Midweek 26 July 2023

Integrity is meant to be big in the State Funded BBC . But in 2 weeks it has seen a leading Newsreader confined to a mental hospital after paying for sexual pictures of a ‘young person ‘ Now its ’ ‘business editor ‘ has been found to have received private bank details of a politician and misreported the circumstances of his cancellation by partly State owned bank .
The BBC path to self destruction is getting shorter …

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569 Responses to Midweek 26 July 2023

  1. Lucy Pevensey says:

    A repeat
    I posted this earlier but I think it deserves a place here at the top of the new thread too 🙂



  2. BRISSLES says:

    Nice to see the girls on top again 😉


  3. Sluff says:

    It’s head in the sand time at the BBC, and to be fair, ITV too.

    Both channels today have been banging on about housing, featuring for example a BAME person speaking iffy English with 5 kids complaining about having to rent a 3 bedroom flat near a factory. Cue other sob stories.

    The heart strings are tugged repeatedly, children and babies and mothers, though rarely fathers, and of course it’s all down to the evil Tories not building enough taxpayer-subsidised houses.

    But strangely not a single person mentioned the great elephant in the room -unfettered mass immigration. How many houses are required for 300,000 – 600,000 immigrants annually? Oh, and by the way, what will their carbon footprint be? Hahaha.

    The government is on target to build one million houses in this parliament, concreting over the countryside in the process. That will just about house the immigrants. What about the rest of us?

    Questions and answers were there none.


    • G says:


      I hear the Government is planning all new development to focus on City and Town centres. Only way, with my simple mind, is ‘UP’,


  4. Sluff says:

    BBC news snowflake whingeathon alerts from today.

    1. Families being evacuated from Rhodes because of fires had to sleep on camp beds on the floor. Shock. Horror.
    2. A child died after jumping in the Thames. There aren’t enough signs saying ‘don’t jump in the river’. The litigation industry is rubbing its hands.

    In other news…………there obviously isn’t any.


    • Helena Hand-Basket says:


      We DREAMED of sleeping in camp beds on the floor! We had to sleep stark naked on a two-foot ledge on a cliff. The only way we could keep warm was when one of the king cobras nesting nearby slithered over and snuggled up to us. The only time I got breakfast was when a cobra laid an egg, and….

      I couldn’t resist pointing out that the BBC’s moaning about trivial hardships reminded me of a Monty Python sketch. What a shame they’ve lost their sense of the absurd – and of humour.

      (Mr Hand-Basket and I are re-watching our BBC comedy DVD collection. I don’t think there’s anything under twenty years old.)


      • Scroblene says:

        Helena, try the series, ‘Green Wing’, (Thames TV – not BBC of course)!

        Senora O’Blene and I are watching it for the fourth time, as it’s so funny, and the first three times we missed far too much!


      • BRISSLES says:

        Helena, the Aussies now produce the best comedy dramas. I’m thinking The Heart Guy and the priceless Colin From Accounts.


  5. tomo says:

    Poisonous old bat gets ratioed


    • Lucy Pevensey says:

      I lived in Phoenix for a few years (1980’s)
      I can say for a fact that 110F + is normal from June to Aug.
      When I was there the hottest day we had was 121F.
      (but it’s a dry heat)

      It’s 100F or more for about 5 months every year. It’s great for drying washing & swimming but crap for everything else. Because it’s a DESERT.

      The nicest time weather-wise is Dec-March when it averages 65-70F


    • JohnC says:

      ‘Grow the economy’ usually means ‘forcing people to pay for things’ these days.

      It sounds like it’s making people richer – but in fact it is the opposite.


  6. Deborah says:

    I have attended a prom concert this evening at the Albert Hall. A female conductor, naturally. I didn’t know anywhere in London could be so white. I am not sure what the BBC is going to do about it. I might suggest there were even fewer people of Far East heritage or from the Indian subcontinent than I have noticed in previous years. I think next year the BBC will have to have a Caribbean season.


  7. tomo says:


    • MarkyMark says:

      Because of her non-dom status, she does not have to pay tax, but she did opt to pay the annual £30,000 levy to the Government to continue to not pay tax on her overseas income this year.24 Mar 2023


    • MarkyMark says:

      2012 … “Two and a half years ago, the coalition government was formed, and we made a clear promise to the British public. After thirteen years of uncontrolled mass immigration, this government would reduce and control immigration.” – Theresa May 2012

      2015 … “Because when immigration is too high (no figure given), when the pace of change is too fast, it’s impossible to build a cohesive society.” – Theresa May 2015

      2018 … “Over the years, overall, immigration has been good for the UK. It has brought people with different backgrounds, different outlooks here to the UK,” – Theresa May 2018


  8. Mik the sceptic says:

    I was brought up to know the meaning of words but if I didn’t, then it was for me to explore, thus increasing my vocabulary.

    Example 1 – Brass

    An alloy of copper and zinc, of historical and enduring importance because of its hardness and workability. The earliest brass, called calamine brass, dates to Neolithic times; it was probably made by reduction of mixtures of zinc ores and copper ores

    Example 2 – Brass Neck

    A type of behaviour where someone is extremely confident about their own actions, but does not understand that their behaviour is unacceptable to others.
    Eg. Dame Alison Rose; Sir Howard Davies.


  9. StewGreen says:

    Tuesday’s Northern Europe temperature anomaly map

    very little is red (warmer than the normal average)
    green and blues dominate the map



  10. Lucy Pevensey says:

    I must share this. It isn’t my idea but it’s Brilliant. Nearly word for word by someone on Twitter. Very few people are able to come up with ideas that might make a difference. But this is good.

    Take action.
    Form crime prevention groups.

    Start simple,
    print professionally designed signs that look OFFICAL informing illegals where to go for assistance.
    Use addresses of LABOUR MPs.
    Hang the signs ALL OVER THE UK, EVERYWHERE allowed.

    You’ll see a shift in MPs ideals.


  11. Luton Reject says:

    Breaking news. The Mail and The Mirror are reporting that Dame Alison Rose has quit –

    “The Board and Alison Rose have agreed, by mutual consent, that she will step down as CEO of the NatWest Group. It is a sad moment.”

