341 Responses to Start the week 22 May 2023

  1. digg says:

    With bravermen, I have no axe to grind. She got a speeding ticket like thousands of people every day, and like most people investigated the best way to deal with it.

    I can understand her wanting to minimise the publicity because the press are generally wolves trying to bite her throat out so why hand them ammunition?

    What really worries me is that the only way this hit the headlines is because some twats in the civil service decided to leak the details and try to make it an activist issue.

    How can we have any trust as a nation in people charged with the operation of national issues when there are moles within it who just want to try damage just one side of our political establishment.

    It is chilling that we can not rely on these people to act as grown ups.

    A competent government should be able to investigate and uncover the civil service moles involved and bring them to justice.

    We will never have a healthy country if there are publicly paid people using their inside information to try to affect political outcomes.

    Time for a clean out of the Augean stables shit that is the civil service.


    • tomo says:

      Well, fwiw some years back I had a FoI request refused by The Environment Agency in part on the grounds that it might expose officials to criminal prosecution…


  2. Deborah says:


    I don’t know who provides the on the hour news on GBNews. Like the BBC, wording of the headline suggested Suella had hoped to be let off doing the naughty course or bribe someone to avoid getting the points. I presume she just asked a civil servant to find out if she could do the course privately or anonymously, knowing that if it became public it would be treated worse than a slice of cake at a party.

    I would also like to know about these civil servants. Have they been keeping over the years, a just in case list of things to use to get a Minister? Or are they sitting now in one of the boardrooms discussing things that happened in the past and how they could be twisted to bring a minister down.


    • digg says:

      Probably all of the above Deborah. There is certainly a sickness in the system that is driving this push to try to gotcha people they don’t like. I have never seen so much of this crap in my long life. The civil service should NEVER be able to use inside information to target people they don’t like so this is a sinister trend.

      The civil service should be focused on matters of public concern and not political preferences. It needs an overhaul and a mass cull of the reactionaries before our nation is poisoned from within.

      We have enough problems with politically biased teachers, etc. this is just an extension of the same thing.


      • StewGreen says:

        A man had some cake
        .. a woman asked someone a question

        .. those are not news

        Yet new basically ignores the missing Labour MP
        and a host of other stuff


      • G says:


        “There is certainly a sickness in the system….”

        Cultural Marxism, plain and simple. Makes all their actions predictable on the road to destruction.

        But, wouldn’t it be wonderful to possess the kind of glasses used in, “They Live”. Just think, using glasses adapted for seeing Marxist/Communist aliens, you could immediately distinguish same even before they had a chance to open their gobs.

        Problem is, neither Ebay nor Amazon stock such glasses.


  3. Guest Who says:

    BBC running Labour press releases again.

    Screen grabs of Rachel Reeves’ Eco flight commitments… less so.


    • Docmarooned says:

      The shear rubbish this cretin and his boss spouts defies belief!

      The NHS is dying especially with all the new extra patients arriving daily. There is not a chance in hell that health care can be delivered as it was given the number of doctors actually decreasing in real terms. These morons just lie through their teeth. What they propose should be made legally binding and then prosecute them when they fail miserably which is inevitable.


  4. digg says:

    Electric car thoughts….

    How many rechargeable gadgets have you binned in the last few years because they started to fail or only partially recharge?

    How many rechargeable batteries have you binned because they just stopped working or recharging?

    So why trust a car with a massive rechargeable slug slung underneath?

    It’s a recipe for failure.

    The only winners in this stupidity are the battery makers who are 90% Chinese who own a massive percentage of the raw materials to make the batteries.

    Just look at your garden lights etc and find out where they come from,

    Go figure!


    • StewGreen says:

      Many business people get huge tax breaks when they buy an electric car
      so they do.


