OK the TV blew up at the weekend so I went out and purchased a Panasonic TH37PX80 plasma, I'll post the HUKD thread in the follow up message - it illustrates a lot of the points I am trying to make.
Now my wife asked me why I had to have a plasma - I said they _CRUSH_ LCD TV sets on a number of issues - black depth, motion blur and SD content. However plasma's are only really available in sizes 37" and above (LG make a 32" plamsa but it has image retention problems) so if you want a small telly your pretty much stuck with LCD.
However as we looked around the shop everyone was buying LCD's even big LCD's - a man came in and said "I want the best telly you have" to the salesman he promptly pointed him to a Samsung LCD (naturally playing BBC HD preview channel).
My wife started to get worried and wondered if my praise of plasmas was misplaced however once we got the telly home and set it up and began to watch she was reassured by the stunning picture quality on both SD and HD and the complete lack of motion blur.
Now we happened to have a SKY HD box as a source and an HDMI cable (but not the subscription so only BBC and C4 HD for me) however the vast majority of the population connect their LCD TV up to their source using a SCART lead (or use the built in tuner) - so 1080p is straight out the window. Also even if you have the Sky HD subscription you still spend most of your time watching SD which on an LCD is horrible (IMO).
Now my tv only has a resolution of 1024*768 - less than any comparibly priced LCD but the image it produces is far superior especially when fed a SD source. So why is the whole country LCD and 1080p obsessed??