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>> No. 28996 Anonymous
27th November 2020
Friday 3:49 pm
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Fewer people believe the BBC to be an impartial broadcaster than ever before, with the corporation’s news output falling below Sky, ITV/STV, Channel 5, and Channel 4 in the latest Ofcom report.

According to Ofcom’s BBC Performance Tracker, only 54% of UK adults agree that the BBC provides news that is impartial. However, separate research comparing the BBC to other UK broadcasters found that 58% of people thought the corporation was impartial. This is compared to Sky’s 69%, Channel 4’s 66%, ITV/STV’s 63%, and Channel 5’s 61%.

Perception of the trustworthiness of the BBC’s news output also varied across the socio-economic spectrum. The Ofcom report found that 60% of people in the higher AB socio-economic group thought the corporation was impartial, compared to just 49% in the lower CD group.


https://www.thenational.scot/news/18901196.bbc-ofcom-report-shows-corporations-impartiality-score-record-low/

Younger audiences are treating BBC services such as iPlayer as an afterthought, according to a warning from Ofcom, as the media regulator revealed that people aged 16-34 spend less than an hour a day consuming BBC content.

This age group has reduced its use of the BBC by 22% in three years, according to Ofcom’s annual appraisal of the corporation’s performance. People in the age bracket are drifting away from traditional broadcast channels such as BBC One and instinctively heading towards YouTube, Netflix and Spotify, rather than the corporation’s online services. As a result younger audiences tend to only use iPlayer “when they know what they want to watch, rather than as a destination to browse for new content”.


https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/nov/25/ofcom-bbc-services-such-as-iplayer-an-afterthought-for-younger-audiences

The loyalty of older and wealthier BBC viewers is draining away as the corporation desperately tries to attract younger audiences, a report from the media regulator has revealed. Ofcom also said yesterday that the corporation was out of touch with large swathes of licence fee payers around the UK, as its audience continues to fall.
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>> No. 38511 Anonymous
26th May 2022
Thursday 5:18 pm
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>The BBC has announced that it plans to stop airing CBBC and BBC Four as traditional broadcast channels.

>Director-general Tim Davie announced the content of these networks will continue to be produced and made available for online platforms. This means they would only be available on BBC iPlayer, with Radio 4 Extra moving to BBC Sounds, rather than via their traditional broadcast outlets.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-61591674
>> No. 38512 Anonymous
26th May 2022
Thursday 5:47 pm
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>>38511
Don't worry, they'll probably be back in a few years.

I've probably said here before that if they had completely free rein, the BBC's broadcast channels would only contain live and topical content. The way people consume media has changed massively this century, and the BBC would rather not have linear channels when they could just put all their content online and let people have at it. As >>36671 points out, they had to fight just to get the four-week catch-up they started out with, let alone being able to retain an entire series as it aired.
>> No. 38513 Anonymous
26th May 2022
Thursday 6:30 pm
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>>38511
I can't believe one of my favourite TV channels is being taken off air, despite being home to some of the cleverest and most intellectually stimulating content in all of broadcast media. And they're also getting rid of BBC Four.
>> No. 38514 Anonymous
26th May 2022
Thursday 11:59 pm
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If BBC Four isn't a proper channel anymore, staying hotels will be much more dull. You'll have to watch the typical shite like Gogglebox, instead of a documentary about the history of vaginas in classical art you'd otherwise never have bothered with.
>> No. 38516 Anonymous
27th May 2022
Friday 3:16 am
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I wanted BBC 3 back for years so I'm very sorry. If I knew Meet the Khans, a show in which a barely literate man hurtles towards dementia like a spacecraft on reentry as his wife accepts self-respect really does have a price tag, would cost us the entirety of BBC 4, I would have reconsidered my position.

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>> No. 35582 Anonymous
14th October 2021
Thursday 10:10 pm
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>Britain's chicken king says the 20-year binge on cheap food is over

>Britain's 20-year binge on cheap food is coming to an end and food price inflation could hit double digits due to a tidal wave of soaring costs that are crashing through the supply chain, Britain’s biggest chicken producer said. As it emerges from the twin crises of Brexit and COVID, the world's fifth largest economy is facing an acute shortage of truckers, butchers and warehouse workers that has exacerbated global supply chain strains.

>"The days when you could feed a family of four with a 3 pound chicken are coming to an end," Ranjit Singh Boparan, owner of the 2 Sisters Group and known as the "Chicken King" said in a statement. "In relative terms, a chicken today is cheaper to buy than it was 20 years ago. How can it be right that a whole chicken costs less than a pint of beer? You’re looking at a different world from now on where the shopper pays more."

>Boparan, who produces around a third of all poultry products consumed in the United Kingdom, said he didn't think the British government could fix all the problems or control inflation. He said the constriction of labour supply would lead to wage inflation and that he would invest in automation. "Less labour means less choice, core ranges, empty shelves and wage inflation, and this isn’t going to change," he said. "Right now I need to be honest about what this means for the consumer as inflation could reach double digits.”

>Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly said that Britain's economy must kick its addiction to cheap imported labour and that it is positive that wages will have to go up. Johnson's government has denied that Brexit is responsible for the strains on the economy, though no other European economies have faced the same scale of supply chain disruption."I feel confident that there will be good provision of goods for everybody, and we are working our way to remove blockages where we can," Johnson's finance minister, Rishi Sunak, said in Washington.

