The BBC: are claims of political bias justified? Part 2.

If the Russians come over the Ukrainian border and Boris bangs the cleaning lady in the broom cupboard, guess which story will be headline news.

The first correct answer gets a night with Laura......runner up gets a week!
 
If the Russians come over the Ukrainian border and Boris bangs the cleaning lady in the broom cupboard, guess which story will be headline news.

The first correct answer gets a night with Laura......runner up gets a week!
I'll go for silver then. My life would never be the same again, nor would hers. She may also need a wheelchair for a few days and some make up to conceal the grimace lines.
 

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Utterly superb, at last a broadsheet worth reading.
 

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Is that because it is paywalled? ;)
 
Is that because it is paywalled? ;)
Cheapskate. This article fell off a Post Office van this morning:

Freddie Gray 8 Dec 2021 The Spectator

There’s something telling about the alacrity with which the SW1 hive mind has seized on the leaked clip of Allegra Stratton.

For our slightly depraved opinion-forming class, the sight of the Prime Minister’s press spokesperson sniggering about a party that apparently happened in No. 10 at a time when the government had ordered us all not socialise was just too delicious.

Journalists, who tend to regard themselves as extraordinary people, decided en masse that here at last was a story that ordinary people — the commoners — can be excited by and angry about.

The blue-checks of Twitter quickly pronounced that this bit of news had ‘cut through’ — that awful phrase which media people use to mean that non-media people might care.


On the whole this indignant chatter is the kabuki theatre of a self-obsessed elite
ITV, who led on the story, showed the video to some oldies and asked them to be appalled. The well-spoken anchor Tom Bradby put on his best disgusted-on-behalf-of-Britain voice. So did Robert Peston, ITV’s political editor, as he threw his former colleague Allegra under the bus.
People who had lost loved ones were dredged up to vent their sense of injustice. And of course everybody can feel their pain. But on the whole this indignant chatter — the endless repetition of ‘it’s one rule for them’ and ‘they are laughing at us’ — is the kabuki theatre of a self-obsessed elite. It is the formulaic patter of media people who privately consider themselves ‘they’ but for public appearances insist on pretending to be ‘us’.
It is phoney.

(Disclosure here — I do know Allegra a bit and I like her, though I am not nearly as friendly with her as many of the people I saw publicly declaring themselves on social media to be shocked at the video.)
The truth is that Stratton was not ‘laughing at us’. Nor were the rest of the No. 10 press team in that silly briefing room. They were laughing at the absurdity of their situation: a mock press conference during a strange and seemingly endless pandemic; a scene in which a representative of the government had to pretend to defend the nonsensical policies of her bosses and to stand up for rules that even in the heart of government weren’t being taken at all seriously. If you were in her shoes you would have laughed too.
It’s not ‘cruel’ to find humour in such moments, as so many have been saying. It’s human. What is strange and cruel is to do what so many journalists started to do in response to the video as it spread online, which is to ham up the outrage in order to signal to others that they too are in on the joke.
None of this is to say it wasn’t hypocritical of government staff to disregard the rules their ministers made. Of course it was. It’s also not necessarily true to say this is just another ‘Westminster bubble’ story. The public too can delight in the schadenfreude of a government spokesperson caught out. It is good tattle and in the age of social media everyone joins in. The video has had millions of views.
But let’s stop being duped by all these political hacks and their posturing as the voice of ordinary folk. What these jackals really want to do is tee-hee together at a juicy bit of viral Westminster gossip.

A fair number of them know the characters involved and might have been invited to that now legendary cheese and wine party — or perhaps one of the other naughty No. 10 lockdown breaches people are whispering about. They secretly thrill at that thought. The embarrassment of others is always more delicious when you think it could have been you.

Meanwhile, the government continues to fail to cope with the weight of various crises, inflation bites and large parts of the north continue to go without power. End times, anyone?
 
I'd be a lot happier if someone was actually reporting on whether the Plan B restrictions are justified - instead of this endless caterwauling about an end of term office provision of cheese and wine and a video appearing to joke about explaining it from a year ago. All garnished with campaign groups wheeled out to add to teh faux outrage.

Meanwhile, in the real world, that nice Mr Putin may be about to kick off a proper war in Eastern Europe and the state is flexing its new-found muscles with regard to a variant of C19 that the WHO has urged governments not to panic over.

