Weekend 22 January 2022

Well- the increase in TV Licence Tax will be stopped at the current level for the next 2 years . At the same time there will be a ‘ discussion ‘ about the funding model for the BBC in the run up to the next charter review in 2027 . Wouldnt it be great if the publicly funded BBC ends then ?

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267 Responses to Weekend 22 January 2022

  1. Nibor says:

    43 pence a day . It’s a bargain! If you like that sort of thing .

    Beeboids , for less than 43 pence a day you can join the Conservative Party , or Britain First, BNP , UKIP , Reform Party , the Libertarian Party ,The Taxpayers Alliance , Civitas , Alternative Fur Deutschland, Swedish Democrats , the Republican Party , Victor Orban’s party , and a whole host of others .
    Join any one and you’ll get a diversity of ideas from your liberal/left globalist statist thought .

    But I expect you don’t want to spend your money that way and fortunately for your rigid mindset you don’t have to .

    So you can save the 43 pence a day , £159 a year and spend it instead on champagne ready to toast a Labour victory.

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    • BRISSLES says:

      Didn’t know that Lineker – not only picks up the BBC’s biggest paycheque, but also gets a God only knows how much pay day from ITV, for presenting some obscure quiz programme ! he must have the best Agent in the business, I mean, how many of their lowly paid soap employees have a water tight contract to only work for the BBC ? It really is time to drain the swamp.

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  2. StewGreen says:

    Catchup links to most recent posts on previous thread
    – Just a few posts on page 6 started 9pm on Friday
    page 5 started 8am on Friday
    …. page 4

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  3. Sluff says:

    Off topic but not totally.
    A friend was that rarest of people- a Brexit supporting civil servant.
    They worked in a senior position at DEFRA.
    The morning after the Brexit result, the Permanent Secretary held a big meeting in the Atrium and announced fairly that irrespective of their personal views, it was their job to ensure the government’s programme was carried out.

    Apparently people in DEFRA were in tears. Crying because the Brexit result had not gone their way. Crying on their way back to their offices.

    Five years later these same civil servants are partying in Downing Street like there’s no tomorrow, unaccountable and untouchable, and the admittedly inept winner of that Brexit result and architect of our leaving the EU has been systematically undermined by them as they try to engineer his demise.

    My contact also asserts that many top civil servants are Labour supporters. Statist and entitled, their financial success, job security, and pensions owes more to socialist state-controlled iinertia than to the opportunities of the market. Only the Zil limousines are missing.

    With that level of ‘impartiality’ in the civil service., no wonder the centre right finds it so difficult to get its policies through in practice.

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  4. BRISSLES says:

    Here we are, its 1.22 am and STILL the news channels are going on about the death of Meat Loaf.. Lately they (news channels) are repeating the same news stories running into days rather than the old 24 hours. How long will they report Adele (her of the one song with different arrangements) having a meltdown in Las Vegas, – probably into the middle of next week.

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  5. vlad says:

    I thought John Sweeney was dead, but apparently not.

    Here he is telling us how wonderful the BBC is, “the glue that holds the country together” bla bla.

    Funny how – despite the BBC being ever-so impartial and unbiased – it seems to be mainly lefty types rushing to its defence.

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    • Nibor says:

      How does having BBC Asian programs hold the nation together ?

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    • BRISSLES says:

      Huge mistake giving that idiot (he who inadvertently TWICE walked out of a supermarket with a trolley load of booze without paying – never prosecuted), the permanent job. If there was anyone who was less talentless, has a bigger ego, and prostitutes himself for any job in television, I’d like to know.

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  6. Zephir says:

    Asian ? think again not any Chinese , Japanese, Philipino asians represented, but muzzies ? oh yeh

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  7. Zephir says:

    The far left racist bbc answer to Britbox : P box paid for by the taxpayer

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  8. Guest Who says:

    In Beebworld some have more lives than others.

