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Eddie Mair | 13:52 UK time, Friday, 26 September 2008


Be your own radio critic! Tell us here, frankly, what you thought of tonight's programme. In the PM office we meet every night at 1800 in the Glass Box you see above. Add your comment here.


  • 1. At 2:03pm on 26 Sep 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Talking to Rocket Man while he's in the air?

    Why do I foresee a Father Ted moment? :o)

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  • 2. At 2:45pm on 26 Sep 2008, H wrote:

    It seems that here on the South Coast (and I'm sure elsewhere), local fishermen are to be subject to yet more stringent regulations on catching cod.

    Locally caught cod should be landed and sold, not thrown away. The threat to cod stocks is not from necessarily small scale local fishing boats, it is from predatory factory trawlers.

    So, European Commission - get real, and make your regulations with more subtlety. Then again, it could be that other nations flout the rules anyway, so that the fault lies within the UK, not the Commission.

    Napoleon Bonaparte said that England was a nation of shopkeepers, perhaps he should have added - 'and jobsworths'.

    Our Minister of Agriculture could, of course, simply ask for a review of short range, small boat fishing, with the promise that the UK would relax restrictions within UK territorial waters unilaterally.

    'Ah! That would set a precedent!'

    Not really: France, Germany and Italy have already set the precedent (on other matters).

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  • 3. At 3:01pm on 26 Sep 2008, steelpulse wrote:

    Hazel Blears.

    When she was answering questions on Ruth Turners sudden departure from the Cabinet - I swear her eyes were flashing warnings to the BBC TV interviewer - "Don't push it, sunshine!" lol

    I think only Hilary Benn's nemesis Evan Davis can interview her now - with safety that is.

    So Eddie, are you man enough? Have her on the programme. Not much happening in the world - so any excuse will do.

    Ask her if she has any ambitions to be PM herself?

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  • 4. At 3:17pm on 26 Sep 2008, mygloriousleader wrote:

    (3) sp re HB. No, have you not noticed she has sparkly l.e.d.'s in the centre of her eyes.

    All the BB series three drones have them. They just didn't quite get the facial features right with this one. The series three's also struggle with self direction because of the loss of the link to Balony Tir.

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  • 5. At 4:34pm on 26 Sep 2008, Thunderbird wrote:

    I think the good ship Blears should decide what colour hair to have before she could move her career forward.

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  • 6. At 4:42pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Wasn't it good to hear Blears and May having a go at each other on Question Time. I thought only men were supposed to act like that.

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  • 7. At 4:45pm on 26 Sep 2008, Thunderbird wrote:

    Hmmmm. I guess you don't get out much

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  • 8. At 4:47pm on 26 Sep 2008, steelpulse wrote:

    Ruth Turner?


    Fusion Man just touched down in England. call me Con-Fusion old Man.

    Ruth Kelly I think I meant to say. Or did I? lol

    Not Eddie but Carolyn tonight? I must be confused by being over excited!

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  • 9. At 4:57pm on 26 Sep 2008, thenicecatlady wrote:

    Hazel Blears is SCARY especially when she hasn't been taking the tablets!

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  • 10. At 5:00pm on 26 Sep 2008, Thunderbird wrote:

    Dave (6) Some people will pay a lot of money for that kind of girl on girl action!

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  • 11. At 5:06pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Tbird 10, In mud....

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  • 12. At 5:11pm on 26 Sep 2008, Thunderbird wrote:

    (11) A crazy red-head in the mud? Best avoided

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  • 13. At 5:17pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Tbird 12, I'd watch a crazy red-head do almost anything.

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  • 14. At 5:21pm on 26 Sep 2008, Thunderbird wrote:

    Dave (13) I'd tend to agree with you, unfortunately she aint no Nichol Kidman

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  • 15. At 5:21pm on 26 Sep 2008, Lady_Sue wrote:

    (10, 11, 12, 13) You guys aren't well. Don't get me wrong, I think you're funny (sometimes). However, not when you become caricatures of yourselves. So predictable. I like it better when you are (sometimes) witty.

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  • 16. At 5:22pm on 26 Sep 2008, Lady_Sue wrote:

    (14) ditto.

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  • 17. At 5:27pm on 26 Sep 2008, Gillianian wrote:

    This sin't flying - it's falling with style!!

