Andrew Neil, Presenter, The Daily Politics and Sunday Politics

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Andrew Neil on Ed Davey climate change interview critics

The Sunday Politics interview with Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey on July 14 provoked widespread reaction in the twittersphere and elsewhere, which was only to be expected given the interview was about the latest developments in global warming and the implications for government policy.

The Sunday Politics remit and interview duration means we are able to carry out proper forensic interviews on such matters.

It is becoming a hallmark of our programme, whether it's challenging the global warming assumptions of the climate change secretary, the NUT's historic resistance to school reforms by Tory and Labour governments, or the activities of the leader of the English Defence League.

Many of the criticisms of the Davey interview seem to misunderstand the purpose of a Sunday Politics interview.

This was neatly summed up in a Guardian blog by Dana Nuccitelli, who works for a multi-billion dollar US environmental business (Tetra Tech) and writes prodigiously about global warming and related matters from a very distinct perspective.

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Global warming: Andrew Pendleton and James Delingpole

We discussed global warming with well-known sceptic James Delingpole and Andrew Pendleton of Friends of the Earth (FoE) on the Daily Politics (June 22).

One of the great claims of the sceptics is that that global temperatures have not risen in this century and that they probably stopped rising in 1995.

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Party donations, Michael Fallon and Peter Cruddas claims

I pushed Tory Party deputy chairman Michael Fallon on BBC1's Sunday Politics, in the wake of the Sunday Times' "cash for access" revelations, if the prime minister's meetings with major party donors were all documented and in the public domain.

Mr Fallon pointed out that all meetings with ministers were now documented, had at least one official present and were published -- a departure from past practice.

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Budget's two major announcements from the chancellor

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The Budget will be on BBC2, BBC News and online from 1130-1500

The Daily Politics understands Wednesday's Budget will be dominated by two major announcements.

1. The tax-free allowance before income tax clicks in will be increased more quickly than the coalition agreement currently envisages, reaching £10,000 in April 2014, a year earlier than planned.

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Lord reform divides Conservatives and Liberal Democrats

Yesterday's Head to Head on the Sunday Politics on House of Lords reform between Tory trouble-making MP Philip Davies and a maverick Liberal Democrat peer Matthew Oakeshott might seem like an amusing sideshow to mainstream politics.

But later in our Week Ahead segment The Economist's Janan Ganesh described it as the shape of coalition politics to come.

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Eurozone deal: Greek default could still happen

Euro sculpture outside the ECB
A Greek default has been averted but Andrew Neil is not sure about its future

So, after 13 hours of talks into the wee small hours of this morning (unlucky for them!), eurozone finance ministers finally reached an agreement in principle on a second Greek bailout, this one worth 130bn euro plus a 50%+ write-down of private lenders holdings of Greek sovereign debt.

Since it's less than two years since Bailout 1 of 110bn euro and things in Greece have gone from bad to worse, you might wonder why this second one will do any better. And you'd not be the only one doing the wondering.

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Economy: bonds, austerity, debt and the Age of Plenty

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Andrew Neil will host the Sunday Politics from 15 January

In the summer of 2008, several months before the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the start of the deepest recession since the 1930s, I gave a talk to senior colleagues at the BBC.

My theme was that the Age of Plenty was over and that we were about to move into an era dominated by the Politics of Debt.

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Eurozone deal: Banks made an offer they couldn't refuse

President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel
President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel were key figures in the talks

The markets are cautious but in positive territory this morning as they view what is coming out of the eurozone summit in Brussels as less than required but better than no deal at all.

The latest plan to handle the eurozone's sovereign debt crisis did not emerge until the wee small hours of this morning and it gives us little more than the architecture of what has been agreed.

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EU referendum: Cameron to impose three-line whip

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Conservatives could challenge Cameron's three-line whip

A leading Tory backbencher says his party's high command is in "complete panic" over next week's Commons vote on an EU referendum.

David Cameron has imposed a three-line whip to vote it down and brought forward the debate from Thursday to Monday so he and the Foreign Secretary can be there (they will be abroad on Thursday).

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Energy market and fuel costs examined by Andrew Neil

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Andrew Neil examines the words of Chris Huhne

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne says that our fuel bills wouldn't rise so much if we could wean ourselves off ever-rising fossil fuels.

The big power companies say they've had to hike our gas and electricity bills because of rising global energy prices. I've been looking at energy prices and I'm not sure the picture is quite as they say.

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About Andrew

Presenter of the Daily Politics on BBC Two and the Sunday Politics on BBC One.

In a long career in publishing and broadcasting Andrew has been UK editor of The Economist, editor of The Sunday Times, executive chairman of Sky Television and publisher of The Scotsman Group of newspapers.

He has presented Midnight Hour, Despatch Box and, when he was fresh out of university, Tomorrow's World and The Risk Business.

Currently, when not on air, he is chairman of the Spectator Group of magazines.

One award: "Editor least likely ever to get a knighthood."

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