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Political magazine. Andrew Neil is joined by Mehdi Hasan and Rachel Sylvester. City AM editor Allister Heath discusses the economy. Plus, is the Home Office 'fit for purpose'?


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Afternoon, folks. Welcome to the Daily Politics on Friday. Is Europe

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facing "Armageddon"? Or at the very least a Lost Decade? There are

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fears the crisis in Europe could tip the whole world back into

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recession. President Obama appealed directly

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to European leaders last night to take drastic action to avert global

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In the face of the euro crisis, can Britain avoid another downturn? As

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the Chancellor prepares his autumn statement there is a fierce battle

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raging across Government about how to save the economy.

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As Theresa May fights for her political survival in a row about

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Britain's borders, we ask a former Home Secretary if the Home Office

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All that coming in the next 30 minutes of public service

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broadcasting at its finest. With me today, no expense spared. Mehdi

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Hasan from the New Statesman and Rachel Sylvester from the Times.

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Welcome to you both. As we come on air the Greeks are due to swear in

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their new Prime Minister. His name is Lucas Papademos. We

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reported he would be the new Prime Minister of Greece a week ago, and

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we were wrong and then, but we are right now. We might be wrong again

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He's a former vice-president of the European Central Bank. The Italians

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are also likely to appoint a so- called technocrats government led

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by the former EU commissioner Mario Monti. You Macie a bit of a pattern

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here, a former central bank European governor coming in, into

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Athens and Rome to replace democratically-elected politicians.

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The Italian senate is voting later on austerity measures designed to

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avoid a bailout. But will these technocrats be able to save the

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euro and prevent economic disaster? Can they prevent economic disaster

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and carry their people with them? There is now increasing anxiety

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that across the pond but the Eurozone's inability to sort itself

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but could drag America into recession again. The US Treasury

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Secretary said this morning that Europe must move quickly to resolve

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the crisis. Maybe you should not hold his breath. Nick Clegg said

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this morning time was running out. The situation is clearly very

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serious. The clock is ticking. We don't have much more time to wait.

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We need a solution, eight decisive solution and the Eurozone, not just

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for euro-zone itself for all UK, but for the world economy. That is

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why with each passing day the urgency for a clear, decisive

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solution becomes ever more pressing. We're joined now by the editor of

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City AM, Allister Heath. Even if nothing dramatic happens, are we in

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much doubt that the Eurozone and probably Britain as well I heading

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back into recession next year? afraid that's very likely. The

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Eurozone is already in recession and the UK economy may be

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contracting as a re- -- direct result of that. The problem is, if

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you're a business in Britain, you don't want to invest or hire people

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because you do not know how bad the situation is going to get. There is

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a huge amount of uncertainty out there. A couple of technocratic

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leaders in a couple of European countries is not going to be enough

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to resolve this because the challenges of our massive and the

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threat is spreading from one country to the next. It is all very

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well for the Americans to say something must be done but what

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needs to be done is extremely complicated and nobody agrees on

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what has to be done and it involves a whole bunch of governments doing

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slightly different things, not just someone at the centre pulling a

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lever. It seems Greece is a sideshow and all eyes are on Italy.

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France is now coming up on the rails as well. Are the only two

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people mattering in this at the moment Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela

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Merkel? Do we have any idea what they propose to do if, for example,

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French bonds, under pressure or the Italians are simply unable to get

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rid of their debt. That is the big question. Will they announce some

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sort of course I merger to make the countries closer together very

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quickly. Forget the fringe countries and go for the integrated

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fiscally a politically integrated countries to try and save the last

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60 years of European integration. Those are the kind of questions

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they must be asking each other. French bonds have already started

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to go up and they have to pay almost twice as much as the Germans

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to borrow, which is very significant. The cost in which

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Spain can borrow has been creat -- creeping up on a daily basis. I

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think the crisis is spreading to the other countries. The only be

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the euro-zone economy immune from this is Germany -- beak euro-zone

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economy. There is no surprise there because there is no plan to resolve

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it. There are trillions of Euros in debt and the only thing people are

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talking about is getting central bank to print money to buy the debt.