>Boparan outlined a cost tsunami: feed costs, supplements, veterinary costs and wages have risen 15-20%; an acute trucker shortage; energy and carbon dioxide costs rising more than 500% from last year; and packaging up 20% in six months. 2 Sisters, founded by Boparan in 1993, sells poultry, pizza and pies. It processes 10.4 million birds a week and owns more than 700 farms. Ronald Kers, the chief executive of 2 Sisters Food Group, advised people to shop normally for Christmas and said the company would do everything it could to ensure supplies of festive turkey. Food prices rose by 0.2% in annual terms in August, according to official consumer price data, breaking a nine-month run of declines.

https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/britains-binge-cheap-food-is-over-biggest-chicken-producer-says-2021-10-14/

I'm already noticing creeping inflation everywhere. Even my barbers have increased prices which is playing havoc with my budgets, I'm having to make minor adjustments.
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>> No. 38495 Anonymous
24th May 2022
Tuesday 10:26 pm
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>> No. 38496 Anonymous
24th May 2022
Tuesday 11:58 pm
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I don't see how a windfall tax would address the deep cutting supply chain issues across the whole economy. Or that supply has recovered sufficiently from lockdown lows to make sense that there is a conspiracy at work and not instead a logistical delay exacerbated by geopolitical issues and the nature of selling to the highest bidder in a global marketplace.

It also doesn't quite explain the fertiliser and import challenges snarling the food sector. Nor does it explain how the UK government will artificially control price on a globally traded commodity. Or the inflationary pressures driven by QE and labour will decrease. In fact it doesn't say all that much at all about it, does it, greenie-beanie.
>> No. 38497 Anonymous
25th May 2022
Wednesday 12:39 am
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>>38491

On one level I could echo your sentiments; but on another level, even though I'm doing "just fine" in relative terms to the people who are really struggling, it's hard not to be pissed off with all of this.

In absolute terms I'm earning double what I made when I was a youth starting out my first job. I've got my own home and I have a decent amount of disposable income to save up and buy expensive fancy toys, or go on holiday if I wanted to, or whatever. But if things keep up the way they are going, that won't be the case any more, and eventually I'll end up back to square one, indeed, quite possibly worse off because as least when I was 18, I was living at home and didn't have the bills to pay.

That's the part that's anxiety inducing and scary about it. I've worked my arse off the last ten years to better myself and get into a decent job with a job somewhere remotely near the median income, and it's only over the last couple of years I've actually seen my income enter the realms of "comfortable". But I'm staring at a future where all that hard work just gets wiped away by forces outside of my control.

And of course the thing is that for the people who have been stuck on the bottom rung all along, for whom things were already shite in 2008, it's only got continually worse year on year; and before long it'll be positively Dickensian. There's only so long you can handwave it away and say that it's fine, even if people are poor in Britain they're still okay in global terms, but that's just increasingly less true. There's going to be families out there subject to frankly third world conditions, the only difference is we have giant financial institutions who are happy to keep fancy gadgets in their hands for £30 a month through it all and then the upper class can just go "Well look, they have smart phones, obviously they're not that poor!"
>> No. 38499 Anonymous
25th May 2022
Wednesday 5:49 am
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>>38491

People don't think in absolute terms, they think in relative terms. The average household is going to be at least £2,000 a year worse off, probably more. That's a total disaster if you're genuinely living hand-to-mouth, but it's still pretty unpleasant if you're basically doing OK. Think about how delighted most people would be if they won two grand on a scratchcard - it's not a life-changing sum of money, but it might pay off your credit card debt or buy a couple of holidays or a bumper Christmas for the kids. We've all won an anti-scratchcard for minus £2,000 and it's a kick in the bollocks.

I can't say I've noticed the impact and I'm sure there are others in the same boat, but at an earlier point in my life I would have been absolutely doing my nut about it; not because I would have been made destitute, but because I'd have been forced to give up a lot of ordinary comforts. £40 a week would have been the difference between feeling financially comfortable and constantly worrying about making it to payday. There's a vast psychological difference between having a little bit of spare cash and not quite having enough.

The government are going to have to reckon with the fact that most people's lives are getting noticeably worse because of the cost of living. Most people are going to experience the stress of having to cut back, having to pinch pennies, having to choose what to give up.

>>38496

What the fuck are you on about mate? Of course a windfall tax on oil and gas companies won't fix a bunch of unrelated issues, but it could fund a sufficient subsidy to ensure that people don't freeze to death this winter.
>> No. 38515 Anonymous
27th May 2022
Friday 12:11 am
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>The end of fish and chips? Rising prices threaten a British tradition

>Fish and chips in hand, Prime Minister Boris Johnson once promised to "build back batter" from the pandemic. Now though, rising prices are veering Britain's economy further off course. A third of fish and chip shops are at risk of going bust this year due to a "perfect storm" of price pressures, according to insolvency firm Company Debt. In just a year, prices for Britain's favourite fish - cod and haddock - are up 75%, sunflower oil is up 60%, and flour is up 40%, Company Debt said. Inflation reached a 40-year peak of 9% in April, the highest in the G7, and is projected to rise further. British consumers are more pessimistic than peers in Europe, leading to criticism of both government and Bank of England efforts to keep a lid on the cost of living. Cod and chips in Singh's shop now costs 9.50 pounds, compared to 7.95 pounds a year ago. And Singh said if he passed on all the higher costs, the price would be closer to 11 pounds.

