282 Responses to Start the Week 12 December 2022

  1. BRISSLES says:

    Regular as clock work there is always a tragedy in the run-up to Christmas. Be it a rail crash, airline disaster, a fire with lives lost, horrendous motorway crash. Now it appears to be little tots who lost their short lives in a frozen lake that wasn’t frozen enough to take their weight.

    My first question was – and where were the parents of these kiddies? then why was a 6 YEAR OLD allowed to be trotting on the lake ? no mention of any supervision whatsoever. Maybe this will all come to light in due course.


  2. Althepalerp says:

    Ireland still have Peat burning power stations. They are worse than coal. And the EU allow it.


  3. JohnC says:

    Four jailed over £200,000 pensioner phone scam

    It takes a special kind ethics to take money away from pensioners:


    Coming soon to enrich a town near you.


  4. micknotmike says:

    There is a weather article on the bbc at the moment about a “yellow snow warning”. Does nobody read these things before posting them? All I know about yellow snow is that it’s not safe to eat.
    There was another article about the new Cumbrian coal mine which mentioned that the coal would be of the correct composition to be used in steel-making. OK so far. The writer went on to mention that it was hoped to use hydrogen in the future. Still ok. Apparently, using hydrogen instead of iron will cut emissions by 61%. it will make for some pretty lightweight cars too.


    • moggie63 says:

      And you can just tie them to some railings instead of searching for a parking space.


    • Guest Who says:

      My Graf Zephyr got a thousand to the gallon until a bit of a incident at Lakehurst, NJ.


  5. theisland says:

    Hunt, an anti-Brexit, pro-China figure resurrected from the David Cameron era, said in a written statement to Parliament that the government will begin “bringing forward a consultation in the coming weeks to explore the case for a central bank digital currency – a sovereign digital pound – and consult on a potential design.”


    • MarkyMark says:

      That’s good of them! Trudeau’s government orders Canadian banks to unfreeze bank accounts of people who participated in or donated to Freedom Convoy after woke leader was condemned for authoritarian behavior


      Jeremy Hunt’s wife presents show on China’s state-run TV ‘that whitewashes Communist Party’s human rights abuse’
      Lucia Guo, wife of Jeremy Hunt MP, regularly appears on Sky TV’s China Hour
      Programme is owned by state-owned China International TV Corporation
      Guo has been accused of ‘whitewashing’ the Chinese Communist Party’s abuses

      PUBLISHED: 22:05, 25 December 2021 | UPDATED: 22:37, 25 December 2021


    • taffman says:

      Change your MP by voting for The Reform Party .
      Nige will sort it out when he makes a comeback.


  6. tomo says:

    They could be talking about the BBC


  7. MarkyMark says:

    Civil servants have been told to call their Christmas parties ‘festive celebrations’ in an attempt to avoid offending other faiths. In another move to promote diversity and inclusion, some officials have been informed they cannot drink alcohol at a celebration if one team member is tea-total.1 day ago


    Happy Camel Slaughtering Month?


    Happy Diwali! from the new Civil Service Hindu Connection



    • Up2snuff says:

      MM, I am tending towards T-T and at office parties at any time, I just gravitated toward the fruit juices, as did others, and let the other colleagues drink beer, spirits, whatever. However, I’m happy to drop the T-T bit for wine and one departmental lunch the host went for a very expensive (£29 in mid-80s, on expenses anyway) bottle of Port to finish with and it was like having the proverbial Paul Hogan/Crocodile Dundee “angels crying on your tongue”. Delicious.


  8. Terminal Moraine says:

    Football fun from the streets of Paris.

    Imagine England fans doing this in Paris or Brussels, there’d be a week of phone-ins with everyone expressing liberal disgust and the Guardian would be copy/pasting articles on the far-right like there’s no tomorrow. But hey, this is Moroccans celebrating by throwing bricks and burning cars, it’s different because of their rich cultural heritage or oppression or climate change or something.


    • MarkyMark says:

      French car-burning returns for New Year’s Eve
      1 January


      A total of 874 cars have been set alight during New Year’s Eve celebrations in France, police say.

      However, the interior ministry said the number was much lower than in 2019. Authorities also reported a rise in the number of people stopped and detained.

      A curfew to tackle Covid-19 meant no significant disruption took place this time last year.


    • TrickCyclist says:

      As a fictional French policeman in Morocco once said, “Round up the usual suspects.”


