556 Responses to Midweek 19 January 2022

  1. tomo says:

    crunching gears….


    • Fedup2 says:

      If the democrats and American MSM are now singing that they are unhappy if the false president – I wonder if that will feed across to the MSM here ? ( not that it matters because their elections easily fixed )…


      • digg says:

        Meanwhile Biden’s body count continues to ratchet up as emboldened by his watering down and tinkering with justice, criminals are out on killing sprees and robbery left right and centre.



    • MarkyMark says:


      President Trump’s 100 Days President Biden’s 0 Day 

      Dear Winston Smith in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth,

      You covered President Trump’s 100 Days and then produced a Beyond 100 Days to hold power to account.

      Why have you not done the same for President Biden to hold power to account?

      ‘Omission is the greatest form of lie.’ 


      Thank you again for contacting us,

      BBC Complaints Team


      • Up2snuff says:

        Don’t like Biden, don’t like the DNC (especially the extreme elements of it – which may be over 50% of the DNC!), I think the 2020 Election was extremely suspect, but I don’t really like a personal attack on an ‘elected’ (however dubiously) President, especially an old man.

        Uncomfortable viewing but I understand Tucker’s ire.


    • NCBBC says:

      Tucker Carlson notes that America is collapsing because Democrats foster and support criminals and illegal immigrants (same thing).

      His point is if you give money and high end apartments to criminals, looters, and illegal immigrants, you will get more of them. They will come from all corners of the earth.


  2. Fred Stubber says:

    For various reasons I’ve had chances to chat with quite a few people today. There seems to be a general weariness with the news overload about the Downing Street shenanigans. People are starting to feel that the story is being pushed by the media for ulterior reasons. Most people are more interested in the fact that we’ve had a lot of abnormally red skies for the past week. There is speculation that volcanic ash is the cause of it.


    • Guest Who says:

      Yet Laura is in a very nasty, small element still, one also occupied by… Beff.


    • Deborah says:

      Thanks Fred, for explaining what the BBC cannot be bothered to. Perhaps I am being unfair as they may have mentioned it and as I watch so little, I have missed it.

      We have been having wonderful red skies at night and I have thought, ‘good it is going to be fine tomorrow,’ then woken up to a red sky and thought, ‘bother, it is going to rain’.


  3. Zephir says:

    “Woke ideology is ‘cruel,’ ‘evil,’ and won’t end well: Victor Davis Hanson
    Victor Davis Hanson said academics call this ‘system’s collapse,’ leading to failure of successful societies”

    “Academics … call this ‘systems collapse,’ where all of a sudden a successful society suddenly doesn’t follow its tradition and rules and things happen that people cannot believe, such as empty shelves or you’re not able to buy meat or you go to fill up your car, and it’s a hundred dollars … or people getting shot in the street … And all of these things start to unwind the society. So the point is that it can’t continue,” Hanson told host Pete Hegseth.

    “I think finally, we really have to redefine this whole woke ideology. We think it’s kind of cute or it’s incompetent or it’s left-wing or it’s Marxist. [But] it’s cruel, it’s mean. It tells you, me, every citizen: If you get hurt, you get shot, we’re not going to worry about you. And the person who did that to you is probably going to be out without bail or not prosecuted for an earlier crime. It tells a young child: you in the present are going to learn good racism because there was bad racism in the past. It tells the old guy that is 68 like me, if you need treatment, you may be the wrong color – you wait in line.”



  4. Zephir says:

    Progressive prosecutors blasted as homicide numbers climb in Los Angeles, other left-wing cities
    LA women Brianna Kupfer and Sandra Shells were killed in separate attacks attributed to homeless men in the city last week


    “Crime in Los Angeles is on the rise – and critics, including Hatami, are blaming the progressive politics of the city’s new top cop, George Gascon, and other left-wing leaders like him.

    “When you say, ‘here’s a list of crimes I’m not going to prosecute,’ — Yeah, you are not a good D.A.,” said Hatami, a longtime LA prosecutor. “And you are not a good prosecutor. That shouldn’t be the first thing you do when you become D.A.”


    • Zephir says:

      “The homicide rate in L.A. City compared to 2019 is up over 50%,” he said. “The homicide rate in L.A. County compared to 2019 is up over 90%, and we’re at a 15-year-high in homicides.”


      • NCBBC says:

        Its noticeable in all churches. As men thin out, church membership falls. Boys don’t come to church as they generally follow Dad. And girls go where the boys are. Discipline, good behaviour, self control vanish.

        Our societies started to sink when men went walkabout. Why? Perhaps society started to think that once men had built it, they were not needed. Neither was the edgy attitude of men, which is one step away from rebellion ( but also creation and renewal).

