Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml en-gb 30 Sun 24 May 2015 13:12:22 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml davmcn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=98#comment87 I used to know a Phil Oxera. Grew roses, he did. Sun 08 Aug 2010 10:03:27 GMT+1 davmcn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=97#comment86 AN 83, It makes people get overexcited as well. Sun 08 Aug 2010 10:02:38 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=96#comment85 typos = have ordinary bloodtripos = Oxbrigde nonsense Sat 07 Aug 2010 23:12:20 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=95#comment84 84. ExpectingtheEnd"Why do I pick out Oxbrdige?"Because you can't spell? Sat 07 Aug 2010 21:53:03 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=94#comment83 78Well, so far so good. The posts relevant to this debate, which I see as centrally about the myth of ability as distict from educational endowments, will appear piecemeal on FB (with luck!!!) and I will link to them fromn here.For me toffs and banksters can do proper jobs without social cost.For Dorling elitism preserves wealth and income inequalitiesFor me it preserves work inequalities too. To quote Dorling and do nothing about work inequalities it is to be elitist.Equality is not something you need a professor or an IPPR spokesperson to support you in believing. That sort of elitism creates the problem that equality becomes Equality, a Special Option at......Oxbridge, which 'very few' have the 'ability' to understand and even fewer to act on****.Well, Oxbridge 'PPE' is currently getting the press it deserves.And of course the 'museum' subjects too evidently do little more than provide arcane ways for the elite to hold on to and extend their privileges.But I'll give you good evidence in the sciences and mathematics too if I manage to find ways that are not 'potentially defammatory'Why do I pick out Oxbrdige? Because from Thatcher to DC-NC we have suffered their production of mountebanks for too long. PS I'm optomistic because of the Beach.****I'm reminded of the sort of ex-theology student who knew Christ slightly at Cambridge Sat 07 Aug 2010 17:59:25 GMT+1 Alan_N http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=93#comment82 That too?? Is there no end to the dastardlyness of this organism? Sat 07 Aug 2010 12:46:21 GMT+1 davmcn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=92#comment81 AN 75, Phylloxera can cause that... Sat 07 Aug 2010 11:35:04 GMT+1 artifus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=90#comment80 http://www.ucl.ac.uk/whitehallII/history Sat 07 Aug 2010 02:47:08 GMT+1 artifus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=89#comment79 http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/07/happiness-and-money-2/ Sat 07 Aug 2010 02:04:04 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=88#comment78 78. ExpectingtheEnd129. At 5:21pm on 04 Aug 2010, ExpectingtheEnd wrote:This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules. Fri 06 Aug 2010 17:18:24 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=87#comment77 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/05/the_furrowed_brow_76.shtml#P99106341describes very clearly why Oxbridge is NOT picking out the most talented but is in fact picking out the most privileged.With names, ranks and numbersDespite much of this being in the public domain, and described by the very people themselves that I pick out, the material is regarded as 'potentially defammatory'However there is some hope notwithstanding that the post may yet be published in some form or another. The link, which is to the 10th or 11th version of the post, was referred some time ago..Now that I am in preMod different versions of it might be accepted. There is some evidence for this in respect of some posts of mine treated similarly on the Beach.The beauty of it is that once passed by Mods a post can't be re-referred (I think)So, some time this weekend I'll repost and link to it from here below.But not now - I've got 150 miles to drive to the....Beach!!(Some Beach stuff referred before I was in pre-Mod was removed as Off Topic but the pre-Mod process has accepted major parts of it in other posts) Fri 06 Aug 2010 17:01:09 GMT+1 artifus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=86#comment76 http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2010/08/03/ruling-planet-earth-is-a-chore-says-secret-reptilian-illuminati/ Fri 06 Aug 2010 16:47:56 GMT+1 Redheylin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=85#comment75 the truth Fri 06 Aug 2010 16:32:29 GMT+1 Alan_N http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=84#comment74 74 - It still makes me wake up in a cold sweat!;-) Fri 06 Aug 2010 16:23:04 GMT+1 davmcn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=82#comment73 AN 58, That's why they grow roses at the end of rows of grapes in France to warn them of diseases. It hits the roses first. They still