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James Emtage James Emtage | 17:30 UK time, Tuesday, 6 March 2012

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Tomorrow night, LIVE at 10pm from Bethnal Green, East London, Jake Humphrey will host a debate with four panellists, a studio audience... and you. It's an ambitious new debate show with some interesting new twists.

Let me tell you it works...


Each show is driven by The Hot Five... five bold topics affecting you in the past month. These are the issues we'll be discussing with our panellists and studio audience, so it's crucial we get these right.

We want you guys to tell us what our Hot Five should be every show, so keep talking to us on Facebook, Twitter or any of our Free Speech blog posts here on the BBC Three blog (like this one). WE ARE LISTENING TO YOU...! But in a nice way, yeah? Not like spies or phone hackers.


Our first show's kickass panelists have been chosen for their strong opinions and varied backgrounds...

Panelist - Adam Deacon



 BAFTA-winning actor Adam Deacon, born and bred in Hackney - the location for our first show. Adam also has freestyle rapping skills that will probably melt your face (be warned).



Panelist - Esther McVey



Conservative MP and businesswoman Esther McVey from the Department of Work and Pensions, making her central to any debate on benefits and the cuts.


Panelist - Dom McVey



 Entrepreneur Dominic McVey (no relation to Esther...) made his first million as a 16-year-old selling scooters. He now has a range of business interests including Front Magazine.


Panelist - Gemma Cairney



Radio One's Gemma Cairney, a much-loved presenter and veteran of the Sunday Surgery's frequent tours around the country.



As each panellist is talking, tweet us your thoughts and include a hashtag saying whether you agree or disagree with them to affect our Control Panel.

So as Adam is speaking, tweet us your thoughts and add #YESADAM if you agree with him or #NOADAM if you don't.

Likewise it's #YESESTHER or #NOESTHER for Esther McVey, #YESDOM or #NODOM for Dominic McVey, and #YESGEMMA or #NOGEMMA for Gemma Cairney. Simples

All tweets featuring these hashtags are totted up and displayed on the control panel, giving us a just-for-fun snapshot of the mood out there on the Twittersphere. It really is down to you to have an effect.


The chat has already begun on Facebook and Twitter so hop on there or comment below to talk to the production team, the viewers, the producers... well, the whole world.


The studio audience is an even mix, all selected for their varied views on The Hot Five issues we're going to discuss. Remember, the show will tour around the country. So if you've got an opinion drop us an email, tell us where you live and we'll give you a shout when we're in your area.

We can't wait to kick off at 10pm on Wednesdsay night on BBC Three. Our host Jake Humphrey and his mate Michelle De Swarte will be running the debate and feeding in your comments... all we need is you.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Large corporations appear to be controlling the actions of our politicians either by;
    1) bribery (threatening to take jobs overseas),
    2) collusion (offering them executive roles and consultancy work while they are in office or in advance of when when their term in office is over), or
    3) lobbying.

    We have seen that large corporations often want governments to act in inhumane ways to promote their profits (e.g. slackening regulations). It seems that any human benefit that comes from business is a by-product of it's main activity - profit. Can business become moral? Should the government represent humans or business?

  • Comment number 2.

    I completely agree with Esther. People are very mis-informed about the scheme. Also why should people stay at home while getting benefits, they should be sent out to work doing whatever job is available. The government should use them to clean streets for example.

  • Comment number 3.

    I would like to bring up 'KONY 2012'
    This is a video that touched me right in the heart and i feel it needs to be discussed.
    About 97% of the world doesn't know who Joseph Kony is, so i thought we should tell them what it means, to all those children in Africa, and to everyone else.

  • Comment number 4.

    I am half way through the programme and already its the same old story.

    I am 20 years old, and I could not find work for over a year after I left college, did I go on benefits? No, I worked to find a job and tried to set up a business (by the way I am far from a rich background, or have family in business), I had to get a boring bar job and was over a year until a found an apprenticeship in accounting.

    Too many young people are just simply lazy and blame everyone else for not getting work. Fact is everyone thinks it is their right to earn £25,000 plus simply because they have a degree is 'sociology' and don't want to work a couple of years to reach a respectable wage. Maybe if some people went to do something practical rather than following the crowds to uni to essentially have a three year night out on the governments expenses then there might actually be some companies out there that will take more young people on.

    All I have seen on this programme so far is people from East London, that look like gangsters and talk like gangsters, and then wonder why in a job interview they are not taken seriously!

  • Comment number 5.

    I dont see what the problem is, theyre being given dole money,child allowance, travel expences and all the rest and theyre complaining that theyre being asked to do some work? then they moan that they cant get any work...