      • andyjsnape says:

        Hello Stew

        I cant understand why people for example would buy a Vauxhall Corsa petrol model for £19,085, or an electric model for £33,930

        These are the current prices stated on the Vauxhall website with £14,845 difference


    • G says:


      The buyers of the batteries have to be discerning because if not understood, they enter a fantasy World. Take for example this:


      Sold as providing, “AC Output 3600W” and, “Capacity 3600Wh”. Lies, all lies. In practice the unit can only provide about 2.9Wh, 80% of the total claimed.

      Recent analysis of ads regarding EV’s also, in practice, disprove the false claims about the mileage capability.

      This, “Green” nonsense is just that: Nonsense.


  5. Sluff says:

    Suella Braverman got a speeding ticket. She asked an assistant to see if she could do a speed awareness course. Being the Home Secretary, she asked if she could do it privately.
    Call me naive but what’s the problem? Is this really, really, a scandal?
    Yet this is the first item on the news, thus aided and abetted by the BBC choice of story, Labour and the Lib Dems, wreaking of sanctimonious, self-righteous political opportunism, are scurrying to and fro like a ferret in a bicycle pump.

    Does anyone smell the strong whiff of sanctimonious political opportunism….again?

    PS how fast was she going? Where? Was it really dangerous?
    Was the speed limit appropriate? Or courtesy of some local council anti-car zealot? Or a transient ‘smart’ motorway limit , randomly set with no objective hazard by a worker in a control centre with the power to criminalise? think we should know,


    • Thoughtful says:

      FYI the way to deal with the NIPs (Notice of Intended Prosecution) is to wait until the 30 days have almost expired then write back asking for a photographic image, especially if there is more than one insured driver – this takes them an age.

      When the photo finally does arrive it is always poor quality so again wait the maximum time before asking for a better quality one as you cannot tell who the driver was.

      At this point most will give up and you won’t hear any more, but if they do persist and they are able to provide a better quality image where the driver can be identified ask for the cetificate of conformity and calibration of the camera.

      Remember also that they have to bring the prosecution within 6 months so it’s also a game of spinning the time out as long as you possibly can legally.

      Doing this is not a guarantee but it does work surprisingly often.


  6. taffman says:

    BBC News , no news, just propaganda ?


  7. taffman says:

    Any Brexit politicians or those wishing to crackdown on mass invasion watch out! The civil servants or ‘the Blob’ are out to get you .


  8. andyjsnape says:

    Sudan conflict: The Eritrean refugees caught between two crises

    bBC worries

    I wonder if there is any UK news, paid by the UK tele tax payer

    I received a tele tax demand letter the other day, saying my property isn’t correctly licenced. Correctly licenced? Only correct if I buy a licence! And a tele tax inspector will visit on the 31st

    I wouldn’t watch the bBC if its was free, the organisation has had its day


  9. andyjsnape says:

    US debt ceiling: Joe Biden and Kevin McCarthy seek to break impasse

    Quote from the “report”
    US debt has risen regardless of administration – hopefully that helps biden wouldn’t want him to take ANY blame


  10. Guest Who says:


    Ex BBC


  11. JohnC says:

    Bexhill: Vandalised black woman sculpture cleaned by locals

    Pretty much a non-story not even worth burying in regions. Unless of course you are an anti-white racist activist organisation – in which case you can make it a major, front page article.

    ‘A statement from Ms Self, which was read out, said: “Painting the skin of my sculpture white is an obscene act.”‘

    ‘She added: “I feel horribly for individuals in Bexhill-on-Sea for whom this event may have shocked or frightened.’

    Howard Martin, of Bexhill Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, said it was “abhorrent act of vandalism of a fantastic piece of public art”

    ‘One participant told the BBC: “One feels sad that somebody would take the time and effort to deface this sculpture in a very racist way.”‘

    And buried in the middle is the clue that there is much more to this story than the BBC want to tell us:

    ‘But Stewart Drew, chief executive of De La Warr Pavilion, said: “I think it’s pretty obvious what has happened here, isn’t it? Tensions are running high in the town for various reasons.”‘

    Yet again the BBC demonstrate how they can abuse their power and blow up the actions (or tweet) of a single person into a major story and infer it represents society as a whole when it suits the agenda. Quite ridiculous.


