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  1. Span Ows says:

    Economy on the up, IMF rejigged figures, BBC’s own poll says services better with austerity (haha) so only the Badger cull to big-up!

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    • Ian Hills says:

      “Services better with austerity” – for a Tory council here this is happening ( please publicise, bBC) see here -

      http://johnredwoodsdiary.com/2013/01/10/running-the-public-sector-well/

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    • Dysgwr_Cymraeg says:

      Err…not quite, they say the UK is horrendously full of potholes.
      Yes, that’s right, potholes in the roads.
      Ignore the newspaper that was criticised my Mi5 chief for leaking secrets to terrorist organisations, the real threat to UK citizens is from potholes FFS.
      What a treacherous bunch of terrorist sympathising scum bags we have running the bbc.
      Watch your backs folks, your lives are severely under threat from potholes in the road.

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  2. Dazed & Confused says:

    Oh for God sake….I knew that the BBC were going to blow this out of all proportion…

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24459784

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    • David Kay says:

      England footballer Jack Wilshere has caused a stir by saying only “English people” should play for England.

      errr sounds like common sense to me. i suppose its only caused a stir to the swivell eyed looney lefties at al beeb.

      praise be to allah that the belgium bloke concerned wasnt black, brown or rainbow coloured or they’d be screaming racialismist as well

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      • Aerfen says:

        And did you notice former BBC man ‘hideously white’ Greg Dyke – now at Fifa (!) was quick to slap down the idea that maybe to qualify then a footballer should be born in England. ‘ We dont need to go as far as being born here,’ he said, in horrified tones!

        How about simply being ethnic English then, having a grandparent or four born here?

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    • Ian Hills says:

      Sickening – anyone can be English, but everything English is bad.

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    • Alex Feltham says:

      The sad thing is that there will be millions of British nodding there head in agreement with the BBC’s concern. The endless propaganda that everything at odds with multiculturalism is racist has worked.

      There’s a great take on that about the shocking poll result last week that a quarter of young British “don’t trust Muslims” in: “Cheer Up BBC. The Glass Is Three Quarters Full!” at:

      http://john-moloney.blogspot.com/#!/2013/10/cheer-up-bbc-glass-is-three-quarters.html

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  3. CCE says:

    Reposed from old open thread

    Anybody notice just how quickly the unwelcome (to the BBC) news that the ‘Torykutz’ have not destroyed the nation (as predicted by the BBC) vanished from the news agenda. I am fairly sure that if this survey had shown that Labour was right in its shroud waving then it may have got a little more exposure….

    Similarly the rapid disappearance of the unwelcome news that the Labour education policy from 1997 to 2010 has been proven to be a complete catastrophe with Britain now 21st out of 23 nations in literacy and numeracy for 16 to 24 year olds.

    Oh, and while I am at it the BBC’s ability to ignore the upgrading of UK economic growth (despite the BBC constantly telling me there would be a ‘triple dip’ recession)

    Strange isn’t it when a nespaper being blunt about a politicians father can dominate BBC coverage for a whole week. Makes you wonder if the BBC is grinding any axes…..

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  4. +james says:

    From the last thread

    More evidence that the BBC hates Christians

    BBC journalist faced discrimination ‘because he was Coptic Christian’
    A BBC Arabic journalist was passed over for promotion because he was a Coptic Christian, an employment tribunal heard

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10367284/BBC-journalist-faced-discrimination-because-he-was-Coptic-Christian.html

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  5. George R says:

    Beeboid political propaganda ‘report’ on hard drugs and greenies in Russia.

    About 90% of this Beeboid propaganda is for its political chums.

    “‘Hard drugs found’ on Greenpeace ship seized by Russia”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24461644

    This is an example of the converse ‘reporting’ to that which BBC-NUJ does against the EDL, as no doubt we will see this weekend.

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    • David Kay says:

      not just drugs george, they had spy equipment on board as well. hopefully the russians still shoot spies

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      • Ian Hills says:

        BBC is also tearful over imminent firing squad fate of a drug smuggler :)

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23894761

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        • David Kay says:

          if only she was as clever as greenpeace eco terrorists and said her bags were thoroughly searched before she left so any drugs found on arrival must have been planted

          i feel sorry for the fellas that have to carry her body after shes been shot, they’ll get a hernia

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      • Rtd Colonel says:

        And their own video confirms they did briefly make contact (ram to most people) a coastguard vessel. Love all the sob stories from the families of the narcissitic ex public school adrenalin junkies who have been arrested – cheaper way to fund your extreme sports addiction plus you get large no.s of self righteous points – always good to secure a bunk up with idealistic young fillies!

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        • London Calling says:

          There’s nothing the idealistic and posh young fillies like more than a bunk up with a revolutionary. When they find they are pregnant they rush home to mummy and the NHS, and a half dozen years later start changing addresses to get the kids into a good school.
          Pathetic.

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          • Dysgwr_Cymraeg says:

            Didn’t work for Wolfie Smith?

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            • EmersonV says:

              Not often I support the Russians but about time green peace got what they deserve? Strange the bbc HYS have never opened this story up for comment.

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  6. Leon says:

    Well, would you believe it!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-24468367

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  7. Rich Tee says:

    Currently watching Ed Miliband being given free rein in an interview on his energy policy…on WATCHDOG.

    Anne Robinson is giving him quite a hard time, but it is effectively a free Party Political Broadcast, and the other parties were given no opportunity to respond.

    Shameless BBC propaganda.

