David Essex joins Lee Hurst and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
Part 1: Hellos & Menu
Parts 2 & 3: £1bn Bribe For Businesses To Get Youth Working?
Will Nick Clegg’s £1bn youth contract get our 1m unemployed young people working? Or is it nothing more than a bribe for businesses to help get youth unemployment figures down? Firms will be paid to employ jobless 18-to-24-year-olds, who aren’t in any other form of education or training. Subsidies could encourage firms to take a chance on youngsters, introducing them to the world of work. But is this just cheap labour for employers? And if the work’s not there in the long-term, what will bribing employers to take on staff actually achieve?
We’ll take plenty of calls on that before it’s over to Dave for the rest of today’s headlines.
Part 4: Today’s Papers
Part 5: No Smoking In Your Own Home?
Barely a month after moves to stop smoking in cars in Wales, a new government advert in England is set to warn of the dangers to your kids of secondhand smoke in your home. Doctors go further, saying to protect kids we should ban smoking at home altogether. But isn’t telling smoking parents what they can do in their own property with a perfectly legal product a case of nanny state gone too far?
Part 6: Bring Back Grammar Schools
20 new grammar schools are set to open across the country over the next three years, the first expansion of selective state education in 50 years. Grammars regularly top league tables - but do we really want to return to a system that labels kids as successes or failures at the tender age of 11? Isn’t that why we ditched grammars before?
Part 7: Weird Not To Celebrate Your Own Birthday?
It seems not all of us enjoy cakes, cards and a knees-up on our special day. Some would rather give the whole thing a miss. Should we force them to enjoy it? Or respect their right not to be happy about being another year older?