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Last Updated: Friday, 22 September 2006, 16:53 GMT 17:53 UK
Friday, 22 September, 2006
By Liz Gibbons
Producer, BBC Newsnight

A cheque book
Who's going to be writing the cheques in future?
Presented by Jeremy Paxman

Comment on Friday's programme

On Newsnight tonight - God and Mammon, but not necessarily in that order...

Party funding

How should our democracy be paid for? With an embarrassing police investigation underway into allegations of cash for peerages, it's unlikely major donors are going to be flocking to the big parties in the future.

Meanwhile the Labour Party Chair Hazel Blears has been making the case for the taxpayer to pay more to fund political parties.

With trust in political parties at a low, are voters really going to buy that?

With some expensive party conferences round the corner, and both Labour and the Tories facing millions of pounds worth of debt, we'll be asking how political parties can and should be funded in future.

The God Delusion

And Jeremy has been talking to the scientist Richard Dawkins, whose new book The God Delusion is set to be as controversial as his previous ones.

Here's a taster: "I am not attacking any particular version of God or gods. I am attacking Gods, all gods, anything and everything supernatural, wherever and whenever they have been or will be invented."

NEWSNIGHT BOOK CLUB: Read extracts from The God Delusion

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