334 Responses to Start the Week 18th March 2024

  1. Zephir says:

    Breaking news, new Royal photo released



  2. Deborah says:

    Zephir, you were here a minute ago, and now you have gone. But you were first.

    And you are back again. Well done.


  3. Zephir says:

    New bbc article :



  4. MarkyMark says:

    Criticise Migration, Go to Jail? Ireland’s Woke Revolution: Europe’s Most Serious Free Speech Threat

    Why is Irish politics so woke? Will the Irish government’s humiliating referendum defeat make it think twice about its draconian “hate speech” legislation? Will it be able to silence those concerned about the impact mass immigration is having in Ireland?

    Our guest on this week’s #NCFWhittle is Lorcán Price, an Irish Barrister and Legal Counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom International based in Strasbourg, France.


  5. Zephir says:

    This’ll have Putin thinking twice, the West mean business..



    • Richard Pinder says:



    • Peter Grimes says:

      The one on the right has been convicted several times for luggage theft at US airports, and was a Biden choice for the US nuclear waste guru. I wonder whose clothes it is wearing there?

      The tranny granny admiral on the left is a Senate affirmed Assistant Secretary who should steal a better outfit.

      God Help America!!


  6. Zephir says:

    Meanwhile the new Labour cabinet is unveiled, including “Two House ” Rayner, and “Abacus” Abbott is back, with an “L” and an “R” on her new shoes.



  7. Thoughtful says:

    The Met office have just announced a flood warning for Wales. Nothing to do with rain, but the tears of 3 million people breaking down uncontrollably


    • Up2snuff says:

      T, the BBC is colourist racist it seems. The BBC, like some Sunday newspapers, claim Vaughan Gethin is the first ‘black’ leader in Europe. Move over Rishi Sunak. You are obviously not black enough!


      • MarkyMark says:

        Real black not fake black! HA H AH HAH AHA HAH!

        Real Women have a Penis (c) Keir Starmer


  8. vlad says:

    Ok, GB News is not perfect. But it’s still a damn sight better than the BBC and most other news channels.

    So it’s very worrying that Ofcom, the Establishment, the broadcasting industry and groups like Stop Funding Hate are determined to shut it down, and they should be opposed by all means possible.

    Partial transcript: “GB News is under threat. The other broadcasters don’t like it. Adam Boulton, long-time veteran of Sky News, said that GB News was damaging the ecosystem of broadcasting, by which he means it’s our little club and we don’t question climate change or mass immigration. We thought EU membership was wonderful, how dare you come along and give us a hard time.

    Now the problems are getting very, very real. The industry is regulated by Ofcom. They have decided to put my programme under investigation on the basis they say that I’m a politician. Well, you know what? Even I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here had me as an ex-politician. I am not actively involved in politics at all, but they don’t like it.

    And some more of the great and the good are hosting a conference in Sheffield. Have a look at this. It’s absolutely bizarre. They’re saying that GB News is a threat to democracy, so it must be closed down. No sense of irony from these people whatsoever. They don’t agree with much of what is said. Therefore, they simply want the channel closed down.

    And I also think that the big political parties perhaps don’t like GB News too much, because it does genuinely question many of the things that are going wrong in this country and around which there is a huge consensus in Western. Worse than that, we have a situation where commercial television and radio survives through advertisements. That model has been there for a very, very long time.

    But there’s an organisation called Stop Funding Hate who seem themselves to have quite a lot of money. And if anybody advertises on GB News, they will get dozens of emails every day from Stop Funding Hate saying you’re funding a channel that is damaging democracy, you are funding a channel that is causing division. And frankly, you know, if you’re a marketing officer for a holiday company and you’re bombarded by nasty, aggressive emails, you probably think, you know what, we can’t be bothered with this.

    So we are under assault from the regulator. We’re under assault from the rest of the industry. We’re under assault in terms of our advertising, without which keeping the channel going long term is not easy. But there’s a reason, folks, why all this is happening. You won’t really hear much about this, but here goes. You might have noticed that GB News.com is growing rapidly…
    And if you believe in free speech, open debate, where you hear both sides of an argument. Please, please support us in whatever way you can at GB News because we are under serious attack.”


  9. StewGreen says:

    Euston hours of train grid lock due to power failure
    Couldn’t they bring on the diesel trains ?


  10. Flotsam says:

    Keir Smarmer thrived under the ultra left wing leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. The Corbyn regime draw support and ideas from Momentum a Communist splinter group that drove the Political agenda of the Labour Party, the Party that Smarmer seemed happy to serve. Perhaps his morality free professional life as a Lawyer enabled him to fit in with a leader and organisation so extremely at odds with the centre ground of political life which Smarmer now seems to covet. The similarity between Smarmer and Bliar is quite striking, they both believe in personal advancement without regard for the cost to others or moral compass. We all know what Bliar did for Britain we can only expect more of the same disastrous stuff from Smarmer.


