379 Responses to Weekend Thread 12th February 2021

  1. Guest Who says:

    Mark Thommo has left quite the trail.

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    • StewGreen says:

      @GW beat you by 7 posts
      My post was on the previous page at 5:14pm

      No one replied yet.

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    • tomo says:

      I wonder if they’ve got any photos of Walter Duranty on walls in the offices? – is his Pulitzer given pride of place in the reception area or the boardroom?

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  2. Doobster78 says:

    I caught the BBC news at 5pm.

    DISGUSTING negative angled report on the world leading British vaccine roll out .

    A great success for the UK in these turgid times but the BBC woman reporter was at pains to play it down.

    I couldn’t believe what I was seeing . DISGUSTING.

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    • JohnC says:

      As a severe critic of the competence of the whole saga of the Oxford vaccine, I was suprised to see the BBC criticise it. Sarah Gilbert is their poster-girl in the fight against pale-and-stale.
      But when I read the article, it is 100% intended to damage the government.
      I agree, absolutely disgusting. Opportunistic political sniping of the most unethical type. 100% typical BBC.

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  3. The WestWyvern says:

    Doobs, the female reader spat out the headline at 7pm. Boris Johnson says 15mi!lion have been offered the jab….

    The spite and vitriol was so apparent even the quiet and unassuming present Mrs Wyvern exclaimed ‘I’ll bet they get to find the one person in 15millio’ to roll out at 5pm tomorrow for Laura Kunnsbergs gotcha moment during the government update….

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  4. taffman says:

    “Trump impeachment trial: Biden warns democracy is fragile”
    But we also have …………
    “Johnson: US democracy strong after Trump impeachment ‘kerfuffle’ ”
    Who is correct , Biden or Johnson?

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    • JohnC says:

      The stand-out point of all of this is how the Democrats have been searching for a justification to impeach since day one. They have tried twice and failed twice. Alarm bells should be ringing.
      Such actions are as far away from ‘democracy’ as I can imagine. Trump was elected fair and square. But I have not seen one report in the MSM reflecting what I just wrote.
      We have reached the point where our democracy is failing because the people who give us our information are not impartial. Just as capitalism (good) has tranformed into corporatism (very bad), politics has just done the same thing.
      I can see no peaceful way out of it.

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    • Rich says:

      The Online Slang Dictionary gives a definition of “johnson”,

      American

      noun; a penis.

      Yes. Quite.

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  5. Fedup2 says:

    Democracy is fragile if you concentrate on fixing the vote and the MSM is part of the conspiracy – then your vote is worth nothing ….

    I’m surprised the only violent response in America was a Luke warm demo in the senate ..they didn’t even torch it ….

    I remember writing here that I thought the referendum vote would be fixed – but our system is basic enough to be more difficult to fix – apart from by fraudulent postal voting and multiple identity voting – which might feature bigly next time ….

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  6. StewGreen says:

    Tonight’s TV
    BBC2 9pm 2 hours of Romesh Ranganathan

    BBC4 8pm there’s the Roman History prog with Simon Montefiore

    The daily torrent of BLM programming disappeared a few weeks ago just as it suddenly appeared.

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  7. Doobster78 says:

    Spot on 👍

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  8. Up2snuff says:

    Prospects for Starting the Week in the UK?

    The BBC and Labour under Starmer with Drakeford and Sturgeon joining in calling for harsher measures and restrictions “in the battle against the new variants of Covid” rather than the relaxation of rules over-eagerly anticipated in the Sunday newspapers.

    I expect the BBC to trail an endless array of ‘scientists’ all wanting their moment in the limelight to opine mostly for keeping Lockdown 3 (or 4) in place with a few voices to provide partial imbalance. As someone wrote on The Conservative Woman web-site it is really another Remain v. Leave contest.
    https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/the-lockdown-debate-brexiteers-v-remainers-all-over-again/

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    • taffman says:

      But but I thought the new vaccine was a “Game changer”?
      Bo Jo and his so called SAGE group are throttling the economy .

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      • JohnC says:

        The Oxford vaccine is simply a tool which can reduce the r-rate to the point where it is manageable like the flu. The other vaccines are much better but this is so cheap, everyone in the world can have it.
        We have been sold the ‘silver bullet’ for a variety of reasons. All of them political.

