271 Responses to Weekend 30 July 2022

  1. Deborah says:


    I heard a few minutes of Woman’s Hour today and there was Emma Barnett discussing the closure of The Tavistock Centre. She was aware of the increasing numbers of female born people who now think they are men. The programme was reasonably sympathetic to the idea that these young people have mental health issues. Nothing was suggested that these young people may be attention seeking. I just wonder whether some of these children have reached an age where no child care is given by busy mums trying to work full time during long summer holidays and the children get left alone and bored. Maybe these children just want adult attention. Just a suggestion but one the BBC would never investigate.


    • Helena Hand-Basket says:

      Deborah, I suspect many ‘trans’ girls are just going through a ‘tomboy’ phase. Enid Blyton’s Famous Five adventure series featured a Georgina who insists on being called George, and has boyish hair and clothes. Apparently Blyton based George on her childhood self. Fortunately, Enid was left alone to grow out of it, and became a wife and mother.

      I dread to think what would have happened if she’d been brought up in today’s woke climate. We’d have seen an Eric Blyton (complete with prosthetic male appendage) churning out books like ‘Five fight for gender freedom’. Our young heroes would battle the villainous transphobes depriving George of her puberty-blockers and mastectomy.

      As for Blyton’s Noddy books, I dread to think what they’d have done with the Noddy-and-Big Ears relationship. It would probably have involved a homophobic Mr Plod anyway.


      • Yasser Dasmibehbi says:

        Helena, The last Enid Blyton Book I read was ‘Five on Brexit Island’. On reading it I learned that George grew up to be a staunch Remainer. I was so disappointed. Julian on the other is fully behind Brexit, though a trifle overweight these days.


        • moggie63 says:

          The adult Famous Five books tickle me, I bought the lot.


          • Zephir says:

            She did her own versions of the Brer Rabbit stories probably all banned now with vegans in trauma


            • Doublethinker says:

              No it was the tar baby character that got them banned.


              • Zephir says:

                The epic tale of a brer rabbit and brer fox. When brer rabbit encounters the tar baby, he becomes entangled the more he tries to pummel the fake person. In an effort to get away from brer Fox and his intentions, he must outsmart brer fox Fox before he becomes dinner. The last thing he wants is to be thrown into the briar patch. And the fox is outsmarted. Brer Rabbit is right at home in a briar patch.


      • BigBrotherCorporation says:

        Helena, as I’ve posted here before, my younger sister was a rampant tomboy (and frequently mistaken for a boy) until she hit maybe 14, and puberty kicked in.

        She’s now in her mid 40s and happily married (to a man), with three teenagers of her own. She has said she is so glad she isn’t a child these days, or she’d have been in that clinic and on puberty blockers before our parents had half a chance to say “hang on a minute…”

        I don’t actually have a problem with (got to be nuts) adults wanting to change their ‘gender’, that’s their problem, but kids? Leave them alone and let nature do her thing before reaching for those hormones and the butcher’s knife.


    • Sluff says:

      All these young people with mental health issues, autism, gender fluidity, attention deficit syndrome, unsure of themselves, confused about their sexuality, worried about various things.

      Back in the day we used to have a term for this


    • digg says:

      The Tavistock centres were the very top of a pyramid of lunatic paranoia and self delusion and power trips.

      Hopefully some innocent young lives will now be protected from such horrible damage and interference that these nutcases inflicted on other unfortunates.

      The authorities must ensure that horrible people like this are never ever given the power to take apart young lives ever again for their own twisted ideology.


  2. Guest Who says:

    I second this.


    • Fedup2 says:

      No – come on it’s healthy to sexualise 5 year olds – it gets them ready for the onslaught ( grooming word should be banned ) from the paki rape gangs , the BBC , various perverted pressure groups , the NHS telling the to have sex – be free – eat more eat less – want this – want that – get upticks – spend their lives on a screen ….
      So why are so many turning into nut jobs ?no idea

      How parents ( one mum and one dad ) can protect their children from the evil now – no idea …


      • digg says:

        True FedUp, I notice that the commercial channels are now happy to be running explicit viagra ads well before the watershed complete with after sex “phew” footage. The fascination with pushing the boundaries to create “edgy” commercials is in fact a horrible mental sickness that is destroying normal society. Can you even imagine what the commercial directors of the viagra companies are like and so low life and greedy to push for this move? Greed or total disdain for normal acceptable values?

        I think we are getting near the time when primary schools will invite porn couples into class to demonstrate the sexual act live to 5 year olds to develop their awareness.

        There are some very sick individuals roaming in our society now in responsible positions and they are attracting the approval of what used to be guardians of our children’s safety and well-being.


  3. The General says:

    Are gender specific women supposed to wear Her She Bras ?


    • Guest Who says:

      Annabelle, of bbc n. America, has at last got some news to share.


      Meanwhile Steve in Russia has the skinny from a Babushka.

      And some divvie has sent the BBC her tattoo.

      Plus Bex Vardy is doing an Amber.



    • BigBrotherCorporation says:

      Plenty of men around who look like they should be wearing bras, is that hormonal, or simply too much food?


      • BRISSLES says:

        I remember my brother before he started school, having an invisible friend called Marian. He would chat for hours as though she was there. My mum even had to lay a place at the table for her. Once at school he soon forgot ‘Marian’, but can you imagine what would happen today ? He would be classed as being on the autistic spectrum and be assessed on a regularly basis. Perhaps our parents back then were more intelligent and common sense ruled, whereas today………………….


      • NCBBC says:

        All the flab will sort itself out if the UN agenda on farming sustainability and Climate Change is forced on us regardless who gets voted in.

        UN, World Economic Forum Behind Global ‘War On Farmers’: Experts


        As far as I can see the elites are waging a war on us humans. They wish us gone.


        • BigBrotherCorporation says:

          Oh, I don’t know, they’ll need to get their Soylent Green from somewhere.


      • Feebz666 says:

        and the enormous beer bellies that make people without a cervix look pregnant


  4. G.W.F. says:

    This was inevitable. Bames being interviewed about why they don’t feel represented by the Lionesses because ‘they don’t look like me’. They managed to get a Moslem moaning about lack of diversity.




  5. Thoughtful says:


    Oh Cr** ! The UK relies on France for electricity in Winter and if this Op Ed in Bloomberg is correct the French are in an even worse position than Germany this Winter, with a greater chance their lights will go out.


    • davylars says:

      From tonight’s power generation type, it would appear we are keeping the frog lights on tonight. (IC France). -6%
      Also if you look at the Norwegian connector (IC nsl) -4%
      It’s not quite what the BBC told us in Oct 2021

      Using NSL, renewable power can be exported from the UK when wind generation is high


      “At full 1,400 megawatt capacity it will import enough hydro-power to supply 1.4 million homes, National Grid said.“
      It looks like we are exporting mainly gas produced electricity. Again not what the Beeb claimed, ….. “Using NSL, renewable power can be exported from the UK when wind generation is high ”. …. is 16% high?. .. I think not.


    • Guest Who says:

      Georgie is on it.

      With her audience of two.


      • Guest Who says:

        Sky got a few more.


      • NCBBC says:

        40C for a couple of days at most is not Climate Change AGW. The rest of the days ie 363 days is what counts, not a hot day in several years.

        “Team of scientists” says that it was a concensus driven result. So how was the experiment done?


  6. Foscari says:

    The BBC is right over the mix of the England ladies football
    team .The team should have quotas in the same way as the
    BBC employ their staff. Excellence should not come into
    the equation ,as it doesn’t so far as the BBC is concerned.
    At least half the team should come from LGBTXWZ backgrounds,
    At least two should be transgender, three or four black . There
    MUST be at least one wearing a hijab. Yes and of course there
    has to be at least one cis white women. I suppose the
    make up of the regional Londonistan programme on the BBC
    could be an analogy.


    • Sluff says:

      The best thing about the Lionesses is that ethnically they actually appear to represent England.
      Being (still) mainly white.

      It can only be a matter of time however before this is challenged so as to up the BAME contingent.


      • Guest Who says:

        The results will be around the world before BBC Sport can persuade Rizzo to get her boots on.


        • Zephir says:

          The search is on for a BAME female with a arse that can fit into a pair of football shorts and understands that offside is not racist or something to do with Brexit and freedom of movement.

          The USA have given up already.

          I blame Colonel Sanders.


    • Lunchtime Loather says:

      I’ve often wondered why there are no white people on BBC’s Asian Network.


      • Guest Who says:

        Or, for that matter, any representatives of most Asian nations.


        • Lunchtime Loather says:

          From a recent complaint response: “With regards the Asian Network’s focus being specific to the Indian sub-continent, our primary aim is to serve British Asian audiences in the UK, as opposed to reflecting the wider Asian continent to general UK audiences.” So no Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, etc.

          On the basis that the BBC are not generally specific, I have always wondered where those “Asian grooming gangs” come from and have always assumed, apparently incorrectly, that they might be Tibetan.


  7. Sluff says:

    Sometimes the BBC gives its true self away in a single moment.

    Toady 7.30am. The sports report.

    In a gushing ‘interview’ about the Commonwealth Games the presenter ‘Mike’ said.

