Start the Week Thread 30 December 2019

A recent survey about the far left Biased BBC licence tax found that 74% wanted change . The first opportunity is in 2022. Perhaps this can be the first step to the end of the Biased BBC in its current form .

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253 Responses to Start the Week Thread 30 December 2019

  1. petebogtrott says:

    We can hope that Boris will do what we all want but he will only tinker at the edges.

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  2. Not Gwent says:

    I think it would be perfectly reasonable to allow State Broadcaster to sell subscriptions in exchange for giving up tax funding.

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  3. Roland Deschain says:

    Perhaps I’m being over optimistic, but I do get the impression that the election and the BBC’s determination to nonetheless carry on as before has shifted the tectonic plates from under them.

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    • taffman says:

      Al Beeb without doubt is agenda driven .
      The head of Al Beeb is controlling it . All fingers are pointed at him.

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  4. taffman says:

    Met Commissioner Cressida Dick investigated over paedophile ring inquiry
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-50871397
    Did I miss this one ?

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    • NCBBC says:

      I had’nt realized that Cressida Dick was awarded valour stripes – presumably for acts of bravery above the call of duty.

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      • Ian Rushlow says:

        Perhaps ordering the police to shoot an unarmed Brazilian on the London underground counts as an act of ‘bravery’.

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  5. taffman says:

    Just received yet another Christmas Card from the Telly Goons enquiring if I would be at home (last week?) as they needed to check my TV ?
    Needless to say, they did not call .

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  6. pugnazious says:

    cartoon.jpg
    Socialists and Muslims unite to crush the civilised man.

    Corbyn and his sinister little cabal get much of the blame for the rise of anti-Semitism, certainly within Labour, but who else has been fuelling and stoking the same anti-Semitism? How is it that Mel Gibson can proclaim that the Jews are behind all wars?….‘Fucking Jews… Jews are responsible for all wars in the world. ‘. Just where does he get such an idea? What plants the seed in his mind?

    Could it be from the likes of the BBC which continually portrays Israel in the worst possible light…even after a terrorist attack in Paris a BBC journalist can’t help himself and blames Israel for the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza?…

    If Labour has to have an inquiry into anti-Semitism, and the BBC along with Warsi continually pressure the Tories to have one on ‘islamophobia’, then surely there must be one into the BBC’s anti-Semitism and the harm it does to Jews around the world.

    Clearly the Balen Report must have found some uncomfortable truths, perhaps that ‘BBC News kills Jews’, and that is why the BBC spent £300,000 to keep it under wraps….maybe it is about time the Balen Report was released in the interest of transparency, honesty and the fight against anti-Semitism.

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    • TrickCyclist says:

      I don’t think Mel Gibson’s tirades about Jews are anything to do with the BBC, he seems to have similar views as his father, Hutton.
      Here’s a quote attributed to Hutton Gibson:
      “Go and ask an undertaker or the guy who operates the crematorium what it takes to get rid of a dead body. It takes one liter of petrol and 20 minutes. Now, (multiply that by) six million.”
      He’s apparently still around at the age of 101. Who knows, maybe with his inclinations he’d be quite comfortable watching BBC News.

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    • The General says:

      Don’t automatically think that because someone is a Film star, singer or comedian that they are intelligent or that their views are worthy of more than a limited amount of consideration. Many are thick as a plank and ALL of them know that despite their extravagant mutimillionaire life style they get away with claiming they are right ‘down there’ with the working classes who in reality they have no time for in their elitist bubble.

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      • Guest Who says:

        Emma ‘Mishal said it was OK’ Thommo, Lily ‘I got tears’ Allen and Nish ‘no it is not funny anymore’ have guided my assessments of late.

        They could only aspire to reaching the depths of two 2x4s laid atop one another, covered in a Pacific island’s worth of bat guano and served with a generous coating of mince.

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  7. StewGreen says:

    Political Correctness and Vacuous Wokeness:
    Douglas Murray debates Sylvana Simons (Dutch lefty politician race-baiter)
    from Dec 14th in Paris
    Broadcast on SkyNews-Australia not SkyNewsUK (Commiecast)
    About 6 mins in, he lists the ways BBCnews prioritises gay feelgood trivia stories over real news

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    • StewGreen says:

      She split from a leftwing party to form her own
      it fell apart cos its too small
      In March she got 6,500 votes in the Amsterdam City elections
      less that 2% but got her 1 seat.

      They call her “the first black woman to head a political party in Europe.”

