If those who are currently in a position of leadership and management, or want to be someday, the BBC has shown us an important lesson this week. The lesson is that, if you ever find yourself in a position where a disclosure of information which reflects badly on yourself or your organization is imminent, you have to have a disposable scapegoat to hand whom you can noisily and publicly sack so as to draw attention away from yourself and those pesky revelations. Top managers call this 'The Blackburn Feint'. What you do is, at the correct moment, the eve of publication, say, you throw your carefully pre-selected Blackburn to the sharks and while everyone is watching him flail in the water, no one is reading or talking about that damaging report which, even if you've paid for a whitewash, could still get in the way of your knighthood and pension. So get smart the BBC way! Look around your office. Hmmmm...who could be your Blackburn? Him? Her? Them? Ah wait, there's my Blackburn. Poptastic! P.S. just make sure you're never someone else's Blackburn, okay?