261 Responses to Start the Week 8 August 2022

  1. Cooper_Man says:

    From the BBC’s “Science and Environment” page on their webshite: “Is the UK getting hotter?”

    Well yeah, it’s called summer.

    What am I doing reading this crap at 4 in the morning? Is it because it’s too hot to sleep? Nope, just finished work – now off to bed after claiming first comment for this thread.


    • Guest Who says:

      BBC question as a headline is beyond silly.

      Unless backed by something researched far reachingly.


      • Ian Rushlow says:

        As a wise man once said:

        Q: “What’s the difference between a conspiracy theory and a proven fact?”
        A: “About six weeks”


        • tomo says:

          Sometimes – it’s 6 minutes… The gaslighters of the MSM being what they are…

          Overton window eh?

          2 hours that you won’t get back …


  2. Flotsam says:

    Hadian’s Wall was built to stop the SNP


  3. taffman says:

    Yep , some of us work odd shifts.
    Have a good day’s sleep , if you can .


    • Wild Bill says:

      I spent almost 30 years on nights, in heavy enguneering, loved it, quieter at work, more pay, (nightshift allowance) and no morning get ups.


  4. andyjsnape says:

    Climate change: Tears of joy as US bill clears Senate hurdle

    “Its authors say it will reduce US carbon emissions by 40% by “2030

    The Chinese / Indians will be celebrating, another boost to their economies
    When will the west learn this only damages the economies that actually play by these rules

    Anything which “reduces” carbon emissions will please the Chinese

    Child Q: Schoolgirl strip-search not isolated issue, police data suggests


    Police are searching likely criminals, but the colour of a persons skin shouldn’t allow this, apparently


    • tarien says:

      And yet China as reported is set to burn 10 billion tons of coal this year-carbon emissions? I think not, as you say Andy when will the blind West wake up. or are they already awake and just want to distablize the Western Nations who are already so gullable in any evnt.


    • StewGreen says:

      Cut CO2 by 40% in 7.5 years
      That’s sounds too good to be true.
      PR words rather than truth words


  5. JohnC says:

    Child Q: Schoolgirl strip-search not isolated issue, police data suggests


    Aside from the utterly meaningless headline, this article by another Londonistan BBC female BAME is filled to the rafters with inferrences that the searching of black children by police is simple racism by the white police.

    ‘More than half of those searched were black boys.’

    ‘650 children were strip-searched by police in London between 2018 and 2020. More than 95% of those children were boys, and 58% of the boys searched were black.’

    ‘In one year – 2018 – 75% of the boys searched were black.’

    But of course the article makes no reference whatsoever to the vastly disproportionate amount of crime by all of these ‘black boys’ which is why so many of them get searched in the first place. Because that is inconvenient for the anti-white racist agenda.

    Yet another absolutely disgusting BBC lie by omission. It seems like half their staff are BAME activists now.

    Just for reference I looked at the BBC London Violence page and sure enough the male stabbed to death on Saturday has been named as Ghulam Sadiq. But the racist BBC don’t care about him : they want more white boys searched.


    • G says:

      I’m really tired of all this. Just let the race wars commence and be done with it no matter what emerges the other end.


    • Guest Who says:

      The mask is for what now?


    • Sluff says:

      Do those children look like life long Marxists?
      Or more worryingly gullible little souls being indoctrinated and told what to do by a rather more sinister extreme left organisation operating in the background?


      • G says:

        Do we really need to look behind the scene to see who is fanning the flames? I can conclusively tell you one: ‘The Worlds Most Trusted Broadcaster’ no less.


    • tarien says:

      This nation of indigenous white people are now the victims of racism. The Black/Coloured communities that Britain has generously allowed to reside on these Islands, is now stabbing the indigenous people of Britain in the back. The Commonwealth Games that are being held in a major city in Britain the competitors of which are mainly Black/Coloured have been given a warm welcome. Is that a country that should be accused of racism against Black coloured people. Perhaps they should understand that all such coloured people originatedout out of Africa and were provided with coloured skins as a protection against the Sun, but is that fact amongst others ever taught in School or by the wonderful news media we gracioulsy allow to function on behalf of the Black/Coloured people in Britain.


    • Wild Bill says:

      At school in the 70s teachers used to search us for cigarettes, and we were 100% white.


    • richard D says:

      When you combine a couple of those percentages, some interesting data falls out. The BBC stated that the report found that 53% of those strip-searched resulted in no further action being taken. The Beeboids were clearly intimating that the majority of these searches produced nothing. That may or may not have been the case, ‘no further action’ does not mean that these kids were completely innocent.

      However, when you look at this information, this clearly means that further action was taken in 47% of these searches – i.e. almost half of cases. Here, of course, the BBC is intimating that the majority of cases were pointless, basically inferring that the practice should cease.

      The BBC does not go the next step, as JohnC does, generically, in his post above, that, if you combine that last factor with the other data given, namely 58% (up to 75% in one year) of those searched were black…. i.e. you could clearly read across from these numbers that over 27% of the cases where further action was taken was down to black boys.

      Now, if on average, boys and girls make up 50% each of the black youth population, and then around 2% of (half of somewhere over 3.3% of the population deemed as black in the last available census data), of cases should have been the rough number of cases where further action was taken magainst black male youths, all other factors being reasonably equal….. nothing like the 27% out-turn shown in the data.

      But does the BBC go that one tiny little extra step in their analysis …….?


      • StewGreen says:

        Richard you used 3.3% of UK population being black , but the data is about the Metropolitan Police Area only
        where less that 50% of children are British-white (many are Eastern European white etc.)

        “latest Met Police figures, analysed by the children’s commissioner for England, 650 children were strip-searched by police in London between 2018 and 2020.”

        There are 730 days in 2018 and 2019, so searches are less than 1 per day in a city of 10 million
        That’s pretty small.


  6. Fedup2 says:

    I’m confused – is it a good thing that armed plod is being sent to heart attacks because all the ambulances are in hospital car parks ?
    Is it a good thing that coloured child drug mules ( carriers ) are being strip searched ? I’m not sure it’s worth it unless some clever kid is looking for an out of court taxpayers ‘ freebee

    plod is far better employed arresting army veterans for ‘ causing offence ‘….- the 3 Hampshire plod haven’t been named and shamed yet . It’s about time they are …

    You mentioned the 18 year old stabbed to death on Saturday afternoon . It was in my neck of the woods – he is described in the local paper as a ‘lovable rogue ‘… I put this into a translator app and it came back as ‘ career criminal ‘….
    Daylight killings in londonistan don’t count for much any more – unless they are 9 year old girls ,….see Boston last week …

    .. there is about to be a lot more of this …


    • JohnC says:

      It’s all completely out of hand now.

