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Monday 16 May 2011

Sarah McDermott | 11:22 UK time, Monday, 16 May 2011

The head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is appearing in court in New York to face charges of sexual assault. Mr Strauss-Kahn, who had been seen as a contender in France's 2012 presidential election, denies allegations that he tried to rape a hotel maid on Saturday. His appearance had been delayed for forensic tests to be carried out.

Meanwhile, another allegation against Mr Strauss-Kahn has emerged. A French writer says she may file a complaint for an alleged sexual assault in 2002.

Tonight Peter Marshall will consider what impact this news will have on the political and cultural life of France, and we'll be joined in debate by French commentators Esther Leneman and Agnes Poirier.

Then Michael Crick will be asking if Lib Dem cabinet minister Chris Huhne is politically finished. A senior detective has been tasked with investigating claims he asked someone else to take his penalty points for a 2003 speeding offence, Essex Police say.

And on the day when the first coded bomb threat warning outside Northern Ireland has been received in a decade, Liz Mackean reports on Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Dublin tomorrow, when she'll become the first monarch to set foot in the Republic since George V.

We hope to be joined by Lord Major, the former prime minister credited with establishing the Northern Ireland Peace Process in the early 1990s.

Join Jeremy at 2230 on BBC Two.


  • Comment number 1.


    Just suffered some apologist for Westminster declaring, on Daily Politics, 'not all MPs bad'. He seemed not to realise that (with the exception of the fools) the knaves were ALL conniving at the dodgy goings-on.


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    The Kahn story and moving images splashed all over MSM is clear humiliation by those globalist in control of the MSM. (he was even being called frenchie in one video I viewed) Whats being said is going out to those in 'power' who are implementing a globalist agenda. Step out of line and this is what is going to happen.

    Interestingly we had two serving finance ministers of two countries in the NN studios just days before this event. Id be interested to know when Osborne was last on NN in person? It will be equally interesting to see what events unfold in the days after this event.

  • Comment number 6.

    Re Strauss-Kahn

    'An IMF report from January 2011 called for a stronger role for Special Drawing Rights (SDR) in order to stabilize the global financial system. According to the report, an expanded role for SDRs could help to stabilize the international monetary system. Furthermore, for most countries (except for those using the U.S. dollar as their currency) there would be several advantages in switching the pricing of certain assets, such as oil and gold, from dollars to SDRs. For some commentators that amounts to a call for a "new world currency that would challenge the dominance of the dollar".'

  • Comment number 7.

    BBC World News has basically trashed Kahn with a past allegation and moving image humiliation . A man who is to stand trial - its tell us that all impartiality in the BBC has gone and now its just propaganda. Kahn has stated through his lawyer that he was at a restaurant with his daughter at the time of the allegation . Did anyone at the BBC think to cantact the restaurant and check out the story - ask his daughter and other people at the restaurant waiters customers ? If this has been done are we going to be told if not why not ? and that question should been answered in the context of the BBC World News coverage and online material which basically trashes any idea of a fair trial . Its outrageous .

    "The conspiracy theories are beginning to circulate on the internet but realistically there is no evidence for that."

    We dont deal in conspiracy when we see moving image humiliation and past allegations pushed against him . And the BBC fails to state why bailouts are a nonsense in the context of unregulated naked credit default swaps .

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    Sometimes - through a quirk of nature - the Achilles Heel is located in the trousers.

    It is well known that political dominance 'resides on the same gene'.

    The Ape Confused by Language, has failed to organise his communities accordingly (lack of wisdom) and his Law is, thereby, frequently an ass.

  • Comment number 10.

    2. thanks Bross. windfarm wars (on TV) is enlightening - the emotional blackmail (it's YOUR responsibility, don't you CARE????) used by private companies and landowners to profit from the wind is unbearable. the GP don't know any better; primary schools have been guilt-tripping children for a decade now. I had to laugh when one old gent said, "yes I care, I want to protect this magnificent unspoilt view for my grand-children!".

