465 Responses to Midweek Thread 9 June 2021

  1. pugnazious says:

    Nihal interviewing Shirley Manson from Garbage. ‘Interviewing’ might be the wrong word for the gushing, sycophantic, celeb fawning that he always engages in….with celebs and like-minded callers…anyone who is critical of his views are aggressively attacked and then cut off. Just why does the BBC employ him…or Munchetty who is surely the most boring and not a little racially biased person on the BBC …and that’s saying something, lots of competition for that title…Nihal up there with her.

    And it’s the usual BBC trick of getting a celeb’s thoughts on something the BBC hates and they know the celeb will hate….used to be George Bush and the Iraq War when every writer, singer or actor would be in to plug their latest thing and then get asked ‘What do you think of Bush?’…as if we’re all just desperate for their opinion.

    Today of course it’s always ‘Trump’…and Nihal didn’t disappoint….nor did Manson who said she hated Trump…he was mad…and anyone who voted for him was ignorant and uneducated. Bingo…Nihal ticks another one off….he did of course agree with her…no bias there then.

    Trouble is….Trump, well yeah, a bit Las Vegas, brash and in your face, buuuuut…he was right about so much.

    He was the first to stop travel from China and got called a racist…and from the EU…got called an inconsiderate fool….then for everyone to close their borders.

    Right to suggest that the virus may have come from a leak….it was always the most likely scenario in reality…may or may not be so but it wasn’t for the BBC et al to dismiss the suggestion, but they did because it was Trump making it. China may have leaked, accidentally or on purpose, a biological weapon targeted at the West it seems, but the BBC et al refuse to ask the questions about such a serious and deadly possibility because they are playing politics!

    Right to build that wall…..Clinton, unreported by the BBC of course, had previously said the same…illegal immigration must stop and the US must build a barrier…and now Kamalla Harris tells the ‘Dreamers’ not to come [she doesn’t mean it but it looked good for the cameras].

    And now we hear he was right about hydroxychloroquine…

    ‘Was Trump right about hydroxychloroquine all along? New study shows drug touted by former president can increase COVID survival rates by 200%

    Several other studies in recent months have found that hydroxychloroquine can be effective in certain situations.

    A December study from the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents showed 84 per cent fewer hospitalizations among patients treated with the drug, and a January study, conducted by Hackensack Meridian Health, found encouraging results in patients with mild symptoms who were treated with the drug.’

    The BBC always scorned dismissively any studies that suggested the drug may be effective…again ‘because it’s Trump’.

    A BBC that steadfastly refuses to report issues because they don’t want to give the person saying it any credit and credibility is a very dangerous organisation if it would rather see people die of Covid or allow China to get away with what might basically be a genocidal attack on the West with all the collateral damage that entails as other countries of course also unavoidably imported the virus in a world that’s so über-connected.

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  2. taffman says:

    “UK economy lags behind other countries in Covid recovery”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57427997
    Despite being one of the very first countries with the “game changer vaccine”?
    Is it because we have been slow in opening up ?

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  3. Guest Who says:

    Starting to suspect Springster is like one of those AI robots, without the ‘I’.

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    • Guest Who says:

      She has however RT’d this.

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    • Tabs says:

      She has only 3 kinds of tweets:
      #1 is abusing anyone who doesn’t believe what the BBC tells them
      #2 is the “abuse” she gets every time she tweets type #1
      #3 is self promotion

      Insecure is how I would describe her.

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    • vlad says:

      “your experiences of abuse on social media and online conspiracy theories…”

      That’s code for ‘any old woke lefty stuff’.

      Ps. Don’t I look cute?

      (Say yes, and it’s sexual harassment.)

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    • StewGreen says:

      Seems Marianna the character mike Wendling created, puts a lot of focus on her own appearance
      .. I guess so it creates mocking of her appearance
      so then she can claim victimhood on those grounds.

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  4. Guest Who says:

    ‘Sopes’ does that thing he does… analysis. Apparently.

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    • Guest Who says:

      Now Katty is off…

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      • Guest Who says:

        Might run this one by Marianna, on a factual basis.

        Daily Mail
        BREAKING NEWS: Biden and Jill meet Boris and Carrie: Talks begin after UK conservatives called president ‘senile’

        Have to say the sub excelled in that one.