      Our local pub has been taken over from someone I know by some Chinese people. They seem absolutely fine – but they inherited a staff member who steals money+drinks, is a drug addict and only the word ‘skank’ will do to describe her.

      After said staff member was sacked on the spot after she got caught, she called the new owner a ‘Slitty eyed Chinese c*nt’ and punched him in face causing a black eye and bruised cheek.

      The police were called and apparently the racial slur is now the absolute worst thing you can do. Instant arrest. The police will deal with her far more seriously for what she said than the assault.

      So much for ‘sticks and stones’ – but the thing which occurs to me here is that I strongly suspect the Chinese man could have called her anything at all and no action would ever be taken. ‘Racism’ for the Left is a one way street.


  7. Fedup2 says:

    Try this one – you might recall the attack from last year in Chigwell

    A teenager who punched a rabbi to the ground before he was struck over the head with a brick has been sentenced to three years and seven months in a young offender institution.

    Rabbi Rafi Goodwin was driving his car, with his three children aged two, four and five in the back, in Chigwell in north-east London when two men walked from behind a parked van into the path of his car, causing him to brake.

    The judge, Recorder Richard Conley, said the two men, 19-year-old Souraka Djabouri and a second man who has not been identified, then embarked on an “ugly and shameful course of conduct”, damaging Mr Goodwin’s car, attacking him and stealing his phone.ENDS

    BTW – the two Muslims referred the their victim as ‘Jew ‘…. I didn’t see this mentioned in the msm – funny – normally the BBC is big on ‘race hate ‘…would treatment be different if it was an imam ..


    • Wild Bill says:

      Didnt see that on the BBC news?


      • StewGreen says:

        Wild Bill top of the BBC news page headline
        “Two Algerians sentenced for attacking Essex Rabbi outside his synagogue”

        no it’s a bit hidden away on BBC Essex
        “Teen sentenced for attacking rabbi outside Chigwell synagogue”
        that perp looks quite like a rabbi
        Ah of course they only put a pic of the victim.

        The court recognised it was an anti Jewish crime
        “religiously aggravated damage to Mr Goodwin’s vehicle and theft of a mobile phone”
        “The reason for this behaviour was the fact you and your associate recognised Mr Goodwin was a member of the Jewish faith,” sentencing judge Recorder Richard Conley told Djabouri.

        BTW “The case against a second man, Abderrahman Brahimi, 26, was dropped on 18 October when the prosecution offered no evidence”
        So we don’t know the ID of the other convicted guy yet.


    • digg says:

      The BBC has in fact told these people that they can never be in the wrong whatever they do. Any conflict they are involved in is because of white racism, if they stab someone he was probably white and therefore deserved it. If it was a white girl getting raped then again she was probably a slut deserving of it.

      At no time in history has the indigenous people of any nation come under such a sustained vilification by their own national media.

      The media are now nothing more than a crazed blood mob engaged in frantic anti-white hate.

      It has to have come from warped teachers over the past few years and eventually Enoch Powells words will 199% come to fruition as the people of this country grow weary of this shit….. “The streets will run red with blood in The UK”.


  8. tomo says:

    From the archives …

    There’s going to be more bleating from the BBC about water shortages this week.


    • Sluff says:

      Water shortages.
      Yet another ‘benefit’ of uncontrolled mass immigration to go with all the others.

      And would that the BBC would ‘dry up’.


      • Ian Rushlow says:

        ‘Just because the population of the United Kingdom has increased by 10% since 1997 due to immigration, it does not mean that we need 10% more housing, health care, schools, electricity, refuse collection, drinking water or sewage processing, or that we have 10% more pollution and congestion, or that violent crime has risen by 25%10%. And that is why we will not be talking about these issues’

        Joint statement issued on behalf of Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak.


        • G says:

          Deranged. The pair of em.


        • Flotsam says:

          The most important point seems to have been missed by them. Most of that immigration will have drifted (geddit?) Into London and the South East. The area most affected by by water shortages and shortfalls in infrastructure.


        • Wild Bill says:

          Where did you see that statement Ian?


      • StewGreen says:

        We had a heavy dew this morning
        .. even though the weather is sunny with cloud

        Could do with rain , but not desperate
        we’ll last another 10 days easily.


    • Doublethinker says:

      Best plan is to replicate what happened in the long hot summer of 1976 with no rain for three months. Wilson , the PM , appointed a minister for drought in August and by the end of that month , the minister dropped drought from his title and replaced it with floods, such was the unremitting intensity of the downpours which affected the whole of the UK immediately after his appointment.


      • harry142857 says:

        Dennis Howell was the drought minister I recall. My classmate, Christopher, sent a poem to The Sun, and it was published on page 3, next to one of the pin-ups.
        Weeks later, he told me his dad wrote it for him.


    • StewGreen says:

      In Portsmouth workers are already on site clearing the ground for the approved new reservoir at Havant Thicket

      the above bbc story about the Abingdon plan is from 2011
      but the plan has been resurrected and the papers have stories about nimbyism.

      I’ve already mentioned 2 under preconstruction
      “Two new reservoirs planned in water supply strategy for the #Fens, one on #Cambridgeshire-#Norfolk border the other near #Spalding in South #Lincolnshire. “


      • StewGreen says:

        new water circuit will feed North Lincolnshire water to Colchester
        scheduled for 2025
        I think the point is the private corps realised the UK had too many surface reservoirs, cos tech meant water can be shifted into London more easily
        and that the nationalised water boards had been holding onto prime land that could be sold off.
        Despite encouragement from reporters both Yorkshire and Anglian water have declined to say their is a need for rationing.



  9. AsISeeIt says:

    Big girls’ whiter than white blouses

    Can’t help but notice how that freebie corporate advertising sheet the Metro and the lefty broadsheet Guardian headlines seem to meld into one mutually agreed editorial agenda this morning.

    Both organs go jolly hockey sticks – presumably attempting to relive some of that media Lionesses mania: Golden girls. Hands up who won: England show off their medals after beating Australia into silver (Metro); We did it historic hockey gold for England’s women (Guardian) – look away now, BBC presenters – if you thought the women’s football squad wasn’t diverse enough for your taste, this lot are whiter than a Danny Baker’s Daz washing powder doorstep challenge “how white are your whites?

    Both socialism and commercialism-based – advertising or trust fund financed – both papers fret over police powers – oddly, the Guardian appears the somewhat more relaxed: Row over Met’s 650 child strip-searches (Guardian); Trauma of 650 kids in police strip searches (Metro) – that’ll be a lot of hulking great drug trafficking seventeen-year-olds included. Neither giveaway advertiser nor campainging broadsheet bothers to put this further crime-related story on their frontpage: Not one theft solved in eight out of 10 areas (Telegraph)

    How does that old saying go…? It’s at times like these that you find out who your friends are…

    Tories ‘must quit Boris witch-hunt’ Minister tells MPs to resign from ‘rigged’ Partygate probe (Daily Mail)

    West’s alarm rises on Turkey-Russia ties (FT) – that’ll be the sanctions busting Nato member Turkey

    Mind you: Egypt brokers ceasefire in Gaza (Guardian) – you see, using an intermediary, that’s how you can stop a war. Assuming you want a war to be stopped. Clearly the west has little interest in a ceasefire in Ukraine and much prefers one of those (proxy) forever wars we do so well out of.

