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Fearless and truthful. Provocative and controversial. Straight-talking and thought-provoking. A new breed of debate.

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Fearless and truthful. Provocative and controversial. Straight-talking and thought-provoking. A new breed of debate.

    Is the media alarmist over coronavirus? | Should girls be encouraged to be as strong as boys?

    Is the media alarmist over coronavirus? | Should girls be encouraged to be as strong as boys?

    This week, Nick Ferrari refutes suggestions the media is being alarmist over the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Also:

    Should domestic abusers be forced to take lie detector tests?
    Is Boris Johnson a typical Tory?
    Why can't girls be just as strong as boys?
    Is racism structural?

    • 49 min
    Are kids allowed to change gender too quickly? | Will HS2 be worth the money?

    Are kids allowed to change gender too quickly? | Will HS2 be worth the money?

    This week the panel discuss the rules on children transitioning gender, and ask if we should slow the process. But is it wrong to deny treatment to children who say they are sure that are trans?

    Also:

    Has the government learned from Windrush?
    How much is too much for high speed rail?
    Are we asleep to the threat of coronavirus?
    Is colour-blind casting the future?

    • 52 min
    Is coronavirus as bad as it seems? | Should there be a maximum age for a president?

    Is coronavirus as bad as it seems? | Should there be a maximum age for a president?

    With mounting concerns about the spread of coronavirus, The Pledge has recruited a doctor as a guest panellist this week - none other than Love Island's Alex George.

    He's arguing the media is fuelling hysteria about the infection.

    Also:
    Should there be a maximum age for US President?
    Was No10 right to ban some reporters?
    Is education the way to prevent radicalisation?

    • 51 min
    Is football banter at work wrong? | Can we trust facial recognition tech?

    Is football banter at work wrong? | Can we trust facial recognition tech?

    This week, Femi tells the panel that he doesn’t want police to use facial recognition technology as he thinks the government can't be trusted.

    Also:
    Will Brexit bring peace?
    Is office football banter harmless?
    How should we punish criminals who attack police?
    Is antisemitism a thing of the past?

    • 48 min
    Should Parliament move north? | White privileged men and race

    Should Parliament move north? | White privileged men and race

    This week Michelle Dewberry presents the case for Parliament moving to northern England.

    Also:
    Nick Ferrari on why white privileged men should be able to talk abut race.
    Afua Hirsch says the 'Tradwife' is not a feminist Twitter trend.
    June Sarpong reckons post-Brexit Britain should look to Africa.
    And on his Pledge debut, Geoff Norcott argues that social media is harming the left at the ballot box.

    • 51 min
    'I was adopted. Blood isn't thicker than water'

    'I was adopted. Blood isn't thicker than water'

    This week Andrew tells his adoption story - and explains why he thinks the stigma around it is wrong.

    Also:
    Should Big Ben chime on Brexit day?
    Are Extinction Rebellion extremists?
    Does Canada want Harry and Meghan?
    How gloomy is the outlook for our high streets?

    • 48 min

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