  12. Scroblene says:

    Suellagate – the beeboid’s wet dream while the country flounders in unwanted immigrants, rapists up North, massive debt because of the covids, crooked cops and lazy politicians squealing at each other…

    Of course, a Schofield fuck-off is appropriate to the lumpen masses, so as far as news-gathering is concerned, the TV tax is justified!



    • Fedup2 says:

      Scroblene – I wanted to avoid Today / BBC today because of the nonsense speeding thing . Maybe if the msm investigated where the mirror found out about the speeding fine followed by the course of the leak that would be more interesting ( if at all ).
      The home sec did show lack of judgement by seeking advice from civil servants ( who are All comrade remainers ) and even thinking of swerving the feeding fine – that was just dumb .

      The bbc will thrash this as part of the strategy

      Don’t get me wrong – I care less about the blue labour lot – they can all go – but I do believe that where a broadcaster claims the high ground of objective treatment it deserves it – which the bbc really doesn’t …. And even worse people are forced to pay . No one should …..


      • Scroblene says:

        Morning Fed,

        Too true, and my heartfelt condolences to you for having to see beeboids in ‘action’!

        I’m old enough to remember the days when broadcasting was believable and relevant, and, best of all, was delivered by sound, authoritative news-readers and commentators, like Robert Dougal and Richard Baker!

        Today’s bunch of shrieking weedlings do nothing to inform their taxpayers about real issues, like those I mentioned above, and scream their own opinions, ask ‘gotcha’ questions and generally act like children in a playground, bullying the thicko from the islands.

        Beeboids seem to think that if they can shove any difficult subject like child rape, or blacks stabbing blacks, onto a hackneyed and tired programme like Panorama which nobody watches anyway, they’ve done their ‘job’ and can bugger off to the latte-house for a group-toss.

        Swellergate is a prime example of a non-story and any lazy hack in W1AA can revel in their glory of being such a prat – or pratess, that they might just as well continue the drivel, and get home even earlier…


        • Fedup2 says:

          A bracket or a hinge has died – men putting on dresses to make a living – and make people laugh . I wonder what happened to that world ?


  13. Guest Who says:

    By getting unique funding with no accountability mainly.


  14. AsISeeIt says:

    The Tories – some accuse their policies of being akin to socialism – driven at the speed limit

    The theme song to the 1982 movie An Officer And A Gentleman, sung by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, was Up Where We Belong

    And like the long lost prodigal son at last returned home so the Guardian tops the BBC online press review oncemore: Pressure on PM to launch inquiry into Braverman’s speeding row

    This morning, in terms of succintness concision and assumed authority, the Gruan headline just edges out the parvenue ‘i’ newspaper: Sunak under pressure to call ethics inquiry into Braverman speeding claims

    So wishy-washy Rishi is to ponder over whether he should throw to the wolves the Tory minister who so recently showed him up to be weak as water – indeed some might accuse him of being complicit – on the issue of hyper-immigration?

    Let’s see how that goes?

    Braverman ‘smear’ fears over curbs on migrants… Speeding fine row is concerted effort to discredit her, say Home Secretary’s allies (Telegraph)

    Because what the establishment require is not some: Motor Mouth Braverman gives speech last week (Daily Mirror) some speeding ticket home secretary – but a home secretary asleep at the wheel in terms of hyper-immigration and one more than happy to fast lane through migrant visas by the million.