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  8. ember2013 says:

    Are my ears deceiving me I did I just hear Anne Robinson, at the start of “Watchdog”, proclaim that Ed Miliband would be in the studio later to tell us all about his energy price freezing policy?

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  9. George R says:

    Beeboid report on MARSEILLE: -Anything basically missing?

    1.) Beeboid report:-

    “Marseille battles image as France’s murder capital”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24380941

    2.) ‘Islam v. Europe’-

    “Marseilles is 30-40% Muslim”

    (2011).

    http://islamversuseurope.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/marseilles-is-30-40-muslim.html

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  10. Ken Hall says:

    I have never seen an easier or softer political interview. Anne Robinson, as I write this, is destroying some hapless executive of some airline. She is her usual savage self… However,

    BBC Watchdog has just given Ed Miliband such a soft and agreeable interview that it was the closest thing to an official labour party political broadcast.

    He was given free reign to patronise and lie his way through his utterly asanine and unworkable energy bill freeze.

    Nobody has done more to push bills up through the roof than Ed Miliband, when he was energy secretary in the last labour government.

    He was throwing conspiracy theories out left and centre.

    I think the BBC and watchdog have sunk to a new low.

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  11. Big Dick says:

    Just seen that Al bbc Arts Le Freak Gompetz ,interviewing Tom Hanks about his new movie on News 24 . The movie is called Captain Philips & is about Somali pirates ,hi-jacking a ship . All Le Freak kept going on about was ,the “baddies are black” & The “Goodies are hideously White” & “American” , T.H. just said they are” seriously bad guys” ! F.F.S. these socialist bbc bastards just see waycism in every corner ,& are totally evil & racist themselves & want to stir up hatred in the White community .

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    • flexdream says:

      A Hollywood film with racial stereotypes whatever next! Will the villain be played by a British actor or with a British accent though?

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      • Cosmo says:

        Could always blame those “Zioloons” ( code word for ? ) but wait, don’t the left always blame them for owning Hollywood.

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    • Buggy says:

      There’s a serious shortage of white Somalians last time I looked, and, unusually in the shipping industry nowadays, 19 out of 20 of the crew of the Maersk Alabama were Americans (don’t know whether they were all white, though).

      Inconvenient Facts = Beeboid kryptonite.

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  12. Tommy Atkins says:

    Eddie Mair on Radio 4′s PM programme was waxing lyrical on the appointment of the new Fed Chairman.
    Was he banging on about Janet Yellon’s very correct historical calls on the US economy as Ambrose does here?

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/ambroseevans-pritchard/100025713/rejoice-the-yellen-fed-will-print-money-forever-to-create-jobs/

    Was he bollix. The only thing important its seems is that she was the first women in the job.

    Lazy patronising lefty opinion masquerading as hard news. What a waste of money and I go to Gaol if I don’t pay for his pension.

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    • The General says:

      If only she were not so hideously white !

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    • Andrew says:

      Please refer to this man as “Mair” or “Mr Mair” or “Edward Mair”. If you call him “Eddie Mair”, you are playing the BBC’s game: he is not your friend or a friend of this country and the short/familiar form is not appropriate. I’m not picking on you or indeed Mair: I would say the same about James Naughtie, Nicholas Clegg or Anthony Hall.

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  13. Sir Arthur Strebe-Grebling says:

    Get your sick-bag, or preferably a bucket, ready if you’re going to watch the BBC World News programme GMT, guest-edited by ‘human rights lawyer’ Cherie Blair.

    The whingeing Scouser contributed to the morning’s discussion about the day’s news agenda – which included news that US President Barack Obama was poised to choose a woman, Janet Yellen, to head the Federal Reserve.
    Her appearance was part of the BBC’s 100 Women season – which aims to highlight the risks, challenges and opportunities that women face every day, across the globe.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-24468367

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    • Buggy says:

      “…….which aims to highlight the risks, challenges and opportunities that women face every day, across the globe.

      The very real risk of getting a verbal kicking from ol’ fly catcher if you live a life she doesn’t care for, perhaps ?

      http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2012/jun/20/cherie-blair-criticises-career-yummy-mummies

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      • Guest Who says:

        Verbal kicking wise, I must doff my hat to some of the Graun commentariat. Quality. Have to wonder how much money you need to have stuffed in the mattress to sleep at night knowing you are caught that bang to rights.
        Must say the BBC editorial campfire picture was, well, as daft as it was in keeping.

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  14. George R says:

    While Beeboids politically genuflect to its ‘P.M’ Rusbridger-

    ‘Daily Mail’:
    “Stupendous arrogance: By risking lives, I say again, the Guardian is floundering far out of its depth in realms where no newspaper should venture,”
    by STEPHEN GLOVER.

    [Excerpt]:-

    “So what is the response? At the time of writing, the all-powerful BBC has only parenthetically mentioned that the newspaper faces very serious charges, and has made the most feeble attempts to hold the paper or its editor, Alan Rusbridger, to account.

    “You might have thought that Mr Rusbridger would be quaking in his boots. Or at least apologetic. Or perhaps ruminative. Not a bit of it.

