Tuesday, 18 November, 2008
Jeremy presents tonight; Kavita Puri is programme producer. Here's her outline of what's on the programme:
"It used to be you could not insert a Rizla paper between the two parties on tax and spend. But the credit crunch and the recession have blown a chasm between them."
That was our economics editor Paul Mason's analysis of the effect on British politics of the Tories ditching their pledge to match Labour's spending from 2010. So the gloves are off. We now have a clear dividing line between the main parties in British politics. It'll be the battleground of the next election.
The Saudi Foreign Minister said the Somali pirates who hijacked an oil tanker were akin to "terrorists". Yet another ship was hijacked in the Gulf of Aden today. So should there be a comprehensive law of the seas? We were hoping to bring you a pirate in our discussion, but instead we'll be talking to a company that hires private security guards for boats in the Gulf. And we will also be speaking to a managing director whose ship has been hijacked and is currently negotiating with pirates over the ransom.
"Never again" was uttered after Rwanda. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced in Congo after the last few weeks of fighting. Today the French called for 3,000 extra UN troops. Allan Little, who has travelled extensively in Congo, reports tonight. We have also spoken to Lord Malloch Brown who, wearing his green wristband inscribed with the words "Never Again", says sending British troops has not been ruled out.
Our culture correspondent Steve Smith has been given an exclusive preview of a missing book by Vladimir Nabokov, author of the scandalous 'Lolita'. The new title "The Original of Laura" is set to be a sensation when it's published in 2009.
Do join Jeremy at 22.30.