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It could be a short term solution, but is the buying of Italian debt

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over the last couple of days calming things down a long service

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of -- long-term solution? It's not a long-term solution to say a

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central bank needs to federalising or socialise trillions of debt and

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otherwise there is no plan we hereof. I am very worried about all

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this and I do think that the French and Germans may decide to try and

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take emergency, drastic action to change the politics of the European

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Union. If that happens, there would be a major opportunity and a major

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headache for the British Government because it would bring forward the

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day there is a new treaty and a choice that needs to be made with

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the UK in wary one study in the EU. The how likely to -- how likely is

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this because the Eurozone is -- how likely is the Eurozone going to

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survive? I was just reading the Economist to predicted that

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financial crisis and he said any three things can save the euro, one

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if the ECB becomes an unlimited lender of last resort, too, if it

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cuts rates to zero, and three if Germany starts doing fiscal

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stimulus. I don't think any of those three will happen in the

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foreseeable future, if ever. I guess, sadly, we are heading to an

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Armageddon situation. If any of us knew that we'd make an awful lot of

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money. It doesn't look good, and the problem with the markets is it

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is to do with confidence on the one thing lacking undermined his

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confidence. Nobody seems to know what they are doing. None of the

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leaders -- the think the market's lack is confident. None of the

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leaders know what they are doing and that leadership is what is

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missing. Putting aside the short term, if you look at the to

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systemic solutions possible, either a closer fiscal union with massive

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transferred payments, or a break-up of the Eurozone where the Club Med

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countries go there away and you haven't more than euro-zone. Either

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of these, and they may be right in the long term, I suggest you it

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would put such a shock to the system in the short term that it

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would either throw Europe into deep recession. I'm afraid to say a

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thing that's absolutely right. Even with a combination of the two

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options. All these options require a default on some debt and probably

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require at least one country, if not more, leaving the euro. What

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that really means is huge amounts of so-called wealth being wiped out,

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and that is a massive shock to the system which will make people

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poorer and hit a lot of institutions, not just banks, but

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pension funds, companies, so the recession is unavoidable,

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especially in Europe, and probably in the UK as well. Thank you very

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much for marking our car bomb that. We didn't promise did she you up --

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marking it hour card on that. We did not promise to cheer you up. So

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while Europe implodes, what about over here? Ahead of the autumn

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statement on November 29th. Which we'll carry live here in a Daily

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Politics Special. There is a debate raging as to what should be done to

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secure economic growth. Earlier in the week the CBI said it was time

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to "get shovels in the ground" and called for "Plan A plus". This was

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echoed in the Telegraph this morning by more than 30 leading

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businessmen who have called for the government to scrap the 50p rate of

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tax, increase the personal tax allowances and bring forward

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spending on infrastructure. However it's believed any planned tax cuts

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would run into considerable opposition from the Liberal

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Democrats. Speaking to the BBC yesterday Vince Cable said that,

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"It is difficult to make tax cuts in an environment where we are

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trying to get budget discipline and bring the deficit down". Earlier

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this year David Cameron commissioned businessman Adrian

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Beecroft to come up with a series of proposals on how to make Britain

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more competitive. He's proposed relaxing employment laws to make it

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easier for companies to fire staff, in the hope that they will be more

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willing to take risks and hire people. It's an idea that's been

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welcomed by the Prime Minister's policy guru Steve Hilton, but has

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Joining me now is the Liberal Democrat peer, Matthew Oakeshott,

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and Andrew Haldenby who is the director of Reform, a right wing

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think tank. Is this idea dead in the water and now? It looks like

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it's and it is a terrible shame because I think it was by far the

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best idea put forward in this Parliament to improve growth and we

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just have to compare ourselves to the other continental countries

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like France and Germany. Over the years we have had more relaxed

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employment laws, lower unemployment and we want more of the same and

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his ideas would definitely have reduced employment in the country.

