Midweek 26 January 2022

Is it to be a Gray day – ?as sane people suffer from Party fatigue the BBCSocialistEU brigade will go into overdrive … whether the PM goes or stays … (Happy Australia Day )

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  1. BRISSLES says:

    OMG OMG OMG I’m first,…… and don’t have a comment aaaaagh !!!!!

    Er, right, ok, I made a Tiramisu tonight with almost a bottle of Kahlua.

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    • StewGreen says:

      Catchup links to most recent posts on previous thread
      page 4 started 5pm on Tuesday
      page 3 started right at the beginning of Tuesday

      Tips : A good way to share an item is to simply post the URL
      If you post the URL of a Youtube video /Facebook Post/ Tweet it will auto-embed
      posting a tweet is often the easiest way of sharing an image

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    • Fred Stubber says:

      It isn’t winning that matters, it’s how you play the game!

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    • digg says:

      Does Sue Gray know about this Brissles?

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    • MarkyMark says:

      We are all winners …

      We won the argument, but I regret we didn’t convert that into a majority for change
      Jeremy Corbyn

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  2. G.W.F. says:

    More Muslim brownie points for GB News.
    Interview with Shamima Begum.
    She has a proposal for Boris.

    https://www.gbnews.uk/news/shamima-begum-presents-boris-johnson-with-unbelievable-proposal-to-help-uk-defeat-terrorists-in-exclusive-gb-news-interview/213171

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    • Jeff says:

      I don’t really know what you mean by “More Muslim brownie points for GB News.”

      As far as I’m concerned they’ve been fantastic. The news channel I’ve been waiting for.

      The brilliant Mark Steyn is on most weekday evenings. A fabulous journalist. He’s interviewed some of the Muzzie rape victims, ignored by the appalling MSM for decades. You won’t see these young women appearing on The BBC or Sky…
      They also have Nigel and on Saturday the superb Neil Oliver.

      Don’t run them down. They’re not perfect, but…

      There’s no one else.

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      • Yasser Dasmibehbi says:

        To understand politics you have to understand ‘constraints’. They’re a problem that all parties and political organisations have to live with. It’s one thing to win voting blocs or financial backing but as the situations develop and things change, as they must, difficulties will occur. Acceptance of a backing package does not actually have to have constraints imposed in writing but it could put an body in an awkward situation if the demands of members and followers come into conflict with those of a major sponsor or donor.
        GB news as we have learned has Middle East money involved this means while they can do a good job on a lot of fronts don’t expect them to be so forthright on others.
        Looking for perfection in politics is a futile exercise. Looking for allies is a much more rewarding strategy. The downside is that in forming an alliance you may not have quite the free range to express yourself as you had before you had their support. (In terms of people or dosh).
        It is just a fact of political life. GB news will have constraints in some areas. Dammit! But one has to accept it. Without some backing nothing will be achieved.
        Kipling got it.
        “This is the law of the jungle-
        as old and as true as the sky:
        The wolf that shall keep it may prosper.
        But the wolf that shall break it must die.

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      • Deborah says:

        Don’t forget Colin Brazier. He stood in for Andrew Neil. He was very good and very thoughtful when he did his ‘angle’. Shame he has gone to 4pm which isn’t my tele watching time.

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        • Doublethinker says:

          Deborah,
          If you can try the GBN free App. You can watch all of their output on catch up and so can choose what you want to watch when you want watch it.

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      • G.W.F. says:

        Jeff
        I have posted several comments here where GB News has been pushing the muslim line, including the Tories are Islamophobic chant and expressing support for the assault on the MP for her muslimness.

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    • Guest Who says:

      #ccbgb

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      • Guest Who says:

        Another exclusive.

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      • MarkyMark says:

        No Hjab? Maybe go to Lincoln!

        Lincolnshire non-Muslim girls asked to wear hijab for a day
        Published4 August 2019
        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-49204762

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        • Wild Bill says:

          I worked until recently in a primary school in Cumbria, a county with a very small muslim population, yet I have noticed that some schools are to hold’ Muslim Workshops’ for the children.
          Why is this happening, what is the point, do inner city Muslim schools hold Christian Workshops?

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    • tarien says:

      Surely there is no proposal from this traiterous woman that can be of any interest to the Prime Minister or more importantly to the people of this nation. Her desertion from the UK must now leave her in the wilderness of her life.

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  3. Sluff says:

    This morning I attend the GP. In person. The only other white person present was the kindly Eastern European nurse who looked after me.

    While waiting in the cramped temporary reception ( the main surgery is given over to covid vaccinations) a man of Indian continental appearance came in. He was very polite and had a ream of paperwork. He was enrolling himself, his wife, and 1 year old child. He showed his nonBritish passports. The receptionist to her credit insisted on seeing and copying all his documents, but assured him he and his family would be put on the list.

    I overheard him query the immunisations/ vaccinations needed for his child. Later, when there was a spare moment, I asked if they were doing jabs for travelling abroad, as they have done for me in the past free of charge and I may need some top ups for e,g Tetanus. The answer was ‘No, you have to go to Boots’. ‘Do they charge’ I asked. ‘Yes’ came the reply.

    Now I have not yet validated these assertions but let us take them at face value. A person with no prior links to this country walks in, presents a few forms, and gets free NHS treatment. Whereas I, having paid tax and NI for over 35 years have to pay for my own jabs.

    The re-distribution of wealth. Globalised. Supported by the NHS. Paid for by the poor suckers who are lifelong UK taxpayers.

    Yet all we can think of is Downing Street, so-called by the MSM, ‘parties’.

    No wonder we are in such a state.

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    • Jeff says:

      Don’t go to the quack’s to get your ears syringed either, they’ll send you to Specsavers.

      Yes, that rather surprised me too.

      And so did the price…

      £50!

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      • Scroblene says:

        Blimey Jeff!

        For that you could buy a litre of olive oil and a garden hose, and do it yourself!

        And what’s all this caper of being a NH dentist patient and forking out several quid just to have someone gawp into your mouth!

        I suppose there are new dentists, doctors etc., all getting practices opened up along our Kent beaches, just rubbing their hands at all the illegals swarming in!

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        • BRISSLES says:

          Jeff/Scrob. I’m having to have this ear treatment done tomorrow – via a pharmacy. My Surgery has given up all minor treatments. At the pharmacy I’m being seen by a (clearly franchised) firm called Clearer Ears who do clinics in various pharmacies once a month.

          I’ve tried the oil/drops method – never works, so its £37 for one ear or £45 for both. Sadly its that or forever going eh? eh ? eh?

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    • Swelter says:

      Sluff did you actually see a GP. ? They have joined the list of fabulous mystical beings like the Kraken or Harpies around our neck of the woods. All we get is a nervous nurse armed with a computer and Google.

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      • Sluff says:

        Good question Swelter. I saw 2.

        One was a senior partner sitting inside a key code entry door presumably doing paperwork and telephone consultations.

        The other was a doctor who came in ‘by mistake’. She should have been working from home but for whatever reason came in. She was talking to the receptionist to see if a free room was available for her. There wasn’t. So she was going to go back home and presumably the patients waiting at home for a telephone consultation either had a very long wait or didn’t get one at all.

        The NHS in all its efficient glory. Paid for by you and me.

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        • digg says:

          As far as doctors are concerned the NHS is now a recruitment agency for private companies, get paid to do F all while you wait for a lucrative private gig to come along.

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      • Zephir says:

        I was sure saw one once last year and reported it but they said it was either swamp gas, a weather balloon or lenticular clouds

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    • Doublethinker says:

      Sluff,
      The 20/20’s in the UK in a nut shell. God knows what it be like in the 2030’s and beyond.

         11 likes

  4. taffman says:

    Global Warming anyone ?……………………………
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-60132641

       10 likes

    • Wild Bill says:

      No wonder the BBC need our money, they are doing a news service to the whole world!
      They could cancel all of that and save a fortune.

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  5. taffman says:

    “Covid in Wales: Self-isolation to be cut to five days minimum”
    Taffmen don’t give a toss anymore.

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  6. dafydd says:

    Certain papers asking for a sense of proportion when it comes to Partygate suggesting theres a crisis in Ukraine and elsewhere, agreed.