    Some might say serendipitously this morning: Now drug driving overtakes drink driving (Daily Mail)

    Nick Timothy in the Telegraph is the whistful street corner abolitionist whistling in the wind: Britain has to kick its addiction to immigration

    This country, or as green card former Goldman Sachs office boy Rishi Sunak prefers to refer to it – this economic zone – ain’t going to be run for the benefit of us British any time soon: Tories given £5m donation… Mohamed Mansour, an Egyptian-born billionaire has given £5 million to the Conservative Party (capital C and capital P in the Telegraph house-style)

    Meanwhile those Rishi loyalist lackies at the Daily Express (United with the people of Ukraine) blame johnny foreigner for our wide open borders: Europe ‘turns blind eye’ to let migrants reach UK

    Your excuses just won’t wash, Rishi


    • Fedup2 says:

      Rishi delays inquiry = indecisive – not fit to lead

      Rishi orders inquiry – no loyalty to colleagues

      Rishi says no inquiry = cover up – rishi must go

      Meanwhile the dinghies still arrive and no one leaves …
      ……….the immigration figures are due this week ….. coincidence ?


  15. Guest Who says:

    Just when the BBC was about to forgive him too.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Danny trying to get gold stars and a bbc job again ? Where’s the chimp Danny ?


    • MarkyMark says:

      Danny is in the 1% – the few.

      Danny was born 22 June 1957 in London, United Kingdom into a working class family. His father worked at the docks and his mother in a factory. Baker left school at the age of sixteen and got a job in a small record shop. His career in media started in 1980’s. Today, his name is connected to many TV and radio shows.

      Danny Baker has a total net worth of £800 thousand ($1 million) as of 2023.



  16. Guest Who says:

    Ms. Furness and team got their work cut out today.


  17. Fedup2 says:

    Meesh had a nice chat with her pal Imran khan about Pakistan . Meesh’ people are Pakistanis from an upper caste I assume so all friends …
    The bbc likes people called ‘khan ‘ or ‘Mohammed; so no dodgy questions ….


  18. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – has Marianna had to spring into another job or redundancy?

    I was given a guided tour of the brand new BBC ‘VERIFY’ Unit on air by ‘a man’ (sorry cannot remember name) who will be presumably heading this 60 personnel strong(!) unit. No mention of what poor old Marianna Spring will be doing or will Marianna’s Disinformation Unit run in parallel with the BBC ‘Verify Unit’?


    If there is any worldwide organisation that knows how to spend ‘our*’ money wastefully, then it is the BBC. The BBC claims it cannot manage its News operation on £159 supposedly collected from 25,000,000 households, ie. an income it does not have to earn of nearly £4 billion per annum. To prove it the BBC, creates a 60 strong unit, pretty much out of nowhere.

    * if you have so much money washing around and can afford and choose to pay the TV Licence Fee to our State Broadcaster during ‘the-cost-of-living-crisis’.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Maybe Mariana will verify the verify unit which in turn will verify her …. – the more of such nonsense the more you know we are winning – those ‘strap lines ‘ about ‘trust the bbc ‘ speaks for itself as more and more people finally realise what the monster is ….


      • Guest Who says:

        Already blocking like a good ‘un.

        A state broadcaster verifying ‘news’ only from and for those it approves.

        Trusted, transparent, impartial.


        OFCOM is a joke.


      • Up2snuff says:

        Fed, that would be a great idea, fact checking the fat checkers and the fat chequers as well as the fact checkers.


  19. moggie63 says:

    Just watching the local BBC news and wondering why they don’t just change the name from East Midlands Today to Nottingham Today. As it is I now mainly watch it for the weather forecast which is as hit and miss as it ever was.


    • Up2snuff says:

      moggie, while you are on here you may as well look at the Meteo (not Met Office) hour by hour forecast. I reckon they do a far better job than the Met Office with one small qualification: strangely and most peculiarly, they do not think 30mph winds exist, ever. Sailors will know better. https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2653877. Even better, if you are going on a day out, you can type in the location name and maybe the BBC search engine will recognise it.

      The Met Office guy doing the forecast on BBC R4 this morning had obviously been taking lessons from Tomasz Shafernaker. He was vague to the point of non-existent!


      • moggie63 says:

        I’ve lost track of the number of times the local weather peep says how nice and sunny it is (yeah, in Nottingham) while I watch the raindrops running down the window panes.


