250 Responses to Start the Week 4th September 2023

  1. MarkyMark says:

    Join second!


  2. JohnC says:

    Ukraine War: Counter-offensive troops punch through Russia line, generals claim

    Oh !!! – finally they report on the counteroffensive. But with ‘generals claim’ at the end which is akin to ‘North Korean press office’ these days.

    ‘Since June, Kyiv’s territorial gains have been very small – but is Ukraine finally at a turning point?’

    Another BBC question where the answer is no but he BBC want us to think it is yes.

    The youtube channel I watch tells me the Ukranians have pushed all their reserves into this latest push (I presume because the Americans have told them to) and Russia’s tactic is to lead them in then destroy them with artillery and airstrikes.

    ‘Ukrainian forces raised the country’s blue and yellow flag over the village more than a week ago, and are now trying to widen the gap to allow larger infantry and armoured units to pass through without coming under Russian fire.

    If that can be achieved, there is a chance Ukraine’s offensive can gain momentum as it approaches second and third defensive lines, which may not be quite as robust as the first.’

    I despair at what I read on the BBC. Other sources tell me the Ukranians are feeding soldiers into the front in small numbers at a time to replace those in what is effectively a ‘killing zone’.

    I also read that the USA are now going to send delpleted uranium munitions to Ukraine. NOT reported by the BBC.

    WHO suppressed evidence on effects of depleted uranium, expert says

    ‘Reports from southern Iraq have documented a steep rise in the incidence of cancers since the 1990s, especially cases in children.’


    • Up2snuff says:

      Two in a row – go for three, JohnC.


      • JohnC says:

        I’m afraid I’m fast asleep by the time Fed puts up a new thread midweek Up2.

        Bed at 9, up before 5 – makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
        Except for weekends when I cancel them all out.


        • Up2snuff says:

          JohnC, that’s what my dear old Granny used to say to me: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

          Maybe Fed will ‘take your case into consideration’ 😉 🙂

          I find that in my 70s, the staying power in front of a PC tends to wilt at 10 p.m.


    • tomo says:

      As I heard it the minefields aren’t the first line at all.

      “We’ve been clearing the minefields at night”

      – and the Russian don’t know? –

      Geophones are sensitive enough (as I understand it) to pick up folk crawling around and geolocate them. Something tells me the Russian do not intend to waste ammo.


      • JohnC says:

        They know Ukraine has limited manpower resources compared to Russia. They are playing the long game and are bleeding them out.

        What is clear to me now is that at some point, the entire Ukranian position has to reverse and they will seek a ceasefire. But we have this Biden/Ukraine/Corruption (which the BBC do NOT report) in the mix which I thought was way beyond concidence from the start.

        Do I think Joe would sacrifice hundreds of thousands of young men who are not Americans to protect himself and his family ?.

        Hell yes I do. This is exactly what the Left are. Nasty, dirty b@st@rds when threatened.


    • digg says:

      Read between the lines in this BBC propaganda piece. You have to go right down to the bottom of the story before the BBC casually mention the “removed” Rezinkov, the Ukrainian defence minister’s possible involvement in corruption.

      Apparently he was a key player in getting arms etc from the West, much of which cannot be accounted for.


      Let’s face it, The US are only involved in Ukraine because of the Biden connection. There is so much for them to lose or cover up.


      • Fedup2 says:

        Wearing my armchair warrior – field Marshall uniform – I reckon that in a year the Ukrainians won’t have enough people to run the kit allegedly being sent to them …. Even the most bought Republican or democrat might notice another 25 billion $ disappearing into a hole ( Swiss bank account ) ..,,

        .. personally I’m looking forward to our new Minister for defence trying to look serious when he makes some speech …I mean – Grant Shapps …. How they must have laughed when he got that job ….


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  4. Althepalerp says:

    Had my annual letter from BBC Licensing reminding me i may need a TV licence.
    I duly went online to tick the required boxes.
    Another £158 saved to spend on the things I want.
    spread the word. Its easy to do.


    • Up2snuff says:

      TV Licensing appear to be saving on postage. Are the BBC reluctant to go on supporting them? I haven’t had a LurveLetter from them in ages. I agree, save the money – after all, the BBC will tell you there is a-cost-of-living-crisis. Next April, I will have not spent £3,002 at current rates. 🙂 🙂 🙂


    • tomo says:

      Done it 4 times now – the goons at TVL-Crapitas can foxtrot oscar


  5. harry142857 says:

    From sickipedia

    Why’s no one come up with the idea of moving all the kids from the closed schools into the empty Wilkos?
    Most of ’em are gonna stack shelves when they leave school anyway.


  6. Deborah says:

    Met Office on GB News this evening showing a very scary deep red to purple map, with predictions of ‘up to’ 31 degrees Celsius on Thursday (88 degrees Fahrenheit). I am just wondering what the actual temperature will be – either the Met Office is determined to find somewhere with that temp or the prediction will be quietly dropped. Just wondering which.


    • Up2snuff says:

      Deborah, cold enough in the south-east of England to justify three layers today. Could and maybe should have worn a sleeveless fleece when cycling to church.


  7. MarkyMark says:

    Finnish politician charged with HATE SPEECH – ‘It is not only about me!’


    1765 …. In a republic worthy of name, freedom to publish one’s thoughts is a citizen’s natural right.They may use a pen or their voice, and should not be prevented from writing any more than speaking …That is the law in England, a monarchical country, where people are freer than elsewhere because they are more enlightened. – Voltaire, Republican Ideas, 1765

    2018 … In addition to reporting hate crime, please report non-crime hate incidents, which can include things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing. Hate will not be tolerated in South Yorkshire. Report it and put a stop to it #HateHurtsSY – UK South Yorkshire Police, 2018



    • Doublethinker says:

      There is a piece in the Telegraph today about this case by Tim Stanley, who rightly concludes that Free Speech is dead in the ‘democratic’ west. He is slowly getting there. His next step is to realise/ admit/ dare to say, that without free speech and the right to offend democracy is at best muted.
      For all its faults we do hear that message on GB News occasionally but we NEVER hear it on the MSM. Democracy is being strangled but you never know it if you listened to the MSM.
      By the way the Telegraph are not allowing comments on this article. Yesterday the newspaper exceeded its own low standards by shutting down comments on an article on German political scandal after one ONE comment had been posted. A record!


      • Fedup2 says:

        Double – yes read that piece – the drive to destroy the ‘unapproved ‘ is very strong . They readily subvert the legal / court system to silence people – very Obama DOJ .

        I’m not putting the article up because of ‘stew ‘ …. I will let marky put up / repeat and repeat the same tired stuff – and not bother even looking at it any more – makes being a site moderator a drag ….


  8. tomo says:

    Only a thought ….

    Why can’t we send migrants to New York, San Fransisco and Los Angeles?

