664 Responses to Start the Week 16 May 2022

  1. JohnC says:

    ‘Amber Heard denies striking Johnny Depp and doctoring photos’

    ‘Amber Heard struck me and doctored photos’ says Johnny Depp.

    It’s all in the wording. The BBC chose the former – of course.

    I have to say that she is an absolute Bunny Boiler and should be legally bound to show any unsuspecting males a character summary before she talks to them.

    But she hasn’t got it where it matters so the BBC are clearly on her side.


    • Up2snuff says:

      JohnC, (Edith Evans-type voice from The Importance of Being Earnest) “An actress”


  2. Fedup2 says:

    BBC News

    Sometimes the BBC disapproves of foreigners . This time it was desperate to put a negative spin on an announcement that there is a ‘record level ‘ of nurses .

    But oh no – they are foreigners – even worse- they are not even from Europe – the evil NHS is pillaging countries such as India for angel nurses … evil evil …..

    Funny isn’t is ? Nothing about the reluctance of UK people wanting to become nurses – even after all that clapping and pro medical mafia propaganda we ve been treated too …

    Elswhere – yippie – inflation at 9% – so next interest hike is .5% then .5% again – with over 5% by year end – the head of the Bank of England might find his head on a platter by the end of this day ….
    Be frightened – back to the 80s … methinks the kidults will have more important things to worry about than queers and taking the knee ….
    Tough recession coming …happy Christmas


    • MarkyMark says:

      Gweilo or gwailou (Chinese: 鬼佬; Cantonese Yale: gwáilóu, pronounced [kʷɐ̌i lǒu] (listen)) is a common Cantonese slang term for Westerners. In the absence of modifiers, it refers to white people and has a history of racially deprecatory and pejorative use. Cantonese speakers frequently use gwailou to refer to Westerners in general use, in a non-derogatory context, although whether this type of usage is offensive (i.e., an ethnic slur) is disputed by both Cantonese and Westerners.



    • Mrs Kitty says:

      If you train to be a nurse in the U.K. you need a degree, I’m curious what degree these foreign nurses have? Are they like the Doctors from India who pay people to take their exams?


  3. Fedup2 says:

    What then – if the Tory MP named on the internet – arrested for sex offences – isn’t the one put up ? Is that a defamation action ?
    The likes of growler and starmer must be thanking their stars that the economy is crashing and Tory MPs are being arrested /dumped from parliament –
    There are 2 bi elections coming because Tory MPs see themselves as above the law ….

    But it’s a shame that a red Tory government is more likely to be replaced by a red Labour Party ….. but maybe we won’t see any real difference …oh for a proper right wing government …


  4. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – it’s hot in India

    Cue Major Denis Bloodnok (ret’d) of the Fourth Mounted Deserters: “Aaagh aagher aaghhhh! Curses. It must be the heat. Gladys! Bring me my fan and another drink” “Right”

    But no, it’s not the heat according to the BBC’s Justin Rowlatt who Edits the Climate for the BBC: it’s man-made emissions. Cue Maj.Bloodnok again “Aaagh aagher aaghhhh!” (FX: Jungle/swamp noises with added breaking wind) “Aaaaaghhh! That’s better!”

    Just to ensure that it gets even hotter, TOADY sends Amol Rajan, joint presenter on TOADY this morning, on a completely unnecessary CO2 emitting journey to Leeds where no doubt he will obtain a Vox Pop from a northerner who is struggling with the-cost-of-living-crisis because they’ve had to keep the expensive heating on because of the cold early summer in the UK.


  5. Fedup2 says:

    Interesting times … normally environmental crap takes a back seat when normal economic behaviour returns – eg rising inflation and interest rates ….
    But I’m not so sure now – there is E evidence of less car usage because of the price of juice ? Surely a good thing ?
    I also get an overall impression that the kidults running BBC news now can’t get their head around the effect of economic hard times –
    So they are busily running around finding ‘hardship ‘ cases and extreme measures to save money – I’m not sure turning the fridge freezer off overnight ( mentioned elsewhere here ) does it much good …. maybe some one knows better ….


    • Up2snuff says:

      Fed, turning the freezer off overnight is OK, if 1. it is a cold night, and, 2. you remember to switch it back on again at dawn. Down here in the sunny south-east, summer has suddenly arrived, couple of weeks late but hey ho, it will probably snow in mid-June somewhere in the UK.


      • digg says:

        But surely it will burn up all the juice saved trying to get back to the level it was at bedtime? If you don’t keep opening a freezer it will just tick over using hardly any juice anyway!