  20. Guest Who says:

    Excitement mounts in newsrooms?

    Left hooker?


  21. andyjsnape says:

    Why food bills aren’t shrinking – five things to know

    bBC does a “report” and justifies why we are being ripped off

    #World class reporting


    • Up2snuff says:

      ajs, great motorcycles, make motorcycles great again. The reason food bills are not shrinking is a deficient Bank of England Governor not keeping our interest rates supporting the £:$ exchange, rate because oil has to be paid for in dollars
      – and –
      a Chancellor of the Exchequer who is in the wrong job (should be at Health taking on the strikers) who does not realise 1. the above and 2. that taxation causes inflation but can also be the cure.


  22. Guest Who says:

    Spawn of Labour Glenda misses point, gets pwnd.

    Today is starting well.


    • MarkyMark says:

      One of Labour’s triumphs in the 2017 election was the popularity of its “fully costed” manifesto. But a new book reveals that Jeremy Corbyn’s top aides, including Seumas Milne, his director of strategy, feared the party’s spending plans would unravel during the campaign, but were overruled by John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor.

      A book to be published tomorrow reveals the existence of an internal email before the launch of Labour’s manifesto that “highlighted some of the problems with Labour’s cost estimates, including the lack of detail on capital spending, as well as some individual costings that were implausible or entirely absent”.



      • Peter Grimes says:

        Foghorn Rach Reeves was the loudest, natch, gobshite defender of Nuoldlabor’s completely fictitious claims of a ‘fully costed’ manifesto…until about January of this year when she admitted they had lied, sorry, that it wasn’t after all fully costed.

        Are you one iota surprised?

        Liebor,it’s what they do. TheTories lie from incompetence, Liebor do it as policy.


        • Fedup2 says:

          Peter – seems a sad state where the ‘choice ‘ is between one lot who lie because of incompetence or one which lies out of ‘tradition ‘.

          Whoever is the next chancellor will have their work cut out because the expectation of red labour improving public services ( nhs ) will be very high – yet the tax increases – non Dom – ain’t gonna get anywhere near the cash needed . And inflation and higher rates will be still there is 2 years time .

          The money spent servicing the national debt will be up and up …


          • Peter Grimes says:

            It will all be blamed on the Tories, mostly justifiably, but there will be no recognition of the fact that if the Tories had implemented ALL of Liebor’s lunatic spending demands instead of only most of them, we would be even deeper in debt doodah.


    • Fedup2 says:

      I agree – when I was working I had the pleasure of long hall first class ( avoid if you have to pay for it ) . When I’m in economy now I think back to the comfort of ‘first ‘…. There is nothing wrong with shelling out £11000 for the jfk flight – for a non red person .
      But a socialist flying first ? They are not a socialist .

      And if that ticket was ‘edited’ to me that’s a bigger issue than the speeding fine crap … that’s real guilt ‘ cover up – from a red labour chancellor in waiting ….


      • Peter Grimes says:

        I always slept on my flights to and from the Rotten Bagel, certainly didn’t want booze as I knew my mates in the NY office would take me out on a bender straightaway ….and so never had any compunction whatsoever about expensing my Virgin Upper Class ticket having cashed it in for a middling ticket.


      • tomo says:

        Wasn’t there a thing with BA that if “MP” was on any travel documentation = kerching! – complimentary upgrade + free parking?


    • MarkyMark says:

      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


  23. Dickie says:

    Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (to save the planet):



    • MarkyMark says:

      The new rulers of Cambodia call 1975 “Year Zero”, the dawn of an age in which there will be no families, no sentiment, no expressions of love or grief, no medicines, no hospitals, no schools, no books, no learning, no holidays, no music, no song, no post, no money – only work and death.

      John Pilger, Year Zero: The Silent Death of Cambodia (1979)[1]


  24. Guest Who says:

    Labour PR follows its ‘verification’ squad.


  25. MarkyMark says:

    Economic dignity?
    Word Soup!




