Thursday 26 July

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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Time For George Osborne To Go?
First up: Is it time for chancellor George Osborne to go? He’s presided over Britain’s worst peacetime economic performance in more than 100 years; despite savage spending cuts things aren’t improving - unless you’re super rich. So should he fall on his sword? But if he was to go who on earth should replace him? Has Vince Cable, has anyone got any fresh ideas to get Britain back on track?

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

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: Fever Over Flu Vaccine For Kids?
Moving on: Are you one of those parents who’s in a fever over plans to vaccinate ever child in England and Wales against flu? Within minutes of the government’s £100m announcement chat rooms were filled with parents fretting about everything from brain disease to asthma, which they think could follow the annual nasal spray treatment. Are you worrying about nothing?

Part 6: Raving Mad To Let Young Teens Go Clubbing?
After that: Are parents raving made to let their young teens go clubbing? Teen clubs like Oceania and Let’s Go Crazy provide alcohol-free nights for youngsters aged 13-18 who want to party till midnight. But critics claim drugs and drug dealers are rife in teen clubs. Indeed a judge this week claimed parents who think their sprogs will be protected from drugs and drink in such venues are naive. Well are you?

Part 7: Peeling Off In Public Parks For A Tan
And finally the pros and cons of Peeling off in public parks for an all over tan. Would you strip down to your undies or put on a bikini to get skin cancer while lying on a bed of grass regularly watered by dog pee. Are you crazy? Aren’t you asking for hassle?

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  • Michael

    over 1 year ago

    Michael

    Its easier say to get a volunteer job or getting some form of benefit than actually getting paid work which cannot be right, but thats not the fault of the people doing those things its the fault of employment and the difficulty of getting work as most people need money quickly and most who are limited anyway will go for the things that are easier to get, but no-one can blame them and also they see a system where employers are harsh, ask to do too much for their roles and think well hold on I have other problems/commitments and think they will be working for not much money. Also my parents generation didn't care much for careers and getting ahead, they just wanted work for money which they could use, most jobs now are career orientated, there are a lot of people uninterested in careers and just want a job, but they cannot get most work unless they are career orientated so its a vicious circle

  • Michael

    over 1 year ago

    Michael

    Problem is now, people have to have qualifications even to get a basic job, plus employers are much more picky and choosy who they employ, so even if someone has qualifications and experiences they might not be employed this is stopping people actually just going and doing some form of work and therefore stopping flow of labour and getting the jobs actually done, most of which aren't all complicated, they are some of the most basic menial jobs, its also stopping people contributing in their own way and creating stress for the people who are employed who now have to do more

  • Michael

    over 1 year ago

    Michael

    I personally wdon't think all kids should have flu vaccines, my mother stopped me having it as I had immune and neurological problems so it depends on the child and if they can cope with the flaccine, I had tonsilitis and chickenbox as well as a child and am glad my mom stopped me having flu and other vaccines, I have never had flu

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  • Michael

    over 1 year ago

    Michael

    The reality is Osborne is not really in touch with the real world and comes from a sort of class of people in a bubble who have never started at the bottom to work up and so have not been through what many of had to go through. But even more of a problem is the way Britain has stiffled itself. Before somebody could work at the bottom and if they wished worked up, but now many people miss that part out and so have no real loyalty to the places they are at, equally employers have no loyalty to workers. Before even people with disabilities could do something and find suitable work but now the expectations of employers has meant many struggle to even get a basic job. Basically before you did less and got more, now you have to do more to get even less, there's no fluidity in employment. My aprents in the 50's did not very much to get a basic job, in todays climate at the age of 15 they would not have worked at all, but in the 50s they worked full time for a standard living wage in a factory. Their money also stretched further and so were able to even buy a house. Obviously the wage structure is different but even compared to then, people money now doesn't stretch far. It means people work longer and harder to maintain a standard of living. But also people are forced to do more for their money per hour whereas before you were often trained on the job, but this did not stop productivity or cost huge amounts, obviously too there were loads of semi-skilled and unskilled jobs too which people didn't need much qualifications for and it was also more manufacturing. manufacturing as with many jobs now are done by machines, saving labour costs, many employers save on labour as in reality there is less jobs now than ever in the past, yet it is made out we need more and more jobs. The jobs that are available are combined, in the past everyone did a certain job but now receptionist, data entry, admin etc are all combined in one role therefore saving money, which has meant many disabled for example are shoved out of the labour markets as they can only do certain jobs, same with all people who are limited in time or ability. This has meant less contributing to the economy and therefore less productivity, less employed and also the country has economically suffered too. Also the focus has been on academia and service sectors which again only makes so much money when really products need to be sold. So really I cannot udnerstand where people keep saying we need more jobs, this will only happen if there are changes in flexibilty of employers and work in general and looking at what roles are created, because in reality most jobs have been swolled up by the need to save money and machinery, in the past manufacturing used to have loads of people to work machines, loads of jobs which machines weren't used, looking at most shops they have self-checkouts (saving money but actually not saving time!) and yet we talk about creating jobs, equally we create jobs that don't need creating, we have fruit picking jobs yet we throw tonnes of good fruit away, none of it makes ay sense at all to me. The inefficiencies and underuse of labour is shocking, there are plenty of ways to do work and business differently to create better flexibility and more efficiency but most running the country haven't a clue!

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  • Denise Atkinson

    over 1 year ago

    Denise Atkinson

    Talking about economics - has anyone heard of Professor Steve Keene - he has the answer !!!

  • George, Glasgow

    over 1 year ago

    George, Glasgow

    This man has presided over half of the longest period of "DEPRESSION" in over 100 years, of course he should go!! Since the 1930's it has been apparent that the ONLY way to get yourself out of resession is to grow your way out, not give the bankers all the more cash to hide away in hedge funds!! I would be MORE than happy to participate in a growth program having been unemployed for over 2 years now

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