  6. Fedup2 says:

    Back to the BBC – below is an extract from the Brillo in the Daily telegraph about the need for a BBC subscription service . Although the way disposable income is about to drop the TV licence will be the first hill to cut – hopefully –

    STARTS The BBC must spin off hit shows such as Strictly Come Dancing into a subscription service or risk “staggering” throughout the 2030s, the veteran broadcaster Andrew Neil has said.

    Mr Neil warned that the corporation’s £159 annual licence fee is too small for it to compete with deep-pocketed American streaming services.

    Appearing before the House of Lords, he instead proposed an alternative model where public service broadcasting is funded by the taxpayer to pay for news, documentaries, children’s TV, Radio 3 and 4, arts coverage, local radio, some “risky dramas” and major sporting events.

    Meanwhile, a new subscription-style model could bankroll Auntie’s more commercial programmes and “ratings winners” like Strictly, while handing it the power to borrow more money to finance shows.

    Speaking to the Lords communications committee, Mr Neil said: “It is actually quite remarkable how the BBC has continued to perform. Not many other public services have received a 30pc cut in real terms and managed to do what they have been doing.

    “The most comfortable way out is to continue with the licence fee, and I suspect that is what will happen again. But the BBC is one of our great national assets and it is also what defines us to the rest of the world […] and we are right to be proud of it.

    “But you need to have a proper debate about ‘is this the right way to go?'”

    Mr Neil, who quit the BBC two years ago when The Andrew Neil Show became a victim of the broadcaster’s budget cuts, added that short term disruption would be a price worth paying for stability in the long run.

    He said: “Although it maybe comfortable [now], at the end of the line what may beckon […] is that you don’t have the money, the resources, the technology, the structure to survive in this new world of broadcasting, from multi-channel, to streaming to global.

    “At least consider it. Because [a new model] may save what is best and create a BBC that can flourish, rather than just stagger year to year in the 2030s.”

    The veteran broadcaster’s comments come as the BBC confronts intensifying pressure on its finances amid soaring inflation and the culture secretary Nadine Dorries’ decision to freeze the licence fee for two years. Such circumstances have raised the prospect of more job cuts and a budget gap stretching to around £1.5bn.

    Ms Dorries had also warned that the licence fee could be abolished from 2028 onwards, before softening her stance during a Commons speech in January.

    Moreover, the BBC is facing a 10pc jump in the cost of making high-end dramas caused by the huge spending of the American streamers.

    A brain drain of senior talent has also hit the broadcasters, with the likes of Andrew Marr and Emily Maitlis defecting to the rival radio broadcaster Global.

    The BBC under director-general Tim Davie has been trying to embolden its commercial ambitions to plug the gap left by falling income. He has revealed plans to increase the returns of BBC Studios, the broadcaster’s commercial arm, by nearly a third to £1.5bn over the next five years.

    Mr Neil, 72, added: “[The BBC] used to think it made the best drama in the world – and we still make some very good dramas. But where is the British Breaking Bad? I see a 70-part series of Dickensian complexity made by a streaming service in America.”

    The former Sunday Times editor returned to the TV screens earlier this month when he launched The Andrew Neil Show on Channel 4.

    The political interview series on Sunday nights follows his ill-fated spell at BBC challenger GB News, where he was lead presenter and chairman before resigning last year amid disagreements over the channel’s direction.ENDS

    the fact that GBNews has held its ‘ own without Brillo might be a reflection that he is not the draw many think – I bet his new C4 show doesn’t get too many viewers …. sad man …


    • JohnC says:

      They should ask the public what to do about the BBC licence fee.

      We all know why they won’t.


    • tomo says:


      Seen and listened to their chumps doing pieces to camera on the pavement outside Leicester Square offices. CNN – alike is all I can say – and that is not a compliment


  7. Scroblene says:

    Like a sound post earlier, the awful BBC are just scampering around, making ‘statements’ which are unfounded, then toddling off to find any evidence afterwards.

    Is it true that 11.75% of the TV tax is spent on administering ‘diversity’ in the hated, bloated, fat corporation? I understand that it’s roughly the same in the NHS, and certainly much more in the civil servixe!

    There you are beeboids, spit out the bullets in that one!


  8. Flotsam says:

    The huge increase in fuel and energy costs will pay dividends for the Government in the end. High forecourt prices for Diesel and petrol have become a useful experiment in elasticity of demand. The fact is that fuel prices have increased dramatically, far more than any Chancellor would have dared to do. Yet, I don’t see any sign of reduced demand. As far as I can tell, cars and trucks are still jamming the roads. After all people still have to get to work and move goods. Perhaps fuel usage has dropped a bit but the Government will surely be eyeing up big increases in fuel taxes once oil prices drop. This situation will also give more power to the vocal Green lobby for more taxation on evil carbon.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Flotsam – funny old world – a shortage / waiting list for new cars – the price of second hand cars increasing – and people still using their cars whatever to cost of juice …..

