Today Programme Monday
BBC Radio 4 14 February 2011
News Bulletin 7.30 am
And the weather: well it could be fairly pleasant depending on where you are t0oday because it will be a wee bit of sunshine around, but rain and hill snow in the north and wintry showers as well the further north you go. And it is going to get colder.
You’re listening to Today on Radio 4 with John Humphrys and Justin Webb. The time’s twenty-eight minutes to eight. Let’s have a summary of the news from Harriet Cass.
David Cameron will set out a defence of his Big Society programme today, describing it as his mission in politics. The policy has been criticised by Labour and some charities. Mr Cameron will use the speech to give more details about a Big Society Bank to fund community projects.
China has formally overtaken Japan to become the world’s second largest economy. The country’s economy was worth £3.6 trillion in 2010. Analysts predict China will move into first place, above the United States, in about a decade.
There are signs that Egypt’s new military rulers may ban strikes as they try to get the country back to work, following nearly three weeks of political unrest. The country’s banks are closed today because of strikes. The military administration had said it will be in power for six months or until elections are held.
The Palestinian government in the West Bank is to carry out a reshuffle of ministers, partly in response to the uprising in Egypt. Elections are to be held by September.
The Commander of British troops in Helmand in Afghanistan has said there are signs that they’re defeating the insurgency. Brigadier James Chiswell told the BBC he was cautiously optimistic and said soldiers were reporting fewer attacks on Highway One, the road that links Afghanistan’s major cities.
A survey suggests that redundancies will increase sharply in the first quarter this year, especially in the public sector. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development questioned 750 employers and found two thirds of public sector organisations were cutting jobs.
The King Speech won seven awards at the BAFTAs in London last night, including Best Film. Colin Firth received the Best Actor award for his portrayal of King George VI and is the favourite to win Best Actor at the Oscars. At the ceremony last night, he joked that he had plenty of shelf space for the awards.