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Prescott: Cyber Warrior!

Jon Sopel
Jon Sopel
The Politics Show

Hello again... this week, there was nowhere else to be but Washington.

Barack and Michelle Obama
Celebrations over... now the work begins...

Every now and then one politician emerges, opens their hand and grabs the moment.

Churchill did, Kennedy too. And for a while Thatcher, Gorbachev and Blair clung on as hard as they could.

On Tuesday, I watched President Barak Hussein Obama recall the words of Thomas Paine.

"Let it be told to the future world... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive... that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet it."

It was 15 degrees below zero on Washington's National Mall, from where we were broadcasting.

But it wasn't that which sent the shivers up the spines of those two million watching.

By common political consent, the "spirit of the age" has been seized again. And when that happens, every politician around the world stampedes to grab a piece of the action.

And at home...

Chris Grayling
Tough talking from Chris Grayling

Here, the Conservatives embrace him as the "change candidate".

Gordon Brown hails his economic policies and claims them as his own.

Even the Lib Dems seem to think he's a fully paid up member of their own front bench.

With the zeitgeist on his side, everyone's hoping the President's coat-tails stretch a very long way indeed.

Paine was rallying George Washington's freezing and dejected army. The new President's target was modern America digging in against the recession.

City life

John Prescott
John Prescott, politics in the ether

On the plane back from Washington, I read a new report.

It may not quite have Paine's rhetorical flourish. But it sounds a warning as stark as Obama's.

It says some of our great cities are poorly equipped to ride out the economic downturn. It hints at complacency. And without immediate action it predicts some very tough times ahead.

Which cities? You'll have to wait until Sunday...

We'll reveal the answers then.

I'll reveal the most deprived city in the country and where unemployment's rising fastest.

You'll find out where houses are most unaffordable, where wages have hit rock bottom.

If you think you already know the answers- try our quiz here. If you get full marks, I'll eat my woolly hat.

Three hard men...

Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage on the Strasbourg stage

We'll also be talking to three of this country's hardest hitting politicians.

The new Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling, is the closest thing his party has to a political Rottweiler.

Max Cotton's off to Strasbourg to meet the UKIP leader, Nigel Farage.

And John Prescott will be telling us how he's taking the old battle bus into cyberspace.

In the words of Thomas Paine; "by perseverance and fortitude we have the prospect of a glorious issue".

So do join me then - Sunday... midday

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