Monday 27 February

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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Immigrants: Earn £35k To Stay In Uk!
For our first phone-in: We’ll hear what you think of ConDem plans to demand non EU immigrants earn a minimum £35K a year if they want to stay in the UK after five years. The plan could see around 40,000 workers booted out each year. But is £35k too high a target, it’s 34% more than the average wage of £26,000 grand a year. In Australia the threshold’s 23% less.

We’ll take plenty of calls on that before it’s over to Sarah for the rest of today’s headlines.

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: Pope: Natural Parenting Better Than Ivf!
And then: Was the pope off his holy rocker when he attacked IVF babies at the weekend? IVF reduces the process of reproduction to creating a product, he said. Doing it naturally is the only acceptable way. What, I wonder, do those of you who’ve had an IVF tot make of that?

Part 6: Does Hijab Get You Thru Security Quicker?
Then: do women who wear the Hijab get through airport security quicker than the rest of us? When Fireman Sam creator David Jones pondered that question out loud while he was queuing to go airside. He was subsequently detained by security and accused of racism. He’s furious but does he have any right to be?

Part 7: Would Gift Of Washing Up Bowl You Over?
And finally: If a fella does the washing up, can that be considered a gift of love to his partner? 50 per cent of blokes think it should be. What can you deduce from that?

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  • Michael

    2 years ago

    Michael

    However there is a huge inequality, those who are immigrants and get a job do not necessarily have to do much to get that job, most have community networks where some form of employment is given out without the person having to do much to get it. Unlike most British who have to apply and go to interviews

  • Michael

    2 years ago

    Michael

    There are huge differences between work experience (which is purely experienced based employment, non-pressured, where a person not only does some work but learns about an organisation, normally as part of courses as a taster to the work), volunteer work which is purely unpaid work, without the rules and regulations of paid work and where people often give up their free time to keep busy and help out, but again non-pressured, and work which is doing the job of a normal employee but you are unpaid. I totally disagree with 17 year olds getting less money than 40 year olds if they are doing the same job regardless of age, sex, or whatever you deserve the same pay. Most people who talk about these low paid jobs are wouldn't do it themselves and most people want so called better jobs. Most people even in the private sector don't do menial manual physical jobs which makes people tired quicker and who working wise have more physical problems as they get older. Its employers who have made these rules up regarding paying younger people less, making more basic work more harsher and horrible to do, not that it is in itself horrible to do. Any job not matter how basic can be valued but successive governments and society attitudes have devalued them, its not young peoples fault they are confused and if even basic work was paid better and more valued, people would do them. The idea that if peopel weren't paid nobody would do these jobs is ubbish, volunteers regularly do menial work with no payment but they environments they work in aren't harsh and oppressive and they are treated well which is why they do them, afterall people do this work all the time at home, ironing, fence painting, vaccuuming etc - all menial jobs. Yet people are paid ridiculous money for doing very little, while people working hard doing physical work get paid less, thats what annoys people.

  • michael

    2 years ago

    michael

    why do people want better jobs, i presume for status, all jobs that need doing should be valued and paid well, the menial jobs are actually the most important and should be paid accordingly. yet the people moaning about unemployment are usually the ones who wouldnt want £4ph, most people in this country dont do physical work for low wages and people who are so called successful are few and far between. some people have no choice but to do basic work as tjey dont fit with. what society expects of them.

  • michael

    2 years ago

    michael

    i totally disagree with the idea people do jobs others british people dont want. i live in a former manufacturing area, there were all white british doing menial jobs mostly physical and hard work, but there were major differences between then and now. firstly people moan now about people getting jobs, this however depends on qualifications, experience, whether you face fits etc. in 1950s cvs, job interviews, applications were often unheard of for basic menial work. access to work was easier. also what you had to do for your money was a lot less. employers were also much more likely to try to incorporate the disabled. actually firms have downsized since the 1980s, they are happy for those at the bottom to compete with each other as long as they protect their jobs and profits. people keep talking about the work ethic. what is this so called work ethic? people can have loads of different worth ethics and yet achieve the same end result. 'hungry for work' what is this?. presumably to work really hard and really long hours without being valued any more than if you worked half as hard and half the amount of hours. succeed at what exactly? people are going to be dead and buried and all you will be remebered for is how nice your were. yet all this hard work has not meant success for most people. work has been elevated from being only an aspect of someones life to the dominating feature affected all other aspects of peoples lives. people with families also have other responsibilies. this work ethic is driven by the need to succeed, get ahead, have a career. none of these things existed in the factories of the 1950s, people only worked for basic survival. expectations and achievements like that didnt exist. they learnt what they had to (often on the job), did it went home. now employers have high expectations often which job seekers cannot match, at least in the 1950s they gave people opportunities to work for real cash. by the way work experience was unheard of, people who worked got paid. my parents went into work with no experience, qualifications, and were helped the moment they left school to the first work day and beyond. there were loads of help and support like a family and how it works in germany which is based on collective responsibility. british employers dont care they get whoever is the cheapest and whoever they can use the most. they take advantage of the so called foreign work ethic and use people. british people know their attitudes and wont go for it. most of these employers could have easily tried harder especially with the disabled. there is a scheme in the south where the disabled have packed boxes for well know companies and i'd say they work better and care about what they do, there work is not slavery. there's working and then there's slave labour, to fit into a bizarre work ethic. the idea disabled people cannot work or dont what to for the vast majority is rubbish, where is ways there's means. i've worked with the disabled people, and they do great work given the right environment, job role (not doing jobs they cannot do), and employer attitude. in my local jobcentre i have seen loads of ethnic minority people unemployed, unemployment affects every race and religion. employers have. made simpler/menial work unattractive by poor wages, bad slave driver attitudes, work doesnt have to be tackled in such an attitude, there isnt a right way to approach work. most work in this country is poorly organised and other work is unnecessary. we get immigrants to pick fruit and veg yet supermarkets through tonnes away, they are getting rich on immigrant labour. they dont care about them. yet with all the work ethic i have seen dirty/potholed roads, abandoned homes and unpainted shop fronts and dirty hospitals and unhelpful customer services. its not work ethic its pride needed. people.are.too busy working to paint their own house or care for their family or environment.

