Weekend 2 April 2022

The appointment of Lord Grade of Yarmouth as chairman of OFCOM appears to have passed its final phase – being quizzed by the parliamentary culture committee – so it is only a matter of time before the post is confirmed ( for 3 years ). Let’s hope Lord Grade prepares for massive change at the BBC in the run up to the end of the current Charter- namely the end of compulsory public funding .

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196 Responses to Weekend 2 April 2022

  1. Thoughtful says:

    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2022/04/01/supermarkets-allowed-to-begin-rationing-says-spains-socialist-government/

    Rationing of food approved by Spain, how long before the completely incompetent government here has to do that because it has utterly failed to take the necessary steps to make us safe.

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    • StewGreen says:

      the lorry drivers’ strike The Government has given supermarkets the power to limit the amount of products that can be purchased by each customer when there is a risk of shortages. This possibility has been introduced in the royal decree law on measures to respond to the consequences of the war in Ukraine approved on Tuesday, which includes a provision to modify the Retail Trade Law and allow rationing “in extraordinary circumstances or force majeure” .
      The measure has been taken in response to the stockpiling episodes registered in recent weeks in Spain , with purchases of sunflower oil and milk greater than usual for fear that the lorry drivers’ strike and the war in Ukraine would cause shortages.

      Panic buying has been happening, spending on milk products soared 49.3% in the week of March 14 to 20
      El Pais newspaper

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    • Doublethinker says:

      Could you advise what those necessary steps were?

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  2. vlad says:

    Oh no, the BBC informs me that I missed the Trans Day of Visibility yesterday!

    Does that make me a transphobe? Please don’t tell the police.

    (Sadly, that’s not an April Fool)

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0bsy7d4

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    • StewGreen says:

      Catchup links to most recent posts on previous thread
      page 5 started 1:30pm on Friday
      page 4 started 8:30pm Thursday night

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  3. BRISSLES says:

    I very much enjoy GBN but why do they insist on having a panel in the studio shown as a triptyque when the host is sat beside them ? They sit like waxworks staring into the camera when the host – tonight its Mark Dolan is asking them questions. Understandable when one or more is on air from home, but its irritating when 4 people in the studio are staring at the camera without blinking 🙂

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    • Docmarooned says:

      I too thoroughly enjoy GBN Brissles. They are a breath of fresh air compared to the endless preaching of all things bloody woke and diverse on the utterly appalling bBBC. Also the non preachy attitude that the scum bbc excel at.

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    • Doublethinker says:

      Yes GBN is a powerful antidote to the rest of parroting MSM and pushes repeatedly at the Ofcom boundary. Hopefully Grade will move that boundary a little to the right but if he does I’m sure that there will be plenty of squealing from the blob. I don’t think that even as chairman ofOfcom he has the power to remove and appoint members, so he will have few allies on the board and could easily be forced to compromise .

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  4. digg says:

    BBC Newsround to begin sign language bulletins from 19th April..

    But looking at the supporting photo only apparently if you are mainly of Bangladeshi or Muslim origin.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/60907249

    Two white kids amongst 7 coloured kids and even the 2 puppets shown are brown.

    Despicable….

    This is NOT the real World in the UK, this is not reflective of the British people…

    Insult, insult insult you twisted BBC sub-people!

    There is only so long you can get away with this relentless, offensive anti-white propaganda before you start a race war.

    Well done all you nodding BBC muppets in the diversity department you are sowing the seed of racial resentment every friggin day to an increasing degree to the 85% white indigenous population.

    You will not be happy until you see blood in the streets will you?

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  5. Sluff says:

    How about this for the ‘investigative journalism’ of the BBC?

    BBC London News, ‘we go round London asking people what they think of rising inflation and the increase in energy bills’.

    And, knock me down with a feather, no-one was in favour of the increases!!!! Instead, we had a stream of hard luck stories.
    What a surprise.

    But of course no mention of the disaster of years of eco-warrior energy strategy which is responsible for much of not just this increase, but successive ones year on year.

    Utterly pathetic easy win s*** stirring masquerading feebly as ‘news’.

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  6. Guest Who says:

    Presumably not the ‘report’ from first thing which was a professional travesty. Or has Crick just maintained his BBC competencies?

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    • Doublethinker says:

      BBC puts its money where it’s mouth is and suspends the need to pay the License Fee for the next 12 months to help families with the cost of living crisis.
      Gary Linecker is quoted as saying it’s the right thing to do and that someone like him , earning millions from watching men kick a pig’s bladder about, should refuse any payment for the rest of the year. Gary Neville agrees with Linecker but says Sky are not in a position to do the same with their subscription payments. Gary Southgate doesn’t think anything at all.

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    • Thatcherrevolutionary says:

      His name is Cockney rhyming slang.

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  7. Guest Who says:

    One could get Marianna to check, but…

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    • StewGreen says:

      This applies to Digg’s comment too below
      BBC and the hundreds of people must live in a fantasy world
      where real world maths doesn’t matter

      Each tweet replier has taken the narrative at face value and replied with the CORRECTSPEAK format “Tories smell”

      Having said that I don’t see in the BBC item where they have put quarterly bills as monthly ..maybe they stealth edited something

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      • StewGreen says:

        If her council tax is £94/month
        that’s 1128 /year
        but she’s a single person so she’s getting a 25% discount
        so the actual council tax is £1504/year
        Does that sound right for a 1 bed flat ?

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        • Up2snuff says:

          Stew, depends where the flat is. In addition, many properties have been placed in the wrong band – usually the adjacent but higher one – but people do not bother to appeal their rating. It can be quite a lengthy struggle, even a battle.

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          • StewGreen says:

            In the article it says her flat is in Cheltenham,
            I’d expect the rates there to be lower than Oxford or posh parts of London.

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            • Mustapha Sheikup al-Beebi says:

              Here’s an example of a Band B Council Tax in Cheltenham for the year 2021-22 (for a one-bedroom flat near the centre):

              Nine monthly payments of £110 plus a slightly larger initial April instalment, total £1,107, after a £369 Single Occupier Discount was applied (i.e. 25% of a theoretical £1,476.50).

              Source: a personal acquaintance who I asked.

