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i'm in manchester with douglas cause well he's a conservative member of parliament he said the political system in this country is broken and in urgent need of reform he's also renowned skeptic douglas gansler thanks for talking to us we use this catch all term skeptic what does that mean old style your skepticism in this country used to be about trying to take this country back it used to be an inherently conservative movement that was about trying to take us back to a sort of one nine hundred fifty s. status quo i don't have much truck with that at all i mean you're a skeptic because i want change and i want to really change the way this country is run i think fundamentally europe is in the mess that she is today because she's trying to do too much by conscious deliberate design how currency is a mess because it's a product of conscious design agricultural policy or fisheries policy trade policy you know we need to let go and we need to allow the different parts of the european
continent to do what suits them best incidentally i would say that that's why the european continent grew to global prominence in the first place it's precisely because we never had the political centralization that russia had but china had the mogul empire had that the ottomans had that europe was allowed to prosper in the first place so we need a decentralized europe and i'm afraid i think that means rejecting the whole e.u. project completely so you think that question should leave the correct we should have an in out referendum and i would vote for us to come out of the european union the european union and one nine hundred fifty s. political structure it's an architecture for a modern continent. when we joined the european union or what became the european union in the early one nine hundred seventy s. western europe at that time accounted for thirty six percent of global g.d.p. today the european continent accounts for far less than that by twenty twenty it
would account for a mere fifteen percent of global g.d.p. we joined what thought we. it was a prosperous trade bloc it turns out we called ourselves to of course i think we're better off and you talk about an in out referendum but isn't there a middle way where we have a trade relationship with europe that without any of the politics involved in effect if we had a new now referendum and most people voted for asked to leave the european project as it is we the european and mass would still be there we would still have people with whom we want to be good neighbors personally i would like us to continue to have free trade and the free movement of people between our countries we would still have to cooperate but i think that can best be done through bilateral structures or ad hoc arrangements. i would personally like to stop being rather grudging tenants in the european. apartment
and become good neighbors to the european countries that are next to us we need good relations with continental europe but we're not getting them by being in this one nine hundred fifty s. apartment block despite the fact that u.k. didn't actually join the british taxpayers is still covering the currency to the billions of pounds is that wrong it's absolutely wrong you know we have found ourselves in the ludicrous position of having to bail out a currency that we chose not to join and i think it's wrong for us to have increased british liabilities to over twenty billion to prop up a currency that i think needs to be allowed to break up you know. within europe within recent years we have allowed new currency is to be created when slovakia broke away from the czech republic they did so very simply by creating a new currency when argentina. the u.s. dollar turned out to be a disastrous mistake brought about by politicians and when desires when eventually they had to break that link they were able to devalue their current c.
default on their debts and start again and as a result of that both slovakia. doing pretty well that i think is the answer for greece for portugal for ireland probably for spain and for italy another way perhaps of looking at it is that maybe the german center of the euro zone should be allowed to establish its own currency whichever way you look at it it involves breaking up the euro and greece has recently said admitted really that it's not going to be able to meet its obligations certainly for the next year and possibly six years under current circumstances how much the british banks stand to lose in greece portugal and ireland well british banks are liable for quite a lot of money billions of pounds at least that used to be regarded as quite a lot of money until our government started printing it you know. the case the british banks are going to take a hit and they're going to take a hit not because of some abstract problem in the eurozone they're going to take
a hit because their investment teams on their fixed income desks bought greek and portuguese and other government debt that they regarded as fixed income but turned out to be a really bad investment now when my constituents buy shares in a company that's badly run and lose money the government doesn't step in and underwrite their loss so i'm very very concerned that taxpayers in my constituency will be asked to bail out banks that brought this upon themselves now if if it is the case that we are going to have to prop up some of these banks because these banks have been so badly run such victims of their own greed that unless we do so our economy will disintegrate then then at least let's prop up the banks here in britain it's not channeled all that money all the way via athens violet's been viable third party countries if the problem really is that we don't want to allow banks in this country to face the consequences of their own fiscal folly then let's address that here in this country rather than channeling money through third party countries there is all very well to say we have put its money set bail out british
