Why I love the Daily Mail, as distilled into one story.

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Marks & Spencer asked the newspaper to move an advertisement which appeared alongside the online version of the article, stating that it "does not tolerate any form of discrimination".

Mark G, Monday, 19 October 2009 15:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

I always love when an organ like the Daily Mail prints an article no more offensive than usual and is suddenly buried in outrage.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Monday, 19 October 2009 16:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

I find the cynical responses to the Twitter campaign baffling. So because a paper is reliably vile, when it prints a particularly unpleasant piece people should just shrug and ignore it? No - even if she was just unlucky enough to be a lightning rod for general disgust with the Mail, she deserved it and there's nothing wrong with right-wing hatemongers getting a taste of their own medicine from time to time. It's not as if private tut-tutting will ever get the Mail's attention.

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Monday, 19 October 2009 17:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

DV my theory as to why this one got traction is because it wasn't couched in the sober, reasoned manner that the real classics of DM psychopathy usually are, i.e. "if one sits down and thinks about it, deportation procedures really are the only answer to our pressing problem of the lack of resources within britain"

Tracer Hand, Monday, 19 October 2009 17:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

Is Jimmy Carr the new Jonathan Ross?

James Mitchell, Monday, 26 October 2009 12:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

1. Jimmy is a key, credible and genuine supporter of the Armed Forces - as evident by his visits and shows without publicity - and takes their welfare very seriously.
2. Out of an audience of 2,500 people only two people complained, and this level of complaint is not worthy of front page news.
3. We are in talks with Jimmy to go further afield to boost the morale of the Armed Forces which is further evidence of his commitment to them and the work they do.
4. A disappointing aspect from the Charity’s perspective is those who have sort to quote on the story. In my position I would strongly advise anyone from leaping on the Armed Forces bandwagon and also over sensitising the issue of injured servicemen and women who, in the main, do not see themselves as victims or charity cases but look to the future which includes a real ambition to return to the frontline - and compete in the Paralympics.
Probably not according to the British Forces Foundation.

James Mitchell, Monday, 26 October 2009 12:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Say what you like about the servicemen amputees from Iraq and Afghanistan, but we are going to have a fucking good Paralympics team in 2012"

I have a pretty low tolerance for Jimmy Carr, but as his jokes go, this one actually isn't too terrible.

I never saw the advantage of peeing while standing. (Upt0eleven), Monday, 26 October 2009 12:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

Let's play spot the difference. The top image is a set of instructions that members of the Question Time audience were given before filming last Thursday. And below that is a version of it that appeared in the Daily Mail and on its website on Saturday. Have you noticed what's changed? Funnily enough, the Mail used its version to support its claim that the BBC was "stage managing" an onslaught against BNP leader Nick Griffin during the programme.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/mediamonkeyblog/2009/oct/26/question-time-daily-mail-nick-griffin

James Mitchell, Monday, 26 October 2009 18:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

That's Daniel "lol she was wearing a short skirt too, the bitch was begging for it amirite" Martin, who clearly has something to hide when it comes to date rape drugs.

James Mitchell, Tuesday, 27 October 2009 19:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

Wayne and Coleen Rooney are celebrating the birth of their first child.

The Manchester United and England star, 24, was at his wife’s side as she gave birth at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital early this afternoon.

The sex was so far unconfirmed.

Pretty sure it happened nine months ago.

James Mitchell, Monday, 2 November 2009 15:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

Bdum Tish.

Mark G, Monday, 2 November 2009 16:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

The Express is just utter, utter bullshit, isn't it? How the fuck do the people who write this trash manage to live with themselves? It's not like they're highly-paid, or anything?

Supermarket giant Asda has risked sparking a racial backlash in the place where the BNP won its first ever council, by closing its traditional fresh meat counter and replacing it with a halal only section.

The chain has decided to make the move at its large store on the Isle of Dogs, east London.

Within weeks, anyone wanting fresh pork chops or ham off the bone will have to go to the pre-packed meat section, with Muslim customers having a wider choice from the halal counter.

Asda insisted it was “responding to customer demand” and had done a deal with a local halal butcher to reflect the ethnic make up of the area’s population.

Yet figures show that while the borough of Tower Hamlets is almost half Muslim, the Isle of Dogs is about 80 per cent non-Bangladeshi.

Workers at the store said furious non-Muslim customers would not meat derived from cutting the throats of animals and letting them bleed to death.

Politicians were concerned last night that the move could reignite racial tension on the Isle of Dogs, where Derek Beackon won the BNP’s first council seat in 1993.

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/138895/Asda-in-halal-storm

James Mitchell, Sunday, 8 November 2009 06:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

Gotta love this:

James Mitchell, Sunday, 8 November 2009 06:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

I suspect that that Express story is light on facts, and isn't to be taken seriously. But the whole issue of halal (and kosher, for that matter) meat is one that I am amazed has such a low profile. We have some of the best standards of animal welfare in the UK, but religions are able to bypass them at a stroke. There's no need to invent (or otherwise) stories about such meat being made "compulsory" - its mere existence is a major cause for concern.