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              • StewGreen says:

                Cheers so this woman by choosing to live in the centre of Cheltenham does have high rates.

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    • Guest Who says:

      BBC #wefiles

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  8. digg says:

    Heartstrings time at the BBC. This couple are finding things hard despite the fact that the new charges have yet to take effect.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60932732

    The couple featured (yes mixed race of course) have in my opinion a much higher income than most ( they employ a home help for instance) but whining about increases that have not even happened yet.

    It is just another BBC slag off of the government using tame in-house willing whingers.

    I now hope things go really, really tits up and these twats find out what real poverty is.

    If I was Rishi, I would clamp an immediate 50% tax rate on all earnings over £50,000 a year and see how they like those apples.

    It will sort out the men from the boys.

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    • rulez the waves says:

      “… and see how they like those apples.”

      Exactly. LOL

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    • Guest Who says:

      The same summary as the blonde saving on peroxide that they ‘found’.

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  9. StewGreen says:

    I just came across Carole Cadwalladr’s big thread from yesterday
    about her waiting a verdict on her libel trial, where she already admitted what she wrote wasn’t true.
    the thread is a bit mad conspiracy theory
    No wonder Andrew Neil called her the Mad Cat Lady
    .. Again she needlessly has a pop at him in her thread

    Here’s another line
    And in the case of my trial, it’s inflected by a misogynist media campaign that’s been so overwhelming, so successful, it’s actually invisible.
    .. https://twitter.com/carolecadwalla/status/1509612987912495109

    She’s a Guardian writer ..why’s so she writing in 30 tweet threads ?
    40,000 people Like her opening tweet
    And 10,000 of her cult-like followers (or bots) Like each subsequent tweet.

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  10. BRISSLES says:

    Apropos the commendable action of Britons willing to take in a Ukrainian.

    I’m not a Gemini (with 2 faces) but I am a Libran (weighing scales), so, on the one hand the emotive side of offering accommodation to fleeing refugees with nowhere to go is beyond reproach. On the other hand, I fear that in 6 months time, or before, whenever time is up for the commitment deal, we are going to hear some pretty raw stories from hosts who have had ‘issues’ or had a rough deal with those they’ve taken in. Nobody wants to mention this though.

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    • rulez the waves says:

      If they are anything like the Romanians in London, then it will be medieval music, lots of hand clapping, shouting and generally acting like it’s the 15th century.

      I just heard a woman who bought her Granny and 2 daughters here. Christ.

      This was filmed in Romania and is pretty much true of Ukraine.

      I mean, the Ukrainians have a Fool (Jester) as King.

      What saddens most is that MSM have found a way to rollover the remaining stalwarts against this ‘first is last, last is first’.

      That so many here are bewitched. Like the Ukrainians did nothing wrong EVER and are the Elven race who must be protected from the Russian Bear.

      Can you not clearly hear the narratives being clunked into place as the are taken of the archive shelf?

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    • Doublethinker says:

      The biggest problem with the Ukrainian refugees deal will be how it used by the left to try and force the country to take non refugees from the third world. If you take white Ukrainians it’s racist to refuse to take black and brown folks.

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  11. tomo says:

    Macron is toast

    That said, the same players are at work in Whitehall and across the UK public sector….

    An eye opening article.

    The BBC like their consultants iirc

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  12. Nibor says:

    Forgive the lateness but I mentioned in the previous thread about the Today’s Radio 4 programme with a BBC fellow and two talking heads who were remainers but not introduced as such talking about the economy.
    One of the the talkingheads was Paitence Wheatcroft Who has form here .
    One talking head said Britain’s exports were down 15% DUE TO BREXIT , and this was allowed to pass .
    No comment or question from the BBC person .

    Now if this had been two talking heads that normally oppose each other and one says something as though its a fact but another disputes the veracity of the fact that wouldn’t necessitate the silence of the BBC fellow.
    EG , if Baroness Patience Wheatcroft was up against a Brexiteer like Nigel Farage who would dispute that claim .

    Imagine for example a Radio 4 Today programme where two talking heads were of one and the same mind that the licence fee is unjustified and the BBC should be on subscription and one person said 85% of the population wanted that .
    Would the Today presenter allow that as a fact ?

    So if the Today presenter allowed that 15% not to be questioned, then that’s what the BBC believe . And if the BBC believe that figure , how did they arrive at that figure and who fact checked it ?

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Ah yes – patience wheatcroft – a good friend of someone who put her in the lords – Uk isn’t corrupt is it . So she has never held elected office but has power to legislate .

      She popped up regularly to rubbish brexiters during the campaign and is one of those who will fight to undermine our country at every opportunity using taxpayers ‘ cash …

      .. the enemy within

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      • Scroblene says:

        Is she included in the monstrous rise in our money that our sordid MPs got?

        ‘Attendance allowance’, my arse…

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  13. tomo says:

    I’d wager George is going to show up on the BBC defending the berks blocking the diesel depots….

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  14. Fedup2 says:

    Baroness Suggs – an apology

    The other day I mistakenly referred to baroness Suggs as baroness satan – because she introduced a bill to make abortion tablets available through the post making it easier to kill unborn babies .

    I would like to make it clear that calling baroness Suggs baroness satan was not meant to imply that she is an evil child killer – that would be …. Madness ….

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    • rulez the waves says:

      not at the moment, no.

      if it goes through, then that’s different.

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  15. Fedup2 says:

    The BBC has noted that today is the 40th anniversary of the Malvinas war – in which freedom loving Argentinian nationals were brutally suppressed by troops of the imperialise fascist British military – viva Argentina – viva Fidel – viva Las Vegas …

    ( ps – the tone in which the BBC news noted the anniversary of the Falklands War suggested the BBC knew it had to mention it – even though it disagreed with the outcome ) ….

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    • Doublethinker says:

      It was the tone of the BBC during the Falklands war that started me down the road of becoming a BBC refusnik thirty years later.
      I remember one particular incident when there was a broadcast saying the army was about to attack Goose Green which went out a few hours before the attack began. That could have cost our soldiers lives. Also the way the BBC gave equal credence and weight to stories and comment emanating from the military junta in Argentina as they did to UK Gov statements sickened me.

