271 Responses to Start the Week 4 April 2022

  1. Fedup2 says:

    Twitter watch

    Sometimes you just have WTF? Moments … there are pictures of krankie with a photo op at
    Auschwitz

    What possessed her ….?

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    • Thoughtful says:

      Especially given her party was founded by a number of Nazi activists – note activists not sympathisers, people who were prepared to take violent action against the British State on behalf of Nazi Germany.

      Arthur Donaldson, one of these Nazi’s is still celebrated today proving that nothing has changed from the Scottish Nazi’s and they wholly deserve that epithet!

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    • StewGreen says:

      The photos are not new, she went with a school group in 2018
      .. https://twitter.com/BBCScotlandNews/status/1057691182606770176

      I don’t blame her for people having asked for loads of photos of her
      It’s what happens to famous people.

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  2. Thoughtful says:

    Amazing the media hasn’t reported any of this.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Anyone spot the non-deliberate mistake from the first woman speaker?

      Thoughtful, the NYT has reported it apparently.

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  3. tomo says:

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  4. digg says:

    Two violent incidents in the news:

    A bloke attacks his ex girlfriend in a park and gets two and a half years while a teenage drunken girl punches a bloke causing him to bash his head on the floor and die, gets slapped wrists and offers of psychological help.

    Something very wrong with the scales of justice.

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  5. Fedup2 says:

    Ashok Sharma – the blue Labour minister for green crap going on about climate change whilst his constituents will be getting their first price hike energy bills

    Oh I so hope he loses his seat next time – although nut nut will send him for his peerage … so out of touch ….

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    • Scroblene says:

      Fed, are peers getting a hike in their daily ‘allowance’, like the other worthless bunch somewhere nearby?

      What good does that do for normal hard-working private citizens?

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      • Fedup2 says:

        £323 a day tax free attendance allowance – £162 away from the house on ‘official ‘ work . Would anyone miss them ?

        Last rise 2020

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        • Thoughtful says:

          Imagine you are an enobled Peer of the realm, but you live in Newcastle on Tyne.
          Your travel down to Westminster is reimbursed, but nothing else is. Now imagine that you don’t own any property in London and you will either have to rent some, or stay in a hotel. 5 days a week for the HoL £1615 per week.

          You probably won’t be able to stay in a 5 star hotel unless you have gained some reduction, and you won’t be able to eat out all that often either.

          People appear to view the HoL daily expenses as free money which it might be for someone wealthy like foggy Moggy who can afford their own home close to Westminster, but for anyone else this money has to be spent on living in one of the most expensive cities in the world away from home, and there are no expenses other than travel for the HoL.

          It certainly wouldn’t be enough to entice me to travel down to the smoke and sit on those benches and fall asleep !

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          • Scroblene says:

            But surely, peers are made what they are, to actually do something and perhaps repay their lifetime devotion to whatever cause they espoused.

            Politicians made peers are usually leftovers from past administrations and have had long enough at he trough so why can’t they carry on at lest trying to do some actual work?

            I agree about the bloke from Newcastle, but maybe he could have asked to be a mayor or something instead? The expenses would also cover a huge breakfast and a decent dinner on the way home of course!

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          • Fedup2 says:

            Ah thoughtful – the fan of unelected politicians . I had a quick look – 173 peers are ex MPs – I’m sure they have a a few to spare from their pensions …

            I looked for stats on the number of peers who have resigned because they couldn’t afford to do the job . The answer is none .
            Thoughtful takes a dangerous road – the idea of shipping the Lords to some where non London – say Hull or Stoke or Wolverhampton sounds like an excellent idea – they can use a premier inn if they stay overnight – or one of those hotels used to house illegal entrants to the UK.

            I’m not sure what the average age is – but I’m sure they get a rail travel discount . And if they don’t like it – they can resign and the lords be closed – the money saved used to help pay for fuel bills ….

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          • G says:

            Thoughtful

            “You probably won’t be able to stay in a 5 star hotel unless you have gained some reduction, and you won’t be able to eat out all that often either.”

            Not unless you arrive by rubber boat……………

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    • harry142857 says:

      He’s my MP, lives about 200 yards from me. He hasn’t done a thing for us in Reading, except pretending to do take action against do as you likeys breaking into the local park.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Sounds par for the course – methinks he likes ‘striding the world stage ‘ rather than caring about the taxpayers of Reading – until there’s an election of course…

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  6. vlad says:

    More and more evidence is leaking out about the Biden Crime Syndicate receiving colossal sums from Russia, Ukraine and now China.

    Even the Washington Post (the PR arm of the Democrats) are now reluctantly admitting to the corruption.

    “New documents — which include a signed copy of a $1 million legal retainer, emails related to the wire transfers, and $3.8 million in consulting fees that are confirmed in new bank records and agreements signed by Hunter Biden — illustrate the ways in which his family profited from relationships built over Joe Biden’s decades in public service.”

    Yes, DECADES OF GRIFT!

    At the time of the election, the msm, (WaPo, NYT), Big Tech, most of the Broadcasters, the Oligarchs, and various US government and security agencies colluded in the cover-up.

    And STILL the BBC are silent on both scandals, namely the financial crimes themselves as well as the huge media cover-up.

    I hope when the story finally gets too big to hide any more, someone will rub the BBC’s nose in its shameful bias and collusion.
    GB News, for one, should be on their case 24/7, as well as every newspaper with a shred of integrity left.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/30/hunter-biden-china-laptop/

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    • vlad says:

      P.S. Savour the irony: “Joe Biden’s decades of public service”.

      No, not service to the public at all, just very private service… to his family and himself.

      Remember the “10% to the Big Guy” from Hunter’s laptop?

