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"Who came up with the stupid idea to burgle us?"

Louisa Compton | 11:34 UK time, Thursday, 10 December 2009

A 10-year-old girl was so upset after her home was burgled she wrote a letter to the man responsible asking him why he carried out the crime. West Yorkshire Police say the thief was "visibly" moved when Amy Winteridge's mother read the letter to him as part of a probation rehabilitation programme. We're speaking to Amy and her mother on the programme today. You can watch a video of Amy reading the letter here:

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  • 1. At 10:08am on 11 Dec 2009, Sarnia wrote:

    Rachel - re: the climate change 'discussion' you are having this morning (11th December)

    It's not that people don't care so much but that people are questioning whether it's man-made! Please make that distinction.

    Alec - caller on air at moment is spot-on.

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  • 2. At 10:23am on 11 Dec 2009, ScudLewis wrote:

    Thanks for the debate. No-one is denying that climate changes or that the planet has seen warming or that Man has had some effect.

    Climate change denier is a label used to close debate.

    Sceptics are not deniers, they are just not as convinced that Man is totally responsible for MOST of the warming.

    Also, scientists also disagree on the consensus as their is doubt and areas of the science that are not certain and more research is needed.

    Sceptics don't dispute the facts, just the attribution to Man.

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  • 3. At 10:37am on 11 Dec 2009, cassandra wrote:

    It does make me wonder why the 'believer' scientists and politicians are so defensive towards the 'non believers'. Surely if they were so certain there would not need to be this uncomfortable name calling.

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  • 4. At 10:40am on 11 Dec 2009, laughingmarmalade wrote:

    its just another bandwagon for the govt to jump on to make up more taxes

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  • 5. At 11:09am on 11 Dec 2009, zelda wrote:

    Oh Joy! Now it's the X Factor! Down, down, deeper and down........

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  • 6. At 11:12am on 11 Dec 2009, Sarnia wrote:

    Soon as I heard 'X facor' I turned the radio off, Zelda. It's a lovely sunny, crisp day here and it's my birthday today and I'm off to have lunch later where topics such as X factor and Strictly come Dancing etc will not arise!

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  • 7. At 11:17am on 11 Dec 2009, zelda wrote:

    I've switched off too. Many Happy Returns of the day Sarnia. Enjoy your lunch.

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  • 8. At 11:53am on 11 Dec 2009, Sarnia wrote:

    Ta Zelda (is it safe to turn radio back on yet?)

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  • 9. At 12:08pm on 11 Dec 2009, Steve wrote:

    The scariest comment this morning came from a emailer who named themselves as a doctor (but of what, we don't know) who said 'The science is clear and to question it is dangerous'.

    The idea that questioning the current scientific consensus is a bad idea is so far from the ethos of science itself that it's ludicrous.

    Questioning the current model is how science moves on.

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  • 10. At 12:21pm on 11 Dec 2009, zelda wrote:

    12.21pm - Sarnia - I have no idea, I am not listening!

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  • 11. At 12:54pm on 11 Dec 2009, Binkie wrote:

    What kind of a country is this becoming ?

    They'll be burning people at the stake, like witches ,for havng the nerve to have an opposing viewpoint and dare question climate change.It just appears to me that these scientists are more concerned about keeeping themselves in their cosy employment rather than speaking out against all this hysterical baloney.The earth has heated up and cooled down for donkeys years. It's just all about trying to justify raising more taxes off the mugs like you and me.

    Discussing X Factor and Strictly again ?

    What a complete waste of radio airtime.This is worse than Victoria's ' Jerry Springer/Jeremy Kyle ' tabloid broadcasting.Switching off again.

    Happy Birthday Sarnia.
    Have a good one.

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  • 12. At 1:19pm on 11 Dec 2009, ScudLewis wrote:

    Well the climate change debate can be seen alive and well in BBC This Week's comments section. It would appear the 'Sceptics' make very calm and rational comments, despite being referred to as 'climate change deniers' [and worse] in the media / public press.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/this_week/8298641.stm

    Seems to counter, and very well, Gordon Brown's & Milliband's view that dissenters are 'flat earthers'.

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  • 13. At 1:29pm on 11 Dec 2009, Binkie wrote:

    Cheers for the link.

    Nice to hear some intelligent debate on this blog rather than the usual guff we have endure through topics via the VTBC.

    Victoria's Tabloid Broadcasting Company.

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  • 14. At 1:35pm on 11 Dec 2009, wendymann wrote:

    the bbc has invested a lot of time and money into the climate change project, they are hardly now going to change the political agenda .

    anyone know why it appears that co2 production follows the warming trnd rather than ahead of it.

    and why is co2 bad when we will have more productive plants bigger and more vigorous which will act as a counter balance to the increased co2 .

    and even with all of the propaganda they still cannot get more than 50% of the population to accept the deceit.

    dont forget the next effort is food poverty and guess what the solution is genetically modified food. (the government dossier didnt get much airplay just yet though the bbc did run some programmes supporting the gm case.

    gm food is being fed to uk animals, meat products doesnt need to be labeled as such.

    so the aim is to contaminate most of the population and then say its not done you any harm ...

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  • 15. At 2:23pm on 11 Dec 2009, Binkie wrote:

    Well according to Ms Derbyshire, this week, there is an increasing minority of climate change sceptics.

    Minority ??

    I would say it's 50/50 from what I hear.

    It's total garbage what they come out with this BBC climate propaganda/agenda.

    Flat earthers we are not.

    Sounds like an Alaister Campbell produced soundbyte that one.

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  • 16. At 3:22pm on 11 Dec 2009, ScudLewis wrote:

    Worth a read:

    http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=409454&c=2

    Beyond debate?

    "The Copenhagen summit is in full force, and so too is the idea that man-made global warming is incontrovertible. But Martin Cohen argues that the consensus is less a triumph of science and rationality than of PR and fear-mongering"

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  • 17. At 4:42pm on 11 Dec 2009, Sarnia wrote:

    Thanks Leonard :-)

    Good link to the comments from last night's programme - I managed to find something on youtube - Nick Cohen really made a fool of himself (plus appeared drunk - which isn't the first time)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM6jnDVM3SE

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  • 18. At 5:19pm on 11 Dec 2009, zelda wrote:

    Just seen a rolling strapline on the Jerry Springer Show. 'Wasting technology since 1991'. 5live seems to be going that way.

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  • 19. At 5:26pm on 11 Dec 2009, Binkie wrote:

    I've just looked up Nick Cohen up on wikipedia and it's says he stared his career at the Birmingham Post and Mail newspaper group..

    ..oh no,thats where I spent the majority of my working life !!

    I must have been in the same building as him at some stage.

    I can only apologise.

    Thankfully most of the journo's didn't have such a forceful,blinkered
    or one sided view of certain issues and other peoples opinions.Well I hope not.

    It's a wonder he actually made it across the road and into the studio after obviously visiting the Nags Head before the programme.

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  • 20. At 10:31am on 14 Dec 2009, zelda wrote:

    Monday 14.12.09 - no fresh blog for todays programme? Again!

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  • 21. At 11:02am on 14 Dec 2009, zelda wrote:

    I will write on this one then.

    I stood at my window and watched a delivery man write out and push a 'sorry you weren't in' note through the door. I scared the hell out of him when I opened the door.

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  • 22. At 10:22am on 31 Dec 2009, Critical Mess wrote:

    Science is never an absolute. I fail to see what gain there is in the argument of whether climate change is man-made or not. If you burn, you burn, no matter how the fire started.

    Should we all have to take the risk and not make preparation for the effects of climate change, pandering to the minority of scientists who refute climate change?

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