tv Beyond 100 Days BBC News September 27, 2017 7:00pm-8:01pm BST
you're watching beyond one hundred days. the revenge of the real populists. donald trump suffers a crushing blow after his chosen candidate is defeated in alabama. if you thought trump was the outsider — think again. last night's result suggests he's now seen as part of the establishment. meet roy moore — he thinks homosexuality should be illegal and muslims should not sit in congress. oh, and he's now likely to be an american senator. is this what a trade war looks like? the us slaps massive tariffs on a canadian jet company and thousands of workers are left wondering if they'll still have a job. the us military says almost half of puerto rico's three million residents don't have access to clean drinking water and most hospitals have no fuel for their generators. also on the programme. populism on the left — the man who would be british prime minister sets out his plan to occupy number 10. plus, everything you needed to know
about us—russia relations as told through snooker. our man in moscow breaks it down as only he can. do get in touch with us the hashtag is beyond—one—hundred—days. hello — i'm katty kay in washington, christian fraser is in london. the populist president has just been defeated by a populist insurgency. forget everything you thought you knew about american politics, it's just got even more wild. donald trump it seems has now become part of the establishment — and the object of anger among "real" conservatives in the deep red southern state of alabama. the source of this turmoil on the right is a controversial formerjudge who holds beliefs far out of the mainstream but is now set to become an american senator. last night roy moore beat mr trump's chosen candidate in the race for the alabama senate seat. mr trump is said to be furious about the outcome.
mr moore is revelling in the upset, without distancing himself from his boss. we can make america great. we can support the president. don't let anybody in the press make you think that because he supported my opponent that i do not support him. we support his agenda. so who is roy moore? probably easiest just to let his own positions speak for themselves. in an interview in 2005, he said that ‘homosexual conduct should be illegal‘ — and that it was immoral. ba rack 0bama's citizenship was also questioned. moore said it was his personal belief that the former president was not born in the us. and he also appeared to suggest that the terrorist attacks of september 11 were a punishment from turning away from god. he's argued that muslims should not be allowed to sit in congress. mr moore has to beat the democratic
candidate in december to become senator but this is alabama so the chances of the democrat winning are pretty slim. let's get more — ron christie, who worked for president george w bush is with us. your republican party has a new senator and he will probably be the next alabama senator and he has these quite extreme views. next alabama senator and he has these quite extreme viewslj next alabama senator and he has these quite extreme views. i think it has set of seismic waves of alien washington. he has said the most homophobic and racist comments. he was twice removed in office from the alabama supreme court for not obeying the law. republican party is quite worried. this is alabama, a
conservative state, and even by the standards of alabama his views may be considered outside the mainstream but yet he got a majority in the run—off last night. but yet he got a majority in the run-off last night. he did it by running against mitch mcconnell, and he and his allies spent millions of dollars to try to defeat roy moore. it backfired. with washington trying to tell people in the south howell to tell people in the south howell to vote. and now i can hardly wait to vote. and now i can hardly wait to see what is going to happen next. —— how to vote. to see what is going to happen next. -- how to vote. a triple whammy yesterday for the establishment, the republican establishment in washington. bob corker, a moderate announces he is standing down. let's watch this clip of steve bannon, the former strategist for the president, revelling in this and put down a
marker ahead of the midterms. you're going to see in state after state people that follow the model of judge roy moore that do not need to raise money from the elite, the crony capitalists, the fat cats in washington, new york and silicon valley. so we thought that trumpets was monolithic donald trump at the top but that is not how it is. it has spread. he cannot even control it. he can control it and the interesting thing is that this is steve bannon versus donald trump and steve bannon versus donald trump and steve bannon versus donald trump and steve bannon won the first round i think if you look at states like mississippi and arizona, nevada, the 55555 ﬁg? £254“? hie??? mi! thought they had a republicans thought they had a pretty good election cycle, just nine seats to defend and the democrats have 23 to defend but now is steve bannon could get involved in many of these races with
established republican is sitting pretty and any of the prospect of republicans spending millions of dollars to defeat of applicants. the base blames the establishment for things like not repealing and replacing 0bamacare. the president sent out a tweet today on 0bamacare, saying we will get this through. we will have the votes for health care but not for the reconciliation deadline of friday after which we need 60. i looked at that and then i saw this thing from the new york times today so he's always talking about when it will be coming in and this from the new york times, a collection of his tweets on policy issues going back to us first weeks in office. it will happen soon, very soon, might happen eventually, might happen a little bit later. the language beginning to change. he is desperate for a win. he is and i think that list is indicative of how frustrated the president is. the
