Midweek Thread 16 September 2020

The BBC Annual Report is published . Maybe the new Director General will give interviews about the biased anti British BBC And its’ future ? Certainly the BBC website has chirped about the £12.88 a week the taxpayer must pay each week for its’ output. To some £12.88 might not be much per week . But on a ‘full’ State pension of £175.20- that is 7% of a persons’ income demanded by the BBC – which has expressed an aim to appeal to the ‘younger’ person! .

Such a funding model can’t be justified – even without the Woke Mission the BBC has undemocratically given itself – if there is no representation – there should be no taxation – defund the BBC

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437 Responses to Midweek Thread 16 September 2020

  1. andyjsnape says:

    bBC reports

    Notorious B.I.G. crown and Tupac love letters sold at auction

    The crown was worn 3 days before he died, as reported by bBC

    Or maybe should say 3 days before he was shot 4 times, by a drive by shooting!


  2. Dobyns says:

    I noted al-beeb’s breathlessly excited reporting about how before the American football matches on the weekend something called the “Black National Anthem” was played before the National Anthem of the United States of America was played.

    That got me to thinking so I looked up “National Anthem” in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

    I found the following:

    NATIONAL AMTHEM – a solemn patriotic song adopted by a country as an expression of national identity.

    This got me to wondering. One would think that in order to have a “National Anthem”, one would have to be an independent country – as the OED notes.

    Have I missed something?

    Is there some new Black Nation?

    Just to touch on a few aspects of nationhood …

    When did they achieve nationhood? Where is this nation located? What does their flag look like?

    What is their national language?

    What forces do they have to secure and defend their national sovereignty? Do they have a standing military, or are they demilitarised like Costa Rica?

    Are they members of the UN? Which other nations do they have diplomatic relations with?

    What economic system do they practice? Capitalism? Scandinavian-style Socialism? Venezuelan-style Socialism? Communism? Bartering? Subsistence? Who owns the means of production?

    What is the main component of their economy? What do they produce? Are they a manufacturing economy? A service economy? Is the economy a laissez faire economy or a welfare state economy?

    Do they have Free Trade Agreements with other nations or do they trade on WTO terms?

    What is their currency?

    What are their laws regarding property rights?

    Who are their leaders?

    Who is the Head of State? Is the Head of State the same person as the Head of Government? Who is their President or Premier or whatever they call their leader?

    What sort of system of governance do they practice? A dictatorship? A monarchy? A plutocracy? A “democracy”? A republic? Mob rule? Do they have some sort of national legislature?

    So many questions, so few answers …


  3. StewGreen says:

    Don’t mistake bbc-news operations for actual news
    Rather they are a propaganda operation by which the BBC promotes its metroliberal pet causes to shape the world
    That’s why it does #PRasNews

    “Banging on” about some selected issues
    …. whilst hiding selected others is part of that.


    • StewGreen says:

      omertà : Italian noun
      (among the Mafia) a code of silence about criminal activity and a refusal to give evidence to the police.
      “loyal to the oath of omertà”

      Yep fits the way our #BiasedBBC & metrolib media
      Bang on about some selected issues
      …. whilst hiding selected others


  4. Guest Who says:



  5. StewGreen says:

    Fri 25 Sep 2020 Desert Island Discs : BAME author Bernardine Evaristo

    @BBCRadio4 on 7th August Point Of View : BAME author Bernardine Evaristo
    “Trans people are at the forefront of the gender revolution. Gender in the Blender, first broadcast “


  6. digg says:

    Just listened to BBC R4 afternoon broadcast.

    The demographics of news
    The Media Show
    Exploring the diversity of the UK’s newsrooms.

    It consisted of a young ethnic girl shouting about the lack of diversity on TV news reporting. The usual old white men garbage trotted out…

    I get the feeling that she doesn’t actually watch or listen to much BBC news…

    Then again if this leads to far less rubbish coming from Huw, Jon, Charlie, Dan, Chris Mason, Norman, Jeremy, Gary etc. maybe its a result!


