Friday

Sir Michael Lyons: In the BBC "there are consequences for inappropriate behaviour"

Not so in the NHS or GMC though.

"BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons has called for tighter editorial controls after the obscene phone-calls furore.

He appeared to welcome the resignation of Radio 2 controller Lesley Douglas, saying it was fitting for those with responsibility to be held to account. But he said the obscene comments were "completely unacceptable" and should not have been made in the first place.

Some people have called for the sacking of star presenter Jonathan Ross, who has been suspended without pay for three months, costing him around £1.5 million. Together with Brand, he left messages on Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs' answerphone in which they said Brand had slept with his granddaughter, Georgina Baillie."

My letters of complaint to University Hospitals Leicester
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Sleeping Around: Defending Georgina
By Catherine Townsend of The Independent

I'm shocked at some of the comments directed at Georgina Baillie, the burlesque dancer and glamour model at the heart of the Jonathan Ross/Russell Brand controversy, because she's now doing a bit of publicity for herself and discussing Brand's proclivity for Fawlty Towers dialogue in the bedroom.

Frankly, I don't blame her for being upset, nor for trying to make the best of a bad situation. Her lifestyle is totally irrelevant - whether the girl is a stripper or a nun, Brand didn't have the right to call her grandfather and leave lewd and obscene messages about her sex life. Still, I can't believe the whole thing has gotten so blown out of proportion: The financial world is in total meltdown and the Satanic Sluts are at the top of the news agenda. Even during a credit crunch, sex sells and people need a distraction.

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Some headlines surrounding this scandal:

Challenging times for director-general
BBC crisis talks over scandal
'Shameful Ross Lost Boss Her Job'
Call for tighter BBC controls
Radio chief Lesley Douglas out as BBC scrambles to end crisis

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Now let's compare this situation to that of two NHS doctors, Gerry and Kate McCann.

Ross and Brand made an obscene phone call to two adults in the entertainment business. The BBC Trust has acted immediately and people have lost their jobs.

The McCanns regularly abandoned their children until one went missing, presumed dead; staged an abduction, framed an innocent man, perverted the course of justice and created a fraudulent fund.

The NHS Trust and General Medical Council defend the McCanns' 'Right to Work' and refuse to answer questions.

Some headlines surrounding the McCann scandal:

Kate and Gerry McCann's friends win £375,000 libel damages
Kate and Gerry McCann win £500,000 libel damages
Gerry McCann returns to work after being made 'Arguido'

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