509 Responses to Midweek 15 June 2022

  1. BRISSLES says:

    Here we go. News just in, that 2 speedboats have whizzed across the Channel to Plymouth. Migrants landed on the beach then dispersed. Coastguard slow off the mark – again.

    How many more speedboats will be landing on the secluded Eastcoast beaches, and now its happened on the south coast all it takes is an armada of speeds full of bastards marauding onto the beaches because there isn’t enough coastguard/border force / police to stop it !


    • MarkyMark says:

      Stunned tourists look on as dozens migrants land on packed Spanish beach and sprint off
      Footage shows the migrants arriving at a beach in Zahora, in the province of Cadiz, in a rickety boat

      Click for Sound
      Hundreds of migrant flee into Spain as a boat arrives on the shores of Cadiz

      ByGerard CouzensNews CorrespondentElaine McCahillAssistant Editor
      18:32, 29 Jul 2018UPDATED07:19, 30 Jul 2018



    • MarkyMark says:

      As the fleet approaches the Suez Canal, Egyptian military forces fire a warning shot, causing the fleet to steer south, around the Cape of Good Hope. To the surprise of observers, the apartheid regime of South Africa floats out barges of food and supplies, which the migrants throw overboard. The international press is thrilled, believing the rejection of these supplies to be a political statement against the apartheid South African regime. Western leaders, confident the migrants will accept supplies from their “more virtuous” nations, organize a supply mission, funded by governments, charities, rock stars and major churches, to meet the migrants off São Tomé. However, the fleet does not stop for these barges either, and when a worker from the Pope’s barge attempts to board one of the ships, he is strangled and thrown overboard. The press attempts to contain coverage of the murder.



    • taffman says:

      Every nation has the right to defend its borders. About time now to defend our borders by force!
      We put this government in to get that done.
      The human rights and laws of the people of this nation should have priority over the foreign courts and ‘party gate’.


      • MarkyMark says:

        Defend borders- whilst being attacked from within.


        “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

        ― Taylor Caldwell, A Pillar of Iron



  2. StewGreen says:

    O/T Warning about Graveyard vandals.
    I was talking to a graveyard commissioner and he warned me about a group of graveyard vandals and bullies that go around smashing up any gravestone over 50 years old they choose.

    The gang is called the Church Of England; they are in league with other rogues like Council roadbuilders. So that when new roadbuilding or widening touches a graveyard/cemetery the CoE say “it’s OK just smash up those stones, cos we have a rule that we only protect them for the first fifty years.”

    #2 Local CoE gang managers are inclined to bully when it comes to what words they allow on a gravestone, even banning the word “Dad” in a least one churchyard.
    Apparently The Catholic Church and Church of Scotland are much less interfering,


  3. andyjsnape says:

    bBC would be proud to have written this..
    New racist slur emerges thanks to Government’s Rwanda deportation plan


  4. MarkyMark says:

    Vote Early Vote Often
    ** not all votes will work



  5. AsISeeIt says:

    Glastonbury 2022 – surprise centre stage star Lenny Henry!!

    The Lenny effect…

    Clothing store Ben Sherman (Oxford Industries Inc. completed the sale of Ben Sherman to Marquee Brands, controlled by the US investment group Neuberger Berman for £41m in 2015) emails me today their Glastonbury Styling promotion – and guess the ethnicity of the model chap pictured – representing 3% of the UK population?


  6. MarkyMark says:



  7. BRISSLES says:

    I understand that Worthy Farm have been asked to comment on Henry’s assertions.

    What the hell can they do about it? if blacks don’t want to buy a ticket then they don’t ! No one can force a BAME to do anything – whether its a walk in a National Park (NCEs don’t count), camping in N. Wales, or attending festivals. So what does one brain cell Henry suggest doing ?


  8. MarkyMark says:

    With steep new taxes and cuts to government subsidies, many families are increasingly relying on women to work. In so doing, women are negotiating a new place for themselves in their country’s delicate social fabric – a trend celebrated by some and watched suspiciously by others in a country still tethered to its conservative traditions.


    country’s delicate social fabric – ISLAM DELICATE.
    conservative traditions – ISLAM CONSERVATIVE.