people i spoke to earlier today said that in fact he is very upset about what happened in the selection in alabama yesterday. he needs to get a victory on the board so right now he's doing what he does best, taking to the road, air force one, going out having these rallies and trying to rally at the base. but he ought to rally at the base. but he ought to be staying in washington to rally at the party. this is definitely not good news for donald trump. i spoke to someone today who said it will be ha rd to someone today who said it will be hard for him now to get things done. thank you for coming in. i spoke to a democratic senator today and asked her the question, you have this problem on the left as well, it took a nanosecond to come up well, it took a nanosecond to come up with three of four names on the left of the party who could do to the democrats exactly what one moore is doing. so it is notjust the republican party. someone said we are living through the equivalent of
climate change in politics. we will talk aboutjeremy climate change in politics. we will talk about jeremy corbyn climate change in politics. we will talk aboutjeremy corbyn later in the programme. and talking about the ft and the victory on the far right if you will, taking votes from the mainstream, but if you're not the change candidate these days, you're dead. it is feeling like that but u nless dead. it is feeling like that but unless you have something positive to say or if you can engage people who are angry, if you're not that change candidate you're going nowhere. and the left of the democratic party is as fired up as the right of the conservative party, the right of the conservative party, the republican party. the azores been the possibility that the trump administration would launch a trade war. we just expected to be with china not canada. today the us imposed a whopping 220% tariff on a jet made by the canadian firm bombardier. the leader of quebec province, where the jet is made, described it as an attack and promised resistance. the tariffs follow a complaint from bombardier‘s us rival boeing that the canadian company is unfairly receiving government subsidies. this all puts the british government
in a tricky position — how far will it go in punishing boeing, and siding with bombardier, which employs 4,000 people in northern ireland. today the message from defence secretary michael fallon was rather confusing. thousands ofjobs at northern ireland's biggest manufacturing employer could go, if us rival boeing succeeds in having tariffs of 220% imposed on bombardier planes sold in the us. leaving the belfast plant today, workers were understandably concerned. yeah, there is worry there, general worry from everybody, yeah, we weren't expecting 220%, to be honest. it's all up in the air, so it is, but it is what it is, we can't do nothing about it, you know? very disappointed, yes, i think they're being bullies about it, no doubt about it. archive: if the planes achieve the expected demand, it means a lot of employment in ulster...
the aerospace industry has a long history in belfast. formerly known as short brothers, it's been here since 1948, and to this day it remains a huge part of northern ireland's economy. last year, it paid £158 million in wages. it accounts for over 8% of all northern ireland's exports, and it sources parts and services from 800 companies in the uk and ireland. the future of this plant here in belfast is designed around the success of the plane onto which these wings will be attached, so any threat to the c series programme is a direct threat to potentially thousands ofjobs here in belfast. boeing has a powerful cheerleader. companies that receives subsidies and use them to sell cheaply in the us, as boeing claims in this case, are the enemy of president trump's "america first" policy. but politicians here have started firing back. this is not the kind of behaviour that we expect from a long—term partner, and i've made that very clear to boeing, when i met them earlier in the summer. and i've also made very clear to the new united states
ambassador in london, this is not the behaviour we expect of boeing and could indeed jeopardise our future relationship with boeing. the plant itself is in a constituency held by the dup, which the government relies on to pass laws, so it's getting westminster‘s full attention. the prime minister, on our behalf, has raised this issue with president trump and prime minister trudeau, so at the very highest level we've been emphasising how important this is. thousands ofjobs depend on this, hundreds of millions of pounds in terms of the northern ireland economy. there's a long way to go in this increasingly acrimonious journey. a second ruling will be made in february next year, and even that can be appealed. meanwhile, on the factory floor, the possibility of being shut out of your biggest market will cause lingering concerns. simonjack, bbc news, belfast. while the prime minister has said
the uk long—term partnership with boeing was being undermined by its behaviour towards bombardier. she said she'd spoken to president trump more than once about the issue as well as raising it during their recent in new york. noel gibson works at the bombadier plant and joins us now from belfast. good to see you. the prime ministers saying she has spoken to president trump more than once. it does not seem to be enough. we do not think the prime minister has put enough pressure on the american administration. given the amount of contracts the uk has with boeing. they should put more pressure on them. what does it mean to you and your colleagues who work at the plant if these tariffs on the c seriesjet which plant if these tariffs on the c series jet which delta plant if these tariffs on the c seriesjet which delta board, if they're implemented seriesjet which delta board, if they‘ re implemented what seriesjet which delta board, if they're implemented what would it mean to the company? potentially it could stall the c series programme.
