212 Responses to Weekend 14 May 2022

  1. Fred Stubber says:



  2. JohnC says:

    Where are the new classic sitcoms?

    Here we have the BBC trying to tell us that their new sitcoms are actually classics waiting to be appreciated.

    Here’s their list of the best 5 sitcoms in recent years which are destined to be classics:

    Derry Girls – about a family of girls

    Ghosts – about a mixed race couple and a haunted house

    Motherland – about middle-class motherhood

    Ted Lasso – I’ve watched the first series, and it’s OK but just too touchy/feely/talk-about-feelings and chock full of BAME for me. Ted would certainly not vote Tory.

    Stath Lets Flats – I tried one and did not even smile. IMDB comment:
    ‘It’s repetitive, same humour ” oh I say words in wrong order” “oh I said words in wrong way to make it funny”… it’s just kinda boring, the humour just falls flat’. The IMDB cast has 5 English sounding names from the 16 on the page – so it’s basically a ‘comedy’ about immigrants. It’s one of those which scores lots of 1/10 and 10/10 on IMDB – with the 10’s telling you not to believe the 1’s.

    Some of these might actually be OK, I don’t know – but the point I’m making is that every single one carries some kind of politically correct message. And the BBC are so far up their own backsides, they are now absolutely oblivious to what ‘funny’ actually means. They laugh because they are programmed to laugh at certain things – like those idiots laughing and clapping at Baldwin doing his Trump impersonation just because he’s insulting Trump.

    The best comedies just do whatever they can to make you laugh. Put a Lefty agenda in it and it all falls flat. That’s why there are no new classic comedies. Someone tell the BBC.


    • Deborah says:

      The only one of the above I have even seen was Motherland. At the time I said it was as funny as you could expect the BBC to allow at the time (ie not much) but at least a ‘middle class’ comedy in the fashion of those the BBC used to do well.


      • Scroblene says:

        The middle class comedy we’ve just started to watch again, is ‘The Good life’, and the humour, decency and general good-feeling is still as fresh as it was all those years ago!

        When I stopped deciding that I was going to be a millionaire one day, I started liking Del Boy, and now all our box sets are from that era and before. The ‘modern’ stuff isn’t ever going to get a look-in – we only have a couple of hours to watch each evening before the wine starts to .. .. .. ..


        • JohnC says:

          I was never a big fan of The Good Life – but Richard Briers went on to do some real gems which are worth watching if you can:

          The Other One (with Michael Gambon)
          If you see God, tell him
          Down To Earth
          Ever Decreasing Circles (with the excellent Peter Egan)

          I have a hard disk full of this stuff from the days when ‘The Box’ was online :-).

          All recommendations for more obscure quality classic comedies to add to my collection gratefully accepted …


        • Jeff says:

          I always loved that series and I think it probably set me on the road to self sufficiency. I’m actually trying to live “The Good Life”.

          BTW, if anyone knows where I can find a Felicity Kendal lookalike…


          • Scroblene says:

            In full agreement, Jeff!

            Back then, the BBC were doing programmes which appealed to normal citizens, but nowadays they just yap on about diversideee, equalideee, the Toooorees and general borish unfunny rubbish!

            Luckily we have such a huge collection of real humour from the past, that we never even need to consider any of the ‘new’ trash they spurt out with boring, woke uniformity!


            • Sluff says:

              A lot of the class I. Onesies were not classic at the time.

              I thought I’d leave that line in as I typed ‘classic comedies’ and our dear interverse friends decided that was what I wanted to say.

              Anyway, onward. Take Only Fools and Horses. It wasn’t that successful originally but the then powers that be let it run and gradually it became more popular. I think it has a lot to do with the characters and whether we as viewers like or empathise with them. And catchphrases that stick help. Dad’s Army of course had the best cast of all time but I’m with you on The Good Life for much the same reasoning. Steptoe and Son likewise.
              Characters who are there to meet a quota or the BBC’s woke version of life will never succeed.


  3. Doublethinker says:

    GB News in general and Mark Steyn and Nigel Farage in particular are doing a marvellous job in raising topics and pursuing them which the ‘authorities’ would rather remained unseen and unheard.
    Rape gangs, vaccine victims, censorship and free speech, the World Economic Forum agenda, elite capture, Biden’s incapacity, the migrant invasion to name but a few.

    We know that OFCOM are investigating Steyn, although not exactly what for. If GBN’s audience continues to grow I think it will become the canary for the health of British society . If it is allowed to continue to expose issues which are uncomfortable for the ‘authorities’ we still have a vestige of free speech , if it is forced to tone down its output we know that we do not live in a democracy.

    One recommendation that I have for GBN is that if it is censored or pressured , it must let the audience know. Last week there was seemingly a black out on the Farage show for 12 minutes . If this was because of pressure from outside the audience should be told.


    • Fedup2 says:

      At first I didn’t like Steyn – but I persisted – he is now a ‘go to ‘ alone with that chap on Fox News . Steyn is so ‘off the page ‘ that he reminds up of just how bland the MSM is – he is sometimes LOL – yet his compassion for relatives and victims of dodgy batches of vaccines is real .

      I appreciate Steyn more because he is fighting internal traitor forces who sabotage his programme- as well as knowing the State – OFCOM – will -in one way or another – silence him .

      If you haven’t indulged – give him a go.


  4. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – oh ho ho, that’s what you get when you push for something else

    Much angst in the 7 a.m. News and after. The BBC have been promoting the ‘Cost-of-Living-Crisis’ on behalf of a Lacklustre Labour Party who are rather policy light but taxation heavy under Keir Starmer. Now the metro-liberal elite who want to do good to obese people by banning two-for-one deals and advertising of so called junk food have had HMG postpone the introduction of restrictions “because of the cost of living crisis.”.

    Bitten BBC. Tough.


    • Guest Who says:

      A WhingeFall tax on KFC, with 200kg activists of color complaining on QT their community heifers are struggling with the daily bargain bucket for the brood.


      • Guest Who says:

        Ch4 finds its voi… gob.

        Reckon the plonk was gratis or on exes?

        And where was Lily Allen?


