Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml en-gb 30 Fri 31 Jul 2015 11:39:47 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml thenicecatlady http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=94#comment17 Re SATS late results: I see another enquiry is to be set up to look into why the deadline could not be met. And BAlls says it is unsatisfactory and unnacceptable.Could we have an enquiry into the existance of the UK government. I'm not sure that the government actually exists. I think they are all holographic images coming from gruesome Gordie's candlelit cell in the depths of 10 Downing Street.If we could set up an enquiry bags I get to sit in on it so that I can earn vast amounts of money for doing absolutely nothing and then after several years coming out with a report that states the b......g obvious. Fri 04 Jul 2008 12:58:58 GMT+1 U11204129 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=88#comment16 Sorry, 16 is badly laid out. There are TWO links, both in blue. Fri 04 Jul 2008 12:36:49 GMT+1 U11204129 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=83#comment15 1. I'm sure you have all read this:- an assessment that stands up even with the Discussion added inAlso Robert Tait is talking Turkey today in the Grauniad at which adds to editorials and articles earlier in the week(I forgot to say that the stuff at 14, here, on Evan Davis was a Grauniad report)Shouldn't PM be CONCENTRATING on these attacks on majority rule? Turkey is a proto Europe member. The West's disregard for democracy which delivers the 'wrong' results gets closer to us here, every day we neglect the defence of majority voting everywhere, including Turkey.The Wiki article raises interesting questions about secular 'rational' opinion (does it have the right to criticise... any other belief system) under Attaturk's crazy pro West so-called 'Constitution'. 2. Yesterday, Brent Crude hit a new high. The FTSE went up a percentage point and a half. (The Brent Crude (then) high was the reason given by PM for the massive FTSE falls the day before) Today Brent is off its high but the FTSE is 80 points down.Shouldn't PM stop looking for rhyme or reason in this chaotic system and find some economists who can explain how to replace chaotic and mad markets with sane and sensible economic and financial planning? Fri 04 Jul 2008 12:35:19 GMT+1 Roger Sawyer http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=77#comment14 Hello All,Thanks for all your comments. A shame that the MPs vote on their expenses, as opposed to their pay rise, came too just late for us to get on air.As it was, it was hard to decide whether to lead with the economy or the murders of the two French students. In the end, the fact that we got the IMF on how the global economic problems were affecting developing countries swung it for me... though I thought the director of the engineering college where the two victims had been studying in France was rather compelling too.mittf (@12)... are you sure about the size of a rugby (union) pitch? I played the game for more years than I care to remember... and I can't recall having to cover THAT much ground. Or maybe I just let others do the running.All the bestRog Fri 04 Jul 2008 12:21:25 GMT+1 U11204129 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=72#comment13 The BBC's former economics editor Evan Davis said today journalists could have done more to warn the public about the credit crunch that triggered the current housing price crash and general financial turmoil.Davis, now a presenter on BBC Radio 4's Today, said the media may have helped drive up the market by over-reporting statistics on rising house prices in run up to last summer's credit crunch crisis."I do ask whether we did our best to warn people of impending problems during the upswing of the [economic] cycle," Davis said at the Radio Festival in Glasgow today."My line is 'My God, we tried' but when everything is going well people don't want to hear it. We suffered from giving warnings a bit too early in the whole cycle. "If, like me, you were saying in 2002/03, 'remember folks, house prices can go down as well as up', by 2005 that warning was beginning to lose a bit of credibility," he added."We did warn them but didn't warn sufficiently loudly or clearly, and might have warned a little too early." Davis, who was interviewed by his BBC colleague Jeremy Vine in Glasgow, said the media may also have helped inflate the market by reporting on every new house price survey – even when several of them were coming out in the same week."There was a period when online – not just online and not just the BBC – when house price stories were very interesting," he added."If you report the same thing five times then it sounds like they are going up even more. We in the end drive these things up just as the media did in the dotcom boom," Davis said.Yeah, well, Evan, if you say the same is true of papaer assets, wait for the sarky reply from Roger at the suggestion his pro-reporting of FTSE booms boosts his pension at the Beeb and does considerable economic harm.Eddie's (Ed to us in the no-no) blurb to the Box says 'the editor should comment'. Yes, but surely on the Comments (as well as the prog directly) if they're about the prog. If it's the editor's views on just the prog a dialogue space looks as if it's host to mere monologues.Editors' comments on Comments still seem in short supply. Fri 04 Jul 2008 11:24:37 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=66#comment12 nicoff, re standard unit of 'measurement'.surely this is x billion pounds stirling. this year it will be x, by 2010 it will be x + 8, by the time they are launched it will probably be x + 12!anyway why does