Thursday, 7 September 2017

Out Of Office Open Thread



I will be away on holiday for the next week or so, and Sue might not get much (if any) time to post. So thank you for all your support and patience. And here's a lovely new Open Thread...

16 comments:

  1. Is it just me who doesn't understand the BBC's obsession with the burning of Muslim villages in Myanmar? Whilst undoubtably tragic it seems to be getting more coverage than other war xo es around the world.

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    1. Haven't heard much about the Yazidis recently have we? And we never hear about the persecution of Hindus and Christians in Pakistan.

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  2. And now I've done a bit more internet reading on the subject - It would it's not so clear cut as just one side committing unprovoked genocide on the other.

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    1. Yes! See Sunday's Beeb website: "Rohingya rebels declare truce in Myanmar." But see it quickly before it's taken down! As far as I know, this is the first time the BBC has used the word 'rebel' and admitted the existence of a Rohingya insurgency aimed at seizing independence for a large chunk of Burmese territory.

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  3. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rohingya_insurgency_in_Western_Myanmar

    Worth a read for context.

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    1. As far as I can tell it's been a slow invasion by Sharia followers with all the consequences you might expect.

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    2. It takes quite a lot of effort to fall out with a Buddhist.

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  4. Lengthy coverage on the website of what the BBC is pleased to call the 'Exit from Brexit March' some of us may prefer to call it 'the Anti-democracy March.' We'd be wrong though because apparently one man told the BBC, "I don't think people really knew what they were voting for..."

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    1. Plenty of EU flag-waving - as there was at the Last Night of the Proms. That was within the RAH anyway - I didn't see so many outside in Hyde Park, where the audience couldn't be choreographed by the BBC. Last Night wrapped up the season in traditional good spirits, with Swedish soprano Nina Stemme dressing up as a Valkyrie to deliver Rule Britannia. At first sight Valkyrie with her helmet, shield and lance could have been mistaken for Britannia. As for the EU flags see

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41216508

      EU flags are apparently given out to Prommers as they enter the building. That would not happen without the BBC'c tacit approval.

      And then, right on cue, Tony Blair's views on possibilities of remaining in the EU (with a few safeguards about immigration) are featured in today's news bulletins - and yesterday's story of 'Exit from Brexit March'. This all adds up to a renewed effort to undermine the UK negotiating position in the Brexit process with the distant hope of derailing it.



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    2. From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41216508

      ...'Prom-goers also waved the traditional Union flags [as well as the EU flag] - but that act has become politicised over the last two years.

      Following 2016's referendum, anti-Brexit campaigners have distributed EU flags to the audience as they arrive...'

      Remember The One Show earlier this year when these same-sized EU flags were waved during a live performance by the Cranberries.

      ..'.but that act has become politicised over the last two years'...

      Yes, politicised by none other than the BBC. It in unthinkable that these flag-wavers are anything other than BBC plants. If the producers weren't in full agreement, and the flag-wavers were genuine protestors, then fur would fly, and some effort would have been made to prevent the politicisation.

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    3. There is undoubtedly an element of co-ordination in all this - Blair's announcement and the London demo are mere precursors. Meanwhile, Macron has been pushing for some window-dressing changes on the EU's internal migration policy. I think the plan - probably overseen by Mandelson himself - is to get a transition period that will extend beyond 2022. Then the game will be to go into the next GE promising a second referendum, based on the argument that the new EU immigration policy changes the terms of which the first referendum took place.

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    4. Imagine the furore if one of the Prom-goers started to wave an EDL flag in the RAH! He or she would be removed faster than you can say Jack Robinson!

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    5. ....faster than you can say Jack Robinson.... Shouldn't that be Tommy Robinson.

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  5. See the BBC take on the 'Exit from Brexit March'

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41212505

    Sir Ed Davey said "Since the Brexit negotiations begun there's a third emotion (besides distress and despair] I've been feeling - embarrassment.
    "Embarrassment at our country's leaders. Embarrassment for Great Britain."

    That feeling of embarrassment cuts both ways Sir Ed. The majority of the voting public feel embarrassed to have a national broadcaster who seems to despise them.

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  6. http://www.itv.com/news/2017-09-10/two-men-arrested-in-neo-nazi-terror-probe-released-without-charge/

    This story received a short sentence on BBC News Channel this morning, and appeared very briefly on the BBC News website before being replaced. Considering its first headline status on the BBC Ten O'Clock News the other day, we might have expected some contrition, but we already know that the BBC will bury news that isn't in accord with their narrative.

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