      • Fedup2 says:

        Our Justin interviewed a tax specialist on increasing government in come ( reducing government cost was not mentioned )
        Seems the only answer is too tax the prebs – increase NI or income tax or both –

        Here are my predictions
        State pension age increased by year or two again.
        Tax on pension investments again
        Holding or reducing tax threshold
        General increase in taxes on investments
        freezing welfare benefits against inflation

        Personally – would cut money going into the NHS Education and
        end overseas aid –
        find something else to sell off – eg The BBC –
        cut ‘discretionary ‘ funding to ‘causes “ see ‘NUS’ –
        force local councils to stop ‘social planning ‘ and do the basics only – freeze local taxes
        Impose annual charge on non UK nationals in the UK
        One national police force – cut their non crime budgets


        • taffman says:

          Scrap the absurd Green Levy (saving 20% ). Get the BBC funded by subscription and / or advertisements or just scrap the un British outfit.
          Empty the Four Star hotels of freeloaders and send them back to France.
          Empty our jails of foreign criminals and deport them.
          Sort out the ‘Profiteers’ and prosecute them.
          Get the NHS to charge the Health Tourists.


        • Up2snuff says:

          Was it John Whittingdale, Fed, the tax expert?

          If I was Rishi, I would go for wholesale tax reform – it has got to be done anyway – of the entire tax system and to sell it to the nation, I would explain that taxes would have to go up but they would be increased on the highest paid first. That would give HMT and HMG some breathing space to help with their largely self-inflicted cost of living crisis.

          The £50 billion that HMT could count on from a high oil price is going thanks to the Incredible Bulk, a.k.a. ‘Green Boris’. I would scrap Council Tax and Business Rates and reintroduce the Community Charge for local taxation. That would incentivise LAs to build homes away from the south-east of England to attract population to their areas. Scrapping HS2 would save some serious money, net of penalty clauses in existing contracts.

          As an alternative to Business Rates, I would have a corporate Income Tax based on turnover for small businesses that do not pay existing Corporation Tax.

          Now that we are out of the EU, I would slash VAT in half. That would have two effects, help for the commuter who has to use a car (much better than 5pence off Fuel Duty, which never happened.) and help for businesses in stimulating some consumer demand in hard times for old England. Cue Maddie Prior and Steeleye Span.

          I would get rid of a myriad of stealth and hidden taxes (Passport Tax should go) and also take a hard look at National Insurance which doesn’t really do what it says on the tin. HMG & HMT have a long term problem with that.

          You only really need four or five taxes as a central Government, Treasury or Chancellor: tax on corporate and individual income, tax on sales and services to control or stimulate demand, a tax on Capital Gains and maybe, controversial I know, an inheritance tax.

          Local Authorities need a tax to support their services and the Community Charge could, should and would do that.

          Much opposition will come from an unthinking Labour Party, possible some from HMRC who would see massive redundancies and also the rest of the Civil Service who could see further tree-shaking coming their way. The media would howl and oppose from the outset because they would see their taxation increase to finance the changes to the tax system.


          • Deborah says:

            I would announce one, just one, person in government responsible for the equality and diversity issues which could then be circulated throughout Whitehall and beyond. All the other equality and diversity posts through the civil service and NHS could then go. They are non productive posts, indeed cost money. I know one post in excessive, but I am not that mean.


            • Up2snuff says:

              Exactly so, Deborah. There are lots of other non-productive jobs, Human Rights Lawyers paid from the public purse, that sort of thing. Having multiple heads of the NHS is a disaster and a huge cost. Currently there are three Health Chiefs, NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard, Matthew Taylor, head of NHS Commissioning, and Jenny Harries, Head of UK Health Security Agency. They are just for England! Crazy. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland possibly have just as many multiple heads for their bits of the NHS.

              Boris Johnson missed a great opportunity to scrap devolution at the start of the Pandemic. He could have saved a lot of money.

              In Local Government, central Governments over the years have made things worse with constant changes. The disappearance of Parish Councillors has been a bad move because they often provided their services for free. The creation of the GLA has been a disaster and having other Mayors all pulling in different directions is a disaster, especially in a pandemic. Do I recall that the people of Bristol have come to their senses and voted to scrap their Mayor? Time for a Referendum on the same for the Welsh Government, eh taffman? Give the money saved back to the people.

              There’s this thing called a cost of living crisis. Reduced taxation from ending devolution sounds like a smart idea to me.


              • taffman says:

                “Time for a Referendum on the same for the Welsh Government, eh taffman?”
                Most definitely because they are trying to stitch us up………..
                Senedd: Plans for 96 politicians agreed by Labour and Plaid.
                More political bureaucracy adding more expense to the taffs in Wales.
                All to fund a glorified ‘parish council’ that could not run a bath.
                Money we could better use to employ more doctors and nurses and to build more lifesaving hospitals .


            • Up2snuff says:

              Debs, having a bonfire of QUANGOs is also a good idea. We were promised that by a Conservative Party PM way back in 2010. Still waiting ….


          • Fedup2 says:


            They’d set up a quango to decide which quangos need to go . Quangos are political rewards like the peerage – they’ll never go way ..

            I don’t think so – but it was one of the learned tax experts -when studying revenue law 30 years ago various alternative models were always being kicked around .
            I think there is even less likelihood of change now because of the stress the economy is about to go through – in addition to that of covid .

            National insurance is really Income Tax with another name – as for the proportion of income people really pay – we’ll ever upwards .. I always found that being taxed on already taxed income was just wrong – eg VAT or fuel duty – taxes will not go down for the foreseeable future ( 10 years ) even if putin dies tomorrow ( please ) – and the green crap just distorts all of that …

            BTW – completely different subject – on that app about power output – yesterday wind power hit 40% of national need < today 3% ……


        • Sluff says:

          We pay enough tax, more than for decades in total.
          20% income, 12% NI then 20% VAT when we spend what we have left. ‘Taxing the rich’ is politics of envy stuff and doomed to fail. There aren’t enough rich bankers, oligarchs, and premier league footballers to make any appreciable difference.l
          Cutting out the dead wood is a better way. There’s lots of it. 90,000 unproductive civil servants should be just the start.


      • JohnC says:

        Ahhhh .. reminds me of the KFC adverstisement which only had black people in it and was called out for being racist.

