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Today: Monday 21st February

Anti-government protests in Libya have spread to the capital, Tripoli -- threatening Colonel Gaddafi's 42-year hold on power. Also in the programme. a former Lord Chief Justice on the government and the independence of the judiciary.

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The government predicts that the private sector will be able to employ public sector workers who are due to lose their jobs. Kevin Wall, Managing Director of Barclays Corporate, explains whether this is realistic. Stephen King, HSBC's group chief economist, outlines their launch of a new manufacturing index for China, which aims to give a new insight into what is going on in the country. Max King, strategist at Investec Asset Management, is the markets guest.

Ministers may impose quotas to increase the number of women in top positions in the country. Standard Life's Sheelagh Whittaker and former cabinet minister Baroness Bottomley discuss if this is the right action to take.

According to the EU, ambassadors in Tripoli been told that if European governments "encourage" protests, Libya will suspend the cooperation it has given on illegal migration across the Mediterranean. Panorama reporter Paul Kenyon outlines the impact this could have on Europe.

Three of the country's leading liver specialists are warning that 250,000 lives could be lost in England and Wales over the next 20 years because of drinking. Chairman of the UK Alcohol Health Alliance Sir Ian Gilmore explains what the government should be doing to curb this alarming trend.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

It is almost a year since an explosion ripped through the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, killing 11 people and triggering the largest offshore oil spill in United States history. Today reporter Tom Feilden attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Washington, where the event dominated proceedings.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

As publicity begins for the new census, there are question marks over whether or not it is needed. Big Brother Watch is one organisation which is sceptical, and its campaign director Daniel Hamilton, and census director Glenn Watson, debate the usefulness of the latest survey.

Ireland goes to the polls to choose its next government on Friday. BBC correspondent Andy Martin reports from County Waterford on how the political battle is shaping up.

Paper review.

Thought for the Day with the Rabbi Lionel Blue.

The government is examining at how it might draw up a Bill of Rights amid arguments about the European Court of Human Rights and, more broadly, the question of the independence of the judiciary. The former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf and the justice minister Lord McNally discuss the government's approach to rights legislation.

Colonel Gaddafi's son has warned of civil war in Libya after reports state more than 200 protesters have been killed and 900 injured by troops in the country. Former Foreign Office minister Lord Malloch-Brown and Lord Trefgarne, Chairman of the Libyan British Business Council, discuss the UK's links to the Tripoli regime.

Invitations to the wedding of the future king were sent out over the weekend. Novelist and social commentator Jilly Cooper and the Guardian's Sarfraz Manzoor discuss the potential pitfalls of wedding guest lists.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

David Cameron has outlined his vision to decentralise and modernise public services. The BBC's home editor Mark Easton gives an overview of the plans.

As spring approaches, The RSPB is advising gardeners not to buy bags of peat. Its director of conservation Mark Avery explains why.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Colonel Gaddafi's grip on power in Libya appears to be slipping after protests in the country. Libyan religious scholar Dr. Aref Ali Nayed gives his views on the unrest.

Three thousand reindeer are due to be culled in South Georgia as they threaten the island's bird population and ecosystem. Governor of the Falklands and Commissioner of South Georgia Nigel Haywood, explains how the island has got to this situation.

Is the risk of precious artefacts getting lost in political upheaval an argument against repatriating objects to where they were made or found? Salima Ikram of the American University in Cairo and Tom Holland, who is currently writing a book on late antiquity and the origins of Islam, discuss.



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