    • Jeff says:

      These are people supposedly “celebrating”, FFS.

      What are they going to be like if and when they lose?

      Blimey, just imagine if France beat them…


  9. MarkyMark says:


    Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has met his national security council as tensions rise in Kosovo between the authorities there and ethnic Serbs.

    On Saturday a stun grenade was thrown at EU police in north Kosovo, where Serbs form a majority, and local police exchanged fire with unknown groups.


  10. Fedup2 says:

    ‘Very serious corruption scandal rocks EU’- BBC website …. Apparently Greek EU types have adopted the cash in a suitcase from Arabs – approach favoured by the current monarch …
    No doubt it was all for a good cause ….


  11. Terminal Moraine says:

    A former senior advisor to the FDA on drug safety. Something for Marianna to add to her ignore pile:


  12. Sluff says:

    I wonder if there will be a sentimental Christmas fundraiser for the families of those poor children who died in the lake?

    Remember the Penlee lifeboat? £3 million at 1981 prices. Just before Christmas.
    Watch this space.


    • Fedup2 says:

      It depends whether said families ‘Celebrate ‘ Christmas ….


    • G.W.F. says:

      Something I have noticed about reporting sad events like the boys drowned in the lake. The media/BBC always interview someone who talks about the community. There is a steadfast desire to keep the community (presumably diverse) at the centre. The fatalities usually bring the community together and someone has a narrative to address


      • Fedup2 says:

        I’d not heard of the concept of ‘vicarious grief ‘ where someone can hit the’ On’ switch – wallow in the sadness of others – then switch off when they’ve had enough .

        The high point was princess Diana – whom I bet 99.99% of those people being sad had never met but saw as a ‘friend ‘ …
        ..very strange ….


      • Flotsam says:

        Community is a much abused word used to justify all sorts of Government enterprise and interference. Also widely used by the odious Housing Trusts with their Socialist/woke agenda while they treat their tenants like dirt.

        How about this for Wokism….The extreme Left head of a Housing Trust I know has a policy of recruiting ex-offenders as maintenance staff. Fancy having an ex offender having keys to your house and being able to freely wander round when you have called in to have the toilet fixed while you are out? What could go wrong? I’m sure that many ex offenders will progress into being pillars of society but……I think some people need to connect with the real World.


  13. digg says:

    Absolutely typical BBC sly reporting over the execution of a protester in Iran.

    Majidreza Rahnavard: Iran carries out second execution over protests


    Not exactly correct is that BBC?

    The real reason for the execution was that the bloke stabbed two guards to death during the protest. Kinda changes the story somewhat hey BBC so why include it as an after-thought way down the story?

    This is a classic example of why the BBC cannot be trusted. Always worth delving for the real story with any info coming from the BBC!


    • Dickie says:

      Bet BBC Media Action are involved in the reporting. All helps in the USA and the Wests meddling in other countries affairs ie regime change


  14. Guest Who says:

    Dan doing that bbc omission thing?

    Other sources… of news… are available.


    • Sluff says:

      What a totally pathetic contribution from desperate Dan.

      Not aware how much gas we get from Saudi, Dan?.
      In fact we get….errrrr……none!


      But we don’t want facts to get in the way of dogma, do we?


      • Guest Who says:

        Speaking of which, you can take Sopes out of the BBC, but you can’t take the ideological propaganda out of Sopes.


        • MarkyMark says:

          Dear Winston Smith,

          I noticed that Jon Sopel is talking about impartial and unbiased reporting but his twitter account has three references to his book whilst using the BBC brand. Could the BBC please explain what is happening?

          1) Is BBC Jon Sopel supposed to tell us about the news or his new book?

          2) BBC Jon Sopel’s twitter feed has the BBC name in it and says “Jon Sopel, BBC North America Editor. My book If Only They Didn’t Speak English is out now.” which references his book and not the fact he is an unbiased and impartial reporter.

          3) BBC Jon Sopel’s twitter’s pinned tweet is from 23May2018 and is about .. himself and his book.

          4) Is BBC Jon Sopel’s book 100% BBC approved thought and unbiased and partial?

          5) Shouldn’t BBC Jon Sopel’s twitter be about the latest news and not himself?

          6) When Jon Sopel sells a book does it go to help pay for the BBC TV Tax – to reduce it? As the BBC are promoting it – thus it is promoted by the BBC TV Tax Payer.