        Not because it didn’t have any white people in it of course, but because it inferred black people ate fried chicken.

        What annoys me most about these leftists tw@ts is that it doesn’t matter one bit if black people DO eat fried chicken. They just want to call white people racists and are permanently searching for reasons to do it.


        • Up2snuff says:

          John, so true: “They just want to call white people racists and are permanently searching for reasons to do it.”


          • BRISSLES says:

            If enough people turned the tables and admitted to being racist, what would they do ? they can’t lock everyone up. Yes there’d be a lot of finger wagging and screaming, but hey ho.


            • JohnC says:

              There’s a difference between being a racist and a realist.

              The first doesn’t like people simply because of what colour they are. I don’t know anybody like that.

              The second is someone who has real world experience and has formed opinions of certain types of people which tend to be so common, it’s reasonable to anyone similar might well be the same.

              For example, it is a matter of statistics that a random black person in the UK is 7 times more likely to stab you than a random white person. So if you cross the street to walk past a white person instead of a black person who is on your side of the street, it’s not racist. It’s real life.

              The Leftists don’t care one bit about any of that. They want to call you racist because you are their political enemy and they hate you. If you destroy their argument, they just drop it and start another. They are complete hypocrites.


              • TrickCyclist says:

                Crossing the street – a “micro-aggression.”


              • Dobyns says:


                • Having had the experience of my first wife being raped at 08.00 while walking to get the train to go to work,

                • Having my best friend die in my arms after being shot in the chest by a black man iver a 6 pack of lager, and

                • Having been beaten half to death for having the temerity of being in a “No Go Zone” for a white man

                I can only say you are dead on about racism vs being realistic.


  5. tomo says:

    Jussie Rowlatt gets whipped with a stale, limp lettuce over making up environmental”stories”.


    Meanwhile India sets out to double coal use by 2040 we’re being battered by flat out refusal of politicians and media to consider shale gas


    • Fedup2 says:

      Has his green activist sister been arrested ?


      • jazznick1 says:

        Daily Mail on-line 10th May.

        Miss Rowlatt, who once appeared on TV advising her brother on how to be more environmentally friendly, pleaded guilty by post at Crawley Magistrates’ Court. She was fined £300 with £85 court costs and a £34 surcharge for committing a public nuisance on a highway.


  6. Guest Who says:

    The face on that poor child as she is dragged to yet another BBC/Labour photo op.


    • Fedup2 says:

      On the upside maybe we will hear a bit less from these ungrateful … types … although I suspect they enjoyed the fame …

      Planning a holiday back home yet ?


    • Thoughtful says:

      Boris’s biggest mistake was in paying a £400 million ransom for her release the ungrateful mare! He is so utterly useless he couldn’t even conceive that someone who worked for the BBC might hate him just because he is a Tory regardless of the fact he’s one of the most far Left Prime Ministers Since Harold Wilson.

      Also never mentioned by our biased media is the fact that there are any number of White males being held in captivity in the Middle East and because of their ethnicity and second class citizen rank Boris completely ignored them and only arranged the release of the first class BAME woman.


    • gb123 says:

      If I was Boris I would take out an airline ticket and say to her. ‘You do know the ticket we gave you out of Iran was a return. Just in case’.


      • BRISSLES says:

        I think this lady is getting her own back on Boris, because didn’t he initially say in Parliament when Foreign Secretary, that she was ” “simply teaching people journalism” ? and her family denied it. So I think there was a lot of resentment there from way back.


  7. AsISeeIt says:

    Give us this day our daily bread edition

    They used say socialism offered nothing but pie in the sky.

    Our left-wing advocate the Guardian this morning says au contraire: ‘Golden era of cheap food is over, households told

    Not so, say the Tories, capitalism may still deliver sustenance to the masses: ‘PM scraps ban on cheap food after revolt‘ (Daily Express)

    The BBC ain’t happy: ‘Junk food: Ministers to delay ban on multi-buy deals

    Junk food? The narrative just three days ago was to stop throwing food away.

    From junk food to junk culture…

    The Eurovision song contest is of course manna from heaven as far as our national broadcaster is concerned: ‘Eurovision final: seven things to watch out for‘ – go on then, what have they got for us?

    Mark Savage is BBC Music Correspondent…

    Oxbridge degree in history and author of such work as: ‘How Carl Jung inspired a BTS album‘ and ‘Is this the end of owning music?

    Because of course in the future you will own nothing and be happy – I digress.

    Mark is a somewhat naive soul: ‘several studies… show that political voting rarely affects the overall winner‘ – conservative-minded Brexit and Trump voters would tend to concur – but this is in the context of Eurovision.

    As ever the British entry is being hyped to do well, but our Mark is cautious: “I don’t want to get to a point where I start believing the hype” – well, quite.

    Just like the continuation of Nato beyond the fall of the Berlin wall and the collapse of the Warsaw Pact – we wonder why Eurovision still exists? This and the mystery of how come Australia is involved we shall leave as we become bored with the subject.

    You know it’s a slow news day when every major national news title has a different lead story. Just guess which one is echoed by the BBC online news? You’d be wrong to say the Guardian. In fact the BBC’s headline most closely resembles that in the Express – although the editorial line taken on the story is diametrically opposite to that paper’s welcoming of the U-turn on cheap food deals: ‘But health campaigners have accused the PM of “playing politics” with children’s health‘ (BBC)

    The ‘i’ newspaper has Kathy Lette ask: ‘Why no books for older women?‘ – which is odd, surely any book is equally available for any person to choose to read? I look forward to our Kathy sending me my approved reading list, once I have supplied her with my precise age and gender profile.

    The Daily Mail quotes Boris: ‘PM: working from home doesn’t work‘ – I guess that must mean he’s at the point now where he’s considering moving out of Number 10?

    The Guardian’s big frontpage photo splash is of: ‘Attack on funeral of jounalist. Israeli police confront mourners…

    Seems black T-shirt, jeans and a Palestinian flag is the approved look for pallbearers in East Jerusalem these days. The pic looks like a Dave Allen sketch gone seriously wrong.

    May your God go with you” as he used to say.


