Start the Week Thread 8th February 2021

The Licence enforcement arm of the Far Left BBC is continuing to target the over 75s to buy a licence . 750000 have so far failed to buy one since the ‘free ‘ licence concession was removed . So before the BBC accuses others of sharp practices perhaps it should look to itself .

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337 Responses to Start the Week Thread 8th February 2021

  1. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    We all know that death numbers ‘from COVID’ are much lower on a Sunday and Monday and then a spike from Tuesday onwards because of the weekend.
    Look on any graph and you can see the pattern.

    When the numbers were going up they used to compare with the same day a week ago, like for like.

    Now, they are going on about a huge spike (sky news just now) up from yesterday’s 333 to today’s 1052 deaths.

    Why not compare to last Tuesdays numbers.
    Is it because the deaths are dropping when you compare like for like.
    It certainly makes more sense to compare numbers with those on the same day a week ago.


    • Tabs says:

      It would make more sense to use the data of actual deaths each day rather than the number of deaths registered each day (which are lower on weekends). The NHS own covid death stats manage to do this but not the ONS data used by SAGE and the government.


      • Up2snuff says:

        EG and Tabs, it is very hard to have confidence in the statistics. For example, one area that I monitor has very stable and low deaths with Covid-19 but then suddenly there is a huge leap upward. Then for days or weeks nothing changes, then again suddenly a large increase. It’s not a weekend thing for that area – it appears sporadic and random.


  2. Jack in the Green says:

    It would be a great shame if the Biased Bleeding-heart Commission got rid of that pundit bloke, you know that Barry Spinnaker bloke, the one that knows it all. This is because he truly is the gift that keeps on giving. His latest licence fee pronouncement bears all the hallmarks of the mentally bereft.
    So thanks mate, keep it up, you are doing our work for us.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Who is Barry spinnaker ? Never heard of him


      • Up2snuff says:

        Play on phonetics, possibly, Fed? Gary Lineker?


        • Fedup2 says:

          Oh Right – he plays a dangerous game teasing people on Twitter – I saw one response which reminded him of the severe financial hardship in the leagues which are not the prem and how he insults them with his talk of a ‘pay cut ‘ –

          If some one smacked him he’d probably be a full victim then …

          His kind of wage has no place on a publicly funded channel …


  3. digg says:

    Another day, another mud-slinging at the Government from the BBC over Covid.

    First it was The NHS could be overwhelmed if Boris doesn’t control the spread.

    So he brought in the lockdown…

    Next, teachers are at risk in schools…

    So he sent them all home…

    Next, women are shouldering more of the covid burden because the kids are at home and their menfolk are out at work…

    So what next for Boris? collect all the kids, put them on trains and transport them to the Shetlands as in WW2?

    Ladies, they are your kids, you decided to have them, you are responsible for them and the teachers want nothing to do with them as long as they are still getting paid….


  4. Tabs says:

    Sven Badzak death: Teenager arrested over aspiring lawyer’s fatal stabbing

    A teenager has been arrested over the murder of an aspiring lawyer who was attacked as he went to buy a bagel.

    Just 2 days ago his mother was claiming he was going to be the next PM now he was an aspiring lawyer.

    Crap like this from the BBC means they are doing their best to distract us from the suspects skin colour.


    • Beltane says:

      Well the last time the son was an aspiring architect, and she came out with a Damehood.


  5. pugnazious says:

    Spot the troll competition.

    So…..what’s missing from this story?….

    Saira Khan receives threats after saying she is not a practising Muslim

    There is no explicit mention of who is actually making the death threats….we all know but the BBC somehow misses out the relevant information…here’s their opening lines…you might actually think it was non-muslims who were the problem…

    ‘TV presenter Saira Khan has said she received death threats after revealing she is not a practising Muslim.

    The former Loose Women panellist clarified her faith earlier this week in a column for The Daily Mirror.

    “The problem for women like me, who have a Muslim name and are of Asian heritage, is that others make assumptions about us before we even open our mouths,” she said.’

    Funny old world though….Saira Khan, who spends her time criticising Islam and doesn’t follow the religion herself was the one who tried to shout down Tommy Robinson by shrieking at him that he was a racist….because he criticised Islam….and had to wear a bullet proof vest as a consequence….Khan’s response…‘Then stop being a racist and a bigot’

    Perhaps she should follow her own advice then….logic dictates.


  6. Guest Who says:

    Bit of cute ‘stirring’ there Chris?


  7. Guest Who says:

    For the lolz.