>Battered fish and fried chips, have fuelled Britons since the combination was invented 160 years ago. The meal is such a staple that unlike other food in Britain, it was not rationed during the world wars. Chippies, with their distinctive smell of oil and vinegar, remain a presence in most towns. Some of the recent difficulties for fish and chip shops began after Brexit, distant-waters trawler company UK Fisheries said, estimating that the amount of Arctic cod Britain is allowed to catch in 2022 reduced to around 40% of what it was before leaving the European Union. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has driven up fuel and electricity prices, further increasing the cost of catching, and frying, fish. The war has sent cooking oil, fertiliser and flour prices higher too.

>Cod and haddock are sourced in the Barents Sea, north of Norway and Russia, and the war has heightened uncertainty over those supplies. In March, the British government listed Russian white fish as among goods to be hit with a 35% tariff as part of sanctions in response to the invasion of Ukraine. It has paused the move, for now, while the impact is investigated. Sunflower oil is the principle agricultural commodity the UK imports from Ukraine and the government says it is working to substitute it with other vegetable oils: for instance, receiving extra rapeseed shipments from Australia after a strong harvest there.

https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/end-fish-chips-rising-prices-threaten-british-tradition-2022-05-26/

It's strange that for an island nation I don't think we really eat fish anymore. All you'd really need to do is take tuna away and we'd be living off sushi and squid rings.

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>> No. 33825 Anonymous
30th May 2021
Sunday 1:47 pm
33825 Coronavirus #4
Thread #2 was over 1,700 posts long; thread #3 (>>27266) is now close to 2,800 replies and no longer loads on my phone at work. Let's have a new, hopefully final thread.

The current situation:
Everything is expected to reopen on the 21st of June 2021.
It might not, because cases are rising from the lesser reopenings and the dreaded Indian variant.
Vaccination is going well in rich countries. UK deaths are ~10/day.
Speculation is starting again that the virus might have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, because it's such an intriguing coincidence, but reasonable people do not currently believe it was a deliberate Chinese conspiracy.
India is currently the country with the worst COVID-19 horror stories.

Will Dominic Cummings give any more evidence about the ineptitude of government handling, or has he said everything he wanted to say now?
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>> No. 38506 Anonymous
26th May 2022
Thursday 1:55 pm
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>>38504

Quite frankly I think you're seeing a bit of what you want to see. I'm fairly sure most people are angry about both of those things, but the hypocrisy just adds insult to injury.

Besides that there's the fact that what he did with the parties is bang to rights breaking the law; whereas while it's absolutely criminal that our government cocked up the response how they did, I don't think there's much realistic prospect we'll see them held to account for it.
>> No. 38507 Anonymous
26th May 2022
Thursday 2:03 pm
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>>38504

I know what you mean and I think you're right, but I reckon a lot of people (still, somehow) find it more difficult to parse how Covid works and why a lacklustre, or complete lack of response in the early months did so much damage. Even people who understand this still would have difficulty quantifying how many lives a competent response would have saved. And on top of that, every country suffered pretty badly in this crisis, there's only a few standouts that did everything mostly right, and they weren't particularly highlighted in the press because a load of local dead people sell a lot more papers than New Zealand having quite an alright time all the way across the other side of the planet.

But it's very, very easy to get your head around "this person did something while I wasn't allowed to" because it's something we experience daily. I can't picture or even really fathom a hundred thousand dead bodies, despite intellectually knowing the weight of that, but I can absolutely feel a personal injustice done to me by an individual, because that's the sort of thing that protects us daily.

I don't know if I've particularly articulated my point here very well, I think it's more than personal entitlement, it's a lack of seeing the bigger picture.
>> No. 38508 Anonymous
26th May 2022
Thursday 2:09 pm
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>>38507

Plus, even though yes, it's almost certainly the governments poor response that lead to Sharon's mum dying alone in hospital, there's no way to be completely sure the virus wouldn't have got her anyway. There's no way to prove or disprove it on an individual level. What is very much provable though, is that Sharon's mum died alone in hospital because of a rule made by a man who refused to follow it himself. I get it. I don't particularly blame anyone for feeling this way.

Plus, as >>38506 says, I'm not sure I believe that people are only angry about the latter issue. It's just easier to get angry about.
>> No. 38509 Anonymous
26th May 2022
Thursday 2:25 pm
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>>38504

Anyone attacking Johnson needs to tailor their attacks to the beliefs of people who still support Johnson. These people are complete fuckwits. Everyone has already made up their minds about how he handled the pandemic, but some people might be open to persuasion that the arrogant Etonian who doesn't care about anyone is in fact an arrogant Etonian who doesn't care about anyone.
>> No. 38510 Anonymous
26th May 2022
Thursday 2:26 pm
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I was very pro-lockdowns and very anti-hypocrisy. Also, coronavirus didn't kill any of my family, although it did almost entirely wipe out the family of one of my dearest friends. So the argument of watching your relatives die doesn't really apply to me, and nor does the argument that this bastard in Downing Street cruelly inflicted public safety measures on us like a vicious psychopath while he himself ignored the rules. He shouldn't have ignored the rules because nobody should have. But already it feel like anger about the hypocrisy is the only thing everyone agrees with me on.