          “Impartiality lies at the heart of public service and is the core of the BBC’s commitment to its audiences. It applies to all our output and services – television, radio, online, and in our international services and commercial magazines. We must be inclusive, considering the broad perspective and ensuring the existence of a range of views is appropriately reflected”

          Good luck answering this one without laughing yourself silly.



  15. Fedup2 says:

    Earlier today the chair of the parliament health committee explained why the government won’t ‘ can’t give a big big pay rise to the medical mafia .

    An independent pay board had decided 4.5%? Is fair but that’s not acceptable to the angel nurses . Disregarding the finding of a mutually accepted ‘independent ‘ pay review board drives a coach through other agreements – his view …

    Tonight the sec state for health meets the medical mafia. And will – I bet – cave in and give the Scottish number 7.5% – which it seems the already striking NI nursing angels will accept – it’s just about money …..


  16. Guest Who says:

    BBC Core.


  17. Northern Voter says:

    Mrs Voter is watching the annual woke quiz show that is Christmas University Challenge. Portsmouth uni have 3 black challengers and some fat tart that studies plants, Purbeck have that well known losing lawyer, Maughan, plus 3 other losers. Being a celebrity does not make clever.


    • Eddy Booth says:

      Hate that Christmas version.
      The no conferring rule on starter questions always proves too difficult for them to process.
      Guess they have entitled lives and following rules isn’t their forte.


  18. Eddy Booth says:

    Victor Lewis-Smith: Journalist and satirist dies aged 65

    Vaguely familiar from his photo, with the trustafarian haircut

    “But it was the hoax phone calls he made as part of his radio shows which stick out in many minds.
    Targets included the department store Harrods and television series Jim’ll Fix It – fronted by paedophile predator Jimmy Savile.”

    Getting a little bold.
    Wonder which channel that show was on.

    “..has died aged 65 after a short illness.”

    Triple or quadruple jabbed?


  19. Fedup2 says:

    Not the BBC
    It seems more and more painful that Harry Windsor and his wife are whinging in public about their ‘family troubles ‘ when the people of the country where he was once a prince are having a real tough time …..
    Maybe he hadn’t grown up – or has mental issues – or it is that self obsessed LA thing ….. but for a former member of the royal family to publicly behave that way is – unseemly – particularly if he is doing it for dollars …


    • Beltane says:

      Should he eventually collapse under the continual strain of being bamboozled by his wife, it will probably be put down to PTSD.

      All those firefights and h2h combat finally taking its toll.


  20. Northern Voter says:

    Mrs Voter is now watching Just Connect, 1 fellow called Hardwick with a five o’clock shadow is wearing makeup and an Alice band. You could not make it up.


    • Beltane says:

      Indeed, and didn’t Hardwick – surely a droll euphemism – make the most of his moments of stardom. To describe him as arch would diminish both Marble and de Triomphe.


      • Docmarooned says:

        Indeed. Me and the missus were watching it. Camp is the word. Think he was looking for a job as an extra on Nortons weekly rubbish. The missus actually shouted at the TV for him/she/it to shut the f*** up!


    • Loobyloo says:

      It was worse than that – at least 4 contestants looked as if they were in pantomime drag. Seasonal? Offswitch anyway. We have built in free view on the telly – this makes it hard to claim that we don’t watch live broadcasts?


  21. StewGreen says:

    All animals are equal
    It’s just that Blacks get a capital letter, and whites only a small letter.


    • Zephir says:

      it must be because they are like the “special” kid at school, that needs extra attention


  22. StewGreen says:

    Guardianland muttering : Global Warming causes too much food

    “Food waste: green vegetable and potato crop glut after mild UK autumn
    Fears of shortages early next year as farmers say they are having to ‘tear up’ sowing and harvesting timelines”


  23. StewGreen says:

    BBC do another prog for Climate PR
    Topic is finance : do they choose a diversity of guests, including an economist ?
    Nope looks like all activist mates


  24. Thoughtful says:

    Juat a thought coalescing is the way US democrats have given taxpayer funding and subsidies to those that support them, turning them into huge concerns and giving their supporters an unfair competetive edge over rivals.

    Take Amazon, a struggling small book seller received $5 billion in the last decade alone, with Bezos a known Democrat supporter repaying the party by buying the Washington Post and donating millions to them

    Or Tesla with Musk a Democrat supporter Obama gave the company a whopping $465 million directly plus government subsidies to every buyer of one of their cars amounting to a further $3.4 billion. Now he is on the naughty step and don’t we know it!

