401 Responses to Midweek Thread 26 February 2020

  1. scribblingscribe says:

    Sky News at ten had a long piece on the high court blocking the third runway at Heathrow.

    It showed the climate change children with their theatrics outside the courts, the London Mayor and then interviews with what are called ‘activists’. Oddly there was no time to explore why we need increased air capacity in the UK. Nor was there a moment for those arguing the case for additional runways in the UK.

    Sky News out BBCs the BBC at times.

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    • StewGreen says:

      Did they explain how Germany’s new multi billion euro GAS pipeline from Russia complies with same Paris Climate targets ?

      Silly me Greens only conduct such lawfare against UK
      .. very convenient for Team Putin

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  2. Darcy3 says:

    Ain’t diversity wonderful, Camden and Hackney, bro…..

    ‘Get the police!’: Terrified passengers scatter as brawling yobs throw punches and insults in Gatwick airport arrivals hall before onlookers step in to separate them

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8048147/Passengers-scatter-brawling-yobs-throw-punches-insults-Gatwick-arrivals-hall.html

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  3. StewGreen says:

    Some news from Twitter

    – Owen Jones cares about winter deaths due to fuel poverty
    https://mobile.twitter.com/missalicegrant/status/1233139553105588235

    – A study by the European Center for Law and Justice in Strasbourg has revealed several conflicts of interest between judges at the European Court of Human Rights and NGOs funded by George Soros.
    https://www.rt.com/op-ed/481651-george-soros-european-court-judges/amp/

    – Yet another audacious raid on Currys by a West Asian gang
    https://mobile.twitter.com/Holbornlolz/status/1233132916521275392

    – Let this sink in: Boko Haram has killed more than 27,000 civilians in Nigeria. This is greater than the amount of civilians ISIS killed in Iraq and Syria combined.
    https://ncregister.com/daily-news/stop-the-christian-genocide-in-nigeria#.Xld-C6mkeKQ.twitter

    https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/02/26/why-we-must-win-the-fight-for-free-speech/

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  4. pugnazious says:

    A pefect demonstration of not-so-wide-eyed, self-serving hypocrisy wrapped in a thick coating of sanctimonious virtue signalling…all topped off with a good dose of sour grapes from a woman sacked by Boris Johnson.

    The BBC joyously reports that Caroline Nokes has some stern words of advise for the inflammatory and Islamophobic Boris…

    Boris Johnson’s Muslim comments ‘really ill-judged’, says Caroline Nokes
    ‘The PM came under fire in 2018 after he wrote an article comparing women in burkas to letterboxes and bank robbers.

    Caroline Nokes – who chairs the Commons Women and Equalities Committee – said the PM should “think very carefully” about his words and their impact. ‘

    Hmmmm…OK…but wait….this is a woman who says that arriving in Parliament turned her into a feminist. Clearly thinking very carefully is not her strong point.

    She is a feminist who doesn’t have a problem with an oppressive form of dress designed to isolate and control women and forced upon them by men….but does have a problem with Boris questioning that oppression…

    ‘If you tell me that the burka is oppressive, then I am with you. If you say that it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces, then I totally agree.’

    Nokes clearly does not agree preferring to make a grandstanding attack on Boris for her own ends.

    She then makes some comments in the same interview that leave you wondering if she has any awareness of what she is saying and what she has said before as she insults and belittles male MPs…

    ‘Suddenly [upon joining Parliament] you become confronted with some really outdated attitudes, and some really challenging behaviours. It’s 2020, and we’re still talking about gender pay gaps, and we’re still talking about the appropriate way to behave towards colleagues in this place. Not great,” she notes.

    As we sit in her office in Portcullis House, the newly-elected chair of the Women and Equalities Committee reflects on the “shock to the system” of joining Parliament in 2010: “It’s like arriving in a boys’ prep school, where the inmates haven’t quite got to 13.”’