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>> No. 36687 Anonymous
21st January 2022
Friday 7:58 pm
36687 Ukraine Crisis
Let's take a break from Thatcherlad arguing with Marxlad and talk about geopolitics. So what do we reckon about this year's bi-annual lurching forward of the doomsday clock?

I think this is a pretty sensible breakdown.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/01/19/ukraine-russia-nato-crisis-liberal-illusions/

Standing back from the situation it seems obvious that US led brinkmanship and almost psychopathic foreign policy only makes a bad situation worse. The extent to which the media portrays Russia as the unambiguous bad guys while NATO continues to push them borders on completely delusional, like saying the sky is green or the sea is made of sand. Russia and Putin are no saints by any means, but what did we (the West) expect by constantly encroaching on their security interests?

The UK and EU badly need to distance themselves from America, I feel like they are going to become dangerous friends to have if moments like this and China's overtures on Taiwan play out as their own Suez crisis.
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>> No. 38469 Anonymous
22nd May 2022
Sunday 12:17 am
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>> No. 38470 Anonymous
22nd May 2022
Sunday 12:24 am
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>>38468

I'm not surprised that being a fingerman you deserve being pointed at, scorned, and deservedly a comeuppance with clenched fingers.
>> No. 38471 Anonymous
22nd May 2022
Sunday 12:57 am
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Does he have incredibly pointy fingernails, or is that her hand? It looks horrifying either way. If I was the original wife, I would leave just to avoid getting my eyes sliced open like Un Chien Andalou.
>> No. 38472 Anonymous
22nd May 2022
Sunday 1:53 am
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I'm not sure what relevance the ugly Hitchens brother has to do with this. Given his opinions on the western interventions that took place before his death, I doubt he'd oppose the current stance NATO and pals have taken.
>> No. 38475 Anonymous
23rd May 2022
Monday 2:25 pm
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>the ugly Hitchens brother

Hahahahahahaaaaa.

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>> No. 38333 Anonymous
30th April 2022
Saturday 1:51 am
38333 Former Tory MP struggling to get back on his feet after prison term
https://news.sky.com/story/charlie-elphicke-naughty-tory-mp-jailed-for-sex-assaults-considering-supermarket-shelf-stacking-to-pay-back-court-costs-12601891

>A former MP who was jailed for sexually assaulting two women told a court he is looking at supermarket shelf stacking and building site work to pay back his prosecution costs.

>Charlie Elphicke was the MP for Dover when he was found guilty of sexually assaulting two women, including one he chased around his home chanting: "I'm a naughty Tory." He told the court he was in a "very difficult and embarrassing situation" and finding it hard to get any job.


Oh, the degeneracy.
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>> No. 38457 Anonymous
19th May 2022
Thursday 11:28 pm
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Those poor innocent lads,it must have been awful to be fitted up for a murder that they totally didn't do and definitely weren't recorded boasting about.
>> No. 38458 Anonymous
19th May 2022
Thursday 11:48 pm
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>>38457

Your ignorance of the justice system is not an excuse for the press to create narratives based around unresolved cases.
>> No. 38459 Anonymous
20th May 2022
Friday 12:10 am
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>>38458

It couldn't be done without people willing to pay money to read all about it.
>> No. 38460 Anonymous
20th May 2022
Friday 12:38 am
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I'd pay money to watch you get buggered by an elephant against your will, that doesn't particularly mean it should be allowed.
>> No. 38461 Anonymous
20th May 2022
Friday 1:08 am
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You'll notice he was neither a rich person nor an MP, so the press ran with his name with glee, unlike the mysterious bribe facilitator ZXC or the Tory rapists Mark Francois and Andrew Rosindell.

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>> No. 27146 Anonymous
26th August 2020
Wednesday 10:54 pm
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I suppose it's time for a new thread seeing as the previous one is almost at 1,700 posts.

It's been kicking off in America (again) after the police have shot a black man (again). A couple of protesters/rioters have been killed after they were driven by the police towards an alt-right militia, with this planned in advance.
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>> No. 38417 Anonymous
17th May 2022
Tuesday 8:30 pm
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I don't think anyone defends stealing, or misleading people into thinking they are donating, charitable funds. I think you'd be lucky to start a fight over this, daftlad.
>> No. 38418 Anonymous
17th May 2022
Tuesday 8:31 pm
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I think it's been well established by now that BLM (and BLM UK) as an organisation is a joke and BLM as a movement tries to distance itself from it.

Captain Tom's daughter might get a few ideas.
>> No. 38419 Anonymous
17th May 2022
Tuesday 8:46 pm
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BLM tries to distance itself from BLM?
>> No. 38420 Anonymous
17th May 2022
Tuesday 9:09 pm
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BLM is just another Seppo problem dumped onto our nation without understanding the structure of our society. Just like trying to impose Taco Bell on us all when we already have Kebab shops. And our nation in this analogy is a pair of shitted Y-fronts.
>> No. 38421 Anonymous
17th May 2022
Tuesday 9:24 pm
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Yeah, it's just I remember arguing with some lad here a few years ago saying these lot are clearly grifters and he was all "hurr you're just a crypto-racist" and what have you.

