Monday, December 1, 2008

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An independent report has found serious failings in Haringey Council's handling of the case of Baby P. The 17-month-old boy suffered a sustained period of abuse by his mother and two men, even though he was on the North London council's child protection register. The Children's Secretary, Ed Balls, has described the report as devastating. He's ordered the removal of the head of children's services, Sharon Shoesmith. The council leader, George Meehan, and lead member for children and young people, Liz Santry, have resigned. We'll be getting political reaction to today's events and asking: was there a failure of regulation in this case?

Government advisers have said the UK should cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20% by 2020. The target, which is based on 2005 levels, is set out in a report by Lord Turner and his Committee on Climate Change. If the recommendations are accepted, it will mean big increases in the use of renewable energy, home insulation and electric cars. Lord Turner will be debating his findings with a power company boss and leading green activist and writer, George Monbiot.

The solicitor for the Home Office worker who leaked information says he did it because it was material that was "important for the public to know". Christopher Galley's lawyer added: "If ever there was a case of don't shoot the messenger, this is surely it." The 26-year-old was arrested and held for 17 hours by police on 19 November. Solicitor Neil O'May said Mr Galley had first met shadow immigration minister Damian Green, who was himself arrested last week, in 2006 in parliament. Michael Crick will have the latest on this story.

And Stephen Smith speaks to the Italian anti-Mafia writer Roberto Saviano. He's been in hiding since his exposé of the Naples mafia, Gomorrah, became a bestseller and a film. You can read Stephen Smith's article on this story here, plus Roberto Saviano explains in his own words what it's like to live under 24 hour armed guard. And you can catch what the Newsnight Review team had to say about the film Gomorrah here:

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