    House journal.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Guest – that’s quite funny though isn’t it ? I bet this was next to some sobbing article about ‘mental health ‘…. just looking as the guardian headlines is enough to hit the ‘mental ‘ button …


    • tomo says:


    • pugnazious says:

      LOL….democracy is such a nuisance….

      ‘Regardless, seeking voluntary opinions from self-interested persons is not a particularly effective way of reaching a decision at the best of times. If you want to change the status quo you don’t give the power to make a decision to the people who have no interest in changing it.’


  8. Guest Who says:

    That Biden spokeslady was not keen on the ‘green jobs’ questions either.


  9. Sir_Arthur_Strebe-Grebling says:

    bBBC weather forecast has a warning of yellow snow.


  10. Guest Who says:

    Paul Mason? Happy Days.

    At least they still have BS.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Nightly audience of 600 000 ? – newsnight? I suppose there are that many lefties who need to be ‘in the know ‘- speaking of lefties – the Twitter battle over the forthcoming UKTV – or whatever the Brillo show is going to be called – continues –

      The collective lefty fear over this new channel is most comforting and good evidence of their insecurity – for ever masked by their hostility to even the slightest ‘diversity of thought or opinion ‘…


      • StewGreen says:

        Not 600K now ..we reckon 300K

        in 2001 it used to get 1 million viewers
        in 2014 it would sometimes touch the BBC2 top 30
        with 600K
        It then dropped out of the top 30
        Then in 2018 BARB started only listing top 15 shows


  11. theisland says:

    Jeff Taylor – Brexit fishing and seafood battles continue!


  12. Zelazek says:

    Bored with working from home, I sneaked a peek at Culture in Quarantine on BBC2 this afternoon. A performance of Romeo and Juliet.

    I should have known better. They were butchering my beloved Shakerags. Usual motley crew of whites, blacks and browns being cast in roles for no discernible reason.

    The rich variety of regional and class accents we have in Britain was also not utilised in any meaningful way that might help an audience understand the social distinctions of the Verona society in which the play is set. Instead, it was a higgledy-piggledy cacophony of senseless voices.

    No thought is ever given by the arty-farty wokerati these days to the intelligent use of race, gender and accents in their presentation of Shakespeare. Their philosophy seems to be that anybody can play any role in any way they like because nobody is any better or worse than anybody else. It is a sort of globalist idea of drama. Eliminate all differences and turn the whole world into the undifferentiated consumers they want us to be.

    I was happy to get back to work.


    • Fedup2 says:

      There is a ‘thing’ on channel 4 about Catherine the great . I never realised there were so many African Russians – nor indeed various non white shades of Russian in the czar’s
      Court .
      It’s kidult stuff on a big budget .
      It seems to delight in being controversial- such as a scene where a dead lady is dug up and used for sexual gratification – or the use of a lemon as a contraceptive for ladies post event .

      I guess c4 made it in the hope that Netflix would buy it …..
      …__ I’d love to know what famously patriotic Russian would think of it – a cause for war maybe …?


      • Zelazek says:

        I haven’t been watching it, Fed, but you’ve made it sound like it’s one of those awful things that are so bad it becomes good. Wars have been fought over lesser things in the past – I am thinking of the War of Jenkins’ Ear. They could call this one The Great War. Oh, they’ve done that one.


        • Fedup2 says:

          The bbc bought an HBO? Job about the court of Louis 16? Which was quite grown up in comparison to the recent -frankly strange – PC stuff we are suffering with ‘blind ‘ casting .

          I saw some Shakespeare at the Barbican before the COVID war with girls in chaps roles and coloured people playing white roles . It sucked the life out of it . But I bet the luvvies involved felt they’d done their thing for ‘the cause ‘….lots of empty seats though …


          • Zelazek says:

            I think that is precisely it. The luvvies are using drama to promote their modish causes rather than trying to be faithful to the play and the aims of the author. That is why these plays are so boring and lead to empty seats. The big lie at the moment is that blacks have always been a big part of British society and have always occupied high social positions. In the theatre I have seen black actors in plays by Shakespeare, Sheridan and Wilde that were preposterous from a historical point of view. And we all know many similar examples from film and TV such as the one you mention. I wonder where all this is going? Will the younger generation grow up with an utterly false idea of history? Or will this woke agenda collapse through its internal contradictions? Perhaps precocious children might start asking why, when there were all these blacks in powerful positions throughout our history, did they not prevent the rise of the slave trade?


            • BigBrotherCorporation says:

              But, but… Shakespeare wrote a play with a ‘black’ lead back in 1603… am not sure he meant Othello to be ‘black’ in the modern sense though?

