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5 Oct 2013 Last updated at 08:16

Saturday 5 October

With Evan Davis and James Naughtie.
  • 5 Oct 2013 07:04:24


    The health secretary Jeremy Hunt says the government can not afford to give a 1% pay increase to NHS staff next and continue the scheme for incremental pay progression that is already in place. The BBC's health correspondent Adam Brimelow reports.



    Divers are hoping to resume their search for the bodies of more than 200 migrants, two days after their boat sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa. The BBC's Julian Miglierini outlines the situation in Lampedusa.



    What is the lasting effect of the row between Ed Miliband and the Daily Mail that has dominated much of the political debate this week?  The Today programme's James Naughtie hears from voters in Northampton North.



    Shares go on sale today, in Hastings Pier. It is 140 year old and almost burnt down completely three years ago to the day. Simon Opie, the chief executive, explains that for £100 one can buy a piece of the structure



    This week a new organisation was launched, by the founder of Greenpeace Patrick Moore, calling for golden rice (genetically modified rice with vitamin A added) to be used and saying organisations such as Greenpeace are anti-humane in their opposition to it because of an ideological opposition to GM food. Tony Juniper, environmental adviser and writer, and Mark Lynas, who is a strong supporter of golden rice, debate the use of golden rice.



    The paper review.



    Beth Breeze, director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, and Tim Harford, writer of the Undercover Economist column in the Financial Times and a new book, The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, discuss whether raising money for charity just turned into self-centred way of making yourself look good, rather than finding the best or most worthwhile charity to donate to?



    Thought for the Day with the Reverend Roy Jenkins, Baptist minister in Cardiff.



    Children who are sexually exploited or trafficked to this country for prostitution or slavery have very specific needs and there is concern that the care system is not meeting those. The Today programme's Zubeida Malik reports and Michelle Lee-Izu, explains the gravity of the situation.



    The three main political parties all had a 'sweeteners' at their party conference- something that would attract voters. The Today programme's James Naughtie hears from voters in Northampton North to find out how appealing they are proving to be.



    One of the world's great military commanders has died. Vo Nguyen Giap, a Vietnamese general, helped defeat the French - the colonial power - and the Americans too. Robert Fox, defense correspondent, Evening Standard, and Nga Pham, from the BBC Vietnamese Service, reflect on the leader's career.



    FIFA has set up a taskforce to look into moving the 2022 World Cup to the winter months. Michelin-starred Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt examines which other summer rituals might work just as well - if not better - in the depths of winter - starting with the barbeque.



    Department of Health submission to the pay review board on NHS pay suggests scrapping the 1% capped increase in pay and make sure that money is instead used on performance-linked pay increases. Rachael Maskell, health lead at Unite, and Dr Sheila Lawlor, director of Politea, debate the efficacy of the proposal.



    A look at the morning's papers.



    Divers are hoping to resume their search for the bodies of more than 200 migrants, two days after their boat sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa. Tommaso della Longa, the Italian Red Cross, outlines the situation and Andrew Mithcell, former secretary for international development and Ian Goldin, professor of globalisation and development at Oxford University, discuss what needs to be done to ensure that this sort of tragedy does not reoccur.



    Ed Miliband has asked Lord Rothermere to look at the wider culture and practices at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. Patience Wheatcroft, former editor of the Sunday Telegraph, and Neil Wallis, media consultant and former editor of the People, and deputy editor of the Sun and News of the World, discuss what the culture is like at newspapers.

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