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Jim McGovern
Posted Monday, 14 May 2007 at 10:45

Jim McGovern is a Congressman in the House of Representatives. He brought forward a Bill on Thursday to redeploy American troops in Iraq. You can listen to the video and his reasoning on his website. 

 

This morning he spoke on the Today programme and gave further insight into his position.

 

We all knew that once Nancy Pelosi was in place and the Democrats had control of the House of Representatives that Iraq was going to become an even bigger political football in America than it had been so far.

 

It’s the Democrats trump card. It’s their guarantee of electoral success at the next presidential elections. Whatever the belief or conviction behind the reasoning for McGoverns Bill, it will be used as a vehicle to continuously highlight the difference between the two parties and will become a Bill of political ideology.

 

On the Today programme this morning, McGovern stated that Republican Congressmen were behind his Bill, and that in secret, it’s what they want also, however they are “under tremendous pressure from the leadership in the HoR” - I assume that’s the equivalent to our whip - and from the American leadership in the senate.

 

McGovern claims that his Bill reflects the will of the American people. Apparently, Republicans and Democrats go home to their districts each week and the people tell them that they are sick and tired of seeing American lives being wasted and they want their troops home.

 

What informs the political opinion of the average American? Would you say the  American citizen is as knowledgeable regarding foreign affairs as a British citizen? I read an interesting fact once somewhere regarding how many Americans actually leave America and travel abroad. It was a staggeringly small number.

 

I am not drawing any conclusions of my own here, I am just curious as to how a nation which suffered 9/11 and cheered their president onto war so enthusiastically such a short time ago, can change it’s mind so dramatically quickly, if indeed they have.

 

God forbid that there should be another 9/11 tomorrow, however, if there were, would the American people change their mind back again? Would the Congressmen then go back to their districts and pick up an entirely different message?

 

I can understand the sentiment with regard to the seemingly wasted lives of American soldiers, however, I would imagine the images of bodies being brought home draped in the American flag fills the newsreel and that highly emotional visual image is possibly just about the only information the average American citizen is fed via the media. So, is it any wonder public opinion has changed?

 

Islamic terrorists want to wipe the western world out of existence. They hate us with a passion, it is at best difficult for us to comprehend

 

Joe Lieberman, a self proclaimed, 'Independent Democrat' recently gave a very thoughtful speech.  He talked about the fundamental threat of terrorism and what it meant to freedom.

 

As Lieberman said, they don’t want to sit at the table and talk with us, they want to blow the table up.

 

General Petraeus describes Iraq as the central front of Al Qaeda’s global campaign against the western World. If this is true, we also know that Pakistan, Syria and other neighbouring countries house fairly sophisticated satellite Al Qaeda outposts.

 

So, given that there was no warning of 9/11 or 7/7, given that either of those attacks could happen today, shouldn’t the Bill before Congress be one to toughen up on what can only be described so far as a failed campaign.

 

Now, before you all pile in on me, my position on Iraq is one of partition and I have blogged on this before, so I am just throwing things into the pot here, however, wouldn’t a way of ensuring that fewer young American men and women, come home draped in Stars and stripes be to send out more troops?, Give them greater protection? Do the job properly? Or even occupy fully?

 

McGoverns Bill surprises me. I would like to think it were something other than political opportunism. That it had nothing to do with the presidential elections moving off the blocks. I may have been an MP for a whole two years now, but I am still a realist. I can see no useful purpose in McGoverns Bill. It is a Bill which will guarantee the complete submergence of Iraq into civil war and the loss of an even greater number of civillian lives. If you were opposed to the war in Iraq, original opposition could not be a reason to leave a country to sink into chaos and lawlesness.

 

We started, so we must finish. There cannot be any bailing out and leaving the job half done. We cannot exit Iraq until we can leave the country in a position where the lives of civilians are safe and free from persecution.

 

In my opinion that will take partition and a permanent border control/peace keeping force – but we are a long way from that position yet.

 

To my critics, let them eat cake.

