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From programme producer Kate McAndrew


Ariel Sharon has left the building. He's abandoned the political party he helped to found, leaving the Israeli political scene turned upside down. It's thought Mr Sharon - who'd lost support in his own Likud party because of his decision to withdraw from Gaza - will set up a new centrist party, the details of which we're hoping to get in the next few hours.

For the more observant, the signs were there early. One news agency reported that when Mr Sharon's party colleagues met this morning, his empty oversized leather armchair was pushed away to one side.

So what does the redrawing of the Israeli political landscape mean? There is of course the welcome simplification of the baffling array of political parties, now we're left with Likud on the right, the Labour party on the left, and Mr Sharon's new movement in the centre. But what will the new party stand for, who will Mr Sharon be taking with him and what will the change mean for the Middle East peace process?


"Britain is ready to go nuclear" The Times' front page declares, going on to declare that the Prime Minister is convinced that building new nuclear power stations is the only way to meet our energy needs. Downing Street hasn't done much to bat the story away, saying that the Prime Minister will make an announcement soon, adding that there might be a fresh inquiry into Britain's energy options. But there are quite a lot of inquiries going on already: the DTI, Treasury, and DEFRA are all conducting separate studies into our energy needs. This morning the CBI accused the Government of allowing the issue to drift, and yesterday the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King, said the PM needs to make a decision soon. So what's going on? Susan Watts is trying to find out whether the decision has been made already, or whether the debate is still open.


Are the Iraqi people about to see large chunks of future oil money signed over to western firms. Paul Mason investigates.


And Stephen Smith is on the papers. No, not in them - on them. With Martin Newland's departure from The Telegraph, Andrew Gowers' from The FT, the downsizing of The Times and The Guardian's successful shrink to Berliner-size, the old boundaries between the grown-up newspapers appear to be shifting. So where's a newspaper lover to go nowadays to have their prejudices reinforced?

Hope you can join us at 10.30pm

Kate McAndrew

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