Start the Week 22 November 2021

The BBC is running compulsory courses for its’ staff . Perhaps the BBC – in a spirit of openess – will publish the contents and cost of said training . Perhaps posters could suggest course content …?
And on Monday night the BBC is broadcasting the first half of a documentary about the relationship of the Royal Princes and The Press – unusually without having given the Royal Household a pre broadcast viewing …

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432 Responses to Start the Week 22 November 2021

  1. MarkyMark says:

    Women and children ….


    Migrant crossings: Number reaching UK this year three times 2020’s total


    • Charlie Farley says:

      That’s a good quality matched NEW Mercury Marine inflatable boat and outboard…….the French dealer is doing well ……perhaps the people smugglers are really the Marine Dealers in France ?
      Back when the BBBC wasn’t so pig ignorant they would of had a Panorama investigation into it ! !


    • jazznick1 says:

      Amazingly, they are all 14, have no documents and have forgotten where they were born !

      How coincidental is that ?


  2. Foscari says:

    The BBC’S obsession with diversity knows no bounds. I
    honestly believe they wont be satisfied until their main
    news presenter is transgender .And at least half their presenters, reporters , editors, sub editors researchers, producers, directors
    etc etc etc are non binary. Whatever that means !
    So Eddie Redmayne now thinks he was wrong to play a
    transgender in the Danish Girl. He said it should of been portrayed
    by a transgender. For f**ks sake Eddie boy . YOU ARE AN ACTOR!!!
    That’s what acting is supposed to be all about. Gay actors
    and actresses play straight roles in films. Why shouldn’t they.
    Has the world gone mad? Or is it just the BBC ?


    • MarkyMark says:

      “By 2020, the BBC wants its employees to comprise 50% women, 8% disabled people, 8% lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people and 15% people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.{ 14sep2017}”


      • digg says:

        By my maths that leaves 19% of jobs for straight white males.
        I guess they figure that this massive imbalance on the shop floor will persuade most of these 19% to bugger off so they can go as close to 100% munchkins as they can get.

        So…. for all those youngsters starting on a UNI media course right now, if you are straight white and male, best forget it luvvies!


        • Grumbler says:

          Your maths aren’t correct. The figures aren’t mutually exclusive so all the lesbians will be included in the women category as will probably half the blacks and disabled. So it’s around 33.5% for able hetero white males.


      • Jeff says:

        What, no paedophiles? Surely this much maligned minority should be represented.

        Oh hang on…this is the BBC.

        They’ll be there anyway…


    • Banania says:

      That settles the matter of the black Anne Boleyn, then.


  3. MarkyMark says:

    Labour want to protect our borders ….

    Having no restrictions on eastern European migrants in 2004 was a “spectacular mistake”, former Labour home secretary Jack Straw has said.

    The Labour MP said handing immediate working rights to Poles and others when they joined the EU nine years ago was a “well-intentioned policy we messed up”.

    Labour relied on research suggesting 13,000 migrants a year would arrive.

    But the influx was much larger than expected and contributed to net migration rising above 200,000 a year.

    Unlike France and Germany, which did not give migrants from the ten countries which joined the EU in May 2004 full access to their labour market until 2011, the then Labour government did not insist on any transitional controls.#


    • digg says:

      Germany used the UK to offload lots of unskilled Eastern Europeans, France is now doing likewise with their Middle-Eastern mob.

      I presume the rough idea is that it trashes the UK social services and thus the economy so that the EU can bail us out if/when we rejoin….


  4. tomo says:

    What_the_Absolute_F is this?

    USD$1000 bail?

    Let me guess – he’s dusky and the DA is a Soros bot?


    • Foscari says:

      Maybe this is somebody else we should go down on our knees
      and prostrate ourselves for?


    • JohnC says:

      The BBC have finally named him, but no picture or any description whatsoever. Nor any mention of his homicide or criminal record which everybody else has listed. Just his name.

      Their description makes it sound like he accidentally ran into the parade whilst fleeing from a knife fight. Quite how you hit 40 people by accident is a mystery to me.

      Contrast it with what the DT include in their report which the BBC will never include:
      ‘Mr Brooks Jr was a vocal Black Lives Matter supporter and screenshots from a now-deleted Facebook page appear to show his disapproval of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.’

      The BBC no longer get any benefit of the doubt from me. I’m quite certain the wording and omission of relevant information about who did it is quite deliberate because he is black. I expect the story will be updated later tonight for the fact-checkers when most people have read the article in it’s current form.


      • Scronker says:

        5 news similar story. Driver “fleeing crime”.
        Amazing how narrative changes when race of perpetrator revealed.


        • digg says:

          Just wait for the trial when it will be ruled that the relatives of the dead have to pay for the damage to his car.


        • MarkyMark says:

          Can they talk about the BBC and how it is eroding freedom to see the world as it is …

          Remember when the BBC report on events you might have to look a bit deeper ….

