272 Responses to Weekend 3 June 2023

  1. Dickie says:

    Detention of Independent Journalists:



    • Richard Pinder says:

      The Mark Steyn Show. Gabriel Shipton, the brother of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange: https://www.steynonline.com/mark-steyn-show/13509/the-deep-state-long-reach


    • MarkyMark says:

      Active enforcement against non-approved speech is underway in the U.K., as shown by the detentions of journalists at immigration checkpoints and, most strongly of all, by Julian Assange’s continued and appalling incarceration.


      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

      PUBLISHED: 22:12, 26 March 2022


  2. Philip_2 says:

    The climate scaremongers: BBC Verify should investigate the BBC…

    “THE BBC has set up a new ‘disinformation unit’, BBC Verify. Marianna Spring, the BBC’s Disinformation Correspondent, says she is currently studying ‘the UK’s conspiracy theory movement’ which she claims has ‘evolved and intensified’ since the Chinese coronavirus outbreak. Spring identified ‘alternative media’ as a source of so-called conspiracy theories.”

    Fat chance of the Anti British Bonkers Corps ever fact checking itself – or any of its extreme stated opinions are actually ‘facts’. But then its hard work trying to save the world for global socialism..



    • Docmarooned says:

      Like she has any idea what disinformation is as she is so well qualified to judge -not!


  3. pugnazious says:

    ‘Exclusive: Ministers had ‘chilling’ secret unit to curb lockdown dissent ‘

    ‘A secretive government unit worked with social media companies in an attempt to curtail discussion of controversial lockdown policies during the pandemic, The Telegraph can reveal.

    The Counter-Disinformation Unit (CDU) was set up by ministers to tackle supposed domestic “threats”, and was used to target those critical of lockdown and questioning the mass vaccination of children.

    Critics of lockdown had posts removed from social media. There is growing suspicion that social media firms used technology to stop the posts being promoted, circulated or widely shared after being flagged by the CDU or its counterpart in the Cabinet Office.

    An artificial intelligence firm (AI) was used by the Government to scour social media sites. The company flagged discussions opposing vaccine passports.

    Many of the issues being raised were valid at the time and have since been proven to be well-founded.

    On Friday, MPs and freedom of speech campaigners condemned the disclosures as “truly chilling” and “a tool for censoring British citizens” akin to those of the Chinese Communist Party.’

    Astonishng….but we all knew it…..and one of the main culrpits who collaborated with the government to silence debate…..?

    ‘The BBC also took part in secretive meetings of a government policy forum to address the so-called disinformation.’

    Still going on now.


    • atlas_shrugged says:

      The Telegraph needs entering for the:

      ‘No sh1t Sherlock award’

      Could the dimwits in the ‘T’ not have found this out a bit sooner. The evidence for these vicious nasty little takedown units was plain for all to see over the last 2 or 3 years.

      Especially how the Great Barrington lot were viciously attacked.

      And as for the bBC attending these secret meetings in a listen only mode …

      Ho Ho Ho. Should Sprinster not be verifying the truth of this? Thought not!


    • G says:


      “Still going on now”.

      Never stopped.


  4. taffman says:

    The Big Brother Corporation.
    We know our game.


    • taffman says:

      Some of us on this site suspected the C D U was being used during Covid. Was it being used before, during and after the Brexit vote? Is the BBC using it now?
      Worth a “Freedom of info.” check.


      • kingkp says:

        They’ve been using it for years and of course they are. It will be used for your social credit score later on, once the next set of poly-crisis has brought people to the point where they want them. Homeless, hungry, and desperate. It’s already started with the planned inflation (just another tax), the mass house arrest, the destruction of the middle class, the transfer of wealth to the oligarchs, the mass migration to destabilise social cohesion, and the planned poisoning of the population that will increase with intensity as we move from one manufactured crisis to another, each more fake than the previous one.


  5. StewGreen says:

    QT @Digg said there was a shaven head Jess Phillips plant in the audience, I didn’t find a Twitter reference to him
    but see this guy
    He got selected to ask a question, describes himself. as a “future leader of the Labour Party”
    asks his anti-Tory question
    and the producers cut directly to Jess Phillips laughing
    video … https://twitter.com/Jamijake/status/1664703058729750544

    btw the BBC selected mad lefties Phillips and Jack Monroe for the panel
    and two fake Tories Patten and Freeman
    The actual righty Nimco Ali a black victim of FGM was selected but was not actually on the show
    Fiona Bruce agreed with the point that audience members Facebook accounts are scrutinized
    but I doubt they’d have the resources to do that properly eg work out sarcasm.


  6. Zephir says:

    It does not really matter who is in government as the civil service has apparently decided they run everything and can pick and choose which government policies they approve of.

    They will also do their level best to “leak” and damage reputations if they don’t like an elected politician and refuse to obey any direction or management if they feel like it.

    “service” and “servant” hmm some need to go back to school, (proper schools before Blair).


    • jazznick1 says:

      Quite so Zephir.

      There was never any intention of preparing for Brexit in the event of a ‘leave’ vote winning by either the “CINO” or the “CC”. It was all a sham.

      So confident were both outfits that if the vote went against them all they had to do was aimlessly bumble about a bit (what’s new ?) and everything would fall apart so the ‘sheeple’ would see how silly they had been and hence the clamour to re-comply; this would play back into their original remain intentions.



  7. JohnC says:

    Alice Mahon: Ex-MPs death must prompt asbestos action, says son

    ‘Former MP Alice Mahon died of a cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Now her son is calling for asbestos to be removed from all buildings to protect lives.’

    ‘To protect lives’. One of the BBC’s favourite sayings to use in articles as it is so general, it is meaningless but makes you think people will die otherwise. Hence I am 100% certain the BBC wrote that, not her son.

    But what makes this empathy article so ridiculous is that she was exposed 60 years ago, not recently. It’s been banned for 34 years.

