Comments for en-gb 30 Sun 31 Aug 2014 11:38:45 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at John Macdonald There seems to be an obsession developing amongst manufactureres of cleaning products around killing germs. It started with good old bleach and has moved on to hand cleaner, mouthwash, kitchen wipes and even laundry powder now. My worry is this- all the adverts claim their products kill 99.9% of bacteria. Are we in danger of the resistant 0.1% getting together and becoming the prevalent population? Against which we have no defence. I know the British Standard for fly spray insists that not a single fly remains of the 5000 test flies used, to avoid this resistance issue, but we don't seem to be concerned about bacteria despite current problems with antibiotic resistance. Or am I worrying needlessly? Wed 14 Apr 2010 22:24:14 GMT+1 davmcn Ln 40, That would get to the root of it. Wed 14 Apr 2010 13:39:57 GMT+1 jonnie It's Ahem! BBC Policy I believe. Wed 14 Apr 2010 00:02:25 GMT+1 Alan_N I take it that the absence of the PM Glass Box means that they don't care what we think of the programme? Tue 13 Apr 2010 17:24:33 GMT+1 Jonathan Morse Fox hunting was in Labour's manifesto to appease its supporters, just as tax breaks for married, childless (and with children) couples is in the Tory manifesto. It was debated more because the Tories have a built in veto in the Lords, a veto that wasn't used to stop us going into Iraq - too many shareholders in arms companies I suspect. Tue 13 Apr 2010 17:10:56 GMT+1 Jonathan Morse Parents want good schools for their kids but they don't want to be parent governors so are they not more likely to complain but not involve themselves? Tue 13 Apr 2010 17:07:34 GMT+1 Jonathan Morse We ask if they're all lying to us - is this community stuff just to distract us and/or the professional commentators? Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:59:21 GMT+1 davmcn LM 36, Did they specify fox hunting? Might be elephants. Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:58:46 GMT+1 Jonathan Morse Those people we call thugs who harass the elderly, the weak, the disabled and their parents, aren't they just getting involved in their community and trying to do so in their own way? Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:58:15 GMT+1 Gillianian It's very annoying not to have today's Glass Box up and running - it's always better for me to strike while the iron's hot!Thereas May made me laugh out loud - she has no conception of the real world if she believes that putting up the price of alcohol will stop binge-drinking! How quaintly simplistic she is.As for people'll come down to the same little cliques jumping on their favourite'll be the same small group of folk who currently sit on school boards, who are the same folk who fund-raise for the local hospice, who are the same folk who volunteer to help out with Cubs and Brownies.....Eddie, your question about why more people aren't doing it already was spot on, and of course Theresa May didn't have an answer for it! Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:55:30 GMT+1 RxKaren (36) Agreed. The last anti-social drinker I looked after used to binge on gin. Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:49:48 GMT+1 MoC Aaaarrrggghh!Do you need to have a brain-ectomy in order to join UKIP?I can't believe that Campbell-Bannerman is possibly slightly more lightweight than Dave-boy and he's their policy wonk!Eddie, you must have amazing control over your laughter reflex: well-pinned. Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:42:07 GMT+1 Looternite 30. davmcnThis incident that you are eluding to where two naked men confronted Esther Rantzen, perhaps they wanted to show her that they had genitals that looked like vegetables! :-) Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:35:59 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus Hunting?Sarah Palin and hunting from a helicopter? Hunting Iraqis on the ground from a helicopter?Being decapitated by a hunt sabaoteur flying a Gyrocopter?Fox hunting?Foxes? It's not about animal welfare is it?I'm not pro fox hunting, but it's another case of this government and their unhealthy addiction to creating new legislation while being unable to enforce or effectively use existing laws. Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:29:10 GMT+1 MoC Blimey, T. May is muddled out of her brain and she is one of the more sensible members of Dave-boy's entourage.Extra tax on high alcohol cider and lager? How about extra tax on my own favourite malt or cognac?No - is it because I is not working-class, Theresa? Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:21:09 GMT+1 davmcn Theresa may what? That's what I'd like to know.Or, "I'm going to answer your question my way.", then don't answer it. Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:20:39 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus Eddie's right. High strength alcohol is a wrong turn. They'll drink anything.Theresa May is correct about shops selling booze. I had experience on that last week.Free vote on hunting?How can we push democracy on Iraq and Afghanistan when we spent more time debating fox hunting than the illegal invasion of Iraq?Fox hunting? That wasn't even on the first page of things that needed fixing in this country was it? Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:20:22 GMT+1 davmcn Ln 33, We are all noodie under our clothes. Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:13:27 GMT+1 davmcn Ever notice how politicians say, "I was just going to answer the question you asked.", then don't? Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:12:22 GMT+1 Looternite 30. davmcnI am not a noodie, cheeky sod! :-) Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:07:55 GMT+1 davmcn re 28, Well, almost anybody. Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:07:25 GMT+1 xmarksthespot Eddie during the run up to May 6th are you going to explore further Dave's propsal to abdicate responsibility for schools and let the masses run them? John Humphries had a good scoff at it this morning but it is surely madness. It rather exposes the idea that old Etonians aren't the best judges of how to improve the variable quality of maintained schools. Does he really think the solution in part is to let the man on the Clapham omnibus and his wife have a go - as if he had time.... Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:02:29 GMT+1 davmcn fJd 29, They aren't running in St Albans. But they are in Luton South along with everybody you can think of, including the Noodie Party with Looter as candidate. Tue 13 Apr 2010 16:00:42 GMT+1 funnyJoedunn This post has been Removed Tue 13 Apr 2010 15:56:13 GMT+1 davmcn It's worth voting for anybody other that the Tories to keep them from giving a free vote on hunting with animals. Tue 13 Apr 2010 15:54:53 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus Tue 13 Apr 2010 14:45:05 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus,news-comment,news-politics,did-who-cry-wolf-with-its-swine-flu-alerts-pandemic-h1n1Eddie any chance you could play that bit from Any Questions where Harman or another former Blair Babe scoffed at the comments about the Swine Flu call centre with 'Don't come crying to us when you're ill with Swine Flu'?Will ditching Brown and Labour mean the end of the climate of fear? Tue 13 Apr 2010 14:21:07 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus 'Our police'? Yes Gordon's police that had Chief Constables lobbying MPs over the 42 detention of suspected terrorists at the behest of the Home Office?Our police, or your police Gordon?What's the Home Office getting Chief Constables to lobby MPs over the 42 days detention of suspected terrorists got to do with serving their communities?The police? Just another part of Brown's second rate facsimile of the former Eastern Bloc? Tue 13 Apr 2010 14:12:58 GMT+1 MoC Are we REALLY all in this together?Will Cameron stop all MPs of all parties from holding Directorships?Oh - hang on! That's what IKEA government is all about - if WE do all the work it gives Dave-boy, Rodney Osborne, Trigger Cashtoff et al plenty of free time to concentrate on further grooming their personal wealth.D'oh! Tue 13 Apr 2010 13:04:46 GMT+1 SirStarryKnight Do you suppose we're nearing the day when military engagement will be permitted during office hours only, and every tank going into battle will be equipped with a creche? And is air-freshener permitted on submarines, for when little Johnny does a Number Two?Time for my medication, perhaps ... Tue 13 Apr 2010 12:35:08 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus Gordon Brown - 'Failing hospitals will be taken over by neighbouring better performing trusts. Police forces that fail to properly serve their communities will be taken over by neighbouring constabularies.'What about measures to ensure that failing governments with ineffectual cabinets get taken over when they fail to represent the electorate? Tue 13 Apr 2010 12:11:22 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus Are the fines to those two chaps that lied about the number of mortgages in arrears at Northern Rock enough?How many other former Directors of other High Street lenders have committed the same offence and also need fining?What punishment should the FSA get for failing to keep tabs on Northern Rock? Tue 13 Apr 2010 12:08:46 GMT+1 MoC I am considering reporting Quentin Letts to the authorities for incitement to racial hatred based on his column today.Any advice to help ensure a speedy conviction?And, since David Cameron has invited me to be the government, I'll start with introducing compulsory exile for Letts and Lord Cashtoff.Also - if I am to be allowed to veto high council tax increases, am I also allowed to veto low council tax increases? Eddie - I'd appreciate a clear question asked of Cameron: are we all in this together or are we only allowed to play if we are ideologically right-wing and hard-of-thinking? Tue 13 Apr 2010 11:42:15 GMT+1 Roger Sawyer Hello All...PM's sister programme, the World At One, will be holding its first Election Call of the campaign today... when you can put comments and questions to party leaders seeking your votes on May the 6th. We kick off with the Plaid Cymru and Scottish National Party leaders, Ieuan Wyn Jones and Alex Salmond. They'll be on hand to take your calls about the campaigns in Wales and