418 Responses to Easter Weekend Thread 3rd April 2021

  1. Thoughtful says:

    Hallelujah Chirst is risen !

    A Happy Easter to everyone!

    In other news the hopes coward who puports to be the ‘leader’ of the Tories has backed down on covid vaccine passports with the excuse the oppressive tools are not going to be ready until the Autumn, by which time of course Boris claimed they wouldn’t be needed at all.



    • Up2snuff says:

      Christ is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

      Thoughtful, the other news: I think they are going to trial phone apps for all those wishing to go to festivals and footie. The BBC were reporting only the Conservative Party dissent this morning. Hopefully there will be a majority from other Parties also against this measure.

      Maybe Gina Miller (who?) will start a High Court action ….. ?


  2. Thoughtful says:

    The BBC yet again fronting Labour party activists and failing to mention their political leanings giving the impression they are ordinary individuals.

    This time a Syrian refugee who is now a Labour party member, activist, and anti Tory campaigner and ‘documentary’ maker.

    The BBC has apologised – yet again, but how many times can you apologise for deliberately doing the same thing over & over before the cowardly useless incompetent Tories actually do something? Forever it seems as the useless bunch will never take any action.



  3. AsISeeIt says:

    Perhaps Piers Morgan is a normal bloke afterall, just like the rest of us: ‘My wife says women only find me hot when they’re drunk‘ (Mail on Sunday) – is Mrs Morgan speaking in her own defense?

    Usually I would be loath to begin a newspaper review by jumping off with a fat piers, but I’m afraid I’m reduced to this end of the piers show for want of material. Not for want of dud puns, obviously.

    The BBC online frontpages round up provides a sparce seven titles, five of which go with Boris doing something he didn’t ought to have done, or promised us he wouldn’t do. Sparce in terms of news, and of novelty, I think you’ll agree.

    The line: ‘Jabbed in North London yesterday‘ (Sunday Mirror) turns out not to be the inevitable result of rival gangs of black lads dissing one anothers’ prospective football careers, in another sad case of mistaken identity (if only they carried some sort of a government ID app on their drug dealer burner phones) but this report is of course accompanied by a familiar stock photo of someone (a nurse?) dressed for the third world, innoculating a young white woman.

    Couple of points here: firstly, how lucky it was for us and how marvellous in general it was that our former colonies in africa and the subcontinent came up with this notion of a national health service and brought it back here to the mother country with them. What a generous gesture – when all we gave them was evil colonialism and slavery.

    Second thought on this pic; clearly the target age group for vax is plummeting faster than the potential Rejoin vote for the EU – this girl behind the mask, our jab-ee, not the one behind the headscarf, our jabber, looks to be in her 20s. And although a bit startled and woozy-looking… she’s not looking at you, Piers, she’s sober.

    Passport to freedom next week‘ – gushes the Labour-leaning Mirror. Which is a little odd since Sir Keir came out against the idea last week. Is the new Mirror line akin to that of the dungeon captive with a case of Stockholm syndrome in Monty Python’s Life of Brian [Easter reference] “Fantastic party the Tories, they taught me respect” Can we assume the Mirror will back increased voter ID?

    There’s some confusion about the timescale (isn’t there always?) the Mirror can’t wait for the smack of firm government eagerly shouting about novel peacetime compulsory ID checking next week whilst the Sunday Telegraph leans back in its armchair, takes a puff on its pipe, yawns and as though quite content to watch the world go by observes: ‘Passports to normal life… but not for months

    And if like the Telegraph you think a State sytem of internal ID track and tracing is normal, then you’re either a former Soviet dissident, or you’ve been deluded by the hype.

    I’m going to quibble about a frontpage photo again. The Telegraph shows us Christina Smith’s putative Covid Passport. Christina might have been our Jane Doe but that’s reminissant of an unidentified body of some murder victim turning up at the morgue which is really really not the message they want here.

    Think of Christina as our Thomas Atkins, which was apparently the name given as the example of how to fill in an army paybook, therefore giving the name Tommy Atkins as a generic to British soldiers. You learn something every day – which is still it seems something our schools (despite a lot of evidence to the contrary) are wanting to do for our kids: ‘Nursery teachers should be taught to give lessons on white privilege, says guidance‘ (Telegraph) – ahhh, guidance… the new holy writ… the ever expanding list of civil commandments… and it’s not as though our teachers have been any good at teaching these last twelve months: ‘200,000 primary leavers now lack basic skills‘ (Sunday Times) but I digress.

    Our Christina Smith, aged 64, as her profile tells us, is looking pretty good for her age. And I’ll have you know I don’t touch a drop before midday. As for the hand model holding our Christina’s smart phone in the pic, I do struggle to accept that’s a sixty-year-old’s hand. The back of the hands can be a tell for age.

    Don’t imagine the Telegraph is kidding us here with something they’ve mocked on the fly. This is ‘An official representation of the Covid passport app being developed for the Government‘ – Capitalised Covid and Capitalised Government.

    So it turns out that all this time they’ve been saying they were just thinking it over they were already working on it?

    What do we reckon? Another massively expensive government tech screw up in the offing?

    The Sunday Times carries a large frontpage advert for something termed the Which Scam Alert reminding us about: ‘The indentity thief‘ – (what if someone hacks into your Which Scam Alert?) anyway, whether this is aptly [App- ly… get it?] timed to have the naive among us clammer for a State-controlled ID, or whether it plays on the sceptics’ fears about the very same innovation, I couldn’t tell you.

    But if you’re one of those people who don’t think they’ll regret going along with this passport notion within a few months… then I know this Nigerian prince I can put you in touch with. He has a package with £32.5m in gold bars stuck in a FedEx warehouse that just needs you to send him the release fee and he’ll share 50-50 with you.

    And in fairness to Nigerians, I know this blonde Prime Minister who can release you from lockdown, if you’ll just…


    • Emmanuel Goldstein says:


      Perhaps your ‘Capitalised Covid and Capitalised Government‘.
      could be ‘Capitalised Covid and Capitalised Parliament’ instead.
      CCCP for short.