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      • Guest Who says:

        Surprised that JezBo has not opened a surprise ‘investigation’ based on what a fellow senile old fool, from Argentina, thinks his government told him was what took place.

        Wendy and Springster know to steer clear of the old guard like him, Simpo, etc.

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  16. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – if you need evidence that people are becoming more stupid around the globe ….

    … then you need look no further than Hannes Walter, a German gentleman interviewed with a German woman in a group discussion over Angela Merkel’s legacy of dependency on Russian coal, oil and gas. Think Hannes Walter may have been a member of the Bundestag. He was asked by JustRemainIn Webb whether Mutti Merkel was right to abandon nuclear power. “Oh yes” said Hannes. “We have seen how in a war situation how a nulear power station becomes a target. We must pursue renewables.” (or words to that effect)

    Big laugh but not in the BBC studio. Justin Webb is also too dim to point out the fallacy of Herr Walter’s thinking.

    What does Hannes Walter think would happen to a field of German wind turbines if a war started with Russia and Russian tanks were massed on the German border. The defenders would topple their turbines to form a barrier for tanks and other armoured vehicles. The attackers would shell the turbines to put them out of action or even send in teams of sappers to topple the turbines in such a way to leave a path clear for an armoured advance. And should a missile exchange occur, similarly how long will turbines last in that event?

    Exactly the same for a solar farm in the face of Russian aggression. It seems we have exhanged God-given intelligence and resources for stupid, unthinking, blind belief in a new religion in the West. As exemplified and promoted by the BBC.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Up2
      Yes I heard that – the kraut politicians ‘ support for the fundamentally faulted thinking of merkel led to an insane claim about nuclear energy being dumped in favour of dependence on evil Russia .
      Russia has been an enemy of The West since 1917 and there’s no reason for such a big country with a small population ( @100 million ? ) not to continue with its ‘ inferiority chip as displayed by putin .

      The idea of the krauts being threatened by some one – Russia – was accepted without challenge by our Justin – who either wasn’t listening or just couldn’t be bothered .

      Elsewhere – depending how the Ukrainian ‘security operation ‘ goes – putin will declare victory but will realise his military isn’t up to it – and if it had to directly taken on NATO it would get creamed – prior to the use of nuclear weapons .

      So I think we will be living in a far far more dangerous world than before – without the nuclear proliferation which is also going to happen …..
      The grown ups haven’t got their finger on the launch codes any more ….

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Fed, there’s another aspect to Russia. If you think the BBC’s sub-obsession with the mental health of our children in the UK is a bit over the top then it would apply even more so to adults in Russia. Russia has a high level of depressives – made worse by both the Communist era and alcohol (including illegal homebrewed hooch) – among its population.

        I used to value the posts of a contributor called Siberian Rhod on the TCW web-site. He is no longer posting on there. He’s a Brit, married to a Russian, and involved as a consultant to the oil and gas industry. He used to include news of Russia and Russian daily life in his informative posts. Apparently he’s on Breitbart now but I haven’t got time to sign up for yet another website and remember passwords and …. BiasedBBC 🙂 and TCW are enough for me.

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  17. AsISeeIt says:

    The sick note edition

    Just like old times, our BBC welcomes back home oncemore to its natural home, the Guardian frontpage, back where it belongs at the very top of the national broadcaster’s online line up of press titles.

    And for the war-weary audience there’s a reassuringly familiar brand of headline: ‘Covid hits all time high as Easter holidays begin‘ – my diary tells me it is in fact the first day of Ramadan, we’re still a week away from Palm Sunday and almost a fortnight from Good Friday and Passover, but I think I know what they mean.

    Covid has hit an all-time high across the UK, with almost 5 million people estimated to have the virus – 1 in 13…‘ – really? Presumably that’s a reasonably accurate, reliable, expertly computer-modelled figure?

    …prompting experts to call for immediate return of free testing‘ – the experts pump out a figure we are asked to trust is Kosher, but then demand more tests – I’ll just let the little lapse in Guardian logic sink in…. and then ask – so where are all these Covid sufferers? My Amazon delivery bloke looked healthly enough this morning. My window cleaner was up and down his ladder, apparently as fit as a fiddle.

    The FT gives the game away: ‘Offices emptying fast as Covid infection rates reach record high‘ – funny how as soon as there’s a little hint of spring weather and the promise of an Easter getaway: ‘Secret Greece. Six of the best hideaways‘ (Guardian) – and suddenly: ‘White-collar workers hit hard… Executives said infections had hit entire teams‘ (FT)

    One can imagine the office chat – formerly around the water-cooler – now at the queue for the hand-sanitiser – “Did you read the news?” ‘…financial services firms in London say meetings were being cancelled at a high rate as more people became ill… the latest Covid wave posed a huge challenge to workforce resiliance… the UK was likely to face “elevated staff absence rates” because of stubbornly high transmission and the effects of long covid‘ (FT)

    I’d like to pick an appropriate feature headline to follow those reports as my segueway to some commentary. I’m afraid my rather jaundiced satirical eye couldn’t help but alight on this food article care of the Guardian: ‘Ottolenghi’s Rhubarb recipes

    The BBC has come over all nostalgic: ‘Jonathan Van-Tam: JVT’s most memorable Covid advice and analogies

    In sport, specifically the UEFA Qatar World Cup draw: ‘England will pay Iran, the USA and one of Wales, Scotland or Ukraine‘ (Times) – and if you believe that draw wasn’t a fix of some sort – then you probably also believe five million UK office workers have caught the Koof – just in time for the school holidays.

    The BBC does ikes to combine crises it wants us to worry over:

    Hospital face masks find new life stopping plastic waste. All schools and colleges in Cornwall are being given litter pickers made from old hospital masks

    Lateral flow tests: Should I recycle the plastic? Researchers estimate the UK’s lateral flow testing programme has produced enough plastic waste to fill 200,000 bathtubs or 19 Olympic swimming pools

    Don’t say BBC employees aren’t doing their bit: ‘BBC Health reporter Laura Foster, who collected the waste from all her lateral flow tests, explains the situation in two minutes‘ – one wonders how many bathtubs or indeed Olmympic-sized swimming pools BBC staff filled with their discarded plastic tests? “Hi-de-Hi!” as Gladys Pugh, the would be Welsh vamp tanoy announcer at Maplins hoilday camp used to say.