  11. StewGreen says:

    @elonmusk tweets a Trump video “Speech with full context”
    222K Likes … that’s a lot

    @EndWokeness tweets a list of media headlines
    We are witnessing the invention of the “bloodbath” hoax in real-time


  12. Eddy Booth says:


    BBC getting rather excited over the vandalisation of a wall , as it might be a Banksy (real name … ? – nah it’s not Tommy Robinson)


    “The mural (sic) has been painted to make it look like tree foliage”

    “James Peak, who created the BBC Radio 4 series The Banksy Story, rushed to see the work after receiving a tip-off.”
    “The message is clear,” he said. “Nature’s struggling and it is up to us to help it grow back.”
    “It’s spring now, and this tree should be bursting forth with leaves, but Banksy must have cycled past and thought how miserable it looks,” he said.’

    Well it’s actually still winter and most trees are leafless.


    • StewGreen says:

      Tree looks like it has just been pollarded
      It’s the right time to pollard trees
      They grow back


      • digg says:

        That illustrates the crazy stupidly of greenies like Peak, A, a tree being late to leaf is an indicator of a cooler spring, not a hotter one. And B he is too ignorant to realise that the tree has been obviously pollarded designed to reduce foliage and reshape the tree growth.

        What a gobby tw*t!


    • MarkyMark says:

      Does Banksy pay taxes and use the NHS or does he live on an Island with tax exempt with Private Health Care? HA HA HA HA HA HA!


  13. StewGreen says:

    Sheffield the lefty talk “how to solve a problem like GB News” .. got very few people
    2 min video when GB news reporter stands up

    Video plays in original page but then a paywall comes in after 90 seconds


  14. StewGreen says:

    Dominic Cummings tweets to his 300K followers
    Perfect example of how the old media is now totally fake
    – the actual context is clear, he’s talking about bloodbath for *the car industry*
    – but the ENTIRE OLD MEDIA are pretending he was threatening violence. BBC, Guardian, CNN, NYT – all of them.

    The old media, Democrat establishment, Whitehall, UK lobby – none of them believe in facts any more,
    everything is about spinning fake news and gaslighting you that you’re a victim of ‘misinformation’ if you don’t believe them
    – UKR, Trump, child abuse sold as ‘trans rights’, pandemics/lab leak, Hunter’s laptop
    … everything they care about, they lie about

    meanwhile Musk tweets
    Please send links from this platform to your friends who are still being misled by the legacy media!


    • Richard Pinder says:

      The purpose of the BBC is to produce false or inaccurate information deliberately intended to deceive the viewer by employing strategic deceptions and media manipulation tactics to advance the criminal, political, military, or commercial goals of Big Pharma.


  15. StewGreen says:

    ITVnewsPR have no self awareness
    The item is about how mothers can’t afford to pay for school lunch for their kid
    jump to 0m28s Their example mother is a black woman the size of a bus
    .. https://twitter.com/Proper_Memes/status/1288830380993384448

    Their is another version where the homeviewer keeps blurting the C word in astonishment


  16. StewGreen says:

    Musk tweets
    Many Americans still have no idea this happened

    He Quotes Glenn Greenwald

    The most under-reported and under-discussed story of 2023: a federal district court judge, upheld by a unanimous appellate panel,
    found the Biden WH and FBI committed one of the gravest attacks on the 1st Am in decades by coercing Big Tech to censor dissent online.



  17. Deborah says:

    I have just read that the BBC is axing ‘tweet of the day’. Whilst admitting they can no longer afford to produce it (well that’s what they say), with the state of British agriculture it is important to give the time back to Farming Today (apparently). I suspect that it is more to do with Twitter now being X, and BBC’s visceral hate of Musk and his version of free speech. Pure spite by the BBC.


    • pugnazious says:

      Countryside is too racist and middle class…probably now have the sound of someone being stabbed in inner city London along with police sirens…..and the sound of Sadiq Khan voicing his concern…er…maybe not…that’d be total silence then.


  18. pugnazious says:


    ‘Every year, the Media Democracy Festival brings together activists, independent media organisations, academics and policymakers to understand what’s happening in the media landscape. Whether you’re a hardened media reform advocate, a disillusioned media worker looking for change, or a curious media consumer, join us and help to reshape the media so that it works for people, not profit.’

    Naturally in the new media democracy the first priority is to shut down GB News because we can’t have people upsetting the cosy media cartel of an applecart can we? And we certainly can’t have the Deplorables actually having a real say in politics…that’s for ‘us’ to decide.

    ‘How to solve a problem like GB News’

    This is just a vehicle to hijack and maintain control of the media and the news agenda…..remember they think they own the news and the right to define what is truth and what is mad conspiracy or far-right.

    One of the participants of the Media festival is ‘BBC and Beyond’ which imagines a brave new world where most of the media is publicly owned and controlled in a ‘media commons’…

    ‘We need media which is owned by us, accountable to us, where we all get to play a part in creating it: we need to build a media commons.

    In a media commons, our media would be funded through significant public resources, and managed collectively so they serve our needs and help us face the challenges ahead.

    The media commons wouldn’t replace all commercial media. But it would become the heart of a media system that is fit for the future – just as the NHS is the public heart of healthcare.’

