353 Responses to Start the Week 24 July 2023

  1. Northern Voter says:



  2. Up2snuff says:

    Eee, Fed, you are goin’ ta be in reet strife w’ Brissles. 😉


  3. Flotsam says:

    ULEZ is a scam.Yes we know that, there is a way to show it to be true. In the near future the only vehicles that can be bought will be electric or ULEZ compliant. Progressively, non compliant vehicles will cease to be on the road or be in vanishingly low numbers, it’s evolution. ULEZ charging will be redundant in 10-20 years so why bother?


    • Scroblene says:

      The bloke Kaaaan can’t control the transport system, so like all socialists, he throws public money at the non-existent problem and hopes it’ll work.

      As it won’t, he’ll be out of the ridiculous mare’s office next time around so cares less anyway!


      • Up2snuff says:

        Scrobie, Mayor Kahane responded incompetently to Covid/’flu’/the common cold in 2020 by cutting the number of trains on the Underground system and buses on the road network, consequently scaring many people away from using trains or buses or instead infecting them unnecessarily through his overcrowding of the transport network. That is why TfL is effectively bust and requiring handouts from central Government + ULEZ schemes to pay the TfL directors huge salaries.


        • Scroblene says:

          That’s a good description of his failure, Uppers – thank you!

          As I never visit London any more and never will, (having kept Balls Bros and Davey’s in profit for several decades), I feel sorry for anyone who has to drive anywhere up there – it was bad enough when I used to drive to West London from deepest Kent every day, but these absurd cash creations will upset everybody who works and lives in the nightmare he’s created!

          In an odd way, I now realise that when Boris was mare, the place just got on with it’s own business, he had a pretty light touch and everyone sorted out their own issues! With the stupid Khanahan, with his little power struggles, hissy fits and appalling, naive management, the place has sadly gone to Walthamstow Stadium major big time…

          Pints are on the bar when you visit Kent!


          • Up2snuff says:

            “having kept Balls Bros and Davey’s in profit for several decades” was that in the City or in High Holborn?

            Scrobie, I actually miss London and would love to go back there to live. I heard a rumour that The City of London, especially, was already suffering from the ‘downturn’ (technical recession expected soon) plus the Working From Home culture (sorry, Fed: WfH) and was expecting various surplus spaces. A lot of the ‘offices’ and ‘shops’ (a.k.a. Scrobie Watering Holes) are converted houses in the ‘Square Mile’.

            A few centuries back, there were a high proportion of Hugenots in the City of London and more recently – the 1980s – there were 350,000 people living in the City. As for Boris as Mayor, he was better than Meir Kahane 1. because he had people organising him, and, 2. he had to deliver for the Olympics. Boris bodged the North Circular Road improvements but then, no surprises there!

            IKEA, I gather, are leaving their north Tottenham/south Edmonton/west Walthamstow site and I expect increasing numbers of large retailers to follow suit if Mayor Kahane persists with his ULEZ widening-scheme roll out. Speaking of Walthamstow Dog Track/Stadium that is now occupied by a very large Sainsbury’s Supermarket. I wonder how long they will remain there?

            Tesco must be feeling pretty smug up at Cheshunt.


  4. digg says:

    BBC reporting on the Spanish elections in a single report referred to the Far Right, The Hard Right and finally The Extreme Right, the other side…. Simply the left….

    Odious and partisan blatantly lying reporting from our national disgrace of a broadcaster…

    They have no right to any trust whatsoever they are just political activists masquerading as media.


  5. Fedup2 says:

    Somebody please put up the Neil Oliver piece this week where he nails the lie about human caused climate change . It re enforces my view that the whole green crap thing is just that ,,,

    As he says – once ‘science ‘ is described as ‘the science ‘ there can be do dissent …


    • Dickie says:


      • Fedup2 says:

        Dickie – very grateful – everyone – you need to stay afraid of something – doesn’t matter what just afraid …


        • Scroblene says:

          Brilliant expose by a good man!

          His research and delivery beats any of the yapping/whimpering waffle which the Beeboids put up for the gullible, with tiresome regularity!


      • Thatcherrevolutionary says:

        That guy looks no right.


  6. Nibor says:

    If you can help me and the BBC ,

    I’m looking for a pensioner who’s quite happy to die of hypothermia due to expensive energy but will pass on with a smile on his/ her face knowing that Britain is leading the world in countering climate change and British politicians and civil servants can stomp the world stage and be lauded for Net Zero impoverishment Of the country.

    Like a pig trying to be first at the slaughter house .


  7. StewGreen says:

    Tweet from GreenBlob PR guy who always ridiculously claims that wind power is 9 times cheaper than fossil fuels
    This time it’s “How dare the Mail call out my mate BBC Rowlatt !”

    .. https://twitter.com/LeoHickman/status/1683089122108354560


    • tomo says:

      Hickman and the rest of the Guardian eco-nutters make a fat living from the billionaires (dead and live ones)



  8. StewGreen says:

    Spain :the Green left have 180 seats (136 + 31 +7 +6)
    The Right have 169 but there’s
    13 seats from smaller parties, who will they side with ?


