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Grassy hills and the gentle waves of the sea could be seen in the distance. Advertisements fund this website and helps to run and serve you the best experience and news. Please disable your Ad blocking software or whitelist our website. The bill would also permit scientists to create human-animal hybrid embryos. The role of fathers in fertility and the upper limit for abortion will also be voted on. And we'll be debating the ethical and scientific implications of these highly charged votes which could lead to some of the biggest changes in Britain's fertility and embryology laws for decades.
The Conservative leader, David Cameron, has promised "good housekeeping" as part of his party's economic policy. He said the Tories believed in long-term tax reduction. But does it all add up? Michael Crick is on the case. We hope to be joined by a senior member of the Shadow Treasury team. Matt Frei returns to Culpeper in Virginia to see what sort of impact the downturn in the US economy is having on people there.
There's the embryos bill, Conservative tax and spending, and Burma for starters. Beatings, Torture and Horrific Violence in Zimbabwe: Tonight, an exclusive interview with the US ambassador to Zimbabwe.
James McGee was held for investigating what he knew to be obscene and violent attacks on members of the opposition by Mugabe's ruling Zanu PF party.
He graphically describes what he saw first hand - the vicious attacks on old women and young men alike - and his own response to the authorities that tried to detain him. Yet more proof of these attacks comes from the British journalist Peter Oborne who recently emerged from Zimbabwe with first hand accounts and the pictures to prove it. As the authorities set a date for the presidential run-off, finally, we bring you these distressing but crucial testimonies to the ongoing Mugabe reign of fear.
One natural disaster with a death toll reaching into the tens of thousands is hard enough to contemplate. Tonight our Diplomatic Editor Mark Urban assesses how changed each country will be by its own natural disaster and ask what the international communities' response should be. And what does an 'official death toll' really mean - how on earth do we start to grasp the hard facts when they're so hard to come by in each case?
And is our obsession with inflation well, a little over-inflated? Tonight we speak to the Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz who thinks we're in danger of missing the point. He says that inflation targets - such as that used by the Bank Of England - could push us into recession, sacrificing growth in a vain attempt to keep down prices.
So does the Bank of England - which has warned of the end of the "nice decade" - need a radical change of plan? Today's programme producer is Dan Kelly - here's his morning e-mail to the production team Burma and China The loss of life and injuries caused by the cyclone in Burma and the earthquake in China have been extraordinary.
What are the facts on the ground how does the foreign office come to a figure of , dead in Burma for example? How have the authorities responded? Will both countries ever be the same again? Let's look at both crises separately and in detail and discuss how the international community should react.
Which guests would you like on? We have a first hand account and pictures of these attacks from a journalist who recently went in to the country. Tsvangirai is in Belfast, we are trying to get an interview. Day 3 of the Gordon Brown relaunch. We've had the mini-budget. Then the new policy plans.
Today the PM was selling the message to the media. But has this flurry of activity achieved anything in turning round how the Labour government is viewed? Michael Crick has spent the day in Crewe and Nantwich finding out what voters there thought. David Grossman has been seeking the counsel of the wise sages at Westminster.
Their chats are always interesting and informative. The China news agencies are reporting that as many as 50, people have been killed as a result of the earthquake in the South West.
The infrastructure in the area has been decimated. But are there further threats from damage to the dams and power plants in the area? Our science Editor Susan Watts is assessing. Jeremy will be speaking to Naomi Klein about who will profit from the disasters in both China and Burma.
Finally we have a disturbing report from the Congo. It appears the latest development strategy of the Department for International Development is to fund public private partnerships.
But what exactly should we make of the mining company that our government is teaming up with and should they really receive UK taxpayers cash? Read the government's statement in full here.
Do join us at With Jeremy and Alastair in the studio together it promises to be lively at the very least. Day Three of Gordon's fight back. After the budget, then the draft Queen's speech, now it is face the media time. Will Gordon Brown do an interview with Jeremy Paxman today?
What else should we do? Should we do China - and if so what. Bush is in Israel. Can he realistically achieve anything? Burma has voted to back the proposed new constitution. Did they care about turn out in the south west? Or are there other stories we should do?
We also have a story about how Gordon Brown is extending public private partnerships. Not just at home now but abroad too. Tim Whewell reports on the mining companies in the Congo who are more than happy to work with the British Government - and ask whether this is the right way to deliver aid?
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced the laws he wants to introduce in the next Parliamentary session. The programme includes 18 Bills which include plans to give communities more say about policing priorities - and policies to extend the range of affordable homes available to first time buyers. The Conservatives said Mr Brown had "run out of steam". The Lib Dems said he had "scraped the barrel to save himself". Our Political Editor, Michael Crick will analyse what sort of message the government is sending and will gauge whether the public are prepared to listen after the 10p tax row.
