287 Responses to Weekend 30th September 2023

  1. AsISeeIt says:

    In psychology the term projection involves projecting undesirable feelings or emotions onto someone else, rather than admitting to, or dealing with, one’s own unwanted feelings.

    Russia police crisis: Burned out, disappointed and demoralised… Shocked and scared, a resident called the police to report what sounded like an attack on a woman. But no-one came… Six more calls were made to emergency services but still no police officers arrived. Neighbours, now fearing the worst, decided to take matters into their own hands and broke into the apartment by smashing down the door. But it was too late. The screaming had stopped. The woman was dead… in August, Interior Ministry Chief Vladimir Kolokoltsev said the country had a “critical” shortage of police officers, which could affect crime rates… many of those leaving are experienced officers. (BBC) – and so this article goes on, and on, and on, and on…

    Eventually we arrive at this fabulous crescendo of non-specifically attributed quotes projecting some rather familiar local UK policing issues onto our Russian bête noire: The BBC has also been told officers are burning out because of extra paperwork… “I see where we’re heading,” he says. “There’s already an emphasis on crimes against the state. Going forward, more cases will fall into this category,” he predicts. “As for real problems affecting ordinary people? Kidnap, robbery, rape, murder… there won’t be time to investigate.” (BBC)

    Considering these next headlines, for some reason, I’m reminded of that spoof music documentary All You Need Is Cash (1978) that amusingly traced the rise and demise of fictitious Liverpool band The Rutles, aka The Pre-Fab Four. In particular the scene in which Eric Ilde playing the Rutles’s lawyer mocked the real-life Beatles’s descent into litigeous madness:

    “There was a plethora of lawyers. Suddenly everyone became amazingly litigeous. I remember, I’d get up in the morning, sue someone, check in the papers I hadn’t been fired. Go to the office, sue someone, pick up the morning’s writ, sue the bank. Go out to lunch, sue the restaurant. Get back in, collect the writs that had been received that afternoon. Read the papers, phone the papers, sue the papers, and go home and sue the wife.”

    Labour ‘lawfare’ targets private schools critical of VAT raid… Sir Keir Starmer’s party has inundated the main body representing private schools with legal demands for data, which has already cost the group “many thousands of pounds” to comply with… resembles the practice of “lawfare” where powerful individuals and firms use the legal system to harrass and intimidate… (Telegraph)

    Education ministry keeps secret files on critics of schools policy… [Ruth] Swales an independent consultant who advises schools and nursaries on early years education, was so shocked she filed a subject access request, requiring the DfE to disclose any documents it held on her. (Observer)

    Time for a quick Calm Down Dear, Calm Down

    New TV Misogyny Row… Male boses told Holly Willoughby to go bra-less on screen (Mail on Sunday) – believe all women, eh Holly?

    ‘We would never jump a queue’: Holly and Phil defend their visit to see the Queen Lying-in-State (You Tube clip care of the Telegraph dated 20 Sept 2022)

    And finally – armchair referees look away now – in football news…

    It is understood referees’ chief Howard Webb has spoken to Liverpool this evening… PGMOL admits ‘significant human error’ over disallowed Luis Diaz goal… “PGMOL will conduct a full review.” ‘Everyone will agree’ on ‘horrendous’ VAR decision (BBC)

    You may recall dear reader Mr AsI is no fan of VAR, nor multiple substitutes, political virtue-signalling in the sport, nor half-and-half scarves – the latter being the football equivalent of our Blue Labour/Red Tory political Uniparty fake parties.

    So this particular decision unusually went against the scoucers and elicits a grovelling apology. I wouldn’t say as a rule VAR was biased – but I did hear someone who drove past Stockley Park noticed an awfal lot of Liverpool flags hanging in the windows.


    • Fedup2 says:

      4th October might see unnamed firearms officers named in court … and a real ‘down guns ‘ by their colleagues – although I suspect they might be ‘bought off ‘….

      … and since you raise footy – a weekend where both Manchester and Liverpool teams lose is well worth the effort …


    • tomo says:

      “Russia police crisis” was from Moscow correspondent ? – or Vauxhall Cross?