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    • StewGreen says:

      Jolyon killed a fox, which is legal if it is quick enough not to cause pain
      It is not illegal to kill a fox, but government guidelines state that if a fox is caught in a trap or snare on a person’s property, they must be ‘humanely’ killed.”
      He said it was caught in his chicken netting.
      RSPCA said examination of the body showed it had been killed quickly.

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  9. Guest Who says:

    Last night an idiot on Facebook was banging on, still, about Brexit, based on a story in the BBC.

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  10. dafydd says:

    BBC now gleefully reporting that William Wragg MP a self confessed Johnson hater has actually gone to the police to report the conduct of his own party… Not content with crapping on Johnson but now it seems he wants crap on his fellow MP’s.

    I’m genuinely staggered by this and find it almost incomprehensible. How must his fellow MP’s be feeling.

    If I were the powers that be in the Conservatives I would remove the whip and kick him out.

    What sort of undervidual would do this, he must be in a bad place mentally, just wierd.

    Ah well, BBC has something to bang on about all day.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      dafydd, it may not work out like Wlliam Wragg MP hopes. He may end up uniting the Party especially if the police investigate and then state “We have no evidence of fishpaste, er… I mean… blackmail.”

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  11. Guest Who says:

    Control the production, control the questions, control the guests, control the edit, control the broadcast, control the archive… control the message, control the policy, control the country.

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  12. Guest Who says:

    He’s media. They can flip in minutes.

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  13. theisland says:

    This is supposed to be the response – nothing said about the subject of the petition, i.e. a referendum.

    You recently signed the petition “Hold a binding referendum on the future of the TV licence.”:
    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/587212

    On Monday 17 January, MPs questioned the Government on the future of the licence fee and BBC funding, following a statement by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture Media and Sport Nadine Dorries MP on the funding settlement for the level of the licence fee.

    Read the Secretary of State’s statement, and question from MPs: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2022-01-17/debates/7E590668-43C9-43D8-9C49-9D29B8530977/BBCFunding

    In her statement the Secretary of State announced that the licence fee will be frozen for the next two years, and will rise in line with inflation for the following four years.

    Find out more about the new licence fee settlement: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tv-licence-fee-frozen-for-two-years

    We are not worthy.

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  14. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – am questioning what I heard in Thought for the Day this morning

    Cannot remember who the female contributor was, was it Elizabeth Harris? Did I hear right that she is a trainer or ‘in training’ at a Christian Theological College? She seems to be an ardent Bhuddist. Or did I mishear and she is a trainer or in training at a Bhuddist College? The BBC do like Bhuddism.

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    • StewGreen says:

      Dr Elizabeth Harris specialist in Buddhist Studies
      Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion
      Department of Theology and Religion – University of Birmingham

      “the week of prayer for Christian Unity … divisions aren’t only present in Christianity ..in my work as a teacher of Buddhism …”

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  15. Guest Who says:

    Top of the Pops homage special to meatheads?

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    • StewGreen says:

      Video shows their computerised heads dancing to the Timewarp
      “It’s just a step to the left. and then a jump to the right”

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    • BRISSLES says:

      Always amazed how men with fat cheeks always sport stubbly beards.

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  16. Fedup2 says:

    Toady watch
    Fun packed – red Tory called Tobias Elwood sabre rattling against putin for Blighty – go on Toby – send the boys to a country we have no interest in to get killed for nothing – see Afghanistan … but international stuff is more interesting than looking after a constituency .

    Then a cycling clown called Chris boardman . The red tories have set up yet another quango to ‘get people cycling ‘…. And he referenced my glorious socialist republic of Waltham Forest -twice – twice – about being a ‘great borough for cycling ‘….

    Chrissy – come and live in my hell hole – roads closed off – cycle lanes unused – public transport ( buses ) standing in continuous traffic jams as all traffic is forced into semi closed main roads .

    Obviously no serious consultation – the council just does it …
    ….funny they can always find the cash to screw up transport ….
    Pity there was no opposition representation against this cycling authoritarianism …but it’s the BBC – off switch .

