Thursday 22 September

Matthew

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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Clegg: Ditch Tories, Win Votes?
We’ll get the ball rolling by asking: would Nick Clegg win back voters if he ditched his Tory chums? Support for the Lib Dems has more than halved since the election 18 months ago. Is it because Clegg looks happier these days at Big Dave’s side, than he did addressing his own party faithful yesterday? Would he lure back voters by ditching the Tories? Or now he’s made his coalition bed, should he lie in it and hope to sneak a few liberal policies through?

We’ll take plenty of calls on that before we get the rest of the headlines from Patrick.

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: What’s Wrong With Cage Fighting Kids?
Then: What’s wrong with cage fighting kids? Footage has emerged of a fight two weeks ago between two boys, aged eight and nine. Filmed at a social club in Lancashire, they’re cheered on by paying adults. Child cruelty charities are in uproar - but is it really that barbaric? We let youngsters compete in martial arts like judo with no complaint. They’re disciplined sports. So why not let kids fight?

Part 6: Viewers To Blame For X-Ploitation Tv?
After that: Are viewers to blame for exploitative reality TV? Fans of the X Factor are said to be outraged that widow Ceri Rees has been lampooned on the show on four separate occasions. But if you reality fans don’t want to see vulnerable people being ridiculed - why don’t you switch off? Cos those poor producers are just giving 11m viewers what they want, aren’t they?

Part 7: Why Don’t We Trust Teetotallers?
And finally: Why don’t we trust teetotallers? Patrick here’s an OJ drinker - and I have to admit, that makes me suspicious. And I’m sure I’m not alone. But with one in seven of us swearing off the sauce - what’s our beef with abstainers? Do we fear they’ll judge our drunken ways? Are we worried they won’t be up for a laugh? Or are we simply jealous they have the discipline we lack to make a healthy lifestyle choice?

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