Thursday 15 June 2017

Nothing much to say

I might as well join the rest of the virtue-signalling community and boast that when me and Craig have nothing to say, we say nothing.  Nothing much, anyway.

It didn’t take long for the usuals to start politicising Grenfell Tower, did it? 


I see Laura Perrins is on Question Time tonight, as is Emily Thornberry. Might be worth staying awake for. Go Laura! (g’wan g’wan)


I listened to Jeremy Bowen’s puff piece about Yassir Arafat.  Another terrible piece. He’s obviously an Arafat admirer , like Barbara Plett - and I do believe Bowen thinks the discredited polonium story is feasible. 


Hugo Rifkind(£) thinks the naturally irascible Corbyn has learned not to be too grumpy in front of the cameras.
“When an ITV reporter asked him a year ago whether he wanted there to be a general election, nobody forced him to say, irritably, “I’m being harassed!”, before storming off to hide behind what turned out to be, awkwardly, a glass door. This is who Jeremy Corbyn was. He was tetchy and he was incompetent, and if anybody with any sense was going to vote for him, then everything any of us knew about anything was wrong.”

He learnt to smile and jest specially for the campaign.

“…..a pivotal moment in this election came during Corbyn’s interview with Jeremy Paxman, when Paxman, in full Spanish inquisition mode, asked him why the Labour manifesto included nothing on Corbyn’s long-held ambition of scrapping the monarchy. “There’s nothing in there because we’re not going to do it,” retorted Corbyn, visibly amused. Hidden beneath the audience’s guffaws, this was the sound of a man wryly acknowledging the fundamental impracticality of his own radicalism. All of a sudden, Jeremy Corbyn was a moderate.”

There are signs that he has reverted.


The BBC may be going overboard with its Grenfell Tower coverage. Sky is the same. All the other stuff that was so important before the disaster has evaporated - obviously the distressing, heart-rending human interest element of this terrible fire makes everything else pale into insignificance, but at the same time continuous interviews with people who knew someone who knew someone who knew someone who is missing or killed, is not ‘news’. Dragging it out too long in a mawkish and voyeuristic way diminishes the tragedy, if anything . 


  1. Thursday's Jeremy Vine Show and PM were appalling. Vine's was all about 'class war' and the poor doing badly in rich boroughs, (which make a change from the poor doing badly in poor boroughs I expect).
    Eddie Mair was at his worst, (he can be very good sometimes). The inquiry was complete, Mrs. May was guilty. On and on he went but on the basis of no established facts. Mair had decided that sprinklers was the answer and that was it. Only right at the end did a cautious expert point out that they couldn't be fitted everywhere. My own tentative conclusion is that the fire spread externally, making sprinklers of little use. Until it can be established how the fire started we are all wasting our time speculating and vile if we make political capital out of it.
    Unfortunately a lot of people won't believe the results of the inquiry as they will fear, (with good cause, thanks BBC), a religious cover-up. Either way that is not good for society. Too many lies leads to the death of trust.

  2. The broadcasters would deny it strenuously but the truth is the wall-to-wall news coverage of these events (when there is nothing to say) is not about news but all about ratings & even entertainment. Disgusts me.

  3. Nick Robinson starts to stir it on Twitter, then backtracks, saying he did say "if" it is down to regulations then PM is in trouble. (You wish)

    1. If...a useful word...

      If Nick Robinson's been shooting up heroin in the BBC toilets, he's in trouble...

      If Evan Davis secretly tortures kittens, he's in trouble...

      If BBC reporters did a half decent job, they might have saved all those people's lives instead of indulging in Trumpophobic Brexomania. All it would take is one decent journalist to have exposed that flammable material banned in the US and Germany was being use on British tower blocks.

  4. Bowen used a bit of circumlocution to disguise the fact that Arafat was born in Cairo - a few hundred miles away from Palestine.

  5. Grenfell Towers was built under Ted Heath's watch, so of course it's going to be politicized one way or the other. Never mind that it's apparently been a known fire hazard for a decade, and 13 years of Labour and Gordon Brown posing as an evangelist for working class housing. Osprey Heights was better made, right?

    Bowen is proof that the BBC is not run by Zionists. No one even remotely supportive of Israel's right to exit - never mind someone genuinely interested in objective journalism - would have someone with an admitted personal grudge against Israel to be the BBC's top man, most trusted editorial voice, in the region.

    Hugo Rifkind is lame. He's also apparently been reading my comments.


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