Wednesday, 26 November, 2008
Jeremy presents tonight. Our programme producer is Kavita Puri - here's her outline of what's on.
Nightmare on the High Street
MFI are to file for administration and the board of Woolworths are meeting imminently to consider the same. Many thousands of jobs are to be lost. Retail drove our economy in the boom times. But we've spoken to one expert who says 12 major high street chains may go by next year. So are we seeing the end of the High Street as we know it, and what will the impact be on our economy? Tonight we'll be speaking to the heads of some of the High Street's top chains.
During a recession do we need a higher level of immigration or less? The Labour Government has been sounding more trenchant on immigration. Tim Whewell has been to Peterborough to see if attitudes have changed. And we'll be speaking to the Immigration Minister Phil Woolas who'll meet some of his critics.
Gulf rich nations are ploughing money into Sudan - using their fertile land to grow food for their people. This at a time when the people of Darfur are starving and relying on handouts from the international community.
across the wires the electric message came:
he is no better. He is much the same.
So wrote Alfred Austin Poet Laureate writing on the death of Prince William in the early twentieth century. Culture Secretary Andy Burnham has started looking for the next Laureate - and wants the public to have a say. But what role has the Poet Laureate today in embodying the spirit of the nation?