Today - 18/05/2009

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Presented by John Humphrys and James Naughtie. Business editor Robert Peston discusses Sir Victor Blank's resignation as chairman of the Lloyds Banking Group. Our correspondent reports from Burma, and Aung San Suu Kyi's biographer Justin Wintle discusses the likely outcome of the Burmese opposition leader's trial. Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker discusses whether the Speaker of the House of Commons, Michael Martin, should be forced to step down over his handling of the expenses row. Home Affairs correspondent June Kelly speaks to Londoners affected by the July bombings ahead of a government report. Correspondent Damien Grammaticus reports from Colombo and Dr Palitha Kohona, secretary at the Sri Lankan ministry of foreign affairs, discusses the latest developments in Sri Lanka. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones talks to Stephen Wolfram, creator of the new search engine 'Wolfram Alpha'. Thought for the day with the religious commentator Clifford Longley. Solicitor Jocelyn Cockburn and MP Eric Joyce debate how the Human Rights act should apply to British armed forces abroad. Political editor Nick Robinson, Professor Vernon Bogdanor and Jim Sheridan MP discuss Michael Martin's precarious position as the Speaker of the House of Commons. James Naughtie talks to former footballer Eric Cantona and film director Ken Loach about their film Looking for Eric. Former government advisor Aaron David Miller discusses President Obama's diplomatic strategy towards Israel. Evan Davis talks to disabled athlete Oscar Pistorius about his struggle to compete in the Olympics. Foreign affairs expert Charu Lata Hogg discusses whether the war in Sri Lanka can be read as a microcosm of the wider power struggle between India and China. Mark Mardell reports on the European elections from the Czech republic. TV adventurer Bear Grylls discusses his new position as new Chief Scout with young scouts Sally Milner and Charlie Roper.