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Eddie Mair | 17:55 UK time, Wednesday, 26 May 2010


Every night at 6pm, the PM production team gathers in a large glass box to talk about how the programme went.

THIS is your opportunity to do the same. Please leave your comment for tonight's editor Eloise Twisk to read.


  • 1. At 6:11pm on 26 May 2010, Stewart_M wrote:

    Police all over the place in Bradford today. Forensics team on a side street near my work. This same side street featured in a BBC drama a while back. Junior spooks or something.

    The red light area was searched after the girl disappeared in April. And was being searched again. Sad business.

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  • 2. At 6:26pm on 26 May 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Did anybody else lose the BBC website for an hour or so just now?

    Or were the mischievious elves just in my area?

    I'm surprised the FIFA have restricted local traders from the environs of the World Cup venues. Surely they could have let these small local businesses in on the benefits? It demeans the spirit of sport. I hope that the London Olympic Committee will ensure local traders benefit from the Games. Maybe PM can look into this at some point closer to the day.

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  • 3. At 6:31pm on 26 May 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    So the idea is that banks conntribute to a fund that is used to break them up if they play it too risky.

    Well, the idea aside, yuou think banksters like it?

    Across the world as markets rise, I detect Official Support - wot never happens of course from the ECB and Euro national banks everywhere.

    Tomorrow will tell.

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  • 4. At 6:38pm on 26 May 2010, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Stewart, a sad business indeed - for all sorts of reasons.

    Ellis, on local traders: agreed. Brilliant that Hugh picked up on this aspect (there's a Scoop's Scoop if ever there was one). It was heartwarming to hear so many happy, laughing people giving their positive comments (despite the restrictions) and welcoming everyone to visit SA.

    Didn't Carolyn do well in the Westminster sprint? Whatta gal.

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  • 5. At 6:46pm on 26 May 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:


    Another set of heros.

    Their crescent is in the ascendency.

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  • 6. At 6:55pm on 26 May 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    The way the Lib Dem Cons are implementing cuts, we need to coordinate regional news to find out how bad the cuts are overall.

    They've done it like this in order to establish asymmetric information.

    As if only people here in the East Midlands should concern themselves about the cuts in FIRE STATION rebuilding going on here and covered last night on BBC TV REGIONAL ('News where you are') News!!!!

    A real purpose for iPM at last?

    Or better a weekly collating item on PM itself.

    Now we know what the Lib Dem Cons mena by localism!!!!

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  • 7. At 7:03pm on 26 May 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    Asymmetric information is the source of MORAL HAZARD which the moralisers in the Lib Dem Con collusion tell us they are going to overcome.

    Banihing news of cuts to the regions, as is the Lib Dem Con policy, is to abolish TRANSPARENCY and OPENNESS. 'Moral hazard'? Willful deception, downright dishonesty to you and me.

    An additional aspect, think how viewing figures go down as regional news starts up.

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  • 8. At 7:23pm on 26 May 2010, Greg Jones wrote:

    With reference to the story of MPs current travel provisions, i.e. a 24/7 standby car & driver, I was spurred into action upon hearing the comments aired tonight (25/05/10) by the former environment minister...

    MPs currently travelling with red boxes and official papers? How 19th century of them! Are we to believe a car is necessary to facilitate the transport of said documentation across the country whilst ministers are required to walk or use public transport? Surely in this, our digital age, far better to invest in one, *well managed*, secure central computer system for all ministers to store information.

    In carbon terms, assuming each car emits say 150gCO2/km (average car), and each minister might conservatively utilise the car for 12,000mi/yr (uk average), then the combined annual emissions total almost exactly 1,250TCO2/yr, or put into perspective, 208 average UK homes emissions per year.

    Financially, my quick back of the envelope calculation, based on £700 per week per minister for cars, totals an annual expenditure of £23,636,600. If we were to assume a computer system as costly as the recently installed air traffic control centre (£623M) then this would only take 26 years, or 5 (and a bit) parliaments to payback. Of course, the air traffic control centre was twice over budget - assuming we can get this one right, we might expect a more reasonable cost of £300M and a simple payback of only 13yrs, or 2 (and a bit) parliaments. Comparing these figures with paybacks for small-scale renewable technologies being advocated by the government such as roof mounted wind-turbines or photovoltaic panels, which can take 30-40yrs to payback; the cost burden of a computer system suddenly appears as staggering value for money.

    Failing that, as budgets are tight, give them each a 30Gb secure flash storage device at cost circa £50 each, and weight of maybe 60g...show me a minister who can't cope with that and I'll show you evidence in support of radical political reform.

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  • 9. At 7:36pm on 26 May 2010, U14450706 wrote:

    4. Lady Sue

    • "
      Ellis, on local traders: agreed. Brilliant that Hugh picked up on this aspect (there's a Scoop's Scoop if ever there was one)."

    Trust Hugh! May I second Ellis and yourself.

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  • 10. At 8:09pm on 26 May 2010, SirStarryKnight wrote:

    Please, please, please .. please will Radio 4 dispense with the over-genteel term 'sex-worker'! It's much too twee, and there's really nothing wrong with the word 'prostitute'.