banks where we're operating within a block here aren't we britain is not an isolated place yes. of course there is a large degree of interdependence in the global economy and a good thing too but the idea that. simply because if banks if there is a default in the british banks will take it therefore we've got to keep on signing a blank check that's absurd and think think through the logic of that you know ever since the bailout started eighteen months ago every single bailout has increased the amount of debt greece portugal and ireland while perhaps owns an exception but greece and portugal certainly have more debt today than they had when the bailouts began at what point do we realize that these bailouts are not helping these the first bailouts in history that are scooping and ladling water into the boat eventually they're going to sink it you're sort of floating an almost an isolationist line here how does that tally with for example person going into libya i mean isn't it sort of isolationism on the one hand and expansionism on the other
on the contrary if you think that what i said was isolationist i probably didn't make myself very clear i want britain to be a truly global player i'm not locked in a small room in the north west coast of europe doing everything with two or three other countries i want us to be truly global players it's right that we're global players by virtue of locking ourselves in the diplomatic room with europe i think we have less influence than we would have britain after all has countries around the world that were once in effect offshoots of britain australia new zealand even india the rising power of india has a common or system in a parliamentary system like we have so much in common with the world why are we shutting ourselves away from it it is the european project that is making us an isolationist and let's go on about politics more generally is britain broken as the prime minister sets where our political system i think has broken our political
system i think in effect what we have is an eighteenth or nineteenth century system of parliament. democracy trying to hold to account a twenty first century size government it doesn't work it doesn't work. well in the interest of the taxpayer or in the interests of getting the best public policy again and again and again people vote for something it's not delivered and the people that they vote for end up simply providing excuses as to why it doesn't happen i think we need more direct democracy we need instead of delegating decision making to politicians who then delegate power to the whitehall elites in the mandarins we need direct democracy so that people can choose things for themselves in this country my grandfather's generation used to have food rationing what they had in their larder at home in their kitchen was given to them by government you know those days are gone and a good thing two people can now choose for themselves what they eat they can choose
for themselves where they go on holiday they can choose themselves the clothes they wear why can't we have a little bit more choice about the public policy in which we dress ourselves as well from the outside the situation in the u.k. looks pretty corruption in the media. politics particularly the conservative party these old boys' network the political system that's very slow to reform itself what kind of message saying that sends to people who are losing their jobs and suffering from state cutbacks you're absolutely right britain has had a series of crises of the elites and we've seen from the m.p.'s expense campbell from the hacking inquiry and the close collusion allegedly between senior police officers and the media the banking crisis we've seen a series of crises where the political elite has got it wrong what do all these crises have in common number one they were all unaccountable concentrations of power now what's extraordinary is that the age of digital democracy the age of the internet allowed us to see what m.p.'s were doing with public money it allowed the
whole thing to come out it allows people to hold to account. the rich and the powerful not just in this country but throughout the world so you know i think in a sense although these crises are bad they show which way the wind is blowing we're going to have more openness in government unaccountable concentrations of power whether they exist in banking the media or politics are going to be broken open everything that the internet touches it opens up it opens up to greater accountability that's going to happen in politics and a very good thing too now politicians minor like it political parties might lose market share to new entrants in politics there may be more competition to decide who gets to be our politicians but this is a good thing direct democracy is good and what's preventing you from pressing through the political reforms that you say clearly to what i would like us to have gone much further in opening up the political system in britain to choice and accountability you might say we need our own version of glasnost we need to make
sure that the people in westminster are vulnerable to their wishes in the will of the people in a way that they're not we need openness we've gone some way to delivering that but we've not gone far enough and i think the reason why we've not gone far enough is bluntly because it suits the political class to carry on with some of the unsatisfactorily things we we have at the moment we promised that we would allow the voters the power to recall. their own politicians they have it in california they have it in many american countries in fact most of your viewers i'm sure can be recalled from their line of work pretty much any day of the week yet politicians you can't sack them for five years and in safe constituencies for even longer i would like to allow the people to directly hire and fire the political class some changes have been made to make things better but not nearly enough and no prizes for guessing why that is doubtless cuts well thank you very much thank you.