        TV, and media generally, denigrated men and masculinity. Boys were forever denigrated. School and university curricula was designed to favour rote learning rather then free thinking. Women do well in this environment. Result is women are a majority in university.

        Here is an “education specialist”
        In fact, there is a positive story to be told when it comes to women’s place in higher education. The higher education participation level for young women has now reached 56.6%, compared to only 44.1% for young men. We have previously written about this gap and underachievement by young men in higher education. While this topic garners a great deal of controversy, it is one we must seek to address in striving for equality.


        First, “higher education” is a laugh. There is no such thing as “higher education ” in the UK.

        Instead of alarm, the commentator addresses this disaster by striving for equality.

        One can never have equality. If one strives for excellence, there will be inequality. Period.

        And now men don’t care. Society goes down as men walk by as a woman is raped or gang raped. Men are not there to teach their boys to do what a man does. To be fair and protect.

        This is happening in America and the UK too…

        And that is why we are going down the tube.

        Now we need boys but they have decided to transgender, as that is one way to get approval.


    • NCBBC says:

      White educated women were the main voting bloc against Donald Trump. They still are. It indicates that college education in a soft and dumb subject not only harms the person but kills the nation.

      Or putting it in mathematical logic

      “White” + “women” + “soft education” = bad for society and loss of a nation.


  5. Up2snuff says:

    TWEET OF THE DAY Watch #1 – now there’s a thing

    Brett Westwood presented Tweet of the Day on the Serin. Apparently this little finch breeds just across the Channel in France and elsewhere in Westrn Europe. Birders think/thought that it may have crossed the Channel to breed and become resident in Britain. This has not happened. Why?

    Is it because we are too racist in the UK?

    Or is it because Global Warming has not turned up the UK thermostat and our temperatures here in the UK have not increased as Climate Campaigners, including the BBC, claim?


    • Rob in Cheshire says:

      Probably because the French have eaten them all.


    • NCBBC says:

      Please Up2snuff

      The correct Climate behaviours is now better understood by
      the term “Climate Change”.

      This way Climate “science” follows the climate. Its much better for predictions.


  6. Zephir says:

    A vet, engineer, and podcast host are among the ‘270 doctors’ demanding Spotify take action against Joe Rogan
    Most of the 270 signatories are not medical doctors

    Last week, 270 so-called “doctors” co-signed an open letter to Spotify demanding the company take action against podcast host Joe Rogan for promoting what they called COVID-related “misinformation.”

    The media rushed to circulate the letter, running headlines that cast Rogan as a “menace to public health,” as asserted by the group.

    The Guardian, Forbes, Rolling Stone, Washington Post and others published the story, describing a strong coalition of doctors who asked Spotify to “implement a misinformation policy.”

    Only 87 of the signatories are medical doctors or doctors of osteopathic medicine, though, the conservative news site The Blaze found. Signatories include numerous nurse practitioners, veterinarians, a dentist, and close to 100 Ph.D.s and Ph.D. candidates.



    • Guest Who says:

      Any Allin Khans?


    • NCBBC says:

      In other words the entre raft of people who have destroyed the USA. No wonder they could not stand Donald Trump. Joe Rogan is a man like Donald Trump.

      These two hundred cant stand up to him individually, so they gang up and run to social media and Titter.

      And the manner these soviet apparats are behaving with their vaccine that does not provide immunity, it makes me suspicious that they dont wish to have any control group that is unvaccinated.

      Most of the 270 signatories are not medical doctors

      What we need is common sense.


  7. Guest Who says:

    Never guess where Jack works.


    • Guest Who says:

      Sources close to the bbc nudge unit claim…


      • Guest Who says:

        The DTs.


        • Guest Who says:

          Adam Boulton retweeted this.

          A source… that is senior.


  8. Guest Who says:

    Just reading about all the Drs that got excited by Joe Rogan, and attracted the coverage of even media here.


    • Guest Who says:


  9. Guest Who says:

    Got the logo in nice too.


  10. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY WATCH #1 – The BBC clinging on to hope

    Ladies Doubles Day on TOADY this morning. The BBC are hoping the ‘the very British coup’ against Boris Johnson will succeed and pin their hopes on a Conservative Party 1922 Committee vote of no confidence in the PM. Apparently the number of very disgruntled Conservative MPs has increased from six to seven. Perhaps the BBC should be expressing that as a percentage? It would be more impressive.

    A 16% increase.


  11. Guest Who says:

    Rog, Justin and Matt walk into a bar.

    And burn themselves.

    Imagine if the other two had been on.

    The media and the message.

