Friday 25 May

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ON THE WRIGHT STUFF FRIDAY 25TH MAY

PART 1: HELLOS AND MENU

PART 2/3: TIME FOR HUNT TO GO?
For our first phone in we’re asking if Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt should go - a question I’ve avoided till now due to his insistence that he’d done nothing wrong with regard to the row over the BSKYB takeover. But now an older memo has come to light that suggests he favoured Murdoch’s take over just weeks before landing the job of deciding if that bid should go ahead. Mind you David Cameron knew how Hunt felt - and still gave him the gig. Maybe he should go too?

We’ll take plenty of your calls on that before Natalie leads us through the rest of the days headlines.

PART 4: TODAY’S PAPERS

PAPER 5 : MUMS: KIDS AT SCHOOL? GO TO WORK!
After that: Can you call yourself a stay at home Mum once your kids have gone to big school - aren’t you simply lazy? One mum of three asked an agony aunt for help. because her husband wants her to get a job now their sprogs are all settled at school...but she doesn’t want to. Is she being lazy - that’s for you to say.

PART 6: COULD COWELL WIN EUROVISION?
For our final phone-in of the week and with a little more than 24 hours to go before the UK experiences more Eurovision agony,. I want to know if we should put Simon Cowell in charge of our bid for songing contest glory next year. He wants to do it - and I can’t think of one good reason why anyone should stop him - can you?

PART 7: TALKING TELLY WITH KEVIN O’SULLIVAN
And finally: we'll be talking telly a man who’s so ancient he remembers Engelbert Humperdinkydoodoo when he was a baby. yes Sunday Mirror critic Kevin O’Sullivan is back with us - what have you got to entertain us?

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  • Liz

    almost 2 years ago

    Liz

    Mr Wright, your audience is made up of stay at home mums, who tune in while they sort other things out - serves you right if your show gets canned. Most stay at home mums i know work very hard, volunteer to raise funds, prop up schools and leave the way clear for husband / wife / partner to work and pay massive amounts of tax. You need to bear in mind that if one partner works away or has a mega job, that someone else needs to cover school drop-offs, school holidays, GCSE study leave if you live any distance from schools, sick days, teacher training days........He doesn't have a clue. They don't attack working mums, so don't attack them. Vote with your feet and don't watch this rubbish.

  • Elaine Greenwood-Hyde

    almost 2 years ago

    Elaine Greenwood-Hyde

    PAPER 5 : MUMS: KIDS AT SCHOOL? GO TO WORK! I wonder how many people make huge sweeping judgements about other peoples lives based purely on one or two people they know? I worry that too many people spend far too much time stewing over the idea that someone somewhere might be 'getting away' with something. I don't think it does anyone any good at all to live that way. It's an ever increasing problem in the UK. It's poison both for those who think that way and the population in general. It harms those who do it. As well as judgement and envy the level of spite in this country is at an all time high. I'm not a Christian, but I think that 'Let he who is without sin cast the first stone' is still excellent advice.

  • charlotte

    almost 2 years ago

    charlotte

    I would first like to say that I don’t think I would be far wrong in estimating a sizable proportion of your regular viewers are made up of stay at home mothers and fathers. That aside I regularly feel persecuted be family and friends as well as society as a whole for deciding to stay at home for my children, as well as my husband, even after my youngest starts in just a few months. I made a conscious decision to have my children I do not feel comfortable palming them off onto my parents or in laws / sending them off to day camp on the holidays. I make sure I am there for every assembly, church service, summer or Christmas fate and play. I believe I am a good responsible mother who knows what my children are watching, who they play with, what there favourite foods are this week, as well as all of my husband’s meetings at work, which sight he’s at, what problems he’s encountering this week, on top of all that I do regular shops to get the best food at the best prices, walk the dog, hover, wash, clean, maintain a good social relationships with the other mums at school, ready any party paraphernalia the kids might need this month and do all homework, dinner for the family and above all make sure I am ready and available should I be needed by the school or play school due to illness or accident. Neither my parents, in laws or even my husband have been called on in a school emergency or asked to look after my children when they are ill, they will always be at home in bed with me looking after them! I’d also like to point out this leaves my husband clear to work and progress without having to take time off to help me look after the children if their ill of on holiday, all holidays taken by my husband are spent with both of our children and me as a family. I am fed up with the media having pop after pop at stay at home parents and it being viewed as acceptable when it is viewed as completely unacceptable to question the mothering instincts and skills of those women how choose to put babies of 6 week to a year into child care for up to 8 hours a day, or the parents that choose to work until 6 or 8 pm and leave their teenagers to fend for themselves hanging around on street corners and getting pregnant. if you’re going to discuss one mothers choices then I really think it’s only fair to discuss the others. The only problem in this instance is that the choice of the working mother is off limits. One last final point, I hate ironing, much to my husbands disgust, and doo as little as possible. This does not include any form of sheet, tea towel or item of under where