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  7. Fedup2 says:

    Dan someone is leaving the BBC . Apparently he does the breakfast show on TV . ….
    Lets hope he gets a job he deserves …

    Will they have one of those sobby send offs ?

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  8. Fedup2 says:

    Guido announces that the government has decided to go ahead with the sell off of Channel 4 … bet they dont get much for it ..

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  9. Up2snuff says:

    Covid Statistics – as our Stew will tell you – to have any meaningful information from health statistics, consistency in recording and reporting is very important. If you keep changing the way you measure and the way you present the statistics then it is impossible to draw any meaningful conclusion from the results.

    The way the headline figures are presented by the BBC has changed – yet again – although it may be a change foisted on the BBC by the Office for National Statistics. How complicit were the BBC in the change? Who drove the change at ONS? Civil Servants. Now where have we heard that combination before? BBC + Civil Servants + UK Govt (for England at least) made to look bad? ‘Partygate’, anybody? What the BBC have been doing, all day so far, on major news programmes on R4 (and maybe on TV, too?), TOADY and TWatO, is saying how bad the Covid-19 infections are in the UK.

    The way the headline statistics are now presented is – yes, they do look bad, really bad . Funny that.

    However, if you look at the map below ‘Reported Covid Cases’ (below the look up list here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51768274) you find a slightly different picture to the BBC narrative. Even funnier that!

    There’s a bit of a whiff about this whole thing.

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  10. Fedup2 says:

    Plenty of joy and sadness over the privatisation of C4 – to be completed by 2024 – that Lewis Goodall one reckons that’s a sign for the abolition of the licence in 2027 – then their BBC can sink or swim in the private sector …..

    … maybe the decent stuff in the archives from 10 – 20 years ago and before can be kept …. Screw their BBC …screw C4 …

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    • Guest Who says:

      Guessing this falls under ‘sad’.

      Which given the studio groupie in question, seems less awful than one might imagine.

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      • Guest Who says:

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      • Guest Who says:

        Seeing a trend, here.

        Another who likes being provided a platform.

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        • digg says:

          If it’s any good and popular as a private company Ange, it will continue to be supported by fee-payers and it will do fine, if it tanks it proves a wise decision was taken and that it was simply a publicly-funded left wing outfit all along using forced public subscription to fund it’s propaganda!

          Keep it coming I say!

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  11. Fedup2 says:

    Extract from DT of the coming sale of C4

    STARTS
    Channel 4 is to be sold by the Government after ministers decided that privatisation was the best way to secure its long-term future.

    The broadcaster is expected to be put up for bid from the spring of 2023 with a view to it being sold by the general election due at latest in May 2024.

    A UK government source said the decision had been taken to make sure the channel can secure the long-term funding it needs to modernise.

    But the move is sure to trigger a backlash from Channel 4, which opposes the sale, with critics likely to note the series of run-ins between the broadcaster and Downing Street.

    Critics of the news include writer and director Armando Iannucci, who tweeted: “They asked for ‘a debate’; 90 per cent of submissions in that debate said it was a bad idea. But still they go ahead. Why do they want to make the UK’s great TV industry worse? Why? It makes no business, economic or even patriotic sense.”

    The news begins a scramble for potential bidders to line up their offers, with foreign ownership not ruled out.

    ITV, Discovery, Sky, Paramount, Amazon and Netflix are among the broadcasters who could in theory launch a bid, though the degrees of genuine interest remain to be seen.
    A UK government source said: “C4 is a great business with a strong brand built around it being creative, innovative and distinctive but a change of ownership will remove its straightjacket, giving C4 the freedom to innovate and grow so it can flourish and thrive long into the future and support the whole of the UK creative industries.

    “Ministers will seek to reinvest the proceeds of the sale. They want to use the cash resulting from the sale to spend on a ‘creative dividend’ – putting money into independent production and levelling up wider creative skills in priority parts of the country.

    “C4 will remain a public service broadcaster – just like ITV is a privately-owned PSB – and we will ensure it continues to make an important social, economic and cultural contribution to the UK. Importantly, this will include an ongoing commitment to prime time news.”

    The argument from ministers for the decision to sell the broadcaster is that privatisation will give it the ability to raise the funds – including through borrowing – needed in the long term.

    However critics are sure to question whether it can continue to produce the independent creative output and left-of-centre news coverage at the heart of its reputation.

    There has been no shortage of tensions between Boris Johnson and Channel 4 in recent years.

    During the December 2019 election campaign the broadcaster threatened to put an ice sculpture of the Prime Minister in his place during a debate when he declined to take part.

    Channel 4 ‘disappointed’ with decision

    A spokesperson for Channel 4 said it was “disappointed” with the decision but would “continue to engage” with the Government on the process to “ensure that Channel 4 continues to play its unique part in Britain’s creative ecology and national life”.

    The statement said: “With over 60,000 submissions to the Government’s public consultation, it is disappointing that today’s announcement has been made without formally recognising the significant public interest concerns which have been raised.

    “Channel 4 has engaged in good faith with the Government throughout the consultation process, demonstrating how it can continue to commission much-loved programmes from the independent sector across the UK that represent and celebrate every aspect of British life as well as increase its contribution to society, while maintaining ownership by the public.

    “Recently, Channel 4 presented DCMS with a real alternative to privatisation that would safeguard its future financial stability, allowing it to do significantly more for the British public, the creative industries and the economy, particularly outside London. This is particularly important given that the organisation is only two years into a significant commitment to drive up its impact in the UK’s Nations and Regions.

    “Channel 4 remains legally committed to its unique public-service remit. The focus for the organisation will be on how we can ensure we deliver the remit to both our viewers and the British creative economy across the whole of the UK.

