308 Responses to Weekend Thread 5 June 2021

  1. theisland says:

    Also it is the anniversary of D-Day Normandy landings on Sunday (Tuesday 6 June 1944).

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    • StewGreen says:

      Catchup links to latest posts on the previous thread
      page 4 started 6pm Friday
      Facebook directed by liberal politician Clegg , bans Trump for 2 years
      Shouldn’t it be President trump bans Facebook for 2 years ?
      – Yet Facebook is being investigates in EU/US for anti-competitive practices
      – The invasion from Calais continues unchecked

      page 3 started 8pm Thursday
      – more on Faucigate
      – Media losing interest in black stabbing in Birmingham after any white racism narrative falls
      – Napier illegals to get compensation
      – LGBT petfood, LGBT kids TV
      – Stonewall digging itself deeper in
      – Gov sudden change of policy on low case Porttugal
      page 2 started 9pm Wednesday
      – One black mob nearly murdered another black guy
      and all the BLM supporting largely white virtue signallers say “nothing much to see here !”
      – Media shouting “Trump’s website has been shut down”
      Has it ?
      It looks like it’s still there
      https://www.donaldjtrump.com/news/statement-by-donald-j-trump-45th-president-of-the-united-states-of-america-06.04.21-02
      – Channel 5 copying Bridgerton by doing a drama loosely based on history but rewritten with black characters
      Unlike the BBC they are doing it with their own money.

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    • taffman says:

      theisland
      Sadly, because of our Incompetent government and its Border Farce the “landings” are on this side of the Channel.

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      • NCBBC says:

        The difference – our Navy is not getting air support from the RAF. Where is the RAF? Surely they must seek out boats far out to sea and guide the RN to help in the invasion.

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    • digg says:

      The BBC can’t wait for this sort of shit to be forgotten and buried. I hate them to man and woman.

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    • Sluff says:

      Worth mentioning Sir Bertram Ramsay who was the main man for both Dunkirk and the Naval Forces on D Day.

      A giant of Panning and Organising capability.

      But he died in a plane crash in 1945 so is rarely mentioned now.

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  2. Thoughtful says:

    Midazolam? Heard of it? You will soon as it would appear that 40 000 doses of this central nervous system depressant were prescribed in on month February (2020) to residents of nursing homes who were then later described as having died of Covid 19.

    Was this an orchestrated killing off of the elderly? we will probably never know, but it seems likely it will be another news story coming in the near future.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      T, a wild claim has been made somewhere else that all the vaccinated are going to die within two years. Am not going to mention the site name, but it does have a much greater collection of crackpots than on here.

      I think Stew Green has wised us up on some previous occasions that when someone makes a claim that seems credible but on the other hand seems incredible and would have serious consequences if true, then to really check it out, really run it into the ground for sources.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Why 2 years ? Make it 6 months – save a lot of money – and even better no one to pay their TV licence . I predict that everyone who has been vaccinated will die ….

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        • Up2snuff says:

          Fed, the reputation of the person making that claim and those of the people who promote it and pass it on will be toast in two years and one day. Snuffy will remember …

          Or may not, as the case may be.

          Yesterday I planned to do a series of about three TOADY Watches. That was from listening to the first half hour of the programme from 6 a.m.. I did the first one and just could not remember what the other two were! Signs of an early decline …..

          Anyway, I’m off to the foot of the page for a new TOADY Watch.

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          • Deborah says:

            Up2, Similarly I could easily do reports of BBC1 news as I am often outraged from start to finish, but as I post about the thing that outrages me most, I have forgotten the rest I want to post about. I would have to take notes and the BBC isn’t worth the effort.
            I was always impressed with Craig both here and Isthebbcbiased for sitting out verbatim great chunks of the most bias.

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            • richard D says:

              Deborah – you may reecall that the BBC once (not that long ago) used to provide a verbatim transcript of the ‘Today’ programme not too long after the end of that day’s programme.

              I am utterly convinced that it was the growth of popularity of certain blog sites (in particular this one, and Craig’s ITBBCB), that eventually convinced the BBC to ‘deep-six’ that service. The transcripts just made it infinitely easier to comment on the contents of the programme, and to collect evidence of the utter bias shown by the BBC, its producers, reporters and newsreaders, with which to educate others about just how utterly partial, politically and otherwise, the BBC actually is.

              The BBC really just does not like to make it any easier for members of the public to point out, and find evidence of, their utter bias.

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    • StewGreen says:

      Fullfact mention Midazolam here
      https://fullfact.org/online/viral-video-covid-vaccine/

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    • digg says:

      I have a relative who “drifted away: shortly after the start of the pandemic in a nursing home is there any way I can find out if he was given this “put down” drug?

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  3. Nibor says:

    I only heard a glimpse of The News Quiz on Radio 4 18;30

    Some woman said “ before I was a comedian I was a virologist “ .
    She might have been a virologist but where does the comedian bit come in ?

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    • Scroblene says:

      Ha ha ha, Nibor!

      I always thought that ‘comedians’ had to be really funny before they claimed to be one.

      Thank goodness you only heard a glimpse of the ‘new squizz’ , as nowadays, it’s the most puerile misfitting selection of failed losers espousing leftie bile and making odd noises as though they have late-onset pidgin tourettes!

      And that’s the audience – now for the curious bunch on the stage…

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      • JohnC says:

        One of the most embarassing things I’ve seen recently was the luvvies in the USA making some purile and unfunny anti-Trump ‘joke’ then the leftie audience actually clapping. Not because it was in any way witty but purely because it mocked Trump. They would applaud a dog taking a crap if it suited them.
        They are like spiteful children and they seem oblivious to how obvious they make it.
        Speaking of which : what happened to maxi ?.

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  4. Thoughtful says:

    Just thought I’d have a sizz through the Trustees of the National Trust to see why the people who were appointed to senior day to day managment were so woke.

    Tim Parker, Chair

    Recently forced to resign and perhaps soon to be looking at life from behind bars as his other senior Tory gifted appointment was Chair of Post Office counters where a total lack of morals and humanity resulted in wholly innocent people losing everything – about right for a leftie really.

    Orna NiChionna, Deputy Chair

    Good old British sounding name there. appointed by the Soil Association takes whatever opportunities she can to alert people to the importance and fragility of the complex ecosystems that sustain us, and to the need to stop taking them for granted.

    Michael Day CVO

    He lectures at universities and other institutions around the world on cultural leadership

    David Fursdon

    He has a range of non-executive and consultancy interests in the environmental and heritage sectors

    Denise Jagger

    A consistent focus wherever she has worked has been on promoting equality, diversity and inclusion for which she has received a number of awards including an honorary doctorate.

    Caroline Kay

    Caroline’s career has been largely within the public or non-profit sector, with 20 years working with cultural organisations.

    Aideen McGinley

    A former National Trustee on the BBC Trust.

    Sandy Nairne CBE FSA

    Sandy has a long-standing interest in learning and education, and in diversity and issues of identity.

    And you’re surprised it’s in the mess it is?

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    • StewGreen says:

      To be clear that board of Trustees set the direction of the trust
      and the Director-General and his/her executive team do the day to to day stuff.
      The are appointed by the Council
      “The Council is made up of 36 members who have a range of expertise in everything from education and agriculture, to nature and the built environment.
      Half are elected by National Trust members
      .. and half are from organisations which have a connection to the Trust. ”
      Is that democratic ?

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    • tarien says:

      Not one that appears to have any experience of Land, Buildings, Architecture, or has a qualification and experience in Historical matters, or perhaps people with knowledge of antiques. And what on earth is a member of the BBC trust doing anyway near such an organisation. An Utterley incomprehensible list. Thank you for bringing it to our attention Thoughtful.

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      • Dobyns says:

        Not only that tarien, but the NT has sacked or made redundant both the volunteer and paid staffs who knew about maintaining land, curating and restoring architecture, and properly & accurately presenting history with respect to their properties.

