525 Responses to Midweek 30 March 2022

  1. MarkyMark says:

    SHOT OUT TO LIVE – SYRIA ( as sponsored by Obama/Biden)

    Ukraine war: The Syrians signing up to fight for Russia

    Ukraine war: The Syrians signing up to fight for Russia
    Russia says it has signed up some 16,000 recruits from the Middle East to fight with its forces in Ukraine.

    Social media in Syria has been flooded with requests for people to join Russian troops in return for up to $7,000 for deployment.

    One former Syrian regime soldier who has been offered thousands of dollars to fight in the war told BBC News Arabic that his country’s broken economy means hundreds of Syrians are putting themselves forward.


  2. MarkyMark says:

    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Australian spy chiefs had been opposed to Huawei’s deal with the Solomon Islands, arguing it might compromise the security of infrastructure in both nations.

    Pakistan’s nuclear plant was built by China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and construction started in 2015. China has already invested billions into Pakistan’s Belt and Road initiative. Last week, the UK had approved China’s nuclear reactor design that could be used at a plant in southeast England.14 Feb 2022

    Are the Chinese involved in Hinkley Point C?
    The plant is operated by China General Nuclear Power Group and owned in partnership with the French state-controlled EDF, the two companies involved in building Hinkley Point C.1 Dec 2021

    The 2021 takeover of Newcastle United F.C. by a consortium consisting of PCP Capital Partners, Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) was a takeover proceeding that commenced in April 2020 and was successfully concluded in October 2021.


  3. MarkyMark says:



    Name of donor: Mazen Al Sawwaf
    Address of donor: private

    Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: hospitality at Royal Ascot, approx. value £1,100 per day; £3,300 in total


    • Thoughtful says:

      Mazen Al Sawwaf is a Saudi Arabian businessman with investments throughout Europe and Africa, and developing interests in the United States.

      Al-Sawwaf is also involved in various initiatives that aim to strengthen business relations between the Arab World and Western economies.

      No surprise to see the questionable Saudi money being flashed around, but as with the Boris question, no one does anything for nothing, so what is Al-Sawwaf expecting for his money – if it even is his and not someone elses using him as a proxy.


      • MarkyMark says:

        Barry Gardiner defends donations worth £500,000 from Chinese agent
        The Labour MP said Christine Lee appeared to be ‘operating as a legitimate person in the UK’.
        Amy Gibbons
        Thursday 13 January 2022 20:23


  4. Zephir says:

    diversity enriches all of us

    Fiona Oluyinka Onasanya (/ˌɒnəˈsænjə/; born 23 August 1983)[1][2] is a former Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) who was removed from that role as a result of a criminal conviction. She was elected in the 2017 United Kingdom general election for the constituency of Peterborough, which she represented from 8 June 2017 to 1 May 2019.[3][4]

    Onasanya was found guilty on 19 December 2018 of perverting the course of justice for lying to police to avoid being prosecuted for speeding. She unsuccessfully sought to secure permission to appeal against the conviction.[5][6][7] Her expulsion from the Labour Party, effective in December 2018, was announced in January 2019.[8][9] On 29 January 2019 she was sentenced to three months in prison.[10] She was removed from office on 1 May 2019 after a successful recall petition, automatically triggered in cases of a custodial sentence of a year or less, under the Recall of MPs Act 2015. This prompted a by-election, making her the first MP to lose their seat through the recall process.[1


  5. Peter Grimes says:

    A former Al Beeb colleague of Kuennsberg tells it how it is…just this once –

    ‘He criticised Kuenssberg’s coverage during the EU referendum and said she should have taken a “step back and tell the audience when they were being lied to”.’


    Telling the truth would, of course, reverse the whole raison d’etre of Al Beeb.


    • StewGreen says:

      Peter did you even read your link ?
      The Daily Express was hijacked by the Reach Daily Mirror corp
      of course it’s going to complain that the BBC aren’t lefty or anti-Brexit enought
      Patrick Howse, former BBC reporter, praised outgoing Laura Kuenssberg for being an “outstanding” “confident” and “ambitious” journalist but said she failed to tell her audience when they were being “lied to” by the Leave side in the Brexit referendum

      Mr Howse, who now contributes for Byline Times and describes himself as an “EU citizen”
      That’s the wacky Remainiac Conspiracy Theory website
      and he can’t be an EU citizen unless he has another EU passport. ( He took Irish cirtizenship)
      I was born and brought up in the United Kingdom. Since moving to Germany in the spring of 2018 I have written articles for a variety of news outlets i


  6. StewGreen says:

    6:15pm ITV local news : “The Black Pound
    scene 1 : “Sandra Murphy a black Lincolnshire businesswoman”
    “I’m the only black equine nutrition company in the UK”

    scene 2 Lydia from the “Black Pound Report”
    ‘This shop assistant said they only have normal skin colour products !”
    “It’s incredible 95% of shop assistants seem white”

    scene 2 : The Black Pound Day .. Mr Swiss the founder (Mr Swizz ?)


  7. Guest Who says:

    Ideal for Laura K as she…. ‘Finds her voice’.