    • Fedup2 says:

      I wonder what a ‘book for older woman ‘ is ? I suppose this journo just had nothing useful to write and wants to get cash for appearances on TV and book festivals …


  8. Guest Who says:

    Seems Krankie is asking BBC Scotland to push for award status.

    https://twitter.com/bbcwalesnews/status/1525370603099799553? Sources close to BBC’s least watched channel say.


  9. Guest Who says:

    BBC EUoh heOH Seb ponders deeply. A QT award winner.

    And having pondered, moves on….

    Remember when Sopes and BS used to shuttle back and forth to talk to each other? Or Mishal visited Greta in person because they were both busy. Or Sir Boaty and Bri and crews spent a week in New Zealand to look up in wonder from a mountain top?

    Like that.


    • AsISeeIt says:

      It’s like a cobbler complaining that people wear shoes.


      • Fedup2 says:

        I guess once the bank balance is secure such people can afford to say such crap …

        …talking of crap – the Today Bee Lady – Martha someone – quietly well off on a few decades of BBC salary and pension – interviewing poor people in Norfolk who are resorting to solid fuel ( wood ?) to heat one room in the coming winter – rather than fire up the oil or gas …

        The BBC seems to think this is a bad thing . But surely it’s good for the environment not using fossil fuels and using less energy – the mere fact it’s because the plebs can afford it is a minor detail …
        Heat your home or pay a TV licence …after all ..it’s only 32p a day …?

        More seriously than my flippant comment above – I do wonder if some real socialist is gonna turn up to claim the crown in the next election if real people on real wages are struggling and get promised a better – new – money tree…. ?


    • Jeff says:

      I notice he didn’t question it when he was continually winning the world championship year after year.

      Now he’s driving a crap car and finishing last on the grid he gets an environmental conscience.

      I wonder if there’s a connection…


  10. Thoughtful says:

    Sometimes you have to just shake your head in disbelief at the hypocrisy as the owner of the Daily Mail Lord Rothermere writes an article extolling the need for a free press, and then censors the comments by moderation!

    Free speech for me but not for thee !


  11. Thoughtful says:

    Why isn’t this all over the UK media?


    • Fedup2 says:

      Least it will be a proper war with bigger bangs and flashes than the current model ….

      ( population of Taiwan 23 million )


    • Fedup2 says:

      Thoughtful – I think a Chinese war along way away isn’t enough to interest the MSM which is busy with covid breaches – vardy v wotsit – cost of living hardship stories and the,like …

      .. besides – we ve got a European war – the Asians can have their own …


  12. taffman says:

    “Boris Johnson: Fifty migrants told they will be sent to Rwanda”

    Only “fifty” ? What about the swarms of illegals already here ?
    Will they be “sent” to Rwanda or just “told” they will?
    Smoke and mirrors .
    It is very annoying that we have British people including veterans heading to food banks and living in unheated homes and on the street while the invaders are languishing in Four Star hotels. All at taxpayers expense.
    Human Right only appear to apply to people outside the UK .


    • theisland says:

      50 migrants = one dinghy load.
      The Channel is like a millpond today so it’s all systems go again with the French patrol ship Cormoran assisting them through the ferry lanes.


      • Emmanuel Goldstein says:

        If we stopped all patrols by the border farce, RNLI and any other government body the truth is that less of them would arrive as some would get lost, sink or be abandoned.
        The measures being taken to decrease them are actually increasing them.

        I suppose that’s normal though because everything the government does makes things worse.


        • Banania says:

          Apart from various things that the Government ought to have done ages ago because they were the right things to do, can’t they see that doing them would win them VOTES? We really are at the mercy of idiots.


  13. SpinningReith says:

    Apologies for repeating this, but I my original comment was on the tail-end of the last thread and may have been missed.

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    MarkyMark… I do have an interest in this topic, family history etc. But I rarely contribute to this site, so I am curious as to how you know this, and chose to include me in your comment (see bottom of partial quote below).

    ” MarkyMark MAY 13, 2022 AT 9:45 AM
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    London shows a different picture for surnames …
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  14. G.W.F. says:

    Here is one who has been named.
    An autistic teenager – far right plotter.
    It seems that the state is desperate to match far righters with men who will never be named.



  15. Foscari says:

    Please don’t tell anybody especially the BBC. And I know
    that world temperatures have gone up by 1.5 degrees centigrade
    in the last 100 years ,or something like that. BUT I for one
    enjoy these April and May days where by now the days are as
    long as late July . We don’t need the heating on . OK even us
    southern softies. In fact late April has become like
    early summer and May full bloom summer !! Our climate is
    very much like western France now. And I ashamedly like it !!


    • Fedup2 says:

      I’m trying to figure out how the green disciples would react if the early stages of a mini ice age started showing up …


      • micknotmike says:

        Oh that’s easy, they would moan and appear on the bbc a lot. Then they would demand lots of “investment”, which they would get, and spend it on nice goodies for them and their friends.
        I’m concerned that the sun may not rise tomorrow. If you’d like to send me large bundles of cash I’ll spout a load of technobull and when it rises tomorrow I’ll tell you that your money was well “Invested”.


        • Beltane says:

          Asked to comment on the latest research figures, which show that parts of the Antarctic ice cap have actually grown over the past 20 years, Justin Rowlatt replied that his sister has assured him the figures go against all the current predictions.

          Roger Harrabin was unavailable for comment.


      • Emmanuel Goldstein says:

        All they would do would be to substitute global cooling for global warming and then carry on as before.
        Somehow they will link it to carbon or some other natural substance and then protest about that.

        In fact, haven’t they already changed it to climate change which covers both cooling and warming so that it’s a heads they win tails they win situation.

        For me up here in Sunderland, can you get the global warming up another 5 degrees please so bravo China, India and the good ole USA, keep burning that coal.


    • Deborah says:

      I wish I enjoyed it too Foscari. For those of us further north warm days have been few and far between. I know Woodside Park is warmer because after a week there, I returned north, got out of the car and froze between closing the car door and unlocking the front door of the house.


    • taffman says:

      Not in Taffland.
      Days may be getting longer but there is still a cold breeze about .


