Start the Week Open Thread 8 July 2019

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  1. Sluff says:

    In the ‘Full Story’ section i.e. a long, main, article of the bBBC webshite.
    ‘Is there a growing Far Right threat online?’
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48830980
    Featured is the Christchurch mass murderer.
    Now maybe there is and maybe there isn’t.

    But the bBBC seem to be asking a question based on the actions of one person in one atrocity.

    The question of course they choose not to ask is ‘Is there a growing Islamic extremist threat online?’

    For which there would be…errr….rather more than one atrocity from which to choose.

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  2. JamesG says:

    Would this have happened in Britain a few decades ago? I think we all know the answer to that question.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48887753

    “Tens of millions of pounds of public money is believed to have been stolen, with claimants left owing hundreds, after fraudsters targeted Britain’s main welfare benefit, universal credit.
    The BBC has been told of “money pouring out of the public purse” as criminals make “staggering” bogus online claims.”

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    • Sluff says:

      James.
      I heard this.
      It is clearly a pathetic BBC attempt to undermine the Universal Credit system and thus to oppose the attempt by the government to keep social payouts under control.

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    • popeye says:

      Another example of the Liberals’ variation of the Blackstone’s Formulation; “Better that 10 fraudulent claims are allowed than one genuine claimant go without”. You could equally apply a variation to immigration, stop’n’searches and so on. I’m sure the BBC has many others, including a variation on a variation: “Better that 10 BAME atrocities are ignored than one “right-wing” white man go unpunished”.

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  3. Sluff says:

    Deep joy.
    Trailer on BBC 1 at 1759.
    Can you wait?
    On BBC coming soon.
    The world Netball championships.

    For women. Obviously.

    I just can’t wait for the full BBC coverage of the black, lesbian, wheel-chair users European Tiddlywinks championships. Get the pizzas and beers in ! Vegan and non-alcoholic, of course.

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  4. Sluff says:

    The bias keeps on coming.
    BBBC 1 6 pm news headlines, sport, Wimbledon.

    First – black girl aged 15 loses.
    And SECOND – British woman wins to go into the quarter finals.

    That’s the priorities for the BBC. Right there.

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    • Foscari says:

      Sluff-Before the 6PM news Sue Barker was summing up the
      main features of Wimbledon today.
      Number one was of course COKO GAIFF the 15 year old
      American who lost. The second was about Serena Williams
      and the third was about Jo Konta winning and reaching the
      1/4 finals.
      I just wish that Sue Barker was brave enough to tell BIG
      BROTHER the head of the Diversity and Positive Discrimination at the BBC, what he , she, or it can do with the BBC “Agenda”.

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  5. Sluff says:

    And there’s more.
    Scare story. Children who breathe in pollution all their lives may die 7 months earlier.

    It’s entirely focussed on traffic pollution. But by any measure this is over 50% lower than 10 years ago.
    Meanwhile industry, construction, energy production, and air travel all go un-noticed.

    So what we have is just the latest anti-car eco- warrior nonsense. And the pathetic statist BBC trot out the guff.
    Why? Because they just hate the idea of individual people controlling their own lives.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Sluff, that research is hardly credible when stacked against increasing life expectancy, as frequently heard on the BBC “We are all living longer.” and the life expectancy of ‘baby-boomers’ who were born in and lived through the awful City smogs of the 1940s and 1950s.

      It appears to be a new tax requiring some supporting research.

      As ever, the BBC unable and unwilling to join up the dots.

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  6. Jeff says:

    Okay, so let’s give the BBC the benefit of the doubt.
    They’re busy with the tennis and understandably distraught that young Coco has gone out.
    On top of that there’s the dodgy ambassador story to continuously wedge into the news, particularly his pejorative comments about Donald Trump.
    And don’t forget we’ve all been gripped by the tragic death of an African astronaut that none of us had heard of.

