Midweek Thread 17th February 2021

The BBC has decided that the mental health of young people is in jeopardy – if they are exposed to the sort of stuff the Far Left Biased BBC puts out is it any surprise ? The constant negativity about the collective plight of our country can’t be any help in reducing the stress of staying indoors . Further – where is the humour ? Where is the fun ? Repeated (green) stories of the End of The World targeted at the Young just won’t help.

any way – for believers -today is the beginning of Lent and Hope .

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444 Responses to Midweek Thread 17th February 2021

  1. Guest Who says:

    Quota. Unquota.

       20 likes

    • JimS says:

      Did we ever think that Ratner Marketing would become the norm?

         9 likes

    • Nodding Dog says:

      Mrs ND was watching Film4 a few nights ago I was reading a book and listening to some podcasts I did watch as the adverts come on and manged to see three inter racial couples in one of the breaks!

      I’m watching in anticipation of seeing a whole ad break just with mixed race couples…the way things are going I fear that day is not far away.

      A quick mention for Hoseasons who have gone beyond the call of duty and have two different such couples in just one ad.

         17 likes

  2. theisland says:

    Let us hope this comes to pass.
    But not ‘vaccine passports’ (two completely different things).

       40 likes

  3. taffman says:

    What you wont see on Al Beeb……………….
    Nigel explains the Border Farce and why we have not fully left the EU.
    Tory voters need to ‘have a word’ with their so called Conservative MPs before its too late.

       26 likes

  4. Nibor says:

    If the government is going to fine people £10 000 if they dont declare what countries they`ve been in before they arrive back here , why dont they fine bogus asylum seekers who dont declare what countries they set out from and transit before they break into our country ?

    And if luvvies have a little trouble doing gigs in the EU , why dont they ask the Sudanese , Nigerians , Albanians , Chinese , Brazilians etc who are living openly , permanently and freely in these EU countries how they manage ?

       43 likes

    • taffman says:

      Nibor
      Its a farce and the reason I will be voting for UKIP or The Reform Party in the May elections.
      IMHO the Lockdown is being used as a cover to stuff the country full of Illegals.
      Bo Jo promised to return them all but how many have gone back ?
      Great Britain is being wrecked .

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  5. Guest Who says:

    BBC market rate talent digs hole, jumps in.

       26 likes

  6. Doobster78 says:

    BBC reporting that Trumps casino hotel in las Vegas has been demolished. Showed footage.

    It closed in 2014 after he had opened it at a cost of over $100 million they tell us.

    Casinos are always being demolished and new ones built in Vegas, so why the BBC so keen to highlight this one ?????

    They just cannot let it go can they!!!! Any anti Trump angle will do.

    Scum !!!!

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  7. Fedup2 says:

    Beltane – the gullibility of the former president of Ireland – who some how got involved in this family tiff – is quite entertaining – I suppose the smell of money was there somewhere .

    This nonsense doesn’t seem to be getting ‘traction ‘ however much the BBC is pushing it . People are more concerned about the vaccination letter arriving …

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  8. digg says:

    Looks like a gay card trumps a race card….

    Seyi Omooba: Actress sacked over anti-gay post loses legal fight

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-56089759

       22 likes

  9. taffman says:

    “Boris Johnson says devolution not an overall disaster”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-56097854
    Not according to all the taffmen I talk to .
    Bo Jo is out of touch.

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  10. Fedup2 says:

    Twitter watch

    Not sure if bbc Wales is covering it – but Lawrence fox has put up an ‘encounter ‘ between two welsh plod visiting a politicians home to tell him political leafleting before an election is illegal.

    If is on YouTube – and points toward the madness being caused by covid .

    As an aside – if you watch it – the plod sergeant calling the shot is desperate to hit the politician – keeps wiping his hand across his head in a prep to strike ….I reckon …

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  11. StewGreen says:

    Local ITVnews opening item : “gay & trans ex-military apology scheme”

    https://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2021-02-17/lgbt-veteran-says-reclaiming-medals-is-only-first-step-in-address-appalling-injustices

       6 likes

  12. Doobster78 says:

    Well well well. BBC 6pm news item on working from home during lockdown.

    Who do they find in Hull ?

    A BLACK single mother .

    RELENTLESS

    Update – now a item on electric off road rallying. There will be equal numbers of male and female drivers !!!!

    Lewis Hamilton owns a team ..blah blah blah, climate change , all the BBC buzzwords…

    Just nauseating !!!!!!

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    • Lefty Wright says:

      Doobster78
      Well I did post earlier that BBC output should come with a government health warning.
      Watching the beast has made you feel sick. Well I told you s —-
      No. you get the message.

         11 likes

  13. Guest Who says:

    David Lammy, Mark Carney, Femi…. all BBC expert sources of credibility. Part of a long, proud lineage…

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/02/16/comey-admitted-he-had-nothing-to-sufficiently-corroborate-steele-dossier-but-signed-a-spy-warrant-anyway/?

