Talk about Newsnight

A blog and forum.

Tuesday, 29 April, 2008

  • Newsnight
  • 29 Apr 08, 05:15 PM


musa203.jpgTonight a Newsnight exclusive - the inside story of the British mission in Musa Qala. The battle for control of the Afghan town has come to epitomise the trial between the British Army and its Taliban enemy in Helmand province. Our diplomatic editor Mark Urban spent nine days with British troops trying to win over suspicious locals in a town where there is still a lot of support for the Taliban. Don't miss his epic report tonight.

Pole numbers:
The numbers game is traditionally a mug's game when it comes to immigration. We've seen that from government figures in the past. We've had a sneak peak at a new report on Polish migrants which is due out tomorrow - assessing the extent of Polish immigration to the UK. A lot has happened since our reporter Tim Whewell went to Crewe almost three years ago to find how a wave of Polish migrants had changed the town. We'll reconvene our panel of immigration story 'interpreters' to ask how this latest twist is likely to be portrayed in the wider media.

More Punch less Judy
David Cameron has proudly presented a neat U-turn of his own. He admitted on the Today programme this morning that he's failed to kick the Punch and Judy habit and keep that kind of haranguing politics from parliament. Calling the PM a 'loser' at PMQ's last week possibly made the point for him. Tonight, however, with just 24 hours left till the end of electioneering we will be assessing the Conservatives' chances in the local elections and in the race to be London mayor. We'll be talking to the senior Tory running their campaign who isn't - amazingly - a former member of the Bullingdon Club.

And we'll bring you the latest in the most macabre story any of us here can ever remember covering - the breathtaking inhumanity of one father. Austrian police have been describing what state the recovered children are in and who else might have known about the actions of Josef Fritzl.

Do join me at 10:30pm


Missing ballots?

  • Newsnight
  • 29 Apr 08, 12:15 PM

ballotbox.jpgHave you applied for a postal vote for this week's local elections and not received a ballot paper? If so, we'd like to hear from you.

You can let us know on the Newsnight blog. Please let us know where you live and whether you've contacted your local council to chase up the ballot.

Prospects for Tuesday, 29 April

  • Newsnight
  • 29 Apr 08, 11:10 AM

Liz Gibbons is today's programme producer - here's her early email to the team.


Sorry - quick email. Lots already set to run today - including Mark Urban's epic from Afghanistan. Plus we have an interview with a leading Conservative (identity to be confirmed) on the local elections.

Which leaves us room for one or one and a half other items - at the news-y end of the spectrum

What are you interested in?

Keen to talk about how we could take all the strands in the oil story into a coherent piece.

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites