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  • Newsnight
  • 22 Jan 08, 10:27 AM

Today's programme producer is Liz Gibbons. Here's her early email to the production team - what do you think we should cover?

Hello all,

Markets - "all eyes will be on the Dow when it opens". Neil Breakwell says this is already a cliché. What are the big questions we can ask and who should we be asking them of? As things stand we can devote a big chunk of the programme to it.

The Czech opposition leader is in town - he's a big opponent of the US missile defence system. Good opportunity to look at the issue?

Barack v Hillary - wouldn't mind having a quick look at the debate - did Obama lose it and is he losing it?

We should keep an eye on Gaza and the Palestinian PM visit.

And we have a film marking the anniversary of the Courtauld Institute.


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  • 1.
  • At 11:24 AM on 22 Jan 2008,
  • Nick Thornsby wrote:

It really annoys me that news programmes spend so much time speculating about the economy. It is pointless, and at the moment, the stock market problems affect hardly any newsnight viewers.

Why don't you look at Nick Clegg's health proposals which he is outlining today.

Also, has anyone actually read both the old constitution and the new treaty and looked at what is different- I have no idea what is supposed to be different so I would love to see exactly what these important changes are.

Newsnight has been doing a lot on the economy recently; things change everyday and so far, nothing really has happened so why not concentrate on some more interesting news that actually affects us.

  • 2.
  • At 12:28 PM on 22 Jan 2008,
  • Adrienne wrote:

Nick (#1). NN covered the comparison last October. Prima facie, it would appear some of our Great Leaders are being rather economical with the truth:

  • 3.
  • At 12:51 PM on 22 Jan 2008,
  • Adrienne wrote:

Nick (#1). NN covered the comparison last October (see below).

Prima facie, it would appear that some of our Great Leaders are being a little economical with the truth. If one looks closely at the articles in the ('red lined') FCHR, they are indeed in other treaties (hence the expansion in number to 53 articles), but they also have rather different ranges of application to their original treaty contexts (see, for example, the eugenics article, which was originally in the war crimes treaty), but few, other than Human Rights lawyers, will look into all of this closely enough I fear as that's what parliament is for and does over many months if not years when scrutinising Bills. A public referendum would never be able to cope with all of the complexities and legal implications, any more than the Kenyan referendum over their constitution did. The general population just isn't competent enough. It would we swayed by oversimplification and disinformation. Sadly, it looks like a fait accompli given New Labour's majority and support from the Lib-Dems.

  • 4.
  • At 03:57 PM on 22 Jan 2008,
  • Bob Goodall wrote:

Hi Newsnight

Perhaps you could tell us what the 'markets' are all about?

Perhaps they are part of the problem,

greed is good sort of stuff,

what are they actually doing, how does it help us?

how much is it actually ethical, ie are we living off and moving debt around the world,

what does it mean to a company if its shareprice falls, so what? the company doesnt have to pay the money back?

how quickly could the financial orgnisations relocate to another country if the PM ceased to be if he is their prawn,

is this power of these ocuntries increasing?

isnt the story of Northern Rock really that our country is bankrupt in the real meaning of the term? they just scared perhaps the whole pack of cards is about to and fall ON THEIR WATCh
ho ho cant have that !!!!

what is this funny term "confidence" you keep talking about

(surely)Politicians have being running a flawed version of keynsian theory to help them politically,

ie in recession pump money into the economy that is paid back when there is boom, except the Government hasnt being paying the money back, has it, when we have had booms times???

why not, might not loo kso good?

its all lies isnt it, that most of the media has colluded with?

do you actually read any of this,

finally I thought obesity might be on tonight?

in which case my motto would be, and is

"exercise today
and put a doctor out of work"

am I losing my sense of humour and faith in my fellow human beings?

all the best


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