261 Responses to Weekend 21January 2023

  1. Guest Who says:

    Every so often you get to truly appreciate what market rate talent really means.

    Sopes’ awesome career arc reflects this.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Hey – obamas ‘ third term …

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Words, punctuation and pauses (Obama pauses a lot) have a price … Barack Obama’s $400,000 speaking fees reveal what few want to admit {theguardian may2017}

      “The reason many of us have been critical of Barack Obama’s outrageous $400,000 speaking fee is that it robs us of a fantasy: that sooner or later, the first black president was going to use his considerable powers, in or out of office, to help the economic ravages of the poor, who are disproportionately black.

      That Obama’s project was or ever would be racial and economic justice was always a dream – and the sooner we let go of this and recognize Obama for who he is and what he does, the better we’ll all be.

      Some people who disagree with me believe I am racist … I fantasized that he’d join us on the front lines of marches, battle for the salvation of Obamacare in ingenious ways, and maybe turn up at a Black Lives Matter event. But this was all a fantasy. …”

      Also of interest .. Ten most inane things in Obama’s awful speech “Otherwise, virtually everything was confused or misleading. More than that, he revealed he has no idea what he’s doing.” {washingtonpost – Jennifer Rubin – Conservative – may2013}

      https://biasedbbc.org/blog/2017/08/30/mid-week-open-thread-122/comment-page-2/#comment-863668

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    • G says:

      I’m beginning to change my mind. I did not think I would live long enough to see any gallows set up to deal with traitors. I detect a positive but small shift of opinion in the population which, hopefully, will bring the justice forward. So I may be here to witness. Can I apply for the role of Hangman?

      Has Tice made any mention of immediately repealing the legislation Bliar immediately put in place removing the death penalty for treason? Or indeed, the raft of the new weekly legislation to ‘Dice & Slice’ the population? If not, why not?

      Never thought I’d reach the stage where I felt that the Government wanted to kill me off.

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  2. Northern Voter says:

    Not the BBC, but it is relevant. I am reading a novel about the aftermath of the war in Iraq, security men were looking after journalists. One of the fellows comes out with the following ” the media is responsible for 50% of the worlds troubles and 100% of the world’s ignorance “

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    • JohnC says:

      I had a conversation with a mercenary from Syria on a flight back from Dubai and it taught me a lot which I have never seen in our media. The main point which shocked me was that he said the the USA are every bit as dirty as Russia.

      It ranks second to the time I sat next to a complete Muslim fanatic who I strongly suspect was a terrorist but who I ‘befriended’ and quizzed him gently to discover what motivated him. He was going back to Pakistan and looked like he had been living in a cave. When he got off in Dubai, he walked to a group of airport male staff and was greeted like an old friend.

      The big lesson for that one was that those Muslim’s don’t hate like I thought they did. They simply think they are doing Allah’s will – and if that means killing others, so be it because they deserve it.

      Which was completely different to my experience working with the ones who live here in Derby. They really were racist and they really do despise us as inferior beings.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        JohnC – I’m glad you got the revelation . It’s a holy war . There’s no midway . We’ve been lucky that there haven’t been attacks recently … but as seen with the uranium at Heathrow this week planning to kill non believers isn’t far away ….
        The importation of these characters is beyond insane and will bite us – bigly – sooner or later … and I don’t mean 7/7 …or the London Bridge type incidents …

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        • JohnC says:

          It was quite scary in someways – he believed in God’s word absolutely. I’m certain he could walk up to his own mother and cut her throat without conscience or remorse if he believed it was what Allah wanted.

          I realised I would never get that chance again so I went along with what he said and got as much out of him as I could. The main thing I learned is that he wasn’t a bad person at all. He truly believed in what he was saying.

          In some ways he was a better person than most of the complete hypocrites our country is full of – which includes all the leftist mainstream media like the BBC who mislead and lie without conscience. So when he or his friends set off that dirty bomb and kill tens of thousands, blame Islam, not the lunatic who did it. That’s where the problem lies.

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          • Fedup2 says:

            JohnC
            It’s a mindset – there is no ‘reasonable ‘. They are Right – we – ( liberals ) are wrong . Western mindset ideas – prevent – are just structures to be turned to their advantage – only the west sees them as ‘extremists ‘ ‘fundementalists ‘ – chuck a bit of historic guilt in – racist in -and it gives them all the cover they need …
            Their ascendency may not happen in our time – but unless radical control is imposed one day – they’ll prevail .

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            • JohnC says:

              A major indicator for me about how extreme the BBC have become was when the writer for Dr Who admitted the BBC lie about the past because they hope it will change the future to be what THEY believe it should be.

              The connotations of that seemingly simple statement are immense. It’s the same motivating force as that which makes Muslim’s go out and murder people. A belief that you are so right in what you think, it justifies anything you do – even if the act itself is morally wrong. The ends justify the means.

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              • StewGreen says:

                “The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means.”
                – Saul Alinsky

                His Rules for Radicals are followed by many on the left

                eg Malcolm X said “By Any Means Necessary”

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  3. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – Day 2 of Seatbeltgate … pot calling kettle black … ahem

    Chris Bryant (Lab), chair of something or other in the House has criticised Rishi Sunak for risky behaviour or negligent behaviour. I cannot find the exact words the BBC relayed to me in the 7 a.m. News. But it seems Chris Bryant has not always displayed the same behaviour: “Sunak promised honesty, integrity and accountability on the steps of Number 10.” that he expects of the PM, Rishi Sunak. https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/six-of-chris-bryant-s-worst-moments/

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Oh up2 – if only the green card PM had shown integrity in the wearing of a seatbelt . But it’s heartening to hear someone as wholesome as Sir Bryant pontificating on seat belt gate ©️

      If it’s a scheme for red labour to label rishi as unreliable – law breaking – whatever – do they (he) think Joe pub ( us) are so stupid ?

