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Eddie Mair | 16:37 UK time, Monday, 28 September 2009

In days of yore, if you didn't like something on PM, you could fume to us in a private letter, or write to Feedback and hope they'd read it out.

Not any more. Each weeknight in this public forum, which is moderated by people independent of the production team, you can say what you think of tonight's PM. Tonight's PM editor, (who is in fact ALWAYS in charge) Joanna Carr, will read your comments and may well add her own.



  • 1. At 4:44pm on 28 Sep 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Looks a bit Swiss??

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  • 2. At 4:44pm on 28 Sep 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    A photo of a knife, eh?

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  • 3. At 4:52pm on 28 Sep 2009, eddiemair wrote:

    Well, there is a Swiss theme to one of tonight's stories...as requested in the AM Glass box...

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  • 4. At 4:57pm on 28 Sep 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    VP 1, Could be Peruvian, but with a Swiss navy knife.

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  • 5. At 5:10pm on 28 Sep 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    Go back to your constituencies and prepare to be TURBOTS AND NOT KIPPERS.

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  • 6. At 5:23pm on 28 Sep 2009, Jonathan Morse wrote:

    So Switzland are pushing to be America's 51st state, rather than us.

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  • 7. At 5:32pm on 28 Sep 2009, Jonathan Morse wrote:

    Having seen pictures of what's happened in Manila I doubt what happened would have happened if a months worth of London's rain had dropped on Manila - perhaps Manila gets more rain than we do and rather than say a 'months' rain say the lengh of time when the amount of rain that dropped on Manila would have dropped on London.

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  • 8. At 5:33pm on 28 Sep 2009, Jonathan Morse wrote:

    can we use the American term - cash for clunkers

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  • 9. At 5:36pm on 28 Sep 2009, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    Is it the same police officer who deliberately hid his applets who is going to appear in court for assault against the young woman at the G20 protests? If so, what action has his force taken against this deliberate serious failure (hiding of his number) of his duty?

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  • 10. At 5:37pm on 28 Sep 2009, newlach wrote:

    Roman Polanski admitted to having unlawful sex with a 13 year old child. He was aged 44 at the time. Other serious charges were dropped as part of a plea bargain. Of course he should be extradited to the United States from where he fled justice 31 years ago.

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  • 11. At 5:39pm on 28 Sep 2009, Jonathan Morse wrote:

    Brown's friends keep saying he's the only one to do the right thing during the credit crunch but he only did what the banks told him to. Before the crunch inflation shot up when investors switched to oil artificially raising prices - had Brown changed the target inflation rate to core CPI - excluding food and oil rises which have since come down - the economy would have been in a better shape to survive the downturn.

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  • 12. At 5:42pm on 28 Sep 2009, Jonathan Morse wrote:

    This blogosphere thing is just an attack on the BBC - Brown's opponents want him brought down but not sacked whereas some hope he would use this as an excuse to go quietly - now he can't and we're stuck with him.

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  • 13. At 5:50pm on 28 Sep 2009, Joe Walker wrote:

    The Dance of Death

    Since I heard the opening acts to the pantomime that took us to the slaughter in Iraq I have been less and less able to see the posturing and press releases from Western governments and their agencies regarding Iran's alleged nuclear intentions as little more than a macabre and well rehearsed 'dance of death'. Last time we heard this grotesque performance it led to the destruction of a nation and the death of up to half a million people before we came to realise it was largely the result of an orchestrated pack of lies. (The BBC were silenced early on in that drama, remember?)

    Would it not be possible for at least one journalist on your programme to point out the now striking similarities between the intelligence claims and extrapolations being made from those claims that are being announced now regarding Iran and those that were made prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq? This time the point may well not be valid, but at least acknowledgement of it would help stop the BBC (for example) looking like no more than a mouthpiece for the significant lobby that believes that, like Iraq, flattening Iran more or less permanently as an independent economy and influential regional power, regardless of human cost, is the best and only real option.

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  • 14. At 5:57pm on 28 Sep 2009, Helena-Handbasket wrote:

    Why are party conferences given so much media coverage?
    They're banging on to themselves, rather than 'us' (the general population) - aren't they?
    Complete dullsville, IMO - taking up FAR too much airtime at the moment - and there's more to come.

    'Lord Mandelson received a standing ovation...' - big whoop.

    'David Cameron received a standing ovation in Newcastle...'

    Now THAT I'd be interested in.

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  • 15. At 6:05pm on 28 Sep 2009, normanmugabe wrote:

    Sooner or later, Iran will have missiles they can target Berlin and Rome with. The Germans are not going to stand for that.
    This is from the Jerusalem Post 4th February 2006
    World Most enthusiastically
    approved the motion, urging the international community to act
    hastily to prevent the nuclear armament of Teheran.
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel advised on Saturday to act
    without delay to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons,
    saying that Iran had "blatantly crossed the line."

    How many "lines" are there? This is almost four years ago. The Americans and British are not going to do anything. The Israelies have left it too late. But last week, Berlusconi was calling for a "core Europe" to be created. A shrinking process so that Germany and France can take the decisions they want to, regardless of the rest of Europe. And these are the people who, ultimately, will deal with Iran.

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  • 16. At 6:13pm on 28 Sep 2009, invincibleoldandwise wrote:

    Interesting, well chaired discussion on Andrew Marr's questioning of Gordon Brown about his health. More of this kind of thing (the role of the news media in politics), please.