    “The proposal to privatise Channel 4 will require a lengthy legislative process and political debate. We will of course continue to engage with DCMS, Government and Parliament, and do everything we can to ensure that Channel 4 continues to play its unique part in Britain’s creative ecology and national life.”

    ‘Our job is to deliver what Parliament tasks us to do’

    In an internal email to staff Alex Mahon, Channel 4 chief executive, said her priority was to “look after all of you and the wonderful Channel 4 spirit”.

    She said: “In our engagement with Government during its extended period of reflection, we have proposed a vision for the next 40 years which we are confident would allow us to build on the successes of the first 40.

    “That vision was rooted in continued public ownership, and was built upon the huge amount of public value this model has delivered to date and the opportunity to deliver so much more in the future.

    “But ultimately the ownership of C4 is for Government to propose and Parliament to decide.

    “Our job is to deliver what Parliament tasks us to do, and if or when that changes, then I am confident that this incredible organisation will respond with the relentless energy it has always displayed in pursuit of its goals and the remit.

    “My priority now, along with the rest of the Exec team, is to look after all of you and the wonderful Channel 4 spirit, and make sure we all carry on doing what we do best – making incredible shows for our audiences, creating opportunities for young people and supporting the creative industry across the UK.

    “There will now be a long process ahead – it could take 18 months or more for the required legislation to go through the House of Commons and then Lords. During that time, we’ll continue to work with DCMS and Government, and with our supporters across the industry to make the arguments to ensure that Channel 4 can continue to deliver its remit.”ENDS –
    BLISS

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    • Fedup2 says:

      And here is the one from the DT about the late Dan Walker –

      STARTS Dan Walker will leave the BBC for Channel 5, becoming the latest high-profile figure to join an exodus of talent from the corporation.

      The BBC Breakfast presenter has announced that he is leaving his £295,000-a-year role to become lead anchor on 5 News, with his exit following those of Andrew Marr, Jon Sopel and Emily Maitlis.

      The exodus comes amid shrinking wages at the BBC, insiders said, and efforts to clamp down on “moonlighting” by requiring stars declare earnings from paid work outside the broadcaster.

      It has been suggested big-name talents facing salary reductions of up to 10 per cent may be frustrated at having to disclose how they bolster their incomes outside the BBC.

      Walker, a former Football Focus presenter, was last year included on the first register of staff earnings from outside engagements, alongside Marr and Maitlis.

      A more ‘bespoke‘ role

      It is understood he will have a more “bespoke” role at Channel 5 and encouraged to help pitch and create new programmes. The channel has said he can expect hosting roles on a “slate of new shows”.

      Walker said the “chance to do something different was too good to turn down”, adding: “I love their ideas and creativity, and it’s rare to get an opportunity like this where paths and ambitions meet.”

      He will continue in his role as BBC Breakfast in the short term, with a leaving date yet to be announced by the BBC.

      A source at the corporation said: “People come, people go, but we have lots of existing talent and new and emerging stars, and there is always a natural point where people move on.”

      Richard Frediani, the BBC Breakfast editor, said Walker had been “a brilliant part of the BBC Breakfast team for over six years”.ENDS

      Off to C5 -RIP comrade ….

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      • BRISSLES says:

        I really would prefer to watch paint drying than listen to the drone of Dan Walker – its hard to determine who has the less personality, him or Steve Davis.

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    • popeye says:

      “However critics are sure to question whether it can continue to produce the independent creative output and left-of-centre news coverage at the heart of its reputation.”

      If it was actually to be right-of-centre (a fat chance of that) the BBC would inevitably call it “Far Right”. So why is it not “Far Left”? Which it is!

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  12. Guest Who says:

    This is bizarre.

    The comments in response are so polarised.

    I try to keep an open mind but the word ‘investigation’ from the BBC, about what they can do in the time, in a war zone, seems a stretch.

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    • theisland says:

      Which bBC ‘fact checkers’ will be called to give expert evidence at The Hague during any trials?

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  13. StewGreen says:

    GBnews poll

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  14. Guest Who says:

    The media is a very dark club.

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    • Guest Who says:

      OT, but a sign of further decay.

      This is a headline from The Economist.

      “How might Russia be punished for its war crimes?”

      In its day it was a watchword for reporting precision.

      No longer.

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      • Guest Who says:

        Seems an MSM synergy at play.

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        • R P McMurphy says:

          He is went he reports on Israel.

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          • Guest Who says:

            JezBo is currently being recast as the only true voice of the War in Ukraine.

            His personal and professional history makes this a choice only the media classes could feel sensible.

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  15. Guest Who says:

    All kicking off in the shires.

    Hope Shari Lewis made it out ok.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      There must be some very wealthy green vermin in Herefordshire if they can afford to waste nice lamb in such a way – doesn’t really respect the animal which had its ‘life taken does it ?

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      • Guest Who says:

        Teslas are popular in the shires. But sticking a turnip in the exhaust of ‘the man’ is proving frustrating.

        But now Elon is the wrong kind of media domination in the ether all may change in lefty central.

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    • Guest Who says:

      The chicken drum stick and lamb clearly suggest crimes of race (assuming deep fried, or getting there if the engine gunned) and faith (assuming what is favoured is rolled in with what is not for outrage purposes).

      Trouble is, on this basis a kipper could be included. Or potato. As was the case when teasing cruel teachers back in the day.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        I watched a ticker Carlson piece about Americans moaning abou paying $6 for a ‘gallon of gas’ which Google translate turned into petrol ….
        And a new crime is being committed – theft of petrol from tanks …. The method used requires a whole replacement of the petrol tank which is far far more expensive than the juice is worth ….
        Must be due for ‘theft of petrol tankers’ …..