      Let’s face it – if rishi delivers on his 5 promises – really delivers – he will / May. – get voted back in . If not – it’s toaster /and back on LA time …

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      • JohnC says:

        IMHO no chance for the Tories to get back in with the current PM.

        Add in the complete freedom the BBC now have to attack the Conservatives by making mountains out of molehills without any fear of being held up for political bias by OFCOM and the result is obvious already. I thought ‘PartyGate’ was the most ridiculous thing I would ever witness until ‘SeatbeltGate’. What’s next ? – ‘PM swore after StubbingHisToeGate’ ?.

        Until something changes, real democracy is gone. Therefore I will vote for the Reform party in the next election no matter how young and clueless the local candidate might be.

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  4. StewGreen says:

    Leeds terrorist attack update
    “Today, Saturday, January 21st a Warrant of Further Detention was granted by Westminster Magistrates Court giving officers until Friday, January 27th to hold and further interview the suspect if required

    There are extensive enquiries ongoing to establish the full circumstances, and explore any potential motivation. Investigations of this nature are large and complex therefore officers require time to thoroughly carry out detailed examinations and lines of enquires.”

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  5. taffman says:

    “UK steel industry a whisker away from collapse – Unite”
    One of our strategic industries.
    Time to get rid of the Tories? The only political party with British interests at heart is The Reform Party .
    https://www.reformparty.uk

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  6. taffman says:

    “People-smuggling boss who fled UK is arrested”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-64358410
    The Tory Government has failed to protect the people of Great Britain . IMHO we are in a dangerous position.
    Expect more invaders to arrive as the weather improves and as our government just ‘sits on its hands’ .

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  7. BRISSLES says:

    I only ever watched Silent Witness when Amanda Burton was the pathologist, so, finding little to binge watch, I decided to watch all the series since. (I know). Well, in Series 11 (2007) there is a double episode where a helicopter crashes into a facility housing asylum detainees. It seems (unless someone knows or remembers to the contrary) we had a workable system of returning failed asylum seekers back from whence they came. It seems a lot were from Serbia, but maybe 16 years ago there was a better system for processing and of course the numbers were not as they are now.

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    • Zephir says:

      Currently watching Black Sails, a brilliant, convoluted pirate yarn

      Highly recommend

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      • Northern Voter says:

        How dare you, Black sails I ask you. Sounds like bargain day at slave block.

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      • JohnC says:

        I’ve ended up watching Inspector Morse due to being unable to watch anything recent. And once I get over the 4:3 aspect ratio and poor video quality, it’s very good. Just like ‘The Professionals’ which is excellent.

        And as I do, I notice it has plenty of black people and strong women. But they are all in credible situations – not forced into places which bear no resemblance to real life. Just how it should be.

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        • FrankZ says:

          Re “Inspector Morse”, I could never get past John Thaw trying to sound posh. He just sounded ridiculous and unbelievable. For me, however unjustifiably from his point of view, he will always be Jack Regan in “The Sweeney”. The definition of typecast. “You’re nicked.” & “Shut it, guv.” etc.

          As the Wkipedia article on the series says:- “The part of Jack Regan was specifically written for John Thaw, who was a friend of Ian Kennedy Martin, with whom he had worked on the TV drama series Redcap in the 1960s.” Not at all surprising. Thaw just was Regan. It’s him, or feels like it.

          That programme has stood the test of time really well too. As you so rightly said:- “once you get over the 4:3 aspect ratio and poor video quality, it’s very good.”

          Bought a box set of all 4 series on DVD last year, and it’s a great wallow in nostalgia, a reminder of the days when telly was good, made without the pernicious influence of SJWs.

          P.S. I think it’s all on Amazon Prime too, or it was last year, which I only noticed after buying the box set!

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    • G says:

      Brissles,

      They’re now described by the observant as, “Young fit men of military age”. Trained by Wagner and just awaiting the call of the Government.

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  8. G.W.F. says:

    Kamala, US Vice President who could replace Biden clarifies the issues concerning climate change.
    Be worried

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    • MarkyMark says:

      When someone types a long and involved text message or Facebook post that contains no punctuation or capital letters whatsoever
      Dude 1 – Man, did you see Lizzie’s FB post just now ?
      Dude 2 – Hell Yeah, it made no sense at all – talk about Word Soup !

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  9. Philip_2 says:

    News from the front line of the WEF. Its as if Westminster does not exist, that Democracy is valid no more, public opinion accounts for nothing and the future relies on the global elite running our governments to lie about lock down, climate, vaccinations and why you will die early…

    Welcome to the WEF world of make belief. It makes George Orwell a fortune teller and that he was wrong ONLY about the date – 1984 was too early (by 40 years).

    ——

    Some Clips of WEF 2023 ( The Future Sucks)

    (1) Tony Blair calls for “digital infrastructures” to monitor who is vaccinated and who is not for the “vaccines that will come down the line”:

    Now, why the do you need a “digital infrastructure” for a vaccine? All vaccines have done fine in the past without a digital infrastructure.

    (2) Al Gore is very angry at racists for not wanting to let in billions of “climate change refugees” :

    (3) UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wants politicians around the world to shape public opinion themselves based on making decisions that will eventually be ‘not popular’ :

    (4) WEF “predicting” catastrophic global cyber attacks : (See Cyber Polygon for further info)

    (5) World Economic Forum discussion about working with Hollywood and media companies to further normalize homosexuality :

    (BBC maxed out on that front already. Next stop Children to be indoctrinated is already under way). Sterilising by consent is another way of looking at it. That is why Trans at 12 is suggested in Scotland.

