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. StewGreen says:

    BBC1 today
    3pm “Charlie + Rich brothers transform Rajeena and Hardeep’s banked garden.”
    3:45pm Green Planet with David Attenborough ep3
    5:10pm Countryfile : anti-coal item
    6:10pm Around the Woke in 80 Days
    7pm Green Planet with David Attenborough ep5
    The Tourist


  2. Zephir says:

    Dystopian world arriving

    ‘Unfathomable’: Washington DC murder victims often killed over petty insults, experts say
    Even gang rivalries often start over a minor dispute


    New Orleans residents fed up with carjacking, violent crime surge: ‘Beginning of the end’
    New Orleans residents say revolving door of criminals ruining a once ‘pretty fine city’


    After 8 year old girl killed, an outraged Pastor Brooks asks if there’s any hope for Chicago
    The girl was shot in the head during a drive-by gunfire incident



  3. harry142857 says:

    Licence fee on its death bed?


    The BBC is facing a ‘demographic time bomb’ as research revealed only one in 20 young adults watch it’s programmes live daily.

    More than a third of under-30s never watched any BBC programming live, compared to just eight per cent of the oldest age group asked, research, obtained by the Sunday Times found.

    Only a quarter of the under-30s use the service once a week or more and 35 per cent felt the service could be funded through advertising.


  4. Guest Who says:

    Vox is a joke, of course.

    “Oh dear. Top story on the BBC Politics website today is one I mentioned in a piece I wrote last night. Seems Vox Political is now a better news source than the BBC! 😀”

    Also a poor grasp of the importance of relative rankings.


  5. Zephir says:

    bbc jewel in the crown etc etc blah blah meanwhile in Russia they are aware of this:

    Anti-lockdown protesters smash EU diplomatic service HQ


    and the bbc marxist news reports:

    Covid in Scotland: Restrictions impact ‘worth it’, says Sturgeon



  6. Guest Who says:

    Springster’s offsider gunning for the Pulitzer… for some reason.


    • StewGreen says:

      there’s a rumour, no more, that former US editor Jon Sopel would like to help new BBC CEO Deborah Turness solve two problems at one, by offering himself, humbly, as the replacement for both Laura and Andrew Marr.


  7. Zephir says:


    Tear gas and water cannon are fired into crowds of 50,000 in Brussels as march demanding end to tough Covid rules turns violent


    meanwhile in bbc la la land:

    Up the muzzies OK ?

    Nusrat Ghani: Muslimness a reason for my sacking, says ex-minister



  8. StewGreen says:

    Countryfile is Sunderland to Hartlepool
    “coming up Clean Green energy from the old coal mines”

    BBC tweeted “January marks the 50-year anniversary of *the* miners’ strike”
    The mean the 1972 strike .. Not the 1984 Strike

    (January marks the 50-year anniversary of the miners’ strike, join Anita and Matt as they travel to County Durham an area which has rebuilt itself since the decline of the coal industry. )

    Matt “More walk outs , demand for coal fell, leading to pit closures”

    Twitter : “These pits didn’t close because of a decline in the demand for coal, as the programme stated.
    Coal was imported in vast quantities for decades afterwards.
    The pits were closed by Thatcher to destroy the NUM.”

    – Coal miner about mine closed in 1993

    – Extreme Weather
    Only took Tom Heap a few mins to suggest climate warming causing all the mine issues
    Skewer near Swansea.. Floods caused a high river to flow down a street
    Claimed collapsed tunnels caused it
    (Actually at the end of the report they clarified a mine drainage tunnel got blocked. so the water got directed to the street)

    “A quarter of old buildings in the UK are above abandoned coal mines” sounds like BS.

    – Equated all spoil heaps collapses with Aberfan ..No that was a special big one.
    Yet Tom mentioned two recent slippages near schools
    “Prof @DavePetley believes these tips are much more dangerous cos of CCchange”
    Prof “The heaviest rainfall events are becoming heavier and duration is inc as well”
    .. He specifically said there wouldn’t be an Aberfan

    Next Julie James, Wales Climate Minister “accelerating CC”

    National Trust PR about their land renovation clearing coal waste

    Scientist looking at the offshore kelp forests
    “not as good as unmined areas”

    Poultry farm
    1.8m birds so far ..more than last year
    second year in the row.
    Holding back on vax.. cos could make worse !

    Dawdon project
    They first started treating mine water cos it was rising up and affecting drinking water etc.
    Now thy hope to heat 1,500 homes with this warmed water (that’s not much)
    Council PPR guy ..we could use the water to heat greenhouses and cut food imports.
    (Wonder what they do with the heat in summer ?)


