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Axle Whitehead - Friday 17 May

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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Why Are So Many Of Us Abusing Booze?
For the first time, alcohol-related hospital admissions in England have topped a million in a single year. So why, despite the millions spent on campaigns telling us to be careful, can we still not get our heads round how much is too much to drink? Can us Brits just not handle booze?

After that it’s over to Axle for the rest of the headlines

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: Fairest Way To Hand Out School Places?
Education secretary Michael Gove has announced an end to school place lotteries, as well as trying to stop schools from picking pupils based simply on how nearby they live. It’ll give poorer kids a greater chance of getting into the best schools - but it’ll still leave many parents hopping mad. So if your child missed out on a place at their first choice school this year, do you think this new system will help? If not, do you know a fairer way of allocating places?

Part 6: Welcome Cheryl Back To Uk X Factor?
And then our last phone-in of the week: would you welcome Cheryl Cole back to the UK version of the X Factor, now the Geordie lass has been dumped by the American show? She didn’t need us when she thought she was going to make it big stateside, did she? So should we take her back now?

Part 7: Talking Telly With Kevin O'sullivan
And finally: We’re going to be talking telly with the Sunday Mirror’s Kevin O'Sullivan. We’ll be looking at Geordie Shore; Channel 5’s Pawn Stars; Diagnosis: Live From The Clinic - and looking forward to yet more detective drama In Scott And Bailey; plus new comedy with Alexander Armstrong In The Big Ask.

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Comments (5)

  • John Host

    almost 3 years ago

    John Host

    It’s a bit rich for grossly overpaid celebrities to be calling British works greedy and lazy.

  • R C

    almost 3 years ago

    R C

    I was going to say more or less what the above people said. I have Polish friends who have told me the same as above. Also there are eastern europeans who come here to sign on, I read an article in a Polish magazine, that was telling what benefits were available and how to get them.

  • Cathy

    almost 3 years ago


    Totally gree with above comments, the panel obviously have no idea of what is really happening here. Our local Pub has been taken over with Polish workers and I'm sure it's the same in many cases, they come over here and stay in a shared room above the premises, they send most of their money home to save for a property over there which is a fraction of the price here. The Landlord gets away with lower than minimum wage because board & lodging is thrown in. It has taken all the jobs once done by local people who have mortgages, rent etc., They also said that we can go and work anywhere in Europe if we want to be bothered to learn the language (again offensive) we can barely have a conversation with some workers in the catering trade now they speak the absolute minimum. Also places like France will not employ and British worker if there is a French worker to do the job they look after their own. This is also a big problem in the Building industry where they will undercut because they don't have the obverheads that we have. I think the panel are living in a bubble and only think about getting cheap labour to do their work.

  • michael

    almost 3 years ago


    I totally diagree with the comments on migrants. The comments completely ignore the situation. The point is few of those migrants had to go through the application and interview processes that brits go through. There are by the way many asians blacks and other ethnic groups unemployed too. Also the fact that eastern europeans are trained in construction is how bad construction and the avenues and courses are in construction is in this country with expensive courses and few courses which is why so many either set up business with no qualifications and do botched jobs or give up on it as there isnt enough courses and its too expensive. Courses in eastern europe are more available and less expensive. Also the fact employers can get away with working people to ridiculous hours as they often get people to do the jobs of 4-5 people. When my parents were working in the 1950's they did 40 hours a week and had time for raising children and leisure time. Now people are worked to death and fear loosing their job. They take advantage of migrant workers. Brits know their rights which they have worked hard for which the employers know. Plus the fact the migrants coming over havent got mental or physical disabilities. 95% of people with disabilities want to work but only 20% are employed because employers dont want to employ them and the fact employers dont want to employ people who can only do certain things they want all singing or dancing people. Plus the fact employers dont want to create roles like in the 1950's where people only do one job and when the rate of disabled people employed was far higher. This is not a black white issue.

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