Weekend Thread 2 October 2021

The price of gas is going up. The powers that be estimate that an average household on a flexible tarif will pay roughly £150 more a year – more or less the cost of the TV Licence . With a bit of luck people Will chose to pay gas bills rather than the disgusting TV licence .

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  1. Garry Lavin says:



  2. Philip_2 says:

    No one has commented that Tim Davie gave himself a £75,000 BBC pay rise this week. That is when the country was in lock-down – furlough- this past year.

    One wonders what Tim Davie has to do at the BBC when he is clearly not in control of anything much other than pay awards. The BBC likes its pay awards.


    Mind you they do have ‘STRICTLY’ to contend with. One program that has not crashed yet even though, its clear its becoming ever so ‘queer’ in parts. And the first Trans will, no doubt be in the wings, as soon as they can find one to ‘train up’.

    The BBC is one of the few firms that actually SPONSOR transitions, if NHS refuses, the BBC will pay for it all presumably, to prove how generous it is to loyal staff.

    – All as you know on minimum wages. Struggle (some on less than £100,000/year during furlough). Luckily some get slightly more than the minimum presenters fee.

    So they won’t have to look too far for a new ‘dancer’.
    If the price is right.


  3. Foscari says:

    Something that wont interest the BBC or in fact EUFA.
    At the Union Berlin -Maccabi Haifa Euro Conference
    league match. last night There was continual racist chanting aimed
    at the Israeli team and their supporters. With some
    supplementary ” Seig Heil’s thrown in. Now if it was the
    England team playing in Berlin . Maybe going down on one
    knee might of made a difference. And if that didn’t work
    they could of given the Nazi salute .as they did in 1938.


  4. Philip_2 says:

    This is a sad case. One of the few proper SCIENCE programs on TV called ‘BANG’ was a success a good few years ago. It had three presenters and one was an outstanding inventor that made his own gadgets for TV. ‘JEM’ was memorable in that he managed to build machines from next to nothing parts (BBC programme budget is always next to nothing) and he was one of the engineering pioneers on mainstream TV.

    I tell you this, as the BBC has had to admit liability of negligence in one of his TV demonstrations as he was seriously injured in a daft stunt as a ‘crash test dummy’. It summons up the many ‘dare-devil’ pranks on TOP GEAR (in the early day’s it aired), but somehow Clarkson, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May – always survived yet another day. The BBC – often states, that it is ‘risk-averse’ usually, even though they push ‘dangerous’ social political engineering experiments on children. But ‘BANG! and Top Gear (as it was) was usually left alone, if not ignored in large part.

    Bright kids loved it. Now they have nothing of Science on TV. BBC drama is all they get now. CBBC is all kids drama.

    I have no doubt the BBC failed provide adequate back-up for JEM, who stands out as one of the most unique dare-devil presenters of his day. The BBC will not allow anything similar from now on. As I say the BBC is largely – are risk averse – unless it follows a political agenda and find they can abuse children instead as part of CBBC ‘programming’. Jimmy Saville was just a fringe player. There are others in the system.

    I shall sadly miss BANG!, one of the only BBC programmes I used to watch with my own children. All gone now. The BBC has had to pay £1.6 million in damages for wrecking his life through inadequate back up support.

    BBC TV star suffered injuries to his brain, spine and audio-vestibular system during filming.…, the BBC would usually never admit liability…. It has to go through the Courts…. And the BBC cough up, finally. It really should not have happened.



    • Fedup2 says:

      Roughly 10000 TV licences = £1.6 million …..still not as much as Lineker gets out of the BBC each year …


    • Deborah says:

      Johnny Ball used to do brilliant children’s science programmes. I wished they had been shown when I was doing my A level physics. When Johnny explained, I understood. I wonder if the BBC does anything like them now! And I don’t mean dumbed down science.


      • 1 of 8e9 says:

        I agree, Deborah. I also liked Adam Hart-Davis. Don’t hear much of him lately, just like David Bellamy, on the BBC.


      • NCBBC says:


        Those teachers who actually understood stuff are long gone.

        Two reasons

        1. We gave up being an industrial manufacturing country and became a service economy.

        2. We dumbed down hard subjects like Physics, so students who were unable to get into Engineering or Physics departments, could do so. This was for “multicultural” purposes.

        And to get these “widgets” out, courses were dumbed down even further, and pass rates increased by fiddling to achieve virtually 100% graduation rate.

        Result. Everything is made in China.

        There in no real need for Engineering departments in England, except to get money from rich Chinese students who are not bright enough to get into an Asian university.


  5. Sluff says:

    It’s the first day of ‘Black History Month’.
    An opportunity for mass self-flagellation for the still huge majority of UK residents.

    But not coming to the BBC any time soon is ‘White History Month’.
    Because that would be racist.


    • 1 of 8e9 says:

      I’m sorry did I miss something, I thought it had been ‘Black History Year’…


      • BigBrotherCorporation says:

        I agree with all the comments here. My son used to love ‘Bang Goes the Theory’, it was one of the very few things on for bright boys (or, at least, the kind of boys that want to grow up to invent, make, or fix things, rather than be princesses, or ballerinas).

        Although he was a bit scatty, Jem was one of the highlights, I never knew what happened to him, but that sounds tragic.

        I recall Johnny Ball from my own childhood Deborah, he was a good presenter for kid’s science, (as you say) a natural teacher. His daughter has never really interested me, personally I think she’s overrated (and overpaid), but that’s the incestuous BBC for you.

        Again, 1 of 8e9, I agree, Adam Hart-Davis was good fun, and did some great TV, why don’t we see him any more… too male, pale and stale perhaps? Or did he not agree with the latest climate change cult rabidly enough?

        Funny how many scientists and engineers (I work in the field myself and know lots of such people) either don’t believe in ‘man made climate change’ at all, or consider our impact on it (and the severity of it) MUCH less severe than the media would have you believe. However, we’ve learnt to keep our mouths shut, as it can be dangerous to your career (and being able to pay the bills) to even think such heretical thoughts. When the BBC tell you 99+% of ‘Scientists’ believe in global warming, I really don’t believe a word of it, and am quite curious where such a figure originated?


        • JohnC says:

          The problem with the BBC is that you always have to work out what they DON’T tell you to know the truth about anything. They have no ethics or conscience whatsoever about omitting relevant information to make you think what they want you to think.

          For example, I’m sure all scientitsts agree in global warming.
          What they won’t agree on is exactly what is causing it and whether man is responsible or it is going to happen anyway because it’s all a cycle of nature.

          And the big one : will the absolutely massive funding it is getting actually make any difference – or will it, at best, just slow it down a very small amount.

          You will never get an answer to that. The oil industry is a nasty, ruthless place because of the type people all that money attracts. Climate change is the new ‘oil’.


        • Zephir says:

          I listened to the daughter a couple of times on radio and it became quite annoying to hear the erm, erm erm every sentence.

          The lack of ability to talk, their limited grasp of basic English dialogue in so many on the bbc when not scripted is astounding. I first noticed this during the Gulf Wars when they had to talk as news came in, and they could not, again it was erm, erm, erm

          And that bloody Romesh who is becoming everywhere now on TV, when promoting his show “judge Romesh” and saying “if you don’t understand the title maybe TV isn’t for you” ha ha very funny

          I would counter that if you don’t understand that judge is both a noun and a verb therefore making your programme title confusing, then maybe the English language is not for you


          • NCBBC says:

            Agree with you.

            If you wish to get an understanding of Science, get hold of the BBC series ” The Ascent of Man”. Around £10 on ebay.

