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Carolyn Quinn | 16:45 UK time, Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Joanna Carr is supremo tonight. If you tell her what you thought of the programme she'll read through your comments after our own post programme meeting at 6pm.



  • 1. At 5:12pm on 14 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    Is anybody else getting slightly fed up with the phrase "we inherited from the previous government"?

    It is certainly beginning to irritate me.

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  • 2. At 5:12pm on 14 Sep 2010, IMOORE wrote:

    How can they possibly spend £30 million investigating a murder that had taken place within a prison? The hearings only sat for 150 days. In normal circumstances it might be worth calling for an investigation into the misuse of public funds if it wouldn't mean we would have our pockets picked for millions more.

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  • 3. At 5:13pm on 14 Sep 2010, IMOORE wrote:


    No, its a fact.

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  • 4. At 5:24pm on 14 Sep 2010, Ellis P Otter wrote:

    3 - True or not, they wanted, applied for and got the job so they must stop fussing and get on with what they're paid for!

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  • 5. At 5:25pm on 14 Sep 2010, newlach wrote:

    2 I Moore

    I agree with you - how can the enquiry have cost £30 million?

    It seems that a most unfortunate concatenation of circumstances allowed the murder of Mr Wright to take place.

    Why was he in prison?

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  • 6. At 5:35pm on 14 Sep 2010, IMOORE wrote:


    Well the last lot managed to blame the previous Conservative Government for 13 years, so we have a bit of a way to go to match them.

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  • 7. At 5:40pm on 14 Sep 2010, bright-eyedwendym wrote:

    6. You're right. 11 Years after Labour came in Ed Balls was blaming the previous government for the poor state of schools.

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  • 8. At 5:43pm on 14 Sep 2010, IMOORE wrote:


    It would seem that there is another £150 million pot of tax payers gold for the lawyers to rip off in Northern Ireland enquiries.

    As for this Billy Wright enquiry it is really hard to understand how they can possibly have spent £30 million on a murder enquiry when they know who did it, where, and with what. Yet after £30 million spent they have managed to add zilch to the sum of our knowledge.

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  • 9. At 5:47pm on 14 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    8 - The problem is that the relatives in Ireland DEMAND enquiries and it is difficult to say no without being painted as an unfeeling brute. The mainland analogy is people demanding a public enqiry every time someone stubs their toe. It amazes me that anyone ever manages to get anything done.

    Meanwhile the House of Commons is busy launching enquiries into just about everything, chock full of their own importance!

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  • 10. At 5:52pm on 14 Sep 2010, IMOORE wrote:


    Well perhaps we should tell them they can have all the enquiries they want, but they pay for them. When they have to dig in their own pockets to pay for this Lawyer largesse they might just lose interest.

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  • 11. At 5:55pm on 14 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    10 - Good idea!

    Jo - Not sure about that bit on the Los Angeles Opera... ;-)

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  • 12. At 5:58pm on 14 Sep 2010, Alan_N wrote:

    This digital thing. I heard Sequin's interviewee say something along the lines of 'radio cannot be left behind'. I get the advantages to TV (more channels, TV on demand, recording blah blah), but what exactly do I get for my radio that I don't already have? Other than compliance with the 'nanny knows best' line that the evangelists are taking, of course ;-)

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  • 13. At 6:12pm on 14 Sep 2010, needsanewnickname wrote:

    You get a lovely time delay, Alan, which, if you still have an analogue radio and it's on nearby and audible, gives you an amusing echo effect. All for free!

    I do wonder why there are still so many FM radios on sale, though. And mobiles with FM receivers. Still a selling point?

    The important point is that to aim for switch-off when 50% of listening is on digital is selecting too low a percentage, as the interviewee said. Her point about the elderly and vulnerable and those in areas not served by digital is also valid.

    Surely the BBC ought to be available to all, or if that's impossible, nearly all, listeners? Licence fee justification? (And, yes, I know it's the TV licence fee) This is not to knock the Beeb, of which I'm a huge fan.

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  • 14. At 6:13pm on 14 Sep 2010, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Great photo, btw.

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  • 15. At 6:29pm on 14 Sep 2010, DiY wrote:

    I wonder how many of brand new cars that are being sold / leased in this country come with DAB radio as standard?

    Anyone have the figures?

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  • 16. At 6:51pm on 14 Sep 2010, weecrusty wrote:

    One reason why I'm not enthused by the prospect of analogue radio signal being switched off is that I have one digital radio and at least a dozen analogue radios dotted about the house, plus the one in my car!