    So I’m sure they have their reasons for burying the court case of Salih Khater as deep as they possibly can. It’s not as though this is would be of any interest to us. It’s simply another case of rather thoughtless driving, whereby one of our peace loving Muslim community found himself several hundred miles from home, going the wrong way down a one way street, outside the Houses of Parliament and colliding with several cyclists and pedestrians. It’s happened so many times it’s hardly newsworthy.
    The poor blighter had been up all night reading the Koran and was understandably exhausted.
    These sorts of accidents could happen to anyone.
    And they probably will…

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  7. pertelote says:

    just finished watching Jo Konta’s game..flicking round the channels..news..news..more news ..BBC news even!.. with the ever more irritating (for me anyway) Fiona Bruce. Moved on very quickly at that point so as not to spoil my supper…then revelation! on CBeebies, or whatever it’s called, Michael Palin narrating the Clangers.. the meteor shower episode..spellbound I was. Almost worth the licence fee! Haven’t been so content watching a BBC channel for a long time. Recommended viewing and not much bias..though in the end there was that “lefty” equality of outcome thing (as Jordan Peterson might say) as “small” finally got to see the meteor like all the others. Happy endings eh!..doncha love ’em.

    Genuinely looking forward to life with No Deal Brexit on 01 11 19. I do hope I will be as happy as “small” was today.. there is a God .. isn’t there?

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  8. Sir_Arthur_Strebe-Grebling says:

    Here’s the Wimbledon tennis news today from the so-called British Broadcasting Corporation:
    1. A black American girl has lost.
    2. A black American woman has won.
    3. An Australian Abo woman has lost.
    In other news, there were some British players.

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  9. Dover Sentry says:

    BBC Online News:

    “”Bankers sent home as Deutsche starts slashing jobs””

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48906466

    What’s the German for schadenfreude ? 😉 😉

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  10. pertelote says:

    What’s the German for schadenfreude ? 😉 😉
    “ˈSHädənˌfroidə”.. lol!

    nah..just kiddin’ innit’ ..it’s actually:
    “Freude, die jemand aus dem Unglück eines anderen Menschen schöpft.”

    https://www.rt.com/business/463644-deutsche-bank-collapse-jim-rogers/
    “Deutsche Bank’s brutal overhaul is sign that global financial system is in trouble”

    “my heart pumps p*ss for them”
    ..as they say!

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    • Up2snuff says:

      You may need to see a Urologist in that case. 😉

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      • pertelote says:

        thank you U2s.. but all my (German-made) clocks are working just fine. My old Hermle is my favourite
        😉

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        • Fedup2 says:

          As mr blewit said on ‘dads army ‘ – they make good watches – those Germans “ –

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          • pertelote says:

            Fed..indeed they do.

            “Harold’s Dad’s Army career is best remembered for appearing in twelve episodes as Mr. Blewitt, but he first appeared in the first colour episode as an un-named volunteer casualty.

            The DA character Mr.Blewitt – Harold Bennett.
            RIP

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            • Fedup2 says:

              Pert ,
              It’s off subject but I also recall that he was “young Mr Grace “ in Are you being served ?” Or was it …
              ‘Hot mum ?”… RIP indeed ..

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        • Up2snuff says:

          perte, brilliant LOLx10! 🙂 I enjoyed that hearty chuckle – did me good in face of relentless anti-Brexit propaganda on the TOADY prog. 🙂 again.

          Hermle? Schön!

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  11. StewGreen says:

    1) BBC Faces Legal Challenge As Viewers Raise Thousands To Tackle ‘Bias’
    Daily Express, 8 July 2019

    2) Help Us Stop BBC Bias
    Crowd Justice: Stop BBC Bias

    3) BBC Climate Alarmism: ‘Never Let The Facts Get In The Way Of A Good Scare Story’
    News Watch, 15 October 2018

    4) Christopher Booker: The Supposedly Impartial BBC Should Hang Its Head In Shame At Its Relentless Bias
    The Sunday Telegraph, 24 February 2019
    https://mailchi.mp/ff678a18444a/bbc-faces-legal-challenge-as-viewers-raise-thousands-to-tackle-bias?e=41ff5bc4d7

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  12. Navets says:

    Pertwlote

    Mein Hertz pumpt Pisse, as they say in all the best hostelries in Saxony.

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  13. pertelote says:

    genau liebling.

    know what ..I’m beginning to miss Juncker already..(yes I know he’s from Luxembourg ..officially).

    Interesting piece from 2014 here..(no not wifey Christiane):
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/10967125/How-Nazi-slurs-and-Tory-euroscepticism-turned-Jean-Claude-Juncker-against-Britain.html

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  14. theisland says:

    Thank you Donald.