       12 likes

  14. theisland says:

    The traitor Sedwill.

    Our Foreign Office is a major donor to the Atlantic Council who have produced a paper calling for UK sovereignty to be usurped by participation in the EU Defence architecture and EU rule-taking – here.

    Perhaps Johnny Mercer (above) should be concentrating on this.

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  15. StewGreen says:

    So the Hull rape case got big reports every day for 2 weeks
    Now Former Lord Ahmed of Rotherham on trial has started
    we just get a perfunctory reading of the charges, in a bored way m

    https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/lord-ahmed-rotherham-trial-live-19840188
    Live updates as Lord Ahmed stands trial accused of raping boy
    Former Labour peer Nazir Ahmed 63 is charged with
    – two counts of attempting to rape a girl under 16
    – indecent assault of a boy under 14
    – raping a boy under 16
    all relating to allegations dated from the 1970s.
    Mr Little also claimed that there was evidence of allegations of acts Mr Ahmed committed before he turned 14
    (the law at the time presumed children under 14 were incapable of sexual intercourse, so Ahmed is not charged with them).
    Mr Ahmed’s case was that the allegations were a “malicious fiction”.

    His two older brothers also accused, but not fit to plead
    Mohammed Farouq, 70, and Mohammed Tariq, 65,

    BBC report
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-56100845

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    • StewGreen says:

      OK so “rubbed boy” seems Pakistani
      “Prosecutors say abuse stopped when boy went to Pakistan”

      For the other boy/girl
      ” unlike his brothers Lord Ahmed offending extended to penetration of the boy on at least three occasions.” (at least one when Ahmed was over 14)

      Lord Ahmed is accused of attempting to rape the girl twice in the early 1970s

      The girl reported after 50 years
      May 2016 contacted South Yorkshire Police.
      she feared other people her age may also have been victims at the time

      When police questioned Lord Ahmed he offered no comment
      The male stepped forward 2 days later
      Ahmed’s brothers then visited the male

      The police did not come back to Lord Ahmed for 4 months
      then he denied

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      • StewGreen says:

        The fact that one victim and maybe all 3 are Pakistani
        Ahmed’s defence is that they are made up stories
        but it would be a lot easier to push that against white victims and claim they are racist 2far right” etc.

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  16. Sluff says:

    On BBC London, we hear that cab drivers at Heathrow are kicking off because facilities for them are poor in their dedicated waiting area. Apparently this is racist.
    The prime example chosen by the BBC is the ‘lack of prayer facilities’.
    No prizes for guessing for which religion.
    And no prizes for guessing the BBC’s agenda.

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  17. Guest Who says:

    The time difference means we see here what the US is up to before even their peers do.

    This was a set up from hour 1.

    The Hill is also BBC NNNa BS RT catnip.

    If they piggy back this as a claim…. 😂

       13 likes

  18. StewGreen says:

    BBC local news : opening item.”Pregnancy during lockdown”.

       5 likes

  19. StewGreen says:

    BBC local news : opening item.”Pregnancy during lockdown”.

       1 likes

    • Lefty Wright says:


      Well this guy is interesting, which is more than could be said for the MSM. I may even watch more of his videos.

         8 likes

      • Up2snuff says:

        LW, although that man speaks correctly of pressure or campaign groups, he is talking foolishly about being anti-government and anti-governance.

        “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Judges ch.21 verse 25.

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      • StewGreen says:

        Vid shows someone who is a Libertarian Anarchist
        ie believes that society should have relationships between individuals rather that relying on outsides governance.
        ie don’t break into my house cos I might shoot you.
        If there was zero government then there’d be no borders.

        The thing is when there are 50 bad guys outside your house and you area 90 yo woman , you do need the police.
        His argument for smaller government is sound.

        However “anarchist” in America normally has a different meaning often akin to communist

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  20. Up2snuff says:

    WHAT DO THESE CHARTS SHOW this appears below the Covid stats https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51768274

    Cases are people who have tested positive for coronavirus. Public health bodies may occasionally revise their case numbers. Case rate by age only available for England. *The “average area” means the middle ranking council or local government district when ranked by cases per 100,000 people.
    The case rate chart shows how many people have tested positive each day for every 100,000 people in that area. The dark blue line shows the average daily rate over the past seven days. This average helps to show whether cases are rising or falling. The case rate by age chart shows how many people have tested positive in each age group per 100,000 people. Steeper rises in older age groups are of more concern because older people are more likely to be badly affected by the virus and are more likely to need hospital care. The case rate by age shows a rate. This means the values for the two age groups cannot be added together to get the overall case rate in each area.
    Source: UK public health bodies – updated weekdays.
    Vaccines are data for first doses by nation only.
    Source: gov.uk dashboard – updated weekdays.
    Deaths are where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. The chart shows the number of deaths recorded each week per 100,000 people in that area. Covid deaths are in red, other deaths are in grey. The average is the monthly average of deaths in the last five years between 2014-2019. This average will continue to be used in 2021. Recording of deaths over Christmas and New Year was affected by the bank holidays – trends should be treated with caution.
    Source: ONS, NRS and NISRA – data updated weekly.

