282 Responses to Weekend Thread 25 September 2021

  1. taffman says:

    “Eight-storey UK flag for Cardiff scrapped over £180k price tag”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-58678821
    Nothing wrong with the flags , its the bureaucratic Welsh Assembly Government and its waste of money is where the problem lies. It has achieved nothing since its inception other than wastte money. Scrap the gravy train in Cardiff. Eg https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-58689536
    Believe it or not, I am a patriotic taffman.

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    • JimS says:

      Multiple tiers of government must lead inevitably to disputes as the lowest tier tries to justify its continued existence.

      All good comes from the parish council, all bad from the town council. If the town council appears to do good it is because of pressure from the parish council – and so on.

      Scale it up and we see the same with the national assemblies.

      One exception to this rule is the EU. Here the top level government, managed to keep mostly hidden so that all bad came from national governments and all good from ‘Europe’, whatever that was. The bad, of course, also came from ‘Europe’, but ‘Europe’ made sure we didn’t know that!

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  2. StewGreen says:

    Saturday TV
    BBC1
    Global Warming Concert
    7pm-9:20pm Strictly : which has been endless promoted in BBC news shows FFS
    oh has the same-sex couple
    9:20pm more Global Warming Concert
    10:15 Gary Lineker

    BBC2 had 90 mins of the Chelsea Flower Show

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  3. taffman says:

    On my break in work listening to Talk Radio. Nothing but a Woke presenter on now, all about Bisexuals and Homosexuals . Off switch.
    Is there no escape from this wokeness?

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  4. StewGreen says:

    Covid graph is pretty flat
    .. https://twitter.com/LawrenceGilder/status/1441783234149355524
    It’s kind of weird that deaths stick at 135 per day
    Each of those people should have been properly protected from Covid even if they were with cancer and only had 3 month expected life .
    I guess a high number caught the infection in hospital
    or practically died of old age but just happened to be WITH Covid at the time.

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  5. taffman says:

    “Labour conference: Tax private schools to help poorer children, says Starmer”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58694809
    Another own goal by Labour in fact, ‘back of the net’.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      taffman, private school looks at projected accounts if Labour win GE.

      Labour win GE.

      Private school closes in one year’s time, notifies parents.

      Local Education Authority has to find places for children from closed private schools.

      Media carry details of crisis over lack of school places.

      Labour Chancellor in year 2 Budget has to find emergency funding to keep State schools operating, blows all of £1.7bn savings and more.

      Parents wonder why Labour have not improved things for disadvantaged children and decide not to vote Labour in future.

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      • taffman says:

        Up2snuff
        Bring back Grammar Schools .
        In that system kids, poor or rich, were taught at the pace that they could handle standard of lessons they were being taught.

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  6. StewGreen says:

    Viewing stats “GrahamNorton chat show launched on BBC1 with just under 2m viewers. ”
    .. that still means about 97% of UK population did NOT watch
    .. and yet Norton is BBC’s highest paid star
    – 800K were watching the Channel4 sex show

    ITV 9pm #Manhunt starring #MartinClunes a series high of 4.2m
    6% of UK population
    Whereas the other night BBC SilentWitness in key 9pm slot, got 3.6million
    Also BBC1 drama #Vigil starring got 6.1million viewers ..9% of UK population

    The relaunched Never mind the Buzzcocks got 200K viewers
    cos it’s on SkyMax

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  7. StewGreen says:

    Looking at those numbers Marianna is doing OK today, 95,000 views

    It’s not actually her ..it’s Alex Belfield talking about her
    It’s not that exciting either .. just 2 mins : https://youtu.be/N2WSBtewkdU

    Belfield is doing quite well
    Most GBnews viewers will watch on Live TV or on Live YouTube so don’t subscribe. So Belfield has more Youtube subscribers than they do

    Farage can get typically 40-50K YouTube viewers for his best daily segment, much more if his item attracts US viewers.
    Belfield can get 150K viewers and often 50K typically 25K

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  8. StewGreen says:

    Via Belfield : “West Yorkshire Police officer Koysar Ahmed sacked after raining down punches on disabled Bradford man and using CS spray”
    Still Ahmed’s picture is not published by the media.
    I suspect a GBH prosecution is on the way, but don’t see why a photo cannot be published.

    The newspaper report sas the guy was alone in his garage sat on his car when the officer attacked him.
    https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/west-yorkshire-police-officer-koysar-21595864

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  9. JohnC says:

    Somalia: Seven killed in suicide attack near presidential palace
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-58691016

    As I keep reminding everybody, there is now no such thing on the BBC as a terrorist attack involving Muslim’s. We will not see one reported again.