    Hmmmm…and who is ‘us’ exactly? Judging by the advisory panel it’s definitely not ‘us’…it’s ‘Them’…the usual suspects…and note this is a Joseph Rowntree project essentially. Looking at the panel it’s Muslims, Blacks and far-left activists…

    The Campaign Advisory Board is:

    Sophie Chalk – policy advisor, Voice of the Listener & Viewer
    Debs Durojaiye – Afrotech Fest
    Rizwana Hamid – Centre for Media Monitoring, Muslim Council of Britain
    Mathew Lawrence – Common Wealth
    Lindsay Mackie – New Weather Institute
    Riaz Meer – BECTU and Media Reform Coalition Co-ordinating Committee
    Pascale Robinson – We Own It
    Marcus Ryder – Executive, Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity
    Dr. Marcela Pizarro – Northwestern University Qatar/former Al Jazeera English

    And judging by the media festival members and audience I’m guessing that’s not exactly representative of ‘us’ either…..




    • Zephir says:

      You know it’s a wokey liberal far left event when you see the word


      They would not know real work if it kicked them up the backside….too many “mental elf” issues for that.

      Work is for the plebs, you know.


      • Zephir says:

        lots of peirced wimmin: funding funding, tax, tax….

        “this is what I want to do as a career, so I want funding for it”


        • Scroblene says:

          That sort just love talking shops, they all sit around gassing away in a strange whining mantra, determined to find a victim from somewhere – anywhere, then whinge for another hour or so as to how they can create even more work for their diversity departments who have sent them there in the first place.

          Expenses claims are passed without a glance and yet another public cost is added to the mountain of debt the councils, quangos etc., manage to achieve without lifting a finger, and being of use to nobody except themselves.

          The mention of the talking shop will undoubtedly end up on the peculiar CVs of this type of waster when they apply for the next non-job with even more money, a few months leter.

          Depressing isn’t it…


  19. pugnazious says:

    Woke up this morning to the BBC being outraged on behalf of the Islamists of Cage, Mend, the MCB and MAB who are all shocked that they are considered extremists….them being such fluffy, cuddly advocates of democracy….as Tim Stanley notes in the Telegraph…

    ‘Responding to the Government’s new definition of extremism, the Muslim Association of Britain called the move “cynical… Orwellian” and an “erosion of civil liberties”.

    The response was a case study in how Islamists use the language of liberalism to pursue illiberal objectives.’

    Much of course as Putin is an enthusiastic democrat….

    ‘Gloating Putin says ‘there is no democracy in the West’ in victory speech after exit polls say he’s got 88% of vote ‘

    The BBC backs these groups just as it backed the murderous IRA in the hope that British democracy, culture and society is undermined and destroyed…..we need to understand that ‘the BBC’ believes the British Empire and The West was and are intrinsically evil…Europeans were a plague upon the world…they are still a danger and thus one, must be punished for their past sins, and two, stopped from ever being so powerful and successful again. This is accomplished by mass immigration, the ‘browning of Britain’ and the erasure or rewriting of our history and culture, and by demographic change that breeds out the ‘whiteness’ that is so appallingly offensive and dangerous.

    This is very, very real….they actually think this and work to ethncially cleanse Whites from the world.


  20. tomo says:


  21. pugnazious says:

    Lord Tony Sewell’s new book about ‘Black Success’…..Spiked cover it, GB News cover it…can’t find anything in the BBC despite it being, surely, one of its favourite narratives….of course Lord Sewell’s perspective and where he comes from is entirely different to the BBC’s which tries to teach Blacks that they have no chance of success in racist Britain where the odds are stacked against them….the BBC’s ‘misery narrative’.


  22. Richard Pinder says:



  23. JohnC says:

    Russian election: Putin claims landslide and scorns US democracy

    I really enjoy reading the BBC write things like this:
    ‘In truth no credible opposition candidate was allowed to stand.’

    Whilst simultaneously completely ignoring the huge elephant in the room where the Left are doing everything they can to prevent Trump being allowed to stand in the USA and the BBC are fully complicit in it.

    It’s the most glaring of double-standards and hypocrisy.

    We get:
    ‘But when election officials said results gave him more than 87% of the vote, he said Russia’s democracy was more transparent than many in the West.’

    It occurred to me that we are never told of any polls or approval ratings for him or the extremely ill guy who just died in prison (though the BBC don’t tell us how ill he was). So I checked – and it seems Putins approval rating amongst the Russian people is 88%:
    https://www.statista.com/statistics/896181/putin-approval-rating-russia/ and for Alexei Navalny, the most recent poll only put him at 14%:

    Now I don’t know how reliable that website is, but all things considered about the real reasons for the war in Ukraine and what the USA/UK are doing to Russia, I find myself tending to believe it. Whatever you think of him, Putin is a strong leader. Something we haven’t had here for many years.

    Which of course is all the exact opposite of what the BBC are trying to make us think with their usual lies by omission and lies by inference. Meanwhile the REAL dirty game is going on for the USA election and is about to get a lot more serious. And this time they are entirely on the side of the people doing the cheating.

    The BBC is completely f*cked up now. They are consumed by agenda. They need a complete reset.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Once the BBC accepted the 2020 election fraud in the US how can it criticise any other election ?


    • atlas_shrugged says:

      Marxi must be absolutely exhausted after getting his Pres re-elected with the 88% majority.

      Anyway he can now get back to his important hard work of attaching electrodes to the sensitive areas of the fascists.


  24. JohnC says:

    Diane Abbott: I would be sad if MP’s career ends outside Labour, says Harman

    Had a look for the daily headline around the Abbot/racism story and there it is.

