Tuesday, 13 January, 2009
Here's Kirsty Wark with a look ahead to this evening's Newsnight:
"The persistent inequality of social class."
That's at the heart of the government's White Paper on social mobility. But hang on a minute, this is a government that has been in power for almost twelve years! Why has New Labour failed to deal with these inequalities until now? Harriet Harman says: "It is our task in government to play our part in fashioning a new social order with fairness and equality at its heart." When he was Prime Minister, Tony Blair famously refused to say that the gap between rich and poor was a problem in itself. Now the government has turned turtle. David Grossman will be reporting, and we hope to speak to the Cabinet Office Minister Liam Byrne.
We have also filmed a piece of social engineering for Newsnight, following a group of children from Burnley who have dropped out of school or been excluded, as they spent 48 hours in one of England's oldest public schools.
Paul Mason will have the latest on the government's plans to guarantee up to 20 billion pounds of loans to small businesses to help them survive the economic downturn.
And does snooker need to be sexed up? Ronnie O'Sullivan, the world snooker champion believes the sport is in desperate need of some show business. I once had a snooker lesson from Stephen Hendry in his home town snooker club but somehow I don't think that's what Ronnie means. We've sent Steve Smith to spend the day at the UK Masters at Wembley to see if he can come up with some ideas.
Join us at 10.30pm.