tv The Papers BBC News November 17, 2019 10:30pm-11:00pm GMT
you don't need me to tell you how wet it has been for the last few weeks across the country. river levels running very high, waterlogged and flooded fields up and down the uk, particularly england and wales and this was the scene in warwickshire on sunday with further light rain at times. by contrast further north and west so sunshine appearing across parts of scotla nd sunshine appearing across parts of scotland and northern ireland. that is because of high pressure building on across the country. bringing some very welcome dry and sunny weather for the next few days and even beyond for some of us. for monday, a cold and frosty start with lots of sunshine. low pressure over the near continent affecting the far south—east but even this should clear away and we should see widespread sunshine. where any mist and fog lingers the temperature may struggle to get above one or two.
high pressure washers into tuesday, this weather front edging closer into western parts of britain but for the majority tuesday morning will be clear skies, dry and very cold with widespread frost, probably the coldest start of the season so far. one or two mist and fog patches should clear through the day but a weather front edging into the west, becker cloud and maybe some rain later in the day. slowly lifting across the south—west as we pick up the stronger southerly wind. this is the stronger southerly wind. this is the pattern into the latter part of the pattern into the latter part of the week, becoming blocked with high pressure over the continent, low pressure over the continent, low pressure towards the west, so it means the further west you are on wednesday and indeed thursday you see more of a breeze and thick cloud and perhaps outbreaks of rain. further north and east tending to stay dry with some sunshine although afairamount of stay dry with some sunshine although a fair amount of clouds around and some of that could be quite hazy.
breezy as well. thursday, spot the difference, thicker cloud across parts of south—west england and wales into northern ireland than around the irish seacoast. scotland should tend to stay dry and jelly with variable amounts of cloud. on friday, looking like the weather front could push back further west so front could push back further west so many places, although rather cloudy could stay dry with some sunshine in places. quite breezy once again in the temperature starting to reach double figures in many places, even across scotland. the jet stream has many places, even across scotland. thejet stream has been in this pattern for quite a while, undulating and allowing this block pattern to continue. it will drive a few low— pressure pattern to continue. it will drive a few low—pressure systems towards our shores but a big area of high pressure establishing itself across scandinavia and into eastern europe and it means these low—pressure systems won't be moving very fast and we up getting stuck generally to the south—west, but if you're fed up with the cold weather what this
pressure pattern continues to do is draw milder south are south winds. further ahead into the weekend and beyond we could see something a bit milder pushing in the central and southern parts of the country. for the further ahead forecast we see a bit of rain mostly towards the south—west coast of the areas of low pressure but for much of the country should be largely dry with some hazy sunshine and quite breezy and like i mentioned it should be turning milder particularly across southern and western areas. hello. this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment — first the headlines. sources close to prince andrew have told the bbc he stands by his decision to be questioned on newsnight about his links to a convicted paedophile.
now lawyers are calling upon him to give evidence. whether a person is a prince or a pauper, if anyone has evidence or information that might be relevant to an investigation of a criminal case, that person should provide it. british business hits out at both main parties over policies on immigration and nationalisation. clashes in hong kong as protestors inside the polytechnic university set fire to its main entrance as police attempt to take the building. and the man whose lens helped define the 1960s, the photographer terry o'neill, has died. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are henry mance,
chief features writer at the ft, and the broadcaster and psychotherapist, lucy beresford. many of tomorrow's front pages are already in. we start with the guardian — which is leading with prince andrew's newsnight interview — saying the prince is being called on to apologise to the victims of the convicted sex offenderjeffrey epstein. the metro is also running with the aftermath of that interview, saying there has been a furious backlash at the "toe—curling" interview. the financial times features a dramatic photograph of the latest escalation of violence in hong kong. here, a police vehicle has been set on fire after protesters threw petrol bombs on a bridge leading to hong kong polytechnic university.
