Start the Week 17th June 2024

Monday marks the publication of the Reform Party Contract – they refuse to call it a manifesto because manifestos mean nothing . We can be sure the BBC will classify it as ‘unapproved ‘ so it will get the full ‘anti’ treatment from the anti British BBC . You can already hear the sneers – particularly as the Far Left BBC is getting worried about the sheer popularity of Reform . Let’s see.

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302 Responses to Start the Week 17th June 2024

  1. Up2snuff says:

    OK, I will start off as I’m not watching the endless footie post-mortems or the golf on TV. Is the BBC biased? In my view it most certainly is. Promoting Labour, Palestinians, Joe Biden and the UN at every opportunity.

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  2. BRISSLES says:

    Hello ? Anyone there ?

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  3. Lucy Pevensey says:

    Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone home?

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    • Scroblene says:

      I was ‘Comfortably numb’ around then, Lucy and Brissles…

      Top of the morning to you!

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  4. Deborah says:

    Couldn’t stand the women on Mark Dolan’s panel. I’m watching Peter Hitchens talking to Peter Whittle on the New Culture Forum in stead. I was depressed enough about the upcoming election but if Starmer gets in, I am now in dread. Mr Hitchens recommends voting anyway you can to limit Sir Keir. He also doesn’t believe the polls and explains why. We shall see.

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  5. BRISSLES says:

    I always pity Benedict Spence being booked to appear with dunces like Amy Nickell (double barrelled to Turner) and other half wit females.

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    • Deborah says:

      Tonight there was two Labour women, the new one ‘working class and proud of it’, but doesn’t seem to have a lot of brain but unlike Amy Tickell this one thinks she has a brain. Worst one is the black girl who I think was on the Apprentice. She really doesn’t have a brain but just repeats things that I assume she has been fed by Labour Party briefings but hasn’t a clue how stupid the things are.

      Meanwhile our tv appears to have given up the ghost halfway through Mr Hitchens. If it has, will we replace it? Maybe even give up the license and watch GBNews on catchup.

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      • BRISSLES says:

        I stuck it for 5 minutes, after hearing the lefty continually pronouncing “t h” as ” f ” … fink, f’or (thought). and clearly there is no T in her alphabet.
        Yes Deb, the Apprentice black girl is a huge turn off. Why the bookers get these kids on who haven’t a clue, is beyond me.

        At the other end of the scale is Tom Harwood. He’s not yet 30, but he appears to have exited the womb aged 55 ! A very knowledgeable chap, but one who was what we used to call ” a bloody knowall” at school.

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  6. Sluff says:

    No offence chaps but who is VX and do we risk diluting our overall message with many threads in parallel and few posts?

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    • Deborah says:

      I assume VX is Mr Vance and X for what he puts on his twitter feed. (I could be wrong). Of course we used to have several topics running on different threads many moons ago. It worked, but I can’t remember how.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Sluff – I don’t have a clue . I’ve never had direct contact with the owner of this site – which made me wonder if it is either the BBC or 77 Brigade military intelligence . So – VX – you are welcome to contact me by my personal e Mail if you wish . And if you want to take over the moderation also let me know . …

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      • atlas_shrugged says:

        I wondered who the mystery VX was too. But IMHO Fed you do a fine job moderating. Seeing as gongs are being splashed out all round I wish to award one of my own:

        Arise Sir Fed

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        • Fedup2 says:

          Atlas thank you – I’ve already turned down a knighthood because I want a peerage – there are more bungs in that one ….

          Today
          Our Justin v Nigel Farage

          Surprising it wasn’t Meesh – he could have done to her what he did to Naga and ‘Charlie ‘ on Friday ….

          In fairness to Justin – he stuck to the BBC anti Reform script – but without the level of interruption the others wouid have done .
          The weirdest thing was a line about whether he is ‘democratic ‘ or not … the argument went Farage supports President Trump – president Trump tried to overturn a ‘fair U.S. election ‘ – therefore trump is in democratic and therefore Farage is anti democratic ….
          ……. I squirmed a bit listening to this nonsense metro rubbish .
          Farage tried to show support for a real issue – help for 5 million small businesses which no one gives a toss about ….

          But the big announcement was that Nigel Farage said he wants to be PM by the 2029 election … a surprising thing to say but one can only dream

          The run up to 4th July is going to get nastier and milkshake sales as well as more violent attacks seem inevitable …

          BTW – checking on VX – he/ she has been around a long time … welcome back ..

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        • Up2snuff says:

          atlas_shrugged, here here. But why stop at a K? A peerage would be more suitable, in my view.

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  7. JohnC says:

    Peace talks tomorrow if Russia leaves Ukraine – Zelensky
    https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cxrr1kyp04eo

    Sometimes I wake up, check what BBC are attempting to feed me as a serious, top-world news headline and I think I’ve woken up in some sort of parallel universe where reality as I know it no longer exists.

    This one is about as extreme as propaganda can get. The treatment of the comedian Zelensky as a serious politician when he makes ridiculous statements like that does nobody any favours. It just means I don’t believe anything else he says or they write.

    He also said:
    ‘And asked by the BBC if Ukraine’s weaker position on the battlefield had forced him to consider diplomatic moves, he replied that this was not the case and Ukraine had always talked about peace.’