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  5. pugnazious says:

    Hmmmm….So Rhodes was a terrible racist because he thought the British were the best race in the world? Ah but why? Not because of DNA, race or colour but because of the world view….you know, all those liberal progressive, democratic, humanitarian views that stop war, hunger, poverty, inequality and division….and of course he funded Oriel College…‘“no student shall be qualified or disqualified for election … on account of his race or religious opinions”.’

    What he proposed was in fact exactly what the BBC and its fellow travellers work for….globalisation under a Western ideological rule….just look at vaccines, or world poverty or taxation of global companies….all slowly coming under a world control…of Western countries…..and there will be much much more of this to come.

    The BBC’s World Service is, ironically, charged with using its ‘soft-power’ to spread western ideology about democracy and human rights etc to the less so countries of the world. The BBC’s ‘Media Action’ charity does the same…hence Iran locks up its journalists and employees like Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. The irony of course is that the BBC works to undermine all those values here in the UK itself as we import all those foreign ideas and unattractive values and beliefs.

    Sooo….our ideology is better than all the others then? How racist….how like Rhodes…the BBC must fall!

    https://pages.uoregon.edu/kimball/Rhodes-Confession.htm

    ‘I contend that we are the finest race in the world and that the more of the world we inhabit the better it is for the human race. Just fancy those parts that are at present inhabited by the most despicable specimens of human beings what an alteration there would be if they were brought under Anglo-Saxon influence, look again at the extra employment a new country added to our dominions gives. I contend that every acre added to our territory means in the future birth to some more of the English race who otherwise would not be brought into existence. Added to this the absorption of the greater portion of the world under our rule simply means the end of all wars, at this moment had we not lost America I believe we could have stopped the Russian-Turkish war by merely refusing money and supplies. Having these ideas what scheme could we think of to forward this object. I look into history and I read the story of the Jesuits I see what they were able to do in a bad cause and I might say under bad leaders.
    The idea gleaming and dancing before ones eyes like a will-of-the-wisp at last frames itself into a plan. Why should we not form a secret society with but one object the furtherance of the British Empire and the bringing of the whole uncivilised world under British rule for the recovery of the United States for the making the Anglo-Saxon race but one Empire. What a dream, but yet it is probable, it is possible.’

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  6. Guest Who says:

    To be fair, I’d blow off Part Time too.

    Surely he could have found American Booty to ignore?

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  7. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    Scotland will not be ‘taking the knee’ (unlike England) at the upcoming footy games.

    Well done the jocks.

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  8. Foscari says:

    In my opinion this “McCarthyism” cancel culture being
    adopted by the anarchist Marxist and liberal bigoted
    university tutors and students has got to be turned on them !
    They need to read the riot act regarding their futures. As
    for the lecturers they have been allowed to fester since
    the late 1960’S when Marxism could not win at the
    ballot box so gradual indoctrination was drip fed to
    students, where many have finished up in top jobs at
    institutions such as the BBC. And indoctrinated students
    became the lecturers of today.
    Those pulling down photos of the queen should have this
    marked down on their applications for any further advances.
    As should those wanting to tearing down statues.
    Employers in the future should know whatever
    degrees these scumbags have got, their past behaviour and
    actions should be reviewed before being employed.
    If its good enough for 18 year old budding cricketers to be
    cancelled for comments made. It’s good enough for these
    feral lecturers and students to be cancelled as well!

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    • Scroblene says:

      There may well be a ‘fire-break in all this, Fos, as when studes get whatever ‘vegan gender’ studies ‘degree’ their mum pays for, there’s always a time when nobody is really interested in the bollocks they spout, so they have no income and can’t get benefits.

      So they rely on mummy (and daddy if he hasn’t pissed off) to fund them, and that is a crucial time in their lives, when it dawns on them that all the tosh they’ve taken in with all the booze, fags and stuff, doesn’t really do much for any sort of real money!

      That is a key moment in the stude’s life, but being such an idiot since leaving school for three years, and now actually facing penury, a sort of rationality has to take place, as they can’t run to their ‘tutors’ any more, so have to actually work.

      I don’t know what a ‘tutor’ or whatever it’s called, earns, but assuming it’s well over the average for normal working citizens, they have a cushy life on the whole, and never have to justify what they’ve turned out from their fat colleges.

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  9. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    Great idea Fos.

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  10. vlad says:

    So according to Sopel, Biden’s warnings (threats?) on Northern Ireland are NOT outrageous meddling in the UK’s affairs, but a sign that ‘he cares about what’s going on in the world’. So that’s all right then.

