687 Responses to Midweek 12 January 2022

  1. StewGreen says:

    Boris transcript that my local BBC chose to replace with their own words that contained spin words “Booze party” etc.



    • Fedup2 says:

      Baroness Sue Gray ? Dame Sue Gray ? Lady Gray …?

      Cant really see the chummy boris gig making it much longer … its a pity that starmer came back because that scatty angie one would have been box office …

      And twitter is having a ball but BYOB ( whatever that means WTM) ..


      • Guest Who says:

        Radio 4

        She’s a Permanent Secretary in the Cabinet Office and she’s looking into the various alleged Christmas parties held in Downing Street during lockdown. She has a reputation for leading the most vigorous internal investigations.

        Profile on BBC Sounds.

        What do we know about Sue Gray.


        Rather suspect what ‘they’ know and how ‘they’ run with it will be quite revealing.


  2. StewGreen says:

    Next bit Our Dear Leader Sir Keir Starmer

    Well, there we have it. After months of deceit and deception, the pathetic spectacle of a man who’s run out of road.
    (line BBC chose to quote)

    His defence, that he didn’t realise he was at a party, is so ridiculous that it’s actually offensive to the British public.

    He’s finally been forced to admit what everyone knew that when the whole country was locked down, he was hosting *boozy*parties in Downing Street.
    (loaded language)

    Is he now going to do but decent thing and resign?

    After the noise Boris finally replies

    I want to I want to repeat that I thought it was a work event
    and Mr Speaker, I regret very much that we did not do things differently that evening.
    .. as I said, and I take responsibility and I apologise, Mr. Speaker, but as for as for his his political point, I don’t think that he should pre-empt the outcome of the inquiry.

    He will have he will have a further opportunity, I hope to question me as soon as possible.


    Well, that apology was pretty worthless wasn’t it?
    (What’s the point in apologising if people then mock you for it anyway ?)
    Let me tell him why this matters. Yesterday, in this chamber, honourable members told heart wrenching stories about the sacrifices people across the country were making.
    This House and the whole country were moved by the honourable member for Strangford as he talked about his mother-in-law dying alone.
    He was following the rules whilst the Prime Minister was *partying *in Downing Street. (spin)

    Is the prime minister really so contemptuous of the British public that he thinks he could just ride this out?

    Boris Johnson

    … Nobody who heard that could fail to have been moved.
    And I know that people up and down the country have made huge sacrifices throughout this pandemic,
    and I understand the anger the rage that they feel at the thought that the people in Downing Street we’re not following those rules.
    I regret the way the event I have described was handled.
    I bitterly regret it and wish that we could have done things differently than I have and will continue to apologise for what we did….



    • StewGreen says:

      Jump forwards to Boris replying to Starmer
      saying “Can’t the Prime Minister see why the British public thinks he’s lying through his teeth?
      .. Those words are technically wrong, cos you are not allowed to call another MP a liar
      However when Boris protested the speaker said No Starmer was not expressing his own opinion, but rather the public’s ..so Boris first called the speaker wrong. and then called Starmer wrong

      Mr Speaker, it’s up to the right honourable gentleman to choose how he conducts himself in this place.

      He is wrong. I say to him that he’s wrong.
      He’s wrong in what he said.
      .. and is wrong in several key respects.

      But Mr Speaker that does not detract from the the basic point that I want to make today, which is I accept that we should have done things differently on that evening.

      As I as I said to the house,
      I believe that the events in question were within the guidance
      and were within the rules
      and that was certainly the assumption on which I operated
      but can I say to him as a speaker that he should wait, before he jumps to conclusions, because a lawyer should respect the inquiry.
      I hope that he will wait until the facts are established and brought to this House.

      Later Boris replies get in that Britain has masses more testing than most countries
      Massses more vaccinations etc.


  3. StewGreen says:

    The media narrative is gripping
    cos it is so extraordinary
    ‘ Here we were one foot nailed to the floor, while members of our families died alone
    Yet the people in Downing street are so arrogant they were having boozy parties all the time’

    There is an alternative that might fit better with Ockham’s Razor
    That Boris knows about Covid cos he nearly died from it and spent weeks in hospital.