    Joe’s goons / Democrats couldn’t complain – surely ?


  9. JohnC says:

    Boy thrown from Tate Modern using wheelchair a lot less, family says

    ‘He has been able to visit an indoor adventure park with an adapted high-rope course, which his family says he loves and where instructors take turns to accompany him.’

    Front page news ?.

    This is the third article by the BBC informing us of this boys progress. It’s great to know – but they seem obsessed. I wonder if they would be so caring if the man who pushed him wasn’t white.

    So I did a browse to find out what other stories about ENGLISH youngsters have been excluded to make space for this one. First stop, the BBC ‘London Violence’ page. Just one article from 3 days ago where a man was killed for no reason except that he upset his murderer.

    No picture of the animal who did it from the BBC and whose sentencing the whole article is about of course – even though it’s readily available. Absolutely normal now for the BBC when he looks like this:


    And not even a hint of anything about any of these:

    Grim week on London’s streets sees 15 stabbings, boy hit by car and police chase ending in crash

    ‘Notting Hill Carnival’s adult day on Monday (August 28) saw a repeat of the violence which marred last year’s event, with a total of eight people stabbed and taken to hospital.’

    ‘There were 275 arrests across the two days of the carnival, with 165 arrests on Monday for a range of offences including possession of offensive weapons, assaults on police officers, possession of drugs and sexual offences.’

    Looking at the Google search results, it looks like the BBC decided to stop reporting Notting Hill violence after 2019.

    Nothing new to see here. Just the BBC doing what it always does : ‘fighting racism with racism’.


  10. andyjsnape says:

    Good morning all

    On the bbc webshte there is loads of campaigns, sorry I meant news

    I wonder if the likes of the bbc would report what is the latest on the invaders arriving, instead of the daily trivial we get from them


    • Pete says:

      I Wonder how much Birmingham Council spent on Diversity projects while at the same time falling into Bankruptcy


      • tomo says:

        I wonder how much many generous executive pensions have been frantically topped up by and equally generous redundancy packages negotiated behind the scenes at Birmingham Council.

        A *Labour* council that didn’t pay equal wages (as I understand it) and tried to evade their financial responsibilities and ran it to the wire …

        I’d wager they knew this was on the cards for several years.

        I wonder if they’ll use taxis to deliver the P45s.


  11. Fedup2 says:

    Ok – so I listened to the 8am R4 news . Rishi broke the schools – Jonnie slater ran the Dept education for 4 years until 2021? Now going for Rishi – maybe it’s true – maybe he didn’t get the gong he expected ….

    Sue traitor Gray now the head of the Labour Party HQ – party gate indeed – integrity….

    A red labour reshuffle – terrible timing if it takes attention away from the school crap

    Dirty dealings in Ukraine — bribes – corruption – losing ?

    And excellent news for fatties – a new jab to help eat a KFC bucket ….maybe there is a deal …

    Criticism of our wonderful medics after they failed to spot sepsis ..

    Bit of anti bloke domestic violence

    Pretty impressive message news from Al Beeb today …

    Over to you Asiseeit …
    I see ‘toady ‘ has meesh and comrade Robinson on so must be the smell of blood in the air …


  12. AsISeeIt says:

    We once again delve into the news quagmire in this dependency tendency edition

    Rishi Sunak, seat warmer for Starmer and local district manager of what we used to call Britain – but what he tends to term an “economic zone” stakes his claim: Prime Minister outlines his five key priorities for 2023 (Gov.UK, January 2023)

    Personality bypassed pupil of Blair Keir Starmer went double or quits when he ran for the party leadership, proposing no less than 10 pledges – although he’s yet to specify his revised pledge count for the next general election: How many of Sir Keir Starmer’s 10 pledges still stand? (asks the Evening Standard, May 2023)

    In case you were wondering – as I like to say – the Liberal Democrats construct their own platitudinous platform from another 5 propositional pledges – pledges which are on-brand with the former centre party that now leans further left than Labour though perhaps more polite and with posher pretentions – leaving those pledges even more amorphous: For a Fair Deal (LibDems.org.uk)

    If you’re an actual conservative you may think that aside from keeping law and order and protecting the nation from real tangible outside threats to our own borders, the main job of government ought to be – as much as possible – to bloody well leave us well alone.

    Migrant crossings approach 900 a day (Times)

    Starmer’s tax pledge… My promise to workers… I won’t raise your income tax (Mirror) – that’s every other tax set to go up then.

    But what does government do for us I hear you say… Monty Python-like… Apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system, and public health…

    That’s irrigation – not immigration. Oh, they forgot crucifixion.

    Big Daddy, real name Shirley Crabtree Jr., was an English professional wrestler with a record-breaking 64-inch chest. He worked for Joint Promotions and the original British Wrestling Federation. Initially appearing on television as a heel, he teamed with Giant Haystacks (thank you Wiki)

    Big Brother is a fictional character and symbol in George Orwell’s dystopian 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. He is ostensibly the leader of Oceania, a totalitarian state wherein the ruling party, Ingsoc, wields total power “for its own sake” over the inhabitants. (thanks again Wiki)

    If the left’s recent marked preference for Lockdowns (sooner, harder, longer) didn’t tip you off to their reliance on the state to direct and control every aspect of our lives for us – then a perfect indication of that dependency tendency crops up on the cover of the left-leaning ‘i’ newspaper this morning: 50 questions Sunak should answer before election


    That’s even more questions than David Lammy flunked on Celebrity Mastermind. Poor old Dave Lammy, give him a pass – is it because he’s black? (TM Ali G) : Clive Myrie The truth about growing up black in Britain (our formerly patriotic Times)

    Think of the children…

    Labour commits to child poverty strategy in new welfare pledge (‘i’) – if only this Biased BBC platform had a sound effects function – a soundboard as they call it – every time a politician makes another pledge we could ring a little bell followed by a laughter clip.

    You have to hand it to the ‘i’ newspaper this morning – albeit inadvertantly – they have rather concisely stumbled (if that awkward grammatical construction is allowable) upon the very nub of our present political problem: Hunt vows to makes schools safe at any cost, but there’s no new money (‘i’)

    For pork barrel politics to work, firstly, you need a pork barrel

    Well, there is money enough if you print it: The uncertain links between monetary policy and inflation… three years ago, came the response of governments around the world to the effects of Covid-19 and, before we knew it, a time shift occurred to take us back to the 1970s. Money supply surged and, before long, inflation did the same. Other things being equal, none of us – apart from economists – cares about money supply, but we do care about inflation; given the damage it does to our spending power, currently we obsess about it. Thus the vital question: how much does money-supply growth signal inflation, or even drive it? (Investors Chronicle) – I’ll do my quick re-edit for accuracy: …response of governments around the world to the effects of Covid-19 their own misguided policy which has come to be known as Lockdown…

    The left-leaning ‘i’ is only second top pick in the BBC’s online press line-up. Top slot goes to the frontpage of the Guardian which seems to think we live in the United States and want their news: Burning Man turns into quagmire… Thousands told not to leave site in middle of Nevada desert after storm create mudbath (Guardian)

    Glenn Quagmire, often referred to by just his surname, is a fictional character from the American adult animated sitcom Family Guy. He is a neighbor and friend of the Griffin family and is best known for his hypersexuality and his catchphrase, “Giggity” (not now, thanks all the same Wiki)

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez On the climate crisis, Trump and why America has never had a female president Exclusive interview (Guardian)

    Does the Guardian think we live in America – or does it perhaps reveal the shrouded reality that we live in an Oceania?

