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David Davis
What is the Davis approach to Crime and Punishment?

Hello again...

When David Cameron became Conservative leader, exactly 12 months ago, he set up policy commissions to review the party's stance on pretty much everything.

But one area was notable by its absence - criminal justice.

Perhaps that's understandable: while conventional wisdom has it that Labour is always ahead in the polls on health and education, the Conservatives always lead on crime - so why mess about with the policy?

The Conservative Home Affairs spokesman David Davis, the man David Cameron beat to win the leadership, has had a free hand to determine the party's stance.

And he's chosen not to tinker too much.

It's fair to say that David Cameron's famous "hug a hoodie" speech (a phrase which of course he never used) was not exactly a David Davis idea.

Now he's launching his own initiative, pointing out how elementary changes in urban design can dramatically reduce opportunist crime.

It's an intriguing idea - but does it constitute a real alternative to Labour, who've hardly been passive on criminal justice? David Davis joins me live.

A disappearing society

Youths
What happens to an anonymous society..?

When kids leave school, they go to college or university, or into a job, or into vocational training, right? Wrong.

In Britain, at the moment, there are 1.2 million people between the ages of 16 and 24 who aren't doing any of these things.

Most of them don't show up in the unemployment figures either - they just disappear from society's radar.

Most live at home - many have babies.

The numbers of this lost generation have grown steadily since Labour came to power in 1997, despite measures like the New Deal.

But if 1.2 million young Britons can't find suitable work, how come the British economy has been able to absorb half a million Poles in the last two years?

The answers are unsettling.

Green Berry

Sian Berry
Current green issues play into Sian Berry's hands...

Next Wednesday the Chancellor unveils his Pre-Budget Report - the half-yearly update on the nation's finances.

Most of the commentators are expecting him to make a move on green taxes - a swipe at gas-guzzling cars perhaps, or something on air fare duty.

Over the last year all the main parties have been talking a good game on the environment - but there's actually only one Green Party.

I'll be speaking to Sian Berry, new principal speaker (that's leader, in old fashioned language) of the Greens.

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