    That the top civil servant was not arrogant or stupid, but actually knew how the rules were written
    That they did stop people having parties AT HOME,
    but that workplace rules were different
    and that when he issued invitations for an outdoor socially distanced meetup he knew that was within the law.

    And that journos knew this too, so despite their being 100 email invitations, they didn’t try to make anything of it until 20 months later.

    Weak Boris actually did give a strong performance at the dispatch box
    ..Instead of leaking stuff to the press beforehand
    he stayed with in the rules and saved his apology statement for parliament.
    Then when Starmer stood up and tried all his hyperbole, Boris stood up and answered him firmly ..no caving in
    He looked way stronger than Mrs May, or Corbyn etc. .. but I expect he hi team had really really been preparing.


    • MarkyMark says:

      Boris without a script … ‘Embarrassing’: Boris Johnson criticised for rambling speech to CBI
      This article is more than 1 month old
      Business leaders and Conservative MPs criticise speech in which PM extensively praised Peppa Pig World and imitated car


  4. MarkyMark says:

    That they did stop people having parties AT HOME,
    but that workplace rules were different

    “The creatures (citizens) outside looked from (tory) pig to (labour) man, and from (labour) man to (tory) pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

    ― George Orwell, Animal Farm


  5. richard D says:

    Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has chosen to open the biggest Parliamentary can of worms ever, and it’s unlikely he’ll be able to close it again without basically admitting he has improperly supported Keir Starmer in the House of Commons in getting away with breaking parliamentary rules and precedent by calling an opponent ‘a liar’, simply by pre-attaching the phrase ‘….the public thinks….’

    Oh what fun it’s going to be when all sorts of claims are uttered by anyone else – and there will definitely be those who will make use of this ruling.


  6. MarkyMark says:

    How come Greta was no in Parliament telling everyone who is frozen to hug a puppy ala Ovo Energy?!


  7. JohnC says:

    A year on, has Trump benefited from a Twitter ban?

    Just look at the picture the slimy BBC chose to put of Trump:


    The reason Trump got banned had nothing to do with bad language. He said things which the Left didn’t agree with and unilaterally decided were untrue simply because it didn’t suit their own agenda.

    My favourite was how they banned any claims that the election was rigged without having any evidence at all to counter his claims.

    Trump is like Farage : when you read what the far-Left media such as the BBC claim he said and when you listen to him actually say it, they are not the same thing at all.


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  8. MarkyMark says:

    Speculation circulating online in 2020 has resurfaced on social media claiming that UK Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer was responsible for failing to prosecute Jimmy Savile, the late TV and radio presenter revealed after his death to be one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders. Starmer was the head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) at the time of the incidents, but he was not the reviewing lawyer for the case, the CPS said and a report on the handling of the cases showed.



  9. StewGreen says:

    Nicky Campbell phone-in


  10. Fedup2 says:

    Thinking bigger picture – the party thing is a kind of character trait of nut nut and mrs nut nut .
    He had no constraint . No one to say “this is dangerous “ … and allows a trivial exercise in “jolly “ to end his presidency ( thats how the office is thought of ) …

    Sooner or later it was bound to happen in one way or another. But i laid the narrative out in an earlier post . Whether the 1922 does the job before the MSM does is moot …


  11. StewGreen says:

    SkyNews .. claiming there were 11 Boris parties


  12. StewGreen says:

    Broadcaster Tonia Buxton does not trust the BBC’s coverage of the pandemic.
    “The BBC have done a great job of constantly lying on air. They’re trying to keep the fear narrative up.”


  13. digg says:

    Some signs of hope in the US.

    1. CNN and the rest of the left-wing Biden supporting media are seeing their audience vanish before their eyes. Whilst the rather more Conservative Fox News audience figures are going through the roof!