    It’s Iranian men, hallelujah!‘ shouts the formerly blokish and butch Sun, channelling yesteryear’s gay club favourite The Weather Girls in apparent celebration of the World Cup draw.

    Have you noticed how three quarters of the world aren’t on board with US and European sanctions on Russia?

    The UN’s silence is deafening. The international body prefering to draw our attention elsewhere: ‘Yemen warring parties agree two-month truce – UN‘ (BBC) – Ramalam-a-ding-dong.

    Another foreign policy fiasco looming? ‘Argentina sparks new row over the Falklands‘ (Telegraph)

    The Daily Mail is taking a potentially massive financial risk with this offer: ‘Win your utility bills paid for a year… terms apply‘ – I’ll bet they do.

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    • Despairada says:

      Oh yes, we must not be allowed to forget that it’s ramadan*. Woman’s hour (Radio4 BBC) had a feature on it yesterday. Doubtless there will be regular announcements from now on about what time you are allowed to eat (me? WTF).

      Also yesterday I picked up the food magazine in Waitrose.
      ‘Easter – top ten chocolate cakes …’ on the front but inside they had a have a major article on – you guessed it – ramadan.

      *I refuse to respect anything izlamic by using a Capital letter. It’s my small pathetic act of defiance.

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      • Mustapha Sheikup al-Beebi says:

        There was a New Moon on Friday April 1st, though the actual sighting of the waxing crescent which traditionally determines the start of R won’t be until a day or so after (as the Moon is too close to the Sun). I’m looking forward to the next one on April 30th because Ramadan will end around then or, for the reasons given above, May 1st/2nd ; there’s also a partial solar eclipse in the South America area on that day.

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    • rulez the waves says:

      GB News would do well to invite you onto their Newspapers Roundup feature – which is excellent BTW

      For me, the big story is COVId and it’s many unknown variations that are in the wild now and that I have caught one of.

      It’s is like influenza. But figures are highest ever and countered with lower death rates. That’s cause it’s killed off most of the weak ones.

      If some of my earlier posts were somewhat hated filled, that had much to do with this fever.

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  18. Fedup2 says:

    Toady

    Advertising a ‘documentary ‘ about the green crazed ‘extinction rebellion ‘ loons which is now on a ‘streaming channel ‘ … when the fuel bills start arriving in a few weeks I think the BBC will be encouraged to do a bit less on planet saving in 10 generations time and a bit more on how to pay the bills …..

    There must be a personal / financial cost for disrupting the lives of others by blocking roads and oil refineries – and if they land up in the A and E -or prison – that’s a choice for the ‘cause ‘ ….

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  19. harry142857 says:

    H/T to sickipedia.

    Nicola Sturgeon is touring Perthshire in the First Minister’s chauffeur driven car.
    Suddenly a cow jumps out into the road. They hit it full on and the car comes to a stop.
    Nicola in her usual jaunty manner, says to the chauffeur : ” You get out and check – you were driving.”
    The chauffeur gets out, checks and reports that the animal is dead.
    ” You were driving, go and tell the farmer,” says Nicola, ”I can’t afford to be blamed for anything.”
    The chauffeur walks up the drive to the farmhouse and returns five hours later totally plastered, his hair ruffled and with a big grin on his face.
    ” My God, what happened to you ?” asks Nicola.
    The chauffeur replies : ” When I got there, the farmer opened his best bottle of malt whisky, the wife gave me a slap up meal and the daughter made love to me.”
    ” What on earth did you say?” asks Nicola.
    ” I knocked on the door and when it was answered, I said to them, I’m Nicola Sturgeon’s chauffeur and I’ve just killed the cow.”

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  20. digg says:

    Paivi Rasanen, Finnish MP has been acquitted by a Finnish Court who appear to have had a rush of reality to the head.

    So who was she and what were her crimes?

    The BBC were more than willing to outline her hate speech ‘crimes’ likely to cause intolerance, contempt and hatred to homosexuals by quoting passages from the bible in tweets when she was arrested back in January.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-60111140

    Now she has been acquited, Zilch, so very BBC. Just much gnashing of BBC teeth I would wager!

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  21. StewGreen says:

    Twitter says : TR about to be deported from Mexico
    where he had arrived with his family for a holiday

    OK If it was a genuine holiday then it is wrong to take away their father, for just who he is.
    He’s supposed to be bankrupt, if the UK has a problem with him going on holiday, then why did they let him leave ?
    It’s OK to punish people after judicial process, but not just punish people randomly for who they are.

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  22. Fedup2 says:

    Elsewhere on Twitter – Simon mayo complains after leaving the BBC after a number of decades his security pass had been cancelled before he left the building and needed help getting out .
    It doesn’t say anything about his pension …. But othe ex BBC types also moan about the lack of ‘farewell ‘ they got ..

    every little helps …

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  23. Doublethinker says:

    It does look as though Hunter Biden’s corruption can’t be covered up any longer and both the New York Times and Washington Post plus CNN are carrying stories saying that he is in big legal trouble and could be behind bars by the end of the year.
    Fox is saying that the reason these apologists for the left are throwing him to the wolves ,or more truthfully just letting justice take its course rather than trying to pervert it, is that they and the swamp are going to try and cover for father Joe by propagating the fantastic lie that Joe knew nothing of Hunter’s corruption and never benefited by even a cent.
    This ploy smacks of desperation. There is no way that anyone could be persuaded that Joe didn’t know about or profit from Hunter’s corruption. Infact I think most folks would regard Joe as the prime mover in this ‘family business ‘ getting Hunter to do the dirty work.
    Once this particularly dirty box has been opened there is no knowing how many US politicians and bureaucrats will be ensnared and their nefarious dealings exposed. I can Hunter singing from the roof tops in return for his daily fix. Should make riveting viewing.
    Of course he could spoil it all by being Arkansased.

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    • rulez the waves says:

      Bring back THE DONALD. I miss him so much and his lovely wife.