the navy have to have aircraft?the raf does not have ships and the army hardly has any decent kit that is fit for purpose!why can't the armed forces stick to their designated tasks?.....mind you consider the considerable saving that could be made if all three services were scrapped and then reborn as 'marines'. one service fits all........now there's a thought. Fri 04 Jul 2008 10:27:53 GMT+1 mittfh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=61#comment11 According to Wikipedia, a tennis court is 78' long. If you're playing a singles match, then it's 27' wide, if you're playing doubles, it's 36' wide. The net is 3'6" high at the posts and 3'0" at the centre.Did you know: Approximately 28,123 kilograms (62,000 pounds) of strawberries and 7,000 litres (1,540 gallons) of cream are sold each year during the Championships.The problem with using football pitches as a measurement is that there isn't a single standard size.For international matches, the pitch is 110-120 yards long and 70-80 yards wide. For non-international matches, the pitch may be 100-130 yards long and 50-101 yards wide, provided it doesn't become square.As for other sports...A cricket pitch is about 22 yards long by 3' wide.A rugby league field is 122-133 yards long by 74 yards wide (approx - converted from metric).A rugby union field is up to 157 yards long by 76 yards wide. In both cases the distance between try-lines is always 109 yards (approx - converted from metric). Fri 04 Jul 2008 08:49:13 GMT+1 U11235707 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=55#comment10 The by election caused by David Davis' moral stand, is extremely important. The issue of 'excessive' government which the 42 day bill, exposes.This tired government, dragging its incumbent baggage of neurotic misanthropes, is desperately trying to win popularity by appealing to fear, their only currency.It's no surprise then that the official Labour party is making a no show; but what of the unofficial Labour party?Jill Saward says "Put victims first".Put them before what: put them before due process; put them before the rights of all men? Seems to me to be a call for more draconian policing.If Jill loses her deposit, will the good people of Haltemprice and Howden, be accused "hatred and bile against women"? Thu 03 Jul 2008 17:31:27 GMT+1 AlbertTeddyBear http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=50#comment9 A word that was lost for a few hundred years and went away with the Pilgrim Fathers, and returned from America via Hollywood films in the Twenties, is "maybe." Thu 03 Jul 2008 16:48:01 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=44#comment8 As regards MPs being rewarded for their decisionmaking, I have to say that I think they should regard that as one of their bonuses, and not require additional remuneration.MPs appear to be forgetting that it is a privilege to serve your country in this way. Thu 03 Jul 2008 16:47:28 GMT+1 Nick Firth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=38#comment7 Can we have the size of those aircraft carriers in the standard unit of measurement, the football pitch, not tennis courts. Tch, 49 tennis courts, what's that...? Thu 03 Jul 2008 16:46:53 GMT+1 The Stainless Steel Cat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=33#comment6 Sequin,I think you'll find that "The Muffintops" was the name of a 1950's Watch With Mother programme, starring the love-children of Muffin The Mule and The Woodentops.(Spotty Dog was the *naughtiest* dog you ever did see...) Thu 03 Jul 2008 16:35:37 GMT+1 Hugh_Z_Hackenbach http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=27#comment5 Sorry, I meant National Minimum Wage. Thu 03 Jul 2008 16:29:30 GMT+1 Hugh_Z_Hackenbach http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=22#comment4 Shouldn’t MP’s salary be tied to the national average salary?They vote for both, afterall. Thu 03 Jul 2008 16:28:46 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=16#comment3 Newsletter arrived safely - if lately Thu 03 Jul 2008 15:56:09 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=11#comment2 Where's my newsletter! Have the rails to the south rusted over, Sequin? :o) Thu 03 Jul 2008 15:27:24 GMT+1 Hugh_Z_Hackenbach http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=5#comment1 SequinRe: Magna Carta - To curtail the powers of the mighty and bring all under law. Female Muslim councillor, Hasina Khan, claims to have a smear campaign against her by a few men in her local community in Chorley. She believes it is because she promotes views of ‘live and let live’ and respect for British culture. This has been going on for three years.A local iman, Dukandar Idris, feels she should have taken her grievance to the elders of the mosque rather than speak out. He also is reported to have said, “Because this is Britain, you cannot tell anyone what to do. I can tell my wife but cannot tell other women, ‘You cannot do this or that’”The Magna Carta was revised and reissued a number of times in its history. Isn’t it time it was revised and reissued again, stating what a free Englishman is guaranteed as an individual and regardless who your spouse is? Thu 03 Jul 2008 15:07:58 GMT+1 Hugh_Z_Hackenbach http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/07/glass_box_for_thursday_1.shtml?page=0#comment0 SequinExcellant newsletter. I read the article on the two french students this morning followed by another about hoe police sargeants spend almost 50% of their time filling in paperwork. One said "Click, click, tap, tap, tap best describes my job".You can thrust as many statistics in front of the public as you like but is meaningless when you read, or worst, affected by crime. Thu 03 Jul 2008 14:32:54 GMT+1