  • Jay

    almost 2 years ago

    Jay

    Mums with Kids at School Matthew I really enjoy your show, but didn't agree with your view calling mums who stay at home - lazy. I think it depends on the individual - you can still be a lazy worker! I have alwlays worked and I'd say being a parent is the most demanding job Ive done. Also my marriage broke down and as a result I felt I had to be there more for my kids, dropping them off, picking them up etc. so they felt secure. Ive been looking for a part time job for over a year, not much out there and very competitive. Kids also have a week over every 5/6 weeks then there is Easter, Xmas and Summer hols. Unless you have a term time job (usually in schools), there probably has to be some form of childcare involved in raising your children, esp if you single. During the days I wash, iron, clean house, cook, shoppping and try to rest. When my two children (both under 8) are home, I have to manage them, help them with homework, settle disputes, feed them, wash up, baths, stories, teaching and by 9pm Im ready for bed. Doing this all on your own is hard work. I'd love to work part time, to contribute to society and be around adults. We need more part-time and job share opportunities so people can have that work/life/parenting balance which would benefit our young people - not just our bank balances.

  • marie

    almost 2 years ago

    marie

    full time mums? Hmm. The woman next door to me is single with 2 kids of about 7/9, doesnt work and is lying in the garden sunning herself. Its supposed to be my day off and i'm doing the housework. My mother didnt work and she had so much time on her hands she had to find a hobby. She didnt want to work. Couldnt hack it in the workplace. Too stressful. Its fine if youv'e got babies but after that, what about putting something back in ? Part-time work or voluntary - especually since they will be getting a full pension. I dont know wh yi bother to go to work sometimes....Its not about attacking women - theyre are plenty of lazy men around too. We are effectively rewarding ppl for not working if they're being supported for most of their lives without ever working.

  • Michael

    almost 2 years ago

    Michael

    Sorry since when has Simon Cowell been an expert in music - most of his acts have flopped, overpaid if you ask me, most of the best music with longevity have come from people like the Hump who do their own thing, he thinks all music before yesterday is old fashioned but we are all still listening to it.

  • Michael

    almost 2 years ago

    Michael

    I think eurovision is a bit of fun and good entertainment and family fun. Its not seeing who the best singer is. Other people don';t take it that seriously in other countries either. But I think the Hump has a great ballad and number of the countries went through with ballads, this country has seriously got to lighten up, we are all too serious!

