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05/11/2010 Europe | Defence | Control orders | Politics in our genes

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 05 November 2010

Pragmatism is the name of the game at Westminster: how much are Prime Minister David Cameron's foreign policy options defined by deficit reduction and working with his coalition partners? We speak to Euro-sceptic Conservative back-bench MP John Redwood and Syed Kamall, a Conservative member of the European Parliament about the mood among David Cameron's party.

There is a new entente cordiale between Britain and France on defence, but does a step closer to Europe mean a step further away from America? We hear from the Labour peer Lord Anderson and Daniel Korski of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Civil liberties in the balance: who loses if the Government scraps control orders for suspected terrorists? We hear from Isabella Sankey of the human rights watchdog Liberty, and from Robin Simcox of the Centre for Social Cohesion who supports the retention of control orders.

And - are our politics in our genes? Professor James Fowler of the University of California San Diego believes we may have a genetic predisposition that can affect our political leanings.

Find out more in Politics UK with Dennis Sewell.


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    Daniel Korski: The Future History of the Arctic by Charles Emmerson

    Isabella Sankey: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Robin Simcox: Race of a Lifetime - How Obama won the White House by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

    Professor John Fowler: The Big Short - Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis

    The programme team:
    A Face to the World by Laura Cumming
    The Dead by Charlie Higson

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