PERSONAL, UNDILUTED VIEWS FROM TOM WINNIFRITH
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135 days ago
Having lost his seat at the last election, former MP Ben Gummer is constantly wheeled out by the BBC and other liberal news outlets as a “mainstream” Tory. That is to say that – unlike most Tory members - he wants to stay in the EU. He then trots out the most monstrous canards claiming them as facts and, naturally, goes unchallenged.
On Radio 4 the other day, Gummer stated the FACT ( i.e. something that has happened) that UK economic growth had been reduced by 1.5% by the Brexit vote. Since there is no laboratory where one British economy trundles along with a vote for Brexit and another with a vote against, Gummer cannot prove that claim. It is not a fact. It is an opinion.
Gummer might claim that UK economic growth is less than had been forecast two years ago. But has he checked economic growth vs forecasts in the EU or US or China? Britain has a global economy and what happens here makes us, in many ways, a cork on that wave. Moreover those making forecasts back in 2016 had no idea of what the Bank of England would do with base rates or what our useless chancellor would do to "fine tune" the economy.
It may be that the Brexit vote has reduced economic growth although we should note that UK growth is far greater than growth in the Eurozone. So it is perfectly possible that the Brexit vote has not made an impact. After all, while folks like Ben Gummer predicted 600,000 job losses as a result of a vote for Brexit we have actually seen a net 700,000 job gains since June 23 2016. The bottom line is that we do not know for certain, the impact of that vote on UK economic growth.
But Gummer states it as a FACT and then makes all sorts of claims about lower Government tax receipts as a result of that FACT. But it is only an opinion. Not that the BBC and his fellow believers in the Great EU Project, who dominate the media, bother to challenge him on this matter.
140 days ago
There are just two countries in the Middle East where Christians can celebrate their faith openly, as part of a supportive community and with no fear of having their head chopped off. One is Israel, which is also the only country in the region where there are gay pride parades. But suggesting that Israel is a beacon of tolerance in a sea of bigotry is not part of the group think narrative for the liberal media elites here in the West. So what about the other place where Christianity is not a high risk activity?
It is of course Syria. Well parts of Syria. Those small pockets still controlled by either ISIS or by the Al Qaeda affiliated Islamofascists of the FSA, who we in the West and Turkey and the evil Saudis have backed with guns and money, saw no Christmas celebrations.
But most of the country is now controlled by President Assad and in that part of Syria and in the Kurdish regions (whose troops in Manbij and elsewhere are now fighting alongside Assad’s men, against “our guys”) you can, as a Christian, celebrate your faith openly.
One of the great joys not of the Christmas just gone but of 2016 was of seeing Christians in Aleppo celebrate the nativity inside their newly reopened cathedral, St Elijah’s. Just days before Christmas two years ago, Assad’s men had liberated Eastern Aleppo from the Islamofascists ("our guys"). The Western press described that liberation as a siege though, in fact most of the City, had always been in Assad’s hands. Certainly Christians felt liberated in that for the first time in several years they could celeberate the birth of Jesus without having their heads chopped off.
It is thus acutely embarrassing for we, supposedly Christian, countries in the West to see scenes of joy in Syria as our co-religionists celeberate our shared faith. For we in the West have done our darndest to topple the regime which protects this freedom and to replace it with one which wishes to commit genocide against our fellow Christians. The Western media has abetted our Governments in this appalling misjudgement with fake news or, as over Christmas, by just not bringing you real news.
Thus one must turn to non Western sources for the videos below. You may not like Russia Today. We are told, by our leaders and the Western press who have lied to us about Syria, that RT serves up fake news. The footage below is genuine.
Meanwhile the liberal Western press spins the line that the US troops being withdrawn by Donald Trump will help ISIS to recover. Au contraire. That is fake news. ISIS was able to flourish in Syria because the Assad regime was under a well funded attack from “our guys” and so had to fight on two fronts. The less support we in the West give to those Islamofascists who behead Christians, children, gays, Alawites and all sorts of others, the folks David Cameron termed “the moderates” the easier it will be for President Assad, assisted by President Putin, who was on the right side, to purge the country of ALL the terrorists.
Al Qaeda. ISIS. They are not that different. They hate the West. They hate Christians. They hate you. They want to kill you. As such if President Assad kills more terrorists of ekither strain of evil, that is fine by me. It is hard to see why the West got this so totally wrong.
Meanwhile back to Christmas in Syria and the scenes the BBC and Channel 4 "fake" News would not dare to show of folks able to celebrate with joy becuase "our guys" lost... Video one is from Damascus, video two is from Aleppo.
141 days ago
Taxpayer funded, BBC Radio 4 has just run a long report on the problems Nigeria faces. It started with David Cameron slamming the country as being corrupt back in 2016. This, the BBC argued, was unhelpful. It was a bad thing to say. I am not normally one to defend Call Me Dave, but on this occasion.
Transparency International which monitors corruption ranks countries on scores ranging from 0 (utterly corrupt) through to 100 ( as honest as Mother Theresa). Guess what? In 2017 Nigeria scored just 28 coming in as the 148th most honest nation on earth out of 180. In short Call Me Dave was, for once, bang on the money.
The BBC then turned to Nigeria’s problems, not bothering to mention that it is the world’s 13th largest oil producer and 20th largest economy. Anyhow, the BBC insists that it has problems and interviewed a local big wig who insisted that all the problems were the fault of …the British. Yes of course, agreed the BBC.
As it happened the evil Britishers, having set up legal and democratic structures which have survived perfectly well elsewhere in other former colonies, departed in 1960. Within seven years the Nigerians were fighting a civil war and have since flitted between democracy and dictatorship. I guess that is all the fault of the Britishers too. The British Empire was, in the fake news, world of the BBC an unmitigated force for bad and its legacy is poisonous.
We evil Britishers left Nigeria 58 years ago. For how long can we be blamed for the country’s ills (despite its oil windfall) while other former colinies manage (without oil) to do so well?
But there is hope. Alleluia!
The EU. Yes the BBC and interviewer agreed that the EU was starting to intervene and offered the chance of real change. Given its expertise in tackling endemic corruption and driving economic prosperity it is hard to think of a more appropriate saviour for Nigeria. The whole report was beyond parody.
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As I sit with an ouzo in Greece, a country with 49% youth unemployment and where pensioners mist live on 9 Euro a day thanks to the EU, back in London, about 100,000 generally very affluent middle class folks are marching to overturn the wishes of 17.4 million of their fellow citizens and for Britain to stay in the EU. The organisers and the BBC and the rest of the liberal media claim this is a big demonstration but that is just fake news.
In 2003 a march against war criminal Tony Blair's illegal invasion of Iraq attracted 750,000 (Police estimate) to 1 million folks (BBC estimate). A few months earlier the Countryside march attracted 500,000 + including myself carrying my then baby daughter Olaf. On that march, where organisers claimed more than a million attendees, most folks had to travel in from the boonies. Some had never been to London before. But London is the most heavily remoaning part of the UK. If only 100,000 turn out today in the heart of remoaning territory, that is really, in relative terms, pretty small is it not?
Here is a picture from the start of the March.
289 days ago
As I am sure you can remember, the liberal media, spearheaded in the UK by the BBC’s repellent Jon Sopel and Beltway Kylie Morris and Matt Frei of Channel 4 Fake News, demonstrated, to their satisfaction, if not that of anyone else, that Donald Trump was a racist back during the Presidential campaign of 2016. The Democrats and Hillary paid a few visits to the ghettos and sung Kumbaya and all was well.
Trump secured just 8% of the black vote which Kylie et al saw as some sort of vindication of the claim that Trump was a racist. Of course, as I pointed out at the time, it was not. That low score was not because Trump is or is not a racist but because, since the 1960s and civil rights blacks have just always voted Democrat however useless was the candidate, crooked Hillary Clinton being a case in point.
Nixon got 35% of the non-white vote in 1960. That was at a point when in the South it was the "Dixiecrats" - Southern Dems - that were resisting Civil Rights and thus blacks there voted for the party that had brought them their freedom from slavery, the party of Lincoln, the GOP. But since then the Republican candidate has - according to Gallup - polled among non white voters:
6% Goldwater 1964
12% Nixon 1968
13% Nixon 1972
15% Ford 1976
10% Reagan 1980
13% Reagan 1984
18% Bush 1988
11% Bush 1992
12% Dole 1996
At this point Gallup seperates hispanics and blacks and other non whites and it is clear that the GOP does a lot worse among black voters than among other non whites (for instance in 2004 polling 7% among blacks and 22% among other non whites to give an overall non-white 17% ) and that implies that the actual black vote since 1960 - other than in 1988 - has been consistently at 10% or below even when the GOP has won the battle for the White House. And so we go on..
3% Bush JNR 2000
7% Bush JNR 2004
1% McCain 2008
5% Romney 2012
In other words, in 2016 Trump did better (despite being a racist bigot according to the MSM) than any GOP candidate this century and almost certainly better than any GOP candidate, other than Bush senior in 1988 and possibly Ford in ’76, since Nixon 58 years ago.
However since the old racist, that is to say Trump, got into the White House the economy has boomed and that has seen more blacks lifted out pf poverty than at any time in memory. Dems may spend billions on Government programmes which employ lots of middle class folks to help the folks in the ghetto but they just don’t work, blacks stay poor. Freeing up the economy does work. Black wages are surging and thus in a poll a few days ago by Rasmussen Trump’s approval rating among black voters was an absolutely astonishing 29%. Now maybe approval ratings do not translate exactly into pulling levers in polling booths but if that poll is anywhere close to accurate this is an earthquake which makes #Trump2020 a slam dunk certainty.
Assuming The Donald has coat-tails it should also make the mid-terms in November very interesting indeed. If the personal popularity of POTUS among blacks translates into an unprecedented enthusiasm for the GOP then the Democrats are in massive trouble.
So how do the Dem’s respond? By threatening a black women having breakfast in a restaurant. I kid you not. This is not 1950s Alabama this is Philadelphia 2018. The black woman Candace Owens is a conservative commentator but video of ANTIFA, nearly all white folks who all support the Dems, driving this photogenic and charming young lady from a diner has shocked America.
As black America considers the idea that, whatever they were told about the bogeyman, racist Trump, they really have never had it so good, now they see the same white folks who called Trump a racist chasing a black woman out of a restaurant and haranguing her, which way do you expect Trump’s ratings to go?
Natch the liberal media and the Democratic party will respond by upping the volume on the chants of racism. But, it seems that black America is just not listening any more.
323 days ago
The BBC and its sister publication the Guardian had a weekend wankfest as large crowds gathered to protest against policies Donald Trump had already rescinded to deal with illegal migration across the Mexican border. But their coverage failed to show what is really happening. They are in denial as they serve up non-stop fake news.
The liberal media loves those protesters. But those large crowds are the same folks who protest against everything Trump does. If he says 2+2 equals 4 they scream “racist” and demand that Bob Mueller investigate POTUS for getting Russia to help him with his maths. As Trump brings peace to the Koreas they shout “fascist” and say that he has made the world more dangerous. As news comes through of surging jobs numbers especially among black workers they shout “well done Obama, for it is your policies that have delivered this despite Trump.”
And all the time this affluent middle class mob enjoy spending those tax cuts the President has implemented and which they said were just a sop to the rich.
So Trump is hated by well heeled liberals in the coastal states. Tell us something we did not know Jon Sopel et al.
What the liberal media is not discussing is how the polls show that most Americans actually approve of Trump’s tough line on immigration. And the sight of Beltway Dems and Hollywood celebs screaming about how they, effectively, want no controls at the Border only makes Trump more popular. Among GOP voters his approval rating is now 90% - as we approach the mid terms that is Reagan plus territory.
But more alarming still for the fake news media is that his overall approval rating among all voters is now 47% and climbing and if one factors in “shy Trumpsters” he is doing extraordinarily well for this point of the cycle, far better than Obama was. All talk of the Dems seizing control of Congress in November is now off the table. Not only will the GOP do well but those congressmen elected will be Trump Republicans not the Country Club set like McCain and Romney who cannot be relied upon to support Trump’s policies.
I still worry that, before we start celebrating a win for #Trump2020, the global economy may slow and the asset bubbles created over many years in the USA (and the UK) may start to pop. That would not help the Donald to defeat whichever candidate the Dems select. But, on the other hand, as the liberal media continues to give wall to wall coverage of the Trump hating mob and as the Democratic party aligns itself ever more closely to that mob whose views may be mainstream in the hipster infested parts of Brooklyn but are anathema to most Americans, the popularity of Trump and of the GOP will continue to climb.
And given how Trump's approval ratings in the biggest, solidly blue, states New York and California, are so incredibly low, basic maths suggests that in the rest of America and, critically, in the swing states of the Mid West he is well ahead. In 2016 Trump won partly because some folks thought he was awful but his opponent, crooked Hillary, was far worse. What the Dems just cannot understand, which makes them scream in an even more demented fashion, is that two years later more and more folks actually like Trump and what he is doing. Most of the folks who ldent their votes to Trump as the anti Clinton candidate are now firm pro Trumpsters. They are "deplorables too" and are most welcome to join the party.
One thing that you will not find reported on the BBC, CNN or read about in the Guardian is one group where there has been a big swing to Trump in recent weeks, helping fuel his ratings climb. That group is the Hispanic block. That should not be odd at all although one imagines that the liberal media elitists just will not understand.
More illegal migrants from the South will mean more folk ready to clean the lavatory of Nancy Pelosi et al or to serve them in swanky restaurants. But whose jobs will they be taking? Whose wages will they be threatening to undercut? In many cases it will be Hispanics living in the US legally and starting to pursue the America dream. They may wait in a restaurant but maybe their kids will go to college and get a better life. For such voters Donald Trump protects the American dream, the Dems threaten it.
If there was an election tomorrow the Dems would head to the ghettos and scream "Trump is a racist" not hoping but expecting to get what they regard as "their people" out in drov es. And the Dems would win the hispanic vote and the black vote. But with black employment zooming and black living standards rising in a way that just did not happen under Obama, there is little doubt that Trump would do better among black voters than any GOP candidate since Nixon and would almost certainly deliver the best ever GOP result among hispanics. But don't expect the mainstream media to tell you about that any day soon.
360 days ago
On Friday, the Irish voted to legalize abortion at up to 12 weeks. It is now Sunday and the BBC - my only English language TV here in Greece - is still covering this story with a manic obsession. "What a modern nation Ireland has become: a gay PM, abortion on demand, the Church in tatters, cue picture of joyous crowds." Okay, it does not mention its joy at the collapse of the Irish church but it makes its views clear with pictures of nuns scuttling away from polling stations looking miserable.
Meanwhile back in the UK the same folks who reckon that the 17.4 million who voted for Brexit did not really understand the issue and should have left it to the politicians and experts, cheer on the result. What a great thing this referendum was, prattle Owen Jones and the rest of the metropolitan elite. More hypocrisy for tea Gina Miller?
The campaign wsas deceitful. Those who supported abortion talked again and again of sad cases where women were carrying a foetus that would not survive birth or one created as a result of rape or incest. It is hard not to accept that such women should have a right to a termination.
Occasionally some campaigners strayed off line and mentioned a foetus that we knew would be handicapped or have Down's Syndrome. Surely they argued a woman carrying such a foetus has a right to an abortion. Really? Are they saying that the life of someone with a handicap or with Downs' is worth less than the life of a healthy human? The Nazis took a similar line. I challenge anyone holding that view to walk with me to Woodlarks on July 28 and to tell the campers there that their life is worth less than yours or mine, that they have fewer rights, including the right to life, than you or I.
The reality is that the vast majority of the 3,000 Irish women travelling to the UK for abortions each year and the many more who will now have abortions in Eire will be killing healthy babies created as a result of consensual sex. By using extreme cases the YES campaign have persuaded Ireland that it will allow thousands of such babies to be murdered every year.
Abortion in Ireland will like abortion in England , it will now be just another form of birth control, largely for those who could not be bothered to use other forms. Yes a woman should have a right to control her body but that right does not trump the right to life of another living being. The reality that those crowds of young folk and feminists celebrating in Dublin this weekend choose to ignore, is that they are celebrating the right to murder a living being because it is an inconvenience, it would change the lifestyle of the mother.
The law in Ireland was inhumane in that it denied abortions where there was a compelling moral case, for instance where the baby could not survive. I, or rather an ex-wife, have been in that position. I feel that our conscience is clear. But the laws that will now be introduced are nothing other than the legalisation of murder. I suppose we are meant to regard this as progress. My uber liberal daughter Olaf will call me a dinosaur but I do not see this as progress in any way shape or form. And Olaf, I do have a right to a view even though I am a man. Half those babies who will now be legally murdered would have been male. All would have been humans.
408 days ago
Apparently the great woman has a new artwork so was invited on to the Today programme to discuss it and how it reflected on Brexit. I should have braced myself.
According to Ms Emin she opposes Brexit because she does not want Britain "demoted to some demented island offshore Europe".
Hmmmm. That would be Britain which is the world's 5th largest economy and the one that has grown, creating record employment since the Brexit vote which folks like Emin warned would, at once, create economic disaster all round. Was Britain "demented " before we joined the EU, in the era of Shakespeare or of Constable and Turner? Or when it stood alone and defeated the evil of fascism more than seventy years ago? So why should it become such a backwater post Brexit?
We have no idea of the terms of our Brexit yet but Ms Emin assures us that she does and she knows that we will become an irrelevant backwater overnight.
If I want someone to come and crap on my bed to make it valuable art I will call Tracey. But for an informed view on global politics and macro-economics is the BBC really sure that she is the most qualified of experts? Should its flagship radio programme really be giving her airtime to spout her views on this matter? Or at least challenging the old bag to justify such a strongly worded statement?
409 days ago
Hamas, the rulers of Gaza whose leaders still openly talk of driving the evil Jews into the sea and who happily fly Nazi flags alongside their own as you can see below, continues to organise protests on the Israeli border. Thanks to the liberal media's hatred of Israel it has been a PR triumph. But the truth...
On day one of the protests, c30,000 Palestinians took part in demonstrations along the Gaza border, during which rioters threw rocks and firebombs at Israeli troops on the other side of the fence, burned tires and scrap wood, sought to breach and damage the security fence, and in one case opened fire at Israeli soldiers. So much for the "peaceful" demonstrators that the BBC and others reported on. But at least they were civilians right? Those nasty Israeli soldiers, the wicked Jews were firing at civilians. well er...no.
So far at least ten of the 15 killed have been identified by the Israeli Defence Forces as Hamas combatants as you can see below. The others are still being investigated. For rather than fire indiscriminantly on civilians as the Western media states time and time again, the IDF was targeting combatants. Hell's teeth even Hamas has fessed up that five of those killed were its own guys. Has the BBC, CNN or The Guardian reported on that? Of course they have not.
These are the facts but the Western liberal elites don't care about facts. The narrative is of peaceful civilians being indiscriminantly fired on by the wicked Jews again. The truth is that the mob was a mixture of Hamas soldiers and civilians whipped up to act as a human shield for combatants. In the same way, Hamas launches its rockets targeting Israeli civilians from inside schools and hospitals knowing that any attempt by Israel to take out its weapons will result in civilian deaths and another PR triumph. That is thanks to a complicit Western press.
The facts never change, the human shields and PR triumphs of Hamas never change. When they know that the BBC and others will lap it up why change tactics? If the Western press was to report what is really going on then Hamas might stop using its own civilians as human shields and that would not be a bad thing would it? But such is the loathing that the liberal media elites feels for Israel, the facts will never be reported when they conflict with the narrative of victims in Gaza good - everyone there is a victim even if they are firing rockets on an Israeli primary school at the time - and Israelis bad.
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Saturday was world #Transvisibilityday. You need a day like that becuase way under 0.5% of the world's population are never on TV, never in the newspapers, never being celebrated at the Oscars for starring in a crap foreign language film, never on BBC Question Time as the high priests of victimhood. They are never in the headlines demanding that though they have penises folks who identify as women and re part way there should be allowed to share a changing room with our teenage daughters. No, never.
There are about the same number of trans folks in the UK and Australia as - censuses indicate - there are those whose religious order is that of the Jedi Knights. When's world #Jedivisibilityday because right now in terms of media presence the force is with the trans folks...The poor Jedis, they really are an under reported and invisible minority.
Natch on this occasion the liberal media devoted acres of print to how no-one ever writes about trans folks or why we fail to understand them. So in case you need a primer, here is a gem from the Huffington Post from last fall. Have you got any idea at all what on earth this is all about? Answers in the comments section below:
A Guide To Non-binary Pronouns And Why They Matter
By Sassafras Lowrey
I came out as genderqueer when I was 17 years old, and now at 33 I’ve now spent almost half my life as an out genderqueer person! For me being genderqueer means that I’m not a man or a woman, and that regardless of my presentation, my gender identity exists outside of the binary of female or male.
My gender history over the past sixteen years has included multiple social and physical gender transitions. I have lived in many gender presentations, and have used hormones to physically transitions several times. Over the years my gender presentation has been fluid from: butch, to transgender man, to bearded lady, to queer femme. The only consistency in my gender identity over the years has been genderqueer, and my non-binary pronouns: ze/hir.
Queering language is really important to me. when I first came out as genderqueer in the early 2000’s I learned about non-binary pronouns, and right away began using “ze/hir” as my pronouns. These were the same pronouns gender outlaw Kate Bornstein, transgender activist Leslie Feinberg, and so many other genderqueer folks I met were using to reflect our non-binary identities.
As a fiction author one of my main goals is to create queer stories for queer readers. For me this means writing a diverse representation of genderqueer/trans characters on the page. The characters in my novels unapologetically use a variety of pronouns. I’m equally committed to normalizing the presence of non-binary characters as I am to non-binary language in literature.
Last year The Merriam-Webster Dictionary added the words “genderqueer” and “Mx” which a non-binary honorific to replace “Mr.” or “Ms” to the dictionary! This year The Associated Press Stylebook updated the guide to include the use of “they” as a non-binary singular pronoun. The AP does however encourages writers to try to avoid doing so, and to rephrase writing to use a name whenever possible. The updated Stylebook also explicitly doesn’t support usage of gender-neutral pronouns such as “ze.” Queering language is a work in progress.The AP does name that gender is not a binary, and is about identity- even running this tip on their homepage this morning!
Language like identities are constantly evolving. I understand that using non-binary pronouns might be challenging, but when someone says my pronouns are “too hard” for them to remember, what I hear is that you don’t value our friendship, the work that i’m doing in the world, or me as a person. guide.
Whatever. I suppose this is what we are encouraged to view as progress in the world.
427 days ago
One of the big lies that our children are told in school and university and which the liberal media ram down our throats is that public sector workers are paid less than we folks in the productive sector and have had lower pay rises over the past few years. Those lies are exposed as lies with hard data as I did in my, Bath Spa lecture HERE, the "what happened next" story of which I will relay one day and which will horrify you. But the lie has worked. If enough folks repeat a lie often enough it becomes an Orwellian truth.
And thus pay rises for lower paid NHS workers of 6.5%-29% were announced. The cost will be £4 billion a year which, according to the BBC, will be picked up by the Treasury.
Oh how nice of the Treasury...there was I thinking it would be funded by tax receipts from folks like you and me or from more Government debt which will need to be serviced ( by tax receipts from folks like you and me) and maybe repaid with tax receipts from folks like you and me.
The BBC as an institutionalised Money Tree believer thinks that the Government funds everything. The Government funds nothing. It takes money from workers, businesses and consumers and then spends it, usually not very efficiently. Folks spending their own cash tend to be prudent and spend it wisely and demand value for money. The Government and its employees don't give a fuck as they are just bribing the electorate with Other People's Money.
The vast majority of tax taken by HMG comes from evil capitalists, from big business and from entrepreneurs who risk their own capital to establish businesses and, sometimes, reap the rewards from doing so. As we entrepreneurs know, the vast majority of businesses set up today will go bust within five years.
The writing is on the wall. Whether under Jeremy Corbyn or the faux Tories of May and Hammond, public sector workers who earn more than we in the private sector, have had bigger pay rises, have better pensions, more holidays, more sick pay, more days off for strikes and far more job security than we evil capitalists will get more and more pay rises to be paid for by we evil capitalists. Well not this one.
In the past two years I have successfully sold two businesses - the restaurant and the UK Investor Show. Now it is a matter of exiting smaller ones and winding down my work commitments. I really can't be arsed to work my socks off to hand more money to folks who despise me for what I do and who could not dream of working the hours I do. Enough is enough.
This is the final straw. The wind-down to a life of writing for pleasure only and concentrating on farming goats is now officially underway.
And before any lefties out their say "good riddance" just consider that I am far from alone. There will be many other entrepreneurs feeling the same way today. Consider that and then go and read Aesop's fable of the Goose that laid the Golden egg. The problem with socialists as our greatest ever Prime Minister once observed, is that eventually they run out of other people's money.
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For more than two decades the mad dog eating commies of North Korea have been trying to perfect missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to the USA. Us President after US President has said how cross he is and if the dog eaters don't stop being so naughty they will impose more sanctions for China and most other folks to ignore.
Oddly enough this approach has not worked and after eight, especially spineless years, from President Hopey Change, Donald Trump came to power with North Korea having missiles that could nuke America. Naturally the liberal media had consistently praised the statesmanlike efforts of Nobel Peace Prize winner Hopey Change in attempting to secure peace & keeping the Korean Peninsula stable. They overlooked the fact that Obama had failed miserably in stopping the Korean nuclear & ICBM programmes, and so Obama handed over to Trump with a real hospital pass.
Trump told little Rocketman and North Korea where to get off. Mess with Trump's America and you will meet "fire and fury". Folks like the BBC's lamentable Jon Sopel or Beltway insider Kylie Morris of Channel 4 Fake News rounded up tame country club republicans and armies of Dems to say how POTUS was risking an apocalypse, threatening world peace and following a path of sheer insanity.
Wind forward and North Korea has now said that it will scrap its nuclear programme altogether if its safety is guaranteed. We do not know how this will play out but thanks to President Trump we have something we never saw under his predecessors who were lauded by the liberal media as sage diplomats on matters Korean. We have the chance of disarming a rogue nation, of taking away its nukes.
So who will bee first to apologise to the President for allowing their hatred of Donald Trump to drive them to call the past two decades of relations with North Korea so incredibly badly? Sopel? Morris? Any other member of the liberal news elite? Your silence is deafening guys.
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I could not bear to stay up to watch the Oscars on Sunday night. But I have already seen the BBC and the rest of the liberal media fawning over its diversity and how the millionaire liberal luvvies took it in turns to bash Trump, male harassersment, guns, Trump again, Republicans and Trump again. How drearily predictable but then #blackfrocksmatter. But there is another matter which the liberal media is not reporting on - how America is turning off from this virtue signalling in droves.
As with the NFL #TakeAknee protest, when Donald Trump finds himself at war with another batch of precious liberal millionaires, that is to say Hollywood, the media reckons it shows how out of touch POTUS has become. Au contraire. Crowds at professionnal football matches plunged last year as did TV audiences. It was clear that it was not just Donald Trump and Mike Pence who found insulting the flag offensive, so too did millions of ordinary Americans.
And so to the Oscars. The initial stats show that the TV audience fell by a massive 17% and that was from a 2017 number that was itself the lowest since 2008. We do not have final data in yet but it could well be that viewership numbers were the lowest this Century.
You may say "so what?" Perhaps it is an indication that the films in contention were not that interesting and when viewed dispassionately in a few years time, even the luvvies will admit as such. Or perhaps there is another explanation, that is to say that the liberal values that Hollywood pushes so aggressively are not those which chime with the majority of Americans. Those living hard real lives in the rust belt and the farm belt are just tired of being lectured by millionaires who aren't really qualified as experts on anything, about why their values and priorities are so wrong.
Once again this is the tale of two Americas demonstrated in full. Looking at the Italian election results, it is not just in the USA the the "little people" are saying that enough is enough and sending a big fuck you to the elites.
464 days ago
The sort of well paid metropolitan elitist who works for the BBC will no doubt mingle socially with the numerous champagne socialists earning £100,000 + per annum working for NGOs and lecturing rich folks in the private sector about how evil we are for not tackling poverty. These are the chattering classes and they stick together.
Thus on Radio 4's flagship Today programme Justin Webb was interviewing folks about the Oxfam scandal where highly paid workers in Haiti shagged underage hookers in lavish charity funded accommodation. Oxfam then covered this up allowing some of these perverts to go to get highly paid jobs at other charities. It now seems that there are numerous other sex scandals at Oxfam and we all have every right to be outraged since taxpayer's cash is funnelled to this charity in very large amounts.
Yet Webb stated ( as a question) " What a lot of people, or rather some people, think is that a lot of this is A) rather made up or B) exaggerated by those who want to attack the whole idea of aid."
Ok Justin, how would you feel if your 15 year old daughter was forced to have sex with men in their sixties? You okay with that as long as the men are Guardian reading lefties with highly paid jobs at a virtue signalling organisation?
Webb should be fired from the, taxpayer funded and out of touch, BBC for making such a statement which is unambiguously obscene and offensive as well as A grade fake news. No, one believes, the assertion made by Webb.
Natch he will not even be disciplined.
Elsewhere on Today we were all urged to go easy on Oxfam as if its funding is cut the vulnerable will suffer. Rubbish. There is no shortage of charities helping poor kids in poor countries, each of which has a bloated central overhead back in the UK stuffed with Guardian readers on six figure salaries. It would be very easy, in fact desirable, to see fewer charities helping poor folks and thus cutting out some of the administrative costs which are surely duplicated.
Switching funding from a charity which covers up paedophile scandals to one that does not is surely no bad thing. At the very least overall funding levels are unchanged. In reality by cutting out one set of central overheads more cash could get through to helping folks who really need it.
Yet there was no-one at the BBC making this point on the Today programme. It was almost as if folk like Justin cared more about the staff at the NGOs rather than those they were meant to be helping, when they were not sexually exploiting them.
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478 days ago
PWC has today produced a report on the gender pay gap at the BBC. The state owned broadcaster funded by all of us via our taxes and by the poll tax which is the license fee, is wilfully misinterpreting the results in order to justify pay rises to some already rich and overpaid female staff.
The PWC report found that the media gender pay gap among 824 on air staff was 6.8% which it states is lower that the overall BBC average of 9.3%. The BBC website says this compared to a national average of 18%. Unfortunately that is a lie.
The BBC website is comparing apples and pears - median pay and mean pay ( an average skewed by a high number of outliers which is thus discredited). The BBC should have gone to my talk at Bath Spa which has landed me in such hot water so it would understand that error. The national median pay gap is 9% so the BBC is in line with the national norms but critically, its on air staff, fare far better than the national norms.
The BBC however says that this gap is down to gender and must therefore be closed. In that it is making a profound error and not one backed by any evidence at all. Some of the gap is down to gender. There is a gender pay gap. Academic studies - for instance I cite work by my local barking mad Commie Corbynista councillor the sociologist Harriet Bradley on this matter - show that there are many other factors at work so if you close that gap (as the BBC says it will do by 2020)you will be giving a gender bonus to women which is almost certainly not justified.
For instance a key factor in the "gender pay gap" is age. The ONS shows that among 22-39 year olds there is a tiny gender pay gap. Indeed in 2015 women in that age group earned a higher median wage than men. It is among older workers that the gap widens up. Why? Partly it is just changes in society. In Newsrooms in 1980 most folks were men and most graduate entrants were men. The graduates of 1980 are today's top staff. Today graduates are mixed and reflect society so in 40 years so too will the top staff. As the years go this will close that gender gap. Lumping on gender bonuses for all staff now is actually unfair since it will be penalising those with more experience.
There is also the issue of kids. It is a fact that more women than men take career breaks for children so missing out on annual pay rises. That is the case across society and the BBC is not immune . But it is trying to pretend otherwise.
One part of the PWC report that is of note is that the median pay gap in the lowest three of the four on-air job levels PwC examined was 12.6%, in the top level, the gap was 0.4% - but the number of people in this bracket was smaller and the range of salaries much wider. So those big name stars demanding pay rises? Really they have very little to bleat about.
The BBC's response has been to cut the pay of a handful of highly paid men. What it will now do is ratchet up the pay for a raft of already well paid women. And it is we who face jail for not paying our license and who, on average, earn a fraction of what a BBC presenter earns, who must pay for these pay rises based on misinterpreting data.
The real irony is that news is a commodity business which is why, across the West, average salaries in TV news are falling and really are not that high. Only in Britain where the taxpayer is forced to write blank cheques allowing the BBC to skew the overall market, is that trend not occurring.
As one looks at events in Iran and across the world one sees real feminists fighting on real issues that matter to real women. Here in the UK we see grossly overpaid women citing feminism as they misinterpret data in order to get even more money, funded by the most regressive tax the Government imposes.l
That is, I guess, what we call progress: poor folks in the 99% handing over more of their money to the 1%.
I suggest that before folks like Kate Silverton and Fiona Bruce talk more self justifying pompous nonsense they take a short lesson in how to understand data from myself HERE.
489 days ago
Members of Congress have been shown a 4 page memo which details FBI spying under the Obama adminstration in which crooked Hillary Clinton served. The memo has been described as "shocking" and "worse than Watergate." Now the pressure is on to #ReleasetheMemo.
Oddly the Dems in Congress are all opposed to releasing it while Republicans want it out. I can't think why there should be this partisan divide.
Meanwhile the liberal media tries it best to report on almost anything else. I am yet to see the BBC bother to cover this story. Presumably its grossly overpaid fake news man in North America Jon Sopel is too busy still trying to find a shred of evidence to back up his numerous assertions of Trump Russian collusion.
The story of corruption should never have been about Trump it was always about Hillary. #Releasethememo and then start the process to #LockHerup
490 days ago
Last night Donald Trump handed out nine awards for excellence in fake news. He knows what the BBC is, having owned its grossly overpaid North American Reporter, pompous prig Jon Sopel, in public as you can see here. But POTUS failed to recognise our State Funded broadcaster. That is outrageous. How dare he snub the British? Is it because he is racist?
I cannot deny that the award winners were worthy recipients. President Trump handed out gongs to various outlets. CNN was given four “awards”, with The New York Times taking two and one each going to ABC News and the magazines Time and Newsweek. But none for the BBC. Shocking.
Who can forget that classic BBC Newsnight "scoop" that Trump was doing so badly that he would lose Utah and Alaska to crooked Hillary and thus the GOP had to dump him before it was too late? Or numerous utterly bogus stories and 99% of Sopel's coverage. Only the other day Sopel posted a whole report on the new Trump book by Michael Wolff listing the damning quotes but neglecting to mention both Wolff's history of making up quotes in prior books or the fact that several of those quoted in this book - including Tony Blair - had denied quotes in this book. Surely with Sopel as its lead man the BBC merited an award for fake news such as this gem on the embassy move in Israel? It was robbed. Next year maybe POTUS could like the Oscars introduce a best foreign language category for the BBC to win by a country mile?
As for Channel 4 News, the home of British fake News: well I guess with its audience size Mr Trump had to draw the line somewhere in terms of obscure crackpot outlets fronted up by millionaire elititst liberal nutjobs like Cathy Newman.
495 days ago
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And beauty is not skin deep - or should not be. I fancy the Mrs not only because she is physically attractive but for a range of reasons including her brains, sense of humour and her past experiences which I can understand. But now apparently that is not acceptable. If a woman's past experiences include being a man and going through surgery and hormone treatment that may be something that one may not find so attractive. In fact it is something that would deter me from trying it on.
But apparently that is, according to the BBC, arguably bigoted. That it runs a story where high profile trans India Willoughby asks the question as to whether refusing to date a trans is "discriminatory" shows how out of touch the state funded broadcaster is.
Who we date is because we discriminate on a range of grounds. Put another way we all have different tastes in who we date.
And whatever India or the BBC think "women" who used to have penises and be men are not quite like other women in ternms of their poast experiences, their ability to lift weights, and other matters. Such woman may be your squeeze of choice but they are not mine. Just as I am happy being married to a Guardian reading lefty while you may not be. It is down to taste.
What next? Perhaps if we are discussing what is a matter of taste you need to think about your CD collection.
No Motown in there? Hell's teeth you don't listen to soul or gospel either. Well I guess that makes you a racist as you are "discriminating" against black music. The logic is the same. Or rather complete lack of logic. This is sheer more complete insanity. And of course it is your taxes that funds the BBC which engages so enthusiastiacly in this insanity.
496 days ago
Te BBC is drowning in stories about an NHS in crisis due to a shortage of doctors and money stories. Natch it is the evil Tories who are to blame although, the inconvenient truth , is that the Tories keep on increasing NHS spending to new record levels. There are no spending cuts. Meanwhile the refuse to report the Val d'Isere scandal.
More than 500 doctors are right now in the ski resort at a conference which - as it is part of maintaining their training - they can claim from the cash strapped NHS the cost of attending. As you can see below there are no seminars during ski-ing hours.What percent of NHS workers are on holiday or training courses this week or indeed in January during peaqk flu season? Natch there is no data on that but the answer should be 0%.
The NHS knows when peak demand will be ( January and February) as that is when flu strikes. A well managed organisation would simply ban all holidays anmd training days in those two months. But the NHS is not well managed. However much cash you throw at an organisation this badly managed it will always fail, especially when it employs the sort of greedy and selfish bastard currently "training" at taxpayers expense in Val d'Isere.
499 days ago
To her enormous credit, Carrie Gracie the BBC's former China editor turned down a £45,000 pay rise last year when she pointed out that on £135,000 she earned far less than other International editors such as Jon "fake news" Sopel in the USA and Jeremy Bowen in thee Middle east. One issue is an apparent gender pay gap. The real issue is that overall pay levels are bloated and the BBC is unaccountable and funded by you and I under threat of jail.
Gracie gets this point. She regards earning £135,000 a year for doing a job she loves as more than fair. It is £74 an hour and easily enough to get you into the top 2% of income earners. Her salary was paid by the BBC which is funded by the taxpayer through State subsidy and directly via a license fee which we must pay whatever we earn under threat of jail.
Too many of Gracie's fellow female stars have demanded that she get a big pay rise in the name of feminism and gender equality. These greedy women should realise that the struggle for gender equality should focus on those at the bottom of the heap, women who are vulnerable and suffer real poverty not pampered millionaires.
The real issue is why Jon Sopel earns £200-249,000 putting him in the top 1% of earners. Has he really shown such exceptional talent at reading a script tpo justify this. The answer as Gracie points out is not to give her a pay hike but to start to slash the salaries of men like fake news Sopel and Bowen. That is gender equality without transferring more wealth from the 98.5% to the 1.5%.
Who other than greedy millionaires like Claire Balding and Fiona Bruce could argue against that?
512 days ago
Even Jeremy Corbyn and the odious little arsehole Owen Jones of the Guardian have stopped lauding Venezuala - where the people are now starving - as a socialist paradise on earth. Heck, even the mad Marxist "economist" Paul Mason has stopped citing it is a case study to show how Britain could prosper under Labour. But some folks are beyond saving. Remember that it is your license fee, extracted under threat of jail, that pays for BBC Radio 4 which still gives a platform to folks spouting patent rot. The tweet below needs no further comment from me.
520 days ago
A couple of weeks ago BBC Question Time went to Barnsley in the Grim North and among its audience of hand picked members of Momentum was the lass below Samanatha Thompson who bleated on about how she and her family had to use food banks and this was a sign of wicked Tory austerity causing rising poverty, blah, blah, blah. I gather that Samantha has taken offence at some Tory councillor who noted that for someone claiming to be on the brink of starvation she is, to put it bluntly, very fat indeed. Miss Piggy reckons that this is offensive and wants an apology and maybe in these PC free speech denying times the poor chap will be forced by his party to grovel. Since I have no such pressure I say "Miss Piggy your are a fat blubbermonster and if you find that offensive how about you eat less and stop looking quite so much like a beached whale? Of course this story gets more ridiculous.
The first thing to note is that poverty as defined by Miss Piggy and the left is relative poverty.So you are poor if you earn less than 60% of the mean average wage. If the banksters get big bonuses even if the poor get real pay rises too and so have more purchasing power and are thus better off, the left says that their poverty has increased. This is clearly utter rot.
There are rising levels of relative poverty but there are actually falling levels of absolute poverty, in good part thanks to the evil Tories massively increasing the threshold at which one pays tax, a measure that is of most benefit in terms of disposable incomes to low earners. If you are actually poor ( as in struggling to feed your family) it is absolute not relative income that you care about. Relative poverty is only something those who are well enough not to be troubled by real cash worries, like Guardian journalists and Labour MPs and most middle class public sector lefties, can actually afford to care about.
SZo the left tell us that soaring food bank usage is down to increased poverty. But the facts are that in absolute terms ( i.e) purchasing power, poverty is going down. So why do so many folks use food banks? Because they offer free food silly! That means that food bank users have more disposable cash for things like fags, booze. expensive fast food takeaways, playing the voluntary tax on the stupid that is the lottery, SkyTV subs and foreign holidays. Foreign what FFS? That brings us back to Miss Piggy...
Go to her facebook page, below, and among the many examples of blatant consumerism is this pic of her on a foreign holiday. There are others. Summer and winter breaks. Such is the face of poverty in 2017 Britain.
Miss piggy gets to go on even better foreign hols thanks to food banks. What percent of food bank users smoke/have foreign holidays/play the lotto/have Sky etc? It would be an interesting academic study but what are the chances of any academic daring to risk career destruction by requesting to do such a study?, They are of course nil. But that will not stop those on the left screaming that any suggestion that food bank growth is down to anything outher than increased poverty is just a wicked Tory lie.
525 days ago
The first footage on the State funded broadcaster Pravda was of Palestinians throwing stones and other missiles at Israeli troops on the West Bank. The Troops responded with tear gas. The voice-over then talked of Israeli retaliation which saw two dead in Gaza after air strikes.
So what actually happened? Well the folks on the West Bank came out onto the streets where they celebrated 9/11 but did nothing last year when Russia recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to chuck stones at Israelis to protest at the US following Russia's lead.
Meanwhile in Gaza, Israeli war planes precision bombed a site where Hamas fighters were sending rockets onto Israeli citizens. One of those rockets had landed on a nursery school. The aim was not to attack military targets in Israel just to kill Jews. So the Israeli air force bombed the site and killed two men who were in fact Hamas fighters engaged in attempted Jew killing. They knocked out a site whose sole purpose was Jew killing.
Linking the West Bank protests to the Israeli air strike was bad enough in that there was no link whatsoever. But then describing Israel's actions as retaliation is just an untruth, pure unadulterated fake news and it is fake news with menace. What Israel did is called self defence.
If someone was sending rockets onto civilian areas in any other country on earth the BBC would describe a targeted strike on those sending the rockets and their launch site as defence. Taking out the rocket launching site will save lives of civilians. But when those sending the rockets are trying to kill Jews the BBC describes it as retaliation.
Why is the life of a kid at a nursery in Israel not something the Jewish state is allowed to protect? Once again the BBC shows itself to be morally bankrupt when it comes to the treatment of the Jewish state. But here in Airstrip One, if I do not pay a poll tax to fund its work I will be threatened with jail. Wonderful.
525 days ago
Boy did the liberal media love the defeat of GOP Candidate Roy Moore in the Alabama special election for the Senate. John Snow on Channel 4 Fake News described Alabama as the state that helped make Trump President. Le Monde described it as a referendum on Trump. The BBC was already planning the coronation of a Dem in the 2020 White House race. Fake news folks.
Naturally, beltway Kylie Morris on C4, again, won the prize as the Queen of fake news as she described how Trump had backed the wrong candidate twice while she and Snow drooled over a victory caused by Afro Americans turning out in big numbers. Now for the real facts.
Roy Moore was not Trump's preferred candidate for the GOP. He had backed another in the primary as Moore was clearly a bit of a lunatic. But his brand of religion driven fundamentalism played well in that Primary so he won. And Trump backed him thereafter. That, I put it to you Kylie, is Trump backing the right candidate just one that lost the Primary.
Moore was up against a liberal democrat. Alabama is a deeply red - that is to say Republican - state and in normal circumstances Moore would have won. But two months before polling allegations emerged of sexual harassment many moons ago but at least one of the alleged victims was under age.
In the current climate some in the GOP like Mitt Romney did not wait for proof of guilt, largely because the country Club elitists of the GOP did not like Moore's politics. They openly backed the Dem or urged folks to stay at home. Trump is battling in the Senate to get through a radical agenda on homeland security, tax and healthcare reform. Most Americans back POTUS but sadly some Republican senators do not. Serial losers like John McCain have an almost unblemished record of voting with the Dems against Trump reforms. So while the Senate is nominally Republican ( 52-48 after Alabama) it is in fact very much on a knife edge on the big issues.
Trump took the view that Moore would back his reforms and the Dem would not and so as leader of the GOP backed the GOP man. The result was close. Moore got 48.38% and the Dem 49.92%. But this was not a happy tale of a rainbow alliance voting in droves as the liberal media tells you. This is not a seismic shift in racial politics in the South as the BBC insisted.
Quite simply turnout in rural areas which are heavily Republican was down, especially among women. That was Republicans staying at home. There were also some Republicans who simply voted for the Dem and the write in vote, those folks writing in a third name was bigger than the Dem majority. Those folks were Republicans who could not stomach voting for an alleged child molester.
In November next year this Senate seat comes up for grabs again and the newly elected Senator Jones will lose his seat. If the Republicans pick a candidate who is not alleged to have forced himself on a 14 year old girl and many other women the write in voters will return to the fold and the folks out in the boonies will once again vote in normal numbers and they will vote for the GOP. So Alabama will once again vote for a senator who will back Trump.
This was no referendum on the President, it was simply a good number of Republicans saying they could not bring themselves to vote for the most Godawful candidate imaginable. Had the sexual issues not come up Moore would have won, he was well ahead in the polls before they emerged. Hell's teeth I think I would have struggled to back Moore he was that bad!
The liberal media can have their day but if they tell you that this says anything about the 2020 Presidential race or indeed about the 2018 Senate race in Alabama that is just fake news.
As for Jon Snow, Alabama was not the state that helped make Trump the leader of the free world. The states that took him to the white house were those swing states in the rust belt. Alabama voted red in 2016 as it has for many elections and as it always will. If you think that is changing you really have lost the plot.
533 days ago
For more than two decades Congress has pushed for the US to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is, after all, the capital. It is where the Knesset sits and is the logical place to be situated. Except of course that the Arab world would rather than the embassy was in Tel Aviv or better still scrapped altogether and the Jews pushed into the sea.
The BBC clearly sides with the Arabs and opposes anything Trump proposes which today will be to do what Congress urges and what he promised to do in the election. Gosh, a politician fulfilling a pledge, how awful.
The BBC insists that this will annoy the Arabs and cause protests on the Streets so challenging peace. Those streets of course were the same ones where many Palestinians celebrated 9/11. Twenty years of pandering to such hate has not exactly changed any minds has it? Why not show some support for the only democracy in the region and the only country allowing free speech, full rights for women and LGBTs? And of course are only steadfast ally in the Middle East?
On BBC Radio 4 Jon Sopel explained why not. Trump "was urged by everyone not to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and he did it anyway" and this will be the same. But Jon that is fake news is it not?
