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Does religion have a place in politics? Or should legislators be driven by secular ethics?

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2010010120100102 (WS)

Does religion have a place in politics? Or should legislators be driven by secular ethics?

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20100101

Does religion have a place in politics? Or should legislators be driven by secular ethics?

20100101

20100101

Does religion have a place in politics? Or should legislators be driven by secular ethics?

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Many of the most bitterly contested issues that Britain's legislators have to deal with today involve a clash of ethical systems that cuts across traditional political boundaries. Arguments about the nature of the family or about assisted suicide, genetic engineering and the manipulation of human embryos all raise questions that challenge the traditional view of human life held in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. By what values should Britain's politicians be guided in what some claim is a post-Christian, or even post-religious world? Should the secular ethics and bioethics, which hold a view of human life drawn from Charles Darwin, be held in equal balance with those put forward by religious groups?

Presented by Dennis Sewell.

20100108

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A Special look at the first Asian MPs to be elected in Britain, more than a century ago.

20100108

2010010820100109 (WS)

A Special look at the first Asian MPs to be elected in Britain, more than a century ago.

20100108

20100108

A Special look at the first Asian MPs to be elected in Britain, more than a century ago.

20100108

20100108

A Special look at the first Asian MPs to be elected in Britain, more than a century ago.

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20100108

It's a little known fact that the first Asian MPs were elected to the British Parliament more than a hundred years ago - at the height of the British Empire. At a time when Britain ruled over many peoples of Asian and Africa - ordinary British voters were still happy for men born and brought up in India to speak for them in Parliament. Politics UK this week examines how these remarkable individuals managed to win a place at the heart of the Victorian establishment, and their impact on the future of India itself.

Presented by Susan Hulme. The editor is Elaine Thomas.

Some of the material in this programme was originally broadcast on BBC Radio Four, in the series "Britain's White House" produced by Julia Johnson.

20100115

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James Naughtie investigates the changing role of the British Foreign Office in India.

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James Naughtie investigates the changing role of the British Foreign Office in India.

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20100115

James Naughtie investigates the changing role of the British Foreign Office in India.

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20100115

James Naughtie investigates the changing role of the British Foreign Office in India.

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20100115

A century ago the map of the world was coloured with the pink of the British Empire. Britain's diplomats reigned supreme, with the reassurance of a gunboat to support them. But the world has changed much since then. The British Foreign Office has had to change too, as the UK faces new threats and priorities across the globe. In the first part of “The New Art of Diplomacy” James Naughtie is in India, to examine how one outpost reflects the new way of doing things for British diplomats.

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Is Britain’s Foreign Office ready for the challenges of a fast-changing world?

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Is Britain’s Foreign Office ready for the challenges of a fast-changing world?

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20100122

Is Britain’s Foreign Office ready for the challenges of a fast-changing world?

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20100122

Is Britain’s Foreign Office ready for the challenges of a fast-changing world?

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The British Foreign Office is an institution that has faced severe budget cuts - with more to come - while trying to do more things, in more places, in an unpredictable, globalized world. In the second of two special editions of Politics UK, James Naughtie visits the Foreign Office’s London headquarters to speak to the Foreign Secretary and diplomats – and to critics who wonder if it has lost its way in Whitehall and in the world.

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Politics UK is replaced today by a previous edition of The Interview with Oscar Pistorius.

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2010012920100130 (WS)

Politics UK is replaced today by a previous edition of The Interview with Oscar Pistorius.

20100129

20100129

Politics UK is replaced today by a previous edition of The Interview with Oscar Pistorius.

20100129

20100129

Politics UK is replaced today by a previous edition of The Interview with Oscar Pistorius.

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20100129

Politics UK will be replaced today by a previous edition of The Interview where Owen Bennett-Jones spoke to the athlete Oscar Pistorius.

Oscar needed to have both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old but he has now grown up into a world-class runner.

He runs on carbon fibre blades earning him the nickname "Bladerunner".

He talks to Owen Bennett Jones about whether he should be allowed to compete with able-bodied athletes and why he has a fear of ballet.