  8. davylars says:

    This is a snapshot from my online power suppliers utility bill.
    (Scottish Power)

    Seems to fly in the face of everything the BBC are reporting though.

    Colder winter and spring? According to the BBC, they are getting warmer.

    Low wind levels? Well who would’ve thought that from the garbage the BBC are telling us. ‘Free green unlimited energy we get from wind power generation’

    And they tell us it has nothing to do with green policy’s.



    • Lefty Wright says:

      The planet Earth’s climate appears to be rather unpredictable as to the amount of wind it can provide at the point of need, so may I suggest that the government look into the possibility of a National Fart & Belch Bank where each of us, by law, is obliged to flatulate into a plastic bag and take it to our local energy supplier where it can be converted into electricity which should help to keep the lights on.
      I submit that this would be a much cheaper and more reliable option to all these ghastly windmills whose main function appears to be to chop birds into pieces but somehow doesn’t harm rubber dinghies. Funny fing that innit?


  9. Thoughtful says:

    Pretty much breaking news that Germany has activated it’s emergency power plan along with neighbour Austria.



  10. Thoughtful says:

    Here’s another story:


    What the media isn’t telling you.

    Many many people are in a land of make believe about this including unfortunately our Prime Minister who is still steadfastly refusing to move away from his nut nuts insane Green energy dreams.

    They will constantly repeat parrot fashion “we only get 5% of our gas from Russia” which in normal circumstances would be true, but these are not normal circumstances.

    It’s bad enough to lose 5% of the gas given the fragility of the energy grid, but it gets worse, because Norway which is the UKs major provider running at 100% capacity has been in talks with Germany to supply them with gas, that means they will not be able to supply it to us.

    This is exactly what I said I believed would happen in earlier posts, and we need to take action now to protect ourselves come the power cuts which now appear inevitable.


    • MarkyMark says:

      We can pray the sun shines more and the wind blows faster.


      • Up2snuff says:

        MM, not too fast, please – too fast and turbines have to be ‘feathered’ (ie. shut down) – a good steady breeze over 24/7/365 will do nicely.


        • MarkyMark says:

          The reason turbines shut down like this is for safety – if the wind is too fast it can put major stress on the blades and mechanisms inside the turbine causing lots of friction and long term damage. It’s much safer to have the turbines stop and then start again when wind is a bit slower and safer.1 Oct 2019


          • Up2snuff says:

            MM, yes, that’s right. In addition, the generator can actually overheat and maybe catch fire although that is unusual, exceptional. What of course most people do not realise, especially the eco-fascists, is that turbines actually require a lot of electricity. They have quite sophisticated control and cooling/warming systems that mean that their net contribution to the National Grid is not as large as imagined by the eco-fascists.


    • moggie63 says:

      The rich and those that make decisions (often one and the same) won’t have any shortage of energy, that’s reserved for the plebs, the poor, pensioners etc. I bet the hotels housing all the illegal immigrants won’t be affected either.


    • Thoughtful says:

      Oh and now since this happened the price of gas has risen by a further 9%, not bad for a few hours trading.
      The Dax fell 1.5% but most of the car manufacturers were looking at falls of 3% plus.


  11. Up2snuff says:

    TWatO Watch #1 – hope the Montacutie is OK, she cannot be on hols again, can she?

    Jonny Dymond was in charge today letting Ed Stourton have a day off. They do like their breaks, the Beedboids do. He scored a bit of a coup getting an interview with a PR spokesman for Vlad ‘The Bad’ Putin. Unfortunately the conversation did not turn out as Jonny ‘Staccato’ Dymond had hoped, especially for his paymasters, the BBC.

    The general tone of the interview was around Vlad ‘The Bad’ Putin’s hopes and dreams for his military campaign in Ukraine. It will be required listening for Western military strategists as Jonny appeared to elicit useful information from this former mouthpiece of the Kremlin. Unfortunately, it all went wrong for the BBC and Jonny when he asked this former spokesman what Putin really wanted from this whole Ukraine mission. “He wants Biden out of Ukraine” said the Russian.

    Jonny said, suitably naively, in response “But President Biden doesn’t have troops in Ukraine.” to which the reply was something to the effect that: “President Putin wants Joe Biden to stop meddling in Ukraine. He has been meddling in Ukraine from the beginning.”

    I can imagine the Democratic Party fans and Joe Biden fans at the BBC all cringing at that statement.


  12. vlad says:

    Everybody (except the BBC) has long known that potato-head Biden uses cheat notes at his ‘press conferences’.

    Here is the latest example – from the very liberal Independent, before anyone claims it’s from a right-wing publication.

    Having made a series of potentially catastrophic gaffes over Ukraine and Putin, he’s obviously been given pre-arranged answers to pre-arranged questions from pre-arranged journalists, and, no doubt, been told to “just read the f’ing notes, dummy and stick to the f’ing script”.


    In fact, Biden has 3 modes of press conference:

    – Makes gaffes when he improvises.

    – Makes gaffes while reading the teleprompter, badly.

    – Makes gaffes while mumbling and stumbling through his cheat notes (which he’s too stupid to even hide properly).



    • markh says:

      Wouldn’t it be great if someone shuffled his papers? Or perhaps he already does without realising it.


