509 Responses to The Long Easter Weekend Thread 10 April 2020

  1. Dystopian says:

    Happy Easter to you too Fed and thank you for your work on here as well as everyone who contributes.

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  2. The WestWyvern says:

    SLY News reporting PM moved out of intensive care.

    Will remain under close observation for a few day but in very good spirits.

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    • Synchronised says:

      For once I want to believe what they are reporting. Great news if true.

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    • NCBBC says:

      PM Johnson looked very poorly on the day he move to ICU.

      And he is out in a day. Amazing medication he is receiving.

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      • Van Helsing says:

        Re-check your information, NCBBC. Boris was in ICU for three nights…

        It’s not inconceivable that he was treated with one of the drugs that are still under evaluation (if ever there was a time to extract digits, this is it) but the chances are that we’ll never know.

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  3. Nibor says:

    Right if the Police want us to take the lockdown and themselves seriously then it has to be a two way street .

    1 ; They take ALL crime seriously , not their favoured ones .
    So no more ” we won’t tolerate ……….” and it’s hate crime or abuse or internet squabble . How about not tolerating ALL crime
    [ so don’t just put up signs on the roads , motorway services , hospitals and the like informing that this area is a crime hotspot for theft , as though it’s a natural phenomenon – get out and catch the criminals . You wouldn’t put up a sign that says Black and minority ethnics , racists operate in this area , go somewhere else .]

    2; Don’t go around playing rap songs , paint your fingernails or cars in funny colours , and put snappy slogans on your vehicles . You’re not a corporate entertainment body , you are the police FORCE .

    3; You are there to make criminals desist from their activities , not a social service informing about the best products to buy to make criminals move on to easier pickings . Go and catch criminals , not berate the general public for not having a burglar alarm or leaving a window open .

    4; You don’t own the law . If you are unwilling or unable to uphold the law and keep the peace then vigilantism , a word you don’t like , is a must . Someone has to fight crime .

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    • The WestWyvern says:

      Four fair points Nibor, I however read the first line and sadly can neither take them or the lockdown seriously.

      I have experienced first hand the approach of plod when it comes to being a victim of crime and their whole attitude toward it. I won’t detail it here however.

      They are not a force, but a farce and the stunts they are pulling under the guise of the ‘lockdown’ prove as much.

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      • BRISSLES says:

        Well, I live in a large rural village (now a small town), and in the past week I have seen more police vehicles driving around the streets than I have in the 23 years I have lived here !!! We have plenty of fields and open spaces within walking distance, and the streets are continually deserted, the only activity is the queuing at the local Co-op, and the population is mainly older, who are more inclined to ‘follow the rules’, so this patrolling the streets is something we could only dream of when drug dealers are plying their trade in darkened car parks !!!!!

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    • NCBBC says:

      1. The police do not do burgalaries
      2. Street crime is not in their ambit

      What the modern police is trained for is interdicting and punishing essays that show that the RoP is not what it is.

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  4. The WestWyvern says:

    Kunnesberg and Rigsby must be choking into their drinks on that piece of good news.

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  5. Up2snuff says:

    This is interesting: yesterday France had approx 113,000 Covid cases. Today they appear to only have 82,000. Could be an inputting error, of course. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-51235105

    I would not be surprised if many assumed Covid cases around the globe are found later to be influenza. There is also a mistake on the UK figures.

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    • The WestWyvern says:

      Snuff, do you have any data on the ethnicity of the ‘victims’ not withstanding the AntiBBC reports about the Chinese virus being racist, is there any data on this?

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      • Up2snuff says:

        No. I have just assumed, because of the way the US figures go up each day, a little at first then (in recent days), then a big jump that they go up in time zone order: Eastern, then Central (Mid-West) + West Coast together. We know the racial mix of Chicago, say, and also Seattle and LA. We don’t have any indication of the difference between say Seattle and LA in terms of numbers.

        What would be really interesting is to have a comparison, following Mario Cuomo’s racism yesterday, of a poor rural suburb of Chicago, with say, a poor rural suburb of somewhere in up-state New York or Lexington or St Louis.

        I did hear recently on R4 that there is a high number of cases in New Orleans. They could take some of the Appalachian (white) communities, maybe, and compare them to very secluded (BAME) communities in places around New Orleans or Memphis.

        Another study could be done in Canada around Vancouver. There has been a lot, A LOT, of S. Korean migration into BC in the last thirty years.

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        • Loobyloo says:

          BC are doing much better than Ontario and Quebec. They have flattened their curve. I don’t think numbers were v high anyway.
          New Orleans – high numbers have been attributed to Mardi Gras (not sure if that’s official), and high numbers in Florida have been attributed to the super bowl. (IMO also a major destination for travelers!)

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          • Up2snuff says:

            Looby, might that be the Korean population being more careful having been in touch with relatives back home? I was also wondering whether there had been a lot of New Year and holiday travel back to see friends & family.

            Ontarians will no doubt be feeling uncomfortably close to New York although I doubt the claim that NY has more cases than any country. That smacks of the Mayor claiming special victim status.

            Yes, the Mardi Gras was blamed on BBC R4 and Spring Break has also been referred to at least once. I think the BBC were hoping to make something of ‘poverty’ and ‘BAME’ in the wake of Cuomo’s statements, as exemplified by the Walnut One’s utterance and the massive support from fellow Beeboid tweeters, etc..

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          • NCBBC says:

            Taiwan never went to lockdown even though it has massive travel with mainland China. Yet its figures are astounding

            382 cases. 6 fatal.

            The country was never locked down

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  6. Up2snuff says:

    Music to clap by: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu2oo5cqasg

    Steve Lukather wants to hear you.

