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Eddie Mair | 16:53 UK time, Thursday, 20 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 5:11pm on 20 Nov 2008, Peter Bolt wrote:

    Re; Special Offer days in shops
    Do not forget this month the Winter Heating allowance (£250 ) is being paid out to all OAPs , Hence,I think, the one day sales.

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  • 2. At 5:27pm on 20 Nov 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

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

  • 3. At 5:28pm on 20 Nov 2008, Screamingmuldoon wrote:

    I applaud the series on following young people leaving care. I have heard from a social worker, that 90% of the prison population has been in "care". I think it is easy to say that care is the answer, but so much depends on the circumstances of the individual child.

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  • 4. At 5:28pm on 20 Nov 2008, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    On the children-in-care thing:

    I someone who was taken into care because his widowed mother didn't like him, and caused him to be harrassed until he was in a state at the age of about eleven that justified his not being with her any more. In the home he was bullied (little things like having his bedding set on fire while he was asleep, and the perpetrators were 'disturbed' and could apparently not be stopped in case it upset them) and came out unqualified for much. I met him when he was straight out of the home, with as far as I could tell no official support of any kind and nowhere to go. We found him somewhere to live, between us, and helped him as much as we could.

    He eventually worked hard enough to get himself a job in a residential home for the disturbed elderly -- which he wanted to do, so help me, in order to make some repayment for the care that the state had given to him!

    His medical stresses required medication. His account of this was 'when I start to argue with my shoes I know I am getting a warning sign. If they start to argue back, I get myself to the doctor'. He was adjusting his own dosages and knew what he needed... Unfortunately it was decided that a doctor would know better, his medication was changed, and it didn't do the job for him as the one he'd accustomed himself to; he tried to get help from friends but they weren't at home (I was one of his 'emergency back-stops, but my father died two days later, and I wasn't in town, and that's a burden I may never quite get over: I wasn't there when I was needed); he tried to get help from a doctor but was unable to find one whose surgery was open; he was afraid to go to a hospital in case he lost control there and got sectioned; so he went home and hanged himself. He was in his thirties.

    Not one of the world's great success stories.

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

    C_G 4, Shoes should know when to hold their tongues. (Sorry, couldn't resist the temptation.)

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  • 6. At 5:44pm on 20 Nov 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    C_G 4, Just to show you that I can be serious, I had a friend who tried to commit suicide three times because he considered his life to be a failure. I told him that he even failed at that. He laughed. He died at 89.

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  • 7. At 5:53pm on 20 Nov 2008, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Oh, please no. Kitchen sink drama in a Glasgow tenement. Been there, done that, scrubbed the close.

    This is a recession. We need comedy to take us out of that, not depressing soap so that we wallow in it more.

    Where's our equivalent of the Marx Brothers today?

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  • 8. At 5:53pm on 20 Nov 2008, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Re. the 'Ethnic officer statistics'.

    On my planet, people get jobs because they want to work in that particular field and have an aptitude for that kind of work. Not because they are required as a statistic to make up a 'black', 'female', 'disabled' tally.

    The Tardis for my planet leaves at 8pm but you need to get a park and ride bus if you live in Manchester.

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  • 9. At 5:57pm on 20 Nov 2008, norfolkpeahen wrote:

    As an aside, I think Eddie missed one important question - why is it legal to have a black officers' association, but would be illegal to form a white officers' association. I don't understand.

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  • 10. At 5:58pm on 20 Nov 2008, David_McNickle wrote:

    SSC 7, Lever Brothers?

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  • 11. At 5:58pm on 20 Nov 2008, Lady_Sue wrote:

    (4): Chris: that is such a tragic account. I'm so sorry for your loss. It seems you did all you could - don't chastise yourself. I hope your comment is a useful example for those in a position to help.

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  • 12. At 5:59pm on 20 Nov 2008, flukesnook wrote:

    Two things that are really irritating me today. Firstly the too often repeated trail for the tonight's Front Row interview with Paul McCartney. Just how many times is it necessary to repeat these trails. I find myself rushing to the radio to turn it off before I hear the former Beatle saying ' it's like doing Hamlet without a script'. I just can't bring myself to listen to the interview now. Secondly, who are all these people that have taken John Sergeant to heart? I, and many other people I've spoken to, find him unfunny, smug and of course a terrible dancer. To think we could still have had the lovely Cheri Lunghi in the show. By the way I love radio 4 and Strictly Come Dancing.

    Best wishes,

    Chris of Wimbledon.

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  • 13. At 6:14pm on 20 Nov 2008, normanmugabe wrote:

    I was in Marks this morning and by 10 am it was slaughter. I was just heading for the elderly persons chuddies section when a woman lunged for the last pair of thermal trolleys, almost shattering my starboard patella in the process. Next time Marks have a twenty percenter, I'm going to don my amunition boots, studded gauntlets and imitation Viking war mask in readiness for dishing out a bit of quid pro quo.

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  • 14. At 6:16pm on 20 Nov 2008, oldjublog wrote:

    Eddie's throw away comment about the editor could be construed as affectionate or unkind .... I wonder which it was? It is not always easy to judge the humour.

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  • 15. At 6:22pm on 20 Nov 2008, jackhigh2747 wrote:

    You had a dicussion about the recent pirate action in the Gulf of Aden.

