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Blog fix imminent

  • Newsnight
  • 16 Apr 08, 04:32 PM

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The work will fix the very frustrating problems we've encountered for some time now with the whole comments system.

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Are supermarkets to blame?

  • Newsnight
  • 16 Apr 08, 01:58 PM

sainsburys203x100.jpgSupermarkets are often portrayed as the bad guys when it comes to the environment.

Critics point to the excessive amount of packaging used for food, the millions of plastic bags handed out to shoppers and the flying in of produce from all over the world.

Tonight on Newsnight, the Chief Executive of Sainsbury's, Justin King, defends the supermarket's record.

And he accuses the government of chasing headlines rather than focussing on the evidence and actual solutions.

Environment Minister Joan Ruddock will be on hand to defend the government’s position.

It’s one of the most important issues around at the moment – and tonight we have the two key players in a live debate

So what questions would you like us to ask them?


From 1800 this evening (UK time), we'll be doing some essential maintenance to the blog. As a result of this, you won't be able to leave any comments on our blog posts from that time until early Thursday morning. However, you can still email us your questions by clicking here (or send to with the subject header 'supermarkets').

Prospects for Wednesday, 16 April

  • Newsnight
  • 16 Apr 08, 12:06 PM

Jasmin Buttar is today's programme producer - here's her early email to the team.

Morning all - yes it really is me today.

justin_king203x100.jpgCan we finish our Unsustainable World series on a high? We have an authored film from the CEO of Sainsbury's Justin King who accuses the government of a tendency to leap on the green bandwagon. We have him and the government live in the studio tonight. This could be a lead but it would need a bit of teeing up to put the film in context. How could we do this? What areas should we cover?

Brown in the US
Two possible today stories - the economy and Zim. Brown meets Mbeki and raises issue of Zim at the UN and then goes on to meet bankers. There may also be a BBC iv with Tsvangirai available to us. Another possibility is to throw forward to tomorrow's meeting with Bush and the presidential hopefuls. We have Crick in NY but only for 2-way really.

US Elections
The lovely planning people have set up a disco with Mara Rudman (former NSA under Clinton (Bill)) who backs Clinton (Hillary) and an Obama-supporting super delegate. It's a good chance to look at the state of the Democrat race ahead just hours ahead of a key debate between the two but also to look at their foreign policy positions ahead of the meeting with Brown.

Zambia's Chinese Burn
Tim Whewell and Caroline Pare have the second of their series of films on China in Africa - they look at how Zambians have turned against the Chinese businessmen who have established themselves in the country.

To Watch: news coming out of Israel about a major incident

Play out - what about the French entry to the Eurovision - sung in English?

Nothing's set in stone though so come armed with brilliant thoughts


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