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Today, 01/02/2013 Live

1 Feb 2013 Last updated at 13:24

Friday 1 February

This morning: The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been described as "woefully under-equipped”, how the issue of gay marriage is dividing the Conservative party and what impact has the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook had on the public’s perception of bi-polar disorder?
  • 1 Feb 2013 08:53:59


    David Cameron is still in Africa. He arrived in Liberia last night - a country we've been reporting on regularly for nearly a year now to try to get some sense of what prospects there are for sub-Saharan countries that have suffered so much from poverty and famine and war over the decades. The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson our political editor is travelling with the prime minister.
    Nora Russell
    Hoping Mr Cameron et al don't forget about #women & #environment whilst in Liberia to review global poverty goals - @BBCr4today
  • 1 Feb 2013 08:51:37


    There will be no more dramatic breakthroughs in science, according to Nature - the scientific journal. They argue that the big advances in science in the future are going to be incremental and team driven. We speak to William Cookson, Professor of Genomic Medicine at Imperial College London, Professor of Genomic Medicine at Imperial College London, and Simon Wessely, Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.

    It is impossible for an individual to have a football match or play a string quartet, launch a moon-rocket, or find out how whales sing their way across the ocean. We achieve these things when inspired people work together. If we live in an era where science is done in teams, isn't that something we all should be proud of? Sophie Smout, St Andrews, UK

    Steven Watterson
    @bbcr4today discussing if geniuses can still move forward science in leaps. Asking biologists, but citing physicists. Schoolboy errors!
    Clare Gerada
    @WesselyS on @BBCr4today (8.20) 'end of individual scientific endeavour' unfortunately I shall be doing individual endeavour,cycling to work
  • 1 Feb 2013 08:44:24


    MPs on the Commons Public Accounts Committee have been exposing the way so many  big multinational firms such as Amazon and Google get away with paying little or even no tax in this country. Yesterday the Committee questioned accountancy firms. The BBC's chief political correspondent, Gary O'Donoghue, witnessed the firms being grilled.

    If Margaret Hodge doesn't like the way accountants use the law to save clients tax, then change the law.  That's what's she's paid for. Dolores Gordon-Smith, Stalybridge, Cheshire

    Richard Bridge
    Admire Margaret Hodge on @BBCr4today on PwC: 'you could do so much for society ... I just don't understand it' #taxavoidance

    Why are the accountants so weak-kneed with Hodge's moralistic carping? Their job is to save their clients' money without doing anything illegal. That's what they've done. David Gollancz

  • 1 Feb 2013 08:30:12


    This country is losing 18 pubs a week, according to the Campaign for Real Ale, and increasingly some are ending up as supermarkets. So do  our local boozers have a future? Well, there's now a campaign to toughen up planning legislation to save popular pubs from being turned into shops and even housing, as Andrew Hosken has been finding out.
    LISTEN to Andrew's report:
    Gail MarchantDaisley
    Just heard piece on @BBCr4today on pubs featuring #Cambridge - the interim guidance will help protect some pubs but does have holes in it.
    Piers Golden
    @CAMRA_Official #Tesco has apparently taken over 122 #pubs & turned them into stores (as heard on @BBCr4today) #Shame #Planning #HighStreet
  • 1 Feb 2013 08:27:37


    A Muslim family say they have been forced to leave their home after graffitti was daubed on it -- and a cross wrapped in a ham was left on their doorstep.  It happened in Bingham in Nottinghamshire. Murad Alam, is the father of the household, explains their decision.
    chris morrell
    @BBCr4today #antimuslim stupid hatred It's rooted in hysterical reaction to "September the Eleventh" the event and Wars as reaction to it!
  • 1 Feb 2013 07:51:14


    The film Silver Linings Playbook is in the running for an Oscar this year and it features a character with bipolar disorder. Shea Wong, who has bipolar disorder and Dana Fainaru, a scriptwriter who has won a MIND award for a portrayal of bipolar disorder, discuss whether the film helps us to understand and accept the fact that mental illness is a part of many people's lives.

    HEAR the discussion here:
    Lucy Beresford
    Thanks @BBCr4today debating portrayal of #bipolar + #mentalhealth in films/TV. Such conditions do not define the whole person. #whatstigma
    Beth Murphy
    Great discussion about breaking away mental health stigma on @bbcr4today
    Time to Change
    Great to hear there's a lot of research with professionals & people who have experienced #bipolar themselves (On @bbcr4today)
  • 1 Feb 2013 07:40:58


    A Home Affairs Committee report says the Independent Police Complaints Commission needs more resources. Raju Bhatt, a solicitor specialising in police misconduct cases, discusses the report with Dame Anne Owers, chair of the IPCC.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    'We cannot do the job the public expect us to be able to do' says #IPCC chair Ann Owers We need more resources and powers #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    #IPCC is failing to make 'effective use of the powers and the resources that they already have' says solicitor Raju Bhatt #r4today
    Jessica Finch
    @BBCr4today still plenty of poor portraits of mental health probs on TV- misfits, being human- poor- complained and never received replies.
    Kevin Blowe
    @ln2718 @BBCNews @BBCr4today it's not about a resignation at the top (Owers is fairly new anyway). It's about the need for a radical ovehaul

    IPCC, independent? think not. In my case,I found it to be a "closed shop" and while one has a short time to appeal IPCC findings,which is not long enough in my view,to find legal representation,should your complaint be passed to a Police Authority of their choice,you have no leave to appeal. Mr N Kerrison-Davey, Bristol,England

    Irene Curtis
    @DannyShawBBC @bbcr4today The service isn't corrupt, though some individual officers may be, and if so, the service will root them out
  • 1 Feb 2013 07:30:57


    MPs get their first vote on the same-sex marriage bill next Tuesday despite grassroots opposition in the Conservative party. David Burrowes, MP for Enfield Southgate in North London will be voting against the bill next week. Justin Webb went to meet some of his constituents to find out why they feel so strongly.

    HEAR Justin's package:
    leah jane
    If churches aren't going to allow gay marriage they shouldn't allow couples who pretend to be religious for 1 day either. #BBCr4Today

    Well done to two people who spoke clearly and levelly against the gay marriage bill. They spoke about the institution of marriage between a man and a woman which many people including myself believe in and do not want to lose. Hilary Kent, Pattishall, Towcester

    Ben Fitzpatrick
    Broad based homophobic scaremongering right there @BBCr4today
  • 1 Feb 2013 07:19:33


    Hundreds of seabirds - some dead - have been washed up on England's south west coast. The RSPCA's David Cowdrey explains the situation.

    LISTEN to the interview here:
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    RSPCA using margarine to clean birds washed up on beaches in SW England says David Cowdrey #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    RSPCA hotline number to report birds washed up on beaches in SW England is 03001234999 #r4today
    Ros Searle
    Amazing where palm oil turning up! @BBCr4today: RSPCA using margarine to clean birds washed up on beaches in SW England says David Cowdrey
  • 1 Feb 2013 07:52:26


    An enormous effort has been put into reducing the incidence of HIV/Aids over the past ten years. And yet the number of gay men who are infected has stayed pretty much the same. Why?
    Great interview on the need for a renewed safer sex campaign in the gay community on @BBCr4Today
    Laura Starkey
    Dear @BBCr4today You have just awoken me to the phrase 'bare back porn'. Shocked and slightly impressed....?
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