  13. vlad says:

    At an earlier press conference, tapioca-brained Biden was told what ‘journalists’ to call on, and in what order, and even given photos of them.



    • andyjsnape says:

      When I first looked at the picture with Biden, I was thinking its the handle bars to his electric disability scooter in the top right of the pic, then I realised it was only the mic


      • Fedup2 says:

        Do you think those notes are real?

        I think they tried – at the start – giving him an earpiece to get instructions but his dementia beat that idea…


  14. Sluff says:

    They’ve announced the enquiry results into Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust maternity care, where 200 unnecessary deaths occurred, thanks to our NHS heroes.
    Guess what? No-one is responsible or accountable. It’s all down to flawed procedures and lack of training.
    Phew. For an awful moment I thought someone might actually be held to account. But it being the NHS, I should have known better.


  15. BRISSLES says:

    Excellent conversation between Mark Styne and Laurence Fox on GBN. Larry is ‘absolutely sick’ of the anti-white racism that is permeating through this country.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Methinks the BBCOFCOM button was activated a lot tonight …

      Can’t be seen to upset the Islamic terrorist supporter community …


  16. StewGreen says:

    BBC4 Ukrainian night
    9pm ep 1/4 series about Putin
    10pm Life of a Ukrainian family in the war


  17. StewGreen says:

    FFS one of the 3 BBCnews black features on the news papge
    is merely a promo for the programme for tonight’s 9pm BBC 3 show !
    Title : ‘Race, Pop and Power’
    It is preceded by Why I Made ‘Race, Pop and Power’
    Already on Youtube : https://youtu.be/B5ewEPAEVcg


    • MarkyMark says:

      For many Nigerian children who have never been abroad, few stories about the West are as fascinating as the fact that electricity can stay on from dusk till dawn seven days a week.

      “Ehhhh?!” I’ve often heard children exclaim in amazement when presented with this detail.

      No sudden power outages just when mummy is about to iron the blouse she will wear to work, or just when Kelechi Iheanacho is about to take a penalty in a Super Eagles’ World Cup qualifying match.

      Not even stories of snow, or underground trains, or double-decker buses, can compare with the wonder of constant power – a basic feature of modern living that has eluded our beloved country for decades.

      Nigeria has been going through what is probably the most trying power outage the country has experienced since I was a child.

      Some of my fondest memories of childhood in the 1980s are of sitting with my family in our home in the south-eastern town of Umuahia at night, the entire living room dark except for the glow of a kerosene lamp on the wooden centre table.



      • StewGreen says:

        Don’t give that crap, that in western countries everyone is rich, and in others everyone is poor
        AFAIK in Nigeria lots of families have servants
        and those type of houses probably have private generators.


        • Up2snuff says:

          Stew, quite right, Nigeria is an oil producer.

          Like whot we woz, onze upon a time.


        • BigBrotherCorporation says:

          In Nigeria a lot of families have slaves, let alone servants.


  18. StewGreen says:

    10:35pm A drama series about Influencers
    On the BBC schedule page the episode is called “Bitches in Cages”

    In The Radio Times it’s written “B****** in Cages”
    How long has it been a banned word ?
    Is “bastards” a banned word ?

    Mind you the BBC page writes the title of last week’s episode
    as “F*** the fake sh** ”

    The headshot for tonight’s episode is 3 white girls
    Of the other 5 episodes all the faces are non-whites,
    no males at all except for 1 black guy


  19. StewGreen says:

    ITV 10:45 pm Peston
    Labour MP @RosieDuffield1 joins @Peston & ITV reporter @AnushkaAsthana
    They ⬇️
    💷 Rising cost of living
    ⛴ P&O ferries
    🏳️‍🌈 Labour and trans rights


  20. taffman says:

    “Will Smith refused to leave Oscars after slap, Academy says”
    Is this really headline news ?


    • Guest Who says:

      Or credible.


      • BigBrotherCorporation says:

        A century ago, Will Smith would have been applauded for upholding his wife’s honour (I know the lady in question doesn’t have any, but that’s not the point), today he’s condemned for it.

        Anyway, it’s all clearly a set up, staged in a desperate attempt to attract an audience to a dying franchise, and the MSM are doing their bit.


        • markh says:

          BBC You’re absolutely right. Someone’s done an analysis of their body language, timing etc and it’s all clearly pre-planned and rehearsed. The Oscars have become a complete irrelevant joke.


  21. taffman says:

    “Channel migrants: Almost 400 migrants cross Channel in small boats”
    Would any Tory MPs like to stop this ?
    Do any Tory MPs care ?


  22. tomo says:

    An anniversary the BBC won’t be commemorating


    • MarkyMark says:

      Islamic terrorist?

      At about 11 a.m. on 24 March 2018, Redouane Lakdim, a terrorist claiming allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) stormed a supermarket in Trèbes armed with a handgun, a hunting knife, and three homemade bombs. He shot two people dead and took others hostage.


      • Mrs Kitty says:

        Remember it so well as we live near Trebes, Colonel Beltrame was such a brave man.


  23. Zephir says:

    STEPHEN GLOVER: Until we admit that there is something rotten at heart of the NHS, these scandals will never stop

    An official report lays bare scarcely credible, monumental incompetence over a 20-year period. It says ‘systemic change’ is needed after repeated blunders were ignored, and mothers were blamed when their babies died.

    What can be said with certainty is that it will happen again. Not at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, perhaps, and conceivably not at a maternity unit.

    But that there will be other instances of numerous needless deaths at the hands of the NHS is beyond doubt.



    • Fedup2 says:

      I need to stop myself about going on about the NHS here because of my personal experience of it . At a high point it mistreated my dad and killed him – at a low point it misdiagnosed an illness in meprescribed the wrong drug and nearly let me die .
      I’ve see too much corruption and lack of care . Tomorrow I will celebrate nurses and health professionals losing their ‘free parking ‘…. If there are decent members of the medical mafia – I bet they are ‘private ‘.

      As an aside – there has been a recent discussion about the NHS use of faxes . This is still done to avoid accountability and audit trails and professional responsibility …. Nuff said.


  24. rulez the waves says:

    Even GB News is annoying with black black black again.

    I want Hate Week, so I can stand in front of a large screen and shout “pa=i. nigg-r” and every insulting name against non-whites I can think of including Spanish, French and all the usual suspects.

    TBH, blacks are so unimportant in the hate levels when compared to the French, Wops, Diagos and generally all Johnny Foreigners.

    The Pakis and the blacks are just objects off instinctive repulsion. They might get the ear of some pussy left-wing white boy or girl, but in the real world they are still down the bottom of the human tree.

    Phew, that’s better.


  25. Zephir says:

    When young minds are forming opinions based upon dialogue rather than experience then we have a problem.

    It is the empty vessel that makes the most noise.


  26. Zephir says:

    BBC young reporter

    ALL black men is good cos they were all slaves an white men they is all gillty innit an wen they deel drugs and fings is cos they were slaves innit

    An we got to say sorri all the time


  27. Guest Who says:

    BBC, experts in disaster.


    • Fedup2 says:

      I listened too one of her episodes of self glorification – she must be one of those useless chocolate tea pots who turn up at disasters and get in the way of the guys actually doing stuff .

      I think we will be seeing more of her on the BBC as a ‘go to’ at the next disaster ….


    • MarkyMark says:

      EU moved quickly and without pain.


  28. Guest Who says:

    Getty stands ready.

    BBC #wefiles. And when looks are all that count, a BBC quote like that should see Labour Front Bench status in months.


    • Zephir says:

      Iss it cos I is black ?

      Where’s my husband gone ? dam does white girls


    • G says:

      Pretty well in accordance with the demographics for whitee. Unlike the Black & Muslim Broadcasting Corporation.


    • MarkyMark says:

      But that is racist … oh wait ….

      Genocide is the intentional destruction of a people — usually defined as an ethnic, national, racial, or religious group — in whole or in part. Raphael Lemkin coined the term in 1944, combining the Greek word γένος (genos, “race, people”) with the Latin suffix -caedo (“act of killing”).


  29. Guest Who says:

    When in doubt, talk amongst yourselves.

    Sorely missed.


  30. Guest Who says:

    BBC goes full Vile.

    Never go full Vile.


    • MarkyMark says:

      he Winter of Discontent was the period between November 1978 and February 1979 in the United Kingdom characterised by widespread strikes by private, and later public, sector trade unions demanding pay rises greater than the limits Prime Minister James Callaghan and his Labour Party government had been imposing, against Trades Union Congress (TUC) opposition, to control inflation. Some of these industrial disputes caused great public inconvenience, exacerbated by the coldest winter in 16 years, in which severe storms isolated many remote areas of the country.[1]


      A strike by workers at Ford in late 1978 was settled with a pay increase of 17 per cent, well above the 5 per cent limit the government was holding its own workers to with the intent of setting an example for the private sector to follow, after a resolution at the Labour Party’s annual conference urging the government not to intervene passed overwhelmingly. At the end of the year a road hauliers’ strike began, coupled with a severe storm as 1979 began. Later in the month many public workers followed suit as well. These actions included an unofficial strike by gravediggers working in Liverpool and Tameside, and strikes by refuse collectors, leaving uncollected rubbish in London’s Leicester Square. Additionally, NHS ancillary workers formed picket lines to blockade hospital entrances with the result that many hospitals were reduced to taking emergency patients only.[2]


      • Fedup2 says:

        Marky – I wonder if all of those people still working from home will have to do the sums about using power if they stay at home versus the threat of actually having to go to work and do the job they are paid to do .

        To me any organisation you ring these days still uses covid as an excuse for bad service . Unacceptable …


  31. Fedup2 says:

    I wonder what proportion of BBC output is either about coloured folk or queers – some blue labour MP declared some queer thing at 3am yesterday and the BBC is all over it like a Pakistani paedo with a 12 year old white girl in Rotherham
    ( ignore ) .
    So I suppose a coloured queer is gonna score big points with the BBC and those who use those services will see and hear more …


  32. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – A Tale of Two Presidents or am I being ‘gaslighted’?

