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Jon Sopel
Jon Sopel
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The Politics Show

On this week's Politics Show - well where to begin frankly?

This week had been slated as the big fightback by Gordon Brown: the relaunch, the comeback, a time to put the troubles of lost computer discs and sinking banks behind him.

Mr Bean
A bad week for Gordon Brown, who will not like the comparison to Mr Bean

Instead it ends with Inspector Knacker of the Yard preparing to reopen his notebook, the general secretary of the Labour party gone, a couple of other senior figures under a big black cloud - and Gordon Brown looking even more beleaguered.

This latest Labour funding scandal now has more twists and turns that a bowl of spaghetti, with an odour of a bolognese sauce where the cook has gone a bit mad with the herbs and garlic.

What do children want?

But that aside, it is worth pointing out that the business of government goes on (well, sort of).

Esther Rantzen
Esther Rantzen discusses what children need
Ministers are about to publish a ten year plan for the children of England - details are being kept under wraps but the government has published the evidence on which it will base its eventual plan.

What that evidence shows is a fascinating picture about the way children live today.

Did you know, for instance, that obesity in children has risen by 50% in England since 1997?

Or that 3% of children feel they do not have at least one close friend?

We have been talking to Esther Rantzen, the opposition parties, some experts and lots of children about what the government can do to make children's lives better.

I will talk live to the minister responsible, Beverley Hughes.

Health tourism?

And Europe is about to issue a health directive - no yawning at the back please, this one could change lives.

It is believed that thousands of Brits are currently going abroad each year for routine operations because they are fed up of waiting here.

In his Autumn Political Cartoon Gallery, Gary Barker gives his own personal take on the politics of the week...

Now the Commission will bring out plans to allow people to be reimbursed by the NHS if they seek hospital treatment abroad - it could mean more choice for patients but what will it mean for the NHS? Paola Buonadonna investigates.

Comic interlude

Also this week - in politics is mockery a far more deadly weapon that anger?

The acting Lib Dem leader Vince Cable scored a bullseye with his jibe that Gordon Brown had gone from Stalin to Mr Bean.

We'll ask whether satire and ridicule can bring a government to its knees.

Do join us this Sunday...



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