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Eddie Mair | 16:50 UK time, Friday, 10 August 2007

What do you think about tonight's content?


  1. At 04:48 PM on 10 Aug 2007, mac wrote:

    markets, markets, MARKETS!

    And the difference between Enron and the rest of the bunch is?

    Is Huw Pymm even more worried about his pension?

  2. At 05:28 PM on 10 Aug 2007, cathy wrote:

    Alzheimer drugs - GBP 2.50 per person per day.
    That's almost GBP 80 per person per month.

    UK Spending on War in Iraq - GBP 31 per second.
    That's about GBP 80 000 000 per month.

    The money wasted on the war in Iraq could pay for a million people to permanently receive medication.

    How many people actually need it?

    We seriously have the wrong priorities!

  3. At 05:36 PM on 10 Aug 2007, mac wrote:

    Why don't the firms exposed tell us they are, and those that aren't tell us they're not?

    Yoour NY correspondnet is a liar or you are misrepresenting.
    NY was 90 down at 3 oclock. It had been even worse and it got worse again. Now its 130 down.

    London 230 down on the day is not 2 percent on 6,100, its well over three per cent. The usual untruthfulness from your experts

    Nils Desperandum, why should govt have to keep itself short of money (retiring debt early) to keep this bunch of Enrons happy?
    Anyway that lowers short rates and the Bank is supposed to be keeping them high as policy in the real economy.

    Was Nils last remark posh code for 'Merve is barking'? The short rates are bound to affect the real economy (cost of wage funding etc).

    The stuf about mortgages. As soon as markets stablise the Banks will set about interest rate hikes again.
    You think you'll pay the same or less in 18 months, in your dreams.

    I'd still look out for some piece of clever clogs adjustment from NY tonight (you really believe, Nils, do you, that central authorities never intervene in equity markets?) which will keep Europe happy first thing on Monday and then the trust and confdence erosion will start eating away again.

    SELL. SEL. SELL, first thing Monday.

    Thank God we've got a Spend, Spend, Spend, PM eh, you Tories?

    Don't shed a tear for these fat cats. The index is still a thousand (17 percent ) points ABOVE what it should be and they are still sittng on 250 billion pounds here in England alone, of wealth that they are not entitled to.

  4. At 05:37 PM on 10 Aug 2007, JimmyGiro wrote:

    Football clubs by democracy, why not.

    Wikipedia works by the averaging of many interested contributors, so the principle can work if the system is large enough.

    Committees fail because they are too small to make a clear average; rather like painting the Mona Lisa with only a handful of pixels. Add thousands of ideas (or pixels) and you get a clearer view (picture).

  5. At 05:46 PM on 10 Aug 2007, mac wrote:

    Apologies to you and your NY correspondnet. At 5.03 NY was 690 odd down - its best showing.

    At 1/2 percent a day the next 100 days shouldbe interesting anyway.

  6. At 05:50 PM on 10 Aug 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Good (if that's the right word) to hear about the situation in South Africa. The idea that such bizarre belief that proven medical advances are wrong is staggering. This should be raised with the WHO and the UN, and pressure put on Mr Mbeke to look after the health of his country..

  7. At 05:51 PM on 10 Aug 2007, mac wrote:

    Jimmy Why do you need a lot to find out what the majority thinks?

    The opinion polls sample 100 people only quite happily.

  8. At 05:53 PM on 10 Aug 2007, Frances O wrote:

    The Domino's Pizza wages story seems to have been around a while:


  9. At 05:54 PM on 10 Aug 2007, enviabletroglodytes wrote:

    To replace the Time Signal(Big Ben) - I would like to hear:- Waves Crashing on a rocky sea Shore - The call of the Loon ( Red Throated Diver) - Corncrake
    Any one of these would be a delight

    Thank you for a great Programme

  10. At 05:58 PM on 10 Aug 2007, nikki noodle wrote:

    re Big Ben

    "it's the wearing of the bearing" - that could come straight out of the script of Allo Allo, along with the candle with the handle....


  11. At 06:02 PM on 10 Aug 2007, Fifi wrote:

    "Clare someone"? Eric?

    Shame on you! She's tiny, but certainly not forgettable!


  12. At 06:03 PM on 10 Aug 2007, JimmyGiro wrote:

    mac (7) - "Why do you need a lot to find out what the majority thinks?
    The opinion polls sample 100 people only quite happily."

    That's your opinion :P

  13. At 06:18 PM on 10 Aug 2007, mac wrote:

    But.. you owe us another apology too. Dow was up 30+ points early today.

    So how could it have been at a session hi at 5.03 today at 60 plus points down. And how come your presenter didn't know that?

    The link tells it how it is.

    PS Where are Ed, Paul and RJD on all this?