    (6) No more meat: Vegan protein for everyone (don’t worry, it’s “carbon neutral”) :

    You thought Al Gore and Tony Blair were bad? It turns out even greater horrors came out of Davos.

    (7) The climate change hoax narrative has scaled up in its fear mongering at Davos this year:

    (8) With the recent hyping of “15 minute cities,” the idea of “climate lockdowns” doesn’t seem so crazy now.

    https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/some-clips-of-wef-2023-spoiler-alert-the-future-sucks/

    This is the pipe dream the BBC relish. Starmer is there right now expecting- that he will be the next PM and he has said he would ban North Sea Oil and Gas, so we will freeze in UK as its expcted Coal and Wood will also be banned.. if it all goes ahead (as expected) UNCHALLENGED!

    In another DT post I learn there is not enough rare Earths on the planet to power the UK ‘green economy’ for batteries. Nor will we ever have enough power using Wind or Solar either. This was a UK report published recently by leading Scientists who are not part of the BBC Climate net zero brigade. Not that the BBC listen to “Scientists” they don’t have on quick dial to repudiate such ‘Science’ as blasphemy.

    https://www.nhm.ac.uk/press-office/press-releases/leading-scientists-set-out-resource-challenge-of-meeting-net-zer.html

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  10. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #2 now, now, he’s a refugee you have to be kind to him, it’s the law

    Nadhim Zahawi is under fire from LeftMob along with the Party leader, Rishi Sunak. LeftMob do not seem to realise that Mr Zahawi is one of their favoured folk or is Party advantage something that trumps refugee status?

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    • Guest Who says:

      Indeed we can.

      Then Dr. Shola, Jack, Champion, Femi….

      No screeching #MeTuTus until the Russell thing has died down.

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      • Guest Who says:

        Kev’s up.

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      • MarkyMark says:

        Tim Willcox, Joanna Gosling and David Eades were targeted by HMRC as part of a crackdown on freelancers using personal services companies to avoid certain taxes and are looking at paying £920,000 collectively, despite the court saying that the BBC had forced them into the wrong contracts.24 Sept 2019

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        • Up2snuff says:

          MM, someone male, I think at the BBC, went to prison for a year two for that sort of offence. I laughed out loud when he was interviewed by the Montacutie on TWatO a while back because she had been guilty of the same offence but did not get sent to prison. One legal outcome in the UK for men, a different legal outcome for women.

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  11. StewGreen says:

    R4 news “after the VIOLENT uprising by Bolsanaro supporters 2 weeks ago”
    was it violent ?
    Did anyone die ?
    Sounds like the BBC rewriting history

    10:15 Moral Maze starts with Melanie Phillips and 3 lefties
    including Tim Stanley
    “Well I got a new credit card recently so I can get air miles”
    He’s on the right but has made Climate speeches before.

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    • JohnC says:

      And it could have been ‘mostly peaceful’ if the people rioting matched the BBC agenda.

      You can rely on the BBC to report everything honestly and without bias unless it goes against their own left-wing political agenda.

      Then you can’t trust a word they say.

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    • Guest Who says:

      That would be ‘mostly the opposite of not violent’ in bbc EdGud terms, then.

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  12. Flotsam says:

    Nadhim Zahawi has paid HMRC tax underpaid, possibly a penalty for a mistake or deliberate evasion or illegal avoidance (does anyone know what the truth is as most of the reporting is biased?) I have absolutely no idea how culpable he is. I will however add some thoughts.

    The British Tax system is ferociously complex.

    The amount of tax payable can in many cases be a matter of opinion. HMRC……..”Want to argue?” See you in Court at the cost of Megabucks. HMRC have virtually unlimited resources to run a case. Costs will be astronomic.

    Tax avoidance is legal unless HMRC decide it isn’t.

    Whether an avoidance scheme is legal or not is a matter of opinion. Want to argue? See you in Court, as above.

    It’s very unlikely Zahawi entered into a tax avoidance scheme without professional advice. He possibly thought what he was doing was OK and legal.

    Virtually no one with high income or significant business interests will be untouched by HMRC “interest” . Pretty much all medium and large potential tax paying entities will deal with tax enquiries and underpayments on a regular basis. Tax disputes are extremely common.

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  13. Up2snuff says:

    Should we add Johnson Derangement Syndrome to the health ailments list?

    Trump Derangement Syndrome has long been recognised. I have a friend who suffers from TDS. Having listened to the 7 a.m. BBC R4 News that includes a look at the newspapers, I wonder if Johnson Derangement Syndrome is also afflicting many on ‘the Left’ ?

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  14. Sluff says:

    On Toady on Sunday. Aka Muslims Today.

    First up. Someone from the Far Right. Got that, Far Right. Shall I say it again. Far Right…….has burned a copy of the Koran in Sweden. Turkey is aghast. Nearly as aghast as the BBC.

    Second. In a long feature, a single hip hop fan has converted to Islam after hearing some of the lyrics. Nice.

    Third story. There is a table of countries with the most persecution of Christians. Nigeria is mentioned at number 6. Yet the presenter manages to fail to mention why this might be. It took a barely comprehensible Nigerian cleric to advise that the persecution was due to Boko Haram Islamic militants in the north.. But guess what? Another spokesperson reckoned that it’s not just Christians that get persecuted out there. The presenter seemed happy.

    The dregs of broadcasting.

    PS next story . Gays in the CofE. I’d like to see the BBC square that with their favourite religion.

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    • Guest Who says:

      Sweden?

      Hand grenades at dawn.

      In other deranged politico-media news, Corbyn is demanding they all get let in here, a smidge more than Nutella is facilitating already.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      “burned a copy of the Koran in Sweden” – burned a copy of Satanic Verses with the police helping?