Paris commits the West to cut carbon emissions while allowing the big emitters (notably India and China) to belch out more than ever. It is economic suicide for the West which will not tackle carbon emissions. The link between them and climate change is not proven so America was asked to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of jobs for a bogus religion. Many in the US supported Trump all the way.
So the statement "everyone" opposed his move on Paris was a lie. Unless Jon defines "everyone" as just being the liberal elites and the beltway cliques which, in his patronising way, he quite possibly does.
And as with the Jerusalem news, not everyone opposes the move. Congress backs it. Most Americans back it. So what Sopel says is just fake news. Of course Trump has exposed Sopel for this before as you can see HERE. But why should British taxpayers continue to fund such manifest dishonesty?
534 days ago
Before she leaves in the morning, to fill the empty heads of impressionable snowflakes with left wing nonsense, the Mrs always switches on Radio 4. As I wander into the Kitchen to make morning coffees I am treated to some real gems and insight into the mad mindset of the state funded fake news outlet and the mindset of an utterly out of touch metropolitan elite.
On Women's Hour today a lefty academic and a mother were discussing make up for kids in schools. The host summed it up thus. So when girls wear too much makeup they are condemned but if boys experiment with the same make up they are applauded for experimenting....
Right so the schooling system is just sexist.
I give up. Are boys really universally applauded for experimenting with make-up in 2017? Maybe in zone 1 London, where the 1% dwell, they are but I sense that most of us in Britain really would not be happy with schools applauding such things. And is it really sexist to suggest that 11 year old girls sexualising themselves at an early age is not that wonderful either?
I'm sure that very few folks in Britain share the values of the BBC on this matter. But maybe I am wrong and am just old reactionary who is out of touch with the modern world and the BBC really does speak for the nation as it is today. Somehow I think not.
555 days ago
The BBC was forced to grovel when Lord Lawson's disstening views on the global warming scam went unchallenged on air. For many, such as Pravda's own green guru, Roger Harrabin this is a "settled science" and thus those who dare to point out things like the fact that the world is getting colder, antarctic ice is at record levels and that the computer models have all been wrong, deserve to be no platformed. On the other hand Harrabin himself is allowed to tell blatant lies which expose his innate bias and go unchallenged.
Thus yesterday Roger the liar spent all day in TV and Radio studios commenting on the global warming beanfeast organised by the UN in Bonn this week. Thousands of pen pushers and green hacks from around the world have jetted in to attend. Top of the agenda is the drive to eliminate coal where Britain is leading the way - we will have no coal fired power stations by 2025.
Of course that means screwing taxpayers to fund vast subsidies for "green energy" and consumers with higher prices. Those prices make heavy industry in the UK's own rust belt uncompetitive so causing working class unemployment. But who cares about that when we have to tackle global warming even though all the computer models are now shown to be wrong and the world is getting colder.
Harrabin was keen to point out that the UK should not be smug about its dash away from coal. He reminded listeners to Radio 4 just before 6 that this had only happened in the UK and not Germany and the US because "Margaret Thatcher had smashed the miners and Merkel and Trump have not had anyone to do their dirty work."
It is hard to know where to start with this invective but how about with the facts. Who wanted the Miners to strike? Between 1979 and 1984 Arthur Scargill and th4e National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) executive tried to organise a national strike nine times but their members would not back them. Finally in 1984 they got their way as two thirds of miners walked out over plans to close 20 or the 180 UK pits.
In 1984 the UK produced c 105 tonnes of coal but the cheapest pits were doing so at a cost of c£24 a tonne. The most expensive pits were doing so at c£120 a tonne and were producing little coal and making huge losses. The miners in those pits earned salaries that were way over national averages and the taxpayer picked up the tab for the losses. Remember that in 1976 Britain had been forced to go cap in hand to the IMF for a bailout so could not afford such profligacy.
In the end the miners strike collapsed and Thatcher "smashed" the industry according to Harrabin and the left. Except that she did not. By 1988 two thirds of miners had indeed lost their jobs but UK coal output was still 100 million tonnes. Margaret Thatcher saved the nation's finances but did not in any way destroy Britain's coal industry.
Those are the facts. Will the BBC or Harrabin apologise and correct themselves? Of course not. They live in a post fact era. Fake news is the name of the game especially when it comes to attacking evil Tories and there are few as evil as Britain's greatest ever Prime Minister.
562 days ago
Tax avoidance is legal - millions of us do it by owning an ISA. It describes legitimate ways to pay as little tax as you can do within the law. Tax evasion is avoiding paying tax by breaking the law. Simple enough? Not for John Humphreys, the grotesquely overpaid presenter of Radio 4's flagship fake news programme Today.
The pious Welshman described tax avoidance is "just legal". No John this is like pregnancy. You cannot be half pregnant. When it comes to the law on how you pay your taxes you either stick to it or you break it. Those engaged in tax avoidance ( does Humphrey's shelter any of his millions within an ISA?) are not doing something that is "just legal" but something that is 100% legal. Were they to be doing something that was illegal they would be evaders.
Is this slip of the tongue ignorance? Possibly. Today is pretty weak on basic economics. But it also has form. It pushes an agenda where the rich - whom it imagines to be evil capitalists and sports stars not grossly overpaid presenters - should pay more in tax to support a bloated state. Those fat cats who use legitimate means to ensure that they don't pay more than they have to to Nanny state are deemed to be fair game for attack.
Humphrey's throwaway comment again exposes the BBC groupthink.
567 days ago
The quote is from John Humphreys on BBC Radio 4. It was at least better than that from American Muslim activist Linda Sarsour who tweeted after the Halloween attack in New York
Sending love and prayers to victims & families in Manhattan shooting. Devastating. People shouldn't have to fear walking in their city.
The bloke shot was the terrorist. Those who died were the eight folks he mowed down in a van. Some "activists" really do not do their own cause any good.
Some on the liberal left compared the attitude of we on the right in expressing anger over this killing when, apparently, we did not show such anger of the killing of 59 in Las Vegas by a white guy. Of course that is not true, we on the right are equally angry. We share the fury of President Trump that the Las Vegas killer evaded justice by taking his own life. We share his anger that the New York killer sits in a hospital bed smirking at us as he demands an ISIS flag for his room. He knows that he can play the US justice system for years especially in liberal "everyone has rights" New York. The man is guilty. Like the President we would just like to see him executed swiftly and also anyone shown to have assisted either killer.
Indeed it is the libs who show a different attitude to the two crimes. After Vegas it was all about banning guns. Do I hear calls for the banning of trucks? Er..no. We are on the right know that it is not guns, trucks or knives that kill but humans. As it happens in New York the killer was only stopped in his tracks by a cop who had a gun and wounded him, sadly not fatally. In Tel Aviv the same would have happened. In happy no gun London he could have carried on killing. Guns can and do save lives.
The New York killer was allowed into America in 2010 on a "Diversity Visa" a really daft idea enthusiastically promoted by President Obama to get a greater diversity of immigrants into the USA. You will note it is not about bringing in the folks America needs for their skills just about "diversity". The killer was in fact only skilled enough to get a job as... and you have guessed it already.. an Uber driver. So he had a driving license, that was his skill set.
Donald Trump wants to ,limit immigration from countries where there happen to be rather more jihadists than elsewhere. It is pointed out that this fellow was from Uzbekistan which is not one of the eight countries on the Trump list. But the general idea that you dictate entry to your country by what it needs and that you make it safer by restricting entry to folks from high risk places seems far more sensible than a policy based purely on creating diversity.
Trump is right. America overwhelmingly agrees with Trump who displays what is simply common sense yet the liberal media and the out of touch Dems scream in anguish and accuse POTUS of extremism .And then they wonder "what happened" when they get thrashed at the polls?
Whatever, the media in America is already (as is now part of the ritual along with London's useless Mayor Khan tweeting solidarity and the candles) running articles on how the real victims of this episode are the Muslims facing a backlash. These backlashes are predicted after every atrocity but never seem to result in rows of bodies being laid out in morgues. They just don't happen.
I suppose, in these politically correct times, I am not allowed to say that the eight dead and scores of injured are the real victims.
574 days ago
Tory MP Christopher Heaton-Harris seems to be in a spot of bother in certain circles for writing to university vice chancellors asking for a list of those lecturers who were running course material on Brexit and asking to see that course material. That is what actually happened but the BBC's senior reporter John Simpson tweeted out something rather different. This is fake news surely?
Mr Heaton-Harris has his suspicions as to how the fortress of the liberal elitist left that is British academia is teaching our young folks about Brexit. So do I. Academia voted overwhelmingly to remain and as we have seen time and time again on campuses across the West those who dissent from what is deemed the orthodox view, that is to say the Guardian editorial line, are just not tolerated. Whether it be on global warming, transgender rights or Brexit the debate is settled and dissent is just not allowed.
But it could be that the Universities are teaching Brexit matters in an even handed manner with professors giving equal weight to arguments for and against and allowing their students to make up their minds. I hope that is what is happening. Mr Heaton-Harris made a request so that the facts are known. That seems utterly legitimate.
He did not, as Simpson asserts, demand details of anti Brexit teachers. That would be wrong but it did not happen. Yet the most senior BBC reporter tweeted that it did. It is fake news. Why am I forced to pay a poll tax for the bloated salary of a tweeter of fake news, or lies as they used to be called?
Academia, including my Mrs, has reacted with outrage. I managed to stifle a laugh as she complained about the burden of work that would fall on stressed academics in complying with this. Surely they could find ten minutes during the forthcoming reading week, or during the 26 weeks a year when they do research during student holidays, to email over their lectures on this subject?
But the Mrs and others also bleat about Government interference in academic freedom. The move was branded "McCarthyite" by Prof Kevin Featherstone, head of the European Institute at the London School of Economics and "sinister" by Prof David Green, the vice-Chancellor of Worcester University who likened it to Newspeak and the Thought Police from George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Of course it is nothing of the sort. There is no proposal to ban anything. But surely as the taxpayer funds academia we have a right to know what is being taught? Had a Labour minister asked that all academics hand over course notes on immigration to establish that it was being taught in a fair manner would there be any objections? Of course not. It is right that all such matters are taught fairly and in a balanced manner with real debate allowed and indeed encouraged.
If academia is, indeed, embracing such an approach to its teaching of Brexit it has nothing to fear or to hide. The way that it has attacked Mr Heaton-Harris with such venom only confirms the suspicions of folks such as myself that, in at least some cases, its approach is far from balanced and that, like global warming, it regards Brexit as "settled science" with only one possible viewpoint deemed acceptable.
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580 days ago
As she plugs her tawdry lie packed book "How I lost the election even though I was a brilliant candidate and it was everyone else's fault but I won really" Crooked Hillary Clinton tells every fawning liberal media interviewer in turn that the Russians worked hand in hand with Donald Trump to rig the poll and cheat her out of victory. After nine months of exhaustive investigations and any number of lurid smears not one shred of evidence has been produced to justify this assertion made to and by unquestioning MSM "journalists" . Indeed even the emails coming from the DNC and published by Wikileaks did not come from Russian hacking as Hillary asserts. But this is not the real Russian scandal.
That has broken this week with news that for six years the FRBI has been investigating how Russian businessmen, like Bill Clinton's fellow rapist and campaigner for women's rights Harvey Weinstein, made vast donations to the Clinton Foundation at a time when Lady MacBeth was Secretary of State. She then enforced a policy U-turn which allowed the Russians to buy 20% of all US uranium reserves.
This is, of course, a total coincidence.But it is not one that the liberal media is bothering to report to their ever reducing number of readers and viewers who actually enjoy consuming fake news. If a Trump associate is asked by the FBI if he has ever tasted Russian vodka, the Feds leak it and it is all over the New York Times, WashPo or CNN within minutes. The FBI has kept this story very quiet as it might have been electoral dynamite a years or so ago.
Incidentally, you may argue, as the mainstream press does when excusing the crooked one for not returning Weinstein's cash, that the Clinton Foundation does valuable work for good causes with donations as well as funding the $3 million wedding of the brat Chelsea. Well up to a point. The New York Post puts this in context:
The Clinton family's mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid. The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends.
Chelsea not only had her wedding paid for by the Charity but was on the payroll too. This is a fake charity. And now we see what sort of favour donors got in return for their generosity. The real Russian scandal of the 2016 election is a Clinton one. Now when do you expect the BBC, The Guardian, C4 and the rest to get around to reporting this one? Don't hold your breath.
Meanwhile may I remind President Trump of a campaign pledge that inspired so many of us "Lock Her Up!" Mr President: What the hell are you waiting for?
583 days ago
The OECD, aka a think tank run by and for the vested interests of the 1%, the global elite, has today urged Britain to hold a second referendum on Brexit and to vote the right way. Naturally the BBC and the rest of the liberal media is loving it and not bothering to point out one little inconvenient truth, that the OECD is a proven Brexit liar.
The OECD says today that a new referendum or a change of government leading to the UK staying within the EU would have a "significant" positive impact on growth. It also warned "no deal" would see investment seize up, the pound hit new lows and the UK's credit rating cut.
Hmmm. Now here is a quote from the BBC's sister paper the Guardian from before the referendum
Analysis by the OECD found that the UK economy would be just under 1.5 percentage points smaller in 2018 after Brexit than it would be if the country voted to stay in the EU on 23 June.
Within three months it was admitting that this forecast was completely wrong as UK economic growth surged ahead. Now if its big call of 2016 was proved to be complete and utter bollocks why would anyone take its latest outburst seriously? Unless of course you are diehard remoaners at the BBC in which case you just publish the latest dire warnings without mentioning the fact that the OECD's track record on this matter is more Mystic Meg than Nostradamus.
583 days ago
Before the Mrs heads off to work, filling the heads of impressionable young folks with left wing nonsense, she switches on BBC Radio 4's Today progamme to ensure that she gains confirmatory bias of her world view. It also ensures that I stay well out her way in the morning. But in an attempt to change the way I think she leaves Pravda blaring at full volume as she leaves. And thus I heard that crooked Hillary was set to be interviewed by Jenny Murray on women's hour as she plugs her ghastly new book yet again.
A few readers had emailed in questions. There was one about glass ceilings and women candidates. Oddly it did not mention Madame Le Pen but just poor Hillary who was such an excellent candidate in every way but just beaten because of sexism. The best question asked if in light of the Brexit vote and Clinton's defeat if Democracy was not always the best system. Quite right. Let's go with democracy on every issue unless the peasantry vote in away that might disagree with prissy middle class liberals in which case the results should be over-ruled.
Laughing hard at this nonsense I resolved to hang in their for Hillary, waiting for Jenny to ask her to show a shred of evidence that Russia assisted Trump, why Monica Lewinsky was not a victim of sexual harassment by her boss but was a "narcissistic loony toon" about Whitewater, about why she bleached her server to hide emails, about Benghazi, about why the Clinton Foundation was not returning Harvey Weinstein's cash, about Paula Jones and so much more. Actually I knew full well that there would be no such questions as the liberal media do not ask Hillary anything she does not want to answer.
But Hillary was delayed and then no-showed. Maybe she has had another medical collapse which she could then lie about and not be asked about by her pals in the media? I hope not. Every time the crooked one appears on screen with her lies, pathetic excuses and utter inability to appreciate why she is so disliked by so many Americans, it is another few votes in the bag for Trump2020. Keep at it Hill - you are doing great work.
597 days ago
As a prelude to the inevitable rants about the need for Gun Control and wicked Republicans/Donald Trump having blood on their hands for opposing it, the liberal media instantaneously declared the awful events in Las Vegas as "America's biggest mass shooting". With bodies not yet in the mortuary the Democrats and their buddies in the media were point scoring. But then they realised an inconvenient truth. Racists!
60 dead in Las Vegas is awful and a tragedy. But there have been numerous far bigger mass slayings with guns in America, it is just that the victims in the past were Native Americans or, as we used to call them before it was deemed racist, Red Indians. Aha, by early morning UK time on the BBC the events in Las Vegas had become "the biggest mass shooting in Modern America." It was a subtle change and one that was not explained since it would be an admission that inadvertently the BBC and the rest of the liberal media had been culturally insensitive if not downright racist.
But with that glitch in the narrative ironed out it was back to the main agenda: why does Donald Trump not care about innocent folks being killed? It was business as usual.
604 days ago
On the Today programme this morning, overpaid presenter Michelle Hussein was at the Labour Party leaders rally, sorry I think it is called a party conference, in Brighton interviewing shadow minister John Ashcroft. It is not his platitudes that are of interest but one question she asked, from which I quote exactly:
"you're willing to borrow to get public sector services to where they should be"
That is meant to be part of a question from an impartial state funded broadcaster yet it appears to ignore reality:
a) Is Ms Hussein unaware that the UK already has a £50 billion deficit and the largest Government debt in the EU? Saying Labour is willing to borrow does not question its ability to suck at the nipple of the money tree without restriction. Or does Michelle just assume that the Money Tree has no limits on its bounty?
b) Ms Hussein seems to think that the only way to get services to where they "should be" is by tapping the money tree. Where exactly should they be and can she demonstrate how, with unlimited demand for anything that is free, spending more money guarantees a better outcome? For instance, real terms spending on the NHS increased year n year since the evil Tories returned to power in 2010 yet the BBC and Labour insist that the NHS is going to the dogs.
The underlying assumptions in Ms Hussein's questions tell you all you need to know about her mindset and the collective belief set of employees of the state funded broadcaster
606 days ago
The politically correct BBC here in the South West creamed itself as Parson Green Primary here in Bristol picked up an award for its work to promote LGBT equality. Kids at the school are allowed to wear trousers or skirts whatever their gender, toilets are unisex and the school prides itself on teaching the kids from the start that gay is normal.
Head teacher Jamie Barry told a drooling BBC that pupils needed to "grow up in a culture of acceptance". The award was handed out by a body called Educate and Celebrate which gets stacks of wonga from the BBC's Children in Need and which,according to its CEO Dr Elly Barnes, aims "to eradicate sexism, homophobia and transphobia" and "smash stereotypical views of gender".
Stephanie Akinbulumo, a teacher at Parson Street Primary, told Pravda: "We want pupils to leave with a sense of empowerment that you can do anything, no matter who you are."Stephanie s shown on camera teaching five year olds about a family of penguins with two dads. I am prepared to concede that there are gay penguins (I believe homosexuality is part of nature) but, I hate to break it to Stephanie, Elly Barnes and the BBC but gay male penguins do not have kids. They cannot conceive and there are no LGBT adoption services in the penguin community. Teaching kids about the normality of homosexuality by pretending that two gay animals or indeed men can create life is a lie.
Pointing this out to my PC sister N, I was told that it was important to show that homosexuality was normal at an early age as some of the 400 kids at Parson Street will be gay. I accept that statistically 8 of the 400 will in later life be gay. And maybe some of them will protest as some gay adults do that "they have always known." But I find it hard to believe that at 5 any kid knows about sex or has sexual urges at all. Let alone knowing for sure that they want to engage in same sex relationships when - a few years later - they are physically capable.
The BBC was told by Parson Street's head teacher that kids had to know about same sex relationships as o kids at the school might have same sex parents. Really? Data I have seen suggests that gay couples have adopted c3000 kids since 2006. In which case the chances of there being any kids at your average primary school with gay parents is very small indeed.
My sister N thinks I am just not with it in not wanting my son Joshua exposed to this piffle. I will discuss LGBT issues with him as a parent I do not want his five year old mind confused by gay penguin families at 5 or being told that wearing a skirt is, as a 5 year old boy, normal. Because it quite simply is not.
Luckily we live in a working class/lower middle class district. The young mums at our local primary are either good Catholic Polish speakers, wearers of Muslim headscarves or solid working class folk none of whom will tolerate this sort of nonsense. If it is imposed on us I, for one, will opt for home schooling. It is not the job of The State to teach 5 year olds, who really can't understand the complexities of this matter, lies all about the facts of life.
610 days ago
Radio 4's flagship Today programme was discussing Brexit in light of the recent comments by Boris and the forthcoming speech by the worst Tory Prime Minister in living memory, if not ever, Mrs May. It had already given time to the senile old remoaner Vince Cable who wants us to keep voting until we vote the "right" way, hence the word Democrat in his party's name. And so next up...from our Nottingham Studio it was fat old Euro-bore Ken Clarke.
What would you say in your speech if you were Theresa May? Asked the Pravda interviewer. Predictably Clarke offered up his vision of Brexit which would see us leave the EU but stay within all its institutions, paying vast amounts to Brussels and sticking by every EU rule including those on bent bananas. Brexit uber light. Oh and Boris should be sacked as well.
We knew what Clarke was going to say as he is wheeled on about once a week to offer his vision of the way forward. He is there so the BBC can say how balanced is its coverage of Brexit "Look we always interviewing Tories who back Brexit as balance to mad old Vince. But 99% of Tories and almost all Tory MP's other than that other BBC regular the ghastly Anna Soubry, now accept that Brexit means Brexit not just EU-light.
This is another sham pretence of balance from the taxpayer funded broadcaster. Surely no-one is fooled by it?
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620 days ago
Harpie Green MP Caroline Lucas attempted to hijack a debate about the Government's feeble response to Hurricane Irma by banging on about how the storm was caused by man made climate change or, as we used to call it before the world started getting colder, global warming. Rightly she was slammed for being a shameless opportunist, pontificating in the face of real human suffering. But there is a bigger inconvenient truth...the humourless bitch just has not been reading her history books. Something she fails to grasp as she bleats away on twitter.
Hurricane Irma is a category 5 hurricane (the most severe), on that we can all agree with the dreary Lucas. Now for a history lesson and we start with that excellent source of liberal fake news USA Today which reports "Hurricane Irma: Only 3 Category-5 storms have ever hit the U.S." Well up to a point. What USA Today really means is not "ever" but "since records began in c1850." The reality is that there have probably been hundreds or thousands of category 5 hurricanes in millions of years before 1850 but let's just go with the modern era and back to USA Today:
It's been 25 years since a Category 5 hurricane struck the U.S., and Irma could potentially become just the fourth storm of that strength to barrel into the states. Hurricane Irma is a monster storm in the Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph. Only one Atlantic hurricane on record, Allen in 1980, contained stronger winds, at 190 mph. The only Category 5 hurricanes to hit the U.S. are Andrew in 1992, Camille in 1969 and an unnamed storm in 1935.
Ok. Ms Lucas can you please explain how a weather pattern that also occurred in 1935, 1969, 1980 and 1992 is evidence of how the large increase in man made carbon emissions since the 60's and accelerating in the 1990s (as per the computer models of your climate change co-religionists) caused all these weather patterns. Where were the SUVs back in 1935? And the fact that Irma is less powerful than Allen in 1980 - again how does that fit with your bodged computer models and belief set?
The most destructive hurricane to hit the USA in modern times was a category 4 storm which hit Galveston killing 6,000 folks back in 1900. Natch that was down to man made climate change caused by carbon emissions too. Right, Ms Lucas. Hurricanes happen every year and whilst the BBC laps up this nonsense about climate change and carbon emissions the history books show a different tale. In ignoring the recurring power of nature, or the way God set up this planet, in ignoring hard facts to support her bogus religion of climate change, Ms Lucas is worse than shameless she is just ignorant.
620 days ago
5,000 folks marched through London yesterday to demand that we stay in the EU. The speakers included some poor incoherent dishevelled Irish chap who I thought was a Big Issue seller invited onto the platform as part of a drive for diversity but turned out to be Bob Geldof. Though the folks, most of whom seemed to be notably physically unattractive and/ or significantly overweight showing, once again, that politics really is show business for ugly people came up with all sort reasons for protesting its clear that all wanted stay in the EU.And that is how they felt before the nation vote the other way year. These remoaners just cannot accept democracy.
We need another vote they said. What happens if we vite again for Brexit. Then we can have yet another one. That is EU style democracy. Keep voting you fucking plebs until you vote the right way. Meanwhile we will all insult you for being thick and/or racist for voting the wrong way.
5,000 people in a country of 65 million really is not a lot. Put it this way, 6,730 folks felt strongly enough about watching Oxford United to pay to go to the home game against Gillingham in the 3-0 Division One match yesterday. Of those 382 were travelling Gills. Thus 6,448 were there to cheer for the boys in Yellow. More folks care about Oxford United than about frustrating the will of 17.4 million of their fellow citizens expressed in a democratic ballot, the biggest exercise in democracy this country has ever seen.
Were the BBC and C4 Fake News covering another win for mighty Oxford in full detail. Oddly no. But this really very small demonstration by those who reject democracy got mass coverage. Was it really deserved? Was that really balanced coverage? The answer has to be No. It says an awful lot about those who control the media and nothing whatsoever about what the country actually thinks.
As to those middle class folks who think their voices are more important than yours...I bring you a tweet and a video that says it all...
@Holbornlolz : This alone is reason to widen and dredge the English Channel
This alone is reason to widen and dredge the English Channel— Old Holborn✘ (@Holbornlolz) September 9, 2017
630 days ago
As an alternative to the fake news, non stop diet of Trump and Brexit bashing that is the BBC, our hotel offers up DW News, a German channel presented in English which offers up a non stop diet of Trump bashing and explanations of why the EU is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Today's winner was a story about a farm in Southern Italy run by a yuppie ancient history graduate which farms donkeys.
The young lady took over the place from her father and now earns an income by selling donkey's milk either as a drink or having turned it into soap or shampoo. The trouble is than donkeys do not yield much milk, just over half a litre per day per animal when in season.But fear not, the yuppie classics student turned farmer sells her milk at 14 Euro a litre. But even this is not enough to cover her costs so, the report, conceded that the farm is reliant on heavy EU susbsidies.
So in real world maths poor folks across Europe pay taxes so that the EU can employ officials to check out a donkey farm and then hand over slugs of cash so that a yuppie can ear a straw hat and designer jeans having a great lifestyle and sell her product at only 14 Euro a litre. Rich folks are the only ones who can afford to pay that and are delighted that the price is not even higher thanks to that EU subsidy. So rich folks get to save money, a spoiled princess gets to play farmer with her donkeys, men in suits are paid great salaries to organise this and poor folks pick up the tab through their taxes.
Naturally DW described this arrangement as "another European success story." Oddly I suspect that I am not alone in not viewing it quite in that manner.
645 days ago
When Donald Trump spoke to the USA about his priorities for America, folks outside the liberal metropolitan hotpots of the coasts loved it. Crooked Hillary's waffle and re-hashing of ideas that have failed ordinary Americans did not wash and so Trump won. The liberal elites of the media still cannot accept it and so now simply content themselves with smearing POTUS at every opportunity. The more the Russia smears fail the more desperate they become and the more real Americans see through them. As the MSM tries to label Trump a Nazi, those of us who supported him in November look forward to an inevitable win in four years time. Truly the liberal left is pathetic. I start with the State funded UK broadcaster the BBC.
On its flagship Radio 4 show Today this morning the headlines were read. Trump has condemned the Neo Nazi protesters in Charlotte. Former KKK leader David Duke has supported Trump's words.
What the hell is that all about? More or less all Americans from across the spectrum might support Trump in condemning the Nazis. Why does the BBC opt for weirdo Duke a man whose past crimes include endorsing crooked Hillary in one election. Natch that was never brought up time and again as bad for her - she did not ask for his support. But if he ever agrees with Trump the media spin it as if the two are joined at the hip. Trump does not want the backing of the fruitcake Duke.
But the read through of The BBC coverage is that even when Trump is attacking Nazis he is actually backed by Nazis. It is not alone. Its sister publication the Guardian ran this headline today which claims that Trump is a Neo Nazi sympathiser. Starting in Hollywood there is a twitter campaign #ImpeachTrump for being a Nazi. Hell's teeth.
Trump's crime is to say that the actions of some of those who have protested against the Nazis but also against relics of the Confederate forces (the South) from the Civil war are disgusting too. He is not saying they are equivalent. Trump is clear that the Nazi marchers are the really bad guys. But he is 100% correct to say that those marching/ rioting. destroying property on the other side are not always Angels.
Attacking cops and looting shops is never justified. Attacking memorials to ordinary soldiers who died in any war is just wrong and offensive. The grunts of the Confederate Army were brave men fighting alongside their neighbours to protect where they lived, or at least that is how they saw it. I guess Mellennials and media luvvies do not study history so just assume that soldiers in the "rebel army" just fought becuase they hated black folks. It was a bit more complex than that, this was about States Rights versus a Federal Government on a range of issues. But for the grunts it was just about defending your homeland. Moreover,, it was very hard to opt out of the Confederate army and by the end mere boys and okd men were being thrown into the conflict. Should we not honour them, their bravey and their sacrifice?
I have spent some time in German military graveyards in Crete, Greece and Italy. There is no doubt that the men buried there were fighting for a bad cause and were on the wrong side. But they did so as folks were just enlisted and most Germans fought bravely and did not commit war crimes. I honour such men. The only folks dishonouring brave men from the US Civil War are the "anti fascists". Trump is right. Their actions are wrong.
What about pulling down statues of Southern Generals like Lee or the Johnston's? Before the civil war most of the upper ranks of the US army were filled by Southerners. So these men were trained soldiers and fought wars according to standards of their time. They were from the South and so when the call came they fought alongside their neighbours. Back in 1861 that is what folks did, they did not make an ideological decision as to whether they'd back Dixie or the forces of Lincoln. Generally they behaved with honour throughout.
Indeed, if we are to seek out those who committed war crimes against civilians it would be the Northern troops and their commanders who behaved quite appallingly after the war ended as they rampaged through the South. Snowflake protesters who know nothing of American history should perhaps do a google search for "carpetbagger"
Yet across the South today we see statues pulled down and desecrated, folks delighting in breaking them up in a way reminiscent of the way statues of Saddam were defiled after his fall. But it is not locals pulling down statues in the South but Yankees.
Let's be clear Trump believes the villains of the current peace are the Nazis, the neo-fascists. But he raises very valid questions about some of those protesting against them while making it clear there is no equivalence. Trump is right in his analysis. Folks like the Guardian, CNN and the rest of the liberal press are wilfully misinterpreting and smearing him. And ordinary folks across America can see through these increasingly desperate and laughable smears.
As I have noted so many times before, if you call everyone a Nazi then the term ceases to have a meaning. The Guardian's loathsome smears are an insult to the memories of those who died or suffered at the hands of real Nazis.
Even my metropolitan elitist colleague Darren Atwater falls into this cheap and lazy mindset. When loading the Guardian image for me he puts the headline on the piece "Trumpenfuhrer." Of course he thinks that is hilarious as will all bearded hipsters in Central London and probably the liberal multi millionaires of Hollywood too. Two of my daughter's godparents saw nearly all of their families turned into soap at Auschwitz. Maybe Darren wants to explain to them why a man who - rightly - condemns Nazis is viewed as a modern day Hitler and why that is funny?
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657 days ago
As part of its month long LGBT-fest to celebrate the most important event since 1066, that is to say the 1967 decriminalisation of homosexuality - BBC's Radio 4's Women's Hour invited two bisexuals onto the show.What followed was sheer comedy in an utterly pathetic sort of way.
So what is a bisexual? Asked the host. Now that is easy thought me, I can do that one. It is someone who swings both ways, who gets it on with both guys and gals? Er no... I am just so terribly 20th century. One of the guests opined that it was someone who was attracted to folks of more than one gender. The other guest agreed and the host purred approvingly. How could I have forgotten that there are just so many genders these daya. What an evil fucking reactionary I am.
After what seemed like an eternity the love-in drew to a close and the host asked each guest what was the big leap forward that the bi community needed now.
Hmmmm, the overall LGBT community is richer than we straights, has equal rights under the law, is over-represented in politics, the BBC rich list, the media and has more chance of adopting kids than straight folks so what do they need now to achieve equality? Silly me again, bisexuals have particular needs.
Guest one opined that the Government had to spend more money on surveys and other work addressing the particular health needs of bisexuals. Hmmmm. The stats are pretty clear, those who engage in man to man anal sex without using protection are responsible for a hugely disproportionate number of the new cases of HIV and the dramatic rise in cases of other STDs, notably the newest strain of gonorrhea. The data is clear and bisexual men are clearly at higher risk of that than straight men. No doubt stating this will be deemed as bigoted but I am afraid that it is just a plain and hard fact
What should they do? take responsibility by engaging in safer sex practices? Well not necessarily. The gay community demanded that the cash strapped NHS make available very expensive PreP pills allowing gay men to have unprotected sex with - if they remembered to take the pills properly - a much reduced chance of catching HIV. But even with the pills you have an 8% chance of infection. That was ignored. Great.. So more folks engaged in the activities that caused the spread of other STDs. That was so predictable, as I noted HERE, but the answer is for the State to do something. It always is with special interest groups.
Guest two opined that the big need was for the LGBT community to be more accepting of bisexuals. Apparently those nasty common or garden pooftahs do not treat bisexuals fairly. The problem used to be wicked conservatives not it is oppression from within the LGBT tent. Hooray, for once I am not one of the baf guys. It is always fun to see "tolerant" liberals turning on each other.
Whatever. If this is the biggest problem bisexuals face in Britain today, then perhaps the great battles in this sphere have all been won and it is time for "the campaigners" the whole charity industry supporting the gay community just to recognise this and move on to another fight, to get a proper job.
659 days ago
In her Guardian column today arch remoaner Polly Toynbee took time out from tending to her Tuscan castle to bash Brexit because it will hit British farmers so badly as they lose subsidies from the Common Agricultural Policy. Natch, the BBC took time out from the month long LGBT-fest to make way to report this breaking news from its sister publication and thus Toynbee opined on Radio 4's Today Programme. It was classic Toynbee and I am so glad my late grandfather Sir John Winnifrith, a true socialist and friend of Tony Benn and a campaigner for No! in 1975 was not around to hear it. He would be incandescent as he really did believe in "for the many not the few."
As ever, Toynbee started off by patronising we ignorant Brexiteers by telling us why we voted as we did. Apparently we voted for Brexit to preserve the British Countryside. Jeepers. And there was I thinking we voted for Brexit because we were all racists or just plain stupid. It is so good of Polly to let me know why I really voted as I did.
Toynbee went on to say that the end of CAP subsidies will see many British farmers go bust. Of course we put more into the EU than we take out so it would be very simple for the UK to carry on subsidising our farmers but just not have to pay to subsidise those in France, Germany, Italy etc. No British subsidies for Tuscany but more for the Shires...one can see why Toynbee's neighbours are so angry about it all.
But then Toynbee played her trump card saying that Liam Fox and the wicked Tories were trying to open up the UK to new markets which would allow more cheap food to enter Britain from outside the EU. Food prices would go down so some British farmers would go bust.
Now what was that that Mr Corbyn said about for the many not the few? The Mrs said "but is it not good for us to have locally produced food?" Of course for folks like this household and Ms Toynbee, when she is in genteel leafy North London as opposed to Tuscany, paying more for your food is not really an issue. We can afford it. But we are the few. So too are the farmers. The many are those who are struggling to make ends meet and for whom cheaper food would be great news.
That was what concerned my Grandfather in 1975. No longer being the senior Civil Servant (at MAFF) he could speak out. He warned that being in the EU meant external tariffs on non European food which would increase the cost of food. That was a bad thing. Though my grandfather had, via scholarship, gone to Westminster and Oxford he was all too aware that his father was a country vicar descended from blacksmiths and labourers. His mother was illegitimate, her mother a servant. My grandfather, though wrong on most things, cared deeply about those Toynbee pretends to care about, the poor and the working classes. But Toynbee never actually meets such folk and her outburst today shows that she really does not care at all.
As an evil right winger I believe in no subsidies. If British farming cannot compete with cheap food from abroad then so be it. Turn the countryside into theme parks for foreign tourists. Create real jobs and give our citizens cheap food. Do not expect profitable industries to be throttled by taxes needed to support the unviable. That is in no-one's interest. I would not expect La Toynbee to agree with that analysis, nor would my grandfather have supported it. But my solution offers a lower tax burden ( so helping the poor), real sustainable jobs not bought unsustainable jobs (so helping the poor) and cheaper food. What is so dreadful about that grandpa?
664 days ago
It was 50 years since the legalisation of homosexuality and 1 day since President Donald Trump said he was banning Transgender folks from the US army. And thus BBC breakfast focused in hard on issues that affect directly just over 2% and between 0.3% and 0.6% of the population directly. What else could the liberal media focus on? It was a veritable LGBT-fest and a reminder why BBC Breakfast really is just such dismal viewing.
As you may know I marched against clause 28 and am delighted that finally the UK law treats gays the same way as straight folks. There may be a few wrinkles left but the law is finally about right. Yet still there are demands for special treatment in the name of equality. But what do we mean by equality?
The gay rugger play Gareth Thomas was there to discuss a telly show he had recorded about the one sport which is clearly still very gay intolerant - soccer. The understandable reluctance of gays to come out in certain sports is still an issue but that we are now fighting those issues as the big issues for gay folks shows how far we come. But if equality is the aim would the LGBT community, which economically is better off in asset and disposable income terms, than the straight community say what actual targets should be.
I note that 45 of 650 MP's are openly gay. I bet there are a few more still in the closet but that means that while 2.1% of the population are gay, at least 6.9% of MPs are LGB. And 7% of babies adopted in Britain this year will be adopted by gay couples. There is a long waiting lit to adopt babies but, perhaps, because the gay community is richer so can offer a more comfortable home, it does better than childless straights. I see that openly gay folks were well over quota in the BBC rich list.
I am not arguing for affirmative action for straight folks. That is planily very silly. I just wonder if those demanding equality might like to explain actual targets and justify them?
Meanwhile the BBC gave it to Donny Trump with both barrels for trying to ban Transgender folks from the US Army. It noted that a crowd of several hundred gathered in New York to protest. It did not put that in context. New York has a population according to the 2016 census of 19.75 million and is a very LGBT friendly, liberal City so that demonstration is not exactly massive. The BBC also noted that the move was "condemned by both Democrats and Republicans." Of course lots of Dems condemned it and so did some Republicans, but not many. US political parties ate loose coalitions and there are some very liberal wooly minded folk in the Republican tent. But most in the GOP supported Trump's call. The BBC did not make that clear.
I note a horrific statistic. 45% of 16-24 US transexuals have tried to kill themselves. The BBC would say that is down to transphobia but all the evidence is that the very high suicide rates is down to the trauma these folks feel trapped in a body they can't identify with. A compassionate society would - for their own good - not send folks suffering such mental anguish into a place where they may be suffering the additional stress of mortal combat.
The role of an army is to defend a nation. It should recruit the best folks for that job not serve as an instrument of social change. A compassionate society would support and offer counselling to trans folks and not allow them to get into situations of added stress which can only intensify internal stresses and up the risk of suicide.
But a sensible society would also bar those at a high risk of suicide from the armed forces for the sake of other soldiers. It is bad enough having to fight the enemies of your country in mortal combat and you can only succeed by working as a unit. having one of the members of your team at high risk of suicide is not going to help the rest of the troop. It imperils them.
Trump is pragmatic in his approach. He is acting as sensible commander in chief would as he considers the welfare of his troops and the safety of his people. hat he says makes sense and most folks in America know that which is why, as the liberal media, the Hollywood luvvies and the pathetic Beltway Dems cry foul yet again, it is they not POTUS who seem ever more out of touch with the 99%.
668 days ago
As they do their utmost to shift the debate on BBC pay not to the gargantuan overspend on both stars and ordinary common or garden autocue readers but to the "gender pay gap", the liberal media luvvies also spin the line that at least the BBC should be praised for its transparency. This is contrasted with we evil capitalists in the private sector who are deemed opaque. It is all so pathetic.
The BBC did not want to be transparent. This "truth" was dragged out of it by the evil Tories. It fought even this limited disclosure all the way. Even now it is still not being open. We are only told what the BBC pays stars. Folks like Graham Norton receive vast payments from production companies paid by the BBC for piffle that appears starring Graham. Those payments which are widespread are not disclosed. So the data we have is, at best, partial.
Moreover we are not told what percentage of certain presenters time is BBC allocated. So while Claire Balding (part of a minority that is still demanding special treatment despite beings grossly over-represented in the top pay list, that is to say the LGBT community) bleats about her BBC pay, what we do not know is how much she is, for instance, earning fronting up the women's European footie championships for C4. Her questioning of very lucid and knowledgeable women such as Eni Aluko, shows Clare does not know much about footie so why she not Eni got the gig anyway is baffling. But the point is that it is a valuable top up on BBC earnings which must, by definition, be part time.
And it is clear that five years after saying it was ending the system whereby staff were paid via companies in order to minimise the tax they paid, the BBC is still doing this. So much for transparency!
What the defenders of the BBC forget as they attack we wicked capitalists is that there is a big difference. In the private sector, directors full earnings, bonuses, pensions and other perks are disclosed and have been fully disclosed for years via the annual report filed at Company's House. However those directors are paid whether it is direct or via service companies that is all declared. Directors are invariably the top earners and moreover those directors are quizzed by the owners at an AGM once a year in full public view.
The owners of the BBC are all of us as, we the taxpayer fund it in its entirety. It should thus be subject to our full scrutiny. But the BBC, is even today, doing all it can to avoid scrutiny. As it is funded with public money it should be subject to far more scrutiny than the wicked capitalists. It is not.
669 days ago
42 grossly overpaid readers of autocues at the state funded generator of fake news that is the BBC have written to their boss today demanding that they be even more grossly overpaid. The least grossly overpaid of these women earns £150,000 a year or, put another way, just over 1000 license fee payments. They have made demands for substantial pay rises because they are doing their bit in the invaluable fight for women's equality, they are fighting as feminists. This is a truly selfless act on their part. Yup.
That men earn more at the BBC than women is not something that the BBC should be proud of. But, as I noted earlier in the week, the issue here is not the apparent sexism of the state broadcaster but the level of overpay all round. The BBC has promised to "close the gender gap by 2020". But women like Fiona Bruce and Laura Kuenssberg (a political correspondent who does not understand the difference between the national debt and the budget deficit but is worth £250,000 a year in the world of fake news) want the gap closed NOW!
There are many issues which feminists have every right to rage about in today's world. In our own country and overseas, FGM is an abomination with no place in 2017. Across the third world women are forced into marrying older men when in the UK they'd still be at primary school. Slavery, forced prostitution, rape as a weapon of war, economic slavery and political disenfranchisement are massive issues. The lack of a decent education for girls in too many societies should make us all angry.
Yet for the past few days getting Laura K a massive pay rise has been the most talked about issue on the feminist agenda. I care far more about the women at the bottom of the UK pay scales where the gender cap is far greater than it is at the BBC. 13,000 such women were last year threatened with jail for not paying the most regressive of all taxes, the license fee which supports Laura K's salary. Those are the battles that matter most yet we are forced again to consider the plight of Laura K and Fiona B as a matter of urgency.
Outside the media and political bubble the reaction to the BBC salaries was not of gender gaps but of complete anger at the obscene wages paid to folks for reading an autocue something which, having done it with no training whatsoever on C4's award winning mind rot that was Show Me The Money, many years ago, I can tell you is child's play. The way to close that gender pay gap is simple, slash the wages of the overpaid men to 5% below those of the women who bleat today. Then slash those of the beating 42 by 5% for good measure. The savings can be used to abolish the license fee for another swathe of lower earners.
But that will not happen. For folks like Fiona Bruce and Laura Kuenssberg do not care about the really poor in our society. They are not prioritising the real issues on the agenda of those who care about women's rights. They dress up as a feminist fight what is nothing other than naked greed.
673 days ago
Today we learn the names of all BBC stars earning over £150,000 a year. It is only the existence of an overpaying state funded broadcaster that keeps presenter pay up at stratospheric levels. In the USA where there is a free market and no state subsidies the pay for doing an easy job (reading an autocue) is falling and not that high. This is the tip of the iceberg.
How many BBC staff you have never heard of are earning £100,000, 75,000 or whatever? Quite simply pay is out of control. And who is funding that?
But the media spin is of another narrative. It seems that there are two grossly overpaid male presenters for every one grossly overpaid female presenter. Something must be done. The BBC appears to have acknowledged this which presumably means more pay rises for more women, not pay cuts for the lads.
In the media world the scandal is of gender inequality. Outside that bubble for the other 99% of the population where the average household income is c£26,000, the scandal is that we poor folks are forced by threat of jail to pay a poll tax to fund obscene salaries at the state run broadcaster. That even rival corporations such as ITV cannot see that, show just how out of touch all of those in "the bubble" have become.
Or perhaps the overpaid luvvies at ITV realise that without the state funded BBC pushing up wages across the industry, in a real free market, their salaries too would come under downward pressure, Whatever the truth, the 99% will not be fuming today in anger that there are not more women earning £150,000+ at the beeb but at the wholesale greed of its staff which we are forced to pay for.
675 days ago
Much of what makes me despair about life in this country appeared just before 9 AM on BBC Radio 4's flagship fake news programme Today. It started with a segment on global warming...
In that piece a reporter looked at power stations belching our carbon and asserted that this caused climate change and that as a result on the meadows in front of him the wildlife diversity was changing. Some species were disappearing and new ones were arriving. Then he rolled back over the past few thousand years and discussed how the climate and landscape and wildlife diversity had changed many times in relatively recent history. And, though he failed to note this critical point, it had done so without any contribution from mad made carbon emissions.
None the less for the BBC this is not a logical flaw to be discussed it is just glossed over. The liberal establishment just KNOWS that THIS TIME it is different and whilst God caused all other periods of dramatic climate change, this time it just has to be man. We are now far more powerful than nature and its cycles.
Just when I thought it could get no worse John Humphries piped up with a section on the threat posed to Britain by the extreme right. His guest was Paul Stocker, a Research Associate in Fascist Studies at the prestigious academic hothouse that is the University of Teesside. I bet his students get a high quality balanced education and emerge with degrees that leave them well placed to thrive in the private sector. And to think that Mr Stocker only got a 1% pay rise this year plus grade increments fir all his valuable work.
Stocker has written a book called the English Uprising and this was linked to the threat of the extreme right via the Brexit vote. Stocker pointed out that Northern Ireland and Scotland voted to remain so Brexit was an English thing. Of course that rather ignores how our friends the cottage burners voted - Wales wanted out too but let's not spoil the plot. So what if the fellow falls into the first logical trap to point out this huge flaw in his work is an insult to all hard working, underpaid and dedicated propagandists. Oops I meant academics.
Stocker asserted that many of the concerns of we Brexiteers, such as immigration and multiculturalism were those of the far right. "ideas of the far right, a radical critique of immigration and multiculturalism" droned Stocker and Humphries did not dissent.
That chap Trevor Phillips who formerly headed the Commission for Racial Equality but now says that multiculturalism has failed - he must have been intellectually captured by the far right then: send out a rescue mission. So too must all 17 million of us who voted for Brexit even though many of us did so in support of things like a desire for greater democracy.
As it happens i support unlimited immigration (combined with a slashing of the welfare state) but as a tolerant sort of fellow I cant see why we cannot debate immigration or multiculturalism. The true fascists are those who say that anyone offering a critique of our current policies is of the far right or is accepting the ideas of the far right. Is tolerance of FGM compatible with true multiculturalism? Discuss. Or rather do not discuss in case you fall off the path of political correctness because you have accepted an idea of the far right.