the independent also has a photo of the pro—democracy skirmishes in hong kong. their front page lead however is about the election — saying that issues around the climate are a higher priority than ever before for voters. and the daily express thinks that the prime minister will trigger a "brexit boom" in the form of tax cuts. let's in the form of tax cuts. start off our chat. we will start let's start off our chat. we will start with the front page of the guardian. the headline is "apologised to epstein's victims, the princess told" this refers to the princess told" this refers to the victims of the alleged sexual abuse from jeffrey epstein. the victims of the alleged sexual abuse from jeffrey epstein. there area abuse from jeffrey epstein. there are a lot of things about that interview that are still leading the newspapers on monday. that shows that the interview probably didn't do what andrew hoped, which was to
put a lot of questions to bed. a lot of criticism came his way for not having empathised or apologise to any of the victims but in particular the person that he is alleged to have been with. actually at the time, he didn't say anything in the interview so perhaps people are saying he could correct that and do something now and lawyers in the us acting for some of the otherjeffrey epstein victims are saying he had too much time, that interview didn't deliver, and please could you apologise? henry, the lawyers represent ten of the victims in the us. my jaw still basically on the floor after this interview 24 hours ago and my head is exploding with the things he was unable to answer,
but he said he would testify if push came to shove and that has opened the door to lawyers to say come to the door to lawyers to say come to the us if you've got any information at all, so the scrutiny will increase rather than decrease and he hasn't put the story to an end. the metro, the headline is duke of porkies. still a backlash to what he said. headline is duke of porkies. still a backlash to what he saidm headline is duke of porkies. still a backlash to what he said. if you we re backlash to what he said. if you were to do what he did through a television interview in this day and age of social media, you will get a lot of commentary as it takes place, not even just afterwards but in real time as it is being broadcast, and most of that was very negative. and that can't have been what he wanted. that can't have been his vision for what he did the interview. the fact that it what he did the interview. the fact thatitis what he did the interview. the fact that it is even leading on some of
these papers some 48 hours later shows you what hot water he is still in. jeffrey epstein, just to remind viewers, his mention in papers in the us courts has been removed. the judge said there was no implication there, and of course buckingham palace have always denied that there we re palace have always denied that there were any links to sexual abuse. so thatis were any links to sexual abuse. so that is their argument, but like the lawyers have said, you have opened yourself up to public scrutiny. the most incredible thing for me is that he felt it went well, we learned that he felt it went so well the newsnight crew were given a tour of buckingham palace after was, he was so buckingham palace after was, he was so pleased he got the chance to air his story. you got the sense of a man who had been looking around the palace furious that this coverage had been going on and that his side of the story was not coming out, so he would present it as a mental health thing for him so to some extent you can see why he believes
he has achieved something. however the lack of sympathy is what is picked up on in the metro and that is even before you get into questions of potential consistencies in the story. it was really the tone and the tin earedness towards serious crimes over which epstein was convicted, there is no doubt that some crimes were committed, and his idea of personalising it as him as the victim as the prince rather than the women in the united states. the express, boris set to trigger a brexit boom. lucy? there are rumoured to be tax cuts on the way, particularly business tax cuts. some changes to business rates and also perhaps the national insurers. what we know in america, when they did that, there was a huge boom in the economy and a lot of people do you say, not least on the high street, that if you want to kick—start the
economy something has got to change, and that needs to be business rates. there is often going to be a criticism, particularly about the tories, that they favour business over the individual. the other way of looking at that is to say that real business employs a lot of individuals and if you make them more profitable they can invest more and hire more people and create more jobs but what would be argued here is that this is a win win for the economy. henry, we are still talking kind of about the conservatives, here. back to the front page of the guardian. this is an attack by scientists on the tories' environmental record. one of the things over the last couple of years has been that both parties are competing to be greener. there was a stage when george osborne was chancellor when he talked about green policies in dismissive terms, things that were nice for
