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after an investigation uncovered a secret campaign to stir up racial tensions in south africa, considered one of the worst breach of ethics in its history. the business independent says activity among britain's builders slumped to its lowest point this year in august as firms delay projects in the run—up to brexit. and finally, on front of the telegraph, we have the smiling couple the duke and duchess of cambridge who have announced they're expecting their third child. the queen and both families are said to be "delighted with the news." the more the merrier, don't they say. so let's begin. with me is stuart thomson who's head of public affairs at pr agency bircham dyson bell. we will get onto royal family shortly, but we have to start with north korea. we have the us
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ambassador to the un talking about them, begging for war. they are antagonistic to put it mildly. they both have big sticks and they are of prodding each otherjust to see who stings first. it feels like we are heading towards something major and particularly catastrophic with nobody really quite knowing how to pull back from the brink. donald trump on one side and the americans, and the north koreans on the other. neither renowned for their sense of pulling back from that. less china steps in, and i think others with a peace mission orjust a few situation. otherwise, it seems to be where we are headed. you can see in history, you can move towards, and if we are not careful, that's where we are in going. look at china's most we are in going. look at china's m ost rece nt we are in going. look at china's most recent reaction, telling the
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north to cough and amid fears of a new test. it talks about the fact that the missile test on sunday was upstaging the summit. china very involved in that, wanting that to be a big event for them in particular, showing strength. what you make of the response? ithink showing strength. what you make of the response? i think they are standing on their traditional positions, which is generally the more pro— north korea, and if you say economically, elections coming up, we'll need the chinese to step up up, we'll need the chinese to step up and do the diplomatic thing. maybe in the past, country feels they could concentrate on one thing ata time. they could concentrate on one thing at a time. if they really are that the global player now, economically and in otherways, the global player now, economically and in other ways, it has to be able to do both and do it well and quickly. we'll need the chinese to step up and work with the americans, which is a changing culture for both sides, frankly. are we not
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pressurising the chinese too much in that case? we are waiting for this d raft that case? we are waiting for this draft resolution, and have had many different un resolutions which have not worked. on the flipside, isn't it the whole international community that needs to come together? we are not seeing any kind of agreement on what to do. it needs agreement and it needs the chinese in the lead. they will listen to china in a way that do not listen to western countries. i china is very much reading that international collaboration, you cannot see it working. yes, we are placing a huge amount of emphasis on responsibility oi'i amount of emphasis on responsibility on china to do that. that seems to be what needs to happen if we are any chance of stepping back from any of this. let's talk about bell pottinger now. very clearly, your company has no connection. absolutely no connection to them whatsoever. for those viewers who may be just tuning
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whatsoever. for those viewers who may bejust tuning in right now are not familiar, just explain the background. what has bell pottinger don wrong and got into trouble for? it has undertaken a piara plan, a reputation management plan in south africa. they've undertaken huge amounts, huge amounts of behaviour which is completely unethical, u na cce pta ble which is completely unethical, unacceptable and the pr say you cannot do this. hence them being expelled. i work in the communications sector, this is everything the set that should not do, shouldn't seem to be doing...|j put do, shouldn't seem to be doing...” put this question, are you surprised that this company who are so old and well established and well known within pr should make such a huge mistake? i am. some good people work there. bell pottinger have always had good people that have worked for them over the years. for them to undertake that gave you, have work
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of that type or not to have been checked, either in south africa or back amongst corporate hq, checked, either in south africa or back amongst corporate h0, is strange, confusing,, back amongst corporate h0, is strange, confusing, , but back amongst corporate h0, is strange, confusing,, but the size of the contract per month, i would imagine... £100,000 a month. that is a nice contract. they might think thatis a nice contract. they might think that is acceptable or not acceptable. as indicated yesterday, acceptable. as indicated yesterday, a rogue element that didn't tell the chief executive what was going on. that is not an acceptable excuse. that is not an acceptable excuse. that is not an acceptable excuse. that isjust that is not an acceptable excuse. that is just an excuse which that is not an acceptable excuse. that isjust an excuse which is not right for a global organisation has bell pottinger probably were. having worked in pr many moons ago, the relationship, you are continuously talking to the client. who pushes for the particular movement, the behaviour? if a client comes to you and says, we want this to happen, you have to stand firm and say, i'm
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not the person, we are not the firm to do that. we don't want to work with you. if you've already got the contract, and that is ongoing, you have to push back and say that is not accept the ball, and you can point out the reasons why. we are talking about a firm that deals with reputation management, and its own reputation management, and its own reputation is in the dustbin. do you think this is enough now in terms of the pr industry, how damaging is it for the industry or has the actions of prca been enough?” for the industry or has the actions of prca been enough? i think the actions have been applauded and the firm action will be welcomed across the sector. is it the last thing? no. you will always have politics journalists always undertaking some behaviour that is unacceptable. it won't be the last. but by taking very strong and clear action against them, at least the industry has stood up and it is only to be applauded. moving on. brexit, uk
