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Wednesday, 21 May, 2008

  • Newsnight
  • 21 May 08, 02:55 PM

Jeremy's presenting tonight, hotfooting from Crewe and a name check in PMQs.

lama203.jpgThe Dalai Lama's tour of Britain has caused all sorts of controversy - not least for Gordon Brown - but are attitudes to China changing following the earthquake disaster? His Holiness himself has called on Tibetans not to protest against the Olympic torch when it visits Lhasa. We'll be debating the new mood.

David Grossman's in Crewe on the eve of the crucial by-election, on another torrid day for the Government. Jacqui Smith got a rough ride from the cops, and pressure is building on the Chancellor over his 10p tax fix.

As the Democrat primaries rumble on inconclusively, the Republican candidate John McCain has been setting out some detail of what his foreign policy might amount to. We'll be talking to his foreign affairs adviser Robert Kagan (and you can watch an earlier interview with Obama's former adviser Samantha Power here).

And where's our political editor Michael Crick? Not in Crewe and Nantwich, but in Moscow on a private visit to watch the Champions League final (it's his birthday). We hope to catch up with him live, whatever the result.


  • Comment number 1.

    Another question for McCain's foreign policy:

    "What is intended by a 'League of Democracies'?"

    What are the criteria for belonging?

    How, exactly, is "democracy" to be defined?

    [This is a code phrase for something else. What is that something else?]

    (See Lustig's blog)

  • Comment number 2.

    Nothing in the programme about the Home Secretary's mauling at the hands of the Police Federation?
    On second thoughts, we have to remember blood sports are banned!

  • Comment number 3.

    It's a good question Xie. Democracy certainly isn't an open access site run by a publicly funded broadcaster who censors viewers posts, when they make factually correct statements, hiding behind defamation law.

  • Comment number 4.

    Thanx very much for that. It's much appreciated.

  • Comment number 5.

    #2 Pendragon57uk - Newsnight is planning to cover the attack on Jacqui Smith - David Grossman is currently carrying out a detailed investigation into the incident.

    By the way Nick Robinson has written a very funny blog about it -

  • Comment number 6.

    What will be McCain's view toward
    the International Criminal Court?

    Would he maintin the present legislation that allows immediate US military intervention to recover any US officials arrested by that Court?

    Are war crimes to be recognized as a matter for international jurisdiction?

  • Comment number 7.

    Hercule Crick and his courgette not in Crewe but at the Champions !

    You pay too much money on Newsnight !

    Pantsman .......

  • Comment number 8.

    :-) Happy Birthday to Michael C! Hey midnightPantsman - you do know that Michael wrote a book about Man Utd don't you? And it sold VERY well!!!

  • Comment number 9.

    The media in the West has turned Dalai Lama into a pop star, it is a very cool thing to listen to whatever he says now, he just started 10-day tour in the UK, this is really interesting...

  • Comment number 10.

    Brilliant Jeremy tonight - particularly on the alleged child abuse in Auroville.

    Well Michael C was ecstatic tonight - his team Man Utd won! I suspect he will be painting Red Square red too :-)

  • Comment number 11.

    It seems that McCain's "foreign policy advisor" is as shallow as his boss-

    The "League of Democracies" is simply a reprise of the Cold War idea, but with a multipolar (China, Russia, vs USA and friends) instead of bipolar view.

    He defines "democracy" as a contrast to "autocracy"- definitely a shallow non-starter.

    He sees it becoming active when there is a veto in the UN Security council. (There may be other examples, but the interview was too short to explore the matter).

  • Comment number 12.

    Great programme Pierre Barron you are a shining example for a man of your years !

    Pantsman ..

  • Comment number 13.

    Dear Peter Barron,
    Thanks for your hard work at Newsnight and efforts to bring to our screens an unbiased, clear view of developments.
    I noticed with some surprise in your most recent daily email alert (received a few minutes ago) that Newsnight is set to devote a sizeable section of the programme to John McCain – specifically, ‘setting out some detail of what his foreign policy might amount to’.
    It seems unlikely you would not be aware of it, but nevertheless I would like to refer you to Robert Greenwald’s excellent and reputable site, where you can immediately view a number of informative clips about McCain. These include video excerpts of McCain contradicting himself many times over on policy issues, and pledging solemn devotion to a person who claims the US was created in part to ‘destroy Islam’. It has been demonstrated elsewhere that McCain’s ‘green agenda’ amounts to nothing but green-wash. If you are indeed aware of this material and these facts, why is it that in a section of your programme that reviews McCain, you are not presenting them to the public? Would you not agree that failing to present these facts simply and directly serve to strengthen and support McCain’s spin?
    It seems that failing to air such material would be in direct support of a person who is not worthy of the attention of the US, or world citizens.
    Looking forward to hearing from you,

  • Comment number 14.

    Happy Birthday Mr Crick


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