    Awake in time for 6 a.m. News. Did I hear in my sleepy state that President Biden’s advisers are not telling him the truth about the war in Ukraine? By the 6.30 a.m. News Bulletin, it had been changed to President Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth about the progress or lack of it in Ukraine. Did I merely imagine it as different in the 6 a.m. News?

    I’m tempted to end my boycott of BBC Radio iPlayer (a.k.a. Sounds) just to check. Maybe I misheard? Or are the BBC in a bit of turmoil with more and more staff leaving or requesting a change of job (like a smirking Part-time) in the face of a drop in Licence Fee revenues. Apparently, the BBC are making a quarter of a £billion cut to programming instead of cutting Executive pay or the number of Diversity Managers.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Up2 – funny isn’t it – I still don’t understand the term ‘gaslighting ‘.- does it mean ‘lied too ?’ – it seems too obscure to reflect a true meaning – making it poor English

      .( this is not meant to be a criticism of you – I just don’t understand the term )

      With a bit of luck increasing cost pressures on the BBC will mean real cuts – and even more loss of customers and licences ….


      • Up2snuff says:

        Fed, yes, sort of. Re-arranging the furniture (in the BBC’s case it is words), changing the calendar for a different year or month, that sort of thing.

        There’s a movie of that name, worth a watch although after you have done so you may consider you could have done so much more with the time. Is Tippy Hedren in it? Cannot remember the stars’ names. Mostly domestic, husband and wife, former trying to convince the latter that she is going insane.

        In my case, at my age, I wondered if I was getting a bit ‘Joe Biden’ myself listening to the 6 a.m. News and the following bulletin!


        • Fedup2 says:

          Have you checked to see if they made the mistake at 0600….

          …. As the BBC gets bored with the killing and suffering in Ukraine their attention will go elsewhere….

          … but I was thinking – if there is to be a (temp) peace deal – which amounts to partition and Odessa staying part of Ukraine …who is going to pay for rebuilding the country ?

          Will the reich EU welcome Ukraine with open arms and pick up the tab ? I think I can guess that answer . For those not in the EU – such as UK? We should be ‘looking on ‘ – we are bust and have been supplying a lot of expensive kit to Ukraine – so maybe others countries will pay their fair share …

          ….. but I know what nut nut will do … the last of the money trees….


          • Up2snuff says:

            No, Fed. My boycott is still firmly in place. I used to use Radio iPlayer a lot, once upon a time. But then I used to listen to a lot of R4 once upon a time. Now, I appreciate the quiet and the bird song, etc..

            Fed, if the BBC (as AltLabour Party) keep on mentioning the cost of living crisis, people in the UK may start to look hard at their expenditure and wonder long and hard about paying for the Telly Tax …..

            ….. and decide to cut it from their Direct Debits.

            Next month I can celebrate being £2703 better off at current rates. 🙂


            • Fedup2 says:

              The world at one had that communist – comrade Paul Lewis – presenter of the welfare entitlement show aka ‘money box ‘ suggesting ways of saving money –

              Cancelling redundant direct debits was a biggy include dumping the likes of Netflix and Amazon – he suggested not to dump the TVLicence DD – which I posit is likely to be very high on the ‘easy win list ‘….
              ……. Now if the BBC was a subscription it might be a different story …..

              I suspect ‘gas futures ‘ might have hit a high if the Putin threat is considered real ….


  33. Guest Who says:

    BBC Moaning Emole, and bbc in general, running PR for Labour.

    Cost of living key to Labour’s local election campaign

    Local elections are just over a month away and Labour’s planning to get its campaign up and running later. These elections will be the first electoral test for party leaders since the start of the war in Ukraine, the political debate sparked by pressures caused by the rising cost of living and the investigation into lockdown parties held in Downing Street. Leader Keir Starmer will launch his party’s campaign in the market town of Bury, Greater Manchester, where he will accuse the Conservatives of a “pathetic” response to rising prices following last week’s Spring Statement, which set out measures including a cut to fuel duty. Mr Starmer will urge voters to send the government a message “they cannot ignore” while also highlighting plans to cut energy bills through a windfall tax on oil and gas companies. Read more here.

    Based on ‘will say’, unchallenged.



    • MarkyMark says:

      Jeremy Corbyn launches most radical Labour manifesto in decades
      This article is more than 2 years old
      ‘Investment blitz’ to be funded by wealthy and includes tax on energy firms to tackle climate crisis

      Latest election news – live updates


      Corbyn insisted that, as Labour has promised in 2017, there would be no tax rises for 95% of earners, with only those on incomes of more than £80,000 being affected.

      “You can have this plan for real change, because you don’t need money to buy it: you just need a vote,” he said.

      A Labour government would also give public sector workers a 5% pay rise next year, helping to offset the impact of the 1% pay cap that has been in place for several years, the manifesto says.

      One key revenue-raiser is an £11bn windfall tax on oil and gas companies which would create a “just transition fund” to help shift the UK towards a green economy without causing mass job losses.

      The one-off tax would be calculated according to an assessment of each firm’s past contribution to the climate crisis, Labour said, and could be paid over a number of years.