    • StewGreen says:

      “Oh there was only 1 back women on a sample of Newspaper front pages.

      #1 3% of UK population is black
      so only 1.5% are black females
      and that skews towards youth.
      So 2 in 100 would be an over representation

      #2 Editors self censor themselves from showing black criminals faces.

      #3 Look at Magazine covers
      Nadiya, Nadiya, Nadiya, Nadiya etc.


  7. StewGreen says:

    ITV local news
    #1 Covid testing : Hull Labour MP saying ‘Torirs smell & we their pants’
    #2 Adoption promotion
    #3 Manchester Arena inquiry mention of local deaths Polish born family from York
    Then a Leeds child with a East European name
    .. then 2 traditional British names.


  8. Guest Who says:

    BBC News

    A whistleblower has expressed concerns about the high number of hysterectomies performed on Spanish-speaking women at a migrant detention centre in the US.

    Oh, lay?


  9. Concrete sea says:

    Interesting but not unexpected that the Beeb has relegated illegal migrants crossing The Channel to local news….’A total of 12 boats carrying 165 migrants attempting to cross the English Channel in one day have been intercepted by Border Force officials’.
    This was on Monday apparently. I’m guessing because they were not ‘record’ numbers there is nothing to report and it does not fit with the Beebs agenda.

    What many people do not realise is that these illegals are not just using the rubber dingy route but are still entering the UK via ports, mainly located on the South coast. Lorries are the favourite at the moment.
    A local port near me and in the South(and it’s not Dover) has discovered/located at least 20 illegals so far in September. That’s just one port. That’s those that have been discovered as the objective of most of these people is not to be found.
    All young men under the age of 25, the youngest aged 13. All the minors go off to Social Services, thus putting them under increasing pressure.
    Where are they from ? Afghanistan 3500 miles away and Sudan, over 4000 miles. Looking at a map that’s probably 8 or so countries to travel through to reach our welcoming shores.
    What on earth is going on ? We seem totally impotent to deal with this, empathy or not. I really am expecting our little island to start sinking soon.


    • Kaiser says:

      but they are all highly intelligent engineers and doctors prepared to risk their lives and £5000 to get here

      Their maths aint too good though they just paid £60k for a £1k rubber dingy and small outboard


    • taffman says:

      Concrete sea
      “Attempting” or succeeding?
      “Intercepting” or aiding and abetting ?
      “illegal migrants” or terrorists, murders, criminals and rapists?
      All Newspeak

      We have a totally useless Home Secretary and a government that does not care. I sense trouble ahead.


  10. StewGreen says:

    BBC local news : Covid tests, first a Lsbour-like doctor in a red dress, then the same Labour MP as ITV

    later Covid death report.
    In hospitals and care homes in our region the last death was on August 27th until one in a Hull hospital yesterday.


    Now they just did a quick PRasNews about a BAME Covid music competition.


  11. BRISSLES says:

    If you get offended by the F word then bypass the following. Its in true Jim Davidson style, so be warned. He’s nailed it again, as usual.


  12. StewGreen says:

    3 British guys become “Covid prisoners” in Italy
    They are well over being infectious
    but stupid rule means they can’t leave


  13. StewGreen says:

    You know Labour think they OWN the black and Muslim voters.
    PinkNews writer @ItsJoshMilton thinks he can tell gay people he owns them and they ARE not allowed to vote for Trump

    He’s been ratioed of course

    (BTW Obama doesn’t support gay marriage,
    Trump always has )


  14. Halifax says:

    Just watched DES on ITV catch up. What a refreshing change from the BBC woke quota nonsense, no women detectives no BME main characters accurate sets language and clothing. So well done (so far) ITV and BBC take note you can make TV without woke content…..


  15. StewGreen says:

    Now on channel5 the ITN prog about Nelson
    “This prog contains racial terminology from the time”


    • Fedup2 says:

      Gave a whole new meaning to go boil yer head ‘…..