the effect that would have on belfast would be devastating. there are 1000 workers on it today and that would grow to about 60% of the workforce. forgive me for mentioning your age, we are the same age, 52. if this goes ahead and there is, i guess you have to face the prospect those jobs guess you have to face the prospect thosejobs might guess you have to face the prospect those jobs might not be there. what would you do if you lost yourjob but bombardier? i've been at ten to 27 years. but bombardier? i've been at ten to 27 yea rs. if but bombardier? i've been at ten to 27 years. if i was to lose the job i would find it difficult finding the samejob with would find it difficult finding the same job with the same rates of pay in northern ireland. that would be very difficult. in this climate. could you train for something else? i'm starting to retrain, but at my age, it is always possible but there
are so many people out there looking for work. and given the state of the economy, i think it would be hard for me to go into a new career. you have given us a good idea of the human cost of these decisions but james brokenshire is the northern ireland secretary and said today there has been support given by london to bombardier but it was a repayable launch investment. some of that money has also come from the canadian government. is itjust a case of explaining to the american authorities where the money has come from and what it was used for?m authorities where the money has come from and what it was used for? it is used to invest in the new aircraft which no company could afford the upfront costs. they are repayable loa ns, upfront costs. they are repayable loans, launch aid. and under wto rules, the uk uses a different
formula from the american tax breaks. good to get your thoughts. we wish you the best with that. let's check in with theresa may, we told you that there was some comment from her. ithink told you that there was some comment from her. i think we have got that on video now. i'm bitterly disappointed by this news, of course it isa disappointed by this news, of course it is a preliminaryjudgment from the us department of commerce but of course this will cause a lot of uncertainty. bombardier is usually important to northern ireland in terms ofjobs that people have at bombardier and i will be doing everything i can as the government has been, and working with both arlene foster and michelle 0'neill, i spoken to both today about this decision. working with them to ensure we try to make sure the future of bombardier in northern ireland is guaranteed and protected. worth pointing out that this is a very big story in the uk and in
canada especially in quebec. i've done a search of television stations this morning, look through the websites of the major newspapers and almost not mentioned here in the us. that is the kind disparity of these trading arrangements, america is the big player here and feels confident that the uk in the end probably will not cancel those contracts and will still buy boeing products. distinctly awkward for the government, not only is the dup a key partner when it comes to the brexit debate in parliament, but also of course it is in the arena of brexit, talking about the free trade deal with the americans and detractors will say you see, we might have this special relationship but they wanted their way and this will be punishing for us and we will not be able to fight back as the smaller partner. in that sense for the government this is, just the wrong time. after facing criticism that his response to puerto rico was inadequate, the trump administration is now moving fast to send aid to the island.
the trouble is, it's a bit late — hurricane maria hit a full week ago. the us department of defense says 44% of the population doesn't have access to clean drinking water. and there are 69 hospitals on the island but the storm knocked out power to most of them and they can't fuel to fire up their generators. the president has now agreed to boost disaster relief. but is it getting to the people who need it? a few moments ago we spoke to congresswoman jennifer gonzalez—colon who represents puerto rico. what are you hearing from people in puerto rico today, what is the latest? will half an hour ago we had a team led by a generalfrom the army to help to oversee the response
to the situation regarding the hurricane. that will help a lot. the lines of distribution in the upload of the aid that we are receiving. 0ne of the aid that we are receiving. one of the main issues we have right now is that we are an island without power and electricity. that means less tha n power and electricity. that means less than 40% of the population are connected. everything has to got to get in and out by air or by sea. there's no way to receive external help without ships or barges to distribute humanitarian aid. so one of the main problems right now, people are taking five or seven hours just to get to the centre to
receive aid board to get money for gas and diesel. and these are american citizens and population wise the island is the size of iowa and yet even though you do not have voting rights or senators from puerto rico, is there are concerned that you're just not going to be able to push hard enough within congress for the funding you need? believe me, we're very hard. congress must act and is going to act. the visit of donald trump next week is so important for all of us. this is the kind of help we need. the good thing about what the federal government is doing is we never got this kind of communication before with federal agencies. and the department of health and all the
federal agencies were there before the hurricane and after. it is now one week since hurricane maria hit the island. the white house is responding, the president at pains to talk about puerto rico and the suffering there. but that was on wednesday, tuesday, six days late. and i think the people of puerto rico are saying if we do not get aid into those remote areas of the island soon, we will not feel satisfied whatever the white house says that this has been a priority for this white house. and people pointing to his diary through the week, he was in a posh restaurant in new york over the weekend and then in alabama on friday. so he's going next week but some would say not before time. let's take a look at some of the other news.
