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Eddie Mair | 13:02 UK time, Tuesday, 10 February 2009

glassa.jpgThis is the Glass Box the PM team meets in at 18.00 every weeknight to discuss the content of the programme.

We try to be honest with each other, but not hurtful, as we talk about what worked and what didn't...what met our expectations and what fell short.

This virtual glass box is where you're encouraged to take part in the same spirit. The editor of the day, Roger Sawyer and his deputy Amanda Lewis will read your comments and may well add their own.


  • 1. At 1:55pm on 10 Feb 2009, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    "There have been no comments made here yet."
    Early bird catches worm!

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  • 2. At 1:59pm on 10 Feb 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    The second mouse gets the cheese!

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  • 3. At 2:02pm on 10 Feb 2009, InfoMonkey wrote:

    Hello Eddie
    Re:Global Warming
    Here is some scientific opinion on the Man-Made Global Warming Hoax...

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  • 4. At 2:40pm on 10 Feb 2009, oldgifford wrote:

    I've emailed PM about my forthcoming paper on Global Warming that shows a remarkable correlation with a particular aspect of the Earth's magnetic field but no reply was forthcoming. At least featuring it would give you a chance to get some pro carbon voice to have a go at me and would no doubt be entertaining if nothing else.

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  • 5. At 2:45pm on 10 Feb 2009, Sid wrote:


    "Many scientists from around the world have dubbed 2007 as the year man-made global warming fears "bite the dust."

    Well, they got that one wrong, didn't they?

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  • 6. At 3:10pm on 10 Feb 2009, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Anthropogenic Global Warming or not, Life as detrivores is likely to be brief...

    "When yeast cells are introduced into a wine vat, as noted in Chapter 6, they find their "New World" (the moist, sugar-laden fruit mash) abundantly endowed with the resources they need for exuberant growth. But as their population responds explosively to this magnificent circumstance, the accumulation of their own fermentation products makes life increasingly difficult—and, if we indulge in a little anthropomorphic thinking about their plight, miserable. Eventually, the microscopic inhabitants of this artificially prepared detritus ecosystem all die. To be anthropomorphic again, the coroner's reports would have to say that they died of self-inflicted pollution: the fermentation products.

    Nature treated human beings as winemakers treat the yeast cells, by endowing our world (especially Europe's New World) with abundant but exhaustible resources. People promptly responded to this circumstance as the yeast cells respond to the conditions they find when put into the wine vat.

    When the earth's deposits of fossil fuels and mineral resources were being laid down, Homo sapiens had not yet been prepared by evolution to take advantage of them. As soon as technology made it possible for mankind to do so, people eagerly (and without foreseeing the ultimate consequences) shifted to a high-energy way of life. Man became, in effect, a detritovore, Homo colossus. Our species bloomed, and now we must expect crash (of some sort) as the natural sequel...."
    Interesting times

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  • 7. At 5:32pm on 10 Feb 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Re. Aussie wildfires: I spoke to my sister this morning who is trained, like most of her community, to voluntary fire-fighting work should the need arise.

    She said, to date, they have been told that, if a fire come to your house and you are properly protected (eg. water sprinklers on the roof and other precautionary measures), it takes six minutes to pass over, after which time you should be safe to come out.

    This advice hasn't proved correct this time, due to the intensity of the fires. Despite following all the proper procedures, people are being cooked alive in their own homes. The authorities are having to re-think their strategies - please ask your experts about this.

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  • 8. At 5:54pm on 10 Feb 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    Robert Peston was really good in this edition especially when he talked about the Banking system never being the same again.

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  • 9. At 6:12pm on 10 Feb 2009, normanmugabe wrote:

    When Israel attacked Gaza, Jeremy Bowen said: "Military action can be dangerous." This morning, it sounded as if John Simpson said Iran probably wouldn't be a problem for Europe over the next thirty years.
    The outcome of elections in Israel is academic. Non of the Israelies have a solution to their problems, most of which emanate from Iran.
    When Iran gets nuclear weapons, the Israelies will flee. Or somebody first will deal with Iran. Britain and America aren't going to do it.
    Israel's future is extremely bleak and racist politicians will only make things worse, faster.

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  • 10. At 6:25pm on 10 Feb 2009, Ed Iglehart wrote:


    "Non of the Israelies have a solution to their problems, most of which emanate from Iran."
    They're a lot closer to 'home' than that. 100% home-grown and fertilised with Palestinian blood.


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  • 11. At 10:01am on 11 Feb 2009, Roger Sawyer wrote:

    Hello All,

    Thanks for your posts.

    I thought the banking stuff was really compelling. I don't know if any/many of you managed to watch all or a substantial chunk of the Select Committee hearing, but it was really compelling stuff. We tried to get a good flavour of it by letting the sections we chose breathe.

    I agree with funnyJoedunn (@8) about Robert Peston's contribution... it was really thoughtful with some very good context.

    Lots of other stuff around, so we couldn't fit all that we wanted to on the programme. I rather reluctantly had to drop a sequence about the row over school assemblies.

    Hugh, as ever, brought some excellent insight into what's going on in Israel.

    Eloise is in the driving seat today, so expect improvement all round on the efforts of the last two days.

    All the best


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  • 12. At 10:10am on 11 Feb 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    Thanks Rog. I live in my own little world, but it's okay, they know me here.

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  • 13. At 10:19am on 11 Feb 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    ... and Rog my mobile is trendy!

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