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that's become an issue. so this is blatant electioneering? it's a sense of understanding that the question was asked to me a week ago, i don't think people want political party leaders telling them what is and isn't sin. some viewers thought that line of questioning was excessive or inappropriate. maureen lancaster wrote... and here's kevin steele. —— steel. and grace dalton put it like this, when she rang us this week. i think it was very, very wrong that the bbc really was interrogating him and trying to pressurise him into answering a question
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that is not at all relevant to the current election campaign. his views on homosexuality have clearly not impacted his policies. he is absolutely not in favour of any person of any orientation, sexually, being discriminated against. so he should not be pressurised into saying something that conflicts with his personal beliefs. but most of our correspondence this week has been about the treatment of the labour leader, jeremy corbyn. last friday, deputy political editor john pienaar was on his tail. he stood by what is called the triple lock — pensions up every year by inflation, or average earnings, or 2.5%. can labour afford this, along with other promises? he hopes he can win this argument. sorry, i'm not quite sure where i'm going. the use of that comment from jeremy corbyn was picked up by some viewers who considered it an example of an insidious tendency to snipe at the labour leader. one anonymous caller left us this telephone message. you make it a cheap shot on corbyn,
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just little drops, like "i don't know where i'm going." it's always seemingly undermining the person's direction. that's how i see it. subtle things like that. you should avoid that, stereotypes that chip away a little bit at corbyn. well, bbc news was also getting out and about this week to hear views onjeremy corbyn from members of the public, several of them made their disapproval quite clear. and as voters focus on choosing their next prime minister, some questioned the labour leader's credibility. i usually vote ukip. but i will vote conservative. rather than have that idiot, jeremy corbyn, i'll go for theresa may. like she says, he can only lead a political demonstration, but he can't lead his party. i've always been labour, and stuff like that. but i can't, he just can't be trusted.
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he just seems like he doesn't know what he's doing. well, david atkinson, among many others, felt that jeremy corbyn is getting a rough dealfrom the bbc, leaving us this message. i've been disgusted to see that once again the bbc are allowing people to be interviewed who are calling jeremy corbyn an idiot. i can almost guarantee that nobody would be saying the same thing about mrs may, or mr farron, or mr nuttall, any of the other leaders. it's absolutely disgraceful that the bbc are so anti—corbyn. they should show him the respect they show theresa may. it's no surprise that jeremy corbyn‘s political opponents are not holding back from the personal attacks either. on thursday, the foreign secretary borisjohnson unleashed his own — at the same time introducing many of us to a new term of abuse. in the sun newspaper today, borisjohnson launched a personal attack on the labour leader, calling him a mutton—headed old mugwump who would be
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calamitous in downing street. campaigning in essex, mr corbyn said they were focused on serious debate, not name—calling. well, a mugwump, in case you're wondering, is a mid—19th century word from the algonquian for "great chief". but i think we can assume mrjohnson meant it in its current sense of a person who remains aloof or independent, especially from party politics. exercising newswatch viewers though was the issue of whether bbc news made too much of that personal comment, thus playing into the conservatives‘ agenda and trivialising the campaign. joan campbell thought it was the case of... alistair leavey asked more generally... well, we plan to explore the bbc‘s election coverage
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with a representative of the news department in the coming weeks. but before we leave the subject for now, let's mention some complaints made about the corporation's social media coverage, a more significant aspect of its output than in any previous election. last thursday, the presenter of radio 4's today programme, nick robinson, posted this on twitter. some wondered whether the former bbc political editor had overstepped the bounds of impartiality, with mark robson responding... nick robinson responded to objections like that by writing the following on facebook... meanwhile, the current bbc political
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editor, laura kuenssberg, also faced criticism after tweeting as follows on monday... hugh yeager was one of those objecting to that wording, commenting... so, is there a danger of tweets like this from bbcjournalists, with their requirement for brevity, infringing the corporation's guidelines on fairness and balance?