    Oh, and he’s saving Western liberal democracy too. And all that on his first day.
    What’s he going to do the rest of the week?

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  11. StewGreen says:

    ITV local news “gay sex questions dropped for blood donors”

    Now they are promoting the rewilding at Doddington Hall as it switches from grain farming to beef farming
    “this will help with the Climate Emergency
    ..Climate Emergency…. “

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  12. StewGreen says:

    9pm BBC2 David Olusoga with prog about toppling of the Bristol statue
    …. Looks like a first anniversary celebration
    The black slaves were victims of both black and white enslavers
    The white slaves traded through Bristol were victims of the Viking enslavers.
    Which victims and enslavers will Olusoga mention ?

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  13. vlad says:

    Notice how Jill is always holding Biden’s hand? The BBC want you to think its marital affection – in fact she’s keeping him upright.

    It’s possible she also has a kind of morse code going on: “If you’re asked a question, one squeeze means Yes, 2 means No.

    3 means you’re way out of your depth, just smile or say C’mon man.”

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  14. Tabs says:

    I haven’t watched the BBC1 The One Show for about a month because it is so awful but I thought I’d try it again. Within 2 minutes they said, “now we have 2 very talented guests…” who turned out to be black.

    So boring and predictable.

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  15. Foscari says:

    Yesterday I was in Suffolk visiting Sutton Hoo where great
    archaeological discoveries from the 6th and 7th century
    were discovered in 1938. The very good film ” The Dig” relates the
    events.
    We went back to our B+B next to the tidal estuary of the river
    Debden. My god is this a beautiful neck of the woods , so to speak, using an oxymoron metaphor.

    My wife and myself just got back in time to watch “Look East”
    after the 6PM news on the BBC. It was like watching something
    from a different planet ,compared to our Londonistan
    programme in the capitol.
    We saw indigenous Suffolk folk presenting and reporting the news !!
    The police and the Toreeees were not slagged off.. We were
    not told how we must understand why Black gangs don’t care
    about BLM. To be honest we were amazed that BIG BROTHER
    from the Diversity Dept at BBC headquarters allows this
    lack of” positive discrimination.” I almost feel that I would like
    to live in East Anglia .But then I suppose I would have to
    support either Ipswich or Norwich and getting through
    Colchester on the A12 is bit of a nightmare.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Foscari – please dont talk about East Anglia – it is a top secret area of blighty . You must never support the scummers – that is a norfolk word for ipswich …

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    • StewGreen says:

      Really ? and guess who Radio Lincolnshire opened new bulletins with this afternoon at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm in a very contrived headline ?

      “As the Euros draw ever closer, one of the COUNTRY’S best loved poets Benjamin Zephaniah (is he ?)
      has told us,
      that he’s been shocked that fans are booing
      the players who take the knee before a match
      ‘I’m a black man born/raised in Britain … we are one people’
      He lives here in Spalding, and has used his work in the past, to promote EQUALITY and DIVERSITY”

      ‘I was shocked that the fans were booing the black players
      I thought do ALL you people not like me ?’

      (doh, they weren’t booing blacks,
      they were booing supporting BLM, The imported American Marxist POLITICAL campaign and its division)
      ….
      Now a minor headline,
      a man has been jailed for 2 years after arranging to have sex with a girl he thought was a 13 year old
      but it was a police sting
      the 54 yo admitted the crime and put on the sex offenders list for life”

      The only black celeb in Lincolnshire
      Almost the only black person in lincolnshire : Benjamin Zephaniah

      BTW from Zephaniah’s bio about his days in gangs
      \\ He became so good at picking pockets that he saw it as an “art”//

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    • Garry Lavin says:

      Btw. ‘Capital’ not ‘capitol’…..that’s the building in Washington DC.

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    • Deborah says:

      In the Humberside region of the BBC we have Tim Iredale as the political correspondent. He is as far Left as they come. He also has the delightful habit of placing his camera low, so that he appears to be sneering at the right wing viewers or right wing politicians.

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  16. brexiteerkent says:

    The BBC Highlighting “English” Heritage`s new campaign about how insignificant people who may have been slightly Black were allegedly of relevance to the history of England.