  2. BRISSLES says:

    UNBELIEVABLE ! Just received an email from Hobbycraft with a £5 voucher – good. Then scrolling down there was a banner “Let’s Celebrate Black History Month ” !! Let’s not, so that’s Hobbycraft on my “black” list.


  3. Dickie says:

    A convenient rewriting of history for the warmongering slobs to hide behind:



  4. JohnC says:

    Juts looking at the ‘Live Update’ for the Tory party conference and what was most noticeable was the flat tone of the headlines compared to the ‘We are great, the Tories are scum’ theme each one had for the Lib Dems the other day.

    But I digress : the site managed to lead me to the ‘Countryfile’ page and the ‘Special’ involving luvvie Judi Dence (Whose brilliant argument for ‘Remain’ was ‘Isn’t it just better if we are all together ?’) and a black guy. Not very ‘English Countryside I thought so I checked the rest of the articles and saw:

    Another black guy looking at me through some flowers.

    A woman in a wheelchair with another woman ‘farming goats’.

    An Indian woman in a field.

    The only white guy – John Craven – with a woman and a black guy.


    What kind of woke nonsense is this ?. I regularly go walking on the Wolds way and I never seem any black people nor do I ever see any women out doing the work in the fields – let alone in a wheelchair.

    Anyone who says the BBC does not practise racist and sexist discrimination to make it’s programs is either a complete idiot or just another monumental Lefty hypocrite. Or – more likely – both.


    • Fedup2 says:

      For some reason my mind wandered to who the warm up act might be at the blue labour conference – presumably someone coloured trans / female – Muslim – foreign- vulnerable – disabled – ‘real’ refugee now millionaire – i m sure the jokes will go down well …. The msm will just be waiting for the stewards to beat up a coloured female protestor moaning about not getting another £400 hand out to ‘tackle fuel poverty ‘( 20 bensons please ) ….

      … but who will steal the show to be next leader of this deeply defective outfit – nokes ( wokes )? Dinage ? The mace carrier girl ? The braverman ? – I’d put my money on the new charismatic ‘defence secretary ‘ ..whose name I can’t recall right now ….


    • StewGreen says:

      The only white males are presenters John Craven
      & then Joe Crowley doing a cycling special with a wheelchair woman



      • StewGreen says:

        Today’s Countryfile is set in East Anglia
        So the only tickbox is presenter Sean Fletcher

        Presenters Adam Henson and Sean Fletcher
        – arable farmer Tom Martin : grain testing results are in, and Tom finally learns if this year’s harvest has been a success.
        – the megastructures designed to house vast volumes of wheat
        – blueberry farmer Zoe Mee on her family farm ..
        PRasNews for their alcohol

        – sorting machine, which uses multiple cameras to grade and sort every single blueberry destined for different supermarkets.

        Charlotte Smith investigates a rise in rural crime and discovers a new wave of high-tech solutions

        Adam joins the workers for a toast to celebrate the hard work and produce.

        John Craven reveals the winner of the Countryfile Calendar photography competition
        ADVERT for fundraising their mates benefit from


  5. digg says:

    The BBC have a track record of being totally anti HS2 all along, environmental disruption, etc etc.

    Suddenly they have started vehemently berating the Tories re the possibility that it may not extend beyond Birmingham.

    Funny old coves ain’t they?

    Absolutely nothing to do with the upcoming Conservative Conference of course!

    As an addendum from WIKI

    “In December 2010, following a review by the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition,[6] a route was proposed, subject to public consultation,[7][8] based on a Y-shaped route from London to Birmingham with branches to Leeds and Manchester, as originally put forward by the previous Labour government,[9] with alterations designed to minimise the visual, noise, and other environmental impacts of the line.[7]”

    So in fact Labour kicked off this white elephant, a fact which is never mentioned by the BBC!


  6. pugnazious says:

    ‘All of history is there for us to discuss….’……lol….except anything that might point to Ken Loach’s history of support for anti-Semites.