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construction slumps to the lowest. very worrying. to put it mildly. yes, some projects, there is a lag. investment is already connect —— committed to building goes ahead. this seems to be certain indicators which looks like that post brexit period, now some decisions on current spending if you like being made. the spending is on happening. you need more than one set of figures to draw out any sort of lear conclusions and it is rogue figures and they will be a series of excuses, can't be taken as a whole picture, but in itself, it does seem to be that companies and organisations are looking at their investment going, we are not sure about the uk. this time yesterday, we have a story about the chief negotiator for the european union saying they want to educate the british people as to the consequences of redford. how do you feel that the communication is being
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handled with regard to this story? it doesn't seem to be going well at all. we have seen it during the summer all. we have seen it during the summerand uk parliament all. we have seen it during the summer and uk parliament comes back today to start discussing some of the legislation. it has been a summer the legislation. it has been a summer full of he says, she says, one says this, we don't really know. that makes it all the worse, for companies and businesses trying to make decisions were going to hold off on make decisions were going to hold offona make decisions were going to hold off on a construction project because they had no idea what is going to happen in the next couple of years. whatever sector it happens to be, do i now... isa of years. whatever sector it happens to be, do i now... is a deep pocketed investor, do i put my money here or there or do i go to paris, copenhagen and other cities? or did promise the more the merrier, the duke and duchess of cambridge expecting their third child. i was in poland, i met the royal couple and there was... with all the toy,
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the present that was given and there was speculation. there are so much speculation, but when it comes to pr, they are priceless. they cannot put a foot wrong. they are the golden couple. the children put look fantastic, nobody says anything out of turn, as the father of three as well, three children, a joy at all times. there is george getting off the plane and there is charlotte. george starts school this week. oh, my goodness. the giving of september. the same story for all parents, but they are under the spotlight to a much greater extent. immense pressure, but a lot of privilege as well. thank you so much for joining privilege as well. thank you so much forjoining us. it has been lovely to chat to you. enjoy your day. we will see you very soon. good morning. we've got some fresher air trying to push into the north—west of the uk today, but for many, a mild and muggy start once again. the dividing line between that bit
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fresher air and something humid is this weather front, which will be producing wet conditions across wales and northern england to start the day. to the south of that, like we saw on monday, extensive low cloud. there will be a few breaks allowing some sunshine and temperatures will shoot up in the morning rush hour. but like yesterday, the cloud will produce some spots of drizzle. the best chance of brightness will be across the east. the west midlands, north wales, north—west england some heavy rain around, particularly on the pennines and the lake district. splashes of rain into yorkshire and the north—east. scotland and northern ireland, a bit of cloud and outbreaks of rain particularly across the west of scotland and northern ireland. they will become less prevalent through the day. sunny skies will develop here and there. few in the way of showers. stays wet across northern england and north wales and the rain eases off in intensity and outbreaks of rain coming and going across the midlands and southern england. in sunshine, temperatures 23 or 24. while we see something fresher to scotland and northern ireland later, you will see something
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a good deal sunnier. the fresh air gradually clears away the damp weather from england and wales as we go through the night and into wednesday morning. we start wednesday and it will feel a good deal cooler. these are the city temperatures but rural areas down into single figures, widely. a fresh start to wednesday but a ridge of high pressure is building in and while this weather front will bring a few showers to parts of scotland, one or two isolated showers in north—west england and northern ireland. wednesday is set to be the driest and brightest day overall. sunny spells. temperatures down on the start of the week. 15—19 degrees. similar on thursday. after a cool start, winds lighter to begin with and cloud amounts increasing. scotland and northern ireland a bit more wet. the rain spreads into northern england late in the day. many southern areas, a dry and bright day. as we finish the week,
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low pressure moves in and outbreaks of rain pushing into most parts of the country. we could see a zone of more persistent rain. a bit uncertain as to where that will be on friday. sunshine between blustery showers further north but temperatures in the mid teens for many. certainly a cooler end the week and we stay windy and cool into the weekend with further blustery showers as well. that's how it's looking. bye for now. hello, this is breakfast, with louise minchin and dan walker. south korea's navy holds live—fire drills in a show of force to pyongyang. it comes as the us and china fail to agree on a way to address the escalating crisis in north korea. good morning, it's tuesday the 5th of september. also this morning, the feelgood factor of our coasts. i'm live in cornwall,
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where researchers have been harnessing the power of the ocean to help people living with anxiety, depression and loneliness.
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