    This one – terrorism by any definition of the word you can find – was by ‘an extreme Islamist group’. The word terror is not used.

    The BBC think they are there to define what is news to push their own politicial agenda, not just to report it.

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  10. StewGreen says:

    Irony alert
    We have high gas prices in the UK, cos government is trying to save us from *WARMING* temperatures
    so has rushed into Mickey Mouse energy sources like wind/solar

    Guardian : “Long, *COLD* winter ahead for Britain could keep gas prices soaring to record levels”
    https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/sep/25/long-cold-winter-ahead-for-britain-could-keep-gas-prices-soaring-to-record-levels

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    • Up2snuff says:

      If ever there was a time, Stew, for Al Gore, Prince Charles, George Monbiot, Greenpeace, WWF, David Attenborough, Prince Harry, UN IPCC, UK HMG CCC and all the others, to come good on their promise of some Global Warming it will be next winter!

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  11. pugnazious says:

    The BBC is very selective in what it reports as it tells us Angela Rayner wants more ‘common decency’…

    ‘New laws to boost fairness at work would be brought in within 100 days of Labour winning a general election, Angela Rayner has promised.

    Labour’s deputy leader said “common decency” had to be restored to the workplace, in a conference speech.’

    and yet the Mail reports the real her…….plenty of common, not much decency……

    ‘Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner has faced a backlash after reportedly describing the Tories as ‘racist, homophobic, scum’.

    Ms Rayner reportedly launched an outspoken attack on the Conservatives during an event for Labour activists from northwest England at the conference in Brighton.

    Ms Rayner said: ‘I’m sick of shouting from the sidelines, and I bet youse lot are too.

    ‘We cannot get any worse than a bunch of scum, homophobic, racist, mysoginistic, absolute pile …of banana republic…Etonian…piece of scum…and I held back a little…that I have ever seen in my life”’

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    • Guest Who says:

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Pug- please dont use this website to rubbish the fragrant ms Rayner . She is our last hope for getting a proper Right Wing Government which does Right Wing things .

      I only wish id seen her speech/ rant – ‘and anover fing ‘ – really is the best the Labour Party has got …. 🥸

      ( mind you – i sneered that comrade corbyn could never be labour party leader …)

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  12. Scroblene says:

    Good to see Laura K getting flak for flying over to the US to ‘interview’ Bozza about ‘domestic’ issues!

    I thought the BBC were supposed to have autocue readers already persuing lavish lifestyles over there, so why send her on vast expenses paid for by hard-working citizens and pensioners?

    https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1496376/BBC-viewers-complain-Laura-Kuenssberg-travel

    Comments not going very well for the beached-whale BBC…

    (Has Sopes got back from his extended holiday yet? Couldn’t he have done it? Isn’t there a bloke called Zoncher or such like)?

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    • JimS says:

      Keep up!

      BBC North America closed down in January when America re-joined the world and went back to being normal.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Scrob
      Maybe theyve got a ‘ thing ‘ going – imagine her knocking out nut nut version 7 ( or are there more johnson minor s? )

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      • Scroblene says:

        You can never tell these days, Fed!

        One man’s bonk is another lawyer’s case, as P.Andrew is finding out…

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  13. Foscari says:

    I know I can change my sex. But does anybody know if one
    can change ones colour? I want to become a model in the
    advertising business.

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    • StewGreen says:

      Remember those black rights activists that turned not to be actually black ?
      but rather whites faking it.

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    • JimS says:

      Have you tried writing to the African Union? Surely their 55 members must be crying out for whhite talent for their advertising industry?

      Also, as immigration, or ‘migration’ as the trendy call it, is an unalloyed good and Africa is always in need of help, I am sure they would welcome you with open arms, perhaps even sending you your own rubber boat?

      I know this guy in Nigeria who could sort it for you, he just needs your banking details so you won’t miss out on your first salary/benefit payment.

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    • Scroblene says:

      I only ever pick up the Waitrose freebie mag when they have normal British white citizens on the front page, otherwise they can forget it!

      This week’s had normal citizens so I took it home, only for Senora O’Blene to explode when she exclaimed that there was a chunk of rubbish about VEGAN non-food inside!

      I was mortified, and she’s only just started to converse with me again after all that time…

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  14. StewGreen says:

    AFAIK the petrol crisis , is only that BP don’t have enough drivers.
    Other brands didn’t make such a declaration.

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  15. Thoughtful says:

    It is now looking like an EX BBC reporter now working for the road haulage association was behind the leaks about the state of fuel stocks in the UK.