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        • brexiteerkent says:

          Had an email from English heritage yesterday that made depressing reading .. Ideas for days out ..So far so good … Followed by the latest news on how they will be celebrating LGBT history and how some Sikh had been given a blue plaque and what this meant for diversity …

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  5. Deborah says:

    I am very sorry for anyone who loses a relation to covid but I am not sure what the point was of BBC news showing the visible grief of those whose had lost relations in Nepal. It is no different to anybody’s grief in the rest of the world. And I am not sure why the BBC changed the name of the country from Nepal to Nebal. It was said three times at least so not by chance.

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    • tarien says:

      Let us call it Covidianity Deborah-It has its prophets (eg Neil Ferguson); its priesthood of experts (eg Whitty and Vallance); its own soteriology (eg The Vaccine of Salvation); its evangelists (eg Piers Morgan); its own eschatology (eg The New Normal), and of course its heretics (anyone questioning the data or the narrative).
      Not everyone who has adopted the bizarre practices of Covidianity is a Covidian. Many have been cowed into it somewhat unwillingly; many have been bamboozled into it somewhat unwittingly; and many others just do not seem to have thought through what is being done to them, much less whether it is right, necessary and proportionate.
      But there are definitely true Covidians, and you can recognise them by their insistence that all bow down to their cult, and that those who refuse should be shamed.
      As one has said ‘” till in the end the politicians proper become merely the scientists’ puppets.”

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    • Banania says:

      Perhaps it is like calling Simla “Shimla”, just to show you know, or Lake Victoria “Lake Bongobongo”, or whatever it is.

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  6. Sluff says:

    The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for teenagers.
    Pfizer are selling their vaccine at a commercial rate and will make a good profit. And we, clearly are prepared to pay.

    So why can we not do this for our own Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine and make a contribution to paying down the extra £300 bn annual deficit?

    Answer. Because the wokes are in charge. And the BBC just love them.

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    • Square-Eyed says:

      And it seems wherever there are pharmaceutical companies manufacturing vaccines there is Bill Gates taking a share of the profits.

      Question. How many of these companies making Covid vaccines have been excused legal liability for any unforeseen consequences?

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    • Guest Who says:

      Luckily it seems to have been tested on typical dfs children.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Sluff – if they were selling the OxfordAZ at a profit I think I’d be very very rich now – much richer than youz ( courtesy – Harry Enfield ) because of my investments long long ago …

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  7. NCBBC says:

    WIND POWER AND SOLAR POWER AREN’T CHEAPER THAN COAL OR NATURAL GAS
    MARCH 4, 2021

    For more than two decades, renewable-power profiteers have colluded with climate alarmists and politicians who support big government energy and environment programs to push wind and solar power, supposedly to fight catastrophic climate change

    https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/wind-power-and-solar-power-arent-cheaper-than-coal-or-natural-gas

    Covid is a short term epidemic, probably engineered, dislocated the world and toppled a president. But its this fraud of Climate Change that will destroy Western economies and society.

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    • JohnC says:

      Their mistake is to charge people directly for the cost of producing it. It has given the game away.
      They should be sneaky like our lot. Charge a low price then load the whole thing with hidden subsidies so nobody can ever work out the actual cost. The start adding things like ‘Green tax’ onto invoices.
      I watched a documentary about a wind farm a while back and at the beginning they were all talking about the environment, noise and all sorts of other environmental things. But as it went on, it gradually became clear every single person involved was interested in just one thing : getting the money.

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      • Scroblene says:

        The cost of power, labour and expensive materials to build just one windmill is way over the return on what feeble energy it will provide over its lifetime – often standing quite still for days on end.

        As John says it’s ‘getting the money’ – our money NOW!

        Luckily I won’t be around to see the first failures in all this, but the climate fear-mongers will, thank goodness, and I wonder where they’ll crop up next. By then there’ll be other more serious issues to deal with, and today’s wokes and snowflakes will have to suck that up.

        What on earth will these people do when the BBC is kicked out for good?

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        • JimS says:

          They changed Global Warming to Climate Change, showing that they don’t really know what the weather will be like in the future.

          Just suppose that the climate does change to one with cloudy, wind-free skies. Where will the energy come from then? No Solar. No Wind. No-Bio-fuels. No food.

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          • NCBBC says:

            Changing the name of a scam is the standard way for scam artists to continue with the basic scam.

            Climate Change is the coin trick – “heads I win, tails you lose”.

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        • Deborah says:

          I read some years ago that it takes a wind turbine 20 years to produce the energy it took to build it and they have a predicted lifespan of 25 years. I think it is mainly for the tower that supports the turbine that requires the energy and as they are as tall as ever, I don’t think recent developments will have changed it.

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          • Scroblene says:

            Spot on Debs!

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          • NCBBC says:

            it takes a wind turbine 20 years to produce the energy it took to build it.

            Thats if the wind behaves according to predictions. Wind turbines have made smart politicians and others very rich, at the expense of the poorest in society.

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          • JohnC says:

            I tried to find out how long they took to recover the cost of building them and found nobody wanted me to know that. They all used your example : how long to generate the energy it took to make them.
            My best estimate was about 20 years though it’s near impossible to work out all the grants and subsidies hidden around them. This means after 20 years it hasn’t added anything at all except the cost of it’s own existence.
            I think they generate the energy used in manufacture quite quickly – maybe 3 years. But it’s a pointless measure designed very specifically to hoodwink the casual reader.

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      • JimS says:

        On a sunny, windy day local regions of the UK can be energy sufficient. What were the old electricity boards do not need to take power from what was the old CEGB, the customer for a time doesn’t need the supplier.

        What does the supplier do then? In order to ensure grid stability the National Grid pays big customers not to consume electricity.

        I think we put more effort into designing the financing of the electricity market than we do into engineering the equipment. Crazy.

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      • NCBBC says:

        The G7 is meeting now. Its agenda

        The G7 Leaders’ Summit in 2021 is presided over by the UK and aims to unite leading democracies to help the world build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic and create a greener, more prosperous future.

        The UK Presidency of the G7 aims to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic by:

        leading the global recovery from the coronavirus while strengthening resilience against future pandemics;
        promoting future prosperity by championing free and fair trade;
        tackling climate change and preserving the planet’s biodiversity; and championing global shared values.

        https://sdg.iisd.org/events/g7-leaders-summit-2021/

        AOC could have written the agenda.

        So here is the agenda agreed by the the West. Tax the rich. But of course the rich have the resources to move their wealth where it cannot be touched. Large corporations are already headquartered in sunny islands. So yet again it will be middle income earners and the elderly who have saved, who will pay for the Reset. The poorest will just suffer.

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        • NCBBC says:

          I think AOD did write the Agenda. Note the standard words – Climate Change, bio-diversity, diversity, resilience (sustainability), greener planet ( how they intend to do that by removing CO2, I know not). And they say they follow the science.

          It will be middle income earners and the elderly who will be stripped off their savings, while it sits like a sitting duck on 0% ISAs.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      NCBBC: “and toppled a president” and also a Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu.

      How many ‘conservative’ led Governments are there left in the world?

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      • NCBBC says:

        Yes indeed a PM. Israel will now be directed by a fake president to negotiate with the ayatollahs.

        How many conservative nations ? Australia maybe, and some Eastern European nations. But none of any clout.

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    • StewGreen says:

      Bottomline is if things work corps just do them
      There is no need to SUBSIDISE them

      solar/wind are rubbish
      So they are triple/quadruple subsidised
      – Priority market access
      guaranteed triple market price
      banning of their competition.
      and free extra infrastructure

      And on top of that if solar/wind was treated equally with fossil fuels un and wind power would have the same MINING TAX on it.

