Friday 29 May 2009
Here's a taster of what's coming up on Newsnight and Newsnight Review:
From the web team:
The MPs' expenses row shows no sign of abating and the body count is rising. The careers of two more MPs are hanging in the balance today.
David Cameron has warned that veteran Tory Bill Cash has "very serious questions to answer" after it emerged that he rented a London flat from his daughter - even though he already owned another closer to Westminster.
And there is speculation that former environment minister Elliot Morley will announce his intention to stand down after a meeting with local Labour Party officials in Scunthorpe this evening.
Tonight we will ask just how arbitrary is the court of media and public opinion? Why do some MPs have to step down, while others - who appear to have committed worse offences - carry on, relatively unscathed?
So what determines who has to go and who has to stay - we'll try to find out.
Also, the D-Day row. No royals will be attending 65th anniversary commemorations in France next week - they weren't invited says Buckingham Palace.
Instead Presidents Sarkozy and Obama will remember the achievments of their countrymen in 1944.
But wait a minute what about the 62,000 British troops who took part? Has the British role in D-Day always been underplayed in popular French and US mythology and what role has Hollywood played in this.
Join Gavin Esler at 10.30pm on BBC Two for all that and more.
From Martha Kearney:
Moran has gone so has Kilbride.
Politicians taking us for a ride?
Or the media mob in full hue and cry
Watching trust in democracy slowly die.
Well, I won't be putting in my application for Oxford Professor of Poetry, that's for sure.
Luckily we have had a much better selection of your political poems some of which we will be hearing on our poetry special tonight.
We have a great panel of people who are passionate about poetry. There's Simon Armitage, one of the country's most popular writers. His work is even on the school curriculum.
Luke Wright, himself a poet, curates poetry at the Latitude Festival in Suffolk.
The novelist Josephine Hart has been very influential in bringing classic poetry to a wider audience through her readings at the British Library and dissemination of anthologies to schools. She is also chair of the Forward Prize judges this year.
And you may remember Akala from an earlier programme. He is a rap artist who has been touring the country showing kids the similarity between hip hop and Shakespeare. (He has also played for Wimbledon FC and is Ms Dynamite's brother!)
There's plenty for us all to discuss especially this week after Ruth Padel stood down as Oxford Professor after being accused of a smear campaign.
The contest for Poet Laureate was also more keenly fought than in recent memory. So does that reflect the intense competition which has existed in poetry since the ancient times?
We'll be asking has the gaze of modern poets turned inwards rather than exploring broader political themes.
In the 60s Adrian Mitchell was renowned for his protest poems. We'll review his last book and see whether anyone has picked up that baton.
Clare Pollard will be reporting on the huge growth of young poets online and in performance. And spoken word performer Scroobius Pip claims that poetry has a bad image problem - just too old fashioned.
Have the combined forces of Armando Iannucci, Griff Rhys Jones and Simon Schama done anything to combat that in the BBC's poetry season?
We also have Damien Lewis reading exciting new poems picked by our panel.
So Poetry Please at 11pm tonight,