Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml en-gb 30 Thu 10 Jul 2014 07:52:00 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml U13928940 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=97#comment36 TRW (#25) I see you have yet to answer my #27. Any chance of an answer? Tue 12 May 2009 13:20:02 GMT+1 Chris Ghoti http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=94#comment35 This swine flu business has reminded me of something.A few years ago there was a really heavy fall of snow in the south-west of England, with communications cut, flocks of sheep having hay airlifted to them, all that sort of thing. It went on for a good week, and the then-government was so alarmed that they declared somebody the Minister for Snow so that he could be in charge of dealing with it.The following day all the snow started to melt, and three days later it was gone. Sun 10 May 2009 10:19:02 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=91#comment34 We have received neither flu leaflets (do they come wrapped in tissue paper?) nor voting cards.A hooray-henry at a rowing Regatta received the full force of my ''mother-quake'' yesterday. How dare he mock my (capsized) daughter and her crew?! Sun 10 May 2009 09:54:45 GMT+1 Cossackgirl http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=89#comment33 Well, we haven't had our swine flu leaflets either, but the voting cards have been here for days.I made a note of the blissful "wife-quake" and shall try to insinuate it into some future conversations - too good to waste! Sat 09 May 2009 15:15:43 GMT+1 Blogarooney http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=86#comment32 Today we received our voting cards. Hurrah! They caused great excitement in the house. Thanks Eddie for the couple of items on Friday on the Euro elections. Trouble is we still don't know diddly squat about who to vote for. We have not received any information about our candidates. For example we are keen to know how much they will be claiming on expenses if they are lucky enough to get in and where the best hotels and restaurants are in Brussels. We also haven't had our swine flu leaflet. Thankfully we think we may know what to do in the event that we get the sniffles. We have stockpiled emergency paper hankies from Waitrose. Sat 09 May 2009 14:00:33 GMT+1 Chris Ghoti http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=83#comment31 Happyhomeworker @ 31, to misquote the (apocryaphal) words of Mrs. Beeton, "first catch your postman".I'm not the only one, though; I know of two other households in two different other towns who haven't received these essential leaflets. Are people all over the country being paid to deliver them and simply putting them in a skip? I think we should be told. Fri 08 May 2009 17:35:51 GMT+1 Happyhomeworker http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=81#comment30 Chris (24) mine arrived in the hands of my lovely postman two days ago - so ask your postman! Fri 08 May 2009 15:54:17 GMT+1 Jonathan Marks http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=78#comment29 New warning on swine flu.I think it would be worth interviewing Hans Rosling in Sweden, the brains behind Gapminder.com, who is brilliant in explaining preconceived ideas. Look at his two talks on TED.com if you don't believe me.He has just issued a video on gapminder with a warning about how the media is distorting the mexican flu story - but using stats to back up his argument. Well worth watching - and doing a follow-up interview I would say.The video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8bUtbODV-Q Fri 08 May 2009 14:55:44 GMT+1 Thunderbird http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=75#comment28 Chris (24) are you feeliing left out?I got mine and it had a ten pound note in it! Fri 08 May 2009 14:51:51 GMT+1 Lady_Sue http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=72#comment27 Would like to second Chris: Darkdesign@21 'wife-quake' = genius. Fri 08 May 2009 14:43:32 GMT+1 U13928940 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=70#comment26 TRW #25, then I assume that when someone breaks into your house and steals your computer, on the grounds that they haven't got one, then you will not be reporting it to the police, or claiming on any insurance, and will fund the replacement out of your own pocket? Fri 08 May 2009 14:28:01 GMT+1 mittfh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=67#comment25 TRW@25 - laudable though your aims may be, for as long as political parties depend on donations from wealthy individuals to fund their election propaganda machines, we'll never see equality. Concessions will be made to ensure the poor get wealthier - but only as long as the rich get considerably more wealthy.Both parties are scared that if they had a genuine clampdown on the excesses of the rich, then the rich would no longer fund them, so they wouldn't be able to invoke a mass propaganda blitz during the run-up to the next election and stand a much higher chance of losing seats. That's the real reason, and not the "exodus of talent" the Tories keep harping on about. I'm sure most of the *real* talent in this country earns less than £30,000 per year.