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Today: Monday 22 December 2008

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The Conservative party wants an apology from Met Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick who accused them of undermining his inquiry into Home Office leaks, which led to the arrest of MP Damian Green. Doctors are to get more training on how to spot the first signs of dementia. And Martin Amis talks about money, religion and old age.

The deputy governor of the Bank of England Sir John Gieve has conceded that taxpayers may suffer a loss from the nationalisations of Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley. He made the statement during a Panorama interview with our business editor Robert Peston, who explains the implications.

Jendayi Frazer, the US's senior envoy to Africa, has said the power sharing deal between President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu PF party and the opposition MDC in Zimbabwe is no longer credible, while Mr Mugabe has claimed he "will never, never, never, never surrender". South African journalist Heidi Holland, who conducted a rare face-to-face interview with Mr Mugabe last year, discusses the significance of these recent statements.

Solicitors and barristers have a few weeks to respond to controversial government proposals to restrict legal aid in criminal cases. Ian Kelcey, the chairman of the National Law Society Criminal Law Committee, examines the potential for miscarriages of justice, including the possibility that people would be financially restricted in their choice of solicitor.

Business news with Adam Shaw

Environmental Protection UK says the recently enacted Planning Act contains a clause which effectively means people will lose the right to complain about noise, pollution or disruption caused by the construction of major infrastructure projects being built in their area. Environment correspondent Sarah Mukherjee travels to Ringmer, Sussex, the site of a proposed reservoir, to gauge public opinion.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Japanese car maker, Toyota, already expecting its biggest profit drop in at least 18 years, may join Honda in cutting its earnings forecast as a global recession and tighter credit dampen demand for new vehicles. The BBC's Duncan Bartlett reports from Tokyo.

The government is to train all GPs to detect early signs of dementia in a plan to revolutionise treatment for Alzheimer's sufferers. Dr Frank Gunn-Moore of St Andrew's University explains how patients will benefit.

Today's papers.

The BBC's Middle East correspondent Aleem Maqbool is repeating on foot the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem made by Mary and Joseph. He has reached Al Bireh, north of Ramallah, and pauses to give us an update on his trip, including why he is now on his fourth donkey.

Thought for the day with the John Bell of the Iona Community.

Africa minister Lord Malloch Brown discusses the British government's position on Robert Mugabe in light of the US's revelation that they no longer support the power sharing deal.

A row has erupted between the senior police officer investigating Home Office leaks and the Conservatives. Anti-terror chief Bob Quick said the Tories were trying to undermine his inquiry following a newspaper story that he said endangered his family. Former President of the Association of Chief Police Officers Sir Chris Fox and former Home Secretary and conservative MP David Davis discuss the furore.

The BBC's Nick Ravenscroft travels to the Peak District to discover the set of local Christmas carols that stretch back for generations and owe their existence to the village pub.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Martin Amis's novel Money depicts a world of excessive consumption, with the protagonist John Self eating, drinking and above all spending too much. In an end of year interview, the author considers the impact of the financial crisis on the state of capitalism.

Today's papers.

Business news with Adam Shaw

26-66, the final novel of the late Roberto Bolano, has been translated into English five years after his death. Booker prize nominee Philip Hensher and Natasha Wimmer who translated the book pay tribute to a man who has been described as one of the greatest writers of our age.

Memory clinics are to be set up to provide support for patients and their families struggling with dementia patients. Dr Thomas Stutterford, a clinician, author of The Times who specialises in research for Alzheimer's diagnoses and treatment, explains what the clinics can do.

As warnings continue that the New Year will bring a new round of job losses, commentators are wondering how bad the economic downturn is going to get and how it will affect the way we live and work. Economists Lord Skidelsky and Julian Le Grand discuss the downturn.


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