Midweek Open Thread 8 August 2018

Less people are using the BBC -both television and radio . Less people are using its print version – The Guardian . Instead people are choosing Netflix and Amazon .

Although we record left bias week after week perhaps it will be the consumer who ultimately forces the BBC to serve the British and not its favoured minorities .A few politicians moan but won’t do anything else so for the time being the BBC feels immune .

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625 Responses to Midweek Open Thread 8 August 2018

  1. StewGreen says:

    British police are harassing French activists who are here in England helping refugees
    … I might have got that the wrong way around.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/08/calais-migrant-aid-groups-claim-britons-singled-police-intimidation

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    • gaxvil says:

      Are they amateur activists or professional activists?
      I only ask because I saw a Pamela (Baywatch) Anderson interview where she, in a ‘semi romantic relationship’, discussed with Julian Asaange how to set up career activists.

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  2. StewGreen says:

    Times letters The Islamic Sharia Council says the prophets family did wear the full veil

    Rowan Atkinson ..supports Boris

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    • gaxvil says:

      Well, I guess Atkinson has retired so he may be safe to stray from the given word.

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    • taffman says:

      Well done Rowan Atkinson I say !
      Johnny English would be proud of you . 😀

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      • Ed Hitter says:

        The BBC has done what it always does. It doesn’t report the important ‘news’ of the day; it chooses to set the ‘news agenda’.
        The news editors could easily have left Boris’s comments alone, in the Telegraph as part of an opinion piece that had context and weighed up various valid arguments.
        As journalists, they would know that the article was simply grist to the mill and a crucial part of our free press.
        But no, they chose to top all their news bulletins for fully three days with this so-called controversy, which they themselves largely manufactured.
        Having whipped up the illiberal lynch mob, they then used that as the peg to further stoke the fires. Cue endless debate.
        The irony of all this, of course, is that the BBC will claim they have been even-handed, fair, balanced etc. when in reality they skewed the debate and skewered the original topic.
        As a former newspaper ed, I always said that what you chose to flag up as your front page lead said so much about your publication as a brand – it set a tone for your readers and was meant to reflect their genuine concerns.
        The BBC, in the way it chooses to lead on thin stories like Letterboxgate and downplay others such as rape gangs and the vicious hounding of another MP, is reflecting a biased, blinkered unthinking illiberal society.
        Meanwhile, back in Rochdale and in Rotherham………

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    • Guest Who says:

      Ex bbc interview darling and certified slime all decides to go in an interesting direction with an actual ex-bbc national treasure.

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  3. taffman says:

    Al Beeb headlines with “Brexit: Theresa May seeks grassroots backing for Chequers plan”
    The ‘grassroots’ have already voted to get out Mrs May, or did you not understand the result.
    We Want Out!

    I don’t think that this bodes well for the Brexit we all voted for, or am I being pessimistic?

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  4. taffman says:

    One would expect that alien immigrants arriving on our shores seeking genuine refuge, a career, a new life of freedom would be expected to assimilate into our lifestyle, humour, freedom of speech?
    But not so according to our PM and Al Beeb…………….
    It is us, the native people who have to assimilate with the minority, with the new laws and ways about hal al meat, hate crime, our sense of humour, freedom of speech, dress, etc etc.
    Something has gone very wrong with this government. Very very wrong .

    If you don’t like our way of life – don’t come here .
    Vote or support UKIP.
    https://www.ukip.org

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  5. Up2snuff says:

    Here’s a thing. Remember the stabbing attack by a man on a bus in Lubeck, Germany, three weeks ago today? If you search the BBC w-s for follow-up there is nothing, not even the original report.

    Yes, I do realise the BBC w-s search engine is useless, but usually, after trying several phrase & word variations you can get close or the w-s offers up the correct search phrase or a choice of phrases. This time, nothing. Yesterday, nothing. I also tried a Google search and all there was was ten pages from the day or day after the attack, with one exception. That was two days after the attack.

    Most peculiar. No major news follow-up on it at all. Why the journalistic black hole?

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  6. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    In the express today, IDS has said those wanting to work in the U.K. should only be allowed to if they have a job lined up.
    He also says the last figures available show EU people in the U.K. cost £4.1 billion a year in things like credits and benefits (so imagine what the real amount is if they admit to that figure)

    I would go further.
    Anyone employing a non U.K. person should also pay the tax credits and any other costs such as nhs and housing.
    Currently firms pay the minimum and the taxpayer pays the rest.