  16. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #2 – oh ho ho, that’s what you get when you push for something else – Part 2

    The BBC are big green campaigners, ahem, BIG GREEN CAMPAIGNERS; they make the Incredible Bulk look puny. For the BBC, the science is settled. We have man-made Global Warming and Climate Change any day now and we need Wind Turbines and Solar Panels and Loft Insulation and tripple-glazed plastic windows and piles of redundant gas boilers everywhere to prevent it.

    So the Bee Lady emits some CO2 to help warm things up a bit (we need it, been a jolly cold spring so far) to travel to and around Norfolk where she meets people who are protesting that the electricity pylons will spoil their rural views and the landscape. (I agree, btw, but the new religion demands sacrifices!) It does not occur to the Bee Lady that electricity pylons blow down or cabling is damaged during big storms and that instead of listening to complaining villagers in Norfolk, Martha could have saved some CO2 and stayed in London. She could have interviewed someone from the National Grid about the storm damage in the north-east and north-west of England during the winter just past and how much it cost to repair.

    The Bee Lady could have asked the key question of the National Grid spokesperson: would it be cheaper to have underground cables in the long run, bearing in mind the cost of constant storm damage repairs together with the economic disruption/damage that periods without power cause?


    • Fedup2 says:

      Bet the farm companies like the rent from pillons – better than the tedious effort into growing stuff with no margin -.

      Sell fertiliser futures …


      • Up2snuff says:

        Fed, farmland on the Swale (near Faversham, on the Thames Estuary opposite Isle of Sheppey) right alongside a nature reserve where Marsh Harriers (now that is a rare bird, BBC please note) have returned to breed and where visiting Brent (Brant) geese feed when they are not on the water is due to be turned into a Solar Farm. It is rumoured that the farmer who owns the land will become an instant multi-millionaire. Needless to say, the locals are protesting.


  17. digg says:

    Looks like an interesting summer coming up.

    The Gov has now picked three fights with the left.

    Exporting “visitors” to Africa which will end in a shitshow.

    Getting rid of thousands of Civil Service home “workers”.

    Withdrawing funding from the Marxist NUS for anti-semitism.

    All guaranteed to make lefty sparks fly!

    We all know which side the BBC will be on on all three spats don’t we?


  18. vlad says:

    Friends, the War is nearly won!

    No, not Ukraine, I’m referring to the Culture War, where the woke Left is in retreat on all fronts.

    Even the far-woke Netflix has finally realised the truth of “Get woke, go broke”.

    Consider their recent memo to staff, in which they tell them to tolerate diverse opinions or find new jobs.

    “Netflix tells ‘woke’ staff to tolerate diverse opinions or find new jobs.” – Telegraph.

    Eventually even the dinosaurs at the BBC will realise that the wind has shifted, they’re on the wrong side of history; that “diversity” doesn’t mean just flooding your programmes with browns and blacks, gays, transes, wimmin and lesbians, who all adhere to the same leftist group-think. They will finally realise that they’re just not cool anymore. Then they will trim their sails and tack a few degrees to the right in order to survive.

    And, tragically, survive they will. There will be no purge, no mea-culpas, no reckoning for all the harm they’ve done to the country. They will just blithely sail on as if they’d been right all along.



    • StewGreen says:

      5:30pm Radio4 “Nick Robinson speaks to the Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries MP about
      her efforts to clean up social media,
      her upbringing in Liverpool,
      and being a bestselling author”


      • taffman says:

        When is “The Culture Secretary” going to defend Great Britain against the destruction and dumbing down of OUR culture and heritage against the wokerati and its phobia of ‘micro aggressions’? She should begin by getting rid of Al Beeb and its archaic telly tax. Yes, that’s the tax that robs from the poor to give to the rich. IMHO that outfit promotes a lot of the ‘woke’ theories .

        She like Priti Patel and Border Farce are about as useful as the proverbial ‘chocolate teapot’.


  19. Fedup2 says:

    From our own propagandist

    Only the BBC would broadcast the winge of some third world Muslim claiming asylum in Switzerland moaning that Ukrainians are getting better treatment from the Switzerland –

    I’d hope the Switzerland government would find out who it is and throw them back from where they came ….

    This whole third world refugee rip off just needs dumping …or all off to bongo bongo land …


  20. StewGreen says:

    Friday people said they were receiving legal letters from Paul Brand
    A new round of Partygate fines were issued, and these people speculated that Paul Brand’s husband who works in the Cabinet Office had been fined
    ..and then added that as a point of principal he should resign
    Or be sacked for sitting on the secret for +1 year and then releasing to the press.

    Paul fired back angrily saying he had multiple sources
    People said Brand never actually denied the speculation asking if his husband had been fined.


  21. StewGreen says:

    Radio 4
    16:00 Woman’s Hour
    18:15 The Anneka Rice Show
    Guests : Stephen K Amos, Joe Alwyn, Claire Goose, Bonnie Wright, Peter Doherty & Frédéric Lo, Charlie Austen, Sara Cox.

    19:00 Profile Sinn Féin’s Michelle O‘Neill

    19:15 This Cultural Life of Jarvis Cocker.
    (Hang on they’ve just had his book on everyday this week)

    20:00 Archive on 4 : the banning of illegal raves.

    21:30 comedy The Skewer : “This week, Doctor Who vs The Racists”

    22:15 Generation Change
    From Reclaim the Streets to the Sarah Everard Vigil
    Campaigners young and old reflect on why and how they sought to change the world.
    Julie Bindel
    Professor Liz Kelly
    Dr Jessica Taylor.
    Meena Kumari
    They share stories .
    + social change consultant Katherine Rake
    Presenter: Samira Ahmed
    Producer: Emily Williams
    Editor: David Prest
    *The credits list 7 females 1 male*

    23:30 Poems chosen by Liverpool-Yemeni poet Amina Atiq.


  22. TrickCyclist says:

    Sorry for posting trivial stuff, but the ‘representation’ in adverts often seems to be discussed here.
    I saw an advert for Selectspecs which featured a young black guy called Stephen Stallone. I thought, you’ve got to be kidding, has he got a mate called Andrew Schwarzenegger?
    Anyway, a quick search reveals the man himself, look at all the adverts he’s been in!