    I wonder how many lives ‘her son’ thinks will be saved by this. My rough estimate is none. And I’m sure the absolutely huge cost will be forced onto the owners of any property which has it.

    A local builder told me that the rules are so strict and expensive to follow that if they have some to get rid of, they dump it in any hole they are filling in. Otherwise they leave it alone because it’s quite safe until you start cutting it up in a way which causes dust.


    • Zephir says:

      How many times have you walked past construction workers cutting up pavements, without damping down, and the silica dust flying everywhere ?

      That can be pretty nasty stuff too.


      • Zephir says:

        And we can keep going down the rabbit hole:

        “Every time you use your brakes, metal particles produced by the rubbing of your brake pads against your wheel are emitted. These small particles are harmful both to the environment and your health. Brake dust contributes 20% of fine particulate matter pollution, compared to just 7% contributed by exhaust fumes.”



        • Zephir says:

          And, a little further

          “About Granite Countertops and Radiation
          Did you know?

          Radon originating in the soil beneath homes is a more common problem and a far larger public health risk than radon from granite building materials.

          Granite, like any other stone, may contain veins of naturally occurring radioactive elements like uranium, thorium, and their radioactive decay products. These trace concentrations may vary from stone to stone, or even within a single slab of granite.

          If present, uranium, thorium or radium will decay into radon, a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that may cause lung cancer. Radon released from granite building materials can be released over the lifetime of use but typically will be diluted by ventilation”



          • Zephir says:

            “Dioxins in ambient air, bonfire night 1994


            Measurements were made before, during, and after “bonfire night” at Oxford in England. Bonfire night (November 5) is an annual event during which it is customary in England to set off fireworks and have bonfires. An increase in dioxin and furan concentration (TEQ) by approximately a factor of four occurred during the period of bonfire night suggesting that bonfires and/or fireworks may be a significant source of trace organic pollutants. Further measurements were made at Cardiff, in Wales, during and after bonfire night in the vicinity of a large public bonfire and firework display to give an indication of possible changes in ambient levels of dioxins.”



          • Ian Rushlow says:

            Information about radon levels in Britain was subject to the Official Secrets Act until after the Cold War, the reason being that its presence indicated the possible location of Uranium deposits and we didn’t want the Commies to know about that. The idea of mining local supplies (did someone say Devon and Scotland?) was explored on numerous occasions from 1945 to the 1980s, but the quantities were too small to be commercially viable.


  8. Right Angle says:

    Two items for this weekend:

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1776481/BBC-licence-fee-77th-anniversary-MPs-abolition (reported 1.6.23, I scrolled through the midweek thread and it doesn’t seem to have been posted)

    Tory MP and GB News presenter Philip Davies: “It is time for the licence fee to come to an end.”

    Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns: “The 77th anniversary of the licence fee marks the decline of the BCC from a force on the world stage to a national embarrassment resented by a growing number of people.

    “We must push forward with defunding the BBC and giving the people a choice as to what they watch.”

    Joe Ventre, digital campaign manager for The Taxpayers’ Alliance: “It’s time for Auntie to get with the times and axe the TV tax once and for all.”

    The Express ends with:
    “If the cost of a pint of milk had increased by the same rate as the licence fee since 1946, it would cost shoppers today almost £7.”

    The second item is from a Christian website, Prophecy Today:

    “The BBC Charter says that its first public purpose is ‘to provide impartial news and information to help people understand and engage with the world around them’. The Corporation thinks it fulfils this purpose and is ‘impartial and independent’. Yet, according to a poll by BMG Research of 1,004 adults in 2018, only 37% of viewers agreed with the BBC’s estimation of its impartiality.”

    “The BBC pursues diversity in everything except opinion. The BBC genuinely cannot see their own bias: it’s what surrounds them 24 hours a day. If you live in a bubble where workmates and friends all share the same woke social and political attitudes, you stop thinking of them as ‘politically-correct’ opinions and start to think of them as simply ‘correct’ views.”



    • Up2snuff says:

      RA, so that is why I got the distinct impression that Donny the Dalek Jymond was rattling the collecting tin on behalf of the Arts the BBC on yesterday’s TWatO!


  9. AsISeeIt says:

    Rising cant edition

    We do enjoy spotting the odd awkward juxtaposition of contradictory messaging on the part of our media.

    This morning that favoured brand of gaffe appears on the frontpage of the formerly venerable Telegraph, as their comment columnist and lead investigations team reports point two-facedly and Janus-like in opposite directions.

    Ukraine is fighting for a free Europe, against the legacy of Stalin – insists Charles Moore – whereas the headline exposé informs us of dictatorial totalitarian tendencies far closer to home: A secretive government unit worked with social media companies in an attempt to curtail discussion of lockdown policies

    Are we surprised?

    Talk about lock me down… you could have knocked me down… with a feather: The BBC also took part in secretive meetings of a government policy forum to address the so-called disinformation

    BBC – the usual suspects of course. And so it is with global warming… likely with the Ukraine proxy war… and who knows what else

    And as that rather well-spoken black tenant, played by Don Warrington, in the ITV comedy Rising Damp, once remarked to his landlord as played by Leonard Rossiter who had just questioned how come his supposedly magic African wood of the Love Tree had apparently been planed: “Everthing is commercialised these days, Rigsby”

    An artificial intelligence firm was used by the Government to scour social media sites (Telegraph) – nice to know someone profited and probably sensible to outsource because as so many ministers have found to their cost lately – you can’t always trust the civil service.