          “I am not kidding. @BBCNews website leaves the impression the Syrian suicide bomber as a victim in a ‘German blast’.” – Tarek Fatah 24jul2016


  5. StewGreen says:

    Coming to BBC soon
    usual inequality


  6. JohnC says:

    Brit Awards scrap male and female categories

    A victory for equality you might think ?. Finally women don’t get their own category to make sure they win half the prizes ?.

    Nope. It’s because people who are non-binary are complaining that they can’t win an award because they refuse to identify as either.

    Sam Smith ‘called for awards shows to be more “reflective of the society we live in”.’.

    Maybe the bizarre, narcissistic, shallow and greedy world of show-biz society Sam. Not the one the rest of us live in.


  7. Guest Who says:

    The Rittenhouse Act
    by countrysquiremagazine

    In light of the recent Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, one thing is clear, both the UK and US need a Rittenhouse law.

    Since the verdict the Left-wing media have continued to push outright lies about the trial. Politicians, journalists and activists have been quick to peddle more lies and deliberately ignore the facts presented in court.

    Make no mistake, this has angered the establishment in America, a white boy defended himself and dared to fight back against rioting hordes using the BLM organisation as a cover for their savagery. They were trying to burn a city down to the ground, cause billions of dollars worth of damage and potentially kill people. Kyle Rittenhouse had the sheer audacity to object and rush to help the rioters’ victims and his own family who were stuck in the middle of that nightmare.

    Standing up to the mob is not allowed, the Left have spent years trying to disarm the Right. Once that happens no one is safe from the mob. Kyle Rittenhouse’s actions are exactly what they fear… Someone being able to fight back against them and their evil actions.

    The Rittenhouse Act should make post-court analysis legally accountable. Anybody who takes to media (including Social Media) after a trial and presents “facts” that contradict what appeared in court should face a contempt of court charge. This constant Left-wing disinformation campaign about everyone and everything must be stopped in its tracks. They will attack, bully, smear and torment those who do not toe the line and submit to their dictatorial ways.

    A Rittenhouse law should include a hefty fine for the programmes/platforms broadcasting these sentiments unchallenged, fines for those individuals who allow it to go unchallenged and compensation to those individuals and their families defamed. If the channel/news outlet repeatedly violates, they should be forced to issue full page apologies detailing the exact “facts” they misled the public about and on TV shows they should be forced to devote segments to the same. They should he removed off air if the court reckons they are not complying.

    We must tackle Left-wing tyranny head on. Appeasing them hasn’t worked, reasoning with them hasn’t worked, it’s about time they faced the consequences of their actions before more people suffer at their hands.

    Rittenhouse will no doubt sue, much like Nicholas Sandmann did nearly three years prior when the American media tried to brand him a racist in a sad effort to attack President Trump, and good luck to him. May he earn millions and be a constant source of agony for those on the Left desperate to control the thoughts of the public


    The BBC is serving up… Barry.


    • Guest Who says:

      BBC facts in the original lingua franca.

      After a brief Rittenhaus flurry, Sopes and Lurch have bunkered.


    • MarkyMark says:

      Dear Marianna Spring (BBC wages paid under threat of prosecution),

      As I’ve had to look at your BBC news and use other sources to determine that your news is not news but selective editorial opinion I’d like to request that I have a refund for the last 4 years plus get the BBC free from now on.

      Please let me know how I can go about this as I am willing to create a full list of articles that I’ve had to investigate plus time taken for me to check your fact checker whilst realising that the BBC intentionally removes news rather than incorrectly report on it, uses images to sway opinion or misleads with the main titles hoping no one reads the full article.

      ‘Omission is the greatest form of lie.’

      CAS-4987700-SY1FTF : BBC NewsWatch says boredom with pro-Brexit march.

      CAS-4844672-N8FDYY: Update on the MP Expenses 2009 scandal in 2018.

      CAS-4939547-J71Z1V: Here’s hoping Ireland do the right thing G.Lineker.

      CAS-4937378-YKMWBJ: BBC not reporting ‘Day of Freedom’ March 06may2018.

      CAS-4906141-BFJQL0: I take offence that presenters promote their books.

      CAS-4892811-C820SC: I am offended that I have to pay the BBC TV Tax.

      CAS-4824332-633N1P: What happened in Italy was not covered …

      CAS-4933135-ZV3V7F: The omission is the most powerful form of lie …

      CAS-6005141-S1V9D1: Not seen a report on the UK Governments Covid19 

      Let me know how to go about resolving the issue of paying for something that wastes my time as I have to check each story rather than rely on its accuracy.


    • G says:


      “….Rittenhouse will no doubt sue, …”

      Hopefully, his lawyers will look across the pond and include our own, “Worlds Most Trusted Liar”


  8. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    With the main parties all moving to the left will there be a new party to replace the conservatives.

