-servers prosper".

The statement was tweeted by Paxman's agent, Capel & Land:

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Paxman has attacked BBC management. Photo: Getty

Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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