        Further – inflation is ripping into the us middle class – which is defined as anyone with a job – or jub – as they say …

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  16. 1 of 8e9 says:

    So what is the magic spell to actually read twitter links posted without it being rapidly obscured ?

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  17. NISA says:

    I think the BBC programme about the crook Robert Maxwell failed to specify the party which Maxwell represented as MP for Buckingham. He was a Labour MP

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  18. Guest Who says:

    Maybe Jez could ask Jez?

    Or whoever took over Top Gear with vast BBC backing?

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  19. vlad says:

    “Channel 4 privatisation to go ahead”

    Labour and Lib Dems are already squealing like pigs.

    Be afraid, BBC, be very afraid.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-60985496

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  20. Nibor says:

    Let’s imagine that Chanel 4 is privatised and twenty years later a government wants to nationalise it .
    Could it be that the vested interests in it see it as not in their interests?
    The doctors and the newly formed NHS in 1948 show a seesaw of how industries pan out .

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Nibor – the test for the politics of channel 4 is to notice who is shouting loudly about the sale …

      … as interesting to users of this site will be the coming argument about whether it is a stepping stone to the sell off of the BBC …. Which I really hope it is .

      It can continue to vomit far left anti British poison if it wants but without sucking on the taxpayers compulsory taxes….

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      • Guest Who says:

        It is an interesting correlation. Applies everywhere.

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        • Guest Who says:

          Interesting if unsurprising bio.

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        • digg says:

          This Jackson Mulholland guy reveals all you need to know about Twitter, Google, Facebook etc. That the majority of their employees are simply left-wing political bedroom keyboard activists.

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          • Guest Who says:

            Indeed.

            Have they no grasp of optics outside the bubble?

            It’s like #FBPE #HateToryScum teachers whose bios are a paragraph of hashtag bile thinking their posts should be viewed objectively.

            Who in their right mi… ok… I was going to ask who sets up a twitter presence like this.

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      • Guest Who says:

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        • Guest Who says:

          Plot twist.

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        • Doublethinker says:

          Excellently put. At last someone is doing something about The Little Satan and it is causing the usual squeals from the usual blobists. These include your usual wet Tories such as Jeremy Hunt and Green . I’m sure that they would be happier in the Lib Dems amongst fellow knicker wetters.
          Now Nads get stuck into the Great Satan . You will need ear plugs to prevent the squealing of the Blob making you deaf and a wet suit to protect from their foaming mouths. It will be tough going as I’m sure you know.
          A better way is just to make non payment of the License Fee a non criminal offence and set the maximum fine at a suitably low level. The public will then stop paying and the BBC will soon be begging you to make them a subscription only service.

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  21. andyjsnape says:

    How did Jimmy Savile die? Haunting final days before
    BBC paedophile’s death

    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/how-did-jimmy-savile-die-haunting-final-days-before-bbc-paedophiles-death/ar-AAVPPIo?ocid=mailsignout&li=BBoPWjQ

    I thought the msn and beeb were joined at the hips when It came to reporting, mentioning in the heading “BBC paedophile’s death”
    Maybe even msn have seen thru the bBC

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  22. Guest Who says:

    Sopes raises expressions.

    Brave.

    Hope he and Strumpet have their professional appearances sorted.

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  23. andyjsnape says:

    Human rights watchdog publishes single-sex spaces guide
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60983982

    Even mentions trans people.
    WHAT IS THE FACINATION WITH TRANS!

    Defund, close down sooner than later

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  24. Guest Who says:

    BBC Moaning Emole
    —-

    UN scientists lay out five ways to save the planet

    The dangers of climate change have been reported for years. But what’s had less attention is how the world could effectively tackle the issue. Yesterday, UN scientists laid out a plan that they believe could help people avoid the worst impacts of rising temperatures.

    The report, by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, essentially calls for a revolution in how we produce energy and power our world. To avoid very dangerous warming, carbon emissions need to peak within three years, and fall rapidly after that. Even then, technology to pull CO2 from the air will still be needed to keep temperatures down. The researchers say there are five key ideas that are critical to keeping the world safe.

    Read full article >

    Matt McGrath
    Environment correspondent

    —-

    Very bbc. Propaganda 101.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Guest
      I was very surprised that ‘today ‘ wasn’t all over this report now that it is published . Perhaps even the BBC high command can sense the anger coming from voters and people who still buy a licence – over rapidly increasing prices and inflation ….

      … we must be due a few strikes soon – there are not many important key jobs left apart from those which are fuel / food related so I will bet on power workers pulling the plug …

      As for green crap – as I have written here before – environment stuff doesn’t stand a chance against people paying bills

      Sooner or later even the wokest of politicians will realise that their jobs are on the line if they don’t even try to help ‘ordinary ‘ taxpayers as opposed to the ‘vulnerable ‘ and those on career welfare payments ….

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    • Docmarooned says:

      Correct Guest. Pure propaganda. When we are freezing in our caves to please these eco morons and paying for the privilege China,Russia and India carry on regardless.

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      • Guest Who says:

        It is also appalling editorial on any basis, irrespective of rigging.

        It says nothing new, nothing coherent and offers no incentive to read further even just to find out why.

        How he draws a salary is very W1A.

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  25. Guest Who says:

    Based on the Biden Method? Or BBC Editorial Evolution of the Story?

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Do you think the second volume will be –

      Baby baby one more time ?

      Or
      Oops I did it again

      See – Fedup down with the kids yeah omg

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      • Guest Who says:

        ‘Freak show’ tends to get more ‘professional’ media coverage.

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  26. Guest Who says:

    Good news does not sell. Maybe it was a ram raid?

