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Eddie Mair | 13:09 UK time, Monday, 17 November 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 5:00pm on 17 Nov 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    I have a harmonium that I don't want, but no organ.

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  • 2. At 5:28pm on 17 Nov 2008, robinduckworth wrote:

    You always expect the French to boo but rarely get booing from the English. Rugby has always been polite when they take the kicks and respect the other side. This is disrespectful and it is almost becoming like football. A real shame.

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  • 3. At 5:33pm on 17 Nov 2008, H wrote:

    It seems that The Prince of Wales envisages a quasi-Presidential role for himself. Why doesn't he stand? I'd vote for him - if it meant the end of the Monarchy.

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  • 4. At 5:38pm on 17 Nov 2008, Peter Bolt wrote:

    Re; Hi jacked Tanker.
    I am bemused by the Oil Tanker being hijacked,
    There are only two Ports along the entire East African coast which can take it : Durban (South Africa) or Mombasa (Kenya) certainly not Somalia.
    What do they actually do with these ships ?

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  • 5. At 5:56pm on 17 Nov 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Did anyone else picture Eddie doing the Dr-Evil-pinky-thing when he said "...one MILLion pounds..."?

    Oh, why have I never got the webcam window open at the right time?

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  • 6. At 6:06pm on 17 Nov 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    FLASH!! Small statue of Gormless's Angel of the North found under old woman's bed in Dorset is valued at one million pounds on Antiques Roadshow. Actually, it was brought in from Council offices by a Councillor and is on display all the time. What a con! Anybody who read or watched the build-up to this would have thought it was some rare, lost, find that was appearing. I preferred the Faberge pin.

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  • 7. At 6:37pm on 17 Nov 2008, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    peterbolt @ 4, they hold them to ransom. 'Give us lots of money or we will take it somewhere you won't like and sink it, causing maximum ecological disaster as well as costing you the price of the oil and the ship'.

    They also slaughter all the crew who are not bought from them at great price by their relatives or governments.

    Anyone who disapproves of the Royal Navy, NATO, or anyone else, trying to prevent these people from doing this (the RN, NATO etc may get in his way a bit, but they are working for him unless he is a pirate) is being extraordinarily selfish, and an apologist for murder, as far as I am concerned.

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  • 8. At 6:58pm on 17 Nov 2008, RJMolesworth wrote:

    @ 7

    Pieces of Eight, presumably?

    How do you capture a supertanker dhow?

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  • 9. At 7:21pm on 17 Nov 2008, U11204129 wrote:

    Haven't had much talk of 'crowding out'? My dear, in my posts, sometimes there is talk of little else.

    The prob is that Tories and right wing financiers have it the wrong way round.

    It's that private inequitable investments (yatch building, jewelry, the bidding up of estate land etc) drives out equitable government investment.

    You've heard of Galbraith's private affluence, public squalor, well it applies to investments too, y'know.

    Not as the right would have it, that govt spending drives out spending on luxuries.

    'Cos the right argues govt. spending causes inflation. So they organise a run on the pound - which.....causes inflation.

    Your 'expert' on the attractiveness of government debt can only be right if hte pound rises again whilst the debt is held and denominated in sterling.
    When's that gonna be, then?

    As it is, everyone is getting out of sterling denominated debt as hard as they can go before the pound....well, crashes, ...., because everone is getting out of sterling denominated debt...

    As for Merve the Downward Curve's interest rates, if your 'expert' is right and the 'price' to the government to borrow is high (he means high interest rates: the price of assets with a fixed final pay back (eg T-Bills) will be loow) then what possible relevance does his 1.5 percent CUT have?

    I'll tell you. OR rather Micheal Portillo has told you. It's all for an election NEXT year when the govt. tax and interest cuts will make us 'all' feel better off and the world economic crash will be continuing merrily, like some tumult going on outside the window in an Ionescu play.

    Did Edgie 'talk' the pound at all? I think he should both talk it up and talk it down. He is a natural successor to Glenda Slaarg.

    Hope that's not too long a post.****

    Best wishes,


    ****Ignore the spaces if it seems shorter like that.

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  • 10. At 01:42am on 18 Nov 2008, justfloating wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 11. At 02:13am on 18 Nov 2008, justfloating wrote:

    The above moderated post was about the Go4it program and the "wearewhatwedo" company that was featured.

    It was due to a request I received to investigate the company by a parent.

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  • 12. At 12:26pm on 18 Nov 2008, justfloating wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 13. At 1:54pm on 18 Nov 2008, vainly_here wrote:

    DM (1) - I used to have a harmonium; I swapped it for a mini gearbox which I then sold.

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