429 Responses to Midweek 15th May 2024

  1. Thoughtful says:

    shhhhhhhhhhhhhh it’s all very quiet

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  2. harry142857 says:

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  3. Foscari says:

    I am amazed that the BBC has given us mad moe’s name.
    Anyway I expect he is being protected in Molenbeek by
    now with his Islamic activists.As the BBC would call them.

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  4. pugnazious says:

    What the BBC will never tell you about importing ‘diversity’….

    Not just the BBC that’s reluctant to be honest….

    ‘The Civil Service is trying to cover up the true scale of migrant crime’
    ‘It was sadly predictable that civil servants would seek to block the publication of league tables showing the migrant nationalities with the highest rates of crime. It’s the classic Blob ploy; if the data gives results you don’t like, reject the data. ‘

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    • taffman says:

      What have the Conservative Government done about it ?
      Please remind me , how long have they been in power ?

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Taffman – er – what ‘conservative government?’ – the current regime have never had the courage to use power to deal with Far Left civil servants … let’s face it – when the top level is inhabited by the likes of ‘Sue grey ‘ who nut nut is dumb enough to consider ‘independent ‘ you know nothing will get done..

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  5. pugnazious says:

    Telegraph….

    ‘Two charged with plotting Islamist terror attack on British Jews ‘

    BBC….

    ‘Three in court over alleged plot to attack Jewish community’

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    • JohnC says:

      Just reading that pug.

      You don’t get a more sterile report than the one the BBC have written. The only way you can possibly deduce they might be Muslim and the whole plot might be motivated by racist hatred is by their names: ‘Walid Saadaoui, 36, and Amar Hussein, 50’

      The gross, race-based double standards by the BBC are out of control. Why does nobody who can do something about it start shouting ?.

      Or have the BBC silenced everyone who matters with their vindicative ‘live report’ daily-headline campaigns ?. WTF are you doing about it OFCOM ?.

      Of course anyone who dare to speak out will be instantly labelled a far-right racist by these new-age fascists and be ruined by social media.

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      • Deborah says:

        A lady has been shot in th e leg in Stamford Hill. A bystander, according to the Daily Mail says she got caught between 2 cars shooting at each other in a drive by gun battle. It is obvious that the ultra orthodox Jewish community are involved from the photos. The address where the drive by happened was Reizel CLOSE. Most ‘Close’ addresses I know are so short that any car driving down them couldn’t go more than about 10mph otherwise they would hit the house at the end. I wonder what was really happening? I must listen to the BBC for a full report.

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        • JohnC says:

          Shot in the leg and the reports read like a major terrorist response. Something much more significant than what we are being told happened.

          One thing I will add is that I am certain Jews are very angry with the way supporters of the terrorists are being treated. This is exactly the division the Left are making in our society – yet these incredible hypocrites try to say it’s Trump who does that.

          It’s not on the BBC yet : they will be arranging their careful wording and senior commissars will be reviewing the articles to be sure they don’t say what they don’t want us to know and don’t implicate those they want to protect for the agenda.
          But they do have:
          Lambeth shooting: Man arrested over death of Jazmel Patterson-Low
          https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-69007847

          Where someone was actually shot and murdered – but that report is very brief. And went straight to regions as far as I can tell.

          We are shown the poor victim but the police are saying none of the witnesses will give them any information. Just like the Sasha Johnson shooting.

          Which of course means a black man did it. And we are not told.

          In case you live on Mars and are wondering why there is such a disparity between the coverage of the two when only one was actually murdered, here’s the victim:
          images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSw3RXzMDRFqP6Bg5Ln0ip5imZbp8Ak7SIV_gb6uPFkMQ&s

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      • Fedup2 says:

        BBCOFCOM is the BBC .. and I bet it can’t wait for the reds to take control

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  6. pugnazious says:

    We know the BBC would love to see ‘democracy’ sidelined ala lockdown to save the planet…maybe a climate lockdown lol….we know the greens don’t give a monkey’s about your life, your living and indeed your very life….they don’t care about your job, heating or eating, your car or creature comforts…they’d be happy to send you back to medieval times or maybe send you to hell…just kill you off….

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    Nut zero is for complete nutters who have no idea, no care, what it will do…the consequences will be…painful.

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    • Scroblene says:

      Looking at this bloke’s stuff on the UCL website, it’s a big query as to where he actually gets his money?

      Normal Citizens usually work to ‘make something’, they use their talents to produce wealth, and by their skills, they manufacture goods and services which others can buy. They build buildings, and mend items which need mending.

      I guess that Joe Taxpayer subsidises all this nonsense, and then other useful idiots get together, nod to each other, and take even more of our precious money, handed out by a gullible government.

      I wish pricks like him could actually go out, invent and produce something useful, and start to make UK Inc. a prosperous country again.

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      • atlas_shrugged says:

        > I wish pricks like him could actually go out, invent and produce something useful, and start to make UK Inc. a prosperous country again

        Scroblene – excellent points.

        So many parallels with the 1930s – Corporate-Fascism. The welding of corrupt companies with tyrannical government.

        This madness for example is being unleashed on our farmers. In Wales they are having 20% of their land stolen from them to implement rewilding schemes.

        I doubt that any of the high paid executives who run our supermarkets give one single thought to our farmers and fishermen.

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        • Scroblene says:

          Thank you Atlas!

          I know Wales pretty well, and there’s enough wild country there already without the ridiculous devolved bludgers in ‘government’ telling farmers that they’ve got to leave valuable and productive land on their farms to appease the toxic green maniacs!

          Talking of supermarkets buying foreign stuff, I must check and see if Tesco are back to buying English tomatoes yet. It might be a bit early, but they don’t muck about at Thanet Earth…

          (Mine are about 2’0″ high and just forming flowers, so it looks like they’ll be ready around mid-July, for the first Bruschetta to hit the plates;0)

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    • MarkyMark says:

      He can go first?

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  7. JohnC says:

    Blinken visits during moment of peril for Ukraine
    https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c0344qev91do

    When the BBC admit something like that about Ukraine, you can be sure the real situation is at least 10 times as bad as they let on.

    A large part of this report actually reminisces about the old days when Ukraine captured all that territory and have been in retreat ever since. It’s a desperate attempt to say something good.