    There are those who may scoff at the Schofield scandal as an irrelevance. Distraction to some extent it may be – but look beyond the celeb soap opera aspect: Fresh-faced Holly flies back into This Morning storm (Daily Mail); Tears for Phil but he’s done wrong (Daily Express); Phillip Schofield I fear being spat on (The Sun); Alison’s tears for Phil (Daily Mirror); Who the hell are these sickos? (Daily Star) – sorry, that last one is our blokey jokey tabloid Star’s special headline report about: Wrong ‘uns reveal they pour tea and coffee on their cornflakes

    Mr AsI tends to splutter tea on his – reading the morning’s news

    Consider instead the sneak peek at the machinations of the corporation behind the cameras we’ve suddenly been gifted.

    F.A.F. our Eamonn Holmes called it. Fake As… that word our Channel 4’s Jon Snow chanted he wanted done to the Tories at Glastonbury

    Turns out the woke management at ITV sacked Piers Morgan not for his boring bombast but for his calling out Princess Meghan’s lying.

    Turns out the corporate complient ITV removed our Eamonn for a word out of place about the possible dangers of 5G – can’t be putting the advertisers noses out of joint with journalists questioning The Science.

    We suspect king-of-the-chavs Jeremy Kyle had to go – not so much for his low rent bombast and something to do with duty of care – but for the fact he was perhaps exposing a little too much of our broken Britian underclass and the reality of the lives of our denizens of the benefits system on a daily basis.

    Do our media inform us of the truth or are they the gatekeepers of the truth?

    As the god of transitions and dualities, Janus is portrayed with two faces – one facing the past, and one facing the future. He also holds a key in his right hand, which symbolizes his protection of doors, thresholds and gateways.

    The corporate globalist FT aims this morning to have its market watching readers’ pink panties all in a twist over: The militias in Ukraine backed by Gazprom… The Russian state gas company has recruited some of its security guards to go to war

    “Everthing is commercialised these days, Rigsby”

    The Pals battalions of World War I were specially constituted battalions of the British Army comprising men who had enlisted together in local recruiting drives, with the promise that they would be able to serve alongside their friends, neighbours and colleagues, rather than being arbitrarily allocated to battalions. (Thank you Wiki)


    • Fedup2 says:

      Juxtapose news item number 1 – rail crash in India hundreds dead – 2 – rail strike in Britain ….
      ( those pals battalions were excellent at wiping out the manhood of entire British towns and villages in one go eh?)


      • Zephir says:

        No rubber dingies in those days for the pals battalions to flee war


    • Up2snuff says:

      AISI, we knew about the existence of the Government’s Nudge Unit but now this CDU thing is, I assume, a separate entity. Do these Governmental operations have their own separate Permanent Under Secretaries in Whitehall?

      I think we should be told.


      • AsISeeIt says:

        Then there’s 77 Brigade.

        Never mind Pals battalions… judging by what we hear these days our military are more keen to recruit the Friends of Dorothy


      • Fedup2 says:

        The counter disinformation unit of the UK government – a creation of Hancock power madness if ever there was one .
        I wonder who was employed ? What are they doing now ? Are they part of the BBC VERIFY unit employing the same ‘skills ‘? Note for Brigade 77 re ‘troublesome ‘ Fed – move up the target list boys . …..

        They say that you see the true nature of a regime when it is under stress – so a propaganda outfit in central government shows how quickly the tyranny can take over here – and why the BBC can be so useful to the government – other non stories – the sex crimes of Muslim – the threat of Islam to the western way of life – see the emir of londonistan . The suppression of unapproved journalists – mark steyn


    • Scroblene says:

      The Pals regiments were superb organisations, but to save on sobs, don’t listen to this heart-breaking song…

      My Great Uncle John wasn’t allowed to join up for the First World War, as he was too short! Presumably he was less than 5’3″ in his socks, but he was a miner, and therefore a damn sight better equipped than a bloke a foot taller in that job, but there you are, the powers that be decreed that such people couldn’t enrol to fight for King and Country!

      So, when they got a little short of numbers in France, a call went out to relax this height restriction, and get more numbers in the ranks! They were called Bantam Regiments, for obvious reasons, and while I’m so proud to know that another member of the family answered the call, I’m saddened to learn that he fell in 1916, and never returned. Apparently, he was supposed to be going to Africa, then the regiment suddenly turned back to northern France and he died there.


      • Up2snuff says:

        Scrobie, would have thought that coal mining was an essential operation for both WW1 & WW2.


        • Scroblene says:

          Yes, I wondered about that, Uppers…

          I’m not even sure where he lived – presumably in a coal mining area, and yes, it would have been an odd dilemma; either to graft underground or get over there and knock off a few of the Hun!

          If I may ask, what would you have done? I really don’t know myself, but just think that a ‘change’ from the awful work underground might be exchanged for a fighting job with your mates, – oh bollocks, I really don’t know…


    • Dickie says:

      Charles Moore is an articulate educated idiot.


  10. taffman says:

    What on earth is the “so called” Home Office doing ? A case of follow the money.

    The latest from taffland………………………


  11. Zephir says:

    “Labour MP, Dame Nia Griffith said
    two hundred asylum seekers caught up in the processing backlog created by this current government”

    Civil service still working from home then ?


    • taffman says:

      Perhaps that’s why it is called the “Home Office” ?


    • G says:

      Dame Nia Griffith? Does she speak? Apparently if she made this assertion. When was the last time this, “Dame” uttered anything much less, anything sensible?


  12. Zephir says:

    7 April 2023:

    “Around half of civil servants are STILL working from home nearly two years after end of Covid lockdown and number in the office drops to as low as a third in some departments.

    Defra saw just 29 per cent of staff at its HQ during one week last month. The Home Office also scored among the lowest for staff working from the office last month. In the first week of March, 56 per cent worked from the HQ at Marsham Street, London, followed by 44 per cent the next week, 58 per cent the week after that and 54 per cent in the final week of the month.

    Other departments which had some of the lowest turnouts at their headquarters for March included HMRC, the Foreign Office, and the Department for Education.”