  4. Tabs says:

    Heard on the BBC News Channel yesterday that “you must stay away from the river bank for the boat race or face a fine of £200”.

    Total lies but then the BBC lie like this on their TV license threatagrams so it is nothing new.


  5. Up2snuff says:

    BBC WEB-SITE Watch #2 – the BBC are quite hopeless at doing things correctly …

    ……. in the Newspaper Blog Dept. at the BBC. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-56628275

    The BBC have mentioned The Observer as a news item about the Gainsborough painting in the 7 a.m. Radio4 News. The BBC have obviously received their copy as they provide more detail of the Gainsborough item in the Blog itself. Poor old AISI is operating under a handicap, no thanks to the BBC!

    The BBC are apparently incapable of scanning or photographing the front page of The Observer and putting it up on their web-site. It is time for Tim to go. The BBC need a DG who can get the Corporation operating efficiently.


    • StewGreen says:

      That painting is not on the Observer frontpage unless they changed it.

      Anyway I imagine that someone has image rights on that painting
      The observer may have paid
      The BBC probably has no right to reproduce that image


      • Up2snuff says:

        Good point, Stew, except the painting is well out of copyright. Creative commons might apply. And as you state it’s not on the front page. The BBC often omit the Sun newspaper from the Blog. Guess that’s because they do not like the owner. 😉


      • Rob in Cheshire says:

        If that’s a Gainsborough he must have painted it when he was six.


  6. Thoughtful says:

    Another report of BBC news reporters openly and deliberately lying, and then the corporation and ‘government’ doing absolutely nothing as might be expected.

    In this case BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker has been using TV taxpayer funded taxis to get him from his home in Sheffield to Manchester at an annual cost of £31 000 (£200 a trip).

    Walker has flatly denied these trips and has lied that he used his own car to make the trips, but every lie told incurs a debt to the truth and sooner or later than debt has to be paid, the time for payment has now come.



    • StewGreen says:

      It is standard for out of hours presenters to have drivers
      cos they need to be fresh on air
      So BBC are saying they are willing to incur the £31K cost if real in addition to his salary.

      The driver probably has to pick Dan up at 4am and then pick him up from the studio at 10am. If he sleeps in between he could do another half days work in Sheffield in the afternoon


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  8. Guest Who says:

    BBC still pumping up the division.

    And here.

    Classic BBC #questionasaheadline stir.


    • StewGreen says:

      @GW surely that is the same tweet twice
      rather than two different ones ?

      Their other April 2 tweets
      – George Floyd’s girlfriend described how they met, during her testimony at the trial for Derek Chauvin
      – Footage played at Derek Chauvin trial shows paramedics responding to George Floyd arrest
      – George Floyd’s girlfriend gives emotional testimony during fourth day of Derek Chauvin’s murder trial


      My neighbour who wastes time staring at SkyNews
      “See that’s a gatcha, that’s the police chief saying kneeling on the neck is NOT police procedure”
      … that seems a bit weird cos loads of police forces seem to say that technique of kneeling on the neck of the neck, (not the windpipe) is safe and effective.


      • Up2snuff says:

        If there’s time Stew, need a quick typo correct ‘neck of’ to ‘back of neck’


      • G.W.F. says:

        That cop is a retired cop and during his latter years on the force was not on the streets.
        His testimony won’t stand against evidence forthcoming from officers who train this technique of restraint.


    • Guest Who says:


      Race report: Was controversy part of the plan?


      Not a Blackadder rerun.


  9. Beltane says:

    Laura K has been rudely interrupted. Introducing a program on the ‘3-month Anniversary’ of Brexit she was unwise enough to suggest the assembled group of political cognoscenti were there to ‘celebrate’ the affair.
    The offensive word had barely left her wry lips before Chief Political Correspondent Adam Flemming snapped ‘mark’, correcting her implication of any beneficial aspect.
    Despite new rules from above, for a ‘Chief Correspondent’ Snotty Flemming seems rather more partisan than impartial.
    Tells you a lot though, don’t it just?


    • Demon says:

      Does make you wonder if Laura wasn’t as virulently anti-Brexit as the rest of the BBC.


  10. G says:

    If you’ve the time, have a look through the timeline of events Worldwide prior to the outbreak of World War 2. Spot any similarities?

    Sobering. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_events_preceding_World_War_II

    Taiwan now not Poland. Will we see the Fake President at the top of the steps of a plane retuning from China, declaring, “I believe it is peace in our time,” while gesturing with a piece of paper (and turning to an aide having asked, remind me, what’s the name of the place where we’ve just come from………) .


  11. StewGreen says:

    After the R4 afternoon play I found myself in that alternative reality that is BBC Woman’s Hour
    Unfortunately the majority of acts at festivals are white males”
    FFS is that such a distortion ? white males are 42% of the population
    Then take account that a lot of festivals are in remote muddy sites and headline acts perform very late at night, of course it skews towards male.
    And on account of motherhood I would guess international acts who travel to festivals are more likely to be male.

    A few minutes later
    “It’s splendid that this festival in Somerset has more females than males.
    .. So hangon more males than females is bad…but more females than males is good ?
    They also banged on about “intersectionality”


    • StewGreen says:

      Oh the voice in the prog
      said : “In all fields men TOTALLY dominate the top”
      that’s just not true
      Publishing and writing is very female
      And in politics we have many females at the top.

      It’s as if the Item for F-list a company that promotes female musicians.
      They certainly are making the most of the item.


      • Up2snuff says:

        Quite correct, Stew. You could add:
        Public Health
        NHS – Nursing
        The Arts
        Education, especially Nursery and Primary Education
        Public Bodies eg. National Trust


  12. StewGreen says:

    Woman’s Hour had the only UK broadcast interview with Sharon Stone
    She surprisingly did not go on full on moaning “I’m a victim”
    #1 She did complain the way the used to be male dominated in every way
    Like her dressing room/makeup staff were male, and a technician guy who would fix a microphone between her breast was male
    “but that’s all changed”
    #2 “I do think it’s gone too far” ..”oh he touched my arm ” “oh someone said something ridiculous,” “I personality think that is a sacking offence” ‘I just tell them back it’s ridiculous, you have to keep a separation between real sexual abuse.
    I myself don’t generally feel exploited’


    The previous item was about people like lawyers and doctor families advantaging their kids by hiring tutors ..and how that will skew grades based on teachers assessment of the pupils work.
    They said the going rate is £50/hour
    ..that is very middle class.


