tv The Papers BBC News November 7, 2017 10:45pm-11:00pm GMT
the commons this afternoon, she is in the air. and she was literally in the airat in the air. and she was literally in the air at that time, earlier than expected, she managed to get out of the country. that is where she has gone and she is in africa and getting on with the job. but looking at these stories tonight, yes, priti patel is in deep trouble, you would have to say that and you would expect a denoument when she gets back. but it's not only her, the government looks in deep trouble tonight. and the daily telegraph, clearly a conservative supporting newspaper, is not pulling back on this? no and i think they shouldn't. frankly nobody knows more what priti patel or borisjohnson frankly nobody knows more what priti patel or boris johnson need frankly nobody knows more what priti patel or borisjohnson need to do frankly nobody knows more what priti patel or boris johnson need to do to be sacked. this week has been extraordinary. she has scheduled
meetings without telling the foreign office or the ambassador in israel, or indeed the prime minister has gone leaving her in the dark when she met netanyahu last week. it extraordinary that this has happened, and she lied about it initially to the papers before finally admitting that she has had these meetings. and now we discover that a lobbyist was also present in these meetings. the point i would like to make is that both the blunders of patel and borisjohnson, ifi blunders of patel and borisjohnson, if i may bring him into the equation, are to do with the middle east at a time when the region is on the brink of a showdown perhaps between saudi arabia and iran is not an outright war. as you can find out from the financial times story here. let me get to that a little bit later if i may because i want to
stay with the conservative party for a moment because inside the times, you brought them together, priti patel and boris johnson, you brought them together, priti patel and borisjohnson, both brought together because of the difficulties they face. brought together because of the difficulties they faceli brought together because of the difficulties they face. i am sure the conspiracy theorists will point out that both boris and pretty patel we re out that both boris and pretty patel were leading members of the brexit campaign battle priti patel. putting that aside for the time being, you referred to the inside page, "patel led lobby group chief sit in on secret israel talks". she has been accused of breaching the ministerial code on several occasions now. this was lord pollock, honorary friends of the conservative friends of israel, who set up 12 meetings for the international the relevant secretary during her family holiday. that would have been quite a family holiday with 12 meetings! one
wonders how long the holiday was. less time for the beach! not much time for those very nice beaches in israel but anyway, there it is. as far as boris is concerned... this is to do with the fact he had to go before the commons today after he spoke last week in front of a committee of mps with reference to nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe who is currently in prison in iran.” nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe who is currently in prison in iran. i was thinking, if i said to you, what are the attributes that a foreign secretary, the successors to lord palmerston and lord salisbury and douglas hurd and lord carrington, those sorts of figures, what are those sorts of figures, what are those attributes? you talk about diplomacy and resilience and tact and command of detail, reputation abroad. you would have to ask how many of those attributes would the present foreign secretary have. none. i think that is pretty harsh.
he has resilience! but it is a different style. at least he showed up. i was going to say, he did show up up. i was going to say, he did show up and in terms of what iran as said in response to what he said, the reading is that it might have taken the pressure off him. yes, but we have to remember that they did haul nazanin zaghari— ratcliffe to have to remember that they did haul nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe to an extraordinary court hearing just to tell her that what was boris johnson said was adamant prove... because she may have been training journalists was what he said. exactly. and maybe endangering her further and extending her prison sentence further when it should be the last thing he does. is there a job in government where language matters more? no. that is why the reading of it is so important. in the guardian, this is a tragic story
of carl sargent in wales. it is very ha rd of carl sargent in wales. it is very hard to know what to say about this, apart from i don't envy his family, they must be in a really terrible state at the minute. his position, his reputation has gone down the drain, and he is now dead, all in one week. it must be a lot for a family and his children to take on. and the allegations, we don't know what they were... interesting to hear the reaction ofjeremy corbyn when he said that actually everybody, in any way, on whatever side, dragged into these allegations from any of this nature, they need pastoral care and you need to consider that whatever the truth. but it is an enormous human tragedy.