    “The African figures forgotten by England’s cultural past”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-57397584

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  17. Fedup2 says:

    Edward de Bono has died . He was a Rhodes Scholar- therefore applying the doctrine on de colonisation I suppose his existence should be expunged , ….a fine thinker – and some generous obituaries around …I’ve tried to think laterally in my time …

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  18. Thoughtful says:

    Worth a watch about what’s coming not a very long time from now.

    James Beeland Rogers Jr. is an American investor and financial commentator based in Singapore. Rogers is the Chairman of Beeland Interests, Inc. He was the co-founder of the Quantum Fund and Soros Fund Management. He was also the creator of the Rogers International Commodities Index

    Soros he aint as far as politics go.

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  19. StewGreen says:

    TalkRadioTV are now tweeting their news videos
    is it the same as the woke BBC ?

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  20. StewGreen says:

    Gala Bingo advert
    Black female hairdresser cuts black man’s afro hair, whilst looking into her phone
    .. he ends up with a swan sculpture .

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  21. StewGreen says:

    ‘sluff this will be the meme you mentioned over the weekend

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  22. taffman says:

    “Napier Barracks: Opposition MPs call for Priti Patel to resign”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-57432760
    She should resign for endangering the people of Great Britain by allowing the invasion of our country by unknown, illegal aliens foisted on us as a punishment imposed upon us by the European Union .

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  23. Jack in the Green says:

    Regarding GB News, I previously posted that there could be problems with Freeview coverage. Apparently the max. coverage for this channel will be around the 66% mark. There are also long term funding issues. What it does show is the massive, publicly funded, advantage the BBC has with first dibs on coverage rights (followed by 2,3,4 and 5) under the auspices of “public service”. Obviously this has been used as a Trojan Horse by these channels to push their neo-liberal agenda to the limit. It is an extremely disturbing issue, particularly as the regulator, along with all other regulators in this country seem to be in business to give their their respective “clients” as easy a ride as possible.

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    • Rich says:

      Jack,

      Maybe I’m missing something here but I don’t have a TV licence so won’t be able to legally watch GB News live. I don’t think that I will therefore be able to subscribe to it, unless there is a YouTube channel which isn’t a live stream and which will be free. So as far as I’m aware I can’t really support GB News financially unless I buy a TV licence again, which isn’t going to happen. There must be a few hundred thousand others like me, if not a couple of million, which is a serious amount of lost potential revenue for any business starting out.

      I would of thought that many of those who have cancelled their licences over the past few years have done so mainly because of the blatantly biased BBC News coverage and have been crying out for something like GB News. How do they watch it?

      I don’t think they can legally without also having to finance the bBbc. Can they?

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  24. taffman says:

    “UK to donate more than 100m surplus vaccine doses, says PM”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57436535
    I was always of the opinion that we were funding a WHS , yes that’s a World Health Service.

    Its absolutely disgusting that, at the same time there are millions of people in Great Britain waiting for life saving operations. That’s People that paid into our NHS all their lives ……………
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-57419504

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  25. Jack in the Green says:

    “(Prince) Harry to sue BBC.” Well, there’s a headline. That’ll be a win-win then!

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  26. taffman says:

    “G7: UK and US in complete harmony over Northern Ireland – Boris Johnson”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-57433296
    Its time that Boris stood up for Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
    If the European Empire want a border let them run it . I can foresee the Irish Republic being the next country to leave .
    Simples .

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    • maxincony says:

      taffman,

      I can foresee the Irish Republic being the next country to leave .

      Latest poll, 19-25 March 2021:

      Ireland should remain a member of the EU?

      84% – Agree
      9% – Disagree
      7% – Don’t Know

      https://www.europeanmovement.ie/programmes/ireland-and-the-eu-poll/

      Simples.”

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      • taffman says:

        maxi
        Polls, like you are often wrong. And just who ran that poll you silly old troll you?
        Have you paid your Telly Tax yet ?

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Where’s that apology that you owe me, maxi. You claimed recently that you have posted it, but you are not telling the truth. How we on here give any credibility to your posts as you are obviously a fraud?

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        • maxincony says:

          Up2snuff,

          …but you are not telling the truth

          Shame on you, Up2snuff. Doesn’t that big book of yours have something to say about; ‘bearing false witness’?

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    • Rich says:

      taff,

      The Southern Irish are shitting themselves behind the scenes because they know that their economy is built on sand. Their parochial posturing is simply pride before a fall.

      Both ‘I’m Irish’ Biden and the similarly unethical EU want to impose standardised corporation tax rates across their markets. Success for either would be disastrous for Ireland. The manufactured beef about sausages is a poorly-played porkie, have a quick glance over this link.

