341 Responses to Midweek Thread 30 December 2020

  1. Sluff says:

    Here’s an idea.
    Why doesn’t Boris ring up Macron and Ursula and say…..you want the AZ vaccine, Ok, what are you going to give us?

    And how utterly pathetic is it for us to be giving away the vaccines at cost?

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    • G.W.F. says:

      Following up the interviews on the vaccine. So far Van Dammit is ramping up the vaccine and Boris is confident it can be rolled out by March. Or did he say ‘ramped up’ by March?
      I am just a simple taxpayer who does not understand the technical language here.

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    • WildWomanOfThe Woods says:

      It’s not ‘ours’ to do deals with. AstraZeneca funded it and AstraZeneca is at least half (the Astra bit) Swedish having bailed out Zeneca (the rump of the former ICI Pharmaceuticals). Such a shame that ICI, once that bastion of British industry and scientific know-how, was thrown to the asset-stripping vultures back in the 1980s.

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  2. Guest Who says:

    Stand by… look who is on the trawl….

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  3. Guest Who says:

    Marianna reflects.

    Hence the mirror selfies.

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    • Guest Who says:

      Lurch moonlighting at Wikipedia?

      Maybe Mike and Marianna could check?

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  4. Guest Who says:

    https://camera-uk.org/2020/12/30/promoted-and-quoted-the-bbcs-preferred-ngo-contributors-in-2020/?

    Hardtalk crops up a lot.

    Possibly not in Steve’s Media Masters fluff job.

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  5. Dover Sentry says:

    Why doesn’t the BBC break down the daily Covid deaths by age and health?

    Or, as an investigative organisation, demand this information from the government?

    Are they scared we might find out that more than 85% of the deaths are from the over 80’s with pre-existing conditions? And that the other 15% also have pre-existing conditions?

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    • Sluff says:

      Dover.
      This data is available, various on the weekly ONS update or NHS England.
      Yet you are right. It is rarely if ever mentioned.
      I stand to be corrected but I think there have been 6 deaths among the under 20s.

      Quite whether 85 year olds in care homes with dementia should be prioritised for a vaccine over a 55 year old teacher or a shop worker or bus driver I leave to readers.

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      • Dover Sentry says:

        Exactly, Sluff! The BBC always bang on about ‘holding the government to account’.

        But they won’t in this case as it doesn’t suit their Left wing, pro Lockdown narrative of destroying Boris via the UK economy.

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        • Sluff says:

          I wouldn’t bet against certain SWP, Trot, Momentum, Marxist and let’s not forget BLM personages getting the virus and deliberately trying to infect as many people as possible.

          It’s an unexpected but practical way to bring down the market economy, get the desired revolution and switch to socialism.

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      • StewGreen says:

        At the beginning of Novemebr the did have a page which mentioned age groups

        Only 10% of deaths are in the under 65s
        almost none in the under 45s
        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54908177

        large graphic

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  6. Sluff says:

    Note to £4 bn a year BBC.

    Zeneca is spelt as shown.
    Not Zenica.

    BBC 1 at 5.53 pm.

    Such unique talent.

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  7. Guest Who says:

    BBC Radio 4 know who they like.

    ***

    Some lovely words – and a poem of course – from our friend Michael Rosen, who survived Covid after spending seven weeks in an induced coma at the Whittington Hospital.

    We reunited him with the people who looked after him during all those weeks in intensive care.
    https://bbc.in/3pEQm6h | BBC Sounds

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  8. Fedup2 says:

    I’m still beating myself up listening to a bunch of unelected law makers bitching about having to vote on the brexit deal . I just can’t accept that place performs any useful function which couldn’t be carried out by a smaller – elected outfit with fixed terms … I know it will never change because so many MPs dream of not having to deal with smelly voters ….

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  9. Guest Who says:

    The BBC was, is, and always will be in safe hands.

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  10. Sluff says:

    BBC Woke alert.
    BBC 1 6 pm news.

    The health guy praises Oxforf Uni and Astra Zeneca ( not Zenica) for getting the vaccine to launch.

    Oxford gets praised for its great science.
    And Astra Zeneca gets praised for………….giving it away at cost !!!!!!!!! FFS.

