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We've a report tonight on the writers strike in the US.

Eddie Mair | 14:22 UK time, Monday, 17 December 2007

There's already been a bit of coverage on the iPM Blog.


  1. At 02:47 PM on 17 Dec 2007, Sid Cumberland wrote:

    I see we're not afflicted with writers' apostrophe ...


  2. At 03:13 PM on 17 Dec 2007, mac wrote:

    Believe me we don't need those writers to find ourselves in a world of total financial dishonesty and corruption.
    If you are missing Micheal Douglas's latest clean - up of corporate dishonesty, check out economic POLICY here. The supreme irony that the striking writers will appreciate is that it is the lawful operation of capitalism which is the real major dishonesty of our times, not the activities of Enron, Black etc. They've been scapegoated: 'cos all they were doing is what every bank in the capitalist world is doing at the moment - according to every other banK! 'Cos every bank thinks the others are lying about their asset position and won't even lend to them OVERNIGHT.

    The game is up for this cr***y system. Let the Hollywood writers know there brief has changed.

    Meanwhile, here in the lunatic bin..
    Peter Hain has given 3 billion to the 140,000 people caught in the pension scams.

    That's over 20, 000 each. Say they live on for 30 years that's over 15 quid a week to them for the duration.

    What about those on state pension only then?

    Why should the inequalities which ALLOWED these people to contribute to a company pension persist through to old age?

    Even acknowledging every Thatcherite argument please tell me how exactly a 75 year old entirely dependent on the state is supposed to redress the inequality between them and these company pension wallahs.

    Go on Eddie. You are the man on this sort of injustice. Interrogate Hain on it. And chuck in one or two howls about how much BBC executives get in THEIR pension pot whilst the rest of us don't have one to **** in.

    That way you are free to keep up the pressure on this nonsense we're getting from international markets.

    My old mate Merve King says the FTSE is overvalued still. It's still 400 above the starting number at the first sign of the crunch.

    If he's saying that think how overvalued still it really is - about 20 percent by my calculations.

    Then Eddie, you can lambaste the other BBC news outlets for not reporting the way market makers are lining their own pockets by overbidding their own wares.

    That sets you free to complete the circle by pointing out that with this money machine still firing on all cylinders despite today's and Friday's falls the government regards any more of it's own spending as inflationary. So the very poorest pensioners pay the price of the caviar and truffles on the tables of the rich this Xmas.

    Whilst we're at it, you are also up against that major self promoting lobby, the police. The sting (ho, ho) this time is that despite being completely incompetent (Dando, the poor Brazilian chap, every raid on Islamic communities here, their 'chase and kill' motorway patrol policy etc) they have decided they would rather pay themselves more than use the extra money to try to recruit better people. (Anyone different from the usual standard of recruit would be an improvement).

  3. At 03:34 PM on 17 Dec 2007, Charlie wrote:

    (...the strike's s-p-r-e-a-d...)

  4. At 04:20 PM on 17 Dec 2007, Mike Annan wrote:

    Well done Sid but I fear you're wasting your time!

    Lord Hutton knocked to heart out of the BBC and it's going to take years to recover.

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