    The man is a pathological liar !!.

    The best bit is:
    ‘A final document was adopted which blamed the war’s widespread suffering and destruction firmly on Russia.’

    How can you just ‘adopt’ a document like that ?. Who wrote it ?.

    Those are carefully chosen words which always require some thought if you see them on the BBC. It’s like saying ‘All the death and destruction of Germany in WW2 can be blamed firmly on the USA and their allies’. It’s meaningless. What’s important is WHY they are doing it. Something this entire farce doesn’t go anywhere near.

    Russia are going to keep all the land they capture and unless there is a guarantee that the rest of Ukraine will not join NATO, they will keep going to make as large a buffer zone as they can. They cannot stop because it’s been made perfectly clear by the West that as soon as they do, Ukraine will be fast-tracked into NATO. I expect the paperwork has been prepared already.

    This entire event was a complete waste of everybodies time and money and I’m sure Putin is laughing to himself.

    Is Sunak still out there ?. Luckily for him they chose another beautiful place and excellent hotel to go to. Nice of him to fiddle while the UK is about to burn.

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  8. JohnC says:

    UK Doctor Who Ratings (2024) Accumulator
    https://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/uk-doctor-who-ratings-2024-101452.htm

    The overnight figures are in for the penultimate eposide of the new Dr Who and it’s another record-breaker from the BBC.

    The lowest overnight rating of all time.

    Yet the IMDB comments are nearly all 10/10.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt31433814/reviews?sort=submissionDate&dir=desc&ratingFilter=0

    This is what the Left mean to me. They didn’t give it 10/10 because it’s good, they gave it 10/10 to support the political ideology behind it. They would have given it that score no matter how bad it was. They have deliberately swamped the fair review system.

    The 10/10’s are interspersed with 1/10’s which I suspect are the only ones being truthful.

    The woke lefty activists are liars and cheats and are the worst of all because they are just spiteful children who actually think it’s right to do it. They have no shame or actual ethics whatsoever. They might come when they grow up.

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  9. JohnC says:

    Hamburg police shoot man with axe ahead of Euros match
    https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c72292lpz2yo

    Hot on the heels of the BBC NOT reporting the story of a man who murdered someone and stabbed 3 random others at a Euro party on Saturday, they now run a front-page story about a man with a small axe who threatened the police (but didn’t actually attack anybody).

    The reason for this apparently amazing imbalance of priorities ?.

    The same reason as always. The first man was an Afghani immigrant. The second was white.

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  10. digg says:

    How attacking the BBC became a feature of UK elections…

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/16/attacking-bbc-uk-general-election-media

    How the BBC attacking the Conservatives became a feature of UK elections….

    There, fixed it for you BBC!

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  11. andyjsnape says:

    Anyone remember when the Coast Guard protected borders, and wasn’t a ferry service:-

    Greek coastguard threw migrants overboard to their deaths, witnesses say

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c0vv717yvpeo

    bbc has some “witnesses” to confirm this

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    • digg says:

      You only have to think about this claim for about five seconds to realise who would benefit from a story like this enough to make it up and get it into a media guaranteed to repeat it as gospel with absolutely no evidence to back it up.

      Uncorroborated stories like this always have an aroma of doubt when the whistleblower is not revealed and are named simply as “witnesses“.

      The end-game is to try to bring international scorn on the Greek coastguards to try to force punitive action by the Global godfathers in an attempt to diminish or halt Greek coastguard activities, thus giving the illegal migrants and their shady transport suppliers an easier path into Europe and eventually the UK come to that.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      I’m sure that when a lot of people hear about the practices of the Greek coast guard they might have a thought which is best not uttered …. The reds haven’t banned ‘thought ‘ yet …

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      • BigBrotherCorporation says:

        IF there is any truth in these claims, don’t they demonstrate that the Greek Coast Guards (and the Greek Police, who are described as working with them) have been pushed beyond their limits by the current legislation regarding illegal immigration?

        That such legislation is not working, and not fit for purpose?

        To take the article at face value, we’re being asked to accept that within the Greek Coast Guard and the Greek Police too, there is a large scale cover up, of officers ‘going rogue’ and taking the law into their own hands, and of MURDERING people. It does all sound a little far fetched to me.

        On the other hand, as Marky points out above, there are plenty of borders around the world where you will be shot for attempting to cross illegally, and sometimes by the guards on both sides of the fence.

        Finally, it may be unpalatable to many, but if there are no deterrents to crossing a border illegally, why bother to have borders, or nations, or governments, or laws? You can’t have one, without the others, and vice versa, and that does mean you need to have some kind of enforcement to protect the borders, and ultimately those enforcers need some kind of teeth, or what is the point in them?

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  12. Scroblene says:

    I hope he won’t mind, but Iain Dale has put this up for his subscribers, and is worth a quick peek…

    https://www.iaindale.com/articles/lions-led-by-donkeys-how-the-tory-leadership-has-let-down-the-poor-bloody-infantry

    Years ago, he used to have a regular blog, well before we all knew who Guido actually was, and it was one of the first to become the alternative to the MSM in this household!