    And it ends with the line:
    ‘Although, what’s happening on this new front line means it’s likely to get worse before it gets better.’
    It cannot get better BBC and you know it – unless NATO sends the troops in. And I wouldn’t call that ‘better’.

    But the stand-out thing for this war for a LONG time now is how nobody wants to end it. Where are all these hypocrites Lefties protesting on the streets for peace talks to save hundreds of thousands of lives ?. Where are the calls to negotiate a ceasefire and save whats left of Ukraine from destruction ?.

    They are out protesting for extremist Muslim terrorists and their supporters instead.

    NATO have made it very public and very clear that once the ware ends, Ukraine can join. Which means 100% that Russia are not going to let it end until they have everything they want to take. And any time anyone has tried to mediate in the past, something like Nord Stream happened to make sure they failed.

    This war is a strategic attempt to cripple Russia as part of a longer term world-order game of chess. I’m quite sure everybody knows and everybody is playing their part.

    I hope all these Ukranian lives and the devastation of the country and it’s people is worth it.

    How is your report that American cluster bombs will shorten the war and actually save lives going now BBC ?. It’s done the exact opposite from what I can see. But of course we all know it was just another unproveable lie. Something you are very good at.

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  8. JohnC says:

    King Charles: First official portrait since coronation is unveiled, painted by Jonathan Yeo
    https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-68981200

    The BBC just love pictures and art because they are only opinions and so whoever is commenting can’t be instantly judged to be a clueless idiot.

    This report is the usual 6th-former grade sycophantic rubbish which the BBC clones are very good at churning out. For example, this sentence is a paragraph all of it’s own:

    ‘It is a vibrant painting.’

    And here is the masterpiece itself.

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    “It is remarkable actually how it has turned out,” Charles commented after the portrait was unveiled.
    Choice words Charlie. I thought the same.

    And here is the clone who wrote it, Katie Razzall:
    Katie_Razzall_at_the_Chiswick_Book_Festival_%2853176891291%29_%28cropped%29.jpg

    Personally I agree with the internet and think it’s completely shit Katie. But as a BBC ‘culture and media’ reporter, I doubt you ever had an opinion in your life which didn’t come from group-think.

    I notice you didn’t tell us how much it cost.

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  9. JohnC says:

    Home Office asks Windrush man’s son for DNA test
    https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c97z6dgjey9o

    Just look at the outrage of the BBC that whitey dare even ask someone claiming to be the son of a holy Windrusher to prove that he actually was.

    And you can be sure this man’s lawyers went STRAIGHT to the BBC because nobody else is reporting it. They know who is gullible and dishonest enough to take their side.

    And why was he being asked ? – because he is trying to claim compensation of course.

    ‘Dijoun Jhagroo-Bryan, 39, has applied for compensation as he says he has been left with long-term trauma and financial losses, and his own children were affected after not being able to see their grandfather when he was detained.’

    ‘Mr Jhagroo-Bryan said the letter had caused him and his family even more upset.’

    Ridiculous.

    It’s as blatant a cash-grab as you can get. And the racist BBC are right behind him because he’s black.

    the BBC make such a big thing about Windrush because it’s one of the very, very few examples where the black people involved were decent, hard-working people. Not the heroes the BBC make by any stretch : they came here for two things : 1) more money than they could ever earn at home and 2) get out of that shithole and live in England .

    All the other examples who make the news are cheating, violent criminals who deal drugs, stab and murder. The BBC try their best to cover all that up of course, but Windrush is perfect. Unfortunately now they are now at the bottom of the barrel and have to use stories like this by relatives trying to get free money.

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  10. andyjsnape says:

    Home Office asks Windrush man’s son for DNA test
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c97z6dgjey9o

    Fair enough bbc, why wouldn’t the Home Office want proof

    Are they above the law in the bbc’s eyes.

    Can only imagine how the bbc would have reported it if someone had been paid with no proof

    Could be “entitled” to even more money with such a request!

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Liverpool ‘child asylum seekers’ found to be adults
      Published
      8 December 2018
      https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-46494675

      Twenty-four asylum seekers who claimed they were children after being sent to Liverpool were found to be adults, the city’s council has said.

      The authority said another 15 asylum seekers “should have been identified as children” by the government and accommodated in London instead.

      A Home Office spokesman said age-disputed cases remain “a very challenging area”.

      Liverpool City Council wants to recover £657,000 for supporting the children.

      £657,000 for supporting the children. ** for supporting adults! HA HA HA HAHAH A £657,000 of tax payer money!

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  11. Fedup2 says:

    Today Watch

    I was so excited – I couldn’t sleep – I woke up special to hear Emma Barnet do her first ‘today ‘ show . I love Emma – she is so special – I was heart broken when she left ‘woman’s hour ‘ – I missed her so much ….
    All of the above may be a lie ….

    Meanwhile – blue labour is pretending to be conservative in the run up the the election in which they will be slaughtered – they want the plod to do stop and search ( won’t woke happen ) stuff about sex education for kids ( won’t happen ) and other lies about public services doing what they are meant to ( won’t happen ) ….
    The BBC is reporting these lies without comment really – blue labour is insulting us now …

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    • Mustapha Sheikup al-Beebi says:

      An Icelandic friend calls her Emma Pimpsdottir, for some reason.

      I couldn’t stand the excitement of her debut so instead I just caught the headlines at 9 a.m. before availing myself of the OFF switch.

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  12. Fedup2 says:

    News items omitted by the bbc

    1 daily numbers of illegals arriving ( recurring )

    2 drive by shooting in Stamford Hill ( see daily mail )

    3 two Muslims charged with plotting to slaughter Jews in Manchester – only reported in a press review

    I think ‘omissions ‘ should be a regular item here …

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Hothouse Earth: an Inhabitant’s Guide

      Now available in SWEDISH 😀
      @GretaThunberg

      …..and German, Slovakian, Arabic and Korean

      “Bill McGuire, Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards, explains the science behind the climate crisis and for the first time presents a blunt but authentic picture of the sort of world our children will grow old in, and our grandchildren grow up in; a world that we catch only glimpses of in today’s blistering heatwaves, calamitous wildfires and ruinous floods and droughts. Bleak though it is, the picture is one we must all face up to, if only to spur genuine action – even at this late stage – to stop a harrowing future becoming a truly cataclysmic one.”

      sort of world our children will grow old in
      sort of world our children will grow old in

      . . . . . . . .