    What’s happening now is that the BBC are doing their usual abuse of power to pressure Starmer to let this far-Left black woman back into the Labour party. And they won’t stop until he caves in. That must be what this whole manufactured row is about.

    That article is blatant activism and it’s outrageous.


  25. andyjsnape says:

    Government told heat pump sales need massive jump

    “need massive jump”?? Or maybe the heading should be “people dont want them”

    Heat pumps: ‘Boiler tax’ delayed from 1 April to next year

    “people dont want them”

    A bit like car manufacturers and expected to sell a percentage of electric cars – “people dont want them”

    Don’t want / cannot afford them


    • MarkyMark says:

      How much does an air source heat pump cost?
      The price of an air source heat pump can vary between £3,500 and £8,900 depending on several factors, such as how powerful the unit is, the brand, government grants and installation costs.

      If you live in England and Wales

      Costs are inclusive of both installation and a government grant of £7,500, which is made available through the non-means-tested Boiler Upgrade Scheme.

      If you live in Scotland

      Costs are inclusive of both installation costs and a government grant of £7,500 which is made available through Home Energy Scotland. You can also apply for an interest-free loan of up to £7,500 to cover the remaining heat pump installation costs.

      While heat pumps can be more expensive to install compared to other heating systems, they can be cost-effective due to their energy efficiency.



      • Peter Grimes says:

        I’m retired but comfortably off, live in within-M25 Surrey in a detached house. I’m with Octopus and when the heat pump bribe was first announced I got them to survey and quote.

        Net cost after grant was £6.5k, not too bad considering a gas boiler replacement would cost c£3k. The first killer was that projected ongoing fuel cost was no cheaper than existing gas and electricity. Then as people complained about heat pump efficiency, I considered how we might manage if the heat pump didn’t function as well as they lied, or didn’t function at all. I asked if the pump would be a hybrid, which would link with an existing gas boiler/ tank system and wouldn’t involve as much work and only a bit more costly than a new boiler. Response was no.
        I was totally reluctant to give up the security of two forms of energy to provide essential heating for a single unreliable source.
        It seems to me that if the Government had offered grants for hybrid systems they would have had greater take up. If the heat pumps worked as they had lied to us, we wouldn’t need to use the gas boiler so their stupid Net Zero would be achieved.
        At my age, I can’t afford to be a frozen Guinea pig.


        • MarkyMark says:

          Your notes have been sent to the net zero squad and you will be dragged from your home for a more understanding comrade!


  26. Foscari says:

    To the oxymoron of the deafening silence of the Arab
    States to the plight of the Palestinians.Can be added the
    BRITISH broadcasting corporation.The all but media partner of


  27. digg says:

    BBC headline “News”…

    “Putin tightens his grip on Russia” with 8 more years in The Kremlin…

    Rather than “Putin gets massive 88% plus approval” from the Russian people in the Russian election…

    Someone needs to let the BBC know how elections work and how difficult it would be to force a country with a population approaching 150 million citizens to vote against their own wishes.

    Simply put, the BBC cannot understand or cope with patriotism and loyalty.

    BBC inventing the story and spinning the meaning to suit their narrative rather than reporting it as usual!

    Same old same old cold puke!


    • Fedup2 says:

      It is inevitable that one of the many flaws of the BBC mindset is to be unable to step into the shoes of those with a contrary view .
      For instance – Russia sees itself as constantly under threat from the U.S. and its’ poodles in NATO . the idea of Ukraine becoming part of NATO gave Putin the excuse / validity to bring Ukraine back into Greater Russia .

      The BBC doesn’t get this and portrays NATO as a benevolent peace keeper – not the view from Russia.

      Also – are living conditions in Russia improving ? I guess they are …. And since Russians get their news from state TV – they’ll accept the propaganda – just like the BBC in the UK . But I bet Russians don’t have to pay ….


  28. Doublethinker says:

    Over the weekend I watched the first two episodes of the new Netflix documentary on the Cold War , Turning Point.
    It dealt competently with the period 45 to 55 with no reflection on how events in that period affected the present. But in the last section of the second episode it arrived at the McCarthy era, the atom spies , the anti communist witch hunts. I know that many on here think that he had a point and the the US administration of that time had a lot of fellow travellers within it.
    As usual McCarthy was portrayed as a crude rabble rouser trading on the fears of ordinary Americans. But the series elevated him to a demigod of limited ability but with an insatiable lust for power and someone who was unscrupulous and a liar. Someone who posed a real threat to American democracy. He was ably assisted by a young lawyer named Kohn.
    Then for the first time and for no apparent reason the series flashed forward thirty or forty years to the eighties . It turns out that Trump’s father hired Kohn to tutor his son Donald in the art of dirty political tactics!!!
    No doubt we weren’t meant to split our sides laughing at the crudity of the propaganda like I did but to associate Trump with McCarthy and all that baggage we had been fed just minutes earlier.. Subtlety is not the strong suit of Netflix!
    They just can’t help bending supposedly serious documentary series to pursue the Orange Man Bad theme . The credibility of the entire series and of Netflix takes yet another dive.


    • andyjsnape says:

      Hello Doublethinker, I watched the same “turning point” yesterday.

      I noticed at the start, they dismissed Putin for NATO wanting to build up its forces on the Russian border


  29. atlas_shrugged says:

    Broken in what way?
    Naomi Wolf letter from New York:


    So she will probably be voting for Biden again. My firm favourite was the feminist white shoes art work – stunning! Move over Michelangelo.