    • popeye says:

      I lasted 5 minutes of that programme. Being, like many on here, ex-mob I thought I’d watch a “new” programme about Nelson. Started well until a BAME came on saying that it wasn’t known whether Nelson had actually written “the letter” but it seemed his views on slavery…. It was obvious that it was going to be a hatchet job so TV off and back to my computer and you lot


      • StewGreen says:

        The Taylor letter came up for a few seconds at 10:08pm

        A historian is live tweeting about the prog
        looong thread
        she complains about it concentrating on the same 3 battles all the previous docos did instead of bringing new insights.


        • StewGreen says:

          On no they are making the last 4 minutes of the prog about the letter
          on the grounds someone quoted it after he died in a newspaper article which opposed the bill to end slavery.
          Unfortunately that gave the opportunity for them to end the prog by saying he was a flawed person.

          From what the Twitter expert said
          his bigger flaw was that he did bad stuff in Naples, called “The Butcher of Naples”


          • StewGreen says:

            Kate Jamieson who regards herself as the top expert on Nelson concludes
            It was just the same as every Nelson documentary ever, but with added focus on the Taylor Wilberforce letter.
            And the only reason it has received notoriety, arguably, is because Taylor used it in support of his own views after Nelson’s death as a “celebrity endorsement” of sorts.
            Had Nelson survived Trafalgar and remained as a serving naval officer he would have been fighting slavery.


      • Halifax says:

        I only watched the first episode ill probably not bother watching the rest now. I had such high hopes that it would be accurate and “none message” but if anything it just goes to show how deep rooted Cultural Marxism is within the entertainment industry an industry thats struggling more than most through this “crisis”. All we need now is a black James Bond and that will be cinema industry finished in this country ……


    • StewGreen says:

      Oh it keeps flipping from talking head to talking head
      ..one of which is Shappi*

      … oh in the last part they say she wrote a book about Lady Hamilton.

      They’ve also got 3 proper lady historians.


      • davylars says:

        Same as that Britains biggest dig bbc2 with prof Alice
        About The excavation Of that huge cemetery in London where they are going to put the HS2 station
        Watched it last night as they were trying to find famous people from the time.
        Mentions of colonialism, and some escaped black slave. I could see where it was going, so gave it a miss tonight.

        Anybody confirm this?


  16. Foscari says:

    Surely as the media outlet for the Marxist anarchist BLM organization the
    BBC is entitled to get rid of the presenter and the captain of the teams of a “Question of Sport” and bring in
    a new team that the BLM will support?


  17. Despairada says:


    Regarding the £12.88 per week stated in you intro, don’t you (or they) mean per month? At the new rate of £157.50 that’s actually £13.13 per month.

    The Licence fee is still MOST of a weeks basic pension, mind. How would the highly paid ones like to give up a weeks pay for a load of brainwashing?


    • Fedup2 says:

      Desp – confession – I did the maths based on the Gov Uk website on average weekly pension versus cost of the licence .

      In my world the proportion of pensioner income is huge . To me personally it’s peanuts – the amount of stamp duty on a trade on a good day . But not the point .

      I put the figures up to heighten the debate – particularly the ‘flat rate aspect which I consider obscene . I hope some one else does the sums and comes up with another number

      I’m glad some one read the preamble because I often think I needed have bothered as many go off on their own thing – as is there right ………


      • Despairada says:

        I like it when there’s a preamble.

        Another context for this is that the TV Licence is like having to pay an extra months installment of Council tax.


        • Fedup2 says:

          Desp – sometimes i really dont want to repeat stuff and have some difficulty as i dont do BBC product any more and no longer need or have a licence .

          Ive been cuttting and pasting articles from behind paywalls at this time because of thr new DG , thr last night of the proms and other stuff helping our campaign to destroy the BBC .


        • Scroblene says:

          You’re spot on there, Despers!

          And about 20% of that month’s poll tax is going to pay for pensions and benefits for employees in local authorities, so I suppose, that a similar amount is being put by for beeboids to live a life of luxury when they get kicked out!

