Today - 13/05/2009
Presented by Sarah Montague and Evan Davis. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said all MPs' receipts over four years must be scrutinised by an independent group. A catalogue of failings by the NHS meant that a series of opportunities that could have saved Baby P's life were missed, the health regulator says. The NHS must accept its share of the blame for what happened to Baby P (now known as Baby Peter) the NHS regulator has concluded. Cynthia Bower, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission, discusses if the NHS could have saved Baby P's life. The price of beer is being pushed up because publicans are being compelled to buy drinks from their pub company landlords, MPs say. Peter Luff MP, chairman of the Business and Enterprise Committee, and Mark Hastings, of the British Beer and Pubs Association, discuss the balance of power in the industry. Two elders from the Ngarrindjeri people in south Australia are in the UK to collect human remains that have been in the UK since the 19th century. One of the elders, George Trevorrow, discusses why they believe it is important to recover the remains. Angels and Demons is the film sequel to The Da Vinci Code. The film's makers have gone to great lengths to lend an air of scientific authenticity to the action. Science reporter Tom Feilden visits the European Centre for Nuclear Research (Cern) - where some of the action in the film takes place - to discover what scientists think of Vatican-threatening anti-matter. Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George claimed for mortgage interest and furniture on a flat used by his student daughter, the Daily Telegraph says. Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg says no-one from his party will make a profit from their allowances. A final poetry collection of one of America's most celebrated novelists, the late John Updike, is to be released. Judith Jones, his editor at publishing house Knopf for over fifty years, discusses her life both with Mr Updike and as one of the most esteemed editors of the 20th century. Dr Jane Collins says the responsibility Great Ormond Street hospital had for Baby P is misunderstood. 'Extreme action' is needed to restore faith in politicians, Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said. Political editor Nick Robinson and Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe discuss if independently scrutinising all MPs' receipts will restore confidence. How has the expenses saga impacted on the families and private lives of MPs - especially those not caught up in the expenses row? Linda McDougall, wife of Labour MP Austin Mitchell and Eve Burt, wife of Tory MP Alistair Burt, discuss how new measures to curb expenses claims will affect their lives. The Cannes film festival is to open with a Disney-Pixar animation in 3D. Arts correspondent Razia Iqbal examines the significance of the departure from a traditional genre for the opening movie. In Northern Ireland, Sunday Tribune editor Noirin Hegarty explains why one of her reporters has refused to hand over her records of contacts with dissident Republicans. The UK's thirty-two national museums and galleries asked 11- to 18-year-olds to nominate two of their favourite exhibits. Tom Feilden talks to young people about what things they want to see in museums and the director of the Tate Sir Nicholas Serota and Rhian Harris, director of the V&A Museum of Childhood, discuss how children's tastes are changing. The European elections in June are the first real test of public opinion across Europe since the beginning of the economic crisis. Europe editor Mark Mardell reports on a new anti-capitalist party in France that has captured the imagination of some people. How well has Conservative leader David Cameron handled the expenses scandal? Matthew D'Ancona, editor of the Spectator, and Andrew Rawnsley, chief political commentator for the Observer, discuss if Mr Cameron deserves the praise that is coming from some quarters of the media.
- 2009-05-13 06:00:00 - 2009-05-13 09:00:00 on Radio 4 FM, Radio 4 LW,