tv BBC World News America PBS May 8, 2015 3:59pm-4:31pm PDT
>> this is "bbc world news america." >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation newman's own foundation, giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, and mufg. >> they say the oldest trees bear the sweetest fruit. at mufg, we've believed in nurturing banking relationships for centuries, because strong financial partnerships are best cultivated for the years to
come, giving your company the resources and stability to thrive. mufg -- we build relationships that build the world. >> and now, "bbc world news america." anchor: this is "bbc world news america." i'm katty kay. the outcome nobody has predicted in britain conservatives win big, david cameron stays on as prime minister. now he must unite the country. >> we will govern as one united kingdom. anchor: for the losers in the election, this was a day of resignations, three political leader stepping down within hours of the results. and 17 years ago, these planes battle the third reich. today they took to the air again
for a commemoration over america's capital. ♪ anchor: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. there is little sentimentality in british politics. less than 24 hours after elections that stunned the nation, the leaders of three major political parties have already quit. after the election results that nobody predicted, the conservative prime minister david cameron has won a second term with an even bigger majority. reporter: no pollster, nope put in, no political leader saw it coming. not even david cameron himself. another trip to the palace, the invite to serve as prime minister for another five years. but this time not after any deal and not in a coalition. mr. cameron: i've just been to
see her majesty, the queen, and i will form a majority government. reporter: he could afford to pay tribute to two soon-to-be ex party leaders whose hopes he crushed. mr. cameron: i have been prime to be the first coalition government in 70 years, and i want to thank all of those who made it a success, in particular on this day nicollet. ed miliband called this morning to wish me luck with the new government. it was a typically generous gesture from someone who is clearly in public service for all the right reasons. reporter: and he warned again by the threat by the smp with seething words about the need to rebuild one nation. mr. cameron: i've always believed in governing with respect. that's why the last parliament we devolved power to scotland
and wales and gave the people of scotland a referendum on whether to stay in the united kingdom. in this parliament, i will stay true to my word and implement as fast as i can the devolution are parties agreed for wales scotland, and northern ireland. reporter: four cameron's children, all this there pretend home. they will be living in it a lot longer. and they in the downing street staff greeted them, scarcely believing it. election night after a race that was meant to be too close to call, began with a shock. >> 10:00, and we are saying the conservatives are the largest party. reporter: the tories were going to gain seats since last time. nobody expected them to lose them. a sensational story and extraordinary night if the poll is right. notice those "if's."
i cannot believe it, and neither did they. >> if this goes this way, i will eat my hat on your program. >> we are running out of hats. reporter: 83 victor against labor, the first sign that kilts and hat eating may be necessary. and then it was confirmed, this election will be a veil of tears for labor, a symbol of how bad it was for the man who is expected to be our next chancellor. labor's other red will not join the ranks of the unemployed. this morning, he quit his job as labor leader, having done worse than his old boss, gordon brown did five years ago.