      Whilst I write Rachel Reeve is saying the Labour Party wants an emergency budget which will mainly involve hitting the Money tree – borrowing more money ….

      .. so the pound goes down further – the cost of Imports ( oil) go up – repayments get more expensive as rates go up – and we land up further into recession ….

      Even if there is a need for an emergency budget- sunak will look weak and failing – which – of course – he is . so he won’t be doing it


  9. AsISeeIt says:

    Wise after the fact edition

    The press this morning is full of good advice that comes years too late: ‘Lord King of Lothbury, its former governor, has warned… The Bank fuelled a surge in prices with a money-printing spree during the pandemic‘ (Telegraph)

    Today it’s all about the ex-bosses doing the backseat driving: ‘Ex-BBC boss slams “deeply unfair” licence fee‘ (Daily Express)

    Half of new nurses and midwives come from abroad‘ (BBC) – clearly our schools and universities are failing to train UK youngsters for employment in our much-lauded NHS – which is odd when you think about it. We love the NHS, right? A case of duff incentives being in place.

    Owning Brexit. Johnson should embrace the deal that he signed‘ (FT) – I’m not sure about this one. Clearly the globalist supranationalist-minded, one world governance-oriented FT is advocating the EU’s case against British interests, natch. Boris had to sign something soon or Brussels would have prolonged the Brexit agony forever. Better to be out and re-negotiate than still be a prisoner.

    FT Datawatch just won’t stop flogging the dead horse: ‘The US death toll from Covid-19 has passed 1m and is still rising‘ – despite Joe Biden, mask mandates, vax passports, busted economy, inflation, etc etc…?

    The sleepy old Daily Telegraph has eventually woken up to a story the Daily Star has been boosting for yonks: ‘UFOs are real. US spy bosses FINALLY admit what we’ve been telling you for years‘ (Star); ‘US military discloses 11 UFO close encounters‘ (Telegraph)

    Meanwhile cartoonist Matt – keeping up the intrepid space exploration theme – or not – has: ‘Mars Rover decides to work from home

    Closer to home and down to earth: ‘Alison Pearson blows the whistle on the latest healthcare bureaucracy scandal. Yet more waste and wokery in the NHS‘ (Telegraph) – they did once say the NHS was “safe” with the Tories – I guess that’s true in terms of the NHS as the national bastion of lefty nonesense. We’ve also got the BBC for that. And the Tories do nothing. At least both are not presently run by Labour…. well, not directly….

    My new concept for a celebrity comic quiz – it’s like that old US TV show What’s My Line. A member of the public comes on the show, hidden behind a curtain, she chalks on a blackboard a voluptuous torso of a female as the clue to her “line“. Sir Keir Starmer the celeb guest then spends 20 minutes squirming and unable to articulate the answer that the secret guest is a woman.

    Forget that…

    I must try to invite Sir Keir and his shadow front bench over to mine for a flutter on a game of Pictionary – I think I could bamboozle them for hours and make a few bob with the right saucy drawings.


  10. andyjsnape says:

    Another mixed race couple on the main picture

    Very rare in the real world, but in the bBC bubble


    • JohnC says:

      Just saw that : an average mixed race couple wondering how they are going to pay their bills. And it’s always black/white with the BBC – despite there being more Asians.

      100% BBC woke agenda and absolutely pathetic. Misrepresenting white people like this is racial discrimination – but it seems OFCOM can ignore such matters if they want to. What a joke they are.


      • digg says:

        In my opinion, the reason it’s always black male with white girl and vice versa is that Asian male with white girl is a bit dodgy right now considering recent events, whereas it might upset a certain community if it’s white male with Asian girl. The BBC are probably under instruction to keep clear of transgressions against a certain community.


        • JohnC says:

          I think you are spot on there digg.

          Muslims most definitely do not approve of their ilk having non-Muslim partners and the BBC don’t want to upset them.

          Yet more gross hypocrisy from Auntie. Seems like only whitey must have their ‘multicultural paradise’ forced upon him.


  11. JohnC says:

    Afghanistan: Inside a secret school for girls

    Another pathetic BBC article which is all empathy and no news. Someone should remind them what ‘News’ actually means.

    Just look at the girls crying as they leave the classroom because it is being closed for a bit. The BBC have even called the image ‘girlscrying’ ffs !!.