    Note the soft language.

    Saudi Arabia is highlighting its progress on women at a time of scrutiny in the West over its human rights record, including a crackdown on dissent that ensnared dozens of women’s rights activists and the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. An absolute monarchy, it permits no political parties or elections.

    it permits no – whips and guns.


  9. StewGreen says:

    Darn I missed the Media Show, what was it about ??
    “Carole Cadwalladr v Arron Banks:
    The investigative journalist’s first interview after the Leave.EU founder loses libel case”

    Our strange courts


  10. G.W.F. says:

    BBC News this evening. Racism in cricket. So the racist football season is replaced by racist cricket.


  11. Mustapha Sheikup al-Beebi says:

    The Yorkshire C. C. “racism” story is too good for the BBC and Left to let go, just like Stephen Lawrence, Grenfell Tower and George “Fentanyl” Floyd.


  12. StewGreen says:

    ITVlocal news
    #1 New coastal erosion report
    The normal TV garbage where they called normal coast erosion “Climate Change”
    They are two different things
    “Sea level rise will put about 200,000 coastal properties in England at risk within 30 years, new data suggests, as the climate crisis takes hold”
    That’s in 27 years
    Sure coastal flood events happen that reach homes
    but it’s usually that someone drained a marsh 100, or 200 years ago and now someone has put mobile homes and caravans on it.

    #2 Rafiq news, Yorkshire Cricket Club investigation is in
    Some individuals broke racism rules

    #3 New billet caster at Scunthorpe steel
    mentioned “clean green hydrogen” for no reason at all

    #4 Doncaster firm to build helium airships for Spain

    #5 More PRasNews about getting young people to become farmers
    She threw in the phrase “Climate Change” at the end
    cos it’s the reporter’s religion.


  13. Eddy Booth says:

    “US to provide another $1bn of weapons aid to Ukraine, Biden says

    50 didn’t work but let’s try another 1!


  14. G.W.F. says:

    Its those men again. Tried to snatch girls from school. One arrested, one escaped. Not white because the article never mentioned any form of description.



  15. harry142857 says:

    BBC News – Sports day.@ 6.30

    After more allegations about racism at Yorkshire CC (maybe they should return to only let County born players to play)

    Next item. Joe Root isn’t the best batter in the world, just the best male.
    What a horrible mindset these dozy reporters have.

    Let the mens XI play the women’s XI and see the gulf between the two.

    Or perhaps Tyson Fury box the women’s champion.

    Or a nice gentle rugby union match.


    • MarkyMark says:

      It was announced in February 2009 that Middlesex changed their limited overs name from the Middlesex Crusaders, to the Middlesex Panthers, following complaints made by Muslim and Jewish communities.


      • Flotsam says:

        Would Christian people complain if a team was called “Moslem Hordes”


      • G says:

        It is a development. Now having moved on from the level of simply uttering: “Racist” in the enemies efforts to undermine our way of life, we appear to have now entered the demeaning phase. In this phase, the enemy simply target the organisation overall to apply their more subtle attacks.

        There is a plan in implementation.

        Sooner we hit the obvious ‘rock bottom’, and anger becomes necessary, the sooner the Sheeple might respond. Emphasis on, ‘Might’


    • G says:


      “Let the mens XI play the women’s XI and see the gulf between the two.”

      That’s easy enough to achieve: The whole male team, ‘come out’ and declare they are females………….


  16. dafydd says:

    Lord Geitd resigns,Boris Johnsons ethics boss.

    BBC digging out all the Boris haters for comments…

    They really are determined to get him….


  17. Wild Bill says:

    Springwatch just now, one of my favourite progs, showing how black people are underepresented in the birdwatching communities, FFS, my family are amateur birdwatchers, never thought our skin colour came into it.
    Will this crap ever end?


    • MarkyMark says:

      In MECCA there are no bird watchers or Christians.


