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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 August 2006, 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK
Tuesday, 15 August, 2006
By Kirsty Wark
Presenter, BBC Newsnight

Presented by Kirsty Wark

Which side are you on?

MI5 website showing UK terror threat level as "severe"
Can you be neutral in the so-called war on terror?

Tonight we'll be exploring the arguments for and against the proposition that the time is coming when everyone will have to decide which side they're on. A majority of the British public opposed the Iraq war and Tony Blair's position on the war in Lebanon, yet the vast majority also abhor Islamic terrorism in the UK. Are those positions compatible?

Bush and Blair seem to think not.

But what of the other argument, that these events can't be lumped together, that problems with the Islamic world could be resolved by a change in foreign policy, and the West's current approach is only making matters worse.

Tonight we debate the big question with neo-cons, liberals, religious leaders, politicians, and differing Muslim voices.

The best public transport in the world?

In the second of our series looking at the Best Public Services in the World, the Conservative vice-chair Sayeeda Warsi visits Portland in Oregon, an American city which has managed to buck the gas guzzling trend by introducing an amazingly integrated public transport system, which has cut car journeys, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and apparently made everyone much more contented. Could Britain do the same?

Heritage Orchestra

And, if music be the food of love play on... but what if there's no pay?

What do talented musicians do when the can't get a job in one of the very few orchestras in this country - and busking is not immediately appealing?

Steve Smith our cloth eared Cultural correspondent has been spending valuable time with the musicians who simply made up their own orchestra in order to play on.

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