    Obviously completely fake for the camera. But the BBC have no scruples at all about lying when they think nobody can prove otherwise.

    Are we supposed to believe it closed down on the very day the BBC were there ?. I bet it hasn’t closed at all. It’s just a lie to get a picture of poor Afghan young girls crying for the article. Beyond pathetic.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Imposing western standards on primitive societies – BBC imperialism at its ‘ best …. Send money –


    • MarkyMark says:

      2018 …

      “…and don’t you worry. It’s coming to a place near you…we cannot have state subsidized preachers (Mayors,UK Security MP, Religious guidance)…give it up
      (Islam) or give it to your deadliest enemy and pay for the rope that will choke you.“

      Home Office, UK Security … Islamist …. Sajid Javid.

      London Mayor, UK Prosperity … Islamist … Sadiq Khan.

      CEO of Bernados, UK Children … Islamist .. Javed Khan.

      Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief … Islamist … Lord Ahmed.

      BBC religion and ethics commissioning … Islamist … Fatima Salaria



  12. StewGreen says:

    The Triggernometry show invited an American lefty on for a Good Faith discussion

    Afterwards David Pakman made a clip with BAD FAITH & SMEARS
    and then tried to get his followers to rig the comments on the Triggernometry video
    .. https://youtu.be/MiI-qJkrCxg


  13. Beltane says:

    Really sharp political commentators are quick to point out the irony of the Tory MP rape accusations coinciding with Crime Week, the government led crackdown, as if to confirm how being a Conservative is almost inevitably vile and criminal.

    What the sharp minds overlook, with their customary brilliance, is that the real irony is the timing of the shock-horror revelations. Just like the 2-year Partygate delays, these accusations have been sat on, nurtured and refined for a minimum of 13 years and potentially 20, waiting for the ideal release time to cause maximum disruption.

    The offence is entirely secondary to the desire to undermine, embarrass and weaken.


    • StewGreen says:

      This time I do have sympathy for a lefty narrative
      .. that Tories may have got the arrest delayed
      And the allegations should have been dealt with a long time ago.


  14. andyjsnape says:

    bBC reviews dont get any better

    Although someone did like Eastenders a few weeks ago 🙂


    • JohnC says:

      Funny how the BBC only ever link to left-wing activist comments on twitter isn’t it.

      OFCOM ?. Are you there ?.


  15. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #2 – funny it was described with those words in that specific order

    Headline News item in the 6 a.m. News: Conservative MP arrested and is in Police custody for rape and indecent assault. What the BBC do not tell me until much later on, that these are old claims and accusations. Where, BBC, is the word ‘historic’? And why, BBC, did you not insert that word ‘historic’ as well as the word ‘allegations’ before ‘rape and indecent assault’.

    After all, BBC, you would do that if it was a Labour Party MP.

    The MP is unnamed, rightly so, except the BBC claim it is to protect the victim or victims. No, BBC. You are wrong again. In the UK, someone is innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law. There is one more thing the BBC are not telling me that I cannot help wondering about.

    Would said MP have been a keen supporter of Vote Leave and ‘a Brexiteer’ just like some of the others that you have helped hound out of Parliament?


  16. Flotsam says:

    The idea that the Bank of England is “independant” is, and always has been a fiction.
    The idea that the Bank of England and it’s Governor are failing to control inflation is stupid. The Government ordered all the QE and furlough, there were other Government inflationary interventions like Help to Buy, the BOE could only spectate. The only thing that surprised me is that inflation didn’t Rip even sooner.


  17. MarkyMark says:

    Time and truth do not go hand in hand ….



  18. taffman says:

    “NI Protocol analysis: A fifth summer of Brexit talks looms”

    For goodness sake, invoke Article 16 and be done with it. If the EU want a customs border in Ireland let the put one there and let them man it . End of .


  19. MarkyMark says:

    Derbyshire Police’s investigations following reports of rape and sexual assault will be the main focus of a new Panorama documentary which airs tonight. The show is expected to follow the force as they deal with the investigation into reports of rape.
    28 MAR 2022
    Victims of serial sex attacker Jimmy Savile were not believed when they first confided in others, an NSPCC report has found.

    Many were ignored, dismissed or laughed at by those they told shortly after Savile abused them.

    Some of them were even told by friends or relatives they were “lucky” the late DJ had paid attention to them.


  20. MarkyMark says:



  21. G.W.F. says:

    BBC’s black hole baloney.


    ”This sorry tale shows how sloppy journalism, an overly pushy university PR department and even some scientists themselves conspired to produce a misleading story.”


    • MarkyMark says:

      Many societies throughout history have practised slavery, and Muslim societies were no exception.

