Something most un-British is happening in the national conversation: we’re talking about pay. The six figure salaries of top TV talent and the payslips of public sector workers are two very different issues. Yet both come down to the matter of value and worth.
The BBC has been forced kicking and screaming to make the pay of its stars earning more than £150,000 public. With a reputation tainted by apparent blindness to the abuses of its stars – most notably Jimmy Savile – Auntie already receives far more scrutiny than it ever has in its 95-year history.
Yet there is still an opportunity for the BBC to play this one to its advantage.