    Conspiracy corner

    WIESBADEN, Germany — A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment died during a vehicle accident, which occurred Aug. 1 near Tirschenreuth… a platoon leader with the regiment’s 4th Squadron, was traveling in a Stryker when a civilian semi-truck struck the military vehicle as it merged onto Autobahn 93. No other U.S. Army Soldiers traveling in the Stryker received injuries. The incident is currently under investigation. (U.S. Army Europe and Africa “Stronger Together”)

    The Stryker is a family of eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicles (Wiki); What are Stryker vehicles? And why is the Pentagon sending them to Ukraine? Strykers were initially built with flat-bottomed hulls, which proved vulnerable to improvised bombs set to detonate underneath them by insurgents in Iraq. In response, the Army phased those vehicles out with newer Strykers fitted with a V-shaped bottom similar to those used on Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected Vehicles… Exactly which version or versions will be provided to Ukraine is unclear. (New York Times)


    • Up2snuff says:

      AISI, I am highly amused that a Luvvie, who’s political views are highly likely to be ‘against the patriarchy’ is pictured wearing underpants to ‘an event-thing’ under which the Luvvie is wearing a huge pair of what appear to be men’s underpants! (Telegraph)


  13. JohnC says:

    Budget to repair school concrete was halved – civil servant

    ‘I thought we’d get it but the actual decision made in 2021 was to halve down from 100 a year to 50 year,” he adds.

    And he reminds the programme that the chancellor then was Rishi Sunak.’

    …. and the BBC campaign to get rid of the Tories and back on the road to rejoining the EU continues.

    Everything the BBC do now around English politics is to get back on the globalist gravy train.


  14. micknotmike says:

    Well the news from the bbc yesterday was that the ukraine advance had broken through the Russian lines and they were camped just outside Vladivostok. That story has now disappeared; it’s not even top of the “war in ukraine” page. There is the omission which tells you all you need to know.
    The big story, of course, is to do with collapsing classrooms. I only caught a glimpse of the news but it appeared to show beams being bashed with a stick by someone standing underneath. Elf & safety, anyone?


  15. Guest Who says:


    But… lardberg Mums on the telly with iWatches being empathetically ‘interviewed’.

    So all good.


  16. Fedup2 says:


    Comrade Robinson tries to bring down someone called Keegan and Rishi along the way with 20 minutes on school concrete .
    He failed . But so often these interviews say more about the BBC by omission than by the ‘beat up’ .

    This omission was the view /. comment – or anything from the government in waiting ? Could it be that culpability for using crap concrete lies with Labour ? I don’t know . And actually care less really .

    What I do know is that another money tree is to be cut down fixing this crap . Again .

    But there’s something similar to the treatment of health and education . All those layers of management – local authorities – education committees – governors – inspectors – yet it comes straight to a cabinet minister – which frankly – when you think about it – is ridiculous . ….


    • Up2snuff says:

      Fed, 1950s and 1960s schools and other public buildings. Labour Party in Government for part of that time. But the BBC are asking no questions of the people really responsible: the Building Research Council or whatever they are called now. The finger was pointed at them during the High Alumina Cement aftermath. Why not now?

      But then, the Labour Party have some questions to answer. Why was it said during the years of ‘Education, education, education’ that of the money Treasury allocated to the Department for Education, 50% was spent on their own budget, the remainder being passed to the LEAs (Local Education Authorities) who promptly spent 50% on themselves and passed the balance on to be divided between the schools in their area.

      Comrade Robinson really needs to be interviewing Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education!


      • Fedup2 says:

        Thank you . Perhaps that is why there isn’t the traditional screams about ‘independent public inquiry ‘ …… and a noticeable quiet from Red Labour …

        … I kind of think that the money tree needed for this might be a fully grown oak – or maybe a forest ….


        • Up2snuff says:

          Fed, “I kind of think that the money tree needed for this might be a fully grown oak – or maybe a forest”

          I think that is right. And what has Starmer announced over the weekend? “No new taxes.” That then means an increase in Government borrowing, which falls on succeeding generations to pay …. out of ….. their increased taxes.


          • Fedup2 says:

            I saw some headline about no Income Tax rises so it’s either a lie or he will stick it on National Insurance – the drip drip of reassurances about red labour spending seems a bit premature to me
            And if I was running the Labour election strategy I’d stick with ‘ have to wait and see the books ‘ – the tried / not trusted method – they can use the ‘haven’t been in charge for 13? Years as the mainline …. But haven’t done it ….

            .. last week – without much notice – the sunak ‘chief of communications ‘ left after 11? Months and was replaced by another sunak mate ….
            …. I think they’ll be trying to throw stuff overboard but the iceberg ( time ) has cut a long gash in HMS blue labour …. All the life boats are being used by their illegal arrivals … busy day on the channel Monday ….? Calm ….?


            • Up2snuff says:

              Fed, I see the crafty sucker that got the Labour leader’s job has carefully qualified his pledge on taxes, according to the Labour supporting Daily Mirror. “I will not raise your Income Tax.” That leaves plenty of taxes for Starmer to increase instead.


    • Sluff says:

      If the concrete had a 30 year lifespan and was being used in the 1960s and 1970s then it would be coming to the end of its life between say 1997 and 2010.
      Which is when Labour was in power. Not that you’d know from the BBC reporting.
      And for the period 2010-2015 there was the ConDem coalition. So the LibDems are not smelling of roses either. Another inconvenient truth ignored by the Tory-hating Statist BBC


      • Up2snuff says:

        As a ‘has been’, Sluff, I can report with some authority that modern buildings are only lifed for thirty years or so. A Primary School known to me, was opened in 1902 and possibly/probably started to be built in the Victorian era. It is still functioning as a Primary School.

        They knew how to build them back then!


        • Sluff says:

          ……quite often of red bricks.


          • Up2snuff says:

            Red and yellow bricks, Sluff. There is a limit as to how high you can build with bricks. Go beyond it and they collapse under the weight of the bricks higher up the building.