    Im 22, worked hard at school and college, Ive worked since I was 14 and have never had a problem getting a job. It annoys me that people seem to expect a well paid job to be handed to them without them doing any work and have the cheek to complain when the government asks them to work for the hand outs they recieve.

    No hand out should be free, in order to recieve them people should be told to work, whether its sweeping the streets or stacking shelves in tesco.

  • Comment number 6.

    The poor are not punished, surely the people having 40% of their income taken to subsidize people doing nothing are the ones that are truly being punished?

  • Comment number 7.

    totally agree with adam! speaking nothing but the truth! #yesadam

  • Comment number 8.

    I am 26 yr old single parent my son is now 6. I have worked since I was sixteen. I have been working these last years purely for my sanity and self esteem, as I am not better off, they say you be better off but I am not as they dont take in to consideration travel costs and childcare costs. My job has ended I am twenty pound better off but my emotional health is suffering. I feel like I cant win.. I have still had no luck with finding a job. I did not choose to be a single parent but I feel im really gettin a raw deal

  • Comment number 9.

    We should make alcohol expensive in shops and subsidized in drinking establishments. This way it can be regulated at the point of drinking!!

  • Comment number 10.

    I agree with Esther. The problem with the people of Britain is they love to complain. When you apply for your first job employers ask for work experience and we complain that they need to give us the experience in order to get work. This scheme with benefits is a way to open doors and develop yourself for the better instead of lounging at home smoking up

  • Comment number 11.

    I agree with Esther, I think that the new scheme will help people gain more confidence and help people to get job they want. Big companies like Tesco should not be aloud volunteers to work for them. People need to work at smaller businesses, they really need the help. People have the choice to volunteer, I don't know what this whole slave thing is all about. I'm sick of people being lazy and living off the benefit, I'm not saying that everyone is lazy but the main reason why people don't want the new scheme is because they are not comfortable to get off the sofa and actually do something.

  • Comment number 12.

    The media oppresses women. Ironically, The Sun newspaper celebrated 40 years of exposing women on page 3, and objectifying them, whilst it also claims that women, who cover themselves modestly in hijab are oppressed. The irony is disgusting!

  • Comment number 13.

    Adam's comment about young people not wanting to ride London bikes because of the Barclays sign reflects the superficial attitude of Britain, how image is more important instead of their practicality.

  • Comment number 14.

    I think its jealousy and the girls would like to be like that and just can't be. WHY not have lads mags?

  • Comment number 15.

    Increasing the cost of alcohol will not change consumption, the same way addicts do not stop consuming even illegal substances! THE real solution is banning alcohol altogether but then again that's not possible since all the politicians and governments drink too! Its ironic how the government want to change public consumption of alcohol when they themselves are drunks that run the country. BAN ALCOHOL ALTOGETHER AND PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!

  • Comment number 16.

    Stop hating on these rubbish magazines. people are into this stuff it sells it makes money.... having a debate about this is not going to resolve the situation. Move onto something else please!!!

  • Comment number 17.

    both me & my husband are both disabled and the price of food and utility bills go up and up but we get no extra help from the government.If this government got up of its arse and start exporting goods instead of importing this country used to be the best in the world,this government is doing nothing to help the young of today and making something of themselves.We both worked from the age of twelve doing any kind of work just make the country work again.

  • Comment number 18.

    kaykay- maybe you shouldnt have had a child at 20. Why should the taxpayer have to pay for your choices?

  • Comment number 19.

    Like Dominic McVey said there was a control on cigarette smokers in the society and lifes were been saved when cigarettes were not smoke in pubs bars and restaurants or public place. Well i guess increasing the price of alcohol is mere extortion by the government.

  • Comment number 20.

    im not sexist but if women don't want to look in them then why look in them every girl is beautiful

  • Comment number 21.

    KONY 2012

  • Comment number 22.

    War will get even worse in time!

  • Comment number 23.

    It was said that you will not be forced to go on these work schemes.
    But I was forced onto a youth training scheme in the 80's & the torie's denied it then.

  • Comment number 24.

    When the troops leave in 2014, the country will just return to a similar state to what it was before we went over. It will just be a waste of time

  • Comment number 25.

    we should help fund the family's that have lost loved ones there protected this country so we should thank them

  • Comment number 26.

    I guess the cost of sending soldiers to libya would explain the in impact to the british economy for example any missile launched...

  • Comment number 27.

    6 lives is a lot! 6,000 lives is even more! The latter are afghanis we don't even know about! The UK need to sort out their own country and stop attacking others. 6 lives have been lost because the UK has stuck its hand in fire, inevitably, its got burnt. How do you expect Afghanis to treat UK troops who are invading their country???

  • Comment number 28.

    If Huge countries like America and Russia can't sort it out, why on earth did the governmet think that we could do anything to help. its wasting money, equipment and most importantly people lives!!!