  13. StewGreen says:

    Race report
    BBC airs the racebaiters
    Yet TalkRadio seems to find plenty of sensible BAME conservatives

    “If Britain is institutionally racist why do so many people want to emigrate here?”


  14. StewGreen says:

    This weeks DefundTheBBC video
    Patrick Christys: ‘BBC is blind to its own bias!’


  15. Guest Who says:

    Just checking…. ‘facts’.


  16. G says:

    Police en masse, no masks.


    ‘One rule for you, another for them’. Criminal: ‘Arrest thyself’


  17. Guest Who says:

    Will there be any boats?


    • G says:

      Anybody else sense that the World is unravelling very quickly now, Even over the past year things have ‘changed gear’ significantly. Government’s will not hold back what is to come. In the UK politicising the police with Hate Crimes et al. was a fatal move. Irrespective of whether anybody thinks they are a force for good or not. I predicted recently that a part of the change in gear is the now very apparent and overt hatred of the police. I did suggest that tactics will change. Only a matter of time before a serious ambush of a group of police will hit the headlines. Real damage will have been done. A turning point. Same in Europe.


      • Rich says:


        Over here in NI there has been rioting in Loyalist areas of Londonderry for nearly a week now, with further similar riots in Ballymena, Newtownabbey and Belfast. Nearly 30 PSNI officers have been injured by missiles and petrol bombs, roads have been blocked, vehicles have been hijacked and burned. On the BBC News webshite homepage this widespread civil unrest is reported under the headline, “Man arrested after petrol bombs thrown at police”.

        The riots are a direct result of Loyalist and Unionist disgust and anger at the way in which the PPS and PSNI have failed to satisfactorily police or to prosecute those who illegally attended the funeral of a leading figure in the IRA. Traffic was stopped, roads were closed and a full IRA “guard of honour” and colour party were in attendance. It seems this was all agreed to and allowed in advance by both senior members of the PSNI and of Belfast City Council. Basically political chicanery and compliance and appeasement because of the threat of potential violence and some political fallout.

        Well it seems that they have got the violence that they feared, just not from the direction they expected. With law abiding citizens unable to pay their respects upon the deaths of their loved ones for fear of prosecution, the fact that approximately 2000 Republicans, 24 of whom were Sinn Fein MLAs including the Deputy First Minister and the Minister of Finance, escaped any censure or any legal action has galled many. It seems to have alienated the majority within the Loyalist and Unionist communities and further strained their relationship with the increasingly ineffective and politicised PSNI.

        I really don’t understand how the police “service” over here expected Loyalist and Unionist communities to accept such a blatant example of two tier policing.


        • G says:


          Yes, those issues are increasingly troubling. All added together extremely difficult times are coming. There’s so much anger over disparate unresolved issues and the public has a long memory on occasions. Perhaps for the Brits, the way the media, police and Government dealt with the abuse of children by muslims has been simmering since those events came to light. Unfinished business and events that changed perspectives. But you are right, unfair and biased police action for a Government policy of appeasement will make no friends.


          • Doublethinker says:

            Rich and G,
            I too share your sense that the silent majority are getting angrier and angrier. They , or should I say we, have watched in horror for twenty five years as their country invaded by third worlders , as the BBC and much of the rest of the MSM insults them on a daily basis , trashes their culture , supports people who refuse to assimilate and covers up their crimes, watched the Remainer elite try to stop Brexit, watched the law being used against those who dare to speak out , eg TR, watched the police treat BLM as paragons whilst investigating people’s thoughts to check them out, watches as our institutions became Woke and decided no longer to serve us but to denigrate us eg the National Trust .
            How much more can we be expected to takelying down?


        • brexiteerkent says:


          The BBC news at ten strongly implied the riots were ‘because of brexit’ and mentioned the funeral only as an afterthought at the end.

          I know who I will believe out of you or the BBC !


      • Old Goat says:

        Sadly, I think some sort of decisive action is long overdue. It’s only a matter of time.

        This video rather sums it up (I think it may have been posted here, already)…


    • G.W.F. says:

      Female umpire. Reminds me of a joke I heard many years ago on the BBC. About a woman who kissed the Cox of the winning team.


    • brexiteerkent says:

      I have just watched the boat race ( on i player .. Yes, I know, but not used it in months)

      Something was wrong .. I didn’t see a single bame presenter, interviewer passing random person .. First BBC program I can recall watching in years without a token black person. What went wrong ? Surely this can’t be ?

      I must have missed them .. I did fast forward a bit now and again ..

      Looks to me like Cambridge cheated by the way !

      All was put right when I watched the news to see the Easter message from the archbishop of Canterbury and a millisecond shot of a traditional church choir after a much longer shot of a dancing black group.


      • Sluff says:

        There was however an over-representation of Lesbians.
        And also did the licence fee payer really get good value for money by having THREE ex Olympian rowers giving ‘expert’ ‘analysis’. I watched the race on video but am no wiser after the event than before as to the factors influencing performance and outcome.

        John Snagge did it all on his own.


    • Peter Grimes says:

      Sarah Winkleless? Is she transgender mtf who has had the chop?


    • Vonbedda says:

      saw and heard this when i happened to stop on the BBC’s channel. I thought immediately who the hell cares. its a sodding Umpire, how about we talk about the actual sport and the sports men & women in it.


  18. Guest Who says:

    And that was just during lessons.


  19. G.W.F. says:

    We have all seen the vid of the cops closing down Good Friday Service. This Pastor has had enough. Love this guy.


  20. Guest Who says:

    No wonder Marianna only checks herself, feet and Covid nutters.


  21. StewGreen says:

    6pm news “The Arch-socialist of Canterbury Justin Welby in his Easter Sermon has said”
    .. “In this country, in this world, we have a choice over the next few years.
    We can go on as before Covid, where the most powerful and the richest gain and so many fall behind.
    We have seen where that left us.

