372 Responses to Midweek 10th April 2024

  1. Thoughtful says:

    Also the song of Spring


  2. Dover Sentry says:

    Anybody else going through a divorce? This is my second and it’s free! Since 2022, the online system does away with solicitors. Nearly done, and worth it.
    As regards the BBC coverage of Palestine/ Israel, I’m disgusted. I worked in Israel in a ‘technical’ capacity and the BBC have failed or refused to broadcast the deep complexities of the region and chosen to support one side. That one side is not Israel. I’m ashamed of our BBC, I really am.


  3. atlas_shrugged says:

    A friend of mine used to say never make the same mistake once. Is divorce now free for UK men in the sense that they just get to hand over the Kash, Kar, Kids, and Kastle?


  4. JohnC says:

    Harlow murder trial: Man stabbed with machete at playground

    So a man was scaring children with a machete, another man steps in to stop him and is brutally murdered with said machete.

    This is horrific stuff of extreme social significance. It could happen to anybody. It’s not some drug dealers doing us all a favour and murdering each other. Where is the outcry and the demands for government action ?.

    Yet the BBC article is extremely brief considering what happened – but we do get a gentle picture of the poor victim.

    Did the BBC miss anything out ?.

    Of course they did. The picture of the savage who did it and who the whole article is about. And we all know why.


    Shame on you BBC and your disgusting, blatant racism.


    • vlad says:

      It’s usually the case that with such crimes the BBC will show pictures of either the victim or the perpetrator, always to suit their racist agenda. When the perpetrator is black or brown (or bearded) they’ll show the victim. When the perpetrator is white, they’ll show him. And of course in the case of knife crime, usually black, they’ll show a mysterious white hand clutching a knife.


      • JohnC says:

        Quite right vlad:
        If it’s good news, the BBC show selected Getty pictures of BAME.
        If it’s bad news, they show someone white.

        If anyone at OFCOM was even interested, I’m sure a study of the pictures the BBC have used along with the type of news they were used for would show a very clear racist bias.

        Which of course is why non of the Leftist activist fact-checkers or bias-checkers will ever do it.

        What annoys me most of all is how the Left/BBC would be up in arms screaming ‘racists’ if someone else did it the other way round. I have nothing but contempt for their total lack of honesty and ethics.


        • Eddy Booth says:

          “Did the BBC miss anything out ?.”
          Apart from his ethnicity, they also missed out it was at 11 o’clock at night ..
          (According to

          In essex too, so it was probably chav teenagers in the park, rather than young children, near a playground, that the bbc seems trying to evoke.

          The youths probably couldn’t intimate the guy so
          (Bbc article:)

          ‘alerted adults because they were “frightened”.

          A group of adults came outside,, ‘

          ‘ Mr Jackson said Mr Carmody was “simply not willing to be challenged on what he was doing there” ‘

          What was he doing ? Loitering in a public park ?

          Immigrant is 100% wrong with his machete.
          But BBC hardly telling the full story.


    • Ian Rushlow says:

      In the Soviet Union, citizens learned to ‘read between the lines’ and work out what the authorities were not telling them in Pravda, Izvestia or on the TV news. We have do the same thing: if the ethnicity of the criminal or accused in not described or illustrated, then the assumption has to be that they are someone with melanated skin and of an immigrant background.

      Please do not make the racist assumption that this applies in all cases. It’s only the case 99% of the time.


  5. JohnC says:

    European court rules human rights violated by climate inaction

    ‘A group of older Swiss women have won the first ever climate case victory in the European Court of Human Rights.’

    “We still can’t really believe it. We keep asking our lawyers, ‘is that right?’ Rosemarie Wydler-Walti, one of the leaders of the Swiss women, told Reuters news agency. “And they tell us it’s the most you could have had. The biggest victory possible.”

    ‘The ruling is binding and can trickle down to influence the law in 46 countries in Europe including the UK.’

    If you ever needed a single compelling reason for us the leave the ECHR, this is it.

    But this is just one more example of a much, much bigger problem.

    We are now living in the consequences of the Leftist cancer infesting all our government and public organisations. This is where they all tend to migrate because they are square pegs in round holes in the real world and can leech their income from taxpayers doing jobs where nobody every gets fired.

    Now they are there in sufficient number with the MSM infested with the activist type of Lefty, they have discovered they can make decisions and do things without fear of being held to account. So they are getting bolder and bolder. The Trump/Jan 06 prosecutions are an excellent example. A judge who has been handing out sentences longer than the prosecution asked for is now in charge of a case to try and remove the right-wing ex-President from even being allowed to run in an election. And she is collaborating with another clearly biased judge in another case trying to do the same thing.

    Their ultimate aim is a one-party left-wing global state which has a veneer of democracy but is so tightly controlled, only the approved can possibly win. And far from being a check-and-balance against it, the BBC is a 100% active participant. It is all now just a question of degree. If they could get away with it, Trump and any prominent right-wing figures would just disappear.