  26. MarkyMark says:

    rachel reeves off to USA …

    In the 1970s and 1980s, a large number of people – most of whom had haemophilia – were infected with hepatitis C and HIV, the virus that leads to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), as a result of receiving contaminated clotting factor products. In the United Kingdom, these were supplied by the National Health Service (NHS) with many of the products being imported from the USA.


    • MarkyMark says:

      And yes, as one of your questions mentioned, the main danger to Ukraine, which makes it even much more dangerous than the DU poisoning in Iraq, is that Ukraine is filled with fertile soil that is used by people to grow crops, one of the ‘bread baskets’ of the world. Iraq was mostly desert, any radioactive contamination that seeped into the ground there would be left inert and untouched. But in Ukraine, many generations will be tilling that contamination from their soil into their crops and food.



  27. StewGreen says:

    R4 The Advertise Your Book Daily Show
    10 episodes “How has the myth of the West and its exclusively European origins been built and maintained?
    A brilliant and rigorous interpretation of history that reflects the diversity of ideas and figures in the West.”

    BBC love #WhiteManBad narratives

    Introduced by black guy Neil Nunes
    Read by Nina Sosanya (born in Islington, London, to a Nigerian father and an English mother)

    within seconds
    recently we have seen “The undermining of elections by incumbent heads of state”
    .. is that a dig at Trump/ and Vitor Oban ?
    .. why say its a new thing ?


  28. JohnC says:

    Rishi Sunak to consult ethics adviser over Suella Braverman speeding claims

    I suspect we are at the end of stage one for how the BBC run these campaigns to get rid of Tory politicians. The Lefty activists and students have been suitably softened-up and outraged by the relentless front-page headlines.

    Soon phase 2 will start and we will see HYS being opened on it to unlease the whirlwind of anti-Tory spite.

    Nothing we haven’t seen half a dozen times recently and they have managed to oust the target every time – even when they didn’t actually do anything wrong. Including a properly elected PM.

    One might think the independent watchdog OFCOM or the check-and-balance mainstream media would spot what is going on. The trouble is, they too are now full of left-wing activists and fully support it.

    Next stop a Labour government.


  29. Zephir says:

    I read this this morning and it brought a wistful smile, so I thought I would share:

    “What was Britain like in the 70s?

    Endless summers, proper weather, Ice on the inside of single pane bedroom windows in winter, blankets not quilts, 1 bath a week whether you needed it or not, the possibility of a free university education a job for life and a decent index linked pension. No mobile phones you had to write letters, milk tokens, proper sherbet fountains. Power cuts and strikes, great fun for a 9 year old. Even in towns there was a superabundance of butterflies, starling flocks took 5 minutes to pass overhead and their S*** spattered down like rain. If you were a kid you could wear a 6″ bowie and carry an air rifle in public without anyone raising an eyebrow or calling in armed response. Kids learned the hard way about safety and vary rarely were maimed, Darwin awards was a fact of life not a concept. Driving to and from Friday liquid lunch to do a couple of hours whilst a mate snuck back and clocked everybody on before Lunch break ended then an early dart for Friday. Red Leb and Moroccan Black, badges and hot knives.

    Future we were promised was miles better.”


  30. StewGreen says:

    Rachel Reeves deleted her tweet after realising you could see her seat is 3K and therefore in first class (£2.2 to 8K)
    She uploaded a new tweet with the seat number obscured
    but she has now deleted that second tweet too.

    A reply
    “Labour wants to tax motorists into the ground in the name of clean air.
    Yet Rachel Reeves is flying round the world in first class style. ”

    Guido has detail


  31. tomo says:


  32. Zephir says:

    Regarding my previous post, how many kids did we have screeching their shrill screams in every single shop (and endless small barking screeching dogs everywhere) ?

    And how many of the kids were “autistic” or have ADHD and the other labels ?

    I was in a supermarket a while back with one of these, you could hear it around the WHOLE supermarket for 20 minutes or more.