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  15. StewGreen says:

    Look North : East Yorks & Lincs main news
    “Hull and Lincoln are two cities with the highest smoking rates in the country. ”
    …26.6% vox pop of a few people ..one is Romanian

    Why oh why has the PORT TOWN of Hull got a lot of smokers ?
    …Tonight’s BBC reporters asked … they didn’t reference these coincidences
    #1 Every couple of weeks Look North will report that an Eastern European lorry driver is at the court in Hull for bringing in a million ILLEGAL cigarettes.

    #2 Every couple of weeks The Hull newspaper will report about a Muslim-named shopkeeper being arrested for having a 100K or million ILLEGAL cigarettes hidden in the shop.
    strangely Look North ,,don’t report this.

    I’m also guessing that the preponderance of Eastern European guest workers has something to do with both supply and consumption.
    ..especially in Lincoln.
    Look North BBC presenter Peter Levy tweets

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    • Fedup2 says:

      In my bit of the world paki newsagents make a killing selling cigarettes to kafir kids on the way to school for 50p each . And there’s always the opportunity to ‘make friends ‘ with white teenage girls along the way …

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  16. Mustapha Sheikup al-Beebi says:

    Apologies if anyone has already mentioned this dreadful example of BBC bias, from towards the end of Radio 4’s ‘TWATO’ (13:00-13:45) with Sarah Montague interviewing a religious leader called (I think) Archbishop Angelos.

    There was a welcome discussion about the persecution of Christians worldwide. After a suitable caveat “in the interests of balance …”, when we were reminded about persecution of the Rohingya Muslims (who else?!) and others, Monty even asked if this persecution might amount to genocide in some places. Angelos agreed. So well done, al-Beebi …

    Except that one thing was missing from the entire discussion about this persecution:

    WHO IS DOING THIS TO THE CHRISTIANS ???

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  17. Dystopian says:

    Now on BBC 1, “No deal Brexit – are we ready?”

    No doubt the biased bbc will tell us we are not.
    I can hear the negativity in the narrators voice already!

    Come on BBC let’s have some positive news about Brexit.

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    • Dystopian says:

      Straight away they are telling us there WILL be delays to lorries.
      There WILL be tariffs and charges.
      The lorry driver is worried.
      He tells us there are a lot of people worried about it.

      Project fear cranked up in the guise of a documentary.

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      • Dystopian says:

        They’ve found a fisherman who voted remain.
        His mussels could die if there are delays.
        His mussels will cost 10% more.

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      • BRISSLES says:

        Honest to god, anyone would think that lorries only started to go back and forth from Europe since 1975 ! I know two long distance drivers who regularly crossed the Channel with their loads in the 1960’s and it was never a bother.

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        • JimS says:

          TIR Convention. The Convention on International Transport of Goods Under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) is a multilateral treaty that was concluded at Geneva on 14 November 1975 to simplify and harmonise the administrative formalities of international road transport. (TIR stands for “Transports Internationaux Routiers” or “International Road Transports”.)

          We did it before and we can do it again.

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          • Nibor says:

            Jim s ,

            I was on TIR into the 2000s , I’m proud to say .
            Nowadays the carnet can be replaced by a credit sized card and be even simpler to cross borders .

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      • Nibor says:

        What lorry driver ?

        As I keep challenging pro EU maniacs , let’s have the Dover Challenge .

        I give £10 for every British truck and driver that rolls off the ferry , if the Remainer gives me £1 for every foreign one .

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  18. davylars says:

    With the BBC’s unrelenting green crusade against carbon fuel generation I follow gridwatch.co.uk.

    Tonight’s green energy production proves to be pretty grim. CCGT is gas

    [url=https://postimg.cc/pyPKjgbt]A2-DCF767-57-EE-41-DA-BBBA-149247-F890-B9.png[/url]

    In another 20 mins solar will go to zero..

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    • Dystopian says:

      I’d love to know how the BBC think all these lorries are going to continue back and forth to Europe when we are carbon zero!

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    • Celtic_Mist says:

      …and there’s hardly a leaf moving across the UK hence Wind is just over 2 percent or about 0.75 gigawatts from a total installed capacity of over 21.4 gigawatts!

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    • StewGreen says:

      How are they getting Renewables to add up to 10MW when biomass is only 2.5MW
      ..are they including pumped storage as renewable ?

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  19. Dystopian says:

    Unbelievable! The BBC are telling us that we might not have access to some of our current accounts in the event of a no deal Brexit!