Thus far, the only information in the public domain appears to be that :

1. Omicron variant is in community transmission.
2. Info from SA seems to indicated mild illness (albeit in potentially younger sample)
3. Infections have risen over the last couple of weeks, although whether that is down to increased levels of testing or actual increase in transmission is unclear.
4. Numbers in hospital with (not from) Covid are on a general decreasing trend and far below levels earlier in the year.
5. Of those hospitalised, the vast majority (percentage unknown) appear to be unvaccinated.
6. Plan B appears to have been initiated on the advice of that well known purveyor of accurate forecasts Professor N Ferguson. Whether his forecast of 1000+ daily hospitalisations (currently 600-700) includes effects like running out of the unvaccinated to infect or milder illness is unknown.

The Beeb has been gagging for this to happen for weeks and yet there's no journalism applied. Lots of could, may, if etc, but, for example no serious comparison of previous prediction with actual results.

Meanwhile, the "establishment" (by which I mean the government - and opposition, CS, local government, NHS, BBC etc) have got a taste for this - the genie is well and truly out of the bottle. Can you imagine all the new "rules" they think they can impose now they've set the precedent?

Where is the analytical investigation - as opposed to attempts at "gotcha" and Boris grrrr?
 
I'd be a lot happier if someone was actually reporting on whether the Plan B restrictions are justified - instead of this endless caterwauling about an end of term office provision of cheese and wine and a video appearing to joke about explaining it from a year ago. All garnished with campaign groups wheeled out to add to teh faux outrage.

Meanwhile, in the real world, that nice Mr Putin may be about to kick off a proper war in Eastern Europe and the state is flexing its new-found muscles with regard to a variant of C19 that the WHO has urged governments not to panic over.

Thus far, the only information in the public domain appears to be that :

1. Omicron variant is in community transmission.
2. Info from SA seems to indicated mild illness (albeit in potentially younger sample)
3. Infections have risen over the last couple of weeks, although whether that is down to increased levels of testing or actual increase in transmission is unclear.
4. Numbers in hospital with (not from) Covid are on a general decreasing trend and far below levels earlier in the year.
5. Of those hospitalised, the vast majority (percentage unknown) appear to be unvaccinated.
6. Plan B appears to have been initiated on the advice of that well known purveyor of accurate forecasts Professor N Ferguson. Whether his forecast of 1000+ daily hospitalisations (currently 600-700) includes effects like running out of the unvaccinated to infect or milder illness is unknown.

The Beeb has been gagging for this to happen for weeks and yet there's no journalism applied. Lots of could, may, if etc, but, for example no serious comparison of previous prediction with actual results.

Meanwhile, the "establishment" (by which I mean the government - and opposition, CS, local government, NHS, BBC etc) have got a taste for this - the genie is well and truly out of the bottle. Can you imagine all the new "rules" they think they can impose now they've set the precedent?

Where is the analytical investigation - as opposed to attempts at "gotcha" and Boris grrrr?
Give it 5 minutes before the MSM are reporting that Plan B should have been executed sooner and demanding a lockdown.
 

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Although I still have a subscription, which I don't read anymore (which was a present from yesteryear that seems to be renewing every year much to the frustration of my wife to stop it), I bet Private Eye drags up several stories of hypocritical journalists getting pissed en masse at parties at exactly the same time last year at Boris' staff
 
Give it 5 minutes before the MSM are reporting that Plan B should have been executed sooner and demanding a lockdown.

I totally agree too. Some of his newer stuff is dire
 
Although I still have a subscription, which I don't read anymore (which was a present from yesteryear that seems to be renewing every year much to the frustration of my wife to stop it), I bet Private Eye drags up several stories of hypocritical journalists getting pissed en masse at parties at exactly the same time last year at Boris' staff
...including their own? I suspect that they have a large contingent of merlot-dependent staff.
 

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Give it 5 minutes before the MSM are reporting that Plan B should have been executed sooner and demanding a lockdown.

Indeed, willing to bet the Labour lot will break out the phrase Circuit Breaker again, although when it was formally tried in Wales last year it had sod all effect, not that it stopped the BBC pushing that agenda.
 

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Angela Raynor has already been on Talk Radio to say the restrictions should have been brought in earlier. She didnt have a clue
 
Angela Raynor has already been on Talk Radio to say the restrictions should have been brought in earlier. She didnt have a clue
They are so predictable. Morons.
 
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