    There was a statement that fuel stocks on forecourts was about 70% of normal levels, however that is alleged to have been leaked by an Ex BBC employee Rod McKenzie.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10028661/HGV-boss-accused-triggering-petrol-pump-crisis-Ministers-point-finger-ex-BBC-man.html

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  16. Guest Who says:

    Marianna in a skimpy gold bikini next?

    ***
    Extremists are using mainstream video games and gaming chat platforms to spread hate, the BBC has found.

    Extremists using video-game chats to spread hate

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-58600181?

    ***
    The BBC seems to prefer to use its specialist editorial, and ex staff like Rod McKenzie

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    • StewGreen says:

      “Extremists” use 36 local stations, 9 national radio stations, 4 BBC TV stations, 8 BBC owned commercial TV stations, 400 Twitter accounts, UK biggest website
      .. to spread hate and division

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  17. StewGreen says:

    Views from the leftyverse
    Dorset : 2 socialists happily discuss being present at a “show trial”* for local school children
    where they asked the local MP to go on trial for his ancestors owning slaves
    And when he didn’t respond paid an actor to play his part
    * Yes inadvertently after about 30 mins one of the speakers did accidentally refer to it as a “show trial”
    And 2 mins later they said of the 6 verdicts , 2 were judged as “not proven”, but that means he was guilty anyway

    Blurb : ” Tom talks to Jason about the event at Bridport Town Hall on 14th September 2021 when school pupils from came together to put on a mock trial of the South Dorset MP Richard Drax.
    The event lasting a day covered the due process of a trial from beginning to end with the function of enabling the young people to understand the process and the challenges of defending, prosecuting and determining a judgement.
    The presiding judge was Clive Stafford-Smith.*

    The charges were
    #1Benefitting from immoral earnings gained from the slave trade
    #2 discriminatory behaviour towards his constituents
    There were 3 juries of children, so 6 verdicts in all.

    * Stafford-Smith is a lefty human rights lawyer working in America not Britain

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  18. Guest Who says:

    Minted.

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    • BRISSLES says:

      Oh GROW UP Vine ! Christ, if I found that my late husband was publishing puerile (family) events to the world, I would have slapped his wrists, sent him to bed with no dinner, then I would have left him. I want to live with a man, not a bloody phone obsessed teenager.

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  19. AsISeeIt says:

    The Observer finds a rare phenomenon – foreigners that don’t want to come to Britain: ‘European drivers “will not want to come to UK”

    Which is odd, since the world and wife seem to be queueing up to get here.

    Whatever the facts of the matter bear in mind the Observer is still sore at us leaving the EU and is more than happy to trumpet anyone telling a story that attacks the immigration policy of the present government – as lax as it may be in reality.

    There’s a whiff of some over-manning over there at the Guardian-on-Sunday as Jon Henley (Paris), Michael Savage and James Tapper team up to articulate (pun containerised there was intended): ‘Haulage chiefs have warned… The government’s emergency programme to issue temporary visas to thousands of lorry drivers is far too little to resolve Britain’s supply chain crisis‘ – what precisely is a haulage chief when he’s at home… or based in Paris, as we discern from the bylines?

    My expectation of journalistic credibility plummets when I see such a vague attribution of such a stridently stated opinion.

    Here we go, paragraph three of the Observer report… ‘Marco Digiola head of the European Road Haulers Association‘ – which association, I’m assuming, is more than somewhat beholden to Brussels for the rules and regulations that determine its drivers’ bread and butter, bagettes and croissants.

    Our Marco is eventually quoted reminding the Observer: ‘“There is a driver shortage across Europe”‘ – which admission has come a long way down the road from the opening bold sign post that foreign HGV drivers might have some sort of sudden aversion to driving on the left-hand side of the road.

    Let’s stick with the Observer and take a quick shuftie at their take on Labour Party woes. Frontpage we have a pic of Sir Keir and his deputy Angie Rayner at conference in Brighton – or as I like call them in minor tribute to the Spice Girl footballer marriage – Posh and Bint. The cold fish and the fish wife.

    Two’s company for this article as our friend Michael Savage – late of the Euro truckers story – double teams with Toby Helm to give us: ‘Bid to stem damage after defeat on rules‘ – squabbling over the rules for electing the next Labour leader smacks of a greedy family arguing over the scant preceeds of the will even before Starmer’s pauper’s funeral.

