303 Responses to Start the Week 23 January 2023

  1. Beltane says:

    I’m told James Bulgin’s groundbreaking BBC2 documentary on the Holocaust and in particular the levels of enthusiastic Lithuanian involvement and cooperation was harrowing.

    All the Baltic states, in fact most of Europe, played an enthusiastic part in the Final Solution. Simple logistics shows that identifying, rounding up and transporting millions took active assistance far beyond any direct military involvement, the civil authorities and general public all mucked in with gusto.

    This, together with, for example French (2), Belgian, Dutch, Hungarian, Romanian and Polish Waffen SS Divisions all played an active part in proceedings. They also supplied most concentration and extermination camps with the bulk of their guards – front line SS and Wehrmacht troops had more important tasks.

    As perhaps the ultimate irony, Ukraine Waffen SS troops and Ukrainian camp guards had a reputation for particularly brutal behaviour, which makes the current reticence over the supply of Leopard 2 tanks seem very mean spirited.

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    • Eddy Booth says:

      Putin will denazify the tanks!

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Beltane – it wasnt as harrowing as it might have been . But the bBC mouth presenting the documentsry seemed to need to ‘emote ‘ at certain time whilst the archeological units just got on with the job

      The revelation that the luftwaffe aerial photos of the East survived the war was a revelation .

      The transition between daily slaughter of villages to organised mass killing in gas chambers really didnt come across .

      It was ‘ informative ‘ but the horror was more than a short documentary.

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  2. Fedup2 says:

    I need to keep an eye on what the enemy is doing . So I scan the Guardian . today the frankly hare brained Zoe Williams goes on and on about the attitude she sees in the Great British Public .
    Apparently she thinks The Public All support strikes – tooting horns for medical mafia – that sort of stuff .

    Ok – I didn’t read all the article – but she seems to think we haven’t been suffering a socialist government for decades …

    … as usual with The Guardian – any article which is ‘sensitive ‘ does not allow comments . I think someone there knows what crap this lefty comes out with and what any right thinking person would say about it .

    Naturally Zoe is ‘bbc approved ‘ and shows up regularly on group think chats …

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  3. Docmarooned says:

    What utter drivel. Social media has a lot to answer for. Another one of the Springster clones.

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  4. MarkyMark says:

    The setting is important … in a field like normal people.

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    Princess Eugenie pregnant with second child
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-64388833

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    Princess Beatrice is the vice president of partnerships and strategy at artificial intelligence software firm Afiniti.

    Princess Eugenie works as a director at the contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth in London.

    She began working at the gallery in 2015 and was promoted to the role of director in 2017.

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  5. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    Interesting and it makes sense.
    Copied from a GB News Facebook post.

    Start.
    Why aren’t we building enough social housing?

    Here’s a brief story outlining why. A couple of years ago, a local London council was selling a plot of land at auction with planning permission for 40 flats. Each flat worth an average £350k. Total sale value before tax, etc, £14 million. The plot sold for £4.5 million, so that’s £4.5 million going to that local authority.

    They were asked by socialists, why didn’t you spend the estimated £5 million estimated build cost to build them yourself?

    The council’s reply. ‘Social housing allocation is based on need. If we build them, they would be filled (off the record) by 40 single mums or dads, who will inevitably be on benefits of some kind, so there would be virtually no return. We’d even miss out on 40 x council tax payments annually, and be responsible for all maintenance etc’.

    So put in a nutshell, Not only would they have lost the £4.5 million they got from the sale, they would also have had to shell out £5 million to build. Meaning £9.5 million out of their funds, and THEN having to subsidise the rents of the tenants, and cover the property maintenance.

    Pretty easy to see why social housing isn’t created in a time where local authority revenue is getting harder and harder to find.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      EG
      Thanks – I suppose it follows on from that assertion that half the country on taxpayers ‘ cash …. It becomes a truly hard case in the circumstances you describe .

      The assumption by single women that they can breed and have someone else pick up the tab is at the heart of it … as well as dinghy users having to be ‘housed ‘ at taxpayers ‘ expenses ….