          No wonder they’re scared chitless about having to go subscription only! They’ll have to pay for their own old age…

          And, the TV tax is paid for from earned income after personal income tax – another travesty because we all pay for the whole shebang anyway, despite the extra money demanded by goons from crapita.

          An old chum once told me that he could regularly buqqer up any direct debit to anyone, by adding just one penny to the sum demanded. That meant all sorts of letters and un-returned phone calls etc., (pre email days), but as he’d offered to pay more, by that penny, they got several knickers in a twist at the same time, and eventually vanished up their own metaphors!

          Might just look at that little scenario again…


    • Emmanuel Goldstein says:

      I’m on the old pension for second class pensioners.
      Although I’m on the full pension after 50 years contributions the tv licence is well over my weekly pension amount.


  18. Fedup2 says:

    Whilst the BBC competes to outwoke itself the london evening standard reports the 6th killing in 6 days in london . Now as you might know – i keep an eye on the crime stats and am pretty shocked by this one – the average is one every 3 days – so london is well on its way to outdoing the full year last year .

    Does this matter ? Well thats for you . Im sure a number victims are ‘baddies ‘ but some will not be – leaving families broken .
    Meanwhile its kneeling and tee shirts and proportions of coloureds in this and that job as well as the absurd’ hatee crime ‘ ….

    Fortunately most of the killers are as thick as diane abbot so get themselves caught without too much plod effort ….


  19. vlad says:

    Letter from America. (But not the BBC’s)


  20. Darcy3 says:

    Just saw an advert for one of our efnic “comedian’s” new programme

    its called Judge Romesh and he says words to the effect ” if you do not get the idea maybe TV is not for you”

    typical of the snide type of efnic comedy : you are thick

    whereas I would have replied that if you do not understand English sufficiently to realise the word “judge” can be both a noun and a verb, therefore rendering the title of your programme ambiguous …maybe English TV is not for you

    maybe you are thick

    I noticed another nasty snidey one Richard Ayoade who seems to spend most of his time denigrating others:

    The comedian then steadfastly refused to plug the book, dodged the presenter’s questions, and instead asked some of his own. When a flustered Guru-Murthy wrapped things up, Ayoade murmured: “Don’t thank me, I’ve done nothing for you.”

    One viewer said: “Eh this is the first #travelman where the humour’s slipped too close to being rude to locals for me.”

    Similarly, another added: “Used to really like #travelman but Richard and guest always come across as so rude to whoever is showing them around. It was never like this in the earlier episodes.”

    One irritated audience member argued: “We live in #Croatia & found the #Dubrovnik episode of #travelman to be utterly disrespectful. Croatia is a beautiful, welcoming country steeped in history & deserves so much better exposure than this trite s**t. Awful episode with two *celebrities* who did themselves no favours.”


  21. theisland says:

    Overnight and today counter terrorism operation at Dover docks and Channel Tunnel
    here and here

    Meanwhile French warships continue to escort the invaders
    here and here.


    • StewGreen says:

      \\ Scotland Yard confirmed that a request was made yesterday by Counter Terrorism Policing nationally for ‘enhanced security checks to be carried out at UK ports’, in relation to ‘ongoing operational activity //


    • taffman says:

      “Meanwhile French warships continue to escort the invaders”
      ……and a the Royal Navy and Royal Marines do nothing ?
      The useless Tory Government just stand and watch !


    • Scroblene says:

      Oh yes, The!

      Here in Kent, we are regularly told that the police are stretched to the limit because of ‘operation slack’.

      Crime figures don’t get anywhere near the radar when lorries to Spain are concerned, the M20 and M2 are becoming the EU car parks, and us poor sods who actually live here have to pay for it all!


  22. BRISSLES says:

    I think we’ve reached saturation point now with the amount of black models being used in every product placement and online energy and utility websites.

    I open my BT email and I’m being grinned at by a young mixed raced lady. I’ve just booked my annual Gas boiler service and British Gas have a young black dad and his son on its home page. No- one would know that we are a white country of 56 million.


