Tuesday, 7 April, 2009
Here's what's coming up on tonight's programme, presented by Gavin Esler:
Today's Quote for the Day:
"We are rearing a generation of kids who are in danger of becoming emotionally stunted, inarticulate hedonists, with the attention span of a gnat." Baroness Greenfield, one of Britain's foremost scientists.
In tonight's programme:
"It is the worst thing you could ever, ever experience as a child."
We have an investigation into how girls, heavily sedated while in care homes in the 1970s and 1980s, may now be at risk of having children with birth defects because of the medication they were given.
Ireland has gone from Celtic Tiger to economic intensive care. The Irish finance minister announced today that in 2009 the Irish economy will contract by 8%, the sharpest fall on record. He also announced an emergency budget of tax rises and spending cuts to deal with it. A few weeks ahead of our own UK budget, does Ireland point the way ahead for the British economy too? Are we on the edge of hair-shirt high tax, lower spending and low growth economics?
And there's an old joke that a camel is really a horse designed by a committee. But in Westminster there are signs of new life in the committees of back bench MPs. They are, at least in the view of some, becoming much more assertive, as demonstrated by the public interrogation of bankers and financial journalists recently. But could we see British parliamentary committees fulfilling the role of Congressional committees in Washington, and really holding the government to account?
Join us at 10.30pm on BBC Two.