    2. US parents are giving the Biden administration a walloping over its attempts to crack down on and brand parents who object to Critical Race Theory on school curriculums as terrorists


    3. The US economy is heading towards basket case levels with the highest inflation rise in 40 years.


    America is waking up to the total shambles they have sleep-walked into it seems

    I can see the democrats ending up with an unworkable Senate after the mid-terms and I can see Trump back in the White House come the next elections and this time he will have the power of the Senate to crush the dodgy actions of the election officials. This being the reason that Biden is trying to re-write the constitution so that the incumbent President can have more control over individual States voting rights. He is running scared!

    I can only hope that this rubs off on the UK in due course.


  14. MarkyMark says:

    Bad day?

    The boss of Ovo Energy has blamed a “bad day” for ridiculous advice to customers on how to stay warm amid soaring bills.

    Stephen Fitzpatrick told the BBC he felt “really embarrassed” about the 10-point plan, which included “doing a few star jumps” and cuddling pets.

    Ovo apologised on Tuesday, and Mr Fitzpatrick went on BBC TV and radio on Wednesday to repeat how sorry he was.

    “We’re a large company and somebody had a bad day,” he said.



  15. MarkyMark says:

    A school remains closed, a library is given over to police use and businesses are shut as an armed stand-off continues into a fourth day.

    A 41-year-old man barricaded himself in a flat in Coventry with his eight-year-old son on Sunday.

    It is believed there are weapons in the property on Earlsdon Avenue North amid what police describe as a really sensitive policing operation.



  16. MarkyMark says:


    Migrant crossings: Number reaching UK this year three times 2020’s total
    Published22 November 2021


  17. MarkyMark says:

    The nearly two-year special counsel investigation of Russian election interference led by Robert Mueller cost nearly $32 million in total, a new filing shows.

    The expenditures report, shared with CNBC by the Department of Justice on Friday, covers the final eight months of the probe, in which the special counsel spent about $6.56 million. About $4.12 million of that was spent through the special counsel’s office directly, and $2.44 million came from DOJ components that supported Mueller’s office



  18. MarkyMark says:

    Downing Street party: The families who lost loved ones in May 2020

    Downing Street party: The families who lost loved ones in May 2020
    As pressure mounts on Boris Johnson over whether he attended a No 10 party during lockdown in May 2020, the BBC has spoken to families of people who died that same month.

    Alejandra Godoy – who lost her mother – said she “really hates” the PM.

    Lisa Wilkie filmed her brother dying in intensive care, because her mother wasn’t allowed to attend.

    Amanda McEgan’s daughter died from cancer and spent the last months of her life unable to see friends and some family members.

    Published6 hours ago


    eremy Corbyn broke ‘rule of six’ at dinner party with eight others
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    Joe Roberts
    Thursday 1 Oct 2020 8:07 am

    Ex-SNP MP Margaret Ferrier to stand trial over alleged Covid breach
    Politician is accused of travelling from Glasgow to London despite knowing she had symptoms of virus

    Pop star Rita Ora has apologised for a second breach of the UK’s Covid-19 restrictions, after failing to self-isolate following a trip to Egypt. The 30-year-old flew to Egypt for a private performance on 21 November. On her return the following day, she should have isolated for two weeks.7 Dec 2020


  19. MarkyMark says:

    Has everyone stopped buying rita ora’s music in protest ?

    Pop star Rita Ora has apologised for a second breach of the UK’s Covid-19 restrictions, after failing to self-isolate following a trip to Egypt. The 30-year-old flew to Egypt for a private performance on 21 November. On her return the following day, she should have isolated for two weeks.7 Dec 2020

    She said: ‘I recently flew to Egypt to perform at a corporate event for a private company, where my travel party followed protocol and presented negative Covid tests upon entry, as required by Egyptian authorities.

    ‘Upon my return to Britain, I should have followed Government advice and isolated myself for the required period. As you know, I didn’t follow Government advice and… I apologise again, unreservedly.


  20. MarkyMark says:

    This judgment established a new standard of ethical medical behaviour for the post World War II human rights era. Amongst other requirements, this document enunciates the requirement of voluntary informed consent of the human subject. The principle of voluntary informed consent protects the right of the individual to control his own body.

