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By Mike Cunningham On May 5th, 2015 at 8:02 am

I have often considered the BBC’s News Department to be always three bricks short of a wall, and this morning’s offering tends to prove my point.

General Election stories and comment.……………News

Reporting the two ‘thicko’ muslims  attempting to attack a Freedom of Speech rally, shot dead by excellent police marksmen near Dallas…………..News

Italian and Greek navies helping illegal migrant journeys in Med…………….News

Rotherham child sex abuse by Paki Muslim gangs ‘known about for years…………………News

Cases heard in British Supreme Court are now available on Court website…………News?

Birmingham? What could be worse?

By Mike Cunningham On April 3rd, 2015 at 9:17 am

I read thast the BBC is having lots of little difficulties when ‘persuading’ (a precise definition of ‘persuading’ can be obtained by referring to the President Putin dictionary) staffers to relocate to  their new pleasure palace in the capital of all things ‘Brum’.

Now, personally, anything which generates annoyance, frustration or other forms of angst within the Labour Party Propaganda Machine (BBC) would normally be music to mine ears, but even I have to feel a little sympathy for all those BBC-employed Guardian readers actually forced to live alongside a great many of the people whom they profess to admire so very, very much!

Birmingham? What could be worse?

Well, there is one place worse. None other that the crying,  weaselling, thieving, hypocritical capital of the world: Liverpool!

….and here isn’t the news; rehashed once again, by our experts at the scene!

By Mike Cunningham On March 25th, 2015 at 9:54 am

I listened this morning to what must have been the ultimate example of wasted oxygen ever demonstrated on the BBC; and that, knowing the outpourings of hot air from that same BBC, must be some target to set.

We all must be saddened by the crash of the Germanwings passenger jet, especially as we were shown the first pictures of the shredded fuselage as it lay strewn over the rocks and sand of those Alpine  ridges. Of course the relatives must be bemused and crushed by the loss of their relations; their friends, their brothers, fathers, wives and sisters.

But did we have to listen to a BBC reporter on the Today Programme spouting out hundreds of words as he described some helicopters taking off as they joined the search as daylight broke over that small Alpine town? He went on, and on, shouting his silly script over the noise of the helicopter blades as those machines gained height; completing his allotted two-odd minutes of reflected glory as he reported how the crash teams went up into the mountains.

Add to that, the complete waste of breathable gas used by the so-called experts who, drafted in, no doubt at great expense onto the newsrooms of the BBC, ITV, Sky and everyone else; dispensed their views about what had gone wrong, what could have gone wrong, and what will go wrong in the future, to an audience who probably had switched to another channel about five seconds into the whole ghastly farrago where lots of talking heads dispensed their brand of saying absolutely nothing about the crash at all. Add to that charge the simple truth that until the crash investigators get to decipher all of the data stored on the flight recorders; NO-ONE knows what really happened!

Sometimes; I really do despair!


Heroes and Idols

By Mike Cunningham On May 13th, 2014 at 10:13 am

Many of my posts contain the immortal phrase ‘when I was much younger’. It is a singular truth that youth is wasted upon the young, but I regret nothing done when much younger than I am today.

arealtonyMy comedy heroes were real people, real because they were flawed as most humans are, but they overcame those flaws to delight their audiences. Men such as Tony Hancock, whose ability to speak his scripts and pass on the ability of the writers, was itself a work of near genius. A man who could say the words “Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you? Did she die in vain? Brave Hungarian peasant girl who forced King John to sign the pledge at Runnymede and close the boozers at half past ten! Is all this to be forgotten?” and have the audience rolling in the aisles with laughter. A man who could play the part of a self-important no-body who had volunteered to be a blood donor; suffered the pin-prick of the sample needle, but upon being told that that was not the donation, but was to be the pint of his blood. His reply went down into comedy history as “A pint. That’s nearly an armful!”

