303 Responses to Start the Week 23 January 2023

  1. Northern Voter says:

    Is that a bbc second?

    Anyway Hung hee fat choy. Apologies for spelling.

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  2. harry142857 says:

    I’ll let you go first, NV.

    h/t from sickipedia.

    Tory party chairman Nadhim Zahawi has claimed that errors with his taxes were ‘careless, not deliberate’.

    Yeah, I can sympathise.

    Like that time last year when I accidentally set up a shell company in the Cayman Islands, lent it my entire year’s income in the form of shares, failed to repay it and wrote the lot off as a tax loss before selling the shares back to myself for a quid. Could happen to anyone.

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    • BRISSLES says:

      Zahawi – Iraqi born. Says it all to me.

      This scenario is likely to be played out in another 30/40 years time, when the UK has a government comprising of today’s Channel people, who will stand at the Despatch Box saying ” I came to this country claiming asylum, and was welcomed……….blah blah blah”. Corrupt, corrupt, corrupt. Yep, I’m a dinosaur, but if you’re name ain’t Smith or Jones I don’t trust you.

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      • Will Jones says:

        Couldn’t agree more.

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      • MarkyMark says:

        Disability TRUMPS Ability. Now all Amir Ali Majid’s 20 years of cases and immigration cases need to be reviewed … Blind immigration judge ‘had no idea of the law or his own powers’ says panel after 12 out of 13 appeals against his rulings succeed

        “Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association chairman Adrien Berry said: ‘It is hard to see how he first passed the judicial exams and then why it has taken so long for his lack of knowledge to be exposed.”

        When you give people special privilege above the law, you get no law and 1400 raped and tortured children over 16 years … ‘In August 2014 the Jay report concluded that at least 1,400 children, most of them white girls aged 11–15, had been sexually abused in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013 by predominantly British-Pakistani men.’

        https://biasedbbc.org/blog/2017/10/02/start-the-week-open-thread-144/#comment-870538

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      • Kikuchiyo says:

        “Zahawi – Iraqi born. Says it all to me.”

        Says a lot about you.

        He’s Kurdish, his family fled Saddam Hussein’s regime, he has risen to be Chancellor of the Exchequer, oversaw the vaccine roll-out, is a Brexiteer, and is chair of the Conservative Party – not good enough for you though is it. There’s a name for people like you, and it isn’t dinosaur.

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  3. Thoughtful says:

    This probably won’t embed away from YouTube, but please do watch it there because it explains what is going on in France right now, what the media and the politicians aren’t telling you, and that’s scarey.

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    • Northern Voter says:

      Went round our local supermarket here in North Western France, there was no shortage of anything, no empty shelves whatsoever. As for public transport, there is none anyway in rural areas, apart from school buses. Local chief fireman lives down our lane, saw him going to work this morning.

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      • Thoughtful says:

        He said the walked off the job on Thursday, the oil refinery staff will be escalating action one day this week and then two next week and so on.
        The supermarket shortages are in the US not France, however we are being told nothing of either of these these issues in the UK

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        • Will Jones says:

          Hi Thoughtful, I can only speak for the supermarkets in South Florida, but our local Publix, Whole foods and Trader Joes are fully stocked. People are moaning about higher costs especially eggs but there don’t appear to be any shortages of anything.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      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

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    • kingkp says:

      I would be more worried about this statistic. Apparently, about 67,000 civilians were killed by the axis forces in WW2. The UK Government has killed more than this number over the last two years. Now that is a little more concerning I would say. At the beginning of this month, excess deaths are running at 30 percent. The rate is increasing.

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  4. tomo says:

    and corrupt cops are confiscating money from the armoured cars…

    Americans don’t do unintended consequences by halves…

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  5. Sluff says:

    Not BBC but an incredible level of politically correct woke on ITV, sadly on one of my favourites, Vera.

    At the centre of the plot. Two mixed race marriages. Both have teenage daughters. The daughters are in a ( albeit gentle) lesbian relatinship.

    What are the chances of that in the real lives of viewers?
    Infinitesimally small.
    But on TV. Very high.

    PS the subsequent news bulletin was of course presented by a BAME.

    Absolutely incredible.

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    • BRISSLES says:

      I wonder if Anne Cleeve who wrote the cannon has made a mention of the ethnicity of her characters, or its just colour blind casting from the casting director. I prefer to think the latter.

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      • Rob in Cheshire says:

        Brissles:

        As you must know, he North East is a famously diverse and vibrant community. Virtually every marriage is mixed, and bi-racial people are the majority. It is like a living sofa advert.

        Who are you going to believe, right-on race baiters or your lying eyes?

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    • harry142857 says:

      Casting department.

      Maureen Duff, Gertie Pye and Ruby Baker.

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  6. Deborah says:

    Just listened to Lord Peter Lilley on Mark Dolan on GB News. He said the scientists were calling for lockdowns for political rather than scientific reasons. All credit to Mark Dolan who let him speak. Had it been the BBC they would have felt they had their headline and shut him up. Of course it would have been twisted by the BBC to produce a headline stating that a senior Tory was antivax or some such like.

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  7. Thoughtful says:

    Is this a subtle swipe at Joe Biden being a little ‘out of it’ ?

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  8. Thoughtful says:

    And how about this one?

    https://t.co/YMLtVCUN3j

    Perhaps someone with a Times subscription would post it as I don’t have one.

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    • StewGreen says:

      That’s the Times article from Saturday 6pm
      I already did a precis on the second to last page of the Weekend thread.
      Wade through the whole Times article if you want
      https://archive.is/Y9t4m

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      • taffman says:

        Follow the money ?

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      • Philip_2 says:

        At least some admit the BBC is corrupt as this quote clearly proves the political elite – ‘back scratching’ bias. (thanks Thoughtfull and Stewgreen):
        (quote from above link)
        The BBC has a long tradition of politically connected individuals acting in senior roles. Gavyn Davies, another former Goldman Sachs banker, chaired the corporation between 2001 and 2004, faced accusations of cronyism from opposition parties (as he was married to Sue Nye, adviser to Gordon Brown when he was chancellor), and had previously been a Labour Party member. Greg Dyke, director-general at about the same period, had donated £50,000 to Labour.