      I would think any local authority would be mad to build ‘social housing ‘ where I live wherever you look there is a crane …. The old ‘Homebase ‘ now has about 400 flats on it – which I think are a private build …

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    • Scroblene says:

      Blimey, EG, that’s the most erudite summing up about the ‘crisis’ I’ve ever read!

      Thank you!

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    • Sluff says:

      ……and of course you cannot build ‘cheap ‘ social housing because that would be so ‘unfair’. Nope, they have to be built to private sector levels of space and comfort.
      In the name of equality, you understand.

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  6. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – complaining about the cold in Afghanistan is like complaining about the Taliban on wimmin

    Lyse Doucett has gone from Kabul or Bagram (wherever she was staying) up into the mountains in Afghanistan in order to create some CO2 emissions to warm the northern hemisphere in winter. Ta. Could do with a bit of Global Warming in Kent where the easterlies come straight off the Steppe and the nor-easterlies come straight off the Arctic Circle. She has some sympthy for an Afghan man, who carries chains around his neck in the freezing cold.

    Didn’t know there were men in Afghanistan. The way the BBC go on, it would be easy to get the impression there were only wimmin in that country. Well the upshot is that the vehicle Lyse was travelling must have got stuck in the snow and had to be rescued by the man carrying chains around his neck. Men have their uses in Afghanistan after all.

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  7. vlad says:

    Amanda Platell writes that the BBC chooses to ignore the vicious Labour infighting on the subject of trans vs wimmin’s rights, preferring to deflect towards the non-story of Rishi’s seatbelt.

    “Labour’s woman problem is as serious as it gets, but the BBC prefers to obsess over Rishi Sunak’s seatbelt, writes AMANDA PLATELL”
    “When a female Labour MP, someone who campaigns bravely for women’s rights, comes out and says in public that the Labour Party has a ‘woman problem’, you would expect our national broadcaster to sit up and take notice. Perhaps even report the story.

    Yet the BBC chose to largely ignore Rosie Duffield, MP for Canterbury, after she wrote an article on Friday for the political news website Unherd that detailed the abuse she had been subjected to by Labour MPs in a debate last week on Nicola Sturgeon’s Gender Recognition Reform Bill.”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-11668385/Labours-woman-problem-BBC-obsess-Sunaks-seatbelt-writes-AMANDA-PLATELL.html

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  8. Zephir says:

    Some good news today

    “Vandals daub paint over new street sign renaming Black Boy Lane and locals hang posters in windows in protest as fury grows over decision to change name due to ‘racial connotations’

    ‘Black Boy Lane’ was controversially renamed ‘La Rose Lane’ yesterday
    Vandals have already protested the move by painting over the new sign ”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11670117/Vandals-daub-paint-new-street-sign-renaming-Black-Boy-Lane.html

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  9. Zephir says:

    “‘This rapist decided he was no longer a man only after appearing in court on a rape charge’: Scottish MP’s fury as transgender rapist attacked two women then changed gender before trial – as it is revealed she will be held in a women’s prison

    Isla Bryson was known as Adam Graham when she carried out the sex attacks
    The first victim was raped in 2016 – a second woman was raped in 2019
    First appeared in court as Adam Graham but stood trial as woman Isla Bryson”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11670803/Transgender-woman-guilty-raping-two-women-man.html

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  10. Zephir says:

    “Paedophile drag queen, 39, is found dead after disappearing on a night out with friends as police probe ‘sudden and unexplained’ death.

    Jeweller Darren Moore, 39, a convicted sex offender, had been reported missing after disappearing on a night out with friends.

    As a teenager, and under his previous name of Darren Sewell, he was convicted of four counts of rape on a boy under the age of 16 in Barry, South Wales, and sent to a Young Offenders’ Institution for three years.

    He was banned from having contact with children but in 2011 he was convicted of breaching the order by working as a gymnastics and dance tutor with children in Cardiff.

    He was sentenced to a three-year sex offender’s treatment programme, a 24-month supervision order, 300 hours unpaid work and a six-month curfew on electronic tag.”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11671033/Paedophile-drag-queen-39-dead-disappearing-night-friends.html

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  11. Sluff says:

    The BBC are running an exclusive about abuse in children’s’ homes in Doncaster. Fair enough. Placed in the right context, this is exactly the type of thing the media should be investigating.