In a gloomy report, he forecast rising inflation and slowing growth, and said the "nice decade" was over. Our Economics Editor, Paul Mason will set out how inflation and unemployment could limit Gordon Brown's wriggle room in future. We'll be bringing together senior politicians from all three parties to discuss whether the Draft Queen's speech will really punch through to the electorate.
The Great White City was a collection of shimmering palaces and pavilions that made up the Franco-British Exhibition of But are they having the same impact on us compared to the Asian Tsunami in ? If not why is that? Is it down to a muted media response at first? And what happened to liberal interventionism? Robert Morgan is today's programme producer.
Here is his morning email to the production team. You can contribute your ideas and views below. We had the government's mini-budget yesterday in an attempt to deal with the 10p tax row. Now we have the draft Queen's Speech months in advance. Michael and Neil are on the case. Should we be doing more on China and Burma today?
Is there anything Cherie Blair won't reveal in her memoirs? It's exactly a hundred years ago today since an extraordinary exhibition took place at White City, which is now the home of BBC Television Centre in London. The Great White City was an extraordinary collection of shimmering palaces and pavilions that made up the Franco-British Exhibition of Our culture correspondent, Madeleine Holt, reports on a one-off celebration of harmony between Britain and France.
Some strong stories today. Tomorrow the government unveils a draft Queen's speech , what will this amount to, and is this the beginning of Brown's fight back? There could also be a compensation package on 10p announced this afternoon - what will the PLP and voters make of it? If the economy is the single biggest reason for the government's current problems - more bad news on that front today.
Which interviews would you like to see on politics and the economy? Talking of prices, we have a film and discussion planned on cheap clothes and tough labour conditions in the developing world, off the back of BBC 3's "Blood, Sweat and Tears" programme, in which six young British shoppers were sent to work in some Indian textile factories.
We have two of the volunteers in the studio but what other guests could we have - especially British retail figures? The death toll in China continues to rise - how can we move the story on in a distinctive way? From tonight's presenter, Kirsty Wark. These were the dignified and moving words of Margaret Mizen, whose son Jimmy was murdered on his 16th birthday. He was killed on Saturday morning in London when broken glass from an apparently unprovoked attack at a baker's shop lodged in his neck.
His death is the 13th teenage murder in London this year. The first pledge made by Boris Johnson, when he became Mayor of London, was to tackle the culture of teenage violence in the capital, and yesterday - at a global Day of Prayer - he reiterated his commitment.
But the problem is certainly not confined to London - last summer Rhys Jones, just 11 years old, was shot dead in Liverpool by two youths.
Tonight, we'll be discussing the ease with which teenagers turn to violence and how best to change the culture that breeds it. South West China has suffered its worst earthquake for 30 years, and several thousand people have been killed in the south-western province of Sichuan alone, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Many were buried as schools, factories and dormitories collapsed in the force of the quake with a magnitude of 7.
Several hundred are buried in two collapsed chemical plants. China's President Hu Jintao has called for all out rescue efforts after the quake, the reverberations of which were felt miles away in Beijing. We'll have the latest from China on the devastation and the rescue effort, and what the government's response tells us about China in Do you remember when that description of Gordon Brown was attributed to Alistair Campbell?
It was back in but the idea that Gordon sat "gathering his brows like a gathering storm nursing his wrath to keep it warm" apologies to Burns for the whole of the Blair years has not been dispelled by his demeanour as PM, and certainly not by the trio of autobiographies from Lord Levy, John Prescott and Cherie Blair.
And we know that his most recent travails over a Scottish referendum on Independence have put him in a very black mood. This weekend the Labour backbencher Frank Field said that he had been at the receiving end of a Brown rage in the past, and that he should not lead Labour to the next election - those closest to him should tell him when is the best time to go.
We'll be gazing into Gordon Brown's future. Tomorrow the National office of Statistics publishes the official figures but what is the true cost of living these days?
How does it affect us all? We'll have the answers. Click here to take part in iPMs study of credit crunch concerns around the country. Sadly they are not the only parents to be dealing with the death of their teenage children AND it appears to be other teenagers who are carrying out the killing. Stopping these awful crimes was one of the main promises of Boris Johnson but how would you do it? Who are the people best placed to know and can we get them to debate on the programme? But there are other things around Burma, Gordon Brown's state of mind - does it matter if he's enjoying himself or not?
We also have a piece trying to measure the real cost of inflation. All the papers are doing it but how accurate are their assessments? Hugh Milbourn and Gillian Lacey Solimar on the case. What would make a government impound food aid from its own dying people?