  14. At 06:18 PM on 10 Aug 2007, Big Sister wrote:

    Sorry, Eddie, I was too busy blogging to listen to the programme properly .....
    But it was for the right reasons.

  15. At 06:34 PM on 10 Aug 2007, mac wrote:

    At (5) that should be '60 odd points down' but see request for an apology not, as of now, 18.30,, posted.

  16. At 07:24 PM on 10 Aug 2007, Andy Williamson wrote:

    Just switched on as the last couple blog comments were read out today. I hugely touched - thanks to everyone, in particular Eddie and all the PM staff. I'm well aware that me getting a transplant is not really national news - but the shortage of willing donors is a huge problem. In particular, the reaction to potential donors, who do the research and decide to go for it, when they tell their families. I know of two cases where the donors were persauded to back out. So that was why I was really keen to talk about this, to try and spread the word about the amazingly positive experience this whole thing can be - obviously for me, but also it seems for my donor (despite the discomfort of the operation and recovery) and his family and friends, who've all been amazing. Also - 3 cheers for the NHS and all the nurses and surgeons and doctors at Guys, who are all wonderful.

  17. At 07:44 PM on 10 Aug 2007, nikki noodle wrote:

    Esculentae ad trolli non darent.

    "Romans they go the house???!!!" Write it out a hundred times.....

    tee hee!!


  18. At 08:10 PM on 10 Aug 2007, RJD wrote:

    Sorry, missed the whole programme! But I will now listen again!

  19. At 08:25 PM on 10 Aug 2007, Anne P. wrote:

    mac (15 etc etc) you might find people generally more receptive to your point if you didn't repeat it quite so often. Unless of course you are trying for the additional 1800 entries all on your own!

  20. At 08:47 PM on 10 Aug 2007, mac wrote:

    Jimmy at (12)

    You're quite right, there was a zero missing from '100', thanks.


    If 70 percent of the population want economic equality and 30 percent want a free for all then I'd say society should be equal.

    But I'd suspect that in those (voting) circumstances you'd want to bring inequality to that democratic egalitarian society.

    Thats why what you said struck me as anti -democratic and anti -majority rule.

  21. At 11:36 PM on 10 Aug 2007, admin annie wrote:

    tonights program - too much about markets and the package about the foorball fans buying a foorball club went on for far far too long.
    the stuff about AIDS in South Africa though was interesting. and it was nice to hear about Andy and how touched and inspired people have been by his story.

  22. At 01:46 AM on 11 Aug 2007, jonnie wrote:

    Missed a lot of the programme tonight as ......

    A certain nameless blogger was who is the singer in a folk band was trying to convince other bloggers that a Radio 4 presenter had visited a chatroom somewhere only minutes before he (or she) was to present a Drivetime programme!

    However, Eddie and the team - I had 'Listen again' and noted your coverage of the Alzheimers story and 'NICE'

    Jeremy covered it extremely well on Radio Two yesterday afternoon.

    You can't get better than getting someone with the disease on air really! - I think it may change some people's minds about the decision.

    I would like you all to listen and take note!

    It's 35 ish mins in on this link:-


    They do the phonecalls later - which are worth listening to -

    It's Radio Two - It's what they do :-)

  23. At 09:42 AM on 11 Aug 2007, mac wrote:

    Admin annie (21 today)- too much about markets when a single graph tells it all (link)?

    I'm at a distance from Mbeke reportage but is a job being done on him?
    Aren't those dying of Aids in RSA and Africa as a whole dying because they are in poverty and millions suffering in poverty don't have Aids?

    Try the effect on climate change, too, of world economic equality

  24. At 10:36 AM on 11 Aug 2007, Roger Sawyer wrote:

    Hello All,

    I was editing today.

    Thanks for your all your comments. Quite a lot around at the moment and I am pleased we at least had a go at explaining the markets. I think we are too often lazy about the financial world, possibly because we don't ourselves always grasp its significance.

    The South Africa/AIDS story is fascinating, as well as rather sad. It yet again raised the issue of the difficulties in reporting science... and the difficulty in representing dissenting views, without giving them undue prominence.

    The AIDS/HIV deniers are a very small minority... and it reminded me of some of the difficulties we had in reporting MMR and climate change in the early stages. It is relevant to raise the fact that there are dissenters, but also to point out clearly that the vast majority of the scientific community has not truck with them.

    As our interviewee said yesterday, not all dissenters are Galileos.

    Have good weekends one and all, especially you Andy (16). You chaps are inspirational.

    Cheery Bye


  25. At 10:52 AM on 11 Aug 2007, admin annie wrote:

    yes, too much about markets, I feel I've been
    market-ed to death on Radio 4 recently.

    And just a thought that occurred to me while listening to Today the other morning - how come they do get ministers to talk to them and PM doesn't?

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