    And they wonder why so many countries are electing far-Right leaders. They should look in a mirror insterad of blaming everybody else.


    • atlas_shrugged says:

      The world has been saved by a group of menopausal Swiss wimmin – thank goodness!

      So is it really the case that these are a group of Mother-Theresa’s come to save us, or are they really just a group of useful idiots being manipulated by more sinister individuals who prefer to keep out of sight?

      No doubt the bBC will be honking on and on and on about these saints like a stuck car horn for the next decade.


  6. Broadcasting-on-Behalf-of-the-Caliphate says:

    A report into sex change (“gender interventions”) on children has been published which appears to condemn it implying the whole gender intervention process involving puberty blockers et cetera should be stopped – saying that the entire subject lacks evidence and that children are maybe being railroaded into it by activists posing as gender specialists.

    The recommendation of the report is to treat such gender interventions as experimental trials and to conduct proper and detailed research into its consequences on these lab rats – I mean children.

    I say “appears” because I am trying to read between the lines of the BBC article on it – which it has to write – it cannot ignore this – and the BBC tries to overcomplicate it and to minimise it.

    The current BBC headline on their frontpage is: “Children let down by ‘weak’ gender care – report


  7. Fedup2 says:

    I feel really sorry for real parents trying to guard their kids against the world so that they can be kids for as long as possible – without the evil of teachers and the rest screwing with their heads at an early age -on top of the filth on those smart phones ….
    No wonder so many are mentally damaged – but perhaps that’s the new normality . But it’s also what happens when woke beats common sense ..


    • Scroblene says:

      “We don’t need no education
      We don’t need no thought control
      No dark sarcasm in the classroom
      Teacher, leave them kids alone…”

      Pink Floyd 1979.

      Remember all those letters to The Times and The DT, from the Disgusteds…?


      • Thoughtful says:

        And the man who wrote those lyrics today is a vehement anti Semite who claims he isn’t, but has been denounced by the other surviving members of the group.

        He’s worth over £200 Million and lives in the Hamptons, Americas most expensive zip code, with a butler, yet claims to want to abolish poverty and for eveyone to be equal.

        His father was killed in WWII at the battle of the bulge he didn’t need to join up but he wanted to fight for what was right. How Ironic the son should have become that which his father lost his life fighting against.


        • Scroblene says:

          My point was really to illustrate, in support of Fed’s comment, the fact that kids were getting quite a bashing in the seventies as well.

          I’ve just got back from meeting five chaps I was at school with in the fifties and sixties, and much of the discussion was about beatings, and sometimes worse, so it’s not really changed very much since Victorian times!

          I fully understand your comment on Roger Waters’ lyrics, and his current wealthy position, and he did indeed put a lot of that sentiment in ‘The Final Cut’, especially ‘Southampton Dock’, but actually, I don’t really like the angst which still pours out on other solo albums as well!


  8. atlas_shrugged says:

    Germany calling, Germany calling …

    Arch-Covidian nutcase and prophet of the holy Süddeutsche Zeitung scripture Christina Berndt speaks out:



  9. Zephir says:

    £54 million in UK benefit fraud, Bulgarians.

    Love that EU freedom of movement.

    “Britain’s biggest-EVER benefits fraudsters are busted: Gang of five Bulgarians plundered £54 MILLION off UK taxpayers in fake ID scheme to fund life of luxury, frolicking in banknotes and buying watches, clothes and fast cars… but now face YEARS in jail”



  10. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – oh dear, that doesn’t sound good for the world

    TOADY played a clip of US President Joe Biden speaking about Israel on this morning’s programme. He was obviously struggling in what he said and failed to get the words out clearly. Any high office places a strain on the man, or woman, in it and I wonder whether President Biden will be able to sustain a second campaign to be re-elected. Former President Trump comes across as a stronger rival although he, Trump, is not much younger.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Up2 – well done with exposure to ‘today ‘ – not for me .. you mention ‘campaign ‘ … but last time Biden didn’t campaign at all – there were no press conferences – there were 2 handpicked scripted interviews – no or little rally’s – all done in a bunker – whilst president trumps filled sports arenas to over flowing ….
      The fix is in . Biden doesn’t even have to be alive to win …. As the condition gets worse the meds don’t fix him even for an hour …


      • Up2snuff says:

        Fed, yes and Biden’s family did not want him to run for President because they thought the strain of the campaign or the Presidency might kill him.


        • Ian Rushlow says:

          I was reading an article written by an American woman who has a son taking part in a social experiment. He has to wear a ‘Biden 2024’ t-shirt for two weeks and see how people react. In the first hour he was spat on, punched, and had a bottle thrown at him. She’s now really worried what happens when he leaves the house and goes outside for the first time.


