228 Responses to Weekend 10th February 2024

  1. Dickie says:

    May be of interest to to some.

    Instances of Use of United States Armed
    Forces Abroad, 1798-2023

    https://crsreports.congress.gov/search/#/?termsToSearch=R42738&orderBy=Relevance

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  2. StewGreen says:

    American says Britain is better

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  3. Up2snuff says:

    TWatO Watch (from yesterday) #1 – Kwame Kwei-Armah (not his real name) wants more money, he wants more rich luvvies to be filthy rich ….

    …… and needless to say Mr Ian Roberts (Kwame’s real name) wishes that money to come from generous Government handouts. If he thinks he will get more money from a Labour Government, the Shadow of a moment in the sun, Rachel Reeves, is pledging – if she becomes Chancellor of the Exchequer in a Starmer led Government – to be fiscally responsible.

    Tough, Mr Roberts. Tough.

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  4. Up2snuff says:

    BBC Web-site Watch #1 – Labour may not be able to fund a General Election campaign.
    TOADY Watch #1 – Labour may not be able to fund a General Election campaign.

    Much stress was put of the Conservative party donors in the list of Life Peerages announced on Friday and the amounts that they have given to the ‘wicked Tories’. I wonder how much Plaid Cymru nominee Carmen Smith has given to her Party. We were not told by the BBC. Mind you, if you have set next to the PM, Rishi Sunak, watching a cricket match at Lords last summer, that is notable as far as the BBC are concerned.

    That is despicable, BBC!

    You could not sink any lower, you are at the bottom of a smelly swamp; you are the pits!

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  5. Sluff says:

    Before I address my main point, just a note on the BBC Scotland v France rugby coverage.

    The pro-Scottish (Naionalist?) commentary is deplorable, endless Scots lauding it over their team, especially at around 29 minutes. ‘In control of the game’, ‘haven’t put a foot wrong’ etc.

    So what fun when 1 minute later the French score a try which is converted from the touch line.
    Egg on face all round.

    I digress.
    The Times this morning publish poll results for voting intentions of Muslims.

    Labour 60% ( down from 86% in 2019 due to Gaza), Tories 8%.

    With that simple piece of information, the pro- mass immigration policies of Labour, left activists, the civil service and trade unions these past two decades is made abundantly understandable. And ditto the BBC coverage of Rochdale, Rotherham, the Manchester bombing, Gaza, to name but four..

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  6. tomo says:

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  7. Beltane says:

    Apparently – so the Guardian tells us – the imminent bankruptcy of councils the length and breadth is due to ‘the disastrous Truss budget…’

    So nothing to do with awarding themselves obscene pay-packets, grossly over-staffing their ‘management’ or hiring ludicrous numbers of socially aware uni-jobsworths, or shelling out vast amounts of Council taxpayers’ money on vanity projects.

    Truss may well have overestimated her available resources, but whatever she did was just a year or so ago – not in any way responsible for decades of serial mismanagement and self-indulgence. Even though the tossers at the Guardian might wish otherwise.

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  8. Alf Dobbs says:

    I see that a respected economist, a committee member at the Office of Budget Responsibility, has acknowledged what many of us have suspected for some time.

    While high levels of immigration, which the OBR has evaluated as a boost to public finances in the short term (as workers from overseas bring in more tax than they cost in public services) the effect is not permanent. The reason? Migrants grow old and have children so that ‘the favourable tax to spending balance does not persist’.

    Wow! Who would have thought it!

    All those doctors and engineers, to say nothing of the unskilled workers, will eventually cost the country money. As a result, the rising demand for public services coupled with sluggish growth means that ‘debt repayments would likely become unaffordable’ in the long term. Welfare reform would be ‘fiscally highly advantageous’.

    So there you have it. Higher and higher taxes reduce the incentive to work while welfare payments will exceed our ability to borrow.

    Thank you, Mr Blair for putting us on this course and to Mr Sunak and his Conservative predecessors for not doing something about it.

    No doubt the BBC will be commenting.

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    • pugnazious says:

      Migration Watch has long revealed that legal migration actually costs us billions…GDP may go up but that doesn’t mean anyone is actually earning more.

      ‘ Claims that immigration represents a fiscal benefit to the UK are false (for more see our economics briefing). The academic research points to immigration resulting in a clear fiscal cost to the UK. Between 1995 and 2011, immigrants in the UK cost at least £114 billion, or about £18m a day (University College London research, 2014). More recently, for the year 2016/17, a 2018 report for the Migration Advisory Committee estimated that immigrants overall cost the Exchequer £4.3 billion, adding to the UK’s fiscal deficit (A net contribution of £4.7bn by EEA migrants was considerably outweighed by a cost of £9bn for non-EEA migrants – – see par. 4.11 of MAC report). On this evidence, immigration does not generate the tax receipts needed for migrants to ‘pay their way’ let alone to finance the new infrastructure or anything else required by rapid population growth.