    .. or we can follow the great Lord Corbyn … “

    .. I might have got one or two words wrong



    • StewGreen says:

      In coincidental news The Arch-socialist of York is advertising for a chief of staff at a salary of £90K


      In more coincidental news, on Countryfile now “rural churches face closure and redundancies of staff due to lack of funding.”


  22. StewGreen says:

    Rest of Countryfile

    Ellie Harrison in ‘golden triangle’ in Gloucestershire
    – witnesses some of the finest medieval wall paintings in England. – the Meanwells – a mother and son fulfilling their dreams of farming in the Cumbrian hills
    – filming wild hares
    – Meet Chris Franklin, Wiltshire’s answer to Dr Dolittle, with his emus, donkeys , goats
    (shots of copulating emus)


    • Garry Lavin says:

      I’ve often contacted the producer of Countryfile with ideas….based on the experiences of my relatives, friends and me….in farming in the ‘countryside’.
      Never had a reply though.

      I wonder if Ellie and her chums could find a way for my son and I to return to live and work in U.K. farming? And afford to survive?


    • StewGreen says:

      “Farmer Andrea has her hear set on going carbon neutral.”

      .. Andrea “The fencing the country stewardship scheme is really helping us”


      • Old Goat says:

        Going “Carbon neutral” would quickly render her, and everyone, and everything else non-existent.


  23. Eddy Booth says:

    Three charged after mass brawl at Edinburgh Meadows
    There’s a click bait video on the BBC’s website ..
    But not of the brawl

    Even youtube has it
    Warning it’s filmed in portrait mode and replete with a stream of swearing.


    • StewGreen says:

      The gatherings, littering, peeing seem to have been out of control everyday since Tuesday.


      • Garry Lavin says:

        They don’t seem to get arrested though….


      • The WestWyvern says:

        Stew, it’s only how they behave in the holiday resorts of Magaluf, Ianappa, Ibiza etc from April till September.

        Sadly with the lockdown they can’t travel so they are doing it in their own backyards.


        • Guest Who says:

          Good point.

          Around here it appears sex, drugs and arson are the de rigger social activities of the aspiring BBC producer audience.


    • Old Goat says:

      It’s the stupid banal comments and vocal expressions which get me, though – just like watching anything in America. Everything has an “F” or five in it, and is liberally sprinkled with “OMiGods”.

      “What’s happening, man, oh man”, etc., etc…


  24. Guest Who says:


  25. Charlie Farley says:

    Not BBC but just thought we would watch Midsomer Murders…..off switch in less than two minutes …..need I say why ! . Its bad enough with all the adverts…..so pleased we are License Free ….thankfully there’s YouTube


  26. Deborah says:

    I started to watch Antiques Roadshow. It must have been because I had read Charles Moore yesterday in the Telegraph about the National Trust, but it came into my head that I was surprised that the BBC hadn’t done more to link the stately homes which provide the programmes backdrop, to the slave trade and colonialism.
    The fragrant Fiona highlighted a black man who had been the cook in the 18th century at the large house in Ayrshire. He had been sold as a slave at the age of 6 (she didn’t say who sold him), he was taken to Scotland aged 8 but he had obviously had an education because he could sign his name, had married and was buried with an expensive headstone. Whilst I had thought it an unnecessary segment I had thought the BBC were highlighting a positive story. Then they brought on a very black man with a lovely smile but without a hint of a Scottish accent. He collected sugar nips and bowls as a record of the wealth the slave trade had brought to the evil English. The positive story Fiona had just brought was diminished and had just been a device to emphasise the mea culpa every white person should bear. Many more segments like that and it will be one of the few remaining programmes we will no longer watch.


    • Old Goat says:

      Gave that programme up yonks ago, when the audience suddenly became peppered with the odd BAMEs, who were quickly selected to give their opinions, after which they melted away, back to a more urban location, no doubt, where they could blend in.


    • StewGreen says:

      2 min video https://twitter.com/staceyayeh/status/1379002763544264711

      The guy speaking also used his appearance to smear the new racism report https://twitter.com/SirGeoffPalmer/status/1378752295488344074


      • StewGreen says:

        Palmer’s point was that slavery could have been abandoned in 1791
        but one politician insisted the word gradual” should be included so the process took 15 years.

        Palmer said that 600K more laves had been transported in the meantime. Not sure about his numbers.
        As ever some delay was appropriate so that the process could have been orderly. Disorder could well have caused a lot of deaths etc.
        It wouldn’t surprise me if some slaves were essentially already paid workers before the actual date.

        A reply he retweeted was
        Great use of a platform to expose the truth @SirGeoffPalmer
        Folded handsFlag of Jamaica


  27. Eddy Booth says:

    Bernard Tapie: French tycoon and wife attacked in home
    “The couple were tied up with electrical cords, physically assaulted and robbed of their jewellery.”

    No description of the 4 suspects..


    • StewGreen says:

      Bernard Tapie : Former French minister and scandal-ridden tycoon , once the owner of Adidas, was attacked along with his wife during a midnight burglary of their home
      The couple were asleep when four men broke into the house


  28. Sluff says:

    Precisely one day after the murder of a policeman on Capitol Hill by a Nation of Islam supporter.
    Wow. The murder of a policeman. The BBC must be all over that.
    Lets look on the webshite front page.
    No. Nothing.
    Oh well, it must be a big story on the USA page. You know, one day after it happened. Think of the investigation. The interviews. The reporters. The follow up. Must be a big story.

    Ladies and gentleman, I advise you that the BBC headline is the following.
    ‘Amazon admits some drivers do urinate in bottles’.

    I’m sure the dead cop’s widow feels so much better after that, knowing the priorities of the world’s finest impartial broadcaster. Or do I mean pile of excrement?


  29. taffman says:

    “Covid: Tests to be offered twice-weekly to all in England”
    Looks like Government wants to get rid of a load of stock they bought that they really did not need? Is there a public inquiry on the way ?
    IMHO there’s going to be a lot of @rse covering going on very shortly


    • StewGreen says:

      Boris spent all the taxpayers money on the moonshot idea.