    Loach denies seeing or hearing any anti-Semitism in Labour at all, ever…and states that such claims were fabricated by Jews to undermine Corbyn….he also states that the fact of the Holocaust is open to debate. Based on that the Campaign against Anti-Semitism says he has a history of ‘anti-Semitism denial’….ie he refuses to accept there is any anti-Semitism in Labour.

    Others have similar stands to Loach’s…Yanis Varoufakis [Remember him?] defends Loach and places him squarely with others…of suspect views….

    ‘Ken Loach is now the target of a character assassination campaign waged by those who will stop at nothing to shield the apartheid policies of Israel. We are fully aware of how easily antisemitism can infect people who are not racist in other respects….This is what lies behind the runaway success of such vilification campaigns against my friends Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders, Brian Eno, Roger Waters and now Ken Loach. ‘

    Ah yes, Roger Waters..not an anti-Semite at all….you’re known by whom your friends are?…..

    Labour’s anti-Semitism problem was investigated by John Ware on Panorama…Loach didn’t like the result…..

    ‘Filmmaker Ken Loach has called the Panorama documentary on Labour antisemitism “probably the most disgusting programme I’ve ever seen on the BBC”, and dismissed the revelations from former Labour staffers as “propaganda from people who were intent on destroying Corbyn”.’

    Then in an interview wth The Daily Politics [top] he declared the fact of the Holocaust was open to question….an attitude which is classed by the EHRC as ‘anti-Semitic’.

    Last week on Wato he denied saying there was no problem with anti-Semitism in the Party….clearly he had denied it….stating he’d never seen any and that the claims were all fake.

    Indeed when expelled from Labour he explicitly stated the ‘purge’ was based on fake evidence and he’d stand with those accused of anti-Semitism….

    ‘“Labour HQ finally decided I’m not fit to be a member of their party, as I will not disown those already expelled. Well, I am proud to stand with the good friends and comrades victimised by the purge. There is indeed a witch hunt. [Sir Keir] Starmer and his clique will never lead a party of the people. We are many, they are few. Solidarity.”’

    His vociferously furious claim that there is no evidence for his ‘anti-Semitism denial’ is clearly rubbish….he utterly refuses to accept there is any anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

    The Corbynistas are going nuts about this and attacking the BBC….but here I have to say Montague was perfectly justified in asking the question….based as it was on facts. Shame she didn’t hit back with the hard evidence and put Loach in his place….alongside Waters, Corbyn and all those others who drive and facilitate the narrative.


  7. pugnazious says:

    Ken Loach might have suspect views and friends but he’s not wrong about Starmer whom he accuses of being a man of no convictions, totally untrustworthy. Loach of course was booted out of the Party by Starmer so that may colour his views….but he’s not wrong is he? You can’t really trust a word Mr FlipFloppy Hindsight says.

    Loach said on Wato this week that ‘everything he [Starmer] says he rejects a few weeks later, I don’t believe a word that man says…I have no trust in Starmer personally’

    What’s odd is that the BBC isn’t too keen to explore such claims and views…that Starmer is a liar and totally untrustworthy.
    Just remember the BBC filled the airwaves with claims that you couldn’t trust Boris…years and years of such attacks…and not on major things like actual policy but often his personal behaviour. The BBC actually, and disgracefully, tried to out his children and their mothers claiming that we must know who they are and how many children Boris has….if he can’t tell us that how can we trust him to tell us the truth about bigger issues?!

    But…Starmer is accused of lying about policy and being completely untrustworthy…no-one should believe a word he says about what he intends to implement if in government…and the BBC is not interested?

    Odd huh? Politicians have always lied, hedged ther bets and sat on the fence refusing to commit or backed away from a declared intent….but it was only Boris that the BBC attacked…indeed they invented a new crime to charge him[and Trump] with….’Post-Truthism’…the BBC declaring that never before have we been in an era such as this where politicians lie to us and threaten the sacred Democracy. No, never been know before….or since apparently.


  8. markh says:

    Oh god here we go again- ‘Black history month- amazing black women you should know about’ bleats the BBC. Have there been any? Diana Ross, Lieutenant Uhura and errrrr? Stop lecturing me BBC. Stop being so bloody superior.


