tv Beyond 100 Days BBC News July 19, 2018 7:00pm-8:01pm BST
you're watching beyond 100 days. one meeting with vladimir putin was not enough. president trump says he is looking forward to a second one. for the russian leader that may be good news — he says several agreements were reached in helsinki. the problem is american officials don't know what they are. financier bill browder was mentioned in helsinki as someone mr putin wants to question. the white house has just said they won't accept that. we'll speak to mr browder on the programme. meanwhile mr trump's head of homeland security says russia is a threat to all 50 american states and the us should expect them to interfere in this year's election. also on the programme. the uk's new brexit secretary meets his opposite number in brussels, on the day the commission warns businesses in europe to prepare for "no deal". and... setting fire to fashion. burberry admits it burns over 20 million dollars of its goods every year to protect the brand. get in touch with us using the hashtag... 'beyond—one—hundred—days'
hello and welcome — i'm katty kay in washington and christian fraser is in london. one particular exchange during the helsinki press conference between presidents trump and putin is getting alot of attention today. mr putin offered to give american investigators access to 11 russians indicted in the mueller probe last week. but there was a condition. in return russia would be given the right to question 11 americans — including bill browder, a financier who lobbied congress to pass the magnitsky act — the act which led to stiff sanctions on oligarchs in mr putin's inner circle. translation: we can bring mr bill browder in this particular case. business associates of bill browder have earned over one and billion
dollars in russia, they never paid any taxes, neither in russia or the us. the white house has just released a statement responding — saying it is a proposal that was made in sincerity by president putin, but president trump disagrees with it. let's speak to bill browder, ceo of hermitage capital, and the head of the global magnitsky justice campaign. good to have you with us. your reaction to this statement? i'm glad that president trump is not going to hand me over to president putin, but ido hand me over to president putin, but i do wonder why it took three days to come to that response. i understand why putin is so mad at me, because of the magnitsky act, and the fact that his money is at risk all over the world, but i am a little amazed that this whole conversation has taken place over a three—day period when trump should have immediately rejected it as any other head of state would have. you
weren't the only one that the russian prosecutors wanted to speak to. ambassador mcsorley, the former us ambassador to russia, he was also named as one of the ii us ambassador to russia, he was also named as one of the 11 they would like to speak to. you are annoyed that the president or at least the white house through the press secretary sarah sanders, was equivocating yesterday? it is absurd. just look at the situation. vladimir putin wants me dead, and then there are ten other us government officials who assisted me in getting the magnitsky act past, and people in law enforcement now investigating russian crime and money—laundering in the us connected to the crime, putin asks for all these people to be handed over and trump says he thinks it's a genius idea and then sarah saunders says they are thinking about it. it's quite extraordinary. quite a lot of clarification has had to go one
better in the time that mr trump and putin stood on that stage together, including the fact mr trump did go that an incredible offer. the last time we spoke to you, you had just been arrested in spain and held, you think that was on the instigation of the russian government. how much of a threat do you feel that you are under on a daily basis, from the kremlin? i am genuinely vladimir putin's number one enemy. they threatened me in every way, with death, with kidnapping, with the and extradition, lawsuits in every court. they want to destroy me a nyway court. they want to destroy me anyway they can. it is an objective fa ct anyway they can. it is an objective fact that they are out for me in all different ways they can try to destroy me. when you hear the president say that it's an incredible offer, are you concerned that notwithstanding the white house's statement they have just put out, the president's instinct is to satisfy mr putin when it comes to
your case? it appears to be that way. the president quickly understood that there would be effectively a civil war in washington if the trump administration handed me over, and ten picture of americans who have been serving government, trying to contain russia. that would not have an overwhelming anybody in washington. aside from what you've done with the magnitsky act, you have also looked into russian interference in elections and within business in the us. mr trump today says he is now fully on board with what his own intelligence agencies are telling him. do you think it's continuing? of course. there are absolutely —— they are absolutely working at it every way. i can see it myself on twitter, in terms of my own case. you should see the amount of people at the internet research institute or whatever they call it now putting bots out there, to try and stirup now putting bots out there, to try and stir up discontent and so on and
so and stir up discontent and so on and so forth. it's continuing in a big way, in the us, in great britain, france, italy, spain and elsewhere. the russians are not stopping until they are stopped. the president has made a point of saying over the last few days that his administration has been very tough on russia and there had been sanctions imposed on russian oligarchs who are close to vladimir putin. would you agree with the white house's assessment that this administration has been tough on russia? i completely would agree with that. objectively, the trump administration has been much tougher than obama on russia. the only odd thing about this is this whole business of him with this personal praise of vladimir putin, that donald trump seems to do on a regular basis, which is totally inconsistent with his administration and us national interest. it makes no sense to me. thank you. fresh from the drama — and controversy — of that helsinki summit, donald trump says he wants to do it again. the president tweeted that he wants
to start implementing some of the things that were discussed in this week's 2 hour one—on—one meeting with mr putin. moscow today went further with officials saying agreements were made during that closed door encounter. and that's left us officials scrambling to find out what mr trump may or may not have committed to. us senators are now asking to interview the translator — the only other person in the room — to try to find out what exactly the president said. in his latest interview, this time with cbs, mr trump went out of his way to praise his intelligence agenices and those who lead them. ido i do have confidence in our intelligence agencies, as currently constituted. i think dan coats is excellent, i think we have excellent people in the agencies. when they tell me something, it means a lot. and joining us now is reid wilson, national correspondent for the hill. we are thursday, the summit was on
