Running Rampant


Last night/this afternoon.

BBC NI presenter Stephen Nolan defended his actions on Nolan Live last night which saw the irate host confront members of the public for not wearing face masks while inside a Belfast petrol station.

Via Belfast Telegraph:

The popular presenter was accused of attempting to “criminalise” people for not wearing masks, with loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson saying Mr Nolan was “punching down, trying to coerce the ‘little people’ on behalf of the powerful”.

Responding directly to the message, Mr Nolan denied criminalising people.

If people break the law, they are criminalising themselves,” he tweeted.

“And as for little people – there is none more little than a vulnerable person, helpless because they are surrounded by people who don’t give a damn about their safety.”

He added: “This is about the community protecting each other. Never will so many citizens have the power to protect life.”


The BBC backed Mr Nolan in his approach to the matter saying there was a “significant public interest” in the matter and his programme reflected differing views. It said those approached were given an opportunity to explain their actions.

Good times.

BBC’s Stephen Nolan defends confronting Belfast shoppers over face masks after Twitter backlash (Belfast Telegraph)

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19 thoughts on “Running Rampant

    1. SOQ

      No No its all someone else fault.

      It is none of his friggen business why someone is not wearing a mask- or is it the case that the BBC are now getting jumpy because they realise they have been barking up the wrong tree all this time?

      1. Eoin

        No. For bias. Also for poor quality TV and pushing woke garbage down peoples throats. But most importantly, for promoting the suicidal government response to covid19, which is no longer in line with the science or medical professionals. With regards to masks, they provide roughly 10% protection against coronavirus due to the loose weave and lack of anti microbial silver threading. If the governments really wanted us to protect ourselves against the virus, we’d all be wearing goggles seeing as most colds and flu enter the system through the eyes. They’d also be distributing vitamin D supplements to each household or at least advising everyone take vitamin D daily. Nolan should be asking probing questions instead of bullying people who aren’t wearing masks.

        1. Cian

          Masks give 10% protection? eh?
          How much protection do goggle give?
          And how much extra protection does a Vitamin D tablet give me?

          1. f_lawless

            Regarding vitamin D, I guess it may depend on whether you were deficient to begin with.

            Article from last May:

            Researchers from Trinity College Dublin are calling on the government in Ireland to change recommendations for vitamin D supplements.

            A new publication from Dr Eamon Laird and Professor Rose Anne Kenny, School of Medicine, and the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), in collaboration with Professor Jon Rhodes at University of Liverpool, highlights the association between vitamin D levels and mortality from COVID-19…

            ..The authors propose that, whereas optimising vitamin D levels will certainly benefit bone and muscle health, the data suggests that it is also likely to reduce serious COVID-19 complications. ..

            …”This study further confirms this association. We call on the Irish government to update guidelines as a matter of urgency and encourage all adults to take supplements during the COVID-19 crisis. Deficiency is frequent in Ireland. Deficiency is most prevalent with age, obesity, in men, in ethnic minorities, in people with diabetes, hypertension and in nursing homes.”

            Vitamin D deficiency is known to be an issue in Ireland. According to this 2020 report, 1 in 5 older adults and almost 1 in 2 of those over 85 (31,000) are deficient during the winter months.


  1. Mr .T

    man gets larger every year

    As his face gets more round and featureless, he’s looking more and more like a lego man

    1. Anti Bots

      Oh it is totally okay to body shame if you are the righteous one. The one who knows all the facts about everything from reading the internet, despite what the majority of experts state. Welcome to BS comments section.

    2. millie madonna

      Sure is, fatso*!

      *I have no idea what you weigh.
      **But I hope you’re keeping well Harry

    3. SOQ

      So a renowned shock jock is running around with a BBC camera crew trying to shame people without ever considering the fact that they may have a valid reason for not wearing a mask. Of course they are going to walk away- what else would they do?

      But yet to mention the fact that he is obese and therefore high risk is somehow insensitive because all of a sudden- disability rights are important. Where exactly was his sensitivity when trying to bully other people without knowing their medical circumstances?

      That he doesn’t know that someone like himself is still high risk WHILE wearing a mask just about sums Nolan up.

  2. Scundered

    Nolan says all the things most people are too scared to say when out and about. Like when someone stands too close in the checkout queue… But you say nothing.

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