    ‘For the first time there are more medals for women than men which shows the commitment to Equality’ !!!!!!!!!

    You just cannot make it up.


  8. AsISeeIt says:

    Woman bites dog edition

    It looks a lot like one of those familiar ladies days in the press.

    What with: Wagatha: the verdict (Daily Mirror) – these charmers being a pair of media attention-seeking celeb try hard, clothes-horse, famous for no great achievement other than… let me think… their proximity to footballers

    Speaking of which: On the ball Lionesess ride a wave of euphoria ahead of Euro 2022 final (FT) – that’ll be a wave of media euphoria

    From the wave of media-driven supposed euphoria to the wave of campaign-driven dysphoria – I’m on a roll this morning: Tavistock gender identity clinic is closing: what happens next? Analysis: as NHS shuts London clinic for young people, new regional hubs are planned – but thousands remain on waiting lists… in the past decade alone, the number of referrals… went from 138 in 2010-11 to 2,383 in 2020-21. (Guardian)

    Wasn’t it PT Barnum who is supposed to have said something like: “Put on the show and they’ll come” – or was it: “There’s a sucker born every minute” ?

    It really is looking like a ladies day. Several titles appear to throw in their lot – or for the left-leaners put their bets on Liz Truss: Truss heads for No 10 as Sunak’s tax U-turn fails (‘i’); Sunak suffers new blow (Times); Truss plans Thatcherite shake-up of the Treasury (Telegraph) – Thatcherite? More like Thatcher-lite.

    Truss housing revolution. Leadership contender vows to ‘unlock’ home ownership for millions (Express) – seems the centre-left light-weight neo-con candidate about to be foisted on us as PM by a cabal of left-liberal Tory MPs and compliant corporate press is promising us the earth. Or as late-80s comedy double act Lee and Herring liked to say: “the moon on a stick”

    Chasing rainbows. Disney’s gay dilemma – is pondered by the FT Weekend.

    We don’t like the BBC’s new favourite paper – the left-leaning ‘i’ which once again tops the online press line up over there at the Beeb. But we have to hand it them, they beat the red-top tabloids for best Wagatha headline: High Court own goal

    And the ‘i’ seems as though it is getting just as saucy as the Star: Summer of love outdoors. Getting frisky al fresco.

    Of course the ‘i’ does a big promotion for: England vs Germany. Time to end 100 years of hurt – 100 years? ‘By fall of 1922, Germany found itself unable to make reparations payments’ – thank you Wiki.

    Of course this ladies football promotional feature splashed frontpage of the ‘i’ will have endeared it to the BBC. This additional little nod (what they term in the game an ‘assist’) will no doubt have helped promote the ‘i’ to the top of the BBC press pile: 5pm Sunday, BBC1

    Now I’ve gone and advertised it. What of the HABs we wonder – when will hear from the Husbands and Boyfriends?

    In case you are interested…

    Meet the BAPs – the boyfriends and partners cheering England’s Lionesses on in Euro 2022 (Daily Star)

    Oh, BAPs not HABs – my terminology is SO last century.

    Off-pitch lives and loves of England’s Lionesses as Women’s Euro 2022 kicks off (Mirror)

    Any chaps in the news today, in their own right?

    Yes, but they’re not getting a good press…

    Robbie Williams on narcissism and his longevity (Telegraph)

    Bozo is just like a golden retriever (Daily Star)

    In further canine news (man bites dog and all that): Put a stop to ‘bad dog’ behaviour. Our expert guide to keeping canine companions happy, healthy and obedient (Telegraph) – there’s a prescription for policies for our putative new PM

    The healthy bit could be a problem. Pity our NHS is bankrupt – in more ways than one: Cancer testing cut to fund NHS pay rises (Telegraph)

    And finally, some more BBC news – if only we could say late-BBC news – well, you didn’t expect the Tory candidates to go there, did you?

    They do say our BBC doesn’t respond well to criticism when they occasionally err or drop a clanger. And as George Lucas might have put it: The Empire Strikes Back: Euro 2022: Young players talk about diversity in England’s squad (BBC); UK heatwave: Weather forecasters report unprecedented trolling (BBC)

    They think they got it about right – that’s the mantra, right?


    • Fedup2 says:

      Just to add to the press review – the story reported by Lawrence fox which I put up yesterday has made the Times . Ok – it’s not directly about the BBC – but it is about the ending of free speech here – and I am still fuming about it –

      Officers from Hampshire constabulary have been criticised for arresting an army veteran over a social media post.

      The 51-year-old former soldier had shared an image of gay and transgender pride flags in the shape of a swastika.

      Three officers visited the veteran at his home in Aldershot this month, saying that an alleged hate crime had been reported. When they returned on Thursday they were confronted by Laurence Fox, the actor-cum-political activist, and Miller, who successfully challenged College of Policing guidelines on so-called non-crime hate incidents at the Court of Appeal last year.
      THE ARTICLE CONTINUES – but it’s very difficult to copy it .

      Anyway – it is ironic that The Times doesn’t allow comments – to me doing that reflects the knowledge that such events makes normal people very angry . I am . I think the name and address of the complainant should be published – and the identity of each stazi plod published .
      It might concentrate their minds about the consequence of their actions …. Same for the chief constable of Hampshire ….

      In contrast – the guardian reports the trial of 3 horribly thick met plod who published their inner thoughts on a ‘wats ap?” Group which leaked out . One apparently ‘blamed training ‘ for not knowing what was ok to say or not – such as shooting people or tazering someone with Down’s syndrome …met must be so proud …

      By the sound of it whoever advised them to go to trial did so to get the fee …….


      • Guest Who says:

        I am perplexed.

        Something very odd is going on.

        We live in sleepy shireville. Despite this, and little stabby stabby action due to poor diversity, we have our fair share of fun and games. Seldom serious, but needs addressing.

        All of which is ‘policed’, rather casually, by local plod. A few ok ones, but a couple of hefty peroxide minxes whose attitude at best could be describe as entitled. They only do lawbreaking if it seems worth it. Hence safety cameras sited pointing out into the farmland rather than in town to catch the weekend speedway yoof. And antisocial patrols monthly in the park in office hours.

        However… something serious… actually serious, and we have been in the vicinity of a few… and very serious, very big, very professional young men turn up. Polite, calm, reassuring. Never seen them before.

        Are there two levels? Actual police, with slappers and spotty oiks like the clowns one sees dispatched to roust a safe perp en masse? Paid the same?


        • Fedup2 says:

          Guest who
          I followed the barking serial murder a bit because local plod was so inept / lazy that it stuck out . The relatives of the queer men murdered pieced it together .

          The killings were kept local – rather that the usual thing of going to a murder squad .. and the consequence was one of the nails in the coffin of the tick box commissioner ….
          As well as more avoidable murders by the sick monster now doing life …

          I guess they are all paid the same . But I fear the inept lazy tick box types far outnumber the few remaining coppers … and ethnics plays a part in it innit ,,,


          • Guest Who says:

            As one not blessed with inches other than the entendre column deuce euphemism Dept., I was oddly reassured that all seemed headed for 6’ 4”.

            The very sweet five foot nothing PCSO swinging in at 15 stone with a stab vest as a bra… less so.


            • Fedup2 says:

              I get the impression that they are at the same level as security guards and need to go around mob handed now – as frightened of the public – as the public now fear them ( apart from real criminal 14 year olds and paki rape gangs ) …


              • Guest Who says:

                These guys were young, dedicated, normal… what I think of. Or used to.

                So the spotty Herberts in feral packs with their blonde gay slapper Gfs… maybe they get dispatched when the real ones tell the Rainbow Super to do one.


    • Beltane says:

      I see Coleen is saying the £3m case cost would have been so much better spent on more worthy causes – like Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Dolce and Gabbana, Lagerfeld, Versace and many other such deserving outlets.


  9. Guest Who says:

    How is magic gramps going to stand, should to shoulder, in solidarity, when Paul is already chipping in?

    Maybe Lewis? For ‘balance’?


  10. Sluff says:

    The other day readers kindly gave me some positive votes for noting BBC London’s recent biased focus on the pro- NHS section of the 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremony. We move on.

    The Tavistock clinic is to close.
    A report has revealed its obsession with supporting young people to get sex change surgery was woefully wrong. As was its politically correct focus on the transgender view of the world and it’s commitment to the propaganda of Stonewall and fellow travellers.

    But hidden away here is something not remarked on at all by the statist, biased BBC.

    It was an NHS service! It was an NHS hospital trust!

    Yes, our world class NHS heroes have moved on from Telford and have gone and done it again.

    Failure upon failure. And yet the gullible public still think it is wonderful.


    • Guest Who says:

      Was the twerking team fully funded and given every ‘day’ off to join the police service boys and other boys?


