Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml en-gb 30 Thu 28 May 2015 21:09:18 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=97#comment36 Ken, I suspect that your comment might get more coverage if you posted it on the PM Glass Box for 18 November. Thu 19 Nov 2009 13:24:19 GMT+1 KenMaynard http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=94#comment35 I don't know the detail of the government's proposal in today's Queen's speech about financial deficits but if it was in place 2 years ago, would the government have now broken its own law? Wed 18 Nov 2009 18:01:05 GMT+1 Chris Ghoti http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=91#comment34 ia @ 34, "The majority is clearly dissatisfied with having their votes ignored, they are being brutalised on the streets."I wouldn't over-egg the cake, I'd say "a large number" rather than "the majority", because the former is clearly true, while the latter is utterly impossible to prove given that their argument is that the election was "rigged" and we thus have no evidence about the actual numbers at all. Sun 28 Jun 2009 00:30:08 GMT+1 invisibleatheist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=89#comment33 21. MAA'Obama is 'doing' it to save 'the people' from the harm of a duly elected government. They (USUK), know what is best for Iran, not the majority in Iran.'You do get carried away. All that you say about the US and UK, installation of the Shah etc. is right on, but this? The majority is clearly dissatisfied with having their votes ignored, they are being brutalised on the streets. Obama is doing what exactly? Or is everyone including the BBC supposed to keep quiet due to historical interference by the US-UK having caused the chain of events which has led to another form of dictatorship enslaving Iranians? Just because the actions back then trashed democracy and installed a dictator who was then deposed by Mullahs thus allowing in Islamism, doesn't mean we should all be silent now. WE have done nothing to Iran, the BBC merely provides a Persian language channel, which is apparently appreciated by ordinary Iranians and despised by the control freaks. You seem confused as well as overly wordy. Thu 25 Jun 2009 15:41:22 GMT+1 invisibleatheist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=86#comment32 31. At 3:26pm on 25 Jun 2009, Vyle Hernia wrote:'IA (28) I'm ever so glad the flies help to clear up dogs' poo; I just wish they wouldn't bring it indoors.'There you are, you learn something every day. Actually they lay eggs in it and the maggots eat the poo and the turn into flies. Ain't evolution and the natural world wonderful? You should be far more concerned with the human excrement that's pumped into the sea where people bathe. Now that is pollution. Thu 25 Jun 2009 15:31:53 GMT+1 invisibleatheist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=83#comment31 10. At 6:15pm on 24 Jun 2009, amer05 wrote:BBC broadcast has been very partial and one sided. they dreamt a dream with British foreign office to bring a revolution in Iran and then Some BBC reprter will walk infront of millions of iranians to announce that BBC hard work, persian service and its army of reporters are at last successful to bring a change>>>>Please try to be impartial. HOw you can justify and support these hundereds of youg people who are burning buses, looting shops, damaging the country infrastructure. Khamanaei said a very sensible thing" follow the law. that is the right place to show your displeasure and complain" what was wrong with that. lot of people who supported MUsavi are now becoming suspicioius of him as well of his very suspicious role in this whole drama.'It's usual when government stooges make posts on foreign boards to use someone whose command of the language is more than rudimentary. Your pathetic excuses for a fascist regime of control freak mullahs and claims the BBC is involved in controlling, instigating or even supporting the hundreds of thousands [not hundreds] of people of all ages who object to this refusal of their rights is transparently obvious and I suggest you keep your comments to the official Imam sanctioned propaganda machine in Tehran in future. No on here takes your outbursts seriously. Thu 25 Jun 2009 15:28:16 GMT+1 vainly_here http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=81#comment30 IA (28) I'm ever so glad the flies help to clear up dogs' poo; I just wish they wouldn't bring it indoors. Thu 25 Jun 2009 14:26:12 GMT+1 vainly_here http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=78#comment29 2 It was a pity there wasn't more time given for the Iranian academic to provide some evidence in support of his statements. Sadly, had he been given any he would probably have resorted to repeating himself. Thu 25 Jun 2009 14:24:24 GMT+1 vainly_here http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=75#comment28 11 I presume the "Some" are the Arabs. Thu 25 Jun 2009 14:20:10 GMT+1 invisibleatheist http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=72#comment27 Yes you did Eddie, but was your tongue in cheek or are you an animal rights extremist? Yes, flies have an important position in the web of life, as many other species, they clean up a lot of our mess [and dog's], but they aren't the usual candidates for philosophical consideration. Thu 25 Jun 2009 13:08:47 GMT+1 eddiemair http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=70#comment26 (14) "Eddie Mair on PM last Thursday: That video [of Obama swatting a fly] has been shown around the world with the president being widely applauded. But consider for a moment the fly. I'm joined by Simon Blackburn, the professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge..." is not, to be fair to us, evidence of "gushing media coverage of Obama"...I referenced the fly, after DAYS of coverage across the media, so we could talk about the forgotten fly: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/would_you_hurt_a_fly.shtml Thu 25 Jun 2009 12:15:58 GMT+1 onlylexus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=67#comment25 This post has been Removed Thu 25 Jun 2009 05:29:01 GMT+1 Chris Ghoti http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=64#comment24 Please, has anyone heard from Our Hugh? I missed the programme tonight but he wasn't mentioned at all last night even though the area he was most recently in was, and I am very slightly concerned by this silence. Eddie? Reassure me? Hugh, are you there? If I simply failed to hear him because of being in the hospital this evening, can someone tell me? Thu 25 Jun 2009 00:15:50 GMT+1 Thunderbird http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=62#comment23 more and again, you must be great fun at parties zzzzzzz Wed 24 Jun 2009 22:53:38 GMT+1 U14032464 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=59#comment22 A whistleblower writes:How can any democratic society accept the meglomaniac claims of Mervyn King? (Even Peston has realised the cut of the man's jib)At Birmingham University he was obsessed with power, needing to be seen as in charge (he was not the HoD) at the cost of reversing perfectly good decisions merely because they were not his. His conception was elitist. There really were no other economists but him and a small St Johns coterie and no other ways of looking at economic problems but his. We suffered as a result of his disregard, there, for Keynesian and Marxian theories of crises when the Credit Crunch came. He had just refused to believe such things were possible.Now, after his attempt to secure secret funds and powers to 'deal' with banking collapses, we have the new fully fledged claim.Government should cut spending on schools, hospitals, job creation, pensions, dentistry and child care in order to fund the 125 billion Merve is spending on quantitative easing and the billions upon billions he has given to the banks and the bankers by printing money and insisting that the government cut welfare spending.This preposterous little fellow, with the manners of an oaf towards academics outside his St Johns coterie (check his treatment at B'ham of Professor Pattaniak and Professor Nuti) is a living embodiment of that Oxbridge arrogance that believes that everything in the world would be fine, just fine if they were left unchecked to run it.He is the cause of all our current problems by his ridiculous opposition to taking the banks into public ownership.With the long term assets at their disposal (including debt currently thought toxic) and the short funds they were refusing to lend, the banks would have needed very little actual government spending to keep them on track.This silly little man is so opposed to Marxist theory (he was side by side with Meade in his wrong headed dispute with Nuti, with Samuelson, who again was on the wrong side in his argument with Gareganni, and with Bliss who did so much harm in his attempts to make Marxism and Keynesianism anodyne) that he was willing to use public ownership as a threat to frighten politicians in order to get his own way, rather than recommend it as the solution we know he knows it is. This man's ego will end welfare state expansion here and enrich the bankers again, all on an ideological whim, unless he is stopped.The proper place for such men is Elba and St Helena but preferably before they have laid half the world to waste. Wed 24 Jun 2009 22:43:36 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=56#comment21 T8-eh-T8 & kac1967Something is going wrong somewhere - either some children are being exposed one way or another to inappropriate sexual behaviour or schools are completely misinterpreting innocent behaviour. So either the parents need to be held to account, or the schools need some proper training.As I said somewhere else, my own opinion is that children of four shouldn't be in school anyway. Wed 24 Jun 2009 21:57:59 GMT+1 U14032464 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=54#comment20 One reason why the West (the US and UK) get away with so much is because of a fatal weakness in opposition to bad policies internally.So often 'good liberal consciences' cannot be quite sure that the US and UK are doing anything as bad as it appears.Until it is too late.Thus, too many were 'not quite sure' that the government's claims wrt weapons of mass destruction were false.In America, it was only after everyone was SURE that the anti-Vietnam movement took off.Now we're all sure about Iraq but the war mongers have moved on to Iran and Afghanistan.The daily slaughter of civilians in Afghanistan by drones will soon make us SURE about those US and UK genocidal war crimes.The problem in Iran is that we are not quite sure that America and the UK and the BBC are plotting to bring down a duly elected government that they don't happen to like.We know what the US and UK did in Chile, we know how they (and the BBC) brought