    Is the sentence I have highlighted in bold and italic correct? I would have said that is the median figure, not the average. Anything by the BBC should be treated with caution.

    Probably.

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    • StewGreen says:

      Dunno what to make of the noisy page

      The sentence is the MEDIAN AVERAGE
      It is the correct way of doing it
      they wrote “average” that’s OK
      It was over 450 and maybe 00 before that
      so all areas are well down

      There some complicating factors
      like before cases were counted in the hospital, not where you lived
      So areas with no hospitals got low counts.

      Do London areas have low counts cos many people have left and are living at there secondhome/parents house ? etc.

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  21. StewGreen says:

    Local Covid report
    I met a teacher 10 days ago
    She said of the 340 kids at the school
    190 are there these days
    .. I suppose a lot of jobs around here are keyworker jobs
    I asked if anyone had had it at the school
    “one male teacher had it over Christmas, but got over it and was back over it and was back teaching.

    Then today the guy in front of me in the shop queue was telling the girl that he’d just got over Covid
    By coincidence her family is the only one in the village I know that had it, tho she says one of the other staff had it a long time ago.
    The guy today said it just came out of the air to him , cos none of the six people he’d been with in the previous week had had it.
    And strangely neither his wife or son caught it off him.
    “worst flu ever” he said.

    Someone somewhere must have a detailed map of cases and knows some patterns. It just cannot be everywhere
    Recently we noticed that regional stats were being skewed by big outbreaks in prisons.

       23 likes

    • Lefty Wright says:

      Stew
      SAY NO MORE!!
      BAN THE MASK.

         11 likes

    • Up2snuff says:

      Stew, amazing coincidence, see my post above yours. That BBC web-page can be viewed daily and shows the change. I monitor some different areas regularly. You can put in your post-code and check your area as well as others.

      I am concerned that the stats evidence has been changed several times. For example we used to have the stats for the whole of rural Kent (ie. non metropolitan Kent) available in one total. But then the goalposts were changed. I think they may have changed again with some updating being done every day during the week but the deaths are still a weekly figure.

      Personal anecdote Dept.: Heard on the grapevine that Canterbury Sorting Office had a postie who died recently. I know of another person in Essex who died from Covid. Was said to be ‘big’ (ie weighty) but fit. That last was middle of last year. I know of two others who died but probably caught Covid in hospital; one in 90s the other in 80s with other health problems. Wife of one of those caught Covid from hubby but recovered, as had hubby until he went back for another health problem.

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    • Sluff says:

      Stew
      ‘Someone somewhere must have a detailed map of cases and knows some patterns’

      But I suspect some of these may be distinctly politically embarrassing and therefore publicity of patterns will be highly selective in order not to offend.

      Leicester for instance
      https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/cases?areaType=ltla&areaName=Leicester
      .

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  22. StewGreen says:

    10 year jail sentence is just the same as what you get for daring to make a TV avert with only a white family in .

    Just now
    – Nick Knowles advert ..black father, mixed race kids
    – next Organ donor advert seemingly aimed at ethnic Indians

    ======

    What’s Coronation Street ?
    a land of melodrama & hamming it up.

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    • JohnC says:

      I saw an advert last night about a mixed race family getting out of a car.
      A very black man and two very black children with one very white woman and very white daughter. Both clearly from broken marriages.
      And I seriously wonder how many couples there are who had those kids in same -race families then married each other. I strongly suspect somewhere around zero.
      Too many whites is racist – but too many minorities and racially-motivated fantasies like this are completely acceptable. The world is insane.

         19 likes

      • Nodding Dog says:

        John that’s the latest fashion in adverts! First we had black man with white women then there started to be more white men with black women the trend now is as you mentioned black man and kids with white woman and white kids.Trying to work out what comes next I think it’ll be LGBTQZXY mixed race couples in fact there may already be a some I’m not quite sure if the two women in that Ambrosia custard advert are a couple or not it it certainly looks like a romantic picnic they are having.

        Another trick to look out for is like the one used in one of those over 50 life insurance adverts.White couple late fifties early sixties at the seaside with a brown grandson.I do wonder sometimes what they are advertising…a product or an ideology?

        Just about to press send and that actual advert just came on spooky! It is Legal and General.

           18 likes

  23. StewGreen says:

    Channel5 recreating wartime
    They’ve put a stick up up a carrot handed it to the kids and told them it’s an ice lolly
    “this really happened” James Bolan’s voice says

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  24. Up2snuff says:

    Much was made by the BBC of Anne Longfield’s last day at work as Commissioner for Children for England and the criticism that she was to make of HMG. I thought a little independent journalism was justified. How much is the lady paid and how many staff does she have?