    C’mon!

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  7. The WestWyvern says:

    20.00hrs and I’m posting here, not clapping.

    Happy Easter all and thanks Fed.

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    • Tabs says:

      BBC 1 just showed what must have been 200 to 300 nurses clapping themselves and every single one of them was breaking the 2 metre rule.

      I’m not even going to ask why the NHS staff are clapping for themselves!

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    • Synchronised says:

      With you on this one WW. It’s the Diana effect, a sort of collective grieving and if you don’t partake you are somehow labelled as a social pariah. I for one have shown my appreciation for the help the health service has afforded me in a more direct way in the past but this publc love in ain’t for me. It still doesn’t mean I and others of the same opinion don’t care.

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      • StewGreen says:

        Someone on Radio 4 said “do you remember when *we* all went crazy when Princess Diana died ?”

        … Well I was on the day of the funeral I was in Edinburgh on the day of the funeral.
        .. I went up to picnic up Arthur’s Seat to escape the media banging on
        … I arrived up there to find thousands of other people had had the same idea.

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Just scanning down these posts, the Pied Piper of Hamlin has suddenly pinged into my mind.

        Isn’t it easy, in this age of ‘be watchful, be aware, beware identity theft, etc., etc.’ how people can be quickly suckered into following the Piper.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Thanks west – let’s have an 8 o clock clap – or actually – no

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  8. AsISeeIt says:

    There’s a further noticable drop in local enthusiasm for the Thursday NHS Evensong. Rather muted effort until some berk starts banging on a saucepan. Put me in mind of the sound of a prison riot. I get the impression there are a few going through the motions that would skip it if it weren’t for the desire not to be seen to be letting the side down. I give it a fortnight, or one of the ringleaders forgetting to text the warning, and it’ll be over.

    Perhaps they could replace it with non-frontline public sector payroll day? Teachers, university staff, various civil servants, local government workers, etc (you know, the people who are happy to see the shutdown go on forever) all once a month doing a noisey celebration of the transfer hitting their bank accounts without having done a stroke.

    I’m in an acerbic mood.

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    • Doobster78 says:

      Local Government worker signing in 😂 . After liking your post . LOL

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    • StewGreen says:

      I looked out the window, there was no one outside on our street.

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      • Scroblene says:

        We forgot all about it…

        Watching ‘The Duchess of Duke Street’, a series back from when the BBC did real progs, sensible issues, great acting etc.

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      • G.W.F. says:

        I have temporarily moved to a fairly posh part of town, judging by the Mercs and BMWs in the street. You know, Marxist academics with boats in their front gardens.
        They all clapped for the first two weeks, taking selfies of themselves.
        But no one clapped for Boris. I asked why, and was told that this is a Labour community.

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  9. Swelter says:

    Just popped by to wish all on this site happy Easter.. though I cant comment often having removed the bBBC from my life I put me head round the door several times a day for reassurance that there are some sane people left .

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  10. Doobster78 says:

    Jesus. Anyone else ? Window cleaner, Petrol station workers, paperboys ???

    Why do these folk have the constant need to be “thanked” for doing their actual job, that they are being paid for ???

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    • EUTV says:

      As much as I want to thank the “front line”, I do wish we could have an evening to clap those who have had their incomes sacrificed to save the NHS.

      Let’s stop focusing on the NHS and let’s recognise that everybody has made sacrifices. Public servants won’t face unemployment and reductions in pay. Let’s celebrate the private sector workforce.

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      • Scroblene says:

        And clap for chemists too…

        I my particular case, a decent hug with the girls in our chemist would be just enough, er, before I got pulled away by Mrs O’Blene…

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    • Loobyloo says:

      FFS it’s embarrassing. People were ‘urged to’? How Orwellian.

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      • boohanna says:

        Yes, it is.

        A quiet acceptance is perfectly fine, preferred in fact.

        We all have our roles to play.

        The REALLY important people are electricity workers, sewerage engineers, farmers, truck-drivers and grocers.

        And an army to defend them.

        All else is a First-World problem.

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    • boohanna says:

      Doob.

      I couldn’t agree more and I am myself a doctor.

      In fact, I’m embarrassed by the accolades.

      I didn’t sign up to only be near and touch healthy people.

      In fact, I had a prior notion that I might be near life-threatening diseases at some point.

      Does a soldier sign up never expecting to be shot?

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  11. AsISeeIt says:

    I’m afraid people will look at this virus event and draw the conclusions they most desire to see. Like an ancient augury inspecting the liver of a sacrificial chicken.

    For example, those who dislike foreign aid spending will say this shows why we ought to first spend our money at home. While those who like foreign aid will look at the same events and say this shows exactly why we need to send more money overseas.

    I notice Emily Maitlis (the suntanned vampiress) of the BBC Newsnight-Guardian nexus has put in her two-penneth claiming, basically, this virus shows we need to have socialism. Who would have guessed that?

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    • LastChanceSaloon says:

      AISI
      Hepatoscopy.

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    • The General says:

      Maybe we should now suspend ALL foreign aid and spend that money on supplying every conceivable piece of medical equipment, item of protective clothing and supplies of every available medication for use in the event of any conceivable and unconceivable illness, pandemic or disaster to every hospital and medical facility in the country. We should then build new auxiliary hospitals in reach of every area of the country.
      When this has been achieved maybe the money should be diverted to fund research into every known illness and every known or unknown virus in order that should anything like this happen again, the solution would become INSTANTLY available.

      DREAM ON.

      And I bet the BBC would still find a way to criticise (if a Conservative Government was in place that is).