      20. Although immigration-driven population growth can lead to an increase in GDP (because more people make for a larger economy), immigration does not seem to have had a notable beneficial impact the UK’s GDP per head. Indeed, GDP per capita fell between 2008 and 2020 despite an increase of 2.5 million in the number of overseas-born workers in UK employment.’

      https://www.migrationwatchuk.org/what-is-the-problem

      The BBC will try to downplay the boat arrivals…just afew thousand…but that’s a few thousand too many anyway…but they come by other route as well that the BBC won’t mention…

      ‘ The statistics show that in total more than 100,000 people have entered the country through unauthorised routes or by deceiving a border official (i.e. entering legally) since the beginning of 2018. Of those 100,000, 51,881 arrived by small boat (another 12,392 have arrived in the past two months), 17,166 landed at a British airport without the correct documentation and 31,525 were detected at UK ports or elsewhere within Britain.’

      And of course they cost us billions as well.

      https://www.migrationwatchuk.org/news/2022/09/28/its-costing-you-billions

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  9. Guest Who says:

    https://x.com/horton_official/status/1756355037775720646?s=61

    No time for Horton hears a Graun topic, but Laura does rather highlight the reality that politics and media is just a game they play to make a lot of money by ‘winning’

    The amount of Green on Green friendly fire flying about is amazing.

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  10. pugnazious says:

    The BBC’s top story in the world today…

    ‘Hind Rajab, 6, found dead in Gaza days after phone calls for help’

    Very sad but….

    Then again not a mention of this….

    ‘Body of six-year-old boy found in car in Ireland’

    I guess if your death is politically useful the BBC will use your coffin as a soapbox from which to spout their propaganda…and if not useful…erm….not interested thanks.

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  11. Lucy Pevensey says:

    15 migrants who stole a French fishing boat have been rescued by a French maritime vessel, handed over to UK Border Farce and towed into Dover.

    This was reported by GB News a few hours ago.
    We must be near critical mass of Stupid.

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  12. StewGreen says:

    TV people rig stuff
    Random switch on and BBC one are round the house of a perfect Muslim hijab wearing family
    In the Michael Mcintyres Big Show he claims to pop out of the theatre and find a random family who are watching the show and have left their curtains open .. they have to pause their TV and then the TV crew come in and film a quiz show segment in their house with celebs walking in, then the family are whisked to the theatre VIP box

    On Twitter people are stating why they think this Ilford family called Ahmed is a set up ..1, 2,

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    Pic 2 : https://pbs.twimg.com/media/GF_8pW3XMAIv4em?format=jpg&name=small

    People also complain AJ Odudu has a contract with Google Pixel and is advertising her Google Pixel phone on the show

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  13. pugnazious says:

    LibDem on Times right now….she told us that democracy was a bit of a problem as half the voters had below average intelligence and thus couldn’t understand how brilliant the LibDems are.

    Guess I must be in that low IQ group then.

    If she was a Tory I imagine this is a scandal in the making….cruel, nasty Tories think voters are too thick to be allowed to vote.

    BBC can always find time and space for such stories.

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    • moggiemoo says:

      I apparently have a high IQ, maybe it explains why I just don’t see the point of voting, there is no real democracy in this country.

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      • Yasser Dasmibehbi says:

        I have a very low IQ which is probably why I am keen on voting.
        Here, we have just thrown out a Labour government which was out of control and quite determined to fix the voting system in its favour forever. So all us thickos voted it out.
        We now have a government that has reversed the direction the anti-democratic socialists and media were taking the country!
        Silly us, eh?

        If Reform doesn’t gets third place or better in Wellingborough this week then the UK is in a perilous place. It will mean the population has surrendered.

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      • pugnazious says:

        Mog, this is unfortunately true…it’s all a bit of a facade especially when the two main parties aren’t that far apart….and any sudden u-turns on their progressive policies are for election time only…once the elections are over it’ll be back to rachetting up the green lunacy, making cars illegal or just too expensive to drive, and meat a thing of the past…enjoy your nut zero cutlet.

        One problem is that the politicians are all cut from very similar cloth…but another is that they dare not step outside the limits set by the overly powerful media that sets the agenda…especially in regard to climate…or immigration and trans…you can hear them sabre-rattling as the Tories do with Rwanda but we all know it’s smoke and mirrors as they almost double legal immigration. They really do think we are stupid and we believe they have every intention of deporting people en masse. Boris, Cameron and May couldn’t wait to sign us up to the ruinous climate lockdowns and Labour will be as bad or worse….and none would dare to genuinely go against the course that the BBC has set for them. The BBC whips up a storm in a teacup about Labour’s £28 billion ‘u-turn’ but they know that as soon as Starmer gets the key to No10 he’ll start splashing the [borrowed] cash and committing us to even more radical and expensive green dystopia.

