I had a very brief conversation with a rather harassed, but lovely lady pulling bins out onto the street for the bin wagon earlier this morning. Our bins should have been collected yesterday.
She said the problem is cross borough as there are not enough drivers. Apparently there are 11 wagons sat in the yard unable to be used because there is no one there to drive them. She intimated they had gone elsewhere as they were being paid more. Her parting comment was 'that is 100,000 households not having their bins collected today'!
Apparently the lack of HGV drivers across the UK that is underpinning this local issue is being put down to the fact that a large number of HGV qualified drivers were EU nationals that have gone back to the EU...
I bet this was not on BoJo's Brexit Risk Register.
I was only reflecting on this earlier today and arrived at the same conclusions as Xavier. Simon Webb sums up the BBC's output quite well here. Unfortunately, the BBC news has lost its core purpose. It's meant to deliver the news in an unbiased manner not engineer social change or rewrite history.
The license fee is an anachronism. Once a great institution for exporting British values to the world and providing excellent history and natural history programs with genuine educational value, the BBC has disappeared up its own bottom. Why do we pay 'talent', particularly news readers, so much for skills that are easily replicated for a fraction of the price? It's days are numbered.
Mmm, bar Newsnight, I despair of most TV news now.
Emily Maitlis moderated a useful discussion on what the BBC called "The Building Fire Safety Crisis. Though the contributors made it plain that it is far more deep seated. There's a crisis in the shoving-up-towers model of corporate greed.
One more advantage of Brexit: less pressure to invite foreigners on major opinion panels like the long-runnng BBC1 Propaganda Time. It's so much less stressful to narrow the window of opinion to a few calm centrists with maybe a shouty right-wing bigot or two for "balance".
To try and keep on-subject, I could suggest that many would like to see the media tax (sorry, TV licence fee) confined to the 'dustbin of history', but I fear now that it won't be collected. It's a shame that refusing to pay such an archaic tax can often still lead to the imprisonment of mainly vulnerable single mothers.
Before there’s a pile-on about the BBC, value for money and salaries, it’s worth remembering that the licence fee works out at about 44p per day; the Director General Tim Davie earns about £400,000 a year, in contrast to the CEOs of both ITV and Channel 4, both of whom earn almost £1 million, and the recently-outgone Sky CEO whose basic pay was around three times that of Davie at the BBC, plus bonuses and “incentives”. People complaining about BBC fees and salaries always choose to ignore the vast sums paid to “talent” at commercial broadcasters (Chris Evans being one of the most high-profile to leave the BBC for more money elsewhere), the salaries of senior managers in commercial TV and the cost to viewers of subscription TV, which is massively more than 44p per day. The BBC provides staggering value for money across a whole range of radio and TV programmes — news, childrens’, entertainment, factual, documentaries, sport, arts and music, etc, etc — a far, far wider range of programming than any of the subscription broadcasters and on a budget a fraction of that of, say, Sky — a budget already deliberately and viciously reduced by a government that hates any criticism or scrutiny of any kind. Employing some high-profile people at salaries that are still dwarfed by those paid by commercial broadcasters is a small price to pay (literally) to avoid the airwaves being dominated by GB TV and its clones in the way print and social media are dominated by a small number of billionaires.
Meanwhile back on the topic of HGV driver shortages at councils, here's a new report on it:
The day before yesterday, I happened to be at the window as the bin men came by. Just by my house, I noticed the driver returning a bin to a house before climbing back in and continuing to drive. No idea what I witnessed, but it was certainly more suggestive of a bin man shortage than a driver one (which is odd given all the publicity about driver shortages).
Now just how did Justin's OP about his uncollected bin end up with the BBC and its licence tax?
Ah yes, I get it. Justin was writing in code. But what do the rest of his upper-case initials stand for?
Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa.
Always interesting to throw something out there and see where it goes OAE
Indeed Justin, my bins (genuinely) have not been emptied today as they usually are on Fridays. I personally blame the BBC for this, that is the Belated Bin Collections.