      • Fedup2 says:

        Mail online reporting on some one called Giles coren leaving a bbc show about hotels I’ve never heard of because of a serious ‘twitter spat ‘ involving a battle with nasty lefty trolls .. we know about them here …

        …although the real footy season gets going today I understand there a wimmins thing tomorrow – will the bbc count the skin colours like some mad hobby – I hope someone will be watching to count the number of freckled players – ii I cared I d want someone to reflect my skin type …


        • digg says:

          The BBC will be doing a Dan Johnson “Cliff Richard” plan on Mr Coren, putting him in a quiet corner until people forget about is horrible “glad you are dead, roast in hell ha,ha,ha,ha” tweets about someone who had been critiquing him online and subsequently pegged it.

          Like Arnold you can bet your life that “Mr C will be back” in due course, the Coren family are very much a BBC protected species.


          • Fedup2 says:

            I don’t know who he is ( apart from a BBC favoured family) but I bet he’d be well suited to a program about best wine boxes…


            • digg says:

              He is the stereotype BBC roll on model, his sister is a clever lass who fronts a famous BBC quiz show and is a professional gambler and is married to a bloke called Mitchell, also a stock BBC “funny” guy figure who writes stuff as well. Hence the BBC will be circling the wagons right now.


        • Deborah says:

          I read the mail online article about Giles Coren. I haven’t watched the programme as I watch so little BBC. And I read the comments below the article. They were some of the nastiest I have come across on that site and I guess they were still kinder than the ones twittered to Mr Coren. It makes me wonder how many thoroughly nasty people there are in this country. I presume most of them are young. Are their lives so empty, vacuous, miserable that they can find this level of nastiness? I am also watching Alex Belfield’s court reports. I know his language is choice and not what I would ever use or indeed what I might have expected to hear on the BBC. But the men who have accused him of stalking seem to have such empty lives and I haven’t really understood quite how Jeremy Vine got involved, nor the police. It is so sad that there appear to be so many nasty people around. I presume they are proud of their nastiness. I fear I am beginning to understand how Germany had so many people willing to do such despicable acts leading up to, and during WWII.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Are they going to re deploy the diversity management teams or move them on . ..the NHS cannot lose their vital skills ….


  11. atlas_shrugged says:

    Interesting blog on how a lunatic minority are corrupting and controlling various narratives online:


    The author uses the word cesspit. I think he is being too nice!


    • Fedup2 says:

      Atlas – a very long piece – bottom line though – is there a view that the pharma companies are funding these characters or are they just driven nut jobs ….

      … I can – sort of – understand the desire to suppress negative incidents relating to the vaccines – eg healthy people dropping dead –
      – because the State sees that as a price worth paying – assuming the vaccines save millions of people…

      But if it turned out the vaccines aren’t really needed but lots of people are dying or suffering long term consequences that must be a different matter ….


  12. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – in which Harshmistress Mishal has a Viv Nicholson moment

    The BBC, with a guaranteed income that they pay in large amounts to the favoured few like Harshmistress Mishal, tends to make them and their presenters cash happy. Just like 1960s pools winner Viv Nicholson. From the get-go at 7 a.m. this morning it was ‘splash the cash’ time on the BBC not realising that it all has to be taxpayer funded. Half a £billion immediately to ‘contaminated blood victims’, more money called for by Anne Longfield, former Childrens’ Commissioner, who has ‘done a report’ for a charity she now heads. Greedy train drivers who have seen their pay increase by 34% in the last few years want even more!

    Taxes, already – it is claimed (I have seen no evidence in support of that) – at a 70 year high will inevitably have to go up. Rail fares will have to go up until some rail franchises go bust and require a bail-out so taxes will have to go up again to cover it.


    • Fedup2 says:


      Not directly BBC

      Being a mere armchair economist – I cannot figure how this stuff pans out .

      But let me make certain assumptions – Truss becomes PM and appoints a less money tree orientated chancellor . Yet the cost of living crisis is gonna hit bigly if commodity prices remain high or higher

      So any public spending will be directed toward mitigating extreme hardship . Others will just have to get on with it .

      So pressure to fund the military – NHS – everything else – will take second place .

      But truss says cut taxes to cause growth . How does that work in those 2 years ?

      Then – say the red labour lot come in ? They will make bigger spending promises . -so that means more taxes – right ?

      As for the subject of compensation for contaminated blood products – well this one is one I agree with – partly because someone I knew suffered and died young because of the NHS and it’s corrupt imported blood products – but because people are still suffering and dying because of what the great NHS did to them .

      And yes – they deserve the money right now .

      The inquiry is going to find that when officials found that the NHS was killing people using imported blood products it covered it up – causing even more deaths and suffering …

      And people wonder why I regard the NHS / medical mafia as self serving and third rate ‘ world ..?


      • Up2snuff says:

        Fed, oil and gas prices are going to remain high and probably go higher still as we get past 2030 and on toward NetZero time in 2050. Nowt to do with Ukraine, all to do with NetZero and the banning of new petrol and diesel car sales after 2030. The oil and gas companies need to diversify into something other than oil and gas. Most likely they will go for so-called ‘renewables’ (BP is already doing that) because they are cash cows at the present time.

        I suspect the scare stories about Global Warming and Climate Change that we did not get this morning but have had for the last two days, is that the ‘Alarmists’ are terrified, not of permanent heatwaves or climate change, but one of the two candidates for PM and Leadership of the Conservative Party doing something sensible by scrapping the Green Levy or rolling back on the UK’s commitment to Net Zero or scrapping the ban on new petrol and diesel cars or overturning the gas ban or maybe agreeing to fracking or even going back to coal.


  13. JohnC says:

    Alexander Ionov case: US charges Russian with interfering in US politics

    Ever since Trump took office, I’ve been watching the USA degenerate into a country moving further and further away from democracy towards a Leftists fascist dictatorship.

    It started with the committees actively looking reasons to impeach Trump. They should have been pulled to pieces by the media for doing it – but the media are now infested with Leftists and they are all part of the problem.

    Then we got the response to the election fraud claims : total rejection of any possibility and the persecution by the media of anyone who supported it. They could have put it to bed with a full and proper inquiry but they slammed the door shut on that from the start.

    Now we have Russia and Ukraine. There is no attempt at all to disguise the fact it is a proxy war. The USA are openly giving Ukraine their latest weapons then using their massive intelligence organisation to tell them where to fire them. Just imagine how big the team must be to monitor everything Russia is doing.

    The Left and the Democrats are taking us to war and they don’t give a sh1t whether anyone else likes it or not. They are rapidly becoming dictators : just the other day I read Biden might force something by special decree because the democratic route rejected it. Meanwhile they have split society like never before and even civil war is not unthinkable.

    When enough time passes so the lessons of the last time the Leftists ideology caused such suffering are forgotten, the latest bunch do exactly the same again. Because how their brain works is exactly the same now as it was then.

    I’ve said it many times and I firmly believe it : the Left is a cancer in society which will eventually destroy it. I can absolutely see why they murdered so many throughout history.


    • Doublethinker says:

      The globalist liberals , WEF et al, are becoming increasingly bold and open in their policies and their intentions. I find this worrying . It’s much more worrying than when they seemed to be a covert organisation, because then I thought that if they went too far the voters would simply reject them at the polls and have them replaced . Naively I imagined democracy in the West was too strong to overthrown .
      These days they don’t seem to care what we think of them or of their policies . The recent treatment of Canadian truckers , the imposition of reduced fertiliser usage in Canada and Holland and the consideration of it in Ireland are good examples. The net zero targets and all its lunatic policies , heat pumps instead of gas boilers, rising fossil fuel prices , despite there being plenty available , are another example. Insisting that very young children are vaccinated against Covid despite growing concerns about the safety of the vaccine , is a third .
      If they don’t care what we , the voters, think then , to me , it’s a strong indication that our votes don’t matter and that they are in complete control of future elections world wide. Their agenda is what we are going to get whether we vote for it or not. perhaps the rigging of the US election in 2020 was such a success that they are now entirely confident that come what May they will retain power. We have been disenfranchised but most of us don’t realise it yet.


      • Fedup2 says:

        Double – I’d question whether we were ever enfranchised – but the divorce between the slightly different brands of politicians and the voter only widens .

        Perhaps they are going too fast – and in some countries there is physical resistance eg Sri Lanka …

        ..but I assume the WEF will have modelled the behaviour in places such as Holland and planned for that .

        Countries where the WEF do not have influence / control will be ‘changed ‘ ( Hungary – Poland ) … and deal done with Russia and China to leave them alone …

        Just a guess though ..


        • Doublethinker says:

          I suspect your predictions may well come to pass. I do think that we were fully franchised until the ousting of Lady T. After her the globalists began to take control and the politicians Major, Blair, Brown, Cameron , May became increasingly indistinguishable in terms of their policies.
          The current bunch of MPs are still pushing the global establishment line which is why they wouldn’t send Badenoch into the last two because they knew that party members would vote for her radicalism .


      • JohnC says:

        Absolutely : the key problem here is that the ‘free press’ are supposed to be a check-and-balance against this sort of thing.

        They have failed utterly. The BBC not going near the absolutely unacceptable mental state of Biden is an excellent example.

        The problem is that the Left are far more ideologically driven than the Right. They tend to live in a utopian world of their own imagination and they are convinced they are much cleverer than everybody else. Hence far more of them want to become journalists so they can change the world into their way of thinking.