  • Comment number 11.

    If by the use of the phrase 'conspiracy theories', does the BBC mean 'coming to your own conclusion through analysing given facts', then perhaps the term ‘conspiracy theory’ should be re-defined as ‘Intelligent Analysis’.

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    The mad thing is that Al Gore (0.5 Nobel Prize) launched the AGW theory and the 'military industrial govern-mental media complex' developed it to a full blown conspiracy.

    You couldn't make it up - or do I mean: 'you could'.

    I have comlained before that Susan Watts seems to have not one investigative bone in her chemistry set. The truth is out there - in full view - but you have to know how to look . . .

  • Comment number 13.

    Re Huhne being interviewed by the police about speeding points.

    Now I realise why so many MPs (some now Lords) were getting so hot-under-the-collar about the mobile phone hacking scandal. They believe they are above the law.

    They expect to be able to go about their daily 'business' with total impunity.

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    "We hope to be joined by Lord Major, the former prime minister credited with establishing the Northern Ireland Peace Process in the early 1990s."

    I think you'll find that it's SIR John Major who was the ex-PM and who is NOT in the House of Lords. It really says something when the BBC doesn't know what titles are held by people. Please get these things right !

  • Comment number 15.

    SMALL WONDER (#13)

    That MPs believe themselves demi-gods. I maintain that anyone accruing the title HONOURABLE without any justification, is inclined to be corrupted by its very affixation. This is the essence of Westminster - dishonour entitled ‘honourable’; how low can any institution go? And the fact that not one of the 640, so elevated, raises the impropriety of it, damns them all.

    My MP is the epitome of this Westminster Malaise.


  • Comment number 16.


    I remember Major saying it would make him 'sick to his stummick' to negotiate with the IRA (while contact was covertly current). What is more, I also remember Major telling on radio how (on a rainy day) the phone rang in his office, and it was the IRA, wanting to parley. Finally, I recall that the rapprochement was rushing ahead when suddenly, the Unionists (on whom Major relied for his majority) roared "NO". Major - equally suddenly - sprang a new condition that arms had to be put beyond use for any progress to be made. And in no time we had a lorry bomb.

    Now he swans about using pompous, prissy phrasing, saying very little of import.


  • Comment number 17.

    The importance of this stupid still needs to be realised .

    Here it is explained again and if your serious you will pay attention to WHY any bailout will FAIL

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    A little light relief from Private Eye:

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    just one thing bothers me....why would Kahn ring the hotel to say where he was and ask about his mobile phone if he was 'fleeing' from justice?

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    John Major's speech patterns were quite peculiar. Usually, at the end of every clause and sentence, the pitch of his voice dropped and he slowed down slighly. This not only made him sound boring and passionless, but also gave the impression that he did not really believe what he was saying. Contrast this say with its antithesis: the delivery of Enoch Powell, who always seemed to believe what he said, even if it turned out later that he had embellished the facts.

  • Comment number 21.

    Oh Dear - bring back Spitting Image!

  • Comment number 22.

    Ive just been told that Paxman acted in an verbally aggressive manor towards a softy spoken demure French female commentator remonstrating about Kahn's humiliating treatment in New York. But then that's what Jeremy is like isn't it - his just acting not really a reflection of how he behaves is it, sweetie that he is.

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    Innocent until proven guilty......
    Excellent interview by Jeremy with Leneman et al & Baroness Vadera on DSK. Loved Liz's report from Ireland on its history and the upcoming visit by the Queen. Great to see Sir John Major on air again with Jeremy :o)

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Neither media nor Westminster prize or pursues integrity.


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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    I can see why Phil sholfield went to ITV.
    Mod you've stripped me bare..I have nothing left.

  • Comment number 29.

    Its more than a bit sickening to hear Mr Brown talk like this given what he did - remove regulation for 10 years.

    "They fear "with good cause" that if Greece has to restructure its debt - effectively default - it could unravel a chain of trades based on the problematic debt and lay bare the interconnectedness of institutions around the world, said Stephen Lewis, an analyst at Monument Securities."

