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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 May 2005, 16:27 GMT 17:27 UK
Thursday 12 May, 2005
Gavin Esler

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Thursday's programme, presented by Gavin Esler, covers the following stories:


The Government is looking again at the decision to downgrade cannabis to a class C drug after scientists suggested a link between smoking the drug and serious mental health problems including schizophrenia. Our science editor Susan Watts investigates.

Man Utd

US millionaire Malcolm Glazier has launched a formal bid for Manchester United much to the horror of the club's fans. Paul Mason will be looking at the relationship between big business and the beautiful game.


After a US Senate report raised questions about George Galloway's alleged role in the UN oil-for-food programme in Iraq, we've been speaking to the MP's Jordanian friend who is said to have been a key player in the oil for food programme and who plays a big part in the Senate committee's report.

Public behaviour

On the day that one of Britain's biggest shopping malls bans youths wearing hooded tops from its premises, the Prime Minister focuses on lack of respect. Bad behaviour in public is something MPs of all parties heard about on the doorstep during the election campaign. We all know the problem but what is the solution?

John Bolton

Will John Bolton be confirmed as the new US ambassador to the United Nations? We should find out just before we go on air.

Newsnight turned 25 on 30 January 2005. You can visit our special anniversary website to find out more about the programme's history and watch the first Newsnight ever broadcast.

We investigate whether smoking cannabis can cause mental health problems such as schizophrenia

Prescott backing hooded tops ban
12 May 05 |  Politics
Senate accuses two in oil scandal
12 May 05 |  Americas
Glazer wins control of Man United
12 May 05 |  Business

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