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Today: Tuesday 21th June

Government plans to halve the sentences of offenders who admit their crimes early are to be scrapped. The head of combat operations in the RAF has warned that airmen are over-stretched by the campaigns in Afghanistan and Libya. Also on today's programme, Sir Salman Rushdie on the dark side of childhood.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Austerity measures and privatisations will be top of the agenda for Greece today. Dr Michael Arghyrou, senior lecturer in economics at Cardiff Business School, analyses the Greek government's position. Chris Cooke, of the music industry bulletin CMU Daily, explains what would be at stake if the music group EMI is put up for sale. And Jane Sydenham, of Rathbone Investment Management, looks at the markets. Download the podcast

This week, MPs in the House of Commons will go head-to-head in a debate on whether wild animals, such as tigers, lions and elephants, should be banned from the circus. Chris Barltrop of the Classical Circus Association, outlines why the coalition faces a rebellion over its decision to block the ban.

Over the last week, there have been an increasing number of calls from some commentators for Greece to withdraw from the euro, rather than be granted more bail-out funds. Daniel Hannan, a Conservative MEP, examines whether this would be a suitable solution to its growing debt crisis.

Academics are warning that current government policies on immigration will not achieve David Cameron's goal of reducing net migration to tens of thousands by the end of the parliament. Dr Scott Blinder, senior researcher at Oxford's University Migration Observatory, sets out the reasons.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Rebel fighters in Libya are continuing to suffer heavy losses as they try to gain ground in their battle against Colonel Gaddafi's forces. Andrew Harding reports on rebels trying to liberate the town of Zliten, where a gun battle has "barely shifted for weeks".

Those who missed out on tickets for the 2012 Olympics can be comforted by the news that the Cultural Olympiad, which has already started, will reach its peak during the games next year. Arts editor Will Gompertz describes how it could rival Olympic events, but explains why it has made "so little impact". And Tony Hall, who is chairing events, describes how great it will be.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Sun newspaper is taking credit for the government's decision to scrap plans to allow some criminals in England and Wales to halve their sentences if they plead guilty early. Deputy political editor James Landale reports on what the paper is calling its "crusade against soft justice".

Paper review.

Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has revealed that she used to listen to Dave Lee Travis during her time under house arrest, and that his World Service request show made her "world much more complete". Dave Lee Travis gives his reaction to the news.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.

Legislation to boost the powers of the Scottish parliament is expected to be passed in the House of Commons later. First Minister Alex Salmond describes the potential impact of the new bill.

The Greek prime minister will find out later today whether he retains a majority in parliament, as the country struggles with huge debts. Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports from Athens on the new government, which now faces a vote of confidence. Business editor Robert Peston and VTB Capital's Neil Mackinnon analyse the prospect, and effect, of a Greek default.

The government is today expected to announce reforms of sentencing in England and Wales, as well as plans to cut the legal aid budget by £350m. Legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman reports on the controversial bill. Des Hudson, chief executive of the Law Society, and Ben Gummer, a Conservative member of the Justice Committee, debate if cutting legal aid will really help the tax payer.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Riots broke out in east Belfast last night, with reports of paint, bottles, and petrol bombs being thrown at houses belonging to Catholics. Police vans were also attacked and more than 100 people were thought to be involved. Reverend Mervyn Gibson, a Presbyterian minister who witnessed some of the trouble, describes what he saw.

How difficult is it to write a children's book? The author Sir Salman Rushdie explains why he believes young readers are "very, very tough to please", and why his most recent book, Luka and the Fire of Life, which is a gift for his younger son, tackles some dark and difficult subjects.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

While all eyes will be glued to the grass courts of Wimbledon in the coming weeks, it seems that lawns are no longer in fashion, according to Gardener's World presenter Carol Klein. Gardening writer Sally Nex and Colin Crosbie, curator of the Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Wisley, debate how anyone could dislike a lawn.

The Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has been undone over his unpopular plans to change sentencing in England and Wales. Peter Neyroud, former chief constable and member of the Sentencing Guidelines Council, looks at how difficult policy gets when public opinion, and tabloid papers, throw a spanner in the works.



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