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  • 18. At 5:28pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    L_S 15, Go feed your dogs and clean up the house. Critics....

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  • 19. At 5:31pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Tbird 10, 12, 14, Did you know that you are sometimes funny? Is it in 10? or maybe 12? No, I think it is 14. No, I think....I'll get back to you....

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  • 20. At 5:31pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Tbird 14, Did you know that Hazel Blears?

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  • 21. At 5:32pm on 26 Sep 2008, Thunderbird wrote:

    Lady Sue (15) you are right of course, you can take it as read that my head has adopted the necessary bow of shame.

    In my defence I would like to point out that that nasty American man started it and I was purely being washed along in the tide of comedic exuberance.

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  • 22. At 5:34pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Tbird 21, Do you shoot arrows from your bow of shame?

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  • 23. At 5:36pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Tbird, I think she has decamped to the beach. Shame on you and your bow and its shooting barbs.

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  • 24. At 5:40pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Tbird , One more and I should fill the recent comments list.

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  • 25. At 5:41pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Nope, not quite.

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  • 26. At 5:41pm on 26 Sep 2008, Thunderbird wrote:

    Dave (22) What are you doing, you'll get Sue back om the case.

    I used a couple of long words earlier that should keep her quiet for a while.

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  • 27. At 5:42pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Tbird 26, Well, that gubbered it. I'm orf!

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  • 28. At 5:46pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Tbird, Ex rubber ants, wozzat?

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  • 29. At 5:48pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Tbird, I just realised, I'm a McNickle kid man.

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  • 30. At 5:49pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Kelly is being discussed on PM. No red hair involved.

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  • 31. At 5:50pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    I'm off for a glass of red wine.

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  • 32. At 5:51pm on 26 Sep 2008, Thunderbird wrote:

    Dave(28)for your safety and the safty of all your passengers on tonight's flight to Charles de Gaulle, please stop drinking

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  • 33. At 5:52pm on 26 Sep 2008, twinsalmonman wrote:

    Wonderful to hear Mssr. Lightyear, and of his experiences today flying the channel under jet power.

    Although my trip was more sedate, I also communed with our feathered cousins on December 3rd 1981, when I stood on top of a hot-air balloon in flight.

    We flew just a few miles at 1000ft. but nevertheless it was an unforgettable experience. It was wonderful to see such a variety of feathered friends gliding by for a closer look at their new guest in the sky.

    Welcome to our very small club mon ami.

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  • 34. At 6:04pm on 26 Sep 2008, steelpulse wrote:

    Mark Serwotka?

    No offence but Mark my words more like.

    I loved being a member of a union and benefited from same but I always enjoyed taking apart their spokepersons speak. I did the same with management speak which I also ridicule sometimes.

    Fred Kite (Peter Sellars in I'm Alright Jack) stalking ACAS now I thought.

    Carolyns first question - did I hear the hypothetical book open at stock answer number 26, Mark?

    No? These digital radio receivers, eh?

    Then the words - hard working - poverty wages - cost of living - (suggested meagre) pay offer - only Gordon Brown will do.

    A one hour strike at ACAS - which is supposedly there to resolve employer/employees disputes if it can and we need to consider a backup if said "industrial action" went on longer?

    Fred Kites meetings to have talks about having talks about the next tea break went on longer than an hour.

    "Everybody out" to succeed - meant the same back then, Mark.

    Nothing gets done!

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  • 35. At 6:05pm on 26 Sep 2008, Lady_Sue wrote:

    (18) David: you made me laugh out loud! Well done - back on form.

    (21) Tbird: thankyou and (26) made me laugh all over again!

    (30) How thrilled am I to get quoted on PM? Chuffed to bits. Going to take the dogs down to the lake and instruct the Housekeeper re. cleaning up the stately pile.

    Cheers chaps. Well done Sequin - good programme.

    See you all on the beach. Bringing prawns for the Barbie in good Ozzie style.


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  • 36. At 6:06pm on 26 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Tbird 32, I ain't started yet.

    Just one, well three, more thing/things:

    I just heard pmLeader on PM and he doesn't speak in spaced-out (so to speak) sentences. Think I can have his autograph?

    Can you believe that people wait months and months to hear Buster Rhymes?