    Not you’ll notice for manufacturing expertise, scale up expertise, bringing in new large scale manufacturing to GMP standards at short notice. Nope, but for giving it away at cost. Unbelievable.

    I wish the BBC would give away £4 bn a year back to licence fee payers. Hypocrites.

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  11. StewGreen says:

    I wonder if the Ginger Studies department is hiring as well ?

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  12. Dover Sentry says:

    Strange. Now that we are out, my attitude to the Europeans is mellowing. I see them as slaves under the EU heel. We escaped. They remain.

    Perhaps our military should storm Brussels and free them?

    Wait! We’ve done that before. Twice. And had no thanks.

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  14. Non Snowflake says:

    Not bBBC as such, although I’m sure they will endorse this programme, but I’ve just seen advertised a forthcoming documentary on PPV called “The killing of George Floyd”

    The “killing”?

    An inflamatory title if I ever saw one.
    The last thing I read was that an autopsy had been performed on his body, and the result was inconclusive: it isn’t clear whether he died from an overdose or whether one of the officers had been a little over-zealous.

    I wonder if all of the victims of Floyd’s crimes will watch?

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  15. StewGreen says:

    I’m sure a lot of 16 year olds left a job after being called “thick”
    but didn’t get a £16K payout

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  16. vlad says:

    Those ‘unhackable’ Dominion machines get hacked.

    The lying BBC won’t tell you.

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  17. StewGreen says:

    Times : Work tribunal awards London Filipina enslaved by Saudi Diplomat £8K backpay
    The case dates to 2011, but after he and his wife left the country in 2014 the case got frozen when he claimed diplomatic immunity, eventually that was overruled cos he had left the country.

    She was only allowed outside to take out rubbish and slept on the floor without a mattress. She was also barred from contacting her family.
    Ms Reyes, who had previously worked as a servant for the couple in China and Saudi Arabia, worked unpaid from 6am to midnight every day, cleaning their flat, preparing food and looking after their three young children, a tribunal heard.
    In March 2011 Ms Reyes fled to a police station and when officers went to the flat Mr Malki handed over her passport and said he had “forgotten” to pay her. The UK Border Agency concluded that Ms Reyes, who did not have a work visa, had been trafficked.

    The tribunal dismissed her claims of racial discrimination and harassment.

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  18. StewGreen says:

    I see the Times charity appeal will help 2,600 youth groups
    but they chose to focus on the Glasgow one “Boots and Beards” which helps young Asian hikers.

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    • BRISSLES says:

      I live in the heart of the countryside and in the next large town there is a large Asian neighbourhood. There are also the usual sprawling housing estates being built in surrounding areas with clearly affluent Asians moving in, but despite an abundance of ‘walks’, and expansive countryside to explore, black and ethnic minorities clad in waterproofs, sturdy boots, and bobbly hats is a non-existent sight in these parts – particularly noticeable in these times, when walkers are out in force as there is nothing else to do ! Which makes me wonder if those in the above photograph were on a paid photoshoot !!

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      • BigBrotherCorporation says:

        I also live in the countryside (or what was about 20 years ago, it’s getting rapidly concreted over these days), and walk the dog every day. Honestly, I can probably recall seeing non-white people walking in the great outdoors about as many times as I can count on two hands worth of fingers.

        Come to think of it, one of those hands would be black, or Asian people I persuaded to come out walking with me. Did they get a lot of racial abuse whilst walking… no, of course not, you tend to meet the friendliest people when you’re out walking the dog over the hills, or through the forest, and everyone smiles and says hello… even if you’re black or Asian.

        Now, oddly enough I don’t think I’ve ever encountered such friendliness whilst trying to find my way around the filthy, crowded streets of our cities and towns, especially that vile, thirdworld dive, London.

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  19. NISA says:

    I caught the tail end of a repeated programme about the super rich in Monaco. I imagine it would have been difficult for the BBC to get volunteers to crew that production. But Lo, what name do I spot in the behind camera credits? One Emma Loach daughter of miserabilist socialist film maker Ken Loach, much loved by the BBC, I do hope that Emma is not a victim of nepotism.