  23. Halifax says:

    I see that Alex Scott will replace Sue Barker on QOS. We should be happy its another nail in the BBC coffin, diversity for diversity sake.
    And no doubt the questions will be more diversified……

    “Name the Namibian paralympian women that also entered the 2012 pralympics 400 meters hurdles as a man who’s LGBTQ brother, and eco activist campaigner was shot dead by police at point blank rage in a church in St Louis…..Ill also give you a bonus if you can identify the calibre of gun used by the St Louis PD and the number of shots fired”……


    • Scroblene says:

      Excellent, Halifax – have a Full English on us!


    • BRISSLES says:

      Well, like most of the population I had never heard of her until she appeared on Strictly, and she certainly didn’t have a personality that stood out, so we’ll see how long she lasts as host of a long standing quiz programme. Most of the BAME slebs seem to belong to now defunct and dated pop groups, appeared on reality tv, or have had their moment in the sports world.


      • Scroblene says:

        Worse still, Brissles, the same passed-over slebs even get medals for something or other as well.

        Why should anyone get a gong for ‘services to entertainment’? If they’re funny, they get paid, if they can sing, they can sell records and appear at Butlins, but just to be a gurning face on a minor sleb-vegan-lugbtuki–baking-dancing-how’s yer-father-5.00pm slot, isn’t really entertainment, is it!

        They’ll be reading ‘the news’ to (c)rap next, just to excite the kids…


  24. popeye says:

    Good Lord! A long article on the BBC website about the US Election, mainly about postal voting, and not a single mention about possible voter fraud, Trump’s main fear


  25. Scroblene says:

    R5nearly-alive had an article on around 4.30am.

    It was about boat people with strong religious beliefs, arriving at a strange country and starting to take over the religions, lands of that particular place. They arrived unannounced, and didn’t really want to integrate there.

    All this happened exactly 400 years ago, so they didn’t get benefits etc.

    ‘To be a Grimpil’ are the words to the song they must have sung…


  26. digg says:

    We learn from the BBC that:

    1. Researchers have found that Vikings were probably not fair-haired white men but possibly dark-haired and possibly from Far South or East, I’ll leave you to work out why they are pushing that story.

    2. Nelson was pretty much a self-aggrandising mentally unstable lunatic with loose morals with a dubious record on slavery, I’ll leave you to work out why they are pushing that story.

    3. Lots of people are unable to get Covid tests and the BBC are very concerned despite the fact that it is extremely likely that everyone who wants a few off weeks off work develops a sniffle, even if imaginary and requests a test to back it up. I’ll leave you to work out why they are pushing that story.

    As for point 3, I have a large extended family, I also work with a load of clients with whom I in regular touch, have many friendly neighbours in our street, my wife works in large supermarket and yet since the start of the Pandemic I have yet to be aware of a single one who has been, or even knows someone, or knows someone who knows someone who has been affected. I find this odd considering the horror stories we are being told. I would be interested to hear of other people’s experience on here re this point.


    • Peter Grimes says:

      “ 1. Researchers have found that Vikings were probably not fair-haired white men but possibly dark-haired and possibly from Far South or East, I’ll leave you to work out why they are pushing that story.”

      Perhaps this is why, an extract from today’s Speccie –

      ‘We have an obvious problem,’ admitted the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven recently. He was referring not to the Covid pandemic, but to a summer of crime that has left even jaded Swedes reeling in disbelief. There are regular bombings, hand grenade attacks and shootings. Young men are killing each other at a horrific rate — ten times that of Germany. The feeling is growing that the government has completely lost control. Yet, while Löfven has finally acknowledged the existence of the problem, he still seems in denial about its true nature.

      “It is all too much for Mats Löfving, the deputy national police chief, who earlier this month decided to speak plainly about the nature of the criminals he and his colleagues are fighting. There are at least 40 family-based criminal networks — or clans — in Sweden, he confirmed: immigrants who came to the country ‘solely for the purpose of organising and systematising crime’. According to Löfving, they make their money through drug-trafficking and extortion and ‘have a great capacity for violence’.“

      Doesn’t Al Beeb always hold up socialist Sweden as the earthly Utopia?