    Guess he is talking about unregulated unlimited naked credit default swaps.

    Greece should absolutely default they have been at the wrong end of a massive scam by their govt and banks.

    "popular consent for globalisation itself." Delusional

    Its absolutely amazing isn't it. Just about the biggest fraud in history has been perpetrated; 40% of the worlds wealth has been taken out 100's of 1000's of people's lives ruined and the people who cause all this are still in place or free and the media especially the BBC almost completely ignored it. But when allegations of sexual harassment are made against a high profile man they are all over it replaying his humiliation walk over and over again all designed to whip up hatred for one man facing allegations. Don't get me wrong I really didn't like what he was about but the MSM response speak volumes more than the allegation in context of the massive financial crime and its effect on the lives of the public.

    Said this before and will say it again nobody believes the MSM any more . The BBC has just become a laughing stock in its propaganda attempt.

  • Comment number 30.

    Well well well very interesting

    "WASHINGTON -- A set of confidential federal audits accuse the nation’s five largest mortgage companies of defrauding taxpayers in their handling of foreclosures on homes purchased with government-backed loans, four officials briefed on the findings told The Huffington Post

    The five separate investigations were conducted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s inspector general and examined Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial, the sources said."

    "The resulting reports read like veritable indictments of major lenders, the sources said. State officials are now wielding the documents as leverage in their ongoing talks with mortgage companies aimed at forcing the firms to agree to pay fines to resolve allegations of routine violations in their handling of foreclosures."

    Oh yes its always a fine


    "In a report last week, analysts at Moody’s Investors Service predicted that while the losses incurred by the banks will be “sizable,” the credit rating agency does “not expect them to meaningfully impact capital.”

    The inference being the credit rating remains the same.

    Take a look at this:-

    "Members of the Intercontinental clearinghouse will have to have a net worth of at least $5 billion and a credit rating of A or better to clear their credit-default swap trades. Intercontinental said in the statement today that all market participants such as hedge funds, banks or other institutions are open to become members of the clearinghouse as long as they meet these requirements"

  • Comment number 31.

    More interesting stuff

    "the first person to break the news of Strauss-Kahn’s arrest was an activist in Mr Sarkozy’s UMP party – who apparently knew about the scandal before it happened.

    Jonathan Pinet, a politics student, tweeted the news just before the New York Police Department made it public, although he said that he simply had a ‘friend’ working at the Sofitel where the attack was said to have happened."

  • Comment number 32.

    "Paxman expresses his philanthropic side. He is a leading light in the Turville Valley School, which runs holidays for inner-city children."

    There must be worse people to pick on.

  • Comment number 33.

    "But when allegations of sexual harassment are made against a high profile man they ... whip up hatred for one man facing allegations. Don't get me wrong I really didn't like what he was about but the MSM response speak volumes more than the allegation in context of ..."

    It's not relative. It's not relational. And the only context is sexism. What job a man does is irrelevant and how high up the social hierarchy a man is, is also irrelevant. Yes means Yes and No means No, However we dress, wherever we go.

    "The BBC has just become a laughing stock in its propaganda attempt."

    Not true. For all its faults, the BBC is not cluttered with corporate lonely hearts ads for consumers, and is watched by millions all over the world. Set up your own channel if you don't like it - and be sure to let people criticise it to their heart's content.

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    It was never a problem for Brown to hold two views . . .

    As for Strauss Kahn (see other thread) and the premonitory tweet, NYC has 'known the future' before - when Tower 7 fell. . .

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    I wonder if the BBC would allow me to register the username Non-******

    Fill in your own nationality, and see which ones get censored and which don't.

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    The problem, in BOTH houses, is the calibre of the individual. Integrity does not arise out of structuring.

  • Comment number 37.

    YES AND NO . . . (#33)

    "Every day the clever person knows something more and the wise one is a little less certain."