monday. it seems to me the summit was light years away but it was only three days ago. where do we stand now in understanding the white house's position and president trump's position when it comes to vladimir putin and russia?” trump's position when it comes to vladimir putin and russia? i think we know now why presidents don't sit down with foreign leaders, especially foreign leaders of adversarial countries, without their top advisers sitting around them because we get so much confusion. especially in this case, with a president who does not have a lot of foreign policy experience or diplomatic experience. he has deal—making experience but making a deal—making experience but making a deal on new york real estate is entirely different to nuclear test ban treaty is something like that. the white house house now is trying to work out what kind of deals russia is talking about in terms of what the president and president putin agreed on. that's not a great
place to be. this strikes me as a moment when the white house press secretary, sarah sanders, really could have used a lot of the credibility that i feel she has squandered over the last several months as she tells obvious false head from the podium at the white house. a press secretary needs to be able to look a reporter in the eye and say this is the truth. when they go back and try to futz with a transcript of the president's speaking to reporters at the white house, that does not engender a lot of trust. will we ever find out what the president said to vladimir putin in the course of that slightly over two hour—long meeting, and if so, how will we find out? the problem is, if we find out, it will be through russian spin. the russians certainly have started to roll out these discussions of agreements between president trump and putin. there is no similar communication from the american side, we have heard nothing from the state
department, and though democrats on capitol hill want to hear from the translator sitting in the room, republicans on capitol hill are the ones who control the gavels and therefore control who gets invited up therefore control who gets invited up to testify. i doubt we will hear anything from that translate any time soon. the former director of national intelligence, james klapper, gave a talk this morning, spelling out that in january 2017 they had given the president a document with the specifics on the meddling. it wasn't to be, it was quite detailed. —— it wasn't vague. it had details of the assets they had got information from. what is interesting is, there is no telling what may have been exposed at the meeting in helsinki. it makes the very nervous, james clapper said. it's an extraordinary state of affairs that the intelligence agency and it's officials in america don't seem and it's officials in america don't seem to trust the president. yeah, this is something we have seen from the beginning of this
administration, this president is uniquely prickly about his legitimacy in office and he thinks any discussion of russian interference in the 2016 lection is somehow meant to undercut his legitimacy as the president of the us. he has this mental block where even when someone us. he has this mental block where even when someone brings up the fact that the russians are still trying to meddle, notjust in american elections, this is an important point, but in american society beyond elections and trying to spread unrest, he sees that as a challenge to his authority and he can't end up responding to the meddling that continues to this day. thanks very much. montenegro is a peaceful country that resisted fascism and makes friends easily. that is all according to an official statement released today by the balkan nation. the fact that this country of just 630 thousand people is having to prove its pacifist bonafides is all because mr trump warned on tv that montenegro risks getting "very aggressive." the comment was made questioning the value
of article 5 of nato — which provides that an attack on one nato member is an attack on all. montenegro is the newest member of the nato alliance. robin wright, a staff writer at the new yorker has written on the controversy and joins us now. you have been to montenegro, as i understand. what can you tell us about the concerns there that the russians might be trying to get involved? russia tried two years ago, as montenegro was waiting for membership in nato, the world's most powerful military alliance. russia tried to engage in a coup to prevent it from moving from its former communist membership as part of yugoslavia towards the west. what made president trump's remarks so astonishing is that this is a country that is smaller than connecticut, has a very small population, has less than 2000
members in its stand—up army. and has been a member of nato, deploying in afghanistan, even before membership, since 2010. the idea that it could generate or take aggressive action that would start world war iii was a reflection of the president's ignorance, both of what nato is all about and of basic political geography.” what nato is all about and of basic political geography. i sat on the programme yesterday i thought it was one of the most dangerous things he'd said, because those countries, like estonia, lithuania, latvia, these small countries who need to know from their perspective that america will come to their aid if russia wandered across the border, they must all be looking at this statement are now questioning the president's intent. i know you have spoken to some nato ambassadors, what are they saying? lots of them are worried the president is of the 13 presidencies involved in supporting nato, that his support is the weakest. this reflects his
scepticism about participation in nato and the role of the us. the thing that was really alarming about the interview was that the president does not seem to understand nato's mission, and the difference between offensive wars and offensive operations. the only time nato has invoked article five was in 2000 after the 911 attacks on the us. —— was in 2000 iraq was a war that was an offence of operation, nato did not have too engaged and opted not to. president trump basically suggested that montenegro was going to initiate some aggressive action that would force nato countries including the united states to come to its aid which isjust including the united states to come to its aid which is just not true. including the united states to come to its aid which isjust not truelj was struck during the course of that interview, do you think that that example of montenegro was chosen carefully, because if the interviewer had said, what happens if france is aggressive or if there
