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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 May 2006, 17:05 GMT 18:05 UK
Wednesday, 10 May, 2006
By Gavin Esler
Presenter, BBC Newsnight

Wreck of the tube train at Aldgate station
Should there be a full public inquiry into events that led to 7 July?
Presented by Gavin Esler

7 July

Tomorrow two key reports into the 7 July bombings in London will be published - one a "narrative" of the events of the day, the other a report by a group of senior MPs into intelligence failings in the run up to the attacks.

Survivors and relatives of the victims want to know whether those responsible could have been stopped by the intelligence services; whether the government's decision to invade Iraq radicalised them; and whether there should, in fact, have been a full public inquiry into the attack. Richard Watson will be looking at what's likely to be in the reports.

Prezza

The Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott was a semi-casualty in the recent re-shuffle - losing his department, but keeping his salary, perks and privileges.

Why? Well, the official line is that he does hugely valuable work. An opinion poll suggests a big majority of voters think Mr Prescott has become - or has always been - a figure of ridicule. David Grossman looks at exactly what the Deputy Prime Minister now does. Or does not do. The answer may surprise you.

Tesco

Supermarkets perform the extraordinary public service of providing good food in convenient locations at reasonable prices.

Or:

Supermarkets are rapacious competitors using their power to change the face of our towns and cities, bullying small shops and local councils into submission.

Which is it?

Whichever caricature proves closer to the truth, the Office of Fair Trading has launched an inquiry - its third in seven years - into the industry.

Tesco, the biggest of them all, fought back today with a series of innovations designed to make the company seem like a better neighbour, including bio-degradable plastic bags.

Our Ethical Man Justin Rowlatt will be weighing up the moral balance, and I've been interviewing Tescos boss, Sir Terry Leahy on whether -- to quote Sir Alan Sugar -- if he doesn't improve Tescos public image, "You're fired."

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