        Who would have thought it?

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  9. Fedup2 says:

    Today watch

    That red labour mouth -Lucy Powell – pops up with Tourette’s -“resign resign “ yaps Lucy – showing that the quality of red labour politicians is no better than the other lot . Although the other lot have bigger snouts and bigger troughs .

    As a Luke warm anorak – I love those political scandals like Zandowi Gate ©️ where the chancellor had to pay a fine to his own tax authority over dodgy dealing – and then going silent hoping he will still get his peerage / knighthood at the end of it ( he will – it’s bought and paid for).

    There is also the ‘integrity / professionalism ‘ line the green card PM came out with after the coup . You can guarantee neither will be present in such a regime ….

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  10. Guest Who says:

    Sauce: BBC

    They do provide a nice #prasnews setting.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Starmer says DAVOS rather than Parliament! HA HA HA HA!

      Barry Gardiner says £500K from a chinese spy is OK.

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      • Up2snuff says:

        MM, according to the BBC, Rachel Reeves having flown all the way to Davos with her Partei Lieder, flew all the way back again (before Davos was over?) to attend a Fabian Society meeting in London. What’s that about air travel creating Global Warming and Climate Change, Rachel?

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        • MarkyMark says:

          Employment and earnings
          Payments from Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP, for book royalties:
          31 March 2022, received £431.06. Hours: no additional hours. (Registered 31 March 2022)
          24 February 2022, payment of £200 from Lansons Communications LLP, 24a St John Street, London EC1M 4AY, for participation in a breakfast event. Hours: 1 hr. Fee paid direct to charity. (Registered 17 March 2022)
          Payments from Author’s Licensing and Collecting Society, Shackleton House, 4 Battle Bridge Lane, London SE1 2HX, for book royalties:
          26 March 2022, received £120.77. Hours: no additional hours. (Registered 29 March 2022)
          25 May 2022, received £600 from Global Media Group Services Ltd, 30 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LA, for guest presenting a radio show on LBC. Hours: 3 hrs. Fee donated to charity. (Registered 26 May 2022)

          https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/24851/rachel_reeves/leeds_west#register

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        • theisland says:

          Is it Starmer’s hope/intention to stay as PM (?) just long enough to acquire the (financial) perks and Garter before giving way to Reeves?

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        • Rob in Cheshire says:

          Leftists are good people. Therefore it’s all right when they do it.

          The right is bad, therefore everything a right wing person does is bad.

          There are no enemies on the left.

          I believe this is the new BBC charter, but I could be wrong.

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    • Sluff says:

      I don’t suppose Laura asked Rachel questions such as
      1. Where will the builders come from to insulate from scratch 3 million houses a year? And what building work will be displaced? HS2?
      2. Who will pay for it all?
      3. Clean power by 2030. With no new nuclear by then, and coal and gas scrapped, how is she going to build 7-10 times more wind power than we have now ( needed for when the wind doesn’t blow).? And where precisely?
      4. Repeat of 2.

      The BBC. Totally inept.

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  11. Fedup2 says:

    BBC News

    Apparently the British are now welfare junkies – with 50% taking in tax money ( welfare ) but not making contribution . The blame is placed with the Chinese virus but I’d put it at the door of the blue labour number 10- and the likes of the BBC always pushing for more state funding of particular groups .

    Then they moan about the gap between those on least income and those who work for money …..socialism eh ?

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    • Scroblene says:

      ‘Morning Fed!

      Robert Maxwell famously said, ‘Socialism is for the good things in life’!

      Wonder how he worked that one out?

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Fed, I would put that the other way round; the BBC and LeftMob generally pushing the Conservative Party to be blue Labour and hand out increasing amounts of money to different groups. What is immoral is someone getting £850,000 for ‘judging’ a faked reality TV show or being paid £175,000 per week to kick a bag of air about for 90 minutes or thereabouts.

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  12. Guest Who says:

    Two views. Now, which will the bbc push?

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Muhammad was the most popular boys’ name in four out of nine English regions, while Olivia was the top girls’ name for every English region and Wales, except for the East Midlands where Amelia was the most popular girls name.5 Oct 2022

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      • Fedup2 says:

        At least they’ll be getting ‘free’ ( taxpayers cash ) halal madrasah dinners …

        They can spend the cash on fags and a touch of the vapours ….

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    • MarkyMark says:

      “Off the pitch, Marcus Rashford has been a tireless campaigner on child hunger – in the face of fierce Conservative opposition. “So given that he delivered on the pitch last night, will the PM give him the best thanks possible by delivering free school meals for every child living in poverty.”30 Nov 2022
      ………………
      Marcus Rashford/Salary
      10.4 million GBP

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    • BRISSLES says:

      Am not on twitter, but just read the replies, and she’s got a real slating for stating the bleedin’ obvious. More evidence for me that Twatter is full of inarticulate and ignorant morons.

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  13. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – “Seatbelt gate is off, luv, Taxgate is still on and roasting along nicely. Can I cut you a slice?” Ref: ‘Balham – Gateway to the South’ (P. Sellers)

    That is if you are not the Labour Party supporting Daily Mirror. For the BBC it is ‘Attack Zahawi Day’ with much discussion of his personal and heretofore private tax affairs during the second half-hour of the programme with a female Barrister who specialises in tax. She appeared to know her stuff.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Up2
      The times carried a piece by the retired tax chap who sniffed out Zahawhi gate ©️ by going through companies house records .
      I believe we are in one of those familiar situations where a senior politician has sinned and the PM has supported him and will try to continue to support him .

      I only really care about this corruption because said politician was chancellor at the time and could not see that his tax situation invalidated his occupation of that job . If he had any honoured he’d be long gone .