down Mosedeq and installed the truly evil and dictatorial Shah, we know how they traduced democracy in Gaza, Jordan and Eqypt.But Obama is new. Less imperial. He wouldn't would he?That feeling is how they are getting away with it.He would. Brown would. The Oxbridge dominated BBC would.For, as was pointed out in Laurie Taylor's 4.30 R4 programme today (a wonderful radical aperitif before the anodyne apolitical media-babble of PM), Obama is 'doing' it to save 'the people' from the harm of a duly elected government. They (USUK), know what is best for Iran, not the majority in Iran. Do not be fooled by Obama's Islamic guise.Pro- American (and Obama is certainly that) Islamic leaders in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are among the most repressive, authoritarian, elitist, dictatorial and subversive and destructive of the purposes and wishes of their own people, in the world. Wed 24 Jun 2009 21:24:41 GMT+1 Kac1967 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=51#comment19 I think schools need to be careful in the way they look at children's behaviour before defining it as sexualized. A friends daughter was excluded, the family was referred to SS and the poor girl involved was extreemly distressed (ended up refusing to go back to school and was moved) and why you may as must have been something really terrible surely.Well her best friend had fallen over and hurt the inside of her leg just above the knee. This lovely innocent 7 year old was doing what every caring parent was in the absence of a parent she was rubbing the injured area better and comforting her friend. Knowing how this innocent incident was interpreted, I am a little worried that, normal behaviours seen by adults on the look out for this sort of behaviour are being misinterpreted in some if not many cases. There will always be some children who need help (not excluding if a child that young is exhibiting sexialized behaviour they and the family need HELP) I have some concerns things are being misinterpreted. Wed 24 Jun 2009 21:15:56 GMT+1 GiulioNapolitani http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=48#comment18 I can't be the only one to notice the similarity between the pattern of BBC coverage of the recent election in Iran and that of previous elections in Zimbabwe. If the intention behind the alleged pre-election hyping of opposition parties as serious contenders really was to incite regime change, then the Zimbabwe precedent suggests it will be a very long game.Encouraging perhaps in terms of the wider possibility for future 'detente' though, that it is the UK rather than the US that is the current focus of the Iranian regime's hostility. Wed 24 Jun 2009 21:05:50 GMT+1 T8-eh-T8 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=45#comment17 #17 SidI agree, but we were not told what constituted 'sexualised behaviour', and in what way it was considered abnormal enough to warrant exclusion.However the point about where these infants are learning this behaviour simply must be the key issue.I have a four year old due to start school in September, and cannot fathom what TV influence could lead to this type of (assumed) mimickry. She is too young for internet use, in particular unsupervised, simply through the ability to operate. So these children, IMHO, are either reflecting behaviour from their environment or are exposed to adult media through either willful neglect or something more sinister.Either way the tone of the report about how these children cause disruption was inappropriate. This behaviour is indicative of something altogether more serious. I am not one to automatically blow the social services whistle, but surely the recognition of such signals is part of the schools remit? Wed 24 Jun 2009 20:58:13 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=43#comment16 I've been thinking about four-year-olds being excluded from school for 'sexualised behaviour'. Your two contributors spoke much sense ... but I had a feeling there was an elephant in the room.Where are they getting this behaviour? It seems likely they're either getting it from the TV/Internet (in which case, what are the parent up to?) or they're getting it from personal experience (in which case, what are the parents up to?).Or am I missing something? Wed 24 Jun 2009 19:49:18 GMT+1 DTraynier http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=40#comment15 Richard_SM,I stand corrected, thank you.I was under the impression that the FCO paid £15 million for 3 years with the rest coming from the license fee. Checking up, it seems that the rest comes from the World Service budget (£272m for 09/10), which is itself FO money. Wed 24 Jun 2009 18:16:43 GMT+1 Richard_SM http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=37#comment14 Ref 2. DTraynier Ref this part of your post:Iranians might also wonder at precisely what the purpose of the BBC Persian TV channel is -given that it is partially funded by the British Foreign Office.My understanding is the BBC Persian Service is funded wholly by the Foreign Office. The service is transmitted from London. BBC Worldwide TV broadcasts to many areas around the world on a commercial basis.They take in advertising revenue in the same way any commercial station does; in some areas they operate on a franchise basis. This division is quite separate, and more akin to ITV.BBC Arabic Service and BBC Persian service, which have both started in the last year, are