 
 
 
Chas said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
Do you not consider Iraq to be at civil war now, and no matter what mask you place on it war is evil and obscene.I know that you were not in Parliament when Bush/Blair declared war on Saddam, but did you not grow up with the horrific images rolled out on TV, a few years after WW2.Did you not see the bulldozers pushing the skeletonized Jewish bodies into the pits? Or the rotting corpses of soldiers and civilians left where they fell.Himanity at its lowest point.I thought the politicians then vowed never to let that happen again.If we go to war then it should be the nation as a whole deciding, not in effect, one warmongering PM. Unfortunately a whole nest of vipers has been opened and it will NEVER be peace in Iraq again.It is and was typical of Labour to blunder through as usual with very little thought for the consequences.
 
 
Jackie said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
All war is evil and the only beneficiary is the undertaker.
 
 
Jane said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
Thanks for the video link. Technology is something else now isn't it? Youa re right to say opposition to the war is not a reason to exit. I was absolutley against the war, but equally i am against leaving the job half done as well.
 
 
Paul said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
Yes the terrorist attacks were terrible, but surely every developed/developing nation should have been in agreement before embarking on war. There is no way that Brittian and America will ever solve the situation alone.I cannot see how every single terrorist can be caught unless the whole of the Middle East is Nuked.Isn't that what it took to end the second world war? Look at what slaughter took place as a result of Northern Ireland and how may lives and years it took to resolve. In the end it was done by talking.
 
 
Flotsam said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
'original opposition could not be a reason to leave a country to sink into chaos and lawlesness' should read: the country HAS sunk into chaos and lawlessness. - Thanks to the US oil mafia. Blair/Bush never extended their war on state terrorism to the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe-but then that is not an oil producing country.
 
 
Matt said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
I disagree with you (at last!)Nadine. The opposition and the Bill are serving purpose, in that it is sharpening minds and actions in America. Bush is being pushed into a corner and has to focus more (well I suppose it couldn't be less). Alas the truth is, there is no solution unil every terrorist is shot and I think Global Warming will have damaged us way before that occurs.
 
 
Katie said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
I say get our boys out of there- you're only delaying the inevitable. Thanks to Bush and Blair that country is already in a state of chaos and lawlessness. Blair walks away to doubtlessly make his fortune. I am confident that you will be our Government after the next General Election but you will inherit a whole heap of nasty messes, far,far worse than Labour claim you left them.
 
 
Ian said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
God knows how many terrorists and sympathizers have been let into this country through poor border controls. Let out troops defend our shores here, not Iraq.
 
 
Stuart Fairney said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
I have to disagree with you Nadine, not on the Iraq analysis per se, but on your contention that the Democrats are a "shoe-in" for the Presidency. What's the betting they do something really dumb like select Hilary Clinton. She is such a polarizing figure, she could never win in key states. Ditto Obama, I just don't think they are ready. And if they are up against a McCain/Rice ticket, they'd have it all to do, as I think Condi would offset the Obama effect.
 
 
Nadine said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
Iraq has sunk into an unofficial civil war, of that there is no doubt, but do we want that situation to be worse than it is now? I agree with you Ian, however, if we don't contain the terrorism aimed towards us,we may not have any borders to protect.
 
 
Joe Bloggs said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
I like the way you explain things, no b******t, the facts as they are. it makes it easy for the joe bloggs in this life like me to know whats going on. I have never really understood the ins and outs of iraq, imo it was all about oil.You are right, we should get the job done, contain the different groups and then get out.Well done nadine, love this blog btw.
 
 
Ian said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
But how do you contain a rabied dog for example.You cannot reason with it. No drug to cure it. Do you cage it for the rest of its life. (probably a bad example as the disease will eventually claim it)Iraq has a completely different culture to ours, and I have never understood by what right we had to destroy a whole country and its people.Our culture teaches us to respect and preserve life otherwise we step backwards.You, more than many others know that, through nursing. I just cannot see how you expect to contain terrorism. How can you know where every single terrorist is located? See how much damage and carnage was carried out on one single day in London by just a few, multiply that by the thousands that reside around the Middle East. Please educate me Nadine.
 
 
Sweeper said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
I have often wondered why G Bush Senior stopped short of finishing the job in the first war. I wonder if he knew then that such chaos would occur?
 