    The Labour Party are moving left and are being replaced by the new Labour Party, previously known as the conservatives, who have become the party with all the old Labour policies.

    There is a huge gap from the centre to the right which needs filling. Possibly with one of the currently small parties such as reform.
    If the right leaning parties could get their act together one of them could win an upcoming by election and if that happened it could pave the way for more wins when people see it can be done.

    Let’s face it, the whole of Parliament seems intent on going against what the public want.
    Immigration for an example, caused by parliaments for the last 20 years and consistently high on the populations agenda is always ignored.
    The right would do something about it.
    The right would actually get the brexit we voted for done and not the dogs breakfast that The Fat Controller has engineered.
    The right would get us out properly.

    There are so many things the population wants sorting out, much of it stuff like pc, woke, law and order, schools and universities, the international health service and so on, you all know the things wanted but either ignored or kicked into the long grass.

    A true right wing party, unlike all we have currently, would tackle these things.
    Maybe call it the new (or real) Conservatives.


  9. Zephir says:

    Rittenhouse lawyer slams CNN and MSNBC for botching ‘basic facts’ about the case because ‘they did not fit the story they want to tell’

    Attorney Mark Richards vented fury at CNN and MSNBC in interview Friday
    Accused the networks of twisting facts to fit ‘the story they wanted to tell’
    Slammed their coverage as biased for false claims about Rittenhouse

    When I hear Joe Scarborough saying that my client shot his gun 60 times, that’s wrong,’ said Richards.

    Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, made a series of inaccurate statements about Rittenhouse as the trial wrapped up last week.

    ‘He had his mother drive him across state lines, he appointed himself a militia member. He goes around and he ends up unloading — what? — 60 rounds, kills 2 people, wounds a third person…’ Scarborough said on-air.

    In reality, Rittenhouse fired some eight shots, and he testified that he drove himself the 20 miles from his home in Antioch to Kenosha. He is not accused of being a member of any militia or extremist group.

    Scarborough later took to Twitter to say he misspoke.


  10. Zephir says:

    misspoke. FFS

    bbc and notable others seem to do a lot of “mis speaking”


  11. Jeff says:

    So, we have a BLM supporting career criminal, with a history of domestic violence and a love of anti white racist rapping, who runs his car into a marching band of white kids and the medias immediate response is “Let’s not jump to conclusions…perhaps he was being chased by the police”.


    Just imagine the media reaction if these were black kids mown down by a bloke wearing a MAGA hat.

    It doesn’t bear thinking about…


    • Guest Who says:

      This almost matches ‘mostly peaceful’.

      Is it mandatory to work in a newsroom to be a brain donor?


    • Doublethinker says:

      Agreed. But the left/ Woke take over of the MSM and institutions such as the courts , police , government civil servants is so complete that they have near total control of what now constitutes news and how news is interpreted . Facts and truth have are now subservient to the narrative which they wish to portray.
      Increasing numbers of the public are beginning to perceive this but do the left Woke elite care? I think that their brazen hypocrisy on issues such as climate change , or stealing the US election indicates that they don’t. They are the rulers and we are the ruled, democracy is a sham and we had better get used to it. Except I don’t think that we , the serfs, will meekly accept our fate as can be seen by the anti lockdown protests on the continent.
      They might have bitten off more than they can chew this time.


  12. Guest Who says:

    Maybe someone should apply to ofcom to start a BBC Not News station?


  13. Sluff says:

    Grade A politics of envy s***-stirring by the awful BBC on the social care changes.
    The care home costs minimum is going up from £23k to £86 k.

    Only the BBC could declare this to be unfair to the poor.
    I have news for them. £86k in South Yorkshire can buy you a house. £160 k in South Yorkshire gets you a 4 bedroomed detached house in. For double that in many parts of the South East you’d struggle to get a studio flat.
    Needless to say this was not mentioned at all.

    And if someone has a £500 k house in the South East then so what? They had to earn it and pay for it.

    Not to mention that care home costs in the said South Yorkshire can be obtained for around a half of those in the South East. And given an average residency time for a care home of say three years then you can run the numbers yourself.

    And quite why state benefits should not go towards paying for state-paid care is totally beyond me. What about the poor b***** taxpayer?

    And having sorted out Mr S senior’s care for a few years I’m not making this stuff up.

    Needless to say, the BBC have managed not to mention any of the above.

    Truly appalling reporting, laughably described as journalism.


  14. Guest Who says:

    There is hope.


  15. Guest Who says:

    It’s the fiiz that gives the bbc whiiz.

    Those two need to buy lottery tickets.


  16. Guest Who says:

    Not sure what the equivalent of ‘it bleeds, it leads’ is…


    • Sluff says:

      Is there absolutely nothing else going on in the BBC world?
      Feel sorry for the poor lad. But news ???????