  • Comment number 29.

    I agree with what Adam said about legalizing cannabis, the war on drugs has cost us tax payers millions of pound and has not effected the number of users at all. The only things that this has achieved is to brand thousands of people as criminals for smoking a bit of pot or green, and to push millions of british pounds into the hands of criminals.

  • Comment number 30.

    were not over there to sort there country out were there to help the people who were being slaughtered everyday for not believing in certain things how was that fare? we cant just let them be tortured and mutilated over the fact they don't wanna be slaves to a inconsiderate civilisation

  • Comment number 31.

    Adam Deacon should be elected for prime minister, he speaks for all and is a fantastic example of a successful young man in these terrible times.

  • Comment number 32.

    Bring our soldiers back. Innocent ppl are being killed This is a political battle!

  • Comment number 33.

    the uk is messed up bad.. no money, everyone in debt, things are to expensive. were all becoming obese because fatty foods are cheaper than healthier foods and cannabis is illegal what is going on?

  • Comment number 34.

    People need to get back to the real world and come out of these tv programs these music and start to live right society don't make people it only kills and corupt us there will never be an end to this because 50 years ago the world was run different people use to socialise and care about each other now we live on a street and we don't even know who our neighbours we have lost our way and the media is just getting us even more lost mankind need a fresh start and am not talking about the new world order we need to stop for 1 day and think what is our purpose on this earth because were not here to work and pay our way through life every thing we need to survive in this life is free the human race need to come together and stop being so devided we need to come together that is the only way we will achieve anything good out of life. WE NEED TO START REALISING WHAT IS GOING ON (I'm fed up of the way this world is going because its leading us all to distruction people we need to start to be our selfs because a lot of us arnt)

  • Comment number 35.

    About this afghanistan thing ; 1) There have always been wars and people have always died in those wars. Deal with it . 2) everyone knows the "liberation" of the arab states was for the oil . I think we need to think more about our nation's wellbeing instead corporate greed .

  • Comment number 36.

    Oil, money, power. That's why we are involved in Afghanistan, that's why we were in Iraq, that's why we became involved with Libya and that's why we'll soon be in Syria. It really is that devastatingly simple.

  • Comment number 37.

    Why can't we hold our government to account... they are supposed to be creating a stable society for us to live in, and are failing abysmally... we all know it... many of us are saying it... and no one listens!

  • Comment number 38.

    Adam wasted a lot of the show airtime with rash, judgemental comments that weren't thought through or well informed. This show has potential to give young people a voice which is really great but I am disappointed that the BBC did not encourage all of the panellists to bring interesting and considered views to the table.

  • Comment number 39.

    As somebody who ended up in rehab at the age of 21 which alcoholism and addiction i feel i am more than qualified to comment on how price fixing booze will affect "problem drinkers". It will not affect how much people drink it will just mean more people will have to resort to crime to pay for it.

  • Comment number 40.

    I am sick and tired of feminists "speaking out" for women. Especially when the issues are as trivial as lads mags. I am fully aware that my figure does not correspond with what is seen in that media as hot or sexy. Yes I did go through a period of self-consciousness when I was younger but that was nothing to do with lads mags, it was all to do with fashion and celebrity magazines, such as Cosmopolitan and Heat, telling me who was thin, who looked good, who looked bad and why. If a culprit must be indicated in print media, it is magazines like these who cause body-issues, not others.

    Still, today I'm comfortable in my skin and I have zero problem with lads mags or porn or any of those things so villified in today's society. As long as the girls are happy and consenting, who is anyone else to tell them what to do? Their mother? For this so-called objectification to become a problem, there have to be deeper underlying issues. A man will not read a lads mag, see the models and automatically have less respect for women, leading them to treat them badly. It's insulting to the male half of the population to think so.

  • Comment number 41.

    I think people underestimate the financial motivations behind these images;
    By presenting young women with an unnattainable image of perfection, the beauty industry ensures itself future customers, as underconfident women are more likely to rely on products in order to boost their self-esteem. The reality is that most women will never look like lads mag models as they don't have the same naturally shallow ribcage, narrow shoulders or facial features. Furthermore, these images are digitally edited to give the impression of flawless skin and to enhance features beyond what is humanly possible.
    This happens in most magazines, not just lads mags, and particullarly (from personal observation) those aimed at women.

  • Comment number 42.

    The government are bringing these pathetic plans to increase the price of alcohol in order to reduce the amount of drinking in our youth of today.....I wonder how much tax the government will take out of the extra money added and how much will actually be re-invested into scheme's that making the youths of today more aware of the health risks as well as the increasing anti social behaviour due to the "see who's the cooler person because I can drink more" attitude thats alll over this country!!!

