431 Responses to Midweek Thread 8th January 2020

  1. davylars says:

    Now it has almost certainly been proved that Ukraine flight PS752 was shot down by an Iranian missile.
    If you compare the almost hysterical reporting by the BBC on the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine with the Iranian incident it couldn’t be more different.
    With the Malaysian plane being downed, they demanded to know who was responsible, which unit pulled the trigger, lambasted Putin, etc etc.
    With regards to the Iranian downing, the BBC, they are almost apologetic. I wonder why?
    This morning I heard Jeremy Vine saying “ It seems it was hit by something, possibly a stray missile”
    Oh yes. I am sick of seeing stray missiles flying all over Northumberland. Happens every day doesn’t it……

    The BBC make me puke…


    • Roland Deschain says:

      The media as a whole seemed to get a lot more worked up over Donald Trump offing a known terrorist than they have over the shooting down of a passenger jet. Indeed, they appeared very incurious when it happened, when it it was obvious to anyone that it appeared highly fishy.


  2. Ed Hitter says:

    The BBC loves to play the racism card. In this, it clearly mirrors the far left who cry “racist” at every turn.
    Take today’s Politics Live, which chose to lead with a discussion was about whether Meghan Markle is being driven out of the U.K. because of alleged racism.
    This nonsense is now the BBC narrative, pushed by Labour’s Clive Lewis on Question Time and repeated by another Labour type on Politics Live.
    It’s just like the BBC coverage of the supposed racism at a football match a few weeks ago – the allegation led to blanket outrage for days, yet when the allegation turned out to be false there was barely a mention of it. No matter eh, BBC, the damage is done, white football fans have been smeared without apology.
    With Meghan there’s never a reference to her white father – the BBC is just intent on providing oxygen to the lie that we are an inherently racist country.


    • Englands Dreaming says:

      Yes the Beeb wants the H&M saga to be played out as part of its anti-British race baiting narrative.

      Exhibit 1, yesterday’s Newshite


  3. Halifax says:

    Gemma Watts posed as 16-year-old “Jake Waton” on social media and swapped intimate photos with victims before meeting at locations across England.

    Watts, 21, of Enfield, has pleaded guilty to sexual offences involving four girls. She is due to be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court later.

    Police believe she may have assaulted up to 50 victims in total

    So BBC, she wasnt a lesbian or trans or Pan ………..not easy when it doesnt suit you is it…


    • Banania says:

      What, from a modern person’s point of view, did she do wrong? Or, more briefly, what exactly did she do?


  4. Roland Deschain says:

    For the last two mornings, it has taken quite literally two seconds from me turning on Radio Scotland until the immortal phrase “climate change” has been uttered.

    Can anyone do better?


  5. vlad says:

    So who does Stephen Sackur invite on to Hardtalk to discuss the Iranian situation?

    Why one Vali Nasr, ex-advisor to Saint O’Bama, who tells him exactly what the beeb want to hear, namely that O’barmy got it all right, and Trump got it all wrong – ignoring the fact that because of O’barmy’s terrible deal billions of embargoed dollars flooded into the evil theocracy’s coffers allowing chief terrorist Qasem Soleimani to spread his malign influence and terrorism throughout the Middle East and beyond.

    This kind of bias by choice of ‘experts’ has the advantage that it allows the beeb plausible deniability: it wasn’t us gov, it were ‘im what said it.


  6. Beltane says:

    Not much on here about last night’s QT – probably because most, like me, turned off after 20 minutes or so. But not before ‘noted historian’ Max Hastings had made his valuable contribution to the Trump-bashing session fuelled by both panel and audience.
    The great man went on to imply that the special relationship was a figment of blimpish imagination and that US military backing of UK was historically a series of non-events.
    Surprising that a man in his position has apparently never taken the time to stand in silent contemplation on Omaha beach, nor visited the vast cemetery at Coleville nearby.


    • Doublethinker says:

      Hastings is a swamp dweller of the first water. He defends the swamp at every opportunity and naturally therefore hates President Trump but loves Obama et al. In his view giving Iran billions to buy them off from developing a nuclear weapon was a sensible way forward, even though even the dumbest wokist must realise Iranian promises can hardly be relied upon. The billions have probably been spent on building the very thing Obama was hoping to prevent. Appeasement doesn’t work and Hastings must know this well. The question Hastings should ask himself is does he want to live in a world dominated by mad Muslims? If not then he had better sign up to Trump’s America because aside from China it’s the only opposition to the Islamification of the world at present.


  7. digg says:

    BBC getting concerned as to the future of the Erasmus Student Scheme. This is an EU initiative supposedly aimed at giving EU students the opportunity (cash supported) of spending time in other EU universities. (There are billions of EU cash being rammed into this scheme.)


    The first thing of note in the BBC article is that…

    “In 2017, 16,561 UK students participated in Erasmus, while 31,727 EU nationals came to the UK.”

    That seems a tad unbalanced for a start, but a look at Wikipeadia reveals the following…


    “Some academics have speculated that former Erasmus students will prove to be a powerful force in creating a pan-European identity. The political scientist Stefan Wolff, for example, has argued that “Give it 15, 20 or 25 years, and Europe will be run by leaders with a completely different socialisation from those of today”, referring to the so-called ‘Erasmus generation’.

    This term describes young Europeans who participate in Erasmus programme and are assumed to support European integration more actively when compared with their elder generations.

    The assumption is that young Europeans, who enjoyed the benefits of European integration, think of themselves as European citizens, and therefore create a base of support for further European integration. However, questions are raised about whether there is positive correlation between the programme and pro-European integration.

    According to the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, Erasmus programme is a soft power tool and it reflects the political motivation behind its creation.

    Lets just think about that last line…

    Conclusions for me….

    1. The UK seems to have been a soft touch for this.

    2. The real EU monolithic power grab is revealed.

    I hope the government have seen through this, don’t listen to the hysterical lefties and carry on with consigning it to history along with the third Reich.


  8. Guest Who says:

    ITBB has a bumper new crop of free-weekend fare. Of which this is but a taster…


    There’s also one about older white guys not doing quite as well.

    For some reason.

    Maybe they should hire lawyers able to cite precedent between pre-agreed contracted fees with freelancers and actually firing long term actual staff?


    • Fedup2 says:

      I’m going to put the weekend thread up soon as I think the excellent result in the Tribunal against the BBC by one of their lady employees will be occupying minds …..


  9. Guest Who says:

    His version of science is as sound as his grasp of professional impartiality in his supposed career area.


  10. Guest Who says:

    A plane crashed. Apparently.


    bBC World

    “This may well have been unintentional”

    A Ukrainian plane crashed shortly after taking off from the Iranian capital on Wednesday, killing all 176 passengers and crew on board

    The incident is now centre of an investigation.What do we know so far?