      It’s thought that as many people were enslaved in the Eastern slave trade as in the Atlantic slave trade.

      It’s ironic that when the Atlantic slave trade was abolished the Eastern trade expanded, suggesting that for some Africans the abolition of the Atlantic trade didn’t lead to freedom, but merely changed their slave destination.



    • JohnC says:

      Ha – as a software engineer who also usually designs the hardware it runs on, I regularly comment about what complete techno-f*ckwits the BBC’s science correspondents are.

      The BBC have no interest in anything other than putting a man (or should I say more likely a woman these days) on the job who will appeal to their target audience whilst subversively delivering the agenda.

      Their target audience now is average (or lower) intelligence people under 30 who can be eased over to believe the Leftist viewpoint. And then not vote Tory.

      They have realised people over that age see them for what they are.


  22. MarkyMark says:

    A hospital trust is investigating after a patient was incorrectly diagnosed and treated for Alzheimer’s disease for seven years.

    Alex Preston, from Anstey, Leicestershire, was 54 at the time and said the diagnosis completely destroyed his life and made him feel suicidal.

    He was then re-examined in the pandemic and told that diagnosis was a mistake.


    For seven years he said he thought he was living with the disease and took part in fundraising for Alzheimer’s charities.

    In 2019 his wife Susan died from cancer and at the time Mr Preston said doctors would not talk to him about it because of his condition.


  23. MarkyMark says:

    Health analyst Cheryl Holmes, a mother-of-two, said she was trying to keep her living costs down to “as low as possible” by spending less on food and clothes, and cancelling TV subscriptions.

    cancelling TV subscriptions
    cancelling TV subscriptions
    cancelling TV subscriptions
    cancelling TV subscriptions



  24. Flotsam says:

    Things are getting so bad here that I’ve contacted the people smugglers and Booked a dinghy ride to France.


    • MarkyMark says:

      2018 … You will also notice this (immigration) is a one way street. Not once in my adult life have I heard anybody say that the thing that Eritrea (Africa) needs most is an injection of Welshmen. They could do with some Welsh cooking or singing. ” Douglas Murray {@7:24 youtube}



    • MarkyMark says:

      Britain spends £500,000 a year to keep Channel migrants’ boats piled up in a car park in case the ‘owner’ comes forward to claim them – and now plans to build a £2MILLION processing facility in Dover
      Estimates suggest government spends £500,000 a year story migrants boats
      Legislation states boats must be stored for 12 months in case people claim them
      Storing and transporting the boats is estimated to cost around half a million
      Comes as Priti Patel plans to build new £2m migrant processing facility in Dover

      PUBLISHED: 10:52


    • Northern Voter says:


      It’s cheaper via Newhaven – Dieppe, ring customer services and get a discount if you’re over 60.


  25. Thoughtful says:


    Dan Walker’s BBC Breakfast job advertised including salary and working hours


  26. MarkyMark says:

    First Sikh turban-wearing guardsman fails drugs test
    Published25 September 2018



  27. Fedup2 says:

    Normal waste of time – but elsewhere – more importantly – an economic think tank reports that the next energy price hike – in October – is likely to be 30% to 40% ….
    Anything the State does – cutting – VAT – windfall taxes – green crap levy – isn’t going to impact much on that ….
    …a service / entertainment sector recession is going to come real quick as people have to cut back . Someone tell me I am wrong . I really think I am .

    I assume the situation with Russia is going to be bad – whether the Ukraine conflict is continuing or not ….


    • Up2snuff says:

      Fed, the think tank that you quote is only stating the obvious downside to the Miliband inspired cap on energy prices. The problem is a wrong headed energy strategy from the outset because the Labour Party wanted to be in No.10 at any cost. Therefore they thought they could steal some votes from the growing green movement to help get them back into no.10.* If you artificially inflate prices by going for inadequate but expensive so-called ‘renewables’ which are anything but renewable except in their short service lives – they have to be renewed/replaced every thirty to forty years.

      Robert Halfon MP had a longer chat with Ed Stourton than Peter Levell and Halfon suggested that scrapping the Green Levy would be a good move by HMG & the PM. I agree. Mining coal, fracking for gas and drilling for oil is also a smart move but apparently Carrie Antoinette will not have it and she prefers the PM cross-dressing as Ed Miliband, Ed Davey and John Major. “Oooh Matron!”

      Yes, you are wrong if I heard Halfon right: did I hear him say the Green Levy was £500 p.a. on just electricity bills? Incredible! Now we are out of the EU, scrap the VAT supplement on energy prices, which has been at 5% since inception. Cut the Green Levy. Cutting VAT in half would also demonstrate our independence from the EU. As you know, VAT had to be maintained at a rate of 15 to 20% while we were in the EU.