    We see you, creeps.


    • MarkyMark says:

      Employment and earnings
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    • Sluff says:

      Excellent post GW and further proof that this website consistently shows more investigatory powers than thecwhole of the BBC.
      The Forbes article will never appear on the BBC. It’s just not what they want to hear.


    • Fedup2 says:

      The problem with kidults is that they have no grasp of time . There might be more nuclear – in 10 or 15 years time – but the problem is right now – in current prices …
      Another hip power company went but yesterday- ok only 200k customers but they add to the ‘ standard rate ‘ problem about to hit .

      Unfortunately i can see means tested – welfare sibsidised millions on low bills and the rest of us ‘ with broad shoulders ‘ picking up their tab


  12. dafydd says:

    BBC interviewing defence minister James Heappy this morning..

    All but one minute is about Partygate and then at the end a minute on Ukraine..

    According to intelligence experts Russia are days away from invading, the ramifications are mind blowing. And what are the media banging on about, sodding Partygate.

    This country is going tits up…


    • Fedup2 says:

      Oh god i did some Today Today .
      A BBC favourite – a traitor called Gavin Barwell – a mouthpiece for traitor May – did his regular anti conservative sniping from the sideline routine .
      Barwell is an infection for the tories now – doing his best to cause a civil war.

      Lets get this straight .cummings wants revenge . But the Left / Remainers such as the BBC is using it in the hope that it is a step to reverse brexit and bring in an even more lefty outfit than the current government .

      As for ‘Today ‘ thought for today was some bitter sihk moaning about the empire – which gave his family the ability to move from the 3rd world to the 1st . No gratitude – just the usual sour chippy approved thought .

      This followed by queers in the military after a taxpayer hand out – off switch .

      Meanwhile oil hit a 7 year high yesterday and uk inflation is going up by .3% per month so 10% by 2023 ? now the weather …


    • Thatcherrevolutionary says:

      SKY’s 6pm bulletin ran from 6pm – 6.22pm on partygate.


  13. Guest Who says:

    No Laura or Toenails?

    Surely they too would be honoured to be seen as the instruments of propaganda most approved by… Alistair Campbell?


  14. Guest Who says:

    Warden of two cats.. two!


  15. pugnazious says:

    From the BBC…

    ‘Brick smashes through Cardiff City Ladies team bus window

    A brick thrown from a motorway bridge narrowly missed Cardiff City Ladies footballers and staff, after smashing through their coach sunroof on the M4.

    A slur about Muslims can also be heard from inside the bus. The Met Police has said the incident will be looked at “in its entirety”.

    Head coach James Fishlock said, while there were no injuries, many of them were showered in broken glass.

    “A really jagged brick-type stone had come through the sunroof of the vehicle, obviously causing quite severe damage,” he said.

    “It was quite clearly a deliberate act, for somebody to think that’s an appropriate way to behave, it’s quite shocking really,” he added.’


    • LynetteO says:

      This morning on “Thought for the day” BBC radio 4 it was great, apparently , that a Muslim was trusted to hold the keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulcre in Jerusalem. But I wonder why a Muslim was holding the keys to this Christian Holy site ? Can you imagine the outcry if an Israeli Jew held the keys to Al asqa Mosque !

      If you google keys and holy sepulcre the first site you come to is a BBC website.


      • Fedup2 says:

        If I recall – the various brands of Christianity were shedding blood over the key on a regular basis so they found a ‘neutral ‘ middle man …
        My mind was comparing the ‘approved thought ‘ of that piece to the brazier comment about Islamic terrorism which is on the previous thread but deserves to be here too …..

        … it’s like broadcasting from different worlds …


      • MarkyMark says:

        Can non-Muslims do the hajj? No. Although Christians and Jews believe in the God of Abraham, they are not allowed to perform the hajj. Indeed, the government of Saudi Arabia forbids all non-Muslims from entering the holy city of Mecca at all.20 Aug 2018


  16. Doublethinker says:

    Will the Tories maintain the counter offensive against the BBC? At present there seems to be quite a lot of public support for ‘doing something’ about the BBC .
    The fact that the Beeb sold 700,000 fewer licenses last year is now confirmed and is highly significant in my opinion. There is no way that the BBC can prosecute even a fraction of those and everyone knows it. So I reckon that there is a good chance that plenty more will join the refuseniks . Some out of principle and some just to watch tv for free. Once momentum is gained there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that the BBC can do about other than either beg for government subsidy or seek to become a subscription only service.
    In their present mood even this bunch of pink Tories won’t give the BBC more public money, so becoming a subscription service would be the only way out for the BBC. Get as many folks as you can to join the refusenik crusade, there is nothing to fear and everything to gain.