    Then, as luck would have it, this kid turns up behind me in the queue running around me barging into me a few times, hammering its fist into the counter preventing me from getting near the cashier or literally hear her due to its screaming with the mother just cooing at it.

    I made a remark to the cashier about my sympathy for her having to work there and the mother (complete with hijab etc) tries to start an argument with me “what are you implying” etc etc, desperately trying to be the victim.

    My only response” I am NOT talking to you”

    Then she starts on about my kid is autistic etc etc (so she drags it around a busy and noisy supermarket for over 20 minutes) desperately trying to start an argument, I suspect spurred on by my race and gender.

    I ignored her

    There were many victims in the shop that day, the mother was NOT one of them


    • TrickCyclist says:

      You just brought back a memory to me from A Few Years Ago BC (Before COVID) when I was visiting The London Transport Museum.
      A large, loud middle-class woman was being escorted by a security guard for some reason. “I need to phone my son!” she wailed, before adding:
      “He’s autistic.”
      Funny thing is, I KNEW she was going to say that.


  33. Fedup2 says:

    The DT has picked up the red labour BA flight story – but shoddy journalism – if you look at how much the BA flight is – it’s As I said above – and if you look where seat 3K is – in some plans it’s up in first class ….
    Needs to be a full inquiry – resign … yawn ….


  34. StewGreen says:

    Hull news : Cycle Lanes IN, Cycles lanes OUT
    both done with taxpayers money
    that’s what it’s all about.


    • tomo says:

      Wiltshire council at some considerable expense had 70 asphalt bicycles (and some signage) marked on the (narrowed, bollarded) A361 road in the county town and then (ca.12 months later) resurfaced the road and didn’t replace the “white bikes” or bollards and then only partially implemented segregated cycle lanes – which almost all cyclists (< 20 a day) don't actually use (as in ignore)….

      To date – the bill looks to exceed £350k for something that people do not use….


  35. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #2 – this sounds like a Party Political broadcast ….

    …. for the Labour Party. I missed the first twenty minutes of TOADY this a.m. and put the radio on during Sean Farrington’s Business segment. Needless to say, he was neutral and efficient, but his contributors a bit less so (mostly wimmin) and then the presenters, was it JustRemainIn Webb and Harshmistress Mishal Husain (Haan-ing her way immaculately through an item about Imran Khan), had to provide me with the newspaper review.

    I am told that Suella Braverman’s Civil Service leak is all over the front pages of the newspapers. Strangely I can only find it on four out of ten newspapers, five if you count the Daily Telegraph. For some strange reason the Metro, given away free on transport, is missing from the BBC Newspaper Blog as an example of more BBC incompetence. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-65667526

    I am also informed that the Sucker in charge of the Labour Party for the time being, is making making a big speech today on Health. Sir Keir will be making himself available for the Big Interview at 8.10 a.m. which in my book is a reason for forgetting to to turn the radio back on. My memory!


  36. tomo says:

    As the dust settles from Covid ……….

    Some detail emerges …..


    Somehow doubt it’ll get any traction from the Broadcasting House cubicle monkeys including the sainted Marianna.


  37. MarkyMark says:

    The message will justify the means comrades ….



  38. StewGreen says:

    So many tweets are strawmanning by saying
    “There is nothing wrong with Rachel Reeves flying Club Class”
    .. m that is not the argument

    The proof is that she knows she she did something wrong
    cos she deleted not only her first tweet
    but the replacement tweet too


    • tomo says:

      I wonder what the MP expenses rules are for transatlantic travel for shadow ministers?

      – pertinent surely?

      In other news – petrol is £1.36/L locally while EV fast chargers are £0.75 / kWh


  39. tomo says:

    Can’t bring myself to watch – cringe rating in double digits? (11?)


    • Terminal Moraine says:

      Combining the spirit of Peter Snow with the technical prowess of Windows 95.

