425 Responses to Midweek 29 March 2023

  1. MarkyMark says:

    This ancient Catalan oath of allegiance was sworn by the leaders of the council to theI swear…. monarch of Catalonia and Aragon..

    who are as good as you
    swear to you,
    who are no better than we,
    to accept you as our king and sovereign lord,
    provided you observe all our liberties and laws;
    but if not, not.


    UK’s Prince Charles received $3.2m from former Qatar PM: Report. The Sunday Times reports there was no suggestion that payments for the prince’s charity over a four-year period were illegal.26 Jun 2022


  2. tomo says:


    MSM – the tsunami of urine in reaction to DJT legal farce is quite epic really…

    It’s almost back to the good old days of 2016.

    Off to look at the political betting.


    • MarkyMark says:

      Reference CAS-6617681-T3R8R9

      Dear Mr H

      Thank you for contacting us about Beyond 100 Days on the BBC News Channel. We note and appreciate your concerns.

      We can assure you that the scheduling of Beyond 100 Days has no relevance to the recent US Presidential elections. We would also highlight that you can continue to watch BBC News with Katty and Christian on the BBC New Channel.

      BBC News never takes a position on any story that we cover.

      We do value your feedback about this. All complaints are sent to senior management and we’ve included your points in our overnight report.

      These reports are among the most widely read sources of feedback in the company and ensures that your concerns have been seen by the right people quickly. This helps inform their decisions about current and future content.

      Kind regards,

      Darren Loughlin

      BBC Complaints Team


      • taffman says:

        “BBC News never takes a position on any story that we cover.” ?
        Ha Ha Ha Ha ha ………….Brexit Etc etc
        They take us all for fools .


  3. MarkyMark says:

    Virgin Orbit: Sir Richard Branson’s rocket company lays off 85% of staff
    NHS makes undisclosed settlement to Richard Branson’s Virgin Care after legal dispute
    Jeffrey Epstein had 301 Britons in his ‘little black book’ including Mick Jagger, Tony Blair and Richard Branson, FBI files reveal
    A Portrait of the Billionaire as a Young Tax Cheat


    • Fedup2 says:

      Good news if thats the end of the obnoxious branson and his mad rocket thing . Mr musk might be picking up a few new staff if theyre any good …


  4. MarkyMark says:

    Kneel to end racism and fight climate change ….

    BBC Sport research has found evidence of 81 individual short-haul domestic flights made by Premier League teams to and from 100 matches during a two-month sample period this year.


    It’s like they’ve just stepped out of a salon! It’s the hair-raising question of football in lockdown: how DO so many stars have such stylish cuts when hairdressers are banned?


  5. Guest Who says:

    Sopes is already hitting the sauce. Seems he slipped BS a roofie too.


  6. Foscari says:

    Something that the BBC will want to hide away. The case
    of racism by Michael Vaughan the former Yorkshire and
    England captain has been DISMISSED !!
    BIG BROTHER at the BBC diversity dept and in fact all
    of those at the BBC who support critical race theory
    ( anarchist Marxism) will be in a state of despair. That the
    Yorkshire cricket board did not support the anti-Semite
    who told the board that Vaughan was racist.


    • StewGreen says:

      The prosecution failed even though the bar is lower that a court prosecution
      the independent Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) panel said
      it was “not satisfied on the balance of probabilities that this form of words was said”

      It’s all about one remark 14 years ago, which he says he never said

      “too many of you lot” towards Asian teammates Azeem Rafiq, Adil Rashid, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Ajmal Shahzad before a 2009 T20 match against Nottinghamshire.



      • Fedup2 says:

        So what happens to those who made the false allegations ?
        Or clearly the panel was biased and racist and just don’t like pakis …..
        Methinks the BBC will have had a ‘long package ‘ to destroy anyone found guilty – instead they concentrate on kicking president trump …. A happy safe place for the BBC .
        Please cancel your licence .


        • Up2snuff says:

          Fed, this weekend, if I recall correctly, marks the 18th Anniversary of my cancelling (not renewing) my TV Licence. At present rates I have saved, ie. not spent on paying Gary Lineker, £2862. At next year’s inflated rate of over £170 I have breached the 3k saving mark. : – )


          • Fedup2 says:

            You are the ideal role model for cancelling the hated TV licence – which seems to be due to go up by £13 next year …


          • atlas_shrugged says:

            It was 30 years ago today
            that I sent my TV far away
            … la la la la

            Comrade BBC lonely hearts club band
            We know your gonna hate the show
            … la la la la

            … never was much good at lyrics!