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  20. Foscari says:

    Does Miranda Wayland one of the ” BIG BROTHERS ” from
    the BBC’S Diversity dept ,only allow one picture in three
    of school children to be indigenous kids of the UK on
    the BBC website? I suppose she would call it ” positive
    discrimination.” I would call it discrimination against the
    80% majority of indigenous children.

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  21. Sluff says:

    A propos of nothing.
    I googled Laura Doomsberg, just for fun, and came across a biography for one Laura Kuennsberg in an Express article, which is easier to read on wikipedia.

    You’d think the BBC, ever keen to pursue their equality and diversity agenda would really want to give a leg up to vulnerable, underprivileged working class kids and especially to show a lead with their key editors.

    But guess what? It really is not the case.
    Sit down before reading on.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Kuenssberg

    Silver spoon? Moi?
    In BBCland, it’s very much ‘do as I say, not as I do’

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  22. Darcy3 says:

    Another thing about the country is all those black farmers…with all their blinged up tractors

    Brexit: UK sausage makers face EU export ban

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55479354

    would you believe it the bloody anti white racist bbc have found….a black farmer to comment

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    • Scroblene says:

      Darcy, as mentioned earlier, I’m so sorry your new Vauxhall Superbustard got dirty yesterday, it was unintentional I assure you!

      I think you should consider breaking all the rules, sticking to the main roads (avoiding the road-blocks and Operation Schtick on the M20), and discover the true British Banger!

      These people stock them!

      https://mailchi.mp/a6703b82ed8b/christmas-newsletter-12902686?e=12a8b2c30c

      As we’re out of the failed EU in just a few hours, a bottle of Bacchus fizzy pop is going in the fridge as we speak – English wine at its best – and also a bottle of a South African Chardonnay, because I feel sorry for all those hard-working citizens not being able to buy booze at the moment!

      Apart from that, we’ve given up Yorkshire tea and gone onto full-fat local milk, to help our own farmers!

      And this is only a start!

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      • Darcy3 says:

        I found a little village a few miles from Stevenage of all places

        Won the Noddy Holder sausage award 2011 (yes really, you could not make that one up…)

        Did not see Lewis there with his gong for services to marxism

        http://www.brookfield-farm.co.uk/Sausages-Farm-Shop-Butchers-Hertfordshire.html

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        • Scroblene says:

          During the depression in the 1920s, my grandfather ran a small piggery in Letchworth!

          I expect some of the brood ended up in shops near you, although he loved his ‘pets’!

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          • Darcy3 says:

            I remember Letchworth Bacon factory from the 60s near where I grew up

            (not the bacon factory, Letchworth, although the wife may have a comment to make on that)

            my grandfather was a cabinet maker around there seconded by De Havilland to work on Mosquito aircraft in the war

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            • BRISSLES says:

              Darcy, you clearly live in my neck of the woods !!! A village close to me is / was known as ‘pig town’. Nice. Letchworth back in the day was known as having the first roundabout in the country, never having any pubs (Quaker), and having an abundance of publishing/print companies. I worked at JM Dent for a while.

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              • Darcy3 says:

                Never heard of Pig Town, but I know Dents, what about Ogle Design who did the Bond Bug and Popemobile ?

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            • Banania says:

              Doesn’t the Dunmow Flitch come from round there?

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  23. Darcy3 says:

    According to the Independent he is the UKs “only black farmer”

    ‘Black Farmer’ founder Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones says rural Devon is less racist than urban areas where you have to ‘look over your shoulder’ as he calls on agriculture to become more inclusive

    Still got an MBE for it, as you would

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    • Banania says:

      There was that black MFH somewhere in the West Country, but perhaps the BBC isn’t so keen on him.

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  24. vlad says:

    While the BBC fawn over the nauseating Sussexes’ latest vomit-inducing offering (they would, wouldn’t they: overpaid celebs patronising the rest of us with woke platitudes – right up their street) normal people ignore it in their droves as it tanks at number 17 in the charts.

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  25. taffman says:

    My usual positive message to all including the government for the new “Covid” year is ……………”You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time ?”

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  26. taffman says:

    “Drone users face new rules across Europe and UK” .
    “ They harmonise the rules across all EU member states, Norway and Iceland – and will also be mirrored by the UK.”