Tonight, we try to get inside the minds of one of the most unmalleable military regimes in the world, and ask what they're really thinking. Is this a problem that can only be eased with the Junta on board - or should the West carry on despite the political resistance there? We'll be speaking to the head of UN Relief as well. Much of Western Beirut has been taken over by Hezbollah. What does this mean for Lebanon - and indeed the Middle East. Our Diplomatic Editor Mark Urban gives his assessment.
He's been a Democrat a Republican and an Independent - who better to assess the US presidential race. And he's got plenty of advice for Boris, and even Boris's hair. Is Lebanon in danger of descending into civil war? Much of the western half of Beirut has been taken over by Hezbollah this morning as battles between the group and government supporters continue.
How should we cover this story? Paul Mason is on the case. Let's discuss how to do this and which guests could work. That was the desperate cry of one of the survivors of the worst cyclone to hit Asia in more than 15 years.
But is there any chance of a huge relief effort in Burma when the government there appears to be blocking rapid access? The International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander told MPs the government was receiving "mixed signals" on the question of access for international staff following a disaster which may have killed , There may by up to a million more who have no water, food or shelter.
So far there has only been a trickle of aid allowed in, and the US Ambassador said a US military cargo plane still does not have permission to fly in supplies. We'll be speaking to our correspondents in the region and to the International Development Secretary about the world's apparent impotence in the face of an intransigent junta. Should we just send helicopters filled with aid over the border?
Afghanistan Also tonight in the second of his three special reports from Afghanistan Mark Urban speaks to two men in Kabul - one a teenager - preparing to be suicide bombers. Intelligence officers say that the number of suicide attackers in the country has increased in recent months and many blame the lax border controls between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Mark investigates the problems with border security and the growing threat posed by the bombers. We'll be exploring the reasoning behind this extraordinary decision.
Quite a few stories around today. Let's see if we can get new lines on the airport security story. Burma , interest rates, Wendy Alexander and Alex Salmond lock horns at the Scottish parliament today over the referendum and Denham's speech to the Fabians tonight are worth doing. Let's discuss our options in the meeting. Intelligence officers say that the number of suicide attackers in Afghanistan has increased in recent months, and many blame the lax border controls between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
This forms part of a special investigation into border security and the growing threat posed by the bombers. Our lead report tonight is about airport security. You'll be reassured to know that those working airside have criminal record checks. That is apart from one group - foreign nationals.
Believe or believe it not the government say they don't check their criminal records because, they tell us, it would be too complicated and cause delays. Are we sure this is good enough? The Conservatives don't think so. Jeremy will be asking the minister tonight.
He also ran her incredibly close in Indiana. Is this game over for Hillary now and when should she throw in the towel? Is Labour backing the idea of holding a referendum on independence for Scotland?
But that doesn't seem to be what Gordon Brown thinks she was saying. What should we believe? Michael Crick will explain all. Finally as trailed earlier, the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband is on the programme after outlining his vision for a low carbon future in the "Ralph Miliband" lecture.
He's agreed to answer your questions - and Jeremy's. We've had lots - check them out here - and we'll make sure that he has enough time to answer a fair few. He's also agreed to continue answering your questions online tomorrow so please do give us your thoughts.
Tonight Jeremy will be talking to the Foreign Secretary David Miliband live in the studio after he delivers what promises to be a radical speech on transforming Britain into a low-Carbon economy. He argues that this is the only solution to the problems of spiralling energy and food prices as well as water shortages.
But will the shift to low carbon economy mean difficult decisions for all of us - especially the government - about how we live our lives? If you have a question you'd like to put to David Miliband on this, or any other issue relevant to the Foreign Secretary then please let us know. Read David Miliband's answers here. Today's programme producer is Simon Enright - here's his morning e-mail to the production team Jackie Long and Meirion have a strong piece of original journalism about airport security.
We hope the government will speak to us off the back. Could we have finally seen the Democratic nomination decided? Has Obama done enough? Are there any circumstances conceivable where Hillary can still win? Peter Marshall is in Washington. We've also got David Miliband on the programme - off the back of his climate change speech. PMQs will be interesting Will the government be damaged by ignoring the advice of the ctte it set up to look into the issue of cannabis?
How do we mark the transfer of power in Russia? Tonight's programme is presented by Jeremy Paxman. The devastation and loss of life in Burma is extraordinary. The official death toll is now 22, with 41, missing, three days after Cyclone Nargis hit the country. Speaking from inside Burma, though, Save The Children have told us that between 50, to , may have died.
We will assess the scale of the disaster and question how the secretive military Junta in Burma has responded to the crisis. Brown's fight-back - what is it and can it work? David Grossman has been speaking to leading leftwing critics of the government and we'll question a cabinet minister on Labour's resurrection strategy.
We'll have the latest from Indiana and North Carolina where Democrats vote today, and we'll speak to a senior African-American congressman and super-delegate, who fears that Democrat divisions on race may never heal. How reliable is Climate Change modelling? Roger Harrabin has a film on the imperfections of the science behind the models and temperature predictions.
