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Hyer's Highlights: Trump's State Visit

Benji Hyer responds to listener Jonathan who is keen for Trump to the visit the UK, claiming that it is a question of freedom of speech.

Hyer's Highlights: Trump's State Visit

Last week, much of the world woke up to the news that President Trump had retweeted a series of videos posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, a political organisation from the UK which is widely recognised as an ultra-nationalist Islamophobic group.

Either he did it knowingly, in which case shame on him, or unknowingly, in which case also be ‘shame on him’ for not doing his research.


The videos feature a disabled Dutch child being beaten up, a Virgin Mary doll being destroyed by a Muslim terrorist, and an incident on a rooftop resulting in a number of people being dramatically thrown off to their deaths.

Donald Trump then hit back at Theresa May for her condemnation of the retweets, sparking a diplomatic row between the two nations.

The listeners to Benji Hyer’s show on Sunday felt that Trump's proposed state…

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Politics

Hyer's Highlights: Brexit Divorce Bill

Listeners are furious at the potential cost of the Brexit Divorce Bill, but one listener blames the side of the EU and not the Government

Hyer's Highlights: Brexit Divorce Bill

We have now learned that the UK has offered a larger potential divorce bill to the EU, which could be worth up to 50bn Euros, or £44bn.

This new amount has been broadly welcomed by politicians as if means that negotiations can continue, however Number 10 have been careful to play down reports that the final sum is even higher or if it has been totally decided.


This 50bn price tag has been the source of much debate this week. Nigel Farage is furious that we are paying anything at all; he’d be happy to crash out without a deal. But former Chancellor Ken Clarke claimed that the UK had to pay its “fair share” and “repudiating” the UK’s financial obligations would result in a hard Brexit, damaging jobs and investment.

Many listeners to Benji Hyer’s show on Sunday were furious, feeling that they had…

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Theatre

Review: Wicked

After 11 years, audience favourite Wicked still holds onto it's title as one of the most relevant shows in the West End.

Review: Wicked

The story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Good Witch of the South is perhaps one of the best known fictional stories in the world.

But, what isn’t as well-known is that Elphaba (the Wicked Witch) and Glinda (the Good Witch) actually used to be friends who shared a room in college and, ultimately, became entangled in a complicated love rivalry.

Well, it’s not as simple as that.


For 11 years, Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked has ruled over the West End – having won 15 awards in the city (including the prestigious Olivier “Audience Choice” award twice). It has consistently remained a “must see” in the city, despite the fact that it is constantly touring around the world, and it’s not difficult to see why.

Sitting in most West End theatres in mid-November on a Monday night, even the most popular show may…

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