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we put that complaint to bbc news, who told us... do let us know your thoughts on the use of social media by bbc news, any aspect of the bbc‘s election coverage, or, indeed, anything that concerns you or delights you which you see on news bulletins, programmes or online. stay tuned for details of how to get in touch with us. now, of course, the battle for seats in westminster is not the only election around at the moment. on monday, lucy williamson reported from paris following the first round of voting for france's new president. two years ago, he was a new face in politics. in two weeks, he could be the new president of france. last night, emmanuel macron arrived for his victory speech with his wife,
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brigitte. 2a years older than him, she was once his drama teacher. but one comment made there, and not infrequently elsewhere in the coverage, annoyed margaret vandecasteele, who wondered... "why was it felt necessary to mention that the french election winner emmanuel macron had a wife who was 2a years older than him?" richard spooner agreed, calling the reference ageist, sexist and certainly unacceptable. going through to the run—off with mr macron is... well, this is how europe editor katya adler described her on sunday night. far—right marine le pen, anti—immigration, anti—globalisation and anti—eu. her presidential plan? france for the french. that first epithet caught the attention of james williams, who e—mailed... that's another question we may well
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return to newswatch. but, in the meantime, one last comment about the bbc‘s coverage of the french election from john truman. this weekend marks 100 days of donald trump's presidency. and it's certainly been a busy and controversial start to his term in office. bbc news marked the anniversary this week with a number of reports and programmes, including a panorama special confronted byjeremy paxman. —— fronted. and this raised again among viewers an argument we've had before, articulated here by angela merrick... thanks for all your
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comments this week. if you too want to share your opinions on bbc news and current affairs, or even appear on the programme, you can call us on 0370 010 6676, or e—mail newswatch@bbc. co. uk. you can find us on twitter at @newswatchbbc, and do have a look at our website, the address for that is and you can search for and watch previous discussions we've recorded there. that's all from us. we'll be back to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. well, the bank holiday weekend is upon us. let's see what the weather's up to. it's looking a little bit mixed. a little breezy but reasonably warm i think for most of us and there is some rain on the way, but not everybody‘s going
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to get the rain. let's see the weather map in the short term. weather fronts are fairly close to the uk, but far enough to give us a dry start to the day. so this is what it looks like around 4—5am in the morning. lots of clear spells around, temperatures in towns and cities around 6—9 degrees celsius, so not a particularly chilly start to the day. saturday morning, dawn‘s on a bright — if not sunny — note for most of us. there will be a little bit of cloud here and there, but the cloud breaks up through the morning and the best of the sunshine on saturday is expected across the southern half of the uk, especially the south coast. so looking out to sea, it might be clear blue skies. temperatures at lunchtime, ipm there, 15 degrees in london. but for most of us, around 12—13 degrees, and just maybe one or two light, stray showers around, but that's pretty much it.
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nice enough there in inverness as well, about 12 degrees with some sunshine. the afternoon's not going to change much. it will turn breezy across some of these western areas, maybe even later in the day in northern ireland. around the coasts it could even touch gale force. how are we doing compared to the rest of europe on saturday? fairly similar. 17 in paris. we are doing better than madrid. madrid about 14 degrees. rome will be sunny at 22. the real heat at the moment across greece, there, into the 30s. back to the uk, saturday and into sunday, low pressure still out there in the atlantic. but starting to push weather fronts ever closer. so already, on sunday, the weather will be going downhill across south—western parts of the uk. quite strong winds as well — notjust in the south—west, but also in these sunnier spots too. along the north sea coasts, really blustery winds. so feeling really quite chilly on the coast. ahead of this weather front and the rain it could get up to 18 in london and possibly the mid or high teens in scotland as well. and then through the course of the evening, this is sunday evening, that rain will be slowly pushing further north and east.
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by the time we get to monday, you can see the weather front in the north and the chance of catching some showers across southern areas. so a bit of a mix. certainly the best day of the weekend looks as if it will be sunday, with dry weather across the uk. and this is what the average temperature at this time of year. 16 in the south and 1a in the north, so that's roughly what we're getting. hello, my name's tom donkin with a very warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in north america and around the globe. here's our top stories: defiance as north korea test—fires another ballistic missile. the us says the world must do more to curb its nuclear ambitions. failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences. violence across brazil after the country's first general strike in 20 years. millions are protesting over proposed changes to pensions. as president trump approaches his 100th day in office,
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