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Today: Monday 29 June 2009

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The government is launching a new legislative programme that it says will offer more choice for users of public services. And how important is the Loyalist paramilitary decommissioning that was confirmed at the weekend?


A report by MPs on the policing of the G20 demonstrations in London, says there was too much reliance on untrained and inexperienced officers. One man, Ian Tomlinson, died during the protests and further complaints about police violence are being investigated. Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, discusses the report.


The government is launching a new legislative programme that it claims will offer more choice for users of public services. Former NHS trust chairman Roy Lilley and YouGov president Peter Kellner debate whether attempts to shift the focus away from Whitehall-imposed targets will be a success.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Michael Jackson's father has said that he has a lot of concerns about the circumstances surrounding the singer's sudden death. Rajesh Mirchandani reports on the controversy surrounding the pop star's death.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Iran's Guardian Council is to give its final verdict on the disputed presidential election. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen gives his analysis of where internal Iranian politics and the UK's relationship with the country currently stand.


Is the policy of removing US and UK troops from Iraqi cities helping to bring stability to the country? Jack Izzard reports on what has happened in Basra since the British forces left. And New York Times journalist Rod Nordland discusses what he has found investigating the US pullout in the city of Fallujah.

Today's papers.


Changes are to be made to the historic Westminster Abbey, including a crown-shaped structure to the roof above the spot where every coronation since 1066 has taken place. Presenter James Naughtie visited the abbey to find out what the changes would mean for the historic building.

Thought for the day with Rabbi Lionel Blue.


The government is to outline its policy priorities for the next year and beyond. Business secretary Lord Mandelson outlines the proposed changes to public services being launched under the title Building Britain's Future, which may lead to a delay in the sale of part of Royal Mail.


How important is the Loyalist paramilitary decommissioning that was confirmed at the weekend? Jeanette Ervine, widow of unionist leader David Ervine, Rev Chris Hudson, who has acted as a conduit between the UVF and the Dublin government and Independent journalist David McKittrick react to the announcement that the UVF has abandoned weapons and the UDA - by far the biggest loyalist paramilitary group - has begun to decommission its arms.


The revelation of love letters written by US politician Mark Sanford to the lady with whom he was having an affair have drawn attention to a somewhat overlooked medium. Rowan Pelling, former editor of the Erotic Review and writer Philip Hensher discuss whether there is still a place in the modern world for love letters.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The government is to outline its legislative plans for the coming years. Political editor Nick Robinson analyses whether the issue of spending will overshadow what the government wanted to say on public service reform.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Britain has a legal obligation to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, but can we manage it? Ben Page, Chief executive of Ipsos Mori, and Jonathan Porritt, chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, discuss concerns raised by the Royal Society that not enough is being done to combat climate change.


Gordon Brown is to set out his plans for improving public services which include proposals to give local residents a higher priority on council house waiting lists. Keith Best, chief executive of the Immigration Advisory Council, says the move may be a reaction to the success of the far right in recent elections.


A sub-genre of science fiction known as space opera is making a renaissance. Alastair Reynolds, who has signed a million pound book deal for a ten part space opera series, and Adam Roberts, professor of English Literature at Royal Holloway College, discuss how space opera is different from other sci-fi genres.


The foreign secretary has said that Iran is behaving unacceptably in accusing locally-employed staff at the embassy in Tehran of being involved in fomenting unrest. Dr Laleh Khalili of the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University, discusses Britain's difficult relationship with Iran following the election.



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