171 Responses to Weekend 19th August 2023

  1. Up2snuff says:

    Ooh er. Looks like I’m in first place again. Top of the Thread and to all you fellow posters, have a good weekend. Please try to avoid being struck by lightning.

    The BBC Meteo on-line forecast is showing weather warnings all next week, despite the sunshine symbols! Thunder and lightning, very, very frightening me! Galileo, Figaro. I’m just a poor boy, from a poor family, spare me my life from this monstrosity: BBC, BBC, BBC, BBC, BBC

    Defund the BBC. It is not defendable but it is defundable.

    Thanks to Fed for moderation here and to the back-room boys who maintain the site.


    • BRISSLES says:

      You must be the record holder Snuffy. There can’t be much room left in your bedroom for all the 1st rosettes ! 🙂


      • Up2snuff says:

        Brissles, my dear old thing, well despite the footy it is still the cricket season. The rosettes are running down the stairs, perhaps to escape. To the best of my knowledge I only have three in a row once and never five in a row. I was hoping to start you off on another ‘three in a row’ attempt back in the Midweek Thread.


  2. G.W.F. says:

    Congratulations to the experts in the BBC report regarding the creation of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s face. The lipstick shade is exactly what he would have chosen.



    • Thoughtful says:

      It is alleged he gain the epithet ‘Bonnie’ because he was gay, how true it is I don’t know


      • BRISSLES says:

        If he is then tampongate must have been a distraction to throw everyone off the sc….


    • digg says:

      Next up from the BBC “Were Attila the Hun and Pol Pot actually drag queens?”.


  3. Eddy Booth says:

    “Russia sanctions UK politicians and journalists”

    Russia has banned 54 British nationals and people working for UK organisations from entering the country in retaliation for UK sanctions on its citizens, its foreign ministry says.
    A number of journalists from the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian are also on the list.

    The BBC said it would “continue to report independently and fairly”.

    The BBC at its sarcastic best…


  4. Scroblene says:

    deer loord carpita

    if the english wimmins fooball team dont win on saturday or sunday whaevah and we  get complaynts an ryots abaht the score then you have my permishon to arrrest a thousand pensherners which aint paid there licence fee and they ave to be sent to prison

    naaah make it five thou pendsheners

    also if we show pitchers of the effugees and slylum men arriving here on ifartable ships we have to show them as patrietts or sumfing and let them go to hotels paid for by the giovement but you have too make shore that the telly fees covers all the money our reporters who is both men and trams wimmin an men an stuff will be spending to buy the storiy an that anyone moaning and cumplainingg     about our storeys will have to go to prisonne

    there are far too menny people here who don’t pay enough of ourr bills for people like larry ginker and zowy boil and other wharts herfaice we need the money more than evah now so you do your job and get themall to pay up or they’ll be arresterd and will go to    prisonm

            and while yer’re at it you aVE TO READ EVERY STORY ABOUT THE mARE OF LONddon and his diffrent home country stuff and smells and currys and make sure thatt everione likes him or they’ll go to prisern

    you get eight mill  a yeer in tell-y tax to get our munnay and if you cant do the job i pay you for them i will go somewhere else like omerica and ask them to come oever here and collect the moneyy or go to priserne

    the prime presidenntce of imerica can cheat eveeryone over and ees a mad ol man  so lets be havinng ing you and your blokes workin at getting the munny the same as they do in woshington or i can tell you ere and now that if you donnt get the moneye then you;ll all go to perisonn

    i ope i make myself cleer

    yers whaevaah

    arthur nadger
    presse cretery to

    lord ser  mister timothie dab==vy


    • JohnC says:

      As a man who isn’t really interested in watching football unless it’s Brazil banging one in from outside the box, I intend to form my own opinion of womens football tomorrow night by tuning in half-way through the first half and giving it 10 minutes of my valuable time.

      10 minutes of course being the international standard by which you can judge the general quality of anything.

      I am genuinely interested in what I will find. Hopefully it will be far better than what I am expecting.


      • Deborah says:

        I cannot understand why GB News is bigging up the women’s football. As I explained on an earlier thread, it is part of some agenda that the BBC Trust was part of at least 10 years ago. If the BBC is for something, I am almost certainly against it.


      • markh says:

        John C – you can be quite sure it won’t be.


        • JohnC says:

          Well, just watched the first few minutes of the BBC ‘highlights’ clip and as I feared, even these best bits are more like Sunday league than world cup.

