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BBC TwoNewsnight
Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 September 2006, 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
Tuesday, 12 September, 2006
By Simon Enright
Producer, BBC Newsnight

Presented by Jeremy Paxman

Tony Blair at the TUC conference
Comment on Tuesday's programme

It was a relief for him and them; Tony Blair has made his last speech to a TUC conference.

After a walkout and a lot of heckling the unions might be hoping for a new PM who is more sympathetic. Not Gordon Brown, then. He's already issued a statement condemning the Conference protests and backing everything that Tony said.

Tonight Gordon speaks to the union leaders in private. But we've got a mole on the inside so we'll let you know exactly what he says and how he's received.

Apples's iPods

It is without doubt one of the most successful products of this decade. Today Apple trumpets their new generation of iPods. But is the future of technology against them?

Paul Mason investigates those who are going to take a large bite of Apple's market.

The death of childhood...?

Too much TV, not enough grazed knee. That's a one-sentence summary of the argument made in a letter to this morning's Daily Telegraph by host of luminaries: teachers, authors, scientists, and childcare experts.

They think modern life is bad for children. They think that children are too cosseted, spend too much time in front of screens but are also stressed out by too much homework.

But does this band of the great and the good have a realistic view of what life is like for parents and children today? The debate has already begun on our forum. We'll be speaking to our own collection of the great and the good on the programme.


And from Baghdad our correspondent David Loyn explains how a battle to change the Iraqi flag is highlighting divisions in the country which could see it fracture as north and south ask for greater autonomy.

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