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EU budget

The EU President's spokesman has accused Tony Blair of acting like the Sheriff of Nottingham - robbing the poor to give to the rich - in his EU budget proposals. On a trip to the Baltic states today, Mr Blair has said he will probably be "attacked from all sides" as he tries to persuade eastern European states to accept less from the EU budget. 

We speak to the Prime Minister of Estonia, one of the smaller and poorer countries that will be expected to continue paying for the UK's rebate.

Synthetic phonics

The government has accepted the findings of a review which backs the greater use of synthetic phonics in teaching children to read. Before the summer Newsnight was given exclusive access to a struggling school in Newham which paid a private company to retrain its teachers to use the latest synthetic phonics teaching methods. The results, although unscientific, were impressive. 

Tonight we return to the school and we'll ask the Schools Minister, Lord Adonis, how he's going to implement the review proposals.

Stanley 'Tookie' Williams - SCHEDULE CHANGE

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