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Today: Tuesday 2 December 2008

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Council house tenants should be rewarded for good behaviour by being given a chance to buy their property at a discounted price, a think tank recommends. The Centre for Social Justice was set up by former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith. He says social housing can act as a huge disincentive to going back to work.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

At least 470 people are now known to have died from a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, with some 12,000 having contracted the disease. Southern Africa correspondent Peter Biles talks to doctors and patients on the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe about why the outbreak has become so severe.

Thailand's constitutional court has dissolved the governing People Power Party and two of its coalition partners for fraud during the last election. Correspondent Jonathan Head considers how the government and protesters will react to the judgement.

The pound has fallen sharply against the dollar amid more bad economic data which suggested a prolonged recession and further interest rate cuts. Sterling was down by 5.2 cents to $1.486. Neil MacKinnon, chief economist at ECU Group, discusses the largest one day fall in percentage terms since 1992.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Conservatives have accused ministers of trying to influence a statement by the Speaker on the arrest of their frontbencher Damian Green and the police search of his Commons office. Political editor Nick Robinson reports on the politics of policing.

Today's papers.

It is more than half a century since Jack Kerouac's classic novel On the Road was published. The original manuscript of the novel is to be displayed at Birmingham University's Barber Institute. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones considers the legacy of the book known as the Bible of the beat generation.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Dr David Wilkinson, principal of St John's College Durham.

US President-elect Barack Obama has nominated his former rival, Hillary Clinton, as his secretary of state. North America editor Justin Webb and author Carl Bernstein discuss the former first lady who Mr Obama describes a woman of "tremendous stature" who has his "complete confidence".

Surprise inspections are to be made on child protection services after a "damning" report on the failure to save Baby P. Shadow Children's Secretary Michael Gove says the full report has to be published. Children's Minister Beverley Hughes says she does want to publish full information but parts of the report contain very sensitive information about individuals. She also says full disclosure might compromise the co-ooperation of those giving statements.

For a BBC Radio 4 documentary, The Human Button, unprecedented access has been given to Britain's nuclear weapons infrastructure. This included a full practice run of the launch sequence of Trident nuclear missiles. Historian Professor Peter Hennessy, who presents the documentary, discusses how the system works and if it is failsafe.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Indian officials have repeatedly said in recent days there is evidence the militants behind attacks in Mumbai that killed nearly 200 people had Pakistani links. Correspondent David Loyn discuss the recent deterioration in relations between Pakistan and India.

How have things changed since Scotland voted in favour of creating its own parliament in 1998? The Calman Commission on Scottish devolution is to publish its first report looking at the big questions that define the relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK. Head of the Commission Sir Kenneth Calman considers if Scotland is tiptoeing towards a statement of a written constitution.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The UN's senior official in Gaza met Foreign Secretary David Miliband in London to talk about what could be done about the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Karen Abuzayd, commissioner general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), discusses how Britain could help.

Shakespeare scholars have spent a long time wondering precisely why the playwright left London and went home to Stratford-upon-Avon three years before he died. A new play lays out the theory that he could no longer write because he had lost his sight. Rick Thomas, writer of the play titled For All Time, and scholar Stanley Wells, chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, discuss the theories behind why Shakespeare left the capital.



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