This is the same sort of lunacy that used to see the bien pensants of the liberal media say "you cannot fly a Union Jack as it is the preserve of the far right." Of course that was rot but in ensuring that good ordinary patriots did not fly the flag for fear of being slated they allowed the far right to be seen as the main flag wavers.
Thankfully we have moved past that sort of nonsense but the fascist left has not given up and in its strongholds of the media (especially the BBC) and in academia its attack on free speech, on our right to challenge what the left has dictated be regarded as an unassailable othodoxy, grows ever more unpleasant.
676 days ago
There is a strong contest to be the maddest and most extreme Brexit denier in public life. Normally Tory MP Anna Soubry is a strong contender, turning up on the BBC or C4 twice a day to offer up a few post fact era words to explain why she cannot accept the democratic will of the nation. But this week Soubry started to look positively sane when compared to two chaps who really are yesterday's men.
First up was the former PM and well known war criminal Tony Blair. Old Tony is hearing voices again. Poor fellow. Back in his pomp those voices told him that Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction capable of hitting British bases within 45 minutes. This week the voices told him that EU leaders would agree to all sorts of compromises that would allow Britain to get a far better deal so we could vote again on whether to stay in the EU.
So why didn't the EU leaders give Call Me Dave such a deal before the 2016 referendum, instead of the worthless Munich style piece of paper he was forced to try to sell to us as bringing peace in our time? Strangely the EU leaders denied telling Mr Blair any such thing but still the old fool blathered on. The one voice Mr Blair cannot seem to hear is that of the British people who may be divided on almost everything else but are almost united in loathing and despising Blair and not believing a word he says. For some reason Blair is the only person in Britain today who thinks we give a fuck what Mr Blair thinks or says.
Normally Mr Blair and his voices would win the mad remoaner of the week contest but on this occasion he was trumped by former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg who suggested we have a second referendum on Brexit with 16-30 year olds given two votes as they have more of a stake in the result.
I quite like this principle. Higher earners pay most tax. The top 1% of income taxpayers pay c30% of all income tax. How about we gave them 10 votes, and normal rate taxpayers 1 vote and those who pay no tax zero votes on a referendum on whether we move to a 10% flat tax and also force the Government, by law ,to have a balanced budget. We who pay most tax surely, on the Clegg principle, deserve far more votes that those inhabiting the welfare safaris of Northern England and the Celtic provinces?
But it is not democratic and so it is wrong. I suppose that a party that supported secret courts and gagging the press is entitled to call itself Liberal just as the same party can show utter contempt for the biggest vote in British history and call itself Democratic. To be fair that great Liberal John Stuart Mill did toy with the idea of giving more votes to those who were more intelligent. In his day that was to be judged by those who had obtained a University Degree when that marked you out as academically elite. We would need a rather different test today.
But it seems that there is scant evidence that the millennials are brighter than we old folk or that they understand the EU - or indeed anything - better than we do. The one thing that can be said in their favour is that in Sheffield Hallam a few weeks ago they had the good sense to vote against Nick Clegg in droves for he really does seem to be losing the plot badly.
681 days ago
Having failed to lay a glove on Trump senior for getting help from the Russians during hos election triumph, the Democrats and their allies in the liberal media fake news departments tried to show he was blocking their futile investigations. That failed too. Now the Dems really are clutching at straws.
Given that Trump's popularity is improving as folks rather like his policies on immigration and the economy, liberal America is in trouble. It lost what they called " a Referendum on Trump" in the Georgia 6th as their policy ideas of the east and West coast metropolitan elites who dominate the Dems just do not resonate on main Street America. The Russian issue is a non issue but since Trump & the GOP are winning on policy and winning on personality what other card do the elitists who run the Dems have to play?
Okay no-body cares any more outside the Beltway, Broadway or Hollywood but that is not going to stop the Fake News outlets going for it anyway. Thus the latest "scandal" is that Donald Trump junior ( son of POTUS) met with a Russian connected lawyer during the campaign who promised to have some filth on how Crooked Hillary's campaign was being supported by the evil Russians. As it was the lawyer had no filth, tried to raise another issue, got nowhere and everyone moved on. This is a total non story.
Had, in June 2016, someone approached one of crooked Hillary's aides or one of the Dems from the Beltway who spend their entire life these days banging on about Donald and the Russians, to say that they had some filth on how the Russians were helping Donald what would they have done? Would they have said:
1. The Clintons always fight really clean campaigns, we are above such matters and we decline the meeting?
2. When can we meet? Dirt to sink the Donald, bring it on. We can get our pals at CNN/The Washington Post/ the NY Times to splash so our fingerprints are not on it and we get to win the election.
Of course it is 2. In any election folks are always keen to get dirt on their opponent. And when it comes to fighting firty the Clintons do not pull any punches.
The BBC commented that this "scandal" has "not damaged President Trump directly" since he knew nothing about it. FF. It has not and will not damage President Trump at all since it is obviously not a scandal at all and everyone outside the beltway and liberal media bubble can see that.
The fake news media junkies are so obviously clutching at straws now. One almost feels sorry for these pathetic creatures.
683 days ago
As I noted yesterday, the BBC believes that if it repeats myths often enough in its drama we come to accept those myths as facts. In the end we will accept that everyone in the Countryside is right behind gay pride and they all oppose fox-hunting. The mindset of Arcadia has become that of Islington because the BBC told us so often that the Arcadians/Ambridgians had Upper Street values all along. This attempt to bully into accepting liberal values by distorting the truth is how the left wages its cultural war today.
At lunch I was reading nine month old Joshua a book which the local library had given us: Everybunny dances. It starts off with all the little rabbits dancing, singing and having a wonderful old time. There is no time off fr going and eating all Mr McGregor's carefully planted vegetables these are just happy little bunnies having fun.
But then a fox appears and they all run and hide. They stay still. Suddenly the fox starts to dance, to sing and finally to play the clarinet but nobody appreciates him and he sheds a tear. Poor sweet old fox. The bunnies emerge and applaud. The fox is happy. They all play happily together. The end.
This is sweet Mr Foxy Woxy, a charming furry creature who must be protected from those toffee nosed Tory rich bastards, that is to say fox hunters. In that great debate the narrative of the left is that all hunters are cruel, rich , nasty Tories and foxy woxy is sweet and gentle. And children's books have for two decades been pushing the cute foxy woxy line as part of this.
Those of us who grew up in the Countryside in those dark days of old know that most everyone joined in the hunt, it was part of the community, not just rick Tory bastards. And we know that foxes killed our chickens, geese, pet rabbits and cats. Not just to eat but for pleasure. When the fox got into our chicken house it are one bird. The other 25 it just slaughtered. Foxes are evil cruel vermin, killers and the only good fox is a dead fox.
But our children have been brain-washed to think otherwise. The story I read to Joshua is pure propaganda and its lies are funded by a local council that claims to be cash strapped.
684 days ago
The BBC, Channel 4 and the rest of the liberal media are telling us that this weekend is when we are "celebrate" pride. There is a massive event in London and a march has just set off here in Bristol. I am sure there are events across the land.
Alongside all the usual and predictable straight virtue signallers from the media, political and artistic bubbles, marching will be hundreds of thousands of LGBT folks who in the UK really do have equal status these days. that is something we should celebrate. Homosexuality was a criminal offence until the year before my birth, 1967 and the Silverman Bill. In my youth I protested against the loathsome clause 28 of the local Government Bill introduced - to her shame - by Margaret Thatcher which banned the promotion of homosexuality in schools. That was its stated aim. In practice it legitimised homophobia and made the experience of "coming out" as a teenager even tougher than it already is. At least the Tories made amends with same sex marriage and today we truly do live in a tolerant land which is wonderful.
On the other hand why does the BBC insist that I celebrate Pride? I celebrate St Patrick's Day (in a sober fashion) but do not expect any of you to do so unless you are of Irish descent and even then it is not compulsory. I celebrate Easter and Christmas but again do think anyone else should be forced to celebrate or even to view those days as a reason for celebration. that is what makes a diverse society. I am a straight man of vague Christian beliefs and of Anglo Irish descent so can celebrate my son's Christening, Christmas day and St Paddy's Day. Graham Norton will be celebrating St Patrick's Day and Pride. Alan Duncan MP celebrates St George's Day and Pride. we are all different, we all celebrate different things as that is who we are and what makes a tolerant a d diverse society such a great place.
But on this weekend we are repeatedly told by the media that "Bristol is celebrating Pride" or similar phrases. That is wishful thinking it is not true and nor should it be. The word would be such a dull place if we all celebrated and thought the same way. But over the past twenty years the media has been on a mission to educate and to ensure we do all think the same way.
My mind goes back to 2002. It was the year of the Countryside March when more than a million of us marches through the streets of central London protesting about the proposed ban on fox hunting and also about the way that the metropolitan elites and political classes just did not give a shit about the numerous threats to the old ways of rural life. From every village across the land folks came to London that Saturday some for the first time in their life. Apart from one village that is, the village of Ambridge, the setting of the BBC's drama programme about rural life. In Ambridge the march was not mentioned once. On the other hand Ambridge did have a representative of that year's Gay Pride march in London and that was much discussed in the village and in generally glowing terms.
The BBC drama represents rural life not as it is but as the BBC would like it to be. Because those who run the BBC believe that if they push that message often enough then folks will accept their normal as the new normal. And thus villagers across the land will stop hunting and fishing and take up cottaging instead. It won't happen of course but this small incident in 2002 was another small landmark in the decline of our national broadcaster for which you and I are forced to pay whether we watch its propaganda or not.
I wish all on Pride today all the best. I won't be joining you equally I shall not be expecting you to join me in celebrating the anniversary of Mrs Thatcher's birth (13 October) or St Patrick's Day. Nor will I regard it as unacceptable if you don't. Diversity is great is n't it?
686 days ago
A report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies suggests that the average student is now leaving colleague with debts of £51,000 a figure seized on by the left and the liberal media as a sign that everything should be handed out for free. The right insisted that it showed how the system was working. Everybody lied.
The IFS report also suggested that over half of students would end up not repaying their debts at all. And that is the massive elephant in the room all chose to ignore. Naturally the BBC managed to grasp the wrong end of the nettle firmly in both hands. On the Radio 4 Today programme John Humphries quizzed a spokesman for Britain's universities insisting that such terrifying debts will scare clever folks from poor backgrounds from going to get their - in far too many cases - worthless degrees. Natch Channel 4 Fake News took the same line.
Okay it is one not born out by the facts. The number of folks from poor homes going to University has, in fact, never been higher. And why not, if you a smart 18 year old whether rick or poor this is a nil brainer: go to Uni for three years to get your 2-1 as almost everyone does these days. If you then get a good job as a result of that degree you pay back the loan. If you don't you don't!. What is not to like?
In the old days 10% of 18 year olds went to University. They were the elite. They got degrees in proper subjects from proper universities and generally got good jobs as a result. That still happens now for the elite. Go to Oxford and pay £9,000 a year and that should set you up for a good job. In the old days academically weaker young folks did not go to Uni and generally earned less. These days they also pay £9,000 a year to go to De Montfort Uni ( 2 Es entrance needed) but will end up, at best, stacking shelves at Tesco and so will never earn enough to pay back the loan.
The impulse of the BBC and Channel 4 Fake News is to parrot Jeremy Corbyn's line which is that these vast debts deter smart kids from poor families. The facts show this is rubbish but we live in a post fact era. The Tories, on the other hand, blather on about more poor kids going to great universities thanks to this wonderful self-funding student loan system. They boast how the burdern on an expanded uni system is now ,rightly, largely carried by those who benefit rather than ordinary working folks without degrees who don't. Except that is a lie.
The stunning level of default means that the expansion of universities has been funded not by students, not by adding to the deficit but by adding to the debt. More than half of student loans issued are assets which will turn out to be worthless. And as such that gap will have to be funded by the UK state taking on yet more debt - you may remember we have the highest State debt in the EU already and if we were honest about matters such as student loan defaults it would be higher still.
The question the BBC and the media should have asked is why we are lumbering the taxpayer, most of whom will not have enjoyed three years at Uni, with vast future liabilities on student loans that are never repaid which have produced young folk whose education is not good enough to obtain a job earning even £21,000 a year. The degrees, it seems, are worthless, the debts are for all of us to pay in the years that lie ahead.
Natch the BBC and Channel 4 Fake News believe in Money Trees so it would not occur to them to ask such a question.
689 days ago
It was the second lead story on the BBC News last night. The metropolitan elitists, the liberals inside the Westminster media bubble, spluttered with indignation as they talked to liberal minded colleagues inside the Washington Beltway. It is the story everyone is talking about they agreed. Of course that was more fake news too. Out there in the real world no-one really cares what President Trump tweets or perhaps, judging by the RTs, a lot of folks like what he tweets. Unlike 99% of liberals he has a sense of humour.
Donald Trump's latest crime is to tweet some footage of a mocked up wrestling match showing him duffing up a man whose head is replaced by the CNN logo. At the end the logo Fake News Network appears. The president's point uis that he will fight back against fake news. The media's response "The President is inciting violence against journalists and America is outraged."
That would be the same liberal media that has shown on magazine covers Trump's face in cross hairs, the same liberal media which defended as artistic freedom Shakespeare in Central park showing Donald Trump being violently stabbed to death. that is the same liberal media that tried to defend Kathy Griffiths for her "comedy sketch" with her displaying Donald Trump's severed and bloodied head. Time Magazine called that "free speech." It is the same liberal media that showed time and time again the placard at Saturday's march in London with a picture of Prime Minister May's severed head on a spike. That is satire. And that theatre production with Trump getting butchered is just so brave.
You see when liberals make jokes about executing conservative politicians it is free speech or cutting edge satire. When Trump tries his hand at humour (albeit not very funny humour) it is incitement. I see no valid point in making jokes about killing POTUS but Trump does have a very real point about fake news. Over the past week CNN has been battered by a hidden documentary which caught its lead presenters and producers on tape admitting that the whole Trump Russia story was a non story and there was not a shred of evidence against him but that they were chasing ratings. The liberal fake news media is all guilty of that except Channel 4 Fake News which has almost no viewers, it is not chasing ratings, it just likes making things up, such as claiming that Donald Trump wants America nto be more white - see HERE.
In the past fortnight the NY Times, CNN's sister publication, ha had to fire journalists for making up Trump Russia fake news when they were exposed. The Washington Post is guilty of similar crimes against basic journalistic ethics.
Yet the media tells us that the whole world is furious with Trump. Just like they all told us that the Georgia 6th vote would be a referendum on Trump and that the Dems would win. The Dems spent $30 million and still lost. Tens of millions of Americans have lost all faith in the mainstream media not because it is partisan but because it simply reports fake news. It is not credible any more as it does its utmost to ensure that the 2020 election has a different outcome to that in 2016.
As for the rest of America they mostly just don't care. Outside the beltway folks are worried about jobs, immigration, terror, putting food on the table. Only smug well fed liberals living in multi million dollar houses in Washington, LA or New York care about this story and any suggestion otherwise is just more fake news.
To those reading this article in the USA I offer you one consoling thought. At least you do not suffer state funded broadcasters the BBC and Channel 4. They make CNN seem like the living gospel.
695 days ago
On June 9th the liberal media warned us that those bigoted DUP types from Ulster would want to roll back LGBT and women's rights in return for propping up pathetic Prime Minister May. We Thatcherites dared to dream that the DUP might demand some proper Tory policies like privatizing the BBC or slashing corporation tax as the price for keeping the wretched Conservatives in power. What nonsense. Ulster politics is all about posture and pork barrel and the latter is the more powerful of the two.
Thus the DUP will prop up the May creature in return for an additional £1 billion being poured into the Ulster pork trough during the next two years. The DUP are, it turns out, utterly unprincipled wastrels just like all the other folks at Westminster.
The predictable faux outrage and hypocrisy from the virtua signalling liberal establishment. was loud and instanteous. This is an insult to the LGBT community and sets back gay rights by years. Bollocks. It will make not a jot of difference.
Labour at once accused The Tories of offering a sordid bribe. The tone was almost of an evengelical Victorian preacher warning his flock of the power of Satan and evil. It soon emerged that in both 2010 and 2015 Labour had approached the DUP offering bribes, that is to say more cash for the Ulster pork barrel, in return for Westminster support.
So the attack changed and the fake news liberal press joined in, demanding to know how the wicked Tories could afford half a billion a year. How many nurses could that pay for they shrieked but sadly Diane Abbott was not around to provide the exact answer.
Of course this is all posturing. Thje deficit is more than £50 billion so that extra £500 million spunked on Ulster makes little difference. It is funded by the money tree but so too is £50 billion (100 times as much if Diane is struggling with that sum) of spending on nurses, policeman, hair removal ops for transexuals, foreign aid to fund Ethiopian girl bands and all the other vital ways HMG spends borrowed cash. So it was a sily point but how the politicos and journalists frothed and raged.
Meanwhile I tried to find a letter from the taxman about an overdue bill of a couple of hundred pounds from 2010. I had a couple of meetings about UK Investor Show 2018. I noted how Darren's new waitress at Wedge Issue is a total stunner so much so that when I observed as much to Darren's rather stern and PC Mrs, she actually agreed with me rather than - as would be her wont - giving me a severe frown. I wrote a few articles so delaying my journey back to Bristol, having discovered that the mother-in-law has graciously extended her stay by another night. I had a long chat with a new source to ensure I have a massive scoop on Tuesday which will help pay the bills for a few days. I wondered at the beauty of the English countryside as my train sped back to Bristol and considered some take-aways from my lunch with old friends from New York.
In other words I got on with life. So, I suspect, did you. And we will do the same tomorrow. And the next day. And, God willing, the day after that. For 99.9% of the population the sordid deals, utter hypocrisy and fake posturing of the political and media classes have no impact on our lives at all. We are too busy paying the bills, earning cash to pay our taxes - to support the overpaid scumbags at Westminster - and trying to get on with our nearest and dearest, to give a stuff about whether the DUP is in bed with the Tories or the terms of their coupling and the constitutional implications of all of this nonsense.
In Greece I might not have discovered news that I am told is hugely important for several days. Am I any better off having found about it as it happened? I cannot say that I am. I really don't care about any of it. Be honest. Do you?
701 days ago
In the UK the narrative from the liberal media fake news outlets let by the accursed BBC is that Donald Trump and his Republicans are enmeshed in scandal, in league with the accursed Russians and loathed across America. So what if the FBI has cleared Michael Flynn? So what if there is scant or no evidence that Donald Trump obstructed justice let's shriek on about a new Watergate anyway. Fake news tells you that Trump is on the ropes and so an special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional district was hailed as a "referendum on Trump". The vote was yesterday.
This has been a safe GOP seat since 1979 but demographic changes mean that Trump win it by just 1.5 points over crooked Hillary. With no incumbent there the Dems thought it was totally in play and so poured 30 million dollars into their campaign aiming to back up the media narrative that Trump was on the ropes. Guess what, Republican Karen Handel won by 6 points.
Make no mistake this was a referendum on Trump because the Dems fought it that way and Trump won. As Handel thanked her supporters the chants were not about her but was Make America Great Again and President Trump.
Once again the liberal elites for all their money just got it wrong. Channel 4 Fake News which was naturally predicting a Dem victory got it wrong. Outside the beltway no-one in America gives a flying fuck about Congressional machinations to smear the President. On main street they care about jobs, which Trump is delivering on. They care about making America safer where at least Trump, unlike his useless predecessor, is trying. They do not believe in fake news.
Well done the Georgia Sixth. Jon Sopel at the fake news BBC, Kylie Morris at Channel 4 fake news, the arsehole Dem pundits on CNN, the NY Times, the Hollywood luvvies and the Democrat Establishment can smear as much as they want, they can chuck as much money as they want at elections. But while they continue to ignore the concerns of those Americans living outside the asset bubble economies of the North East and West Coasts they will continue to lose.
The Georgia 6th, good god fearing tax paying hard working Americans, just sent a $30 million fuck you to the liberal elites and the Beltway swamp dwellers.
704 days ago
Yesterday I noted the obsene deception practised by the taxpayer funded BBC as part of its institutionalised hatred of the State of Israel. Not to my great surprise folks came back not only to defend the BBC but to use words such as genocide in relation to Israel's action. The abuse of language, the distortion of data and the outright lies used by the haters of the Jewish state is appalling and in relation to Gaza I expose their fiction for that is what it is. What drives these folks? Is it hatred of Jews or something else.If you want facts not spin for Hamas this is the podcast for you.
712 days ago
The BBC and the rest of the liberal media cannot stop telling us what an awful, intolerant place Israel is. Regularly mainstream politicians from the left compare its actions to those of Nazi Germany. And on that note, I am delighted to see that today it is Gay Pride day in Tel Aviv.
More than 200,000 folks will take to the streets to celebrate gay pride. They can celebrate it in a nation where being gay is not a crime. There will be soldiers in uniform walking hand in hand and there will be "refugees" from places such as Gaza walking happy and free. For back in Gaza, a regime supported by EU cash, being gay is a "crime" punishable by death.
So here is an easy general knowledge question or two:
Excluding the evil Israeli state, in which other Mid Eastern countries is there annual gay pride parade? Ok let's make that easier, in how many other Mid East countries is there a gay pride parade?
Here is another one: in how many other Middle East countries is homosexuality punishable by death?
The answers are ZERO and NINE. The latter is a bit of a grey area. In Syria you do not get killed for being gay if you are unfortunate enough to live in an area controlled by Evil President Assad. On the other hand if you live in an area controlled by either ISIS or by the "moderates, the FSA backed by the West you can be executed. The other eight places where it might not pay to plan a Pride March today are: Iran, Gaza, Saudi Arabia, ISIS run Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Qatar and the UAE.
So to recap, while the liberal Western press reckons that we need regime change to deal with the evil Israelis and even more evil President Assad, if you are gay and living in either EU funded Gaza or FSA controlled Syria ( aka the "good guys" ) you might not necessarily see it that way.
717 days ago
Wall to wall coverage of the London Bridge attacks continues on BBC World News. the only interruptions are the adverts which are largely for BBC news itself. How much do they cost and what exactly is their purpose? But in between the adverts and the latest recycling of old footage the BBC served up a montage of how London and the World reacted. It was so utterly dismal and predictable.
We started with a photo of a group of Muslims showing solidarity carrying placards saying #PrayforLondon or some such trite nonsense. There were folks laying flowers. Then to a European City where a monument was lit up with the Union Flag and then Eiffel Tower went dark. At length EU flags were shown at half mast. Briefly we saw a Union flag at half mast. Er that was it. I guess the candle footage will be added in tonight.
The EU is leading mourning, Brits are defiant and resilient (the new buzz words), Muslims are all peace loving folks and this attack has nothing to do with religion. Yadda, yadda, yadda.
Is this really a reflection of the conversations that ordinary folks, outside the Metropolitan media bubble, are having across Britain today. Are they really saying thank God for multiculturalism and the EU? Are there no words of anger or demands for real action not just tougher controls on the internet and other weasel measures? Somehow, I doubt it.
It is worthy of 1984. Big Brother ensures that a message is pushed to the population who in their hearts know that it is not true, that it does not reflect reality.They do not feel happier, safer and more comfortable with life. But Big Brother insists that they do. And after a while they start to wonder if maybe Big Brother is right after all and that their own doubts are a reflection of their inner weakness or dirty innate prejudices. In the end they just accept that they were wrong to doubt the "truth".
The BBC was right all along. London Bridge had nothing to do with religion. All Moslems are good and there is no problem with a small - but significant - number of extremists in our midst. Only by working with our friends in the EU can we be safer. Big Brother I am sorry that I ever doubted you.
718 days ago
I do not know why the pathetic liberal media, led by the taxpayer funded BBC, are bothering to interview London's useless Mayor Sadiq Khan, his hapless Mancunian counterpart Andy Burnham, stockmarket spiv turned home secretary Amber Rudd or any of the other members of the political elite after the London Bridge attack. They are all saying the same as they did after Manchester. They were lying then. They lie today. There are three big lies.
The islamofascist murderers hate our way of life? No they don't they love it. They get to live in Britin, often on benefits or in the case of the Manchester killer a student loan. They get to go on holiday to Syria or Libya and watch a few beheadings and learn how to make a bomb and then come back unmolested. They get to go to radical Mosques where hate clerics spew poison. And then when the time is right they go and kill some of us. What's not to like about that?
The Islamofascist murderers hate democracy? Actually they don't really care who wins on Thursday. One suspects that Jeremy Corbyn who opposes shoot to kill and wants to talk to them would be their favoured PM but they are not motivated by trying to overthrow democracy, they just want to kill us.
We will show how strong we are by carrying on as normal? Really. After 22 folks in Manchester stopped carrying on as normal, the political classes and media elite insisted that we Brits would all carry on as normal. Now six Londoners won't be carrying on as normal. And you know what, before too long there will be another outrage and more innocent fellow citizens won't be carrying on as normal either.
The media want us to believe that the nation is made up of people who are this morning lighting candles. They refer to social media where stacks of Godless liberals ,who regard those of us with a Christian faith as old world losers, are busily tweeting #PrayforLondon. They will tell us that as a nation we are not angry but defiant and that communities are being brought together. This is just not how most of us feel.
Carrying on as normal doesn't work. We have 3,000 ISIS fanatics in the UK who the authorities admit are committed to jihad and following the Islamic State. Fine. They should lose their rights to British citizenship. Round them up. Send them to Raqqa and pray that Russian missiles take them out. Moslem leaders who insist that these butchers are not real Moslems can surely have no objection to this. Do you?
But will any of this be said by the talking heads in the media? Of course not. The media and political elite in Britain live comfortable lives increasingly remote from the rest of us. On this issue as on so many others they are simply out of touch and quite simply lying to us all.
718 days ago
A van ploughing into a busy crowds, men getting out to cut throats and stab. Jeepers you don't need to be Sherlock Holmes to work out it is an Islamofascist terror attack but the BBC refused to say as much for painful hour and hour. Indeed it stated repeatedly that it was wrong to speculate. Then came the bombshell. An eyewitness on the phone said the men were shouting "This is for Allah" as they stabbed away.
The BBC presenter moved swiftly on. This was a major scoop - the first reporting of this but it was if the man had just emitted a very large fart or flopped his cock out on camera. The interviewer could not rush quickly enough onto asking about how quickly the emergency services arrived or some such banality and then rapidly wound up the call.
The duty of the BBC is to report news. This was big news. Instead it carried on with more banal comment about how there were separate incidents (there were not) or with recycled footage of folks running away. Out on the wild west of the internet which the BBC so despises, folks had put 2 and 2 together ages ago and got 4. Now the eye witness confirmed that 2+2 really did equal 4. But still the BBC dared not say so. Was it Moslems it dared not offend or the godless drippy white liberals who staff the state funded broadcaster and are its core audience.
This morning it is full of the normal "life must go on", "heroic emergency services" stuff. Pretty soon it will be reporting on fears of a rise in hate crimes and how the real victims are Moslems, calls for Katie Hopkins to be banned from something else, and folks saying Love Trumps Hate and lighting candles. It is all so predictable. But as the state funded broadcaster serves up this shit, out in the real world there is real anger. six more dead people won't be carrying on as normal, their lives won't go on, and the rest of us want change.
Naturally the BBC will not report anyone saying that but will pretend that we are all scurrying off to find a candle to light and tweeting #prayforlondon ( again).
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719 days ago
For most of us the highlight of the BBC Question Time Leaders debate was seeing a sweating Jeremy Corbyn being laughed at for his dismal answers on nuclear weapons. Second best was yet another refusal to condemn folks he has previously described as "heroes," that is to say the murdering bastards of the IRA. But for the BBC the highlight was a Nurse bashing Theresa May for "cutting her take-home pay" since 2009. The BBC did not bother pointing out that the nurse was lying and Mrs May was too polite to point that out. But the Nurse did tell a 100% slam dunk lie.
Her claim of a cut - a line the Guardian likes to use as well - is based on the fact that Nurses have indeed have had below inflation wage increases since 2009. So in inflation adjusted terms their headline pay, ceteris paribus, is c14% lower. But their actual pay is higher. But the facts - if the BBC could be bothered with such matters - are even worse
You see the wicked Tories have penalised low paid workers because - when not eating babie - they spend all their time hating the poor, by massively increasing the amount that low paid workers earn without paying any tax - the tax allowance. What total bastards the Tories are. So a nurse earning £23,319 in 2016/17 will get "take-home pay" of £19,144.90. Let us assume that this nurse had enjoyed no pay increase at all since 2009 which is not the case, her take-home pay under those nice folks in Labour would have been £18,075.60.
And of course it gets worse. While all public sector workers bleat about low annual wage increases that is not the whole story. Across the public sector there is a culture of staff grading which means that each year - largely by dint of just being there for a number of years - a good number of staff move up a grade and get a pay rise. So while nurses will all get a 1% pay rise this year, a good number will actually get rather more.
And so that brings us back to the nurse on BBCQT who asserted that here "take-home pay" had fallen since 2009. There is only one way to describe that statement - as seen on numerous BBC reports of the highlights - it is a total fucking lie.
721 days ago
I would like to see a low tax small state Britain. Sadly that dream is not shared by any of the money tree worshipping political parties but I can still hope. Instinctively that makes me view HMRC as the pantomime villain, a body to be hissed and booed whenever it comes on stage to try and get more cash out of hard working folks. But in the case of HMRC vs Gary Lineker, the jug eared virtue signalling poseur, I will not be warning Mr Walker's Crisps that "he's behind you", I cheer on the taxman at every turn.
HMRC has today won a ruling concerning Ingenious Film Partners 2 LLP in which a range of celebs including Lineker and another virtue signaller David Beckham invested cash earning vast tax breaks. It was claimed this was an investment to support British Film. HMRC said it was just a tax dodge and the scheme was branded a "scam for scumbags". Today a tribunal ruled for HMRC and investors will have to repay £700 million (including rolled up interest).
Other celebs have been caught in similar schemes. Gary Barlow was done. But Barlow is a self confessed Tory and makes no bones about saying that he should get to keep as much as possible of his hard earned cash. Lineker on the other hand is always playing the pious saint whether it is bashing we Brexit supporters as ignorant racists or calling for more asylum seekers to be admitted (how many have you put up in your mansion Gary?) or for the Government to spend more and more cash on a range of schemes. Jug ears earns £2.5 million a year from the taxpayer funded BBC for doing a job many others could do at a fraction of the price. He is just a rank hypocrite wanting the State to spend more and more while actually believing that "tax is for little people".
Of course Lineker also made £5 million from the UK's largest stockmarket fraud in 30 years - Quindell. He was given free shares for acting as "brand ambassador" for a joke product called Ingenie. He was part of the hype machine and made a killing selling his shares on to other folks who then lost money. Lineker was best man at the luxury Somerset wedding of Ingenie boss Richard King. He rubbed shoulders with all the Quindell fraudsters who are under SFO investigation and will almost certainly go to jail. But Linkeker did nothing wrong himself but did make a killing from his free shares. He has never apologised for that or said he would give his winnings to charity.
Lineker is man without shame, a poseur and as such I raise a glass to the HMRC for a job well done.
726 days ago
James Delingpole tweeted yesterday: Never thought I'd say this but Theresa May's Conservatives are so uninspiring it almost makes you yearn for the useless Dave. Rod Liddle asked "Is this the worst Tory Campaign ever?" I am not sure I know the answer Rod but as I go to vote in a seat the Tories should be gaining from Labour I do so almost not caring who wins.
The Tory manifesto was a disaster in that its dementia tax pissed off those Labour voters it was trying to woo while all its chatter of workers rights and laws to make business better really infuriated Tories like me. I bet those wonks & career politicians who cobbled this together have never risked a cent of their own capital to create a business. They just have no bloody idea of how hard and painful it is. Of how it is you who will be up until 3 AM to keep the thing afloat as your employees snore in bed.
The enlargement of the nanny state was at the heart of a Manifest presented by an array of folks who indeed made the loathsome Dave and ghastly Osborne look like political titans. Former stockmarket spiv Amber Rudd is just the most useless of an array of talentless bores but Hammond, Fallon even May herself are just dreary and intellectually weak - at heart they all want to manage the Growth of the state, not shrink it.
I think of those chaps I knew at Oxford now sitting on the Tory benches. They never had any ambition other than to climb the greasy pole. They despise ordinary people though they hide it well. Do I really enthuse about seeing them in power for another five years?
And yet I looked at my ballot paper below and there was really only one option. Last time Labour were 4,000 votes ahead of the Tories here in Bristol East but UKIP got 7,500 votes while the Lib Dems got sod all and the Greens did not stand. Our Labour MP, Kerry Mccarthy, is a cold and unloveable woman who happens to be as mad as a nest of snakes. If the UKIP vote shifts as it should and the Greens pinch more from Labour than from Cons - which they will - then the Tory candidate Theo Clarke will win. But she is a posh cow from London who pops in here only at election time - she would not actually want to live among the oiks in this part of Bristol. To be fair neither do any of the other candidates, Bristol East is far too down at heal.
But back to our Tory candidate, hapless Theo. She is a remoaner and she appears not to believe in any Tory values at all - like McCarthy she worships the Money Tree. So do I really care about Theo winning? I do not.
In fact, I note that all parties are run by career politicians, very few of whom have risked their capital to create wealth and jobs or indeed have any real world experience in the private sector at all. As a class I despise the lot of them. Moreover all are deficit deniers - the UK's Government finances are a mess, we are drowning in debt and yet all three parties still believe in spend, spend, spend. There is no honesty from anyone, no admission that things have to change if the UK is not going to go bust.
After Manchester they pretty much all spouted the same platitudes. The British people were dying for one party to say "if folks fight for ISIS or are shown to support ISIS they lose their passport and are booted out without a lengthy taxpayer funded trial encompassing reams of European Human Rights leglislation - just kick the bastards out." Instead all parties thought that quoting Liam Gallagher, not looking back in hanger and warning about a rise in hate crime was the answer. They can all go stock their candles and their twibbons up their arses, for all I care.
So at almost every level I really do not care who wins. Except one. It is clear that Jeremy Corbyn's Labour would really crush the economy and folks like me who risk our capital to create jobs and generate tax. It would be disastrous for the UK economy if Labour won. So much do I despise Mrs May's Tories that I almost don't care about this threat. If Labour win perhaps I can persuade the Mrs that it would be economic suicide for us not to move to a small Greek island to pay less tax? If a Corbyn and the utter destruction of the British economy is the price we must pay to persuade the Mrs to move maybe that is what must happen?
Or maybe not. The Mrs urges me to show my disgust by not voting. I did not vote for our new regional Mayor as I regarded this as another unneeded layer of Government funded by plebs taxpayers like me and created by a political class creating more jobs for themselves. So I had set a precedent of abstention a few weeks ago, the Mrs - a Guardian reading, Sociology lecturer who is a card carrying member of the Labour Party - thinks I should continue in that vein.
I imagined the look on her face if Labour wins. I thought how her colleagues, who bleat about workplace stress as they trouser £45k for doing four hours teaching a week when not on long vacations, will cheer a Labour win with bumper pay rises for public sector workers all round. I thought of how the Guardian, the BBC, Owen Jones, Polly Toynbee, Jon Snow and the C4 Team, my state employed sisters on their 18 hour and 20 hour working weeks would shout for joy if Kerry McCarthy wins Bristol East and if Corbyn heads to Number 10. If folks who are wrong about every issue are so enthusiastic for one side, I knew I had no choice in how I voted.
At almost every level I don't care who wins. As I think of Jezza walking into Number 10, I think of the sunlight dancing on a blue sea near a small house on a very small Greek island with the Mrs , Joshua and I just heading off for a day of fishing. I can hack it. But then I think of the legions of the wrong. These folks have backed every lost cause, every muddle headed idea of the past thirty years. And they are backing Labour with enthusiasm. My vote is below and was posted this week.
728 days ago
Listen to the mainstream press and, natch, the real victims of the Manchester terror attack are the poor Muslims of Britain who - the liberal media rushed to assure us - are set to suffer a barrage of hate crime. So far Katie Hopkins has been reported to the Met 934 times for tweeting so that the "real victims" can rest more easily. Sod the 22 kids and teenagers who are dead or the dozens lying injured and maimed in hospital. Sod their families, C4 News rushed off to Manchester's "Curry Mile" to meet the real victims, as you can see below.
Of course, and for the avoidance of doubt, hate crime is a crime and is wrong. But the real victims of this attack are those who got blown up by a bomb. Surely even the metropolitan elitists can see that? I think not. Over on the BBC the Regional News had some pompous bitch on who it turns out is our local Police & Crime Commissioner. The BBC asked if there was a call for tougher measures to make us all feel safer. Good point. How about we deport some former ISIS fighters? The Police & Crime Commissioner replied that "hate crime will be treated with zero tolerance." Does this ghastly creature not realise what the real threat is, a threat that leaves folks of all faiths and races fearful for the world we live in. It is not Kate Hopkins it is ISIS!
Back to C4 Fake News. Pompous and plump elitist Krishnan Guru-Murthy was interviewing various members of the local Muslim community who were - to be fair - overwhelmingly reasonable. They - unlike Krishnan appeared to recognise who the real victims of this attack were. Among those interviewed was this woman below wearing a niqab with the word LOVE on its front. But look carefully, The L is a pistol, the O is a grenade, the V is a knife and the E is a machine gun. How very tasteful. What message was that sending out and why did Channel 4 feel it was right to broadcast it?
C4 News has a chilling reputation for running fake news, for attacking those on the right with bogus smears and for just plain old shoddy journalism. I am not sure where thus fits in to that pattern but one hopes that it brings the day that C4 News sees its entire editorial team fired, that little bit closer.
735 days ago
That we have to pay for the Guardian's sister outlet, the BBC via a poll tax is bad enough. Its output is low grade and often biased. But now the BBC wants to get you fired if it does not like your views. Hey George Orwell you missed this one in 1984...
In its new privacy and cookies policy HERE, Pravda explains how it will get stacks of data on you. It then states:
If you post or send offensive, inappropriate or objectionable content anywhere on or to BBC websites or otherwise engage in any disruptive behaviour on any BBC service, the BBC may use your personal information to stop such behaviour.
Where the BBC reasonably believes that you are or may be in breach of any applicable laws (e.g. because content you have posted may be defamatory), the BBC may use your personal information to inform relevant third parties such as your employer, school email/internet provider or law enforcement agencies about the content and your behaviour.
So, for instance, I think that allowing transgender guys to use women's bathrooms before they have the op is wrong. And like that well known reactionary Germaine Greer I do not think transgender males can claim to be part of the feminist struggle in the same way as a woman can. There you have it.
If I wanted to I could post that on the BBC website under some news story on Transgender issues. Under the UK's daft hate crime laws if some bloke in a skirt feels offended by this he can report me to the old Bill but also to the BBC which can then report me to my employer and kick up a fuss. Do I really trust the BBC to make a sensible decision on hot PC issues such as this?
Luckily I work for myself so I can't say I am quivering but most folks do not. Do you really want to go spend an hour with HR and have it on your record because some PC stormtrooper at the BBC responded to a complaint by some "aggrieved minority?"
Moral of the story, don't post what you think on the BBC website. Another nail in the coffin for free speech in Airstrip One. What is worse is that it is our taxes that are funding this Orwellian nonsense.
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786 days ago
The BBC's flagship News programme Newsnight is staffed by the grossly overpaid liberal elite who care about the sort of issues we in the 99% don't give a stuff about and who show an open hostility to Brexit. Impartiality is not the name of the game here. Last night's main feature was on that silly woman who claimed to be a black rights campaigner before - after many years on the liberal civil rights gravy train - she was outed as being er...`100% white.
All that time banging on about how being black had left her victimised and oppressed started to ring a bit hollow. At that point, she claimed that she "identified" as being black. Anyhow she has now got a big wonga book deal so maybe that will go some way to make up for all the hurt she was caused by slavery.
Then it was onto the thrice weekly Brexit bash with a report on farming. Naturally most of the farmers interviewed were those operating the sort of economically unviable farm in places such as the Lake District or Exmoor which cannot exist without mass subsidy. The government has said that it will replace the handouts with UK handouts until 2020 at least. Remember that as we send a NET £350 million a week to the Evil Empire those EU handouts are actually our taxes in the first place.
Natch these folks are worried that the meal ticket for life may be threatened so farmers - Newsnight opined - are demanding many things out of Brexit. Farmers in the Lakes, miners, banksters all demand that profitable industries and those working in them pay more in tax to subsidise unprofitable industries. The blessed Maggie was right about the mines, Brown was wrong about the banks - for capitalism to work, subsidies for unviable enterprises must go. Only one chap at the end was given far too short a time to explain that.
The landscape of the Lakes is an artificial one created by farming. But if the farms are unviable why not let it return to its natural state and let 31 million taxpayers keep a bit more of the money they earn without their employer needing subsidy?
The bias of the reporter was made clear with her throwaway remark about "many a myth" about EU regulations banning bent bananas and other matters. That is a standard line of the pro EU forces: we wicked Brexiteers make up all these myths. And so the BBC reports that charge as fact as part of its fake news service.
In fact the EU did ban bent bananas in the early naughties. In the end the ban was overturned but that the Evil Empire felt that EC Commission Regulation No 2257/94, which stated that bananas must be "free of abnormal curvature" and at least 14 cm in length was a good idea in the first place is worthy of note. Yet the BBC on a regular basis insists that this is all a myth dreamt up by lunatics like Chris Booker and Richard Littlejohn. And so to report bent banana banning as a myth is just common or garden fake news.
And it is fake news from an organisation which is able to pay its staff mouthwatering sums not because it is economically viable but because of a vast taxpayer subsidy. Does that sound familiar in any way?
788 days ago
Give us your money urged all the celebs and not so celebs on Comic Relief in an orgy of C list virtue signalling on the channel dedicated to such enterprises, the BBC. The celebs themselves donate their time which is, as you know, valuable. Why is it valuable? Because the State funded broadcaster pays celebs vast salaries with taxpayers cash extorted via a poll tax, so distorting market forces and creating a false sense of "worth" all round.
So very rich folks donate their "valuable time" and get to show how utterly heroic and virtuous they all are and in return poor folks - that is you and I - are asked to hand over our dosh. Lots of us do and this shows what total heroes the celebs are. But other than the underlying rank con, there is another bit of a problem with Comic Relief which one day will sink it...it is not very funny.
Over on twitter one wag tweeted "all we need is for you all to donate one funny joke each and we can make Comic Relief work". Indeed. It is hard to say that the celebs saved their best material for the virtue signalling evening.
The low point of the night - which the Mrs who is a fan of little Graham Norton forced me to watch - was the camp Irishman doing his chat show with more folks on the sofa then ever before. As a format it did not work and was not funny in the slightest. But it must have seemed like a good idea at the time.
In an attempt to save the sketch Norton asked some bimbo about how she had enjoyed sex on a plane. She seemed a bit embarrassed so Jonathon Ross waded in to discuss masturbating on a plane with Norton. It was just toe curlingly bad and not in the slightest bit funny. It was a new low for the show.
But I guess I miss the point. Lots of poor folks handed over their cash for a "good cause". The State funded broadcaster justified the vast amounts we taxpayers have to pay to keep it going by doing its bit. The celebs - some of whom you might have heard of - gave their valuable time so showed how fucking virtuous they all are.
All is well in Airstrip One. Orwell would have been delighted by the proceedings.
788 days ago
Gina Miller, Nick Clegg, Tony the war criminal Blair, Michael "Brexiteers are Nazis " Heseltine. Apparently it is that they are silent. You might have thought that the BBC and C4 gave these folks every opportunity to yak on about what a disaster Brexit will be, but oh no, as the tweet below shows.
The poster is an academic who is marching through London today to speak up for the "silent majority" in opposing Brexit. Hmmmm. Gina silent? As for "majority," presumably at Middlesex University the teachers do not need to be able to count past 48? Remind me again of how we actually voted on June 23 2016?
Apparently this tweeter is a professor at Middlesex University and is a philosopher. Does that include logic? Once again I worry for the impressionable young folks whose minds are being filled with junk taught by people as deluded as this creature.
788 days ago
As they prepared to lay the coffin containing the remains of the murderer Martin McGuinness into the ground in a place which the craven liberal British media termed Derry but which we know as Londonderry, the old killer's comrade in arms Gerry Adams screamed to the crowd "Martin McGuinness was not a terrorist". They howled their appreciation. Adams continued "Martin McGuinness was a freedom fighter". The fenians howled some more. But of course Adam was lying - not that the liberal British media dared to flag that up.
McGuinness personally killed people for the IRA. As a senior figure in the IRA he ordered countless other deaths. Some were soldiers in the British Army or loyalist paramilitaries. But I shall take the easy targets for St Peter to decide upon: the women, the children, the civilians, those who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
With one or two exceptions McGuinness did not apologise for those deaths, nor did he express remorse or regret. That makes him a murderer of innocents in my book. That he did it for a cause not pleasure makes him a terrorist.
Now Adams, who also has vast amounts of blood on his hands, says that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. We might look at Mandela as a case in point. But old Nelson expressed remorse, old Nelson tried for real reconciliation by forgiving those on "the other side" in a way that McGuinness never did, instead demanding enquiry after enquiry into what the wicked Brits did in Ulster.
But the real difference was that Mandela was fighting for a cause nearly all of us see as just. Certainly most folks in South Africa wanted an end to Apartheid. So he was fighting for freedom. From the start of the troubles to the signing of the Good Friday accord the majority of folks in the six counties wanted to stay in Britain. The IRA was killing for the cause of a United Ireland. That has always been its stated goal and was throughout the troubles.
To pretend otherwise, as the BBC and Channel 4 Fake News have been doing all week, is simply to rewrite history. Surely killing innocent folks to achieve a political structure strongly at odds with the wishes of most of the population simply cannot be described as freedom fighting. It is terrorism and the failure to accept that is one of many reasons why Mr Adams will in due course find his soul roasting in the same place as that of Mr McGuinness.
788 days ago
My coverage of Channel 4 Fake News has been extensive. It just makes up lies and pretends they are facts. But yesterday it reached a new height of fake news and then tried to cover it up. A proper editorial organisation would have a full enquiry and heads would roll. But this is channel 4 fake news, which allows US reporter Kylie Morris to state that Donald Trump had promised to make America "more white" which he quite simply had not done. This is fake news central. Yesterday it was the Westminster terror attack.
Other outlets and photos on twitter suggested that the attacker was Asian, Channel 4 named the culprit as Abu Izzadeen a gentleman who is clearly not Asian but black and was formerly known as Trevor Brooks. Mr Brooks looks nothing like the attacker. The evidence was everywhere that it could not be Brooks but to the C4 liberals, I guess, all those darkies look the same. The Independent Newspaper - another stronghold of the metropolitan elite - was running the same line. But but about half way through the programme C4 was saying that maybe it was not so sure about its lead story.
The truth was that Abu's lawyer had gone public to point out that his client was safely ensconced at Her Majesty's Pleasure. It could not have been him.
So what was the "source" that C4 Fake News reporter Simon Israel had cited as saying Abu was the killer? Was it The Independent or the same source as the Indy? And why did C4 ignore the evidence of its own eyes that the attacker was clearly Asian not black?