      Zahowi was pretty active in using his lawyers to try to muzzle anyone looking at his affairs – which also leaves a bad taste .

      At the moment Zahowi is trying to blame his dad – who allegedly lives somewhere like Syria . It seems some journos have tried to track him down – if he exists – and failed to find him ….that’s the father of the chairman of the Tory party !

      I bet he is on the nut nut honours £ list so will try to hold on . Being a hypocrite – if this was a conservative government I’d say ‘move on’ but it isn’t ….

      Im trying to figure out how the next lot are going to be worse – the only thing I can see is even higher taxes ….

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  14. Guest Who says:

    Given cultural appropriation is levels more serious than shooting someone, will the bbc be fact checking?

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2023/01/22/alec-baldwins-fake-spanish-wife-keeps-doing-this-and-its-getting-offensive-n2618589?

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  15. Guest Who says:

    Moaning Emole

    “California mass shooting puts focus US gun crime”

    Propaganda; it’s a slippery slope.

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    • Doublethinker says:

      I have never lived in the USA but I went there many times for work and a few holidays . Most of the visits were to rural Tennessee or Kentucky . My US colleagues used to find my nervousness around guns quite funny ,I didn’t like to be near them.
      My aversion was deeply engrained from childhood I simply was never near a gun and was told that they were dangerous . What you told and learn in childhood is difficult to unlearn as it were , it sticks with you. If children are taught Wokism then getting them to see it’s rubbish later in life is going to be very hard. If most of their generation think in a similar way it’s going to be even harder. Rolling back the Wokist tide is going to take a long time and God knows what the world looks like when it finally recedes .

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      • Philip_2 says:

        This is why the left and wokists in general focus on children. They target children have trained the University grads (‘Curric’ Teachers) that they can change the world. They want a lot of little princess GRETA’s to rule the New World Order.
        If only… Its and elite fix to save the planet, some children are visibly afraid that the planet is somehow doomed as Science and History are also ‘doctored’ to fit the BBC media claims. Its an inside job to do this over forty years!

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  16. Fedup2 says:

    In BBC Essex local news

    A brief piece about Matthew king . Mr king -19?- planned terrorist attacks in England . Looking at the very brief BBC report you’d struggle to find the motivation – another right wing fanatic – the biggest threat ? No – mr king wanted to join daesh
    And become an Islamic terrorist killer .

    He was in court last Friday – sentencing in April … the belmarsh express …

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  17. AsISeeIt says:

    Faced with the awkward situation of a Tory scandal story forcing a glaring self-reference, our BBC online press summary lifts an alternate intialism, beginning with the letter B, into its own review headline this morning: Newspaper headlines: Johnson loan claims and ‘BGT pay war’

    In stark contrast that ex-PM Johnson loan claims report is splashed across the giveaway Metro frontpage spelling out, in the very boldest of bold type: Boris Bank Chum unashamedly emphasising the three initial letters of the phrase – I hear the BBC pay top dollar for new logo designs: BBC splashes out £7MILLION on new logos as over-75s are forced to pay licence fee (Express) – what value the freesheet Metro’s innovative redition of B.B.C.?

    The corporate advertiser’s – and perhaps our national inevitable political – direction of travel is clear in the sub-header: Tories hit by sleaze storm

    Just random bad political weather or some sort of systematic political climate change? Left-wing man-made anti-conservative global warming – if you will?

    Lest the Beeb be tarred indelibly with the Tory brush… losing its right-on credentials…

    The left-leaning ‘i’ newspaper comes to the rescue: Cronyism row ‘disaster’ for BBC may push staff to strike – happily realigning our nationalised broadcaster with the rest of our restive public sector workers

    BGT, you ask? For a moment there one dyslexically imagined our BBC boys and girls referred to a cost of living crisis involving the bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich

    Don’t laugh, even the price of the humble green pea makes frontpage news today – they’re not all frozen, you know: Taking the peas… Fury at price rises… Tesco boss hits out at big hikes (Daily Star)

    As tabloid readers are assumed to recognise at a glance, BGT means Britain’s Got Talent – we’ve a shortage of energy, a bust economy, failing public services, creaking infrastructure – but apparently we’ve got showbiz talent – yet even thereabouts there’s a pay dispute: BGT pay war… Amanda & Alesha won’t sign deals over Bruno cash (The Sun)

    Here’s a new twist on the notion of the sexist pay gap: Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon are refusing to sign contracts in a pay row over Bruno Tonioli. The long-serving pair are furious that the newcomer’s salary matches their own – said to be £850,000 (Sun)

    Celebs, eh? Social justice warriors the lot of them – apparently.

    ITV could have bought Boris for less…

    Sunak to rule on former boss over £800,00 loan deal – that’s the Telegraph’s typo (not mine this time) leaving a zero off the figure but we know what they meant to say

    But blimey, misplacing a decimal point in that manner when writing an important document could get the best of us into a whole lot of trouble: Mr Zahawi paid a penalty to HMRC over unpaid tax while he was chancellor. He has described the error as “careless and not deliberate” (BBC)

    The Tories may have their minds on other matters – like supposed pandemics, wars and climate change (and lining their own pockets) the Daily Mail meanwhile notices the plight of the squeezed middle: Shocking rise of ‘something for nothing Britain’ Over half of households get more from State than they pay in tax… while top 10% of earners account for 53% of all income

    They still don’t get it – shrieks the openly Labour-supporting Daily Mirror implying stuffed shirt Sir Keir would serve us all better.

    Let’s parse the Mirror’s arguments, their: Useful guide for Tories – before passing on…

    But, wow, pause for a moment to take in the innovation of pictures of two ethnic miscreants banded about frontpage…

    Zahawi, our anti-Boris coup interim chancellor, is advised: Earn money? Pay your taxes – gosh, but there’s the lefty notion of a way of life for you – what a mantra – you live to be taxed

    Sunak they have on the lesser charge of: Using a car? Wear a seatbelt – ‘elf ‘n’ safety, innit. Sorry, Karen.