    Hmmm…all those outdated attitudes and really challenging behaviour….quite happy with an appallingly barbaric and primitive religion from 1400 years ago but a bit of boyish banter and japes in a democratic Parliament and she’s suddenly Boadicea calling the MPs littlel school boys and inmates. Hardly the respectful and measured language that she demands of Boris.

    The BBC of course doesn’t raise any objections to her words or note any hypocrisy as Nokes uses the same sort of language that Boris does to colour her own experiences.

    Get Boris part 103…many more to come from the BBC.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Thinking clearly appears to be a problem for many in the House of Commons, pug. The Heathrow expansion plan was voted through on a ratio of votes of 4:1 in favour, according to BBC R4.

      Oooops!

      Then they voted for declaring a Climate Emergency on top of voting for taking part in the Paris Climate Accord.

      Double or treble Oooops!

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      • Lefty Wright says:

        Up2snuff
        The House Of Commons isn’t stupid though. Yes they voted in favour of the Heathrow expansion plan BUT with the proviso that all future aircraft will be powered by elastic bands. Quite reasonable when you don’t think about it.

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        • Up2snuff says:

          Yup, someone said on R4 yesterday that hybrid aircraft will be along soon.

          If the Beeboid presenter had been a bit sharper he might have said “Won’t the Government ban them like the cars?”

          Not sure I’d fancy flying the Atlantic in an electric aircraft in this current weather.

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  5. Guest Who says:

    Last several words neatly summarise bbc Editorial Guidelines.

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  6. Guest Who says:

    Bbc in a pickle here. Their lass is having a party that they are promoting, but may not go well.

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  7. Guest Who says:

    “Environmental groups have successfully challenged the government’s plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport, after the Court of Appeal ruled allowing the expansion to be unlawful.
    Anna Jones from Greenpeace told Newsnight that it was an “important victory” and that campaigners aren’t telling people they can’t fly, but that they don’t need to be flying more.
    https://bbc.in/3a8AbGz”

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    • Nibor says:

      This is travel expert Simon Calder ex Guardian who can’t drive and campaigns for rail travel and relaying old tracks .

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    • Deborah says:

      I wonder if Nick has to take these 2 weeks of self-isolating at leave (like anybody in a private business would’ or whether he is just getting two weeks rest at our expense.

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      • Guest Who says:

        He was not on work but holiday, but frankly either way why was a responsible person flying to Vietnam and Cambodia if a) responsible and didn’t have to and b) not on the same frequent flier program as Emily, Jon, Clive and Mishal and c) likely to be gushing over Greta’s latest not-to-do list across the sealed room table once she comes up from Bristol bearing germs.

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  8. Guest Who says:

    She does have a way with words.

    He is an idiot.

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    • The WestWyvern says:

      Read a piece by this idiot on the Beeb webshite. Something to do with so called climate change and court rulings. He finished by mentioning that North Devon Council had blocked an expansion application by Bristol Airport…. due to the climate emergency. Interesting, last I looked Bristol Airport wasn’t in North Devon. If he can’t get the basics right in his report, all I conclude is that the rest of it is horses***t as well. Idiot indeed.

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      • StewGreen says:

        6:51pm Thursday Harra put out his story
        ending “And *North Devon Council* has halted the proposed expansion of Bristol Airport because it’s not compatible with net zero emissions.”

        1:58 AM Someone tweeted Harra that he’d mixed up Somerset with Devon

        07:04am Harra made his stealth edit

        https://www.newssniffer.co.uk/articles/1909546/diff/0/1

        “Bristol Airport, at Lulsgate Bottom in *North Somerset*, is the commercial airport serving the City of Bristol”

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    • Lefty Wright says:

      Guest Who
      Well mate, a very dry summer followed by a very wet winter does make one think that maybe this poor child is just another of those useful idiots used by international Marxists. Just a thought.

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Lefty: as the old RAF Meteorological Officers used to say: “What goes up, must come down.”

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    • john in cheshire says:

      When your job depends on you being an idiot…

      Ask Dr David Bellamy. Oh, we can’t now because the poor man has died. But he lives on via YouTube.

