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Peter Riddell of The Times takes soundings on whether or not President Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan will work.

Peter Riddell of The Times takes soundings on whether or not President Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan will work.

He also unpicks the latest drive for independence by the SNP in Scotland, and hears why a record-breaking number of MPs are standing down at the general election.

There's also a look at the latest reforms on conduct and expenses in the House of Lords. What's to be done about peers who don't show up?

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30 minutes

Last on

Sat 5 Dec 2009 11:00

Chapters

  • Obama's Afghan Strategy

    This week we had the long-awaited announcements on increases in troop numbers in Afghanistan-- first by Gordon Brown and then by President Barack Obama. Will the strategy work?

    Duration: 07:56

  • Independence referendum in Scotland

    The minority Scottish Nationalist administration has announced its proposals for a referendum next year on Scottish independence.

    Duration: 07:58

  • Lords Reform

    The House of Lords has taken an important step towards reforming itself, with an internal report out on a new code of conduct, and a new standards commissioner.

    Duration: 04:53

  • I Quit!

    120 MPs have so far announced that they are standing down from the Commons at the next election. This already exceeds the post-war peak in 1997, and many more are expected to go. Why are they going?

    Duration: 05:28

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