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Saturday 24th April

Gordon Brown is to counter accusations that his election campaign has been lacklustre in meeting more ordinary voters. The White House urges European Governments to deal with the Greek financial crisis as soon as possible. And we'll be debating the widening gap between public and private sector pensions.

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The International Monetary Fund and the European Commission have promised to act swiftly after Greece said it needed to activate a 30bn euro rescue package agreed in principle last week. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt explains how the country's rising level of debt has placed a huge strain on the country's economy.

0712
The BBC understands that Gordon Brown is to adopt a higher profile in Labour's election campaign. Political correspondent Colette McBeth discusses how with less than two weeks to go until polling day some activists have complained that there has been a lack of urgency in campaigning.

0715
The paper review.

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Roman Catholic voters in Scotland are being urged not to vote for candidates who support abortion, gay marriages and assisted suicide. Bishop of Birmingham David Urquhart discusses why Catholics should use their votes to protect their basic principles.

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The three main Westminster parties all support the idea of trying to make our schools better by getting the successful ones to work more closely with those which are struggling. Correspondent Sanchia Berg reports on how a handful of the most successful independent schools have already started to sponsor state-funded academies and one will soon be opening in Birmingham.

0727
Sports news with Chris Dennis.

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Over the next five years, the UK population is expected to grow, the economy is expected to grow and our use of cars, vans and lorries is officially projected to jump by about 13% over the next five years. Director of the RAC Foundation Stephen Glaister explains how roadworks were one of the main causes of congestion, with an estimated 370,000 of them in London in 2009.

0737
The paper review.

0740
There have been a lot of analogies used about the prime ministerial debates so far and some have come from the sporting world. Former England cricketer, now leader writer for The Times, Ed Smith explains whether his sport offered any useful insights into Nick Clegg's performance.

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We all know that whoever governs this country next is going to have to spend less and that means pain for somebody. Reporter Kevin Connolly visits the Outer Hebrides where he found voters worrying about what the election means for them.

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Thought for the day with Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican priest.

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This is probably the most exciting election we've had since the war, at least in the sense that we really don't think we know who's going to form the next government. But what if you're a foreigner? Agnes Poirier is French and writes for the Nouvelle Observateur, and Newsweek's Stryker McGuire discuss whether people beyond these shores actually care about this election.

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The fact that the Liberal Democrat surge has cheered some within Labour ranks shows just how low expectations were at the start of this election campaign. Labour MP John Prescott outlines how well the Labour campaign is going.

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The Australian poet Peter Porter, a regular voice on Radios 3 and 4 and winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry and the Forward Prize, has died. Poet and long time friend of Peter, Anthony Thwaite discusses how the first time one of his poems "Your Attention Please" was broadcast in the 1960s it caused the BBC to issue an apology as it was a mock-up of a warning for a nuclear attack.

0825
Sports news with Chris Dennis.

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Relative to most private sector pensions, public sector ones typically look very generous, but it is private sector workers who are paying for them in taxes. General Secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union Mark Serwotka and former business minister Lord Digby Jones discuss the widening gap between public and private sector pensions.

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Over the past six months we have been getting a unique insight into what it has been like for British soldiers fighting in Afghanistan from one of their commanders, Major Richard Streatfeild. As he and his soldiers head home, he files his final despatch.

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Greece has asked Europe and the IMF to start paying billions of Euros in emergency loans to help rescue its debt-ridden economy. Head of fixed income research at the HSBC Steven Major discusses why the Greek government had to go the eurozone for help.

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In his series of pieces looking at how Britain has changed over the past 13 years, John Humphrys has been looking at some of the big trends that have shaped our lives. Three politicians who have been around for a long time, David Blunkett, David Willetts and Simon Hughes discuss the state of Britain.


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