We struggle to find right-wing comedians, admits BBC chief


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We struggle to find right-wing comedians, admits BBC chief Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation led to complaints from Radio 4 listenersShow criticised for 'Tory bashing' and 'prejudiced extreme left wing views' Commissioning editor Caroline Raphael has now admitted it is a struggle to find comedians with a right-wing point of view By Paul Revoir PUBLISHED: 04:08 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:31 GMT, 12 March 2013 'Diatribe': Jeremy Hardy has come under criticism from Radio 4 listeners for his 'extreme left-wing views' on his show The BBC has admitted it finds it ‘very difficult’ to find Conservative comedians to appear on radio programmes in order to provide political balance. Radio 4’s comedy boss has claimed it is a ‘struggle’ to find performers regarded as having a right-wing point of view

Duchess of Cambridge row: Hilary Mantel criticised for calling Kate "plastic princess" says it was taken out of context


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'I have no regrets': Prize-winning author criticised for branding the Duchess of Cambridge a 'plastic princess' insists her words were taken out of context Hilary Mantel likened Duchess to a 'shop-window mannequin' in speechDavid Cameron among those to rush to Kate Middleton's defenceAcclaimed author has insisted she has 'nothing to apologise for'Mantel said context of speech was twisted to set her up as a hate figure By Kerry Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 01:57 GMT, 8 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:56 GMT, 8 March 2013 The award-winning novelist who likened the Duchess of Cambridge to a 'shop-window mannequin' whose sole purpose is to breed has defended her comments, insisting she has 'absolutely nothing to apologise for'. Double Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel made headlines last month when she appeared to criticise Kate as having no personality, describing her as 'gloss-varnished' with a perfect plastic smile during a lecture at the British Museum. But in an interview on BBC Radio 3’s Night Waves programme last night, she said that her words had been taken out of context, and that she had 'absolutely no regrets' about her controversial speech

75,000 cap on cost of care will lost thousands of pensioners their homes


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75,000 cap on cost of care will lose thousands of pensioners their homes By Daniel Martin PUBLISHED: 01:55 GMT, 9 February 2013 | UPDATED: 07:02 GMT, 9 February 2013 Criticised: Lord Warner warned that setting the cost of long-term care cap so high could mean thousands of pensioners will have to sell their homes A chief architect of plans to limit the cost of long-term care has criticised ministers for setting the cap so high that thousands of pensioners will have to sell their homes. Lord Warner is warning that if a husband and wife both move into care, they could have to pay 150,000 before the state steps in – wiping out almost the entire value of an average house

Stuart Hall denies child abuse charges and condemns police decision to arrest him at his home


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'I'm innocent': BBC presenter Stuart Hall denies child abuse charges and condemns police decision to arrest him at his homeThe TV legend was held at his Cheshire home at dawn on Wednesday'Stuart Hall is innocent of these charges. The decision he should be arrested will be the subject of some scrutiny,' his solicitor said last night Mr Hall is bailed to appear before Preston magistrates next month | UPDATED: 10:24 GMT, 7 December 2012 Veteran broadcaster Stuart Hall has protested his innocence in the face of child abuse charges and condemned a police decision to arrest him at his home.

Canvey Junior School in Essex criticised for dumping traditional nativity in favour of a cops and robbers themed play


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Away in a manger, two crooks stole the bed: How one school decided to change the story of ChristmasEssex school criticised by parents for dumping traditional nativity playCanvey Junior School is staging a 'cops and robbers' themed playOne parent has withdrawn their child and parents have said the play is inappropriate following a number of armed robberies in the town | UPDATED: 13:00 GMT, 1 December 2012 A primary school has been criticised after they ditched the traditional Christmas nativity, opting to stage a 'cops and robbers' themed play. Parents have been left fuming by the school's decision to choose the modernised play, in which their children sing Away in a Manger with a completely different set of lyrics. The play, which will be performed by 11-year-olds at Canvey Junior School in Essex, gets rid of traditional characters Mary and Joseph, instead focusing on the tale of two violent robbers.