    Not finding it particularly sad myself. May her downfall serve as a warning to other CEOs who want to peddle identity politics instead of concentrating on their core responsibilities.


    • harry142857 says:

      How did someone so naive and gullible get such a high profile job in the first place.
      Anyone that has worked in the finance industry has masses of regulations thrown at them from day one. Even as a lowly bank teller or admin assistant. She started at Nat West over thirty years ago.

      Maybe I can sell her some magic beans.


      • Scroblene says:

        Quite so, Harry, and no doubt her huge ‘influence’ on chairing all those quangos and useless charities!


        From the Beebonic website:-

        “Farage to speak to BBC
        We can just confirm that Nigel Farage will be speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme later this morning, so do tune in to get his reaction to news of Dame Alison Rose’s departure”.

        What are the chances of Signome Jack’s appearance on GB News…?


      • digg says:

        I guess she inhabited a World (like SW1) where she only ever rubbed shoulders with people exactly like herself and assumed this was the standard behaviour allowed and indeed expected when dealing with anyone outside that bubble. This would lead to treating people not from the bubble as pariahs who could be treated shoddily in the certain knowledge that the press would fall into line and applaud any punishment handed out to those pariahs.

        Her open and jovial collaboration with a senior BBC news patsy at a dinner party while this was breaking in the news shows exactly how the bubble works and just how fireproof she thought she was.

        Unfortunately she picked the wrong victim with Mr F as he has balls and tenacity. She probably didn’t know what hit her!


    • Flotsam says:

      A Rose for the BBC?


  12. Fedup2 says:

    Dame Woke Watch

    So – the woke chairman of Nat west tries to save his babe at coots by expressing full confidence after she finally fesses up to her breach of confidence over Nigel Farage . -timed at 1742

    @ 1900 Dame Dodgy ‘apologises ‘

    Downing Street – a few MPs / ministers express ‘concern’

    Newspaper sites go ballistic

    2am – after newspapers print – dame liar resigns

    6am BBC play funeral music after the professional death of one of their own – no Simon jack – bbc desperate to bury this .

    Ongoing – Nigel Farage to speak to BBC . I hope he remembers to wash his hands afterwards .

    Ongoing – what other punishments ?

    Dame Woke will go quiet for a while before getting a job with red labour – maybe with the ‘gray’ character who sold out nut nut to starmer ..

    Obviously this is a ‘personal ‘ story for Nigel Farage – but as I have said here before – it is vitally important to all of US because the thought process followed by this vindictive bitch signalled permission for any company – led by a political corrupt – inept leader – to cancel people because of their legally held beliefs .

    We cannot let this one go . The stakes are too high . I worry that other wokes – targeting you or me – will now find more clever ways of cancelling the ‘unapproved ‘… but I’m sure Mr Farage won’t be letting go ….and he may have another battle front …


    • Fedup2 says:

      Meanwhile it seems channel 4 has put out an offensive cure for the ‘cost of living crisis ‘ involving cannibalism …. Apparently it was meant to be funny satire but didn’t turn out that way .
      Anything to damage C4 is welcome .


  13. Fedup2 says:

    Today update

    Comrade Robinson uses the ‘some say ‘ technique to accuse Nigel Farage of being an ‘attention seeker’. I wondered how the BBC would want to get back at mr farage . I thought it would be impossible because he has been under severe scrutiny by the wokes for years .

    I’m sure – when mr farage appears on the BBC today he will be pointing out that it wasn’t he – who started this disgusting story – but the Dame Woke and the BBC kidult – Simon Jacksh-t ….

    The Ex banker interviewed by comrade Robinson was clear That Dame Woke had sinned more than enough to be buried – to which comrade Robinson had no defence …


  14. Doublethinker says:

    The Dame has resigned and about time too. But we must remember that the decision to debank NF was the result of a corporate wide process which must have been approved by the board and widely used within the company . How many others have been debanked as a result of this process?

    A customer assessment process which protects the bank from customers who might be involved in illegal activity and thus pose financial or reputational risk to the bank is a necessity. But to turn such a process into one which roots out any customers whose political views do not align with those of the bank is a sinister Orwellian woke development.

    That the entire board of the Nat West Bank must have known that such a process was in routine use and customers , guilty of no offence other than not aligning with the woke views of the bank , were being punished by it is scandalous. The entire board should resign and be punished by the authorities.

    All other banks should also be investigated to see if any of them are using similar processes to review if their customers ‘ align with their values’. Heavy fines and resignations are required if they do so.

    This is much , much bigger than the Dame. This is about how far Wokism has penetrated into corporate Britain and how dangerous Wokism is to ordinary Brits and our way of life. The Dame cannot be the only one to be punished there must be many more heads on spikes for this. A line must be drawn.


    • Thatcherrevolutionary says:

      Farage played them all brilliantly.

      Contrast that with how Bojo and Truss tried to suck up to the media and lefties.


      • Fedup2 says:

        Got to hand to Nigel Farage – another woke scalp from that bank . I don’t think he will get the slimy chairman though – too many friends ….. wonder how the share price is ?

        Wow – just checked – it’s dropped over 6% in 5 days – ouch ….. maybe the billion has been wiped off by now ….go woke go brankrupt


  15. Jeff says:

    Well, despite “The Climate Crisis”, Brexit and the ongoing rail strikes, here in Surrey, it looks like another perfect summer’s morning…and the trains are actually running…

    A little later I’m going to take myself to Westminster Abbey. Throughout the summer, every Wednesday afternoon, the beautiful cloister gardens are given over to brass bands. I so love this quaint old English tradition…and could there be a lovelier setting?

    I remember going to listen to a brass band with my old gran. Crikey, how many decades ago was that? Perhaps it seems all the more poignant because I see so much of my beloved old country disappearing. It’s like some hideous cultural conjuring trick. “Before your very eyes”.

    Places I was once so familiar with are now literally foreign to me. Institutions that we once trusted have betrayed us. Our politicians and mainstream media are nothing less than treacherous Fifth Columnists, but…

    Despite the best efforts of those that despise us, Old England is still here…you just have to look a little harder to find her.