    Mr & Mrs Joe Public already have a sense of proportion, it’s the BBC and media that doesn’t and who are driving this story.

    Is there anybody on her who gives a sh-t about Partygate and is there anybody on her who knows anybody that’s beating them selves up over Partygate, I don’t.

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  7. JohnC says:

    So we have 3 articles today on ‘Partygate’ including yet another ‘live update’ to make it sound like some major crisis.

    Meanwhile the victims AND murderer for the horrific stabbing in Maida Vale are now named in the media but the BBC have not reported anything since the original article where they inferred the car driver did it.

    We can safely assume it is because it was ‘Yasmin Chkaifi’ was murdered by Leon McCaskre originally from Barbados. Doesn’t suit the ‘enrichment’ or ‘Black Lives Matter’ agenda at all.

    It shows they don’t care one bit about that story. There is no political gain to be made by reporting it. We can read between the lines and realise just what unpleasant, uncaring vindictive hypocrites the BBC Leftists really are when you scratch through the veneer. The agenda is all that matters.

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  8. Guest Who says:

    Laura serves up bbc fluid. Flows one way.

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  9. Guest Who says:

    BBC doing what the bbc does.

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    • Guest Who says:

      And what the Beria Broadcasting Corps does best.

      https://www.mailplus.co.uk/edition/news/media/147262/bbc-taken-to-court-as-it-plans-to-unmask-spy-working-overseas?

      The Ratcliffes must be thrilled.

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      • theisland says:

        https://intelnews.org/2022/01/24/01-3141/
        British government seeks injunction against BBC report that could reveal spy’s identity

        When asked to provide information about the broad theme of the story, BBC representatives said they were “unable to comment further at this stage”. They did, however, stress that the broadcaster would not have been insistent on publishing the information, unless it felt it was “overwhelmingly in the public interest to do so” and unless it was “fully in line” with the BBC’s own editorial values and standards.

        Q. Who trusts the editorial values and standards of the bBC?

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    • MarkyMark says:

      As the demand for electric cars increases, so does the need for the controversial car battery mineral: cobalt. Cobalt is an essential mineral in lithium-ion batteries. These batteries help power “electric cars, computers and cellphones.” The demand for cobalt is steadily increasing with the rising sales of electric vehicles, which promises a positive environmental impact. However, cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has seen frequent cases of child labor, accidental deaths and violence between miners and security personnel of mining companies. Tesla, the best seller of electric cars in 2020, is looking for alternatives to cobalt mining with plans to eradicate the mineral from its batteries entirely.
      https://borgenproject.org/alternatives-to-cobalt-mining/
      ….
      Freezing weather drains your battery power by 30-60%. … Most batteries work through an electrochemical reaction, which sends power signals to your terminal ends. This chemical reaction slows down in colder weather, weakening your battery’s power.
      …..

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    • Rob in Cheshire says:

      The thing to remember is that there is nothing green about electric cars. They need vast amounts of copper, cobalt, lithium and rare earth metals, much of it mined by slaves in Africa. Do black lives not matter to these people?

         12 likes

      • Scroblene says:

        You’re getting too technical for the public services employees to understand here, Rob…

        It’s the politics, and politics means tax-paid subsidies and even more money!

        You’re quite right of course…

           7 likes

  10. Guest Who says:

    BBC News

    “I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform.”

    ***

    They do like a cancel.

       8 likes

    • Guest Who says:

      Expect Kev on BBC Newsnight a lot more, once he’s done on Thunderbird 5.

         18 likes

      • Guest Who says:

        Speak of the devils. Mad Al liked this.

        Claudia and Christian, possibly, not so much.

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        • Guest Who says:

          Mad Al liked this too.

          BBC doing all it can.

          A country run by opposition slappers, state media activists and Twitter seems hardly optimal as an alternative.

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          • Guest Who says:

            Also mad Al liked.

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          • Guest Who says:

            Fick Jess goes for humour. Instantly regrets it.

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            • Jeff says:

              As far as I’m concerned and I believe most other sane people, Barry Gardiner’s £500,000 bung from the Chinese commie government, is a tad than important than Bo-Jo’s glass of Prosecco in the summer of 2020.

              At the very best this shows utterly appalling judgement and at its worst it’s potentially an act of treason.

              Is anyone asking any questions? BBC? Sky? ITV?

              Oh come on Jeff, don’t be silly…

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            • MarkyMark says:

              “I’m going to Argos with my son now to buy some Lego and calm down from the shear terror that the fabric of our society is tearing.”
              2:14 PM · Feb 24, 2019·Twitter for Android

                 3 likes

              • popeye says:

                Disappointing that an MP can’t differentiate between “shear” and “sheer”. Attention to detail please

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              • Fedup2 says:

                Maybe she could use the nectar points to buy a printer …

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            • Fedup2 says:

              God how Fick…

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          • Guest Who says:

            Two wimmin who think real work in politics is to be handed a fortune to stay in opposition and live in tv green rooms or Graun photo studios.

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            • MarkyMark says:

              Jess Philips … when does she get time to do MP stuff?

              Employment and earnings
              Payments received via United Agents, Lexington House, 12-26 Lexington St, Soho, London W1F 0LE:
              23 April 2021, received £16,572.06 from Simon and Schuster UK Ltd, 1st Floor, 222 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8HB, as second payment for writing a book. Hours: approx. 100 hrs between August 2020 and January 2021. (Registered 28 June 2021)
              30 July 2021, received £11,425 from Simon and Schuster UK Ltd, 1st Floor, 222 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8HB, as third payment for writing a book. Hours: no additional hours. (Registered 31 August 2021)
              8 December 2021, received £615 from Hoxton Minipress, 10 Coldbath Square, London EC1R 5HL, for writing an introduction to a book. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 10 December 2021)
              From 27 March 2020, weekly column for Independent Digital, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5HF:
              8 December 2020, received £3,080 for eleven columns. Hours: 11 hrs. (Registered 16 February 2021)
              23 December 2020, received £5,600 for twenty columns. Hours: 20 hrs. (Registered 16 February 2021)
              15 February 2021, received £560 for two columns. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 25 June 2021)
              1 March 2021, received £560 for two columns. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 25 June 2021)
              16 March 2021, received £560 for two columns. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 25 June 2021)
              10 May 2021, received £1,120 for four columns. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 25 June 2021)
              19 July 2021, received £840 for three columns. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 31 August 2021)
              3 August 2021, received £280 for a column. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 31 August 2021)
              13 August 2021, received £560 for two columns. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 31 August 2021)
              16 September 2021, received £280 for a column. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 08 November 2021)
              28 September 2021, received £280 for a column. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 08 November 2021)
              15 October 2021, received £1,120 for four columns. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 08 November 2021)
              28 October 2021, received £560 for two columns. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 08 November 2021)
              From 1 November 2021 until further notice, I will receive £280 a week for writing a regular column. Hours: 1 hr per week. (Registered 08 November 2021)
              9 March 2021, received £360 from the Telegraph, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0DT, for writing an article. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 10 May 2021)
              22 April 2021, received £500 from 5×15, 1 Aldridge Road, London W11 1BL, for speaking at an event. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 10 May 2021)
              29 July 2021, received £1,500 from HSBC, 1 Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 1HQ, for speaking at an event. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 31 August 2021)
              5 August 2020, received £720 from the Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU, for writing a review. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 31 August 2021)
              21 September 2021, received £350 from the Wimbledon Book Festival, 35 Wimbledon Hill Rd, London SW19 7NB, for speaking at the festival. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 18 October 2021)
              23 November 2021, received £1,054 from Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, Upper Clifton Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 6DA, for speaking at an event. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 10 December 2021)
              24 November 2021, received £400 from the New Statesman, Standard House, 12-13 Essex Street, London WC2R 3AA, for an article. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 10 December 2021)

              https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/25364/jess_phillips/birmingham%2C_yardley#register

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              • Fedup2 says:

                Look – if you paid MPs the proper rate for the job – say a million a year tax free – they could devote all their time to their constituency- using the private jet / helicopter provided by the taxpayer to get there …
                Please see the plan for the Westminster heliport below ….

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          • MarkyMark says:

            “Politics has real work to do.”