Just like when I said Lindsay Ellis was going to get cancelled over something stupid, my prophecy came true. I might be cynical, but I'm usually right.

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>> No. 27223 Anonymous
28th August 2020
Friday 9:27 am
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Push to get staff back to offices amid warning of UK's 'ghost towns'

Workers will be encouraged to return to the office as part of a major media campaign to be launched by the government next week. The television and newspaper messages will promote the government’s aim to reduce the number of employees working from home amid fears that town and city centres are becoming ghost areas as workers stay away.

A report in the Telegraph said the campaign would push the emotional and mental health benefits of mixing with colleagues but also said that ministers would warn that those working from home could be more vulnerable to being sacked.


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/28/media-blitz-to-get-workers-back-to-offices-amid-pandemic

Fuck off. Fuck off. Fuck off. Fuck off. Fuck off.
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>> No. 38403 Anonymous
14th May 2022
Saturday 9:47 am
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Boris Johnson says he gets distracted by cheese and coffee while working from home

The prime minister revealed his worktime weaknesses in an opinion article for the Daily Mail to claim that WFH – a necessity for millions of workers during the Covid pandemic – “doesn’t work” in his “experience”. He also claimed that people who work from the communal office are more professionally and economically productive than those who WFH.

Mr Johnson said: “My experience of working from home is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing. So, I believe in the workplace environment. And I think that will help to drive up productivity, it will get our city centres moving, in the weekdays. And it will be good for mass transit. And a lot of businesses that have been having a tough time will benefit from that.”


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-cheese-coffee-wfh-working-home-b2078796.html

If we sacked working-from-home civil servants, would anyone notice?

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/05/12/sacked-working-from-home-civil-servants-would-anyone-notice/

They couldn't be much less transparent if they tried.
>> No. 38408 Anonymous
14th May 2022
Saturday 2:10 pm
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>If we sacked working-from-home civil servants, would anyone notice?

My partner works for the Civil Service, started during WFH time, and in a year of working there she has been in the office three times. During that time, they moved into a fancy new office block purpose built for the department, but its layout and size means that on any given day, only 20% of the people working in the department will have desk space. If the government want to go back to WFH being a niche thing, they probably shouldn't have spent tens of millions on offices that can't hold 80% of the active staff.
>> No. 38409 Anonymous
14th May 2022
Saturday 2:27 pm
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That's probably why they want to sack 80% of active staff.
>> No. 38410 Anonymous
14th May 2022
Saturday 7:53 pm
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That's the 8:10 rule, mate. For every 10 people, assume 8 won't need a desk.
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15th May 2022
Sunday 9:34 am
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Why do I have to be on the frontline of some new battle for employment rights. Would someone mind putting an FOI in on the screen time for departments and the backlog on flexi and unused leave? It's well known they actually are keeping statistics on just about everything you do but for some mysterious reason you never hear anyone talk about it.

>>38408
Having offices dangerously over capacity was the norm even before the pandemic. Pushing meetings with foreign officials to their own country because we don't have the space, fire-alarms that took a good 20 minutes to get out the building, the absolute shambles of booking meeting rooms privately for industry where it was cheaper to hold the meeting in Europe and 2-days a week WFH starting to be enforced to try and deal with overcrowding.

I don't doubt for a minute that the Government would push us all back into the office anyway and have us working in the corridors. And then we'd get a lovely email about handling whatever crisis comes next. Then they'd sack half the office on efficiency grounds so we have to bring in more consultants on four-times the pay.

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>> No. 38186 Anonymous
8th April 2022
Friday 6:21 pm
38186 Boris Becker guilty of four charges under Insolvency Act
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-61043018

>The six-time Grand Slam champion told reporters outside court he would not be commenting on the verdict.

>He was found guilty of transferring hundreds of thousands of pounds from his business account after his bankruptcy, failing to declare a property in Germany, and concealing €825,000 of debt.

>He could face a jail sentence carrying a maximum term of seven years for each count.
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>> No. 38370 Anonymous
3rd May 2022
Tuesday 9:44 pm
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>>38369

Private loans are never a good idea. And not just because you may be paying extortionate interest on them. They also tend to ruin friendships if you're in any way close to the would-be lender.

But not being able to repay £1.2m when your net worth at one point used to be 100 million euros is just human tragedy. Not saying it can't happen to the best of us, but to get to a point where you just blew through 100 million and can't repay a loan of 1.5 percent that, interest or no, you're either a cocaine addict with a heavy habit or you simply never should have been allowed to handle your own finances.
>> No. 38371 Anonymous
4th May 2022
Wednesday 9:44 am
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They're saying he lost £10m by investing in Nigerian oil wells.

Did he not know that all those e-mails from imprisoned Nigerian princes are fake?

But cheap laughs aside, that deal was apparently shilled by one of Becker's aides who was Nigerian. The fact that he invested such a large chunk of his already dwindling fortune in a country with rampant corruption and political instability at all levels shows that he was really out of his depth handling his money.
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4th May 2022
Wednesday 9:58 pm
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>>38371

That does bring up an angle I hadn't considered before actually. If I were to just inherit 50 million quid out of the blue one day off of my long lost great uncle Laurence Cholmondley-Cribbingsworth's vast rural estate, would I know who to turn to and actually be able to trust with investing that money safely?

