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. Thoughtful says:

    Watching a program on Preppers the other day at least two of them were preparing for the day the US Dollar collapses.

    Knowing many of these people are a few sandwiches short of a picnic I thought I’d look this new threat up on Google and it turns out it is a very real possibility.

    The US dollar is in massive decline anyway, but the crazed Biden Democrat destruction of the USA through borrowing trillions of dollars is only going to guarantee that destruction.

    Imagine the consequences of the Dollar becoming worthless, all the trillions of debt obligations China owns becoming worthless. It is so bad that there have been proposals in Russia to make the ownership of US dollar debt illegal.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-01-25/the-dollar-s-crash-is-only-just-beginning

    https://www.investopedia.com/articles/forex-currencies/091416/what-would-it-take-us-dollar-collapse.asp

    https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/us-dollar-crash-high-chance-double-dip-recession-roach-2020-9

    All it would take is for a country like China to dump it’s dollar debt on the market and the dollar would cease to exist as a viable currency.

    https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202103/1217082.shtml

    This is how the Chinese view the current situation.

    The Socialists have only been in power in the US for a year (less than) and they are well on course for the utter destruction of that once great nation which has given itself over to stupidity, relying on the TV to tell them what to do and too lazy to disbelieve it – that is going to cost them dear because America is never going to recover from the lunacy of Socialism.

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    • Thoughtful says:

      ?

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    • Thoughtful says:

      In what way have the hit the bottom of the barrel? SImply because you hate trans people and cannot accept that one has been promoted to this position?

      DO you have some evidence that this person is incapable of doing the job, because the evidence presented appears to indicate the opposite.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Thoughtful – guess if you think its good to make it easier for young people to attempt to change the their sex .

        Personally i wouldnt allow any physical change until over 21 – and the state should never support or finance it. But thats me.

        Should never be done on the NHS here .

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        • Zephir says:

          Thoughtful, you may think this is ok I am sure asia and Russia will also think it when they finish laughing

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        • Thoughtful says:

          Firstly I don’t think it should be easy for anyone to change sex and that it should be a matter of absolute last resort.

          Seems that Levine doesn’t believe in it either:

          “Paul asked: “Do you believe that minors are capable of making such a life-changing decision as changing one’s sex?”

          Levine replied that transgender medicine “is a very complex and nuanced field with robust research and standards of care” and said she would welcome discussing the issues with him.

          In the past, Levine has asserted that hormone therapy and puberty-blocking drugs can be valuable medical tools in sparing some transgender youth from mental distress and possible suicide risk.”

          Faced with a dead child or one distressed to the point of clinical diagnosis Levine state it is better to intervene with puberty blocking drugs.

          Where is the evidence of Levine stating she wants to allow young people to change sex or to make it easier?
          The answer is that she wants the reverse, and what Levine is stating here is what has been going on in British clinics for decades and you didn’t have a problem with that back then so why so full of angst now?

          Levine is not proposing the ridiculous steps the Tavistock is undertaking and therefore it isn’t right she is labelled wrongly as doing so.

          As for it not being carried out on the NHS alas for you its been done to death in the courts and the verdict is a consistent one that the NHS does have to fund it. If you want to change it then you will have to go right back to the original founding charter and intriniscally alter it.

          Good luck finding a political party willing to do that one!

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          • Rob in Cheshire says:

            No-one can “change sex”. It is impossible.

            They can have various surgeries which give them the appearance of the opposite sex, but they can never actually change sex.

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          • Fedup2 says:

            Thoughtful – when it’s my turn to run the country the NHS will be very small ….
            As for the sexual perversions – I have no interest in the issue but hope taxpayers’ money isn’t used for it – but I can guess what really happens – but I suppose it’s only a few million …

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        • BigBrotherCorporation says:

          I may have mentioned before, but my younger sister was a tom boy when she was little, starting in infancy she wanted to be a boy. My parents were pretty ‘progressive’ for the time (late 70s-late 80s), and she was allowed to have her hair cut short and wear jeans and t-shirts (mostly my left offs, from what I recall). She used to run around with me and my mates, and then her own crowd of boys, riding her bike, running around in the woods, and doing ‘boy’ things – to be honest, prepuberty you wouldn’t have noticed she WAS a girl.

          At the time, given the choice, there is no question (as she’s said herself) she WOULD have taken any medication going to ‘become’ a boy.

          Then, she hit 15 and BANG, she discovered boys, make up, skirts, long hair, perfume, dating… Married (to a man) by 24, three children of her own, still happily married (and extremely feminine and happy to be a woman) 20 odd years later.

          We’ve all discussed it with her, and in her mind there is NO question, kids shouldn’t be allowed to meddle with their genders physically, or chemically, until they’re at least 21. She should know, because as she says, given the choice at anything upto probably 15, she would have gladly agreed to anything going that could ‘change her gender’… and, as she says “what a mess she’d be in now!”