            Jeremy Corbyn says he regrets calling Hamas and Hezbollah ‘friends’
            This article is more than 5 years old
            Labour leader tells home office select committee that with hindsight he would not have used same phrase
            https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jul/04/jeremy-corbyn-says-he-regrets-calling-hamas-and-hezbollah-friends

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      • MarkyMark says:

        Minority rule?

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  11. Guest Who says:

    The BBC Moaning Emole of course leads with Naff.

    “PM under pressure as Sue Gray report looms”

    So, not news. Moving on…

    A boat off Florida does a Channel RIB.

    Ooook.

    And… crucially…

    “Can China deliver a greener Winter Olympics?”

    And they wonder why they are mocked and despised equally.

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  12. Zephir says:

    As usual the bbc misses the most interesting news:

    Alabama man accused of feeding meth to ‘attack squirrel’ faces new charges

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/alabama-man-meth-attack-squirrel

       9 likes

  13. Zephir says:

    And from Russia:

    Embattled beer baron takes on BBC
    BrewDog’s James Watt is pursuing legal action over documentary harassment claims and how the BBC obtained its information

    https://www.rt.com/news/547324-brewdog-scotland-beer-bbc-watt/

       6 likes

  14. Zephir says:

    BBC’s Keunsberg on Cummings before he became St Cummings the infallible to the BBC:

    20 July 2021

    “Oh, and Cummings admitted handling the whole Barnard Castle thing badly. Though he stood by the eye test baloney. Kuenssberg winced. A palpable porkie.”

    “her reactions to these megalomaniac rantings was a picture. Sometimes she flicked her hair awkwardly, at other times she simply grimaced in horror.

    She reminded me of Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect interrogating some particularly unpleasant specimen.”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-9807793/Narcissism-central-sour-grapes-palpable-porkie-HENRY-DEEDES-watches-Cummings-interview.html

    The BBC posted a second short teaser clip a few hours later, which shows Ms Kuenssberg saying: “You lost the argument. You lost your job.

    “This is revenge, isn’t it?”

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1464693/bbc-news-laura-kuenssberg-dominic-cummings-interview-boris-johnson-covid-pandemic-brexit

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  15. Up2snuff says:

    BBC but also rest of the media including the newspapers are all campaigning for the National Insurance increase in April to be cancelled.

    Many of those campaigning are in employment and are high earners. Would it be something of self-interest in getting the NI increase cancelled? Everyone on a low income if employed pays only £200-£250 more, a not disimilar sum to the BBC Licence Fee. If they are on low incomes as OAPs, they pay no NI and are unaffected.

    The money raised by this NI increase is initially for the NHS but after that it will be used to help with the care of the elderly or those prematurely unable to care for themselves.

    Those on low incomes may well need social care for a prematurely aged (stroke, other disability) family member and would otherwise have to give up work or pay lots of money to private carers. It strikes me that this NI increase is more resented by the higher paid because they will pay more because of their income level but also possibly need less of the future social care facilities it will provide because of their accrued wealth.

    The NI increase is to a progressive tax.

    Why are the MSM and these individuals not campaigning about other more regressive taxation, such as the TV Licence Fee, transport taxes, Value Added Tax, etc.?

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    • Thoughtful says:

      You have this wrong Up2

      NI has a cut off point called:

      The Upper Earnings Limit (or UEL)

      (£967 per week for 2021/22). For high earners who are paid over the Upper Earnings Limit, the National Insurance rate falls. On earnings above this limit, the employee pays a lower rate of 2% .The Employer continues to pay the standard rate of employer’s National Insurance (13.8%) on these earnings.

      At £50284 NI drops from 12% to just 2% the employer still pays the full job tax amount however.

      At around the same point income tax rises to 40%, meaning that in the UK there is no progression in taxation, everyone pays roughly the same percentage regardless of their earnings, save for those fortunate few earning over £150K who pay 45% tax.

      Boris who hopefully won’t be around much longer could easily have added an extra 10% on the wokest most left wing group in society those working in the so called ‘creative industries’. So actors and pop stars would have paid 55% At the top rate.

      As these are the people furthest to the left and amongst the wealthiest they should not complain too much about paying for their fantasies, although their fantasy appears to involve a magic money tree where no one actually has to pay tax.

      He could also quite easily stop the tax free allowance for this group which sees them taking residence in other countries and then paying no tax at all whilst calling for ever increased spending.

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Thoughtful, yes what you say is correct but not the whole story. You have to be a mega-high earner before you hit that NI ceiling. Think Gary Lineker or Adele or Ed Sheeran. I’m talking about the higher ranks of newspapers and MPs, with or without second and third jobs, or Peers.

        Personally, if I were CoE, I would scrap NI and roll it into IT. I have written before on this Forum about how we need a reform of the UK tax system. It needs to simplified, needs to be slightly more progressive in the short/medium-term and indirect and stealth taxes should be done away with. I agree about taxing the very highly paid pips until they squeak a little bit more loudly but not too much now but long term my goal as CoE would be to reduce taxes for all and get to a flatter system.

        NI is, as you correctly post, a job tax. Despite that pressure against employment, the Coalition Government and the Cnservative Governments since have managed to create lots of jobs. The job cuts announced yesterday by Unilever (?) and Royal Mail will be mostly at the higher reaches of pay (triggered in advance of but by NI increase?) and those people with the means and ideas may well be creating their own businesses and jobs for others in future.

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        • Thoughtful says:

          I wouldn’t say £50K is a mega high salary these days.

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          • Up2snuff says:

            T, think if you cannot manage on £50K pa then you must have a fairly wasteful lifestyle and need to budget better. If you earn less than £123/190 per week you are not affected by the increase. These people calling for it to be scrapped are claiming it will hit the lowest paid hardest. Not so.

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            • Scroblene says:

              Please don’t bring pensions into the equation, Snuffy…

              We used to regard ourselves well-off, but not nowadays!

              But there again, who bloody-well cares, as long as the scotch bottle is near to hand!

              Bollocks!

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  16. Guest Who says:

    At least his bike campaign has not started yet, using circling Reapers to take out miscreants.

       9 likes

  17. StewGreen says:

    8am local news
    #1 “This week’s theme is The Rising Cost of Living, today Fuel”
    They then played some clips of anecdotes

    That type of news item sounds like campaigning.

    #2 The Sue Gray report could be published later today
    clip of mildly critical Tory MP
    (It’s unusual for them to have a clip of a Tory, most news clips are Labour)

    #3 Group is concerned about end of Covid measures tomorrow

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    • Guest Who says:

      Remember Stuart Hughes?

      Before his time.

      Climate Assemblies are ongoing and members are required not to reveal discussions yet.

      However, the almost exclusively Net Zero supporting speakers appear to already be briefing BBC Net Zero Local Democracy Propaganda Stations in the shires, on why farmers need to stop raising livestock…

      #CCBGB

      Oh, as is telling folk in villages to using the one bus, cycle 30miles up hills in winter, or buy a £25k car or else not be allowed in the BBC car park in the city centre.

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  18. Thoughtful says:

    I see this morning foggy Moggy is at it again, trying to destroy his own party, because if someone from his rotten school isn’t king of the castle then no one else is allowed to be.

    This morning he is suggesting that if the bottler is ousted as seems likely with 8 more identified parties having taken place and him being the first PM to face questioning under Police caution, Foggy is saying that there should be a general election.

    Now this is unheard of. No political party has ever gone to the polls after a change of leader, not never.

    Foggy knows what the polls are saying, he knows his rotten party would lose by a landslide to his mates in Red Labour and that many of his colleagues in the party would lose their jobs, but he simply doesn’t care.

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    • StewGreen says:

      We are miles from an election.
      In the past Boris took over from Mrs May and won an election bigly.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      I think all that free money mogg has got has gone to his head – if he thinks calling for an election will disciple the blue Labour Party he must be mad .
      Once the whips are challenged out loud that is in the toaster .
      If nut nut removes the NI increase he will be seen as trying to buy popularity – it won’t be seen as ‘good ‘ – but his missus has told him to do it – maybe richi can use that to exit stage right ..