          Along with a breathless woman commentator talking complete rubbish alongside the professional-sounding male commentator, I think I might revise my sample time to just 2 minutes.

          One thing I guarantee : the team will have at least one BAME in it. The BBC have seen to that.


  5. JohnC says:

    So I start my weekend catching up on what’s been going on in Ukraine and spend 10 minutes watching a very detailed map-based assesment of where the fighting is and how the Ukraine counter-offensive has been more or less ‘obliterated’ and taken massive casualties. So now in an act of desperation, the USA are giving them F16’s.

    Then I visit the BBC who – in their own words – tell me ‘Our website, like our TV and radio services, strives for journalism that is accurate, impartial, independent and fair.’ to see what their asessment of the situation is.

    And I kid you not : this is what I find:

    ‘Cat and dog influencers help Ukrainians cope with war’

    An article by ‘BBC monitoring’ no less – who are a new one to me.

    It seems the BBC now think that giving ‘group names’ which infer some kind of higher-level authority to the producers of their articles will make people believe the complete rubbish they write.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Once upon a time ‘bbc monitoring ‘ was – I think – a bit of the FCO funded World Service . It used to be quite authoritative. But then that was when it was run by grown ups for grown up purposes – namely fighting the Cold War .

      But then – like the world service – fundinb was taken over by the woke kidult BBC and wrecked .

      Sunday is my walk in Epping forest day – but good luck Spain – I hope they win on penalties – or ‘pens’ as l believe people who can speak properly say ….

      It seems the representation of the UK will be the outgoing Foreign Secretary -which seems a little over the top to me – why not send some trannie who does a cooking show – or Huw – or that bloke off TVs ‘ “ this morning “ …?


      • harry142857 says:

        BBC monitoring was up the road from me in Reading, set in a wonderful location, now defunct and sold off for housing. It was the envy of the world at some point. Think it was moved to London.


    • digg says:

      That whole article would not be out of place in the VIZ magazine.


  6. JohnC says:

    Bibby Stockholm: Hoax listing for asylum barge on travel website

    ‘The government’s Bibby Stockholm barge for asylum seekers has appeared as a hoax listing on a travel website.’

    ‘A BBC journalist was able to book a double room on the barge for Monday night for a total of £93.78, though that payment has yet to be processed.’

    ‘Booking.com has been contacted for a comment.’

    Even now the BBC still manages to stun me with what complete non-story crap their kidults think is fit for the front-page UK news.

    Did they REALLY think it was a genuine listing ???.

    And it needed TWO of them for this one.


  7. Flotsam says:

    Identity politics embeds itself

    I had reason to contact a major national charity a few days ago. The charity is not political or rights based. Web chat was used:

    “My name is Brian, my pronouns are he, him.”

    Followed by a survey:

    Do you identify as:
    a) Male
    b) Female
    c) Trans

    I think these organisations really need to consider what they are about.


  8. Guest Who says:

    Mishal flown over to chat to Soaf yet, on account of them both being busy?


    Meanwhile, GB get the red crayons out.



  9. Guest Who says:

    ‘Calls for’ Paul Mason to return?



  10. AsISeeIt says:

    Let’s talk about Lucy edition

    Ladies day appears to have become a regular Saturday fixture in the press of late. Although given the sheer volumn of media hype awarded to those so-called Lionesses recently we’ve been witness to more of a ladies month – but the less said about ladies’ months the better.

    Pride of Lionesses… before a fall?

    The female interest Times presents: Gabby Logan on the England final ‘The women will bring it home’

    Do we get the impression that sections of our media are backing the Lionesses to beat men – more so than to defeat the Spanish ladies?

    Further down market in the Daily Star opinion is equally bullish: Asparagus Psychic – Jemima Packington insists: Lionesses win on penalties – the Star’s thought for the day hedges somewhat: Let’s hope this frontpage doesn’t age badly!

    We’ll invoke spirit of ’66 – declares the Daily Express where the old Cross of St George is back at the masthead once again and where the blue and yellow flag of Ukraine has been hauled up and down this week more times than a stripper’s knickers.

