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tomo (Jun 26, 2017 at 5:52 PM): the second comment on that article says it all, really.

Jun 27, 2017 at 7:23 AM | Registered CommenterRadical Rodent

Jun 26, 2017 at 11:31 PM | tomo

Dunno, but the Ladies World Cup may have to be abandoned.

Saudi Arabia may have supported other Countries with money, but has not sought to expand its own borders, or adopted expansionist strategies. Saudi has been been happy to maintain its own wealth and security, and preserve its income and the status quo.

Rogue mega rich Saudis are dangerous and unpredictable in what they will fund, and Iran is still trying to establish itself as the Leading Moslem State.

I am not sure what to make of Qatar's fall from grace within the Arab world. Clearly the suspicion is that Qatar as a state cannot be trusted, and that rogue elements are not being removed from positions of power and influence.

Jun 27, 2017 at 12:21 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

gc 10:41

I wonder how FIFA will work the Qatar thing if it's part of Saudi Arabia or Iran at the time?

Jun 26, 2017 at 11:31 PM | Registered Commentertomo

@tomo, Jun 26, 2017 at 1:55 AM

I used to listen to R4 regularly in the expectation that I'd get reportage of a sort , informed commentary that sought to explore issues in a rational way and journalism that made an effort at balance - throw in some occasional diverse drama / amusement ...

Those days are but a distant memory. For the most part it's an unlistenable predictably formulaic monoculture freak show. I thought it was me ... and I tried to listen on the basis that I might well be wrong and they'd convince me of the errors of my ways....

+1

I gave up on R4 a few years ago when the Today programme became so obviously biased it made me angry - not a good frame of mind to start the day with.

2010 was a heads-up on BBC Bias.

On Today programme: Cameron recruits Craig Oliver, Controller of English news output for BBC Global News

Live on air: Evan Davis "Craig Oliver ... a closet Tory hiding..."

Jun 26, 2017 at 11:04 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

The new Aircraft Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, costing £3bn leaves harbour.

According to the BBC, she is the size of 3 football pitches.

This gives FIFA new options, should they have to give their money back to Qatar, for 2022.

Jun 26, 2017 at 10:41 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Now on Radio Lincs a repeat of Paul Hudson's Weather Show
Features Climate Change stories
- Scientists going on £10m rearch project to Arctic onboard JC Ross ..sampling sea floor on winter sea-ice boundary.
(claims it's changed so want to sea if different animals etc.)
- CC Crochet

Jun 26, 2017 at 6:08 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

stewgreen

Driving Down Emissions seems to be an enviro-choir production if one looks at the biog details of the authors - even an expert on Carbon Capture and Storage in there....

We are treated to the usual carbon accounting stuff ... A term that I'm unfamiliar with "methane-slip" is used unexplained to disparage CNG fuels ... I suspect there's more methane coming out of the driver's backside than the fuel system.

Just shows how much the mindset of environmentalism has permeated academia and politics.... sustainability experts blah, blah effin blah.

Jun 26, 2017 at 5:22 PM | Registered Commentertomo

Going for all electric vehicles means no fuel duty income
So will road pricing have to come in ?
PolEx

Same report says emissions from EVs are under counted eg Golf is 68g/Km is 1/3 of a diesel

Jun 26, 2017 at 4:01 PM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Unless there are no Labour constiuencies with the flammable insulation, the fire was a 'there but for the grace of god go I' situation. And we all know that it won't turn out to be only Tory councils involved. Few councils have no Labour members so where was their attention to detail in this? The rules may land on the Tory's lap but then again they might not.

Simple answer, they've all been too worried about non essential stuff and let the vital things fall to pieces. I am surprised that the current tests weren't done when the first fires broke out in modern blocks in the Middle East.

Jun 26, 2017 at 3:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

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