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Stew and Fed, I think Labour are pushing for Bojo to go because Starmer is lame and is on borrowed time. They will then call for a General Election endlessly in the House when Bojo’s successor is in place. It is the only chance of winning power that Labour have. Waiting until the full five years are up or even agreeing to an Election in summer 2024 may not guarantee a Labour win. Labour are desperate to keep Partygate and Cakegate going.

        The BBC will no doubt help in that.

        In two and a half to three years Partygate and Cakegate will have bored most of the electorate to tears and it will be unimportant to them.

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        • Fedup2 says:

          Up2
          I think the party thing is already boring . The msm get bereaved people or those dumb enough to get caught and fined – and exploit their pain and anger –

          – the longer it goes on the firmer my support gets for nut nut – how ever red/ green the idiot is because the quality of the government in waiting is even lower-

          God – angee even was stupendous enough to tweet about how she got a Chinese takeaway – can you guess the responses ?

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          • Scroblene says:

            Here, Moggy shot his bolt rather like Heseltine did with Maggie.

            Running away isn’t a good thing to do, but they’re both from the same sort of ilk, like the fat school kids, poking fun at a smaller kid in the playground then running away when a master comes along!

            Pathetic really.

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  19. Fedup2 says:

    Curious
    The story of the stabbing to death of a woman in west London in broad daylight – is getting no coverage – in the style of ‘women need to be protected from men ‘ stylee so loved on the BBC ..
    Now why could this be . ?
    Is it because the now dead killer is black ?
    Is it because a man used his car to run him over to stop him
    Is this a case which doesn’t fit the BBC narrative ?

    There is little detail about the victim or the dead killer . Why ? Is it the case thar some lives matter more than others BBC?

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Ban all women from parks?

      On 22 March 2020, 7-year-old Emily Grace Jones was stabbed at Queen’s Park in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England, while riding her scooter and died shortly afterwards. Eltiona Skana, a 30-year-old Albanian woman unknown to the Jones family, was arrested on the scene and later charged with murder. Wikipedia

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Marky – but all wimmin are victims of make violence – right ?

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        • MarkyMark says:

          YES! and NO!

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          • Fedup2 says:

            Marky – if I recall you put up the 2 hour debate between the Hitchins. Thank you – I almost got through it all – anymore – particularly from Christopher – the ‘clever ‘ one . Appreciated ( I saw his warning about the evil Islam )…

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            • MarkyMark says:

              Excellent – worth watching just to see people actually talking and debating.

              The End of the World as We Know It, with Mark Steyn

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              • Doublethinker says:

                On The GBN Stein show he interviewed Naomi Wolfe , a prominent liberal feminist in the US, she is appalled that many of her fellow liberals have become so authoritarian about compulsory vaccination. She was also beginning to see that the globalists were creating an authoritarian world in which they were the ruling elite and everyone else had better do as they were told. She was increasingly turning to God to seek answers and consolation.
                Delingpole has been on this track for some time and he thinks that we are living through the dying days of the West . Simon Hitchins is on the same page and believes that the myopic liberal elite are so entrenched that there is little that can be done to shift them or oppose them. He might be right after all they got rid of Trump and it looks as the Brexit Boris could be ousted and the great rebellion of the English and Welsh people crushed.
                Hitchins thinks that the only sensible way forward is to eat drink and be merry because there isn’t long left. I think that he is a bit pessimistic because there has been quite a push back on Covid measures and I think the push back on the elite’s green agenda will be enormous. We can hope that the people will reassert their right to make democratic decisions of all kinds and take back control from the elites.

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    • Zephir says:

      Other news sources, thankfully, are available with less of a pro black agenda:

      ‘The police did nothing to help her’: Son’s fury at the Met after mother-of-two was stabbed to death by violent ex-husband – despite anti-stalking order – before he was killed by have-a-go-driver

      The ‘monster’ knifeman who stabbed a 43-year-old woman to death in Maida Vale was her ex-husband
      Yasmine Wafah Chkaifi’s family claimed that Leon Mccaskie, 41, abused the mother-of-two during marriage
      After divorce, the ex-husband ‘harassed and intimidated’ her but Met Police ‘did nothing’ to help, said her son
      They also praised ‘hero’ motorist who was arrested on suspicion of murder after running over the attacker
      Bystanders had tried to stop knifeman after he pounced on 43-year-old victim, stabbing her over 10 times

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10440089/PICTURED-Mother-two-violent-ex-husband-stabbed-death.html

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Plod will think charging the hero with murder will demonstrate their support for the ‘black killer ‘community …

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    • Doublethinker says:

      I think that theBBC, the police and the justice system as a whole operate on the basis of those with ‘protected’ characteristics , colour/ religion being the highest ranked, are treated quite differently to those who are members of an unprotected group. We all know this has been the case for the last few years.
      Another characteristic upon which judgement is increasingly based is political affiliation. Thus the statue toppers or the insulation nutters are treated much more leniently than someone who marched in protest about compulsory vaccination or demonstrated in support of Tommy R.
      The take over of our institutions by the globalists and their willingness to use the power that this gives them has already had significant malign consequences for our democracy. It will rapidly get much worse.

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  20. AsISeeIt says:

    Near united
    Parent or Guardian
    What difference does it make?

    On the subject of Ukraine our press can’t quite decide who’s putting the best most costly and most scary economic sanctions on who:

    Allies near united front on sanctions to punish Russia if Ukraine invaded‘ (FT); ‘US seeks to blunt Putin threat to gas supplies‘ (Guardian)

    Ukraine: US could sanction Putin personally if Russia invades, Biden says‘ (BBC); our BBC are covering for Biden there after his major gaff about a minor incursion – the Americans term it “running defense”: ‘‘There are no minor incursions’: Ukrainian president rebukes Biden over remarks on Russian invasion‘ (USA Today); ‘How Europe Has Become So Dependent on Putin for Gas‘ (Bloomberg)

    Perhaps we ought to have fracked ourselves some gas?

    The bloc’s top economies…‘ apparently, for a moment at least, and from the globalist Bloomberg’s point of view, the EU and UK are still an indivisible “bloc” for the purposes of this situation ‘...are shutting down coal plants, and some are even planning for the end of nuclear power. Russia’s role as a major supplier of natural gas has been enhanced by the depletion of North Sea fields controlled by the U.K. and the Netherlands.

    Beware the consequences of going hell for leather for utopian green energy policies. It was the student’s favourite Morrissey of the Smiths who once warned us: “your prejudice won’t keep you warm tonight

    No amount of chickens coming home to roost seems to dissuade our media from nudging us toward their cherished elite-approved lifestyle alterations.

    The FT Datawatch feature you might assume to be watching finacial market data… au contraire… instead it focuses today on pushing us toward rice, soya, oat, almond… anything but dairy milk: ‘Growing numbers of people are switching to plant-based milk alternatives which are better for the enviroment. Cows milk causes around three times more greenhouse gas emissions…‘ – but our cattle reside conveniently nearby in Devon and Guernsey… suppose we get into conflict with China and they cut off our rice supplies, or Brazil for some reason restricts our soya imports… what do we put on our cornflakes then?

    Three in a bed is a phrase from the world of darts. Forward free-thinker Lucy Fry over there at the ‘i’ newspaper seems to think it’s time we all considered getting into Polyamory: ‘Three is the magic number. I’ll take my perfect “thruple” over a love triangle any day‘ – so you’re up for that even on a rather grey January Wednesday morning, luv?

    She’s been at it at the Guardian too – funny how these stories tend to come around on repeat: ‘‘There’s zero evidence that it’s worse for children’: parenting in a polyamorous relationship‘ (Guardian February 2020) – zero evidence? Perhaps we should get FT Datawatch onto it?

    We’ve decided to allow other partners into our lives. There is just one problem: how to square that with having a family… In practice, this means that I currently have a wife, who I live with, along with our two-year-old son. I also have a girlfriend‘ – so this an all-girl thing? And they say it was Boris who wanted his birthday cake and eat it.

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  21. Zephir says:

    What is going on in their small minds ? is there a brain there or two monkeys with a yo yo ?

    Oregon’s progressive governor is pioneering the power of executive clemency, prompting an outcry from prosecutors in her state charged with putting dangerous criminals behind bars.