What happened next was shameful. There is a channel C4 +1 where I - and others - tend to watch the news. I tuned in at 8 PM and the programme started but after 30 seconds it stopped and on our screen a message appeared saying that the programme was "temporarily unavailable". That continued all the way through so that the fake news was covered up. There was no admission that C4 had got it wrong just a cover up. And no admission that C4 needs an urgent enquiry into its culture of fake news.
Meanwhile on twitter the SNP MP John Nicholson was all too keen to lap up C4's nonsense. A man whose entire career has been spent in the Westminster bubble firstly with the BBC now as an MP seems to dismiss the idea of going to original sources but just takes reports from fellow members of the liberal media establishment as gospel. That Mr Nicholson is an idiot is clear from the tweets below.
What is critical here is whether Mr Israel can demonstrate that he had a real credible source or was he simply relying on the fake news in the online Indy? Let's tune in tonight to see if C4 wants to come clean. Somehow I doubt it will.
793 days ago
The BBC started its Ten O'Clock News with its reporters and presenters visiibily delighting in the FBI stating that it was investigating allegations of links between members of the Trump Campaign team and the Russians. But why stick to facts on a day like this? it was time for some classic fake news from Pravda's gimp in Washington, Jon Sopel.
He asserted that these new "facts" about team Trump were sending shockwaves across Washington. A fact is something that has happened. There were no new facts revealed yesterday at all just the FBI saying it was investigating allegations, largely made by the liberal media. But when it comes to bashing POTUS, little Sopel always operates in a post fact era.
Then it was onto Brexit where the BBC revels in its unbalanced approach. Supporters of leaving were seen popping champagne corks. Yes what fascist toffs they are. And then a Labour shadow minister Kier Starmar was interviewed. He is a remoaner. So for balance they interviewed one more MP. Some SNP Loon. A Remoaner. Yup real balance from taxpayer funded Pravda once more.
795 days ago
Joanna Cherry MP is the sort of pea-brained individual who seems to rise effortlessly to the top of the SNP. She speaks precisely and with an assurance that she must be correct. The only problem is that she talks almost complete nonsense. She starred on the BBC's Question time last week and served up such a total corker on the deficit that the hand picked audience of leftard had almost audible orgasms of delight.
Ms Cherry opined that Chancellor Hammond's U Turn on National Insurance had left a £2 billion black hole in his budget. She continued by asserting that thanks to this U-Turn he no longer had a balanced budget. The audience applauded and loved it. The rest of the panel were either so stupid ( Angela Eagle) or too cowardly ( Jacob Rees Mogg & Tim Martin) or both (Matthew Parris) to point out what utter piffle she spouted.
Chancellor Hammond already has a black hole in his books. For the fiscal year ending in March 2017: The “current budget deficit*” is estimated to be £19.1 billion. The difference between spending (including capital expenditure) and revenue is estimated to be £67.6 billion. And extra £2 billion makes no difference at all.
There is no balance in this budget, as Mr Rees Mogg knows full well. Sometimes Jacob hides behind the pretence that he is a dim toff but - having been an Oxford contemporary of his - I know him to be relatively bright. He knows that UK debt to GDp at 89% is alarmingly high and racing ahead under, yet another, Tory chancellor who is no longer friends with prudence.
But so what if economic destruction is coming rapidly into sight? No one dares tell the electorate that, let alone another hugely partisan audience hand picked by the BBC for Question Time? So lets all applaud Ms Cherry or just sit in pathetic silence and endure the claptrap she spouts.
799 days ago
807 days ago
This is a delight. Millionaire liberal media elitist Evan was wetting himself on the BBC's fake news flagship Newsnight as he got to interview two delightful ladies who are black and voted for Donald Trump. Evan started by saying that since black folks did not vote for Trump so he was puzzled by these ladies.
Of course, Trump was in fact the most successful GOP candidate among black voters for decades but for folks like Evan and little Matt Frei over on C4 Fake News facts do not matter. Matt put that dam nigger vicar in his place for voting for the racist and so Evan though he could beast the ladies known as Diamond & Silk too.
Au contraire...Evan was crushed. Enjoy.
807 days ago
After Donald Trump's comments on Sweden and immigration, the Swedish home secretary Ylva Johansson gave an interview on the BBC News channel when she said there was no connection between crime and immigration and the level of rape in Sweden is “going down, and going down, and going down.”
Fair enough. That interview took place last week. The BBC did not challenge the minister at all since her pro immigration Trump bashing agenda is that of the UK state funded broadcaster. There is just one problem. The Minister lied.
She went on to lie. "The level of rapes is not actually high in Sweden”, contradicting another BBC hate figure Nigel Farage claiming he “doesn’t really know what he is talking about.”
There is only one problem with that statement which the BBC also did not bother to challenge since the elitist liberal broadcaster hates Farage almost as much as it hates Trump. That statement was also a lie.
Sweden, as you can see here, has the sixth highest rape rate in the World and the highest in Europe. Okay it is lower than Lesotho but it is still utterly shocking. A woman is more than three times as likely to get raped in Sweden than in Norway and six times as likely as across the EU as a whole. But maybe things are getting better? Er no.
The latest figures show a 13% increase in reported sex crimes in Sweden in 2016, and there has been a general increase over the past ten years. She has been slammed by a raft of MPs in Sweden from across the political spectrum but has the BBC run a correction or pulled the original programme yet?
Clearly it was running fake news but it is fake news that suits its agenda so that is all okay then is it not. It is not as if it will lose any revenue to fund its overpaid staff as a result of broadcasting lies and then refusing to withdraw them or correct them. We lucky Brits have to pay a poll tax to fund this rubbish or else we are threatened with prison and however low the fake BBC news stoops, that never changes.
807 days ago
Back in the summer at the RIO Olympics how the BBC and others were outraged when all those nasty foreigners suggested that the amazing medal haul of Team GB on the cycling track might perhaps have something to do with our athletes being, er, driven by something different? It was okay for us to suggest that Chinese swimmers might be doing the same as they were just dirty foreigners. But the BBC knew that we Brits played it clean and this was just foreigners being bad losers. Fuck the lot of them, fucking foreigners either cheats or bad losers the lot of them.
As a long time Olympics cynic not least on the matter of drug cheating, I viewed the BBC coverage of this issue as lamentably lame and partial in a really very nasty jingoistic manner. But whipped up by the media the people all shouted: "How dare they insult national hero Sir Bradley Wiggins/". The media loved the cheery mod haircut. Politicians handed him gongs as they lined up to blow him off and gain reflected glory and everyone felt great.
Sir Brad is now a multi millionaire and we taxpayers get to subsidise UK Cycling even more. Panem et circenses.
But now the evidence that Sir Bradley's performance over many years was "assisted" looks overwhelming. Sections of the press are openly calling him a drugs cheat. Rod Liddle rips him a new one in today's Sunday Times. Almost no-one believes a word Sir Brad says, viewing him as a dirty man in a dirty sport.
Sir Brad meanwhile is earning millions as the TV face of car maker Skoda. The slogan on the commercials is "Driven by Something Different" which apparently refers to the car although most of us now think it applies to Sir Bradley as well.
How long, I wonder, before Skoda drops the shamed cyclist? And how long before someone calls for him to lose his knight hood as well? On the latter point I care not a fig. The honours system is so utterly corrupt that I am glad that Sir Brad and Sir Phil Green are part of it, to serve as a daily reminder of what sordid cesspit the gongs system has become.
811 days ago
The panel on BBC Question time were, with the exception of Peter Hitchens, who was predictably superb, truly dire. A daft lefty celeb, a truly thick labour MP - wasn't this a repeat? But it was the audience that never ceases to amaze me. How does the BBC manage to find a crowd week in week out which views the world so differently from the population as a whole. Last night's episode was a classic. Describing someone born outside the UK with a non British passport as a foreigner got one hissed and booed. That is a fact FFS. The highlight was an obviously middle class Guardian reader flagging up the real danger of Brexit: English people refuse to work in Cafe Nero so who will serve her a morning frothy semi skimmed organic Fair Trade latte? . I kid you not. At every level this sums up the insanity and lies of the remoaners, a matter I cover in this podcast.
822 days ago
I am watching BBC World News which has just carried a clip of an interview with Republican grandee John McCain, who explicitly stated that he does not think that Donald Trump wants to be a dictator and explicitly did not link a tweet of the POTUS to such a goal. McCain is no friend of the Donald but the BBC cannot help itself. So flashing across my screen right now is:
McCain on Trump's tweet "that's how dictators get started"
Oh what irony. The actual transcript is below:
CHUCK TODD:I'm curious of your reaction to a tweet that the president sent Friday night. "The fake news media, failing New York Times, NBC News, ABC, CBS, CNN is not my enemy. It is the enemy of the American people." You believe the press is the enemy? You believe any group of Americans are the enemy of another group of Americans?
JOHN MCCAIN:I was talking about the period as, you know, of the new world order. A fundamental part of that new world order was a free press. I hate the press. I hate you especially. But the fact is I, we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It's vital. If you want to preserve-- I'm very serious now-- If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That's how dictators get started.
CHUCK TODD:That's how dictators get started, with tweets like that?
JOHN MCCAIN:With-- No. They get started by suppressing a free press. In other words, a consolidation of power, when you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I'm not saying that that's, that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history.
I rest my case: FAKE NEWS @BBC
825 days ago
The highlight of the week was Donald Trump sticking it to the BBC's North America correspondent Jon Sopel who - as you can see here - spluttered that the BBC was "impartial free and fair." I guess that would be fake news then because it is patently not any of the above. Let's start with free.
I have to pay a TV license, a poll tax, irrespective of my income and that cash goes to the BBC to pay the, hugely inflated, wages of preening liberal poltroons like Sopel. If I do not pay, even if I elect NEVER to watch the BBC, I am threatened with jail. To describe the BBC's service as free is thus a lie.
As for fair and impartial, that is even more of a monstrous lie. On every great issue of the past year the BBC has a partisan stance. There is no debate on global warming or climate change or whatever it is called these days - it is a given. All the economic good news in the UK since June 23 has been reported as "Despite Brexit" and ahead og June 23 the Beeb went out of its way to report as fact the laughable claims made by Remainers such as Carney and Osborbe warning of economic doom if we voted to quit the EU.
As for its coverage of the Trump campaign there were so many low points of bias and fale news that it is hard to pick out one crowning moment where the BBC showed it was neither fair or impartial. But my favourite remains a Newsnight with Emily Maitlis where she seized on two polls in tiny states which showed that Trump was not only going to lose rock solid GOP states (Alaska and Utah) but that mean he was such a liability that he'd ensure the Dems swept the House and Senate too. Emily thus suggested that the GOP had to think about dumping Trump. That was the BBC line in October as the liberal media tried to derail the Trump campaign. If course it was utter bollocks at the time as I demonstrated HERE
This was one of many times that the BBC showed itself to be neither impartial or fair. It is an organisation staffed by very well paid members of the liberal elite pushing a clear agenda. The tosser Sopel is part of that elite.
His statement yesterday is patently untrue and as the BBC aired it surely it classified as 100% fake news.
825 days ago
Enjoy this clip as the BBC's Jon Sopel gets totally owned by Donald Trump. Perhaps on his State Visit to the UK, the Donald might ask why we have to pay a poll tax to support the inflated wages of the elistist liberal losers who staff the state broadcasting service at the BBC.
Trump on finding out reporter is from BBC: "Here's another beauty."— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 16, 2017
Reporter says, "Impartial, free & fair."
Trump: "Just like CNN right?" pic.twitter.com/x6pE8ZTewC
831 days ago
The kind owners of the Azteri hotel here in Metsovo switched the TV onto the BBC World News channel to please me. Since neither speak English it must have been all Greek to them, to me it was just the usual Trump hatefest. I listened carefully as I was told repeatedly how much folks in Europe and in Britain all disliked poor Donald Trump. I am sure that among the liberal media elite, the overpaid privileged bien pensants who serve up garbage on the BBC that is correct. But what of the ordinary folks of Europe?
I found myself listening to a Radio 4 programme the other day in which liberal arts elitists in the most pro remain ward in the UK, in Cambridge, were asked what they thought of Brexit voters - the gist of the programme was that what you voted on June 23 was down to how well educated you were. One posh sounding chap said it was not down to education it was down to racism. The BBC asked "so were 17 million people really all racists?" The chap kindly replied "not all of them". Others disagreed it was down to intelligence,we Brexit voters voted that way because we are thick, certainly not bright enough to understand so complex an issue.
Of course the BBC also thinks that Trump voters in the US are largely thick and/or racist. Europe being so much better than the USA, the BBC would have us believe that no-one here likes Trump.
Of course they are wrong. Many of the tens of millions who this year will back Wilders or Le Pen or indeed backed lefty Alex Tsipras here in Greece before realising what a treacherous little snake he was, would also back Trump. They do so because their loathing of the EU elites, those the BBC adore, is so intense.
For the BBC populism means only bad things. For the ordinary folks in Europe it means sweeping away corrupt and out of touch politicians who despise the views of the plebs and do not hide it, who ultimately support only a warped version of democracy. The tide it is a turning. The imagery on this Greek front page is oh so apt.
839 days ago
As of yesterday, Scotland accelerated its quest to become the Greece of the North as it passed a budget making it the highest tax region of the UK. Higher rate taxpayers in the Celtic welfare safari will pay £400 a year more tax than those earning £43,000 or more anywhere else in the UK. Fine. Sooner or later the Money Tree worshipping heathens will discover that the Laffer curve is no laughing matter.
Reporting on this was Sarah Smith, daughter of the late Labour leader John Smith and thus a woman with clear lefty credentials and who has risen, entirely on merit, to the top of BBC news in Scotland. Sara duly trotted out the line that her fellow Money Tree worshippers in the SNP were pushing: This is the cost of Scots - unlike all other Britons - getting free NHS subscriptions. And they also get free University Education and free deep fried Mars bars to go with their free heroin. Okay I made that last "free" but up but there was a long list of other genuine and equally justifiable "frees" which we do not enjoy in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Of course the Scots had all these "frees" before the tax hike. This is not therefore a tax hike to pay for all those frees it is to pay for some new frees or the ever more bloated cost of running the devolved assembly. All the frees Ms Smith mentioned are, thanks to the Barnett formula, paid for by the English, Welsh and Ulster subsidy of the Greece of the North.
Ms Smith could have torn apart the SNP's nonsense in half a minute. She did not. She did not provide any critique at all. That is not the way that the money tree worshipping deficit lovers North of the border operate. And BBC Scotland sits at the heart of that Scottish mindset.
Gosh how I wish for a privatized BBC and Independence for the subsidy junkies North of Hadrian's Wall.
845 days ago
The tweet below from Nick Robinson should annoy you. The antics of silly Laura Kuenssberg in Washington yesterday should appall you. The wages of Gary Lineker, Graham Norton and Fiona Bruce are nauseating and via the license fee poll tax we, the great unwashed, are paying to make these multi millionaires even richer as they treat our views with scorn and contempt. The fake news pumped out by Emily Maitlis on Donald Trump was a disgrace while her open disdain for his poorer less educated supporters was shocking and failed to give British viewers a balanced impression of what was going on. The Brexit coverage of the BBC was and is shamefully partisan. The only answer is the privitization of the BBC as I explain in this podcast
845 days ago
You know when your kids ask you "Daddy would you rather jump into a room full of poisonous snakes or an aquarium full of great white sharks?" and you just say " It is not a choice I expect to make? This morning lefties across Britain and all those pampered posh liberal nitwits (and my daughter) from the Wimmin's March wake up facing just such a choice.
During the US election a deranged Hillary Clinton supporting blogger Griffin Webster Tarpley posted a (100% fake news) story suggesting that the wonderful and intelligent six language speaking Melania Trump had been a high class hooker. Britain's Daily Mail duly repeated this lie and smear without checking any facts. A US Court yesterday ruled that the fragrant Melania can go ahead and sue Tarpley for $150 million - we await a ruling on whether the Mail can also be sued.
I look forward to Melania destroying Tarpley in Court as one hopes that the rat squeals and reveals what links, if any, he had with the dirty tricks specialists in team Crooked Hillary, for whom he batted with such dedication all summer.
But a case against the Mail would be even more joyful for the quandary in which it would put Britain's lefties. Hating the Mail is in their DNA but so too is hating anything to do with Donald Trump incvluding his Mrs. Poor Melania has never done anything wrong but she is the one immigrant the lefties love to bash for everything from her margoinally less than perfect English to what she wears or the air she breathes.
So for Owen Jones, Polly Toynbee, the BBC's dim Laura Kuenssberg et al the question is "who would you rather go down in flames and who triumph and be utterly vindicated: The Daily Mail or Mrs Trump?" There will be much angst over the muesli as they consider that question across Islington today.
848 days ago
On the steps of the Supreme Court yesterday Brexit opposing Gina Miller gushed about how she had shown that we the citizenry can hold Government to account by using the courts. Really Gina? How much was your bill with top law firm Mishcon de Reya?
The reality is that about 0.5% of the population (including Gina and her oafish husband, the fund manager Alan) can afford to write a cheque for half a million quid and really not panic even if they lose. So what Gina really means is:
"A few members of the financial elite can afford to challenge in the Courts the way that other members of the establishment interpret the law - 99.5% of us just have to lump it and sod off".
Off course most of those 99.5% voted in the EU referendum a different way to Mrs Miller and her rich chums. But since they do not have enough money to "play the game" their views do not count anyway. Down at Animal Farm Mrs Miller was again addressing the people via a sycophantic BBC interview:
"Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure. On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?"
And please remember when it comes to using the Courts to combat the Government:
"All Animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
854 days ago
Channel 4 News this week is wall to wall Trump bashing ahead of the great handover day on Friday. Just now and then we get a bit of remoaning about Brexit but the main focus is nailing The Donald. Having engaged in serial fake news reporting of the actual campaign as I pointed out here on numerous occasions, with beltway liberal Kylie and little Matt Frei the worst offenders, C4 just won't let go.
The final segment yesterday saw coverage of Obama's final press conference. Cue Jon Snow: "we will miss him." No pretence of impartiality there from the dozy old posterboy of the liberal media establishment. Meanwhile Kylie was really agitated, warning that Trump may change the format of White House press briefings and who was invited and that this threatened the freedom of the press.
Hell's teeth, the freedom of the press is about being allowed to print or report what you want and there is no suggestion that Trump will repeal the Speech Act or enact Leveson type controls. He is not going to stop Kylie reporting half truths and smears about him.
How he communicates with the established mainstream press has nothing to do with press freedom. If CNN, the BBC and C4, which happily reported the Golden Shower allegations as fact/quasi fact even though they are either unverified second hand rumours or, in many cases, now already proven as false, maybe Trump might decide that such outlets are so "fake news" driven that there is no point in showing civility to folks who clearly just hate him and do not pretend otherwise.
Or perhaps he now accepts that more Americans get their news from "new media" than from Newspapers so maybe he should democratise news dissemination by giving equal access to all media outlets not a privileged front seat to establishment beltway liberals like Kylie.
Kylie told the most ghastly lies about Trump, stating as fact that he claimed things he never claimed, as part of a deliberate attempt to make him less electable. She is part of an establishment that served up fake news. Making the working life of Kylie and her ilk less of a walk in the park is hardly a war crime and however much she whines it is no threat at all to press freedom.
860 days ago
Ms Daly is the TD for North Dublin and is of the Corbynite class of barking mad but when President Obama came to Ireland in 2013 she nailed him perfectly and also put a fawning media and local political establishment firmly in their place. Speaking in the Dail, Clare says it as it is and watching the video below I rather warm to the old fruitbat.
On Obama at least, as well as the pathetic and spineless wretches that govern Eire, Clare is bang on the money. As a contrast to the sycophantic drivel from the BBC and C4 and the rest of the liberal media on President hopey change as he leaves office, this video makes for pleasant viewing.
861 days ago
Channel 4's coverage of American politics has been lamentable during the past year as I have documented many times. Kylie Morris was consistently awful but it was Matt Frei who served up the worst fake news nonsense. But the programme's anchor Jon Snow hit new lows last night as he was bested by Pulitzer prize winning Glenn Greenwald on the subject of the 35 page Trump dossier that CNN had "broken" that day.
The dossier is, of course, unverified and already big sections of it are proving to be clearly false. The rest will follow that path and reporting unverified allegations as fact is at worst just dreadful journalism and, in the view of a rational being, the ultimate in "fake news". that did not stop the BBC and C4 leading with it as if it was gospel. If it is Donald Trump the liberal media establishment just lives in the post fact era.
Greenwald is a liberal too but he is also a good journalist who rather likes facts. Snow started by comparing the Trump dossier to the leaked Clinton emails, arguing the former was fact and the latter "fake news". Greenwald pointed out correctly that the dossier was not verified so could not be described as fact while the emails were so genuine that they cad caused 5 senior Democrats to quit as their corruption was exposed. Those emails were not fake news.
Snow was having none of it. He accused Wikileaks of hacking the emails which meant they should have published. A rather startled Greenwald pointed out that Snow was the only person who had accused Wikileaks of hacking. Snow did not stand corrected. As a high priest of the liberal establishment he is never wrong.
So he continued with his assertion that the Russians had got the emails. Again this is not proven and - for what it is worth Wikileaks has said its source was not Russian. Snow said that if emails or information is obtained illegitimately they should not be published if they sway an election.
Really? Greenwald noted how Trump's tax returns were obtained illegitimately by the NY Times and published. C4 lapped that up saying it did not matter how such information was obtained it was in the public interest. Surely emails showing senior Dem staffers being corrupt, rigging polls, etc are also in the public interest. We on the right want to see the filth on both sides published. That is part of the idea of liberty and democracy.
Snow patronisingly dismissed that and said we will have to leave it there wuth some more condescending words. That was it. Snow got his facts wrong, he brands news as fake only if it does not fit his agenda and he regards it as acceptable to publish stolen information if it hurts a REpublican but not a democrat.
Snow has just lost the plot along with the rest of the liberal establishment press. Even by the low standards of C4 News this interview was a car crash.
861 days ago
The source of the utterly unverified allegations against Donald Trump pumped out by CNN today and duly gobbled up by the liberal media elite is originally a former British spy. As it becomes increasingly clear to all - other than the BBC and C4 - that this really is fake news, the Ministry of Defence has issued a D Notice stopping the British Media from naming the ex spy. What a farce.
The spy is an ex spook. His Trump investigation/smear was a private sector job. He advertises his services on LinkedIn. Why does he merit protection?
Moreover, while our Generals fight WW2 all over again, the rest of us recognise that things have moved on from Bletchley Park and can use the internet.
903 days ago
905 days ago
I am not a UKIP voter although I am 100% eurosceptic. I have explained many times why I don't vote for the party but listening to taxpayer funded Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 today I almost stareted to feel sympathetic to the fruitcakes.
UKIP has a new leader in Paul Nuttall who is obviously scaring the Labour Party senseless in that he is working class and talks the language of core "old Labour voters". Their own leader talks the language of rich, middle class, tossers in Islington and is a big turn off and his MPs and the liberal media, often rich Islington tossers themselves, know it.
On one line Vine had a UKIP activist and on another a UKIP hater. The hater started by comparing UKIP leaders to Hitler. Just like Trump was dubbed the new Hitler. In fact the left has found so many new Hitler's it is almost as if the Boys from Brazil was a true story but the Nazis actually got away with it. As Mark Steyn noted the other day, if you call everybody Hitler, Hitler ceases to have any meaning.
The UKIP lady objected. Like Donald Trump, no-one in UKIP has started a major European war or murdered 6 million Jews but Vine taunted her by saying "oh we can't mention Hitler". You can Jeremy, you arsehole, it just makes you look dumb.
Then Vine turned to ridiculing the UKIP 2010 manifesto. Even Nigel Farage ridicules that document as a joke but Vine was asked why not discuss the 2015 manifesto. That is not a document I'd sign up to buit it is not a barking mad comic either. And it is surely far more relevant than the six years old manifesto. But Vine returned to 2010 document again and again and again.
Then the UKIP hater said that UKIP leaders were all rich City boys. That is - as it happens - not true but the UKIP lady valiantly said "what is wrong with the City anyway?" and made the point that UKIP leaders all seem to have had real jobs whereas the other parties were stuffed with career politicians. A very valid point.
But Vine butted in "okay we can't mention the City then. Or Hitler" as he laughed with open contempt at the UKIP lady who was not drawn fr5om the cosey Westminster political and media bubble but appears to have worked in a real job.
The more Vine and his ilk sneer and ridicule ordinary, decent folk like that lady from UKIP the more I detest the liberal elite. I suspect I am not alone in feeling that way...
908 days ago
When Lady Thatcher died many on the left could not hide their delight. The BBC and the liberal media went out of their way to cover street parties by sick individuals celebrating the demise of a fellow human being. The liberal media failed to show the widespread sense of loss many of us felt. Maggie had made ordinary Briton's far better off, turned a country that had been bankrupt in 1976 into an economic powerhouse, had restored a sense of national pride but left wing intellectuals and the liberal media did not care about such things. It just hated her all the more. And in doing so it showed how out of touch they were then, as they are now, with how ordinary men and women actually feel.
And so today the evil bastard Fidel Castro of Cuba has died. His country was a prosperous place before he seized power. But it has been a poor place ever since. GDP per person in Cuba in 1970 - there is no older data - was $653.233 - by 2013 ( the last data) it was $6,789.85. No doubt the left will argue that this shows what a success Fidel was but of course they fail to take account of inflation.
Just look at the same GDP per person data over the same period for countries in the same region. Costa Rica $532.665 to $10,461.578, Mexico $683.102 to $10,197.445. And it goes on an on. Castro's rule inflicted grinding poverty on his people, their purchasing power diminishing year on year as across the region others prospered.
And it was rule enforced with terror and oppression. It was terror, and thus death, he also endeavoured to export, wasting what resources Cuba had on sending her young men to die in foreign fields to support a global revolution that nobody wanted.
Not surprisingly vast numbers of Cubans fled every year to America, rising their lives on rubber boats or whatever might float in the search of freedom, liberty and a chance to work hard for a decent standard of living.
That is the true legacy of this evil bastard.
I celebrate the death of no-one as we are all humans. However, the Guardian is this morning praising a "statesman." No doubt Comrade Corbyn is weaping into his muesli. Again the liberal elite and left wing intellectuals, an affluent class for whom there is no JAM existence, will be shown not to care in the slightest about oppressive poverty inflicted on poor people. For the elites and the state funded establishment of the public sector white collar classes, ideological dogma trumps all.
910 days ago
Even the BBC is squirming today as the global warming myth has been exposed, this time at the South Pole. Last week it was the Arctic serving up "inconvenient truths" and now it is the Antarctic thanks to the logs of Captain Scott and the explorer Shackleton.
The BBC started its One O'Clock News with the assertion that scientists had thought that the polar ice had been shrinking since the 1950s although there was no hard data to back this up. Hell who cares about data, let's just trust the global warming nutters anyway. But now it seems that detailed analysis of the logs of the great explorers show that sea ice today is just where it was 100 years ago despite all those man made carbon emissions.
The BBC says this may be because fewer folks live in the Southern Hemisphere than in the North meaning there is less climate change. But hang on wasn't global warming meant to be er....global?
The BBC is consoled that Northern Sea ice is 25% off its peak levels. But as we saw last week it is now building up at record rates and so that argument gets weaker too as each, freezing, day goes by.
And all the time our Government in the UK prepares to commit economic hari-kiri with carbon emissuion reduction targets to stop global warming on the basis of no hard evidence at all that climate change is man made. It was not in the medieval warm period, or in the dark ages, or the 1600s and it is not now. Nor in fact at the Antarctic is the climate changing at all.
915 days ago
Maybe I have a new contender for the "four words that made me the most hated man in the room"? Children in Need sucks. Surely that has to be a winner. But it is also true at almost every level and that is why I don't give it a cent and urge all others to boycott it too.
Last night's effort has so far raised £46 million and I guess that by the time it is all over that number will be a record £50 million plus. We are told that "every penny goes to Children in Need" but does every penny go to children in need? No. The CEO of this body, which employs c100 well paid Guardian readers, earns £360,000 a year. In the year to June 30 2015 CIN spent £62 million but only £55 million of that went on grants to children in need the rest was on admin costs. And one wonders how much of the £55 million handed out went on admin costs at various charities and how much actually went on children in need (lower case).
It is all very well the BBC saying that admin costs at CIN are well under those for the (bloated) charity sector as a whole but CIN does not actually do any charity itself it just doshes out cash to others so it is comparing apples with pears.
Moreover I bitterly resent folks who are worth tens of millions of pounds such as Eddie Redmayne and Britney Spears, earning brownie points by "giving their time" to CIN where they then sanctominiously suggest to poor people that they need to hand over their cash. How about if all the celebs who appeared last night tithed their income to CIN. They would not notice the difference and CIN would be rolling in it.
Britain is drowning in Charities nearly all of which duplicate the work of many other charities and nearly all of which are burdened with a cost base that cannot be justified. Children In Need is just another layer of that management overhead. A bonfire of the Charities would mean more money going to actual children in need and other good causes. If we are looking for some charity fat cats to be the first to walk the plank Children In Need is a great place to start.
916 days ago
The eco-loon climate change fanatics at the BBC are on a roll with the statement that the world's temperature in 2016 will be "the warmest since records began." In fact they are on such a roll they are again talking about global warming rather than climate change. But as they, again, warn that the arctic ice is disappearing there are a few inconvenient truths.
Of course "since records began" is not very long on a global scale and it is clear that the world in 2016 will be a lot cooler than it was during the medieval warm period which was before coal fired power stations. On that basis can anyone still demonstrate beyond doubt that we are seeing "man made climate change".
But there are other problems. Here are two charts. The first shows that so far this winter ice growth has been well above the 1990-2015 average. As it happens so too was last year but this year is really looking like being a record year with 3.5 tonnes of ice being added every day.
And here is another chart showing that with El Nino complete ands having spooked temperature patters for most of 2016 showing that it is God not carbon emissions driving the warmer weather, global land temperatures are now cooling at a rate not seen since the seventies.
The fraudsters who are making a killing from the climate change scam and their propagandists in the liberal media insist that we must all act to stop the world heating up and the ice melting. But the facts, the hard facts, show this is just a con.
Over to Donald Trump to send packing these liberal establishment scammers make themselves rich while lumbering the 99% with job destroying taxes.
Now when do you think the BBC will start to report what is actually happening in Greenland?
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925 days ago
I stayed up all night and as a result am knackered. I am happy because I wanted Trump to win as I explained HERE. I am even happier because I have time and time again, even on Monday HERE, shown you why the polls were wrong. And thus as predicted here in early September, the eight reasons why Trump was going to win proved valid. I look at the polling industry and the disgraceful behaviour of the media including BBC star Emily Maitlis and Matt Frei and Kylie Morris, both of Channel 4, in this campaign. I was right and almost the entire mainstream press here in the UK was just plain wrong. Shares have tumbled this morning, I explain what is next for America and for equities there and in the UK and finally, if the establishment ignores this warning as well as Brexit, I predict that Europe will see upset next and explain why so many of us in the 99% remain very angry deplorables.
927 days ago
And so driving through the Cotswolds on my way home from my father's I found myself listening to a BBC Radio 2 discussion about gonorrhoea. It was indeed fascinating stuff. Part of the discussion covered routes for transmission and the terribly PC female doctor covered the issue of transmission between men who like having sex with men. You mean gay men or homosexuals thought I, struggling to find the wording for friends of Dorothy which is deemed not to be offensive in 2016 although it may have been fine in 2015.
But she said it again "men who have sex with men." I think that the route of this is that there are some men who have sex with men who do do not "identify" with being gay or homosexual or whatever the word is today. Rather like that US black rights activist who was in fact white but said she was black because she identified as such, chaps can these days have sex with other chaps but as long as they don't identify themselves as being gay then they are as straight as you me or Jason Donovan.
But since what they actually do is have sex with men then when it comes to high risk sexual activity they are lumped in with those men who are gay, in the category "men who have sex with men". Unless of course some of those gay men "identify" themselves as being gay but that is only because they are good at dancing and, in fact, actually have sex only with women.
It is all terribly confusing for an old man from the boonies. How the world has changed.
931 days ago
North Carolina was an uber marginal win for the Republicans in 2012 and for the Dems in 2008. It is a must win state for Trump and last night the Clinton propagandists at BBC Newsnight were still calling it for Clinton. This is despite a new poll out which showed Trump smashing it out of the park. This is massive at a State but also a National level.
The SurveyUSA poll of 659 voters who had voted or said they were likely to vote was phone based and started on the evening that the FBI bombshell for Crooked Hillary broke. Respondents identified themselves as 44/33/20 registered Dems, Reps/Ind so if anything that over-samples Dems and under-samples Republicans and Independents ( who are leaning to Trump markedly). And the result:
Trump 51%, Crooked Hillary 44%, Gary Johnson 3% and Undecided 3%. That is a stonking 7 point lead which is up from a 2 point Clinton lead the previous time this organisation polled, three weeks ago.
Newsnight's Emily "crazy poll" Maitlis was last night claiming that the GOP was cheating by trying to reduce black voting in the State - talk about reading a press release from a desperate DNC without checking. Oddly the BBC has not reported on Dem officials in the state registering fake voters, the firebombing of Trump's state headquarters or the FBI raiding Dem vote fraudsters in Pennsylvania earlier in the week and recent Dem problems in Florida. Nope. For the liberal media only Republicans cheat.
What Maitlis overlooks is that early turnout among blacks is down across the board compared to 2012. North Carolina is not bucking the trend due to GOP cheating it is on trend. Get used to it Emily: fewer blacks will vote at all in 2016 than in 2012 and whereas blacks voted 97% Democrat last time this time they will vote between 80-90% Dem. That is very bad news indeed for the crooked one. The man you smeared as "racist" will be the most popular Republican candidate among blacks since the 1980s at worst or since 1960 at best. I cannot wait for Maitlis, Matt Frei, "Beltway" Kylie Morris et al to have to explain that away on the morning of November 9.
So The Donald is 7% ahead in North Carolina. Adjusting for shy Trumpsters, that lead heads towards, or into, double digits which makes it look as if the state is in the bag for the GOP. If Trump has that sort of lead in this most uber-marginal of states it really does not look good for Hillary nationwide.
There is also a Colorado poll out Thursday morning showing it as a tie. That is another battleground state that the BBC was happy to mark down as a blue (Dem). But clearly Trump has the momentum there and, if one adjusts for shy Trumpsters, if voting was today you'd have to call that one for the GOP as well.
Meanwhile, even the BBC admits that Trump seems to be winning Florida, a massive battleground state and we had news yesterday that the Democrat Senate candidate there (up against little Marco Rubio) is now being investigated by the FBI for hiding covert massive donations from a dodgy Saudi. Rubio was already a banker win but the Democrats in the Sunshine State must now be falling apart and that will filter up ticket as well as down. The sleaze party will lose all the key battles in Florida so that should be another safe win for Trump as he cements a "solid South."
The battle now is for Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia and Pennsylvania which still seem to be showing marginal Clinton leads but post FBI data is scant and the sort of leads showing could easily be reversed by the shy Trumpster factor.
Five days to go and for we deplorables there is still everything to play for but it is looking better and better.
932 days ago
Newsnight, the BBC's flagship programme for liberal lies, last night saw Evan Davis in the Studio chatting to Emily "crazy poll" Maitlis in the US about an election which Evan reckons Hillary Clinton is 75% certain to win. The opinion polls tell a massively different story which the UK taxpayer funded broadcaster just cannot handle or even report in a meaningful manner
Yesterday's three 4 way polls saw IDD giving Trump a 2 point lead (up from a tie at the weekend), The LA Times Tracker gave him a 6% lead (up from 2% on Sunday) while ABC/Wash Po had it as a tie in the 4 way race although little Evan chose to report it as +1% Hillary (referring to a 2 way poll). At the weekend ABC was +1% Hillary on the 4 way, +3% on the two way. Crazy as it seems some folks will vote for halfwit libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green lunatic so the 4 way poll is the one to watch. That should all tell you who has momentum and it is not the person that the FBI is again investigating.
The best poll for Hillary is thus the tied 4 way ABC/WashPo poll. But its methodology is again hilariously flawed. First it has 25% respondents being non whites which is the same percent of the 2012 voting population that was non-white. However, black turnout in that year was boosted by the Obama factor. Hillary Clinton may have a black heart, the Clinton Foundation may be a financial black hole but she is not black. Early voting stats suggest black turnout this year will be down by c10 percentage points. Hispanic turnout looks to be higher but, overall, the electorate will be more white in 2016 than it was in 2012, however many illegal immigrants the Dems register.
Since Dems win the non white vote heavily (they got 97% of the black vote last time and 73% of the hispanic vote) the sampling on racial lines appears a tad generous to the Dems. But on party lines it is off the wall. Those sampled are 37/29/29 Democrats/Republicans/Independents.
But as I explained yesterday those identifying by party lines using datas from 2014 and 2015 simply do not fall out that way. The Dem lead over Republicans is, these days, at best 4 points and at worst non existent. The largest grouping are Independents (who ABC/.Washpo concedes are breaking narrowly for Trump). As such this poll is clearly another totally inaccurate winner from ABC/WashPo.
Adjust the sample to be representative of how Americans actually view themselves and what was a tie starts to look like a Trump lead of up to 4 points. But, of course, it gets better. I have clearly demonstrated HERE that polls do not reflect "shy Trumpsters" so in fact the ABC/WashPo tie starts looking like a Trump lead of anything up to 8 points.
But the BBC still says that the crooked one is 75% certain to win. Whatever. I am so glad to be forced to buy a license for such high quality and impartial analysis.
936 days ago
Make no mistake, the Democrats are flapping, they are now in big trouble as the FBI has re-opened investigations into crooked Hillary Clinton's emails. This is shocking and it is very serious and it will change how some folks vote whatever the liberal media tries to tell you today.
A few months ago the FBI closed an enquiry into how Hillary used a private server to do State Department business via personal emails. This is a criminal offence and had she been a junior officer in the armed forces she would, by now, have been doing time. The Dems cheered on the FBI for doing a great job. As the summer wore on, more and more leaks came out of the FBI as to how officials there thought Hillary had been let off but the Mainstream Media ignored them and the Dems slated those websites that carried the news as being run by crazed right wingers. The Dems insisted the FBI was impartial and doing its job brilliantly, we right wingers said it was an establishment cover up.
No-one suggested for a second that Trump and the right had any sway with the FBI.
On Friday the FBI told Congress that it had re-opened the investigation. Given that the election is only 11 days away this was a massive move. In the words of Watergate hero Carl Bernstein, no friend of we deplorables:
"We don't know what this means yet except that it's a real bombshell. And it is unthinkable that the Director of the FBI would take this action lightly, that he would put this letter forth to the Congress of the United States saying there is more information out there about classified e-mails and call it to the attention of congress unless it was something requiring serious investigation."
On the BBC liberal media Trump hatefest that is Newsnight some bearded pansy of a Democrat started spouting on about Russian hacking and Trump bullying the FBI but that was a sign of just how desperate the Dems are about this. You could see that the little squirt was panicking badly. We already knew that the source of the new information the FBI is looking at was not hacking at all. It is far more sordid than that.
The FBI is investigating a loathsome senior Democrat called Anthony Weiner who was a senior Congressman until a series of sexting scandals became public. Weiner appears to have been trying to get inside the knickers of a 15 year old girl. Rather like Bill Clinton's holiday and party pal Jeff Epstein, Weiner seems to like his meat tender. Trump may spot future talent, Weiner et al can't wait for the talent to grow up and get past the age of consent. What is it with these rich Democrat Alpha Males and the Lolita issue?
Anyhow the FBI recently seized the mobile phones and computers of Weiner and his, now, estranged wife Huma Abedin who is also a senior Democrat. In fact she is crooked Hillary's closest aide. And in seizing those phones and PCs, the Feds stumbled on emails that related to the lies, oops sorry testimony, Hillary gave under oath and the underlying criminal acts.
As such the FBI had no choice. It had to reopen the investigation and to announce that it was re-opening it in order to avoid a cover up and accusations of a cover up. It is simply being, as it should have been all along, impartial.
Hillary herself now demands the FBI release what information it has. She knows full well that it cannot compromise an investigation by doing that but she is pretending that she has nothing to hide.
Clearly she has. This is serious. The polls all show that most Americans already thought crooked Hillary was dishonest and lied on a serial basis and those poll ratings will go only one way now.
The bearded Dem pansy on Newsnight pointed out that many Americans had already voted. He is correct. About 7% of the electorate - including some of the illegals and dead folks registered by the Democrat machine - have voted but 93% have not. The national and key state polls show a clear tightening in recent days and - if one adjusts for shy Trumpsters - this race was already very much in play.
If you were among the small percent that were undecided on Friday how would the news that the FBI was now investigating a candidate, that you already distrusted, for offences that could see them impeached within months of being elected President and then sent to jail, make you swing? I put it to you that undecideds will swing Trump's way and that a number of Dems who were voting Hillary while holding their noses will now decide the Clinton stench is too much and just abstain.
And some GOP supporters who felt unable to back Trump will now remember just why they can't allow Clinton to win. Recent polls have showed errant Republicans swinging back behind Trump and it was noticeable yesterday how even spineless GOP leaders like Paul "Judas" Ryan were having a real go at Clinton on this issue.
It is not just the stench that will be hurting Hillary but the laughable spin of blaming Russian hacking when the whole world can see that what caused this was an enquiry into alleged paedophilia by a senior Democrat. The whole mess is just so terribly Clintonesque and it is all over the US front pages today.
I see that the liberal media here is spinning this as a non issue. The BBC says "Clinton is confident over FBI probe". Yeah, I bet she is delighted. This may not swing tens of millions of voters but it will swing some and outside the beltway, on Main Street America this is a bombshell that is going down very badly indeed.
Links to peadophilia, overt criminality and yet another Clinton cover up are devastating and will be swinging votes. Maybe inside the beltway and among the liberal media such things do not matter - for such folks sexuality and ethics are fluid.
But most Americans are God fearing, hard working, honest, tax paying folks and what senior members of camp Clinton, including Hillary herself, get up to in private is now being exposed and it is not going down at all well on Main Street.
941 days ago
942 days ago
Crooked Hillary Clinton is still the favourite to win the November 8 Presidential Election. But her allies in the liberal media who refuse to air damning video exposes - such as this one - showing how she is just not fit to run the Dog Pound let alone be POTUS, are already pondering what outfits to wear for the victory party. The media is telling you that the contest is over and if you are a Republican you might as well not vote as your party is imploding. Au contraire my God Fearing, gun owning, tax paying, hard working friends in the conservative family.
The GOP will win both the House and the Senate. Moving on it is just not a given that crooked Hillary will defeat Trump. Most polls of the past week still show here well ahead by 4.5 points. But:
a) the lead is slipping post debate three which - near all polls say - Trump won. It is also slipping because there is more and more damning evidence of her criminality emerging which voters are noting despite the mainstream media refusing to give it coverage. Indeed that only makes the Trump line of a conspiracy more credible, it helps him. I ask you reading this in the UK, has the BBC, ITV or C4 once mentioned this week how senior Clinton officials have had to quit because they were exposed committing electoral fraud (see HERE). You see what I mean?
b) I am sure that shy Trumpsters are making the polls unreliable and that could easily drive a 2-4 point swing.
c) This is the killer. Some polls are now putting Trump ahead. In fact the last FOUR national polls out on either Saturday or Friday were: IDB Trump + 2, LA Times Tie, IDB Trump + 1, Rasmussen Trump + 2.
I am not saying Trump is ahead but I sense he has momentum and that it is very tight indeed. Meanwhile the liberal media insists that the GOP is collapsing and that it is a Dem slam dunk all the way down the ticket. We shall see.
943 days ago
This video is explosive. It shows how Hillary Clinton and the DNC are cheating on an industrial scale. In part one of the Veritas expose we discover how the Dems create violence at Trump rallies to discredit The Donald. They also "fake" attacks on women at Trump rallies. Hillary says this is made up but a) it is utterly compelling, b) two of the folks on the video, notably Bob Creamer - a fraudster married to a Dem Congresswoman so a very senior player - have already "resigned" from the Clinton campaign. Not the actions of innocent men. Natch the mainstream media has not played this video at all - can you remember the BBC or Channel 4 even commenting on it?
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952 days ago
Breathlessly Newsnight anchor Emily Maitlis said that two new shock opinion polls begged the question of whether Donald Trump could win the Presidency. She was joined in the studio by a Republican pollster while on video link from inside the Beltway was a smug, patronising Democrat lardbucket. Cripes, I track the polls every day what had Emily in store for us all?.
Emily stressed the polls were new and they showed that in Utah Trump was tied with Hillary Clinton and in Alaska he was just 3 points ahead of the crooked one. Emily pointed out that in 2012 and 2008 the Republicans had won both states by a landslide and thus she put forward the hypothesis that Trump was utterly fecked.
To her credit the Democrat lardbucket rather spoiled the narrative by pointing out that these states were utterly atypical. Utah is the home state of the mormon McMullin and vast numbers of his co-religionists. Romney is a Mormon so locked up that conservative GOP vote last time hence his landslide. The Mormons have never liked Trump. His major crime in their eyes is marrying five times in succession. That is degenerate. Mormons marry five women at the same time. McMullin is polling at 22% in the new poll with Trump and Clinton tied at 26%. Everywhere else in the USA McMullin is getting no votes at all so to say Utah is unusual is an understatement.
Moreover the poll is of just 500 people and was conducted by phone on 10th and 11th October. So it is post debate and sex tapes. But phone polls always understate Trump versus online polling becuase of the "shy Trump factor". For Emily to extrapolate from this tiny sample that Trump was in deep trouble in Utah let alone nationally is over-egging it.
But Alaska is worse. That poll was not "new" at all. It was conducted on October 5th and 6th so is pre sex tapes but also pre debate. It was also a phone poll and also just 500 voters. As a libertarian strong state, Gary Johnson is polling well. So it is also atypical as the Dem lardbucket beltway lady noted. The poll shows Trump on 37% and the crooked one on 34%. But go read the poll report HERE.
Emily neglected to mention its comments on how undecideds are breaking and hence the report comes to the conclusion "not a lot of room for growth for a Clinton Presidency". In other words Trump will win this state easily. Now that really does not fit with Emily's narrative in fact it just says clearly that she is ignoring pertinent facts to lie to her viewers.
The national polls are interesting in that they show that the day of the sex tapes affair was a low point for Trump. Ignoring the CNN & Reuters polls which are skewed by over sampling Dems under undersampling GOP voters the daily tracker to note is Rasmussen which shows Clinton leading by 7 points on Monday (up from just 1 pre sex tapes) but as the sex tapes furore subsided and Trump's debate win sunk in, that lead goes to 5% on Tuesday and 4% by Wednesday. What odds on it being back within the margin of error/"shy" Trump backers by the weekend?
Emily then looked at the swing states Trump has to win to get to the White House. She glossed over Iowa where the last poll showed him 4% ahead in a state Obama won by 5.8% in 2012. That admittedly was pre sex tapes but as the tapes issue has unwound you would assume he is still ahead.