  9. Flotsam says:

    It’s EU spit in Britain’s face time. Malvinas indeed!

    Shall we call France Vichy France? Germany The Reich? Spain Franco’s paradise?


  10. andyjsnape says:

    One of many pathetic “reports” from the bbc

    Taliban beauty salon ban: Three Afghan women mourn the end of a valued service

    Mourn the end!

    By Turpekai Gharanai, I would how much tele tax was paid for this


    • Ian Rushlow says:

      Is this not an infringement on their human rights? And sufficient reason for them to be immediately brought to the UK, along with any cousins, people they have spoken to, plus goats and donkeys from nearby villages?


      • Fedup2 says:

        Definately a job for NATO . Old joe will have forgotten he pulled the plug on afgee by now and will want to send in the boys to be ‘in harms ‘way ‘ ..


      • andyjsnape says:

        Hello Ian

        If they bring their donkeys here, I can cancel my monthly begging subscription as seen on the tv adverts, together with sponsor a lion, etc etc but then the CEOs of these “charities” would miss out on their massive salaries


  11. JohnC says:

    Spain’s conservatives miss out on all-out victory as left celebrates

    One might think the Left won !.

    The real story is the huge shift to the Right from 89 seats to 136. No wonder they have been very quiet about this election.

    It’s difficult to believe how pathetic the BBC have become. They are like bitter student activists.


  12. Fedup2 says:

    Another non BBC day for me – but the Great Rhodes Fire is providing the msm with all the column inches needed this time of year .
    I notice that

    the FCO is being criticised for not sending helpers earlier

    Evacuations by boat were ‘wimmin and children first ‘( a clear breach of the Equalities Act)

    Ryanair was still sending flights to Rhodes on Saturday – with people who chose to take them landing in Rhodes and being bussed straight to evacuation centres

    The budget carriers – TIU – easyJet – are ‘under fire ‘ for not having staff or evacuation people quick enough . Punters need to realise these are commercial operations which only function to make money .

    The Dunkirk cliche has been fully deployed as well as ‘it was like a war ‘…

    Lastly a number of evacuation flights back to Gatwick will feature bigly on Monday with the word ‘ordeal ‘ rolled out a lot .


    • StewGreen says:

      Fed I don’t think Ryan air passengers are being immediately evacuated
      Many areas of the island are not on fire and their hotels are still open
      (Simon Calder 9:15am TalkTV)
      So Ryan Air are not cancelling any flights nor giving any money back
      All other airlines are


      • Fedup2 says:

        Yes you can go from stansted tomorrow for only £150 . If you want a seat or want to wear clothes on the plane it’s an added £50 …


  13. Charlie Farley says:

    Fedup2 ,
    Very surprised the Budget Airlines haven’t started trips to war torn France with return by Dinghy with all inclusive Heath Care / Dentistry and free accommodation……all the things that we as the indigenous people of this once Great Britain had easy access to ! , Trying to save up for my next Dentist visit…….they recently mentioned it can be cheaper if I pay CASH ! Good to see the Black Economy still exists.
    The Bibby Barge Hotel looks very good but obviously fully booked by now .


    • Ian Rushlow says:

      A sustained, humane and well managed programme of Family Reunification (aka ‘repatriation’) for the million plus people in the UK who shouldn’t be here, would certainly be a boom for the likes of Ryanair and Easyjet.


  14. Fedup2 says:

    There could be a good living made from ‘disaster tourism ‘ – competing with Orla , Adie , Myrie and Huw (oops ) . A Ryanair from stansted to Rhodes is only £150 ….


    • Charlie Farley says:

      Fed ,
      Ukraine could also be a good earner with lots to see and do with optional ” Volunteer Fighting ” against Russia with a chance to die ! .
      Still waiting for a BBBC indepth report on Ukraine with what caused this disaster . What ever happened to Stop the War campaigns or have they morphed into Just Stop Oil ?


      • MarkyMark says:

        Ukrainian all female army saves the world – drag queen front liberates Moscow from microagressions.


  15. tomo says:


  16. andyjsnape says:

    Remember when the bbc did comedy, now:-

    ‘My character isn’t being a palatable or acceptable black man’

    oww how we laughed, NOT


    • MarkyMark says:

      “What Adjani Salmon’s Dreaming Whilst Black teaches us about microaggressions – and what people in the real world are doing to prevent them.”

      Ethnic pygmy populations in Central Africa suffer from racialized discrimination from Bantu peoples.[1] Pygmies and Bantus differ physically and genetically due to long lasting evolutionary segregation until the Bantu expansion brought them back into close contact.[2] Pygmies have been targeted for slavery by Bantu populations continuing into the modern age.[1] They are frequently ostracized from participation into the wider society in the various African countries that they live in and are seen as untouchables.[1] Racially-motivated attacks occur on Pygmies including rape and cannibalization.[3][4]


      In 1990, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a rebel group composed mostly of Tutsi refugees, invaded northern Rwanda from their base in Uganda, initiating the Rwandan Civil War. Over the course of the next three years, neither side was able to gain a decisive advantage. In an effort to bring the war to a peaceful end, the Rwandan government led by Hutu president, Juvénal Habyarimana[4] signed the Arusha Accords with the RPF on 4 August 1993. The catalyst became Habyarimana’s assassination on 6 April 1994, creating a power vacuum and ending peace accords. Genocidal killings began the following day when majority Hutu soldiers, police, and militia murdered key Tutsi and moderate Hutu military and political leaders.