Ian Edmond, Sunday, 8 November 2009 08:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

are halal and kosher techniques inherently cruel? i assumed they were painless for the animal

NI, Monday, 9 November 2009 09:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

The animals aren't stunned before they are stabbed in the neck with a knife.

"The UK Farm Animal Welfare Council says that the method by which Kosher and Halal meat is produced causes severe suffering to animals and it should be banned immediately. According to FAWC it can take up to two minutes for cattle to bleed to death, thus amounting to animal abuse."

George Mucus (ledge), Monday, 9 November 2009 10:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

They don't look very painless from the film footage I've seen of them. Neither does conventional slaughter though tbf.

Obscured by clowns (NickB), Monday, 9 November 2009 10:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

It doesn't look pleasant, certainly, but the animals should be unconscious for the process. I believe the thrashing around is an automatic reflex.

George Mucus (ledge), Monday, 9 November 2009 10:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

Getting away from the point that changes at an Asda meat counter isn't all that likely to "reignite racial tension on the Isle of Dogs".

James Mitchell, Monday, 9 November 2009 10:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

Some might question whether this really matters, but would you trust a dentist who had chosen to go bald? Would you want your children treated by a doctor who had shaved his head?

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 11:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

Each dentist to display a sign:

"I have not gone bald voluntarily"

Mark G, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 11:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Strange, strange article. I mean I assume this must be a joke:

and at weekends some think nothing of lying a-bed until noon

Mustn't it?

'virgin' should be 'wizard' (GamalielRatsey), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 11:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

think nothing of lying a-bed until noon

Oh, those foul rapscallions!

so says surgeon snoball (snoball), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 11:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

wtf is an armpit vest?

Obscured by clowns (NickB), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 11:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

The move, of late, has been to have no hair at all and the men of Bog-Standard Britain seem to have taken their lead from the Mitchell brothers who swaggered into EastEnders, the BBC's main primetime soap opera, in 1990.

I Poxy the Fule (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 11:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

... though Alan Clark complained that Hague had copped his hairstyle from Bruce Willis, not the Mitchell Brothers

I Poxy the Fule (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 11:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

Bang bang. That was Germaine's tactic. Wham bam bang.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 11:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

Whan. Bosh bang. Bam whang ban wang.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 11:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

You have to admit there is a haphazard logic to this theory about bald men...

so says surgeon snoball (snoball), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 11:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

Strange, strange article. I mean I assume this must be a joke:

Yes, it reads like a parody to me, but it isn't o_O

Paaaaargh for the coarse.

I see what he did there.

I'm Still Stanning (onimo), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 13:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

I have had the misfortune to do some research for Quentin Letts wife, one of the rudest and most unpleasant women I have ever dealt with, if she's an example of the fragrant 1950's womanhood he's expousing give me Germaine Greer any day.
- Lucy, London, 10/11/2009 11:11

The comments section generally is far from positive, plus a few mentalists. Is the Mail just trolling its readers now?

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 13:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

We are the Daily Mail website's readers. You could say the same of the Guardian site.

caek, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 13:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

*room turns ice cold*

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 13:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

I have had the misfortune to do some research for Quentin Letts wife, one of the rudest and most unpleasant women I have ever dealt with, if she's an example of the fragrant 1950's womanhood he's expousing give me Germaine Greer any day.

Well give her a break, she is married to an ugly misogynist snob after all

I Poxy the Fule (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 13:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

never give a sucker an even break

I'm Still Stanning (onimo), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 13:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

When the RMS Titanic sank in 1912, a large proportion of the female passengers survived, but 80 per cent of the men on board went down with the ship, doomed by chivalry. They had observed the code of 'women and children first' to the lifeboats.

Would that happen today?

Not only that, but to-day the third class passengers would probably demand a palce on the lifeboats as well! Outrageous!

This man is deranged. He's written a book called "People who buggered up Britain" (or something) in which he lays into various people and then complains about swearing and rudeness. Stupid fucking prick.

PC Thug (Ned Trifle II), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

The 50 People Who Wrecked Britain. We did a poll...

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

Would not be surprised at arriving at a time when Ryanair emergency-lands, tries to enact oxygen mask/yellow slide surcharge.

fake plastic butts (suzy), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

I see - I presume it's the same as this?

PC Thug (Ned Trifle II), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

So his own books are getting dumbed down?

PC Thug (Ned Trifle II), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

Date-rape drugs are largely an urban myth used as an excuse by women who booze themselves into a stupor, it has been claimed.

― DavidM, Tuesday, 27 October 2009 18:26 (2 weeks ago) Bookmark

this set me off like nothing else fwiw

joekin' phoenix (country matters), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

Unfortunately he couldn't find a publisher for the sequel, "The 50 People Who Bought The 50 People Who Buggered-Up Britain".

And what's with the hyphen?!??!

I Poxy the Fule (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

As if that were possible xp.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

uh, xxp

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol

joekin' phoenix (country matters), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hey, Louis is back! Where you been?

PC Thug (Ned Trifle II), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

de-accumulating sbs

joekin' phoenix (country matters), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

Buggering-up Britain

I Poxy the Fule (Tom D.), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:42 (4 years ago) Permalink


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