    • JohnC says:

      Funnily enough I bumped into an ex-BAe Systems colleague yesterday when I went out hiking.

      He too was ‘working from home’. He said they are ‘encouraged’ to turn up for 2 days a week. He added that everyone is always in meetings as that’s the only reason they go.


      • Scroblene says:

        Bloody meetings! The Snivel Serpent’s way to justify their miserable existence…

        F*****g talking shops around big tables, and a serious lack of knowledge of commerce, real business and entrepreneurial action.

        I once got chatting to some little old gal on the train to London from Tunbridge Wells. While she was quite an interesting lady, she told me she worked for ‘Bis’, which was the huge bunch of layabouts under that blasted prat Mandelson at the time, and it was quickly clear that she hadn’t a clue about the workings of real commercial expertise!


  13. Zephir says:

    Regarding our Labour MP and this government “creating a backlog”:

    “Labour to make working from home a ‘human right’ as part of election manifesto as well as new proposal making it easier for workers to strike

    Leaked ‘policy handbook’ was circulated prior to Labour’s National Policy Forum
    Document is clearest indication yet of direction party would take if it came to power.”



  14. Zephir says:

    Nothing wrong, in principle, for working from until you try and call them at 9AM or 4PM

    Or a screaming child in the background if you do get through


  15. JohnC says:

    Do Russians really hate the West?

    I think the BBC ‘Reality Check Team’ should be called in for this one.

    More than half the world hates the West : mainly because of the USA (and historically us) plundering their resources and manipulating their governments with corruption to enable it.


  16. digg says:

    I see the woke wagons are circling round Mr Schofield. Have a feeling his face will be popping back up on tv before you can say cheat!

    He sure is playing the victim card for all its worth right now!


    • JohnC says:

      Well, much to my amazement he got away with totally over-the-top theatrics at his ‘coming out party’ so he’s realised just how stupid the wokies are and has turned it up a notch.

      I see the BBC have the biggest news in the UK today as:

      ‘Caroline Flack’s mum criticises ITV over Phillip Schofield’

      You just could not make it up.


    • Zephir says:

      Funny how the wokes will define a victim or a sexual predator depending on where he inserts his penis.

      So, so, sorry…. I should have said his or her penis, mea culpa


    • TrickCyclist says:

      Angus Deayton was alleged by the News of the World to have had cocaine and sex with prostitutes.
      I’ve always thought that if those prostitutes had been male instead of female, he’d still be hosting ‘Have I Got News For You’ to this day.


      • Scroblene says:

        He was one of the funniest chaps around until he got ‘woked’!

        Luckily, we don’t watch any of the weak, silly kids around these days, and in fact, will be watching ‘Open all hours’ again, tonight, mainly (for me) because of Nurse Gladys Emmanuel’s huge – presence…


  17. pugnazious says:

    ‘Today’ read out the Telegraph report on the sinister government unit tasked with silencing dissenting and critical voices…and somehow forgot to mention the BBC attended the meetings….and of course was a leading light in silencing and demonising critics of lockdown and vaccinations.

    They also mentioned the IWeekend top story that Britain now regrets Brexit and blames it for high food prices, immigration [lol], NHS failures, hopeless public services and a tanking economy.
    Well, you could successfully dispute and counter all those points but why do so many people thinkk these things? Could it be the relentless barrage of anti-Brexit propaganda that pours out of the BBC itself blaming Brexit for everything when a quick fact-check would see the BBC was telling porkies? One big counter of course is that Germany is in recession and we’re not….oddly you don’t hear much of that.

    And linked to all this is an article in the Telegraph telling us how bad the BBC’s business reporting is on Today especially….the BBC is more about ‘creating noise’ [ie perhaps campiagning for causes] than reportng actual news.

    ‘ The BBC has ruined its coverage of business – just listen to the Today programme

    Once known for agenda-setting news, the broadcaster now offers little more than magazine journalism ‘

    ‘The BBC’s Today programme is supposed to be the epitome of serious news. So no wonder eyebrows were raised on Friday morning when the lead item on its flagship radio show was an interview with a disgraced TV presenter about his secret love affair.

    There was particular astonishment among veteran journalists that Amol Rajan’s sit-down with a self-pitying Philip Schofield trumped coverage of the Government’s decision to go to war with the judge in charge of its own Covid inquiry.

    Listeners were equally horrified. One tweeted: “When did Radio Four turn into Hello! magazine? The Philip Schofield story isn’t worthy of the Today programme, never mind its key headlines….demise of genuine news BBC is fast and furious.”

    Another simply said: “Radio Four Today news leading on someone called Phillip [sic] Schofield – RIP Today Programme.”

    It is further evidence – if any were needed – of the fierce struggle taking place between the traditional values of the BBC and what it deems to be stories of relevance. Put another way – what really matters versus creating noise.
    These days, the BBC’s business coverage is shallow at best, summed up somewhat unfortunately by a tweet from Rajan of an internal document that listed the senior staff who had contributed to the broadcast that day.

    The names of both the business presenter and producer were blank.

    One veteran business journalist responded despairingly that sister show Wake Up to Money had been reduced to little more than a “magazine show” with “no serious coverage of markets, big business or economics” and “no serious guests.”

    At such a critical time for Britain and the economy, the BBC appears to have all but abdicated its responsibility for covering business properly. With audience levels for the breakfast news show at their lowest since 1999, the BBC’s director general Tim Davie must intervene before it’s too late.’

    A lot of criticism of the BBC’s business coverage comes from within the BBC itself so this can’t be dismissed as a Telegraph hit-job…you just have to listen to the BBC to understand the truth being spoken here.

    The BBC is one of the most influential and possibly almost unaccountable lobby groups in Britain…witness the Brexit polling…undoubtedly swayed and corrupted by BBC disinformation.