directly funded by the Foreign Office. They are the only two TV services of this nature. The Persian Service, which is produced and transmitted from London, goes out in the evenings only (5pm till midnight I think). The Foreign Office are bound to have influence - if they're not happy they would stop the funding and the service would close down. It's a dedicated contract - the Head of the Unit has one client to satisfy.BBC haven't come up with this idea ( something like: "I've an idea - how about we start up two loss making services") The Foreign Office have approached the BBC and commissioned these two services, against a spec - and a budget. Consider also: if Iraq was truly a 'hearts and minds' job, they would have started this service back in the summer of 2003. Wed 24 Jun 2009 17:48:24 GMT+1 duhbuh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=35#comment13 Re Obama's personality cult.Washington correspondent Jonathan Beale on PM this evening: When the media seems to be just as interested in his fly swatting abilities it's fair to ask the question, Is there a cult of personality that's giving the president a free ride?Eddie Mair on PM last Thursday: That video [of Obama swatting a fly] has been shown around the world with the president being widely applauded. But consider for a moment the fly. I'm joined by Simon Blackburn, the professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge...At least you didn't refer to him as "a superman" like Radio Five Live's Peter Allen.When it comes to gushing media coverage of Obama the BBC is just as guilty as any of the American broadcasters Jonathan Beale mentioned in his report. Wed 24 Jun 2009 17:32:18 GMT+1 steelpulse http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=32#comment12 I meant Iraq of course. Not Iran. After hearing a spokesman criticising the BEEbs bias here in Britain against something or other about Iran's recent election results - I feel we have enough trouble commenting on that country. Apologies all around. Especially that spokesman and you Eddie. I realise the power my texts have and I should be more careful. Wed 24 Jun 2009 17:26:49 GMT+1 steelpulse http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=29#comment11 U turns?The comedian Rich Hall mentioned long roads somewhere in the USA - you know the sort of highway that stretches far into the distant in a seemingly straight line?Roman and straight road inventors being discussed on an old edition of QI on the "Dave" channel. But it came to mind when the number of "U turns" being allegedly undertaken by the Government nowadays. After 2 - U turns - you are facing the same way aren't you? So where are we?On the Iran hearing?In the USA - Mr Hall said for the really long straight highways to adhere to the curvature of the Earth - the occasional swing to the right had to be made by the road designer. For the driver to still be going in a "straight line".Swings to the right? Remember which side the USA citizens drive on. No political bias I am sure. Can I offer the excuse to the present Government if more diversions from original plotted course are needed? Curvature of earth.We drive on the left over here of course. So hopefully - no problems for the next 11 months at least. lol Wed 24 Jun 2009 17:20:44 GMT+1 DTraynier http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=27#comment10 It would be hard not to believe that the Iranian Govt. has concluded that only the ability to develop a nuclear weapon if needed will protect them from US aggression. The US several years ago declared that it reserves the right to attack, preemptively, not only any country that might threaten it but any country that might challenge its control of the world. But it is also US policy, since the Bush I Administration at least, only to attack countries that are virtually defenceless, such as Iraq was known to be. The Iranian Government knows that a nuclear device offers no offensive benefit -they would be obliterated if they used it agressively- but it is a useful deterrant.The US currently has something like 740 military installations across the globe, has crushed Iraq and Afghanistan, has partially invaded Pakistan and has now encircled Iran. Moreover, a couple of years ago ABC News in the States reported that Bush II had issued a 'non-lethal presidential finding' to order the CIA to destabilise Iran, while the New Yorker's leading investigative reporter, Seymour Hersh, has reported on several occasions that US operatives are at work within Iran, supporting the MEK terrorist group. All of this is aimed at undermining the last regional power that stands against US control of the Middle East. Meanwhile, the US's largest military base, known to some as Israel, continues to threaten Iran and stage aggressive 'exercises' with US-Israeli bombers.Throughout this, as always, the UK meekly 'rides pillion'.And we wonder why Iranians are suspicious and while the Mullahs are able to persuade much of he population that they need them for protection. Wed 24 Jun 2009 17:19:01 GMT+1 amer05 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=24#comment9 BBC broadcast has been very partial and one sided. they dreamt a dream with British foreign office to bring a revolution in Iran and then Some BBC reprter will walk infront of millions of iranians to announce that BBC hard work, persian service and its army of reporters are at last successful to bring a change>>>>Please try