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Tony Blair has written his last speech for the Queen.

And with his departure widely expected next May, you could be forgiven for asking what exactly he's hanging around for.

Theory one is that he still wants to tidy up his in-tray, dealing with unresolved business to make sure everyone is aware of his "legacy".

Top dossier there is the Northern Ireland question, the domestic issue on which he has invested masses of personal capital

The IRA campaign of terrorism officially ended within weeks of Labour coming to power in 1997, but nine and a half years on, the Northern Irish parties still can't agree on sharing power.

That could be about to change.

Friday is the deadline to nominate a First Minister (probably the Rev Iain Paisley of the protestant DUP) and a Deputy (probably his sworn enemy, Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein). The omens are cautiously good, but what guarantee is there that this won't be just another false dawn in the interminable peace process?

The Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain joins me live.

It's a crime...

Handcuffs
Are the Lib Dems giving a new slant on criminal justice?

Another government programme, another bumper crop of measures to deal with anti-social behaviour and terrorism.

But is the never-ending stream of criminal legislation a reversible process?

The Liberal Democrats think it should be.

They're proposing a Freedom Bill to repeal many of the crime and terrorism measures brought in by Labour over the years.

They say all these new laws fetter our civil liberties for no good reason.

But are they out of step with the mood of the people?

I'll be talking to the Liberal Democrats' Home Affairs spokesman Nick Clegg.

Old Man

Douglas, Isle of Man
Douglas will have a whole new electorate

What's the oldest continuously-serving Parliament in the world? Not ours - and not Iceland's, although they have a claim.

It's the Isle of Man's Tynwald.

On Thursday voters on the island go to the polls to elect a new "House of Keys" - but not the same voters we're used to seeing on the mainland.

On the Isle of Man, 16-year-olds will be voting for the first time.

We'll be hearing from a very democratic corner of the United Kingdom.

Emissions in Nairobi

A child in Nairobi
Try convincing a child in Nairobi of the importance of emissions...

David Miliband, the Environment Secretary, was responsible for several tons of carbon emissions this week when he flew to Nairobi for a UN conference on climate change.

That's a little unfair, of course.

Everyone agrees that global warming will only be beaten if all countries adopt a common approach, and to do that they need to get together from time to time.

DAVID MILIBAND IN NAIROBI
Paola Buonadonna was with David Miliband on her recent trip to Kenya...

All the main political parties here in Britain are talking a good game on climate change these days, and to listen to the government, you'd think Britain was in the forefront of global efforts to tackle the problem.

But that isn't necessarily how others see us, as Paola Buonadonna has been finding out in Nairobi.

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


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