isa war if france is aggressive or if there is a war in great britain, then i think the whole conversation would have been different. i think they chose montenegro because it's a country most americans think, why should my children go and fight there? not understanding the context of nato. fox news host tucker carlson asked a question phrased in the right way about coming to the defence of montenegro but the president confused defensive and offensive operations and said, because they were aggressive, montenegro is not an aggressive country. it has been a breast. it has been the victim of russian aggression. -- it has been aggressed. that is what alarms other members of nato. thank you for coming in. vim and vigour are not words usually associated with the long drawn out brexit negotiations. but the new brexit secretary dominic raab says he is injecting just that into the 2 year process. mr raab has been meeting michel barnier, the eu's chief negotiator, in brussels to discuss
the government's new brexit plan. not making mr raab's task any easier, the european commission today issued a strongly worded warning to eu countries to prepare for a no—deal brexit. their new document, warns that if negotiations fail, then as of april next year, the uk will be treated as a third country, and will be outside all eu legal structures. there's the risk of long lines of vehicles waiting for customs procedures at ports says the eu. and companies and individuals will consider whether they need to get new authorisations or licences to work in the eu. our europe editor katya adler reports. a new face in brussels. confronting the same old brexit challenges. michel barnier, the chief negotiator, has been in on this process from the start. our challenge will be to find common ground between the fundamental principles that define the eu and the uk's position.
the smiling enthusiasm of the new brexit secretary came in stark contrast. i have come here today to discuss in detail the white paper, which you would have seen. i am looking forward to the negotiations and making sure we're in the best position to get the best deal. with vim and vigour. the eu is not convinced of the british line that big progress is being made in negotiations. are you sure? we have presented several positions. britain was even facing resignations of ministers and state secretaries. now we have a new brexit secretary. which has got the eu thinking that the possibility of the uk crashing out of the club without a deal has become a lot more likely.
but what is this no deal brexit? all of this terminology, the political toing and froing, it can make the brexit process seem theoretical and far away from everyday life. that's why the european commission has come up with this, a stark warning about planes, trains, and queues at borders. published just as the new brexit secretary arrives in town. it is a reminder to eu countries to do more contingency planning in case, after more than a0 years of being intertwined, the uk and the eu now break apart without any practical agreement in place of how to work together after brexit. remember these border queues when there have been hold—ups in calais in the past? expect the same or worse says the european commission in its paper. if freight trucks, passenger vehicles and passengers
are all subject to new post brexit checks between the uk and the eu. it is something the uk says it is preparing for too, just in case. the eu paper has more warnings of the potential disruptions for europeans, including at airports. if eu uk aviation and passenger rights deals are no longer valid. for businesses, if the uk is a key export or import of goods, the financial services sector will be affected. and in security issues as well. with the uk being taken off intelligence sharing databases. the uk and eu say they are still determined to reach a brexit agreement. but things tend to slow down over the summer. time for talks is running out with no immediate sign of meaningful progress. katya adler, bbc news, brussels. kristian, you are a spring chicken
with vim and vigour. am i being unfairto with vim and vigour. am i being unfair to suggest that's not the way we might describe the last two years of brexit negotiations? no, you would be right to point that out. there has been a distinct lack of vim, and there might have been some bigger, but a lack of application. there is a special unit set up within the commission to deal with this, brussels officials said to me some weeks ago that what they are looking to do is put a mattress at the bottom of the clef, to break the fall but not to make it... you know, not to get rid of the pain altogether. what i think when i see dominic raab there is, how much influence will he have over michel barnier? we all know senior civil servant lee robbins has been doing all the negotiations. lots of staff have gone from the brexit ministry across to the cabinet office. why would you do with dominant rap when the man who seems to have the prime
minister's ear is ollie robins? —— and why would you deal with dominic ryan. the prime minister has begun a two day trip to northern ireland in belleek, county fermanagh. it's theresa may's first visit to the irish border since the brexit referendum and she will be speaking to businesses on the border and political leaders. mrs may's previously been criticised for failing to meet those who live and work near what is to become the uk's only land border with the eu. the israeli parliament has passed into law a controversial bill that defines the country as an exclusivelyjewish state. the legislation also downgrades arabic as an official language and says advancing jewish settlement is a national interest. it also states that the ‘whole and united' jerusalem is the state's capital. prime minister benjamin netanyahu praised the bill saying the absolute majority of the country wants to ensure the states jewish character for generations to come. donald trump has attacked the european union s decision to fine google a record 11.3 billion euros. the tech giant was given
the fine for using it's android system illgeally to gain competitive advantage. on twitter president trump accused the eu of taking advantage of the us and described google as ‘one of our great companies‘. his comments come amid escalating tensions between himself and the eu after the president described the organisation as a ‘foe'. french prosecutors have opened an investigation into one of president macron's senior aides for allegedly assaulting a demonstrator. if follows video footage of a man wearing a policemen's helmet hitting a protester during may day demonstrations. he's been identified as alexandre benalla, an assistant to president macron's chief of staff. the french presidential spokesman called it unacceptable behaviour and confirmed mr benalla is not a policeman. they don't look great for mr macron, those images, do they? two children have allegedly been attacked by sharks off the coast of long island in new york.