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  20. Dystopian says:

    Why do they keep going on about “if we leave with no deal” as if that is the be all and end all? It is in nobody’s interest to pay tariffs so even if we left with no deal on 31st October, a deal could still be struck at a later date. These people who are so negative think the world will just stop if we don’t have a deal on the day we leave.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Dyst, you mention tariffs. I think the great fear of Remainers, especially the BBC, is the UK leaving with No Deal and going to zero tariffs.

      What happens in that event?

      Everything in the UK becomes cheaper. The UK booms. Inflation goes negative. Even more jobs are created. People become more prosperous. The Conservatives get re-elected to Government, General Election after General Election. Perhaps the people become happier, too.

      What? Happy outside the EU?!

      Yes.

      Can’t have that! And the BBC would have a lot less to grumble about on the TOADY Prog, on TWatO, PM and TWT as well.

      Oh dear! Can’t have that now, can we.

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  21. Dave S says:

    I said there would be payback from the President . It is very disturbing.
    Even at the height of the Cold War we had nothing like this. Insults directed by an ambassador at the head of state of the country he was accredited to being made public.
    The establishment will try to defend him and fix the blame on the leaker. That is true of course but the ambassador has been stupid .
    Can they not use Telex?
    This will play very badly with patriotic Americans who will not tolerate insults directed at their country. A very grim outlook for us now. The entire political and administrative class here is no longer fit for purpose. A swamp that needs draining . As for the BBC nothing further to be said. Close it down

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    • taffman says:

      IMHO The leak was deliberate .
      A way of dividing the UK from the USA to keep us attached to the EU? The majority of our Parliament are against Brexit.
      Time for The Brexit Party to drain the London Swamp !

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Taffman
        I think the ambo just wanted to come home early and get his peerage before his benefactor went off on a walking holiday in the Brecons ( penn y fann?)

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    • Dover Sentry says:

      Trump has seen through it as a Remainer smear. Good man that Trump. Can we clone him?

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      • Fedup2 says:

        I’m waiting for the first picture between BoJo and the Donald . It might look like father and son ….

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      • Celtic_Mist says:

        Dover,
        Beboids now showing Emily Thormberry saying, “all he did was tell the truth”. All I can say is thank goodness we have a wise U.S. president who has seen through the remainer smear, actually does hold the Queen in high regard, and is a better friend to the UK than many of it’s elected representatives who would deny the will of the majority who voted to leave.

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  22. theisland says:

    Senior civil servants – that would be Alan Duncan et.al.
    He who today in the Commons during the abominable ‘leaked emails’ debate said
    “Standards of decency are slipping, and they need to be restored.”

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  23. Dover Sentry says:

    Just finished watching BBC Panorama on No Deal Brexit.

    As expected, it was very biased against a no deal, or Brexit as it’s usually known.

    Eight negative interviews v two positives. Doom mood music in background.

    1. Lorry driver of lamb carcasses was very worried that delays at the ports COULD reduce the life of his meat. Why wasn’t he asked about refrigeration? Why no interview with drivers of non-perishable goods?

    2. Interview with ex senior civil servant Mark Rycroft who was anti no deal. No difficult questions asked.

    3. Interview with a channel mussel farmer who had voted Remain. He was worried about delays at ports and tariffs. No difficult questions.

    4. Interview with Brixham fisherman. He was full-on ready to go for No Deal. We would have more of our own fishing waters back and would sell to the French and Spanish who love our fish. (That’s why they nick it all from us now).

    5. Rycroft again interviewed and again voiced his anti-Brexit views.

    6. HGVs. Only 50% have applied for registration to date. And…??

    7. Road Haulage Association boss interviewed. Very negative. Didn’t look as though he’d ever been near a HGV ever. CBI type?

    8. Medicine manufacturer interviewed and was negative about no-deal. They were stock piling for 6 months supply after a no deal Brexit. No difficult questions asked.

    9. Interview with someone from UK Finance in the City. This organisation appears to be a CBI type of creation (UK Finance is the collective voice for the banking and finance industry). He used to be a Civil Servant. He was doom and gloom. Possible that we could lose our current accounts etc.

    10. Interview with Tim Martin of Wetherspoons. He of course was fully supportive of No Deal. He received the ‘There are those who say…’ BBC interview technique for those they don’t agree with. They slipped in a snide comment after the interview. The BBC stated that Martin was no longer buying EU beer as he feared a blockage with No Deal. This was a lie. He was no longer buying from the EU because as he stated some months ago that he didn’t like the EU attitude to the UK.