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    • MarkyMark says:

      .. UK ..
      But Babu said there was a lack of will to change within the police service. During his time as a middle-ranking officer he has pursued several initiatives which have been seen to help – including increasing the number of Muslim officers in the counter-terrorism unit from eight out of 2,500 to 35 under commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson. {guardian feb2013}

      .. USA ..
      On November 5, 2009, a mass shooting took place at Fort Hood, near Killeen, Texas.[1] Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others {wiki}
      “Hasan had then gone around behind the desk and bowed his head for several seconds when he suddenly stood up, shouted “Allahu Akbar!” and opened fire”

      US Army names Muslim chaplain spiritual leader of 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers {jihadwatch feb2017}
      “Army Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz, a Muslim chaplain, has accepted the job of handling the spiritual affairs of 14,000 mostly Christian soldiers.”

      .. GERMANY ..
      Arrested German spy was a onetime gay porn actor — and a secret Islamist {washingtonpost nov2016}
      “BERLIN — Two weeks ago, German intelligence agents noticed an unusual user in a chat room known as a digital hideout for Islamic militants. The man claimed to be one of them — and said he was a German spy. He was offering to help Islamists infiltrate his agency’s (In April 2016, the man began working for the BfV, assigned to monitoring potentially violent Islamists in Germany.) defenses to stage a strike.

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  2. Nibor says:

    BBC running the Christmas Will Be Cancelled Because Of Brexit again this morning .
    This time again it’s not enough poultry workers because they’ve “ gone home “ and so the festive turkey is out .

    How did we manage before .

    Well when Bernard Matthews started his turkey business the birds cost two weeks wages for the average Joe . When he died it cost one hours wages .
    BM made his millions and brought the costs down employing BRITISH workers .

    Try bringing your costs down like that BBC .

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  3. vlad says:

    While the BBC continues to pretend that Biden is sane and in control, there is speculation that the Dems are getting ready to ditch the Imbecile, one way or the other, and replace him with Heels-up-Harris. (For those who don’t know, that’s how she got her leg-over – sorry, leg-up – in politics.)

    To that effect they’re keeping her well under wraps and away from anything controversial, such as the southern border, Afghanistan, economic policy – in fact pretty much anything. She’s invisible, therefore unable to commit too many gaffes.

    In other words, the same strategy that got the Imbecile elected from his basement a few months ago.

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  4. digg says:

    I read that Sajid Javid is going to try to open the biggest fattest can of worms in the Country… the effectiveness of the NHS leadership cohort of thousands!

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/oct/02/tories-order-biggest-shake-up-of-nhs-leadership-in-england-for-40-years

    This will be a hell of a fight with much kicking and screaming as he tries to prise their massive overpaid remuneration bounty from their clutches.

    Good luck Sajid, you are going to need it. They have had such a good run at the endless trough which is the NHS that it is going to take real balls and determination to turn the golden tickets off that they have become used to.

    You are also going to have to fight the BBC, Guardian, Channel 4, Independent etc. etc as they try to use it via their “hotlines” to the NHS bigwigs, Labour and the unions to lie, muddy and damage the Government as much as possible.

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    • theisland says:

      I hope he is better than Priti’s Clandestine Commander.

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  5. vlad says:

    China is getting more aggressive towards Taiwan.

    Of course that has nothing to do with the Imbecile’s Afghanistan debacle, but I remember many commentators (though not the Beeb) warning at the time that we could expect China to make a move on Taiwan as a result of Biden’s perceived weakness.

    “Taiwan says record 38 Chinese planes entered defence zone”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58771369

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  6. markh says:

    The BBC are giving ad nauseam coverage this weekend to the London Marathon ‘We run together’. This used to be quite interesting to watch for an hour or so but is everything now to be tainted by approved groupthink? I can’t imagine how toe-curling the commentary will be. Another programme off the watchlist.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      In a weak moment when i had knees i explored the application process for the marathon – but it seemed you had to be sponsored or promise to raise £5k or £10k for an approved cause such as taliban helicopter lessons .
      My image that it was ‘open to the public ‘ quickly went …. Its a business ….

      I heard that the organisers are looking for a different TV company to cover (£) it …. – got to be ITV – sponsored by a blister medicine …

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  7. Square-Eyed says:

    South African President et al to Face Trial for Instituting Illegal Covid Lockdown

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/6m4ttykWpWQY/

    The video lasts about seventeen minutes.

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  8. taffman says:

    “Soho hammer attack: Four people injured”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-58772397
    One of those “men” again?

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  9. StewGreen says:

    Sick of COP26 propaganda ..here’s an antidote
    from Andrew Bolt
    https://youtu.be/l-tq5Qd-HTc

    That’s a repost from Sept 27th, but some things are worth repeating

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  10. StewGreen says:

    Peaceful in appearance ?

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  11. Guest Who says:

    I’ll say this for the media; their list of acceptable former gobs is as predictable as it is shared.

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    • StewGreen says:

      This point seems fair
      “Parm Sandhu, a former chief superintendent, said female officers hesitate to report colleagues lest they be labelled as troublemakers so “when you press your emergency button on your radio for back up, no one comes and you get beaten up in the street.”

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Police cautioned against ‘taking the knee’ during protests in new report
      The warning is just one of the conclusions contained in a wide ranging review of the way in which protests are policed.

      Mark White – Home Affairs correspondent
      Mark White
      Home affairs correspondent @skymarkwhite

      Thursday 11 March 2021 06:18, UK

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  12. Kinell says:

    I have recently tried to ignore the News on the BBC.

