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Sequin | 06:00 UK time, Wednesday, 10 March 2010


Good morning,
What would you like to hear us cover in the programme today. Jot down your ideas here and the editor of the day will look them over before our meeting at 11am.

Many thanks,



  • 1. At 07:44am on 10 Mar 2010, Barry Campbell wrote:

    Hello Bill and Sian,
    I have just read Benedict Nightingale's review of Love Never Dies, I saw a preview last week, and was thoroughly delighted with it, did a week lead to a deterioration, or was it theusual Lloyd Webber bashing, please ask him, thank you,
    Barry Campbell

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  • 2. At 08:10am on 10 Mar 2010, Sindy wrote:

    Parallel universe?

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  • 3. At 08:21am on 10 Mar 2010, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    Time space interface?

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  • 4. At 08:29am on 10 Mar 2010, funnyJoedunn wrote:

    Anyway, Short term prison sentences don't seem to work as, there is up to an 80% chance of re-offending. Der!

    Should the professional bodies who have just cottoned on to this be given a stretch?

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  • 5. At 08:32am on 10 Mar 2010, Sindy wrote:

    Indeed fJd - no rehabilitation for short-term prisoners, one or two queries recently over long-term prisoners ... we all know there's no votes in treating prisoners properly, but the government could sell it on a 'value for money' basis (less re-offending, public safety etc.).

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  • 6. At 09:08am on 10 Mar 2010, Sindy wrote:

    Frustrated pupils bored by their factory schools.

    So what should a 21st century school look like?

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  • 7. At 09:08am on 10 Mar 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    It appears Alistair Darling is about to announce the budget date


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  • 8. At 09:14am on 10 Mar 2010, Sindy wrote:

    No doubt there will be endless speculation about the budget, minute-by-minute accounts of the actual thing, and the usual interminable analysis afterwards ... I can tell you now, he's going to say "We haven't got any money".

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  • 9. At 09:50am on 10 Mar 2010, DiY wrote:

    Sid, same o, same o!

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  • 10. At 10:43am on 10 Mar 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    6 - Obviously the author (Richard Garner) had a copy of Prof Tooley's speech to hand as he wrote that article and extracted bits to suit his piece but I am concerned about the idea of a competitive market in education where students could cherry pick what they want to learn and pay for it at their own pace.

    Surely there is a role for schools in social training as well as the academic side of things.

    I fundamentally disagree with the assertion that poor families will be willing to pay for their childrens' education citing developing countries. In Africa poor families will contribute where they can but the vast majority of rural children are to found in the fields working.

    It would be interesting to here Professor Tooley but I'm guessing he'll be too busy tonight.

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  • 11. At 10:44am on 10 Mar 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Sorry hear, not here (free grammar education - totally useless)

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  • 12. At 11:32am on 10 Mar 2010, Looternite wrote:

    Blimey Sci-Fi or what:

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  • 13. At 12:05pm on 10 Mar 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    Kharzai must talk to the Taliban for 100 days - till after the GE, says Miliband.

    Not too much to ask is it?

    Course, capturing hte peace emissary from the Taliban scarcely helped did it.

    How is he? What about Miliband demanding Habeas Corpus, preferably alive, with no bruises and a full set of finger nails

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  • 14. At 12:11pm on 10 Mar 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    Already we're getting some tosh about the official statistics.

    The most recent figures were ultra bad 'cos ice and snow stop exports getting to our ports but don't stop imports being registered in ports? Yea or Nay?

    Cable the answer? No, a serious analysis from your correspondent on the programme would be infinitely preferable.

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  • 15. At 12:17pm on 10 Mar 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:


    Certainly not as cheaper than ever labour.

    What about


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  • 16. At 12:19pm on 10 Mar 2010, bright-eyedwendym wrote:

    The report on channel 4 news last night about the Trade deficit was truly frightening. It has ballooned under this government as evidenced by Faisal Islam's chart. Now channel 4 is not known for its right wing sentiments so I believe absolutely what he said and they don't highlight these things for no good reason. You really should have some sort of reporting on this. It looks as though we don't stand a chance of getting back to a mixed economy for a very long time and as Faisal said it's got very little to do with snow.Look at the whole picture since New Labour got in.

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  • 17. At 12:21pm on 10 Mar 2010, theBlokeinthePubsaid wrote:

    My father was born and bred in Northern Ireland and he always said "The English have no understanding of Irish politics and Northern Irish politics in particular.
    We all know the reason the Tories are cosying up to the Ulster Unionists is to get their one or two seats on their side because they think the election is going to be tight and this may get them into power. However, if the Tories get a big majority, then the Ulster Unionists will be ignored.
    The Tories by siding with one side are going to cause distrust in NI and this could only make matters worse. The current peace is fragile and Camerons Tories should keep away untill politics in NI is normalised.
    My advice is simple "Do not meddle in things you have no understanding of, you can only make matters worse".
    Northern Ireland does not respond predictably to PR spin.