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  24. Beltane says:

    Despite acres of print to the contrary, even the Guardian can occasionally fulfil its proper role as arbiter, one such example being the brilliant and harrowing detail in Mark Lawson’s expose of Jimmy Saville.

    Disregard the newspaper’s absurd posturings about impartiality, forget the painful pseudo defence of ‘democracy’ and daily promotion of the ‘Nation’s much loved news broadcaster’, just read Mark Lawson’s words and know that everything we say on here, everything you and I know to be shameful about the BBC is true.

    And not simply true but actionable.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Beltane – thank you – just read the Lawson piece and note that the Netflix documentary on Saville in on Wednesday 6th April .

      I’d be grateful for anyone with Netflix to review and report on the documentary …

      … it’s funny isn’t it – having grown up in the 60s I could never stand saville – my head always said there is ‘something wrong ‘ with that man – who had a persona so false that I couldn’t believe everyone accepted it .

      There is also – in my opinion – a lesson to be learnt from any public personality which is described as ‘larger than life ‘ or ‘lived life to the full ‘

      Which to me is code for an alarm to Ring ….. and demand caution ….

      Saville had to be one of the most manipulative characters ever – playing off and exploiting contact with the ‘great and the good ‘ and each time climbing another rung of the greasy pole
      ( ugh ) ….
      ..and exploiting that contact as a shield to cover his true self . I didn’t know about his practice of interfering with the dead until this piece but I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised –

      I wonder who the BBC is going to handle that element of Saville …..?

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  25. Deborah says:

    As I have said here before, I don’t watch much BBC these days. Whatever I saw yesterday was wall to wall ‘cost of living crisis’ but funnily enough, no suggestions of cutting green taxes. Even the local news was full of it, picking out people who obviously had little to spare before and now may be on the wrong side. What I felt was the BBC stoking up fear. What I cannot decide is whether they are right to do so.

    On the one hand if people are afraid of getting into debt it may encourage them to start being careful immediately (however we have known this is coming and the encouragement could have started sooner) on the other hand is it just a way of the BBC frightening people before the local elections. The BBC seemed to see its purpose during covid to scare people (Clive Myrie in the morgue] but does it now see scaring people gives justification for its existence.

    Meanwhile it could have chosen, instead of all these silly entertainment programmes like Great British Menus it could have shown old Delias or Mary Berry’s programmes who always considered what their recipes cost and taught people how to cook from basics (ie healthy cheaper food).

       32 likes

    • Fedup2 says:

      Deborah – I think project fear engenders state dependency which is so necessary to the socialists running the media .

      Personal responsibility and independence is frowned upon . I get Fedup hearing the term ‘vulnerable ‘ and sometimes wonder it there is anyone who is not ‘vulnerable ‘ and need special ‘help ‘ …

      My personal experience when I needed state help was that I learnt it was not there. My contract with the State ended there and I do my best to avoid it at all times and make provision – where I can – for my own independence – for as long as that lasts ….
      But I recognise that everyone is different and if people need to be dependent on the State – that’s for them …

         25 likes

      • BRISSLES says:

        Yes, the current buzz words of late are ‘vulnerable’ – ‘nuanced’ – ‘geopolitics’ – all want to make me scream.

        All these headlines of how we’ll pay the energy price rises, the cost of living etc etc will pass, and we just do it.

        We were going to suffer drastic food shortages when Brexit was rubber stamped, because all the lorry drivers didn’t have the right paper work to cross the Channel and oh the queues that would happen. I can’t remember any food shortages as a result ! I’m old enough to remember 16% interest rates for mortgages and yes I luckily got a deal at 12% at the time, and we got through it, AND there were no food banks at the time.

        Give it a few weeks / months and this panic/fear created by the media who show granny’s wrapped in blankets in front of a one bar electric fire, and Asian women picking over the freebies at the food banks (and this is the culture that live on rice ! ) will be yesterday’s news. Summer’s coming for a start !

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  26. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    I used to like the various animal and nature programmes in black and white when I was but a lad growing up in Sunderland many years ago.

    Now, I avoid anything to do with them as they are all doom and gloom with baby animals dying and other animals all being affected by climate change and all that other crap.

    Attenborough never used to go in for all this animal and nature misery if I remember correctly but now it’s spoiling the enjoyment of every animal/nature show.

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    • BigBrotherCorporation says:

      Emmanuel, my mum used to love nature documentaries as a child (1950s) I used to love nature documentaries as a child (c. 1980), and so did my son when he was little (c.2010, he’s just turning 18).

      Attenborough used to make documentaries for all of the above, and it’s only in the last 7, or 8 maybe he’s turned into the prophet of doom. My mother thinks he’s senile… I’m inclined to agree, bit like Biden, I find it hard to believe Biden is ‘only’ 79, same age as my parents, because my parents seem decades younger, not necessarily physically, but mentally certainly so, and Attenborough didn’t ‘lose it’ until he was in his late 80s.

      Like ‘historical dramas’, we don’t do British made ‘nature docs’ in this house any more… have found some good German ones on Netflix though, and not a word about impending global catastrophe, which is nice.

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  27. Thoughtful says:

    A video I think well worth watching:

       6 likes

  28. Flotsam says:

    Sir David Attenborough is a leading edge Green campaigner. The mistake people make is that he’s not a scientist, despite the plaudits. He’s a presenter and broadcaster, nothing more.

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  29. Piku says:

    I think that if you have a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University you are probably entitled to consider yourself to be a scientist.

       5 likes

    • StewGreen says:

      Lots of us have science degrees, that doesn’t make us scientists
      Just like having a politics degree doesn’t make you a politician
      You are a politician or scientist though practice , rather than diploma.

      BTW if you get a degree from Cambridge
      after one year it automatically becomes a masters, even if you didn’t study anything extra.
      AFAIK He started his degree in 1945 and already finished in 1947
      so that is less than 3 years study.

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      • StewGreen says:

        If a guy plays a lawyer on TV, does that make him a lawyer in real life ?

        DA is really good at reading someone else’s words off an autocue.

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      • Piku says:

        “Lots of us have science degrees, that doesn’t make us scientists”

        Really? Because you say so?

        Where did you study science StewGreen?