    The Old Labour Mirror loyally bangs the socialist drum: ‘Keir: I will tax private schools to help poorer kids‘ – you’re out of touch pal… as even the lower middle classes are minded to scrimp and save so as to hire tutors out of school hours to coach their kids where State schools and their teacher unions have failed them.

    The Sunday People, perhaps in the realisation that there is no credible leftist party opposition that hasn’t fallen to the whims and obsessions of the globalist elites, promotes a footballer as their alternative popular tribune of the plebs: ‘Rashford: Axe £20 benefit cut now’

    And if I were a betting man, I’d wager Boris will indeed acquiesce to the appeals of the Manchester United player’s Twitter account – without even calling for a VAR check – and Rishi will just have to take up the slack with another stealth tax.

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    • Guest Who says:

      Don’t forget… ‘business groups’.

      Getty missing a trick here.

      Usually it is a stunned blonde (not Springster or BS) in a backpack reeling at the sight of a chiller section bereft of quinoa.

      Thinking the all purpose Afro babe in a lab coat thinking deep thoughts in the breaded chicken section of Harrods?

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      • Nibor says:

        That’s a dry goods container (as in used normally for long distance shipping ) driven by a British registered Mercedes (built in Germany ) truck driven by a Pole .

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        • Up2snuff says:

          Those are fruit and veg shelves in the adjoining photo. Supermarket managers endeavour to stock only what they need for a day to around 3 p.m. or so. Nibor will correct me if I’m wrong but that does not appear to be a refrigerated truck. Are ITV going the way of the BBC with a poor choice of photo?

          It used to be a ‘disciplinary event’ if a manager of one well-known supermarket a) did not order sufficient bananas to stock his or her normal customer demand to 3 p.m., and, b) had lots of bananas over ripening on the shelves at 5 p.m.. Get the fruit’n’veg stocking wrong too often, especially on bananas (a big profit item) and it could be a sacking offence.

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    • Guest Who says:

      Sky going full bbc on the quotes… never go full bbc on the quotes.

      ‘Catastrophe’ or, worse, “catastrophe”.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Im thinking of setting up a ‘ panic buying ‘ company where you can hire me to go sit with the like minded panic buyer community – better that driving the HGV ..

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    • JimS says:

      In places like Birmingham it is getting to be quite common to see single shop units turning into ‘Academies’.

      Will Sir Keir tax these, or would that upset our new masters?

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  20. Guest Who says:

    How veery deer she.

    Panic in BBC Left Hand, Lefter Hand?

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    • Sluff says:

      Shouldn’t vulnerable children with disabilities be taken into care?

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      • Scroblene says:

        You do really wonder what the parents (single parent(?) do when they subject such a tot to the general meedja, and expect it to make a case!

        Only lefties think it’s ‘good’, but I don’t seem to recall Diane Abbott letting her son out to do anything useful!

        Funny place to be, innit, thicks on the box, Beeb thinking it’s interesting, nobody giving a toss…

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      • Thatcherrevolutionary says:

        Greta as well.

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  21. Guest Who says:

    BBC sharing Perfect Swerve PR with Labour?

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/16242292/bbc-chief-given-75k-pay-rise/

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  22. Guest Who says:

    There is a distinct correlation between use of the word ‘demand’ and the attention it generates in media vs. result it gets with those who matter.

    Think the EU.

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  23. Sluff says:

    Unusually listened to a bit of ‘Any Questions’ yesterday.
    Back in the day this was superior to QT but now it appears to be on a par. The panel and audience all scented the blood of the Tory minister.

    Then it dawned on me. The title is wrong.
    It is not ‘ANY Questions’.
    It is ‘ONLY SELECTED Questions’.

    The selection being that of the BBC to cause maximum embarrassment to the government. With three lefties on the panel and a highly unforgiving audience the set up was palpable.

    True, the government is useless but the BBC are supposed to be impartial. Aren’t they?

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    • Guest Who says:

      Seems it is to be amalgamated with the struggling Paddy QOS reboot.

      It’s going to be called ‘When Did You Last Beat Your Wife?’

      Hosted by Stan Collymore and an as yet unnamed, or even investigated, Labour MP.

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  24. Sluff says:

    The BBC are in a tizz. SirKeer wants to tax private schools.
    Blimey. How will the BBC luvvies fund their kids’ ejukayshun?

    No matter. In the unquestioning BBC coverage highlighting the billions of tax that will be raised to pay for extras for ‘poor children’ the calculations do not mention that a proportion of parents who can only just about afford to send their kids to private school will no longer be able to afford to do so. So they will revert to the state sector at an extra cost to taxpayers of £6000 per pupil per annum. Oops. The extra tax has just disappeared.