            Its such a pleasure to see Jacob Bronowski speak as he thinks his things through. The real intellectual pleasure of seeing a master at work.


        • JimS says:

          Lots of articles about the 97% here.

          From memory it goes back to 2013 when a survey of scientists was carried out. Basically only those that thought the climate was changing responded and of those 97% were put into the believers box by the survey organisers.

          A bit like polling Labour party members and asking if they like Sir Kier. The ones that don’t won’t respond. Then the BBC publishes the result – “99% like Sir Kier”. Ask the right people and you will get the right answer.


        • NCBBC says:

          When the BBC tell you 99+% of ‘Scientists’ believe in global warming, I really don’t believe a word of it, and am quite curious where such a figure originated?

          They arise from asking who would lose their jobs or have no opinion one way or other.


          One can rely on one truism, that if politicians and government are all agreed that AGW and now Climate Change are true, and Western publics have to be controlled and taxed, then it has to be a lie.

          Sceptics are the only real and honest scientists, as scepticism is the only true role for any scientist. Any other position, specially one of belief in a deeply flawed politicised hypothesis, is nothing but a new version of the Vatican against Galileo. It has to be enforced by constant repetition, propaganda in schools, and threating cancel culture.

          And one sees that, thus proving the point.


      • BigBrotherCorporation says:

        It’s always Black now, all the time, forever, without end… that’s one of the reasons most of us have long ago switched off and found more interesting things to do.


        • G says:

          It was (and no doubt still is) an commonly accepted principle in commercial sales training that you had to utter the phrase or fact you wanted to register on the buyer, three times during the course of the sales exchanges. Preferably over a fairly short space of time. This current conspiracy between the broadcasters and marketing companies etc. is purely, overkill and now the public, mainly, is aware of the propaganda and what its designed to achieve – normalisation of 50% + of blacks ahead of actually constituting 50%+

          Sad to see whitee slowly being eradicated.


        • NCBBC says:

          For the last three decades, it was clear that Blacks and Pakistanis were failing in education, but doing well in avenues that led them to the law courts.

          That gave the obvious lie that multiculturalism was enriching society. Crime, violent crime, mugging, riots and loot was not giving multiculturalism a good name.

          So a policy of continuous drum beat in all the media, with BBC leading the way, that Blacks are the most intelligent of all people. The more the real evidence, the more authority broadcast the reverse. Its Auster’s law we are getting in spades.

          Its not Equal Opportunities we are going to see, but Equal outcomes. Blacks will be promoted to positions which they could never reach in a fair system. Too, White young men and boys, already the most vilified group in society, will be even more marginalised and castigated, as if they were villains and idiots.


          • NCBBC says:


            Auster’s Laws.

            The worse any designated minority or alien group behaves in a liberal society, the bigger become the lies of Political Correctness in covering up for that group. …

            That last point leads us to the first corollary of Auster’s First Law of Majority/Minority Relations in Liberal Society: The more egregiously any non-Western or non-white group behaves, the more evil whites are made to appear for noticing and drawing rational conclusions about that group’s bad behavior.

            The First Law and its corollary are intrinsic to liberalism. Once the equality of all human groups is accepted as a given, any facts that make a minority or foreign group seem worse than the majority native group must be either covered up or blamed on the majority.


    • JimS says:

      I think I’ve got it…

      It must be obvious to anyone living outside of David Lammy’s back yard that britain is being colonised by Asians of mostly Muslim persuasion and that because no limits have been set Europe will eventually fall to this supremacist cult that propagates by the bed and sword.

      It is now too late to do anything to stop the takeover, or is it?

      If there is one group of people who the South-Asians hate most it is Black Africans.

      Remember the story of the old woman who swallowed a fly? The South-Asian is about to be chased out by the Black Nigerian.

      Who though will chase out the Nigerian?

      Our politicians should have spent more time learning their nursery rhymes!

      Old Woman


      • JohnC says:

        The point of no-return is when their will votes determine who will win. We have long since passed that point. It’s just a matter of time now and we will be displaced.

        Politicians are in general power hungry, ambitious and greedy sleeze-bags who don’t care what they do to get what they want. The last person you should allow to be a politician is someone who wants to be.


  6. Nibor says:

    Why Britain being in the EU / EC/EEC/Common Market led to a shortage of HGV drivers .

    First we must establish that the shortage is due to a number of reasons. There is no silver bullet to rectifying the situation but a series of separate steps to alleviate this .

    Secondly HGV drivers are not an homogeneous one size fits all stereotype person . What one irritant is to one driver is either a nothing to another or a blazing injustice to yet another driver .
    [ for example one driver may hate M25 queues , London , congestion, but another isn’t bothered so so long as he’s paid hourly to sit in the traffic – but the point is , it makes some people hate the job and leave it – not something you want if there is a driver shortage ] .

    So where does the EU come in . Again I have to use the word firstly .
    Firstly it’s our own senior civil servants fault .
    The senior civil servants (grade 5 and above ) have used the EU as an excuse for their indolence, self serving, obstructiveness, their obfuscation and disloyalty to the UK taxpayer .
    Which is why they said Britain cannot charge foreign hauliers (including those outside the EU) for the use of our roads despite we paying everywhere for the use of theirs .
    So eventually this led to the destruction of the British international haulage industry.
    So this doesn’t just mean that we lose the revenue from an industry, it means you can’t entice new blood who would be interested into the industry with the promise of seeing other
    lands .
    In this business, every little helps . Anther saying is a constant drip wears away a stone .
    Secondly the EUrocrats made such a complex hours and rules regulations that no driver really knows the whole truth of them unless he studies them avidly and remembers them excluding all else in the world .
    Thirdly we had a driver shortage before , nearly twenty years ago . We thought something might be done then . It wasn’t because the UK imported the new eastern bloc drivers who reduced the wages , thus further disincentivising any joining or staying in the industry.
    Thirdly the EU imposed speed limiters on trucks .
    This might sound good , but it’s not . Not in the way they imposed it . Their speed limits outside Spain were 80kph = 50 mph an hour . Ours is sixty . The speed limiters are set to 86kph equivalent to every car being set at 64 mph even though you can legally do 70 .
    Which is why there is such slow overtaking of lorries on the roads . Stress to the lorry drivers as well as the car drivers behind them .
    [ why some ask , can’t the trucks just stay in the left lane and follow the vehicle in front . It’s because the trucks are on timed deliveries- to the minute. Equivalent to you overstaying your parking at a multi story car park by one minute = costs going up threefold .]
    Fourthly the foreign truck drivers have helped ( not caused) the lack of cameraderie between truck drivers — which I leave you to imagine why .
    Fifthly sixthly and seventhly onwards are further stupid rules and laws that exacerbate the situation.
    Eg daylight running lights . A small point but another point added onto all the other points that make a driver shortage . Why does any vehicle need them , especially a huge truck ? How does it help motorcyclists? ( it’s now come to that the trafficators or semaphores of thirties cars are clearer and safer than this century’s cars ) .
    So when the BBC say or intimate that Brexit is the cause of the crisis, you know that really it’s being in the EU That’s the reason .


  7. taffman says:

    “London man jailed for sharing IS beheading videos”
    “A British man who was radicalised online and tried to join Islamic State in Syria has been jailed in the UK for sharing the group’s beheading videos.”
    A British man?


    • JohnC says:

      ‘Radicalised online’

      What absolute nonsense. He was given an outlet for his hate online. He was radicalised as a child.

      Never mind : a 3 day de-radicalisation course will make him normal again. Unless he murders one of those giving the course like the last one did.