    • Guest Who says:

      Tricky one.

      Currently I am getting sponsored posts on FB telling me Susan Sarandon supports Emma Watson on Palestine, which as an fule no sways me greatly given the clear passion of Hollywood luvvies sponsored by Soros.

      Mark Ruffalo on Newsnight could tip the balance for me.

      Especially if flown over by Sopes to be interviewed by ex Labour activist Lewis.


    • Fedup2 says:

      If you needed to make savings to pay the bills the first DD to go would be TVL ….


  17. Guest Who says:

    BBC Shires

    🎻 A Malvern man has created the world’s first official VEGAN violin!

    It’s not cheap to buy – hear the full tale below 👇


    Amazingly, it is a lot more expensive, but gets you BBC PR.

    In others news, BBC Environment is to be renamed Flogging An Ex Equine.


  18. MarkyMark says:

    Name of donor: Ministry of External Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan)
    Address of donor: c/o Taipei Representative Office in the UK, 50 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0EB
    Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): approximately £3,600, which includes travel to and from Taiwan (RoC), travel within the country, accommodation and hospitality
    Destination of visit: Taipei and I Lan, Taiwan
    Date of visit: 29 May-4 June 2011 inclusive
    Purpose of visit: part of a parliamentary delegation at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to gain a better understanding of economic and political issues concerning the country.



  19. MarkyMark says:

    BAD KNIGHT Theresa May’s Brexit negotiator Oliver Robbins handed a knighthood despite her Brexit deal being rejected three times
    Alexander Brown
    16:22, 14 Jan 2020Updated: 21:23, 14 Jan 2020



    • Fedup2 says:

      Can you imagine what the respond would be if the nice but dim future king had the curiosity to ask why that character was getting a gong ..
      … that ‘honours ‘ system really reflects the corruption in Blighty…
      ………talking of corruption – not looking good for the traitorous former labour remainer speaker with the bullying stuff ….


    • tomo says:

      Sir Humphrey gets to submit the candidates for approval


  20. brexiteerkent says:

    I usually have porridge for breakfast, but last night I saw this advert. Will not be buying any more porridge now. It seems it is not a product for people like me.

    Why is the BBC worried about ending the licence fee and needing to show advertisements? They will be in their little version of heaven.


    • Fedup2 says:

      But the ‘own brand ‘ stuff – cheaper ….


      • JimS says:

        I was at a supermarket that I don’t often visit recently and they sell a brand of oats that not all shops sell but they are nicer than ‘own brand’ so I thought I would seek them out.

        Oh dear. I counted five different packages all bearing the same brand but which if any was the variety that I liked.? So I bought none of them and went for ‘own-brand’ instead.

        Shouldn’t maize be replacing oats nowadays anyway if ‘we iz ahl blek’ now?


        • Guest Who says:

          Just saw an ‘expert’ presentation on council land use that said maize was bad and farmers growing it need to be penalised.

          Grabs popcorn.


        • Fedup2 says:

          Well I’ve always been a saunsburys chap – porridge wise – with some honey – from my hives ….

          Completely different …. Guess where Lizzy Truss is … yes …. Australia – long way to go without dipping hands in the blood …


    • Ian Rushlow says:

      Quaker Oats is owned by the American PepsiCo corporation. Other products from the group include Tropicana, Doritos, Copella, Harvest Bar, Scotts Porage Oats, Walkers (as promoted by BBC stalwart and crisp salesman, Garry Lineker). Alternative sugary drinks and snacks are available from other companies.

      Note to woke companies: Only 1/30th of the UK population are black. When you feature black people in advertising in a manner which is disproportionate and unrepresentative, you are telling the other 96.5% that you do not want their custom and would prefer them to shop elsewhere. And we are happy to comply.



      • BRISSLES says:

        Psssst, try Pipers crisps – they ARE the best and are produced by farmers in Lincolnshire.


    • NCBBC says:

      The more dysfunctional or educationally challenged a group is, the more it will be advertised as model group. ​
      For Blacks, one sees this is true in all walks except sport.

      The corollary is that the more highly educated a group is ,the more it will be shown as the reverse. That is the case for White men. If that group is not involved in crime, and is highly educated and professionally successful but a coloured minority, it wont be shown at all. This last are Hindus.


  21. MarkyMark says:

    HA HA HA .. advertisers always win … Watchdog does ADverts to inform people rather than stop them …

    “The watchdog is now taking out ads alerting consumers to the rule breaches.”


  22. MarkyMark says:

    BBC .. How do you solve a problem like bad information?

    When it comes to understanding science and making health decisions, it can have life-or-death consequences.

