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Eddie Mair | 17:55 UK time, Wednesday, 24 February 2010

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After every PM, at 1800, the production team gathers in a glass box to talk about what worked and what didn't. You're encouraged to contribute your thoughts here. Tonight's editor Marilyn Rust will read your comment and may well add one of her own.

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  • 1. At 6:12pm on 24 Feb 2010, newlach wrote:

    If the RAF can save so many lives by spotting concealed IED devices how is it that that they failed to spot the group of over two dozen Afghani civilians who were blown to bits?

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  • 2. At 6:49pm on 24 Feb 2010, newlach wrote:

    Is saying "IED device" a bit like saying "PIN number"? Oops!

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  • 3. At 6:53pm on 24 Feb 2010, Galahad wrote:

    I believe it's called UAS Syndrome or Unnecessary Aliteration Syndrome Syndrome. Something wrong, there....

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  • 4. At 7:00pm on 24 Feb 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    Vote Brown Get Darling

    sounds to me to be better than

    Vote Brown Get Miliband

    and both are a whole lot better than the nightmare scenario

    Vote Cameron Get Cameron.

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  • 5. At 7:03pm on 24 Feb 2010, Sindy wrote:


    Vote Clegg get Cable!!!

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  • 6. At 7:08pm on 24 Feb 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    Brown the toughie looks like an identity (image) improvement to me.

    Imagine him taking over at No. 10 surrounded by Blair acolytes, having to fight his way into the secret meetings they were having

    'Oh, sorry, PM, Tony used to have these meetings.

    We thought we might as well carry on even though he's gone

    Didn't think you'd be interested'


    Me, I'm looking forward to the time the clunking fist heads in Mervyn King's

    This identity looks plausible, doesn't it.

    And in the context of that 'He might smack me one' identity, he seems able to turn on real charm.


    Well done, spin -(real)- meisters Rawnsley and Darling.

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  • 7. At 7:10pm on 24 Feb 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    5.

    No. Don't vote Clegg cos you don't want Cable.

    You want left wing anit war socialists who would take the banks into genuine public ownership.

    Cable is completely dominated by the Clegg Oxbridge clique that run the Lib Dems, as you know well, Cindy.

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  • 8. At 7:12pm on 24 Feb 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    anti war, even

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  • 9. At 7:12pm on 24 Feb 2010, Looternite wrote:

    5 Sid

    More like vote Lib/Dem get Cameron.

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  • 10. At 7:16pm on 24 Feb 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    9

    Amen.

    He's Shameron**** to you, isn't he?

    Your pal DMcN is worried about the funding position of the Lib Dems. Some of it is apparently a bit dodgy.

    Still, with the Tories' Lord Ashcroft the Lib Dems will make good bed fellows.




    ****In Parliament today, Dave was called Scameron. Which is good too.

    But rich from the nest of thieves that gave us MPs expenses.

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  • 11. At 7:21pm on 24 Feb 2010, Sindy wrote:


    Anyone who is anti-war will not vote Labour or Tory.

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  • 12. At 7:25pm on 24 Feb 2010, Sindy wrote:


    EtE @ 7: "You want left wing anti war socialists who would take the banks into genuine public ownership."

    The British electorate have had the opportunity to vote for such people before - why don't they?


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  • 13. At 7:30pm on 24 Feb 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    The Samaritans are very different one town from another and one person from another. (Although the tendency to use national numbers may well have changed that even after that change the nationalnumbers connected callers in to as local as possible a call handler)_

    And the differences, I have it on very good authority indeed, are enormous.

    To two different people a problem can seem to need heartfelt response to one, and a 'pull yourself together, stop wasting my time' response to the other.

    One really does wonder whether The Samaritans unsuccess rate varies with the town - ie the local call handlers' ethos.

    Chad Varah's message seems different in different voices. In some places you might get a Brenda line or a meet, in another you might be told not to be such a naughty man (which may or may not appeal of course)

    Anyway the ad. Lonely, Despairing etc, is right for those JUST doing that, but you have to wait your turn behind those thought about to etc.

    It's a beautiful system.

    I'll be forever grateful.

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  • 14. At 7:31pm on 24 Feb 2010, DiY wrote:

    Exercise your democratic option..........don't bother voting!

    :-p

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  • 15. At 7:34pm on 24 Feb 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    12

    Partly cos the bunch of toffee nosed self obsessed Oxbridge intellectuals, Williams, Owen, Jenkins and Rogers, used their class charisma to make socialism sound like a Woodbine dog-end in a urinal.


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  • 16. At 7:43pm on 24 Feb 2010, Looternite wrote:

    10. ExpectingtheEnd
    Yes normally I refer to him as Shamron. I don't know what came over me, must be the fear of the mods. As they have been very active lately.
    Must not point out how the Tories are loving Nick Robinson's bias.

