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Eddie Mair | 14:52 UK time, Wednesday, 2 September 2009


The Glass Box is where the PM team meets at 18.00 every weeknight to discuss the content of the programme. If you want to let it all out in this virtual glass box, be my guest. The PM editor Ryan "crimes" Dilley will read your comments and may well add his own.


  • 1. At 4:11pm on 02 Sep 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    OK, where's my Glass Box funeral for Summer? Alternatively funeral for the PM Glass Box.

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  • 2. At 4:38pm on 02 Sep 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Hoping to tune in to the programme from LA - unless the telecommunications tower has caught fire, in which case David your funeral picture might be apt.

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  • 3. At 4:43pm on 02 Sep 2009, dennisjunior1 wrote:


    Where is the glass box for all of the staff and the contributors of the PM Blog....

    =Dennis Junior=

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  • 4. At 4:58pm on 02 Sep 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    L_S 2, I wondered where you were. CAN YOU HEAR ME? I SAID I WONDERED WHERE YOU WERE!!

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  • 5. At 5:11pm on 02 Sep 2009, Looternite wrote:

    Oh my god give it a rest BBC. Lockerbie has been done by Newsnight, Today, WatO, News24 (other news programmes are available).

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  • 6. At 5:11pm on 02 Sep 2009, mctavishbloggs wrote:

    Dear PM, I loved the interview of the ram breeder on Farming Today (yesterday) who produced the record-breaking £225,000 ram named 'Perfection'. I wonder whether you would consider replaying this for the PM listeners?

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  • 7. At 5:13pm on 02 Sep 2009, Colin McAuley wrote:

    You know, I actually thought that when George W. Bush was out of the Presidency of the USA I would never again hear the word nuclear pronounced "nuculear"!

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  • 8. At 5:17pm on 02 Sep 2009, bigbuzzard wrote:

    Isn't this interpretation of David Milliband's answer on the Today programme this morning a bit mischievous?

    I've only heard the brief extract that you played at the top of the programme, but I'm sure I heard him say, "...didn't want Megrahi to die in prison..." - and although it was only just detectable, that's his emphasis not mine.

    That's a perfectly normal way to say, in English conversation, especially under pressure that they weren't actively seeking his death in prison. It certainly doesn't mean that they actively wanted him to be released. There may have been other conversations/meetings etc where something like this was said or written, but as far as I can hear this wasn't it. Just (yet) another case of the Today programme trying to squeeze a form of words out of someone that can make headlines for the rest of the day.

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  • 9. At 5:28pm on 02 Sep 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    bigbuzzard: I'm right behind you on your point. Anyway, to say you don't want somebody to die in prison doesn't imply that you want him released and sent to Libya. There were other options in between, including having him under house arrest in Scotland, etc. etc.

    His sentence, anyway, wasn't to die in prison - it was to serve a defined period of time there which, under normal circumstances, wouldn't have constituted dying in jail.

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  • 10. At 5:29pm on 02 Sep 2009, Looternite wrote:

    #8 bigbuzzard
    I also heard that interview and I agree with you that Today and the rest of the BBC went overboard with "their interpetation". No doubt prizes are up for grabs for the interogator. If he was not ill, a few years hence he would have been up for parole anyway.

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  • 11. At 5:36pm on 02 Sep 2009, zmt234 wrote:

    I don't quite agree with the comparison of soldiers to police officers or firefighters. Although I don't know how much they earn, it's not fair to compare with their wages on their own as soldiers are provided with more equipment and benefits (ie. housing, heavy weapons, fighting jets, helicopters, etc) than those police officers and firefighters. I would look into this expense into their whole package.

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  • 12. At 5:43pm on 02 Sep 2009, Joe Walker wrote:

    Why are there are so many things that can never be said? Low pay in the British Army is an essential part of not just British military culture and history, but an essential part of Britain. High pay in the US military reflects North American history and its close relationship with its military. The regard paid to US soldiers by US citizens is a very different thing to that paid to the British army. Historically the British 'squaddie' has been regarded as the 'scum of the Earth', who, as Wellington commented, was redeemed, spiritually at least, by fighting for Britain. This tradition has not gone away and remains an essential part of the healthy mistrust British cultural, political and civilian life has for the army.