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  12. Up2snuff says:

    This says it all about the Welsh Assembly:

    “People should only exercise once a day, although in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland there is no legal ban on exercising more than that. In Wales, which sets its own health regulations, exercising more than once a day is now illegal – and potentially a criminal offence.”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51506729

    For the last week or so I’ve been mis-remembering – subconsciously I think – the lyric of a song:
    “Sixty thousand little Caesars, try to do their best to please us.”
    has become
    “Sixty thousand little Hitlers, all do their worst to squeeze us.”

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    • taffman says:

      The Welsh Assembly should be abolished. It was formed after the very small win in a referendum . The people of Taff Land are fed up of it’s dictatorial ways. It passes laws just because it can . It does this to justify its existence. It’s not listening to the people of Wales , it is behaving like a dictatorship. Al Beeb loves it.

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    • Guest Who says:

      The Welsh NHS is of course a beacon of competence to inspire all.

      Given the spiralling reputation of the law enforcement branches of government, and the ongoing badness of vague law, what exactly is an illegality that is ‘potentially a criminal offence’?

      Speaking of beacons, if one lives on the borders and strolls up the hills on the daily outing and strays into Wales, do they have snatch squads?

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  13. Doobster78 says:

    Ah, the liberal left. The preachers of love, tolerance, compassion. They fight against hatred and division ….but then they log onto Twitter.

    But it’s the far right who are evil, nasty, racist little Englanders. !!!

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    • Darcy3 says:

      there are much much worse online unfortunately, the “be kind” Corbyn fascist storm troopers

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  14. Darcy3 says:

    Been reading so much about the desperate need for fruit pickers etc, eventually found out who to contact on behalf of my partner: a group called Concordia, what about a clap for them then as they are fulfilling such an urgent need, an email enquiry response from them could not be bothered to give me the phone number that I asked for, just their web address where I got the bleeding email address from in the first place, so eventually found it myself, and this urgent need : rung them at 15:20 this afternoon to ask some questions (I know you can apply online but I still wanted to talk first) and no answer, straight to answerphone, assume all gone home for the weekend despite the message saying they are open 9 – 5, now OBVIOUSLY will not be back until Tuesday

    clap clap clap saving our food supply…whoo whoo banging a pot now

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    • Scroblene says:

      Blimey! Concordia! A blast from the past!

      They flocked to the hop fields in Kent and Sussex in the sixties, buqqered up all the tractors, bonked most of the girls, drank all the beer, but actually helped tremendously!

      Didn’t know they were still around…

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  15. Non Snowflake says:

    Ever since Boris made *that* TV appearance a couple of weeks ago, to put the fear of god into the British public, the overwhelming message from the MSM has been one of terror, scaremongering, and basically anything to justify the lockdown.

    But one of the big conspiracy theories is of course the question of how many of the deaths are *really* attributable to the virus, and how many are actually Influenza, or how many are unrelated but have been labelled as “COVID-19” for a variety of reasons. If the number is quite a small percentage then of course this would make the lockdown look like the completely pointless knee-jerk reaction that many of us have thought all along.

    So……to keep the UK public in a heightened state of terror, and to justify the lockdown, what better way than to have Prince Phillip and The Prime Minister rather conveniently both “contract” this virus……and then have them both recover.

    There are some things happening which are just too…….convenient.

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    • StewGreen says:

      Prince Charles.

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      • Non Snowflake says:

        Yeah, not sure why I was thinking of Philip.

        “We need to justify this lockdown. How about we ask Prince Charles to say he’s got the virus?

        But what if the public are still doubtful?

        Then we’ll ask the Prime Minister to say it as well.”

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        • Up2snuff says:

          NS, that’s a possibility, sure. But I can also see an upside, especially to the PM’s stay in hospital. When Der Starmer starts rattling the collecting tin on behalf of the NHS, the PM can say “Well, I’ve had recent first hand experience of the NHS and …. ”

          Labour then have a leeeetle more of a problem.

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    • Ian Rushlow says:

      According to a medical friend of mine, it’s working like this in some areas of the country:
      A man with terminal cancer and only a short time to live decides to take a final walk whilst he is still able. Tragically, he is knocked down whilst crossing the road and dies instantly. It is then discovered that he had Covid-19, albeit without any symptoms. A doctor duly fills out the death certificate: “Cause of death: Covid-19”.
      She tells me this is actually a slight exaggeration, but not by much.

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  16. Mustapha Sheikup al-Beebi says:

    From Phil Copson on Jihad Watch (April 9th 2020) about the BBC:

    “I was once a regular listener to BBC Radio 4, but I increasingly find that I can’t go beyond 30 seconds or so without being so annoyed by some slanted comment that I have to turn it off again.Their presenters seem utterly incapable of being impartial, adding snarky remarks of their own against anyone of whom the chattering classes disapprove, and praising anyone left-wing or muslim: Anything and everything is to be blamed on “Brexit”, and any item of good news is always “despite Brexit”.

    This is especially true of news/current affairs programmes where no opportunity of sneering at Donald Trump – (“obviously a very unpleasant man”) – is to be missed; coverage of how countries are responding to the Chinese virus included uncritical acceptance of Chin’a claims about it’s supposedly low infection rates, but America’s was characterised as “speaking in a monotone from the White House, Donald Trump responded in his usual fashion with a travel-ban…”

    Tommy Robinson performing a “citizens arrest” on a man who groped TR’s 8-year old daughter in a swimming-pool and holding him until the police arrived, was reported as Tommy Robinson having been involved in a fight and arrested, with no mention of the circumstances: contrast this with their coverage a couple of weeks later, when TR stopped his car and single-handedly took on three muslim teenagers attacking an elderly white couple – the BBC declined to say that their rescuer was Tommy Robinson, covered-up the identity of the attackers – (at least one of whom was an illegal immigrant) – and covered-up the nature of the assault, saying that the three had “coughed in the faces” of the elderly couple, somehow “forgetting” to mention that these cowards had punched a defenceless 70-year old woman in the face and given her a black eye….