this is the first incident of its kind in the us state for 70 years. a 13—year—old boy and a 12—year—old girl were bitten at two different beaches along the bay of fire island. both victims are expected to recover fully. students at manchester university have defaced a mural featuring rudyard kipling's poem ‘if‘ — in a stand against the work which they have described as racist. the author's 1895 poem was painted on a wall of the university's newly renovated union building. but student leaders erased the work, replacing it with a piece by maya angelou in a bid to reverse ‘black and brown voices‘ being written out of history. the union has apologised for failing to consult students on its choice of poem. it is reported that the luxury label burberry has been burning millions of pounds worth of stock in order to stop it getting into the wrong hands. the company famous of course for its trench coats and handbags has destroyed more than £28 million of unwanted products in the last 12 months. supposedly it is common for designer brands to destroy unwanted stock,
in order to stop them being sold at discount prices. the brands also say it prevents illegal counterfeiting, ensuring the supply chain remains intact. but morally speaking, is it right? well, if you are a luxury brand like this, what you are trying to do is prevent the price of your goods from falling, and if there is lots of excess stock in the market that is resold on discount chains or discount ways or bats perhaps counterfeited from that extent stock, then the price of your goods will fall. you may say you don't like burberry and the fact it makes profits and you don't like the fact it's a luxury brand but if that's what its business is, i have some sympathy with the idea that they must try to keep the price of those goods high. you could say, don't produce the excess stock, they have lots of complicated reasons they
said, they produced a perfume and then an american manufacturer came up then an american manufacturer came up with a new perfume, they had to destroy their old stock. do you except the profit motive or not? there is the capitalist arguments, then some of the people in the office today were saying, wide they get this stuff to the people who need the clothes? isn't it a waste of resources? couldn't they give it to their staff? apparently there are other brands who do this, h&m say they burn because sometimes old clothes get mould on them. a p pa re ntly clothes get mould on them. apparently they send it to the swedish city where it's burned instead of coal, to generate electricity. the environmentalists would say, as long as it's being used to create energy, then maybe not as bad. i don't know. anyway, you can tweet in. this is beyond 100 days from the bbc. we have waited a while to say this.
there is a change on the way, albeit a temporary one. another mainly fine day, this is how it looked in guernsey earlier. but cloud amounts have slowly been increasing from the north—west. you can see this, an area of cloud and atlantic weather systems which will bring some outbreaks of rain. the rain starting to set into the evening across western scotland and parts of northern ireland, the odd heavy burst though much of it will be light and patchy as it sinks further south and east. for southern scotla nd south and east. for southern scotland into england and wales, it stays dry with clear spells. presumably across the south—eastern corner, 17 in london. much of england and wales seeing dry weather to start tomorrow, with spells of sunshine but the rain will move out of northern ireland and scotland, eventually down into england and parts of wales and the midlands. patchy rain into the south—west. a
fewer late day showers possible across the south—west corner. quite across the south—west corner. quite a lot of cloud left behind for scotla nd a lot of cloud left behind for scotland and northern ireland, 19 the temperature you can expect. through the afternoon, a potential for hit and miss thunderstorms across this south—eastern corner of england, particularly. some of these could be really heavy, torrential downpours which could give issues with flash flooding and destruction. many places will avoid the showers and stay dry. into saturday, those showers will clear away to the south. looking at mainly fine weather, the best of the sunshine down to the south. a bit more cloud from the north—west. those temperatures bouncing back, 20 degrees for glasgow, belfast, up 27 in london. it looks warmerfor some of us on sunday. a bit more cloud into northern england, for northern ireland and the west of scotland it will be cloudy with patchy rain. on the cool side here but the further south and east you look, those
temperatures up to 28 to 30 degrees. into next week, weather france still wriggling close to the north—west of the country, some rain into the far north—west but ahead of those frontal systems, you are likely to draw some warm and humid air up on the south. temperatures by dave perhaps up to 32 degrees with some warm nights as well. this is beyond 100 days... with me katty kay in washington, christian fraser is in london. our top stories, in the past half an hour, donald trump has has rejected a proposal by vladimir putin that russian investigators be allowed to question us citizens, including a former ambassador to moscow. the new brexit secretary, dominic raab, holds his first talks with the european union's chief negotiator with the european union's chief negotiator. coming up in the next half hour... there are reports that police may have identified several suspects in the novichok attack on sergei and yulia skripal. in westminster the government's chief whip —julian smith — is accused of underhand tactics over claims he deliberately broke
with parliamentary convention during a key brexit vote. let us know your thoughts by using the hashtag... 'beyond—one—hundred—days' police believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators of the nerve agent attack on former russian spy sergei skripal. the investigators says they have cross matched records of people coming into the country before the attack, with cctv footage that was recovered from salisbury. officers think several russians were involved in the attack and are looking for more than one suspect. from salisbury here is duncan kennedy. in central salisbury this afternoon, troops in gas masks again gathering possible evidence of the nerve agent attack. the focus on this occasion, a large plastic container which was taken away for examination. it's now more than four months since sergei skripal
