My sincere thanks to the NUJ for saving me from Today. I am indebted. Wouldn’t it be great if everyday was like this?

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44 Responses to A LOVELY DAY

  1. Natsman says:

    If only…
    Just the news, devoid of leftie spin, creeping toadies and Dame Nicky.
    We can dream – can’t we?


  2. Rueful Red says:

    Y’know, I really enjoyed the 7:15 programme about the Wash, and then about Churchill.  The Beeb can produce some good stuff.  I’d possibly even pay a subscription for such programmes, as long as I didn’t have to pay for all the Leftist propaganda, unfunny Leftist comics and biased news reporting as well.


    • Demon1001 says:

      And left-wing dramas and left-wing History documentaries (e.g. Simon Scharma).


    • David Vance says:

      The Churchill stuff was great


    • John Anderson says:

      I have Radio 7 on much of the day as background.  All repeats,  some excellent stuff – except the modern trash.  I have mostly managed to wean myself from decades of listening to the Today programme.  I’d rather listen to LBC,  or snooze on.


  3. Umbongo says:

    Instead we were given a splendid discussion on leadership in general and Churchill in particular from Matthew Parris, Lord Digby and A N Other.  Fascinating was the agreement that, far from the result of the clash of classes, history in 1940 indeed turned on a single individual.  Also Churchill was not damned for being an ur-aristocrat nor Cameron for being an Old Etonian (if not an aristocrat).  The programme did not deal – nor was it designed to deal – with Churchill’s later career where he turned out to be a spectacularly useless peace time prime minister complicit in the ratcheting up of the post-war socialist consensus.  In this respect Cameron is much like his far more distinguished predecessor.

    Unfortunately at 8:30 am a panel game with Marcus Brigstocke in the chair was broadcast.  I hit the switchoff button just as the egregious “comedian” started talking.


  4. D B says:

    I’ve often said that the Today programme is just the broadcast version of the Guardian. Polly Toynbee, Michael White, Steve Hewlitt, a Ming Campbell interview, an arts section recommending a film by Mike Leigh, reference to “the besieged  Palestinian territory” of Gaza – just like the real thing. All that’s missing is some stuff about climate change.


    • Backwoodsman says:

      You could be on to a winner here – now the beeboids are having to tighten their belts with the rest of the hoi-poloi . They could ‘downsize’ all of the radio 4 staff and simply have a bod read the guardian out over the airwaves, starting with the front page at 08:00.


  5. Rueful Red says:

    Brigstocke? He’s still going? He’s about as funny as a burst boil. Is he any relation to the TV comedy director Dominic Brigstocke, one wonders.


  6. Andrew Mars says:

    I simply can’t understand how on Earth there can be any sort of a problem with pensions in modern Britain.
    According to the very journalists that are out on strike, mass-immigration would mean that we’d all be able to retire at 50.
    All of these Somalians, Pakistanis etc. that spend their days hanging around on the streets are surely the answer to the pensions time-bomb.  


  7. Dr A says:

    Couldn’t agree more. Enjoyed the bird show, and the thing about Churchill, and some Classic FM…

    The Today Propaganda Show was NOT missed. I hope they stay on strike indefinitely.


  8. Clameur de Haro says:

    The Barclaygraph has piccies of Kearney, Edwards and Bruce as the “top names leading a news blackout”. 

    To all three of whom one can only reply – careful the door doesn’t hit you on the ass as you leave.        


  9. George R says:

    How INBBC must regret not being able to run a story on the lines:

    ‘heroic Muslims understandably insult British, and defend their wonderful Islamic jihadist woman, as she is unfairly convicted for life for attempted muder of British MP.’

    Instead, Sue Reid of the ‘Daily Mail’ has this:

    “SPECIAL REPORT: The ‘DIY jihadists’ paid for by us… Roshonara Choudhry supporters are living on benefits”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1326844/DIY-jihadists-Roshonara-Choudhry-supporters-living-benefits.html#ixzz14P5O7xVm


    • Andrew Mars says:

      In a perfect world the wounds to the Labour MP would have been fatal and then an armed response team would have turned up and shot the Muzzer!