    Wouldn't it be possible for the owners of the gigantic ships to employ one of the many security firms that hire ex soldiers and ex SAS and other Elite forces to be aboard for the part of the trip that involved this area, they could be airlifted on and off the ship more or less at will. I understand that it might prove costly but surely not as much as the 25million dollars of the last hijacking.

    I don't even know if it would be legal but surely if all the international governments concerned agreed - it could be achieved.
    Also the scale of these hijackings seems to prove that it is something more than a few out of work fishermen doing it in order to survive and feed themselves as was voiced earlier in the week.

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  • 16. At 7:00pm on 20 Nov 2008, Piper wrote:

    ...Oh Dear...

    I presume "He" is dis-gruntled..?"

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  • 17. At 7:32pm on 20 Nov 2008, Myecroft wrote:

    Great voice Eddie....and not a bad looker either! If I was to be told that the world was about to end I'd like to hear it broadcast from you...if you don't mind?!

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  • 18. At 7:51pm on 20 Nov 2008, Piper wrote:

    "Trot-on Piper!"

    I can hear my riding instructor even now. Some xx Years later! (how long-ago..?)

    Anyway, a great shame Mr Sergeant didn't "trot-on" in a similar fashion to Mr Barnes...


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  • 19. At 8:08pm on 20 Nov 2008, U11204129 wrote:

    Nils Blythe allowed to be serious about the FTSE.

    Well, that's a start.

    One thing probably needing your comment is how the global picture (this from post 1., second link, of yesterday's Glass Box) compares with the picture here, in England, and in America).

    (The FTSE and the Dow Jones 1 year graphs can be found by searching for FTSE, Y*hoo Finance and Dow Jones Yah*o Finance in any search engine, and then by clicking on the 1y option under today's graphs, there).

    Well, looking at the graphs, it'll be clear that an Anglo Saxon slump is designed to damage rivals, at as little cost (self harm) as possible - subject of, course to the effective disciplining of the poor here.

    So the 'world' suffers most. That is, the client capitalisms in China and India and client oil Islam which are being savaged.

    Remember that Japan and Germany are still client states of America and that the Asian Tigers are still British (economic neo-) colonies. (Britain owns 62 percent of Malaysian industry, for example). I mention them all here, 'cos they. in their turns and ways, got 'disciplined' the last couple of times around.

    After the 'world', it's Britain next. Britain has a 'dangerous' tendency to think up socialist conclusions in a crisis. Thatcherism must be kept hegemonic here. That is the slump - monger's view. As Cameron is saying.

    And America. Well, if Obama plays ball, it doesn't need to be too bad there. The banks, the car industry etc will be saved. Of course, if he gets too upset about the poor, the American graph will look like the 'world's'.

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  • 20. At 8:09pm on 20 Nov 2008, Charlie wrote:

    Who cares? I've only spent about £10,000 on the things during the past 20 years:


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  • 21. At 8:10pm on 20 Nov 2008, DI_Wyman wrote:

    normanmugabe, 13......and an electric cattle prod!

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  • 22. At 9:30pm on 20 Nov 2008, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    Charlie @ 20. I think the point of vitamins is that *not* getting them is rather bad for you -- things like rickets and scurvy and such, y'know?

    I didn't realise that in their attempts to sell more and more pills to people who didn't get a balanced diet the makers of the pills were trying to get us to believe that if you ate enough vitamins you would never get ill.

    Hypericum or ginseng, now, *those* are the well-known cures for no known disease!

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  • 23. At 10:39pm on 20 Nov 2008, U11204129 wrote:


    And daily movements not important? Well, according to my TV, the Dow Jones is down 5.5 per cent, today.


    'Cos the car people in America are trying to get the sorts of slush fund money for THEIR inefficient industries, that the US banks already got.

    In the case of the banks, helping the poor with their mortgages instead, would have cost less and done more good.

    This is no bluff by Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. They know they'll get the money, so that more efficient foreign car manufacturers are hurt badly. In return, they'll lay people off. adding to the unemployment figures that the right so value.

    Hearing Asian car plants are to close because of the 'global downturn' will soon resore the car majors' stocks.

    Believe me, it will be finely calibrated, how depressed the American economy needs to become, in order to hurt it's emergent rivals.

    It's what economists calculate, not how to avoid a slump.

    Dismal scientists that they are.

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  • 24. At 11:08pm on 20 Nov 2008, Simon wrote:

    norfolkpeahen (8);
    I've wondered about that. Isn't it a breach of discrimination laws to exclude people on the basis of race, colour, age, gender, religion, etc. Except in private members clubs?

    What about 'women only' sessions in the local gym/swimming pool? These are not private members clubs but municipal centres owned by the authorities.

    I'm sure that there are many more examples one could come up with.

    Declaration of interest; I am a Freemason, a men-only, private members association (at least, the version I'm a member of is. Alternatives exist). I am not, however, a golfer. So I don't discriminate against the fairer gender *too* harshly. ;-)


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  • 25. At 12:16pm on 21 Nov 2008, annasee wrote:

    Loved what Eddie said about Peter Rippon, btw. Bet he didn't though. You just HAD to have the last word, didn't you!

    Bye Peter. (Too late now, I know.)

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