242 Responses to Weekend 15th June 2024

  1. Mustapha Sheikup al-Beebi says:

    Football is the opium of the people.

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    • Sluff says:

      After years of casual and occasionally full-on anti-English racism by the SNP and their supporters I can’t help feeling a little tweak of satisfaction at the footy result tonight.
      Germany 5 Scotland 1 with a Scottish player sent off.

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      • Mrs Kitty says:

        I always refer to Andy Murray now when thinking of who I back when Scotland is involved in any sports activity, “ anyone but …….”. Petty but enjoyable.

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  2. kingkp says:

    It’s a little bit more significant than that. It’s all part of the grand plan.

    https://theblogbyjavier.com/2011/12/04/the-origins-of-football-and-the-freemasons-arms/

    The Football Association was founded in the Freemason arms – who would have thought it?

    Southgate picks 33-man group for Euro training camp.
    https://www.englandfootball.com/articles/2024/May/21/england-mens-senior-training-squad-named-for-june-matches-ahead-of-euro-2024-20242105

    They do love their numbers.

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  3. pugnazious says:

    Contrast BBC headlines….

    ‘Neo-Nazi Brighton teenager jailed over synagogue bomb plan’

    ‘Notoriety ‘badge of honour’ for radical preacher’

    ‘Radical preacher’ eh?….who’s that then…Thomas Becket? Luther? Welby? Remarkable how the BBC does its best to avoid using ‘Islam’ or ‘Muslim’, or even ‘Islamist’, in the headline and report unless absolutely unavoidable….but is all too ready to put ‘Neo-Nazi’ or ‘Far-Right’ up in the headlines. [Having said that of course the BBC’s Mark Easton did tell us that these ‘radical preachers’ should be celebrated as they will be looked upon as the Churchills, Ghandis and Mandelas of our times.]

    Also remarkable how the ‘Neo-Nazi’ who was planning an attack on a synagogue got 8 years jail time whilst the Islamist who actually attacked Jews in London got off almost scot-free and is now back walking the streets of London.

    Neo-Nazis…you know what to do…convert to Islam.

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  4. JohnC says:

    Is Elon Musk worth his $56bn Tesla pay package?
    https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c9rre6nwnpwo

    Absolutely none of your business BBC.

    Another sneering article against right-wing Musk from a jealous, left-wing BBC idiot.

    It starts with:
    ‘Elon Musk might, once again, get his own way.’

    And rambles on with statements like:
    ‘His businesses include Tesla, SpaceX, X (formerly Twitter), Starlink, Neuralink and X.ai, his latest AI project.’

    ‘Today, the $56bn question is: would this portfolio have been as successful without him?’

    No they wouldn’t you stupid woman.

    The article gradually degenerates into the usual BBC Musk hate.

    How desperate is this ?:
    ‘Tesla nearly went bankrupt. Not all SpaceX rocket launches work and each failure costs the company millions of dollars. The Neuralink chip started to malfunction shortly after it was implanted, though this has since been fixed.’

    Tesla didn’t go bankrupt. SpaceX openly say they crash rockets as R&D and the implant is working. Every single point moot.

    The BBC have hated Musk with a passion ever since he bought the haven of left-wing group-think Twitter. I remember at the time they used the license fee to try and get everyone to move to other social media sites. Another example of the BBC being on the wrong side of public opinion. It failed and the BBC should have been hauled over the coals for that. It was as far from ‘impartial’ as you can get.

    Let see who wrote it:
    https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1548035143910100993/7vEn79NF_400x400.jpg
    Zoe Kleinman. The BBC’s ‘technology reporter’.
    One thing for sure : Zoe didn’t get that job because she knows anything about technology. She got it because shes a very left-wing female. Like every single one I find when articles strike me as the usual BBC rubbish.

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  5. JohnC says:

    What happened to the women who took on the Taliban?
    https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c9xxklr0070o

    ‘After the Taliban restricted Afghan women’s ability to work, learn and go out in public, some women initially defied these new rules, taking to the streets to protest.’

    Yes BBC because YOU gave them lots of front-page coverage and made them out to be new-generation feminist heroes.

    Then what happened ?

    “They got furious and grabbed me by pulling my hair,” she says. “They caught my hands and legs and threw me into the back of their Ranger.”
    “They were very violent and repeatedly called me a whore,” Mariam continues. “They handcuffed me and put a black bag over my head, I could not breathe.”

    ‘”They started torturing me from the moment they arrested me”, says Parwana.’

    ‘Parwana says she was told she would be stoned to death, leaving her crying herself to sleep at night and having dreams about being stoned while wearing a helmet.’

    This is another truly desperate BBC article trying it’s hardest to squeeze is much empathy out of nothing as they can. Is this really the worst thing that could happen to somebody in prison by the Taliban ?:

    Her first meal in jail left her in shock.
    “I felt a sharp thing scratching the roof of my mouth,” she says. “When I looked at it, it was a nail – I threw up.”

    No she didn’t. I can tell you 100% that people in Afghanistan don’t have such meticulous standards for their food that they would throw up for that. I am 100% certain she found the nail and the BBC ‘reporter’ added the ‘threw up’ bit because it is only so disgusting to the middle-class like her who live in a metropolitan bubble . She is a liar.

    It goes on and on, but the story here for me is that the stupid BBC feminist activists caused all of this by encouraging the protests with no clue what that meant in a country under the Talibian. Any blood here is on THEIR hands. And even now, they using them for the BBC’s own agenda. It all tells me the BBC don’t care one bit about those women. They just want a specific agenda story.

    It ends with:
    Asked about her dreams for Afghanistan, she breaks down in tears.
    ‘”I cannot do anything. We don’t exist any more, women are removed from public life,” she says. “All we wanted was our basic rights, was it too much to ask?”‘

    No she didn’t. That doesn’t ring true at all : it was clearly written by a native English speaker. Another unproveable lie written by the BBC. Their favourite kind.

    Of course the real elephant in the room is what happens to the male prisoners. But the BBC don’t care about them. Afghani males are only useful to be used when white men can be blamed.

    Lets see who wrote it:
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    No surprise there then.

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    • atlas_shrugged says:

      > What happened to the women who took on the Taliban?

      Well if you are talking about the ‘tethered goat’ AKA Malalah, then she got shot in the head.

      Then she was given:
      Expensive western medical treatment
      A Nobel peace prize
      An Oxford University education
      24/7 Security team

      IMHO this is a very high cost to pay just to get a feminist poster-child victim.

      What UK feminists (and especially the ones in the bBC) do not understand is that it all comes down to birth-rates and to quote Steyn (at 1.6 replacement rate) the UK is on the ‘oblivion-express’.

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  6. Flotsam says:

    Interesting use of words on BBC local radio news yesterday “Nigel Farage claims Reform are ahead of the Tories”. Claims! The truth is in fact that Reform is ahead in independent opinion polling.

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    • taffman says:

      I don’t think that the BBC and its staff like Nigel Farage and the Reform Party ?

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  7. JohnC says:

    You know, it is becoming obvious to me now that they are not going to let Biden be the next President. His mental state is just too far gone to hide. If he goes up against Trump, he is going to be made to look like an absolute idiot.

    So what will they do ?.

