Monday 6 December 2010
Here's Emily with news of tonight's Newsnight:
Words I Shall Not Be Using On Air Tonight #4164:
Right. That's better. Where was I?
There's a joke doing the rounds on Twitter these days. A man calls up Lib Dem HQ and asks if he can buy a copy of the party's manifesto. "I'm so sorry," says the receptionist, "we've sold out". "I know that," says the man, "I just want a copy of the manifesto".
It's probably not that funny if you're one of the tortured souls trying to decide which way to vote on an issue that is being seen as the biggest test for the coalition so far.
Two former Lib Dem leaders - Charles Kennedy and Ming Campbell - have made clear they will vote against it. Another - Paddy Ashdown - has praised Nick Clegg's "bravery" for making a decision he says will pay dividends.
Is it better to stick to your principle and your word - or change your mind for a policy you now say is the right one? We'll be putting that to a senior Lib Dem this evening, and amassing our Newsnight political panel.
But first tonight, Julian Assange - he of Wikileaks, has been issued with a warrant for his arrest.
The accusations relate to sexual behaviour not state secrets. But what to make of the timing? Particularly when many think the revelations have just stepped up a notch with the disclosure of facilities around the world vital to US national security.
There are even rumours tonight that everything Wikileaks has could now be released. We'll be asking what now for the founder and the website.
And Tim Whewell will have the latest on the alleged Russian Spy of Westminster.
Join me for that and more on BBC Two at 10.30pm.
A British MP whose parliamentary aide was arrested over claims she is a Russian spy has challenged the security services to "prove their point now".
Liberal Democrat Mike Hancock has launched a staunch defence of Katia Zatuliveter, 25, who was arrested on Thursday and is facing deportation proceedings after she was taken into custody on the orders of MI5, the Sunday Times claims.
Tonight Tim Whewell will consider how far the Russian state's reach might be in UK political society.
Then our Diplomatic editor Mark Urban will be bringing us the latest Wikileaks dispatches.
And, as rebel Lib Dem backbenchers intensify demands for the vote on tuition fees to be abandoned, our Political editor Michael Crick will be looking at what concessions the Lib Dems have so far gained on tuition fees and investigating if there might be more.