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

      There’s a lot in this but just look at some of the figures and at how reliant the Irish economy is on American multinational firms, especially Apple. The only thing keeping these firms in the South is the low corporation tax rate of 12.5%, less than half that of their German and French masters. How much longer do you think Merkel and Macron will allow this? The EU have lost one cash cow in the UK, money must be found somewhere to make up the shortfall and the suckers in the South have been getting too much American money for themselves for too long.

      The Irish have no real industry, their housing market is going to implode again, immigrant and gang crime is at epidemic proportions and their cost of living, including medical bills as there is no NHS, is much higher than ours. I agree that the Republic could be the next country to leave but they’ll be a basket case when they do, and although they might well be having a laugh at the expense of the Brits at the moment, especially us in the North, he who laughs last….

      And the duplicitous deceitful dullards deserve all they get.

      Now would be a good time to scrap the CTA.

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  27. taffman says:

    Watch out watch out maxincony is about .
    He is the pro Al Beeb troll that does not pay his telly tax.

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  28. taffman says:

    “Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: UN aid chief says there is famine”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-57432280
    There is always a famine in Ethiopia .
    How many global charity Chief Execs., are going to make ‘big bucks’ out of this campaign ?

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  29. StewGreen says:

    TCW : “That the man was probably from a town where the vile crimes of these rape gangs were going on unhindered
    didn’t cross our minds.
    From the ivory tower of SW1, his inarticulacy rendered him unworthy of listening to.”

    https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/rape-gangs-thrive-in-the-shade-of-ivory-towers/

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  30. taffman says:

    “The government remains under pressure for failing to supply enough PPE.”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52378491
    So , was there ever a shortage of PPE in 2020?

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  31. taffman says:

    \\Boris Johnson has described the US President Joe Biden as a “breath of fresh air” after they met on the eve of the G7 summit in Cornwall.//
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-57433296

    When will Jacob Rees-Mogg be replacing BoJo?

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    • Yasser Dasmibehbi says:

      Bojo certainly needs replacing, but by Mogg???!!! How many immigrants do you want coming in?
      He needs replacing by a conservative who is not only pro-Brexit but will relish tackling PC loonies, be prepared to chop the BBC and send the invaders back to the dungfest they came from. The Conservative Party MP who will do this is there, waiting in the wings, is …is …wait for it….

      Sorry chaps, I’ll need some assistance on that last bit.

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  32. Guest Who says:

    BBC have helicoptered in some number crunchers.

    #CCBGB

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    • Guest Who says:

      Also BBC.

      The answer is, again, tvl payers.

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    • Rich says:

      Guest,

      A lot less than Jon Sopel, and the rest, will generate following Biden to areas of the world that already have other bBbc churnalists there?

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  33. Guest Who says:

    That, and her being played by RuPaul.

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  34. Guest Who says:

    ‘Those are the audiences that need to be served’

    Plus money.

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  35. Guest Who says:

    Oooook.

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    • Rich says:

      Have they acknowledged that this is a rehash of the 1998 Nike World Cup ad featuring the Brazilian Ronaldo/Rivaldo/Roberto Carlos side?

      Or has it actually just been recoloured, you know, like one of those old Pathe films, using a bBbc-approved palette?

      And why is there an Irish fan having a kip under his flag, they didn’t qualify. Did Roy Greenslade bring his crayons?

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  36. vlad says:

    The BBC are delighted to repeat Boris’ claim that Biden is ‘like a breath of fresh air’. (After you know who.)

    Translation: back to business as usual in the Swamp: Globalist, internationalist and woke.

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  37. Guest Who says:

    BBC subbing is very bbc.

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  38. Guest Who says:

    Sopes likely needed a change of undies after.

    I wonder what he was on?

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    • Guest Who says:

      Pour away, Jez.

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    • Guest Who says:

      Guuuuuuush.

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      • Rich says:

        Did Dr Jill thank the girl or even acknowledge her, or is she just too busy watching Creepy Joe’s wandering hands? Although lucky-for-her Ms Gisholt Minard seems a little too tall, and old, to sniff.

        No, the Faux Dr is probably just an entitled arrogant cow like the rest of her ilk.

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  39. Guest Who says:

    Lurch gets the custom made helmet story.

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  40. Guest Who says:

    Impressive, even for the bbc.

