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Farage On Marr. A Towering Performance.

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Nigel Farage, The Andrew Marr Show, 1st June 2014

Nigel Farage, The Marr Show, 1st June 2014

This was Nigel Farage at his very best: the man of the people, relaxed but determined, fair minded but firm, tolerant but strong, patriotic but generous.  Really it couldn’t have gone any better.

All the vile abuse hurled at him by the small men and women of the media and the political establishment, the disgraceful BBC bias, the blatant hypocrisy of Tory and Labour that ferment conflict within our country every day.  Nigel dealt with them all with a smile and good grace.

He is stronger than ever.  The UKIP policies that he hinted at seem sensible and popular. Protest votes will be hardening into solid support.  Britain now despises the identikit Cameron, Miliband, Duncan Smith, Balls and the rest.  The chattering idiots at the Guardian and the BBC  and the Bullingdon Club associate members at the Telegraph and the Times.  They’re all as out of touch as each other.  The Fleet Street Mafia is as disgraced as the members of the cabinet and shadow cabinet.  We want none of you anymore!

This Is Real Journalism. Honest And Heroic.

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Russia Today presenter Abby Martin speaks out about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  A brave woman, probably now unemployed.

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March 4, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Exposure. Britain’s Booming Cannabis Business.

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WATCH HERE

Well I thought it was excellent.  The only complaint I have is some wild and ridiculous claims about the value of cannabis plants.  Other than that, the film did an excellent job of making the case for regulation.  It must have been crystal clear to anyone watching it that present policy is idiotic, self-defeating and causes far more harm than it prevents.

Well Done Stuart!

Well Done Stuart!

My former colleague on the CLEAR executive, Stuart Warwick, was the star of the show.  He came across as warm, humane and truly sensible.  He was also the only man with the balls to show his face.  Well done Stuart!

The dealers and grow robbers were blindfolded with their voices disguised.  Even Orson Boon, promoter of the London Cannabis Club (LCC), was too scared to show his face.  So it was ironic in the extreme that he stole the words I have published so often that “cannabis is not a subculture but a mainstream issue”.  I admire the LCC’s entertaining Facebook page where it publishes some delicious photos of weed and buds but it is the very essence of the cannabis subculture.  It is for the nerdy tomato grower when 99% of us buy them at the supermarket!  This is exactly what needs to change.

All in all, a very good programme.  I hope it does some good.

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BBC Staff Display Rudeness And Ignorance Towards HM The Queen

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I have seen nothing so shameful, crass and ignorant as the behaviour of staff in the BBC newsroom during the Queen’s visit today.

I saw not one bow, curtsey, nor even a bow of the head as Her Majesty passed by.  Instead, in vulgar and embarrassing fashion virtually everyone was pointing their mobile phone, gawping, intruding, forgetting themselves. ‘Chav’ seems the perfect moniker for such individuals.

If this is the behaviour of well educated people at the world’s leading news organisation at the pinnacle of British cultural life then we are sadly diminished.

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June 7, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Masterchef. It’s My Secret Pleasure.

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masterchef7I love Masterchef. Every year, in every version: the original, professional, junior, celebrity – I’m sure they’ll come up with another one soon.

This is finals week and I never knew you could get teared up about cooking!

My hot tip is Natalie, the ‘common as muck’ but charming ingenue.  Personality plays a big part.

It’s worth watching.  The music, which reveals the rhythm of cooking, is a vital ingredient.

Watch clips here.

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May 1, 2013 at 8:04 am

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Witch Hunts. Self-Flagellation. Paedophilia. I Admire The BBC.

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An extraordinary and bizarre event took place tonight between 10.30 pm and 10.35 pm.

Newsnight was running its lead story about Panorama’s story about Newsnight not doing a story about Jimmy Saville.

Five minutes later Panorama started its story about Newsnight not doing a story about Jimmy Saville.

Meanwhile on BBC News the lead story was Panorama, Newsnight, Panorama on Newsnight, Newsnight on Panorama on Newsnight.

You have to give the BBC due credit and respect.

Clearly bad things took place on its premises and under its auspices but the absurd level of guilt by association or even suspicion is pernicious and evil.  MPs are grandstanding over it, including John Whittingdale, chair of the Culture select committee, whose politicking and pre-judgement of his own inquiry is disgraceful.  Obviously the print media and other broadcasters are exploiting it for their own ends but I admire the BBC’s handling of the scandal.  Any other media organisation would have covered it up.

The BBC is its own fiercest critic and I congratulate it for that.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and a dreadfully cruel thing for those who had the best intentions.

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October 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm

The Newsroom

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This is a wonderful new HBO television series of the standard of the Wire, The Sopranos, ER and, most significantly, The West Wing.  Its writer, the legendary Aaron Sorkin, also writes and produces The Newsroom.  Official website here.

Emily Mortimer

It is beautifully done and sows so many seeds of so much plot and character potential in its first episode – and it gets even better in the second.

Emily Mortimer is gorgeous as the female lead.  It amuses, irritates and then enrages me that this delightful British actress plays the noble American “land of the free” story but at least she doesn’t feign any accent and it’s clear she’s a Brit.

It starts as the Gulf of Mexico disaster is breaking news and it has a great, inspirational philosophy too – do you remember when we used to regard journalists as heroes and seekers after truth?

The Newsroom is exciting and very special.

Watch it.

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July 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm

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