    I thought we were leaving The EU?

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    • Old Goat says:

      Ah, you may not be governed by them, but most of the few jolly good ideas and wheezes which emanate from the EU will no doubt be copied by the Former UK, and declared as the UK’s own invention.

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  27. taffman says:

    Question : Did Al Beeb coin the phrase “rub their noses in diversity”?
    Well looking at all the flak they are now getting, it has blown back in their faces . Not so for the Beeboids taking voluntary redundancies.

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  28. taffman says:

    “Covid in Scotland: Scots prepare for ‘different’ Hogmanay”
    Are there any of my Scottish cousins on this site that would like to update us ?

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  29. Scroblene says:

    As a true British Citizen, I am so enlightened and joyous about the way decent citizens have totally screwed the pompous, boorish, over-paid, nasty, lying ‘elite’, with their sad little house magazine, ‘The Guardian’, and their tame broadcaster, the BBC, over their naysaying about leaving the corrupt EU.

    Today is going to be one of celebration, and I may even turn on the BBBC news – something we never normally do, (although I sometimes listen at night), just to spot the glum faces…

    …and laugh my bloody head off!

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    • taffman says:

      How can the National Broadcaster get it so wrong for so long a time? Heads should have rolled a long time ago for a so called “impartial” outfit . “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely “ .
      Have you all cancelled them yet ?

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  30. Guest Who says:

    If anyone would know about new lows?

    Anyone told Margaret and Greta?

    As an aside there seems a Dorian Gray aspect to being on call 24/7 to tv studios, reflected in his face.

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  31. Guest Who says:

    BBC avid viewer waits…. maybe they gave her a heads up?

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  32. Guest Who says:

    Maybe Mike Wendling can check this out?

    When he and the boys and girls are logged back on.

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    • Guest Who says:

      BBC News

      “Maybe I have a rebellious soul. I thought, ‘Why can’t I film these things?'”

      In what is believed to be her last interview before she was jailed, Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan spoke about why she felt it was important to document the Covid outbreak in Wuhan.

      bbc.in/2Lb9x8x

      ***
      A degree of irony to this?

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  33. Guest Who says:

    A word of thanks to all here who have logged the BBC’s death spiral so faithfully and often with humour.

    Also sister sites, such as ITBB.

    http://isthebbcbiased.blogspot.com/2020/12/the-nearly-christmas-open-thread.html#

    This latest comment rather pithily sums up our impartial national disgrace:

    Charlie •
    Only the BBC could lead with this headline
    “Brexit bows out with a whimper, not a bang”

    They are so transparent about how they feel

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-politics-55493864

    ***

    Appropriately penned by the peroxide poisoned miserabilist herself.

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  34. Darcy3 says:

    RICHARD KAY: NOW will they stop wailing? They were the insufferable refuseniks horrified by a democratic referendum (because they lost) who battled to thwart it. Now, before we sail into a brave new tomorrow, a fond salute to Brexit’s bitter losers

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-9100311/RICHARD-KAY-stop-wailing-fond-salute-Brexits-bitter-losers.html

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    • Darcy3 says:

      “SIR KEIR STARMER: Flip-flopping and endless U-turns have seen the Labour leader jeered for having more positions on Brexit than the Kama Sutra”

      “JOHN HANNAH: The Four Weddings And A Funeral actor deserves special mention for his insults to ‘peasants and pensioners’ and other ‘idiots and racists’ who backed Brexit. Adding for good measure: ‘I hope you choke on your crap cheaps**t meat and extortionate U.S. drugs.”

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  35. Darcy3 says:

    Defund the Police ….so we can do this and get away with it….

    ‘We thought we were going to die’: SUV driver’s terror as gang of 50 cyclists attack his car on New York’s Fifth Avenue – amid surge in violent crime in the city

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9099887/Gang-50-teens-smash-SUV-brazen-daylight-attack-New-Yorks-Fifth-Avenue.html#comments

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  36. taffman says:

    “Brexit: Senedd needs ‘fresher faces’ after UK leaves EU”
    “the Senedd did not represent “the people of Wales’ wishes” over Brexit.”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-55355636
    And so say all of us True Taffmen !
    Note how Al Beeb avoid speaking to Wales Arch Brexiteer in the ‘Welsh Asshambles’, Neil Hamilton.