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Would it? The problem is is a lack of demand. A lack of demand for our

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exports because the rest of the world looks like it is going into

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recession. A lack of demand from consumers because real living

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standards are falling and the lack of demand from business because it

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is not investing. So even if you had the most liberal labour laws in

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the world, I don't really understand how that get you growth

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at this precise time. I would agree with you two years ago but we are

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to use on from the recession and has holes have improved their

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financial position. Consumer spending is in the tank. People

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have been saving and paying off their debts in getting in a

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stronger position. Companies are ready to invest if they have the

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right rules and regulations. Employment laws is by far the best

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focus for politicians. I am flabbergasted, amazed, that David

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Cameron should have blocked this. He is probably doing it to keep

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your lot happy. We need to act both on the supply and the demand side.

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He is talking about the supply side, and there are some good ideas but

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also... I think there is something to be said for bringing in four

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small businesses the automatic enrolment of putting everyone into

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an automatic Chekhov for a pension scheme, because the danger of that

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is there is a regulatory burden and dictate spending at -- it takes

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spending out of that question. He also has wacky ideas, meaning he

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was trying to cut down women's rights in the workplace and that

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has been seen off in a panic by Number Ten. But to actually make it

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Ahsan, spot culture is quite wrong. You mention Germany. -- based

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sacking on the spot culture. Germany have tougher labour laws

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and they are doing better and they have good manufacturing in that. We

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want to encourage people to support and nurture their staff so sacking

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them on the spot is not right. Coming to the demand side, where

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the real problem is, and we have collapsed consumer confidence, not

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nearly enough spending in the economy and not nearly enough

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investment. The businessmen have a point, which we have thought about

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for some time, which they must be more capital investment in

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infrastructure and particularly housing. Vince Cable, George

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Osborne, I am doing my bit feeding in. How much more will there be?

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They should be a lot of capital investment. Just a minute. On the

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current side, cutting the 50 p rate there is no evidence that improves

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entrepreneurialism. Where they are right, and it is a Lib Democrat

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policy, is increasing the personal allowance at the bottom because

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every pound you put into the pocket of a low-paid work is going to go

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out and get spent. Why don't you put in the pockets of everyone

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around here? A below paid get a very small percentage of the

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overall tax break. But it does help incentives to work, at the bottom.

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On the capital side, which is important, where we have these low

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interest rates we should not be treating them as a virility symbol

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we should see them as a fantastic opportunity to get long-term

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capital in, many billions from the private sector. That is what the

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Greeks did for the last 10 years. am talking to the big institutions.

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It might work in the city, but maybe not in the real world.

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does. They are desperate to see things with a return on housing,

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Politicians do themselves no favours when they play this old

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card. The Prime Minister wrote an article calling for more

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infrastructure two weeks ago. It created 1,000 jobs. There are 2.5

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million people unemployed, he created a 1,000 jobs. It is not

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like the 1930s, you don't absorb hundreds of thousands of people

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with infrastructure problems. do! You don't. I said housing. That

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is the key. Last year we had 100,000 houses completed, the worst

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since 1923. Where you get white van man motoring and getting jobs is by

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having much more housebuilding. That is what we are talking about

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with of private sector. The rest is... Housing is real. Do you get a

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sense of fiddling while Rome burns? You stole the words from my mouth.

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To fiddle with maternity rights and Employment Rights while we are on

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the verge of another great depression is absurd. You talked

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about a lack of demand, that is the key. When people talk about needing

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to improve consumer spending, one of the reasons people are not

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spending is because they are worried about losing their jobs.

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The coalition says Let's Make your jobs even more insecure. Her the

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coalition is not saying that. venture capitalist said let's make

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people's jobs more insecure. him speak. I will blame you for one

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thing. What about VAT? If you want one proposal that will kick-start

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the economy is cutting VAT back to 7.5%. It has raised inflation,

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damaged small businesses. Her what about the bond markets? You will

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add 12 million to the deficit. much will cutting the 50 p tax?

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Can I respond on VAT? VAT cut across the board is much too

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expensive. It would be very... What Lib Dems believe and I have been

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arguing for and has been argued in government is we have a cut on VAT

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on house improvements, house repairs. That would be very

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effective. That is Lib Dem policy and has been picked up by Ed Balls.