      The usual is that a school does 4,000 tests in 2 weeks

      The first week shows 1 positive from 1000 kids
      His next test is a negative either cos they recovered or the first one was a false positive.
      If each test cost £10
      what has that £40K bought ?

      If had been a true positive would he has infected 5 classmates ?
      would they have infected 35 yo Mum and dad ?
      would they have infected the 4 already vaccinated grandparents ?
      (people tend to have 2 kids so it’s actually 2 grandparents/kid)

      My argument is a school which lets kids get infected is a better school
      cos all the kids will become resistant
      An its even good for a slim young teacher to gain resistance
      Looks to me it’s best to keep random tests for vulnerable people.
      if the government has bought too many tests
      it could sell them on to the travel firms.


  30. taffman says:

    Why is Al Beeb so obsessed with LGBGT ?
    Every time I look at their website they feature that group? A group that represents a very small % of the population?


  31. Scroblene says:

    Thank you Up2!

    You make a good point about the kids. For instance, I used to be gardening/doing something else during much of the rugby season, and missed a lot – until my Kiwi chum told me that it’d be on YouTube soon, and he was right!

    Maybe Boris is keeping the awful bbbc question for the stamping ground at the next election? Up to then, we’ll have four more years of poor quality TV, but as most of the rags are saying (well, except the guardian, which emits some sort of strangled squeak), most normal citizens are fed up with the BBBC and want to see it gone!

    I expect GB News will have a lot to say about this! Hopefully, their new team of heavyweights just might be able to bash some sense into the MPs – especially some of the more stupid ones, because everybody would like to see that happen!

    Maybe the silence you foresee could be taken as guilt, and picked up and run with by Brillo and Co?


    • Scroblene says:

      Apols for seeing this twice, the ‘click to post’ seemed to sort of wander off, then the error message came up, and then the dog wanted top go out…

      And it looks seriously wokey on the awful bbbc’s ‘website’, as their take on The Wind in the Willows suits their usual narrative to a tee – especially number 6!


  32. The WestWyvern says:

    Another Monday morning and more provisional BBC covid propaganda on behalf of HMG.

    Testing, testing. Twice a week for every citizen.

    Of course. Doris the outgoing PM had a kicking over the vaccine passport this weekend so the blustering fool was told to redouble his efforts.

    All the usual suspects will be rolled out today to emphasise tests and how we should all get one, as ‘it’s the best way to stop the virus in its tracks’.

    Remember a few weeks ago, the vaccine was the answer?

    More testing, more cases, more false positives, more lockdowns.

    It’s really not about a virus. Never was.


  33. Guest Who says:

    BBC Breakfast is a Sandra magnet.


  34. jazznick1 says:

    ‘Toady’ this morning with Simon Jack interviewing a chap from Greenland over mining for rare earth metals there.

    Of course, said Jack, with all the melting ice these deposits become more accessible don’t they ?
    (slight pause, implying guest should now endorse statement
    to get a CC warning in, as per BBC convention)

    Well no ,said the guest, all the mining takes place on arable land in the south………

    Clang !


  35. Sluff says:

    Caught a bit of Tv BBC Breakfast, to get the weather forecast.

    Three stories in a row from the main prog. plus the BBC London local stuff (black female presenter of course).

    1. A girl died owing to lack of a nearby helicopter landing pad.
    2. A charity is helping out homeless people who refuse to be helped.
    3. Something about those with learning difficulties.

    Not so much news, more just a virtue-signalling vortex barely recognisable to ordinary people going about their lives.

    So…normal BBC service.


    • Sluff says:

      Further to story 1 above.
      The BBC prominently feature this story.

      A rather charming girl (early 20s?) developed flu but then later caught sepsis.
      She couldn’t easily get to hospital so an air ambulance was called. But the ambulance could not easily land, so had to do so in a pub car park, we are told. Apparently and for reasons not explained this caused so much relative delay that the poor girl was dead on arrival at hospital.
      Cue mournful tones. Quiet music.
      We are told the mother, bless her, has raised money to build a proper helipad and we see the construction work.

      The strong implication of course is heartless Tories refusing to provide essential services.

      But wait. The location in question is Applecross, in Scotland. One of the most remote communities in the UK. And it just so happens I’ve been there a couple of times. They had no TV signal until about 1970 and until maybe 30 years ago the only road in and out was over the highest mountain pass, the Bealach na Ba. Now there is a very circuitous coast road as well. It’s so remote the nearest secondary school has, or certainly used to have, a boarding provision.

      The point is……if you choose to live 85 miles and nearly three hours drive from a hospital (Raigmore, Inverness) and many other facilities as well, presumably for your own reasons- the views and sea ambience there are fantastic – do you not have to take some personal responsibility for any downside? Or are we so woke now that this is yet another example, of many, of the unending trend of abdicating personal responsibility and transferring it to the state, regardless of the cost which is expected to be borne by other taxpayers?

      Questions, needless to say, the BBC presenters did not ask. Too busy with their hankies.


      • Rich says:


        I think that this best demonstrates the current standard of bBbc churnalism. Bear in mind that this is one of the main stories on the BBC UK News homepage.

        Boohoo clothes pricing: ‘I felt lied to’


        “Ms Sikora said she bought her skirt in June 2020” .


      • AsISeeIt says:


        Or is the BBC simply keen to deliver a timely parable of how youngsters can die of the flu?


      • Garry Lavin says:

        Blimey…..I went over to Applecross on that winding road over the mountain…quite hairy!
        …..just to get to the cluster of houses on the shore on the other side. I always wondered how that community survived.


      • jazznick1 says:

        Shouldn’t that be the heartless SNP as they run the NHS (badly) up there.


      • richard D says:

        Agreed, Sluff – much akin to those who demand to have houses which are built by the side of the cuddly, sun-dappled, babbling brook, or near the ocean vista at the edge of the coast. Of course, in winter, these abodes run the very high risk of being flooded, or eroded out of existence – and this happens almost every year, without fail.