  11. AsISeeIt says:

    Kiss nostalgia edition

    Our female journos are on top form this morning showing us their mettle with some fine well-considered columnist and commentator chops

    The 10 red flags I missed that my perfect lover was SECRETLY MARRIED – regrets Amada Platell in the Mail

    Are we dating the same guy? – wonders Charlie Gowans-Eglinton in the Times

    I dated an AI boyfriend – then felt guilty for ‘cheating’ on him – confesses Kate Lister of the ‘i’ newspaper

    There are those who claim our culture has got stuck in a rut at somewhere around the close of the last century – devoid of innovation we’re now forever doomed to run on repeat performances

    Kiss of death? What hologram gigs mean for future of live music (Telegraph)

    Kiss was an American rock band formed in New York City in 1973… In response to a wave of Kiss nostalgia in the mid-1990s, the original lineup reunited in 1996, which also saw the return of their makeup and stage costumes. The resulting 1996–1997 reunion tour was highly successful, grossing $143.7 million, making it the band’s most successful tour (Thank you Wiki)

    Who was the real Amy Winehouse? – Inquires the Guardian – presumably they’re about to tell us?

    Amy Jade Winehouse (1983 – 2011) was an English singer and songwriter… Winehouse’s estate had signed a deal to make a biopic about her life and career… directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson—who previously created a biopic based on The Beatles star John Lennon (Thank you again Wiki)

    They tried to make me do a re-hash
    But I said no, no, no…

    In further news of remakes, sequels, reinventions and re-dos…

    E.T: The Return to Earth – Is Spielberg making a sequel with Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore? – prompts The Economic Times

    Bridget Jones 4: Renee Zellweger joined by Leo Woodall for Mad About The Boy (BBC)

    Maybe the problem is that the new young material is just naff – they can push it at us but the audience… just ain’t impressed?

    Our BBC speaks to the kids at its most didactic: Chappell Roan is the freaky, fun pop star you need to know… Her uproarious debut album, The Rise And Fall Of A Midwest Princess, came out last September, telling the story of a closeted, small-town girl finding her way in the world… Full of outrageous lyrical twists and scorching-hot melodies, it’s also one of the horniest records in recent memory… The 26-year-old has sex in the passenger seat of a car, streaks down the streets of New York and makes out with her best friend, reasoning: “We could go to hell, but we’ll probably be fine.”

    Perhaps it’s because corporate entertainment execs, arts and entertainment critics and journos alike, imagine we always need some on-message narrative being pushed too hard at us?

    Roan was brought up in the conservative city of Willard, Missouri, where she attended church three times a week and was taught that being gay was a sin… Moving to LA after signing a record deal opened her eyes. Immediately after visiting her first gay club, she wrote Pink Pony Club – a campy, liberated disco anthem that’s become her calling card. (BBC, Culture)

    But the singer isn’t as promiscuous as her lyrics suggest. Chappell is actually the alter-ego of the much quieter and self-effacing Kayleigh Amstuzt, whose fragile heart is exposed on lachrymose ballads like Kaleidoscope and California… She describes Chappell as a “larger-than-life, drag queen version of myself”, who allows her to be rebellious and risqué. (BBC) – hang on, now I’m getting confused. Is this a boy or a girl singer or a dray queen alto ego that our BBC are pushing?

    I suppose this particular trend has been going on since David Bowie – although it all seemed more organic, more genuinely rebellious, more artist-driven first time round – it was less… corporate and officially sanctioned back then. Or so it appeared, anyway.

    NHS to review all trans treatment… Evidence for letting children change gender built on shaky foundations, says Cass report (Telegraph) – further comment would seem superfluous

    … the European Court of Human Rights… issued a landmark ruling that governments have a duty to protect people from climate change (Telegraph)

    But this supranational court certainly does not make any rulings to protect europeans from this sort of thing: Bradford stabbing: Man arrested on suspicion of Kulsuma Akter murder (BBC)

    Churches and mosques across Bradford have been opened to allow people to grieve and pray, the assistant curate of Bradford Cathedral said on Monday. (BBC) – well that’s alright then. All just fine and dandy. “Sorted, respect due” – as comic Harry Hill’s Caribbean-accented blue cat glove puppet Stouffer would tend to remark.

    How’s that Net Zero working out fo’ yer?

    Cars pile up as industry struggles to shift imports… Europe’s ports are turning into “car parks” of imported vehicles, particularly Chinese electric cars… slowdown in sales (FT)

    Drilling in major North Sea oilfield to begin (Telegraph) – and here in this report we find we have a nice variation on that now hallowed old journalistic saw the ‘despite‘: drilling at the biggest oilfield discovered in the North Sea for at least 20 years, in spite of a net-zero crackdown

    House-styles will vary as to whether to hyphenate Net-zero

    Staying with news adjacent to matters grammatical the Telegraph regrets the dumbing down of the classic word game Scrabble: All must have prizes Why board games are dumbing down – you read all about it in this guerrilla press review yesterday

    And so to the weather forecast – making frontpage news in the jokey blokey tabloid Daily Star and never to be undersold: 20C mini heatwave (but only after more rain)

    Indian Summer?