  8. taffman says:

    “Foreign aid: Chancellor accused of stealth raid by charities”
    We need aid now !
    We have many people in poverty. What or who are the charities spending their money on?


    • JohnC says:

      We are in the calm before the storm. The real payback for COVID is just beginning. The fuel situation being used as an excuse for price hikes is just the start


  9. JohnC says:

    Just started tentatively watching ‘The Pembrokshire murders’ after the recent drama ‘Time’ went woke with Sean Bean’s wife being black and the prison governor being a black woman – one of a few ‘unexpected twists’ which damaged the credibility of an otherwise decent program.

    Shortly into it the main man is in an office getting approval to proceed with the case. The senior officer from the original trial and the police chief are both black women.

    It’s not that they are black women which bothers me : it’s the utter hypocrisy that they have been deliberately placed in a very unlikely situations purely because of their colour and sex.

    It’s racist and it’s sexist.

    And I see the Sabina Nessa story has now been completely dropped because they can’t blame an English white man.

    All of this stinks to high heaven.

    My considered opinion is that at the root of this are anti-white racists and man-hating feminists while the rest are just virtue-signallers caught up in the group-think and are too thick to realise what outrageous double standards they have.


    • Zephir says:

      And in “local news” the bbc favourite for burying inconvenient stuff:

      Sasha Johnson: Black Lives Matter activist shot by group of men


      25 May

      Media caption, Sasha Johnson in June 2020: “Why should we stay quiet?”

      A prominent Black Lives Matter activist was shot by a group of four black men at a party in south London, police say.

      Sasha Johnson is critically ill in hospital after being shot in the head at a property in Peckham on Sunday.

      Met Commander Alison Heydari said the men had “entered the garden of the property and discharged a firearm”.

      Ms Johnson’s party said she had previously received death threats but police have said there was “nothing to suggest” it was “a targeted attack”.

      Cdr Heydari added detectives were also “not aware of any reports of threats made against her prior to this incident”.
      Sarah JohnsonImage source, PA Media
      Image caption, Sasha Johnson is a prominent Black Lives Matter activist

      Ms Johnson, 27, was left in a life-threatening condition following the shooting at the property in Consort Road at about 03:00 BST.

      On Monday Ms Johnson’s party, the Taking the Initiative Party (TTIP), said she had undergone an operation and remained in critical care.

      Another man, who was thought to be in his 20s, also suffered a “superficial knife injury” during the attack.

      He went to hospital but was discharged following treatment, the Met said.
      Map showing location of the shooting in Peckham, south east London


  10. JohnC says:

    My phone has the story about Kamala Harris nodding in agreement with a student who said Israel is committing genocide and told her ‘your truth cannot be suppressed’ instead of correcting the blatant lie.

    The BBC did not report it.

    Just imagine if it were Trump. It would be front page.

    I also learned that the Democrats plan to use her as the front for the campaign for the elections next year. Presumably because Joe is now too far gone and maybe they are preparing her to take over.

    I can’t wait.


  11. Zephir says:

    They’d better hope it’s not cloudy.

    Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday told graduating Naval Academy midshipmen that they may soon be able to pack a “rolled-up solar panel” instead of heavy batteries — an ahead-of-its-time substitute that, at the present moment, would not work so well at crucial moments for the top seamen and Marines.

    “Just ask any Marine today: Would she rather carry 20 pounds of batteries or a rolled-up solar panel?” Harris told the Naval Academy’s 2021 class of 778 men and 306 women at their graduation ceremony in Annapolis, Md.

    “And I am positive, she will tell you a solar panel. And so would he!” Harris said.

    The vice president laughed as she made the last remark.

    Solar energy, which requires batteries, is dependent on the weather and cannot be accumulated at night.


    Harris’ speech followed President Biden’s graduation talk earlier this month at the US Coast Guard Academy, where he turned on his audience when his jokes fell flat, tauntingly telling them, “You are a really dull class”


    President Biden’s jokes fell flat at the US Coast Guard Academy’s graduation ceremony Wednesday leading him to call the grads a “dull class” while boasting of his own college exploits including a fire-extinguisher assault on his dorm’s RA.

    Biden attempted to earn laughs at the expense of the US Navy, and like a bad stand-up whose set is dying, when the cadets didn’t respond, he turned on them.

    “I can only assume that you will enjoy educating your family about how the Coast Guard is quote, ‘the hard nucleus around [which] the Navy forms in times of war,’” Biden said, to crickets, at the outdoor event in New London, Conn.

    Biden then jeered his crowd: “You are a — you are a really dull class. I mean, come on, man, is the sun getting to you? I would think you would have an opportunity when I say that about the Navy to clap.”

    That jab earned nervous laughter from the cadets and a smattering of applause.

    At two other points, Biden actually requested applause from the crowd.

    “You can clap, come on, man,” Biden said when he joked about cadets spending “too much time at the Slice,” a local pizza parlor.

    He again encouraged the crowd to clap when he praised the academy’s Bravo Company for winning a football game against a rival set of cadets.

    “Congratulations the Bravo Company, by the way, on your victory. You can clap. It’s okay. Even if you’re lost, you gotta clap,” Biden said.


    • Zephir says:


      Over the course of his political career, Biden established a well-earned reputation for talking himself into trouble. His propensity for gaffes derailed his first presidential campaign in 1987, and helped ensure that he never had much of a shot when he ran again in 2007.

      Joe Biden – 40 years of political ambition

      In his third try for the Oval Office, Biden still had his share of verbal stumbles, but they were sufficiently infrequent that they never became more than a short-term issue.

      Part of the explanation for this, of course, is that the president himself was an unrelenting source of news cycle churn. Another factor was that there were bigger stories – the coronavirus pandemic, protests after the death of George Floyd and economic disruption – dominating national attention.
      Media caption, A tale of two rallies: Trump and Biden stage duelling events in Florida

      But at least some credit should be given to a concerted strategy by the Biden campaign to limit their candidate’s exposure, keeping a measured pace in the campaign, and minimising the chances that fatigue or carelessness could create problems.

      Perhaps in a normal election, when most Americans weren’t worried about limiting their own exposure to a virus, this strategy would have backfired. Maybe then Trump’s derisive “hidin’ Biden” jabs would have taken their toll.

      The campaign sought to stay out of the way and let Trump be the one whose mouth betrayed him – and, in the end, it paid off.
      3. Anyone but Trump

      The week before election day, the Biden campaign unveiled its final television adverts with a message that was remarkably similar to the one offered in his campaign kickoff last year, and his nomination acceptance speech in August.

      The election was a “battle for the soul of America”, he said, and a chance for the national to put what he characterised as the divisiveness and chaos of the past four years behind it.


      • Zephir says:

        No more chaos ? Afghanistan for a start, no more divisiveness :

        US-Mexico border crisis: Vehicles form barrier at Texas crossing to deter Haitian migrants – as VP Kamala Harris criticises ‘horrible’ tactics

        Law enforcement officers on horseback were pictured using what appeared to be aggressive tactics against the migrants crossing from Mexico – incidents which homeland security officials have called “troubling”. Kamala Harris has also waded into the row, describing the scenes as “horrible”.

        A U.S-Mexico border crossing in Texas is partially reopening on Saturday, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol announced. The Del Rio Port of Entry had been closed for several days as U.S. officials cleared a nearby migrant encampment that had grown to include nearly 15,000 people, many of them Haitian migrants.