    This code also recognizes that the risk must be weighed against the expected benefit, and that unnecessary pain and suffering must be avoided.

    This code recognizes that doctors should avoid actions that injure human patients.

    Click to access BMJ_No_7070_Volume_313_The_Nuremberg_Code.pdf


  21. StewGreen says:

    R4 Media show “not all the allegations about Trump and his collusion with Russia stood up”

    A bold new media start-up plans to create from scratch a news provider that will rival the likes of CNN, the New York Times and the BBC. The people behind it are Justin Smith , boss of Bloomberg Media, and Ben Smith (not related), former editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed News and media columnist at the New York Times.”
    … so We invited our mate Ben to give him a gigantic free plug

    After 170 seconds “The rise of the FAR RIGHT …”


    • StewGreen says:

      Ben Smith published the Steel Dossier against Trump
      “oh well CNN had reported the secret document existed
      all I did was report the detailed
      .. we did mention that there were errors in it”
      Ros pointed out that that killed trust in the media.


  22. StewGreen says:

    Partygate2 was May 20th 2020
    what day were the crowded BLM marches ?


    • StewGreen says:

      ‘May2020 empty streets’
      FFS that’s 2022 media gaslighting

      Guardian on May 25th 2020
      showing people packed onto beaches


      • StewGreen says:

        ITV local news #ConstantGasLighting
        “Here’s Tom in May 2020 he couldn’t touch his mother, he had to shout to her through the window of the old folks home”

        Yes he did, but so what ?
        Back on the streets there were VE street parties, BLM rallies and crowds on the beach


    • G.W.F. says:

      Watching BBC News tonight it seems that the BBC are ready to sack Bojo.
      I wonder who the BBC will appoint as his successor?
      Don’t ask the Tory MPs, they just obey orders from the state broadcaster


    • Seppers says:

      …that the bbc were using 2nd party websites and long-stories on newsbeat to encourage young people to attend, in contradiction to the lockdown rules (and the spirit of not spreading the virus, rules or not)


  23. vlad says:

    Our unbiased national broadcaster clearly smell blood in the water over Boris’s drinks party, and are milking it for all it’s worth.
    Completely impartial, of course.


    • MarkyMark says:

      Any BBC Parties with Lord Tony Blair and Alister Cambell with Beth Rigby and Kay Burley in attendance?


  24. StewGreen says:

    Covid counts ..The case decline does seem real
    but deaths could reach 300/day before they fall
    Peak so far in Jan 6th with 212 deaths


    • StewGreen says:

      Lincolnshire’s 2 hospitals military help starts tomorrow
      local BBC have been reporting.

      “The highest state of emergency was declared today
      through 3 factors
      Covid/Winter/ Water supply problem”


  25. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    About actors only playing parts such as a Jew playing a Jew.

    The same should apply to news reporters and it should mean that Beth rigby and Kay burley should be the ones reporting on the rule breaker Boris.


  26. MarkyMark says:

    Tony Blair to have his “Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter” rescinded

    1,099,839 have signed.



    The pamphlet said: “We’ll negotiate a withdrawal from the E.E.C. which has drained our natural resources and destroyed jobs.”


    • digg says:

      Even if he does escape I would guess he will probably keep a very low profile from here on in. So in that sense the petition will achieve a noble end whether the gOvernment acts or not..

      Good riddance!


  27. MarkyMark says:

    This was the year before the miners’ strikes and Mr Blair won support with an election leaflet which declared: “Britain in general and the North East in particular have suffered appallingly under the misrule of Mrs Thatcher. Her hardline policies are both cruel and wrong.”



  28. MarkyMark says:

    I expect to spend approximately 12 hours each month on my duties as Chair and on preparing publications and other content, in return for a monthly payment of £5,420 (£65,040 a year). (Registered 10 October 2018)



  29. MarkyMark says:

    Russia invades Urkaine whilst 200 uk soldiers go to the NHS.
    ** Boris and Starmer fighting over who had the best wine party.