 
Jimmy said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
Those who believe that we can finish the job and everyone will live happily ever after are living in fairy tale land.Politicians (mainly from America and Britian) have meddled for decades in the Middle East with disasterous results.Like the boy with his hand in the dam, you haven't a hope in Hell of stopping the dam bursting through. You're just p***ing in the wind.
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
We can't cure a rabid dog but, to continue the analogy, we can at least do something about the rabies virus within the UK. For a long time that problem wasn't being tackled and extremists were free to spread their hate without fear of prosecution.
 
 
MickyT said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
It is very easy, initially to win a war when your weapons are bigger and better than those of the enemy, that is the simple bit. Probably as far as Blair looked ahead. But who is/was the enemy? Not just Saddam and his followers but every religious extremist going from many countries (including some from here)How do you overcome each and everyone one of them,when they are all too willing to die for the cause.
 
 
Evad22 said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
'We started so we must finish'. Your fellow politicians started the war Nadine ( and I wonder what your viewpoint was before you became an MP), and certainly not with my blessing. Unfortunately it will be our brave servicemen and women who are having to contain it,many sacrificing their own lives in the futile attempt, not you or I. I would wager that it will never be finished.By staging this war, the cancer of terrorism has multiplied. Tragically no cure has been found yet.
 
 
John said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
With respect, Mike, I don't think a terrorist gives a dam about being caught and prosecuted. There are so many imigrants in this country now who may be extremists, it's a falsity to hope that our Intelligence services are watching each and every one of them.
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
Oh, one of my earlier comments has failed to make it past the 'Nadine filter'! I haven't given reason for offence, I still have my serious hat on, and it was certainly on-topic.... Was it too long and rambling, Nadine? I find it hard to stop when writing about this particular subject. Is there a preferred length for comments? Or maybe the technology went wrong and it's lost in hyperspace. I'll send it again, just in case....
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
McGovern's Bill won't get anywhere - Bush will veto it. I suspect this is just a bit of political opportunism - as you say, the forthcoming elections are what's in mind here. There's really no prospect of the majority of the troops being pulled out within nine months, which is what he was asking for. Unfortunately many politicians and mankind in general pay too little attention to the clear lessons of history. I was deeply opposed to the invasion of Iraq - especially in the absence of full UN backing. It was obvious from the start that it would quickly turn into the most dreadful mess. Unfortunately the gung-ho attitude displayed by the political leadership in the run-up to the invasion and in the initial 'Shock and Awe' phase just leads Joe Public to believe that it's enough to send in a few cruise missiles, drop some bombs in nearly the right place and the bad guys will come out with their hands up. Have you seen the film '13 days' about the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962? If there's any illustration needed of how some politicians and military strategists think, this film provides it in spades. It covers what happened (and, more important, what nearly happened) when Kruschev deployed nuclear missiles to Soviet bases in Cuba. I was 16 at the time and remember going to school seriously wondering if any of us would be around to go home at the end of the day. Fortunately we had John F Kennedy as American President at the time and he ignored the more hawkish politicians and members of the military who were advising him to use a pre-emptive strike, if necessary with nuclear weapons. Do people not learn lessons from a military history that's as recent as that of, say, Vietnam? Unfortunately the bad guys don't just surrender at the dropping of the first bomb - or even when faced with 'shock and awe' and thousands of heavily armed troops backed to the hilt with leading-edge warfare technology. Then, when things prove much more difficult than initially suggested and the bodies start coming home, the truth slowly dawns and public attitudes shift. By then, of course, it's all far too late. Your suggestion that the average Brit is more knowledgeable about foreign affairs than our American cousins is a bit unfair. Yes, the Americans can appear to be a bit parochial - especially if you base your views on the output of some US news channels, but I'm afraid I suspect that many people on both sides of the pond are in a similar state of relative ignorance about such matters. After all, in our celebrity-obsessed society, subjects like politics and foreign affairs are way down the priority list for a lot of people. And if anyone thinks that isn't the case, why do we see such low turnouts in the elections? What's the solution to the Iraq question? I don't know. I doubt that it would be possible to 'fully occupy' a country as vast as Iraq to the extent that would be required in order to prevent small hit and run groups still doing enormous physical and political damage. This extremist terror threat was around long before the Iraq invasion. No doubt if the invasion had not happened at all these terrorists would have found some other reason/excuse to justify their actions. However, there's no doubt in my mind that Iraq has added fuel to the terrorists fire. We can be sure that the mess in Iraq is being used right now to help infect the minds of the next generation of suicide bombers. What's worse is that it is happening within our own borders, to British subjects. Was that considered as a possibility when the invasion decision was made? You may be right that the eventual answer lies in partition, but my bet is that echoes of this problem will still be around in 30-40 years time, possibly much more. Maybe by then the oil reserves will be so depleted in the region that it will, strangely, no longer be of such apparent 'strategic importance' to far away countries like ours.
 