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  9. Guest Who says:

    Shakespearean.

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  10. Guest Who says:

    BBC and XR. As one.

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    • Guest Who says:

      George goes full bbc.

      Never go full bbc.

      Transparently.

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Guest, I am very happy to not follow George Monbiot. I am not on Twitter anyway so not-following him is rather easy for me to do. 🙂

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        • Guest Who says:

          ‘Followers’ has the right ring for such a fellow.

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          • Up2snuff says:

            He likes to think he is a messiah. In reality, he is just a very naughty boy!

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            • Scroblene says:

              Same here, Up, there’s enough crap around without having to even think about such idiots spouting rubbish and expecting to be sainted.

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      • The WestWyvern says:

        So called climate change. Here in northern Finland they’ve had record snowfall, 1.5metres this winter. Temperature was 26below on Tuesday.

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      • JimS says:

        I think they should re-introduce wolves into The Guardian offices.

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        • StewGreen says:

          The Guardian Office has already got Wild Bores

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        • Lefty Wright says:

          JimS
          Well,as an erstwhile, longtime devotee of the Guardian (Newspaper?) I know that they have cried wolf for many years and the f—-r never appeared. So yes, with the appearance of a few wolves their bluff will be called and their underwear soiled,and not before time.

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      • StewGreen says:

        XR rules
        They control the PLAY
        We have to PAY, but we get no SAY

        It’s undemocratic that we who PAY, get no SAY

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        • Lefty Wright says:

          StewGreen
          But those who PAY will have their Day and XL rules will just fade Away. And those who PAY will write the history books and XL will have no SAY.
          Spokeshave.

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  11. Guest Who says:

    BBC News

    What do politicians get wrong about the “black vote”?

    “When I hear people talk about the ‘black vote’, I hear someone stereotyping.”

    As Democrats try to appeal to the African-American community, we went to South Carolina to ask black voters what they think. #CutThroughTheNoise

    ***

    About on par with what the media manage. And try to rig.

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  12. Guest Who says:

    News

    Not News

    Apparently.

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  13. Guest Who says:

    Samira’s ‘settlement’ appears more than a massive £ung.

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    • JimS says:

      You can tell which one is the TV picture and which one is for radio!

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    • Woolwich says:

      Why do comedians have to feel they need to pull “funny” faces in photographs? Is it so that the viewer can recognise who is the one meant to be funny and laugh, hollowly, at their “banter”?

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    • StewGreen says:

      BBC where DIVERSITY
      means airing the same WokeMob voices again and again

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  14. Guest Who says:

    Uh huh.

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    • Guest Who says:

      In complement:

      BBC News

      The price of tomatoes has skyrocketed in East Africa after flash floods ruined crops.

      Could climate change be contributing to the problem? bbc.in/2w3QAgP

      ***

      Could it? COULD IT?!

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  15. Guest Who says:

    I wonder if normal folk are as impressed as media folk by all this?

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    • Guest Who says:

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      • The WestWyvern says:

        Throw away camera? I bet they are good for the environment hey Viccy? 100% recyclable? Perhaps Pikey or whatever it calls itself could look up the benefits of throw away cameras on google, then enlighten us all here.

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  16. Guest Who says:

    If only there was some £5B ‘group’ that could twist things the other way? Eh, Jon, you beauty?

    ***

    BBC News

    A pro-Trump group put out the clip that twists Barack Obama’s own words in order to undermine the Democratic contender.

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  17. Guest Who says:

    Have Rog and Matt mobilised yet?

    Or they en route to Bristol on the bbc tandem.

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  18. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – Are the BBC rattled?

    It would appear increasingly that they are. Anxious to avoid the charge of being London-centric, we have had two weather forecasts so far during the programme and both have ignored or overlooked London and the south-east of England.

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  19. Guest Who says:

    Rog ponders. Goes badly.

