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Monday's programme, presented by Jeremy Paxman, covers the following stories:
It's the pledge we've all been waiting for. The Conservatives promise to cut taxes if they win the coming general election. Both the Liberal Democrats and the Tories have singled out Whitehall as a target for the budgetary scalpel. The Tories reckon they can save £35 billion but do their sums add up and is it enough to turn the popularity tide in their direction?
Do Independent faith schools adequately prepare pupils for life in Britain? The answer, according to the chief inspector for schools in England, is not enough. David Bell says Muslim schools in particular are in danger of undermining 'our coherence as a nation.' Are the government's goals, of championing religious state schools and encouraging a common "British" identity, compatible?
Politicians, diplomats and experts from across the western world have gathered stateside to play at being world leaders, as they reconstruct the fictional scene inside a situation control room during a bio-terror attack on Europe and America. Newsnight joined them. Would we cope if it happened tomorrow?
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