tv Outside Source BBC News November 21, 2019 9:00pm-9:31pm GMT
hello, i'm ros atkins. this is outside source. we'll start in israel where benjamin netanyahu, has been charged with corruption. he's accused of bribery, breach of trust and fraud. we'll have the latest from jerusalem. jeremy corbyn launches the labour party manifesto, promising to transform the country. vote for this manifesto of hope. it's time for real change. thank you. cheering and applause. among the plans —100s of thousands of council houses, and nationalising industries like the railways and the energy companies. we'll take you through labour's policies in detail. at the trump impeachment inquiry, a diplomat from the us embassy in ukraine says the president's personal interests overrode us foreign policy goals.
and pressure continues to mount on prince andrew as lawyers representing the victims of jeffrey epstein call for him to speak to them. israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu has been indicted for coruption. here's israel's attorney general making the announcement. translation: it is a difficult and sad day. today, i notified the lawyers of prime minister benjamin netanyahu of my decision to indict him on three charges. a day that the attorney general of the serve an indictment serves an indictment against the prime minister on serious allegations of governmental corruption is a sad and serious day for the citizens
of israel and also for me personally. benjamin netanyahu quickly called a press conference to defend himself. here's what he had to say. translation: what we are witnessing this evening is an attempted coup against the prime minister. what false charges and a contaminated and tendentious investigation. and i think you need to be blind not to see that something wrong is going on among the police investigators and the prosecutors. mr netanyahu faces charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust — this includes the allegation that he made a deal with a media group in exchange for favourable press coverage. barbara plett usher is injerusalem. this is a watershed moment for israel. it is the first time that a sitting prime minister here has been indicted on charges of corruption. in case there was any doubt, mr netanyahu came out fighting. he attacked the law enforcement, he attacked the legal institutions and said this was a coup d'etat against the prime minister. that was a marked contrast to the tone of the attorney general, who was a one—time ally. now these are cases that have been
plaguing him for the past few years. and this whole issue was hanging over the past two elections. it is one of the reasons why there has been a deadlock in trying to form a coalition government. bear in mind, this is all happening with israeli politics is in limbo after both benjamin netanyahu and his rival benny gantz have both failed to form a government after the recent election. that — combined with the fact that mr netanyahu is the first sitting israeli prime minister to be charged with bribery — and press coverage is extensive. this is haaretz‘s front page. and thejerusalen post is reporting that a key political player, former defence minister avigdor lieberman hopes mr netanyahu will be acquitted of all the charges. and that mr netanyahu's political career should not be tied to these charges. let's hear from barbara plett usher again. we will have to see what happens but
now if mr nick and how you has been indicted and he has been on the three cases of all the counts. they had been some thought he might get some reduced charges. —— mick benjamin netanyahu for so what are his political allies, the parties, but also members of his own, whether they will reassess and see whether he has an expiration date for and it might be more open to trying their political fortunes elsewhere. those who support him, his core supporters are very strongly behind him on this and they believe what he says about this being fox news and i witchhunt and so on. he does have fairly broad support as prime minister in the sense of his records. —— make a false news. he feels he has given them a day get a bit economy insecurity and in that sense, they wa nt to insecurity and in that sense, they want to see him continue but these legal problems that have been hanging over him for the past few yea rs have basically hanging over him for the past few years have basically cost them to focus more and more i'm staying in power rather than governing and he
has lots of support over that process and now the indictments have come, we will see whether people rally behind him but i think many people want to see a functioning country at this point. —— basically have cost him. the labour party has released its election manifesto — and it's making big claims for it. here's labour leaderjeremy corbyn. the manifesto is — and i am proud of it — the most radical and ambitious plan to transform our country for decades. so what makes this manifesto so radical? well, labour is promising a big programme of renationalisation. rail, the post, water, and energy would all come back into public ownership. broadband services would also be partly nationalised. labour is also promising huge spending increases for public services. annual government spending would go up by 83 billion pounds by the end of labour's first term. here's a graph that puts that in to perspective.