    Vegan farm orchards
    Hunny .. bee free honey
    Banging their hippy drums around the orchard.

    Having been provided with a perfectly good path, why are Matt and Anita walking on either side of it?


    • Northern Voter says:

      Watching the same clap trap, well not me but Mrs V, she’s weird, I saw Tom Heaposhit banging on about it, the rainfall problem filling pits with water. Pits always filled with water, that’s why they pumped them out, the sting in the tail was the Countryfile weather report, meteorologist puts up chart showing that January has been really dry in the UK, 50% down on average. Why doesn’t the left hand know what the left hands going to say ?


      • pugnazious says:

        Weren’t they telling us every winter would have devastating rainfall #duetoclimatechange when the Somerset Levels flooded way back in 2014? Heard much about the Levels flooding since? And yet climate change gets worse every day apparently as the apocalypse approaches and we near the point of no return when the Earth burns…or drowns…one or the other!

        Apparently the floods were nothing a bit of old fashioned dredging couldn’t sort out…and did. So…er….it wasn’t climate change that caused the floods but an abandoned river management scheme.


      • pugnazious says:

        Ah…yeah…pumps….developed in the industrial revolution and vastly improved by the use of evil fossil fuelled steam power…..running the ‘Doomsday Device’….the Steam engine…

        ‘ “It was here in Glasgow 250 years ago that James Watt came up with a machine that was powered by steam that was produced by burning coal and yes, my friends, – we have brought you to the very place where the doomsday device began to tick.”’

        …so pumping out water caused climate change and more rainfall and flooding…ironic really…lol.


  9. Sluff says:

    Covid in Scotland – restrictions impact worth it, says Sturgeon.

    Made easier no doubt in the knowledge the tab will be picked up by the English.

    And by not giving a flying f*** about the private sector businesses which have lost their shirts.

    As long as the public sector is protected, everything is OK.

    And the BBC of course are on side.


  10. Guest Who says:

    Polls, eh?


    • pugnazious says:

      Ah but GW!….

      ‘A spokesperson for the BBC said: ‘The BBC is the most used media brand for 16-34s in the UK, reaching 80 per cent each week, and more young people are watching BBC iPlayer than ever before as we continue to break new records, with the highest ever figures for weekly signed in accounts for under 35’s in 2021. This Christmas alone 93% of 16-34’s tuned into the BBC over the festive season’

      Wonder how many paid the licence or just signed in….and how many watched what and for how long? Did they tune in for one programme, did they tune in merely to see what Witty and Boris had to say about partying at Christmas and then went out partying instead of staying in to watch the BBC’s enthralling programming?

      The polls seem to show they’re not interested in the BBC and certainly not the ‘linear’stuff….and yet the BBC insists they are all desperate to watch….which I doubt [The BBC’s own frantic drive to attract the vanishing younger viewers also suggests not]…..the males may watch the sport and the females Strictly….but that’s hardly an argument that suggests the BBC is in anyway unique in its product line up…not so unique that no other broadcaster couldn’t provide exactly the same service. Hope the gender stereotyping didn’t trigger you.


    • Guest Who says:


      • MarkyMark says:

        The BBC does not report news … it generates it (Savile/Brand/Pay Gap) … and is busy changing the country via social engineering …

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


  11. pugnazious says:

    This is the BBC’s second most prominent story [Amazing how claims of Islamophobia hit the BBC headlines instantly but when it was claims of Labour anti-Semitism the BBC dragged its feet and even when it could no longer be in denial still downplayed the allegations…and do so to this day as Rachel Burden earlier this month stated that Corbyn was not an anti-Semite…and yet he was shown again and again to be one]….


    ‘Nusrat Ghani: Muslimness a reason for my sacking, says ex-minister’
    ‘A Muslim MP says her faith was raised by a government whip as a reason why she was sacked as a minister in 2020.

    According to the Sunday Times, Tory Nusrat Ghani said that when she asked for an explanation it was stated her “Muslimness was raised as an issue”.

    Conservative Chief Whip Mark Spencer said Ms Ghani was referring to him and added her claims were completely false and he considered them defamatory. ‘

    She seems quite happy to use her ‘Muslimness’ as a weapon against Boris now that she sees the chance to wreak revenge for him sacking her….and it might be noted that she was sacked along with many other more senior ministers in a reshuffle including the attorney general… she was sacked along with another transport minister which might suggest the government wanted to change direction on transport and it was nothing personal….the BBC dismisses it as a mere ‘mini-reshuffle’….

    ‘She lost that job in a mini-reshuffle of Mr Johnson’s government in February 2020.’

    They do that in order to try and suggest Ghani’s sacking was somewhat unusual and therefore there must be more to it…such as ….Islamophobia!