      Africa’s democratic transition is back in the spotlight. The concern is no longer the stranglehold of autocrats, but the hijacking of the democratic process by tribal politics.


      Has voodoo been misjudged? {bbc.co.uk aug2017}
      While many African traditions and cultures are under threat from modern life, there is one which is holding its own – voodoo. It has suffered from a bad press internationally but is an official religion in the West African country of Benin. … The Regional High Priest (special person, no complaints allowed, special privilege) of Voodoo Daagbo Hounon is presiding over the day’s rituals. … With the government supporting it at home and the descendants of slaves embracing it abroad (Government backing suggests it will not survive on it’s own merits?), the ancient voodoo tradition has found a place in the modern world, where other African belief systems are often struggling for relevance.



    • MarkyMark says:

      Comment by Danni, South Africa
      Each person is entitled to their own religion, belief or culture, but when that same thinking such as witchcraft in South Africa, encourages people to rape three-month-old babies to ‘cure’ them of HIV, people should rethink their views.



  17. AsISeeIt says:

    Ancient and modern edition

    Several years ago, as a regular plodding daily commuter, one considered the tone of those alarming regular daily headlines in the London Evening Standard and concluded the ideal newspaper sales formulation might be: All commuters will die – how could you pass by and leave that one on the news stand?

    Then there was that classic old school Grub Street screamer that used to make the lefties wince: Peruvian earthquake devastation – No Britons hurt

    All roads lead to climate alarmism

    For readers of some titles one suspects they’re being gifted a hint of schadenfreude – serves ’em right, lucky buggers escaping our grey rainy work-a-day Blighty for their sun-kissed holidays in the Med, especially on this dull Monday morning leaving us to moan about our washed-out Ashes series

    Other titles are fully-paid-up card-carrying ideaological alarmists

    Our BBC theatrically revels in this Greek tragedy, leading a veritable Greek chorus of our media: Corfu and Evia have become the latest Greek islands to issue an evacuation order, as the country grapples with devastating wildfires

    Fires on Rhodes have already forced 19,000 of people to leave their homes – in what the government calls its largest ever such evacuation. No injuries have been reported (BBC) – 19,000 of people? one wonders how the local authorities managed this feat without: Emergency Alerts is a UK government service that will warn you if there’s a danger to life nearby. In an emergency, your mobile phone or tablet will receive an alert with advice about how to stay safe… Reasons you might get an alert… severe flooding, fires, extreme weather (Gov.UK)

    Our BBC, warming to the theme of Greek Fire (a combustible compound emitted by a flame-throwing weapon, used to set light to enemy ships. It was first used by the Greeks besieged in Constantinople (673–8). It ignited on contact with water, and was probably based on naphtha and quicklime. Oxford Languages & Google) picks the Daily Express as the most favoured organ to take the podium and be presented with the winner’s laurels – first choice in the BBC online press line-up: Hell on Earth… Britons flee raging wildfires in Rhodes (Daily Express)

    Headlines like that are about the only place you see the word Briton used these days. Apart from archeological treatises, where it may still crop up, combined with the word Ancient

    Run for your lives… Brits escape inferno with seconds left (The Sun)

    Rhodes on fire… Brits flee holiday Isle (advertising freebie Metro)

    Those last two titles of course giving us the Britons rather unpleasant replacement word Brits

    Our terror… Brit families tell of ordeal as they flee wildfires on hols isle (Mirror)

    The Guardian goes with the lead: Thousands forced to flee Rhodes fire ‘nightmare’ – and shunning that narrow-minded little Englander tabloid parochialism – and just as properly internationalist Guardianistas ought – there’s no mention of the British until paragraph 6 of their report: As thousands of British tourists became caught in the emergency, a Foriegn Office spokesman… – no hyperbol about the Brits but always the Guardian-like emphasis on process and administration

    Elsewhere, the old-fashioned Telegraph sees the commercial angle: Pressure on travel firms to fly Britons out of Rhodes

    The left-leaning ‘i’ is our fully-paid-up card-carrying ideaological alarmist – as referenced above: Tories warned over fiddling with green policies… while Rhodes burns – did you get the classical reference? Emperor Nero fiddled, while Rome burned? Oh, please yourselves! As Frankie Howerd would say.

    The Times references hotel accommodation on Rhodes: A tenth of the island’s hotels had closed yesterday – mind you, it’s probaly still easier to get a reservation over there than it is in many towns back here in Britain: Migrants being housed in almost 400 hotels across UK… The government is paying millions of pounds a day to put up asylum seekers in hotels (Telegraph, March 2023)

    No mention of Rhodes on the Financial Times frontpage. Instead it frets over Spain and the ‘hard right‘ – that old Greek notion of democracy can be such a bore to a modern globalist.