        ‘The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum—even encourage the more critical and dissident views.’ Chomsky

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  14. StewGreen says:

    Next BBC1 prog .. a dumb gan=meshow with Romesh and celebs … seems Jo Brand was not available

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  15. Up2snuff says:

    BBC Web-site Watch #2 – employing the illiterate now, are you BBC?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-68261217 . Was Michael Jackson afraid of vampires? That is the impression given by the BBC’s title for this article. It would have made more sense to state “A stake in the sale of Michael Jackson’s effects have been bought by Sony Music Group.” There is space at the top of the article or the BBC could adjust the font pitch to suit the space.

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  16. StewGreen says:

    Apprentice story (just in case no one already posted it)

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    • MarkyMark says:

      “@bbcapprentice @BBCOne @Lord_Sugar I see there has been no response to this bloke here with his online marriage service for Muslim men where he finds good subservient Muslim women”

      ………………………

      “Almost one in three Brits now say they do not believe in monogamy and over a quarter of people would consider an open relationship (27%). Almost one in four said they would be open to a polyamorous relationship (23%) as well.5 Aug 2022”
      ……………………….

      “Children in polygynous families suffer more abuse, neglect, and violence than those in monogamous families, and have more physical, emotional, and behavioral problems. Infant mortality is much higher in polygynous than in comparable monogamous societies.28 May 2022”

      ………………………..

      Dropped to 4% – so HALF! HA HAHA HAHHA! City of UK FURTURE Culture!

      “Ten years ago researchers studying the health of more than 30,000 people in Bradford found that about 60% of babies in the Pakistani community had parents who were first or second cousins, but a new follow-up study of mothers in three inner-city wards finds the figure has dropped to 46%.”

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    • Rob in Cheshire says:

      Strange that he’s in a competition to take money from a Jew. He does realise that Sugar’s Jewish doesn’t he?

      I think the taqqiya is strong with this one. Anyway, I wouldn’t trust a man who clearly spends so much time primping his beard.

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  17. Thoughtful says:

    I have been thinking about the DoJ report into Biden being a well meaning elderly man with memory issues, and the way the MSM have reacted to it.
    The DoJ are a Democrat headed part of the swamp, and they don’t do anything which might harm the Democrats, so here they are damning with faint criticism. The men pulling the strings encourage the elderly man to go out and make a fool of himself perfectly timed a day after Putin is interviewed, and so they are able to convince everyone the feeble old man not only needs to go, but is a danger to world peace, and America.

    The Left know Biden cannot win against Trump, and they need a way to prevent him running in 2024 which doesn’t embarass them, they have failed to persuade him to stand aside, this is the dirty tricks campaign which they will run against their own.

    The preferred candidate is Gavin Newsome, who is even worse than Biden, having wrecked California, he will wreck the USA given half a chance.

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  18. digg says:

    One of the biggest conundrums I see right now is why so many liberated western women rush to defend the most anti-female, oppressive cults in so many Middle Eastern countries on the face of the planet.

    You could even include pretty much every Muslim Country.

    It has to be a death wish or maybe a bit of brutal male domination is seen as attractive?

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    • Zelazek says:

      I think it is the latter, digg.

      Women don’t really want what they say they want – kind, considerate, gentle men who will share parenting duties and do household chores, who talk about their feelings and are in touch with their feminine side. Women soon lose their sexual desire for a guy if he turns into that kind of henpecked toerag.

      No, what women actually want are bad boys, alpha males, the leaders of the packs, dirty, sweaty brutes brimming with testosterone and toxic masculinity. They dream of being mounted by an animal they can never tame.

      Not many of those men left in the civilised West. But plenty in the Third World.

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      • atlas_shrugged says:

        It is evident that young women are attracted to power and strength. It does not matter if they are bad guys as long as they are not being bad to them. Also known as Bonnie and Clyde syndrome.

        There are plenty of videos of young women fluttering around the Eagle’s Nest in traditional dress – for example.

        Another really bizarre example was with one of the worst serial killers of women in the US, Ted Bundy, who while in jail was inundated with letters from women wanting to marry him and have his babies.

        https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/what-is-hybristophilia

        It is a bloody strange world if you ask me.

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      • BRISSLES says:

        You’re not wrong there Zalazek ! Any idea where I can find one ? Most male specimens in my neck of the woods are pale, obese young men munching a Greggs sausage roll or very much cardigan wearing grandad types with thinning hair and bad breath !