    11. The Irish border. I could see the way this was going and I switched off. The programme had 4 minutes to run.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Do you ever wonder what happened to Britain ? James Cook( hero of mine ) – self taught navigator sets out on a third rate boat and sails it around the world – mapping as he went with the kind of accuracy that they still use the charts .

      But brexit -? Oh dear -the price of sun dried tomatoes might go up . Cancel the vote . Embrace the flag .
      Somewhere along the way the dependents of people who made an empire lost the plot . Now we spend time moaning about some epileptic kid who can’t get cannabis oil on the NHS or homosexual football players who don’t get paid the same as potato crisp sellers on the BBC …

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    • Emmanuel Goldstein says:

      I also watched it Dover.

      It was exactly as I expected with the bbc using the question time formula (80% remain against 20% leave)

      Lots of qualifiers such as the lamb exports ‘could’ become ‘up to’ 70% more expensive.
      The medicine warehouse man saying they spent £10 million (on stuff they would be spending £10 million on anyway) which could have been spent on other things (like training people to save lives?)

      It’s just the usual bbc biased rubbish which nobody believes anymore.

      I think someone on here has offered a large cash sum to anybody who can find a bbc program which is pro Brexit…..ever.
      Not claimed yet.

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  24. StewGreen says:

    But British unions they believe in Free Speech
    .. they don’t believe in witch-burning
    just cos a woman has said something she believes in
    … or do they ?

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  25. Chalkywhite says:

    Who would you rather have on your side?
    A country with only four out of 140 warplanes ready for combat:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48746559
    Or a country with 11 aircraft carriers currently in service:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aircraft_carriers#United_States

    I bet I know which the BBC prefers…..I know who I prefer.

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    • Mustapha Sheikup al-Beebi says:

      Well, there must be one or two display Spitfires we can press into service, plus good old Vulcan XH558 is probably airworthy, at a push. Still, think of all the ‘nersiz’ and welfare payments and enrichment we can afford by cutting defence to the bone.

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  26. pugnazious says:

    From The Scotsman…
    https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/euan-mccolm-when-jeremy-corbyn-goes-so-must-his-loony-left-lieutenants-1-4960567

    ‘Corbyn’s impressively consistent record of associating with racists and anti-Semites, of giving succour to terrorists, and of promoting a hard-left ideology that should have died with the Soviet Union all screamed out his complete unsuitability for the job.’

    So…you might ask why the BBC could never see this, indeed why they laughably actually cheered on Corbyn during the 2017 election as a ‘champion’ of the police, military and security services and a staunch opponent of terrorism when he is blatantly not…in fact the complete opposite having spent his career advocating the abolishment of said services and tacitly and enthusiastically supporting those who are clearly terrorists?

    Why has the BBC spent the last few years whitewashing the thoughts of comrade Agent Cobb, his anti-semitism, his affinity for terrorists of whatever creed, his antipathy to Britain and his preference for Russia and Iran and not least his ruinous economic ideology and his fellow travellers like the very dangerous and sinister McDonnell?

    These people are in Parliament, they are the Official Opposition, they are only a short step from No10 and the BBC shows no concern instead filling the airwaves with ‘warnings from history’ telling us that Hitler is back…ignoring of course that most anti-Semitism in fact comes from Mr Corbyn’s ‘friends’ and not the Far-Right…the Far-Right that only exists because the BBC insists on trafficking millions of people with an ideology that is catastrophically in opposition to every value Western Europe holds. No ‘invasion’ no Far-Right gaining ever more support as people see their nations, their lives, their cultures and freedoms destroyed and not having a say in any of it..indeed if they do dare speak up, even in rational, moderate terms, they may find themselves publicly villified by the Media, sacked from their jobs or even in jail.

    The BBC is destroying your culture, your country and your futures. It is one of the most dangerous and destructive organisations in Britain today…not least as it tries to demonise white people as evil, racist and nasty. When the BBC keeps on giving platforms to black and Asian people who spread hate and division with what are blatantly anti-white, anti-British racist statements, when the BBC presenters actually applaud this, encourage it and plead guilty on behalf of all white people what does the BBC actually think will happen in the end as white people suddenly say ‘no more’? What does the BBC think the outcome will be not least for the BBC?