    BoJo is cautioned: Need a loan? Go to a bank – have you tried to even find a bank still open on your high street lately?

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  18. StewGreen says:

    9am Radio4 The advertise your book show is about video gaming.
    Being the BBC they want to avoid whit men so they have 2 women .

    but the male guest sounds interesting
    “Adrian Hon spent a decade co-creating the hit game Zombies, Run but has become increasingly disillusioned with the way real world institutions – corporations, governments and schools – are using gamification to monitor and control behaviour.
    In You’ve Been Played he shows how the elements of game playing have been co-opted as tools for profit and coercion

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  19. JohnC says:

    A full-on BBC spectacular to greet me this morning.

    First we have the now-standard relentless day-after-day headline attacking another Conservative.

    I have no time for Zahawi but it’s another BBC assasination attempt : use their power to make the pressure so intense, he has to resign to stop it.

    Then I see the Californian gun-man story is in the lower sub-panes instead of right at the top. A quick check shows why : I am certain the BBC are very disappointed it wasn’t some whitey with a far-right facebook page.

    Then I see ‘Cold weather triggers money-off energy scheme’ with yet another example of BBC racist discrimination with a bizarre picture of a black woman loading the washing machine while using her mobile phone:
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    And while I am looking at those I see:
    Russia: Putin’s Kremlin targets LGBT in new crackdown
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-64345693

    Not sure how they think the Kremlin is Putins and more than they would say ‘Biden’s Whitehouse’ but anyway.

    This article is an absolute classic BBC agenda piece steeped in empathy and ‘victimhood’. We are supposed to think that Putin is Hitler banning Jews but in fact I realised the law is to “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” so it’s still OK to be LGBTQWERTYUIOP+, you just can’t shout about it in others faces.

    This article is a relatively new BBC method to lie : pick one or two totally biased people then report whatever they say. It allows all kinds of outrageous agenda-based claims to be printed by the BBC with no fact-checking or any balance because someone else said it.

    Maybe not ban it, but I too would welcome a vast reduction in the relentless propaganda we get from the likes of the BBC for this 0.3% of the population.

    And within that story I read:

    “The war is lost, the economy is destroyed, and the authorities need to show people what they have risked their lives for,” says Piotr. “And the best idea they have is to find a new scapegoat – LGBT people.”

    What absolute nonsense. How come it’s always ‘me me me’. And the astute observer will wonder why we are sending our best over there and why there is so much pressure being placed on Germany to send their best as well. Sounds to me like Russia are winning.

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    • Guest Who says:

      Hope she pops a shed load of Uncle Bens in with that, otherwise it may come out clean but inoperative.

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    • Foscari says:

      IMAGE WATCH !! Are the BBC taking the piss, with their
      inverted racism Getty’s imaging of” People will be paid to
      use less electricity on Monday’s” For “fu**s sake do Getty’s
      only have black models for these public issue imaging ? Or
      does the BBC tell Getty’s, we only want black models used.
      BBC the 85% indigenous subjects of the UK are sick to death of
      your , what you call positive discrimination, inclusiveness,
      quotas, diversity.! How about using some inclusiveness using
      a WHITE face. And if Getty’s don’t use any Caucasian advertising
      models. Use an imaging company that does !!

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      • JohnC says:

        I am convinced they do it specifically to spite people on the Right.

        The Left are the most nasty people of all and are full of hate when you scrape through their virtue-signalling and hypocrisy.

        The HYS comments about Boris, Nigle, JRM and Trump are something to behold – as were all their comments on the DT in the run up to brexit. They are just like spiteful children.

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    • G says:

      Grrrrrrr! (Growling noise): White washing machine. Surely racist?

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  20. Guest Who says:

    This is why I feel, of a long list, the media are the greatest threat to democracy.

    It has always be flawed; every knew it.

    And almost all pols are in it for less than noble reasons; everyone knew it too.

    You just tried to choose the least worst to muddle the country through.

    But to do that you relied on a spread of media to properly hold all of them to account, properly, professionally and impartially.

    This no longer happens.

    Our screens are filled with the most ideologically suitable media chums saying one thing one day and another the next, actively promoted just to get them in.

    This is a new form of journalism that is beyond pathetic.

    I may have read that in The Critic Magazine, a source tells me.

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    • JohnC says:

      The media are supposed to be a check-and-balance for politicians and are an essential part of a real deomcracy.

      When the media become as partisan as it has now, democracy dies. Can you imagine what the result of the referendum might have been if the MSM were not so biased ?. Or who would be President in the USA if virtually ALL the MSM were not sure violently anti-Trump ?.

      Once the ideological driven Left get enough power, they turn into fascists and start to enforce their own beliefs on everybody else. They are doing that now – especially at the BBC. They have done it throughout history and usually with disastrous consequences.

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  21. pugnazious says:

    Ah yeah….Craig Oliver on speed-dial at Today….for some reason, lol, the goto-man for comment on all Tory problems…today Zahawi and Richarp Sharp.

    Sharp’s appointment….a murky business, bad faith, bad judgement…..we must end the government appointing the BBC Chair……nothing unfaithful about the ex-BBC-lapdog is there? Still doing their dirty work for them it seems…as he also tells us Zahawi must go.

    Oliver slipped into the Tory machine and was able to influence direction no doubt….and gather information as well….didn’t take him long to rush out a book did it? A book, ‘Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of Brexit’, clearly coming from the BBC Remain viewpoint, in which he trashed Boris and all who backed Brexit, and of course Brexit itself.

    Things he continues to do to this day….which is why he is on that speed-dial to the BBC.

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  22. AWOL says:

    Professor Norman Fenton is “upset” (putting it mildly) with the SCbbc) in Dr John Campbell’s video:

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    • Eddy Booth says:

      Campbell is not a medical doctor and was pro vaccine at the start, he is jabbed too.

