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Breakfast with Frost
On Sunday, 10 August 2003, Breakfast with Frost featured an interview with the Shadow Chancellor Michael Howard, MP

Michael Howard MP
"Culture of duplicity and deceit goes right to the top"

Michael Howard attacked what he called the government's "culture of duplicity and deceit".

Talking about the so-called "dodgy dossier" which formed part of the case for war with Iraq, Mr Howard told Peter Sissons;

"We need to know how many other untruths we were told".

"This culture of duplicity and deceit goes right to the top," he continued. "We have had it for years. Tony Blair has known about it for years.

"Tony Blair has condoned it for years ... What people are increasingly coming to realise is that we have a Prime Minister who is a stranger to the truth and a Government that is rotten to the core."

Turning to his own party, Mr Howard acknowledged the Conservatives had not done "anything like enough" to win the next General Election.

Further progress needed

He agreed that the Tories needed to be "much further ahead" in the opinion polls to stand a chance of ousting the government.

"We have got a lot more work to do and we are indeed working hard to show people that the policies that we will put in place will make their lives better - will actually improve the public services, improve their health care, improve education, make people feel safe in their streets and in their homes and even enable them to get around more economically and conveniently than they do now."

Anglicans split?

Also on the programme, the evangelical Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, talked about the row over gay clergy which is threatening to split the Anglican church, following the election of a practising homosexual as a bishop in the United States.

Archbishop Jensen said he wanted safeguards for congregations unhappy at the decision.

"They need Episcopal oversight which will deliver.

"And by delivering I mean protection of property, a guarantee of ministry and recognition that the protesting parties are authentically in their Anglican communion.

"We mustn't pussyfoot around with weak solutions," he said.

But the liberal Archbishop of Cape Town, Njungonkulu Ndungane told Peter Sissons that the election of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire had been "very transparent and very democratic" and should be respected.

"We are autonomous provinces which lay out how we govern ourselves and therefore we've got to understand and accept the integrity of each province," he said.

Climate change?

Helen Young, BBC's senior weather forecaster
Helen Young, BBC's senior weather forecaster

The programme also included a discussion about the current heat wave with the BBC's senior weather forecaster, Helen Young; Sir Crispin Tickell - who has advised successive governments on climate change; and the founder of the Eden Project, Tim Smit.

The former Conservative MP Teresa Gorman and Dr Richard Sullivan of Cancer Research UK debated the latest evidence supporting fears that taking hormone replacement therapy increases a woman's risk of breast cancer.

The papers were reviewed by Saira Shah and Michael Brown
The papers were reviewed by Saira Shah and Michael Brown

The Surrey batsman and former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash gave his thoughts on how the current Test team should prepare for their next clash with South Africa.

And the newspapers were reviewed by the writer and documentary maker, Saira Shah, and the political columnist, Michael Brown.


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