      Next up. Kebab sold on Twickenham forecourt.
      Train arrives at Cardiff station.


  17. Guest Who says:

    Earlier the bbc habit of channeling its inner Failure was raised..


  18. Up2snuff says:

    HEAT THE WOK* Watch #1 – a chance for me to say goodbye and thanks for nothing

    * my name for Start the Week, this morning with Andrew Marr in the Chair. It was the first time I had listened to the programme in ages and it was an interesting one. From the BBC Sounds link: “Pentecostalism is global sensation: a Christian movement, founded at the turn of the 20th century by the son of freed slaves, that has become the fastest-growing religion in the world.” Despite the error in that first sentence of the programme description, a couple of things were apparent.

    Well known to us regularly reading and posting on this w-site was the Lefty Socialist bias of Marr and the BBC’s guests and ‘fellow-travellers’. The other thing that I took away was how former President Donald Trump still gives the Socialists terror and that also includes his electoral supporters who Andy tried to tar with the Pentecostalist-Republican-redkneck-‘Preppers’ brush.

    If you missed it a shorter version is repeated at 9.30 p.m. tonight.


  19. Guest Who says:

    Sky has a political unit.



    • MarkyMark says:

      Dahaba Ali Hussen @Dahabaalihussen
      Political/Social Affairs Journalist 🖊📻 📺 with
      @skynews previously – @bbcnewsnight

      & views are totally my own September 2018 1,725 Following 7,239 Followers

      “Woke with the biggest smile on my face. Yday I clocked that I really came to the U.K. aged 10 not speaking English, grew up in cockroach infested council houses, went to Cambridge, and now I’m a whole journalist at the BBC w Panorama?

      Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t!”


    • MarkyMark says:



  20. Guest Who says:

    How many charts can Mishal need.


    • MarkyMark says:

      Among the most quoted lines of the speech are “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!”[32]


  21. jazznick1 says:

    I’ve just had a look at the BBC website to find if there were any more details about the 18 ships already stuck in Arctic sea-ice.

    It seems they are likely to remain there till Christmas and beyond. Quite climate newsworthy I’d have thought, but perhaps not the right kind of newsworthy, eh ?


  22. taffman says:

    “CBI conference: PM accused of ‘shambolic’ speech to business leaders”
    How long has he got to go ?


  23. taffman says:

    “Migrant crossings: Number reaching UK this year three times 2020’s total”
    What is the Royal Navy doing ?


    • MarkyMark says:

      Manchester Arena bomber was rescued from Libya by Royal Navy
      This article is more than 3 years old
      Salman Abedi, who killed 22 people in a suicide attack last year, was saved from civil war in 2014

      Salman Abedi
      Salman Abedi’s name is believed to have been on a list of stranded citizens given to the Royal Navy crew in charge of the evacuation. Photograph: AP
      Press Association
      Tue 31 Jul 2018


  24. Scroblene says:

    Oh, the hubris, the passion, the borrocks!

    Marr is – gulp – leaving the awful BBC, and Kuennsburg is also looking at scrabbling out of the sinking ship!

    Ferchrist’ssake, they’re only bloody minor ‘journos’, paid by the state, and spouting bile whenever they can, annoying normal citizens and generally misrepresenting everything that an upright British citizen believes in.

    Why on earth do these rather odd people think that they are so important? They don’t research their subjects, they chuck sound-bites everywhere as if they’re jewels of knowledge, and are just a tiresome crew of mediocre nonentities that could never hold down a proper job if they had to! Well, let’s see if they can when they apply for a ‘job’ on a proper commercial station, and better, how long will they last there? Luckily, I don’t bother with Sky or worse, so I’ll never know…

    When I was in a proper commercial business before I retired, the last thing we ever did was apply their smug attitude, and we always tried – often succeeded – to make the customer or client feel as though he or she was getting value for their money. The awful BBC doesn’t understand this concept.

    BBC – paid for by pensioners, hopeless at delivery.


  25. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    Latest picture in from the channel of asylum seekers fleeing from France.


  26. StewGreen says:

    #Waukesha truck attack : The Andy Ngo Twitter threads are amazing
    too weird to be true ?
    “Breaking: The #Waukesha Christmas parade massacre suspect was released on bail a few days ago in a case where he was accused of running over a woman with his car.”

    “Darrell E. Brooks, the man in custody over the #Waukesha Christmas parade massacre, was released from jail just three days ago after paying a small bail over multiple open felony and misdemeanor charges.
    Brooks has a long violent criminal history spanning multiple states.”

