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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

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Nick Robinson interviews Prime Minister Liz Truss

10/4/2022
Liz Truss is being warned by some Conservative MPs that she could face another rebellion if she decides to make real-terms cuts to benefits to help pay for her tax cutting package and plans for growth. On Monday the Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, announced a dramatic U-turn on the government's proposal to scrap the top rate of tax after a series of senior Tories criticised the measure. Speaking to Today’s Nick Robinson, from the Conservative Party in Birmingham, the Prime Minister insisted she...

Duration:00:18:23

Chancellor's tax cut U-turn

10/3/2022
On the second morning of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, the Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has said he's ditching the government's plan to scrap the 45p top rate of income tax. The Prime Minister had said the previous morning that she was "absolutely committed" to the policy. Today's Nick Robinson spoke to the new Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng, with analysis from the BBC's political editor Chris Mason. (Image: Kwasi Kwarteng, Image credit: TOLGA AKMEN/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Duration:00:22:01

Molly Russell’s father accuses social media companies of “monetising misery”

10/1/2022
The inquest into Molly Russell’s death delivered its judgement yesterday. The coroner Andrew Walker said the images of self-harm and suicide she viewed online "shouldn't have been available for a child to see". Today’s Justin Webb spoke to BBC Correspondent Angus Crawford and Lord Richard Allan, who was a Liberal Democrat MP and VP of Policy for Facebook in Europe, about how these companies should act moving forward. (IMAGE CREDIT: Family handout/PA Wire)

Duration:00:13:16

PM and Chancellor to meet OBR

9/30/2022
Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng are set to meet with the head of the Office for Budget Responsibility, known as the OBR and the country's independent forecaster, to discuss the situation. One of the reasons the markets reacted so badly to the chancellor's tax cutting plans released a week ago is that there was no accompanying economic forecast from the Office for Budget responsibility. Last night, the OBR confirmed that it was ready to produce an updated assessment of...

Duration:00:22:01

Truss sticks to her economic plan

9/29/2022
Prime Minister Liz Truss says she has the right plan for the economy a day after the Bank of England made a major intervention in the financial markets in the aftermath of last week’s mini-Budget. Today’s Nick Robinson speaks to Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank, while Mishal Husain asks the Chancellor’s deputy whether things are really going to plan. (IMAGE CREDIT: REUTERS/David 'Dee' Delgado)

Duration:00:10:18

Market turbulence was 'self-inflicted', says Starmer

9/28/2022
The International Monetary fund (IMF) has openly criticised the UK's plans for tax cuts, warning the measures were likely to fuel the cost-of-living crisis. In a speech on Tuesday at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, Sir Keir Starmer promised a "fresh start" for the UK pledging to invest in the NHS, green energy and "spread opportunity to all." Today's Martha Kearney discusses new government plans with the Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer on the last day of the party's annual...

Duration:00:16:45

Has enough been done to calm the markets?

9/27/2022
Some mortgage deals have been withdrawn by banks and building societies after a fall in the pound fuelled forecasts of a sharp rise in interest rates. The pound plunged against the dollar on Monday. It has since stabilised but there are fears about the increased costs of borrowing the UK now faces. Today's Nick Robinson spoke to Professor Sir Charlie Bean the former deputy governor for monetary policy at the bank of England and the president of queens' college, Cambridge, Mohamed Elerain....

Duration:00:12:03

'It gets you off the streets' - the community schemes helping kids in Liverpool

9/27/2022
Nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot and killed in her home in August, shocking Liverpool and the whole country. Olivia's killer still hasn't been found but there have been strenuous efforts to support the community to give information. Today's Martha Kearney reports from Liverpool where she has been find out about schemes in the community which are successfully stopping young people getting caught up in a life of crime in the first place.

Duration:00:06:38

New Met Police chief: We will root out racists and misogynists

9/27/2022
The Metropolitan Police was placed into special measures in June by the police watchdog for the way it carries out core functions. The force has failed to record crimes, allowed delays in answering 999 calls. It has also faced a series of scandals with officers swapping racist and misogynist text messages: others photographing and swapping images of the bodies of two murdered sisters and an off duty PC abducting, raping and murdering Sarah Everard by using his police powers illegally....

