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Tuesday, 12 September, 2006

  • Newsnight
  • 12 Sep 06, 05:12 PM

blair2_203.jpgTony bids farewell to the TUC amidst much heckling; Paul Mason wonders if iPods have a future; we debate whether modern life is bad for children; and look at the controversy involved in changing Iraq’s flag. Discuss, debate and comment on Tuesday’s programme here.

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The death of childhood..?

  • Newsnight
  • 12 Sep 06, 02:26 PM

kids50s1_203.jpgIs modern life making our children depressed? A group of more than a hundred top scientists, teachers, childcare experts and even children's authors have written to the Daily Telegraph saying that it is.

They argue that they need “real food (as opposed to processed ‘junk’), real play (as opposed to sedentary, screen-based entertainment), first-hand experience of the world they live in, and regular interaction with the real life”.

They also say that children are having to cope with too much homework, are forced to grow up too quickly, but yet are too protected from the world.

So are they right? And is it really possible to live a life with children where they only ever climb trees and graze knees, never watch telly and don't do too much homework? We want to hear what you think. Do the letter writers have a point or are they harking back to a 1950s idyll of childhood that never really existed.

We’ll also be discussing this topic in Tuesday’s programme.

Illegal migrants: the analysis the Home Office will not release

  • Paul Mason
  • 12 Sep 06, 12:21 PM

(....or How Freedom of Information Works, Part 96). On 13 June, Home Office minister Liam Byrne told MPs his mind was open on the proposal for an amnesty for illegal migrants. On 13 July he ruled it out. What had happened to make this change - a fairly major change if you are one of the 1/2 million people here illegally? Answer: "analysis". But will Newsnight viewers get to see that analysis? See if you can predict the outcome of this story...

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