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  • 18. At 12:28pm on 10 Mar 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    Simon Rattle has found the Germans perfectly beastly

    So Sonny Simon had a grate thort

    Why not hit the so-and-so with Bach's St Matthews Passion.

    It'll cause in them such conflicts with ME conducting, he thort.

    There'd been a lot of criticism of his work in Germany. His conducting seemed a little Rattle centred.

    The Germans were making lots of mistakes. Not like them at all. Maybe they were doing it deliberately . Maybe it was him. He had to know.

    Back to base where they still thought him sacred. Brum.
    So waht he had begun to look like a large lizard.
    So what he was bending into a sort of Andre Previn frame.
    But he still had charisma didn't he?
    And what he'd lost could be made up for with a bright light on what was now (admittedly) silver curly hair amd long stillnesses.

    The Passiomn would take some rehearsing. A lot, indeed.

    But Sir Simon is very wealthy and cleaners are very poor. So Sir Simon can get the end-of-the-day cleaners to stay after hours when he overruns at performances and rehearsals, He says 'Whatever the overtime, I'll pay it' They NEED the money to live, he confides in a reptilian grin.

    The Germans have been told he's all for the poor, the oppressed, prisoners etc. Brum knows better. Here he was forever getting the band (sorry, orchestrah) to play at rich men's garden parties.

    So Brum thought. What in hell is he doing here? Playing THIS?

    We need a musical reinforcement of Christianity here like we need a 'race riot'

    Do we really need the retelling of a drama in which the Crucifixion of petty criminals is justified by God?

    We're not here for him to 'get it right in Germany' you know

    And the Germans said

    'Take your Christian - Jewish conflict back to where they belong. Ask Birmingham why there wasn't a Second Front

    Ask Birmingham about anti -Jewishness there in the 1930s

    Ask Birmingham about anti black, anti Asian and now anti Polish racism.

    Ask Birmingham about the way the holocaust has been used to make Israel a cats paw carving its way into the Middle East

    Ask Birmingham about the Second Front that never was

    Ask Birmingham about Iraq and Afghanistan

    Leave us to re-find ourselves A Brit conducting '

    And the BBC said.

    Mmm. Better put it on the radio (TONITE RADIO 3) not the telly.

    Then the common herd won't know about all that 'The more pain the better' stuff. They know no German and won't be able to see the overhead words. They'll just be impressed by what they are supposed to be impressed by, the reputations of the music and Rattle and the skill that exists to be admired.

    The music is here


    and the lyrics in German and English are here


    Prepare to get very bored of Bach or very angry of Simon 'Death' Rattle

    What does your culture vulture correspondnet think?

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  • 19. At 12:43pm on 10 Mar 2010, Anne P wrote:

    Ete - you're using up an awful lot of white space again!

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  • 20. At 12:45pm on 10 Mar 2010, Anne P wrote:

    12 - Looternite - indeed. Actually it ought to have good applications in prosthetic hands and feet rather than robots.

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  • 21. At 12:55pm on 10 Mar 2010, Looternite wrote:

    20. Anne P
    I should imagine like you, that its use in prosthetic hands would be fantastic.

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  • 22. At 1:37pm on 10 Mar 2010, The Intermittent Horse wrote:

    theBlokeinthePubsaid (17) - I think the foolishness of the formal link with the Ulster Unionists is beginning to dawn on Cameron & Co. It was a really stupid move considering the Ulster Unionists only have one Westminster MP and she refuses the Tory whip and won't stand in the coming election on a Unionist/Tory ticket.

    The UU vote has steadily fallen over the years as the DUP's has grown. There is little prospect of the UUs gaining any seats at the next election - unless there is some UU/DUP pact to prevent Sinn Fein winning in a few constituencies. But then that would put the Tories in bed with both UU's and the DUP and how even-handed would that make Cameron look across the sectarian divide?

    Why the UUs ever imagined the link with the Tories was a good idea is beyond me. I can only see them being humiliated in the coming vote.

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  • 23. At 2:04pm on 10 Mar 2010, theBlokeinthePubsaid wrote:

    The Intermittent Horse @22

    Perhaps the Ulster unionists want some of Ashcrofts money.

    As you say, poor judgement from Cameron and his advisors.

    Sectarianism is serious and not to be treated lightly, for electoral gain.