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  8. JohnC says:

    Putin sees ‘double standard’ in US Capitol riot prosecutions
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57366668
    Now I know you couldn’t trust Putin as far as the next street but what I do like about him is that sometimes he just states the truth as it is in order to counter the false narratives we get from our country and the USA.
    He has done it numerous times on Islamic terrorism and in this one he addresses the absolute sham of the Capitol prosecutions.
    I’m quite surprised the BBC published it – though it went online at 2am UK time and I suspect it will disappear before everyone wakes up.
    This bit caught my eye (no pun intended):
    ‘The Russian leader said protesters in Europe have faced an even tougher police response, with some shot in the eye by what he mockingly called “democratic rubber bullets”.
    It is not clear what he was referring to, but a number of French demonstrators were blinded by rubber bullets fired by police during the so-called yellow vest rallies that began in late 2018.’
    Really BBC ?. I don’t recall you telling me about that. I would expect outrage over that. Were they the ‘wrong kind of victims’ ?.

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    • Guest Who says:

      BBC Editorial Guidelines prefer ‘mostly peaceful limb shredders’.

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    • NCBBC says:

      JohnC

      Putin is at present the only leader who regrets the loss of Christendom. Its sad loss will be the end of the West.

      The West’s biggest mistake was to think that faith was mumbo-jumbo. But it fails to realise that it was Christianity that gave rise to what we call the West. And too, its faith that sustains when logic fails the soldier in the trench. We will be conquered by a people who have faith.

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  9. JohnC says:

    United plans supersonic passenger flights by 2029
    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57361193
    I am increasingly convinced that an increasing proportion of the BBC are youngsters who don’t have much clue about the world but passed the interview because they said all the right things about the agenda.
    I thought this would be an interesting article about a concorde replacement. Instead it degenerated into a bizarre discussion of renewable energy which seems to be aimed at children.
    Here are some the things it contains:

    ‘What is supersonic flight?
    Supersonic flight is when an aircraft travels faster than the speed of sound.’

    Central to Boom’s plan is for Overture to run entirely on sustainable aviation fuel (Saf).
    That can take the form of “posh biodiesel” made out of everything from waste animal fat from the farming industry to specially grown high-energy crops, explains Dr Guy Gratton, associate professor of aviation and the environment at Cranfield University.
    But one big problem is that “the world is very far from having anything like the production capacity needed” to produce enough biofuel to power the entire aviation industry, he says.’
    Boom predicts “power-to-liquid” processes – where renewable energy such as wind power is used to produce liquid fuel – will make up the shortfall.’

    “Can you suddenly find an enormous additional supply of sustainable electricity at affordable prices?” asks Dr Gratton.
    “I’m not saying it can’t be done. It may well be done but it has not been done yet.”

    Here’s my prediction : we will never hear about this project again.

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    • Scroblene says:

      You might, John, because in a few years, the greens will claim widespread de-forestation to grow these crops is spoiling the climate – yet again, and will ‘demand’ it’s all stopped.

      Several people who actually will watch the new, privately-funded ‘BBC’ ‘news’ then will wring their hands and think of all those small animals having to flee…

      I’ve never understood why people need to have such fast transport. Why can’t they get out of bed a couple of hours earlier, and take a slower plane?

      Oh, and as commented before, the money will be safe in the hands of the perps right now, and long gone before the greens even hear about the project’s problems!

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    • Guest Who says:

      But Sir Dick had Coconut Airways years ago.

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    • digg says:

      The curious thing is that Concorde was effectively killed off by the US aircraft companies who quietly lobbied their government to ban it flying on routes over the USA for noise reasons. They did this because they knew it would take them 40 years to catch up with the technology.

      So if this new one ever comes to fruition, it will be interesting to see if they still don’t want supersonic flight over the USA or whether this one will somehow get the green light (which would also explain all the environmental bullshit surrounding the project of course!).

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    • NCBBC says:

      And

      “In order to fly supersonic, you will need more power, you will need more fuel,” Kathy Savitt, Boom’s chief commercial officer, told the BBC.

      I like the names in this project. Kathy Savitt assures us the plane will require more power, and therefore more fuel.

      So it wont be Green. It might save half the time but will use twice as much fuel to do it. In the fullness of time it will be wind turbines that never got off the ground.

      Also note that according to the company, the rich and the political elite will by then be chartering their own jets. So its there this aviation startup is actually headed. It should get government funding.

      This G7 is only being held as Donald Trump has been removed from office. It would have been cancelled otherwise due to..Covid 19.

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    • NCBBC says:

      All Hamas rockets were fired like a scatter gun. Therefore all Hamas attacks were terrorist attacks and war crimes.

      And yet its Israel thats being attacked for war crimes.

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  10. Foscari says:

    I expect I will be hounded for this comment but I do believe
    that there is institutional racism in the UK. However it is
    now against the indigenous population !
    The way that holidaymakers who are in Portugal are
    being treated is an absolute disgrace. These are mostly white
    families who were given the green light. Now they have
    been told to get back by Tuesday or else !!
    Compare this to flights from the Indian sub continent.
    Here folk returning were given over two weeks to make
    their arrangements, which seem to include ” come back with
    latest strain of covid, all will be forgiven.”
    We have the media outlet of the BLM anarchist Marxist
    organization, the BBC , showing us on their Londonistan
    Programme the first anniversary of the BLM demonstrations
    in London where police subjugated themselves to the organization
    and statues of Winston Churchill and others were desecrated .
    You will see at the football Euros at Wembley the BBC
    making pride of place the England players prostrating
    themselves on behalf of the same BLM which has become
    perhaps the biggest oxymoron you could find, so far as
    black gangs are concerned.
    Trustees of the National Trust have joined the cause. We are
    supposed to be going to Sutton Hoo next week . Who knows
    it could be closed as too many white archaeologists were
    involved with the dig.
    Then we have acting. Any actor should be able to play any
    role, because the are acting. Yes it may well look pretty daft
    for a white actor without black make up to play Nelson Mandela.
    Or a black actress to play the Queen in the Crown.
    But lets compare the furore if a white actor blacks up to play Othello to a black actress playing Anne Boleyn by the Arts Council.
    Just one other point . When I was on LBC yesterday I forget
    to mention with my rant against the diabolical Portuguese travel
    shambles. That I don’t believe that the Government didn’t
    know that they were going to take Portugal off the Green list
    before allowing thousands of Chelsea and Manchester City
    supporters travelling to Porto for the Champions League final.
    To be honest my diatribe wasn’t one of my best.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      No – you are quite right – the government either took a bung or looked with other way knowingly letting the Indian virus into the UK – maybe the government is ethnically cleansing Indian immigrants ?

      Now that it has done that it has continued on over restricted overseas travel and done the dirt to Portugal for no clear reason .

      What I think this shows is that once a government gets a taste for restricting freedom – and getting away with it – it is happy to use these powers – or not – whenever it fancies .

      Remedy – mass disobedience – as in go on holiday to ‘amber ‘ countries .
      Treat covid like flu now that the vaccination programme is more done than not . Let the NHS earn the huge amounts of cash it sucks out of the taxpayer – if those who chose not to get vaccinated land up in resus.

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    • NCBBC says:

      Foscari

      Truth needs no apology or defence. It wins always.

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  11. taffman says:

    Question: Are the crews of Border Farce getting paid by “illegals” to ferry them across the Channel ?
    One for Panorama?

    Despite the the bluster coming from the Home Office there are more on the way.
    IMHO the crossings will only stop when there’s no more “illegals” left in France.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      No one will look at the corruption in border force – have they got a lot of top of the range cars in their car parks .

      Shame that 18 months after the election red Tory MPs are actively ignoring the anger of the voters .

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    • JohnC says:

      I suspect that their top two priorities given to them by the government are:
      1) Make sure they cross safely so there are no pictures of any dead bodies on the news
      2) Get them out of sight as soon as possible so the silent majority don’t realise what is going on.
      It’s an absolute scandal that the BBC are ignoring the subject. I suspect it’s also because it would involve giving credit to Farage and they would rather stick pins in their eyes than do that.

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    • moggie63 says:

      If you ask me, the crossings will only stop when there’s almost nobody left in Africa.

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  12. Guest Who says:

    Two wimmin put a bucket behind a screen, pop it in an email, and…. BBC News!

    ***

    The Peequal is the brainchild of two women who were fed up with long queues for the toilet at festivals.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-57340739

    Women’s urinal six times quicker to use, creators say

    ***
    #ccbgb

    The aerial shot of the safety foam to protect vaulting trannies from injury is also nice.

