10/01/2014 Newsnight


News stories with Emily Maitlis. Including the plebgate policeman who admits he lied, the French president and reports of a secret lover, and the health tech debuting in Las Vegas.

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A guilty plea from the police officer who admits he never


witnessed the original plebgate row. Keith Wallis says he made the whole


thing up. The Prime Minister calls his behaviour "completely


unacceptable". Where does this leave the trust in our police?


The President, the actress, the motorcycle and the French libel law,


rumours of an affair at the top of French politics, but are the press


being told to leave well enough alone.


Can technology rescue the human body, we go to the bastion of the


healthy lifestyle, Las Vegas. To demonstrate the next piece of


fitness technology, I need these. Hello, good evening, there were many


at the time within politics and the public who seemed more than happy to


accept the police version of events over the plebgate row that led to


Andrew Mitchell's downfall. Today an officer at the centre of the row


admitted to court he lied. Accepted a charge of misconduct in public


office, he may face jail. The met commissioner has offered to meet the


former Chief Whip to apologise. The Prime Minister called the behaviour


of Keith Wallis "completely unacceptable". But the whole sorry


episode is bound to raise questions of police trust and openness.


A police officer admits he lied. The Prime Minister calls the behaviour


"unacceptable "q the country's most senior policeman says "sorry". There


really isn't any end in sight for the plebgate saga. PC Keith Wallis


pleaded guilty to misconduct in public off. In an e-mail to a senior


Tory MP he falsely claimed to have seen Andrew Mitchell swear at police


officers in Downing Street. At first, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe


