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Last Updated: Friday, 18 May 2007, 12:59 GMT 13:59 UK
It's all about power...
Jon Sopel
Jon Sopel
The Politics Show

Re-energising politics with nuclear power

Hello... and this week we wish to humbly address you about what is in our programme.

Humbly, because the Politics Show likes to be at the cutting edge of fashion... and humble is the new Brown (as politics fashionistas might say).

This week it's all about power.

The kind that boils your kettle and the kind that makes you Prime Minister.

First, the kettle boiling kind.

Alistair Darling
Looking into the future of power with Alistair Darling

Next week the government will finally tell us once and for all what it thinks about energy - how much we should be using and how we should generate it.

The government suffered a big set back this year when a high court judge ruled it had not consulted properly on its decision to back a new generation of nuclear power stations.

Has it got it right this time?

Are new nuclear power stations an essential part of the UK's energy mix? And what part will renewable energy play?

I'll be talking live to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Alistair Darling.

Is somebody watching you?

CCTV camera
Looking at me and looking at you...

As an influential parliamentary committee asks if we live in a surveillance society, Max Cotton has been hearing from an outspoken senior policeman who thinks we have too many CCTV cameras and too much surveillance generally.

And from an ex Home Secretary who says new technology protects us all.

So are we safe - or spied on?

The other type of power- the PM kind

You didn't think we'd get through a whole newsletter without mentioning the Labour leadership did you?

Gordon has emerged unchallenged as the Prime Minister Elect - but there's still the race for the deputy.

Sunday will see the first Labour party hustings for the deputy leadership in Coventry - David Thompson will be taking the temperature live.

It's not easy being green...

Trees in your neck of the woods - and streets...

And trees - judging on the detailed responses we got to our brief appeal for your street tree stories last week, you have very strong feelings about urban trees.

We've put together a gallery of your stories and photos - you can have a look here...

Some of you love them, and think councils are way too ready to chop them back or even down - and others think they are seed - sowing, subsidence causing menaces.

Becky Milligan will be trying to see the wood from the trees.*

It's all on the Politics Show on Sunday at 12 noon- the roast can wait.

*oh please. Ed

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