    Or Apple with Tim Cook a British Gay CEO and Democrat supporter, the worlds largest company despite which it received $891 million in 2021 alone. For the midterms Apple returned the favour with donations of $1.3 milion

    As a strategy it’s a clever one. Using taxpayers money to promote and grow those companies which are favourable to your cause and will in the future donate and promote you, it’s perhaps no surprise Big tech largely based in Democrat heartland California is so pro the party.

    It’s a little surprising just how many companies grew on the back of government funding by Democrat governments, and I wonder if the Republicans are playing the same game – however it does not appear to be doing to, or at least not with as much success.


  25. Sluff says:

    BBC do on-site broadcast from the place where the 3 children have died after falling through lake ice.
    All the panoramic shots show predominantly white people.
    Online, a report suggests the area is 91% white.

    Click to access InfoandIntelligence_Kingshurst-and-Fordbridge-Ward-Profile.pdf

    But among the 91% white population, guess what? Of all the people to interview, the BBC manage to find only a black Afro-Caribbean lady called Confort.

    Yes, even in moments of tragedy, the multiculti-thought-police at the BBC just cannot help themselves.
    A total disgrace at such a time.


    • JohnC says:

      As I’ve said many times, the Left don’t give a flying f*ck about how many people die or how horribly they do it. They only care when whoever did the killing suits their agenda.

      Yesterday we got told how Iran executed another protestor and the immediate inference was that they did it just because he protested. Then if you kept reading, it morphed into the fact he only had a 23 day trial which then eventually led to the fact he had murdered two people with a knife.

      If they were against the protests, the fact protestors were murdering people would have been the headline.

      You can’t take a single word the BBC say at face value.

      ‘be (as) slippery as a snake
      To be devious, scheming, and untrustworthy—and difficult to catch’

      BBC to a tee.


  26. Sluff says:

    The next HarryMeghan execrable yawnathon is getting trailers.

    A six part series on Netflix containing criticism of his own family.

    Is this the same couple that complained about media intrusion? The same woman who was happy to be taken down the aisle by her father-in-law as her relationship with her own father was not strong?

    Just asking.
    Hypocritical? Moi?


  27. Wild Bill says:


    EU vice president and others arrested for taking bribes from Quatar, quite serious I suppose?

    Not a mention on BBC news at ten.


  28. Zephir says:

    Reverse the genders in this story to hear howls of outrage….

    “How to bag yourself a REAL keeper! Dating expert reveals top five mistakes women should avoid if they want to attract a ‘successful man'”



  29. Zephir says:

    Oh dear, I suspect Ginger and Nutmeg have had it now, alluding to the British press …..

    They really have thrown themselves to the wolves this time, couldn’t happen to a nicer couple.

    “So which is it, Netflix? Mystery as streaming giant releases two versions of Harry and Meghan trailer with one subtitled to accuse ‘British media’ of lying to protect Prince William and the other suggesting it was the Palace”



  30. andyjsnape says:

    EU corruption scandal: European Parliament offices searched

    “Eva Kaili was arrested on Saturday and has reportedly had her assets frozen” sounds painful, well hopefully

    “European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the accusations were “very serious” and called for the creation of a new ethics body to oversee the bloc” – oversee ourselves, says the Teflon eu. Already does that, i’m still wondering when the audits of its accounts will be published


    • JohnC says:

      Joke of the day:

      ‘MEPs who spoke to our correspondent say they are shocked by both the scale and blatancy of the accusations.’

      The key part of this story is how it would never have been ‘discovered’ if it wasn’t for those pesky Belgian police. You can be sure this is the very tip of the iceberg.

      Elswhere I see her being referred to as ‘Greek socialist MEP Eva Kaili’. The BBC do not mention that bit at all – which is strange considering how quick they are to label politicians as ‘far-right’.

      This story is huge – yet it’s not even on the main front page now. Apparently ‘Man with broken hip taken to hospital tied to plank’ is more important at the BBC. Somehow they managed to write 1,139 words about that – stuffed to the hilt with irrelevant empathy and emotion as BBC ‘news’ seem to do more and more these days.

      In the run up to Brexit, someone I know knew an MEP and quoted him saying that however corrupt you might think the EU is, you can multiply it by 10.