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  8. Ian Rushlow says:

    Leading their website homepage with the dronings and climate fantasies of globalist shrill Mark Carney (Remoaner, ex-Goldman Sachs), the BBC have won the prestigious PC-Woke Bingo competition run by, er, the BBC. The aim of the competition is to include as many references to liberal causes as possible in a single article; each match gives a point and six or more references enables a BBC sub-editor to shout ‘Bingo!’. Here’s how the article stacks up:

    Global Warming – tick
    Work-experience level interviewer – tick
    Saint Greta Thunberg – tick
    United Nations – tick
    Fossil fuels – tick
    Extinction Rebellion – tick
    Goldman Sachs or other globalist bank – tick
    EU – tick
    Bogus scientists and environmentalists – tick
    Self-publicity for BBC programme (Toady) – tick

    A BBC spokesperson (self-identified) said: “The score of 10 is impressive and we shall be celebrating with champagne and quinoa dip from Waitrose. We particularly like the reference to a nine metre rise in sea levels, although we do not think this goes far enough. However, it is disappointing that the script prepared for Mr Carney does not include any references to the most vulnerable people in the world affected by this, such as the LGBTQWERTY community, or the role of the Far Right in causing irreversible global warming.”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50868717

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  9. Scroblene says:

    I’m continually stuck with the notion that when the BBC loses it’s ‘charter’, and the massive tax-funding it squanders, how will it survive with just advertising, prog sales etc?

    As we rarely watch any TV now, (mainly because I’ve run out of bricks to chuck at the screen), I’m amazed at the corny sort of advertising I have actually been bothered with, such that a new kid on the block – The Independent BBC will really have to get its skates on and learn how a proper business is run, not just sit back, have ‘sleb’ idiots on, be wokish, greta-loving, ‘green’ and the rest, and expect the general public to even bother to turn their sets on to see even more drivel!

    As we don’t have Scy or Flobnix, Diamazon or whatever, I’m probably not going to be the man who best wonders about all this, and no doubt more accomplished chums here can enlighten an ageing Scrobs…

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  10. Guest Who says:

    So, G-day arrives Today.

    ***

    Greta Thunberg is guest editing our programme this morning. On her show: 0820 Greta talks to David Attenborough for the 1st time, 0810 Mark Carney urges more action on climate, 0730 Greta’s dad, Svante 0725 Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja on the carbon footprint of music & 0850 Greta herself! https://bbc.in/356KnfJ

    ***
    Bob is a massive draw.

    ***

    Robert Del Naja from Massive Attack says the band will tour Europe by train next year and Liverpool council will close car parks for the day for their super low carbon gig to encourage fans to use public transport in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint

    ***

    In 30 minutes, one comment, three shares and nine reactions.

    At least someone is happy.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/30/greta-thunberg-climate-activism-has-made-her-very-happy-says-father?

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Toady Watch

      No – no toady for fedup . I don’t need early morning preaching from a 16 year old girl not listening to fawning idiots riding on the climate bandwagon .

      Diff subject
      Apparently the BBC has turned the Keeler story into six – yes six hours …. the film was an hour forty .
      Anyway for anyone sitting through that lot good luck .
      Ps – whilst the first bit was on last night there was a double diverse shooting in my bit of londonistan – but it is Christmas ….more festive plod tape .

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  11. StewGreen says:

    8am Radio Lincolnshire local news contained these 3 PR adverts that aren’t real news
    – The Green Alliance has an announcement from two government environment chiefs that once again this coming year really is the last chance to save the planet.

    – Clip of Princess Greta’s father explained that ‘Greta used to have depression, but since she has found her climate cause she is a happy girl’
    .. Really ?? she depresses the rest of us with her scowls , and tweets about having to sit on the train floor for half an hour , before her first class seat becomes available

    – “Rebecca Long Bailey is CONSIDERING standing for Labour leader”
    … how is that info of use to anyone ?
    (it’s not like her constituency is in our region)

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    • Not Gwent says:

      “once again this coming year really is the last chance to save the planet”

      Will this mean needing a new drum to bang and distract us with in 2021?

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      • taffman says:

        Not Gwent
        Have no fear, Carney is on the case. He’s after a nice new job.

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        • StewGreen says:

          Yep 10am Radio4news pops an advert into the news
          “Mark Carney the outgoing head of Bank of England.
          has said
          Companies need to do more to tackle #ClimateCrisis and pension funds need to divest from fossil fuel much more quickly”
          .. That story was released last night 2am
          270 Likes but 100 people argue against it

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          • NCBBC says:

            To have an out and out Remainer, as well as a Climate Change believer, must be inconsistent with being the Governor of the Bank of England.

            This is the problem with the current set of heads of governing institutions – they do not reflect reality, or the current political stance of the public.

            As long as this continues, who we elect will not matter much.

            Fortunately, there is Pres Donald Trump.

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            • Jagman84 says:

              He’s essentially of the belief that the serfs get paid far too much for their labours and Climate Change is a way to for them to claw a massive chunk of it back, whilst making them feel grateful for being “saved” from Armageddon.

