Thursday 23 July 2009
Here's Gavin Esler with what is coming up on tonight's programme:
Today's Quote for the Day comes from the leader of the country which produced, among others, Cicero, Ovid, Catullus, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Verdi, Rossini and... Berlusconi.
"I am a person of good taste, culture and elegance" - Silvio Berlusconi, the scandal-ridden prime minister of Italy, who also admitted he was not a saint.
In tonight's programme:
Unfortunately we have no room for Signor Berlusconi but we do have room for the Norwich North by-election - what will be the impact of this by-election result on Gordon Brown and the Labour party?
Michael Crick will join us from Norwich where the polls will have just closed.
We also will have the latest on swine flu and a troubling film about the unintended consequences of the government trying to avoid forced marriages taking place in Britain.
One of the apparent victims is a Canadian woman who married a Welshman and has been told she has to leave Britain and go back to Canada.
Since her marriage was not forced and was perfectly legal, not surprisingly this raises quite a few questions which - again - we would like the government to answer.
Plus Newsnight has been given special access to the memoirs of Anthony Blunt, the man who spied for the Soviet Union for years. What have we unearthed? Watch Newsnight at 10.30pm to find out.