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  37. Guest Who says:

    BBC News

    Every year, hundreds of people make the perilous journey out of North Korea.

    But ever since Kim Jong-un took over, it’s become harder to cross the border – and with the pandemic, it’s become almost impossible.

    https://bbc.in/2Mkyqzr

    ***

    Top fan, poised to comment first:

    “ I feel their pain. I feel oppressed living under this corrupt government.”

    They know their audience.

    Mind you…. after this… #CCBGB

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  38. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – and only one, confession: I broke my rule of avoiding Guest Edited TOADIES after Xmas

    Well, the clock had hit 8.10 a.m. and I wondered what the egregious BBC were going to do in response to the imposition of Tier 4 Rules on their New Year’s Eve partying. Martha was not ‘appy. She tried to take it out on Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education.

    Is he a Socialist? I know he’s a Conservative Minister but boy, can that one talk …..
    … and talk …
    …… and talk ….
    …….and talk……. .

    Without drawing breath, too. Impressive. Must be a swimmer. He could talk for Britain at the Olympics. Gavin Williamson would be a shoe-in for the Gold medal.

    It’s an old Socialist thing (I learned about it from old Conservatives!) that in meetings you talk and talk and talk. All the potential opposition gets bored and has to go home for work the next day as the time for the meeting to end is long past. Then when a whole bunch have left all the major decisions are voted on by a small cabal and passed into ‘rules’ or into ‘law’.

    Martha Kearney 0 : 7 Gavin Williamson

    I think the present Government have twigged they are in a war with various groupings in UK society and are playing a game with them in return. Martha couldn’t really complain much because the SoS for Education could hide behind the latest SAGE advice (with its constant updates) and testing and all the other things that are being imposed on us with the complaining but eventual support of the BBC.

    BBC: “Not enough Covid testing being done.” HMG: – Secondary Schools must test their pupils for viruses.

    BBC: “We’ve known about this new variant since December 14th.” HMG: – we follow scientific advice.

    BBC: “School closures hurt the future prospects of pupils.” HMG: – we try as best we can to keep schools open.

    BBC: “These are last minute measures and difficult for schools to adapt.” HMG: – we have made resources available to schools.

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  39. AsISeeIt says:

    End of the year review…? Some might observe our media and our politicians are worthy of little more than an off-season, end of the pier review. I’m frankly underwhelmed.

    The coveted prize for over-employed buzz word of the year is of course “overwhelmed” – as in our No Hope Service either is in danger of being… is projected to be… or now, over the Christmas period, is well and truly… – apparently.

    The Daily Mirror is a little late to the game in putting the photographic embodiment of “overwhelmed” on its frontpage but better late than never – as the emergency patient dying of old age said to the ambulance driver.

    We’re presented with a dramatic night-time shot of a row of a dozen of the boxy lime green little jalopies, lined up outside Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, their headlight beams reflecting in the wet tarmac. One can almost sense the engines raw to life and the California Highway Patrol-like sirens start to climb to that camp crescendo wail. One half expects the crews to come running from the staff canteen, trailing iced doughnut crumbs and in a state of semi-dress, in a Le Mans motorace start or ought we to elevate this to the heroic height of a Battle of Britain-style scramble. Cheerful morale-boosting devil-may-care banterish cries would abound “Be careful out there” “Chocks away, splits at the ready” “Bandage them, before they palpitate you” “NHS Angels, One-Five”

    The Mirror says: ‘Another grim day. 981 deaths, hospitals struggling to cope…’

    How do the words of that hymn go… “Tell me the old, old story…”

    Does it not begin to occur to our media and politicians that, for all their efforts to lionise our creaking socialised civil servant-run system, the way we organise health care in this country is evidently seriously in need of reform and is presently, not to put too fine a point on it… a bit crap.

    I’ve employed the anology previously but I am still reminded of the fire drill episode in Fawlty Towers. When suddenly confrounted with a real blaze the hapless Basil grabs the fire extinguisher, desperately in the heat of the moment attempts to read the instructions, and only succeeds in squirting himself in the face.