    This approach leaches into everything they do; a programme on the history of technology will fawningly tell us how some Arab was “a muslim engineer” without feeling any corresponding need to mention that Brunel, Stephenson, Newcomen, Watt, Whitworth or whoever were from a Christian country.
    Similarly, on several occasions they’ve described how dementia patients who may have stopped speaking, can nonetheless still sing songs from their childhood: When yet another programme on this phenomenon started, I naturally wondered why they were flogging this story to death, but all soon became clear – they were going over the same ground again, but this time claiming that “music therapy was practised hundreds of years ago in Islam” and crow-barring in references to “Andalusia” and “the Prophet Mohammed”.

    Conversely, anyone who contributed to preserving society and freedom has to be denigrated; Margaret Thatcher was referred to recently as “the notorious Margaret Thatcher”, and at the weekend, the presenter of an interview/music programme described her guest as an actor who’d “played villains and heroes from Churchill to Sir Matt Busby” !

    Not content with smearing Sir Winston Churchill as a “villain”, she took care to leave out his knighthood – (for merely saving his country) – whilst making sure that Matt Busby – (knighted for superintending eleven young men kicking a ball about) – got his full honorific.”

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  17. Oldspeaker says:

    So you have some fairly far out opinions and a sizeable fringe following, views are revenue but numbers have leveled off. You need to expand but advertising is expensive, how about free publicity from an ex employer?
    “BBC News – Coronavirus: Ofcom formally probes David Icke TV interview”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52228046

    Thanks bbc, I’d never have known about this claptrap otherwise.

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  18. Darcy3 says:

    “‘If BoJo pops his clogs I’ll throw a party’: RMT union fatcat on £100,000 salary says he will CELEBRATE if Boris Johnson dies of coronavirus

    Assistant chief of the RMT said he would ‘throw a party’ if Boris Johnson dies
    He compared the PM to Hitler and said they do not deserve compassion
    People who argued with him about the Facebook posts were told to block him
    The RMT made a statement that Hedley’s comments do not represent the union

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8205057/RMT-chief-assistant-says-hopes-Tory-party-gets-coronavirus.html

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  19. Darcy3 says:

    Steve Hedley, the assistant chief of the Rail, Martime and Transport Workers union hit back at friends who criticised him, telling them: ‘I hope the whole cabinet of Tory b*st*rds get it too.’

    Mr Hedley, who pockets a wage of £100,000 a year, made the comments on Facebook after the PM was taken into intensive care at St Thomas’ hospital in London, as he battles Covid-19.

    President of the RMT, Michelle Rodgers and general secretary Mick Cash, said the post was ‘wholly unacceptable, the Sun reported.

    The row erupted when he responded to one of his Facebook friends and said: ‘I don’t want to offend you but if Bojo pops his clogs I’m throwing a party.’

    As the conversation continued he wrote: ‘Feel free to block me I hope the whole cabinet of Tory b****rds get it too for what they’ve done to the disabled and poor,’

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  20. Yasser Dasmibehbi says:

    Thanks Mustapha for a post worth reading. I thought this thread was going to be come a diet of libertarians whinging about minor restrictions in a rather lenient lockdown that the UK has imposed.
    While I agree about the embarrassing clapping outbreak it hardly warrants much concern.
    The world’s first pandemic for 100 years has broken out for God’s sake. Nobody but nobody, knows much about it. A lockdown seems to be the sensible solution and it may or not be the answer. It is right to be concerned about civil liberties but you have to realize that some mistakes will be made. There is no blueprint for dealing with a pandemic it governments are having to wing it.
    This could just be the first of several. What if a more lethal strain of ebola should spread will we have people saying ” let’s develop herd immunity” “This shouldn’t stop me from going down the pub” or perhaps say ” Ebola is only like the flu”.
    Or “it’s a conspiracy by the CIA/MI6/globalists/ giant lizards/ usual suspects”.
    It’s up to the average bloke/blokess to make the lockdown work, not sow disharmony which is what we correctly say the BBC are doing. Be consistent folks. After it is over lessons will have been learned and that is the time to vent criticisms. This pandemic has caught countries( left and right) by surprise. It is important that we are prepared for the next one. So support your local lockdown and put up with minor inconveniences. Or will it be said that the two most uncooperative groups were the Moslems and the Libertarians?

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    • Synchronised says:

      Very fine assessment Yasser. The whole of the western world has been caught out with this and nobody knows the answer. I’m more than willing to listen to conspiracy theories on things but I think people are barking up the wrong tree on this one.

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  21. davylars says:

    Today’s Typo from the BBC

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  22. lordelpus says:

    When will it end?Not the lockdown but the virtue signalling.After the “Clap for the NHS,”now the “celebs”with their home made cardboard messages of support.I am old enough to remember the mass hysteria of Princess Diana’s death.Never thought I would witness such collective madness again!Wish everyone a safe and happy Easter, and try not throwing hot cross buns or chocolate eggs at the screen while watching the BBC!

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    • Guest Who says:

      Has Mick Obama popped a hashtag on the back of hers yet?

      There are countless people doing wonderful things, but endless efforts like this are having the same effect on me as petitions. Even 38 bee gees seem plaintive now.

      I recall some ra-ra about a wartime service my Dad was part of, and enthusiastically took part as I was and am very proud of him and his generation.

      He was grateful and touched, but pointed out that the alternatives to fighting were not attractive and, in his youthful case, there was the attraction of an extra shilling a week danger pay.