people of iraq's kurdistan region have voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence. electoral officials say there was a 92% "yes" vote. the non—binding poll has been heavily criticised by iraq's central government and neighbouring countries, who say it will destabilise the region. fights have broken out in the ugandan parliament for a second day running. mps threw chairs and microphone stands during prolonged scuffles in the main chamber. they're angry about a move by government supporters to lift the age limit of 75 on presidential candidates. if passed, it would clear the way for the current president, yoweri museveni, to stand again. ukraine's prime minister has blamed russia for deliberately starting a fire at a munitions depot. the blaze triggered huge explosions on tuesday evening, and artillery shells have continued to explode throughout wednesday. nearly 30,000 people have been evacuated from the area. nothing we like more than a good
space programme and nasa is preparing a mission where we can almost touch the sun for the first time. not sure why we would want to do that! the parker solar probe will set off injune 2018 and is set to orbit the sun deep inside is a small figure. —— deep inside its atmosphere. it will send back data from around 143 million kilometres away. we're going to go into the corona which is home to many mysteries. they have baffled scientists for decades. we will finally have a mission to go up and unlock those mysteries for us. on launch day i know i'm going to be a mess. i will have mixed emotions because i've grown to love this spacecraft. i have seen her so much. and she has
been part of everyone's lives. it is like sending your kid off to college. but i know she's going to send lots of data so it will be extremely exciting. and i'm pretty sure that i'm going to cry. that is very interesting. your space story for the day. something to share with you christian — just to give you an idea of the atmosphere in some us government buildings right now. this is scott pruitt being sworn in as the new head of the environmental protection agency back in february — and if reports here in washington are right — the epa is going to spend nearly 25,000 dollars to construct a secure, soundproof communications booth in mr pruitt‘s office. a $25,000 soundproof box. i think thatis a $25,000 soundproof box. i think that is where our editors would like to put us occasionally! according to the washington post these soundproof
booths are generally used for a hearing test but this is more costly customised version presumably so he can speak in private to the white house. you might think it is a daft idea but when i called you before the show, you want to see where i spoke to you from? this is where i sit in the meeting pod. talking to you in washington. in fact it is not actually that soundproof. you will see in the second, the door does not even close. but we do have the soundproof booth. and what he will find when he tries to get his team into one of those books you will not be able to fit them in, they're too small. this is beyond 100 days from the bbc. coming up for viewers on the bbc news channel and bbc world news — he really knows how to pick a fight and oh—so publicly — what does the nfl spat tell us about mr trump's divide—and—conquer course of action?
and is this populism on the political left? with a cult—like following behind him, the uk labour leader jeremy corbyn sets out his bid to become the next british prime minister. that's still to come. good evening, it has been a wet day especially across western areas. reports of some minor flooding especially across western areas. reports of some minorflooding in northern ireland and all due to this weather front. there's northern ireland and all due to this weatherfront. there's not much northern ireland and all due to this weather front. there's not much wind to push it through. so the rain not ina hurry to push it through. so the rain not in a hurry to move away. later on northern ireland and wales and the south west dry and clear as the main band moves east. starting off with some morning sunshine tomorrow. but for eastern parts of the country a different story. quite breezy in
shetland. some heavy bursts of rain across 0rkney. east coast counties of england seeing some rain. still quite grey across the south—east and east anglia. the cloud may take some time to completely break up but elsewhere it will brighten up through the morning into the afternoon. most places seeing sunny spells in the afternoon with a light wind. a better day compared with today. and still feeling warm in the sunshine. so into thursday night we see changes again, the breeze picking up and rain pushing east. dragon that is quite a menacing area of low pressure out to the west and pushing its way towards iceland. but that strengthens the wind on the back edge of the weather front pushing it through a little bit more
quickly. so some of you start off with rain, most telling dry and bright in the afternoon. and northern ireland not having a bad day before the showers gather later in the day. into the weekend a bit ofa in the day. into the weekend a bit of a fresh start to saturday. a few showers developing and clouding over into the south west later. then the focus gets complicated by the re m na nts of focus gets complicated by the remnants of hurricane maria and her economy. “— remnants of hurricane maria and her economy. —— harry kane leave. a big uncertainty as to what the forecast will be for sunday. king we this is beyond 100 days, with me katty kay in washington and christian fraser's in london. our top stories: voters in the us state of alabama chose a hardline christian conservative to contest the state's vacant senate seat for the republicans, rejecting president trump's choice. thousands of british
jobs at plane—maker bombardier are at risk after an american trade ruling. coming up in the next half hour: president trump continues his tirade against nfl players who don't stand for the national anthem is divide and conquer working for him? and what a game of snooker tells us about american—russian relations. let us know your thoughts, using the hashtag, #beyond100days. the main criticism of donald trump's initial response to the crisis in puerto rico, is that he was spending his time instead tweeting about american football players. in the past four days, the president of the united states has sent out 24 tweets criticising athletes who kneel during the national anthem. what's known here as taking a knee is seen by the players of the nfl as a legitimate protest