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  17. StewGreen says:

    Seems to me that the BBC only choose one type of black person to be on their shows
    .. racebaity ones, taking the victimhood narrative.
    Yet look at GBnews and YouTube and there’s plenty that don’t think that way, that don’t take the victimhood line.

    International Karl is an aerospace engineer that transferred to the UK to work.
    He takes apart the racebaity woman.

    Is England or the United Kingdom a racist country? Here I am going to share my view point on the topic from a black American man who has lived in Europe for over 12 years now.
    Often you hear on the TV that England or the united kingdom as a whole is a racist nation or a racist society. Do I agree?

    https://youtu.be/odU_XgRZZPY

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Stew – someone on GBNews mentioned that now it is on radio and the internet in foreign climates it is replacing the socialist bongo world service … I reckon it is getting better and stronger ….

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  18. Guest Who says:

    Dogbert the BBC news editor.

    https://dilbert.com/strip/2022-01-21?

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  19. StewGreen says:

    £5bn a year and they can’t pronounce place names correctly
    The sound is Kiri-bas

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    • Up2snuff says:

      The Beeb used to have language experts, Stew, a whole department of them. Now there’s something the BBC could usefully save money on. On the interwebby you can often find audio clips of foreign place and human names, no need to have an expensive room full of foreign language experts.

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    • pugnazious says:

      LOL…not bothering to get names right is a sign of colonialist white supremacy thinking….apparently…so the BBC so often tells us.

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  20. Guest Who says:

    Vile still legitimate though right?

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    • Fedup2 says:

      I sometimes ride a push bike – a motor scooter and I drive a car – but the idea of giving priority to cyclists? Never . I think they need to be registered licenced and insured …..as well as paying road usage tax like the rest …

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Fed, nooohh! We’re a rebellious lot, us cyclists who use pedal power and drive cars as well. Double taxation ist verboten.

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        • Fedup2 says:

          No – compulsory cycling test – linked to an annual licence – linked to compulsory insurance … sticker on the bike to prove it all – ….

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          • BRISSLES says:

            When I learnt to ride my bike back in the 50’s, a cycling proficiency test had to be take – does this still happen ? and what was VERBOTEN was two cyclists riding side by side – and this was an age where there was minimum vehicles on the road —– (nobody could afford a car and most goods travelled by freight trains) Today lycra man lives by his own cycling rules and if he wants to chat to his other lycra cycling mate along side him he will, and sod the motorists negotiating 15 mph behind them !!

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            • Fedup2 says:

              Well Bris – when I was a kid my mum used to tell me not to ride on the road . So I did as I was told – until I was pulled up by a patrolling plod who grabbed me and told me to ride on the road . Being about 11 I did as I was told …..
              I don’t dislike cyclists but I hate what is being done to my neighbourhood in their name ….

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            • Up2snuff says:

              Brissles, don’t know about the Cycling Proficiency test but I have been nearly killed while cycling in one direction by a posse of MAMILs making like they were on the Tour de France and forcing a car to swing fully onto my side of the road to get past this peleton of weekenders.

              Sunday drivers lycra louts!

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          • Up2snuff says:

            Fed, the rozzers haven’t time to deal with the hate crimes and checking for insurance stickers plus that approach would create a crime wave of bike thefts.

            I saw a Dad, on a child’s bike, cycling with difficulty t’other day, too big for bike, not getting enough ‘leg extension power’. Saw him later going in opposite direction with small girl (assume his daughter) perched on the front of same bike.

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    • JimS says:

      Fake ‘news’ for a cheap laugh.

      The new code actually says that cyclists mustn’t use footpaths and specifically says that all turning traffic, and that means you too Vine, must give way to pedestrians.

      That has always been implied as the footpath is part of the highway too and no-one would expect right lane traffic to turn across left lane traffic so why should left lane traffic do so across the footpath? (This rule has long been observed in the USA, it is quite amazing to see artics turning into yards give way to pedestrians on the footpath).