    Enjoy your day…


    • Doublethinker says:

      A brilliant evocative but tragic post. I too find great relief in nostalgia for what we had but which has been taken from us . It can’t possibly be for the better. The UK has become a place that I don’t recognise and don’t like. If I were younger I would certainly emigrate but the question is to where ?


      • Scroblene says:

        I was chatting with my old business partner about this only the other day, DT. and Jeff.

        We had both come to the conclusion that we’d had the best years of business (property etc.,) back in the seventies and eighties and early nineties, and London was the place to be, despite Ken Livingstone’s efforts to bring the place to its knees!

        I certainly had some fabulous times with new developments in Docklands, plenty of new retail etc., but nowadays the fun has certainly dropped out of the equation, the politicians have taken their commercial naivety and callous disregard for upstanding indigenous British people’s aspirations, and shoved their spit and bile right in our faces. The beebolic house broadcaster for mistrust just wallows in such misfortune, and the conclusion is now, that one stays well away from large cities, returns to the country, and lives out the remaining days in relative obscurity.

        My old flatmate, and several friends from the sixties all tried to escape the Labour years, and finished up in Australia, South Africa etc. Most came back but a few stayed on in Oz, and have thrived in that great place, but I guess I was a bit too timid to do this, and anyway, I liked living here with parents and friends, one of whom I married, so I suppose I’ve really gone back to my roots, by ‘staying on’!

        Our village is still pretty much the same sort of place, despite Tunbridge Wells BC stuffing it with unwanted incomers, and Kent County Council buggering up everything it touches, but at least it’s still recognisable, which is what we all desire – to be well away from a large town or city.


        • Doublethinker says:

          I live in the Yorkshire Dales far enough away from the Islamic conurbations not to be bothered by bin bags etc. Some well known beauty spots in the Dales seem to attract large numbers of RoPers but they aren’t close to use. So we could live our lives in ignorance of what is happening to the country as a whole if we wanted to. Indeed we never watch the BBC/ Sky News etc etc and choose to remain insulated from much of the consequence of the descent to third world hell that is happening just thirty or forty miles away.

          Eventually the horrible modern world will shatter our cosy little corner and we will be forced to confront the full horrors of 21 st century England , which is steadily being de anglicised. But it hasn’t happened yet and we might not live to see it.

          But it still upsets me to see my country being trashed , it’s culture denigrated and forgotten, it’s history rewritten and lied about , it’s achievements belittled.

          I hate the BBC, I loath Wokism and I think those who believe it are either fools or malevolent, I despise the modern Tory party and detest New Labour who I see as scum, hyperglobalists make me apoplectic. When the modern world punctures my little bubble of nostalgia I will be a very unhappy grumpy old man.


          • Fedup2 says:

            Double – avoiding the decline might be the best way . …there is a piece in the DT about the consequences of the huge borrowing the blue labour government has been doing . 25% of borrowing is directly ‘index linked ‘ – more than any western country – so as rates go up (0.25% next Thursday ) the amount of taxpayers ‘ money used to pay the interest goes up too .

            We appear to borrowing money to pay our debts . And as more public spending goes on – sooner or later there will be a ‘crunch ‘ …. With so many welfare junkies in the population now – god knows what will happen when the benefits are finally cut .
            I listened to a piece on today about ‘mums ‘ moaning that their brats are not getting the free food they got last year during the summer holidays …. Apparently they get a £75 food voucher which has been eroded by inflation .

            I stick them and their kids on farms to help the harvest ….. and pay their way ….Ot starve if they refuse …


            • G says:


              When monthly interest payments of the National Debt exceed tax take and become the norm? Coming to a government near you soon.


              • Fedup2 says:

                They are borrowing around £20 billion a month . Annual interest repayments will be about £130 billion a year by 2024. So there’s the maths . It seems 25% of our debt is index linked so When rates go up the finances get hammered .
                Welfare and NHS spending is only going one way – which ever government comes in next year do it starts off fried … complete with maybe 7% inflation increase PA at minimum .

                There can be no tax reductions for quite some time – if ever – as in – our life times ….


      • Up2snuff says:

        Double, I think the same. The photo posted by MarkyMark in the Midweek Thread of the Shard has got me going because I am familiar with the City of Southwark, and to an extent, all of the Thames both sides from Putney to Greenwich and beyond. As I posted in conversation with Scrobie, near the top of the previous Start the Week Thread, I really miss London. But I am thankful to God for the place of my birth, the family I was born into, the schools I attended (well maybe not the first one, definitely the other two), the employers I worked for and the places I have been.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Try going into Westminster abbey to pray – the security will think you are ‘a bit strange ‘…


      • Up2snuff says:

        Fed, they certainly will. You should be in Westminster Cathedral!

        I have never been in Westminster Cathedral, despite working nearby for over a year. I have been in Buckingham Palace, thanks to her late Majesty’s stamp collection and used to watch Phil land his helicopter in the garden, no doubt blowing Lillibet’s geraniums to shreds.


        • Scroblene says:

          DT, Uppers and Fed – it seems that normal British citizens are thinking more and more like this.

          I used to love going to London, even driving there every day from deepest Kent, but loving the buzz of the work, not so much the elite stuff etc., but that’s an aside…

          I was 76 last week, so hope to see out the next couple of decades before the UK is stuffed by Westminster and the civil service, helped by the disgraceful BBC..


        • Fedup2 says:

          Yes – I usually go to Westminster Cathedral – even on weekdays the turn out for masses is pretty good . Westminster abbey is just Disney Land . But maybe the RC church will get it back from those who stole it . I’m also surprised it hasnt had the notre dame treatment


  16. Fedup2 says:

    John Humphries telling us – via the Daily Telegraph – what we all know

    STARTS When someone offers you a job you want so badly you’d offer a kidney in exchange it’s usually a mistake to ask “why me?” But I did just that when the editor of Today said she wanted me to take over from John Timpson who was retiring. She answered my question with her own.