  30. Fedup2 says:

    This is a headline in the Daily Mail today –

    “We’re still stunningly complacent about the grave threat tyrant Putin presents to our way of life and democratic values“

    When I read this I thought it referred to the British political class – an unelected PM and Foreign Secretary – a government with no mandate – and a political system fixed for the uni party to win – with a top layer of unelected corrupt peers – and approved media ……
    Does Putin threaten us more than that ? Don’t get me wrong – I’m no fan of putin – but does he pose more of a threat to me than the British government ? No .


    • JohnC says:

      I don’t feel threatened by Putin at all. We are going through a dangerous time as he makes sure Ukraine cannot join NATO while the USA try to make sure they do. Meanwhile the EU want all that living space (or ‘lebensraum’ as they used to call it) for all the immigrants they are expecting.

      I feel far more threatened by the ideological ambition of the fascist Left and the growing confidence and intolerance of the Muslims who they protect and who are growing quickly in numbers:

      ‘In 2021, 81.7% (48.7 million) of usual residents in England and Wales identified their ethnic group within the high-level “White” category, a decrease from 86.0% (48.2 million) in the 2011 Census.
      The next most common high-level ethnic group was “Asian, Asian British or Asian Welsh” accounting for 9.3% (5.5 million) of the overall population, this ethnic group also saw the largest percentage point increase from 2011, up from 7.5% (4.2 million people).’

      THAT is the real threat to our country IMHO. That and Biden pressing the button without realising what he has done of course.


      • BigBrotherCorporation says:

        Yes. Deranged Biden is far more dangerous than either “deranged” Putin, or “deranged” Trump.


  31. Square-Eyed says:

    “* Progressives do not set out to do evil. They set out to do good.
    * They do their good in a world in which God is irrelevant, and ‘everything is permitted.’
    * With God out of the picture, they are free to do good by their own lights, better than it has ever been done before.
    * The ‘good’ they devise quickly calcifies into orthodoxy.
    * Lesser mortals who fail to heed the new dogma risk reeducation.
    * Reeducation can be brutal. An ‘oversensibility for ourselves and an over-indulgence to our own desires,’ said Burke shrewdly, leads to the ‘greatest crimes.’
    * Once committed to those desires, progressives don’t look back. The dead, the damaged and the aborted are ignored or quickly forgotten.
    * Unwilling to undo or even question, they respond to disaster with sad and superficial correctives like mosquito nets or condoms or more ‘education.’
    * Unbound by God, progressives are thus also unbound by any traditions that claim divine inspiration.
    * To the degree that those traditions threaten their progress, progressives are hostile to those traditions, specifically Judeo-Christianity and its twin towers of resolve, America and Israel.”

    Jack Cashill, “Hoodwinked,” p 272


    • MarkyMark says:

      “When men stop believing in God they don’t believe in nothing; they believe in anything.”


      • moggiemoo says:

        I stopped believing in God and I’m cynically sceptical of everything else.


  32. pugnazious says:

    Sadiq Khan given a platform for a party political broadcast as Justin Webb lobs him a few questions and lets him get away with murder as Khan is allowed to big himself up with a relentless torrent of self-promoting crap.

    Murder on the streets of London? All the Tory’s fault….and violent crime is so much worse in every other city.

    Housing….Tory’s fault…and just imagine how with Sadiq Khan’s vision turbo driven by a Labour government they could build so many more houses.

    Diane Abbott? Justin Webb said it all, Khan didn’t need to speak as Webb told us that what Hester said was appallingly racist and poor Diane had suffered throughout her career so much…shouldn’t she be let back into the party?

    The softest ‘interview’ in the world….Khan barely broke sweat as he blatantly campaigned for Labour on the show.

    Then we had ‘Thought for the Day’…a Muslim not giving us any worthy morally uplifting lecture but a blatant piece of Islamic propaganda about ‘Islamophobia’.

    The Today programme seems to be more about messaging than informing. Might as well shut it down, along with the whole BBC.


  33. AsISeeIt says:

    The Metro draws our focus this morning as that celebrity-obsessed giveaway adsheet – leavened with a bit of left-leaning news reporting – and best friend to the corporate big supermarkets, retail sector, car dealers, mobile networks, banks and consumer finance, et al – marks a jubilee of sorts: As we celebrate our silver anniversary, METRO thanks YOU, our readers, for making this the nation’s favourite weekday paper – of course the fact that it’s a freebie mass-distributed at busy commuter hubs, doesn’t hurt its supposed popularity with the public and sprukes the distribution numbers.

    The Google machine suggests the target demographic with which its corporate daddy, Daily Mail and General Trust plc, woos advertisers to the title is an employed, commuting, under 44 years of age audience – and yet many’s the time Mr AsI has spied some elderly old codger pass by the tube station entrance to pick up a thick wad of Metros and secrete them in his tartan wheeled shopping basket, before moving on. At a casual guess – he could be the same sort of demographic that feeds the pidgeons with a loaf of stale bread in your town centre.

    Optimistically, either he’s gathering those Metros because he’s having to line more budgerigar cages – with a limited OAP’s budget – than the Birdman of Alcatraz (there’s one for the teenagers) or more likely he’s ‘shopping’ those newspapers on a daily basis for the entertainment of elderly compatriots at the local care home.