    If they get to any debate, you can be sure it will not be a one on one discussion. They will never allow it now. They will be totally separated to protect Biden from Trump.

    But most likely is that they will make up some excuse to remove him on medical grounds. It will of course be a complete lie – they will never admit it’s because his dementia has become so bad.

    But the most interesting thing will be how the MSM will cover it up and not even go near their own complicity that such a man is actually the president. The BBC in particular will concentrate on ‘the current situation and going forward’ without any guilt that they are as guilty as anybody for blatantly lying to us all about his condition. Lying by omission – the greatest lie of all.

    I find it terrifying that this man is now in control of the war in Ukraine. It is absolutely inexcuseable that the BBC are protecting him simply to stop Trump being democratically elected. People might say Joe is not really in charge – but Afghanistan proved that when he gets something into his head, Joe is ruthless and exercises the power he actually has by his office.

    I have a strong suspicion we will be told Joe has been admitted to hospital within 2 or 3 months. Which will be the pretext for his replacement. And the BBC will go along with it 100%.

    What do others think will happen ?

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    • Scroblene says:

      Good queastion…

      By July, there’ll be serious speculation about the old boy’s fitness, and murmerings (facts), will mean Michelle will be sent in to cover for him.

      By September, Barry will be ready for trying for his fourth term!

      There will be panic as the Republicans will undoubtedly be covering every avenue where skullduggery is being used by the Demonrats!

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      • JohnC says:

        You know Scrobs, just when you think it can’t get any more ridiculous it does.

        Maybe they have to put Kamala Harris in as the candidate instead !. I have no idea what the rules are for this.

        The astute news reader will realise that now the campaign is in progress, the MSM are not reporting anything at all about her and haven’t for ages. Presumably because they know she is a major vote loser. Another example of MSM corruption.

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        • Scroblene says:

          That is probably true John, but as increasing numbers are avoiding the boring MSM these days, and getting their information, free, from more reputable sources on the net, the warblings of the rags and of course, the disgracefully far-left biased bbc aren’t actually making much headway!

          I learn more about the real world here, and a few others like Guido, than I’d ever get from the paid-for stuff!

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      • Ian Rushlow says:

        It’s very disrespectful to refer to the president and the first lady as ‘Barry’ and ‘Michelle’.

        The proper names to use are ‘Bath house Barry’ and ‘Big Mike’.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      JohnC
      I suppose Obama will be rehearsing Biden pretty strongly – and then decide whether to put him in harness …

      If I recall the billed debate is 26th? June – so there’s not much time to decide .

      Does the debate matter ? If it is fixed then it’s of no value what happens – the msm will spin it as a giant win for Obama Biden and question the capacity of Trump to cover …

      If he has a ‘fall’ and has to postpone it I suppose the question is whether Mrs Obama will be up for for Job – my £1 at 25/1 stands …

      I still think Obama has the voting system sewn up so not too many worries about getting his 4th term … and the MSM will spin as he requires …

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      • Peter Grimes says:

        “ I suppose Obama will be rehearsing Biden pretty strongly – and then decide whether to put him in harness …”

        Harness?? No, more likely a gimp suit so Big Mike can pleasure the old git.

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    • G says:

      John,

      “So what will they do?”

      War will intervene. That’s what they are all aiming for. That’ll also sort out the National Debt. Probably by wiping it out and keeping the left like our Rich Sunak/Starmer in No.10. After all, the ‘Leadership’ of the West are seemingly spending money like it grows on trees.

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    • Rob in Cheshire says:

      The Demoncrats will have to get rid of him before the national convention. A new candidate can be selected there. Step forward, Big Mike?

      But the “First Lady” would not be so keen. “Dr” Jill likes the job, she’ll try to keep the old husk going as long as possible. He’ll have to get covid or something before his debate with Trump, there is just no way it can happen, however much magic potion they give him. He’s 81 going on 121.

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  8. JohnC says:

    Just look at how far the USA has fallen.

    Well done BBC. You share responsibility for it.

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    • Scroblene says:

      Just checked John, they’re keeping well out of this one!

      You’d have thought that the state broadcaster could have at least bothered to comment on the story of Biden’s issues, after all, he could do the wrong thing at any time now, and the British people need to be informed!

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  9. tomo says:

    Biden’s (lack of) mental capacity has been an enduring thing and his absurd lies litter his public career. He was showing overt signs of senility in the Democrat candidate selection TV “debates” – senility doesn’t fix itself.

    That indicates he’s a fig leaf.

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  10. Doublethinker says:

    I know that this is a bit old hat but I have read Nadine Doris’s book about the alleged plot to bring Boris down. I wouldn’t recommend it.

    She claims that the likes of the civil service and MSM were not the prime movers , just useful and willing accessories . In her analysis the key figures were all Tory party members, MPs or advisors or workers in the Tory HQ. Prominent among them were Gove and Cummings and an unnamed individual given the code name Dr No. ( yes she was serious and no this book isn’t a novel) .
    Apparently Gove and Cummings were placed in the Brexit Leave team to sabotage Leave and to make sure that Leave lost after fighting a spirited campaign. They were appalled and furious when the UK voted to leave and Gove was told to stab Boris in the back to prevent him becoming PM in 2016 so that the more pliable and controllable May would win the leadership and the result of the referendum could be neutered.
    Nigel Farage ruined this plan at the Euro elections, May resigned and Boris became PM and had to be brought down via the ludicrous cake gate pantomime post pandemic and replaced by their man Sunak.
    Throughout the book Boris is the knight in shinning armour who labours tirelessly on behalf of the British people despite being covertly undermined by Gove’s gang which chooses Sunak to replace him booting out Truss on the way.
    All this may well be true , Boris was subject to two very public political assassinations , Gove may be the arch plotter behind them but it is never made clear what the motivation is other than lust for power.
    For instance no claim is made that perhaps Gove was a WEF globalist agent assigned to minimising damage to the globalist cause done by Brexit. The reader is left speculating why this cabal spent years stopping Boris . After all are Sunak’s policies significantly different to those that Boris would have chosen? Perhaps the only difference is that Boris without cakegate would be a long way ahead of Labour now. So is Gove a Labour agent?
    Nadine never once mentions immigration and she agrees with Boris about the vital importance of Net Zero. Both key Globalist policies . Boris’s Britain May have left the EU globalist club but it was still following Globalist policies.
    An odd book but one which shows how little we the public understand or know about the way our country actually is governed. Democracy has little role in it.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Double – congratulations on reading Dorries book . Her self importance will be boosted by the thought that anyone read it .

      She was culture secretary – a mainly harmless job where did nothing . She was that kind of overheated personality that politics attracts –
      If only the blues had stuck to conservative values they wouid not be about to get the slaughter they deserve – even now the likes of red Cameron is attacking Farage – despite the polling and ‘feeling ‘ in the country .

      I sort of think the characters she describes – gove – Cummings – wouid have used her to leak stuff as they assumed she couldn’t keep her mouth shut when media friends took her for a quiet bottle of red …. Another waste of rations …

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      • Doublethinker says:

        She hardly ever spoke to Gove or Cummings. She claims her sources were other Tory MPs, civil servants, Tory party workers and some journalists.
        The points I wanted to make were , assuming the book is at least true in parts , firstly how vulnerable democracy is and secondly little we understand about power and thirdly how gullible we are.
        I was convinced that Cummings was got rid of because the civil service didn’t like him and that he was rude to Nut Nuts. But Dorries book ( thank you I couldn’t remember how to spell her name) says Boris got rid of Cummings because he found him to be briefing / leaking against Boris himself. Just the opposite of what I thought . Who’s right ?? And that is our democracy.