metropolitan liberals but didn't motivate voters at large, but now you have got the tories setting a target to reduce climate emissions to net zero by 2050 and we have scientists saying you can't trust the tories to deliver that kind of policy because of their record over the last few years. they talk about reducing funding for regulators or bodies like natural england, the environment agency, failing to keep air pollution down, water pollution down, so it is effectively saying, look, if you're going to cast your vote, remember the last few years of environmental policy before you believe the policies that are coming towards you. and if we turn to the independent, it says voters see the climate is more of a priority. this is extraordinary. in 2016 when zac goldsmith was campaigning to be the london mayor, it was his number one priority, pollution, environment,
funnily enough, but if you ask voters what they were interested in those things did not feature in the top ten. he actually had to shift his campaign. three years on, we discover that actually the opinion polls are showing that people of all age groups but in particularly the under 30s are really interested in this is a topic and they want parties to reflect that. so we have seen parties to reflect that. so we have seen different parties have come up with different credentials. the argument is, where are some of that money going to come from if you haven't got a booming economy, so which comes first? it is becoming illuminating to see what these ma nifestos illuminating to see what these manifestos are going to include. we are waiting for labour's. in the last few days we had the announcement of planting trees, incredible figures. i just wish that could happen anyway and doesn't have to be in an election manifesto. critics of the government would say
that david cameron promised to plant a lot of trees and didn't come up with the numbers. it shows our priorities change. it is fascinating the environment is above immigration, housing, below brexit, the nhs and crime which we will hear most about, but you now have, if you're a politician like zac goldsmith and people in labour, the lib dems and the greens, if you want to make sacrifices and raise taxes we re to make sacrifices and raise taxes were green purposes there is a constituency of voters who will take that short—term cost and that should embolden politicians to go forward and say we are going to get emissions down and there is, i'm afraid, a short—term cost. emissions down and there is, i'm afraid, a short-term cost. with the parties, things like climate and green policies take a while to work through, and they want that quick fix, so if they have to deliver, we are talking decades before you start to see the effects of their policies. you talk about tax cuts, one of the taxes the government has
been thinking about cutting is fuel. let's finish off on the front page of the ft. what are we looking at here, fundraising? yes, there was an ipo due from makati. it is the big saudi arabian oil company. and they have actually scaled back how many shares, and the price they will be offering. one thing, you could link this to climate change, is that may be oil and oil companies arejust not compelling investments any longer. 15 years ago this would have sold probably without a hitch. the leader of saudi arabia is very keen to use this ipo is a way to diversify the economy and u nfortu nately diversify the economy and unfortunately they haven't had enough foreign investors to take up any interest. he is not going to get as much money as he hoped. people
maybe don't want to buy something controlled by the saudi government, maybe. for this hour, that is it from the papers. henry and lucy will be back at half past eleven for another look at the papers, and don't forget you can see the front pages of the papers online on the bbc news website. and if you miss the programme any evening you can watch it later on bbc iplayer. we'll all be back for that second review in about 40 minutes. next on bbc news it's time for click.
it's kind of hard to remember a time when we didn't have taxi—hailing apps. and when i say taxi—hailing apps, even though there are many more players out there, it is uber that comes to mind first. at its conception a decade ago, uber was really disruptive. i mean, the idea that you could have a taxi to you within minutes, it would know exactly where you were, you could see where it was and you didn't even have to have any money on you. i mean, it was revolutionary. the company grew at a rapid pace, becoming the highest valued start—up in the world. this, without ever turning a profit. in fact, in the last three months alone, uber lost an eye—watering $5.2 billion. undeterred, uber continues to expand and has its name stamped onto many apps that provide different types of services — all part of the so—called "gig economy".
