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The Queen's Speech
It's time for the regular ritual, but how predictable will it be?

Hello again...

Another week, another time zone on my body clock.

As avid Politics Show (and News 24) watchers will know, I have been following the political thunderbolt which was the American mid-term elections.

With the Democrats taking control of Congress by a healthy margin, and indeed the Senate too, it's hard to exaggerate the drama of politics in the US at the moment.

Compare and contrast then, the somewhat quiet politics in the UK at the moment.

Could the calm be shattered by next week's Queen's Speech?

It's the last time a government headed by Tony Blair will lay out its legislative plans, and we'll be looking ahead, taking an educated guess at what Her Majesty will be saying on Wednesday.

Tough or tired?

Tony Blair gave us a big clue in his speech to the Labour conference in September... he said immigration and law and order reforms will be the centrepiece of the government's programme.

John Prescott
Tough or tired, the job of government goes on

So, a tough government responding to peoples' concern about crime, or a tired government rehashing old ideas?

I'll ask the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott.

Also joining me on the programme will be the Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague.

And what you've all been waiting for... the chance to play Politics Show Queen's Speech Bingo. Everyone's talking about it.

Battle Royale

The French love a good revolution, and they could be about to get one in the form of Segolene Royale.

The French socialist has ruffled feathers by expressing admiration for Tony Blair, and she's likely to win her party's nomination for President this week.

Paola Buonadonna has been watching her campaign, and she'll be asking if Mme Royale is really the radical she claims to be?

It's all on Sunday's Politics Show - the roast can wait.


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