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Wednesday, 8 November, 2006

  • Newsnight
  • 8 Nov 06, 05:47 PM

rumsfeld203.jpgUS Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resigns after sorry mid-term results for the Republicans - our team in Washington will consider the impact.

On the ground in Gaza with Paul Martin after the latest Israeli offensive; and racist murder in Glasgow.

Join Gavin and Martha at 22.30 GMT on BBC Two and live on the Newsnight website.

It's a menagerie out there

  • Martha Kearney
  • 8 Nov 06, 04:23 PM

So one of the most negative campaigns in recent US political history has come to an end. It certainly provided great material for David Grossman's piece last week (watch it here).

Although attack ads aren't allowed in Britain, the political parties certainly study what works on the other side of the Atlantic and we tend to see it in posters. Remember Demon Eyes? Or Michael Howard as Fagin?

chicken203.jpgDave the Chameleon was thought to be a bit too cute. One of my favourite US ones was when Republicans let loose a bunch of chickens at a Democrat barbecue because the candidate was "too chicken" to take part in a debate. Of course that idea was copied here by the tabloids when a giant chicken followed Tony Blair in 1997 because he didn't want to debate. A rival newspaper hired a fox to go after the chicken.

A giant chicken was also deployed when Conservative candidate Nick Hawkins went on "a chicken run" to find a safe seat. Then there were the giant groundhogs at the last election...

I am wasted on Newsnight when I could be writing a thesis about Giant Animals in Modern British Political Discourse. Anyway why don't you try your hand at a British version of an attack ad? Plenty of material these days.

Urban foraging - ethical?

  • Justin Rowlatt -
  • 8 Nov 06, 02:47 PM

Justin Rowlatt - Click to watch the filmWe hear a great deal about how we should buy food locally as a way of reducing “food miles”, that is, the distance our food has to travel before it reaches our plates. So what could be more ethical than picking fruit from trees on the streets around my house?

The Ethical producer, Sara, confiscated my car back in April so I’ve had the opportunity to watch the local fruit trees blossom and the fruit ripen on the boughs. I’ve seen the apples swell to maturity, the wine-dark grapes take on their yeasty bloom and the figs blush purple. Yet nature’s bounty has remained untouched.

So are Ethical men and women like me allowed to reap this rich harvest? Read on...

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