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Friday, 19 October, 2007

  • Newsnight
  • 19 Oct 07, 08:37 PM

In tonight's programme - we'll have the latest from Pakistan after last night' s terrible bombing. Yesterday Mark Urban travelled with Benazir Bhutto as she arrived in Karachi. Today, he's been speaking to Pakistanis about the blasts and how they feel about Bhutto being back in the country. He's also looking into who could be behind the bombings, and what it means for the elections scheduled for January.

Lib Dems
With the former leader Charles Kennedy declaring that they have "passed the knife" on to the next generation - Nick Clegg has declared himself a candidate for the party's leadership. What's his vision, and how does it differ from Chris Huhne? Michael Crick has been at the launch in Sheffield.

The leaders of the 27 member states agreed to the European Treaty in the early hours of the morning. But what do the citizens of Europe think about the European project? Newsnight witnessed a unique seminar of citizens from all the member states coming together in Brussels to see what they make of it all - you may find some of their views surprising.

And finally Newsnight viewer Chris Mills sent in this Joke fit for an eleven year old:
"The knock on from the recent US sub prime market problems, that hit Northern Rock among others, shows no signs of letting up. In fact it has now badly affected the banking system in Japan. In the last 7 days the Origami Bank has folded, Sumo Bank has gone belly up and Bonsai Bank plans to cutback some of its branches....."

Newsnight is at 10.30 on BBC 2

Newsnight gets its hands on doctored photo

  • Newsnight
  • 19 Oct 07, 05:20 PM

A minister and a doctored photo - it was just too hard to resist.

Standing at an odd angle at the edge of a group of MPs in Manchester last month - there's something just not quite right about James Purnell's appearance.

The reason is - he wasn't there.

He had arrived late - after everyone else had gone - and then agreed to have his photograph taken in the same spot - but was adamant that he did not agree to the images being merged.

The trust held up its hands - admitting it had doctored the photo- but it refused to release the staged photo of James Purnell.


We wanted to see the original photo and sent a Freedom of Information request asking for a copy. To our amazement we got it.

Not the biggest exclusive we've ever had, but we're rather proud of it.

The question remains, did he know how it was going to be used? Let us know what you think...

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