    But blink and you missed it- a comment from the parent of one of the children – the public cost of looking after these kids is £250,000 per year. Compare with an ordinary secondary school child who is allocated about £6000.

    I think the public could justifiably ask about these costs.
    But it eluded the BBC. Never interested in taxpayers money.

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    • tomo says:

      Some “Care Homes” are an absolute farce – in Leicester in the early 1980s the corruption was head-spinning. When a food delivery was made to one place I knew where some acquaintances worked – the staff (and their mates) rocked up and loaded their cars up.

      My recollection is that CICB claims were routine and funded iirc several nice holidays…

      Then, there was all the latest dark gossip about Greville Janner.

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  12. StewGreen says:

    ITV local news PR long item saying local councilors are VICTIMS
    The campaign is called “Debate Not Hate”
    “they get abuse on social media”
    claims “the police need to be more involved ”
    “this hate comes from men against women and minorities”

    Doh socail media trolling is a fact of life, mostly playground stuff
    and indeed although accounts may be male, it is often the case that the actual person is a child often a young girl.

    As ever “hurty words” are one thing adults should be able to deal with
    whereas actual sexual abuse of children is a case of real victims.

    Meanwhile the vast majority of UK hurt word tweets seem to come from lefties
    There is a massive amount of HATE against Tories & Boris etc
    Indeed the main voice in the item seems to want Farage to be banned from TV

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    • Scroblene says:

      I never understand why these people set themselves up as arbiters of our values, and expect normal people to obey their fantasies.

      The usual-suspect councillors I read about are either stupid, narcissitic or just plain ignorant/thick, so I ignore the dross they chuck around.

      As long as our poll-tax doesn’t increase beyond inflation – I do need the bins being emptied, and a few potholes filled in, and a few cops arriving far too late – I don’t have any truck with the whole sad lot in T. Wells…

      The bbc used to have studio near the station, and luckily, it was always empty when I walked past their huge window into our mammoth mis-information service…

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    • StewGreen says:

      Oh on in Lewisham as well
      So this is a PR job pushed into local ITV news

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  13. tomo says:

    Harsh… but actually quite fair.

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  14. tomo says:

    What is it with lefties and trains?

    – did her PR person work for Jezza for a while?

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  15. JohnC says:

    Richard Sharp: BBC chairman says he will not quit over Boris Johnson loan row
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-64383742

    Something doesn’t sit right for this story. The BBC are using their usual trick of relentlessly attacking someone in the headlines day after day to apply as much pressure as possible for them to quit – yet this is aimed at their own chairman.

    Every time something doesn’t seem quite right and the BBC blow something up completely out of proportion like this, it’s always agenda based. So I checked him on the internet. And sure enough the other arse-cheek – The Guardian – has it in writing:

    ‘he was worried staff had already made up their minds about him: “White, pale, male, stale,” as he put it.’

    ‘… and has sought to tackle what he sees as its inherent liberal bias driving for impartiality in news.’

    So there it is. They have successfully got rid of the politicians who threatened them using the same relentless bombardment and now they are doing the same to their chairman who does not share their ultimate aims. They are systematically assasinating anyone they see as a threat to their ideology. How absolutely typical of the Left they are.

    It’s an absolutely scandalous abuse of power. They now know for certain OFCOM will not do anything to stop them.

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    • StewGreen says:

      Most foreigners think the BBC is a STATE broadcaster and that the government oversees it .
      Actually the BBC is not a state broadcaster rather certain projects are traditionally paid for by the government* , like the World Service apart from that, it is supposed to genuinely independent.
      It is overseen by the board governors ..and the government does have a say in that.

      So the Board of Governers isn’t the BBC and Sharpe is NOT a BBC employee.

      * (OK the government changed the rules and pulled a trick, instead of giving government money , it made it a rule that the WS is funded by the licence, So it’s like they stuck a £15 tax on the licence and used that tax money to pay for the WS)

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  16. Philip_2 says:

    BBC pin up US president in trouble.. no report on the BBC I’ll wager..