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    • Flotsam says:

      My theory is the Conservative Party has been infiltrated The actors? So many candidates. Fake Tories, blackmailed Party figures, the Civil Service, the Labour Party, the EU, Russia, China, the BBC.
      The Sue Gray investigation into Partygate for example must be the most obvious abuse of power. Sue Gray was a supposedly “independent” Civil Servant when she carried out the investigation yet was involved with Smarmer and the Labour Party at the same time. She seems to have got away with this scot free.
      There’s been so many mistakes made by the Tories that it could only be down to black ops in my opinion.

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      • moggiemoo says:

        Black ops? Racist pig, I demand you apologise and take the knee.

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      • Peter Grimes says:

        Lord Nige is correct. Half at least of the Tory party would be perfectly at home with the LibDums, people like Matthew Parris. 25% at a minimum would fit very comfortably in the Liebor party.

        Doesn’t leave many real Tories, does it?

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        • MarkyMark says:

          Video of Anna Soubry saying “Suck it up! Suck it up!” “Anna Soubry vs Caroline Flint on the Norway/EEA option.”

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    • Peter Grimes says:

      Went to a posh party a few backs back to welcome a distant cousin holidaying from Aus at another distant cousin’s very posh home quite near General Wolfe’s house. This was before RichiRishi decided the game was up and he might as well burn the house down on the way out (to California).

      The second distant cousin was a senior and prime Tory back room activist (pace you Al Beeb toilet cubiclists) until last year when he gave up in disgust. One of the many reasons he gave was Sunak’s and the party’s relentless desire to put down RichiRishi’s last couple of predecessors, you know who they are, and to never defend Tory policies.

      Look where that got us!

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  11. tomo says:

    Something wonky, very, very wonky going on?

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    • JohnC says:

      People dare not go against the woke mob these days. If their details get out, their lives get ruined.

      This is what fascism literally means. Not the one the Left have twisted to be only ‘far-right’:

      ‘Fascism refers to a way of organizing society with an emphasis of autocratic government, dictatorial leadership, and the suppression of opposition.’

      Sums up what the totally intolerant left-wing activists want perfectly for me.

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      • pugnazious says:

        Spiked notes the sinister rise of a more violent and insidious form of anti-Semitism…one that is truly very redolent of the 1930’s…but one the BBC doesn’t seem too bothered about….and not just anti-Semitism…it’s bundled in with anti-White racism…

        ‘Anti-Israel bigots have adopted the terror group’s propaganda symbol to threaten and intimidate Jews.’

        ‘Earlier this week, inverted red triangles were daubed on the New York home of Anne Pasternak, the director of the Brooklyn Museum. Alongside the ominous symbols was a banner that stated: ‘Anne Pasternak / Brooklyn Museum / White Supremacist Zionist.’ Underneath, in a smaller red font, were the words, ‘funds genocide’. The homes of other Brooklyn Museum board members were also daubed with red triangles.’

        https://www.spiked-online.com/2024/06/14/the-chilling-rise-of-the-hamas-red-triangle/

        Curious how the BBC is very concerned about the treatment of Muslims in far away countries and with the supposed re-emergence of the 1930’s in Europe due to the Far-Right…but shows no concern about Jews on our own doorstep…nor the very real echoes of the 1930’s as Jews are hounded and publicly vilified on the streets of Europe and in America and the rise of Islamic supremacism tied in with Far-Left anarchists [an unholy union that history tells us will end in tears ala Iran].

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    • pugnazious says:

      By extension that would justify all sorts of violence…Tescos selling sugar and fat….car dealerships and car factories [indeed Tesla factory attacked recently]…any factory…farms….holidayers…etc…etc…etc.

      Shame that so many in the media and in politics actually back these terrorists. Maybe not just lock up the eco-terrorists[supposing the judge isn’t themselves a supporter] but also lock up the cheerleaders.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Judge has pension with fossil fuels? HA HA HA HA HA!
      So do all their pensions!

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  12. tomo says:

    We’re going to have more of these SNP numpties foisted on Westminster in a short few weeks – aren’t we?

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Sad state of affairs when I’m celebrating every kraut goal and the icing on the cake is Scot’s red card . The coverage of the ‘fans’ I saw had that upbeat ‘approved ‘ air the BBC always has when it’s ’approved ‘ .the English will get the yob treament being ‘unapproved ‘ of course …and the BBC will link it to ‘reform ‘

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    • Rob in Cheshire says:

      This is the sort of deluded optimism you would expect of someone promoting Scottish “independence” as a tiny part of the EU.

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  13. Up2snuff says:

    Meanwhile in other General Election news, the sitting MP in my constituency has cancelled her ‘hustings’, according to the BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cyxx243yr16o

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  14. Fedup2 says:

    Tedious birthday ‘honours ‘ list ….. just ‘why ‘ – so out of date now and really devalued … but to the honours committee I’d be glad to accept a gong for my services to not paying the TV licence ….
    I reckon I might get my next visit from the TV licence inspector Sunday night during the England Game …. I can’t wait …. Come on Albania …*

    * apparently the kneelers are not playing Albania – it’s someone else … maybe dinghy United but who cares ….

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Fed, I’m just aghast at the injustice of the Honours. Alan Bates should be the Peer of the realm not the other three. The BBC will just love pushing what Tracy Emin said in the House of Lords at us ad infinitum. Rent-a-gob gets a Damehood? Maybe the sucker in charge of the Labour Party will, if elected, suddenly discover the Conservatives were right after all about Labour tax increases and will save money by a drastic clear out of ‘the other place’.

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  15. BRISSLES says:

    Fed, I’m so happy that brown nose Beckham has missed out on his K again !

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    • Scroblene says:

      I was just waiting for this post from your goodself, Brissles!

      And so am I glad!

      Have a Damehood from me!

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      • BRISSLES says:

        You know me so well Scrobs ! If I was the protesting type, I would slow walk down my village High Street with my banner, proclaiming ELIMINATE THE K IN BECKHAM ! I would go on the rampage covering any house number with a 7 in it with red paint, and I’d go and free his bloody bees !!

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  16. AsISeeIt says:

    Partaking of one’s daily perusal of the national frontpages – from the stiffest sleepiest mildly conservative broadsheet, down market to the brashest blokiest jokiest of tabloids – one tends to note when a marked division of press interest occurs.