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  19. Thoughtful says:

    A Valentines verse for Braford – or Luton, or many other cities

    Roses are red
    Violet are blue
    my wife’s 11
    I’m 52

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  20. StewGreen says:

    Mahyar Tousi TV : Islamist Base UNCOVERED Inside UNRWA HQ

    Owen Jones has deleted his first tweet https://twitter.com/owenjones84/status/1755562681837257067/quotes
    but put up a similar one … https://twitter.com/OwenJones84/status/1756413335128412540

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    • JohnC says:

      Here as well:
      Directly beneath UNRWA’s Gaza headquarters, IDF uncovers top secret Hamas data center
      https://www.timesofisrael.com/directly-beneath-unrwas-gaza-headquarters-idf-uncovers-top-secret-hamas-data-center/

      This is huge news because it puts the UN staff as directly complicit with Hamas. But the BBC have not reported it. What an absolute disgrace they are.

      I’m still slightly stunned that nobody in the UN is being held accountable for their involvement with these terrorists. I simply assumed whoever was in charge would immediately resign. I obviously misjudged just how completely corrupt that organisation is now the Lefties have infested it.

      Meanwhile the BBC are running yet another story about the poor little girl who got killed in the car with her relatives.

      This is BBC ‘journalism’ at it’s lowest form. Multiple articles about one, utterly insignificant person in the scheme of things because they can squeeze lots of empathy-porn out of it to help their agenda. The real dirty part of this story is that they focus entirely on cute pictures of the girl instead of actually giving us some context about what happened. All we are told is that they were ‘fleeing’. We are not told they were going in a different direction to the one they were told to use by the IDF and it’s no surprise to me that they got hit if they drove towards the tanks.

      What a shame the vile BBC creature who wrote it wasn’t so bothered about all the children Hamas tied together and burned alive in cold blood. Because that is why this happened.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      UN Peacekeeping has a Sexual Abuse Problem
      Published in:
      The Hill
      https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/01/11/un-peacekeeping-has-sexual-abuse-problem

      A Haitian woman was selling charcoal on the empty edges of her small town when a white, uniformed United Nations peacekeeper offered her a lift in his marked vehicle. He raped her shortly after she got in. “I could not fight back,” said Marie Badeau (a pseudonym) when I interviewed her in 2016, more than four years after the rape. “I felt outside of my body like I did not have all my senses.”

      After we talked, she introduced me to her daughter conceived from the rape.

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  21. JohnC says:

    Miners’ strike: ‘We had to bury our baby in a stranger’s coffin’
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-68247718

    It seems the BBC have so many useless quota clones now, they are putting them on anything they can come up with which loosely fits the overall agenda.

    As soon as I saw this headline I knew exactly where it was going.

    Sure enough – after depserately trying to squeeze as much empathy from a complete non-story from 40 years ago, we get to it:

    ‘He is still angry at Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government – in office at the time.’
    ‘”They could have given me a loan,” he says in tears.’

    Absolutely pathetic.

    I checked what other gems ‘Lucy Wallis’ of the BBC has produced.

    One is called: ‘Earning the trust of a 40-stone silverback gorilla’

    What I found very amusing was this one where she changed the headline from:
    ‘French and Saunders: How they proved that women can be funny’
    to
    ‘French and Saunders: How they proved that women are funny’

    I wonder how much the BBC are paying this one. Can’t find any picture of her so I’ll do what the BBC do and use one ‘which captures the sentiment’:
    360_F_94250660_yKyBhCLbfXPdmRHs56jJE0ntc4ey5Bjt.jpg

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    • Scroblene says:

      Getty images running out of crayons, John?

      Most of their stuff nowadays doesn’t seem to have been written by anyone other than The Agenda Commisariat in W1AA!

      A by-line used to be a prize worth having in jornalism, but now, as your diligence proves, the Radio One Listeners cooperative seems to tap the whole lot of their childish tat into an old iPad, and call it ‘news’!

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  22. Yasser Dasmibehbi says:

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  23. Guest Who says:

    https://x.com/bbcnews/status/1756546055649243581?s=61
    Trump ‘encourages’ Russia to attack non-paying Nato allies

    The use of single bbc ‘quotes’ suggests this may need checking.

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  24. Guest Who says:

    https://x.com/bowenbbc/status/1756574597611131046?s=61
    The way the war looks to me this weekend, viewed from Jerusalem

    Most prefer reporting on news, especially war, based on what things are, rather than what ‘it looks to be’ from a hotel bar or posing in a ditch.

    #ccbgb

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  25. Nibor says:

    BBC ,

    Ex President Trump did not say Russia should attack NATO allies .
    He said that NATO allies should pay their dues if they want America’s protection , you know like you can only be insured if you pay the premiums.

    Or would you , BBC , with your unique way of funding , want people to watch the BBC if they don’t buy the telly tax ?

