Wednesday 23 May

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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Slash Benefits If Addicts Shun Help
First for discussion this morning is the government’s call to slash benefits if junkies and alcoholics refuse treatment. Around half a million people would be affected by this latest money-saving plan but if addiction is an illness do ministers have any right to threaten sufferers like this? They wouldn’t do it to someone with cancer would they?

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

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: Phone-Fiddling Parents = Child Neglect?
Then: are parents who constantly fiddle with their phones guilty of child neglect as controversial psychologist Dr Aric Sigman claims? I suppose one, you’re not paying your sprogs as much attention as you could and two, they’ll start to think having a phone in front of your face 24/7 is normal. He’s got a point hasn’t he?

Part 6: Pressured To Shed Baby Weight?
After that: I want to hear about the pressure new mums feel to shift their baby weight? Hats off to Jodie Kidd who’s swimming against the tide by refusing to slim down eight months after giving birth, but with so many celebrity mums appearing stick thin seconds after squeezing out their sprogs, I want to know if you guys feel pressured to do the same?

Part 7: All Rise For The National Anthem!
And finally: All rise for the national anthem! What did you make of Durham tea-shop owner who kicked out a posse of pensioners who refused to stand for the national anthem which they play every day in the shop at three. Does it make any difference if I told it’s a royal-themed caff?

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