    First thread


  27. Scroblene says:

    Ooops, several pairs of undecrackers being considered in Waukesha…


  28. Philip_2 says:

    Nigel Farage
    22 November 2021 • 3:02pm

    (Edited as its a long article )> 

    Why I’m considering a return to frontline politics

    …“Since March 2020, I have spent a lot of time monitoring the illegal migrant crossings in the English Channel. On repeated occasions I have ventured out to sea to film the dinghies. I have also watched the “official” arrivals into Dover Harbour and found evidence of “unofficial” arrivals by walking the Kent shoreline. By chronicling events in this way, I have been able to make various predictions, including that worse is to come. Indeed, originally I estimated that 20,000 people would arrive on our shores uninvited this year. As we all know, that number has been comfortably breached already and there are more than five weeks to go until 2022 begins.

    At nearly every stage of the last 20 months, I have found the overwhelming majority of newspapers and broadcasters to be reluctant to attach the same level of importance to this issue as I do. I know why. It is because they fear being labelled “racist” by the Twitter mob, even though race has nothing to do with it. Yet as the official number of arrivals for 2021 heads towards 25,000 (we still don’t have the Home Office figures for Tuesday 16 November) it does seem as though something is beginning to change. Reports are circulating that the Prime Minister has become fretful. As well he should. On his watch, the mantra of “taking back control” of our borders has descended into farce.

    The biggest problem Boris Johnson faces is not the sheer impracticality and cost to the public purse of housing, clothing, feeding and giving free healthcare and education to huge numbers of people who have chosen to leave the safety of France to come to this country. Neither is it the daily expense of conducting the Channel operations. Instead, it is the threat to Britain’s national security and the safety of its citizens. Johnson is ultimately responsible for guarding his people. This is the sacred duty of any prime minister. It should override all others. Yet the present occupant of 10 Downing Street seems to have abandoned his post.

    When will Johnson and his Cabinet admit that some of those coming into our country could do us great harm? Just consider what horrors other European states have unearthed. So far in 2021, 4,000 illegal immigrants have crossed into Lithuania from Belarus, a very substantial increase on 2020. Already, the Lithuanian authorities have discovered that 24 of them — all young men — have links to Islamic State or Boko Haram. It’s no wonder Poland is thinking of building a wall to keep such terrorists out, but why is Lithuania so far ahead of Britain in understanding the threat? How is it that the Lithuanian authorities can identify potential terrorists arriving illegally at their border when the UK cannot?

    One possible explanation is that when the immigrants are in the Channel and first catch sight of England, they throw all of their identity documents overboard, allowing them to self-identify on arrival at Dover and therefore to slip through the net. All I know is that our Baltic State friends are discovering that Islamic State fighters are being smuggled into Europe by gangs, just as happened in 2015 in the Mediterranean. Indeed, in May 2015, an adviser to the Libyan government, Abdul Basit Haroun, revealed as much to the BBC.

    When I raised these concerns at the time in the European Parliament with the then President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the Europhiles who were present just stared at the ground. They did not want to know. Just a few months later, in November 2015, Paris was set upon by gunmen and suicide bombers who slaughtered 130 people and wounded hundreds more. Five of the eight men who committed those barbaric acts had entered France in small boats across the Mediterranean Sea. warn us!

    Well over 20,000 undocumented males have arrived in Britain already this year and we don’t know anything about any of them. More to the point, it seems that once they set foot in this country, it is rare that deportation is even attempted, even if their claims have been rejected. The Liverpool suicide bomber, Emad Al Swealmeen, is the latest known example. He was yet another failed asylum seeker. He used fake documents to get into Britain in 2014 and was able to run rings around officials for seven years, staying in this country and living off taxpayers. He is the proof that deportation has become a very rare phenomenon. Why? Because Britain has remained attached to the European Convention on Human Rights. 

    If this is what the Left calls “diversity”, I can assure them that the vast majority of us don’t want it….”

    Nigel Farage
    Writing in the Daily Telegraph (Monday) 2nd Nov 2021.

    My Comment:
    I remember when the BBC ‘diversity’ crowd predicted that all immigrants were all potential ‘NHS brain surgeons’ and more staff to ‘Save the NHS’ although there is no evidence to support this. They are a liability. As Farage has pointed out, the ‘left’ use immigration as a TOOL to call those that oppose it ‘racists’. And then the EU is clearly behind ALL the problems they now face on all Europe’s far borders, which is mixed up with the Schengen agreement (free movement of people iacross Europe) and the ECHR which has blocked illegals being sent home, if they can make a local woman pregnant (and claim family rights). Plus the fact that the UK seems incapable of the simplest deportation on grounds of terrorists, thieves and petty crooks with ‘a ‘foreign’ track record, that we have no idea who we are letting into the country.

    That is why Farage is so right. Proper leaders do not ignore an invasion. The media avoid any of it in case the ‘racist’ label is tagged. And yet it is the BBC who are the worst culprits in defining crime as ‘racial’ when it nothing of the sort, its people smuggling, terrorist crimes and identity false identity to follow a new crime syndicate in the UK. We are bing told by the BBC to look the other way. And the left think they will vote for ‘Labour’. The land of never never end benefits. And that defines the last Labour government, and the main reason why they will not be elected as government, despite the BBC claiming we are all ‘racists’. At some point the BBC will need to be ‘re-educated’ with the facts of life. Removing its fat fee and TV license is for starters.