    In recent years, my construct: 'The Ape confused by Language' (and often subverted by alcohol) has received much tacit support in scientific studies. What the Ape does in pursuit of Nature's 'ends', can be seriously at odds with what the cerebral tinsel, culturally confused, THINKS is its will.

    It's a jungle out there.

  • Comment number 38.

    Here's one for you brossen99

    looks like he wants to kill off billions - Obama's science adviser:-

  • Comment number 39.

    #17flicks: youre link:
    "European governments are wrestling with the prospect of a fresh bailout for Greece a year after they committed €110bn (£125bn) to Athens, under pressure from Washington and Beijing to calm the markets and stabilise the euro."

    Those figures show a serious need for stabilisation! I make 110bnEuros = £97bn.

  • Comment number 40.

    37. Don't understand a word of that so I must be v wise :)

    "What the Ape does in pursuit of Nature's 'ends', can be seriously at odds with what the cerebral tinsel, culturally confused, THINKS is its will"
    - don't really know what this means (for someone worried about language confusing people you sure don't make life easy for yourself!) but here's a stab...
    Leadership in non-human primate groups is not based on the strongest, it is about brain i.e. guardianship and responsibility - see for instance a recent episode of Vet Adventures (leadership struggles in the chimp troup). There is no 'natural' urge to rape women. You could probably argue that testosterone levels vary (see Bondi Vet for replacement of dog testes with Neutricals) but we wouldn't consider that for humans and I'm not advocating it either, merely making a point of information about the nature of being.

    Yes means Yes and No means No - anyone confused by that needs to read up on the politics of gender.

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    Psychologically skewed men who discover they have that curse of mankind: CHARISMA, know no bounds to their ambition. The modern proto despot WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD - nothing less will do. And they tend to the Manichean division of Good v Evil; everything is black and white.

    No surprise that a nutter leader gets himself a nutter 'scientist'.

    This is no 'Brave New World' - the old one just got a lot worse.

  • Comment number 42.

    "what job a man does is irrelevant and how high up the social hierarchy a man is, is also irrelevant. "

    I'm sure there are many hundreds of men in the US and thousands around the world facing allegations sexual charges, how many have we seen repeatedly on the BBC being humiliated at the same time of this case?

    "Yes means Yes and No means No" you seem to be making the assumption a rape happened how do you know that ? show us your substantive proof .

    'criticise it to their heart's content.' That sure doesn't happen on here.

    "The BBC has just become a laughing stock in its propaganda attempt."

    "Not true. "

    When three towers fell down vertically one announced before it happened 'by fire' the propaganda was crystal clear repeated con jobs are now taken apart online and just laughed at when the BBC does 'deeper analysis' People just predict the propaganda and say what the MSM will report and hey presto they do. Its laughable .

  • Comment number 43.

    Your other link:
    '"surrender of sovereignty" to "a comprehensive Planetary Regime" that would control all the world's resources, direct global redistribution of wealth, oversee the "de-development" of the West, control a World Army and taxation regime, and enforce world population limits.”

    Does sound a tad radical, as does:

    “and left the door open to trying global warming "deniers" for crimes against humanity.”

    However, the real crime against humanity is the conspiracy of silence regarding population increase as the major cause of the Earth’s many crises, from destruction of rainforests, to devastation of land by mining and oil drilling – all because there are 3 times as many mouths to feed as the day I was born - and still increasing.

    If he can get this problem tackled then his more radical ideas become redundant.

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    As a bloke, when I speak of bloke, I know of what I speak. Bloke wiring and bloke endocrines drive bloke - you have to have 'been there'.

    I am not versed in neutrical dogdom.

    Guilty as charged - retired hurt.

  • Comment number 45.

    42. I'm sure you have many valid points but you conflate them. What do you want to debate? Gender politics, financial markets, quality of the media?

    "you seem to be making the assumption"

    that's an assumption, and it's wrong. my only aim is to separate out the issues that you conflate. If rape occurs, there is no context that mitigates that. The principle being that we are all responsibile for own sexuality, and the extent to which we force it on others.