The death toll in Burma is at least 15, and is expected to rise further. How will the secretive and repressive military Junta respond to the crisis, and could it change the country forever? Brown's fightback - what is it and can it work? A cabinet minister off the back would be worthwhile. The gamble by Wendy Alexander to argue for a referendum on independence in Scotland is also fascinating - how should we cover this story?
The Primaries in North Carolina and Indiana go ahead today. We have a senior African-American congressman and super-delegate live - James Clyburn. Although we have a lot, how would you like us to do each story? What guest suggestions have you got? Any suggestions for a playout?
That was the advice from one former minister last week. Today, he bravely attempted one, as he admitted to a 'night of disappointment'.
If ever there was a day our Mystery Cat would have preferred to be elsewhere, it was probably now. And indeed, if there was ever a day Labour colleagues would have preferred him to be elsewhere, it was probably now. The local elections results in England and Wales show meltdown for Labour - with the party pushed into 3rd place.
And as we await the results of the London Mayoral Race - the hottest ticket in town - might Ken kick that Mystery Cat where it hurts? So what of the Boris and Ken race? Well as I write, rumours abound and fact is scarce - the counting is only half done. Some commentators predict a landslide for Boris. Some predict we may not even know the results until after we go on air this evening. Significantly, no one has predicted a landslide victory for Ken but all that could change.
We'll bring you the key players and the analysis right here. And what of the Tories? Tonight we'll ask whether this is the beginning of the serious climb back for the Conservatives. Could a win for Boris prefigure a win for David Cameron? Are voters in London 'trying out' Tory leadership to see what it feels like after all this time? Michael Crick, David Grossman and Paul Mason will take us around the country, to Old Labour heartlands, new Tory and Lib Dem gains, and of course inside City Hall in London to gauge the political climate exactly 11 years to the day since Labour came to power.
Michael Crick and Hugh are heading back from Bury to package in London - they will look at the extent of the Labour "meltdown" and differing views on how Brown can regain the initiative. If he can regain it at all that is. David and Thea are at City Hall - they can package the events of the day, such as they are, editing at Milbank.
But we won't get the mayoral result till late. Perhaps even later than 9pm. It looks like Boris will win. Paul and Vara have gone to Nuneaton - a council which Labour held for 33 years until last night when they lost it to the Tories. Two BNP councillors also elected there last night. Cameron is due there mid-morning.
In terms of lives, the panel are on standby and we should be in a good position to get some top news-making interviews. Elections Dear viewers - Voting is continuing in the local elections in England and Wales. Polling stations will have closed by the time Newsnight is on air tonight and results will be starting to come in.
Political Editor, Michael Crick will be in Bury, Lancashire and David Grossman will be following the mayoral contest in London with the latest news and analysis. Leading politicians from all three main parties will join us in the studio to discuss how they've performed at the elections. Kyle Fisher A babysitter serving life for murdering a neighbour's child has been released on bail, after having her conviction quashed.
Suzanne Holdsworth, who's 37, had been found guilty of killing two-year-old Kyle Fisher by smashing his head against a banister. But the Appeal Court ordered a retrial after hearing that the boy had been prone to epilepsy, and could have died from a seizure.
John Sweeney has followed the case closely for Newsnight. He has the latest developments for us tonight. Austria Are Elizabeth Fritzl and her children - abused and hidden for almost a quarter of a century - also victims of Austria's culture of secrecy, and even the country's state of mind?
A former tenant of Josef Fritzl, who has confessed to confining his daughter and fathering her seven children, claims he heard noises and asked Fritzl what they were, only to be told it was the basement gas heater.
Newsnight's Robin Denselow is in the small Austrian town of Amstetten to try to find out how such horror was never detected, and the impact it has had on the country. The Austrian Chancellor has announced a campaign to repair Austria's image abroad, but is it a period of analysis within the country that is needed?
Voting is under way in local council elections in England and Wales - and in the contest to decide who'll be the next mayor of London. About 4, seats will be decided. It's the first big electoral test for Gordon Brown as Prime Minister. Michael and Hugh are in the North of England. David and Myranda are in London. We'll need to chase up guests from the three main political parties.
Robin Denselow is in Austria examining what the Fritzl case tells us about the country and its past. Other stories include the Bank of England report, and the Holdsworth appeal. Any other ideas welcome including playout thoughts.
On Newsnight tonight - as Austrian police delve in to the past of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man who's admitted to imprisoning his daughter in his cellar for 24 years - we have the first ever British television interview with Natascha Kampusch. She herself was abducted at the age of 10 and locked in a cellar for eight years. In her interview with Robin Denslow, she talks about her terrifying ordeal, offers advice to the victims of Josef Fritzl and questions whether Austria's role in the Second World War has had a lasting impact on attitudes to women and violence in the country.
