It isn't about Jonathon Ross and Russell Brand. I've always found their clever dick humour not to my taste, but I know that others enjoy listening to them. Its individual taste. And in general, we know what they are like. We don't have to listen to them - and I don't. But what they demonstrated to all of us last week is that they are two rather unpleasant individuals. No, the issue is the BBC, this great monolith which survives on huge sums of money, extracted from the people of Britain by what amounts to force.
Personally, I think it's missing the point to demand that these two 'performers' be dismissed - though I suspect that many of the people who they made laugh in the past, will not find them so funny in the future. Many people may express their opinion via the on/off switch. How depressing it will be if it transpires that people don't. No, sacking them would be a diversionary tactic - taking our attention away from the real issue. It was the inherent culture that allowed this pre-recorded material to be approved for broadcast.
Tonight, at long last, there has been a reaction from the Chairman of the BBC. I suppose he's realised that the country is up in arms. Panic stations - better press the damage limitation button. Now, who is to be the scapegoat this time. The Chairman should have known is was unacceptable, even if there hadn't been a single letter of complaint. He and his entire Board should have known that this was revolting behaviour. There should have been no need for politicians to speak out on this, because the BBC should have taken immediate action itself. Can't these people self-regulate at all? The truth is, they didn't see anything wrong with it - until the balloon went up. I was horrified by the sneering tone on Drive on 5 Live, several days later, when the offensive material was broadcast again. They just didn't get it. If the BBC doesn't get it soon, the licence fee will be abolished - or given to another body which will take its responsibility more seriously. Please BBC, get a grip before its too late.