    Because of,

    How terrible the Police are.
    Brexit responsible for Petrol shortages.
    We need more Immigrants.
    Brexit causing empty shelves.

    I have been binge watching Blake’s 7.

    Love it.

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    • Thoughtful says:

      Is that the Blakes 7 where Blake wasn’t actually in it?

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      • Kinell says:

        70’s series by Terry Nation.

        One of those series that could be considered so bad that they are now good.
        Just remember my Dad thought this programme was great. sticks in my mind.

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        • BigBrotherCorporation says:

          My dad loved it too, but he loved (and still does) ANYTHING SciFi, a rarity on British TV back in the day, completely non-existent now of course, especially if the BBC have anything to do with it.

          We used to laugh about how crappy the effects were at school. A friend of mine who is a complete SciFi nerd bought the entire set on DVD quite a few years ago now, and persuaded me to watch some of them – I vaguely recall people in silver overalls running around a milk processing plant (complete with road signs and double yellow lines, and I’m sure I could hear a milk float just out of shot) which was supposed to be some ‘weapons factory’ on an alien planet, or something?

          He claimed if you could look past the dismal, low budget effects of the era, the characters and plot were worth the effort. These days the effects would probably be stunning, but don’t expect any plot, or characterisation to speak of, and the captain would need to be a progressive, black woman, and martial arts expert, of course.

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  13. StewGreen says:

    The advert in May
    We are looking for a Commissioning Editor to lead the Pop Music TV Commissioning team at the BBC.
    This is an outstanding opportunity for a true expert in the field of Pop Music Television.

    Sally Wood is to rejoin the BBC as commissioning editor of pop music television, 11 years after she left the corporation http://bit.ly/39Kxbly

    Why would they need this new job ?
    They already have the Pop Music Controller
    Or is she failing ?

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    • G says:

      Joy of joys!!!

      Lotsa Rap and all the other rubbish to turn many more off of the BBC. Think positive: every step the BBC make loses them hosts of viewers / listeners. Why should this be any different?

      I note that R3 is not on the list. I’ve been relegated to that channel because I’m not prepared to be even reminded of the BBC by Humphreys / Alexander (the babbling brook) on Classic FM. If the latter was in your company, wouldn’t you just loooove to say to him, ‘for goodness sake, shut the f up’?

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  14. taffman says:

    “Could Scotland’s unwanted wind turbines be turned into playparks?”
    “But what happens to the original turbines? Owner Fred Olsen Renewables wants to find creative and sustainable ways to ensure they do not end up in landfill. ”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-58542905

    Another down side of green energy they did not think about .

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    • G says:

      Taffman,

      Last week I was up near the ‘forest’ / ‘cluster’ of wind (what is the plural?) turbines high on the top of the Brechfa Forest (real forest!) last week. Not a whiff of wind: all silent until I heard one turbine struggling to ‘fire up’. Not knowing about these things, I put 2+2 together and concluded that the units must have a sensor and if the wind reaches some level, insufficient to turn the turbines, the turbines are turned mechanically until the wind takes over. I now learn from a unreliable source that this is a fact(?). Surely that means that if the fickle wind remains at a fairly low level (enough to just trigger the mechanical start-up process), it creates a continual massive drain on the Grid? Continual triggering? Anybody know? More energy in than out………..

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      • taffman says:

        Rotating machinery requires to be turned or there will be ‘flat’ bearings . So I understand ?

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  15. pugnazious says:

    The BBC with a pretty disgraceful and blatant attack on the Tories…..

    ‘Conservatives: Who funds them, and what’s in it for them?’.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58721596

    A long report trying to trash the Tories and suggest they are funded by dodgy donors.

    Oddly there’s no….

    ‘Labour: Who funds them, and what’s in it for them?’

    But, erm, just by coincidence, there is this from August…

    ‘Labour: Tories must come clean over elite donors’

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58055642

    The BBC working hand in glove with Labour as usual.

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  16. Foscari says:

    For those of you who live outside of the M25. You are so
    unlucky that you are not able to watch anarchist Marxist
    TV. Four times a day on BBC 1 They take over with Riz Lateef, Asad Ahmad,
    Alice Bhandhukravi and other presenters of the London

    Programme .They are there to ape the scripts on autocue , given to
    them by their anarchist Marxist editors, sub editors and
    researchers.
    These subversives know that they would never be voted into
    office, BUT the BBC offers then a perfect platform to get over
    their message.

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    • Lefty Wright says:

      Foscari
      I’d be interested to know where – after the Marxists have achieved their dream of world government and thereby rendered the concept of nation states obsolete – the dissidents will be able to run to for sanctuary. Oh of course, I forgot – The Final Solution.

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  17. Thoughtful says:

    https://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/187453/belgium-is-looking-for-5000-lorry-drivers-to-keep-shop-shelves-filled/

    Febetra pointed to the United Kingdom, where the consequences of a shortage of lorry drivers are evident, as the country is facing fuel shortages and empty shelves in supermarkets are seen because they cannot be supplied.

    “If we want the shop shelves to remain filled in the future, then extra drivers are urgently needed,” Isabelle De Maegt of Febetra said in a press release.

    To fill in the thousands of vacancies in Belgium, Febetra is also organising the Day of the Truck Driver on 9 December, when drivers will receive a small gift such as a cup of coffee, a snack or a card at various locations.