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  12. StewGreen says:

    Today’s #TwitterBias
    in the “For You” section Twitter has CHOSEN to push at me
    ‘Irish PM visits ancestral village in India’

    .. what’s that got to do with me ?
    It’s Twitter pushing a #WokeAgenda again

    Woke is trending with #Corbyn & Princess Greta, Oz fires

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    • StewGreen says:

      Now the top of the page story has changed
      to “Why people are trying to give John Bercow and Unofficial knighthood”

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  13. AsISeeIt says:

    They do say no news is good news but what about lack of scrutiny ?

    Some might say (to borrow for a moment from the BBC style book) that Jeremy Corbyn has recently been revealed as woefully unfit for the office of PM. However, his character and world view have hardly changed in decades, so how come our mainstream commentariat, led by the BBC, have until now failed to acknowledge the widespread working class distain for the man?

    Hold that thought.

    The BBC now flag up a minor puff piece on Rebecca Long-Bailey, the oddly plastic-looking and robotic-talking Salford Corbynista.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-50942825

    “progressive patriotism” is apparently her slogan. Go to the top of the class and take a sweet from the jar anyone who can explain that one. Corbyn’s pet is ‘backing shadow education secretary Angela Rayner as deputy leader’ surely that’s the other way around, the blustering gawky Brummie by accepting the deputy spot must be ‘backing’ the other lefty creature going for poll position? Maybe everything is back-to-front, arse-about-face in lefty clown world?

    Anyway you’ll find not a jot of scutiny or what some might call balance in the BBC report on our RLB. Well I suppose the BBC will at best attempt to be balanced between the 101 likely Labour leadership contenders. My prediction is that the BBC will encourage Labour to go hell for leather for a female – electorially a big mistake in my opinion. It takes a woman of very special qualities to be appreciated by voters and the present clutch of labourettes come over as thin-lipped screetchy preachy school marmish scolds – who, to a man don’t do maths.

    Perhaps in the long run (the Long-Bailey run?) the Labour Party might actually thank the BBC for properly testing their potential leaders – rigorous scutiny at this point might just save them dropping another bollock.

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  14. Fedup2 says:

    Asiseeit
    Every night I mention Wrong Daily and Ms Rayner in my prayers that they may become the lady Eric and Ern of the Labour Party – otherwise we face the prospect of either the grim Lady Nugee doing her matron act of Ed Balls missus doing the ernest Julie Andrews routine for 5 long years ….

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    • AsISeeIt says:

      Mr Fedup, either way – the ageing elfin superboy and tubby spit-on-the-flag shyster or the northern chuckle sisters replacing for the many not the few with to-you-to-me…. we look forward to an absolute freak show that will set the concept of women in politics back a century.

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    • Guest Who says:

      The new Labour Space Girls; Thick Space, Mince Thick Space, Two Planks Space, BatPoo Deep Space and Spare Room Space.

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      • StewGreen says:

        You forget they are led by “Black space-between-the Ears” (Abbott)
        which one is “Shallow Space” ? “Notso Deep Space” ? “Waste of Space” ?

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        • StewGreen says:

          sorry Waist-of-Space also knowm as Space-Cakes (Thornberry)

          Double-Spaced, Barking-Space
          Spaced-Cakes

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          • AsISeeIt says:

            Labour female line up might be nicknamed: Spaced Out, Disabled Parking Space, Space for a Prayer Mat Place & Space Cadet…

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  15. StewGreen says:

    Grantham church attack
    The break-in is believed to have happened at about 4am on Christmas Day.
    The stained-glass window was smashed to gain access into the church.
    The thieves then broke into the parish office and smashed up the collection box and the trade craft cabinet before stealing a small safe.

    https://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/amp/thieves-break-into-st-wulframs-church-in-grantham-over-christmas-9094847

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  16. Guest Who says:

    Oddly, so far, no mention of Mishal’s trip.

    But Roger is feeling the need to boost his utter lack of relevant qualifications too..

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    • G says:

      GW,
      T’will be nice to see if Mr Harrabin starts to use his Hon. Doctorate in any correspondence which is taboo ‘cos it might be confused with those holding real PhD’s.
      Much the same as anything connected with the so-called, “Climate Catastrophe” – False.

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      • Guest Who says:

        I wonder if the one from oxford is the equally lower case college specialising in recognisable ‘Propaganda Expertise’, actually based nearer Witney?

        The more I read about Oxbridge the happier I am our two steered well clear.

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    • Guest Who says:

      They are cranking them out today.

      ***

      What advice does our guest editor Greta Thunberg have for people hoping to make a difference?

      “Read up. Inform yourself about the actual science and situation… Be an active democratic citizen… Democracy is not only on election day, it’s happening all the time”

      ***
      From a school drop out advocating other kids take Fridays off?

      Who needs a Nobel? The Hon. Doc. in Harrabinism is hers for the taking.