    (Edited)

    “At the end of last year, Mike Donilon, a senior advisor to Joe Biden, sent a very bullish memo to top Democrats. The President’s administration, he claimed, was enjoying a “strong jolt of momentum” as 2023 came around.

    Having avoided disaster in the mid-term elections in November, Biden and his team were feeling vindicated. The Republicans, his opponents, won only a thin majority in the House of Representatives and were busy tearing themselves apart over that answerless question of what to do about Donald Trump. The great super-tanker that is the American economy seemed to be picking up as inflation came down. Maybe Biden’s agenda wasn’t as unpopular as its critics made out. From July to January, his poll numbers moved upwards.

    Well, just three weeks into January, the mood music has changed and Team Biden is in deep trouble again. His ‘Job approval’ rate is dipping suddenly, the economy is spluttering, and the Washington talk that Biden was about to announce his candidacy for re-election in 2024 has turned towards another question: is he about to resign?

    The most immediate problem is the “docudrama” – the story that the President, who presents himself as Mr Experience when it comes to national security, is guilty of recklessly leaving classified official documents lying around various properties. In normal times, the revelations could probably be brushed aside as an embarrassment. But Biden and the Democrats made such a fuss about Donald Trump’s ‘hoarding’ of sensitive files at his Mar-a-Lago that the Commander-in-Chief looks not just a numpty but a glaring hypocrite. The Department of Justice now has a special counsel digging into the President’s past, at the very moment he wanted to look ahead.

    Biden’s defenders point out that, unlike Team Trump, his lawyers have co-operated fully with the relevant authorities. But the “docudrama” won’t just go away, no matter how much the White House might want it to. if investigated properly – big if, Republicans will say – the story has the potential to turn into a major scandal. The first lot of Biden-files were discovered at the Washington office of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, a “thinktank” that appears to have done a good impression of a shell company for dubious international fundraising. Founded in 2017, just after Joe Biden stopped being vice president, the Center’s existence coincided with the University of Pennsylvania (the Penn in Penn Biden) being given more than $60 million in overseas donations – much of it from China. That’s probably not something into which Joe Biden wants the Justice Department to be digging. “

    Factor in Biden’s Son; Hunter Biden – missing millions laptop which was media censored from most of the media (BBC included) at the time. One wonders what next for Biden?

    Kamala Harris as his vice president? She is clean of bribes (who would bother far too stupid to keep bribes quiet) and not a popular vote-winner she is already to plummet in the polls, even if they (DEMOCRATS) managed to rig the next US election (again) they would be found out – Everyone is now watching and reporting how they did it last time. Big tech helped them (the WEF).

    Only DAVOS/WEF could save them, but they did that last time. And look how that turned out.

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  17. Eddy Booth says:

    “Fears missing couple and baby are sleeping in tent in icy temperatures”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-64388545

    I didn’t know what to make of this story.
    But as the BBC are all over it, that must be the wrong side.

    I mean how exactly are they missing?

    “Ms Marten is from a wealthy family, and grew up in a stately home in Dorset attending private school, university and drama school
    But after meeting Gordon in 2016, she became estranged from the family, police said.”

    What business is it of the police to give out her private details. So she isn’t exactly missing from her family.

    “Police say the couple left their home in Eltham, south-east London, in September 2022 when Ms Marten began showing signs of pregnancy, and have since led a nomadic lifestyle.”

    Police and BBC hating they can’t track everyone 24/7.

    “Detectives do not know if the baby has been assessed by medical professionals since the child’s birth, or if the baby was born prematurely or went full term.”

    So they’re guilty untill proved innocent ..

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  18. pugnazious says:

    The BBC always up to the moment when it comes to reporting everything ‘Jan 6’…you know…the riots and insurrection.

    ‘Capitol rioter who posed with feet on Nancy Pelosi’s desk found guilty.

    ‘He is facing decades in federal prison.’

    This was a guy who walked into the Capitol Building and entered Pelosi’s office and took an envelope….he left peacefully.