    People dissuaded from taking vaccines as a result of reading misleading information online have ended up in hospital or even died.

    And inaccurate or completely made-up claims about 5G and the origins of Covid-19 have been linked to violence and vandalism.


    CBBC Channel, Tuesday 8 June 2021

    In a segment about vaccine approval for 12 to 15 year olds, a contributor claimed that the Pfizer vaccine is “100% safe”. This has been removed from the online article and video: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/57435861


    BBC Radio 4, Wednesday 24 March 2021

    In an item about proposed Government changes to immigration rules we interviewed a Syrian teacher and filmmaker now living in the UK, Hassan Akkad. We should have made clear Mr Akkad is a member of the Labour Party as this might have helped the audience evaluate his contribution, without casting into doubt his personal knowledge of the issue.



  23. Guest Who says:

    Toenails does irony.


    • Guest Who says:

      It’s pathetic. As are his colleagues liking like fury.

      Let’s just check a QT 9/11 or Brexit audience…

      Or settled flights to Sweden to interview a truant on climate change by a colleague who keeps a tally of acceptable death rates.


    • MarkyMark says:



      • Fedup2 says:

        Robinson really has evolved into the most repulsive aspect of the BBC – I never thought I’d hear any journo telling a PM to ‘shut up ‘…
        That really was the tops …


  24. G says:

    Life goes on. A European picture of normality.

    “Austria: Muslim migrant sets fire to apartment building and attacks fleeing residents with a knife”



    • NCBBC says:

      This sort of attacks are occurring almost daily in Europe. Its the new “normal”. Its going to get much worse, as Muslims dont get what they think they deserve as they are the Believers and deserve the key to everything. Allah has bought Infidel property and lands for the chosen.

      There is also the likelihood that this Somali was facing imminent deportation. This attack was a way of staying on some sort of excuse. He will cop the “insanity” plea. He is sentenced to 10 years. Out in 5 and stays in Europe, as he has nowhere to go now. It works.


  25. micknotmike says:

    Need cheering up? A two minute woke-free experience? I’ve got just the thing for you. I’m a bit of a trainspotter at heart (sorry if it causes offence, but I get these urges).
    Go onto youtube and search for “Midland pullman advertisement 2021”. There’s something about it which feels like a breath of fresh air, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.
    As a disclaimer, I’m not plugging the company, nor do I have any association with youtube or railway operators of any name. I simply feel a lot better for watching it. As a pointer, I was continually expecting a near-certainty to occur, but it didn’t.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Where’s my deltic – I couldn’t get my head around the deltic as a kid – or now …
      …………….I’m a secret plane spotter – my hard core days of standing on the roof of the Queens ? Building at Heathrow sucking in aviation fuel are long gone ….

      … but now … I found a free app which tells you about the airplanes flying high above … there’s even one which you point at the plane and it tells you all about it ….

      Ok because ‘I’ve got wings ‘( yawn )


    • JimS says:

      Isn’t the Midland Pullman just a re-painted HS125, not the real thing?

      Conservative Party? Isn’t that just a re-painted New Labour, not the real thing?


  26. dafydd says:

    You couldn’t make this up…

    Labour now telling the BBC that Boris Johnson is the worse Prime Minister to have ever held office.

    And then we have Blair, a Prime Minister who gave the murdering BAST–DS in the IRA a “get out of jail” free card and sent British troop to the Iraqi war on a proven lie. Puts having a few illegal drinks nearly two years ago into perspective..


    • Peter Grimes says:

      And I’ve just seen Alieastair Campbell on the Kay Bully show on Sly making the same point.

      The boss for whom Campbell wrote lies destabilised not only the ME but all of the West as well. Even if you blame BoJo for ALL of the COVID deaths, he is nowhere near Blair’s level.


  27. taffman says:

    Papers !

    Time to get rid of this Welsh ‘Tinpot’ dictatorship.
    Anything on Al Beeb about this challenge ?


  28. AsISeeIt says:

    The planet wants kindness and this edition comes with a former health secretary warning

    There are those who still yet maintain that we live in a free market capitalist system.

    One increasingly suspects there’s in fact a crony globalist State and Corporate elite alliance spouting Leftism as its ideology.

    How else might one explain the persistent continued existence into the 21st century of the BBC – an overbearing unbalanced biased poll tax-funded State broadcaster?

    How many Tory governments have we now watched sit passively on their hands, attentive to, and even admiring of, the Beeb, as it relentlessly thrashed conservatism as evil in its drama, entertainment and current affairs output?