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  23. Fedup2 says:

    Lord
    I think it’s the same thing as the last drive Diana Spencer Windsor took when people threw flowers at the hearse . I remember the astonishment .

    Talking of of astonishment – Nick Adderley has had to ‘backtrack ‘ – who is ‘nick ‘ ? Nick is the chief fool- sorry chief Constable of Northamptonshire – he’s the one threatening to send his plod To check on unnecessary purchases in supermarkets . It seems the Home Sec has said this won’t happen .

    I think that’s a shame – I was looking forward to coming out of the local Tesco’s and having a plod checking whether my shopping conforms to the ‘essentials’ list – there was no need to buy Dijon mustard when English was available . As I live and breath ….

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  24. StewGreen says:

    Sport England are paying to promote a tweet at me
    .. Taxpayer funded aren’t they?

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    • Eddy Booth says:

      Nah, no thanks
      I’ll spend my day outside in the park in
      the sunshine.
      No rickets for me!

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Stew
      I think the 8pm clap on Good Friday should be for barbers and hairdressers.

      They need to be psychologically prepared for the post lock down onslaught of perms and cuts .

      My mullet is developing a character of its own …..

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    • Guest Who says:

      Ninja practice is essential.

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    • G says:

      SG,
      No full face veil then……………..

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Stew, you deserve a medal for having those Tweets slung at your head.

      And everyone else who built some great humour on the foundations should have one too. Had a really good chuckle (actually, full on laugh for a minute) going through five subsequent posts.

      🙂 🙂 🙂

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  25. Deborah says:

    I could believe there is a coordinated attack by both the BBC and the Press. Yesterday around 4.30 pm on the Daily Mail website headlines about when would the lockdown be lifted. Said it was nearly three weeks that we had been unable to go to work etc rather than saying 2 1/2 weeks. By 6pm the BBC were saying exactly the same including that we had been in lockdown for nearly 3 weeks. Over the past ‘nearly 3 weeks’, I have seen the same line of attack by the BBC (usually Laura K in her questions at the briefing) and what I had already read in DM on line a few minutes previously.

    Tonight the DM is leading with a minister daring to drive to his home in Hereford to be with his wife and 3 children. He has then dared to take groceries and medicines to his parents 40 miles away, he says he didn’t go into their house. If his parents are having the same trouble as we are in getting a home delivery (our first one is in a couple of weeks) they will need help with groceries. The DM in full attack, the chap rents a flat in London but screech screech, his home in Hereford is worth £x. The DM has been happy to harangue the Government to bring back CoVId patients from cruise ships, or people staying with their Peruvian family but for a minister to return to his wife is all wrong. Comments could be going better though.

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    • Foscari says:

      Deborah-The Daily Mail is just a populist newspaper.
      It ‘s sole purpose is to sell newspapers. 30 years ago it
      was populist to homophobic. There would be at least two homophobic stories a day.
      The real damage was when they thought it was populist
      to support Andrew Wakefield in him rubbishing the triple
      vaccination. In the 1930’s it was there support for Mosley
      the fascist .
      So to go after this minister is the same. They think they are
      being populist. Coronavirus is just another story so far as
      they are concerned.

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  26. taffman says:

    Two questions: Why is Al Beeb always backing losers?
    Anyone seen maxincony?

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  27. Dazed and Confused says:

    I hung on every word of this, because it’s the truth….Tell me otherwise…

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  28. LastChanceSaloon says:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-52231341
    BBC NEWS Politics
    2020-04-10 00:00


    Brexit: Labour warns against ‘chaotic’ no deal outcome
    The last thing UK business needs in the current economic climate is a “chaotic exit” from EU trading rules, Labour’s new shadow chancellor has warned.
    Anneliese Dodds urged ministers not to put “ideology over national interest”.

    The UK has let [sic] the EU but has given itself until 31 December to negotiate a trade deal, until which time most EU rules will still apply.

    New Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said it was “a mistake” to put that date into legislation. [I bet he did.]

    [The BBC shows a photograph of what appears to be a thin, white, male, person.
    Perhaps it is Lammy, whited up.
    No, the man has a typical, never had a proper job, Wikipedia article. With a first in PPE.
    But, says HardLeftyPedia, has given birth to two children, so clearly identifies as female.]

    [“ideology over national interest”
    Let us remind ourselves which party has been attempting to ensure that the UK disappears in the EU master plan.
    En route to Global earth.
    OK it’s actually all the treason parties, but Labour still have the Lenimist policies,]


    “Now clearly we didn’t win the last general election, we have left the EU,” she told PA.
    [No flies on hard left he/she/it/they/whatever Dodds.]
    But the “key questions” were now about how jobs can be protected “in a very difficult economic climate”, she added.

    [“difficult economic climate”
    Made so by your mass murdering biocidal Chinese Communist mates.
    Never let a good pandemic go to waste, Aunty.
    What was it an AlBeeb idol said?
    “One coronavirus death is a tragedy but one million coronavirus deaths is an opportunity not to be missed.”]

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    • theisland says:

      Socialists, globalists, islamists etc. all working tirelessly (in collaboration when it suits them) against civilisation and ‘normality’.

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  29. Darcy3 says:

    Labour the caring party, or vicious and nasty ?
    And how many of these attacks are from wimmin…go figure bbc we need more wimmin in politics???

    ‘Don’t fall for it’: Fury at Labour councillor who said Boris Johnson’s ICU stay was ‘a publicity stunt for sympathy to change the narrative’

    Prime Minister was admitted into intensive care at a London hospital on Monday
    Julie Heselwood, Labour councillor in Leeds, faced backlash over the comment
    She has since removed her post from social media and issued an apology

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8206855/Labour-councillor-apologises-saying-Boris-Johnson-intensive-care-publicity-stunt.html

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  30. StewGreen says:

    After last night’s BBC4 doco on Covid19 the presenter got all political on Twitter.

