Posts Tagged ‘News



28
May
08

Fuel for thought

If you want to get a heated discussion going around the watercooler anywhere in Europe, then bring up one topic: the rising cost of fuel. For the past few days across Europe, truckers and fishermen have been holding protests against rising world oil prices, demanding government action to hold down prices at the pumps. Yesterday in Britain, hundreds of truck drivers shut down highways in protest against green automobile taxes. Do they have a point? Or do they need to accept that the world is changing and oil is a finite commodity which is only going to get more expensive? If you live in Europe, would you be willing to pay higher taxes to combat climate change? Let us know what you think: would you prefer lower petrol prices, or a cleaner environment? Or can we have both?

27
May
08

On air: Is it harder to be a child than ever before?

Growing up is hard to do. That much we all know. But here are two key questions.

1) Are children today facing more challenges, dangers and restrictions than any before them?

2) Are parents’ efforts to protect and guide their children in danger of creating pressures and problems of their own? There are a number of reasons we’re talking about this….
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26
May
08

On air: Do you want more space?

This is the No.1 story in the world however you measure it. It’s the most read and watched online, it’s sitting in the lead stories of hundreds of TV and radio stations, and many more newspapers. The Mars Phoenix has landed. That we’re interested in exploration beyond our world is beyond discussion. Whether it’s money well spent is not.
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26
May
08

Double Eurovision?

Mock all you like, this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is rapidly becoming one of the biggest stories in town. Where to start? There’s accusations of bloc voting (and that the Pope’s Catholic), claims that eastern Europe is ruining the contest because all of Russia’s neighbours want to keep it sweet, bitter exchanges between spurned artists and calls for Western Europe to set up its own competition. I’m suggesting EuroWestVision as a name. BBC legend Terry Wogan is so unimpressed he says he’s thinking about giving it all up. Is there a danger of everyone taking this a wee bit too seriously?
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23
May
08

On air: Does a child need a father?

This is how The Times reported a vote this week in the British parliament that means fertility clinics no longer need to consider a child’s need for a father. The new law has given new impetus to an issue that’s been burning for years.

Are children brought up lesbian couples or single mothers necessarily worse off? Is the presence of a father always desirable? What can a man bring to a child’s life that a woman can’t?
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22
May
08

On air: When does diplomacy become appeasement?

A number of you have been chewing over issues relating to this here on the blog – tied to a number of stories. We’ll pick them up on air. When should a government talk, when should it refuse to, and in some circumstances does talking always been unacceptbale compromise? Here’s three stories to consider.
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20
May
08

On air: Is it too easy to have an abortion in your country?

Today the British parliament votes on whether to cut the age-limit for abortions from 24 weeks to 20. One newspaper columnist has called it ‘the greatest threat to women’s rights in the past 20 years’. It’s raised the broader issue of whether when women should be able to have an abortion, and under what circumstances. A quick blog and news search shows this issue remains as current as it’s always been. I’d welcome your comments. Do you want new legislation in your country, and if you do, what would would it say?




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