it shows total government spending as a percentage of national income since the mid 1950s. this is where labour would take it to. here's the bbc‘s norman smith with more. almost every page you turn has a giveaway for someone. public—sector workers are promised a 5% pay rise. for pensioners, they get free personal care. the state pension age will not go up. beyond 66. for the sick, they get free prescriptions. students get free tuition fees. rural communities get their bus services back. on and on and on. labour is promising to pay for it all with big increases in borrowing and corporate tax. the institute for fiscal studies is a leading economic research group in the uk. here's its analysis. it is important to be absolutely clear this would be the biggest set of spending increases
and the biggest set of tax increases and the biggest borrowing increases we have seen in peacetime history. the scale of this is an enormous and the labour party are entirely open about that. one of those proposed tax increases is a one—off windfall tax on oil companies. the prescise mechanism is unclear, but labour says it will cost oil companies 11 billion pounds. labour is promising to create i million "greenjobs" in the renewable energy sector. almost half of those jobs would be part of a national scheme to refurbish homes — making them more energy efficient. labour says it will build 9,000 new wind turbines, and — as they put it — enough solar panels to cover 22,000 football pitches. the manifesto doesn't give a firm date for reaching net zero carbon emissions. instead, it sets this goal "our green new deal aims to achieve the substantial majority of our emissions reductions by 2030". not a precise commitment there. let's bring in our political correspondent jonathan blake.
nobody can accuse them of not going for. no, it is a big bold offer. jeremy corbyn in the labour party will be hoping that their list of promises and their radical reset of the uk economy in the way national and local government works in the uk is enough to shift the dial in this election campaign. the one thing jeremy corbyn did not talk much today about is about brexit. that is the one issue we have seen dominate this campaign so far. the one issue which the conservative party was certainly like to concentrate on, but labour are far more keen to talk about their offering on domestic policy and as you have heard, all those lists of promises and plans to tax the most well—off and society in companies more to spend that money ona companies more to spend that money on a huge increase in government spending on public services. will it be enough to reset the election
campaign and capture people's imaginations and allow labour to pick up the large number of seats and needs to win a majority in the coming election? don't go anywhere. the national health service also features prominently in the labour manifesto. labour would increase spending on the health sector by an average of 4.3% per year. and it would scrap charges for medicine prescriptions and basic dentistry. it's also promising structural change. about 7% of the nhs budget is currently spent on private services. labour says it will scrap private provision and bring all services in—house. that's designed to rule out american companies getting access to the nhs under any future free trade deal. here'sjeremy corbyn on that. let's be clear. labour will never ever use our national health service as a bargaining chip in trade talks. we will never let donald trump get his hands on our nhs! cheering. labour's policy on brexit has
evolved over the year. we now have its final form. here it is within three months of coming to power, a labour government will secure a sensible deal. and within six months, we will put that deal to a public vote alongside the option to remain." and what a so—called "sensible deal" look like? the daily telegraph's brexit and europe correspondent james rothwell thinks it would look like this. which is always been a criticism of those who want to stop a soft brexit saying it is the worst of both worlds. jonathan again. we are still left in the situation
where we don't know ifjeremy corbyn prefers that version a brexit of no brexit at all. that is the tight rope he is walking throughout this election campaign. i wouldn't expect them to give an answer before polling day or indeed after. because he knows that he needs to appeal to leave and remain supporting voters alike here in uk if there is any hope of winning a majority or anything like it. at the general election. that is why the conservatives well time and again as we saw in the recent head—to—head debate between borisjohnson corbyn attack and for that what they perceive to be a weakness. jeremy corbyn argues time and again as he did today that labour‘s policy is about negotiating a better deal with the eu and the spirit of the result of the last referendum which was of course in favour of leaving and putting that to the people and and other public vote but it is very much not the narrative they want to pursue during this general election campaign, they rather that we focus