      Sharia law horror: Women unable to walk after public whipping in Indonesia | World | News | Express.co.uk

      https://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/dynamic/78/750×445/1096004.jpg

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      • Docmarooned says:

        How the hell can a university ie a supposed seat of learning appoint such a moronic individual to such a vacuous post of total nonsense and I guess get paid to spout this drivel. His lectures must a hoot of fantasy. Universities are getting like Hogwarts I guess. Potions and witch departments as well!!

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  13. Fedup2 says:

    Very active comments on Twitter via Tommy Robinson on the behaviour of Islam as it grows in numbers in countries – it would be good to see the comment reproduced on this site as the BBC aids , abets , facilitates the take over of Britain by Islam …..

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  14. andyjsnape says:

    Scottish government to declare national housing emergency
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c4n11j180lzo

    Partly “apparently” to do with Brexit lol

    Didn’t we open our borders during membership of the eu 🙁 obviously this wouldn’t cause a problem!

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  15. Fedup2 says:

    Toady on off switch

    There is a policing minister – he is called ‘Chris Philp’ lovely Emma interviews this hopeless twerp trying to defend his hopeless NCA and border force – like his regime – completely hopeless – will enjoy seeing him lose his seat ….

    I hate listening to people like l him lying to us so openly …

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    • MarkyMark says:

      A company to which a subsidiary of Pluto Partners LLP provides services became accredited for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.
      Date interest arose: 22 March 2021
      (Registered 25 May 2021)
      A company in which Millgap Ltd holds beneficial ownership of 0.375% became accredited for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.
      Date interest arose: 22 March 2021
      (Registered 25 May 2021)

      Register of Members’ Interests Chris Philp
      https://www.theyworkforyou.com/regmem/?p=25377

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    • MarkyMark says:

      “will enjoy seeing him lose his seat” – this is just a hobby

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Marky – apparently he is the MP for the socialist republic of Croydonistan – I can’t be asked ( hate that ) to look up his majority but I bet he will be gone …

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        • MarkyMark says:

          https://members.parliament.uk/member/4503/electionresult

          2019 General Election
          The 2019 General Election was held on 12 December 2019. A total of 5 candidates ran for election.

          Summary
          CON
          Conservative Hold
          Majority
          12,339
          Electorate
          83,982
          Turnout
          70.7%

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          • Fedup2 says:

            Marky – thank you – that 12000 majority means Philp is toast in a few months –
            I wonder if any of those blues not ‘stepping down’ Will be brave enough to ‘campaign ‘ ? Maybe only then will they get a taste of the real hatred voters feel about them – conservative voters – that is .
            The reds need not do their usual shananigans such as corrupting counts or corrupting postal votes – blue voters will give them the win … ( spurs v Man City comes to mind )

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    • Scroblene says:

      Isn’t all this wind-baggery similar to the sort of chaos as we all endured during John Major’s dying time in No 10, and we got Blair, and even worse, Brown, for far too many years…

      I suppose Kia Strummer will be in for a couple of years, and from then on, it’ll be yet another foreigner running the show.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Scroblene – I’d put a pound on someone called
        ‘thandie Debonaire ‘ only because of the name which sounds like a coconut based rum cocktail … that’s as good a criterior for PM as any …
        I think she is the shadow chief secretary to something harmless at the moment …

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  16. AsISeeIt says:

    TV personality Johnny Ball was best known for his BBC maths-themed childrens’ show Think of a Number

    And in the spirit of Think of a Number (who will remember little Rishi Sunak’s maths for all school kids but no cigarettes legacy, we wonder?) and as we approach the dog days of a Tory government that’s made an absolute dog’s breakfast of everything and anything conservative in this country, despite Brexit (football fans will recognise the term ‘already on the beach’ for certain players in certain teams that, toward the end of their season, have achieved nothing much but are content to relax, confident of their high wages, have not so much thrown in the towel as are thinking too much about their beach towels).

    Think of a number

    Sunak plans to scrap sex lessons for pupils under nine (Telegraph)
    Don’t teach pupils about gender ID, schools told… Guidence also rules out sex education before 13 (Times)

    Maths lessons not sex lessons

    I’m inevitably reminded of a classic quip from Bamber Gascoigne, former presenter and quizmaster of University Challenge. Addressing his two competing teams of undergraduates with remarkable dry wit he uttered the line: “Now a round on deviations… but not the sort you’re thinking of”

    Fresh from the Rishi lackey loyalist Daily Express – that some time ago saw the writing on the wall and gave up on their brave masthead motto: ‘United with the people of Ukraine’ today goes with the resounding: ‘Fighting chance’ migration will fall to 150,000 a year

    The Telegraph explains: Migration ‘may fall to pre-2019 levels’ – let me guess: experts claim? …head of the Government’s migration advisory body… Prof Brian Bell… said that migration could fall between 150,000 and 200,000… because a ban on foreign students bringing dependents was having a far bigger impact than the Government expected

    Or not, as the case may be: The conclusions of the independent advisor on migration’s 14-week probe into the visa graduate programme were catagorical the scheme should remain in place…. ‘no evidence’ of deliberate abuse (FT)

    French prison van attack: Who is escaped prisoner Mohamed Amra? (BBC) – the revelation of this chap’s name would hardly be one that might make Maigret drop his pipe in astonishment.

    And if you found those old school University Challenge questions somewhat difficult to answer, try figuring out this conundrum

    Giveaway freebie news

    UK’s record 3m food parcels… desperate families… The Trussell Trust food bank revealed numbers were up… across Britain (giveaway freebie Metro)

    Meanwhile, paradoxically: New weight loss jab ‘gold rush’ offers obesity hope to millions… 322 anti-obesity drugs in development (‘i’)

    The pharmaceutical industry desperately beavering away in the lab looking to find some new big money spinner? If only there were some form of official public inquiry that could look into that.

    FT crossword can be found inside today. Page 13

    Whereas: Matt is away (Telegraph)

    However, Mr AsI is back and we’ve a good few calm down dears to be going on with

    Inspired perhaps by our out-going PM Rishi Sunak’s rather technocratic managerial approach to leading the nation: Do you have a marriage spreadsheet? asks Carol Midgley in the Times

    Motherhood made me a selfish friend – asserts the fashionably monikered Vogue Williams in the ‘i’

    Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga… The origin story of renegade warrior Furiosa before her encounter and teamup with Mad Max (IMDb).

