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Thursday 8 March 2012

Verity Murphy | 16:50 UK time, Thursday, 8 March 2012

Tonight, we look at whether rising mortgage rates are bad or good for the economy.

We ask whether the news that one of Syria's deputy oil ministers has resigned from the government to join the revolt against President al-Assad is an indication that the regime is starting to fall apart, and have an interview with William Daniel the photographer who escaped from the city of Homs with fellow journalist Edith Bouvier.

As the deadline for Greek debt swaps passes, Paul Mason looks at whether a disorderly default is on the cards.

And it is International Women's Day. Focussing on the UK we debate whether the coalition has succeeded in honing its political message to female voters?


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  • Comment number 2.

    Yet more evidence that " its the sun stupid ! "

  • Comment number 3.


    I think the elephant might have . . .

  • Comment number 4.

    Blogdog eaten the latest Tory Aardvark post, the BBC must be getting pretty desperate to hide the demise of their pet climate scam, I am informed that This Week is also omitting to mention Vince Cable's remarks on Green Taxes ?

  • Comment number 5.

    Revised Film Script No. 1.

    “Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!”

    Should read ….

    “Slavery! Slavery! They’ve all got it inline for me!”


    There was a an epiphenomenous moment yesterday on BBC N24. So much so that had it occurred today it may well have been attributed to the solar flare tsunami heading our way

    A guest appearing live berated - amongst other things - the editorial leaning, content, purpose and accuracy of one particular beeb journo reporting from Afghanistan.

    ‘It’ caught the presenter slightly off guard but she recovered and handled it well under the circumstance, Guest had his say, some points valid, some not IMHO. The presenter, silently glad she might still look forward to her pension …. eventually …. wrapped the piece and the broadcast moved on.

    Then came the “moment” ….

    Well briefed, well rehearsed, deaf to all HM Conalition cannon fodder with aspirations defends the destruction of remploy ….

    The duty hack perhaps sees the chance to counter the earlier claims of ‘lackadaisical journalism‘ and goes for broke …. He launches fists flailing into the video linked contender! Savage - but justified - questions, one after the other! Bang! Biff! Wallop!

    And then ……. Nothing!

    One - surely? - can only assume that thru his earpiece he has been told to back off!

    It was nice to see again something akin to a bit of classic Sir J ….

    Maybe ….

    There is hope?

    Revised Film Script No. 2.

    “The end of the world is nigh, we’re all doomed!”

    Should read ….

    “Dinner at eight Dear?”


    Why is it that reporters and news channels have such short memories?


    Could the reason there appears to be so much public ‘dissent’ between the Lib Dims ad the Big Cons be because ….

    A certain future EU official (by 2014 is the current betting) whom thought he was away from the limelight was heard to say, courtesy of a ‘live’ radio mic, words to the effect of …..

    “If it carries on like this nobody will be able to tell the difference between us!”

    (Or could it be that Mr Not-quite-so-able has his sights set higher now that someone - whom previously had his heart set on the ‘glittering prize’ - is in no man’s land? [ Albeit 17k better off! ] and unlikely now ever to ‘claim the crown stroke poisoned chalice’?)


    Revised Film Script No.3.


    Should read ….

    “Charge ‘em ‘til they bleed!”


  • Comment number 6.

    Syria: The Western Deception Over Regime Change Unravels. NATO Prepares for All Out War

    The latest crack in the Western façade over Syria comes in the form of leaked correspondence from Western private intelligence firm Stratfor, which reports that US-led NATO special forces have been operating inside Syria alongside armed opposition groups. Stratfor is closely aligned with Pentagon planners; indeed can be viewed as a private wing of the Pentagon. The document, disclosed by Wikileaks, cites US military sources discussing a campaign of destabilisation against the Syrian government of Bashir Al Assad, involving training opposition groups and deploying guerilla tactics, including assassinations. In other words, discussing a scenario that approximates to what is actually happening in Syria.

  • Comment number 7.

    Iran and Iraq are sources of oil. Afghanistan and Syria are geographically significant to host/protect/disrupt pipelines.