on those promises big plans contained in the manifesto. thank you. four major stores we're looking at today. the latest on the uk election campaign and the charges against the israel prime minister. ina against the israel prime minister. in a moment we'll talk about prince andrew. but first to washington. latest on the impeachment inquiry in washington. two more us officials have testified that the trump administration exerted pressure on ukraine to start an investigation for domestic political gain. one of them is fiona hill. she was a state department official and a russia expert at the white house. here's some of her statement. right now, russia's security services and their proxies have geared up to repeat their interference in the 2020 election. we are running out of time to stop them. in the course of this investigation, i would ask that you please not promote politically driven falsehoods that so clearly advance russian interest. as republicans and democrats have agreed for decades, ukraine is a valued partner of the united states
and plays an important role in our national security. as i told the committee last month, i refuse to be part of an effort to legitimise an alternate narrative that the ukrainian government is a us adversary and that ukraine, not russia, attacked us in 2016. these fictions are harmful, even if they are deployed for purely domestic political purposes. president putin and the russian security services operate like a super pac. they deploy millions of dollars to weaponize our own political opposition research and false narratives. when we are consumed by partisan rancour, we cannot combat these external forces as they seek to divide us against each other, degrade our institutions and destroy the faith of the american people in our democracy. also testifying is david holmes. he works at the us embassy in kyiv. he's testifying about a phone call he overheard at a restaurant in ukraine. it was between the us ambassador to the eu, gordon sondland — who we heard from yesterday — and president trump. this how david holmes described it.
while ambassador sondland's phone was not on speakerphone, i could hear the president's voice through the earpiece of the phone. the president's voice was loud and recognisable. ambassador sondland held the phone away from his ear for a period of time, presumably because of the loud volume. i heard ambassador sondland greet the president and explain he was calling from kyiv. i heard president trump then clarify that ambassador sondland was in ukraine. ambassador sondland replied he was in ukraine and went on to state that president zelensky "loves your ass." i then heard president trump ask, so he will do the investigation? ambassador sondland replied he will do it. adding that president zelensky would do anything you ask him to do. well in what is certainly a first, donald trump has been live tweeting his own impeachment inquiry. to that testimony from david holmes, he responded...
it will, be for congress to decide the merits of that account. i've been getting the latest from chris buckler. ros, you played a couple of the more colourful clips there from david holmes. but actually what's come across from both him and fiona hill is just the frustration felt by us diplomats and officials as president trump encouraged all those to launch this kind of shadow foreign policy in ukraine. specifically with the purpose of trying to get an investigation into his domestic political rival, joe biden. and you mention gordon sondland. there is no doubt that testimony yesterday made front pages and he said things which gave themselves potential headlines. but we heard today from fiona hill about some of those frustrations with what gordon sondland was doing. she actually characterised
it like this. she said by trying to pursue those investigations from ukraine, he was on a political domestic parent. errant. while the other hand, she as a russia specialist on the national security council actually involved in foreign policy and national security. it gives you this idea that people really felt inside the administration that the president was going too far in pushing for things that he wanted for domestic reasons and ignoring the relationship with america and ukraine. stay with us on outside source — still to come... we'll tell you why stepping down from his duties is not the end of the jeffrey epstein saga for britain's prince andrew. the former first minister of scotland, alex salmond, has appeared in court in edinburgh, charged with one count of attempted rape and 13 other sexual offences against ten women. he pleaded not guilty
to all the charges. his trial will begin in march. from edinburgh lorna gordon reports. it was a short hearing in edinburgh. it lasted just a few minutes. it dealt with procedural matters. we learned of the date that this trial will go ahead. that will be around the beginning of march and that the trial is expected to last for weeks. shortly after that hearing here, mr salmond came out and made a statement to the waiting media. we are now into our second year of court action. first civil, and now criminal. it is over ten months since we won the civil action. i am innocent. and i will defend my position vigorously. this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom. our lead story is:
the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, has been formally charged with corruption — throwing israeli politics into further confusion. i've just been told i said his intention was to plead guilty, i should've said his intention was to plead not guilty to all charges from that previous report about alex salmond. so let's take a look at some of the other promises in labour's manifesto. in education, it says it will abolish fees for university students, and restore grants for poorer students. that's estimated to cost more than 12 billion pounds. build a million homes in the next five years, aiming for 300,000 new houses a year by the mid—2020s.