              Queen Elizabeth I was given a young (black) slave boy by John Hawkins as a thank you for her financing his slave smuggling, very profitable little business for Queenie – slaving, paid for her war with Spain, but shh, don’t tell BLM. Am sure I read this black page boy was quite a novelty at the time. Before the what, mid-late 19th Century(?) the very few black slaves and servants in wealthy European households seem to have been treated like some kind of exotic ‘pet’ to show off, rather than as human beings. Appalling really.

              Fedup, to answer your (rhetorical?) question, Catherine the Great had one black person in her court. He chose to take the name Gannibal (Russian for ‘Hannibal’), and was mostly famous because he was a black person in the court of Peter the Great, and after Peter’s death, in the court of Peter’s wife Catherine (also) the Great. If there’d been any others, I don’t suppose this guy would have been famous, would he?

              Other than being famous for being the one black person in pre-1950 Russia, Gannibal is also remembered for being Pushkin’s great-grandfather. Connecting back to Othello, Pushkin wrote a novel about him called ‘the Moor of Peter the Great’.


              Has this:

              ‘There was never an observable number of people of African descent in Russia, even after Western European colonization of the continent. For centuries Russia was too isolated to interact with Africa. Russia’s lack of involvement in the colonization of Africa or the Atlantic slave trade prevented it from developing significant relationships with African tribes or colonies.’

              I’m not always sure the people who come up with the crap we see on screen are deliberately messing with the history they portray, I honestly wonder if they are just too stupid to know they’re getting it so laughably wrong, or that so many people are noticing.


      • Ian Rushlow says:

        There’s a proper drama series about Catherine the Great (Ekaterina: The Rise of Catherine the Great) on Amazon Prime. As it was made in Russia and for a Russian audience it tends to stick largely to the history rather than obsess about race, gender and sexual deviancy. For those who miss quality period drama of the sort we got in the UK 30 years ago, or want to learn something of the history and personalities of that era, it’s pretty good (there are English subtitles).


        • Fedup2 says:

          Ian – thank you – I will add it to ‘the list ‘. I really do wonder what any Russians watching that C4 thing would make of it ….


  13. Garry Lavin says:

    I was right wayback after all…
    This is paywalled so you might not be able to read it….but the comments are worth a read….


  14. Fedup2 says:

    GBNews has set up a twitter account , it has 47k followers- already ….


  15. Guest Who says:

    BBC News

    Bangladeshi and Pakistani people still experience three times the risk of dying from Covid than white people, ONS data has shown.


    Partition, eh? Cutting a swathe through W1A cubicle garden address books?

    What is that big place in between?


    • Eddy Booth says:

      Lower Vitamin D levels ?


    • Foscari says:

      Guest Who-Like my lot of ultra fundamentalist Jews,the
      fundamentalist Muslims believe that it is up to their god
      if they are to live or die. As for anything coming out of Leicester
      university eagerly published by the BBC, Leicester have
      a first rate premier league football side, And an eighth division
      university !!


  16. taffman says:

    “Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned travel rule breakers they could face fines of £10,000 and even a decade in prison.”

    Unless of course you arrive by dinghy?
    Given the thousands of illegals already in this country who is paying for their health care?


  17. DYKEVISIONS says:



  18. Tabs says:

    Covid: The baby bank helping families living in poverty

    Usual socialism pushing articles we expect from the BBC. This one stood out more than the others for 2 reasons:

    1. Kay, single mother of 4 on benefits, with the youngest 7 months old, says “she has had to go without food and clothes herself to provide for her children”. But the photo of her shows she is overweight. No mention why she decied to have the 4th kid whislt in a relationship about to end.

    2. A Getty Image photo of a woman sitting on the bed in nightwear. The BBC are trying to suggest this woman is so poor she has turned to prostitution but she hasn’t.


  19. Tabs says:

    The BBC News website is really pushing the stories featuring woman only today (more than usual). It is like reading Take a Break or Womans Own magazines.

    Examples on the website homepage right now featuring just woman/girls:
    1. Cancer therapy with no visitors is ‘hardest thing’
    2. ‘Tracking my mum’s fake Covid message’
    3. ‘A mum cried when I gave her nappies for her child’
    4. The woman who live-tweets inquests
    5. Influencer: ‘Why I stopped working with Klarna’
    6. West Side Story star: Latinos need more than J-Lo
    7. When will it be my turn to be vaccinated?
    8. Europe’s oldest person survives Covid aged 116
    9. Pubs plead for reopening date after sales halve

    There are probably more but I’ve got to do some work!