>> i'm truly sorry i did not succeed. i did my best for five years. now you need to show your responsibility. your responsibility not simply to mourn in defeat but to pick yourself up and continue the fight. we have come back before, and this party will come back again. reporter: labor also lost the man to meant to be the next foreign secretary, defeated by a 20-year-old snp student. >> scotland has chose to oppose the conservative government, but not place that trust in the labour party. reporter: a tidal wave of support for the snp made scotland almost a one-party state. >> just one labour seat, one conservative seat, the rest have gone yellow. reporter: that means he is heading back to westminster with 65 others whose dream is to
one day soon see that the scotland does not have any seats at all. >> the scotland lion has roared. reporter: this was a victory for a woman who did not even run in the election but again dominated it. >> scottish policy shifted last night. it was a generational shift. reporter: the snp are now the third-biggest party at westminster, after the devastating losses reduced others ranks to just 8. out when to minister after minister after minister. you might have thought they had little to cheer about. except, perhaps, that their leader had survived. even if he too, resigned. >> clearly the results have been
immeasurably more crashing than i could've ever feared. but that of course i must take responsibility. therefore i announced i will be resigning as leader of the democrats. this is a very dark hour for our party. but we cannot and will not allow decent values to be extinguished overnight. reporter: nigel's party won almost 4 million votes, more than the snp but they elected just one inm.p. and it was not his. one leader resigns, and along comes three, all at once. >> i should be writing to the u.k. national executive in a few minutes, saying that i am standing down as leader of the u.k. reporter: just hours after learning their fate, just a day after trading bitter insults westminster party leaders united to pay tribute to the war dead
on the 70th anniversary of d-day . stating just a part, scotland's first minister. this was her day. but above all, it was his. david cameron's victory, one that few believed was ever possible. nick robinson, bbc news, westminster. anchor: very interesting time for british politics. for more on the scottish ally and that roared, i spoke with gavin and glasgow out. gavin, can you explain to viewers around the world with this scottish victory means for the united kingdom? gavin: it is a seismic shift in british politics. we have a country where there are just three mps out of 59 were not members of the scottish national party. so they have got an enormous mandate to go to parliament in a country, the united kingdom
they do not wish to be part of. what we will see in the coming months is david cameron, as prime minister of the united kingdom, trying to hold the united kingdom together when just less than 10% of his parliament is this big wedge of snp mp's who wish as their ultimate goal to have an independent scotland. it's going to be absolutely extraordinary. we have seen nothing like it in anyone's memory. anchor: gavin, for britain's allies like the united states, the prospect of a united kingdom without scotland has increased, then? gavin: it certainly has although it is a long-term aim. it will not come immediately. we will have further elections in scotland next year for the scottish parliament. it will be interesting to see if another referendum on independence is on the table but also of course there is david cameron's own commitment to have a referendum in 2017,
with the possibility of britain leaving the european union. so you could have written leaving the european union scotland leaving the united kingdom. it is quite an extraordinary picture. anchor: gavin was in glasgow. this sent shockwaves around the kingdom and all parties and regions. as they woke up to the news british voters were amused. jon kay assessed the mood. jon: edinburgh, 6:00 a.m., taking in the news on the way to work. >> the results in scotland. >> the tories, labor away. jon: you have the tories and government in london. for many commuters, the story was labor losses more than snp gains. >> one after the other. i was shocked.
>> they will come back and labor will win. jon: we also have a train to catch, heading towards westminster. passengers like stewart and melanie are stunned. we cross into the northeast of england. >> it look like it was going to be so tight. >> i cannot understand were all the pundits have been. he said labor was going to do well. jon: york, and as we stop at the railway museum, the tories victory has become clear. >> i think it's good for the country to have a majority. i think a coalition would have been better. jon: the moment. >> a bit surprised. jon: they reckon that could be it. >> without him, i don't think they could go very far.
>> there is no one with a voice like him. jon: lunchtime, we have reached derby, with one of the seats going conservative. voters say that the economy was the deciding factor. >> in the last five years, he has never been out of work. jon: ed miliband, to others they have all resigned. >> wow. >> not surprising at all. >> i think we have to regroup and start again. jon: london tonight. soon, 56 scottish nationalists and hundreds more mp's will travel this route. our trip is over, a new clinical journey begins. anchor: and of course they were watching the results around the world. i spoke a short time ago with a former u.s. state department official who is now at harvard's
kennedy school of government. the foreign policy was almost absent from this election campaign. what do you think it means, the results, to britain's allies like the united states? guest: well, it an extraordinary election. from an american perspective president obama seems to have a very good, productive relationship with prime minister cameron, but it's been quiet in the united states in washington. i think in many parts of europe, britain is weakening as a global power, a european power. if you look at the dramatic cuts to the british military budget over the last five years british ground forces are now at their lowest personnel level since the napoleonic wars of two centuries ago. there is no active british aircraft carrier. even the traditions of the royal navy, that is astounding. and the british nuclear deterrent will have to be decided in 2015.