against police treatment of black people. but millions of americans, the president included, see it as a sign of disrespect for the us military. what is clear is that donald trump sees it as a political win and he's still talking about as we heard a short time ago. the nfl is in a very bad spot. you cannot have people disrespecting our national anthem, ourflag, our country, and that's what they're doing, and in my opinion, the nfl has to change or you know what's going to happen? their business is going to go to hell. james fallows is europe editor for the atlantic. wait and going to let this drop. —— he's not going to let this drop. did a lot of black athletes who have used protest in this way like muhammad ali to put across a cause that they're fighting for. the question is, what have other
presidents done? is fascinating. there have been a number of these historic episodes like muhammad ali criticising lyndon b. johnson. in 1968 olympics, two sprinters are famously raised their hands in a black power racialjustice protest at the medal ceremony. a baseball player was having protest against what he viewed as slavery of the baseball contracts. lyndonjohnson and richard nixon, the presidents during these episodes, people we don't usually think of as avatars of bringing americans together, each decided to say nothing. they thought it would inflame one of america's old est it would inflame one of america's oldest wounds. but that's not this president's style and no body should be surprised because he was like this in the campaign. he is fast and full stea m this in the campaign. he is fast and full steam ahead. you said in your article that you wrote over the weekend which i read, that he had shown shocking recklessness in the
way he responded. the point i was trying to make is that nothing about donald trump's behaviour in office should be a surprise because this is how he showed himself during the campaign but we should not lose our capacity to be shocked by this, that having him deliberately collared sport relief that are deliberately black —— sports leagues, and he's recklessly doing it. give us the context behind this. a lot of people are trying to understand the reference that americans have for both the anthem and a flag, it is almost religious in this country, other countries don't necessarily have that, and the president does have that, and the president does have quite a bit of support when he tells these players that they should be standing for the flag and respecting the anthem. you're right, katty. this is the kind of national religion, the flag, and politicians have felt obliged to wear these lapel pins of the flag. there was a
fascinating op—ed in the new york times about the team—mate of the san francisco 49ers ers saying they chose to take any because they thought it was respectful and reverent. this was a traditionally religious gesture of respect, showing that they were honouring the country but also protesting so i think that trump is knowingly trying to make this about something different from what it originated as. martin luther king also knelt as well as we saw him during protests, but how much support do you think donald trump has amongst sports fans for his position on this? i presume otherwise he would not continue to wade into this. there's a report in the last 24 hours he had a meeting saying it was going well and playing to his base but i think the most startling thing in american politics in the last month was the scene 24 hours ago of the entire dallas cowboys football tea m hours ago of the entire dallas
cowboys football team including its ownerjerryjones, a very conservative, although white man, all kneeling before the national anthem so the fact that owners and players like and wait —— black and white were finding a way to express solidarity is a way it is backfiring for trump. katty, there will be a lot of sports fa ns katty, there will be a lot of sports fans in the polls. it will be interesting. yes and i think whenever donald trump wants a distraction, perhaps from the legislative failure of health care reform in this case which hasn't got through the senate and has been thrown out of congress, does he feel he needs to stalk up his base by igniting and inflaming america us cultural wars? it's a very easy position to take and he does have some support for it,. some
think if you do not kneel for the ads your disrespecting the flag and as you suggest, polling is going to be interesting, particularly in the light of charlottesville and the discussion about race and this president's position on race. 80,000 people have now been evacuated from their homes near an active volcano in bali. officials have warned that mount agung could erupt at any time. hundreds of tremors have been recorded in the past two days and the area is under the highest level volcano alert. ryanair is rya nair is cancelling ryanair is cancelling an ex 18,000 flights over the winter months and may affect more than 400,000 travellers. —— 80,000. they have already been fought to cancel 50 flights a day over a six—week period because of a shortage of pilots. right now, we're witnessing a surge in the success of populist parties across the west. here in the states, donald trump certainly falls into that category. and bernie sanders led a colourful and emblematic campaign
for the democratic nomination against hillary clinton. in the uk, we've our own home—grown brand of populist, personality—driven politics in the shape of the labour party leaderjeremy corbyn. the bbc‘s nick watt reports. i'm looking forward to my prime minister being jeremy corbyn. you see and hear, you see him there, you see and hear, you see him there, you see everywhere. perish the thought that labour is embracing a personality cult, butjeremy corbyn is turning into something of an icon, even his cat is depicted on merchandise. this isn't about making aafew merchandise. this isn't about making a a few bucks for party coffers. all sides genuinely believe jeremy corbyn could soon be walking through this famous door. an early election