    The relative low pay British soldiers have endured for centuries also helps maintain the fierce class structure that still exists in the British Army, a class structure that we were reminded of only recently when the BBC used their 'Royal Reporter' to cover the funeral of a British officer. Hell will freeze over before a British squaddie is paid a rate comparable with a British fireman.

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  • 13. At 5:48pm on 02 Sep 2009, Looby-Lewis wrote:

    It would be a pity if Sky did win this one. This is what public service broadcasting should be about and not something for those who can pay, or subscribe to the 'right' service.

    And my monies on Eddie!

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  • 14. At 7:27pm on 02 Sep 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    No need to shout David, I heard you the first time. Sadly missed the programme again tonight - I'm definitely getting PM withdrawl.

    The friend I am staying with in LA lost her 26 year old cousin in the Lockerbie bomb. Apparently she was sitting directly above where the bomb went off. Her mother never recovered from the trauma of losing her daughter and visited her grave every day until the day she died. I wonder how she would have felt about the release back to Libya of the culprit.

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  • 15. At 9:02pm on 02 Sep 2009, Looternite wrote:

    #12. Joseph Walker

    Rudyard Kipling sums it up neatly in his poem "Tommy".

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  • 16. At 9:22pm on 02 Sep 2009, dozival wrote:

    I may have missed the opportunity to comment as news moves on - in relation to the discussion about social workers and their pay and 'esteem', I'm a social worker. I don't think the general public have much of an idea about what we do - and the wide range of types of social work that are undertaken. Mainly, people think of social workers as 'snatching children' or 'failing to protect children'.
    Perhaps the BBC could do something to extend people's awareness of the profession?
    I have worked in the past as a social worker in the children's renal team in a local hospital: this was all about supporting families who had a child with kidney failure, possibly undergoing transplant or other intensive treatment. I worked within a multi-disciplinary team of staff which included renal nurses, dietitians, psychologist, hospital based teachers, consultants etc.
    My current role involves supporting families who have a young person with a learning disability achieve a good transition into adult life as they leave school (usually Special School). This includes sharing a lot of information about post-school opportunities, accessing community facilities, commissioning resources through Adult Social Care and Health and providing ongoing family support.
    The big challenges are - as with practically every job (police, teaching etc), there are far more administrative requirements, therefore much more time has to be spent at a computer screen rather than in face-to-face contact with the families. This was one of the big complaints in the Baby Peter enquiry.
    Then there are massive budgetary constraints as the credit crunch hits, more people are out of work, fewer people are paying taxes, central government are freezing or squeezing and our local authority are coping with being taken over by the Conservatives who have pledged to freeze Council Tax.
    So it's a bleak outlook as we have an ever-ageing population and increasing numbers of the very elderly; also, children with severe and complex health problems are surviving into adulthood who wouldn't have made it in the past; there are increased numbers of children born very prematurely (often as a result of fertility treatment) who are growing up with disabilities and for whatever reason, many more people are being diagnosed as having autism.
    Work-related stress seems an inevitable part of a social worker's job, together with low social esteem and relatively low pay. Small wonder not very many people consider it as a profession or vocation for them. I wonder how the new Government Task-force will address these issues? I don't think advertising campaigns will be enough!
    On the other hand, I have found it a hugely rewarding job and have come alongside many families who it's been a real joy to support and who have constantly amazed me by their relilience and coping skills in the face of very little support from the state.

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  • 17. At 11:04pm on 02 Sep 2009, lordBeddGelert wrote:

    Early entry for the AM Glass Box..


    NHS back in the news - political dynamite..

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  • 18. At 09:51am on 03 Sep 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    L_S 14, I thought maybe the fires were causing poor reception.

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  • 19. At 09:52am on 03 Sep 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    sm 7, It is a regional pronunciation in the US.

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  • 20. At 10:40am on 03 Sep 2009, Joe Walker wrote:

    D.McNickle (18)

    Oh, give me a break..!

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  • 21. At 10:42am on 03 Sep 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    JW 20, That's what I read. And I read the Indy. I had a letter in it on Monday. Wait a sec, you are breaking up...Gone.

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