      • StewGreen says:

        5 people John Blain, Tim Bresnan, Andrew Gale, Matthew Hoggard and Richard Pyrah – had indicated prior to the hearing that they would not participate, with the charges against them heard in their absence.

        A seventh individual, former Yorkshire player Gary Ballance, has also admitted using racist and/or discriminatory language.
        (dunno why that’s so vague)

        It all dates back to a club report in September 2021 about Yorkshire bowler Azeem Rafiq, that accepted Rafiq had been the victim of racial harassment and bullying
        but that said no individuals would face disciplinary action
        (probably cos Rafiq himself seemed to do similar stuff)


        • Terminal Moraine says:

          Rafiq said: “The issue has never been about individuals but the game as a whole […] Hopefully, the structures of the game can now be rebuilt and institutionalised racism ended for good. It’s time to reflect, learn and implement change.”

          When Rafiq was caught having made anti-semitic statements, an apology was deemed enough and the BBC were doing damage limitation. No one called for the structures of the Pakistani diaspora to be rebuilt, it was simply ‘lessons have been learnt’.



      • StewGreen says:

        OK there were other players found guilty
        “The panel found claims of racist language proven against former players Tim Bresnan Matthew Hoggard and John Blain and former players-turned-coaches Andrew Gale and Richard Pyrah.”


  7. StewGreen says:

    Thread about BBCnews Green Jobs story

    The root of the thread is this blog post

    What’s wrong of the word “race” in the phrase “net-zero race”?
    This word is dishonest because a race is meant to indicate a competition in which some prize or benefit is won by whoever is fastest – and in which said prize or benefit goes in lesser degree or not at all to the other competitors.
    In this case “the race to net-zero” is a race to lose benefits, a race in which the prize is being hobbled.
    That is still true even if one accepts the necessity of being hobbled.
    The choice of the US to hobble itself first by passing Biden’s “Inflation Reduction Act” (another example of dishonest language) hands a competitive advantage to the UK, so long as we do not do likewise.



  8. StewGreen says:

    12pm R4 this has always been an hour show about consumer affairs
    but now the BBC has so twisted the schedule
    so that You And Yours only airs Monday to Thursday
    and now of Friday’s they’ve instead put Social Justice Warrior prog

    “Cultural appropriation and Afro wigs
    Abba fans were asked not to wear Afro wigs over claims they are ‘culturally insensitive’. It led to a debate online about cultural appropriation. What counts as cultural appropriation and why? How can people appreciate things from other cultures without being accused of appropriating?”


    • StewGreen says:

      Riposte So warnings are issued for people not to wear afro wigs to the Abba experience because it will be considered cultural appropriation.

      By the same logic, can I assume that anyone attending who has naturally black or afro hair will not have had it straightened or lightened..?


      • Fedup2 says:

        The thinnest of the skin trumps the colour . How could a ‘mature ‘ country become infantilised so quickly ?

        I suppose it’s ‘social media ‘ – too many having too much time on their hands and too much welfare ….

        … meanwhile – as observed here – the kangaroo court of cricket players outcome is rapidly relegated to page 7 below the fold .
        If it had gone the other way – a whole weekend of it ….


  9. StewGreen says:

    A sweary Kathy Burke on WOKE vs Andrew Lawrence below


  10. Terminal Moraine says:

    Marianna’s caught by the giddy excitement of a properly grown-up scoop. Her first task was to charge some mobile phone batteries in the middle of the night.

    Just three more late night Red Bulls, a couple of selfies and surely the Pulitzer Prize is in the bag.


  11. Zephir says:

    Nobody can stop Labour from winning the next general election.

    That nobody is called Keir Starmer


  12. Guest Who says:

    Wild guess, but it looks like Leicester U chooses its research teams like the BBC chooses skilled new generations of journos.

    Blondes off camera left?


    • Terminal Moraine says:

      “the university’s Centre for Hate Studies…”

      Is it too early to start drinking?


    • Non Snowflake says:

      Good to see them wrapped up against the global warming.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Wow not a kfc in sight innit ?