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  27. SpinningReith says:

    No deal Brexit programme. I knew what angle it would take, so only saw a bit of it.
    Bloke in charge of the Port of Calais said they’d spent millions of Euros setting up a space for 300 lorries – well done monsieur.
    In the UK, the chairman of the Road Haulage Association said that a lorry park would be an admission of failure – yep, can’t argue with that!

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  28. Roland Deschain says:

    I wonder how much truth there is in this. I wouldn’t blame him.

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  29. Kaiser says:

    I see the beeb are in mourning mode now coco gash or whatever been eliminated

    r5 today was creaming themselves over ever shot

    the commentator complained loudly about it not being on centre court as EVERYONE had come to see and SUPPORT her
    and here was some nobody called rafa or something stealing her limelight centre court appearance.

    every winning shot she made was so enthralling the entire crowd were on the feet he enthused.

    sadly some miserable no-nothing american ex-tennis player co-presenter piped up with a sardonic “thats a little bit exaggerated” to spoil his verbal orgasm

    6-3 6-3 must have calmed his hard-on a bit as well

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    • Jeff says:

      The trouble is she’s a good little player, a great prospect and seems like a nice lass.
      But as usual the the bloody biased BBC have so overdone their ludicrous levels of enthusiasm it’s irritated the life out of us.
      Their bias is so palpable it’s uncomfortable for any reasonable person to witness. It’s an unhealthy racial fetish that so many white liberals seems to suffer from.
      Can’t they see what utter pillocks they are and just take a deep breath and let the girl progress naturally.
      No, of course they cant…

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    • JimS says:

      It’s only fair that the BBC should make a fuss about her, the same as the British Tiger Woods and the British Usain Bolt!

      I wouldn’t be surprised if all those actors selling us sofas, hamburgers and Christmas are just as British!

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  30. Fedup2 says:

    I’ve raised this before . I understand that the maximum sentence for contempt is 2 years and an unlimited fine .

    Whatever the British State does- it will shut TR up straight away for a number of months and impose a sizeable fine. I’ll gladly contribute to paying it .

    The Prison system will put TR into a Muslim run prison – ideally the one where the Islamic paedophile gangs are based and continue their operations using corrupt prison staff /relatives .

    If TR survives it – it would be best for him to upsticks with his family and find a safer country – the USA – and claim political asylum .

    The way things are going here – there may be quite a few following him …..

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  31. Halifax says:

    Ahhh a Heart Warming story on the BBC news pages of an x Italian Olympic swimming medallist rescuing someone from drowning.
    Makes a change from the usual dross doesn’t it…….read on…….

    If you venture too far out of your depth it helps to have an Olympic swimmer nearby.

    Italian Filippo Magnini rescued Andrea Benedetto who was drowning off a Sardinian beach on Sunday.

    The former world champion plunged in after friends of the man shouted to sunbathers on Cala Sinzias beach, just east of Cagliari.

    Magnini kept Mr Benedetto’s head above water until lifeguards arrived with a raft.

    “I just did what I had to,” the retired sportsman said later.

    Only two days before, Mr Benedetto, 45, had married his boyfriend at a ceremony in Cagliari

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    • chancygardner says:

      Beat me to that one. The additional information that the gay newly weds were floating on a blow up unicorn when Mr Benedetto fell into the water which was ‘colder than expected’ got me curled up. The icing on the cake however, was that he had a medical condition preventing him from using his arms once in the water.

      You couldn’t make it up could you.

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      • Halifax says:

        Chancy G
        Thanks for the additional info ‘re inflatable unicorn and medical condition of newly weds. We leave no stone unturned here at BBBC in our fight for impartial unbiased reporting.

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  32. pertelote says:

    my application is already in the post…Texas for me…I hope and pray..home alone in the Lone Star State.

    the UK is already dead meat..and it ain’t pork!

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    • Fedup2 says:

      I wonder if there is a ‘mirror ‘ website in the States for ‘biased CNN” ..? Surely there must be ….

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      • Guest Who says:

        Katty Kay’s twitter feed serves pretty well, if not for the reason she intends.

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        • Up2snuff says:

          I fancy a shack, not too tumbledown, near where the eathquakes happened in California although I’d prefer to be north-west of Mount Whitney on t’other side of the Sierra range rather than east of it.