      * Bojo thinks that going for ‘green votes’ helped get him into No.10 and will help keep him there. It didn’t work for John Major in 1993/4.


      • Fedup2 says:

        BbC loves comrade halfon – a living example of a lost conservative party . Scrap the VAT – end the green crap – for a start …
        But there is a limit to what the state can do against the market when we have insufficient home grown energy


    • Sluff says:

      I wouldn’t go as far as to eat that you are wrong but the pandemic saw those in safe jobs (especially job-for-life public sector) either on full pay or on near full pay via furlough save at record levels. They have cash in the bank at levels they could only dream of, pre-pandemic.

      Proof? Just look at the price of airport car hire.
      So the service sector could chug on for a bit if those with cash decide to spend before the prices go up further.

      For those at the bottom, things will be harder.


      • Fedup2 says:

        Yes that’s a fair comment – I can’t recall the calculated amount of ‘average ‘ savings by those on furlough or working from home but it was a good lump – average of course – with quite a bit of debt being paid down .
        However the younger groups are – I think – more exposed to increasing bills with no or very small reserves – unless there is the Bank of Mum and maybe even a Dad …

        As for evidence – I buy flight tickets many months ahead and I ve noticed that current – summer flight costs a v high – whereas those at the end of the year are a lot lower than I would expect year on year ,….subjective – anecdotal..


        • Sluff says:

          Not for the first time -more rational discussion on this website for free than on a certain impartial broadcaster for £4 bn.


  28. Up2snuff says:

    TWatO Watch #1 – wrong-headed economics, be warned, soon coming to a broadcaster near you

    I find myself wondering whether the BBC are starting a misinformation campaign about inflation. It hurt their friends in the Labour Party that contrary to the narrative emerging from 10 & 11 Downing Street in the late nineties and early noughties, the reality was inflation averaging 3% per annum, much higher (50% higher) than the limit given to the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee.

    A voice in the 1 p.m. News (I missed the name but it could have been Faisal Islam if he has actually turned up to work today) stated to the effect that “Inflation will not be gone from the system for some time.”. Inflation is never gone from ‘the system’ unless you have an equal or even higher level of negative inflation (a.k.a. deflation). Ed Stourton effectively endorsed this view in his brief interview with Peter Levell of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

    I am astonished that Peter Levell is an Associate Director of the IFS and is ignorant about inflation.

    Could it be possible that the BBC are starting a misinformation campaign just in case their friend the Sucker currently in charge of the Labour Party becomes PM in December 2024 and inflation is still in double figures?


  29. StewGreen says:

    R4 Drama now
    Sir Craig Oliver draws on his experience as David Cameron’s former Head of Communications for a timely drama, co-written with the historian Sir Anthony Seldon, revealing for the first time the inside story of how Cameron and Obama were outmanoeuvred by Putin and Assad,
    then the Prime Minister failed to get support from Parliament to punish Assad’s use of Sarin gas on his own people.
    Assad was aided and abetted by Vladimir Putin,
    and writers Oliver and Seldon believe these events in 2013 were a step on the road to the invasion of Ukraine.
    After the UK voted to take no military action, Obama decided against action as well. Instead, Putin brokered a deal with Assad to remove Syria’s declared chemical weapons, but in the subsequent months many more attacks were carried out using hidden stockpiles.

    featuring Jon Culshaw as Ed Miliband, William Hague and George Osborne.


    • Up2snuff says:

      Stew, I thought that use of Sarin gas by Pres. Assad had been thoroughly debunked as a scam. Of course, Marianna Spring is far too young to remember that but I recall a photo of a shiny, perfectly painted blue canister, supposedly full of gas and explosives that had fallen through the roof or wall of a hospital in rebel territory and landed in the basement without a scratch.

      Are you telling me that the BBC is broadcasting a play with deliberate misinformation? Shock! Horror! And that after the programme about political propaganda that followed TWatO.


      • Northern Voter says:

        Why not, Doctor Who and his/her wingman/woman/person are both black and gay or tranny.

        Bloody predictive texting thought I said tyranny.

        That would describe the Black,Bent,Broadcasting Corporation to a t.