    Before the Iraq war, Rupert Murdoch was suggesting “The greatest thing to come out of this for the world economy would be $20 a barrel for oil. That’s bigger than any tax-cut in any country.”

    The current price of Brent crude is $125.

    However, this is a good

  • Comment number 8.

    @Oops posted to early! (should have pressed preview button)

    Iran and Iraq are sources of oil. Afghanistan and Syria are geographically significant to host/protect/disrupt pipelines.

    Before the Iraq war, Rupert Murdoch was suggesting “The greatest thing to come out of this for the world economy would be $20 a barrel for oil. That’s bigger than any tax-cut in any country.”

    The current price of Brent crude is $125.

    However, this is a good for the oil companies and speculators, if not for the general population. According to the Goldman Sachs method, there is a "speculative premium" (or private parasite tax) of about 20% per barrel of oil.

    So IS the real aim of intervention security of oil supply? It's certainly not justice, as the murderous Assad regime has been tolerated and even encouraged for many decades now.

    I keep thinking of a Dr Who story, 'The Caves of Androzani'. Was Osama moulded into a Sharaz Jek type figure?

  • Comment number 9.

    As Jeremey said last thing last night...

    "Kirsty Wark will be presenting the show tomorrow night....lucky you!"

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  • Comment number 11.

    Isn't it funny how everyone can remember Alzheimers name?

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    Now that he is self-appointed INTERFAITH TSAR, and leading a bizarre life, full of contradictions, a lot more people must be able to see, TOO LATE, that we GOT OURSELVES ANOTHER ONE.

    Can you see what it is yet? MULTICULTURAL UK - GLOBAL INTERFAITH. See what I mean? Poor Tony told us clearly that he will be judged by his God. I guess he knows, deep down, the terrible things he has done, and all this HUG-AN-ETHNIK is an attempt to gain enough Heavenly Brownie Points to avoid "the other place". (And I don't mean the Lords.) One glance will tell you THE MAN IS HAUNTED.

    Westminster is configured, MANIFESTLY, to elevate the barking barmy to highest office. This is now proved beyond doubt.


  • Comment number 13.

    '4. At 20:21 8th Mar 2012, NollyPrott - the BBC must be getting pretty desperate..'

    Not at all. It's just the 'unique' way what is allowed in, or what is kept out, gets decided. By the BBC.

    Funny. Beyond them getting a bit sensitive of which parameters of social media embedding in complement to 'news' reporting, I simply asked why some comments were deemed on-topic whilst others get 'referred' before anyone sees them to refer, and the 'relevant team' gets dispatched to sanitise the spill. And they wonder why folk take page grabs as the 'most trusted' thing appears more and more something printed in internal self-conviction than comprehensive external acceptance.

  • Comment number 14.

    Looking forward to tonight's show. What do you do if in you are in an abusive relationship and your trust has been betrayed? If there is no sign that the objectional behaviour will change, you "move on". Either you leave, or, if you have the power to do so, you throw the offending party out and change the locks.

    With their spring conference approaching, Mr Clegg apparently thinks that the Lib-Dems should "move on". But his idea of moving on is for his members to accept that it is ok for him to be in an "open relationship" with his party, shafting them whilst continuing to betray their trust by his unprincipled dalliance with Mr Cameron.

    It is clear that Mr Clegg has not repented of his transgressions. If they care about anything other than the trappings of power, Lib Dem members have a choice: get rid of him*, or vote with their feet.

    Sadly, from what I've seen, most party members regularly opt for the "triumph of hope over experience".

    *and most of the rest of the MPs

  • Comment number 15.

    '14. At 09:50 9th Mar 2012, Sasha Clarkson

    That's quite a cartoon. As suggested... prescient. Even to the bit about threats from editors.

    All things considered, this seems a good complement:

  • Comment number 16.

    The Contradictions of Modern Feminism: The Triumph of Machine Politics Over Feminism
    by John Pilger

    In the west, "glass ceilings" remain the issue-of-choice of bourgeois feminism. How many women who "make it" in politics speak out against the machine, reaching down to women left behind? How many resist the addiction of vanity to power and the media? How many use their platforms, to analyse and expose the psychopathic militarism and its industries of death and lies that contaminate our political, cultural and media life and are the source of so much violence against women in stricken, faraway countries, if not against women at home? Who spoke out against Julia Gillard's junket to Israel in the wake of the massacre of 1400 people in Gaza, mostly women and children, and her unctuous support for their killers?