        • Deborah says:

          Weren’t the schools built under Gordon Brown’s massive PFIs only meant to last for 30 years? Any I know appear to be made out of cream cheese.
          Every year school governors get condition reports on the buildings. The reports written by private companies who know how to charge.


    • Guest Who says:

      BBC do like ‘former tops’.

      Almost as much as they do ‘top formers’.


      Toenails (yawn) in full Monday Morning Mode chats with a fellow public paid employee as they check their pensions.

      Relevant points are made in the comments.


  17. StewGreen says:

    11am R4 Black Music in Europe: A Hidden History
    just in case you were indoctrinated last year when it was originally broadcast.

    The day also includes a prog on Chinese food
    and two progs about Moroccan culture.


  18. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – the BBC really appear to be extracting the Michael out of the taxpayer …

    …. with yet another new recruit as Senior Political Correspondent: Henry Zeffman. Except in this case it could be the new appointment is just replacing Jonathan Blake, the previous Political Correspondent. (I always used to apply a little Cockney rhyming slang when Jon Blake was reporting on politics.)

    But the Corporation do appear to be splashing the taxpayer cash with the ‘Senior’ part of the title. Meanwhile someone from the BBC North America team is stranded in the mud at the Burning Man Festival and may not get out for days. Ho Ho Ho! How I laughed.


  19. Fedup2 says:

    I find unplanned humour in the R4 running order . No need to bother listening to – probably 95% of the crap . The remaining 5% will be repeats from pre woke times …. And 5% is generous .
    I see that the traditional 215pm slot – which was for ‘drama ‘ now isn’t . There can only be so many illegals migrant propaganda plays written – and they’ll never go near nasty Islam ….


    • StewGreen says:

      The Monday 2:15pm slot is now used to have a repeat of what was aired at 7:15pm on Saturday.


  20. Fedup2 says:

    Woke Plod – courtesy of the DT

    A Pensioner was questioned by police for a “hate incident” after taking a picture of a sticker that said “keep males out of women-only spaces”.

    The retired social worker was looking at a transgender flag-themed poster in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, which carried the slogan “stand by your trans”.

    A sticker had been placed on top of the poster that said “keep males out of women-only spaces”, referring to transgender women who are born male.

    But the 73-year-old was left shocked when, several days after she took a picture of the sticker, officers from West Yorkshire Police turned up at her home and recorded it as a non-crime hate incident (NCHI).

    The woman, who did not want to be named out of fear of reprisal from activists, told the Mail on Sunday: “They gave me a long lecture about the sensitivity of the issue, and how something like this could cause harassment and alarm to the community.

    “They were investigating it as a hate crime, which is outrageous. I was in a state of shock.”

    She added: “I think they wanted to correct my thinking. They are getting involved in a very divided and toxic debate, but it’s not their role to arbitrate political disagreements.

    “I felt as if they were trying to gag a dissenting voice by harassing me in my own home.”

    She insisted that she did not place the sticker on the poster and that officers had identified her from CCTV footage.

    She had previously written to the group behind the poster, Happy Valley Pride, with concerns about allowing transgender women into female-only spaces.

    The police log, which she obtained through a subject access request, said officers had given her “words of advice … regards the harassment and alarm that this sticker could potentially cause to the community”.

    ‘Thought policing’
    Harry Miller, a former police officer who founded the free speech group Fair Cop after being subject to an NCHI himself, accused the officers of “thought policing”.

    He said: “How can a woman photographing a sticker cause alarm and distress to the Happy Valley Pride community? There is politically correct rot at the heart of West Yorkshire policing.”

    Earlier this year, Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, unveiled plans to ban police from recording NCHIs just because someone is offended.

    She endorsed new guidance that requires officers to prioritise freedom of expression over offensive, controversial or derogatory language that upsets people.

    Officers will be restricted to recording only incidents that are motivated by intentional hostility and pose a real risk of escalating into significant harm.

    It aims to reduce the number of NCHIs, with 120,000 people recorded in the past five years.

    They include cases such as a Bedfordshire man who ended up with a police file for whistling the theme tune to Bob the Builder at his neighbour, who perceived racial hatred.

    West Yorkshire Police has been contacted for comment.ENDS


    • StewGreen says:

      That story is not new
      We are Fair Cop tweeted it on Aug 23
      .. https://twitter.com/WeAreFairCop/status/1694239847274135728

      the police call the area “Happy Valley” because of drug addiction and violence

      3rd August The official police account tweeted promoting the org’s pride event and other pride events. That suggests police are connected to the org.
      .. https://twitter.com/WYP_Contact/status/1686995318083026944


      • Fedup2 says:

        Ok stew – it’s not new for you – but it’s from todays ‘ telegraph – I thought I’d put it up at something of interest – no need to thank me or display any other courtesy eh ?

        I won’t put anymore DT stuff up – why should I effing bother ?


        • Deborah says:

          Fedup , please ‘effing bother’, because the stories are new to some of us, and I am damned if I am going to pay to get behind the paywall. I assume you do, and it is kind of you to share.


          • Fedup2 says:

            Deborah – well I put one up this morning – got no thanks for it – instead got the typical unsocial ‘not new from ‘ stew – so I thought why bother ? I m paying for the DT but feel mugged .

            I’m not great with cut and paste – particularly when articles are in parts so it can be an effort for me . But since you actually ask – here is the article ….

            Christianity is under attack, from China to Pakistan, but I want to consider a case closer to home to emphasise that religious liberty is vulnerable even where we complacently assume it is part of the culture. Let’s visit Finland.

            Päivi Räsänen is a doctor, longstanding MP and former interior minister. In 2019, police opened an investigation into her for “incitement against a minority”. The accusation is based upon a tweet in which she asked why the Lutheran Church sponsored a Pride event; a debate in which she said God intends us to be straight; and a booklet she authored nearly 20 years ago that argued homosexuality is a developmental disorder.

            The Finnish police concluded that no crime had been committed, but the prosecutor-general decided to charge her anyway. In 2022, Räsänen went to court: three judges, no jury, no witnesses and not even a victim to say they took offence. The judges decided in Räsänen’s favour; the prosecutor, who won’t take no for an answer, simply brought the case back via appeal. The second trial wrapped up last week, and if Räsänen is found guilty, she could face jail.

            According to Paul Coleman, the executive director of ADF International, a religious advocacy group that threw its weight behind Räsänen, the prosecutor opened by insisting that this case is not about theology: you can quote the Bible as much as you like, the issue is how you interpret it, and Räsänen had done so in such a way that caused harm.

            By Coleman’s account, the trial then became very theological indeed, with undergraduate-level questions such as: “What is the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament? Why are some passages of the Bible interpreted literally?”