    I’m furious girls are still being kicked off pitches for boys’ teams Jill Scott, Lioness legend (‘i’)

    As the Guardian apprently expunges men from the arts arena: ‘She leaves an indelible mark on our literary landscape’ Alice Munro 1931-2024; Now you see us: Women artists in Britain; ‘A dream come true’ Greta Gerwig makes history as Cannes jury president

    Damn this oppressive patriachy

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    • MarkyMark says:

      “I’m furious girls are still being kicked off pitches for boys’ teams Jill Scott, Lioness legend (‘i’)” – more men are playing netball?

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Asiseeit – thanks – always read it – the blues say the reds have ‘no plan’ – that’s wrong – the plan is for an amnesty – then another amnesty – and a British passport after … 3 months without being caught shoplifting like everyone else …

      An amnesty will ‘free up ‘ hotels so that convicted prisoners currently held in police cells can be put into hotels and encouraged to ‘disappear into the community ‘ ….

      Meanwhile frenchie Mohammed the fly is yet to turn up in a dinghy …

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  17. Deborah says:

    A friend was at a classical music concert last Saturday and as is her way she got chatting to the chap next to her during the interval. They got talking about the BBC proms and she told him someone she knew (me) heartily disapproved of Sam Smith performing as part of the series. Apparently he agreed but mentioned that he had his prom tickets but not one for that particular event. The prom tickets go one sale NEXT Saturday. Hmmm….who was she talking to and presumably he is one of those the BBC distributes tickets for free, leaving less tickets for us mere mortals who have to not only pay for our own but subsidise tickets for the BBC’s friends.

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  18. Fedup2 says:

    Today

    Amol had that Gordon Brown on – he wasn’t asked if he still hates the English but it’s a given . Apparently people ( third world ) are breeding without being able to pay for their kids without other peoples’ money – taxes .

    I believe if you can’t afford kids you shouldn’t have them – that’s a view far away from 2024 … but that’s what I believe – Gordon Brown would like to give more taxpayers ‘ money to breeders . I disagree . My view is never ever mentioned ….

    I really wish Mr Brown would just disappear – but I think when starmer comes in we will hear far more from him and the Labour old guard ….

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    • Thoughtful says:

      Yesterday I listened to a translated and commented on speech from a prominent Chinese economist.
      He calculates the US Dollar reaches effective zero value when the debt hits $50 Trillion and that is in 4 years time.

      He also believes the US started the Ukraine war in order to destroy Europe as an economic rival and also the Euro which they feared might replace the USD as a viable alternative reserve currency.
      I don’t agree with him on this, the Euro was collapsing on its own without any need for a helping hand.
      His other comment was that the political leaders in the West are pretty much useless which is pretty difficult to disagree with save for the fact it perhaps doesn’t go far enough!

      He gives America 4 years before it suffers a currency collapse and when that does happen the economic consequences for the world will be severe and far reaching.

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      • MarkyMark says:

        IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT…..

        Someday soon, you might wake up to the call to prayer from a muezzin. Europeans already are. And liberals will still tell you that “diversity is our strength”–while Talibanic enforcers cruise Greenwich Village burning books and barber shops, the Supreme Court decides sharia law doesn’t violate the “separation of church and state,” and the Hollywood Left decides to give up on gay rights in favor of the much safer charms of polygamy.

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        • Thoughtful says:

          People want to wake up to that call though. Given the choice between increasing the pay of politicians and making external payment illegal, or choosing to allow countries like Saudi Qatar Kuwait etc paying to Islamise the country, they choose Islamising every time.

          The people of Britain have the political class they deserve whether they like to think so or not.

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          • MarkyMark says:

            “History of developments Islamic Finance first came to the UK in the 1980s, with the introduction of Murabaha transactions. The first UK Islamic bank, Al Baraka International, launched in 1982. This was followed by the growth of bespoke Sharia-compliant products in trade finance, leasing and project finance.”

            Click to access 2015047_Is_Fin_A5_AW_ENG_WEB.pdf

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            • Thoughtful says:

              You might be better posting the amount of money corrupt EU officials took in bribes from the Middle East, although it has never been confirmed what was expected of those in receipt of the money.

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      • Rob in Cheshire says:

        Thoughtful:

        The economist Jim Rickards has some interesting thoughts on this. He thinks a gold backed reserve currency will have to come about. This will be a massive shock for the USA, as they have been able to create dollars at will since coming off the gold standard in 1971, and use them to pay their debts. Obviously, no politician has been able to resist the temptation to abuse this privilege.

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        • MarkyMark says:

          “I would like to focus on corruption, with all its faces. The face of foreign agents trying to influence our political system. The face of shady companies or foundations abusing public money. We must also eradicate corruption at home. That is why we will present measures to update our legislative framework for fighting corruption. It erodes trust in our institutions. So, we must fight back with the full force of the law.

          President Ursula von der Leyen, 2022 State of the Union speech”

          https://home-affairs.ec.europa.eu/policies/internal-security/corruption_en

          Corruption is estimated to cost the European Union between EUR 179 billion and EUR 990 billion per year, amounting to up to 6% of its GDP.

          70% of Europeans believe that corruption is widespread in their countries – an increase of 2 points compared to 2022 (2023 Corruption Eurobarometer Survey).

          35% of EU businesses consider corruption to be a problem in doing business, (2023 Eurobarometer survey: Business’ attitudes towards corruption).

          59% of EU business agree with the statement that bribery and the use of connections is often the easiest way to obtain certain public services, (2023 Eurobarometer survey: Business’ attitudes towards corruption).

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        • Thoughtful says:

          The trouble so many scammers on YouTube post parts of his interviews out of context and without a date that it’s impossible to tell when he said it or what he was talking about prior to.

          Alasdair McLeod and Peter Schiff are more reliable on this regard, McLeod is an upper class Englishman who is well informed on the progress of the BRICS trading currency which was originally Gold backed but now backed by a basket of commodities instead including gold.

          You should watch the Stephanie Kelton video I posted a few days back to get an idea of what the current US (mal)administration are following.

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    • Scroblene says:

      Quite right Fed – see above!

