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Today: Thursday 18 June 2009

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Parliament has published details of all MPs' expenses though critics say some of the worst abuses will remain hidden. And the Governor of the Bank of England has complained about the extent of its powers for ensuring financial stability.


The Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King has questioned whether the institution is powerful enough to fulfil its new role of promoting financial stability. Business editor Robert Peston and Vince Cable, Lib Dem Treasury spokesman, consider how the Bank will be able to discharge its new statutory responsibility.

Mr Cable also considers the effects of the publication of MPs' expenses.


The government is to speculate what could happen to our climate over the next 70 years, if we are not successful in combating the effects of climate change. Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees, Our Future on a Hotter Planet tells us his thoughts.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Britain is far from being the only country to suffer from the economic downturn, but some other political leaders seem to be doing rather well out of it. Angela Merkel is the most popular politician in Germany, according to opinion polls, and the Chancellor even has a Barbie doll in her honour. Steven Rosenberg examines her appeal.

Sports news with Jon Myers.


European Union leaders are to produce a set of guarantees designed to reassure Irish voters who said no to the Lisbon Treaty, in a bid to change their vote. Dick Roche, Ireland's Europe minister, and Deaglan de Breadun, political correspondent for the Irish Times, consider if voters are likely to change their mind.

Today's papers.


Woolly mammoths became extinct 6,000 years later than previously thought, research has shown. Professor Adrian Lister, of the Natural History Museum, explains why this discovery could be important for an understanding of what anthropologists call "extinction lag".

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


Students have often played an active role in Iran's election demonstrations. Jack Izzard reports on what will happen this time and asks whether history will repeat itself. Mohammed Shakeel, Iran analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, considers if there are huge similarities between this protest and ones that came before - in 1999 and 2003.


Expenses claims of every MP over the last four years have been published online. Correspondent Norman Smith and Environment Secretary Hilary Benn discuss if this will be the end of the row.


Detailed forecasts of how climate change may affect the UK during this century are to be released by the government. Correspondent Sarah Mukherjee explains how scientists have been able to assign probabilities to various forecasts. Environment Secretary Hilary Benn discusses what can be done to stop climate change.


Should the new inquiry into the Iraq war be held in public? Political editor Nick Robinson and Major General Tim Cross, who was second in command in the civilian authority that ran Iraq after the invasion, consider the growing pressure from the military for evidence to be given in public.

Sports news with Jon Myers.


The Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King has asked that the Bank be given more power in order to secure financial stability. John McFall, chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, and David Green, a former Bank of England official, discuss the implications of the governor's speech.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


The Man Who Never Was, one of the classic World War II films, is being retold in a play called Mincemeat by a theatre company of homeless people. Journalist Roger Morgan and director Adrian Jackson discuss the story of a British attempt to mislead the Germans about the invasion of Sicily by dropping a corpse dressed in military uniform into the Mediterranean with fake plans tied to his wrist.


This week sees the start of the traditional course fishing season. It is a pastime growing in cult status, with a little help from an angling web site called 'Caught By The River' which has spawned a book. Musicians, artists and writers like Jarvis Cocker and Irvine Welsh have contributed pieces about being captivated by fishing and their favourite rivers. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge went to catch her supper.


The British Library has digitised a large part of its 19th century newspaper collection allowing the public to go online and read the news as it would have appeared at the breakfast tables of Victorian Britain. Ed King, head of the collection, and Catherine Hall, professor of Modern British Social History at University College London, discuss why this has been done.



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