It's easy for me to talk out of my arse here about hiring a financial adviser and going to an investment broker and what have you, but I think the reality is more likely I'd suddenly become extremely paranoid everyone was out to scam me out of my newfound wealth, because let's face it, a great deal of people would be out to scam me out of my newfound wealth.

I'm sure Hargreaves Landsdown are a very reputable business, but is phoning them up and saying "Hello, yes, I just inherited fifty million quid, what do I do with it?" painting a target on your forehead, the same way taking your car to the garage and saying "I don't know anything about cars, but it's making a funny noise, fix it please?" is?
>> No. 38373 Anonymous
4th May 2022
Wednesday 10:11 pm
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>painting a target on your forehead

Once you have over a certain amount of money, many of the investment, banking, loan protections that us paupers have fly out the window - in the UK, different banks have different limits, but the one I used to work for was you earn over £300k per year and/or have £3m in liquid assets, you're treated as a professional investor and not so much as a private individual.

So when you're at that level, you go to a thing called a Private Bank, and they look after you. Obviously because you're now a professional investor, they can sell you almost any financial product or investment they like, they don't have to read you all the terms and conditions, you don't have to sign all the papers, or get any of the protections that you or I would get. Target acquired.
>> No. 38374 Anonymous
4th May 2022
Wednesday 11:10 pm
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>>38373

I guess there's somewhat of a fine line between recommending a slightly dodgy investment to a large account holder, and investment fraud.


>Obviously because you're now a professional investor

They're sitting ducks because from having rubbed shoulders with their likes both professionally (not a banker) and leisurely, my perception is that there's often plenty of hubris involved there. They think that because they for some reason have (single-digit) millions to their name, investment mistakes don't happen to them. It's normally just daytraders on Wallstreetbets who succumb to the delusion that they're the next Warren Buffet just because a heavily leveraged trade improbably goes their way, but small-time millionaires like that can almost as easily gamble much of it away.

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>> No. 36631 Anonymous
13th January 2022
Thursday 8:22 am
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Pensioner blames £3 M&S tuna and sweetcorn sandwich for 'terrible tummy ache'

https://www.hullPlease don't ban me.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/pensioner-blames-3-ms-tuna-6458790

That's it. That's literally it. A pensioner ate a sandwich and got tummy ache. It's never dull in Hull.

I challenge you lads to find a more pointless news story than this.
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>> No. 37589 Anonymous
5th March 2022
Saturday 10:55 am
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>>37588
>Sammie-Jo Halliford, from Grimsby,
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13th March 2022
Sunday 12:32 am
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>On Friday, March 11, I decided to see how long it would take me to travel from Northallerton to Sheffield

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/rode-train-north-south-yorkshire-23365681
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27th March 2022
Sunday 8:30 pm
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He's at it again.

>A Yorkshire burger van owner has promoted his business on Mother’s Day by featuring missing tot Madeleine McCann and her mum.

>The Otley Burger Company in Boroughgate, Leeds, wrote: “With burgers this good, you’ll leave your kids at home. What’s the worst that could happen [sic] Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there.”

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/whats-on/yorkshire-burger-van-promotes-mothers-23515941
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27th March 2022
Sunday 8:44 pm
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>>38037
LOL

(A good day to you Sir!)
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23rd April 2022
Saturday 9:02 am
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Mum furious as son's Toby Carvery foot-long hot dog looks like 'ET's finger'

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mum-furious-sons-toby-carvery-26773452

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>> No. 18964 Anonymous
11th April 2019
Thursday 9:19 pm
18964 Assange Arrest
Here's the proper thread. To confuse future generations of .gs users I'm using this photo of his cat that was featured on the Guardian Live Blog.

From the sounds of it he was acting a bit of a tit within the embassy, playing footy indoors and arguing with staff, which didn't help, and while I'm sure he is a bit of a tit, I can't imagine keep sane being couped up like that for so long. However the US have leant on the Ecuadorians for some time now and this whole thing stinks. The shite Trump's coming out with about not knowing a thing about Wikileaks is on another level.
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>> No. 38263 Anonymous
21st April 2022
Thursday 2:33 am
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>>38261
If you look at what she's actually complaining about, she's getting annoyed that Owen Jones dared to call her out for trannie-bashing.
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21st April 2022
Thursday 6:55 am
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>>38263
From what I vaguely remember at the time, it was something fairly innocuous by Hadley Freeman that caused Owen Jones to start calling her a bigot because he disagreed with her. It might have been about whether trans-women should stand on Labour's all-women shortlists.

IIRC, it has been noted in the past that Owen Jones is a lot more civil with male journalists than female journalists when they each share the same view (which he disagrees with).

Anyway, it's given Suzanne Moore the opportunity to stick her oar in.

https://unherd.com/2022/04/how-the-guardian-enables-owen-jones/

https://unherd.com/2022/02/why-i-stopped-being-a-good-girl/
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21st April 2022
Thursday 8:23 pm
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>it was something fairly innocuous
>whether trans-women should stand on Labour's all-women shortlists.

Something something long-standing issues.
>> No. 38266 Anonymous
21st April 2022
Thursday 8:54 pm
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>>38265

Think about it though m8. All of this stems from the fact we still waste so much of our time pretending to care about women's issues, whatever those are in the 21st century first world west.