    So when it comes to distrubution figures – just as we happy band of media watchers hereabouts have learned over the years – don’t swallow the official statistics as gospel.

    Speaking of the all-important advertising aspect of the Metro – the Lockdown era must have been a time of both great feast and of great famine for the title.

    On the one hand Locked down stay-at-homes couldn’t pick up their daily copies – but on the other hand government splashed the cash on all forms of propagandising: Boris Johnson’s government spent nearly £1bn on advertising in just three years… The Cabinet Office alone spent £586m in the last three years, with the vast majority going on public health awareness campaigns during Covid lockdown (i news, August 2022); New report highlights UK Government role as the UK’s largest advertiser during Covid-19 pandemic (Politics Home, April 2022) – quick editorial correction required there: UK’s largest advertiser during Covid-19 pandemic Lockdown [Lockdown was a policy choice, not an inevitability in either extent or duration]

    But we digress – the government agency advertisers are at it again this morning spending our tax money buying the Metro’s prime frontpage spot.

    Now, for a moment Mr AsI considered this official ad copy could represent some far better satire than anything his own jaded imagination might dream up at this time of a Monday morning…

    Ladies and gentlemen hearabouts, I present to you the UK’s very own: Secret Intelligence Service MI6 – which secret service are – so we learn – hiring…

    Do extraordinary things. Work for MI6 – so far so good.

    I know what you’re thinking… Sean Connery/Daniel Craig (depending on your demographic) saunters up to the top gaming table at Casino Royale in an immaculately tailored tuxedo – lighting a cigarette with a guilt Zippo (or not, more recently) glancing at the Rolex/Omega on his wrist and introducing himself nonchalantly with that classic line “Bond, James Bond”

    But no. Put all that out of your mind. Millennials have subverted our fine traditional British culture and the lunatics have apparently taken over the establishment asylum

    Do you enjoy exploring new cultures and want to live overseas?

    We went a bit Star Trek there with the exploring new cultures.

    Are you a super-networker looking for a flexible role?

    Flexible role…? Hints there of WFH, job share, generous materity leave perhaps?

    If you have British nationality and over 5 years’ professional experience, don’t self-censor

    Send you CV and covering letter…

    And with that I’m out of here… talk about Die Another Day


    • moggiemoo says:

      I inadvertently looked at a Metro the other day while I was waiting for my wife in hospital. 30 seconds was enough to remind me why I stopped reading it a few years ago, although I sometimes pick one up to line the base of my hedgehog feeding station.


    • MarkyMark says:

      “Boris Johnson’s government spent nearly £1bn on advertising in just three years…”



  34. pugnazious says:

    Weird that the BBC doesn’t mention that Laura Kenny was Laura Trott before her marriage…all we get is this strange comment…

    ‘Kenny, married to former cyclist Sir Jason Kenny ”

    Just annoying considering so much of her successful career was as ‘Trott’.

    ‘Laura Kenny: Britain’s most successful female Olympian retires from cycling’



    • moggiemoo says:

      With a name like Trott you’d have thought dressage would have been more appropriate.


  35. tomo says:



    • MarkyMark says:

      “poorest countries tackle climate change” Bradford city?


    • Mrs Kitty says:

      And I’m sat here wearing my Wife of a Pleb (retired) T-shirt


    • tomo says:

      – seriously…

      – who the f**k is that twerp handing *our* money to?

      STOP IT


    • Rob in Cheshire says:

      That’s another £1.6 billion of our money pissed up a wall.


    • Fedup2 says:

      I right honourable pleb labour MP / Peer in the making . vote Reform


    • MarkyMark says:

      Name of donor: Power Minerals
      Address of donor: Wrens Court, 46 South Parade, Sutton Coldfield B72 1QY
      Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Office space provided to my local association between 25 May 2022 and 24 May 2023, of which I had the use. On 1 September 2023, a payment of £3,000 was made to the donor; revised total value £26,103.96


      . . . . COST OF LIVING . . . . . .

      ame of donor: (1) Ministry for Business, Tourism and The Port (2) British Airways
      Address of donor: (1) HM Government of Gibraltar, Suite 971, Europort, Gibraltar GX11 1AA (2) Waterside PO Box 365, Harmondsworth UB7 0GB
      Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): (1) For me and my spouse, flights £440.14, hotel £350, two dinners £322, total value £1,112.14 (2) For me and my spouse, flight upgrade with a value of £540
      Destination of visit: Gibraltar



    • Doublethinker says:

      Mitchell is the most One Nation global internationalist that there is. He has done immense damage to our country with his profligate spend thrift largesse with tax payers money. He is definitely an enemy of the people.


  36. StewGreen says:

    Dublin, Ireland, reporter @nicole_gernon and @VirginMediaNewshave switched off replies on their tweets.
    Why’s that ?
    Mar 16 they ran this sob story
    Tents are being cleared from Mount Street after the men living here were bussed out to a new location this morning
    (as if to finally get rid of the tent city for St Patrick’s day)

    Then they drove out to the new countryside migrant centre to do a sob story about how the illegals were leaving to get back to Dublin.
    Then under the direction of an NGO guy they loaded them into their Virgin media cars to transport them.
    There was a minibus too provided by someone.