    The fault ine this morning happens to be choice of cover page pin-up pic. It’s a case of for the many, not the few (as politicos might say) when it comes to the number of titles headlining a princess: Kate: I’m not out of the woods yet… (Daily Express) – a prize portion of punning there, to which Mr AsI is of course partial, and that accompanies the official photograph (and gosh, our Kate has had her prior travails thereabouts, photoshop-wise) – Photo credit Matt Porteous

    Kate looking thoughtful and serious, and alone, dressed smart-casual, yummy-mummy-style, ready to jump into the Range Rover on the school run, or to go just chillin’ with the wimmin at the coffee shop. Backdrop a big old tree: Pictured in the Gardens of Windsor this week (Daily Mail)

    The majority of our Grub Street press pack titles go with this one – and when it comes to roll calls I’m inevitably put in mind of the Trumpton fire brigade…

    Led by Captain Flack: Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb. (There’s one for the teenagers)

    Frontpage top photo feature – our Princess of Wales – is eagerly picked up and run with by: Telegraph, Times, Daily Express, Mirror, Mail… not Gruan

    So here’s our fault line. The Guardian’s alternative take on a princess is Naomi Campbell… ‘No one’s perfect. You know when you fall, you pick yourself up and you keep going’ (Guardian) – our Naomi has had her travails – slapping assistants and the like.

    Isn’t it remarkable how the self same self help-style wisdom through adversity is similar but not the same: Kate’s message to nation… There are good days and there are bad days (Mirror); …I am making good progress (Daily Mail)

    Black Princess

    One outlier doen’t constitute a faultline you’ll say. Ah, but the globalist FT reveals a similarly Guardianista-style aversion to royal news in picture form: Naomi Campbell From high fashion to high art (FT Weekend) – admittedly it’s not their frontpage dominating feature but the pink paper does admire the same artsy big hair black and white glamour shot: Photograph Steven Meisel – as is featured prominently on the cover of the Guardian for one of their FT right-hand column Saturday contents teasers

    Speaking of the pink paper – the FT Weekend goes with the same politically charged sentiment as the Guardian went with previously this week when it comes to the football: Football fever Tense Europe turns to play

    This reviewer often notes the convergence between Times and Guardian frontpage in style and content – but are Guardianistas now moonlighting as Financial Times writers?

    I said pink and the FT’s favourite pic from the football is a group of: German fans in Munich ahead of the host nation’s match against Scotland – not for the FT is there any of that patronising supportive nod toward the ginger haired celtic fringe we saw from the BBC yesterday – not that BBC support did them any good: Ruthless Germany humble 10-man Scotland in Euro 24 opener (BBC)

    We’ll wait to see how our Gareth Southgate’s boys with their rather more fabian than ruthless tactics open their account against the wiley Serbs later today.

    But I said pink. A picture paints a thousand words and the FT’s choice of photograph is of a group of crazy German fans, not in their familair white team shirts as worn to: thrash 10-man Scotland in tournament opener – oh no. Instead they are in some form of away colours – in a distinctly non-Teutonic pink hue. Photo credit too small and blurry to read in the BBC’s newspaper line-up reproduction – but this could be a group of British council workers snapped on a gay pride march. Hardly the image of ‘ruthless Germans’ about to ‘thrash’ Scotland – sorry, I just like saying it.

    Culture clash… Seeking the spotless sponsor – that’s an FT business-minded feature published today. More of that sort of thing later.

    And we approach and finally

    The Daily Star leans with the majority rather than the outliers with the Kate pic on their frontpage while their top story is of course about the summer weather – or lack thereof: The Ice-age cometh… Hot-water bottles out as temperatures drop to 7C

    Star thought for the day: Where the hell has the sun gone?

    And the above does not refer to the BBC press line-up from which that title is habitually conspicuous by its absence.

    Although one senses that omission may be corrected. The BBC does give The Sun a name check in a news story: Is The Sun about to endorse Sir Keir Starmer? – just asking?

    If you thought Gays for Palestine required political and mental gymnastics of a most archane 4D chess Zen master level… then how about this reaction to the 7th October Hamas terror attack?

    Music festivals for Hamas…

    Barclays suspends sponsorship of Download, Latitude and Isle of Wight festivals… Move follows protests from bands and fans over the bank providing financial services to defence companies supplying Israel (Guardian)

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Do princesses pose in the woods ?
      Is it over for Willy and Kate ?
      Where are the children ? We need to be told
      Is the picture real ? What’s going on ?
      Has Kate gone green ?

      How far will the press go with the POW apparently attending the king birthday bash thing today – as least they’ve got a nice day for it and it’s too cool in londonistan to faint if you are a guardsperson …

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  17. Guest Who says:

    https://x.com/artemisfornow/status/1801873451054964903?s=61
    BBC – Social spies.
    Er … Here’s the BBC’s ‘disinformation’ department gleefully discussing how she created 24 bot accounts on 24 iPhones to spy on other accounts election choices.
    Breaching your privacy and social media terms and conditions
    This isn’t at all concerning 🤡

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    • Fedup2 says:

      I get the feeling – with the increasing popularity of Nigel Farage / reform – it must be time for the MSM to roll out some ‘anti ‘ …. and certainly in the next 2 weeks …

      It must a challenge though because he ll have had the full treatment during the brexit campaign ….

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      • Scroblene says:

        If he had any more skeletons in the cupboard, they’d have tried them all during the Brexit success, and therafter, failed miserably!

        I think it’s hilarious that those who pay the TV tax may well be thinking that the beeboid lust for labour is wearing a bit thin, and that the state broadcaster isn’t actually doing very well.

        Be interesting for the Moraine Strain to try and find out how many more citizens will give up paying the tax now the cubiclists are showing open hatred for Mr Farage…

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        • Fedup2 says:

          The star chamber 11 minute piece on breakfast bbc Friday has received quite a bit of X attention – particularly the 11 minute sneer of ‘naga ‘…’aka Subha Nagalakshmi Munchetty-Chendriah – Yaxley Lennon … described by wiki as ‘English ‘…

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        • moggiemoo says:

          The only chance the man have of ridding themselves if Farage is murdering him. I really wouldn’t put it past them, or the faaaaar left in general.

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  18. Sluff says:

    Toady. Thought for the Day.
    It was given by a gay Sikh. What are the chances of that?
    Sikhs number under 1% of the UK population according to the 2021 census and gays are about 3% so having a gay Sikh is a 3 in 10,000 chance.
    But this is the BBC. So there is a narrative to push.

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    • Scroblene says:

      Fed and Sluff, you deserve an honour for having to listen to such drivel as Toady, coming from the cubiclitterati! (sorry if that sounds a bit ‘medical’).

      We used to have a toad in our greenhouse. We called him Toad-Lee, and fed him slugs and other tidbits whenever we saw him!

      Sadly, he died last year, when he’d fallen into a flower pot, and couldn’t get out. We were heartbroken…

      And I nearly trod on a small toad the other night, while letting the dog out. I picked him up to pop him in a nice cool part of the garden, and he promptly weed on my hands!

      What are the odds on having two toad stories within seconds of each other? 100/1?

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Scroblene -I’m sorry for your loss – thoughts and prayers – I have just helped rear a baby sparrow whose parents didn’t really perform their duty – I guess they thought the State ‘breakfast club ‘ – taxpayers supplied food would do the job ….

        .. I’ve checked the junk file and there’s no sign of a gong from the king but there’s another awards gig soon …

        Today had ‘that friend of the show ‘alistair Campbell ‘ who is on a free bee following the Scot’s team in Germany .