    Sajid Javid resigned as Chancellor. He was replaced by Rishi Sunak.
    Nicky Morgan resigned as Culture Secretary. He was replaced by Oliver Dowden.


    Julian Smith was sacked from his position as Northern Ireland Secretary. Replaced by Brandon Lewis.
    Andrea Leadsom was sacked from her position as Business Secretary. Replaced by Alok Sharma.
    Theresa Villiers was sacked from her position as Environment Secretary. Replaced by George Eustice.
    Geoffrey Cox was sacked from his position as Attorney General. Replaced by Suella Braverman.
    Esther McVey was sacked from her position as Housing Minister. Replaced by Christopher Pincher.
    Chris Skidmore was sacked from his position as Universities Minister. Replaced by Michelle Donelan.
    Both Nusrat Ghani and George Freeman were sacked as Transport Ministers.’

    The BBC tells us Boris was in contact with her…but she refused to press the complaint…except further on in the report we read she did complain internally and nothing was found to substantiate her claims…or as she puts it…she ran out of road.

    ‘No 10 said the PM had previously met with Ms Ghani to discuss her concerns.

    A spokesperson said Boris Johnson “then wrote to her expressing his serious concern and inviting her to begin a formal complaint process. She did not subsequently do so.

    In response, Ms Ghani said Mr Johnson “wrote to me that he could not get involved and suggested I use the internal Conservative Party complaint process”.

    She said she did not do this because it was “very clearly not appropriate for something that happened on government business”

    So…not complaining…..except…yeah, she is…..and did…

    ‘The Wealden MP is quoted as saying she dropped the matter after being told that if she “persisted” in asking about it she “would be ostracised and her career and reputation would be destroyed”.

    “I raised it several more times through official party channels…. I was extremely careful to follow procedure, and when the procedure ran out of road I had no choice but to get on with my career.”‘

    So all this must be documented…Boris’ letter to her as well as the complaints proceedings….let’s see them….and in the meantime Ghani is happy to have more time with her family…not mentioning her outrage at the discrimination….which you might think she might have alluded to at least…but no….

    ‘On Twitter she said: “Huge privilege to have been transport minister and we’ve achieved so much In 2 years. Thanks to the great team in the Department and now I get to spend more time with family and constituents.”’


    • Fedup2 says:

      Oh come on girl – cross that floor – except that she has a huge ( 25k? ) majority in her constituency – unlike the rubbish who did it last week ( 450? ) majority and without the honour to resign …


  12. Eddy Booth says:


    “The whole team at the top of the mountain after a great day’s filming!”

    What a surprise… all ten of them are as white as the snow.


  13. Northern Voter says:

    Following Not about the Country file, we have Around the world in 80 days. Jules Verne must be rotating in his grave at a rate of knots. This week they managed to find a Black Marshall in the middle of America.I don’t recall this from the original. The Black Broadcasting Corporation should put a warning to us non wokes at the start of every programme “This programme bears no resemblance to real life nor any written work.”


  14. Guest Who says:

    And they are off. Again.


  15. Guest Who says:

    Mad Al… ‘helps’.


    • MarkyMark says:

      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

      The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said:

      “We have carefully reviewed clinical trial data in children aged 12 to 15 years and have concluded that the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective in this age group and that the benefits of this vaccine outweigh any risk.

      “We have in place a comprehensive safety surveillance strategy for monitoring the safety of all UK-approved COVID-19 vaccines and this surveillance will include the 12- to 15-year age group.

      “No extension to an authorisation would be approved unless the expected standards of safety, quality and effectiveness have been met.

      “It will now be for the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to advise on whether this age group will be vaccinated as part of the deployment programme.”




  16. Guest Who says:

    Beeboids seem oddly unprepared for winter weather.


  17. StewGreen says:

    9pm BBC2 have sent Andi Oliver and her daughter Caribbean to learn about their roots.
    Who ?
    “awarding-winning British-Antiguan celebrity chef and judge on the BBC’s ‘Great British Menu’ ”


    • MarkyMark says:

      Savid Javid and Sadiq Khan go to Mecca to learn about tolerance ** no non muslims allowed.


  18. StewGreen says:

    7pm BBC4 BalletBlack, choreography by Mtutuzeli November

    7:30pm Carlos Acosta the black Cuban dancer


  19. tomo says:


    There should be a BBC version

    About time there was some merch on this site

    see https://bob-moran.co.uk/products/copy-of-saves-lives-t-shirt


  20. pugnazious says:

    Bizarre that the ‘Muslimness’ story gets top billing on the UK page and second billing on the world page….but 80,000 NHS staff gettihgsacked because they’re not vaccinated barely gets a mention…oh…except for the strange tale of totalitarian Wales which is not forcing its staff, either in the NHS or care homes, to get vaccinated and will possibly employ English NHS staff sacked for being unvaccinated….you couldn’t make it up.

