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Today: Friday 7th October

A former allied commander in Afghanistan has said that ten years after the start of the US-led invasion, coalition forces are barely halfway to achieving their objectives. We speak to the Chancellor George Osborne about the Bank of England's decision to pump more money into the economy. Also on today's programme, the novelist Jonathan Coe tells us why he was tempted by the "sin" of combining music and the spoken word.

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Business news with Lesley Curwen, on the European Central Bank's decision to hold interest rates at 1.5%, and with Friday's boss Nick Leslau, manager of Max Property Group Plc.

Moths have been arriving on UK shores in ever greater numbers. Tony Davis, moth conservation officer for Butterfly Conservation, explains the attraction.

Rules that limit childcare support to people who work less than 16 hours a week are to be changed and could help 80,000 low income families. Anne Longfield, chief executive for the children and families charity 4Children, outlines the potential benefits of universal credit.

Healthcare officials are warning that the NHS is facing a serious funding crisis, and that ministers are not being candid with the public about it. Nick Seddon, deputy director of the think tank Reform, analyses whether the government will be able to stand by its commitment to a real terms increase in spending on the NHS in every year of this parliament.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

Groups of ultra-orthodox Jewish protesters have been picketing a new girls school on the outskirts of Jerusalem, shouting abuse at children and their mothers, and throwing stones and faeces. The BBC's Kevin Connolly reports from Beit Shemesh on what some are seeing as a struggle for the soul of Israel.

A change to the way coroners are allowed to conclude their investigations may expose an underestimate in the number of suicides that are recorded in Britain, according to a report in the British Medical Journal. David Gunnell, head of research and professor of epidemiology at Bristol University, describes the impact it could have on our understanding of suicide.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The BBC is planning to cut 2,000 jobs and radically change programming in order to slash 20% from its budget over the next five years. John Myers, chief executive of the Radio Academy and author of a report on Radio One and Two, and Sunny Hundal, Guardian journalist and former editor of Asians in the Media, debate what exactly will change and to whom the organisation is trying to appeal.

Paper review.

The satirical magazine Private Eye celebrates its 50th anniversary later this month. Journalist Michael Crick recounts its turbulent history. Lord Gnome Aged 49 and Three Quarters is on BBC Radio 4 at 10.30 am on Saturday 8 October.

Thought for the day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.

It is ten years since the start of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. World Affairs editor John Simpson, who was among the first to enter Kabul after the fall of the Taliban in 2001, reflects on a decade of war. And Michael Semple, former EU diplomat in Kabul, considers if the war has been worth it.

The governor of the Bank of England has agreed that a further £75bn is to be pumped into the economy through quantitative easing (QE), following Chancellor George Osborne's announcement that credit easing could also be implemented by the Treasury to lend money directly to small businesses. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders reviews the proposals. And Mr Osborne outlines QE's place in the government's economic strategy.

The novelist Jonathan Coe has written a play set to music in a bid to find a way of combining words and melody. Mr Coe, actor Henry Goodman and Marcus Holdaway from the band The High Llamas, discuss the process behind the project. Listen to an extended version of the performance. You can see a live performance at the Notes and Letters festival at King's Place in London, at 7:30pm on Friday 7 October.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Forces of the National Transitional Council in Libya have stepped up their assault on Sirte, one of Colonel Gaddafi's last strongholds. The BBC's Jonathan Head describes the deafening barrage and a pall of smoke over the town.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

Defence Secretary Liam Fox has ordered an investigation into what he calls "baseless allegations" that he breached ministerial rules over a friend who has said he acts as an adviser. Dr Fox has responded on the BBC's Breakfast TV, as political correspondent Ben Geoghegan reports.

Health service managers say the government is not being straight with the public about the financial constraints the NHS has to face. Health correspondent Adam Brimelow reports on concerns about "honesty over the tough choices" being made in the NHS. And health minister Simon Burns responds to claims that the NHS is facing real cuts.

Could we rescue ourselves from financial disaster by acting calmly? Behavioural economist Pete Lunn and Peter Kellner, president of YouGov, discuss why consumer behaviour is often "entirely rational" and how confidence can have a huge impact on the economy.



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