Monday 28 June 2010
Here's what we are planning for tonight:
The government has introduced the UK's first cap on immigration. From next April there'll be an annual limit on the number of skilled workers from outside the European Union allowed into the UK. In the meantime, to avoid a rush of applications, an interim cap of 24,100 will be imposed.
There are reports of division within the coalition with David Willetts, Michael Gove and Vince Cable said to be worried about the impact of the policy on business and universities. But with just one in seven potential migrants subject to the cap, how much of a difference will it make? Richard Watson will investigate and we hope to discuss the issues with the Immigration Minister Damian Green, Labour's Mayoral hopeful Oona King and Lord Pearson, the Leader of the UK Independence Party.
Could the imposition of unilateral targets to cut carbon dioxide emissions damage our economy? That's the fear of the former Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King. Our Science editor Susan Watts is at the World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment in Oxford where the T.25 car was launched today. It produces about 40% fewer emissions over its lifecycle than the average car. Are such technological innovations the answer as we move towards a low-carbon economy?
Our Economics Editor Paul Mason will examine why the England team were so poor in their World Cup match against Germany. Have we seen the first real triumph of the economics of modern football over skill and organisation: the triumph of a club-first, nation-last mentality and individualism over teamwork? Read Paul's blog.
And our Culture correspondent Stephen Smith will be meeting the legend of jazz and popular music, the 15 Grammy award winning Tony Bennett. Watch a sneak preview here.
Do join Gavin at 10.30pm on BBC Two.
From earlier today
The number of skilled workers allowed into the UK from outside the EU is to be cut, Home Secretary Theresa May has said. Numbers will go down to 24,100 between now and April 2011, 5% less than last year.
We've asked Richard Watson to investigate what difference this is really going to make, and why this immigration cap will work when others haven't.
Our Science editor Susan Watts is at the World Forum of Enterprise and Environment in Oxford, where the T.25 car is to be launched which produces about 40% fewer emissions over its lifecycle than the average car. She'll be considering if imposing unrealistic targets in an attempt to curb climate change could put economic growth at serious risk.
Paul Mason will be presenting his thesis on why England were so poor in their World Cup match against Germany yesterday.
And our Culture correspondent Stephen Smith will be meeting the legend of jazz and popular music, Tony Bennett.