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Today: Friday 24 July 2009

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MPs have suggested a system of voluntary road pricing as an alternative to car and fuel tax. A pregnant woman from Scotland who is critically ill with swine flu has been flown to Sweden for specialist treatment. And Italian news magazine L'Espresso has published a recording allegedly made just after Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi finished having sex with a prostitute.


The transport select committee has accused the government of damaging the image of environmental taxes due to its poor handling of increases in road taxes. Louise Ellman, the chair of the committee, discusses what the government did wrong.


The government's official website to deal with swine flu enquiries crashed due to the weight of logins, leading to criticism from the Conservatives over the government's response to swine flu. Mark Simmonds, the Conservative health spokesman outlines what they think the government should have done.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Italian news magazine L'Espresso has published a recording allegedly made just after Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi finished having sex with a prostitute. Correspondent Duncan Kennedy examines the damage done to the prime minister.

Sports news with Arlo White.


Surveys suggest that Denmark has the most contented population in Europe. Presenter James Naughtie travels there to explore social well-being and to examine the benefits of an economic policy that prioritises happiness.

Today's papers.


Looking for a different holiday experience this year? According to the 'School of Life' a holiday at home promotes mental well-being and is less of a financial strain than going abroad. Sophie Howarth, director of the School of Life gives advice to those embarking on a 'stay-cation'.

Thought for the day with Rhidian Brook.


The government handled increases in road tax so badly it has damaged the image of environmental taxes, according to the transport select committee. Angus Stickler reports from Cambridge where the county council has received a report of a review into the congestion problems there. And Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, discusses where the government has gone wrong and looks at alternative ways of dealing with road-pricing.


The government has said that there have been approximately 100,000 new swine flu cases in England with under-14s the worst hit. Dr Alan Hay, director of the World Influenza Centre, explains what to expect in the coming weeks.


The British crime survey has revealed that cocaine use has increased in the last year, with over one million people in England and Wales admitting to taking the drug. Home affairs editor Mark Easton and Mike Trace, chairman of the international drug policy consortium, examine whether the criminal justice system can resolve a problem on such a large scale.


Film footage giving an insight into the life of composer Gustav Holst has been discovered in Cheltenham, the town where he was born. The colour footage has never been seen before and includes interviews with Holst's daughter Imogen and composers Herbert Howells and Edmund Rubbra. The interviews were recorded for an unfinished film project in the late 1970s. Marjorie Imlah, chair of the Holst birthplace trust, explains what the interviews reveal.

Sports news with Arlo White.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asserted the rights of Israelis to settle wherever they want in Jerusalem despite calls from the US to halt development of settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. Ron Prosor, Israel's ambassador to the UK, explains Mr Netanyahu's comments.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Workers at the Vestas Wind Systems factory on the Isle of Wight are continuing a sit-in protest over the closing of the factory, which they say will result in 600 job losses. Briony Leyland reports from the Isle of Wight.


The Kurds of northern Iraq are going to the polls to vote for a new parliament and for a president for their autonomous region. Correspondent Jim Muir examines the implications of the outcome for Iraq's future.


Colonel Stuart Tootal, former commander of the 3rd battalion, the parachute regiment that was part of the first 1200 strong battle group to serve in Helmand province has written a book about what it is like to fight there. He describes the experiences and the sacrifices of the soldiers at war in Afghanistan.


Italian news magazine L'Espresso has published a recording allegedly made just after Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi finished having sex with a prostitute. Mr Berlusconi has defended himself by saying that Italians knew he was "no saint". Bill Emmott, former editor of the Economist and Senator Lucio Malan discuss whether or not the scandal surrounding Mr Berlusconi's private life will impact on his political career.


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