On Tuesday the 16th of January, post-sixteen Douay Martyrs students travelled to London to experience watching the Wright Stuff as part of the audience. With Mr Moore, we travelled to London by using the underground station, arriving at the studio promptly.
After a security check, we were escorted to the actual studio where filming would take place. As we sat down, we saw presenters such as Anne Diamond, who was there as a replacement for Matthew Wright who had been consecutively ill, as well as reality TV star Ian Lee who was mostrecently on ‘I’m a Celebrity’.
We were made as comfortable as possible and asked whether we knew about the Carillion scandal. As students, most of us were quite baffled and did not even know what Carillion was, but as the presenters discussed it, it became more evident how serious of a problem it was. Hearing about who the presenters thought should get the blame was interesting because they felt pity for all those workers who had lost their jobs, and had a cohesive agreement that either the government or the ‘fat cats’ at the top of the corporate ladder were solely to blame, as the government knew that Carillion was going into bankruptcy and did nothing, and the leaders of Carillion kept on taking out big pay checks and even ignored the two warnings they had gotten about debt.
There were a few tweets read out and even a caller, all ultimately expressing similar opinions, and the segment was ended on a quiz about how many schools were using the services of Carillion. Then, there was a quick pause, and as we chatted amongst each other, we were asked if any of us had opinions on the whether parents ‘cotton wrap’ their children. Mr Moore went forward to speak, as well as one of the Year 11s by moving into the front row. The short break ended and filming commenced with clapping.
All the presenters talked about their children, and they had quite conflicting views because one argued that trusting your child is important and that in their generation, they could walk to school since the age of five, while the other presenter argued that they would do anything to keep their child safe. The issue arose from a Head Teacher telling all parents that they had to get their child to school and accompany them right to thegate. The overall consensus was that while it did seem a bit extreme, and it is true that the danger of child abduction is no different now thanbefore, it still is better for the child to be safe with the measures in place than risk losing their child.
Sadly, Mr Moore and the Year 11 student were not able to share their opinions on live television, since the time ran out. Another short break started, and then the presenters read news articles from the day, the most shocking one being that probably a normal seeming couple had trapped their children into their home for years, and no one had suspected them of doing anything abnormal, the only hint of something amiss being the distressed call from a child who had escaped and used a telephone. It made us all think that appearances could not be trusted, and that the world is in fact quite a scary place.
Finally, the last segment was about whether men should cry in public. Ian Lee had talked about his experience with sharing his depression and suicidal thoughts, as well as even crying on television in ‘I’m a Celebrity’ and being happy at all the positive support, especially from a mother who said that her son had not been able to express himself until he had seen Ian talking about his depression. The general agreement was that there was no reason why men shouldn’t cry, a quote from the book ‘Boys don’t cry, but men do’ by Malorie Blackman highlighting that it was okay for a man to be in touch with his feelings, and it was quite coincidental that I had read the book too several years ago, the quote sticking with me even until this day.
Overall, the outing was interesting and while no one from Douay got to speak in the audience, it was enjoyable clapping and listening to the different news articles
Yasmin Abdullah Year 12