Mayoral Elections We are also on the election trail with Ken, Boris and Brian as they battle to win control of London. Who has the edge and does it mean anything for the fates of Brown and Cameron?
How bad will the US "recession" be and how much will it hurt us here? The Fed will decide tonight whether to cut interest rates again, and new GDP data will help us to assess the state of the American economy. What guests could we have on both sides of the Atlantic?
David Grossman has a piece on the Mayoral race , and we have a live interview with Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg which will need a set up. Austria remains fascinating, and Gillian has been working on a piece about which businesses flourish during an economic downturn.
We should also watch reaction to Brown's admission that he made "mistakes" on the 10p tax - could well come up in PMQs. Tonight a Newsnight exclusive - the inside story of the British mission in Musa Qala.
The battle for control of the Afghan town has come to epitomise the trial between the British Army and its Taliban enemy in Helmand province. Our diplomatic editor Mark Urban spent nine days with British troops trying to win over suspicious locals in a town where there is still a lot of support for the Taliban.
Don't miss his epic report tonight. The numbers game is traditionally a mug's game when it comes to immigration. We've seen that from government figures in the past. We've had a sneak peak at a new report on Polish migrants which is due out tomorrow - assessing the extent of Polish immigration to the UK. A lot has happened since our reporter Tim Whewell went to Crewe almost three years ago to find how a wave of Polish migrants had changed the town.
We'll reconvene our panel of immigration story 'interpreters' to ask how this latest twist is likely to be portrayed in the wider media.
He admitted on the Today programme this morning that he's failed to kick the Punch and Judy habit and keep that kind of haranguing politics from parliament. Tonight, however, with just 24 hours left till the end of electioneering we will be assessing the Conservatives' chances in the local elections and in the race to be London mayor.
We'll be talking to the senior Tory running their campaign who isn't - amazingly - a former member of the Bullingdon Club. And we'll bring you the latest in the most macabre story any of us here can ever remember covering - the breathtaking inhumanity of one father. Austrian police have been describing what state the recovered children are in and who else might have known about the actions of Josef Fritzl. Sorry - quick email. Lots already set to run today - including Mark Urban's epic from Afghanistan.
Plus we have an interview with a leading Conservative identity to be confirmed on the local elections. Tonight we bring you the first ever television interview with Lieutenant Colonel Diane Beaver. She was the lawyer who approved interrogation techniques for use on Guantanamo Bay prisoners that were new to the military and - many would say - both morally reprehensible and illegal under international law.
Diane Beaver was acting with the higher authority of the Bush administration. She was a junior advocate and was under orders. So just how far up the ladder of the Bush administration did the buck stop? We take a look at the decisions which allowed sexual humiliation, sleep deprivation and waterboarding and hear how administration officials are now wide open to an international war crimes investigation An oil refinery is not an easy place to be spontaneous. A strike by workers may or may not be called off - in many ways, it's irrelevant: For the first time the facility will be completely closed.
The shutdown embodies all the concerns so often raised now about Britain's energy supplies: How secure is our energy supply? Are we too dependent on too few sources? And what effect will this have on a government - already looking shaky in the polls - if drivers decide to take matters into their own hands and fill up their cars in panic? We hope to be speaking to the energy minister Malcolm Wicks.
After Rwanda, leaders of the civilized world insisted the like would never be tolerated again. Insisted, indeed, that the international community would never stand by allowing that kind of atrocity to continue. So why have we seen five years of fighting - and , deaths - in Darfur? This evening, Robin Denselow takes stock of the African conflict the world forgot. We have a film from Peter and Ben looking at some of the revelations about Guantanamo Bay outlined in Philippe Sands' new book: What do you think?
Should we take more of a look at Brown - in advance of what's likely to be a weekend of extensive newspaper analysis about the state of his leadership? We have the offer of an interview with the Serbian PM , who's in town. What would you want to ask him? And I am keen to do something to mark the 5th Anniversary of the Darfur conflict. What do you think it should be? It comes as other public service unions, and the police, are very uneasy about pay settlements.
Is Gordon Brown facing a spring of discontent? Syria American intelligence officials are to give a secret briefing to members of Congress about an Israeli air-strike in Syria last September. It's being reported that evidence has emerged which shows Syria was building a nuclear reactor with North Korean help.
We'll have the latest on this story and we'll be joined in studio by the Syrian Ambassador to the UK. Opera "Too many fat ladies! This time, the English National Opera is leading the charge. Opera, it says, is just not as intense or relevant or political as the movies or the theatre. And it's got to change fast. Email is now back up and running. There's lots around today. There's more on the mess over 10p tax , and it's a big day for public sector strikes.