      I don’t think I can bear it…

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Gordon Brown calls Labour supporter a “bigoted woman”

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  19. Sluff says:

    We’ve been spending a few days with some French friends. To get round easily presumed language difficulties we speak slowly and use simpler words and sentence constructions. It is a courteous thing to do especially until you become used to the level of understanding.

    I mention this because on Toady this morning, newcomer Emma Barnett was interviewing a Ukrainian about the appearance on stage of Anthony Blinken playing in a rock band.

    It was clear from the off that the Ukrainian had a modest ability to speak and understand English. But Barnett carried on talking at 19 to the dozen and using colloquialisms and complex sentences. As an exercise in how not to conduct an interview it was classic.

    We pay £4 bn a year for this sort of totally amateur useless incompetent stuff.

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    • Scroblene says:

      If language difficulties are getting in the way, the best managerial process is to shout as loud as possible! That way, any dimbo in government gets to understand!

      Well, it works on the pro-Palestinian marches anyway…

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  20. StewGreen says:

    8:10am hesitation in the news headline as they read the story that Queen Camilla has sent a no-fur pledge letter to PETA.

    Yes cos PETA are well known to be an extremist org
    In UK and US
    Dedicated to banning all animals farming etc
    And the PM has just announced he supposed to be taking big action against “extremist organisations”

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    .. https://twitter.com/Exposing_PETA

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  21. Guest Who says:

    In other news

    https://x.com/afneil/status/1790647230283575737?s=61
    Two French prison guards were killed yesterday when their convoy carrying a prisoner was violently attacked. One leaves behind a widow 5 months pregnant, the other two children. The celebrities now gathering for the Cannes Film Festival and ready to preen and posture on behalf of every fashionable cause du jour might like to consider a minute’s silence in respect of ordinary working class people killed in the line of duty. And a whip round for the families. @Festival_Cannes

    Whatever the BBC is.

    https://x.com/bbcnews/status/1790621008203796706?s=61
    French prison van attack: Who is escaped prisoner Mohamed Amra?

    Other than, in cubicle terms, ‘dishy’?

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    • MarkyMark says:

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    • tomo says:

      I thought there was a vicarious “ooh, gun play” feel to the BBC report on the front page, an element of standing up to the man, bravery…. maybe I’m reading too much into it but I thought the tone wonky.

      I hope the Gendarmes catch them and should they resist, shoot them dead.

      Kourou should be an option?

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  22. Foscari says:

    The elephant in the room so far as the BBC is
    concerned as the Eurovision Song Contest showed’ Is
    that the culture of Jimmy Saville has NEVER left the
    national broadcaster.
    The hierarchy at the BBC has an obsession of flaunting
    perversion. We saw that in spades with our entry in
    the song contest.
    Not only the general public in the UK are sick of it. It appears
    that with getting NUL points . The rest of Europe is also.

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  23. Thoughtful says:

    I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised to learn of a connection between ex BBC employee and the Post Office scandal, people who have no moral values or conscience are inevitably going to collect together.

    Mark Davies was the PR director for the Post Office, but prior to that he worked for the BBC. Having assisted in destroying the lives of innocent sub postmasters he has now moved on to destroy the lives of innocent British people working as PR Director of the Refugee Council who appear to have no issue with Davies’s past activities at the Post Office. (why would they, they have no concience either).

    https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/about-us/our-leadership/extended-leadership-team/

    Of course which such amoral views it’s perhaps no surprise he is reported to have been a special advisor to two cabinet ministers 2004 – 2010

    https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/about-us/our-leadership/extended-leadership-team/

    Whilst at the Post Office Davies threatened to sue Panodrama and the BBC and sent a series of threatening letters escalating each complaint to ever more senior people which he presumably knew from his previous employment.

    https://www.ukpol.co.uk/news-story-bbc-make-serious-allegations-about-the-conduct-of-mark-davies-and-post-office-pr-team/

    He hired and made use of expensive external legal advice at taxpayers expense in order to do this.

    When called to account at the Horizon Enquiry he admitted ” My Emails look ludicrous”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/crgyyedx4lzt

    Here is the report of his appointment in yet another taxpayer funded senior role – presumably with the approval of the Blue Labour party.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/post-office-boss-who-said-32633117

    Oh and BTW it also includes the proof refugee council is a government funded organisation proving taxpayer funds to failed asylum seekers which the government lies are no longer entitled to taxpayer funded support, and helping them to remain in Britain when their claims have failed.

    I suppose I shouldn’t be surprise to find an Ex BBC person in the centre of the scandal, making excuses and protecting everything which is wrong, not caring about the human misery he was helping to inflict on others, but then that’s what all Socialists do, inflict pain and suffering and justfy it by telling themselves it’s for the greater good and what they are doing is somehow right and noble.

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    • Scroblene says:

      Excellent post, Thoughtful!

      I guess he is now untouchable with his non-job at the refugee council!

      Some people in these quangos just seem to spit on everyone.

      The charities are the next move of course!

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  24. Fedup2 says:

    According to the DT – lord sir mogg – Reese – has told green card to do a deal with ‘reform ‘ to ‘unite the Right ‘…

    It has even dawned on Ser Mogg that the blues are about to sink and must grab the nearest life boat – being Reform .

    Perhaps Ser Mogg hasn’t been able to find a single or married person of voting age confessing their eagerness to vote for all those blue policies like – er – er … er ….

    But Lord Mogg of Tax Havens has a ring to it eh ?

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    • Thoughtful says:

      His asset management company Somerset Capital has had a disastrous year with it ending up in the lowest quartile and even managing to lose money in a bull market!

      Their fronting company St James Place is now featured on adverts by greedy weasels offering to claim compensation for the victims of their financial advice which lost them money.

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  25. tomo says:

    Potholes!

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Is he gonna sing a song ?

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    • andyjsnape says:

      Another prayer room needed, getting popular in council buildings

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    • Deborah says:

      Very small Jewish community in Sheffield. Wonder who in that small community had the money to influence the council on its policy on which pot holes to repair or which library to close. These Muslims must think Jews have super powers.

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    • Mrs Kitty says:

      You can change so many things in your life, I just wish I could change my place of birth.

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      • Scroblene says:

        I still think I’m glad I was born here, Mrs K, but wish that so many foreigners weren’t!