        The natural result of this is that they cannot insure their properties, or have to pay extremely high premiums because of the risk levels. These same people claim that they should not have to do this, but their insurance levels should be levelled out by the ‘shared risk’ accommodated by all insurers, so their premiums should be just about the average.

        Year after year, we have to put up with the same bleating demands, and it’s about time – as you say, sluff – that people are forced to face up to the risks they impose on themselves to get the benefits, for example, of the location what they want for their home.

        And the BBC is right there, every time, interviewing the wailing and gnashing of teeth from those who believe that ‘something has to be done’!

        Those are usually the same people who would reel back in horror if it was imposed on them that their car insurance would be going up in multiples, to compensate for the high cost of insurance of the young town numpties roaring about with their ‘exhausts on wheels’ (i.e. the ones whose ‘highly-tuned’ exhaust systems cost more than the whole of the rest of their car.)

        There is a natural balance in most things – and your choices are personal as to the risks you are prepared to take for the benefits you want. Don’t try to force the results of personal decisions on others.


      • Rob in Cheshire says:

        From the sound of it, this community is surrounded by a whole bunch of nothing. However, I will hazard a guess that some health & safety regulation states that the helicopter has to land on hard standing rather than an open field, hence the use of the pub carpark. The result is delay and death, but at least the regulations have been adhered to.

        I am reminded of the case a few years back when the police stood around and let a woman drown down a deep hole because none of them had the authority to go down on a rope. Same mindset. It is far better that a citizen dies than a rule should be broken.


  36. Guest Who says:

    Nice pad for a youngster.


    • G says:


      You been looking at the children’s programmes again?


      • Guest Who says:

        Stopped when Nish flounced off presenting and they banned Mrs. Slocombe.

        The BBC does not do comedy like that any more.


    • micknotmike says:

      You know how sometimes when you first notice something and then you can’t shift it from your mind? As soon as I saw that picture i googled to find out how many children Jay Leno has.


  37. Guest Who says:

    The Thommo effect persists.

    Have Jon, Lurch, Nick and Blondi RTd yet?


  38. AsISeeIt says:

    Agoraphobia and hypochondria – as diagnosed by your in-house social psychologist

    Sex, gender and the Boat Race, plus a warning about exposing your tender annuals in this deceptively warm weather.

    It’s a hypochondriac’s dream come true: ‘Free weekly Covid tests offered to everyone in England‘ (‘i’)

    Free? What’s this, are these testing kits dropping from the sky like manna from heaven? Of course they’re not free, taxpayers will pick up the bill sooner or later.

    The FT reminds us: ‘Borrow now, pay later. Where does the buck stop with state spending?‘ – having seen a recession or two, one shudders to imagine.

    As one has noted all too often with this covid thing the precise timescale is somewhat imprecise. The ‘i‘ tells us it’s going to be weekly, the Times along with most other titles reckon it’s going to be twice as bad as that: ‘PM pins hopes on mass testing. Twice-weekly checks for all adults…

    Well, Boris, you know just where you can stick your covid test appilicator.

    Because, let’s be honest, the fear and suspicion which the government has deliberately spread in the population is not that an individual has suddenly out of nowhere spontaneously developed the virus – that’s the work of that mysterious Chinese laboratory on the other side of the world – oh no, the real fear is rather that someone else is going to give you the virus. What people are really crying out for is some test that will tell whether their neighbours, their fellow train passengers, co-workers, the bloke in the corner shop, etc, etc – they want to know if any of that lot have got the oriental nose ache and might infect them with it?

    ‘Take a test twice a week as lockdown rules ease’ (Telegraph) – so already the media tone shifts from the test simply being offered to pressurising people to take it.

    The Guardian does a sort of socialistic collectivised phrasing for this governmental gift of tests in their headline and points out that the vax passport idea is running into some opposition: ‘Two virus tests a week for all as PM faces Covid passport backlash

    What do we want, comrades…? Tests for all!

    The Gruan dig up a ‘social psychologist’ on speed dial (it is a holiday weekend I suppose) to complain: ‘Testing helps with data but not dealing with the virus‘ – and since the Guardianistas have been loving every moment of the pandemic and associated lockdown and never want it ever to go away they fret not over false positives but false negatives derrived from testing. They really are loving this virus.

    The problem for Boris is having magicked up the pandemic in the minds of the public and gone full tilt for lockdown he now has to find a face-saving way to allay the very fears he first engendered. Some magic cure. And he’s tried vax, vax passports apps and now nose-picking tests. So successful was project fear nothing seems to be working.

    This was the year of the agoraphobic university boat race wherein the Telegraph takes a neutral stance as to the relative importance of male and female competitions: ‘Cambridge triumphed in both the men’s and women’s Boat Races on “home” waters yesterday, after the event was moved to Ely to avoid the usual crowds on the Thames‘ – one is tempted to rephrase that so as to point out the move of venue was not so much to avoid the crowd as to prevent there being a crowd. Too often I see a media headline and do sorely wish I might stick my oar in.

    The Guardian, forsaking evenhandedness between the sexes, wishes only to promote the ladies (this firm feminist stance also permits a frontpage pic of the lusty lasses in their lycras): ‘The Cambridge women’s cox, Dylan Whittaker, is thrown in the Great Ouse yesterday. The men’s team also beat their their Oxford rivals

    I’m convince the phrase ‘the men’s team also...’ was a deliberate and snide usage and how they laughed at this Dylan chap being slung into the drink. The Gruan’s ‘social psychologist’ might diagnose an awful lot of projection there, I’m sure the sistas would dearly like to see all blokes collectively chucked into the Great Ouse.

    The Times is rather more honest about the outbreak of agraphobia over the Boat Race: ‘…crowds were banned and it was moved from the Thames…‘ – one considers for a moment the old adage if a tree falls in the forest and no one sees it… but of course it was televised.

    The wins by both the men’s and the women’s teams from the pale blue rowers of Cambridge save the gender preference blushes of the Times sub-editors and they can safely employ the third person to describe the East Anglian university’s victory: ‘Cambridge won the 166th Boat Race yesterday…

    Of course these days I’m being a bit naughty mixing gender (of which there are many and they are apparently almost as fluid and as murky the waters of the Thames at Putney) with boring old sex, but it’s taken an awful lot of restraint not to crack some joke about coxless fours.