    What war is Sid talking about I thought that all the parties are supporting the war in Afganistan. Have I missed a policy change from Cloggie.

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  • 17. At 8:36pm on 24 Feb 2010, Sindy wrote:



    Looternite - yes, you've missed it (but I'd expect nothing less from you):

    Lib Dems call for end to war in Afghanistan

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6844041.ece

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  • 18. At 8:44pm on 24 Feb 2010, Stuart wrote:

    Allowing UK banks to generate exceptional pre-provision profits will ultimately help banks to recapitalise their balance sheet. Whilst this will mitigate the need for the taxpayer to provide additional capital to the banks (RBS & Lloyds), it is still the taxpayer that is on the hook for the errors of our bankers.

    Firstly banks are able to borrow at near zero levels from UK savers whilst charging mortgage rates that are more consistent with a BOE base rate of 2.5%, rather than the current level of 0.5%, not to mention credit card APRs of 25%+.

    This is bad enough, but the fact that the banks are being allowed to charge 2-3% commission on DEBIT card transactions, a cost that is either suffered by the retailer or passed onto the customer (I thought debit card transactions were intended to be more cost effective for banks than cheques and handling cash, particularly since banks still get the benefit of the funds for up to 5 days). Also what is the logic in is this charge being based upon a percentage of the transaction value rather than a flat fee per transaction?

    So, with this in mind I find it more surprising that Messer Hestor and Daniels ever thought that they would be granted a bonus. Ignoring the likely post provision losses that these organisations will report, to claim that they have done a good job is staggering. The reality is, with what the banks are being allowed to charge, along with a steep yield curve (the bankers best friend) it is impossible for these banks (and others) not to make massive pre provision profits.


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  • 19. At 9:03pm on 24 Feb 2010, Looternite wrote:

    17. Sid
    Oh... from september 2009. Haven't we been involved with Afganistan for some years?

    By the way I have not insulted you, so I don't expect snide remarks!
    Just because I don't have time to read the Guardian, Independant or Times does not mean I don't have an opinion.

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  • 20. At 9:06pm on 24 Feb 2010, Looternite wrote:

    19 Me
    Come to think of it, maybe it's because I don't read these pompous papers that I have my own opinion.

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  • 21. At 11:15pm on 24 Feb 2010, Sindy wrote:


    Looternite @ 19

    Apologies - I didn't mean to be snide ... but I'm getting a bit fed up with casual remarks (not just from you) about us Lib Dems based on ignorance. 30 seconds googling would have found you what I posted - if you were interested.

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  • 22. At 11:15pm on 24 Feb 2010, U14309581 wrote:

    • "Anyone who is anti-war will not vote Labour or Tory."

    Too right!
    Vote Labour or Tory and get Trident and Nuke power stations and more of the same merry-go-round.

    Vote independent

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  • 23. At 11:20pm on 24 Feb 2010, Sindy wrote:


    You could vote Lib Dem, Ed - no Trident, no nucular power!!!

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  • 24. At 11:23pm on 24 Feb 2010, U14309581 wrote:

    Sid,

    Loose talk costs lives.

    Speaking for myself, I've promised the next dance to Alex Salmond.

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  • 25. At 00:11am on 25 Feb 2010, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    @Sid #21
    "... but I'm getting a bit fed up with casual remarks (not just from you) about us Lib Dems based on ignorance.

    The only person on this blog consistently making remarks based on ignorance is you.

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  • 26. At 00:24am on 25 Feb 2010, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    @Sid #5

    "Vote Clegg get Cable!!!"

    Yet another example of your ignorance. Only the constituents of Sheffield Hallam can vote for Clegg. If Clegg does win the seat, they won't get Cable.

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  • 27. At 00:26am on 25 Feb 2010, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    30 seconds googling would have found you what I posted - if you were interested.

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  • 28. At 00:40am on 25 Feb 2010, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    A vote for Lib Dems does not necessarily mean "no nucular power."[sic]


    LIB DEMS IN MELTDOWN OVER NUCLEAR

    The Leadership of the Lib Dem Group in Somerset ordered their Members to vote against a commitment to low-carbon energy, including nuclear, but 8 Lib Dems revolted and supported the Conservatives.

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  • 29. At 00:48am on 25 Feb 2010, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    Liberal Democrat energy policy has been criticised as "totally wrong" by senior MP, Phil Willis who is the Liberal Democrat MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough and chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.

    Phil Willis said "our party policy is totally wrong on this issue" and "dishonest".

    He said nuclear power was a more environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuel.

    Citing the range of infrastructure problems, he said it is "farcical to think we can deal with our pledges by putting more wind turbines in the North Sea".

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  • 30. At 09:25am on 25 Feb 2010, vainly_here wrote:

    GDC Stop being so pompous.

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