some people are saying that britain cannot afford it. we are looking at a britain that even than the space of 5, 10 years is dramatically less potent less powerful, less capable than it was. i think as will you have seen a less active british government. prime minister cameron has not been a consequential actor on the ukraine crisis or the syrian crisis or the islamic state crisis. you look to britain as well as france and germany to bh wreck trigger of european leaders on most international crises. i think people are worried britain's best friends are worried about a diminished british capacity. katty: if you look at fact that prime minister cameron has promised his party that in 2017 to will be a referendum on britain's role in europe, how much concerned is that calls in america, the prospect of britain leaving the european union? guest: it causes considerable concern. in a way, britain is a very important member of the european
union. it has preserved its own currency, but it a way britain connects the united states and canada to the european union. to think of the eu, in the future, especially with foreign policy without the capacity the british traditionally has given brussels and foreign policy, people are worried about that. if you look at the precedent of the scottish referendum of last autumn, to put to a vote to the british people whether they continue when the european union after half a century, that is a roll of the dice. i think everyone believes, by far the majority of people believe that europe would be far weaker without britain as a member of that is what happens in 2017. katty: it is extraordinary to think that america could have an ally and great britain which is not in europe and possibly without scotland as well. guest: yes, the prime minister faces two big international challenges. one is the question, will
britain stay in the european union? the second is, can the united kingdom altogether, or will the scottish national party take this extraordinary victory in yesterday's election and try to move towards independence? that is of concern to nato and the united states because british nuclear forces are stationed in scotland. a diminished britain, of course, weakens nato as well. i think despite the admiration for a well-won political victory, there are many questions about britain's leadership role, both in europe and the world. katty: election results being watched closely. thank you for joining me. the prime minister may be the same, but don't be full, britain is in for a time of significant changes. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on the program -- [bell tolls] katty: events are held to mark the 70th anniversary of d-day.
in washington, many had their eyes on the sky. seven people including the ambassadors of norway and the philippines have been killed in an unexplained helicopter crash in pakistan. we have this report from karachi. reporter: this is a major aviation disaster for the pakistani military, involving so many foreign diplomats. these diplomats and senior officials were going to northern pakistan in three helicopters. one of these helicopters, it a russian mi-17, developed a fault. the tale called on fire and eventually a crash landed on to an empty school building. this happened in a remote part of north pakistan. more than 50 people were going there because the inauguration by the prime minister of a new
chairlift project. the prime minister was also on his way, separately, and when he found out about the crash he was taken back to his mama bob. this part of pakistan is mountainous, scenic, beautiful. many of these people are going there to enjoy the scenery. it is not known for military activities. it's very different from the tribal areas, which are known for the taliban militancy. this part of northern pakistan, it's relatively peaceful. having said that, there has been a statement by the pakistani taliban and they carried out an attack on the helicopter, the intended target was the prime minister. the government has dismissed this claim. the defense minister has said initial investigation said it was indeed a technical problem
and our nose no suggestions at this point in time this was an attack. -- and there are no suggestions at this time that this was an attack. katty: events were held around the world today to mark the 70th anniversary of v-e day, when allied forces declared victory in europe, ending the second world war. the scene in london, the major political leaders came together, despite the fact they battled it out at the ballot box just hours before hand. they minister show a united front honoring the fallen. in paris, french president francois hollande laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. the visiting u.s. a country of also attended. and in washington, world war ii era planes cast shadows over the national mall in a dramatic flyover today by the commemorative air force. gina o'brien was there. gina: two corsairs fly low over
the washington monument, air power from a bygone era. the flying fortress, war hawks wild, and mustangs. these are the warbirds that help secure victory for the allies in world war ii. and then there is fifi, the only be 29 bomber still flying today, the same model that dropped the first atomic bomb and ultimately ended the war -- b-29. >> world war ii was a pivotal event for the market people like the civil war, the revolutionary a war, and this is one of the last opportunities to commemorate that event while significant numbers of people who live through it are still alive. gina: 56 vintage aircraft took part in the flyover, including a p-51 mustang which protected american bombers as they made raids deep into germany. there are only six p-51c mustang