    Cameron will not be facing the consequencies if it all goes horribly wrong

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  • 24. At 2:29pm on 10 Mar 2010, DiY wrote:

    Horse, me thinks Messers Cameron & Co. are / were clutching at straws!

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  • 25. At 2:56pm on 10 Mar 2010, IMOORE wrote:


    As the SDLP have taken the Labour party whip, and have for sometime, I presume your criticism is leveled at Labour as well, and surely if you felt this way you should have been posting about electoral gain and sectarianism a long time ago when Labour and the SDLP got together.

    PS May be the SDLP are looking to get a load the electoral funds Unite is pouring into the Labour party. I gather they are funding Labour's marginal campaign to a greater extent that any Tory donor is funding the Conservative campaign. From the looks of it the Union funds are buying more than Labour policy they are getting Labour constitency nominations as well.....

    Jack Dromey, the deputy general secretary of Unite, will fight Birmingham Erdington despite controversy over why the seat did not have one of the all-women shortlists championed by Harriet Harman, his wife." See mylabourposter.

    John Cryer, a political officer at the same union and a former member of the Socialist Campaign Group of MPs, received organisational support to win selection in Leyton & Wanstead against strong competition.

    Ian Lavery, president of the National Union of Mineworkers, who has declared the new Labour project an abject failure, was selected last month for Wansbeck. He was backed by the GMB despite disclosures in The Times that he had once been convicted of a public order offence at a football match.

    Cheryl Pigeon, a TUC organiser, won selection in Erewash ahead of Fiona Twycross, a long-time Labour staff member who was supported by figures close to the party leadership.

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  • 26. At 4:09pm on 10 Mar 2010, Fearless Fred wrote:

    I know this is too late for today's programme, but if this crops up at all this week, please ask PC and the SNP why it is that they're only complaining about the BBC in this story. Given that ITV and Sky are also involved, they should either complain about them too or shut up. Personally, I'd prefer the latter option.

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  • 27. At 4:16pm on 10 Mar 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    The video on the story doesn't work. Poetic.

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  • 28. At 4:36pm on 10 Mar 2010, The Intermittent Horse wrote:

    IMOORE (25) - A number of inferences incorrectly drawn.
    The SDLP align themselves with Labour on most matters but there is no formal arrangement. They have not 'got together'. Guess what the 'L' in SDLP stands for.

    I'm not aware that the SDLP get any funds of any kind from Labour. Do tell us what you think you know.

    The Tories and the Ulster Unionists HAVE got a formal tie-up, with agreed joint candidates for the coming general election. I'm looking forward to their joint mainifesto - it should be a real hoot.

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  • 29. At 4:56pm on 10 Mar 2010, IMOORE wrote:

    They sit on the Labour benches, and I believe take the Labour whip, is that not 'got together'? So on crossing the sectarian divide its no more or less significant than the Conservatives aligning themselves with the UUP, perhaps more so as this alignment was in place when the NI agreement was being negotiated, yet I don't remember anyone worrying too much about Labour being friends of a party with a united Ireland agenda.

    The L in SDLP is just as significant as the U in UUP, as both believe in Unionism why shouldn't they world together, why shouldn’t politics in Northern Ireland be normalised, i.e. be part of mainstream UK politics.

    This seems to be the same spurious outrage as the Ashcroft issue, where its OK for Labour to pocket cash from non-doms, but not the Conservatives and here its fine for Labour to align themselves with a NI political party, but not the Conservatives, the double standards and hypocrisy from Labour supporters truly takes the biscuit.

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  • 30. At 4:58pm on 10 Mar 2010, IMOORE wrote:


    It seems that the SNP and Plaid are deluded, why the hell should English people be at all interested in the them wittering on, they have no hope of becoming the Governing party and their agenda is parochial, as such it is arrogant in the extreme for them to think they have a right to foist themselves on us.

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  • 31. At 5:03pm on 10 Mar 2010, davmcn wrote:

    AN 27, Yes it does.

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  • 32. At 5:06pm on 10 Mar 2010, davmcn wrote:

    fJd, ld, I sent somebody here a photo of our glasshouse. They might send it to you if you ask politely. Photos of sheds to follow. All three of them!

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  • 33. At 5:16pm on 10 Mar 2010, IMOORE wrote:

    Brown says he won't let us down, has anyone told him he already has? He couldn't get the books to balance in a boom, so there is precious little chance he can when money is tight.

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  • 34. At 5:17pm on 10 Mar 2010, The Intermittent Horse wrote:

    IMOORE - I'm not sure that I believe that you can't see the difference in the two stances.