        “Following efforts this week by U.S. Border Patrol, Office of Field Operations and DHS partners to expedite processing of the migrant flow to manageable levels and with public safety restored, CBP reopened trade and travel operations at Del Rio Port of Entry,” Saturday’s statement from CBP said.

        Last week, as many as 15,000 migrants, who were mostly from Haiti, were packed into a squalid tent city beneath a bridge near the Rio Grande, hoping to be processed for asylum. However, U.S. officials broke up the encampment and removed all of the migrants.

        On Friday, Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano said, “As of right now, there are zero persons under the bridge.”


        BTW Kamala and Biden YOU are apparently in charge these are YOUR officals

        Could we possibly borrow you for a few weeks to run some courses for our border “officials” ?


    • JimS says:

      C’mon man, Harris gave that speech in May 2021.


      • Zephir says:

        So glad you have a calendar to hand, it helps us all , obviously something said four months ago is no longer relevant

        If you could advise about the time limit for quotes it may help


  12. Zephir says:

    Now what button dose this do ? FFS

    3:05 poor kids are just as talented as white kids” what a strange thing to say


  13. Scroblene says:

    The BBC’s online pages include an article about the Chancellor, swapping various funds around, so charities are squealing rape and the usual suspects are moaning into their lattes.

    But reading some of it again (it is incredibly boring), the underlying intent is to rub their grubby little hands at Rishi effectively giving Liz Truss the old heave-ho, and ‘cutting off her legs, before they get under the table’.

    Nasty metaphor Beeb! So don’t be too bloody gleeful yet; that woman is worth twenty Tim Davies, and actually understands what is needed for Britons, whereas you don’t.

    I also reckon that some of the money wasted on overseas aid might just be channelled to Nadine Dorries, another fighter worth a similar number of Tim Davies!

    Not so funny now is it…


  14. Zephir says:

    It was Billy Connolly who ranted about North Sea oil (its oor money)

    And they still persist:

    Behind the great oil grab – the day that should have made Scotland rich



    • Zephir says:

      How is public spending and revenue distributed to Scotland?

      During 2020-21 tax revenue generated in Scotland amounted to about £63 billion, including North Sea oil revenue, and it benefitted from about £99 billion in public spending, a difference of £36 billion.

      In 2020-21 the UK faced the coronavirus pandemic together, spending unprecedented amounts to support lives and livelihoods across the country. This resulted in a £17.2 billion (21%) increase in public spending for Scotland compared to the previous year.

      This was possible because the UK pools and shares resources across the entire country. This system of sharing resources means Scotland is well-placed to tackle the problems like the pandemic and climate change, but also gives the Scottish Parliament the freedom to make many financial decisions for itself.



  15. Zephir says:

    How are funding decisions split between the UK and Scottish governments?

    Scotland has two governments that are both responsible for different things. For example, foreign policy and international relations are reserved to the UK Government, but health and social services are devolved to the Scottish Government.

    When the UK Government increases funding for an area which is devolved, the Scottish Government receives extra funding too. For example, if the NHS in England gets a funding boost, the Scottish Government will also receive extra cash.

    In 2020 the UK Government guaranteed £8.6 billion of additional funding to help the Scottish Government to respond to coronavirus. In February 2021 the UK Government announced a further £1.1 billion was being made available for the Scottish Government to spend in the financial year 2020-2021 or carry forward to the financial year 2021-2022. As a result the Scottish Government spent an extra £9 billion in 2020-21 to respond to the pandemic. The UK Government also spent a further £8.2 billion directly on support like furlough, self-employment grants and welfare in Scotland.

    The Spending Review 2020 confirmed that UK Government Barnett-based funding to the Scottish Government in 2021-22 would be over £38 billion. This equates to around £129 per person for every £100 per person the UK Government spends in England on matters devolved in Scotland. This reflects the higher costs of delivering public services in Scotland.

    That is 38 thousand million pounds of taxpayers money, there is no such thing as government money, that could be saved if wee krankie got her way and they supported themselves


  16. Zephir says:

    I post this not for a personal opinion but the bbc lack of at least o level GSCE educated reporting:


    Nicola Sturgeon has urged the UK government to agree to a new Scottish independence referendum, saying that “democracy must and will prevail”.

    The first minister was addressing the SNP’s virtual conference the day after her predecessor, Alex Salmond, told his new Alba Party that the independence movement was stuck in “Groundhog Day”.

    What do these two rival conferences tell us about the current state of the independence movement, and how near we might be to a fresh referendum?

    It may have been delivered from the sedate setting of her front room rather than to a hall packed with cheering crowds, but be in no doubt that this conference speech was a triumphant moment for Nicola Sturgeon.


  17. Zephir says:

    “be in no doubt that this conference speech was a triumphant moment for Nicola Sturgeon”

    losing 38 billion quid and left with a couple of herring fishing boats and some chip shops, desperately trying to convince the international food market that putting blood into a sausage is a good idea

    Not even Veitnam buys that lie, they stick to well cooked dogs

    a triumph by any standards at the bbc


  18. StewGreen says:

    Had a quick blip of R4Today news
    It sounded very Mickey Mouse
    eg the Covid correspondent made grand statements about US Covid deaths,
    pushing the idea that the death stats for other countries like China are reliable.

    Then their was a speculation not new story
    that Rishi Sunak might cut the Foreign Aid budget with ‘accountancy tricks’
    .. like “counting donations of vaccines to countries”
    FFS of course that is foreign aid.


    • Guest Who says:

      Meanwhile, in a land far away…

      BBC News

      Papua New Guinea has admitted making a “terrible mistake” after struggling to sell a £4.2m ($5.6m) fleet of luxury cars bought to impress politicians.


  19. Zephir says:

    Why bother with foreign aid ? we now just import them


    • StewGreen says:

      If the government are supporting a “refugee” in the UK, then that is foreign aid.


  20. Guest Who says:

    Seems in BEeb Graun bubble world there is only one kind of female police person.


    • Guest Who says:



  21. Doublethinker says:

    An interesting coincidence has occurred in the past week. I have come across six pieces which raise highlight the increasing possibility that there will soon be a great push back , led by ordinary folks, against the elites and their Woke reset programme for the West . All the pieces mention that they see fear in the recent behaviour of the elites because they are losing control and so they are doubling down on their tyrannical behaviour to try and suppress the at present uncoordinated pushbacks. The age old pattern of elites who fear that their time is up!
    These pieces are:
    Neil Oliver’s monologue last week on GBN
    Victor Davis Hanson interviewed on GBN on Thursday
    David Starkey on GBN Brazier show on Friday
    Tucker Carlson interviewed by Megan Kelly on her US show last week
    Joel Kotkin in conversation with John Anderson , former Deputy PM in Australia, on his pod cast a few months ago
    Patrick M Wood interviewed by Delingpole last November

    None of these folks could be considered as rabble rousers , all have serious qualifications and back stories. Kotkin is a Democrat , anti Trumpist but sees the writing on the wall and warning that ordinary Americans are very unhappy. VDH is one of the great thinkers of the last twenty years. Starkey a great historian widely respected until his unfortunate slip last year.

    It isn’t coincidence that four of the above six pieces either were on GBN or were mentioned on GBN . In a nutshell that is why the establishment want GBN shut down , it provides the plebs with inconvenient news andca counter narrative. This , I suspect , is also why Quisling Brillo left , he found that he couldn’t keep the station within the establishment guidelines.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Double – although brillo is one of the ‘good’ interviewers in the MSM – GBNews can do without him .

