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Beer, Hot air and Citizenship

Susanna Reid
Susanna Reid
Guest Presenter
The Politics Show


Jon has wisely fled the monsoon that descended on Westminster this week in favour of sunnier climes.

Susanna Reid
Guest Presenter: Susanna Reid

I'll be manning (or should that be womanning?) the controls of the good ship Politics Show in his absence and look forward to having you all along for the ride.

Time Gentlemen

For our last programme of the political year before the rest of SW1 follows Jon off on hols, we'll be asking, is the British boozer in terminal decline?

Do you still have a thriving local where everybody knows your name? If so, you're one of a lucky few.

1400 pubs closed last year. That's about 27 a week.

Pint of Beer
Pie and a pint... what future for the pint?

Could the smell of old bitter, the tang of salt and vinegar, and the ringing out of time called fade into history like so many Morris men and maypoles before them?

A group of MPs has spent the last two years examining the demise of community pubs and they're now recommending the government looks into subsidising this bastion of British community life.

Gillian Hargreaves has spent the last week propping up various bars - all in the name of thorough journalism of course.

Hot Air

World leaders gathering in Japan this week agreed to a "vision" of cutting their emissions by 50% by 2050.

Hilary Benn
Hilary Benn on environmental matters

A lofty aspiration - but still just an aspiration rather than anything firmer... and isn't 2050 an awfully long time in the future?

Closer to home, could the UK government be doing more to tackle our own carbon footprint?

Rather than panicking over the price of fuel, should we start embracing a new post-petrol future and look at slashing our emissions even more?

I'll be talking to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Hilary Benn.

Mother of all Rows

Has the battle for sexual equality been won? Most certainly not in the opinion of Thea Johnson.

She got in touch with our very own Max Cotton as part of our "Politics Max" series.

Thea and Max
Max to the rescue?

This is a part of the programme where viewers are invited to write in with political problems that Max might be able to fix.

Thea's daughter was born to a foreign father overseas and because Thea's a woman, she couldn't pass on her British citizenship.

Only fathers had that privilege in 1949 - mothers didn't count.

And nearly 60 years later, it seems, still don't. Could Max come to the rescue?

Tune in to find out. Midday on Sunday on BBC One.

See you on Sunday.


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