    One could draw parallels between our very own BBC’s outlook and the wider media substitution of climate for weather reporting.

    Click on the BBC online news climate tab and you’ll be entertained with this amusing selection:

    Triumphalism: Climate change: Tears of joy as US bill clears Senate hurdle. Democrats cried with joy and pumped their fists in the air after the US Senate finally approved a key plank of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda.

    Speculation: Climate change: Will naming heatwaves save lives?; What will climate change look like near me?

    Circling of wagons against scepticism: UK heatwave: Weather forecasters report unprecedented trolling

    Meanwhile the left-leaning ‘i’ newspaper, taking their cue from BBC narratives, seeks to have us panic: Drought ‘days away’ as England dries up – should we rush out to panic buy Evian?

    But what you have to understand is that just like new-style modern pandemics, our modern droughts aren’t something we all necessarily materially personally experience – they are instead some thing that needs to be officially announced – by officials: A drought could be officially declared in days ‘i’ is told – that Jamaican Rastafarian tone peculiar to this paper always brings a smile to ‘i’

    Emboldened by the dangerous precedent of Lockdowns officialdom in certain niche specialist capacities now assume they ought to have broad rights to control public behaviour: Ash yer lot. Fire chiefs warn: No more BBQs… Fire chiefs want garden barbecues stamped out amid fears of another 40C (104F) this week (The Sun)

    At the very height of summer, what better time to be first off the mark with an NHS winter crisis story?

    Like a happy poster nabbing top spot on a new thread hereabouts, the Telegraph seeks to steal a march on the lefties: Sprint to avoid NHS meltdown in winter – presumably this is recently in the poison chalice post Steve Barclay, anxious to be getting his excuses in early: We cannot afford to wait for the next PM to solve crisis, new Health Secretary warns


    • Fedup2 says:

      For those who appreciate irony – the spectacle of the BBC ‘demanding ‘ a new PM now – after spending months getting rid of nut nut – is pretty grade A stuff ..

      .. if it wasn’t so serious I’d hope PM Truss would take her time with the emergency budget and do it in time for Christmas ….

      The Tory party conference is 2 oct to 5 oct so maybe not too much will happen before then …


  10. andyjsnape says:

    What is it with the bBC constantly reporting on the fears of the cost of living

    Newspaper headlines: Voters’ cost of living fears and drought days away

    I guess it all helps with you want to overthrow a government, so far the PM is going


    • Doublethinker says:

      A post of mine has gone viral in the UK, it’s titled ,’How to save yourself £ 160’.


  11. G says:

    The Big Social Breakdown/breakup continues apace. Wherever you look, it is all ‘apace’. Has to be lot’s of gleeful Marxists around, whether it be breakdowns in Law and Order, homosexual infections (99%) or no dentists or massive shortages of health workers. Indeed, even the WEF must be partying with the Marxists, certainly in terms of the Bill just almost passed in the US worth > $700 Billion. And the public pay for everything wittingly, supporting gambling.

    I submit that this country probably, even during the last World War period, cannot have been as mismanaged as where we are now. I would even doubt whether a ‘proper’ decisive leader could now step forward and deal with the mess from decades of bad decisions and gross neglect. Certainly the two lightweights contending for PM cannot.


  12. tomo says:

    I had to look



    • G says:

      Not a black face? Well, well, I never did!


      • Guest Who says:

        More bbc research. Slightly shorter. Via Getty.


        • Fedup2 says:

          Daddies – daddies


        • tarien says:

          Why only showing a Black/Coloured woman and children? Are not white Mothers suffering as much? In any event it is the repsonsibility of the parents to ensure their children are fed during holiday periods not the Schools or the local Councils-my goodness my wife and I would never have allowed our children not to be properly fed during their holidays or any other time. No doubt some of these parents will have grandparents who one would think would be only to happy to help out. What is happening to our society-it certainly is now not what it used to be when all around helped wherever they could. Very sadly it appears our once generous society has lost its way to the control of the multicultural propagander sleeze aided by the Media/BBC et al.


          • BRISSLES says:

            Years ago the Chinese put a cap of 1 child on its population. Prince Philip visiting a third world country asked if they had heard of contraception. We should be asking that of this country now – loads of coffee coloured kids being pushed about by white single mothers. I don’t apologise for saying it, but there has always been a thick mentality of black men (and now Indian/Pakistani men) when it comes to sex and white women. Its in their DNA to shag and breed.


  13. Sluff says:

    On Toady, the BBC have identified their latest racism claim.

    Apparently the Met Police strip searched 650 children last year. 97% were boys. And ‘over half’ were ‘black’.

    Cue outrage.

    In the 2011 census, London was highlighted as the conurbation with the lowest % of white British at around 40%.
    I very much doubt this has increased in the last 10 years.
    And at National level (I couldn’t find this by region) the % of non-white British goes up steadily from the young to the old. Not too surprising.

    In other words the % of strip searched ‘blacks’ may be little more than the statistical expectation. But, needless to say, this just would not fit the narrative. And therefore unsurprisingly the BBC provided no context. Useless journalism but normal for the BBC.

    As for the strip searches themselves, who knows? How old were the children? Where were they? I need hardly mention the rates of drug and knife crime and almost daily murders, which are not exactly evenly spread across all areas and communities.

    So what we have here from the BBC is another determined attempt to create outrage and provide no objective reporting whatsoever.


    • harry142857 says:

      Our latest local murder. The trial is ongoing, but the accused, an ethnic, had an argument on a train and murdered a guy in his twenties at Reading Station. The accused was carrying an iron horseshoe on his person, as lots of normal people do.


  14. Fedup2 says:

    Today – to summarise –

    Racism – coloured drug mules searched by plod
    Sexism – number of female conductors ?
    Climate – water shortage
    NHS – perpetual shortage of something – dentists
    Cost of living – taxpayers must pay more benefits

    Repeat tomorrow


  15. davylars says:

    ‘Woke nonsense’ Countryfile slammed by viewers over format shake-up ‘Dullest episode ever’



  16. Doublethinker says:

    How will the globalists , represented by the BBC et al in the UK , explain the high cost of fuel and food this winter? Ukraine for the fuel and climate change for the food are likely scapegoats.
    If the China / Taiwan dispute escalates and there is severe shortage of manufactured goods , how will that be explained?