        I cannot understand why the British culture has to be undermined at every turn, and is now even proposed by the awful BBC which is funded by taxes on fear of prison for God’s sake!

        This country is indeed shot now. I gather you live elsewhere, and of course, I wish you all well – so maybe a postcard, or an offer of a few days in your paradise might be an idea, the vino is all on us…

        …don’t worry, we don’t even have passports these days!

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  26. Fedup2 says:

    Non BBC – I was chatting to someone over 70 yesterday who said she was worried about getting dementia and was plotting a single ticket to Switzerland .

    Her eyes lit up when I told her that the Isle of Man was thinking of legalising death tourism yesterday …

    .. but it seems the law didn’t pass – there doesn’t seem to be much coverage of this … I’m now a bit ambivalent about the self killing thing – having been against it for moral reasons .

    I’m tending to dump morality these days – it’s so inconvenient – so if people want to get themselves offed at a time of their choosing maybe go for it
    – but please put a codicil in the Will with a little bit for Fedup … say £100k ? …

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    • Flotsam says:

      Many people have a far too rosy view of assisted death. A vision of the dying person surrounded by their loving supportive family. Someone pushed into a quicker death by a money grasping goldigger more like. I have direct experience of this scenario, the Police failed to investigate properly.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Try the NHS – for assisted death –

      “In the 1970s and 1980s almost 5,000 haemophiliacs were infected with HIV or hepatitis C after being given contaminated NHS blood products. So far more than 2,800 people are known to have died in what has been described as the ‘worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS’.”

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Marky – but I do admire the cold blooded amorality / evil of a regime refusing payouts to victims and the families until an ‘inquiry ‘ is completed – long after the evidence has been shredded – the ‘inquiry ‘ deliberately slowed down in the hope that more NHS victims have died so that less compensation can be paid …
        Very civil service …

        My cousins’ husband was killed ( murdered ) by the NHS at a young age ….

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        • MarkyMark says:

          “In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the use of thalidomide in 46 countries by women who were pregnant or who subsequently became pregnant resulted in the “biggest anthropogenic medical disaster ever,” with more than 10,000 children born with a range of severe deformities, such as phocomelia, as well as thousands of miscarriages.[1][2]”

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalidomide_scandal

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        • Thoughtful says:

          I thought you were talking about the Post Office enquiry there Fed, but as we all know the Marxist government of Britain is quick to take your money but very slow to give it back.

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  27. tomo says:

    A cheerful crowd at Mother Jones, a BBC + Guardian favourite.

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  28. tomo says:

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  29. tomo says:

    FFS…. icymi

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  30. taffman says:

    “Huge manhunt after prison officers killed in ambush”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-69008577
    Probably on his way across the English Channel in a dinghy being pursued by Inspector Clouseau?
    “Stop the boats”!

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  31. MarkyMark says:

    “In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the use of thalidomide in 46 countries by women who were pregnant or who subsequently became pregnant resulted in the “biggest anthropogenic medical disaster ever,” with more than 10,000 children born with a range of severe deformities, such as phocomelia, as well as thousands of miscarriages.[1][2]”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalidomide_scandal

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  32. JohnC says:

    Ukraine troops pull back in Kharkiv after Russia offensive
    https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c1030vvy0mzo

    Another tiresome BBC report on Ukraine where the scant facts presented in the first third tell us Russia is winning then we get Ukranian officials being given a free soapbox to tell us whatever lies and misinformation they want for the second two thirds.

    This sums the BBC up these days. A few facts then lots of unprovable, vague information (usually by quoting what biased people say as virtual facts. They do it a LOT now for Ukraine and Gaza) which says what the BBC actually WANT us to think.

    I see Putin is endorsing China’s attempt to present a plan for peace – but it’s not being reported by the BBC. If it starts to gain traction, get ready for some kind of war-crime to take away the attention.

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    • andyjsnape says:

      Hello JohnC

      Pull Back = Retreat

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Fact check: The ‘Ghost of Kyiv’ fighter pilot
      Ines Eisele
      05/04/2022May 4, 2022
      The Ukrainian fighter pilot, celebrated on social media as a war hero, was said to have shot down several Russian aircraft — and has now died. But what’s the truth behind the myth of the “Ghost of Kyiv”?

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  33. Terminal Moraine says:

    Re: the Stamford Hill shooting and an episode that ruined trust I had in journalism —

    Some years ago a friend was an innocent bystander in a gang related incident in east London on a Saturday night and ended up being shot. (She recovered after an operation.)

    I remember well the Evening Standard publishing their report of the incident… which differed in many details to what I’d heard directly. I checked again and she confirmed that the journo who’d interviewed her was too eager to find a ‘human angle’. The end result was a lot of made up stuff that never happened. Not been able to take the industry seriously since then.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      This did it for me …

      “Least we forget how it all works … videos, words, pictures … you don’t get to choose the arrangement …

      Chaos as police stop Hungary migrant train – Gavin Hewitt – BBC -Sep 2015 @53s
      “… the a really distressing incident happened. A women who was carrying a small baby began crying for help (photo of lady carrying baby). One of her companions tried to help her (photo of man with women on track, riot police reaching towards them) Somehow there became a push and a shove with the police. She ended up on the railway lines (by the male refugee dragging her and the baby to the floor, but this is not said) with the riot police trying to pull her back, and this of course inflamed all the other people…”
      -Gavin Hewitt – Sep 2015
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-34136334

      Watch the video and the male refugee (companion trying to help?) drags the women and baby to the floor, by force.”
      This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s Terms of Service HA HA HAH AHA

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  34. Non Snowflake says:

    This was touched upon a few hours ago but I thought I’d read the BBC report, and there are more holes than a pack of polo’s.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c97z6dgjey9o

    “Home Office asks Windrush man’s son for DNA test”

    Basically a few years ago, a windrush man was almost wrongly deported, and subsequently accepted compensation. However his “son” is now also trying to claim compensation because of how this allegedly affected him.

    Firstly, they *haven’t* asked the son for a DNA test. They’ve sent him a standard letter saying that he can provide further proof that he is indeed the son via a number of ways, such as Doctor records or School records, provided these records confirm his relationship to his Father. The letter also mentions that another option is a DNA test but that is purely voluntary. So they haven’t “asked” for it then.

