Thursday 6 August 2009
Just as we all thought the economic weather was improving with a string
of indicators today suggesting signs of recovery, the Bank of England
comes along and rains on the parade. What they've seen of the economy
has led them to decide to continue with the policy of Quantitative
Easing - pouring in another £50bn to shore up Britain's economy. So just
where are we in the recession? We'll be speaking to experts here, and
we'll be joined live from Paris by the President of the European Central
Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet.
The police have been told to make immediate changes to the way they
control public protests after it emerged that officers refused to allow
a woman who was bleeding to leave a cordoned area for five hours. The
incident took place during the G20 demonstration in London four months
ago. A report from the Independent Police Complaints Commission says
doctors believe the woman may have suffered a miscarriage. Tonight the
woman in question - who cannot be identified - has given her only
interview to Newsnight about the events at the protests in April in the
City of London. Watch a clip here.
It's been Labour Deputy Leader Harriet Harman's turn to step into Gordon
Brown's shoes this week, while he's on holiday. Her outspoken comments
about rape, women in politics and bank bonuses have led to vitriolic
attacks from some sections of the press. Why does Harriet Harman always
attract such criticism? Our political editor Michael Crick's been
Plus, what ever happened to Woolies? After 99 years of trading on the
British high street, the company went into administration last year and
Woolworths stores across the country closed their doors. Graham Satchell
has travelled across the UK to find out what, if anything, has replaced
the pic 'n' mix, and what the fate of old Woolies stores tells us about
where we live. We'll be showing on air some of the many photos you've
sent in of former Woolworths premises, and we've made a photo gallery of a selection of them too.
Do join Gavin Esler at 10.30pm on BBC Two.