    Of course we know the truth:

    Fuel costs are so high because successive governments have refused to encourage extraction of oil, gas and coal from beneath our feet and have piled on green levies on our fuel bills to pay for useless wind farms.

    I’m unsure about the reasons for the food shortage but here in Yorkshire we don’t seem to have fewer veg or soft fruit etc due to drought . Is there a shortage elsewhere?

    The truth about globalisation will never be admitted to. Globalisation left the West vulnerable to China and to India. Millions of manufacturing jobs and know how were exported to those countries and in return we got cheaper goods. But as we see with China we are now extremely vulnerable. It will take a decade to recover the West’s ability to manufacture what it needs for itself. Blair championed globalisation and said it was irreversible as recently as 2018 when Trump was fighting against it.

    Perhaps this last point is the one we’re Blair and his WEF buddies come unstuck.


    • tarien says:

      Oh let us hope so. I have said many times T Blair is probably the worst traitor this nation has ever known in its long history-will that ever come into the School History Books? Not on your nelly I hear you say.


  17. pugnazious says:


    The BBC choosing a deliberately provocative and misleading photograph to illustrate their interpretation of strip-search data.

    Bet they wouldn’t choose a photo of a black youth to illustrate knife crime in London…..erm….no….BBC pics….



    The BBC tells us today…

    ‘The strip-search of a black girl by police at school in east London was not an isolated case, England’s children’s commissioner has said.

    Dame Rachel de Souza requested Met Police data after details of the “Child Q” incident became public in March.

    Of the 650 strip-searches carried out between 2018-2020, almost a quarter were done without an appropriate adult present, figures show. More than half of those searched were black boys.’

    The Today presenter asks…is race an issue here?…Why? Naturally the answer is ‘Yes’…..but on what evidence? Was da Souza present at any of the searchs…did she have any idea what the police officers were thinking? Were any of the officers themselves Black? What was the context of the search? And in which areas were the searches conducted? High knife crime areas perhaps? You know, those areas where black on black knife crime is rampant and the population is mostly black? So is it disproportionate or just fact?

    Today used the strip-search of a black girl to highlight alleged problems….the BBC put it in very dramatc terms telling us she had her head banged on the floor and her clothes cut off….but that raises a few questions….what was she doing to make this necessary? Clearly she had been resisting the search and was possibly violent herself….the police might have thought she was going to self-harm and so needed to make sure she had nothng on her that could be used to do this….however we shall never know as the BBC didn’t give us the full story…only the very one-sided, highly political, racialised one that they preferred based on supposition and prejudice.

    The BBC takes a very prejudiced and shallow approach to this story and interprets it in a very sensationalist and toxic way as illustrated by the choice of picture which shows a placard saying ‘No Justice….No Peace’……almost willing the Black population to become angry, radical and violent.



  18. pugnazious says:

    Nick Robinson clearly tired himself out with his aggressive, hostile interrupty ‘interview’ with Brandon Lewis [Truss] as he later gave a very mellow and non-hostile interview to Oliver Dowden[Sunak].

    I guess if you’re going to have a Tory PM the BBC would plump for the brown guy regardless of policy as opposed to the mini-me Thatcher.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Why does any one who is on the unapproved Robinson list bother being interviewed ? Is it some sort of punishment ?

      The red labour lot went through a long period when they didn’t appear on Today . This was a rational policy because appearing didn’t amount to accountability when the c word Robinson will shout and shout showing the worst attitude of the BBC – maybe someone will lump him one day …


    • tarien says:

      Horrible thought that we may have an Prime Minister who is of Indian ordigin wether born here or not-SunaK as PM would tell the world that the UK is now truly a Multicultural nation-well not for me with a white ancestry of a thousand years.


  19. micknotmike says:

    Cultures are a funny thing, and all are the same according to our national broadcaster. I’ve noticed something, not in the way the bbc are reporting conflicts from around the world, but what is going on in the background. I was watching a report from the Donbass,with Russian troops and locals clearing up, trying to create some sort of shelter and organising food and clothing. . I notice that the situation in Ukraine seems to be pretty much the same.
    Lets go over to Gaza and see what’s happening there. In a recent report I counted at least a dozen able-bodied men doing precisely sod all, apart from one chap who was busily scratching his arse. These people have learnt that if they sit around and wait for the west to feel guilty, aid will magically appear and they won’t have to lift a finger.
    Also according to the bbc, the Palestinians are bravely fighting against a foreign power, whose name I didn’t catch.
    All cultures are the same? I don’t think so.


  20. Thoughtful says:

    Here’s a really serious story the woke media has touched on and yet utterly failed to convey the depth which it has gone to and it concerns the media darling wokest of the woke company Apple.

    Setting woke standards for others, it itself is unable or unwilling to meet, it has actively victimised those who needed to make complaints to its HR department, and we are not talking about just a few people.


    It’s worth reading this so you know what the media won’t tell you about just how bad life within Apple can be for those in a difficult situation.

    And now we have accusations that Apple are colluding with the Chinese Communist Part after they agreed not to put any “Made in Taiwan” marks on their products amidst news the launch of the flagship money earner iPhone 14 might be delayed because of Chinese ‘issues’.


  21. Halifax says:

    Another person tinkering with the gas supply……..nothing will be said though.


  22. Fedup2 says:

    Following on from Gordon brown calling for an emergency budget and parliament being recalled to discuss fuel bills – Trevor Kavanagh in The Sun today is calling for a new government right now and not 5 September –

    rishi doesn’t care – it is his chance for the big one – but if he keeps on the losing streak and convincingly defeated he will be blamed for the lost 4 weeks ….
    I repeat my view there will be a ‘fuel furlough ‘ using another money tree – government interest repayments heading to £30 billion a month …


    • digg says:

      If you are in fact a dud ex ageing politician who failed to make the grade when in post then I guess you might as well claim hindsight if only to sell your next book.


  23. Deborah says:

    9.30 Radio 4 Monday morning. I started to listen to a young lady telling me she knew nothing of her history. Apparently she is Anglo-Indian and she was moaning that she was taught nothing when she was at school about Partition, and she then started on about British colonialism which she thought ought to be taught in British schools.

    My history is not British. I didn’t expect to be taught about it at school. I had parents and grandparents who taught me what they knew of the family. I certainly did not expect the other children in my class to be taught my history. I expected to learn British history. We never did get further than Queen Elizabeth I, but books did the rest.


    • Doublethinker says:

      Immigration works well if the numbers are small and if the immigrants work to assimilate into the culture of the host nation . They certainly don’t have to abandon their own history , language and culture but they have to learn how to follow the values , language and behavioural norms of the hosts in their public dealings. As you say Deborah they can’t expect the host to adapt to them , it must be the other way round.
      If there are too many migrants and if they don’t adapt and assimilate then there has always been trouble sooner or later. The liberal idea that there can be uncontrolled migration and that multiculturalism is perfectly ok in the public sphere is asking for the triumph of hope over experience . It is very unlikely to turn out well. In the UK At present the feelings of the hosts are being suppressed by the liberal elite . This may work in the short term but will I think breakdown when society is stressed. We shall soon see if the liberals were right or wrong.