    I chose my words carefully when I said: "The SDLP align themselves with Labour on most matters ..." There is no pact, no agreeing candidates for election and no joint maifesto. There is also no cosy relationship, as evidenced by the SDLP being sidelined in recent negotiations between the Labour Government and the DUP and Sinn Fein. That's quite different from the link-up between the Ulster Unionists and the Tories.

    And there is no spurious outrage. No outrage even. Not even a slight annoyance. I'm just gobsmacked at the stupidity of David Cameron for ever believing it could have been a good idea.

    I wonder what their joint manifesto will say about the administration of Policing & Justice in Northern Ireland after yesterday's very public disagreement between the UUs and Cameron.

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  • 35. At 5:17pm on 10 Mar 2010, davmcn wrote:

    fJd, ld, The shed photos are now sent. Ask nicely.

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  • 36. At 5:19pm on 10 Mar 2010, bright-eyedwendym wrote:

    Trade deficit, please, as I said before.Horrendous for the UK. Can't see how we can get away from dependence on the 'City' which has left our economy in such a weak state.
    Btw had to turn radio off a minute as I heard Gordon Brown's ridiculous opener 'I've heard some people say...'Does he have this effect on anyone else.(Remember please that I'm a Scot so presumably it shouldn't be like this)

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  • 37. At 5:24pm on 10 Mar 2010, IMOORE wrote:


    I think you are splitting hairs, do you really think, in your words, that an informal agreement between Labour and the SDLP when key negotiations were taking place were less significant that a formal agreement betrween the Conservatives and UUP after the agreement? sINN fein says it won't be an issue.

    Anyway this mock outrage coming from Labour shows that they are happy to play politicas with NI, the Guradian leak about Bush speaking to Cameron must have come from this Labour Government, which shows how low they will stoop.

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  • 38. At 5:25pm on 10 Mar 2010, davmcn wrote:

    So, who are the PM crew going to believe? The anti-US people being interviewed, of course.

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  • 39. At 5:28pm on 10 Mar 2010, Lepus_Madidus wrote:

    Brown won't baulk from the difficult cuts that need to be made?

    What a shame he didn't bring the banks to heel after the bail out eh?

    I guess reining in the bankers isn't as easy as pillaging pension funds eh Gordon?

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  • 40. At 5:28pm on 10 Mar 2010, davmcn wrote:

    I guess we are allowed to know everything on PM except where Eddie is.

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  • 41. At 5:31pm on 10 Mar 2010, bright-eyedwendym wrote:

    You don't think Eddie is going to stand for Parliament do you?

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  • 42. At 5:33pm on 10 Mar 2010, davmcn wrote:

    Wendy 41, Can he stand? Physically, that is.

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  • 43. At 5:45pm on 10 Mar 2010, Sindy wrote:

    Paint Never Dries.

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  • 44. At 5:49pm on 10 Mar 2010, Colin McAuley wrote:

    Re. the SNP et al whinging about being left out of these new TV debates leading up to the UK national election: such things have been held in both the USA and my Canada for a very long time. They do nothing to shed light on anything of substance! In fact they are even worse than reality shows.

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  • 45. At 6:06pm on 10 Mar 2010, Bob Carey wrote:

    I wonder why the Tories shied away from discussing the economy this afternoon during PMQ's? Using a Thatcherite term, is it because they are frit, due to them letting the cat out of the bag re their OTT economic plans?

    It certainly comes to something when an opposition party avoids the economy.

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  • 46. At 10:15pm on 10 Mar 2010, The Intermittent Horse wrote:

    IMOORE (37) - Once again there are many misconceptions in your reasoning.

    The 'mock outrage coming fom Labour'? When and what was that? I haven't noticed it. Details please. I haven't seen anything from Labour about this. If I was Labour I'd be quietly sniggering and saying nothing. Like Sinn Fein, I'd be saying it wasn't an issue.

    And don't blame either Labour or the Gruniad for leaking Bush talking to Cameron. I've no idea why it became public, but in any other circumstance Cameron would have crowed about talking to a former President. I'd guess he's just very embarrassed now.

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  • 47. At 10:28pm on 10 Mar 2010, lucien desgai wrote:

    35 dav
    sent where?

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  • 48. At 10:32pm on 10 Mar 2010, Looternite wrote:

    This PC and SNP row is so phoney. Do you think for one moment that at the next London Mayor elections and if they have a TV debate and they are shown in Scotland Salmond would be happy with that! No of course he would not and yet more people live in London than in Scotland.
    I have no vote in Scotland so why should I have to put up with his Anglophobic rabblerousing.
    No, keep to the current plans and Salmond has to accept that.

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