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  13. theisland says:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57338465

    Thirty Tory rebels including Treezer want to restore foreign aid spending to 0.7% of national income from next January, after ministers reduced it to 0.5% this year, a cut of almost £4bn.

    I think the majority of the electorate want to see it cut.

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    • taffman says:

      “Thirty Tory rebels” – Liberals in disguise. I hope that their constituents remember this?

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    • Guest Who says:

      BBC reading the mood of the nation it despises but claims to speak for is always unerring.

      But deciding Treezer is their new Boudicca is special even for them.

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    • moggie63 says:

      Damned right. Little Umbongo walks 100 miles every day to get a jug of bison pee. Considering the amount of money that’s been pumped into Africa these last 60 years he should be getting to the mudpool in a chauffeur driven Aston Martin.

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  14. Fedup2 says:

    Need a list of who voted against us when it happens . They are happy to pee taxpayers cash away overseas but not do anything about elderly social care – apart from find ways to kill elderly british people off of course …

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  15. Tabs says:

    BBC News channel interviewing an expert on whether children should be vaccinated. He cleary explained the pros an cons and said “it might not be ethical to vaccinate 12 to 15 year olds”.

    Naga interrupts, “why would it be unethical if the regulator has already approved it?”

    That pretty much summed up the level on intelligence at the BBC.

    Edit: The gay welsh weatherman just showed a photo of a FogBow and explained it is fog covering a Rainbow. Naga asks, “why can’t we see the Rainbow?”. Weatherman, “Because it is covered in fog”

    Naga is on a roll asking stupid questions today.

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    • Guest Who says:

      She is listed in her twitter bio as a ‘journalist’.

      Given the evidence, and the new definitions of words, this one appears accurate.

      For thick, opinionated, Teflon diversity hire in media.

      See also: Shadow Cabinet.

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    • Banania says:

      “why would it be unethical if the regulator has already approved it?”
      The answer to that question might have been interesting. Unethical, presumably, because it is unnecessary, but would they have admitted that?

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  16. AsISeeIt says:

    Double, double, toil and trouble…

    We’ll return to that later.

    We kick off the weekend with some entertainment, arts and culture.

    Boy George pops up in the Telegraph with the bold claim: ‘I realised my songwriting is similar to Shakespeare‘ – which makes some sense, come to think of it, I always regarded Do You Really Want To Hurt Me and Karma Cameleon as just so much Much Ado About Nothing.

    “When you turn 60,” says George O’Dowd, “it’s time to pull the plug out of your own bath and fill it up with something new.”‘ – Fair enough, George, I get the point, you have literary pretentions.

    But sluicing out the stale water isn’t so easy for a man who remains fixed in most people’s minds as Boy George, the 1980s pop star… with ribbons in his hair. For others, he’s the former pretty boy who fell from grace when he became addicted to drugs and was convicted of false imprisonment…‘ – enough, already! It’s the Telegraph journo here who needs her pen hand handcuffing to a radiator.

    Wait till our school teachers read this. The tricky Hamlet and Macbeth can now be decolonised off the curriculum to make way for study of the tickboxing gender bending Culture Club.

    “Noah’s Ark” declared unseaworthy‘ (Telegraph) – no, this isn’t the beaching of new best-of-British royal yacht project, not even problems with the latest Border Force Channel migrant ferry vessel… a ‘giant replica of Noah’s Ark has been impounded and is racking up fines of £500 a day in Ipswich after authorities said it did not have the correct paperwork‘ – due to Brexit? Ipswich… Oh the humanity. Let my people go!

    Turns out we have something termed: ‘The Maritime and Coastguard Agency‘ which has slapped the designation ‘unseaworthy‘ on this religious-themed Dutch vessel confining it to port.

    Oh, the irony, as our cushy illegal migrant system acts like Helen of Troy – the benefits that launched a thousand ships – dodgy, dare I say ‘unseaworthy‘ dinghies setting off from the French coast, from where, apparently, no official agency could give a hoot. No officious banning orders over there – just a very gallic shrug of the shoulders and a wave au revoir.

    Of course Noah was accompanied by his fighting age sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. But I’ll bet the ancient mainstream Genesis media only produced stone bas reliefs of their wives and children.

    Speaking of the children, today’s Mirror headline shrieks: ‘Teens to be jabbed. Over-12s roll out “weeks away”‘ – this is accompanied by a fronpage cameo pic of: ‘Approved. Young lad innoculated in US‘ – interesting that the leftist Mirror should now approve American policies. I do begin to see our government’s tactic… offer up our children and just maybe we get our holidays back?

    The pedagogic Guardian chimes in with their predictable slant: ‘Give vaccines to pupils as a priority, say school leaders‘ – what’s a school leader when it’s at home? I guess they mean teachers? And at home is where the teachers appear to want to stay.

    A couple of paragraphs into the Guardian report it qualifies their advocacy to: ‘Teaching union and school leaders said…‘ but I’m afraid as far as I read on their frontpage no one is specifically put on record as making this demand. Well, can you imagine the outcry if a few years down the line there’s unforseen side effects on the kiddies?

    Facebook bans Trump until 2024‘ (Guardian) – well, we wouldn’t want to ease his lockdown and risk a second wave, would we?

    One was interested to note the BBC’s take on what they feel links the G7 nations. Democracy, freedom, rule of law? Nope, for the BBC it’s simply: ‘Rich nations‘ – whilst the FT similarly links the seven with the blunt phrase: ‘Big economies‘ – by that rough measure China and India should be in there.

    One likes to note little anomolies in logos. Having already looked at the anachronistic Euro 2020 trademark being employed this year for the football one took a glance at the G7 logo. Guess what? Eight flags. Was this a boob? No, the EU has barged its way in there.

    The Sun keeps us abreast of some looming internecine strife: ‘Davina. My cleavage war with Amanda

    The left-leaning ‘i’ would have us accept they have sourced for us the: ‘Sharpest insight’ – and who are these razor sharp journalistic knives in the ‘i’ box?

    John Simpson, Alastair Campbell, Janet Street-Porter, Charleen White and Sean Fletcher. Apart from the couple of colour, who happen to be ITV personalities and the goofy superannuated bird with the funny voice, the remaining (Remainer) two are BBC regulars.

    We may as well watch the TV if we want their received opinions.

    Received Pronunciation is, perchance, to be no more on the Beeb.

    I feel a last hurrah for the Bard of Avon coming on…

    ‘Tis true, out with the old and in with the new,
    For ’twas to the left, that BBC dids’t skew,
    But naught wills’t ever change of opinon there,
    Only in rougher northern tongues, the news will we hear.

    I know, it’s poor. Perhaps if I crossed-dressed, and sang it to a white boy psuedo-reggae beat?

    Already the BBC seems to be dumbing down today as in their eccentricity their online press frontpage rendering duplicates the Daily Star. Unlike the resistance girl in Allo Allo – who insisted she would say this only once?

    ‘appen it’ll appen… ow dos at 10. Nah then! BBC backs northern accents on telly

    Can’t you just imagine it? “Now then, now then, News at Ten, Ow’s about that then, girls and boys…

    Careful now, we probably don’t want reminding of that Leeds accent.

    It can be somewhat cringeworthy reading literary renditions of regional and lower class accents. I’d guess the BBC’s promotion of local dialects will have that same unconvincing toe curling effect.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      AISI, the Daily Mail has a, some might say, ‘controversial’ front page today. Guess which paper is missing from the BBC Blog, ‘The Papers’? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-57366709

      The Daily Mail front page, apparently, so I’m told by the BBC on TOADY, contains some very embarrassing news for HM Government and the Home Secretary, Priti Patel. But this newspaper is missing from the BBC Blog, ‘The Papers’.

      Now, there is a thing!

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      • AsISeeIt says:

        I don’t know if the Daily Mail’s black balling from the BBC online frontpage review this morning in some odd techy way caused their double rendition of the Daily Star hitch?

