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Monday, 14 March 2011

Today's show 14/03/11

Good to see that whoever updates your web site managed to get to work today, unlike Friday...

1) Japan Nuclear Plant Explosion - After a second explosion in the Fukushima nuclear plant, is this the evidence the world's been waiting for that nuclear power is not safe? : I remember with great fondness your attempt to hold a meanigful discussion on thefts from oil-fired domestic central heating systems on 28th January and your woeful lack of knowledge and research in to how they were installed and worked. Based on that, am I expected to believe that you have actually gained some knowledge on nuclear energy by doing some research, or will you just try and "wing it" again like you did with oil-fired heating systems? Unfortunately your reputation dictates otherwise and I suspect that conjecture, bias and speculation will rule over this discussion. I live within 10 miles of the decommissioned Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station and within 50 miles of the still-functioning Wylfa Nuclear Power Station (map here
). Perhaps I should stop sleeping at night. Next...

2) Japan Aid - The Japanese earthquake and tsunami caused terrible devastation, but given Japan is one of the biggest economic powers in the world, should we be giving aid? : Oooohhh... a vote. We haven't had one of these for a while. Please make sure you tell Mr Hague the outcome as I am sure he will be waiting for your decision. Next...

3) Motorway Speed Limit - The government wants to raise the speed limit on motorways to eighty miles per hour. Will that get the country moving or lead to more accidents? : The Daily Mail makes their own special contribution to your programme again! Fantastic. The important word in the DM's headline is "could", not "will". The last pointless discussion on this topic was hosted by the anonymous Paddy O'Connell ONLY TWO WEEKS AGO on 28th February. What has changed since then? Or does this just mean that you really have no idea what happens on your programme when you are away? Next...

4) The Eden Project - How the story of the Eden project in Cornwall can inspire an economic revival in Britain. We talk to it's founder, Tim Smit : I've been there, and they are doing a great job. It's not news though.

The first contributor to the Nuclear Plant Explosion discussion was a reporter from the Daily Mail. The JV Show and the Daily Mail really are a match made in heaven.

A classic quote from JV some 20-odd minutes in to the discussion: "I think perhaps we should speak to an expert on nuclear energy and get the facts..."
Perhaps he is realising just how out of his depth he really is. I knew I could rely on him for misleading information, because that is ALL he has.
But why would he want to change the habit of a lifetime?

Complaint lodged on BBC web site:

The explosion at a nuclear power plant in Japan was discussed on the show today. Some 20+ minutes in to the discussion Mr Vine stated, quote: "I think perhaps we should speak to an expert on nuclear energy and get the facts...".

Instead, Mr Vine chose to speak to a reporter from the Daily Mail newspaper, whose opening line stated that he wasn't at the power station and was only reporting hearsay.

To prevent speculation, misinformation and scare-mongering I would have thought that any discussion on a topic of this kind would need to have the input from such an expert before going to air. I fail to see how anything meaningful or accurate can come from discussing this emotive topic without having all of the facts available to the presenter.

My complaint is that Mr Vine has, again, failed to research a topic adequately before attempting to discuss it on his programme.

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