Today, 21/02/2013 Live

28 Feb 2013 Last updated at 12:05

Thursday 21 February

Has the Vicky Price trial revealed failings in the jury system? A the Welsh blogger has been caught in a libel dispute with her local council. And we hear from Danica Patrick - the first female driver to be in pole position ahead of the Daytona 500 (the big event in the American racing season).
  • 21 Feb 2013 08:53:19


    David Cameron this week led the largest trade delegation ever taken overseas by a British prime minister. Lord Digby Jones, crossbench peer and former UK Trade minister, and Professor John Ries of the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, discuss whether trade missions actually increase trade.

  • 21 Feb 2013 08:48:12


    The BBC has seen legal advice that casts doubt on one of the key proposals that Lord Justice Leveson made to regulate the press. The BBC's legal correspondent Clive Coleman reports and Nick Cohen, author, and Hugh Tomlinson QC, chairman of Hacked Off, analyse Leveson recommendations in light of the advice.

  • 21 Feb 2013 08:19:29


    A Welsh blogger is caught in a legal dispute with her local Carmarthenshire Council. It’s after she tried to film council meetings. Jacqui Thompson, the blogger, explains why she is suing the Council and the Council are suing her back.

  • 21 Feb 2013 08:23:28


    Kevin Ayers, the founding member of 1960s psychedelic band Soft Machine, has died aged 68 at his home in south-western France. Robert Wyatt a colleague of Kevin Ayers in the band, reflects on Mr Ayers' life.

    Stuart Maconie
    Had a nice chat with Robert Wyatt on the phone today about Kevin Ayers. He really is a lovely man. You can hear it on next week's Freak Zone

    Kevin Ayres and Robert Wyatt - my heroes in the early '70s.

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    The campaign for a daily Kevin Ayers slot on starts here

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  • 21 Feb 2013 08:04:46


    The jury at the trial of Chris Huhne's ex-wife Vicki Pryce has been discharged after the Judge said they exhibited a "fundamental deficit in understanding" of the trial process and the role of the jury. Ken MacDonald, director of public prosecutions, and Lord Woolf, former lord chief justice of England and Wales, give analysis on whether the current jury system is in need of reform.

    Better for the jury to have asked the questions than for them to have made a decision without fully grasping the issues.

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    Lawyers defending jury system - understandable. But when will someone cut to it: what's terrifying is how dim questions were?

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    Shouldn't we have trained jurors who have a greater understanding of the cases they give a verdict on?


    Why blame this one ? Judicial system of hugely expensive legal reps and long drawn-out procedures needs overhaul.

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  • 21 Feb 2013 07:47:41


    The prime minister has said that he is open to the idea of using aid money on peace-keeping operations. Max Lawson, head of policy at Oxfam, Patrick Mercer, former army officer, now Conservative MP for Newark, discuss whether this it a back-door way of subsidising the Ministry of Defence.

    Aid diverted to peacekeeping is short-termist and may mean less stability in the long run. Poverty reduction brings stability.

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    I agree with the diversion of some aid budget going to defence. No point in building schools children are too scared to attend.

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    Spending part of aid budget on peacekeeping is a reasonable idea, but a better one is spend part on advancing the rule of law in India.

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    I think before we allocate millions of ££ to go overseas for what ever purpose we need to get children in UK out of poverty

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  • 21 Feb 2013 07:44:02


    The big event in the American racing season, the Daytona 500, happens on Sunday and for the first time there is a woman driver in pole position. Susie Wolff, Williams number three driver this season, and Davina Galica, the only other British woman to have raced in Formula 1, examine the racing driver Danica Patrick's career.

    On , depressed to hear top female racing drivers endorse women doing 'sexy photo shoots' for magazines to get sponsorship.

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    Have you never seen the many photos of David Beckham in a state of undress? There are good examples on the internet if you have a look, advertising various things. Men are quite happy to make a million from sponsors, and those of us too old or not famous or good looking enough to be offered money to strip off are just jealous!

    Well done for covering women in Motorsport this morning. Hopefully more coverage will continue post a Danika win.

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  • 21 Feb 2013 07:41:10


    The latest on the Oscar Pistorius case. It has emerged the South African detective leading inquiry is facing seven charges of attempted murder, police have confirmed.

  • 21 Feb 2013 07:34:35


    John and Evan take a look at today's newspaper headlines.

  • 21 Feb 2013 07:31:55


    The human rights charity Reprieve says three British citizens have been held in Dubai since last July and tortured. Phil Cameron, father of Grant Cameron (who is being detained in Dubai), and Marc Callcutt, case work lawyer at Reprieve a legal charity works with people facing the death penalty, discuss the situation.

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