remember phylloxera. Fri 06 Aug 2010 16:20:09 GMT+1 Alan_N http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=81#comment72 Of course. I had a place at Kings Cambridge to read molecular genetics, but Media Studies at Thames Poly was a much more worthy option;-) Fri 06 Aug 2010 16:07:25 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=80#comment71 Ah, but how he tells it, he got offered a place at Oxford that he turned down ;-) Fri 06 Aug 2010 16:01:01 GMT+1 Alan_N http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=79#comment70 70 - (It's because he got rejected by Oxford) Fri 06 Aug 2010 15:58:59 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=78#comment69 Careful, EtE, someone may think you've got a chip on your shoulder.... Oh wait; you have... Fri 06 Aug 2010 15:51:01 GMT+1 The Intermittent Horse http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=77#comment68 Isn't it nice to see the FTSE well above the psychologically important 5300 mark?Banks doing well also - got to be good. Fri 06 Aug 2010 15:45:04 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=76#comment67 65And the bigger one by far if those jobs you mention were announced as to be performned by the intergenerationally idle aristo bankster Oxbridge brigade of blackguards, who have lived off the rest of us for centuries, whilst the money spent on their mis-education, teaching them how to protect and extend their privelges, etc, was divided up amongst the people you want to empty your bins for you for their real education in management and executive skills. And if they could hear over the thunder of feet in runs on the banks, that their income would be exactly the average....world wide. Fri 06 Aug 2010 15:06:21 GMT+1 artifus http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=75#comment66 66 - lost faith in the money god many moons ago and did not experience panic, but an ever increasing sense of hopelessness slowly eroding away what is left of my faith in humanity.mass panic in the uk? what's that like, then? collective tutting and sighing?:o) Fri 06 Aug 2010 14:42:56 GMT+1 Riv96 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=73#comment65 I think that mass panic might occur if we all woke up one morning and had lost faith in the concept of money. After all it is merely a way of taking up the slack in value between people and institutions and is something we believe in in the same way as any other religion. Fri 06 Aug 2010 11:16:05 GMT+1 Matthew 1964 Cambridge http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=72#comment64 How about suggesting that everyone claiming benefits should do community work such as cleaning road signs, picking up litter or doing jobs related to their skills for the council, so they are at least doing something positive to earn the money they are given.Perhaps those that are simply living off the state because they don't get enough if they got a job, or are just too lazy, will think twice.Now watch the mass panic as they look for some other way to avoid work!!! Thu 05 Aug 2010 20:25:21 GMT+1 Peter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=71#comment63 Start of suggested BBC disaster story. "Reports are reaching us that a number of foxes have come through the Channel Tunnel. Officials will not confirm that none of the animals is rabid, but stressed there is no cause for alarm."Dover and Folkestone would become instant ghost towns. Thu 05 Aug 2010 18:18:25 GMT+1 mga63morris http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=70#comment62 mass panic is endemic, widespread and dangerous - what else causedthe credit crunchthe gulf oil leak pogrom of BP executives in the light of the oil having dissappearedthe nonsense about GM food in europemacarthyism (reds under the bed)and the real witch hunts homophobia and persecutionislamophobia since 9/11Clever leaders know how to manipulate the levers of panic/hysteria of their followers hence1930s german antisemitismwidespread popular collusion with the UK "austerity" planthe 75 minute nuclear warning from iron age Iraque and popular collusion with its return to the stone ageI think mass panic is a dramatic interpretation (on film) of mass hysteria - as quite well recognised psychiatric phenomenon. Did you stop eating beef years after the last prion viruses had gone? Did you stop using aluminium cooking utensils after it was suggested they lead to dementia? How about a swine flu jab - or toxic antivirals for every snuffle last summer and autumn. Y2K???mark morrisps - we're all going to die! Thu 05 Aug 2010 18:07:22 GMT+1 Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=69#comment61 Alan@58: NO! That would be dire! Don't even think about it.Like that so many new bloggers have appeared on this thread - don't keep them in moderation too long. Some new flu scare - we've had Mad Cow, Bird Flu and Swine Flu - Horse Flu? Duck Flu? Oh no, they do that already... Fish Flu? Oh, some of them do that too... Snail Flu? Thu 05 Aug 2010 