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        • Fedup2 says:

          Piku – when Attenborough kicks it go campaign for a statue – as a human climate change denier I find the green crap offensive – burn those hydrocarbons ( if they can be afforded with so many taxes stuck on them ) .

          Now go troll the guardian

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        • Deborah says:

          My degree is a science degree. It means I can read graphs. Part of the degree was statistics and one of the recommended books was ‘The Use and Abuse of Statistics’. When I see what is presented by the BBC and the Met Office to claim climate change, I see more abuse than use.

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          • Fedup2 says:

            Deborah
            Once – as a punishment I was put in charge of a ‘performance unit ‘ for a very large organisation . I was lucky because I could look at the stuff sent to my ( central ) unit and then go ask the people who produced the stuff about it – such as the process whereby data was collected .. so I could dig and dig ….

            I then went back to my boss to tell ( her ) what it all meant – what was good and what was bad …

            … she – in turn – had to report to a public organisation …..

            …. What I discovere was the danger of targets . Organisations become warped to achieve the targets – and if they were set badly the outcome could be even worse .

            This phenomena appears to be one of the many reasons for mums and babies dying in Telford maternity – ( I’ve not read the full report yet ) but is doing c sections is seen as ‘bad ‘ because of the expense – pressure – directly or culturally would be there for those ‘on the ground ‘ to make the wrong choices leading to harm / ‘ death / suffering .

            It’s so sad but happens …. And will happen again and again …

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            • Deborah says:

              I watch the race to net zero. In my industry research is being carried out to fit the agenda – and it is being carried out in that order, ie what do they want the results to say, then then experiment is set up to prove it. And the science behind it is so poor, I feel like the little boy watching the emperor and want to cry out that net zero is wearing no clothes.

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        • taffman says:

          Piku
          Wikipedia describes you as an “indian comedy drama”?
          Well you are certainly a bit of a joker, if not a clown.
          Why do you waste your time ‘performing’ here ? You should go and and audition for a job on the BBC. You may be entitled to a free telly tax then ?

             12 likes

  30. StewGreen says:

    The Spectator latest offer £1/week online
    Get the next year’s worth of online and app access to The Spectator for just £3.99 every four weeks. That’s more than 60% off the usual rate.
    And, if you want the print magazine too, it’s only £1 a week more.
    What’s more, your first month is free and without commitment.

    https://blend.spectator.co.uk/t/j-l-zkjea-thtkcotj-d/

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  31. vlad says:

    Hey BBC, this man has a message for you: “There’s a huge failure of the celebrity class… They’re cowards. Despicable cowards.”

    That’s Graham Linehan talking, creator of Father Ted and The IT Crowd.

    He’s being persecuted by the Trans-fascists on the Left for daring to say that men have dicks and women have vaginas.

    For that thought-crime, his career, his health and his marriage have been destroyed by the ongoing harassment and cancellations.

    The police have been round to his house… twice!

    The vile Leftist press have piled in: “I’ve been smeared by Pink News, The Independent and The Guardian”.

    And, of course, the repulsive BBC luvvies have thoroughly disowned him.

    ‘I’ve been called a bigot for years and no one stood up for me. Not Matt Lucas or David Walliams, who I made very famous. I directed the Little Britain pilot and they only got the meeting at the BBC because of me. Neither of them has had the guts to say “I know Graham Linehan and he’s not a bigot”.’

    What a spiness, gutless species they are.

    It’s the same sort of reptiles as the performing seals who leapt to their feet to applaud the deranged Will Smith minutes after he attacked Nick Rock for telling a joke about his missus (she’s a piece of work too, by the way).

    Daily Mail article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10677797/Graham-Linehan-Trans-rights-extremists-destroyed-career-marriage-never-in.html

       35 likes

    • Thoughtful says:

      It’s wrong though. He hasn’t been attacked by the trans activists, he’s been attacked by the British state run by Boris the bottlers Blue Labour party.

      In a chillingly similar experience to Miller Vs College of Policing he was visited by a Gestapo officer. This isn’t a trans activist, it’s a officer of the British state carrying out the instructions of the British government which appears to be to carry on recording “non hate incidents” in defiance of the court rulings.

      So never mind the performing seals at the Oscars, because the ones at the Tory party conference applauding the lies dripping from the political elites mouths are far more relevant, and more dangerous.

      We were promised legislation to defend fredom of speech – where is it? Same place Theresa Mays reform of the Human Rights Act – in the round file AKA the bin.

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  32. theisland says:

    https://order-order.com/2022/04/01/shadow-chancellor-did-break-commons-rules/
    Rachel Reeves breaks rules over her registration of donations.

    “According to the commissioner’s findings, Reeves declared a £2,482 donation from CEG to cover the cost of her Christmas cards outside of the 28-day limit, also failing to register a donation from GMB Yorkshire (£2,500) and a donation from Trevor Chinn (£25,370).”

    “this is a ruling against someone who’s accused the Tories of sleaze no fewer than 31 times on Twitter.”

       19 likes

  33. tomo says:

    Progress!!!

    FPV5-QG0-XMAIPOh-H.jpg

       14 likes

  34. taffman says:

    What’s Tory MP David Warburton been up to?

       5 likes

    • StewGreen says:

      Somerton and Frome MP David Warburton has Tory whip withdrawn pending conduct investigation

      The Times have a thread detailing their exclusive
      Exclusive: Tory MP David Warburton is suspended after he was alleged to have sexually assaulted three women and pictured with cocaine

      He’s under investigation by parliamentary authorities

      MP also took undisclosed £100k loan from a Russian businessman
      .. https://twitter.com/Gabriel_Pogrund/status/1510301596609130498

      strange line from the main lady
      “…and retreated to her bedroom to put on her pyjamas in an attempt to encourage his departure.”

         7 likes

      • Deborah says:

        Where I googled, David Warburton was also photographed next to several lines of cocaine.