    “How old are you?”

    “Forty-four,” I said.

    “That’s why,” she said. “The average age of the Today audience is about 80 and the presenters aren’t much younger. I need someone who can appeal to an audience that haven’t all started drawing their pensions.”

    That sounds logical enough but it’s not.

    Today’s audience did indeed increase after I joined in 1987, but sadly not because of my irresistible appeal to discerning young people. The reason was rather more prosaic. When someone dies someone else gets born. And then gets older. And eventually some of them will replace the listeners who died.

    Equally I’d love to think my departure four years ago is the reason why the audience has been falling so sharply. It lost 800,000 listeners – almost 12 per cent of its audience – in the last recorded year alone. So… more proof of the Humphrys magic? Again, sadly not.

    Ask a young person when they last listened to a news programme like Today on live radio and you’ll get that blank look. Because they don’t. They use their phones for pop-up news stories or, as we learned this month, they use TikTok. And if they want something in greater depth they ask their phones to find it.

    Obviously the BBC bosses know this and in one important respect they have given up. Radio 4 is surely one of the remaining jewels in the cultural crown of this nation but its bosses are now chasing an audience it will probably never get at the expense of an audience it cannot afford to lose.

    That’s partly through gradually replacing a culture of mutual, if sometimes slightly distant, respect with a false mateyness. If that makes the new output sound like a podcast, it’s because it’s meant to. In fact, it may literally be one.

    Increasingly programmes that have built up loyal audiences over decades are being replaced with podcasts, some of which are first rate. But why wait for them to be broadcast on Radio 4 when you can just tap on your mobile? And if you have wondered why so many programmes now stretch over a fortnight instead of the conventional week it’s because the podcast business model tends to favour a series of 10.

    “The Banksy Story” is a classic example of the new programming. An interesting subject for many. But did it really have to open with the producer’s voice being broadcast while he was pretending to be briefing his colleague. What the unsuspecting listener heard was: “OK mate… are you recording”… then a pause and… oh gosh, we discovered, it’s a spoof! It was meant to be funny but it was pointless, irritating and patronising. It was treating the audience like idiots.

    Then there’s the music – or, rather the plinky-plonk noise posing as music that is now seemingly compulsory for almost every documentary and even some interviews. Presumably the assumption is that the new young target listeners have such a short attention span they simply can’t concentrate for a whole 30 minutes without it?

    But at least it doesn’t cost anything. Or so I thought.

    In my naivety I had assumed it was plucked for a modest fee from some archive and adapted to suit the programme. Not so. A producer friend tells me it is often composed and recorded specially and that may not come cheap. Again … why?

    Above all, perhaps, why mess with formats that work? Like the venerable Any Questions. The basic proposition had remained almost unchanged for 75 years. Four panellists with something to say being allowed to say it in answer to questions from members of the public.

    Not any longer.

    Now the presenter Alex Forsyth often does to the guests what I’m told I did on Today. But the whole point of AQ is surely that it is not an aggressive interview programme. It should offer listeners something that has become rare. A chance to make their own judgment of one panellist’s views and compare it with their opponent’s without being treated by the presenter like an escaped convict.

    A bit rich coming from the so-called “BBC Rottweiler” maybe, but Today should sometimes be a boxing ring. Powerful politicians should be able to defend themselves. Any Questions should be more of a civilised debating chamber.

    And one small but illuminating illustration of chasing a different audience: Forsyth introduced one of her political guests last week as a government minister who had a “new gig”. Yet again: Why?

    One old BBC hand summed up the new Radio 4 approach to its listeners by quoting Logan Roy in his last words to his relatives at the end of Succession: “I love you… but you are not serious people.”

    The great media titan could afford to take that view of his family. The BBC cannot be seen to take that view of its Radio 4 audience.ENDS


    • Rob in Cheshire says:

      Very true. I stopped listening to the Today programme, and then all of Radio 4. I will not go back.


  17. AsISeeIt says:

    Wicked games edition

    Strap in tight readers: Lioness support. The best sports bras for every shape and size (Telegraph) – the news headlines are taking us on quite a ride…

    What a boob

    Dame Alison Rose says she did make a “serious error” but denies having disclosed personal financial information. The NatWest board is backing her fight for survival (Times)

    Dame Alison Rose, the chief executive of NatWest, is facing calls to quit but has been told she retains the bank’s ‘full confidence’ (Telegraph)

    And as any beleaguered Premier League football manager can tell you – a statement of the board’s full support is the kiss of death – the natural prelude to being handed your cards, getting the flick, forced to walk the plank…

    NatWest boss Dame Alison Rose resigns after leaking information to the BBC about ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage (BBC)

    Our Nige has of course played an absolute blinder. By naming and shaming two more big bankers: Peter Flavel, the chief executive of Coutts, and Sir Howerd Davies, the NatWest chairman, deserved to loose their jobs (Telegraph) – of course Dame Woke was obliged to take one for the team. Nigel is currently giving the woke a heavy dose of their own medicine: Vladimir Ilich Lenin: ‘You probe with bayonets: if you find mush, you push harder”

    We know they picked on him as our Brexiteer par excellence but our former cityboy Nigel has been around the block city-wise

    So Coutts have rapidly gone from what they envisaged as the potential reputational danger (of next to no one even knowing) Nigel Farage had an account with them – to a full-blown PR disaster.