      • theisland says:

        “however corrupt you might think the EU is, you can multiply it by 10”
        That’s the way our ‘top’ civil servants (and the rest of the notable rejoiners) like it.
        Easy money when you get that EU job/pension leading to ‘international’ posts and bouquets.
        The multi levels of corruption and collusion make it easier to obscure the crimes and spread the blame if detected.
        It is an industry in itself.


        • Scroblene says:

          Too right, Islander!

          What the awful BBC never seem to investigate, or even mention, is the fact that when the referendum to leave the EU was being conducted, one of the main reasons for so many Leavers, was that normal, British working citizens – nearly all in the private sector, were just utterly fed up (not you Fed), with the arrant corruption, arrogant entitlement to un-checked eye-watering expenses, and ‘running’ a bunch of Eurocrats year by year, without the accounts EVER being signed off!

          It was the years of seeing the Kinnocks, Mandelson and all the other leftie failures in a British decmocracy, creaming every opportunity to get rich at the expense of the British taxpayer, which made us all throw our arms up in the air and tell them all to sod off!

          Much of the problem was also having weeklings like Cameron, piddling about at the edges with the idiot Clegg, who just paid lip service to all the corruption in the EU, ignored the crookery and they got a firm answer from true Brits!

          The BBC of course just spent all their time trying to keep us in with all the bad-breath of the EU!


  31. Fedup2 says:


    Not much / any coverage of EU corruption …..I bet the new ethics body will be ‘populated’ by ex members of FIFA….

    … do you notice how the Godless Far Left BBC still has Christmas©️ as a sort of ‘national reference point ‘ for ‘families ‘ to ‘come together ‘.

    Yet it spends the year ‘dissing ‘ families – favouring the ‘single parent or queer parent ‘ ‘family ‘ as well as anything non judeochristian outfit which deserves ‘support’?

    Large numbers of people – for a variety of reasons – do not have these idealised christmases – it’s another day to them – whole ‘communities ‘( Muslims ) don’t even recognise it – apart from profiteering from it …

    But on the BBC go with people ‘needing to get home for Christmas’ ….
    The people who work for the BBC busily dismantling anything of value or tradition throughout the year suddenly revert to a mystical view of a Christmas it helped to destroy long ago ….. now where’s that repeat of morecambe and wise….?


    • Fedup2 says:

      Today 2

      As I mentioned yesterday the nurses union leader met the sec state for health last night ( no idea why ) …. And as a result the angels will be striking as planned on Thursday ….. the union rep helpfully criticised the minister for not offering anything ….
      Looks like private health insurance is gonna do well in 2023 …
      …………I think the BBC is in heaven on Thursday – ‘interviewing ‘ striking nurses on their picket lines in freezing cold weather –
      There will be car drivers honking horns ‘local businesses ‘ delivering food hampers and hot drinks ‘in support ‘ – the whole pro strike pro union propaganda machine the BBC deploys for its ‘allies …..
      Come on blue labour – give them the 18% pay ….it’s only borrowed tax payers’ money ….


  32. Fedup2 says:

    You have to admire the planning of the blue labour government – if you want to book a hotel you’ll either not be able to or pay a huge cost –
    – and if you want to get to the hotel you won’t be able to because the State has ‘pre booked ‘ all the taxis as ambulances ….plenty of ‘friends ‘ of blue labour setting up £taxi£ companies …..
    I’m thinking of setting up a 999 company at only 98p a minute – your call is important to us – please hold – you at number 19 in the queue …..


  33. taffman says:

    “UK weather: Snow and ice cause travel disruption around UK”

    All quiet on the greens and the global warming front then ?
    Are we still paying for the carbon footprint and net zero tax ?
    IMHO we have a parliament run by a bunch of schoolboys !


    • Fedup2 says:

      I think you offend schoolboys . Parliament is not ‘run’ by anyone . It’s just a series of woke pressure groups wanting to ban or regulate something and reduce more freedoms in the name of ‘community safety ‘ … conservatives are so few that they look and sound ‘rare’. …

      I do wonder what they’ll do when the money runs out – when taxes get so high they can’t get more – when huge amounts are spent just paying the interest on all that borrowed and wasted money …. Perhaps in the next parliament ….


      • taffman says:

        The Present “government” clamps down on its own people but goes easy on the criminal, Channel invaders ie free hotel accommodation, free money free health treatment etc etc.
        We are in need of a new political party that puts Britain first.


