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not many people of the generation that remember. the distinction rajiv i never killed anyone but i wore uniforms but i was in london in the blitz and nine hundred forty living in the millbank tower where i was born some different ideas of commonsense. there laughing because the millbank tower in westminster was then the offices of tony blair's labor party i went out into the sheltered thames house every morning i saw doc land burning five hundred people killed in westminster one night by a landmine it was terrifying i found out groups terrified on trees rockers terrified to go into iraq or to iraq where me weep when their children die well we caught up with a tireless opponent of that war in iraq and subsequent was the former first minister of scotland alex salmond as he took a break from rehearsing in a theatre here in london for his edinburgh fringe show in scotland running at the assembly rooms from the thirteenth to the twenty seventh of august before we get on to your edinburgh fringe show
a link between today's one hundred year anniversary of passion dale and dole trump . yes the link that happens obvious of the great war was hugely costly in terms of human life and scotland was one of the center points of that because so many schools were in the forces and volunteered for the forces and the connection with donald trump is that the one of the probably the last great tragedy of the first world war was a ship called dial which was coming back to the west of miles to the hebrides. january one thousand nine hundred and was lost in a storm within a couple hundred yards of the shore and another several hundred young men were lost in addition to the thousands who'd been lost from the west of my own in the trenches and that created such an imbalance of population between men and women multiple each in the west on my own as a series of embarkation chemically ships were arranged in the one nine hundred
twenty s. which women only in many cases and on one of the ships was a young medium occlude the mother of donald trump somebody who incidentally went to america as a refugee effectively as an economic migrant. fleeing a situation of great great deprivation and in the western islands you think that the person i said would think about other people would get w. i made a fantastic successful self in america good luck to and she was the mother of the present state we were going to get them would jump in a second so tell me about a show in the edinburgh by a defeated politician who. you haven't even announced the guests in your show yet and it's already one of the fastest selling shoes in all the debris fringes tree yellow lost because i didn't and i was to get. beaten but on borrowed. the optical setting here is the perfect place to talk about it it was going to sure
politics. come affairs whatever sport the show biz is going to. the fast moving a lot in it but it's on the light side. so it's a fun show so we're going to look at the light said to be a few serious points here may also be a kind of monologue for me they'll be a dialogue of a guest will be open to question from the audience will go away as the band of comedienne and then will go to a charity optional to wrap up was going to be a really fantastic and you're quite right it is one of the hottest selling shows on the fringe does sell tickets quicker than germany. by some margin if you don't do one. but i was not i'm sure general of the. sports in the festival in the book festival in the past i'm i'm sure you'll find a very amenable place because there's a bit different from a normal political meeting in the festival audience who are generally speaking you know good natured well informed. are there for fuel to he had to listen and to
participate and i'm sure jeremy will love it that serious we've got lots of questions for promised us questions because you'll be hundreds of friends girls will believe. you have to say even the m.p.'s to the public either but i mean there are obviously very serious issues facing the nations of the u.k. at the moment is it a good ripe for humor in this some would call it a grace as well of all times right i mean i believe that as a politician and i certainly believe a known politician but now you just see the lights if you don't if you know of the ability to see a bit of humor sometimes black humor of course and everything then we'll life's not worth living and in my estimation i was trying to see the the way to say the politics as a participant and so i think i'm entitled to see even more for the time being at least a non-participant ok you mentioned don't believe the s. and p. its policy on syria was pretty clear which we were war and war and peace do you
feel vindicated by what's happening in syria and of course don't trump cities ending cia backing for defect to al qaeda or isis linked rebels in syria. yeah i mean i the we couldn't see it when the vote came to parliament the the legitimacy of an intervention in what is a multifaceted and incredibly complex civil war in syria a as opposed to iraq for example where there's a clear legitimacy in terms of the invitation and from a government which is recognized iraq to receive this sort of i'm not a bit you know i'm not talking to over twenty three not talking about the fee i'm talking about no so you know whether you agree with individual tactics and individual engagements the will challenge to the democrats to the legitimacy and hemis international law of the intervention like the old joke or what you're saying
is well you know i mean look i as people probably understand certainly the festival goers who could to my show because one of them one of my monologues was largely devoted to the donald devotion is probably not the right word but but centers on the donald in these characters and i have to say i've got very little time for that but that doesn't mean he is always wrong. i don't think the president of states has been wrong in his general approach to russia for example i think you know you don't think he's russian spy i don't think so russian spy i mean i think donaldson is going to be in commercial interest rather than political ones but the point i was going to make in terms of his general attitude to be the take the proposition that you know giorgio is better than the cold war cold war seems to be a more sensible arrangement between america and russia. other people other
politicians in the united states who allowed themselves to be gold and. so just because i disagree with his the best policies i disagree with the offense he causes so many american. solution is no but try and gender people in the armed forces. if you run a dual think presents the united states becoming from the meat political speeches to the boy scouts i think all this behavior it's ridiculous and basically i think he's unfit to be president that doesn't mean that he's always wrong you know with bricks that we've been to all the nations of the united kingdom are going to have to make a trade deal with the united states is it wise to be willing the antagonism of. the part of any british well as was a guest i don't think donald is going to be of i would be as low as it is too big a trade deal in my estimation but more to the not i mean you know the problems with the trade deal united states billet because i'm critical of the donald and because