      • BigBrotherCorporation says:

        Doublethinker, having had the experience of being an immigrant early in life (to Australia), you are spot on. Immigrants who do their best to integrate with the locals and their customs, whilst maintaining their own identity and culture at home, can be a real asset – they’re usually hardworking, law abiding, and keen to get on and be accepted in their new home, typically with the view that their children shall be accepted as natives and do well.

        Any immigrants who don’t want to integrate aren’t really immigrants, they’re invaders.


    • BigBrotherCorporation says:

      My family history is far from 100% British either Deborah, and although I was UK born, until I was 9 I lived abroad, so didn’t start on British history until that point in my life.

      Schools abroad don’t teach British history, even to the children of British ex-pats, and nor is it seen as their duty to, why should it be? They all teach their own national histories, very much from the perspective of the national culture, and rightly so.

      Absolutely loved learning about British history at school when we moved to the UK, was lucky to have a few really inspirational teachers on the subject and history and culture (not just British, but of everywhere) has been a major interest of mine ever since.

      As you say, decent books taught me the vast majority of what little I know about such subjects – and still eagerly reading them any chance I get.


    • digg says:

      Just another chancer looking for compensation handouts. It’s an industry being raped by anyone with a grudge.


  24. Philip_2 says:

    The Police and and non-crime thought crime crime crime exposed by an ex Police officer. The Police were ONLY following orders on (so called) Hate crimes!

    ITS A VERY BAD LAW! Its also illegal.

    The video explains it all. Worth watching.

    The Bad Law Project is being set up. Please support it and give them any examples. Thanks Laurence Fox for exposing this. There is something rotten going on with the Police. Arrested or a non crime, ‘crime’ that is actually illegal under human rights (several sections).



  25. Thoughtful says:

    Nothing new here. From The OBSERVER July 18, 1852 (discussing Weather in France) In 1538, 1539, 1540, 1541 the rivers were almost dried up. In 1556 there was a great drought all over Europe In 1615 & 1616 the heat was overwhelming in France, Italy and The Netherlands. In 1646 there were 58 consecutive days of excessive heat In the first 3 years of the eighteenth Century In 1718 it did not rain once between April and October. Theatres were closed by decree of the Lieutenant of Police. The temperature was recorded at 45 (converted from Raumur ) In 1748, 1754, 1760, 1767, 1777 and 1778 the heat was excessive In 1818 Theatres in Paris were closed for nearly a month when the temperature reached 35 In 1830, on the 27th, 28th and 29th of July in Paris the thermometer recorded 36 In 1835 the Seine almost dried up. In 1850, in the month of June, on the second appearance of the cholera, the thermometer marked 34


  26. Foscari says:

    As great supporters of the BLM anarchist Marxist
    Organization. The BBC are in a terrible tiz because they won’t be able to show the footballers prostrating themselves
    to the BLM , before matches.
    I have given them a solution they could well be satisfied with.
    if they show a previous recording of the knee bending from
    2021 , say of Manchester City-Tottenham. From a distance
    the viewers wont spot the difference.
    It’s even possible if the BBC cant do this . They will suspend
    coverage of the Premiership altogether. They could make
    up for this , by making ” Strictly Come Dancing” only open
    for judges and dancers coming from the LGBT community.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Seems like the bbc isn’t doing footy results on R5 sports report any more – if you want a result you can guess – the reason is that they don’t have time because of the banter between presenters ( they claim it’s because games start at 1730 Sky time Now ) –
      Any tradition destroyed by the BBC lessens the attachment to it – plus the falling TVL DDs of course ..


  27. Deborah says:

    Oh no, even GBNews is at it. About 11.45 John Hammond weatherman was on talking that it might be warm at the weekend, ‘up to 35 degrees’ before rain next week. Summers are getting hotter and drier apparently due to Climate Change. If we have a wet August, that too is due to climate change. August is when wheat fields in the U.K. traditionally ripen and traditionally farmers in the U.K. traditionally grow more and more despondent as the rain comes down. This year they can enjoy getting harvest in dry, not under pressure of the next downpour, and knowing drying costs will be low. It is a rare summer (can’t remember the last one, but I think we have had one or two since 1976).

    However they would then prefer some rain before sowing next year’s crops. What they don’t need is tv presenters or weathermen with short term memory problems.


    • Ian Rushlow says:

      The three sided coin…

      Weather hotter than usual. Proves that global warming is getting worse – more money more needed to investigate.

      Weather colder than usual. Conflicts with existing global warming models – more money needed to investigate.

      Weather exactly as expected. Global warming still real even though may not be apparent – more money needed to investigate.


  28. G says:


    “Which months have the highest temperature on average?
    The warmest month in the UK is often July. The average minimum temperature in July (measured over 30 years) is 10.9 °C (51.6 °F), and the average maximum temperature in July is 19.4 (66.9 °F). The next warmest months are August (min.: 10.8 °C (51.4 °F) and max.: 19.1 °C (66.4 °F), June (min.: 8,8 °C (47.4 °F) , max.: 17.3 °C (63.1 °F) and September (min.: 8.8 °C (47.4 °F) , max.: 16.5 °C (61.7 °F).”


    You can be confident they’re all lying. Similarly, just keep reminding yourself that that only 3.5% of the population is black.


  29. Johnda says:

    Apropos nothing
    Which TV station had the first black(ethnic) news reader?

    I don’t think it was the BBC


  30. StewGreen says:

    Steve Laws got the “shushy shushy” from the Department of Housing
    when he asked how many asylum seekers had been given public housing this year.
    \\ We know but publishing the info is “Not In The Public Interest” //

    “The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities have refused to release information under a freedom of information request”
    .. https://youtu.be/WaNxWERxpZs


  31. andyjsnape says:

    Roger E. Mosley: Magnum P.I. actor dies aged 83 after car crash

    If someone said Roger E Mosley, i’d no idea, luckily a picture and an explanation who he is. Maybe the colour of the skin has elevated this actor to front page news


    • StewGreen says:

      RIP but NOT British news, so agenda pushing opportunism
      \\ He portrayed Theodore “T.C.” Calvin, the helicopter pilot and friend of Tom Selleck’s character //


  32. andyjsnape says:

    The anti-british broadcaster, is now anti artificial grass

    I like it in the front of my garden, stuff you bbc

    Also, the bbc does find em…
    Cambridgeshire TikTok star vows never to wear shoes again

    Must be a VERY slow news day, or trying to hide some news


    • micknotmike says:

      Probably a slow news day, Andy. Of course the bbc could be leaving space for a real “Drop the dead donkey” moment. Here’s micknotmike’s prediction for upcoming headlines :-
      “Joe Biden has complications from Covid and won’t be seen outside the White House any time soon”.
      I may be wrong but something isn’t right over there.


