Midweek Thread 5 February 2020

The Government has announced the formal consultation on decriminalising not having a TV licence . In view of that I would ask that those with an interest in ending the BBC in its’ current form consider submitting their views to the government .
It is the most practical first step to achieving our aim

The link to the consultation is here –


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507 Responses to Midweek Thread 5 February 2020

  1. StewGreen says:

    It says it’s a parody Twitter account
    but I’m not so sure
    .. but it’s only been gong a few days


  2. StewGreen says:

    R4 Drama : “Wheatish : Sabina contemplates becoming a single mother, despite what *her community* might think. ”
    * What community ?
    The author Yasmeen Khan is an award-winning broadcaster and writer. She has made documentaries for Radio 4 and has written for theatre
    She is currently writing for EastEnders.

    Director Aisha Khan currently Co-Artistic Director of Freedom Studios in Bradford,

    Sabina – Mina Anwar
    Amber – Nadia Emam
    Sarah – Jeanette Percival
    Mum – Rani Moorthy
    Nadeem – Esh Alladi

    “our culture” , “Muslim single mums”


  3. StewGreen says:

    Thursday’s drama was all about immigrant black family running a Jamaican cafe in London.
    – The hero on was revamping the cafe after a sudden fire had burnt it down killing his mother
    .. The rogue son turned up he was a typical wideboy black drug dealer into money and guns
    .. At the end we find he had started the cafe fire intending to scare his own Mum.
    .. I guess the BBC commissioning editor hadn’t read that far.

    Wednesday’s play was about Hong Kong lefty playright now based in Britain
    Tuesday’s play was about trafficking of foreign migrants in Northern Ireland


  4. StewGreen says:

    8pm Radio4 Any Questions? from Winchester University. (ha ha)
    Lord Deben (You know the head of the HoC Committee on Climate change who happens to have a number of green consultancy businesses and a lot of GreenBlob friends)
    – Professor John Denham ( from the Centre for English Identity and Politics at the University of Southampton
    Owen Jones Guardian columnist
    – Olivia Utley Sun journalist

    20:50 A Point of View : Will Self opinion piece


  5. Not Gwent says:

    Poster Girl Begum pops up complete with age to remind us how horribly unforgiving we are to our enemies.


    • AsISeeIt says:

      And we certainly won’t have heard the last of this member of the Bethnal Green three mosqueteers…


      BBC: ‘Ms Begum’s lawyer, Daniel Furner, said his client would “immediately initiate an appeal” against the decision “as a matter of exceptional urgency”.’

      I’ve made a little bet with myself that one way or another within, let’s say three years, she’ll be safely back in Blighty.


  6. s.trubble says:

    Here’s an angle the bBC will never investigate , particularly the Scottish bBC ….who have been neutralised by the provision of the £32 million white elephant with no viewers.

    Mr Derek MacKAY….. there is an on-going inquiry into the shambles surrounding the build of 2 passenger vessels to service the outer isles….a write off of around £200 million…seems inevitable…
    They should have been in operation 2 years ago…they are rusting on the Clyde to a specification which has been declared unbuildable.

    The guy who bought the shipyard to build these is one of Scotland’s richest men………….he has threatened to sue MacKay for defamation…..MacKay blamed his organisation for the fiasco….while it is otherwise reported that the root of the problem was an SNP quango overseeing the project.

    It may therefore transpire that the removal of MacKay was convenient…………particularly with the NicolaKnew trial coming up


    • StewGreen says:

      #Green #Ferrygate I just had a look at the BBC article on why the SNP so wanted green ferries and chose to make the world’s first LNG powered ferry.
      Basically it’s the PioneerFallacy when you say
      ” our country has to be a world leader at this”
      then you find it’s not that easy and make a lot of costly mistakes
      While the rest of the world sits back and learns for free.

      I made a long comment at BH


  7. taffman says:

    “Cathays murder: Three men jailed for life after killing teen”
    Nice Welsh boys ?


    • StewGreen says:

      As ever BBC stories are just cutNpastes of stuff the police have already posted
      This tweet links to what the police have posted on their FB page


      • StewGreen says:

        There is something interesting cos the local Labour MP tried to connect the murder of Nur with an attack on people outside a mosque.
        Q7. Last weekend my constituency suffered yet more serious violent crime, some in the public domain and some not, including the murder of 18-year-old Fahad Mohamed Nur and a knife attack on the congregation leaving Dar Ul-Isra mosque following Ramadan prayers.
        Since 2010, under Liberal Democrat and Conservative Governments, South Wales police funding has been cut by nearly £61 million.
        Police officers in Cardiff are running on empty.
        What will it take for this shambles of a Government to accept responsibility for public safety and give South Wales police the funding it desperately needs?
        ( she’s condemning the government rather than the thugs)

        Mr Lidington :”South Wales police is actually receiving up to £290 million of funding in the current financial year, which is an increase of £19 million on the last financial year”

        The mosque one is interesting cos it was by two white brothers , BUT the judge & media decided to spin it a drunken lout thing.. rather than do the normal thing of hyping it up as racial crime
        The judge specifically said it wasn’t.
        I am sorry for those mosque victims, but it was the right thing to keep communities calm by being equal and this time not awarding the Muslims special victimhood status.


      • Charlie Farley says:

        They look so very Welsh……….I have Welsh ancestry…….my skin colour is not the same ……now I’m feeling that perhaps I’m not really Welsh after all !


  8. taffman says:

    Telly Tax pays for ‘cut and pasters’.


    • ToobiWan says:

      My wife, Roobi was talking to a friend awhile back Taff, on about how the friend should cancel her TV licence if she didn’t like what she saw on the box of late. Her reply was ” you can’t cancel the licence, how will they fund the NHS?” And she’s a teacher!


  9. Emmanuel Goldstein says:

    QT last night was its usual lousy self.

    I thought having 5 panellists was meant to give us a diverse set of views about the various topics but of course it doesn’t work like that.

    Who would have thought that every one of them (and the ‘selected’ audience) would all be Trump haters and see how much bile they could spew out against him.
    No need to answer that one.

    The best president since Reagan or possibly the best ever and this bunch of virtue signalling twats could only sneer and play to the ‘selected’ audience like performing seals by seeing who could be the most anti Trump.

    I wish he was our PM.


  10. Guest Who says:

    How to Find Out if Someone Has Died Online

    The best way with BBC staff is to follow their twitter feeds.


  11. Guest Who says:

    BBC House Journal


    On Facebook it struggles to get double figures of any kind of response in days.

    I read it for the comments, which seem to be from Roger Harrabin’s idiot cousin on Paul Mason’s side.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Ladies and gentlemen , boys and girls , others of non specific gender , trolls and members of the SNP . It’s time for the unimpeachable Weekend Thread


  12. Charlie Farley says:

    This so called professor should be kicked out of the country , definitely not to the standards of my past . It’s no wonder that these insidious people are turning our young against everything that this once great land has achieved in the world


  13. Scroblene says:

    Fed, ‘snap’!

    Amazon Prime just gets a look-in when I forget to tick the tiny box about eight yards down on the left, but we get lots of DVDs from our favourite charity shop, and Mrs O’Blene is still in a hump about me buying ‘Hustle’ when we agreed that we both wouldn’t watch it again…

    I did buy her ‘Larkfield to Clumberbitch’ though…


  14. Fedup2 says:

    Ha ha – I should have kept shtum about the charidee shops – picked up a whole West Wing box set for 5 quid but the last ones were missing – I take it Alan Alda took over from the lefty ?

    I’m looking for someone to convince me to sign up to Netflix …