    I did not find it easy to get an idea of her salary. A straight search did not reveal it. At a guess it is circa £100,000. Or more.

    On the staff front, her office comprises or did comprise 29 people! Don’t know how many are part time, how many are full time. Let’s assume all are full-time. Average pay in the UK is now c£26,000. There goes three-quarters of a million. Median pay (am less up-to-date on that) is or was c£33,000. In which case there goes a million on pay alone, almost, before Anne is paid. Then there is the building rent and other expenses.

    And that is just for England. I do not know if rUK has followed suit and that Scotland, Wales & NI have their own Commissioners with proprtionally smaller set-ups.

    Value for money?

    There are plenty of people who will criticise the Government for free, whichever political Party is in power.

    Oh! Hello, BBC, I didn’t see you standing there microphone in hand. 🙂

       24 likes

    • JimS says:

      The average salary for the commission is £52,632.

      They don’t do very well on the diversity front as only 75% of the commission is female (must do better girls!)

         20 likes

      • Up2snuff says:

        Thanks, Jim. Does that include the Boss, er .. ex-Boss? There’s a £1.5m annual budget on pay. Nice work if you can get it.

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  25. StewGreen says:

    Tonight’s TV
    BBC2 90m “Trump turns his attention to the Middle East, where he takes America to the brink of war with Iran,
    shocks the world by pulling troops out of Syria,
    and announces breakthrough agreements between Israel and Arab states”

    Of course he didn’t start a war with Iran
    They had an opportunity to kill the #1 get terrorist so they did

    Channel4 Sandi Toksvig with Jessica Hynes in Kent, in a windmill etc.

    Late Night on BBC1 : Celebrities have dinner with their ex

    90 mins of 8 weird people I’ve never heard of
    oh their a Judo star off the Purple Bricks advert
    A drag couple, a lesbian couple etc.

    EBdlwZ7W4AAj9Z0?format=jpg&name=small

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  26. taffman says:

    \\Diversity in politics: Wales councillor ‘screamed at because of age’//
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56087836
    Free speech – Cancel Culture and votes for sixteen yearolds in Taffland, what’s going on?
    IMHO and only IMHO, Marxist lecturers are at work in our universities disseminating their doctrine to their gullible students. These indoctrinated students then leave ‘Yoonee’ and in turn, teach their little charges in the schools where they have become teachers. This is where all our snowflakes, extinction rebellion and BLM cherubs come from that are running round pulling our historic statues down and cancelling anyone that holds a different opinion. They dis. our heritage and rundown the nation that feeds them.

    It will get worse before it gets better, because the Welsh Assembly are moving to get the voting age down to sixteen. Is this in hope that the little cherubs will vote for the lefty politicians sitting there?
    All this brainwashing suites, and is supported by Al Beeb.

    The only hope is that the parents of these little cherubs ‘wise up’ and send them out to get a real job and make some money and learn about real life.
    Where, who and why, are so many kids going to ‘Yoonee’?
    As to votes for kids at sixteen? I would not trust my sixteen year old to clean his bedroom let alone have a vote.

    Al Beeb reports ……….\\Groups representing students and universities have expressed caution at plans for a “free speech champion” to regulate England’s campuses.// – what are they afraid of ? – The truth.
    Over to you Al Beeb and maxincony ……………..

       34 likes

    • Up2snuff says:

      taffman, the WA should learn from Harold Wilson. He reduced the voting age from 21 to 18 years of age, perhaps hoping the teens would be supremely grateful to him and his Party. Instead they voted for Ted Heath at the first opportunity.

      Mind you, that didn’t work so well either.

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  27. Tabs says:

    Just on BBC News was a piece on Omegle chat software which pairs up people for a chat.

    The BBC reporter says, “we saw 2 pubescent boys masterbating”. I bet you did you sick %$£#s.

       18 likes

    • Guest Who says:

      The pain is clear.

         3 likes

      • Tabs says:

        The BBC have a news article about this now:
        Omegle: Children expose themselves on video chat site
        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56085499

        There is also the option to find matches based on interests, for example “football” or “movies”.

        When we inputted one generic keyword relating to adult material, we were paired even more frequently with people engaging in explicit activity.

        So the BBC didn’t try searching for “football”. Nah, straight for the adult material search and then shocked to see adult material.

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  28. taffman says:

    “Lord Frost: Brexit negotiator joins cabinet to deal with EU”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-56101215
    Time to get tough with them ‘Frosty’!
    We could all help if we started buying British instead of the stuff coming across the Channel.

    Isn’t it funny – all the bureaucracy and paperwork involved importing exporting goods but come across in a dinghy and you get waved through. What on earth is going on ?

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  29. StewGreen says:

    Certainly not #PRasNews
    ..in the new isDependent tweet

       6 likes

    • StewGreen says:

      The is a queue to praise Saint Gates

         8 likes

      • Old Goat says:

        Tilting at windmills. “Fighting” an imaginary enemy. Collective madness. We are in an insane Epoch. I’m glad it doesn’t affect me, other than making me laugh, and cry, in turns.