        Campbell says that Farage is unlikely to ‘enjoy ‘ being in parliament – a claim by a creature that has never held elected office – but I suspect that after 20? Years in the EU parliament the commons would be a piece of p…. But I’d enjoy a
        Farage v Galloway fight …

        BTW – what tune did Campbell play on his bagpipes at the end of ‘today ‘ – clue – it wasn’t ’things Can only get better’….

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        • Scroblene says:

          Hows about, ‘Show me the way to go home’?

          Most people want him shoved well away as quickly as possible!

          I’ll raise your MBE to an OBE for listening to that awful bloke!

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          • Fedup2 says:

            Odious to joy … has to be really – surprised the embarrassment of the Scot’s championship team hasn’t kicked off his depression again …

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  19. pugnazious says:

    VAT on private schools…ideological? Class war? High-minded, if dubious, morality?

    Why will they not charge VAT on university tuition fees then?

    Clearly a class war attack on private schools…and we know Rayner, for one, wants to abolish them completely….dumbing down…politics of envy and maliciousness….if we can’t have it nor can you.

    Wes Stride’s ‘crocodile tears’ comment says it all…very revealing. Private schools raised fees but out of necessity due to the ‘cost of living crisis’…it wasn’t a hand-in the-pocket of parents robbery to raise money for some pet vanity project as Labour’s VAT grab is…Labour is robbing private schools[they think an easy ideological target] to fund policies that are headline grabbing. Starmer robbing children to make himself look ‘good’ in the eyes of his classwar chums.

    Come on NIck Robinson…plenty of ‘Gotchas’ to be had.

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    • atlas_shrugged says:

      > VAT on private schools…ideological? Class war? High-minded, if dubious, morality?

      Most definitely Pug. I’ve got a little list of all the goodies I can do without to hit back at these thieving-marxists after the election:

      No more wine or beer – health benefit
      Cycle more and drive less – better for fitness
      Holiday overseas in winter – less heating costs
      etc etc

      The comrades need to re-discover that trying to steal more money is counter-productive.

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      • Scroblene says:

        Is it possible to charge VAT on all charities’ donations, not just private schools? It’s income after all, but as we only give a few quid to one small charity, I don’t really notice!

        Be nice to see how the kids of the new red labour face up to the other normal kids in their comprehensive schools, after being pulled out of their public schools!

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    • Rob in Cheshire says:

      There are no enemies on the left, And no gotchas either. Let’s not ask where Lady Starmer is, or who the father of a Labour love child is. Boris’s many children were fair game, it seems, but not Sir Keir’s. No-one ever asks him how many children he has.

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  20. G says:

    Hey! I know. Reduce the personal income tax threshold for all EU population and now, keep them alive to pay more tax to cover the hairbrained schemes thought up by the EU and the UK……..

    “ECHR Confirms No Right to Assisted Suicide & Promotes Palliative Care”

    https://eclj.org/euthanasia/echr/echr-confirms-no-right-to-assisted-suicide–promotes-palliative-care

    Time we extricate ourselves from this bunch of bandits.

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  21. pugnazious says:

    The BBC once again target Farage with their ‘verify’ stamp of disapproval.

    They can’t avoid the fact that facts are facts…however they desperately try to qualify and contextualize and parse away the facts to suit their own views….for example CO2…apparently Farage’s claim that mankind produces around 3% of CO2 is false…

    ”All I do know is that man produces about 3% of the CO2 produced in the world every year… and that it is nuts to call CO2 a poison’

    This claim is misleading.

    Except it’s not…mankind does produce around 3% of CO2….

    ‘Our output of 29 gigatons of CO2 is tiny compared to the 750 gigatons moving through the carbon cycle each year.

    https://www.che-project.eu/news/how-do-human-co2-emissions-compare-natural-co2-emissions

    Then there’s shoplifting…

    ”You can now go shoplifting and provided you nick less than £200 worth of stuff you won’t get prosecuted”

    The BBC waffles hard on this…throwing a huge amount of nothing up in the air to try and baffle the reader….however one BBC headline tells you all you need to know….

    ‘Shoplifters taking under £200 worth of goods ‘not pursued”

    So Farage is right…as he is on all his statements…including of course on immigration….Farage puts out a broad statistic…which can in no way capture every single nuance but is broadly correct….but the BBC has to try and list every way in which he could be wrong if this happened or that occurred….it’s just pathetic…and when you consider how many BBC employees are involved in this hit-job and that they don’t do this for Labour claims….

    ‘ if every new member of the UK population due to net migration last year ended up in a household of 2.4 people and that household required a new home to live in, you could get to a statistic similar to that cited by Mr Farage.

    However, this kind of calculation does not take into account some existing homes being vacant, or how many people, on average, live in a household formed by new migrants.’

    And then this….he’s wrong….but he’s right….

    ”Half of those that’ve come aren’t coming to work, they’re coming as dependants’ ‘

    ‘This claim is not correct if you look at the latest figures for overall migrant visas. ‘

    Er…

    ‘His claim is broadly correct though on the numbers coming on work visas.’

    Look at this….apparently the BBC ‘verifying’ a Labour claim….but is in fact a sly check on Tory claims….it’s very Labour friendly…

    ‘Labour’s claim of £71bn of unfunded Tory spending fact-checked’
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c3g51qlxezro

    BBC ‘fact checking’ has always been suspect….recent elections and during the Brexit debate the favoured side has it’s ‘facts’ checked and yes, maybe, says the BBC, they aren’t quite right but it’s close enough…however the Tories or the Brexiteers….completely wrong and misleading…absolute disgrace!

    LOL…nice to have one of the world’s most powerful and influential broadcasters on your side….The BBC tells us…

    ‘The Labour Party raised £351,990 more in donations than the Conservatives in the first week of the general election campaign, according to the Electoral Commission.’

    …wonder how much the free BBC pro-Labour propaganda is worth?

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  22. Guest Who says:

    Newsnight numbers.

    https://x.com/mishalhusain/status/1801691345465262181?s=61
    Full BBC piece including IDF response:

    One comment every 2 hrs.

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  23. Guest Who says:

    A bbc colleague speaks.

    https://x.com/soozuk/status/1801492761700393216?s=61

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    • MarkyMark says:

      “It’s really fucking obvious. It’s so kids don’t think “those are the poor kids and those are the rich kids”. It makes perfect sense, it’s not very expensive and STOP MAKING REACTIONARIES FAMOUS!”

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  24. pugnazious says:

    Lordy lordy….what a surprise…the BBC reports that The Sun is coming out for Starmer [The Times has been there all along….indeed has been a longtime critic of Brexit and Boris…its journo Rachel Sylvester absolutely hates Boris and, surprise, was a constant, constant, voice on the BBC]

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cw88x6ww1p8o

    But here’s the real nugget that says it all…

    ‘The relationship between Sir Keir and the Murdoch empire has been much pored over. There have been suggestions that the two have cut a deal by watering down Labour’s support for press regulation, but Tom Baldwin says that this is a lower priority for the Labour leader than issues such as social media regulation and securing funding for the BBC.’

    So Starmer will stamp down on and censor ‘Social Media’…the BBC’s biggest target…a rival to its monopoly over the news narrative, people’s thinking and not least commercial activities…the BBC would love to shut it all down or at least have the politicians control it. You might think that would be the BBC’s biggest fear…an independent media suddenly under the whip hand of politicians….apparently not.