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  18. Zephir says:

    So, who has kidnapped or stolen all the lorry drivers, where have they gone ?

    Conspiracy theorists will have a field day with this and why not

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    • Thoughtful says:

      The story goes according to one lorry driver who is White British the rank bad management of the haulage firms driven by unrealistic vampire supermarkets wanting services below cost were the problems.

      They were paying pretty much the minimum wage or zero hours contracts and drivers simply got out of the industry. They brought in first Polish drivers who wouldn’t work for the low wages, and then they basically worked their way around Eastern Europe until the get to the Roumanians which was ended just before Brexit.

      By this time those in the industry had left it, and not many wanted to join with such appalling pay and conditions, and so Europe and many other countries are facing a massive shortage of drivers.

      It won’t change until the Supermarkets are forced to start paying proper wages which they are loathe to do and at times it seems they would rather drive their businesses into the ground than pay people more.

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  19. Foscari says:

    Th e USA have now lost 700,00 of their citizens to the Chinese
    virus . Here in the UK its up to 138,000 poor dead souls. 7 million
    around the World have perished to at the very least an escaped
    man made virus from a Chinese laboratory.
    When the Chinese finally send an ultimatum to Taiwan sooner than
    later. We in the west will do absolutely nothing. China will reclaim
    Taiwan as sure as night follows day. And the rest of the world will still suck up to them , including the BBC. China is now
    the number one World Power. And they know it.

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    • Thoughtful says:

      Not really sure how many people died from it in the UK and the figure you are quoting is ‘With Covid’ plenty of people have been recorded as this even after being run over !

      As for the covid escape from Wuhan it might even have been a bio weapon as they were working on them there, but the most disgraceful thing of all is how British Professor Peter Dazak has not been called to account for his disgraceful cover up of the truth and defence of the Chinese Communist Party putting many many lives at risk.

      Dazak together with Fauci is behind the wet market lie, and he coerced far left ‘scientific’ journals such as the Lancet to carry that lie and to deny any space to papers which speculated a lab leak.

      Why was Peter Dazak a British scientist paying Wuhan for gain of function research and why have the cowardly useless incompetent Tory party not even uttered a peep about it let alone called him before a commons committee?

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      • Foscari says:

        Thoughtful -My figures for the world total is nearer to 5 million.
        Sorry for that error. As for your remarks about Peter Dazak and
        the Bio weapon. Say no more, Say no more. Practice makes perfect
        as the saying goes. And the Chinese had plenty of practice in making their biggest ever “export.” It looks like that they are capable of anything now. I wonder what the next virus they will
        concoct for the World. By the way this virus is far from over. As
        first the Israeli’s are finding out. And they have triple vaccinated
        most of their population.

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  20. MarkyMark says:

    Calling COVID-19 the “Wuhan Virus” or “China Virus” is inaccurate and xenophobic
    March 12, 2020
    by Marietta Vazquez
    https://medicine.yale.edu/news-article/calling-covid-19-the-wuhan-virus-or-china-virus-is-inaccurate-and-xenophobic/

    DO: Talk about “people who have COVID-19,” “people who are being treated for COVID-19,” “people who are recovering from COVID-19,” or “people who died after contracting COVID19.”
    DO NOT: Refer to people with the disease as “COVID-19 cases” or “victims.”

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    • Thoughtful says:

      Ah yes, that was part of the disinformation campaign paid for by the CCP and promulgated by the NYT WaPo and CNN all of whom had no issue with the promotion of Communist propaganda.

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  21. Fedup2 says:

    Since the BBC has a real thing for the Met police at the moment im surprised we didnt hear more of one PC Murat Isik of the ‘ transport command ? ‘ who was sent to prison for fraud on Friday 1st october.

    For an outfit of maybe 25k plod they sure have some criminals dont they?

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  22. Fedup2 says:

    The lefty former chief of the Met – ian Blair – has called for a ‘ public inquiry ‘ . Im thinking that when they examine the vetting procedures for plod theyll find there arnt any – unless of course you are an undesirable having served in HM Forces …

    … much nicer to have vibrancy…

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    • pugnazious says:

      Kind of curious as to why they are asking for an inquiry into how Couzens got into the police….surely he joined before the murder?……did the police interviewer recruiting him miss his answer to the question ‘Would you ever rape and murder a young woman?’ when he ticked ‘Yes’? Certainly some questions about why he wasn’t sacked immediately and prosecuted for exposure but that was when he was in the force.

      Still think it odd that the murder of any male, and more males by far are killed than females, doesn’t get the same reaction and is in fact not even mentioned on the BBC as they ramp up the anti-male witch-hunt.

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  23. pugnazious says:

    LOL…not a history you’ll hear on the BBC these days…extolling the brilliance of Britain and British industry….

    All school children should be made to appreciate the modernity that the industrial revolution heralded in…all those conveniences that technological advancement brought….all those plastics and electronics that make life so much easier and fun….make them walk to school and throw away their phones and game stations…and make them hand wash their clothes and bathe in a tin tub in a freezing cold house….lol….Greta Thunberg and her naive, or cynical, cheerleaders at the BBC who care little for the reality of what the green regime would mean, would soon lose their hero status as children wake up to the lies they’re being fed.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Pug
      When I was studying law – the fact that the concept of the limited company – and the development of the law of contract – always impressed me . Add tort to that – consumer law – all of which have run the 20th century and beyond – is something blighty doesn’t get ‘thanked ‘ for . …..