to be impartial. HOw you can justify and support these hundereds of youg people who are burning buses, looting shops, damaging the country infrastructure. Khamanaei said a very sensible thing" follow the law. that is the right place to show your displeasure and complain" what was wrong with that. lot of people who supported MUsavi are now becoming suspicioius of him as well of his very suspicious role in this whole drama. Wed 24 Jun 2009 17:15:32 GMT+1 KenMaynard http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=21#comment8 OK the goverment has done a U turn on the Iraqi enquiry with respect to its openness and now apportionment of blame but we still need:-- some element of oath to prevent any attempt for the witnesses to be less than open and honest- an interim report to be published before the next spring to ensure that it is available to the electorate before the next election to help them make an informed decision. Wed 24 Jun 2009 17:09:42 GMT+1 normanmugabe http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=18#comment7 Iran has an abundant supply of oil. Oil in itself can be used as a weapon. Kissinger said: "Food is power." Oil too. The Iranians think nuclear weapons will protect them plus giving them clout with the rest of the world. America and Britain aren't going to do anything about this other than the odd dirty trick here and there. The Israelies have left it far too late. But if Iran cuts off the oil supply to Europe, Iran will discover that a German-led Europe will not be as indecisive as Mr. Brown and President Obama are. Wed 24 Jun 2009 17:02:45 GMT+1 JayBee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=16#comment6 I'm no religious expert, but isn't Islam about peaceful living? British reporters are not (and never have been) perfect conveyors of the facts, but mostly,they do their honest best if allowed to.Is there any real evidence about the weapons being supplied allegedly by UK?If so, let's have it. Wed 24 Jun 2009 17:02:19 GMT+1 JayBee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=13#comment5 The BBC is impartial - and none more than the presenter of tonight's programme; however, I would have insisted that the Iranian specialist commentator give specifics about his so called "evidence" of interference from the UK Govt/BBC. It's still not too late!And didn't they actually BAN reporting, unless it was of official meetings..? Wed 24 Jun 2009 16:58:15 GMT+1 The Stainless Steel Cat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=10#comment4 Eddie,Thanks for demonstrating exactly what a sharp intake of breath sounds like. This is public service broadcasting at its best! Wed 24 Jun 2009 16:55:16 GMT+1 darkdesign http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=8#comment3 A BBC news report about news services that 'cosy up' to Obama.Really? Are you serious? Did someone disconnect the irony meter in your office today? Wed 24 Jun 2009 16:55:11 GMT+1 amer05 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=5#comment2 i am feeling so upset about your interview with some iranian representative and then JOhn lyon. few issues1--why you become so partial to interview iranian showing a very negative attitude for Iran 2-- how can you give a soft question to John Lyon . asking him nicely about his ideas. you should have questioned his integrity and his very partial anti iran broadcast from tehran . even in your interview he was extremly negative. 3-- what JOhn lyon and your other represe.. so anti iran and anti islam 4-- why to call the security services of one country " thug Besege" . who has given the right to your reporter to be judgmental . how do you know, they are thugs. !!!!just the last thing,,,, we can see behing your lines and sentences and lies. look back in the past and the people have been right Please help yourself and your colleagues to be impartial. it is the BBC which gets a bad name Wed 24 Jun 2009 16:39:23 GMT+1 DTraynier http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=2#comment1 It was interesting to listen to the remarks of that academic from Cambridge University in Massachusetts.Regardless of the specifics of the current situation, which are hard to know, it is entirely reasonable for the Iranians to be suspicious of the UK Govt. and the BBC.Iranians have long memories: they know that it was a US-UK coup that put the murderous Shah into power, a dictator whose secret police (Savak) murdered thousands. They may also know that the BBC cooperated by sending the signal that began the coup.Iranians might also wonder at precisely what the purpose of the BBC Persian TV channel is -given that it is partially funded by the British Foreign Office. How would we react if the Iranian Press TV started broadcasting over here?More generally, we can rely on the BBC to support British foreign policy and to frame stories to suit those objectives. The BBC's performance on Iraq was miserable and a major aid to that invasion. It's Iran coverage seems to be following the same pattern: giving the appearance of criticism and dissent while always accepting the fundamental premise that the UK Government is benevolent, disinterested and concerned only with promoting democracy abroad. Wed 24 Jun 2009 16:39:17 GMT+1 nikki noodle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/06/the_wimbledon_pm_glass_box_1.shtml?page=0#comment0 There's a lot of hot air today - inside and outside the House. Wed 24 Jun 2009 15:36:24 GMT+1