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The PM Glass Box

Eddie Mair | 16:48 UK time, Friday, 9 October 2009

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  • 1. At 5:05pm on 09 Oct 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Nice box...

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  • 2. At 5:08pm on 09 Oct 2009, mittfh wrote:

    New innovation - the invisible box!

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  • 3. At 5:13pm on 09 Oct 2009, DoctorDolots wrote:

    Call me rash, but it was absolutely wrong to invade Iraq. Don't see what problem a christian should have with that, but apparently a sanctimonious voice is all it takes to be an archbishop. And Blair was there [along with his co-conspirator Brown], I'm surprised he has the gall to stand among survivors and families of his victims.

    Obama, still continuing two wars his predecessor started, is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Has the world gone a bit weird or is it me?

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  • 4. At 5:34pm on 09 Oct 2009, GiulioNapolitani wrote:

    Pathetic effort on Dannatt. You just don't seem to get it.

    You have here a man who, on national radio, denied that he had been approached by the Conservative party. His claim has subsequently been proved to be completely false.

    If he has so little compunction about misleading the public, how can he ever be trusted to serve in government?

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  • 5. At 5:39pm on 09 Oct 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    Is there much water on the moon?

    There is precious little in the north Kenyan region.

    I guess it must cost too much to provide some there, eh.

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  • 6. At 5:40pm on 09 Oct 2009, DoctorDolots wrote:

    NASA looking for more funding again? Chucking a couple of rockets at the moon, wow. They can't admit there's no future for humankind in space, that's all science fiction, and nothing much has happened since the first moon landing. The whole idea of a moon base is boys' own fiction. It's only function would be to witness the final collapse of Earth's ecosystem...

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  • 7. At 5:42pm on 09 Oct 2009, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    I have to agree with GN at 4, an apparently deliberate deception for news-management purposes is not something that should be ignored in someone who'll possibly be in the next government.

    Nice piece on the moon-smash though. On one hand I'm pleased you didn't follow up the shoestring = X million $s comment, because this kind of research *is* important, but then if you'd had time to explore that a bit more, I think it would have been quite informative.

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  • 8. At 5:45pm on 09 Oct 2009, newlach wrote:

    Too much airtime given to the Archbishop of Platitudes and the Bleeding Obvious.

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  • 9. At 5:48pm on 09 Oct 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    DD 3, And how mny more people have died in Afghanistan since 'peacemaker' Obama has become president?

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  • 10. At 5:49pm on 09 Oct 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Oops, time for our comments on PM.

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  • 11. At 5:50pm on 09 Oct 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    nl 8, Well, he is an honorary Druid.

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  • 12. At 5:52pm on 09 Oct 2009, steelpulse wrote:

    Thank you Hugh Sykes and PM.
    Two years ago I was in Stockholm for a day – allegedly arranging the ground work for my nomination for anything. 331st best blogger – this week – on the PM site Prize perhaps? And like the Glass Box motif today. Nowt!
    When the Peace Prize was announced today - my first instinct was reminiscent of Tina Fey & Amy Poehler and that Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin spoof address. “Mrs Clinton” said at one point about the ambitions for the White House – “Its mine!” lol
    But Carolyn I have adapted. I also checked with my advisor from the Baltic region and she tells me I made a basic error. Yes a lot of Nobel Committee decisions come out of Stockholm but the Peace Prize is dealt with in Norway. Ah says I. Never been there so hey!
    I should have started scribbling my “Wolf Hall” equivalent (Mair Mall as a tentative title? – no offence Ms Mantel) as soon as I returned to Blighty 24 months ago and then I am sure I would have been a shoo in for the Literature Award.
    But I am going to enjoy the next few days reading comments on why a Nobel Peace Prize shouldn't be awarded to someone.
    Hang about. I am not Mr Bush either! lol

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  • 13. At 6:27pm on 09 Oct 2009, linnhelass wrote:

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  • 14. At 6:30pm on 09 Oct 2009, SproutGhost wrote:

    DD 3, it has, how on earth did that happen, me thinks it was GWB backlash!
    GN 4, spot on.
    TssC, para 1 spot on. Para 2, money could well have been better spent on providing clean drinking water for people that really need it. Like Iraq or Afghanistan, some of the more deprived areas of good ol' US of A, not mention a few others.
    new 8, spot on.
    D-M 9, lots. But who's counting?
    D_M 11, no he isn't.