    It seeks not to provide information to allow you to make up your own mind but instead attempts to, at best, persuade, at its worst to shame and demonise you into toeing the line….the Spanish Inquisition of today.

    The BBC…the most dangerous, the most toxic organisation, in Britain.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Pug fortunately the BBC brand is in even more of a decline than the former UK – unfortunately it is currently immune from ‘market forces ‘( directly ) but indirectly in costs of ‘talent ‘and ‘production ‘ through those on line outfits like Netflix . ….


  18. Zephir says:

    ” Why Margaret Thatcher Waged War on the BBC
    David Hendy on the Neoliberal Transformation of British Media in the 1980s

    The prime minister was by no means alone in her thinking. Her minister Norman Tebbit summed up the visceral loathing felt by many a Tory backbencher when he memorably described the BBC as that “insufferable, smug, sanctimonious, naïve, guilt-ridden, wet, pink orthodoxy of that sunset home of third-rate minds of that third-rate decade, the Sixties.”



    • TrickCyclist says:

      Didn’t Mrs Thatcher also wage war on ITV?
      Thames TV’s 1988 documentary ‘Death on the Rock’ (SAS/IRA in Gibraltar) was followed by the Broadcasting Act 1990.
      No more Thames Television.


  19. Zephir says:

    “The BBC’s political editor, John Cole, who interviewed her on many occasions during her time in office, remembers how she would always grab hold of every encounter and “impose her will on it.” “She had a kind of enameled self-confidence,” he said, “that didn’t allow for the kind of dialogue one might have had.”

    On her occasional visits to Broadcasting House or Television Centre, she would lay into everyone she met for their alleged left-wing views, bustling through studios “like the proverbial dose of salts, exuding hostility and insulting everyone regardless of their rank or status.” Bernard Ingham was supposed to provide a buffer on such occasions, but as one of the BBC’s Governors observed, he was “even ruder than she was.”


  20. Zephir says:

    And her legacy ?

    A dishevilled Boris…. fumbling, stuttering and browbeaten by journalists during the endless, embarrassing car crash Covid press conferences.

    Accompanied by a “health expert” who made Daleks look positively engaging and friendly by comparison.


  21. Dickie says:

    BBC and media normally report damage to civilian buildings as Russia deliberately targeting civilians when there is plenty of evidence from open sources that it is the failure of Ukranian air defence missiles falling back down after their failure to hit incoming Russian missiles and drones.



  22. tomo says:

    The infographics dial at 11


    and selective coverage….


    • Zephir says:

      One thing is consistent.

      Weather forecasters and big jugs


    • Up2snuff says:

      tomo, little bits of information creep out all the time that the Global Warming and Climate Change are not happening as the UN’s IPCC prefer. Yesterday’s R4 filler after TWatO, Oliver Burkeman’s Inconvenient Truth featured an interview with Coco Krumme. This lady moved from urban living in San Francisco to a cabin on the west coast of Canada without electricity. After she moved (cannot remember if a date was given) it was the coldest spell that the West of Canada (normally quite temporate in the Vancouver/BC area) had had for years. She was having to cut logs and feed them into her stove.


  23. tomo says:

    Thought Facebook toxic from day 1

    Vindication for the Nth time

    It’s positively weird how Zuckerberg gets so little criticism from the MSM of any stripe afaics.


    • StewGreen says:

      Lefties reply “Facebook is a private company so can ban who it likes”

      Counter argument is that it is like the telephone service a PUBLIC UTILITY
      so should be open to all.


  24. tomo says:


    • RightSide says:

      I watched the movie – pretty good.

      I’m torn. Whilst I think the trans movement is lunacy and Maoist I do like the fact that it has enraged the feminists so much. After decades of man-bashing by them,they are now feeling what we had to put up with. And they aren’t the centre of attention anymore.


  25. Fedup2 says:

    Vintage from our bought correspondent

    Orla reports from Turkey where if you make a comment on social media – you can get a visit from the police or if you comment on your views yOu can get ‘in trouble ‘ – lucky it’s third world Turkey and not proud free Blighty eh ?( 77 brigade to file )


  26. StewGreen says:

    11:30am R4 FooC
    Turkey : Recep Tayyep Erdogan now has a mandate to rule for another five years. After living in Istanbul for more than four years, Orla Guerin considers the roots of his success and what the future holds for Turkey.
    (he seems everything the Guardian accuses Trump of)

    South Africa’s electricity supply crisis has made ‘load shedding’ a term many people now dread – as it can mean power cuts of 8 to 10 hours a day. Stephen Sackur saw the effects on life in the township of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, and asked whether the problem’s now fuelling demands for political change. (He said an anti ANC coalition stands a chance)
    ( I lived in Capetown after Mandela was freed, Khayelitsha was a shanty town however when I went in, I saw they were well furnished with cars outside)

    China : authorities failed to see the funny side of a joke about a military catchphrase, live performance is a riskier business these days in Beijing.
    Stephen McDonell is a regular at the city’s sometimes raucous music venues, and detects a slight muting of the atmosphere, as Party officials’ scrutiny of their paperwork – and the musicians’ permits – sharpens.
    (Ask UK non-lefty comedians about censorship and banning in the British Circuit
    #AndrewLawence )

    Germany : Stretches of the most picturesque and beloved forests are dying off – especially areas heavily planted with spruce for the timber industry.
    Even the Harz mountains where nature-lovers go to hike aren’t as green as they used to be.
    Caroline Bayley went for several walks in the woods, and spoke to the Germans living in a different landscape.

    And in northern Sri Lanka, Nick Redmayne recently saw signs of enduring mistrust and unease, more than a decade after the end of the state’s conflict with the Tamil Tigers.
    While the civil war is over, the scars can still be seen.