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      • StewGreen says:

        I don’t see any news stories that say “the new highway codes says cyclists mustn’t use footpaths”

        BTW .. The word “must” is a legal term
        the code traditionally uses “should” for suggested rather than obligatory

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        • JimS says:

          64. You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement.
          Laws HA 1835 sect 72 & R(S)A 1984, sect 129

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          • StewGreen says:

            I suspect those laws don’t make cycling on the pavement in England illegal.
            Though of course people like Vine mostly do it when they shouldn’t

            – R(S)A 1984, sect 129
            What act is that ?
            Roads (Scotland) Act 1984
            (So it is an offence in Scotland).

            – Law HA 1835 sect 72
            What’s that ?
            Highway Act 1835
            I think that was written before bicycles were in common use
            Let’s look
            “If any person shall wilfully *ride* upon any footpath or causeway by the side of any road made or set apart for the use or accommodation of foot passengers; or shall wilfully lead or drive any horse, ass, sheep, mule, swine, or cattle or carriage of any description, or any truck or sledge, upon any such footpath or causeway; or shall tether any horse, ass, mule, swine, or cattle, on any highway, so as to suffer or permit the tethered animal to be thereon.”
            Note how the words cycle or bicycle are not used
            and at that time ride usually meant on horse/pony/donkey.

            I am interested to hear on any recent prosecutions of cyclists under that act

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            • StewGreen says:

              I am not saying the Must rule isn’t in the highway code
              Rule 64 seems clear
              and is not new it’s existed for a decade at least.

              AFAIK no prosecutions in England
              ..https://www.twitter.com/JackSlipper10/status/822488939009339393

              JAN 15, 2014
              “Minister for Cycling Robert Goodwill has reiterated that the official line from the Department for Transport (DfT) is that cyclists may ride on the footway – more commonly referred to as pavements – provided they do so considerately, and that police officers need to exercise discretion”

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            • Sluff says:

              A cycle comes under ‘carriage of any description’.
              A rather future-proof set of words as it turned out.

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  21. G says:

    Much news about the disaster in Tongo. The West, collectively or individually rushing to help out with water food and the like. As is typical of these disasters, Russian and China nowhere to be seen. China wishes to become the supreme Worldwide power? Not in a thousand years. Just imagine the World if it were the leading power.

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    • StewGreen says:

      Chinese PR channels come up straight away on a Twitter search
      “Meanwhile, a total of $100,000 of emergency cash aid and relief supplies donated by the Chinese government on Wednesday are the first batch of emergency relief materials received by the Tongan government.”
      Tongan leader seems forced to appear in Chinese video .. https://twitter.com/DJ__Arvin/status/1484160031951974402

      “Some are suggesting #China has offered aid to #Tonga simply to increase its influence in the region.
      It is important to remember that 1,000+ Chinese nationals live in the country”

      Australian Navy deployed to Tonga
      “previously Dutton resisted calls for the HMAS Adelaide and Canberra to be deployed to Timor Leste and PNG. Fear of Chinese assistance has pushed him. Weak man.”

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      • G says:

        Yes, China “Some are suggesting”: only if there’s gains or the ability to steal.
        I presume in your self-appointed ‘role’ moderating postings, you looked at Russia?

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        • StewGreen says:

          @G I didn’t moderate anything
          I simple typed : Tonga Chinese aid
          into Twitter search .. and China’s PR tweets came up straight away.

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    • digg says:

      China and Russia do not suffer from white guilt though!

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  22. vlad says:

    Spare a thought for Alec Baldwin – he who did a weekly spoof of Orange Man.

    First he shoots a cinematographer over which he’s in big trouble; now he’s in even more trouble being sued by someone he called a rioter and insurrectionist for simply attending the Jan 6th demo.