and his daughter yulia fell ill after being contaminated by a military grade russian—made nerve agent, the novichok that was left on his front door. the cnn network in the united states suggested today that detectives have used cctv and facial recognition software to isolate pictures of two suspects seen leaving britain soon after the attack, though it's not known if they are russian and it's not clear if they have been fully identified. counterterrorism detectives refused to discuss the report, leaving only the russian ambassador to comment. unfortunately we don't have official statements of the british side. i want to hear that from scotland yard or the foreign office. a lot of versions that we hear in the newspapers, they're not supported by the statements or the foreign office. the attack ended up taking dawn sturgess‘s life. she is thought to be contaminated by a perfume bottle which somehow ended up in her partner's flat. the inquest into her death opened and adjourned at the local coroner's court today. the coroner confirmed that
police had recovered a bottle of liquid novichok. one of the last places dawn sturgess went before falling ill was the queen elizabeth gardens in salisbury. that has been the focus of the police searches for the last two days. detectives now have a bottle of the possible chemical weapon and may have images of two suspects to work with. this unique investigation appears to be edging gently forward. daniel sandford, bbc news, salisbury. joining us from birmingham is former british army intelligence officer and chemical weapons expert, philip ingram. it's good to have you with us. if they have these images of what they suspect to be russians, given what happened during previous investigations into the
investigations into the investigation that was mounted several years ago, into the poisoning of... alexander litvinenko? i had forgotten his name, i knew that it was there somewhere! what does it tell us about how likely it is to pin down the russians and get hold of them?” think we have identified who it was who attacked alexander litvinenko, the russians turned round and said they hadn't, arrest warrants were produced. even if individuals are identified, i do not think there is hope of them being brought to justice in courts in the uk or anywhere else in the west. if you know the identity, could you link them with, perhaps, the kremlin or vladimir putin? when the identity is known, the links will be exploited a little bit, that could link them with the kremlin and president
putin. the biometric and facial identity will be put into facial recognition software across the world. their days of spying overseas outside of russia will have come to an end. one thing that struck me with the second poisoning was that it seemed almost slightly sloppy, the way it had been handled. clearly, the poisoning of yulia and sergei skripal, they knew what they we re sergei skripal, they knew what they were going to do, but could whoever did it have tossed the violin to a park? not at all, i contacted the metropolitan police to talk about decontaminating those areas but nobody talked about where the would—be assassins had been, to bring the novichok down into salisbury. the contaminated personal protection equipment the assassins would have been wearing, and the
containers and what happened to those. if those containers had been dropped and they took those protective gloves off, they are not going to bend down and pick it up, they know what they are doing. your thinking is that they accidentally dropped it, you would not want to leave a ny dropped it, you would not want to leave any trace of evidence, or do you think they were trying to leave traces? i think using novichok, that itself had a very big sign on it, saying that the russians were responsible. i do not think they we re responsible. i do not think they were worried about living evidence. the one thing that concerns me is if they have this one bottle, the would—be assassins would certainly have been wearing protective equipment of some sort, but nothing has come out in statements from the police about that. there will be other contaminated plastic bags or containers around. i think that is why those searches are happening at the moment. police say that bottle of perfume they found was very small and in the house of the later
victims. is it possible, given that you can bring 100 miles through the airport, that they just you can bring 100 miles through the airport, that theyjust brought it in as airport, that theyjust brought it inasa airport, that theyjust brought it in as a bottle of perfume? —— 100 millilitres. they could have done, the police said it was a bottle of liquid and you would not want to spread this stuff, if you do you create an aerosol that could put droplets on your skin and you would need more protective equipment. that would stand out in a housing estate in salisbury. if it was liquid, it would probably be put onto a cloth or something to be wiped on the door of the skripals. there is a lot of rumour going on and it's important we recognise that and wait for police to give more detailed statements. thank you, and thank you for the name alexander litvinenko. it is interesting, i was quite taken by the idea of a perfume bottle, the victim who sadly died a few weeks
ago, according to one report i read, sprayed this stuff, perhaps on her wrist, which may explain, i don't know, speculating, but could explain why she was more ill than her boyfriend, but it is extraordinary that they have managed carefully but deliberately to piece together what happened through what i would imagine was hours and hours of cctv footage. and imagine what you are looking for, check all of your records of no russians, russians you think could be linked to the secret services intelligence offices in moscow itself and then you need to look and see if any are behaving suspiciously, and track them from the airport, it would be an incredible job the airport, it would be an incrediblejob to go the airport, it would be an incredible job to go through that. what is odd to me is that wasn't more cctv footage of them there or somehow encountering the skripals in that neighbourhood, when you think how many cameras that are in britain, but there are not that many in salisbury. senior conservatives are under renewed pressure — amid claims that they deliberately