        They are now an integral part of the problem. It’s a problem which has mushroomed because of internet and social media. As someone once described it : it’s like giving the hecklers at the back of the hall the microphone.


        • Wild Bill says:

          But if you are a student and not bame or female then the bBC wont allow you on a journalism training course, this has been going on for years.


  14. StewGreen says:

    Belfield trial : AB ha now done his transcript of witness Dehaney
    The core thing is that Dehaney stated that he looked at almost everything AB did, made compilations of the video poke to BBC lawyers a number of times, called the police officer by her first name as if he was friends with her , but but but never thought about the initial libel letter that was withdrawn, that his own initial blogpost defended and had only heard the detail this week in court
    The judges interjection seem to say that he was astonished at that claim.
    .. https://youtu.be/-Krw1jrbGrk

    The anti-Belfield group like History Debunked and the trolls keep repeatedly saying that Belfield makes out the BBC is on trial, and that is a false narrative.
    Yet it appears that almost every witness has had multiple contacts with BBC lawyers.


  15. StewGreen says:

    11am David Aaronovitch panel discuss Climate Change in light of last week’s 2 day heat wave

    11:30am Fooc starts and it has climate items too
    – Climate doom in Peru
    Roger Harrabin reflects on his 35 years covering the natural world,


    • StewGreen says:

      Item rundown

      #1 “Italy might be about to VOTE in a FAR RIGHT PM”
      the BBC reporter Mark Lowen “a colleague once told me we Brits .. have terrible food
      …. what a horrible nasty and untrue thing to say

      – Ukraine, Dan Johnson says children and young people living with disabilities are stored in ill-equipped unfriendly carehomes.

      – Sri Lanka, Aanya Wipulasena reveals how locals like herself are learning to grow the

      -Peru, we meet the farmer behind lawsuit with German state energy corp RWE who don’t eeven have any operations in Peru
      A cabalof activists say melting of a nearby glacier, will flood local villages. Olivia Acland

      Roger Harrabin reflects on his 35 years covering the natural world, in which he has focussed on the threat posed by human-induced climate change. He recalls his reluctance to pitch his first report on global warming, and charts the rise of climate change in becoming the number one story of our time.


    • StewGreen says:

      11:50am Harra the Global Warming harasser
      did another farewell speech on FooC
      Preceded by Kate Adie a hyperbolic Climate Change intro, that he probably wrote.
      Here’s a full transcription

      Here’s just the Kate Adie introduction.
      See how it’s carefully crafted as if by a PR professional

      Next, from the floods in Australia to record-breaking heat in Europe, extreme weather events have become all too common in recent years (there is no proper evidence for that)
      In August last year the IPCC declared its latest report as a Code Red for humanity
      warning that without urgent action billions of lives are at risk
      And many changes caused by global warming are irreversible.
      Roger Harrabin has been covering stories about the natural World for 35 years,
      focusing in particular on the threat caused by human-induced climate change.
      He reflects and how reporting this issue has changed over the years.


  16. Zephir says:

    The Great Vine – the World’s Oldest Grapevine?

    Where is the world’s oldest grapevine? Perhaps in continental Europe, which has been growing grapes for centuries. Alternatively, in a place that’s a cradle of winegrowing, such as Georgia or Syria. Surprisingly, the world’s oldest fully documented grapevine is thriving in London. This is The Great Vine, which it’s now 252 years young. There are other candidates worldwide, some said to be older, but the Great Vine is Vitis Vinifera (the species of cultivated vine for winegrowing), and its age is fully authenticated from historical documents.
    The Great Vine

    This grapevine was planted in 1768 at Hampton Court Palace, on the River Thames in London, by the famous landscaper Capability Brown. It bears fruit every year. Indeed, though it lives a pampered and sheltered life, it’s trained, pruned, and harvested like any other vine. Despite this venerable age, it shows no sign of decline.

    This is an enormous lifespan. In 1768, George III was on the British throne. Britain had yet to lose the Americas, so this grapevine is older than the United States. That year, James Cook departed on his first voyage on the Endeavour, where he mapped New Zealand and became the first European to land in Australia. Meanwhile, The Royal Academy of Arts was founded, with painter Sir Joshua Reynolds as its first President.

    This vine was for table grapes. They were then rare and exotic desserts. Consequently, the fruit would have been both expensive and prestigious, reserved for the privileged few.
    Lifespan and survival

    Meanwhile, a modern grapevine’s commercial lifespan is usually regarded as between 20-25 years, though many growers have vines far older, some over 100 years. Older vines are known for their ability to make exceptional quality grapes, even though their yields become much diminished.

    However, there are relatively few Centurion vines. Partly that’s because they would often be uneconomic. But it’s also due to the devastations of phylloxera and fungal diseases in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. However, one candidate could be the Assyrtiko vines on the Greek island of Santorini. Some could be many centuries old because phylloxera cannot endure Santorini’s loose black volcanic soil – but there are no records to prove it.

    The Great Vine is probably lucky to have survived. However, it has a heated glasshouse all to itself. That’s because gardeners once thought that a single large vine would produce a more abundant crop. The roots are outside, with the plant’s upper part grown inside, using the glasshouse roof as a pergola.
    History and statistics

    In 1768, a cutting arrived at Hampton Court, from a mother-vine at Valentine’s Mansion in Ilford, Essex.

    By 1887 it was already 1.2 metres in circumference at the base. It’s now four metres, with the longest spur being 36.5 metres. That also makes it the largest grapevine in the world.

    The average crop of black grapes is 272 Kg. Exceptionally, the 2001 harvest was the biggest crop ever, with 363 Kg. The grapes are for sale every September in the Hampton Court shops.

    According to the archives, Queen Victoria had the grapes sent to the Royal Household at Windsor Castle. Edward VII then decided they should sell, by his time grapes were hardly uncommon.

    There’s no record of these grapes for wine. If we use the rule of thumb that a bottle of wine needs 1-1.2 kg of grapes, it’s barely a barrel’s worth in an average year.

    Meanwhile, the Great Vine has outgrown its greenhouse several times. One constructed in the early 1900s had a public viewing area. By 1969, this again needed replacing, but the vine had become so entwined in the structure that the replacement aluminium glasshouse incorporates the older iron framework within it.
    Schiava Grossa

    The Great Vine is a variety of Vitis Vinifera species, called Schiava Grossa. This red wine variety is from the Alto Adige (Südtirol) of northern Italy. Some wine critics are unkind to Schiava. However, given the right terroir, such as in the DOCs of Santa Maddelena or Lago di Caldaro, it makes a delightful light red wine for early drinking.

    Schiava Grossa also has many synonyms, the best known of which are Trollinger in Germany and Black Hamburg in Britain. As Trollinger, it’s the most planted red grape variety in the Württemburg region of Germany and probably arrived there from the Südtirol.

    And perhaps that’s a reason why this variety ended up at Hampton Court. George III was, after all, a Prince of Hanover as well as King of England.


    • Up2snuff says:

      Zephir: “Despite this venerable age, it shows no sign of decline.” – wish that was me! And all of us, for that matter. Psalm 90 v 10 has the last word on the matter: ” The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. “


  17. Zephir says:

    “Did the Romans grow vines in the UK?
    Roman Britain

    It is generally agreed that the Romans introduced the vine to Britain. It has also been inferred that the climate in Britain at that time was warmer.”


  18. Zephir says:

    Roman era to 19th century

    The Romans introduced winemaking to England, in a period with a relatively warm climate. Their vineyards were as far north as Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire, with others in Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire, and probably many other sites. The wines were most likely fruity and sweet, fermented with added honey, and drunk within six months.[11] Winemaking continued at least down to the time of the Normans, with over 40 vineyards in England mentioned in the Domesday Book; much of it was communion wine for the Eucharist.

    From the Middle Ages, the English market was the main customer of clarets from Bordeaux, France, helped by the Plantagenet kingdom, which included England and large provinces in France. When Henry VIII was crowned in 1509, 139 vineyards were recorded, 11 of which produced wine for the royal household. In the early 16th century, wine was expensive for most commoners, therefore an Act from 1536 decreed that wine imported from France would have a price ceiling, with those imported from Greece and especially Spain with an even higher maximum selling price,[12] most likely due to its better perceived quality.

    In the 18th century, the Methuen Treaty of 1703 imposed high duties on French wine. This led to the English becoming a main consumer of sweet fortified wines like sherry, port wine, and Madeira wine from Spain and Portugal. Fortified wine became popular because unlike regular wine, it did not spoil after the long journey from Portugal to England.

    Just as English wine began to recover from the epidemics of phylloxera and powdery mildew in the mid-19th century, brought back by the explorers of New America, commercial English wine was dealt a heavy blow. In 1860 the government, under Lord Palmerston (Liberal), supported free trade and drastically cut the tax on imported wines from 1 shilling to twopence, a decrease of 83%. English wine was therefore outcompeted by superior foreign products that could be sold at a lower cost to the customer.



  19. Fedup2 says:

    The madness of the West . Tucker Carlson – last night did 16 minutes on the language of the democrats – more specifically whether America is in recession .