    He could spend decades in prison…and the BBC raises no objection…maybe we’ll have a 10 part propaganda programme as they are doing for terrorist Shamina Begum…or something similar to the years of campaigning that they set in motion for Moazzam Begg, terrorist,….or maybe not.

    Meanwhile renewed actual rioting by the Democrat Party’s very own militia, Antifa, goes totally unremarked by the BBC…..even their US page doesn’t mention it….then again this is the BBC that declared violent rioting and storming of government buildings in Peru was mere ‘protest’….by left-wing ‘protestors’….unlike right-wing ‘rioters’ that stormed the Brazilian parliament…..ah yes…those Peruvian ‘anti-government protests’…..the report is very nuanced and suggests the elected President is illegitimate…

    ‘Dozens of lives have been lost during weeks of demonstrations in Peru, after former leader Pedro Castillo was ousted.’

    ‘Ousted’?!…you mean voted out by their Parliament because…as the BBC refrains from revealing…

    ‘Why was Castillo impeached?

    Castillo announced plans to “temporarily” dissolve the legislature and rule by decree to “re-establish the rule of law and democracy” in Peru.

    The move was widely condemned as an attempted “coup”.’

    Oh…so a left-wing leader was trying to abandon democracy and rule by decree……surely the BBC would be outraged? Nah….only by his ‘ousting’ it would seem….and the rioting, sorry ‘protests’, to put him back in power are just fine….

    ‘Peru’s President Dina Boluarte has refused to step down despite weeks of anti-government protests rocking the deeply divided country.

    “I will not resign. My commitment is with Peru,” she said in a live televised address on Friday night.

    Violent clashes in recent weeks have left dozens dead and scores injured.

    Ms Boluarte said she regretted deaths that happened during clashes with the security forces, but she insisted she would continue as leader.

    The violence was triggered by the arrest of the former president, Pedro Castillo in December, after he attempted to suspend Congress after losing an impeachment vote.

    Mr Castillo’s supporters have been demanding new elections and calling for Ms Boluarte’s removal. ‘

    More magical reporting along the lines of ‘mostly peaceful protests’….here a building magically ‘catches fire’….all by itself….as those ‘protests’ continue…..

    ‘Peru protests: Historic building in Lima catches fire as protests continue

    A historic building in Lima caught fire on Friday as protests against Peru’s President Dina Boluarte continued.’

    If it had been Tump supporters ‘protesting’ it would have been ‘The historic building was set ablaze by violent rioters who were trying to burn out the democratically elected government in a Far-Right insurrection….’

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  19. Eddy Booth says:

    “”Capitol rioter who posed with feet on Nancy Pelosi’s desk found guilty.”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-64381279

    Mistake Richard “Bigo” Barnett made was carrying some kind of tazzer walking stick, and having his photo taken with it tucked in his belt, that’s the excuse/ reason they’re using to perhaps give a very long sentence:
    ZAP Hike N Strike 950,000 Volt Stun Gun Walking Stick.

    Looks handy for tickling mouthy dogs and their gormless owners when out walking..

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  20. Fedup2 says:

    Nice to be back in Blighty after recovering from the 3 week flu – here’s to the next thread -..

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  21. StewGreen says:

    Media seem to do have been doing massive PR for Tuesday’s ELECTRICITY RATIONING teatime.

    Radio Lincs this morning .isn’t it great I am an Octopus customer with a smart meter and I’ve signed up to the scheme
    whereby if I reduce my teatime electricity consumption below my normal ..I get paid’

    I switched over and simultaneously RadioHumberside were doing the same green biz PR but on stilts

    ” Here we are at the Hull University eco-project the GreenHouse
    I’m with Mr X from Nigeria”

    The BBC reporter then fed him leading questions so she could get him to big-up Climate Change
    Presenter “so you would sign up to this scheme ?”
    X “yes of course ..blah blah”

    presenter ” Now here’s Miss Y from Pakistan.
    Are you worried about the floods in Pakistan and Climate Change ?”
    Pakistani “Yeh, Climate Change, I’m worried about the floods and we have load shedding and power cuts “

    The BBC reporter failed to ask what is causing power cuts in Pakistan.

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  22. tomo says:

    Go get ’em Andrew

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