    And finally, the day’s jokey throwaway story is the lead in the Daily Mail – but as the media would have us become increasingly concerned over the threat to our humanity posed by AI – the Mail attempts to convince us that chancellor Jeremy Hunt is a human being. Ditch Rishi, get Hunt?


    • Fedup2 says:

      Asiseeit – as a devout student of Human Nature ( the best / worst bits ) I think the readers breakdown in groups –

      1 as you say – the smugs – cool in Blighty – have some fire

      2 glad we didn’t go there

      3 glad we are somewhere else

      4 where’s the navy ‘ something must be done

      5 wouldn’t have happened if we remained

      6 we are all doomed so tax us more .

      As I said – we face 24 hours of ‘survivors ‘arriving at Gatwick being offered counselling . I did like some woke kidult asking about how kids affected will ‘process ‘ it – when they’ll have bragging rights back at school …


      • MarkyMark says:

        PTSD from a cartoon ….

        Watership Down given new PG rating with language and violence warnings
        2 days ago

        The 1978 animated film Watership Down has been re-classified to a PG due to its “mild violence, threat, brief bloody images and bad language”.


          • MarkyMark says:

            We humbly apologise to all of our loyal customers for any offence caused.

            “There was confusion between us and the act as to what we would allow or not, as it were.

            “The grinding act was most definitely a non-starter as we are ostensibly a family park and that is just not family entertainment.”

            He added: “Rest assured we will not be re-booking this act or participate in any future Pride celebrations.

            “It’s just not for us. We tried to be inclusive, but it has backfired on us.”

            The Adventure Land Facebook page sadly does not reflect the chairman’s statement.

            WORDS vs ACTION


  18. MarkyMark says:

    Anjem Choudary has been charged with three terror offences, the Metropolitan Police has said.

    Let us all stop funding UK terrorism! It would seem Khalid Masood (Westminster Attack 22.03.2017 5 Innocents Killed) was on benefits which comes out of National Insurance payments by the workers of the UK. Thus, it would seem prior to these findings the workers in the UK were unknowingly funding terrorism. But now we know terrorists operate using welfare benefits it would seem we are knowingly paying terrorists.
    Can I suggest that the Government please make sure NI payments by UK workers don’t go into the hands of terrorists by removing the terrorists in the first place. Can you also calculate how much we have/are funded terrorism via welfare benefits by simply getting all known terrorists (left,right,islamic) arrested to-date and those on the watch list and check welfare payments made to them or their immediate family (under various names possibly).

    Another example is where imams preaching intolerance such as Anjem Choudary (preached hate 1999-2016) to his hundreds of worshippers (5 times a day, everyday), can all imams be checked if they are on welfare benefits, paid by UK workers, and these payments be stopped immediately. It is the community that needs to fund the imams if they want religious teachings, similar to how the Church of England was funded with donations in the past.

    The father-of-four (Anjem Choudary preaching hate 1999-2016) takes home more than £25,000 a year in benefits and lives in a £320,000 house in Leytonstone

    “…and don’t you worry. It’s coming to a place near you…we cannot have state subsidized preachers…give it up or give it to your deadliest enemy and pay for the rope that will choke you.“



  19. MarkyMark says:

    Has voodoo been misjudged?

    Voodoo: A misunderstood religion

    Thousands celebrate Benin’s voodoo holiday

    Voodoo Macbeth

    Fighting Aids in Haiti has meant confronting traditional beliefs in magic and tackling a culture in which many children start having sex around the age of 12.


  20. Dickie says:

    So Victoria “F.ck the EU” Nuland is off to South Africa, presumably to “persuade” them to stop supporting Russia. Gawd help the South Africans. Hope they send the evil warmongering mare back to the good old US of A with a diplomatic flea in her ear.


  21. tomo says:

    The jerks are still “at it”


    • MarkyMark says:



    • MarkyMark says:

      In an absolute monarchy, the monarch thrives on fear, and usually finds many ways to engineer fear. But in a democracy we need to look one another in the eye as equals and to work together for common goals. This requires trust, the willingness to be vulnerable to what other people do. If I’m always defending myself against you I do not trust you. Trust breeds deceit and defensiveness rather than common efforts to solve problems.



    • StewGreen says:

      “Why is the UK coloured orange indicating heat when its chucking it down and struggling to get to 18 degrees?
      A few make that point under BBCnews Monday temperature prediction video

      From the BBCweather’s own Twitter feed
      apparently today’s 17C counts as flame orange


    • G says:


      Wow 48C !
      Follow the numbers. Currently, the Met Office (same….one) for Malta is forecasting:


      Could hit 41C today then dropping to 30/31C before end of week. Shame. All those garish colours will disappear. Remember, ‘one warm day doesn’t make a Summer.

      Could the BBC’s forecasting be wrong………………..


      • tomo says:

        I’ve been in Malta and Libya in the summer – it’s usually ferociously hot – seen seriously melting tarmac in Malta several times.