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has been seeing from the streets of canada. china operation to rule the day. russia would be so much brighter if you knew about sun moon from france to pressure . from the start on t.v. dot com. cheering the killing of one man while ignoring the deaths of thousands of civilians in libya analysts point out the problems of the us media's approach to get done his demise that size in libya's move rulers also stay quiet on how they're going to rebuild infrastructure destroyed by civil war and nato bombs. and see corporate rallies spreading across
the u.s. see dozens of fresh arrests in california where riot squads used tear gas and rubber bullets to tear the city all the aerial tents. complain against social inequality and stuff on the for more than six weeks. a new study says the u.s. you secret uranium based weapons in iraq causing congenital illnesses and increases in cancer in civilians reporter found a new generation of bombs was employed by americans in the course of backing a flute some years ago. and plans on saving the euro are at risk as a crucial meeting of european finance ministers is cancelled out of wednesday's e.u. summit it's cost does not take the prospects of the solution being found to the deepening debt crisis. next the latest sport with andrew and not just united back to winning ways and in taking on offering stuff one man city the weekend they avoided
more humiliation last night by basing fourth decide the shot in a cup tie not a great same debate but i'm sure they can they've got the wind of action from a show called. in the world of tennis. hello there you are watching the sport and these are the headlines stunned at least gamble maria sharapova suffers a shop defeat. the w. th championships. restoring some pride after their six one defeat to man city manchester united these past you know told a shot to reach the quarter finals of the carling cup. in the body of my piece in the charity is flying back to italy as his team that is to see the final rites of the simpson. but first more issue wrap of his hopes of finishing the season as the
woman's number one has suffered a blow she needs to reach the final the deputy a championship in each town board to have any chance of taking top spot but suffered a shocking defeat to australian sam studies at the world's top by players are taking part in the last tournament of the season and are divided into two groups here that percentage final places to rabaa who's the number two seed was the games i was the favorite against in the opening game in their white group won the first set six one and then the second seventy five to take on like victory. not quite i think you know obviously you want to try and win or you matches even in the round robin till my scaring to it but of course it's a good chance if you if you win two so i guess it's a matter of coming at me to marry giving it my best shot and hope for get that second rain but it's also bad news for the other russian in the tournament where there's a bone already over by shoulder injury he picked up at the kremlin cup in moscow last week the russian went down to check that putin petrak a veto over in straight sets the reigning wimbledon champion winning in just under
an hour and a half six two six for the final score of their world top ranked dane and wozniacki gained the upper hand in a topsy turvy tussle with her call friend and please get advance your a title and i was in the us he has. the world number one spot for thirty six consecutive weeks but it was read balance you started more strongly and took the first set seven five. however the poll service broken four times in the second step was the as you waltz through that six two and although the decider was close and at one point tied at four games all was the at speak one six four for the match. in the meantime driver has been left out of the russian team for the fed cup final against the czech republic next month. opting for the same side to be displayed in the semi and that means periods of one of the over will again lead the four time champions and will be joined by state lawmakers in sober and city of public katherina mcadam. now to the football to manchester united have avoided thirty
humiliation after their six one drubbing at the hands of man city weekend last night they got a three no win over fourth to the side with a shot in the fourth round of the carling cup united to making eleven changes to the side for this game is the tiny recreation ground and they went ahead after a quarter of an hour a quick one two between park jason and tom cleverley setting up dimitar berbatov for the first day the second came just before half time bit of this time sliding the ball into the path of michael owen. and antonio valencia saved the best for last equality strike from him outside the box wrapping up the victory united punishing sunday's blues to book a place in the fifth ranked. but also in the last eight the championship sides cardiff and crystal palace nor the arsenal russia striker on the dish out in scoring one and setting up part of part two young's win against bolton there and it was also a star past was need teenage signing alex chamberlain the eighteen year old has
bought the twelve million pounds from southampton coach banga believes he can handle the pressure of being a young star. much ado nor. is a good example. to ward called the. recent. example who goes through was controlled. creatures were in. control in two groups of very early and. good examples for fortune bringing things meanwhile have been horsing up in the russian premier league with big spenders and jean danger of missing out on a top eight finish and a chance to compete for european football next season the last five three to t iscar the weekend and it is time again to see those goals in every of the strike that went in its goals below.
. back in other news the body of moto g.p. rider marcus and charlie has arrived back in the city after the twenty four year old was killed in a crash at the malaysian grand prix last week some injuries father fellow rider valentino rossi were on board this flight steven cherry lost control of his honda bike during the race and supine last weekend and sustained fatal injuries after his helmet came off a public viewing with machetes bodies planned for wednesday in his hometown of with the funeral a day later italian stink at a sydney racing has pulled out of the season ending grand prix in valencia next month. elsewhere there are three more races to go before the end of the formula one season in the teens of gearing up for the plunge into the unknown this weekend as the sport makes its debut in india the brand new blood international circuit will
be the venue for the inaugural indian grand prix the track is doing to be among the fastest in the world though sebastian vettel and his red bull team have already clinched the drivers in constructors world titles rivals the still eager to do battle on the new circuit just as identity. but we have a lot of up down up and down. section and off shore. corner. shore you because you could be more than companies banking. and credit to be speaker of the many of the turning. into the corner. so that is the sport for a moment more of it later on for. question
summit casting doubts over the prospects of a solution be found to the deepening debt crisis. new international study says the u.s. you see could you blame based weapons in iraq causing high levels of cancer and birth defects. and author of the report. and anti corporate rallies spreading across the u.s. see dozens of pressure arrests in california where violent squads used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear the city hall area tents. you're watching a lot of news and much more welcome to the program libya's new rulers are increasingly being accused of the kinds of abuses they were rebelling against and they overthrew colonel gadhafi.