    It gets even better. The BBC even admit that this is “part of the process”, in other words it’s standard and has nothing to do with skin colour.

    Oh and here’s another classic. In the BBC report they also admit that a compensation payout can be made to the son if there is *proof* of financial loss. However the son in this case is simply complaining that his suffering is more emotional than anything else.

    A human rights lawyer (who surprise surprise is also black) has got involved, and is shouting “racism” all over it. She is saying that this whole process is only because the family were involved with windrush. In fact it makes absolutely no difference whether windrush is involved, it’s a standard letter and standard process not based on any skin colour.

    The other big elephant in the room is of course why don’t these people actually have proof of ID, birth certificate, that kind of thing. *That* is the reason why a DNA test was a possibility.

    This is a non-story ramped upto 11 by the BBC and attention-seeking money-grabbing blacks who love to play the victim.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Did the man avoid taxes and NHS payments? HA HA HA HA HAHA!

      Compensation = tax payer FREE money

      . . . . . . . .

      Did Manchester Bombing survivors get compensation from Saudi Arabia or Iran?

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    • harry142857 says:

      Writer of the Windrush article.

      Name. Adina Campbell
      Ethnicity. Black.

      Articles.

      Home Office asks Windrush man’s son for DNA test
      2 days ago

      Church fund ‘not enough’ to right slavery wrongs
      2 months ago

      Vogue editor named UK’s strongest black particular person – BBC Information
      7 months ago

      Bianca Williams: Met Police sergeant says she trusted team in athlete stop
      7 months ago

      Sprinter had nothing to hide during search
      8 months ago

      Police defend big jump in officers in UK schools
      a year ago

      Afro hair: School bans probably illegal says watchdog
      2 years ago

      Malorie Blackman calls for year-round black history in schools
      2 years ago

      Black and Asian infected blood victims feel let down, inquiry told
      2 years ago

      https://muckrack.com/adina-campbell/articles

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  35. MarkyMark says:

    CLAP … KNEEL .. BEND OVER … PAY MORE FOR THE NHS …

    “More NHS hospitals leaving patients in corridors to free up ambulances”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-68921865

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  36. MarkyMark says:

    “Yes. In October 2023, Education Secretary Gillian Keegan wrote to all schools in England to remind them of their duty to share RSHE materials with parents when asked.

    The letter came after a tribunal issued a ruling that declined a parent’s request, external to have the material from an RSHE lesson by an external provider called the School of Sexuality.

    OMISSION IS THE GREATEST LIE!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-68173080

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    • digg says:

      Aldous Huxley – Brave New World…. 1931….

      “The novel opens in the World State city of London in AF (After Ford) 632 (AD 2540 in the Gregorian calendar), where citizens are engineered through artificial wombs and childhood indoctrination programmes into predetermined classes (or castes) based on intelligence and labour.” – WIKI….

      A perceptive novel that predicts much of what is now evolving as the “educated” classes try to reshape the population to fit their own view of how things should be including encouraging promiscuity in the young and drug-taking.

      When I read this at art college in the 1960’s I never dreamed it might actually come to pass but blow me it’s now well underway.

      I would recommend reading it to everyone.

      Worth noting that many left-influenced US libraries and Universities have banned this book.

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  37. MarkyMark says:

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  38. MarkyMark says:

    “Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been challenged over the early release of dangerous criminals under a scheme aimed at easing overcrowding in jails. May 2024”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-69015911

    “£31m package announced to counter threat to MPs’ security
    Published 28 February”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-68419987

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  39. digg says:

    Looks like the globalist left are moving up from smear, lies, trumped up court cases, jail-time and cancel to outright assassination now if they don’t get their way.

    “Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is in hospital after being shot a number of times in what officials are calling an assassination attempt”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-europe-69016687

    I have the impression that the BBC don’t like Mr Fico much as he is a bit “right wing” for them so I don’t expect much in the way of outrage or sympathy there.

    Now if it had been Macron or Trudeu…..

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  40. MarkyMark says:

    Britain has a Terrifying Future if We Don’t Break the Left’s Education Stranglehold

    21,642 views 8 May 2024

    There can be no victory in the culture wars if we do not first win the battle for young minds. We have the most radically left-wing youth in history and they are not becoming more moderate as they get older. Across a vast spectrum of political, social and cultural issues, today’s youth hold views that are completely out of kilter with the rest of society.

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  41. wwfc says:

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  42. Guest Who says:

    https://x.com/paulmasonnews/status/1790792470202114524?s=61
    I will be applying for selection as Labour’s candidate in Islington North. The scale of poverty in the borough, together with the acute crisis for private renters and the threats to local health services, mean Islington needs to be setting Labour’s agenda in power.
    I worked hard for Jeremy Corbyn while leader and I hope to build on the decades of tireless work he’s done for local people. I backed Keir Starmer, and took part in his leadership campaign in 2020, because I knew he could put us where we are today – on the brink of a Labour government that will give Britain its future back.
    Throughout the selection process I’ll do my best to keep the Labour and trade union movement in Islington united around our common goals – delivering Keir Starmer’s five missions, enacting Labour’s New Deal for Working People and achieving a new, comprehensive partnership with Europe to reverse the most damaging effects of Brexit.
    It would be an honour and a privilege to represent this community, to build on the work of its brilliant grassroots organisations, and fight for the Labour council to get the resources it needs. I’ve covered politics and economics for decades so I know how the system works, and how to use it to deliver on the vital issues faced by working people here.
    I’m a trade unionist, a campaigner for social justice, a UK champion for the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty – and a lifelong anti-racist. I’ll use my skills and experience to make sure Labour delivers for the people of Islington North.

    Bless. Just… bless.

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  43. Guest Who says:

    They learned from the best.

    https://x.com/ggreenwald/status/1790786078338580516?
    Listen to this Sky News report on the shooting of Robert Fico.
    Not only do they come close to justifying it because he opposes aid to Ukraine, but they also casually imply that he’s being paid by the Kremlin.
    This casual accusation is so prevalent in the West, and toxic.

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  44. tomo says:

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    • Mustapha Sheikup al-Beebi says:

      If you just can’t get enough of homosexuals (e.g. BBC’s selection of Britain’s ugly and useless entry for the Eurovision Song Contest) or Blacks (e.g. Dr Who, etc) then the Archers on Radio 4 may be just the thing for you.