    “In a BBC radio interview yesterday, he loftily insisted that his newspaper had been justified in publishing Snowden’s leaks — and intended to go on doing so.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2451532/Stupendous-arrogance-By-risking-lives-I-say-Guardian-floundering-far-depth-realms-newspaper-venture-STEPHEN-GLOVER.html

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  15. George R says:

    ‘Daily Mail’ rightly on the case again-

    “PM backs spy chief’s attack on Guardian: Security expert warned leaks risk ‘widespread loss of life’ but BBC buries criticism of Left-wing paper.
    “PM’s spokesman said MI5′s Andrew Parker made an ‘excellent speech.’
    “The spy chief blasted The Guardian’s publication of secret material.
    “Security officials say the expose could lead to UK lives being lost.
    By JAMES SLACK.

    [Excerpt]:-

    “In another development, there were… accusations of editorial bias at the BBC, which initially ignored the scathing criticisms of the Guardian.

    “The corporation later offered Mr Rusbridger an interview on Radio Four’s World at One to defend his paper.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2451540/PM-backs-spy-chiefs-attack-Guardian-Security-expert-warned-leaks-risk-widespread-loss-life-BBC-buries-criticism-Left-wing-paper.html

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  16. George R says:

    ‘Telegraph’ (£)-

    Matt cartoon-

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/matt/

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  17. David Kay says:

    Are you gay and thinking of going the world cup in 2022? Think again. Wheres the ourage from al beeb, stephen fry and the rest of the lefties? oh right, they cant criticise islam for some strange reason.

    Clinical screenings to ‘detect’ and ban homosexuals from entry from Gulf member states.

    “Health centers conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries,” Yousuf Mindkar, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti Health Ministry stressed.

    “However, we will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays, who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states,” he added

    http://rt.com/news/homosexuals-kuwait-banned-gays-887/

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    • flexdream says:

      The World Cup is in Qatar, but if you read the link you’ll see it’s much the same as Kuwait on this.

      Russia didn’t even propose such restrictions. All Russia did is control sex education and propaganda for young people. That seems reasonable.

      Don’t expect the BBC to be consistent.

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    • Dysgwr_Cymraeg says:

      The bbc is actively promoting the women’s game these days.
      Perhaps they can give us the schedule for the qatar womens world cup?

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    • Adi says:

      There is no gay gene discovered as of yet in the human body but the Arab scientists are well-renowned for their (ahem) contributions to science. However, I’m sure those “tests” are not a flimsy pretext to just put all the visitors into a scanner that shows everything. That would be haram and in contradiction to the well-known Muslim “modesty”, Inshallah.

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  18. RCE says:

    Had to just check it wasn’t Apr 1 given Mishal Hussein’s Today ‘piece’ on Netanyahu’s ‘blue jeans’ comment just now.

    Utter, utter bollocks.

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  19. AsISeeIt says:

    Following Ed Miliband’s guest appearance on BBC 1 Watchdog – and his polite welcome from the suddenly tamed ginger shrew we used to see on the Weakest Link…

    Perhaps the Labour front bench are about to invade the BBC schedules en masse….

    Recently appointed Labour education spokesman Tristram Hunt joins fellow posh boy Jack Whitehall on BBC 3′s Bad Education

    Chris Bryant (Labour’s expert on lingerie and selfie pics) pops in for BBC2 daytime property show Wanted Down Under – sorry…. that apperance was cancelled when he noticed the BBC are still repeating Are You Being Served

    Chucka Umunna : Fake Britain – obviously

    Ed Balls : Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

    Hilary Benn : Joins fellow posh boy Alexander Armstrong looking for the answers that are least popular with the public on the quiz show Pointless

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  20. Doublethinker says:

    Education,Education,Education….. and look what we got for our billions and billions, after 13 years of the Labour policy , the OECD Report confirms that England has one of the worst education performances in the developed world for people aged 16 to 24.
    If this abject failure had been of a Tory policy the BBC would have been shouting it from the roof tops for a week. What happened , well PM did cover it in some depth but then it rapidly slid down the running order until it disappeared altogether from Newsnight.
    The OECD report confirms what people in England have known and been saying for years, that our education system is badly broken. But the liberal left and their chief scrutiniser the BBC, have denied this , with Labour claiming that they improved standards !
    As with the NHS scandals, the BBC downplays the reports because they reflect so badly on Labour’s record and the public sector in general. Another appalling example of the BBC trying to manipulate the news and support their friends in the public sector.
    The Tories must continue to allow the daylight into the public sector, so we can all see what a shoddy deal we tax payers get for our money. Of course, even if they do they will have to rely on other media to tell us because the BBC will try to cover it up.

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    • Geoff says:

      The system is purposely broken, the Marxist state can do what they bloody well want when the population is to too thick to realise whats happening, let alone question it.

      Still at least they leave school knowing all about homosexuality….

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      • pah says:

        It is one of those cases where the Marxists and the Normans work together. The Marxists want the people able to read but only the things they allow and the Normans don’t want them to be able to read well enough to compete with their kids on the playing fields of Eton.

        As long as we can read their instructions on what to think and which levers to pull in which order they are happy.

        It’s always been that way and always will be until the power bases of both groups are destroyed.

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    • Dave s says:

      We are not taxpayers. We are allowed by the state to keep some of the money we earn. The BBC tax is thus not a tax but just part of the wealth of the nation freely given to it.
      Pretty much the entire public sector works on this basis. Just listen to the way they talk.

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  21. Milverton says:

    Nicky Campbell baulking at the suggestion Chinese gangs are in part responsible ifor illegal immigration. “It’s not just Chinese gangs.” he speedily interjects.

    Not quite “Other trafficking gangs are available.” but not far off.

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  22. Geoff says:

    Not sure if I can stomach Question Time tonight, but the panel are looking just as insipidly left as last week.