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    • MarkyMark says:

      “In this election, Tory candidates and party workers have been let down by everyone. They’ve been let down by Conservative MPs who first elected Liz Truss, and then Rishi Sunak. Truss was never going to win an election so they went for Sunak, who had proved a total dud in terms of knowing how to fight an election campaign. They’ve been let down by the head of the campaign, who has been so hapless that no one knows what the strategy is as it changes every day. He’s certainly no Lynton Crosby. Crosby was an inspirational leader, yet Levido, according to reports I hear, is going around telling anyone he comes across how the party will win fewer than 100 seats. If I had a campaign manager who did that I’d fire them. In addition, the money has dried up. It’s all been spent and donors are refusing to pour any more money down a very deep drain.”

      https://www.iaindale.com/articles/lions-led-by-donkeys-how-the-tory-leadership-has-let-down-the-poor-bloody-infantry

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  13. andyjsnape says:

    More people turning away from news, report says
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cj7799jv74vo

    “More people are turning away from news, describing it as depressing, relentless and boring” yeap, especially the bbc, haven’t watched in 10plus years

    PS bbc don’t forget to put a picture of former President Trump just to add to your negativity! Although if you weren’t bias this would be a reason for me to watch the news

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  14. Fedup2 says:

    Today
    As might be expected the reds have found a Reform candidate with a ‘history ‘ – namely recommending people vote BNP . Being Pro British is to be a criminal offence when the reds get in .
    This poison pill in injected in order to distract from the launch of the Reform party contract / promise / manifesto later Monday – and enables the likes of foreigners like meesh at the BBC to sneer and distract when she interviews Nigel Farage .

    I’m actually surprised something more substantially negative wasn’t ’leaked ‘ to derail Reform . I reckon for a lot of reform supporters supporting the BNP isn’t exactly a negative ….

    Vote Reform .

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    • digg says:

      Give ‘em time Fedup, give ‘em time…..

      The BBC anti-reform spades are digging as we speak!

      It will now be drip-drip-drip until election day.

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    • JohnC says:

      .. and it was 20 years ago !.

      Reform have done the right thing to get rid of him though because there would be a new BBC headline about him every day until they did. It’s pure fascism from the BBC of course – but we are stuck with them for now.

      I can’t even begin to imagine how many man-hours are being spent digging into the history of every signle reform candidate. And any dirt will be on the BBC front page.

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  15. Fedup2 says:

    Mail reports that Biden has frozen up on stage again – this time his boss – Obama – had to come on and press the reset button before walking him off .
    Obama must – by now – have a replacement ready as the dementia appears to be advancing faster …. Biden must be due to be removed by a ‘ white supremicist ‘ paid by the FBI …

    No mention of this on the BBC Biden Obama fan club .. you can trust the BBC .,,

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    • JohnC says:

      As I mentioned the other day Fed, it’s clear Biden cannot run again.

      Maybe ‘a fall’ or something like that needing a holiday for recouperation. Then we will never hear about him again. It will be a story for one day at the BBC and all their lies to cover it up will be forgotten as they start telling us Kamala will make a fine President.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        JohnC
        The thought of president kamela is high comedy . Even Obama might think a dolt put into the White House might be a bit too much for the adoring MSM and those single 30 something man hating metro democrat wimmin who seem to embody that party …

        Elsewhere – Farage is to do a ‘today ‘ at 0750 – I’m guessing meesh will get the gig because she is worried more of her type might be stopped from getting into Britain one day – or she might have to green card it out of here…

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  16. JohnC says:

    And here’s another whopping lie by omission from the BBC.

    As we all know, they are very quick to call Modi and the BJP racists whenever they can. The BBC hate them because they do not share the Leftist ideology.

    But they are not so quick to report things like this which explain why some people are anti-Islam:

    Christian pensioner beaten up and stoned to death by group of furious Muslims
    https://www.gbnews.com/news/world/pakistan-man-dead-christian-beat-up-stoned-quran-muslim-attackers

    Just to get this murder into proper perspective : without any evidence or any fair trial, this Christian was accused on social media of burning pages of the Koran so 400 Muslims descended on him, beat him and his son up and stoned him to death. It’s horrific.

    Then they put his entire family in his shoe factory and set fire to it. Luckily for them they got out.

    This is hatred on an entirely different scale to anything the BJP might have done. It’s extreme. And the BBC don’t want us to know about it.

    Now more than 200 families (mostly Catholics) have fled the area in fear.

    Yet I cannot find this story anywhere on the BBC website with google. They have simply ignored it. If you search for ‘pakistan muslims bjp bbc’ all you get is a list of pro-Muslim articles.

    These BBC Leftists are just about the lowest form of scum I can imagine. They use empathy overload everywhere to pretend they really care about victims. But they don’t. They don’t care one bit that a pensioner got stoned to death by a mob because it doesn’t fit their agenda. Any talk about victims at the BBC is only a tool to attack the people who made them victims. The worse their suffering the better as far as the BBC are concerned.

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  17. Scroblene says:

    Beeboid latest…

    “Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s shadow paymaster general, has just been speaking on BBC Breakfast where he talked up Labour’s plan to create more than 650,000 jobs over the next five years.

    “We are going to re-industrialise this country,” he says, adding it means families will be better off.”

    Surely he remembers the way that the unions and labour killed off our fabulous industrial base, with their disastrous strikes, especially at companies manufacturing our world-beating cars and motorbikes!

