Politics UK Programme Archive
 
Jul to Sep 2009
 
Social media is the latest new technology to set the political world alight. But is it good for politics? Does it undermine existing democracies? Can it help new ones develop? In a series of special debates from the UK political party conferences, Politics UK brings together journalists, politicians and social media experts to grapple with that issue and answer audience questions. Presented by Nik Gowing.

 Politics UK first broadcast on the 26th September 2009




This was the week in which Prime Minister Gordon Brown finally admitted the word " cuts" into his vocabulary of economic policy. But as always the devil is in the detail: where will the cuts come and who will bear the brunt of them? General Secretary of CPS union Mark Serwotka thinks the less well off are paying for the mistakes of the bankers while Matthew Eliott of the Taxpayers Alliance thinks politicians, bankers and bureaucrats are all to blame for the unprecedented national debt crisis. On the political front what room for manoeuvre do the politicians have ? Daniel Finklestein of the Times and Steve Richards of the Independent discuss what might be in the Chancellor's pre budget statment later this year. And on the first anniversary of the collapse of Lehman brothers we ask Allister Heath of City A.M if banks should be allowed to fail. Presented by Dennis Sewell

 Politics UK first broadcast on the 19th September 2009



Doubts about British strategy in Afghanistan are affecting public opinion. Has the Government been clear enough about what it is trying to achieve? If so, why suppress a critical report warning of possible defeat? Could the Government learn lessons from Churchill about the power of oratory in the conduct of war? And, when it comes taking tough decisions, why the new Bulgarian Government could have the answer to Britain's public debt crisis. Presented by Norman Smith.

 Politics UK first broadcast on the 12th September 2009




Britain's special relationship with America is under strain: was the release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber in Britain's national interest or a diplomatic disaster? But if the decision was taken in Scotland why is Gordon Brown taking the flak? Better than ever exam results for Britain's school children suggest that education is working well, but is it? One writer suggests the real story is in the children who get left behind. And the politics of cycling: why Britain needs to get on its bike to catch up with the rest of Europe. Presented by Susan Hulme.

 Politics UK first broadcast on the 5th September 2009




What is civilisation? Is it great art, music, the way we live or the way we aspire to live? Has the Western hemisphere, in its pursuit of material prosperity lost confidence in the idea of spiritual prosperity? All questions put to the test in Politics UK this week as it searches for the ideal among the law makers of the past, where duty was the order of the day, and asks whether today's politicians measure up? Presented by Sean Curran.

 Politics UK first broadcast on the 25th July 2009




As the number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan mounts up, so does criticism of the Government. Is the army being asked to do too much for too little? And while the public appears to understand the sacrifice, have the political classes been slow in catching up? David Cameron wants Disraeli's 'One Nation Conservatism' to go global? But will his party approve of charity abroad when times are bad at home? And what do the bankers think of the Pope pontificating on greed in the market place? Presented by Dennis Sewell.

 Politics UK first broadcast on the 18th July 2009




Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery and Britain has certainly had a lot of that in the last ten years. But economic hard times are revealing the strains. Are the political classes facing up to the dangers of overstretch? Also this week, President Sarkozy talks of banning the burkha in France, but could that happen here? If all Britons are equal before the law, why are so many Sharia courts in business? And how Britain's Tamils work with Westminster to make their case. Presented by Susan Hulme.

 Politics UK first broadcast on the 11th July 2009




To spend or not to spend: arguments about how to deal with Government debt come down to trust. Do the politicians dare to tell the truth? What price security? Can Britain afford to replace its nuclear deterrent? The days of Empire are long gone, so why do the Iranians think Britain is interfering? And, ten years on, why Scottish Nationalists may not be so happy about the success of devolution. Presented by Norman Smith.

 Politics UK first broadcast on the 5th July 2009




Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery and Britain has certainly had a lot of that in the last ten years. But economic hard times are revealing the strains. Are the political classes facing up to the dangers of overstretch? Also this week, President Sarkozy talks of banning the burkha in France, but could that happen here? If all Britons are equal before the law, why are so many Sharia courts in business? And how Britain's Tamils work with Westminster to make their case. Presented by Susan Hulme.

 Politics UK first broadcast on the 11th July 2009
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