Sorry. Not sure what's wrong with the comments. Everything looks normal behind the scenes.
Here's a new Open Thread though for when things start working again! In the meantime I may have to pray a lot...
A classic pic.twitter.com/5D7DCSLHCN— #Marcher (@MarcherLord1) October 29, 2018
#Budget burn for @BBCNews Business Editor, Simon Jack as he incorrectly refers to the UK as the slowest growing economy - @afneil delivers the corrections. #Ouch @bbclaurak @bbckamal pic.twitter.com/hhDZUw0eYu— David Laud (@davidlaud) October 29, 2018
|The Doctor v The Donald|
|Tina D, reading the news this morning|
Anyone who has been paying attention knows podcasts are hugely popular with under-35s, and if you’re serious about reaching that audience, it’s the logical thing to do. For me, a big thing is class and social background. We’re supposed to be holding a mirror to society and be representing them, but when was the last time someone who didn’t go to public school or Oxbridge presented the Ten O’Clock News?
The BBC gets a lot out of me. I should be thinking: ‘this is brilliant, I’ve got this whole area locked off, I tick all of those boxes in terms of strategy – young women, brown people, so-called C2DE demographics – but I wish there were more of me. I had to work twice as hard and be damn good at my job to develop my career. I was doing 19 jobs and working for months without a day off [to get noticed] but there should be more people who look like me.
Andrew Adonis: 6 months ago the BBC’s editorial committee banned a documentary team from working with me on the campaign for a people’s vote, tho filming was commissioned & underway. They didn’t want to offend No 10 & claimed the people’s vote had no support. That doesn’t look such a good call.
BBC Press Team: There is no truth in the allegation that a documentary was ‘banned’ by BBC managers. We consider many proposals, some we commission and many we don’t. After initial development work we decided not to commission it.
The Observer, back on the Budget, it's got an investigation revealing how Universal Credit, very unpopular, is fuelling the UK's homelessness crisis it says.
Reviewing the news today, Michelle Dewberry, the Brexit-supporting businesswoman and a former winner of The Apprentice, the BBC's economics editor Kamal Ahmed, and Helen Lewis, deputy editor of The New Statesman.
Welcome to Sunday. A new poll suggests Islamophobia is a real problem in the UK today. We'll be discussing the findings.
A new ComRes poll out today has revealed that 58% of the British public agree that Islamophobia is a real problem in society. The survey also showed that nearly half the population felt that Britain's becoming less tolerant towards Muslims and that Muslims were more discriminated against than people of other faiths.
|Co-host Tina Daheley|
Fake news spreads like a virus across social media and the trust audiences have in radio is a potent weapons against it.
In another post, President Donald Trump was criticised for allowing Jewish people to enter the US.
Bowers was not an admirer of President Donald Trump and wrote in one post: “I did not vote for him nor have I owned, worn or even touched a Maga [Make American Great Again] hat.”
The BBC's Dan Johnson in Washington says the shootings come at a tense time in the US, after a week in which mail bombs were sent to critics of Mr Trump, ahead of crucial mid-term elections next month.
|TADEK BEUTLICH (BORN 1922, POLISH) 'Bios'|
Chris Cook from BBC Newsnight has written a very odd article about a painting hanging in a obscure junior minister's office from 2012-15.
What are his motives? Why raise something of little interest about an art choice 6 years ago?
Is he trying to make a political point or a #MeToo point? Or just virtue signalling his solidarity with women who feel uncomfortable?
Is he trying to mischief make or entertain?
It’s liberal claptrap. Why am I paying my licence fee for such rubbish?
Dr Poulter's representatives said that a tabloid newspaper inquired about his picture choice, but also said that the story "was not pursued because it was so patently absurd". They added: "The artwork was selected for our client by his private office".
The BBC and Left-wing media tried to stir up a race war, and were partially successful, by falsely claiming white police officers were killing unarmed black men because they were ‘black’….here’s the BBC’s Clive Myrie [black] adding to the angry rhetoric...
‘Well, slavery may have long gone, but apprehending someone because they could be up to no good, simply because they’re black is still police policy in much of the land….'
