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From Kirsty Wark:

A happy, healthy New Year to all Newsnight viewers near and far - we hope 2006 brings political excitement, and a programme full of surprises - not least our Geek Week feature starting this evening.

Kennedy

But tonight the big surprise for Charles Kennedy is how quickly the momentum is gathering for a bloodletting, given that before Christmas there had been a major hosing down of dissent.

So, what's it to be - a secret ballot of MPs? If so, shouldn't MSPs take part?

I hear he has much more robust backing in Scotland - and not just because of tribal loyalties. And if Charles is ousted - will Menzies Campbell set a holding pattern, will a ballot deliver a leader to take the party Left or Right, or will Charles triumph again?

Gas

Russia and Ukraine have come to what may be a temporary accommodation over gas supplies after Moscow ratcheted up the cost of gas flowing along the pipeline four fold.

But the political tensions remain. Tim Whewell is in Kiev assessing whether Ukraine's westward tilt is sustainable.

Corruption probe

The name Jack Abramoff is bouncing around the walls of Capitol Hill as the lobbyist spills the beans on alleged bribes to as many as 20 lawmakers and their aides on issues ranging from internet gambling to wireless phone services.

An e-mail trail and tons of other material emanating from Abramoff is being examined by Justice Department officials as part of a widespread Capitol Hill corruption probe.

Geek week

And so back to Geek week. It's the 25th anniversary of the Sinclair ZX81. All this week we'll be broadcasting films on the latest and most interesting trends in technology.

Tonight, Steve Smith reports from Silicon Valley. We bring you the inside track at 10.30pm.

CLICK HERE TO READ STEPHEN SMITH'S REPORT
CLICK HERE TO SEND US YOUR VIEWS DURING GEEK WEEK

Kirsty


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