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BBC TwoNewsnight
Last Updated: Thursday, 26 April 2007, 16:28 GMT 17:28 UK
Thursday, 26 April, 2007
By Kirsty Wark
Presenter, BBC Newsnight

Tony Blair
Is Labour about to say goodbye to Scotland?

Presented by Kirsty Wark

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Tonight we cast ahead to The Big Vote a week today - the English local elections, Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly elections, and the possible outcome. How will the parties do?

Newsnight has commissioned some exclusive research from the UK's leading election study centre in Plymouth which offers up some shocking news for the politicians. We have predictions of share of the vote, seats won and lost, and what it would mean if it was repeated in a general election.


Ahead of the Scottish parliament elections commentators have been writing reams about the possible break up of the Union - if the opinion polls are to be believed it is a serious prospect - and the impact would be felt throughout the UK.

Stephanie Flanders has been investigating tartanomics - that's tartan-omics not tart-anomics. How would an independent Scotland fare? Would it be better or worse off and are the SNP's economic plans credible?


And The Great Bin Scandal is becoming one of the biggest issues in the English local elections. "The alternative weekly collection" is supposedly cheaper and greener, but the government's not to keen to tell you about it ahead of next Thursday's vote - so how do you feel about rubbish collection reduced to once a fortnight?

Tonight we are delighted that Talk Sport's shock jock James Whale will join us live from his own show to express his outrage at the plans and debate with the Green Party for whom this move represents environmental progress.

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