I don’t fully follow all the negotiations around the future of the BBC, but I can tell it’s bad. People preiously involved in its management say that they were threatened with this particular deal, but because they were prepared to resign it was withdrawn. The current lot are clearly a bit more biddable, a bit more scared. so something else that we’ve treasured – like swimming pools and libraries, will be allowed to slip down the tubes. There’s things I don’t like about the BBC - it’s overpayment of celebritiers, its dumbing down of the news – but it did have a tradition of independence from government, and it doesn’t look as though that’s going to last.