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Rational debate on the BBC?
12-11-2009, 01:56 PM
Post: #1
Rational debate on the BBC?
Nick Cohen debates the ideas in his climate change film with Diane Abbott, Michael Portillo and Andrew Neil in the studio.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/th...efault.stm

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12-11-2009, 08:30 PM
Post: #2
RE: Rational debate on the BBC?
That's not bad. Is this normal in Britain? We get people talking over each other here and being 100% political no matter what.

Thumbs up to them all.
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12-12-2009, 02:37 AM
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RE: Rational debate on the BBC?
If that "discussion" is NOT BAD.......

It can only show HOW BAD things really are.

Errr,
HarpoSpoke re - "Thumbs up to them all"........including Nick Cohen, surely not.
Or do you mean that in an "Al Gore" sort of way. ?

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed
(and hence clamorous to be led to safety)
by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H. L. Mencken.

The hobgoblins have to be imaginary so that
"they" can offer their solutions, not THE solutions.
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12-12-2009, 05:39 AM
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RE: Rational debate on the BBC?
Most of the debates I've seen on UK TV have been similar to those from elsewhere. To me this one seemed different with even Abbott taking a more sceptical view. Cohen seemed quite uneasy and I think many people would have noticed.

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12-12-2009, 07:33 AM (This post was last modified: 12-12-2009 07:34 AM by HarpoSpoke.)
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RE: Rational debate on the BBC?
(12-12-2009 02:37 AM)Derek Wrote:  If that "discussion" is NOT BAD.......

It can only show HOW BAD things really are.

Errr,
HarpoSpoke re - "Thumbs up to them all"........including Nick Cohen, surely not.
Or do you mean that in an "Al Gore" sort of way. ?

They all seemed to allow the others to speak and were civil. That's a rare thing on US TV. If this guy is an example of a Sean Hannity or Keith Olbermann in Britain I'm quite jealous.

So, as you say, "in comparison" I'm pretty impressed. But even so, I did find it pretty fair overall. I don't want to start expected biased coverage in our favor even though the AGW supporters have had that for a long time.
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12-12-2009, 07:45 AM
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RE: Rational debate on the BBC?
I prefer OPEN uncensored atmosphere,where people can feel free to talk without the need to please some ideological camp.

If only alarmists would test me here in THIS forum.

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