    Jo Swinson (Lib Dem – Enough said)

    Diane Abbott (Pass the sick bag)

    Mathew Paris (Representing a certain minority)

    Sarah Churchwell (Know little about but she writes for the Guardian, New Statesman and is a regular on BBC Newsnight – Enough said)

    That leaves Adam Afriyie to find himself short of applause, of course the lefties would say the panel is horrendously rightwing…

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    • Maturecheese says:

      Just when you think QT can get no worse, it proves you wrong! It really is time it was axed as it is so awful. As for Dianne Abbot……….

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    • Big Dick says:

      What would happen if the Conservatives had Adam Afriyie as leader or PM, & the G.O.P. in the US had a black President & UMP in France the same ? The left would then become hideously racist & the PC they worship ,would be thrown away ,as in their simple minds ,no ethnic can be “right wing”.& they would not be able to “compute ,help ,help ,must self destruct”.

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    • Seek the Truth says:

      I didn’t watch it. I’ve tried to ignore it for ages now because it infuriates me so much. After making myself sit through it last week, I decided that enough was enough. I just cannot stand the way Dimbleby allows that pause for applause after a Leftie has spoken but, prevents it after anyone with an opposing view speaks. Apart from that, I don’t think I could bare to watch or listen to Abbott without throwing up.

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      • Seek the Truth says:

        Oops, I meant ‘bear’ not ‘bare’. Anyone would think I was educated under New Labour!

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  23. Bangernofski says:

    The BBC are hiring, god help us… http://jobs.theguardian.com/employer/217885/bbc/?CMP=soc_953

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    • Diogenes the cynic says:

      Could it be that only people who hold the same political opinions as that august publication need apply?
      Somehow I don’t see them wanting to advertise in the Mail, the Telegraph or the ‘Murdoch’ stable.

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    • Beez says:

      I’m in need of a stable job at the moment. Perhaps when I fill out the application form I should direct my efforts into praising Labour’s shoddy ‘policies’ and state how Islam and multiculturalism has changed this country for the better. Surely that will stand me in good stead? If that fails to work then perhaps i’ll profess i’m gay and cripple myself so i end up in a wheelchair.

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    • Sir Arthur Strebe-Grebling says:

      Two of those four jobs are to help run Children in Need (a ‘Celebrity Liaison Executive’ and a Press Officer). Why does the bBBC waste our TV tax on this?

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  24. Beeboidal says:

    Barking mad.

    Greg Barker: BBC gives too much prominence to climate change sceptics

    That’s Tory MP Greg Barker. His gripe seems to be that a couple of sceptics got some BBC airtime after the publication of the IPCC’s latest missive. That the BBC had sidelined sceptical voices for years is of no account to Mr Barker.

    “I’m not trying to ban all dissenting voices but we are doing the public a disservice by treating them as equal, which is not the case.”

    Yes, that’s exactly what you’re trying to do, and the BBC has never treated dissenting voices as equal. In fact, the BBC has acted as a campaigning group rather than an impartial broadcaster on this matter. And here’s the really sinister bit.

    He said there was “no departmental view” on whether reforms to press regulation should play a role in ensuring incorrect coverage was challenged but said it was “extremely frustrating” to see reports he believed were misleading.

    The brave new world of Hacked Off, where regulation might have a role in stomping on incorrect thoughts.

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    • David Kay says:

      barking mad? howling moonbat is more appropriate

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    • Andy S. says:

      Of course, this is the same Gregg Barker who lived a lie as a heterosexual for years, deceiving his poor wife into marrying him, having her bear his kids before running off with another bloke. I remember all the publicity was about how brave he was to “come out” when he was a successful politician and a friend of the Prime Minister. Of course, there was no mention about leaving his deceived wife devastated about his hidden life and his year of lying to her. This was after he had used his family to promote his “family man” credentials to the electorate during his election as M.P.

      Follow the money also, he’s another Tim Yeo, pushing the Global Warming scam to enrich himself.

      How the hell can you trust someone who who actually LIVED a lie for so many years?

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  25. Tim Hopkins says:

    Was I alone in being appalled at the “interview” conducted by Islamic Nicky with Theresa May this morning.
    Snide comments, sneering, Ill mannered and interrupting.
    Is the BBC now admitting to being in favour of illegal immigration ? someone at last is making an attempt
    To halt this .

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    • Milverton says:

      It was a disgusting performance from Campbell. Sneering, smug and biased from start to finish. I thought May should have slapped him down a peg or two. I long for someone to drop in even a simple “Well I know that is Five Live’s political position but…” Just something to make the beggars splutter in their lattes for a moment.

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      • Dysgwr_Cymraeg says:

        While all of what is said about that wanker Campbell above and below here is true, he gets away with it because he’s allowed to.
        Our politicians need to have the guts and the nous to tell him where to get off. Stop pussyfooting around arseholes like him and spell it out plain and simple.
        They actually need some training on plain, straight, talking.