  29. StewGreen says:

    DA tweets
    Ali Harbi Ali the 25-year-old Somali who murdered MP David Amess is the son of an asylum seeker Harbi Ali Kullane.
    Harbi Ali Kullane spends his life between his two properties. One is London & the other…err…in Somalia.
    We are stupid mugs.


  30. Philip_2 says:

    As the BBC promised ‘apocolypse now’ during COPT26, the reality is very different only a week later. Early Sea Ice in the Arctic. Just when the BBC predicted that all the ‘extra’ heat was being ‘hidden’ in the sea.

    DT Today:
    Dozens of ships stuck in Arctic as ice freezes early in reverse of recent warming winters

    More than two dozen cargo vessels are stuck in Russia’s Arctic ice, waiting for ice-breakers to come to their rescue, after an inaccurate forecast from the country’s Met Office.

    Maritime traffic in the Northern Sea Route has been on the rise in recent years as rapidly warming winters reduce ice cover, and Russia invests in its Arctic ports in preparation for a further boom.

    But this year several segments of the Northern Sea Route froze up about a fortnight earlier than usual, catching many ships unawares.

    And so on. I am sure the BBC will say its warmer than usual. As they seem to do, every day, even when its clearly colder. Why is that?


  31. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – there is a little word missing from the BBC’s journalism kit

    “I keep six honest serving men. They taught me all I knew. Their names are What and Why and When, and How and Where and Who.” (Rudyard Kipling)

    Sixteen per cent of visits to NHS hospital A&E Depts are made by less than one per cent of the population. That is the result of a study and report: I did not hear anyone on the TOADY Programme ask “Why?” What sort of quality journalism and radio presenting is that, Mr Davie?


  32. tomo says:

    Dan Bongino’s delivery usually isn’t to British tastes (promo ads and a bit too shouty for delicate ears…) – but today’s coverage is commendably restrained.

    What’s interesting is that his main web site seems to be under attack (streams repeatedly fall over , the content isn’t showing on YouTube – for me on a 4G connection)

    Rumble however is up and streaming OK

    His aggregate / collection of MSM smearing scumbucketry and brazen lies is quite something to behold both concerning the Waukesha attack and the Rittenhouse trial.

    imo – well worth a listen. Comparisons to our state broadcaster and Guardianland are inescapable. The smearing liars deserve a thorough pasting.



  33. Dover Sentry says:

    Just had a wild and crazy thought! Please forgive me.

    Is there any chance that Nigel Farage will be mentioned in the New Year Honours list? Any? He seems to have been forgotten since the Brexit victory of 2016.

    Perhaps a billionaire football player who ranted about school meals has taken the slot?


    • StewGreen says:

      Forgotten ?
      #1 He doesn’t believe in the House of Lords
      so won’t accept a peerage
      #2 Would he accept a knighthood ?

      I doubt it. He doesn’t need it
      and he not interested in causing division.


  34. tomo says:

    The BBC run with Germany’s equivalent of Sajid Javid, bash-a-Boris and some Waukesha perp-free victim porn – in that order

    No mention of …. the District attorney that let the swine perp out of jail via abolishing cash bail on felony charges.



  35. StewGreen says:

    Intentional, not being pursued
    They rule out terrorism .. charged him with mass murder.


    • Sluff says:

      What do we reckon about Darrell Brooks?

      Poor driving tuition?
      Mental health issues?

      But BAME so will be dropped from the BBC news faster than you can say ‘cricket racism’.


  36. StewGreen says:

    @Channel4 ‘s Chief Executive @mahonalex has revealed plans to create over 15,000 training, development & learning opportunities for young people throughout the UK
    More details here on the plans being set up by @Channel4Skills

    How can a network which hardly has any viewers afford to employ an additional 15,000 staff ?
    .. OK I know they sell on some films and series overseas
    but do the books balance ?
    Ah cos it’s mostly NOT actual jobs
    but rather projects for school kids
    (12,500 beneficiaries) “Aimed primarily at Key Stage 3 pupils (11-14 year olds) in disadvantaged areas as well as SEND schools, the initiatives will be a combination of face-to-face and virtual events. ”

    I remember going in their little first base on Charlotte St
    and then when they moved to their purpose built complex at Victoria the staff I knew used to go and have lunch at Quiglinos (The Conran restaurant) for £10
    while I ate my sandwiches I’d made.


  37. StewGreen says:

    Coming to Channel4
    “#DraggedUp is a comedy short about family, identity and #drag written by @lauratunbridge”


  38. StewGreen says:

    Dr Zareer Masani complains that he helped set up diversity projects so all skin colours can be employed
    and then they EXCLUDE him cos he is a political conservative

    “And this conservative ended up on cutting room floor
    in @sathnam ’s 2-hour monopoly of @Channel4
    . Bias indeed. BBC also riddled with it.”



