490 Responses to Midweek 21 September 2022

  1. MarkyMark says:

    BBC Radio 4, Wednesday 6 April 2022

    In an item about fracking we said the UK’s decision to stop all exploration in 2019 was based in part on fears about earthquakes being caused in areas around fracking sites, ‘fears that were debunked at the time by scientists’.

    In fact the overall scientific picture is unclear. The Government placed a moratorium on fracking in 2019 after the Oil and Gas Authority reported that the causes of seismicity are heavily reliant on local geology. A ministerial statement at the time said ‘the limitations of current scientific evidence mean it is difficult to predict the probability and maximum magnitude of any seismic events, either in the Fylde or in other locations’.




    • Beltane says:

      Some ex-top exec from Cuadrilla called Cornelius – who one might assume will know what he’s talking about – has said that UK fracking is a total no-no, our geology is all wrong. All of it apparently.

      It’s all a government ploy to look at though they’re doing something, he says.

      But then again, he says this in the Guardian, so in other words he’s talking the sort of bollocks they’re happy to pay for. On the Gore or Soros account.


      • MarkyMark says:

        Fracking won’t work in UK says founder of fracking company Cuadrilla
        Chris Cornelius says geology is too challenging and government’s support is merely ‘soundbites’

        Why fracking won’t work for the UK – Chris Cornelius and Mark Linder



        Unlike the gas-bearing shale deposits in the US, the shale resource in the UK is “heavily faulted and compartmentalised”, making it far harder to exploit at any scale.


        Cornelius, who in 2014 also attempted to start fracking under the Irish Sea with a project known as Nebula, which never became operational, is involved in a geothermal consortium called Triassic Power, which is evaluating the potential of using the hot water found underground in certain geological formations in the UK as an energy source. He has no business interest in tidal power.


        Cuadrilla is owned 96% by AJ Lucas, an Australian specialist service provider to the energy, mining and infrastructure sector and the remaining 4% by Cuadrilla employees (including former employees). The company is registered in the UK. You can view our latest report and accounts here.

        Francis Egan is the Cuadrilla CEO.



        • StewGreen says:

          If a bloke suddenly starts spouting anti fossil fuels , I suspect a greencult woman has him by the balls.


        • Beltane says:

          Only a coincidence I’m sure, but the BBC had a guy from Ineos on to talk fracking – so the talking down from Cuadrilla in the Guardian is most likely ‘inter-company negativity’, or childish spite as some might say.

          That and the fact Justin Rowlatt summed fracking up as a non-runner – which has to be good news for frackers.


  2. MarkyMark says:

    Six O’Clock News, Ten O’Clock News
    BBC One, Wednesday 31 August

    We reported from Chorley on parents who say the police are failing to respond when their children have been assaulted.

    One parent said she called 999 and no one appeared for 48 hours. Another mother said it took two weeks for an officer to appear after she rang the police. A third said she took her daughter to the police station straight after she was assaulted and was told no police officer was available at the time to do anything.

    The report said Lancashire Police says it’s supported all the mothers involved, arrested the offenders and dealt with them in line with national guidelines and that it is proud of officers’ approach to policing in Chorley.

    However we should also have made clear that the force says it always answers 999 calls and when there is no ongoing risk or threat or crime in action it will arrange to visit people at a time convenient to them so it can investigate and deliver the best outcomes.

    We apologise for the omission and are happy to make this clear.

    Lancashire Police also says it disputes some of the facts given in the cases featured.




  3. Wild Bill says:

    I am glad that we are starting fracking as we really need to be self sufficient in energy as much as possible, (and self sufficient in food production as well), to stop other countries trying to blackmail us.
    However you can guarantee the usual suspects will be outside the fracking sites causing disruption, I hope the Police come down hard on them, but doubt they will.


  4. Flotsam says:

    Did anyone see Ed Milliband’s response in Parliament to the lifting of the fracking moratorium?
    I’ve not seen a grown man behave like that for some time. He wailed on for some time like a hysterical woman saying that the technology was untested (really?) And the earthquakes were a huge problem.According to the Richter scale the so called earthquakes will be tremors on the scale of a gnats fart.


    • MarkyMark says:

      The DRC produces more than 70% of the world’s cobalt, holds 60% of the planet’s coltan reserves and is the world’s fourth-biggest producer of copper, which Goldman Sachs is calling the “new oil”.15 Feb 2022


    • Guest Who says:

      Once Justo and Matty have done folk will be relying the Towering Inferno.


      • Guest Who says:

        From Guido…

        Neil PARKIN
        Mr Blue Sky

        And any case put by the Government will be prefaced on the BBC with ‘The Prime Minister defended plans to commence fracking, saying that it was good for Britain, but experts said it was the worst thing ever done by mankind, etc etc blah blah…Here’s our pet expert to agree. He’s a lifelong Labour supporter, but we’re not going to tell you that.’