    The definition of recession is now changed . The replacement word is ‘transition ‘ . Two successive quarters of reducing GDP – the accepted definition of recession – no longer applies ….

    Yet Carlson sighted the numbers in the bread lines ( aka using food banks ) which goes unreported on the US mainstream media .

    As I write this I was thinking that if Carlson said some of the things he said here in the UK he’d get a visit from the black boiler suits of Hampshire plod to ‘check his thinking ‘….

    ….. any way – the non recession follows on from the ‘ transitory inflation ‘ term which was used at the beginning of the year – and quickly died after a month as inflation went through the roof every where…

    It’s strange really that the US State ( government / media )denies hardship – but the UK State ( government / media ) bigs up the hardship -..


  20. Zephir says:

    For all our XR fans, including the C of E vicar I had an interesting conversation with last week

    No cheating now, off the top of your head, without Google,

    what do you estimate the percentage of this country built over ?


  21. Zelazek says:

    Yesterday on this site I was wondering about the murder of the girl in Boston and expressing frustration at the BBC’s reluctance to report very much about it. I know nothing about Boston.

    Today I see Simon Webb on his excellent History Debunked YouTube channel provides a bit of background.

    This is the kind of analysis a state broadcaster like you should be doing, BBC. But since national self-annihilation through immigration is part of your evil woke agenda, I guess you don’t want to draw attention to the horrific facts that Simon Webb highlights here.


    • Wild Bill says:

      I remember a few years ago that Boston Lincs was in the news because the original white English residents were being driven out by high immigration into the town.


    • StewGreen says:

      Boston is the place with the highest increase in the number of foreign born residents

      Someone has fed Webb a cherrypicked fact

      He’s not saying it has the highest number of foreign born residents
      but rather at some point in time it had a bigger rise than other towns.


  22. Zephir says:

    From 2017:

    New land cover atlas reveals just six per cent of UK is built on

    Land cover atlas of UK shows more than half of land use is agricultural
    Around six per cent of the UK is built on with 83 per cent of the population living in towns and cities
    England is the most urbanised among the home nations with nine per cent of land classed as built on

    Landcover map

    The UK is a green and pleasant land with more than half the country classed as pasture or arable land, according to a new set of maps created by an academic at the University of Sheffield.

    The Land Cover Atlas of the United Kingdom, created by Professor Alasdair Rae from the University’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, shows the variety and volume of different types of land uses across the UK.

    The atlas reveals that agricultural land used for animal grazing and growing crops makes up approximately 56 per cent of the country. It also shows that peat bogs (nine per cent) make up more of the UK than urban areas (six per cent).

    England is the most built on of the home nations at around nine per cent, while more than half of Wales and Northern Ireland are pastures and arable land. Land cover in Scotland, on the other hand, is dominated by a mixture of peat bog, moors and forest.

    Professor Rae has also created individual land cover maps for each of the UK’s 391 local authority areas for the first time.

    The maps were created with Corine Land Cover data from 2012 which includes 44 different types of land classification from ‘continuous urban fabric’, used to describe the most built up urban areas, to ‘vineyards’, ‘ricefields’ and ‘industrial and commercial units’.

    They reveal that Moray in North East Scotland is covered by the most forest with 21 per cent. While Northern Ireland is home to the local authority with the most space for grazing as 85 per cent of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon is considered pasture.

    The data has also been used by the BBC to create an interactive online tool to show how land is used in each council area. The 44 land classifications have been grouped into four broad categories:

    Farmland – pastures, arable land, orchards, vineyards etc.
    Natural – moors, forests, lakes, grasslands etc.
    Built on – buildings, roads, airports, quarries etc.
    Urban green – parks, gardens, golf courses, football pitches etc.

    The City of London is shown to be the most built up local authority in the UK with 98 per cent of the area built on.

    The high number of golf courses and acres of royal parks in Richmond-Upon-Thames in South West London makes it the most urban green area at 41 per cent.

    Professor Rae said: “It may feel like a very densely populated urban nation, but the reality is that the vast majority of the land area of the UK is not built on.

    “Given that 83 per cent of the population of the UK lives in urban areas it is not surprising that some people hold the opposite to be true. However, from a land cover point of view, the United Kingdom is in fact dominated by pasture and arable land.

    “At a local level things can be very different from the national picture, so it is important to know how land is being used as there are often competing needs. By knowing the makeup of the local landscape it is easier to make informed decisions about how land should be used and plan for the future.”

    The complete set of maps and the Land Cover Atlas of the United Kingdom report can be viewed on Figshare.



    • BigBrotherCorporation says:

      Just 6% of the UK is built over, hey?

      That leaves 94% yet to be built over, should be room for around another 1.6 billion to ‘live’ here then, that’ll lighten the load on Africa AND Asia – who says immigration is an issue?! They must all be racists!

      Land for growing food, you say? Err… yes… well, it won’t be a problem if everyone eats cockroaches and algae.


      • Fedup2 says:

        Land ownership in the UK is one of the big secrets – whether the Royals or The Church – or State ( mod) – national trust – the wealthy hereditary families – the rest of us are just crammed …


        • G says:

          Its all, ‘owned’ by the Crown. Freeholders are merely ‘head tenants’ in effect, Prof. Kevin Gray, Author – ‘Elements of Land Law’.


          • Fedup2 says:

            Thank you – many a month spent on Land Law – since this site is about the BBC I thought I would nt go into the niceties of reversion or the ultimate ownership of land and the space above it.

            I often get annoyed ar auroplanes trespassing on the space over my home ….

            I would also refer you to Kevin Cahill s book on the subject ….. of land ownership


      • Doublethinker says:

        Anyone remember the film Solyent Green were people were fed on the processed meat of those unfortunates who were culled? The WEF believes in giving us choice . You can have your weekly allocation as sausage, reconstituted steak or as a tartare smoothie.


      • Yasser Dasmibehbi says:

        i am always suspicious of those who issue statistics suggesting that Britain isn’t an overcrowded or overpopulated country. Yes it damn well is. !!!!! That’s my reply. There’s roads everywhere, there’s houses everywhere and those huge blocks of flats, everywhere I go.
        The tourist spots are crowded as hell, even the out of the way ones.
        I see beautiful countryside being ruined by developments in every county I visit. There are hardly any truly wild spots left south of Hadrian,s wall or East of Offa’s dyke. I see good farmland being churned up for houses for immigrants. Don’t you people realize that pro-EU bureaucrats have been wanting to make Britain food supplies dependent on foreign countries for years. Every field you lose is a victory for those who hate Britain.
        Don’t you also realize that your quality of life does down with as the population gets denser materially and spiritually. I see green belts and designated areas of natural beauty where I wandered as a child suddenly come on the property market. When I ask Brits about it the two most common responses I get “Oh dear, but what can yer do” or “mustn’t grumble” along with “there’s plenty of land left”. My answer to the last is why, then are you importing so much food? Why is your social cohesion breaking down big, big time?. How many of your floods are due to the paving over your green and pleasant land with ceaseless housing estates and road building?
        I remember the Ecology Party, before it became the Green party and like most other Green parties in the world fell into hands of the loony left, had a policy of gradually reducing the population to around thirty million. I still like that idea. Those that want to leave or want to live like sardines in a can could move to Peking, or Calcutta.


        • Zephir says:

          Take a drive to Scotland, Mull of Kintyre as I frequently used to do, a 530 mile journey and see what happens if you run out of petrol anywhere north of Hadrians wall. (hope you have some good walking boots and a map)

          Campeltown, Argyll, 130 miles from Glasgow, but they have a couple of Spar shops in between,

          If you go into labour and there are complications they send a light aircraft from Glasgow.

          There might be a good reason even the Romans gave it up as a bad idea


          • Yasser Dasmibehbi says:

            I am a keen fan of the wilds of Scotland and always take walking boots and map, that’s why I go there. Only a few years ago I went to to St Kilda. The weather was so furious a passenger on the boat was thrown to the deck and broke her hip. She had to be taken off by helicopter. A good service. Very impressive.


            • Zephir says:

              “A good service”

              The boat or the helicopter ? , the locals might debate which did the biggest favour

              which is one reason why this site is valuable, we can all be victims of racism but not all whinge and whine about it, my relation running a pub up there was frequently referred to as “that f@@ing” English woman.

              Whoever was playing agianst England was supported by the whole pub

              Which is why I love Michael Owen, the only person who managed to shut a whole pub of Scots up from 6000 miles away


  23. Zephir says:

    There are facts, as above, verifiable, with references and there is the trusted BBC

    I prefer Enid Blyton for my newsfeed, the fox never gets a good press though and the bear definitely has some mental heath problems


  24. G.W.F. says:

    Truss is woke. Wants to criminalise wolf whistling.
    In my youth as a builder I would whistle at pretty girls from a position high on a roof top. And frequently obtained the response I deserved.
    If it were criminalised I wonder how many overweight plod would have the ability to climb up the ladders to make an arrest.
    But seriously folks, this kind of leadership indicates the end of the Tories.