      A reader in Bradford recalled asking a West Yorkshire officer on the street that day why the various “Muslim community leaders” weren’t being arrested for incitement to murder. The officer said they’d been told to “play it cool”. The calls for blood got more raucous. My correspondent asked his question again. The policeman told him to “F— off, or I’ll arrest you.”
      http://www.steynonline.com/6296/the-churchill-bust

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  15. Sluff says:

    We have a few gay friends and acquaintances.. They are to all intents and purposes ‘normal’. They dress normally. Talk normally, work normally. Live normally. They seem very comfortable with their born sex. They happen to have same sex partners.
    Contrast this with the BBC. Every featured gay person, especially male, seems to be pre-designed to be flamboyant. Cross dressing. Garish makeup. Affected. Outrageous. Try this for example, from the front page ( naturally) of the webshite.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/fb095f28-3b7c-4e75-92ff-e59a8ab71ee2

    What alternative Universe does the BBC inhabit?

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    • Foscari says:

      Yes Sluff- My gay family member and friends don’t wish
      to talk like Kenneth Williams without even 1% of his humour..
      The BBC is also obsessed with drag queens I ask you what
      percentage of viewers want to watch this crap?
      What I would recommend is a film we somehow missed in
      1996 which is on Netflix, “Primal Fear” with that terrific
      American actor Edward Norton in his debut film , as a very disturbed choirboy accused of murdering an Archbishop.
      This really is a tense film with fine ensemble acting from
      Richard Gere, Laura Linney . Multiple Academy Award winner
      Frances Mcdormand. How Norton did not win an Academy award for his debut performance. I don’t know. AND what a
      twist at the end . But no more spoilers!

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    • MarkyMark says:

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    • BRISSLES says:

      Sluff, maybe that’s how the gay employees at the BBC turn up for work !

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  16. Guest Who says:

    Media shark frenzy.

    She looks rough. Same deal as St. Jaq and Hurley Burley and Beff?

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Cameron set to give up on UK-China investment fund
      Former UK PM’s plans hit by geopolitical tensions as well as lack of investor appetite
      https://www.ft.com/content/4c9822a9-09b8-4a2c-a302-f9014adff2d7
      …………………

      Committee publishes correspondence from David Cameron and Lex Greensill
      29 June 2021

      https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1193/lessons-from-greensill-capital/news/156207/committee-publishes-correspondence-from-david-cameron-and-lex-greensill/

      ……………………..

      Rishi Sunak told David Cameron he had ‘pushed the team’ over Greensill
      This article is more than 1 year old
      Treasury releases messages sent by chancellor to former PM and says Cameron phoned junior ministers
      https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/apr/08/rishi-sunak-told-david-cameron-he-had-pushed-the-team-over-greensill

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    • StewGreen says:

      The October 21st 2020 Telegraph story broke the news that Sharpe would be a candidate
      So when did Boris get his loan ?
      The story makes it clear that Sharpe was a long time mate of Boris
      and a major donor to the Conservative Party
      Are we really going to believe that if he had not helped Boris get a loan he wouldn’t have been selected ? BS

      Richard Sharp “spent 23 years at Goldman Sachs where he held a number of senior roles, most recently as Chairman of Goldman Sachs’ Principal Investment business in Europe. Prior to this, he worked… for JP Morgan.”

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      • StewGreen says:

        Nothing was mentioned about the loaner Sam Blyth until the Times story on 14th January

        Blyth was already known he’d met Boris’s father a few times, so Sharpe was not introducing, only advising
        “London had become a regular stopover. From time to time he would see Stanley Johnson, now 82, Boris Johnson’s father — their mothers were cousins. But he was unknown in Britain.
        Johnson approached Simon Case, the cabinet secretary, to see if Blyth could act as guarantor for a credit facility.”

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        • StewGreen says:

          Timeline
          #1 Boris used to earn £275K as a newspaper writer
          #2 Became PM took a big pay cut to £164K
          had a load of children and a divorce to support
          He needed people to guarantee his credit
          The people needed to have no CONFLICT of interest
          #3 Oct 2020 Got one donor Lord Brownlow to support the flat renovations
          #4 Oct 2020 Sharp puts name forward as BBC chair
          #5 Nov 2020 Blyth loan idea comes up
          #6 Nov 2020 there’s a dinner at Chequers with Boris . Sharp and Blyth ..Blyth asks Sharp to help
          #7 Dec 2020 Sharp comes to see The Downing St ethics team and they approve the loan idea. (reapproved by Lord Geidt in Aprill 2021)
          Sharp says that meeting was the end of his involvement

          #8 Ethics team told Boris that Sharp can’t be involved cos that would be a conflict with is BBC chair application

          #9 On 6 January 2021, Mr Johnson selected Mr Sharp as his preferred candidate for BBC chairman.
          ( Sharp and Mr Johnson are reportedly long-standing friends and have gone on skiing holidays together in the past)

          #10 January 2021 Blyth appears on new list of candidates for British Council chair. He’d been on the old one too.
          #11 January 2021 the person in charge of the list discounted him and took him off the list

          #12 February 2021, Loan starts helping Johnson finance day-to-day expenses.
          Said it was registered, but not publicly
          #13 March dispute about the Brownlow renovation money, so Boris paid it back

          #14 October 2021 Boris leaves office
          #15 Boris goes on holiday in Blyth house ..doesn’t declare it
          cos it’s merely staying at a friend’s villa

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  17. Guest Who says:

    Remember when Gav used to host BBC Dateline, JO’bsworth, BS, Mason on Newsnight, Sopes BBC Democrats…?