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  27. Fedup2 says:

    Today
    It’s a popcorn day – listening to lefties moaning over the selling off of C4 …. C4 has specialised in low quality crap aimed at ‘the young ‘ who don’t pay for it – an area now targeted by BBC3? – which doesn’t get a mention …

    I’m waiting for comrade Jon snow to get in his pulpit and declare has revulsion …. With Cathy Newman on backing vocals ,,, a good day …

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Today again

      Some Blair droid now sucking money from the NHS – Matthew something – regularly is rolled onto the BBC airwaves to cry about lack of this and lack of that .

      Each time the beeboid is both uncritical and unchallenging . On this site job adverts for ‘diversity advisors ‘ and similar in the NHS on £70k pa and more are advertised .

      No one – no one – anywhere – questions what the NHS spends money on – in non core terms – non core being not treating people for illnesses ….
      Why is the NHS so fire proof ? Why does responsibility jump straight over the huge number of non operational posts and rest with the managers ?
      Any other organisation would get fried but the NHS remains glorified ….
      By the way – the BBC seems to have noticed that people ( possibly) who need to be diagnosed and treated for various cancers have been dumped in the last 2 years and now the stats are reflecting the consequence ….

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    • Guest Who says:

      I have run a media poll.

      Vs.

      Let’s be generous to Mad Al. Call it 52:48.

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      • micknotmike says:

        That comment by Alex Dale (Who he?) sums up how the bbc and clannel 4 wokester liberals see themselves. It should read “If we lose channel 4 we run the risk of lowest common denominator, commercial pap being replaced by completely indistinguishable lowest common denominator, commercial pap.” Instead they genuinely think that their output is a series of highbrow, thought provoking, masterpieces.

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        • Fedup2 says:

          Mick – I disagree – I think that was a piece of dry humour . However I do not watch C4 but assess that the programme titles suggest a very low quality level aimed at the fick – like angee and Jess and. … and …

          Not sure who Alex dale is …

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          • micknotmike says:

            You know Fed, I reckon you’re right. The guy was making a subtle point which went straight over my head. What does remain though, is that the producers of said lcdcp probably do think that it’s highbrow, etc.
            However Alex Dale does deserve todays’ “Stitching up micknotmike like a kipper” award.

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            • Fedup2 says:

              Mick – ha ha – it is strange that one of the facts being used by the far left is that C4 was started up by Mrs Thatcher – this is barely challenged – the fact that times were so different and thar C4 / BBC denies the power of online output from the likes of Netflix ….
              On that – if you gave people of all age ranges a choice between keeping Netflix or the BBC – at the same cost – I wonder which would win a majority vote ?

              I don’t know the answer to this as i effectively dumped both.

              I have been away from UK for 2 weeks – my TV gave up so I have nt seen anything other than ‘online ‘stuff . It is easy to be without BBC TV and some GBNews radio beats other news outlets …
              Because of the decision to end C4 as a non commercial entity I think the party war on nut nut will ratchet up and Russian war crimes will become ‘whatever ‘ ….

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      • digg says:

        Now that just has to be sarcasm!

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  28. AsISeeIt says:

    The public denounciation
    Taking our balls away and refusing to play edition

    The Telegraph this morning unveils Britain’s new national defence strategy aimed to defeat Russian aggression: ‘Medvedev likely to face Wimbledon ban

    To bring Chuchill’s defiant oratory up to date and into line with twenty-first century reality…

    We shall fight on the tennis courts, we shall fight on the football grounds, we shall fight in the print media and on TV, we shall fight them at the cost of our gas bills; we shall never let Ukraine surrender… so as to limit the killing of Ukrainians

    Wimbledon are ready to ban world No2 Danill Medvedev from this year’s tournament…‘ – on what justification, we wonder? It sounds somewhat unsporting… not quite cricket…

    …over fears that a Russian victory would boost the Putin regime‘ – seems we can’t rely on some latter day Jessie Owens figure to beat Putin’s man in the final. By the way, is Djokovic banned from SW19 for his Vax crimes?

    So this is what it has come to? First it was rainbow coloured football boot laces for Gay Pride, then taking the knee to Black Lives Matter, now we are going to ban from competition: ‘…players who fail to denounce Vladimir Putin‘ (Telegraph)

    As sketch duo Mitchell and Webb, playing WW2 Germans, famously once asked themselves after noticing the evil-looking insignia on their uniforms: “Are we the baddies?

    By the way, I’ve rarely heard the word denounce outside of Far-Left politics.

    After reading this in the Telegraph today: ‘Fines for breaking Covid rules have been issued to people who attended a leaving party for the government official in charge of writing those rules‘ – I’m convinced our anti-Russia sanctions-imposing elite will be behind closed doors inside Number 10 secretly tucking into buckets of Beluga Caviar, supping premium export Vodka and exchanging Fabergé eggs as presents this Easter.

    Carry On at Your Convenience, 1971, included Charles Hawtrey in the cast but it was in fact in the Hammer Horror spoof Carry On Screaming, 1966, that he famously played the part of Dan Dan the lavatory man.

    Equality watchdog rules toilets and changing rooms CAN be protected as single-sex spaces‘ (Daily Mail) – and who said they couldn’t?

    I suppose one could call this a very minor, temporary, victory for common sense conservatism. Watch this (safe) space.

    Lefty/hippie/Canadian singer Neil Young once wrote an album entitled Rust Never Sleeps.

    The forces of globalist elite NGO anti-conservatism most certainly never sleep: ‘“It’s now or never” if the world is to stave off climate disaster – IPCC‘ (Guardian); ‘Orban win tarnished by OSCE criticism‘ (FT)

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  29. Guest Who says:

    Today I learned a new word.

    And state media can be good and bad, according to those working in the media, depending.

    Arrogantentitledelitisttwatism may be a word too. Looking it up.

    May not share. Media types block and ban any who do not share their world view and clear ability to know best.