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    • graphene fedora says:

      Either it doesn’t compute with Campbell, or if it does, the strictures of the beeboid ‘narrative’ stop the saying of it, but mass (& illegal) immigration falls heavily on the shoulders of second-generation, integrated, law-abiding immigrants, who also feel, acutely, the pressures on housing, schools, the NHS, jobs, & deplore the arriviste criminality, the lurking terrorism, the cultural impositions, the new ‘exceptionalism’ that have been dumped on them, as much as do the indigenous British.
      This needs to be said, & would begin to dispel the reflex accusations of ‘racism’ that fly whenever genuine concerns about social cohesion are raised. Of course, it would be like a wrecking ball in the truly racist Left’s glass factory, where their ‘identity groups’ must conform to the descriptions written on their labels. British people of differing skin colours care about who’s coming in to their country; many have socially conservative views because they live at the sharp end of enforced social engineering. They do not understand why a good country is being subverted.
      I’d like Campbell to listen to the unfiltered views of my
      neighbours on our problems with Somali gangs. Oh, & by the way, those neighbours include West Indians, Greeks, Indians, Vietnamese and Africans. Bluntly they will say, ‘Why are these thugs here? What do they bring us other than trouble? When will our politicians listen?’ He might well piss himself.
      Qampbell is another one of the snakes coiled around the windpipe of Britain. Don’t people ‘scotch’ snakes? Our Nicky’s a suitable reptile for treatment.

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      • Marsh says:

        Your Call should be renamed “Smug Nicky’s Left Wing Echo Chamber”. He was a disgrace today, again!

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  26. Framer says:

    That immigration law reform story will die at incredible speed. The Beeb won’t refer to it or discuss or research it again given Labour is keeping due distance. Of course as they always approach such matters and interviews from the left they would never question whether the reforms are adequate or sufficient to reduce illegal immigration particularly by ‘students’.

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  27. noggin says:

    from Mondays open thread
    “BBC immediately proceed to have a spokesman for the,Quilliam foundation, who then states that they have not joined the Quilliam foundation?.
    The BBC host then bleats the unfortunate phrase” but they have … (I kid you not) … decapitated the EDL”
    sheesh! sounds a bit like something an imam would say doesn t it”

    More on the problematic aspects of the Quilliams Gov “Gravy train”.

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/10/beheading-the-edl.html

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/10/beheading-the-edl.html

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  28. Rathkeale Quality Generators and Wheelbarrows LTD says:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24465979

    Notice Mr Brants sidepiece on this article stating that green taxes only make up a “small amount ” on your bill . No mention just how much this really is ,or just how much it will rise leading more and more into fuel poverty . Disgraceful .

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  29. Guest Who says:

    BBC News shared BBC World News’s photo.

    In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the leader of the Pakistani #Taliban has said he is prepared to hold peace talks with the government. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24463839 Hakimullah Mehsud, has a five-million-dollar bounty on his head and is among the world’s most wanted men. He outlined a number of conditions for peace talks, including a halt to US drone strikes and the imposition of sharia law. He also said his group would continue to target Americans and their allies. The interview was carried out at an undisclosed location in Pakistan’s tribal regions near the Afghan border.
    Boy, when the BBC gets the ‘named’ sources they seem to be almost like they are in the cubilce next door, and happy to be loud & proud with who gets the exclusives, eh? Location FoI exempted, natch.
    Holding talks about ‘peace’ so long as the drone deal is called off… seems fair.
    Mind you, no real guarantees on the shooting & beheading etc, as that can be fobbed off on ‘others’, may be a dealbreaker to most other than the world’s must gullible media monopoly.
    And sharia is a non-negotiable. Sorry Malala & gurlfrends.
    Having the BBC as a gushing, straight-to-social-media PR envoy does seem a one-sided affair at best.

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    • Adi says:

      The al-beeb has the dubious reputation of being OBL favourite news reporting media and they strive to maintain that reputation.

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      • Wild says:

        The BBC are not so much apologists for the enemies of the UK as on their side. The BBC were anti-Reagan and pro-Gorbachev, they remain anti-Unionist and pro-Nationalist, anti-Christian, and pro-Muslim, anti-Eurosceptic and pro- EU.

        They British Broadcasting Company in other words are Anti-British.

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    • Alan Larocka says:

      Perhaps a homing device planted pn all BBC ME journalists would give us ‘Snowden-like’ intel on the who’s who and coming and goings of the terroist community

         7 likes

  30. Lobster says:

    There was an item on the BBC Midlands lunchtime news about staff at Birmingham airport being given special training to enable them to spot potential victims of forced marriage and prevent them leaving the country. It would appear that such practices are common in “certain cultures”.
    Err, what “cultures” might they be BBC? You didn’t tell us. Swedish? Portugese? Greek? Or even Brazilian, perhaps?
    Okay, BBC, I give up – you’ll have to give me a clue.

       32 likes

    • Guest Who says:

      Sounds almost like that ‘twitter outrage kick-off in a box’ profiling thing.
      Any old school types winging through en route to Salt Lake City or Waco are going to be pissed.
      Guessing outbound is tickedy-boo?
      Just screening any dodgy types arriving is off limits.

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  31. David Kay says:

    The enemy propaganda Al Beeb broadcasts is nothing compared to what Lord Haw Haw broadcast and they executed him. Execute all who broadcast enemy propaganda.