  • Comment number 17.

    Maybe this is why Gordon sold our gold?

    Gold and Silver: Crisis of the Fractional Banking System

    If you are looking for a reason for the attack on silver this past week just look at the gold cartel’s net short position, that rose from 160,000 contracts on 12/31/11 to 229,000 just a week ago. The total net silver short rose from 14,000 to 39,000 an increase of 178% as silver rose 30%. Silver was on its way to break $40.00 and gold $1,800.00, and something had to be done or the criminals were about to lose control and a lot of money.

  • Comment number 18.

    I wonder if Leveson is a Freemason?

    Would you want to be a Freemason?

    Dogged by conspiracy theories, Freemasons insist theirs is a modern, open organisation. But can this male-dominated body cast off its secretive image and win over a sceptical public? Today they are associated with secret handshakes and alleged corruption in the police and judiciary.

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    16. At 10:41 9th Mar 2012, museV - the massacre of 1400 people in Gaza, mostly women and children

    As one too often removed from commenting not so much on the factual basis of what I share, but the fact that there are those who don't like dealing with them, might I ask the basis for that statement?

    I'm all for the BBC facilitating debate, and all opinion that may be brought in to support opinions, but often I do wonder at what they are comfortable with vs. what not.

    Whilst any innocent life lost is a tragedy, these numbers seem to matter to some in a rather gruesome tit-for-tat box ticking exercise.

    So I hit google to try and find out. Not too helpful for once, as the propagandists all round seem to be as active as they are skilled at SEO.

    So I'll simply settle for one, hopefully more impartial than the rest...

    '...some 1,300 Palestinians lives were lost, many civilians.

    Mostly... to many. Seems, at best vague, but also a trend.

    I also wonder, in such conflicts, beyond those placed or willingly walking in front of those who are shooting, who these days is a combatant and who not, especially when some do not feel the need to wear uniforms.

    I also note.. 'the fact that rockets are still falling on Israeli soil' and, for balance... 'If the leaks to the Israeli media are any guide, the country's military planners are now busying for scenarios for attacking Iran - not Gaza.'

    On what I read of late, I do wonder who best to rely on for my 'information'.

  • Comment number 20.


    I know a lot of women - I even married one - but I find most are happy at home in the kitchen or wiping the dust of the marble fire surrounds that are scattered about the house they are in. Here the thing about feminism: It was funded by the Rothchilds in the 70s to increase the working base of the population which inturn increased the banking depositer numbers and also increased the tax intake for govt..that was always their plan, unshackle the women from the kitchen sink and enslave them to the system of work and tax. This was all done under the guise of freedom for the women. Today women work long hours, juggle home life with children. The knackard husband, often times finds he has to take up the slack because wifey decides to work less hours because she feels guilty leaving little Norman and Margaret at the day care (which is expensive). Result is constant low level anxiety, fear and general unhappinies (at best). This also explains why women are constantly too tired for sex. Feminism was just a banking/govt ruse to enslave 50 odd percent of the population. They then put chemicals in the water to make them stupid - an easy thing to do and nobody noticed..then they turned them into consumers with credit cards and easy access to overly priced houses. And thats why I blame women for the mess we are in today.

  • Comment number 21.

    I think we've all fallen into some Dantean hell, forced to watch and listen to the same news every day till the end of time - NHS, Eurozone, Bankers' bonuses, Leveson enquiry, US presidential elections, death, News International, Murdoch, non-stop pseudo-General Election, how are the coalition doing - day after day after day after day after day just like yesterday after yesterday after yesterday...................

  • Comment number 22.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 23.

    @22 Try again! :-D

    @21 Perhaps you need an antidote?

    I particularly like this one:

    " ‘Radicalised agnostics’ threatening to derail Middle East war process"

    There's also the 'Daily Mash', but that might be a bit serious for your taste!

    To be honest, both of these seem to contain less ellipsoids than the "serious" news media!


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