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Mind that door...

Jon Sopel
Jon Sopel
Presenter
The Politics Show

Number 10 Downing Street
Just in case...

Hello again...

As the football manager Tommy Docherty once so memorably put it, "As one door closes, another slams in your face".

Well, watching the economic news this week, there's been no shortage of doors crashing towards our battered politicians.

Unemployment, house prices, inflation, share prices... the only door not slamming into the government's face - at least for now, the Conservatives might argue - is the door to Number 10.

But helpful as ever, the Politics Show has found a couple more doors of our own.

Immigration

Firstly, immigration. As unemployment rises, and pressure for work intensifies, Gordon's Brown pledge of "British jobs for British workers" is likely to take on a fresh resonance.

Phil Woolas
Phil Woolas - British jobs for British workers..?

We've learned that a tightening of immigration policy could be in store - and we'll put that to the new Immigration Minister in his first major interview since the reshuffle.

The second soon-to-slam door is repossession.

Losing your home is bad enough - but losing it to a bank part-run by the state and therefore part-paid for by you would be a cruel irony - and electorally lethal.

Again, we understand that policy is therefore going to change - and not just in the Cabinet but among Conservative policy-makers too. We'll unveil how.

Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage - storms clouds over Europe?

And we'll still have time to talk to the UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, about Europe's performance amidst all this economic doom and gloom.

But always look on the bright side of life - every cloud and all that...

Because, unlike the British economy, the Politics Show remains in good health despite news of our imminent death.

One blogger had us heading permanently for the pits in the face of Grand Prix racing's move to BBC One from next year: "BBC to ditch the Politics Show next summer?" asked Iain Dale.

Well, you heard it here first: no.

Lewis Hamilton takes another chequered flag
Everyone's a winner with the Politics Show

We happily motor straight on along the BBC One highway, weaving our way through the belching clouds of hot air and ever-ready for those party political engines to rev, stall and over-heat along the way.

So, to return to Tommy again, this particular door remains far from slammed shut - still wide open for political business.

And you're welcome to take a peek inside, as ever, this Sunday from noon.

See you then.



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