  10. Martin says:

    Comment on Twitter

    Even on strike day, we’re still outnumbered by BBC staff at Theresa May press conference


  11. George R says:

    I wonder if the BBC-NUJ’s Mr. Mason, ‘Newsnight’ presenter, is of the ‘Socialist Worker’-Hamas supporting ‘political left’?
    “BBC stars join thousands on strike over pensions row”



    • George R says:

      BBC-NUJ’s socialist political economist advocates selling off publicly-owned assets, and giving proceeds to himself, K.Wark, E. Maitlis,  J.Paxman. M.Crick  et al!

      P.Mason’s ‘Newsnight’  musical number-

       ‘Nice work if you can get it, and you can get it if you try’

      “Paul Mason, Newsnight’s economics editor and union FoC for the show, criticised the BBC for ‘systematically disparaging their own work force’. Mason suggested another solution to the pension dispute would be for the BBC to sell assets, securitise them, or spend less on programmes.”


      “BBC strike: news chief joins stand-in reporters”



      • Will says:

        from theguardian

        When Mark Thompson says that this strike is having no effect on the BBC’s service, it’s a bit like Comical Ali standing outside Baghdad airport saying there are no Americans in Baghdad as the troops swarm in,” Dear said.

        that’s just what the BBC were also claiming that day!


      • Guest Who says:

        Well, it is nice to know how any feedback is really appreciated and treated (a saving across the entire ‘complaints’ farce system is suggested, surely?:


        BBC news editor Helen Boaden once explained how she deals with complaints sent to her by email.

        Francis Elliott wrote it up in the Independent:

        “Don’t bother emailing complaints to BBC head of news Helen Boaden. She was at the launch evening for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford last Monday night. Discussion turned to protest groups and lobbying outfits which email their views to senior editors. Boaden’s response: ‘Oh, I just changed my email address.’ So much for the Beeb being accountable.”

        ‘Media Diary – Helen the hidden’, The Independent, November 26, 2006, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/the-tossers-who-could-win-for-the-tories-425799.html



  12. George R says:

    Maybe INBBC  wanted this as its headline:

    ‘Islamophobes bomb Pakistani Muslims at Mosque’

    -but settled for this headline, which typically in INBBC reporting contains no grammatical subject to indicate Islamic jihad perpetrators:

    “Attack on mosque in north-west Pakistan ‘kills 45′”


  13. George R says:

    INBBC puts the case for its Muslim chums, and for the imposition of Sharia law in Britain:

    “Muslim challenge to tuition fee interest charges”



  14. David Preiser (USA) says:

    The News Channel seems to be working just fine, and so is the website.  Who is on strike, exactly?  Just the highest-paid presenters and correspondents?


  15. Phil says:

    Shame the strike is only two days. The NUJ know full well that an indefinite strike would be met with public indifference and that would be embarrassing for them.

    Noboby needs thes NUJ staff. Nobody wants them.

    They need us to give them a fantastic pension that most of us can’t afford ourselves.


  16. Martin says:

    Sky have shot themselves in the foot though continually running some non story about women chasing after their kids taken by Muslim men, Sky should have really gone all out to provide a proper full on news services today, to show the BBC up.

    Bad planning.


  17. George R says:

    Violent Islamic attack on French church.

    It’s not because of the BBC-NUJ strike that this hasn’t been reported; it’s all part of INBBC’s censorship of Islamic violence, threats and intimidation.



  18. james1070 says:

    Even Radio 5 Live has been a delight this morning. Take away the NUJ and it turns into the World Service.

    There was a very moving interview with the policeman who was blinded by Raoul Moat. Then about an hour discussing Captain Hook and his passport, only reported the facts, very little opinion. Then off to Brazil to cover the time trials for the Grand Prix. They were even talking about suicide bombers blowing up Mosques in Iraq.