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  26. Dickie says:

    Redacted news and comments

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  27. Jeff says:

    Honestly, I don’t often buy the Daily Mail, but it is excellent for getting my log burner started and if I run out of other household essentials it’s extremely absorbent. Other than that…

    Anyway, I picked it up yesterday and had a peruse of Boris Bunter’s latest bile filled column. He was having a predictable pop at Tucker Carlson, who got the interview all the other “journo’s” would sell their grandmother’s false teeth for, but who now pretend they wouldn’t touch with a bargepole; his chat with Putin.

    According to Bunter, Tucker was fawning and a stooge…actually, two descriptive terms I’d have used for our former, utterly gutless PM, who was too much of a wimp to stand up to Whitty and Vallance, but I digress.

    Naturally, he likened Putin to Hitler, and clearly fancied himself (again) in the roll of Winston Churchill, warning a slumbering world about the impending perils of Nazism.

    He compared Carlon’s interview with those undertaken by WR Hearst with Hitler, prior to the war. “Exactly like Hitler” Boris tells us. Well, no he’s not actually and Biden isn’t anything like Roosevelt and neither you nor Rishi are anything like Churchill.

    Of course, Putin did have a pop at Boris and said that the war would have been settled yonks ago had fatty not intervened. I don’t think he’s wrong there either.

    Putin might be an absolute blighter (a bit of a Borisism there) but when compared to Biden, who is both senile and as bent as a nine bob note, he doesn’t seem quite so horrendous. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost…and to what end?

    Boris waffles about stopping a sovereign nation being invaded, when the country he actually led is invaded every single day…and he did sweet FA…

    Yes, Putin is a tyrant, but he’s hardly Hitler. The German war machine rolled through France in a few weeks, Russia is bogged down in the Ukraine. Undoubtedly Putin needs to be contained, but it won’t be down to Biden and Boris, the Laurel and Hardy of politics.

    Anyway…it’s a bit nippy, I need to start the fire…

    Where’s Boris?

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  28. AsISeeIt says:

    What’s making a splash in the mainstream this weekend edition

    Former Cabinet members Sajid Javid and Dominic Raab are among dozens of Conservatives who will soon leave the House of Commons (Telegraph): Quitting Tory MPs Asked To Stagger Their Announcements… So far 54 Tory MPs have announced that they will not contest the next general election. (Politics Home) – calm down dears…

    It turns out that the stuffed shirt, personality by-pass, flip-flopping U-turning, weather vane that is Sir Keir and his looney tunes gang of assorted Labourites, Blairites, Trotskyites, Hamasites and public teat paracites… they ain’t the main problem at all…

    Gove warns democracy is in danger if young can’t get houses… Minister fears a swing to authoritarian leaders… could spike a rise in populism (Sunday Times)

    The Guardian on Sunday that is The Observer is in its happy place and senses this pre-Valentines weekend is the moment to acknowledge that battle of rainbows, unicorns, hearts and minds has now been won: 12 Love songs chosen by novelists; We’ve given up the fight, say Tories as poll defeat looms… Party has descended into ‘death spiral’

    Sometimes hereabouts we enjoy those funny little juxtapositions of clashing reports on the same page of a newspaper which put the lie to a cherished mainstream narrative.

    Mr AsI is a British monarchist at heart, despite the personality and human failings of some our present royal incumbents. He likes our old constitution (despite Tony Blair’s tampering) and even thinks the late Queen ought perhaps to have intervened to knock heads together on behalf of the demos at that crucial moment after 2016 when parliament twisted and turned and convulsed itself in every which way… except Brexit.

    But this juxtaposition in the same double whammy print review headline from our BBC brought a half smile to the historian in even a jaded Mr AsI: Newspaper headlines: Democracy in danger and King’s heartfelt thanks (BBC)

    John Pym and his circle… detailed Charles I’s abuses, both real and imagined, since 1625… On 4 January 1642 the King entered the Commons chamber with an armed guard to effect the arrest himself of the MPs. (Parliament UK)

    Mind you, to claim that the left is in a happy place at present is somewhat of an over simplification – for we know for sure that the left can never rest on its victory laurels

    Green policy U-turn… Is this sorry saga a precident for how Labour will handle the gritty battles of government? (Andrew Rawnsley, Observer)

    Speaking of which…

    Our favourite cartoonist Matt is on barnstorming form in the Telegraph as he sketches a chap on the telephone: “Hello, police? My car has been stolen. It’s electric, so they can’t have got far…”

    In crime news…

    They seek him here, they seek him there
    Those coppers seek him everywhere
    Is he in heaven or is he in hell?
    That demned elusive Pimpernel

    Police believe Clapham chemical attack [sic] may have died in Thames (BBC)

    Prone as he may be to the odd typo or misspelling, Mr AsI still yet finds it hard to excuse the BBC for their professional slips. Particularly since he suspects it was the extreme community cohesion tendency to moderate phraseology that caused the fubar thereabouts.