    Without irony.

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  30. Guest Who says:

    Twitter bios can be as interesting as tweet reaction stats.

       3 likes

  31. StewGreen says:

    R4 now the guy from Operation Black Vote is on

    Here’s the very BBC Twitter thread that introduces the prog

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    • StewGreen says:

      presenter @SangitaMyska tweets
      Thank you! Democracy this week, Polyamory the next

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    • StewGreen says:

      BBC backslapping in that thread comes from Hugh Sykes, Laura the SaveTheBBC woman
      and from Shayan who got the reply “Thanks Megha and Shayan!”
      as if BBC Shayan and BBC Megha Mohan are married

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  32. Guest Who says:

    It’s the simple things that make the day brighter.

    Unless…. Sweeney! has been Eloned by Beria…. Dun, dun, dun…

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  33. Up2snuff says:

    BBC WEB-SITE Watch #1 – can’t believe no-one looks at the BBC’s web-site or TV …

    … but apparently it is true. Channel 4 and BBC plus all the UK’s terrestrial TV broadcasters are ‘losing eyeballs’. Am sure several have noticed yet another glitch on the BBC web-site here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-60991441

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  34. Guest Who says:

    The excitement is palpable.

       7 likes

    • BRISSLES says:

      An odd advert. Who in their right mind would bother to apply for a job that someone has already been lined up for ? particularly if its there in black and white !!!

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  35. digg says:

    I am informed that a petition to Government to take action on threatened upcoming huge XR disruptive action has been set up.

    Apparently XR and their bedfellows in Insulate Britain etc. are planning another round of massive and continuous disruption as the weather improves.

    The petition urges Government and The Police to get much tougher with these nutters in the name of freedom for the public at large.

    The petition does require you enter your first name and email and it isn’t on the usual government petition website change.org so there its a risk you might be the recipient of more junk email in your mailbox if you sign up as a result.

    However possibly worth it to attempt to prod our reluctant leaders and police into firmer action and put a log under these lunatics.

    All it would take is for Government to speed through a distinct and effective law making such activity illegal and subject to heavy statutory fines or jail or even tags which the police and courts would then be obliged to follow.

    The petition currently has almost 70,000 signatures in its first day.

    https://action.savebritain.org/petition-xr-chaos/

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    • Emmanuel Goldstein says:

      digg.
      They need the water cannon (which we don’t have anymore)
      Give them a right good soaking.
      They could probably do with a wash anyway so it’s win win.

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    • StewGreen says:

      “The petition.. isn’t on the usual government petition website change.org”

      FFS Change.org like 38degrees is a Mickey Mouse lefty petition side who spam you once you sign

      It is NOT a government petition website

      This is, https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions
      That’s a special site cos the others allow any account in the world to sign
      but this one doesn’t.
      “British citizens and UK residents can then sign your petition — and can only sign a petition once”

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  36. Thoughtful says:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney announced Monday night they will vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic elevation to the Supreme Court, giving President Joe Biden’s nominee a burst of bipartisan support and all but assuring she’ll become the first Black female justice.

    https://apnews.com/article/ketanji-brown-jackson-biden-stephen-breyer-us-supreme-court-congress-ac23237143afb5a7f3bbab56759f1dd8

    And then the Republican party wonders why despite Bidens unpopularity they are not going to get their landslide majority as had been expected. It’s because as per Britain once conservative Tories, they have moved to become as woke as the Democrats.

    Imagine voting for a judge who has consistently given the minimum sentence to the producers of child pornography, and who is openly against the second ammendment.

    This Democrats posing as Republicans should be removed from the party at the earliest opportunity as they have in old Empire lingo “gone native”. They are no longer working for their people, they are working for the state and the bubble, there are many others like them and the American people are now much more switched as to what they are up to.

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    • Mustapha Sheikup al-Beebi says:

      Black people are already adequately represented on the US Supreme Court.

      There are 9 judges, each of whom is thus notionally 11.11% of the total.

      Clarence Thomas is one of them; he is a Black male. So the Blacks, who are 12-13% of the US population, already have their approximate share.

      Ketanji Brown Jackson’s appointment will now mean that Blacks will be over-represented. Biden’s obsession with pandering to the Left by appointing a Black woman, will have caused this.

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  37. s.trubble says:

    Be interesting to see if a really serious player takes over C4 , hopefully, as a test run for the bBC.

    bBC could be divided into 4 or 5 ” Lots” in the privatisation process .

    The archive Lot would have some appeal you would think ?

    I haven’t watched C4 since the early Brookside days and that memorable episode where the signal for the abusive husband to kick of was ” Fetch me the Whisky Bottle” or similar.
    Still reverberates.

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  38. andyjsnape says:

    Transgender people in Wales say having the first trans MP is an important first step – quote from bBC website

    Does this really need to be rammed down our throats daily.

    Trans people in Wales – probably about 20, out of millions, hardly worth the frontpage news

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    • Kaiser says:

      important step to what???

      what is their agenda ?

      what is the end game ?

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  39. Thoughtful says:

    Although it says it’s about money it isn’t. It’s about the future, what plans are in place, what is going to happen over the next couple of years, and the part the media is going to play in that.

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  40. digg says:

    Green Party focus on lowering energy bills in election launch

    The Green Party has outlined plans to ease the soaring cost of living as it launched its local election campaign in England and Wales.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-60994052

    Sounds either a bit like Turkeys voting for Christmas or complete double standards to me!

    I would have expected them to push for the trebling of energy bills to starve people out of using energy at all!

    Puzzling!