    And in celebrity news, sorry ladies, the former BBC Poldark hunk is now married: ‘Tied the knot Aidan Turner with his new American actress wife Caitlin Fitzgerald‘ (Daily Mail) – and very attractive she is too… but American actress… watch out for those, son.

    The bald drummer from Genesis got himeself into all kinds of heartache with his bad choice and she’s having a moan about him in the Sun today: ‘My anguish living with boozy Phil. Collin’s ex lashes out‘ – damn the patriarchy. On the other hand – this comes after ‘Collins paid £25 million to Cevey, which became the largest settlement in a British celebrity divorce‘ (Wiki)

    In the Express we’re in the garden with: ‘Titchmarsh It’s scary to be on social media at 71‘ – turn it off mate, and concentrate on planting your main crop of potatoes.

    Gardeners are best to save it for a sunny day‘ (Telegraph) – this is a caution that despite the early sunshine we might still get a frost or two, so be careful with planting out your tender annuals.

    And finally, and on the subject of temperature: ‘Homeowners must turn down radiators for UK to hit climate target‘ (Telegraph) – I don’t know about the climate, I’ll go by the weather, thanks very much.

    And a quick religious PS from our lefty liberal agnostic national media: ‘Radical Easter Message‘ – this is delivered in the ‘i‘ from our lefty liberal agnosic Church of England: ‘Archbishop’s hopes for fairer society‘ – well you can’t say fairer than that.


  39. Old Goat says:

    Desperate, because they’re running out of “new infections” to keep the ball rolling, and the people in perpetual fear, the idea of twice weekly tests may go some way to boost cases back up to a level at which they will say “see, we told you it wasn’t over”, and ramp up the petty restrictions.


  40. G says:

    At least, it can never be said that the responsible media didn’t warn the World.

    I warned about Australia and Taiwan about a year ago.

    Bravo! Sky News Australia. You are the very best!! Unmatched.

    Such a shame that the media including our, “Worlds Most Trusted Broadcaster” is failing to keep the public aware of present problems which will effect them and or their distant relatives. One wonders how the BBC would deal with an invasion by China. Deny it is happening no doubt.

    What would the UK do if Australia is attacked? Our, ‘blood brothers’ and all that?


    • Garry Lavin says:

      Bloody hell….this has been obvious for 20 years. The liberal West chose to look the other way.


    • Garry Lavin says:

      Bloody hell….this has been obvious for 20 years. The liberal West chose to look the other way.


    • Thoughtful says:

      China and Russia which share a fairly long land border have been reducing tensions towards each other ever since the 1990s

      The Aussie reporter seems incredulous that the pair should say the West is finished and talks of the West as if it is a bastion of democracy and freedom. Clearly he hasn’t visited Britain or parts of the USA!

      Britain is no longer even remotely a democracy, you can vote Labour blue or red, that is the only choice, no other party in reality actually exists to elect.

      We are indeed finished and washed up. War is a fight between two economies and the West no longer has an economy to speak of save government spending – funded by borrowing.
      Which factories would we now turn over to arms manufacture?

      Ships which bring in food and fuel are so large it would be impossible for a WWI generation submarine to miss, and now with drone based torpedo systems it’s highly likely not even a banana boat would make it to port.

      Given the insane populations growth mass immigration has brought it would now be impossible to feed a starving population which would quickly descend into civil war and anarchy without a foreign power even needing to put boots on the ground.

      China and Russia are right, the West is finished, because they followed the path of Socialism, the most evil ideology the world has ever known. We would only be reaping what was sowed, and to be honest it could hardly be worse than what we now have.


  41. richard D says:

    This morning’s BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme had a Beeboid (Justin Webb, I believe) interviewing Rachel Reeves of the Labour Shadow Cabinet. He stated at one point that Labour was thought to be all too guilty of continually just waiting to see exactly what the government was saying on any topic, and then waiting to see which way the public political wind was blowing, before announcing what Labour’s position was on that topic….(i.e. the reason for Sir Kneel Starmer’s reputation as a fence-sitter extraordinaire !)

    Reeves, of course, denied this strenuously. So when, mere seconds later, the Beeboid asked her to give Labour’s viewpoint on the introduction of Vaccine Passports, she immediately gave a succinct and definitive answer……… Just kidding! What she said was that Labour would have to hear exactly what the government’s position was before it made up its mind.

    Now, any reasonable newsreader worth their salt (never mind one purporting to be a journalist, as Webb claims he is) would have jumped on this and pointed out that this demonstrated exactly the point that they had made only seconds earlier, and which Reeves had vehemently refuted.

    But, ever the supporters of the political Left, the Beeboid just meekly let it go without a murmur.


    • StewGreen says:

      “Simon Jack, interviewing Rachel Reeves”

      BTW Reeves was trending due to her Sky interview
      Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has been criticised for visiting a church that has homophobic links.

      Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, Rachel Reeves says ‘he was visiting a vaccine centre, that doesn’t mean we endorse their views.’

      Except in the Keir Starmer video he does celebrate that church.
      “The Christian community have always been there for the marginalised community and for those who need support”


  42. Thatcherrevolutionary says:

    Went into Tesco’s today without a mask.

    ‘Excuse me Sir, you are required to wear a mask in here’

    ‘I don’t need a mask, I have a lucky rock’

    I pulled out a stone from my pocket and showed her.

    ‘A lucky rock? What does that do?’

    ‘Same as your mask – F*ck All!’


    • StewGreen says:

      Before masks the alkies in our small shops would cough all over the staff.
      Now they don’t.
      of course at a virus scale a mask fabric is full of holes much bigger than the virus
      but theoretically it should drop virus particles catching a free long distance ride on large water droplets.


      • AsISeeIt says:

        Try not to get sidetracked into the minutiae of these things. None of us are medically trained to deal with medical masks and even to my untrained eye I see very few people wearing them properly or consistently anyway.

        Talk of the size of droplets is a pointless diversion when so many people I notice have their hooter poking out over the top of their muzzle.