    We’ve heard of memory holing an uncomfortable story – but chucking one into the depths of the Thames – how very mainstream.

    Migrants dupe church leaders to avoid deportation, say judges – and so the game of passing the buck begins in the Telegraph this weekend. Over to you, Reverend, then back to you M’lud.

    Vanessa Feltz I’m SINGLE but certainly NOT celebate (Daily Mail) – a calm down, dear appropriate here? – Or perhaps it’s a wait until you’re asked, luv?

    Democracy is apparently in danger and over the pond the Democrats are in desperation: Trump says he would ‘encourage’ Russia to attack Nato allies who do not pay their bills (BBC)

    How is this statment much different to: EU threatens to silence Hungary if it blocks Ukrainian funds… Leaders may consider invoking the “nuclear option” of kicking Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán out of the EU voting process. (Politico)

    Housing crisis: Gove eyes quick shop conversions to create more homes (BBC)

    Gotta house them millions of new Britons somehow

    And we may as well do something with all those forlorn deserted high streets of ours

    I’m oddly reminded of the classic 1970s tv sitcom written by David Croft, Are You Being Served, and in particular that opening credits scene sound track of ringing cash tills combined with the voice of the department store lift announcer:

    Ground floor track suited and leather-clad, gun-toting Albanians, peddling coke and stealing cars… Going Up… First Floor mosques, temples, rival Indian and Pakistani cricket fans, Palestinian supporters battling it out as the police look on down your high street… Going Up… Second Floor incomprehensible GPs, nails bars, insurance car crash scams, money laundering fronts and grooming gangs, Going Down…

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  29. digg says:

    Didn’t take The Guardian long to drop its sham sympathy for Charles did it?

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/feb/11/the-plight-of-kings-moves-us-but-we-soon-tire-of-feeling-sorry-for-the-poor

    Business as usual stirring their pit of lefty shite!

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  30. Up2snuff says:

    GULLIBLES TRAVELS

    I heard the Radio4 Appeal this morning on behalf of Future Talent. It featured the sound of Poppy playing ‘The Lark Ascending’ by Vaughan Williams. The gentleman rattling the cash tin for Future Talent explained that when Poppy’s mother became ill and could not work, the possibility of Poppy’s violin lessons being discontinued threatened her progress.

    No mention of the father stumping up the cash, then? IN OTHER NEWS we learn of another failing UK Agency, no doubt stuffed full of highly paid executives, OBE/MBE winners and Diversity Managers – the Family Support Agency – and the fact that there is a backlog of claims by, I guess, deserted women against ‘absent fathers’.

    Curiously no mention of this failure on the BBC web-site despite it being a BBC R4 news item. Surely the BBC are missing out on an opportunity to attack a Conservative government?

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Founded in 2004 by The Duchess of Kent and Nicholas Robinson, we break down barriers, create opportunities and harness the power of music to transform the lives of young musicians across the UK.

      With over 4.2 million children living in poverty in the UK and thousands of children with exceptional musical abilities failed by society every year, we want to achieve an equal reality where all gifted young musicians from low-income backgrounds flourish.

      https://www.futuretalent.org/

      …..

      Princess Michael of Kent—wife of Prince Michael of Kent, Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin—was spotted wearing a racially offensive brooch on her coat while arriving to the palace with her husband. The accessory is a piece of blackamoor jewelry, which fetishize images of slavery.
      https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a14481097/princess-michael-of-kent-racist-brooch/

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      • Up2snuff says:

        MM, are you rattling the collecting tin for Future Talent and ignoring feckless fathers and their responsibilities to support their children? It sure seems like it!

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  31. taffman says:

    “Housing crisis: Gove eyes quick shop conversions to create more homes”
    Something tells me that the government are expecting more ‘arrivals’ coming across the English Channel as the weather improves.
    They must be running out of 4 star hotels?
    “Stop the boats”!

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  32. digg says:

    How it works….

    The Guardian and the BBC both have top billing for a quite ridiculous claim that Trump encourges Russia to attack any NATO Nation who doesn’t pay their fair share. This story seems to have been lazily picked up from the lefty CNN who are also headlining it today.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/11/donald-trump-says-he-would-encourage-russia-to-attack-nato-countries-who-dont-pay-bills

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-68266447

    https://edition.cnn.com/2024/02/10/politics/trump-russia-nato/index.html

    This appears to have been resurrected from a chance remark in a conversation while he was still President so probably a few years back. There is little doubt that this has been cobbled together to try to hit back at and smear The Tucker – Putin interview.