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A targeted VAT cut is very important. Rachel, we have seen an

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argument between the two sides of the coalition, but there's even an

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argument about this in the Conservatives. Absolutely. As much

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if not more than Tory Lib Dem, it is a blue one blue fight. It is

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exemplified by Lord Young and Lord Heseltine, the two advisers on

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growth to the Prime Minister. Lord Young is a Thatcherite who is the

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regulatory, low-tax, a lot of enterprise. Lord Heseltine wants

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intervention, he is in charge of the regional growth fund. David

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Cameron has got bits of both. He is struggling between the two at the

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moment. He is calling on Europe to have a big bazooka. We need a big

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bazooka here, too. Lord Heseltine is an honorary Liberal Democrat for

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this purpose, like Ken Clarke. Thank you very much. All will be

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revealed on 29th November in the pre-Budget statement taking place

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in the afternoon. It will be live on BBC Two.

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Now, security at our borders has been front of most people's minds

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this week, not least Theresa May's, with the news that the UK Border

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Agency relaxed rules on entry into the UK this summer. Theresa May

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appears to have survived, but you don't need a long memory to know

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that this is not exactly the first time the Home Office has been in

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trouble over immigration. In the first of our new series looking at

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what happens when the dust settles on a political storm, Adam speaks

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to Charles Clarke about the foreign Crisis at the Home Office, where

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have I heard that before? The Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, is under

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intense pressure after admitting more than 1,000 foreign criminals

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were released from British prisons instead of facing deportation.

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Parliament heard that convicted murderers and rapists from abroad

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were still on the streets when they might have been sent out of the

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country. It was a failure, I have acknowledged that and it must be

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got right. Amid the public or cry, opposition politicians called for

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Charles Clarke to resign. The Home Secretary's position is now

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untenable. Looking back from his new job at the University of East

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Anglia, he still accepts errors were made, but he says the media

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storm just got too big. People haven't been considered third

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deportation and the media was entirely justified to make that

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point. However, what it then became overlaid with was the politics of

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the moment and the issue of the overall political situation facing

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the Prime Minister and the Labour government at that time. That

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became a bigger story and there was some element of the media which

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were very varied aggressive in their attacks, but only because of

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the issue itself, but the overall political picture. And 10 days into

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the crisis, Labour suffered a disastrous set of local election

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results which littered Tony Blair reshuffling his cabinet. -- which

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led to. A drop to Tony Blair and note the day before the reshuffle

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saying to things. Firstly, in my view he should make it clear that

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he would remain as Prime Minister until 2008. Secondly, if he didn't

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want me to continue as Home Secretary, I didn't want to serve

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in another role. He asked me to come round to Number Ten

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immediately, which I did. He said it was my view -- his view for me

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not to think -- remain as Home Secretary. Five years on nearly all

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foreign prisoners are now considered for deportation, but

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that doesn't mean they actually all leave. The latest figures show 3775

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released foreign prisoners are still living here, including 87 who

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have served terms for most serious crimes. Charles Clarke says things

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didn't improve after he was sacked. The Home affairs Select Committee

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looked into the situation in detail, I gave them evidence. Their

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conclusions, I thought, not an exoneration, but no criticism. The

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Home Office is a department dealing with tough problems and it is

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always in the firing line. I was told when I first arrived by the

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then permanent secretary at that total problems would always occur

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in the Home Office. I said I thought that wasn't acceptable, we

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could predict many of the things that would happen. It was our job

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to get on top of that and stop it happening. My sadness about this is

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I believe I was on course to do that. In his autobiography, Tony

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Blair says he now regrets Charles Clarke left the Cabinet. He felt he

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should not have sacked me as he did and I agree with that! But it is in

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politics -- but in politics it is the judgment you make at the time

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that count. History might have been different. A man who thinks he

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should not have been sacked! Joining us now is Tony McNulty -

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former Labour MP and former immigration minister. Are Veronique

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echoes of the foreign prisoner crisis in the current crisis? --

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are there any echoes. One crucial one, and that is that Charles stood

