Thursday, 12 February, 2009
Here's Kirsty Wark, with details of what's coming up this evening in Newsnight:
Hello to viewers near and far,
We are tracking the journey of Geert Wilders, the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party, who was refused entry to Britain this afternoon after arriving from Holland at the invitation of Lord Pearson, of UKIP. He tried to make the journey despite being banned last night by Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary. We will be debating whether free speech is paramount in a democracy, a democracy that allowed Ibrahim Mousawi, chief spokesman for Hezbollah to enter the UK last year.
Has Gordon Brown been too close to the country's leading bankers? Will he end up facing the same fate as Icarus? Was he enthralled and mesmerised by their activities and the chimera of the all powerful City? We'll discuss "Brown and his bankers" tonight as another leading banker looks set to leave the Government fold.
Is the Taliban gaining a foothold in Karachi, Pakistan's financial and commercial hub? Today for the first time the Pakistani Government said that last November's attack on Mumbai was launched and partly planned from Pakistan. The adviser to the Prime Minister detailed how the gunmen had sailed from Karachi to carry out the attack that killed 179 people. Last year Karachi erupted in riots that killed 50 people. The suspicion is that the Taliban were behind the violence, and raising fears that the Islamist movement is "talibanising" the city, something perhaps borne out by today's announcement. Barbara Plett has been in Karachi to assess the Taliban influence there.
Plus, why has one of Britain's biggest contracts for new trains just been awarded to a Japanese company, at the price of £7.5bn? Trade Unions and Labour backbenchers are in uproar. Couldn't it have gone to a British consortium, thus potentially safeguarding thousands more jobs?
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