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Greta Thunberg is wrong. Coal was first burned in the Middle East and probably the Far East also. There is a record of coal being burned in heaven in the Bible!

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  24. Northern Voter says:

    Has anyone taken note of the adverts from various pharmacies offering to send renewal prescriptions to one’s address? You know the one that says ” you don’t pay and neither does the anychess ” who the ferk pays then? Are the pharmacies marking up the cost of medicines? Any way get off your fat arses and walk to the chemist, you’ll live longer, so says a bbc scientist.

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    • JimS says:

      The pharmacy gets a fee for servicing the prescription. If it can get extra business by offering home delivery that might make it worth doing.

      More worrying are the fees paid for carrying out injections which apply to GPs too. When the GP says that it would be a good idea to have a jab against X one now thinks “good for me, or good for you?”.

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Don’t let Great Greta know about that – ooh dear, making money off the back of an oil-burning vehicle. All that CO2, oh dear oh dear, that will never do. We must have a Collective Hand Wring and an immediate ban on that activity.

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  25. StewGreen says:

    7pm C4 Betthany Hughes into to Istanbul
    …”Roman Justinia and Theodora built ..blah blah, then that changed in 1453 and this Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque as it is today

    FFS that is kowtowing to President Erdogan
    It has not in modern times been a mosque since 1935 and the secular state ..it’s been a museum
    UNITIL Erdogan decided to change that

    on July 24th, 2020, when the Erdogan regime converted the Hagia Sophia back into a mosque

    FFS seems Channel 4 are so afraid of Erdogan, that they won’t mention that.

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    • BigBrotherCorporation says:

      One of the things on my bucket list was a visit to Istanbul – mostly because I wanted to see what was left of old Constantinople, and tour the museums. Apparently, a lot of these cultural attractions, so popular over the last century, are suffering under the zealotry of Erdogan. Istanbul, in fact, Turkey in general, doesn’t look as attractive to visit as it did a decade, or more ago, nor Greece, come to that. Tragic.

      Talking about which we went to Oxford for the day today, and I took my son to visit our favourite museums (not being particularly interested in shopping, like the girls). That’s the Natural History and Pitt-Rivers BTW.

      They’re clearly under new curation, and a few things have changed since we were there a few years ago (pre-Covid).

      In the Nat History Museum, they’ve installed a big neon sign (if you know the place, you’ll understand just how inappropriate that alone is!) saying “Meat the Future”, pointing to the first floor where they’ve installed a, frankly rather cheap and nasty looking, exhibition about why we should all go vegan.

      However, the biggest shock was the Pitt-Rivers, their world famous collection of shrunken heads has apparently gone! The cabinet they used to be in has been covered in opaque plastic, printed with what can only be described as a diatribe about why anyone going there to see the (world famous) shrunken heads is a deviant freak who should be ashamed of wanting to gawk at human remains belonging to other cultures, and for thinking of other cultures (that used to shrink human heads) as ‘primitive’, ‘savage’, or ‘barbaric’ etc… It really is bizarre and looks as if someone has a personal campaign going on to get rid of them.

      There is also a big notice about ‘return’ of items to various countries, a process which started a few years back with the Benin Bronzes and seems to be accelerating, quite a number of things I recall do seem to be missing.

      Then, they’ve opened up one of the back rooms for an exhibit which was apparently about ‘human sexuality and gender’, signposted with another neon sign (in pink and turquoise). We actually skipped that one, so can’t tell you any more about it.

      Anyone familiar with this brilliant and unique museum will know the top gallery housed the weapons and armour collection (of particular interest to me). It’s a whilst since I’ve last been, but they seem to have removed a lot (over 50%) of the weapons and armour, including many of the most unusual and unique pieces, some of which seem to be literally stacked almost out of sight in unlit cabinets high enough up, you could only possibly look in them with a ladder and a flashlight.

      The space gained appears to be transitioning (haha) into a greatly enlarged collection of cosmetics and ethnic jewelry from all over the world, which I guess interests some, but not really my cup of tea.

      I don’t know what else to say, but like the British Library, which I made a very unsatisfactory visit to a couple of years back (and it’s a major, and costly, expedition for me, where it is now) I’m deeply disturbed about where all this is headed.

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  26. Up2snuff says:

    BBC WEB-SITE Watch #1 – oops, Picture Editor obviously not good at DIY

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58771370
    And obviously no Rostrum Cameras at the BBC these days as there were in the 1950s and 1960s. Doesn’t anyone at the BBC have a mobile phone with a built in camera? Easy money for TASS and Getty!

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    • JimS says:

      The BBC missed a trick there:

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      Black Screws Matter

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    • StewGreen says:

      Lot’s of people end up chewing their nails, when they stop drinking.

      TASS ? it says on the BBC picture credit
      Why are the BBC paying the Russian state media for standard photos ?