gave his officers his full backing, now the Met Police Commissioner


wants to meet Andrew Mitchell to apologise. But saying sorry may not


be enough to satisfy MPs like Richard Ottoway, who today


questioned whether Sir Bernard can stay in office. It is a black day


for the Metropolitan Police police, -- Metropolitan Police, for a


policeman to lie to bring down a cabinet minister is as serious as it


can get. If it can happen to him it can happen to anyone. It is not just


in Westminster where they are losing faith in the Met, this was the scene


outside the High Court on Wednesday night. A senior police officer is


drowned out by an angry crowd, after a jury concluded that Mark Duggan


was killed lawfully by police. On the one hand plebgate we could see


as Westminster, Conservative, white, distrust of what the police have


been saying. And on the other hand you have the black community of


Tottenham pointing out that actually the shooting of Mark Duggan comes on


the back of the shootings of other black men. So uniting those two


groups of people seems to be quite, ordinary. Both those groups of


people are united in their distrust of the police. What about the rest


of the public, how do they now view the police? A BBC ComRes poll found


that two thirds of the public say plebgate has made no difference to


whether they trust the police. While 26% said it made them less likely to


trust them. And an Ipsos-Mori poll has said support for the police has


held steady over the last 30 years. 5% of people say they trust them,


which makes them much less trusted an doctors, teachers and scientist,


but three-times more trusted than journalists and politicians. Over


the last 30 years what we have found is that trust in the police hasn't


variedied much at all. When you break the findings down by age,


region, class, gender, there really isn't very much variation. Nearly


all groups in British society tend to say, on balance, they trust the


police. You are lucky I didn't knock you out to be fair. This is the


voice of an unidentified Gloucestershire police officer,


apparently making threats against a member of the public. I will make


your day living hell, because you will be in the cell all day... A


misconduct investigation is now under way. The footage shows that


officers' conduct is being scrutinised like never before. The


vast majority of officers in the vast majority of interactions they


have every day, and there are millions of interactions every day,


they are fine. Some are very good, some are good, most are OK, some are


a bit bad, and some are awful. I think the public recognise that


there is this range there. I don't think they stereotype police


officers in the same sort of way that politicians seem to be doing


this last few years. What is still in dispute is whether Andrew


Mitchell ever used the word "pleb". But then plebgate has become about


so much more than just that word. Joining us now is the former


Metropolitan Police Officer, and the lawyer who represented Ian


Tomlinson's widow, and the former prisons minister and close friend of


Andrew Mitchell. You have talked to Andrew Mitchell today, this evening,


just tell us where he is now on this one?one? 'S to see what the


Metropolitan Police Commissioner is going to say to him. We know he has


made a public offer to meet him. We will see just exactly how, and what


shape the apology takes and exactly how contrite and how understanding


the commissioner is of really the disaster that has overtaken the


service around this issue. What do you think he wants to hear? I think


he wants to be clear that an explanation as to the way in which


the investigation was carried out, the fact that it was Channel 4 that


identified the fact that this gentleman was a police officer who


was giving this evidence. The fact that it was Channel 4 who identified


that the CCTV tape was inconsistent with the account given by the


officer who made the statement about Andrew Mitchell. The fact that


within 36 hours of a pretty small incident happening at the end of


Downing Street it is splashed over the front of the Sun and the police


can find no evidence of a conspiracy, when they have


investigated themselves. All of this, frankly, seems like the whole


thing is a pretty poor show from the police from start to finish,


particularly the decision of the commissioner to quickly leap to the


defence of his officers, one of whom has -- pleaded guilty today. Have


you spoken to Andrew Mitchell about this? He's a close friend, and of


course I have spoken to him about the event. I have plainly asked him


about what happened. What was absolutely clear to me is Andrew's


account felt completely truthful to me, knowing Andrew. The suggestion


that Andrew would use these words in the way, knowing precisely how toxic


they are never made the slightest sense from the beginning. If that


all made sense to you as Andrew Mitchell's friend, surely that is


exactly what happened to Bernard Hogan-Howe, who trusted his own


officers? The Police are in this unique position where they have to


investigate themselves. It is not like the military. My background is


as a soldier, loyalty goes down the chain of command as well as up. You


look after your people and try to protect them. There is an element in


which the police have to do that as well. They have the unique position


where they got to investigate themselves. They have conducted an


investigation in themselves which is, frankly, pretty laughable. Are


you saying that the police cannot be trusted as a result of this? As we


saw in the film, there are, of course, a very large number of


police officers and one sincerely hopes that the majority of them are


doing extremely good job. Working very hard on behalf of the public.


You may get on to a discussion about whether or not the police should


wear recording device, and many of those devices I suspect will then


see the police on the receiving end of some pretty poor behaviour from


the public they are trying to police and how challenging being a police


officer is. But we rightly demand the highest possible standards from


the police, and that needs to be consistent across the piece. And


here we have the unit, charged with protecting the Royal Family,


diplomats and senior members of the Government, fitting up a senior


member of the Government. It is pretty appalling. It was very clear


for you, between your friend, a cabinet minister and the police, you


take the word of the cabinet minister, your friend? That is my


starting position. My point is just to let me finish, I'm not talking


about that. The evidence supports Andrew. But then when you put the


police next to a crowd of demonstrators or a newspaper seller,


would youamically assume the police are -- would you automatically


assume the police were right? We have the right to expect the highest


professional standards from the police, a highly-trained police


force where if they are in situations of demonstrations the


proper and minimum use of force to achieve their objectives. These are


things that we are entitled to expect from the police. And we're


entitled to expect discipline and integrity from them. Would you like


to respond to some of those thoughts you have heard from Chris? Some of


what he has said there is quite right. People should, quite rightly,


expect the highest ethical standards and professional and integrity from


our police officers. And the 99. 9% of our police officers do that day


in day out. Look at what we are dealing with here. I have given


plenty of interviews about the plebgate, if we call it, scenario, I


have always kept it quite clear there was a rogue officer. I was


aware of this rogue officer from the early days. If you look at it


separately, we had the incident at Number Ten when the time Andrew


Mitchell left Number Ten. Then we had what happened afterwards,


completely separate, this individual, this rogue officer, and


then we have what happened in the Midlands. Those are completely


separate events. The original event, when Andrew Mitchell left Number


Ten, there was an altercation, Andrew Mitchell admitted himself


that he had an altercation. Let's not go back over the history of it.