£36,000. labour has indicated it will look at ways of easing existing debt burdens. another big policy area for labour is housing. here is chris morris on that. labour's main offers is on housing. a pledge to build 100,000 council houses a year in england, by the end of the five—year parliament. and at least 50,000 affordable homes through housing associations. to put that into perspective, the last time more than 100,000 council homes were built was 1977. to achieve that again, it would mean the most rapid increase in house—building by the state since — look at this line on the left hand side — the years of reconstruction following the second world war. there are obvious costs implications. £15 billion a year to be spent on housing. but also practical implications. who will build all
of these new houses? labour's also promising to upgrade millions of existing homes as part of his green new deal and there are already labour shortages in the construction sector. the conservative party has also been talking about housing today. it's promising a million homes in the next five years, with 300,000 a year by the mid—2020s. here's borisjohnson. it is certainly deliverable and of course i would always love to do more but look at our record. we are the party that actually builds the homes that this country needs. we had a record amount last year, 240,000, 57,000 affordable. in labour's 13 years, they criticised us about council homes. we built more council homes in one year than they did in 13 years. we have very big ambitions. well there's mrjohnson inviting us to look at the conservative's record on housing. and that's what andrew neil did on the bbc earlier when speaking
to the government minister liz truss. you had a plan in 2014 two bill 200,000 new starter homes. five yea rs 200,000 new starter homes. five years ago that was. how many did you bill? i haven't been as many starter home since we went alike. how many did you bill? i don't have the exact numbers. it is zero. easy to remember. you built none under that plan. 200,000, zero in five years. but we have succeeded in building more homes. not these particular starter home. that is why we are looking again at how we can help young people get on the housing letter. —— housing — — housing letter. now back to labour — how is it going to pay for all these promises?
here's mr corbyn again. these policies are fully costed. with no increase in vat, or income tax, ora with no increase in vat, or income tax, or a national insurance, for anyone, in less than £80,000 per year. there is no increases for 95% of taxpayers. theo leggett, bbc business. the tories in the labour party and not spending the same amount but are offering a lot of spending increases. is the uk economy in that much better than it was in 2010? the uk economy is bigger than it was then followed up in terms of growth, it is not healthy compared to his peers. but there has been a change in ideology. part of that is motivated by the filling which is
shared by a number of governments around the world that with interest rates for bar ring on the financial markets come as little as they are it makes sense to be able to borrow in order to advance. labour has taken that in order to advance. labour has ta ken that and in order to advance. labour has taken that and on top of that you have an increase in day—to—day spending which is says will be funded by increases in taxes. they have to say that is due for fiscal studies we had on earlier have asked them questions about whether or not they will be able to raise the kinds of sums they have been talking about. —— mac institute for fiscal study. how can any party quickly how much they will spend if we don't know if brexit will happen? they have to make assumptions. there are under certitude but we are in election period. so they can decide they are going to make this much money. that's mike uncertainty. percentage is basic math and assume the uk economy will grow in a relatively healthy weight over the next figure. thank you. we leave it there. before we finish last talk to you about prince andrew. pressure on prince andrew continues to mount. yesterday, prince andrew stood back
from royal duties because of his association with epstein. and in his statement he said: "i am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required". well, earlier a lawyer representing other victims of epstein said this to the bbc. we do think it is a good positive step he says he will co—operate with law enforcement but we would like to see that happen. is he going to fly to the united states for example involuntarily meet with our mpi? will he sent for depositions come in the civil cases? will he submit evidence like e—mails and calendars. —— mick meet with the fbi. that all of us would like to see as part of oui’ of us would like to see as part of our investigations but that will he allow his staff to come answer questions about his travels and where he was and what they saw? a lot remains to be seen. the most serious allegation made against prince andrew is made