  19. beness says:

    I listened to LBC. Living in Birmingham I never gave it much thought before but what a great listen.
     There was a phone in about the FBU calling off their strike. An article about Islington banning the building of any more premises involved in the sex industy (lap dancing clubs).
     And as the news rolled in their was discussion on what was happening. IE Hamzas appeal victory and Woollas’s election court hearing.

     Geat Stuff.


  20. David Preiser (USA) says:

    This strike is causing the BBC News Channel to force the scab replacement at the anchor desk to do a four hour shift instead of the usual two the regulars do.  In fact, it’s often two Beeboids per shift.  The woman going solo today is doing a fine job, I think, and doesn’t seem to be suffering too badly from going the full distance.

    I wonder how much money the BBC would save if they did this every day?  Just please don’t let them have Emily Maitlis on for four hours.


    • Martin says:

      The bird is is ex GMTV and Sky News (Emma Crosby), she’s been on the BBC for a while now doing the evening shifts. I think she’s freelance though as there was a story saying after she got the push from GMTV she went to the BBC and is off to America I think.


  21. Martin says:

    I see that despite Woolas being caught out as a liar the BBC are still spinning the story in his favour. clearly not all the leftie twats are on strike.

    Wouldn’t better headlines be Woolas caught out as a liar? Or Woolas booted out of Labour party or Woolas, what a twat?


  22. Phillip Law says:

    Just a coincidence but today is the day that Phil Woolas, ex minister, gets found guilty of lying in his campaign and now there must be a by-election. Naughty old Labour.


  23. kitty shaw says:

    Actually the nullifying of the Oldham election result by the court for a politician “lying” in his campaign is the most appalling precedent imaginable, and action needs to be taken immediately to reverse it.

    Why? Because Woolas is a fine fellow? On the contrary he is an odious, awful, economical with the truth, careerist, low life. Not just now, but always. I had cause to cross swords with the plonker when I was a student and he was head of the NUS. Woeful then, woeful now.

    But the truth is that politicians of every hue lie (or at least present the truth in such a way it is deceiving) in every election campaign, on a local level and a national level.

    If you allow the court to do this you open the gates to a flood of actions against other MPs of all parties, mass expulsions could follow, and the courts could change the result of the general election. Don’t think it can’t happen. And that means if the right unelected judges can be nobbled we could see a return to a labour government! All they need to do is appeal over the head of the UK judges to the European Court and hey presto. Think I am being alarmist, I am not, and believe me there are BBCers and labourites, who are leaving Woolas as a fall guy, who are already drawing lists up now as we speak. I am not exaggerating. I have attended numerous campaigns and I can assure you there are regular documented complaints about election literature in many Westminster and council seats every time, it will not be hard to round up enough evidence to have many elections set aside. 


  24. jeff says:

    Labour had an immigration minister…What for??


    • JohnW says:

      Simple – to oversee the implementation of the mass immigration plan that they had set in place to change the ethnic mix of the country for ever.

      In this, they at least have had one policy that has been a resounding success for their 13 years of misrule.


  25. Martin says:

    Two observations about Paul Mason

    1. He’s right commie twat

    2. He’s a real short arse.


  26. PacificRising says:

    Yep, it was a pleasant change to lose the marxist propaganda content. I enjoyed the program about the Humber estuary and the one by Digby Jones about Winston Churchill.  Keep it up BBC!

    Why didn’t Mason and co kick up when Labour raided our pensions all those years back?  I suppose he felt invulnerable due to his BBC final salary pension.


  27. kitty shaw says:

    And think that the European Court would not overrule us in our democracy, think again, they have just done it overriding the sovereignty of our parliament by insisting on the rights of prisoners to vote.
    Woolas will be like Bosman, remembered for the final nail that lets the alliance of BBC – liberal – EU types takeover while most people sleepwalk into it.
    I’m worried fit to burst, best I write no more or I will put something in print that someone won’t like and I get actioned myself.
    Good luck one and all, I’m off…