  37. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – the otter one is a beaver, maybe

    TOADY is on the hunt for beavers. Sometime, the TOADY programme will be saying “We should plant more trees to prevent Global Warming and catastrophic Climate Change.” Beavers like to fell trees and will take on any challenge whatever the maturity. Otters prefer to fell young trees, the ones that will grow into CO2 absorbing trees later on.

    Absolutely no questions asked about damage to trees by beavers and otters by the female Beeboid as she is taken along a river bank by a female from a ‘river trust’. And no questions asked about flooding where otters and beavers fell trees to make their Sets and Lodges. Dim, dumb and dumber.


  38. Sluff says:

    On Mondays on Toady the Islamic Broadcasting Corporation features someone called Siddiqui on Thought for the Day.
    She is regularly billed as some cuddly multi-faith peacenik bringing together all the religions blah blah blah but what we get is a hard-nosed pro-Islam message.
    In other words……business as usual at the BBC!
    Happy Ramadan.


    • MarkyMark says:

      New definition of extremism (2024)”

      negate or destroy the fundamental rights and freedoms[footnote 5] of others; or ISLAM – which is a political force

      undermine, overturn or replace the UK’s system of liberal parliamentary democracy[footnote 6] and democratic rights[footnote 7]; or ISLAM – which is a political force

      intentionally create a permissive environment for others to achieve the results in (1) or (2). ISLAM – which is a political force


    • Fedup2 says:

      Sluff- they used to bill her as ‘reader in islamic studies’ but i think this breached BBC propaganda by naming those from that evil way of life. Nice evidence of pro muslim bias though .

      Keep going IDF


  39. pugnazious says:

    Last minutes of Today is usually man bites dog type story, today it was man bites the hand that feeds him as Lord Woolley, he of Operation Black Vote, complains of Tory racism…no irony that a man who wants votes based upon race complains of racism.

    Justin Webb was in full white-guilt grovel mode as he fed Woolley the right lines about the terrible racism of the past weeks, from Tories, and Woolley told us it was so disappointing that so many black and asian Tories were using divide and rule to set poor whites against poor blacks using immigration as stick to beat them all with.

    Webb couldn’t grovel and agree fast enough…not a word of criticism or questioning…we got a very political, very simplistic, very wrong narrative from Woolley that went entirely unopposed.

    Seems like Today today was an extended Labour Party political broadcast…but then what’s new?


  40. MarkyMark says:



  41. Sluff says:

    On a previous thread I mentioned the fatal flaw in devolution. The ruling devolved party or elected Mayor will always blame government underfunding for all their problems. And they repeatedly get away with it as the Tory government is so spineless.

    I hate to say I told you so but on Toady this morning JustRemainin was ‘interviewing’ ( ha ha) Sad Dick Khan as part of his re-election campaign. Guess what? Khan blamed the 22% increase in Londonistan knife crime on…..government underfunding of the police and youth services!

    Not that his natural voters and supporters care. Some of them even speak English.


    • MarkyMark says:

      Calculation. Its principle is that any increase or reduction in expenditure in England will automatically lead to a proportionate increase or reduction in resources for the devolved governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

      Barnett formula – Wikipedia


      How much money does England give to Scotland?
      Block Grant funding for the Scottish Government is the highest since devolution began at around £41 billion a year for 2022-2025. This means that for every £100 per person the UK Government spends in England on matters devolved to Scotland, the Scottish Government will receive around £126 per person in Scotland.


  42. Sluff says:

    A propos of nothing.

    The public transport obsessed BBC have hypocritically been covering the M25 weekend closure. As if they care about car users. ( they don’t).

    The road was closed in order to knock down a footbridge and built a gantry.
    Here’s the thing.
    You can’t walk over a gantry.
    So how do you now get across the motorway?

    Absolutely nothing has been said about this.
    No doubt the BBC investigative journalists are looking into it over their skinny lattes.


  43. StewGreen says:

    Our local radio had an afternoon presenter who was lefty and a union rep
    He just tweeted
    “After 30 years today is my last day at the BBC.
    When I came off air last October, I took on a news editor role on a trial basis but I’ve decided to take redundancy”
    .. Will news items still often begin with “Hull Labour MP Diana Johnson says ..” ?


  44. pugnazious says:

    First we had the story….few real facts….basically pro-Hamas waffle dressed up as news…


    Now, with this incredibly important story, we’ve got the ‘Live’ feed of breathless reporting…of Hamas propaganda…

    ‘Welcome to our live coverage. Overnight, Israeli forces launched a raid on the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza.

    We’ve heard reports of tanks and heavy gunfire at the facility, and an eyewitness in the hospital told the BBC that some young men had been arrested.

    Israel has since said it was carrying out a “high precision operation in limited areas” of the hospital.

    Stay with us as we bring you the latest.’


    Always interesting how the BBC doesn’t mention who the Israelis are fighting…BBC reports Israelis fire at hospital, doctors and nurses cower in terror as they are targeted by tanks…no idea that Hamas terrorists are shooting from the hospital…or the BBC downplays it and just says Israel claims Hamas operatives are in the hospital. Curious how their weeks of investigative reporting cannot ever find a Hamas ‘operative’ inside a hospital or school or refugee camp firing a weapon.

