i somehow missed this piece of genius when it was first posted by jones in january:
"The BBC is about to enter a period of scrutiny, examining it's mission and output in order to review whether it should keep that guaranteed income. So my proposal is for them to radically reassess their mission - working from the money back, and The Earth outward.
"The BBC should devote all their resources to conquering Space.
"The chairman of the BBC, Gavyn Davies should nominate Dr. Colin Pillinger as the next director-general, and announce that from the end of 2004 there will be no more TV, no more radio, no more internet services. All of the licence fee income will be ploughed into space exploration.
"2.5billion pounds a year is 4.55billion dollars at today's exchange rates. In one year, the newly rebranded BSC: British Space Command, will have outstripped Bush's recently-announced 5 year NASA budget increase."