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?