    The Daily Express echoes the would-be Churchillian aspect of this backs-to-the-wall Brexit moment: ’11pm our finest hour… Britain FINALLY free from the EU’ – oh yes, after 40 years of increasing regulatory strangulation the terms of trade are at last set fair. A plethora of new free trade agreements… and meanwhile we now produce next to nothing and our entrepreneurial spirit has been well and truly stamped out. The crony mega corporates are doing just fine.

    ‘Lunajets. Fly now. Leading private jet charter’ – this ad takes up about a sixth of the FT frontpage. I see the Davos meeting is going ahead in January.

    https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting-2020

    “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World”

    “The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters is the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year.

    It will bring together 3,000 participants from around the world, and aim to give concrete meaning to “stakeholder capitalism”, assist governments and international institutions in tracking progress towards the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, and facilitate discussions on technology and trade governance.”

    Brexit put a bit of a spoke in their wheel and you can tell the FT is still miffed: ‘Brexit trade deal passed by Parliament marking abrupt end to 47-year alliance’ – I tend not call four and half years since the referendum abrupt but I guess we really ought to admire the long-term thinking employed by the globalists.

    I’m coming to admire the FT’s daily frontpage graphs. You know you’re clever when your newspaper looks more akin to a GCSE maths exam paper. Today the “Datawatch” data tracks: ‘Silenced Journalists either murdered or missing in 2020’ – a tad self-regarding of the journos there at the FT but these people did have friends and family. Murdered or missing is a fine distinction in the stats. Most appear to be missing. Does this mean journalists who haven’t been heard from in some unspecified period? Or are they missing like the old family pets we children were informed had gone to live on a farm in the country and were enjoying their retirement so much that they likely wouldn’t be returning for a visit anytime soon.

    In case you’re interested Mexico heads the list of ‘silenced’ journos. We’re talking relatively small number here. Small numbers even Stalin might have considered were still tragedies rather than statistics. Reading the X axis Mexico seems to have lost about 18 of her press. Five were murdered. The problem here would tend to be drug cartel related. Syria, Iraq and Russia score high in the missing category. The usual islamic suspect states take up most of the missing contingent and a couple appear to have been bumped off in the Philippines – in case you were wondering.

    How could we not mention our very own Kay Burley and her recent unscheduled African safari – as powerpoint comedian Dave Gorman used to say: “I wonder what that’s done to the graph?”

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Asiseeit – presumably Tommy Robinson and Katie Hopkins feature in the list of ‘killed ‘ journalists – if ‘killing ‘amounts to silencing . Personally I have a view about such a list which mustn’t be written down .

      In my view a lot of biased ‘journos ‘ here – who work for groupthink outfits like the Brussels Broadcasting corps should be paying some kind of price for the bias they pump out each day .

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      • Fedup2 says:

        You can image rooms full of traitors and EU ‘officials ‘ sitting around trying to work out how to get our money ‘ the UK back in again – signed up to the Reich mark €
        And federal this that and the other as a compliant substate in the Reich – the BBC – of course would have a big input ….

        By the way – is ‘big Ben’working this year ?
        Will the BBC be broadcasting our final exit at 2300 New Years Eve- ? Or will they show ‘fireworks ‘ from some lesser country ?……..

        …I won’t know as I will be in Bedfordshire breaching Tier 4 rules – oops – not that Bedfordshire – the noo noo one ….

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  40. micknotmike says:

    I’m looking forward to an upcoming announcement on the BBC. They are all over the Lewis Hamilton Knighthood story. After his comments on black lives matter, white privilege, the racist British empire, windrush, in fact any thing but cars, he will inevitably be turning the honour down. Anything else would be laughably hypocritical. He has no choice, really, so how will they handle it?

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    • G says:

      I tuned in to BBC Radio 4 about 0857 to catch the 0900 headlines. Caught the tail end of the interview between the muslim female and one of the so-called, “Guest Editors”, the black female Bishop of Canterbury. What are the chances of a black female Bishop on the last day of EU ‘Free Movement’ pontificating upon the right of everybody on the planet to move to anywhere they like to take advantage of the toils, labour and efforts of previous generations to make their country more habitable? Theft I call it. Advocating theft – a Bishop – really. I thought about turning the nonsense off but a more important benefit of this propaganda prevailed.