now, it has faced a lot of backlash in many of the countries that it operates in, from taxi drivers who have been losing out because of the platform's aggressive pricing strategies, and from city authorities who've raised concerns over workers' rights and passenger safety. here in london, the transport authority says it too has concerns about passenger safety and it will decide later this month whether to renew uber‘s licence. in the meantime, carl miller has met up with an uber driver who has concerns, too — although this is about how uber controls his livelihood. it's monday morning and i'm catching a ride with hadi. another one. like so many parts of the digital world, the gig economy was supposed to be a liberation. you ok?
apps like uber were supposed to transform how you worked, work when you want, where you want. but now, many fear that whether it was either in the platforms and how they work, or the data and how it's collected, they don'tjust represent a liberation, but also something else — a potent new form of control as well. what i was told is that the closest driver gets that job but i don't believe that to be right, cos what happens is i've seen customers sitting in my car, trying to book a ride and it's not bouncing to me — it's actually going to drivers who are far away, five, ten minutes. that was something i really couldn't believe, so we gave it a go. but although i was physically sitting next to him, the job went to someone several minutes away. uber has now introduced a system that aims to reduce the waiting time for everyone, notjust a particular passenger. and this may lead to the counter—intuitive situation where your driver can get to someone else quickly and another driver can
pick you up soon too. confused? well, so is hadi. and although the driver app gives some information, he's struggling to understand what factors really determine how work is allocated. in his five years of driving, the work has become scarcer. it's becoming even more important to hadi to understand the algorithm that actually allocates the work that exists — important, but also unknown. you drive around all day, thinking maybe that's the best way to beat this algorithm, or to meet up with the algorithm that has been set. carl, i don't know what's going on. on an average, i used to work six to eight hours, five to six days a week. the number of days have not changed, but the hours have increased. it will still be ten to 12 hours, five to six days a week. after costs are factored in, hadi says he and many of his colleagues are often struggling to make even the minimum wage.
not only for hadi, but plenty of other drivers as well, it's actually, if you think about it, the algorithm that lets him feed and clothe his family. it's cold hard maths, but with tremendously human consequences. unfortunately, we all depend on the algorithm. want we want from it — to be fair, to be transparent. that's the most important thing. there was only one way for hadi to actually figure out what's been going on — asking for his data. and when he got it back, it made things even more confusing. james farrar established the worker info exchange to help people across the gig economy to actually make sense of their data. he told us the information hadi received refers to everything from speed to battery level, but, crucially, doesn't reveal the things he really wants to know, such as rates of pay or the actual time spent on the platform and how to optimise his chances of earning more money.
drivers always want to understand that they're getting a fair deal, that the value, the quality, the quantity of the work is fairly distributed. well, uber has always proposed to its workforce that the workforce, drivers are their own boss, they're free to make their own choices, they are effectively running their own business. but if that's true, then i must be able to access the endless amounts of data i'm creating for uber every day. a joint study between oxford researchers and uber itself found that, on average, drivers earned above london living wage and reported they were happier than the average worker across the city. critics question, though, whether the full costs of being an uber driver have really been factored in when those figures were arrived at. the same arguments now playing out in the streets of london have happened in city after city across the world.
in what might have been a global first, the powerful taxi and limousine commission in new york didn't just ask uber for data, but demand it. and until uber handed it over, they were banned from operating. what we found out was that conditions were worse than what was being described to us by drivers. 96% of drivers were making less than the city's minimum wage. but without that information, you only have anecdotes — you have stories from drivers about low wages, but you have no way to really quantify that. and without quantifying it, you can't create a policy to bring those levels of wages up. in response, uber said: hello and welcome to the week in tech. it was the week disney officially
entered the streaming market. well, it didn't quite go to plan. disney + finally went live in the us, canada and the netherlands, but customers reported technical issues, with many unable to connect. disney said demand had exceeded its highest expectations. maybe ralph really did break the internet after all! in the fastest backflip and u—turn since...well, sonic, the updated and redesigned hedgehog has been officially revealed in a new trailer for the upcoming live—action movie. the original trailer drew a deluge of complaints and mockery over the original cgi design of sonic himself, forcing animators — quite literally — back to the drawing board. from spinning hedgehogs to backflipping robots. these footballing flipping robots from mit are called the mini cheetah. its creators claim it is virtually indestructible and can right itself if it falls down. as well as some smooth soccer skills, it's also capable of walking over uneven terrain twice as fast asa human. let's hope it can't climb trees!