i'm going to make a few revelations of code that was would be a bit surprised of a given of what the c.n.n. you know going to tell us from going on but nonetheless there will be revelations it doesn't mean i don't think he's a tough negotiator and if the united kingdom enters into a trade deal with united states for medical from a position of supreme weakness which is what the position is at the present moment then the terms of that deal will favor the united states of america and don't try to be against his tired nature to do anything else no doubt he'll call it only when he looks and deal with us while they were saying spending more time dealing with michel barnier not be enough for david but we'll foresee a lethal force against the donald trump as in the negotiation who are you going to back tell you claude in eating chicken will be the least of these and just find him very briefly we've heard in the past forty eight hours in the us john good you are saying that the sanctions by the united states' own russia. they could be easy to
counter sanctions the austrians saying it the unions in europe. how central are sanctions against russia you know between in the e.u. united states relations obviously economic sanctions are better than some of the alternatives sometimes economic sanctions are rather liberal use the not used as a means of getting action but almost as a substitute for nuclear wallasey well that's why i said the breath of the middle term those but equally they can be overused and you know the united states of america has a tendency to take you take for example the. the argument of russia you can interplay with fame you go was the interference of the american election so you can you can see there was a substantial argument to be decided upon ok do you believe there was i don't know
was is the answer although i do also accept that america probably is the last country the world to talk about interfering in other people's election since they've done it more than once but the ice is against iran at the present moment know by every examination by admission of the cia by acknowledgement of the american senate a has kept to the nuclear plant treaty the most significant achievement of the foreign policy of president obama set to state and all the others who joined that is a huge international step forward that back from the brink of a nuclear confrontation and everybody in everybody's interests. that is continues to be a success. now that was predicated on i think of sanctions of welcoming iran back into the fool fold of the international community of recognizing and the start of a civilized and educated society that iran undoubtedly years be
a fantastic addition to the commonwealth of nations tehran is a full passivity bob to jeopardize. the. for for peace of being tough or not liking you know every aspect of or having some probably deeply mistaken view of the sunni shia. diversion and out of society the. big picture of saying that it's been a success let's try and build it from good to say the fight was a previous administration success shouldn't these contexts as i think significant try to stay nothing that show called ucas doing to to come to light to sanctions against iran and trying to fight a different source would be very welcome and thank you pleasure. to the break. we speak to award winning or losing.
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welcome back i'm afshin rattansi bringing you the national international sports and weather from this week's buried news first as u.s. navy ships fired warning shots at an iranian revolutionary guard vessel in the persian gulf newly declassified documents of showing the key role that oil played in the cia backed coup of nine hundred fifty three to overthrow the democratically elected prime minister of iran mohamed morsy back to another i think the reason
they have been so reluctant to publish these documents is that it shows how involved the u.s. embassy was that bass adar in internal iranian affairs it's like looking at an imperial power in assam a colonial situation. marco weiss roy cia boss mike pompei always confirmed his agency's ongoing involvement in south america remarking that he has so called deep interests in working with colombia and mexico to ensure a transition in the leadership of venezuela but as well as foreign minister several months father also took to twitter to accuse u.s. intelligence of organizing the right wing demonstrations that have killed nearly one hundred people since april. nearly three years to the day that it s. a whistleblower edward snowden was granted a residency permit in russia new documents uncovered as a result of
a lawsuit from the american civil liberties union revealed new levels of illegal it's a surveillance under the obama administration data was being searched and stored by the n.s.a. under the section seven zero two surveillance program due to be renewed this year and then passed on to the f.b.i. and cia now let's get the latest weather with deputy editor sebastian packer thanks as well to morrow is forecasting a cold winter for the u.k. national health service and all birth or ease the nursing and midwifery and allied health unions to be cancelled the n.h.s. already all to be damaged by huge austerity cuts i've seen a number of student nurse applications drop over twelve thousand five hundred places from last year this already on top of the forty thousand vacant nurse post in england. protest is a quarter of this new fracking site in lancashire have been receiving a frosty reception from local police and what demonstrators say is all forward to
putting the interests of big business over their right to protest our approach right from the word go has been that we want to have the very low key policing operation we want to engage with negotiate we want to facilitate. wherever possible we want to allow people out right to protest the scenes they say maybe the battle of all grief where police allegedly assaulted miners striking against margaret thatcher's government attempts to shut down britain's coal industries the possibility of a nuclear winter may have been averted this week as today strikes of a pensions atomic weapons establishment fight nor do mass that imperfect old have been suspended due to the government policy on offer arguably good news as these sites responsible for manufacturing nuclear warheads including teresa mayes two hundred five billion pound renewed have tried it but at least we don't have forward dancing with stars contestant and now united states for energy rick perry in charge of arnica are also because he was recently tricked by russian pranksters into