        So… a Springster special unlikely?


      • Guest Who says:

        Chris Bryant retweets Groper. Hardly encouraging.


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        • tomo says:

          Conn eh? – Former boss of Centrica eh?

          Nominative determinism in action – Centrica have been fiddling with the wholesale gas price for years and using the fruits of their antics to drive up the price – during the summer – when it costs them less to manipulate the market.


          • Guest Who says:

            If a Miliband falls in the forest, was it on a $650,000 banana before being shipped to Canada to be chipped?

            The msm circling the wagons of the Ed Stoned one is impressive to behold.

            Globular Views in full crisis support.


        • Wild Bill says:

          How do they work out that renewables are nine times cheaper than gas?


          • moggie63 says:

            It’s dead easy when you make the numbers up as you go.


          • Ian Rushlow says:

            It’s Science ™ and has been confirmed by Experts ™. Gas has shot up in price solely due to Putin’s war in Ukraine. So cunning is this man that the UK price of gas quadrupled during 2021, a full six months before the war even began. However, as we all know, electricity has not increased in price at all. No sir, it hasn’t. This is because most of our electricity is generated by renewable sources such as wind and solar, and the price of wind and sunshine has not increased and cannot. Thus we are always guaranteed cheap, clean energy that will not increase in price and which saves the planet. If anything, nine times cheaper is probably an underestimate and renewable energy is actually too cheap to meter.

            P.S. I’ve got a couple of bridges for sale, if anyone is interested.


      • Fedup2 says:

        Wonder if he took a bung from the Russians or Chinese to weaken the UK . His family have a track record after all .
        The UK had to harness every source of energy and pretty damn quick . How’s that gas reserve being built ? Or are we still influenced by the disaster out nut nut ?


      • tomo says:


        Miliband Minor is a clueless prat – groomed for greatness as the progeny of daddy the “Revolutionary Socialist academic royalty” /sarc.

        Up the workers!


        • Sluff says:

          Railways account for a magnificent……7% of journeys by distance.
          For the hated private car the figure is 85%.

          What a shame our blue socialist government is so totally in thrall to the eco-fanatics that they cannot see how popular abandoning the war on the motorist and investing in roads would be.

          And as if on cue, BBC news feature an interview with a representative of Greenpeace. Cretinous.


  5. Thoughtful says:

    I’m thinkint Putins decision to escalate his Ukraine invasions might well have disastrous consequences for him and the poor sods he sends there, and has nothing to do with the Ukrainians ability to prosecute the war, but the weather, the old enemy of Napoleon and Hitler.

    A general mobilisation call up of reservists and getting them into the field – literally into a field in this case is going to take until October at least and the weather at that time isn’t too bad, but come November it normally doesn’t get above 4C maximum and December January February are all frost days where the temperature doesn’t get above zero and can fall to an average of minus 6C at night.

    If these troops are not well equipped with kit to survive the cold, plus good rations and hot drinks, the weather is going to kill more of them than the Ukrainian army will.

    The invasion began in the Spring it hasn’t been fought in Winter yet. I wouldn’t envy anyone being exposed to the temperatures these men will have to face.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Thoughtful – I was thinking that – particularly when my favourite history book is ‘Stalingrad ‘. You might recall that even at the start of the campaign the logistics of the Russians didn’t seem upto much ( subject to propaganda caution of course ) ..

      … so how is it now ? The attrition rate for senior officers seemed very high – presumably courtesy of their SIM cards ….

      … so have things improved ?

      Or maybe it’s gonna be a ‘spring ‘ offensive – depending on the number who are pushed into duty of course ….

      Signed Field Marshall Fedup ( retd)


  6. Guest Who says:

    Is there some odd policy at broadcasters on who they drag in on screen?


    • Mrs Kitty says:

      I’m visiting the U.K. from France in November, after witnessing previous episodes of family members in the NHS I’m not happy about ending up there after an accident. We’ve taken out insurance so if necessary I can be flown back, I recall that once upon a time people worried about going into hospital when on holiday abroad I’m now experiencing that in reverse.


    • MarkyMark says:

      “Consider this, I give this example. If immigration continues at the levels it has average over the last ten years. Britain will be adding 10 million people to it’s population in the next 20 years. That means building a new house roughly every seven minutes. Now, we currently have no leadership from the Liberal Democrats, Conservative or Labour Parties saying they are going to do anything to change that course. @5:56 … if any party wishing to get into power doesn’t address this they are committing political suicide….@10:30″ {youtube – Douglas Murray – oct2015}

      … but wait, someone, who is now in power to act out their words, did mention this problem and almost suggests that ‘too high immigration’ should be reduced …

      “Because when immigration is too high (no figure given), when the pace of change is too fast, it’s impossible to build a cohesive society. It’s difficult for schools and hospitals and core infrastructure like housing and transport to cope. And we know that for people in low-paid jobs, wages are forced down even further while some people are forced out of work altogether. … So there is no case, in the national interest, for immigration of the scale we have experienced over the last decade.”