  23. vlad says:

    Hey guys, if you feel like murdering someone, don’t do it yourself, just say he/she committed blasphemy against islam, mohammed or the koran and let the mob do the rest. This won’t work in the UK (yet) but works in most muslim countries.

    Coming to UK soon.

    Naturally, the racist BBC – where black lives don’t matter – aren’t reporting this latest murder, so here’s David Wood.

    Meanwhile, in the last 30 days, there were 174 Islamic attacks in 22 countries, in which 1132 people were killed and 1039 injured: https://thereligionofpeace.com/attacks/attacks.aspx?Yr=Last30


  24. Foscari says:

    I would think he would be a shoe-in to play Prince Philip
    in a mini series about the young Philip.


  25. taffman says:

    First the Doomsters moaned about …………………
    Another impending Ice Age, followed by The Antarctic ozone hole then we had Global Warming followed by Climate Change, when that was not good enough we got Greenhouse gasses , Co2 and carbon footprints . What next another impending Ice Age?
    Perhaps our special BBC correspondent maxincony can enlighten us ……………….
    Maxi !


    • Up2snuff says:

      Yes, taffman, some astronomers have remarked on and are concerned by a lack of sun spot activity. That could lead to a very cold period. Of course the Climate Alarmists will not be happy “It is just putting off Global Warming and Climate Change.”


  26. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    Yesterday on Dewberry.

    The three panellists (Ali Hirsi, Ben Habib and an Indian guy) got an email comment from someone watching the show mentioning the over representation of bliks, ethnics etc on advertisements on tv now.

    The two named along with Michelle all agreed about this but the Indian guy (he’s often on but I can’t recall his name) says he’s never noticed it.

    I wonder when (if) those paying for these virtue signalling adverts will realise that they are turning huge numbers off their products and doing exactly the opposite of what advertising is supposed to do.
    How much does the revenue have to drop before they stop being woke.


    • Scroblene says:

      I have a ‘rule’, that if Waitrose have their freebie rag on display, and it shows anything woke, non-British, vegan, snowflake-excessive etc., I don’t pick it up and ignore all their ads in the process.

      The best advertising Tesco has, is Mary in the second aisle, who always laughs, likes a chat, chooses our stuff and generally brings fun and laughter to her somewhat underpaid job!

      We love her to bits!


  27. taffman says:

    Where are the new classic sitcoms?
    Not on our Woke Broadcaster, that’s for sure !
    Al Beeb does not do Comedy. No humour, just canned laughter.


  28. taffman says:

    “First-class degrees more than double in a decade”
    Really ?
    Grade inflation or brainier kids ?
    Our education could be going backwards , if it is it’s not looking good for the future of Great Britain.


  29. digg says:

    The BBC purport to have the pulse of the nation.

    The BBC purport to appeal to the vast majority of the UK public.

    The BBC purport to appeal to the vast majority of the UK public in their TV productions with storylines and casting that the vast majority can identify with.

    The BBC purport to show the news that the vast majority of the UK public want to see in the way they wish to see it.

    The BBC purport to appeal to a broad spectrum of UK viewers in the open and unbiased material they put out.

    So why are they so reluctant to trust these swathes of adoring, eager viewers to choose to pay for it?

    End the BBC TV tax and we would find out!


  30. StewGreen says:

    8:30pm BBC Scotland TV : a repeat from 8 months back
    “Boots and Beards
    share their story – from a small walk intended to bring family together,
    to a group helping people from ethnic minority backgrounds explore the great outdoors across the UK. “


  31. Zephir says:

    Awaiting calls for more diversity RE white players in the FA cup final, and of course the FA could not source a white singer for the national anthem out of the 55 million indigenous population.


      • Zephir says:

        Yep over 50% black, and if we had over 50% white in an 90% black area there would be the usual howls of outrage

        Diversity, when it was a reasonable proposal, was originally meant to reflect the population and not just mean jobs for blacks at all costs.


        • JohnC says:

          ‘Diversity’ now means blatant anti-white racial discimination. It’s as simple as that.

          And nobody dare say it because the woke Leftists will call them racist on twitter.

          It’s absolutely ridiculous.

          And I have to add that the role of ‘diversity officer’ must be the least diverse position in history. They are all black. The hypocrisy is off the scale.


          One black male and the rest are women. Not a single person on there to represent white males.


    • StewGreen says:

      @Zephir Partly it s that The football used to be about English lads playing football
      but now it’s a global industry focused on extracting cash from the pockets of Global gamblers
      So of course they’ll look to Japan, Korea, China, Africa for players.

      The music was the FA trying to be cool
      the FA is keen to mark the 150th season of the competition. so there will be plenty of pre-match festivities
      Legendary DJ Pete Tong is set to perform ahead of kick-off, with a set called ‘the symphony of the twelfth man’, which will take fans through both music and commentary from several decades of the competition’s history.
      Then the black girl RAYE will then sing the national anthem, as well as a nine-minute medley of her own tracks
      She’ll do the same tomorrow for the Women’s FA Cup Final

      RAYE, whose real name is Rachel Agatha Keen, is a singer and songwriter from Croydon in south London and is apparently a Man Utd fan. “
      (Swiss-Ghanian mum & an English dad.)

      The thing is the Liverpool fans booed the anthem and Stand By Me as that is their tradition to show they are sick of being let down by the London-supremacist governments and the Royal Family.
      “Scouse not English”


  32. Sluff says:

    During the pandemic and now with the various crises, various institutions have gained massive extra income which did not arise because of their efforts or risk taking but instead through the luck of the situation. Many of the poorest meanwhile are facing huge rises in bills.

    There is no doubt in my mind that a Windfall Tax is required on the groups mentioned above. Yes, public sector workers and civil servants working from home saving thousands in transport costs ought to see a windfall tax on their earnings.

    PS nett personal savings grew £280 bn during the pandemic and personal debt saw record falls. There is no crisis for very many of the above who keep their heads below the parapet.


    • Zephir says:

      Tesco and other supermarkets a case in point, they made a killing as sometimes the only retail outlets allowed to open so made massive profit on non-food items at the expense of other retailers.

      yet now ramping up their prices every week


  33. Guest Who says:

    Slick really is a tool.