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  • 15. At 6:31pm on 09 Oct 2009, Looternite wrote:

    #8. newlach
    At the end of the Falklands, Thatcher and the Tory press slagged of the then Archbishop of Canterbury for being concerned about the dead Argentinian soldiers.
    He was called a "Socialist".

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  • 16. At 7:18pm on 09 Oct 2009, steelpulse wrote:

    James Delingpole? Who he? But tut tut! Pol Pot?
    That blog is just RUDE!
    PM when am I going to be allowed off the leash? lol

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  • 17. At 07:45am on 10 Oct 2009, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    SproutGhost (14):

    The thing is, without a properly socialist society, money is never going to be allocated like that. It's never going to be a choice between £50m on space research or £50m on foreign aid irrigation projects.

    Apart from anything else, most of that £50m will have run through the US economy via cutting edge aerospace companies, through their employees and their contractors' employees to their cleaners, doctors, gardeners, the shops they visit etc. It's not just pouring £50m down a big hole, it's money in circulation. At the moment, that's probably more immediately important than the pure science results from the actual mission or the refinement in construction techniques. Both of those *are* important in the long view though.

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  • 18. At 09:52am on 10 Oct 2009, UKPahana wrote:

    I am furious and have to comment on the new government advertising campaign about global warming.
    What an utterely irresposible advert has been produced.
    There is no reliable scientific proof of mans effects on the climate of the world and yet they dare to indoctrinate children with this rubbish. When are the adverts for Scientology being broadcast because they will fall into the same catagory of fiction.
    When we advance into the next cold period of the temperature cycle it will be proved what an utter waste of money this global warming fad has been and how the actions of government departments should be held to account. £6 million would be much better helping to clear the astonishing debts that this country is in, something that is going to be passed onto our childrens shoulders without any shadow of doubt.
    Not only has our tax money gone to shore up an industry of greed but now we are funding the indoctrination to provide a means of gatting more tax money from us. The whole UK economy is proving to be a pozi sheme.

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  • 19. At 09:55am on 10 Oct 2009, UKPahana wrote:

    'ponzi scheme', sorry for the spelling, I'm still shaking with rage

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  • 20. At 3:33pm on 10 Oct 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    UKPahana, I'm inclined to agree with your 18.

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  • 21. At 11:48am on 11 Oct 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Ln 15, Was that Robert Runcie? I remember when he was Bishop of St Albans and went to his funeral. Don't remember seeing Thatcher there...

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  • 22. At 12:16pm on 11 Oct 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    David, it was indeed Robert Runcie. I don't think politicians always 'get' it when it comes to Christianity. Personally, I think he was quite correct to include the Argentinian dead, no matter whether one agreed or disagreed with the Falklands War, just as I think the present incumbent at the Canterbury diocese was correct not to doggedly follow the Government line on the Iraq War. I suspect (though I couldn't say for certain) that Rowan Williams would, in private, have very forthright views on the War, and was careful in what he said at the Service.

    Interesting that newlach referred to him in those terms. Dr. Williams is considered to be one of the greatest thinkers in the modern Church, and is often criticised for being obscure! ;o)

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  • 23. At 12:42pm on 11 Oct 2009, Looternite wrote:

    #21 DcMN & 22 Big Sister
    That's the one. He dared to critise the destruction of society, the love of money and war lust of the Tories. For that he was pilloried as a dangerous "Socialist" therefore his opinions were forever tainted.
    Of course, anyone who supports the Tories whether ex-military or current broadcaster is entitled to their "independant" opinions, apparently.

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  • 24. At 1:05pm on 11 Oct 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Current broadcaster, Looternite? Initials, please?

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  • 25. At 1:10pm on 11 Oct 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    24 BigSis
    Not sure who Ln had in mind but it may be A.N. other who's so current he's this week.

    I doubt he's a member of the tory party but he maintains his 'independent' right-wing positions.

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  • 26. At 1:45pm on 11 Oct 2009, Looternite wrote:

    #24. Big Sister & 25. lucien_desgai
    I have listed the ones that come to mind as I sit here:

    Andrew Marr
    John Humphrys
    Nick Robinson
    Andrew Neil
    Michael Portillo
    Mathew Paris

    Ian Hislop (his aggressive constant interupting of Yvette Cooper on Question Time)

    Sandi Toksvig (just plain anti-labour)

    There are more as you know.
    They have unbalanced the BBC to make it more compliant to the Daily Mail view of the world.
    I have noticed that the male interrogators seem especially aggresive to women cabinet ministers and you just know that Harriet Harman gets the worst treatment.

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  • 27. At 2:10pm on 11 Oct 2009, Looternite wrote:

    Oh just remembered another.
    Evan Davis and I had to search for his name (a senior moment).