           27 likes

  30. Eddy Booth says:

    Strong decline in coronavirus across England since January, React study shows
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56098313

    BBC quick to extrapolate the ‘evidence’

    ‘” social distancing and restrictions are having an impact.”
    “it is falling less steeply in the North West, North East and Yorkshire and the Humber.
    This could be linked to tougher lockdown rules being introduced earlier in London and south-east England ”

    Researchers indulging in speculation:

    “But the researchers say they could not find any evidence of Covid vaccines having an impact on infection numbers, although signs may be visible by the time the final report is released in a matter of weeks, when a larger proportion of people will have been given protection.”

    Finally, the BBC admits
    The report is yet to be peer-reviewed or published.”

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  31. LastChanceSaloon says:

    No BBC content.
    A note on the Bill Gates best seller.
    On Amazon UK the advance press reviews began, impartially, with “The Guardian”.
    They have quick readers amongst Amazon book purchasers because five star UK “customer” reviews were published an hour after the book went on sale!
    Currently there are 25 “Global” [Jeff and Co like “global”] customer reviews. Split 50/50 ish.
    “How to avoid Bill Gates nonsense” has sunk to sixth in Amazon best sellers only two days after release.
    I will not be surprised if the volume sinks like the Clinton and Obama masterpieces.

       19 likes

    • LastChanceSaloon says:

      2021-02-18 17:05
      Bill Gates now 8th on Amazon UK bestsellers.
      29 global views, time for the library Bill, with the revolver containing one cartridge.
      Sorry Bill.
      I just noticed you are #1, #2, #3 in Global Warming and ecology.
      In good company, 100% loony.

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  32. JohnC says:

    The BBC have done their usual heart-rending re-imagination of the news about the Taliban killing women.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-asia-55850238
    Normally I keep well clear of these videos because they try as hard as possible to use emotion to sway your judgement. This is no exception – with it’s mourneful music in the background.
    What I was looking for was to see if they gave the reasons behind the attempts on this womans life. Because it is not Taliban specific, it is Islam specific. They suffer from this oppression to some degree in every Muslim country.
    But no. Nothing. The agenda of the whole piece is ‘bad men doing terrible things to innocent, strong, caring women’. The won’t go near the real culprit. Islam and stone-age mentalities.

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  33. StewGreen says:

    Twitter thread

       37 likes

  34. StewGreen says:

    Very quiet.
    Has the site been down ?

       6 likes

  35. StewGreen says:

    1:45pm Radio4 “In this fourth episode, the story of Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed.
    How his parents, like that of so many pupils at Acton High, moved to the UK for a better life, but tt was a life Mohammed would reject”

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  36. AsISeeIt says:

    What’s a Labour leader to do? The formerly forensic Sir Keir’s leadership is on the downward slide. All he can think to do is to make some platitudinous murmurings that make the frontpage of the mildly Tory Telegraph: ‘Starmer calls for end to “unequal economy”‘ – this lame effort being symptomatic of his problem – the Tory government has all but ended the entire bloody economy and his prior interjections and further lockdown suggestions would kill it for good.

    Could Starmer realistically claim the NHS needs protection from the nasty Tories? In fact elderly patients, chucked out of hospitals and relegated to die in ill-equiped carehomes, needed protection from the Tories love and protection of the NHS.

    Sufferers of just about any malady except Wuhan Flu have the same problem. The Tory’s devotion to the institution and payroll of the NHS is so great there’s hardly a thought for the patients.

    Don’t fret about it Sir Keir, there are now so many institutional and cultural leftists in our elites that there’s really no need for a mass socialist political party.

    The culture war against Britishness is coming along nicely and is set to win without you.

    Museum “out of date”‘ (Times) ‘The British Museum needs a complete rebulid, including giving the Elgin Marbles back to Athens and giving Africa greater prominence, Sir Anthony Gormley said

    Look at your own career Sir Keir, you were a young socialist activist and yet you get yourself appointed Director of Public Prosecutions.

    The Guardian is doing its best but there’s some really heavy lifting required: ‘Tory policy meant virus hit UK hard, says Starmer

    I’m equally dubious of the imagined causal link suggested in this Guardian headline: ‘Dirty air may have big impact on fertility

    I guess soon we’ll see how the young chaps fair with the fairer sex cruising about in their battery cars. At least the claim – oh no, I’ve run out of juice luv, there’s not a chargeing point for miles, we’ll have to spend the night parked here – will now be rather more plausible.

    The Guardian and of course its broadcast wing – the BBC – is the playground and battleground for the left to hash out the rules of their victim group top trumps: ‘BBC row. Mass protest over “hostile” interview of Muslim leader‘ – for non-licence-payers and those not members of the ummah, this is the flashpoint where the first woman gets appointed to some islamic thing and the female BBC interviewer reading from her wammin script presses the question how many female imams are there? – just a little too hard for comfort. In the words of the Kaiser Chiefs, I predict a riot… or at least a Twitter storm.