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    • john in cheshire says:

      Maybe this is the time to remember that great journalist, a voice crying in the wilderness, the sadly missed Christopher Booker:

      https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2019/12/29/bbc-climate-bias-tell-me-something-new/

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  17. Doobster78 says:

    Saw this piece last night on North West Tonight. Was racking my brains, why could this be ??? Towns like Rochdale, Blackburn, Oldham etc , i mean, its not like they are over-run with Pakistani men is it ??? But, i cannot see any mention of this in the BBC piece. Funny that.

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    • Thoughtful says:

      Rochdale and Oldham are in Greater Manchester, as are Bury and Bolton. Lancashire is further North, with Towns like Blackburn Burnley, Accrington, Preston Blackpool, etc.

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  18. Guest Who says:

    You know that old story that was panned the other day?
    .
    The BBC now have a new twist, with added Maxwell.

    #CCBGB

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  19. taffman says:

    “Rebecca Long-Bailey outlines vision for Labour’s future”
    “Writing in the Guardian, she blamed Labour’s decisive election defeat on its “compromise solution” on Brexit, as well as a lack of trust among voters.”
    “However, the shadow business secretary insisted its policy agenda was popular.”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-50942825
    Keep up the good work Rebecca! Another disaster for Labour’s future aspirations to govern the country.
    They are still not listening. 😀 😀 😀

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  20. Thoughtful says:

    Not BBC but will perhaps be later.

    The Gunmans identity at the White Settlement (Threr’ll be offence taking at that place name!) has not been revealed by Police, despite the fact he is dead, nor has any possible motivation, however the following is known:

    “Authorities have not yet confirmed the identity of the gunman, who died after being shot by churchgoers.

    The gunman had a previous arrest record, said Matthew J. DeSarno, an FBI special agent in charge of Dallas, according to the Associated Press. He described the gunman as a “relatively transient” person with roots in the area.

    Cummings said that the gunman was “acting suspiciously” before the shooting and drew the attention of the church’s security team, according to the Times.

    “He was immediately hit by one of our marksmen,” Cummings said, according to the Times. “The next thing I know, he was lying on the floor.”

    Officials are still investigating the motive.”

    Doesn’t throw much light on the motivations, but it’s more than has been reported here by our media.

    A little more news comming to light:

    “As reported by NBC News, Dallas FBI field office special agent Matt DeSarno said that investigators were working on figuring out the shooter’s motive. He described the man as a “relatively transient” person with roots in the area. The shooter also had a criminal record, and had been arrested multiple times in various cities

    Tiffany Wallace, who witnessed the shooting, described the gunman as a white man with a fake beard and black hair who was wearing a trench coat.”

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  21. Up2snuff says:

    The Propaganda Bells Ring On … and On and On and On.

    I needed an accurate time check this a.m. so switched on R4 for the 9a.m. pips & News. News Item #1 – AGW/CC ‘environment’. News Item #2 – AGW/CC ‘environment’. News Item #3 – AGW/CC ‘environment’. News Item #4 – A crime in Cyprus, not a major crime in NY or Dallas. News Item #5 – Labour Party Leadership – Rebecca Wrong-Daily still trying to make up her mind about running in the contest to lead the Party. (She was intending to have decided over Christmas, so I guess that a) she spent too much time celebrating or b) she has very little support and the BBC have decided to give her a bit of a New Year boost.)

    I wonder who could possibly have been Guest Editor of the TOADY Programme?

    The BBC. You know you can trust them to make up the News rather than merely report the News.

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  22. Fedup2 says:

    Presumably – for balance – there will be a climate non believer as editor tomorrow .

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  23. StewGreen says:

    Science Writer Matt Ridley wrote for New Scientist for years

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  24. theisland says:

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  25. Vonbedda says:

    all this wokeness is going to my head, when can we return to normality?

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  26. Jeff says:

    The BBC is incredible, isn’t?
    Yesterday evening I was driving home and caught some of the news on Radio 4. Lead story was the latest anti Semitic attacks in the US.
    The number of times the reporter mentioned Donald Trump and “white supremacists” gave the clear impression that, not only was there a link between the two, but that this group had committed these crimes.
    They interviewed Democratic politicians who claimed that there had been a massive increase in “hate crimes” since Trump had been elected. You get the picture…
    Later, at home, I fired up the internet and for the first time saw photos of the attacker. Let’s put it this way, a less likely white supremacist it would be difficult to imagine.
    Everything the BBC presents us with has been filtered through a politically correct prism. It’s distilled and distorted so that by the time we receive it the story bears little to no resemblance to the truth.
    When we’ve had terrorist attacks in Blighty the BBC have been enormously reluctant to give us the full details. It can take days, sometimes weeks before there is any acknowledgement of the perpetrator’s identity. And even then it will be couched in deliberately obfuscating language; “Mohamed Abdul Mactul…from Norway.”
    And we all know that the charming members of Muslim paedophile rape gangs will always referred to simply as “men”.
    I reckon the BBC News should change its name…
    How about Jackanory?