The other swing states that Emily got excited about were Florida where Hillary is 2.8% up but that is a phone poll (of just 533 voters) from the 10th and 11th and Pennsylvania where Hillary is 4% up in the latest poll but it was conducted by phone between October 4 and October 9. In other words it had a good percent of post sex tape respondents but no post debate respondents. And it was a phone poll.
North Carolina showed the crooked one 1% ahead. That poll was just 479 voters conducted October 1 to 6 ie pre tapes but also pre debate. Given the understatement of Trump in phone polls down to shy Trumpers that shows this state ( which Romney won by a tiny majoriry in 2012) is still on a knife edge.
Emily's conclusion: The crooked one is winning the swing states. She might be right to conclude that but equally she might not be, it is far too close for Emily to call as a slam dunk which is what she has been doing all along.
The national polls are now heading Trump's way in terms of direction, as predicted, as the post sex tapes Hillary bounce slips and as the Trump post debate bounce kicks in. And as more and more damaging material on Hillary emerges. Is a women whose own campaign chairman is now revealed - as of this week - as saying that she views the American people with increasing contempt, really going to capture hearst and minds
And that should indicate that these old polls in the swing states may well understate Trump in a material way. That would be an interesting conversation for Emily to have as it would be based on hard data not just made up conclusions.
Instead Emily "new polls" Maitlis gushed about data that was old and utterly meaningless in a national context from Utah and Alaska and in the case of the latter deliberateloy omitted the pollsters actual conclusion. This begs the question as to whether Miss Maitlis is just plain stupid or whether her inherent liberal bias which allows her to ignore hard facts and data analysis and lie to her viewers just makes her unfit for purpose even at the BBC.
For the record, I do not think she is stupid.
953 days ago
A poll out pre the weekend debate had Hillary Clinton 11% ahead of Donald Trump as the "sex tapes" scandal was pushed as hard as possible by the Liberal mainstream media. Over here in the UK you are being told by the BBC, C4, ITV and the rest that Hillary is 11 points ahead and a slam dunk winner. That is just not true.
First up the same polling organisation polled post debate and the lead was down to just 9%. The liberal media may have called it for Clinton but no-one else did as I pointed out at the time HERE. The liberal media is now pushing the line that spineless Republicans like Paul Ryan are distancing themselves from Trump but well over 80% of GOP voters disagree with this line and by November 8 the GOP will be sort of united.
But 9% sounds a lot, except that the polling organisations have, again, been caught using a sample which has far more Dems than the national average and far fewer Independents (where Trump is ahead) and Republicans ( where he is miles ahead). Adjust back for that and the crooked one is well under 5% ahead and slipping.
I have noted before, my belief, untested I concede, that there will - as there was with Brexit - be a statistically significant number of "shy" Trumpers come election day and adjusting again for that you could easily see Hillary just a couple of points ahead and slipping.
The "half life" or rather "shelf life" of a major story is about ten days. After Hillary's 9/11 collapse and obvious lies about her health, her poll numbers tanked but most of the sharp day one fall had been erased within ten days. Hillary's lift from the first debate is now ironed out, Trumps sex tape fall will be history by next weekend and we will still have three and a half weeks to go.
Will there be other Trump sexist tapes? Probably. Will they have any more impact? No. Trump being a, repentant, sexist is well and truly "in the price". Will there be other Hillary email scandals? You bet.
Yesterday, not that the British media bothered reporting it, we saw an email from her campaign chairman saying How Hillary viewed ordinary Americans with contempt. Her liberal elite supporters on the Coasts probably also hold most Americans living in the slums or the flyover states with contempt but they do not say it as they try to promote their trashy movies and records. They know what a disaster it would be. Hillary is now exposed. And there will be far more where that came from.
The eight reasons why Trump will win stand. The Sex tapes hurt but not as much as the liberal media told you as they once again wrote Trump off completely. That was an error. It is still very much a contest which Trump can still win
955 days ago
After the past 48 hours Donald Trump needed to crush Hillary Clinton in the second debate. And the Donald did just that. He played a blinder. Crooked Hillary had a very bad day at the office.
Before the debate Matt Frei, the uber liberal C4 host who patronises black folks who don't know that it is racist to vote Trump, insisted that Republicans were deserting Trump in droves. The BBC reporter on the ground in St Louis interviewed some real folks and came to the same conclusion. She was having a fake liberal orgasm as she reported this "news" in gushing and breathless excitement.
The ABC poll showing that 96% of GOP supporters were sticking with Trump post the tapes was just an inconvenient fact that the liberal media ignored. Remember how the same folks dined out for a whole week about poor Melania Trump's convention speech which was a catastrophic disaster. It was not. It was just another beltway fantasy.
Tonight, pre debate, Frei was visibly creaming himself with thoughts of the Dem victory party and did not care about facts. He laughed a laugh which said "you are a dumb conservative" at the Republican lady in his studio for disagreeing with him and the bearded Democrat creep who both thought Trump was toast. He pushed her about how the GOP would try to get Trump replaced even though it was clearly not going to happen. But that was the high point for Frei and his liberal elitist chums round at Channel 4 and over at the BBC.
Trump played a blinder with a pre debate press conference with three women Bill Clinton raped or abused and who Hillary smeared and attacked when they dared to kick up a fuss. There was also a poor woman who was raped by a man Hillary defended. She's on tape laughing at how light a sentence her client got. The girl was 12 at that point. Nice. Actions speak louder than words and for Hillary to say she is the feminist candidate is just not born out by her career as an enabler. The BBC and C4 tried to avoid giving the coverage much air time even though it was explosive.
Then to the debate. Trump soon had Clinton waffling. He had all the great lines. Hillary had to explain why she told Goldman Sachs that she had one policy position for private parties with banksters and one for what she told the electorate. She tried to blame Trump & Putin for the leaks but then compared herself to Abe Lincoln ( a great Republican) as he dissembled to abolish slavery. Jesus wept. Crooked Hillary thinks she is like Honest Abe.
Do you remember the VP debate from 1988 when ageing Democrat Lloyd Bentsen faced up to hopeless Republican Dan Quayle and utterly floored him with the riposte "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy." Quayle comparing himself to JFK is very much like Crooked Hillary comparing herself to Honest Abe. And while Abe was working Congress to abolish slavery, Hillary was working private parties with bankers to raise campaign funds. Trump had her on that point.
He then repeatedly bashed her over the 33,000 emails she has hidden, he'd get a special prosecutor, she'd go to jail. Patronising Frei thought the jail comment that was below the belt, a low point. Here in Bristol I was punching the air, shouting Yes! And outside the effete coastal liberals, most Americans will be with Trump on that one. They know Hillary is a liar, the polls are clear on that point. She is the least trusted Presidential candidate in history.
On the Sex issue Trump could have been more contrite but he turned the questions to Paula Jones who Bill had to pay $850,000 to as compensation. And Hillary smeared Jones repeatedly. That was not the action of a feminist. Paula and other victims were in the studio and the camera panned to them. It also panned to Bill's face and he looked sick.
On issues such as the Supreme Court, Clinton was polished and what she said will have gone down well with her base. But bashing Trump for threatening to repeal Roe vs Wade will get those evangelical Republicans who might have deserted him on Friday flocking back in droves. Trump is probably pro-choice but said nothing. He did not need to.A question from a Muslim was designed to stump the racist Trump. But he turned it to security and also to Hillary's repeated policy blunders in Syria, Iraq, Libya. Hillary will have impressed uber liberals with her answer but their votes are in the bag already . With swing voters it was a Trump win.
At times Hillary really panicked. Confronted about those 33,000 emails she just said that is not true go to HillaryClinton.com for an imprtaial fact check. The trouble is that everyone in America knows that she did order the deletion of 33,000 emails. So she was just caught lying about her lying. Crooked Hillary only incriminated herself even more. That was a Richard Nixon sweaty face in 1960 moment, it was truly awful.
Cleverly, as Hillary repeatedly waffled past her allotted two minutes on each question, Trump complained and accused the moderators - who are both drawn from the liberal media establishment so many Americans loathe - of bias. The narrative of the established media showing liberal bias resonates. Think Brexit and the BBC's coverage. Repeatedly Trump quoted mad Bernie Sanders saying Hillary showed poor judgement. The mud stuck.
The polls out post debate back my call it was a storming win for Trump. Back in the Channel four studio the bearded Democrat creep who before kick off was essentially calling the election as all but in the bag was asked who was going to win on November 8. He started waffling on about how Hillary had the better organisation on the ground. That would be the Dems hard at work registering dead folks in Virginia and illegals in Pennsylvania. In the space of 90 minutes he had gone from "we are going to walk it" to "we will on differential turnout because we are better organised on the ground". That tells you that the bearded creep Dem knows Hillary was thrashed.
As it happens I am sure the Hillary organisation at precinct level is better than that of Trump. I am in no doubt that it has actively registered dead folks across the USA to vote for the crooked one. But Trump supporters were more fired up - as offers change and folks want change. After debate two Trump voters will be even more fired up. Hillary backers are simply not that enthused. We shall see how differential turnout pans out in the end.
In the C4 studio the pleasant and charming Republican Lady could not contain her excitement. It was not just that Trump had utterly walloped Clinton, that he had stopped and reversed the limited bleed since the sex tapes but it must have been the pleasure of sitting next to loathsome patronising uber liberal Matt Frei who must have hated the whole ninety minutes.
What next? The polls will tighten although I remain convinced that they underestimate Trump because of "shy Republicans". There will be more Trump tapes but they will have less and less effect. There will be more Hillary wikileaks revelations and they will hurt. Paula Jones et al will not go away. The eight reasons I gave weeks ago for believing Trump would win are all still valid.
It is game on and all to play for.
956 days ago
Ok the video from 2005 and a couple of recordings from the radio show of the great Howard Stern are not good for Donald Trump. But it is not - as the liberal media - want you to believe game over. Hillary Clinton is an enabler for a serial sexual predator come rapist and that is now going to come out second stage in the second debate. There are also the latest Hillary leaks which the BBC is not covering which really are damning. The past 48 hours have been bad for folks like me who support Trump but it is not, necessarily, game over as I explain in this podcast
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957 days ago
The BBC, like the rest of the liberal media, has not held back in its anger directed towards those who have used cunning wheezes to avoid paying "their fair share" of taxes like the rest of us. Whether it be a wicked capitalist like Phil Green or an evil mega corporation such as Starbucks, the BBC has vented its wrath. So it will no doubt applaud the HMRC which seems to have netted a haul of more than 100 folks earning six figure salaries who have been dodging tax. I refer of course to many of the big names at er....the BBC.
The rank hypocrisy of the left is unbelievable. The BBC stars channelled their bloated earnings through Personal Service Companies which they owned. The effect was to reduce tax rates from 45% to 20%. If you work for many employers, you are a freelancer, using a PSC is legit but folks such as Fiona Bruce, Joanna Gosling, Emily Maitlis, Gavin Esler and Tim Willcox worked only for the BBC. By day they lead the peasants army, seeking to insult and attack the tax avoiders. By night they channelled their mega salaries through a PSC to slash their tax rate. Do they not see for a second how revolting their hypocrisy appears?
They do not. The BBCs sister publication The Guardian is even more pious on the subject of tax dodging notwithstanding the fact that it uses offshore wheezes to ensure that it never pays a cent in UK tax. It makes Starbucks and Google seem like generous donors to the Treasury.
The HMRC enquiry is in full swing. Should BBC stars be forced to repay tax I would hope that this would not be the end of the matter. If some poor wretched welfare dependent single mum on a slum estate can be prosecuted and jailed for a spot of benefits theft surely rich media stars who contrived to avoid tax should also be put before the beak? At the very least their employer - which of course colluded in this defrauding of the Treasury - should show where it stands and sack all of those involved.
Will it happen? Of course not. Whatever Theresa May says it is one rule for the privileged elite and one for the rest of us. If Mrs May really means what she says about changing that perhaps should might insist that the BBC sends out a P45 to all involved. Over to you Theresa....
957 days ago
I managed to tolerate her reading inane women's magazines but this really is a step too far. There was I, having done the weekly shop and cooked a full supper after a hard day's work , happily watching Newsnight. The BBC's finest metropolitan liberals had just explained to me how Brexit had ruined the economy anf how Russia was trying to help Donald Trump win the election by cheating, when the Mrs switched channel to the Graham Norton Show.
Three actors pushing their new crap films, a comedian with a ghastyly scouse accent plugging his next tour and another pushing her new book. All are asked soft questions by camp Irish pixie Mr Norton. A fawning audience laugh at ever inane comment made by the celebs or Norton. The female comedian tells a joke about a gardener offering to trim her bush. Ooooh er what a clever sexual double entrendre. How everyone laughed.
It is true Soma for the masses. And the Mrs is lapping it up. I am dying for the baby to wake and up and scream for a nappy change. "I'll do it, please, anothing but this TV torture".
What do you think? Is forcing me to watch the Graham Norton Show reasonable grounds for divorce?
961 days ago
The Hungarian referendum on immigration left me feeling pretty disgusted by all involved. All the players appall me.
The liberal media wags from the BBC and Channel 4 were delighted to interview a raft of fat old Hungarians dressed in national costume heading off to vote. One woman insiated in sitting on the back seat of the car facing backwards with her ample arse in the air so as not to crumple her hideous dress which reminded us of folks in old Nazi propaganda movies from the thirties. Naturally 99% of those voting wandered to the station wearing jeans and looking normal. But the media wanted to show that all those voting to stop migration were old, inbred and stupid. We have seen that agenda before.
But the fact is that 98% of those voting did so because they wanted their constitution changed so that there would be no refugees forced on the Magyars by the EU. In this they are egged on by a loathsome Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, who says that the EU plans will destroy the Christian and Hungarian culture in his country. That is a blatant lie. The population of Hungary is just shy of 10 million. The EU set a quota for refugees of just 1300.
i am afraid that the Hungarian leader lied but his people must have known that he was talking nonsense but lapped it up anyway. Hungary appears keen to continue its long tradition of nationalism and intolerance of minorities which saw it side with Germany during the 1930s and in World War two as a willing ally. And so I find the attitude of the Hungarian nation mean spirited and frankly revolting.
But there is another player: the EU. It has simply imposed quotas on countries such as Hungary which are poor and whose people are hostile. There has been no consultation just a diktat by large unelected souls thousands of miles away. That is how the EU operates and it is something that is causing growing resentment by folks outside the elites across the continent.
I too am revolted by the actions of the EU on so many matters, notably the appalling way that the poor of my alternate homeland of Greece have been treated. The EU will cause folks across Europe to react against it in so many way. Brexit in Britain, this referendum in Hungary, by voting for fascists like Le Pen in France or Golden Dawn in Greece. Most of those outlets for anger fill me with horror.
None of the players in this Hungarian tale emerge looking like the good guys. They all deserve each other.
961 days ago
When a broadcaster that we are forced to pay for abandons any pretence of impartiality with its news coverage, the great unwashed who earn a fraction of the salaries of the star presenters, and even B list camera candy, have every right to be angry. That is where we are at with the BBC right now. last night's Newsnight from the Tory conference marked a new low point. A panel was assembled to discuss Brexit.
Leading the pack was Guardian journalist Andrew Rawnsley, a lefty and a Remainer. Then there was Tory MP Heidi Allen who campaigned for Remain. Third up there was Tory peer, journalist and Cameron biographer Danny Finkelstein. He too was a remainer. Finally there was Jenni Russell a journalist who went from the BBC to C4 to the Guardian and New Statesman and is now at the Times and was described as a "key member of the new establishment". Jenni is left of centre and, of course, voted to Remain.
So the 48% of the country and 30% of Tory voters who wanted to Remain were well represented by four members of the political media establishment whose views on social issues would all be described as liberal and who all wanted to stay in the EU. And they were there to discuss Britain and the EU with presenter Evan Davis who, of course is another uber rich member of the liberal left and also a "Remainer."
The BBC could easily have found the odd Eurosceptic at the Tory conference but it is now not even pretending to be partial. This is the broadcaster that proceeds every single piece of good economic news, of which there has been an awful lot since June 23, with the words "Despite Brexit."
I could probably accept that the BBC is out of tune with the country on many issues with its left liberal bias. I would privatise it but could understand why others would not. But when Pravda stops to even pretend that it is impartial, it shows a contempt for those who pay for its output not through choice but because they are forced to. At that point we, the great unwashed, will show our contempt for the BBC.
After last night's effort can anyone explain the moral case for me to actually pay for my license any more?
962 days ago
The Colombian referendum really has got the liberal elite out in force showing their contempt for the "little people" when they vote the wrong way. In the comfortable groves of academia, a haven for lazy and overpaid folks who engage in an intolerant form of group think, the sparks were flying. We have already met Dr Caroline from Sheffied University who thinks we "should never have referendums on things that really matter" now meet Scott Bellows from Durham. Scott, the Prof, tweeted:
So Scott uses the BBC as his primary news source. Why does that not surprise me.
In Scott's view the great unwashed just don't know what is good for them. Of course they don't Scott. Their hard work without 15 weeks leave per annum and with no gold plated pension, pays your bloody salary but that does not mean that plebs driving white vans should have a say in public policy.
Only those folks in the top 10% of wage earners (like senior lecturers once you add in the pension benefit), folks who read the Guardian and who do not need to be told about eating five a day know what is best for society. The working classes are just fucking stupid. They just let emotions like racism, or not wanting to forgive mass murderers, or resentment of widespread de-industrialisation get in the way of making the "right choice". Right on Scott, pass the Focaccia and lets sneer at common people again.
Here is another patronising bastard from academia telling 17 million Britons that they did not understand what they needed to do to make a rational choice on June 23 and so allowed silly thoughts to get in the way. Why didn't the great unwashed read Polly Toynbee and Owen Jones in the Guardian and so vote the right way?
How Scott views the Republican primaries is even more telling. You will note that he makes no judgement about how Democrats voted in their primaries but it is only Trump (who secured 60% of the GOP vote) who is where he is as the result of emotion not logic. Most folks in the West think that selecting candidates via primaries ( that is among all supporters of a party in a given area) is a good thing. Party activists tend to be more extreme (left wing for Labour & the Dems, right wing for the Tories and the GOP) than party voters. So a primary rather than a caucus gets more mainstream candidates. The third alternative, party leaders picking a crony candidate in a smoke filled room is surely the least desirable selection method on offer.
Yet such is Scott's contempt for the ordinary voter now that he or she is voting the "wrong way", that he or she is prepared to tell the establishment where to stick it, that our comrade from Durham views a primary as a plebiscite and wants to move away from such a system. Scott wants to take power from the many ( who he despises) and give it to the few, to folks like him.
I am afraid that Donald and Caroline hold views that are far from isolated in academia today. My wife is an academic in a social studies discipline and when I listen to her friends I hear the same views. "How can the Tories have won the election, I don't know anyone who votes for them" said one in 2015. My wife, a woman of colour, has not dared say how she voted on June 23rd given the slew of facebook posts from her friends branding all Brexit supporters as racist or stupid or both. It does not cross their closed minds for a second that my wife might have voted for Brexit, as indeed she did.
Academia has no tolerance for those outside a narrow Group Think. Worse still, there is now no pretence that it does not openly despise those of us who dare to think differently. We must, by definition, be stupid to disagree with a consensus which is enforced with Stalinist brutality.
962 days ago
The BBC and the rest of the liberal media was creaming itself last week reporting as breaking news for several days on the trot claims by Nissan that it may cease investing in its Sunderland plant because of Brexit. That will teach those thick racists in the grim North for voting for Brexit smirked the southern liberal elite. The great unwashed have only themselves to blame. They should have listened to the London lefty millionaires from the media and academia who really knew what was best for the "ordinary people" of Britain. What the BBC and Guardian failed to report is that Nissan has form. It is the boy who cried Euro Wolf.
Roll back to 2002, when all those folks who warned us how the stockmarket, house prices and the economy would crash within weeks and that base rates would soar if we voted for Brexit on June 23, were blathering on about the Euro. Think Peter Mandelson, Paddy Pantsdown, the CBI and think Nissan.
I refer you to an article from 4 December 2002 from the Daily Telegraph:
Nissan, the Japanese carmaker, said yesterday that further investment in the UK depends on whether Britain joins the euro. Carlos Ghosn, chief executive, said the Sunderland plant, which produces the Micra and employs nearly 5,000 people, could suffer if Britain stays out of the single currency.
"The challenge is that Sunderland is producing cars with costs in pounds and most of the revenues in euros, and this is a situation we don't like." The Sunderland plant is the most efficient in Europe and a leading light of the British car industry.
Nissan had considered moving production of the Micra to a plant owned by French partners Renault, had the Government not stepped in with an aid package. Mr Ghosn, who is credited with having transformed the fortunes of Nissan, said that if Britain did not join the euro, the company could decide on "less assembly activity".
Oh... so what happened when Britain ignored the bien pensants and did not join the disaster that has been the Euro? Natch: Nissan expanded its production in Sunderland anyway. What old carlos said was a complete porky pie.
Of course producing cars in Europe where workers are keen on strikes, impossible to fire without enormous payoffs however bad trade gets or useless they are and where productivity lags that in Sunderland is still an option. But there are many reasons why Nissan won't actually take it up.
And as the BBC and its liberal pals fail to report, the trouble is that Nissan cried Euro wolf before and perhaps that is why no-one outside the media bubble of diehard Remainers believes it this time around.
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965 days ago
Remember that before the Brexit vote the City warned that if we voted to leave the EU then tens of thousands of well paid bankster jobs across London would be lost. Oddly the Remainers thought that this would drive folks to vote for them because - outside London we really care about ensuring banksters continue to earn megabucks.
Maybe if Project Fear had announced that if we stayed in the EU all banksters would be lead through the streets in chains and pelted with rotten fruit the result might have been different? As it was, cheered by the thought of thousands of banksters being fired and losing everything, the UK voted to leave. And now the bankster firing fest is underway...but hang on!
So far there seem to have been no job losses in London. But Commerzbank, Germany's second largest bank, announced this week it was firing one fifth of its staff. Next week we are told that Holland's largest bank, ING, is going to be handing out thousands of black bin liners as it tells many of its staff to clear their desks. And of course Deutsche Bank, Europe's biggest bank, is teetering on the edge of collapse so one imagines that it will be sacking banksters at a rate of knots too.
I feel robbed. George Osborne, the BBC and many others told me that if I voted for Brexit I could be guaranteed the treat of heading up to London to see banksters crying into their champagne as they were fired en masse because all the banking jobs would be moved to places like Holland and Germany.
I was really looking forward to this as a Christmas treat. You know, an afternoon at Canary Wharf jeering at banksters as they wonder how they will fund their coke habits going forward, taken in a show in the West End and then a quick tour of Fulham to see all the "For Sale" signs going up as over-geared financiers tried to sell in a panic. I just couldn't wait for this Brexit bonus.
But it seems that the only banks that are firing staff are those at the heart of the economic disaster that is the Eurozone. Who could possibly have imagined that Project Fear would have made the whole thing up?
965 days ago
Self styled financial guru Alvin Hall took to the BBC last night to explain why his fellow Americans might vote for Donald Trump - because they are either stupid or racist. It was as simple as that. What a charmer.
Hall has presumably done very well out of the asset bubbles that have ballooned under Obama. He must own shares and bonds and probably has property in a coastal City in the US. So he's all right jack and so he buys into the Clinton narrative that America is doing really well. Alvin's doing well and so all the other media folks and East coast millionaire liberals he knows are doing well so America must be doing well.
Of course those not geared to the asset bubble, folks not owning Real Estate in the coastal Cities or working in the media or cushy white collar jobs or for the State are doing badly. And that means a disproportionate number of black folks - though not Alvin. The lower and lower middle social classes are worse off in 2016 than they were in 2008 and they are angry.
Alvin insisted that it was just white folks voting Trump because The Donald was using racist "code words." Hence they are not actually phrases you and I recognise as racist but Alvin knows they are so therefore they are. If that was not the reason why folks backed Trump it was, according to Hall, because they are white trash who are just so dumb that they just feel in awe of TV celebs.
How patronising can you be? At least with the Brexit vote most of the patronising liberal elite waited until after the vote to smear 52% of the electorate as racist or thick or both. Alvin wants to get in early. Might Alvin consider tht some white folks might vote Trump for other reasons? Why, for instance, might Monica Lewinsky - branded a slut by Hillary - be considering backing the GOP? Becuase she's a racist of course. Or how about laid off workers, of all colours, sitting jobless across the rust belt and told by Hillary that America is not broken and is doing great? Can Alvin think why they might not be lining up to vote Democrat on November 8?
The fact that the polls show that Trump is the most popular Republican among black voters since 1960 and that he will get at least 33% of hispanic votes shows that vast numbers of Americans of all colours are furious about a society that sees them getting poorer while rich liberals like Alvin not only get richer but then smear the less fortunate as bigots or imbeciles when they kick up a fuss and say that they want change..
Naturally the BBC allowed Alvin a free rein for his appalling and factually challenged views. It would have been racist to have done anything else.
965 days ago
Seventy-five years ago, eighteen year old men and women were dealing with the Luftwaffe bombing our cities to oblivion, with death all around them and the stresses of war. Some had psychological stress but they were relatively rare and, frankly, who could blame them? Wind forward to today and 26% of 16-24 year old women report suffering at least one mental health issue a week. 9% of men suffer likewise. It is hard to know where to start.
The BBC loved this new study published by NHS Digital and naturally, like the NHS, reckons the Government needs to go to harvest the money tree to tackle this issue. There was praise for Bradford University which helps its poor students cope by giving them a room where they can sit with guide-dogs. I really kid you not.
The NHS reckons that new media and online peer pressure might explain why rates have soared. Perhaps the millennials might bin their smart phones and try de-stressing as they did 70 years ago? Perhaps something relaxing like volunteering to work in Aleppo?
The gender gap is startling and if you are an employer there can only be one sensible conclusion. If you hire young women you have a 1 in 4 chance that your new staff member might have a mental health incident once a week and thus be non-productive. Hire blokes and your chances are less than one in ten. Any sensible employer will look at this data and henceforth will operate a policy of hidden discrimination by hiring young men only. Women cannot expect equality on the workplace when they offer employers a guarantee that they will be less productive than men from day one.
I take mental health seriously. I have suffered from depression. Suicide is relatively common in my family with four fatalities, including my mother, in the last three generations.
The British attitude to serious mental health issues is poor. We fail to talk about them and to help those who are really in need. But there is an element of the boy, or rather, girl who cried wolf at play with the millennials. As I sit here and contemplate the idea that one of four young women has issues and feels the need to sit in a room with some retired guide dogs in order to cope I despair. Liberal universities keen to spunk taxpayer cash may indulge such dippy creatures, but those running commercial enterprises, indeed we as a nation cannot afford to be so indulgent.
How times have changed in the past seventy five years. Assuming that trends continue I once again consider the idea that an asteroid strike is the least that our society deserves.
966 days ago
As head of the CBI Carolyn Fairbairn is meant to speak for British Business. She is, naturally, totally unqualified. Her CV says it all:
Cambridge, MBA at Insead, spot of journalism, management consultant, manager at BBC, NED at the FSA ( now FCA) and now head of the CBI. Those who can do, those who can't consult and preach.
During the EU referendum Carolyn warned ius all of the dire consequences of Brexit and insisted that British business wanted to stay. The warnings were lies and just as when the CBI said business wanted to join the Euro it spoke for a few not for all. This week Carolyn Fairbairn has been at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool.
Labour has promised so much additional spending that it will bankrupt the state. As Mrs Thatcher observed, the problem with socialists is that eventually they run out of other people's money. And socialism is back with Labour. we are promised a minimum wage of £10 that will send companies to the wall, we are promised more and more regulation, workers sitting on boards, the works.
This is clearly a manifesto that is very much a total disaster for British business and so what did Ms Fairbairn - who has never run a private sector business or risked her capital - say? She said she was "wary" of the minimum wage plans and that the spending and regulatory committments needed to be considered. FFS Ms Fairbairn, Labour's plans are a disaster for business. I know your old chums from the BBC may not appreciate that but your members do.
If Carolyn Fairbairn cannot speak up for the productive part of the economy, in which she has spent so little of her adult life, she should be looking for another job. Right now she is just not fit for purpose.
968 days ago
I simply offer up two quotes. One is an opinion of what will happen based on fiction, one is a statement of fact, hard data. The subject is global warming.
One of the world's leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years. In what he calls a "global disaster" now unfolding in northern latitudes as the sea area that freezes and melts each year shrinks to its lowest extent ever recorded, Prof Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University calls for "urgent" consideration of new ideas to reduce global temperatures. --John Vidal, The Guardian, 17 September 2012
Note the year! What is interesting is that other experts were wheeled out by the BBC just last week to make the same sort of claims. It is just that the four years has been...er delayed.
Since hitting its earliest minimum extent since 1997, Arctic sea ice has been expanding at a phenomenal rate. Already it is greater than at the same date in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Put another way, it is the fourth highest extent in the last ten years. Even more remarkably, ice growth since the start of the month is actually the greatest on record, since daily figures started to be kept in 1987.
And here is the chart from the blog Not A Lot of People Know That.
I would say "discuss" but if you are in a University "Safe Space" I would not since you will almost certainly be accused of offending some precious millennial and promptly face an exclusion order.
972 days ago
Of course black lives matter. All lives matter. Murder is wrong and can never be justified. Neither however can one engage in a complete distortion of the truth in order to justify wholesale looting and demands for a massive re-allocation of the pork barrel with one group gaining at the expense of the rest. But that is exactly what is happening? The liberal media is not interested in hard data on racial murders in the USA and BlackLivesMatter ignores the hard data and I shall now demonstrate why.
I have already shown, here, that the campaign by BlacklivesMatter in the UK against Police killings of black men is simply not justified by the hard data on how many folks die at the hands of the rozzers and what colour the victims are. But listening to and watching the liberal media last night as well as protestors in Charlotte one might think that, in the USA, blacks were simply being gunned down on an industrial scale by whites, especially white cops. Really?
On the liberal wankfest that is the BBC flagship programme Newsnight last night, one liberal commentator explained ( without any challenge) that even though the cop that pulled the trigger in Charlotte and the Chief of Police were both black, this should be viewed as a white on black crime because a cop was involved.Whatever...
But how about some hard data on the genocide, as one protester termed it, against the black population in America. Well here you go.... discuss.
Cops who kill innocent civilians whatever the race of the cop or the victim should go to jail for life. That is because all lives matter. So too does the truth. I ask the liberals to analyse the data above and then to explain why it is that what BlackLivesMatter, the Reverend Jesse Jackson and the other professional race baiters say is anything other than total poppycock. There is simply no factual basis in the hard data for their assertions.
973 days ago
Who is greedier and more overpaid? Mel or Sue, Mary Bloody Berry or Paul Hollywood? Fiona Bruce or Laura Kuenssberg? Who cares, the farce over the Great British Bake off, #GBBO to its brain dead new media devotees, just shows that the BBC is a mechanism for transferring wealth from the 99% to the 1%. It is not fit for purpose and should be privatised at once.
975 days ago
A couple of days ago it was Emily Maitlis and Laura Kuenssberg at the BBC caught claiming that news was breaking and that they had scoops when in fact they were hours off the pace on Hinkley Point. On Monday night, as he presented Newsnight, it was Evan Davis who was caught telling what was quite simply a blatant lie. Why on earth is the taxpayer paying £500,000 plus for a man who tells lies? The lie was on Syria and compounded an earlier gross deception by Fiona Bruce (another utterly unjustified half a million) on the 10 O'Clock News. Let's start with little Evan...
Just before Newsnight went off air, at after 11 PM he stated " while we have been on air" reports have come in of attacks on an aid convoy in Aleppo Syria. That was a lie. It may have been that the dozy folk at Newsnight only woke up to these reports after 10.30 PM but the story was carried in full by the BBC 10 O'Clock news which went out before Newsnight went on air. Troll the interweb and you can find that the story was out in full on USNews at 8.15 PM GMT and on the Guardian website at 7.12 PM. I doubt the Guardian beat AFP and the other agencies but the bottom line is that little Evan was quite simply lying or misleading.
Why does the BBC and Newsnight in particular feel the need to cover up the fact that it keeps on missing the big stories and is hours off the pace. It pays its star reporters telephone number salaries to keep missing the big stories, reporting with a clear bias and then lying about its mistakes. Why on earth should the taxpayer fund this omnishambles?
Over on the 10 O'Clock News Fiona Bruce was quick to blame the Syrian Government for the attack. If some crazed Muslim goes on a shooting spree in Germany the BBC always insists that we must not jump to conclusions because the guy may well be a deranged Right winger or a chap with mental health issues driven to murder by a Boris Johnson Speech and is almost certainly a lone wolf. But if folks get killed in Syria there is no such restraint shown: accuse Assad and/or the Russians first and ask questions later. As it happens I would wager a fiver that it was Assad's planes that were responsible.
But Fiona did not leave it at that.
She stated that this showed that "the ceasefire had been unilaterally broken by the Syrian Government". Really? What about the 60 Syrian troops killed by Allied planes and a UK drone the day previously, an act that allowed ISIS fighters to make territorial gains. That act happened first and looks like a bit of a ceasefire breach to me?
The truth is that all sides are breaching the ceasefire. But please do not let the truth get in the way of the BBC pushing its own narrative.
980 days ago
Perhaps it is the impending revelation that people like Emily Maitlis and Luara Kuenssberg (the political reporter who does not understand the difference between Government debt and deficit) are paid telephone numbers salaries that is prompting BBC News to lie about getting scoops. Or perhaps it is just shame that with its enormous overhead it is scooped again and again. Or maybe it is just an innate culture of dishonesty? Whatever the reason with Emily in the hotseat Newsnight was a visible disgrace last night as news emerged that Hinkley Point was to get the go ahead.
The news actually broke well before 9 PM on Bloomberg - its Paris Bureau got the scoop. The BBC happily ignored this until during newsnight we were brealthlessly told that Laura Kuensberg was reporting that a source was telling her that the power station had got the green light. Maybe that source had been watching ITV's News at Ten as it reported the story in full. But Laura's source was first flagged up at 10.52 PM on Newsnight.
It did not end there. At ten past eleven Emily happily revelaed that news of the Hinkley Point green light had "broken while we have been on air". That is just so patently not the case. ITV reported it in full 15 minutes before Newsnight aired and Bloomberg had the scoop more than an houra and a half before that.
It was just dishoinest journalism to claim as a scoop or as breaking news something which patently was not. Emily, Laura et al might think this charade, this pretence that they are ahead of the game, justifies their obscene pay packets, paid by you the grateful taxpayer. An objective commentator would conclude it shows precisely why those pay packets are both obscene and, quite simply, unjustifiable.
991 days ago
The British media, lead by Beltway liberal Kylie Morris on C4 News and by the BBC are not reporting what is actually going on in the US Presidential race just what they would like to be going on. They have called Trump wrong all along in terms of actual ballots cast and they are still wrong. In this podcast I offer the eight reasons Trump will win.
1. The insurgency vs The Establishment
2. What the polls say
3. The Black vote
4. House prices & rental yields
5. The stockmarket
6. Melania vs Bill
8. All the black swans would land for Trump
994 days ago
Last week the Americans held a press conference in Turkey in which the USA warned the brave Kurds (its ally) to stop besieging an ISIS held town of Jarablus and to allow the tanks of the fascist President Erdogan to cross the border to take control. That was bad enough but what followed has been far worse and our media, notably the BBC, has done nothing in the face of Orwellian lies and betrayal.
The brave Kurds let the Turks take control. The Turks then promptly handed the town to Islamofacist elements of the "Free Syrian Army" who last cropped up on our radar a few weeks ago when beheading a 12 year old boy in the back of a pick up truck for, allegedly, supporting President Assad. Hmmmmm, what nice Al-Qaeda backing Islamofacist pals we all have these days.
The Kurds meanwhile withdrew as ordered leaving the town - which contains a sizeable - and now at risk - Kurdish population in the hands of some very unpleasant people. So what happened next? Naturally, Turkish planes and tanks moved out of the town to attack villages inhabited by and held by the Kurds ( our allies). Within a couple of days 35 Kurds, both soldiers and civilians, had been killed. And the response of President Obama's America, supported by our own Government? A request that BOTH sides uphold a ceasefire?
Hell's teeth, the Kurds are being attacked in their own villages by Turkey which, in attacking civilians is almost certainly committing war crimes, and yet the Kurds are being ordered to observe a ceasefire by the West. That is almost Orwellian. The BBC reported this matter of fact request by the West without, for a second, questioning what was actually going on.
Until last week the only contribution Turkey had made to the war in Syria was in buying oil from ISIS and allowing supplies to get through to both ISIS but, to a far greater extent, to the Al-Qaeda dominated Free Syrian Army. Occasionally it had bombed Kurdish villages just for fun. But now with the explicit sanction of the West it is going further in its war against the Kurds.
Turkey & the monster Erdogan are part of the regional problem not the solution. The sooner the West realises that and stops giving it carte blanche for ethnic cleansing the better. As things stand the West has betrayed a loyal ally, the one grouping in Syria that is decent, democratic and tolerant. President Obama, John Kerry, Theresa May and Brois Johnson all now have the blood of innocent Kurds on their hands. Our country, "Great" Britain stands shamed.
998 days ago
Sarah Smith is, as I write, prattling away on Radio 4 about how Scotland likes to boast that it is different from England & Wales. And as evidence of this, Sarah tells us that 4 of 6 party leaders in Scotland are openly gay, Nicola Sturgeon is promising the most transgender legislation in Europe and Sarah tells us that Scotland is the most gay friendly country in Europe. Great. Happy days. I shall get out an old John Inman video and book my holidays now.
Over in Glasgow male life expectancy is lower than anywhere not just in Europe but even than in places such as the Ukraine. The country's deficit to GDP ratio is the worst in the EU and - at 9% - twice that of the UK as whole. If Scotland was to be independent it would be bust within years.
In that Scotland is set up so that its State is bankrupt and its poorer folks die earlier in poverty than anywhere else in Europe it is certainly different from England and Wales. Tackling its chronic economic issues and the knock on effects on matters such as health, is surely the critical issue facing Scotland rather than making its laws even more gay and transgender friendly.
Listening to the BBC prattle on about how Holyrood tackles what it deems the real issues I am reminded of that point in "The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy" when all of the most useless folks from a planet facing overcrowding, all those who never do anything to create the wealth that pays for vital services, who cannot see what really matters and obsess instead about trivia, are packed off to "start a new colony." Should we ever face such a situation on planet Earth I suggest that as we fill up that spaceship we start with employees of the BBC and anyone assocdiated with the Scottish Parliament.
1001 days ago
One of the stories of yesterday was that a poor British girl Mia Ayliffe-Chung had been murdered at a backpackers hostel in Australia. Another Brit is critically ill as a result of the knife attack by a French national.
As it happens the French national is called Smail Ayad and so one would assume is of North African origin and without doubt Moslem. He shouted out the words Allahu akbar" - God is Great in arabic as he carried out the attack..
But here is how the BBC News at 10 reported it last night. The Presenter is Sophie Raworth who stated: " Police say the suspect is from France and shouted in arabic and are not treating it as a terror attack"
Well up to a point Sophie sweetest. "Shouting in arabic" is one thing "shouting Allahu Akbar, as Islamofascist killers tend to do when killing innocent folks" is a very different matter. Why did the BBC not report what the chap said. And why, when the name of the killer was widely availlable did they not mention that name? Had the killer been called Pierre LeBlanc do you think the BBC would have omitted such detail?
As to this being a terror attack? Well the Allahu Akbar catchphrase indicates to me that it is just a possibility that might be considered and if one watches the Ozzie Rozzers giving a press conference HERE you can see that they acknowledge that it may be terror linked but are not ruling out any line of enquiry which is quite right since it is only on 25 August Oz time ( ie today) that the interviewing of the killer by the rozzers was set to start.
In short what the BBC reported was untrue as to the motivation and misleading on all other counts. Clearly the facts do not fit with the liberal media agenda and in 2016 Britain it is probably a hate crime to point that out and suggest that this episode once again shows the BBC to be not fit for purpose
1007 days ago
The British liberal media and many of its ideological cousins from inside the Beltway want Donald Trump to lose the Presidential election and so all pretence of impartiality is out of the window. Right now the media is ignoring the latest Clinton scandals and Crooked Hillary's refusal to come clean on her health issues. Instead the narrative is of Trump failing so badly that senior GOP figures want him to withdraw, a campaign in chaos. The only problem is that this is just not true.
The latest poll out in the LA times shows crooked Hillary on 44% and Trump on 43.4% - a gap which is way inside the margin of error. Just five days ago the gap was 46.3% for Mrs Whitewater and 41.6% for the Donald. This poll uses a methodology which tends to show less violent swings than other polls but what you should care about is the trend. And that is clear: la Clinton falling, Trump rising.
For almost a week the Donald has managed to avoid making a single gaffe. Without any foot in mouth moments he has gained steadily. Meanwhile we have President Obama drowning in his $400 million bribe for Iran hostage scandal (not reported by the liberal British media) and Hillary facing more email leaks showing what a crook she is and how corrupt is the Clinton Foundation and still dodging the issue of her health - again none of this reported by the liberal British Press. As I have noted many times, the pattern of all Hillary campaigns is the same. The more folks get to know about her the less they like or trust her. It will be the same again in 2016.
The mainstream media may not report every Clinton Scandal but that is another reason why so many voters ignore the Deadwood Press and buy fewer and fewer papers each year. The sans culottes hate the established media as much as it hates its bedfellow the established political elite and we, the people, now get our information elsewhere.
This contest is wide open and Trump is not panicking for a good reason - he can win. Sure, right up to polling day the BBC or loathsome beltway warrior Kylie Morris of C4 News will be able to drag out some Country Club GOP bore to say that Trump is a rotter and that he is voting for his fellow establishment figure, Crooked Hillary. But outside the Beltway and the big liberal Cities on the coasts the anger against the establishment is mounting. And that bodes badly for crooked Hillary.
PS: I penned a piece yesterday, seven reasons why Clinton must not win and you can read that HERE
1014 days ago
It appears that Kadiza Sultana, one of the three schoolgirls who left Bethnal Green to join ISIS in Syria has been killed in an air strike. At this point are you weeping? Me neither. I feel sorry when innocent folk in Europe or in Syria and Iraq get butchered by ISIS. I feel sorry for the women rounded up for rape camps by ISIS. I look at the sickening executions and despair of humanity. I view ISIS as repellent. So Kadiza is not someone i mourn. The world is a better place without her and if - like so many victims of ISIS - her death was slow and painful then I really don't care. Well done to the Russians for taking her out.
We are told by her family - including a father who attended radical Islamofascist demonstrations in London - that she was taken in by propaganda when she headed out East two years ago but that she had now seen through that and had wanted to return to Bethnal Green. Her lawyer told the BBC that she was a "young girl with a promising future" and her sister said "she is now in a better place" and none of this went unchallenged.
When Kadiza headed out East the media was already, and had for many months been, full of graphic images of war crimes committed by ISIS which were barbaric. Kadiza saw that and signed up for ISIS anyway. And she allowed herself to act as a recruiting sergeant for these barbaric scum.
I can understand why she might have decided after a while that life in Raqqa was not a bundle of laughs but she was aware of enough of what ISIS did before she left that she cannot have claimed that it was a complete shock
Heading off to join ISIS is not like going to Ibiza for the summer. When you go to a holiday island, knowing that it is a shagtastic place where drink and drugs flow freely, you have fun, what goes on tour stays on tour and you come back. Heading off to Raqqa where you know gays get chucked off tall buildings, where there are daily public executions and other fun provided is different. The Western media has given us all a full insight into the Raqqa gig so you can't sign up as a Holiday Rep for ISIS and then just come back and say "nothing to do with me". What goes on the ISIS tour does not stay on the ISIS tour and the tour guides you see before going to Raqqa are explicit in their content.
Like 99% of the population I wake up this morning and think "one less ISIS supporter - good news". Kadiza's family want their grief respected and for us not to comment on the death of their daughter. The BBC might play ball but in doing so it ignores the 99% of us who today think as I do. Kadiza was not a victim of ISIS like the folks in Nice she was part of it. What do the bloody liberal media not understand about that?
Sorry Kadiza's sister but the truth is that she is not in a better place. If there is a God, he or she knows that Kadiza signed up for evil and will be judged accordingly. If there is not her mangled body lies in a pile of rubble and the family should know that while the people of Britain grieve for the victims of ISIS in Nice we do not grieve for this evil young woman. As a member of ISIS she had blood on her hands and her death is good news for the world. The world is a better place without her and anyone else who signs up for ISIS.
The family lawyer might say that Kadiza had a "promising future" but her evil past means that was never true. You sign up for ISIS you sign up on the side of evil, you have no future in a civilized world. The BBC should have pulled him up on that rather than giving him a platform to suggest that one can go work for ISIS for a year or so - like a Gap year - then just come back and there is no harm done. That cannot be allowed to be the case.
That the BBC, funded by the poll tax license fee, is respecting the wishes of the family, that it is allowing the lawyer to praise this girl without challenge is wrong. She is no victim, her family are no saints and are misguided in their belief that their daughter is in a "better place" now. The family has no moral compass and that the BBC sides with them, with the lawyer with the apologists for terror shows again that it is not fit for purpose. It speaks for almost no-one in Britain on this issue not because it is supporting an unfashionable but just cause but because it is appeasing a truly evil one.
1014 days ago
Yet again the British media was last night pumping out more stories about Donald Trump gaffes. The beltway classes think that what he says is big news and has The Donald sunk in the Presidential Race. By my calculations that is about the 9,784th time that the BBC, Channel 4, the Guardian and the liberal press pack have written the Trump political obituary. One day they will be right. But so far they have been wrong 9,783 times with no apology. The bigger stories which they are not reporting are the growing scandals surrounding crooked Hillary.
Offered the choice between a nutty maverick or a crooked lying career politician many Americans will go for the former whatever lies CNN and its liberal media pals pump out. The media elite is so deeply in bed with the political elite, metaphorically not in a Bill Clinton forcing himself on interns manner, that the press pack just cannot understand that.
So what's the latest on crooked Hillary? The word is that multiple FBI investigations are now underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation. The investigation centers on New York City, where the Clinton Foundation has its main offices - up in Harlem, and the NY probe is led by Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara’s work has resulted in a large number of convictions of banks, hedge funds and Wall Street crooks. Preet seems like a tough bastard and Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and the giant money making machine that is the Foundation are now the quarry.
The Clinton foundation will take money from just about any scoundrel on this planet and hands it out to whoever Bill is screwing at the time, that is to say not Hillary. It also gives money to "good causes". It is a vast organisation and Hillary is deeply involved as she has been in most of the Clinton scandals back to Whitewater and beyond.
It is now less than 90 days to polling, this investigation will move fast, there will be press leaks and it will play badly for crooked Hillary. Most Americans don't trust her but by the fall no-one will. As I have noted many times, in every campaign Hillary has ever fought her poll ratings only head one way. The more folks learn about her the less they like her or, more importantly, trust her.
In Britain we seem happy with the idea of big Government. In the US there is an inherent mistrust of Big Government, of corrupt men and women with their fingers in the pork barrel. Hillary Clinton is the epitomy of that world inside the beltway. And folks think she is corrupt and untrustworthy. There will be growing evidence coming out of the Foundation and more leaked emails to support that view all the way until polling day.