    • G says:


      With respect, it is the end of a little more that just the Tories: the rapid breakdown of Law and Order and the State. But now, privately, those companies who have always been concerned at their image by the public and their customers , couldn’t give a sh*t right now. Irrespective of who temporarily resides at No.10, it is now past the point of return/being recoverable to sanity. We have all lost. What next? Could be anything, absolutely anything.

      I liken the current atmosphere to the hopelessness of employees shortly to lose their jobs when a company has just announced it is going bust.


    • Up2snuff says:

      GWF, the BBC are obviously keen on Sunak. They keep on mentioning that Truss is in the lead, Truss is ahead, Truss looks likely to win. The Ballot Papers have yet to go out to Party members!


    • tomo says:

      Truss needs to work on giving the answer before she’s understood the question – Sergei Lavrov humiliated her badly on Russian geography.


      • Yasser Dasmibehbi says:

        There will be heaps of people out to try and stop Liz Truss becoming Prime minister. They will find genuine faults with her which, horror of horrors, will show she isn’t the perfect being!

        While a ban on wolf-whistling sounds a bit draconian by itself, I understand that hassling of women in multi-cultural Britain has become more frequent and more intimidating in recent years. (Correct me if I’m wrong)
        I am given to understand that a certain imported demographic is especially prominent in these activities. If this is what Liz Truss is really hoping to curtail then she would have my full backing. I think that women should have the right to walk the streets unmolested. Call me old-fashioned if you will. If, on the other hand it is just the whistling then it does seem heavy handed.


  25. G.W.F. says:

    Plod twerking with alphabet people, Or it is what used to be called ‘having a dry rub’?


    • G.W.F. says:

      Using resources needed for fighting crime


      • Fedup2 says:

        Wow – I got to 35 seconds ,,,before the stop button .

        The image plod must have of themselves versus the rapidly increasing distain of taxpayers ‘ decent people – is a big gap …. And getting bigger ….


        • Ian Rushlow says:

          If this is real rather than a modern remake of a Keystone Kops movie, all the officers in it should be sacked immediately and any pension entitlement scrapped.


          • BigBrotherCorporation says:

            I’m so glad I didn’t join ‘the Force’, it was something I had a mind to when I was in my later teens, only briefly, fortunately.

            Those I knew who did must be looking for early retirement right now.


  26. Thoughtful says:

    Just what exactly is the relationiship between President Biden and his “Old Friend” Xi Jinping?

    Seems the two of them go back some 40 years and there also noises about links between the mafia criminal Democrat party and the Chinese Communist Party, none of which they are keen to be known to the people.


    We need to know a great deal more about this because if this is true then Biden is even worse than first thought if that were even possible!


  27. StewGreen says:

    “Man wanted”
    Boston : Man wanted over girl’s stab death

    Photo shows a light skinned bloke with dark hair and a dark beard
    Tall and thin in a T-shirt


    • StewGreen says:

      Ah at the same time as I posted, police had surrounded a house and charged a 22 yo MAN with murder.


  28. Zephir says:

    Not quite all owned by the Crown:

    “It is an odd state of affairs that it is easier to find out the ownership of land in 1915 than it is in 2018. The Finance Act of 1910 (Lloyd George’s famous People’s Budget”) proposed an increment levy on the increase in value of land. To establish a base-line of values, surveyors mapped out in intricate detail, the ownership, occupation, value and use of virtually all of Great Britain and Ireland, covering 99.7% of the land area of Scotland.

    The map above shows the results for the west of Edinburgh around Charlotte Square.

    In 2018, with modern technology such as digital mapping, satellite imagery, online technology and smartphones, we have yet to come close to what the Edwardians achieved with paper maps and ink.

    Across the world, modern technology and integrated data management has delivered land informations systems that provide comprehensive data on land to citizens. From Scotland, for example, you can find out a wide range of information about land parcels anywhere in the US State of Montana. If you want the same data for Scotland, you will be frustrated at every turn, expend an inordinate amount of time and have to pay for it.

    The question of Who Owns Scotland has been perennial one for decades. John McEwen had a go at answering it in 1979 and it was the focus of my first book published in 1996. In the early years of devolution, I tried to persuade the then Scottish Executive to open up land information to the public but there was little appetite. Since then, I made representations to Fergus Ewing and Parliament during the course of the Land Registration (Scotland) Act 2012 to persuade them to increase transparency and access to land information.

    In a meeting with Fergus Ewing and the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland in December 2011, I made the case for this but the Minister could barely disguise his contempt for my suggestions and later, in the course of the passage of the Bill flatly rejected the idea that the public should have free access to land information (See col982 8 Feb 2012 Official Report).

    He also rejected proposals to reveal the beneficial owners of companies that own land although the Government were eventually persuaded to do so in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, the provisions of which are yet to come into force.

    But this blog is not about beneficial ownership. It is about access to information that already exists but is difficult and costly to access. The recent history of attempts to open up access is dismal as the following examples make clear.


    Over the decades I have spent researching landownership, I have developed a range of methods and sources. Although the Register of Sasines and Land Register are the definitive sources, they can be impossible to use in certain circumstances, For example, if you want to know who owns a field at a junction of a country road in Fife, you won’t be able to do so from official sources since you need an address or a name of a person and even the map-based Land Register will often be unhelpful in such circumstances.

    Key to success in such cases is to find out some information from other sources to enable interrogation of the Registers. One such source is a very helpful online map called Pastmap [http://pastmap.org.uk] which provides information on various elements of the historic environment. If there is a Scheduled Monument located on or near land whose ownership you wish to establish, then a link is provided to the legal documents that are registered in the Register of Sasines. These provide details of the ownership of the land at the time of scheduling.

    In 2012, however, I noticed that Historic Scotland had redacted the ownership information. See the example (second page) of the Bonawe Iron Furnace Schedule before redaction and after redaction.

    I wrote to Historic Scotland and asked them why the schedules were now being redacted. They replied that,

    “Since the publication of the online schedule we have begun to redact the names and the addresses of legal owners from the scheduling documents given the perceived additional risks and sensitivities associated with publication of this information in such a readily and widely accessible format online.”

    We are also considering removing legal ownership details from our scheduling certificates completely as part of an overall review of our scheduling documentation.”

    These documents are recorded and made available to the public in the Register of Sasines (and made available for public inspection in the National Records of Scotland) with no redactions, so why conceal this information on Pastmap? What exactly are the “sensitivities” over this information? And why is Historic Scotland considering removing these details completely in future? Above all, if the Scottish Government is committed (as it claims it is) to transparency, why is it seeking to conceal this information from the one freely available source to the public?

    Such questions remain unanswered.”



  29. Zephir says:

    Further to the above:


    On 1 March 2018, the Registers of Scotland published an Overseas Company Report and a Statistical Report on the overseas ownership of land in Scotland. Against growing demands for greater transparency in who owns land and property across the world, this is presumably Scotland’s contribution.

    The report reveals the companies registered overseas that own land in Scotland. But this is the tip of the iceberg because it only takes account of land in the modern land register and not the older Sasines register. It doesn’t include any information on how much land is owned overseas (my own research shows that 750,000 acres of Scotland is owned in tax havens posing problems for law enforcement and tax authorities).

    The Sunday Post published details of the findings on 11 March 2018.

    And yet, the public are denied access to this data underlying the Overseas Company report because to obtain the report (see Information Sheet) will cost you an astonishing £1560 (the Statistical report is free to download). Even if you could afford this sum of money, if you wished further details of each of the records, you will need to buy this from Registers of Scotland. It will cost you £30 each and if you wish details of all 1700 companies, that comes to a cool £51,000.”


  30. BRISSLES says:

    This is not relevant to anything current, but it shows you are never to old to learn, and I was staggered when I discovered the following….

    We regard as medieval the practices of the Muslim faith with regards to the treatment of their women, and the men having complete control over every aspect of their lives. Then I read this…

    Up until 1978 the penal code of this particular country decreed that a married woman who had sexual intercourse with a man other than her husband could expect to be sentenced to a prison term between six months and six years. But male infidelity was not treated the same and was defined as a married man keeping a mistress outside the conjugal home – male infidelity being a ‘state of mind’.

    In the period between 1944 and 1963 ‘blood revenge’ allowed husbands who caught their wives inflagrante to injure of kill them with no penal or civil punishment. WHERE WAS THIS ? Spain.

    Even in this country it was as late as 1974 before women were able to manage their personal finances without being represented by a man. I remember my Mum having to get Dad to sign if something was bought on HP – because he was the breadwinner. Seems unbelievable now.


    • Zephir says:

      Quite a few residents of Fairfield Hospital in Bedforsdhire locked up for having a child out of wedlock and being deaf and dumb


      • BRISSLES says:

        I live close to there, – once called the 3 Counties Asylum. Its now a huge complex of luxury apartments. I used to work with a few nurses who worked there, and all of them said they would never buy a place regardless of how luxurious it was. Something about what the walls ‘knew’.


        • Zephir says:

          I did some voluntary work with Mencap and we had Mauren. 65 years old, locked up in Fairfield in her youth, unable to hear due to measles, lost the abilty to speak (I dont blame her, why bother) then completely incapable of functioning in society afterwards

          she used to get angry, not violent, just complete frustration at trying to communicate that there is nothing wrong with me I just want to talk.