      The headline says
      “Kilogram of nails, screws and knives removed from man’s stomach”

      yet the BBC pic is just washers, nuts and bolts

      “Man swallows strange thing” is not a news story
      Other media managed a better photo too

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  27. StewGreen says:

    ITV trailer
    “During Black History Month, author and Lorraine presenter Candice Brathwaite will travel to Barbados to trace her roots and understand more about her grandparents’ journey to the UK as part of the Windrush generation.”

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  28. StewGreen says:

    On Channel 5 : It’s Michael Caine night
    now – Battle of Britain
    – Caine biography
    – Harry Brown

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    • StewGreen says:

      Caine : “If you have a high standard of living
      .. it’s sometimes necessary to make a low standard of movie, to pay for it”

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  29. vonrecht says:

    Currently on R4: Celebration of Black Panthers, BLM and all things black and violent. The BBC can’t help themselves, it seems?

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Oh what a pity. Sitting here, posting, and I’m missing all that. Maybe I should on my transistor radio and use up some Greta Rechargeable Battery power and then add to the electricity demand when they run down zero.

      I started to listen to the repeat of Any Questions today. Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union was the first to answer the first question and she started with a long selective recitation of the recent sins of men against women. She was so boring in not answering the question that I switched off.

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    • StewGreen says:

      The Black Panthers prog .was a repeat of course

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  30. Eddy Booth says:

    Australia freedom protests in Melbourne etc, reported on the BBC? No, not interested as usual .
    But they have a croc jumping out of the water to attack a drone, pestering him or something.
    More their level, I guess .

    Someone has noticed.
    “Polish MPs Protest at Australian Embassy they’ve joined the international movement of condemning Australia’s treatment of citizens comparing its radical left wing policies to that of North Korea. ”

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  31. StewGreen says:

    Diversity ?
    BlanketyBlank 9pm, BBC One

    Bradley Walsh hosts … he’s on all of the time
    with
    Adjoa Andoh ..she was on the Pam Ayes show the other day
    She’s the main black actress in Bridgeton
    Chizzy Akudolu : black actress she’s on ITV Sunday night , on a black gameshow
    The other week she was on Catchphrase
    Joe Swash .. He was on MasterChef the other week
    He’s described as an actor, yet is only on panel shows

    Others : Martine McCutcheon, Johnny Vegas, Jimmy Carr,
    and .

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    • StewGreen says:

      Oh BTW Question of Sport was on BBC Friday night

      Then you turn on Saturday tea-time and it’s the same prog

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  32. StewGreen says:

    This is the black gameshow on ITV very late
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  33. taffman says:

    “Farnborough Airport entrances blocked by protesters”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-57858103

    Has anyone noticed that the present ‘Tory’ Government has allowed Extinction Rebellion, Insulate Britain and the Uncontrolled immigration of Great Britain a Free Pass to continue ?
    Despite the Bluster they have done Zilch! It would appear to me that they are complicit .
    Who among you will vote Tory again?

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  34. taffman says:

    “Priti Patel says police must take harassment more seriously”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58770536
    She should take the mass invasion of Great Britain seriously and do something about it!
    17 Thousand Criminals have landed on our coast this year .

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  35. JohnC says:

    There is an air of crisis in British policing this weekend as it faces a great moment of reckoning.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-58772787

    And another front-page article on Sarah Everard. It seems one bad copper means the whole force must be pulled apart. Yet the one who should REALLY be carrying the can – Cressida Dick – is being protected, presumably because she is a woman.

    Yet after the customary ‘Say her name’ and night-time vigils for Sabina Nessa who was beaten to death with an iron bar, her story was abruptly dropped and is nowhere to be seen. Because an Albanian immigrant did it.

    It’s hypocrisy of the most extreme kind and I haven’t seen it’s like since George Floyd was buried in a gold coffin.

    I’m simply stunned at how it is happening and everyone is going along with it. All of this selective persecution is based purely on jealousy and hatred of white males by misandrist women, racist blacks and virtue-signalling Lefties who don’t really know what they think at all. Anyone who dares say the truth gets crucified by the mob.

    What on Earth has happened to the world ?. It’s like medieval times and it’s complete madness.

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    • JimS says:

      My thought was ‘zombie apocalypse’. The living dead are walking among us and have taken over all the corridors of power.

      One simple example, how on earth to we arrive at the stage when no-one can define ‘woman’, or should I say, dare to do so?

      These people are raving idiots.

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      • Zephir says:

        If you have to hide the frying pans and rolling pins once a month, and have a vehicle body shop expert on speed dial who has bulk bought boxes of her paint colour, its probably a woman

        HONDA CIVIC Car Touch Up paint pot : metallic and pearl colours – manufacturer colour B520P VIVID BLUE PRL.MET.

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  36. LastChanceSaloon says:

    I could not find this on the BBC website.

    https://www.tech-gate.org/usa/2021/10/01/professor-sues-ucla-for-suspending-him-after-he-refused-to-mark-black-students-work-more-leniently/

    James Burnham, died 1984, a former Communist, who became a fervent anti Communist, is one of my favourite authors.

    Burnham noted that this practise was common in the USA in the 1930s and that he conformed with it
    even though “I never had a black student who deserved first class marks”!

    So now you know how Abbott, Lammy and Co have more degrees than a thermometer and think that Henry IV followed Henry VI.