All that the Donald needs to do is put his foot in his mouth just that little bit less often and Crooked Hillary will gift him the keys to the White House.
1017 days ago
The liberal British press and the BBC/C4 have spent the past few days delighting in reporting that the Donald Trump campaign for President is in meltdown. This must be about the zillionth time that the press pack has assured us that The Donald could not hope to win a single primary/primaries that matter/the GOP nomination or the White House.
The liberal media has been wrong all along, reporting what they want to happen not what is happening, and so I would not bet the ranch on them being right this time.
Even the most dismal of candidates, and that would be a fair description of crooked Hillary, gets a post convention poll bounce. And for Mrs Whitewater, that bounce was assisted by Reuters changing its poll methodology, moving the goalposts in a way that boosted the Dems. But whatever the BBC says, that poll lead is - despite a string of Trump gaffes - shrinking from + 8 a week ago to +3 in the most recent poll. That is within a margin of error and it shows that the Clinton bounce is fading.
If Trump could manage to avoid any foot in mouth moments for a while, Hillary will sink fast as she is goofing on a daily basis. Meanwhile there seems to be more mayhem from Julian Assange, providing new damning emails, on the way.
I have noted before that the only thing that is consistent about crooked Hillary other than her mendacity and the fact that she is about the only woman in America not shagging Bill Clinton, is that in every campaign she fights her poll ratings always go only one way. The more the voters hear from Hillary, the more they find out about her, the more they dislike her.
This contest is far from over and if a liberal offers you long odds on The Donald winning please put $100 on for me.
1020 days ago
The cry was clear as the chap attacked two female cops in Belgium this afternoon. The BBC is still not reporting the jihadist reading material of the Russell Square attacker and insisting that the chjap was simply an insane Norwegian and his acts had nothing to do with his belief in the religion of peace. We shall see. But this time it is hard to spin it. Even the BBC is using the word "jihadist" in its coverage.
But wait. It is has only been a few minutes. The Belgian fuzz will know the assaillant's entire mental health history well before they know his name and what odds will you give on us being told within hours that:
a) the guy was nutso and that is the real issue
b) whether he was nutso or not and he almost certainly was he was a lone wolf, just one individual
c) the real victims of this will not be the two female cops but the wider muslim community who will suffer a backlash because evil racists, like me, insist on spouting the truism " nearly all Muslims despise terror attacks in Europe but nearly all terror attacks in Europe are carried out by Muslims" and suggest there is a problem.
There is a bloody problem. On social media there are already tens of thousands of tweets laughing at the way the establishment will follow the playbook above. The people of Europe can at least see a humour in that playbook which is a silver lining to this awful cloud.
But it also shows that the way the establishment is denying what is going on and is lying to the people is just not cutting any ice any more. The political and media elite can say whay they like, we, the people do not care or believe a word they say. And that is dangerous.
1020 days ago
Out in the real world evidence has emerged showing that the Russell Square killer had been reading books supporting islamic extremism in recent months. The BBC is still buying the line from the Old Bill, calling this a killing by someone with mental health issues and referring to him as a Norwegian born in Somalia. Actually it is worse than that.
In yesterday's coverage it mentioned the killer only en passant at the end. The rest of its report was filled with details about the victims. Whatever. Out there in the real world folks ask two questions.
1. If this chappie was a Norwegian born Somali with mental health issues what on earth was he doing living in Britain. Norway is not in the EU. Norway is not a repressive evil regime, it is uber tolerant and liberal and the country is rich. So this poor chap was clearly not facing persecution there or economic hardship. Is the UK meant to offer sanctuary to folks who have mental health issues but no right whatsoever to be in the UK? Why? Since when did we become a free to enter asylum for the insane of the world?
2. Okay the guy had mental health issues just as, we are told, did the chaps in Nice, Ansbach, on the train in Germany, etc. They also had another thing in common: they were all reading up on islamic extremism and/or watching Islamofacist videos. Some had been in contact with ISIS. All were Moslems. Nearly all Moslems abhor attempts at mass murder of random strangers in Europe. Nearly all attempts at mass murder of random strangers in Europe are carried out by Moslems. Everyone else in the country is discussing the statement above and its implications, why won't the BBC and liberal media?
By failing to answer or address these two questions, the folks at Pravda Broadcasting might think they are fighting a good fight for liberal values. Free speech and open debate, not being liberal values for lefties in 2016.
In reality they are dodging awkward questions in a way that we who pay their bloated salaries via the license fee poll tax can see through very easily. We will ask those questions anyway and draw our own conclusions. But we will draw another conclusion too: the BBC is simply not fit for purpose and cannot be trusted at all.
1021 days ago
Airports across Britain are today being disrupted by activists protesting that #blacklivesmatter - well of course they do. All lives matter but for white middle class liberals in the media and on twitter and facebook this is an opportunity for angst, guilt and self loathing that cannot be missed. But what about the hard data?
Sod the hard data, lets just feel guilty about slavery and how everyone, especially old Brexit voters, are all racists, facts do not matter any more do they? This is Airstrip One and its 1984 every day these days. Okay the UK is among the safest countries on this planet but so what? Okay our police forces do not collect data as they do in the US which show that 94% of killings where the victim is black are crimes where the killer is also black. It is estimated that in the UK the black on black murder figure is well above 80%.
But what about all those blacks who get beaten up by the filth and die in custody? Good point my hipster friend with a daft beard sipping your semi skinned latte, somewhere in Spitalfields, while reading the Guardian. In 2015 there were 573 murders in the UK. Between 1990 and 2015 according to the charity INQUEST there were 1,563 deaths on the watch of the Old Bill so that would be about 63 a year but the vast majority were just folks who just died in custody - we all have to die somewhere. Of those 1,563 deaths, Inquest found that exactly 18 were unlawful and the last one of those was a white guy. The last unlawful killing of a black guy, Jimmy Mubenga, was in 2013. So the rozzers unlawfully kill less than 1 person a year and according to Inquest they murder a black guy about once every three years.
We are so politically correct in the UK that Police data on this matter is hard to find. Perhaps that is because the truth might not please the liberal narrative of the establishment. Data from London in 2010 found that when it game to gun crimes 67% of the assailants were black and 29% of the victims were black as against 12.5% of the general population. Nearly all the blacks shot were shot by blacks.
Black Lives really do matter. What drives the killing of black men and women is largely drugs and drug related crime. That also sees a lot of white folks taken out. The rozzers, for all their faults, very rarely kill black people. The issue that needs addressing are Britain's ludicrous drugs laws, which I discuss in full here.
Today's protests are by folks who clearly have too much time on their hands, almost certainly State funded time, and can't be arsed to look at hard facts. That the BBC and the rest of the mainstream liberal media takes this crap seriously, shows again why it Pravda and the deadwood press are not fit for purpose as they pursue an agenda based on prejudice not on reality.
Given that today's disruptive protests are based on a myth not on reality can any misguided liberal reading this explain how they will make race relations better rather than worse?
Meanwhile I rather worry that reporting hard data and questionning those who just make blind assertions on this matter with no data may soon be viewed by some dreary liberal as a hate crime. It is only a matter of time..
1024 days ago
A couple of weeks ago the great cuase of the liberal left was to protest about how democracy is only good when the little people vote the right way and to demand another referendum on Brexit. Those without useful jobs have now found a new cause, demanding that we all boycott Byron's Burger Bars because this chain decided to assist the Home Office in obeying the law. Byron's crime is not to support crime.
You see Byron's co-operated with the Home Office on raids which allowed it to boot out35 illegal immigrants. That is to say folks who had no right to be in the UK and were taking jobs from folks who did, almost certainly from our comrades from within the EU. I think protecting poor folks who have a right to be in the UK is not such a bad thing and I am all in favour of obeying the law.
But liberal opinion is that Byron's Burger bars acted like prize rotters if not to say out and out racists and thus we are all being urged to boycott Byrons. The twiter hashtag is #BoycottByron and if you search it you find gems such as
I will never eat at @byronhamburgers again. Neither should you. Morally repugnant company
Channel 4 News, the BBC and the Guardian are revelling in reporting protests involving "hundreds of people". Hmmm. One suspects that those would be middle class lefties who will never find themselves competing for a job or for cheap housing against an illegal immigrant.
Byron operates 69 branches across the UK with a 70th opening soon. Photos in the internet show that most remain pretty much packed all day which would mean that the company is almost certainly serving c15,000 people each and every day. Oddly enough the liberal media is not reporting that.
One of the folks that Byron will be serving this week will be me. The Mrs wants a meal out ahead of a trip to the Cinema and I see that there is a Branch in Bristol. I shall show my support for a company that believes in upholding the law and in not denying opportunity to poor workers from across the EU who have a genuine right to be in Britain. I urge you to show solidarity too and you can find your nearest branch HERE
1025 days ago
The BBC and the rest of the Left wing media are seizing on this report as proof that evil Tory austerity is just...er evil. But they have not looked at the Report's methodology which is just laughably flawed throughout. Do that and you realise this is just a waste of paper by the Foundation. But the media is not offering any critical analysis and so is demanding just ludicrous policy solutions as a result as I demonstrate in today's podcast.
1030 days ago
This morning the BBC's flagship Today programme on radio 4 came up with a report flagging up the lack of sea ice at the North Pole as more evidence of climate change or, as it likes to say when the sun is out but not when other weather types are on show, global warming. Sadly the facts about Arctic Sea ice do not bear up what the BBC says but so what? It is only YOUR cash via the regressive poll tax that is the license fee that pays for Pravda.
The Beeb states: "Every summer the ice in the Arctic retreats as the sea warms but in recent years the extent of the summer melt has been alarming scientists. Dr Ed Blockley is head of Met Arctic monitoring programme."
Aha the widely discredited, global warming nutter infested, taxpayer funded Met Office whose predictions on climate change in the UK have been all wrong. Yes that Met Office.
Anyhow Ed is still worried and the BBC was happy to put on an expert in support of its religion. Sadly it could not get a second expert from the Bristol based ship of fools who, as reported here last week, had headed up North worried about the lack of sea ice. It was then trapped by sea ice up North.
Well the facts are here. The record low for sea ice was 2012 - well record low since satellite imaging started so probably not lower than during the medieval warm period or several other lows but that is an inconvenient truth. If the global warming nutters thesis about rapid short term loss of sea ice was factually correct then 2013, 2014,, 2015 & 2016 would have seen further sea ice declines. In fact they have not.
This year is almost as bad as 2012 but then it is an El Nino year making the Northern hemisphere seas warmer so it bloody well ought to be. Ceteris paribus, if the nutters were correct about ice declines being an established trend if one also throws in El Nino then 2016 would be far worse than 2012.
But in fact 2016 still sees more sea ice than 2012. All the facts tend to show that there is NO long term trend towards sea ice retreating. But why let facts ( that is historic data on things that have happened) spoil the fun of a bogus religion? Indeed, the BBC and its overpaid presenters have got to spend OUR money somehow.
1030 days ago
Barely a day goes by without the biased BBC serving up another reason to scrap the regressive poll tax that is the license fee. Yesterday it was its dire coverage of the Islamofascist butchers of ISIS. Today it is that old chestnut Brexit, you know that referendum where the sans culottes told the establishment and the liberal media where to stick it. The BBC is not listening. So GlaxoSmithKline has today announced it is investing £275 million in Britain creating thousands of jobs. Great news. er... The BBC tweeted this.
The words in quote marks are from the drugs giant. The words that follow are BBC editorial spin. This is Orwellian hogwash that we have to pay for. Another day, another reason to scrap the license fee.
1030 days ago
Today's European Islamist atrocity is in France sees two Moslem attackers storm a church in St Etienne shout the usual words about Allah, cut off the head of an 86 year old priest who was performing mass and then take some nuns and worshippers hostage. After four attacks in Germany and now two in France in just 12 days, just about everyone in a now terrified Europe now accepts that there is a problem. Everyone except our State broadcasters and political elite that is.
On the BBC news last night after four horrific attacks in German in a week the BBC's halfwitted reporter noted "and Germany asks is there is a connection?" Well how about all the attackers were all Moslems? It might just be a remarakable coincidence but that will do me for starters as an initial line of enquiry.
He went on to note that many Germans are questioning the standards of mental health provision in their country. Really? Does he really expect us to believe that this is the main thing that ordinary krauts are concerned about? They are not perhaps now wondering whether letting in hundreds of thousands of young men from hotbeds of Islamofascism without any papers was the smartest move?
The BBC reporter is living in a dream world. But he is not alone. On the BBC world news this morning we were told "After machete attack, are Syrian refugees getting the mental-health care they need?" The more the BBC portrays the moslem community as the victims of this wave of terror the more the anger and resentment of ordinary folks across Europe will increase.
Once again I wonder when will the BBC accept that the statement below is not pure racism just a statement of fact?
"Nearly all Moslems are strongly opposed to acts of violent terror in Europe today. However nearly all acts of violent terror in Europe today are committed by Moslems."
1031 days ago
The Beltway based liberal media and the imported Brits on the BBC got it wrong again. They thought the Republican convention went badly. They thought Mrs Trump was a disaster - they were wrong, she won fans. They thought lyin' Ted Cruz hurt Trump but no-one cared what the mendacious egomaniac said. The media thought Trump's message was dark. But Trump spoke to an America that the elite has ignored and he spoke their language. And thus having been trailing crooked Hillary by a couple of points he now leads in the polls by up to 4 points.
Of course conventions are meant to give you a poll boost but the liberal media talked down the GOP affair in Cleveland. They just called it wrong again. Just like they have called Trump's campaign wrong all along. Now the circus moves to Philadelphia where the big question is whether the Dems will get a poll bounce too. All they need is to rally united behind crooked Hillary and not act too crazy er....
The emails showing that the DNC helped crooked Hillary steal the primaries from Bernie Sanders leave a divided party even more divided. As I have pointed out before, the sub 40% of Republicans who voted non Trump are nearly all voting Trump in the fall. But c20% of the nearly 50% of Dems who voted Sanders in the primaries are also swinging to Trump.
And that number could grow. Already it is evident that in Philadelphia, very few Dem activists really like Clinton. She enthuses very few outside ageing feminists and sixties children from the rich coastal liberal elites.
But the latest email scandal is worse. The media wants to tell the great unwashed that this will blow over. "Move along little people we know best" It won't because it highlights Clinton's achilles heel: trust. Or rather lack of it. It is another dodgy, crooked mess where the Clintons are involved. Melania Trump's speech "disaster" was a media invention. Evidence of more crooked Clinton activities is real and will hurt.
The one stat about Hillary that you should never forget is that in every campaign she has fought her poll ratings have always gone down during the campaign. The more folks learn about Hillary the less they like her. If the Dems leave Philly either behind or with a tiny lead that will not be enough.
You have to be in your mid forties to remember the name Whitewater. And most of us who can remember the name cant remember why it showed that Hillary is indeed crooked or, at best, not someone you can be sure that you trust. You can bet your bottom dollar that by the time of the General Election, the GOP will have made sure that every American over 18 will know why Whitewater matters and how Hillary behaved so badly defending a CEO who banged his intern, by branding the poor young woman, Monica Lewinsky, a slut. And there is much more where that came from.
One of the liberal commentators one the BBC was suggesting tonight that until recently Hillary was like a soccer team playing defensive as they tried to protect a 2-1 lead with 15 minutes to go. The problem is that in all her past contests Hillary has gone into the second half leading 10-1 but has still ended up losing or winning by just one goal. This time she has no lead at all to protect.
The liberal media still cannot accept the idea that Trump may well win. They will still be calling it for crooked Hillary even as the Chief Justice stands opposite The Donald on Innauguaration Day next January. And as things stand that outcome looks increasingly likely.
1031 days ago
Having done their best to cover up the gang rapes and sex attacks in Cologne on New Year's Eve, I cannot see why anyone believes a word the German rozzers have to say on anything. After Ansbach I am going to double up on that assertion. One thing the German Plod is good at is ordering us not to speculate. It sends out tweets after each atrocity ordering us not to be so reckless. Good Germans obey orders, but the Police are keen to do the opposite and speculate about anything other than what we all knew to be the truth in the first place.
And so with the Ansbach suicide bomb we progressed thus: gas explosion, bomb, victim a Moslem immigrant, suicide bomb, killer (still a victim at the BBC) not an islamist just had psychiatric issues and happened by pure chance to be a Moslem, not an islamist just happened to be a Moslem but a lone wolf and then...today it turns out that he had pledged allegiance to ISIS after all.
Finally Plod admits the ghastly truth. Up to a few hours before we got to stage three the BBC could happily say it was not terrorism and could even speculate about right wing extremists. Now we have confirmed as the truth what most folks suspected all along about Ansbach . Now we can ask fair questions about the culprit was let into Germany and why - having had his asylum claims rejected, he was not booted out. After four acts of terror in Germany in less than a week, all committed by Moslems, is there a common link we might examine? Er.....
Will the BBC, the German rozzers, the Guardian and other deluded lefties finally accept that the statement below is not a racist remark but a statement of fact:
"Almost all Moslems will never wish to commit an act of terror in Europe. Almost all acts of terror in Europe are being committed by Moslems."
1031 days ago
By the end of the last week most of the media had to admit that the GOP convention had ended well for Trump. Lyin' Ted Cruz was dismissed as a sore loser and a nasty piece of work for his non-endorsement and the Trump speech went down well.
The Beltway liberals tried to say that Trump offered a dark vision of an America with problems and that was really not on. Well we all know that in Manhattan, DC and LA real estate and stockmarket bubbles mean that everyone thinks life is dandy. But in the rest of the country there is no asset bubble, folks feel left out, threatened and angry. Gradually it is dawning on those in the political and media elite who only visit the flyover states once every four years that what Trump says is how much of America feels.
But now it is the turn of the Dems. Kylie Morris and her pals at C4 wanted to portray the Republicans as massively divided but failed. For it seems that while the Country Club elite may not like Trump, the vast majority of GOP voters who backed others in the Primaries are swinging behind The Donald. But in the run up to Philadelphia we still see 20% of those who voted for Sanders ( just under 50% of Dems) are now going to back Trump so much do they hate crooked Hillary. Meanwhile other Sanders followers will just not vote at all. How will Kylie and the Beltway classes present the Democrats as united?
That task become a bit harder yesterday as Wikileaks published half a million emails showing that the DNC broke all its own rules to assist Hillary in the primaries. Some of it was downright nasty, trying to get the issue of Sanders not having a Christian faith, for he is a Jew, raised in conservative states. This is foul. Sanders supporters sensed they had been robbed by the party establishment, now they know it. The Democrats will not be displaying much brotherly love in Philly this week - lets see how the BBC spins its way out that pickle.
As a bonus Wikileaks says it has more emails some of which will, it claims, send Crooked Hillary to jail and that it will release them this week. I pray that it does not. Could it not wait until Sunday when the Convention is over? That would cause total mayhem for the Dems and so be far more entertaining for those of us sitting in the bleachers with our beer and popcorn.
1032 days ago
The liberal media are normally keen on immigrants who work hard and get ahead. That is unless they happen to be one of the various woman who at one time or another has been or is married to Donald Trump. And so last week the BBC, The Guardian and the rest of the beltway insiders stuck it to Slovenian born Melania Trump in a big way. Once again I am pretty sure they misjudged America which will warm greatly to Mrs Trump in the coming months and which is almost certainly now rooting for her against the beltway chatterers.
The liberal media had it in for the immigrant Melania on two grounds. Firstly she is married to that son of an immigrant, Donald who is best known for hating immigrants. Or at least that is the stick with which the Beltway classes beat this year's GOP nominee for the White House. Secondly Melania is blessed with good looks and used to take some or all of her closes off as a model. As we know, feminists think that women who gain economic self-empowerment by modelling are bad. Being ugly and on welfare is far better.
And while politics is showbusiness for ugly people, liberal politics is show business for people who's hatred makes them very ugly indeed. Women on stage at conventions are meant to look like crooked Hillary Clinton not Melania and to know every inch of policy minutiae rather than to know about the real world having worked there. Woman who are there to support their husbands are just to be dismissed as lightweights, unless, of course, they are there to say that the intern their husband was banging was a slut who asked for it.
Melania's speech writer allowed 1% of her speech to be lifted from Michelle Obama. The liberal media went for the jugular. As the total non scandal broke a woman who did not deserve ridicule received a media torture session. "Perhaps the silly woman did not realise what she was doing as she was too stupid and can't even speak proper English". How the liberals sneered in the most unpleasant and patronising way possible..
Out in real America I sense most folks saw a woman who had, like them or their forebears, come to America speaking little no English. A woman who did what she had to to make a better life, even if it involved doing some things which a Wellesley educated middle class woman would not have had to contemplate. A woman who smiled a pleasant smile and radiated a belief in her husband. Those are the values of most folks in America although not those of the sneering liberal media elite. As they heaped more pious disapproval on poor Melania, more and more Americans will have put a metaphorical arm around Mrs Trump to show their support and understanding. The media just do not get it.
The Clintons are members of the political establishment through and through. Melania could not be more different. And out in real America that contrast is noticed and appreciated.
Last week's mauling of Melania by the media will have won her tens if not hundreds of thousands of new friends.
1032 days ago
I have noted HERE that the BBC will do anything it can not to report that a Moslem has killed Westerners in a terror attack. And when it is finally forced to accept that the latest atrocity was (as per usual) committed by an Islamist it makes all sorts of excuses. These days its Orwellian spin is in overdrive but with the Ansbach attack it surpassed itself. Who was the victim? Yes you got it in one did you not? As you can see below...
Reading that story one assumes that the sole victim is a Moslem immigrant. Jeepers it is those old right wing extremists out in force again. I blame Brexit and Boris Johnson. The bomb had nails in it. Shit! Ban nails, as well as axes, lorries and of course guns. What, guns are banned already? Ban them again then. You get the narrative don't you?
Of course the reason the migrant died was that he was a suicide bomber - as some of us "called" rather early on. The real victims were those Germans who got injured. The BBC is simply engaged in Orwellian distortion of the truth and it is so counter-productive. The BBC extracts cash from us via a regressive poll tax, the license fee. Not content with paying vast salaries in "tax efficient" ways to its stars such as Fiona Bruce it then patronises and misleads us with its news coverage. It is today's Pravda.
I work hard to earn far less than folks like Ms Bruce and many other newsroom lefties but ensure that I am paid PAYE. They have opted to get paid in other ways to reduce their tax bill yet day in day out they lecture me as they lecture millions of hard working low earners on PAYE on why the Government should spend more money on this, that and the other. And they also mislead me as we see again today.
When folks in the media talk about how the angry masses rail against the establishment what some of them fail to appreciate, as they are driven back to their multi million quid London residence's, is that they are perceived as being part of the problem. We in the sans culottes know that we are being misled and lied to by folks who are doing very well nicely from the status quo.
1032 days ago
Two more lone wolves struck in Germany tonight - a bloke with a machete killed two folks. The pertinent facts here according to the liberal media were that he was pinned down by a Moslem and that one of his victims was an immigrant, a Pole. Then in Ansbach a man denied entrance to a 2000 person music festival blew himself up injuring ten people outside a wine bar. The BBC wants us to know both are lone wolves. So was the killer of nine in Munich on Friday night and the chap with the axe earlier last week. All lone wolves. Meanwhile...
The chap who killed Labour MP Jo Cox may have acted alone and was clearly 100% bonkers but he was a right wing extremist. So said the liberal press and especially the BBC. Not only was he right wing but he was driven to act by politicians who raised concerns about immigration. He was never described as a lone wolf.
There is, of course, one common link between all four killers or wannabee killers: they are all Moslems. Okay I am jumping the gun on the Ansbach bomber but I reckon the odds on him being Jewish or a Mormon are going to be fairly long. Whilst the vast majority Muslims do not aspire to be mass murderers, the majority of crazed mass killers or wannabee killers these days do appear to be Moslems. But in making that observation the BBC would no doubt regard me as a racist or bigot. That is what you get these days for stating what is simply a fact.
The German Police also seem reluctant to accept that it seems to have a bit of a problem with these Moslem lone wolves. Just as it did not wish to accept that there had been a spot of bother on New Year's Eve in Cologne with the groping and raping. The rozzers can demand that we do not engage in speculation about all these lone wolves and some Germans will be good Germans and obey those orders. But increasing numbers will not.
In this country the BBC can decline to join up the dots but folks are not thick either. Across Europe the more attacks that occur which are carried out by folks who are to be Moslem the more terrified the rest of society - and that includes the majority of Moslems who are law abiding souls - will become.
And for the establishment and the liberal media just to deny the links, to deny that there is a problem and to continue behaving with unchanged policies as if there is no problem will simply turn that fear to anger. If you want to fuel racism in Europe, the "denial" of the media and the authorities of facts we can all see with our own eyes is the right way to go about it.
PS. The bomb was carried inside a backpack. Clearly our streets will not be safe until the liberal political class acts. Ban backpacks now before anyone else is killed.
1034 days ago
Munich, Nice, Norfolk, 9/11, Charlie Hebdo the attacks are all horrible. And there is a fairly obvious common thread. It is nothing to do with ISIS, Al-Qaeda or Islam, it is how the deluded lefty reacts as he or she prays that it is a right wing crazy.
1. Tweet a call for a ban on guns #Munich. Okay gun laws were among the tightest in the world where the attack happened. Irrelevant. The attackers used a plane/axe or lorry. Irrelevant. Guns kill. Nothing to do with humans. Ban guns.
2. Add a flag of whatever country the outrage is happening in to your twitter account.
3. Say Je Suis German or Ich bin French on twitter. By now the terrorists are terrified by your wit, bravery and resolve.
4. Tweet out "prayforINSERTPLACENAME. This call to prayer is a bit of an oddity. As a liberal you don't go to Church and regard the religious as sad stupid people clinging to the old ways.
5. Go to facebook and like an article in the Guardian saying how Brexit has made us less safe.
6. Tweet again prayforINSERTPLACENAME and then tweet that the attack has nothing to do with religion
7. If the attacker is a Moslem, Go and watch BBC which has managed to find a victim who is a Moslem. Lucy Williamson says there are tears in Mosques tonight and you nod your approval,
8. If the attacker is a Moslem, post comments on facebook expressing your concerns that Moslems will suffer a backlash and saying how they are the real victims of this outrage.
9. If the attacker is a Moslem, like a tweet where Polly Toynbee says how Donald Trump's comments about Moslems are causing more victims of racism to flock to terror.
10. If the attacker is a right wing fanatic, make sure everyone knows that he was incited by Boris, farage, Trump, Le Pen and in fact anyone who has ever questioned immigration. Please note that ring wing murderers are not mad, they are just normal right wingers driven to murder by politicians who dare to question matters such as multiculturalism.
11. Meet your friends for a semi skimmed organic fair trade latte - together you show bravery and solidarity against terror as you discuss next week's demonstration calling for another vote on Brexit.
1035 days ago
When poor Jo Cox, the late Labour MP for somewhere Grim in the North was murdered the British Liberal media did their utomost to pin the ghastly crime to the Brexit campaign. So what if the killer had spent ages in an asylum was on medication and called social services in a right old state the day before? That did not matter. Not once was the phrase "lone wolf" used. If the liberals could not link him directly to Brexit it was enough to find a few posters erected several hundred miles away by UKIP and Leave or a few harsh words from Boris Johnson and claim these "turned the poor chap".
Wind forward to the Nice attack which killed 84 folks and the liberal media could not allow itself to consider that the Islamofascists of ISIS were somehow involved and so the BBC really tried, as per normal, to ban the M word. There is more chance of Alan Partridge or Delia Smith being named by the BBC for the attack on the airbase in Norfolk this week than of it using the M word in connection with the assault.
But the first stage of denial is to imply it might have been an accident. Nothing to do with terrorism at all - as we saw HERE
Stage two is to suggest that the guy had mental issues. That of course is no excuse if you are killing a Labour MP. However crazy you are, you only kill lefties if you are incited to do so by Nigel Frage standing in front of a poster 300 miles away. But Islamists who are crazy are just crazy all by themselves. Move along now don't ask any questions.
Stage three is to suggest that the killer is a lone wolf. Please note that white Christians who kill Labour MPs cannot be a lone wolf. They must be connected to right wingers especially if they themselves are not actually right wing. But Moslem killers or black guys who kill cops in America are, in liberal eyes, likely to be acting alone. Okay they watched loads of videos from ISIS on the Internet or posted support of BlackLivesMatter and videos saying cops should be killed but they are always lone wolves. One bad apple does not ruin the orchard and all that.
Stage four is to point out who are the real victims. Obviously they are not French Christian folks or cops in America. Nope the tears are being shed in Mosques not Churches says gushing Lucy Williamson on the BBC, HERE.
Stage five. Now this is getting tricky, the "lone wolf" in Nice watched jihadist videos and was working with five other Moslems. If it is in America it would be easy, just blame it on the availability of guns which is all the fault of the Republicans and Donald Trump. What? The killer used a Lorry or an axe? Er well blame it on Trump anyway. In Europe well naturally it is Brexit campaigners who stirred up racial tensions. Yes that is it, let's blame Priti Patel and Gisela Stuart for Nice.
Its so simple this reporting game when you work for the BBC or C4 News. And the people really believe every word the media spouts don't they?
1036 days ago
Emily Maitlis of the BBC is covering the Republican Convention in Cleveland and so for her first report she tried, very briefly, to show balance but then gave up. She knows that Trump supporters are all ignorant common folks from the flyover states who are likely to be racists, because she is an educated affluent liberal. From that standpoint the report was very simple to put together.
First go meet some Trump supporters. How about a "Demolition Derby" meeting where rednecks crash banged up cars into each other. Brilliant. You could hear the disdain as Maitlis informer us that these idiots pronounced it Derby ( to rhyme with HER-BE) as opposed to Derby (to rhyme with BAR-BE). What fucking imbeciles are Americans and especially Republican Americans.
Emily seems to have found it hard to see the appeal of this sport but was delighted to find very few black folk watching and one car decorated with the Southern cross, the old flag of Dixie. Okay it was only one car and in rural Ohio there are very few black folks at all but who cares? These folks at the Derby must all be immigrant hating racists. Emily had made her point.
First up was a fairly articulate Democrat who said what a bad man Trump was. He was interviewed twice. Great... he must have been representative of about 1 % of the crowd but let's show balance and have a Dem as well as a Republican. Next up was a chap who happily admitted on camera he did not know anything about politics but was backing Trump. He, predictably, sounded daft as a brush. So that was balance: clever folks vote Dem and having found the thickest person in the MidWest who was a fan of the Donald we could all see that Trump backers were congenital idiots.
Next off to Cleveland where various of the articulate middle class liberals protesting against Trump outside the Convention were interviewed. Lots of black folks, lots of gays and all explained in an articulate manner why the Donald was a racist, sexist, generally horrible piece of work. Of course these are the sort of professional uber-liberal protesters who would have said pretty much the same about whoever the GOP had picked and who think the sun shines out of the arse of crooked Hillary. But that is not the point. Maitlis had showed you that clever folks think Trump is a ghastly bigot.
A report on how folks in a reasonably balanced state like Ohio view the convention of the GOP thus interviewed four clever liberals who loathe Trump and can explain why he is awful in an articulate manner and one bloke who admits that he is a congenital idiot and is voting for Trump.
One kind of suspects that this is not really representative of how Ohio thinks and how it will vote in the fall. But that is not the point. Maitlis and the liberal elite really do think that clever folks are liberals and that we conservatives are just vile bigoted untermenschen and all reports must reflect not facts or balance but just that simple liberal world view.
Forced to pay for this bias and the bloated salaries of folks such as Ms Maitlis via the regressive poll tax that is the license fee I am naturally once again delighted with the output of Britain's TV Pravda.
1036 days ago
Oh joy of joys. In what is becoming something of an annual treat, global warming nutters travelling to the poles to show a lack of ice are being trapped by...ice. And I am delighted that the latest ship of fools set sail from my home City of Bristol which prides itself on being the "Green Capital" of Britain. So there maybe a few red faces in green City today. Let's hope no-one suggests using lots of fossil fuels sending in a rescue plane? Maybe they could borrow St Bono's private jet?
The Polar Ocean Challenge was on a two month trip starting here in the Green Capital heading to Alaska, to Norway, then to Russia through the North East passage, back to Alaska through the North West passage, to Greenland and then finally back to Bristol.
The stated goal of the eco-loons was to show “that the Arctic sea ice coverage shrinks back so far now in the summer months that sea that was permanently locked up now can allow passage through.”
Sadly the boat is now trapped in Muirmansk Russia because there is too much ice blocking the North East passage. This was the ice that the eco-loons said did not exist because of global warming. Perhaps that is because current Arctic temperatures are actually below normal. Oh dear, that would be another inconvenient truth then.
It is not as if these global warming nutters are the first to face this problem. In 2013, the Antarctic research ship Akademik Shokalskiy became so trapped by ice that the 52 crew members had to be rescued by plane. Two years later the Canadian ice breaking ship, the CCGS Amundsen, was forced to reroute and help a number of supply ships that had become trapped by ice.
So the computer models were all wrong, Michael Mann fudged his data and the real data shows the arctic getting colder. But after two very hot days in one small group of islands offshore Europe yesterday the BBC was reporting about the global warming crisis all over again. Oddly it has failed to get its pals from Bristol to phone in with their comments. Indeed it appears not to be covering the story at all, I cannot think why.
As ever over to the excellent Right Brothers...
1036 days ago
On Monday night Mrs Trump made a bit of a goof by lifting around 35 seconds of words from a speech by Michelle Obama. One sixtieth of Mrs Trump's speech was plagiarised, the culprit was a lowly speech writer no-one in the wider electorate gave a dam but the liberal British Media loved it. You could see the visibile smirks on the faces of Emily Maitlis on Newsnight or beltway Kylie Morris of Channel 4. Okay it was a bad day for the GOP let the liberals have their fun. But today is Wednesday...
On Tuesday Governor Christie gave a speech that set the convention on fire. The British liberal media thought it was a bit harsh of the fat man from New Jersey to brand crooked Hillary Clinton as a crook. But most Americans think she is pretty dodgy and after Whitewater, the cattle futures trading, the emails, etc, etc there is every reason to say that her honesty is, at best, in doubt. Christie spoke a language many if not most Americans understand. The British liberal media laughed at him. What a fat oaf...he is so just not one of us...New Jersey, uggh, so "beyond Bridge & Tunnel" from our playground in Manhattan.
Well not all of the British liberal media. The BBC ignored Christie. The 6 O'Clock News also ignored what is obviously the big story of today from Cleveland, that is to say the formal nomination of Donald Trump before an almost entirely united floor of delegates. Instead the BBC ran a report on that speach from Monday. The actual speech writer fessed up. No one cares. That was not the story but Fiona Bruce and the Beeb's man in Cleveland did a two way all about that, both visibly smirking. They can laugh but it is dishonest of them to ignore what is the real story coming out of Cleveland, a GOP uniting behind Trump and speaking a language so many Americans buy into.
The plagiarism of c1% of poor Mrs Trump's speech was never a big issue. The liberal media blew it up because they actually thought that outside the Beltway folks cared. They did not. They care about jobs, immigration, security, an out of touch elite stealing all the pies. The BBC still does not get it. The mood is changing. Brexit showed that in the UK. Trump is showing that in the US. The media, business and political elite just do not understand how much we, the people, loathe and detest them all.
Overpaid BBC stars can carry on smirking. Out here in the real world the times they are a changing.
1037 days ago
You would have hoped that having been dumped by the sensible folks of Twickenham at the last election, mad old Vince Cable would scuttle off back into the undergrowth never to be seen again. As a nation, we prayed that the man who predicted 17 of the last 4 recessions and who fought valiantly on behalf of the Quindell fraudsters demanding that the FCA investigate wicked fraud busters would never been seen again. But oh no.
You would have thought that the highest profile defender of the biggest stockmarket fraud in 30 years would admit that he does not know what he is talking about when it comes to matters PLC but Cable has no sense of shame. Upon the takeover of ARM, Vince popped up like clockwork to be interviewed by his fellow loathers of free markets, the BBC. Sir Vince was standing outside the House of Commons as if to suggest that he had some credibility. Of course he has none.
All too predictably Vince, like the BBC, does not think that wicked investors should be rewarded for risking their capital and wants the Government to block the bid. You will of course be aware that ARM's new owners have guaranteed to increase the UK headcount so in every way this is a win win for the UK.
Sir Vince opined " it may be a perfectly good japanese company" but he objected to a British company " going under foreign ownership without any test" Aaah yes Vince these yellow chappies with the slitty eyes, you can't be trusting them can you? We've seen Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence too, we know what the Japs are like. You just can't trust the evil bastards can you?
Softbank, the purchaser of ARM is appears to be a very good company indeed, a world class enterprise. So what tests is Sir Vince proposing? Perhaps he wants his pal Rob Terry of Quindell infamy to kick the tyres of the Japs on behalf of a grateful nation?
Would Sir Vince apply his test to all bids? Are all British Companies good companies? We know he thought Quindell was a "Great British Company" but does Sir Vince think it is only bids from companies run by dirty foreigners that need testing? As a keen supporter of the EU I assume that the "Sir Vince doctrine" is based on the idea that Wogs begin at Istanbul rather than at Calais?
The ARM deal means British investors win, British workers win as more staff are taken on and the British taxpayer wins as tax receipts go up. Just what is the problem that Sir Vince has with foreign ownership?
1038 days ago
84 people in Nice were murdered by a maniac. A few of the victims, as on 9/11, were Moslems. The vast majority were not. But 100% of the assailants on both occassions were followers of the "religion of peace" as it terms itself. But in the world of the BBC those base truths become reversed. And thus the French correspondendent of Pravda, Lucy Williamson filed her report yesterday which opens up with the words.
"there are tears in homes, hospitals and mosques." Quickly Lucy cuts to a Mosque where two victims are being mourned by a distraught family. There may also be tears in churches do you not think Ms Williamson? n fact proportionately there will be far more. But to add that in would change the emphasis, the slant, that poor Moslems are the victims of this crime.
In the Mosque a man can hardly hold back his tears as he blubbers that the attack has nothing to do with Islam, the religion of peace. Lucy must have been delighted to get that on tape. The only problem is that it is a statement that is simply not true. The murderer was a Moslem. Fact. His computer shows he had spent a lot of time watching videos and reading articles on what a radicalised Moslem should do to the infidel. Fact.
I would happily agree with the statement "ISIS butchers and the lunatic in Nice have distorted the true meaning of Islam and mainstream Islam rejects their evil actions." But to say that what happened on Bastille Day has "nothing to do with Islam" is just plain wrong. Lucy and the BBC may like to tell us that despite the killer being a Moslem who watched Moslem jihadist videos, the killer had nothing to do with Islam and we should focus on the Moslem victims, but the people are not buying it.
It is this sort of patronising deception by the liberal media and political elite that only adds to the anger and sense of betrayal of the great unwashed, the sans culottes, we plebs who pay the fat salary of Lucy and her rich liberal colleagues in their big houses. They tried lying over Brexit but we, the people, finally said enough is enough. Across Europe the mood is the same. It is an angry mood.
No doubt the French equivalent of Ms Williamson was spinning similar garbage too. The only winners will be those like Madame Le Pen of the National Front who will tap into that anger. The liberal media's denial of fact will in the end benefit no-one but the extremists. I'd rather that did not happen as I regard Madame Le Pen as a really unpleasant woman whose views horrify me. So I'd rather folks such as the BBC just reported the truth to those ordianry peasants like me from whom cash is extracted by the license fee poll tax to pay the bloated salaries of those on the Pravda payroll.
1041 days ago
Controversial journalist Rod Liddle gave a speech last week at a libertarian bash which was quite simply fantastic. I just read it to my father who, though a lefty, could not argue with a word of it. It is funny, to the point and a totally depressing analysis of what is so ghastly about Britain today. It is quite utterly brilliant. Read on...
Many thanks for inviting me here tonight. I have been told that I was picked to deliver this address from among a very large list of people, solely because I have children and am a mother. This gives me great empathy and understanding and also the right to amend my CV whenever the feeling takes me. That was a star which rose and fell rather speedily, wasn’t it? Before we even learned how to pronounce her name.
We live in interesting times, do we not? It is quite possible that within a few months England’s most long standing political leader will be a man called Tim Farron. I heard Tim on Any Questions last week and he spoke with great uncertainty and anxiety, like a man who fears that he may have left the gas oven on at home and is contemplating calling the emergency services. Soon we will have to regard him as a titan of politics, a colossus. And then there is my party, Labour, which is fine fettle, no? There will be a challenge to Jeremy Corbyn’s sane and rational leadership from a woman called Angela Eagle – swoop, swoop. She is the sister of the former cabinet minister Maria Eagle, which prompted one MP to say that Angela was the lesser of two eagles. And also that she wasn’t even the best politician in her own family. Not even the best … Well, who could imagine Labour making that sort of mistake?
Angela is also a lesbian, which is fine by me. But this is presumably the next stage in the lesbian takeover of British politics. Both the Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish conservatives are led by lesbians. I don’t know the sexual preferences of Leanne Wood, the leader of Plaid Cymru – any port in a storm, I would guess. But this is all very commendable, especially as I read recently that lesbians are actually much scarcer than is popularly thought; almost endangered and that we should perhaps consider a reintroduction policy in selected areas, much as has been accomplished with red kites in the Chilterns. It will be a fine sight to see lesbians once again soaring on outstretched wings across Beaconsfield and Henley, gimlet eyes scouring the terrain for carrion. But rumours of their scarcity have clearly been exaggerated.
All of this is keeping Labour from its most important work, which is kicking me out of the party. I was suspended a month or so ago for the crime of having suggested that adherents of Islam were not always entirely kindly disposed towards Jewish people. I know, it beggars belief how I could possibly reached this conclusion. I’d probably had too much to drink. Anyway, I got an email shortly after from a man called Harry who said I was suspended but could present my case at a quotes fact finding hearing. I would be allowed to take a friend with me, but the friend wouldn’t be allowed to speak. I suggested that suspending me before the initial fact finding hearing had a slightly, how can I put it, Soviet ring to it. And Harry replied that my suspension was a “neutral” act. I would have thought a neutral act would have been to NOT suspend me but there we are.
Anyway, this was all part of Labour’s frankly hilarious investigation in anti-Semitism which gave the party a nice clean bill of health and was presided over by a woman who presides over all of us, Shami Chakrabarti. Shami is also Chancellor of Essex Univerrsity, visiting fellow at Nuffield College Oxford and an honorary fellow at Mansfield College, master of the bench of the Middle Temple, governor of the British Film Institutue and holds honorary degrees from three more universities. It’s nice she was able to squeeze Labour’s Jew-bashing into her packed schedule. Indeed so prolific is Shami within publicly funded bodies, quangos, the third sector and education that I was able to create a parlour game called Six Degrees. Basically choose any arts council, charity or quango, look down the list of trustees and you’ll be able to get to Shami within an absolute minimum of six moves and more usually two.
This is because it is a very small pool of people who run all this stuff and they are all chosen for the same reason – they share precisely the same bien pensant opinions. And, usually, affluent background. This is the new establishment, the people who in a sense govern our country. People who are appointed to stuff, who are on the boards of all of our universities, who run the arts programmes, the charities, everything which costs the taxpayer money. Always appointed – no interview needed. The same names, over and over again. The new great and the good. Gramsci would have been proud of this march through the institutions. When you dig away at each name it’s not easy to find a reason why they’ve been appointed. I was rooting through the names on the BBC Board of Governors a while back and came across a woman of whom I’ve never heard. So I searched out her biography to find out her backstory. All it said was Mahmuda has spent her career upholding standards in public life. You can imagine meeting her at a party, can’t you?
This stuff has a point right now. You will probably be aware of the sort of weirdo authoritarian censoriousness currently gripping our students. The banning of speakers from left and right because they transgress some fatuous shibboleth these cossetted and mollycoddled idiots think of as sacred. Feminists banned from campuses because they’re not sure about transgendered people. Islamists banned because they’re not mad on feminism. Jews banned because they’re not sure about Muslims. Sombreros banned because they might offend Mexicans. The idea is to create a safe space where these people – supposedly our intellectual elite – can exist without anything, ever, challenging their world view. As if they have a right not to be contradicted or offended. As if what they believe is it, and there’s an end to it.
We sometimes portray this hilarious – but genuinely totalitarian tendency – as being an affliction of youth. I’ve written about this and said much the same thing. But it’s not, really. The universities in which these kids are taught are scarcely better. The same political and cultural hegemony applies, a suffocating refusal to allow freedom of speech and dissenting views. It’s there in all of those quangos and third sector bodies I mentioned before – an absolute refusal to tolerate dissent from the approved socially liberal views. It’s there in the BBC. You can see it in the Guardian which has recently started denying readers the right to comment on articles which it thinks might be controversial – the site called, with exquisite irony, Comment is Free. Its writers were miffed when people started posting opinions which ran counter to their own. So they banned the comments, all of them.
And more than anything it is there in the deranged and apoplectic response from some Remainers to our vote on June 23. It is not enough that they may disagree with the decision to withdraw from the EU. I can understand that: it was a close call for me. But the screaming tantrums and the bedwettings, the toys thrown out of the pram, the tears before bedtime and the stamped feet! The demands that because working class people were allowed to vote the whole thing should be run again ……………………………. Oh DO f— off.
And you are left with the same conclusion you reach with those students. That these people are utterly unused to being contradicted. They have no experience of being gainsaid, of being told that they might be wrong, of being on the wrong side of the argument. And so they react with an incandescent fury and a sense of outrage and also, in this particular instance, with the massed ovine bleat of raaaacccist, like lobotomised sheep. Very angry lobotomised sheep. And they gather in Parliament Square and they sign petitions which somehow they think is more democratic than the actual vote. They are deranged, I think, these people.
Still, we are out. And while for the next two years stuff will procede as normal for you people as we are still beholden to European Union directives which insist that those of you in the tobacco industry and the sugar industry and the fast food industry are basically agents of Satan tempting a gullible and cretinous public with evil. No more so than with cigarettes, of course. I think I was slightly angrier with Tony Blair for banning smoking in public than I was with him for invading Iraq, which is a rather selfish way of looking at the world. But one adapts as a loyal consumer, much I have done with the packaging issue. These days I always ask the tobacconist for a packet of cigarettes that has that chap with an enormous tumour growing out of his throat. I much prefer that to the one which shows inadequate semen.
The argument has always been – from the same neck of the woods as those people I’ve mentioned before – that you are, to quote a smug and complacent phrase they often use, on the wrong side of history. That in essence freedom of choice, like freedom of speech, is actually a tyranny rather than benediction. They think it is not a freedom at all, because other people – never themselves – are somehow oppressed by it, oppressed by freedom. And so they demand ever greater restrictions on your products, more regulations and, best of all, price hikes – so that it is the poor who really cop it. They are the ones who suffer through paying more for their treats – the smokes, the burgers, the alcohol. Because they are the stupid ones whose lives need to be regulated. Other people. It is always other people who binge drink, isn’t it? We just have three or four rather agreeable bottles of Sancerre. That’s not binge drinking. Cheap cider is binge drinking.
