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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 May 2006, 16:48 GMT 17:48 UK
Wednesday, 17 May, 2006
By Simon Enright
Programme producer, BBC Newsnight

Presented by Jeremy Paxman

Due to copyright restrictions Wednesday's Newsnight will not be available to watch online. A highlight will be available after the programme.

Illegal immigrants

It was a year ago - just before the last election - that Jeremy first had a go at Tony Blair about how many illegal immigrants were in the country.

He couldn't answer the question then and as we discovered in PMQs today the government still has no answer.

The whistleblower sacked for "embarrassing ministers" over the immigration issue, Steve Moxon, tells us why he was right and why ministers should still be embarrassed.


It's the radical solution proffered by some on the right "put those immigrants on an island of their own." Before it became synonymous with terrorist detainees that was exactly what George Bush Senior and Bill Clinton did with Guantanamo Bay. America housed boat people from Haiti, many with HIV, for over a year.

Peter Marshall reports on the legal black hole that this created and the legacy it has left today.


Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling both travelled to Ellesmere Port today to show support to the 1,000 staff laid off by Vauxhall.

But where were they when NTL, Boots, Cable & Wireless and MFI announced more than 10,000 job losses between them? Paul Mason looks at what this tells us about how Labour's coming man might run the country.

Conspiracy theories

And the blogs are alive with conspiracy theories after the America Government released footage of the 9/11 strike on the Pentagon. Where was the picture of the plane? Mark Urban explains all.

Dunkirk headline

Paddy Ashdown champions the Daily Sketch front page celebrating the escape at Dunkirk in our competition to find the most memorable newspaper front page of the last 100 years.

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