Helen is back and, together with Stephen, explores the politics of pay scandal at the BBC. From John Humphrys to Match of the Day, who do they think is worth what? And which political books do they recommend for the summer break? Plus, you ask us about the Conservatives’ attempt to free themselves of the European Court of Justice – is it so they can bring back the death penalty?
Quotes of the episode:
Helen on BBC pay: “Jeremy Bowen got shot in the head, he will go to Syria. Send Nick Knowles to Syria and we can see whether or not he’s worth £200k.”
Stephen on being recognised from the telly: “‘Oh, do you live in this block of flats?’ – ‘Yeah’ – ‘But I’ve just seen you on the Marr Program!’”.
Helen on The One Show: “You know what really cheered me up? That both Alex Jones and Matt Baker are in the same pay band.”
Stephen on Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy: “You really feel a sense of loss at the end – because the family become such a big part of your life.”
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