      He ll be making more money – a primary brillo passtime working for murdock pretty soon …


  22. Fedup2 says:

    BBC News watch

    Propaganda put out by the self serving charity industry says the chancellor is attempting to reduce the overseas taxpayers giveaway (aka foreign aid ) by ‘accounting tricks ‘ – such as including the cost of giving away covid vaccines.

    There is no contrary response to this propaganda – and an assumption by thr BBC that this is a Bad thing .

    But wait ? What do the majority of the UK taxpayers think? What does blighty Really get out of giving our money away .

    Someone prove the benefit .

    That wont happen . We know the reality . End overseas give aways . That argument will never be heard on the BBC


    • G says:

      “What do the majority of the UK taxpayers think?”

      Sunak? ‘ I couldn’t give a toss’.


  23. Twin_Town says:

    I was at work this week and Mrs town working from home… suddenly a knock on the door – it was a nice man from Capita (or whoever is doing the rounds) checking if we were watching TV as we haven’t got a license.

    My wife said she was on a video call and that we only use N*tflix and P*me, but the scrote had the audacity to say he would be back in a couple of weeks and would come in and check!

    I wish I was at home to tell him he could go and do a royal one…. I’m not paying for a stinking rotten, left wing, woke organisation who make no effort to disguise their disgust for British people and British way of life.

    How can the Bailiffs make any money on this scam. Aunty (or whatever sex they are now.. perhaps non-binary) will get their telly tax and a little bit on the extra. Do they just enjoy scaring people?

    Mrs Town knows they have no more rights than a double glazing salesman to enter our house, but they use language that some will find disturbing, I would imagine particularly people on their own or elderly.

    I am hoping they come on a weekend so I can give them a piece of my mind.

    Anyway, rant over. Have a good weekend guys

    Mr Town


  24. StewGreen says:

    Telegraph uses Click bait title
    Black History Month website brands white people ‘genetically defective descendants of albino mutants’

    ..The actual article says a white guy built a website with ridiculous stories to earn advertising money
    and used the title Black History Month to get traffic.

    However some of the stories do come from pro-black charities.


  25. Doublethinker says:

    Has anyone noticed how different the perspective is on news and current affairs between the so called journalists and their audience?
    Two examples that I am familiar with are the Telegraph and the Spectator. Even though the Telegraph operates heavy censorship , which probably weeds out many comments , its readers are far more to the right and anti Woke than its story lines . The same is true of the Spectator . I don’t know if it censors comments but it’s articles usually keep to the establishment narrative much to the annoyance of its readers. Perhaps the guiding hand of Chairperson Quisling Brillo is at work here too.


  26. Zephir says:

    UK aid to provide life-saving support for up to one million people crippled by drought in Somalia


    Up to one million people in Somalia will receive lifesaving food and clean water to help stop starvation and malnutrition thanks to new UK funding.



    Somalia: Killings, corruption and censorship besiege media freedom

    A surge in violent attacks, threats, harassment and intimidation of media workers is entrenching Somalia as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist, Amnesty International said today.

    In a new report, , “We live in perpetual fear”, the organization documents dramatic deterioration in the right to freedom of expression and media freedom since President Mohamed Abdullahi ‘Farmajo’ took office in February 2017. Journalists contend with targeted attacks from both Al-Shabaab and government security forces, increased censorship and arbitrary arrests, forcing eight to flee the country.

    From barely surviving explosive-wired cars, being shot, beaten up and arbitrarily arrested, journalists are working in horrifying conditions.
    Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa

    “Somali journalists are under siege. From barely surviving explosive-wired cars, being shot, beaten up and arbitrarily arrested, journalists are working in horrifying conditions,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa.

    “This crackdown on the right to freedom of expression and media freedom is happening with impunity, the authorities hardly investigate or prosecute perpetrators of attacks on journalists.”

    Killed by police bullets, Al-Shabaab

    At least eight journalists have been killed in Somalia since President Farmajo took office. Five died in indiscriminate Al-Shabaab attacks, two were killed by unidentified attackers, and one was shot dead by a federal police officer.

    Seventeen-year-old SBS TV cameraman Abdirirzak Qassim Iman was killed by a police bullet to his head on 26 July 2018, while returning from an assignment in Mogadishu’s Waberi district.
    Somali journalist Ismail Sheikh Khalifa who narrowly escaped death when his car exploded, recuperates in Turkey© Private
    Somali journalist Ismail Sheikh Khalifa who narrowly escaped death when his car exploded, recuperates in Turkey

    Unusually, the policeman, Abdullahi Nur Ahmed, was convicted of murder. He was sentenced in absentia to five years in prison and ordered to pay 100 camels as compensation to the journalist’s family. He is however hiding in Galmudug and continues to evade justice.

    Two journalists, Mohamed Sahal Omar and Hodan Nalayeh, were among 26 people killed in an Al-Shabaab attack in a Kismayo hotel in July 2019. Awil Dahir Salad of Universal TV was killed in an Al-Shabaab car bomb attack in Mogadishu in December 2018. Freelance cameraman, Ali Nur Siyad, was killed in a truck bomb attack that killed more than 500 people in Mogadishu on 14 October 2017, while Abdullahi Osman Moalim died on 13 September 2017 from injuries sustained during a suicide bomb attack on a restaurant in Beledweyne, Hirshabelle state.

    Ismail Sheikh Khalifa, a journalist with Kalsan TV and media rights activist, miraculously survived when his explosives-wired car blew up as he drove from the office on 4 December 2018. He is currently in Turkey nursing critical injuries.

    Under siege on all fronts

    Zakariye Mohamud Timaade, formerly with Universal TV, fled the country in June 2019 after being threatened by both Al-Shabaab and government security forces for two different stories he produced. Al-Shabaab were angered by his March 2019 report about capture of three of its members by national security forces and threatened him with death, saying he “would be killed before the three Al-Shabaab men were executed”.

    Another story he did in May 2019 angered security officials because it showed Al-Shabaab were active in Mogadishu. He was summoned and interrogated then sent off with a stern warning to keep off “security issues”, but received several threatening calls forcing him to flee.


  27. Zephir says:

    What happens when a “Mohamed” gets into power, diversity, doncha just love it


  28. StewGreen says:

    Trades Union Congress Twitter account profile pic
    3 faces, none a white male


  29. Fedup2 says:

    Dear Mr Town

    ( comment at 0740 above )

    Thank you for your account of a visit . And it is useful to know they are doing real visits .
    Sounds like Mrs Town did a good job . Apparently women are more likely to be victims of the BBC than men . Perhaps they are more ‘nice’ or ‘chatty ‘ . ?

    Anyway – if you are present if he comes back – if it were me – i would either blank him or film him and ‘follow’ at a distance – particularly if he uses a car – im sure it would make a good youtube video .

    Good luck


  30. AsISeeIt says:


    Operation distraction gets underway this weekend: ‘PM rebukes police over treatment of women. Forces accused of not taking violence seriously‘ (The Times); ‘Patel: Police must take harassment of women seriously‘ (Daily Telegraph)

    Distraction, you say? Well, the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard was one of those apparently senseless national events which sparks public disgust and inevitable reaction as we try to make some sense of the senselessness.

    Something must be done, we say. Someone or something, other than the convicted killer, must surely be to blame? Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. And I must point out here I’m quoting the Shakespearean phrase to express the notion that something – as yet unknown – must be amiss in the country. I’m not knocking Scandinavia. One has to be so careful with one’s language these days. I digress.

    Every student of crime will tell you the criminal act requires means, motive, and opportunity. Feminists will tell us the only motive required here is maleness per se – that’s their universal slur they call toxic masculinity.