    Then again it’s always Israel’s fault…the BBC’s Jon Donnison’s classic and very emotive fake news…

    ‘Gaza baby ‘only knew how to smile”
    ‘And in the entrance hall, a two-foot-wide hole in the flimsy metal ceiling where the missile ripped through.

    Despite the evidence pointing towards an Israeli air strike, some bloggers have suggested it might have been a misfired Hamas rocket.

    But at that time, so soon after the launch of Israel’s operation, the Israeli military says mortars had been launched from Gaza but very few rockets.

    Mortar fire would not cause the fireball that appears to have engulfed Jehad’s house.
    Most likely is that Omar died in the one of the more than 20 bombings across Gaza that the Israeli military says made up its initial wave of attacks.

    Omar was not a terrorist.’

    Oh…er….hang on….

    ‘The son of a BBC journalist and two relatives killed in November’s conflict in Gaza may have been hit by a misfired Palestinian rocket, a UN agency says.

    The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said its conclusions were based on a visit to the site a month after the attack.

    At the time, human rights groups blamed the deaths on an Israeli air strike. ‘

    Not just human rights groups eh? The BBC was fully on-board with the anti-Israel slur.


  45. Foscari says:

    Others contributors have written about this before.
    But on the BBC main page . They often have imaging
    concerning the cost of living crisis, Be it utility bills,
    mortgages, supermarket food costs etc. This
    imaging on the main page NEVER includes indigenous
    British Caucasian advertising models. The BBC use
    Getty’s for this “service”
    Yes if you go on to the feature on a different page. You
    may see indigenous modelling Brits. Ok they may.. even come
    from Poland BUT never on the main page.
    I am at a loss to understand this. Can anybody explain the reason?


  46. StewGreen says:

    Silly NHS has banned puberty blockers
    but the expert ChildrensBBC aired in 2014 said they are great.
    2019 tweet

    That account seems to monitor CBBC for trans bias


    • MarkyMark says:

      What is chemsex?
      Chemsex can be described as sex under the influence of drugs. The most frequently reported drugs used during Chemsex are Mephedrone, GHB/GBL and Crystal Methamphetamine(tina). Chemsex, Chems and Alcohol are manageable for some but if that is no longer the case then there is help.



  47. MarkyMark says:

    Sadiq Khan to offer 5* reviews for visiting Mecca.

    “New Punishment for Reading the Bible in Saudi Arabia?
    A gruesome photograph of a shredded hand doesn’t depict a “new punishment for reading the Bible” in Saudi Arabia.
    Kim LaCapria
    Published Dec. 17, 2015″

    . . . . . . . .

    A blessed end to 2022.

    During this special time for so many families, I am grateful to have been able to visit the holy cities of Mecca and Medina to undertake the Umrah pilgrimage with my family.

    Here’s to a wonderful 2023.


  48. MarkyMark says:

    This is the problem. The haunted fishtank has become a tool of psychological oppression, par excellence.

    Many think it’s ‘just’ entertaining and informative and that they are immune to any nefarious ‘nudging’ which might be going on. You’re not immune.

    Every time you switch on, you’re being ‘innoculated’ against harmful ‘conspiracy theories’ whilst at the same time having your psychological immune system damaged repeatedly and severely such that it is wide open to whatever junk misinformation BIT and other actors might wish to insert between your ears and have it ‘stay’ there, as in the case of the ‘climate change message’ so eloquently explained by Coronation Street’s Samia Longchambon.



  49. pugnazious says:

    The BBC is always campaiging for the downtrodden victims of oppressive bureaucracy and fascism….just not when the victim is a ‘transphobe’….despite your right to express gender critical views being confirmed by the courts other authorities can decide to cancel you at will on trumped up charges it seems….very Stalinist and totalitarian….

    from the Mail….

    ‘Artist is ‘investigated by the police for hate crime’ and told she can’t attend her own exhibition without 24 hours’ notice after sharing her gender views with a council worker’
    ‘An artist is allegedly being investigated by the police for a ‘hate crime’ and was told she cannot attend her own exhibition without 24 hours’ notice after sharing her gender views with a council worker.

    Victoria Culf, 43, claimed the ordeal started after she talked to the council employee about transgender ideology while making a cup of tea at Watford Museum last June.

    The artist claimed she was setting up her exhibition when she politely told the employee she believed allowing children and young people to change sex is harmful.

    She added that the Gender Identity Development Service clinic at the Tavistock Centre should be closed down. The clinic, which has faced scrutiny for its treatment of children with gender dysphoria, is shutting down at the end of March.

    Ms Culf claimed she then received a call from the council telling her of ‘harassment’ allegations, adding that she could not go to her own exhibition without 24 hours’ notice. ‘

    The BBC hasn’t bothered to report this story….it’s in several papers and even an Arabic website…


    How is it that such an obvious story is ignored by the BBC?

    It seems to be a recurring theme on the BBC not to report negative stories about trans issues…ie people, ‘transphobes’, being hounded and vilified for their normal views.

    The BBC, certainly the website, censors and shapes news about trans issues to give an entirely positive view of changing gender….or claiming to.


  50. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    I wonder if the USA sent observers to the Russian election.

    Not to make sure it’s all done fair but to pick up any tricks they may not be using yet so that they can say Biden won the election.