          It will be interesting, should the Democrats ever win the US Presidency, whether they would be happy to accept white refugees from England.

          Or would the Green Card rules and restrictions suddenly rear their heads – again?

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          • Fedup2 says:

            Up2
            I don’t think democrats who accept white British people fleeing from the political persecution which is rolling along – even those who can self fund . Maybe Australia Canada or NZ is an alternative .
            I was offered an NZ passport once but stupidly told them I was loyal to Blighty ….but that was another country – it was actually quite British – unlike now .

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  33. TrickCyclist says:

    Haven’t been able to keep up with this site as much as I’d like lately, so apologies if anyone has posted about this already. I was searching for this story on BBC News website but couldn’t find it among things like “free-climber scales Shard” and “forgotten dogs of Chernobyl.” Have the BBC TV News featured it? If they haven’t I can well understand why – a fight in ToonTown at Disneyland Ca. on Saturday. Most YouTube videos of it require you to sign in to view it because of the content – this one doesn’t. It is truly shocking.

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  34. taffman says:

    Breaking news now !
    Shootings in London .
    London has turned into the Wild West .
    Wakey wakey Al Beeb. Report it .

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  35. Lucy Pevensey says:

    A bit of good news for all

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  36. Lucy Pevensey says:

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  37. Guest Who says:

    #CCBGB

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  38. Guest Who says:

    Jon sees things too. From people who have trustiness. Apparently.

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  39. Guest Who says:

    Clever.

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  40. Guest Who says:

    The bbc should really get him back more often.

    And Gavin. Gavin especially.

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  41. Guest Who says:

    Anyone say echo chamber… er…er…er..errrrrrr?

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  42. digg says:

    Went to bed with the news fromChannel 4 that it was probably Farage who masterminded the whole UK – USA Ambassador Thing and that the whole UK Civil Service is as white as the driven snow.

    I woke this morning hoping that I was back in the real World.

    Then came across this on the BBC:

    Glastonbury stars give away clothes for charity (To help the Planet and People with no clothes).

    “Sheryl Crow, Lewis Capaldi and Billie Eilish are among the Glastonbury stars to give clothes to Oxfam in support of a campaign against “throwaway fashion”.

    The artists gave some of their clothing to the charity during the festival in Somerset, with the aim of encouraging fans to buy second-hand fashion.
    Other artists to get involved included Kylie Minogue, who donated a sun visor, and Johnny Marr, who gave a shirt.

    Crow, Capaldi and Eilish all donated T-shirts, while the Lumineers handed over a pair of wellies and Tame Impala gave a waterproof.

    The Cure’s frontman Robert Smith gave a Disintegration Era shirt, worn in 1989 and again at a Sydney Opera House gig earlier this year.
    Singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin said she donated her “fabulous gold sparkly jumpsuit” as she wanted “someone else to feel as good in it as I did”.
    She added: “I believe passionately in sustainability. Chucking perfectly good clothes in landfill really has to stop.”

    The artists’ clothes will be available to win or buy on Oxfam’s online shop until September.
    Oxfam said: “Every week, 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill. Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people.

    Keeping prices low means garment workers around the world tend not to be paid a living wage, making it impossible for them to work their way out of poverty.”

    Yes… that “fabulous gold sparkly jumpsuit” was actually a low price item. And someone will be so grateful to have that Visor from Kylie and the Wellies of course.

    Our music stars will henceforth buy all their stage outfits from Oxfam and possibly will be henceforth carrying their own million watt sound and light systems on the train to their gigs so we can all relax, the planet is saved.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48900699

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    • Halifax says:

      So the economy’s of Bangladesh etc will be hit hard as they supply the cheap clothing used by low cost outlets leading to mass unemployment and probably life on the streets for the unskilled workforce ……well done leftys.

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  43. andyjsnape says:

    todays lecture… what to eat and when to eat it

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47494518

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  44. digg says:

    Channel 4 report on Ambassador thingy.

    https://www.channel4.com/news/brexit-party-chairman-uk-ambassador-to-us-should-have-offered-his-resignation

    MEP Richard Tice calm, reasoned, insistent and spot on.

    Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat wildly desperate and spiteful.

    I know where my money is!