    Meanwhile, in the altar row benches that is Labour…

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-64321754

    “Sawwwwwwyyyyy… for my ‘tone’”

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  18. Guest Who says:

    One for a bbc country rainbow wellies team to ‘investigate’ wiv Smitty?

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  19. Guest Who says:

    Lurch on Biden Cornetto Duty again?

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  20. AsISeeIt says:

    King wants coronation to bring joy… Charles hopes big weekend will lift and unite the nation in tough times (Sunday Express) – sounds good… something to look forward to…

    Refugees and NHS at heart of diverse Coronation (Sunday Telegraph) – second thoughts, I’ll make a point of missing that.

    The ever-leftward ratchet is set to crank ever leftward toward dystopia

    Here’s the Scots Krankie incarnate chatting with the BBC’s finest, Ms Kuenssberg,

    Sturgeon: I trust 16-year-olds to make decisions… as she defended plans to allow 16-year-olds to change their legal sex… Ms Sturgeon said there were many important decisions that 16-year-olds were already allowed to take such as getting married or joining the armed forces (BBC) – yawn, yawn, yawn, tell me the old, old story.

    “And I think over time I think it is right to look at, why can’t a 16-year-old drink alcohol in a pub…” However, she later tweeted that this was bad phrasing on her part, and said she was not calling for a change in drinking rules. (BBC)

    And those familiar with the BBC will know there’s always a ‘Labour says’ moment: Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has previously told Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg he believes 16 is too young for a person to take such an important decision. – the sex-change thing – not the choice between lager or a bitter in a pub – or indeed the choice between Labour or Conservative in an election since Labour now backs lowering the voting age to 16 (Labour Conference 2008) However, he stopped short of backing a UK government challenge to the Holyrood legislation – having his cake and eating it… don’t tell quango queen Prof Susan Jebb, chairwoman of the Food Standards Agency: People should not take cake into the office, suggests food watchdog chief (Guardian)

    And the Tory response to our broken economy (which they broke with their Lockdowns), our failing public services (imploding in on themselves with left-wing dogma) and the entire wider national malaise – we’re paying all this tax and what exactly do we get in return – undefended borders, bad policing, bad health care, bad education… oh, I suppose there is State encouragement to our children to sex-change?: Sunak pledges ‘blue-light’ reform will fix broken services (Sunday Telegraph) – read this report at your leisure and play a game of hunt the substance.

    Blue-light reform is akin to some unsubstantiated notion some daft PR guru dreamt up in a lost episode of TV political satire The Think Of It – completely meaningless sloganeering.

    At least Labour can’t counter with ‘red-light’ reform. Although I wouldn’t put it past them….

    Dawn Butler, Charlotte Nichols and Zarah Sultana form the new wave of pro-prostitution Labour MPs, shouting the “sex work is work” mantra from the comfort of their Westminster offices. (Julie Bindle writing for UnHerd)

    Legalise it, then nationalise it…then they’ll be out on strike!

    Time for that ancient parliamentary gag where an MP in the House demands “What about the Prostitution Bill?” and the heckling response from the back benches comes “Pay it!”

    Personally, I think we ought to leave it to the professionals – the comedy, I mean – Matt in the Telegraph saves us from this dodgy digression with his cartoon of a young chap with his careers advisor “Have you thought about what job you’d like to be on strike from?”

    The formerly patriotic Sunday Times appears to complain of: Illegal immigrants face return of May’s ‘hostile enviroment’ – frankly, firstly, that policy didn’t slow the flow one iota. Secondly, are we not hostile toward illegality anymore? No wonder the police are held in disrepute. And thirdly, the environment for us poor law abiding British general public is pretty damned hostile these days – thanks to the politicians.

    ‘Life has its challenges’ – says Amanda Owen, rather philosophically, in the Sunday People’s Love Sunday magazine: Recently single, the Yorkshire Shepherdess on adapting to change and new ventures

    It’s the way the cookie crumbles – observes the somewhat Zen-like headline in the Daily Star Sunday – the detail of the report brings us crashing back down to earth from Nirvana: Generation Z ditching biscuits for samosas with their cuppas…

    It wasn’t so long ago comic Peter Kay had us laughing at his dad’s aghast reaction to garlic bread

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  21. Johnda says:

    I am very worried how the tax affairs of the ex chancellor have got into the press??? Surely it cannot have been one of our trust worthy CS who signed the official secrets act leaked this to the press and doesn’t gdpr come into this.
    I do know that even those people with simple tax affairs have to employ someone to do their tax return. So it’s jus another left wing attack

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  22. Fedup2 says:

    Report on Biden

    Unlike Trump there was no ‘raid ‘ on the biden home – it was just ‘ searched

    No classified papers were ‘ seized’ – they were just ‘ found ‘…

    There is no comparison between the evil of trump and the sainthood of biden .,

    Tucker thinks this is just a mechanism to get biden to be replaced…

       23 likes

    • MarkyMark says:

      YOUR COMPLAINT:

      President Trump’s 100 Days President Biden’s 0 Day 

      Dear Winston Smith in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth,

      You covered President Trump’s 100 Days and then produced a Beyond 100 Days to hold power to account.

      Why have you not done the same for President Biden to hold power to account?

      ‘Omission is the greatest form of lie.’ 

      ———-

      Thank you again for contacting us,

      BBC Complaints Team
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints

         7 likes

  23. theisland says:

    This morning’s treachery update.

    Why?

       18 likes

    • StewGreen says:

      So a guy ABUSED Farage
      by putting up a Gofundme for RNLI migrant taxi boat he says he’ll name The Flying Farage
      .. Then he tweeted that he got abuse
      So making out he is the one who is the VICTIM
      #HateyLefties

         11 likes

      • MarkyMark says:

        WHY NOT NAME IT “Thanks Macron!”