  9. SillyGrandad says:

    So the 55 towns that will receive money from a new fund set up to address underinvestment in these towns. And guess what? 95% of the English towns are above the “Watford Gap”. Classed as many as the North/South divide back in more sensible times. Is this not an example of the “North” receiving disproportionately more than “South”?

    This brings me to HS2. Which makes anything else pale in to insignificance. I have delivered to numerous HS2 sites since the start of the project. The sheer amount of inefficiency and lack of sense of “watching the purse strings” is absolutely staggering. If Joe Public was even remotely aware of the profligate situation that is HS2 there would be uproar and huge support for Rishi (who I’m no fan of) as he says “Not writing an open cheque for HS2”.

    It’s going to cost us hundreds of billions of pounds of taxpayer money that could have been spent in numerous better ways. Not to mention how much of a White Elephant the whole thing is.

    Hey ho.


    • tomo says:

      Underinvestment? – and who determined that?

      Boom time for the municipal street furniture resellers.

      Councils already have access to the PWLB and routinely use it for vanity projects that end up covered in algae and with broken windows.

      Anything Sunak does giving money to local councils is going to fall expensively on its face.

      Councils are simply for the most part shit at managing anything.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Silly – I suppose they have the same attitude as the NHS where financial trouble will just be solved by another money tree …


    • Scroblene says:

      Spot on SillyGrandad!

      The HS2 ie a vanity project way over the disgrace of the Dome – even Concord!

      The money wasted on such a stupid project could easily funded something which GB Inc really needed, not some white elephant in the eyes of such useless and incompetent politicians.

      The whole ‘project’ is an utter waste of money, and the politicians should hang their heads in shame, but as they’re all utter arseholes – they never will!


  10. MarkyMark says:



  11. Dickie says:

    Invest in companies that manufacture body bags. Pretty sure Grant Schapps and a few politicians have shares already. Doubt if any of these cretins will volunteer to climb into uniform and help fight for the Nazis in Ukraine although Tobias Ellwood may be up for it from behind his desk.



    • MarkyMark says:

      So we are at war with Russia now?

      Can we ask India for help via Rishi and his father in law?

      “Russia now makes up for nearly 42% of all crude oil India imported in May. This is the highest share for an individual country in recent years. The rise in Russian share came at the cost of traditional suppliers in the Middle East.4 Jun 2023”


    • gb123 says:

      I think Schapps has been reading too many books about the Vietnam war. He hasn’t got to the bits where the consequences of sending trainers in escalated the war, leading to 50,000 plus dead American soldiers.


      • MarkyMark says:

        Name of donor: European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) LLC
        Address of donor: Square de Meeûs 37 BE- 1000 Brussels, Belgium

        Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): return flights, one day conference attendance and an overnight hotel stay with a total cost of £650

        Destination of visit: EBACE Conference, Geneva, Switzerland

        Dates of visit: 20-21 May 2019

        Purpose of visit: Visit to EBACE as Chair of the APPG on General Aviation, to give keynote speech and hold meetings with British businesses.


        Name of donor: APPG on General Aviation, with funding from Heathrow Airport Ltd; JLT Management Services Ltd; London Luton Airport Operations Ltd; Boeing Defence UK Ltd; London Southend Airport Ltd; Royal Oak Strategic Partners; Boeing UK Ltd, Cargo Logic Air; London City Airport Ltd and Manchester Airport Group PLC.
        Address of donor: c/o House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

        Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): accommodation, food and transfers with a value of £500

        Destination of visit: Friedrichshafen, Germany

        Dates of visit: 12-13 April 2019

        Purpose of visit: Visit to AERO, a General Aviation exhibition to meet with STEM aviation organisations and support British aviation technology export.


        Name of donor: Mr Sarbjit Singh Jhooty
        Address of donor: private

        Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,500

        Donor status: individual

        (Registered 25 September 2018)

        Name of donor: UK Music
        Address of donor: Savoy Hill House, 7-10 Savoy Hill, London WC2R 0BU

        Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: Two tickets to British Summertime Hyde Park, plus refreshments, total value £533.90



      • Dickie says:


      • Eddy Booth says:

        Perhaps when Ukraine is force conscripting and press ganging men off the street, its not a great idea to let them leave to train in Britain.
        I guess if any have disappeared from Salisbury Plain base already, we’re not going to hear about it.