      Plenty of damp cold smiles there … lol


    • MarkyMark says:

      Hate crime experts to rule whether English countryside harbours ‘rural racism’
      ‘Lived realities’ of ethnic minorities outside of the city to be studied amid fears they experience an ‘exclusively English environment’

      Craig Simpson
      29 March 2023 • 3:00pm




    • Dickie says:

      Wonder if they are all carrying knives – you know, penknives and such like for camping out in the wild countryside or a few complaints about thatched cottages being a cultural appropriation from various villages abroad😁😁😁


    • Kaiser says:

      “Through their direct experience of rural racism, these partners are uniquely placed to co-produce the research data in the form of stories, photos, poems and other arts-based media to help reconstruct a more inclusive narrative about rural life.”

      so verdict already in


  13. StewGreen says:

    I wonder if Alastair Campbell’s team write Alice Roberts tweets ?
    .. it’s obvious that Brexit is not the main driver of the current economic situation anyway
    EU countries have similar issues in many ways


    • Fedup2 says:

      Amazing how many thinks it’s just about money and trade ….


    • Rob in Cheshire says:

      The 4% figure is bogus. It is based on an extrapolation of economic trends which assumes the disruption to trade following Brexit will continue ad infinitum, which is clearly not the case. It is as reliable as one of Neil Ferguson’s computer models.

      But Alice Roberts is a reliable lefty so her TV career is secure. That’s the main thing.


      • Scroblene says:

        It’s amazing that insignificant little people like her just don’t realise that there is more to life than sitting in a plush office at a lefty uni, wringing her little hands, and wondering why normal hard-working people in the private sector get utterly pissed off with lazy flat-earth believers like her!


  14. TrickCyclist says:

    On 18th April 1930 the BBC’s news announcer told the nation ‘There is no news.’
    Just watching the BBC News channel from 3pm, it seems like today there is no news. . . except the indictment of Donald Trump.


    • Scroblene says:

      It beats having to get real stories, TC!

      What a fabulous, intuitive Beeboid team we have to report it – Sopes, Katters, Lurchie, Mariannannaanna and a few sundry hangers-on, all dribbling bollocks and worthy of a re-run of Eastenders’ quality depiction of Simpers having a tom-tit in the khazi while reporting wearing a fake army helmet and Gordon Brown’s flak-jacket in a quiet suburb of downtown Beaconsfield during the Easter fete…

      You’ll never make that up…


  15. MarkyMark says:

    This week, the Guardian finally apologised for its historical links to the slave trade, and announced it would pay £10 million in reparations over the next ten years. Listen to Guido’s Editor Paul Staines explain why this matters, and why £10 million isn’t nearly enough…


    Rudyard Kipling
    Rudyard Kipling

    A.D. 980-1016
    It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
    To call upon a neighbour and to say: —
    “We invaded you last night–we are quite prepared to fight,
    Unless you pay us cash to go away.”

    And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
    And the people who ask it explain
    That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
    And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!

    It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
    To puff and look important and to say: —
    “Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
    We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”

    And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
    But we’ve proved it again and again,
    That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
    You never get rid of the Dane.

    It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
    For fear they should succumb and go astray;
    So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
    You will find it better policy to say: —

    “We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
    No matter how trifling the cost;
    For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
    And the nation that pays it is lost!”


  16. Docmarooned says:

    Virtue signalling dicks! Where are they going to find £10m. Their circulation is in the toilet.


  17. MarkyMark says:

    Get On Up: The Triumph of Black America

    The extraordinary moment that saw Michael Jackson’s Thriller video released to a global audience




    • Charlie Farley says:

      He was almost turning into his sister until he lost his nose !….can white men sing the Blues ?…..or Bonzo Dog Band can Blue Men Sing The Whites…that date’s me then , Thats when the BBC was still reasonably OK


    • Ian Rushlow says:

      Thank goodness they never released his video of “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”…


  18. Dickie says:

    Ukrainian soldier:



    • taffman says:

      And your point ? Anything about bias on your post ?


      • Dickie says:

        Just trying to point out the suffering of all and not just Ukranian soldiers due to the USA, UK and EU proxy war against Russia. People should do some research into the cause of the conflict.


  19. Dickie says:

    Bet the UK gov are looking at this closely


  20. digg says:

    The USA, already pretty much a pile of garbage has lowered the bar even more with the obvious spurious political assassination attempt on both Trump and the Republican Party.

    It looks very much like the US is under the control of a strange mix of mafia, IRA, Soros and Marxist cuckoos in the Dem machine.

    The question is, will the population let this go by and suck it up or will it lead to what I can envisage as inevitable civil war?