    It’s a text book example of how the left huddle to attack.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      I think it’s a desperate attempt to deflect from the dementia Biden – …. Obama must have a big decision to make before democrat nomination show in …. June … either to keep him or kill him …..
      The contingency for bidens’ mental state being ‘discovered ‘ across the last 4 years must have been in place – but for it to become apparent in such a dramatic way might be a bit tricky ….
      I guess they must throw more mud at president trump to lay the ground for Biden to be retired …. And die soon afterward ..

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  33. pugnazious says:

    You despair at the stupidity of apparently very clever politicians who have no idea of how their words will be taken by the media….Theresa May forever labelled the Tories as the ‘nasty party’ and today we have Gove telling us that the young not being able to buy homes ‘puts democracy in danger’.

    You immediately think, [and why didn’t he?], that this then gives ammunition to those who are anti-democracy, and encourages those who may never have questioned it to start to think maybe he’s right, democracy’s not working for us. But then there’s a more immediate and tangible question…are the Tories to blame, are the Tories in fact ‘putting democracy in danger’?….and you can see the BBC have already twigged this and are using his careless words to blame the Tories….

    Never mind ‘careless whispers’, this is more ‘careless suicide notes’ when you have a Labour supporting media giant just waiting to savage you.

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    • StewGreen says:

      I read your framing
      then I watched Gove’s video and I entirely got his points.
      He did claim Labour blocked reform plans, but in the video LK doesn’t ask him how Labour blocked a Tory gov who have a majority.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      If that cretin ever had the plot he lost it long ago – he ll be on the lefty benches in the lords in a year… with other false Thatcherites …

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  34. StewGreen says:

    Discussion “The True Cost Of Net Zero
    Even now the interconnectors are supplying 24.6 per cent of the UK’s electricity. So much for energy security.

    Wind and solar have limped up to a combined 14.6 per cent and coal is providing 2.3 per cent.”

    https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/94188120/posts/51855

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    • atlas_shrugged says:

      Such a scandal the UK blew up its coal fired power stations (coal only now 2.3 per cent as you say Stew)

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    • StewGreen says:

      Telegraph : Boss of Siemens wind turbines admits,
      “If you want to have cheap energy, you need to be gas fired. That’s the cheapest way, the most secure way if you calculate the whole thing, from the beginning to the end.”
      https://archive.is/rt0Gk

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    • G says:

      This coming week should see me complete a separate power system to the house. I calculate about 1.5 litres max a day of red diesel for charging batteries, less when the solar panels come on line later in the year. Given a couple of months running a parallel system successfully, I’ll tell the current supplier to shove it saving a further £15 a month in green taxes. (Otherwise known as, “Standing Charges”).

      I am reliably informed that many pubs (of the few left around here) are installing generators and saving money.

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  35. Up2snuff says:

    MORE GULLIBLES TRAVELS

    You do have to wonder at the intelligence of former President Trump and I do, I do indeed. Needless to say he has given his enemies on the Left (and that includes the BBC here) ammunition with which to attack him and also to suggest that he is unpatriotic and also that he is “in league with Putin”. Needless to say, there is an instant item on the BBC web-site: “Trump ‘encourages’ Russia to attack non-paying Nato allies.”

    I wonder if the person who asked the question that provoked such a silly answer from the former President was a Democrat supporter or voter?

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Up2
      I thought the only mistake President Trump made was to lay out his account so truthfully . Does the US need NATO ? No – not as much as Europe needs US protection – and too many countries have been living off US protection for decades without paying their share – or lying about contributions ….

      It’s so sad the election is fixed – really doesn’t matter what President Trump says – the Obama fix is in ….. btw – has Biden had his ‘fall ‘ yet ?

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      • Guest Who says:

        Trump does not help. Himself or getting things sorted properly.

        The BBC attempt to twist this is hard to track but will be out there.

        I see Verhofstadt using the ‘quote’ as required already.

        They are all as twisted as their actual words.

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  36. Fedup2 says:

    Atlas – yes I muse on that . I think that lunatic ‘Alok sob sharma ‘ actually turned up to hit the detonators … maybe as a full on WEF he’d taken the bung – or was working for putin .

    To physically destroy something like that is beyond green crap zealotry – it’s insane …..

    So far the UK has got away without rationing electricity but demand is going up but the production is reducing . Being reliant on local ‘friends ‘ …just is not acceptable .

    And I don’t think red labour will prioritise power generation until they have to and just blame blue labour for its’ full scale incompetence…..when the lights go out ….

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  37. harry142857 says:

    Sleepy Joe on WWTBAM.

