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Tuesday, 8 January, 2008

  • Newsnight
  • 8 Jan 08, 05:45 PM

Jeremy's just back from a news conference held by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari - the 19-year-old son of Benazir who has inherited the mantle of his mother's party. Amidst the media scrum you'll be unsurprised to hear that Jeremy managed to get a few questions asked. They were answered rather well, so Jeremy tells me. Judge for yourself on tonight's programme.

Our main story tonight though, is the news that the cabinet have approved a new generation of nuclear power plants. Gordon Brown has told us that the full energy statement will be out on Thursday. But tonight we'll debate whether Nuclear is the answer to our energy needs - and also a solution to the problems of climate change. Our Science Editor Susan Watts has her assessment of the real facts behind the nuclear option.

In a few hours we'll know whether Barack Obama has done it again - and won the Democratic Primary this time in New Hampshire. It would be tough for Hillary to comeback from another defeat.
But tonight David Grossman also reports on the race for the Republican nomination. It is much less clear who will win - with Mike Huckerbee the winner in Iowa not expected to do so well in New Hampshire and Vietnam Vet John McCain tipped to win. We'll be talking to Republican pollster Frank Luntz and independent pollster Scot Rasmussen about their take on the candidates.

Finally, the story from Kenya where today saw more clashes after the current president announced his new cabinet. Paul Mason has spoken to some of those involved in the violence to ask them why they are fighting.

Making the unmissable, unmissable

  • Newsnight
  • 8 Jan 08, 02:05 PM

Newsnight is now on iPlayer - the BBC's new service that allows you to catch up with television programmes you've missed.

You can now watch The Week on Newsnight for seven days after it's broadcast on News 24.

This week Paul Mason reports on the unrest in Kenya following the disputed elections there. Paul's still in Kenya so expect an update next week.

Given the disputes in Kenya and Pakistan over election-rigging claims, and the first votes being cast in the presidential nominations race in the US - we take an extended look at the state of democracy in the world and the prospects for peaceful representation in the future. Mark Urban reports and Gavin hosts the debate.

And to take the temperature of the US elections for us, Matt Frei has been meeting the inhabitants of one small town in Virginia. He brings us an update on their views and concerns amid the circus that is the Iowa caucus.

Finally, Political Sage, nee Editor, Michael Crick peers into his crystal ball (which looks suspiciously like a pint of bitter) and considers the year ahead in Westminster.

For more information check out the iPlayer website.

Prospects for Tuesday, 8 January

  • Newsnight
  • 8 Jan 08, 10:29 AM

Simon Enright is today's programme producer - here is his early email to the team.

Hi All,

I've sent Jeremy off this morning to the press conference of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari - Benazir's son. He's decided to speak to the press just down the road and I thought it would be interesting for Jeremy to report back on what this young 19-year-old is like first hand.

We've also recruited a young film maker with some dramatic footage from Columbia about how America are losing the war against drugs - and cocaine in particular. And they are losing it to communist guerrilla soldiers on horseback. Peter Marshall will put the pictures together.

David Grossman will be reporting from New Hampshire - tonight on the Republicans. And also he'll be live with the latest. Who else should we talk to?

But what else should we do?

Paul Mason is offering short film from Kenya.

The Brown initiative today is Pay - should we do this

OR welfare reform the Tories initiative

Or should we even go for the nuclear option. The cabinet are debating Nuclear energy today should we not debate on our programme?


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