Thursday, 29 January, 2009
With a look ahead to this evening's Newsnight, here's Emily Maitlis:
If you are French you are probably hampered in your efforts to find out about today's strikes by the fact that your national TV station is, erm, on strike. Luckily, we have a live point in Paris and the pictures we are getting from there on the day they're now calling Black Thursday are pretty dramatic. France's biggest union claims there are a million protesters on the streets. Their causes are disparate and their goals are complex, but their huge presence on the streets confirms emotions are heated, and their anger is mostly directed towards their government's handling of the economy. As I write, protests on a much smaller scale have been kicking of in this country at an oil refinery in Lincolnshire. They're demonstrating against the use of migrant labour there.
Our Economics Editor Paul Mason admits his credit crunch sonar is bleeping with all kinds of worrying dots and they're mainly concentrated on the edges of Europe. So tonight we compare what is happening in France with what happened in Greece before Christmas and ask, inevitably, if the same could happen here. Is it special to the Eurozone? Is it to do with economics or attitudes? And have the unions in this country been emasculated by legislation in the past decades, to the point where this kind of militancy is a thing of the past in Britain? We'll debate all that here.
Also tonight, the future of Digital Britain. Conservatives are calling the Government's plans unambitious. Do we have the cash to aim higher? We hope to talk to the man at the very forefront of this industry in the US, Clay Shirky.
And Andrew North has an amazing film from Iraq, as he looks forward to Saturday's election and asks Iraqis themselves what they make of their new 'democracy.'
Join us at 2230.