And they do all this because of course they know best. And like the students with their safe spaces and the Guardian restricting free speech for other people, and like the howls of outrage from the anti-Brexit mob, they cannot bear to gainsaid. You’re on the wrong side of history. Ah, well. As we have seen, one can be on the wrong side of history until history suddenly and rather capriciously switches sides – as it did on June 23 this year. The other people, particularly the poor, became sick of being told what to do. And they rebelled. It may not seem so to some of you Remainers worrying about your overseas contracts right now, but in the end that rebellion is good for you too. It was a vote for freedom of choice.
1042 days ago
Somehow I managed to work out how to tune my father's TV onto the BBC News Channel. Newsnight had been too busy bashing the Tories to give more than a brief mention to a story that broke before it went on air and which now leaves almost 80 people lying dead in France. Sof dozens of dead froggies, lets remind ourselves again how across the world liberal media pundits think Boris Johnson is frightful. The interweb was miles ahead of the Beeb's flagship show once again but over on the news channel there was now full coverage.
I went to sleep at 1.30 AM by which time the BBC had at least accepted that it was not an accident ( circa midnight) and was most definitely a terrorist attack. Jeepers you don't say. One Belgian terrorism expert had stated the bleeding obvious that it was an attack by ISIS but the BBC itself was making no such claims instead insisting that we have no idea who was responsible.
Hmmm. The wicked Jews? a crazed member of the American Religious Right inspired by Donald Trump and assisted by US gun laws? Boris Johnson and some Brexit whacko? We know who the BBC must have wanted it to be and I am sure some liberals will find some way of linking in the parties named above and blaming them in some way. But surely even round at Pravda they must have known at once that the killers were from the self styled "Religion of Peace".
The statement "the vast majority of Moslems are nothing to do with acts of mass terror committed in the World today but the vast majority of acts of mass terror committed in the world today are by Moslems" is a statement of fact. It is simply the truth and in stating it one does not become anti Moslem one just shows that you can accept the sad reality that a tiny percentage of Moslems are following a twisted bastardised form of their religion which would horrify Muhammad and involves wholesale butchery of the innocents.
But it is a statement that folks round at the BBC or the Guardian cannot accept as being true because in some crazy way they think it makes them sound racist. And that can make the news coverage that the liberal left serves up just toe curlingly inadequate and embarrassing. Re-running interviews with a chap who happened to be near the scene which really were not that interesting the first time let alone on the the fifth take or showing the same video footage eight times as if it was fresh each time, is no substitute for analysis which is prepared to accept an inevitable truth.
1043 days ago
BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg should surely have a grasp of the very basics of economics but the ghastly Scot is utterly economically illiterate. On the 10 O'Clock News, reviewing the achievements of Call Me Dave she claimed that he had paid off most not all of the deficit. A minute later she clarified that he had paid off two thirds of the deficit. This is so basic her gaffe is embarrassing.
The deficit is the gap between Government Spending and income. That gap has been cut by the Government from c £103 billion in 2010 to an estimated c£55 billion this year although the economic slowdown means that target may be missed. But the year to April 2010 was just after the financial crisis of 2008. In 2005 under, supposedly profligate, Labour the deficit was just £20 billion. But you can't pay back a deficit you can just cut it, not terribly successfully in the Cameron years.
The debt can be paid back but certainly has not been by Dodgy Dave. If you run a deficit your debt increases.
A GCSE economics student would not confuse the debt and the deficit. Laura Kuenssberg really should be ashamed. But I guess a basic grasp of economics is far less important than an unthinking devotion to the liberal left mindset when it comes to applying for Laura's job at the BBC.
That I have to pay a license fee for this crap is more than a little grating.
1059 days ago
Thanks to the lightning strike on the Greek Hovel I spent Saturday night in a hotel room in Kalamata which meant that I got to enjoy the BBC World News. Jeepers it was excruciating as the presenters reported on something they obviously felt was a disaster, that is to say Brexit.
In one session we went live to interview a chap in Paris. natch, it was not an independent expert but the BBC's own man there Hugh Schofield who discussed how the French viewed Brexit. Please note how "the French" viewed the vote.
Hugh prattled on gamely for two minutes saying how the Froggies wanted the UK to crack on, invoke article 50 and essentially bugger off out of the EU. That is indeed the Government line. But out in France itself the most recent poll shows that 61% of Froggies want out of the EU too. So the correct answer to "how to the French feel" is "bravo les Rosbifs, prochaines nous" or words to that effect.
Hugh and the BBC view the French Government as speaking for ordinary Froggies because the BBC believes that the State can tell little people what to do and as the French Government is a left wing pro Euro one it shares DNA with the Beeb. But the political and media elite no more speak for ordinary Froggies than they did for ordinary Britons on June 23rd.
We the people are starting to revolt and the BBC - which we pay for - needs to understand that it is increasingly perceived by the great unwashed, the sans-culottes, as part of the problem.
1061 days ago
The BBC is creaming itself with "news" that almost three million of our fellow citizens have signed a petition calling for a re-run of the EU referendum. I am told this shows that the nation is having second thoughts. Really? It makes me think that many of us are incapable of sensible thought at all.
It seems apparent that many of the names are bogus but I am happy to accept that a couple of million of folks who are eligible to vote want us to have to vote again because we voted the "wrong way". But are these two million "having second thoughts?" One suspects that they were "remainers" before and are "remainers" now. Nothing has changed it is just that they refuse to accept the popular will.
In covering this sad episode the BBC interviewed one signatory, a middle class young lady who espoused that those voting for Brexit just did not understand what it meant. That is why we must vote again. And that is one argument put by posh middle class kids who have not seen their jobs destroyed by the EU as have the fishermen or suffered downward pressure on wages thanks to migration as have the working classes or seen pressure on health and state schooling as have folks in the Grim North. For the posh middle class kids it is simple: Brexit voters were thick. Or racist. Or both. So lets have a new vote and keep voting till they get it.
Others argue that not enough people voted. The petition says that you should not accept change unless 60% vote for it and 75% of all voters vote. So by this curious take on democracy where you can get to decide policy by winning just 40.1% of the vote one is guaranteed inertia on all matters. Such a distorted poisonous version of democracy would have allowed recidivists in Parliament to delay abolishing the death penalty, decriminalising homosexuality and keeping Britain illiberal for longer in so many unpleasant ways. Is inertia always so cool young folks?
As for the 75% turnout, the referendum say the highest turnout in any national contest (on an old electoral roll since 1992 and more votes cast than in any national contest ever. If that is not democratic nothing is.
The reality is that had the vote been to Remain by even one vote on a turnout of just 30% this petition would not have started. It is nothing more than a long list of names which are either bogus or are of millions of folks who are elitist patronising snobs who simply cannot accept what democracy means.
It is a roll call of shame.
PS. I am now off to start a petition saying that own goals scored by Northern Ireland should not count and therefor post match we can change the rules and force a re-run of the Wales game on Thursday. can the three million sign up quickly surely you know that it makes sense?
1063 days ago
last night I met an amazing woman here in Kambos. More on that later but I am in awe. Then it was watching the Brexit results on the BBC on the internet as the smug biased lefties had to come to terms with how the great unwashed had given them and the rest of the elite a total kicking. I tried to get two hours sleep but a drunk comrade from the Eurosceptic trenches, Lucian Miers, woke me up. So I worked a bit and then slept. By 2.30 PM it was ouzo o'clock. So I headed to Miranda's as you can see below and raised a class to Boris, Priti, Nigel, Michael et al but also to my late grandfather Sir John Winnifrith and my Uncle, Chris Booker, who was in a fine mood today. Cheers to you all.
1067 days ago
Baroness Warsi is an unelected Tory politician with a track record of dodgy business dealings who says the most appalling things to gain publicity. Today she has announced that she is leaving the "Leave" campaign on Brexit and joining "Remain" because of all the racism, xenophobia and bigotry of folks like Priti patel and Gisela Stuart. The BBC laps it up as a major blow for Brexit. The only problem is that the silly cow Warsi never actually joined the Leave campaign.
Please don't let that stop Project Fear treating this as news but it is all bogus. On twitter the derision is palpable. Among the best tweets are:
BREXIT 23.06.2016 @OffencePolice 2h2 hours ago
Baroness Warsi has also announced she has asked Claudio Ranieri for a transfer from Leicester City, where she was last year's star striker
Julia Hartley-Brewer @JuliaHB1 2h2 hours ago
BREAKING: Baroness Warsi has announced that she will no longer be headlining at Glastonbury.
Raheem Kassam @RaheemKassam 2h2 hours ago
BREAKING: Baroness Warsi is set to give a lecture on what it was like to be the first man on the moon
Julia Hartley-Brewer @JuliaHB1 2h2 hours ago
BREAKING: Baroness Warsi announces that she will no longer be competing for Team GB in the 100metre sprint at the Rio Olympics
Marcher Lord @MarcherLord1 32m32 minutes ago
Using Baroness Warsi's logic, I have just emailed Warren Gatland to let him know that I've now officially retired from international rugby
Ken Sampson @sampson_ken 5m5 minutes ago
@StrongerIn Breaking news - Baroness Warsi has just announced she is leaving the Labour Party and becoming a Tory.
But watch the BBC, the Guardian, lyin' David Cameron et all treat this is major news. The narrative of the last few days from Project Fear will be Brexit, racist, don't talk about immigration, Jo Cox dedicated campaigner for the EU, the politics of hate, right wing murderers, etc.
They lost the argument but I fear they are winning the smears.
1072 days ago
I've crossed swords with upper class fish wife Tanya Beckett over many years and she has always struck me as thick as two short planks on every occasion we met. In other words, she is an ideal presenter on BBC World News covering business. Of course she is more famous as the ex wife of convicted felon Champagne Charlie Gibson who is a real hoot, but back to Brexit.
And so the FTSE fell the other day by 1.2%. This, Tanya, assured us was all down to fears about how Brexit would hit the UK. She then moved to the French and German indices which were down by c 1.8%.
Actually don't bother. The BBC - which receives funding direct from the EU - wants you to think Brexit is awful so airheads like Tanya don't care about the facts they just blame Brexit for everything and anything.
And you and I have to pay a license to watch this third rate propaganda.
1075 days ago
Sadly here in the most excellent Melitsina Village hotel here in Kardamili the only English language channel we can get is the BBC World News Channel. It is Pravda at its best. The agenda is clear: Trump = evil racist, Brexit - evil supported by racists, Tories - evil racists who hate the NHS, all of the NHS, EU, crooked Hillary = perfect. Once you understand that all reporting has to fit that narrative watching becomes easy and your anger at having to pay for this crap with your taxes sort of subsides.
And thus we flicked channels and saw a BBC chappie called Sean with a panel of four folks discussing Brexit. As far as I could make out it was two yanks and two Europeans. It did not long for me to realise what this panel debate was about. It was not about whether Brexit was good or bad. All four guests and the host agreed that Brexit would be a disaster.
I think it is actually a game called BBC Bingo/ two minutes without hesitation. The idea is to see which of the guests or indeed the host, can use the most words like Trump, racists and Boris Johnson in a negative sense and immigration, Clinton and the Labour Party in a positive sense all in one sentence.
Once you understand that it is a sort of game show your anger as a taxpayer and license fee payer subsides. Surely after the fall of the iron curtain no country in Europe would consider extracting money from its citizens to fund such blatant propaganda while pretending it was news would it?
1082 days ago
I was lying in my hotel room in Greece a couple of weeks ago and tiring of dubbed films and piss poor Greek soccer matches made the mistake of flicking the handset to check out the biased BBC World News Channel as it promised a special report on the US Campaign. Oh goodie, goodie, a report on how Trump had that week surged ahead in the polls right? Er...
First up said the airhead presenter we go to Donald Trump's campaign and our reporter goes to somewhere where he has very few supporters at all. Hmmm Might that be Hollywood? Or the most hipsterish district in Brooklyn? Or perhaps Mitt Romney's Country Club? No. The BBC Reporter was in Mexico. This will surprise you greatly but in a town near to the border which the Donald wants to tighten the BBC managed to find a raft of folks who were happy to say that they were anti Trump.
Shucks I guess The Donald is gutted. Just how many electoral college votes does Mexico get in the US election? Yes that would be zero as it is a foreign country. Its a bit like France where the BBC will be filming folks saying they hate Trump next week. Then it was over to the Dems and chief US correspondent Nick Bryant was at Wellesley for graduation.
Wellesley is the most uber liberal college in California, itself a liberal state. It is women only and its most famous graduate is crooked Hillary. Nick was amazed to find that virtually no-one was voting for the Donald and that crooked Hillary was storming it. Well what a shock. Whatever next? Apparently in the Vatican the Roman Catholic church is polling very well and there is almost no support for Radical Islam. Quick, BBC send a reporter - that is breaking news is it not?
What sort of service does the BBC think it is providing? The polls show that Trump is ahead of crooked Hillary nationwide and, that in the Californian Democrat primary - and we can safely assume most Wellesley students are registered Dems - Clinton is only neck and neck with mad old Bernie Sanders. The BBC could not have picked two less representative groups of voters, or non voters in the case of the Mexicans, had it tried. So just how is it serving its viewers with such coverage.
1082 days ago
1119 days ago
The BBC News at Ten coverage of the elections to the costly waste of space that is the Welsh assembly is focussing on the economy. The big issue is apparently Steel and which party is going to spunk the most cash on part nationalising and subsidising an industry that will never ever make a cent in profit. But the BBC says there is an alternative view in the principality. Hooray. I look forward to Huw Edwards interviewing a real capitalist...but this is Wales.
The alternative view comes from some drippy young "entrepreneurs" who work in a tech incubator called the Furnace. Natch they support the Steel workers but they want the Government not to spunk all its cash on Port Talbot but also to spunk some of its cash on them, on new industries becuase they are the future.
But are they the future? All the evidence is that Government is the worst picker of stocks, the worst allocator of scarce resource when it comes to business. In successful economies people get off their backside's. They start businesses. They create jobs. Individuals do all of that. But among just over three million sheep shaggers it seems that no-one can be found who does not think that folks cant do any of this without the Government handing out some cash, picked from the ever bountiful money tree.
Wales will remain a post industrial shit hole mired in poverty if the zeitgeist remains one of dependency. Wales appears to be a nation where almost everyone believes that the State must do everything for its folks, wiping their arses from cradle to grave.
1128 days ago
Beltway liberal Kylie Morris of C4 News led the British liberal media, after Wisconsin, in saying Donald Trump's campaign had problems. Less partial commentators (me) suggested we wait for the New York Primary where rump would win big. Kylie covered that contest by interviewing rapid Democrats saying what a stinking racist Trump was or, yesterday, the craziest man she could find among Trump supporters - a religous nutter from Long Island blowing a ram's horn and misquoting the Old Testament. C4 viewers could be under no illussion: Trump had no mainstream support in New York State. Well here are the actual numbers from the primary.
Trump 60.5% and 89 delegates, Kasich 25.1% and 3 delegates while Cruz, the candidate the Country Club establishment want to foist on the GOP got just 14.5% of the vote and no delegates.
So what do we know now? Kylie may not have worked this out but some of us did long ago: Cruz is unelectable and now has no credibility at all. Moreover Trump attracts not just obvious lunatics but actually vast numbers of normal New Yorkers flocked to vote for him. Although hundreds of thousands of normal human beings in New York City as well as upstate voted for him, Beltway Kylie failed to find even one of them in the week she spent in NY ahead of the poll. So C4 viewer might be rather surprised by the result, a landslide for the Donald.
If Trump follows this with a huge win in Pennsylvania, which he will, and then moves on to win in California, where Kylie will interview a stack of Hollywood liberals who would rather commit hari kiri than vote in a Republican primary as she covers the Republican primary declaring everyone here hates Trump, he is going to be darn close to getting the GOP nomination on a first ballot.
GOP voters clearly want Trump as their candidate. Should he not quite make it on the first ballot and party elders stitch up the convention to foist upon supporters a candidate they do not want, the Donald will run as an Independent. The establishment does not like the insurgency and there is a lot not to like about Trump but it is the Country Club losers like McCain and Romney who are out of step with Republican opinion not Trump. What is happening is called democracy, something Republicans used to believe in as a matter of faith. Its time that some of the party elders remembered that.
Now Kylie, when will you start apologising for your coverage which remains so utterly partisan and misleading that you really should be working for the BBC. Your beltway prejudices are wasted on C4 where I suffer a nightly torture just to Fiske your reports but am probably a reasonable percentage of your regular viewers.
1133 days ago
My favourite German leftie, Gisela Stuart, a Labour MP for some rat infested bit of Birmingham wasteland, was on The Today programe today explaining why we should all vote to leave the EU.
At one level she pointed out that if we were not members of the Evil Empire we would have an extra £350 million a week more to spend on the NHS. Our "contributions" she argued could be better spent at home. This got presenter John Humphries in a tangle which was a delight to behold as the old lefty just tied himself up in knots.
Rather lazily, and without thinking it through, Mr Humphries told Ms Stuart that we had been in the EU for years and no-one was saying that the NHS was not in good shape so why would things be better out? There was a short silence as Mr Humphries realised what he had said. For six years the entire BBC has been running with a narrative of how the wicked and evil Tories are starving the poor NHS of cash becuase they hate poor people and saintly doctors and want to see the former all dying and the latter staying on the poverty line.
Of course this is complete rubbish. If only the Tories would stop pouring cash down the bottomless pit. Instead spending, on what is the world's third largest employer, has risen in real terms every single year under the wicked and evil Tories. But the BBC has stuck to its basic story about the NHS irrespective of the truth or facts. But suddenly old Humphries had deviated from the party line.
Quickly he realised that he had sinned and, having no desire to find himself presenting the morning show for BBC Tyne & Wear, he started gabbling on about how many people do think the NHS is in real trouble and needs more money.
Well luckily charming Gisela has an idea of how to fund it but that means leaving the EU. Cripes, Humphries was all over the shop. It was almost worth my license fee to hear those twenty seconds when the BBC squirmed collectively after the Humphries gaffe.
1135 days ago
Listening to beltway liberal Kylie Morris on C4 or to the BBC's legion of taxpayer funded reporters it is clear that black Americans hate Donald Trump because he is a racist. That is a given right? No disputes it is what David Cameron might term a fact. Er... don't tell Kylie but it is not actually what the ard data demonstrates. Kylie's telling porkies again.
The most recent polls of black Americans asking them how they would vote in a Trump vs the loathsome Clinton race have The Donald ranging at about 10% wich is dire. But then again while blacks used to vote Republican in droves as it was the GOP that abolished slavery, since the 1960s and civil rights they have been solidly Democrat. They hate ALL Republicans.
Nixon got 35% of the non white vote in 1960 but since then the GOP candidate has - according to Gallup - polled:
6% Goldwater 1964
12% Nixon 1968
13% Nixon 1972
15% Ford 1976
10% Reagan 1980
13% Reagan 1984
18% Bush 1988
11% Bush 1992
12% Dole 1996
At this point Gallup seperates hispanics and blacks and other non whites and it is clear that the GOP does a lot worse among black voters than among other non whites ( for instance in 2004 polling 7% among blacks and 22% among other non whites to give an overall non-white 17% ) and that implies that the actual black vote since 1960 - other than in 1988 - has been consistently at 10% or below even when the GOP has won the battle for the White House. And so we go on..
3% Bush JNR 2000
7% Bush JNR 2004
1% McCain 2008
5% Romney 2012
Okay in 2008 and 2012 the Dems fielded a black candidate and that may partially explain why the GOP failed so badly in those years although the fact that McCain and Romney were also totally useless might also have had something to do with it. Of course McCain and Mitt are now telling Republicans they cannot select racist Trump as he will lose the black vote so ensuring a Democrat General Election win. Whatever.
But the stand out points are clear. Firstly blacks just dont like the Republicans. But secondly The Donald could quite possibly be the most popular Republican among black voters in 65 years despite Kylie et al saying that as a vile racist he cannot win the General Election in part because blacks will not vote for him.
All the evidence is that Trump would probably poll more black votes than any Republican since Nixon bac in 1960, bar the out-rider that is Bush in 1988. Since an awful lot of GOP candidates have won the race to the West Wing despite doing less well than "racist" Donald among the blacks, the beltway liberal media and the Country Club GOP establisment are talking patent nonsense either because they are too lazy to look at real data or because they opt to ignore it, since it does not fit their narrative.
Now when will Kylie and the BBC start reporting real balanced data do you think?
1146 days ago
You will remember how for the first two years of the War in Syria folks like Hilary Clinton, President Obama, David Cameron and the entire Western press corp told us that the really bad guy in Syria was President Assad. Okay his human rights record was actually among the least worst in the region but he had to go and so the West started arming and funding a coalition opposed to Assad, many of whom turned out to be Islamofascist supporters of Al-Qeada with a propensity for chopping folks heads off. But that did not matter because Assad was the bad guy. We are not at war with Al Qaeda, we have never been at War with Al Qaeda, pretened our leaders. George Orwell would have been proud of them.
I flagged up the fact that the folks we in the West werebacking were monsters several times - see HERE - but no-one cared and as the country descended into chaos the real Islamofascists of ISIS saw a vacuum and filled it.
The West and its allies such as Saudi Arabia - a Mid East Country which really does have an appalling human rights record - carried on funding and arming our own Islamofascists who seemed opretty bad at taking on ISIS and, anyway, were keener on fighting Assad. The Kurds were pretty good at fighting ISIS but sadly the West's other ally - Turkey - did not like the Kurds and so, for reasons I fail to grasp, was given cart blanche by the West to bomb the heroic Kurds, so helping ISIS.
And thus ISIS captured vast swathes of territory, butchering civilians, raping women and girls and destroying ancient relics as it went. Among its trophies was the World Heritage site at Palmyra near which we learn today that mass graves have been found.
That is because Palmyra has been recaptured and liberated. That is surely a good thing. The West rather grudgingly admits that it is. Its problem is that the liberation has been secured by President Assad's troops backed by Russian air power. Russia and President Putin were portrayed as bad guys by Clinton, Obama, Call Me Dave and the western media when they intervened.
But what Russia and Assad have done has been to almost wipe-out the Islamofascist Al Qaeda lovers the West was backing and with those butchers cleared out it has now got ISIS on the run in a way that the West's allies never managed. The Kurds are now also able to consolidate their lands and push ISIS back.
What is not to like? Folks from Al Qaeda and ISIS are being killed and territories they once ran are being freed. No more beheadings. No more oppression of women forced to be veiled from head to toe? The freedom to drink, smoke and say what you want restored. No more videos of homosexuals being chucked off tall buildings or stone to death. The bases of those who plant bombs in Paris and Brussels have been wiped out. World Heritage Sites are back in safe hands. Safe havens are being established so refugees can go home. Surely the West should be nominating President Putin for a Nobel peace prize and cheering President Assad for clearing his country of all the varieties of beareded head-choppers?
Indeed, perhaps President Assad might now give the Saudis lessons on how they might stop chopping heads off? Oh, sorry, I forgot, Saudi is our ally so can do what it wants. And having slated Putin and Assad the Western press and our idiotic leaders cannot now accept that those men are making Syria a better place, solving a problem the West helped to create.
Perhaps when Putin and Assad move onto ISIS headquarters at Raqqa and clear out the vipers at the heart of this nest of evil, our leaders and media might amit to their errors and praise the true heros of the situatuon. Meawhile it is red faces all round for the British media, notably the BBC, whose slavish reporting of the Government line is now exposed for the disgrace it was all along.
1147 days ago
Pravda's flasgship current affairs programme Newsnight felt the need to cover the imminent closure of steel works across the UK by India's Tata last night and so invited onto its show, commie journalist Paul Mason (ex Newsnight) and fat old Tory Ken Clarke. In the chair was the sneering chearleader of the metropolitan media liberal elite Kirsty Wark, a woman who insists that she earns less than £500,000 a year.
Workers of the world unite you have nothing to lose but your taxpayer funded lifestyle.
Clarke wiped the floor with Mason, quite rightly pointing out that while pretending to be a new age thinker Mason merely trots out ideas discredited by the late 1960s. Does anyone in the real world really think that the Government should own "strategic" parts of the economy? Mason does and thus thinks Steel should be nationalised or given to the workers to be co-operatives? In Mason's world - and this is 1930s Communism not sixties socialism - The State can seize privately held assets to give to the workers.
But why would the workers want to own assets losing £1 million a day? Mason did not explain how that was going to pan out. He was gibbering by the end as Clarke walked all over him. For once the fat old Euro-loon brought a smile to my face.
But the most telling moment came early on as Clarke said that he was aware how important Steel was in some areas as he had driven past Port Talbot many times. So have I and as you head along the Motorway you cannot miss the steel works. But Wark sneered "you have driven past Port Talbot". She missed the point Clarke was making ( anyone can see how big Steel is in Port Talbot) suggesting with her sneer that he would never actually go visit a post industrial working class shit-hole like Port Talbot. He would just like to drive past.
It is the "all Tories are snobs who don't care about the workers" line that the BBC loves so much. From her media career - largely supported by the grateful taxpayer - Wark owns a flat in Central London, a Majorca holiday home (where she entertains Labour politicians) plus property in Scotland. She is minted. And you can bet that she spends bugger all time mixing with the workers, the proles. Kirsty mingles with the media and political elite (lefties only) at smart parties and in expensive Zone 1 restaurants. One suspects fat old Ken meets many more proles than Kirsty as he wanders around his constituency in the East Midlands.
The Wark sneer said everything. However much utter baloney Mason spouted and however often Clarke exposed his intellectual non-sequiturs, Wark was batting for her old comrade Mason all the way. It is after all the BBC and with Pravda there is only one form of truth.
1154 days ago
If you want to leave the EU it is just because you are not as clever as those folks who want to stay in. It is easy. There was I thinking that I could be descriobed as at least averagely smart with my Oxford Degree as could Pixie Lott with her straight A's at GCSE. But it appars not. We are thick because we back Brexit and the BBC sees no reason to challenge this extraordinary assertion.
It was made by voting expert John Curtice of Strathclyde University who was asked why small businessmen tend to be more Eurosceptic than those running big businesses. His first answer was slightly correct "because generally they do not enjoy the export advantages of the EU but still have to comply with all the rules and regulations."
Sort of Prof. With a trade deficit with the EU one suspects that Brexit or not the EU will still trade with us after June 23 it would be suicide not to. The point about daft red tape is that its cost is far easier to manage if you are a big business and so can spread the cost of getting in compliance consultants, hiring HR staff etc etc over many profit centres than it is if if you have just one profit centre. Regulation tends to squeeze out small players so allowing bigger players to gain market share. So that is why big companies are less hostile to the EU than smaller companies.
But Curtice - a public sector man all his life - prattles on "there is also an educational aspect to this. There is a strong link between educational attainment and the Remain side. Big businesses tend to employ graduates while entrepreneurs are less likely to be graduates so small businesses tend to be less supportive."
Yes those running big businesses tend to be super managers, ie folks who did not risk their own capital but after University just cimbed up the greasy corporate pole. More folks who set up their own businesses went to the Univerity of life". But in setting up their own businesses, in risking their own capital to create jobs and welath for all and succeeding against the odds they show another innate intelligence which many university cossetted folk do not possess.
The implication is that smarter folk oppose Brexit. The BBC did not challenge this for a second. So far 34 FTSE 100 Companies have backed Brexit. Or ather the graduates who run them have. 66 have not. Are those graduates less intelligent or perhaps they are smart enough to know not to piss off may off their customers or mabe they back Brexit? The fact is that graduate or no graduate we all speak out of self interest and it serves some big businesses well to have the EU putting their smaller competitors out of business.
What's the point of arguing? Prof Curtice reckons I am just thick and the BBC is not challenging him. Perhaps I should just listen to someone clever like Tony Blair and do what he tells me? Okay Tony who should we invade next?
1157 days ago
I listen to BBC Radio 4 which seems to be about twenty minutes behind twitter in reporting the latest attacks in Brussels. They are co-ordinated ISIS style. They come a few days after the arrest of the the most wanted man in Europe, an ISIS terrorist. Shouts in arabic were heard before the airport blast which took place next to the American Airlines desk. And naturally the BBC is reluctant to speculate about who might be responsible. Hmmmm let me have a guess?
Maybe it is the wicked Jews from Israel whom the BBC blames for most bad things in the Middle East? Or perhaps it was the Kurds? It is surely only a matter of time before the EU's new best friend, the fascist leader of Turkey, President Erdogan, blames our allies the brave Kurds for this atrocity? What, you think it might be ISIS? So do I. But it has not crossed anyone's mind at the BBC. That would, presumably, be racist.
Finally, 80 minutes into the coverage someone has dared meantion the ISIS word. Well done Frank Gardener.
Old fool Ken Clarke was on the show telling lies about Iain Duncan Smith. Perhaps he might have been asked to comment on the claims made by his side in the Brexit debate that Britain was safer from terrorist attack as a member of the EU. As the Parisians already know it does not always feel exactly that way does it?
1159 days ago
If a multi-millionaire luvvie from Hollywood is in London then the liberal British Media just has to give them airtime and column inches to slam Donald Trump. The luvvies all hate Trump but each comes up with different ludicrous reasons to slate him. Today it was Glenn Close, plugging her latest London stage show, who showed what an airhead she is, thanks to the Marr Show on BBC1.
Marr started with a really tough question. If Trump becomes President I know that many Americans wil think about emigrating you do know that London would be very welcome don't you? Close laughed. Perhaps she remembered all those millionaire US liberals who promised to leave the land of the free if Reagan, George HW and George W Bush won the presidency. Oddly none of them ended up heading off to socialist sink holes like Canada and Europe back then, but this time they really are serious. Honest.
Marr then asked why Americans were angry and voting for Trump given how strongl;y the American economy was growing and how well off America is. Close did not point out that the growth in wealth excludes the young ( not enjoying the asset bubble in Real Esatate) and also the flyover states, the rust belt, the farming states. Close did not point out how veterans coming back minus limbs from pointless wars are not enjoying the benefit.
That is because luvvies like Close dont go to or care about the flyover states. That is because the kids of luvvies dont get sent to war, that is for poor folks kids. So Close just accepted the basic premis of Andrew Marr. She knows America is gettig angrier and blames "The Presidents Bush". She singled out President George HW for introducing negative TV ads to election campaigns. Clearly this has caused a nation to be enraged in 2016 even though the older Bush left office in 1993 (23 years ago) after losing the General Election of 1992 having served one term in office.
The idea that negative campaign ads in 1992 has made America angry after a 24 year germination in 2016 is daft. Close also blames the younger Bush ( President 2000-2008) for making Americam angry - the germination is just eight years old worth this time.
Marr, naturally did not challenge this patent nonsense. His initial question shows he loathes Trump too. As such when the British liberal media meets a Hollywood liberal luvvie facts cease to matter, lets just bash Trump with bonus points for a spot of Bush bashing.
Meanwhile keep paying your license fee to the BBC for such balanced commentary.
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I am beginning to think that C4 News is targetted at those crazy folks out there who think that the BBC is a right wing monster controlled by the Tory party. You have to be pretty flaky to hold such a world view but C4 was always out there trying to reach out to minorities. And I guess paranoid Marxist fruitcakes are - across the Nation - a minority though on most liberal arts university campuses they are a dominant majority.
Sometimes C4 News pretends to be impartial. Sometimes it lets its prejudices slip in. And at other times it is just up front and unfair. The fun is in spotting what game it is playing with each report.
In reporting on what today's UK Budget would have in store we got a sneak preview from Business Correspondent Helia Ebrahimi. Being a business correspondent on the BBC or C4 is a tough gig in that you must report on a system that you fundamentally disagree with, you have to be polite to a load of frigging evil capitalists and, worse still, totally innately evil Tories. But Helia is up to the challenge.
And thus she asserted that "many economists" believe that with low oil commodity prices and low interest rates on Government Debt, now is the the time when it should be spending more on infrastructure."
Where to start? Perhaps in pointing out that low commodity prices do not assist the Government, it just means lower PRT revenues so more pressure on State finances. In other words that point is patent nonsense.
Interest on Government debt will this year be between £45 and £50 billion. In other words a bit more than the defence budget. That it is not higher is indeed a celebration. That it is so high and that servicing the debt mountain is such a burden for us, our children and our grandchildren is a real concern.
We are actually in an economy that is growing. Keynes tells us that we should thus be ensuring that we pay down debt in preperation for the bad times. Yet in fact Chancellor Osborne is still running a vast deficit and thus increasing the debt.
But Helia's economists want the Chancellor to increase that deficit to spend on "infrastructure". The last politician to take this line was crazy old Vince Cable, the man who predicted 17 of the last 4 recessions and got his facts wrong pretty much every time he opened his mouth to drone on with a sanctimonious monologue.
Given the size of the deficit would Helia care to say why crazy Vince is correct at last? And perhaps rather than just saying many economists she might saw how many or who?
I suspect there are many economists who think that Helia is talking errant onsense, indeed anyone with a C in GCSE economics can see through the commodities nonsense.
But because C4's Business Editor says that "many economists" think Osborne is wrong, then the lefty fruitcakes waching this nonsense in student residences at deadbeat former polytechnics across the land, get to have their skewed world view confirmed by someone one assumes - incorrectly as it happens - knows what she is talking about.
It becomes clearer with every report Helia serves up that this is not the case.
1164 days ago
This morning, the BBC and the rest of the liberal media cannot get enough of Lt General Ben Hodges who has warned we Brits that we must not vote for Brexit as it could damage NATO. What on earth is a US Soldier doing intervening in a British Election rather defies belief, how would Obama feel if a British General made the equally factually innaccurate claim that Mrs Clinton was a lying, deceitful old dyke and so urged folks to back the GOP this November?
Hodges, who is the top yankee soldier in Europe, seems to think that without Britain the EU could unravel. And if that happens NATO will unravel. Frankly it does not make much of a case for staying in the EU if we are told that if one of its 28 members quits it will fall apart.
Moreover do you need the EU for NATO? The latter was formed in 1949. A small common market did not get going until 1957 but the vast majority of NATO members were not part of that. The Evil Empire itself says that it only stopped being a Common Market and became a political union in 1993 by which time NATO had been getting along fine, winning the cold war and ensuring peace in Europe for 44 years. Yes it is NATO that has kept peace in Europe not the EU.
There are a stack of large NATO members who are happy to be involved despite not being in the EU: The USA, Canada, Turkey for example. Hodges - like Defence Secretary Fallon - is pushing this theme of NATO needing the EU as part of project fear. But the more outlandish and patently bogus the claims made by those opposing Brexit and the more interventions from those we in Britain really are bound to react against such as Americans, froggies, krauts and the war criminal Blair the more the Brexit camp will feel it has a chance.
With Ms Pixie Lott leading the charge for Brexit and making far more sense that General Hodges, President Obama, Blair et al, I note that polls today show we "outers" narrowly in the lead overall and well in the lead among those certain to vote.
Indeed, my hope is that the polls understate the outers in that just as at the General Election when "shy conservatives" failed to admit to pollsters how they would vote in a secret ballot, we will also see "shy outers". For folks such as my wife working in a bastion of the left, a liberal arts campus, admitting you are an outer to your colleagues will be tough for they will instantly associate her with Nigel Farage, racist Colonels from Surrey and folks who read the Daily Mail. And in campus Britain where the thiought police no platform anyone who is even slightly suspect, being branded a Daily Mail reader is career suicide.
Of course this is hugely unfair. There is a strong and proud tradition of Euroscepticism on the left with Tony Benn a leading figure in this movement. But that has all been forgotten in certain quarters and however much my wife were to mention Pixie Lott, Sigma, Sigala, Phats & Small, DJ Luck and MC Neat, that is to say the cool young pop artists who I have never heard of but are apparently all ardent Brexiters, she would still be viewed as odd. Given the intolerant nature of the University left today one imagines that any outer working in academia wiuld be well advised to be bloody shy.
Chuck in a few terrified public sector workers who are shy outers to the opinion poll mix and you can see why Project Fear may be even more on the back foot than we think. The silly claims from the folks with no business meddling in British affairs just are not working.
Next up? Tony Blair warns that voting to leave the EU will mean that Andy Murray is less likely to win Wimbledon while David Cameron claims that Brexit will cause a sharp increase in global warming with poor little polar bears floating down the thames on the last bits of Arctic ice. And it would all be the fault of Boris and Pixie.
1169 days ago
You could sense how the BBC, Channel 4 News, The Guardian and the rest of the British liberal media creamed themselves last week as leading figures from the Republican establishment lined up to slam Donald Trump. For a moment the liberal media forgot that folks like Mitt Romney and John Mccain were evil right wingers, in their book anyway, and lauded them as great statesman.
As one, the only question the media pack lead by Emily Maitlis on Newsnight and the beltway liberal warrior Kylie Morris on C4, asked was "have the big beasts left it too late". That was, of course, the wrong question.
In case the liberal media had forgotten, the country club Republicans they now view as big beasts but slated as evil no-hoper extremists when they were running for office, both got utterly thrashed when they ran for President. The sort of poll ratings that Trump has been getting are the sort of ratings that Mitt & John could only ever have dreamed about getting.
The Donald says some awfully daft things. But when he talks about NOT sending young working class men and women to die on foreign fields and when he talks about cutting taxes for middle class Americans not cosying up to Wall Street and big business he speaks like isolationist Republicans used to speak in the old days when it was a right wing party. Mitt & John with Wall Street/big business funded campaigns talked a different language and perhaps that is why millions of hard working, God fearing Americans from outside the rich enclaves on either coast are now coming back to the Republican Party having refused to back the Country Club patricians.
Lecturing such "ordinary" folks from the comfort of your Country Club or offices inside the beltway, about how The Donald is not their man was thus never going to have any effect. The question the liberal media should have asked as Mitt and John piped up was not "is it too late" but "why should anyone care what these losers think anyway?"
And the answer is that no-one outside the beltway classes and liberal media did care.
Ordinary voters in the primaries since the GOP establishment upped the smear Donald campaign have carried on voting for him anyway. The only poll rating that has changed is that of Marco Rubio who is the man that the GOP establishment all backed. With that endorsement he has tanked, finishing fourth in Michigan and a dismal third everywhere else.
When, and it is when not if, little Rubio is thrashed in his home state of Florida by Trump in a winner takes all Primary and when Trump also takes the winner takes all Ohio contest, Rubio will throw in the towel. But at that point The Donald will be so far ahead of the establishment's second pick, the relgious fruitcake Ted Cruz, that it will be game over.
At that point the GOP Establishment will have to decide if they back the man their party has voted for in a fair contest, that is to say Trump, or the frightful lying, criminal, war-mongering Clinton woman. Given what the endorsement of the GOP establishment has done for Rubio's poll ratings and did for those of Jeb Bush before him, should the "big beasts" betray their party and the Country and back the awful Mrs Clinton, one suspects that Trump won't be losing that much sleep over it.
1169 days ago
It is Tuesday night in London and the News at Ten from the biased BBC reports on the stabba from Jaffa. Fiona Bruce lets us know that ten folks were stabbed including an American tourist in Israel but the identity of the assaillant is not known. Frigging hell it was a bad night for the wicked Jews - including as it happens a heavily pregnant woman - was it not and they still have no idea who did it?
Perhaps the BBC could have put this in context. There were three stabbing incidents in Israel on Tuesday. There are several each week. Without exception the assailant is from Gaza and the victim a wicked bloody Jew. And without exception the terrorist filth of Hamas will praise the attack and claim it as one of its.
Oooops did I say terrorist filth? How remiss. Perhaps I should desceribe Hamas as the BBC does "The legitimate Government of Gaza which execute opponents without trial and kills homosexuals but we dont mention the last two matters as it is a bit embarrassing. Anyhow they get vast amounts of EU aid so they must be good fellows."
Indeed the BBC could have gone one better for by 10 PM GMT the suspect had already been detained for several hours. Israel being Israel the cops had not killed him on sight or - as they do in Gaza - dragged him behind a speeding car through the streets until he was dead. The chap was alive and in custody and the rozzers had identified which village in Gaza he was from. Better still Hamas had already hailed the fellow as a hero. So everyone bar those listening to the "we hate the Jewish state" BBC did in in fact know the identity of the assailant.
As such the BBC's claim that this fellow's identity was a mystery and that this was just another stabbing in the land of the wicked Jews was - even by its tawdry standards of bias - a long way wide of the mark.
The fact that the assaillant is not dead is a mixed blessing for his family. You see it means they do not get to win the Gaza lotto. For had he been killed while butchering Jews then the Government would have paid out a vast lotto-win prize for the family. With the EU the biggest single funder of the Gazan state it is always good to know that our taxes go to such good causes.
But in this case the guy who tried to kill ten Jews (eleven if you count the unborn child but the BBC tends not to think that the unborn do count) is still alive so its no jackpot for his family back in Gaza. They might still get a smaller 5 numbers right prize but its not the same as an EU funded jackpot is it?
Oddly the BBC didn't mention the Gaza lotto in its report either. It never does.
1170 days ago
Donald Trump's mother comes from the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides and so the BBC thought it would be a hoot to go Trump bashing by asking the folks up in the far Northern reaches of the welfare safari to say what they thought of The Donald. Well what a surprise ...they don't like him.
But for Newsnight it was better to show this meaningless piffle than have to report on the Michigan primary which saw another stunning win for Trump and the favoured son of the GOP establishment, and thuis by default the liberal media, Marco Rubio crash and burn as he came fourth.
The Trump message is one of small Government and self reliance. Now you might think that up in the Hebrides the inbred population are all hard working self reliant crofters. Think again. Times have changed and in the land of Adam Smith the invisible hand has been replaced by the dead hand of the State.
Thus around 40% of the working population in Lewis now work for the State. And another 6% are on the dole. Those of working age are just over half of the entire population with 26% of residents being pensioners (nearly all on State pensions) and c20% being young folks.
And thus we find that those who are directly existing by mainlining money provided by the taxpayer are 20% + 26% + (46% of 54%) = 73% of the population. And naturally a good chunk of those who work in the private sector earn so little that they also get big state handouts. In Scotland as a whole just 12% of the population are net contributors to the State and among the inbread folks on the Hebrides the number is even lower.
The 27,000 folks in the Hebrides are the posterboys for the welfare safari. When they are not shagging their cousins these folks simply suck at the nipple of the state. Like Mr Trump I reckon they should each get off their arse and if needs be get a ferry to civilisation (I use the term loosely since I refer to the Greece of the North that is Scotland) not only to diversify the gene pool but also to seek meaningful employment.
Those with drive are, like Momma Trump, already living the dream elsewhere. Those that stay are probably beyod redemption and that they are no great fans of The Donald is hardly a surprise is it?
But at least Newsnight gets to carry on reporting about the GOP primaries without having to mention, through gritted teeth, another two stunning wins for The Donald.
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I have noted before how Kylie Morris, the US correspondent for Channel 4 News is perhaps the dopiest, most out of touch liberal left reporter going. This woman makes the BBC look balanced. But we can now show Kylie hitting a new low as she points out what a vile racist Donald Trump is.
Two days before the Nevada primary Kylie filed a long piece on how hispanics voters in Nevada were shunning Trump. After searching really hard all day Kylie managed to find just one Latino voter who was voting for Trump, a Vietnam vet who Kylie was thus able to expose as a weirdo. In Kylie world, latinos shared her view that Trump was a racist and none were backing him.
Now the Nevada results are in. Trump got 44% while his two closest rivals - both half Cuban - got 24.5% (Rubio) and 22% (Cruz). That was among all Republican voters. Among hispanics Trump scored 44%, Rubio 29% and Cruz 18% which means that the supposed racist scored as well among hispanics as among white voters securing almost 1 in 2 Hispanic Republicans. Cruz appears to be even less liked by hispanics than he is by whites. Maybe he is half racist? Kylie can you explain?
Of course Kylie boasts that she lives inside the Beltway and thus her Washington liberal elite narrative is that all hispanics are poor brown folks who think Republicans generally are racist and so are default Democrats.
The reality is that large numbers of Latinos have ignored Democrats who urge them to portray themselves as victims of racism and give up and have instead worked hard, lived the Americam dream and thus, as affluent, tax-paying, God fearing folks are now registered Republicans and are are very open indeed to the Trump message.
Kylie in her patronising liberal way just assumed that brown folks would be poor. She did not seek out any rich latinos of whom there are many. And that is why British viewers were told that it was impossible to find any Latinos voting for the racist Trump when in fact the Trumpster stormed the Latino vote.
At what point will Channel 4 News accept that whilst Kylie's take on life might fit in well with their snearing liberal values, her failure to report anything like the truth is just getting a tad too obvious and that she needs to be replaced by someone marginally less stupid?
1185 days ago
There seem to be a few problems in the Delhi area right now thanks to a dispute between castes in the province to the North. It may seem odd but one - privileged - caste has demanded its status be lowered so its kids get the same breaks as lower castes. Riots have ensued.
This is being discussed by John Humphries on Radio 4 just now - his guests two Indians. You will remember that the parents of my wife arrived here from India in the 1950s and that I can claim an Indian passport if I wish as my Grandmother was born there. We both like India in this household.
But I have just screamed at the radio. The woman guest says this is all down to tamperings with the caste system introduced by the British. Yes, 69 years or more ago the wicked Britishers having finished wiping out practices such as Thugee or Suttee, tinkered with the caste system. Nothing happened for decades but when it did it was a delayed reaction to the actions of the wicked Britishers. The inaction of the Indians during 69 years of self rule in not sorting out whatever we wicked Britishers did is deemed irrelevant.
Presumably this same woman would say that the amazing achievements of Modern India have all come about despite all the evil acts of the wicked Britishers?
John Humphries, to give him credit, made a half hearted attempt to point out what crap this woman was talking but as this was a BBC show, he was not allowed to put her to the sword completely - though she was talking obvious rot - as that would be akin to defending the evil of imperialism.
Of course the truth is that the wicked Britishers did tamper with the caste system, aka apartheid among brown people. And we were damn right to do so. That Modern India has made less progress in tackling its own apartheid than the wicked Britishers did is to its shame. As ever the British Empire was - on balance - a force for good. What has followed has often been a hell of a lot less progressive in its approach.
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I despise Donald Trump for many of the things that he has said. I also explian why I believe he will not win the Republican nomination let alone the US General Election. But those who seek to deny him access to the UK are free speech deniers and are wrong. Meanwhile the coverage of this fascist attack on free speech and the 500,000 name petition (and non coverage of another 500,000 name petition) by the BBC and The Guardian and other elements of the press is shameful
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I found myself watching the BBC News this week and it was horrible in an Orwellian way. The biased BBC has a clear political agenda and it lies to its viewers by act and omission and by deliberately misleading them. On the public sector vs private sector wage issue the sleight of hand was obscene. On the migrants it just lied. The BBC should be privatized and lets see how many of us will actually pay to watch The Guardian on screen.
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1389 days ago
No doubt some (the Mrs) will accuse me of sexism as I discuss in this week's postcard what the unimpressive Women's FA Cup Final says about the BBC. The case for privitization grows stronger by the day.
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It is clear that Scotland now thinks totally differently to England in social, economic and political terms. It is another country and it must be given independence now – more on that later. But there is another country within England – London.