        As for PPE precautions applied to the general public, I note many infections originated within hospitals, where surely the staff were far better PPE equipped and trained than us civilians.

        It’s all just for show.

        Coughing and spluttering over all and sundry was always regarded as bad form – despite the pandemic.


        • BRISSLES says:

          Trouble is, there are always those who DO cough, sneeze and splutter without a hand across their mouth. Masks aside, in my village, going in and out of the Co-op people have become more courteous, stepping aside to let people pass first. In the shop itself the aisles are narrow, and yes there are the idiots – mainly burly construction workers who couldn’t give a monkeys, but in the main shoppers do avoid ‘closeness’ to anyone else. This is a village – where our infection rate has been nothing to speak of, so I cant speak for bigger towns and cities.


          • AsISeeIt says:

            What worries me about mask wearing is that if you follow the argument that they are ok because you somehow calculate they save one life then there will never be reason to take them off.

            So we invent some semi-organic mask to be grafted onto our babies at birth?

            I’m just following the logic.

            I once had an Australian work colleague who acted as though he were some Antipodean cultural attaché (shades of Sir Les Patterson). He would suggest great books, music, movies – all of them had to be Australian.

            Anyway, he got me to watch an Aussie film titled Bad Boy Bubby [1993]

            Quick plot synopsis: a 35-year-old man who has never set foot outside his mother’s dingy apartment… In addition to beating and sexually abusing him, she confines him to the apartment, telling him that the air outside is poisonous and telling him he will die if he tries to leave.

            If you should choose to go around for the rest of your life masked up like a Korean student visiting the Tower of London, fine, that’s your choice. But please don’t make it public policy or pressure me to do it.

            I’m sorry to sound a bit blunt, but if we don’t speak up and voice objections these things have a tendency to go through on the nod – and a nod will be the only way we’ll be allowed to greet one another in public in future.


            • moggie63 says:

              I don’t greet strangers in public and since everybody is wearing masks I no longer recognise anybody I know.


        • G says:

          I wonder why the levels of Seasonal Flu is dropping. The NHS are still distinguishing separately so what’s causing the drop. Couldn’t be the emphasis on masks, hand washing and all the rest could it?



      • Eddy Booth says:

        Must be amateur alkies, as most are maskless and instead wear a hidden disabilities sunflower lanyard.

        I’ve noticed an absence of shop staff working will full colds this last year, i guess before, with zero hours contracts, etc they had no choice but to go to work.


  43. AsISeeIt says:

    The inhumanity of lockdown has to stop.

    I hear via a relative that they had to take a family pet to the vets last week.

    Sadly, the elderly cat was beyond veterinary care.

    ‘Because of Covid restrictions’ poor old moggy had to put down outside in a car boot in the vet’s car park as the distressed family looked on.

    Goodness only knows what would have been done should some old lady have travelled up by bus with her terminally ill parrot or some such?


  44. StewGreen says:

    Peter Hitchens on TalkRadio
    “The presence of NUTCASES on my side has done a immense damage, the people who believe in Bill Gates and 5G conspiracies”
    ..he blamed them for why draconian government policies are popular
    .. cos now people don’t want to be on the sceptical side, cos they don’t want to be associated with nutcases.

    I’ve said before that QAnon stuff might as well have been invented by Biden’s Team to harm Trump support
    #1 It divides Trump supporters
    #2 causes the believers to go down rabbit holes and waste their time
    #3 Makes Trump supporters look like nutcases.


  45. StewGreen says:

    R4 Drama about to start
    plays with the idea, for which there’s good evidence, that the Earl of Southampton was a cross dressing homosexual, with whom, it is possible, Shakespeare had an affair.
    … Mrs Merton asks the BBC what attracted them to something with a woke agenda.


  46. StewGreen says:

    Porous borders
    “8,000 tourists/day are still arriving in the UK, on top of the 12,000 essential passengers”


  47. StewGreen says:

    Re Antiques Roadshow mentioned above
    Palmer has tweeted about 30 times about his appearance.
    He’s been on before as well on Feb 7th
    The paper trail shows they reached out to him to invite him on

    Another BBC prog praised him just a few days ago.
    And he was on BBC Scotland in October about slavery
    BBC Scotland article about what he said


  48. StewGreen says:

    Tabloids : 1975 Frank Spencer episode was repeated
    “Frank said to a young boy: “I’m the chief of the pixies, I’m the friend of all the little boys and girls.”
    boy “Oh no you’re not. You’re a poof.”

    The offending word prompted a complaint from the overly-sensitive keyboard warrior, despite a warning of “outdated language” being broadcast immediately beforehand.


    • Emmanuel Goldstein says:


      Have the woke lot started on the ‘Carry on’ series yet.


      • Charlie Farley says:

        Emmanuel Goldstein
        Sadly they have started editing out the ” good bits ” and in yesterdays “Carry on Doctor ” with “Babs” examination scene ….at least two minutes disappeared ! ……disgusting must complain to my MP !


        • Scroblene says:

          Just watched the Dad’s Army where Private Pike wanted to do an eeny-meeny-minee-mo.

          Yup ‘that word’ is still audible…

          Fuzzy-wuzzies in loin cloths…Yup

          Several others too!

          The awful BBC are still raking in the dosh with their ‘racialist’ stuff, but as it’s their money, they don’t really care!


  49. StewGreen says:

    R4 Now “Julie Hesmondhalgh plants trees in aid of her 50th birthday
    ah that’s the actress who is a real woman
    but used to play the trans Hayley in Coronation street ..OK fair enough

    “She talks with others who have used birthdays in similarly salient and sometimes transformative ways
    – including the actress who revealed to her friends on her 50th that she is a trans woman,
    – and the writer who cycled across America to understand its divisions better.
    – speaks with black poet Lemn Sissay about the way birthdays long served as a painful reminder of the family he didn’t have while growing up in care.”

    1960 The Home Service-Radio
    2021 The-WokeService-Radio


  50. taffman says:

    Brexit ? Nothing but Negative Negative Negative!………….. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/uk_leaves_the_eu

    What about getting the Covid Vaccine ? Nothing.