    • tomo says:

      I wonder if Qatar Cup is played entirely on actual turf?

      Perhaps it’s something gurning ‘ole jug ears can look into?


      over-medicating the swine – the candle that burns twice as bright – might not be exact….


      • Doublethinker says:


        Ah at last the real reason why the footy players are stopping taking the knee . I had , rather cynically thought that they stopped taking the knee because they wanted the money from Qatar for appearing at the World Cup and didn’t want to offend their oil rich and decidedly racist , Arab hosts. But now I realise that they didn’t want to get artificial grass burns on their very sensitive knees .
        My wife often says I tend to see the negative side of folks rather than the good side. Seems that she was right again. These footballers aren’t the dim witted millionaires seeking to squeeze every last drop of money out of the game but are actually concerned for their own physical well being.


  33. Fedup2 says:

    Excuse my cynicism-
    But the big story that French plod is actually doing something to stop inflatable boats leaving France – Is what ?

    To me some gang has failed to deliver sufficient bungs to keep the French / English plod happy – and the invaders have paid a high profile price – on camera – in daylight …


    • Doublethinker says:

      If the French wanted to stop the boats they could do it very easily at little cost. But they see the invasion as punishment for Brexit. The do gooders on this side of the channel also want to rub Brexit Britain’s nose in it , most of them being Remainers . Just another reason to get the tumbrills out and the blade of the guillotine sharpened.


    • Emmanuel Goldstein says:

      That one stopped boat of 45 doctors, wimmin and children has saved the UK taxpayer something like £3,000,000 a year plus it may have stopped some future knife murder or whatever.

      Offer a bounty on boats to anyone in Northern France. A few thousand euro bounty paid for ripped open boats plus video evidence it was about to be used by the enrichers.

      Get a couple of mates and head off to Calais with a bread knife and your phones for a working holiday and come back thousands richer.


      • Fedup2 says:

        But it was full of dentists


      • tomo says:


        – been saying much the same since it all ramped up.

        – as an aside the BBC let a Ukrainian cat out of the bag wrt phone tracking – the International “NGO”s who are evacuating peeps from action areas have trivial access to mobile location data of Russian troops – it looks like mobiles aren’t banned on the inflatables yet – so more than say 6 phones moving as a group within say 1 km of a beach -it’d probably pay rather well to take the bread knife in a helicopter !

        see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMSI-catcher

        I suspect (hope even) that GCHQ have some better network access and can zoom in on a bunch of peeps near the coast in seconds… Could put some trainees on it and charge a fee >> better quality biscuits at tea break time in Cheltenham?


        • BRISSLES says:

          Its not exactly rocket science to slash the boats – should have happened from the start. Me, I would have harpooned them as they got going in the Channel.


  34. StewGreen says:

    London lack of water ?
    Children rescued from water main flood.


    • tomo says:

      It looks to me as if the underground electrical fires in London have been re-branded and demoted on the news desks unless they’re somewhere “famous” like Regent Street


      Talking to electricity distribution contractors around London a few years ago – they reckoned trivially that there are more and that there will be a *lot* more if there’s a significant EV takeup in town as much of the infrastructure is 50+ years old – and much is much older …

      It seems to me that nobody’s got an overview on the electrical power infrastructure. There were loads of pavement mini-volcano reports in 2014/2015 all across London – at least two a month iirc. – and then things went eerily quiet…

      There was quite a big conflagration in 2015 . It’d be interesting to see if any statistics are publicly available – I’d laugh if the fires followed a pattern of EV takeup…

      Burning and smoking infrastructure isn’t very amenable to PR…


  35. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    Do those earning £30,000 or less pa realise that the recent NI changes mean they pay LESS in NI contributions. (I think the break even point is a few thousand higher)

    A change back to the old rates means those on the lower wages will pay more and the higher earners will pay less.

    Most people get less than £30,000 pa.

    A change in NI contributions makes no difference to pensioners.

    In short, NI changes by Truss is good for the rich and bad for the poor.
    Bad idea (although I still prefer Truss to Sunak)


  36. Sluff says:

    Another day. Another BBC confected ‘crisis’ with which to target the government.
    Today it’s dentists.

    Lots of people cannot get to see a dentist.
    The BBC show a map to illustrate huge regional variation.

    But wait. Government sets national policy, right? There is a clue in the N of NHS.

    But the problem has strong regional variation.
    So how about asking about the dentists and NHS managers with regional responsibility.

    Not saying the Labour dentistry reforms of the mid 2000s aren’t contributing ( not that the BBC will join those dots) but the regional variation cannot be due only to the ‘evil Tories’.


  37. StewGreen says:

    ITV local NewsPR
    #1 “The summer holidays have just started and this NGO says that parents can’t afford school uniforms
    .. parents pay £300/year”

    .. Nobody I know does


    • Sluff says:

      I thought they passed a bill a few years ago that school uniforms should largely be made up of mass-available items – white shirt, grey/ black/ navy blue trousers or skirt, ordinary black shoes etc. Leaving only a Blazer and tie as extras. Master S got his first blazer second hand for peanuts from a previous pupil who had outgrown it, and many schools have bring-and-buy uniform sales.

      But none of that matters. ‘School uniform crisis’ is what the headline makers want.


      • BigBrotherCorporation says:

        Ah, but if your kids go to a normal secondary school (actually an ‘academy’) like mine, then you can buy everything bar the school tie, blazer, and sports socks at Asda or Sainsburys for a few quid (or secondhand from the school for the same price – yes, it makes no sense at all, or be given it by other people for nothing when their kids outgrow it).

        Doubt we’ve spent anything like £300 per child all the way through, even including decent shoes, blazers (always purchased big enough to ‘grow into’) and tie (only need one per child for their entire schooling!), especially after we found out the school couldn’t tell the difference between the ‘official’ sports socks and some identical ones we could buy online at around half the price.

        If you insist on sending your child to a fee paying school, then you pay a lot more, but that’s your choice. £300 is the mean… which suggests a few parents are spending £thousands, and most a few £10s, and I’m guessing the high end are those ‘posh’ schools, demanding ‘special’ kit.


        • BRISSLES says:

          Agree BBC. Even at my school days back in the 50’s and 60’s parents struggled to buy the uniform. There was the specialist school outfitter who made a small fortune being the only stockist locally for the schools, and then there was good old Woolies for cheaper shirts/blouses and cardies. I remember my Mum dreading my 11+ results in case I got through to the Gramma where not only was the uniform to buy but all the tennis gear, and other add on stuff to buy.