    Surely this is a massive story….it wasn’t long ago that the BBC were berating the government over a shortfall of 40,000 staff…and compound that now with 80,000 more…just why isnt that the biggest scandal out there? How is that ‘protecting the NHS’?

    Is it not madness to suggest that sacking the unvaccinated is the best way to protect patients as Raab has claimed?

    The BBC of course has campaigned vitriolically against people who refuse to be vaccinated….the BBC has demonised and smeared them…it has suggested they be kicked out of hospitals and left to die in the streets…it has said they are selfish sociopaths who recklessly endanger others and thus deserve some form of punishment and retribution in the form of restrictions on their lives.

    Any wonder the BBC is suddenly so quiet about the NHS losing 80,000 staff…it obviously doesn’t actually care about the NHS…it’s all political posturing and lobbying weaponisng the NHS for their mates in Labour. When Partygate began they were more than happy to tell people this meant you can just ignore covid measures that were designed to keep people safe…if you believe…and ironically of course it is the same BBC that keeps insisting that Omicron and covid are still a major threat and danger and we need ever more harsh measures…so why put that aside in order to try and unseat Boris?

    Operation ‘Get Boris’ is still in full swing and the BBC is prepared to cast aside all its principles, beliefs and long held prejudices in order to get his scalp and to force an election…which the BBC will do its best to gerrymander in favour of Labour.

    The Tories really need to wake up and privatise the BBC….smash it and tear down the babbling ivory towers paid for by us under great duress.


  21. StewGreen says:

    GBnews just mention Thomas Pellow snatched from Cornwall and enslaved.


  22. StewGreen says:

    Oldham Police failure in 2006
    A woman has revealed her battle for justice following being repeatedly raped as a 12-year-old after being picked up by two men from a police station where she had gone to report a sex attack.


    • StewGreen says:

      The writer argues that the BBC has a cheek fueling anger at Boris
      as people are angry with hard lockdowns, but Boris never wanted them
      It was the BBC that played the game demanding harder lockdowns
      when it should have been questioning lockdowns all along.

      “many of the usual suspects took the bait and leapt to the defence of the BBC.
      eg Lineker & Dan Walker

      (Covid anger is about freedom and ) Much of the fury directed against the BBC is because people are compelled by law to pay for it, whether they like it or not.
      (The BBC) has been actively pressuring its audiences to relinquish personal agency and comply with state diktats throughout most of the pandemic.

      Novak Djokovic : reporters displayed a marked reluctance to question the ethics of Canberra’s Covid zealotry …

      Covid groupthink endemic in BBC offices.
      (The only concession was the) interview with the former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies

      It’s pretty clear the PM didn’t want to go down the route of lockdown rules and restrictions
      .. he bowed to pressure from panic-stricken advisers who had convinced themselves that the repressive example of Communist China must be followed.
      BBC correspondents pressured the government to go further and further, ..
      Downing Street staffers were much safer drinking booze in the garden of No. 10 at the height of lockdown than they were at their desks inside stuffy offices – and about as likely to catch coronavirus outdoors, under the disinfectant of blistering sunshine as … “


  23. MarkyMark says:

    New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled her wedding after announcing new Covid restrictions.

    The entire country is set to be placed under the highest level of Covid restrictions after an outbreak of the Omicron variant.

    The restrictions include a cap of 100 vaccinated people at events and mask wearing in shops and on public transport.

    New Zealand has recorded 15,104 Covid cases and 52 deaths.


    Trans woman Daniella McDonald says dating straight men was a “horror show”, until she met Josh, with whom she has been in a relationship for two-and-a-half years. But she says straight men may slowly be becoming more receptive to the idea of dating trans women. Daniella told her story to BBC Gender and Identity correspondent Megha Mohan.

    This report contains language that some might find offensive



  24. Sluff says:

    Isn’t it amazing how Nusrat Ghani was sacked 18 months ago but miraculously only now have her claims of Islamophobia surfaced?
    Suddenly it’s headline news.

    Anyone would think there was an overall conspiracy.
    Oh, wait…….


  25. Fedup2 says:

    Hi All
    I’m about to put up the Start The Week Thread . I just arrived back in Blighty – got a nice letter from the TVL Stazi saying I am getting a visit on the 27th and the people in the bungalow opposite me are having a proper in- out – domestic ….. innit ?

    Glad to be back in what used to be ‘home ‘…..