    I’m off to the European Court of Human Rights to lodge a case that Rishi Sunak ought to have delivered us some better weather


    • Fedup2 says:

      I like the idea of the ECHR imposing penalties on states for not controlling the weather . I intend to sue my council every time it rains and cite that case to support me . I deserve compensation … in fact .. that might be the new gold mine for ‘lawyers ‘ after PPI and the car loan thing ….

      It wouid be something if another state – Switzerland? Withdrew from the ECHR – maybe giving rishi the courage to do the same – or maybe I’m just naive … rushi and courage – no …


  12. Flotsam says:

    “They’re living on our backs”, a now deceased friend of mine used to say. I’ll leave you all to guess who he was talking about.


  13. andyjsnape says:

    Sir Paul Fox: BBC executive who launched Dad’s Army dies aged 98

    Oww yes the series that the bbc didn’t want


  14. Fedup2 says:

    No loss … he was an obnoxious …cxxx. Not getting a peerage is a clue to that ..


  15. MarkyMark says:

    HA HA HA! Woman dates AI bot and hates Brexit! HA HA HA!



    A few weeks ago, I read an article about a new trend among young women in China, who were having long-term, romantic relationships with AI-generated boyfriends on their phones.


    • Flotsam says:

      I wonder what will happen when one side or the other breaks the relationship off.

      AI suicide?


  16. Fedup2 says:

    Bowen interviews three ex IDF students … one told him Palestinians had said they were glad Hamas was gone – ok – maybe lies … but there was no follow up by Bowen – as in ‘why didn’t they want Hamas ‘..? So we don’t know – we are not ‘informed ‘ or bowen didn’t want us to know ….

    Then our Jeremy gets a Hamas apologist – the usual UN Australian – to tell us they are starving again – week after week – the same ,,,

    Keep going IDF – before the west resupplies Hamas …


    • Guest Who says:

      When narratives go bad.

      A Palestinian girl shares a video of her family’s home before and after the Israeli ongoing onslaught on Gaza.



    • JohnC says:

      lol – the headline today is how Joe doesn’t agree with Israels approach to this war.

      Considering Joe single handedly overrode the Army generals for purely personal political gain and forced the accelerated pullout from Afghanistan which led to a bloodbath and the Taliban taking billions of dollars worth of military equipment, I think that’s a good thing.

      His wriggling to appease those who support the terrorists because of the upcoming election is not only embarassing, it’s a sign of what is coming as their numbers grow at an accelerating rate. They force what they want through intimidation and threats:


      Possibly one of the most prophetic and significant articles about our politics we will see this year. And the BBC articles are the usual brief, facts-only sort they use when they just want it to go away.

      By the time they realise what they have done, it will be far, far too late.


  17. MarkyMark says:

    “Efforts to clamp down on organised criminal gangs and drive illegal drugs and violent crime from our communities are being stepped up by the government today.”

    . . . . . . .

    Ten boats were intercepted making the crossing from France with 514 migrants on board – the highest daily total so far this year. It brings this year’s Channel crossings figure to 4,043 people – which is higher than the equivalent period last year (3,683).21 Mar 2024

    . . . . . .



  18. Up2snuff says:

    If Fed deems this unsuitable for an open Thread I will support him if he moves it the Israel v Hamas Thread.

    TOADY Watch #2 – not about BBC bias but ….

    …. it usefully highlighted, to my mind, where the problems for the world come from. Justin had a Big Interview chat with a gentleman who is UNICEF’s Field Director for Palestine/Gaza. Already I have forgotten his name. Sorry. Before that Jeremy Bowen had a cosy chat with a rep for UNRWA, again forgotten name. Sorry.

    Seems to me that the whole of the problems for the world at the moment are at the hands of the UN.


    • JohnC says:

      Any interview with a member of UNRWA should have them squirming in their seats when asked all those awkward questions such as whether Hamas uses UN schools, hospitals and refugee camps as headquarters and do they have any idea how many of their staff and those in charge of all the free stuff coming in on lorries are active Hamas supporters.

      But I’ll guarantee looney-tunes Bowen didn’t ask any of that. All the questions will have been pre-agreed to push the joint agenda.

      The UN (along with the likes of HRW Human Rights Watch and many other ‘aid agencies’) are now staffed purely by left-wing activists. What they shout about depends very much on who the ‘victims’ are. And the BBC are fully complicit in giving them a soapbox to do it.


      • Up2snuff says:

        JohnC, needless to say Jeremy Bowen did not ask any questions of the UNRWA spokesperson, let alone penetrating or even accusatory questions. Typical BBC, just let the UNICEF/UNRWA/Palestinian/Arab Journalist talk.