broke with parliamentary convention during a key brexit vote earlier this week. the chief whip —julian smith — has been accused of underhand tactics. downing street says theresa may has full confidence in him. let's speak to our political correspondent iain watson in westminster. for those who do not understand pairing, can you explain what happens and why you would need that level of trust? i think you are right, ina level of trust? i think you are right, in a sense, this is a story about the fake system of voting in westminster. about trust and transparency in politics and the career ofjulian smith, the chief whip, ata career ofjulian smith, the chief whip, at a time when theresa may has lost two cabinet ministers over brexit. if there is somebody who is an opposition mp who cannot get to westminster, with a crucial bit of legislation, the convention is that someone on legislation, the convention is that someone on the government side will also undertake not to vote either. that would cancel it out and what would actually happen is the deputy leader of the liberal democrats, jo swinson, on maternity leave with a very young child, she could not
possibly get to westminster so on the other side, brandon lewis, the chair of the conservative party, would not vote either but on a crucial vote, which the government won by six votes on customs legislation, he did vote. this was initially explained as an error and he apologised but even conservatives have been questioning whether or not thatis have been questioning whether or not that is true. one of them tonight, they have gone public and said she did not get a reassurance from the chief whip, julian smith, the person in charge of the process, that this was not intentional and if that is the case, a lot of people are registering this undermining of trust in the system that it is not transparent and questioning whether he will stay in his job transparent and questioning whether he will stay in hisjob or transparent and questioning whether he will stay in his job or whether another one of theresa may's ministers turns out to be vulnerable. interesting, iain watson, thank you. a 29—year—old russian woman with a passion for guns offered sex in exchange for information — according to a us court document. in a tale that could have been
lifted from the era of the cold war, maria butina is accused of targeting senior conservatives through her gun lobbying. she is now sitting in a washington jail awaiting trial because an american judge thinks she's a flight risk. ms butina appeared in court to face charges of failing to register as a foreign agent and conspiring against the american government. her lawyer denies the allegations and says she's just a student trying to make her way in america. it's an extraordinary story, straight out the cold war, as you say. another woman accused of spying for russia. through actually contacts with the gun lobby but also with america's religious conservative movement, something he had called the national prayer brea kfast. had called the national prayer breakfast. coming at this time that russian—american relations are under scrutiny. comparisons being made with anna chapman, the spy who incidentally was swapped for sergei
skripal. someone who was pretty much hiding in plain sight among conservatives and gun lobbyists, and also add various gun conferences. i suppose if you are hanging around those kinds of events, you have a direct line to senior conservatives? yes, and apparently it is not the first time foreign agents have tried to influence the american political process through reaching out to conservatives and particularly question conservatives in the us. this has been something of a pattern, apparently with the russian secret services. south korea's foreign minister has denied that plans to secure denuclearisation on the korean peninsula are unravelling, saying that it will happen in time but that it will be a long road. kang kyung—wha has been taking part in trilateral meetings with her american and japanese counterparts in an attempt to mark out a path to nuclear disarmament. however, there are concerns that momentum is being lost since last month's historic summit between donald trump and kim jong—un. us secretary of state mike pompeo's latest visit to north korea resulted in pyongyang accusing america of using "gangster—like" tactics to push it towards disarmament.
ms kang has been speaking to the bbc about her expectations over denuclearisation and the lifting of economic sanctions. we do what we do on the south— north korean track, in adherence with the sanctions. so any idea of big economic cooperation with north korea is just not on the agenda at this point, that can happen only when the sanctions have been eased or lifted. they will remain in place, until we are assured of concrete denuclearisation and that means seeing concrete steps. we haven't seen that yet. yes, we have seen haven't seen that yet. yes, we have seen the closure of nuclear test sites, but that was only open to journalists and not verified by
outside experts. we very much hope to see that happening at some point in future. ms kang also discussed her thoughts about the possibility of the two koreas reunifying in the future. it isa it is a dream. especially for older generations like myself who grew up with the story of the country pre—unification in the war, and the division. but i think what my government currently seeks is peaceful coexistence, this is a key pillar of our policy vis—a—vis north korea. we seek peaceful coexistence, we do not seek sudden unification. obviously, after a period of peaceful coexistence when we are used to the existence of peace, the reality of peace, and then i think there will be a natural movement towards unification. this is beyond 100 days.