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  • 17. At 6:34pm on 28 Sep 2009, steelpulse wrote:

    Tim Montgomerie. I was really surprised by his answer. Pleasantly so, Ms Carr. Or should it mention your first name as often as possible during missive? Carolyn's name mentioned 6 times? Wow!
    Conservative Home though? Not one I frequent admittedly but some of the stuff on the Bloggersphere - all sides in Politics - would - allegedly -normally not worry about a little detail as a total denial from 10 Downing Street and their Opposition assurances - what ever the allegation - it was NOT true.
    Well done, Tim Montgomerie. I may call on the site again.
    Too much rain in one place - too little in another - as Eddie said. I am very sad for both places this evening.

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  • 18. At 6:57pm on 28 Sep 2009, gallantSocrates wrote:

    I also read Jed Mercurio book partly fiction partly fact about the American Adulterer (JFK) and enjoyed it and was not aware of some of the stuff he told us about President Kennedy - but if Gordon Brown has a mild health problem it is probably completely irrelevnnt to his duties as PM.... but can I ask him a very simple question what the hell has 'fair' and 'progressive politics' to-do with 18/19 ruthless Capitalism...some how I don't think they add up!!!...Especially if Cameron does come too power and according to this Sunday's Observer (p7) Labour may never recover from defeat ..one of the most frightening stories ever told in a newspaper in recent times...

    But at long last we do now know... what new-Labour is all about if the Daily Telegraph (25th September 2009) is correst..which is this fact that Lady Vadera only wore silk underwear while at University and 'she was the ringleader of a rather bithcy group'...I presume that this is what separates the proles from the New Labour Project?

    Brian V Peck..ex-prol...

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  • 19. At 8:09pm on 28 Sep 2009, Phil_Osopher wrote:

    Would Andrew Marr please give us the prognosis for his prostate condition, and tell us how much this may take him out of circulation between now and next May?

    What an absolutely disgraceful level the BBC has sunk to in asking questions about someone's personal health on air. I am no supporter of the unfortunate victim, but this is not acceptable and you really must make a huge public apology to him.

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  • 20. At 8:11pm on 28 Sep 2009, Phil_Osopher wrote:

    Will you please stop this silly Upshares Downshares nonsense. The joke stopped being funny the second day it was used, and the music is wearing a bit thin by now, with the sole exception of the xylophone version the other week.

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  • 21. At 8:47pm on 28 Sep 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Phil (20) I on the other hand quite like it - not so much the tune per se, but the seemingly endless inventiveness displayed by the listeners who take time and trouble to arrange, record and send in their offerings.

    Probably one of those occasions when you can please some of the people some of the time etc. etc.

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  • 22. At 9:27pm on 28 Sep 2009, Dryopithecus wrote:


    I wonder why Roman Polanski is still being chased for this when Ms Kaplinsky has asked for the case to be dropped. If the victim feels no need for retribution after 30 years, isn't that enough?


    10. At 5:37pm on 28 Sep 2009, newlach wrote:

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  • 23. At 9:28pm on 28 Sep 2009, Joker wrote:

    evening all (my husband thought I just said ignore all- as though I would). Thanks for the brick bats and bouquets, duly noted.

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  • 24. At 9:28pm on 28 Sep 2009, Dryopithecus wrote:

    I thought I'd deleted that last line!

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  • 25. At 9:50pm on 28 Sep 2009, GiulioNapolitani wrote:

    #17. Yes, I was particularly impressed by the way Tim Montgomerie decried Andrew Marr's reference to prescription painkillers, yet succesfully introduced the previously unmentioned issue of Gordon Brown's mental health into the piece.

    By the way, using the same diagnostic methods as Mr Ward in his blog, I can reveal how Tony Blair came close to death as the result of a deep vein thrombosis during the 2005 election campaign. Remember the sudden weight loss, haggered look, the grey palour (later covered up with the fake tan) and the limp?. See, it's an easy game to play...

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  • 26. At 9:58pm on 28 Sep 2009, Dryopithecus wrote:

    20 Phil O: Yes, the xylophone was good, as was the jazz version. In fact, most of them have been good. There's not been one that wasn't better than the original. Long may they continue. Dry.

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  • 27. At 10:07pm on 28 Sep 2009, Dryopithecus wrote:

    Jo, it's a bit late, I know, but good evening to you, too.

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  • 28. At 10:19pm on 28 Sep 2009, ingeniousCliff wrote:

    Dry....why would it be ok for someone aged 44 to force himself in all manner of lewd ways.. on a 13 year old? (oh and drugging her first). Because he is famous? Or could it be some other reason? I hope he pays the price as you or I would have to.

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  • 29. At 10:19am on 29 Sep 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    AP 21, A bit like inventive Glass Boxes?

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  • 30. At 10:23am on 29 Sep 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Dry 22, What does Natasha Kaplinsky have to do with it?

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  • 31. At 11:17am on 29 Sep 2009, Dryopithecus wrote:

    David 30, I remember reading somewhere that she had accused Polansky of bedding her when she was 13. Don't say my memory's playing up? If so, then I must apologise to all concerned.

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  • 32. At 4:51pm on 29 Sep 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Dry 30, Are you sure you don't mean Nastassja Kinski who was in Polanski's Tess (of the D'Urbervilles) and had a 'relationship' with him when she was 15? That is a different case than the one involving Samantha Geimer (13) that is back in the news now. So, he obviously has form.

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  • 33. At 7:11pm on 29 Sep 2009, Dryopithecus wrote:

    David 32: If I can find the reference again, I'll check, but I think you're probably right. The names do sound remarkably similar. Thanks.

    My sincere apologies to Natasha Kaplinsky and to Roman too.

    It seems there are two women who aren't keen to prosecute him for past events.


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  • 34. At 7:17pm on 29 Sep 2009, Dryopithecus wrote:

    .. two that we know of, that is.

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  • 35. At 11:26pm on 01 Oct 2009, ingeniousCliff wrote:

    Maybe the openly admitted 'pay off' has something to do with her desire to move on??

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