       5 likes

  32. Dazed & Confused says:

    So, Labour councillor Jim Battle and the Labour Member of parliament Tony Lloyd, resign their political positions and take up top paid jobs as Commissioner and deputy commissioner in the Greater Manchester City police force?

    http://mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/260711757-dynamic-duo-manchester-police-boss-tony-lloyd-appoints-deputy-help-%E2%80%98battle%E2%80%99-crime

    And yet both are founding UAF signatories?…..How the hell are these people “non political”?

    http://uaf.org.uk/2006/03/uaf-urges-manchester-university-students-to-use-your-vote-to-keep-manchester-university-students-union-nazi-free/

       18 likes

  33. Guest Who says:

    OT.
    The tone and content of Guido’s site (too) often make Graun CiF or Newsnight FaceBook look almost civilised, but as another Labour ingenue ensures he’ll never be seen on the BBC DP sofa or Ian Katz’ Muppetnight ever, I had to laugh (if with guilty respect for the victims) at two comments on this thread:

    http://order-order.com/2013/10/10/labour-candidate-blames-green-ed-for-sse-price-hike/

    30. Labour Parasite says:
    October 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm
    The council’s just given me a 9 bedroom house for my 12 kids. How the [naughtiemarred] do they think I’m going to heat it?

    Reply
    35 Mick Philpot says:
    October 10, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    Give me a call.

       11 likes

    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      Another comment in that thread led me to this BBC online article with blatant bias in the inset “Analysis” from BBC political correspondent, Robin Brant.

      After some moaning about SSE raising their price to consumers by 8.2%, near the end of the piece is this:

      Up to 11% goes on government programmes to save energy, reduce emissions and tackle climate change, according to regulator Ofgem. SSE said it wanted this to be included in general taxation, rather than added to bills.

      Then there’s more hand-wringing and pressure put on SSE to defend it’s evil profits. However, in spite of the above 11% from Ofgem, Robin Brant gives us this is in his “analysis”:

      David Cameron wants to shift the focus of restricting price rises on to green taxes, which make up part of your bill.

      It’s only a small percentage of what you pay but the government, or at least the Tory side of it, is looking at exempting some smaller firms to encourage them to compete.

      In other words, this “small percentage” is larger than the increase from SSE. Yet the BBC doesn’t want the nasty Tories to touch a hair on the sacred Green Tax’s head. Yes, I’m making a sweeping statement that it’s the BBC and not just Brant.

      Robert Peston also gets to opine, in which he presents the false choice of Cameron either reducing/eliminating the Green Tax, or not reducing evil profit (upon which Peston frowns in occasional moments of honesty), which would harm the poorest and most vulnerable. Eliminating the tax would lower prices, and only Statists think price controls are a good idea. Again this mindset is endemic at the BBC.

      This now must be considered, as we’ve been told by BBC producers, journalists, and complaints apparatchiks, in the larger context of the BBC’s overall coverage of the Green Tax. Let us then recall that the BBC actually censored a bit out of a Mervyn King statement where he blamed the Green Tax for pushing energy prices too high.

      They’re all at it. No memo needed, no editorial directive from on high necessary for this bias to manifest itself in different places if they all think the same way already. Of course, in the case of Warmism and the vital need to support Green Energy (the sole reason for the existence of the tax), the BBC actually did make an editorial directive and held that Warmist synod (known colloquially as 28-Gate) to infuse Warmist thinking throughout the different departments of the BBC. In this case, the bias is natural and an editorial imperative.

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  34. David Kay says:

    ahhh the looney left! this is a hilarious documentary from the early 1980′s. i say hilarious, but its all true! the moonbats aren’t as bad as they once were, or are they?

       8 likes

    • johnnythefish says:

      At least then it was all out in the open and you could see the enemy. Now it’s much more insidious through groups like Common Purpose, Hacked Off and Hope Not Hate and secret meetings like the BBC’s 28gate.

      So yes, they’re still there, but a much bigger threat because most people can’t see it’s there.

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  35. noggin says:

    BBC is reporting again that, MALALA! after winning the international youth prize, and MALALA! winning the Sakharov prize, that MALALA! is marching towards the Nobel Peace Prize, and MALALA! now shes recovered, because MALALA! s bravery inspires them, was shot by the Taliban, that it is in awe that MALALA! is up for the prize, that their are others and MALALA! will have to wait for a decision, and that if MALALA! should win, the BBC will first to report that MALALA! is a Nobel Prize Winner.
    etc , etc.

    Actually I m really pleased shes recovered so well,
    shouldn t she with all that travelling around, all over the world erm … be at home now? … and her family?

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  36. Doublethinker says:

    On Radio 4′s media Show James Purnell , once a Labour Minister and now back at the BBC for a second spell as the Director of Strategy, spent 15 minutes or so, telling us how the BBC was going to move heavily into new media and develop a ‘ My BBC ‘ concept aimed at those who made extensive use of new media.
    Nothing remarkable in that except that I strongly suspect that the BBC wants to use it state funding to try and establish a dominant position in ‘new media’ so as to be able to keep commercial rivals out and extend their monopolistic control of what the country sees and hears.
    The Tories should, indeed must say no, and tell the BBC that if they want to spend money on establishing a bridgehead and then a dominant position in new media, they will have to do so on a commercial basis and that no TV watching LF money can be use to build this position, after all most LF payers won’t benefit much from this. But, much more importantly, new media represents our best chance to free people from the domination of the BBC and to hear the truth and get a plurality of views that a democracy needs. In 10 years it is likely that fewer and fewer people will get their media via TV and the BBC will slowly die owing to lack of funds. The BBC must not be allowed to build a dominant position in new media and so continue to control the news and current affairs agenda of the country for decades to come.

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    • Geoff says:

      I see it more as information gathering ruse with ‘My BBC’ you would undoubtedly have a profile, and the BBC would no doubt recommend and certain record what you watch on the IPlayer.

      All information to be used against you at a later date, do you trust the Marxists at the BBC?

         15 likes

    • johnnythefish says:

      ‘My BBC’.