18:06:00 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=68#comment60 60. SidI meant 6.45 p.m. - or 18.45 if you prefer. Thu 05 Aug 2010 17:47:55 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=67#comment59 59. SidIt's now 16.45, by the way ... Thu 05 Aug 2010 17:46:39 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=65#comment58 As I said on the RNLI thread: 'And yet again the clunky BBC moderation process leaves us all wondering what these new bloggers (welcome, by the way) have to say.' There must be a better way, mustn't there? Thu 05 Aug 2010 17:45:23 GMT+1 Alan_N http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=64#comment57 A freak disease that kills all vines everywhere in the world. Thu 05 Aug 2010 17:43:37 GMT+1 Peg22 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=63#comment56 You just made me read a Daily Mail article, I'm feeling woozy. However, an interesting thing to note is that Churchill supposedly stated that this would make people question there faith. I think this lies at the heart of the matter. It's not about people panicing, which I too am highly sceptical about, it's about people starting to question authority and the status quo, their beloved institution etc. That's what the real cause for concern was. Thu 05 Aug 2010 17:37:03 GMT+1 nookybear http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=62#comment55 IF all of a sudden the mobile phone reception signal vanished and everyones mobley stopped workingOH WHAT JOY !!!!! Thu 05 Aug 2010 17:26:41 GMT+1 Mr Woof http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=61#comment54 London Metropolitan University was it? Is there some published research? Thu 05 Aug 2010 17:11:59 GMT+1 pirate phil http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=60#comment53 the cancelation of Eastenders/coronation St or all TV. Thu 05 Aug 2010 17:09:58 GMT+1 Ian Harris http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=59#comment52 PM to get two hour slot Thu 05 Aug 2010 17:08:50 GMT+1 Julie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=57#comment51 Petrol supplies be cut off from midnight Thu 05 Aug 2010 17:04:27 GMT+1 SirStarryKnight http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=56#comment50 Abrupt and permanent closure of all Tesco shops. Thu 05 Aug 2010 16:59:02 GMT+1 Adrian_Atterbury http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=55#comment49 Mass panic? This isn't Italy. I suppose if the British public got wind of a bargain somewhere that they were in danger of missing. Thu 05 Aug 2010 16:57:04 GMT+1 mike http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=54#comment48 i think that a new single from chas and dave ? well say no more !!!! Thu 05 Aug 2010 16:54:03 GMT+1 IMOORE http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=53#comment47 I should have thought that panic buying was anything but panic (uncontrollable fear) but a rational response to a predicted shortage. Thu 05 Aug 2010 16:52:38 GMT+1 Adrie van der Luijt http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=52#comment46 Mass panic during the Dutch National WW2 Remembrance Service in Amsterdam, after a drug addict started yelling incoherently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cEQp8OQj2Y&feature=related Thu 05 Aug 2010 16:49:35 GMT+1 ruthirata http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=51#comment45 a government (of any persuasion, to keep the balanced view) that had an idea about governing. Thu 05 Aug 2010 16:48:34 GMT+1 Taggingalong http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=50#comment44 Correct spelling and punctuation becoming compulsory Thu 05 Aug 2010 16:47:00 GMT+1 Robin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=48#comment43 The BBC news being outsourced to FOX (you really need to have lived in America to feel the pain in this) Thu 05 Aug 2010 16:45:40 GMT+1 Robin http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=47#comment42 Another 10 years of Labor Thu 05 Aug 2010 16:43:26 GMT+1 davmcn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=46#comment41 Corked wine and moldy wafers? Thu 05 Aug 2010 16:43:13 GMT+1 Taggingalong http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=45#comment40 Complete failure of all mobile phone networks. Thu 05 Aug 2010 16:42:28 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=44#comment39 Sid (33) That'll NEVER happen, you know that! Thu 05 Aug 2010 15:52:19 GMT+1 Alan_N http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=43#comment38 Loss of the recipie for chicken tikka mosala Thu 05 Aug 2010 15:04:11 GMT+1 AmbassadorDelenn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=42#comment37 mittfh @36, One of them could do The Weather while the other was over on Long Wave doing the Shipping Forecast I suppose. Thu 05 Aug 2010 14:59:19 GMT+1 The Stainless Steel Cat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=40#comment36 Seriously then...A virulent virus, not one with ready