08:49 Wednesday 5th September 2012
The Bigger Breakfast
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
PAUL STAINTON: Eight forty nine. Morning Mr H.
ANDY HARPER: Paul, good morning.
PAUL STAINTON: (WHISPERS IN A KING FU VOICE) Stow cum Quay. (NORMAL) Are you alright.
ANDY HARPER: Fine thank you.
PAUL STAINTON: (LAUGHS) Yeah. I was desperately trying to think of David Carradine in Kung Fu, wandering across the land righting wrongs, and I couldn’t think of him.
ANDY HARPER: And I certainly couldn’t.
PAUL STAINTON: (LAUGHS) Rocket Roy (on Facebook) had it.
ANDY HARPER: I saw that.
PAUL STAINTON: (MAKES VARIOUS STRANGLED NOISES) (LAUGHS) Anyway, you’re talking grandmas and granddads today, aren’t you?
ANDY HARPER: We are. Back to school of course, and we”ll be asking if grandmas and grandads will be breathing a sigh of relief, or have a tear in their eye. Because so many do so much these days, when it comes to child care, and six weeks can be a long time. We speak to somebody who represents older people, grandparents, if you like, and she tells us that not just do they put an awful lot of hours in, but they’re often out of pocket as well. So that’s something we talk about. We had a suggestion from one of our listeners that blue badges should be automatic for anybody who’s over 80. She says that she struggles to get from the car park, the distance of the car park to the supermarket. Why don’t people who are over 80 automatically get blue badges? Well of course I suppose one of the answers is people who’ve already got blue badges can’t find somewhere to park. And we will be talking about the Government reshuffle, because of course Andrew Lansley made the headlines, losing the Health portfolio. But another of our MPs, Jim Paice, was the Minister for Farming, and he was hugely popular with farmers.
PAUL STAINTON: (GRUNTS TO REMIND AH OF HIS EXISTENCE AND ALERT HIM TO THE FACT THAT THAT HE IS GOING ON A BIT)
ANDY HARPER: I heard it said yesterday that at long last they had an Agricultural Minister who actually understood agriculture.
PAUL STAINTON: Not any more.
ANDY HARPER: Not any more. So we get the reaction from farmers’ organisations on that as well.