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    • Guest Who says:

      Wonder what in camera BBC gate will be deciding next moves now?

      And how will Jon drive his Fiat 500 home down the BBC Zil lane on his weekly duty free trips?

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      • Guest Who says:

        Meanwhile, the Peroxide Bomb Crater serves up a W1A crowd pleaser…

        How much longer the multi-hundred thousand a year, globe-trotting cretins will prop up such brain donors is beyond parody.

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      • Sabreman64 says:

        Are the Extinction Rebellion loons aware what will happen to this country if their demands are met and we go to zero carbon? All UK airports will have to close, all non-electric cars and other vehicles will be scrapped, gas boilers in millions of homes will need replacing, over half the country’s rail network (as it is non-electrified and operated by diesel trains) will close, conventional power stations will be shut down, and all building of new homes, schools, hospitals etc will be stopped (because of cement *). Going to zero carbon will destroy this country.

        * From Wikipedia: “If the cement industry were a country, it would be the third largest carbon dioxide emitter in the world with up to 2.8bn tonnes, surpassed only by China and the US.”

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    • The WestWyvern says:

      Gosh, he really is a 🛎🔚

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  20. Up2snuff says:

    BBC Web-site Watch #1 – Are the BBC rattled?

    If the Home Page is anything to go by, they are. They seem to be pandering to young people. And they seem to be going very ‘light’ content-wise to the point of unreality. See here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/ and scroll down toward the foot of page and look on right hand side. The section is entitled ‘Society’.

    Yes, honestly.

    If you do not have an up to £3.5 billion guaranteed income then the reason why Britons are ‘missing out on daily dose of nature’ is because Britons have to go to work to earn a living.

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  21. Guest Who says:

    I wonder if Tom is on it?

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  22. Guest Who says:

    Keen to find out what this is all about as she is in Australia from Pakistan.

    And he blocks people.

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  23. Guest Who says:

    Awww…

    Not news, but awwwwww…

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    • The WestWyvern says:

      Long walk to Australia, was it??

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      • Guest Who says:

        Greta weeps.

        The BBC’s Nick Beake is leaving after 15 years at the broadcaster to join NBC News as international correspondent. He will be based in London but travel extensively for its global channel that launches in the summer. Nick is currently an Asia correspondent for BBC News, and covered the Coronavirus outbreak, Hong Kong protests and Rohingya crisis.

        Maybe he can interview Nick Robbo at home…. ‘in isolation’?

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    • JimS says:

      Egypt actually but might just as well be Pakistan for all the insight that she has about Australia and the ability to speak in English.

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  24. AsISeeIt says:

    Well, yes, I was charmed by the BBC picture of that little tudor-style cottage surrounded by flood waters – what better pictorial metaphor for little England stuck in the past, friendless, isolated and unprepared for the climate…? Photo journalism prize material if ever I saw it.

    But then again, do we smell a rat…? Who in their right mind leaves that line of washing out in the garden as the weather turns so very rainy?

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    • StewGreen says:

      It’s a Getty image that a lot of media used

      I think the water might be 6 inches above the doorstep
      but not much more cos how otherwise did they put the things on the washing line anyway
      #PicturesDeceive

      ukflooding2702-1.jpg?width=800

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  25. digg says:

    Bridget Delaney of the Guardian getting excited about attending a sex toys conference in Sydney..

    “From sex ed games for kids to products for the ageing – I have seen the future of sex toys and been amazed”

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/28/yes-yes-yes-are-we-on-the-brink-of-a-revolution-in-sex-toys

    “This year’s winner was a group of women who designed a sex ed game for eight-to-13-year-olds.”

    What under which rock did all these slimy deviant people who feel empowered to spread this utter garbage emerge from?

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    • fakenewswatcher says:

      digg – I should have thought that ‘Guardian’ and perversion rolls as easily from the tongue as ‘bbc’ and perversion?
      ‘Liberal’, in some minds, means you are trendy and free and have no boundaries. Stuff what everyone else thinks or feels.

