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29/03/2012

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Thursday 29 March 2012

Morning news and current affairs with John Humphrys and Sarah Montague, including:

0750
Ever since the budget a week ago there seem to have been a whole series of things that have gone wrong for the government: first in the coverage that it was a budget FOR the rich with that cut in the 50p rate; then the dinners for donors scandal showed how if you could afford it you could "buy" access to the prime minister and yet, if you buy a pasty from Greggs for your lunch, its going to cost 20% more. And you'll need a garage to store the fuel you're stockpiling for a strike we don't even know is going to happen. What's going wrong for the government? Tim Montgomerie, editor of ConservativeHome.com and former adviser to Tony Blair, Phil Collins, discuss.

0810
Following criticisms of the budget as "a budget for the rich", the "dinners for donors" scandal, the "pasty tax" and comments about stocking up on petrol, it is a difficult time for the government. Tim Montgomerie, editor of ConservativeHome.com and Phil Collins, a former adviser to Tony Blair, discuss.

0852
A row over David Cameron's pasty tax this week has highlighted how food can be such dangerous ground for a politician. Simon Hoggart, sketch writer for the Guardian, and Edwina Currie, former Conservative government minister, discuss if this may be because food is so wrapped up in British notions of class.

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