  39. taffman says:

    “Councils to be forced to take child asylum seekers”
    Forced ?
    We are living in a draconian dictatorship. We never voted for this . When are Tory voters , supporters and voters going to wake up ?
    “stay safe” & “build back better”.


  40. StewGreen says:

    Sir David Amess’ funeral


  41. StewGreen says:

    “I am *triple* vaccinated,”
    @RichPreston Senior world news reporter and anchor/presenter
    @BBCNews @bbcworldservice



  42. pugnazious says:

    Justin Webb wheeled in a ‘liberal’ Dutch politician to talk about the covid protests….didn’t take long before it was full-on rant mode blaming the ‘Far-Right’ for the rise in covid in the EU.

    Webb didn’t object at all to the slide into extreme language and polarisation…in fact he was fully on-board, of course. Webb wanted to know if there had been ‘any pushback against something so outrageous’….yep…so outrageous that people should protest at the draconian measures yet again being imposed…especially as they clearly don’t work.

    Webb went on….‘It is a worry…the radicalisation of those who won’t get vaccinated’….hmmm….who is being radical? Is it the government and the pro-vaxxers who use the full force of the State to force people to get vaccinated…and indeed shoot them down in the streets of Rotterdam..or those who demand democracy, an accountable government and a say in their own medication?

    Lord Sumption thinks we are heading down a dangerous route…

    ‘Europe’s new wave of Covid authoritarianism has set a dangerous new precedent ‘

    ‘The basic problem is an approach to the pandemic which treats it as a purely technical issue of public health management, when it is a complex economic, social and political issue as well.

    This leads to the unthinking assumption that there are no limits to what the frightened majority can legitimately impose on others in the hope of protecting themselves against infection. The absence of moral scruple in pursuit of what is thought to be a public good, is the first symptom of totalitarianism….The rest of us should look on and note how easily liberal democracy can be subverted by fear. ‘


  43. taffman says:

    “Welsh rugby: Call to end ‘cosy relationship’ with beer”
    They must be joking !


    • pugnazious says:

      Yeah heard this the other day on R4 as they tried to solve the alleged racism problem in cricket…apparently the socialising with drink and good cheer was all too much for Muslims so perhaps it should all be stopped. Think the problem is the Muslim[not as if they don’t drink in reality] not the team-building socialising.


      • JohnC says:

        I have to say it is true that you don’t know someone properly until you get drunk with them. That’s when people forget their hypocrisy and true feelings tend to come out.

        Perhaps it’s better the Muslim’s don’t drink after all. Could be very unpleasant.


  44. StewGreen says:

    Bold claims from a good man
    BBC is always doing scare stories against plastic
    But of course plastic is very safe
    that why we package our food in it.


    • Zephir says:

      Strange claims also, that plastics are derived from natural products, therefore harmless.

      I am not part of the hysteria against plastics but his arguments are not helpful:

      Hydrogen sulphide, chlorine gas etc can also be derived from natural products. Oil is natural but concentrated and in the wrong place is lethal to many life forms.

      And plastics are not the only ingredients of plastic, we have biocides, flame retardents, plasticisers to name a few, the debate about plasticisers is an old one, and ongoing, but older plastics were not as regulated in additives as more recent ones and there are many types of plastics that it would not be advisable to store food in.

      The idea that plastics do not gas off in any way also does not hold water as anyone who has sat in a brand new car and wondered what that smell is can tell you.


      • Zephir says:

        Lead in plasics, especially older plastics


        X-ray fluorescence spectrometry has been employed to measure Pb in a wide range of consumer and environmental plastics, including food-packaging material, household goods, electronic casings, beach litter and agricultural waste. Results reveal high concentrations of Pb (>1000 mg kg−1) in historical items that are still in use or circulation (e.g. toys, construction plastics, wiring insulation) and variable, but generally lower concentrations in more recently manufactured articles. Analysis of Br, Cl and Cr, proxies for brominated flame retardants, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and chromate pigments, respectively, suggests that as historical material is recycled, Pb from electronic plastics and pigments, but not PVC, is dispersed into a variety of newer products. Although most cases in the consumer sector comply with relevant EU Directives, some products that are non-compliant highlight shortfalls in regulations where recycling is involved and potential problems arising from the direct fashioning of industrial plastics into new consumer goods through attempts to be environmentally positive. The uncontrolled loss of historical and recycled plastics has also resulted in Pb contamination of the environment. Here, it is proposed that litter can be classified as hazardous depending on its Pb content and according to existing regulations that embrace consumer plastics.


        • StewGreen says:

          I do take your point
          Food grade plastics are for food not all plastics.
          However I think that although lead is generally toxic
          The safe amount in your body is above zero.
          If I remember correctly.