Anatomy of a U-turn Jeremy's presenting tonight in what is fast becoming a U-turn special. Michael Crick will be reporting on a day of drama at Westminster, which started with a flurry of activity this morning, a letter to the Commons Treasury Select Committee, and a humdinger of a PMQs.
Winners and losers Paul Mason will be in Stevenage - a key battleground in next week's local elections - to analyse who wins and loses from the new concession, and how much it's going to cost, and Jeremy and guests will assessing where today's U-turn sits in the pantheon of great government humiliations down the years.
Zimbabwe And the election unlike any other. The first results in the Zimbabwean recount are dribbling through.
Adam Mynott in Johannesburg will have the latest score. Peter Marshall will have the aftermath of the Pennsylvania primary and we've done some work on potential guests, but it would be good not to have to lead on this. Ofgem - Energy poverty summit and petrol price rises Paul Mason has been blogging to a China's 1. Jeremy's presenting tonight - he's currently out of the office interviewing cabinet minister Tessa Jowell about a damning select committee report about the cost of the Olympics.
Pennsylvania State is deciding today who it wants to be the Democratic nominee for the presidency. Hillary Clinton is tipped to win - but not by much. Meanwhile Barack Obama is facing a more hostile press than he has at any other stage of the race. Details of his relationship with a Chicago property dealer who is facing corruption charges have come to the fore, as has his continued backing of his controversial pastor. Peter Marshall's been to Chicago to assess whether any of this mud is beginning to stick.
The government is still desperately trying to appease potential rebels over the 10p tax row. Have their latest attempts borne fruit? David Grossman is looking in to it. You may remember a film we ran some months ago featuring a former member of the Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir.
Majid Nawaz had decided to leave the organisation, after becoming deeply concerned about what it stood for. He's now launched the " Quilliam Foundation " with some other former radicals, which aims to counter extremism. We'll be hearing from them live, along with a high profile Muslim who is very critical of the foundation's aims. And - has lap dancing become socially acceptable? There's certainly a profusion of lap dancing clubs on our high streets, and even pubs are now offering lap dancing nights.
Recent licensing laws make it far easier for them to open these days. A campaign has been launched today to try and make it harder for such establishments to start up. We'll hear from a member of that campaign, and from the owner of a lap dancing chain.
Is there more to be done on 10p tax? Report on cost of Olympics? Two things in train already - Robin and Warwick are off to the launch of the Quilliam Foundation formed of ex members of Hizbut Tahrir and Peter Marshall and Ben have been to Chicago to investigate some of the murkier allegations about Obama , dating back to his days as a city politician. We can get the latest from Pennsylvania off the back.
Tax Ministers today moved to head off a potential backbench rebellion over the abolition of the 10p income tax rate by promising to consult on new measures to tackle poverty among Britain's lowest income households. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Yvette Cooper told MPs that a previously-announced inquiry into the next steps for tackling child poverty would be extended to include the needs of households on low incomes without children.
Gordon Brown is expected to give details of the review when he addresses the Parliamentary Labour Party for the second time in less than a month this evening. But has the Government done enough to head off a rebellion next week? We'll be speaking to one of the leading Labour rebels. The intervention will see bonds from the Treasury offered to banks in exchange for their potentially risky mortgage debts. It's hoped that the scheme will loosen up lending between banks - and consequently bolster the mortgage market.
We'll be asking if taxpayers' money will be at risk. And will interest rate cuts be passed on to customers as a result?
He said even if Mahmoud Abbas and Ehud Olmert negotiated for the full recognition of Israel, Hamas would accept it, as long as it was approved in a Palestinian referendum. He tells us that Hamas is prepared to stick to a mutual ceasefire. See his exclusive interview on this and on the US Presidential race on the programme tonight. Watch a preview here. Suzanne Holdsworth case In December Newsnight told the disturbing story of baby-sitter Suzanne Holdsworth, jailed for life for murdering toddler Kyle Fisher.
Holdsworth denies it - and tomorrow the courts will hear her appeal against the conviction. Now two surgeons and a former police officer on the murder inquiry are raising fresh doubts about a troubling case.
Read John's article on the case here. There's quite a choice of stories today. Jeremy has just done a really strong interview with Jimmy Carter on his talks with Hamas and the US presidential election. Clare Fisher dropped off her two-year-old son, Kyle, with baby-sitter Suzanne Holdsworth in July Seventy five minutes later he was brain-dead. Holdsworth was convicted of murdering Kyle and is serving life in prison.
The court heard that she must have smashed his head against a banister with a force like being thrown from a car crash at 60 mph. But leading neuro-pathologist Dr Waney Squier tells Newsnight she has major concerns about the impact theory. Dr Squier points to a congenital brain abnormality and a year-old injury to the eye socket which had nothing to do with Holdsworth. Both conditions can cause fits - and fits can kill.