    It’s pure politics of envy, soak the ‘rich’ stuff.

    Still, once the utility companies are all nationalised, we’ll all be so much better off.
    Not.

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    • theisland says:

      “parents who can only just about afford to send their kids to private school will no longer be able to afford to do so”

      Perhaps that’s the idea – to keep the oiks away from ‘their’ private schools. In the old days it was the aristocracy keeping the middle class away. Nowadays it would be the overpaid elite (middle class lefties) keeping the nasty plebs away – after all, their parents might have voted to leave the EU or be Tory voters. Naturally this only applies to aspirational indigenous people, since no doubt BAME scholarships would be awarded.

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    • Guest Who says:

      Every so often uncritical, credulous ideological holding to account in Planet BBC Ark throws up such dilemmas.

      But Pols need votes.

      Beeboids don’t.

      Pols need to bear hypocrisy in mind.

      Beeboids don’t.

      Both are handed enough public money so consequences don’t matter anyway.

      Slick will buy off Fick Ange a bit, and she will consign junior to compy hell to help Mum’s ambitions, or she’ll shrug off Abbott style. Which worked soooo well.

      And Jeremy Vine Inc. will just create another directorship.

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  25. Guest Who says:

    Must confess, I initially misread that ‘brumpolice’.

    Still, BBC Midlands output sorted all week. Certain areas exempted.

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    • JohnC says:

      All for 2% of the population.

      Or 11% if you are in a BBC office.

      Which means the BBC are heterophobic, sexist and racist when it comes to employing staff. Why is it never pointed out ?.

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  26. JohnC says:

    Just been listening to the BBC radio 6 news telling me that visas for lorry drivers from the EU won’t work because the EU has much better working conditions than we do.

    No mention at all that they have their own shortage.

    Drip drip.

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  27. Zephir says:

    Boycott the Bates:

    Darling Buds of May remake has gone black for no good reason I can see… hope it dies a deserved death

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    • Foscari says:

      Zephir- Black is now the default position of the TV media as
      well as the advertising business as well. The BBC has gone
      a step further in their religious output. By making
      Islam their default religion.
      We saw this on the news this morning on a feature on religious
      beliefs when pride of place was given to the religion of peace.
      I don’t know if they realised it but they had a Christian
      Evangelist on decrying the figures that less Christian
      worshippers were going to church. His outpouring of his
      beliefs began to fluster the presenter. And her irritation led her
      to dismiss him somewhat abruptly.

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      • Foscari says:

        As an appendage we already know who the
        default dancing couple are on “Strictly”.
        The “boys” were in a class of their own. Well done
        BIG BROTHER from the diversity department.

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    • harry142857 says:

      Watch the eighties version instead with David Jason on ITV, weekdays at 17.50. Fairly good, but not perfick.

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    • Scroblene says:

      H.E.Bates would turn in his grave at all this nonsense!

      Pop Larkin had an eye for the great British gals, not some foreigner – although he did like Mlle Dupont’s black lace petticoat when she walked upstairs, and thought it was ‘perfick’…

      (Scrobs – LIE DOWN NOW)!

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      • BRISSLES says:

        I think I’ve mentioned before on here, that in the orchard filled lanes of rural Kent in the 50’s a person of colour would be as rare as hens teeth ! Programme Makers – “there just weren’t any !!!!!”

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        • Sick of it all says:

          It’s been estimated that by 1962 there were no more than a quarter million black residents in the entire UK, against a total of a little over 53 million. That’s roughly about 0.4% of the population.

          Possibly even rarer than hens teeth, unless one resides in the upside-down revisionist world of UK media and rural England was awash with virile young black men wearing open-fronted cotton shirts and swigging from tankards of scrumpy.

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  28. Right Angle says:

    I have to admit I didn’t know Iain Duncan Smith trained as a HGV driver!:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10028843/BBC-comes-fire-pretending-driver-crisis-Brexit.html

    “The BBC came under fire last night for ignoring the fact that the HGV driver shortage has affected countries throughout the world.

    Around 400,000 drivers are needed across mainland Europe, including shortfalls of 40,000 in Germany.

    In America, there is a shortfall of around 63,000 while China needs about four million extra drivers, according to the International Road Transport Union.”

    IDS said: ‘The BBC insists on making this about Brexit and pretending that this is a problem confined to the UK.

    ‘This is a Covid issue affecting not just the whole of Europe but the world. I don’t understand why they are doing this* but it is deeply misleading and the kind of reporting that leads to panic buying, as we have seen.’

