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Eddie Mair | 16:19 UK time, Thursday, 13 December 2007

In the PM office we meet every night after the programme in this Glass Box:


We talk about the content of the programme and try to give an honest assessment of what worked and what didn't...the things we missed and the places where our ambitions were not met. THIS virtual glass box you are looking at is where you are invited - indeed encouraged - to be honest about our hour. Members of the production team will read it, and the editor should comment too. Click on The Glass Box link on the right of the page to read previous entries.


  1. At 04:32 PM on 13 Dec 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    On The Markets:

    Yesterday's much-heralded co-ordinated action of Central banks had an interesting non-effect on yesterday's and today's market action.

    See this:
    for some perspective (yesterday, but today looks similar). Take particular note of financial institutions and others in lower central "lagging groups" It doesn't look like the medicine had any tonic effect.

    Also note that Citibank and Washington Mutual (two banks) lead the "most active" with rather large losses, along with two more banks (4 out of the top five most active stocks are banks with large percentage declines).

    To me, it looks like desperation on the part of The Global Economy. Time will tell.

    Namaste -ed

  2. At 05:12 PM on 13 Dec 2007, Charlie wrote:

    Good interview that Eddie. Between you and William Haig

    You effectively, put him in a position where seemingly, "he felt obliged to answer your questions"

  3. At 05:45 PM on 13 Dec 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    As noted yesterday on the climate thread, we have the Nobel prizes because of a premature obituary.

    Sometimes, without warning, the future knocks on our door with a precious and painful vision of what might be. One hundred and nineteen years ago, a wealthy inventor read his own obituary, mistakenly published years before his death. Wrongly believing the inventor had just died, a newspaper printed a harsh judgment of his life’s work, unfairly labeling him “The Merchant of Death” because of his invention – dynamite. Shaken by this condemnation, the inventor made a fateful choice to serve the cause of peace.

    Seven years later, Alfred Nobel created this prize and the others that bear his name.

    From Al Gore's acceptance speech.

    Namaste -ed

  4. At 06:31 PM on 13 Dec 2007, Piper wrote:


    "Yesterday's much-heralded co-ordinated action of Central banks had an interesting non-effect on yesterday's and today's market action..."


    Not true...

  5. At 11:02 PM on 13 Dec 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos* was funded by a 5% tax on eastern spices - which gives some idea of how big that trade was in the 1500s. (I believe cloves, cinnamon and pepper were excluded from the deal.)


    [*This is where the Lisbon Treaty was signed.]

  6. At 11:16 PM on 13 Dec 2007, Dr Hackenbush wrote:

    Your studio floor goes down hill.

  7. At 12:13 AM on 14 Dec 2007, Annasee wrote:

    Launch the lifeboats - she's sinking!

  8. At 12:51 AM on 14 Dec 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:


    Do you mean it stoked the panic?


    Namaste -ed

    Of all possible committee reactions to any given agenda item, the reaction that will occur is the one which will liberate the greatest amount of hot air.
    -- Thomas L. Martin

  9. At 07:04 AM on 14 Dec 2007, Edward Wheatley wrote:

    I'm sure many oif your listeners/contributors like me do not have broadband

    This means we ahve wait for hours at great expense downloading a load of rubbish in which we have no interest.

    I also seem to arrive ona page called ipm first - which I don't want.

    Could we please get back to the old simple formula where we could quickly read and write and please lets get back to serious stuff

    eg -
    Burying bad news -
    Odd that the new much greater figures for illegals working in the security business came out right at the end of this parliamentary session.

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