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      • atlas_shrugged says:

        Many of the folk who are now asking questions about the shots were jabbed:

        Malone, Malhotra, Campbell etc

        Maybe it is possible to say that they have had a ‘Damascene’ conversion. They should be applauded for moving to where the evidence takes them. IMHO it is a very hard thing to say to yourself ‘I no longer trust my government, my bBC, my MP, my doctor, my NHS’.

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  23. Flotsam says:

    Nadhim Zahawi. How did his “confidential” tax affairs become public property? I might have missed the reason, if someone knows please enlighten me. Perhaps there should be an investigation of how his tax settlement leaked out, if that’s what happened? Is it another example of the Civil Service trying to destroy the Tories?

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    • taffman says:

      Flotsam
      Was it wrong to for the voters and honest tax payers of great Britain to know ?
      What are the Tories doing about the mass invasion, the energy crisis, The NHS and the creeping woke culture infesting our language and our national broadcaster?
      What am I going to do about the Tory mess ?

      Next time I am voting for The Reform Party.

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      • Flotsam says:

        Either your tax affairs are confidential or they are not. Why should taxpayers be subject to some left wing Civil Servant shit deciding to make someone’s affairs public. Where does that philosophy stop? As I’ve already pointed out all businesses arrange their tax affairs to minimise tax payable, quite legally. HMRC regularly challenge tax arrangements, sometimes they go to Court and HMRC win or lose, more regularly taxpayers cave in and decide not to go to Court in the face of HMRC’s unlimited resources.
        As for dishonesty. I don’t think he was being dishonest, if he was, then it would have been evasion for which he would have been prosecuted

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        • Fedup2 says:

          Flotsam – the information about his tax affairs came from Company House public data .
          I will publish the account later on
          . I think you will change your tune.

          There may even be lies to parloanent by sunak .

          I believe in low taxes – minimum state – but not corrupt practices

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  24. taffman says:

    Any thing on Al Beeb about BoJo and his loan?

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    • MarkyMark says:

      In the lecture, Rand admonishes American businessmen for apologizing for capitalism and for, in some cases, directly funding detractors of the free market. Notably, she says that “It is a moral crime to give money to support your own destroyers.” She also answers audience questions after the lecture.

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  25. Sluff says:

    Is the BBC currently banging on about Zahawi’s tax affairs by any chance the very same BBC that for years paid its highest paid ‘talent’ using service contracts to……errrr……avoid tax?

    Even the Guardian noticed.
    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/feb/26/bbc-stars-presenters-face-bills-thousands-unpaid-taz

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  26. StewGreen says:

    BBC local radio phone in starts
    “Look at me I’m funny ..I’m just on the the phone arranging to guarantee a loan for Mr X, cos that will guarantee I keep my job at the BBC”
    .. That’s Boris Derangement Syndrome

    “What shall we talk about today ..oh look the local paper has Far Right attempt to take over Hull, led by a guy with a Hitler moustache”
    https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/hitler-lookalike-hull-behind-far-8058010

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/far-right-fanatic-hitler-lookalike-29017218

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    • StewGreen says:

      Last week they ran with
      “Tempers flare as far-right groups stage rally in Hull city centre”
      https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/tempers-flare-far-right-groups-8031152
      .. Do you think that was accurate ?

      Tensions have risen between two protest groups demonstrating in Queen Victoria Square, resulting in a heavy police presence.
      The demonstration on Saturday afternoon was scheduled by
      the far-right hate group Patriotic Alternative to protest the plans to house asylum seekers in The Lawns in Cottingham – which have already been quashed by Hull University.
      In response to the rally, antiracism and antifascist counter-protesters staged their own demonstration opposite them in Queen Victoria Square.

      Humberside Police said no arrests had been made as of 3pm but protesters were seen confronting police officers and heard swearing. .. Wow adults swearing at a protest , wow !
      So there were NOT two righty groups fighting each other
      There was ONE group PA which wouldn’t call itself a HATE group
      and the Labour front groups which call themselves anti-racist anti-fascist .. and yet act very totalitarian and hatey

      Oh later the article does mention “Other groups such as The North Unites, and individuals against immigration and refugees also joined the protest.”

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      • MarkyMark says:

        Teacher who showed his pupils a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed is still in hiding a year after fleeing his home due to death threats
        The Batley Grammar School teacher is still in hiding a year after the lesson
        The image of the Prophet Mohammed was shown during religious education
        The 30-year-old teacher was cleared of misconduct but he still has not returned to his home or work
        By MARK HOOKHAM FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10655679/Teacher-30-hiding-fleeing-showing-pupils-cartoon-Prophet-Mohammed.html

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        • theisland says:

          https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11583773/Failing-Prevent-counter-terror-scheme-needs-major-overhaul-report-huge-gaps.html

          Failing Prevent counter-terror scheme ‘needs a major overhaul’ after report found huge gaps in the programme
          A report by William Shawcross has found gaps in counter-terrorism programme
          Government’s Prevent scheme is intended to combat Islamism and other threats
          Review found taxpayers’ money went to groups promoting Islamist extremism

          The Scottish Mail on Sunday · 22 Jan 2023
          https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-scottish-mail-on-sunday/20230122/282205130010994

          MUSLIM extremists who threaten people they accuse of blasphemy must be targeted by counter-terrorism operatives, a landmark Government report will recommend.
          Tackling so-called ‘blasphemy violence’ will be a key recommendation in the longawaited report on Prevent, the Government’s flagship counter-terrorism programme, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
          In Islam, it is considered blasphemy to depict the Prophet Muhammad or any members of his close family – and among hardliners, the punishment for such an act is death.
          The report, by former Charity Commission chief William Shawcross, will urge Prevent teams to tackle imams and Muslim leaders who accuse teachers, writers and others of blasphemy.
          It is the first time that an official Prevent report will identify Islamic ‘blasphemy violence’ as an extremist problem in Britain.
          A teacher at Batley Grammar School in West Yorkshire had to go into hiding with his family after he showed his class drawings of the Prophet Muhammad in 2021. The incident led to weeks of protests outside the school, spurred on by hardline imams. The teacher is still in hiding.