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Jeff
      I can’t get the linkage of anti trump propaganda in the BBC versus what president trump has been doing in relation to Israel .- particularly fulfilling the promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem
      I heard a world this weekend propaganda piece regarding President Trump ‘s prospects of reflection and they played a couple of clips of people saying they voted trump last time but will not be doing the same in November 2020.

      What was the purpose ? Does the BBC think ordinary Americans listen to a foreign ( lefty European ) News broadcaster ? Was just broadcast as a comfort blanket type thing to lift the spirits of defeated snowflakes ?

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    • Deborah says:

      I have noticed whilst the Muslim paedophile men become just ‘men’ in news reports, the young men who now appear not to have raped a young woman in Cyprus we are continually reminded are Israeli (substitute Jewish). I have just come off the Daily Mail website where I was reminded they were Israeli in every sentence, or so it appeared, but assume the BBC are similar in their reporting.

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    • StewGreen says:

      2m48s Right after the Cuomo clip which said “people who intend to create fear based on race/colour/creed”
      the BBC guy said “Trump has made comments that critics claim were designed to appeal to white nationalists”
      .. No they weren’t they were designed to be truthful
      Left on its own media claimed that any patriotic rally was made up of white-nationalists
      Whereas the truth was that at that rally 95% of the marchers were peaceful conservatives .
      And the other 5% might have had some racists yet the only indication of violence on their side was the murderer after the event.
      Whereas the antifa crowd were the people who were not doing their own march really, but were thousands of people prepared to use violence to stop the patriots legal march.

      Compare how the normal thing after an Islamic attack is saying that we shouldn’t rush to judgement and “motives are unclear”

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      • StewGreen says:

        The BBC news story page still has no photo of the black perp
        even though he was arrested before they started reporting.

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  27. Up2snuff says:

    You know you can trust the BBC … #1 …..
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z4r32sg

    Item#1. It is true that billions were spent (filleted and pocketed from the taxpayer, more like) in the UK on the Y2K bug but that is because we were gullible enough to let our politicians fall for it.

    Over in India, where they know a thing or two about IT, and in East Africa, where they knew rather less, they spent virtually nothing and guess what?

    Yes, quite right.

    Nothing untoward happened.

    Funny, that.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Up2
      You broke a scar reminding me of the time I wasted in my less than illustrious career planning for the end of the world coming in the end of 1999. But you are right about the sheer waste of taxpayers money trying to ensure politicians wouldn’t get the blame if the lights went out for a while .

      Wish I’d got a few bob out of it .but no .

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    • gb123 says:

      I was in China for Y2K. None of the banks reported ay issues with the ATMs. They simply switched them off. That meant the government news outlets could be considered more truthful than the BBC!

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  28. Up2snuff says:

    You know you can trust the BBC … #1 …..
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z4r32sg

    No item for it, simply not mentioned, left out and completely forgotten. Surely the BBC must remember because they have broadcast so many of them? But no.

    There is no mention at all of all the prophecies of doom, or permanent damage to our planet from the proponents of Global Warming and Climate Change and Climate Emergency.

    None whatsoever.

    Nuffink.

    Zero.

    Nada.

    Zilch.

    Nought.

    Funny, that. I wonder why?

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    • StewGreen says:

      @Uo2Snuff RE : Five times the world didn’t end
      and The Millennium Bug (Y2K bug)
      The reality was however, that billions was spent in the UK and worldwide to prevent the problem and engineers spent months making sure everything was ’2000 compliant’.
      You’ll find lawyer Robin Guernier over on https://cliscep.com
      He was chief of the Y2K Project
      I met him in person in 2005 and he told me it’s really annoying that that people say their was never a problem, when he know his teams did so much work and that is why no big problem came up.
      He also told me of his experience with R4Today and why you never let them record the interview beforehand, you must always do it live, cos their edits CANNOT be trusted, cos they twist the edit to suit their own agenda.

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      • Thoughtful says:

        A lawyer in charge of computer systems??? WTF it’s almost as bad as the Railway engineer in charge of UN climate change or even a banker!

        Just shows how inept& corrupt the political elites are when they hand jobs to their mates who aren’t in the least bit qualified to handle them.

        The millenium bug for those who don’t know related to ancient computer systems without much memory where the programmers to save power and memory only used the last two digits of the year, meaning that to the computer the move from 99 to 00 appeared to be a downwards or backwards movement.

        Most computer systems by this time were unaffected and it was only a very few where greedy bosses who wouldn’t upgrade were.

        I remember the alarmism that planes were going to fall out of the sky at the stroke of midnight New Years Eve.