        Anyway, there’s only the one Star there now. Featuring, mind you, a young Babs Windsor fronting up the tabloid’s ‘Spot the bikinis’ feature. The mind boggles. But still no Mail. Have the Beeb taken against frontpage representations of inflatables, beloved of large numbers of men?

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        • Up2snuff says:

          AISI, in the usual way of things, the Beeb usually omits the Sun – that awful Murdoch-owned Far Right newspaper – so that made it rather obvious that the Mail was missing. You would have thought that the BBC would leap at an opportunity to embarrass HM Government.

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  17. taffman says:

    Yippee!
    My monthly Telly Goon harassment letter dropped through the letterbox just now.
    This time its is not red but a buff colour with an IN0 … number in its window.
    I understand from ‘Chili Jon Carne’, that this number is the same number for all .
    These Telly Goons are certainly “Goons”.

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  18. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – Don’t you know there’s a Global WARming on?

    Up late and missed the first half hour of the TOADY prog but the news headlines tell me that there’s a farce going on in different places around the world. The programme invites on someone to speak for the Portugese Government to express annoyance at Portugal’s removal from the UK ‘Green List’ down a notch to the ‘Amber List’ with a consequent loss of income from arrogant, anti-foreigner, drunken, English speaking-insistent, swearing, fighting, Brexit-voting tourists.

    Hey ho, when it comes to our €uros, the Europeans – except for Greta – love us.

    Mishal forgot to mention the Global Warming and Climate Change and Climate Emergency that tourism causes.

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  19. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #2 – Don’t you know there’s a Global WARming on?

    The brief news headlines at 7.30 a.m. tell me that again, the UK taxpayer, is being encouraged by all sorts of wealthy people to give away our vaccines to countries that do not really need them. We are facing the postponement or cancellation of the lifting of Covid restrictions on 21 June and have been advised to use our children as pincushions as means to escaping continuing Pandemic restrictions but let’s give away our vaccines, we can then remain in Lockdown forever.

    There was another freebie mentioned on the programme; the over-generous UK taxpayer is giving away millions to save Wales, er, I mean whales (sorry, taffman) and not just any whale but a rare, specific beast in and around certain islands under UK control. Two spokespeople are brought on to talk to Simon Jack who needs to turn his mic down, one from a charity and another from South Georgia in the Falklands. The latter mentions the importance of this to tourism but loud Simon forgets to bring up the subject of Global Warming and Climate Change and Climate Emergency that tourism causes.

    I wonder why?

    Shame! It might have saved the UK taxpayer a few £s each.

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  20. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    Yesterday on the tv news (look north) I heard something interesting.

    Apparently, there’s a gene which affects whether you get covid and if you do get it, how serious it becomes.
    It’s called something like the hlc gene, can’t remember the correct initials.

    If you have this gene you are unlikely to have a bad covid episode.

    They said that the further north (by latitude) you go the more likely you are to have this gene.
    As some (north Scotland) of the UK is at the same latitude as the Capital of Alaska this should be good for us.

    We have lots of covid but I think our numbers are greatly exaggerated (so that the government can keep their over the top restrictions and controls going as long as possible)
    Other places such as China will lie in the other direction saying they have fewer cases than they really have.

    If this gene thing is true then it explains something I’ve wondered about.
    We get seasonal flu which is bad in the winter but very low in the summer (just like covid here)
    I thought, how are these warm/hot all the time places getting such high numbers because they are living in almost permanent summer, places like Egypt for an example.
    If they have low numbers of people with this gene that would explain their high covid rates.

    Maybe we’ve developed a better anti flu immune system and can fight off covid better than those at the equator or round the Mediterranean. It does make a kind of sense.

    That’s it for now from (fairly northerly) Sunderland.

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  21. StewGreen says:

    11;30 FooC
    Israel : Tom Bateman Benjamin Netanyahu has outsmarted many attempts to drive him from power – but a new alliance is manoeuvring to unseat him.
    the unusual array of parties now teaming up in coalition – ranging from right-wing Jewish nationalists to a religious party for Muslim Israelis of Palestinian heritage.

    – Belarus : Sarah Rainsford
    a pall of fear settling over the country’s news media, dissidents and protesters.

    Costa Rica : Will Grant : The US Secretary of State visited to talk migration and development aid with the foreign ministers of Central America.
    What changes in policy is the Biden administration considering – and what does it have to offer the region to deter people from trying to make it to the Mexico/US border?

    – Japan: Rupert Wingfield Hayes , there’s little public enthusiasm for the Olympic Games – as the opening ceremony in July draws closer, even as new doubts arise over pandemic safety and travel restrictions.

    – Croatia’s capital, Zagreb : Guy De Launey
    For more than twenty years the late Milan Bandic served as mayor
    ..accusations that corruption and cronyism were spoiling the city’s reputation and driving young Croatians abroad.
    nearly two-thirds of voters just chose a young, Green candidate to clean up their surroundings.

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  22. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #3 – Don’t you know there’s a Global WARming on?

    Much angst from Portugal over lost revenue from tourists from the UK. No such worries in Venice in Italy. They wish to ban cruise ships and not just the Diamond Princess which helped start this Pandemic but all cruise ships from entering not just the City but also the lagoon. Perhaps those pesky cruise ships with the plebs on board stop the multi-billionaires from finding a parking place for their super-yachts.

    TOADY rolls on an ‘environmental’ spokesperson to explain about this but her English is poor and maybe the phone line doesn’t help. Mishal struggles but is obviously worried about losing her chance to cruise to Venice and buy an over-priced ice cream in the Piazza San Marco a.k.a. St Marks Square. Mishal doesn’t think to ask about the extra CO2 created in creating a deep mooring somewhere else off, or outside, the City and lagoon and ferrying passengers into Venice by smaller boats.

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  23. Sluff says:

    It is reported in the Times today that the 10 areas with the lowest vaccination rates are all London Boroughs.
    The worst is …..Tower Hamlets. Are we surprised?

    The best is the Isle of Wight.

    Mmmm. I wonder what could possibly explain these findings. Presumably racist whiteys refusing to make vaccines available to diverse and vibrant local communities.

    Great fun to be had though in watching the leftoid wokes squirm to explain the findings in a ‘politically correct’ way (difficulties in understanding, lack of public transport etc.)

    But what’s the betting these low uptakes will be used to keep the rest of us under house arrest?

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  24. BRISSLES says:

    BAFTAs on Sunday. Having seen the list of nominees and presenters, I wonder if its now the Black & Asian Film and TV awards.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Any more sex pests getting the coloured lifetime achievement award aged 30?

      If bafdss had any value surely thar blew it in the same way the Nobel Peace prize went south ..

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  25. Fedup2 says:

    Nice bit of BBC bias

    Moneybox is often good value for this but ive never heard the whole think because ive had to go find my blood pressure tablets .
    Anyway Comrade Paul Lenin Lewis led the programme with the ‘2 kids only ‘ benefit rule .
    Then he plopped on the ‘ childrens commissioner for wales ‘ who has written to boris to get the policy dumped . Me thinks Rashforf might have been better if they could help him with his reading .

    I admit i closed it off before Sally had finished to see the ‘ background ‘ . Like all good welsh people she from scotland .

    Although it doesnt say she is a fully paid up member of the labour party it does say she is married to the labour party treasurer of a ward in wales ..
    So a nice bit of non political introduction for a level one lefty .

    Off switch stayed off

    Maybe the BBC would prefer a 15 child policy ?

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    • Sluff says:

      Whenever the name Rashford is mentioned we need to reflect on his erudite verbal skills when being interviewed in person and contrast them with the evident linguistic skills on show in written statements that bear his name.

      Then we need to consider the moral, ethical, and democratic, impact of his off-field publicity agency, RocNation, and consider why they do not fess up and stand for political office under their own name.

