​Westminster’s lobbying ‘culture’ & failed military solution in Afghanistan (E180)

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the shadow world of lobbying. Tamasin Cave, director of Spinwatch, describes a “culture” where it is normal to work for these outside interests, warning sometimes, ‘“I don’t see any distinction sometimes between lobbyists and our legislators.” Nasir Shansab, author and former leading Afghani industrialist, looks at Britain’s involvement in the country, claiming that a military solution will never work, and the UK is just following America’s lead. With reports that Jihadi John’s identity has been discovered, we ask if Western intelligence services could have been partly responsible for his radicalisation. We look at PMQs, with Cameron grilled over MPs’ second jobs and jihadi brides. And with recent figures showing nursery fees have increased by a third since the coalition came to power, we look at the real cost of childcare care cuts.

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