        It was a theoretical problem in the main, the occasional stock control computer throwing a fit because of the date, but most systems were largely unaffected regardless of what some Lawyer says.

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        • StewGreen says:

          Robin was not just a lawyer, but a guy with donkeys years experience in IT management
          \\ He has an MA from Oxford and is a barrister. After twenty successful years as chief executive of various high-tech businesses, he founded his ow consultancy, Guenier Ltd., in 1995.
          Assignments since then have included a senior role at Inmarsat (global satellite communications),
          Chief Executive of the Central Computing and Telecommunications Agency, reporting at ministerial level to the Cabinet Office, and Executive Director of Taskforce 2000 to communicate awareness and understanding of the millennium computer problem.//

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        • Lunchtime Loather says:

          My memory must be at fault. You see I used to work for a software company that provided a range of accountancy products (purchases, sales, stock control, payroll, fixed assets, etc.) to many UK companies, and I am sure I remember heading a project to make our products Y2K compliant. Does that make me a greedy boss? The project started in 1998 and finished in the summer of 1999. My team (myself and three others) went through our entire range and made many, many modifications to allow a fuller range of dates to be entered. Our users wanted to continue using two-digit years but how, for example, would a two digit year differentiate between an asset bought in 1901 or 2001? We made it happen, and it all worked, and there was no problem. BTW, the amount of memory and/or power had nothing to do with it.

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          • Thoughtful says:

            ” Does that make me a greedy boss?”

            No, the greedy bosses were the ones expecting age old technology to work forever without any upgrading.
            It was your users who wanted to continue using two digit year codes and wouldn’t upgrade the IT who were at fault.

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Stew and Fed, a lot of people did do a lot of work. Mostly in Europe, the UK and the USA. Places where Governments have no money but they know where to get it.

        In other parts of the world, little or no work was done by very few people. Probably because in those places not only did the Governments have no money, they had very little chance of extracting any extra money from the population. My next door neighbour at the time was not only plugged into the business world worldwide because of his job but also plugged into East Africa and India because of his origin and family and family businesses.

        No one likes to ever admit they have been duped.

        We taxpayers in ‘the West’ were scammed.

        The AGW/CC crowd no doubt took great heart from that and have continued their work apace ever since.

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      • Demon says:

        Where I was we did thousands of hours stopping the bug from happening. To be honest we still missed preventing minor failures but the big problems were averted.
        It’s like saying we’re wasting millions o anti terrorism work because we only get occasional incidents. Our amazing security services are preventing huge terrorist incidents constantly but we must spend to stop most of the major incidents. The same for Y2K, the money was needed to prevent major IT incidents.

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  29. StewGreen says:

    Their agenda pushing is parody level

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  30. AsISeeIt says:

    The freak show rolls on

    BBC: Civil partnerships: How we are celebrating getting ‘not’ married

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50937894

    ‘Three women give us the lowdown on their not-so-traditional plans for the occasion’

    Kristy, 40, an artist from Birchington, Kent: ‘the conventions and vows of the traditional ceremony never seemed a good fit and the patriarchal roots didn’t seem appropriate, given my world view.’

    ‘The invite specified the dress code for the day: jeans and trainers. I’m currently looking for a sparkly pair of trainers in the sales’

    ‘we’ve all chosen wooden rings made from recycled skateboards in different colour combinations.’

    Elaine Tarling, 49, a garden centre worker from Cheltenham: ‘The whole idea of marriage seems to us to be archaic and outdated as it is based on patriarchy and gender inequality.’

    Dorne Edwards, a teacher from Cardiff: ‘Marriage in the traditional sense, with its patriarchal historical connotations, wasn’t for us, so we’re doing what feels right.’

    Ok, ok, BBC, we get the message.

    I wonder how the metropolitan progressive-minded elite managed to become quite so culturally detatched from ordinary British folk? Could be that the BBC encouraged and widened the rift?

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    • G says:

      Asl.
      Marxism, pure and simple. Destroy the normal family unit.

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      • Dover Sentry says:

        I quote:

        ‘we’ve all chosen wooden rings made from recycled skateboards in different colour combinations.’

        This has to be a parody of a parody of a parody…..

        Hilarious!! 🙂 🙂

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Asiseeit
      Are you talking about multiple self partnering . I’ve always been so confused – open a door – not open a door – give up a seat – not give up a seat . Hell .

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      • AsISeeIt says:

        ‘…multiple self partnering…?’
        In fact, no. The couples involved are in what the BBC term ‘mixed-sex relationships’. One bloke, one woman, to you and me. It’s just that in the BBC report the guys involved hardly get a word in. Apparently we live under what the women call a ‘patriarchy’.

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  31. Guest Who says:

    Speaking of thick, here is what BBC PR retweeted concurrently as BBC Today are busy trying to ignore everyone asking why they flew Mishal out to record a…. radio programme….