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  • 28. At 2:14pm on 11 Oct 2009, Looternite wrote:

    Oh yes then there is Peter Obourne.
    He seems to pop up on Radio and television a lot.

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  • 29. At 3:10pm on 11 Oct 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    And Quentin Letts, who appears all the time. And Anne Leslie, and Melanie Philips and that journo with the wild wiry white hair and a transatlantic rant.

    Hey, 325 people of reputatation so dubious, they have to explain their professional conduct within 3 weeks, plus the ones who have already 'squared' it with a pay back, are back running the country tomorrow ,and trying to get us to re/elect peole who turned a blind eye to them, in May next year.

    And they are ALL saying we are spending too much on welfare and bankers should be made even richer.

    Pitchforks anybody?

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  • 30. At 3:16pm on 11 Oct 2009, Looternite wrote:

    #29 ExpectingtheEnd
    How could I have forgot those, especially Ann Leslie.

    I'm thinking Tumbrils, not pitchforks.

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  • 31. At 4:25pm on 11 Oct 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

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  • 32. At 4:27pm on 11 Oct 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Mm, An interesting list, Looternite (and others).

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  • 33. At 4:27pm on 11 Oct 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Ln, l_d, I'll bet it is AN.

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  • 34. At 4:30pm on 11 Oct 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    You want lefties, you could mention John Pilger. So is Robert Fisk, but mostly seen in the Indy.

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  • 35. At 4:52pm on 11 Oct 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Dearie me, what is this blog coming to. I couldn't even show a photo of R Runcie's headstone here.

    I hate hearing poetry read on the radio. Too pretentious.

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  • 36. At 5:11pm on 11 Oct 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    I'd always been under the impression that Andy Marr was a Labour supporter, at least until he was appointed Political Correspondent of the BBC.

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  • 37. At 5:23pm on 11 Oct 2009, Looternite wrote:

    #36. Frances O
    You are probably right. Which means that Marr had to be extra anti-labour otherwise the Torygraph and Dail Wail would have demanded his dismissal and public flogging.

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  • 38. At 5:25pm on 11 Oct 2009, Looternite wrote:

    #34. David_McNickle
    John Pilger haven't heard of him in donkey's years and Robert Fisk never heard of him.

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  • 39. At 10:19pm on 11 Oct 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    38 Ln
    Robert Fisk is the superb middle-east correspondent of the Independent.
    Very good article last week which alludes to what may have been the real reason for the Iraq war.


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  • 40. At 10:29pm on 11 Oct 2009, U14138029 wrote:

    Looternite - "Robert Fisk never heard of him."

    I never imagined that you were less than 20.

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  • 41. At 09:04am on 12 Oct 2009, Looternite wrote:

    #39. lucien_desgai & #40. PrestonFirmlie
    Well as I don't read the Independant that explains why I had not heard of Robert Fisk.
    At least he was not a member of a popular beat combo.

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  • 42. At 10:52am on 12 Oct 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    l_d I don't think the Indy makes it as far as Luton.

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  • 43. At 10:53am on 12 Oct 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Ln 41, Popular beat combo?! Have you been talking to Ian Hislop?

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  • 44. At 10:59am on 12 Oct 2009, Looternite wrote:

    #42 & #43. David_McNickle
    I have seen the Notso in the papershop.
    I used to look at Hislops organ when it used to be funny.

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  • 45. At 5:20pm on 12 Oct 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Ln 44, But I'll bet your eyes drift to those papers with the half nude women on the front page. (Somebody told me about them.)

    Doesn't Hislop refer to popular beat combos, or similar, on HIGNFY? I used to buy Private Eye before the price kept going up.

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  • 46. At 5:47pm on 12 Oct 2009, magicNOELWILLIAMS wrote:

    When speaking to Nick Clegg, it was suggested that it is unfair to retrospectively ask MP's to pay back money because of new rules and the example was that it would not happen with tax, it actually does, if you are receiving tax credit, it is paid based on information at the time and at the end of the year when you fill in a tax credit form you can be asked to pay back all 12 months credit given to you. I know because this has happened to me in the past, I dont think any family with a moderate income are going to accept MP's bleating about this action.

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  • 47. At 8:42pm on 12 Oct 2009, Looternite wrote:

    #45. David_McNickle
    Half nude women where.
    A popular beat combo is an ancient reference that goes back to the early 60's. I believe in court a judge asked who are the Beatles and a barrister described them as a popular beat combo.

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