    And if Right-on Dame Alison isn’t fibbing – then who is it telling the porkies? ‘denies having disclosed personal financial information‘ when she hob-nobbed with the Beeb reporter: “…Anon comes in a fellow, takes off his crown, kisses it, pours poison in the sleeper’s ear and leaves him.” (Hamlet Act III Scene II) Shakespeare uses the idea of words as aural poison again in Othello when Iago tells us he will ‘pour this pestilence into his ear‘: Jack sat next to Rose at a BBC corresponedents’ charity event on July 3. The following day he published a story… (Times)

    Wicked game

    And as Tory Ministers, otherwise asleep at the wheel about hyper-immigration and lazily complacent over debacing our currency with their mad money-printing inflation, suddenly are startled awake to fret about potential foreign oligarchs and grifiters being put off banking in London unless they are stirred into action: No10 wants NatWest boss to quit over Farage (Times)

    Meanwhile, the usual suspects demand we all fear weather Armageddon or perhaps it’s Hades or the Inferno: Ring of fire… Heatwave blazes encircle Med from Algeria to France (freebie Metro); Inside Hell: The fight for Rhodes (Mirror); Wildfire crisis deepens across Europe (‘i’); Deadly Mediterranean wildfires kill more than 40… A team of climate scientists – the World Weather Attribution group – said this month’s intense heatwave in Southern Europe, North America and China would have been virtually impossible without human-induced climate change. (BBC) ‘This is climate change…’ (Guardian)

    Keeping the likes of Simon Jack and his charity event deep-throat tittle-tattle banker Dame Alison in mind…

    Chris Isaak had a hit in 1991 with Wicked Game

    The world was on fire, and no one could save me but you
    It’s strange what desire will make foolish people do
    I never dreamed that I’d meet somebody like you
    And I never dreamed that I’d lose somebody like you

    While our would-be woke city financial sector takes the reputational hit – appropriately enought, the globalist corporate financial flagship Financial Times frontpage, as reproduced in the BBC’s online press line-up, goes all out of focus.

    The prize frontpage Datawatch feature may be attempting to tell us something – but the graph is a blur

    Working from home economics

    Taxpayers face an extra £50 billion bill to cover losses on the Bank of England’s money printing… The Bank’s latest estimate of losses over the next decade on government bonds amassed in the pandemic and financial crisis has risen to £270 billion in three months. (Telegraph) – excuse me while I do the necessary usual edit: bonds amassed in the pandemic Lockdown and financial crisis

    If one tends to explore rock lyrics, one can come up with some rather prescient, not to say oddly predictive, examples:

    Lately I’ve been losing all my time
    All that mattered to me slipped my mind
    Everytime I hit another town, strangers appear to lock me down

    Alt-country songstress Lera Lynn, Lately [2015]

    We’ll stay inside ’til somebody finds us
    Do whatever the TV tells us
    Stay inside our rosy-minded fuzz for days

    American indie-style rock band The National, Apartment Story [2007]

    Spooky, eh?


    • G says:


      BBC’s Today’s ‘Look over there, a squirrel’ feature: (takes two to Tango)

      They feature the Dame Alison Rose news but only a brief mention of the one-and-only Simon Jack. Will he resign?


      • Fedup2 says:

        Robinson mentioned `mr jack is on his holiday …. One of those times when the Mail tracks him down by the pool and asks for an ‘interview ‘….


    • Up2snuff says:

      AISI, what a cultural gent you are – another outstanding post in my view. Twelve likes is just not enough, I wish I could apply a multiplier.


  18. Charlie Farley says:

    BBC breakfast showing GBNEWS with NIGEL ON LAST NIGHT……Must stick in their Throat …..Excellent !


    • G says:

      ‘Fraid that’s all we have: GB News. Excellent but not enough to stem the Marxist/Communist/WEF tide.


  19. andyjsnape says:

    Former electrician reveals 66-year-old bunker secret to family

    He has a bunker, and a whole page about no detail and a man not telling his family

    Pointless report


    • MarkyMark says:

      ‘You haven’t a real appreciation of Newspeak, Winston,’ he said almost sadly. ‘Even when you write it you’re still thinking in Oldspeak. I’ve read some of those pieces that you write in The Times occasionally. They’re good enough, but they’re translations. In your heart you’d prefer to stick to Oldspeak, with all its vagueness and its useless shades of meaning. You don’t grasp the beauty of the destruction of words. Do you know that Newspeak is the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year?’

      Winston did know that, of course. He smiled, sympathetically he hoped, not trusting himself to speak. Syme bit off another fragment of the dark-coloured bread, chewed it briefly, and went on:

      ‘Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.

      – 1984, Orwell


  20. Fedup2 says:


    Comrade Robinson v Nigel Farage

    At the end of the interview Farage went for The Comrade accusing him of having a condescending attitude . Robinson said he was ‘teasing ‘ him .

    I’m glad Mr Farage challenged Robinson – far too many people fold after getting the treatment from Robinson. I’m really sorry – but there is not better description of Robinson apart from being the worst 4 letter word in the language – beginning with a C .

    This was followed by an interview with a woman trying to do an impersonation of The Queen defending the corrupt and now woke banking system …. Angela knight – who sounds like she is after the Dame Woke job …


  21. G says:

    My personalised Met Office forecast on my postcode tells me that the temperature will not exceed 15C today. I should recommend to them that if the temperatures are not, “the highest recorded” they should be deleted otherwise, people like me will think that the UK, is subject to, “Global cooling”. Not to worry though, no doubt I will be reassured early next month, that the temperatures for July are the highest on record. What a farce.


  22. tomo says:

    I still think a bounty on slashed rubber boats in France would be effective – but I’d put the bounty up to £5k per incident to the perpetrators.



    • MarkyMark says:

      Britain spends £500,000 a year to keep Channel migrants’ boats piled up in a car park in case the ‘owner’ comes forward to claim them – and now plans to build a £2MILLION processing facility in Dover
      Estimates suggest government spends £500,000 a year story migrants boats
      Legislation states boats must be stored for 12 months in case people claim them
      Storing and transporting the boats is estimated to cost around half a million
      Comes as Priti Patel plans to build new £2m migrant processing facility in Dover


  23. Althepalerp says:

    Alison Rose quite with a £2.5m payoff.
    Where’s the uproar, its partly owned by the tax payer.


    • MarkyMark says:

      An enterprise economy needs low taxes, but it also needs cheap and reliable energy. We have already announced billions of support to help businesses reduce their energy bills through the energy bills relief scheme and the energy bills discount scheme. We have appointed Dame Alison Rose, chief executive of NatWest, to co-chair our national energy efficiency taskforce and help deliver our national ambition to reduce energy use by 15%. To support her efforts, I will extend the climate change agreement scheme for two years to allow eligible businesses £600 million of tax relief on energy efficiency measures.