    Beware the curse of Trump.

    https://metro.co.uk/2022/01/20/alec-baldwin-sued-for-25000000-by-family-of-killed-us-marine-15950227/

    Z

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  23. JohnC says:

    Now the TOP headline in the UK is that an MP who wants Boris to quit has arranged a meeting with the Met Police.

    Underneath the first paragraph is a big picture for the video of Davies telling Boris to go.

    I am stunned at just how pathetic, spiteful and childish the BBC are. I know it is a trait of Leftists, but it’s quite shocking to see them show their true nature so openly. Their hatred has made them completely lose the plot.

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    • vlad says:

      Expect the BBC to get even nastier to the Conservatives now that they’re talking about scrapping the extortion tax.

      There’ll be a veiled threat from now on: “see what we can do if you threaten our funding”.

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  24. markh says:

    Drakeford, Blackford and now Wakeford. There is a film called 3 Idiots, probably not referring to these examples. Perhaps someone cleverer than me could make up a joke about a Welshman, a Scotsman and an Englishman?

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  25. AsISeeIt says:

    Meat died of the Koof
    Having stepped on the curbs

    There was a time when a rockstar’s death made the national frontpages because an unexpected tragic early demise enrolled them in the 27 club: Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison… and Kurt Cobain (a few younger readers may have heard of him). Poor old Meat Loaf dodged the 72 club.

    The mystique of the rockstar role in our culture has waned, as has the rock music. Now they’re just like us – sometimes having a blub because things went wrong at work: ‘Torment. Adele apologises for cancelling shows‘ (Daily Mail) – but there’s always a ready excuse: ‘Crying Adele postpones her Las Vegas residency due to Covid‘ (Evening Standard)

    And so, just as we might have expected, as quick, you might say – as a bat out of hell – we get: ‘Meat Loaf dies of Covid‘ (Daily Mirror) – and of course, from the Labour-supporting Mirror we have the moralising: ‘Tributes as star who spurned virus curbs loses fight with disease at 74‘ – curbs, eh?

    So apparently Meat died of the Koof. Well, that’s as maybe. Sympathy and all that but he was – how shall we put this delicately? Known as a bit on the well-upholstered side. (As comfy cushioned as a modern day church pew – as you’ll see if you read on) And although 74 is a tad more than the biblical threescore-and-ten it would make him a bit of a whippersnapper where average age of covid associated deaths are concerned [for chaps in UK median age of death in years is 81 “involving covid” or same age of 81 “due to covid” – female equivalents 85 – in case you were wondering. ONS January 11 2021. There’s no occupational breakdown that comes easily to hand, otherwise we might have compared average figures for rock stars] – you’ll have got my point.

    The formerly patriotic Times loves a Tory who isn’t in any way a conservative – they even go so far as to associate their brand name with this morning’s anti-BoJo star turn: ‘Times up. Baroness Davidson… has said that Boris Johnson’s position is untenable. Interview pages 38-39

    Today, you’ll at least get some thin veneer of traditional Britishness on the frontpage of the Guardian, of all places! ‘10 perfect teatime recipes‘; ‘Switch off. Great UK breaks without wifi

    But be in no doubt that Labour has the Gruan in their back pocket: ‘Boris Johnson cannot be allowed to cover up or obscure… (it) must be published in its entirety‘ – meaning the No 10 party inquiry/postmortem presumably, a direct quote there from Labour’s fag ash Lil, Angela Rayner.

    And if the Guardian are like a dog with a bone… I’m a BBC TV refusenik, but I’m willing to bet the farm the BBC are still also firmly in tamdem with the Guardian and Labour merily ploughing on with Partygate.

    The Auld Alliance is certainly in evidence: ‘Crisis at BBC. How can the BBC survive?‘ (Guardian)

    They said it would all be over by Christmas – the Russian invasion of Ukraine that is. However, the war-expectation drags on and on, consuming so very many much-loved wasted column inches of our lives: ‘Ukraine shift. US and Russia to keep talking‘ (FT) – I don’t think Churchill’s famous quote was it’s better to jaw jaw about war war.