    There is not little doubt that the Dems are fixing everything they can, legally or otherwise to retain a grip on controlling the Country. And will undoubtedly make sure then next election is fixed. It’s straight out if the mafia playbook.

    Over to you US citizens, it’s your future and the future of your children in the balance now!

    This sort of devious power grabbing behaviour only worked for a while for Cromwell in this Country for instance.


  21. theisland says:

    Delingpole in TCW.

    … you didn’t need a PhD in Investigative Journalism to be able to rootle out evidence that the ‘pandemic’ was oversold

    None of the terrible things that have happened in the last three years – the destruction of life and livelihood, the assaults on freedom, the state bullying and coercion, the vaccine deaths and injuries – would have been possible if the media had done its job, engaged in a modicum of basic research, and spoken truth to power.


  22. StewGreen says:

    It’s 2 minutes since the last LGBTQ+ month,
    yet last night ITV local NewsPR had a LGBTQ+ mental health item.
    Then tonight they have a LGBTQ+ Helpline item


    • Ian Rushlow says:

      Perhaps it is in response to the Nashville mass shooter having LGBTQWERTY mental health issues? The one taken out by the police and who now has the personal pronouns of ‘Was’ and ‘Were’?


  23. StewGreen says:

    Now they are going on about potential sewage in the sea of Cleethorpes

    The real situation is different
    You ae made to go into the cold North Sea
    and the tide goes out miles
    so half the time there is no sea in Cleethorpes


  24. StewGreen says:

    Someone mentioned earlier a restaurant owner had avoided prison for his furlough theft

    Yet ITV have one that was jailed


    • Fedup2 says:

      Imagine how thick / greedy he must be to get caught – it’s ‘cultural ‘ …. ( wonder if he knows the lying cricket boys?)


  25. StewGreen says:

    Oh ITV have found news from an arrest in West Yorkshine in June 2022
    “Right-wing teenager stole dad’s car to scout out Keighley mosque for an attack”
    The people in such news stories often seem like caitures
    like a cos-play version of a WW2 Nazi officer


    • Lefty Wright says:

      You just know that had said teenager been found to be a Communist or a rabid Labour Party supporter the report would have either not seen the light of day or the poor soul would have been a psychological victim of capitalist exploitation.
      To be sure journalists and reporters are entitled to have political views but those views should NEVER be discernible to their audience. These days you don’t need to wonder.
      Far Right = Conservative. So I am proudly Far Right
      Oh dear I am a Nazi and I remain unaware of the fact.
      Good! I was a very Left wing Socialist for 40 years and I was wrong. Nazis were Socialists.


  26. StewGreen says:

    Earlier on the ITV page
    this story was tranding
    “Rhema Church London spent £95,000 of charity money on holidays and gym memberships, report finds”
    they have *deleted it* .. dunno why
    It seems 100% genuine 8 year story

    #2 I expect it was a black/African money-making charismatic church

    Archive page doesn’t mention that


    • Fedup2 says:

      I’m sure gym membership must feature somewhere in the bible ….


    • StewGreen says:

      Actually the church comes out of South Africa and the free spending pastor is a white South African, Pastor Martin Phelps
      I still expect that the exploited congregation were largely black


  27. Thoughtful says:

    Well the first BRICS non petro Dollar transaction has taken place and it was a transaction for LNG between France and a Chinese company using Qatari or Saudi Gas.

    It’s probably the hottest news and yet the media is ignoring it in favour of trivia.
    People on other forums are all over it though with some reporting their banks are limiting withdrawals and that they cannot buy treasuries.

    Biden is talking about ‘punishing’ Saudi’ and also invading Mexico, ostensibly to sort out the migration cartels, but that’s been ignored by the mafia Democrats for years, more likely it’s a message that they better not go ahead and join BRICS as they intend.

    The consequence of the world moving to Yuan or another reserve currency won’t be overnight, but the US will find it impossible to control inflation and unfortunately we being so closely tied to them will also suffer. Inflation is high now, but it’s not going to get any better, and we might end up like the Weimar republic with all the hyper inflation they suffered.

    We have muppets in power, more interested with the number of rainbow unicorns dancing on the head of a pin, and while they have clowned around the grown ups in China and Russia have been quiety plotting our overthrow. The muppets will not know what to do and I fear they will reach out to the military as the only solution they think they have.


    • Fedup2 says:

      I don’t think the army has the capacity to help the civil power if trouble came . And I think the civil power will too busy being educated by Louise Casey – to take on widespread summer disorder next time …..
      Fortunately they are never organised and just want boxed up iPhones ….