      The total is 10 times the £1.1bn the Treasury expects to raise from the oil and gas sector this year.


  34. Zephir says:

    Dis der truf from vise presiden innit

    Dat Barriain iss havin trubble from Rusher

    We stand behind Barriain now gotta go, goddam presiden shit himself again.


  35. Fedup2 says:

    Today 2

    Rachel reeve – shadow chancellor – the best red labour have got .

    Interviewed because it’s 4 weeks to the local elections .

    Q What does labour offer to ‘cost of living pressures ?

    A A windfall tax on oil companies – will cut annual fuel bills for those on benefits by £600 – 1 third of households –
    ( but nothing for anyone else ). Meeshal says – but bills are going up above £700 – no reply blah blah

    Q `party thing
    A blah blah blah

    Q Queers – trans – wimmin?
    A long blah blah blah …

    ….. and that was it – pee poor at best from both sides ….

    ( the next energy price hike will be announced in August – coming in during October – no question about what would do then – another windfall tax ? That’s a lot of wind )

    Labour will win landslides in the local elections on very low turn outs because those first bills will be turning up – maybe rishi was not so dumb after all with his budget by weakening nut nut in his personal campaign to get the top job . Why would he care about the plight of taxpayers ?


    • MarkyMark says:

      Pre Covid – £10K to work from home for all 650 MPS.
      Post Covid – £2.2K pay rise for all 650 MPS.


  36. Zephir says:

    ‘Don’t confuse patriotism and Nazism’: Ukraine’s Azov forces face scrutiny
    Nationalist regiment with neo-Nazi roots has been instrumental in the resistance to Russia’s invasion



  37. RTW says:

    Top stories on the BBC Sport webpage this morning:

    Women’s cricket
    Women’s football
    Transgender cycling
    Football during Ramadan

    Is there no escape?


    • MarkyMark says:

      Men win women’s swimming!
      Men win women’s cycling!
      Men win women’s wrestling!
      Men on top! Break the glass ceiling!


  38. Guest Who says:



  39. theisland says:

    @VeteransBritain and now @DavidGHFrost are warning us (the UK) again about becoming embroiled with the EU Defence Union because it involves more than just military ‘co-operation’. [In short it is just a sneaky way to get us back into the EU.] The EU are pushing it again using the Russian -Ukraine war as an excuse.

    UK ministers need to watch carefully the distinction between foreign policy cooperation & getting sucked in to the EU’s emerging defence industrial strategy. Many in Whitehall will want to join to get ‘influence’. But it won’t necessarily suit UK armed forces or UK taxpayers.

    Richard Kemp says: they’ve also tried to use this crisis to in a very cynical way I think, to set up this European Defence Union, which people like Macron have been pushing for, for a long time. Unfortunately they’re trying to absorb Britain into that as well. My view is the EU should keep out of the military sphere, it should work through NATO. Certainly there’s no way that Britain should even contemplate taking part in the EU Defence Union…. the EU “wants to be a superpower” and sees a military move as the way to get there.

    The closer the UK affiliates to any strand of the web, the harder it will be for the UK to defend its real interests – bilateralism, NATO, and multilateral cooperation away from EU bodies (avoiding especially the procurement trap). It should focus in on what will be offered for Japan liaison – no ambition there for integration – and view that as the borderline. What it should not do is follow the advice now being offered by the Conservative European Forum, signing up to various EU agreements without paying any heed to the wider geography of EU Defence Union. But then, the CEF regrets Brexit and wishes it would quietly go away.

    On Nigel Farage’s Talking Pints, Lt Gen Jonathon Riley chortled at the mention of European armed forces (“a barking mad idea”) here at 10:03.


    • MarkyMark says:

      EU enlargement
      Enlargement policy applies to countries currently aspiring to join the EU and potential candidates. The prospect of membership is a powerful stimulus for democratic and economic reforms in countries that want to become EU members.

      Who can join?
      Any European country can apply for membership if it respects the EU’s democratic values and is committed to promoting them.

      A country can only join if it meets all the membership criteria.


      The EU operates comprehensive approval procedures that ensure new members are admitted only when they can demonstrate they will be able to play their part fully as members, namely by:

      complying with all the EU’s standards and rules
      having the consent of the EU institutions and EU member states
      having the consent of their citizens – as expressed through approval in their national parliaments or by referendum.


      • Up2snuff says:

        MM, a condition for joining is that a country has to give up its currency and join the Euro. Wonder if The Wee Nippy has thought of that?


  40. Deborah says:

    Somewhere on some news outlet I read or heard that free parking for NHS workers ceases tomorrow. So for the last two years many have had a boost to their incomes. Funny how the BBC never mentioned it. I suspect if they mention it now it will be in terms of how NHS workers need a pay rise to pay for parking with lots of mention of cost of living crisis.


  41. Guest Who says:

    Data driven.


    • Guest Who says:


      • StewGreen says:

        Neil’s typo : “Sky News ratings collapse
        the moment this show comes on. this *hour long ADVERT* for BigGreen hedgefunds comes on.”

        Nicolotti’s typo “How rude! I used to admire you as a journalist.
        But slagging off other peoples’ journalism? * PROPAGANDA* Disappointing.”