        Could the BBC’s forecasting be wrong?

        They don’t care about veracity and balance – the BBC’s output across their public presence is obviously viewed by the goons as a giant billboard where it can promote and cross-sell their wonky ideologies without challenge….

        There’s no BBC output that escapes having the ideological extrusion nozzle deployed – and that’s why I’ve arrived at detesting the entire pile of shit.


      • StewGreen says:

        Current 10am observation 43.6C
        oh 45.2 at 10:24am
        Palermo – San Lorenzo
        Yesterday at 10am it was just 36C, peaked at 1pm at 41.2

        My guess is that the area is protected from wind
        A record is possible , just cos BBC say it, it doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
        That station may not be an official one


        • StewGreen says:

          The official Palermo Airport observation at 1pm was still 43C cos temp stopped rising
          48C seems unlikely now

          The San Lorenzo amateur site has made 45.9C but can’t be far off peak
          It rose 1.7C in the last 10 minutes probably wind gusts dropped


          • StewGreen says:

            San Lorenzo has quickly dropped back down 1.5C

            Too many sceptics are sneering back at the BBC saying temps never reached 39 or 40
            They undoubtedly did


            • tomo says:

              I have a v.vague recollection of working on Malta and it being over 45 in the 1980s Valetta harbour area zero wind – nobody made much of a fuss about it at the time – sunglasses and sun tan oil being higher priorities.


    • Doublethinker says:

      Neil Oliver said that the recent high temperatures were being measured at ground level and not the 1.5 metres above the ground that is the convention, so artificially increasing the reading. Anyone know if this is can be substantiated?
      If it can then it is a similar trick to measuring and reporting temperatures in urban heat islands rather than in the countryside as it used to be. Just another way to bend the evidence to suit the narrative. It’s about as far away from science as you can get , it’s basically just lying and manipulation.


      • StewGreen says:

        @Doublethinker I think you got it the wrong way around
        Oliver was pointing out that ESA had put out some very high stats
        but that turned out to be ground measurements
        The proper air stats are high
        there is a genuine heatwave
        but somewhere else ..most of Europe is having a coldwave


  22. G says:

    Unusual morning. Woke early and decided to seek the wisdom of BBC’s Radio 4 news bulletin at 0600. Just to set me up for the day…….. Then dozed off and back into consciousness and continued that cycle up until approaching 0800 and then, realising what I had done, immediately reached for the off button. Weird. While I drifted in and out, it seems every time I drifted in, hey presto! there was an item on everything bizarre going on in the World and which our, “Worlds Most Trusted Broadcaster” wanted to shove into the discerning ears of their listeners. I recall, the Afghan women’s football team now stationed in Australia. Right up to the …………well, I don’t know what to call it……….maybe ‘trans’ fits the bill……..an interview with a Malaysian, ‘Cross-dresser’ (?). Said individual, as reported by “our Malaysian correspondent” ‘Bungee Waller’ (or somesuch) declared to the listener that there was a law put in place by the British decades ago that condemned two same sex individuals, having sex together to 20 years prison. Shock ! Horror ! those evil brits still influencing modern Malaysia. Contributors here will already have realised that Malaysia languishes in the warm embrace of islam and, it has to be said, 20 years is better that being thrown of a tall building as it is customary in many muslim countries. This essential fact was not disclosed by our ‘Bungee Waller’ in Malaysia or even questioned by the BBC interviewer. Hey ! Ho ! Just another normal day of broadcasting from our own, cherished, “Worlds Most Trusted Broadcaster”.


    • Rob in Cheshire says:


      Malaysia has been independent since 1963. If this colonial era law was so odious to them they would have changed it.

      As you state, Malaysia is also an islamic society. As such, the gays might think the British colonial era law is a bit more lenient than sharia law.

      But hey, let’s change our laws because of what a small time British pop group think, said no Malaysian ever.


      • G says:


        Absolutely, perhaps a slight alteration to suit more recent circumstances:

        “If this EU era law was so odious to them they would have changed it……….” Rich Sunak row back from removing eu law.


  23. MarkyMark says:

    Whoops Apocalypse (1986) ORIGINAL TRAILER

    “You’re telling me that the entire population of Great Britain went and elected a deranged psychotic …”



  24. Sluff says:

    Unusually watched a bit of BBC Breakfast Time this morning, hoping to catch a weather forecast but the b******* change the timing to keep you watching.

    Thus I was subjected to the following ‘news’ items.

    1. The heavy rain yesterday caused many outdoor activities to be disrupted. No, not the Test Match but the Pride March in Newcastle.

    2. The cost of living crisis has caused vegan food sales to decline. Cue a visit to a vegan food factory and carefully selected vox pop ‘interviews’ with a public which is apparently universally sympathetic to the vegan cause. Who would have guessed?

    Agenda. Agenda. Agenda. Glaringly obvious. Utterly pathetic.
    Cue off switch. Never did get the weather forecast.

    PS note the Marxist trick here. Keep the objective, change the justification. Vegans used to be against cruelty to animals. That didn’t work. So now they are against methane-producing cows causing climate change. The BBC are fully on board.
    But is Justin Rowlatt a vegan? I think we should be told. He does travel by air after all.


