Episode 15

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Sunday Morning Live, Series 4 Episode 15 of 20

Duration: 1 hour

Samira Ahmed and her guests: broadcaster and journalist Esther Rantzen; founder and former leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson; blogger and campaigner Inayat Bunglawala; media lawyer Mark Lewis; Professor of Journalism and former editor of The Scotsman Tim Luckhurst; and journalist and author Shiv Malik debate the ethical and religious issues of the week, with viewers joining the interactive debate. Does the English Defence League represent a view that needs to be heard? Can the press be trusted to clean up its act? Is Britain failing its elderly?

  • Does the English Defence League represent a view that needs to be heard?

    This week Tommy Robinson, the co-founder and leader of the English Defence League left the group. He said his decision was prompted by concerns over the "dangers of far-right extremism".  

    The EDL organises marches and demonstrations against what it regards as “radical Islam” and these have sometimes led to violent clashes with anti-fascist protesters.  

    Sunday Morning Live asks viewers to vote on the question: Does the English Defence League represent a view that needs to be heard ?

    You can vote online on this question now.

    Samira Ahmed will chair a live discussion between Tommy RobinsonInayat  Bunglawala from Muslims4UK, an organisation which encourages Muslims to participate in public life; and broadcaster and campaigner Esther Rantzen.

  • Can the Press be trusted to clean up its act?

    It’s nearly a year since the Leveson Inquiry put forward a series of recommendations following its investigation into the standards and practices of the British Press. But newspapers and MPs have so far failed to agree on how any future press regulation should work.  

    Lawyer Mark Lewis acted for some of the victims of the phone hacking scandal which prompted the Inquiry. He says the newspapers cannot be trusted - and regulation needs to be underpinned by tough legislation. He debates the issue with Esther Rantzen and Professor Tim Luckhurst, former editor of The Scotsman newspaper and Professor of Journalism at the University of Kent.

  • Is Britain failing its elderly?

    Councils in England came under fire this week for commissioning care visits of just 15 minutes for elderly people. Also, a leading charity claimed reports of elderly abuse have risen by 28%.  

    Is Britain failing its elderly?  

    Esther Rantzen is behind a new charity The Silver Line, which links elderly people with organisations that can help them.  

    She discusses her concerns with Professor Tim Luckhurst and Shiv Malik, co-founder of the Intergenerational Foundation and author of Jilted Generation: How Britain Has Bankrupted Is Youth.


Samira Ahmed
Series Editor
Dave Stanford
Neil Dimmock
Tommy Robinson
Esther Rantzen
Inayat Bunglawala
Tim Luckhurst
Shiv Malik


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