    And of course….’securing funding for the BBC.’….yep…you can bet Labour will be very generous as it buys the BBC’s support….not that it needs to.

    And curious isn’t it that Blair courted Murdoch, doing a deal with him in 1995, is not and was never a thing….

    ‘In 1997, Stuart Higgins was editor of the Sun. His paper had worshipped Margaret Thatcher but ahead of the election that year, it decided time was up on her successor John Major and the paper backed Labour, with the front page screaming: “The Sun backs Blair”.

    As leader of the opposition in 1995, Tony Blair flew to Australia to address a Murdoch empire conference. ‘

    However much different when Tories met Murdoch….

    ‘Boris Johnson criticised over Rupert Murdoch dinner

    Rupert Murdoch pays £11,000 for Boris Johnson to visit

    Rupert Murdoch in Series of Meetings With Boris Johnson and High-Profile Ministers

    George Osborne under pressure to reveal if meeting with Rupert Murdoch preceded announcement of BBC cuts

    The BBC frequently wheels in Tom Baldwin these days….

    ‘The journalist and former Labour adviser Tom Baldwin has spoken at length to Sir Keir for his biography of the Labour leader, Keir Starmer: The Biography. ‘

    A mere ‘journalist’? Yeah but…a Murdoch Times journalist who was famous for placing pro-Labour stories in the paper and an Alastair Campbell side-kick. Odd the BBC doesn’t mention that.

    The Mail does however…

    ‘Campbell was known to liaise with Baldwin in endless attempts to ­discredit the Labour government’s enemies, the results of which regularly ended up prominently in The Times — a paper once admired for its thundering independence.’

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  25. tomo says:

    Front Page, this morning

    – Why Orgreave, why today?

    No mention of the BBC’s editing antics on the day…

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  26. tomo says:

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    • Scroblene says:

      This from the bloke who ran away when he misunderstood the real Conservative citizens’ message for Brexit!

      I wish Raedwald was still around, as he was one of the first serious bloggers who denounced Cameron as a ‘dillettante’, well before anyone else saw through him!

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    • popeye says:

      Just tried to post the following in the Telegraph comments section. Removed automatically. What are the forbidden words/phrases?

      “If one assumes that both Cameron and Blair (and you can’t get a cigarette paper between the two) are intelligent , then their espousal of multiculturalism in the knowledge that by 2050 this country will be a Muslim-majority nation begs the question, why they are for it.

      Given also that Saudi, a very wealthy country, has as its objective the Islamification of the whole world, one wouldn’t be surprised if the post-government wealth of some politicians wasn’t due to this policy being promoted by them.

      I would ask any politician that, given the demographics, which Muslim-majority country do they see as a paradigm for the Britain of the future, though no doubt given their new-found wealth they would be long gone”.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Pop eye – I think the Muslims running the telegraph vetting just want to suppress the truth until it’s too late for us to stop them – they are nearly there…

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Buy British! HA HA HA HA!

      “Samantha Cameron: Chinese factories can be better than British ‘sweat shops’
      Cameron said her fashion label Cefinn is manufactured in China because British factories failed the audit

      Anita Singh,
      ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
      26 June 2020 • 7:27pm”

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Old Etonian with a chip not a good look – but Mr Farage did cost that slimey creature his job in a way ..

         6 likes

    • Rob in Cheshire says:

      It’s a demarcation dispute. Cameron thinks destroying the Conservative party is his job, not Nigel’s.

      To be fair, he’s good at it.

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  27. Jeff says:

    Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I can take too much more of this global warming. Phew…

    I’m just back from my morning squelch with my little dog. The grass is long and lush and everywhere is sodden. It’s bleeding nippy and fells more like March than mid June.

    I was wearing my winter overcoat, a hat and stout welly boots…and to be honest I was wishing I’d put on my thick woolen scarf.

    I’m rather baffled…I don’t know what to make of it. You see, I thought that both April and May were pretty bloody chilly on the whole, but I was wrong. The Met Office have informed us that that April was one of the warmest ever and May was the hottest since records began. Just goes to show…

    I don’t doubt that in a couple of weeks some boffin from the Met will be telling us that June was “unnaturally warm” and that we experienced “drought conditions”.

    The BBC will show us films of forest fires, desert storms and dried up reservoirs.

    In the meantime…

    Anyone seen my scarf?

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    • BRISSLES says:

      I feel your pain too Jeff. Retrieved my winter coat from it’s summer hibernate to walk the dog. Foolishly I had a stall at a local village day fete, but then my friends gazebo took flight from a powerful rogue gust, then the showers became driving rain, so we took an early bath (literally) and came home.
      Now, the sun is shining, the sky is blue with a mild breeze.

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  28. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – well that gives the game away on ‘the-cost-of-living-crisis’!

    Some of us on here had a hunch, certainly I did, that the BBC’s ‘cost-of-living-crisis’ was a semi-artifical construct to embarrass the then PM, Boris Johnson and the Conservative Government. The BBC still have it as a segment in their on-line banner of ‘News’. Just as the BBC gave the game away with with the last World Cup in Qatar, interviewing a Welsh lass who had travelled to Qatar (not cheap) just to support her national team, so the BBC undermine their ‘cost-of-living-crisis’ by revealing on TOADY this morning that 5,000 England supporters had travelled to Germany (again, not cheap) to support their team.

    “Crisis? What crisis?” © the late James Callaghan as Labour Party PM.

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  29. pugnazious says:

    Queers for Palestine….’I’m confused….Sooo…Israel…a Muslim country right?’…..oh my head hurts…

    Need some BBC ‘Fact checkers For Jews’ I think.

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  30. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    Posts like Pugnacious’s above showing the bbbc trying to catch out Farage with their ‘fact checking’ plus lots by JohnC and others all give lots of examples of the bbbc left wing, woke bias.
    Ofcom are all too ready to jump on GB News yet leave the left alone to do as they want.

    Why is there no outlet for to publish all these examples showing how bad the bbbc really is.
    I don’t mean on here as we are aware of how corrupt the bbbc is, I mean something like the bbbc verify fact checking operation which we all know is just a lefty propaganda outfit which Goebbels would have been proud of.

    If Nigel were to call the bbbc out to answer how they manipulate, obfuscate and omit facts that don’t suit their far left agenda but can be used to harm anyone they hate such as Reform, Israel or those who question climate change or vaccinations, what would happen.

    Could he ask these things and back them up with undeniable facts on something like Question Time so that the bbbc would have to respond.
    Maybe ask them how many times they have had to apologise for incorrect headlines to Farage compared to their man Starmer or how many back page corrections are made for errors which harm the right compared to those (if any) that harm the left.

    The Right don’t seem to want to fight back against this tsunami of misinformation and are letting the left get away with anything.

    If our lot on here can find all this out where are the ‘fact checkers’ for the Right and why the silence.

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    • JohnC says:

      Two reasons spring straight to mind:

      1) OFCOM won’t accept complaints against the BBC. You have to complain to the BBC first and the whole process is so tedious, most give up.

      2) Left-wing activists actually watch GB News simply looking for something to complain straight to OFCOM about. And they tell each other so many complain at once.