      Theresa May as Home Secretary // Speech to the Conservative Party Conference – in full / 06.10.2015



    • BRISSLES says:

      I saw that interview, and I just laughed. This doctor on £120,000 says he works too hard from 7 am to 6 pm. But dismissed it when Christys said “yes but only 3 days a week”.

      I’ve yet to see a non-coloured doctor be interviewed, instead of this reject from Rue Pauls drag programme.


  7. Fedup2 says:

    Interesting one .
    It seems the Roysl Family has a agreement with the BBC and others to never rebroadcast certain bits of the funeral coverage . Understandable .
    But in this time – surely those thousands who recorded the live footage will just highlight the discomfort ( grief ) in those excluded sections – and make matters – sadder ….

    I didn’t see much evidence of the cameras playing a sick game of looking for tearful grief stricken people who who happen to be in the Roysl Family . Although I guess a camera will have been on the American actress throughout

    But she’s as much a royal as I am …


  8. Northern Voter says:

    I see our world’s best bullshitter has invited Mick Lynch on to Have I got news for you. Left leaning bastards.


    • digg says:

      The very first time I heard Mick Lynch talk on TV I had him marked.

      He is what my Dad, a 21 year navy bloke called “a barrack room lawyer” i.e, some with a massive grudge but no education or qualifications, with an inflated view of his importance, complaining about everything all the time and acting as though speaking for everyone.

      Apparently the navy had its share in the mess rooms and generally they were despised by most true matelots,


      • Northern Voter says:

        We also used to call them white rats. Every jossman had 1 or 2 in every mess deck, they would run and tell tales. They weren’t liked either.


  9. Sluff says:

    Away for a couple of days, listening to the radio in the car.

    This morning Jeremy Vine was doing a special on ‘how inflation is affecting students’.
    With no surprise whatever, the thing was one long whingeathon with all the carefully selected students trying to outdo each other on hard luck stories. Why they feel the need to go to University to pile up £30 k of debt to do a useless degree unrelated to the jobs market was of course not asked,
    We switched off after about 10 minutes.

    In contrast I have to say that we listened later to Steve Wright. Yes he’s a bit irritating but Mrs S pointed out his is a feel-good programme. Light, humorous, with some good oldies.
    Needless to say, his show has been cancelled.

    So there you have it, BBC Radio. Telling you about their own warped version of the world.


    • Wild Bill says:

      When driving I dont mind the Ken Bruce show, but Vine is depressing and a good example of biased BBC.


    • digg says:

      I guess aggrieved students then must believe that their potential elevation into a superior career path should be paid for by everyone else, including a whole load who will never get the chance to advance their job prospects but will be burdened by extra tax to help those poor students up a ladder that they themselves will never get the opportunity to climb?

      Now that sounds very fair does it not?

      Put it this way, if you buy a super car on HP to make yourself look cool you can’t knock on your neighbours door for a handout if you can’t afford the repayments or am I Badthinking?


  10. StewGreen says:

    The Google page is showing
    they support the #INTERSECTIONALITY worldview

    It’s headed
    “Hear inspiring stories celebrating diversity*”
    * They don’t mean actual diversity
    but rather box-ticking to signal they recognise
    certain special groups


    • Ian Rushlow says:

      Diversity, definition: code word meaning ‘Less White people’.

      Inspiring story, definition: dreary, predictable and patronising item involving people from one or preferably more of the following categories: ethnic minority, non-standard sexuality, feminist, environmentalist, obese, vegan. Example: “An inspiring story in which Emma, a black body-positive vegan non-binary eco-activist, discovers that she is one of only 2,000 people at her university who has dyed her hair purple.”


  11. digg says:

    The BBC tell us that fracking is to be allowed again in England.


    However they point out that the Governments of Scotland and Wales are to continue enforcing the ban.

    I hope that this means that any savings in costs that can be passed on to the consumers in lower fuel bills will only be made available to consumers in England and that Scotland and Wales are excluded from any reduction in costs. Now that sounds very fair and equitable to me!


  12. Guest Who says:

    Getty do video too?


  13. StewGreen says:

    BBC local NewsPR
    “coming up soon a special bit with dragqueen Juno Birch”


  14. Guest Who says:

    He’s just in for the hits now.