Most younger ATW readers will not have heard of the Goon Show, but for some nine-odd years, from 1951 to 1960, it was the top-rated comedy show broadcast by the BBC. Some of the phrases invented by the stars of that show have entered the English language. Have you ever heard anyone ever complain “I’ve come down with a bad case of Lurgi”? Everyone understands exactly what he has, which is probably a dose of ‘Flu, or a virus infection; but the ‘Lurgi’ was invented and first broadcast by the Goons somewhere around 1955. The Goons also scored the first truly political broadcast ‘bullseye’ when there was some political furore based around Churchill allegedly ordering Field Marshal Montgomery, by telegram, to store the surrendered German weaponry carefully after the end of the War, as the Germans might have to be re-armed to fight against a Russia determined to rule Poland. The Labour Party whipped up some rumours about how the Prime Minister had been ready to use German soldiers against Russian forces, and there was quite a search for the telegram. In the Goon’s broadcast, a cast member asks, “Who is that short, fat man underneath the table?” Peter Sellers, who was well known for his ability to mimic other people’s voices, replied in a perfect rendition of Churchill’s tones, “Looking for that blasted telegram!”. The BBC actually apologised to Churchill.

A simple but strange commentary upon the way we, as a nation, were entertained is the truth that not one, not a single comedy show, in those distant days of, perhaps a more gentle time, ever featured, if that is the correct term, any swearing, any obscenities, any references to people’s sexuality; and still we laughed, and enjoyed those shows; but perhaps these times reflect a harder truth about how we have been subverted by liberal philosophies!


BBC; the truth as we see it!

By Mike Cunningham On February 10th, 2014 at 12:13 pm


I have often thought that the best criticism of any organisation comes from within; and so I am delighted to replay a short extract from the Today Programme, where they were investigating inserting news clips which take approximately fifteen seconds to  read.

So listen, if you would, to the absolute truth, spoken by a BBC newsreader, during the Third Item of this small, but telling, clip!

An ACRONYM too far?

By Mike Cunningham On January 10th, 2014 at 3:48 pm


I listened almost with one ear to BBC reporter and self-styled economist Jim O’Neill as he rhapsodised about the latest entries to the upcoming ‘Economic Giants’ race, labelling Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey as the MINTs, after the BRICs which he had labelled some years before. He had visited all four entrants, and was busy warbling on about how industrious they all were, and the horizons were endless, and it was just a matter of time before they all did a mini-China; and amazed us all with their massive rises in GDP, and advances in education, etc., etc.. As I said, he was rhapsodising about ‘Indonesia…this’ and Turkey….that, and of course ‘Mexico and Nigeria….the  other’ without expanding or lifting his gaze away from the statistics he was warbling on about.

Now I may be wrong, but if Indonesia, for example, is about to take off and experience this huge rise in productivity, energy and wealth; why are there all those Indonesian people grabbing standing-room only on board any leaky scow heading towards Australia? They are jumping from a country where this huge promise is prophesied, and sailing towards a country which, these days, not only doesn’t want them, but is actively taking hard moves to repel the very boats which come sneaking over the waves towards the ’promised land’.

Let us move towards Turkey. Yes, that Nation has made some impressive steps towards industrialization and wealth creation; but have you had a look at the headlines coming out of Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul recently. They may be building the third bridge across the Bosphorus to take some of the excess traffic into Istanbul, but the riots, the water-cannon and the helmeted police are just getting some rest before moving back into action under the orders of the once-admired moderate Muslim hard man Prime Minister Erdogan. He’s just found out that, if given a little freedom, the plebs all want a great deal more, and since the word ‘freedom’ isn’t even printed in Islamic dictionaries, and is probably not even understood in Koran-land, the heavy mob is going to crush any dissent. Since western capital is so mobile, if the people who arrange the investments see a few more riots put down with precision, they aren’t going to stop long in a country which is moving towards a heavy-handed theocracy, along the lines of Iran.

Mexico, the third nation in the list; well, what would any global investor think if his advisors said ‘Let’s all head towards Mexico City’? If he had any sense, he’d find himself some new advisors. What with the endemic corruption in the politics, the endless ferocity of the drug cartels, and the endless river of the crime rates, anyone in Mexico is planning to get out, towards America and sanity.