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  41. Guest Who says:

    Cry freedom.

    Lovely photo.

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  42. Up2snuff says:

    BBC Framing Today may have blundered, big time, this morning. #1

    The BBC on Farming Today (R4 5.45 a.m.) like to ‘frame’ the narrative that ‘we deplorables’ were stupid to Vote Leave in the EU Referendum five years ago this month. On the programme this morning they highlighted the problems of food exporters dealing with extra paperwork and veterinary checks to export to the EU.

    However, highlighting the wasteful bureaucracy of the EU and the opportunities it presents for fraud (think horsemeat instead of beef in EU lasange) rather underlines the wisdom of voting to get out of that unnecessary burden.

    What do you think, maxi?

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    • taffman says:

      Maxi is more than one person, he is the frontman for a group or team.

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      • Rich says:

        taff,

        I think he’s actually a shelf-stacker in a 24-hour garage with too much time on his hands during the quiet night shifts, posting here during breaks from writing his Pratchett-style fantasy novel and serving microwave burgers through a hatch.

        Does the quality of his posts really suggest that he has a position of any real influence or reponsibility?

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  43. Guest Who says:

    Seems bizarre at best.

    Still, the reactions are fun.

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  44. Guest Who says:

    #wefiles from Triggly Wiggly in the Moaning Emole. Who is keen on ‘appears’.

    ***

    Why we may have to wait longer for Freedom Day

    It is often said that vaccination has broken the link between infections and hospitalisations – and if people are not getting seriously sick, then it does not matter if infection levels rise. But at this stage it appears to have weakened it rather than broken it. Admissions have already started rising, albeit not as fast as they did in September, the last time infections were rising at this rate.

    The rate of hospitalisations appears to be less than half of what it was then, although there are only a few days of data to draw on so scientists cannot be certain. This is one of the reasons why they are asking ministers for more time to monitor the data.

    Read full analysis >

    Nick Triggle
    Health correspondent

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  45. Guest Who says:

    BBC Moaning Emole small print*

    ***
    UN aid chief says there is famine in Ethiopia

    Thirty seven years after Michael Buerk’s landmark BBC report brought the horrors of famine in Ethiopia into living rooms, UN analysis says 350,000 people in the country’s north are living in “severe crisis”. While the UN stops short of labelling it a famine, its humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, says: “There is famine now. This is going to get a lot worse.” The effects of seven months of fighting between Nobel Peace Prize-winner Abiy Ahmed’s government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front have left people on the verge of starvation. One man in the isolated district of Qafta Humera tells us their crops and livestock have been looted*. “Nobody has given us any aid,” he says. “Almost everyone is on the verge of death. The situation is perilous.”

    ***

    *By whom? White slavers?

    Or these mostly peaceful Nobel and non noble fighters of color?

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  46. Up2snuff says:

    BBC Framing Today may have blundered, big time, this morning. #2

    BBC’s Farming Today is as ‘right on’ as any BBC Dept in supporting the Global Warming/Climate Change/Climate Emergency as any in the Corporation despite farmers taking a rather more sanguine and knowledgeable view of the subject. However, the Beeb blundered big time on Farming Today as far as the Globally Warmed Veganites are concerned. They took a look at pig farming in Wales.

    It’s only a small part of Welsh meat production, bemoaned Caz Graham. I immediately thought ‘You ought to know why that is, Caz’. But no. The Beeb are so caught up with the Veganites and AGW/CC/C-E that they do not realise that land has to be suitable for what you farm from that land. Much of Wales is at many degrees to the horizontal, where sheep and cows can be farmed but no crops (for pig feed) can be grown and pigs can be easily housed. Pigs and pig farmers prefer places like Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk for pork production.

    That’s not to say you cannot keep a pig or two on a hill farm; just that you cannot achieve economies of scale on land that is not suited to the product. And it’s difficult or well-nigh impossible to grow vegan crops on a hill farm, BBC, without drastic alteration to the landscape.

    Very much a BBC Farming Today ‘duher’ moment.

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    • JimS says:

      “Pigs and pig farmers prefer places like Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk for pork production.”

      Not sure that the pigs get to choose, if they knew what was coming to them they might prefer to outrun a farmer on a Welsh hillside!

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Aah, but Welsh farmers are clever. They would let the pig chase them one way round the hill, then they would reverse direction and confront the pig with a sharp knife. The pig would try to run away round the hill in the opposite direction and would fall and end up rolling down the hill. Whereupon the sharp knife would do its work. Eeeek.