Duration:00:12:10

Markets react to the UK's biggest tax cuts in 50 years

9/26/2022
The pound fell to a record low against the dollar overnight as markets reacted to the UK's biggest tax cuts in 50 years. In early Asia trade, sterling fell close to $1.03 before regaining some ground to stand at about $1.07 on Monday morning, UK time. Today's Nick Robinson spoke to Mohamed El-Erian, chief economics advisor to Allianz, and former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and on the Monetary Policy Committee, Sir John Gieve. (Image credit: ARSHAD ARBAB/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Duration:00:11:14

Roger Federer retires

9/23/2022
Roger Federer will call time on a career that has spanned 24 years and seen him become one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles and 103 ATP Tour titles, as well as attracting legions of fans around the world. Today’s Karthi Gnanasegaram spoke to Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Federer himself. She also hears from Team Europe captain Björn Borg and captain of the World Team John McEnroe about what happens after Federer's final match. (Image:...

Duration:00:09:57

Mock the Week returns with a new Prime Minister, new king and a nuclear war

9/23/2022
The BBC Two comedy panel show Mock the Week is to end after 17 years. Many comics who featured on the show in the early stages of their careers have since become household names. Its final series airs its first episode on Friday. Today's Justin Webb speaks to comedian Dara Ó Briain, who has hosted the show since it began. (Image credit: BBC/Angst/Neil Genower)

Duration:00:06:46

Joyce’s Women: Mother, wife, mistress, patron and daughter

9/22/2022
Irish writer Edna O’Brien turns her attention to the life of novelist James Joyce in a powerful new play. One hundred years since the publication of his great modern novel ‘Ulysses’, ‘Joyce’s Women’ gives voice to the female figures who were central to the writer’s life. The BBC’s Special Correspondent James Naughtie speaks to O’Brien about the production. (Image: A man holds a copy of Irish author James Joyce's 'Ulysses' on Bloomsday during a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the...

Duration:00:06:34

Ai Weiwei: China wants new world order

9/21/2022
How should the UK engage with China? Today’s Simon Jack speaks to Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and dissident who was imprisoned by his home country for 81 days in 2011. He says the West does not understand China. (Image: Simon Jack and Ai Weiwei, Credit: BBC)

Duration:00:14:17

Putin calls up more troops for Ukraine war

9/21/2022
Vladimir Putin explained in a televised address why he was calling up reservists in a partial mobilisation. Today's Justin Webb and Simon Jack spoke to: BBC's Russia editor Steve Rosenberg; Sergey Markov, a former Member of the Russian State Duma for President Putin’s party; and Foreign Office Minister Gillian Keegan about what this means for the Ukraine war. (IMAGE CREDIT: Russian Presidential Press Service/Kremlin via REUTERS)

Duration:00:20:20

The Today Debate: What Do We Want From Our Monarchy?

9/20/2022
Mishal Husain is joined by a panel of experts, as in front of an audience at BBC Broadcasting House, they consider what might lie ahead for King Charles III and examine the evolving role of the Royal Family. Joining Mishal for the Today Debate were BBC Special Correspondent James Naughtie; Lord Butler, who was the country’s most senior civil servant for ten years from 1988; Margaret Macmillan emeritus professor of history at the University of Toronto and of international history at the...

Duration:00:36:57

World leaders promise more aid to Ukraine

9/20/2022
Prime Minister Liz Truss is meeting other world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York this week. She will promise to match Boris Johnson's rhetorical and military support for Ukraine. Today's Nick Robinson speaks to former NATO commander General Sir Richard Sherriff about the nature of providing such support. (Photo by SERGEY DOLZHENKO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Duration:00:13:17

The Queue

9/19/2022
Over the last few days, tens of thousands have lined up to pay their respects to the Queen in Westminster Hall. Frank Cottrell-Boyce, screenwriter and novelist, wrote the now legendary Paddington sketch for the Platinum Jubilee, and the James Bond scene from the Olympics opening ceremony, both featuring performances by the Queen. We asked him to reflect on the last few days and what it tells us about ourselves. (IMAGE CREDIT: Danny/PA Wire)

Duration:00:06:37

The Queue: ‘We felt gratitude’

9/17/2022
Queuing to see the Queen lying in state is now estimated to last 24 hours. But what are people experiencing in what almost resembles a modern pilgrimage. We hear from three of those who have paid their respects and Martha Kearney speaks to the Bishop of Southwark. (Image: People queue at Southwark Park to visit Britain's Queen Elizabeth lying in state following her death; Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay)

Duration:00:12:54

The Queen and Aberfan

9/16/2022
On 21st October 1966, a mountain of coal waste slid onto Pantglas school in Aberfan, South Wales. 116 children and 28 adults were killed. The Queen went again and again to Aberfan - her last visit was in 2012. Today's Justin Webb spoke to one of the survivors, Jeff Edwards, the last child pulled from the rubble on that fateful day. (Image credits: Press Association, PA Wire)

Duration:00:08:39