And then there is Nigeria, blessed with huge oil and gas wealth. For anyone  even thinking of investing more than a fiver in the land of the Niger and the Bonny, the list of deterrence is so large that its usually available online, but you need a good broadband connection to read it. The Best-known product of Nigeria is the scams, the thieves and the corruption, but coming up fast is the bloodshed between the muslim fanatics of the Boko-Haraam, and the Christians of the south.

MINTs? You’d be better off investing in some of Mr. Murray’s products; enjoyable, sweet, and you know exactly what you get when buying them.



By Pete Moore On January 16th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

The official state propagandist announces an “exciting new talent search for TV comedy scripts featuring transgender characters and/or themes”. How wonderful! Any viewers who complain will no doubt be investigated.

The Trans Comedy Award opens up an opportunity for the transgender community and members of the general public to portray transgender characters and the transgender experience in an affirming manner.

It must be good, all this Marxist claptrap. After all, if you don’t cough up cash on demand you go to court. If they get a confession out of you. Which they won’t if you keep quiet.

Just saying.


By David Vance On November 14th, 2012 at 7:09 pm


Simon Smith, the head of TV Operations at BBC Vision, said that George Entwistle had devoted 23 years of his life to the corporation and deserved compensation for having his career “destroyed in full view of the entire world”. Earlier this week Lord Patten, the chairman of the BBC, admitted that he gave Mr Entwistle a pay-off worth twice as much as he was entitled to so he would go quietly.

Mr Entwistle resigned after Newsnight was forced to issue an “unreserved” apology to Lord McAlpine after it broadcast a report that smeared him as a paedophile. He stood down on Saturday night after just 54 days in the job but left the corporation with a lump sum of £450,000 on top of his £877,000 pension.

54 days in the new job. £450,000 lump sum and almost £1m in pension! Nice non work if you can get it! However, here’s a question for you. Do you think that Lord Patten’s alacrity in approving this MASSIVE pay off for Entwistle be in any way connected to the liklihood he could be NEXT to have to walk the plank? Surely not?


By Pete Moore On November 12th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Appointed Director General of the BBC

Rubbish at the job

Presides over mega-shambles

Resigns 54 days later with a £450,000 payoff

Truly, Auntie is benevolent. When most people resign from their job they leave at an agreed date, maybe with a card a few quid from a whip-round. I dunno, maybe whip-rounds are banned in the state sector, explaining why notoriously underpaid bureaucrats at the BBC, councils and quangos are so free and easy with everyone else’s money when they fail.

At least this Entwistle hasn’t got a penny of mine. His payoff (not counting the £833,000 pension pot) amounts to 3093 TV licences. Talk about contempt. Are you still being extorted for this?


By David Vance On November 10th, 2012 at 11:05 am

Oh dear!

The BBC is mired in a fresh crisis after the key witness in a Newsnight report alleging that senior Tory Lord McAlpine was a paedophile admitted that he identified the wrong man.

Steve Messham, whose claims prompted David Cameron to open new inquiries into the north Wales child sex abuse scandal, said he had wrongly named Lord McAlpine as his attacker. The Conservative grandee, a party treasurer under Baroness Thatcher, was not identified in the Newsnight programme eight days ago. But yesterday his lawyers accused the current affairs programme of “taking the coward’s way out” by encouraging people to seek out the accused politician’s name on the internet.

Breaking his silence for the first time since the scandal erupted, Lord McAlpine condemned the “wholly false and seriously defamatory” claims against him. His solicitors suggested that they would sue Newsnight, which was previously heavily criticised after it dropped an investigation into Jimmy Savile’s decades of child abuse.

My view is that the comrades on Newsnight saw the chance of public redemption AFTER they failed so catastrophically on the Savile affair. The prospect of nailing a THATCHER era senior Conservative proved irresistible. Now they will pay the consequences for their sloppy biased journalism. Good.