    Suck it up, muslims. The BBC reflexively promotes female vicars, priests and rabbis. Better brace yourselves, the Beeb will soon be pushing gay and trans imams on you. We’ll see how that goes?

    Another one from the Guardian and credit where credit is due, one does have to applaud the Guardianistas for highlighting inflation on their front page: ‘Food and furniture push up inflation‘ – oddly enough the globally orientated Financial Times could not be bothered over UK price rises as it lionises the new man in Italy: ‘Italy’s reformation. Draghi outlines path for regaining economic health‘ – paraphrasing David Cameron’s roasting of Tony Blair – one remembers when Emmanuel Macron was the euro elite’s future.

    I’m getting interested in and watching out for this thing termed shrinkflation – it’s where, for example, your Mars Bar remains at the same price but gets smaller.

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  37. Old Goat says:

    I hope everyone has watched UK Column, and does so thrice weekly – here is yesterday’s – it is excellent, as usual…

       10 likes

  38. Up2snuff says:

    TOADY Watch #1 – the thought landing in a TOADY Editor’s brain in 3, 2, 1 ….

    Crashed. Oh dear. Another failure. Failure to connect the dots. Not the failure to land on Mars. One does wonder what the TOADY Editors (and there are lots of them) do for their money. Topics were calls for the new coal mine in Cumbria to be cancelled by HMG because of Climate Change, the difficulties of landing a robot spaceship on Mars together with the possibility of humans living there and the need for jobs in the north of England and a way of paying off the debts created due to the Pandemic.

    Well, let’s create lots of jobs and Climate Change emissions going up into space (isn’t that UP and therefore in the north of England?) instead of having a nasty Global Warming coking coal mine, essential for steel production, in the north of England. Before 8 a.m., Labour’s Anneliese Dodds was saying a lot without meaning anything but the summary boils down to “HMG should keep on giving out free money now that they have discovered Labour’s Magic Money Tree.”

    Neither the Editors, the Producer or the Presenters could connect the dots ……. oh dear.

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    • Fedup2 says:

      Up2
      Not the BBC – as it is on my Lent give up list – but do you notice that both main party leaders have adopted similar tactics with regard to their front benches ? Basically appointing imbeciles which make them look good ?

      Nut nuts husband was forced to breach this real with the appointed minister for money – but the rest ? Any threat to their position ?

      Anna lies Dodd ( spell check ) is about as vacuous as they get and I won’t bother with the likes of Angie “scum “- just a thought ….

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      • theisland says:

        “appointing imbeciles which make them look good”

        A prime example being the newly ‘elected’ Starmer appointing ‘mastermind’ Lammy as Shadow Justice Sec. and Lord Chancellor.

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  39. JohnC says:

    I see that that since ‘the fact remains this pandemic disproportionately affects people from ethnic minority communities.’ (Adil Ray, citizen Khan creator) which is a very careful way of avoiding saying it has anything to with the virus at all, the MSM concensus seems to be that the it has nothing to do with beliefs or ignorance, it is all due to ‘anti-vaxxer’ videos.
    I propose that anyone who actually believes that the vaccine puts a tracker in your body so the government can monitor you wherever you go be sent to a country full of like-minded people where they will not appear to be centuries behind the rest of the world. Along with a couple of goats to get them started on their new farm.

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  40. davylars says:

    BBC news on the case today…..
    .

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-56085733
    .
    Quote….
    “So when critics pointed to a loss of nearly half of Texas’s wind-energy capacity as a result of frozen turbines, they failed to point out double that amount was being lost from gas and other non-renewable supplies such as coal and nuclear.“

    They also do a fact check on misleading claims on social media and find the picture of helicopter came from Sweden.

    Funny thing is, how many times do posters on this forum discover that the BBC use pictures taken from somewhere else, or another incident

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    • JohnC says:

      For some reason, the BBC seem to think it is entirely acceptable to put pictures in an article which are absolutely not about that story. For example, a classroom with 3 girls in the foreground and at least one is black for any story about education.
      They will say they are just for atmosphere – but every single one has been specifically chosen to subliminally push their woke agenda. It’s politcally motivated brainwashing and entirely unethical.

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  41. Sluff says:

    ‘Islamo-Leftism is gangrening society as a whole and that universitiy is not impermeable…..a minority of lecturers are using their titles and aura to see everything through the prism of their desire to divide…….there is a need to comb through research, notably in the domain of post-colonial studies, to distinguish what harks from academic research and what harms from activism and opinion’

    I paraphrase from an article in the Telegraph this morning by Henry Samuel which quoted the French higher education minister. She is launching a study with the implication is that leftist lecturers in France turn a blind eye to Islamism and refuse to criticise radical Islam because of perceived persecution of French Muslims.