 
James said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
Are you a politician Mike H?
 
 
John said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
Hey Mike, is this your War and Peace edited version? If so, Respect!
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
James - no, I'm certainly not! No aspirations to be one either! I'd be a nightmare politician and could never hope to compete with the likes of Nadine! On a more serious note, I've always had an interest in the subject, but never had the time to pursue it. Now I'm retired I can do what I like and make a nuisance of myself with local councillors and, occasionally, my MP! (Sorry, Nadine!)
 
 
James said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
Not a bad turnout so far Nadine. Most,if not all appear to be against war and no one has a solution. Only one comment off- topic. Could do with a bit more Nadine input, if you have the time, to keep it going.
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
John, it wasn't so much the prosecution of the terrorists themselves that I was referring to. As you say, they wouldn't be deterred by such trivialities. My concern was to stop the 'virus' that causes the rabies in the first place. As I remember, it took an extended campaign by The Sun before Abu Hamsa's activities were stopped. Unfortunately this spread of hate for the western way of life is a wordwide problem, but we need to be doing as much as possible to control the problem within the UK. It took a long time before it could be said that was being done.
 
 
John said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
I would say there are now tens of thousands of wouldbe terrorists in this country now Mike thanks to extremely poor imigration control over the past few years, not to mention the homegrown variety.Our Governments solution-- ID cards,for everyone because we cannot be seen to discriminate.An absolute nonsense. It has taken a friend of mine well over two years to emigrate to Australia. Why is it so, so easy to get into our comparitively small country. No one knows how many illegal imigrants there are now.What a mess our politicians are making of our once great country.
 
 
John said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
..and I'll tell you what James..Nadine won't have time for blogging when the Tories return to power. She'll be far too busy soring out all the dam mess.
 
 
Nadine said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
Don't want to scare any of you, however, so far, your comnments have been read by lots of thousands from as far afield as Iran and Australia!MikeH, I would never censor you, your too good!! Dave? are you there? John, with regard to the tens of thousands of terrorists in this country - I lived in Africa for a while and a friend Charles told me the story of how one night there was a big spider on the bedroom wall. it was huge, the size of your average dinner plate. His wife begged him to kill it because she couldn't sleep, obviously, with it in the room. Charles did the manly thing and smacked the spider. It was a very pregnant spider, and hundresds of baby spiders ran all over the room. Whenever I think of Iraq I always remember that story.
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
Yes Nadine as Evad22. You will notice I have turned myself around and reformed
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
John - I have to agree with that. Unless we're all prepared to accept 'fortress UK' with secret police on evey street corner randomly inspecting 'papers' - echoes of Nazi Germany - then ID cards will be a complete waste of time and money. And of course, given the governments (of all colours) history with the design and implementation of large IT projects, they won't work anyway... or someone will crack the encryption and be producing fake ones in no time flat. I have no idea how we tackle the problem of 'the terrorist within'. I suppose the only solution is to hope that 'winning hearts and minds' will work eventually - but don't hold your breath. As far as border control is concerned... it's an absolute joke. We live in one of the most densely populated parts of the western world, so lets open all the doors and allow anyone in! If you want somewhere to live and you have a criminal record, all the better! Grrrrrrrrr.
 