    So it turns out they’re not all angels and heroes

    Our media ditch the urge to pot bang on the doorstep and instead grasp the pitchforks and light the torches

    Britain’s worst baby killer… Nurse is found guilty of murdering seven newborns & trying to kill six others… (Mirror)

    A cold, calculating killer… NHS nurse Lucy Letby guilty of murdering seven babies (Times)

    NHS ignored warnings that left nurse free to kill again… Colleagues who raised the alarm were forced to write letters of apology (Telegraph)

    One recalls the BBC news website published a report not so long ago that read as a rather convincing case for the defence – one would seek it out but assume it is now stuffed deep down the memory hole.

    Naturally our BBC does the volte face this morning and focuses on systems rather than personal responsibility: Hospital bosses ignored months of doctors’ warnings about Lucy Letby

    Those of a conservative outlook tend to see things differently: Letby case is a betrayal of all we hold dear: innocence, motherhood and trust – Allison Pearson in the Telegraph

    The left will insist women always have the right to choose – so long as it’s about the life of their own offspring

    In this case the left are left floundering for an explanation: Polly Toynbee: There may be no explantion for evil like this (Guardian)

    Hospital inspectors visited ward in middle of killings and rated it as ‘good’ (‘i’)

    Given the high regard in which our NHS is held Guardian editorials are flummoxed: How did a nurse commit such unthinkable crimes? (Guardian)

    Mr AsI recalls Harold Shipman – and so he is not quiet so aghast

    We still need to talk about Lucy

    The Lucy Show was an American sitcom that aired on CBS from 1962 to 1968. It was Lucille Ball’s follow-up to I Love Lucy.

    Our BBC delves deep into the minutiae of hospital management correspondence: Dr Brearey contacted Alison Kelly and the hospital’s medical director Ian Harvey to request an urgent meeting. In early March, he also wrote to Eirian Powell: “We still need to talk about Lucy” – readers may find it necessary to draw up a dramatis personae, message flow chart, annual leave timetable and have an NHS managment organogram handy to follow this story

    The Telegraph takes up the novel notion recently popularised by the tabloid press and gaining ground in modern jurisprudence that convicted persons need to be properly publically pilloried (I guess we’ve all been watching a lot American TV courtroom drama): Anger as she refuses to appear in court to hear final verdicts for sentencing… ‘Final insult’ to families

    These were the crimes of a clearly deeply troubled young woman – whom we now assume will not be seeing the light of day for a very long period – personally one fails to see the benefit in further emotion-led set piece drama.

    Readers hereabouts may disagree.

    One does however support this observation care of the Telegraph: Legal experts have criticised the far-reaching reporting restrictions saying they have resulted in the “sacred principle of open justice” being “abandoned”

    Hence the pent up splurge of media coverage this morning

    Making of a monster (Daily Mail)

    Same old stories

    Another BBC bod has been implicated in odd behaviour: Stephen Nolan ‘deeply sorry’ after explicit image allegations (BBC)

    New covid varient detected in London causing concern among scientists – frets the Guardian

    The return of Tony Blair (‘i’) – is enough to make Mr AsI fret

    Revealled: how ex-PM’s think tank has growing influence on Labour policy (‘i’)

    And finally, more from: Psychic dubbed ‘mystic veg’ who claims to know the future using ASPARAGUS predicts result of the World Cup final… Jemima Packington, 66, insists the final will be decided the worst way possible (Daily Mail) – 66… get it?

    Is there something that doesn’t smell quite right about this story? Are they taking the piss?

    So much ink has been spilt

    Paul the Octopus was a common octopus who predicted the results of [men’s] international association football matches. (Thank you, Wiki)


    • Up2snuff says:

      AISI, “NHS managment organogram” is that the equivalent of a recent BBC radio comedy where a South African female would say “She’s having a cadenza.” ?

      If I recall correctly, this comedy was set in a cafe in a seaside town in England. I think it ran for more that one series but may have been canned thereafter. It was actually quite funny which is suprising for a BBC radio comedy these days.

      For the life of me I cannot remember what it was called. I have tried searching for it but have so far drawn a blank with two different search engines.


  11. Sluff says:

    Mid Staffs
    Maidstone. Have I missed some?

    And now, Chester, courtesy of Lucy Letby.
    Yes, it’s yet another triumph for our NHS heroes.

    And, as Andy Malkinson, newly released after 17 years for a crime he did not commit, so succinctly remarked.

    ‘The State doesn’t like to admit it has done something wrong’

    The consultants, who first approached management over Lucy Letby’s record, only to receive the cold shoulder, will know that very well. But hey, those same managers have probably been promoted by now. No accountability, as usual. Only dead babies.