          Hardly a new phenomenon, but back then it really was more poverty driven than now – no benefits to fall back on or claim, no mobiles or huge teles, and certainly no food banks, but somehow we managed to be smartly dressed to go to school.


  38. Fedup2 says:

    And I win my prize

    Ed Davie calls for ‘energy furlough scheme ‘.. – yes poor people to pay their money to even poorer …


    • tomo says:

      Apparently Cleggie is jumping the FaceBook VP ship from California.

      Will he give bone’Ed the elbow and resuscitate The Party?


  39. Guest Who says:

    Do they know how to do any other type?


    • tomo says:

      He’d do better to make some satire – THAT would really get them agitated 🙂


  40. tomo says:


  41. Sluff says:

    And it’s yet another triumph for our NHS heroes’


    Eliot Harris death: Records at Northgate Hospital falsified, inquest told

    I put it down to the evil Tories underfunding. Isn’t that the usual BBC narrative?


  42. Tabs says:

    BBC1 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony is about 95% black people. The other 4% were Indian. Every singer so far has been black apart from UB40 but their music is black reggae music so it got allowed.

    The 1% of whites in the ceremony were used to act in a scene where they couldn’t erect a steel structure (because they are white and useless). Then blacks actors (pretending to be immigrants coming to the UK) pulled a few ropes and basically built everything we have in the UK.

    Right now they are playing Duran Duran. The band isn’t there so they have a black dancer instead with a few gays thrown in for good measure.

    The commentary makes reference to the ‘black country’ but I don’t think they understood the historic context of it.

    Biggest pile of white self loathing sh!te ever dreamed up.


    • TrickCyclist says:

      No Jeff Lynne?


    • andyjsnape says:

      Morning Tabs, I live very close to where the commonwealth games took place, most of the jobs seemed to be filled by non whites, reminded me of apartheid in South Africa.


  43. StewGreen says:

    Dan Wootton has lots of footage of the socialist mob harassing the Eastbourne Tory Hustings on Friday night
    .. signs like “Tories go home”, “Tories not welcome”
    The preprinted Socialist Workers signs
    toxic nasty baying

    Of course if the sign had the word Tories replaced by “immigrants”
    the media would freak

    Wootton pointed out these protesters are super-INTOLERANT


  44. pugnazious says:

    Gordon’s back!….and er…where’s Starmer?…surely it should be him grabbing the headlines with his crisis beating ideas like Brown’s…..er…Brown’s? What exactly are Brown’s ideas for beating the cost of living crisis? He doesn’t actually have any….all his wafffle is intended to try and put the government in a bad light…he says Boris, Sunak and Truss must come together to agree a way forward….he knows that’s never going to happen and is in fact unworkable…..look people…just hold a meeting and er…..well…think of something!

    Doesn’t stop the BBC giving him plenty of space to air his tripe….


    His tripe being not a useful and intelligent intervention but ‘ “a performative political act”. ‘

    And why are we in a situation where decisions aren’t being made? Because the BBC and Labour and their useful idiot allies on the Left mounted a coup to unseat Boris and his 80 seat majority regardless of the consequences to government running and the country.

    The cost of living crisis is a crisis made worse by the idiots working in BBC offices who are quite prepared to see chaos, misery and poverty stalking the land if it means their own worldview can be imposed….the same with climate change…they know nut zero etc means misery and hairshirt lifestyles with rationing and climate commissars checking your carbon footprint but they don’t care….you can see it already wth low emission zone charging in London…extortionate and ruinous for people but nobody says anything….the biggest crook in London is Khan who gets away with legalised robbery…and now councils wanting to impose 20mph limits on cars.

    The Taliban aren’t just in Afghanistan.


  45. tomo says:

    More of this please


  46. digg says:

    Just watched a documentary on Hotel Chocolat and it’s growth and expansion. Lots of cooing about how it helps cocoa growers in Africa by buying their produce. Not investigated was why most of these African growers are still living in the Middle Ages and why non of them could even dream to afford to pay the obscene prices that their products when converted into Hotel Chocolat products command in the West.

    A textbook example of the self delusional woke mindset that these false woke citizens if the World inhabit.


    • Zephir says:

      And no mention that it all tastes like crappy childrens chocolate ? we have a factory shop for this outlet nearby and I have tried a variety of their product.

      Never again, shops LOOK great, but a triumph of design over quality and valued for this by the idiots impressed by this , the same who will spend hundreds on a pair of plastic shoes with a brand name on the side.


  47. StewGreen says:

    OK newspaper TV listings often comes out of the BBC PR dept sending out a package suggesting the top programmes of the day and the newspaper them lazily copyNpasting it
    but the other day the Mail chose for its Radio Pick of the Day
    a Radio 4 Extra prog, a prog that was a repeat from 2015

    Why was that ?
    The pic shown is is not even used on the BBC website version,

    Radio pick: In Search Of The Black Mozart
    2.30PM, RADIO 4 EXTRA
    CHI-CHI NWANOKU, goes on a personal journey to seek out the black classical musicians from the 18th century who, like her, played and composed music at the highest levels.

    In this first of two parts, she learns about Ignatius Sancho (pictured), who was born into slavery and ended up being the first person of colour to have the vote in Britain — and whose compositions are held at the British Library.

    Chi-Chi also hears about former slave Joseph Emidy, who became a celebrated violinist in Cornwall. Part two follows tomorrow.


    • Zephir says:

      Racists, black this black that, it never ends for this 3 % minority, racist adverts every day, racists putting blacks into historical dramas cos they is black innit.

      Amazing what a few riots and some looting can achieve.


    • Guest Who says:

      Thought she was a Classic FM exclusive?

      I have no issue with the search for and playing of lesser known music of quality whatever the origin, but the manner these clowns do it with one sole aim is laughably dire.


  48. andyjsnape says:

    Trump says FBI agents ‘raided’ his Mar-a-Lago Florida home

    According to CBS News, the BBC’s US partner – bbc’s partner?

    I guess no unbiased news from either of them then, still trying to build stories against the former president


    • G says:

      0500 BBC R4 News: Minister from Taiwan is interviewed about the continuing but diminished activities of the Chinese armed forces.

      Taiwan’s inevitable first response? – “Thank you for having me on the programme”. Personally, I’d prefer to hear: ‘Thank you for taking an interest in this subject’. The latter response politely and better emphasises the BBC’s desires to cover sensation rather than news in its selection of topics/issues


    • Guest Who says:

      Lurch back in his happy place?

      Selective state action held to account by selective media based on ideology seldom ends well.

      Here too.


    • Wild Bill says:

      They are already trying to stop Trump winning the next election.


  49. Fedup2 says:

    Today watch
    Quiet news day .

    But I was thinking about the change of narrative . The BBC has gone from ‘get boris ‘ to ‘panic – no government ‘… and at the centre of all this is sunak .