    What feels like a decade ago one expressed a desire hereabouts for then PM David Cameron to be kidnapped, bound and blindfolded, and put in a sealed room for a 24 hour stint, with nothing but BBC Radio 4 for company – and then ask him what did he think of the BBC?

    Amusingly one googled David Cameron opinion on BBC – and all one got was the BBC‘s opinions on David Cameron.

    There was this from 2016: ‘David Cameron criticises BBC for use of ‘Islamic State’. Prime minister, who only started using term Daesh for terrorist group last month, chides Radio 4 presenter‘ (Guardian) – which, if you think about it, says an awful lot. A supposedly conservative PM sticking up for the reputation of islam more than he would for conservatism.

    I digress. Let’s return to the notion of a crony corporate governmental leftist-minded cabal with the BBC as its prime mouthpiece.

    Sunak quashes Dorries’ BBC licence plan‘ (FT) – you could have knocked me down with a feather. I’m still chuckling at an interview on Talk Radio where some no-mark Labour shadow culture secretary defended the BBC largely on the basis of the status quo argument that it was 100 years old – QED – this from a party that usually suggests our institutions are systemically unsound and in need of root and branch reform.

    Corporate leftist ideology, you ask? Prime frontpage advert in the FT – I’ll read you the cringeworthy advertising copy: ‘Out-ethic your way to the top. Customers want speed. Shareholders want profits. The planet wants kindness

    New balls, please! – the media is absolutely determined to push a tennis star on us and tell us she is our hero: ‘Raducanu is back! It’s all smiles as Emma triumphs‘ (freebie Metro); ‘”I was really enjoying it” Raducanu makes a winning start‘ (Guardian) – how profound; ‘Comeback king and queen. Murray and Raducanu put troubles behind them with triumphant starts at Australian Open‘ (Telegraph) – Emma is inoffensive but I confess I actively dislike Murray

    Talking of sport… certainly not for the fainthearted, but in yesterday’s edition of the Evening Standard we get a sport pin up of sorts (West End Final as they used to say, freebie giveaway corporate and governmental agency advertising-funded, as I like to point out): ‘Hancock comes in from the cold… On thin ice: former health secretary Matt Hancock takes a dip in the Serpantine‘ – topless in his trunks full-length frontpage pic, I’m sorry to say. I can certainly think of a canal or two I’d like to dip the little shit in. Or perhaps: ‘Sewage in rivers. Water companies have illegally spilled sewage from treatment works into rivers at least 3,000 times in the past five years. Many of the rivers are popular with wild swimmers‘ (Times) – more fool them if they believe the hype that companies concerned really believe the planet wants kindness.

    Quick political spot: ‘Waugh on politics. Get ready for the Sunak and Truss show‘ (‘i’)

    Quick comedy spot: ‘Could he be a contender? Simon Hatterstone meets Keir Starmer‘ (Guardian)

    A study of our national press frontpages reveals quite a female-oriented culture.

    There’s fashion: ‘Forever in blue jeans. Denim is back – here’s how to wear it‘ (Guardian); ‘The waist is back – what to wear‘ and ‘My hot list of men. Anna Murphy: They’re all dressed‘ (Times) – thank heaven, I thought for a dreadful moment there we were about to be exposed to the Hancock again.

    Women’s heath: ‘Fiona Phillips. The menopause has left me feeling half the person I was…‘ (Daily Mirror) – note the oh-so PC “person...” not the obvious “woman” I was; ‘Health. Why I signed up for breathing lessons‘ (‘i’) – the ladies do seem to like being told what to do and how to do it, don’t they?

    Female interest features: ‘Andrew’s Ex: I was used as bait by Maxwell‘ and ‘Do you hold a grudge? Come on be honest. Our columnists do!‘ (Daily Express); ‘Strictly Nadia dumps Fiance. She grows close to dance hunk Kai. Loyal Dan was a rock after split‘ (Sun) – to be fair, there’s also something for the chaps – unlike our Dan (late of the BBC Breakfast sofa parish) fellas looking to get their rocks off, rather than to be one, will notice that accompanying the story there is a nice pic of the pulchritudinous blond Nadiya.

    Did I get this wrong or were we told facemasks were supposed to be worn to limit the spread of covid?

    End of covid restrictions… but not facemasks‘ (Times) – put that headline to a logic test.

    Anything at all aimed at the chaps today? Any feature of male interest?

    All you ever wanted to know about Brian Blessed‘ (Daily Star) – us guys, we’ll take whatever crumbs we’re offered.


  29. MarkyMark says:

    Yet Keeps his Job.