    Think I can get away with saying 'Thomas Schaffernacker' here?

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  • 37. At 6:56pm on 26 Sep 2008, Spartacus wrote:

    Eddie, if you're reading this, there's much discussion of your penis over on The Archers messageboards, I just thought you might like the opportunity to comment.


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  • 38. At 8:38pm on 26 Sep 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Peet (37):

    O-a No-a!

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  • 39. At 9:00pm on 26 Sep 2008, Sid wrote:

    D McN - did you know Googie Withers?

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  • 40. At 10:47pm on 26 Sep 2008, RJMolesworth wrote:

    Peet @37

    Eddie is chairman of Any Questions tonight so you won't be getting a reply any time soon

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  • 41. At 10:55pm on 26 Sep 2008, BoiledBunny wrote:


    Do you or any of the PM Production Team want to buy some Viagra?

    Kind of puts your recorded call to the Lib Dems on Thursday into perspective doesn't it?

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  • 42. At 09:48am on 27 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Sid 39, Yes, but I believe she hasn't completely withered.

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  • 43. At 4:29pm on 27 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    Eddie, I forget who the non-Chris woman on AQ was, but somebody should tell her that Americans do not, I repeat DO NOT!, have or carry ID cards. The Social Security card is not for identification (mine says so on it) and is not meant to be carried around with you. Charles Kennedy made the same same mistake some time ago and I corrected him, but got no reply. And he went to university in the US.

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  • 44. At 5:22pm on 28 Sep 2008, U11204129 wrote:

    700 billion, half of it tomorrow.

    (The Iraq War to date has cost 600 billion).

    So where are they going to get it from?

    I know..... from the banks that have been hoarding money!

    The US authorities borrow it from them and then GIVE it to them for worthless paper.

    Tear the system down, for goodness sake!

    Robert Peston says B and B depositors should be pleased that these other banks may buy their savings. Why?
    What is so safe about them?

    They should get their money in their hands as fast as possible. If it's better with these other banks, then why don't they transfer it, themselves?

    Have the people who keep on telling us Galbraith is a great economist, actually read him? (Thoroughly).

    There's more to him than The Great Crash, The New Industrial State and The Affluent Society' y'know. Try 'Money...etc..' where he explains how banks using gold as reserve asset, functioned happily for years, whilst the vaults were empty, 'cos the small town bankers had been stealing it for years. Things only came to light, when one morning, the banker didn't turn up to open the bank, and the Chicago train had left 3 hours previously, with him on board.

    So, the subprime backed assets which are now described as toxic, and which, to all intents and purposes, were being used as eligible reserve assets to expand credit, would have been kosher in Galbraith's book.

    My problem with him, is that he is fuzzy about equality.
    The rule is simple, no one is worth any more or less than anyone else. Full stop.
    (Whoever thinks they are is either arrogant, a rogue or oppressed).

    And the intergenerationally idle should pick up the shovels and walk to the mines.

    La Lutta Continua. (Corrections gladly received).

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  • 45. At 11:10pm on 28 Sep 2008, Stewart_M wrote:

    Did I hear correctly that with B and B becoming owned by HM government all those Building societies that sold out are now no longer independent businesses?

    Halifax soon to be Lloyds, Abbey is Spanish etc etc

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  • 46. At 11:39pm on 28 Sep 2008, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    pmLeader @44, you wrote:

    'The rule is simple, no one is worth any more or less than anyone else. Full stop.
    (Whoever thinks they are is either arrogant, a rogue or oppressed).'

    I wonder which I am, for I disagree really quite a lot with this! I do not regard Harold Shipman (to use an example off the top of my head) as having been during his lifetime of the same worth as say Mother Theresa (another person now dead chosen at random) -- choosing the dead so that I am not being rude about anyone the mods might feel they had to defend by censoring my post.

    Define 'worth' a bit, eh? 'Equal in the eyes of God'? 'Having the same value to their respective mothers'? 'To be bought/sold for the same amount'? 'Deserving of equal consideration'?

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  • 47. At 08:54am on 29 Sep 2008, Sid wrote:

    pmLeader: it's usually:

    La Lutta Continua!

    The exclamation mark gives it that little lift, don't you think?

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  • 48. At 10:33am on 29 Sep 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    L_S 35, That'll teach you to send photos to the blog.

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