tv The Papers BBC News March 18, 2019 10:40pm-11:01pm GMT
this is bbc news. fair to say that john bercow i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at 11:00: the speaker of the house of commons says the prime minister smart. fair to say thatjohn bercow has not got many friends, certainly cannot ask mps to vote on her brexit deal again, in the papers. start with the unless there are substantial changes to it. telegraph, headline, major constitutional crisis, a quote from what the government cannot legitimately do is to resubmit the solicitor general. is it? in to the house the same proposition some ways it is. in many ways it is or substantially the same a constitutional crisis because theresa may has repeatedly tried to proposition as that of last week, bring back the same law. there was an amendment last week that mps which was rejected by 149 votes. voted on which looked at the ruling police in the netherlands say that you could not keep bringing they've arrested a man, back the same legislation. it was after three people were shot dead on a tram seen previously there was a slight in the dutch city of utrecht. difference. butjohn bercow set himself in the chamber that numerous mps have come to him concerned about this, saying it was a misuse of new zealand's prime minister says she'll announce new gun laws within days, parliamentary procedure. he appears following the attacks on two mosques to have agreed with them. to reset in which 50 people died. mate will now have to go back to also coming up: mozambique's brussels, dry to get article 50 president says he fears extended, and if you want mps to vote on a deal, it will have to be a different deal rather than
co nsta ntly different deal rather than constantly trying to get them over the line. according to the telegraph, discussed in the commons, disbelief in brussels. but he is entitled to have done this? the establishment elites, it will come as a surprise toa elites, it will come as a surprise to a lot of people in westminster, those who write about it. but these newspapers, all of them that have showed up on that screen, are read bya showed up on that screen, are read by a country. whether they are read in peoples hands on trains, online, they are read by a country. the country frankly has had enough. the political class has let the nation down. i include myself. both houses have let the nation down. that nation feels it. those who voted, they feel fairly let down. what the speaker has done, and there is an
element in what was said about erskine may, whether there is constitutional correctness, whether thatis constitutional correctness, whether that is right or wrong, the average person in the street would expect to see fair play from a speaker. i think they see him as an empire. i am not saying he is not allowed to ta ke am not saying he is not allowed to take a side bet they see him as an umpire. a month or two ago when he allowed the dominic grieve amendment which basically said, we want to do this, we will take control of something, and it was against the convention, but he said, things move on, things have fluidity, i will allow it. i would expect that he does the same again. he said things change, let us move on, fluidity, allow it. or, you stop that one, then you stop this one. he has not been consistent. he has a remain biased. on that basis the average person walking around in blackburn
tonight will say, i thought the speaker was meant to be a fair person, he is not meant to be taking sides. whether he does or does not constitutionally, the optics of this are appalling. we are losing the connection between the elected and the electorate. do you agree it does not look good? i think it does actually. what does not look good is theresa may... blaming her. he did it, not her. what does not look good is theresa may constantly bringing back the same deal over and over again trying to get the same mps to vote for the same deal that they say they do not want. over the weekend theresa may offered group—mac get more money if they back her again. that looks bad. —— offered the ub. theresa may does have to accept she cannot keep trying again and again,
trying to bribe and bully people, she has to put forward something that will pass the house. what about the points, look at the headline in the daily express, the brexit destroyer. why have most of the papers turned againstjohn bercow? some of them see it as a scrapper to the plans of theresa may. but to be honest theresa may's deal itself was. even if we had gone to a vote tomorrow she would have had to change the minds of 75 mp5, almost certainly would not have than that. a lot of these papers have been against the mpc would not back ideal anyway. we do have the case that the house of commons is divided, there are hard house of commons is divided, there a re ha rd levers, house of commons is divided, there are hard levers, also remainers, until theresa may puts forward a deal that people will get behind and agree on, this will keep happening. any mp that there's anything...