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  • 11. At 8:33pm on 26 May 2010, lightacandle wrote:

    I posted my comment in the wrong glass box not realising that the AM glass box closes after 11am - sorry - I was number 27 in this morning's glassbox with a query for your factchecker. As it's a bit longwinded could you retrieve it from there? Promise to write in the correct glass box next time - at the right time!

    Many thanks

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  • 12. At 8:49pm on 26 May 2010, jon lowton wrote:

    I watched a brilliant BBC drama called 'Five Daughters' about the Ipswich murders recently so was pleased to hear Eddie Mair refer to the three missing women of Bradford as 'sex workers' whilst other jounalists are calling them prostitutes. Would an even better label for them be 'women'?

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  • 13. At 9:03pm on 26 May 2010, Sid wrote:

    Disagree, SirStarry. 'Sex-worker' is accurate and respectful in a way that 'prostitute' no longer is.

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  • 14. At 9:23pm on 26 May 2010, melita gordon wrote:

    Dear iPM,
    You asked for comments from those with experience of Trust-style schools. I am a parent of a pupil at a high-performing school, Calday Grange on the Wirral, which was an "early adopter" of Trust status in 2009.The school already has failed governance. Since adopting Trust status, the governing body, which has apparently untouchable and absolute powers, has unilaterally suspended the Head and excluded the Trustees governors from all meetings. It has ignored or brushed off all approaches from parents, withheld information about the status of the school from them, and refused to meet with them. Senior teaching staff have resigned, and others have written an open anonymous letter stating that they feel intimidated and manipulated, and cannot protest for fear of their jobs. The teaching staff no longer have a representative on the governing body.
    Despite these obvious and serious failures of governance, the governing body is apparently untouchable and unaccountable. The LEA is completely unable to intervene, despite multiple requests from parents and staff that it should do so. Even the Department for Education say they cannot intervene. Parents have no-one to turn to to put a stop to th emadness.
    It seems that the legislation allowing for schools to have independence from their lEAs makes no provision for what should happen if it all goes horribly wrong. Our school is paying dearly for the consequences.

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  • 15. At 9:51pm on 26 May 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Semantics about prostitution reminded of the tale about long ago somewhere in Arabia, I'm told. There was a guy with a musical instrument of sorts ... trying to play a tune. Actually he was pretty good. So, on the busy road with all the normal people walking by he sat down and played his flute.

    He just wanted to entertain folks on their working day.

    But people dropped coins because they liked the music, not much mind, change from a paper or a coffee or whatever they'd bought.

    He was the first busker.

    And, soon our musician was making a modest living. Entertaining folks, singing song and telling jokes, it's a living.

    It was a Monday when the other bloke arrived, all dreesed up in a suit and a hat. Sat down on the other side of the road, and watched. He said nothing, did nothing, but watched the passers by.

    After a while the bloke took off his hat and placed it upside down, as a receptacle, a target perhaps? And, Lo and behold, the passers by threw money into the hat rather than dropping them beside the musician.

    And The bloke was the first agent.

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  • 16. At 10:01pm on 26 May 2010, GotToTheEnd wrote:


    And Dow in New York closed 70 points down as of 9pm this evening.

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  • 17. At 10:22pm on 26 May 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    EtE - You'll enjoy this forum I think


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  • 18. At 10:23pm on 26 May 2010, The Intermittent Horse wrote:

    I'm certain sure that 'ExpectingtheEnd' is an anagram of 'BoringOldFart' but I can't work it out. Can anybody help?

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  • 19. At 10:38pm on 26 May 2010, Sid wrote:

    Yes, Horse - I can help. It's also an anagram of 'OrlandoFlyBoy'.

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  • 20. At 10:40pm on 26 May 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    18 TiH - John the Baptist had the same problem with cloth ears.

    Jo the Bab Tits? Where? I'm here!

    Jonnty's pissed - again!

    However, EtE does need to relax.

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  • 21. At 11:56pm on 26 May 2010, Redheylin wrote:

    Can you please stop saying "sex worker"? There's enough filth on the telly. Please say "gender worker".

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  • 22. At 11:58pm on 26 May 2010, Redheylin wrote:

    Ah! I get it. The EU is recommending A TAX on banks. So - put away me bazooka then, should I?

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  • 23. At 04:27am on 27 May 2010, Redheylin wrote:

    18. 'ExpectingtheEnd' is an anagram of 'BoringOldFart'?

    No, you have fallen into an all-too-common error. It is a well-known fact that the latter is "frog-brain dolt" whereas the former stands for "ten-cent hexed pig". A lot of people have mixed them up before though.... for some reason.....

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  • 24. At 04:48am on 27 May 2010, Redheylin wrote:

    18 (cont) Were you perhaps led astray by an even more notorious and dangerous error - that of "expecting a boring fart", which often turns out to be "bit far - ponging excreta"?

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  • 25. At 08:27am on 27 May 2010, Sid wrote:

    redheylin - where would we be without your erudite researches? Thank you so much.

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  • 26. At 1:34pm on 27 May 2010, Redheylin wrote:

    erudite researches??

    er, REUSE, teacher Sid!

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