    • Loobyloo says:

      I concur. Tbh I only watch with one eye now cos as usual, Al Beeb have ruined a perfectly good nature program by shoe horning in Bames to make up a quota. It’s unnecessary, and insulting to viewers. And also so obviously agenda driven. Last night also featured a woman in a headscarf who had…..some plants in her front garden!!


  18. Eddy Booth says:

    ‘A move by Russian energy firm Gazprom to reduce the amount of gas it supplies to Germany was “political” rather than a “technical, justifiable decision”, Germany’s economy minister has said.’

    Nothing political about your refusal to certify finished Nord Stream 2 then.
    An $11 billion project…


  19. Thatcherrevolutionary says:

    Watch the little harpie taken apart by a Scottish journalist possibly for the first time ever. Glorious.


  20. taffman says:

    “Rwanda: We’re committed to asylum plan, says Priti Patel”

    There is lot of disquiet in the country tonight about the absurd, mass illegal immigration that is destroying the social cohesion and fabric of Great Britain .
    It’s the “last chance saloon ” for Boris and Priti.
    What if thousands of Russian commandos landed on our shores claiming asylum?
    We are being run by idiots dressed up as Conservatives .
    Wake up Great Britain, wake up before its too late!


    • TrickCyclist says:

      “What if thousands of Russian commandos landed on our shores claiming asylum?”
      I have a vivid memory from about 10 years ago relating to this when I was riding my bicycle to work in Luton. (Where else?)
      A young white man of military age was running towards me on the pavement, in full matching camo gear of shirt, trousers, field cap and army boots. I’m not a student of military uniforms so I can’t tell you what nationality, but it was definitely somewhere East – as was his language, he was bellowing into his mobile as he went. You don’t expect to see foreign soldiers running around on Britain’s streets, which is why it sticks in my memory.
      Who knows what’s hanging up in wardrobes across the nation?
      Only Muslims wear their uniform of occupation on a daily basis!


  21. taffman says:

    “Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser Lord Geidt quits”
    Another ‘nail in the coffin’ for Bo Jo?


  22. tomo says:


  23. tomo says:

    The global energy recipe


    The one that the BBC et al simply ignore – time to put them on Smart Meters

    The sleezeball McGrath “at it”

    The way to get energy that doesn’t work when you need it is to add more energy that doesn’t work when you need it – or something… utterly stupid.

    Remember folks – Fuel protest July 4th Severn Crossings.

    I’m sponsoring a prize for the most innovative use of superglue.


  24. tomo says:

    and again…


  25. TheRebelUK says:

    The only reason I read the BBC news site now is to see what propaganda they showing. It’s much better to come here and cheer myself up because on here most of us can see through what they peddling. Today watched Stein on GB and it’s so refreshing to get honest facts like this story here https://youtu.be/o1OLtK0sc04. I wonder why the BBC don’t interview people like this?


    • BRISSLES says:

      I never watch BBC or Sky news now, but equally I’m picky what I watch on GB News. Although I like Andrew Dolan and Mark Doyle on their own, I switch off when the unfunny “comedians” appear with them. Or is it just me ? They’re all over loud, the long haired female has the most false laugh ever, and they really think they are funny with the puerile remarks they come out with. I can only imagine that they are short of live gigs in comedy clubs (little wonder) , so must be rubbing their hands with the regular income coming in from GBN.

      I just don’t “get” these ‘new’ comedians.


  26. JohnC says:

    Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser Lord Geidt quits

    An absolute classic BBC ‘lie by inference’:

    Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser Lord Geidt has resigned after saying there was a “legitimate question” over whether the PM had broken ministerial rules over Partygate.

    Yes he said it – but nearly a month ago !. Not as the reason for his resignation the BBC are trying to infer. A BBC warping example akin to the video they editted about Trump trying to infer he said ‘inject disinfectant’.

    ‘A Downing Street source told the BBC that Lord Geidt’s resignation had been a “total surprise and a mystery” to the prime minister, adding: “Only on Monday Lord Geidt asked if he could stay on for six months.”‘

    And of course the article is full of links to old stories.