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      • digg says:

        I guess we are witnessing the children of the 60’s free-love and drugs society growing up and thinking this is normal behaviour for humans.

        I would have thought that promoting sex ed “games” for children would fall under the category of grooming by the teachers or do I live in a parallel universe?

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  26. digg says:

    Fits the current BBC narrative like a glove…

    How making a violin brought these two together

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-51649247/how-making-a-violin-brought-these-two-together

    No comment required….

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  27. Up2snuff says:

    Not the BBC but brought to me by them https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-51668572

    The Thunderer’s Editor obviously inhabits the same media bubble and earnings level as the BBC Execs & ‘top’ presenters. Helping the highest earners invest their dosh, The Thunderer has probably not chosen the best cover illustration for their property ‘pullout’ at the present time – see top left.

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  28. fakenewswatcher says:

    Is it my imagination, or are about 90% of Laurene Laverne’s guests on Desert Island Discs female?
    This morning we have Melanie C. (Having had zero interest in the Spice Girls when they were ‘big’, I may have got my spelling wrong.)
    Friday at 9.00, the guest is almost inevitably a lady, and when it’s not, I suspect it will be a black male or someone who is ‘Trans’.
    I dare say a white male will have popped up somewhere, but I don’t catch all of the DIDs. Then again, I MUST have it wrong, as our public broadcaster is famously impartial about all things, and will have stuck scrupulously to a 50-50 guest list.

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    • fakenewswatcher says:

      And to be fair to our public broadcaster, they’re pretty close to their target of presenting Britain as 50% white, 50% non, so I should have tempered my comment on Desert Island discs!

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    • Foscari says:

      fakenewswatcher- Perhaps you did not know the BBC has decided to become a media outlet just for women. It will take time but it is
      happening. 80% of the news presenters on BBC TV are women
      and half of these are of ethnic heritage.
      But surely fakenewswatcher we should treasure this positive discrimination and diversity. Haven’t the BBC been successful
      in educating you into this train of thought? Do you really want
      to hear about men’s football when the women are playing cricket.
      I just can’t wait, because I have been educated when the
      BBC get rid of Gary Lineker and one of the BBC’S plethora of
      women sports reporters is presenting Netball ” Match of the Day”

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      • fakenewswatcher says:

        Foscari – I have noticed all this, but I (being as aged and reactionary as I am) do not treasure the “discrimination and diversity”. I have noticed all the wimmins footie and other “blessings” bestowed on us in sport. But I like my sport the way it used to be, before the PC ‘equality’ brigade got its hands on our sport broadcasts to impose their political prejudices and turn sport into a propaganda vehicle.
        Perhaps, at some stage, beeb will be consistent and reduce the licence fee for men, while increasing….er.. I guess not.

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  29. fakenewswatcher says:

    And was there, on a TOADY discussion this a.m. a Turkish representative, complaining about lack of support from NATO, who are obliged to step in and help any member state whose TERRITORY is being attacked by a non-member?
    As far as I know, Turkey has invaded Syria in the north, under the pretext of creating ‘safe zones’ for fleeing Syrians?
    Thus Turkish territory remains untouched. But NATO needs to rein in one of its more aggressive and expansionist members (old enough to remember Cyprus) pronto, before the Turks get NATO embroiled in a war with Russia, which is backing Syria.
    Strikes me that, with a foot-hold as deep in Europe as Germany, the Ottomans never rest. I do wonder, occasionally, what Sultan Erdogan’s goals really are? Doubt that the beeb will enlighten us, or even address the relevant geopolitics in an honest fashion.

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  30. theisland says:

    But they should be allowed to vote?

