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Gavin Esler's biography


From Gavin Esler:

Lib Dems

You wait for ages for a new leader of the Liberal Democrats to emerge then along come three at once.

To say that the talk in the pubs and clubs of Britain in recent weeks has revolved around who will lead our third party is a bit of an exaggeration, though the campaign's rows about alcoholism and questions of sexuality via a story about a rent boy did have some entertainment value.

But does it matter? Tomorrow we will find out which of the three contenders - Campbell, Hughes or Huhne - will become leader.

Will it change anything? Will any of them do any better than Charles Kennedy?

And would the role of a minor player in a hung parliament, if there is one, be the best the Lib Dems could hope for? Is that as good as it gets?


10 years on, the Dunblane massacre is one of those moments when some of us can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news.

A lone gunman murdered children in a school in a lovely small town in central Scotland.

There was a sense of disbelief, followed by shock and then anger. It ended in a campaign to reduce access to guns. The government promised action.

We'll be examining the legacy of Dunblane a decade later and will ask why the government has failed to set-up the promised national firearms database?


We'll have the latest on the Tessa Jowell - David Mills - Silvio Berlusconi Italian opera. Perhaps it will resemble the last act of Tosca?

Or maybe tomorrow the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O'Donnell, will make it all go away. He's scheduled to report on what he has found.

David Grossman will have the latest.


Boyz N the Hood, London style. A new film opens this week about inner city youth crime.

It's difficult to imagine any part of Britain further removed from Dunblane than some of the meaner streets of London where the film is set.

We'll debate how far the film glamorises what is essentially "thug life". Does it stereotype some kids in the black community? Or is it just a film that you might like to watch?

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