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    • JamesArthur says:

      Digg
      Old Tom gave away his professionalism and prejudice when he rolled his eyes and head when Richard Tice was talking..he should be a diplomat..all you have to do is check his background to realise why he doesn’t like Mr Tice
      “Tugendhat holds dual British and French citizenship. His wife is a French judge and senior civil servant, and his father-in-law is a French diplomat – he also has a masters in Islamic studies at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and learning Arabic in Yemen.” wiki

      How can one of our MPs hold dual citizenship – doesn’t that compromise them in negotiations?

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      • Up2snuff says:

        JA, “How can one of our MPs hold dual citizenship – doesn’t that compromise them in negotiations?”

        Bojo does or did. Not sure whether he still does. Certainly US-IRS were after him for some tax a while back.

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    • fakenewswatcher says:

      As I have noted before, the UK’s Washington ambassador is wholly unsuited to the job of a senior diplomat, whether the bbc thinks so or not.
      Government can read in 101 sources what a bad and incompetent President they think he is. CNN. BBC. The N.Y.T and the WP. The Guardian. The Independent. Huff Post…etc. etc. Sopel will tell them gratis, almost every day! They should know that narrative by now.
      They don’t need yet another emotional outburst from our man in W., using as many excessive words and phrases as he has at his command. They don’t need him too – getting ‘carried away’. From him they want a reasoned and analytical narrative, which has to insightful rather than superficial, nuanced, rather than emotional.
      Especially since he had to FORESEE THAT A LEAK WAS ALWAYS POSSIBLE! That is in the nature of this game.
      “Ambassador communicates like a 15-year old child” will always make a good story, whatever the details may be…
      I think our man in W.is incompetent, dysfunctional and unlikely to improve anytime soon.
      His style will have infected the entire embassy.

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  45. JimS says:

    Two stories that the BBC probably won’t carry:

    Trade Deals Are Being Arranged – Sir John Redwood

    Re-usable Straws Kill – The Telegraph

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  46. digg says:

    A bit off piste but a good example of it’s how you report a story that counts.

    Yesterday I watched one of those endless ER rescue programs the run through the day.

    This one was focused on a car crash up north where one unfortunate passenger was killed when a car hit a taxi.

    Multiple times throughout the feature the fact that the driver of the car with the deceased passenger was 73 years old kept cropping up plus lots of clips of a confused grey-haired chap being loaded into an ambulance. I think they mentioned the 73 years old driver thing about 6 times during the clip.

    Then as the credits rolled there was a very brief 5 second summing up voiceover during which the narrator briefly added “later the taxi driver (not the 73 year old) appeared in court and was given a prison sentence for death by dangerous driving”.

    A type of unbalanced and biased presentation that seems to becoming normal and accepted to add “Accepted Narrative” to the story.

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  47. Dover Sentry says:

    BBC Online News:

    “”Is Stella McCartney right – should we stop washing our clothes?””

    “”Killing the planet one microfibre at a time””

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-48908413

    Can somebody find the BBC’s plot, please? They seem to have lost it.

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  48. Fedup2 says:

    The BBC seems to have opened a new front on the Brexit Front .
    This time – make relations between the UK and US so cold that we can’t leave – on the basis that there was an expectation that UK and US would be in a closer trading relationship once we left the EU .

    The smell of soros in the air again .

    BBC reporters talk about the need to ‘control’ president Trump – talking about him as though he is a dog in need of controlling as opposed to a head of state who is likely to be in power for another 5 years .

    Their hostility to Mr Trump is an embarrassment to the UK and their corrupt organisation . It’s a big swamp .

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    • Not Gwent says:

      Believe it or not last night the Trump comments re the UK Ambassador and May’s Brexit were top international news in Mexico. In contrast our State Broadcaster seemed to be taking their customary ‘Trump is crazy’ tack and smoothing over the cracks.

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  49. theisland says:

    https://www.steynonline.com/9533/contempt-is-the-new-tax-evasion

    He believed the wrong things and angered the wrong people. In 2019 Britain, that’s apparently a crime.

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    • Dystopian says:

      Interesting comment by “Jounolist-Jul 8 09:19” which mentions the Leveson Inquiry. The common denominator being the prosecutor in both cases was no other than Andrew Caldecott, who according to Wikipedia, has also done work for the BBC.

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  50. davylars says:

    BBC Faces Legal Challenge As Viewers Raise Thousands To Tackle ‘Bias’
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/07/08/bbc-faces-legal-challenge-as-viewers-raise-thousands-to-tackle-bias/

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