The Battle For Influence

Episodes

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0101War On Terror20021216

Simon Cox investigates how America's war on terror came to focus on Iraq, and asks how real is the threat to American security posed by Saddam Hussein.

0101War On Terror20021216

Simon Cox investigates how America's war on terror came to focus on Iraq, and asks how real is the threat to American security posed by Saddam Hussein.

0102War On Drugs20021223

Simon Cox investigates the controversy over cannabis.

As attitudes change across the western world, is the drug about to be legalised or can the `just say no' lobby fight back?

0102War On Drugs20021223

Simon Cox investigates the controversy over cannabis.

As attitudes change across the western world, is the drug about to be legalised or can the `just say no' lobby fight back?

0103 LASTWar On Immigration20021230

Simon Cox investigates the battle over Britain's immigration and asylum policy.

MPs demand tougher treatment for immigrants while lawyers and campaigners resist deportations.

0103 LASTWar On Immigration20021230

Simon Cox investigates the battle over Britain's immigration and asylum policy.

MPs demand tougher treatment for immigrants while lawyers and campaigners resist deportations.

0201Animal Rights20041118

In the first episode of a new series of "The Battle for Influence", Simon Cox gets inside the animal rights movement, one of Britain's best organised pressure groups.

In the last 20 years campaigners have managed to decimate the fur trade, close down animal laboratories and have nearly succeeded in banning hunting.

Simon Cox investigates their techniques, tactics and strategy.

He looks at how they recruit young, influence mainstream animal welfare groups and operate across borders.

And he asks the key questions, what do they really want and can they be stopped?

0201Animal Rights20041118

In the first episode of a new series of "The Battle for Influence", Simon Cox gets inside the animal rights movement, one of Britain's best organised pressure groups.

In the last 20 years campaigners have managed to decimate the fur trade, close down animal laboratories and have nearly succeeded in banning hunting.

Simon Cox investigates their techniques, tactics and strategy.

He looks at how they recruit young, influence mainstream animal welfare groups and operate across borders.

And he asks the key questions, what do they really want and can they be stopped?

0202Smoke Free20041125

As more cities across the world declare themselves 'smoke free', is it inevitable that the UK will follow suit and ban smoking in public places?

Simon Cox tells the inside story of how the anti-smoking campaigners steered this to the top of the political agenda and how the pro-choice lobby have fought against an outright ban.

What tactics and strategy did they use to try and win the arguments? And what happens next in this battle for influence?

0202Smoke Free20041125

As more cities across the world declare themselves 'smoke free', is it inevitable that the UK will follow suit and ban smoking in public places?

Simon Cox tells the inside story of how the anti-smoking campaigners steered this to the top of the political agenda and how the pro-choice lobby have fought against an outright ban.

What tactics and strategy did they use to try and win the arguments? And what happens next in this battle for influence?

0203 LASTSame Sex Marriage20041202

Simon Cox reports from America on the furore over same-sex marriage, one of the most divisive issues in US politics.

He travels to Ohio to see how both sides are fighting to win a referendum that would ban gay marriage and all civil unions.

There he meets the driving force behind the ban, Phil Burress, chairman of the Ohio Campaign to Protect Marriage.

Burress has been married four times and his opponents ask: "Which of his marriages does he want to protect?".

0203 LASTSame Sex Marriage20041202

Simon Cox reports from America on the furore over same-sex marriage, one of the most divisive issues in US politics.

He travels to Ohio to see how both sides are fighting to win a referendum that would ban gay marriage and all civil unions.

There he meets the driving force behind the ban, Phil Burress, chairman of the Ohio Campaign to Protect Marriage.

Burress has been married four times and his opponents ask: "Which of his marriages does he want to protect?".

0301Overselling Climate Change20060420

Simon Cox reports on how scientists are becoming worried by the quality of research used to back up the most extreme climate predictions.

Every week we are assailed by scare stories about the climate.

Malaria in Africa, hurricanes in Florida, even the death of frogs in Latin America - all are being linked to global warming.

But does the science behind these claims really stand up, or are the risks of climate change being oversold to win the battle for influence?

0301Overselling Climate Change20060420

Simon Cox reports on how scientists are becoming worried by the quality of research used to back up the most extreme climate predictions.

Every week we are assailed by scare stories about the climate.

Malaria in Africa, hurricanes in Florida, even the death of frogs in Latin America - all are being linked to global warming.

But does the science behind these claims really stand up, or are the risks of climate change being oversold to win the battle for influence?

0302The Battle For Secondary Schools20060427

Across Britain, parents are trying to get their children into their preferred school.

But for many, the current system is a nightmare in which the schools hold all the cards.

The government thinks the answer is to create more choice and the new trust schools.

Opponents of the policy think these will create a two-tier system.

But with private and selective schools taking the brightest pupils, isn't that what we have already?

Simon Cox reports.

0302The Battle For Secondary Schools20060427

Across Britain, parents are trying to get their children into their preferred school.

But for many, the current system is a nightmare in which the schools hold all the cards.

The government thinks the answer is to create more choice and the new trust schools.

Opponents of the policy think these will create a two-tier system.

But with private and selective schools taking the brightest pupils, isn't that what we have already?

Simon Cox reports.

0303 LASTMuslim Prisoners20060504

Is prison really the fertile ground for radical beliefs that some would have us conclude? Simon Cox goes inside the British prison system to find out what is really happening to Muslim prisoners.

0303 LASTMuslim Prisoners20060504

Is prison really the fertile ground for radical beliefs that some would have us conclude? Simon Cox goes inside the British prison system to find out what is really happening to Muslim prisoners.