          The overhaul of Prevent has been delayed by ‘woke’ civil servants who have objected to suspected extremists being named in the Shawcross report.

          Mr Shawcross will recommend that Prevent goes back to its core principle of stopping individuals becoming terrorists, and not be an ‘arm of social services’.
          He will also say that those prone to extremism are no longer referred to as ‘vulnerable’, but ‘susceptible’. A source said: ‘This is important, as “vulnerable” implies being a passive victim.’
          It will also be recommended that Border Force, immigration and Job Centre staff be added to the list of those required to report to Prevent someone they suspect of harbouring extreme views.
          ‘Prevent should not be part of social services.’

          Anne Marie Waters always highlighted the problem of this ‘blasphemy’ nonsense.

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    • StewGreen says:

      10:39am presenter “Did you see the Hull Daily Mail on Saturday ?
      Exposed the FAR RIGHT plot to infiltrate Hull”
      (That’s NOT the title now online
      The Hitler lookalike in Hull behind far right plot to stoke up racial hatred)

      He continues It was an interesting read, you worry about all this HATE and nonsense
      There’s a picture of a woman with a SWASTIKA on her chest and you think WHAT !”

      .. FFS are you telling me there were swastikas at the demo ?”
      .. No of course not … it’s the usual lefty hate groups writing the same old guilt by association .. ‘Yeh Mark Collett was there ..and you know what he once had a girlfriend who has a swastika tattoo on her chest, so here’s a photo ‘
      Yes that was years ago, and yes she is a nutter
      .. but it’s stretch to make that the centre of a recent demo in Hull.

      Looking at the newspaper article
      Fair enough if this Yerbury guy is actually doing Hitler type policies
      well that is wrong
      but is he
      “Yerbury’s speeches to far right fanatics have included: “How We Will Win” and “The Struggle Against Marxism” – a favoured theme peddled by this maniac Hitler emulator who believed it was a “Jewish doctrine”.
      .. Ah so Yerbury doesn’t speak against Jews, but him speaking against Marxists is somehow the same

      Later in article
      “PA uses social media favoured by fringe extremists and neo Nazis.”
      They mean it uses Telegram ..which the Times too was recommending some time back.
      The article is doing guilt by association smear.

      comments on the article are turned off .. On Twitter PA mock the obvious spelling mistake ..still there.

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  27. taffman says:

    Question :
    When are we getting a Full Brexit ? Or will the BBC and the Tory Government nudge us back in ?

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  28. Dickie says:

    Wont see this on the BBC or MSM

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  29. Thatcherrevolutionary says:

    No sympathy for Zahawi – he was a rabid promoter of the vaxx, and enthusiastic for vaxx passports.

    Hopefully the cnut will be removed today.

    He’s Iranian. Absolutely f*ck all to do with here. I never hear of Brits serving in foreign parliaments?

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  30. Flotsam says:

    Sluff making my point for me.
    The BBC and it’s presenters went into tax arrangements that HMRC overturned. Tax is complex so despite the advice of expensive accountants probably to both the BBC and it’s “employees”. HMRC have been able to fight back. I don’t know if it was tested in Court. No one is alleging dishonesty.

    I quote:

    “A spokesman for HMRC said: “We don’t comment on individual cases.””

    Despite that Zahawi’s situation has become public. It seems that many people including Taffman above are falling for the BBC/MSM/Labour agenda. Largely it’s the Politics of envy.

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  31. StewGreen says:

    local radio brought on the Scunthorpe MP
    and tried to get her to announce the steelworks energy compensation scheme
    She couldn’t of course
    cos the law is that such big announcements must first be made in Parliament.

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  32. StewGreen says:

    Kicked into the long grass
    “PM orders ethics probe into Zahawi tax row” Published
    19 minutes ago

    “BBC chairman asks for conflict of interest review” 4 minutes ago

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  33. tomo says:

    A few days old – but blimey… one can see why Gregor Fisher might be keeping his head down (and Rab Nesbitt in a box) in Scotland these days….

    Maggie-Chapman-is-a-loon.jpg

    https://nitter.pussthecat.org/TomSwarbrick1/status/1615059702802485260#m

    (more) Green insanity… she’s not well?

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  34. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #2 – demands, demands, there’s nothing like demands from a wimmin

    8.25 a.m. Sport segment and after a bit of Arsenalling (triggers memories of Eric Morecambe) a women came on to comment about the state of the pitch for Chelsea v Liverpool Wimmins Footie. It had to be abandoned after six minutes of play. The Womens Football contributor to TOADY was very emphatic in her demands: women cannot be expected to play on hard ground like the men used to do, they want heated pitches. “End of”

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  35. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    Have you noticed that every time somebody or organisation is caught out, whether it’s £millions not paid in tax, thousands (or more) of votes missing, misinformation on, for example, vaccine related deaths, statistics and just about every other news item that later reports it as an ‘error’ it’s always one side (the left) who this ‘error’ was good for. It also works for any ‘errors’ the rich make.

    It’s never somebody made an error of paying £5 million too much tax.
    It’s never over reporting the number of deaths caused by the vaccine.
    ‘Errors’ counting votes always are in favour of the left (when they get found out)

    Of course, when the truth comes out, the earlier lie is round the world and a tiny correction on page 35 below the funeral plan advert does little or nothing as the harm is done.

    You can’t believe anything on tv/msm nowadays.
    I trust the likes of Stew on here more than the msm.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Does anyone know how to cut and paste from The Times paper ? It’s easy on the telegraph but the Times is tricky . I wanted to put up the article by the investigative lawyer who found out about the chancellor and his tax dealings , the way Zahowi put lawyers on him and the rest . ….

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      • Flotsam says:

        Starmer:
        The Labour leader said “everybody knows it is wrong”

        Well, actually, no it isn’t.