clearly we do not have a written constitution in this country. to say the constitution is in crisis is slightly overstepping things because we have a series of rules and presidents and he has kind of referred to them. i agree. one of the great advantages of the development of a constitutional democracy in this country has been there is nothing in writing. the entire thing has matured over centuries. that has allowed flexibility. it has allowed it to be seen as a flexibility. it has allowed it to be seen as a fluid animal that grows and develops. that is acceptable. i was a lawyer for 20 years. i understand that is acceptable. especially when you fuse it with the rule of law, so there are two theatres on the executive, parliament and the judges. but you
have got to have consistency, a degree of stability and you cannot have somebody that says at the start... he is not saying he is neutral, he has said he is a remainer. then do not be surprised when people suspect his motives when he supports the remain camp on one amendment and then attacks someone who is just trying to do theirjob. it is easy to keep blaming theresa may. blame theresa may. anybody else, any prime ministerfrom any party at any time in this position, with a split country and a split parliament, would be in the same position. it suits their left wing to say it is conservative theresa may. if this was a left—wing prime minister, god forbid, he would be having exactly the same problem, which is that you have got a nation that wants to do one thing, albeit 52-48, that wants to do one thing, albeit 52-a8, but that wants to do one thing, albeit 52—48, but they do want to do one thing, and a parliament that wants
to do something else. the least i would expect from the empire is a level playing field. he has not delivered it. do i say to the crisis of the constitution? no. i do see it asa of the constitution? no. i do see it as a crisis for the country. a political crisis rather than a constitutional one. i went to brussels when i was a minister. this is about our country. this is not about the ego of a speaker. it is not about people wanted to criticise a prime minister or indeed somebody from outside wanted to criticise labour. this is not about this any more. put away your personal ambitions, boris johnson, put more. put away your personal ambitions, borisjohnson, put away your omissions for a general election jeremy corbyn, your omissions for a general electionjeremy corbyn, and think about your country, because in brussels, in berlin, in madrid, in paris, we are a laughing stock. now they have got us where they want us. on our knees, begging to have an
extension. that is a pathetic place. labour should hang their heads in shame. so should the government. and so shame. so should the government. and so should this man. that is unequivocal. let as turn to the i. you have been talking about theresa may. any leader might have struggled with the hand they were dealt. this isa with the hand they were dealt. this is a slightly different spin on the story. according to the i this is up to 30 mps who have told the prime minister she needs to step down. do you have inside knowledge on this? at the moment, as well as brexit, behind—the—scenes the conservatives are terrified that we are heading towards an early election. complete deadlock in parliament. and if they do head towards an election, they need somebody in there. theresa may said in decembershe
need somebody in there. theresa may said in december she would not go into the next election. by that she changes her mind, or they choose somebody else. the bigger worry for her at the moment is that theresa may is damaging the conservative party. they are worried, she is seen as toxic, every date she stays in place she is not leading the country, more than that, the conservatives could be out of power for a generation and jeremy corbyn walks into downing street. has she got a future? she has a future in delivering brexit. our got a future? she has a future in delivering brexit. 0urjob is to consider what the nation —— deliver what the nation asked for. that is thejob. she will what the nation asked for. that is the job. she will not fight the next election. in one way, she has got another couple of years. in another way it could be, the morning, what do then. this woman has been written off more times than any prime
minister probably in history. this woman has sat there. imagine waking up woman has sat there. imagine waking up every morning of your professional life and one thing you know for certain, today will be worse than yesterday. and she is still here. she is stoic. she is steadfast. the fault she has are huge. but she has been written off many times. it suits people to a lwa ys many times. it suits people to always have somebody you can throw things at. channel your dissatisfaction at one target. it is john bercow today. it is and it will be heard tomorrow. how would labour fight this general election? an mp, a would—be labour candidate, knocks on the door and the question is, are you going to have brexit or are you going to be remain? forget all the policies about education and health ca re policies about education and health care and transport and crime and whether itjeremy corbyn wants to get out of nato, forget all that.
are you brexit or remain? what does that mp answer? that is what that election would be about. wrongly in my view. the election should be about the policies of the nation. but that is what it will be about. labour would be all over the place. by labour would be all over the place. by the way, so with the tories. it would just be a nightmare. neither side really want general election. whether they want someone else to ta ke whether they want someone else to take them into it. but not yet. let us move away from take them into it. but not yet. let us move away from brexitjust momentarily. there is a story in the telegraph. sigh of relief. indeed. this is interesting. self—harm crackdown on social media sites. this is the idea that social media sites will have to disclose data that could reveal their role in fuelling self—harm and suicide. this sounds significant. is it? yes.