  25. StewGreen says:

    The twitter logo just changed, bird gone
    dunno if it’s a giant advert fro a Crypto currency


  26. Althepalerp says:

    Labour gave up representing the poor long ago.
    Bring on ULEZ, make the poor suffer for voting Labour.


  27. tomo says:

    A fresh spin on the TNI thing? – Fransesca has been challenged somewhere and didn’t like it?


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  28. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – naughty JustRemainIn Webb, the eco police will be wanting to arrest you

    Big Interview Subject: the forest fires on some Greek Islands
    Interviewee: ‘has been’ Andrew Mitchell, MP (Con), Minister of State for Development and Africa.
    Evacuations underway, Justin Webb, lays it on thick in the BBC Global Warming and Climate Change ‘crisis mode’ but then asks Mitchell whether it is alright to fly to Rhodes and Corfu.

    Fly JustRemainIn? Don’t you know there’s a Global War ming on? Ahh! I get it, you are talking of the priviliged BBC view of AGW&CC where Beeboids can fly anywhere, anytime and everywhere because most Beeboids are over-paid internationalist hypocrites and their emissions cannot possibly cause Global Warming and Climate Change.


    • tomo says:

      I see the Byline Times political editor is getting all indignant and name-cally after his mate Rowlatt got called out for jetting off to Spain to “report the climate crisis”

      Worthless twats the lot of ’em – fast food drive-thrus across the land are short of litter pickers.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Andy Mitchell is one of those lefties who look like a Tory – sound like a Tory but in fact great fans of peeing away our money on their favourite ‘topics ‘ – presumably in the hope of the forever peerage when the mug voters finally get their revenge .
      Mitchell survived ‘plebgate ‘ but has been lingering the outgoing government like nasty smell ( I was gonna write ‘fart ‘ but realised I’m a mod and don’t want to insult ‘farts ‘) ….

      I wonder if Andy is still using tax money to fund the Chinese and Indian space programme ?


  29. Fedup2 says:

    From the DT – the future looking grim for the State Broadcaster

    While all attention was focused on Huw Edwards, the BBC released some fascinating information this month: “Sales volumes are down”, it disclosed.

    This wasn’t the BBC’s commercial unit, as you might expect. This was the unit that collects the telly tax.

    One of the quirks of the annual Television License Fee Trust Statement is that it refers to licence fee payers as customers and the UK as a TV “market”. It’s a pantomime of pseudo corporate speak.

    We’re not “customers” in the conventional sense of being willing buyers in a voluntary transaction.

    We know that if we decline to take up a relationship with “Auntie”, we may receive a criminal conviction – as around 1,000 people a week do. By contrast, the executives of Disney or Netflix do not have the option of state-backed coercion to help sell their products and have to entice us with the quality and pricing of their goods.

    How much longer this persists is an open question. The media minister John Whittingdale last week confirmed that the autumn review of the corporation’s funding is expected to throw the licence fee up in the air when the current period ends.

    “We should look at possible alternative sources of funding for the BBC in the longer term, that will be the focus of the funding review,” he told the Commons.

    In reality, these comments are simply a bit of red meat to throw to the backbenchers and the disillusioned grassroots.

    At this stage in the electoral cycle, no substantial reform will be undertaken, for no Government would wish to undertake an epic battle with an organisation that’s responsible for 70pc of the news consumed by UK citizens. The opportunity for reform was there three years ago but has been squandered.

    However, the TV licensing data does paint a picture of managed decline.

    While the population of the UK has increased by two million in four years, the telly tax police report that “sales volumes” fell from almost 26m to 24.25m over the same period. It blamed “slow household growth” – the tax being a per-household £159 charge, rather than a per person fee. Not surprisingly, non-payment is increasing: from 9.38pc to 10.31pc.

    One thing that would bring relief to licence fee payers, and breathing room to the BBC, is stronger commercial growth. The £3.7bn that the telly tax brings in is complemented by some £2bn from BBC Worldwide, which sells the corporation’s productions outside of Britain.

    The corporation’s commercial ventures have traditionally been a series of mis-steps. The merger of its studios business, which produces programmes, with worldwide sales has made it easier to hide poor performance. Although this has improved significantly over the past couple of years, the next big wheeze is questionable.

    With Britbox a flop, it’s now going it alone and building a “BBC X” for the American TV market. The BBC is hoping to sell advertising around a news-led proposition. But I’d suggest both the market and the revenue model are dubious.

    Cable news in the US is not as lucrative as executives might be tempted to think.

    There’s roughly $6bn of revenue to go around, shared between Fox, CNN and MSNBC. Viewership of the two liberal or left-leaning channels rose when Donald Trump was president, as they provided a sort of horror porn for the American graduate class, but figures crashed after he left office.

    CNN made a very public pivot to the centre ground last year, which didn’t last. This doesn’t augur well for an ad-funded BBC USA, or suggest it’s much of a prize worth chasing, either.