    And the Far Left want to nationalise even more.
    Be afraid. Be very afraid.


    • Fedup2 says:

      When I heard a bit of detail – like the cover up by the trust managers / HR – in my basic innocence I thought – ah – maybe the inquiry will suggest changes to Trust Management – to stop cover ups and corruption and uncontrolled ‘pay ‘ and diversify managers and corruption …. But then I thought – Fedup you idiot – we live in a country where the change – is always change for the worse .

      All that will happen is an extra layer of ‘supervisory managers ‘ who are probably related to the Trust Management …

      Medics – like plod – will always cover up – but I think the medical mafia is far more dangerous because it still has misguided public respect …. …

      I can only imagine what AI might do in analysing hospital records for patterns of killings …


    • Up2snuff says:

      Sluff, “Maidstone. Have I missed some?”

      Yes, East Kent Maternity unit at QEQM.


      • Fedup2 says:

        Is there not another criminal inquiry running on a series of
        Morphine / insulin killings ?


    • Guest Who says:

      Luckily, some MPs, and media berks are as ever on the ball.

      Commenters noting a few things rather deliberately skirted… NHS culture, an inability to deviate from the omertà…. still, pot banging at dawn, Dawn?


  12. Nibor says:

    One rogue policeman murders a lady and in BBC la la land it’s all males want to kill females , protests , how can women feel safe etc .

    One rogue nurse murders several babies and …. it’s an individual.


    • Fedup2 says:

      I was waiting to hear what the ‘royal colleges ‘ had to say – particularly nurses – but the silence Friday afternoon was very loud ….
      ….. I recalled a piece by the BBC suggesting that the case was weak and that there was ‘coincidence ‘ … and I wondered what the ‘not guilty ‘ piece by the BBC would have looked like ….
      … meanwhile 4000 more cases to examine …. And I reckon Sunday might yield more stories and sins ….


    • Guest Who says:

      Wendling of the Yard being flown in?


      • Guest Who says:

        Newsnight reeling in the audience, as ever.


      • JohnC says:

        Same as the BBC who are always allowed to investigate themselves.

        Almost as ridiculous as the awards for excellence they give themselves.

        The BBC should be very quiet about this one : they are guilty of everything the NHS are. They think they ARE the law these days. Or at least the law as THEY think it should be.


      • tomo says:

        The wholesale destruction of records by NHS managers is a tactic that has been deployed where they feel exposed….


  13. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – is that code for something, Nicola Benedetti ?

    TOADY this morning is gestaterid, gestedited or ghosteditid by some musicians from Scotland. In the 7 a.m. News there is a clip of violinist Nicola Benedetti saying that learning a musical instrument when young is important and it needs more subsidies. Now what could she possibly mean?

    I think ‘subsidy’ and ‘subsidies’ is code for Gvernment money, which Government, of course never has. It has to extract that money from taxpayers. When ‘luvvies’ (I include BBC Presenters, Executives and Nicola Benedetti in the term ‘luvvie’) call for subsidies or Government money for something then I think the Chancellor of the Exchequer should immediately and automatically increase the highest rate of Income Tax by 1%.

    I wonder how quickly the calls for subsidies or Government money will stop?


    • G says:

      And we all know where, “…..calls for subsidies…..will stop” will go, don’t we? Like Overseas Aid etc “calls” result in ZERO reductions.


  14. tomo says:

    Soros’s Open Society shifts emphasis / pivots




  15. Guest Who says:

    Watson Watt ‘radar’ would that be, BBC?


    The authorities? Held to account by ‘the media’?


  16. Guest Who says:

    This is just like the ‘Lionesses’. Clearly the fire was dodgy, but I find myself loathing the media even more and the rabble they work up, so I actually agree with the couple.


  17. Guest Who says:

    And just to put you off your breakfast, the exciting life of a pervasive media ‘expert’ in self-promotion and a thing resolved years ago.

    Clearly he has t-shirts they liked the same as Ed Miliband did, but didn’t notice.


  18. Guest Who says:

    Ms. Bright gunning for Gary’s slot in Capt. Obvious commentary?


    • Mustapha Sheikup al-Beebi says:

      “We’ll win if we score more goals than they do.”

      Graham Taylor, England (men’s) Manager 1990-93.

      “I think we’ll win, draw or lose.”

      Terry Neil, Arsenal Manager, before 1980 F A Cup Final.