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    • Despairada says:

      I felt the same, Fedup, except I don’t have a blood pressure problem yet.
      There was no mention of the reason for the policy which was to stop people deliberately having more children to get more benefits, including a bigger council funded house. Of course we must not speak of the demographic that are most likely to do this.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Desp – I guess I should not jest over such a thing as blood pressure – no tablets yet …. But I have developed a sort of ‘attention span ‘ device coupled with a ‘cloaking device ‘ which now allows me to blur the subject matter when it’s one of a million ‘charities ‘ after a ‘give me ‘ – most often with taxpayers cash …
        … this device has provided more armament when exposed to far left bbc doctrine of taking more and more money from people who pay tax and giving it as a ‘right ‘ to those who don’t .

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  26. Sluff says:

    The BAFTAs are appropriately on the BBC at 7 pm tonight. A chance for leftoid luvvies to meet, greet, pat themselves on the back, and w*** themselves silly.

    I would watch, but unfortunately it clashes with repeats of ‘The Chase’ on Challenge TV.

    That said, you could watch instead the Horror Channel and see ‘Tales from the Darkside’. Which, come to think of it, could be the BAFTAs with a more relevant title!

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  27. vonrecht says:

    Bbc tv at 1 News reports that a British Border Farce vessel crossed into French waters and requested to pick up illegal ‘migrants’ from a French vessel. And here we were, thinking that even those in British waters would be taken back to France where they came from.
    Will our Broader Farce vessels soon be landing on French beaches to pick up (illegal)’migrants’? If so, would anyone be surprised? Do they actually become ‘legal’ migrants, if picked up by the idiots who ‘protect’ our borders?
    Does anyone still enforce the law, or can you now make it up as you go along?
    Boris? Priti?

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    • theisland says:

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Von
      I think you have something there – let’s base the border farce in french ports and just bring the illegal third world menace over .
      It would save time and effort – and the ‘smugglers ‘ could be paid directly by BACS from our government as opposed to taking money from the illegals . Maybe a hotel chain could sponsor it .
      Has the Minister for Stron’ statements said anythin’ yet ?

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    • theisland says:

      Even if Priti was serious [?] she would be constantly undermined by the HO/establishment.
      As @Steve_Laws_ correctly says too many people who are high up in the HO are pro ‘open borders’. When he and others were highlighting everything last year, the HO response was to put fences up to try and prevent them filming. He says they will probably end up just turning off the automatic tracking system (AIS). Those who have been monitoring have evidence of the Border Farce entering French waters to collect illegal immigrants since early last year. I urge everyone to click on the Mail link to listen to the truly revolting conversation between crew members of HMC Valiant and the French patrol ship Athos.
      Then of course we had the disgusting comments from the Con MP for Dover Natalie Elphicke about the small amount of protesters in Dover last Saturday, and the completely disproportionate police presence.

      It isn’t just illegals that need removing.

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  28. vlad says:

    Last week, there were some posts on David Mitchell’s diatribe on HIGNFY.

    Here, the inimitable Andrew Lawrence spoofs the contemptible Mitchell’s lamentable defence of the detestable BBC.

    It’s only 2 minutes long, so sit back and savour the vitriol.

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  29. vlad says:

    The BBC gets another hammering, this time in the Express:

    ‘Scrap the BBC licence fee!’ Campaigner explains plan for broadcaster to be ‘sold off’.

    Full article: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1444540/bbc-news-licence-fee-scrapped-public-private-ownership-princess-diana-panorama

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  30. Up2snuff says:

    TWatO Watch from yesterday – sorry it’s late – Don’t you know there’s a Global WARMING CON?

    Jonny Dymond picked up on the news “You wait years for a NASA mission to Venus and then another two come along at once.” and launched into an item about the European Space Agency programme to send two probes to Venus. Of course he did not ask whether these satellites would create extra CO2 in their manufacture and that the remote control (ie. ‘Comms’ in NASA/James Burke-type speech) would, despite Venus’ relative closeness to earth, require a lot of electricity and, hence, more extra CO2 emissions.

    It all helps to demonstrate that CO2 warming the planet is a great con trick. Of course, the ESA spokesperson hinted at maintaining the subterfuge by stating “We want to find out on a similar planet to Earth what has caused Venus to become so hot.”

    In their blindness, they just cannot accept that Earth is a ‘Goldilocks planet’: neither too hot nor too cold and with a perfect atmosphere to sustain life.

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  31. BRISSLES says:

    Had to laugh, apparently at the Queens 70th Jubilee next year – always assuming the world is back on its axis – its been reported we’re getting an extended bank holiday, and a huge concert is planned with ‘world class’ entertainers.

    My first thought was ‘are there any ?’ I mean back in the day we’d have immediately thought of Sinatra and the Rat Pack, or Danny Kaye, and even Elton, Paul and Rod are caricatures of their former selves, so please God we’re not limited to Bose & Ball (or is that a brand of posh paint ? ) or that dope Kanya West.

    Perhaps my idea of ‘world class’ entertainment sets the bar too high.

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    • Ian Rushlow says:

      I think we can make a reasonable guess about the ethnicity of most of the ‘world class’ entertainers who’ll be called upon. And that they won’t be of the calibre of Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Miles Davis or Nat King Cole.

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  32. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    Just seen Gareth Southgate on the news saying that the English team will continue to ‘take the knee’ before all their games.
    He says it doesn’t matter what the crowd think and that they will just ignore them.
    I hope they continue to get roundly boo’d by all.
    I will not be watching them (until they stop these politics)

    If they were to have a minutes silence for the hundreds of thousands of little girls getting raped, tortured and gangbanged in our towns and cities then I would join them but they are the wrong kind of victims so it will never happen.

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    • Ian Rushlow says:

      The hypocrisy is staggering. A couple of months ago, when the top Premier league teams were looking to breakaway and join a European Super League, the most important thing was “to listen to the fans”, a mantra rolled out from Boris downwards. But when the fans want to express their disapproval of the political gestures for the BLM millionaires thuggery, then it is essential “that the fans are ignored”.

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    • taffman says:

      “Channel crossings: Claim Border Force picked up migrants in French waters”
      “Lucy Moreton, from the Immigration Services Union, said she had no first-hand knowledge of the incident, but there had apparently been no threat to life.”
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-57369168
      IMHO they take us all for fools.

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    • Northern Voter says:

      Watching the Rugby League on the golly box this afternoon( the airlie birds lost, boohoo) on the bBBC, they were quick to show the start of the ladies cup final between St Helens Ladies and York ladies. 17 players each side (for southerners thats 13 on the pitch and 4 subs, that they rotate) of course they all took the knee. 34 white women, not one dusky wench amongst them.

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  33. StewGreen says:

    R4 now just coming up they have a guest promoting their play
    Death of a Black Man ” a play that hasn’t been shown or 4 years
    .. but with a title like that the BBC were bound to promote whether it’s good or not.
    .. Windrush has been mentioned.

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  34. Guest Who says:

    The Hill is a popular RT for BBC NAaaaaa BS.

    They too think that they are not ‘media’.

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  35. Jack in the Green says:

    Well, I was going to blast off with a few comments but they all appeared to have been covered in this thread. So it will just have to be another vote of thanks to the people running and contributing to the site. All the best!

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  36. Guest Who says:

    Well, they did warn us.

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    • Dobyns says:

      Nice job of remaining impartial there Andy

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    • Fedup2 says:

      That has to be a spoof right ?

      I wonder what Brillo TV will be putting up against the likes of Marr and the multitude of monothought which masquerades as BBC politics ?

      I bet the BBC have their spies in the camp due at minimum the institutional paranoia from which all large unaccountable organisations suffer .

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  37. Guest Who says:

    OT, but not likely on the BBC.

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  38. Guest Who says:

    Whatevs.

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  39. Guest Who says:

    Newsnight kids rushing the tweets again.

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  40. Guest Who says:

    The bbc gets exercised by blocking and banning. Go figger.

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  41. Guest Who says:

    The… ‘media’.

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    • Peter Grimes says:

      Is Our Marianna of the Rack on this yet?

      Thought not!