    Or maybe it’s just slipped his memory…

    Oh, and Beeboids, before you sneer too much at the Contract which Nigel Farage is offering today, don’t forget that Harold Wilson used exactly the same terminology back when he screwed the country., with his ridiculous ‘Social Contract’! That went well, didn’t it…

    Or maybe it’ll just slip your memory…

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    • MarkyMark says:

      “The Social Contract was a policy by the Labour government of Harold Wilson in 1970s Britain.

      In return for the repeal of 1971 Industrial Relations Act, food subsidies, and a freeze on rent increases, the Trade Union Congress ensured that its members would cooperate with a programme of voluntary wage restraint.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Contract_(Britain)

      . . . .

      Workers were sold the big lie that what already had been won by their own struggle was really a gift of the Labour government. It also peddled the fairy tale that if workers were moderate in their demands, they would be better protected than by taking industrial action for higher wages.
      https://www.cpbml.org.uk/news/1974%E2%80%9378-social-contract

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      • Scroblene says:

        Thanks Marky!

        I remember it all being changed to ‘Social Con-trick’ by the popular press, but don’t tell the Cubiclists, as they’ll steal it and use it on Reform…

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  18. tomo says:

    ALL HAIL OUR LEADER

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    • JohnC says:

      The EU desperately want Ukraine to house the millions of immigrants they are expecting due to global warming.

      That conference was a complete farce. They are just trying to demonstrate a unified front against Russia before things start getting really bad. I can tell Zelensky is getting worried.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      “To end its imperialist violence.”

      ….

      EU enlargement
      Enlargement policy applies to countries currently aspiring to join the EU and potential candidates. The prospect of membership is a powerful stimulus for democratic and economic reforms in countries that want to become EU members.

      https://commission.europa.eu/strategy-and-policy/policies/eu-enlargement_en

      Candidate countries
      Current candidate countries are:

      Albania
      Bosnia and Herzegovina
      Georgia
      Moldova
      Montenegro
      North Macedonia
      Serbia
      Türkiye
      Ukraine
      and Kosovo is a potential candidate.

      ……………….

      EU enlargement – via sanctions and debt and loans.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Who voted for her?

      What power have you got?
      Where did you get it from?
      In whose interests do you use it?
      To whom are you accountable?
      How do we get rid of you?

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      • Peter Grimes says:

        Oi, MarkyMark!

        You pinched the manifesto for the Brexit Party 2016.

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      • Ian Rushlow says:

        It was Tony Benn who said this. A man of principles, many of them wrong, but even a stopped clock is correct two times a day.

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  19. tomo says:

    The curious matter of Frederick Forsythe’s book edits…

    https://thefederalist.com/2024/06/14/how-legendary-spy-novelist-frederick-forsyth-discovered-hed-been-bowdlerized/

    The part that was removed described a way of subverting wealthy western societies, and sounded rather like what’s been going on (degrading universities, social justice campaigns, etc.). Would be interesting to know who decided it should be removed, and why.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Tomo – very interesting – but even more alarming is the provision which allows Amazon / apple the ‘right ‘ to ‘edit ‘ content – true 1984 stuff – and an indication of the controlled future …
      And the advice that if you care about a book – by the first edition to prevent future censoring …. Terrible …

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    • MarkyMark says:

      “Actor Jack Black endorsed President Joe Biden for re-election at a campaign fundraiser in Los Angeles, where he was joined by other celebrities including George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Black also criticized former President Donald Trump during his endorsement speech.
      This story is a summary of posts on X and may evolve over time. Grok can make mistakes, verify its outputs.”

      GA GA r0_0_800_600_w1200_h678_fmax.jpg

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  22. Doublethinker says:

    The Popular Front in France, an assortment of various leftist, communist, green parties and groupings , which is polling second to Marine Le Pen’s NR , is reviewed in todays Telegraph.
    Whilst RN is labelled far or hard right the PF is labelled ‘left leaning ‘ yet if you read its manifesto it is something Marx , Engels , Lenin and Trotsky would have produced for the 21 st century.
    I think the attachment of these labels indicates which of the parties the Globalists , who control most of the MSM , want to win in France .They must think that the hard, extreme left poses less of a threat to their world wide hegemony than does the economic leftism but cultural right wing and anti immigration policies of the RN. No doubt the BBC will soon start to reflect this Globalist labelling convention.
    It does seem that these two groupings , I don’t use the word party to describe the PF hotpotch, are squeezing out Macron’s Renaissance party. I wonder if he did a deal with the left before his extraordinary decision to call the snap election because he think , knows, they will a better cohabitation partner for him and the EU, than RN would?

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  23. tomo says:

    Quite surprised that Hotez isn’t on the BBC’s fast dial expert list?

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  24. MarkyMark says:

    “Greek coastguard threw migrants overboard to their deaths, witnesses say”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c0vv717yvpeo

    Saudi Arabia: Mass Killings of Migrants at Yemen Border
    Systematic Abuses of Ethiopians May Amount to Crimes Against Humanity
    https://www.hrw.org/news/2023/08/21/saudi-arabia-mass-killings-migrants-yemen-border

    Deaths along the Bangladesh–India border occur many times a year as result of people attempting to illegally cross into India from Bangladesh, for walking along the border, cross border firing and cattle smuggling.[11] Bangladesh and India share a 4,096 kilometer (2,545 mile) border.[12] To prevent smuggling and illegal migration from Bangladesh, the Indian Border Security Force exercises its controversial “Shoot-on-sight” policy.