    I wonder if the answer had been ‘no’ or someone else got to him. It’s all far too convenient to happen at this time to drag it all up again.


  27. Zephir says:

    If one requires an “ethics advisor” then he should maybe not even consider a political career.

    And if he’s a Lord, then good Lord, at least he has a sense of humour

    Dont know how much Jiiminy Crickett charges these days but I suspect he wont be seen at many castles during lockdown


  28. tomo says:


  29. Zephir says:

    Joe Biden says he can’t remember,

    let’s just leave at that.


  30. andyjsnape says:

    Just in case anyone is wondering/bothered….

    Do you know your Pride history?

    Keep paying the tele tax for those and that do, good to see how the money is spent (wasted)


  31. Guest Who says:

    The BME does the horrors of war.


    ‘The Russians said beatings were my re-education’

    Ukrainians who want to leave cities under Russian occupation cannot do so without undergoing a terrifying process known as filtration. Phones are searched, social media accounts scoured. Anything deemed incriminating can lead to beatings or even electrocution, civilians say, and many are forcibly sent to Russia.

    Andriy watched anxiously as Russian soldiers connected his mobile to their computer, apparently trying to restore some files. Andriy, a 28-year-old marketing officer, was trying to leave Mariupol in early May. He had deleted everything he thought a Russian soldier could use against him. But the internet in Mariupol, a once bustling port in southern Ukraine, had been cut off as part of the siege imposed by Russia, and Andriy had not been able to take down some of his social media posts.

    Read full article >

    Hugo Bachega
    BBC News, Zaporizhzhia


    The Diary of Mariupol Andriry seems a frank account of pure suffering. Hope the Tik Tok videos were not Nazi cats.


  32. Guest Who says:

    Sopes uses NYT using big words.

    Seems he has found his dictionary too.



  33. Guest Who says:

    Move over Dr. Doolittle.


    • Guest Who says:

      Engaging with media supported, pig thick ideologues seldom seems a smart play, but if the Taliban feel it helps, ok I guess.



      Afghanistan: UK embassy staff allege Taliban beatings and torture

      ‘Av a word, Dave…


      • JohnC says:

        And remember that is just the British Embassy. It will be going on wholesale across all of Afghanistan.

        But hey BBC – don’t worry about that. Concentrate on the girls football team who ‘escaped’ but are now concerned they would be allowed to officially represent their country.

        I’ve said it many times. The Left are humourless, greedy, nasty, spiteful people when you scrape through their veneer of hypocrisy who do not actually care what happens to anyone. It’s all one big ideological, political game to them where the ends justify any means.

        maxicony merely serves to confirm it. He has no shame for what he does at all. I bet nobody here trolls Left wing forums through sheer malicious intent.

        I’ve arrived at that conclusion after many years of observation and now it is carved in stone for me.


        • MarkyMark says:

          ‘I felt violated by the demand to undress’: three Muslim women on France’s hostility to the hijab
          In France, a new law could seriously restrict women’s rights to wear headscarves in public, and there are fears that it will entrench Islamophobia


          London Mayor of Pakistan heritage asks why Europeans are under represented in attacks in Pakistan …

          2017.10.02 Pakistan Malam Jabba 1 killed 2 injured A bomb planted by religious radicals claims the life of a villager.

          2017.09.26 Pakistan Raiwind 2 killed 0 injured A young couple is honor killed by the girl’s parents.

          2017.09.23 Pakistan Rajgal 1 killed 0 injured A border guard is murdered by Muslim extremists.

          2017.09.19 Pakistan Sukkur 5 killed 8 injured A bomb planted by suspected Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leaves five dead, including two factory workers.