Myrie sites ‘Ferguson’ as proof that Blacks are being targeted…
‘It is through the prism of racism that many black Americans see the deaths of countless black men at the hands of white police officers, and a look at the facts suggests this might be appropriate.
Ferguson, in St Louis in Missouri, is the place where an unarmed black teenager called Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer.
In the midst of the Obama era, oh, what a rude awakening the events of Ferguson have been.’
Except that’s just not true…the police officer was being attacked, he was punched, the man tried to take his weapon and then ran at the officer the result of which he was then shot.
Many of the shootings so dramatically and sensationally hyped by the BBC as race killings have in fact been by non-white officers…so race is not an issue…and studies have shown that it is Whites who are more likely to be shot whilst Blacks are more likely to be stopped.
The result of all this was that Blacks then launched lethal attacks on police officers killing many due to the perception, driven by the Media, that police were targeting Blacks.
Police officers died because of reporting from the likes of the BBC’s Clive Myrie….and yet it is Trump and his criticism of that feral Media who is to blame for the angry, violent divisions in America?
Credit to reporter on this who contacted me yesterday & has removed “4x higher” line from online story. So often these errors go uncorrected.
|Donald and Steph|
I think the BBC must be giving out vouchers to all the people who have a go at DT. One snide remark = a free meal, two snide remarks = a chance to be on another programme, three = regular employment.I do like this passage from the BBC report though:
In the interview McGovern grilled Mr Trump about his status as a business tycoon, his previous bid for the US presidency in 2012, and whether his wealth made him happy.
Evenin' all. Welcome to This Week - and what a week it's been. You're probably still exhilarated by Saturday's big march - you know, the one Alastair Campbell told us about last Thursday. I couldn't make it myself - I had a previous appointment with a box set of The Daily Politics - but I'm sure you were there. I sent along my Greek gardener, my Polish plumber and the Norwegian nanny. So nobody can be in any doubt about my commitment, or should I say self-interest, in a People's Vote. Mind you, the Brexit negotiations are going so well that I'm not sure we'll need one. We now have a backstop to the backstop, a transition period, an extended transition period and even the possibility of an indefinite transition period, plus close regulatory alignment. Mmm, close regulatory alignment - something most of us only ever dreamed of, until the Maybot's negotiating skills made it a reality. I'm told Donald Trump has even offered to build a wall down the Irish Sea with all the spare bricks he has accumulated from not building a wall along the Mexican border. It's such a generous gesture that nobody has the heart to tell him bricks don't float. I'm not surprised though the Maybot got such an ecstatic welcome when she walked into a room full of Tory MPs last night, greeting her with synchronised banging of their heads against their desks. It must have lifted the spirits of her software no end.
2 'helpful', 1 'unhelpful' for Anna Soubry1 'neutral' and two 'unhelpful' for Tim Roache1 'helpful', 1 'neutral' and 1 'unhelpful' for Caroline Flint1 'neutral' and 4 'unhelpful' for Gerard Batten
The initial response from the White House this morning was extraordinary - the President not condemning the attacks but raising questions about their timing, with vital congressional elections just eleven days away.That was a senior BBC reporter passing judgment on the present US president.
And it’s also ironic that on Wednesday, 24 hours after the BBC ‘Fact Check’ was published, students at Oxford voted to ban a controversial Christian group from Lady Margaret Hall. If campus censorship is a myth, someone should probably tell them.
The Conservatives want you to think that their programme is nasty but necessary. They’re half right.
I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few weeks shouting at middle-aged white men. They are very keen to reassure me I’ll come round to their side once I grow up a bit, get a fatter pay packet and stop being so young, naïve and female.
Because, this much we know to be true – the left-leaning among us might have the bleeding hearts, but it’s the centre-right, cynical but pragmatic, who make the necessary hard decisions to fix the economy – because they used to be like you, you know, until they got real. You can accuse the Nasty party of a lot of things, but naïve idealism is not usually one them.
There’s a persistent narrative here that needs interrogating, not least so I can stop getting into arguments with old Tories. It’s become so ingrained that even people who stand against Conservative policies have internalised the belief they are based in hard-nosed, sensible economics.