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      • G says:

        Fed,

        ‘Fraid cannot help in cut and pasting but just wanted to say that no one can expect Government Ministers of a foreign origin not to act in accordance with their base instincts emanating from their country of origin. Same with Truss’ Chancellor. Thats the reason why the country is destined to decline in leaps and bounds. Think also Abbott / Lammy.

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  36. Philip_2 says:

    As Disney has found out go queer and go broke. But when it cones to the BBC arguing for its independence AT THE SAME TIME as requiring vast amounts of public-cash (for running local Radio stations and (its core mission) the World Service – (which it then abuses – with climate propaganda. Its Freeview TV channels are awash with CASH. (BBC Worldwide Limited).

    Lets take the BBC Favorite sponsor and retainer ‘STONEWALL’. Its a nice cosy corner, of mutual milking the public finances. No finance cuts here! They claim Human Rights!!!!
    —–
    This week, TPA research revealed that public bodies are continuing to dole out taxpayer cash to the lobby group Stonewall. Membership of the controversial ‘Diversity Champions’ scheme cost taxpayers at least >b>£709,225in 2021-22 with Stonewall receiving over £1,221,222 from the public purse!

    These shocking sums come after government departments were pushed to leave the scheme in May 2021 by then foreign secretary, Liz Truss. In spite of this, the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office renewed their membership of the scheme for another year in October 2021 and the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs are still members.

    On top of the money spent on the Diversity Champions scheme and various events, Stonewall received £403,395 through grants from public bodies. The devolved administrations were the worst offenders when it came to splashing the cash via grants on Stonewall. The Welsh government paid out £168,870 and the Scottish Government handed over £99,917!

    TAXPAYERS ALLIANCE highlight the wast of our UK public bodies. The (BBC is a public finded body despitesits ‘corporate’ name its a QUANGO as it des not pay TAX – just like STONEWALL).

    https://mailchi.mp/fa8c9a0483aa/weekly-bulletin?e=49047cb219

    —-
    The BBC have introdced (reported today – Monday – on TALK radio) a new LGBSXYZ correspondent and a new climate change apocalypse ‘expert’ on TV (and no doubt BBC local radio) whilst claiming they are still ‘independent’ and ‘bias free’.
    Perversions on the BBC are a well known known fact, sexual mis-practice abound, known fact, financial irregularity, known fact and that it helps fund ‘Stonewal’ campaignsl via little known BBC sponsored charities and its links to the (infamous) TAVISTOCK clinic (transgenderism for children), is known fact and has been closed. Not so in Scotland (yet).

    STONEWALL diversity champion (its mission is now complete). They have made it lawful, to sexualise each other and children – whilst claiming to be gender neutral as if its OK to take drugs fr life and dress as if. Jimmy Saville a serial abuser may have ‘died’ but his memory lives on. He abused both Boys and Girls.

    And yet the BBC claim they are media independent and free for criticism thanks to its (unique) TV Charter . They justify arresting those that refuse to pay for it. BBC links to STONEWALL are still there, they never went away.

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  37. Guest Who says:

    This current Govt shower are the pits, but this from Balls and that ex Labour Minister is hilarious.

    The media and Labour think they should run stuff, and sod ‘the people’, questions or not.

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  38. BRISSLES says:

    Apropos the upcoming crowning in Westminster Abbey. 3 days of merriment and feasting, with entertainment by an array of “A listers” which strikes terror in my heart.

    What now defines an “A lister” ? I ask because at the recent opening of an ultra lux hotel in Dubai, the headliner was Beyonce (ok if you 19 I suppose) with a payday of £19 million for 73 minutes.

    By the by, it was the reporting of A lister attendees that caught my eye, and the reporter listed one Mark Wright – a one time reality person who did a spot of presenting, and his wife Michelle Keegan a mini drama actress. So make of that what you will.

    To my geriatric mind there is absolutely no-one on this planet anymore that I would cross the road to see (personal choice), let alone call them A list, but for the event in May there are the same old lags like Rod Stewart, god forbid the Spice Girls, Brian May, and Elton John if can find his way to the piano – these are A listers who are pencilled in. I suppose Tom Cruise will be hauled over for a sprinkling of star dust, and monologues from the likes of Ian McKellan….. I will be watching Netflix.

    Sadly there are no real stars anymore that can compare with the cream of the crop that was Judy Garland, Sinatra, Danny Kaye, Howard Keel, Barbra Streisand – though the 3 Tenors would definitely be worth a listen. Real entertainers are no more.

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    • MarkyMark says:


      Mariah Carey performs in Saudi Arabia

      Why Mariah Carey was wrong to play Saudi Arabia
      This article is more than 3 years oldOwen Jones
      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/01/pop-stars-mariah-carey-saudi-arabia-regime-propaganda-machine

      All I want for 2019 is for much-loved pop stars to stop being inadvertent propagandists for mass-murdering dictatorships. Mariah Carey is the latest musician to perform in Saudi Arabia, following in the ignominious footsteps of Enrique Iglesias and the Black Eyed Peas in December. This is bad on a number of levels. Carey has famously always had a devoted gay fanbase: in Saudi Arabia, homosexuality is punishable by death.

      Carey has famously always had a devoted gay fanbase: in Saudi Arabia, homosexuality is punishable by death.

      Carey has famously always had a devoted gay fanbase: in Saudi Arabia, homosexuality is punishable by death.

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  39. Fedup2 says:

    The green card PM has now silenced questions in parliament by referring the chairman of the Conservative Party to the Parliamentary Commission for dodgy dealings (busy busy ).

    That should subdue the ‘story’ for a few weeks .

    Blue labour must be looking for an ‘event ‘ to distract from what are now multiple questions about blue labour politicians ….