would bring up central questions aboutjeremy would bring up central questions about jeremy corbyn's future. would bring up central questions aboutjeremy corbyn's future. does he believe he can be prime minister orders he believed his essential mission is to secure the leadership of the labour party for a future generation of left—wingers? a gentle but apparently unstoppable momentum is powering the rise ofjeremy corbyn, soon, however, he may be confronted with the reality is of power. —— realities. earlier today, it was a very bouyant jeremy corbyn who took to the labour party's conference platform in brighton. applause we have left the status quo behind,
but we must make the change we seek credible and effective. during the election campaign, i met and listened to people in every part of the country and i did the same over the country and i did the same over the summer. impressed with the determination of so many people to try to make their communities better, impressed with the hard work of people to try to deliver struggling public services, and i met struggling single parents, young people held back by the lack of opportunity, pensioners anxious about health and social care, public serva nts about health and social care, public servants trying to keep services together, low and middle earners, self—employed and employed, facing insecurity and squeezed living. let eve ryo ne insecurity and squeezed living. let everyone understand this. we have come thisjourney everyone understand this. we have come this journey not to let you
down because we listen to you, because we believe in you, labour can and labour will deliver a britain for the many, not the few. the bbc‘s political correspondent ross hawkinsjoins me now. towards the end of that speech, he talked about occupying the centre ground, which is a tricky issue for us ground, which is a tricky issue for us journalists because we're not entirely sure where the centre ground is. neither are they. if you had said to anyone in politics ten yea rs had said to anyone in politics ten years ago, the soundtrack of this political summer, thousands of people chanting jeremy corbyn, they would have laughed you out of the studio. what he said in that speech is what his predecessor had said in private for a long time, the team around him, that once we had a financial crash rate across the globe, politics changed and the same rules didn't apply and the argument he made is one that you hear from populist movements on the left and
right, that things have changed, that the old prescriptions don't work and at the centre has shifted and that they believe as many on the left believed that has no weather is and that's where they get a lot of this confidence and enthusiasm that you can touch and feel at these events. that is the very essence of this programme, that is why it was formed, to look at this movement. hillary clinton summed it up by saying, i ran a traditional presidential campaign with carefully thought out policies, painstakingly build coalitions, well donald trump is running a reality tv show that experts stalked resentment and angen experts stalked resentment and anger. we have seen a parallel of that in britain with the referendum campaign. everything that the campaign. everything that the campaign to remain within the european union wentworth was precisely what would have fought for the conservatives. for tony blair, you get a big dossier, it says how terrible the other side will be. you get it into the newspapers and broadcasters followed up and you get
your point make. what is striking is the lack of ignorance. i phoned around bunch of mps on the general election when people were casting their votes. almost none of them had their votes. almost none of them had the faintest idea what was going on because they hadn't been talking to people, knocking on the doors of voters who made the difference in the end and that's why so many of us arejust the end and that's why so many of us are just stuck the end and that's why so many of us arejust stuck in the end and that's why so many of us are just stuck in dark. they're scratching their heads in germany, too. yes, and angela merkel's response was to come up with better policies which is the challenge for politicians. ross, you have just come from the conference. when you spoke to people, did they think that they had won, despite the fact that his platform is radical because the platform is radical? that's the crucial point, utter certainty not only that they had won because of the radicalism which in the uk ex presses the radicalism which in the uk expresses itself as bringing a whole bunch of industries back into state ownership that were sold off in the
80s under british prime minister margaret thatcher, but that also they had been told time and time again that they were wrong and this isa again that they were wrong and this is a great prices for opponents of jeremy corbyn, not only outside his party but within it, the logic that was thrown at his sort of politics for pretty much my whole adult lifetime is these guys on the left are wrong because they are losers, because they cannot win. we win the next —— he didn't win the last general election but he got much closer than anyone outside the circle would have expected and many are saying his politics are wrong to be leader and they had a tricky challenge of coming up with a workable alternative. ever since the financial crash, the conventional approach to politics and economics have put that —— made that a little less easy to justify. the conservatives conference is next week. they have to come up with a
plan after an election that was so profound a disappointing first so many of their people. it is a sweet spot of having a charismatic leader as well as policies that every departure. we are seeing it here in britain and in other countries. this is beyond 100 days. still to come: from tweet, to tweet—tweet — why twitter is doubling down, allowing you to go beyond the 140 characters. let's get some sport now from here in the uk, and ben stokes has been included in england's ashes squad to tour australia this winter, despite being arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm outside a nightclub in bristol in the early hours of monday. the 26—year—old all—rounder has also retained his role as vice—captain, asjoe wilson reports. england at the oval today against west indies, without ben stokes, started well, but they won't go to australia without him. england named their squad for the ashes, showed their hand.