  30. Up2snuff says:

    TWatO Watch #2 – special pleading on behalf of the incapable

    Ed ‘Labour Party’ Stourton (or his Editor who is similarly well-disposed to the Labour Party) decided on a couple of VoxPops for the BBC’s constant campaign on ‘the-cost-of-living-crisis’. The first may have been fairly legitimate although I’m not sure about the numbers presented. A woman with four children, two of whom had ‘special needs’, husband not mentioned. Each shop, she claimed had an increase in £6 in the bill. Let us assume a weekly shop for a family of six at around £100 to £120. Three to five months of £6 extra every week suggest the mother is being ripped off when she shops and should try another supermarket.

    Second VoxPop was a female pensioner in her late seventies. She used to get together with other ladies and go for a coffee in a coffee shop. Ed Stourton sympathised with her helplessness in the face of a pension increase last September when inflation was much lower and her resulting isolation. Why she could not invite her friends round to her place and save money on expensive coffee shop coffee, biscuits and pastries, I know not.

    Instead of suggesting that on air, Ed Stourton much prefered to give a BBC-type misleading impression or a poor pensioner suffering isolation due to a highly paid Conservative PM.


    • Fedup2 says:

      We face a year ot more of the BBC doing extreme financial trouble stories .
      I heard this piece . The elderly lady said she was ‘ big’ and had lost a stone and a half – so perhaps there wont be a need to waste tax money on ridiculous’obesity ‘ drives …

      If only government got small and taxes cut ..


  31. Eddy Booth says:

    ‘We had to stay below ground for more than 60 days’
    “Katerina closes her eyes and takes a breath when I ask about her husband, a fighter, who is still thought to be in the maze of tunnels beneath the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

    She’s been calm and composed until now. She too spent more than two months, with her two sons, in one of the bunkers under the vast industrial facility, where the bombardment felt like it would never end.”

    So it was Azovstal battalions familes safely tucked down there, whilst they used the rest of the civilians homes as their battleground .


  32. Guest Who says:

    There’s nothing like a Dame. BBC locates another idiot mouthful.


  33. Guest Who says:

    Indeed it [checks BBC Guideline notes] ‘could’.


  34. Guest Who says:

    From the image, hell has fozen over, or it’s Lagos Iceland.

    I am here in shorts and a T-shirt.


  35. Guest Who says:

    Lucky SurKurry’s front bench have been well served in the changing rooms in their younger days.


  36. Guest Who says:

    I recommend a few added new posts over at ITBB…


    Posters complementing things The BBC is keen no one hears about over there too.

    There is also a new post in detail about the recent journalistic death in Gaza.

    I was unaware the victim was a Christian.

    I was also unaware of much else there.

    I was made VERY aware of a lot of immediate claims by the likes of The BBC and any idiot pol keen to ride a bandwagon based on limited facts and a lot of mob outrage whipped up by the media.

    And it seems many of those claims are very conveniently dead and buried in challenge or proof at least.


  37. Guest Who says:


    I was hoping to run this by Springster and Sarah Sands to check as, well, irony…

    Sadly, they serve only a niche audience.


  38. Sluff says:

    ……and in today’s selective racist victimhood agenda from the BBC we have this……..

    Girls see physics as for white men only, MPs told

    Strangely the BBC has absolutely nothing to say about the 80-20 bias in favour of girls over boys for medical science and vetinerary disciplines.

    In other words, their usual ‘Heads I win, tails you lose’ reporting.


    • Up2snuff says:

      Sluff, evidence to MPs is obviously racist: “Girls see physics as for white men only, MPs told”


  39. Up2snuff says:

    BBC WEB-SITE Watch #1 – is the only thing left to the BBC Left and the LabourParty ‘the-cost-of-living-crisis’ ?

    I am getting the impression that the BBC no longer care about Covid-19, now that there seems to be no stick with which to beat the Prime Minister and his Government. Infections are falling, as you would expect especially as the weather has suddenly become warmer. The BBC’s and the LabourParty’s claim that stopping free testing would lead to a massive increase in infections hasn’t happened. Partygate has pooped, or backfired, on Labour, the BBC, the Daily Mirror, Pippa Crerar and Laura Kuenssberg now that Keir Starmer is being investigated by Durham Police.

    It appears that you cannot gain access to the look-up https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51768274 about one-third of the way down the page. Either that or some glitch on the BBC server or my computer is preventing it. I get the impression from listening to TOADY or TWatO that the BBC are no longer interested in Covid now that they and Labour cannot gain from it.


    • Up2snuff says:

      I did finally get to check Covid infections for the places I monitor. Think there may have been a glitch on the BBC server. Info still out of date. Maybe the ONS are also getting bored with Covid? Inflation and unemployment are more exciting: what they be next month?


  40. digg says:

    Looks like strongly held personal beliefs cannot be tolerated if they don’t suit the demented woke brigade.