        • MarkyMark says:

          The People’s Republic of China is run by a single party, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), headed by the CCP General Secretary who tends to be the paramount leader of China. China is among few contemporary party-led dictatorships to not hold any direct elections at the national level.


  34. andyjsnape says:

    The eu scandal, seems to be buried already on the bbc website

    Normally if the bBC wants to go on and on and on about something, Its front page for days

    Found the link earlier to the scandal, now its quicker disappearing!



  35. Fedup2 says:

    Today Gold

    Meeshal Hussain versus Comrade Mickey Lynch …

    I felt quite emotional – it was back to comrade scargill days – Mickey lynch actually challenging a poorly prepared BBC droid who was reading the questions off the card and was unable to meet comrade lynch …..
    Even though I am of the Far Right – comrade Lynch was not given a fair shake and I was proud that he challenged the stance of the BBC . Am I any more enlightened by the issues around the rail strike ?( no ) is the BBC biased ?yes ….
    Me ? I hate the railways – I’d dig up the tracks and make more roads …


    • Sluff says:

      Fed Up2
      Yeah, it was good wasn’t it?
      A punch up between two leftists.
      But credit to Mr Lynch for taking it to the BBC. What a shame our gutless government never does the same.

      Mr Lynch did however also reveal towards the end that this is clearly a political strike and not just a narrow union dispute between ‘management’ and ‘workforce’.

      And worth pointing out, since Useless didn’t, the glaring omission that EVERY pay decile in the public sector earns more than the same decile in the private sector. And that doesn’t include pension rights. Yes even all those ‘rich bankers’ in the private sector are outweighed by the vast armies of public sector types on £100k plus. That’s five or six in every council in the country just for starters. I wonder if that also includes train drivers?


      • Guest Who says:


        Maybe it could be pointed out, gently, to BBC staff, that just asking questions can see folk banned by the ECU and blocked on twitter.



      • Fedup2 says:

        Sluff – I’m not sure if the Marxism language ( cost of labour ) comrade Lynch uses gets his case much further . But I do enjoy the left fighting the left ….

        I can’t remember how the inflation / interest rises / strikes ended last time … was it the eventual advent of Mrs Thatcher ?
        The inflation rate shows no sign of reducing – although oil prices have fallen ? But I suppose if it stays cold across the West up it will go again …..

        If the real inflation rate for people ( not economists ) is around 20% these claims for double digit pay increases are not going away – who ever runs the Cabinet .

        The expectation ( tradition ) is for unions to expect a labour government to be more sympathetic – but I think there is so little difference between the red and the blue that little change will come …


  36. MarkyMark says:

    What is the Hippocratic Oath 2022?
    The original Hippocratic Oath describes ideals that are timely and relevant even in the 21st century: to treat patients to the best of one’s ability; to preserve a patient’s privacy; and to faithfully teach the art of medicine to the next generation [ The Hippocratic Oath today.7 Sept 2022


  37. Fedup2 says:

    Today again

    Our Justin interviews the blue labour clone transport minister ( this weeks’ one ) …..

    … our Justin goes as near to voicing his own (BBC) view of the world – Namely – public services are underfunded and you me we need to pay More Taxes ….
    ……. I instantly thought of £80k diversity managers ……..
    There is no true discussion about what happens to All That Money – I guess there never will be …..


  38. andyjsnape says:

    Former seat of Confederacy takes down last monument

    bBC is keen, and the monument will be donated to the black history museum – I guess that can put a plaque under it explaining how racist this is

    History rewritten


  39. Guest Who says:

    And you thought Dan Snow was thick.


  40. Guest Who says:

    The only thing stopping the bbc suffering the consequences of being on the wrong side of everything is £5B and Govt. protection.


    • MarkyMark says:

      ‘My first thought as I came round was Oh God! What have I done?’: Man suing the NHS over trans surgery he bitterly regrets has bravely waived anonymity to share his ordeal
      Ritchie Herron, 35, says life has been unbearable since surgery four years ago
      His case first emerged after he shared experience on Twitter under pseudonym
      He claims NHS failed to take mental health crisis into account before procedure



    • MarkyMark says:

      The BBC missed opportunities to stop “monstrous” abuse by DJ Jimmy Savile and broadcaster Stuart Hall because of a “culture of fear”, a report says. The Dame Janet Smith review identified 72 victims of Savile – including eight who were raped – and 21 victims of Hall, over five decades from 1959.25 Feb 2016


  41. AsISeeIt says:

    Bulb to Octopus pile on the misery edition

    Free advice for any entitled whiners out there: have a day off

    Nope, that’s not advice aimed at any regular habitués hereabouts. It’s lifted from the cheeky Daily Star’s masthead Thought for the Day

    Windbags’ new rant: Blah! Blah! Sob! Blah! Blah! Blah! Blah! Blah!  

