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Thursday, 31 May, 2007

  • Newsnight
  • 31 May 07, 06:25 PM

Presented by Jeremy Paxman.

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TORY U-TURN?

This weekend David Cameron called Tory MPs who disagreed with his policy not to have more grammar schools "inverse class warriors".

But today a senior Tory MP has said it could be possible to build more grammar schools in some areas. That's a u-turn! shouted Labour.

The Tories say it's existing policy - so who's right?

The Conservative's answer to grammar schools and aiding social mobility are city academies.

But we have evidence tonight that some academies are selecting by the back door and risk "increasing social segregation".

BUSH AND CLIMATE CHANGE

President Bush has unveiled his strategy on climate change ahead of next week's G8 summit. Tony Blair says "it's a big step forward".

We'll be assessing just how big it really is.

AFGHANISTAN

We have a powerful film from Alastair Leithead on the often forgotten story of civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

MADELEINE McCANN

It's four weeks since Madeleine went missing in Portugal. Her parents have cooperated heavily with the media to keep her in the public eye in the hope of finding her.

But some are beginning to feel uncomfortable about the campaign and the coverage it's been getting. Has the media been right in giving the story such prominence?

We've had an incredible response on our website to the question. You can join the debate here.

The McCanns' plight

  • Newsnight
  • 31 May 07, 01:18 PM

mccanns_203.jpgIt's been four weeks since Madeleine McCann went missing in Portugal.

Her parents have cooperated heavily with the media to keep her in the public eye in the hope of finding her. Yesterday Gerry and Kate McCann met the Pope. Later this week they will travel to Madrid.

Everyone will sympathise with the McCanns’ plight. But some are beginning to feel uneasy about their campaign and the coverage it is getting. Is the media right to continue to give their story such prominence? And is the intervention of figures like Gordon Brown, David Beckham and the Pope appropriate?

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