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  32. StewGreen says:

    Radio4 Schedule
    0:00 The Morning Service from the Church of Islington Woke Believers
    12:00 The Afternoon Service from the Church of Islington Woke Believers
    18:00 The Evening Service from the Church of Islington Woke Believers
    … featuring a number of Islington Woke preachers

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  33. StewGreen says:

    RIP The Urban Spaceman

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  34. StewGreen says:

    RIP The Urban Spaceman

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    • pertelote says:

      RIP Neil Innes:
      I’m the urban spaceman baby, I’ve got speed
      I’ve got everything I need
      I’m the urban spaceman baby, I can fly
      I’m a supersonic guy
      I don’t need pleasure
      I don’t feel pain
      If you were to knock me down
      I’d just get up again
      I’m the urban spaceman babe and
      I’m making out
      I’m all about

      I wake up every morning
      With a smile upon my face
      My natural exuberance
      Spills out all over the place
      I’m intelligent and clean
      Know what I mean? I’m the urban spaceman, as a lover second to none
      It’s a lot of fun

      I never let my friends down
      I’ve never made a boob
      I’m a glossy magazine
      An advert in the tube
      I’m the urban spaceman babe, but here comes the twist
      I don’t exist.

      for those too young/or otherwise to remember him and the Bonzos..enjoy:

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  35. StewGreen says:

    Two teenagers have been shot in a street attack in east London.
    A 17-year-old is in a critical condidtion in hospital after he was stabbed and shot near St James Station in Walthamstow on Sunday evening.
    An 18-year-old was also shot and was taken to hospital.
    https://www.itv.com/news/london/2019-12-30/teenager-in-a-critical-condition-after-double-shooting/

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Stew
      Usually the “ thoughts and prayers “ merchants would be in full flow by now but I suppose the local MP and emir are in the sun somewhere …

      Not that it matters

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    • pertelote says:

      as predicted..guns taking over from the blades (sorry CW!)

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  36. StewGreen says:

    XR stopping people getting on electric trains

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  37. StewGreen says:

    The BBC’s most modest employee
    or is it a bubbleword ?
    Or does Rog really work for the BigGreenHedgefunds ?

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  38. StewGreen says:

    The vast majority of bears in the Arctic National Park are white
    … the metroliberal mob probably think that is a huge problem

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  39. Tabs says:

    Moscow brings in artificial snow for New Year in mild winter
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-50945383

    At the top of the article is a single hyperlink tag in a box labelled “Climate Change” which links to all the other BBC opinion pieces from the likes of Gretas father and Mark Carney.

    If this article was a wikipedia page is would be immediaetly deleted due to no citations.

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  40. StewGreen says:

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  41. StewGreen says:

    Why is no-one posting up nor asking about CCTV in those very well-off areas where the AS graffiti appeared a couple of nights ago??
    Usually CCTV footage is up within hours..

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  42. taffman says:

    Breaking …………5 terrorist arrests .
    Anything on Al Beeb?

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  43. taffman says:

    “Australia fires worsen as every state hits 40C”
    About time The Rt H. Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle went back out there to campaign with her green issues ?

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  44. vlad says:

    Good news: soon we will be able to get mugged, stabbed and shot in the Lake District as well as the inner cities. Maybe even score some drugs from county lines.

    Progress or what?

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  45. Sluff says:

    And now it’s time for a game of Compare and Contrast.

    Guest editor of Toady – Charles Moore has a sequence of quite interesting pieces including, wait for it, with a transgender relation, and then is subject to a constant stream of aggressive interruptions from Tourettes Robinson for daring to challenge the impartiality of the BBC.

    Guest editor of Toady – Greta Thumberg is subject to fawning reverential unchallenged adulation for two hours ending in a series of gentle vomit- inducing soft balls from Mischal ‘useless’ Hussein. The one short sequence of hard questioning was reserved, surprise surprise, for a Shell executive who acquitted himself quite well, noting among other things that the 13000 UK household per week needed to convert their central heating to renewables for the next 30 years in order to achieve zero emissions for home heating was not really in his remit.

    This, dear readers, is the BBC version of impartial.

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    • Charlie Farley says:

      Sluff
      Tried very hard to listen to Toady but it just made me angry …total fawning over St Gretta and constant promoting of doom…so were supposed to change from gas boilers to electric are we , its certainly not cheap and ground source heating is very inneficent and costly to run ….myself and friends will keep using our log burners, and so who is going to police us ….oh I know the BBC ! !

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  46. Captain Panick says:

    BBC America are currently filming in South Africa their version of The Watch, the series written by the late and great Terry Pratchett (TP). Sky did previous versions of TP Novels, and they stuck to the books mostly. Mind you, TP had small roles in them. Having studied the cast list of this latest BBC production, I can see why TP had his hard drives crushed by a steam roller after he died in 2017. This will surely be the ultimate politically correct and woke production.

