It has been a particular cause of sadness to me to witness the way in which the BBC has fallen, over the twenty seven years since I last worked there, from being a paragon of public service broadcasting to become a nest of back-stabbing, self-serving, egotists. I suppose, therefore, that I should not have been surprised this morning to catch the announcement on Radio 4 of a new series entitled 'Rifts at the BBC'. There, in one programme, we see the corrosive blend of introspection, dysfunctional behaviour, conceitedness, and uncontrolled self-publicity which has been the down-fall of a once-great institution.
It seems there is also the option for members of the public to visit the BBC website to vote for their favourite rift. I suspect that Miriam O-Reilly's 'ageism' court case will claim the number one spot, but my own favourite was the schism that grew in the board room of the BBC Trust over the question of whether Clarkson should be sacked for using the 'N-word'. We might just as well imagine the GMC asking if Shipman should have been struck-off for stealing NHS pens.
UPDATE: It seems that my prediction was incorrect. According to the public vote the number one rift was something to do with a gentleman by the name of Jimmy Page, and his electrical guitar playing on a composition entitled 'A Whole Lot of Love'. I must confess to being unfamiliar with the nature of the rift, but I am assured by my friend Brian Sewell that Mr Page's playing caused a frightful row.