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23/08/2013

Morning news and current affairs with Sarah Montague and James Naughtie. Including:
0750
The Office for Fair Trading has announced it is investigating six high street furniture and carpet retailers for how they use so-called "reference pricing". Cavendish Elithorn, senior director at the Office for Fair Trading, and Sarah Pennels, founder of the finance website SavvyWoman, debate whether retailers have been misleading customers.

0810
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Syrian government to allow a UN team to swiftly investigate an alleged chemical weapons attack. We're joined by Professor Sergei Markov of Moscow State University, and head of the National Civic Council of International Affairs.

0822
If you were arrested, how would you feel if the interview was done not by an officer but by another member of the public who had done a four-week training course on how to conduct in interview? Sussex Police are considering the idea. Phil Butler, former Detective Inspector with Northumbria Police, and the crime novelist Peter Robinson, debate the proposals.

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Fri 23 Aug 2013 06:00

100 seats in 100 days

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Today visits 100 constituencies before the General Election polling day on May 7.

In today’s programme...

With Sarah Montague and James Naughtie.

  • 23 Aug 2013 07:18:12

    Today's running order

    Subject to change

    0709
    Zubeida Malik speaks to people in Damascus in Syria to get their eyewitness accounts of the alleged chemical attack and its aftermath.

    0718
    The Department of Health is considering changing the way death certificates are issued, using independent medical examiners instead of doctors. We hear from Claudia Wells, life events analyst at the Office of National Statistics, and Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chair of the GPs committee of the British Medical Association.

    0722 
    The Chinese politician Bo Xilai is charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power but he says he was coerced into making a confession. Isabel Hilton, the editor of China Dialogue, discusses the case.

    0732
    The guidelines for police and prosecutors dealing with football hooliganism are being widened to include social media. Nick Hawkins is lead sports prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service, and Liz Costa, vice-chair of Brighton and Hove Albion supporters club, discuss how the changes will be enforced.

    0740
    The paper review.

    0742
    Advice given by the Independent's Virginia Ironside has prompted fierce criticism online. Should agony aunts be updated? Virginia Ironside joins us, as does the New Statesman columnist Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett.

    0747
    Thought for the day with Vishvapani.

    0750
    The Office for Fair Trading has announced it is investigating six high street furniture and carpet retailers for how they use so-called "reference pricing". Cavendish Elithorn, senior director at the Office for Fair Trading, and Sarah Pennels, founder of the finance website SavvyWoman, debate whether retailers have been misleading customers.

    0810
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Syrian government to allow a UN team to swiftly investigate an alleged chemical weapons attack. We're joined by Professor Sergei Markov of Moscow State University, and head of the National Civic Council of International Affairs.

    0816
    Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is despised by many Egyptians, but still admired by others. Dr Mahmoud Hamza, former secretary general of the Egyptian National Council, and Gen Sameh al-Yazal, chairman of the Al-Gomhurreya Centre for Political and Security Studies, discuss how Mubarak has divided Egypt.

    0822
    If you were arrested, how would you feel if the interview was done not by an officer but by another member of the public who had done a four-week training course on how to conduct in interview? Sussex Police are considering the idea. Phil Butler, former Detective Inspector with Northumbria Police, and the crime novelist Peter Robinson, debate the proposals.

    0830
    Former Labour chancellor and transport secretary Alistair Darling has written an article for the Times in which he reveals he is now opposed to the proposed HS2 high-speed rail link. Alistair Darling joins us now.

    0840
    Sarah Montague sits down with four young Egyptian women to ask what they think about recent events back home.

    0848
    The Howard League for Penal Reform is starting legal action against the Ministry of Justice over the treatment of children in secure training centres in England. We speak to Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League.

    0855
    Britain needs an inquiry into its involvement in Afghanistan, says Bronwen Maddox, Editor of Prospect magazine. She joins us now to explain her viewpoint, alongside Lord Richard Dannatt, former head of the army.

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