        • MarkyMark says:

          Sep2022 The European Students’ Union published a statement on September 8 expressing its disapproval of the ‘worrying’ circumstances in which students are being turned away.

          “Until now, the students, postgraduates and doctoral students studying full-time were able to leave the country to pursue their studies under Ukrainian law via exit permission from the relevant military registration and enlistment office that would otherwise prohibit male citizens between the ages of 18-60 from leaving the country obliging them to serve as conscripts if called for,” the statement read.

          “However, the hundreds of messages we received indicate that in recent weeks thousands of students have been denied their right to education as a result of bureaucratic uncertainty about the required documents, as well as unclear instructions on how border authorities should properly process students in order to guarantee the full upholding of legal provisions.”

          A Ukrainian PhD student The PIE News has spoken to, who wishes to remain anonymous, said they were forbidden to leave the country to take exams earlier in the year – and it’s not just them.



  12. tomo says:


    Stupidity demands the bullhorn. Intelligence earns it.


  13. MarkyMark says:


    Exclusive: An astonishing four-fifths of all individual donations made to the Conservative Party since Mr Sunak entered Downing Street have come from just 10 wealthy people

    Here are the top Tory donors since Rishi Sunak became PM
    £5m – Mohamed Mansour

    The Egyptian-born billionaire – a former minister under the Hosni Mubarak government – is chairman of retail and investment giant Mansour Group. The UK-based mogul said he made the huge donation because Mr Sunak “understands how growth is generated”.

    £2.5m – Graham Edwards

    Mr Edwards owns one of Britain’s biggest private property firms, Telereal Trillium. He said in June he had donated so much since Mr Sunak came to power because the PM was someone who could “get things done” and would keep the “dangerous ideologies” of the Labour Party out of power.

    £2m – Amit Lohia

    Dubbed the “Prince of Polyester”, the Indian-born 48-year-old is the non-executive director of Indorama Ventures Ltd – a major producer of polyester. His spokesperson said the donation, his first to the Tories, was made in a “personal capacity”.

    £336,000 – Richard Harpin

    A regular Tory donor, the chief executive of insurance giant HomeServe has personally donated more than £2m to the party since 2008. Mr Harpin’s company was fined £30m in 2014 for misselling insurance.

    £250,000 – Malcolm Healey

    The billionaire owns Wren Kitchens’ parent company, West Retail Group, and has given more than £3m personally to the party since 2017. Wren Kitchens was criticised for claiming millions of pounds’ worth of Covid furlough money, despite recording a £75.3m profit.

    £163,000 – Christopher Wood

    Professor Wood is the director at Medannex and several other biopharmaceutical firms. Another consistent Tory donor, he has personally given more than £1m to the Conservatives since 2014, the Electoral Commission records show.

    £136,000 – Lubov Chernukhin

    The former banker is married to the former Russian oligarch Vladimir Chernukhin. She has given more than £2.4m to the Tories since 2012. She reportedly paid £45,000 for a game of tennis with Boris Johnson. Her lawyer previously told the BBC her donations to the party “have never been tainted by Kremlin or any other influence”.

    £125,000 – Selva Pankaj

    Mr Pankaj founded the Regent Group, which has interests in education, training and investment management and runs London’s Regent College. He has personally given more than £600,000 to the Tories.

    £100,000 – Alasdair Locke

    The energy magnate is the founder of Motor Fuel Group, the UK’s largest owner of petrol station forecourts. Mr Locke has personally donated almost £1m to the party. He insists that he has “never sought to influence or shape policy”.

    £83,000 – Michael Hintze

    The UK-based, Australian-British financier is the founder of asset management giant CQS. Mr Hintze has given more than £4.5m to the Tories since 2001. He was given a peerage under Boris Johnson in 2022.


    Barry Gardiner defends donations worth £500,000 from Chinese agent


    Jeremy Hunt: everyone will be paying more tax after autumn statement 2022

    Everyone. Everyone. Everyone.