by the american woman called virginia joffrey. she claims she was forced to have sex with the prince three times — the first time being when she was 17. the prince told the bbc that he has no recolleciton of ever having met her. that's despite the this photo of the two of them in london in 2001. let's hear from the bbc‘s sarah campbell on the pressure that built after prince andrew's bbc interview was broadcast on saturday. on tuesday, he was photographed leaving buckingham palace. there, had been meeting with the queen, key advisers and prince charles presumably on speakerphone because he's in new zealand on tour at the moment. it wouldn't be for another day that the prince andrew statement was released but even during the day, that was yesterday, more companies distancing themselves and of course it had been mentioned during that leaders debate and really for the monarchy, it's so important that they can't be seen to be interfering or a distraction during the democratic process that is an election. so, by yesterday despite this being so unprecedented, there seemed to be a sense of inevitability that this action would have to be taken.
inafew in a few minutes, the next edition of brexit cast. good evening. let's start this look at the well weather in australia. as well as the wildfire smoke, that we have been seeing in some parts, this is near victoria in southern australia, blowing dust, that has been because of the strength of the northerly winds and how dry it is. of course, the heat has been almost record—breaking. over 40 degrees around melbourne on thursday, dropping significantly only the high teens and friday with the drop in temperature, the potential of thunderstorms which could spark some further wildfires but we are losing that strong northerly wind in that heat is abating, so two bits of good news but unfortunately, i think the wildfire risk will remain pretty high, because the heat then built in and it is dry, it is still dry there
with high—pressure, very little rain around for those of showers or thunderstorms. we had one storm affecting parts of luzon in the philippines moving out into the south tennessee but the other one which is a severe tropical storm heading his way close to taiwan and then into the southern japanese islands, a lot of rainfall. that's we will keep an eye close on that. some of this city forecast indicating that weather system in storm flirting with some parts of japan in the coming few days. drier through korea but also for type a, the wet weather. we've had some very cold weather across central parts of asia, heading across pakistan and afghanistan into kashmir and some significant snow may be levels and high avalanche risk. we've also seen a critical fire risk high avalanche risk. we've also seen a criticalfire risk across high avalanche risk. we've also seen a critical fire risk across central and northern parts of california, on thursday because of the strong winds. still with us in high pressure and dry air going into friday but the moisture for the south now migrating his way eastward so we see some south now migrating his way eastward so we see some flash flooding and
large hail in la, all of that weather systems handling eastwards into the cold air and there will be further snowfall even across the southern and central plains. yes it will feel like winter for some, a francisco, some sunshine coming through, that wildfire risk high here, the rain around atlanta and washington, the weather system migrating these words. closer to home, it is more of the same for many southern and western parts of europe. parts of spain imported will snow for the high ground and large waves batted onto the chores around the bay of biscay, heavy rain across southern france, snow across the alpine region and that low—pressure moves into the mediterranean for the weekend and we could potentially have more issues of letting an event venice with southerly winds and another hundred to 200 mm of rain forecast across the western side of the alps. it remains really cold though further north and east in the cold air blocking the passage of these weather system so yes more rain do for the uk, more widely as
well in the coming few days, tom has more on that later. now, it is time for the latest addition for brexitcast tv. chris, have you seen and heard lily allen emoting about the labour manifesto? i have not, no. guys, i'mjust... watched the labour manifesto and... i think it's the best... i've ever seen. she may be actually very emotional but the tea rs actually very emotional but the tears are not real stop you what?m
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