 
Angela (Cornwall) said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
I wonder what the true cost of this war will be? How can you quantify the pain and suffering of not only the Iraqui citizens but of the families of the dead British and American service personnel? Down here in Cornwall,our local daily paper often reports the stories of many of our wounded and deceased soldiers as many are based here. The one particularly engraved on my mind was the tank commander who was killed by 'friendly fire' He made the fatal mistake of jumping out of his vehicle to try to quell a restless crowd. One of the crowd went to attack him.Another tank commander gave the order to a gunner to stream warning shots above the heads of the crowd. The machine gun failed as did the sidearm of the by now fallen commander. The gunner then fired from a weapon he was not familiar with, accidentally hitting his comrade in the back. The Iraqui who had attacked him kept on until he too was shot.The commander died shortly after. Ironically this commander had been ordered to give up his body armour only days prior. It was demonstrated that had he been wearing it at that time he would be alive today. Our troops were short of some 3000 units of body armour. The coroner ordered Geoff Hoon to appear at the inquest. He declined. The MoD stated that Hoon had delayed odering the 3000 units because it would have given a sign to Saddam that war was a certainty.Obscene doesn't even begin to describe it!
 
 
John said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
Mike, I can see the day coming when we are all microchipped (from birth no doubt).A pinhole camera will be inserted between our eyes and every picture our eyes see will be recorded(then we really will have to make love with the lights out). As with the numberplate recognition device every police and intelligence vehicle and officer will be able to tell who you are in an instant! God help us all. Laugh if you must, but it will happen.
 
 
James said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
John, I don't think Nadine will stop.She clearly devotes a lot of time and effort now to us,even though she is a very busy lady. Anyway where else would she go to to reinforce her own commonsense and hopefully a good chuckle.
 
 
Evad22 said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
I can see from a politician's point of view, and indeed when a nurse, you have to be professional and remain emotionally detached ( although with the kindness you display to us I imagine that must be extremely difficult for you) but I truly believe war should be the one exception.Whether we like it or not it touches all our lives.It is the one thing that the whole country should decide upon by referendum. Obviously if another nation fires upon this country first then there would be no time for one, and reaction and defence must be swift.
 
 
Sweeper said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
Where's everyone gone?
 
 
Evad22 said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
I think everyone's scared themselves half to death with the thought of all those terrorists over here, that we've all emigrated. Even Nadine's gone quiet. Switch off the light and shut the door behind you if you're coming too Sweeper. We're heading for Nadines bolt hole in South Africa
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
John - yeah, maybe George Orwell got it about right - but a few years too early. We just have to make sure we stay out of room 101 when it all happens. Hey, maybe the newly rejuvenated Home Office is already scanning Nadine's blog for any signs of revolutionary tendencies. Ooops - my serious hat slipped for a moment.
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
Oh heck! I've just read that George Orwell was his pseudonym. His real name was Eric Arthur BLAIR. It all begins to make sense.... :-)
 
 
Sweeper said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
I'm beginning to get worried now Mike. All getting too much of a coincidence. Oh God, I suggested starting a revolution a few days ago on this very site. I'm getting worried about Nadine, what with leaving her back door open, and Bill and Ben and maybe Weed living at the bottom of her garden.Do you think they could have been planted there by the Home Office?
 
 
Sweeper said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
....and don't forget Nadine is always moaning about the BBC being biased towards her party and didn't Bill and Ben work for the BBC and the BBC were pulling their strings..... ...yes, it all makes nonsense now
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Monday, 14 May 2007
I've just watched a first-rate piece by Mark Urban (I hope that's the right name) on Newsnight. He was with the American forces in one of the hottest spots in Iraq where some of 'the surge' troops have been deployed in an attempt to bring peace to the neighborhood. It's very well worth watching. If you missed it you can see it for the next 24 hours on the BBC Newsnight website. Off-topic warning... In the same programme there's also a very moving piece by Charlotte Estler, the 14 year old daughter of Newsnight reporter and presenter Gavin Estler. Charlotte was diagnosed with Hodgekins Lymphoma last November and is thankfully now in remission. The film tells the story, in her own words, of Charlotte's diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Morning Nadine Interesting, is it not that the weekend blog had more postings than the whole week and before you tell me that i'm getting obsessed again, it only took ten seconds to scroll down and work that out.I'm trying to point out that "I've decided not to blog at weekends" -bad idea. If this was decided because you want a break and relax, fine, but tell us.I spend many hours on the internet these days share dealing,buying and selling goods,reading online papers,e mailing,etc, 7 days a week, so your site is a pleasant diversion.I hope I'm not still in your bad books. Can you tell me when your off to Calcutta please.
 