I'm trying to be clear as to where I'm going. Where I'm going is this,


there has been an investigation, by the Metropolitan Police, and by the


IPCC, they have absolutely said there was no collision, there was no


conspiracy, there was no, wait, I'm trying to. Let him finish. We are


talking about a man who admitted today he had lied? There was no


conspiracy, no collusion between those officers, the original events,


I have no reason to doubt whatsoever. That is where Bernard


Hogan-Howe has backed those officers 100%, and we have this


extraordinary, we are all baffled by somebody took it upon themselves to


lie. Who has now admitted they have lied. But they have absolutely


proven there is no link between the two. It is not a change in a story?


It is just one rogue element? Clearly it is not, apart from


everything else the federation officers found by the West Mercia


force to have a disciplinary case to answer they were due to face


disciplinary proceedings, but then there was an intervention by senior


officers who said that they shouldn't have case to answer. It


clearly is not one rogue officer, because at least five of them are


facing disciplinary proceedings, it is ridiculous to try, yet again, to


say this is an isolated incident, it is not, it is systemic and there are


problems throughout the Metropolitan Police and other forces. Absolutely


not, historically we have heard about it, we have had a number of


people who should know better. This is not a time for Andrew Mitchell


and his friends to be celebrating in any shape or form. What I have seen


today is absolutely shocking, we have Toby Rowland, a police officer


can highest integrity, who has done his job at Number Ten. The whole


policing service has been let down by this officer and he will face the


consequences. But there are up to 11 other officers. The original


incident, Andrew Mitchell admitted himself. This is preposterous... He


stood down from the Government, it was his choice to stand down. He


didn't lose his job. The wider issue, and you called it systemic,


it is a big word, this hasn't eroded public trust, from what we have seen


from the numbers, it has washed over the public imagination hasn't it? It


is absolutely bizarre. If those statistics are to be taken at face


balance. Robert Peel, going back to the founder of the police officer,


said you know when the public has lost confidence by the amount of


force and army on the streets. It is no coincidence we are introducing


water canon this summer. I think the introduction of water canon, the


massive escalation in the number of Taser, the multiplication of rubber


bullets is evidence that actually policing by consent is becoming a


thinner and thinner issue, it is much more by force these days. This


one man who has admitted his guilt in that circumstance? We have


something like eight or ten officers facing disciplinary inquiries and it


is pretty odd, frankly, that with an incident that happens on a Wednesday


night in doubt is on the front page of the Sun on -- Downing Street, is


on the front page of the Sun on Monday morning. Someone needs to


explain to me how the information came out in such a toxic way for


Andrew Mitchell, with statements he plainly wouldn't use, they are then


aduced in the report and the rest of it. Would you like to see Bernard


Hogan-Howe go? Needs to give an explanation as to how his force have


failed to actually find the evidence of the links between a Wednesday


night' vent ending up on the -- a Wednesday night event ending up on


the front of the Sun on a Friday morning. It brings discredit that


someone comes on and attempts to defend the police in this way. The


original officers will be vindicated of this, there was a thorough


investigation in the most spotlight news item of 2013, Bernard


Hogan-Howe should support his officers, but during the


investigation a rogue officer was identified early, nobody wants to be


associated with that here. The French press have strict privacy


laws and a tendency to turn a blind eye to the odd presidential love


affair, which is what makes today's revelations so odd, the gossip


magazine Closer, published images they claim is Francois Hollande in a


motorcycle helmet, visiting the apartment overnight of a French


actress. This incursion into the once sacred lives of French


politicians has been met with legal action by the President himself. Jim


Reid went to Paris and spoke to the magazine that broke the story.