        Interesting the Met Office’s Richard Betts wades in to defend the show.

        Is he a scientist or a Green hedgefund PR man ?


        • StewGreen says:

          If the Sky director of content thinks it’s unacceptable for other journos to give facts about poor ratings
          .. that explains the poor state of the UK media.

          Her previous tweet was after her appearance on the R4media show yesterday
          To : @BBCRosAtkins
          “We could talked for hours. Thank you for having me”

          She works forCommieCast and acts as #PutinsLittleHelpers


          • StewGreen says:

            Ah Neil has replied to her
            It’s not a slag. It’s a fact.
            And this show is not journalism. It’s the broadcast arm of Greenpeace.


    • MarkyMark says:

      Cristina Nicolotti S
      Director of Content at Sky News. Former ITN lifer. Other job as mother and wife much tougher than any of above. Retweets are not endorsements.
      LondonJoined December 2009
      1,000 Following


  42. Fedup2 says:

    Deborah – the cost of parking is being transferred from central government to Trusts – trusts can decide whether to pay for patient care or use the money for car park fees – I think I can guess which will get priority ….

    Meanwhile taxpayers using cars to get to hospitals will continue paying – and the wardens are impressive in issuing penalty tickets to punters not paying ….

    To me the NHS is just a national parasite …. But let’s keep clapping …


  43. MarkyMark says:

    The memorandum prohibited the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States from threatening or using military force
    economic coercion against Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, “except in self-defence or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.” As a result of other agreements and the memorandum, between 1993 and 1996, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine gave up their nuclear weapons.[2][3]



    • Fedup2 says:

      What is the outcome of Ukraine – ok – new Cold War – that’s easy … but worse – is the lesson being learned by states which feel threatened that if you don’t have nuclear weapons they are there for the taking ….

      …. After all Ukraine was dumb enough to give their nuclear weapons up …

      … Iran will be desperate to test one … and after that there will be a lot more … leading us to – I believe – an inevitable nuclear exchange somewhere on the planet …..

      … I know how depressing this sounds – but we in the peoples ‘republic of Fedup and urgently searching eBay for unused nuclear weapons – just to be on the safe side – you understand …..


  44. MarkyMark says:

    Candidate countries
    These countries are in the process of ‘transposing’ (or integrating) EU legislation into national law:

    North Macedonia



  45. MarkyMark says:

    England – ended slavery (Arab nations continue to this day)

    UK with Commonwealth – fought Hitler

    UK – stepped out of EU as it was becoming too dictatorship with no control or money or power with loss of democracy (can you vote for EU leaders?).

    UK – the worse country in the world.


  46. AsISeeIt says:

    Sphere of employment, those we trust to protect us edition

    Imagine, if you will, the comic cast of characters from the BBC’s much beloved TV series Dad’s Army moaning that the war was over in 1945.

    Admittedly those still of working age would have their peace-time employment to go back to. The rather louche, and likely pacifist-minded, Sergeant Wilson would welcome a final end to the invasion threat to his happy home and perhaps, at long last, he might make an honest woman of Mrs Pike. Captain Mainwaring would naturally regret the downgrading of his importance in the community of Warmington-on-Sea – the end of his temporary elevated officer status and emergency powers with which he could demand “I confiscate this bicycle, in the name of the King!” and Private Pike at his side would excitedly suggest “Shoot him, Captain Mainwaring, you’ve got the right!” But I think the irascible greengrocer ARP Chief Warden Hodges would feel the sudden loss of his previous authority to shout “Put that light out!” hardest of all.

    The Financial Times worries on our behalf: ‘Scientists warn end of Covid testing is premature‘ – but it is our BBC who draw focus to the human angle and those who will suffer due to the somewhat abrupt end of our pandemic emergency: ‘Covid: Sacked test centre staff ‘thrown to wolves’‘ (By Catrin Haf Jones BBC Wales political correspondent)

    Wales’ health minister has said the sites needed to close because the UK government has cut funding for them… Some of the staff have have worked at the test centres for nearly two years.’

    Two years of standing idly about in all weathers occasionally shuffling around the perimeter in high-viz vests behind the barriers in some municiple car park on minium wage with nothing much to do but to while away the hours making calls on your mobile phone or smoking the odd ciggie. Reading the paper and feeling a wave of jealousy over reports of Cardiff DVLA staff sitting snuggly at home in the warm on their full public sector pay rates and pensions. Some people have a very easy war (as they used to say). The highlight of the day being opening the gates for a few motivated worry-warts requiring a covid test.

    People formed long queues to get tested at the height of the pandemic‘ – insists our BBC, providing us with a Getty Image of a queue, some random queue, just to prove it.

    An interesting angle to this human story is that none of the disgruntled former heroes of this theatre of the frontline pandemic battle want to be named – all prefer anonymity. You’d think they’d want their names proudly engraved on some public memorial?

    People were actually in shock, thinking ‘wow, four days’ – all of a sudden in four days, you’re thrown to the wolves”.

    Another employee who spoke on condition of anonymity said staff had “worked their socks off for the government and we’ve not even had a thank you”

    We’ve been on the frontline. Most of us have had Covid at least once. What we’ve done needs acknowledging.

