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Tuesday, 28 June, 2005

Martha Kearney

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Tuesday's programme, presented by Martha Kearney, covers the following stories:

From Martha Kearney

ID cards

Tonight there'll be a series of votes, starting at ten o'clock, on ID cards which I am glad to say that my colleague David Grossman will be covering. There's always a nasty feeling in the pit of my stomach when someone rushes out of members' lobby at 10.29pm and blurts out some figures. I'm not sure it gives the right impression for the programme's political editor to be seen counting on her fingers to try to work out the size of any rebellion. Still that's David's problem as I am in the studio tonight to discuss tonight's vote and the prospects for ID cards with some politicians.


As we go on air, President Bush will be preparing to address US troops at Fort Bragg. His mission - to persuade an increasingly sceptical American public to stay the course in Iraq - is far from accomplished. Our reporter Peter Marshall is in Washington. I will be talking to Richard Holbrooke, the former US ambassador to the UN.

Education in Africa

What kind of education is best for children in Africa? Professor James Tooley, an educationalist, has made a special film for Newsnight arguing the case for private schools which he believes outperform government schools at a fraction of the cost. We will be discussing those arguments with Professor Tooley and Professor Keith Lewin from the University of Sussex.


And to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar there'll be a son et lumiere mock sea battle with 17 tall ships from five nations, blazing broadsides, gun smoke and state-of-the-art pyrotechnics at 7pm. The entire fleet will then be illuminated along the Solent for the close of the evening, at 10.30pm. We hope to show you those pictures.

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