Think about it logically. If we would all stop pretending, and just go back to much more honestly rolling our eyes and thinking "I'm probably more adept at climbing a tree than somebody like you not this bollocks again, how many fucking times" every time a woman moans about something, these bitter old TERFs would instantly lose all of their leverage. Give them an inch and they'll take off your arm.

It's time men just re-grew a backbone and pulled the world back into reality. Stop bending over for moaning old bints and their trivial nonsense. We've got bigger issues to deal with.
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21st April 2022
Thursday 11:38 pm
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>>38266
So deal with them then.

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>> No. 38183 Anonymous
5th April 2022
Tuesday 12:05 pm
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>New Amazon Worker Chat App Would Ban Words Like “Union,” “Restrooms,” “Pay Raise,” and “Plantation”

https://theintercept.com/2022/04/04/amazon-union-living-wage-restrooms-chat-app/


>Amazon will block and flag employee posts on a planned internal messaging app that contain keywords pertaining to labor unions, according to internal company documents reviewed by The Intercept. An automatic word monitor would also block a variety of terms that could represent potential critiques of Amazon’s working conditions, like “slave labor,” “prison,” and “plantation,” as well as “restrooms” — presumably related to reports of Amazon employees relieving themselves in bottles to meet punishing quotas.
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>> No. 38184 Anonymous
5th April 2022
Tuesday 12:58 pm
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Wouldn't such consorship encourage underground networks to develop? Amazon would then require an intelligence branch of its own to monitor out of work activity (or is that covered by Human Resources?)
>> No. 38185 Anonymous
5th April 2022
Tuesday 2:41 pm
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>>38184

>Amazon would then require an intelligence branch of its own to monitor out of work activity

Companies like Wal-Mart have pretty much already implemented something like that, where they have a phone number where employees can snitch on each other about any behaviour that is against company statutes. Which also include a ban on romantic relationships between employees, both off and on the job.

Fucking puritans.

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>> No. 37942 Anonymous
24th March 2022
Thursday 5:37 pm
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'They took everything from me' - Father Ted creator breaks down on Northern Irish talkshow

The creator of Father Ted broke down on a late night Northern Irish talk show while discussing the impact his involvement in trans discourse has had on he and his family. Graham Linehan became emotional during a virtual interview with Stephen Nolan on Nolan Live today, stating, "They took everything from me. They took my family."

He said on the show: "Before this, all I was doing you know [was] writing comedy and playing board games and being silly on the internet, and then I just said 'Hang on a sec, stop calling these women terfs, stop sending them abuse, let them speak' and for that they just destroyed me."

The comedian and writer confirmed the breakup of his marriage following strain from financial insecurity due to loss of work.

When Mr Nolan prompted Mr Linehan about whether he truly felt destroyed, he responded with: "No, because the one thing about this that keeps me going is that I know I'm right. I know I'm right. When you open up a newspaper and see words, as I have many times, about sexual offenders who have suddenly decided they're women and the words 'her penis' comes up, well every time I see something like that I just think 'Well I'm right and everyone else is wrong'." He continued: "It's a very strange position for me to be in, it's the opposite position to one I've been in for my whole life. Sex is important, women are real, women's language is important, women need words like 'woman' to describe themselves, these are all just basic things."


https://www.tipperarylive.ie/news/national-news/774410/they-took-everything-from-me-father-ted-creator-breaks-down-on-northern-irish-talkshow.html
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>> No. 38174 Anonymous
3rd April 2022
Sunday 5:20 pm
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Ah right well I'm not interested in her politics I just want a blowie.
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3rd April 2022
Sunday 8:32 pm
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>>38173

Just too much of everything.

She was very pretty and natural when she was about 18-22, in a way that put many real women to shame, but nowadays, she's really more a glorified drag queen.
>> No. 38176 Anonymous
3rd April 2022
Sunday 9:03 pm
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>>38175

I'm not calling you a carpet-bagger, but I'm not not calling you a carpet-bagger.
>> No. 38177 Anonymous
3rd April 2022
Sunday 10:10 pm
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>>38176

Save it for the lad who's frolicking over Greta.
>> No. 38178 Anonymous
4th April 2022
Monday 12:36 am
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If women can have penises then why do evangelist christian korean youtubers go through all the bother to have their johnsons inverted? Do the ones who want to have the surgery suffer from ingrained heteronormative oppression and gender stereotyping? If not, does it become an aesthetic choice like a woman getting surgically enhanced boobs or a man getting jaw surgery?

My best guess is that they think they'll be able to snag someone 100% straight instead of one of those weirdo evangelist christian korean youtuber chasers, but the neo-vagina technology isn't there yet so they often end up alienating both groups.

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>> No. 15041 Anonymous
10th May 2018
Thursday 5:43 pm
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>Drag queens banned from performing at Free Pride Glasgow event over fears acts will offend trans people

[...]

>The organisation said in a statement that it hopes to create a safe space for all members of the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual) community, and that while the decision may "disappoint" some people "the needs of the most marginalised groups within our community come first."

[...]

>Free Pride Glasgow said: “It was felt that it [drag performance] would make some of those who were transgender or questioning their gender uncomfortable. It was felt by the group within the Trans/Non Binary Caucus that some drag performance, particularly cis drag, hinges on the social view of gender and making it into a joke, however transgender individuals do not feel as though their gender identity is a joke.”