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    • Guest Who says:

      Not sure she thought this response through…

      “There were many great take homes, I’ve just higlighted the ones that interest me.”

      Neat summary of bbc editorial integrity.

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    • Darcy3 says:

      Lyme disease spread : globlisation

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  31. Darcy3 says:

    Question time… and who gives a damn about the answers from this bunch ? when are the Muppet show going to appear as guests?

    “Biggest crisis since WW2 & we’re served up a ranting Scottish rapper, Ruby Wax plugging her business, a scientist praising China (WTF?) and two dull politicians spouting platitudes.”

    Tonight’s show included guests Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland secretary, Rachel Reeves, Shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Peter Openshaw, Professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College, comedian and write Ruby Wax and Darren McGarvey, a Scottish rapper also known as Loki.

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    • Foscari says:

      Darcy 3- We had Peter Openshaw who was representing the Chinese communist party. Singing the praises of China . But
      not mentioning the fact that their “look out” the WHO
      were protecting them as they covered up the XI JINPING
      virus, with the attitude of if we have got it , the rest of
      the world is going to get it. The song “come fly with me”
      springs to mind. Any poets or lyricists out there? can you
      make up some topical verses?”.” Lets float down to Peru.
      In llama land ,there’s a one man band and will give the virus to
      you.”

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  32. chancygardner says:

    ‘Christians face Good Friday on lockdown’

    Because we’re all aware yah that there are other religions yah and that these poor people might be offended if we don’t show our awahness of that fact.

    In all my days, I have never known the national broadcaster have to couch Good Friday in such a woke way.

    Makes my blood boil and, moreover, unintentionally infers that non-Christians are free to do what the hell they please.

    Eeww what a slimy, creepy lot they are, the bbbc.

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  33. theisland says:

    Yippee

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  34. Thoughtful says:

    Jihad watch reports a desperate BBC attempt to claim without a shred of evidence that Henry II considered not only converting to Islam, but forcing the entire country to convert as well!

    This at the time the crusades were being fought!

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2020/04/bbc-claims-without-evidence-that-english-king-henry-ii-considered-converting-to-islam

    All of this idiocy is based on a threat Henry issued to the Pope that he would rather convert to Islam than see Thomas a Beckett as arch Bishop of Canterbury.

    It’s a little like saying someone seriously considered blinding themselves when they said they’d rather poke their own eyes out.

    https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/king-henry-ii-muslim-monarch-england-convert-islam/

    Why do they feel the need to constatly promote Islam as the superior religion, other than the fact their university funded by Saudi Arabia and other hard line Islamist countries pay them to do so?

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  35. Guest Who says:

    First ‘evicted doctors’, now BBC H&W has another bone to gnaw on…

    “The cabinet minister Robert Jenrick has defended travelling to his house in Herefordshire – and his parent’s home – following newspaper reports that he flouted lockdown rules!

    The Newark MP said he left London to go to his “family home”, while he visited Shropshire to deliver medicines to his parents.

    As we’re in lockdown, is this hypocritical? What do you think of this?”

    ***
    And pulling every dodgy editorial stunt in the playbook.

    The Graun, likely their source, is already suffering #CCBGB big time.

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  36. Dazed and Confused says:

    Just when you think that this poisonous left wing orginisation couldn’t sink any further they do.

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  37. JamesArthur says:

    Guest…
    R4 Martha talking to PHE..apropro nothing suddenly goes on to guidelines and surprise – who does she mention Robert Jenrick…

    It has been explained ad nauseam that what he did was within guidelines…quite clearly..is it only the BBC that haven’t heard!

    Apparently the Guardian did kick it off but it got no traction so DM took it over…

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    • Deborah says:

      James, the Daily Mail have had Robert Jenrick as their headline story since last night. Hadn’t realised the story came from the Guardian – but like the G, comments on the DM could be going better. That is in spite of, on my ipad, the up ticks were very sticky and trying to add a green tick to positive comments was impossible.

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  38. JamesArthur says:

    Jesus H.. Nick R on R4 now asking somebody else about Robert Jenrick….what is wrong with these people?

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    • Guest Who says:

      At least he intercepted mention this day of anything likely to cause…

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      • StewGreen says:

        Nick Robinson apologised

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        • Guest Who says:

          ‘Words got a bit jumbled’ is new one.

          Especially for a reporter.

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          • Banania says:

            Rather like Winnie the Pooh: “It’s good spelling, but it wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.”

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    • theisland says:

      Sometimes I find it difficult to discern whether they are pushing their agendas (as usual) or whether they are just plain thick. It is probably a combination of the two. Either way, they need defunding /eradicating ASAP.

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      • Van Helsing says:

        Theisland,

        I’m going for thick and ignorant, both in generous measure.

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  39. AsISeeIt says:

    If we thought the mindless media flak aimed at the Tories was bad as they try to preside over half a nation forced to act like they’re in an open leper colony and the other half relishing the smack of firm government and the regular monthly salary transfers, for nothing more than sitting on their backsides, with a bureaucracy and police force with ambitions to be an occupying gestapo (and willing to undertake any job other than thief-taking) – just wait until the government attempt to end the clampdown and get us back to normal.

    ‘Boris, just because you told people they could go back to work because they were broke and have a drink in a pub once in a while, Mrs Old Lady died at the age of 92 of flu – you murderer!’

    How long before we hear someone on the BBC say the magic words Tory recession?