made vaccines that just needed to be adapted to a new strain, but something actually new and very contagious. Public transport would be deserted, potential carriers would be shunned or even attacked.A massive solar storm wiping out power and communications - without the now-normal information overload, reassurances would fall on deaf ears (those few ears they reached). Markets would crash, the ever-popular just-in-time delivery system which all businesses seem to use now would collapse, shops would be empty in a day leading to looting and violence.An unstable country actually setting off a nuclear device in a populated area.Evidence of aliens.Evidence of god/God/gods. Thu 05 Aug 2010 14:54:40 GMT+1 mittfh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=39#comment35 Re: Post 35 (AmbassadorDelenn)Never mind Lembit - what about his former Romanian lover (and her sister)? Thu 05 Aug 2010 14:53:43 GMT+1 AmbassadorDelenn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=38#comment34 "... and as this is my last time hosting PM, from me, Eddie Mair, goodnight! Lembit Opik will be here from Monday ....." Thu 05 Aug 2010 14:47:22 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=37#comment33 15. ExpectingtheEndIf it has to be 'Stephan', it should really be 'Frei'. Thu 05 Aug 2010 14:42:32 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=36#comment32 I'd panic if he wrote something sensible! Thu 05 Aug 2010 14:40:39 GMT+1 mittfh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=35#comment31 How about a certain regular blogger whose posts are apparently now subject to premoderation taking over Today / TWAO / PM / the country? Thu 05 Aug 2010 14:38:07 GMT+1 nikki noodle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=34#comment30 A three or four hour national power 'outage' - crikey can you imagine it?! Pandemonium. Thu 05 Aug 2010 14:06:34 GMT+1 Anne P http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=32#comment29 All the GPS signals for satnavs going awol - lovely story locally today about lorry drivers going round and round in circles because a roundabout has been remodelled but their instructions are still telling them to take the third exit which no longer exists! Thu 05 Aug 2010 14:06:27 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=31#comment28 Headline announcements:'Rich even richer, poor even poorer, more starving dying.''Planet boiling'Don't worry. We won't turn a hair. Thu 05 Aug 2010 14:04:12 GMT+1 Anne P http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=30#comment27 The entire mobile phone network breaking down. Thu 05 Aug 2010 14:03:52 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=29#comment26 The entire internet system breaking down. Thu 05 Aug 2010 14:01:40 GMT+1 Anne P http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=28#comment25 Interesting question - is there any equivalent of the Orson Wells War of the World scenario that would fool us today?Much more likely to be something mundane like no petrol in the pumps or no water in the taps - under those circumstances the veneer of civilisation usually turns out to be pretty thin. Thu 05 Aug 2010 14:00:42 GMT+1 Kath http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=27#comment24 Your headline last night. ----"In the past few minutes we have heard" --what? North Korea has invaded the South? --the national anthem is to be replaced by Cliff's Congratulations at the 2012 Olympics? No --it is indeed the dire news that another cloned beast has found its way into the food chain!!!!! Should we initiate a mass purge just in case --Then Eddie asks the question -"Isn't this just a fuss about nothing?" Thu 05 Aug 2010 13:56:19 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=26#comment23 16Yeah, you'd get a free copy at the airport and muzak would play it 24/7.Meanwhile all we have ishttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbajf_rHzys&feature=related Thu 05 Aug 2010 13:55:55 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=25#comment22 The Professoriate from the Oxbridge P, P and E Departments admit their degrees are rubbish.'We're rubbish up against a woman with a chemistry degree. For 25 years now we've just got our students to read her every word' Thu 05 Aug 2010 13:49:53 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=23#comment21 PM attacks a Lib Dem politician. Thu 05 Aug 2010 13:46:21 GMT+1 cleverelliejo http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=22#comment20 A severe food shortage would have people fighting in the aisles of the Supermarkets.re. M. 6If foreigners are the ones that panic, it must be time to worry, as there is enough of them here. Thu 05 Aug 2010 13:42:56 GMT+1 The Intermittent Horse http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=21#comment19 Sid - What if a compulsory Daily Mail gave away free CDs of Cliff's new release? Thu 05 Aug 2010 13:36:35 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=20#comment18 A Midsommer Murderer