Zac Goldsmith looks at the wider issues of a quality of life...
This week, I have swapped New York for Manchester.
On the face of it, that doesn't sound like a good bargain, but what a fascinating week it's been for Labour watchers.
And now the focus is shifting to David Cameron's Conservative Party, which on Sunday will gather in Bournemouth.
Tory tails are high at the moment, and the party will be keen to talk about healthy poll ratings and a good showing in last year's local elections.
But for many, the key question the party has to address is its policy direction.
David Cameron has set up six policy groups to assess policies across a wide range of subjects.
Zac Goldsmith, editor of The Ecologist magazine, is Vice Chair of the Quality of Life commission.
He's turned Politics Show reporter this week, to argue why it's such an important subject, and why a policy commission is a good way to look at big issues.
Two other guests to whom I'll be talking are the Conservative's Policy Director, Oliver Letwin and now after the Labour conference week is over, John Hutton, the Work and Pensions Secretary.
Passing by bypasses
Despite great protestations, Newbury bypass opened in 1998
Given that everything else associated with the 80s is enjoying a fashionable revival, it shouldn't come as a surprise that bypasses are back on the agenda.
In their 10 year Transport Plan, the government promised to build over 70 of them by 2010.
In fact, they've built nothing close.
So should they get a move on? Or are bypasses an old fashioned solution to a much wider problem?
David Thompson will be investigating, and we'll hear from our Politics Show colleagues around the country.
Who needs the big apple?
Join me at the later time of 1.35pm for this week's Politics Show.
The roast can wait.
The Politics Show on Sunday 01 October 2006 at 13:35 BST on BBC One.
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