Life rarely takes the piss out of itself like this. It almost sounds like the plot of a South Park episode.
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>> No. 38116 Anonymous
31st March 2022
Thursday 10:22 pm
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I don't think there is a gay thread, but...
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60947028
>Plans to ban so-called conversion therapy in England and Wales have been abandoned by the government.
>According to NHS England, conversion therapy tries to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity.
>The ban was announced in the Queen's Speech in May 2021.
>But a government spokesperson said it had instead "decided to proceed by reviewing how existing law can be deployed more effectively".

You know, if I was a secretly TG MP from a party that was in government, and I was planning to come out, I would ask the party leadership when the most convenient time to do so would be, so if they wanted to implement some anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation, we could work together to bury that news story under my own inspirational tale of when I got bummed so hard I turned into a woman. Not that I'm implying such a thing could possibly have happened here, of course.
>> No. 38118 Anonymous
31st March 2022
Thursday 10:41 pm
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I don't get it. Why would you ban something if it's consenting adults?
>> No. 38119 Anonymous
31st March 2022
Thursday 10:47 pm
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Because liberalism means having the right to do as you're told.

The legislation was abandoned because nobody could figure out how to ban gay conversion therapy without also banning sissy hypno.
>> No. 38121 Anonymous
31st March 2022
Thursday 11:38 pm
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>>38114

You are using a lot of fancy words to talk a lot of bollocks, mate.
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1st April 2022
Friday 12:39 am
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>The government insists it will ban so-called conversion therapy for gay or bisexual people in England and Wales - but not for evangelist christian korean youtuber people. It comes hours after it had said it would drop the ban entirely.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60947028

It's GS Wot Won It!

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>> No. 26516 Anonymous
27th July 2020
Monday 9:48 am
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...It is important to state that it is not communities that commit crimes but individuals. Those convicted are squarely Henry Long, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, not thousands of innocent people who share their heritage. Tarring all Travellers with the brush of these men’s callousness is as unfair as tarring all Catholics for paedophile priests or all eskimos for daft militant wog attacks.

Yet to completely ignore the cultural context of this crime is wrong. Henry Long, the ringleader, was removed from school at the age of 12; he followed his father and grandfather into the thieving “trade”. Albert Bowers left school at 11 and before the trial had already picked up three youth convictions. These young men could not read or write. For years they had not known school or structure. Their education was in petty crime.

Such problems do not solely beset Travellers but they are far more prevalent among Traveller communities. If we want to be a country where all are treated the same, where all live by the same rules and where the state does its best to furnish each with a decent chance in life, we have to end the squeamishness that prevents open talk about Travellers. This squeamishness is down to two fears. First, the fear of retribution. After the verdict on PC Harper’s death it emerged that the judge, Mr Justice Edis, brought the first trial to a temporary halt over an alleged potential plot to intimidate jurors. Extra security measures were brought in. Jurors were referred to by number not name. One juror was dismissed for acting oddly in court, mouthing pleasantries at the defendants. Whether she was motivated by misplaced friendliness or fear of someone up in that public gallery we do not know, but most will not be shocked by revelations of intimidation.

The fear of the bullet, the knife, the burnt-out car; this helps the lawless elements of Traveller culture maintain a certain power, and gives the law-abiding majority of Travellers a terrible name.

The second fear is that of being labelled racist. Since the Equality Act 2010 recognised Gypsy, Roma and Travellers as ethnic minorities, race has been used to shield this culture from due scrutiny. Sensible questions about why those within these groups are more likely to be in prison, more likely to be illiterate or more likely to suffer domestic violence prompt cries of racism. In April a Channel 4 Dispatches programme titled The Truth About Traveller Crime was dubbed “dehumanising” by activists and investigated by Ofcom. Desperate not to offend, the authorities turn a culturally sensitive blind eye.

The fears hush most into silence, and the silence means the stand-off between Travellers and the rest of society continues uneasily. Many feel disquieted to see the mobile homes rolling on to a local beauty spot, a portent too often of littering, mess, anti-social behaviour. Meanwhile those in Traveller communities are hardly “living their best lives”. Travellers die about ten years earlier than the rest of us. They have higher rates of chronic illness. Their suicide rates are six times higher.

You might argue that they choose to live like this, but the babies born into that life don’t. Many are destined to repeat the same pattern: leave school in your early teens, drift into a life of odd jobs and petty crime, never move beyond the circles you were raised in. As long as the culturally sensitive force-field exists around Travellers, these children are abandoned to a fate that should not be tolerated in 21st-century Britain.

It is a scandal that some Gypsy and Traveller children are taken out of school at primary age; that some start work as young as ten; that about 65 per cent of Traveller children are persistently absent from school; that they have the lowest attainment of all ethnic groups throughout their school years and are far more likely to be excluded. Are we to be surprised when they choose crime?
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>> No. 37937 Anonymous
23rd March 2022
Wednesday 1:15 pm
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Yellowy-red.
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23rd March 2022
Wednesday 1:16 pm
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>>37935

Brown doesn't exist.


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23rd March 2022
Wednesday 1:35 pm
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I don't know what you mean. It's got a solar powered jukebox and everything.
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23rd March 2022
Wednesday 1:40 pm
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>>37939
and an angel standing on someone's head.
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23rd March 2022
Wednesday 11:10 pm
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>>37940
Demanding cash for "Roofwork".

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