The King's Speech | Liberal End Game | Speaker's Woes |

Is the strange death of Liberal England, once written of in the 1930s, about to happen all over again? The Liberal Democrat part of Britain's coalition is feeling the strains of high office. Could the party split apart under the strain of coalition with the Tories - perhaps disappear altogether? Julian Astle of the Liberal think tank Centre Forum and the political commentator Nick Cohen discuss.

John Bercow: the Speaker of the House of Commons, defender of Parliament's rights and the referee who is supposed to see fair play in the chamber; is under fire for the way he's performed those roles. Will MPs call time on his tenure? We speak to Quentin Letts who is the parliamentary sketch writer for the Daily Mail, a UK based Newspaper.

And the director of one of the most talked about films, Tom Hooper, on why The King's Speech has given new life to the debate about monarchy.

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28 minutes

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Sat 22 Jan 2011 04:32 GMT

BBC World Service Archive

BBC World Service Archive

This programme was restored as part of the World Service archive project