      The BBC In the knowledge that the substantial number of voters wanted free movement to cease along with movement from anywhere else for that matter, the BBC are simply taunting the few listeners that remain faithful to the channel.

      This BBC self-flagellation is working nicely to destroy itself.

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  41. Tabs says:

    BBC News channel just showed a short video about a well preserved Woolly Rhino found buried in ice in northern Russia.

    The presenter said “Wooly Rhinos are being found more often due to global warming”. Stated as fact with no evidence as you expect from the BBC.

    It was a shame she didn’t mention that the Rhino died and got buried in ice due to climate change.

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  42. Darcy3 says:

    Further to my comment on the racist bbc’s article on the EU ban on UK sausages and their managing to find the, according to reports, only black farmer in the UK for comment with photos.

    Data on the total number of employed and self-employed farmers in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2011 to 2020 shows that there were 109 thousand farmers in some form of employment in the United Kingdom.

    I am considering contacting the racist bbc to demand any further articles on reggae bands or basketball to be accompanied by features and comments from white people only, for balance of course.

    It seems the only time photos of white males are featured by the racist bbc is on reports regarding black stabbers in London.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      I like the feature in the agreement about those in certain professions having to get national certification to practice – perhaps a few more UK trained doctors will stay home and return the money the taxpayer spends on them – and stopping dodgy EU ‘doctors ‘from coming here …

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  43. Fedup2 says:

    Up2
    As for ‘not enough testing being done ‘ – yesterday afternoon I was early for a dental appointment so I walked about a bit . There was a tent in the local car park. I counted 5 figures in very high Viz jackets . As I got nearer the signs said ‘mobile covid testing centre ‘….
    ……………………………I walked to one high viz security , asked it I needed an appointment and was told ‘no you can have a test right now – there’s no one here ‘…..

    ….. I declined .. which I now regret . This was in a London borough with one of the highest R rates in the country …..

    Else where today

    The mail has a list of traitor remainers reminding us of the harm they tried to do – ( strangely Soros doesn’t feature )as well as a smaller list of brexiters who fought for our freedom . – sorry Darcy – just seen your earlier comment –
    They put katya Adler and the BBC on the list ….

    Today is a great day – we are finally free of that monster – but I fear that big powers will continue to bat for the ReichEU . But at least we know it will be years before they can try to drag us in again – and with a bit of luck the EU will destroy itself in the meantime – and we should help that process if we can because it will always be an enemy .

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    • G says:

      Why not reassign Katya Adler to follow and report on Liz Truss? Now that would be interesting.

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  44. theisland says:

    I note that Geoffrey ‘in the public interest’ Cox has got a knighthood.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Island – yes sad news – but at least no peerage – and nothing for Lord Farage again ….I think he needs to ‘colour up’ and become a full time tax dodger …

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  45. tarien says:

    Astounding that the Honours list should include a motor racing driver whose life has been totally to serv his vanity and has enjoyed the riches from that sport, yet as far as can be ascertained has done nothing of significence to warrent being honoured with a Knighthood. Hamilton also appears to consider himself more black than white, even though his Mother is white- so I ask does he have any patriotism for the United Kingdom? Doubt it. He lives permeantly in the South of France and is seen little in his home country, whose whole life has been one of self vanity-again I ask what has this man done to deserve a Knighthood? Are we going to see every sports person Knighted?

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    • Old Goat says:

      Probably. You have few if any giants of industry, philosophers, inventors, warriors or medical people of merit left, any more.

      Besides, it keeps the plebs happy, and quiet during the great Covid Reset.