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  38. Foscari says:

    I know I will become persona non grata so far as
    St Greta and her number one disciple the BBC are
    concerned. BUT I have just taken my springer
    spaniel bitch Mimi out for a walk in Totteridge
    North West London in some SPRING sunshine.
    Yes , call it Global Warming. And call me selfish and
    I will apologize to all of you in the Highlands ,if your
    bollocks are still frozen. But I LIKE the mild early
    February temperatures we are having in the South East.
    The central heating is turned off. The daffs are sprouting.
    OK , we in the SE and I expect other parts of the UK are
    now having much more like a Western France climate.
    Somewhere like Nantes.
    Mimi even jumped into the pond on Totteridge Green.
    for a swim. To be honest she is rather infamous. If
    you google” Oh Mimi! When I said fetch” You can read
    more about her ,with a feature in the Daily Mail.
    Our “friend” Vlad the Bad” has made a comment ,and
    I wouldn’t call it facetious that global warming has a
    very good potential for Siberia. Namely agriculture.
    But for me with a south facing back garden. It could well
    be time for a vineyard. Already vineyards in the UK are
    producing sparkling wine every bit as good as champagne.
    Yes, I reckon before long we could have more than a
    flourishing wine industry in the UK. Bring it on!
    I

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  39. StewGreen says:

    Leeds Uni has form in 2022 a student was about to graduate
    but they failed her essay about Hamas, cos it didn’t criticise Israel
    later they re-marked it but too late for her to begin her masters
    She sued them and they took a year to settle out of court.

    https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/07/29/jewish-student-suing-leeds-university-for-failing-paper-too-sympathetic-to-israel/

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  40. StewGreen says:

    The German anti-Green MEP who has to live in hiding cos of the threats
    very good performance on the Neil Oliver show
    (Christine Anderson)
    “The EU is just doing a tactical retreat and will turn course after June 9th election”

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  41. pugnazious says:

    The trans industry will ‘blow up’ eventually…because of lawyers…..people who were groomed by the trans lobby, schools, mdia, politicians etc, will turn around and sue them for taking them as young, vulnerable, suggestive children and corrupting and perverting their minds and bodies.

    I would love to see the BBC in court having to answer for its social engineering, its experimentation on children…it was, is, a big part of this dangerous and unethical suborning and perversion of children….and taken back to court for all the disinformation it spread about covid.

    It’s literally scary what they’re doing…when you look at the facts it should terrify you. You know Rogan is right when he says the next ‘minority group’ to be given the red carpet will be ‘minor attracted person’…paedos. You kids will be served up to them on a plate….and if you think not the BBC and C4, some years ago even, were already testing the waters telling us that paedophiles were misunderstood and, whilst we shouldn’t condone, perhaps we should just ‘understand’ and make allowances.

    Not sure how any BBC journo can watch this video and not feel totally ashamed and horrified at what they have been promoting.

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    • G says:

      Pug,

      “The trans industry will ‘blow up’ eventually…because of lawyers…..people who were groomed by the trans lobby, schools, mdia, politicians etc, will turn around and sue them for taking them as young, vulnerable, suggestive children and corrupting and perverting their minds and bodies.”

      That is assuming there will/can be accountability (i.e. ‘Justice’) eventually. That has all to do with whether we have any semblance of a working, ‘Legal System’ when the time comes.
      Personally, with the rate of massive decline, I doubt it.

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  42. StewGreen says:

    R4 Just now
    Of course I don’t listen to radio4 news cos it is just hateylefty student radio
    and sure enough they are using a DOCTORED Trump speech to say Trump is going to abandon countries and let Russia march in.

    They clipped the audio before “and the money came flowing in”
    which shows Trump was actually explaining how IN THE PAST he got countries to pay to NATO

    I check Twitter and the whole lefty school bully gang, like CNN, Guardian are promoting the misleading version
    https://youtu.be/9Smt7uNH6LU?t=9318

    Actual “let’s say that happened no I would not protect you in fact I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want
    you got to pay you got to pay your bills
    *and the money came flowing in *
    and Henry would know this if I said yes I will you don’t have to pay yes I will most politicians have said to that yes we will protect you under any circum well then they’re never paying up
    I said no no you have to understand you don’t pay your bills you get no protection
    it’s very simple hundreds of billions of dollars came into NATO and that’s why they have money today because of what I did
    and then I hear that they like Obama better they should like Obama better you know why because he didn’t ask for anything
    we were like the stupid country of the world and we’re not going to be the stupid country of the world any longer
    we’re not going to be got bad under under this guy so he now wants to send him 50, 60 billion dollars I have to say one thing I think the greatest salesman ever in history is zalinski and I like zalinski ….”

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  43. Eddy Booth says:

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    Original Father Ted

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  44. tomo says:

    As far as I can see the BBC are playing this down.

    Michael Yon is absolutely on target imho. The UK has two “dog kings”.

    southern-border.jpg

    https://rumble.com/v4c5ktb-texas-the-southern-border-and-ukraine-w-mike-adams-and-michael-yon-live.html

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  45. Eddy Booth says:

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