  • Comment number 46.

    'criticise it to their heart's content.' That sure doesn't happen on here.

    No, but since you are criticising this channel ergo you imply and I infer that your policy would be to allow all the posts that this channel censors?

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    Great posting. Interesting times. Never a god when you need one . . .

  • Comment number 48.

    "Guilty as charged - retired hurt."

    Now don't go appealing to my maternal instinct - you know I'm a sucker for the lost little boy - even in octogenarians!! :))

    "endocrines drive"
    You could make the same argument about people whose adrenalin response is triggered by money - but we wouldn't let them rampage around the world now would we!

  • Comment number 49.

    @41 Barrie, re @38 link.

    I would read what people actually say, rather than what political opponents say they say - especially in the US, where character assassination and misrepresentation is the norm on radical websites. It is worth noting that Holdren was confirmed unanimously by the US Senate.

  • Comment number 50.

    #49 Wikipedia is propaganda tool as well but yes I errr towards what you say but we all have capacity to lie and deceive . Ive read his book Ecoscience - its disturbing but not if you think a lot of people need to not exist.

  • Comment number 51.

    This is based on a UN report. IF populations continue to rise, and IF per-capita consumption rises, THEN - you fill in the conclusions.

    PS I've just swapped the last 7W CFL GU10 spots in my kitchen for 3 watt led bulbs. I had my moneys worth out of the cfl ones, but I think it's a dying technology. The quality of the led bulbs is excellent now - better in every way than the cfl ones.

  • Comment number 52.


    Oh Sasha - it is also 'worth noting' that Blair got his war through (past) Westminster. But you have jogged my memory: after orating his way into office, Obama, TWICE, baldly instructed an audience (and the wider world) NOT TO QUESTION 9/11.

    As ever: FOOL OR KNAVE? Holdren risks his reputation associating with this man.

    I no longer question 9/11 - my investigation is complete. I wonder what Holdren made of it?

  • Comment number 53.


    We have come from apes through language, fire and farming, via science and mechanics to this untenable spot, dragging the unwanted baggage of (ever mutating) religion along, while shedding wisdom. The COMPETITIVE religious exploitation of sustainable peoples, followed by introduction of wisdom-free technologies (destabilising medicines and insecticides) has resulted in overpopulation.

    Maybe we little brothers should now listen to the Kogi. Or are they all dead?

  • Comment number 54.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 55.

    #51 Sasha’s link: Rising resource use threatens future growth, warns UN.

    “The authors call for resource consumption to be "decoupled" from economic growth, and producers to do "more with less". Still evading the issue are we? The ‘decoupling’ required is by humans.

    “Professor Swilling added that population growth also played a role in the projected increase.” Almost added as an embarrassed after-though, followed by -
    “If you add one Indian to the global population, you are talking about adding up to four tonnes of resource consumption each year. If you add an average Canadian, then you are adding another 25 tonnes," The obvious point is that Indian, Chinese, and the population of every other developing nation is – well – developing: i.e. they aim to achieve western consumption standards and levels, so overpopulation IS THE PROBLEM.

    “Developed world populations are stable, and some are even falling, so the real challenge... is in the developing world." Ah! Got there at last!

    “Simon Ross, chief executive of Population Matters (formerly known as the Optimum Population Trust) said that continued global population growth and the continual rise in consumption was "impossible in the long-term and devastating to our environment in the short-term". The change in the organisation’s title indicates backing off the real problem- under pressure? Followed by:-

    "We should seek to improve resource productivity and move to more equitable consumption levels," he told BBC News. "The largest growth in urbanisation will be in developing countries; so a lot, again, is going to depend upon how we understand cities in developing nations and how we plan them, and how we accommodate large numbers of people.” Returning to the cop-out default position, rather than address the problem of optimum population.

    ‘Growth’ is never Green – it’s Grey, as in the colour of more concrete

  • Comment number 56.


    Probably the last hope - they held on to wisdom!


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