      If the Eric Gill statue doesn’t make it to the end of the year the BBC should replace him with a Marianna statue, she’s bombproof.


  40. tomo says:

    just did some sums

    red diesel £0.79/L

    30kVa at full power 7L / hour (24kW)

    = £5.53 (£10.36 for white …)

    Public 22kW charge @£0.75 / kWh

    = £16.50



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  42. Thoughtful says:

    Sunak has order the ethics committee to investigate Braverman.

    No surprise, the man is an abject coward and probably wants to rid himself of centre right voices in his cabinet.


  43. andyjsnape says:

    Phillip Schofield: Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary pay tribute on This Morning

    bBC reports on ITV show, not that its any of their business


  44. Fedup2 says:

    The BBC is going into the war business – on its website is a headline saying ‘how bbc verify found and analysed Russian defences ‘ ….
    Perhaps bbc buildings have been moved up the Russian target list as a result ….

    … Just waiting to see the balance in reporting the rachel reeve story – which balances the braverman one … right …?


  45. andyjsnape says:

    Son of murdered soldier Lee Rigby raises over £40k for forces charity

    Well done for raising the money

    Surprised the likes of the bBC even did a report, in case it offended certain groups


  46. Flotsam says:

    Smarmer is yet again weaponising the NHS, I suppose it saves having to come up with some policies. It’s a problem for all of us because Labour are in effect undermining the Government who are trying to deal with Doctors and Nurses strikes. Does anyone think that we should give even more money to the NHS?

    Coming back to Smarmer, I’m reminded of an old TV sketch on ‘Not the Nine O’clock News’ (I think) which featured Richard Branson who undertook to go for a week without publicity. Branson failed miserably by releasing a press release about the moratorium. Similarly, Smarmer: “We’re short of ideas this week, let’s go with the NHS)


    • Mart says:

      The NHS has been getting worse my entire life (60+ years) regardless of who is in power and Smarmer won’t make any difference other than he maybe the luck clown to be in power when it finally collapses.


  47. Fedup2 says:

    Despite a national newspaper putting the Rachel reeve story on its front section – no sign of it on the BBC site – even in the politics section …. The balanced bbc ?


  48. StewGreen says:

    BBC local newsPR lunchtime show
    Massive PRasNews item for foodbank

    “Trussel trust need more food , their shelves look bare compared to 8 months ago”

    Then there was a long bit about how they are standing to clamp down on people, by making sure only the really needy get the food … /sarcc.. I’m joking of course

    The charity fallacy is that charities almost never achieve their aims, they just get bigger and bigger and have bigger ambitions
    (Mostly Trussel use volunteers yet they have a £6m salary bill
    somewhere there’s a list of directors salaries)



    • StewGreen says:



      Trussel are recruiting a PR boss
      Salary: £83,800

      Employees with total benefits over £60,000
      Number of employees
      £60k to £70k 21
      £70k to £80k 8
      £80k to £90k 1
      £90k to £100k 1
      £100k to £110k 1
      £110k to £120k 1


  49. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    Isn’t it funny.
    The msm keep on going on about ‘The Ministerial Code’ as if it was something that matters.

    To me it’s like something from a Monty Python sketch, “He has broken the ministerial code” (cue threatening music)

    The vast majority of them are gobshites.
    I think there is honour amongst thieves but politicians are backstabbing, bottom feeding liars. I don’t believe what they say. Just like the bbbc.

    A handful of the 650 ‘honourable’ (ha ha) members are ok but this mysterious ‘ministerial code’ is just a sick joke.

    John Cleese was saying something about the coronation where he couldn’t stop laughing at it saying it reminded him of Monty Python. Probably things like getting anointed behind a screen ‘using oil from olives from the holy site of the crucifixion’ or something like that.
    Some Monty Python London gangster (Dinsdales) sketch mentioned ‘breaking the unwritten law’ as the reason he had his head nailed to the floor.
    Sounds to me as daft as this ministerial code they keep waffling on about.


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