Friday 19 November 2010
David Cameron's enterprise adviser Lord Young has stepped down following Tory embarrassment over his claim that most Britons "had never had it so good," and that many people have gained from low interest rates during this "so-called recession".
The PM dubbed the remarks "unacceptable", and Lord Young has apologised for them, but did he in fact have a point?
Tonight, we will be crunching through the economic data to find out.
Mark Urban reports from the Nato summit in Lisbon, where Afghanistan is dominating the agenda as the alliance tries to work out an exit route from combat operations. Is the new plan realistic?
Surveying the state of their economy and the humiliation of IMF and European Union officials negotiating the terms of a bail out in Dublin, an Irish Times editorial asked this week, "Was it for this (that) the men of 1916 died for?"
Tonight we will examine Irish soul searching and angst with writers Edna O'Brien and Ruth Dudley Edwards.
That and more at 10.30pm on BBC Two.