    Let’s hope, along with the ‘i’ newspaper and some other titles that the soul of Meat Loaf hasn’t been sent to that other place about which he sang: ‘From hell to heaven‘ (‘i’) ‘Heaven awaits‘ (Daily Star); ‘...ultimate hellraiser…‘ (Telegraph) – even if our prissy coronaphobics such as those at the Mirror would apparently wish him there for his sins against lockdowns.

    That’s a sort of prayer for the day. They do say the Church has gone soft: ‘Church to take more softly-softly approach to seating‘ (Telegraph) – Pew!

    And so to bed, as Sam Pepys was apt to declare, having safely buried his prize cheeses in his back yard.

    Do you WFB? The couple who work from bed‘ (Times)

    A good night’s sleep. The ultimate family guide‘ (Telegraph)

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  26. Beltane says:

    ‘Some members of the Royal family have been behaving like freeloaders…..’ says Andrew Marr.

    Which is undoubtedly true.

    Mr Marr received £600,000 pa for occasional broadcasting duties at the BBC, with various additional payments and royalties from a broad number of sources elsewhere.

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  27. theisland says:

    Bliar is still shoving his newly ennobled oar in.
    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/tony-blair-government-boris-johnson-tony-brexit-b977832.html

    He gave a speech to a couple of people at Imperial College telling us what to do for the ‘Future of Britain.’
    https://institute.global/tony-blair/tony-blair-speech-future-britain-era-three-revolutions
    The Labour Party went through the catastrophe of the Corbyn era, from which under Keir Starmer’s determined leadership, it is thankfully emerging with renewed vigour, a talented front bench – as Rachel Reeves’ speech today underlines – and a healthy desire to erase the memory of four successive defeats. It could provide the plan the country needs. As Keir himself acknowledges, this is the challenge for 2022.

    My Institute will set out, in a series of papers and seminars with a global as well as national perspective, at least the principles of this new policy agenda.
    The Britain Project is a group working across party lines though headed by a Lib Dem, Monica Harding, and it will organise a conference in May.
    We want this conference to be an opportunity for people to come together and set out a broad direction for the future of Britain.

    Is he on the bBC this weekend?
    Watch out for the sound bites and buzz phrases, and lots of 5, 10 or 20 point ‘plans.’

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  28. pugnazious says:

    The troops are on Manoeuvres….peddling the household tax, the BBC’s favoured option, to replace the tv licence….hmmmm…just another poll tax isn’t it? One that would force everyone to pay even if they didn’t watch at all…and would raise far more money than the licence fee…..Dimbleby pushes it in the Mail….

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10427603/David-Dimbleby-says-BBC-strayed-bit-immigration-licence-fee-linked-tax.html

    ‘ What I do think is the BBC should acknowledge that £159 paid by the poorest as well the richest is just unfair, it’s inequitable.

    ‘And there’s a simple way in which the BBC can get on the front foot, which is by suggesting the licence fee figure, the gross figure of £159, should not be paid flat rate by everybody but the richest should pay more and the poorest less.

    ‘And the simple way of doing it would be to attach an element of the licence fee to the council tax band.’

    So the concept of a licence fee isn’t the problem, forcing people to pay for something they don’t use or find corrupt and which doesn’t report but does campaign, lobby and lecture isn’t a problem….just the way the burden is shared out is the problem.

    Who knew Dimbleby was such a socialist.

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    • JimS says:

      The house next door to me is the mirror image of mine yet it is in a lower council tax band than mine.

      The reason is that the ownership of the house next door hasn’t changed in 50 years and is banded according to its value many decades ago.

      My house on the other hand has changed hands many times and has been banded according to more recent valuations.

      Replacing one unfair tax by loading it onto another unfair tax is hardly progress.

