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Monday, 19 November, 2007

  • Newsnight
  • 19 Nov 07, 06:14 PM

Northern Rock
Alistair DarlingThe Chancellor has promised to protect the interests of taxpayers and depositers over the crisis at Northern Rock. The mortgage lender has revealed that bids from potential investors fall below the current market value of the business. Alistair Darling said any proposal on the future ownership of the bank would have to be approved by the government. But will taxpayers really get all their money back with interest? Stephanie Flanders and Michael Crick are on the case. And we'll be debating the political fallout for the chancellor and the Government.
BBC News special: Credit Crunch

Climate Change
Gordon Brown pledged today to make Britain a world leader in the battle against global warming, with a green "technological revolution" which he said could create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the UK. In his first major speech on the environment since becoming Prime Minister, Mr Brown hinted strongly that he is ready to extend the Government's target of a 60% cut in Britain's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, revealing that he has asked an independent committee of experts to look at the possibility of an 80% goal. But does the Prime Minster's rhetoric make sense in reality when the Government is set to back the expansion of Heathrow later this week? Science Editor, Susan Watts investigates. And we hope an Environment Minister and the director of Greenpeace will go head to head on this story.
Climate change - reports and analysis

The heads of state of the association of south-east Asian countries Asean currently meeting in Singapore will tomorrow sign a charter committing the association' s ten members states to promoting human rights and bolstering democracy - which all sounds fair and sensible enough until you remember that Burma is one of Asean's members. UN special envoy to Burma, Ibrahim Gambari who recently met with some of the top Generals and the country's democratically elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, whose been under effective house arrest for the last fifteen years, was invited to the summit to brief Asean's heads of state but earlier today the Burmese delegation objected and that briefing has now been cancelled. But what's actually happening inside Burma? We asked Sue Lloyd-Roberts to go into Burma undercover to find out how life has been for the people and what going on with the country's underground pro-democracy movement. See her powerful report tonight.
Read Sue's report and watch a preview of her film here.
Burma protests - in-depth

Lib Dems leadership special

  • Newsnight
  • 19 Nov 07, 05:22 PM

Nick Clegg and Chris HuhneOn Tuesday's Newsnight the two contenders for the Liberal Democrat leadership go head to head.

The race caught fire over the weekend after Chris Huhne's team dubbed his opponent "calamity Clegg" in a briefing paper. Mr Huhne then accused Mr Clegg of "flip-flopping" over policies. Mr Clegg has lodged a formal complaint with senior Lib Dem officials.

So, Tuesday's hustings promises to be a lively affair.

What do you want to hear from the two candidates? Post your questions and comments and we'll feed as many as we can into the debate.

And don't forget, there's loads more on the leadership race on the Big Fat Newsnight Politics Page.

Bureaucratic limbo for stranded Iraqis

  • Richard Colebourn
  • 19 Nov 07, 01:24 PM

BEIRUT --- Dalia was an Iraqi administrator at the British Embassy in Baghdad until early this year. But after her brother was kidnapped, she was followed home from work and her parents discovered a death threat in her house, she knew she had to leave Iraq.

AmmanShe never thought that the fact she worked for the Americans for 90 days before joining the British Embassy might make the difference between a more secure future and continued uncertainty.

Dalia (her name has been changed to protect her identity) now lives in a flat in Amman, where I interviewed her for a Newsnight report (watch it here) on the dangers facing Iraqis who have worked with the British and Americans.

The announcement of government assistance to Iraqis like her was a relief. But the detail of the policy, delivered in a statement to the Commons by David Miliband, disappoints.

Continue reading "Bureaucratic limbo for stranded Iraqis"

Monday's prospects

  • Newsnight
  • 19 Nov 07, 11:08 AM

Today's programme editor is Robert Morgan - here's his early e-mail to the programme team:

Burma protests
Good morning,

Quite a bit around today. There's Northern Rock, Brown's climate change speech and incapacity benefit.


The people of Burma and their supporters have great expections for two meetings taking place among world leaders to day - the meeting of the EU foreign ministers in Brussels and the meeting of the South East Asian regional powers, ASEAN in Singapore. But will there be any real action against the Burmese Government? Six weeks after the military brutally cracked down a peaceful protest, Sue Lloyd-Roberts has been undercover into the country to test the mood there.

Should we do interviews off the back of the film?

What else should we cover?

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