            It’s this line of inquiry that I think establishes Räsänen’s story as a canary in a coal mine. Until now, progressives seemed content to try to separate religion from the public sphere. But here we witness an agent of the state taking a big step into the private sphere, seeking not only to silence a point of view but also to challenge its intellectual basis and refute it.

            There’s no escaping the inquisition. Räsänen might evoke the defence that she hates sin but loves the sinner, but the prosecution stated that this isn’t good enough in a modern society. Calling actions a sin insults the people who do them, and given that one’s identity can be defined by acts, it amounts to an attack on their very being. One might reply that many Christians feel a calling to evangelise, so stopping them from performing that particular action threatens their identity, too. Thus we see the consequences of European countries passing well-intentioned equalities legislation that seeks to safeguard every characteristic under the sun. Sexual preference is protected; so is religious belief. But what happens when they come into conflict?

            For a while, we muddled through this conundrum, turning a blind eye to what some Christians still believe and preach, but the Finnish prosecutor appears to have chosen a side. Their crusade is somewhat patronising, for it assumes that gays and lesbians are a vulnerable species, incapable of ignoring or contradicting an argument. A handful of them, of course, might quietly agree with Räsänen. It’s a modern conceit that our identities are perfect binaries between Left and Right, spiritual and secular, but you’ll find plenty of gay believers in the church pews.

            It’s important to note that I don’t speak Finnish. The trial was under-reported, so my understanding of it relies heavily on the translations of the ADF, whose critics will insist it has made the case seem more significant than it really is. The judges initially found in favour of Räsänen, so what is there to worry about?

            That the case was brought at all, I’d say. And that it fits a pattern. Here in the UK, a street preacher was arrested in 2019; this year, a Tory councillor says he lost his job after tweeting that pride is a sin (indeed it’s the sin that led to Satan’s rebellion and humanity being cast out of Eden). A different Tory councillor, Anthony Stevens, tweeted his sympathy for these people – and was in turn arrested for an alleged hate crime. Stevens did not appear publicly to endorse the theology of either man; he was standing up for their right to express it. Not to be able to say something is bad enough. Not to be able to say that someone should be able to say something is surreal.

            The older I get, the more my view of human nature darkens. The classic liberal take is that we are inherently tolerant, that if we scrape away old ideas and customs, we’ll become a society that is free and peaceful. But the evidence of history and what is happening abroad in, say, Azerbaijan or Ukraine, suggests that human beings are very intolerant of each other – and it’s good culture and strong institutions, cultivated over centuries, that keep us from each other’s throats.

            Today, the culture is decaying and institutions are being captured, and the assumptions upon which a delicate liberal order rested are gradually being forgotten. I was taught that I had no right to be protected from difficult ideas, that it was my responsibility to interrogate and challenge them.

            By contrast, the Finnish prosecution reportedly said of one of Räsänen’s arguments: “The point isn’t whether it is true or not but that it is insulting.” How dumb, depressing and scary.ENDS

            Interesting that the DT didn’t allow comments on an article about free speech …


          • StewGreen says:

            One doesn’t need to pay to read such telegraph articles
            All newspapers except the Times are available in multiple ways without paying
            Most people use tools like round the paywall
            The Telegraph article relies on a Java script to bring in a pop-up with a block, Such scripts can be blocked by using an incognito window (Ctrl Shift N).
            if you open such a Window and search the article and load it, then clcick the escape key ..the page stops loading and you can read it

            If you use Bing for searches the line ends in a downward pointing triangle that says cached when you click on it
            click that wording to open up the cached page
            You can read it for free

            My post today merely added a few context points
            I don’t see anything wrong with that
            Sometimes people do “2+2=6 thinking”
            My post did not say “don’t post such articles”
            rather it alerted people to the fact that the story has probably already been discussed here a few times.

            BTW that Telegraph article makes it clear that its derived from an older Daily Mail article


  21. StewGreen says:

    It’s 9am and there is still a massive mist across the fields.
    Bet they start talking about drought soon.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Worst frost since records began …..


      • Up2snuff says:

        Stew, Fed, I caught the tail end of the R4 weather forecast as part of TOADY and the lass (Helen Willetts?) implied there would be more ‘heat wave’ reporting later in the week. Willdfires, perhaps, on the BBC? It is sunny here in s-e England and forecast to be sunny all week but only up to 26°C mid-week. However whilst outside I was passed by a young obese woman who said to her companion (Mums taking children to school?) “It is quite hot.”

        Meanwhile I’m still wearing three layers but may abandon the light cotton summer sweater later.


  22. andyjsnape says:

    Lagos traffic jams disappear. But this isn’t good news for Nigeria

    I’m disgusting by the above “report”, not one white face! Surely 80% similar to the tv adverts is the correct quota


  23. Sluff says:

    Not being slow to criticise the BBC it is only fair to fess up when they, imo, do something right, even if they then sweep the inconvenient bits under the carpet.

    Toady around 0740. An extended interview, rightly with a gentle touch, with a woman whose daughter died (was killed) in hospital, of sepsis, two years ago.
    The mother lists, eruditely, a whole series of failings of our NHS heroes, which contributed to an undiagnosed until fatal condition of sepsis in her 14 year old daughter.
    Although individual tragedies occur in hospital all the time, and consultants famously and literally bury their mistakes, the mother listed several important issues which resulted in the death of her daughter yet are not particular to her but are generic and enduring.
    1. Consultants have no contract to cover non-emergency care
    2. Patients may have a named consultant but may never actually see this person.
    3. Ward hierarchy means nurses are afraid to raise issues with doctors, who are unlikely to ask or listen anyway.
    4. Consultants don’t ( want to) listen to parents
    5. Patients are seen by a series of duty consultants and there is no continuity
    6. At weekends, hospitals are akin to the Marie Celeste, non emergency care is makeshift.

    An important testimony about how hospitals actually work.
    Having been kind to the BBC I now state the glaringly obvious.
    Why is the BBC not hammering the NHS on all of the above points? Not government ministers but the NHS itself. Managers, consultants. Junior doctors. Even saintly nurses. They are all culpable.

    Instead, our NHS heroes are yet again let off the hook.


    • andyjsnape says:

      Hello Sluff

      I was referred to the NHS by my doctor and placed on a 34 week waiting list to see someone. Apprx 4 weeks later got a letter from the hospital to say my appointment was cancelled and transferred to a different waiting list, now for 54 weeks wait.

      Maybe some of the 75 NHS staff who were airlifted by the RAF a few months ago from Sudan, could work in the UK to earn their keep! Got my wondering as there are loads of Asian doctors/consultants, how many aren’t in the UK and helping out at home, while still claiming a salary here


      • G says:


        “34 week waiting list”. Wow !!

        Had it not been for investing in a Benenden personal policy, I would have had to wait 24 MONTHS to see an appropriate consultant last time round. That was prior to all the strikes and their obvious effects upon waiting lists………………
        But, hey ! that’s a socialist Wales for you.