    When the nation does eventually awake from its months of embarrassing madness, I guess there’ll only be the government to blame.

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  40. Thoughtful says:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/search?q=EU+ventilator

    The BBC quick as ever to promote the EU and Labour / Remain criticism of the British government for failing to join the EU scheme to procure ventilators. Some rumours have claimed that this has led to the UK being disadvantaged, and over 50 000 ventilators being lost to the UK.

    These rumours and allegations are wholly false, but you’d never know it if you relied on the BBC for news.

    The reality is, as you might expect, the EU scheme has failed to procure even one ventilator! Where is the report from the BBC about this ridiculous fact?

    “A European Union ventilator procurement programme the British government did not join — prompting much criticism from anti-Brexiteers — is now reported to have delivered no ventilators to date, and fact-checkers have confirmed that claims Britain turned down 50,000 of the machines from the EU are “false”.”

    https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-johnson-ventilators-europe/falseclaim-boris-johnson-refused-offer-of-50000-ventilators-from-the-european-union-idUSKCN21Q350

    So why hasn’t the BBC exposed this fakery and false news, and the total incompetence of the EU? Or maybe that the British government made an unwittingly correct call by not joining the scheme?

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    • lojolondon says:

      I wonder if it would have helped if we had joined the EU scheme? Not mentioned by the Biased BBC is that the British government followed EU laws on procurement for PPE. A French company won the right to supply, then the French Government blocked export. This was only a couple of weeks ago, so we all remember that, why don’t they??

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  41. Doobster78 says:

    NO CASE TO ANSWER !!!!!!

    This story is just plain BBC , MSM, anti government propaganda.

    Not one person in BBC land can see that this is perfectly within the guidance. Clear as day lefty bias.

    ……,………………………………………..

    It is up to Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick to explain why he drove 40 miles to visit his elderly parents, says shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds.

    Mr Jenrick said he was delivering essentials, including medicines, because his parents are self-isolating. He said he “respected social distancing rules”.

    “There are the four reasons for leaving your house. One of them is to deliver essential supplies to vulnerable people,” Mr Thomas-Symonds told BBC Breakfast

    “Clearly if that is what Robert Jenrick has done, then it fits within the four exceptions.

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  42. Doobster78 says:

    Labour point scoring. Didn’t Sir Kier say he wasn’t interested in that the other day.

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  43. theisland says:

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  44. Jeff says:

    Absolutely stunning!
    New Labour leader, Keir Starmer, after waffling endlessly about driving extremists from the party, has given the delightful Naz Shah a job as ” Shadow Cabinet MP for Community Cohesion”…

    Yes, it is that Naz Shah. The woman who thought raped underage white girls “should shut their mouths in the interests of diversity.” Incredible.
    She was also a huge supporter of the delightful Winnie Mandela.

    Well done, Keir, you’ve got off to a blinding start!

    Hang on, there’s another appointment.
    Shadow MP for Numeracy.
    Diane Abbott…

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    • Ian Rushlow says:

      A correction is needed here:
      Diane Abbott has not been appointed Shadow MP for Numeracy.
      According to a reliable source (herself), she has been appointed 7400 times as Shadow MP for Numeracy.

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      • Up2snuff says:

        Sorry, Ian, further correction needed:

        According to a reliable source (herself), she has been appointed 7400 times as Shadow MP for Numbingnesseracy.

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  45. taffman says:

    Jeff
    Diane Abbott, but Jeff wasn’t she the woman that reinvented mathematics ?

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  46. Darcy3 says:

    the only respite from the bbc drivel and negativity at the moment is Minder on ITV4 at 9:30 each morning, interesting to see some of the cars I used to own, to see parking spaces in London and people speaking English

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  47. Sluff says:

    Probably late to the party but here is impartial Emily Maitlis on the impartial BBC playing the Politics of Envy card……again.

    With apologies to any earlier correspondents but no apology for revealing clearly the attitude of the entitled, protected, insulated from the real world bBBC.

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    • G.W.F. says:

      Katie replies to Maity

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    • AsISeeIt says:

      You have to ask yourself how come a balanced neutral broadcaster, as our Emily is supposed to be, decides to use their unique platform to advocate for socialism?

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    • Oaknash says:

      Sluff I was heartened to see that Newsnight piece and know that as a white Caucasian bloke I will not be touched by Coronovirus – it appears all of the victims are only effniks and wimmin – and I salute them all

      Good to know Emily is on our side, the word on the street is that she will be offering her empty bedrooms to the homeless (especially ex servicemen) and will be taking a voluntary pay cut down to the wages of a shelf stacker to show solidarity.

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      • Oaknash says:

        Pinched from a site called INFOSURHOY Seems to be some sort of science blog- says it all, definitely worth a read.

        This Covid-19 sermon on the BBC was biased, patronising & insufferable virtue signalling – we shouldn’t be forced to pay for it
        By Denis Bedoya On April 10, 2020 In Top Stories Leave a comment
        Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis delivered a monologue on inequality in the time of coronavirus and openly criticised a government minister. This is not her job and just shows why the licence fee should be canned.

        This Covid-19 sermon on the BBC was biased, patronising & insufferable virtue signalling – we shouldn’t be forced to pay for it

        Emily Maitlis delivered a monologue to the British people on Wednesday night. The Newsnight presenter kicked off the show by staring straight down the camera and giving a heartfelt speech on the impact of coronavirus. The BBC presenter blasted the notion that Covid-19 was a “great leveller” saying that it was a “myth that needs debunking.” She reminded the viewing public that “those on the front line right now” are “are disproportionately the lowest paid members of our workforce” and pointed out that people in tower blocks will find the lockdown tougher.