in ben stokes's case, a fractured hand. he's picked to tour with the hope he's healed to play in november, but then there's the criminal investigation after his arrest and england's own disciplinary inquiries. it's never a good thing to have to deal with these situations, for me to be in front of a tv camera, for the guys to have to go out and play and perform with things like this hanging over their heads. so, you know, we do need to ask ourselves some questions. but is it down to stokes to change his own behaviour? he's now at a different level, and he's got to look himself in the mirror, no—one else. what you need when you go to australia is a clear kind of run through exactly what's happening. there's issues with the side, they're not too sure what their best team is. there's now issues with their best player. you know, i think in terms of, you know, everything that could possibly go wrong leading into an ashes series, it's pretty much up there. dealing with wild cards has always been a captain'sjob — it was in david gower‘s day. you want ben stokes on that tour. he is the sort of character who, basically, inspires a side, he is your pivot.
well, there are some new names in the ashes squad — ben foakes is the back—up wicketkeeper. england gamble on two batsmen, james vince and gary ballance, who've tried and struggled before. there are two new bowlers — craig 0verton and spinner mason crane, who's just 20. meanwhile, australia's captain, steve smith, strides purposefully in a promotional video that has been running for months. down under, all australia needs to worry about is selling tickets. you're watching beyond 100 days. today is september 27th, 2017, and women in saudi arabia have only now been told they will be allowed to drive cars. not actually quite yet — the saudi government says they will have to wait untiljune 2018 to be allowed to take their place in the driving seat. campaigners have been calling for more rights for saudi women for decades and for them this
as a victory. but it is worth remembering the things that saudi women are still not allowed to do without the permission of a male guardian. they can't file for a divorce from their husband. saudi women also can't open a bank account. it's not simple to hop on a plane as they can't travel freely. 0ddly, they also can't get elective surgery. and they're not allowed to mix freely with men, except in a few special circumstances. the bbc‘s frank gardner has this report. segregated and secretive, saudi women lead very different lives to men. until now, they have been forbidden by law to drive. last night, that changed. the country's ageing king salman issued a decree — from june next year, women can finally take to the roads. for saudi arabia, this is huge. translation: i am very happy,
i haven't slept since yesterday. we have waited years for this to happen. translation: this will help us depend on ourselves and not need anyone to take us. we will not need drivers anymore. every woman will be free and independent. the lifting of the ban will have an economic impact. an estimated 800,000 imported chauffeurs work in saudi arabia, costing families a third of their budget. in the past, some women have tried flouting the law, driving illegally to demand rights, leading to arrest and imprisonment. this is one of the activists — she had to leave the country. i was targeted by a campaign shaming me. i lost myjob, i lost my child custody, and i had to leave my country eventually. i still go and come, but i am harassed so much, especially my mother and father. my father was in a mosque listening to an imam, who was calling me a whore for driving my car. the long—standing opposition to saudi women driving
has come from religious clerics rather than ruling princes. they fear it will lead to a breakdown of morals. their views have been overruled by the powerful crown prince salman. this is all part of his vision 2030 plan to modernise saudi arabia. for now, the clerics have been largely quiet. the lifting of the driving ban on women appears now to be irreversible. the lifting of the driving ban on women appears to be irreversible. if you're moving towards a modern trading economy, you can do it without letting women get around and being able to drive. i met your mum in the summerand being able to drive. i met your mum in the summer and we were talking about saudi arabia because she used to live there. yes, i lived there is a child in the 1970s and my mum used
to did! a child in the 1970s and my mum used to did i sometimes, she would put on a headdress and take the front seat andi a headdress and take the front seat and i have a clear memory of driving above mecca and the guy in the car behind us must have realised that it was a woman driving the car and he tried to drivers right off the side of the road —— drives us. it was terrifying. it was a real restriction on her. she was a journalist and being able to work is difficult if you don't have a car. the head of the imf has tweeted that this will be valuable for the saudi economy. about time, 2017 and women can drive. it's often said that politics is like sport: to come out on top, you need good tactics, the perfect game plan. well, when it comes to playing geo—politics, few leaders have more experience than vladimir putin. but with relations between russia and america at a new low, has he misread the game? if moscow did interfere in last year's us presidential election to help get donald trump elected, was that a strategic error? the good sport that he is, our moscow correspondent
steve rosenberg popped down to a russian snooker hall to try to explain how the kremlin may have mis—cued. donald trump was russia's big break, or so they thought. when pro—russia trump into the game, the kremlin believed its problems which disappeared one by one. sanctions would go, so would nato troops from russia's borders. it was a long shot but perhaps the white house would even recognise as part of russia. but if the russians thought they had the run of the ball, they misjudged things. 0n the geopolitical pool table, play hasn't gone the kremlin's way. sanctions, nato troops, they are still all there. right now, vladimir putin looks well and truly snookered. if russia was