      • StewGreen says:

        @Zephir I did say they were bold claims, so are challengeable.

        “that plastics are derived from natural products, therefore harmless.”
        I hope he didn’t claim that
        cos that is a kind of Nature Fallacy
        Plenty of natural things are toxic, eg some flowers and seeds.
        Natural doesn’t equal “safe”


        • Zephir says:

          The inference was there with saying things like:
          Nearly all plastics originate from living matter formed with solar energy by photosynthesis in plants on land and sea.”

          and that “plastic is inert”

          But it contains chemicals that are not.

          Regarding lead:

          Current consensus in the scientific community is that there is no safe level of exposure to lead (Pb), and in particular for young children (Lanphear, 2017, Spungen, 2019). Thus, cumulative childhood exposure can result in damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth, anaemia, hearing loss, and behavioural and learning problems, while in adults exposure can increase blood pressure and incidence of hypertension, decrease kidney function and reduce fertility (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 2007).

          The problem, as with many other pollutants, is where they are and how they are disposed of.


          • Zephir says:

            To say that plastics are inert is just silly, take a plastic bucket, it is flexible because of chemicals added, leave it in the sunshine for a few weeks or more and it will shatter as the chemicals have gassed off due to the suns ultra violet

            therefore not inert


  45. Zephir says:

    in a strongly worded joint statement, given to the BBC ahead of last night’s broadcast, the three royal households representing the Queen, Charles and William said: ‘A free, responsible and open Press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.

    ‘However, too often overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.’

    The hour-longer episode one of the divisive two-part series, which was aired on Monday night, featured:

    Claims by Omid Scobie – the journalist who co-authored the controversial Finding Freedom biography about the Sussexes – that negative stories about the Sussexes had been briefed by other royal households
    Counter-claims by journalist and MailOnline columnist Dan Wootton that people ‘behind the scenes’ had come forward to the press after ‘getting annoyed’ at the behaviour of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
    An on-camera interview by Meghan Markle’s lawyer in which she denied claims that the Duchess of Sussex had ‘bullied’ royal staff
    An apology by a private detective who admitted he had targeted Prince Harry’s then girlfriend Chelsy Davy in 2004
    Claims that Prince Charles had been ‘overshadowed’ by a decision by Harry’s press secretary to release a statement criticising the press’s coverage of his relationship with Meghan Markle while he was on a royal trip to Oman


  46. taffman says:

    Has Nigel heeded or call?


  47. pugnazious says:

    The BBC plays the usual political double game….it tells us that the thousands of illegal immigrants invading our shores is a ‘State failure on a massive scale…this is very important’….as indeed it is….but of course the BBC is a fan of open borders so is clearly just using this as an opportunity to lay into Boris….as witnessed by the person they brought in to discuss it…the BBC’s very own pro-immigration Mark Easton.

    Easton was highly amused by all this, laughing as he told us that in fact ‘It’s not a problem….this is a false political problem driven by Brexit’

    Apparently Brexit has made it harder to return people to the EU. Hmmm….er…he had just told us that the number of migrants were the same as before when we were in the EU and barely any were returned then either….a grand total of 231….a drop in the ocean, or Channel you could say.

    So that’s a bit of a red herring from Easton….pretty irrelevant…we couldn’t send them back Brexit or not in signifcant numbers in reality. Easton says the so-called ‘crisis’ is less about numbers and more about promises to “take back control of Britain’s borders”….but Brexit was about legal migration from the EU not illegal immigration via dangerous and illegal routes.

    And it is definitely about numbers…..up to 1,000 a day….worst case that would be 365,000/year…and what if they get bigger and bigger boats? Thousands could land from one boat alone.

    This isn’t immigration, illegal immigration or refugees…it’s an invasion…of mostly fighting age men who have little chance of a job or integrating into this country….if they came with AK47s the army would deal with them….but instead we give them houses and welfare and free NHS treatment….no wonder they flock here in ever increasing numbers.


    • Zephir says:

      We need at least some to replace the plethora of Romanian beeg eeshoo sellers and shoplifters lost after Brexit


      • andyjsnape says:

        Hi Zephir, dont be horrible to the begging roma gypsy, they help take all the crap away I leave outside my house, and often go through the bins lol, but unfortunately leave it strewn across the road


  48. Scroblene says:

    Seems from the online rags that the dreadful BBC have started yet another anti-British storm, with their trashy stuff about The Royal Family!

    Is there any sign of an end to the sneering from this disgraceful publicly-funded bunch of ugly goblins?

    Can’t remember, but who got clobbered after Savile, Bashir etc?

    Answers on the back of a Christmas card stamp please…


  49. Guest Who says:

    Ed and the BBC and the BBC and Ed.


    • Guest Who says:

      The BBC Editorial Guidelines on phrasing for effect are… very bbc.


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