  15. StewGreen says:

    BBC local newsPR featured 2 black South African Social workers Grimsby council is bringing across.
    … apparently 33 are being brought in.

    These 2 didn’t have clear English
    One seemed to say he is coming for Grimsby’s beaches and mountains
    Mountains ? there’s the wolds, but they just a hill, hardly ski country.


  16. StewGreen says:

    Channel 5 now “Angelica Bell investigates the carbon footprint of supermarket sandwiches”
    .. The mixed race presenter is talking to the mixed race sandwichmaker in a factory where almost everyone is non-white

    So often TV is tickbox people and tickbox topics.


  17. digg says:

    Worth a watch half way down the page on gab.com, a US judge talking scathingly about the beastial treatment the people arrested following the 6th White House affair are being subjected to.

    This sounds more like the antics of a banana dictatorship than the leaders of the Biggest country in the free world.

    The Dems have literally torn up the concept of a free world to grasp control and power. They are vicious, deranged and hopefully now running scared.

    If this Judge can unearth the full facts behind this appalling abuse in my opinion a lot of the people who have incarcerated and tortured these people should end up doing time themselves. If the US recovers its senses and throws these animals out of office I really hope it comes to that.


  18. StewGreen says:

    Jack Dee will probably be excluded from BBC progs now


  19. Guest Who says:

    The appeal of Kev in tv studios plain to see.


    • MarkyMark says:

      Rotherham Victim, 15, Trafficked For Sex, Doused In Petrol And Threatened To Be Set Alight
      Doused In Petrol And Threatened To Be Set Alight
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      26/08/2014 06:04pm BST
      Updated August 26, 2014
      One young Rotherham victim was trafficked for sex to Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield by the time she was 15 years old and was doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight. Referred to as Child B in today’s report, the teenager was “groomed by an older man involved in the exploitation of other children”.

      The report said: “Child B loved this man. He trafficked her to Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield and offered to provide her with a flat in one of those cities. A child protection referral was made but the social care case file recorded no response to this.”

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  20. Thoughtful says:

    Bit of an oddball one here but the UK National Grid has banned journalists from observing its “operational transparancy forum” (bit of an oxymoron if it’s no longer transparent).

    It raises the question as to why they would feel the need to do this unless there is some information they don’t want getting into the public arena.


  21. Guest Who says:

    Uh huh.


    • StewGreen says:

      That’s gaslighting
      “had to save to go out”.. that’s normal

      My reality : I’ve been on holiday loads of times where it cost me £3/day or even less all in.
      I was just away for 6 days and spent less than £25.


  22. Fedup2 says:

    Being overseas and without TV – I have the non UK version of Amazon prime – which prevents me from watching just about anything .

    So I resorted to some American dramas which turned out to be noticeably dire – one is called’ the patriot ‘about some nut job working for the CIA ( yawn )

    Then there was the pilot for yet another mexican drugs thing with everyone going through the motions . If I could remember it I’d warn you off .

    Any other streamed stuff worth avoiding greatly appreciated – whether woke – DFS – or just crap kidult Netflix …


    • tomo says:


      Get a VPN – it’s a worthwhile investment.

      But check out what you’re getting into – this chap offers reliable advice imho.

      There’s usually a discount code for a year’s sub kicking around after you decide who to try.


      • moggie63 says:

        I might have trusted this more if he’d spelt ‘receiving’ correctly at 49s. Makes me wonder what else he’s got wrong.


        • tomo says:


          there’s an overabundance of VPN pundits – many/some of whom are spectacularly wrong / misinformed. I suspect that many VPN services are actually operated / sponsored by the spook fraternity anyway… Apart from spilling – most of the commentary on that YouTube channel checks out – although as with near all the others he doesn’t seem to actually travel outside his home country much…

          I wanted to circumvent China and other states snooping when travelling, browser tracking and break geolocation bars. I’ve been able to do that with mixed results – if you’ve a target painted on you – a state actor will usually block you.

          EE (Orange as was) were interfering with VPNs – as were 3 Mobile on their 4G services.

          It is related to the BBC who’ve been more and less tailoring content for specific furriners for some years. Sometimes a US domestic IP address sees a completely different BBC web site to UK punters…

          You have to try but success isn’t 100% guaranteed.


        • Fedup2 says:

          I before c except after v ?