          No one knew sign language to help her


    • TrickCyclist says:

      “Africa begins at the Pyrenees.”

      It is an error of geography to have assigned Spain to Europe; it belongs to Africa: blood, manners, language, the way of life and making war, in Spain everything is African. The two nations have been mixed up for too long–the Carthaginians who came from Africa to Spain, the Vandals who left Spain for Africa, the Moors who stayed in Spain for 700 years–for such a long cohabitation not to have confused the race and customs of the two countries. If the Spaniard were Mohammedan, he would be completely African; it is religion that has kept it in Europe.
      – Historical Memoirs on the Spanish Revolution, Dominique Dufour de Pradt, 1816


  31. StewGreen says:

    I went to the local council Twitterfeed
    Twitter let me read one tweet then below that it forces thi advert at me
    This Out and Proud Parents Day,
    we’re calling on parents of LGBTQI+ child to share a message, photo, or video of you and your ‘out’ child,
    with their permission, or yourself as a proud parent with the hashtag #OutAndProudParentsDay.

    Paid for by a charity

    there are a couple of council tweets, then an advert for the Women’ Tour De France bike race


  32. StewGreen says:

    OK Belfield ha put up his closing speech
    Firstly he’s a bit delayed and his local BBC NewsPR had already done a BBC webnews page based on his full day closing court statement.
    A BBC article whish for the first time is staggeringly fair to Belfield by BBC standards
    The BBC goes about 70% to what Belfield has always said
    so it could have gone further

    The local BBC radio station and newsPR prog both tweeted the article
    I’m pretty sure when I looked the anti-Belfield trolls had tried to pile in, however now those tweet seem to have been removed.

    .. Belfield’s own account https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-62339437

    The trolls angle is that Belfield’s speech is strange cos it contained lots of things that were not discussed in prior evidence
    and then at the end the judge directed to disregard ANYTHING that had not appeared in prior evidence.
    My take is that Belfield is not so much aiming at the jury, but rather he’ always said that he need to say things , but he was so being blocked by BBC lawyers that there was only one thing to do and that was get inside a court and say them, co then he wouldn’t be gagged any more.

    There is no need to speculate too much on the softness of the BBC story.. there will be some kind of verdict in a few days time.
    One scenario is that the BBC are suddenly playing fair cos they feel his side will win.


    • StewGreen says:

      I think I can summarise the chain the BBC miss out
      Part 1 was 2012 to 2019 He did fall out with BBC and staff saying that thy were being mean to him and that their supporters were stalking him. That’s complainants X, Y, Z

      Part 2
      There becomes a gang of theatreland people who hate Belfield
      The libellous letter was written by A. and then secretly passed
      to B who published it, and then withdrew it
      C. steps in and starts blogging that A. wasn’t lying etc. so perpetuates the libel
      celeb D comes in raises reposts the support for the withdrawn libel
      E the private detective come in and starts researching, he says he’s a friend of D ..D says no
      Belfield fight back against all trying to find out who created the libel
      A, B, C, D, E say they are being harassed by Belfield
      E comes in telling police that he is being harassed too, except it eventually comes out, they he faked that by sending the messages to himself
      Their becomes the web of anti Belfield trolls so So Belfield says there is a conspiracy against him with these people the BBC, and the police.
      They turn around and say he is harassing them
      The BBC representing X, Y, Z and A. said they were trying to settle this via a civil not criminal route
      Then they or police come back and go the criminal route.


    • StewGreen says:

      AB’s new video details his 3 and half hour closing speech
      – the 2 BBC emails that say he was no threat were only handed over at the last minute on Friday
      – ‘As a journalist we do repeatedly address issues
      eg Jeremy Vine spoke about Boris and Cummings for 50 days in a row
      ..and that wasn’t deemed stalking’
      When you legitimately expose people that will cause them alarm’
      – Since the jury had listened to the full 3 day of police statement evidence AB felt that he had no need to take the stand and go over it all again. My story is what I originally told in those statements ..no change on that.
      – compilations had been presented by the other side , which distort the timeline ..he was living normally NOT obsessed by these people.
      – I always wanted to be in this court, cos I have been trying for 10 years to get justice.
      – I am a BBC whistleblower and they’ve been trying to silence me the #1 anti-BBC journo
      – I am a private man, but the police raided my home 3 times !
      – It’s my style to speak offensively, but that’s free speech
      – Whilst that side told lies about me, the police through bail terms prevented me doing my interrogation work against the BBC for more than 1 year.
      – That side keep saying “shut him up”, “shut him down”
      – Police intimidation : over 2.5 years : 5 arrests, 3 raids, no warrants and a strip search, publicly shamed to the neighbours

      – “I am these people’s punching bag”, trolled, they created pile-ons
      – people CAME to my home .
      (None of the 8 accusers ever claimed Belfield people had ever come to their homes)
      – People gave me death threats, Nottingham Police did nothing
      – The BBC pre-prepared dossiers against me, one time then an even bigger one the second time THE POLICE did no investigation ! they say the BBC doesn’t lie ..ask Princess Diana !
      – Sabotage to keep me off air, 3 times they took my equipment.
      thus taking me off air, closing down my free speech
      – In the middle of this trial they come back to me offering to return equipment.


      • pugnazious says:

        He’s right…the media stalk people and rain down hell upon them if they want to…all unaccountable….look at Trump and Boris…both out of Office mainly because of media lies…but no come back for the BBC staff who set them in motion……years and years of abuse, lies, scorn and vilification was broadcast about Boris….it went way, way beyond justifiable criticism of a politician…it was blatantly an attempt to smear him and set voters against him.

        Of course it wasn’t the voters who really turned…what this tidal wave of vilification did was give the Remainers and anti-Boris diehards an excuse to throw him under a bus….massive media [BBC mainly] coverage of ‘scandals’ that were, if not outright fabricated[and many were], then exaggerated and hyped blocking out all other news that built the idea of a uniquely untrustworthy Boris who’d undermined democracy and sullied Parliament and was thus unfit to rule…..it was a barrage of bad news about Boris intended to drown him and give the MPs the excuse to knife him….whilst everyone outside the Party, and many actual Party members, looked on in astonishment….those in the BBC with glee.

        This was the media as Kingmaker as it decides, in effect, who leads this country.


    • StewGreen says:

      – We are customers of the BBC and the police o we DO have a right to email them
      .. I have never directly emailed the first 4 complainants
      I just sent group emails
      Only 29 emails have been presented to the jury
      – People have given conflicting number saying there were between 100 and 6,000 emails
      4 times they said he had attacked a Beeboid with an Auschwitz tweet yet this tweet was never presented to the court.. cos it wasn’t actually about her.
      – I have never contacted Vine now the Northampton DJ directly.. everything was sent to BBC pressoffice/legal
      I did email the 2 bloggers .. I have never met them.

      I’ll stop now .. that’s just one quarter of his SUMMARY of his speech

      he seems to continue with a stream of gotchas against their accusations

      Lists lots of BBC past offences


      • Fedup2 says:

        So stew
        What will happen re the trial ?


        • StewGreen says:

          It continues on Tuesday
          ..maybe the prosecution do a sum up
          They are having Monday off
          It might be over by the end of the week.
          The jury will be trying to make a decision re each of the 8 charges

          Of course the jury can be logical or illogical
          What should happen is we should get a verdict that will shake the BBC to the core
          So they’ll be doing everything they can to rig the jury
          or on the outside the BBC will come to it senses and fess up that it screwed up by resorting to try to jail AB


  33. StewGreen says:

    5:10pm BBC local NewsPR 3 mins about the Boston murder
    strangely stopping kids in the street and asking how they felt about the murder of their friend
    IMHO that’s not appropriate.

    Then onto Hull Gay Pride coverage ..fawning and the presenter admitting she was there “It was a great atmosphere”

    Weather : A lot of rain about.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Were they asking what sort of knife would you use to kill a 9 year old girl ?
      Whats best cutting the throat or stabbing the heart?

      I cannot believe BBC journalists would do that – oh hang on – yes i can .
      Any paki rape gangs operating in Boston ?


      • Guest Who says:

        The thing to remember is that they are not journalists; they are content creators. And there are a sh*t ton of them.


        • G.W.F. says:

          Depending on the ethnicity of the accused further information will be withheld. The man will be declared insane and quietly put somewhere out of the news and we will be left with a few candles to remember this little girl.


        • StewGreen says:

          The only reply to that tweet, says the tweet is a lie
          The Boston story does certainly head the BBC newspage at this moment

          There is no sign the Greggs story EVER headed the news page


          • harry142857 says:

            The tweet says it was on the front page, not at the head of the page.


            • StewGreen says:

              There are always about 40 stories on the front page often trivial
              so the Greggs on is not unusual

              Quite obviously the police didn’t need national news coverage to get to the guy.
              I can’t prove 100% the photofit was on the front page cos the archive keeps defaulting to US stories
              but the @BBCnews did tweet the CCTV at 11:30am
              .. https://twitter.com/BBCNews/status/1553326617690345472

              When the guy tweeted it was 30 min after the arrest so the CCTV was not needed.


