Talkback with William Crawley

Talkback with William Crawley

A chance to hear the highlights of Talkback. William Crawley and guests discuss the news headlines, chat to the people making them and ask you, the audience, what you think? The full programme is available on BBC iPlayer Radio.

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  • UKIP win Rochester by election

    Fri, 21 Nov 14

    Duration:
    34 mins

    Available:
    28 days remaining

    Is UKIP changing the political landscape of the UK? William asks if they will ever be more than a protest vote?

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  • 20 Nov 2014 Conscience clauses?

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    Duration:
    33 mins

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    The gay cake is back in the news. Some MLAs now think we should change the law to introduce a conscience clause to protect individuals and companies, such as Asher's Bakery -- who refused to bake a cake with a pro-gay-marriage slogan on it. Some are even now calling it an "Asher's clause". But do we really want to change our laws because of a row about the icing on a cake? And wouldn't a change in equality laws to get a conscience opt-out to some individuals or businesses be tantamount to legalising discrimination?

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  • 19 Nov 2014 Covert cameras in care homes?

    Wed, 19 Nov 14

    Duration:
    37 mins

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    We've all heard some terrible stories about what sometimes happens in our residential and nursing homes. Accounts of neglect and mistreatment have given a big worry to family members who may have a loved-one in residential care -- or those of us thinking of considering whether residential care is the right option for a loved-one. How about this idea: covert surveillance, secret cameras. The Care Quality Commission has been consulting on the idea as part of a new strategy to get tough on the regulation of care homes. Opponents of the idea say we don't need "digital spies" in our care homes. But would it make a difference?

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  • 18 Nov 2014 Amnesty for Troubles killings?

    Tue, 18 Nov 14

    Duration:
    37 mins

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    Imagine having to wait 60 years for an inquest into the death of one of your family? The Lord Chief Justice says inquests into deaths during the Troubles involving alleged state collusion could go on until 2040 unless we find another way forward. There is one obvious approach that many of our politicians have rejected outright, but which some believe we should now be talking about: an amnesty, an end to all prosecutions for all Troubles-related crimes, and an end to public inquiries and inquests. Is that now our best chance to give the families of victims part of what they want -- the truth? Should the parties in the talks right now put that on the table too?

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  • Anti-depressants

    Mon, 17 Nov 14

    Duration:
    37 mins

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    New research shows that Northern Ireland is the prescription drug capital of the world. A record number of anti-depressants were prescribed by our doctors last year. So, what's going on? Is it that our GPs are giving people pills because they don't have time to talk to their patients? Have we developed into a prescription culture?

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  • 14 Nov 14: Integrated Education

    Fri, 14 Nov 14

    Duration:
    34 mins

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    Our top story today - Is it time to pull the plug on the integrated education pipedream?

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  • 13 Nov 2014 Ched Evans - Does he deserve a 2nd chance?

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    34 mins

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    The Sheffield United striker and convicted rapist Ched Evans is back in training with the team today. Has he any business being there? Some of the team's sponsors are already threatening to walk away from the club, the fans are divided about whether he deserves a second chance, three club patrons have already resigned. We talk to solicitor Luke Gittos, Sunday World journalist Roisin Gorman, CEO of Nexus NI, Pam Hunter & Eric Allison, the Guardian's prison correspondent

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  • Talkback 12 Nov 14: Roselawn Crematorium Scandal

    Wed, 12 Nov 14

    Duration:
    33 mins

    Available:
    19 days remaining

    Wedding rings, metal hips, gold teeth -- anything metal that's left over after a body has been cremated at Roselawn Crematorium -- is being removed by a private company. All the metal that's harvested from the bodies is then recycled to make everything from road signs to aircraft wings. It sounds incredible, but it's true. And what's more, Belfast City Council didn't even tell relatives of those being cremated that was happening...

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  • 11th Nov 14 How Public is Your Private Life?

    Tue, 11 Nov 14

    Duration:
    37 mins

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    18 days remaining

    Social media is in the spotlight today after a BBC investigation finds more than 700 pictures of schoolgirls from Northern Ireland on a porn website. Has anything like that ever happened to you? You post a perfectly innocent picture on Facebook and it ends up somewhere else because someone has lifted it and placed it there? Just how safe are we when we go online? We're asking just how public is your private life?

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  • 10 Nov 14: Poppy debate

    Mon, 10 Nov 14

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Available:
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    On today's Talkback we asked "Why are so many people angry that a footballer from Londonderry doesn't wear a poppy?" And we spoke to Breege Quinn, the mother of Paul Quinn who was beaten to death in south Armagh seven years ago.

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