        • Fedup2 says:

          Yes I’m with benenden – which I hope never to use – I think it’s £12 a month? My main PHI is quite a bit more – again I hope never to use it and don’t see it as wasted money ..

          I’m not wealthy but I see it as a priority . I use the TV tax I will never pay to fund the Benenden …


      • Sluff says:

        There was a story only a week or two ago about a GP doing only online consultations for the NHS. They were actually in Greece!
        We all know the NHS is in reality an International Health Service paid for by UK taxpayers but only recently did we learn this applied to on-duty staff as well as patients.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Make sure you clap – or else ….. my tip though ( apart from going private and checking out any quack you might deal with ) is to not need health care after 3pm Friday afternoon to – say 2pm Monday – just die at home to keep the hospital stats looking good … the medical mafia – like so much – would truly take a revolution to change ….


  24. G says:

    Rebel Capitalist:

    “Breaking: Bank of England Takes Huge Losses (Could Go Bust)”

    Things the Globalists / UK Government don’t want becoming common knowledge (don’t scare the animals) after all it is only a mere £30 billion…………..

    What’s £30 billion when you have an unlimited pool of taxpayer money from which to draw down as and when you fancy.

    I’m bleating again: try and persuade the so-called, “Taxpayers Alliance” to research and convey how the public stop their taxes going to the Exchequer until the reckless puppets stop squandering our money.


  25. JohnC says:

    ANOTHER ‘Live Update’ from the BBC. And as always, it’s to let them force multiple agenda headlines down everybodies throats.

    Sunak halved schools repairs budget in 2021 – ex civil-servant

    So they have softened everybody up to think this is an extreme problem first and now they move to shift that mountain they have created onto the shoulders of the target. And once again in conjunction with the civil service.

    The first headlines led to think most schools were completely closed. Now I realise it’s a few schools mostly just with certain parts closed down temporarily until they put supports under them.

    From what I see in another BBC article, the worst case of all is that some schools will stay closed until next Monday. Is it really worth such a huge story ?.

    Just one more battle in the culture war to get Labour back in and eventually rejoin the globalist gravy-train which is the EU.

    The thing I object to is the people they are betraying being forced to fund it.


  26. digg says:

    BBC breaking News and headline story!…. Sunak halved schools repairs budget in 2021 – ex civil servant (Jonathon Slater) ….


    First to set the scene from Wiki….

    Jonathan Slater (born 29 November 1961) has been a high ranking British civil servant.[1] From May 2016, he was Permanent Secretary of the Department for Education[2] until his abrupt dismissal on 26 August 2020 following a controversy over national school examination grades.

    The general secretary of the FDA union, Dave Penman, attacked the sacking in the following terms”: “If it wasn’t clear before, then it certainly is now – this administration will throw civil service leaders under a bus without a moment’s hesitation to shield ministers from any kind of accountability.” Slater was the fifth top civil servant to be sacked in as many months.

    In reality, Sunak did not “halve the school repairs budget” he reduced the budget for what were suspected but not confirmed as concrete affected schools (less than 1% of all schools) until a review had been carried out which is an entirely different scenario so the BBC are malevolently trying to mislead everyone with that headline.

    If that doesn’t all point to a revenge-ridden left wing witch hunt nothing does!

    In addition they have been running an interview with a headmistress of an “affected” school. She was filmed sitting in front of a pair of doors liberally plastered in hazard tape and warning notices looking like the entrance to a nuclear accident site.

    I suspect the choice of background and that tape was carefully “arranged” to set the scenario before filming. She could have simply had the interview in her office or locked the doors and sellotaped a notice to them. But hey-ho, that would not be dramatic enough for the BBC to get their message to the plebs. Which as we all know is Sunak and the Tories must go! We demand it, Starmer would have rolled up his sleeves and repaired the schools himself!

    All normal people who have a balanced and truthful view of life but continue to fund this propagandising, openly left-wing outfit should consider whether they should be financially supporting it through their TV licenses.

    …gosh breaking, what a surprise! the BBC’s alter-ego, the practically communist Guardian pop-up with an identical cut-n-paste hit piece as their headline news and breaking story..



    • Fedup2 says:

      The term FDA – First Division Association of civil service £ ‘managers ‘ always makes me laugh … please list your successes / achievements …..

      … how’s the gas reserves for the winter in a few weeks time …?


      • digg says:

        From what I read, Mr Penman of the FDA has built his Union career on “attacking the Tories” one way or another as well. He has form as they say and in particular has had brushes with both Boris and Sunak and Co!

        Surely this is not all coming back round to Brexit again is it?

        Well they got away with it on Partygate!


      • Nibor says:

        Fed Up

        It should be the Fifth Column Association .


    • JohnC says:

      … and of course it has only happened because the guidelines suddenly changed (after a beam collapsed in one school) to bring all these 104 schools into the ‘critical’ category. Not because of mismanagement.

      Not mentioning that much are they ?.


  27. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    On bbbc radio newcastle this morning there was a report on this school concrete carry on.
    The reporter said that “a School using this light concrete (in Kent I think he said) has collapsed”

    Is it now just a pile of rubble or was it a few bricks showing signs of wearing away.
    If it really had ‘collapsed’ I think it would have been front page news but as usual the bbbc can get away with casually using this type of language.
    If they were ever made to account for this language they would use the usual “It was an error” which is the go to excuse when they are caught out with their biased reporting.
    I’ve never ever heard them making an ‘error’ which shows any bias to the right though, it’s always only the one way.
    Funny that!

    By the way, here in Sunderland it’s currently sunny outside, 23 C, is this the Global boiling we’re being warned about?


    • Guest Who says:

      I don’t know why the BBc are doing this.

      Once they get Labour in, which they will, and Labour utterly fail, which they will, after the mob finds Starmer, Reeves, etc, then the Civil Service heads, they will come for the utter clowns who long gave up holding anyone to account in favour of ideological propaganda services. Laura K might lose a lot more than viewers. and Toenails (yawn) is wise to try and blend in as a hobo.

      There is now zero sensible information from the MSM on most topics, and most is deliberately misleading for short term results.

      Crocodiles will eat pension pots too.


      • Fedup2 says:

        Guest – but will Red Labour ‘fail’ more than the current version ? The first term will be ‘blame the blue labour government ‘( which will be true )

        the second term will be ‘ we are still clearing up the mess – but rejoining the Eu( we never left ) will remedy our weakness ‘

        So that’s taken us to 2034 …. Pound worth less than the $ – parity with the € making it easier to (re?) join the ReichEU and finally become the federal state they all crave ….

        … unless someone pushes a button of course … which could make today – Monday – the final Monday ….