    Apparently ‘Islamo-gauchism’ was a term coined about 20 years ago. Defined by its author as a ‘militant alliance’ between Leftists and ‘Islamists of various persuasions’

    Perish the though that such a study and plain speaking could happen over here. We just open the doors and let everyone in, then accuse the existing population of racism.

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  42. Rich says:

    The media are following this Facebook versus Australia one closely with the bBbc offering the usual, especially the “typical” Aussies asked for their opinion.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-56107028

    The expected bBbc journalistic standards remain, for example,

    “Google has threatened to remove its search engine from Australia if the proposed law is passed.
    But Google has now said it has agreed to pay Mr Murdochs News Corp for content from news sites across its media empire.” ( I had to add the full stop)

    So it’s just your Facebook friends then bBbc, attempting to intimidate and to influence an elected national government. We’ve seen this before haven’t we?

    It looks like the Australians are going to do the right thing here and pass the proposed legislation.
    What I want to know is how many people actually get their news from Facebook? Don’t the vast majority of people of all generations get their news from dedicated news sites?
    How has it become anything more than a place to share pictures of new couples, cars and cups of coffee and to check what ex-girlfriends look like now? It’s really just a platform for people to subtly boast, to say “look where I am and what I’ve got now”. Surely Instagram does this better?

    I have three teenage daughters, all still at school. None of them use Facebook or have Facebook accounts, nor do any of their friends.

    Much like the bBbc I think that it’s starting to become rather irrelevant, but as it is with the ideological and morally identical bBbc, the arrogance and vanity of Facebook, exposed to all once more through this, just doesn’t allow it to realise it yet.

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    • Guest Who says:

      In the thick of a job here, but Facebook and Texas wind turbines is a story I aim to get involved in when I can.

      A site I work with had a post pulled by FB for passing on ‘misinformation’. This was linking a site in the US covering this story.

      At first glance they seem to be basing this on an image used to accompany that is not Texas but Norway, with a helicopter deicing blades.

      Given BBC uses US Getty Images of just about anything to illustrate stories here, the selective precedent being set seems… ‘impressive’.

      As is using Bill Gates as the God of Green in complement.

      Billionaire tech guys deciding what is to be seen, or not, selectively, is a real concern.

      I agree inaccuracy needs calling out, but Mark Zuckerberg tasking minions to censor on a variable basis is on par with BBC Fact Checking unit asking for examples of stuff but only running what suits and ignoring what does not.

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  43. StewGreen says:

    10am Mike Graham just had Farage on : topics : Lockdown, dingygrants, The Doctored Impeachment etc.
    current livefeed you can rewind and skip back/forward by tapping J/L

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  44. StewGreen says:

    New York Times addressed the 2 new British TV news stations
    and sneered at @TalkRadio as well

    Executives at News UK TV, privately play down comparisons to Fox.
    Unlike GB News, which is an old-fashioned broadcasting channel, Mr. Murdoch is planning a less costly streaming service, akin to Netflix or Now TV, to take advantage of that growing market.

    The service, which is to begin a low-key rollout in April, will promote Mr. Murdoch’s stable of British media properties, from The Sun, a mass-market tabloid, and The Times, an upmarket broadsheet, to Talk Radio, which offers Rush Limbaugh-style commentary. All skew to the right.

    I see Kevin Rudd the one time Labour PM of Oz is triggered

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    • StewGreen says:

      What the article says about the BBC
      “It is at least plausible to argue that the BBC is seen as being institutionally left of center,” said Simon Jenkins, a columnist for The Guardian.
      “To that extent, it is plausible to say there is room for something that is right of center.”

      The BBC’s reputation did suffer during Brexit, with critics saying it gave too much time to those who opposed leaving the European Union.
      But it has rebounded during the pandemic, its round-the-clock coverage *helping to unite the country* (ha ha).

      Politically, too, right-wing news may have missed its moment. After Mr. Johnson won a landslide victory, his Conservative allies *began* a campaign to strip the BBC of its public funding.
      But the health crisis has taken much of the air out of those efforts. (BS)

      “These ventures were always planned for a time when the BBC’s grip on the news agenda would have been loosened, if not diminished,” said Claire Enders, a London-based media analyst. “Things have changed radically.” (BS)

      Once the pandemic recedes, some media experts predict that the culture-war battles that divided Britons during Brexit will resurface.
      If immigration and populism are less resonant, new tempests will erupt over issues like “woke” culture, a term that Mr. Neil brandished in his defense of GB News

      “We’re seeing the politics of resentment, which are often driven by older white men who are right wing,”
      said Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, director of the Reuters Institute

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      • StewGreen says:

        Then the NYT has this trick where it further spins by curating the comments .. screenshot

        #1 To even suggest that Murdoch/Fox News would be a “right of center“ BBC is beyond preposterous. The venom Murdoch has spewed into into the political discussion in the US should be a warning sign

        #2 Very few know about this, but the BBC is sworn to uphold the Union/United Kingdom, which means London, and England.
        Not only that, but it is as if the Tory government write all the news stories, bashing opposition parties, and selectively ignoring their huge faults, like the shambles of Brexit, and the deadly Covid response.
        ..
        #3 The BBC Is not left or right it is centrist and unbiased. It’s popularity won’t wain…….
        .
        #4 Mr. Murdoch’s media empire has done substantial damage to American democracy. The British will pay a similar price if they allow …
        ..
        #5 What the right now calls “cancel culture” is really, to a large extent, the rest of us just shutting off the spigot of lies and telling the shameless liars to please shut up.
        ..
        #6 The BBC of course is what news should be, and in fact used to be her in the US.