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  31. Terminal Moraine says:

    On the home page: “GP appointments: The doctor seeing patients in chicken shops.” Dr Ronx Ikharia is a GP from Hackney and miraculously her patients are tick box heaven for the BBC:

    1. A trans patient having difficulty with his/her chest binders
    2. A black woman with hair loss who didn’t go to her GP because alopecia treatments are for “European people”
    3. A mixed-race gay man self-harming because of depression and anxiety

    Interestingly, a quick internet search of the good doctor shows top results aren’t for the surgery where she works or for any medical creds, but for the W1 talent agency that represents her. There she describes herself as a “queer, black, androgynous intersectional feminist”. She has three TV credits already… all of them for CBBC.

    The bubble feeds on itself.

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  32. Deborah says:

    I think the BBC is changing. I listened to 5 minutes of Toady this morning and there was nothing about Climate Change, Islaam or even diversity.
    Even the BBC couldn’t shoe horn any wokeness into an item of how a man had made a replica of the Mayflower out of matchsticks. Whilst I admire his commitment, I have to admit I don’t think it was one of the most pressing stories of the day.

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  33. andyjsnape says:

    Found an interesting HYS comment at the end of this link…
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/5live/entries/8ba8454a-d616-46de-9284-3468b66f91d8#comments

    The comment….

    “Please. Enough is enough. Your writers or online editors are way below the standard required BBC. Like Amk says, your article is poorly written, you’ve got two shows in this. It’s confusing. If you guys at the BBC can’t write coherently then you have no right or credibility to criticise anyone elses writing. Almost every page I see errors! If you can’t spot and edit grammatical and spelling errors, give me a shout BBC.”

    🙂

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    • StewGreen says:

      Andy someone got triggered there,
      cos someone sneered back,
      that he’d missed the apostrophe in else’s.

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  34. theisland says:

    Yippee – live updates on St Greta
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-bristol-51643206

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    • Tabs says:

      The update at 11:31 mentions social media users asking about Greta’s carbon footprint to which the BBC add “She arrived by train and was driven to the climate strike in a red Nissan Leaf electric car.” as if they are duty bound to silence her critics.

      An then in true BBC style they have a clip of her leaving in the electric car…. lead by a Police motorbike escort…. whilst manoureving between another parked police car and a police van… which then clears the view so we can see another 3 police vehicles parked up.

      Yep BBC, she was driven in an electric car – brilliant!

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      • john in cheshire says:

        There’s a Rebel Media report, I think by Keean Bexte, filming the interior of the Tesla car that little miss muffet was using during her sojourn in Canada. It was full of all the stuff she gets so upset about the rest of us using. Keean managed to ask her about it and her reply was that she wasn’t the only one using the car.

        So, my conclusion is that she allows herself to overlook the wasteful lifestyles of those around her while at the same time, she dares to admonish the rest of us for doing the same things.

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  35. digg says:

    Activists jumping on the Heathrow Court Decision and are now going after other infrastructure projects planned by Boris with of course the full backing of the BBC.

    This is political activism masquerading as climate activism.

    Maybe this should be the new Boris manifesto…

    We will not go ahead with road improvement but also we will halt the building of the 40 new hospitals we planned at the same time.

    We will also treble the fares on all London underground services to reduce passengers and rail activity.

    We will also ban taxis in London.

    We will also force all restaurants, night clubs, cinemas etc. to close at 8pm to reduce footfall in cities.

    We will also impose a 500% surcharge on the fares for ALL holiday fights as they are not vital services.

    We will also ban traffic for a radius of 50 miles around ALL cities with populations more than 1 million.

    We will also force all broadcasters to switch off at 10pm every day until 6am next day to save power nationally.

    All students will only be allowed to go to the nearest UNI to where they live to save travel and accommodation costs, halting the need for lots more uni living space in our cities.

    There must be LOADS more we can do!

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  36. digg says:

    I loved the clip on the BBC of our dear Greta speaking in Bristol with a huge solar panel in the background designed to show how climate savvy she is.

    ….this despite the fact the sky was dark grey and rain was pouring down, probably not even generating enough power to charge her iPhone!

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  37. digg says:

    I loved the clip on the BBC of our dear Greta speaking with a huge solar panel in the background designed to show how climate conscious she is.