Scotland - and how they impact on the UK. They're both hoping for a hung parliament and are committed to an alliance in Westminster to prevent cuts in public spending in Wales and Scotland. The lines are open now for Election Call at 1.30pm. The number to phone is: 03700 100 444.Here's the bit about cost:Calls will cost the same as dialling 01 or 02 numbers - mobile charges may vary. And presumably you'll seek permission from the bill payer before calling?Take care everyone...Rog Tue 13 Apr 2010 10:55:55 GMT+1 terryindorset Why does the BBC feel the need to massage employees egos? The fact that someone is leaving a well-heeled BBC job for another in an Oxford college is of little national import & in my view doesn't warrant being a news item let alone a toadying interview from John Humphries. I expected better of him in view of his recent grilling of Gordon Brown. This country has gone down the sewer & we got this mind-numbing interview instead of a grotesque banker or politician on the spit. Public service? That's a joke. The BBC is a self-serving mafia - nothing more. Tue 13 Apr 2010 10:47:31 GMT+1 davmcn G 14, If it works: Tue 13 Apr 2010 09:12:43 GMT+1 Sindy Galahad - yes. Tue 13 Apr 2010 09:03:01 GMT+1 Ellis P Otter 11 - No-one should be concerned that their vote will be traced as we hold your welfare at heart. We will look after you.We are in control.;-) Tue 13 Apr 2010 08:59:37 GMT+1 Galahad The film "I Love You Phillip Morris", starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor has recently been released in the UK, to fairly warm reviews.I see that the distributors have decided not to release it in the US as they feel that the gay themes will not be acceptable to american audiences.Is this further proof that people in the UK are more socially liberal / civilised than in the US, or is it a sign of our moral degeneracy? Tue 13 Apr 2010 08:57:02 GMT+1 davmcn Well, I guess we all agree on that. Even Sid... Tue 13 Apr 2010 08:57:00 GMT+1 jonnie Thank you, David, Sid, TIH- that's clarified that one. Tue 13 Apr 2010 08:56:55 GMT+1 The Intermittent Horse QuestionWhen I go to vote, the polling staff always write my electoral number on the ballot paper counterfoil. Surely this means that it is not a secret ballot because you could match my ballot paper with its counterfoil and find out how I voted? AnswerIt is true that votes could be traced but, in reality, the Returning Officer has to keep these documents in separate sealed containers. There are 2 reasons for putting this number on the ballot paper counterfoil: •It shows exactly which ballot papers have been officially issued by polling staff. If fake ballot papers are found in the ballot box, they could be identified. •To allow an Election Court to investigate in cases of impersonation and decide which votes should be allowed or disallowed. A court order would be required to open the 2 sealed containers. No-one should be concerned that their vote will be traced. Tue 13 Apr 2010 08:49:06 GMT+1 Sindy jonnie - I believe that is the case. Tue 13 Apr 2010 08:42:05 GMT+1 Ellis P Otter 5 - jonnie, you wil notice when you vote that your electoral role nmber is recorded against the number of the ballot slip you are issued.So, yes, it could be traced back to you. I have no idea whether this has ever been done. Tue 13 Apr 2010 08:41:35 GMT+1 davmcn jonnie 5, But I don't think they keep them forever. Tue 13 Apr 2010 08:41:15 GMT+1 davmcn jonnie 5, Yes, they can. Don't believe what anybody else says.Sid, Democracy at work: somebody tried to knock down our posterboard last night. (photo available)(of the board, that is, not the knocker-downer) Tue 13 Apr 2010 08:40:23 GMT+1 jonnie die = due (sorry) Tue 13 Apr 2010 08:30:14 GMT+1 jonnie On a Radio phone-in on LBC last night, a listener was worried that the ballot papers can be tied up subsequently to the person that filled it in, die to the unique numbers printed on the paper.Does anyone know if this is the case? Tue 13 Apr 2010 08:29:39 GMT+1 IMOORE 1.You wanted to have Conservatives interviewed by Humphrys, claiming bias because they hadn't, yet when you got your wish you claim bias because you think Humphrys went easy on him. I have a feeling nothing will satisfy you unless an interviewer employs a 1950's interviewing style with Labour politicians and ask them...'Minister what would like to say today'.PS Have you considered the possibility that Labour politicans found they got a hard time because they have such a terrible record to defend? Tue 13 Apr 2010 08:25:36 GMT+1 Mindclearly The Torys want us to elect a police officials for our regions if they become government. Is this, in a covert manner, introducing the system of elected officals with powers similar to an elected mayor? like those in Middlesbourogh and London? Tue 13 Apr 2010 08:12:57 GMT+1 Looternite So under the Tories we can expect "Post Code Lottery Gone Mad" to become a standard phrase. Tue 13 Apr 2010 07:42:29 GMT+1 Looternite In my independant opinion Humphrys this morning gave Hague an easy ride in his interview. Also Gary Richardson's interview was rubish, sorry Gary but the Today programme liteners don't give a monkey's who Andy Murray wants as Davis cup captain. Tue 13 Apr 2010 07:41:06 GMT+1