A review of Britain's defence capability was announced this week lookng at ways of countering threats ranging from terrorsim to cyberspace and climate change. What shape should the armed forces take and has the Tony Blair doctrine of liberal intervention been so discredited by the war in Iraq that Britian's foreign policy may also have to be adjusted?

The Conservatives appear to be softening their policy on tackling the budget deficit contrary to City expectations of a tough line on public spending. What now is the difference between the two main parties on the economy?

The expenses scandal at Westminster has resulted in more than half of MPs paying back 1.2 million pounds of public money. What is the overall effect of the scandal and is this the end of the affair?

And the struggle between the media and politicians - where does the power lie?

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Sat 6 Feb 2010 04:32 GMT

BBC World Service Archive

BBC World Service Archive

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