    Theresa May, Former UK PM earned £1.86 million in her 2 years since leaving Downing Street, figures show

    Barry Gardiner defends donations worth £500,000 from Chinese agent

    Matt Hancock, who lost the Tory whip after it was announced he would be appearing on the ITV programme, is still being paid as an independent MP and is rumoured to have been paid £400,000 to appear on the I’m a celebrity.

    Boris Johnson earns £315,000 for 30 minute speech and ‘fireside chat’ in United States

    Chuka Umunna Advisory Board of The Progressive Centre UK think tank (also known as Global Progress)

    Jeremy Corbyn Labour party leader accepted up to £20,000 (about $27,000) for appearances on the Iranian state broadcast network Press TV

    Keir Starmer £18,450 from Harper Collins as an advance payment for a book.

    Boris Johnson Accommodation for a private holiday for my partner and me, value £15,000 Destination of visit: St Vincent and the Grenadines

    Jeremy Hunt £10,000 from Citigroup Centre for speaking at an event on 9 March 2021. Hours: 4 hrs. Fee paid direct to charity. (Charity not mentioned)

    Nadhim Zahawi MP promises to repay the part of £5,822.27 expenses claim for second home energy bills that relates to electricity for stables

    MPs to get £2,200 pay rise from April for ‘dramatically increased’ duties last year

    Philip Hammond accepts £2,000 watch from Saudi sheikh, despite ban on donating expensive gifts


  14. tomo says:


  15. MarkyMark says:

    Oscar-winning actor Dame Helen Mirren has told the BBC there is a “very delicate balance” to playing people with a different heritage.



    • JohnC says:

      BAME are allowed to play white people.

      White people are not allowed to play BAME.

      In what world is that not racist discrimination ?.

      I will never forget The Guardian arse-cheek describing the black Anne Boleyn as ‘a triumph of multiculturalism’.

      Here’s ‘Anne Boleyn with her brother Geroge’ !!:

      One thing I particularly dislike about the Left is that they have no shame whatsoever about their stupendous double-standards. They think their agenda allows it : ‘The ends justify the means’.

      Hitler said the same. As did Pol Pot and Stalin.


  16. MarkyMark says:

    1 illegal migrant in 2 MPS out – repeat.


  17. MarkyMark says:

    Rishi Sunak slaps down Grant Shapps over push to send British troops to Ukraine to train Kyiv’s forces after Kremlin warns they would be ‘legitimate targets’ for ‘destruction’
    Defence Sec. has held talks on ramping up ‘training and production’ operations

    PUBLISHED: 22:23, 30 September 2023 | UPDATED: 11:54, 1 October 2023



    Thousands of Kyiv’s military personnel have been trained in the UK, including on NATO tactics, tanks and Western fighter jets.

    However, Mr Shapps suggested that could go further by saying he would like to see ‘training and production’ operations take place in the war-torn country.


    China has become an increasingly important trading partner for Russia as it seeks to soften the impact of economic sanctions imposed by some countries in response to its invasion.

    The United States has said Beijing is considering supplying weapons and ammunition to Russia, allegations which China strongly denies.


    Shanghai H Win, like other Chinese companies producing dual-use equipment, has enjoyed a surge in business since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.


    • atlas_shrugged says:

      The expression I would use to sum up Shapp’s barking plan to send British army trainers to the ‘Yukraine is: ‘tethered goat’.


      • Fedup2 says:

        Atlas – I suppose Obama has ordered our further involvement in that war . Twice last century Blighty got involved in European war and got nothing out of either – looks like we could be doing it again . But at least if there’s a ‘ call to the colours ‘ there won’t be a rush ….

        I presume any support we are giving to the Ukrainian s is being fully paid for …


        • Charlie Farley says:

          Fedup2 ,
          Sending the Dinghy Invaders to Ukraine will kill two birds with one stone , simple solutions are the best….what’s not to like !


    • JohnC says:

      ‘Thousands of Kyiv’s military personnel have been trained in the UK, including on NATO tactics, tanks and Western fighter jets.’

      Ukraine and our politicians are demonstrating via their catastrophic losses what people who live in the real world have known since they were 30 : there is absolutely no substitute for experience.

