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Today: Monday 2nd July

The chairman of Barclays, Marcus Agius, is preparing to resign; he will say attempts to fix an important lending rate have dealt a "devastating blow" to the bank's reputation. The NHS is not spending enough on new drugs, according to the drugs industry. And also on Today's programme, is it possible to create a better sort of capitalism?

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 the news that the chairman of Barclays bank is expected to officially announce his resignation this morning.


The Chairman of Barclays Marcus Agius is to step down as a result of the scandal over the fixing of the Libor inter-bank lending interest rate. Business presenter Simon Jack gives the latest news and Carrick Mollenkamp, a reporter from Reuters who investigated Libor in 2008 for the Wall St Journal, shares his thoughts on the issue.

Turkey has scrambled six fighter jets on the border with Syria: another sign of the tension between the country. The BBC's James Reynolds reports from the border area.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Back in the 80s, rock festivals had a very different reputation and this week marks the 30th anniversary of the birth of a group who were the heart of the festival movement and were described at the time as medieval brigands, the Peace Convoy. Arts correspondent David Sillito reports on how when it comes to festivals anarchy has turned into whimsy.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


After the economic upheaval of recent years - and the accompanying scandals - is it possible to create a better sort of capitalism? In the first of two reports, Anne McElvoy from The Economist questions what happened to the popular capitalism of the 1980s.

The paper review.

Rufus, the Wimbledon hawk, is back at his post ready to scare away all the pigeons. This comes after having been stolen with his travelling box and then handed into an animal hospital in Putney about three miles away. Stephen Trippit, of Bramley Hedge Environmental Services which provides birds for that purpose, explains why they are needed.

Thought for the day with John Bell of the Iona Community.


The NHS is not spending enough on new drugs, according to the drugs industry. Stephen Whitehead, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, and Roy Lilley, an independent health policy analyst, debate the issue.


Marcus Agius is expected to resign as the chairman of Barclays. Business editor Robert Peston, and Terry Smith, chief executive of city firms Tullett Prebon and Fundsmith, give their views and analysis on the future of the bank.

An intense study of the lives of people in Britain called Mass Observation was started 75 years ago. One of questions posed was "what is on your mantelpiece?" BBC correspondent Allan Little has been looking through the archives.

The answer to whether the UK is to have a referendum on their membership of the European Union has not necessarily become clearer after the intervention of the prime minister. Political editor Nick Robinson gives his analysis.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.


Polly Toynbee, the Guardian columnist, and Allister Heath, editor of the City Newspaper City AM, debate how to mould the capitalist system so that it works better.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The campaign of violence in northern Nigeria by Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram shows no sign of ending. The BBC's Will Ross reports from the city of Jos, which lies on the fault line between the Muslim north and Christian south.

The pharmaceutical industry argues that the consequence of a fall in the NHS drugs bill is going to be that fewer people have access to new, life-saving medicines. Earl Howe, minister for quality at the department of health, explains the strategy for the health service.


It was a shock to all when Andy Murray let his tennis balls fall out of his shorts pockets twice on Saturday night and was penalised as a result. Adidas, which makes the shorts, say it was an individual technical error in a handmade pocket. Annabel Croft, a former British women's number one, explains why keeping your balls in your shorts is a golden rule in tennis.

Andrea Leadsom, conservative MP for South Northamptonshire, and Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, debate an EU referendum and Britain's relationship with Europe.

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