    He busted the country on huge public spending – increased taxes like a socialist – then – walked away from his job –

    Then stood back and pretended he had nothing to do with either stoking inflation or getting Blighty into the mess it is now .
    And to compound it – he draws out the new selection process for `pM by weeks – thus preventing any planning to be done for the current winter .

    Meanwhile the bbc has replaced a fixation with nut nut for a fixation with fuel and inflation and moans that the government it bought down is no longer there and won’t be in place until early September .

    I think the next fuel price rise is announced in a couple of weeks ( 26 August ) – we are never gonna hear the end of it .

    The likes of the cursed SnSP Scottish national socialist (nazi) party and the doltish liberal party dream of the State paying fuel bills – when in truth the individual should be paying their way unless the receive welfare .

    As I write the dire Eddie davey is telling us that because BP/shell are making big profits they should be taxed more – but omits the bit that probably 90% of those profits are from outside the UK …… an insult to the intelligence of the listener and no challenge from the bbc –

    Do you notice how the breaches of rules by the labour leader are not mentioned by the BBC – nor the fine sunak paid for breaching his governments’ rules ?

    Suggestions I’ve heard to remedy price rises

    Have a COBRA
    Nationiise energy companies
    Do away with OFGEN
    another tax on oil companies
    Fuel bill furlough – increase handouts
    End 5% VAT on fuel
    Have meeting of government leaders
    Rejoin the EU *

    *notice how the collective power of 500 million people counts for nothing regarding fuel costs – bbc doesn’t mention that one


  50. AsISeeIt says:

    Cutting the Tory out of the story edition

    Just yesterday we noted the Daily Telegraph stealing an NHS winter crisis march on the lefty media with their pre-emptive headline: Steve Barclay: ‘Real sprint’ needed to avert an NHS winter crisis

    The Guardian hits back by back-dating the crisis by a season this morning and cutting the Tory out of the story with their: Autumn crisis likely in the NHS say experts

    They do say there’s no show without Punch – so it is there tends to be few alarming lefty looming crisis headlines without the involment somewhere of some expert, scientist, campaigner or quango.

    BBC: UK heatwave: Heat health-alert to begin across England… The level three heat warning issued by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

    We know there’s a serious shortfall in the number of doctors across this benighted kingdom: WORK’S UP, DOC NHS Scotland lose 126 GPs over seven years to early retirement amid burnout fears (The Sun); Doctors explain why it’s so hard to get a GP appointment… The NHS lost 743 GPs in the year from March 2021 to April 2022, according to the British Medical Association (BMA), and nearly half of current GPs plan to retire by 60… there’s the equivalent of 1,622 fewer full-time GPs treating greater numbers of patients compared with 2015, with the average GP working nearly 20% fewer hours, for a total of 38.4 per week, than in 2000. (Liverpool Echo)

    Perhaps if we scaled down the number, size and self-perceived importance of some of these proliferating public health quangos and instead redirected resources to the frontline service?

    Let’s revisit culture corner – or as it ought, perhaps, to be termed culture cul-de-sac

    Yesterday Mr AsISeeIt emulated Glenn Tillbrook, Chris Difford and Jools Holland and friends – to a certain extent – by travelling up the junction – Clapham Juction Railway Station to be precise. And somewhat in the manner that that very British band Squeeze never really broke America, in part because of their unapologetic lyric Britishisms – you won’t catch me calling it a ‘rail’ station. I digress.

    On the platform stood a line of advertising boards enticing travellers toward the delights of the London theatre stage. Grease the stage show harks back to the 1978 movie, itself nostalgia for 1950s American teen culture. Only Fools And Horses the musical plays on nostalgia for the former BBC TV comedy which regularly aired in the decade 1981-91. It’s back for yet more reminiscence for the 50s with Back To The Future the musical – echoing the time travel 1985 movie. You begin to get the point? Our popular culture is well and truly stuck in safe, tried and tested, twentieth century re-treads.

    Bootleg boom. Why film and TV piracy is back in a big way (Telegraph)

    The ‘i’ newspaper remembers Olivia Newton-John with a line from her husband that seems to mourn both the star and the passed era: ‘She was a symbol of triumph and hope’

    I recall some fuss at the time about the movie poster that seemed to put John Travolta’s name above the picture of Newton-John and vice versa – the explanation being one got top name billing and the other top picture billing.

    Of course politicians vying for election will insist the opposite of this perceived western cultural decline is true: ‘Positive’ Truss: Britain’s best days are ahead of us (Daily Express) – United with the people of Ukraine – insists the Express on their masthead but one can’t help but note the heyday of that emergent nation looks to be already well behind it.

    Another school of thought will maintain that all good things must come to an end…

    Farewell to The Archers’ magnificent June Spencer (‘i’); June Spencer, the last original cast member of The Archers, has retired from the BBC Radio 4 drama aged 103. (BBC)

    On a day when…

    Classified fooball results get the boot (Times); An own goal for the BBC. Decision to scrap the classified football results is cultural vandalism, writes Jim White (Telegraph) – so while the commercial theatre feed us just what the public appear to want – a seemingly endless conveyor belt of nostalgia, our BBC will happily axe anything and everything that reminds us of our cultural heritage – interesting, no?


    • Fedup2 says:

      The for ever shortage of medical mafia in the UK is a continuing sore . Yet I have never heard a reason for this .

      Is it the ‘closed shop ‘ approach the medical mafia take to their world – to keep pay levels up ? To maintain the weird practice of working junior doctors to death whilst consultants do private in the morning and NHS in the afternoon?

      Why can’t more kids go through medical / dental /nursing schools ?
      Why not more medical schools ? Why not drop standards to those of the imposter foreigner ‘doctors ‘ from the university of the third world Delhi ?

      Again – no answer – will the medical mafia strike if challenged ? I don’t know .
      Strange situation – just don’t get it …


    • theisland says:

      “An own goal for the BBC. Decision to scrap the classified football results is cultural vandalism, writes Jim White (Telegraph)”

      In a similar vein, what will the bBC do to the Shipping Forecast?
      In May, the BBC announced that, as part of its latest round of cuts, Radio 4’s long-wave service will lose its dedicated programmes next year, and will in time be shut down altogether. Radio 4 long wave broadcasts the Shipping Forecast four times per day (at 00:48, 05:20, 12:01, and 17:54). The forecast won’t die out altogether: the early morning and late-night broadcasts will remain on Radio 4’s FM, DAB and online services. But the loss of the long-wave signal, which can be received far from the British mainland, will mean that sailors and fishermen will no longer be able to tune into its crackly radio weather updates at sea. This long-lived and much-loved British institution may be reaching the end of the road.

      At the same time will Sailing By be replaced by a rap version or by some foreign cacophany to give succour to the third worlders?