  • Comment number 43.

    I'd like one of the topics for next week's programme to be about University students. As a soon to be graduate, is there enough being done to prepare people to get a job or a foot in the door in their preferred industry once they leave?

    Are there certain advantages/disadvantages for going to University? Seeing as this no longer guarantees employment! I personally am loooking to get into the media, but a lot of jobs are requiring you to have one years experience with no mention of a degree!

    What frustrates me further about this problem is that it is near on impossible to get that years experience when you're not let through the door without it!

    I definitely think this will be a hot topic to debate. To sum up, is there any point in going to University as it doesn't get you a job and do Universities prepare you well enough for the big wide world?

  • Comment number 44.

    I find it unbeliveable that we are aparently in the middle of recession the cost of living is increasing every day the price of fuel is going up and we have just given "80m in aid to Turkey to help upgrade nation’s sewer system" I mean seriosley what an absolute Joke Let's Sort our own country out first!!!!!

  • Comment number 45.

    i'm a male and i saw the argument saying that lads mags treat women as sexual objects and make women feel self conscious but womens mags are just as bad. because i read heat and more magazine and they always have a torso of the week or a top five male of the week and everytime they put in a picture of a topless male they always mention how hot and sexy he is just like mens mags. and it always makes me feel self conscious. i felt the comments on the show were very onsided and i just wanted to say that some womens magazines are just as bad as mens magazines

  • Comment number 46.

    I will say you shouldn't moderate any post because that wat makes us have our say free speach is the word so be it my view to the world today is:- is verry clear to me that one thing is been for years in people mine Islam and cristian can't live in peace that way of thinking will give those using this tool to do way they wane with our life . You my ho I'm tolking about .. USA . Uk . Sudan . Sirya . And. So Iran so on the list goes on . My story is example I'm from Sudan it wasn't safe to live in my counry, I'm here I'm safe I came to the uk all most 10year , I care about this counry more then anything because ware you live is your home . I have friend they like family to me . But they are not Moslem . Loving caring people , we are humen we do care so all uk zitezen they trying to help others the best they can with they are life and money. And all the gov. Did go to war with any one don't letting to them . And puting life in danger . That only the way . I'm starting ask what is un job and way is

  • Comment number 47.

    I think kony 2012 should be discussed. After watching a video I couldn't believe what that man has/is doing and that hardly anyone knows. People need to know so he can be stopped.

  • Comment number 48.

    As for Afghanistan, where would be all be if our ancestors took the same attitude as some of these idiots who say we should just get out and let them get on with it, go and study some history and you'll realise what happens if the sick minded barbarians who murder, rape, torture and mame innocent people because they don't believe in the same things they do. We as a country should pride ourself that we have a society where we are "mostly" equal and yes we have our problems with our economy etc but we still have decency. These so called Taliban soldiers in Afghanistan are not fighting another army within the country, they are simply dictating and forcing innocent people how to live and I for one agree that they need to be stopped, remember Adolph Hitler... everyone agrees with his destruction!!!!

  • Comment number 49.

    I'd like to see a topic on what people actually know about dementia, and Private care homes for that illness, People are unaware of the lack of care for certain familys and issues needs to be raised for these care homes, people ignore them because they are private. There is so much negligence for the eldaly people.

    The care home system is so badly made up that trying to report an issues because a long grueling battle with many people to get a result, and to have no result pushed back in your face is so demeening, that you feel that the people you care for is being abused and you can do nothing!

    Dementia sufferes have no chance of creating new memories and the memories they have are so precious to them, because they have no chance of creating memories people do not believe what they say and when you visit a patient with the illness and they say they was abused at night who are you to doubt the person you care for?

    I would also like to see a topic on getting jobs/internships within different types of carrers.

  • Comment number 50.

    And by the way Lads Mags Rock!!!

  • Comment number 51.

    Un France. USA . Uk . That all I can see they have the finall word I will say if you ask all these country people they dont have same vistions I don't agree with war you resolve a problems . Diplomacy Is way democracy is key so wake up gov one day just one day the all religious will get to the point that will be a peace any one believe

  • Comment number 52.

    #3 I drink with friend once or twice a month. we share a bottle of vodka or JD..I feel we are getting penalized because a Minority of people can't or won't learn limits.they will be taxing sex next.

  • Comment number 53.

    So we as humen been we can do the best we can To help one need our regardless of there religious background . I see the people ho they are not religious part because that is not the case to I do have respect for athers and wat they believes example isreal do have the right to exist so the Arab they have to find the way live together . We are the young people can can help the world to be safe but those they don't wane peace they will try Thier best to us I'm hoping one day to have a team for a misiton to help and in team to have difren religious people and young will open mind it


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