          List of Killings in the Name of Islam: Last 30 Days

          London Mayor of Islamic Faith asks why non-Muslims are under represented in Halal Slaughter houses…

          “Here’s the beautiful thing … these are British products, selling Islamic Products, selling Halal Products (Halal – throat cut whilst conscious, slaughtered by Muslim only employee, incantation to animal from a Koran by Muslim only). That is niche and general, but it’s gone main stream. {Sadiq Khan – youtube Chicken Cottage Award Ceremony 2012}”



    • MarkyMark says:

      Jeremy Corbyn says he regrets calling Hamas and Hezbollah ‘friends’
      This article is more than 5 years old
      Labour leader tells home office select committee that with hindsight he would not have used same phrase



    • MarkyMark says:

      “…and it shouldn’t have been our high commissioner (UKs) called in by the Pakistani Government to be lectured, we should have pulled in the envoy of Pakistan here and said ‘Stop that right now (protesting by blowing things up), or do without the aid we give you (Pakistan) …'”
      – Christopher Hitchens had a point in 2007



  34. Guest Who says:

    The national broadcaster unites.


  35. AsISeeIt says:

    Last week’s news this week edition, featuring a few hardy perennials
    And we ask – is a week really such a very long time in political campaigning?

    Hey Boris, is this what taking back control of our borders looks like?

    Ministers have been told that flights to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda could be delayed for a year by the European Court of Human Rights. (Telegraph)

    If that’s taking back control, then I’m a Dutchman… or maybe I’m French or German… or perhaps a Luxembourger – clearly not British.

    We say a warm welcome home to the moaning female celebrity angst feature this morning: Bafta-winner Joanna Scanlan opens up on depression, drama and reinventing herself ‘Boarding school does huge damage’ (Telegraph)

    So girls, this is what you need to do. Firstly, know this – media, the arts and entertainment industries – in fact our entire cultural life – are now completely dominated by those with middle class parents who could afford a good posh, preferably non-State comprehensive, education for their kids. But once you’ve made it – if anyone asks, you hated your posh private school and think it held you back, OK?


    Keira Knightley was famously unhappy at her west London school, claiming bullying classmates called her “stupid” But it’s amazing what a few Hollywood movies, being voted sexiest film star of all time and an Oscar nomination can do for one’s self-confidence. (Evening Standard)

    CLAIMS by actress Keira Knightley that she was unpopular and condemned as stupid at Teddington School have been met with confusion by the headteacher, who is disappointed at her announcement… “Yeah, the dyslexia didn’t help…”

    Richard Weeks, the headmaster, is disappointed the 19-year-old actress feels this way and says it is not the Keira he remembers. He said in the Daily Mail this week: “Everyone at the school liked Keira and I thought she liked everyone here… In her GCSEs she got six A*s, three As and a B. She was almost our highest-achieving student… I find it difficult to believe she would have got those grades if she had dyslexia, especially as one of her As was in English.” (A rare guest appearance hereabouts for the local rag – the Richmond & Twickenham Times)

    Our BBC is often keen to do what in modern media parlance they term a fact check – one wonders if they have a department working on Bafta actresses’ claims of adolescent misery whilst at their posh schools?

    Oh dear, bit of a cock up betwixt the BBC online press review and the left-leaning ‘i’ newspaper – our BBC this morning presents the frontpage of last Thursday’s ‘i’ paper.

    A week may well be a long time in politics but in ongoing political campainging the messaging is pretty consistent one week to the next – so let’s review last week’s news…

    The ‘i’ frets along with Jeffrey Boakye: ‘Black boys don’t become teachers’ (writer, teacher and music enthusiast originally from Brixton, London. He has two published books – shades of our Keira’s complaints there? He must be the exception that proves the rule?)

    Rail strike passengers face six-day shutdown – ie the ‘i’ main news headline last week – well, that certainly still applies.

    Back to the perenial lefty identity politics campaigning… we’ve ticked the ethic box so on to feminism…

    Someone named Tom Chivers takes the knee to wimmin…

    I’m ashamed I encouraged my wife to breastfeed exclusively, despite the pain – despite best pediatric health advice from medics? Follow the science Mrs Chivers.

