Monday 21 May

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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Olympic Torches: Hot Deals On Ebay!
Our first burning issues is just that, the flaming row over Olympic torches being flogged on Internet auction sites. They costs bearers £215 to buy - although you don’t have purchase one - but hours after use they’re attracting bids of as much as 153 grand. Newspapers are outraged but Olympic organisers don’t seem that bothered - should they be?

We’ll hear what you have to say on that before it’s over to Diane for the rest of today’s headlines.

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: Facebook’s Green Light For Pre-Teens
And then we’re going to discuss Facebook’s plan to open its cyber doors to pre-teens. At present the controversial social networking site is open only to kids 13 and over because of American legal restrictions but Facebook’s British boss says many parents here allow pre teens to use the site. So maybe those rules should change.

Part 6: Political Correctness Stifling Free Speech?
After that: Is political correctness stifling free speech? Do you feel unable to speak your mind on the issues of the day lest a bunch of armchair critic jumps down your throat? We hear a lot about how awful the PC police are but maybe they’re needed to protect minorities from being bullied and abused?

Part 7: Staines-Upon-Thames - Wicked Name, Innit?
And finally: I want to know what you think Ali G would make of his hometown Staines changing its name to Staines-Upon-Thames. Pretentious nonsense or a change for the better?

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Comments (5)

  • Lois Goff

    almost 2 years ago

    Lois Goff

    I don't agree with Facebook or thirteen year olds going on it so no I don't agree with under thirteens going on it and if I had kids they wouldn't get to go on it, it would just be computing and emailing and texting.

  • Michael

    almost 2 years ago

    Michael

    Most english here in the west midlands were also poor when he arrived, all races can be poor. Poverty, disease and unemployment affect all groups including the white british look in any history book and see it

  • Michael

    almost 2 years ago

    Michael

    I have to disagree with the idea all irish were attacked amd abused in britain. My dad comes from ireland (came in the 50s) and has loads of english friends and was never abused. Although he lived in an area which was mainly english and married an englishwoman, it helped him enormously. In areas with loads of irish congregating people obviously were more threatened both culturally and religiously and its no wonder many white british moved. He wasnt someone to only go where people like him were, he respected where he was and got respect back. Equally if loads of british went to ireland as they did, they would be abused which they were, so racism cuts all ways. His attitude of coming and respecting has allowed us to not be a separate irish enclave and anyway the cultural differences are minute at best. It also ignores ireland has always been made of various ethnic commumities norse- gaels, anglo-irish, gaels, gaelic speakers and non gaelic, catholics, protestants (which made up a third at one points) etc. Its wrong just to attack the english, Scots and welsh and not understand their point of view and most annoyance is due to inconsistencies. The cultural majority has often been ignored and has no cultural voice so feels isolated. Multiculturalism has wrongly assumed just celebrating the minorities. I read diane's post original and it was talking in the past, we dont live then but now so it has no relevance, we can all rake the past up to win arguments.

  • Fiona

    almost 2 years ago

    Fiona

    Facebook, why cant it be the kids have a sub-page like 'dogbook' ? Fiona

  • Suzy

    almost 2 years ago

    Suzy

    Diane Abbott - 270 people died in the Lockerbie bombing not 254 - as a politician surely details are important.

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