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  29. Ian Rushlow says:

    When you choose someone for work experience purely on the basis of their skin colour and gender (either one of them), it doesn’t always work out.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-60061473

    #TellCNNandBBCtoTrashKamalaAsHilaryWantsToComeBackin2024

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  30. BRISSLES says:

    Well Ian, its now reported that Ibis Elbow is seriously in the mix for being the next James Bond. I suppose the Broccoli family have to weigh up the profits versus diversity issue. Will they lose money as diehard Bond fans won’t countenance a black Bond, or will they gain a larger audience from the black community.

    Personally I think he’s too old anyway, and Bond has to be white and male.

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  31. Ian Rushlow says:

    Vicious Murder in Derbyshire:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-60096301

    To their credit, the BBC names the suspect and states:
    “Speaking through a Romanian interpreter, he confirmed his name, age and address – Grove Road in Church Warsop, Nottinghamshire.”

    My Romanian neighbour suggests that the suspect might not be what she and many of her compatriots would describe as ‘a real Romanian’. If you’ve been to that country you’ll know what she means.

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  32. Sluff says:

    Excellent comment in passing by Vlad above.

    If the BBC is impartial then where are the centre right people supporting it and advocating the licence fee?

    Tumbleweed.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Yes I agree – and how strange it is that no msm commentator ever says it .
      Maybe all the Right Wing supporters of the BBC would come out of the woodwork – excluding those who get the occasional fee for being the token ‘righty’ on a panel of course …

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  33. micknotmike says:

    Interesting story at the top of the bbc at the moment regarding William Wragg, MP for Hazel Grove, who is crying that the whips have been nasty to him and he wants them to be told off. Classic entitled reaction when he is told to do something he doesn’t like. Big support from the bbc of course. I have a campaign motto for his opponent in the next election :-
    This is William Wragg. Is this the sort of backstabbing, whining little turd you want as your MP?
    If I recall correctly, Hazel Grove is pretty close to Ashton-under-Lyne, Angela Rayners patch. Hazel Grove is a little more “up market”, but I still reckon Labour will be a shoo-in there next time round.

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  34. Beltane says:

    Billy Wragg (no relation) currently being described as a ‘senior Tory’ is due to meet with officers from Scotland Yard to discuss allegations of ‘blackmail’ against Conservative Whips.

    Mr Wragg may recognise the officers from the Met, some of whom may have interviewed him in 2017 for alleged misuse of electoral funds.

    Small world, innit?

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  35. Fedup2 says:

    Heard a trailer on R4 for yet another ‘Bloody Sunday ‘ documentary on Saturday night . Funny how the BBC ignores the thousands of murders and attacks carried out by the evil IRA in the name of the Republic …

    A mate of mine who was a para said if they had really let go there would have been a lot more that a dozen dead ….

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  36. BRISSLES says:

    Has Dahenna Davison been kicked off GB News yet ?

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    • StewGreen says:

      @DehennaDavison MP for Bishop Auckland the Red Wall seat
      tweeted
      “… No, I’m not leading a coup”

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  37. Nibor says:

    The News Quiz ( Radio 4 12.30pm) was its usual unfunny coterie of Beeboid types .

    One part of it where they are saying that the BBC is the greatest most respected institution in the whole world + it delivers soft power .

    Soft power for who ?

    I don’t want it to interfere in other countries . I don’t want to interfere in other countries . I don’t want my country to interfere in other countries.

    And just how does the BBC portray Britain and us to the rest of the world ?
    It’ll either be we’re all racist little englanders, stupid etc
    Or how great to live in Britain , do come , bring your family later when we’ve settled you in the benefits are great.

    That’s how the BBC is hitting back ; it’s only 43 pence a day , it has masses of output something for everyone and it projects Britain to the rest of the world and gives “us” soft power .

    I don’t want it to do any of those things . I want it wound up as an example of a once great institution damaged beyond repair by the Gramscis .

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  38. vlad says:

    Reading between the lies (sic), Obama let slip some time ago that, because he couldn’t have a third term, he would love to be a puppet master / ventriloquist with a fake President as a dummy (Biden).
    And now retiring Press Secretary Jen Psaki lets slip that Obama was her boss all along.