      And the Russians have plenty.


  18. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    There actually is a lot of Doctors and Scientists who are immigrants.
    The problem is, these are the immigrants into places like Australia and they are coming from the UK.


    • BRISSLES says:

      EG and the parents still live here ! We get the elderly migrants from the 3rd world to care for, while we’ve paid for training of their kids as medics who then bugger off to the southern hemisphere !


  19. taffman says:

    “Wales 20mph: No confidence vote in minister Lee Waters fails”
    The Welsh Assembly is so out of touch with the people of Wales. It is about time the shambolic white elephant was abolished.

    20mph England – its spreading your way!


  20. StewGreen says:

    4pm Radio4 “Bernardine Evaristo discusses Mr Loverman, her 2013 novel
    about Barrington Walker, a married man with a secret life.
    Ever since his teens in Antigua, Barry has been in love with Morris and despite both men moving to London, marrying and having children, their love affair has never faltered.
    Now he’s in his seventies, Barry decides it’s time to tell the truth. ”

    London ✔
    Black ✔
    Female writer ✔

    The BBC must be ashamed the presenter is a white male James Naughtie


  21. MarkyMark says:

    Russia hosts the Taliban for talks on regional threats and says it will keep funding Afghanistan
    Updated 2:11 PM BST, September 29, 2023

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Moscow will keep helping Afghanistan on its own and through the U.N. food agency, Russian officials said Friday as they hosted Taliban representatives for talks on regional threats.

    Boris says Afghanistan was a succes!


  22. andyjsnape says:

    Rishi Sunak refuses to commit to pre-election tax cuts

    Refuses to commit? sounds like he should just agree with the bbc


  23. andyjsnape says:

    ‘I had to live in a two-bed flat with 20 other men’ – student

    Had to, apparently

    Accepted on a course – but university accomodation was too expensive – whos fault is that, and why is the bbc doing this campaign as news

    Should have thought of that before you arrived


  24. Dickie says:

    20mph signs😂😂😂


  25. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    Has Rishi realised that each time he has started a Conservative type of action the poll ratings have increased.
    The oil licences, watering down net zero and noises about going against the 20mph limits have reduced the labour lead to just 10 points.

    Is he trying to see how little he can get away with just giving bits at a time.
    If he stops hs2 there will be another 5 points for the Tories.
    Bin the quangos, ditch ALL the eu laws we still have and he could win.

    In fact, if Rishi made the radical decision to move his Party to be a Conservative Party he would win easily but keeping the Tories on the left will result in a heavy loss.


    • JohnC says:

      The BBC have discovered they have the power to remove the highest elected office in the land if it suits their agenda.

      Rishi is terrified they do a ‘Boris’ or any of the many others who showed any right-wing backbone on him.

      They must be stopped. They are now tyrants who do not represent the British people at all any more. They have become infested with Leftist political activists.


    • MarkyMark says:

      Rishi will be conservative for your vote – that is all.


    • Eddy Booth says:

      The nuance you’re missing is that he works for the globalists, he does what he’s told to achieve their aims, the days of Conservative v Labour are long gone.


  26. Fedup2 says:

    “Sunak refuses to commit to pre election tax cuts “

    The above is the current bbc website headline

    The kidults running their site have no clue . There can be no tax cuts . The UK is bust on huge borrowing and feeding welfare addiction and handouts such as the current £300 handouts to 7 million on top of the ‘normal ‘ entitlements …


  27. MarkyMark says:

    Tories have won the argument (c) Jeremy Corby,

    Tory Grant Shapps speaks to mostly empty room as party struggle to fill seats
    Top Tories have been forced to stuff the front rows of the hall with their own aides so broadcast cameras have people in seats to cut away to during their speeches

    ByMikey SmithWhitehall Correspondent
    16:46, 1 Oct 2023UPDATED16:50, 1 OCT 2023


    Infighting over HS2 and tax policy bubbled over into fringe events, while a “beauty contest” of Rishi Sunak’s rivals hoping to replace the PM was the talk of the conference centre.


  28. MarkyMark says:

    Stop the boats … far right conference?



