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Last Updated: Monday, 15 May 2006, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
Monday, 15 May, 2006
By Liz Gibbons
Programme producer, BBC Newsnight

Tony Blair
Presented by Jeremy Paxman


Ten years ago Tony Blair walked into Downing Street with a memorable promise: to be "tough on crime, and tough on the causes of crime".

Today, four Home Secretaries, two Lord Chancellors, and 43 pieces of Home Office-related legislation later, he's decided it's time for radical reform of the criminal justice system. "It is the public service most distant from what reasonable people want," he said.

So whose fault is that? Is the government to blame? Or is there some fundamental fault within the criminal justice system and the people within it?

Tonight we'll spend a large part of the programme discussing the state of our criminal justice system. Jeremy will - we fully expect - be joined by representatives from the government and opposition, the legal establishment and victims of crime.

Bono and Boris

Also on tonight's programme, Boris and Bono - not necessarily in that order. Ex-journo turned minor celebrity (and occasional politician) Boris Johnson makes the case for his most memorable newspaper front page. And Steve Smith has spent the day with aspiring journalist (and celebrity) Bono as he tries his hand as guest editor of the Independent newspaper.

And the markets...

All that - and in a rare move we're devoting more than our normal 3.5 seconds to the markets tonight. Paul Mason will be explaining why the FTSE and Dow are now tumbling after reaching almost unprecedented heights last week.

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