      There’s a newish character called Paul, who is both very gay and Black. He’s the son of a veterinary secretary called Denise, whose colour is never mentioned by anyone, and works with her. A local vet at their practice, drippy liberal Alastair Lloyd, has fallen for the sultry charms of Denise, who is still married to Paul’s father. They were about to have a night of passion in a hotel when they intervened to help people involved in a car accident in the village.

      Paul is, shall we say, rather “camp” and was the victim of HOMOPHOBIA in a recent village cricket match, where an opposition player called him a “poofter”. So, in addition to the well-established gay couple Adam and Ian, we now have Stella and Pip (more recently paired) and now Paul, who once turned down an offer of a one-night stand with Ruari, Brian Aldridge’s illegitimate son …

      I listen so that you don’t have to.

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      • Scroblene says:

        MSAB, absolutely!

        And Senora O’Blene will confirm that it was in the Archers, that the description of homosexuality was described as ‘Batting for Darrington’, which is a small village to the South of Borchester!

        The BBBC has a lot to answer for, as we use this term all the time when out and about, and as hardly anyone – including The Senora nowadays – listens to the trashy stuff they do now, nobody understands us at all!

        The clip of Julian and Sandy which I posted on the w/e was a prime example of ‘Polari’,

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polari

        …and Kenneth Williams and Hugh Paddick explains a lot of it, and then again, the Beeboids started it all off!

        This was from way back when there was real humour on the wireless, and not the tiresome, unfunny crap they do now!

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  45. digg says:

    Drip, drip, drip….

    The BBC and other media let’s say on the left of centre seem to be running a smear campaign against the water companies for the past few weeks. Hardly a day goes by without some expose of dastardly deeds being committed however insignificant.

    Todays examples on the BBC.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cd1q1d51w27o

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cv266nqq48xo

    Of course nothing to do with the fact that the water companies are privatised…. and there is an election coming up…. with unions chanting that, under a new Labour Government, we must take the water industry back under state control and thus would thrive on all this bad publicity, however spurious?

    After that I expect to see similar tactics re the power industry and the Rail industry.

    Before we know it, we will be back in the 1950’s

    Nahhhh, can’t be!

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  46. Thoughtful says:

    The President of Slovakia has apparantly been shot and he will hopefully pull through, but I can’t help but be reminded that Sarajevo is not very far away where Archduke Ferdinand was shot and which led to the Great War in Europe.

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    • kingkp says:

      Let’s hope he pulls through as he has cajones. Only a few days ago he was speaking out about the excess deaths and the jab and announcing a criminal investigation. Here he accuses the Government of murdering 21,000 Slovaks. I guess per head that’s on a par with our Politburo.


      Such actions are not conducive to a healthy and prolonged life. Just like Magufuli who they unceremoniously liquidated you will not survive if you tell the truth
      https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2021/03/18/john-magufuli-tanzanias-covid-denying-president-dies-aged-61
      Magufuli had samples taken from fruits and animals sent to the local ‘experts’ from the WHO for testing for the Covaids in April 2020. They were labeled as coming from humans. Many of them came back positive. He didn’t last much longer, disappearing mysteriously one month before his death as mocking the ‘experts’ is not a good idea if you want to live.
      The economist of course is the mouthpiece of the global elites.

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  47. Fedup2 says:

    Michael Deacon in the DT on the state broadcaster not calling a legally defined terrorist group – Islamic Hamas – terrorists … ( it’s because they are a spokesman for Hamas ) –

    STARTS Why is the BBC still being so stubborn? On Sunday, Lord Cameron urged it to stop beating around the bush, and start calling Hamas what they are: terrorists. That’s how they’re officially classified, under the law of this land.

    Yet the BBC ignored him. The very next morning, on Radio 4’s Today programme, Nick Robinson instead referred to Hamas as “the group he [Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel] calls terrorists”.

    I don’t mean to blame Mr Robinson himself. He was only following orders from BBC bosses. But his phrasing made it sound as though calling Hamas terrorists is somehow questionable, controversial, dubious. Or a mere matter of taste, as if the group were the geopolitical equivalent of Marmite. Murderous anti-Semites: you either love ’em or hate ’em!

    Of course, the BBC claims to have its reasons. Deborah Turness, the head of BBC News, says its reporting must always be scrupulously “objective”. And John Simpson, its world affairs editor, has said that the broadcaster doesn’t use “loaded words”.

    This argument, however, simply doesn’t stack up. Because, if the BBC is so painstakingly “objective” and hostile to “loaded words”, why doesn’t it seem to take this nobly impartial approach to certain other issues?

    For example, the BBC often uses the term “far-Right”. Take the following headlines from the BBC News website: “Going to the extreme: Inside Germany’s far Right”, “Germany spying: Far-right party aide held in China spy probe”, “Dublin riots: Immigration’s complicated role in growing Ireland’s far right” and “Far-right parties on the rise across Europe”.

    Plainly, though, “far-Right” is a “loaded word”. After all, few people or parties describe themselves as “far-Right”. Almost invariably, it’s a description used by those who disapprove of them. So no wonder Richard Tice, the leader of Reform UK, was appalled in March when the BBC described his party as such. The BBC duly apologised.

    It has never apologised, however, for its approach to gender identity. Look how it treated Justin Webb – Mr Robinson’s colleague on the Today programme – after he told listeners in August 2023 that trans women are “males”. Mr Webb was not expressing a personal opinion. He was making a statement of indisputable scientific fact. Because, if trans women weren’t males, they wouldn’t be trans – they would be “cisgender” (the term that trans activists use to describe biological women). Yet, the BBC upheld a complaint against Mr Webb for a breach of impartiality rules.

    That doesn’t strike me as terribly balanced, impartial or “objective”. So if the BBC continues to insist on not calling Hamas terrorists, it had better become more consistent – or find a new excuse.ENDS

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  48. Fedup2 says:

    Not BBC – David Davies MP has asked why an article in The New Yorker magazine has been banned in the UK. It is on the trial of Lucy Letby who was convicted of killing babies last year whilst a nurse on a maternity ward . Her case is heading to the Court of Appeal .
    I’m outside the UK so looked up the article – it is very very long and detailed – and covers the entire trial . I worry when reporting is banned . David Davies was right to raise the issue …

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