    Oregon’s progressive Gov. Brown clemency push comes amid spike in violent crime.
    In Portland, Oregon’s largest city, police statistics show 85 homicides in 2021, up from 57 in 2020

    “This is the massive release of violent criminals through a process which violates the legal requirements of law,” said Kevin Mannix, the president of Common Sense for Oregon and the lawyer whose firm is bringing a lawsuit against Gov. Kate Brown on behalf of two district attorneys and the families of three murder victims.

    In Portland, Oregon’s largest city, police statistics show 85 homicides in 2021, up from 57 in 2020. There were 36 in 2019 – and 26 the year before that.

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/oregon-kate-brown-clemency-push-violent-crime

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  22. StewGreen says:

    9am R4 – Food writer Jack Monroe sparked national debate this week when she tweeted about food price hikes on the cheapest goods in supermarkets – but does inflation really hit low income households hardest?

    – Social media and some news outlets have spread claims this week that only around 17,000 people have actually died of Covid. We debunk.

    – We test the truth of the five second rule – is it a good idea to eat watermelon within five seconds of dropping it on the floor?
    And can you think yourself better?

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    • StewGreen says:

      Yes of course the 17K pure Covid deaths stat is a bit bogus
      Sure 90% of Covid death certificates do have a comorbidity mentioned
      Just cos someone has diabetes also written on their death certificate
      that doesn’t mean Covid didn’t kill them .
      Likewise sometimes Covid itself causes a comorbidity
      Emma Webb stated that in 80-90% of weekly Covid deaths, Covid is the main cause.

      Harford “There are other stats eg the death certificate stats in England Wales
      show 140K deaths with Covid as the main cause and 17K deaths of other things after Covid”
      Then he started going on about “excess deaths” saying there are 120K as a whole
      Dohh In 2021 many people died of Covid many people died of LOCKDOWN (missed cancer treatment, NHS delays etc.)
      One should not attribute all Excess Deaths to Covid
      Harford also doesn’t understand that Excess Deaths is a BS stat in the long run.
      Why ? cos the UK death rate is 100% ..everybody dies
      So sure you can say more people died in 2020 than expected, but those same people cannot die again in 2021 so deaths in 2021 would have been lower than expected. That is why the 120K is lower than the total of the 140K Covid deaths and Lockdown deaths.

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      • StewGreen says:

        It’s all academic cos counting raw deaths does NOT tell you the impact of Covid
        You need to count QALY’s Life years lost

        Harford stated that
        ‘saying 17K is saying certain people don’t count … particularly old people’
        “any plausible number gives you a horrifying death toll of over 100K people and probably 150K”

        No, 100K is not necessarily horrifying .. It depends if the dead lost 1 week or 20 years each of their lifespan.

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      • StewGreen says:

        Jack Monroe claimed the cheapest pasta in my supermarket is 70p “that’s a massive price rise”

        FFS pasta is 30p in most places around here
        It’s still 29p in Aldi
        https://www.aldi.co.uk/everyday-essentials-penne-pasta/p/059167242093600

        Aldi Everyday Essentials Spaghetti 500g £0.20

        “The cheapest rice is £1 for 500g”
        Nope ..Aldi today : Everyday Essentials Long Grain Rice 1kg
        £0.45

        Jack said “look at the rich A £7.50 ready meal is still £7.50”
        …fairyland stuff
        I looked at a readymeal discounted from £2:80 last week to 28p
        and I still decided it didn’t habve 28p worth of ingredients in it
        I did buy Chinese rice and chicken, which had quite a lot of chicken in it .. I wouldn’t have paid over 60p for it though.

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        • StewGreen says:

          Actually the prog did challenge Munroe on her prices
          She blustered “people don’t have 4 hours to get on a bus and shoparound”

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          • moggie63 says:

            I was in Asda this morning and her prices are correct. I have time to get a bus to Aldi but not the money, plus I have to walk a third of the distance to get to the bus route.

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            • Up2snuff says:

              moggie, Asda is getting more expensive because under the new owners they are carrying a lot of debt.

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              • Rob in Cheshire says:

                Up:

                You are right, they were “bought” by a pair of Asian brothers from Blackburn, who are inevitably described as “billionaires”. I’ll believe that when I see their bank statements. Robert Maxwell was a “billionaire” until the day he stepped off his yacht.

                These “billionaires” are pulling the usual trick of selling off the company’s assets, such as its freehold properties, and leasing them back. In effect, buying the company with the company’s own assets, much as the Glazers did with Manchester United. It is a sick part of company law which needs to be changed.

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          • Doublethinker says:

            She probably shops in Waitrose or ,when they don’t have what she is after , in the Queen’s grocer , Fortnum and Mason.

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        • Rob in Cheshire says:

          Waitrose? Far too downmarket. These days “Jack” only shops at Fortnum & Mason.

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    • StewGreen says:

      About food dropping
      “Whatever the time dropped food does pick up bacteria”
      doh ..bacteria are everywhere

      What counts is not whether it’s zero
      but the toxicity & quantity of the bacteria you ingest
      I would pick up a biscuit

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      • moggie63 says:

        My daily meal preparation largely consists of picking up some pieces of whatever I have been cutting/chopping/slicing/dicing off the floor where it invariably lands. It rarely bothers me. It was different when we had a cat as whatever fell on the floor seemed to gather every bit of fur within a 5 foot radius.

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Stew, you have to assess numerous things: whether dropped on clean/dirty hardwood or clean/dirty lino or other covering or on carpet. Then you need to think of the household members’ habits, do they walk around kitchens/dining rooms/lounges in outdoor shoes or do they take them off at the door? Are there pets in the house who walk in the street and around the house? Then you need to think of chemicals that may have been used to clean floors, especially kitchens.

        Then in addition, the food you drop may have a neutralizing effect on any bacteria that it may pick up from contact eg. pickled onion. Or if it is a raw vegetable eg. piece of carrot, then it it going to be in boiling water for 5 or 6 minutes which should kill any germs.

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        • Scroblene says:

          Ha ha ha, Snuffy!

          You wouldn’t think that this site is a place to moan about the BBC, but isn’t it so much more interesting and much nicer than throwing bricks at the TV screen whenever they start their awful wokey rubbish!

          Luckily I never watch or listen to the BBC, but being a sucker for legality, we pay a week’s pension for the privilege of paying the gurning lineker, ball someone, and a few hangers-on to live the life of Riley for being twots…

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  23. Fedup2 says:

    Why do people talk to the BBC?

    The bee lady ‘interviewed ‘ liz truss today – interruption after interruption – the standard BBC ‘narrative ‘ supporting questions .. nothing new . Even the question as to whether Liz supported the PM – yes sez liz ….

    Bee lady didn’t want to talk about the coming war – but did . The BBB still doesn’t know what stance to take apart from being anti British – either we haven’t done enough or done too much ….

    …. Then it was the mayor of Kiev – the ex boxer fella – who started by thanking Blighty and nut nut – that was before our Justin got his first question in – that must have hurt . The ex boxer was far too reasonable for our Justin so there were the usual ‘technical problems ‘.

    Nobody asks – if putin loses face – will he be challenged – will he appear weak – could there be trouble in Russia ?

    THE ABOVE QUESTIONS ARE NEVER ASKED ? Someone tell me ‘why?’ ….

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    • Up2snuff says:

      If I recall correctly, Fed, from what Siberian Rhod told us on TCW Defeending Freedom, Putin is currently very popular, except with Lefty Atheists because he is encouraging the Russian Orthodox Church to build churches again.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Up2
        Yes -my read is that the Make Russia Great Again hats are selling well in mother Russia and Putin isn’t likely to be on the wrong end of a coup – his KGB parentage will also secure that ….