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    • JamesArthur says:

      Tarien

      You summed it up. I would just add that NO sporting person should get a Knighthood for doing what they are paid to do….Unless they do other stuff outside of competing that is worthy.
      In Hamilton’s case that isn’t so and he has publicly supported an organisation that calls for the demise of democracy, the police and with it the State that has awarded him a F***ing Knighthood
      arise Sir Hamilton the Hypocrite

      Although as Mick said earlier maybe he will turn it down to support BLM..won’t hold my breath

      Boris is a complete buffoon on this one..and I am sure the BBC will milk it without mention of Monaco and paying no UK tax..and if he turns it down then they will paint him as a true man of principle..win win for BBC

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  46. Jack in the Green says:

    Re Covid.The Departments of Health and Education seem to have the same brass hats running things in a way that’s reminiscent of the Great War, ie issuing orders on a situation about which they are clueless and to hell with the front line. As for this endless and contradictory information about miracle vaccines that don’t appear to actually be able to improve the situation, one wonders why our, albeit terminally supine, media doesn’t question this guff. As for the barely disguised contempt that has been shown towards the old and infirm during this crisis, well I suppose it’s difficult to hide a deep seated satisfaction of offloading a shed-load of old age and disability pensions. Still, at least we’ve got good old Auntie beeb spooning out it’s endless preaching holier-than-now agit-prop while we’re being shafted.

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  47. Guest Who says:

    Only because all involved are looking for pay rises and a few months off.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      And in other news Father Christmas is real says BBC fact checker …

      ….the follow up comments are pretty acid …

      I don’t know about you – but I used to visit Twitter quite often to see what’s going on . I never comment and know it is best not to – but I guess I’m of the generation which can go without social media and the need for affirmation from tick box numbers…

      Once it became so obvious that Twitter was not ‘neutral ‘ and ‘took down ‘ those it didn’t ‘like ‘ that was it ….

      EDIT – oh look – I must be right – I got 3 ‘likes ‘ omg ????

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    • Guest Who says:

      Repetition for effect.

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  48. Darcy3 says:

    At last we will be free from german influence, and their stupid motoring terms the EU made us learn to drive over there

    Speedometer – DER EGOBOOSTER UND LINENSHOOTER

    Puncture – DIE PHLATTMITT BLUDYFUKKEN

    Learner – DIE TWATTEN MIT ELPLATZ

    Estate Car – DER BAGGEROOM FUR SCHAGGINK INAUTO

    Windscreen Wipers – DER FLIPPENFLAPPEN MUKKENSCHPREADER

    Foot Brake – DER EDBANGERON VINDSKREEN

    Gear Lever – BIGGENSTIKKEN FUR KANGEROOHOPPEN

    Breathalyser – DIE PUFFINBAG FUR PISTERARSEN

    Headlights – DAS DIPPENDONT DAZL-U-BASTED

    Exhaust Fumes – DER KOFEN UND SCHPITTERNPOLUTER

    Highway Code – DER WIPEN FUR AARSEN

    Fog Warning – DIE PUTTENLEG DOWNEN AND FUKKIT

    Traffic Jam – DIE BLUDDENFUKKIT DAMMUNDBLAST

    Backfire – DER LOWDEN BANGEN MEKKENJUMPPEN

    Juggernaut – DER FUKKENGRETT TRUKKEN

    Accident – DER BLEEDINMESS

    Near Accident – DER FUKKEN NEAR SCHITTENSELFEN

    Motorway Services – DER HEIWAY ROBBERUNG

    Double White Lines – OVERTAKEN UND KRUNCHEN

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  49. AnneG says:

    Would someone please explain to Simon Jack of BBC fame that his seven billion pound cost for the additional 227 million customs forms needed for the EU is wrong. Even with my mathematical skill that’s over £30 to print a page of A4 in a different format than the details on the invoice.
    He wasn’t any good on Christmas University Challenge either.

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    • Guest Who says:

      Marianna seems logged back in.

      Maybe she can see what Jack knows?

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      • G says:

        Well, BBC Young Reporter,
        Start with the, “no evidence” attempted theft of the US election, please.

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        • vlad says:

          Quite! The BBC are among the worst disseminators of misinformation and disinformation.

          Bias by omission.

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  50. Fedup2 says:

    I was thinking of putting up an end of year quiz – but then thought – no – too much effort … but I’ve come up with one question …

    ‘Which paper would have the following question ?’

    “ after years of denial , I’ve finally realised I’m a trans woman ‘

    This is the sort of ‘easy ‘ questions being used at the start of woke quizzes like ‘mastermind ‘ and the Jeremy paxman show …

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