    *That is the biased BBC for you!

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Right
      I guess my MP (IDS) got his HGV ticket during his military service – I admit I was in an outfit once where I briefly had the opportunity to get a full HGV but didn’t go for it . I wish I had ….Fedup2s Haulage and Logistics would be king of the road …
      MSM -I wonder if OFCOM might examine their reporting from the angle of a thread to national security by false reporting shortages to a population already on edge from the Chinese Virus – one for the new Culture Secretary ?

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    • pugnazious says:

      6 million EU citizens stayed here…..so how is it that just these drivers fled #duetobrexit? Nowt to do with Brexit…covid and the well known fact that there are more jobs, and better paid, in Eastern Europe now…better pay and conditions…not Brexit. Has the BBC asked every driver who allegedy didn’t stay why they didn’t? No….they just pump out the 20,000 figure and claim all of them are anti-Brexiteers….no proof…no investigation…no real insight…just bias.

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    • G says:

      RA,

      “I have to admit I didn’t know Iain Duncan Smith trained as a HGV driver!:”.

      I wonder if that was pre or post 1970/71 when the HGV Licence came into being. Pre: only needed a car licence and be > 21 years old. Existing HGV drivers had an exemption from any test but had to evidence Log Sheets for over a continuous 6 month period. Judging by IDS’ age, he probably fell into the pre category.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Right Angle, as the BBC keep banging on about Global Warming and Climate ‘this that and the other’ and blaming cars, motorbikes, vans and more recently trucks and taxis (but strangely not buses or trains) for causing it by using oil based fuels, it is no wonder that HGV drivers are leaving the profession in droves. The ICE (internal combustion engine) is on Death Row and without a good lawyer. There’s no way that artics and 3.5 tonners can be ‘electrified’ and shift the amount of goods over the distances that they do now.

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  29. theisland says:

    Neil Hamilton @NeilUKIP
    The #UK is teetering on the edge of a #Brexit reversal by the back door, all because our government & big businesses are addicted to cheap labour instead of investing in #British skills.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      ti, he is right. Every time the BBC mention a truck driver shortage, or any job shortage, the unemployment figures (1,500,000 approx. at present) should also be mentioned.

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  31. Nibor says:

    Poland has a population of 38 million .
    (It doesn’t need to hide it’s real population statistics as it doesn’t have an invasion/ bogus asylum / massaged numbers problem like Britain has ) .
    It’s economy isn’t as well developed as ours .

    So why with half our population does it have a lorry driver shortage of 130 000 when ours is 90 000 to 100 000 ?

    Well the answer is that the Powers That Be in other countries value jobs , whereas our PTB only value careers , such as finance , law and computing . And overemphasis on the arts .

    So the Polish governments realised they could solve their unemployment and make money for Poland by drivers moving to other countries like Britain , and also have a strong international haulage market earning revenue by carting anyone’s loads to anywhere in the EU and beyond .
    Whereas our senior civil servants destroyed our international haulage sector . Another reason amongst many for our driver shortage .

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  32. Thoughtful says:

    Successive socialist governments have failed this country when they neglected its railway infrastructure and failed to provide adequate rail freight capacity.

    HS2 is an uneeded vanity project which isn’t even fast and saves next to nothing in time travelling to Manchester. We should have made sure containers could be carried on our railways, which cannot carry them because the tunnels and bridges are too small.

    I am told it is cheaper to freight from Europe into Hull (and other East coast ports, and then truck across the pennines to Liverpool than it is to sail around the UK!
    Rail could free up hundreds if not thousands of drivers and be more fuel efficient too.

    All our ports could have been linked to major centres where it could have been taken the short distance by lorry to specific destinations. Of course this has in no small extent already happened in London with a new freight terminal and direct connection into the city.

    As we all know, if it happens in London then the whole country is just as well served !

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    • Emmanuel Goldstein says:

      Is that the hs2 which gets you to a station 20 minutes from the centre of Birmingham 20 Minutes quicker than a train that gets you to the centre of Birmingham station?

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    • JimS says:

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      Containers not being carried by train in the UK?

      One of the arguments for HS2 is that it will move passenger traffic from the over-loaded West Coast Main Line and free-up slots for freight and new direct passenger services that connect to the WCML.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Thoughtful, containers can be carried and are on UK trains. I’ve seen them pass through Finsbury Park! Think you mean they cannot be double stacked. I agree that HS2 is a stupid and wasteful vanity project. It will not provide what the rail industry wanted because it cannot carry a significant amount of freight, even at night when the HS locos are not running, due to the lack of intervening stations. If the PM and Transport Sec. insisted it became a 125 speed line it would still be no good.