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  37. Zephir says:

    About time white basketball players get a stool to stand on

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  38. taffman says:

    “Motorway protests: Patel to promise new powers over blockages”
    Promises, promises, promises……….
    Green activists and illegal, foreign criminals get a ‘free pass’ from the Home Office.
    The only thing stemming the flow of mass invaders is the weather.

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    • Zephir says:

      If only our border patrols could use a little imagination and start up a rubber dinghey shop in Calais selling boats with slow punctures and marine charts that were slightly altered

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  39. Zephir says:

    A little diversion further west to a more tolerant society maybe:

    The Irish state and Irish Travellers

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Travellers

    There was no specific state focus on Travellers prior to the creation of an independent Irish state in 1922. Issues with traditionally travelling groups came under loosely defined vagrancy laws, from when Ireland was part of the United Kingdom. In 1959 the 1959–63 government of Ireland established a “Commission on Itinerancy” in response to calls to deal with the “itinerant problem”. This was made up of senior representatives of the Irish state, judges, Gardaí, religious organisations and numerous farming lobby groups such as Macra na Feirme. The commission had no Traveller representatives, and while attempts were made to consult Travellers, these were “bizarre” unannounced visits which resulted in little input into the report.[43][44]

    The commission had the following terms of reference:[45]

    (1) to enquire into the problem arising from the presence in the country of itinerants in considerable numbers;
    (2) to examine the economic, educational, health and social problems inherent in their way of life;
    (3) to consider what steps might be taken—

    (a) to provide opportunities for a better way of life for itinerants,
    (b) to promote their absorption into the general community,
    (c) pending such absorption, to reduce to a minimum the disadvantages to themselves and to the community resulting from their itinerant habits and
    (d) to improve the position generally; and

    (4) to make recommendations.

    The commission’s 1963 report defined “itinerant” as “a person who had no fixed place of abode and habitually wandered from place to place, but excluding travelling show-people and travelling entertainers”.[46] It recommended assimilation of Travellers by settling them in fixed dwellings with the ultimate aim being that of essentially ending Traveller identity,[43] viewing the Netherlands’ approach to its travelling minority as a model.[47] This assimilation was to be achieved by the effective criminalisation of nomadism, and the report paved the way for an increasing state emphasis on criminal laws and penalties for trespass.[44]

    At the time, about 60% of Irish Travellers lived in barrel-roofed horse-drawn wagons, with almost 40% still using tents in summer (fewer in winter).[48][49]

    The Travelling People Review Body (1981–83) advocated integration rather than assimilation,[49] with provision for serviced halting sites. The Body’s membership included Travellers.[50] The Task Force on the Travelling Community (1993–95) moved to an intercultural paradigm.[49][51]

    On 30 May 2019 the Oireachtas (Irish parliament) established a joint committee “on Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community”.[52]

    In May 2021, the Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Niall Muldoon, published a report that was highly critical of the standards of accommodation provided for Travellers, describing some accommodation issues as “deplorable.”[53]

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  40. Guest Who says:

    You want #ccbgb? The bbc will give you #ccbgb

    BBC News

    How will climate change affect what we eat?

    The everyday foods that could become luxuries

    https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210923-the-everyday-foods-that-could-become-luxuries?

    Keep this up, and the bbc future could be limited.

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  41. Guest Who says:

    BBc Radio Delusional

    Did you know there’s a programme on TV that’s very similar to the News Quiz? Apparently it’s quite popular.

    On BBC Sounds Ian Hislop has the whole story of his hit TV panel show.

    ***
    Equal mix between sycophants and those with functioning brains.

    What is funny is such a post on social media garners not even 40 reactions in 9 hrs.

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    • JimS says:

      There is something not right when people set out to ‘explain’ comedy. That ‘love in’ with Hislop just described how the BBC kept re-commissioning HIGNFY but gave no real reason, apart from jobs for the guys and gals.

      Quick note for BBC Comedy Commisioning Editors:

      Are they a) Female
      b) Black
      c) Loud
      or
      d) From London

      chances are they aren’t funny.

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  42. Guest Who says:

    BBC News

    Why are supply chain problems causing issues on shop shelves?

    https://bbc.in/3Fen1rJ

    ***
    BBC posts on my timeline are alternated with by Labour ‘suggested for you’ ads with nothing about ‘Toreeees’ and zero suggestions on how they would do anything bar garner power with BBC support.

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    • Guest Who says:

      BBC going for broke.

      A surge in gas prices has prompted fears of hard times ahead – how bad could it get?

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  43. Fedup2 says:

    The attacks on plod and their commissioner continue . And with the red tory conference starting today i reckon it will continue.

    The inept cabinet cannot fire the woke commissioner because her job has been renewed for 2 years .

    Will she go of her own accord ? No they dont do ‘honour ‘ at that level – and besides she d only be replaced by a darker clone .

    At least male top plods know their career progression ended last week so maybe can concentrate on their core job rather than playing the woke game .

    However i guess being male and queer is still an angle to get that promotion .

    Sadly the trial of the albanian for killing is still a while away otherwise the sistas would really be going for it – aided of course – by the anti white male marxist BBC .

