Comments for en-gb 30 Fri 30 Jan 2015 19:35:17 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at needsanewnickname Done it again. This Weekend. Note to self: Preview, silly! Sun 14 Jun 2009 12:29:07 GMT+1 needsanewnickname Hi, Ladette! I haven't been following the programme, but I couldn't resist turning a typo into a joke...I'm amazed, too, that there aren't many more posts on this topic.But in keeping with a light-hearted post, and after listening to The World Yhis Weekend:What is Stephen Hawking doing translating for Ahmadinejad? Sun 14 Jun 2009 12:28:10 GMT+1 Lady_Sue I was amazed to hear Hugh's latest report and how things have changed overnight after the election results. Such a volatile place and in contrast to the smiling, happy photos above (beautiful young woman in the green). Hugh: keep yourself safe but do keep those reports coming. Will be very interested in the next one. I'm amazed this bit of the blog is not inundated with comments. In contrast to Iran, it's a sleepy old weekend in this part of the world. It doesn't mean we aren't thinking of you! Frances that did make me laugh! You must have been watching the Ladette to Lady on the box. Are they all Australian? I've only seen a bit of one episode (the one who was expelled had carried a flag during a hunt. Tut tut.). Sun 14 Jun 2009 12:13:52 GMT+1 needsanewnickname Feeling no less despondent after watching the telly news.All these young people - they want change, democracy - surely now is the time...Didn't we hear that sort of thing 10 years ago in China? Sat 13 Jun 2009 17:48:09 GMT+1 needsanewnickname Argh. Not Ladette Sue. Lady Sue.[Note to self: get proper lighting in 'office' so can see keys. Or preview] Sat 13 Jun 2009 10:47:35 GMT+1 needsanewnickname Ladt Sue has said it all. Thank you, as ever, Hugh, and hear, hear, FF.I fear that the Iranian electoral system may not be as good as T8-eh-T8 hopes, though, as the results come through showing Ahmadinejad as winner and there is talk of vote-rigging, etc.OK, so the talk is by the Mousavi supporters, but... who knows... Sat 13 Jun 2009 10:45:20 GMT+1 timewas Why do so many British journalists have difficulty pronouncing Ahmedinejad? I just think of it as Ahmedinnerjacket and change the ending. Fri 12 Jun 2009 16:23:42 GMT+1 mittfh One thing that certainly helps encourage democracy in Iran is the veritable chasm between the ideologies of the two contenders.Contrast that to the UK, where despite their words claiming the opposite, many policies of both main parties are suspiciously similar (e.g. both appear to be strongly in favour of "welfare to work" schemes, both appear to be in favour of increasing "personalisation" and direct payments in adult social care); and the main ideological differences between them (one has historically advocated higher taxes and higher public spending [but significantly increases the national debt in the process], the other has historically advocated lower taxes and lower public spending [but eventually gets accused of "abandoning" public services as their budgets are squeezed]) get drowned out in accusation and counter accusation.Oh, and both parties have historically tried to pander to the whims of both Europe and the US, while still attempting (with varying degrees of success) to steer a middle way (e.g. EU budget rebate, non-adoption of the Euro). And I expect at least part of the pandering to the US is because they're paranoid that if they angered the US too much, the US would close its USAF bases over here or declare an end to the "special relationship" (special in that it's only one way!) Fri 12 Jun 2009 15:23:41 GMT+1 Onceina I see and read of Middle Eastern countries through their leaders. I see fightening clerics and frightened politicians who snarl. Then Hugh Sykes drops in, with his smile, his humanity, his microphone and his camera, and I meet people. Thank you, Hugh and PM. Fri 12 Jun 2009 12:07:48 GMT+1 Lady_Sue Fabulous photographs again Hugh. You give us such a 'human insight' into wherever you are - hearing what the young people on the street are saying is so much more interesting that what the politicians and spokesmen are telling us. Just brilliant. Thank you! Agree with FFred @2. Fri 12 Jun 2009 10:05:46 GMT+1 T8-eh-T8 The pictures paint a sort of carnival atmostphere over polling day. What a contrast to our fetid affair.The eyes of the world are on Iran. And Iran smiles back with confidence in it's ppolitical system. Fri 12 Jun 2009 09:02:24 GMT+1 Fearless Fred It certainly sounded in Hughs' pieces that this is an election that puts us to shame with our attitudes to elections here. To hear young people so involved in the process, and eager to vote is good for democracy, whatever country they are in... Fri 12 Jun 2009 08:18:49 GMT+1 JAlexW It has been a few years since I studied Politics but the current election in Iran should be welcomed and recognized by all for its democratic credentials, since if my memory serves me correctly any definition of democracy includes two guiding principles, first that the citizens have equal access to power and the second that all citizens enjoy universally recognized freedoms and liberties, this sounds like it is happening in Iran with this free and open election process!? Fri 12 Jun 2009 08:16:21 GMT+1