    They don’t even bother pretending any more.

    Don’t expect the BBC to pick up on any of that.

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  39. Zephir says:

    Interesting discussion online today:

    Question:
    “Is ANYONE… Triple Vaxxed… Dying?”

    Answer:
    “UK here, we had a report in the local paper office triple-jabbed woman, who was scrupulous about social distancing and mask-wearing and she STILL died. Apparently it doesn’t stop buses.”

    Comments:
    “The Routemaster variant has multiple unprecedented mutations and is likely to require an entirely different type of inoculation based around eye tests and common sense.”

    “They did manage to eradicate the Bendybus variant, as I recall?”

    “Lower R0 value. It was much slower and less able to spread in crowded areas like London”

    ““Life is a sexually-transmitted condition with a 100% mortality rate.”

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  40. StewGreen says:

    The Times reviews a book about the history of death.
    It points out that doctors have traditionally caused lots of deaths.
    Mothers used to die from childbed fever
    Europe decided to make lots of maternity hospitals.
    That caused many more to die as doctors spread it from mother to mother

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  41. Guest Who says:

    Frannying about.

    https://isthebbcbiased.blogspot.com/2022/01/frans-last-outing.html

    Oh, and if genuine mistakes are made, it is seldom anyone other than BBC BFFs they are made with.

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  42. vlad says:

    Smarmy weasel Dimbleby is suggesting the BBC be funded out of the Council Tax.
    Three words:
    NO.
    NO.
    NO.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      I’m guessing it’s a bit more complicated – the idea of the state broadcaster being funded out of general taxation – such as the community charge – is just offensive .

      But I suppose as long as the dimbleby production company gets its ‘ income stream/ dividends from the BBC he will be content …

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  43. Guest Who says:

    Dimbles: “what do you mean I have to wait in line? I am a bbc pensioner!”

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  44. MarkyMark says:

    Two US fans of Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas have sued Hollywood studio Universal Pictures, saying they were duped into renting a film because she was in the trailer.

    Conor Woulfe and Peter Rosza say they each paid $3.99 (£2.94) for the comedy Yesterday, only to discover the actress had been removed from the final cut.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-60092299

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  45. Foscari says:

    Putin’s behaviour reminds me of Hitler’s towards the
    Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia in 1938. Then Hitler was
    appeased by Chamberlain and Halifax. Will the same
    thing happen again? There comrade Putin I am
    comparing you with Hitler. Are you proud of that ?
    Or are you gong to have me poisoned ? I wonder what side
    the BBC will take. The BBC of today would of given us
    a “balanced” approach to what Hitler did? Oh wait a
    minute . They did in 1938 as well.

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  46. Beltane says:

    Don’t know if this earned comments earlier but our lady footballers were expressing outrage on breakfast TV at the Sun’s headline:

    ‘Harder, Harder, Cuthbert, Harder’ created by the noble organ in reference to some interplay between a pair of strikers. They went on to sub-head the piece as ‘…sounding like upper-class sex’ which is, to me, both clever and funny.

    The ladies did not share my enthusiasm. Nor was the Sun mentioned in ‘What the papers say’ on the BBC text pages.

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  47. theisland says:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-60076381
    As it happened: UK records 95,787 new Covid cases and 288 deaths
    21 January 2022 00:0021 January 2022 00:00

    bBC now have to admit “though there will be some amongst that number who won’t have died of Covid”

    See Belfield.

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  48. StewGreen says:

    Saturday’s TV is celebrity obsessed
    BBC2 .. 7- 8:30pm Eric Morecambe presented by Miranda Hart
    8:30pm-1:25am Dolly Parton

    bbc1
    6:10pm Romesh Ranganathan’ Celebrity #WeakestLink
    6:55pm The Wall versus celebrities
    7:45pm Pointless Celebrities
    8:30pm Michael McIntyre” Wheel : celebrity edition
    9:30pm Casualty

    #TakingTheP

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