        • Fedup2 says:

          So often the likes of bowen illustrates the admittedly clever way BBC types navigate their way through ‘unapproved ‘ interviews – such as that one with the 3 Israeli students who have done their ISF Gaza tour .

          Ok – again to admit – we don’t know the background or circumstances which led to the interview – and maybe a good journo wouid have explained that – but bowen is not a good journo – he is an anti Israel Islam Hamas mouthpiece – he has to be because otherwise they’d kill him …


  19. JohnC says:

    BBC splits news operation in India

    So I read this and at the end I am non the wiser as to why the BBC have had to do it. So it means they are hiding something important.

    But what did get my attention was this bit of propaganda they slipped in:
    ‘The corporation has said it remains “committed” to the country, where it has an average weekly audience of 82 million people across its English and languages output.’

    Of course they are commited : we a vastly disproportionate number of stories about India here. But even after trying to find out using google, nobody seems to want to tell me who funds it.

    Do these 82 million foreigners get the BBC for free and the British license fee payer is forced to pay for it (in full or in part) ?.


  20. StewGreen says:

    new crime of “attacking a shopworker”
    BS ..cos all victims should be treated equally
    So should be no extra sentence, just cos the victim is an emergency worker or other tickbox minority etc.


    • Nibor says:

      It would help if the Powers That Be (police and judiciary ) thought that crime should be STOPPED , not just tolerated or moved on .


  21. MarkyMark says:

    Ramadan: Asian Network Good Deed Feed ends with 2,743 acts of kindness
    18 hours ago


    And, during the holy month, acts of kindness can take on extra significance.

    In Islam, it’s said that for every good deed carried out during Ramadan, the rewards are greatly amplified.

    . . . . . . . . . .

    Many societies throughout history have practised slavery, and Muslim societies were no exception.

    It’s thought that as many people were enslaved in the Eastern slave trade as in the Atlantic slave trade.

    . . . . .
    …. Can Saudi and Iran pay back the SLAVES? HA HA HA HA HAH


  22. StewGreen says:

    Tescos £68bn turnover, £2bn profit
    Their turnover will reflect the number of people present in the UK
    there’s a petrol component I suppose
    They sold their bank, so profit from that

    If 58 million people spend £1000 each that’s £58bn
    So £68bn doesn’t seem mega
    profit works out at £30 per person per year


    • Up2snuff says:

      Stew, Tesco did not ‘own’ a bank. It was owned by RBS. Average supermarket profit is assumed to be 10% across all their range. It will be massive on clothes, but much less on vegetables and things like milk where they have to compete against other supermarkets.

      Old joke: Accountant/auditor/tax adviser& CEO in conversation:
      Accountant/auditor/tax adviser: Have you had a good year?
      CEO: Oh yes, bumper profits!
      Accountant/auditor/tax adviser: How much tax do you want to pay?
      CEO: As little as possible.
      Accountant/auditor/tax adviser: We will look at your books. I’m almost certain you will have averaged about 10% profit across the range of your activities.


      • Scroblene says:

        I heard yesterday, that in some online stores, if there are returns because items are the wrong colour, or size, they don’t actually get re-sold, just binned!

        I find that hard to believe, but it does show – if true – that the sort of profit clothes shops are making, to cover all these unusable items, is pretty good to start with!

        Personally, I rather like the torn gardening jeans and old pullover which is ‘de rigeur’ in the greenhouse, but there again I don’t even have a suit that fits any more, so I hope there aren’t too many funerals in the coming months…


  23. tomo says:

    Meanwhile another recycling operation goes up in smoke and flames….

    International battery recycling “first” gets BBC local news….




  24. MarkyMark says:

    Build more Mosques ?


    • Ian Rushlow says:

      Face-to-face banking in every community? Could be useful for those with £45K to spare after, say, selling their former council house.


      • Terminal Moraine says:

        I’d vote for any party that promised a cap on the amount of times gov and media were allowed to say ‘community’.

        About 5 per year seems fair.


        • atlas_shrugged says:

          Breathing new life into Britain’s High Streets?

          Is this a euphemism for the Bradfordisation of our towns. Rape gangs to take over our High Streets.


    • Thoughtful says:

      We have learned this week that starting with BLiars nu Liebour, the government had a backdoor communication with the Post Office executives and as I had stated earlier were complicit with everything going on.

      It was a masterstroke of Marxism to destroy the Post Office network and done by Liebour to save a few coppers a year. Handing cash directly into a community meant that cash was spent in that community, keeping the local butcher baker and candlestick maker in employment.

      Small businesses are the biggest employer in any economy but they are more diffcult to control and tend to have some unacceptable conservative beliefs.

      No surprise then that Blue Labour carried on the destruction and the process of killing off the High Street continued.