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  21. digg says:

    FURY….. yes FURY about the reduction of health checks in British waterways…


    Where could such screams of anguish over such a crime against humanity be coming from?

    It seems they were emitted by the warbling Feargal Sharkey and some green Dame in the House of Lords, both of whom seem to have a hotline to the paper.

    Of course the summing up is that it’s a deliberate and wicked Tory crime.

    Must be a quiet news day at the Groan….

    Actually thinking about it I had a FURY moment only this week when I realised only too late that I had forgotten to put out our rubbish bin so I know how broken they must feel!


    • tomo says:

      Lame journos love the “fury” tag. A corporate local rag staple …

      Don’t see much use of the term in relation to 350 ULEZ cameras being destroyed?


  22. BRISSLES says:

    Coincidence? Or not. When the all white GBnews presenters handed in the petition (keep cash campaign) to no.10-11, the lacky who opened the door for the photo op just happened to be black.


  23. Emmanuel Goldstein says:



  24. Guest Who says:

    Sopes really is a sad excuse for… anything.



  25. Guest Who says:


    Lesson 1: Dissemble.

    Lesson 2: send it as a press release to the BBC.


  26. Sluff says:

    Equality and diversity, BBC definition.

    World Athletics.
    Four ‘studio’ presenters.
    None are white.


  27. markh says:

    BBC webshite – ‘What you need to know about the women’s World Cup final’ . I love the use of the word ‘need’ – most of us couldn’t give a toss. All I need to know is whether they are still demeaning our country by kneeling in honour of a wife beating drug dealer. Beyond that I have no interest whatsoever.


  28. Fedup2 says:

    For those who care – the queen of Spain has arrived in Australia to support the Spanish thingy team – the British royal family have sent a video – maybe the chairman of the FA – the Prince of Wales would rather watch his beloved Villa …

    If I cared I d think it funny …


  29. markh says:

    What I find ironic about my being so down on the wimmin’s football is not the childish level of the football and punditry (not that I have seen either but it doesn’t take a genius…), but the BBC telling me that it’s as important as the proper game. Whenever the BBC tell me how to think I immediately take the opposite view.


  30. Eddy Booth says:

    I think it’s disgusting calling the British girls lionesses.
    There’s no lions here and hasn’t been for a million years,
    It’s an unsavoury, imperialistic nod to the British empire…
    I’m surprised the BBC hasn’t come down hard on this .


  31. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    On GB News they are talking about us giving the French hundreds of £millions yet they are seemingly stopping few boats and the migrants just catch the next one if a boat gets damaged.

    Why don’t people realise that this money is given to the French so that our sorry lot can shift blame from their own hopeless handling of the boats on to the French.
    They have us arguing that the French are doing a poor job to deflect the failure from us to the French (who are also hopeless but it suits them to shift as many ‘migrants’ over here as possible)

    Our politicians also keep mentioning Rwanda as the solution.

    Rwanda will take a couple of hours worth of ‘migrants’ and will then be up to full capacity when it will no longer be any kind of deterrent.
    It’s misdirection, as is the Frenchgeld.


    • JohnC says:

      If they are entering our waters illegally from French waters, I still don’t understand why we can’t just take them back. Which of their ‘human rights’ are being violated if we do that ?. They are no danger in France. Quite the opposite : they ARE the danger.

      And it would solve the problem overnight. Nobody would risk it.


      • Mrs Kitty says:

        Drones with C4 , used to think just to sink as the French would have to pick them up in their waters but given the traitorous lot known as border farce and RNLI I’m going all out now. Blow the whole thing up.


        • tomo says:

          C4 not required – a Stanley knife, mobile phone with GPS tagging on video -> destroyed inflatable = £5000 cash bounty.

          That’d put a stick through the spokes.


      • taffman says:

        Our government has no will to defend our coast and has no political will to send the invaders back . Follow the money as the French get richer and empty their camps.
        Before long our hotels will be full of terrorists.
        ‘Lesson will be learned’, but it may be to late ?


    • G says:


      “Why don’t people realise that this money is given to the French so that our sorry lot can shift blame from their own hopeless handling of the boats on to the French.”

      ‘Obsequious’ fits the bill.


  32. Fedup2 says:

    BBC Sunday news

    6 minutes of a 15 minutes radio news on footy – including a passing comment that the Spanish can’t be bothered with girly footy – )they prefer the real thing ) – bit like their British royal family which could t be bothered to go to this tedious bbc supported nonsense .