let me go to two stories on the front of the financial times. you mentioned one that i will come true ina mentioned one that i will come true in a moment but take us to wall street, david. brexit has been having a few days off from most of the front pages! but here it is in the front pages! but here it is in the ft and we are told that a group of financial institutions with big london operations led by wall street's banks have told the us commerce secretary who is in the country at the moment that britain's u nsta ble country at the moment that britain's unstable government has slowed progress in brexit planning and that might force them to start moving thousands of jobs out might force them to start moving thousands ofjobs out of the city in the near future. again, thousands ofjobs out of the city in the nearfuture. again, echoes of the nearfuture. again, echoes of the referendum campaign and all the rest of it. there is no doubt that this deadline that has been set of march 2019 is now starting to
concentrate minds in a very real way and you can't just concentrate minds in a very real way and you can'tjust click your fingers and move people from one pa rt fingers and move people from one part of europe to another.|j fingers and move people from one part of europe to another. i suppose when this appears i feel duty bound to feel that the ft did not want britain to leave the european union in the first place. absolutely right and they would seize on this sort of story, but there is a feeling that there is real concern about, on the one hand, the instability of the government, and on the other hand, the apparent lack of progress in the talks. and also brussels have said that because of the uncertainty with the government, if they don't agree on the first phase of negotiations by december, they are not going to move onto the second they don't expect to now with everything going on. and that is with those three key
points before you start talking about trade. you mentioned saudi fleetingly. i will let you go there now! thank you! what i want to say, the reason why the mistakes made by borisjohnson and the reason why the mistakes made by boris johnson and priti the reason why the mistakes made by borisjohnson and priti patel this week are significant in my point of view is because they are both related to the middle east at a time when it is in turmoil. the backdrop is obviously the crown prince's move by rounding up members of the royal family and major businessmen in alleged anti—corruption crackdowns. in effect, many people have seen this as a power grab as well as a wealth grab potentially. it already had repercussions on lebanon, it will have repercussions on the gulf as mentioned here, kuwait, abu dhabi, iraq and bahrain are going to
feel the chill financially so to speak. it is all connected at a very critical time for the region and the la st critical time for the region and the last thing you can do is afford to make mistakes. i don't think people in this country realise what is going on in a 5—star, or is it six start or seven start, hotel in riyadh at the moment. some of these immensely wealthy people who've been rounded up and they are sleeping on mattresses on the floor, admittedly, of this posh hotel. it is quite unprecedented. without access to lawyers or allegedly their phones. it isa lawyers or allegedly their phones. it is a who's who in saudi arabia. and it has barely been mentioned. it is a who's who in saudi arabia. and it has barely been mentionedlj am and it has barely been mentioned.” am glad we highlighted it. going back to the daily telegraph, this is what to do that could do with mary porter ‘s —— merhi portas was trying to do to the high street but is not.
and not just to do to the high street but is not. and notjust her, david cameron, that was the call from him, save our high streets. here comes saint merhi portas to do it for us. —— mary she was going to save all these town centres. but now it seems to have all faded away and she is saying, hey, there was an awful lot of fluff around this but not enough money. and also we are shopping online so much. yes. one more from the telegraph? i think so. twitter plays the long game with 280 character limit. do you wish to tweet at greater length? not really! i have
drifted off it recently.” greater length? not really! i have drifted off it recently. i am worried about twitter because a few yea rs worried about twitter because a few years ago it was the coming thing and i'm worried it has lost momentum. this is a way, i assume, to try to get some of that momentum back but its strength was always its brevity. and so if you lose the specialists, you lose the very point of it. brevity is the key at this point as well. and it's finally that everybody is waiting to see what president trump is going to do with the extra characters! god help us all! thank you very much. that is it tonight. you can see the front pages of the papers online on the bbc news website and if you miss the programme any evening you can watch it later on the iplayer. thank you to dina and david, and goodbye. the heavens have lit up across
northern parts of the uk in the last few hours with some spectacular pictures of the northern lights, the aurora borealis, this from the outer hebrides and another from argyll. the phenomenon is a result of the charged particles racing from the sun in the direction of the earth and colliding with our upper atmosphere. enough of the science and onto the forecast. some cloud and onto the forecast. some cloud and drizzle in east anglia and the south—east which is where this weather fund will be at the end of the night but otherwise clear and frost first thing on wednesday morning. mostly outside of town in the countryside where we could have temperatures down to minus four degrees. for many of us it is a beautiful, crisp, sunny start but not in the south east at this stage, still cloudy down here but in bristol and areas further
south—west, exeter and most of wales, it is a fine start. temperatures around freezing, some mist and fog around carlisle, and a beautiful but chilly start in northern ireland and scotland. the next area of rain is approaching the western isles and later in the morning it will be wet and windy again in stornoway and most of the western isles and in the afternoon that rain will be in place across the north—west but it will remain sunny plymouth, cardiff, birmingham and newcastle with a beautiful afternoon on wednesday. temperatures about nine or 10 degrees. 0n wednesday night into thursday, more weather fronts moving across the country which means that when states will not be frosty because there is too much cloud and win and rain —— wednesday night. thursday should be a bright day, not perfect but decent enough with temperatures up to 14th in some areas and at the end of the week it will get a bit unsettled. certainly on thursday and friday we
can see the weather fronts moving out of the atlantic with the thinking is that by the time we get to the weekend, they should be out of the way and on saturday the weather is not looking too bad at all. to summarise the weekend, it should be bright and breezy with a few showers but on the chilly side. bye— bye. this is bbc news, i'm julian worricker. the headlines at 11:00pm: the latest paradise papers revelations show prince charles campaigned for climate change agreements to be altered without disclosing that his private estate had a financial interest in the reforms. former welsh government minister carl sargeant has been found dead, just days after being sacked over misconduct allegations. pressure mounts on priti patel to resign over herfailure to disclose meetings with senior israeli politicians while on holiday. coming up on newsnight, accidents,