      The only way to breathe life back into a High Street is going to be to get peoples benefits (pensions etc) paid in cash locally but that alas isn’t going to happen and Labours plan is going to fail before it even starts.


      • Guest Who says:

        This would be so improved if you popped in a bit of how the bbc is handing the account holding to the present.

        Given Labour’s role and the BBC’s utter cover for them until they become the country’s last elected government, a concern.


  25. MarkyMark says:

    Pay more taxes plebs…. ha ha ha ha hah ah

    “‘Resource-stretched’ HMRC may not be able to answer the phone, thought at least it is spending enough of our cash on “diversity, inclusion, health and wellbeing” officers. A Freedom of Information request dispatched by Guido reveals that our tax overlords are spending a total of £4,495,726 of taxpayer cash on woke positions featuring words ranging from “diversity” and “inclusion” to “climate“, “wellbeing“, and “race“.”


    • Guest Who says:


      Remind me again how much these clowns squandered on a failed retail energy business? And how much was squandered on an aborted city centre arena? FFS.
      BBC News – Bristol City Council faces bankruptcy over SEND reform roll-out

      BBC holding to account is different to real holding to account


    • Guest Who says:

      My Alma Mater used to be an Engineering powerhouse globally.


      They now have a Director of Slang and New Language Archive who gets no reactions to a Graun post.


      • Terminal Moraine says:

        Does King’s have a Machete Studies dept yet?


        • Guest Who says:

          UCL cut a bit of the mascot once. Not its head.

          Their founder is in a box in the entrance. I think his head is in a jar.

          It was a different time.


    • Flotsam says:

      Labour’s idea of getting more cash to waste is by clamping down on Tax evasion. They are proposing to employ 5,000 more tax inspectors. My reckoning is they should cost at least £250 million. Given that many of them will be working at home, have long Covid etc the cost will probably amount to more the £500 million.

      What Labour have to remember is that punishing people for earning extra untaxed money will result in fewer enterprises that will eventually turn into legitimate businesses and other people simply giving up and and going on benefits. I don’t condone benefit fraud though.
      The black economy is an important part of the UK economy.


      • tomo says:

        5,000 more tax inspectors?

        pfff …. utter self serving bureaucratic blob BS

        If they (“the fierce and fearless 5000”) went after the Pakis that nicked £8.5 billion they could be allocated £1,700,000 each to recover?

        Likelihood is they’ll harass tradespeople, gig workers and taxi drivers…


  26. JohnC says:

    Israel-Gaza: Inside IDF’s detailed briefing on aid convoy attack

    This went up 5 days ago but I only just stumbled across it today. Did evryone else see it ? – I check the main BBC headlines multiple times every day and never saw it.

    It’s the full story from Israel about what happened and it’s got such a ring of truth around it – without them making excuses – that I believe it.

    It seems the Kitcheners were escorting an aid truck which had a Hamas member on the top of it with a rifle – which he is seen to be firing. The BBC don’t tell us what at – I think they are a bit upset that Israel has the video of it. For some reason the rest of us aren’t allowed to see it – which is suspicious. Later when they set off back, they thought they saw him getting into one of the cars.

    After that it was basically a breakdown in communications which led to the drone team believing the cars had Hamas in them. And when one car got hit, they all ran out and got in another car until they were all in the last one.

    One does ask why they all did that instead of taking cover somewhere with their security team. Are Hamas taking aid workers as hostages or something ?.

    Regardless, the root cause of the matter is that the terrorists Hamas have completely infiltrated and are controlling all the aid going in to Gaza. Something the BBC does not tell us in any reports.


    • Thoughtful says:

      Shouldn’t this be on the dedicated Israel Gaza thread ?


      • Guest Who says:

        Given the first line, no.

        Israel-Gaza: Inside IDF’s detailed briefing on aid convoy attack


      • JohnC says:

        My main point about this is that after the storm the BBC created over the original incident with daily front page headlines, they seem to be far less interested in telling us any actual truths of what is happening over there and why.

        I posted it here without thinking : I have no problem with Fed moving it if he thinks the BBC content is insufficient.


        • Fedup2 says:

          John – im not doing separate threads any more . Post were you want please


    • Fedup2 says:

      Thanks . The issue which isnt detailed is the extent to which gaza is run by the islamic hamas terrorist group .

      To me – its ‘ total control – therefore everything that happens there is done with their consent / control .

      I try not to draw the paralell with what we did to germany in ww2. We flattened it after they tried to do us .

      If hamas could destroy israel it would . Then on that – israel is entitled to do to hamas – gaza whatever it needs to do …
      This is an observation- im not discussing my view here . But this line of thought isnt even mentioned by the likes of the bbc . And it shouid be – but islsm in the UK is too strong now . We are screwed

      Keep going IDF


      • Thoughtful says:

        Keep going IDF?

