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BBC TwoNewsnight
Last Updated: Thursday, 31 August 2006, 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK
Thursday, 31 August, 2006
By Kirsty Wark
Presenter, BBC Newsnight

John Reid
Presented by Kirsty Wark

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The big 100

The plan tonight is to kick off with John Reid - has he delivered what he promised he would as Home Secretary?

The 100 days he reportedly set himself to sort out the Home Office are up. By his own admission the department was not "fit for purpose" - as demonstrated by the foreign prisoner scandal and the chaos in the immigration service.

Has Mr Reid delivered? And is the man who has had seven Cabinet jobs now a contender for the big one?


Is it time to allow people to buy a kidney if they desperately need it? From midnight tonight people will be able to offer organs for altruistic reasons - but not for hard cash.

New guidelines are going to make it easier for patients to receive organ transplants but with thousands of people on the kidney transplant list isn't it time for a radical free market solution?

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Public services

And who has the best education service in the world? For the latest instalment in our examination of great public services, we've been to Qatar where education is going through a revolution.

Read New freedoms for Qatar's schools


Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

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