  27. taffman says:

    “Biden says US trade deal hinges on UK ‘respect’ for Good Friday Agreement”
    What Biden says and goes depends on the outcome of the US elections.


  28. The WestWyvern says:


    Re your 3rd point. Me personally, no one. However a great many of us in the office where I work were ill last December with many of the CVD19 symptoms, all prior to the start of the plannedemic. One of our number was a very frequent flyer to Milan in the period.

    More recently parents were informed a single student at my daughters school tested positive last week, literally one day into the new school year.


    • taffman says:

      Covid 19 is with us and it’s here to stay. We are going to have to live with it as with Sweden.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Re evidence of Covid .
      My priest showed signs of fever in April and I suggested he swerve the Mass and get checked . That night he was in the intensive care ward – there on a respirator for a week . He is still weak 5 months after surviving .

      Whilst visiting a Cemetary I met a chap – who is coloured – who told me his story . From health to deaths door overnight . In March before it was fully recognised . He is about 45 and I guess – generally healthy – anyway – 4 weeks on a ventilator . Weeks in hospital – then 12 weeks isolation at home – visited and checked every day . He said it has changed him and is not healthy any more .

      My conclusion is – best avoided.
      But I’m a bit different when it comes to avoiding the hazard –
      I think ventilation is as important as distancing –
      So confinement with a lot of people is best avoided .

      By the way – I think I may have had a mild version already – which is odd for me because when I get something like flu it knocks me out for a couple of weeks minimum

      Saying all that – I think we have to just wash hands and maintain precautions – and get on with stuff . However being an involuntary observer of human behaviour I see less distancing now – which may well explain the rise detected infections – but not the reduction – thankfully – in deaths .

      Next week I’m returning to blighty for a few weeks and dreading the airport – plane – public tube transport and the 2 weeks house arrest again . But that’s my bed to lie in…


      • Deborah says:

        I have friends who had friends who have died, Mr D has a couple of friends who were very poorly (one in hospital for 6 weeks] and I have two friends whose daughters were so poorly that even after 20 weeks or so they still find stair climbing and childcare difficult. But all were at the start of the pandemic, nothing recently.

        I am going out carefully, hopefully behind the curve.


  29. Guest Who says:

    Nancy for DG!


  30. Guest Who says:

    Get ready for a Today special.

    Note: features four nipples.


  31. Guest Who says:

    The £ Blonde Bomb Dud gets her faithful excited.

    One guy is spoiling it for her, and them..


  32. Guest Who says:

    American BS trawling for bottom feeders to edit.

    Nice image for the quaintly framed ‘Noise of Color’.


  33. Guest Who says:


  34. Fedup2 says:

    Stomach in chest out shoulders back –

    More seriously – more London death watch – this time it’s 18 year old jaden Christie – stabbed you death – lost count now – is it 7 in 7 days or 6 in seven days – anyway – he was black and killed by a black – allegedly – presumably someone who doesn’t spend a lot of time watching the news – bro ‘ innit …


  35. Guest Who says:

    Frankie Boyle so needs to get Nish back, and this charmer…

    He of course was a bbc go to guy too.


    • Guest Who says:

      Mehdi knows who is righteous.

      He knows who knows best.

      The BBC of course fully initiated him, and him the bbc.


  36. Fedup2 says:

    Ok – I admit it – I’m not of the young variety – so this headline on the BBC website needs decoding –


    “PlayStation 5 matches the price of the Xbox Series X“

    ….is that good ? – down with the kids daddyo

    Should I buy one ?
    What are they ?
    What do they do ?

    By the way – re the resident troll – I found out why we have not been graced by a cut and paste recently – he’s doing races – today favourite in the 1315 at pontyfract…..


  37. taffman says:

    Question: why is Al Beeb very reluctant to report on the ongoing invasion coming across from France?