      It is the wrong design in the wrong place for the wrong price.

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  33. pugnazious says:

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    Have to say once again disappointed by Andrew Neil…..everyone thinks he’s a righty but when push comes to shove he always defaults to the BBC orthodoxy….on questions of Islam or immigration, Tommy Robinson or Boris his base line is the Left’s.

    Having left GBNews, instead of getting on with it, he’s like the ex-wife going round rubbishing her ex…..of course GBNews had a rocky start….technically and due to massive pressure to shut it down…including from the BBC’s finest who declared that it was just another Fox News before it had broadcast a word….and forgetting of course that we already had a British Fox News…only ‘of the Left’…ie the BBC…..so much for the BBC’s love of diversity….and of course we had Nick Robinson urging viewers to contact Ofcom to complain about GBNews…again before it had even started.

    Not as if very well established stations don’t have technical glitches…today….

    ‘Half a dozen TV channels including Channel 4 and Channel 5 suffered an outage during prime time on Saturday evening because of a technical problem.

    Channel 4 and its sister channels, More 4, Film 4 and 4 Music, were down for more than an hour. Channel 5 was briefly affected but the output returned.’

    And the BBC last year….

    ‘BBC One was pulled off air after facing some major technical difficulties on Monday evening.

    Viewers on the channel were met with a red screen and an apology message for more than 10 minutes.

    It said: “We are sorry for the break in this programme and are trying to correct the fault.”

    The voiceover repeatedly apologised telling viewers: “We are working very hard to get our programmes back on air, and when we can, we’ll have something for you to watch.”‘

    Can happen to the best of us….lol.

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    • G.W.F. says:

      All those breakdowns, poor Andrew Neil must be sobbing

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    • Emmanuel Goldstein says:

      During all these GB News technical faults during their start up who was in charge?
      Wasn’t Andrew Neil chairman or top dog there.

      It’s a lot better now.
      Coincidence I suppose.

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    • Deborah says:

      I read the article Andrew Neil wrote in the Daily Mail. One of the complaints he had at GB News was that he had to do his own studio make-up. Realistically it is a minor issue but indicates how he was so used to the BBC where money is spent like water. He also complained that GB News has only one studio. Again it indicates someone who doesn’t care what is spent.

      Andrew doesn’t like the ‘shock jocks’ like Dan Wooten. Dan is on 4 days a week and obviously works incredibly hard. Mark Dolan is on every weekend and covered when Dan Wooten was on holiday which shows commitment and hard work. Andrew Neil lasted 4 days. He says like Fox News they lie on GB News but gave no examples.

      Andrew Neil also moaned that a technical issue caused no contact with guests one evening for one whole hour. Where was his professionalism? I remember there once being a problem at a Miss World show. Bob Hope was the compère. I was only a little girl at the time but I can remember how well he covered until the situation was restored.

      Some of the journalists have given up a lot to be on GB News such as Colin Brazier (widowered with 6 children). Andrew Neil has demeaned himself with all his moaning and been disloyal to his colleagues. He is the lesser for it.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Neill has an interesting mind set – reminded me of the rant he went into over being blanked by nut nut during the election –

        You might recall that was in pre Biden days – a man who doesn’t talk to any unapproved press at all…

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  34. Guest Who says:

    I wonder if Springster is a girl of the people or more BBC destined for glory in backstory?

    https://isthebbcbiased.blogspot.com/2021/09/selective-checking.html

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  35. pugnazious says:

    Remember the BBC et al launching a huge campaign against Boris accusing him of using ‘inflammatory language’ that put MPs in danger….language that is in fact the everyday language of all politicians…word such as ‘betray’ became toxic and dangerous in the mouth of Boris Johnston acccording to the BBC…..

    Funny how Labour’s Angela Rayner gets a free pass from the BBC as she uses language that is definitely inflammatory and intended to provoke anger and hate…

    ‘Ms Rayner said: ‘I’m sick of shouting from the sidelines, and i bet youse lot are too.

    ‘We cannot get any worse than a bunch of scum, homophobic, racist, mysoginistic, absolute pile …of banana republic…Etonian…piece of scum…and I held back a little…that I have ever seen in my life”’

    The BBC fields all the excuses and understanding explanations in the main bulk of the report justifying her comments but relegates the Tory response to the end and dismisses it as ‘angry’…thus suggesting irrational and unreasonable….