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  44. StewGreen says:

    “Joseph Rountree Foundation says”
    Framing trickery
    To me NEWS is when something has happened and you actually report it, but BBC news spends half its time speculating about the future and using FRAMING that fits in with BBC agenda pushing.
    Thus this mornings lead news item is that Tory Party conference is about to start.
    Today’s lines ran like : “With the Tories under pressure due to the fuel crisis and empty shelves the Tory Party conference is about to start”
    but that was preceded by a framing local opening item.
    For that Radio Lincs opened the bulletin with “Local Tory MP says the driver shortage is not due to Brexit, cos other EU countries have the driver shortages too.. Now the Tory Party conference is about to start.”
    … no clip was played and the statement is obvious and vacuous, but it ticks a box to say the station has quoted a local TORY MP , when 9 times out of 10 they quote Labour.

    Radio Humberside’s opening framing was rather stronger
    “58% of a select cherry picked category* will be affected by the £20 cut to Universal Credit say the Joseph Rountree Foundation”

    * “of working-families with children at school in the East Riding”
    FFS why when reporting a Tory Conference are they framing it with a report from a Labour Party supporting charity ?
    When they did stories before the Labour Party conference the same stations always had quotes/words from Labour sources.

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    • Guest Who says:

      Wait until Surkeer ‘calls for’ something.

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    • StewGreen says:

      You can see from the #CPC21 in the tweet that the Rowntree report is aimed at spoiling the start of the Conservative Party Conference.

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    • StewGreen says:

      The BBC /Rowntree PR failed to mention
      that some of the families having their Universal Credit put back to normal
      will then get a top up from the new £500m fund

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      • StewGreen says:

        by 10am news “half a billion pound fund” was in the middle of the item

        The cherry pick was actually
        “stats are SUGGESTING that 58% of working-age families who have KIDS in Hull are gonna be impacted by the planned cuts to Universal Credit …
        similar numbers for North Lincs and NE LIncs”
        (they omitted Easy Yorkshire then)
        “suggesting that they will be AMONGST THE WORST HIT in the country .. this research released just as the Tory Party conference starts ..”

        ..That’s PR language

        They continue “The foundation has accused The Prime Minister of ‘abandoning millions to hunger and hardship with his eyes wide open’
        Note that is the exact same phrase as in the JRF PR tweet
        It’s weird how giving most people MORE money than they got one year ago is “abandoning millions to hunger and hardship”

        “The govt has always insisted the £20 pw uplift was temporary * Eleven hundred religious leaders have also urged Boris to abandon the cut
        Here’s the Bishop of Doncaster”

        We then got a 20 second sermon from her

        At 10am there’d been a change
        “The govt has always insisted the £20 pw uplift was temporary and it recently announced a household support fund worth half a billion pounds “
        no pause “Rachel Gregory is from the groups Christians Against poverty
        clip “This is an incredibly worrying time for over 6 million …. people will be pushed into ABSOLUTE DESTITUTION”

        ======================

        on the question of why reports don’t mention the £500 fund, the JRF boss just referred me to Sept 30th tweet
        “The temporary measure announced today will not fix the fundamental inadequacy of our social security system”
        that’s JRF brushing it aside, saying £500m of taxpayer cost is inconsequential.

        In a declining Covid economy all should be taking a hit
        Landlords should and have forgone some rent money
        If you increase benefits surely it pushes the market to increase rents ?

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  45. Guest Who says:

    Horror story is certifiable.

       6 likes

    • StewGreen says:

      “BBC news” = “BBC agenda pushing, whilst hiding half of the actual news”

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  46. Guest Who says:

    Marianna liked this.

    But then, she is blonde.

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  47. Guest Who says:

    Ros 💖 chris ❤️‍🔥 Ros

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  48. pugnazious says:

    The BBC has from the start been the government mouthpiece promoting and defending lockdowns and was in fact instrumental in pushing the government into the first lockdown and other restrictions such as shutting schools and mask wearing.
    It is also the defender of the faith…anyone who dares to raise their head above the parapet to question lockdown or who demands the right not to be vaccinated is hunted down by the BBC and vilified and demonised as ‘dangerous’ or ‘Far-Right’.

    However…as time goes on it becomes clear that many, many people from all walks of life don’t want to take the vaccines….from footballers to care workers and NHS staff as well as some BBC celebrities. Suddenly you don’t hear as much of the ‘Far-Right’ demonisation or the perjorative label ‘anti-vaxers’ pinned to them.

    ‘The anti-vax movement targeting German children’
    ‘A German anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine movement with links to the far right has recruited hundreds of children into a private online group, reports Jessica Bateman.’

    The BBC either ignores, downplays or denounces and pillories anti-lockdown demonstrations [whilst celebrating BLM riots] and sets out to undermine the credibility of any who report fairly on these issues….you can see how the BBC set out to attack and smear GBNews even before it had broadcast a word…any commentator is smeared…..such as Darren Grimes, and social media is always portrayed as a dangerous spreader of fake news and disinformation that is a threat to democracy and so must be regulated tightly…lol…the biggest threat to democracy is a BBC that tries to undermine any Tory government [or US President], that sides with anyone who is attacking ‘Britain’ and which sides with the extremists and terrorists of XR, BLM and the IRA….not to mention the Islamists whom its journalists characterise as the new Ghandis, Churchills and Mandelas….whilst calling Israel a war-criminal, terrorist state.

    Looks like the same problem exists in Australia where ‘government’ media try to suppress citizen journalists and the social media….

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