    Paris St-Germain’s soccer player Idrissa Gueye refuses to wear PSG shirt featuring rainbow symbol to show support for LGBT+ …


    Idrissa Gueye comes from Senegal….

    Homosexuality is illegal in Senegal and punishable by prison sentences of up to five years.

    Nevertheless the French Soccer Authorities think he should be “dealt with”…

    “this includes the willingness to offer further education and support”.

    We all know what LGBT “further education and support” means, it was copied from the Russian and Chinese Communists, and means re-education e.g. tow the line, bow down or we will break you.

    I know where my support lies with this man, I hope he sticks to his guns.

    Just a pity that some of our own soccer stars don’t come forward, tell the truth as they really feel it and refuse to join in with this warped indoctrination that is running riot in the West


    • Kaiser says:

      now known as Idrissa not Gueye

      maybe its to do with this

      “Senegal is a secular state, although Islam is the predominant religion in the country, practiced by 97.2% of the country’s population”


  41. Thoughtful says:

    Are we not having a midweek thread any more has that been abandoned or was it a one off ?


    • Fedup2 says:

      Thoughtful – if you like the midweek I’ll keep putting it up – but I said last night ( about 10pm ) that I’d stick with the start the week one because there are not a big number of comments – I usually work on around 150 a day but at the moment it’s about 110 … let me know …


  42. digg says:

    …The crazies come thck and fast…


    The new Chief inspector of police says effectively that officers should look the other way if people steal food from shops….

    I think I might just nip to Sainsbury’s and pick up something nice for dinner, it won’t matter because the people who do pay will pick up the cost in consequently higher prices.

    Another left-wing poke at The Government which is fast becoming the latest press assault on Boris the meany methinks!

    And I thought it was a major war in Europe and an idiot in The White House causing the price hikes, silly me!

    If the Martians invaded Earth, the BBC would report that they all have unruly blonde hair and speak with an Etonian accent I bet.


  43. taffman says:

    “Linton-on-Ouse: MP urges PM to stop village asylum centre plan”

    This is not looking good for Conservatives or the Home Secretary?
    it is now getting ridiculous.


    • Flotsam says:

      A large and controversial project to house 1500. Interesting to consider however, at the rate they are coming over the channel it will only house one month’s worth.

      These “refugees” must think we are absolutely stupid, they are surely laughing at our stupidity.


      • taffman says:

        We are not “absolutely stupid”, our government and its Home Office is .


  44. taffman says:

    “Monkeypox: Two more people infected to take total to nine in UK”
    How did this get here?


  45. digg says:

    A man from Hong Kong writes an eye-opening and honest piece in the Spectator about the role and effect of the British Empire during Hong Kong’s colonial period.


    The chances of this story being taken up by our own anti-British National Broadcaster are less than zero when they should be trumpeting it from the rooftops!


  46. tomo says:


  47. taffman says:

    “Betsi Cadwaladr: Report raises Ysbyty Glan Clwyd A&E concerns”
    Time to scrap the ‘Assembly’ and spend the money on health .
    Simples .


    • Lunchtime Loather says:

      I live in the BC area. It is a truly lovely place to live, but best not to get ill.

      I think it was 50.3% of those that voted who gave us the Assembly, a result that was accepted without question. Odd how those who accepted that fine line of democracy were then very vocal in saying the Brexit vote was too close to accept. Yes, Liz Saville-Roberts, I’m talking about you.


  48. Fedup2 says:

    Seems the suspected male Tory MP is accused / suspected of raping another – younger chap – and one Tory MP – wrongly named in social media has been sighted in the commons .

    I can’t understand how the MP cannot be named – his constituents deserve to know – it’s not just about the increasingly dirty House of Commons ….dirty on all sides ..


    • StewGreen says:

      “Those who wrongly named the Tory MP will no doubt be pleased to see Mark Francois at PMQ’s today.
      They might need a decent lawyer soon.”

      Actually Mark Francois WAS investigated in 2020.
      He wasn’t named at the time, something about protecting identity of his alleged victim
      The investigation found the evidentiary threshold wasn’t met.


  49. StewGreen says:

    9pm BBC2 DNA Family Secrets
    “Maureen wants to know if her father was actually an African American GI.”
    “She is the mother of Strictly star Tommy, she wonders if her sons musicality comes from his black grandfather”
    … Isn’t that everyday racism ?
    As well as the BBC as ever being disproportionally black gain


  50. Zephir says:

    No need for any comment here:

    “Police detective who ‘struggles to feed her child at the end of the month’ on £40k a year ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if hard-up colleagues took BACK HANDERS to put food on the table – but admits she still managed Portugal getaway”