Wednesday 15 August


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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Should Private Firms Run Public Services?
For our first phone in: Should private firms run public services? Defence secretary Philip Hammond says the G4S Olympic cock-up has made him think twice about privatising parts of the Armed Forces. Business Secretary Vince Cable reckons the Royal Bank of Scotland should be nationalised too. But is state ownership really best? The Tories want to farm chunks of education, healthcare and roads out to private firms, saying it’ll increase efficiency and kickstart the economy. They might be right, but are those things that should be run for profit?

We’ll take plenty of calls on that before it’s over to Greg for the rest of the day’s headlines.

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: Have Olympic Heroes Shamed Footballers?
After that: Have our Olympic heroes put footballers to shame? England manager Roy Hodgson says footballers should follow Team GB athletes’ example and conduct themselves better on the pitch. Whilst the media’s predicting a backlash against overpaid, oversexed footie stars when the season kicks off on Saturday. Are they right? Has the passion and dedication of our Olympians made you see spoilt footballers in a different light?

Part 6: Middle Class Mums-To-Be: Chillax!
After that: Should middle class mums-to-be chillax? Last night BBC Two’s The Midwives contrasted teen mums with a somewhat relaxed approach to dropping a sprog, with harried professional women micro-managing every aspect of pregnancy and birth - even down to hiring the perfect birthing partner. Which is better? Well-off mums might think they’re giving baby the best start in life, but isn’t childbirth already the most natural process in the world?

Part 7: Selfish To Put Career Before Family?
And finally: Is it selfish to put your career before family life? In the last couple of weeks I couldn’t help thinking that whilst our athletes sacrificed a lot to succeed, their families put up with a lot too. Is that fair? Having a great job and excellent prospects means more financial security. It also means you’re a more fulfilled person, and hopefully nicer to be around. But what’s the point if you’re never actually there? Wouldn’t your family rather have you at home?


  • Thu 16 Aug

    Hardeep Singh Kohli is joined by Anna Williamson, who's fronting a Childline campaign.


  • Tue 14 Aug

    Hardeep Singh Kohli hosts the topical debate show.

  • Mon 13 Aug

    Hardeep Singh Kohli hosts while Matthew Wright's on holiday.

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Comments (8)

  • Graeme

    over 1 year ago


    I love watching The Wright Stuff, however, I work 9-5 so always try to watch online here. PLEASE sort out your player. If I ever loose connection, or if the player freezes (which happens alot on I have to sit through advert breaks all over again unlike 4od and others where you get the 'resume' symbol l> The ad breaks are often out of sync and interrupt guests while speaking. And often the video will cut out with an apology box saying "this content is currently unavailable" in which case I have to abandon watching altogether. Sort it out please

  • Andy Conway

    over 1 year ago

    Andy Conway

    Hardeep or Hardup??? This is clearly a clever guy but a presenter I don't think so? He's no comedian either as he thinks he is. Could've got another Scot with a far more interesting personality. Kevin Bridges perhaps???

  • Natalie

    over 1 year ago


    Why does Hardeep interrupt every caller? Surely you could have found a better presenter.

  • Si

    over 1 year ago


    See you've got a BBC cameraman in the studio today lol.

  • Austin

    over 1 year ago


    hadeep needs to let callers speak

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  • Peter Tate

    over 1 year ago

    Peter Tate

    As a public sector employee, this is one of the debates which enrages the workforce; simply the loss of a public service to profit-driven corporations. Public service is difficult and often worthless in terms of the thanks received. Everyone owns you and the country feels you are a slave to their demands. Losses are accrued through Government, by the overwhelming regulation and guidance that forces every step to be considered in the minutest detail to ensure that service is not found lacking. Private business has a different ethos, i.e. employ workers, not bureaucrats, so has more free rein to achieve an outcome, usually quicker and at a lower cost. Tie into this, the fact that a public sector service has to be politically aware and all of a sudden, costs escalate massively. I could talk for days about the losses services accrue through politics and adherence to poor Government directives, but that would take a few programmes....

  • George, Glasgow

    over 1 year ago

    George, Glasgow

    Private sector running public services??? Quite the opposite Hardeep, I believe many things that have been made private SHOULD be nationalised again!! Look at what has happened to the energy sector, ripping EVERYONE off with the slightest of opportunity, the water boards, doing the same. The rail companies?? They give livestock more room to move in than passengers!!!!! In Japan, if your train is more than one minute late, the operator has to give you back your fare, and give you a late note to give to your employer!! And they deal with earthquakes, volcano's and tsunami's!!!! (Ever felt treated like a fool??) The real earners in the NHS are the GP's, who are self employed, not working for the NHS!! But paid by them!!!!! So we get private police forces next? Private armies?? There was a retired general in the 70's wanted to do just that during the winter of discontent!?!?