  • Romolo

    2 years ago

    Romolo

    on the IVF issue. . . whatever happened to adoption?!! There are plenty of parentless children who are begging for a loving couple that want a child so badly that they'd be willing to go through all the hulabaloo of IVF. . . so why not simply adopt?

  • dennis

    2 years ago

    dennis

    I worked in Africa and the midle east for 25 years and there you have to have a job befor they will issue a work permit or visa.Every year you have to reaply for your visa and work permit.The problem here is not the ones working as long as they pay taxes like the rest of usthere should be no limit on their earnings.the biggest problem with immigration is the people comming as political refugee's when they arrive many have passed through 2 continents to get here the refugee act says you have to go to the nearest place of safe haven not the nearest continent

  • scott

    2 years ago

    scott

    we have many people saying this policy is wrong.. specialy barry.... wage's do need to go up how is it £6.08 a hour is fair 40hours a week is not enough to pay rent bill's and council tax....i earn £6.30 hour it is not practicle if i lived in my own place i could not afford to live at all rent is higher than Norway which has double our wage's FACT

  • Roy McKie

    2 years ago

    Roy McKie

    Roy South Yorkshire I cook, clean, and do as much as possable in the house to help my wife, now we're at retirement age.

  • Dean

    2 years ago

    Dean

    Im a 6'1 rugby playing former member of the Parachute Regiment, as well as being a single father! Real men cook, clean and care for the people around them. If you think differently you're living in the stone age (and a lazy sod to boot!)

  • Max Nottingham

    2 years ago

    Max Nottingham

    Kew only has a 5 per cent Labour vote Talk about fur coats and no knickers

  • max nottingham

    2 years ago

    max nottingham

    Airports semm chaos. Glad I dont fly

  • Len Bentley

    2 years ago

    Len Bentley

    I do not do housework it is unfair. But BB is tolerant

  • max nottingham

    2 years ago

    max nottingham

    I dont do housework; but reallise it is unfair on BB, If I was on my own it wud be chaos with a capital K

  • Paul wilson

    2 years ago

    Paul wilson

    Is Jeremy Edwards for real? I used to like him but after this morning I have absolutely no respect for him.anymore. Listen Mr Edwards, washing up should be a shared activity. It is not a job that is just done by women. Also how is a man helping to clear up not being a real man. Men who wash up ARE REAL MEN. Are women who do DIY, work as mechanics and drive lorries, not real women then. I cannot believe we having this discussion in 2012.

  • Cathy

    2 years ago

    Cathy

    Are the panel missing the point here? why was the woman allowed to go through with her face covered while he had to take his scarf off? Surely that is a two tiered system? One for all and all that?

  • George, Glasgow

    2 years ago

    George, Glasgow

    It is a very rare thing for me to agree with the pope, but he is right, but for the wrong reasons!! The planet only has a finite amount of resources, and we as a species are using far more than our fair share. That is where the arrogance is. I would also like to see if there is a correlation between the rise in I.V.F. and the drop in adoptions??

  • Caroline

    2 years ago

    Caroline

    I think that instead of 'booting out' non-EU immigrants we should completely change our attitude to them. They arrive here, find somewhere to live & get a job; something many of our population seem incapable of doing. They work hard to support themselves, & often a family. We should be applauding this work ethic & holding them up as great example. They may start with low paid, sometimes unpleasant, jobs, but they know 'the great secret' that the best way to get a better job is to have a job in the first place.

  • emma

    2 years ago

    emma

    we have ran out of money because our so called government has bugged up again and give yet more money to another country that we can not afford why ?

  • emma

    2 years ago

    emma

    we are running out the money because we keep giving it a way to other country's . we need to sort our country out not other country's

  • chris

    2 years ago

    chris

    This is a distraction, more people come in from EU than others! non EU on visa DO NOT CLAIM benefits, this is plan racist! this like using people and dumping them. use them up in 5 years and send them back. its wicked, pure wicked, why allow them to come in the first place, when you know that graduates in this country do not earn that much? this government is creating a racial segregated society! they are feeding people with hate- hate for race! the consequence will put this country back 100 years!

  • Cathy

    2 years ago

    Cathy

    I used to think like that and then one day found myself saying when he got home from work, I've lit the fire FOR YOU. We both do what different things around the house to make things go smoothly.

  • Sheila

    2 years ago

    Sheila

    My first husband used to say he had done the washing up for me. FOR ME!! So he hadn't eaten then? You will notice he was my ' first' husband.

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