    Matt Hancock tells Brits to avoid casual sex and stick to ‘established’ partners
    Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Sky News journalist Kay Burley became rather giggly as they discussed the Government’s casual sex ban and when it will end

    Kay Burley and Matt Hancock get flirty talking about casual sex ban
    MilnePolitical Correspondent
    12:15, 24 Sep 2020UPDATED12:41, 24 Sep 2020


  30. JimS says:

    Radio 4 Extra does re-runs of It’s A Fair Cop in which a policeman tries to entertain an audience by taking them step-by-step through his actions in a typical case.

    Being from 2018 all the BBC’s favourite targets are in there, Trump, Rees-Mog, Brexiteers and Fox News.

    The first three I can understand but Fox News? It doesn’t broadcast in the UK so who watches it? Seems more a Beeboid obsession from online trolling than a Clapham Omnibus rider’s priority.

    (1950’s comedy is now revealed to be vintage, maturing gracefully, while 21st century ‘comedy’ is proving to be brash and bubbly and loses its fizz once exposed to the daylight).


    • Fedup2 says:

      The ex plod industry must be as competitive as the Race industry – or the muslim apologists …

      But every day – less TVLicences ..


  31. Sluff says:

    The radio came on at 0657 and I slept through the Toady news.
    At 0710 Mrs S dug me in the ribs and said ‘turn the radio off, it’s just nonstop doom and gloom’

    Which I duly did.
    Just another impartial day for the BBC.

    PS Economy growing, great job creation, covid rates down despite few restrictions, and the gorgeous Emma Radacanu won.


  32. taffman says:

    £1 = €1.2009
    Despite Brexit !
    Could this be a sign that the economy is picking up ?


    • Expat John says:

      Yet another sign…

      You can expect it to appear on the BBC website at:

      BBC News/business/financial/currency/minor fluctuations/commentary by Lewis Goodall.

      It will be there for 27 seconds, so they can say they covered it.


    • Thoughtful says:

      Or is it a sign the EU is facing an economic disaster ?


      • Sluff says:

        Or a sclerotic economic system that has repeatedly underperformed versus other global competitors.


  33. StewGreen says:

    local news They put their “Boris must go” campaign item at #3
    Imminent sale of Hull City, and murder. victim’s mum came first.

    It’s #2 on the other station, behind Covid


  34. StewGreen says:

    Covid hospital admissions are still more than twice the trend before Christmas


    • Sluff says:

      So what we are saying is that the NHS is there to treat people who are ill.

      Wow. And I thought it was just a gargantuan nationalised industry taxpayer funded job creation exercise where employees repeatedly complained if they were busy.


  35. s.trubble says:

    This Barry Gardner disappearing act. I seem to recall in the runup to Brexit this windbag was never out of bBC studios or SKY\

    Wonder how much he got in appearance fees?

    PS That Mishal and Nick can barely contain themselves on about Partygate.

    PS Once Boris started going down that apology road they knew they had him.

    Much as Boris has screwed up the thought of that media rabble getting a “head” is a worse outcome.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Trubble- barry must be the MP for MI5 – but i was amazed by the amount of personal data is freely available about him wife and footballer son .

      I suppose he must have washed all that chinese cash through the wife he employs – the one who failed to declare £30k from a union …

      I hope he gets a question in PMQs – although i suspect he might be down the chinky getting number 007 with plain rice ..


    • MarkyMark says:


      Labour’s Barry Gardiner rubbished key Brexit policy

      Barry Gardiner warns of civil disobedience if there’s another EU referendum

      Labour leadership: Barry Gardiner ‘considers’ entering race


  36. theisland says:

    Southend West constituency by-election will take place on Thursday 3 February 2022.

    List of candidates


  37. MarkyMark says:

    When a Politician defects do they have to hand back all their money?



    Changes to the Register of Members’ Interests
    Christian Wakeford

    Name of donor: The Carlton Club
    Address of donor: 69 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1PJ

    Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,500

    Donor status: company, registration 00573221

    (Registered 21 October 2020)



  38. MarkyMark says:

    Christian Wakeford goes to the Party who said HAMAS are our firends … ha ha ha

    Name of donor: Conservative Friends of Israel Ltd (CFI Ltd)
    Address of donor: Blick Rothenberg, 7-10 Chandos Street, London, UK, W1G 9DG

    Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): Air travel, accommodation and hospitality with a value of £2,300



  39. MarkyMark says:

    Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, The Prime Minister (Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Conservative)



  40. MarkyMark says:

    NO SPIES FOUND ON BBC – Omission is the greatest lie.


    The shockwaves are still being felt from MI5’s interference alert to Parliament last week but the signs are it will not be the last.

    Labour MP Barry Gardiner received more than £400,000 of funding for his office over five years and looks to have been the largest recipient of money – although the effort to gain influence is alleged to have crossed party lines.