        Seems to be all quiet on the Western front at the moment, possibly because of Eid and the end of Ramadan before it all kicks off again.

        Iran hasn’t responded as yet and who knows if they will and Biden is making all kinds of noises to the public whilst doing the complete opposite when he thinks no one is looking.

        The Israel Hamas thread has at present ground to a halt because there’s so little going on it seems.


    • Eddy Booth says:

      I read the article a few days ago, it was a link under another article, i never saw it anywhere else.

      “One does ask why they all did that instead of taking cover somewhere with their security team”

      Security team is old soldiers, guess they’re not up on drone warfare having the ability to follow cars.


    • Thoughtful says:

      With regard to this, two Far Left Socialists were asked a very pertinent question by an ITV journalist Cameron and Blinken in the USA at a press conference.

      Over 200 aid workers have been killed by the IDF in Gaza which is a truly shocking figure, so why did the two Socialists choose to react now when these 7 were killed, and doesn’t is show breathtaking hypocrisy to ignore 200 killed and only react when the passports of these 7 happen to come from Western countries.

      Amazingly and unfortunately probably predictably both the Socialists said it was Hamas!!! Hamas killed them NOT the IDF despite there being admissions and clear evidence of a drone strike by the IDF, in their insane and deluded minds it wasn’t the IDF it was Hamas!

      When your political elites are this insane and dangerously deluded they answer a question in that manner then everyone should worry for the future of the West.


  27. taffman says:

    Why the huge rise in “Trans” in the last ten years ? Has it become a fashion?


    • Terminal Moraine says:

      “The Cass Review, published on Wednesday by paediatrician Dr Hilary Cass, calls for gender services for young people to match the standards of other NHS care.”

      Not sure that’s quite the recommendation people are looking for.


    • MarkyMark says:

      Pig Farmers ask pigs to identify as cows to increase beef production. BBC Verified.


  28. Althepalerp says:

    Hamas or Palestinians.
    All the same to me.


  29. Thoughtful says:

    This morning the Futures market is almost entirely green, it’s an unusual sight.

    Many people will wonder why will looking at the financials have any relevance to me, however, when these prices go up they mean the prices you pay in shops or for energy also rise, and that means inflation goes up along with interest rates.

    The price of Cocoa has virtually trebled in a very short period meaning your chocolate is going to cost substantially more (unless it’s Cadbury Mondelez who don’t use much).

    Gas and oil are up along with every food group, the only commodity falling in price is Timber which is linked to the building industry.

    Later today there will be an important announcement on the US CPI which is going to affect Western economies if anyone is interested.


    • Scroblene says:

      Timber is a very important ‘flag’ to what is going on in the building industry, especially hardwood.

      I learned that from a friend who was a timber importer, and the levels of growth/decline in supply/demand were almost identical with the results from building companies.

      Trouble is, I remember when first aluminium, then (God forbid), plastic windows became popular, and that knocked the old Crittall stuff pretty damn well for good, until they picked up their skirts!


      • Thatcherrevolutionary says:

        I’m in the timber industry and Q2 rates have increased just over 12%.


  30. Guest Who says:

    This woman crops up a lot on twitter, media, etc.

    The parties laid down the law on climate – they wrote, signed and ratified the Paris Agreement.

    Might even have had input at #28Gate


  31. Eddy Booth says:


    End of Ramadan in gaza…

    ‘I miss the taste of happiness’
    Tala Abu Amr, 7

    “Eid has no taste”
    13 year-old Khalil Abu Hassanein

    That’s a coincidence – BBC putting words in children’s mouths?🤔


  32. andyjsnape says:

    ‘No joy, only pain’ as Palestinians mark Eid in Gaza

    Funny that bbc, yesterday watched a video of how much food there was in Gaza, and all the family having a great time

    “Palestinians are gathering to mourn the deaths of 14 civilians killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike last night.” – Civilian who could be Hamas fighters, who knows, you dont bbc


  33. tomo says:





  34. harry142857 says:

    From Guido


    Angela Rayner was out with Rachel Reeves and Yvette Cooper in Teesside when four men dressed as tax inspectors approached the group holding an “Angela Rayner: Tax Dodger?” banner. ‘Non-story’ you say?

    The Deputy Leader escaped through the back of a nearby pub to avoid them. When it comes to the taxman you can run but you can’t hide…


  35. andyjsnape says:

    Barking: Go-kart company fined after schoolgirl death

    “Her hijab got caught in a go-kart and wound itself around a drive axle”

    Maybe refuse entry, arrh hang on that would be racist

    Cant win


  36. Fedup2 says:

    On the twitter some one has listed the 10 ministers who have been charge of the Post Office between 2008 -2021 .. i cant copy the list here but it includes senior labour players like mandelson and pat mcfadden – no wonder this scandal is going to be buried in time as public attention looks elsewhere .. right angie?


