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Last Updated: Friday, 11 May 2007, 14:14 GMT 15:14 UK
Life after Blair...
Jon Sopel
Jon Sopel
The Politics Show

Gordon Brown
All smiles for now...

Hello again...

On this week's Politics Show

The Blair era is finally coming to an end, and between now and 27 June, we can look forward to a leadership contest in the Labour Party which will not really be a contest at all...

Nobody seriously doubts that it will be Gordon Brown swinging through the gates of Buckingham Palace in six weeks' time to kiss the hand of the Queen.

In his later years, Mr Blair has not been popular, and many people will be glad to see the back of him.

But can his critics expect Gordon to be more to their liking?

The opposition have had plenty of time to prepare for a Brown premiership, and for the last 18 months, David Cameron's team have trained their fire exclusively on the Chancellor.

The Conservatives have been telling us that Gordon Brown's fingerprints are on all the mistakes of the Blair years.

They plainly relish taking on someone without Blair's teflon charm.

I'll be speaking to Mr Brown's Conservative opposite number, George Osborne, about what we can expect from the new political era.

Have things really got better?

Montage of images
How do you feel you fair in life today..?

We all remember Labour's theme tune from their victorious 1997 election campaign - "Things can only get better" - But did they?

How do you think 10 years of a Blair-led Labour government has affected you and your life?

The Politics Show commissioned pollsters ICM to ask 4,000 people around Britain whether things really did get better, whether it be public services, the economy, the environment or the society we live in.

The answers were fascinating - not just in the balance of the answers, but in the sharp regional variations between north and south.

That nuclear question

Sellafield and sign
Fancy one of these springing up next door..?

If the government announced that they were proposing to build a nuclear power station at the end of your garden, I'd imagine you'd object pretty strenuously.

You would expect there to be a public inquiry, and a long planning process before the site was finally confirmed.

But that could all be about to change.

In conjunction with their energy review, the government are planning to change the rules to make it harder to object to or delay new power stations.

To the annoyance of the green lobby, the process will be streamlined for larger plants, such as nuclear, but not for small renewable sites like wind farms.

The Politics Show looks at the pros and cons.

Tune in at 12 noon Sunday to find out - the roast can wait... but will it be Brown?

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