-oOo-As for the expenses claims, two points:a) Why is no-one taking a look into what the people on the other side of the aisle are claiming - or their business interests? I've a nagging susicion that they're exploiting the expenses and allowances system just as much as their colleagues...b) Yes, it is public money, but as a fraction of the national budget it's tiny. Corruption and politics go hand in hand - I'd challenge you to find a country where there wasn't corruption in politics to a greater or lesser extent... Fri 08 May 2009 14:07:38 GMT+1 U13879388 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=64#comment24 2.Yes. Stealing to establish equality may be illegal but it is not immoralThis lot with their chains of homes to be refurbished should be run out of town on a rail.4.The gap between rich and poor is greater than at any time since the 1960s. (I echo that! Let 20 millio0n voters change it)---------------------------------------The gap is increasing as the rich cash in on the new speculative bubble in shares, here and AmericaOh, no! Not all over again!The specualtive bubbles, the rich getting even richer by declaring themselves so ('My shares are worth 1 per cent more every day').The borrowing against nothing, the false optimism ('It'll go on forever. Our assets daily increasing in value. THe crash will never come')But it will and it does.But in the final analysis it isn't just the instability of these market systems, it is hte immorality.In a word, theINEQUALITY.Who is it who thinks themselves worth more than anyone else?Who is it who presumes to pay anyone less than the average.Let's not suffer it a moment longer.Inaugerate a tax system that ensures equality after stoppages and credits, NOW.Can you help, Nils? Fri 08 May 2009 13:55:56 GMT+1 Chris Ghoti http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=62#comment23 OK, last week we were told that the government were sending every single household a leaflet about what to do in the event of catching swine-flu.Where is my leaflet? Fri 08 May 2009 13:32:17 GMT+1 Chris Ghoti http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=59#comment22 darkdesign @ 21, "wife-quake" is purely wonderful! Thank you. Fri 08 May 2009 13:19:56 GMT+1 UptheTrossachs http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=56#comment21 Just heard an interesting master-class in a soundbite from Mandy"You take a germ of truth, turn it into something it isn't, and in the process end up smearing an individual"So that's how you've been doing it all these years!! Fri 08 May 2009 13:02:51 GMT+1 darkdesign http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=54#comment20 News update: My better half is a carer and just received a letter detailing an increase in Carer's Allowance of £5 per month. She then read about Gordon Brown's new kitchen. I would describe what followed as a 'wife-quake'. Fri 08 May 2009 12:22:09 GMT+1 exec66 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=51#comment19 The Daily Telegraph posts its "info" on MPs expenses as Major news. Gravy trains are not news. They have been around for centuries.Whilst deploring the use and abuse of the expenses system, I would be more interested in hearing real news. What is happening in the country that affects real people? What is happening in the world that affects real people?Has anyone responded to the statement last week that many people are in desperate need still in Myanmar?Etc., etc., etc Fri 08 May 2009 10:13:00 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=48#comment18 The results haven't been released, Feefs. I believe there are journalists trying to press for this - Perhaps Eddie could join the pack? Fri 08 May 2009 09:18:07 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=45#comment17 Forgive me if I've said this before:What was the outcome of the 3rd autopsy on Ian Tomlinson? Fri 08 May 2009 09:06:40 GMT+1 The Stainless Steel Cat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=43#comment16 Horse (14):I'll believe it when I see it, but in that case PM Team, any chance of a moratorium on this stuff until that day?Do you *have* to cover news as it breaks? Isn't there some value to waiting until you have all the facts and doing it in depth and context? Fri 08 May 2009 08:44:10 GMT+1 Waterloomouse http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=40#comment15 Eddie, forget MP's expenses, see if you can do a whole programme without even mentioning the subject. My idea is to get all the Today thought for the day presenters in a