Tuesday 25 September

Matthew

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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Tax The Rich!
First up: Tax the rich! What do you think of Lib Dem plans to squeeze a few more quid out of anyone earning 50k a year or living in a million pound house? Is this taxing the rich as they’re saying at the Lib Dem conference in Brighton or rinsing the middle classes once again? And equally importantly will such policies win your vote?

We’ll take plenty of calls on that before Debra leads us through the rest of the day’s headlines.

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: Maternity Pay For Mum Who Used Surrogate
Then: should a woman who hired a surrogate to provide her with a baby boy get maternity pay? The law says no and so this lady is taking the government to court. Does she have a case? She didn’t have to carry the child - but she does need to bond with him. The surrogate is legally entitled to paid time off. Should she be forced to waive that right or maybe swap with the woman she helped?

Part 6: Budget Squeeze = Budget Food?
Moving on: has the financial crisis seen you ditch pricey organic foods from your shopping basket? Stats show there’s been a 25 per cent plunge since the recession hit in 2009. Have you given up on organic or other quality foods? Did you have any choice?

Part 7: Smart Students Start Uni Single!
And finally: Do smart students start university as singletons? Do those who want to get the most out of their 3 years at uni dump their girlfriends and boyfriends before arriving for freshers week? 50 per cent of freshers are still dating people from home - are they a bunch of saddos?

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Comments (11)

  • Paul Davies

    over 1 year ago

    Paul Davies

    Talking on midsummer murders it's a real English show and should remain an English show why do we have to have Asians in this show the last of our heratige has now gone

  • ClaudiaHoffmann

    over 1 year ago

    ClaudiaHoffmann

    My heart goes out to those middle class families on £50,000 a year, who face the idea of having to pay more in taxes. The thought of having to cancel little Jemima's ballet class or Tarquin's violin lessons, must be devastating for them. Where will it all end, pretty soon they will have to give up buying organic food and have to live on supermarket own brands and then life really won't be worth living for them.

  • Nikidoodles

    over 1 year ago

    Nikidoodles

    On the subject of surrogacy I would firstly like to point out that it is illegal to 'financially benefit' from being a surrogate mother and the assumption that we are hired out is untrue. A surrogate gets paid reasonable pregnancy expenses and nothing more. If it is found that a surrogate has financially benefited from such an arrangement then the court can refuse to grant the parental order needed to transfer the legal responsibility for the child over to the rightful parents. Secondly Matthew kept mentioning about people getting together to get a case for Maternity rights for Mothers who use a surrogate. The charity organisation SurrogacyUK have already submitted a legal claim to the high court in parallel to that of the claim by the mother in Kent which was recently covered by the Daily Mail. There are so many passionate, often unheard voices behind this latest push for fair treatment and surrogates and Intended Mothers alike all share the same views that the current system needs a drastic overhaul. Why is it fair that a person who can't have children and decides to adopt is entitled to paid 'adoption' leave, yet a person in the same situation who decides to have a child with the help of a surrogate is entitled to nothing?

  • Sam

    over 1 year ago

    Sam

    heghead £50,000 a year is not rich. Goes to show just how much this government is out of touch with society. more than enough to live very comftably, guess your happy for those under 15k who at no time benefited from the booms to pay for the cock ups and greed.

  • Nina

    over 1 year ago

    Nina

    Nina I think both surrogate and new Mum should be entitled to paid time off. A new Mum whether given birth or not needs time to adjust to the impact a child can have on your life and bond with the baby so they have the right start in life. The surrogate would also need time to allow their body to heal after such an event. If the government are going to be that mean then why can’t the 9 months (which is also mean) be split between the two; i.e. the surrogate have 3 months (which is when I started to feel I really turned a corner after a few complications) and the new Mum have 6 months. Overall I think the new Mum should be entitled to more time and new Mums in general should be entitled to a full year maternity pay…European countries have much better ideas on starting a family.

  • Sam

    over 1 year ago

    Sam

    well it's nice to see out of touch celebs that are in the tax bracket clegg is looking to tax, argue there hard up and this is why celebs are paid so much money so they dont rock the boat as they have nearly as much to loose as the parasites at the top

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  • chris hart

    over 1 year ago

    chris hart

    The government already taxes this country to the bone, why do they need more taxes when they waste so much, the government should tighten their belts, just like the rest of us

  • heghead

    over 1 year ago

    heghead

    £50,000 a year is not rich. Goes to show just how much this government is out of touch with society.

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