    Rish to sanction India – HA H AHA HA – “Indian Border Security Force exercises its controversial “Shoot-on-sight” policy. “

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  25. Sluff says:

    Writers above have commented on those beastly Greek Coastguards having the temerity to actually protect the borders of their own country.

    The key issue here is that it was the main first news headline and report on the BBC 7 am Toady news. And first story on the webshite at the time of writing.

    Meanwhile on Thought for the Day, Mona Siddiqui was introduced by Mischal ‘useless’ Hussein as an ‘academic and broadcaster’. Not you will notice as a pro-Muslim advocate. We were of course treated to a story about Eid and the Haj.

    Here’s a thought. Given the demonstrable pro-Muslim, mass open door immigration policies of the BBC…..why don’t they just stand for election?? There is one, you know. They could have a stand on one of the TV debates, even one of their own, and then they could really demonstrate their ‘impartiality’.

    The BBC Party. You know it makes sense. Even if they would split the Labour vote. Hahaha.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      “London chose me as their mayor, not just an ethnic minority, not just a religious minority, but a Londoner of Islamic faith.” – Sadiq Khan, {cnn.com sep2016}

      http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/11/politics/sadiq-khan-donald-trump-hillary-clinton/index.html

      but a Londoner of Islamic faith
      but a Londoner of Islamic faith
      but a Londoner of Islamic faith
      but a Londoner of Islamic faith

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Sluff – yes -moany mona used to be introduced as an ‘Islamic academic ‘.. perhaps she is no longer proud to be a Muslim – or could it be that once the right thinking audience hear the word ‘Islamic ‘ they know what they are going to get —-

      I think we will be hearing more from moaning mona when starmer gets into number 10 mohammed street …

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    • MarkyMark says:

      “The Government understand the concerns that some Members have set out about the operation of sharia councils. Indeed, the resolution on the basis of which the debate has been tabled acknowledged and welcomed the Home-Office-commissioned independent review, chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui and commissioned by the now Prime Minister. That review looked at whether sharia law was being misused or applied in a way that is incompatible with domestic law in England and Wales, and whether there were discriminatory practices against women who use such councils.

      https://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2019-05-02a.194.2&s=mona+siddiqui#g210.1

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  26. MarkyMark says:

    Not all borders are easy to cross …

    Two Moroccan jet ski tourists shot dead off Algerian coast
    Survivor of incident accuses coastguards of fatal shooting of holidaymakers who strayed into Algerian waters by mistake

    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/morocco-algeria-jet-ski-tourists-shot-dead

    Greek coastguard threw migrants overboard to their deaths, witnesses say
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c0vv717yvpeo

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  27. AsISeeIt says:

    How’s those Russia sanctions thing workin’ out fo’ yer?

    Russia in Europe gas lead… Europe’s imports from Russia have overtaken supplies from the US for the first time in two years, despite the continent’s effort to wean itself off Russian fossil fuels amid the Ukraine war (FT)

    Let’s pause here for a moment to admire the incidence of a well-deployed journalistic ‘despite’ – we always enjoy those – ever since our old pal Jacob Rees-Mogg appeared on Question Time and challenged Dimbleby over the prevailing typical ‘despite Brexit’ media headline construction. Mogg bravely went in to bat against the BBC fast attack joking about the likes of: “England win Test Match, despite Brexit”

    I’ll wager Remain-minded Guardianista fingers were hovering over the letter ‘d’ on their keyboard last night even as they typed the header: Bellingham gets England off to a winning start… opening game in the Euro 24 championship… (Guardian) – more of that later

    But we digressed. Back to that FT fretting over Europe gobbling up Russian fossil fuels… like there’s no tomorrow… as though gas and oil were going out of fashion…

    How’s that Net Zero workin’ out fo’ yer? Eh, Monsieur Macron, Herr Scholtz, Frau von der Leyen?

    Putin now outselling the US in terms of gas exports to Europe – blimey, did we go to the trouble of blowing up the Nord Stream pipeline for nothing?

    Remember folks, it’s not a conspiracy theory, if it’s true.

    Who damaged the Nord Stream pipeline? Sweden closes probe into Nord Stream pipeline blast… More than 16 months after the sabotage there is no accepted explanation. A series of reports has variously accused Russia, the United States and Ukraine of sabotage (Thank you Aljazeera, February 2024)

    Western media won’t touch that story with a 1,200 km long pipeline

    BBC and fellow media race-baiters went into overdrive fretting over the putative association of a picture of a black chap and bad news: Media criticised for use of Saka image in England defeat… Some media outlets have been criticised for the “divisive” choice of using a photograph of Bukayo Saka to illustrate England’s defeat by Iceland. (BBC, 1 June 2024) – we can’t be having that: A BBC spokesperson said… “It is of course important that we are considerate and take care around the images we use”

    Happily: Perfect Ten… Jude gives nervy England Euro win (Daily Mirror) – Number 10 is his shirt number and Mr Bellingham is happily a chap of a darker hue

    Jude Bellingham’s 13th-minute goal sealed a 1-0 victory for England over Serbia (Guardian)