    Just think, employ 1 Brit and he pays tax and spends the money here.
    Employ a non Brit and you pay the extra monies, educate the children and all the other costs. A big win for employers, no wonder so many are remainers.
    You also need to pay JSA and other benefits to the unemployed Brit.

    And what next for Boris?
    If not re education (brainwashing) then maybe detention or a hundred lines…’I must not say burkas are like letterboxes’.
    Pathetic.
    And these (honourable) people are in charge!

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    • Richard Pinder says:

      After Investigations into Boris Johnson by Theresa May’s supporters. Ten possible punishments for Boris Johnson are devised:

      (1) One hundred thousand lines “I must not say burkas are like letterboxes”
      (2) One hundred lashes.
      (3) Expulsion into the wilderness.
      (4) Politically correct diversity training.
      (5) His tongue is surgically removed.
      (6) He is sent on community service, painting Racist Black post boxes, Socialist Red.
      (7) Forced to report to the leader of Londonistan, to convert to Islam.
      (8) Sit in the corner wearing a Burka, until he apologises.
      (9) Sent to Coventry, for ever lasting punishment in the local Mosque.
      (10) Forced to report to Cressida Dick for detention.

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  7. Guest Who says:

    Seems Ian and gang are on a winner there.

    Interesting that Sky, The Times, Sun etc are all rather missing the public mood on brexit, Tommy, etc.

    As well.

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  8. jeffD says:

    Turned on bbc 2 to watch the European Athletics Championship. Woman presenter, 3 black pundits. Turned off.

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  9. pugnazious says:

    Oops how’d I miss that?

    Blink and you’d miss it….a story of electoral fraud and data theft…buried in the BBC’s ‘Tech’ pages….

    Emma’s Diary fined £140,000 over data sale to Labour

    ‘A parenting advice site has been fined £140,000 after it was accused of illegally collecting data and selling it on for use by the Labour Party, which used it to profile new mums.

    Emma’s Diary gathered data on more than a million people, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which issued the fine.

    Labour used the information in the run up to the 2017 General Election.’

    Where’s the outrage and cries of democracy in danger, democracy being hijacked? There came none. When Cambridge Analytica obtained data, quite legally, the Guardian and BBC sensationalised this into a story of democracy in danger and linked it remorselessly to Brexit…never-mind that CA didn’t work on Brexit and the data was actually used in the US elections not here at all.

    Remember the headlines?…..

    Data and the threat to democracy – BBC News

    The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked…Guardian

    Democracy dies without transparency and fairness …Observer

    Cambridge Analytica: subverting democracy…the Shift

    Cambridge Analytica: A Danger to Democracy? | The Market Mogul

    Data, Democracy and Dirty Tricks – Channel 4 News

    Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and democracy …Guardian

    And so on endelessly.

    However where’s the confected outrage and furious defences of democracy when Labour has been caught ‘subverting democracy’ using stolen data? There came none.

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  10. Doobster78 says:

    The good old Race Card out again. The time is coming , very soon when the police will not be able to even speak to a black person , never mind arrest them !!!!. The state of this country now makes my blood boil. And they always think they are so feckin smart filming everything ….

    https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/newsbeat-45143671?__twitter_impression=true

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  11. taffman says:

    More good Brexit news on the economy, but according to Al Beeb its the weather ……….
    “UK growth boosted by warmer weather”
    HYS running but could be going better. 🙂

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  12. taffman says:

    My comment for our Government this weekend is…………..
    “some people don’t have a sense of humour”
    Get over it ! 😀

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  13. Beltane says:

    Seems Boris may also be investigated for taking a free-speaking column in the Telegraph without the decent pause required of retired ministers. Did the same apply to George Osborne’s politically motivated and scurrilous editorship of the Evening Standard?

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  14. StewGreen says:

    That bit in the middle of your local ITV news, where they slot in a national newsvertorial.
    Today it was about the Edinburgh
    “The most important thing about this year’s Edinburgh Festival is DIVERSITY
    …. they’ll be performances from 100 countries”
    … Nope that is not special to 2018 there are always performers from 100 countries.

    30 years ago we saw the weird Kenyan guy who put his entire body through an unstringed tennis racket.

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  15. StewGreen says:

    Oh that’s a surprise a special series about immigrating from India
    “A passage to Britain” 9pm BBC 2 on Tuesdays 14th, 21st, 28th August

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  16. LastChanceSaloon says:

    Left wing boycott of the BBC for rightist bias today.
    But I can only find it on Russia Today UK.
    (Sorry no Twitter, Facebook, Reddit in our household).
    What is the truth?