room and listen in on the mumbo versus jumbo stuff, you could be Big Bro and ask them to do leaps of faith and one by one gradually get them to vote off the air for ever their fellow twaddlers. Give the winner their own 4 hour slot between 2am and 6am on Sundays. Fri 08 May 2009 08:43:59 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=37#comment14 13 - I take your point (and of course knew that already), but in London, you won't get a lot of cleaner for what, by my calculation, comes to around 55 pounds a week! Fri 08 May 2009 08:42:37 GMT+1 U12196018 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=35#comment13 SSCat - You will. It's planned to release it all in a few weeks. Fri 08 May 2009 08:41:07 GMT+1 U12196018 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=32#comment12 Big Sis (9) - I've just worked out that we pay our office cleaner about 2,600 pounds a year and she gets above the minimum wage. Cleaning is very rarely a full-time job. Fri 08 May 2009 08:40:01 GMT+1 The Stainless Steel Cat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=29#comment11 Horse (10):I don't suppose an FOI request would work on a newspaper, would it?Actually, we should be getting this stuff through FOI direct from the government. Fri 08 May 2009 08:34:27 GMT+1 nextoanidiot http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=27#comment10 Could you ask the MOD if the changes to Gurkhas rights of residence and pensions has meant that they have "priced themselves out of a job". And could they consider disbanding the regiment in the future, on grounds of cost? Hav'nt heard this considered yet by anyone. Fri 08 May 2009 08:22:55 GMT+1 U12196018 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=24#comment9 SSCat (11) "So who's leaking these facts, and why are they dragging it out?"I thought the answers to both those questions were pretty obvious.The Daily Telegraph is publishing them having spent what is said to be an inordinate sum in obtaining them either directly or indirectly from a leak in the Civil Service. It has been common knowledge for weeks that someone was offering the information around the various newspaper groups. And for circulation and publicity impact it makes sense not to reveal everything in one large spread but rather drip-feed it over a number of days/weeks. Fri 08 May 2009 08:19:52 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=21#comment8 How about asking Gordon Brown if he's paying his cleaner the minimum wage? Six thousand pounds over 26 months sounds very little to me.I suspect there will be websites where people are covertly exchanging the name of this gem. Fri 08 May 2009 08:16:51 GMT+1 darkdesign http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=18#comment7 Eddie, if you could spend the entire programme in a state of near-apoplexy and venting barely-articulate rage about MP's expenses, I think that would sum up the public feeling. Mine, at least.Cheers. Fri 08 May 2009 07:29:31 GMT+1 zacgarza_07 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=16#comment6 Perhaps I'm late to post but most important to draw out the inner insight of the MPs what they do for common human being. The estimation of his effort will reveal his inner human.Thanks, Fri 08 May 2009 06:54:12 GMT+1 funnyJoedunn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=13#comment5 Harriet Harman on MP's expenses;"These claims would not have been paid out if it was thought and found that these claims were not with the rules".Yes Harriet, we know. This is just how benefit cheats and fraudsters get away with it too. Fri 08 May 2009 06:07:01 GMT+1 funnyJoedunn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=10#comment4 Jackie Smith on why she banned the American shock jock;"We have standards in this country to up-hold" Fri 08 May 2009 05:50:04 GMT+1 funnyJoedunn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=8#comment3 The gap between rich and poor is the biggest since the 1960s. Fri 08 May 2009 05:46:03 GMT+1 zacgarza_07 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=5#comment2 This post has been Removed Fri 08 May 2009 05:45:51 GMT+1 funnyJoedunn http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=2#comment1 Would you allow benefit cheats and fraudsters to run your country? Fri 08 May 2009 05:44:57 GMT+1 The Stainless Steel Cat http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/05/the_am_glass_box_5.shtml?page=0#comment0 Eddie, can the programme ask just one question on MPs expenses tonight? Why are these revelations dribbling out, one or two a week over such a long period of time?Surely even MPs (of all parties) would rather just get it all over with and make all their expenses public, rather than have this long, drawn-out "death of a thousand cheats, I mean cuts".So who's leaking these facts, and why are they dragging it out? Fri 08 May 2009 05:12:36 GMT+1