          Yes – trouble when you do research on such stuff it just washes you away ….I’m gonna use a fire stick with Alexa – so if you see a mushroom cloud in the south – it’s me …


    • andyjsnape says:

      Hello Fed, being overseas? White flight? 🙂


      • Fedup2 says:

        Andy – very much – I feel a foreigner in my own country now – as a minority whitee and English Right Wing male it is a very alien place . I might leave for good but my language skills could be better …

        Listening to the narrative about Russia and Ukraine – is it a re run of the Vietnam war ? We’ve got to the stage of the ‘draft ‘ with Russians running off to Canada ( Georgia ).
        I fear a remake of ‘the tedious deer hunter ‘… and African Russians looking for political asylum turning up on our south coast beaches

        I might move to Martha’s Vinyard …


  23. Northern Voter says:

    Fedup, we live in France, a friend of ours bought us an Amazon firestick. You don’t need to subscribe to Amazon, just download the Cinema app, you can get most programmes and films for nowt. Being a Yorkshireman I appreciate that.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Thanks both – I’ve got the fire stick thing but haven’t got the physics degree I need to set it up . I’m also afraid I might accidentally launch a tactical nuclear weapon …


  24. tomo says:

    ‘dya see how it works?


  25. digg says:

    More in Northern Ireland from Catholic than Protestant background for first time announce the BBC…..


    Why did I instantly look for the BBC bias in that headline?

    Could it be down to Catholic non-birth control tendencies?


    • Fedup2 says:

      This was predicted over 30 years ago – the RCs were expanding and the Protestants reducing . There was a lazy assumption that this would mean automatic unification through a democratic refendum – but I don’t think most people are that tribal now –
      But I write as an `English RC with limited exposure to ‘the trouble ‘ aka the evil PIRA … EU membership also implied unification for a while …


    • harry142857 says:

      No wonder the BBC is crying poverty. Two people to write the article, plus one other to give their analysis.

      Looks like NI is filling up with foreigners as well.


  26. tomo says:


  27. BRISSLES says:

    Sorry not the Beeb. I did mention a few days ago that Beckham’s appearance in the Queue at Westminster Hall, was a PR exercise to deflect the bad press he received for the mega millions he received from Qatar. I feel a bit vindicated now, because on GB News, Dan Wooton and Jim Davidson clearly had a private conversation and came to the same conclusion, – they didn’t come right out and summise it on air – probably for fear of being sued, but there was a lot of errring and ummming about it.

    Beckham’s action seems to have paid off for him, as Letters pages in the press are now praising him to the hilt – one even called for the dreaded knighthood. Amazing what having a good Publicist can do when damage limitation has to be done – even if it means being on your feet for 12 hours !!!!


  28. taffman says:

    “Channel migrants: More than 30,000 cross in small boats this year”
    What are Tory plans – deport them or build more houses ?
    We are being invaded!
    Next time vote for UKIP / The Reform Party.
    Standby for a Truss ‘snap election’ !


  29. Scroblene says:

    Is it true that all these overweight ‘broadcasters’ are spreading their distorted dis-information via ‘podgecasts’?

    Just asking for a normal, slim and attractive close friend…


  30. Fedup2 says:


    BBC seems worried about the Italian election on Sunday – it fears that a non approved party – led by a woman – will gain power . Obviously because it is ‘disapproved ‘ it is described as ‘far right ‘.

    All sorts of allegations are thrown at these ‘baddies ‘- apparently they are not too fond of the EU .

    So the outcome on Sunday ?

    1 they won’t really win
    2 they didn’t do as well as expected
    3 the government won’t last long
    4 the turn out wasn’t high
    5 people were voting on local issues
    6 the other lot wasn’t any good
    7 belesconi bought the election
    8 vote was fixed
    9 media bias


  31. taffman says:

    Message to Al Beeb and TheTories , three essentials…….
    Security of our borders.
    Security of our food supplies.
    Security of energy supplies.


  32. andyjsnape says:

    Church of England bars Desmond Tutu’s daughter from leading funeral


    The late Desmond Tutu’s daughter has been barred by the Church of England from leading a funeral because she is married to a woman

    Will the bBC start to hate the CofE now in its “reporting”

    and the bbc also reports some very old castles will fall down due to climate change

    maybe the castles are just VERY old


    • Fedup2 says:

      Funny how wrong stuff knocks on – they ‘legalise ‘ ‘marriage ‘ between female / female – then they bring in female ‘vicars ‘ then a female vicar marries a woman – then the female vicar she wants to do something which is not allowed . Then it moans and moans . Then it’s legalised . Then someone wants to marry their dog … which I think is still the long term aim .


  33. taffman says:

    “Climate change risk to coastal castles – English Heritage”
    Does anyone know if the sea levels have risen or if any Castles have fallen down or if this is a load of BS ?


    • Guest Who says:

      In our part of the shires it was mainly wild Anthroprogenic Cromwell Roundheading.


    • davylars says:

      Well, according to these historic tidal records, our castles in Northumberland will be safe for a very long time. .62 of a foot in a hundred years
      And the graph shows it is pretty straight with no upward trend at all….
      So Taff, English Heritage are talking bullshit.



