The Headliner podcast: France goes to the polls, Facebook is in hot water and Abbott demonstrates the art of putting your foot in your mouth

5th May 2017

France goes to the polls, Facebook is in hot water and Abbott demonstrates the art of putting your foot in your mouth


Less than a week to go and France will decide on its new President. In the blue corner Marie Le Pen and in the purple corner Emmanuel Macron. The pollsters have Macron firmly in the lead. But after a spate of shock election results, the outcome is far from certain. Will it be Madame le Président or Monsieur le Président?

Down under, Facebook is in a spot of bother after leaked documents showed it targeted insecure young people. Allegedly, the social media giant has been exploiting the moods of ‘vulnerable’ teenagers at the benefit of advertisers. It’s not the first time Facebook has been caught meddling with our moods, should we be surprised that businesses selling advertising want would want to know when we are feeling low?

Happy birthday Princess Charlotte, who turns two years old this week. But what would the fourth in line to the throne look like in high street fashion? Ponder no longer, The Sun has the answer after photo shopping Her Royal Highness into a jazzy river island number. Simply smashing.

From high street to high end, there’s a designer bag that bears a remarkable resemblance to an Ikea bag. It’s big and it’s blue but can you fit flat pack furniture in it? Swift off the mark, IKEA released a handy guide to the genuine bag. And if you’d like to get your hands on one it can be yours for the bargain price 40p, now that’s what I call affordable fashion.

From endlessly repeating sound bites to not having a clue what you are talking about, Theresa May and Diane Abbott demonstrate what not to do in a media interview. Listeners and viewers who are easily embarrassed should look away.

Get set to pay a high price for your guacamole and surcharge on your smashed avocado on toast. After drought in California and a growers strike in Mexico, Avocado prices are rising steeply. Will higher prices put hipsters off their favourite breakfast item?