    Why not address the much larger Anglophone market of Asia, and in particular India, which is now the world’s most populous country?

    The cultural bonds are strong – we don’t have to explain the concepts of mid-off, or irony – and we have much to offer.

    British-made TV content can be world class and can travel. The best high-end co-productions (like Devs, or Giri/Haji) are as good as anything on Prime or Apple TV Plus.

    Yet the BBC higher ups are reluctant for the commercial arm to be seen to be doing “too well”. Success might imperil the licence fee. If the BBC was seen as being good at selling TV services overseas, we may well ask why it can’t do so here too?

    There is a deeper problem for BBC executives in the ever-shifting media consumption patterns that it can do little to control. The New Statesman magazine accidentally highlighted the issue recently. The magazine lamented that one million people had cancelled their broadband contract – and mistakenly assumed that they’d gone off grid completely.

    What cash-strapped households have realised is that they can do a great deal of what they like already with their mobile devices through their mobile data plans. We can bank, shop, watch video and do much else far more conveniently on mobile – TikTok and Instagram, for example, are designed for the smaller formats.

    The world is pivoting away from fixed devices and static TVs in the living room with their Regulated Electronic Programme Guides, which traditionally place the BBC at the top of the menu.

    In the new world, the BBC plays an ever diminishing role. By tying its fortunes to an archaic revenue model, and refusing to compete in the new subscription world at home, it’s literally fading from view.ENDS


  30. andyjsnape says:

    On the bbc webshte

    News from around the UK:-

    1) Rhodes fires: Rhodes rescue flights under way as fires continue
    2) Rhodes fires: Scots tourists sleep on street as blazes spread
    3) Rhodes fires: Welsh tourists describe chaotic escape
    4) Rhodes fires: Holidaymakers praise locals as wildfires rage on

    For how long as Rhodes been in the UK!


    • digg says:

      Yes this should be Greek news but the BBC have claimed it. I notice they are frequently referring to people from Scotland, Wales and NI but rarely from England.

      Of course to the BBC white people from England, particularly if male are not worth talking about, especially off they are budget gammon holiday makers.


    • Terminal Moraine says:

      Just when you think the BBC couldn’t be more unprofessional, they outdo themselves. Honestly who’d trust a source like this to have any grasp of data integrity?

      On top of the grammatical error, it brings to mind the now classic line Jeff Bridges delivers in The Big Lebowski: “That’s just like, your opinion, man.” Laughable.

      Meanwhile on R5 earlier a climate scientist from Imperial College was there to paint a picture of a ravaged mediterranean in the years and decades to come… much more predictive fun to come from the masters of bodged modelling I think.


      • tomo says:

        All the white bits are obviouslywhite hot at the point of melting even …

        or is this BS just theatrical histrionics from dimwits?


    • Up2snuff says:

      andy, was he not born here, in Hertfordshire? May have died in Africa but definitely a Brit.


  31. tomo says:


    • MarkyMark says:

      The great march of mental destruction will go on.

      “Truths turn into dogmas the instant that they are disputed. Thus every man who utters a doubt defines a religion. And the scepticism of our time does not really destroy the beliefs, rather it creates them; gives them their limits and their plain and defiant shape. We who are Liberals once held Liberalism lightly as a truism. Now it has been disputed, and we hold it fiercely as a faith. We who believe in patriotism once thought patriotism to be reasonable, and thought little more about it. Now we know it to be unreasonable, and know it to be right. We who are Christians never knew the great philosophic common sense which inheres in that mystery until the anti-Christian writers pointed it out to us. The great march of mental destruction will go on. Everything will be denied. Everything will become a creed. It is a reasonable position to deny the stones in the street; it will be a religious dogma to assert them. It is a rational thesis that we are all in a dream; it will be a mystical sanity to say that we are all awake. Fires will be kindled to testify that two and two make four. Swords will be drawn to prove that leaves are green in summer. We shall be left defending, not only the incredible virtues and sanities of human life, but something more incredible still, this huge impossible universe which stares us in the face. We shall fight for visible prodigies as if they were invisible. We shall look on the impossible grass and the skies with a strange courage. We shall be of those who have seen and yet have believed.”
      ― G.K. Chesterton, Heretics



  32. andyjsnape says:

    Just came across this on a facebook page

    2 children playing a game

    “This game is called media fact checker”

    How does it work?

    “I cheat, then tell everyone your a liar” 🙂

    ‘Truly amazing what we’re pulling off’ in forcing people to pay BBC licence fee, says Tim Davie



  33. digg says:

    The media would have you believe that Rhodes is a total inferno.


    This is a live cam view of Kallithea on the East Coast. Not much panic, smoke filled skies or flames of hell there!

    And this is the rather aptly named Hippocrates Square…



  34. Terminal Moraine says:

    “Former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop is conscious and recovering after collapsing on air […] He stumbled and fell to the ground face forwards during a pre-match pitch-side interview at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.”

    “Temperatures in California on Sunday were reported to be about 30C, but it is unclear if heat was a factor in Hislop’s collapse.”

    An unclear link to an agenda that’s weakly supported by evidence? Good enough for the BBC.



