Wednesday 28 October 2009
Tonight we'll be asking why the Ministry of Defence put financial savings before safety following the publication of a devastating, independent report into the fatal 2006 Nimrod crash. Fourteen crewmen died when the aircraft blew up after air-to-air refuelling over Kandahar when leaking fuel made contact with a hot air pipe. Charles Haddon-Cave QC, the author of the report, said that the government had failed to meet its obligations to British servicemen in a "systematic breach of the military covenant." We hope to speak to the Defence Secretary, Bob Ainsworth.
We have an exclusive film from Liz MacKean about the threat of dissident Irish Republicanism. She has seen confidential files which reveal that dissident activity against the police in Northern Ireland is on the rise. We'll be speaking to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shaun Woodward and Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly.
Read more on that story here.
Our Political Editor Michael Crick will be gauging reaction amongst MPs to the news that they will face wide-ranging cuts to their second homes allowances and other expenses. The independent inquiry led by Sir Christopher Kelly into MPs expenses will publish its findings next week. So what tactics might MPs who are unhappy about Sir Christopher's proposed changes employ to try to dilute them?
And is television comedy becoming boring because of tighter rules and regulations on what entertainers can say - what is and what is not an acceptable joke in 2009?
It's Jeremy presenting tonight - join him at 10.30pm on BBC Two.