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  41. Barleycorn says:

    As Putin the Terrible rampages through Ukraine, the Beeb is busy reheating the Party leftovers- now, there’s a surprise,eh?! As if unwarranted booze-ups are on par with premeditated rocket, phosphorous, and shrapnel attacks on human soft tissue. On the 15th of April, however, it will be 110 years since the Titanic slipped beneath the waves, and so I thought I’d update the ‘Birkenhead Drill’ to acceptable Woke and BBC standards: “Abandon Ship!! Transwomen and Children First!!!” How I’d love to witness the RMS Beeb heading down to meet Davida Jones (formerly, Davy) in person…

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Lord god not the titanic again … that means … That film – but you can have fun playing ‘spot the coloured ‘ …

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  42. s.trubble says:

    The bBc cuckolds in Scotland wont report it .
    And nor has Krankie.

    But the Island Ferries fiasco reached new heights of disbelief when it has been reported that the engines for the ferries have been in storage for 5 years….
    And they remain untested.

    Its almost like the cast of the “Plank” has been assembled to manage this fiasco.

    All it will take is an examination of the money trail to expose what we are all thinking.

    This is what happens when monkeys take over the show.

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  43. Fedup2 says:

    Let me get this right – mass killings / genocide in Ukraine – the Germans – who have such previous for top dollar industrial killing still buy and pay for Russian gas – compelling the EU to do so…
    And the kraut `EU blood money is now being used to re finance Russian banks which are subject to sanctions imposed by – the KrautEU / UK US .

    Remainers will need to ask themselves if they want to be is the KrautEU club ……

    Is merkel dead yet … or still collecting the `KGB pension ?

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  44. Thatcherrevolutionary says:

    EUkraine

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    • Fedup2 says:

      GBNews

      Dot Byrne – a C4 pensioner on GBNews against Kelvin McKenzie suggesting ITV will buy it .

      Advertising revenue on terrestrial tv is going elsewhere so it’s a kind of early fire sale .

      Neither advocate mentions thar C4 doesn’t make anything but commissions production companies which retain the rights ….

      …. So taxpayers money funnelled into C4 chums to make their own money –
      SELL

      BTW – dot Byrne didn’t present a convincing case for C4

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  45. harry142857 says:

    Remember Drop The Dead Donkey.

    BBC is accused of ‘supporting unlawful radical activism’ by asking eco-vigilantes to let them film tyre deflating while ‘blurring faces and disguising their voices’

    The BBC has been accused of using the licence fee to ‘protect environmental extremists’ after its climate editor tried to offer anonymity to a gang deflating tyres.

    The Corporation found itself in hot water when Justin Rowlatt asked members of Tyre Extinguishers to star in a clip in which he would hide their identities.

    The ‘trusted’ journalist allegedly told the eco-thugs he would blur their faces and disguise their voices in the video for the Beeb.

    The move was branded ‘outrageous’ and raised ‘ethical questions’ over supporting ‘unlawful radical activism that disrupts people’s lives during this cost of living crisis’.

    The gang has sparked outrage by deflating tyres on SUVs across the country as they tried to disguise their vandalism as protests.

    As of last week Tyre Extinguishers bragged it had deflated the wheels of nearly 2,000 cars in just a month despite public fury.

    Meanwhile questions were raised over 55-year-old Rowlatt’s suitability as climate editor after it emerged his sister was an active member of Insulate Britain and XR.

    Cordelia was among the radicals blocking major roads last year, causing chaos for commuters across England.

    The Corporation found itself in hot water when Justin Rowlatt (pictured) asked members of Tyre Extinguishers to star in a clip in which he would hide their identities

    The eco mob calling themselves Tyre Extinguishers claim they targeted almost 2,000 SUVs across the UK in the last month
    Meanwhile questions were raised over 55-year-old Rowlatt’s suitability as climate editor after it emerged his sister (pictured) was an active member of Insulate Britain and XR
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    Meanwhile questions were raised over 55-year-old Rowlatt’s suitability as climate editor after it emerged his sister (pictured) was an active member of Insulate Britain and XR
    Is deflating someone’s tyre a crime in the UK?
    Legal experts say that although prosecution is unlikely, the activists could actually be committing a criminal offence.

    Laura Baumanis, a criminal defence solicitor at legal defence firm Olliers, told MailOnline: ‘Whilst it is extremely rare for someone to be prosecuted for letting the air out of a tyre, technically, it could be classed as criminal damage.

    ‘For this offence to be satisfied, any damage caused does not have to be permanent, but is made out by virtue of the fact that steps need to be taken, ordinarily at expense to the owner, for the item to be in a working condition again.’

    Meanwhile, Matthew Nash, tutor at The University of Law, said if the driver failed to notice the flat tyre and drove away, more serious charges could be brought it they crashed.

    He said: ‘Letting out air from someone’s tyres is clear criminal damage.

    ‘Although technically the tyre is not ‘damaged’, if you do something to someone else’s property and they need to do something to restore it, that is Criminal Damage within the meaning of the Criminal Damage Act.

    ‘It is possible that if they let the air out of someone’s types so as to cause an accident, there could be more serious charges depending on the resulting damage or injury.

    ‘It is also possible that there could be other offences if this were done to many cars at the same time.’

    Three police forces have confirmed they are investigating multiple reports of criminal damage in Brighton, Liverpool and Cambridge.

    A leading member of Tyre Extinguishers asked members of a Telegram group, seen by MailOnline, if they would help the BBC for the feature on them.

    They wrote on March 31: ‘Hi everyone – the BBC’s Environment Editor, Justin Rowlatt, is looking for a Tyre Extinguisher crew to film deflating tyres and to film anonymously about the action.

    ‘A trusted journalist and he is happy to blur faces, disguise voices etc if needed. Message me if you are up for this.

    ‘He’d love to do a feature on us and the more people learn about us, the more people will join in. Message me!’