  34. andyjsnape says:

    Hello Taff, its not the sort of questions the public should ask, we have been told this is due to climate change 🙂 and the bBC have “reported” it


  35. AsISeeIt says:

    The youth of today, Pussy Riot in the news again (as far as I know they’ve never sold a single record) official praise for the arabs and seriously dating edition

    Alternative facts are being banded around in the press this morning. Different titles telling us different stories.

    Back from death row. Brits freed in Ukraine P.O.W. swap speak of their relief… The men, all taken prisoner in Ukraine by pro-Russian forces were freed in a prisoner swap deal Saudi Arabia said it helped broker (giveaway ad sheet Metro)

    Red Rom gets Brit POWs out. Abramovich with them on jet… former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich played a key role in getting five British prisoners of war freed from Ukraine (The Sun)

    Our BBC goes with the Saudi explanation with no mention of the former Chelsea FC owning oligarch: A total of 10 foreign detainees were released on Wednesday evening after Saudi Arabia said it had brokered an exchange between Russia and Ukraine.

    Speaking from her home in Newark, Ms Wood told the BBC she only found out about her son’s release on Wednesday morning when she received a call from the Foreign Office… Ms Wood thanked the Saudi Crown Prince, former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his successor, Liz Truss, Newark MP Robert Jenrick, and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

    So that’s the official line.

    Admittedly the plane flew from Russia via Saudi – but was Roman’s presence on the flight nothing more than a happy celebrity coincidence? Or has the Sun shone a light on events? Let the cat out of the bag?

    Speaking of which, the left-leaning ‘i’ newspaper encroaches on red top tabloid feline pet territory (the Daily Star – “Proud to love animals” in the same masthead motto sense the HM Daily Express is “United with the people of Ukraine“) the ‘i’ publishing a very sad-looking moggie frontpage: Families forced to give up their cats as cost of living bites

    A bit of politics there (as 80s anti-Thatcher comic Ben Elton was wont to quip) especially crafted for our new young cat video watching generation.

    The youth of today, eh…? What they need is some national service…

    Don’t tell ’em your name, Pike! Russian lads flee Mad Vlad call-up – jokes the Daily Star: Panicked Russians joined long queues to flee their country

    Sharing a frontpage with: Rylan suicide ordeal

    Rylan reveals he attempted suicide after his marriage ended due to him cheating… The TV presenter says that his mental health got so bad that he ended up attempting suicide, which he is now glad he was unsuccessful at. The 33 year old revealed that he had cheated on ex-husband Dan Neal years ago, but only confessed this to him in May 2021, which ultimately led to Dan walking out on the six year marriage. (Stars Alert)

    And to think David Cameron went to all that trouble to legislate for gay marriage.

    Let’s not be too hard on Rylan (no sniggering at the back there) poor lad has brought a lot of pleasure to a lot of people and has had his troubles: Rylan Clark-Neal got stuck in a lift for nearly an HOUR and shared the ordeal in a hilarious series of Twitter posts (Northwich and Winsford Guardian – I kid you not)

    Speaking of the youth of today…

    One more child lost to knife epidemic. Lad, 15, stabbed as he walked home (Daily MirrorThe heart of Britain“)

    Well, they did warn us we could expect more epidemics. One expects no official inquiry will ever discover the proximate cause of this so-called epidemic any more than they will the true origins of the corona.

    The Telegraph features: Pussy Riot. Vladimir Putin acts like an abusive husband – whilst our favourite cartoonist Matt disappoints somewhat as he sketches a chap under a shaking tree with multiple apples falling on his head captioned: Isaac Newton discovers they’re fracking nearby

    I’ve advice for conservatives – don’t ever use the language or the arguments of the left – even in jest – it’ll get you nowhere. The Left have no shame, no sensitivity to having their hypocrisy highlighted. They’ll just come back at you relentlessly on all fronts. For example, the Tories pick a black chancellor and the most diverse cabinet in history and the Mirror says: Budget revealed. Good day for the rich in Truss UK

    Cambridge streets will be named after black alumni (Times)

    One wonders if Fraser Nelson gets it? Big Tech’s censorship of the Right is out of control (Telegraph)

    On a lighter note one likes to highlight those little apparently inconsequential oddities spotted on the frontpages…

    In a feature I like to call fashion notes Mr AsISeeIt spots on the Daily Express picture of William and Kate Princess of Wales captioned: William ‘choked up’ over Paddington Bear tributes (perhaps we should get the Peruvians to mediate a peace deal over Ukraine?) Kate wears a plain curved-necked black jacket top with two vertical lines of gold buttons (please excuse my lame attempts to describe female clothing – I probably sound like an Albanian New York yellow cab driver talking about cricket)

    But what do you know…? On the Daily Mail frontpage pic of Johnny Depp with his new squeeze: Depp ‘seriously’ dating his libel trial lawyer, 22 years his junior – seriously dating? – That’s one way of putting it. (Perhaps David Cameron ought to have considered a new legal category of gay seriously dating – I digress) The 37 year-old, Joelle Rich is attired in a remarkably similar black jacket top with double row of gold buttons to that worn by Kate. Snap. Let’s hope they don’t meet one another in the same dress. Apparently that’s very embarrassing.