So Holdsworth may be innocent because no murder ever took place. John Sweeney reports on the fresh evidence that points to a possible miscarriage of justice, and on questions raised about the police investigation into Kyle's death.
Tonight, the prime minister means to answer it. Emboldened by successful meetings yesterday with each of the presidential candidates, he has given a speech about Global Challenges in Boston.
The world stage may be a scary place. But it's infinitely preferable, in many ways, to what he faces at home. The 10p tax revolt seems to be gathering steam. He may have stopped one if his MPs, Angela Smith, from resigning yesterday. But there are more emerging from the woodwork as we speak. We'll ask just how comfortable Gordon Brown is looking within his own party.
It will be part of an effort to write down its exposure to US sub prime - and any other skeletons still lurking in the cupboard. And in doing so, it marks a recognition - that all has not been well but can now get better.
The move has been compared by some to a confessional, others to a ruthless spring clean. How many other banks will follow suit once the taboo is broken? And does this signal that the worst is now over? Also tonight we pay tribute to Gwyneth Dunwoody who has died aged In the words of one parliamentarian and friend, she was the essential 'debunker of humbug'. She will be remembered for her stubbornly principled stance, her commitment to the Labour Party, and for her formidable chairmanship of the transport select committee.
A woman, who shone through an age of spin to tirelessly speak her mind. As many of you who've used the BBC's blogs will know, it has for some months been a deeply frustrating experience, not just for you but for us too. The point of blogging about our programmes is to have a swift and informal conversation with our viewers.
That's impossible if it takes hours to get your comment or our response through. I'm relieved to say that as of yesterday we have a new system which should be much more robust and which I hope will usher in a new era of blogging for Newsnight.
One change is that in order to comment you'll need to register by filling in a simple form. Once signed up, you'll be able to comment on any BBC blog using the same login. Many of you have already commented on how it's working and one or two have suggested it's designed to introduce more censorship. That's certainly not our intention. The aim is to encourage much more open discussion about the programme and much more interaction with the programme-makers.
I'm sure it isn't perfect and that you'll let us know how it could be improved. Thanks very much to all those contributors - the Bob Goodalls, Barrie Singletons, Mistress76UKs and many others - who have persevered through all the blog problems. Apologies for all the Error s, and welcome to the new era. Robert Morgan is today's programme producer - here's his early email to the team. Lots of stories around today. Let's debate what the best stories and treatments are for today.
A few moments ago, the Muslim activist Abu Izzadeen and five others were found guilty on terror-related charges. Izzadeen and one of the other convicted men, Simon Keeler, have been convicted of fundraising for terrorists and inciting terrorism overseas.
Both men have been the subject of a series of revelatory Newsnight reports in recent years. Our reporter Richard Watson will bring you the definitive story of the two men and of Al Muhajiroun - the organisation they were at the heart of. The roads are repaved, the traffic's stopped, the flags are flying and the crowds have turned out in their tens of thousands to welcome the foreign visitor. The problem is, they've come to see the Pope, not Gordon Brown. The second - a brief headline - states 'Brit leader visits US in Pope's shadow'.
Unfortunate clash perhaps, but then again Gordon Brown never claimed he could fill a baseball stadium and anyway, he has people to meet. So which of the candidates does our PM see eye to eye with?
We'll be speaking to McCain's special advisor live on the programme and asking what the special relationship would look like under their stewardship. The opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has called for the South African President to step down as an intermediary in the election negotiations. His frustration with the process is palpable.
But it is odd that his words come just as Thabo Mbeki has finally abandoned soft diplomacy to himself call for the prompt release of Zimbabwe's election result, twenty four hours after Gordon Brown demanded the same thing in the starkest terms at the UN. Is the international community's approach towards Zimbabwe changing? Will it give Mr Tsvangirai the endorsement he needs to claim victory? It claims to be interpreting a report by Chiefs of Police. Well, having been through the report it doesn't really endorse either view - indeed it tells us very little that's new.
So why does the debate on immigration always get hijacked so quickly? And is there ever a real chance of getting to the facts, when the very word is so emotive? We'll debate that tonight with media commentators on left and right. So - what do you want to do? Michael Crick and Hugh are in Washington and already working on a piece about Brown's relationship with Bush and his potential successors.
He's meeting all of them today - which one really shares his world view? Who should we speak to off the back? We could do with a good end of programme talking point. What about the pope on the state of US society? Have you seen anything better? From this morning our new blog system will be in place - this will mean you will need to complete a simple registration form in order to post a comment on the blog. Once signed up, you will be able to comment on all BBC blogs using the same login.