      • Thoughtful says:

        I was meaning the US more than the UK, where the mafia party appear very trigger happy at the moment.


  28. Zephir says:

    Adverts tonight are running at 70 % black men married / in a realtionship with white women.

    Despite the massive provable statistics on afro carribean men and their endemic misogyny, domestic violence and prevalence for creating multiple single families.

    This demographic, statistical complete and utter lie is IMO a barefaced, brazen, hate crime against the indigenous population dedicated to convincing gullible white girls of the shit they want to peddle.

    If you want to see an example of domestic bliss and harmony have a look at the annual Notting Hill carnival crimefest.


  29. StewGreen says:

    This week;s Liberal, Ed Davy stunt wasn’t even original.


  30. Philip_2 says:

    BBC finds itself ‘DE-FUNDED’

    “Company that collects BBC licence fee investigating issue that left staff unable to log in…!

    An outsourcer that works with the NHS and handles the BBC licence fee has suffered an IT outage, fuelling speculation of a possible cyber attack.

    Staff at Capita were unable to log into their computer systems on Friday, with the company confirming it was investigating a “technical issue”.”

    Oh joy! I wonder if the BBC will pay the hackers (or can they afford a bonus?)


    • Flotsam says:

      We don’t know if there’s been a data breach. However, imagine the value of the Capita database to scammers, private investigators and blackmailers.


  31. MarkyMark says:




  32. Fedup2 says:

    And so we say farewell to March – thank God – and a favourite month – full of promise and the mad sad far left


  33. MarkyMark says:

    Piers Morgan interview with Stormy Daniels postponed
    Piers Morgan had been due to interview former porn star Stormy Daniels tonight on his TalkTV show, but he has just tweeted that it’s been postponed “due to some security issues that have arisen”.

    In case you need a reminder, Daniels is key to this case – she claims she had an adulterous affair with Donald Trump, and it is said she was paid $130,000 to keep quiet. The payment was legal, but Trump allegedly recorded it as a business expense. Falsifying business records is illegal in New York.

    Morgan didn’t give any further details, just adding: “Hope she’s OK”.

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


    Nadhim Zahawi MP promises to repay the part of £5,822.27 expenses claim for second home energy bills that relates to electricity for stables


    Jeremy Hunt: everyone will be paying more tax after autumn statement 2022

    Everyone. Everyone. Everyone.

    Theresa May, Former UK PM earned £1.86 million in her 2 years since leaving Downing Street, figures show

    Barry Gardiner defends donations worth £500,000 from Chinese agent

    Matt Hancock, who lost the Tory whip after it was announced he would be appearing on the ITV programme, is still being paid as an independent MP and is rumoured to have been paid £400,000 to appear on the I’m a celebrity.

    Boris Johnson earns £315,000 for 30 minute speech and ‘fireside chat’ in United States

    Chuka Umunna Advisory Board of The Progressive Centre UK think tank (also known as Global Progress)

    Jeremy Corbyn Labour party leader accepted up to £20,000 (about $27,000) for appearances on the Iranian state broadcast network Press TV

    Keir Starmer £18,450 from Harper Collins as an advance payment for a book.

    Boris Johnson Accommodation for a private holiday for my partner and me, value £15,000 Destination of visit: St Vincent and the Grenadines

    Jeremy Hunt £10,000 from Citigroup Centre for speaking at an event on 9 March 2021. Hours: 4 hrs. Fee paid direct to charity. (Charity not mentioned)

    Nadhim Zahawi MP promises to repay the part of £5,822.27 expenses claim for second home energy bills that relates to electricity for stables

    MPs to get £2,200 pay rise from April for ‘dramatically increased’ duties last year

    Philip Hammond accepts £2,000 watch from Saudi sheikh, despite ban on donating expensive gifts


  34. MarkyMark says:

    BBC to cut 1,000 hours of new TV programming in 2023 to save money
    1 day ago

    June Sarpong sets out her vision for Creative Diversity at the BBC
    The BBC’s Director of Creative Diversity June Sarpong has committed to hardwire diversity and inclusion throughout the BBC – within its creative decision making, production values and content.

    Ms Sarpong, 44, joined the broadcaster over two years ago, tasked with “increasing the number of ethnic minorities and disabled people on screen”. She came under heavy criticism for her salary of £267,000 a year for working a three-day week and is now set to leave.4 Jun 2022