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        • taffman says:

          JohnC
          Not on Al Beeb, but I understand the ‘Channel Invaders’ are in the front of the queue for the vaccine whatever the age?
          Expect more to come, what with free food, free 4* hotel accommodation and free NHS ?
          If true could it be another case ‘Follow the money’ ?

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  9. Fedup2 says:

    The misery of the BBC must be complete – the initial 15 million vaccinations for the elderly achieved – together with the failure to impeach the true American President .

    So time for a New Thread

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    • Steve Jones says:

      Fedup2,
      The BBC has consoled itself by knocking the good news about 15M vaccinated off the top spot with the even better news that the ‘royal’ runaways are expecting another child. Rejoice, rejoice.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        Steve
        Let’s hope the next baby will be an American citizen – just like its’ mother. I guess it will tick box coloured too. Could care less .
        The prospect of over 65s getting vaccinated must be horrifying the teachers facing the prospect of working for a living in less than a month . I guess they’ll find a reason for not teaching the little darlings – again ….

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      • Dobyns says:

        Another grandchild for Major Hewitt!!

        HUZZAH!!

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  10. Patriot says:

    Lockdown’s the pits. Due to strong winds, rain and freezing temperatures (Despite Global Warming!) I’ve spent most of the day at home. As a result I’ve witnessed Andrew Marr’s usual pitiful attempt at trying to hold himself back, like some salivating dog looking at a Christmas Turkey, almost giving himself another stroke through his over eagerness to get his gotcha lines out. They fail every week. The DJT question to Raab at the end was a classic example. His neutral, unbiased face on receiving the answer we all, including jug ears, knew he was going to get was priceless 🙈. And the rest of the rubbish I watched on the BBC was also as cringeworthy. The problem is, even when you look to another channel for some respite, there is none. We should go to a pay per view system that would allow us to bankrupt the lot unless they start producing programs with hosts that we actually like, or even respect! This site is the only thing that keeps me sane. Keep up the good work👏🏻

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  11. Fedup2 says:

    Patriot – I use freeview – there is good stuff buried at strange times of day to set the timer too – talking pictures has gems – the footy coverage on quest is ok – they actually have pundits who have been football managers …

    .. elsewhere Netflix has some good stuff – as does Prime – that’s enough to exclude most BBC woke dumbed down formulaic crap . As for radio – gave almost completely and use £9.99 a month music streaming …
    Charity shop DVDs add support – except for being closed of course …

    Good luck patriot .

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    • Patriot says:

      Appreciate the advice Fed. I spend most of my time watching UK Gold. Only fools and horses, Porridge, Last of the summer wine and Minder keep me sane most of the day. We were very blessed at one time.

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      • JohnC says:

        Did you see what the new leadership of the BBC thought would be a good script to cash in on the reputation of the previous ‘Porridge’ ?.
        Terrible beyond description. They are doing the same to every successful series because they have no new talent to replace the old. They are an excellent example of where ‘positive descrimination’ in recruitement and political interference in scripts leads.

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      • Fedup2 says:

        The excellent ‘enemy at the door ‘ is hidden away on Talking Pictures and ‘Riley ace of spies ‘is on at 4am somewhere – great stuff …

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        • StewGreen says:

          @Patriot I was going to suggest the othe classis channel CCXTV
          but the BBC commercial arm UKTV just bought it and closed it down
          “CCXTV has ceased broadcasting
          and channel 73 is now become Drama+1” (rebroadcast 1 hour later)

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  12. taffman says:

    \\Census 2021: England and Wales gender question ‘a good first step’//
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-55721123
    How can such a very small minority hold so much power over the government, education and the media ?

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    • Patriot says:

      Taff, try living in North Wales under the guise of MP Liz Saville-Roberts. The English, English hater is the worst of them all. She’s more hateful towards the British than even the BBC. Minority rules these days, or so they think! @StewGreen, we should buy the rights and start our own tv channel, but I suspect our popular brand of TV shows that people would actually watch would be closed down by the unbiase, neutral OFCOM.

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  13. Guest Who says:

    If there was any question left why the Indy is where it is now…

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    • StewGreen says:

      FFS we have all watched it
      so know the Indy is completely spinning it.
      The guy was firm polite and the interview had ended by the time he unclipped she was thanking him.

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      • Guest Who says:

        Good job they are uniquely funded by an oligarch and a potentate.

        Media buyers might be chary of a medium struggling to top 50 reactions.

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    • tomo says:

      The Indy is missing a tanker load of pale paint and some tusks….

      Near every scribbler there is an utter prat.

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