    And that wasn’t meant as a jibe directed locally hereabouts nor for that matter a response to the Guardian headline: Government report blames NHS crisis on Tory ‘decade of neglect’

    In fact that blah blah sob blah blah is also from the Star and of course it too relates to the latest teaser for an episode in the on-going Netflix financed Royal soap opera. The Mirror likes the quote: Harry: ‘They lied to protect my brother’

    As is typical of allegations tossed about by this couple – her notorious for having achieved minor celebrity and he famous for having been born to notoriety – their accusations remain nebulous: It remains unclear whether the duke is talking about the media… or Buckingham Palace (Times)

    The Daily Star’s rather tired, heard-it-all-before, get back to us when you’ve something original to say, response to the Sussexes show might well also suit as reposte to that Guardian-favoured: …paper by the King’s Fund health thinktank.

    One notes halfway through paragraph four of the Gruan frontpage anti-Tory austerity screed the faint whiff of a pachyderm lurking in the pre-op room: “Though Covid certainly exacerbated the crisis in the NHS and social care we are ultimately paying the price for a decade of deglect” – and, one might add, two decades of hyper-immigration

    The diagnosis, as always from the health blob: dearth of long-term investment – the prescription, as always – more tax payer money, regular, consistent, reliable, more tax payer money.

    Even totalitarian innovator of the policy communist China has eased off on their Lockdown against their home-grown infection, yet the globalist FT still hasn’t yet got over the pan-panic and its faith in a pharmaceutical panacea: Experts have warned Beijing to accelerate approval for updated vaccines as new coronavirus varients spead quickly across the country after its zero-Covid approach was eased last week

    Does one detect a note of regret there from the FT?

    Oh dear, the FT obliged to report on its beloved Brussels mired in scandal: Qatar graft probe widens… politicians vowed to fight back on sleaze

    Does one again detect a note of disappointment as the FT reports a glimmer of good economic news for the UK?: Economy grows 0.5% but outlook remains black… car sales and construction fired up Britain’s economy in October

    Did Britain really free itself of the EU? That’s arguable. Apparently Ulster didn’t: The sale of nationalised energy supplier Bulb to Octopus could be a breach of EU state aid rules in Northern Ireland, rival provider Centrica has said.

    More weather news…

    Operation brass monkeys – is how the Daily Star sums up the situation: Brits urged to cut energy use. Schools shut and chaos on roads. Worse to come with deadly ice.

    The Daily Mail dials it in and tends to agree: Frozen Britain grinds to a halt. Flights cancelled. Drivers stranded for 8 hours. And today striking rail unions will selfishly pile on the misery

    Not to worry, the Guardian tends to believe any old pipe dream any so-called expert has to sell: Scientists hail nuclear ‘holy grail’ on energy

    And in sports news…

    C’mon, er, Morocco! (Star)


    Something about the juxtaposition of this trailer for a feature and an adjacent frontpage headline in the Telegraph brought a wry smile: Sherelle Jacobs. Rishi’s Invisible Man act will doom the Tories

    England open to hiring a foreign manager – don’t we know it. That was of course a sports report on the routine under-achievement of English international football.

    By the way, we know Rishi is a short arsed manlet, but invisible?

    And finally, in wimmins’ interests news, care of the formerly sensible Times: Yoga wars. Yes I wear £80 leggings – is that a problem? Anna Murphy


    • Fedup2 says:

      Asiseeit – your half sentence mentioning uncontrolled population increases is the key to all the ailments affecting Blighty . It’s bound to be if public services have been set to ‘deal with ‘ say 10 million less people than there actually are.

      Yet – the huge increase is barely mentioned – I’m not even talking about demographic – just huge numbers – the affect on housing – infrastructure – health – education – the lot – is all there .

      It’s a bit like the BBC digging down on each industrial dispute – cause – inflation – but no mention of the root cause – socialist level creation of money …..