           4 likes

        • StewGreen says:

          Yes that is the photo in the tweet I gave, however
          I don’t see “cocaine”
          I see a man at the back of the photo
          and at the front of the photo is an upturned tray, with some white powder on
          that could be anything and could be fake
          But the accuser does say he sent her a text the next day which mentioned “cheeky coke”

          https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1510301596609130498.html

             3 likes

    • StewGreen says:

      It is not news that Labur had a bit of a cover up thing about its own sex scandals
      but the BBC has put up this story about non-disclosure agreements being forced on complainants.
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-60940971

         4 likes

  35. StewGreen says:

    Local BBC news
    Openng item “There was a Cost of Living Crisis demo in Hull today”
    visuals show clear preprinted signs that unions use
    ..Then Union signs can be spotted in the background.

    #2 PRasNews for the charity Sense

    #3 just 30 seconds about the Falkland parade

    Presenter young white female
    Weather presenter : black lady
    National weather : white man
    Newsreader : Reeta Chakrabati (born to an Indian Bengali family in west London, lives in North London)

       15 likes

  36. digg says:

    Well now we know how the woke elite view suffering white kids..

    Nothing happens here!

    https://savebritain.org/outrage-police-cleared-in-rotherham-grooming-gang-scandal/

    Absolutely disgusting carve up driven by Muslim actors in local authorities running the local councillors scared..

    This will come back to bite them at some stage, the absolute shitbags.

    We cannot condone this sort of filth to be normalised because weak-knee-ed puppets of Islam who bow down for reasons of diversity.

    What happened to these young girls is a filthy black stain on our Country and ought to have been met with the full force of the law.

    Now this perverts will see this as a green light to carry on.

       19 likes

  37. digg says:

    Well now we know how the woke elite view suffering white kids..

    https://savebritain.org/outrage-police-cleared-in-rotherham-grooming-gang-scandal/

    Absolutely disgusting carve up driven by Muslim actors in local authorities.

    This will come back to bite them at some stage, the absolute shitbags.

    We wil now see these depraved animals encouraged to take up where they left off.

       10 likes

    • digg says:

      Sorry the site doubled posted me on this for some odd reason hope however the message gets through.

         3 likes

      • digg says:

        These police officers and their commanders do not deserve their positions. They have lied and covered up. If this is the state of policing in the UK we need a new police force ASAP.

        They are despicable protecting the the powerful from the weak which is the opposite of what the Police are supposed to do.

        I cannot begin to describe the fury I feel towards these twats.

           17 likes

  38. tomo says:

    oh dear…. will Sopes and Emily comment I wonder?

       12 likes

  39. Fedup2 says:

    A piece from the DT regarding the future or hopefully – the extinction of the BBC –

    STARTS
    The BBC has appointed top businessmen to head its commercial wing as part of a “self-help” strategy to survive without licence fee funding.

    The corporation took action after Nadine Dorries, the Culture Secretary, announced that the licence fee would be frozen – creating a £1.5 billion budget gap – and suggested the broadcaster’s traditional public funding model could be replaced.

    BBC bosses have opted for what insiders called financial “self-help” by appointing businessmen to oversee the commercial wing.

    Sir Damon Buffini, who led the £45 billion investment firm Permira for 13 years, has been appointed chairman of the BBC’s Commercial Board, with former Disney executive Gunjan Bhow and Bhav Singh, a digital business expert, joining him.

    The appointments mark a departure from the BBC habit of choosing broadcasting insiders for leadership positions, with insiders focused on making the corporation profitable enough to face future budget cuts.

    Corporation warns of staff cuts

    Tim Davie, the director general, said changes to the leadership of the Commercial Board meant it could “increase financial returns very significantly”.

    The board oversees sections including BBC Studios, the source of lucratively licensed TV series such as Planet Earth, and it is understood that boosting revenues from selling the rights to BBC shows will be priority.

    Mr Bhow said the BBC “has an unparalleled opportunity” to market its “rich heritage” and “trusted brand”, while Mr Singh said the corporation was on a “journey of transformation”.

    While BBC Studios, set to bring in £1.2 billion this year, will be used to rake in commercial revenue, Richard Sharp, the BBC chairman, has also suggested the corporation’s news output could be used to make money in a future without licence fee cash.

    The licence fee is frozen until 2024, after which it will rise in line with inflation for a further four years, but its future after that is uncertain.

    The BBC has already warned of staff cuts as a result of the immediate drop in funding caused by the freeze, but the latest licence fee settlement may help the money-making areas of the corporation.

    The Government is permitting BBC Studios to borrow far more than it was previously allowed, up to £750 million instead of £350 million, which executives hope will allow the broadcaster to invest and grow its commercial wing.ENDS

       11 likes

    • G says:

      Fed,

      BBC, “…..“trusted brand”……” With that sort of opinion, would you employ this unobjective person? Maybe he ought to stick to statements concerning what day of the week it is…………

         3 likes

  40. StewGreen says:

    Times article is centred around Antia Rani saying
    “I’m a triple threat, I’m brown, northern and female – these are my superpowers” *

    The top rated comment says
    but if someone had said “I’m white, southern and male – these are my superpowers” ?”

    Another comment quotes her
    ‘a white world, where people don’t understand anything about you.’
    .. Great to see she avoids stereotyping those not like her.

    £££ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/anita-rani-im-a-triple-threat-im-brown-northern-and-female-q0vv02jfv

    * Oh she does know what superpowers get you BBC and media jobs

       16 likes

    • digg says:

      Her brown, northern, female attributes are all falsely handed over by such bastard organisations as the BBC. In reality she is just another overhyped wanker who will be history tomorrow!

         19 likes

  41. Guest Who says:

    SNAFU.

       9 likes

    • Guest Who says:

         6 likes

      • StewGreen says:

        Those tweets are kind of in the wrong owner
        #1 BBC falls for the April fools
        #2 Someone quotes part of the article “A spokesperson for BBC News said it would not comment on the incident”
        #3 Those guys start discussing why the BBC can get away with refusing to comment on their error.

           4 likes

        • Guest Who says:

          The order was as I felt most appropriate.

          It was not possible to amalgamate the key point tweet with the threat original, so I added it, for context, afterwards.