and finally, in other robot news, if you're one of those people that don't like speaking to shop assistants, maybe you'd rather direct your questions to one of these welcoming faces instead. this humanoid shop assistant from russian company promobot can apparently show emotion and they claim they can make photorealistic clones like these arnold schwarzenegger and albert einstein dolls. greeted by these in store, would it be hasta la vista? or will you be back? you decide. for those with serious food allergies, knowing exactly what you're eating can be a matter of life or death. when it comes to packaged food, the ingredients are normally clearly on the label, plus a warning if it may contain traces of nuts or any other allergens. but when it comes to eating in someone else's house or in a restaurant, things get a little bit more complicated. so if you want to add an extra level of checking
what those ingredients are, well, i've been putting some technology to the test that might be able to help. this is nima. now, there's a version that tests for gluten and another that tests for peanuts. the idea is that you put in a small sample of the food that you're eating, as small as a pea, into one of these capsules. that goes inside the device, which syncs up to your smartphone, and you can find out whether the ingredient you can't eat is in it or not. i'm going to put both of them to the test with this cookie, which should contain gluten but shouldn't contain nuts. the device uses antibody—based chemistry born out of mit technology to detect proteins or allergen. the company's algorithms then translate complex science into a smiley go ahead and eat it face — or not. this is a pricey occupation, though. each one—time—use capsule currently setting you back five whole dollars.
and the company does advise that this is an extra level of checking on top of your normal due diligence and, of course, carrying any medication. ok, well, i can confirm that the device definitely got this correct. it says that gluten has been found. it comes up here on the device. and you can see here on the phone, 12:30pm today, gluten has been found. if i tap on that, it gives me the option of notjust making a note for myself so i remember, but also sharing the data to the nima database. and, of course, as more people use these devices, that database will start to become a lot more valuable. let's give the peanut tester a go. you can do this with liquids or solids. and we have a result in the form of a smiley face. so, of course, these devices don't eradicate the need for a doctor's diagnosis or checking what's in yourfood. but for some, maybe they could provide an extra layer of reassurance.
i'm afraid that's all we have time for in the shortcut of click, but the full length is waiting for you right now on iplayer. and we are always available on social media — on facebook, youtube, instagram and twitter at @bbcclick. thanks for watching and we will see you soon. hello there. i think the weather is going to turn a little bit sunnier over the next couple of days. before we get there, through the rest of the night it stays cloudy across england and wales. still the threat of patches of rain pushing in from the north sea into east anglia and
kent. otherwise, skies will continue to clear for scotland, northern ireland and the far north of england with a shot cross developing, and some icy surfaces particularly in northern scotland. into monday, this high pressure will be with us bringing a spell of settled weather and stopping this low pressure from making inroads from europe. nevertheless the loo could get close enough to bring a strip of cloudy weather into the far east of england, but otherwise, after a cold, locally frosty started the day we are looking at dry weather for most of the day with plenty of sunshine. it might be sunny but it will stay cold in a number of places with ties ofjust two in edinburgh and further south, nine or ten for cardiff and london.
this is bbc news. the headlines at 11: sources close to prince andrew tell the bbc he stands by his decision to be questioned on newsnight about his links to a convicted paedophile. now lawyers call upon him to give evidence. whether him to give evidence. a person as a prince or a pauper, whether a person as a prince or a pauper, if anyone has evidence or information that might be relevant to an investigation of a criminal case, that person should provide it. british business hits out at both the main parties over policies on immigration and nationalisation. clashes in hong kong as protesters inside the polytechnic university set fire to its main entrance as police attempt to take the building.