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  • 17. At 8:10pm on 14 Sep 2010, SirStarryKnight wrote:

    French government coming in for some flak from the EU Commission after sending some of the Roma home. Perhaps the Roma should camp out on the EU Commission's front lawn .. but perhaps the EU Commission would take exception to that.
    Daresay the Roma will turn up on our doorstep sooner or later.

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  • 18. At 8:26pm on 14 Sep 2010, Mindclearly wrote:

    I enjoyed your article and discussion on wrongly diagosing children with learning disorders. I know it is a mine field when looking at these issues, I felt you could of covered summer born children as another reason for potential problems. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2007/oct/24/schools.uk Being a dyslexic person who was let down by the school system as it was not fully understood it worries me that things may have swung in the opposite direction almost.

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  • 19. At 8:50pm on 14 Sep 2010, GiulioNapolitani wrote:

    weecrusty #16

    I have one digital radio and at least a dozen analogue radios dotted about the house

    Get yourself one of those little FM transmitters and plug it into your computer. Then you can broadcast internet radio to all of the FM radios in your house, neatly leapfrogging DAB. And with basic WIFI enabled netbooks now heading down in price to meet DAB boxes, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that this technology will continue to work long after DAB is consigned to the scrapheap.

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  • 20. At 11:02pm on 14 Sep 2010, MoC wrote:

    @7 - it takes more than a generation to sort out a devalued education system and it takes a generation or more to recover from the disgusting diembowelling of Britain's social values and sense of civic decency. Both of these were brought to glorious fruition by ill-informed and uncaring governments in the 80s and early 90s. They took kitchen economics to society without understanding what they were doing; they cut through arteries while claiming to trim fat; they failed to nourish, failed to invest in building a modern society, cast whole towns, regions and industries on to the scrap heap. That has long-term consequences. I shall legitimately go on laying the responsibility for the ensuing consequences at their black hearts for the next 10 years or so. Sadly, the ideological revenge is about to happen again and it will take another generation to try to deal with it.

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  • 21. At 11:35pm on 14 Sep 2010, elcej wrote:

    20 MadnessofCrowds

    Is that your feedback for tonight's PM programme or are you just droning on about a political party that doesn't fit with your preferences.

    I wish we could stop this kind of boring tribal behaviour on this blog. (I hope it's politically correct to use the word "tribal" in the party political sense - no racism intended!).

    If you want to drone on about a political party that you don't like then go to the pub and bore somebody who has the option of walking away. Or get a soap box and head down to speakers' corner. Or get a life.

    Postings here are supposed to be about the PM programme.

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  • 22. At 03:11am on 15 Sep 2010, MoC wrote:

    Just responding, edward, old chap. I won't start any 'droning' arguments but I won't stand by and watch in silence. All that is required for evil to succeed... etc.

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  • 23. At 08:52am on 15 Sep 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    21: Perhaps you should give consideration to Matthew 7:3?

    (Yes, I do mean the Bible, and I'm aware it also applies to me!)

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  • 24. At 09:36am on 15 Sep 2010, elcej wrote:

    Sister Big
    Please don't quote the bible at me. I don't believe in fairy tales.
    If you want to call me a hypocrite then it would be preferable to use that word.

    However, I would like to clearly state that I don't do tribal when it comes to party politics. I see good and bad in all political parties and in successive UK governments.

    What I dislike (and what the PM team dislike) is the droning on by some that only follows partisan lines. Blinkered vision.

    I think I can safely say that all of my comments on the PM blogs have focused on the policy being discussed regardless of which party the policy came from.

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  • 25. At 09:45am on 15 Sep 2010, Big Sister wrote:

    No, I don't think you're a hypocrite, Edward, but I do think that you, as much as I, are sometimes guilty of droning on. Some of your comments come across to me as 'tribal', or, if you prefer 'partisan'. It's not unnatural, we all do it sometimes. But I think what got me about your comment is that you are picking up one person for responding to the tribalism of two others - Is that entirely fair? Why no criticism of the original posts (6 and 7 above)?

    Incidentally, I find the way you've chosen to address me somewhat offensive. Pity, really. And there may be some on this blog who you will have offended by referring to the Bible as 'fairy tales'. While I don't believe everything it tells me, much of the New Testament is, as I understand it, based upon historical accounts. So, perhaps, not quite the Brothers Grimm?

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