        Today the BBC journalists Michael Keohan and Colin Campbell released a shocking report on the channel crossings. It showed people smugglers selling their wares brazenly in the migrant camps and many children living in unsafe and dangerous conditions, as well as—this is breathtaking—a free French public bus service that migrants can use to travel directly from the camps to the Dunkirk departure beaches. Will my right hon. Friend allow a statement on the issue of tackling the small boat crossings and the Government’s response in their work with France?

        https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2022-10-13a.258.0#g262.1

        SACK THEM ALL!

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  24. atlas_shrugged says:

    Why throw a white rose in Downing St?

    The below is part of a direct quote from a translation of the 1st White Rose leaflet (I have changed one word from German to Briton) ISBN 978-1-85124-583-3:

    “Is it not so that in the present day every honourable *Briton* is ashamed of their government? And who among us can foresee the extent of the infamy that will be on us, and on our children, when the veil is one day lifted from our eyes and the most horrific crimes, crimes beyond all measure, come to light?”

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  25. G.W.F. says:

    Looking forward to the coronation. It’s going to be a diverse do.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-64349942

    ”The concert choir will be picked from amateur choirs, including from the NHS, refugees, LGBTQ+ singing groups and deaf-signing choirs, reflecting the aim to make this a more inclusive coronation, which mixes the ancient and modern aspects.”

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  26. StewGreen says:

    So last night’s BBC local newsPR had an item where Hull Liberal councilors called for a reverse on the government decision to require voter ID in the May local elections

    During the week Hull council tweeted explaining how easy VoterID voting is

    Voters will need photo ID to take part in May’s elections.
    Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID (Voter Authority Certificate) online now or by completing a paper form.
    https://www.hullccnews.co.uk/18/01/2023/voters-will-need-photo-id-to-take-part-in-mays-election/

    Seems to me the truth is that these VoterID’s are super easy to circumvent
    eg you can get hold of someone’s OUTDATED buspass and vote in their name

    The BBC Sarah reporter just tweeted the anti-VoterID line

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  27. MarkyMark says:

    £101K From BBC Children In Need FUnd
    This project will offer a supplementary school with an
    educational outreach service focussed on helping parents
    improve academic support for their children. The project
    aims for children to improve success at school, increase
    confidence and aspirations (Midaye Somali Development
    Network )

    £28K From BBC Children In Need FUnd
    This 3 year grant will provide Somali children experiencing
    poverty and poor educational attainment with a
    supplementary school and confidence-building workshops to
    improve attainment, build self-confidence, and develop
    better relationships.

    £30K From BBC Children In Need FUnd
    Supplementary lessons at weekends during term time for 75
    local Bangladeshi and Somali young people in the Tower
    Hamlets area. Children will feel more included in their
    communities, increase their confidence and increase positive

    £30K From BBC Children In Need FUnd
    Funding for support work for 150 5-18 year olds with special
    education needs from minority ethnic (Somali WOmen) backgrounds. The
    project aims to increase children’s ability to manage negative
    feelings, to further their self-expression and reduce social
    isolation.

    £54K From BBC Children In Need FUnd
    This project will provide supplementary education to young
    people from the Somali community, who live in areas of
    poverty, unemployment and low levels of literacy and
    aspiration. It will improve educational attainment,
    communication skills and confidence

    £40K From BBC Children In Need FUnd
    To fund a mentoring project for young Somalis living in
    poverty in Islington, to increase confidence and self
    -esteem,
    reduce antisocial behaviour and help them access
    employment and education opportunities.

    £40K From BBC Children In Need FUnd
    To fund a mentoring project for young Somalis living in
    poverty in Islington, to increase confidence and self
    -esteem,
    reduce antisocial behaviour and help them access
    employment and education opportunities.

    £21K From BBC Children In Need FUnd
    This project will deliver educational support for disabled
    Somali children and those experiencing local deprivation. The
    children and young people will gain academic skills,
    confidence and improve their physical well-being.

    £15K From BBC Children In Need FUnd
    The project will provide holiday activities to children, young
    people and their families who have been affected by the
    Grenfell Tower tragedy. The activities will improve children’s
    well-being, support stronger family bonds and broaden
    horizons. (Midaye Somali Development
    Network )

    £10K From BBC Children In Need FUnd
    This 1 year grant will provide supplementary education in
    English, Maths and Science to Somaili children with low
    educational attainment to increase attainment, empower

    BBC Children in Need
    Grant Funded Projects
    London and South East England
    As at November 2017

    Click to access CN0187_Grants_Listings_London_and_South_East_England.pdf

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  28. Guest Who says:

    Roving Reporter?

    Like when Newsnight got Clegg in to cover Brexit.

    No wonder their core audience looks like a diabetes clinic waiting room.

       4 likes

    • MarkyMark says:

      Paddy O’Connell
      @bbcpaddy
      R4 R2. views? schmews.
      Londonbbc.co.uk/bhJoined January 2010
      3,519 Following
      21.6K Followers

         0 likes

    • StewGreen says:

      Every week Paddy makes a video trailer as he bikes to the BBC office
      Is that driving with due care and attention ?
      No of course not, it’s more dangerous that being in the back of a car not wearing a seatbelt.
      (in a crash your body could fly forward and injure the person in front)

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  29. Fedup2 says:

    I’ve checked and unfortunately I’m in the UK during the coronation gig . But it doesn’t sound like it’s aimed at me – but fans of oil drum bands , ethnic choirs , pagan green crap rituals – will be best pleased . I bet there’s even a walk on part for a Mohamed impersonation …. And if the wind blows the windsors plc will be quids in …

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    • Northern Voter says:

      Should do it the same day as the Notting (to see here guv) festival. Win Win, same number of stabbins, shootins and rapins for the price of one.