    England’s hero Martin Samuel on brilliant Bellingham (Times)

    Head boy Jude secures nervy win for England (Daily Express)

    England jewel Bellingham (‘i’); Hey Jude! – there’s one of the teenagers – the Telegraph attempts to get down with the kids

    Referencing one’s own youth I’m oddly reminded of that World Cup 1994 track World in Motion by New Order and in particular that rap interlude by John Barnes

    We’re playing for England (En-ger-land)
    We’re playing the song…

    You’ve got to hold and give
    But do it at the right time
    You can be slow or fast
    But you must get to the line
    They’ll always hit you and hurt you
    Defend and attack
    There’s only one way to beat them
    Get ’round the back…

    I can almost hear Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse as that pair of posh old codgers by the fireside at the gentlemen’s club surveying their newspapers and asking “Is he quare?”

    Oh dear, the ever-excitable Daily Mail falls out of line and publishes a frontpage pic of a group of distressingly white England fans celebrating their narrow opening victory. There is a girlie amoung the lads – that counts as diversity of sorts – but yet those fans are unescapably hideously white [TM Greg Dyke]: Dyke urged to act after calling BBC ‘hideously white’ (Guardian, This article is more than 23 years old) and when it comes to the required media ethnic diversity quota – uselessly white [TM The Royal Air Force]: ‘Useless white male pilots’: The RAF diversity drive discrimination… admitted to discriminating against white male candidates in a hiring policy aimed at increasing diversity. (Sky News, August 2023)

    Mind you, perhaps we can forgive the Daily Mail for this little slip, afterall a naughty little birdie whispers how Sir Keir Starmer’s Twitter X feed features a remarkably Why-ttttah! [TM Humza Yousaf SNP former Scottish First Minister] collection of images.

    I don’t do Twitter X but if the photo of our piggy-eyed Sir Keir standing tall and stuffed-shirt statesman-like frontpage of BBC News online, snapped amoung a group of smiling NHS girlies in their blue scrubs is anything to go by – let’s put it this way, yer typical Getty Images sourced pic of NHS nurses it ain’t. There’s one East Asian-looking angel thorn in the bunch of about seven English/New Labour white roses.

    And let’s just recall – it certainly wasn’t Mr AsI and his like hereabouts who first brought such intense scrutiny of race depiction in the media into the debate: This article is more than 23 years old

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    • MarkyMark says:

      What happened to Marcus Breakfast Club Rashford?

      “RASHY’S BAR BILL Man Utd ace Marcus Rashford facing £650k fine for partying and missing training saying he was ill
      Boss Erik ten Hag said: ‘It’s an internal matter. I will deal with it’
      Richard Moriarty
      Published: 21:00, 28 Jan 2024Updated: 7:42, 31 Jan 2024”

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  28. Guest Who says:

    https://x.com/andreworlowski/status/1802456383339810998?s=61
    This is what colonialism looks like in the 21st century: a wealthy European using his $4 billion/year media platform to shame an African farmer who only wants access to the same resources our ancestors enjoyed.
    You really should be ashamed of yourself, @BBCMarcoSilva

    Possession of shame is not a Verify requirement.

    Here he is getting a more familiar four replies when citing some unheard of Asian network lady.

    https://x.com/bbcmarcosilva/status/1801955565884547512?s=61

    Being a £5B bully pulpit for activists is not working any more.

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Whose Truth?: Climate change denial
      The Documentary Podcast

      Nobel Prize laureate Sir Paul Nurse wants science, not politics, to guide the debate surrounding climate change. But how do you convince the denialists? Babita Sharma takes us through the evolving strategies of those who claim climate change isn’t real, and speaks to two young people who are trying to make a difference. UK climate activist Phoebe L Hanson founded Teach the Teacher, which gives school children the resources to engage with their teachers on climate change. Ugandan Nyombi Morris set up a non-profit organisation, Earth Volunteers, to mobilise young people like him who wanted to promote the fight against the climate crisis.

      This content was created as a co-production between Nobel Prize Outreach and the BBC.
      Image credit: Francis Crick Institute

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0j1z1dz

      ……………………………………..

      Big-Five-Mass-Extinctions.png

      https://ourworldindata.org/mass-extinctions

      First, we must be clear on what we mean by “mass extinction”. Extinctions are a normal part of evolution: they occur naturally and periodically over time.1

      End Ordovician
      444 86%

      Intense glacial and interglacial periods created large sea-level swings and moved shorelines dramatically. The tectonic uplift of the Appalachian mountains created lots of weathering, sequestration of CO2, and with it, changes in climate and ocean chemistry.

      Late Devonian 360 75%

      Rapid growth and diversification of land plants generated rapid and severe global cooling.

      End Permian 250 96%

      Intense volcanic activity in Siberia. This caused global warming. Elevated CO2 and sulfur (H2S) levels from volcanoes caused ocean acidification, acid rain, and other changes in ocean and land chemistry.

      End Triassic 200 80%

      Underwater volcanic activity in the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province (CAMP) caused global warming and a dramatic change in the chemical composition of the oceans.

      End Cretaceous 65 76%

      Asteroid impact in Yucatán, Mexico. This caused a global cataclysm and rapid cooling. Some changes may have already pre-dated this asteroid, with intense volcanic activity and tectonic uplift.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        1132 chinese coal powered generating stations – and more ….