    See Katherine Ryan in the ‘i’ today: ‘I realised that rejecting men would be more than just a painful hassle. It could cost me my life‘ – if she really finds it so very very difficult to reject men perhaps one should put pen to paper and write her a nice polite introductory letter with a date invite, she looks attractive? One confidently assumes however, she would in fact find rejection to be ease enough.

    The criminal means might be that men tend to be physically larger and stronger than women but feminists these days will want to downplay any biological difference. Our learned forensically qualified Labour Party leader, the knighly Sir Keir, can’t even define what constitutes a woman.

    Which leaves us with opportunity. From the very beginning one wondered how it could have been that an intelligent adult woman might somehow be lured into a stranger’s car?

    So operation distraction swings into action lest we recall those Lockdown powers gifted to the police which questioned and restricted our free movements. For the first time in modern peacetime history they altered the relationship between law abiding pedestrians and the authorities, who suddenly assumed the power to stop and question our right to freely walk the streets. Afterall, we can’t have those important powers brought into disrepute so Boris gets some blame for Lockdown Two, or was it Lockdown Three? And you never know, it could be the government wants to revive and use those powers again this winter.

    Is there seriously any evidence the police don’t take violence against women seriously? We know they don’t take burglary seriously these days, that’s anecdotally and statistically proven, but Boris and Priti ain’t camapaigning in the media to shame the cops into action on burglaries.

    We are accustomed to the female celebrity angst features that festoon our weekend papers. Kudos to Joan Collins in the Daily Mail today for having the self-confidence to break the mold: ‘My devilishly naughty diaries‘ That’s empowerment rather than the usual tale of victimhood right there. In contrast you know the Tories have gone full on angsty feminist when Katy Balls (oh the irony) in the ‘i’ titles her feature: ‘Tory angst

    Having locked us down for too long now Boris is: ‘Caught short. Britain grinding to a halt. Every sector of the economy hit by worker crisis‘ – scoffs the Daily Mirror. True, I’m afraid, and let’s recall ministers even now can’t get their own civil servants back to the office.

    The DVLA must look reminiscent the cabin of the Mary Celeste two years on, with one mysterious half-eaten ham sandwich left mouldering on the photocopier, piles of unopened post blocking the corridors, and the water cooler growing algae – no wonder no one seems to have an HGV licence.

    Boris’s Britain has a strange counterpart: ‘Taliban confront reality: 30m people to look after and no money to do it with‘ (FT)

    You try bunking off work on an extended duvet day for eighteen months and see what your next Christmas looks like – oh, you did that already?


    • G says:

      I’m not a fan of the UK Police Force however, they are now caught firmly in the crossfire of various Marxist elements out to destroy them but at least destroy any confidence the public may have in the Force.


      • Fedup2 says:

        I was trying to work out why nut nut kept the current commissioner . I think I cracked it . Plod won’t be getting more cash in the foreseeable future and she has agreed not to moan about it .
        And plod – no pay rise this year – or next – or next …ouch


        • Rob in Cheshire says:

          The Met Police is institutionally corrupt.

          The tiny lesbian Dick was in charge of the disastrous operation which led to the death of an innocent man who had his head literally blown off by armed police.

          In a properly run, decent institution, she should have been sacked for her gross incompetence. However, she is a Common Purpose trained lesbian. Nothing could be allowed to derail her route to the top.

          So she got the top job. Much good it did her, or anyone else. Resign over the cop who killed Sarah Everard? She should have resigned when cops under her command killed Jean Charles de Menezes.

          If she is not sacked now, we will know for a fact that the Common Purpose takeover of our government is complete.


  31. Fedup2 says:

    Not really sure what the BBC wants as far as policing is concerned . But i think they want a female only police force .

    They had ex female plod who left after 11 years and has written a book – it was a male culture says ex girl plod – who left in 2015

    This was followed by another ex plod – lord blair of pension – talking out of his bottom .

    Meershall said it would be good if all plod had their private vehicles ‘ marked ‘ on the police computer to show their occupation.

    Even ian blair saw the lunacy of this . But it certainly shows a ‘ nazi ‘ attitude of BBC presenters .
    Maybe she d like them tattoooed with their warrant number – or wear a star and one of those ankle detector things .

    Hysteria rules the waves .

    Nut nut will announce an ‘ inquiry ‘ next week ( id put a £1 on it )


  32. Thoughtful says:

    I would like readers to watch this piece by Senator Ted Cruz outlining what the insane left in America want, which is no Police and no laws either.
    They have nominated a woman with a track record of refusing to prosecute criminals on a number of serious crimes including breaking and entering into peoples homes resisting arrest and class A drug dealing.

    Better watch this and worry because what the Left in America want the Blue Labour party here also want and Boris the Red is captivated by Biden even when everyone else can see what a disaster he is.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Thoughtful – thanks – a rather long 17 minutes . Do you know what the outcome of the vote was ?

      I’m guessing our version will be to

      ban males from being plod –

      to put the burden of proving violence on wimmin on the male
      ( as in prove you didn’t commit the rape /assault against the female )

      An all female Criminal Justice System

      A cash bonus for any male ( white hetero ) killing himself ….


      • Zephir says:

        A cash bonus ? how much ? wait a minute I think there maybe a someting in the small print

        The devil is in the detail


  33. StewGreen says:

    Covid stats were held back last night
    … Probably cos The death trend has dropped.
    even though cases are flat to gradually rising.

    AFAIK the numbers around here are all school kids so aren’t feeding into granny deaths much.


  34. StewGreen says:

    Fuel crisis : if you simply sent got guys with clipboards to stand at the forecourt entrance
    that might be more effective that new lorry drivers
    .. cos it would deter hoarders.


    • Guest Who says:

      Maybe that fat, sweaty Beeboid who chases after people for hits?


      • StewGreen says:

        Ha Stephen Nolan who chased around the forecourt asking drivers if they were not ashamed to be not wearing masks.


    • tomo says:

      Ha… they’re doing just that at the Sainsburys garage at Colney on the M25. hi-vized scooritee with barriers 1 in 1 out…

      M4 Reading services eastbound no fuel.

      This is manufactured.

      I see that the goons at Newsquest UK are amping up the “fuel crisis” – if I ever meet one @KeiranDoody there’s a strong likelihood I’ll punch him on the nose.


  35. Zephir says:

    Time for the bbc to show conflict at petrol stations… maybe not, I wonder why…

    ‘I’ll get out of the car and slap you!’ Moment angry motorist threatens to hit female driver in fuel queue row ‘after he tried to cut in front of her at petrol station’

    Shocking moment man was caught on camera threatening to hit a female driver
    It happened in a two-hour queue at a petrol station when he tried to ‘cut’ ahead
    A clip of him yelling insults and saying he will ‘slap her’ was uploaded to Twitter


    maybe running late for his sofa advert with white wife


  36. Fedup2 says:

    Toady again

    Obviously we know that the NHS and GP doctors ( PLC ) are on the ‘approved ‘ BBC list .
    There can be no criticism . They do no wrong .

    So when the Health Sec goes on this morning ( god knows why ) he gets the full treatment .
    A newspaper campaign for GPs to actually see patients is A Bad Thing .