      So the cause – too many people – too much mass produced money …. The rest is consequences ….


  42. andyjsnape says:

    Front page news:-

    Harry and Meghan on Netflix: They lied to protect my brother, claims Harry

    So what, bbc get a life

    Probably this “news” will stay there on the front page for days


  43. tomo says:

    Straightforward BBC suppression of information.


    As an aside I just noticed that Google is now offering “things you should be searching for ” / Trending Searches dropdown from the main search page.


  44. tomo says:

    It’s a spoof

    but… – I had to confirm it by checking it out.


  45. G.W.F. says:

    Not to underplay the terrible accident involving the children, but BBC reporters do focus on the community.


    ”But what has become apparent in the midst of this tragedy is a tight-knit community pulling together to help one another….
    …Mother-of-four Comfort Konfor (she is smiling in the photo) said she had found out what had happened late on Sunday night via her children’s school, and was at the Connection Church Centre in Kingshurst on Monday.
    New to the area, she praised the local community for coming together.
    “It’s a very wonderful community. People are lovely, they are friendly,” she said.


    • Terminal Moraine says:

      “Comfort Konfor says her children go to the same school as the boys who died and are similar ages”

      Great to get probing insight from someone so close to the incident. Thanks BBC.


    • Sluff says:

      ….which is amazing considering the area is 90% white.
      The BBC multiculti agenda goes on irrespective of tragedy.


  46. G.W.F. says:

    Looks like Sweller will clamp down on street harassment,


    This caught my eye. Sales of dark glasses are likely to increase.
    ”Campaigners have also called for wolf-whistling and staring intently to be criminalised”.


    • atlas_shrugged says:

      Very important to honk on and on and on about wimmin so that you then have to do nothing about black boys stabbing each other to death. After all who needs to care about that?

      Clearly to implement this new regime we will need morality police on our streets. What could possibly go wrong?

      … oh wait!


  47. MarkyMark says:

    The EU-Qatari corruption scandal is quickly escalating into a major headache for Brussels. Yesterday, Guido reported on the alleged bribes top EU lawmakers had pocketed from the Qatari government, including to European Parliament Vice President Eva Kaili. Then, it was claimed Belgian investigators had found cash worth €600,000 in one legislator’s apartment. Now they’ve found another bag of cash under the mattress, and the current figure is over €1 million…


    Barry Gardiner defends donations worth £500,000 from Chinese agent
    The Labour MP said Christine Lee appeared to be ‘operating as a legitimate person in the UK’.
    Amy Gibbons
    Thursday 13 January 2022 20:23


    Prince Charles given €3m in cash in bags by Qatari politician, according to report
    This article is more than 5 months old
    Money was passed immediately to one of the prince’s charities, says Clarence House

    The story comes as Prince KING Charles has been in Kigali, Rwanda during the Commonwealth heads of government meeting.
    The story comes as Prince Charles has been in Kigali, Rwanda during the Commonwealth heads of government meeting. Photograph: Jean Bizimana/Reuters
    David Connett
    Sat 25 Jun 2022 23.02 BST


  48. Eddy Booth says:

    Vigil held for three boys who died in icy lake near Solihull


    “Police said searches of the water would continue throughout Tuesday but have stressed there is no suggestion anybody else is missing.”

    So what exactly are they searching for?

    ‘West Midlands Police said one of its officers had to punch through the ice to try to rescue the boys.

    The force is being guided by the families as to how much information was made available to the media, Supt Richard Harris said, adding it was doing “everything we possibly can to support them”.’

    So the usual practice of the police withholding information of what happened is down to the families…
    BBC naturaly toeing the line, concentrating on candelit vigils, flowers and balloons and hero public sector workers.

    ‘Rev Mandy Harris…
    spoke of the strength of community spirit in the area..

    “We’ve got families that have been here for five generations,” said Marcus Brain. “Everybody knows everybody else.’

    I’m surprised the BBC hasn’t challenged this racism: we all know diverse communities with immigrants who’ve been here 5 minutes are the backbone of society.

    “Police believe there were a number of witnesses at the lake they are yet to speak to and are urging them to come forward.”

    10 generations of being wary of talking to the police..


  49. MarkyMark says:

    Unsurpringly, Brussels is in meltdown over this. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola has even warned that “democracy is under attack”. It’s turning into the biggest corruption scandal in the bloc’s history…

    EU corruption scandal: European Parliament offices searched