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Eddie Mair | 14:00 UK time, Wednesday, 8 October 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 2:18pm on 08 Oct 2008, U11235707 wrote:

    The BBC is a feminist organization. What incentive is there for men to pay the TV-licence?

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  • 2. At 2:19pm on 08 Oct 2008, U11204129 wrote:

    Hmm, the FTSE down by 3 per cent, 150 points and falling.

    Check it out licking on my name here.

    (A nice reference to a commentator, to be found, there)

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  • 3. At 2:56pm on 08 Oct 2008, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    Some topical light relief, I enjoyed this little bit of nonsense. Although the use of the word 'grammarian', for some inexplicable reason, makes me shudder.

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  • 4. At 3:04pm on 08 Oct 2008, Anne P. wrote:

    UtT - delicious, but very, very scary.

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  • 5. At 3:39pm on 08 Oct 2008, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    UtT @ 3, the only time I have ever come across it and remembered it, the line that followed was 'I can safely say that she was born... Hungarian!' (Not only foreign, but of royal blood.)

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  • 6. At 3:43pm on 08 Oct 2008, Charlie wrote:

    In the hope and belief that the DG is entrepreneurial (oh, get a grip and do stop laughing Sequin!) rather than being a leading member of the "100,000 Lemmings can't be wrong" society, there may be an opportunity here.

    However, if the Lemming mentality prevails, well, it's been great "knowing" you all...

    ITV's executive chairman Michael Grade suggested today that the broadcaster could hand over responsibility for regional news to another organisation...

    ...Mr Grade added: "I feel rather like a man on a diving board, with the water draining from the pool: eager to go, but being told to wait until the very last minute at which it's ok to dive... too late is potentially fatal...

    "With a recession gathering pace, the water is flowing out too fast for comfort."

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  • 7. At 4:22pm on 08 Oct 2008, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Where's the PM newsletter? Oh! there it is.

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  • 8. At 4:38pm on 08 Oct 2008, Thunderbird wrote:

    Lady Sue, Comedic pauses don't tend to work in the virtual world.....sorry

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  • 9. At 5:48pm on 08 Oct 2008, Peter Bolt wrote:

    First class prog, quitely efficient amongst the mayhem.
    And a scoop re Local Authority deposits as well.
    Beat that !

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  • 10. At 5:57pm on 08 Oct 2008, witchi wrote:

    Very very good show tonight; bit of depth to things that have been a little hysterical of late. And lovely to hear Yvonne Murray too, seemed to have missed her lately!

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  • 11. At 6:11pm on 08 Oct 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Nice one peeps keep up the good work.

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  • 12. At 8:46pm on 08 Oct 2008, Izzy_Tme wrote:

    UTT (3), Anne P (4) and Val P, should she make an appearance here, doing some research on planning earlier today, I came across the following phrase:-

    "Use classes could be used to control studentification"

    (FYI, use classes are a planning phrase)

    I was speechless.....

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  • 13. At 00:02am on 09 Oct 2008, U11204129 wrote:

    Which load of tosh most annoyed you from the ""experts"" tonight?

    I nominate Pissedon Pecks rubbish about the 5 percent fall in London today having nothing to do with the credit crash, for third place.

    The mining stocks fell 'cos metals were falling so fast. And metals were falling so fast 'cos markets realised there isn't the speculative money around that there was that made metals a goldmine.
    Why no such dosh? Because of the credit crunch, you pudding!!

    If there were no credit crunch any world down turn could have been avoided.

    Still, I like the argument that real sector markets are as USELESS as financial sector markets.

    In second place, the twit who said that the package would cure inter-bank lending difficulties, which are largely between Japanese banks and UK banks.

    So a half percent interest rate cut here will encourage Japanese banks to lend to UK banks?!?!?

    But in first place it has to be the new Labour twits who can't see that the banks are conning them blind.
    Cheap money, new capital, and best of all, a free insurance against business losses***, all for saying 'We can't cope, Mr. Brown.'

    The banks will squander all they have been promised in the first few days of trading. They are crooked. The money will just disappear into some loss making vehicle that they will invent specially for the purpose. (You can call it a Brown Envelope)

    Take the financial sector into public ownership, you silly billies.

    ***Business losses caused X Bank to lose 5 percent of its depositors' money this year. The British Government will make it good'.

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  • 14. At 09:45am on 09 Oct 2008, Roger Sawyer wrote:

    Morning All,

    Interesting day, from a news perspective. One story, but with lots of strands to be teased out.

    There is a lot of sound and fury out there and sometimes I feel the media fall over themselves in a desire to move on to the next development, so we tried very hard to shine a bit of light, reduce the story to various component parts, explain them as best we could... and ask some obvious questions that, for some reason, hadn't been asked or answered.

    A few technical problems meant that the best laid plans went out of the window and that we did some rate cut stuff in the wrong order... but I hope that didn't confuse matters to much.

    Apologies to those who thought there was too much finance and economy on the programme, but to misquote someone, an exceptional day called for exceptional measures.

    A day off from the rollercoaster for me today... so, off to the park and the autumn sunshine with my two year old son, who's more interested in Brum, Thomas and Lunar Jim than LIBOR and Preference Shares. Which is a bit of a relief really. The plots are more straightforward.

    Hold on to your hats.


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  • 15. At 09:52am on 09 Oct 2008, justfloating wrote:

    (13) pmL - Your crystal ball is doing well, so far. I agree that they are now milking it for all they can get. In times of change the best frauds can be done.

    In any control system, with large inertia, hitting it with a big hammer makes a big noise but does not really perturb the motion.

    It needs a sustained attack of reasonable force. How about a fraud conviction case per week. The US managed to lock up the 5 British bankers.

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  • 16. At 1:27pm on 09 Oct 2008, Perky wrote:

    Roger - hope you had a lovely time at the park - two-year-olds are much better behaved than politicians!

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  • 17. At 4:48pm on 09 Oct 2008, Declan wrote:

    JimmyGiro Sir
    What's a "feminist organisation"? Is it like that Two Ronnies "Charlie Farley" series where women ruled the world and Diana Dors dressed up in a kind of kinky traffic warden suit? I think I pay the licence fee so that I can watch telly and listen to the radio without worrying about being fined by feministas. Is that a bit obvious?

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  • 18. At 4:50pm on 09 Oct 2008, Declan wrote:

    Sorry, I meant to ask where Edwardo was - I've been asleep all week - but then got sidetracked by JimmyGiro's comment. Is Eddie OK? You're doing a fine job Ms Quinn.

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  • 19. At 10:46pm on 09 Oct 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Declan: Eddie (we believe) is on holiday. Paddy told us this, but refused to disclose the secret location. Even under torture.*

    *the torture was having to learn to use the Blog. But, eventually, 'boy done well'.

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