    (In Tricomolee I cycled out to a Tamil village , every house had been flattened .. leaving a church in te middle intact)


    • Fedup2 says:

      I actually laughed when orla described the ‘repression ‘ in Turkey – the ‘approved ‘would never see that in Britain – where dissent is ‘Far Right ‘and therefore should be illegalised ….licenced … registered … monitored ….. silenced …


      • StewGreen says:

        “.. but there is another darker Istanbul
        clearly visible when you live here,
        It’s a city where freedom can be surface deep.
        Where journalists and civil society activists can spend years in jail.*
        And where having a moan on social media, can bring the police to your door.
        That’s particularly true if you complain about the president.
        .. he has a long reach.”
        … After the earthquake she spoke to a 28 yo he said “in Europe you can talk about your political opinions but not here, you can be charged immediately, so I don’t have a political view”
        Guerin “We found more caution at a cab drivers convention in Istanbul even among supporters of the president I asked one driver about hyperinflation.. he said in order to fight inflation you need stability
        .. a woman sitting beside him interrupted warning in a low voice don’t say anything more something could happen”

        “In the election the challenger swerved right promising to send all refugees home”
        “I want to see a real spring here said a young student
        I want change and I really believe that we will get it we’ve had enough of this president. and if they want to put me in jail for saying this they can.”
        We didn’t broadcast his interview,
        given the results of the election I am now glad for him that we didn’t !”

        * Tommy, anti-Soubry activists and Alex Belfield were severely jailed.
        The UK police knock on the doors of people for Liking or retweeting comments that question trans dogma


        • Dickie says:

          Julian Assange is a prime example of Western values and freedom of speech by independent and investigative journalists.


      • StewGreen says:

        Germany “yet the land itself is getting less Green
        Drought and hotter summers are steadily killing off the countries spruce forests.
        a MainStay of the countries timber industry yet they are proving particularly unable to cope with the consequences of climate change”
        the intro Kate Ady read

        Who wrote that PR BS ?

        Reporter “I haven’t been up to the Haartz mountain forests for while, I just don’t want to see it, it makes me cry.”
        “grey spooky tree cropsis form an ashen landscape, replacing what was once a thick green carpet of spruce forest across the mountainside. ‘All these trees are dead it’s a bit like a horror film’ says the local tourist office head.

        … “Germany’s forests are dying from DROUGHT, and attacks by the bark beetle, the trees become too weak from the lack of water”
        This is the normal BBC thing of blaming one thing at the beginning and then hiding the truth much deeper down
        It’s the beetle that kills the trees
        and is the tree native to Germany ?
        she continues
        “Spruce is NOT native to Germany, and in recent years summers in Germany have been ho and dry
        Worse still spruce are ofyten grown in monoculture forests
        .. the main trigger according to a report is Climate Change induced drought”

        She then meets a guy Peter Vollleben who also blames timber companies ..the big machinery they uses destroys water sources below the ground


        • StewGreen says:

          typo : Peter Wohlleben

          reporter’s hyperbolic tweet
          .. https://twitter.com/CarolineBayley/status/1661612789612396544

          We now know that the UK does NOT have the worst economy in Europe but Bayley’s recent tweets brag that she won an award for making a prog that says the UK s the worst

          As we face biggest squeeze in G7 in 2023 & summer of discontent, we’re asking why the U.K. is being labelled the Sick Man of Europe & how we get out of this malaise?
          On @BBCRadio4 Analysis 8.30pm & @BBCSounds produced by @CarolineBayley
          BBC Radio 4 – Analysis, Is the UK the new sick man of Europe?
          Why is the UK’s economy falling behind its European neighbours and what is the cure?

          Em Germany is officially in recession , UK isn’t


          • StewGreen says:

            I was expecting to go to Twitter and find lots of pre drought tweets saying the trees in Hartz were dying
            but no

            What I do find are tweets from 2016 saying that Polish forests had a massive problem with a massive beetle breakout

            So does it not seem the beetle has spread from Poland to Germany ?
            The Polish wanted to cut more trees to contain the outbreak, but there was EU ban on cutting infected trees and spread of European spruce bark beetle.


            • StewGreen says:

              Someone says the trees were dying in the 1990s
              11:39 AM · Apr 29, 2023
              Visited and camped in the Hartz Mountains in the early 1990s and witnessed the impact of spruce bark beetle which was devastating a result of air pollution from East German heavy industry resulting in stress to the spruce.


          • StewGreen says:

            So pre 2016 Poland had a beetle problem on Native Spruce in a never logged forest
            They wanted to send in loggers to remove infected trees
            The EU banned that
            A few years later The Polish government overturns that

            Meanwhile over in Germany
            Spruce monoculture plantations had been dying since the 1990s
            then they said it was acid raid would you expect ..it’s like saying old people have wrinkles)

            From 2018 Germany had a big swing in beetle
            2021 Feb report said
            would you expect ..it’s like saying old people have wrinkles)
            Then “Particularly hard hit were spruce trees, about 4.3% of which died. The study cited an infestation of bark beetles as the main cause. This was made worse due to a dry summer which enabled the beetles to get deep into barks.”

            2023 one study finds a fungus is affecting spruce resin and making it a beetle attractant
            “Symbiotic fungi transform terpenes from spruce resin”
            It doesn’t mention Climate Change


            • StewGreen says:

              typo “Meanwhile over in Germany
              Spruce monoculture plantations had been dying since the 1990s
              then they said it was acid raid

              From 2018 Germany had a big swing in beetle
              2021 Feb report said only 21% of trees had a perfect canopy (What would you expect ..it’s like saying old people have wrinkles)


  27. TrickCyclist says:

    Some news that might be of interest here is that Network Distributing has apparently ceased trading. Their DVD/Blu Ray output had a lot in common with Talking Pictures TV. Lots of old British films and TV series – the Look at Life shorts that TPTV shows were all issued on DVD by Network.
    The company’s co-founder, Tim Beddows, sadly died last November at only 59. Many of us will miss the great work he did.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Trick – that’s sad news on too many fronts . I’m still a charity shop DVD lurker …


  28. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    When lefties are being interviewed about immigration enrichers they keep saying that just about all of their asylum claims are passed so that they can stay here.
    They say this proves that they are genuine asylum seekers.