    ….this despite the fact the sky was dark grey and rain was pouring down, probably not even generating enough power to charge her iPhone!

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  38. Jeff says:

    Hold the front page, stop all the clocks, the BBC is in meltdown, Greta is on British soil!
    She wafted in earlier this morning, being transported on a low energy, solar powered ice berg, her only companion a solitary and emaciated polar bear.
    I saw a rather telling piece on the Beeb this morning where they interviewed a bunch of her supporters in Bristol. Despite the liberal left’s obsession with diversity each and everyone one of these climate activists was female, white, middle class and almost certainly devout Guardianistas.

    You know, I’d have a bit more respect for poor little Greta and her fellow travelers if, instead of preaching to the converted of Bristol, she addressed the Gilets Jaunes in Paris.
    There’s no point in telling a whole group of middle class pinko/greenies what they already believe. That’s about as challenging as being a lying Lib-Dem or Labour candidate on Question Time.
    No Greta, you be brave. Go to France and stand in front of a bunch of belligerent, hairy arsed, working class farmers who are being taxed to the hilt to support green energy.

    Now that’d be interesting…

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  39. StewGreen says:

    Newsnight is NOT watched by 99.5% of people
    Only 0.5% of UK population watch it
    BARB stats are difficult to come by but a BBC insider tweeted some stats
    (note the tweet in the same thread that says actually the Guardian said in 2015 Victoria only had 39,000 viewers)

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  40. Tabs says:

    Why is the BBC promoting illegal criminal damage activity by Extinction Rebellion? They are even showing what tools are needed.

    As for BBC’s favourite Chris Peckham, it seems the BBC is making climate heroes out of anyone with a mental illness.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-51666004

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  41. digg says:

    I for one am absolutely sick of Chris Packam and his publicity hunting righteous crap.

    This time it’s about some nets Cambridge University put over some trees to deter birds while building work goes on.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-51666004

    XR got involved overnight with some of their “brave” warriors cutting down the nets so there’s definite collusion re. Packam and XR.

    The nets were on private property and the cutting down is pure vandalism of private property so why do the authorities not act?

    The more they get away with this stuff the more they will do it and it will get more brazen, time for some court cases!

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  42. G says:

    Anybody hear Fatty Lardell on Twato earlier interviewing a female “Health Minister” about Covid-19 in the UK. Every, but every sentence uttered by this, “Health Minister” began with, “So,……..”.
    To the point of real annoyance. Please, anyone here, elighten me why so many interviewees commence a reply with, “So,…..”.
    My own logic and common sense does not extend so far as to even speculate save for, it can only be simply fashionable.

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    • digg says:

      It’s university speak, it means “I am THE authority on this subject SO listen to what I am telling you….”

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    • Old Goat says:

      Infuriating, isn’t it? So many programmes now contain people who start every sentence with “so”.

      They also use “like” as punctuation, say “fantastic”, “absolutely”, “no worries” and “no problem” a lot, as well as addressing us all as “guys” (which I hate with a passion). What with all the screeching, whooping, and proclamations of “WOW” at every common place, mundane thing they encounter.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Old
        So what you’re saying is ….

        I think it’s a good indication of self awareness / nerves . A bit lit the habit of ending a sentence ‘going up ‘ which seems to have died away …

        Once upon a time I had a job of interviewing people for a job and more or less transcribing what they said . At the end the panel would look over the transcription . The main thing I’d say is how people have a tendency to hang on to particular words and repeat them … and repeat them…

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        • Lefty Wright says:

          Fedup2
          I think the peculiar habit of turning every statement into a question is a learned alien defect. Even though the folks who use it seem unaware that this speech anomaly has not been around very long and it’s just not English and I have been English for a long, long time.

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      • JimS says:

        OMG! You are, like, so absolutely, like, ‘effing right! So amazing!

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      • john in cheshire says:

        The other verbal tick is use of the phrase ” you know “.
        I find myself shouting at the radio ” no, I don’t know, that’s why you’re on the radio and not me!!!”

