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The Politics Show is back

Jon Sopel
Jon Sopel
Presenter
The Politics Show

Hello again ...

In 1996, Roy Jenkins was watching Tony Blair.

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The young Labour leader, he said, brought to mind the image of a man carrying a priceless Ming vase across a highly polished floor.

It was just a year before the General Election, and the antique vase represented Labour's gigantic lead in the opinion polls.

The fear of dropping it was etched in the face of the man who bore it.

Fast forward to today. Now it's a young Conservative leader sitting atop a massive lead in the polls with an election due in the next 12 months.

But there the similarities stop.

In 1996, the country was already emerging from recession. The good times were just around the corner.

As the economy picked up there would be money to spend. Victory would be a huge prize.

It was a great time to be entering Downing Street.

Fast forward to today.

Whoever wins the next election will inherit a mountain of Government debt. It is highly likely that taxes will rise and public spending cut.

On Sunday, I will be talking to David Cameron. It is his turn to take that slippery walk clutching a priceless antique.

But is the next election really one a sane man would want to win?

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I will be talking to the Health Secretary, Alan Johnson. Can the NHS really escape the financial pain ahead...

...and to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, as he celebrates the first anniversary of his election to office.

One more thing, Max Cotton's been to Brussels to have a look at how much MEPs can claim on their expenses.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson
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In theory, it's enough to make them millionaires.

That's all on the Politics Show this Sunday.

And for one week only we're on at 3pm because of the coverage of the London Marathon and the Grand Prix in Bahrain.

See you then

Jon


That's the Politics Show on BBC One on Sunday at 15:00.


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