    Beyond the fog of war confusions, has it been established yet what actually happened, or is this just another Labour/BBC ‘what suits’ job choreographed by the Orla Bowen school of editorial?


  34. taffman says:

    “Monkeypox: Two more confirmed cases of viral infection”
    Did this come across the Channel in a rubber dinghy?
    It is the duty of The Home Office to protect the Human Rights of the people of Great Britain not to fund and run ‘International’ Health Service .


    • Kinell says:

      We need to do better on the numbers.

      1000 in 50 out (maybe).


    • JohnC says:

      Are will still allowed to use the word ‘monkey’ ?.

      For example, is ‘Lammy really is a cheeky monkey’ acceptable now or not ?.


      • Fedup2 says:

        John – you probably are allowed to use ‘monkey ‘ but it’s likely to cost you £10 k at an employment tribunal …

        … I used to work in a place where the small management group used to informally assess Everyone on their tribunal potential …. ‘Out of court settlement ‘ (bribe) of course ..


      • Halifax says:

        I still subscribe that Southgate picked 3 BME in the Eurofinals to take the sudden death penalty. Just imagine the amount of advertising revenue that would bring in if they had been successful……VTW Southgate will fail again in QATAR but he is a leftie and
        will probably pick Rashford as to drop him would be racist !!!!


  35. Zephir says:

    Nothing but bloody animals:

    Muslim youths riot and demand police release two suspects arrested after Christian student was stoned to death and her body torched in Nigeria after being accused of blasphemy against Prophet Mohammad

    Muslims youths rioted after two were arrested for the killing of Deborah Samuel
    The student had posted a voice note complaining about religious ‘nonsense’
    Deborah was annoyed by her class Whatsapp group being hijacked by fanatics
    A mob formed to punish her for her ‘blasphemy’ against Prophet Muhammed
    She was beaten and stoned to death and her body burned afterwards
    Two arrests have been made over the violence that has shocked Nigeria



  36. Zephir says:

    “The angry mob pulled Deborah out of a security room she was hiding in at the Shehu Shagari school in Sokoto, northwestern Nigeria, and carried out the horrific killing, according to police.

    Days earlier, Deborah, who is Christian, had left a voice note in her class Whatsapp group complaining that there were too many religious posts in a group intended for academic updates.

    According to a translation, she said: ‘The group is not created for sending nonsense things. “


    • G.W.F. says:

      The BBC are quick to point out that Muslimites condemned the killing. See, they are not all bad…. er are they.

      ”Deborah Samuel was beaten and burned by Muslim students who accused her of posting “blasphemous” statements about Islam in a WhatsApp group on Thursday.

      Her death has been widely condemned by Muslims and Christians across Nigeria.”’



      • JohnC says:

        The extremely significant thing about these stories for me is that we are not talking about individuals doing these murders, we are talking about whole groups of people who collectively think it is right.

        Same as the rape gangs : hundreds of them knew and they all went along with it. Not a single one was outraged enough by what they were doing to go to the police.

        I remember some video of ISIS throwing gay people off buildings. It wasn’t the ISIS members who I remember – I knew they would all be dead soon – it was the large mob of people waiting below with rocks.

        The Leftists hypocrites try to tell us that people who these things are just a few extremists. But they are not. It is programmed deep in the brainwashing they are all subject to from the day they are born.

        An extremist Muslim is one who wants to cut your head off. A moderate Muslim is one who wants the extremist to cut your head off.


  37. theisland says:

    Neil Oliver talked about the WHO ‘pandemic treaty’ tonight and also had Mark Steyn on.
    Things we are not allowed to discuss.

    Neil’s full show here.

    Also listen free to Steyn’s Clubland Q&A from last night
    He is an interesting individual and as Fedup2 has previously remarked is ‘real’ – unlike certain others we could name.


  38. theisland says:

    On and on it goes
    Is it time for a civil war yet?


  39. Deborah says:

    Oh dear, I always saw the EU as a device to get rid of any individual nation’s identity. One thing the U.K. has that makes us different from other countries, is our royal family. I have just read on the DM web site that Prince William was booed at the football. I don’t know who was doing the booing or how many. Were they paid? Perhaps the Remainers or the EU still want destruction of everything British.


  40. markh says:

    News just coming in of a mass shooting in New York state. The BBC cannot tell us quickly enough that the suspect is white and was allegedly heard to shout racist abuse. If he had been black on the other hand…


    • StewGreen says:

      All media seem to be basically quoting the police statement
      ” 10 people were killed and 3 were wounded in a mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, that law enforcement described as a racially motivated hate crime.”
      activists tweet
      “In his manifesto, the white supremacist mass shooter who live-streamed himself shooting 9 people at a Buffalo, New York supermarket, reveals that he was motivated to do so by the “white replacement theory”


    • JohnC says:

      As a general rule, I’ve noticed these mass shootings tend to be by young white males who are not normal and something happens to push them over the edge.

      It is in contrast to the thousands of singular shootings done each year – mostly by black people who are NOT insane and do it through sheer evil.

      The first is a wacko who needs putting away for life. The second is a far, far more serious issue – which the leftist media do not go anywhere near because it doesn’t fit their agenda.


  41. Foscari says:

    I wonder if Tsar Vladimir the bad will bomb Kiev on the night
    of the Eurovision contest in Kiev next year?


  42. JohnC says:

    I see Eurovision has proved once again what a complete and utter hypocritical farce it is.

    It sums up the Left and the EU perfectly.

    I just watched a bit of their song and it is absolutely rubbish. Worse than I expected. Even worse than the fat girl screeching about how beautiful she is a few years back. So I enjoy to read the BBC sycophants fawning over it and giving it credit like it actually deserved to win because it reminds me how they have no ethics whatsoever about the truth. Their truth is whatever suits them.


  43. Zephir says:

    These “poor”Jamaican criminals seem to be able to afford the anti British lawyer scum fees no problem:

    Revealed: Legal challenges from ‘activist’ lawyers could mean Jamaica-bound flight scheduled for 100 foreign criminals is reduced down to ZERO

    One hundred foreign criminals & immigration offenders are due to be deported
    But out of more than 100 original passengers, fewer than ten remain on the list
    Home Office fears that legal claims mean every single person will be removed

    Rapists, paedophiles, drug traffickers and gunmen are all understood to have been set to be removed from Britain to their native country on Wednesday’s charter plane to Kingston.