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  24. tarien says:

    All of what is happening in or around our Political bodies is thrown down the drain as the Ministry for the Home Secretary is seemingly disgarding the most important matter that should be addressed before anyhting else-IMMIGRATION> We are only weeks into the new year yet already nearly 1000 people have come to Britain illegally in boats. This is a continuing and growing scandal that is simply not being addressed. There has of course been the usual hype about the military tackling the problem or using countries like Ghana (where all knowledge of discussions with the UK government were denied) or Rwanda for offshore processing. And we have of course heard it all before. If secret talks have been going on, great. But if they haven’t and the government has been playing games, the opprobrium that will come their way will be richly deserved.
    The other jaw-dropping bit of news was that the Home Office is reportedly planning to ditch the publication of daily figures showing the number of migrants crossing the Channel. Now why do you think that is? Looking at it more cynically, this smacks of the North Korean approach to public information. How dare they try to keep from us evidence of their incompetence and ineffectiveness? We hear daily of the effects of such madness-murder, rape, and all other atrocities associated. What is the real reason for this government crime?

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    • MarkyMark says:

      About us (UK Home Office)

      The first duty of the government is to keep citizens safe and the country secure. The Home Office has been at the front line of this endeavour since 1782. As such, the Home Office plays a fundamental role in the security and economic prosperity of the United Kingdom.
      https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office/about

      ed73e7d8a5b67bbe0affcf19da3824443c3e472e889d0acb1285621b8cc98866.jpg

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      • Up2snuff says:

        tarien, to be fair to the BBC, they did give a mention to the grooming and sex trafficking of young girls from Romania westwards but it soon disappeared from top views on Home & on News on the web-site.

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  25. Zephir says:

    Ironic, as this also seems to sum up the UK……

    Democrats suddenly value border security, just not the US border

    The US border remains open, but Democrats and the Biden administration are focused on securing the Ukrainian border

    The bill Pelosi is promoting is called the Defending Ukraine’s Sovereignty Act. Its purpose is to guarantee, “Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.” These are the things that all countries need. We’d love to have them here. But no, we’re going to have to wait. Ukraine is ahead of us in the queue for secure borders,

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-democrats-border-security

    Meanwhile, those pouring over our borders continue to rape and kill the British, including our children.

       25 likes

    • MarkyMark says:

      Boris sends 200 troops to the NHS.
      Boris sends 10 troops to Polish border.
      Boris sends 0 troops to Kent Beach.

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    • Charlie Farley says:

      Well Said Zephir , The BBC totally ignore the daily Invasion with Raping and Murder of our citizens…Whats going on ?
      Most of us are not interested in the Cakes we just want a Tory Government to do what we voted for without Green Taxes …Bring back Coal and Nuclear Power !
      I have been watching Border Force Spain on Quest…..why can’t our Border Farce be as good as the Spanish ?

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    • Northern Voter says:

      Zephyr

      Is Pelosi’s face stored on an egg somewhere?

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  26. Foscari says:

    The BBC Internet main page is beginning to treat the
    Ukraine crises as Neville Chamberlain did in a national
    broadcast in late September 1938. Over the Sudetenland
    “Question” he said it was “A quarrel in a far away country
    between people of whom we know nothing.”
    The BBC seems to be taking the same attitude over
    the Ukraine. Of course we know that cheese and wine
    gatherings at number 10 with our amoral Prime Minister
    are a hundred times more important in helping to bring down
    Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party so far as the
    BBC is concerned.

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  27. MarkyMark says:

    Jess Philips … Until February 2019, I employed my husband, Tom Phillips, as Constituency Support Manager. (Registered 07 June 2015; updated 14 March 2019)
    https://www.theyworkforyou.com/regmem/?p=25364

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  28. Zephir says:

    “But wait a second, you ask, isn’t undocumented immigration a good thing? Doesn’t immigration increase diversity, the blessed source of all beauty, power and strength? Well, sure, most of the time it does, but not in Ukraine. Ukraine exists for the exclusive presence of Ukrainians. People who look or speak differently, people from other places with, say, different religions are not allowed in Ukraine, period. That’s Nancy Pelosi’s position. Ukraine is the one place Nancy Pelosi very much wants to keep racially pure. She’s willing to use lethal force to do that.

    Virtually everyone in Congress agrees with Pelosi. So does the White House. Here’s Joe Biden’s deputy national security adviser explaining that when undocumented foreign nationals arrive in Ukraine, they’ll be killed.”

    JOHN BERMAN: Why should Americans care about what’s happening in Ukraine?

    JONATHAN FINER: Because it goes to a very fundamental principle of all nations, which is that our borders should be inviolate, that our sovereignty should be respected.

    Our borders should be inviolate. Our sovereignty should be respected, meaning Ukraine’s. That man was Jonathan Finer. He’s Biden’s deputy national security adviser. It’s interesting to note that Jonathan Finer has no relevant experience for the job he currently holds. At one point, he was a Washington Post reporter. That’s reassuring. Most recently, he was cashing in at a private equity firm, paying approximately half the federal tax rate. Good for him.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      quote-a-nation-without-borders-is-no-nation-at-all-ronald-reagan-114-13-60.jpg

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Zephir, how many American citizens are of Ukrainian origin? Even more important if they are, do they still have family in Ukraine? There is a great obscurity in one branch of my family, it could be Ukrainian albeit several generations back.

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  29. Sluff says:

    Good article in the D Mail this morning, a transcript of a speech by Bob Seely MP last week about Covid and lockdowns.
    Sadly I don’t have an electronic reference.

    Here are two quotes to whet your appetite.
    ‘ never before has so much harm been done to so many by so few….based on dodgy data’

    ‘To the BBC. Why did you so rarely challenge (Prof. Neil) Ferguson , SAGE, or independent SAGE? Why did you allow yourself to become the propaganda arm of the lockdown state?

    And so say all of us.

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    • Sluff says:

      Whisper it quietly but in the anti-Boris frenzy it has been conveniently forgotten that Boris, by some process, has tended to open up society earlier than many, rather along the original Swedish model. He was of course criticised for so doing by SirKeer, the left, the BBC, the doom-mongers, the NHS, SAGE, and the nationalists keen to be seen to be different.
      Guess what? Much to their horror, Wales and Scotland have now seen the English freedoms, noticed that the roof has not fallen in, that covid rates went up but hospitalisations and deaths were manageable, and now they are having to abandon their own restrictions. General back-pedalling by everyone.

      By accident or design, Boris arrived at a decent compromise, opposed the doom-mongers, has been vindicated, and we have been able to live near-normal lives. He was under a lot of pressure the two weeks before Christmas but did not yield.

      But he did of course eat cake and drink in his own house nearly two years ago. So must be sacked. Apparently. According to the BBC. And indeed ITV.

         30 likes

      • Thatcherrevolutionary says:

        The ITV ‘journalist’ Brand who is relentlessly pushing this, has a ‘husband’ (of course) who works in the Cabinet Office.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Consequences of Lysenkoism
      Lysenko forced farmers to plant seeds very close together since, according to his “law of the life of species”, plants from the same “class” never compete with one another.[2] Lysenko played an active role in the famines that caused the deaths of millions of Soviet people and his practices prolonged and exacerbated the food shortages.[2] The People’s Republic of China under Mao Zedong adopted his methods starting in 1958, with calamitous results, culminating in the Great Chinese Famine of 1959 to 1962, in which some 15–55 million people died.[note 1][2]

      Outside the Soviet Union, scientists spoke critically: British biologist S. C. Harland lamented that Lysenko was “completely ignorant of the elementary principles of genetics and plant physiology” (Bertram Wolfe, 2017). Criticism from foreigners did not sit well with Lysenko, who loathed Western “bourgeois” scientists and denounced them as tools of imperialist oppressors. He especially detested the American-born practice of studying fruit flies, the workhorse of modern genetics. He called such geneticists “fly lovers and people haters”.[25]

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trofim_Lysenko

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  30. Zephir says:

    USA
    “Customs and Border Protection just released the latest statistics on the invasion ongoing into this country. In the month of December, last month, the feds encountered close to 180,000 illegal immigrants, foreign nationals whose identities we can’t know, on the southwest border. Here, all living here now. How many people is that? Well, for perspective, that’s more than the three previous December’s combined.