    • Fedup2 says:

      I like getting old . It allows me to not know who ‘celebrities ‘ are . Apparently there are things called ‘influencers ‘ who are so admired ( approved ) by kidults that they can sell the mugs products through endorsements .

      Maybe I can become an ‘influencer ‘ and encourage people to save money by dumping the TV licence . . And for just £2 a month you can get the exclusive Fedup guide to money saving – just send your card details – don’t forget the PIN …


    • micknotmike says:

      I’d be embarrassed if I met an attractive young lady and realised I was wearing the same dress. Since I live in tee shirts and workmans trousers from the “house of ebé “(Ebay in english) it’s unlikely.


    • Up2snuff says:

      AISI, I looked through the front pages before coming here and I note they have ‘the work experience’ teenagers having a go at ‘doing tasters’ for the front page of the i today: “Patients treated at home to free hospital beds”. The NHS cannot be that short of cash if it is giving away free beds!


  36. Fedup2 says:

    Mick lol

    Listening to the BBC / red labour – they seem to be under the impression that there has been a Conservative Government for the last 12 years – clearly misinformation .

    Even as Mary – Liz Truss pretends to go Tory they are borrowing / creating money at level which would make comrade Corbyn weep …


  37. Fedup2 says:

    BBC agenda bias

    Do you remember that a couple of weeks ago a coloured gangster got shot by the police ? Lots of made of it by the BBC….
    …. But what’s this ? The Times today reports that the ‘family’( yeah right ££) have viewed the video of the incident and are going to ‘ step back from campaigning ‘ ….

    … strangely l have nt heard this reported on the BBC . Or is it relegated to the ‘londonistan News ‘ which no one looks at ?

    Now back to Leicester / Birmingham / whereverstan

    Mysteriously the comments section on the times has been switched off ….


    • Guest Who says:

      BBC ‘not going there’ is quite prevalent.

      Ed Davey has not noticed that Ed Milipede’s effort has been shown to be utterly pants, and as Labour colleagues only exist in the safe bubble reckons it is safe to come out on energy.

      All relying on bbc agenda to ensure the void stays covered but unreported.


  38. Guest Who says:

    BBC slow on the Chinese one still?


  39. Guest Who says:

    Seems the BBC is going to accord every one a special feature and photo story.

    So, there was ‘Bison Head’…. Now…

    Alex Bellfield gets shot in the face and they might never cover him again. Even Pansy Vile.


    • digg says:

      I posted yesterday on gab.com about a US judge who is trying to in investigate abuse of prisoners from the capitol riot. Apparently they are using techniques more or less developed in Guantanamo to break the prisoners.

      They are leaving prisoners with broken bones without treatment.

      The prison authorities are denying them washing and shaving stuff etc in order to ensure they look more like dishevelled Taliban style terrorist when they appear in court.

      Reports of disgusting filthy cells being left unclean. When he tried to visit the facility, the female warden asked him to step back to open the door, then immediately went inside and locked him out.

      Etc. etc.

      So my guess is that the prison staff forced this man to have the moustache shave and the hair style as part of their stinking inhumane practices.

      There needs to be a UN inquiry into what is going on, with the inmates allowed to give evidence in court.

      If any substance, these Dem boot lickers are no better than Hitlers Nazi prison thugs.

      And all this rubber-stamped by that nice old cuddly grandpa in the White House!

      Thus is only a few steps away from undesirable people being thrown into mass graves.

      WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!


  40. andyjsnape says:

    An alert banner just popped up on the bbc websh*te

    Cherry Valentine: Drag Race UK star George Ward dies

    Top priority news so glad I was logged in!


  41. Fedup2 says:

    Is that racing for people in ‘drag ‘?


  42. Charlie Farley says:

    Ten Seconds of BBC breakfast….old oil rig at Weston Super Mare dressed up with trees , wind turbines and solar panel nearby along with a young ” climate scientist ” interview….predictable rubbish…Frack Off BBBC ! . Burn that carbon We know it makes sense !


  43. Guest Who says:

    Likely not one for Springster. Maybe the BBC Hurdy Hurdy Editor?


  44. taffman says:

    “Prime Minister pledges to control and reduce immigration”

    Warning – That was 7 years ago !