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58697307

    ‘ Conservative politicians reacted angrily’

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  36. Fedup2 says:

    The enemy newspaper – guardian – carries a piece about the failing false president . It seems his ‘approval ratings ‘ have fallen through the floor .

    It refers to ‘sleepy Joe ‘ but doesn’t go near his mental state or the way he is never allowed near the media .

    Isn’t it fascinating that the evil MSM can avoid the truth so easily .
    Seems the democrats will get a kicking in coming elections – according to the MSM – however it discounts the habitual voting fraud ….once you pull off a presidential vote fraud the next will be easy peasy ….

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    • JohnC says:

      We could never have appreciated just how far the mainstream media will go for their left-wing agenda without Brexit and Trump.

      They have bared their arses in fits of spite and hate. The world is fractured between Right and Left like never before. This is how civil wars start. And the Left do not have right on their side. This is all down to them.

      Hitler and Stalin will be smiling. Human nature does not change.

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  37. pugnazious says:

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  38. Scroblene says:

    Just seen the news about fick Ange…

    So normal citizens are ‘scum’ now are they Ange?

    Let’s hope the BBC publicise your stupidity.

    Bet they won’t.

    (Why is she called ‘crayons’? I thought such items were used by normal children to draw pictures, not ‘politicians’)?

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  39. Guest Who says:

    Rog goes dark.

    Beeb and Graun do like their steam shady.

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  40. Guest Who says:

    Operation So Creating Unsustainable Media for BEeb Heroine Fick Ange is well underway.

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  41. Guest Who says:

    Looks younger than I imagined.

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  42. Guest Who says:

    Only wiv Ange and Jess hitting the catwalks…

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    • gb123 says:

      “Can sustainable fashion turn the red carpet green?”
      Yes. If you throw up all over it due to an adverse reaction to woke-ness.

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  43. StewGreen says:

    Alison Lowe PCC on grooming gangs
    She insists you can’t talk about them, without talking about all the rapes by white people
    She uses the trick of MISPRESENTATION
    ‘you can’t say ALL rapes are by one group”
    ..That is a straw man to attack.. no one is really saying that.

    And she herself says “I was raped by a white man as a child” .. sad if true of course
    “I didn’t tell anyone about my childhood rape until I was 45 ”
    She was appointed by Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire

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    • StewGreen says:

      “Why was she grinning?
      I can tell you now if it were gangs of white men grooming, raping, abusing and trafficking black girls for decades, she’d be demanding a thorough investigation into the police handling of it.”

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  44. StewGreen says:

    Truck drivers , sense against nonsense

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  45. Beltane says:

    Those of you in the last stages of digesting Sunday lunch, relaxing in a favourite chair, cat on lap and Netflix on box will be elated to learn that Tim Davie has just had his salary pushed closer to his previous £600k with a £75k increase after his first year in the job.

    Much like Linaker, he took the earlier cut because he will always put principles before avarice.

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    • Guest Who says:

      Based, presumably, on his awesome record of success based on secret FOI exempted BBC metrics?

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  46. StewGreen says:

    Tonight’s TV
    The TV bizarrely picks a BBC2 movie on at 1:20am in the morning
    Why ? … cos it’s all about Barack Obama meeting Michelle

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    • Guest Who says:

      Odd in what way?

      They are all they have left.

      Sleepy, Megharry, Dancin Justin, Jacinda, Slick, Fick Ange, anyone in the EU… all making the current shambles look less awful.

      How long until ‘Motorscooter Diaries’ about a young radical and his dusky squeeze behind the Iron Curtain back in the day?

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  47. taffman says:

    “Fuel supply: Visas won’t solve petrol supply issues – retailers”
    “Freight industry group Logistics UK estimates that the UK needs about 90,000 HGV drivers – with existing shortages made worse by the pandemic, tax changes, Brexit, an ageing workforce, and low wages and poor working conditions.”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58698998

    Key Words : “low wages and poor working conditions.”!
    Note also how they squeeze in the word “Brexit”, despite the fact that Brexit has nowt to do with it.

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  48. taffman says:

    “Angela Merkel: What will Germans miss about the chancellor?”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-58657354
    Answer in a nutshell – mass immigration of the EU?

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  49. taffman says:

    “Labour conference: Angela Rayner stands by calling Boris Johnson ‘scum’ ”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58697307
    Yet another own goal by Labour.

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  50. Guest Who says:

    Bedfellows. Not strange.

    Champion’s agent should be worried.

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    • StewGreen says:

      She’s gone to the trouble of editing the screenshots
      yet the display is a mess
      She could’ve simply put them in one clear graphic
      £5.5bn pa of resources !

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