  38. AsISeeIt says:

    Late to the game but welcome nonetheless the Daily Telegraph is at last reporting what our Nige was telling us weeks ago – Jamie Johnson is the brave journo who dares to paddle in waters other mainstreamers fear to tread: ‘Escorted across the Channel by French navy. I saw the patrol boat approach the migrant dinghy, then shepherd it into British waters’

    This provocation is delivered together with a large front page picture of happy looking fighting age new recruits to the ranks of our off-the-books economy. Keep trying to ignore it, Boris.

    If that doesn’t have the shires spluttering marmalade and damning the Frogs this morning then a glance toward the bottom of the Telegraph’s cover surely will bring on the breakfast coronary: ‘Barbados to remove Queen as head of state’.

    The Mail has lost its way mid-Channel. Editorial leadership of Geordie Greig gives us the misguided ‘Get Britain tested’ campaign. An anti-Boris quote on Wuhan Flu: ‘Boris: We’ve failed’ And a Guardian-style female celeb tale of angst: ‘Loose Women star Andrea: Stress left me suicidal’ – sort yourself out luv & move on. We’ll move on…

    The Labour paper the Mirror goes all in on this latest testing obsession: ‘Tories aren’t testing’ – one continues to be confused by the political slant given to the Oriental Lurgies – if it’s all the same to you lot at the Mirror, if I want a medical procedure (by the way, in this case I don’t), I’ll have it done by a medic – not interested if it’s by a Tory, or a Socialist, thank you very much.

    The Guardian, dismayed by Brexit, depressed by Tory election wins and frankly aghast at the sheer misogyny and racism of it all, simply pulls the duvet cover over its head and refuses to move – and advises its readers (or should I say followers?) to think likewise: ‘Thousands of teachers forced to stay at home amid lack of testing’ – there’s a pun there somewhere involving teachers and dodgy testing but the Guardian’s lethargy is rubbing off on me and I couldn’t be bothered.

    The ‘i’ joins in with the oppositional threat which the teacher unions are calling “lockdown by default” with the explicit headline ultimatum: ‘Schools will close without virus tests’ – as I’ve said before, I have little sympathy for Boris on this one. He needs to be brave enough to U-turn on lockdown. If he fears public opinion it’s his own fault for frightening the bejesus out of us in the first instance.

    By the way, it wasn’t a proper test but the ‘i’ reminds us England lost the cricket to the Aussies: ‘England caught cold’ – oh the irony.

    I’m warming to the ‘i’, their minor headlines can be intriguing: ‘Guinness world records picture special. Including the world’s shortest bus driver’ – I think it was Joyce Grenfell who did the comic monologes with the character who drove a taxi with the big ears. Now that is one for the teenagers. Anyway, a picture paints a thousand words and our minds are set to rest – in the ‘i’ story it’s not a short bus, the driver was indeed a midget.

    Apropos of that last joke the Express carries a report headlined: ‘It’s no woke! We censor ourselves say comedy giants’

    The Times notices: ‘Push to defund BBC’ – there’s a campaign the Mail ought to be pushing.

    In the same broadsheet we get wind of: ‘War crimes in Syria’ – seems Turkish-backed forces fighting Assad are torturing and raping the Kurds. Let’s see our liberal press reach for their cherished International Law.

    The Metro brings news of: ‘Terror swoop sparks M-way chaos. Thousands held up in 10 hour delays’ – what, traffic delays, despite Brexit?

    Two contenders for the “and finally” both from the Daily Star.

    Who wouldn’t acknowledge the Force in the headline: ‘Luke, I am your window cleaner. Darth Vader gets a proper job’

    And then from the decidedly dark side: ‘Dennis Nilsen: My psychic dog knew I was a wrong ‘un’


  39. Guest Who says:

    What’s the money like?


    • StewGreen says:

      The Sun’s headline was about the black woman soccer star
      “Ex-England ace Alex Scott poised ‘to replace Sue Barker on Question of Sport’

      The new headline removed the word poised, as if it has been confirmed.

      IMHO it’s good to not get stale by doing some rotation and giving people like her a chance.
      but the way it’s been handled looks bad and tokenism.