  41. MarkyMark says:

    Welcome Christian!
    Enjoyed working with you on Fire and Rehire where you stood up for what was right. Pleased to welcome you as a Labour colleague.


    Labour MP Barry Gardiner received more than £400,000 of funding for his office over five years and looks to have been the largest recipient of money – although the effort to gain influence is alleged to have crossed party lines.


  42. MarkyMark says:

    “THe Most OPEN SOCIETY IN EUROPE.” (C) Boris Johnson


    ‘Devastated’ Batley teacher ‘fearing for his life’ as he goes into hiding after Prophet Muhammad cartoon row
    He is said to be an emotional wreck and is terrified about returning to Batley


  43. StewGreen says:

    R4 Consumer show
    “new chains of dessert shops especially aimed at Muslims”
    goes to report with owner in Manchester
    .. “Muslims can’t go in bars, so we have these”


    • MarkyMark says:

      It is a center of pilgrimage and prayer — a sacred place where Muslims are free from the distractions of daily life. Only Muslims are allowed to visit the holy city of Mecca and enter its inner sanctum, the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and Islam.20 Sept 2018


  44. StewGreen says:

    R4 Consumer show previous item, talking about inflation that affects the poor
    GOOD : they had an expert on who explained 2 things
    – Minimum wage is just about to go up 6.7%
    – Universal Credit went up in November

    BAD : The presenter then looked a dunce, cos she then asked “Tracy did you feel that rise ?”
    ..why does the presenter not know that, at the same time the Covid £20 uplift ended, so people’s actual payment fell.

    * And why do the presenter and expert not seem to recognise, that anticipation of the rise in minimum wage partially CAUSES inflation, as employers put prices up to fund the pay rise.


  45. digg says:

    Seems like there will be a small number of Tory backbenchers recently elected, looking for a new job at next election time as the backstabbers are thrown out by Joe Public.

    As for the defecting slug Wakeford, he showed his colours when he continued to take his County Council Allowance after he was elected an MP against the rules and far more serious than a few drinks in a Garden.

    We really have some despicable twats in Parliament these days!

    Bring it on!


  46. MarkyMark says:

    HA HA HA HA HA “A group of more than 100 of the world’s richest people have called on governments to make them pay more tax.”


    • StewGreen says:

      Big business has done quite a good job
      – Food costs almost nothing
      – Social media costs nothing
      but the UK housing market is completely different thing

      The more the government gets involved in things the more they cost
      .. look at what happened with energy prices

      Ideally big business should pay less tax, but generate competitive markets that drive prices down.


  47. StewGreen says:

    Southend By-election : Steve Laws is standing
    He’s the guy that video blogs from Dover about the The Taxi Services that bring in illegal immigrants.



  48. StewGreen says:

    1pm local news OTT squealing anti-Boris stuff
    eg played the Starmer question in full
    Boris’s reply “You already asked that wait for the inquiry”
    Then Clip of East Yorkshire MP calling for Boris to go

    – Stena to open £100m ferry terminal in Immingham
    – In Belgium a court has convicted the Vietnamese ringleader in the 39 dead immigrants case
    – All local beaches now meet health standards


  49. StewGreen says:

    Is squealing about parties civil servants had 2 years ago, 1 year ago the best best use of the media and politicians’ time ?

    Couldn’t they instead be doing things to improve the UK’s FUTURE ?

    You can change the future … you can’t can’t change the past.


  50. Fedup2 says:

    After PMQs it seems that the Gray report is to be published next week . I wonder if that means that Cummings has given evidence ?
    I think nut nut will remain until the report is published . But i reckon the Report will satisfy and disappoint everyone in what it says .
    I think if nut nut starts being Tory he should stay.
    Today we witnessed some pretty shameful stuff – 1 was david davis doing his Amery act ( to get a ministerial job in a new cabinet ) and 2 – the traitor who crossed the floor to favour his own dirty career .

    I listened to PMQs and the statement on covid . To me nut nut sounded sound .


    • MarkyMark says:

      ” starts being Tory ” – 2 years – 80 seat majority – 0 action.


      • Fedup2 says:

        Yes i know- i also know that my brand of toryism isnt for our times . I am no fan of nut nut but he is the least bad choice – any replacement will spend the next 2 years being bashed about to get a general election with a fully Socialist Regime .

        In fairness – too- any government would be pre occupied across the last 2 years with the chinese virus ..

        – i also prioritise the need to pull away from the Reich EU and never rejoin it .


        • MarkyMark says:

          Boris is only reacting and being conservative because he needs support – not because he wants to be conservative. Weird times.