    This always goes unchallenged.

    I believe that all the lefties who are ‘processing’ these claims will pass everyone as a genuine asylum seeker because that’s what lefties do.

    If we had a civil service comprising of the likes of us processing the claims I would bet that the number of ‘genuine’ asylum seekers would be cut dramatically which would prove that they are not genuine asylum seekers.

    Because the civil service is made up of 99% lefties they are getting it all their own way.
    Once these economic migrants are in then they stay (and begin bringing the rest of their family in) so it’s too late to do anything about it.
    It’s all planned.
    Remember Blair saying only 15,000 would come from the newly admitted Eastern European States and over ten times that number came. He knew 15,000 was a lie although labour brush it off saying “we got it wrong”, but the bottom line is they got their hundreds of thousands in as was the plan.


    • Rob in Cheshire says:

      If they stay here long enough they eventually get “leave to remain”, but that just means the system has given up trying to get rid of them, not that they are truly asylum seekers.


    • tomo says:



    • StewGreen says:

      If you don’t want people to be suspicious then don’t try to wipe the internet archive
      sure Archive.org is wiped
      but there are other archives
      i don’t see anything to hide tho


  29. Jeff says:

    It’s a big day in the British sporting calendar, both The Epsom Derby and the FA Cup. Mind you, getting to these events will be tricky this year…

    Now of course, as the union bosses have assured us, it’s a complete coincidence that they’ve called a strike for today, thereby making life as difficult as possible for those who wish to attend. It’s no skin off my nose, Fulham aren’t playing…

    What will be both interesting and irritating in equal measure is how the entire spectrum of well-heeled woke protesters will be out in force. Rail strikes won’t bother them.

    We’ll see “trans activists” …faggots in frocks…having tantrums, they love to be the centre of attention. “Animal Rising” will be at The Derby, making complete pests of themselves and also being a bloody dangerous nuisance. And not to be outdone those privileged, regular pains in the arse climate hysterics will be throwing bags of orange powder over people at Wembly.

    You know, just occasionally, I hanker after the bad old days of football when hooliganism was rife. Teams were followed by firms of dedicated thugs. It was never my scene, but… I’d love to see Peregrine and Tarquin try to invade the turf with a bag of powder.

    They wouldn’t bloody dare…


  30. tomo says:

    Pointy’s gone

    was always worth reading … RIP



  31. Zephir says:


    Editor In Chief
    Cherwell Newspaper, University of Oxford

    Dec 2016 – Mar 2017

    4 months

    Oxford, United Kingdom

    Average of 30 hours spent a week as Cherwell Editor, producing a 32-page print edition of the newspaper each week, as well as running website and social media and overseeing a staff of 60 students.


  32. Zephir says:

    Cherwell (essential reading for Oxford students):

    “Dozens of Ukrainian refugees now homeless in Oxford”

    “Just Stop Oil activist who threw soup at Van Gogh painting gives talk at Earth Sciences Department”

    “Over 100 academics sign letter in support of trans students”

    “New portrait of former Ghanaian President unveiled at Exeter College”

    “How do we keep Campsfield closed?
    Emma Belmonte discusses how students can oppose the government’s plan to reopen an Oxfordshire immigration detention centre.”



    • Zephir says:

      “How do we”

      Who the f’ck is “we”


      • Ian Rushlow says:

        “we” is an abbreviation for the ‘Woke Enemy’


      • StewGreen says:

        “Campsfield House on Langford Lane in Kidlington closed in 2017 after significant local protests.”
        set to reopen govt says


  33. Zephir says:

    “The Crown in our republic

    “it is evident that younger generations’ support may be, in fact, dwindling.”

    “The Monarchy: An Embodiment of Britishness?

    Either they find the very idea of national identity repulsive, so it is not worth debunking, or they consider monarchy so obviously incompatible with a modern conception of national identity that there is no need to explain their objection.”

    And, the teenagers are experts in international politics also:

    “The Turkish elections: Time for a new spring?”


    • Rob in Cheshire says:

      When you import a million foreigners a year, what do you expect?


  34. Zephir says:

    Essential, unbiased news for formative young minds.

    “a passage from a 2012 New York Times op-ed written by the psychologist Larry Steinberg: “Significant changes in brain anatomy and activity are still taking place during young adulthood, especially in prefrontal regions that are important for planning ahead, anticipating the future consequences of one’s decisions, controlling impulses, and comparing risk and reward,” he wrote.”


  35. Zephir says:

    Any doubt there, just look at car insurance quotes.

    When it is a matter of risking money. opinions go out of the window fast.


  36. JohnC says:

    ‘My mother was missing, I got a picture of the body’

    This number 1, top world headline at the BBC is an excellent example of what they have become.

    That story is not news at all. It’s a pure emotion/empathy article trying to use death and grief as a clickbait, gutter-press heart-string puller.

    All they want these days are victims to use for stories like this. I put it down to the calibre of staff they now have since the great BBC woke revolution.

    The time is long overdue to stop the public being forced to fund all of this woke virtue-signalling activism.


  37. Dickie says:

    What the mainstream media is not reporting:


    • JohnC says:

      If you went on any public forum and posted that, you would be instantly attacked by a viscious mob and branded a Russian troll.

      That’s what is so scary about this. People without the wit or interest to check for themselves are being absolutely brainwashed by the likes of the BBC. I’ve had conversations with people who totally believe every word they read.