  29. MarkyMark says:


    Comedian Katherine Ryan said she “wrestled” with whether to appear on television with a fellow comic she considered “dangerous”.


    She picked songs including the Spice Girls’ Spice Up Your Life and Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady.

    Spice Girls’ – girl power.
    Eminem – beats up wife.


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  31. MarkyMark says:

    from order-order.com


  32. Foscari says:

    I just watched a very interesting discussion on the
    Trigonometry You Tube channel. Tomowa Owolada
    a journalist has just written a book ” This is Not America”
    And he was guest on Trigonometry . Tomowa is a very logical
    loquacious presenter of his views . Explaining how different
    the West Africans are to the Caribbean immigrants in the
    UK. In particular the West African girls achieve very much
    higher grades and achieve high academic achievement.
    Girls such as Elianne Andam slaughtered in Croyden. Tomowa
    explained in so many words that the acronym BAME is
    nothing really more than an oxymoron. Because West African
    immigrants have really nothing in common with the
    Caribbean community.
    I don’t want to pre judge anything. So
    I just hope that the evil bastard who
    hacked the religious Christian young lady
    to death is a lunatic of no particular ethnicity. However if the culprit is of one
    particular ethnicity. I expect that the BBC will
    make sure that we don’t see or hear too many
    headlines. And the horrendous tragedy will just disappear ,like the rest.



    • MarkyMark says:

      On 22 March 2020, 7-year-old Emily Grace Jones[1] was stabbed at Queen’s Park in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England, while riding her scooter and died shortly afterwards.[2][3] Eltiona Skana, a 30-year-old Albanian woman unknown to the Jones family, was arrested on the scene and later charged with murder.[4][5]





      A woman who fatally stabbed a young girl in a park on Mother’s Day had previously attacked people, and on one occasion armed herself with a knife and went out in the middle of the night, an inquest heard.



      The Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, fire, counter-terrorism and police.

      We are responsible for:

      working on the problems caused by illegal drug use
      shaping the alcohol strategy, policy and licensing conditions
      keeping the United Kingdom safe from the threat of terrorism
      reducing and preventing crime, and ensuring people feel safe in their homes and communities
      securing the UK border and controlling immigration
      considering applications to enter and stay in the UK
      issuing passports and visas
      supporting visible, responsible and accountable policing by empowering the public and freeing up the police to fight crime
      fire prevention and rescue


      Our goals are to:

      cut crime and the harm it causes, including cyber-crime and serious and organised crime
      manage civil emergencies within the remit of the Home Office
      protect vulnerable people and communities
      reduce terrorism
      control migration
      provide world-class public services and contribute to prosperity
      maximise the benefits of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union



    • MarkyMark says:

      3. BAME and BME
      We do not use the terms BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) and BME (black and minority ethnic) because they emphasise certain ethnic minority groups (Asian and black) and exclude others (mixed, other and white ethnic minority groups). The terms can also mask disparities between different ethnic groups and create misleading interpretations of data.

      In March 2021, the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities recommended that the government stop using the term BAME.

      One of the recommendations in the final report on COVID-19 disparities, published in December 2021, was to refer to ethnic minority groups individually, rather than as a single group.

      This was supported by research commissioned by the Race Disparity Unit (RDU), which found that people from ethnic minorities were 3 times more likely to agree than disagree that the term ‘BAME’ was unhelpful.



  33. MarkyMark says:


    Turkey conducts air strikes on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, hours after a suicide blast hit the interior ministry in Ankara


    The disappearance of freedom of speech and freedom of thought … After the failed coup last year, Erdogan fired “21,000 teachers” and “1,577 university deans”. It is the beheading of Turkey’s academic culture. Shamefully, Europe has kept silent about this ideological massacre. {gatestoneinstitute 30oct2017}


    Nov 2016

    Migrant crisis: Turkey (Erdogan) threatens EU with new surge (EU Tax Payers are paying Erdogan £2.6 billion) {bbc.co.uk nov2016}
    “Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that he will let hundreds of thousands of migrants travel on to Europe if pushed by the EU.

    ‘Listen to me: these border gates will be opened if you go any further,’ he warned the EU on Friday.”