        • moggie63 says:

          Federal state? I doubt it. This country will be the equivalent of the area behind any commercial premises where they keep the bins. We’re already a good way there.


          • Fedup2 says:

            Moggie – I was going to write ‘statelet’ but none of it fitted in with my view that the UK is becoming a failed state very quickly —- but apparently it’s one of the ‘richest countries in the world ‘ – lol


    • StewGreen says:

      Part of a roof in Kent is mentioned in a tweet 2 years ago
      It really cannot have not been a huge deal
      8 Jul 2018 Singlewell Primary School, Gravesend, closed tomorrow after ceiling collapse

      “Kent County Council has confirmed the ceiling above the staff room has collapsed and the damage has affected other areas of the school including toilets, ICT equipment and administration area”

      but note the BBC woman knew about RAAC two years ago
      .. https://twitter.com/nikkijfox/status/1427566042826563594


      • StewGreen says:

        I can’t find any updates on that school
        roof beams don’t last forever
        and it’s a standard procedure to replace or strengthen them
        so I [resume it’s been dome.


  28. BRISSLES says:

    It’s now being reported that pupils are attending school in dirty uniforms, clearly no personal hygiene and with teeth not being brushed. This is being headlined as “hygiene poverty:

    Give me strength. So anything that’s slovenly or simply bad parenting has to have the word “poverty” attached to it. Poverty has nothing to do with it. Growing up there was no deodorant, so we washed and used talcum powder. There was no toothpaste as we know it now, but we used a pink block in a tin that had a weird taste. Mum would also stick the toothbrush up the chimney to get soot (gritty) to brush her teeth. And we didn’t have 2 halfpenny to rub together until Friday payday.

    Pride in appearance has left the planet with the dinosaur.


    • Fedup2 says:

      I’m guessing ‘Friday payday ‘ is now a receipt to the bank account shown as DWP….


    • Emmanuel Goldstein says:

      When I was a young teenager I heard that John Lennon said he used Lifeboy soap instead of shampoo on his hair.
      Obviously, I tried it.
      I got the worst case of dandruff I’ve ever had.


  29. G says:

    ‘RAAC’ anyone?


    When those anxious to make money from novel concrete products, deviate from the essential basis of creating concrete (‘Oooh, that’s a good idea), they usually come a cropper.

    Whole 8/10 storey blocks of council flats had to be demolished because they approved use of “Green Hydrol” (calcium chloride – primarily salt) which found its way into the ready-mixed industry in the 60s / 70’s. Problem? Well, simply the salt had a habit of rotting the steel reinforcing (Well, wouldn’t ya know)

    So much for hoping Council Tax increases would be low next year…………

    I’m really, really, fed up with the state dipping into our coffers to cover their recklessness.


    • digg says:

      Surely any blame for poor construction lies squarely on the shoulders of the Architects and Builders who put all this stuff in place?

      Efforts should now go into identifying those with the responsibility for erecting these buildings and they should be brought to book. Why shoukd a government, 60 years after the construction be held to blame?

      We all of course know the answer to that according to the BBC and et. al.


      • Eddy Booth says:

        I remember some corruption scandal in North England in the 1970s with architect Poulson and I think T dan Smith involving school buildings.


        • StewGreen says:

          Fake memory then, before this week no historical sources I can find mention Poulson designing any schools
          He built lots of flats. police stations, libraries

          @Digg in libmob land EVERTHING is the fault of
          ….. the Tories, The Tories, The Tories


      • G says:


        Its all to do with who approves/specifies the materials. A local authority would concede to the Architect who presents the final plan for the building(s) in the knowledge that the architect will have checked all aspects including concrete. That same architect would have ferried out the work to appraise such as ‘RACC’ products if the architect did not have a ‘in house’ structural engineer on his team. The problem arises when an ‘addmixture’ is purchased to add to the basic concrete mix to create the ‘aero bar’ finish. A lot can go wrong with addmixtures in the wrong hands and, additionally, with no appreciation of the other materials in the concrete mix.

        Most of the companies operating Worldwide in construction chemicals have had to evolve outside the UK because the UK market is not that big and it is too technically analytical and basically adverse to such products. I would speculate that any mis selling involved would be with the construction chemicals companies. I would go on to suggest that these sort of problems in the UK will be numerically, the bottom of a cone stood on its point compared to problems worldwide. Watch that space.


      • Guest Who says:

        It extends further. There are many checks, balances, licences, sign offs etc. Well, supposed to be.

        True, when money is involved, especially big money, it can get hairy. I remember as a junior engineer rejecting a pour after it failed a slump test. The contractor darn near had me popped in too. Luckily my boss weighed in on my side.

        With this I simply cannot see how the usual suspect toe rags have so far got away with loading it all on the Tories. Sunak’s ‘you are all being beastly’ really put the one to bed. Not.

        It was a duff concept that appealed to low common denominator folk who like low quotes and high margins that are skippable. And design lives are for the future generations.


        This is a young, industrially powerful country.

        Some doofus pol with a PPE will not have a clue. What they are supposed to have is smart civil servants garnering reliable facts up the greasy pole, explaining the facts to them, and passing instructions down, hopefully based on rational decisions. And these get properly enacted.

        Some fired activist senior mandarin with a grudge gunning for a Toenails (yawn) slot in the chain and… weakest link time.

        That’s bad enough. Holding this account is supposed to be a 4th estate on the prowl for abuses of power.

        What we have is pure PPE ideology from backroom briefing to studio, and brain donors like the shadow education minister tweeting every 5 minutes, fluffed by Laura until the BBC gets the inept harpie installed.

        Surprised Brunel have not made Springster hon. Head of Civ. Eng yet.


    • Eddy Booth says:

      Standard ( ie insane) Japanese movie, entirely about sand, the seaside villagers sell it cheap to construction companies :


  30. Eddy Booth says:

    “Rustem Umerov: Who is Ukraine’s next defence minister?”

    Looks like Ukraine is replacing a Jew for a Muslim.
    It’s BBC so he’s got to be some kind of victim right..
    On cue:
    “his Muslim family had been exiled along with 200,000 Tatars during the rule of Joseph Stalin.”

    Conveniently forgetting:
    “According to partial statistics and fragmentary estimates, nearly 2 million Russians, Ukrainians, and Poles were taken into slavery by the Crimean Tatars …
    In 1769, the last major Tatar raid, which took place during the Russo-Turkish War, saw the capture of 20,000 slaves”



    • JohnC says:

      Crimean Tatars are sunni muslims – so we never talk about that.

      No ‘white people are racists’ value.

      Which of course exposes the gross hypocrisy and double standards of the Left.


