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Friday 04 December 2009

This week the Australian opposition leader was deposed by his party because he supported government plans for carbon trading. In Britain growing reservations have been expressed by Conservatives about their leader David Cameron’s commitment to measures designed to combat global warming. On politics UK this week we examine the re-emergence of climate scepticsm with leading scientist Professor Mike Hulme, and the former Tory Chancellor Nigel Lawson, founder of a think tank devoted to the subject.

If he wins the general election, David Cameron has also promised that policing in England and Wales will be entrusted for the first time to elected commissioners. We’ll be debating the pros and cons with a supporter of the idea, the Spectator magazine’s political editor James Foesyth, and an opponment, Rob Garnham, chairman of the Association of Police Authorities.

And how close are the Scottish National Party to achieving their dream of an independent Scotland? This week the SNP government in Edinburgh published plans for a referendum on the subject. Political scientist Professor James Mitchell is an expert on Scottish politics, and he’ll bring us up to date.


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