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    • StewGreen says:

      The remaining anomaly is a dissolved company UNIONIST BUILDINGS LIMITED
      BTW there is another non-defunct company CHESTER & COUNTY UNIONIST BUILDINGS LIMITED

      and another called GRAVELLY HILL UNIONIST (BUILDINGS) LIMITED
      .. I wonder if The Conservative party set up companies to with those names to collent building rental profits and funnel it to the party.

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  42. Fedup2 says:

    Not directly BBC – but some one on the DT website comments claimed there were 54 commercial flights and 39 private flights from Faro to Blighty today .
    And makes the comment that if Portugal is such a dangerous place for virus spread surely it should have gone straight to red – using the loony government ‘thought processes’ .

    The people off those flights don’t need to quarantine at all … and there’s another 2 days before the restriction comes in at 0400 Tuesday .

    … declaration of interest – I’m in an amber country but could care less one way or another – although could someone pop round and feed the goldfish as he might be starving in a bit …

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  43. StewGreen says:

    The other place to look besides BBCnews is the Magazine type articles put out by BBCFuture
    usually promoted on their Facebook page
    Today they have
    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210524-the-gender-biases-that-shape-our-brains
    PARENTING : The gender biases that shape our brains
    By Melissa Hogenboom 25th May 2021
    The toys we give to children and the traits they are assigned can have lasting impacts on their lives, writes Melissa Hogenboom.
    “My daughter is obsessed with all things girly and pink.”

    They also put out a Future Flight article
    By Jocelyn Timperley 26th May 2021
    From switching the fuel they use to changing flight plans so they produce fewer contrails, airlines are searching for ways to cut their impact on the climate.

    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210525-how-aviation-is-reducing-its-climate-emissions

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  44. StewGreen says:

    from the SNP’s newspper
    BBC: Union fighting plans for London ‘take over’ of Scottish studios
    By Kathleen Nutt
    https://www.thenational.scot/news/19352009.fears-bbc-london-plan-take-over-scottish-studios/

    Last week when Kirsty Wark said she was working in the new Newsnight glasgow studio someone replied that isn’r a new studio it’s BBC Scotland news studio

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  45. pugnazious says:

    Journalists are always desperate for the big scoop that’ll make their name…and they’re not too concerned about any consequences that result from their ego-trip ‘journalism’….take Jonathan Dimbleby for instance….produced a report on famine in Ethiopia but did so without any thought as to how it might be seen and ‘weaponised’…as it was as he admits…

    ‘I STOOD in the Central Jail in Addis Ababa surrounded by its 640 inmates, all accused of heinous crimes against humanity. One of them pointed at me, saying: “If we are guilty of genocide, Dimbleby, then you should be here with us.” It was a disconcerting moment.

    Twenty five years ago, in 1973, I was responsible for an ITV film called The Unknown Famine which exposed Ethiopia as a crumbling empire stricken by mass starvation. Within Ethiopia the film aroused shame and anger. As a direct result, The Unknown Famine became the catalyst for the overthrow of a feudal emperor in favour of that gruesome dictatorship which soon became synonymous with the name of Mengistu.

    The prisoner who now sought to indict me was, like his fellow inmates, incarcerated for his alleged part in Mengistu’s reign of terror which finally ended eight years ago. Facing his indignation, I countered: “I hope you are joking.” He wasn’t.’

    Read on and see parallels with today as BBC journalists and their fellow travellers pen reports that whip up anger, hate and fear…and result not in ‘social justice’ but terror, death and disorder on massive scale….swap ‘hunger’ as the ‘potent weapon’ with ‘George Floyd’ used to whip up the mob and you can see the similarity between what happened in Ethiopia and what is happening in the UK and the US in particular today…..

    ‘As propaganda, The Hidden Hunger had precisely the required effect. Not only the armed forces, but – with few exceptions – the peasants, the urban middle class, and the students gave enthusiastic support to a military dictatorship that promised to wage war on capitalism and imperialism and to liberate the toiling masses from the yoke of feudalism. Alongside this pernicious gobbledegook (which incorporated such choice slogans as “Revolutionary Motherland Or Death”), The Hidden Hunger was a potent weapon: wheeled out at mass rallies all over Ethiopia to reassure the “masses” that the new regime was indeed on the side of the angels. Tens of thousands of young people, intoxicated by the televisual imagery of starvation and the rhetoric of revolution, signed up for Mengistu’s cause and, without a second thought, became footsoldiers for genocide. Within five years the “red terror” – as the slaughter was officially known – accounted for at least 100,000 lives.’

    You may say that that’s a bit strong, genocide here and now?…what genocide? Well yeah…not yet…not until #Killwhitey, freely articulated on BBC programmes, becomes the bloody reality….a sample of what’s coming….#white privilege….gets you beaten up…

    …but we do have a more subtle form of ethnic cleansing…white people demonised, belittled and shamed, their culture, history, traditions and country slowly being destroyed and replaced….the BBC happy to talk of ‘hideous whiteness’, the Labour Party happy to import non-whites in order to ‘Brown Britain’, business bosses, NGOs, academics, schools, councils and others in positions of power using and abusing it to proclaim how guilty white people are and set out to vilify and shame the white population never mind that the vast majority of that population has had no say in this and doesn’t agree with any of it.

    It is reminiscent of the colonisation of India whereby the East India Company took control of vast numbers of people because the native rulers and princes decided it was in their own best interest to submit to them just as the media princelings, the Business barons, the NGO bigwigs and political overlords hand power to the thugs and racists of Black Lives Matter today.

    We are being colonised not so much by numbers but by the craven surrender of power by a tiny number of people who give the whip hand to that group of extremists and racist in BLM. If your land is taken from you, your only safe place in the world, if there is no safe place for whites, where will you go, who will come to your rescue when they come to ‘Kill Whitey’ as Douglas Murray points out?

    Part, a huge part, of the problem is the toxic and deliberately misleading narratives adopted by the BBC which seek to incite race division, hate and conflict….all done with the best intentions just as with Dimbleby….as he carelessly laid the groundwork for a murderous dictatorship to take power in Ethiopia.

    The BBC presses all the buttons as it tries to stir up the hate…talking of systemic or institutional racism, white supremacy, white privilege….not to mention murderous white policemen….and helps silence the critics by labelling anyone who dares object or who does not actively becomes an ‘Ally’ a racist….

    The effects of all this are malign enough in the UK but in the US it’s disastrous as the streets are abandoned to the criminals…and those who suffer? The kids and…black people mostly…..thanks BBC.

    From The Mail….

    ”It’s like living in Palestine’: Minneapolis is renamed Murderapolis as children of under-policed city pay the price in blood for violence that has sky-rocketed since the death of George Floyd’
    ‘Welcome to Minneapolis, a city well on the way to eclipsing the violence that once saw it called Murderapolis.

    One year after the death of George Floyd saw this city become ground zero for the defund the police movement, its people are paying for it with their blood.

    When DailyMail.com visited Minneapolis last week we found a city under siege and under policed, its children dying – victims of the gun violence that has sky-rocketed in the past year.

    Minneapolis isn’t the only city to have seen a rise in crime over the last year, but it is magnified here and the city has stumbled in the spotlight as it tries to reimagine public safety.

    There have been 36 homicides so far this year, more than double the number at this point last year and more than four times that seen in 2019.

    Car-jackings are up a staggering 222 per cent. Shootings have risen 153 per cent. Eighty per cent of the victims are black.
    At time of writing, 211 people had suffered gunshots wounds so far this year. This time last year that figure was 81.

    Gun theft from vehicles is up more than 100 per cent while the police department has seized 100 fewer guns this year than they had at the same point in 2020.

    And while crime soars Minneapolis Police Department has lost one third of its force.

    Disenfranchised and de-humanized, more than 200 police officers have either permanently left the already stretched department or signed off on disability.

    The situation is so dire that last week Mayor Jacob Frey was forced to call for federal help to boost MPD’s flagging numbers as crime in the city spirals.’