    Something for the gays? Judy Garland at 100 How a once-in-a-generation talent changed the world

    And a little bit of politics – as 1980s former stand up comedian Ben Elton was once wont to quip as he cracked yet another Thatcher gag: Waugh on Politics Johnson’s woes only highlight Starmer’s failiar to cut through

    Ah, yes, that deliciously titled feature: Waugh on politics.


  36. Guest Who says:

    So, like ‘men’ doing stuff in crime causing vehicles, the clear solution is to not show anything?


  37. Thoughtful says:

    For those readers who saw the post I made about the LNG plant explosion in Texas, and the expectation that LNG and oil shipments would recommence in 3 weeks unfortunately the damage was more extensive than first thought and the plant will not be in a position to ship LNG until late 2022.


    Of course this means gas in America has become cheaper with a 15% fall, but in Europe gas prices have risen a further 20%

    If this was a deliberate sabotage by a Russian or Chinese agent it would certainly be a masterstroke as the dopey CIA are so screwed up by Political Correctness and woke stupidity they wouldn’t be able to even see it coming – this would be in line with their history of complete cluster f***s when it comes to preventing attacks on their homeland.

    And in yet another food factory fire this past week a ‘Festive Foods’ Pizza factory has burned to the ground in the USA.


    The media in the UK appears completely silent on these issues and they aren’t even reporting the fires at UK food processing plants either. Perhaps they believe ignorance is bliss.

    In other disaster news tens of thousands of cattle in Kansas have died because of heat exhaustion. In isolation viewed as one off events these might not amount to much but the situation of a whole shows a country falling to pieces as Socialism destroys it at a record pace.


    • Terminal Moraine says:

      Thoughtful the media avoidance of food production plants spontaneously combusting mirrors their silence on all the churches randomly catching fire these days.

      They’ll tell us food shortages are Putin’s fault and that inflation has nothing to do with pumping $trillions into the money supply over the last two years.

      And people will be lapping up the government ‘solutions’ to these crises when they come.


  38. Guest Who says:

    This seems an excellent opportunity for Lewis Goodhall to get an old colleague in… to ‘analyse’.


  39. Guest Who says:

    A lot in this thread and spin offs.

    Mostly revolving around Twitter obsessives in politics relying on reliable media to simply pass on snarks and no more.


    • Guest Who says:

      Alice doesn’t live in Surkeer’s head any more.

      Lewis Goodhall understands.

      Lawyers, pols, media…

      Shakespearean podium starter kit.


      • Up2snuff says:

        Guest, I think Tony Blair wants back in. He wouldn’t be briefing against the Sucker currently in charge of Lacklustre Labour, would he?


      • MarkyMark says:

        If you’d travelled across the world to pursue a better life, would you move back in return for money?

        Germany is betting that the answer is yes.

        The country has long offered migrants and asylum seekers financial incentives to leave its shores, and until 28 February 2018 it’s prepared to pay out extra.

        Individuals will get €1,000 and families up to €3,000 (£2,650; $3,540) to cover rent or resettlement costs back in their home countries – things like basic kitchen or bathroom facilities.

        Critics say Angela Merkel’s government is trying to bribe its way out of a tricky situation, but supporters say the scheme will help sad, exhausted migrants who just want to go home.

        Germany is by no means first to this approach. So where else has done it – and is it morally wrong?



  40. Zephir says:

    “Labour doesn’t come up with any alternatives”

    But they do, £44 000 a year rail drivers should stop working until they get a pay rise

    “Lisa Nandy, the Shadow Secretary for Levelling Up, said that, although Labour “wanted to avoid strikes” and was “on the public’s side”, it was “also on the rail workers’ side”, stressing that “they’re dealing with the same pressures that everyone else is – the cost of food, the cost of soaring inflation rates, taxes going up, and they’re really struggling to make ends meet.” ”



  41. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – LeftyMob in a tiswas today

    I listened to the first half-hour of TOADY and switched off during the first sports segment and I intended to listen to the prime interview @8.10 a.m.. Got distracted, switched on 5 minutes in and Mishal Husain was interrogating some poor soul (Govt Minister?) about ‘Essex Advisers’ so I switched off smartish. The LibMob/LeftyMob really don’t get it – do they? Lord Geidt criticised the PM some days ago, if my memory serves me well.