      The narrative now is that if you don’t support Ukraine then you must support the demon Putin personally. I don’t support either of them. I’m an independent observer who sees the USA are just as guilty over this war as Russia. They wanted it – and they do anything they have to to keep it going. Nord stream (by Biden) was the worst war-crime of the conflict and all our government said was ‘Russia probably did it.’. And the media were silent.

      I just feel sorry the Ukranian people caught in the middle.


      • Zephir says:

        “Stop the war” protests ?

        Or more demands for missiles and war planes from the far left ?


        • JohnC says:

          It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so tragic.

          What happened to ‘jaw jaw not war war’?.

          The Left have turned into total warmongers. The BBC HYS comments on the subject are simply insane. They’ve been whipped up into a bloodthirsty rabble.

          They really are complete hypocrites. Whatever they claim is right depends entirely on their own agenda. I cannot take anything I read on the BBC seriously any longer.

          You know, now I think back on it : everybody knew full well that Russia was preparing to invade Ukraine and I don’t remember a single report of any diplomatic efforts to stop it. All I remember is Biden saying the Russian invasion was imminent just before it happened. Apart from that, it was barely reported.

          It’s clear to me that the USA wanted this war. It’s perfect for them : Russia get taken out and no American soldiers get killed. Hence the staggering amount they are giving Ukraine.

          I wonder how long before the American public tire of it.


  38. Zephir says:

    Remember this one and the far left’s comments about his hate and divisiveness ?


  39. Zephir says:

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch:


  40. Zephir says:

    Apparently, according to the far left, Churchill was a warmonger

    And yet:


  41. Zephir says:

    “Those who abhor Churchill do so for good reason. Shashi Tharoor has explained that Churchill was “a war criminal and an enemy of decency and humanity, a blinkered imperialist untroubled by the oppression of non-white peoples, a man who fought not to defend but to deny our freedom.”



  42. Zephir says:

    RE above.

    All one needs to know by the author’s name,

    “By Mihir Sharma”


  43. Zephir says:


  44. Zephir says:


  45. Zephir says:

    How Winston Churchill helped Maria Blewitt keep calm and carry on during the Battle of Britain
    ‘A tiddly bit frightening’

    On 11 September 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave a wireless speech to the nation addressing the perilous situation Britain was now facing. Belgium, Holland and France had all fallen to German forces in June 1940, and the battle for air superiority between Germany’s Air Force – the Luftwaffe – and Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) was being fought in the skies above Britain.

    Maria Blewitt, a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) at RAF Duxford, was listening as Churchill spoke of the imminent invasion he expected from Germany, and her letters home illustrate what life was like for people involved in the ‘Battle of Britain’.

    Around 3,000 pilots helped repel Luftwaffe sorties over Britain during this period of intense fighting, and they were ably supported by ground crews that ‘scrambled’ fighter planes to engage with the enemy and thousands of other staff that operated Britain’s defences on the ground.

    With more RAF men taking to the skies, the WAAF played an increasingly significant role on the ground, such as working in the Sector Station Operations Rooms as plotters to track the size and direction of incoming German raids.
    Maria Blewitt with some of her colleagues.

    Maria was working at RAF Duxford on the day Churchill gave his speech about a potential full scale invasion of Britain, and the letter she wrote to her mother shows how real the threat of imminent invasion was, as well as her sense of humour. She wrote: ‘I have just been listening to Winston. Brilliant, inspiring but just a tiddly bit frightening. He seems quite sure invasion will come within the next week or so. If not I shall be home for 48 hrs on 17th.’

    When Maria and her colleagues weren’t protecting Britain from Germany, they kept calm and carried on with life as normal. This is reflected in the letters Maria would send to her family about life at Duxford, where she wrote about dances in concrete-floored aircraft hangars and socialising with RAF pilots, as well as her daily duties and fears for Britain.

    Maria knew many of the pilots who flew in the Battle of Britain. They were not distant heroes or ‘Brylcreem Boys’ to her, but brave young men flying to keep Britain safe and fighting for their lives. She wrote: ‘The rot written about the R.A.F. makes me feel ill… I’ve met a good many [pilots] by now, as a whole not gentlemen, hard swearing, hard drinking, tough, amusing and grand fun. I have the very greatest admiration for them all.’


    • RightSide says:

      Hmm… Churchill was all for the global banking system and was backed by them. Churchill was bankrupt in 1939 and only through their backing did he survive. Those backers wanted war with Germany as far back as 1935 – before Hitler reclaimed German speaking parts of Poland (taken from them after WWI and a direct parallel to Russian invasion of Ukraine.


      At the Battle of Britain the Germans only sent a quarter of their air force against us, keeping the best of their soldiers and pilots for the Russian front.

      Churchill was definitely a warmonger. He started the war by bombing 12 German cities – civilian targets – over 15 days before the Germans retaliated with the Blitz – which put an end to bombing of Germany until near the end of the war where we slaughtered millions of civilians in cities like Dresden.

      Hitler never wanted war with us. Not that he was afraid, he could of easily destroyed us. All of his efforts at peace where ignored by Churchill. Hitler could of wiped us out at Dunkirk, but records show that he allowed the evacuation to show goodwill to us.

      The sorry truth is that most of our version of WW2 is propaganda. Nothing has changed. The BBC are the same now as they were then.


  46. Zephir says:

    “Tice left fuming as migrants barricade central London hotel complaining ‘wifi’s too slow’
    Asylum seekers and refugees staying at a Pimlico hotel have complained of being kept in “inhuman” conditions after being transferred to the city from Essex with one complaining the wifi was too slow.”



  47. Zephir says:

    “If we complain we’ll be sent to Rwanda’: Refugee Action report reveals shameful conditions and treatment of people in asylum accommodation”



  48. Zephir says:

    “Campaigners slam ‘inedible’ food given to asylum seekers in budget hotels
    The images, which showed food including burgers, chicken rolls and kebabs, were taken in two hotels near Bristol that have been commandeered by the Home Office.”