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Maybe not really the far right but seemed like the most appropriate thread.

P.S. It's the right thread after all.

https://www.dw.com/en/german-politicians-demand-probe-into-conspiracy-theory-sect/a-55599599

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1 hour ago, welshbairn said:

Maybe not really the far right but seemed like the most appropriate thread.

P.S. It's the right thread after all.

https://www.dw.com/en/german-politicians-demand-probe-into-conspiracy-theory-sect/a-55599599

The way she throws whatever down and goes off in a huff is superb

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Rookie error from the covid denier not to say that in one of the regions where the German police is riddled with AfD infiltrators.

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44 minutes ago, Gus Setsniffer said:

a flyer for some tory bawbag {he looks very staunch} came through my door today, when did they start using  ''Conservative & Unionist party'' ? 

Long before you and I were born.

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2 minutes ago, Glen Sannox said:

Long before you and I were born.

i know they have officially went by that for many many years, but flyers and party political broadcasts, and other advertising, i only remember them going by conservative, now it just seems all of a sudden Billy Redhand is my local Conservative & Unionist candidate.

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24 minutes ago, Gus Setsniffer said:

i know they have officially went by that for many many years, but flyers and party political broadcasts, and other advertising, i only remember them going by conservative, now it just seems all of a sudden Billy Redhand is my local Conservative & Unionist candidate.

They are having to do that to be fair. The Conservative brand will forever be toxic in Scotland. The only way to sell it is to emphasise the unionist aspect. Disappointed to see Billy Redhand making it through to candidate status. These oiks are normally only utilised to deliver leaflets.

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31 minutes ago, Gus Setsniffer said:

i know they have officially went by that for many many years, but flyers and party political broadcasts, and other advertising, i only remember them going by conservative, now it just seems all of a sudden Billy Redhand is my local Conservative & Unionist candidate.

Our one only has Conservative mentioned in tiny print at the bottom of the flyer. You'd think they were embarrassed about something. 

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1 hour ago, Glen Sannox said:

Long before you and I were born.

Not in Scotland they didn't, 

The Scottish Unionist Party was only renamed the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party in 1965.

BTW, the "union" they refer to is the1800 version, not 1707.

Minter.

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10 minutes ago, lichtgilphead said:

Not in Scotland they didn't, 

The Scottish Unionist Party was only renamed the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party in 1965.

BTW, the "union" they refer to is the1800 version, not 1707.

Minter.

 

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47 minutes ago, Sherrif John Bunnell said:

You love to see it

 

Good thing this thread isn't called Rise of the Far Right or you'd have the P&B das throwing out pictures of Kenneth Williams everywhere

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Murdoch's nutter news channel given the green light by Ofcom.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/dec/01/rupert-murdochs-news-uk-tv-channel-given-approval-to-launch

Rupert Murdoch’s forthcoming opinionated television news channel will be called News UK TV, with media regulator Ofcom giving the go-ahead for the outlet to start broadcasting as soon as it is ready.

News UK TV is racing against the rival Andrew Neil-backed channel GB News to be first on air, with both groups aiming to launch next spring. Despite concerns about the impact of Fox News-style broadcasting, both outlets believe there is a gap in the market for right-leaning television news channels aimed at Britons who dislike the BBC’s output.

 

Although News UK TV’s presenting lineup has yet to be announced, staff have been told to expect big-name hires. Previous names linked to the project include The Apprentice host Lord Sugar and Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan, who has been seen in News UK’s London Bridge headquarters, where a studio is being built.

 

The current plan, according to individuals involved in the station, is for News UK TV to be an evening-only service, which will be on air for around four or five hours a night. The proposed lineup will start with an early-evening politics show, a daily political debate programme and an evening news bulletin.

The focus of the output will be a flagship resource-heavy evening programme with a big-name host, which sources said until recently had the working title of Gotcha!, echoing an infamous Sun front page from the Falklands War. However, this has now been renamed as The Smart Cast.

News UK TV, overseen by former Fox News and CBS News boss David Rhodes, is likely to be free-to-air and the company wants it to be primarily delivered online as a streaming service. However, it applied for a full Ofcom broadcast licence, meaning it is likely to also be available as a traditional television channel in some form.

The approach is markedly different from GB News, which is understood to have already secured slots on major distribution platforms such as Freeview. The channel is backed by US media giant Discovery and is looking to create a much more ambitious 24-hour news channel with its own team of reporters across the country. It is due to launch early next year under the leadership of former Sky News Australia boss Angelos Frangopoulos, having lured Andrew Neil from the BBC.

Despite industry speculation that GB News could be struggling to raise the roughly £50m it needs to get the project off the ground, the company is understood to be confident of raising the money and will advertise around 100 journalism roles across the UK before the end of the year.

Rather than focus on rolling news it says it will provide news for the “vast number of British people who feel under-served and unheard”. In a bid to differentiate itself, the channel is expected to report politics stories from around the country rather than rely on a Westminster base.

Both channels, which declined to comment on their plans, will be bound by the Ofcom rules on due impartiality as result of their broadcast licences. Contrary to common belief this does not mean they have to give equal airtime to both sides of a political debate, merely that they have to ensure audiences are exposed to different views.

One individual with knowledge of News UK’s inner-workings said management would be acutely aware of how the new channel’s output would impact on Murdoch’s wider global media empire, saying: “You can have as many crap left-of-centre media outlets as you like but if you go centre-right then you get bad publicity because most journalists are lefties.”

Murdoch’s media empire – now much reduced in size following his sale of Sky to Comcast and 21st Century Fox to Disney – recently failed in its bid to buy the book publisher Simon & Schuster, meaning it is likely to be on the look-out for alternative investments and acquisitions. The 89-year-old has spent most of the year in Oxfordshire with his wife, Jerry Hall, during which time he has dealt with the formal departure of his son James from the family business.

According to a Westminster source, this summer the Brexit party leader, Nigel Farage, was overheard in a central London restaurant discussing conversations with Murdoch about the future of journalism, with the media mogul said to be increasingly excited about the prospect of opinionated video output rather than radio, despite his company’s recent investment in Times Radio.

Farage, who has recently started publishing his own video news commentary on Twitter, did not respond to a request for comment.

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