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up and take it on the -- to good on the Gyan himself. He did not say to

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anybody, find me a body to put in front of me to shield me and blame

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everyone but himself for the issues. That is to his credit. Theresa May

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will rue the day when she has almost sacked -- found somebody

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guilty and then said, let's see what went wrong. If a senior

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minister tells their civil servants to do something and they do that

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and then do something else, which they have been explicitly told not

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to do, what should a minister do? They should go through the entire

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process, give the person their day in court and then arrive at a

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decision. You shouldn't do it backwards. Brodie Clark will

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contest that he did not do it at all. His boss said she did. I know

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Rob Whiteman very, very well, but a dark he is backing the Home

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Secretary. He has been imposed six weeks of up he had barely been

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there three or four weeks and would not have someone brand new have...

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I think we saw it a bit with Ed Miliband next week, a problem for

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Labour on immigration. No matter if the Tories are not living up to

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their promise or have made a mistake or blaming civil servants,

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rightly or wrongly, the general perception of the country is you

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have made a Horlicks of immigration and you have no standing on it.

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That is right to an extent. It is wrong, but the perception is right.

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Yvette Cooper got to that when she was talking to Theresa May. We

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recognised in 2005 what we needed to do. Charles is right that the

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prescription we had post 2005 was the right one.. Bases, economically

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driven. -- points basis. The systemic problems were being dealt

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with when the foreign national prisoners stuff brewed. But I think

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on balance, it is wrong for aid to go anywhere near this on Wednesday

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and he should have left it to Yvette. Rather like Ken Clarke, I

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thought he would have learned from Ken Clarke. When Ken Clarke was

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embroiled in the issue over rape sentencing, Ed Miliband knows he

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was wrong to use the precious time of PMQ has to go on that narrow

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focus. Give Me Your brief headline thought on the whole Theresa May

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business this week. Whether she survives on what is a separate

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question. With Rome burning, Ed Miliband shouldn't have used all

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his questions. Labour never understand that they will not win

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the populist argument on immigration with the Conservatives.

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They will not win the Daily Mail vote. Even the Conservatives don't

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win the Daily Mail vote! They have to make a different, more

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interesting case about immigration and migration. It is just that

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competence, it is not about immigration or numbers or anything,

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it is about competence and whether Theresa May lost it. It is very

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dangerous to go to war with civil servants. We shall see what happens.

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Tony, thank you. Thank you. Get on with your memoirs!

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Time now to see what else has been going on in the last seven days -

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here's Giles with the week in 60 Home Secretary Theresa May found

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herself in the middle of an immigration row, minus cat. She

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claimed former borders Chief Brodie Clark took a pilot scheme to relax

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the rules further than authorised all but he doesn't beat. On Tuesday

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it was arrivederci Silvio, but at least he'll have more time to spend

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with his friends. A dashing Prince rode into battle this week after

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the much respected FIFA tried to ban footballers wearing a

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Remembrance poppy. Wills won,. James Murdoch was back facing

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questions from one MP who clearly sees him as less Harry Potter, more

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Michael Corleone. You must be the first Mafia boss in history who

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didn't know he was running a criminal enterprise. Mr Watson,

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please. I think that's inappropriate. Across the pond,

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Rick Perry forgot his own policies. It is three agencies of government

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when I get there that are gone. Commerce, education and... What is

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the third one? Oops. The words he was looking for were

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Department of Energy. He may soon have plenty of time to remember

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that. That's all for this week. Jo will

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be back here on Monday with more Daily Politics. And join Jon Sopel

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for the Politics Show on Sunday, BBC One at 3.10pm - he'll be

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Presented by Andrew Neil.

In the face of the euro crisis, can Britain avoid another downturn? As the Chancellor prepares his autumn statement, there is a fierce battle raging across Government about how to save the economy. City AM editor Allister Heath offers his opinion.

As Theresa May fights for her political survival in the row about Britain's borders, we ask a former Home Secretary if the Home Office is yet 'fit for purpose'.

Andrew is joined in the studio by Mehdi Hasan, from The New Statesman, and Rachel Sylvester, from The Times.