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  47. JohnC says:

    Ilhan Omar: US congresswoman defends ‘offensive’ Israel remark
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57436573
    This story is offensive on just about every level – but most of all is the attempt by the BBC to smear some of her disgrace on Trump.
    This is Trump:
    ‘When he was asked on Fox News about his “respect” for Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom the host called “a killer”.
    “There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers,” Mr Trump responded. “Well, you think our country is so innocent?”
    I know for a fact this is correct. The rules of engagement are so restrictive in places like Syria, they do many things to get around them. It levels the playing field. And much of what Putin says is common sense. He is just ruthless when he implements his solution. But he sorted ISIS out for us by doing what had to be done.
    However the BBC are trying to equate this to that awful woman saying:
    “we have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the US, Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban”.
    Shame on you BBC.

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  48. Scroblene says:

    Wanted to hear the ‘news’ on R5Floyd last night, and all they blathered on about was fooball – all blasted night!

    I wanted to learn about the enormous wisdom of a bloke from the US who arrived in Dublin a day or so ago; how we may have to ban Irish sausages with derivatives, stop aliens from landing in Kent every day and lots of other stuff, but no; it was blasted fooball – wall to wall!

    Is there a match on anywhere?

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    • Rich says:

      Scrobs, you sound a bit like Alan Partridge, back when Coogan was briefly funny.

      Partridge, confidently greeting his new-home builders,
      ” Morning guys, see the match? ”

      Builder replies cheerily, “Which one?”

      Partridge, quickly turning away, “Dunno”.

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  49. AsISeeIt says:

    Figuring out the special relationship – gone west – our leaders are not our heroes

    Oh baby, what a love-in!‘ – that’s the Daily Mail headline caption to the somewhat twee photo op for the Boris-Biden families on some security secluded west country beach in Cornwall yesterday. The Mail, unusually, makes the BBC’s top spot in their press frontpages line up.

    So what do we make of it, what might be the significance for the UK-US special relationship? Our various national newspaper titles will each have their varied take, which we will give the most cursory survey, but based simply on the dramatis personae what’s our observation?

    Well, if one didn’t know better from these fakey family holiday pics one would match Boris and Mrs Biden as the couple (I call Jill Biden, Mrs, although one is given to understand that – perhaps due to the current pandemic – the First Lady prefers her title Dr – she has a non-medical doctorate in education by the way – although Dr Jill Biden sounds great, right?)

    It’s ageist of me, I know, but Carrie looks like Boris and Jill’s daughter and little Wilfred – the only member of the grouping still in a nappy – an arse nappy – would be the grandchild. Which would make Joe the great grandaddy. Which sounds about right.

    Once the rest of the G7 get into the mix there’ll be the added complication of all sorts of batty old aunts and peculiar uncles we don’t like to mention.

    There may be few obligations in life so arduous as having to summon enthusiasm for someone elses’ holiday snaps but the Mail gushes approval in a courageous effort: ‘Summit special reports see pages 2-9‘ – slow news day?

    Boris Johnson hailed Joe Biden as “a breath of fresh air” last night as the two men met in Cornwall‘ – it’s cringeworthy, but I suppose talk is cheap and if that butters up the old geezer, then I shan’t complain.

    Not so the Guardian: ‘Bitter stand off over Brexit sours the start of G7 summit‘ – I guess you pays your money and you takes your pick. Or, where the Guardian is concerned, if you’re one of the few who happen to be reading it, you probably reads it free thanks to the many dozens of BBC in-house subscription copies.

    The Gruan goes on to feature the opinions of the President Macron on their frontpage at some length. One doubts a genuine interest in Irish affairs particularly motivates the Frenchman – recently slapped in the face by a man – traditionally the prelude to a formal duel at dawn with seconds, but a lightening swift: ‘Four months for man who attacked French president‘ (BBC) was handed down. Perhaps the revelation that the provocateur was: ‘A medieval combat enthusiast‘ dissuaded the diminutive Macron from accepting the challenge? These days our leaders are not our heroes.

    PM ponders four-week delay before end of curbs‘ – says the Telegraph, making Boris sound less like his purported hero Winston Churchill and more like Winnie the Pooh.

    “Oh, bother,” said Pooh, as, try as he might, he failed to escape from the honey pot stuck on his head, and pondered what he might try next?

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