    But the offer appeared to have little clout, with no one replying for two days before one man said: ‘I’d be a bit wary.

    ‘Yes he has clout as senior BBC env. journalist – but he’s mainstream at best & at worst…

    ‘[He] did a sh** piece on LTNs last year (a BBC apology was issued after pressure from a pro-AT MP) over the misinformation and imbalance).’

    It is not clear if Rowlatt ever went out with the group to record and BBC News refused to divulge this information.

    The group, called March 7th – Tyre Extinguishers Launch!, has been used to plot their carnage over the past month.

    It has 180 members, with some in the chat calling themselves Revolting Hippie, Mighty Rebel and Making Mischief.

    One man in the chat even asked if the name should be changed to be ‘something less obvious’ in case a group member were to be arrested.

    He wrote: ‘Wondering if the name of chat and picture could be changed to something less obvious?

    ‘If someone were to be arrested and the cops get access to their telegram then we’re all a little screwed.’

    The admin replied: ‘Security is super important I agree! Don’t worry, this group is not searchable, it can only be found via invite link.

    ‘We will also be regularly deleting the chat hisrory so there will be nothing substantial for anyone to find (especially after March 7th).

    ‘Being a member of a Telegram group in of itself is not prosecutable. The advantage of Telegram is that our phone numbers are not visible to each other, so there is a layer of protection there too.

    ‘Even if the cops got one of our phones, they would have little way of identifying anyone else in the group.

    ‘Can I suggest anyone that has their real name in their Telegram username to change it? That’ll provide an additional layer of security also.’

    Pictured: William Lowe’s tyre, muddy from its use on a farm, was reduced from 50psi to 7psi
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    Head of Policy Exchange’s Security and Terrorism Unit Dr Paul Stott added: ‘It would be an extremely odd state of affairs if the licence fee was being used – tacitly or otherwise – to protect a group of environment extremists, whose actions cause disruption and distress to the law-abiding majority. The BBC has an ethical question to answer here.’

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    ‘Plans are being made to launch the Tyre Extinguishers leaflet in four other languages as interest grows internationally.’

    The group papered targeted vehicles with this lengthy leaflet (pictured), lecturing drivers on why they should get rid of their ‘gas guzzling SUVs’ and use public transport instead
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    ‘This is an important cause but they seem aligned with Extinction Rebellion who are uniquely placed to rally people against the cause they’re trying to unite people behind.’

    Last year, one of the UK’s most popular selling cars was a Kia Sportage SUV, according to Auto Express.

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  46. Guest Who says:

    BBC News

    “Profit will be king and the passion and inclusion of Channel 4 will be lost.”
    Stars of UK broadcaster Channel 4 speak out on privatisation plan
    BBC.COM

    ____

    #CCBGB

       6 likes

    • vlad says:

      Fans of Channel 4 are already squealing like stuck pigs, imagine the hysteria if and when they get round to privatising our “most trusted” National Treasure.

      From Change.org:

      “The Government is planning to privatise Channel 4…
      Emma’s petition to stop these plans has been signed by more than 60,000 people. So, if you want to keep Channel 4 publicly owned, sign Emma’s petition today.”

         7 likes

      • StewGreen says:

        Reminder if you are anywhere in the world you can sign a Change.org petition as many times as you have email accounts.

           1 likes

  47. Flotsam says:

    My mate has just returned from a Ukrainian rescue mission in Romania. He has seen the Visa system operate first hand and reckons there are planeloafs of benefits fraudsters arriving in the UK daily.

       10 likes

    • Guest Who says:

      Can’t find it now, but ‘Full Fact’ (aka Trot selective propaganda) got upset by a young Tory MP not being convinced all reaching these shores are entirely as described.

      They say that almost all are kosher and have been offered asylum.

      This does not seem likely. There again… Border Force…

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      • theisland says:

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        • StewGreen says:

          BTW the Fullfact account follows LedByDonkeys, which is a Greenpeace front
          .. Strangely the group’s main focus is attacking/harassing anti-Brexit politicians.

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  48. Guest Who says:

    BBC Shires

    Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Hollywood actress Minnie Driver, and actor and comedian Lenny Henry are just some of the names headlining the 2022 Hay Festival
    https://bbc.in/3j9xIlz
    #HayFestival2022

    Early days, but most seem less than whelmed.

       6 likes

    • Docmarooned says:

      Actor and comedian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

         5 likes

      • Up2snuff says:

        Doc: “Actor and comedian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” he’s done Shakespeare, you know. Think I missed it. Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

           5 likes

  49. StewGreen says:

    ITV local news syndicated national item
    “Systematic Racism in The NHS , say DOCTORS union”
    … In the examples given the racists were …. doctors !

       3 likes

    • Fedup2 says:

      If they are any good they’d make a fortune ‘going private ‘ – if they arnt any good they can free load in the NHS and kill people knowing it will be covered up … and complaints responded to with reprisals …

         4 likes

  50. Up2snuff says:

    I’ve been busy today on ‘other things’ so haven’t listened to much BBC R4. Caught most of the first hour of TOADY, including Lucy Powell (Lab) on the Channel 4 sell-off, but seem to have missed TWatO for some reason. Has there been much mention of Covid infections at all? It would seem that the BBC are now doing only Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for their Covid statistics. Updates used to be around 5 – 5.30 p.m. here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51768274 .

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Lucy is a fun gal – a little while ago – whilst sober – she suggested that she was putting forward a bill that everything on the web would be licenced … approved … can’t be many more enemies of free speech than our Lucy …

         4 likes

      • Up2snuff says:

        Fed, did Lucy run for leader one time? We could have had someone much better looking than Keir Starmer leading the opposition. Maybe doing a better job of it as well.

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