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27/02/2010

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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 27 February 2010

A look behind the scenes at Westminster with Ben Brogan.

Gordon Brown's a bully, according to a new book by journalist Andrew Rawnsley. Downing Street has strongly denied the allegation. But it has dominated the political scene this week. The Prime Minister's long time supporter, Geoffrey Robinson, and a former Downing Street insider, reflect on the pressures of the top job.

The allegations are in part based on anonymous sources. The Guardian's Michael White and Newsweek's Stryker McGuire describe how journalists and figures from the political world work together.

What seems to have stopped the Tories' progress in the polls? Michael Heseltine and newly-selected Tory candidate, Nadhim Zahawi, wonder if the party is attacking Labour hard enough and if the message on the doorstep is clear.

This week's new guidelines on assisted suicide are not enough, according to campaigners who want to make it legal. But the opposition to any such move is fierce. Two peers, Margaret Jay and Ilora Finlay, take sides.

Chapters

4 items
  • Tories

    Lord Heseltine and Nadhim Zadawi discuss the Conservative party's prospects at the next election.

  • Bullying

    Labour MP, Geoffrey Robinson and former senior civil servant, Sir Stephen Wall, on the recent bullying allegations against Gordon Brown.

  • Journalists' sources

    Michael White of the Guardian and Stryker McGuire of Newsweek compare the use of 'anonymous' sources on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Assisted suicide

    Lady Margaret Jay and Lady Ilora Finlay debate the new guidelines on whether to prosecute those suspected of helping someone to commit suicide.

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