    In the last calendar year, more than 2 million foreign nationals swept across the Mexican border unimpeded into this country and now live here. That’s a lot of people. Many times the population of Boston, Atlanta, Denver, pick a city. In one year. But you know what it’s more than? It’s a lot more than the Russian Army has amassed on the Ukrainian border, something we’re all hysterical about. And of course, it’s not just people coming illegally into this country. It’s the drugs they are bringing. Record amounts of narcotics, narcotics which are driving the single-most deadly drug epidemic in the history of this country. “

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    • MarkyMark says:

      The former home secretary Jack Straw has admitted that dropping immigration restrictions on eastern European migrants was a “spectacular mistake” on Labour’s part.
      The Labour MP said handing immediate working rights to Poles and other nationalities who joined the EU in 2004 was a “well-intentioned policy we messed up”.
      https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/nov/13/jack-straw-labour-mistake-poles

         7 likes

      • Fedup2 says:

        ‘Well intentioned ‘ should be put on John Straw’s grave stone – he adopted ‘jack ‘ to be more ‘working class ‘ ..

        Anyway – the prediction was for 64 k poles in Ist year – which turned into a real third of a million – yoy yoy …

        There is a word for straw which cannot be used on this site …

        ( for the record I am not anti pole – just worried about the actual and social infrastructure – like trying to get hold of a G££££££P)

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  31. theisland says:

    Steyn notes that other political leaders who were ‘caught out’ breaching the rules were exposed in real time. Why not Boris? This has been ‘sat on’ by political insiders to be released at a particular time to inflict maximum damage, so in that sense it is closer to the deep state machinations against Trump.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Kay Burley on the birthday party that got her suspended from Sky
      When the presenter breached Covid guidelines celebrating her 60th, Sky suspended her. What about claims that her colleagues tipped off the press, asks Andrew Billen
      https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/kay-burley-interview-suspended-sky-covid-rules-dtjfxchz0

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    • MarkyMark says:

      How many BBC parties?

      Jeremy Corbyn was at dinner with eight people to honour friend who founded Occupy Wall Street after he died four weeks ago – as ex-Labour leader refuses to reveal if he got £200 fine for Rule of Six breach
      Dinner was held to remember Occupy Wall Street organiser David Graeber
      Corbyn and his wife were pictured attending a dinner with 7 other people
      Event was in breach of the government’s ‘Rule of Six’ on social gatherings
      Ex-Labour leader has apologised for the incident, admitting it was a ‘mistake’
      Labour MP Rosena Allin-Khan says former leader has been fined for rule break

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  32. MarkyMark says:

    HUNDREDS OF TEACHERS ATTENDED MASK-FREE BOOZY AWARDS BASH AFTER OMICRON RESTRICTIONS WERE ANNOUNCED
    https://order-order.com/2021/11/30/hundreds-of-teachers-attended-mask-free-boozy-awards-bash-after-omicron-restrictions-were-announced/

    Masks are once again mandatory in secondary school communal areas for staff and pupils. Despite the current lack of concrete evidence that the Omicron variant is any more dangerous than Delta – the new measures are only here to “buy time” for scientists to better understand the threat – the NASUWT Teachers’ Union is already insisting these rules don’t go far enough.
    order-order.com

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  33. Fedup2 says:

    I caught a very poor propaganda show on R4 which questioned the cited GBNews covid death numbers of 17000 – which goes against the BBC project fear and was rubbished –

    But turned out to be true —- then they tried to rubbish them again …

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Today
      BBC Radio 4, 20 July 2021

      An interview with Lord Sumption about civil liberties contained statistics which were not challenged at the time.

      He said that ‘the virus has not killed over 100,000 people’ and that a large number have died with Covid but not of it.

      In England and Wales more than 120,000 death certificates have recorded Covid-19 as an underlying cause of death according to figures collated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

      Lord Sumption said that for older people, ‘at the age which they had reached, they would probably have died within a year’ anyway.

      Life expectancy before the pandemic for an 80 year old was 9 years for a man and 10 years for a woman.

      Lord Sumption said that ‘it’s a matter of hundreds and not thousands’ of deaths of people who were not in highly vulnerable groups with serious comorbidities on their death certificate.

      By the end of March 2021 the ONS says almost 16,000 deaths in England & Wales had been caused by Covid in cases where there were no other underlying conditions recorded on the death certificate.

      03/08/2021
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/helpandfeedback/corrections_clarifications/archive_2021/

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  34. MarkyMark says:

    Bollywood is not diverse! It’s mostly 99% Indian! Ban Bollywood!

    An Indian court has finally cleared Shilpa Shetty of obscenity charges 15 years after the Bollywood star was kissed on stage by actor Richard Gere.

    Footage from 2007 showed the Hollywood star kissing Ms Shetty’s cheek at an Aids awareness event in Delhi.

    The charges have only now been ruled “groundless”, with the court saying she was the victim of an unwanted advance.

    At the time the kiss triggered protests by radical Hindu groups who considered it to be an insult to Indian values.

    Kissing in public is considered by some in India to be taboo.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-60128838

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  35. Thoughtful says:

    Interesting comment read elsewhere.

    Why is it that when Dominic Cummings was SPAD to Boris Johnson the BBC wouldn’t believe a word that he said and treated him as some kind of machiavellian figure.

    Now he isn’t advising Boris and is spilling the beans the BBC are hanging on every word and reporting everything without doubt question or criticism ?

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  36. BRISSLES says:

    Everyone on the ‘street’ is saying the same thing Thoughtful. The biggest liar ever, and months later he’s the hero and every word is gospel. Unbelievable! I haven’t heard this mentioned on GB News either. Its his mission to get Boris out with his drip feed stories, but its not being reported as it should be.

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    • JohnC says:

      I don’t think Cummins is a liar. I think he is someone who knows everything going on and is a very dangerous man to cross. He will win whatever it takes.

      Boris chose Nut Nut for an easy life and the rest is history.

      That picture of Cummins leaving No10 with the contents of his desk in a bag was a big, big mistake by Boris. For many reasons.

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      • MarkyMark says:

        At the Ogilvy Nudgestock Conference in 2017, Dominic Cummings gave a presentation on how ‘Leave’ won the referendum.

        All content copyright Ogilvy Nudgestock Conference.

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        • Up2snuff says:

          Cummings talks some rubbish at times: “The Single Market is complex and no-one understands it.”

          No, it not complex at all.

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  37. JohnC says:

    LIVE news : Latest breaking headline from the BBC:

    Boris still hasn’t received the report yet.

    Is that news ???. Or a cheap way to try to keep the story current for their ‘unbiased and impartial’ agenda issues ?.

    I don’t have the words for how pathetically desperate they are. We can only hope this embarassing display of bias will hasten their demise.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      BBC – only 1400+ raped kids in one town over 16 years out of 70 million population. So don’t worry.

      Are the BBC making a Programme about Jimmy Savile?
      The BBC One fact-based drama The Reckoning, about sex offender Jimmy Savile, has already begun filming. Head of BBC drama Piers Wenger has defended the upcoming drama series The Reckoning, starring Steve Coogan as sex offender and disgraced BBC broadcaster Jimmy Savile.12 Oct 2021
      The Reckoning!

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  38. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    In the ‘olden’ days I used to quite like the whodunnit types of programs where the baddie was revealed at the end.

    Now, I find that with just about every new series or whodunnit shows you can count out most of the suspects as soon as you see them.
    The reason is that only whites can be baddies now. All the rest of the tick box cast members are highly moral, upstanding and virtuous unlike the shifty, dirty, racist, all the other ‘ists, criminal whitey.
    Sometimes a box ticker may appear to be a baddie but it soon comes to light that they are victims of something or other and are really saintly.

    You generally end up with a choice of one or two to choose from but it’s ‘whitey’ every time.

    Of course, you all know this but I’ve not seen any article on it.
    Probably because it’s not pc.

    Hollywood used to use the Brits as baddies in their films so maybe this is natural progress although the Hollywood baddies were all non tick box types.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Ukraine’s culture minister, Oleksandr Tkachenko, was among the millions of Netflix viewers around the world who watched the first season of Emily in Paris. But the depiction of a Ukrainian character in the TV show’s second season has offended him, he said, leading him to complain to the streaming service.

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/300490392/emily-in-paris-portrayal-of-shoplifting-ukrainian-is-insulting-culture-minister-complains-to-netflix

      The portrayal of Petra as a shoplifting immigrant fearful of deportation was a “caricature of a Ukrainian woman,” Tkachenko said in a post on the Telegram platform, calling it “unacceptable” and “offensive.”