      Jeremy Hunt


    • tomo says:

      She shouldn’t get anything – any money should go to her victim.

      pour encourager les autres


    • Charlie Farley says:

      NO Payoff……She should be Fined and the Money paid to all those they have Cancelled in the past !


  24. andyjsnape says:

    Get a range of BBC News newsletters delivered straight to your inbox throughout the week. These are email updates on the latest news, insights and topics across BBC News. To subscribe you need to be 13 or over and have a BBC account


    Anyone bothered

    PS theres a link also if want the international newsletters!

    Funded and paid by the uk tele tax, but the world outside the uk can have it free


  25. StewGreen says:

    Article 10 of the Human Rights Act: Freedom of expression
    “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers”

    Furthermore depriving people of things like bank accounts
    is punishment
    And was done without due legal process in the case of Farage.


    • MarkyMark says:

      Respect Words: Ethical Journalism Against Hate Speech” is a collaborative project that has been undertaken by media organizations in eight European countries – Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Slovenia, and Spain. Supported by the Rights and Citizenship Programme of the European Union, it seeks, according to its website, to help journalists, in this era of growing “Islamophobia,” to “rethink” the way they address “issues related to migratory processes, ethnic and religious minorities.” It sounds benign enough: “rethink.” But do not kid yourself: when these EU-funded activists call for “rethinking,” what they are really doing is endorsing self-censorship. {gatestoneinstitute 25oct2017}



  26. 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 and have apologised to Mr Farage.

    24/07/2023 – amended with apology


    FAKE NEWS – “turned out not to be accurate and have apologised to Mr Farage.”


    There are so many stories and pieces of information flying around on the internet that it can be hard to know what’s real and what’s fake.
    Broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake looks at some simple steps which will help separate fact from fiction online.


    Don’t let fake news fool you – use these BBC four tips to check
    anything you read online that you are not sure about:
    The story – what are they trying to say? Is it an ad or a joke? Look to see if you can find the same story somewhere else
    The author – is it someone’s opinion or a fact? Real news will most likely have a link to the writer’s details, but if there’s no author, dig deeper
    The website – are there spelling or grammar mistakes? What’s the URL? Check the address bar at the top – most trusted URLs end with “.com”, “.co.uk”, “.net”, “.gov”, “.org”, “.mil” and “.edu”
    The date – is the story recent or old? It could be outdated or a copy of something that happened years ago. Computer programs called bots post anytime and often, so be wary of this.


    • JohnC says:

      ‘Look to see if you can find the same story somewhere else’

      I regularly do that for the BBC and almost always learn there is something about that story they didn’t tell me because they didn’t want me to know.

      The BBC (and OFCOM) will argue that it isn’t fake news : everything they wrote is true. But if they deliberately omitted certain facts to give you an incorrect understanding, it’s almost the same as ‘fake’ in my book. Just a question of degree.


  27. MarkyMark says:

    when you read 1984 first time you laugh at how ridiculous it all sounds, not possible. But come Hate Crime Hub circa dec2017, Social Warriors, Trans Toilets, the language describing 72 genders, the statues being pulled down … I like this bit as well …

    The Ministry of Truth – miniTrue in Newspeak – was startlingly different from any other object in sight. It was an enormous pyramidal structure of glittering white concrete, soaring up, terrace after terrace, three hundred meters into the air.

    … from the imagination of George Orwell in 1948 to the Qatar owned (95%) building ‘The Shard’ in mar2012 …




    • Up2snuff says:

      MM, great photo – was it an agency photo?


      • MarkyMark says:

        London’s “intergalactic” Shard opens to love, rain and Boris


        The Shard is majority owned by Qatar and houses a premium hotel, several restaurants, 12 floors of apartments, 600,000 square feet of office space as well as the viewing deck.

        It is part of a 2 billion pound redevelopment of the London Bridge area on the south bank of the River Thames, which cuts through the British capital.

        “All other buildings look like they’ve been put on the earth by people, but the Shard is like something that is prodding up,” Johnson said.

        “Prodding up through the frail integuments of the planet, like an intergalactic spear. It’s like the tip of a cocktail stick emerging through the skin of a super colossal pickled onion.”


  28. MarkyMark says:

    For the BBC kids .. HA HA HA HA HA ….

    Quiz: Can you spot the fake news stories from July?



  29. StewGreen says:

    8am Radio Humberside news
    did report things that were likely to happen in the future BEFORE they happened
    It did NOT report the actual happened news, that the NatWest boss had resigned.

    There was a “Hull Labour MP Diana Johnson says” item.

    9am news didn’t report resignation either

    Radio Lincolnshire 8am news did have a substantial item on it.


  30. MarkyMark says:

    Title “Alison Rose: The bank boss brought down by the Nigel Farage row”

    Real Story “Alison Rose: Broke GDPR and contacted BBC directly.”


    Also – note end of story …

    “As boss at NatWest, she has drawn headlines for changes, such as granting up to a year of leave to new fathers and ending new loans to oil and gas companies. BBC LOVE THIS

    She was named a Dame Commander of the British Empire by King Charles III at the start of this year. SHE WAS ANNOINTED”


  31. JohnC says:

    Alison Rose: The bank boss brought down by the Nigel Farage row

    No BBC. She was brought down for abusing her position of power to persecute somebody because of their political beliefs as part of the Leftist/Globalist agenda. She directly lied to the BBC (who somehow knew to go straight to her) and who were very happy to rush it to the main headline. How many more of their ‘sources say’ and ‘the BBC has learned’ are also lies from convenient stooges ?.

    This is much, much bigger than ‘a row with farage’. How many others have been treated similarly ?.

    As I keep saying, we are witnessing the rise of the next-generation Nazis. They got caught this time because they went for Nigel – but rest assured this kind of thing is going on everywhere people like them and the BBC are involved.

    Just browsing the BBC news and it’s clear that they are completely out of control. Many of their headlines are now steeped with agenda like this story.