still to come, the best age to start working full—time. a clue, it is a lot later than you may think. stay with us. crime is on the rise in england and wales — and the number of violent incidents recorded by the police has seen a particularly big increase. the overall crime rate went up by 11% in the year to march, according to new figures from the office for national statistics. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports when more violent crime is being reported, this is the sort of crime fighting that is needed. we are with a specialist team, tackling the mopeds gangs. tonight, active in west london. they use these nippy scooters to steal and terrify. driving up the number of reported robberies. police say they hunt in
packs, because scooters are hard to stop. two men, who have run a red light on a type of scooter often used by these gangs. just stand there for us. but there is no evidence they are involved in robbery. in their area, the city of london, there were 56 robberies in january but just two london, there were 56 robberies in january butjust two last month, a small dent in the crime figures. true, reported crime is rising but increasingly police have to deal with other social problems which are not crime. simultaneously police numbers have been cut to 1996 levels. that is 2000 fewer officers and real pressure. myself and my members
are as frustrated as the public that we cannot do as much as we used to do, or cannot do it as effectively. that causes real frustrated to our officers who simply want to do the bestjob for the public and that is a real concern. which may explain another crucial statistic, in nine out of ten cases nobody is charged. in london today there were raids in the fight against knife crime, up again in these figures. a question that's been on my mind for a long time, what is the perfect age to start working full—time, if any? early 20s after college...or maybe a little later after graduate school? well, what if we told you we've been doing it all wrong a stanford university researcher argues that we should notjoin the work force until the age of a0. she says that since humans are now living longer than ever before, we can't be expected to maintain marathon careers for emotional and financial reasons. joining us now is professor laura carstensen. she is the founding director
of stanford's center on longevity. i think as a mid—a0 —year—old man, ithink as a mid—a0 —year—old man, i think this is a brilliant idea, 2a yea rs think this is a brilliant idea, 2a years ago. why is this only coming into provenance now?” years ago. why is this only coming into provenance now? i think humans have a very hard time changing cultural scripts and norms. but it is absolutely time that we rethink how we live our lives generally and certainly how we work. but i now have my eye on the prize... retirement at 55, and i think i'm going to be sprightly enough to enjoy my retirement. why would i wa nt to enjoy my retirement. why would i want to work until i am 80? when, frankly, i will be bedbound? let me say to all of those 80—year—olds watching, i don't mean that literally but i'm not 55, he said quickly! it is always easier to sell these ideas to 20 rods rather than people anywhere near approaching
retirement but here is the idea. we add 30 years to life expectancy and we tack all of those extra years on at the end. the only stage in life that has got longer is retirement. it isn't working for people. not financially because it is very hard for individuals and governments to provide for people who do not work for 30 years. and, as you mentioned, people in their 80s are doing very well these days! if you have healthy and talented people, why not have them work? professor, i got to the bit in your report on working to the age of 80 and it was the only bit i scribbled over! i am 53 and the idea of me working until i was 80 had me jumping out the window! especially at this pace but part of the reason is, if people do not work full—time in their30s, is, if people do not work full—time in their 30s, that is their child—bearing years so they can have more time looking after young children but people are having children but people are having children later as well, so don't
they need that time in their 40s to look after young children? and they need the money. that is true, it will be for many people as people have children later. there is nothing magic about the age of 40, but rather the magic we need to bring to this conversation is one of flexibility. the reason that many people feel they cannot wait to retire at the age of 62 is because we work way too hard in the middle. what i am arguing is we should not have part—time work, throughout most of work and, by the way, i am an advocate for work, work is good for people physically, cognitively and emotionally, we can get a lot of kids out of high school and put them in part—time work now and again. work is good but it is the way that we work that is good and working full—time, at the same time they are raising young children, it does not make any sense. when you have extra
years of life. that is the critical point, is there ever actually a time when we should be working the so—called full—time? there were consistent reports in the new york times today about companies allowing employees to work flexibly or do four day weeks and sleep —— ansi productivity rise. if you give that to them they work more. we should actually start measuring the input rather than the alpert?” actually start measuring the input rather than the alpert? i agree, you can go to four—day work weeks without a decline in productivity. that finding has been observed by other employers and in other parts of the world. the work week was something that henry ford came up with. there is nothing magical about it. it became the traditional length of the work week. many people are