    So the health got a kicking . And our justin really got into it . Maybe red tory HQ should reconsider putting the red tories onto BBC airwaves … again …


  37. Zephir says:

    Contacted the GP last week, they will not answer the phone, told via a message to go onto ” E consult” and fill in a few online forms, then “triaged” and told via text I can expect a phone call 14 days later

    I have also been sent three texts over the last two months to never consult them unless it is an emergency

    With an eye problem last month I finally managed to see one face to face, he was wearing a mask and full plastic coveriing over his whole body, including his feet. I was told to stand way from him, I had a ruck sack with me and he demanded do not put that on the floor, or anywhere else and stand away but keep away from the wall please dont touch anything


    I have sent a message to them demanding if they are so concerned about this virus please keep way from any shops. supermarkets and petrol stations and go and live in a bloody underground bunker somewhere


    • Fedup2 says:

      Zephir – GPs are driven by money like the rest of the health industry – you get in the way of that .


    • G says:

      Just recently. Physiotherapy requirement advocated earlier by NHS senior Physio with physical examination earlier in year. Telephone appointments ensue? What the f! Do they not understand just how stupid that appears?

      I concluded: either long arms from where the physio is situation OR, some form of DIY physio. First question, ‘before we begin on the telephone do you want me to lie on my back or front?


      • Zephir says:

        I just hope they are required to apply via email to be triaged to be offered appointments for food and petrol and offered an appoiuntment within two weeks, with all supermarket and petrol stall covered in masks and plastic from head to foot


    • Guest Who says:

      Used the nhs self diagnostics do dad recently as GP goes straight to the 19th hole answering machine.

      A very long process. Encouraging, I thought.

      Concluded with ‘Call your GP’.

      I’d laugh, but it hurts.

      As part of the triage process they needed to know what my sex at birth was to be able to assess stuff on a physical basis beyond needing to get into schoolgirl toilets.

      I can see that one needing addressing soon.

      And a lot of trans conversions croaking due to poor diagnoses.


      • Guest Who says:

        Nurses who recognise such things all still in retraining?


        • Rob in Cheshire says:

          Reeta’s on about a quarter of a million a year for being able to read an autocue whilst Asian. She can buy her own bloody drinks.


      • Zephir says:

        GPs are a becoming a major problem wife is quite ill yet we both can not be bothered going through the ridiculous process


        • Rob in Cheshire says:


          It shows how little they truly care. They get paid their £100k whether they see patients or not.

          Remember Nye Bevan said he had to stuff the doctors’ mouths with gold to get them to agree to the NHS. It’s always about the money. If they were only paid if they actually saw patients they would soon change their tune.


    • tomo says:

      Name and shame


  38. Guest Who says:

    How the BBC addresses John Kerry’s arrival to Boris’ and Krankie’s pointless Eco fest will be interesting. Plus any PNG attendees.

    As will be the event catering.

    Follow the scientist.


    • G says:

      Would you employ this “scientist”?


      • Zephir says:

        She might well be a scientist ( although fails to provide any qualifications that might give the statement some credibilty)

        Maybe a study of economics could provide some perspective

        And regarding gluing herself to the road, no problem with that on the exit slip from Dover with the Polish HGV drivers in a 40 foot artic halfway through a bottle of shnapps frying some sausages on the dashboard whilst texting local escort services

        go for it girl


      • Doublethinker says:

        Sadly I am increasingly sceptical of the science and scientists so frequently trotted out on the MSM. Very often they seem more like activists than objective , data driven scientists. The leftists and Wokists have now corrupted science , the Arts and journalism succumbed long ago.
        Trust in our institutions is evaporating, who now trusts the police or the judiciary, the BBC et al, the civil service, many charities and universities? Only fools or people on the far left. We know they all lie to us on a regular basis but there is no one to hold them to account. Even if we elected an honest right of centre government it would be hamstrung by the civil servants who take government policy and frame and implement it. They rule not our elected government.


      • JohnC says:

        A scientist who ‘trained surgeons in operating theatres’ ???.

        How peculiarly vague.

        Seen her like many times. She was most likely sent out to deal with end-users because nobody wanted her on their team. In software engineering, they get put on the testing teams where they can’t actually do any damage.


      • tomo says:

        Desperate stuff … scientivist eh?

        – and I’m 22% plainain


    • Guest Who says:

      The audience reach will be interesting given most would assume broadcasts are from Lagos.

      Speaking of the mighty, sun drenched continent, there is also a post about a lady of cats and sanity out in the desert. Something to do with the G spot end game.

      Delving further to be left for the sistas at Newspank and Ceebeebies.

      And the biological wimmin.


  39. G says:

    The censorship goes on and on and on……………


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  40. StewGreen says:

    9am R4 smiling presenter “And the first British Muslim to win at the races”

    ..before that local news “Britain’s top engineers have urged the government to halt its road building programme”


  41. Doublethinker says:

    Well another one bites the dust. I know it’s kitsch nostalgia but I enjoyed the first series of Ch 5 All Creatures revival. But with second series I am being asked to accept black housewives and black farmers in the 1930’s Yorkshire Dales. Just as I couldn’t accept a black Anne Boleyn I cant accept black characters in white roles set in the thirties. I might be able to accept it if it was set in this century but not in 1930’s Yorkshire. So I won’t be watching again.
    I do wonder why the Woke folk are upset by cultural appropriation but fully support black actors in white roles. If they want to give black actors a higher profile then write credible roles for them eg Sydney Poitier in the brilliant role of Virgil Tibbs in the Heat of the Night, absolutely marvellous.
    At least I don’t have to pay Ch5 if I don’t watch it but of course I am supposed to pay the BBC scum for doing so.


    • Fedup2 says:

      The BBC had a ‘hit series ‘ recently with some police procedural thing about the complaints unit – was it ‘call of duty ?’or similar .?

      Will the BBC now ban all plod programmes in solidarity with the ‘call for reform ?’

      Will all those stations which put on hours of police porn – usually in fast cars – now pull them from the airwaves ?

      No – I don’t think so – cheap easy porn -good for the advertisers …


    • harry142857 says:

      Coming soon to ITV.
      The Larkins.(Darling Buds of May) Charlie, the tax collector now black, a common occurrence in 1950s England.

      Shoehorn in a Miss Chand, a young Indian lady.

      And another character The Brigadier, played by an actor who was a bit part player as an ethnic in All Creatures.

      Another, Poll Saunders, portrayed by a black actress.

      Though, all of Pop and Ma’s (six?) kids seem to be all caucasian.

      If you take out the titular family members, it’s ludicrous to have one third of the cast as BAME.


      • BRISSLES says:

        Yes, there were many black people in the 50’s due in part to the influx of Windrush. However, I would hazard a guess that Darling Buds of May may just have found the one and only single black tax collector in the country at that time !!!!


  42. Dobyns says:

    It’s not just al beeb telling porkie pies …

    Guess I missed something somewhere …

    I thought Bathhouse Barry was born in Honolulu, grew up in Indonesia with his mother and her second husband, and returned to Honolulu for high school where he lived with his grandparents.

    As best I can tell he didn’t get to Chicago until after he graduated from Harvard Law … and his mother was a “single parent” for 2 years in Indonesia

    ‘Formative years’ my ar*e …



  43. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    Remember the King who ordered the tide not to come in.

    Well, I reckon Boris is today’s equivalent of a Cnut (spelling?)
    He must think he can control the Sun and the weather so that he can stop any climate change.
    Either that or Carrie has him so under the thumb that he answers “how high” to her when she tells him to ‘jump’

    We laugh now at King Cnut getting his feet wet and so it will be to those in the future with Boris and his (hers) ruinous green tinkerings.

    Unless of course, our future history books are written by the Mohammeds as their English history will be very different when they take over.


    • Old Goat says:

      What English history?