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Last – there is a hashtag thing on the twitter but the number of ‘ up ticks’ is a couple of hundred as with re tweets .
      This is by lefties who are claiming al beeb is biased to the right – that old lie . Perhaps a few lefties will find this site in passing and be delighted by the strength of our feeling and the evidence of al beeb bias every day .

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      • taffman says:

        Fedup2
        How many posts have appeared on this site pointing out evidence of right wing bias on Al Beeb ?

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        • Fedup2 says:

          Taff,
          I really don’t think I have seen any evidence or comment alleging Right Wing Bias. I can’t remember how long I’ve been reading the site but I am sure there are others here who have been reporting bias for much longer who might come up with something – can you ?

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  17. Alicia Sinclair says:

    Oh dear.
    Shares in Burley SURELY must be on the fall.
    Imagine the BBC will employ here=probably auditioning for Newnight or Eddie Mair. Totally appalling

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    • Fedup2 says:

      One truly wonders if such a mad sad desperate comparison was dreamt up by this dumb bint herself or whether someone in the production office doing a Summer job came up with it .

      If I was in Mr Weston’s shoes I don’t think I could allow her to use my name and condition without demanding a right of reply to put her in her place .- face to face — as it were

      But there again she might get head hunted by albeeb to replace the Dimbly Production Company on Any Anti Brexit Pro Muslim Questions …

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    • Alicia Sinclair says:

      Only a privileged empty headed liberal bimbo would rope in a Falklands war hero, by way of attacking a Tory about another Torys mention of the burqa as a problem.
      Never heard anything like this before-poor guy had NOTHING to do with this, would not have given permission-and surely can`t be mocked by Sky TV to smear a Tory for her ratings.
      How dare she-what kind of nasty little mind would do this unforced?
      Got to go-where are the Disabled lobby then? War Vets Associations?
      Maybe we should do a Boris on her-SHE is evil, not Mr Johnson.

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  18. fakenewswatcher says:

    Switched off R4 ‘Any Questions’ after the first three minutes, after it turned out to be an even more shallow and predictable indignation and outrage fest than I thought. Unsurprisingly the first target was Boris, when actually, there was a possibility that this ‘multicultural’ panel might agree with him on a freedom of choice issue. But NOOO..
    Then again, we know the beeb by now, and we know AQ…

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  19. Guest Who says:

    When the bbc takes against folk, they really do take against them.

    Only small abuses of power, not needing to be held to account, clearly.

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    • Roland Deschain says:

      Whilst it’s been nice seeing Guido dredging up all the burqa jokes told by the hypocritical left, his support for Boris on this one sits awkwardly with the venom he directed towards the “knuckle draggers” who felt (correctly, as it turned out) that there was something distinctly iffy about Tommy Robinson’s imprisonment.

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      • G.W.F. says:

        RD
        Yes, do not forget where Guido sits when push comes to shove on TR.

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        • kingkp says:

          Fawkes is a lunatic. He thinks Putin is behind everything. A complete dope. Anyone who thinks the Sergei Skripal incident was orchestrated by Putin needs his head examined….If you look at what is happening in the States now we are seeing that Christopher Steele was working for Oleg Deripaska and being paid by the FBI through Bernie Ohr as late as November 2017 , a full year after Trump’s election. Skripal was one of Steele’s agents when he was arrested and almost certainly worked for him when he came over to the UK. Deripaska and Skripal almost certainly had some part in contributing to the ‘Dodgy Dossier’. I suspect he was blackmailing someone when they decided to shut him up…no one ever said the British public are particularly bright.

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  20. Guest Who says:

    Meanwhile, the BBC is again on tour….

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  21. Guest Who says:

    Well, they’re not laughing now.

    Three comments. Since Thursday.

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  22. Doobster78 says:

    Licence fee pays for this !!!!! Staggering how quickly the BBC has fallen in these last few years .
    Run now by trendy young London lefty’s with trendy beards who wear jeans and t shirts to work , you know the sort 😂😂

    https://mobile.twitter.com/BBCNews/status/1028068004867833857

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    • gaxvil says:

      I wouldn’t mind so much so much – let the silly people do and the say silly things but the TV tax has a detrimental effect on our family.
      We take zero from the bbc – anything good from the bbc is long passed (and available on dvd / YouTube).
      The money we are forced to pay could usefully go to our kids school uniform, meals and so on – which would actually be useful. Christ, the bbc isn’t healthcare, the military or anything vaguely useful and unlike local Councils, we don’t get the slightest inkling of a chance to have an effect in it’s running.

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