    Described as a “punk rock thriller” inspired by the City Watch subset of Discworld novels, the character-driven series centers on Pratchett’s misfit cops as they fight to save a ramshackle city of normalized wrongness from both the past and future in a perilous quest.Written by Simon Allen, BBC Studios is co-producing the series with Narrativia, the production company founded by Pratchett in 2012 and now run with Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna and his former business manager Rob Wilkins,( also described as his assistant). The series is being exec produced by BBC Studios’ Head of Drama London Hilary Salmon, Ben Donald and Wilkins as well as Phil Collinson. (1)

    This is the cast, as detailed by Discworld Monthly. It should be on your screens in 2020, The Year of the Condescending Carp!

    Richard Dormer – Samuel Vimes • Dormer gained recognition following his performance as Northern Irish snooker star Alex Higgins in Hurricane in 2003. So presumably an accent may be apparent. No problem.

    Marama Corlett – Angua • Marama Corlett is a Maltese actress and dancer, best known for her role as Aki in Blood Drive.• Should be OK as a Werewolf.

    Sam Adewunmi – Carcer • An out-and-out down-and-dirty bas tard, a thief and a murderer, Carcer Dun found himself catapulted back in time because of an unusual combination of the weather, ambient magic, and his own inability to be civil and allow himself to be arrested. • Another close association with Dragons ( see Lady Sybil), but will he be a bar steward?

    Now the real problems.

    Jo Eaton-Kent – Cheery • Cheery is quite clearly a female dwarf according to TP, renamed Cherie. The skirt, earrings, makeup, and high heel boots are a dead give away. So why not cast a bloke in the role. Oh, they have. Jo is an actor.

    Adam Hugill – Carrot • An alleged dwarf. Should be built like a brick sh*t house. Adam, judging by his photos, needs to be sent off to the gym. Get on the weights Adam. Looking forward to the announcement of a body double, James Haskell comes to mind, or Martin Bayfield.

    Lara Rossi – Lady Sybil Ramkin • A life long close association with flaming swamp dragons could mean a darker complexion, so a casting success if you like, but a fat suit is going to be needed by Lara if sticking with the TP concept of her as a plus-sized woman with a strong build. See above for body double ideas.

    Hakeem Kae-Kazim – John Keel • The identity assumed by Samuel Vimes in Night Watch. Might manage an Irish accent, but no resemblance to Richard Dormer. Might have stood too close to swamp dragons. Kae-Kazim is an appointed global ambassador for Africa 2.0, a civil society organisation providing a platform for emerging and established African leaders to drive forward the transformation of Africa.

    Anna Chancellor – Lord Vetinari • presumably another trans casting. Anna will play the Lord and ruler of Ankh Morpork.

    James Fleet – The Archchancellor, presumably the Ankh Morpork version. Please note that Wizards in DiscWorld are all male. • He is most famous for his roles as the bumbling and well-meaning Tom in the 1994 British romantic comedy film Four Weddings and a Funeral and the dim-witted but kind Hugo Horton in the BBC sitcom television series The Vicar of Dibley. Not certain how he will become the hunting and fishing all action wizard, Ridcully, but will probably be a dim witted male to help the woke concept.

    Ingrid Oliver – Doctor Cruces • Head of the Assassins Guild. She is a British-German actress and comedian. She is known for playing Petronella Osgood, a supporting character in the BBC television series Doctor Who. Not enough women so far.

    Ruth Madeley – Throat. • Presumably a reference to Cut Me Own Throat ( CMOT) Dibbler, a male in the books who sells sausages in a bun as a last resort, when other businesses fail. Has various other versions around Discworld, but I can’t remember the female version. Ruth Madeley is an actress.

    Bianca Simone Mannie – Wonse.• A wizard. Remember the no female wizards rule. Bianca Simone Mannie is an actress.

    If the BBC get their way, the Discworld may well be round, the 4 huge elephants will have been freed, and the giant turtle, Great A’Tuin is currently on a tour about climate change. Bilious, the Oh God of Hangovers, will be the new Director General. #Metoo are looking to form a guild. Hope you all had a happy hogswatch.

    https://deadline.com/2019/08/the-watch-bbc-america-series-terry-pratchett-discworld-adam-hugill-cast-carrot-1202707717/

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  47. Guest Who says:

    Love that Rob thinks folk use twitter to work though bbc whinge lists.

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  48. Guest Who says:

    Meanwhile…

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  49. Up2snuff says:

    Anthropogenic Global Warming, Climate Change and Climate Emergency – full on coverage, no doubt, I didn’t listen – on Radio4 with GuestEd Greta.

    Meanwhile in a different part of the BBC, there’s a whole lotta CarbonEmitting going on: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000crsk/top-gear-nepal-special

    I wonder what Greta Thunberg thinks of that?

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