    One wonders why the socialist government in Wales hadn’t thought of this virtuous and vital make-work scheme, funded by English tax payers, previously?

    It’s not just a stop-gap – it’s a job. And we’re just being kicked to the curb. There’s no gratitude, there’s no consideration for people and their families. They don’t think of the fact that it’s actually a sphere of employment now for a lot of people.

    Perhaps it will be? Perhaps Keir Starmer will reintroduce permanent on-going mass medical pop-up testing under a future Labour administration in Westminster?

    Putin aides are lying to him says GCHQ chief. Russian leader’s top brass are afraid to reveal invasion blunders, intelligence boss claims‘ (Telegraph) – that’s as maybe. One discussed our Western mischaracterisation of Russian strategy and war aims hereabouts yesterday.

    Could it be that our spy bosses are in fact more concerned with sending right-on propaganda messages out to the UK public, than with what is supposed to be their job – listening in to the Ruskies?

    GCHQ becomes a Stonewall Top 100 LGBT employer‘ (GCHQ January 2017) ‘We’re proud to announce that we have risen to 75th in the annual Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, an increase of 37 places since 2016. This year’s results mean that all three UK intelligence and security agencies are in the Top 100, with GCHQ’s partner agencies MI5 at 5th and SIS at 20th.

    Gay rights: GCHQ boss ‘sorry’ for historical ban‘ (BBC April 2016)

    MI5 Director General Ken McCallum gave his annual threat update today, 14 July 2021… Extreme Right Wing Terrorism is here to stay, as a substantial additional risk for MI5 to manage.‘ (MI5 Secirty Service)

    MI6 flies the flag for transgender awareness‘ (Times April 2021)

    One suspects our security services never have quite got over their Communist gay Cambridge spy ring scandals.


  47. BigBrotherCorporation says:


    Do either of these have a cervix? Like politicians, I’m getting confused now.


  48. Zephir says:

    Council tax vs cenrtral gov tax you will pay either way

    it just looks better for central gov, a silly but relevant example, who was responsible for stray dogs, it used to be central gov, not anymore

    my cat wants a vote


    • Zephir says:

      But she’s far right, whenever she wakes up

      which is not often, unless there are lions trashing buffalos on the TV


  49. harry142857 says:

    Common sense break out, BBC offer staff counselling (last bit made up)

    Trans cyclist Emily Bridges BARRED from national championships  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10671179/Trans-cyclist-Emily-Bridges-BARRED-national-championships.html?ito=native_share_article-masthead

    Female cycling stars ‘threatened to BOYCOTT’ national championships if trans rider Emily Bridges was allowed to compete as international governing body bans her from racing and calls ‘expert panel’ to ratify decision


  50. BigBrotherCorporation says:

    Kevin Lee: The Briton who plays the bad guy in China’s patriotic movies

    “Propaganda films, a mainstay of Communist China, usually rehash historical revolutionary battles with stilted dialogue and plots.

    But as China grows more assertive on the international stage, its movie studios have churned out more sophisticated productions championing the idea of a strong China. These slickly-produced, action-packed films are known as “main melody” movies – a term for something that follows official government ideology.”

    Do the BBC have no awareness of hypocrisy at all?

    ‘Main Melody’, yes…


    • MarkyMark says:

      Chinese foes were changed to North Korean after the film was completed and distributor MGM became bogged down by financial problems before the film’s original 2010 release. As the producers looked for new distribution, they felt their efforts were hampered with the Chinese enemy.23 Nov 2012


    • MarkyMark says:

      In 2014, Chinese leader Xi Jinping had urged artists to make “patriotism the main theme of literary and artistic creation”.
      In the following years Wolf Warrior – and its even bigger sequel Wolf Warrior 2- came out. Combining exciting fight scenes with plots promoting Chinese soldiers’ heroism in foreign lands, the films ushered in a new era of patriotic Chinese movies.
      Propaganda films, a mainstay of Communist China, usually rehash historical revolutionary battles with stilted dialogue and plots.
      But as China grows more assertive on the international stage, its movie studios have churned out more sophisticated productions championing the idea of a strong China. These slickly-produced, action-packed films are known as “main melody” movies – a term for something that follows official government ideology.
      The films often portray China as a world power which does whatever it takes to save its citizens, or pay tribute to revolutionary heroes who resist Western “imperialists”.


    • MarkyMark says:

      But one thing that does frustrate Mr Lee is the censorship.

      In movies made in the West, he said, “we can talk about our presidents, our prime minister, we can talk about drugs, we can talk about gangs, but obviously in China it’s a little bit more limited to what you can write about.

      “Even when the movie has finished filming, it doesn’t mean it would get released. It has to go through scrutiny [by censors].

      “If China can kind of be a little bit more relaxed with the scripts and to be able to have more narrative, more story, I think there would be more potential [for the films] to get into the Western market.”


    • StewGreen says:

      When I lived in Hong Kong I often went to work as an extra at TVB & some movies.
      Usually the Chinese were the goodies and the Europeans were the baddies.
      Am I due compensation for racism ?