  30. AntiCorruptionTsar says:

    Eric Gill statue taking a deserved bashing: https://twitter.com/katierazz/status/1481307310534402049?s=20


  31. Sluff says:

    Just out of interest.
    If you live where you work, which covid rules do you follow and when?
    Do you use one of those old clocking in machines?
    Keep an hourly diary?
    What about going to the loo?
    What about talking about business over a beer?
    What about those who do work from home?
    Do the rules change at 5 pm?
    I’m just thinking here about the practicalities. Practicalities many of us never have to manage.

    I think we should be told.


  32. Sluff says:

    BBC1 6 pm news at 6.18 pm.
    ‘Coming up we’ll be finding out what voters in the West Midlands think about today’s events in Parliament’.

    Now let me gues…………


  33. StewGreen says:

    6:25pm ITV ..A Conservative Party Political Broadcast
    It just features Boris telling us about the Covid programme, get your vaccinations, thankyou all the staff ..etc.”

    .. Surely this must have been booked for weeks.


    • digg says:

      I would guess that ITV ran it at random to amplify the Bad Boris effect… I di notice they tagged it as News and Factula rather than Party Political Broadcast presumably to f=defend themselves against action by the government they can claim its a “news”piece.

      Needs questioning!


  34. Guest Who says:

    Noj Opsel left huge glasses to fill.


  35. Guest Who says:

    Springster is on board.

    ‘Could’ bring all the facts needed.


  36. Guest Who says:

    Meanwhile Mad Al is tweeting about dodgy stuff and his boss gets a gong.


  37. tomo says:

    Right oh…

    Lets see where this goes ….

    They are going to have some fun getting him down 🙂

    Love the blue flashing lights


    • digg says:

      I hope the Colston four are feeling as smug as ever! And I hope the judge and jury can now see what they have started.

      There is no way this man can be convicted in any court now!


    • richard D says:

      I suspect a simple bottle jack would have done wonders if placed behind the statue, and operated with a few movements of the handle.


  38. StewGreen says:

    ITV local news “17 year old Asia Harris from Sheffield is back from America after winning an under 17 championship”
    OK that’s good
    The competition was before Christmas so they haven’t reported on it yet.
    But she is black so they may have played a part in why they did filming today.


  39. StewGreen says:

    BBC local news Partygate2

    They had some sneering question for a Tory MP who was on for something else.

    Then “a local Hull Labour MP Karl Turner has spoken in Parliament about the Party”
    they played a clip where Turner used extreme rhetoric.

    Then viewers comments were mixed
    a few were against the hyperbole
    – “Why did no one talk about this for 2 years, it’s not important”
    – “Loads of people were having VE paeties in their gardens”


    • StewGreen says:

      Now a Labour MP Diana Johnson and her drink-spiking campaign.


      • Northern Voter says:

        It would have to be a bloke with a dog and a white stick that spiked her drink! Other coloured sticks are available.


  40. Deborah says:

    The BBC keeps saying that people are rightly angry about Boris’s lies. I just wonder if it is right for people to be rightly angry about Martin Bashir’s lies to Princess Diana, rightly angry about the lies the BBC tells about climate change, the lies they told about the young people on the bus in Oxford Street etc etc. Shouldn’t the BBC consider its position?

    And shouldn’t Dvjokovik give up tennis after lying on his visa application for Australia? He apologised, so according to the BBC that’s ok. Boris apologies, and it wasn’t.

    Peter Levy on Look North just admitted that half the emails they have had in were in support of Boris. He quickly moved on.


  41. Guest Who says:

    I thought he admitted attendance?

    That said, I am intrigued as to the extent of these buildings where foot in it pols live, and work?

    Watched Armageddon the other day and there was an aerial shot of the White House. Looks quite small, though there is a long annexe off to one side.

    Based on watching ‘West Wing’ I think that’s where all the gofers are rammed. I wonder if No.10 is similar.

    Certainly the media do like blurring the actions of civil servants with hapless elected pols.