  45. MarkyMark says:

    The European Commission on Wednesday allowed for the transfer of Russian coal to ease “energy insecurity around the world”. A positive development for the Kremlin’s coffers, this softened the prior sanctions package, which had prohibited EU actors from transferring or providing services for Russian supplies. This comes at a time when the EU is supposed to be phasing out coal use in pursuit of net zero targets.



  46. Fedup2 says:

    Listening to the new chancellor – he is reducing the rate of income tax to 19% and reducing the 45% back to 40% .

    Acting like a conservative but all funded by borrowing . …


    • MarkyMark says:

      EGYPT — After enduring 10 horrible plagues that ravaged the kingdom due to his stubbornness and pride, Pharaoh proudly announced that plagues in Egypt are now down 100%.

      “Hey, folks, we did it! I did it! I brought the plague rate down! This is because of my policies. No joke! Come on, man!” said Pharoah in a speech, apparently still slightly dazed from being struck in the head by a flaming hailstone. “We now have 10 fewer plagues than we had just a month ago. That’s real progress! For real!”

      Several critics pointed out that the plagues of blood, frogs, lice, flies, livestock pestilence, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and the killing of firstborn children were a direct result of Pharaoh’s policies and would have never happened to begin with if Pharaoh had made wiser decisions. The king then sentenced those critics to make bricks without straw for the rest of their lives.



  47. MarkyMark says:

    movements and pipeline flows of fossil fuels from Russia in its Russian Energy Exports Tracker. On 6 September they published their third report on energy imports from Russia since the invasion. This found that in the first six months the war Russia had exported €158 billion in fossil fuels; €85 billion of which had gone to the EU. These imports were estimated to have contributed €43 billion to Russia’s federal budget. China was the largest single destination (€34.9 billion), followed by Germany, Turkey and the Netherlands. The UK was not in the top 20 largest destination by value.


    Imports of energy from Russia
    Research Briefing
    Published Wednesday, 21 September, 2022


  48. tomo says:


  49. AsISeeIt says:

    Do you remember as a kid going along with your mum to that Clarks store in the high street for a new pair of black lace up school shoes? Being warned not to scuff them first day back playing football in the playground? If you were lucky you’d be having your feet measured on that mysterious machine they had in the shop. What a familiar shared vintage British family experience.

    Oh, how times have changed.

    Take a look at the present advertising for Clarks


    Suffice to say among 5 apparently represenative young people there’s only the one white chap in sight – and he’s about the most peculiar bloke I’ve ever seen – imagine if you will a cross between a young Arthur Askey and Marcel Marceau

    Gotta love the corporate copy:

    For the World Ahead… And to change the world of tomorrow, we’re doing things differently today. When we move together, small steps become big strides. This season, we’re proud to collaborate with some incredible change-makers and ambassadors championing racial equality, mental health awareness, LGBTQ+ advocacy and family rights activism – giving our platform to the voices of these inspiring individuals who share our drive to create a better world… the Clarks Collective share a key passion: the determination to create authentic social change and make a difference today – and for the world ahead.

    As Tony Hancock in the Blood Donor sketch once replied to nurse June Whitfield who had just told him how blood was the same the world over: “I didn’t come here for a lecture on Communism.”


    • MarkyMark says:

      Jamie Windust’s motto? It pays dividends to do things you enjoy and that make you happy. For the non-binary author, host and LGBTQ+ trailblazer, starting to prioritise the silly as well as the serious led to living their best life – writing for everyone from Gay Times to British GQ, as well as their own book In Their Shoes, which explores navigating non-binary living.

      Jamie now joins our Clarks collective of social and style trailblazers, telling us about their own journey – from how their relationship between fashion expression and gender identity has evolved, to their glasses wardrobe, and how to wear socks (hint: always pull them up and please pretend pop socks don’t exist…)



    • Docmarooned says:

      Sums up why I have not bought a pair their crap overpriced shoes in years.


    • Terminal Moraine says:

      AISI that’s got to be the most absurd piece of corporate social engineering yet.

      It can’t get any worse than this. Can it?


    • Up2snuff says:

      AISI, if I recall correctly the BBC NHS Editor, Hugh Pym, is a scion of the Clarks family. Maybe he appeared in that photograph in the Clark’s advertising?


  50. Fedup2 says:

    Painful piece in the DT about dimbleby PLC senior . At Eton he was a member of the bullingdon club – but when he went to Oxford PPE he only got a 3rd – a fail .

    Obviously that wrecked his future and had to rough it in the BBC .
    Reading the piece – done because he is putting his book out £ – the stench of entitlement and living off daddy is so embarrassing – but he could never see that of course.

    He says if Charles 3 wants the house of Windsor to give up -the house of dimbleby will always be ready to step in £ ( I made that bit up your majesty )


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