 
James said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Hi Dave still with us then. What's with Calcutta, I hope it's not another one of your games?
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Hi James, yes still here,I think I'm still in detention though.Calcutta is deadly serious. A while back,a certain lady mentioned, when reference was made to a certain forthcoming event, that she would have her head in a black hole on that day.That took me somewhat aback. I know only of two holes that could mean, either the one in Calcutta or the ones in outer space. Now as far as I know there are no plans for NASA to send daytrippers to visit the ones in space, at least not next Monday, so I am hoping its Calcutta.
 
 
James said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Where are you Dave! Either you've upset the lady again or on your way to Calcutta.
 
 
Nadine said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Dave, you have't done anything to offend me! I can only think your comment was lost in cyberspace!
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Sorry James. I'm in the bad books, in detention and now my replies are being blocked. Can life get much worse?
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Now she's shouting at me, James
 
 
James said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
What's going on with you pair? Dave, read the lady's comment and stop winding her up or else you really will be in the bad books.Nadine was clearly concerned about you yesterday by asking if you were there. You should be pleased that above all her work and other problems she thought about you.
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
I am not winding Nadine up, I swear, I would never do that in a million years.It never occured to me that some of the messages weren't getting through. I just assumed that Nadine was blocking them. Whoops, sorry, and yes I was really chuffed to bits that Nadine said that, and it yet again confirmed to me that Nadine is simply the best.
 
 
Alison Ampthill said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Great blog Nadine, and spot on. We can all become wrapped up in ur own arguments and thoughts but you have an ability to make the story clearer, not a quality one expects to see in a politician I must say.
 
 
James said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Thank God for that. I hope we're still all friends now. That is a problem though when a comment is sent and does not get posted, you know that it does not contain anything offensive and do wonder why you bothered to write it in the first place. I've had it happen to me and it is very frustrating. You do tend to start thinking something has annoyed Nadine, and thinking back Mike H did have the same problem yesterday and he did comment on it, and we are all blaming Nadine.
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
So, maybe Nadine didn't get the one about comparing her to the Christmas cake and Gordy to the sponge afterall.I'll probably never know....
 
 
Katie said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Maybe Nadine was trying to contact Mr. Cameron, so I wouldn't get too cocky, Dave
 
 
Dave said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Thanks Katie, shoot my already wounded ego down to the ground in flames, why don't you!Now I'm really hacked off.
 
 
Mike H said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
I sent in a light-hearted response to Sweeper's post about the BBC pulling Bill and Ben's strings. It was mainly a gentle dig at one of the other contributors, but it didn't make it through either. I guess the technology isn't 100% reliable. Personally I'm not at all bothered that a two-line joke comment goes missing but, as you say, if you've spent time trying to write a thoughtful response, it is disappointing if it gets lost. As you say, the first assumption tends to be 'oh, Nadine doesn't like what I've written'. On the other hand, if Nadine is personally reviewing all the comments that get submitted, there's probably quite a lot of work involved. I wonder what sort of number are totally inappropriate and have to be consigned to the waste bin? I'd imaging it could be quite high, in which case its not surprising that 'genuine' messages sometimes don't make it onto the website.
 
 
John said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Do you reckon Nadine bought this computer system off the Labour Party cos none of theirs work, Mike
 
 
James said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Well I have had at least 4 messages go astray this morning so I'm bailing out. It's a waste of time
 
 
Sweeper said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
This is soul destroying. You send comments and they don't get posted. I'll try another day
 
 
Katie said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
I sent a comment in a while ago on the new blog and it has not been posted. Some seen to be getting through on this one. What's happening?
 
 
John said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
I don't know Katie perhaps someone's hacking in or something. I don't understand the tech side of it. I managed to get 1 through on new blog though. Someone's splurting latin out on it now
 
 
John said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
I've just tried again on todays blog- no joy yet. Perhaps it's a fault with the internet provider. Perhaps the bill aint been paid.
 
 
Katie said:
Responded: Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Some one's got to be messing about here. I am not writing out messages and then they don't get posted.I give up!
 
 
 
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