still flying, and i got to ride in one of them. this was the plane that every fighter pilot wanted to fly. its performance virtually unrivaled. after 20 minutes in the air, it was easy to see why. that was amazing! what a visceral experience. with low at about 3500 feet at 250 miles per hour, which is nothing for this plane. i felt about 2g's of force. the blood rush to the head was extraordinary. i've never felt anything like it. it's cramped, hot, noisy, smelly. i want to do it again. and many of the pilots who flew these planes for real would also do it again. >> i have very vivid memories of world war ii. we need to understand those
things. we need to be patriotic and get together. gina: this commemoration is intended to keep that's bureau to live and it's a reminder of something else -- the missing man formation in which one plane peels away from the others paying homage to those who did not make it home. a final tribute to the men and women known as the greatest generation. jane o'brien, bbc news, washington. katty: tonight, queen elizabeth has also attended a vec or money near windsor castle. she lit the first in a chain of beacons to commemorate v-e day. she let the flames at the exact moments when peace was declared. burning beacons were lit two-minute slater across the country. finally, when president obama touchdown in south dakota today he checked his final state off
the list and can now say he has visited all 50 states while serving in the white house. he is only the fourth american president to be able to make that claim. david marty has more on his final stop. david: south dakota has always had presidential flair. several presidents carved into a mountain. and with president obama's visit today, he makes history. south dakota is the only u.s. state of obama had not visited as president. why has he chosen to go to 49 other states first? is it because last year the state's republican party passed a resolution to impeach obama? is it because south dakota has not voted for democratic president since 19 624? in all seriousness, who knows the reason but it was certainly never a practical stop on the campaign trail. his approval rating was recently just 32% there.
but he is still the president of all the states, and he is just the fourth president to visit all 50 while in office. before him, there was george bush senior, bill clinton, and richard nixon. bush senior actually visited all the states in just one term, his only term. his son, george w, came close real close. he visited 49 states. poor vermont did not make the cut. which is kind of strange, gets a during the bush family has a summer home in nearby main. is it because two for montana towns voted to have him arrested if he ever showed up? traveling domestically is one thing, but which president made history for international travel? consider teddy roosevelt who became the first president to go abroad on official business. he visited the panama canal in 1906. katty: i love south dakota, so
i'm glad president obama managed to get their full stop that brings the program to a close. find out much more about the british election on our website. i'm katty kay. for all of us here at "bbc world news america," thanks for watching and have a great weekend. ♪ >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation newman's own foundation giving all profits from newman's own to charity and pursuing the common good, kovler foundation, and mufg. >> it's a global truth -- we can do more when we work together. at mufg, our banking relationships span cultures and support almost every industry
- coming up next on odd squad... - something odd has happened. - a singing, dancing mayor? - maybe there's a pattern. - ♪ i got a big chili beard ♪ - we have a case of the sing-alongs. - odd squad is made possible in part by... - ...a cooperative agreement with the u.s. department of education, the corporation for public broadcasting's ready to learn grant and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. my name is agent olive. this is my partner, agent otto. this is what i had for breakfast this morning. but back to otto and me. we work for an organization run by kids, that investigates anything strange, weird and especially odd. our job is to put things right again.
(moaning) who do we work for? we work for odd squad. - you still haven't said a word. - but sooner or later, you're going to have to talk. all right, listen. if you don't want to talk how about a high five? you just high-fived the talkinator. - it makes you talk. - it does? - now, where'd you put the berets? - they're in this briefcase. now that i can talk, let me do a freestyle rap for you about my childhood! - uh... - back when i was a boy, all of the time, all i really wanted to be was a mime. you couldn't even hear the sound of my feet.
but when i walk down the street they would repeat: "he's the mime "the best, best mime! all the time he makes no sounds!" - want to see us, ms. o? - there you two are! something very odd has happened. you remember mayor macklemore? - mayoral greetings. - what's the problem mr. mayor? - it's easier if i just show you. ms. o. - what you're about to see is video from the mayor's big important meeting this afternoon. - so basically roads go from one point to another. and what i've discovered is that people like them and they want to see more of them. and if we can get enough situaaa... ♪ yay, yay mayor sing ♪ ♪ mayor dance, mayor move like there's ants in his pants ♪ ♪ hey, it's time it's time for mayor to dance ♪ - mayor macklemore, thi