    Fingers crossed for Spain – although – who cares ?


  33. JohnC says:

    Chernihiv: Russian missile strike kills seven and injures 144, Ukraine says

    This article accurately sums up the Ukraine war for me.

    First we get the headline :
    ‘Seven people, including a six-year-old girl, were killed when a Russian missile struck a theatre in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv’

    Oh those bad Russians we think.

    Then much later – and even being told by the BBC is very unusual – we get:

    ‘The theatre was hosting a gathering of drone manufacturers, the acting mayor of Chernihiv told the BBC.’.

    We had to get that from the Mayor. We weren’t told by the ‘officials’.

    Then we are told:

    There is no other way to interpret it than a war crime against civilians, yet another Russian war crime,” he added.

    Here is the definition of what constitutes a war crime in situations like this:

    ‘Civilians cannot be made the object of an attack, but the death/injury of civilians while conducting an attack on a military objective are governed under principles such as of proportionality and military necessity and can be permissible.’

    So in summary, Ukraine hosted the drone manufacturers in the middle of a city and Russia tried to get them. It could be argued that the local civilians were being used as a human shield to deter such attacks. Why was it not held at a military base or government building ?.

    I’ve said all along : Russia are a brutal foe who consider human life to be cheap and will attack a valid target without much regard to civilians. I strongly suspect Ukraine play on this to get the headlines the BBC love.

    Meanwhile hundreds of brave young men are being slaughtered in the most barbaric manner every day on the front – and the BBC rarely even mention it because they don’t care. There’s not enough empathy value. And the most tragic thing is that in all likelyhood, it’s for nothing as the current lines are not going to change any time soon. But they are being sacrificed because the USA want to bleed Russia dry.


    • G says:

      How many drone manufactures can there be? But hosted in a theatre suggests hundreds?

      Should it really be a ‘flock’ of drone manufacturers…………..


  34. Guest Who says:

    Worth the licence fee alone.


    Seem BBC core types.


  35. Guest Who says:


    Beats Panorama doing it, I guess.


  36. Dickie says:



    • moggie63 says:

      I think every tweet I have ever seen, admittedly not many, has been about her.


      • Guest Who says:

        Like Meghan, only without the modest achievements of looking ok while young to get attention.


  37. G says:

    “Germany: Muslim migrant Berlin police commissioner robs a motorist of $62,000 while wearing his uniform”. [note, from my reading of the case, this is not accurate]


    Nevertheless, ‘Coming to a Town or City near you soon’. No doubt.


  38. Sluff says:

    On BBC Toady (Islam) on Sunday, a feature for which readers will no doubt have been waiting a long time.

    Yes, you guessed it. Halal nail varnish !!!!!!!!


  39. Sluff says:

    Thinking about the Far Left, and the ‘de-colonisation’ of the school and university curricula.
    Then thinking about all the rubber cross channel ferries and the mass immigration from the Indian sub-continent (last week it was reported that one third of all new UK births were to an Indian mother).

    In what way are we NOT being colonised?
    Perhaps the impartial BBC could enlighten us.


  40. AsISeeIt says:

    Inimitable edition

    It is rather appropriate, don’t you think, that this Sunday of all Sundays our Sunday Times recalls the advent of that industry-manufactured media-hyped feminism-tinged 1990s girl band: Geri at 51… Dolly Alderton meets her favourite Spice Girl

    Girl Power, eh?

    One moment no one had ever heard of them, the next moment everyone suddenly had their favourite. Hey presto! Instant pop star girl band carefully crafted for teenaged girls… and their dads.

    Given the shockingly poor crime clear up rate and general ineptitude of our police ‘service’ (as they prefer to call themselves) at first glance one is left unsure whether the Sunday Times is being sarcastic here: Waitrose’s free lattes for police to cut theft

    Are they pulling our plods’ plonkers, so to speak: As they work tirelessly to fight crime, the Thin Blue Line might have need for a skinny flat white… Waitrose and John Lewis have started offering free hot drinks and discounted food to on-duty police – obviously that’s one way to get our boys and girls in blue (in fact they dress in paramilitary black these days) to even bother to show up to a mere shoplifting incident: Sussex Police Community Support Officer ‘refuses’ to attend report of shoplifting seconds away (ITV News); Co-op store owner says police won’t investigate shoplifters unless the theft is over £200, there is clear CCTV of their face – and he knows their NAME (Daily Mail)

    The Laughing Policeman was a music hall song recorded by British artist Charles Penrose, published under the pseudonym Charles Jolly in 1922 – here’s one for the teenagers…

    I know a fat old policeman
    He’s always on our street
    A fat and jolly red-faced man
    He really is a treat
    He’s too kind for a policeman
    He’s never known to frown
    And everybody says he is the
    Happiest man in town!
    Oh, ha-ha-ha ha-ha-ha ha-ha-ha ha-ha-ha!