playing on trump's team in america's election, that strategy may have backfired with the russia investigation in america in full swing and suspicion on russia at a new high, trump is in no position to make concessions to moscow. in fact, since august, congress would even let him ease sanctions without its say—so. he's stuck, too. politically, donald trump's hands are tied and when your hands are tied, it does make scoring rather tricky. that has a knock—on effect for the kremlin. things have gone askew for vladimir putin. us and russian relations have reached a new low with expulsions of diplomats and the shutting down of diplomatic buildings. mind you, after 17 years at the table, in power in russia, the one thing that that you put in —— that vladimir putin has is experience. when you think he's
boxed in for good, the kremlin leader somehow find their way to come out on top. 140 characters. brevity is at the very heart of twitter. but it's a frustration for some people who find it hard to cram their thoughts into such a short amount of space. if you're one of them, the announcement that the social media platform might be doubling its character limit to 280 could be very welcome news. twitter is testing the idea among random users. this has had a great reaction here. i had to show you this tweet from eric, the democratic congressman from california. he posted this this morning. for every single one of donald
trump's staff who live in terror of those early morning tweets when it's only 140 characters, imagine what they will think when he has the chance to put out 280!|j they will think when he has the chance to put out 280! i was a tad sceptical about this because i thought, what is the real advantage ofan thought, what is the real advantage of an extra 140 characters? will it really change the emphasis of the tweets i'm reading? but then i changed my mind because i find this tweet. this is one that i phoned from one of our many viewers. but then i went looking for the 280 character tweet and says... it changes the emphasis completely!
i'm on board with the longer tweets. ijust think i'm on board with the longer tweets. i just think another 140 characters from you every day, christian, i don't know, or is it? not worth it? i think is going to be the kind of thing are producer is good to be sitting thinking, actually, one of producers, adam, said 280 characters, now they will really cause us characters, now they will really cause us problems! coming up next on bbc world news, ros atkins is here with 0utside source, and for viewers in the uk, we'll have the latest headlines from ben brown. for now, from katty kay in washington and me, christian fraser in london, goodbye. good evening. it has been a thoroughly wet day, particularly
across western areas and northern ireland with reports of minor flooding. it's down to this weather front. it's not moving eastwards quickly. 0n the back of it, not many isobars, not much wind to push it through. some of the winds across eastern areas this evening as the wind pushes its way in. heavy bursts pushing into eastern scotland and much of eastern england after what has been a fine day. vodafone, northern ireland, wales and the southwest and right and the rain band edges eastward. a fresher feel compelled to the past few days but at least here we start with morning sunshine for the commute. eastern pa rt sunshine for the commute. eastern part of the country, it's a different story. damp spots for thursday morning's commute, breezy in shetland, some heavy bursts in caithness and 0rkney, patchy rain across other eastern counties of scotla nd across other eastern counties of scotland and eastern coastal counties of england. the cloud brea ks counties of england. the cloud breaks around eight o'clock east of the pennines but still grey across east anglia, the odd spot of inner drizzle. the cloud may take well to com pletely drizzle. the cloud may take well to completely break up but even if you
start with cloud and outbreaks of rain, it will brighten up to the morning and into the afternoon, most places are seeing sunny spell through the afternoon but light winds, the breeze sticking up in the west but a better day compared to today and when the sun is out, more pleasant, sunshine around 20 celsius. 0n pleasant, sunshine around 20 celsius. on thursday night, we see changes again, the breeze picks up, pushing its way eastwards. driving thatis pushing its way eastwards. driving that is an area of low pressure which stays to the west and pushes towards iceland, not us, but it strengthens the wind and the back edge of our weather front pushes it through a little bit quicker than today. some of you will start off with rain across england, scotland and wales, most will turn dry and bright into the afternoon, and not a bad day before showers gather later in the day, temperatures 15 to 19 celsius. into the weekend, a i started saturday, sunshine initially but a few showers developing and cloudy. for the second half of the
weekend, it gets the remnants of two hurricanes which get consumed into this broad area of low pressure. big uncertainty what the forecast will be for sunday but at the moment, it is looking wet and windy. this is bbc news. i'm ben brown. the headlines at 8pm. jeremy corbyn closes labour's annual conference in brighton. declaring that his party is now "ready for government"
and "on the threshold of power." this is a weak and divided government with no purpose beyond clinging to power. its labour that is now setting the agenda, winning the arguments for a new common sense about the direction our country should take. police who shot dead a driver near bristol this morning say they were responding to reports that he was carrying a gun. ryanair is to cancel thousands more flights over the next few months — in a move which could affect up to 400,000 passengers. theresa may says she's bitterly disappointed after a trade dispute with the us leaves thousands of aviation jobs at risk in belfast.