thinking that he was talking to ukrainian prime minister about fuel made from pig manure now i want to see to produce a peach bennett to go through some of the week's counterpunches in social media be . wearing sort of a backyard brawl was predator at large pool joseph watson come straight out the gate swinging for the state mandated b.b.c. attempting to debug the idea of a racially diverse roman britain the conspiracy theories took a jab at a you tube video tweeting a screenshots and stating who cares about historical accuracy but wait what's this flying into the argument with a flurry of facts is this story. on with a killer combo the contender posted evidence of north africans the descendants of modern day iraqis and syrians who lived in but sanya even p.j. w. against the ropes next. actually the tech titans tour the heavyweight division is most successful powerful powered entrepreneurs marc facebook fury zucker bug versus
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the survivors of the grim fell tower inferno have until this friday to submit their statements to teresa mayes appoint a judge on the tragedy that is arguably underscore the barriers of inequality right across the u.k. and because of barriers in the gaza strip trumps wall across mexico are arguably examined in award winning author lucy hughes helots new book peculiar ground the moon as a biographer of cleopatra and fascist precursor doesn't say oh it's her first novel loosely welcome to going underground so it's a question about any historical novel arguably so what what is alternatively novel about the return of a nobleman after exile in english revolution what's a relevant to today well. the novel is set in one place but over a long period of time three centuries and the two things that link the disparate parts of the of the story are two walls and one is the wall around
a great estate with a great house at its center in rural england and another is the ballin room and the house around which the wall is being built belongs to an artist pratt who has been in exile almost all his life since he was a small child he's a political exile but there has been a real regime change in england six hundred sixty the monarchy was restored after a whole generation of civil war. and he's come back and he hasn't had a home he's been a refugee all his life a privileged one but nonetheless homeless and with no certain future and what he wants to do now is create for himself a safe and enclosed space and that's an understandable human disaster but of course if you create an enclosed space for yourself you are almost by definition going to be excluding others or to go into a building building the walls in that way between rich and poor agree what about
the flipping and between the seventeenth century in the sixty's and eighty's were the possible comparisons why you chose that well as i said the berlin wall which. goes up in part two of this of this novel and comes down in part four is another kind of enclosure and i'm interested in the ballin wall well i mean everyone a city is interested in the battle in war it was the most extraordinary phenomena in ross history in that it was a moment when people tried by putting up a physical barrier to split a society a country and one of the very interesting things about it i think is that the east german authorities told their own people they're putting up this wall for your protection they wanted the east germans to feel that the other side of the wall in
western europe they were ravening hoards of fascists and. that's what they say it was it was called the protection wall but of course a lot of these german citizens didn't believe that they saw it as a war which was imprisoning them and not allowing them the freedom to explore other possibilities and actually possibly leave her a country and was a little burg in the news very much back in the news because the american people really electoral college voted for having a wall of the united states of the mood yes i mean i'm not happy about the fact that donald trump is now president of the united states that he has helped to make this but feel very timely but it's not just mr trump's will i mean there have always been walls and the great will to china's one of the most famous the roman emperor has tried to exclude the scots from the southern part of the british isles by building walls there are walls in israel walls in northern ireland and while i
was writing the last section of the book there were barriers going up all over europe the last section of the book is set in sixteen sixty five the year of the play when people in london were dying in enormous terrifying numbers of the body play and they didn't really understand how the plague was transmitted they certainly didn't know how to treat it so what they did was run away from it and as i was writing that section of the book i was describing the roads out of london into the countryside crammed with refugees with migrants escaping from danger trying to find a safe place in which they could perhaps make a better life for themselves and as i was writing that section set you know more than three hundred years ago the newspapers and television screens were through images of migrants walking away from the troubles in syria coming up through taki
up through southern europe trying. get to a safe place and a better life and i hadn't set out to write a book about the migration crisis which hadn't already begun when i started writing the book but certainly that that echoing off what was going on in my imaginary world and what was going on in the real world around me was at once chilling but also i suppose it told me you know i am on to something important here but really comparable the failure of medical science arguably in being able to make the british public understand the blade. refugees from major wars like rebels in syria and the bombing of libya well the parallel comes when the people who are in a safe place. as it were put on trial that their humanity. generosity
that tolerance but that their ordinary kindness is put to the test are they can take these people in are they going to give them at least a temporary refuge and. the lord willing and the man who owns that private estate that is the setting for my own awful he fails that test and it's props understandable you know he's been in exile himself his own sense of security is is very unstable he's you know it's been a hard one for him but he closes his gates he doesn't allow the refugees in and. he's said he's he's judged for it but thank you for the show whereby good wins if you're going to be judged rise as we do with see what wins it fifty three years is a bit of a false flag gulf of tonkin incident engineered by the white house to get the american people to support a war in communist vietnam with according to the british medical journal the result
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