      Like why wouldn’t you announce a roster of hosts and have a friendly handover ?


  40. Guest Who says:

    These cretins seem proud of such performances.

    American Booty looks set to pop a blood vessel.


    • Guest Who says:

      Interesting the BBC’s man on the hill decided to bang on about domestic Dem attack points rather than matters of relevance and interest beyond the CNN bubble, to folk who pay these weasels’ salaries.


      • theisland says:


        Anyone tempted to believe Biden & Pelosi have any understanding of NI peace agreement might like to look at fellow-traveller John Kerry’s 2016 iron prophecy on a different peace process. Remarkably, made years after being proved wrong by Egypt & Jordan peace treaties with Israel.

        The reality of course is these people do not value the [Good Friday] agreement; they are trying to use it as a weapon to threaten violence against the UK. Their aim remains to either reverse Brexit, break up the UK or severely damage our economy, in that order.

        If you’re expecting the Democrats to take control of the White House and House of Representatives after the coming election and come riding to your rescue like the 7th Cavalry, don’t hold your breath.


  41. Guest Who says:

    Nicky gunning for that Pulitzer.


    • BRISSLES says:

      What IS it with these slug eyebrows that are everywhere ???


      • Pat..original says:

        @ BRISSLES – They match the uniform, obligatory long straight hair that all young girls now have. The drone future – think the same, speak the same and look the same. Nobody conformed when I was younger, I remember in class you could look around and see every sort of hair style under the sun now it is all about conformity. It was teeth a while go but now ‘slugs’.


      • Fedup2 says:

        Bris my slugs keep sliding off – what should I do ?


  42. Guest Who says:

    Luckily the bbc has committed to all staff speaking gibberish by the end of the year.

    We’re saved!


  43. Lucy Pevensey says:

    Is this punishment for us complaining about the Proms?
    It’s war between the people & the BBC. They are determined they are more powerful & will have their way.


  44. AsISeeIt says:

    On the basis that hereabouts is where we vent…
    Mr AsISeeIt has a penchant for collecting old postcards of historic interest (not the sort you’re probably imagining).

    Making a single purchase at a popular e-commerce site from a seller in the States for a modest $40 this collector waited patiently for the arrival of a small postcard-sized stiffened envelope.

    Imagine my surprise at receiving an email demand courtesy of Border Force demanding customs charges of something a tad north of £9.

    Such efficiency. How nice it is to know Border Force, for all their faults, are here to happily enforce the regulations in such minor detail, bearing in mind we’re still – albeit transitionally – under EU rules, complient with all our little anti-free trade taxes and tariffs.


  45. StewGreen says:

    10 am Radio4 : *Diversity in the media* AGAIN

    It’s a third bite of the Cherry withinn18 hours
    as the black woman promoting her report did the Media Show at 4:30pm and 9pm yesterday.
    A report by Women in Journalism shows that there is still a shocking lack of diversity
    – revealed that no UK newspaper had a front page story by a Black reporter in the week studied,
    – and out of 174 front page bylines, just two were written by BAME women.
    – Out of a total of 723 radio reporter appearances, just 4 were by Black women
    (1.5% of population is a black woman so you’d expect about 10 if proportionate )
    – and when non-white expert guests were asked to appear on radio and TV news, it was often to support coverage related to race.
    ( yeh and when footballers were on they were asked about football)
    We discuss how this lack of diversity impacts the news that is covered and also what this means for women’s careers as journalists.


    • Fedup2 says:

      And I was looking forward to

      Be kind to your lady parts
      Why arnt there more wimmin doing stuff
      What’s a wimmin anyway
      How to keep your man
      Why are all men b—sta-ds?
      Breast feeding whilst playing footy
      Why are wimmin screwed up ?
      Is god a wimmin ?
      Opening doors for wimmin ..

      I’ve never heard Wimmins hour…..


  46. Dobyns says:

    The Twitterverse silencing voices that do not fit their narrative on the Chinese Plandemic



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