If you have any problems with the new system please let us know. From this evening UK time , we'll be doing some essential maintenance to the blog. As a result of this, you won't be able to leave any comments on our blog posts from that time until Thursday morning and the comments function on all old posts will close. We apologise for any inconvenience. The work will fix the very frustrating problems we've encountered for some time now with the whole comments system.
From Thursday a new system will be in place - this will mean you will need to complete a simple registration form in order to post a comment on the blog. There will be more details in the morning. In the meantime - if you wish to comment on the programme you can email us via newsnight bbc. Jasmin Buttar is today's programme producer - here's her early email to the team.
Can we finish our Unsustainable World series on a high? We have an authored film from the CEO of Sainsbury's Justin King who accuses the government of a tendency to leap on the green bandwagon. We have him and the government live in the studio tonight. This could be a lead but it would need a bit of teeing up to put the film in context. How could we do this?
What areas should we cover? Brown in the US Two possible today stories - the economy and Zim. Brown meets Mbeki and raises issue of Zim at the UN and then goes on to meet bankers. There may also be a BBC iv with Tsvangirai available to us. Another possibility is to throw forward to tomorrow's meeting with Bush and the presidential hopefuls. We have Crick in NY but only for 2-way really. It's a good chance to look at the state of the Democrat race ahead just hours ahead of a key debate between the two but also to look at their foreign policy positions ahead of the meeting with Brown.
Zambia's Chinese Burn Tim Whewell and Caroline Pare have the second of their series of films on China in Africa - they look at how Zambians have turned against the Chinese businessmen who have established themselves in the country. Rising food prices, rising population, growing poverty and climate change are becoming a major problem for the world. We've lined up correspondents in some of the countries feeling the strain most acutely to tell us what the situation is like on the ground.
What are the solutions to these problems? I hope to devote the programme today to the problems and solutions on the day an international report sets out its answers. We've lined up some correspondents in the main hotspots and Susan and Liz have done films.
Do come to the meeting with ideas on the best people to get and how to do the top VT. Jeremy is presenting tonight's programme, and we'll start the programme with the first in a series of reports this week focusing on the rising price of food across the planet, and the unsustainability of our natural resources. Biofuel Tonight, we look at biofuels. That's a government target. But even before it's been enforced, the government has signalled that it's cooling on the whole idea of biofuels - amidst concerns that biofuel production is contributing to the rising price of food, and isn't proving all that environmentally friendly.
The Chancellor Alistair Darling called for a review of the use of biofuels at the weekend saying, "It would be a profound mistake if we get into a situation where we are growing corn that is essential for feeding people and converting it into fuel. Gordon Brown insisted today that he is focusing "every effort" on steering the economy away from recession. Meanwhile, the Shadow Chancellor George Osborne, has claimed the government's reputation for economic competence is in tatters.
And what, in policy terms, can the government actually do to prevent a recession? Paul Mason is investigating, and Michael Crick will have the latest on the rumblings from Labour backbenchers about dissatisfaction with the direction of the Brown government. China in Africa And we have the first of a series of fascinating films from Tim Whewell in Africa - looking at the ever-growing influence of China on the continent.
There are now Chinese firms operating in 49 African countries. If it goes ahead, it will have a huge influence on the Congolese people - even though it's barely known about in the country.
Tim has been there to find out how it will work - you can read his article here. In the first of a series this week on issues surrounding sustainability, we ask if the production of biofuels really is a "crime against humanity" as one UN official has claimed. What else can we do?
What can the government do in policy terms to illustrate that it can steer the country through an economic crisis? Is Gordon Brown's authority as PM all but destroyed, as some papers seem to claim? What's gone wrong with the government's new domestic violence legislation? Will we get any results from Zimbabwe today? And we have a fascinating film from Congo - the Chinese are on the verge of signing a multi-million dollar deal with the Congolese government to mine for cobalt - in return the Chinese will build massive amounts of infrastructure - roads, hospitals etc.
Read Tim Whewell's article here. Jersey A former Jersey honorary policeman who admitted sexual assaults on girls has been jailed for two years. This comes at a time when Jersey has been rocked by other allegations of child abuse and incompetence by the authorities. Robin Denselow is in Jersey for us tonight with the latest. Spying Poole Borough Council in Dorset has admitted using anti-terror laws to carry out surveillance of a family they suspected of lying about living in a school catchment area.
The civil rights group Liberty calls the spying disproportionate and intrusive. We hope to be bringing together the director of Liberty in debate with the head of the Local Government Association.
DNA A panel of experts has given its backing to scientific techniques in which evidence is extracted from tiny amounts of DNA. The panel was asked by the government to review the controversial technique, after it was criticised by the judge at the Omagh bombing trial.
Our Science Editor, Susan Watts, who investigated the original doubts about the procedure assesses the implications of today's decision.
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