      As for climate change, nobody currently alive has ever experienced it, nor will they – nor did their forebears. It’s an ongoing process millions of years old, and occurs quite happily at its own pace. However, if humanity is stupid enough to swallow that, and other scams so readily, then we really deserve all that we bring upon ourselves.


    • Thoughtful says:

      Unless the other thinking was that Cnut used it to show his advisors that he wasn’t as powerful as they were making him out to be. His capital was at Gainsborough and it is believed to have been the tidal bore, and not the North Sea where the event happened.


  44. Zephir says:

    They are over reacting, experience rather than listening and accepting the bbc etc party dialogue is in my opinion, more important than teenage bbc idiots .

    I recall a school acquaintance who had not enough o levels to get into unversity so joined the met police force in the seventies, He enjoyed hardcore porn and drugs seized from whoever ( whilst trianing) at Hendon police training. Last time I heard from him he stated “if we find a black man with a white woman in a car we will do them for bald tyres,

    He also enjoyed telling everyone that during the miners strike they were recruited to fight, and as they were bussed in they would wave packets of 10 pound notes at the strikers

    It happened but that does not mean we all have to apologise

    Was Saddam Hussein a bad man ? no doubt yet look at the rabble he had to control which we have allowed to gang rape school kids and BTW the met were struggling to control west indian forced prostitution

    We have the far left screeching about a wimmin killed and absolute silence about hundreds of stabbings in London


    • Zephir says:

      “tough on crime tough on the causes of crime ? hmm no male role model ? no father in the family ? all to look up to is a rapper euogilising mysogyny, guns and violence
      Tony has done well there


    • Thoughtful says:

      It is a structured and organised undermining of trust in a Police force which no longer deserves trust anyway.

      The Left and I include the far left blue labour party in that have destroyed the Police and what we are left with is the Gestapo and that’s according to a High Court judge. They deal in political crimes and offence, thought crimes, hurty feelings, but not crime.

      You can above if you watch the Ted Cruz speech exactly what the left want and it is an abolition of the Police and no prosection of criminals.

      It is an insane policy but then Boris the bottler doesn’t care what happens so long as he wrecks the UK as quickly as possible and his gang of nutters who back him don’t care what he does as they follow him like sheep.


  45. StewGreen says:

    Cos of Brexit ?
    With blackouts looming, German government holds disaster preparation day, promotes ‘cooking without electricity’

    High demand and the transition to green power has left much of Europe at risk of blackouts. In Germany, state authorities are teaching the public to heat their homes with candles and get used to “cooking without electricity.”
    State authorities in North-Rhine Westphalia will hold their first ‘Disaster Protection Day’ on Saturday, with instructors in the city of Bonn teaching citizens how to get by “in the event of a long power failure.” An advert by the federal Civil Protection Office gives a hint of what’s in store, and features an elderly woman wearing several layers of clothing, heating her apartment with candles burning under an upturned flower pot and sealing her windows with reflective foil.

    It is just one state not the whole country


  46. StewGreen says:

    11:30am R4 FooC

    Libya : creeping silence.
    For more than six years the country was split between rival administrations in the east and west.
    There’s been a ceasefire since last year, and an internationally-brokered unity government is now installed.
    Elections are planned for December.
    still frequent electricity blackouts, high unemployment – and regular street protests.

    Palestinian territory : In Ramallah, a military trial has begun this for 14 members of the Palestinian security forces, charged in connection with the death of a prominent critic of the president. Nizar Banat – who was known for his outspoken Facebook posts alleging corruption among the Palestinian political elite – was badly beaten and died shortly after he was taken into custody in June. “died of natural cause”

    Mozambique: Pushback against local ISIS
    4 years of insurgency in northern province, Cabo Delgado.
    The rebels there claim to be affiliated to the Islamic State – but little is known about the group.
    It is estimated that 2,500 people have died in the fighting so far. This March the militants gained the world’s attention when they launched attacks in the gas-rich area of Palma, forcing French petroleum giant Total to shut down its operations there.
    To fight back, Mozambique has called on help from military forces from Rwanda – who now say they’ve retaken 90% of the province in a month-long operation.
    Mozambique says it is not claiming victory yet.

    Netherlands prosecutions of Russians over flight MH17
    , which was brought down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in 2014.
    4 men suspected of having key roles in transporting the missile system used to launch the rocket which hit the plane.

    From Belgrade to Pristina; Skopje to Split – why the letters on your licence matter
    Now you have to put a sticker over your country name


  47. Guest Who says:

    This is a first. I am not mocking Vile.

    How the rest of the BBC handle the met and their fave Met of Muncher and London lezzer enabler will be interesting.


    • JimS says:

      Even the Vine stopped clock is right twice a day?

      However here he is linking the new advice to something that never happened.

      How about this: Ladies, never sit in a London tube train as the plain clothes police officer sitting next to you might shoot you. Best advice is to become head of the Met. then you will be untouchable.


  48. tomo says:

    Will Extinction Insulation show up?


    • Fedup2 says:

      Priceless . What what of the local station runs out of diesel ?


    • JimS says:

      Just a thought, couldn’t they make a smaller version of the thingy in the white trailer and fit it to the car? Then they wouldn’t need the white cabinet, trailer, batteries, generator and motor.


      • tomo says:

        You can get a Tesla range extender which has a diesel generator on a set of convenient wheels, with a high capacity fuel tank and a tow hitch

        – I’m not joking


  49. Fedup2 says:

    The chinese are testing Biden through air incursions into Taiwan airspace . Will they go for it this time ? A full scale invasion ?

    Obviously Biden wont know what Taiwan is – or whether it comes with plain rice …


    • G says:


      Japan has pledged to be there for Taiwan. I suspect that they’ll turn out quicker that US/UK due to distance?


  50. Zephir says:

    The Highwayas Agency, Highways England, now renamed National Highways, etc etc, an organisation that spend mlilions renaming itself every few years


    It does make one wonder what they are tying to hide ?

    National Highways, formerly Highways England, and, prior to that, the Highways Agency, is a government-owned company charged with operating, maintaining and improving motorways and major A roads in England.

    Does Highways England really have no duty of care to motorists?
    15 Feb It has been widely reported that Highways England is facing possible corporate manslaughter charges. However, its barrister has already revealed the defence strategy, it seems.
    Smart idea?

    Last week Doncaster coroner Nicola Mundy adjourned the inquest into the death of 62-year-old Nargis Begum, killed on the M1, and referred Highways England to the Crown Prosecution Service.

    The death of Nargis Begum, killed while trying to escape from her car 16 minutes after it had broken down on a section of so-called smart motorway, is not the first time that smart motorways have come under the spotlight. The mounting public and political outcry over smart motorways prompted Grant Shapps to conduct a review last year before any further such motorway ‘upgrades’. However, the roll-out continues with only minor adjustments.

    Officially, they are called ‘smart’ because they feature technology that supposedly monitors traffic flow and variable message boards flash up temporary speed restrictions for optimum traffic flow, to prevent stop-start congestion.

    Smarter still, they are a way of increasing motorway capacity on the cheap by removing the hard shoulder to gain an extra running lane. Last year it emerged that the sporadic refuge zones that are meant to be provided at 500-metre intervals are in fact typically 2.5km apart. Another cunning saving by smart Highways England.

    A scandalously under-reported feature of smart motorways is that the technology paves the way for automatic pay-as-you-go road tolls on motorways to compensate for the impending loss of £28bn fuel tax revenue that the Treasury will lose when we are all driving electric cars.

    But no one, nowhere, has ever sought to claim that smart motorways are specifically designed to improve road safety.