    The BBC spent more time reporting on a 100 year old riot [and did so by making up its own ‘facts’] than it has spent on reporting the rolling riots in US cities in the last year…riots that are on-going and hugely destructive and violent….again a result of toxic and inflammatory reporting based on blatant lies about race and the police.

    As the Mail said…‘One year after the death of George Floyd saw this city become ground zero for the defund the police movement, its people are paying for it with their blood.’….a good part of that can be laid at the BBC’s door.

    Blood on their hands.

    The most dangerous organisation in Britain today.

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    • taffman says:

      Has Douglas Murray ever been featured or interviewed on Al Beeb TV?

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    • tomo says:

      Asfaw Yemiru- one might reasonably expect some coverage of such a figure in workaday coverage of the world – but the BBC has an obit, gleaned from other obits…..

      Not fit for purpose

      …..his school survived coup, rebellion and humanitarian crisis.

      Almost single-handedly he grew it from a beaten earth patch shaded by a tree, where he first taught street children in about 1960, to a double campus today offering the full primary curriculum. So good are the results that Asra Hawariat, which means “Footsteps of the Apostles”, routinely tops annual grade tables. In all he was responsible for educating 120,000 pupils.

      On the occasions when he was picked up by the security forces, detention rarely lasted long. So numerous are his alumni that he would soon find a friendly official, policeman or community leader to intervene on his behalf.

      This was Asfaw’s first encounter with Addis, then the imperial seat of Ras Tafari, better known by his crown name Haile Selassie. The little boy felt he belonged so after briefly returning to Bulga he ran away, back to the capital, surviving on his wits, sleeping for a year among the graves of a city centre cemetery.
      ….
      His life changed when an Armenian woman dropped some of her groceries. Asfaw rushed to pick up the shopping before it spoilt, a good Samaritan gesture rewarded with a domestic job in her household. When not doing chores, he enrolled at school for the first time in his life, cramming eight years of primary syllabus into two.

      A scholarship followed, to the General Wingate School, named in honour of Orde Wingate the colourful British officer who helped to drive Italian occupiers out of Ethiopia. Its common room of colonial-era diaspora teachers helped Asfaw to become fluent in English.

      Soon he was putting word round the same graveyards and street corners that he used to inhabit, urging waifs to come to him for schooling. After his own school hours were done and still in his teens, he would turn from student to teacher, convening ad hoc classes under a tree between the Wingate campus and the Church of Petros and Paulos. The roll surged, helped in part because Asfaw made sure that all scraps from the refectory at Wingate were not thrown away but offered to his new pupils.

      Committed to teaching, he left Wingate without graduating but not before petitioning the emperor for support. With a waft of the imperial hand, the land surrounding the original tree was transferred in perpetuity to the new school.

      In the early days the pupils chipped in by building what they could. Often only a fence separated classrooms so a teacher’s voice could carry allowing two classes to be taught at once. Asfaw moved onsite to a shack, living there for years, hardly bothered when the roof let in the rain.

      Visitors would find children sleeping on shelves, tumbling to the floor when their classes began. Asfaw was a man of strong Christian faith, praying routinely, and driven in part by nagging self-doubt, fretting whether the students were going to become good citizens, good neighbours. He was a voracious reader and student of contemporary thinking; a friend remembers him being fascinated by a theory of modernising traditional education espoused in the book Deschooling Society.

      Self-deprecating almost to a fault, Asfaw courted little publicity. When he was persuaded to attend a ceremony in Sweden to receive the World Children’s’ Prize for the Rights of the Child in 2001, he had to borrow a suit and a pair of shoes.

      Late in life he married a former student, Senayet. She survives him along with their two daughters, Liya and Besiem, and a son, Yisihaq. All of them won scholarships to American universities.

      Thousands of former students turned out for his funeral, watching solemnly as the coffin bearing their “Gashe” [guide] was interred not far from the tree-shaded spot where he first began teaching.

      Asfaw Yemiru, Ethiopian school founder, was born c 1941. He died of pneumonia on May 8, 2021, aged about 80

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  46. Guest Who says:

    Surely W1A has enough cadets already to fill the Death Star?

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  47. taffman says:

    “Coventry celebrates start of UK City of Culture year”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-57369328
    How much of this will be twisted to represent the culture of Great Britain?
    I would hazard a guess that the predominant focus will be on the culture of ‘recent immigrants’ to these islands not the indigenous British people who made it ‘Great’ .

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    • StewGreen says:

      “Pauline Black, lead singer of The Selecter, performed a song to kick off the Coventry ”

      .. i think the BBC reporter also had the surname Black
      so I wondered if they are related.
      Oh maybe the reporter was @ColleenLHarris
      so that’s a different surname

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      • StewGreen says:

        She praised the destruction of the Colston statue
        AFAIK she was born in Coventry to her father from Barbados

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  48. StewGreen says:

    Today’s Times and the BBC
    #1 Belfield points out, the Times is now the BBC’s most bought paper
    (It’s the only newspaper where all stories are behind a paywall)
    BBC’s second most bought paper the Guardian is free online

    Most times writers think they are working for the Guardian
    and get called by readers in the comments

    The Saturday Magazine is particularly metroliberal/woke
    Today
    #1 about 15 pages of BAFTA guys in fashion outfits
    included most of the BAME favourites including Jay Blades

    #2 Lawrence Wright was pluggin his book that claims Trump WH management of Coovid was a disaster
    The truth is Trump has no say in the states but what he did do was build the vaccine prog and get America making them first.
    Secondly he stood up himself that Covis is beatable for most people including the over 70s

    #3 Article plugging a June 15th sky doco by a Spanish filmmaker
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/shamima-begum-is-not-a-threat-shes-totally-broken-she-needs-help-w7hd8fj9l

    Reader Comments are 95% anti-Begum
    The Times moderators deleted the top comment and some others

    #4 Backpage article : The Times columnist Robert Crampton. writes how he from a Hull Labour family, his mother was a top councillor for years
    yet scores low on the the Hull Citizenship test in the Hull newspaper.
    It transpires he’s middle class and doesn’t speak much Hull dialect.

    ie typical of a top Labour figure.

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    • StewGreen says:

      the Times review section is different, cos it has some writers who are not in Guardianland
      #1 Quentin Letts slams a historian who has written a modern history book
      Letts says it’s from cutNpaste journalism
      eg he himself knows the bit about Gordon Brown and housewife Gillian Duffy is wrong, cos he was there himself

      #2 Another reviewer slams an other feminist historian for her book about sex
      He ends by calling the book “tossed off” ie W*nk

      #3 the lefty TV reviewer doesn’t give Ann Boleyn a free pass
      cos they gratuitously put in a lesbian kiss between two Henry vIII wives ..and omitted Boleyn’s execution speech that praised Henry.

      #4 and #5 then there are 2 negative articles about Islam
      In one book a guy tells his story of being put in an Iranian jail for making music, and surviving the hunger strike, whilst his colleague didn’t
      Then big praise for Ed Hussain book exposing UK mosques.

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  49. Zelazek says:

    Maybe I’m thick but I am genuinely puzzled by the report about the story that the multinationals are going to pay tax.

    I heard Faisal Islam implying that this shows how Biden is great and how Trump was useless.

    But what really astounds me is that Amazon, Facebook and Google are all issuing statements saying they welcome the opportunity to start paying taxes.

    I don’t get it. So all this time the reason the tech giants campaigned against Trump and rigged the election was because The Donald wasn’t giving them the opportunity to pay the billions of dollars in tax that they desperately wanted to? Now their man Biden is in the White House and the G7 is remedying that situation. There will be nowhere in the world for the tech giants to stash their profits and avoid tax. And they’re happy about that!

    I am certain I am missing something. I must have the wrong end of the stick. Enlighten me, somebody.

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    • StewGreen says:

      Traditionally US tax international profits
      so corps keep overseas profits overseas and don’t use them to build things in the US
      Trump started a programme to reduce that double taxation so US corps would bring back more money to the US
      but the tax wouldn’t be zero
      Biden is probably letting them keep the profits offshore

      The corps praising 15% is probably PR .. ie them not want to be seen as the bad guys

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