         7 likes

  30. tomo says:

    elsewhere – a witch orders an exorcism?

       7 likes

  31. tomo says:

    and in EU la-la land –

    “we have doubled the amount of renewable energy”

       7 likes

  32. MarkyMark says:

    Dr Malhotra then called for the suspension of the vaccine rollout while excess deaths are investigated.

    To be clear, the BHF says “Covid-19 infection was likely a significant factor in excess coronary heart disease-related deaths during the first year of the pandemic” and that “significant and widespread disruption to heart care services has driven the ongoing surge in excess deaths involving heart disease in England”.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/helpandfeedback/corrections_clarifications/

    We apologise that we were not better prepared at the time to challenge Dr Malhotra’s points during his interview.

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  33. MarkyMark says:

    Today
    BBC Radio 4, 26 October 2022

    In a discussion about the Just Stop Oil protests a contributor said ‘everyone agrees that our government’s decision to pursue new oil is a death sentence for millions across the globe.’

    The presenter challenged whether ‘everyone agrees’ and went onto add that ‘no government in any country around the world of any political complexion agrees with that statement.’

    To be clear, there is no universal view on whether new gas developments are good or bad. There are Governments who are opposed to new oil developments. Many people believe climate change could lead to the death of millions.

    09/01/2023

    12/01/2023 – Amended for clarity.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/helpandfeedback/corrections_clarifications/

    To be clear, there is no universal view on whether new gas developments are good or bad.

    To be clear, there is no universal view on whether new gas developments are good or bad.

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  34. MarkyMark says:

    Fm_3nJkXkAEaS8J?format=jpg&name=large

       3 likes

    • FrankZ says:

      Decarbonised-Grid.jpg

         2 likes

      • StewGreen says:

        cheers Frank .. Mark’s huge image was suffixed “large”
        changing the suffix to small ..makes it …small

        In all the examples ..no country went low carbon using wind and solar
        rather they started with huge amounts of hydro or nuclear

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        • FrankZ says:

          “Mark’s huge image was suffixed “large””

          To be honest, I didn’t initially twig what you meant by that suffix bit.

          It had looked like an image worth being able to see in full, so I’d right-clicked on the original image, chosen “save image as”, saved it on Desktop, opened it in Paint, resized it to 1200 pixels wide, saved it and uploaded the result to imgbb.com, in order to post a link to that.

          1200 pixels wide seems to be about the max width that images will display in full on this forum, when viewed on my iPad.

          But your note just had me right-clicking on the original image, choosing “copy image address”, pasting it into Notepad to have a look, and seeing the suffix you meant.

          Tried changing it to “small”, posted the result into a web browser address bar, and hey presto – you’re right!

          Also tried “medium”, and lo-and-behold….

          I won’t bother with the download/resize/upload routine next time! That method’s a damned sight less faff.

          Had no idea. Well, I remember reading refs to this suffix thing from you a while back, but had never taken the time to figure out what they meant.

          (The details above are spelled out in case anyone else is int’d in what was involved).

          It’s the same with that Trump vs Biden cartoon a couple of messages down. On the iPad, I only see the left-hand part, which rather defeats the object of the joke. Even on my PC, only about 75% of it is visible. But when the original image is downloaded, it’s only 1384 pixels wide, so it’s not clear why so much of it is hidden on both PC and iPad. I’d have thought that at that width, only a small part of it would be obscured. Not sure I understand the intricacies of image-size display on here.

             3 likes

          • FrankZ says:

            Sorry all – just testing the “medium” suffix option. That image is 1200 pixels wide when downloaded to check.

            What else are Sundays for?

            “https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Fm_3nJkXkAEaS8J?format=jpg&name=medium”

            Fm_3nJkXkAEaS8J?format=jpg&name=medium

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            • FrankZ says:

              Well – that’s odd. The “medium” suffix version is only 1200 pixels wide, but is still too wide to display properly on here, or on the iPad.

              Yet the image I uploaded to imgbb was 1200 pixels wide too.

              It’s obviously not as simple as only the image width. A bit puzzled.

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  35. tomo says:

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  36. tomo says:

    A Trilateral Commission member opines…

       11 likes

  37. MarkyMark says:

    ba1b2c78-bb91-414d-b00c-f263e3f19d60-3c2b164c-520b-4c33-ac87-1e2d49987b82

       7 likes

  38. tomo says:

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  39. tomo says:

    and the SNP’s Scotland’s is getting noticed….

       15 likes

    • Docmarooned says:

      Utter insanity. This is now what we expect with the evil Krankie still in place. The people that buy into this crap deserve all that is coming to them.

         14 likes

      • Fedup2 says:

        Presumably the person will have to get their person out in court to prove what sort of person they are . Just unnatural – perversion – damned .

           7 likes

        • StewGreen says:

          Scottish Express
          Woman claims she was raped by man who now identifies as transgender woman
          A trial at the High Court in Glasgow heard that Adam Graham is now Isla Bryson who identifies as a woman and is starting gender reassignment surgery.
          She denies charges of rape against two women in Clydebank and Glasgow, lodging a special defence of consen

             5 likes

    • StewGreen says:

      It’s not a parody
      Bea Johanssen says “A MAN was charged with the offences
      : he decided to identify as a woman subsequently.”

         2 likes

  40. Square-Eyed says:

    It’s very likely that someone else has already posted this from Tucker, but just in case …

    If you are already convinced Joe Biden is a goon of a president go six minutes into the video.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2023/01/20/tucker_carlson_permanent_washington_does_not_want_biden_to_run_again_so_they_are_euthanizing_his_presidency.html

       1 likes

    • JohnC says:

      That’s really interesting : we all hypothesised about how they would remove Biden when he became too much of an embarassment and it seems these classified documents are how they might do it without having to acknowledge the reason. I noticed a while back how the senile old duffer is adamant that he will run again – which would have been very interesting to watch.