             2 likes

  42. StewGreen says:

    Laurence Fox interviews Abi Roberts
    https://rumble.com/vxx9cj-into-the-russian-soul-with-abi-roberts-and-laurence-fox.html
    Direct to the bit where she discusses the Jan 27th bust up on GBnews
    and why she never gets invited on shows anymore
    https://rumble.com/vxx9cj-into-the-russian-soul-with-abi-roberts-and-laurence-fox.html?t=1337s

       6 likes

  43. taffman says:

    “Covid: Has pandemic emboldened Wales’ devolution calls?”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-60959483
    A stupid question .
    Answer – NO!
    Simples .

    What is Al Beeb trying to stoke up?

       15 likes

    • G says:

      Taffman,

      I wonder what our phantom MP, Nia Griffith (“Who” I hear you say) is engaged with? I drove past her office last week and the security chain mail to the front of the building was open so she must still be alive. But what does she do all day?

      Ultra low-profile…………

         4 likes

  44. taffman says:

    Question : Why Does the BBC hate Great Britain so much?

       16 likes

    • BigBrotherCorporation says:

      That’s hardly fair Taff, it’s not as if they ONLY hate GB is it?

      I reckon there’s a hierarchy of hate in the BBC the top 20 of which is something like:

      1. Donald Trump
      2. ‘Racists’
      3. ‘Homophobes’
      4. Nigel Farage
      5. Brexit voters
      6. Climate change ‘deniers’
      7. Tommy Robinson
      8. Northern Irish protestants
      9. Men over 30
      10. ‘Transphobes’
      11. Tories
      12. English people
      13. White people
      14. Israelis
      15. Masculinity
      16. Welsh people who don’t hate English people
      17. Scottish people who don’t hate English people
      18. Irish people who don’t hate English people
      19. Loz Fox
      20. GB and anything traditionally British

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Christians
        The self employed
        People who pay taxes
        White Londoners
        Popular politicians – orban
        GBNews
        Oil gas coal
        Cars
        Margaret thatcher ( still)
        The union flag
        England
        The English

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        • Fedup2 says:

          Favoured –

          Muslims
          Queers and their varieties
          Paedos ( see saville et al )
          Coloured folks
          Those on benefits
          Brussels
          SNP
          Irish republican terrorists
          More coloured folk
          Welsh nationalists ( a pattern? )
          NHS
          Medical mafia
          Anyone lefty
          Anti British history /people
          Macron
          Merkel
          Biden
          Pelosi
          The mad coloured VP
          Any Kennedy
          Obama
          EU( home )
          Soros
          Vote rigging
          Charity industry
          Benefits
          Money trees
          Green crap
          Drugs
          Anything remotely woke
          The young
          Metros
          Globals
          Labour Party
          Liberals
          Remainers
          Single mothers
          Teachers ( all lefties )
          ‘Renewables ‘
          Cyclists
          More taxes
          State employees

             21 likes

          • BigBrotherCorporation says:

            +Favoured

            The NHS
            Nurses
            Foreign born nurses!!!
            Labour voting nurses
            Labour activists who moonlight as nurses
            Fat nurses who complain they can’t afford to feed themselves
            Fat black nurses who complain they can’t afford to feed their children

            Oh, and cyclists, but mostly the entitled kind who think everyone else should get off THEIR roads

               11 likes

  45. Guest Who says:

    If proven, indeed horrific.

    However the ‘reporting’ of the bbc senile guard attracts a special kind of audience.

       2 likes

  46. Guest Who says:

    Photo ed not helping.

    No circuses too?

       4 likes

    • BigBrotherCorporation says:

      Meanwhile, some bloke and his dog are happy they’ve got a loaf of bread and a bag of groceries

      It’s impossible not to feel sorry for the ordinary Ukrainians caught up in this… or the young Russian conscripts, many of whom are younger than my son, who’s still at school.

         4 likes

  47. Guest Who says:

    Sounds like BBC HR.

       4 likes

  48. Guest Who says:

    Eco top tip for AGW April: switch the freezer off and leave the contents in the conservatory* all night. Massive savings.

    *Oh, remember to lock the door to the utility room with the dogs.

       9 likes

  49. AsISeeIt says:

    Almost back to normal news edition

    The Daily Mail seems please: ‘Sleaze is back

    Make a sentence using three key words: ‘Tory MP suspended after sex and cocaine claims‘ (Sunday Times)

    However, it is left to the Labour-supporting Sunday Mirror to highlight a rather more significant brand of Tory failure of talk to match action: ‘Hypocrite Raab failed to stop Baby P mum release… Fury as team signed off plan, then he blasted decision in public

    The Star worries for the protection of its dating app-using readers now that: ‘Sex-mad Tracey Connolly can’t wait to start swiping right… Swipe right for a monster… Baby P mum’s dating apps fight

    The Observer appears to confirm what a many a conservative feels about Johnson’s Tories – they have become tax and spend socialists by the back door: ‘Tories fear poll disaster over high taxes

       13 likes

    • Fedup2 says:

      Asiseeit
      Yes a combination of ‘displeasure ‘ by conservative voters that their party is now a far left green spend it all outfit – together with failure to plan for energy production, defence, the bloated NHS should add up to giving nut nut a real kicking .

      By the elections in 3 weeks the news thar carrie nut nut got a penalty fine will be public knowledge just adding to the revolt .

      As for Mrs nut nut – she seems shielded from examination despite running the show ….

         14 likes

      • G says:

        Fed,

        Not forgetting David Cameron’s “hoards” of invaders still streaming into the country. Now let’s see, when was the year Cameron was chastised for using that expression?

           17 likes

  50. Guest Who says:

    Would the bbc mention it if there was?

       10 likes

    • Fedup2 says:

      Lefty papers not impressed that the new head of C4 is a conservative business type – he must get a tick for upsetting Jon snow and his disciples …
      I wonder what the timetable for privatisation of C4 might be …?
      Talking of useless – BBC3 takes a kicking for costing £80 million with no one watching it ( target age range 18 – 34 ) …. Bet they’ll all have T`v licences …

         14 likes

      • Guest Who says:

        As one recalls, the BBC, whose area of expertise is media, apparently, blew a shed load on digital media.

        Anyhoo, here they are, in their other areas of expertise, Eco and and science and medical, wisely asking other folk unqualified to advise…

        https://fb.watch/c921ZA3OGT/

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