        Burn that carbon …

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  29. tomo says:

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Cool jacket – lobby Saudi Government to get more places.

      LONDON IS OPEN TO ALL
      MECCA – MUSLIMS ONLY.

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    • Guest Who says:

      That is creepy not just for the two featured folk, their clearly deranged mindsets, but that Labour has the same Spads as the Tories who think any wheeze involving camera and a studio cannot fail.

      The Limps appear to prefer a vat of custard.

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  30. Fedup2 says:

    DT reports Milliband senior is back in the Uk campaigning for the reds – The new Red Foreign Secretary once the dolt Lammy screws up and upsets someone – or starts a war …

    Lord Milliband of Islington …. ( and a threat to starmer )

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  31. MarkyMark says:

    STATE OF THE NATION …

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  32. MarkyMark says:

    “Meanwhile, the government introduced ambitious new targets, including covering 81% of Spain’s electricity needs with renewables by 2030.”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/czkkgnp1d2xo

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    …..

    Nuclear 22%!!

    GREEN PARTY … “By diverting investment away from renewables,
    nuclear power is a distraction and a waste of
    time and money. Instead with investment in
    interconnectors and grid level storage, it’s
    possible to decarbonise the energy system
    before 2030.”

    Click to access Green-Party-2024-General-Election-Manifesto-Long-version_imprint.pdf

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    • G says:

      MM,

      Spain energy? All what they’ve got will be used pumping the little water they have up to use………..

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  33. MarkyMark says:

    “The Council also called for awareness-raising campaigns to be put in place, to encourage Muslim communities to acknowledge and respect women’s rights in civil law, especially in marriage, divorce, custody and inheritance. As an aside, I think there is a lot to be said for emphasising that particular point and ensuring that we indulge in awareness campaigns.”
    https://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2019-05-02a.194.2#g195.1

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  34. MarkyMark says:

    WHERE ARE THE LGBT TRANS MEN and all the feminists who want to fight?

    “Conscription squads send Ukrainian men into hiding”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cz994d6vqe5o

    Their family and friends sent their apologies but explained that the risk of attending had been too great. What if they had been caught by one of the conscription squads, which now roam Ukraine’s streets?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cz994d6vqe5o

    The new law requires all men aged 25 to 60 to log their details on the database so they can be called up

    The group of conscripts at this Kyiv training camp are mostly in their late 40s and 50s

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  35. tomo says:

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  37. Flotsam says:

    Our BBC local radio unfortunately reverts to BBC Radio 5 Live during the evenings, nightime and early hours. I use the radio for traffic info so the radio is tuned to it by default. Dotun Adebayo the Nigerian BBC presenter has been on mid evenings. His program is a relentless promotion of gay, ethnic issues and immigration it’s so full-on it’s embarrassing. It’s all a bit strange because when I used to listen to 5 Live years ago Adebayo was a decent and informative presenter but it’s almost if it’s either a case if Dotun Unleashed or he’s decided to become a race and gay propagandist himself.

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    • Rob in Cheshire says:

      He gets paid a lot of money for talking into a microphone, so he has to follow the party line. Free thinking is not allowed at the BBC.

      Dr Who is gay. Dr Who has always been gay.

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  38. andyjsnape says:

    I wonder how long the bbc will leave this as front page news/milk it

    Reform UK candidate resigns over ‘unacceptable’ blog posts
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cw880334dgyo

    BNP? have they been outlawed then

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  39. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    The more I hear about the causes of the Russian/Ukraine war, the more I understand why Russia is doing this.
    At first I thought poor little Ukraine being bullied by Russia but as more details emerge on the provocation by our western governments/nato/eu it becomes clearer that the provocation is being done to Russia.
    Our lot have much to answer for and poor Ukraine is being used by the West.

    I bet Trump will sort it out very quickly.

    Why not invite Russia to be a member of the EU?
    Why not even a member of NATO as the future bogeymen are in the East.

    And finally,
    for something completely different,
    The NHS, envy of the World(‘s diversity managers)

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  40. andyjsnape says:

    Sir Rod Stewart ‘booed’ by German crowd while making show of support for Ukraine
    https://news.sky.com/story/sir-rod-stewart-booed-by-german-crowd-while-making-show-of-support-for-ukraine-13154166

    bbc how can this be, I thought EVERYONE liked Ukraine, well in your biased world they do

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    • MarkyMark says:

      Maybe use Rod’s music to end the war and send it into Russia?

      “New Zealand plays Barry Manilow to repel parliament protesters
      Published 13 February 2022”
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-60362529

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      • atlas_shrugged says:

        In the film ‘Mars Attacks’ the song Indian Love Call by Slim Whitman was used to kill Martians by making their heads explode:

        Wonder if this song works on mad marxists too?

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  41. Doobster78 says:

    Reform UK overtaking the Tories in some polls

    Reform UK gaining thousands of new followers on Facebook each day , now nearing 262000

    Reform UK leader Nigel Farage over 750000 followers on Tik Tok and growing

    New polls estimating Reform UK could get 7 seats

    Yet the mainstream media STILL convinced it’s just a protest vote for a fringe party . A Far Right one at that !!!!