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  40. Zephir says:

    RE my comment yesterday about benefit thieves (some call asylum seekers) and the deluded liberal left morons who want to welcome them:

    Today’s news:

    “My daughter was sexually assaulted – I tracked the man down and had him jailed: Quick-thinking mother confronts Sudanese asylum seeker who grabbed her 16-year-old girl and takes his picture – helping convict him

    Mahmood Noor Ibrahim, 39, approached the girl minutes after she had left work. Man living in Hull admitted sexual assault in November last year and was jailed”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11665775/Quick-thinking-mother-confronts-asylum-seeker-grabbed-16-year-old-girl-takes-picture.html

    “‘Knife-obsessed’ Afghan asylum seeker, 21, who said he was 14 to get into the UK before murdering aspiring Royal Marine is a double killer who gunned down two people in Serbia and was convicted of drug dealing in Italy”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11658567/Asylum-seeker-21-lied-14-UK-guilty-murdering-aspiring-marine.html

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  41. Eddy Booth says:

    Greedy stani..

    64959-daf0fdc7-3d7a-4eef-b046-ab74ff32bd2c.jpg

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  42. MarkyMark says:

    42c85f62-4bbb-4aff-b15a-100d5034d7aa-b070c935-8e96-4bdd-a0c8-9426771b0de5

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  43. Eddy Booth says:

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Today we took possession of Gibraltar – 1713 – I think – which is now home of the holding trust ‘ company owned by the Zedowi family … funny world ….

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  44. tomo says:

    You might have a Smart Meter – but the chances of it actually working are?………….

    Thieving swine pantomime …

    At this rate Molotov cocktails are going to become “a feature of British life”

    pay-to-switch-off.jpg

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11665497/National-Grid-pay-homeowners-use-electricity-5pm-6pm-tonight.html

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Lucky they didn’t put in the power use of my iron … which went rusty years ago … I heard in passing that 3 coal power stations – which were due to be destroyed by that green crap lunatic minister – are being fired up tonight …. Burn that carbon …kettle on 1800 … might do me washing too…

      Come on people – fire up …

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      • taffman says:

        Fedup2
        We are sitting on huge energy sources of , coal, gas, and oil, but because of “nut nut” and the Carbon Blob tax we are fast becoming a third world country led by “third world” leaders.
        Its time that this government began to govern in the interest of the people of Great Britain.

        When North Sea gas and oil was discovered in the 70’s we were told that old age pensioners would get free energy , now pensioners can’t afford to heat their homes while illegal invader’s get free heating as they languish in hotels paid by for by us . Is this what the Tories meant meant by “levelling up” ?

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        • Fedup2 says:

          Taffman – don’t remind me – and don’t remind me that when the North Sea Bananza took place the governments decided to pee the money away on welfare instead of creating a Sovereign Wealth Fund – as Norway did ….

          On the upside – if the world isn’t ended by putin / china – whoever – future generations will benefit from the stuff we were dumb enough to leave in the ground ….

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  45. Fedup2 says:

    Breaking news – after a long struggle – ha has left his position with immediate effect …. He tried hard but was up against irresistible pressure …. Frank Lampard – that is …

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  46. digg says:

    I’m pretty convinced that I know exactly what the BBC are up to with the relentless attacks and insinuations against Tory MP’s

    They figure that this puts the Government in a sticky place with any attempt to defund the BBC. They will be able to howl about the Government taking revenge and thus acting irresponsibly.

    This message of course will gain traction with a lot of the public who have sucked up all the BBC’s fanciful imaginings. Corrupt Tories. etc. etc. and be persuaded that the government is trying to close the BBC down to protect their own positions.

    Results in a view of the BBC as a valiant protector of the people under threat from a shady bunch of angry Tory MP’s

    Stinks.

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  47. Doublethinker says:

    I would like to recommend to all my fellow site users a recent episode of So What You Are Saying Is on the New Culture Forum Website featuring John O’Sullivan who gives a good tour d’horizon of politics in the West and particularly the UK.

    One of his key themes is that there has been a loss of control by ordinary voters of the society they live in. Government has been taken over by bureaucrats and democracy has been badly damaged. Recovery from this by democratic means will be a long haul.

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    • atlas_shrugged says:

      Doublethinker

      You hit the nail on the head with that one about a loss of control by ordinary voters.

      I feel more and more as if I live in a rotten borough – see Black Adder for more details.

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  48. Richard Pinder says:

    BBC Censorship & Propaganda: BBC ignores big vaccine rally on its doorstep:

    Speakers included Robert F Kennedy Jr, Dr Robert Malone, Mark Sharman and Matt Le Tissier

    Full four hours: https://live.childrenshealthdefense.org/chd-tv/events/london-truth-be-told-rally-giving-a-voice-to-the-injured-and-bereaved/london–truth-be-told-rally-giving-a-voice-to-the-injured-and-bereaved/

    Matt Le Tissier’s powerful address: https://youtu.be/S7LgHNvDcpk

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  49. MarkyMark says:

    Over the life cycle of a V117-4.2 MW wind power plant, it will return 50 times more energy back to society than it consumed. That means that when 1 kWh is invested in a wind energy solution, you get 50 kWh in return. For coal, however, if you invest 1kWh you typically get below 0.4 kWh in return.3 days ago

    …………………….

    In terms of durability, wind turbines last an average of about 25 years. About 85 percent of turbine component materials—such as steel, copper wire, electronics, and gearing—can be recycled or reused.30 Oct 2020

    ……
    Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-02-05/wind-turbine-blades-can-t-be-recycled-so-they-re-piling-up-in-landfills

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    • tomo says:

      MarkyMark – that wind arithmetic is arse backwards. Electricity is a utility – it’s expected to be there 24/7 when you flick a switch.

      Ignoring the utility aspect of grid electricity is simply moronic.

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    • JohnC says:

      That’s how they always phrase it which is like a BBC headline : convoluted because it’s hiding something.

      I tried to find out how much such a turbine cost to make + what it got in subsidies over it’s life compared to the value of the electricity it produced.

      I presumed the reason I could not find any such information meant it cost a lot more than it made.

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