  • Michael

    almost 2 years ago

    Michael

    Personally I think its sad women atttack other women at the end of the day if you work full time, do all the housework and look after children and complain - well sorry you have anything to complain about, its your choice to do all that, you could work less hours. The problem is for me work has become a demi god and an obsession with careers, depite all this we are still in recession and struggling. I disagree with matthew, I think you can work and not be ambitious. Work is simply something that needs doing and whose to say someone who is paid works harder than someone who is a volunteer or stays at home. You can work hard and have no intention of getting ahead or having ambition, and working extra hard doesn't mean you do a job better than someone who doesn't work as hard, it all depends on pride and doing something right. I would rather the workmen who did our plumbing etc took longer and did it right and not over work. Everyone is made to feel guilty for not being seen to work extra hard as they presume working hard equals more efficiency and a better job - it doesn't! There is cooking, cleaning, shopping, ironing, school preparation for women at home as long as its contribution to a household and that contribution doesn't have to equal money. Most people work these long hours not because they have to survive (mere survival) but because they have to keep up with social norms, have a certain, house car, certain items. That's because today everything is measured in status, when important other aspects to our lives are ignored. My parents worked 5 1/2 days a week in the 50's but had hour lunch breaks, 1/4 hour breaks morning and afternoon and were looked after at work. They came home and forgot about work it was purely functional plus they also took pride in the home. My mom went off work and then went back but only worked part time. They never thought about careers or ambition. When did work suddenly become about career ladders. If work needs doing it should be done. But it seems to me it is not done right, or rushed. The trains are always late and dirty and so are buses, endless road works, poorly planned city centre etc. People are made to feel guilty for having priorities other than work. I have to work, but do housework and look after my elderly dad with diabetes (cook, clean, shop for him, do his finances, pay his bills) but there is only so much that can be done a day and I certainly wouldn't judge other peoples lives and what they do with them. Yet with all this rushing around people still cannot do jobs right and a lot of it is because they either don't have time or they are doing things they are not good at. There is only so much we can do a day. Multitasking have made jobs much more harder to get and difficult to do, my parents 50 years ago only did one task as part of their job now people have to do the work of 4-5 people (all to save money). Plus how many of the people working now do physically demanding jobs? If you do physical work you don't want to come home and do housework as much. A lot of women actually who were against women staying at home do office jobs which is mentally as opposed to physically demanding so obviously people who do physical jobs want to retire earlier and are more tired to do housework. I don't care what people say the continent has got work and life balance much more better and lead better lives and the employees are treated better especially in Scandinavia, France, Spain, Italy and Germany

  • Elaine Greenwood-Hyde

    almost 2 years ago

    Elaine Greenwood-Hyde

    PAPER 5 : MUMS: KIDS AT SCHOOL? GO TO WORK! This has nothing to do with working versus full time mothers and everything to do with being bitchy. It's about time women stopped attacking other women, got on with their own lives, kept their nose out of other womens' business and respected other peoples choices. For goodness sake, women are far to judgmental about other women. There's not that much difference now to when Puritan women were competing to see who was the most virtuous, or the 50s when the competition was to see who had the whitest whites or cleanest doorstep. Life is not a contest. It's certainly not a contest against other women. It's about time women got a grip and looked to making their own lives happy and fulfilled and stopped this gossipy bitchiness for good!

  • Paul wilson

    almost 2 years ago

    Paul wilson

    What would Simon Cowell know about music. He put rapping pensioners wearing baseball caps on sideways into Britain's Got Talent. Engelbert can win the Eurovision this year. We have a great song. Also fed up of the bores who slag Eurovision every year. It is just a bit of fun and light entertainment. There are a few good songs this year. If you want to see talentless weirdo's wearing daft clothes who can't sing, then watch Freshly Squeezed on channel 4. No music but great if you want a laugh. Engelbert is still better than the dreadful Hawkwind.

  • George, Glasgow

    almost 2 years ago

    George, Glasgow

    I believe this vindicates Vince Cable as showing how bad this whole business is!! All we are getting here from these people in government and News International is "Not me gov, better ask him about that" "Who me gov, Why would I?" Jeremy Hunt should resign. Adam Smith was acting in Hunt's interests and is taking the fall on his behalf. 30 years old and a "Special Advisor" to a government secretary? WHO IS KIDDING WHO 'ERE???? This is a smoke screen to who should be resigning. Andy Colsen had NO clearance for the level of meetings he was involved in. He held £40,000 of shares in BSKYB while acting in the interest of government. Cameron should be resigning over that one never mind Hunt!!!!. You talk of apathy?? This enquiry is not even asking the right questions and it's a sad day when John Prescott, Max Mosley and Max Clifford get to take the moral high ground!?!?

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