  37. Thoughtful says:

    The US inflation figures came out hotter than expected even with the massively ‘massaged’ figures, and now the US stock market is blood red as the hoped for rate cuts are postponed until September at the earliest.

    Personally looking at the commodities and the energy market I don’t think there will be a rate cut at all and a rate hike is more likely.

    The problem with all this is that government have to pay more for their borrowings:

    “UK Bond Yields Surge on Reduced Expectations of Fed Rate Cuts

    United Kingdom Government Bond 10Y

    The UK 10-year government bond yield surged to 4.15% following a stronger-than-expected US inflation print, which tempered expectations for interest-rate cuts by the Federal Reserve this year. Investors are now eagerly awaiting the European Central Bank’s policy meeting scheduled for Thursday and Britain’s GDP figures due on Friday for further insights into the global interest rate cut outlook. It is widely anticipated that the ECB will maintain its current interest rates, prompting traders to closely scrutinize any indications of a potential 25 basis point rate cut in June. In the UK, Friday’s ONS figures are expected to reveal a slight growth of 0.1% in the British economy in February, following a 0.2% expansion in January.”

    The US interest payments are now creeping up to be a significant portion of the tax take, and most loans were taken out at a time of very low interest rates. This year the US has to sell $10 Tn of bonds. Some of that is new borrowing, but most of it is re-financing of old bonds comming to maturity, and where once they paid maybe 1 or 2% now they are having to pay double that amount and some.

    No one in their right mind wants to buy US debt given the lunatic Socialists acting as the global thug threatened to seize not only Russias Assets, but now Chinas as well, who would buy something a hostile state might just take?

    With Japan in no position to buy US debt, & Saudi plus other BRICS nations buying Gold like it’s going out of fashion it will be left to the Fed to become buyer of last resort in a failing bond sale, and that is money printing which is highly inflationary.

    There’s no happy ending to this, none at all and the economic policies of Donald Trump and tax cuts will only make things worse.


  38. MarkyMark says:


    “‘No joy, only pain’ as Palestinians mark Eid in Gaza”
    . . . . .

    Inshallah also spelled In shaa Allah, In sha Allah, Insya Allah, and İn şa Allah, is an Arabic-language expression meaning “if God wills” or “God willing”.

    . . . . .

    Has Allah failed them?

    BBC Arabic’s Gaza Lifeline programme is continuing to speak to children in Gaza today about celebrating Eid this year.

    Nabeel Sami Al-Saroura, who is 10 years old, tries to stay positive. He says that despite the war and the fear, he is “determined to enjoy Eid like other children in the world.”


  39. Ian Rushlow says:

    I know nothing about TV doctors and botox, but as soon as I saw the caption ‘TV doctor exchanged Botox for sex with patient’ I knew that when I clicked the link there would be a picture of a highly melanated individual. Have I got a sixth sense or something? What, you’ve got it too? Spooky.



  40. vlad says:

    Remember the 4 stages of islamic conquest?

    As the Religion of Peace becomes increasingly assertive, authoritarian, entitled and aggressive, what stage would this be, I wonder?


  41. Eddy Booth says:

    “Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh says sons killed in air strike”

    “It follows reports in a Hamas-affiliated news agency in Gaza that three sons – Hazem, Amir, and Muhammad Ismail Haniyeh – and several of his grandchildren had died in the strike in Beach refugee camp in the west of Gaza City.

    The head of Hamas’s political bureau, who is based in Qatar, told Al Jazeera in a phone interview that his sons had remained in Gaza during the war.

    Blurred images shown on the network showed bodies being covered as they lay on rubble.”



  42. Up2snuff says:

    TWatO Watch #1 – those Beeboids don’t have to work very hard, do they?

    Ben Wright was presenting TWatO today. Ed Stourton presented yesterday and Monday covering for The Montacutie who likes to have a long weekend off. Every weekend. We might have to suffer Jonny Dymond on Friday. At least he had to get up early this morning to co-present TOADY with JustRemainIn Webb.


  43. Fedup2 says:

    Keep off the pharma Jonny … sniff


  44. Guest Who says:

    Four tumble dryer fires in four days

    Which amounts to almost one a day.


  45. Zephir says:

    For the gobshite in the Niqab above and the rest of that racist mob…talking about “shame on you”



  46. Guest Who says:

    Wait for gender support frustrating, trans woman says

    As ever, did the bbc go seeking one, or did one know the bbc would be open to an approach?


  47. vlad says:



  48. Zephir says:



  49. vlad says:

    It’s not just here – Germany is getting royally enriched too.

    Paul Joseph Watson looks at the crime stats of immigrants. And of course the authorities are doing their utmost to hide the truth by dishing out citizenship like it was confetti.


  50. vlad says:

    Meanwhile the BBC and the rest of the media hide the Eid RIOTS in West London as youths throw RUBBISH and bottles at police.
    Absolutely nothing on the BBC.