    He’s quit because he’s probably got a better job offer.


  42. Zephir says:

    “What we can determine is how we use the opportunities that political support, even of a circumspect or faltering type, provides. The endeavour of socialists in the Labour Party should be to demand that statements of support from individual MPs are turned into action by the party as a whole. We aim to make Labour the party of strikes, to make it a matter of political instinct that every elected Labour politician supports workers taking action, and the mobilise the resources of the Labour Party to actively support disputes – from fundraising for strike funds, to mobilising local members to support picket lines, to pursuing policy and legislation in council chambers and Parliament in support of the demands of strikes. In particular, this means confronting Labour administrations where they are directly backing bosses in disputes with workers, as Sadiq Khan does on TfL.”



  43. Zephir says:

    “The mad militant gravy train: Services cancelled because staff won’t work when it’s sunny, breaks that restart if a boss says ‘hello’. As they boast of bringing the network to a halt, GUY ADAMS reveals how union rules are stuck in the steam age

    ‘Walking allowance’ allows railway staff extra time off to stroll to their mess room
    Network Rail spent £750 million redeveloping New Street station in 2015
    The median salary of rail workers was £44,000, 70 per cent above the average
    This week RMT trade union ordered members to strike for three days in June”

    The scene is rush-hour in Birmingham. Every few minutes, uniformed railway workers emerge from a modern building opposite the entrance to New Street station, cross the road, walk through automatic doors and head for a ticket barrier.

    The entire journey, from a mess room named The Wedge, where staff take tea breaks, to one of the trains where they do their actual job, stretches to anything from 50 to about 350 yards, depending on what platform they’re departing from.

    Covering this distance on foot would normally take an adult between 30 seconds and a couple of minutes. The only exception, during an evening I spent observing proceedings this week, involved a bearded ticket inspector who took a time-consuming detour to pick up a sausage roll from Greggs”



  44. Zephir says:

    “The reason? A little-known industry perk known as a ‘walking allowance’. It dictates that any member of railway staff entitled to a specified break must be given extra time off to cover the process of strolling to and from their mess room. And those times are negotiated by the shop stewards of their militant trade unions.

    So it goes that at Birmingham New Street a worker’s half-hour tea break actually lasts 40 minutes, with five minutes for each journey there and back. A source with knowledge of operations says that about 600 staff use The Wedge daily during shifts that typically include two rest periods. While not all are train crew, somewhere in the region of a thousand hours per week are nonetheless devoted to — or, some might argue, wasted on — walking

    Similar rules apply at every station in the country under a Byzantine raft of highly generous trade union agreements that cost rail operators, and by extension passengers and the taxpayer, tens of millions of pounds every year.

    At Victoria in London, for example, a single trip from the crew room to a platform is budgeted at ten minutes. At St Pancras in the capital, Southeastern drivers get a whopping 12 minutes to walk to their trains while their colleagues at East Midlands Trains get by with just five. Occasionally, negotiations surrounding this costly perk verge on the farcical.”


  45. Guest Who says:

    Esme and Matt get a room. Quote away.


  46. andyjsnape says:

    By-election: Is Tory marginal Wakefield ready to go red again?

    Quote “Paymen Karimi wants Boris Johnson to put Partygate behind him”

    But then the bBC wont let us forget!


  47. theisland says:

    Steve Laws asked the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities How many asylum seekers (those who have had successful claims) and refugees have been put into social housing since January 1st 2022?

    They replied … there is a settled intention to publish this information in due course. [But when, one asks?]
    We have therefore decided that, on balance, it is not in the public interest to disclose this information at this time.

    British citizens stuck on housing waiting lists for years might think something is wrong.


  48. Guest Who says:

    This would be funny, only Nish is mentioned.

    Imagine if SirLenny had been included?


  49. tomo says:

    The bizarre kicked in early this morning. Google-Alphabet asking for donations…


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