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Newsnight Thursday, 25 July, 2002, 16:53 GMT 17:53 UK
Thursday 25 July
Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman

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Iain Duncan Smith
Iain Duncan Smith

Will the real Iain Duncan Smith please stand up? When he took over Norman Tebbit's seat in 1992 Lord Tebbit famously said: "If you think I'm right-wing, you should meet this guy." Ten months into the job as leader of the Conservative Party he's coy about his policies but keen to stress his interest in the vulnerable. In the last of our interviews with the leaders of three main parties he joined Jeremy Paxman live.

Boyd gets job
Michael Boyd is to be the new artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He'll take over from Adrian Noble who resigned earlier this year after strong criticism of his ambitious plans to revamp the company. So has the Noble plan been binned? Our Culture Correspondent, Madeleine Holt, talked to the actor, David Suchet, the director, Michael Attenborough and Michael Boyd himself on what they think about the best way forward.

Cuban challenge
Is that hangover from the cold war, the American consensus on Cuba crumbling? On Wednesday night Congress voted to lift the US embargo on Americans travelling to Castro's Cuba. The Senate is expected to follow suit. If they do, George W Bush will undoubtedly veto the bill. But when a majority of people in his own Republican Party feel the ban is out-dated and ineffectual how long can he hold the line?


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