working many more hours a week rather than 40. there is no evidence in the literature that people and productivity doesn't decline after you do 40 hours a week. the ways we are working are not optimal for employers or workers.” are working are not optimal for employers or workers. i get that but aren't we missing the crucial factor of the money? if you are a young pa rent of the money? if you are a young parent you need the money and if you live in london, you really need the money, you need to work full—time plus? we need to rethink the models and what our expectations are, for income throughout our lives. there area income throughout our lives. there are a lot of examples. living on less when they are in graduate school or medical school or law school. people can do this, they figure out models for shared housing, low income housing, there are other ways to do this and there will be trade—offs, of course. but it is manageable and it is an
alternative that, for many people, would be welcomed. thank you for joining us. it is so interesting, we need to look at how people work. the ways that people can afford to live and particularly in an age of automation where work habits and models are being thrown into the air. this is all up for discussion but the professor is right, we are ina but the professor is right, we are in a situation where people are working 60 or 70 hours a week where they want to climb the greasy pole. and is that because we work much late? if you have children at 20, they have flown the nest at 40 and you start your life again? but with school fees or whatever it is, they get all the way to 60—65. school fees or whatever it is, they get all the way to 60-65. tell me about it. i have four, little cost centres, all of them. a florida couple — fined thousands of dollars for painting vincent van gogh‘s
‘starry night‘ onto their home — have received an apology from the local mayor. the owners said the artwork was to help their autistic son find his way if he got lost. the council reviewed their position and say the feature is fine to stay. the family will also receive a 15,000 dollar settlement. it has become a landmark near orlando and people come to see it. originally the council did not like it because it is quite garish, it is a replica of the painting. the point is, they were worried their sun would not be able to find his way home if he got were —— went out and got lost. obviously, is a pretty smart idea. the council came round to the idea. i love this story, too. there are pictures of the house before the van gogh was painted on. it is an average house. you are having building work done at the
moment, you could do something like that when you come up with your building work? and they did apologise, by the way, but it was the idea she said if her son wanders off and he is in a position where he cannot say this is the street name and address and number of the house, if he described it, everybody in the town would know. i think it would be a tourist attraction. you, kristian fraser... why not? it is great, you should start thinking about doing the same thing to your house. you could have magnay‘s lilies! your neighbours would be so happy... -- monet‘s. i left instructions once for a painter on a post—it note, when i was working at the daily mirror yea rs was working at the daily mirror years ago, readers would know this, but i said i liked this colour, it had an arrow to the paint i was
going to use. the pain to took the post—it note to diy, and he painted my entire house in post—it note yellow! i kid you not. this is why mrs fraser is in charge of renovations! coming up next, ros atkins will be here with outside source. we will be back next week have a good weekend. good evening, we have waited a while to say this but there is a change on the way! albeit a temporary one. today was yet another fine day, that is how it looked for our weather watcher in guernsey earlier but cloud amounts have slowly been increasing from the north—west. on the satellite picture you can see this area of low cloud and an atla ntic this area of low cloud and an atlantic weather system which is going to bring some outbreaks of rain. that train setting in in scotla nd rain. that train setting in in scotland and northern ireland, a heavy burst at times, it will be
light and patchy as it sinks further southwards and eastward spread in southern scotland, in england and wales, dry with clear spells through the night. mikey in the south—eastern corner, 17 degrees in london. tomorrow, england and wales with dry weather to start, the rain moves out of northern ireland and scotland, sinking down into northern england, patches of rain in the south—west and at the same time, some showers possible in the south—east corner but in the sunshine, a lot of cloud left behind in scotland and northern ireland. 19 is the temperature you can expect. but as we go through late afternoon into the evening, the potential for hit and miss thunderstorms in the south—eastern corner of england. this could be heavy. torrential downpours which could give issues with flash flooding and disruption. many places avoid showers and stay dry. through into saturday, they will clear away to the south and we
have mainly fine weather. sunshine in the south as the day wears on. cloud feeding in from the north—west. those temperatures are bouncing back again. 20 degrees in glasgow in belfast, 27 in london. warmer still for some on the sunday. for much of england and wales, cloud in northern england and in northern ireland and on western scotland, cloudy with patches of brain. on the cooler side here. temperatures are up cooler side here. temperatures are up to 28—30d. then next week, weather fronts are close to the north—west of the country. in the far north—west, ahead of those frontal systems, we are likely to have warm and humid air in the south. temperatures by day up to 33 degrees with warm nights as well. this is bbc news. i‘m rebecca jones. the headlines at 8pm:
a big increase in the number of crimes being recorded in england and wales, with a rise in the number of violent crimes, including those involving knives. it‘s just devastated the whole family. it‘s so unreal to us. we‘ve still not taken it in. the new brexit secretary — dominic raab — promises to step up the pace of talks as he holds his first meeting with the eu‘s chief negotiator in brussels. four months on from the poisoning of sergei and yulia skripal, scotland yard won‘t discuss media reports that they‘ve identified several russians involved. also coming up — burning the burberry. the british fashion label admits it burnt over £28 million worth of its goods last year to protect the brand.