    Etc… etc…

    Confirmation soon follows that fun was indeed being poked and piss taken by the Sunday Times and to boot Mr AsI’s suspicions of corporate bribery in exchange for special treatment – albeit on a small coffee cup-sized scale – are confirmed: Waitrose and John Lewis have started offering free hot drinks and discounted food to on-duty police in an attempt to cut shoplifting and violence against staff. They hope that tempting uniformed officers – who, crucially park their vehicles outside – will deter thieves…

    Small scale corruption… admittedly the cost of a coffee is not exactly Star Bucks… Costa Coffee? Oh, please yourselves.

    Top marks to the Times’s Louise Eccles, Consumer Affairs Editor, doing her journalistic job – speaking truth to the plod – and providing us with a wry smile.

    Presumably when we – the general public’s – homes are burgled we’ll need to compete with the corporates for attention and up the stakes, so to speak, by offering the constables with a slap-up roast dinner in exchange for their attendance – or full English breakfast, perhaps, depending on time of day, uniformed cops’ appetites and dietry preferences?

    Police must pursue all lines of inquiry, says Braverman… amid concerns that officers are ignoring evidence from the public such as tracking data from stolen phones, laptops and cars (Sunday Telegraph)

    Credit where credit is due to their columnist for her turn of phrase and sense of humour but sadly the Times’s in-house left-leaning cartoonist Newman simply ain’t funny. Confirming the notion that lefties just can’t leave the anti-Tory politics alone and fearful of casting comic aspersions on our so-called Lionesses – Newman has the footballing girls declare: “We sent a good luck message to Rishi Sunak” as they open a newspaper with the headlines: “Economy NHS Inflation Boats” – I’ll say this for Newman, he does draw his charicatures of our female soccer team to a tee with their ubiquitous trademark dirty blonde ponytails well enough that he needn’t have captioned them “Go Lionesses!”

    For balance Newman may fail his school report in terms of comedy but at least his attendance record beats our class pet cartoonist over there at the Telegraph: Matt is away

    In case you were wondering – my favourite is Naughty Football Spice: Lauren James’ red card for standing on Nigeria defender Michelle Alozie means the England forward will miss the quarterfinal in Sydney on Saturday and a showdown with Colombia’s Linda Caicedo. James will also miss the semifinals if the Lionesses advance, after FIFA extended her ban for violent conduct (AP News)

    There are diversity reasons but at least you can tell her apart from all the rest of the clones.

    The Observer (Guardian on Sunday) has shown scant interest in sport until recently: Jonas Eidevall: A tactical guide to the match by Arsenal’s coach – take care not to ‘mansplain’, won’t you, maaate?

    The Gruan connection is in apologetic mood: Family of PM Gladstone to apologise for slavery links (Observer) – PM Gladstone? That’s one for the teenagers!

    The Mail on Sunday selects a remarkable and rare word for our modern materialist liberal journos in their headline: Proof the Devil is among us… The inimitable Sarah Vine’s verdict on Lucy Letby – wow… inimitable!


    • Fedup2 says:


      I wonder sometimes about the logic of those big publicly funded bodies – the NHS – plod – BBC – which jealously guard their territory even though incapable of delivering despite over funding.

      Plod is probably the worst – and the kind of corruption you describe -as well as frankly dumb public noises about not prosecuting in – say – shoplifting cases is the exact opposite to the ‘ broken windows’ doctrine which helped cure New York for a while ..
      I watched some feral coloured vermin shoplift and run from a tesco yesterday – i m surprised they bother run anymore …

      … elsewhere…i was wondering how many hospitals are quietly looking at deaths of patients in recent years and destroying the records ….

      … and how ‘management teams ‘have surpressed serial killing medical mafia to preserve the reputation of the ‘ Trust ‘ – what a word …