      Just reading it makes me cringe.

      ‘I love you Big Brother’. There, that’s more like it.

         13 likes

  37. noggin says:

    Caught last few minutes of the afternoon chimp, R Bacon on BBC 5live, absolutely insufferable with a couple of braincell singular twittery libtard”guests”. and the erm “chart the week”?.

       17 likes

  38. George R says:

    BBC-NUJ still not reporting this:-

    “French journalist is prosecuted under 19th century press law for questioning Islam during a radio debate
    Ivan Rioufol was summoned to court under France’s strict press laws.
    “Objected to Collective Against Islamophobia In France poster campaign.
    “Says law has been used to ‘penalise criticism and intimidate journalists’”
    By PETER ALLEN.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2451401/Ivan-Rioufol-prosecuted-19th-century-press-law-questioning-Islam-radio-debate.html

    Where is BBC-BUJ’s solidarity with a persecuted journalist?

       12 likes

    • Dysgwr_Cymraeg says:

      When a link appears Dez will inform us, he’s good at that.

         12 likes

    • johnnythefish says:

      ‘Where is BBC-BUJ’s solidarity with a persecuted journalist?’

      Their solidarity lies within their hierarchy of causes a.k.a. ‘Lefty Top Trumps’. This poor journo will be well down that ‘solidarity’ pecking order. No guesses for who is at the top (they even seem to trump the feminist cause, judging by the lack of reaction to the CPS’s decision that abortion of female foetuses simply because they’re the wrong gender is within the law).

         9 likes

    • George R says:

      I wonder if Beeboids approve Alain Delon’s support for Ms Le Pen as much as they approve Tom Hanks’ support for Obama?

         10 likes

    • Chris says:

      Islamaphobia = The irrational fear of someone who considers you no better than cattle.

         15 likes

  39. Wild says:

    The BBC webpage which informs us that the Canadian writer Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature helpfully tells us that previous winners include “literary giants such as…Toni Morrison.”

    Well it made me laugh.

       19 likes

    • Wild says:

      BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz said of Munro that “few writers are her equal….she gets to the heart of what it is to be human” but he had assumed that she was not going to get it “because she’s not overtly political”.

         15 likes

  40. DB says:

    Protester outside New Broadcasting House just now, speaking truth to power:

       25 likes

    • Guest Who says:

      ‘Security having a word’
      Hope they follow proper protocol after this:

      http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=191×11100

      Imagine what unchecked use of words like ‘nonsense’ could lead to if not for ‘necessary’ controls?
      And this:

      http://www.politicshome.com/uk/story/37514/save_our_nhs_rally.html

      Norm not getting the angle he wanted.
      Oppression!!!!!!
      Now, the judicious use of an FoI exemption or a nifty bit of secret, internal, expediting…. now that’s how you shut folk up and keep the lid on stuff.
      If uniquely, BBC-style.

         6 likes

      • johnnythefish says:

        ‘Precisely 100 years after the death of Islam’s prophet Muhammad in 632, his Arab followers, after having conquered thousands of miles of lands from Arabia to Spain, found themselves in Gaul, modern day France……

        Prior to this, the Islamic conquerors had for one century been subjugating all peoples and territories standing in their western march—including Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. In 711, the Muslims made their fateful crossing of the straits of Gibraltar, landing on European soil. Upon disembarkation, the leader of the Muslims, Tariq bin Zayid, ordered the Islamic fleet burned, explaining that, “We have not come here to return. Either we conquer and establish ourselves here, or we perish’.

        You know, it’s funny, I’ve never heard that bit of history covered on the BBC – ever. For some reason, the BBC seem keen to promote a narrative which says the Christian/Muslim conflict began with The Crusades.

        ‘Inform, Educate and Entertain’. Yeh, got that.

           21 likes

        • johnnythefish says:

          Apologies, this should have appeared after George’s post below.

             2 likes

        • Dave s says:

          The peace loving Moors did not invade Spain. They were invited by the peace loving inhabitants to improve their language skills and add to the culinary variety in the cafes of the day.
          At least I think this is the correct liberal interpretation of events.

             17 likes

  41. George R says:

    Some Islamic history of Europe for INBBC
    (not presented by Muslim, Rageh Omaar):-

    “Saving the West: Remember the Battle of Tours.

    “In the year 732, on or around October 10, one of history’s most decisive battles took place, demarcating the extent of Islam’s western conquests and ensuring the survival of the West.”

    By Raymond Ibrahim.

    http://www.thecommentator.com/article/4251/saving_the_west_remember_the_battle_of_tours

       15 likes

  42. Guest Who says:

    Always worth a gander…

    http://tradingaswdr.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/co-pro.html

    ‘the cut required to fund additional initiatives was 3%’
    Not sure, but maybe all the ‘new initiatives’, which can be pricey, if not a total waste of money, are part of the problem?
    But at least the top tier is delivering… something, still..

    http://tradingaswdr.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/fab-news.html

    Again, and I may be wrong here, but making expensive statements may not be the BBC’s strong suit, especially as kitting out mid-life crisis execs in their homey-kit is maybe a ‘managers with funny titles’ indulgence and waaaaay too much money is still going their way to attend parties looking da bomb whilst not delivering anything… first, or otherwise, as the licence fee payer continues uniquely funding the whole sorry farce.

       2 likes

  43. Framer says:

    Purnell was on Newsnight last night. He is a complete robot just repeating the same mantra about the BBC being a national treasure without stopping until he got to the end of the interview, any beyond. He looked a prat.