      This is all quite deliberate. The chairman of OFCOM is Michael Grade, ex boss at the BBC until he quit for more money at ITV. Which lasted less than 2 years. Now firmly a member of the establishment after they made him a Lord.

      It all stinks to high heaven. They don’t care if people don’t like it because they don’t have to. Just look at what they’ve done to all those who might threaten them.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Emmanuel, we do our best on here and also over at the web-site for ‘Is the BBC biased?’

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  31. tomo says:

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  32. tomo says:

    YUGE …. if true – hey, Verify©

    BBC bot farm?

    Could they be that arrogant + stupid?

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    • JohnC says:

      They most certainly have left-wing troll farms swamping HYS with spiteful far-left attacks on Conservatives so I don’t put anything beneath them.

      They really are that stupid : the difference between HYS comments and upticks when the troll farm is engaged compared to when they are not is night and day. It’s blindingly obvious.

      Even if they don’t directly trigger the farm, they know full well what is going on and allow it. Imagine what marianna-pants-on-fire and ‘BBC Verify’ would be doing if it was a far-right troll farm.

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      • tomo says:

        The few times I’ve looked at BBC web comments – they are just farcically groomed.

        Like the good old days at The Guardian…

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    • Scroblene says:

      Blimey!

      As JohnC often refers to ‘troll farms’, the beeboids are at it as well then!

      I don’t need protecting from a leftie, failing bunch of idiots, I need protecting from being stabbed in London, or burgled in the Shires!

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Why ‘nudge’?
      It is called ‘nudge’ after the book by Richard Thaler (who went on to win the Nobel prize in economics) and Cass Sunstein which set out how people are not the rational economic actors beloved of conventional economic theory – but can be influenced by “choice architecture” into making better choices in their own interests.

      https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/article/explainer/nudge-unit

      Behavioural Insights Team is now independent of the UK government

      https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/behavioural-insights-team

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  33. Flotsam says:

    Somewhat curious decision to Knight ex Postmaster Alan Bates. It’s not that I don’t think he deserves to be honoured but he really doesn’t fit the mould of a Knighthood candidate for the Establishment. I feel that Knighting him is more of a Political decision to deflect and short circuit criticism of the Government and the Establishment over the Horizon scandal, one of the many handy uses for the honours system.

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    • Sluff says:

      Important comment Flotsam, and I suspect pretty close to the truth. Or is it a form of bribery? Maybe Bates will feel less likely to be an awkward s**. I do hope not. Keep going Mr Bates until those responsible are in jail.
      The government incidentally was Labour until 2010 yet they seem strangely to be absent and unaccountable from the story. It could be argued that progress, however slow, has happened under the Tories, though Ed Davey did his best to prevent it during the coalition era.

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  34. Scroblene says:

    This is from Oddschecker, where people really put their money where their mouth is!

    “Recent polls suggest that Farage’s Reform UK has overtaken Sunak’s Conservatives in the opinion poll.

    A poll released by YouGOV last night showed that Farage’s Reform UK Party had overtaken Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives for the first time in a national poll.

    The Tories were relegated into third by voters with 18% of votes while Reform moved into second with 19%, an increase on 2% from the last poll.

    This comes after Sunak released his party manifesto on Tuesday which among many things promised deep tax cuts.

    Despite hoping to reignite the Conservative campaign with these policies, focus has remained on Sunak’s highly criticised decision to leave a D-Day memorial events in France earlier than other world leaders and the lack of trust creatred by the ‘partygate’ scandal.

    As people grow tired of the Conservatives Farage has stepped in to lead the Reform Party to offer voters what he described as a serious right wing option at this election.

    Since then support has grown for the man who is best known for his successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union as he pushes populist causes like tougher immigration laws.”

    Sounds about right…

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  35. MarkyMark says:

    WTF!
    “Emin was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1999 for My Bed”

    acad88f0-2a57-11ef-b3b8-ed2dd2d12607.png.webp

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c511w0p11d3o

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  36. Sluff says:

    For some unaccountable reason, the Far Left BBC are ‘celebrating’ the 1984 Miners Strike, featuring the Battle of Orgreave. The BBC clearly want you to think a load of brave underprivileged well-meant miners were bulldozed by the Police backed by evil Thatcher.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/t5q216ohjy/the-battle-of-orgreave

    Well, unlike many of the BBC’s target youf and activist audience, I remember it , and, no surprise, it wasn’t like that at all. What happened actually was that Scargill, a Marxist, wanted to bring down the ( landslide) elected government by bringing the country to its knees, by cutting off coal supplies to the steel works and elsewhere. He hadn’t had a national ballot, and some miners and related trades wanted to carry on working. Well, Scargill couldn’t have that, so mass flying pickets were arranged. The ‘violence’ at Orgreave arose from the Police, who had balls back in the day, doing what was needed to allow people to work and coal supplies to be sent out, which the flying pickets wanted to prevent.
    None of which the Far Left BBC want you to know and understand.

    PS it couldn’t happen now, the Police would be protecting the violent picketers citing the Yuman Rights Act, and those who wanted to work would be hung out to dry. Maybe modern picketers would have a symbolic pink boat- the cops have a track record in protecting such empty vessels.

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    • tomo says:

      Let’s not forget the BBC’s rearrangement of the timeline of events at Orgreave in their broadcast footage.

      – something they’ve repeatedly done over the years.

      Not to be trusted – but – if you’re here, you knew that.

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  37. Sluff says:

    I swear I once heard a story about Jim Callaghan, campaigning in 1979.
    He basically said that every now and then the mood in the country changes, and when it happens no amount of reasoning, campaigning, or policies will cause a shift.
    It happened in 1979 with the Winter of Discontent.
    In 1982, the Falklands War.
    In 1992, ERM exit, the run on the pound and high interest rates.
    In 2022, Partygate followed by the Liz Truss debacle.

    It will be interesting to see the voter turnout and total votes cast in early July, as my prediction is that an awful lot of natural Tory voters will either stay at home or vote Reform. Smarmer’s massive majority will not make him the best leader, or most popular, just the luckiest. As for the BBC, the hospital A and E nearest New Broadcasting House will have a busy night through fixing broken ankles as BBC staff fall over their champagne bottles.

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  38. Fedup2 says:

    It couldn’t happen now because miners would be declared criminals for being responsible for global warming with their evil coal …
    …. I’ve got the heating on …

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    • moggiemoo says:

      I turned it off at the beginning of June. Put it back on the following day.

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  39. tomo says:

    Pretty inconvenient stuff for the BBC / MSM…

    Sinwar.jpg

    https://archive.ph/s4UjJ

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  40. tomo says:

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    • MarkyMark says:

      The term cobra effect was coined by economist Horst Siebert based on an anecdotal occurrence in India during British rule.[2][3] The British government, concerned about the number of venomous cobras in Delhi, offered a bounty for every dead cobra. Initially, this was a successful strategy; large numbers of snakes were killed for the reward. Eventually, however, people began to breed cobras for the income. When the government became aware of this, the reward program was scrapped. When cobra breeders set their snakes free, the wild cobra population further increased.[4] This story is often cited as an example of Goodhart’s law or Campbell’s law.[5]

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perverse_incentive#:~:text=A%20perverse%20incentive%20is%20an,for%20making%20the%20issue%20worse.