  35. andyjsnape says:

    ‘Barbenheimer’ sparks biggest UK box office opener since 2019

    Not exactly something to celebrate or ground breaking , when you can’t make a film these days which is either “comedy”, of “offends” someone

    Just this woke crap


  36. Eddy Booth says:

    George Alagiah: BBC journalist and newsreader dies aged 67


    “George Alagiah, one of the BBC’s longest-serving and most respected journalists, .”

    Did he out Saville ?

    “..award-winning foreign correspondent..
    ..nominated for a Bafta..
    ..Amnesty International’s journalist of the year..”

    So being flown somewhere and reading prepared lines gets awards.

    “The anti-immigrant sentiment in many parts of the country was something that largely passed him by.”

    Why mention it then.


  37. micknotmike says:

    Top story on you-know-where – reporter George Alagiah has died. Two points :-
    1) Sad for family and friends,
    2) Not news in any way, shape or form.

    Apologies to Eddy B. I didn’t check and see your earlier post.


    • Fedup2 says:

      I wonder how many days in July 2023 the BBC news has led with a story which is not about itself ?

      I was gonna write something more heartless but then thought ‘why bother ‘?


    • BRISSLES says:

      Sad news. He was coping and living with (I hate the term “battling”) cancer for a few years. RIP George.
      Jonny Irvine one of the better Escape to the Country presenters, and much younger, is also on the terminal path with this bastard disease.


      • Sluff says:

        Thank you Brissles.
        Let’s not criticise the man when it’s the organisation that chooses top stories about its own people, and decides on the use of licence fee payers money for sick pay.

        I knew George quite well before he was famous. He never once played the race card back then and never really wore party politics on his sleeve. Sure he was Guardianista-leaning with a long ‘welfare’ type track record but he was always even tempered and kindly. And he did actually get out there, he didn’t just read the autocue for 30 years, unlike some we could mention. 9 years with bowel cancer – he did a hell of a job to keep going. Not surprised by the news but no less saddening.


  38. StewGreen says:

    Rhodes fire chief on R4Today
    #1 ‘Maniacs started the fires
    #2 We will have them mostly out today’


  39. StewGreen says:

    1pm Radio Humberside news is strongly pushing Global Warming narrative
    “Zoe is a weather expert she tells us why it happened”*
    “as our climate changes hotter and drier weather becomes more likely”**
    Presenter “Scientists say man made Climate Change is behind the heatwave, and it’s going to become more regular”

    Seems like GreenSupremacist propaganda
    * Zoe doesn’t could as proper source
    they don’t even give us her surname

    **emm that is NOT IPCC science
    *** “Scientists say” is a PR phrase not a truth phrase
    What scientists


  40. MarkyMark says:

    ‘This is a story that needs to be told’: BBC film tackles Climategate scandal
    This article is more than 1 year old
    Scientist Philip Jones is resigned, but ready for a fresh wave of abuse when drama The Trick tries to put the record straight on accusations that he falsified data on global heating


    Now Jones faces a repeat of that grim onslaught when the BBC One film, The Trick, is screened on 18 October. It will tell the story, sympathetically, of his tribulations at the hands of climate change deniers.


  41. andyjsnape says:

    ULEZ expansion has become political football, says asthma death girl’s mum

    typical bbc “reporting” at its best

    People already pay Road Tax to use the Road, but the bbc has to drag a little girl into this, very sad


    • MarkyMark says:

      ‘Serious Doubt’ About COVID-19 Vaccine Safety After Forced Release Of 15,000 Pages Of Clinical Trial Data

      The science is … Forced Release
      The science is undisputable … Forced Release


  42. MarkyMark says:


    BBC News
    TV, radio and online, 4 July 2023

    We reported that the former UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s bank account had been closed by Coutts because he fell below the financial threshold needed for an account. This information came from a senior source familiar with the matter after Mr Farage had put the story about his banking arrangements into the public domain, saying that the bank had political motives in closing his account.

    Mr Farage’s view was reflected in all our reporting and he has been widely interviewed across the BBC throughout. Since this original coverage, Nigel Farage submitted a subject access request to Coutts bank and obtained a report from the bank’s reputational risk committee. While it mentioned commercial considerations, the document also said the committee did not think continuing to have Mr Farage as a client was “compatible with Coutts given his publicly-stated views that were at odds with our position as an inclusive organisation”.

    Because of this evidence, we have since changed the headline and the copy on the original online article about his bank account being shut for falling below the wealth limit to reflect that the claim came from a source and added an update to recognise the story had changed. We acknowledge that the information we reported – that Coutts’ decision on Mr Farage’s account did not involve considerations about his political views – turned out not to be accurate.



  43. Fedup2 says:

    Seems that the emir of londonistan has a secret weapon in his ULEZ armoury – mobile detector vans . These will double up as the dreaded and highly effective TV detector vans .

    Like the TV detector vans – ULEZ vans will be impossible to spot -mainly because they won’t actually exist ….. or maybe these will – and will make an excellent target for the army of citizens busily destroying ULEZ cameras ….