Thursday 25 March 2010
Here's Kirsty with more details of what we're doing on tonight's programme:
How will the Pope deal with the latest child abuse allegations to hit the Vatican? Tonight he appears to be under more pressure than ever before.
In the 1990s did he fail to respond to letters from an American archbishop about a priest who may have molested as many as 200 deaf boys?
Internal correspondence from bishops in Wisconsin directly to Cardinal Ratzinger, warning him and other top Vatican officials that failure to act could embarrass the church, have been unearthed as part of a lawsuit, according to The New York Times.
The Vatican has denied that there was any cover up and has denounced what it has called a smear campaign against the Pope. We'll discuss where these accusations leave Benedict XVI.
Unions on the march? We examine the impact on industrial relations of this age of austerity. As I write the rail union, the RMT, has just announced four days of strikes from 6 April. Potentially this will be much more disruptive for many more people than the BA strike, and could cause considerable problems for the Labour Party.
And the former commissioner of the Met, Sir Ian Blair, has made a personal film about the problems of policing in Britain in an age of spending cuts. He sets out his ideas for change, including reducing the number of bobbies on the beat (replacing many with Community Support Officers).
We'll be joined by the Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling, Chris Huhne the Home Affairs spokesman for the Liberal Democrats, and Police and Security Minister, David Hanson.
Join me at 10.30pm on BBC Two.
The rail union, the RMT, has refused to rule out the possibility of a national strike over planned redundancies.
It would be the first national strike for 16 years and take place over the Easter holiday weekend, bringing the rail network to a standstill at one of the busiest times of the year.
Tonight, we'll be looking at the future of industrial relations in an age of austerity and examining at the state of trade unionism in the UK.
David Grossman has been trawling through the departmental press notices issued by the Treasury yesterday on the £11bn savings from efficiencies and streamlining the centre of government. How credible are they?
We have an authored film by the former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Ian Blair - who has been heavily involved in the wider agenda to modernise policing for the 21st Century - setting out his vision for the future of the force.
And Richard Watson investigates claims made by the Quilliam Foundation that the Islam Channel encourages fundamentalism and sectarianism.
More details later.