      Tucker says the reason is so trivial, it’s ridiculous. Not as ridiculous as the BBC being the main player in removing our PM from office because he stood near an opened bottle of wine during lockdown.

         10 likes

  41. JohnC says:

    Leeds hospital terror suspect to be held for longer – police
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-64361367

    All details still being withheld. It’s quite ridiculous. You can be 100% certain that we would have been told in the opening article if it was from the far-right.

    And I see the BBC policy is now definitely to use the word ‘terror attack’ in place of where they should use the word ‘terrorist’. They will never call an Islamist a terrorist because (in their own words) one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Except if he’s white and has been driven over the edge by the likes of the BBC of course – in which case he IS a terrorist.

    There’s definitely something bigger going on for this story which they are hiding from us.

    “We continue to treat this as an isolated incident and there is still no evidence to suggest there is any heightened or ongoing risk to the public,” Mr Dunkerley said.

    Ahh that’s OK then.

    “Nevertheless, the UK threat level remains at Substantial and we would always encourage the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity or behaviour to police in confidence.”

    Oh not quite what I expected after the last statement. Of course everybody know the threat is from the unspoken group despite the fact that the far-right get named far more often by the BBC.

    What a complete farce this all is.

       17 likes

  42. Zephir says:

    To all the leftist twats alluded to by SG in Kent Live, deciding how to help and welcome benefit thieves, also known by some as asylum seekers:

    “MP calls for Wigan hotel to stop housing asylum-seekers after incident involving schoolgirl

    Security has been stepped up and the council is in talks with the firm managing asylum-seekers at a Wigan hotel amid claims of schoolgirls’ being watched and harassed.

    Several parents from the Standish area have told wigantoday that they are stopping their daughters from going out because groups of men have allegedly been filming their PE lessons at the local high school, winking and passing comments at them in the street and, in one instance, surrounding a 12-year-old and filming her.”

    https://www.wigantoday.net/news/mp-calls-for-wigan-hotel-to-stop-housing-asylum-seekers-after-incident-involving-schoolgirl-3391661

       13 likes

  43. Zephir says:

    “Parents were ‘dismissed as racist’ by school officials when they complained about 6ft 1ins Iranian migrant posing as a 15-year-old who appeared in their children’s classroom

    A pupil at Stoke High School in Ipswich was accused of pretending to schoolboy
    Migrant from Iran known as ‘Siavash’ was said to have posed as 15-year-old pupil”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6423519/Parents-dismissed-racist-school-complained-migrant-posing-15-year-old.html

       13 likes

  44. Zephir says:

    “Teenage boy allegedly raped at hotel housing refugees in London
    This article is more than 2 months old

    Exclusive: Met investigating two alleged sexual assaults at site amid growing fears over safety of refugee facilities”

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/nov/03/teenage-boy-allegedly-raped-hotel-housing-refugees-london

       7 likes

  45. tomo says:

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  46. Zephir says:

    And there was a video on twitter showing a teacher having to get rid of adult illegal immigrants hanging outside of her school, you will be hard pressed to find this now online, a search will reveal page after page of sob stories about the benefit seekers.

       10 likes

    • StewGreen says:

      @Zephir it’s kind of Fake News
      Summary it’s Pakistani PTI political daily protest outside Hassan Nawaz’s office in London
      And one day the youth wing happen to start shouting in the wrong place down the street outside the Primary School

      The video comes up straight away on a Twitter search
      and I can see it on Facebook too
      though buried down the list

      It’s almost certainly NOT what people say it is
      #1 it’s short only 13 seconds
      #2 Tweeters fail to give it any context ..like location and time
      #3 “adult illegal immigrants” ..well adult Asians ..there is no indication of their migration status

      BUT when you search with the name of the Pakistan political party more copies come up, they are EARLIER and with more context,

      eg Video thread on daily demos outside #NawazSharif’s London house
      4) #British people of #Pak origin causing nuisance to neighbours of #NawazSharif by daily protest vs NS/#PML_N

      27) dated October 22
      #PakiYouthia of #PTI/ #PML_N in #London being given a lesson in social manners nears primary school by a teacher.
      Me- No wonder is #PakistanIsolated today

      .. https://twitter.com/LageRahoKashmir/status/1581086868044918788

      This October 12th tweet appears to be the original one
      https://twitter.com/FaridQureshi_UK/status/1580319254087315456

      his other videos

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  47. Guest Who says:

    The BBC deserves Krankie.

    Krankie deserves the BBC.

    The country deserves neither.

    ***
    Laura K and the FM playing ‘Kids can legally do the darnedest things, depending’.

       6 likes

  48. Guest Who says:

    Panorama Investigation?

       3 likes

  49. Flotsam says:

    “Sturgeon: I trust 16-year-olds to make decisions… as she defended plans to allow 16-year-olds to change their legal sex… Ms Sturgeon said there were many important decisions……..”

    The SNP did of course reduce the age at which youngsters can vote to 16. A ridiculous idea and serious mistake in my view. It is of course the reason why the SNP gender Bill allowed sixteen year olds to decide their identity. Sixteen year olds are children and are in no position to make decisions on serious matters.
    SNP’s infantile policies might seem OK to children and fanatics but not intelligent adults

       13 likes

    • Fedup2 says:

      Flotsam
      I wonder if she was ever a tennager ? Or was she bred to be a politician and was hatched at about age 25 …at 16 I couldn’t decide what exams to take – yet alone whether me todger should be taken off ….. same at 17 , 18 …..

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