Jake Humphrey kicks off the debate on drugs
What do a university library in East London and a sports hall in Doncaster have in common?
Ironically at both venues the audience, the odd passer by and even some of crew made comments such as; ‘not like Monaco is it?’ or ‘bit different to F1 mate!’ Of course a uni on the Mile End Road in London’s East End, and a public pool next to an shopping centre in Doncaster are a little different to the places F1 frequents, but I think that’s the beauty of Free Speech.
Some of the places that Formula One visits are all about style, by complete contrast, I think Free Speech is all about substance. So far we’ve not been afraid to highlight important, often emotive, issues such as benefit cuts or prison re-offending rates.
Equally, I’ve like the fact that the audience and the panel have enjoyed topics where they’ve had a laugh as much as a debate; be it Radio 1's Gemma Cairney cycling around London, our social media jockey Michelle De Swarte doing stand-up comedy about chavs, or the clear disappointment in Doncaster that they came third in a poll to find out which city in the UK is having the most sex!
And now on to show three, coming live from Bristol at an earlier time of 8pm next Wednesday. We’re kicking off a debate on drugs: should they be decriminalised?
There’s already been a lot of chat online about this. We had four young writers give us their opinion in a blog last week, and today we launched a video debate with SB.TV on this very subject, which you can check out here:
So what do you think? Should the Government consider legalising drugs?
I’m sure the Brisolians will have a lot to say when we’re live in the studio, but Free Speech is a chance for the whole country to get involved in the debate as well.
When you tune in at 8pm next Wednesday, there are a few ways you can be part of the show and its debates as well. If you just want to dip your toe into the water then follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.
Maybe you fancy just diving straight in? In that case, by using hashtags you can influence the ground-breaking Powerbar that lets the panel know whether the audience at home agree or disagree with their viewpoints.
The other option is to climb up to the 10 metre board and dive in head-first by sending us messages online through twitter, facebook or the comments on this blog below that may well be read out by Michelle and influence or add to the debate on the show.
We’ve had the show and our panellists trending on Twitter, and generated thousands of online messages and opinions across the country. Free Speech day comes only once a month so make sure when it’s here in May, you’re part of it. One of our main topics will be the legalisation of drugs – so if you’ve got an opinion, then share it with us!
Free Speech is giving a voice to an audience that I don’t think are well enough served in this country. This is a unique opportunity for you to make a real difference. We’ve had MPs, entrepreneurs, media figures and musicians on our panel, but you at home are the most important ingredients, so Wednesday at 8pm, make a date with us.
Free Speech is on Wednesday at 8pm