gets away with it. Thu 05 Aug 2010 13:34:20 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=19#comment17 The Ftse falling to its proper value. Thu 05 Aug 2010 13:29:07 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=18#comment16 PM exploiting the gap between how it is and how we might be persuaded to think it might be. From ONE beachhttp://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harrymount/100045673/the-royal-national-lifeboat-institution-is-ruining-a-beautiful-welsh-beach/tohttp://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/the_rnli_ruining_britains_beac.shtmlStill, PM thinks it knows about Beaches Thu 05 Aug 2010 13:27:04 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=17#comment15 Horse - I'm torn between your 2 and your 14 ... either could have me fishing out my passport. Thu 05 Aug 2010 13:24:03 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=15#comment14 Stephan Fry taking over Tonight, AQ, The One Show, PM, WAO and Today.The regular announcement 'It's only for the summer' might not be effective. Thu 05 Aug 2010 13:21:21 GMT+1 The Intermittent Horse http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=14#comment13 A new law obliging everyone over 16 to read the Daily Mail every day. Thu 05 Aug 2010 13:06:00 GMT+1 Sindy http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=13#comment12 ' ... and now back to the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown ...' Thu 05 Aug 2010 13:04:44 GMT+1 AmbassadorDelenn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=12#comment11 Most of the things that become headline news in some of the tabloid newspapers (if you believe the headline news in those same tabloid newspapers, that is.....) Thu 05 Aug 2010 12:59:09 GMT+1 theotherdaughter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=11#comment10 Return of the poll tax. Thu 05 Aug 2010 12:54:13 GMT+1 Looternite http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=10#comment9 9. annaseeThey already do, but because it is the BBC these adverts are called "trailers". ;-) Thu 05 Aug 2010 12:39:55 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=9#comment8 The news that, in an attempt to appeal to a wider audience and to balance the books at the BBC, Radio 4 is to carry 15 minutes' advertising every hour. Thu 05 Aug 2010 12:35:32 GMT+1 mittfh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=7#comment7 The outcome of the October Spending Review?Or perhaps if the OBR decide that deficit reduction is proceeding slower than planned, so Georgie decides that departments have to shave an average of 40% rather than the 20-25% they're already being encouraged to.Alternatively, reports of a deadly strain of influenza invading our shores. The media certainly attempted to create mass panic during H1N1 (and to a lesser extent H5N1), and during both those outbreaks and FMD, matters weren't helped by DEFRA policies (FMD in particular - slaughter all animals on any farm where an infected animal is found and burn the carcasses - I think at one stage they were advocating doing this on neighbouring farms as well) Thu 05 Aug 2010 12:19:49 GMT+1 Looternite http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=6#comment6 What would cause mass panic today?I would say a half price sale at Primark! :-) Thu 05 Aug 2010 12:15:56 GMT+1 IMOORE http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=5#comment5 Nothing, people might get mildly annoyed at being denied their daily fix of their soap, but panic? No, the British don't panic that's something foreigners do. Thu 05 Aug 2010 12:00:55 GMT+1 Galahad http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=4#comment4 A lack of a scientific education among MPs and journalists would result in an inability to distinguish facts from non-news, PR drivel, propoganda and outright lies.This would lead to a worrying tendency for the media and governments (and most of the public) to ignore REAL experts, with the risk that a glut of misinformation could result in a panicking public making foolish decisions such as not giving our children MMR vaccines, questioning the science behind global warming or supporting war in the middle east...We should be grateful that an informed government and a watchful media has saved us from these eventualities. Thu 05 Aug 2010 11:52:06 GMT+1 Bizzie Lizzie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=3#comment3 Cloned killer bees - from France. Thu 05 Aug 2010 11:51:35 GMT+1 JackR http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=2#comment2 Peter Mandelson or Jeffrey Archer as Prime Minister (trying to keep it balanced). Thu 05 Aug 2010 11:48:11 GMT+1 The Intermittent Horse http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=1#comment1 A new single by Cliff Richard. Thu 05 Aug 2010 11:44:55 GMT+1 Looternite http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/08/what_would_cause_mass_panic.shtml?page=0#comment0 Silly season is upon us I see. Thu 05 Aug 2010 11:43:05 GMT+1