    • Up2snuff says:

      Guest, I have a notion it may be the other way round. The extension is ‘The Residence’ and the impressive bit is the working part of the WH. Think it is open to the public quite a bit of the time and there can sometimes be official guided tours – excluding The Residence.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Portilo – on GBNews – ran through the recent screw ups – ranging from Raab on holiday ( same with the rest of the FCO ) – the Resigned MP for randox – now a PM personal secretary sending out a ‘bring a bottle ‘ email – plus picture …..oh yeah – and a cabinet secretary having to recuse himself because he went to a party ( event ) ….
      In the background – a new virus – inflation – shortages – energy prices …. A dysfunctional NHS ….


    • Guest Who says:



    • Guest Who says:

      It seems they only cancel those whose views they won’t tolerate.


  42. Thoughtful says:

    If anyone is wondering about the state of the Tory party just take a read of this and the unsuitability of their leader Boris the bottler Johnson:



  43. digg says:

    The Canadian Government demonstrates a very warped sense of priorities.


    Apparently you must now be vaccinated to be able to access cannabis stores with all the health and mental problems that this drug brings with it.

    I know this from first hand experience with people I have known who are now severely mentally damaged through regular cannabis use and who’s lives are ruined by it’s effects both mentally and physically.

    I can only shake my head at the sheer lunacy of the double standards of these people.

    No doubt our Justin partakes I would guess as no doubt do many in Broadcasting House!


  44. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    I wonder if Prince Andrew will be visiting the Ecuador Embassy in the near future.


  45. Fedup2 says:

    Have you watched much of GBNews ? I’ve just been watching Farage have a pint with M . Portillo . I was trying to put a finger on what makes it so different and better from the BBC . And the answer? It is unrestrained . There is not the constant tick box false ‘social justice ‘ crap infecting everything BBC .

    However the big question of the day remains whether 57 letters will go into the 1922 committee – about half a dozen have gone public – I wonder if this is the tip of the iceberg ?

    Soonak seems to be doing a John major ( at the dentists when the knives were going into M Thatcher )….


  46. Fedup2 says:

    Not BBC – not nut nut – but the news that a met plod has been charged with more alleged rapes and sex offences …. (29?)

    … once upon a time such a think would have shaken the earth . But now there is not even a tremor . I wonder what happened to plod ?


  47. dafydd says:

    BBC headlines….Ministers ask Johnson to quit…it’s as though the whole cabinet want him out..Infact 28 of the 30 have come out in support…. The other two are self confessed Boris haters, Wragg and Ross..

    Sky news sends a correspondent to Boris’s constituency to assess the mood and hoping for a scoop. Poor correspondent was for in for a surprise, he had to admit that a majority still stood by Boris.

    It all goes to show, the public really couldn’t give a rat’s arse about a drink or two that happened nearly two years ago, more important things going on in the world .Sadly this won’t stop the media persuing Boris.

    Interesting to see on the BBC that the Prince Andrew story was the main headline for just an hour or so before we got back to Boris..


  48. Up2snuff says:

    BBC WEB-SITE Watch #1 – huh! The medical profession, what have they become!

    The BBC tend to treat doctors with too much respect and admiration at times during interviews. Even I could have diagnosed Piotr’s condition within a week just by looking at him. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-59939686 Edinburgh has one of the best medical schools in the UK but it took them two months to diagnose Piotr’s condition.


    Hopefully, the medical experts coming on the BBC airwaves to talky Covid and ‘Ommycron’ will be interrogated a little more thoroughly by BBC presenters in future.


  49. StewGreen says:

    The idea that civil servants have a conspiracy against Boris

    Someone leaked the email to ITV
    who ?
    “@PaulBrandITV detailed email leaks.
    He’s married to civil servant Joe Cuddeford, Deputy Dir. at Cabinet Office.”
    Don’t forget they knew 20 months ago


    • Fedup2 says:

      And who said there is no swamp ? I was waiting for the ‘killer ‘ photograph but it has nt come out yet …. That picture deserves wider circulation …


    • tomo says:

      If the leak was managed / put in the freezer to do damage at the appropriate moment – that’s a pensionectomy +P45 isn’t it?