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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 November 2005, 16:39 GMT
Thursday, 24 November, 2005

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If you've ever thought of running a prestige project for the government on a particularly difficult subject, perhaps you should consult Adair Turner first.

In the past two years every time any government minister - Tony Blair including - has been asked about the future of pensions they've batted it away saying it would be wrong to prejudge or prejudice the report of the Pensions Commission headed by Lord Turner.

Then, just a week before its long-awaited publication, the Chancellor pulls the rug from under his feet warning Lord Turner, in a letter which found its way out into the light, not to assume that the current linking of the pension credit to earnings will necessarily continue beyond 2008.

It's believed that the Pensions Commission will recommend restoring the link between state pensions and earnings, as well as putting back the retirement age to 67.

The Conservatives are shouting sabotage and accusing the Chancellor of throwing his toys out of the pram.

Weather warning

The weather people warn us there's going to be a cold snap tomorrow.

"So?" would be the response in Moscow, Toronto, and Chicago, but here it's as if they've heralded a new Ice Age. Everything just seizes up, anyway.

Greg Neale has been rooting about the archive, and takes us back to what has happened when we've been hit by extreme weather over the past 50 years.

One thing is certain, whatever heating systems we have they'll be cranked up over the next few days.


This week, Newsnight's been examining how we will meet our energy needs in the future.

Tonight we turn our attention to you, dear viewer, and what you can do to conserve energy, nurture the environment and keep warm at the same time. Fur coat anyone...?

Flu jabs

And with winter and perhaps bird flu on the wing, the government has got itself into a mess over flu jabs.

Tonight we unravel the mystery of who is getting them, who's not, why not, and who might be using subterfuge to get round the system.



George Best's doctor has said that the former football star is nearing the end of his life. We'll be speaking to someone who's been close to him through thick and thin.

See you at 10.30pm.


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