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Eddie Mair | 16:18 UK time, Wednesday, 19 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 04:35 PM on 19 Dec 2007, John McDonald wrote:

    The item on the 'Jailbird' on Friday; you made him out to be a hero. I wish you would have asked him, "How lives did he think that he ruined when he was drug dealing"?

  2. At 05:44 PM on 19 Dec 2007, madmary wrote:

    Nice interview with the mother of the phantom cocktail sausage thrower.


  3. At 05:44 PM on 19 Dec 2007, Dave wrote:

    Re Sausage throwing youth.

    As stated on the BBC news he has already been reprimanded by the Police three times. They didn't drag him away in a black maria (showing my age there) the first time he caused problems.

    I am glad the Police, for once, did not try to be overly sympathic with his ADD. DAA or whatever.

  4. At 05:51 PM on 19 Dec 2007, phil cockcroft wrote:

    The excuse for wasting police/court time over the boy throwing the sausage was that he suffered from ADHD and was again costing tax money in being treated. I wonder how much his sausage diet contributed to his "over-activity"
    There is significant evidence that diet contributes to this hence the laltest Govt ban on fizzy drinks etc. But once again the adults/parents involved go to the state to alleviate the problem that they may have contributed to.

  5. At 06:00 PM on 19 Dec 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    Hmm. 'The Glass Box for Wednesday.' I wonder what I'll find in there?


  6. At 06:36 PM on 19 Dec 2007, Mike Collar wrote:

    Everyone appears to have missed the most worrying aspect of the Youngs scampi story. They catch them off Scotland freeze them, ship them to Thailand, thaw them, process them , refreeze them and then ship them back to the UK (how many weeks or months does that take) and then expect me to eat them! No thankyou.

  7. At 07:40 PM on 19 Dec 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    Guantanamo Bay:

    I was slightly surprised that the conservative lady you had on hadn't thought of anything new to say since last week. Three times she said 'The government ought to let us know their intentions' - which I believe she said four times last time she was on. She had nothing to say then - why did you ask her back?


  8. At 09:24 PM on 19 Dec 2007, Fifi wrote:

    The carbon footprint of sending prawns to Thailand to be hand-peeled is the same as sending them down the road to be machine-peeled?

    Did the calculation include the carbon footprint of making the ship that shipped them to Thailand... including amortization for all the other trips that ship will make?

    Instinctively, this whole story felt so WRONG!!!

    Fifi :o(

  9. At 11:29 AM on 20 Dec 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Never mind the miles, what's the carbon footprint of freeze/thaw/freeze?

    There are folk drawing dole down the road in Annan because their jobs peeling prawns were exported.

    Remember to put the sprouts on in good time.

    Namaste -ed

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