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    • JohnC says:

      And don’t forget the BAME guy never has a watertight alibi and racist whitey accuses him first. Cue a main character asking th epolice if they arrested him just because he is brown (like in an episode of Father Brown).

      Ultimately the BAME guy plays an instrumental role in catching the real villain. Who is white.

      Actually I think they are moving on from that narrative to making BAME the ‘main villain character’ with an intelligent bigger plan. They NEVER just stab someone on the street like in real life.

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  39. StewGreen says:

    So to summarise the BBC More Or Less prog today
    #1 They scorned the misleading GBNews Dan Wootton for making out REAL Covid deaths are only 17K
    .. when in fact 150K Covid dead would have lived a few weeks longer if they hadn’t got Covid

    #2 They championed the misleading Jack Monroe as a voice on food prices for the poor
    Yet she spouted BS narrative about food prices
    What she said was the cheapest pasta/rice ..
    is double or triple what I can see on Aldi’s website.

    #3 On food dropping they told us not matter the time bacteria are collected
    but didn’t tell us anything about the actual health effect
    .. AFAIK if I pick up a biscuit off the carpet and it ends up in the acid bath that is my stomach, the health effect is no different from taking it straight out of the packet.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Jack Monroe cancelled he license fee so should be locked up?

      2016 The same day, campaigner Jack Monroe cancelled her licence fee in disgust, branding Pedley a “blatant neo-Nazi supporter.”
      https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/ourbeeb/is-question-time-s-audience-producer-really-fascist/

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      • StewGreen says:

        That article from the George Soros Open Democracy project shows one reason why BBC staff don’t deviate from tweets supporting the Islington Social viewpoint.
        The article throws around the words “far right, fascist, neo-Nazi” etc.
        In a clear way to signal ‘if you are not one of us lefties we’ll smear you are as fascist”

        Yet further down the page he realises hey this BBC producer is one of us, she was a Remain supporter.

        \\ It’s not even clear that Pedley backed leave. That might sound ludicrous, given that she tweeted her support – but a week before the referendum, she tweeted supporting Remain.//

        Then later the writer swings back, first saying she’s a Tory
        \\But, because her political “centre of gravity” is hard right, she’s more open to “respectable” far-right voices like Farage, Phillips or Murray than left-wing “crazies” like Corbyn. //
        He gave no evidence for that “hard right” label

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  40. s.trubble says:

    If and when this is Savile is released there will be one clue as to its authenticity.
    Can only comment further once the “show” is aired.

    you never know who,s looking in!

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  41. MarkyMark says:

    Even putting all that on one side, the cost of the project is simply unsustainable. When HS2 was first approved in 2012, it was estimated it would cost an estimated £32.7bn. The latest estimate reveals that has now gone up to an eye-watering £107.7bn.29 Aug 2021

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  42. Fedup2 says:

    PMQ questions

    Why hasnt the report been pubkished yet ?
    Why has plod only acted now ?
    When will the report be pubkished ?
    When will the police investigation end
    When are you going to resign ?
    Is there going to be a party at the end ?

    Boris then fires all guns

    Dont mention covid chinese spirs or kiev

    Followed by Blackford the crofter finally blowing his aorta …

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Has the Navy stopped any dinghies in the channel?
      Will Prince Charles defend the realm on Kent Beach?
      Will 650 MPs pay back the £10K they got to build an office in their homes?
      Will Boris send the 200 troops sent to the NHS into the Ukraine?

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    • JohnC says:

      I just saw a couple of minutes of it and it’s the exact opposite of how the BBC describe it.

      Boris answers the question in 5 words then talks about other issues like unemployment while the house cheers then it’s back to Starmer for ‘So you accept you will resign’ in silence except for the odd sycophant woman on his front bench voicing support.

      May God help us if that man is ever PM. How the Russians and Chinese must be laughing at how weak we are now.

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  43. MarkyMark says:

    Ukraine: US could sanction Putin personally if Russia invades, Biden says
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-60134295

    ** Putin keeps his money under his matress

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  44. MarkyMark says:

    The Russian Armed Forces are one of the world’s largest military forces, with around a million active-duty personnel, which is the world’s fifth-largest, and at least 2 million reserve personnel.

    British Army
    British Army crest.svg
    Founded 1 January 1660; 362 years ago[1][2][note 1]
    Country
    Great Britain (1707–1800)
    United Kingdom (1801–present)
    Type Army
    Role Land warfare
    Size 82,230 active personnel (2021)[4]
    30,040 reserve (2021)[4]

    UK’s MI5 has 43,000 terror suspects on watchlist: media

    Russia 1 million.
    UK 82K plus 40K on terror watch list.

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  45. StewGreen says:

    I’ll repeat that Laura Perrins tweet from above

    Those leaking all the lockdown party stories now
    , don’t give two hoots that lockdown rules were broken.
    …. If they did, they would have leaked it there and then.

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  46. MarkyMark says:

    PMQs

    Starmer: Cake!
    Boris: Not sure, wait for report!

    “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”

    ― George Orwell
    https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/8215-political-language-is-designed-to-make-lies-sound-truthful-and

    https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/f9f1a6b9-73c6-404e-af44-b4c32e6d8d6b?in=12:05:36

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  47. MarkyMark says:

    “I’m a bus fanatic.” (c) Boris
    https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/f9f1a6b9-73c6-404e-af44-b4c32e6d8d6b?in=12:05:36

    Has he been on one recently? Cost is high!

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  48. MarkyMark says:

    We are all equal.

    Muslim minister-designate backs school crucifix ban
    Ayguel Oezkan, the designated social minister in Lower Saxony who is set to be Germany’s first Muslim minister of Turkish origin, has caused controversy by calling for a ban on crucifixes in state schools.
    https://www.dw.com/en/muslim-minister-designate-backs-school-crucifix-ban/a-5503657

    Lincolnshire non-Muslim girls asked to wear hijab for a day
    Published4 August 2019
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-49204762

       16 likes

    • JohnC says:

      Were they also forced to have sex with their uncles and get beaten if they didn’t do what he tells them ?.

         13 likes

    • digg says:

      I would give every child a crucifix and nail one up on the roof of every school and tell him to f- off!

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  49. s.trubble says:

    Blackford blowing his Aorta………..what a cheer that would get.

    i mean, if you actually added the cost of sending that snp rabble to Westminster as a measure of what value they have brought to proceedings you would be shocked at the paucity of return.

    The return or value could be measured in terms of the contents of a mouse’s handkerchief.

    Wht dont they tell them just to Zoom in….after all they are a bunch of Zoomers.

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  50. s.trubble says:

    A point re GP.s I have never seen brought up by bBC.

    Recall the fabulous wage increases these received in the Blair/Brown years .

    At the time I remember discussing this and why in the bargain there was nothing in return, e,g, productivity, longer hours etc.

    Well now we have gone full circle and its been almost impossible to see them at all?
    While in the meantime they have been outsourcing the minor procedures….I used to get an annual check up…that stopped 3 years ago…no sign of reintroduction.

    And they are putting up NI….

    We need to demand a clear GP service level or have the right to opt out if it is poor value for money.

       18 likes

    • MarkyMark says:

      BBC to remove one celebrity and add 10 nurses to the health system! BBC to save lives!

      Coronavirus: Holby City donates ventilators to London Nightingale hospital
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52250706

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    • StewGreen says:

      Experienced nurses and receptionists seem better than the doctors at the surgery, because of that first word.

      Surely the whole idea of “one doctor knows everything” is old fashioned.
      A new kind of health centre with diagnostic technicians might be better.
      They’d run you through a diagnostic checklist and then filter to you to the next room with one of 30 specialists.

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    • Doublethinker says:

      A retired GP I know told me years ago that there would be more hours worked by GPs if the pay was reduced! His argument , he is nearly 80 now and old school, was that there are now more women GPs than men and as soon as they have children they all opt to work part time and their enormous pay packets allow them to earn £50k plus for two days a week! If they were paid less they would work longer hours. I also know at least two male GP’s in their 50’s who can afford to work only three or four days a week.
      I wonder how many GP’swe have in total and how many full time equivalents that equates to. I suspect that for every 100 qualified GP we have we only get 60% full time equivalents.

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