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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  • 26th Jan 2015 Irish Schools

    Mon, 26 Jan 15

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    31 mins

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    A language war has erupted after the Education Minister John O'Dowd gives the green light to an Irish medium school with just 14 pupils. Education experts say it's unsustainable -- so why did the minister go against their advice?

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  • Talkback 23 Jan 15: Should a council give £175k a year to parties?

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

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    27 mins

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    The new council re-organisation is meant to save us money, so why is Belfast City Council thinking of handing over hundreds of thousands of pounds of rate-payers' money to political parties? The council is to consider a proposal that £175 thousand pounds a year shared out across every party elected to the council. That's 700 thousand pounds across a 4 year council term. Is that a good use of rate-payer's money?

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  • Talkback 22 Jan 15: Should Camp Twaddell be shut down?

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

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    40 mins

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    What could your local community do with 40 grand a day? That's more than a quarter of a million pounds a week? Or 12 million pounds a year? That's how much money it's costing to police Camp Twaddell -- enough money to pay for 200 new teachers or 200 new nurses. And the Housing Executive is now facing legal action from a nearby nationalist resident who says the band music, parading and chanting from the camp is making their life a misery. The resident is seeking to judicially review the Housing Executive, who own the land at Twaddell Avenue, for failing to apply their own anti-social behaviour policy. The Housing Executive tell us they can't talk to us about it because of the legal proceedings. What's your advice to them? Should they move in, and break up the camp?

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  • Talkback 21 Jan 15: The cost of a driving licence

    Wed, 21 Jan 15

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    33 mins

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    On Talkback today, we asked why a driving license in Northern Ireland costs twice as much as one in England, Scotland and Wales. In Great Britain, a licence can be bought online for £34. In Northern Ireland, it is only available by post, at £62.50. Even renewing your license will cost you more here -- 30 pounds rather than 14 pounds in Great Britain.

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  • Talkback 20 Jan 15: NI Water pension dispute continues

    Tue, 20 Jan 15

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    30 mins

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    More than 7,000 homes were without water this lunchtime as the pension dispute between NI Water and the unions continued. With some of those affected depending now on help from the Red Cross -- and describing their circumstances as "akin to a Third World country" -- was there any end in sight? Our coverage began with the first interview with the Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy...

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  • Talkback 19 Jan 15: Privatise our water supply?

    Mon, 19 Jan 15

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    29 mins

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    Six-and-a-half-thousand homes across NI were without water this morning, due to ongoing industrial action by NI water workers who are resisting changes in the pension arrangements. As part of their work to rule, the NI Water staff are refusing to do overtime or work at the weekends, leaving many homes vulnerable to disruption. That's a risky strategy for the workers because they could lose public support for their case -- indeed, some are already asking if it's time to shut down NI Water and fully privatise our water supply as they do in parts of England and Wales. Would the private sector do a better job of keeping your taps running?

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  • Talkback 16 Jan 15: TV licence spying by the BBC

    Fri, 16 Jan 15

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    31 mins

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    The BBC came under fire today after it's been revealed that they are using powers under anti-terror spy laws to catch people who are not paying the licence fee. It was the lead story in today's Belfast Telegraph... The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (sometimes known as 'RIPA') was brought in by Labour in the 2000 to aid the fight against terrorism and organised crime. But the law says if you have a television, you have to pay the TV license fee, so why shouldn't we use any, and all, legal powers to catch people who are not paying their way?

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  • 15 Jan 15: Can a pupil 'groom' a teacher?

    Thu, 15 Jan 15

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    36 mins

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    A teacher has avoided a jail sentence after being convicted of having sex with a pupil -- and the judge has made headlines by claiming that the pupil "groomed" and "stalked" the teacher. The Attorney General is to investigate whether the sentence given was too lenient. Stuart Kerner from Kent was given a suspended 18-month sentence, after the judge said his 16 year old victim had been obsessed with him. Child protection campaigners are furious at what a judge has said. Others say it's important to recognise that some pupils are young adults and that teachers CAN be manipulated and pursued by them. But is it ever appropriate to use the language of GROOMING to describe a pupil's behaviour in these kinds of situations. Are you outraged at what this judge has said?

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  • Talkback 14 Jan 15: Would you buy Charlie Hebdo?

    Wed, 14 Jan 15

    Duration:
    33 mins

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    Charlie Hebdo usually has a print-run of about 60,000 copies. Today -- a week after the terrorist attack on its offices in Paris -- five million copies have been printed, in various languages, with all the proceeds going to the victims. It's already sold out in Paris. The current edition features a front page cartoon of a weeping Prophet Muhammad holding up a sign reading 'Je suis Charlie' beneath the headline 'All is forgiven'. Today we asked would you buy a copy of this week's magazine, if you could get hold of one?

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  • Talkback 13 Jan 15: Assisted suicide

    Tue, 13 Jan 15

    Duration:
    34 mins

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    The Scottish parliament is considering a possible change in the law to permit assisted suicide. A similar bill for England and Wales is currently before the House of Lords. Supporters say assisted suicide can be an act of compassion, others equate it to murder... So should the Northern Ireland Assembly be looking at following suit?

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