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Bourne End, Buckinghamshire

48 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 17 August 2012

Shaun Ley chairs a live discussion of news and politics from Bourne End, Buckinghamshire with panellists Simon Heffer of the Daily Mail; Professor Susan Greenfield CBE of Oxford University; Debbie Bannigan of the drug and alcohol recovery charity Swanswell; and Sir David Bell, vice chancellor of Reading University and former Chief Inspector of Schools.

Producer: Miles Warde.


5 items
  • Julian Assange's asylum

    Question One: Can the panel advise the government on how to achieve a peaceful and low-cost solution for the current crisis in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

  • Assisted Suicide

    Question Two: The decision of the High Court to defer the case of Tony Nicholson's assisted suicide back to Parliament seems a cruel delay in an emotive situation. What are the panel's views?

  • Exam standards

    Question Three: Is the decline in the A*/A pass rate at A-Level caused by weaker students, poorer teaching, harder exams, Government interference, or a combination of these factors?

  • Rail fares

    Question Four: We know it costs lots of money to operate, maintain and improve Britain's railways, but who should pay for this? Rail users only, or taxpayers and businesses more generally

  • Three Men in a Boat

    Question Five: As we are on the river Thames, the setting for Jerome's 'Three Men In A Boat', who would the panel chose as their crew, and why?


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