1. will says:

    Unfortunately I heard numerous BBC World Service news bulletins & programmes overnight. The item “Uruguay’s lower house approves legalisation of marijuana” came with more or less informationabout the law, but always the BBC balance told me only that opponents to the legislation claimed that the government were “playing with fire”. Very interesting! If I can’t be told more than that metaphor, why bother with the “balance”?


    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      That’s a common practice with the BBC. Throwing in a line or two saying, essentially, “critics are critical” means they don’t have to actually provide any substance for the opposing viewpoint. They’ve mentioned that an opposing viewpoint exists, job done.

      Then there’s the old “you must consider BBC output on a give topic over the long term – every individual piece doesn’t have to be balanced (when we get called on it)” line of defense. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a future report about the dangers of legalizing marijuana in Uruguay…..


    • chrisH says:

      Funny this rare bit of news reporting from Uruguay…never heard the BBC do a piece about it before.
      No doubt, we`ll all be experts in Lower House filibusters and voting procedures, given the BBCs long-know curiosity in “harm reduction”.
      Senor Brand to Montevideo, gate Sachs(or is that six?)!
      Let`s hope OUR Parliamentarians will be looking and learning how we can reduce the harm for passive dope smokers…what else is the NHS for?


  2. #88 says:

    I’m afraid I’m going to have to turn Rasher Bacon off…or something is going through the window.

    Blatant opinionising…leading questions…mandatory pop at a Tory (Toby Young)…mandatory pop at the Sun (is there any evidence that Sun readers have computers? he asks)

    And this idiot is the heir to some of the BBC’s greats

    (Am I now allowed to call him an idiot?…or does that count as harassment?)


    • Beeboidal says:

      Spotted on the internet

      ” Bacon couldn’t be more lightweight if you stuck a tube up his arse and pumped him full of helium”

      Fair comment rather than harassment, I would have thought.


  3. George R says:

    Beeboid heroes?:- Bradley Manning and Julian Assage.

    Who Beeboids turn to for an opinion on betrayer of Western security, Bradley Manning, but to Julian Assange!

    ‘Front Page Magazine’:-

    “Heroizing a Traitor”

    [Opening excerpt]:-

    “After 16 hours of deliberation, military judge Army Col. Denise Lind convicted pfd. Bradley Manning on 19 of 21 charges for his participation in the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history. Manning was acquitted of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy, but his conviction on six counts of violating the Espionage Act, five counts of theft, one count of computer fraud, and other lesser infractions, has him facing a maximum sentence of 136 years in prison. With the sentencing phase of the trial now underway, Manning is expected to be sent to prison for the rest of his life. That prospect should disappoint no one, save those who have spent the last few years casting Manning as a ‘hero.'”


    Who should decide what is in the interests of WESTERN SECURITY:

    1.) Western governments;


    2.) ‘The Guardian’, Bradley Manning, Beeboids, Julian Assange?


  4. George R says:


    “Manning verdict not a win for journalism.
    Bradley Manning’s ‘aiding the enemy’ acquittal does little to mitigate the risk that future whistleblowers might be similarly charged for leaks to the press.”

    Despite the terminology, here is a clear warning to certain sections of the media, that illegal participation in similar cases in future could entail the death sentence in America.



  5. Guest Who says:

    Getting the right person for the job, and in the job, is self-evidently a BBC specialty.
    Of course, beyond getting them out, suitably quiet and rewarded, a greater one is telling folk what is in face of reality to the contrary.
    This can only be done with access to a large amount of other folks’ money.


    And control of the edit suite.


  6. George R says:

    After Stephen Lawrence, causes for BBC-NUJ to take up now?:
    those of e.g, Gavin HOPLEY, and of Charlene DOWNES.

    “The murder of Stephen Lawrence and the strange case of the missing Wikipedia entries”


    “Police rapped for blunders in murder case of girl ‘turned into kebab meat'” (2009).



  7. Pounce says:

    The tight arse mindset of the champagne socialists
    Andrew Marr’s wife hits out at stroke care
    The wife of the BBC journalist Andrew Marr has criticised the level of care available to people who have had a stroke, once they leave hospital. Jackie Ashley, a Guardian columnist, has written a blog about caring for her husband in which she praises the NHS – but criticises community care.

    So the wife of Andrew MArr complains about the after care service of the NHS. But hang on MARR earns over £600,000 a year, She is a Columnist and political interviewer for the Guardian. They must be raking in at least 700K a year. Then there’s this little snippet from the bBC Web site:
    Voluntary benefits
    In addition, we offer optional benefits that you can choose to participate in through a deduction from your pay, via salary sacrifice, saving on tax and National Insurance. These include:
    Buy or sell holiday – up to five days annual leave per year
    Health assessments – choose from a variety of assessments and save tax and National Insurance on the cost
    We also offer other optional benefits that can be paid through net pay deductions. These include:
    Dental Insurance
    Critical Illness Insurance
    Will writing
    Private Medical Insurance
    Discounts and deals
    Using our purchasing power as a large UK employer, we are also able to offer a range of discounts on goods and services, such as private medical cover, BBC products, mobile phones, clothing, travel and gyms.

    Yet for all those bBC perks (she gets the same at the Guardian )and let’s be honest here, the schemes do allow you to add your family for a little outlay, However It transpires that neither of the Marrs did which leads me to think does he get his pay as a private business?

    But whatever benefits the MARR family earn, it seems that for such a rich family they don’t have private health insurance, but rather leech onto the NHS. And now we have Mrs Marr complaining about the service the NHS provides. Here’s a tip Mrs Marr, if you are so concerned about your Husband, why don’t you pay for it.

    The MARR family, rich champagne socialist leeches who can’t be bothered to pay their way


    • George R says:

      Yes, when reality strikes…

      A.Marr (Beeboid) and wife, J. Ashley (Guardianista) suddenly become critics of their politically sacred NHS and community care (and get massive political propaganda platform on which to present their new personal interest).


  8. OldBloke says:

    I don’t know if the BBC has reported this anywhere, but it made a daily newspaper today and was fully expecting to hear the report on some news somewhere..but nothing!?
    I’ll bring you the basics of the news article and will add *What goes round, comes round* I just wonder what our Liberal Lefty friends at the BBc make of this:
    “A footballer has become the first to be jailed for racially abusing a ref…and he is an ASIAN whose rant was against a WHITE ref’. Foul mouthed striker Wasar Ahmed, 23, raged as he was sent of “I’m going to break every white bone in your white face” He also vowed in a tirade of hate that lasted 20 minutes “I’m going to burn your white house down and kill your wife and kids” He was sentenced at Burnley Crown court, and jobless Ahmed, a Muslim pleaded guilty to causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress was already serving a suspended term for assault.
    Well there you go!


  9. OldBloke says:

    Does anybody else think that the BBC might have hacked phones? I do when I hear those magic words..*The BBC has learned*. It might explain why they are so quiet on the latest phone hacking scandal. In fact the silence is deafening. Now that would be a thing wouldn’t it?


    • Stewart says:

      Yes – It has occurred to me to, that the BBC have downplayed these newest ‘hacking revelations’ because they feel they have, or are worried that they might have, something to hide


      • Andy S. says:

        I thought the phrase “the BBC has learned” was Beebspeak for “we’ve found this on an internet news site.”.


  10. George R says:

    “BBC approves ‘shagging’ before watershed”