    • MarkyMark says:

      Society (BBC)

      Labour drops pledge for self-ID for trans people
      Dragons’ Den star warns time running out to act on climate
      Magnum-maker’s profits soar after it raises prices
      Six Years Old and Homeless



      • Guest Who says:

        This ‘star’ would not be that slapped derrière of a face Meaden, by chance?


  32. Dickie says:

    Geoengineering and weather modifications ie chemtrails:



  33. MarkyMark says:

    HA HA HA HA …..

    We’re seeing more and more influencers taking to the boxing ring, but we recently saw more of Daniella Hemsley than we bargained for.

    The OnlyFans star exposed her boobs in celebration after defeating Aleksandra Daniel in Dublin.

    She’s apologised, insisting that nipple tassels under her top had come unstuck, but boxing pros and promoter Eddie Hearn lined up to criticise her.



  34. Sluff says:

    ‘ I don’t trust the state. It doesn’t like to admit failures’

    These words are quoted from a man who today expects to have his conviction quashed by the appeal court having served nearly 20 years for a rape he did not commit. The CPS are not opposing it, though the legal establishment repeatedly turned his appeals down, despite having DNA evidence that would exonerate him.

    What a brilliant and chillingly true sentence.

    Whether it’s appeals for wrong convictions, the Post Office dodgy computer system scandal, the various NHS maternity scandals, and we might even add Nat West, a bank owned 38% by the taxpayer, and the BBC’s minimalist apology to Nigel Farage. Why is Simon Jack still in post?

    Worth mentioning that the Far Left want more state control, from nationalisation of utilities to ULEZ.

    Be afraid. But oppose while you still can.


  35. tomo says:

    Alison Rose actually has her fans…. predictably some at King’s Place


    If ever there was a turd that needed flushing.


    • MarkyMark says:

      “Proof of concept in animal models is normally required before human clinical trials begin. BioNtech had promised investors in April 2020 that, as part its Covid vaccine programme ‘Project Lightspeed’, it would produce ‘strong evidence of vaccine efficacy in animal models’. However the previous month Moderna’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Tal Zaks had openly admitted to an alternative reality, saying in March 2020: ‘I don’t think proving this in an animal model is on the critical path to getting this to a clinical trial.’”



  36. MarkyMark says:


    Before the 2008 collapse and the general financial crisis, the Group was very briefly the largest bank in the world, and for a period was the second-largest bank in the UK and Europe and the fifth-largest in the world by market capitalisation. Subsequently, with a slumping share price and major loss of confidence, the bank fell sharply in the rankings, although in 2009 it was briefly the world’s largest company by both assets (£1.9 trillion) and liabilities (£1.8 trillion).[6] It had to be bailed out by the UK government through the 2008 United Kingdom bank rescue package.[7]

    The government retained a majority share until 28 March 2022, held and managed through UK Government Investments. Following a buyback by the NatWest Group, the government now holds a 39% share in the company.[8]



  37. MarkyMark says:

    Meet our board
    Howard Davies
    Howard Davies

    Alison Rose
    Alison Rose DBE
    Group Chief Executive Officer

    Katie Murray
    Katie Murray
    Group Chief Financial Officer

    Mark Seligman
    Mark Seligman
    Senior Independent Director

    Frank Dangeard
    Frank Dangeard
    Independent non-executive director

    Roisin Donnelly
    Roisin Donnelly
    Independent non-executive director

    Patrick Flynn
    Patrick Flynn
    Independent non-executive director

    Morten Friis
    Morten Friis
    Independent non-executive director

    Yasmin Jetha
    Yasmin Jetha
    Independent non-executive director

    Stuart Lewis profile
    Stuart Lewis
    Independent non-executive director

    Lena Wilson CBE profile
    Lena Wilson CBE
    Independent non-executive director

    Jan Cargill profile image
    Jan Cargill
    Chief Governance Officer and Company Secretary


    Alison is a passionate supporter of diversity and is executive sponsor for NatWest Group’s employee-led networks.

    Current external appointments:

    Board member of the Institute of International Finance
    Vice-Chair of Business in the Community
    Non-executive director of Sustainable Markets Initiative Limited
    Director of the Coutts Charitable Foundation
    Member of the UK Government’s Help to Grow Advisory Council
    Co-Lead of UK Government’s Rose Review Board
    Co-Chair of the UK Government’s Energy Efficiency Taskforce
    Member of the Prime Minister’s Business Council


  38. MarkyMark says:

    PM assembles new cohort of business leaders to turbocharge UK economy
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has launched a new Business Council following the two-year Brexit anniversary.

    Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street and The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP
    1 February 2022
    Last updated
    1 February 2022 — See all updates


    Full list of the Prime Minister’s Business Council:
    Keith Anderson, Chief Executive, Scottish Power
    Clare Barclay, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft UK
    Alice Bentinck MBE, co-founder, Entrepreneur First
    Amanda Blanc, Group Chief Executive Officer, Aviva
    Anne Boden MBE, Founder and CEO of Starling Bank
    Prof. Matt Boyle OBE, Managing Director of Turn tide Transport
    Alison Brittain CBE, Chief Executive, Whitbread PLC
    Julie Brown, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Burberry
    Anita Frew, Chair, Rolls Royce
    Charles Hammond OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Forth Ports Limited
    Aki Hussain, Group CEO of Hiscox
    Greg Jackson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Octopus
    Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, co-founder, Redington Ltd
    David Livingstone, Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Citi
    Martin Meeson, Chief Executive Officer, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies
    Charlie Nunn, Group Chief Executive, Lloyds Banking Group
    Dame Anne Richards DBE CVO, Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity International
    Paula Rosput Reynolds, Chair of National Grid
    Dr Gordon Sanghera, co-founder, Oxford Nanopore
    Matthew Scullion, CEO, Matillion
    Baroness Joanna Shields OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Benevolent AI
    Joanna Swash, Group CEO of Moneypenny
    Nigel Toon, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Graphcore
    Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer, Shell
    Richard Walker, Managing Director, Iceland Foods
    Shai Weiss, CEO, Virgin Atlantic
    Julie White, Managing Director, D-Drill (Master Drillers) Ltd
    Lena Wilson CBE FRSE, Chair AGS Airports, Chair Picton Property and Non Executive Director Natwest