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      • Flotsam says:

        Pass the sick bag

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      • Ian Rushlow says:

        Alternatively…

        Mr Wooden Top: “I kneel before the WEF, Trilateral Commission, and British military intelligence”

        Ginger Growler: “And I kneel for… well, you know what”

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      • Kinell says:

        Perhaps whilst on their knees they should have their mouths open.

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  41. wwfc says:

    Now They Are Getting Really Desperate

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  42. tomo says:

    How many will be FPTP?

    That’s an important metric for this GE

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    • MarkyMark says:

      “Islamism (also often called political Islam) is a religio-political ideology. The advocates of Islamism, also known as “al-Islamiyyun”, are dedicated to realizing their ideological interpretation of Islam within the context of the state or society.”

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  43. tomo says:

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  44. BigBrotherCorporation says:

    Someone mentioned a ‘hit piece’ on Farage, is this what you meant?

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2024/jun/14/he-was-a-deeply-unembarrassed-racist-nigel-farage-by-those-who-have-known-him

    Where the Guardian leads, the BBC follows, just as night follows day.

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  45. tomo says:

    BBC does “the upside of climate change”

    … not so much

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Gore’s climate film has scientific errors – judge
      This article is more than 16 years old
      · Court rules documentary can be shown in schools
      · Presentation is ‘broadly accurate’ but lacks balance

      https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2007/oct/11/climatechange

      Al Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, was yesterday criticised by a high court judge who highlighted what he said were “nine scientific errors” in the film.

      Mr Justice Barton yesterday said that while the film was “broadly accurate” in its presentation of climate change, he identified nine significant errors in the film, some of which, he said, had arisen in “the context of alarmism and exaggeration” to support the former US vice-president’s views on climate change.

      The film was broadly welcomed by environmental campaigners and scientists on its release last year, and while they did point out that it contained mistakes, these were relatively small and did not detract from the film’s central message – that global warming was a real problem and humans had the technology to do something about it.

      The drying up of Lake Chad was used as an example of global warming. The judge said: “It is apparently considered to be more likely to result from … population increase, over-grazing and regional climate variability”

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Remove your penis to end the hate against men! (c) BBC verified facts

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  46. MarkyMark says:

    “I welcome our new Chinese overlords.” (c) Ed Davey

    https://www.libdems.org.uk/manifesto

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  47. MarkyMark says:

    Free Cervix on the NHS! For all men!

    “Labour conference: Wrong to say that only women have a cervix, says Keir Starmer
    MP Rosie Duffield staying away from Brighton gathering over online threats
    Andrew Woodcock Political Editor Sunday 26 September 2021″
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/keir-starmer-trans-rights-duffield-b1927169.html

    online threats = tolerance

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  48. tomo says:

    BBC obviously reticent in the new, much vaunted analysis department about the French Euro election….

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  49. AsISeeIt says:

    War is Peace, Peace is War – so says the Ministry of Love

    Do forgive the rather hackneyed Orwellian references – but needs must, as they say

    Zelensky seeks show of support at giant Ukraine peace summit (BBC)

    We’ll come back to this so-called peace summit but first let’s hear what Russia has to say about it – tempered, inevitably, with BBC snark

    Supposed peace

    Vladimir Putin tried to drop another spanner in the works by outlining his own conditions for a supposed peace: the man who invaded Ukraine, unprovoked, now wants Kyiv to capitulate. (BBC)

    Unprovoked? Let’s not get into that just now. We are where we are.

    You may not like his terms, BBC, but the man has put an offer on the table that spells out his conditions for a ceasefire. That’s a peace offer, right?

    Amongst other things, Mr Putin demands Ukraine hand over all four regions that Russia claims to have annexed, including areas that remain under Kyiv’s control. (BBC)

    Claims of annexation

    They have annexed. Once again you may not like it but they have.

    If that vague reference to ‘other things’ has your antennae buzzing like a Ruskie FPV drone hovering over an M1 Abrams or German Leopard tank – just about to get wrecked and carted off to the Moscow Red Square used western kit pound…

    Putin wants Ukraine to promise not to join Nato – apparently he didn’t mention the EU, so presumably they’re welcome to the single currency, tight regulation on their light bulbs and all the mass third world immigration that entails. EU membership doesn’t equal US-controlled nuclear weapons based on your territory aimed at Moscow – that’s the point.

    Not that Brexit enabled us to dodge all those EU bullets – but I digress.

    So what of this peace summit?

    Zelensky seeks show of support at giant Ukraine peace summit (BBC)

    Firstly let’s unpack the word ‘giant’

    But with key players like China staying away… Russia has not been invited… the turnout is less promising than Ukraine and Switzerland once hoped… attempts to get key countries from the “Global South” – not instinctive allies of Ukraine – to sign up, were only partially successful… India, Brazil and China are all either no-shows or sending low level representatives. (BBC)

    I believe it was Shania Twain who sang That Don’t Impress Me Much and if never the twain of Ukraine and Russia are allowed by the west to sit down together across a negotiating table – there’s going to be precious little chance of peace, eh Boris?

    Official: Johnson Forced Kyiv To Refuse Russian Peace Deal…Russia was “ready to end the war if we took neutrality,” Ukraine’s former top negotiator confirmed, but Boris Johnson said, “let’s just fight.” (The European Conservative, November 2023)

    So if this peace summit is not about peace… then it’s all about…?

    “I think from the Ukrainian perspective, looking at what’s going on the frontlines, what they really need is not a commitment to peace, certainly not at any cost,” Sam Greene [Centre for European Policy Analysis, or CEPA] argues, of Kyiv’s allies. “They need a commitment to winning the war.” (BBC, Sarah Rainsford, Eastern Europe correspondent)

    War is Peace, Peace is War – so says the Ministry of Love – which is where we came in.

    Don’t have nightmares – as Nick Ross used to tell us after scaring the bejesus out of us at the end of BBC Crimewatch

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    • kingkp says:

      War is inevitable. It is in the script and no one is going to sue for peace in the West. The only sane voices are those of the President of Serbia (which NATO has a history of demonizing) Aleksandar Vučić and Orbán but neither of these have anything to say in the matter.
      The only question remains – when will the Committee of Public Safety declare war?
      Of course, during wartime elections are no longer necessary so I would surmise once Starmer achieves his landslide he will go for broke as soon as possible. I wouldn’t be surprised if that intrepid Churchillian wannabe, Johnson makes a return as the deputy secretary of the Committee. In a world of pound shop actors hamming it as politicians, anything is possible.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      ‘He is the best’: Ukrainians praise Boris Johnson as town names street after ‘hero’ British prime minister
      Catherine Neilan

      https://www.businessinsider.com/ukraine-town-names-street-after-boris-johnson-2022-5

      A Ukrainian town renamed a street after Boris Johnson in recognition of the UK’s efforts during the war.

      Locals told British media the prime minister, who recently travelled to Ukraine, was “the absolute bomb.”

      “Boris Johnson’s hair is very cool, and he is a cool person and he has a good soul,” one said.

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    • tomo says:

      I just listened to an utter prat on Times Radio (20:43 – 20:48) opining on the Ukraine conflict as an expert, after 5 minutes of him, I seriously wanted to throttle the ignorant little cnut – appalling on every level.

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