    They have no idea at all , none whatsoever, Reform WILL get millions upon millions of votes imo and are going to do way better than any polls will have us believe.

    Ready for the Contract launch at 1pm and popcorn ready for the media questioning thereafter 👍

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Doobster – being cynical by default I’ve never given one thought to joining a political party – but I’ve got close to joining and paying the £25 to Reform ….

      …. It sort of feels like the time before the brexit vote when the Far left remainers were telling us that the vote wouid be ‘remain ‘… then reality set in with Dimbleby s’ face like a bulldog swallowing a wasp ,,,,

      Vote Reform …. Dump the blue labour trash ….

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    • Lucy Pevensey says:

      Farage-a-phobia 🙂

      Highest levels since the 2016 Brexit vote

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  42. Lucy Pevensey says:

    This from The Independent 2 days back-

    • Electoral Extinction

    “Fresh weekend polling blow to Sunak as Polls show wider lead for Labour”

    No mention of Reform. They wouldn’t want to be responsible for giving the voters any idea there is a third choice I’m guessing. The headline makes it seem as if Labour are harvesting Tory votes all on their own.

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  43. Terminal Moraine says:

    The BBC poets and dramatists are out in force: “Why 800 people fled a sun-kissed Mediterranean village”.

    Because it’s in southern Lebanon, no simple description will do. Instead we get a carefully curated picture of lush greenery, lemon trees, wholesome family times, where “bougainvilleas droop over meandering streets”. (I hear that 200k Israelis have had to move from their homes since the start of the war, but so what?)

    “Why, why us?” cries Milad Eid, his anguish clear over the breaking phone line […] “Nobody knows why they are attacking our houses,” Mr Eid says. “It’s not our war.”

    It’s a real mystery Milad, see if any of the BBC creatives know what’s going on. They’ll be the ones with Media Studies degrees sitting in London spending all afternoon trying to find Lebanon on Google maps.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/c999v52z9leo

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  44. Terminal Moraine says:

    Twitter joke:

    —————
    I was talking to a friend who lives in Leicester, he said “there’s so many Africans and Ukrainians here now, it just doesn’t feel like Pakistan anymore”
    —————

    https://x.com/WayneGb88/status/1801932327477530931

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  45. MarkyMark says:

    Our Contract is not just another party manifesto. It sets out the reforms that Britain needs in the first 100 days following a general election and thereafter. It has been produced with advice from a range of independent economists, think tanks and advisors on savings and costings.

    Costings can be found at the end of each policy page. Some policy areas come with net costs and others with net savings. There is also extra growth assumptions from our economic forums. Final annualised budget calculations across a 5 year term of government can be found at the end of this Contract.

    We are impatient for change. We are doers and achievers. Our Contract with you would be delivered by people with a real track record of success.

    https://www.reformparty.uk/our-contract-contents

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  46. Philip_2 says:

    Woke Waste Road Map (launched).
    (image) credits to Charlotte Gill who is monitoring the Wokey Waste of the Left and its links to the BBC ‘agenda’ – see half way down the page for that waste of money. but as you can see the BBC are not alone. But all linked to the wonder full wonderful world of taxpayer funded subsidies. Just like the BBC TV license, really – stretched until it snaps. Then they request more funding, because they usually get it as its all political funding for the Left, even before they are elected. Afterwards, it gets worse.

    https://substackcdn.com/image/fetch/w_1456,c_limit,f_webp,q_auto:good,fl_progressive:steep/https%3A%2F%2Fsubstack-post-media.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fpublic%2Fimages%2F3a6bce5e-be6c-4908-b1e6-5cdd0cda79d5_1596x890.png

    She discovers:
    The BBC (DCMS for overall oversight, but other Government departments linked to it)

    — BBC spends more than £600,000 a year on ‘diversity and inclusion’ staff

    — BBC accused of woke bias in its talent development projects

    — BBC accused of identity politics with £50k grant scheme aimed at ‘woke comedy’

    https://www.charlottecgill.co.uk/p/woke-waste-road-map

    Could be worse soon…!
    All linked to the wonderful world of taxpayer funded subsidies (NGO’s QUANGO’s and ‘Third Sector’ charities.. Just like the BBC TV license, really – stretched until it snaps. Then they request more funding, because they usually get it as its all political funding for the Left, even before they are elected. Afterwards, it gets worse, the more you read.

    We really need a cultural revolution to clear this lot of false prophets from the taxpayer feeder system.

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  47. Doobster78 says:

    So thankful Nigel took the helm at Reform . As nice a guy as he is, Tice really doesn’t cut through like Farage .

    First question very hostile Alex Forsyth from the bbc . She could not hide her distain for Nigel , they really are horrible folk

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  48. Terminal Moraine says:

    Maybe this has already been posted? “Brendan Cox: Jo would be ‘gutted’ over election division”

    Great now let’s hear what David Amess’ wife thinks.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cz772608jl4o

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  49. MarkyMark says:

    2019 … Boris Johnson ‘looking at’ abolishing TV licence fee for BBC
    This article is more than 4 years old
    Remarks came amid row over PM’s refusal to look at a picture of a sick boy in hospital
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/09/boris-johnson-looking-at-abolishing-tv-licence-fee-for-bbc

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  50. MarkyMark says:

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