  39. StewGreen says:

    9:30am GBnews has a line “scientists say .. overwhelming evidence of Climate Change”

    … that’s not news, it’s like there is Orwellian government diktat as to what UK news headlines should be


  40. pugnazious says:

    Nick Robinson is a complete waster….Farage is brought on for the prime-time interview spot of 08:10 and Robinson decides to use the time to mock Farage and make a continuous flow of condescending, sneering comments purely intended to insult Farage….which of course is pretty much the standard BBC approach to the man who destroyed their EU imperial dreams….Simon Jack [conveniently vanished ‘on holiday’] used a similar approach in his reports on this….it was always reported with ‘amusement’ and in a jokey manner. Not so funny now of course….Maybe Jack must be wondering if his job is safe considering he not only took the word of a single source, one who had an interest in the narrative, but also must have known that this was breaking the law…disclosing a bank customer’s private details.

    Robinson decided that there wasn’t really an issue…it was just Farage kicking up a fuss over nothing…just to get in the news….

    You like a bit of a ruck, you love the limelight and it’s your favourite thing to talk about Nigel Farage.’

    The boss of Natwest has had to resign and Robinson doesn’t recognise there is an issue? Farage ignored the tone but couldn’t do so when Robinson went on to say….

    ‘You just raise this because you want to get back into politics….you’ve run 7 times and lost 7 times…..’

    Robinson dismissing Farage’s issues as nonsense and unimportant and only being used as a stepping stone to re-enter politics…..which is itself nonsense as it’s a very singular, if important, issue….you couldn’t build a whole political campaign out of that….and of course there is an issue here.

    Robinson claimed he was just ‘teasing’ Farage when Nigel brought him up on the comments…but he wasn’t….it was the usual sneery BBC way of talking about Nigel Farage.

    With all politicians of every colour and persuasion criticising Coutts/Natwest and everyone agreeing there is an important principle at stake, the boss of Natwest having to leave her job and legislation potentially on the cards you might think Robinson would take it more seriously.

    Farage should put in a complaint about Robinson….who perhaps himself should fall on his sword….I don’t think he’s a good interviewer even when he’s not trying to be smug, smart-alec and sneery….how many times have you heard him cut off the interviewee and put his own opinion?…so what you’re saying is….only for the interviewee to say, no, that’s not what I’m saying…..and everyone listening can hear that’s not what they said or meant. Robinson all too often interprets what people say but does so in a way that suits Robinson’s narrative rather than reflecting what was actually said…Robinson can turn a statement 180° into the complete opposite of what was actually said and intended.

    About time he shuffled off to LBC podcast-land where he can indulge his super-inflated ego and treat us to his puffed up opinions and pompous bilge.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Pug – good detail after my contemporaneous summary earlier – I think Comrade Robinson has mental issues – or uses enhancement for his performance . I think his ego expands into the space allowed and every one on the ‘non approved ‘ list gets the treatment
      I just wish Farage had really taken him on but the ‘sneer ‘ but came just before the weather at the end … which is standard BBC form .
      Find Simon Jack …..


      • Up2snuff says:

        Fed: “Find Simon Jack …..”

        Where’s Wally?

        Find him quick so the D-G can sack him.


        • Mustapha Sheikup al-Beebi says:

          “BBC Jack off on leave.”

          Or maybe rewrite, with a small j and capital L?


    • Thatcherrevolutionary says:

      I’d like to play croquet with Nick Robinson. Him with his head under the hoop, a dildo up his ar*e, and me with the mallet.


  41. StewGreen says:

    A name is trending .. probably cos of mad tweets like this

    Countries are on fire and people are dying before our eyes
    yet some UK media are allowed to have a platform
    and use it to deny Climate Change.
    Dangerous messaging spreading as fast as the fires themselves.
    How can this be allowed?
    It’s reckless and a disgrace.

    Adil Ray is in charge of ALLOWING people to speak ?


    • StewGreen says:

      Adil has Farage Derangement syndrome
      30 mins ago

      A reminder for years Muslims have been denied bank accounts or had their accounts closed.
      Any uproar?
      Government intervention or resignations?

      1 hour ago

      Why isn’t anyone asking Farage about his views? On Romanians? Muslims?

      Between 9:23am and 9:36am he tweeted 9 times
      sometimes in the same minute
      as if more than 1 person was writing the tweets

      4 times this year Adil has tweeted that dinghy migrants come to the UK for a “better life”
      eg April 1

      They are not all young men.
      Yes many are.
      Getting here for *a better life* to provide for their families.


      • MarkyMark says:

        “A reminder for years Muslims have been denied bank accounts or had their accounts closed.” – Anjhem Choudary?


      • MarkyMark says:

        “Better life” – so Africa gov has failed them?


      • JohnC says:

        I hope someone tells Adil that the problem here is not that Nigel had his account closed, it’s WHY he had it closed.

        No information from Adil makes me suspect they were valid reasons.

        Poor chap. I suspect he might be a racist with a huge chip on his shoulder.


  42. pugnazious says:

    Yeah….Nick Robinson completely misjudged how to approach his interview with Nigel Farage…instead of recognising that there was an important principle at stake he decided to spend his time trying to mock and sneer at Farage…and it’s made top-billing at the Mail…

    ‘Moment furious Nigel Farage snaps at BBC’s Nick Robinson and blasts Radio 4 Today host’s ‘condescending tone’ hours after NatWest CEO quit for leaking his personal banking details at Coutts’


    A more sensible and informative interview….


  43. digg says:

    Spookily the headline grabbing burning hell in Rhodes has mysteriously diminished across the BBC and Guardian and most other press.

    That it seems the fires may have been started by a possible climate nutter and not by climate change appears to have taken the heat out of the narrative!


  44. Fedup2 says:

    I did like the guardian one about ‘world to end in 2025’ – now the weather – ‘lots of red on the map today – all caused by you driving a car and being alive ‘ – please go and die ‘… ‘


  45. MarkyMark says:

    BBC TODAY today …..