       20 likes

  44. lynette says:

    The Today programme was talking about a medical breakthrough in the UK that can stop brain cells from dying but this sort of reasearch is going on almost every week in Israel ( see http://www.verygoodnewsisrael.blogspot.com ) But for the BBC this was the biggest medical breakthrough ever !

       14 likes

  45. George R says:

    Two reports of same U.K court case:-

    1.) ‘JihadWatch’:-

    “UK: Muslims hold Slovakian woman as slave, repeatedly rape and assault her”

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/10/uk-muslims-hold-slovakian-woman-as-slave-repeatedly-rape-and-assault-her.html

    2.) BBC-NUJ:-

    “Men who trafficked Slovakian slave bride to Burnley jailed”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-24473834

       18 likes

    • flexdream says:

      Odd how in the headline the nationality of the victim seems relevant, but the perpetrators are those ‘men’ again.

         18 likes

  46. JimS says:

    Hello BBC!

    Remember this guy? Was he not in government for a few weeks after Thatcher The Witch and before Austerity Cameron?

    My mistake, I’m sure ‘My BBC’ would have picked up on this:- The luck of Tony Blair

       8 likes

  47. Jeff Waters says:

    Mardell: Republicans remove blindfold – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24479617

    He’s at it again:

    Earlier this morning, one Democratic senator compared this crisis to a blindfolded man walking towards the edge of the cliff.

    The Republican leadership has taken the blindfold off and taken a sudden leap backwards.

    Jeff

       7 likes

    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      Republicans cave, the President refuses to compromise, while He and His minions spout violent, polarizing rhetoric, even accusing Boehner and Republicans of treason, and Mardell still says Republicans are the problem.

      My guess is in the end that the president will have to accept it – but he’ll play hard ball and make it clear he’s got his way.

      So will you, Mark.

      And even if the initial deal is done it will mean at least six weeks of jittery uncertainty hanging over the American economy – at the end of which we could be back where we started.

      The White House describes that as “spite” – towards the American people.

      Spite? What about all the examples of the Administration ordering money spent to erect barricades and force people out of homes and businesses under the pretext of not having the money?

      Mardell is scum.

         20 likes

      • JimS says:

        Comment on Mardell’s blog:

        4. Themotco
        7 Hours ago

        I note Mr Mardell’s continuing lack of rancour towards the Republicans’ shenanigans. Does he reserve his negativity only for President Obama?”

        As John McEnroe said! Surely this guy is pulling Mardell’s tail? (Please!)

           6 likes

        • Lobster says:

          I don’t know how anyone could use the words “Mardell” and “rancour” in the same breath. Oh, hang on, Jonathan Ross might get away with it.

             8 likes

        • David Preiser (USA) says:

          JimS, this is what the BBC uses as proof of their overall balance and impartiality: “complaints from both sides”. In this case, the complaint opposite ours seems to be that Mardell isn’t explicitly calling Boehner and the Republicans traitors and demanding for arrests, like Atlantic Mag has humorously suggested. Impartial BBC journalists aren’t supposed to display rancour, so I fully expect defenders of the indefensible and lurking and non-lurking journalists to head over there and scold “Themotco” for his/her foolish demand that the BBC should simply express the opinion he/she wants to hear.

          Blaming Republicans exclusively and using the White House’s heated rhetoric isn’t good enough for the commenter. But Mardell and the BBC can claim this as evidence of balance.

             8 likes

  48. Sir Arthur Strebe-Grebling says:

    Migrants, migrants, migrants. It looks like the bBBC has decided to expunge the word ‘immigrant’ from the English language, replacing it with the much more friendly-sounding ‘migrant’, with the implied link with birds and wildlife whose arrival we all welcome, and that leave again in a few months’ time.
    But then, what’s this? The word ‘immigrant’ pops up again, allover the place, always linked to the government and their nasty moves to stop criminals taking advantage of us. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24469584
    Oh to be a fly on the wall (or to have leaked information from one of the bBBC’s beloved whistleblowers) in the editorial meetings where they decide how to mis-use the language to manipulate gullible British taxpayers.

       31 likes

  49. Adi says:

    “The ObamaCare Website – The Biggest Tech Gaggle Ever?”

    http://siliconangle.com/blog/2013/10/10/the-obamacare-website-the-biggest-tech-gaggle-ever/

    Well, if it is embarrassing for King Obamessiah, then let’s look the other way.

       5 likes

  50. AsISeeIt says:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24467337

    ‘Nine missing episodes of 1960s Doctor Who have been found at a TV station in Nigeria….’

    I wonder if my my old mobile phone was there…. and that laptop I had stolen…?

       12 likes

    • AsISeeIt says:

      In other news… over 300 episodes of classic 1970s Top of the Pops previously believed to have been archived at the BBC have now been found dumped in a skip just outside Salford

         15 likes

    • Guest Who says:

      …and if they want them back, they simply need to send £10,000 and collect them from the nice man waiting on platform 3 at Waterloo Station…

         5 likes

      • Cosmo says:

        Now then now then.

           3 likes

        • AsISeeIt says:

          I hear the BBC are working on an all new PC TOTP for 2015

          The girls will all be respectfully dressed – just in case

          The theme tune goes Mallala-lah-lalala mallala… lah-lalala

             9 likes

          • chris says:

            How she managed to get in and out of the panorama studio without being Jimi savilled or finished off by the BBC taliban – I will never know.

               1 likes