          • tomo says:

            I wonder how much content tailoring is going on.

            BBC is the Amazon of News (until Amazon decide there’s money in news)


  34. Fedup2 says:

    Britain has a long list of traditions .

    One such is the endearing character of the Liverpool supporter to be a ‘victim’ and also to boo during the National Anthem before a big footy game – as happened today at the start of a Charity Shield game .

    Ive been to liverpool – and as im a londoner i am glad of where it is – maybe they could send it to eire for better benefits


    • pugnazious says:

      The Sun is still right…the fans killed the 96 at Hillsborough. The police may not have been perfect but it was the fans pushing and shoving to get into the ground that killed those people.

      The police took all the blame but really 96% of that blame should go to the idiots who couldn’t stand in a queue without pushing….not difficult is it?


      • Fedup2 says:

        And 39 dead at Heysel – but the Liverpool fans were innocent there too …. Right ?


  35. Zephir says:

    Victims, all the time, over 40 years we have had Isle of Wight, Hyde Parke, Blackbush aerodrome, Knebworth and Castle Donnington festivals with hundreds of thousands of people.

    But get a few people gathered in Liverpool and what happens:

    “Police warning to festival goers over antisocial behaviour and drug crime

    Merseyside police have issued a warning to festival-goers ahead of a major music event in the region this weekend.

    The Reminisce festival – which was postponed last year due to the pandemic – will return to Sherdley Park, St Helens tomorrow, featuring a host DJs and pop legends like Atomic Kitten and S Club 7.

    Ahead of the event, police are warning those attending about antisocial behaviour, drugs offences and covid cases – while also seeking to reassure those living around the event site.

    Read more: Nearly 200,000 in Merseyside yet to get a first covid jab

    Chief Superintendent Jennifer Wilson said: “The festival was postponed last year due to the pandemic, and I know regular attendees in particular will be really looking forward to getting back to Sherdley Park to enjoy all the music and entertainment on offer.

    “I want to reassure the community living near Sherdley Park, as well as festival goers, that our officers will be on duty in and around the park throughout the event, which is organised by Reminisce and supported by St Helens Council.”



  36. Zephir says:

    “LIMF-goers SLAM “horrendous” festival despite council saying event was safe and enjoyable”

    Liverpool International Music Festival goers criticised last week’s festival on social media after rumours of violent behaviour and drug taking.

    Yesterday, Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police confirmed to the ECHO that only nine arrests were made and 0.02% of the whole audience were involved in police incidents.

    However, most Liverpool ECHO readers who responded to the article on Facebook were critical of the event.

    One of the most liked comments by Louise Preston said: “Saturday was horrendous! Drunk teenagers lying on the floor and others being tackled by security! Not a safe place for young children when it was supposed to be a family event.”

    Rosie Jo Phillips said: “Was much better as a free festival where struggling, hard done by parents could take their kids and their own booze and have a peaceful family picnic with friends. End of an era!”

    And Caroline Brown wrote: “Pretty stupid to say none of it happened when so many witnesses to confirm how bad it was.

    “No comments from the ambulance services etc. I am sure some of this would have happened regardless of the wall etc but people feeling they have to drink a load of alcohol before they go in as they can’t take it in & prices ridiculous is going to end up messy.



  37. pugnazious says:

    LOL….man-made climate change….heatwave + fires = global warming…..or maybe not……

    ‘‘Rogue’ firefighter is accused of starting series of wildfires in the south of France over three nights with a cigarette lighter because he was bored in his ‘oppressive family environment’’

    and how many more were similarly ‘man-made’ fires?


    • BigBrotherCorporation says:

      Only a handful of different ways a fire can start, virtually all human related (intentionally, or not) – the only two exceptions are lightning and a volcanic eruption, I reckon?

      Global warming and temperatures of 40oC don’t start fires… you need a temperature of over 200oC for spontaneous combustion of wood, grass, paper etc… and if it was THAT hot outside we’d be dead anyway.

      My bet would be people not putting out barbeques properly, and dumping hot ash/charcoal in bins with paper, or outside in dry grass, or arson, or both.


  38. Fedup2 says:

    Mail reports that Russia is now running through enemy countries cutting off the gas supply completely – another recalculation for OFGEM ….


    • Zephir says:

      I can advise, it’s a waste of time trying to change your supplier to Saint Petersburg, they wont even talk about a quote but are quite keen on my credit card number and bank details


  39. Guest Who says:

    One for @BBCPolitics to swerve?


  40. Guest Who says:

    Very BBC N. America.

    Saz and Lurch got some Trump dirt today?


  41. Guest Who says:

    Trusted. Transparent. Impartial.



    • tomo says:

      The prize prat Porritt proclaiming Harrabin’s BBC achievements looks like confession via projection.


  42. Zephir says:

    Complaining gets you nowhere


  43. Zephir says:

    Sometimes it does wonders for your bank balance though


  44. Zephir says:

    Dominos Pizza this time not Colonel Samders


  45. Zephir says:

    “How Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde helped a pizza delivery guy after theft

    According to CBS News Canada, Zakk Wylde and Ozzy Osbourne helped out a pizza delivery driver named Josh Cook following an incident in which his car was stolen. One evening while Cook was delivering pizza, he heard his car engine rev up. He ran outside just in time to see his vehicle speeding off with his phone as well as his music collection. After the theft took place, Cook eventually found his car sitting at the same location with a full tank of gas, irreparable damage, and his large stash of CDs missing.

    Cook was faced with an ugly aftermath that included his not-so-helpful insurance company. It was a nightmare for him and the only thing that survived was one Zakk Wylde CD. Cook contacted a few media outlets about this incident and somehow, Wylde’s son got word about what happened. Cook then passed his mailing address to Wylde’s publicist and shortly after, he received a box filled with Black Label Society albums as well as merchandise. A few days later, he received another package filled with Ozzy Osbourne T-shirts and his entire discography including both his solo CDs to old-school Black Sabbath albums as well as an autographed photo.

    Cook commented:

    “These guys, they don’t know who I am, but they set me up with all this stuff. It’s amazing.”



  46. Zephir says:

    “Diana Ross’ diva behaviour: Concert promoter reveals the singing icon’s unique requests when performing for the Melbourne Cup Carnival

    By Kristy Johnson For Daily Mail Australia

    Legendary American singer Diana Ross has long been considered a fearless diva.


    And now Australian concert promoter Andrew McManus has revealed the 76-year-old’s unique requests made back in 2006 when she performed at the Victoria Racing Club’s Chairman’s Dinner for the 2006 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

    Andrew claimed in an interview with the Herald Sun’s Confidential on Saturday, that Diana told him exactly where to stand when she was performing on stage

    Andrew went on to reveal that with an air conditioning duct behind the stage, Diana began to rub her arms as she felt the chill.

    ‘D**khead! It’s freezing up here!’ she was quoted as having told Andrew later on.

    Meanwhile, the diva antics reportedly did not end there, with Andrew revealing how Diana made her tour manager taste her food first, before it got to her.

    The food ended up arriving cold, and hence Diana was reportedly seen several times at the Crown Hotel’s food court.

    ‘[She was seen] with a cap on, scarf and big sunglasses…. was hoeing into the sweet and sour pork… straight off the bain-marie,’ Andrew told the Herald Sun.

    Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Diana’s management for comment.


  47. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    Wimmin’s football.

    One thing, whoever wins the Cup you can be sure that when they hand it back for the next contest it will be nice and clean.


  48. Zephir says:

    “Alkaline water chilled to 21 degrees, $900 straws and red toilet paper: Beyoncé’s tour rider reveals her diva demands

    The 31-year-old singer is said to have a list of specific requirements for every venue on her Mrs Carter world tour and her mandate includes alkaline water, new toilet seats and bizarrely red toilet paper, according to reports.

    Beyoncé has also requested that all her crew members wear 100 percent cotton, her water is chilled to 21 degrees and served through $900 titanium straws and she has access to hand carved ice balls after every show to cool her throat, The Daily Star claims.

    A spokesperson for the singer refused to comment on the claims.

    The details of Beyoncé’s rider comes after it was claimed the singer demanded the largest changing rooms at the O2 arena, space which is usually reserved for sports teams.

    Despite being the first performer to be offered the use of the O2’s newly refurbished rooms, the 31-year-old opted for the larger set which are in a quieter part of the arena.


  49. Foscari says:

    I am really enjoying the Caribbean Games the BBC is presenting around 12 hours a day.
    from Birmingham for the next two weeks. I really thought
    the athlete representing the Isle of Dogs was unlucky not to win the
    100 meters category for those with weak bladders . When
    he pissed against a tree just before reaching the urinals behind
    the winning tape.


  50. StewGreen says:

    “Biden tests positive for Covid only days after testing negative
    US president had been taking Paxlovid, which has reported numerous cases of virus returning once medication is stopped”

    “But Biden removed his mask indoors when delivering remarks on Thursday and during a meeting with CEOs on the White House complex.
    Asked why Biden appeared to be breaching CDC protocols, the press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, said: “They were socially distanced. They were far enough apart. So we made it safe for them to be together, to be on that stage.”