    • StewGreen says:

      Eddy goes back to 1769, but more recent than that there were Tartar divisions in the Polish Empire army

      “1939: With the re-emergence of the Polish state after the First World War, a Polish Tatar regiment was re-established in the Polish Army which was distinguished by its own uniforms and banners. After the fall of Poland in 1939, the Polish Tatars in the Wilno (Vilnius) based 13th Cavalry Regiment were one of the last Polish Army units recorded carrying on the fight against the German aggressors ”


    • Eddy Booth says:

      Meme joke…



      • JohnC says:

        In my very limited exploits around places like comment sections on the internet, I see far, far more pro-Ukranian trolls than Russian. Maybe I just don’t go to the right places.

        But what stands out to me most is that their comments are almost always child-like, spiteful nonsense (like calling Putin ‘Putrid’) without going anywhere near any of the issues. Which is EXACTLY what I noticed about ‘Remainer’ comments on the DT website around Brexit. The current BBC HYS comments about anything political are just as bad.

        It can’t be coincidence. It has to be some kind of ‘troll’ network and considering the amount of effort they put in, I suspect someone is paying them.


      • Richard Pinder says:


        Pedorido is commonly associated with the legend of a wicked city purportedly located somewhere in Portugal. The New Testament also contains a version of the story about the city of Sodom.


  31. tomo says:

    Civil Servants + Climate Change


  32. tomo says:

    Puff for Gina Miller across the 200 local rags that form the NewsQuest (AKA USA Today) UK fleet of miserable rags.

    There’s more to Miller’s outfit than “just another party” with this sort of free advertising.



  33. Dickie says:


  34. andyjsnape says:

    bbc reports on the labour reshuffle

    Anyone interested in the un-electable Labour party. Conservatives or Labour – not worth wasting a vote on

    The 2 party system has had its day


  35. Sluff says:

    Oh joy . For the taxpayer. Not.
    A drug, Wegovy, is now adulatorily-referenced by the BBC.

    It helps the obese lose weight since obviously we cannot expect people to take care of their own health and just eat less.

    The cost? £3000 per year.
    The state accountants will no doubt be telling us this will save money. Yeah, right.


  36. Dickie says:

    build back better eh🤔


  37. Terminal Moraine says:

    Marianna’s been talking to the Guardian, where she finds a sympathetic home for her woman-as-victim-of-abuse story and falls in love all over again with some more glossy photos of herself.

    Will they ever realise how thin this narrative is wearing?


    • moggie63 says:

      Everything I have ever seen her write about (admittedly not much as I avoid her) has been her. Is she related to Meagain Markle?


      • Richard Pinder says:


        Marianna Spring was born in Conspiracyland, somewhere beneath Oxfordshire, and is related to Greta Tintin Thurnberg who was born in Climateland, somewhere beneath Soder-man-land in Sweden.


      • Guest Who says:

        Slightly more tanned, maybe. She has a lot of hollybags.


    • Guest Who says:

      I could of course not see this until now having clicked the link in the email, as she has blocked most of the country.

      However the comments are worth a peruse.

      The sycophant one liner bots come later on, but how she, the Graun, or anyone hoping for a long career in journalism can hope to continue credibly even with the two-cheek support system given the facts shared in reply is beyond me.


      • StewGreen says:

        “Zoe Abigail Williams (born 7 August 1973) is a British left-wing columnist, journalist, and author”
        She’s on the BBC loads
        eg She is on bbc2 Richard Osman show tomorrow.


  38. tomo says:

    Given la Springster’s obvious Russian skills why isn’t she leading the BBC charge in Kyiv?



    • Docmarooned says:

      To quote John Inverdale – “She is not exactly a looker”


    • Guest Who says:

      I wonder how many other gals from the college got a write up like that? Or did they all end up as civil servants until senior and bent enough for Labour to reach out, so kept a low profile clawing to the top, impartially.


  39. Terminal Moraine says:

    BBC headline: “Israel: Police clash with rioting Eritrean rivals”

    Translation: Just like they’ve done in Canada, Sweden and Germany recently Eritreans fight in the streets while Israeli police try to deal with the sh*tshow.

    Here’s some more in a Zurich park from the weekend relaxing and enjoying the Swiss outdoors.


  40. G says:

    Shocking !! I say, Shocking !! “They” need to do something about this state of affairs !

    Currently 61 erupting volcanoes around the World ! (average yearly 25/30).

    1960 to 2023:


    How much Co2 is spewed out? No doubt billions of tons. We should get ‘Just Stop Oil’ and all the rest of their mates and send them round to demand Archi Bish of Canterbury have a word with his master upstairs and get him to stop the volcanoes. No less will be satisfactory for the Green Religionist cults!


    • Dickie says:

      Dont suppose we’ll see any of the eco loons sitting and protesting in front of a lava flow😂


  41. vlad says:

    The lying programmers at the BBC excuse the absence of right-leaning comedy on the grounds that conservatives aren’t funny.

    Have a look at stand-up Ryan Long asking woke New Yorkers to donate to Donald Trump’s legal fund. (Prizes include brunch with Eric Trump, Giuliani’s hair dye, and MAGA hats.)


    • Up2snuff says:

      vlad, amazing number of Brits early on, in that two minute video. Cost-of-living-crisis? What cost-of-living-crisis?


  42. TrickCyclist says:

    Article from the BBC News website from May 26th, free school meals for all secondary school pupils in Tower Hamlets.


    The story popped up again on the BBC lunchtime news as the scheme was rolled out today.
    Never mind the white girl in the picture at the top of the article, everyone I saw on the news story today was wearing a headscarf.
    Free food for the children of Muslims so they can carry out their religious duty and have even more?
    Oh, there was one person in the report not wearing a headscarf, the man at the centre of the scheme, Mayor of Tower Hamlets and chauffeur driven electoral fraudster Lutfur f***ing Rahman.


  43. Dickie says:

    Free school meals, er, ham sandwiches, pork scratchings, bacon sarnies, what’s not to like😄


  44. andyjsnape says:

    Concrete: Two schools in Wales close over concerns

    How many schools, yes 2!

    There are 1463 schools in Wales, trust the bbc to make a mountain out of molehill!


  45. taffman says:

    For the ‘unbelievers’, it was the taffmen & women, that stopped them then!

    Are you people in England going to help stop them now?


  46. Eddy Booth says:

    “Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell dies at 56”


    “Smash Mouth had a string of hits in the 1990s and 2000s with All Star, Walkin’ on the Sun and I’m a Believer.”

    Another one gone… whom I’ve never heard of, nor any of the hits.
    BBC staff and I must be on different planets.


  47. tomo says:

    The banditry on the Blackwall Tunnel seems to have passed most of the MSM by…

    It’s an everyday PITA for east London motorists… to be charged for it will have annoyed tens of thousands of tradesmen, taxi and delivery drivers – here’s hoping the annoyance bears fruit…




  48. tomo says:


    we need a few over here …

    A deepfake Marijuana or News Agents would have them spitting feathers