    But Home Office officials have ‘real worries’ that claims brought by lawyers on behalf of the offenders mean every single person will be removed from the flight.



  44. Flotsam says:

    Players took the knee at the FA cup. Why?


  45. Guest Who says:

    So much about the state of politics and certain voters in two tweets here.

    The BBC take would be a treat.


  46. Flotsam says:

    Football fans used to boo the taking of the knee. They seem to have been silenced, I think the football authorities made various threats but since when was it forbidden to express one’s opinions? Footballers appear to be in a regime of compulsory “taking the knee”, I’m sure that many of them wouldn’t if they had a choice. It was noticeable in F1 that when it came to the anti- racism moment before the race some drivers took the knee and some stood up, so freedom of expression for them.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Flotsam – the Liverpool support – with that strong anti English – pro Irish republican streak is always there – it made me laugh when they were portrayed as saints after hillsborough – it came out at wemberley – no doubt fuelled by overpriced booze and the animalism which can possess football crowds ( I was one for a long time ) …
      I always found evertonians less aggressive than Liverpool types – but as a lunduner what would I know ….

      Having wondered around premier grounds – without ‘colours ‘ I was welcomed in the main Everton pub – thought I’d get killed in the manu one and never got through the door at citeh….

      Thankfully those days are gone – Because Of The Cost Of Living Crisis …. ( actually I grew up )

      Perhaps the knee taking is a call for forgiveness for taking so much money for doing so little ….

      ..I predicted when it started that they’d being doing the knee thing for ever – well after everyone had forgotten what it was for …. In our day no one has the courage to say ‘stop ‘( apart from Saha at palace of course )


      • Mrs Kitty says:

        Being from Sheffield I was told a great many things by people who live near Wednesday’s ground but we’re all liars if we say anything about the fans, the boos at Wembley didn’t surprise me one bit.


  47. Fedup2 says:

    Guest Who
    Omg lol ffs – it’s like – so unfair – innit ?

    The Sunday religious show

    I don’t normally listen but – a ‘discussion ‘ between Eddie Sturton and ally Mcbeal on which religious groups in the US support killing unborn babies …..
    It was almost as though they were reading from a script in being careful not to be subject to an OFCOM job . Apparently the RCs are majority in favour in killing babies . To me – as an RC – that makes them non RCs – like the false president … I shall pray for them – but tricky to pray for Biden though – the devils ‘own …

    It was only at the end was it mentioned that overturning Row v Wade didn’t mean killing babies would be illegal – it just means states decide – not the federal government – seem sensible to me .


  48. AsISeeIt says:

    A quick glance at the various top headlines in our Sundays confirms for us that our state institutions are broken:

    Hunt: “Rogue” NHS requires major surgery. Ex-health secretary was “shocked to the core” by cover-up culture over avoidable deaths‘ (Sunday Times)

    Our crumbling schools “a risk to life” officials warn No 10… “Treasury must give billions for rebuilding”‘ (Observer)

    Ministers turn on Bank of England. Unprecidented attack on independent body as Sunak told to get a grip on cost of living… “It has one job to do – to keep inflation at around 2 per cent…”‘ (Sunday Telegraph)

    No one wants to take any responsibilty – no one wants to attrubute failure to Lockdown policies, riduculous levels of State spending, institutional capture by the Left, or bias of organisations toward the interests of those on the payroll against the interests of the public they are supposed to serve – but everyone, whatever their favourite pet cause – be it health, education, housing, employment, immigration… you name it… we all know our public sector institutions are broken, buggered and bust. Just look at our BBC.

    I’m reminded for some reason of that old joke – You have to make allowances for him, he came from a broken home – yeah, he broke it.

    Something rotten in the State of Denmark…

    It may be platinum jubilee year, but there’s a feeling abroad that the end is nigh – you can add the Monarchy to the list of failed institutions, once respected, now a cause for public scorn and ridicule: ‘Anger as Liverpool cup final fans boo William‘ (Mail on Sunday)

    Matt in the Telegraph acts for us as a form of weather vane calibrating in comic sketches format – where editorial columns fear to tread – the direction of the prevailing wind surely heralding a gathering storm of discontent. One humourist can speak truth louder than a hundred political focus groups. He draws a couple of suburban ladies nattering over their afternoon tea and biscuits: “Before our son goes to university he’s taking a gap year to try to renew his passport

    Newman’s lampoons in the Sunday Times don’t always hit the spot for me – his gags are too closely, too loyally, tied to prevailing official narratives – this morning he has a Russian couple – the bloke fur-hatted, the woman in 1950s headscarf – opening a copy of “Pravda” and exclaiming: “Good to see we’ve won the Eurovision song contest as well as the Ukriane war

    Oh dear, Newman… time, I think, for you to reflect on some Rabbie Burns: “O wad some Power the giftie gie us, To see oursels as ithers see us!

    The most important thing in the world today for our very own Pravda… sorry, BBC News… ‘Eurovision 2022: Ukraine wins, while the UK’s Sam Ryder comes second

    I’ll end there as I need to go and join the bread queue… and anyway State internet hate laws will soon be sending police knocking on my door to send me off to some re-eduction camp for wrong thinking.


  49. Guest Who says:




  50. Thoughtful says:

    I see another reckless fool has run amok with a gun in a US shopping mall killing 10 innocent Black people with an automatic rifle.

    The murderer undoubtedly has metal health issues which date back to his time at school when he had talked of comitting a mass shooting there, and yet nothing much was done about it.

    I fear all this mentally ill young man has achieved is to hand the Left more ammunition with which to leverage their burning hatred against White people, and the BIden maladministration are already using the tragedy to their own advantage by shamelessly leveraging their hate, and calling it “White supremecism” a meaningless term which they even apply to Black people who don’t agree with their evil ideology.

    This is the first shooting which has been comitted by a White against Blacks, all the others have been the other way around and have been studiously ignored by the Democrats and their media supporters, but you can bet this is all you are going to hear about for the rest of this year until the mid terms when they will really use it and blow it out of all proportion.


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