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  43. Square-Eyed says:

    It occurs to me that I haven’t seen any media pictures recently of Australia engulfed in flames. What happened? Has the Climate there changed again?

    It seems there are two general principles of weather phenomena:-

    1) Any occurrence of extreme weather conditions anywhere and at any time is due to Climate Change.
    2) Any occurrence of normal weather conditions can be safely ignored.

    Therefore because of statements (1) and (2) Climate Change is a FACT.

    What did you say? How dare you!

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  44. Guest Who says:

    Bless.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Nice to see the comrade sistas sticking together … now where’s that BBC right wing bias gone …?

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    • john in cheshire says:

      Are we sure they’re not drag queens?
      They look like drag queens to me.
      Which toilet do they use?

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  45. digg says:

    Sport Relief: The Heat is On

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/54xwLqzbCXrpBwyjGpHF0MS/sport-relief-the-heat-is-on

    A group of adventurous (and highly paid by you while they do it BBC luvvies, producers, camera crews, and all the other hangers on who they will need to support them) celebrities have been busy preparing for an epic ice triathlon over the past few weeks, but in light of recent travel concerns, this challenge is taking a new twist as we head from an icy minus 35 degrees to the sweltering 35 degree heat of the Namib desert in Namibia, Africa – one of the hottest, driest and emptiest places on earth.

    I have no F******g words!

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    • Woolwich says:

      I predict a lower than expected amount of money raised by Sport Relief. We’re all fed up of it, even people who aren’t as motivated in their dislike of the BBC as we are.
      And the stupidity of it, surely CO2 is CO2 so if they believe it then it doesn’t matter wher you’re leaving your footprint.
      Against my better judgement I looked at your link, at least 2 of the group have been on Strictly, one was on Celebrity X Factor, that says it all really.

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  46. lojolondon says:

    I enjoyed this irreverent parody of Meghan Markle – that you will never see on the BBC because ‘not the right message’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kSn4ysw8y8

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  47. StewGreen says:

    Manufacturing narratives
    “And *hundreds of viewers complain* about #bbcqt handling & social media clip of a
    audience member expressing anti-immigration views.”

    Real world
    “And MILLIONS of viewers WERE HAPPY ABOUT
    audience member expressing anti-immigration views.”

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  48. Terminal Moraine says:

    Sadiq’s on the campaign trail with this video from the Mayor’s Office: “Every Londoner needs a home.”

    That’s Londoners like Mahbub, Jolanta and Cornelius… cor blimey guv me old china

    (No comments allowed)

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    • Fedup2 says:

      The London Tory candidate is promising to give a burglar alarm to every one over 65 – paid for with their own taxes . Which on my read suggests that anyone under 65 becomes a better and easier target . Basically dumb .

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    • BRISSLES says:

      Get all the migrants past and present out of London, and every Londoner WOULD have a home.

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  49. taffman says:

    \\Greta Thunberg Bristol climate strike: ‘The world is on fire’
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-51663632//
    Not from front window it is .
    Greta, why don’t you take a sailing boat trip to India and China and try selling your message there where its needed ?

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Not a good choice of photo by BBC Picture Editor (no doubt highly paid): Greta looks a teeny bit cold and very damp.

      Fire? What fire?

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      • StewGreen says:

        The photo underneath is Greta in a big woolly cap , woolly sweater and big yellow raincoat.

        Other photos of the crowd seem to have picked out people who similarly look like the evil child doll Chucky

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        • Woolwich says:

          As a certain Channel 4 newsreader might say, “I’ve never seen so many white children”.

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    • Roland Deschain says:

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  50. Darcy3 says:

    to avoid the “cultural apporpriation” that some black gobshites bang on about, we should maybe refuse to provide some “Londoners” with western style homes, mud huts / shanty homes for our african enrichers and bomb sites for the somalis and middle easterners springs to mind as cost effective solutions providing homes they are no doubt used to.

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