As a resident of the boonies and someone born and raised a small town boy I have always thought Londoners odd. As they wander around buying properties on a sub 1% yield and thinking that is a bargain, paying £100 for underwater yoga sessions and more for regular colonic irrigation the middle classes of London just seem peculiar to me.
And in political terms the whole City is also out of step with the rest of England. In the capital UKIP has almost no support. London did serve up surprise Labour gains. Sitting Labour MPs enjoyed increased majorities. It was just not like the rest of Britain.
London’s middle classes are more multicultural than the rest of England and more relaxed about immigration and socially tolerant. All of those things I welcome. The white London working class has moved in large swathes to Essex and Hertfordshire leaving an urban poor which is far less white than in the rest of England.
And that means that London’s voters voters and – consequently - the politicians who live there, notably all of the Labour and Tory elite, have a rather different mindset to mainstream England. I suspect that is partially why Labour remains so unelectable in vast swathes of England. It is why the Tories can only win the Mayoral election by putting up someone above politics, the buffoon Boris. And it is perhaps why the Londoncentric liberal BBC found what happened on Thursday night so hard to understand. With minimal experience of life in the rest of England it was as if they were staring at the actions of aliens for the first time.
1529 days ago
No-one in this house will be voting UKIP and indeed our morbidly obese three legged cat Oakley has made a visible anti UKIP statement of which more later. But Nigel Farage is right on scrapping all race discrimination laws at work - indeed he should have gone further. The BBC's coverage of this here in Bristol is a total shocking disgrace paid for with my taxes and I am livid.
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In my weekly video postcard I discuss BBC lies over ISIS and how our campaign in Iraq and Syria is ever more doomed to failure and makes we left in England ever more at risk, whatever lies our leaders tell us. You are being lied to by the media about how badly we are failing.
And you are beng lied to by all our leaders about how their actions make us all less safe. It is as simple as that.
In this week’s financial video postcard I discuss how the mood of investors is changing as the stockmarket falls to new year lows. Delusion, becomes denial becomes acceptance becomes anger.This will apply to specific stocks but also to the market as awhile and Tom discusses its ramifications HERE
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I have just been interviewed by an MBA student from the local business school here in Clerkenwell. They are doing a project on Real Man Pizza – they are regular customers and love the place but they are coming up with a few ideas to improve it. As part of their project they interviewed me on video.
Wow said the bloke, you have a BBC voice – have you ever done TV? I fessed up to my shameful Show Me The Money Past and wondered whether having a “BBC Voice” was such a good thing these days? It was meant as a compliment and I take it as such. There was no diatribe from me about bias, nonces on TOTP or other matters.
1950 days ago
Thanks to the UKIP Nutter of the Week this is a pretty easy one to enter. To win a 50% discount voucher for a party of up to 4 at Maribelle's when we open our new tapas and wine bar in February simply add your caption to the picture below in our comments section.
For what it is worth my entry is
Noah gave thanks to Nigel Farage's UKIP party for his salvation as he sailed through the streets of San Francisco
It is 2000 BC and the BBC reporter on board the ship sent out to show how global warming is causing sea levels to fall, sends back his latest treport to London
1959 days ago
The audience on BBC Question Time is meant to be representative of the local community and last night came from Lewisham in South London. I can as a result conclude that the residents of Lewisham are almost without exception either morbidly obese, madly left wing or in terms of intelligence make the X-Factor audience look like a gathering of Nobel laureates.
Among the gems were a contribution from a 29 stone woman who claimed that the coalition were using the immigration debate as a smokescreen for their real agenda of privatizing the NHS and dismantling the welfare state and a only mildly obese old coot who reckoned that merely stopping tax evasion would allow the Government to spend another £90 billion a year on more schools, hospitals, fire stations, welfare payments etc. Heck no chance of closing the deficit then?
Should anyone be shot while unarmed was the question. Half the audience seemed to assume that the Police just liked killing black people at will. The other half thought yes, if the person in question was a member of UKIP.
77% of the British public want immigration controlled. I am in the 23%. But when the matter came up, the fellow from UKIP (deputy Fuhrer Paul Nutter) got only abuse and not any applause at all as he spouted a whole load of total scaremongering hogwash about waves of Romanians arriving here next week.
I guess the Romanians are too smart to want to go to Lewisham lest they be crushed to death by a stampede of 23 stone local residents rushing to pick up a welfare cheque, so it is not an issue there.
1969 days ago
Naturally I hope that Michael Schumacher, the seven times F1 world champion pulls through. His ski accident sounds awful and I hope the chap recovers fully and feel sorry for his family. But…
Lots of folks are critically ill. Thousands are being butchered in conflicts across the globe, in terror attacks or are dying from starvation or diseases which are utterly treatable. The world economy is drowning in debt.
Yet the lead story on ITN News was again the ex-racing driver. A reporter and crew has been sent to Grenoble (I expect the BBC has sent dozens of staff) and we get hour by hour commentary saying nothing much new.
Is a rich man who once drove very fast cars but has lived as a playboy retiree for several years, having a potentially fatal accident really that important?
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This week’s video postcard covers just one topic – the culture within the public sector and BBC of rewarding failure with mega payoffs. It is taxpayer’s cash that is being pissed away and it is unjustifiable and unsustainable.
Dave “heir to Blair” Cameron has done nothing to deal with this. Why not?
Tom’s weekly financial video postcard covers Vialogy, Vipera, the “booming” UK economy and where to find stockmarket value and can be watched here.
2044 days ago
God knows why I was watching the BBC but I was and found myself watching a trailer for a show on one of its channels that no-one ever watches but which the grateful taxpayer funds anyway. Gosh I hate the BBC and the bias that flows through its every vein.
The trailer opened with footage of the gay pride parade in Tel Aviv and then showed footage of soldiers holding hands and other demonstrations of how it is perfectly accepted to be openly gay and Israeli. The commentator asked “how can this happen?” How in the Middle East can we find such tolerance?
What planet is this toe-rag living on? The answer is “BECAUSE TEL AVIV IS IN ISRAEL.” It may come as a shock to the BBC but Israel (which it abhors) is a tolerant society where you can be gay, you can openly criticise the Government, you can protest against the Government and where you can vote the Government out of office and where you can worship whichever God you want as you wish. And you can do all of this without risking imprisonment or being strung up from a crane. It is a liberal democracy.
Although this does not fit with the BBC’s preferred narrative, the rest of the Middle East (including Gaza) is an islamofascist theocracy/kleptocracy. Everywhere else in the Middle East you risk jail or death for worshiping the wrong God, sleeping with the wrong person, criticising the Government or believing in a free press. The rest of the Middle East is NOT a liberal democracy.
I think most of us have recognised that there is only one liberal democracy in the Middle East years ago. But it seems to come as a surprise to the BBC. And so it uses taxpayers cash to make a programme no-one will watch, expressing its surprise.
My blood boils. But it serves me right for watching Pravda in the first place.
2055 days ago
Having seen clips from last week’s Question Time and some of the coverage of the Red Ed vs. The Daily Mail issue, I wonder if the BBC has plumbed new depths. Mired in new scandals over payouts for failure, sex crime cover ups and much more besides the real issues are:
Firstly that the taxpayer funded broadcaster produced either the sort of rubbish (everything on radio 1 for example) which should be the domain of the private sector. If there is a demand for this sort or garbage why should the taxpayer subsidise it? If not then since it is rubbish why produce it at all?
And secondly that the news coverage is anything but impartial. How the audience cheered as the panel bashed the Mail on QT? How the BBC ignored both the facts of this non story and also the double standards in the way that Red Ed had treated those who gloated over the death of Thatcher? Why should my taxes fund propaganda? By the way is the BBC still insisting that the planet is heating up thanks to global warming?
As such I invite your captions for the picture below. Please post your captions in the comments section by Friday at 9 AM
My own feeble effort is:
The BBC insists that Alan Shearer really adds value on MOTD
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2209 days ago
My football mad daughter and I were at the Arsenal game a few months ago and as the crowd chanted “with a packet of sweets and a cheeky smile, Arsene Wenger’s a paedophile” I dreaded the question “Daddy what is a paedophile?” Wenger is not a nonce as it happens but what would I say? “Er.. It is a sort of person who is often on the BBC.” I guess that is true.
Today’s game (a nil nil draw with Newcastle) was hardly a classic. The bloke two seats down shouted Cisse loudly as the Newcastle player ambled from the corner flag towards his goal (which is where my seat is). He was ignored. Cisse. Again ignored. Louder still came the shout Cisse at which point Mr Cisse looked up and got an instant shout of “Wanker!” from the bloke two seats down who regarded this as a win.
Former West Ham boss Alan Pardew manages Newcastle. Not for much longer one suspects as they will – at best – narrowly survive but I sense they may not. Pards left Upton Park amid, no doubted unfounded, rumours about his private life. And so within minutes of the opening whistle the rhythmic chat went up: “Alan Pardew shags who he wants, Alan Pardew shags who he wants.” After a few minutes of this the chant changed to “Alan, Alan give us a wave.” Mr Pardew obliged. The Trevor Brooking stand then started off with “He loves us more than you” at the Newcastle supporters. A few minutes later it was back to “Alan Pardew shags who he wants, etc.”
A couple more terms I am glad that I do not have to explain to my daughter.
With my record of having seen West Ham lose every time I have watched them this season broken and with the Irons now 100% safe from relegation I shall take my daughter to the last home game against Reading. “Going Down, going down” and “That’s why you’re going down” should not be too hard to explain.
2223 days ago
Better late than never, this caption contest comes to you from the North Terminal at Gatwick Airport where I am spending the night ahead of an early flight. Of course there were only two stories last week: the Funeral of our Greatest ever Prime Minister and the attacks in Boston. At 3 AM in the morning I am not sure I can say anything much about either but as you look at tomorrow’s leaders below do your best in this week’s caption contest.
Post your entries in the comments section below:
For what it is worth my entry is:
“This champagne’s too warm…I blame Thatcher”
“The BBC interviews a representative cross section of young people in its coverage of the passing of Lady Thatcher”
2244 days ago
It was a good win. Three great goals with Andy Carroll’s second and West Ham’s third a wonderful strike. I will hold my nose and watch the BBC tonight just to see that again. West Ham looked dominant for most of the game, bar the first 15 minutes of the second half when I must admit to feeling a bit nervous. Overall a good day at the office. A few thoughts:
I cannot remember which West Brom player got himself a straight red in the 94th minute for sheer petulance but when folks say that most soccer players are morons, this guy strengthens that case. What a moron.
The Irons looked solid at the back and menacing up front. Rob Green always made me a bit nervous. Jussi made a couple of great saves and I feel quite calm with him between the posts. I suspect that radiates out to an assured defence too.
Now for the bad news. Wigan won as well and thus on 36 points we are still only 6 points (okay call it 7 because of GD) ahead of the trap door. I know that Fat Sam reckons 38 points is enough on the basis that it is hard to see Villa, Wigan and Sunderland each getting 3 wins (or two wins and two draws for Sunderland) from their last 8 games I am not so sure. Wigan always somehow manage to stay up and offer us another season of graceless mediocrity. Villa and Sunderland are big clubs who should have done better this season than they should. They might just have a run.
I rather hope that we beat Reading on the last day of the season when the Royals are already down but having seen the away leg first hand I bank on nothing. I would feel a lot happier if we could grab three points somewhere well before then. I have a horrible feeling that someone might get relegated on 39 points this season and that it might come down to GD at that. Three more points should be enough.
2247 days ago
BBC news has two problems. One is its inherent pro left, pro global warming, anti-Israel, pro Euro bias. The list goes on. But the BBC news teams are wrong on every issue that matters and do not mind showing their inner feelings. And two the BBC is grossly over-manned (should that be over-personned?). One news story can be covered by four different news crews (National TV, regional TV, local radio, national radio). Given that it is tax-payers cash that is being pissed away on this over-manning the BBC is (correctly) paring the odd job. Not enough but it is a start.
And so the unions are on strike for 12 hours. Have you noticed a drop in quality? Er..
Clearly 12 hours is not enough to make an impact. How about the news teams walk out for 15 years. Or better still forever.
2282 days ago
The UN’s climate change chief, Rajendra Pachauri, who has made a personal fortune peddling this bogus science of the back of bogus data has today ‘fessed up to the inconvenient truth. Dr P has admitted that there has now been a 17-year pause in global temperature rises, confirmed recently by Britain’s Met Office.
But Dr P is undeterred and insists that this pause needs to last “30 to 40 years at least” to break the long-term global warming trend. That is prize crap on two grounds.
1. The world got colder 1939 to 1976. It then got hotter 1976 to 1995 ( a spell of 19 years). In other words on the basis of 19 years warming you can demand wholesale changes in the behaviour of humankind but to prove a reversal of a trend you need 40 years? Put another way, in the past 73 years we have has just one 19 year spell of warming as opposed to cooling. What is the trend and what is the blip?
2. The changes and vast expenses we all face as a results of demands made by the global warming nutters were based on computer programmes that predicted clear and linear warming from 1995 onwards directly linked to carbon emissions. Carbon emissions have carried on increasing. The world has not got hotter. The programmes have been wrong 17 years out of 17 so far. So why would anyone sane place any bets on their 50 and 100 year predictions being correct?
At least we see one sinner starting to repent. Who next? Al Gore? The BBC? The EU, Polly Toynbee? Chris Huhne? Call Me Dave? Line up, line up.
2284 days ago
Austerity is for other people. Overpaid workers on generous pension schemes with long holidays and absenteeism rates you would never see in the private sector working in an inefficient way do not think that they have to suffer with the rest of us. Yup, staff at paedo central, the biased BBC are on strike today protesting about redundancies. This is an organisation that can often send three different news teams (radio, national TV and regional TV) to cover the same event but the bleating journalists say that paring back the payroll will compromise quality. Yeah …right.
So how has it affected your life today? For me:
1. Had I felt a craving for biased news coverage explaining all about wicked Tory cuts I would have been forced to go and buy a copy of the BBC’s sister publication the Guardian. Somehow I felt no such craving.
2. Had I tuned in I would have had to suffer even more repeats than normal. Again I resisted the urge.
3. Stephen Fry still appeared on about 90% of the programming it is just that some of those shows were repeats. The witty asides about 50 shades of lubricating jelly were probably no funnier the second time around.
4. Had I wanted my daily seven fixes of Polly Toynbee appearing on various BBC shows on various channels explaining how the Tories were so beastly to her comrades in the working classes I would have been disappointed as she showed solidarity by staying away from the BBC today. Since no other channel will give the old haridan airtime we have had a Toynbee free day on the small screen. I cannot say that I or the small screen was any the poorer for that.
On balance, why doesn’t the BBC just make all its staff redundant, save the taxpayer £4 billion a year and life can go on like this forever?
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2328 days ago
The BBC may not be very good at stopping its staff from abusing kids but when it comes to things that really matter the national broadcaster ( cost to the grateful taxpayer £4 billion a year) is bang on the money. Just look at the way that it is stamping out the menace of bananas.
Glossy posters with a banana with a large red cross through it have appeared all over the grand new headquarters of the BBC. The reason: one member of staff will suffer an unpleasant (not fatal) allergic reaction if he or she comes into contact with these deadly fruit.
Surely it is not too much to ask this sensitive soul just not to go picking up bananas? Er no. Their minority rights (presumably that means the right to inspect the lunch boxes of colleagues) means that all the other space wasters (oops sorry I meant valued employees of the BBC) cannot now bring bananas into designated zones of the building. Perhaps as we used to have “smoking rooms” the BBC could set aside “banana rooms” where folks might indulge their cravings undisturbed.
There are no doubt going to be other BBC employees with allergies to wheat, bread, biscuits, apples, strawberries, dobbing in peadophile colleagues, etc. Will all of them be indulged in a similar fashion? Why not just go the whole Orwellian mile and ban all food from the BBC? Or better still ban all staff from the BBC and just close it down.
2337 days ago
The special relationship between Britain and America is under its most severe threat in decades. Stateside, a petition calling for Piers Moron to be deported has garnered enough signatures for President Obama to have to consider it. The world’s most hopeless chat show host, self-confessed phone hacker and “lucky” share punter during the City Slickers affair points out that 99% of Americans have not signed the petition. Alan Sugar responded on twitter by saying that those were the people who had not heard of Morgan.
But as this petition grows in size daily, other petitions are springing up demanding that he not be allowed back into Britain. The grounds seem unclear other than the fact that he is a loathsome human being and we would be better off without him.
I would just about consider an Abu Qatada Piers Morgan a good deal for Britain but it is pretty marginal. Perhaps if America agreed to take Russell Brand as well?
In order to win an “It’s Time to Leave” T-shirt I offer this picture of two grinning gentlemen. On is a proven loser with no friends very occassionally seen in the House of Commons. And so is the other.
Please post your entries in the comments section below.
For what it’s worth my entry is:
Brown: “ I’d like to replace the £9 billion I lost on bullion sales and you say you know Britain’s best gold digger – can you get Ms Mills’ telephone number for me?”
Last week I asked you for captions to this picture:
There is no prize awarded as HappyTrucker is already kitted out in full It’s Time to Leave gear but we will tweak our arrangements in terms of him supplying a fox to be prepared and served at The Real Man Pizza Company in recognition of this entry:
Call me Dave say “For Christ sake, I hope this Santa has not been supplied or worked for the BBC
Well done to serial winner HappyTrucker. Please post your entries to the Piers Moron, nobody wants him special in the comments section below – Deadline 9 AM Friday 4th January
2341 days ago
Some young chap from UKIP was running a “Christmas carols opening two lines for the modern world “ chat on twitter tonight. His first entry was:
“Once in royal David’s city, Stood a lowly cattle shed, But when the Palestinians Bombed it, We build 200 new settlements instead”
To which I countered:
“Arrest you merry gentlemen from the BBC
You’re all screaming perverts it is now plain to see”
Naturally this got me started. And so ( in either English or German) I offer you the Evil Empire’s Silent Night
Silent night, EU night
The future for us is terribly bright
The Euro brings prosperity
jobs they are a plenty
Bringing Nobel peace
Bringing Nobel peace
Of course these are not my first carols of the year. Next year I plan to record an audio cast with my daughter Olivia on piano. Pro tem I bring you once again the Vialogy (VIY) jingle bells:
Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way
Ramp the stock for Santa Claus
Every single day….ooohhhh
Jingle bells, Jingle bells, jingle all the way
we need more investor cash
we have boardroom bills to pay
And to the tune of O little Town of Bethlehem, we have the Sefton Resources (SER) carol
O little town of Ellerton
Where everyone seems to lie
The Sefton car crash carries on
The shares are set to die
Doc Green spins the tale of hope
But the cash is running out
The lies and ramps from ten long years
Will end in next year’s rout
But Ali’s report looms
To save the board once again
Chat room fools will lap it all up
More shares issued it’s just when
99 Per cent down
But the board has hoovered up
Lets sing the Sefton song once again
All praise this market pup
And finally back to Vialogy ( to the tune of God Rest you Merry Gentlemen)
God Rest you Merry Directors
And shareholders who dismay
For Chevron uses your old kit
But little does it pay
To save us all from penury
As the cash seeps away
Oh promises of better times
Oh promises of better times
If I think of any more I shall post them here. But feel free to offer up any suggestions (first two lines, or a whole verse or two) in the comments section below.
2364 days ago
How many clubs in the Premier League make a profit? Er.. Man United sometimes bit not much of a profit and certainly enough to justify its market valuation. But the rest are all losing money and so in an industry pursuing Hari Kiri economics it is no surprise that last year the top 20 soccer clubs in the UK pissed at £77 million on agent’s fees alone. Leading the way was Man City with £10.5 billion frittered away but it is the next few big spenders that says it all.
The next most generous were Liverpool (£8.6 million) and QPR (£6.8 million) not far ahead of Harry Rednapps’s Spurs. Liverpool have had one of their worst starts to the League in decades. QPR are bottom of the league and have already fired their manager. Spurs have been hit and miss. Sadly hit against West Ham last weel. Of course ‘arry loves a good transfer with agents always involved. How many signings did he make during his tenure at West Ham? I think it was 72. There was that Boogers fellow who no sooner than he had signed was sectioned a loony bin. And I think a whole team who played fewer than five games for us. QPR will be dealing hard again in January. The agents will still love QPR.
West Brom (now 3rd in the table) spent just £1.3 million on agents fees –only two clubs spent less. I admit that those two are Southampton and Norwich, neither of whom is exactly flying. But there is absolutely no clear correlation between the amount handed over to dodgy men in sheepskin jackets and on the field success. For managers it is always “other peoples money” so there is no reason not to spend it with reckless abandon in the hope that it delivers results.
In many ways the madness of soccer finance is like the BBC, NHS and so much else associated with the Government in Bankrupt Britain. Big cheques are written with other folks money by those who are not really financially accountable and vast deficits are perennially run up. And none of this is sustainable.
PS Before you ask, West Ham (drowning in debt) blew £4.4 million on agents fees, making it the seventh most profligate team in the Premiership.
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Radio Four’s Today programme reported on Thursday morning that the “ceasefire in Gaza had largely held overnight.” Well what does it actually mean by that? On the Israeli side not a single shot was fired. Back in the Islamofascist state of Gaza the first rocket heading towards Israel went off exactly 34 minutes AFTER the breakout of peace in our time. By the time Radio 4 broadcast this canard, 15 rockets had landed on Israel. So by “largely held” what the biased BBC actually means is that the Israelis kept to their word but the Gazans fired only 15 rockets whereas they normally average about double that overnight.”
Just imagine how the BBC would have reported it had Hamas not fired any rockets but the Israelis had dropped a couple of bombs. Would it have been “largely held” or a rant about how the fucking Jews were war mongering bastards whose word could not be trusted and had no desire for peace? Next stop for Bibi Netanyahu a war crimes tribunal in the Hague. What do you think?
Before I turn to whether we really do have peace in our time I would add one point on the matter of statistics. As I have noted before, the Israeli’s launch any attack from a clearly defined military base (be it an airplane or missile launchers set in isolated desert spots specifically targeting Hamas military targets. Their aim is to protect Israeli citizens both from Hamas rocket attacks (by taking out the launchers or the men behind them) or from retaliatory attacks. In contrast, Hamas bases its rockets bang in the middle of Civilian areas. In other words it uses its citizens as human shields as it attacks other citizens (wicked Jews). This clear distinction is something the BBC and Guardian never makes.
In all the coverage of the Israeli attacks on Gaza we were constantly shown pictures of bloodied and dead civilians. Okay the BBC had to recycle dead Syrian babies, injured Israeli babies in order to make up numbers but we were constantly told that it was Gazan civilians who bore the brunt of the onslaught by the wicked Jews. Well here are the actual scores on the doors:
Deaths in Gaza as a result of Israeli attacks. 177. Military deaths 120. Civilian deaths 57. So actually those who bore the brunt of the attacks were , er … terrorists who were firing rockets on Israeli civilians. You did not really get that impression from the liberal Western press did you?
And on the subject of dead babies/children. Why did Hamas have to recycle dead or injured Syrian and Israeli babies/children for the BBC and its sister papers the Guardian and Independent to use as they portrayed this as a slaughter of the innocents? Because despite half the population of Gaza being under 18, only 22 minors were killed. Given that Hamas bases its rockets not only in residential areas but next to schools this seems a very low number implying that the Israelis might actually have been targeting military hits very very cleverly. As it happens the ratio of military to civilian deaths in Gaza was 2: 1. In Afghanistan during the invasion by, er us, the ratio was 1 to 3. In Iraq the West managed a 1 to 4 ratio. So the Israelis were actually targeting legitimate figures far more effectively than the US or UK has in recent years. Did the BBC mention that? Er… no. Thought not. As for the Hamas civilian to military kill ratio I think it was infinity since no military targets were hit because its rockets ONLY target civilians.
So having established that the Israeli Defence Forces are in fact far more humanitarian in its targeting than, say, the US or UK army let’s see how the BBC reports it.
“What has shocked me most over the last eight days – during which I have reported exclusively from Gaza, with BBC colleagues complementing in Israel – is the appallingly high number of children killed and injured.”
That is chief correspondent Wyre Davies. The usual impartial BBC take from him then. He will go far at Pravda.
So will we have peace in our time? Well of course not. For starters the naive Americans have given the task of supervising Hamas to Egypt which is now run by the Islamofascist Muslim Brotherhood. Yes that is the same Muslim Brotherhood that runs the tunnels into Gaze supplying Iranian weapons to Hamas. Frankly this is like asking the late Sir Jimmy Savile to look after your local nursery school unsupervised.
But Hamas and the people of Gaza want peace cries the BBC. Er no. Let us look back to January 18th 2009 when Israel’s Operation Cast Lead was halted by a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas. I leave Melanie Phillips to recount what happened next:
Two days later, residents of a kibbutz near Gaza ran for cover as an air raid siren sounded; an explosion was heard, but the government denied there had been an attack. On January 28 2009, Hamas fired a rocket towards Sderot, followed by another rocket the following day, and then another at Ashkelon.
Back to me. Thereafter the rocket attacks increased bit by bit. While Israel continued to ferry 200 tonnes of aid a month into Gaza (Egypt by the way sends none as its border is sealed, the only thing heading in is munitions via the MB’s tunnels) rockets landed on a daily basis in Israel. First it was one a day, then two. Over the past three years it has averaged about 3 a day but in the past six months it has averaged 50 a week, seven a day.
Following around 3000 rocket launches Israel finally struck back. I really doubt that any other Nation on this planet would have shown such restraint. Fed by a biased press with the BBC almost criminal in its intent and effect, the West has now forced Israel to pull back. Like most Israelis (70% in the biggest poll) I regret this as we all know what will happen next. The job of dismantling the military capability of Hamas is unfinished and as such Israeli civilians will die when, not if, Hamas starts firing rockets again.
But hang on, the BBC has an answer. Thank the good Lord. According to Pravda correspondent Kayta Adler, Hamas only started firing rockets at Israel becuase the wicked Jews imposed a naval blockade. She opines by twitter:
“Not clear if/when #Israel will lift #Gaza blockade. If daily life doesn’t improve in Gaza, pop support for rocket fire will likely return.
Aha. Simple. Except of course that the rockets started well before the blockade. It was imposed to stop rockets getting into Gaza, i.e. in response. The amount of aid that used to land by ship ( even if you count rockets as aid) is far less than the wicked Jews truck in each day. Sorry Kayta, you should check your facts. Ooops forgot. You work for the BBC. It is not facts that matter just getting the message across.
So becuase Israel backed off the rockets WILL start hitting Israeli civilians again. It is when not if.
But heck they are only fucking Jews. They don’t matter. On that basis the BBC will probably still report that the ceasefire has “largely held.”
PS For a take on how Israeli’s view the coverage of the BBC tune into this week’s excellent satyrical Latma TV show organised by the superstar Caroline Glick. The BBC spoof is about three minutes in but it is worth watching the bit before for a cracking Hilary Clinton joke. The latma show can be found HERE.
2373 days ago
Remember a few years ago when the BBC and the newspapers were full of pictures of dry riverbeds across England? It was all down to global warming and was a foretaste of what was to come. Yup. Having come up to Warwickshire on unexpected family business I was this morning keen to make my escape to Bristol by train. But arriving at Moreton in the Marsh station I was told that flooding meant there were no trains from Worcester to Bristol or Swindon to Bristol.
As I waited for a lift back home, having missed the 10.45 to Worcester, a little man ran out and said that actually there were some trains. His computer was wrong and he had made phone calls. I could “chance my arm” and head off to Worcester but he could not guarantee that I would in fact get past Gloucester. More rain is on the way.
No offence to Gloucester which is, I am sure, a very nice place but the idea of spending 24 hours at its railway station while the waters subside does not float my boat. Or my ark.
And so I am back with my family of deluded lefties in Shipston. Of course they know the problem. The rain is all down to man made climate change. I am sure Thatcher has something to do with it as well. Another 24 hours in Guardian reading la la land beckons.
2380 days ago
Whatever the BBC says, the World is a better place today thanks to the IDF.
2380 days ago
For once the BBC and the Guardian do not stand in the dock alone. It seems as if the entire Western liberal elite and press corps are united in condemning the wicked Jews, oops they meant to say Israel, for taking out Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari today. Old Said was the head of the military wing of the Islamofascist Hamas organisation that runs the Gaza strip today and thanks to a precise strike from the Israeli Defence Forces he is now on a one way ticket to hell.
I support the brave IDF 100% and am this evening celebrating the death of this bigoted murderer. It seems that deluded lefties across the planet have a different view.
The BBC coverage stands out for its extreme bias. No surprises there. On its website today the lead story reports:
“The head of the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has been killed during Israeli air and naval strikes in the Gaza Strip. Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari and another Hamas official died when the car they were in was hit in Gaza City.
It follows a wave of rocket attacks against Israel from the territory. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the military was prepared to broaden its operation against Hamas targets in Gaza. Gaza’s health ministry said a further five Palestinians had died in the attacks across Gaza. Civilians injured in the air strikes were rushed to Gaza’s hospitals.”
Searching through the BBC website ( bloody hell I really do not know what I have done to deserve such torture) I find one report in recent days about how a few rockets fired from Gaza had landed in Israel killing no-one. Clearly this is heavy handed and disproportionate oppression by the wicked Jews, I mean Israelis.
Later on in the piece the BBC’s reporter notes: “Outside the hospital to which Mr Jabari’s body was taken, thousands of angry Gaza residents chanted “retaliation” and “We want you to hit Tel Aviv tonight”, according to the Associated Press news agency. Hamas spokesman Abu Zuhri said: “Israel will regret the moment they even thought of doing this.” A number of injured civilians, including a badly burned young child, were seen being taken to hospital in Gaza City.”
Ok, forget the spin, here are the facts. Something that you do not read about on the BBC website, in the Guardian or in fact more or less anywhere in the British press.
Gaza’s democratically elected Government is Hamas, an organisation whose charter is committed to ending the State of Israel. Forget about two state solutions. Hamas is committed to a one state final solution with those pesky Jews swept into the sea.
Between 1994 and 2011 the EU has handed over 5 billion Euros in aid to Gaza. That aid continued even after Hamas came to power. The BBC meekly reports that there were rocket attacks on Israel this weekend. You will note its phrase in its article about the terrorist being sent to hell “It follows a wave of rocket attacks against Israel from the territory.”
Try again. This is no one off wave. Month on month there are c200 rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza. That is not just one weekend of hell that Israel is responding to but an every day occurrence. Do you think that if 6 rockets a day landed in Islington the staff of the BBC/The Guardian would just sit there and take it?
If you live in an Israeli town within range of Gaza you have 48 seconds to react on average between when the alarm sounds and WHEN a rocket lands. 48 seconds to get you and your kids to a bunker. The rocket attacks are not precise strikes against military targets but random attacks on towns and villages. The rocket might land on a school, a playing field or a house. Hamas does not care. It just wants to kill Jews.
And what does Israel normally send back in return? Well, as it happens, Israel sends more aid into Gaza than the EU and all the Arab states put together. On average it is about 175,000 tonnes a month. Can you remember the BBC reporting that? Er, no me neither.
The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) are now attempting to take out Hamas military leaders and other folks or equipment that may be used to rain death down on its civilian population in an indiscriminate manner. The IDF is doing its best to target its strikes. It has every right to act in self defence. That the EU continues to send your taxes to support such a murderous regime is an indictment of the Evil Empire.
That the British press cannot report what is going on without even pretending to offer balance is in a sense worse. At least I can choose not to buy the Guardian. Sadly I have no opt –out on the media PR wing of Hamas, the BBC.
I now raise a glass of red wine to Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari and to the Israeli Defence Forces. To the former: I am glad that you are dead. To the latter: well done.
2388 days ago
And so in today’s chapter of paedogeddon Home Secretary Theresa May and PM David Cameron claimed to be disgusted by the allegations made against a senior Tory of the Thatcher years ( who everyone now knows the name of but we cannot say) and a new enquiry into events in North Wales children’s homes has been ordered. Over at the BBC an enquiry is underway into allegations made against arch nonce Jimmy Savile and 29 others, some of them celebrities. The Old Bill has very publicly dragged Gary Glitter and Freddie Starr in for questioning and claims that other celeb arrests are imminent. Suddenly the establishment is desperate to be seen to be outraged, shocked and doing something.
It just does not wash. This is faux surprise, faux outrage and bandwagon mounting par excellence but I sense that no-one really believes any of it any more.
I served my time on Fleet Street. And so I heard stories about Savile and – even before he was nicked – Jonathan King. I was told about Ted Heath (who like Savile was a frequent visitor to a certain Jersey children’s home). And yes I heard about the senior Tory we cannot name and indeed another even more prominent Tory plus three very prominent Labour figures all of whom were widely believed to have a Savilesque taste in younger men.
To be fair to Fleet Street, the British libel laws were a stinker and it would have been hard to report much of it. It is only the totally unregulated world of the internet that means that you all now know all or most of the names that I know. And if you do not, ten minutes on Google will quickly bring you up to speed.
But over at the BBC and at Westminster, folk also knew the stories. And they could have done something. For May and Cameron to express horror at what is now emerging just does not wash. They would have heard the same tales so what we are hearing now is not, whatever they say, any sort of surprise to them. For years the political parties operated with dossiers on leading figures on “the other side” that could be used in an emergency. One of our nonces gets exposed we can deflect the damage by exposing one of yours. And so no-one said anything. But I think it was worse than that. I think that there was a genuine feeling that what the political elite got up to away from the office was their own business and that somehow they were not tied to the normal rules of society because they were just above all of that. And clearly they were.
When the original North Wales enquiry took place (cost to the taxpayer £14 million) there must have been plenty of folk at Westminster, in the police and secret services who were fully aware of well known figures who somehow escaped censure. They said nothing. How on earth are we now to believe that yet another “independent” enquiry organised by politicians will come any closer to exposing the truth than the first one?
And I am afraid that it may get rather worse. For it has been rumoured for an awfully long time that when some of the political nonces went just a bit “too far” ( i.e. risked getting caught) they were like peado Catholic priests simply moved to another parish, given a sinecure outside the House of Commons and told to shut up. If indeed that turns out to be the case (and if you want to get up to speed on this google is very helpful) then the political parties themselves (and possibly some figures still prominent within them) actively connived to protect these appalling men and to cover up their appalling activities. Were this to be true this would indeed be a monumental scandal for the entire political class (for it is suggested that this was a cross party matter). If there is to be a proper enquiry this matter needs to be addressed as a matter of critical importance, if only to put these suggestions to bed once and for all.
The BBC enquiry into itself is being conducted by a firm of lawyers that earns an awful lot of its money doing work for…the BBC. No-one has any faith in an enquiry into politicians organised by the politicians themselves (especially when there has already been one whitewash, I mean enquiry). Faith in the political and media establishment has never been lower. Quite simply they are not trusted at all. The false shock and outrage today from folks who have known these rumours (and probably more) for years will not change that one iota. Nor will the Police regain the trust of anybody by publicly leading old Gary Glitter off in cuffs yet again as it slowly emerges how they repeatedly allowed Savile and others off the hook, again and again and again over decades.
It has been another truly depressing day in the decline of a country that appears to be rotting from the head downwards.
2392 days ago
Last night Newsnight said it was going to expose a top Tory who was a serial and active paedophile. But it did not name him. Well as it happens we all know of one dead senior Tory (Peter Morrison) and most of us know a far more famous dead leading Tory in this camp. As for the one still alive: I do also know at least one name but in paedo-obsessed Britain no doubt others will emerge. I say will emerge … they are already out there.
I have just been sent a link to a blog outing 4 senior Tories as part of a paedo-ring. I have no intention of landing in Court over this since I am 99% sure that at least two of those named are 100-% innocent but you can find it without too much bother if you wish. Meanwhile #Newsnight on twitter throws up a few other candidates for this week’s Jimmy Savile prize, Westminster edition.
By tomorrow night there will have been a couple of dozen names in the frame. I would suggest that you can narrow your search down to those named most frequently to arrive at answers that the whole of Fleet Street knows anyway.
Politicians can gag a newspaper. It is something you can sue, take down for big damages etc. The press can be gagged. The internet cannot be suppressed. Servers are based abroad. Twitter accounts can be set up and reset up if closed down. The information gets out there and there is no point suing a bloke with a blog who has nothing. You achieve nothing.
I had supper with a lawyer on Thursday and he believes that the internet will see fierce controls on free speech imposed pretty soon. But how do you control a chap based in Ireland running a website owned by a Gibraltar company with a server in Albania? You cannot. Not can you stop anyone from setting up any number of twitter accounts and tweeting.
Some totally innocent Tories will be outed as paedos by tomorrow night. That is disgraceful. Their names will never be 100% cleared but they will be 99.9% when the guilty men are exposed, as will happen soon as the establishment is forced to act. Rather like the Royal family I expect that senior Tories both innocent and guilty will be issuing writs or talking of issuing writs as I speak. But the cat is out of the bag. New media will win again.
The inevitable victory of new media is of note. But the other point is that once again the Establishment has acted to cover up matters that most of us find beyond the pale. The BBC, the Political class (yes, Fleet Street also knows of Labour grandees with a penchant for far younger same sex liaisons) has turned a blind eye for years to what is clearly a monstrous scandal. It is the cover-up as much as the scandal that stinks.
2396 days ago
No I did not lunch with a bearded, extremely right wing, Nicaraguan freedom fighter. But with a bearded, extremely right wing, English freedom fighter (living in France). I refer to the publisher of my forthcoming book “The wit and wisdom of Viagra man”, Stephen Eckett of Harriman House. Over for a short holiday Stephen took me to a delightful pub (the Crossed Guns) near where his parents live. The pub overlooks an aqueduct which carries the Kennet & Avon canal over both the River Avon and also the railway line – a bit of a quirk. After lunch a pleasant walk up the valley to catch a train back.
Eckett is delightfully right wing. I would pare down the BBC to its bare bones. He would scrap it altogether. I would pare back the Welfare State greatly, he would go er…rather further. When the disagreement is just how far one cuts it is unlikely to be a heated row. After a brief return to rural France, Eckett’s next stop is Nicaragua to hunt down Contra coffee.
You may remember that when the Nicaraguans overthrew General Samosa in 1979 he was replaced by a hard left regime – the Sandinistas. Samosa had one or two civil rights issues involving the use of Death Squads and there was little disagreement that he was a man who had to go. But the Sandinistas were a petty appalling lot too. Not only were they beloved by the Guardian, the BBC, Bianca Jagger, Polly Toynbee and all the other sort of people who are always wrong on every issue, but they had a few civil liberties issues of their own. Most notably was their desire to force farmers to give up private land and merge all their holdings into co-operatives.
So that “Fair Trade” coffee from Nicaragua that is so beloved in London N1 and no doubt drunk in Polly Toynbee’s Tuscan castle is actually produced on land stolen by the State and where labour is forced, not willing and free. A Nicaraguan co-operative is not a group of peasants getting together voluntarily in some happy socialist dream existence in the Sun in order to make a better life but a group of folks who – through their own hard toil had a better life but were forced together to become peasants by an oppressive State.
In the North of the country the hill farmers objected. And so there was a bit of a civil war with the Northern farmers supporting the Contras. These folk were a bit discredited since they included supporters of the former leader Samosa and also got involved with Ollie North, the CIA, guns and Iran. The war ended but the Northern farmers kept their arms and via a company in the US Mr Eckett, on principle, imported hugely expensive Contra Coffee for his personal consumption. This is free coffee produced by free men.
But a year or two ago, suddenly the Contra coffee stopped flowing over to Eckett Towers in France. He has been unable to find an explanation. And so he is off to the Nicaraguan hills to see what has happened to the farmers who made Contra Coffee. Have market forces (their product was expensive) taken their toll? Or have the hill farmers finally been forced into co-operatives? Or maybe they were just scamming everyone and have made so much cash that the have all retired to Miami? Eckett is on a mission to find out.
2397 days ago
Is this the last episode of Downton Abbey series three tonight? Maybe it is the penultimate one. But it is hard to see what shocks we could have left. After all it is 1920 so unless the IRA man takes time off from grieving to join the Irish Civil War or Lady Edith heads off to fight for Greece against Turkey it is hard to see what can go wrong. Bates is on his way out of prison. The ex prostitute is settling in well at the Crawley household. Predatory homosexual Thomas really must get his long awaited come uppance downstairs while simple but honest Mary the under-cook looks set to be handed the keys to a farm by the father of the man she married but did not love just before he died.
Non Downton lovers – in this show someone important has to die at least once a series. The pompous prig Matthew Crawley is trying to make himself more exciting by picking a fight with thicko Aristocrat the Earl of Grantham but he is failing. He and Lady Mary really need to emigrate.
In Dallas, the younger generation of John Ross, Chris, Elena and the mad wife of Chris are growing on me. News that Bobby/Patrick Duffy/The Man from Atlantis may be about to peg out can be handled because the younger generation are quite amusing. Although without JR or Maggie Smith both series would be holed beneath the waterline But without Lady Sybil (died two episodes ago) the younger generation at Downton is pretty weak. I am beginning to think that I can survive life without Downton and those bloody adverts for P&O Luxury Cruises.
Meanwhile as part of my drive to see a few more films I saw a pretty good alternative flick yesterday, Ginger & Rosa. Set in 1962 it is the story of two 17 year olds whose friendship is gradually torn apart by a) one going to a grammar school and the other a secondary modern, b) their attitudes and the stresses caused by the Cuban Missile Crisis and the ban the bomb marches and c) the father of one shagging the other. I think c) was the real blow.
I shall largely skip the point about schooling. It was all too artificial. Had both girls gone to an inner City comprehensive I am sure they would both have gone off the rails…the raw material for a derailment was all too obvious in both cases. Banning the bomb might have seemed like a good idea at the time but as it happens ( and naturally this was not reflected in the script which focussed on fascist policeman dragging away duffle coat wearing protesters) Kennedy was right to stand up to the Russians over Cuba. And moving forward 20 years those who would rather have been “red than dead” were wrong.
Thatcher & Reagan stood up to the Soviets and in the end a weak economy (i.e. a communist one) could not match the spending power of a strong one (i.e. a capitalist one). The strong stance taken by Maggie and Ron encouraged the good folk of Eastern Europe to rise up and throw off the shackles of Soviet oppression. The choice was not “red or dead.” The choice was “prolonging the Soviet system in Russia and the Russian occupation and suppression of human rights and democracy in Eastern Europe or freedom and life all round.” My step mum and her pals at Greenham Common , Michael Foot, Bruce Kent, the BBC/Guardian were all wrong. Thatcher and Reagan called it right. Thank God.
Having said all of that the film was a fast moving and vaguely plausible tale with a predictably miserable end. Timothy Spall and Annette Benning as two thirds of a lefty, gay, CND supporting terribly middle class household are excellent. The early 60s is an era that is well before my time but from all that I have read and watched about it, the movie captured the mood of the time well. I do not regret seeing it although the dishonesty of some elements of the script cannot avoid comment.
2405 days ago
It seems as if there are only two more episodes of the current series of Downton Abbey to go. Sunday evenings will not be the same after next weekend. I shall have to make conversation or write more. What shall I do? Well for starters I will not be booking a P&O luxury cruise. The amount of adverts in Downton is infuriating and I have got the message a thousand times over that the series is sponsored by P&O Luxury Cruises. Why not jack up the ad rates and sell fewer adverts? The viewing experience is greatly diminished. Anyhow, P&O I have never been on one of your cruises and after this series, I never will.
The death of Lady Sybil is a blow as she was the best looking of the daughters and also the most entertaining. Does this mean that her IRA husband will be looked after or will he be sent packing back to play his part on the struggle for independence? Does this mean that we now have to suffer even more of Lady Mary and the prig Matthew Crawley? Will Bates finally see justice? Will wicked gay predator Thomas finally get his comeuppance? I am not sure what shocks the current series offers but assuming that there are others I wonder:
Will the incredibly stupid Earl of Grantham manage to lose a second fortune in the 1929 crash?
How long can Maggie Smith continue – given that her character is already 187 years old but she is the star of the show?
Since most families of English upper class twits had at least one Moseley/Hitler groupie in the 1930s who is daft enough to go for that? My money has to be on the Earl of Grantham who you really would not want to be part of your pub quiz team.
Away from Downton, the mainstay of my 100% non BBC TV diet remains Dallas.
An episode with only a brief cameo or two from JR was a shame as he dominates proceedings when he appears. The years and the surgeon’s knife have not been kind to Charlene Tilton (Lucy) or perhaps like her Dad (Gary) she has been doing too much hard living and it has taken its toll. Who is the love-child of Bobby’s new wife? Please let it be Christopher. The demise of that mad Venezuelan woman who bedded John Ross is a good thing but I am warming to JR Junior and would hate to see him disappear for a crime he did not commit for the next 20 years until New New Dallas appears in 2030.
Finally DCI Banks – the first two part episode is over. I was shocked by the reason for the murder of the DCI’s brother and although the storyline was 100% implausible it kept my attention. The scenery is wonderful and Stephen Tomkinson carries the show. I am not so sure about the stand in Sergeant – she is pretty unlikeable. But overall, there is more than enough to keep watching.
2414 days ago
Some Tory local council candidate told a Jimmy Savile joke on twitter. The Labour party have now written to Call Me Dave demanding that this man be barred from standing for office again. Shit, why not go the whole hog and report him to the Police and get him banged up for 3 months for causing widespread “distress” via an electronic communication. Oh please…
The joke was tasteless but half funny. So at the risk of going to prison for three months for causing distress (see below) I shall of course repeat it in full.
Meanwhile should not Labour be focussing their fire on how their pals at the BBC covered up for this monster and others ( another one outed tonight, some bloke I have never heard of from Children’s hour) on an institutional scale for years? The Plymouth Tory has now protected his tweets but here’s the joke:
2415 days ago
Facebook (FB) is under attack today for paying just £238,000 in corporation tax last year. I am the last person to want to defend Mark Zuckerburg’s enterprise. The shares are grossly overvalued even after almost halving from May’s $38 IPO. I still reckon they will more than halve again. But on this occasion it is the left (MPs, the Independent, the BBC – and its sister publication the Guardian) that just does not get it.
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Firstly it is estimated that Facebook generated revenues of £275 million in the UK. The Independent complains that it is paying just 0.136% tax on its earnings. No it is paying tax of 0.136% on its sales. That is a bit harsh. I know Zuckerburg is an easy target but most companies pay tax on profits and facebook should be treated the same as everyone else. But expecting a left to grasp basic economics is perhaps a bit of an ask.
The more damaging accusation is that while facebook is booking costs in the UK it books revenues through low tax Eire so that it pays more tax there and less in high tax Britain. Well it probably does. So does everyone else in the e-word as the Indy admits. Google, etc – they are all at it.
The fact is that it is very hard to show where revenue is generated in the internet world. I happen to live in the UK. This website is owned by an IOM company. Our server could be in the Ukraine. If I moved (and I serve up the content) to Albania (tax rate 10%) where do you think our revenues would be generated? Discuss.
And so it is with facebook etc. The UK has two choices. Keep tax high, pretend we are still in the 19th century where the means of production are tied to one location, and watch anyone with an international business and smart accountants pay a low rate of tax. Or make corporation tax competitive and watch tax receipts go up. Simple. For too simple for lefties to grasp.