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  45. Guest Who says:

    Another tragic flying gas main story.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9273785/Woman-dies-explosion-destroys-house-Greater-Manchester.html?

    BBC interest, or not, follows.

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  46. Tabs says:

    Black and LGBT Edinburgh University students attacked in Zoom meeting
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56100079

    A celebration of black and LGBT culture has been “hijacked” on Zoom.

    Am I missing something here?!? The photo at the top of the article showing the flyer for the event says “Pro-black and anti-gay?”. How can anti-gay be a celebration of LGBT?

    Does the BBC fact check anything anymore or do they just print anything pro-black assuming it must be all good?

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    • Vonbedda says:

      Tabs – that article is joke, no facts provided, all circumstantial.
      whats worse is the BBC’s facvourite Far-left group had something to say – spewing fictional information in the article with no evidence or facts to back up any of the statements.

      piece from the article below:

      ‘Spread hate’
      Patrik Hermansson, of Hope Not Hate, said the anti-racism group had seen a “rise” in attacks on Zoom events.

      “We see invite links to meetings being shared by far-right accounts on social media and in chat rooms,” he told BBC News.

      “And people are urged to join and disrupt or spread hate.”

      Stonewall head of media Jeffrey Ingold said: “It’s vital that tech platforms and universities work together to improve online safety measures and deal with all incidents seriously and swiftly to make clear that anti-LGBT+ and racist abuse online will not be tolerated.”

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      • StewGreen says:

        Strange that the Hatey No Hopers claim to be opposed to the hijacking of other people’s events

        FFS it is their own main Modus Operandi

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        • JohnC says:

          Reminds me of the group who booked thousands of tickets online for a Trump event to stop his supporters being able to go.
          ‘We know it’s wrong, but the ends justify the means’ they said.
          I expect Hitler thought the same thing. And Stalin. And Pol Pot. And every terrorist with a knife or a bomb.

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          • Vonbedda says:

            problem with todays youth, they think the bad parts of history should be hidden away or taken out of society…

            if we as a race forget where we came from, were destined to return there.

            and with the new Political party started by the BLM activist here in the Uk, one of there policies is to have a Register for the people that have commit crimes of speech! basically a list of people that are willing to say something that against there narrative.

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      • StewGreen says:

        Strange that the Hatey No Hopers claim to be opposed to the hijacking of other people’s events

        FFS it is their own main Modus Operandi

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  47. StewGreen says:

    Australia “How dare you accuse me of being a lefty !”
    says lefty ABC journalist

    says Trump hating, Adern loving, Labour-promoting, Greta loving, Greta-defending, Covington-hating, lefty ABC journalist

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  48. Guest Who says:

    BBC Comedy is back!

    ***

    BBC Radio 4

    The importance of music, optimism and British sitcoms…

    Nine things we learned from Malala’s Desert Island Discs

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  49. StewGreen says:

    Grantham Hospital ‘green site’ success
    Grantham hospital has had no patients contracting COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic

    ================

    Grantham Hospital knew killer nurse Allitt was incompetent, a danger to patients, and unemployable, but they gave her a job, because it helped them meet the target for staff numbers…
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14059286/angel-of-death-beverley-allitt-gets-covid-jab

    =====================
    Historic Grantham old Cottage hospital building Gifted to the town by Lord Brownlow in 1874
    left empty/abandoned by the Health Trust for about 10 years

    “COVID fines for six urban explorers at abandoned hospital “

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    • G says:

      Watch this space.

      WHO (if you can trust them?), correlating all the trial results of induvial Ivermectin studies. The anaylsis will be available in 4 – 6 six weeks from 15.02.21.

      Looks good unless the large pharmaceutical companies step in and instigate a bad anaylsis in view of the fact that they will make no money through Ivermectin. In effect, F**k the World population, let them get ill and die if we cannot provide our multi-billion $ answer to Covid.

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  50. Fedup2 says:

    1pm bbc news

    The first 17 minutes was ‘government must do something ‘ -topped off the coloured famous people telling non famous coloured people to get vaccinated because at the moment they are not taking it the way that whitee does . Maybe the need ‘coloured only vaccine centres”..This was followed by a report that the Phil Windsor is still alive …

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