there has been a big worry that they are facilitating a lot of problems around teen suicide and self—harm. all sorts of problems for mental health. one of the big issues is that police and government want to look at how they use their algorithms. if for instance you look ata algorithms. if for instance you look at a lot of self— harm instagram sites, or groups on facebook, do facebook and instagram starch marketing back again? does it then encourage all these problems? does it cause mental health to snowball? this is significant. they do not wa nt this is significant. they do not want to show these. it could reveal exactly how much of an issue this is causing young people.|j exactly how much of an issue this is causing young people. i am not sure iam causing young people. i am not sure i am entirely sure how this is going to work. for the first time governments plural, it is an international issue, but they have
got to start domestically, to regulate the social media giants. they have got to start imbuing on them an obligation as publisher, because they always say they are not publishers, they are platforms and they have no responsibility for what is put on this base. blame the horrible people who put it on. i am going to try and filter it but i have got a lot of people to do that and that hurts profits. so do not blame me, it has nothing to do with me, i provide a platform. if you did it that the bbc or any of the newspapers we are reviewing tonight, the editor would go to prison. for some reason it is perfectly all right if you are mark zuckerberg. i would not see government. it is about people being protected by regulation on people who are at this moment shirking responsibility. the problem with it is once you allow governments to start interfering
with what one might call editorial independence, then where do governments stop? where do you allow freedom to happen? when do you start being a sensor? that is the problem with what governments are playing with what governments are playing with at the moment. as you well know, you are trying to produce news, sometimes it embarrasses governments and they do not like it. but the essence of this is that for the first time we have got young people, people of all ages, being influenced by a medium which has no responsibility for what comes down the pipe. that is what has got to stop. otherwise you will get more suicides. this is a government white paper. finally, fairly briefly, the guardian, startling headline,
england could run short of water within 25 years. this is a warning from the environment agency. why could we run out of water? rise in population. we know that rising population, also climate change, there will be more drought, it will be more difficult to collect the water we need. massive rise in demand, at the same time it becomes harder to collect the water. we saw an incredibly hot summer last year. that will provide more droughts. people are very worried about exactly how water is collected on ground surface and whether we will have enough rainfall. what do we need to do? this report is warning, water companies identify climate change as the biggest operating risk. whether that is a natural phenomenon, man—made, or a
risk. whether that is a natural phenomenon, man—made, ora bit of both, it takes years, generations to sort this out. this is a real and present danger. the two ways to deal with this, you have too many people, and wasting too many waters, the two things you can deal with now, somehow keep the population down. i think of immigration in one way or another. the other way of doing it which is very important is to ensure that people stop wasting water. in this article it says the average person's daily water use of 140 metres could be cut to 100 litres with not a lot of effort. i clean my teeth and i leave the tap on. it is wrong. i should stop. that is a good example. if everybody turned the tap off when they clean their teeth. imagine how that would change across 65 million people? that is it for
the papers this hour. thank you. we will be back for a longer look at the papers in the next hour. dojoin us the papers in the next hour. dojoin us then. we closed out the day with a fair amount of cloud across the country but it has been a little quieter than of late. we have seen some heavy rain so far this march. it has brought localised flooding to parts of northern ireland, wales and north—west england. the met office has confirmed, although it is only the 18th of march, northern ireland has already had its wettest on record. you will be pleased to hear that things will quieten down as we move through this week, with high pressure building from the south—west. a series of weather fronts straddling the far north of the country good at times bring some rain and some windier conditions.
that high pressure stays with the majority of the country for most of the week. it will be quite a cloudy high, it keeps that ploughed through the night tonight. clouds are thick enough for the odd spot of drizzle in the west. where we do get breaks in the west. where we do get breaks in the cloud, low single figures across the east of the country, patchy fog. a relatively quiet start to tuesday. despite that cloud is thick enough for the odd spot or two of drizzle, it will break up and allow for some sunshine to come through at times. cloud and rain gathers in the far north—west. winds will strengthen here. different story to the northern isles and western isles in comparison to today. as we move out of tuesday into wednesday we see this slice of milderair into wednesday we see this slice of milder air starting to dominate across the country, through the middle part of the week we could see temperatures slightly above the average, with the exception always the far north. here we will see strengthening winds and outbreaks of
rain at times. for many on wednesday it will be a cloudy story predominantly but we continue to be optimistic that the cloud breaks up, sunshine comes through. if we get more sunshine temperatures will respond, at least up to highs of 17 degrees, it may be higher. winds will strengthen, 40 mph. wetter weather in the far north of scotland through wednesday night into thursday. the high stays with us across the majority of the country. we close out our working week in a similar way. we close out our working week in a similarway. predominantly we close out our working week in a similar way. predominantly dry with outbreaks of rain to the north and west.