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Are Google's privacy changes fair? One in six councils in England are defying central government and raising council tax this year, according to a new survey. Are groups of activists becoming more effective than trade unions in forcing changes to government policy? Also on the programme, the enduring appeal of afternoon tea.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Business news with Simon Jack, on a meeting by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) to decide whether a "credit event" has occurred in Greece which would lead to billions of euros worth of payouts on credit default swaps.

A new group is being launched to highlight syphilis as a major cause of mortality in under 5's in developing nations and to promote a cheap testing and treatment system to try to prevent almost a million deaths every year. Professor Rosanna Peeling, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, outlines the research.

According to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), 15% of councils in England and Wales are defying the government's call for a freeze in council tax. CIPFA's Ian Carruthers explains their findings.

David Rathband, the police officer who was shot and blinded by the former bouncer Raoul Moat, was found dead at his home last night. The BBC's Richard Thomas has the details.

The business news with Simon Jack.

A British company, Intelligent Energy, has built the first hydrogen fuel cell powered scooter. The company's chief executive Henri Winand explains how it works.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.


Opinion polls for Russia's presidential election on Sunday currently predict a win for Vladimir Putin. Bridget Kendall reports from central Siberia on how far any serious challenge to his power extends outside Moscow.

Paper review.

Davy Jones, lead singer of the 1960s group The Monkees, has died at the age of 66. We look back at his varied career.


Composer Philip Sheppard has arranged 205 national anthems for the 2012 Olympic Games. In the run up to this years London Olympics he describes the mammoth task of taking on the anthems recorded by the London Philharmonic Orchestra to be played at medal ceremonies.

Thought for the day with The Rev'd Dr Michael Banner, Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.


According to a new survey, one in six local authorities have rejected money from the government and are putting up council tax. Conservative leader of Surrey County Council David Hodge explains why they have decided to do just that and Housing Minister Grant Shapps gives his response.


David Rathband, the police officer who was shot and blinded by fugitive gunman Raoul Moat, has been found dead at his home in Northumberland. First patron of his charity, entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne, and Peter White, presenter of BBC Radio 4's In Touch, discuss his death.


Google is changing its privacy policy, meaning that everything you do through Google will be monitored, aggregated and used to sell advertising. Peter Barron, head of communications at Google in the UK, discusses the changes.


US photographer Eve Arnold was probably best known for her pictures of Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe, though she was equally acclaimed for her pioneering photojournalism documenting the lives of people around the world. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones reports on a new exhibition of her work opening at the Art Sensus gallery in London.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Britain has summoned Argentina's envoy to explain a minister's proposed boycott of British goods and a decision to stop two cruise ships from docking in the country, as tensions rise over the disputed Falkland Islands. Former senior American diplomat and co-chair of the American Task Force Argentina, Nancy Soderberg, explains why she is arguing that Britain and other nations should stand up to Argentina financially.

The world's largest advertising group, WPP, has announced an increase in profits of 20% to £1bn, and has confirmed that the company's headquarters may move to London. CEO of WPP Sir Martin Sorrell explains the results.



Support for independence in Wales is at 7%, rising to 12% if Scotland were to become independent, according to a BBC/ICM poll. Hywel Williams, Welsh historian and commentator, and Eurfyl ap Gwilym, economics advisor to Plaid Cymru, discuss why support for independence is low in Wales.


Yesterday the government made a significant u-turn on its controversial work experience scheme to remove any element of compulsion, after coming under pressure from protest groups. In contrast, the Unite trade union was slapped down for suggesting the Olympics could be targeted by industrial action. Nicholas Jones, former BBC industrial correspondent, and Labour MP John McDonnell , parliamentary convenor of the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group, discuss whether new protest movements like Occupy and UK Uncut are replacing the traditional tools of the trade unions.

One of the greatest British architects of the 19th century and the man behind Big Ben, Augustus Pugin, would have been 200 today. Catriona Blaker, founding member of the Pugin society, and Rosemary Hill, author of God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain, discuss his legacy.



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