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Friday, 24 February, 2006

Martha Kearney

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The London Mayor Ken Livingstone was suspended for four weeks today for bringing his office into disrepute by comparing a Jewish reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard.

We'll be discussing the story with Conservative Mayoral candidate Steve Norris and the Labour MP Louise Ellman.

Is the ruling reasonable or is it fundamentally undemocratic? And where does it leave Ken Livingstone's career?

Civil service cuts?

At the last general election both the government and the Conservatives promised huge cuts in the size of the civil service.

The government's own review of waste, conducted by Sir Peter Gershon, proposed cutting a massive 80,000 jobs over four years.

The Treasury claims it has met its job reduction target but National Audit Office figures show overall employment in the civil service has actually gone up.

Our Economics Editor, Stephanie Flanders, uncovers the truth behind the Treasury claim.

Bit torrent

Downloading from the internet the vast computer files needed for an entire film is beginning to overwhelm cyberspace.

Internet Service Providers are starting to ban or limit the use of "bit torrent" file sharing technology required for accessing the films.

So to get round the restrictions downloaders are starting to encrypt their files which could make monitoring internet traffic for paedophiles, or for that matter terrorists, virtually impossible.

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