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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  • 26 Nov 2014 Time to return to direct rule?

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

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    36 mins

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    When they're not engaged in puerile banter and name-calling, our politicians are supposed to be trying to negotiate a deal at the inter-party talks. But the Secretary of State isn't holding her breath: she'll be giving David Cameron a progress report on Friday but she's already talking down the likely success -- "the chances of clinching a final deal look slim". So there you have it: a year on from the failed Haass Talks, we're back to square one: the now annual Christmas stand-off. Isn't it time we just accepted that our politicians are simply incapable of compromise? The talks are going no-where, the Executive is in grid-lock, the Assembly is dysfunctional, and the relationship between the two largest parties, the DUP and SF, is broken beyond repair?

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  • 25 Nov 2011 Gerry Adams apologises for remarks

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

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    The Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams faced a backlash on Tuesday after he made some inappropriate comments, which were recorded at a public meeting in Enniskillen on Monday night. He joined William on Talkback to explain what he meant, and said sorry for using strong language.

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  • 24 Nov 2014 DUP remarks - should we 'lighten up'?

    Mon, 24 Nov 14

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    Getting a deal on the issues that divide this society is a major focus for our politicians right now -- and that requires some measure of trust and a willingness to compromise. So why are we talking about curried yoghurt and toilet paper? Gregory Campbell's mockery of the Irish language in the Assembly and his star-turn at the DUP conference this weekend so outraged Ian Paisley's son, the Free Presbyterian minister Kyle Paisley, that he's accused Gregory Campbell of shaming unionism. So, do we all need to take a chill pill? Lighten up? It's just a bit of political banter - Or is this a lot more serious than that? A debasement and vulgarisation of our politics that fuels division and resentment in our society?

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  • UKIP win Rochester by election

    Fri, 21 Nov 14

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    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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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    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

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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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