        Not content with stating the blindingly obvious fact that lower paid people will find the current situation harder, she also made sure to take a pop at Dominic Raab for describing Boris Johnson, currently in intensive care, as a “fighter.” Dr Maitlis informed her adoring patients that “You do not survive the illness through fortitude and strength of character, whatever the prime minister’s colleagues will tell us.” Thanks for clearing that one up.

        This is the BBC at its patrician, middle class, bien-pensant, virtue-signalling worst. Everything Maitlis said may well be factually accurate, yes life will be harder for poorer people during the lockdown, but life is harder for people with less money anyway; and obviously strength of character has far less of an impact on how well you recover from disease than the strength of your immune system. But the little people don’t need to be lectured to about those facts, least of all by someone whose exorbitant £260,000 ($324,000) salary (£100k more than the prime minister earns) those little people are forced to pay for on pain of prosecution.

        Read more

        Some socialists want Boris to die from Covid-19. I am as left-wing as it gets, but here’s why I fervently hope he survives

        This lecture came from a woman who lives with her investment manager husband in Kensington, not just London’s richest borough, but the country’s. She is chums with the likes of actress Emma Thomson and TV presenter Piers Morgan, enjoys drinking Dirty Martinis at swish West End bars, has “chilli flake” facials administered by her “Persian beautician called Sima,” and has written a book about TV news called ‘Airhead’. Of course she understands the real world.

        It was a small wonder that Maitlis was praised to the hilt from all the expected corners of Twitter. The same corner that suddenly decided that describing Boris Johnson as a “fighter” while he is battling coronavirus was offensive to people who’d died from Covid-19, despite every cancer patient for years being said to be “battling” the disease. Her intervention was said to have been “extraordinary,” “important” and “powerful” amongst other predictable platitudes. However, statements of this kind are unequivocally not the kind BBC presenters should be expounding, least of all in their professional capacity.

        The BBC’s most sacred supposed virtue is its impartiality. They are intended to interrogate the government and opposition with neither fear nor favour, not tell us what they think. The presenter’s own opinions should remain a mystery to the viewers, not rammed down their throats like some kind of late-night secular sermon, however banal and predictable they may be. They certainly shouldn’t be attempting to sow seeds of division in the public at a time of national crisis, nor should a presenter be criticising the government off their own bat.

        People describing coronavirus as a “great leveller,” are not saying that the financial impact of the lockdown is affecting all levels of society equally. Rather they are saying that you can fall victim to the dreaded virus literally whether you are a prince or a pauper. In the same way, to suggest that Dominic Raab, in saying, “if there’s one thing I know about this prime minister, he’s a fighter,” was in any way implying that people who had died of Covid-19 hadn’t fought hard enough is wilfully disingenuous. Raab was trying to reassure the public and express support for his friend and colleague by using a simile so well worn a more accurate criticism would be that it is hackneyed.

        The BBC does not like this government. It didn’t before the pandemic struck and there is little chance their response to it will do anything to change the opinions of the inhabitants of New Broadcasting House. This is because, back in the mists of time before coronavirus totally consumed the news agenda, Boris Johnson had suggested he may decriminalise non-payment of the licence fee. Since then, it has been pretty much open season between the Tory party and the BBC, with cabinet ministers boycotting some programmes just one example. Bizarrely, since one of the criticisms the government has of the BBC is its soft left bias, the corporation has if anything chosen to make this even more apparent, even as the pandemic heads towards its peak.

        A common argument in favour of the BBC is that it prevents us having a Fox News- or MSNBC-style partisan channel that blurs opinion with comment. But monologues like Maitlis’s last night are straight out of the Tucker Carlson and Chris Matthews playbook. The BBC has no right to lecture the nation on inequality while simultaneously levying a poll tax on the public to fund their well-heeled presenters’ absurdly comfortable existence. If they want to give us their opinions, they can give us back our money.

        Like this story? Share it with a friend!

        Some socialists want Boris to die from Covid-19. I am as left-wing as it gets, but here’s why I fervently hope he survives

        I have noticed recently that even some of the lefties are starting to see the BBC for the over entitled, hypocritical, national embarrassment we here all know them to be. We even have a house troll on the Con Woman site who no longer defends them as default. Looks like Aunty may finally have overstepped the mark.

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    • vlad says:

      Talk about politicising Coronavirus!

      The little marxist revolutionary and her leftist colleagues could set an example by sharing their obscene salaries with the needy they care so much about. Perhaps sharing their spacious homes too.

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    • Up2snuff says:

      Woweee, the old Walnut One really needed a quick dose of crushed walnut powder there. “Make up. Call make up. Where are they? Make up needed on studio floor.”

      (See pic in Sluff’s post above)

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    • Dave S says:

      The rich protected and stupid lecturing the rest of us. When this is over and it will be there are going to be changes the like of which we have not seen in Europe since the Reformation. I would not want to be rich and privileged in the coming days.

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  48. G.W.F. says:

    Cops getting over enthusiastic. Seriously, why can’t Priti roll them in?

    illegal-gathering.jpg

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  49. StewGreen says:

    Mike Graham just ripped up the Daily Mail
    You can see it if you wind back the YouTube livestream to 10:20am

       11 likes

    • Banania says:

      I saw her a while ago. Has she grown her hair back yet after whatever treatment she was having?

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  50. StewGreen says:

    R10am Red-io Humberside News third item
    “Boris is out of intensive care … blah blah
    while the Hull North MP Diana Johnson has said she believes it will be a while before he is fully recovered*
    Here’s a clip from The Northern Ireland minister Brando Lewis

    FFS what news value does quoting the OPINION of a local Labour MP have ?

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