It is a scandal made for Paris, the President, his motorbike, and claims


of secret night rides to meet a glamorous movie star. It's all


across seven pages of France's Closer magazine. The glossy tabloid


claims to have evidence that President Hollande has been cheating


on his partner, with the actress Julie Gaiie. First it was a rumour


going around Paris, we started looking into it. We have the photos


of Julie as she arrived at the apartment. Hollande arrives on the


back of his scooter and goes up with his helmet on, spends the night


there. The 59-year-old President who lives with a prominent French


journalist, has now said he's considering legal action. He has not


denied the story. The 41-year-old at the centre of the galeses a well


known TV and movie actress and once appeared in Francois Hollande's


adverts. Rumours of presidential infidelity have been circling for


months, on this French talk show the panel couldn't resist dropping


hints, here saying how much Mr Hollande loves Julie's new film. The


scandal does have a serious political side, Mr Hollande won the


presidency last year on a promise to keep his private life out of the


headlines. Since then he has lurched from one crisis to another, the


economy is stuttering, unemployment is rising and there are protests


against tax rises. The latest poll ratings show his popularity has


fallen to just 26%. The first time a French President has ever gone below


the 30 point mark. Eight out of ten voters don't think he can win the


next presidential election. Today's revelations come days before a big


political relaunch and potentially embarrassing state visit to the


Vatican. I don't think it is a scandal. When you look at Closer


magazine you see a President in love, and scooting with just one


bodyguard who actually delivers a bag of croissants the day after. It


is quite endearing, on the other hand the problem is that there are a


lot of domestic issues that the French want their head of state to


actually resolve. And as fast as possible. The fact these claims were


made public in the first place is a surprise to many. The French might


be happy to talk about sex, but they don't shout about it in public.


France has some of the toughest privacy laws in the world. In theory


at least it is a crime to publish information about someone's private


life without their express permission. Past French Presidents


have never had this level of intrusion. France so Is Mitterrand


kept a mistress and had a daughter in his presidency. And Jacques


Chirac was known as a ladies' man, confessing there were women he loved


a lot as discreetly as possible. Closer magazine said this evening it


would take the story off its website after a privacy complaint from the


actress. At the same time its entire print run has already sold out


across Paris. TRANSLATION: We have taken one article off the website,


but it had nothing to do with the voracity of the information. We took


off the article because a lawyer asked us to. We don't want to be


sudden, for the on -- sued, for the on-line version at least. A day of


rumour and intrigue in Paris, for a President dubbed Mr Normal, a man


seen by many without a strong permity, some think this scandal


could be more of a boost an setback. Jacques Myard is a French MP from


the UNP party in Paris, and with me is Benedicte Paviot, the London


correspondent for the international channel France 24. I will start with


you, here we have a print run that has run out, and yet the French


privacy laws, as stringent as ever, does that strike you as a kind of


crunch moment. The public want it but the ls won't permit it? It is


not a crunch moment. The same editor of Closer, was defending and saying


that it was really important because the world was interested when


Katherine Middleton, or the Duchess of Cambridge had taken her top off


in a private villa in the heart of Provence, and it was captured with a


long lens. This is not a watershed moment, President Sarkozy that was


the moment. When Carla Brunei posed on the top of the palace, I found


that wholly inappropriate. She who was so successful at first of


banning President Sarkozy from wearing Rolex watches and big


sunglasses et cetera, and being the bling, bling President, she really


helped tone that down. She then to pose on the Elysee Palace for many


people was disrespectful. You can't just get good press when it suits


you. Normally French Presidents are distant, they have a certain


distance, a Government and Prime Minister. The watershed moment was


with President Sarkozy, this is a man who has, she is now called his


official partner, this is the first time we have a President who is not


married. President Sarkozy was the first to get married, to get


divorced and to have a child. We have another first. Jacques Myard me


when you put it like that it is hard to have a President say it is a


deplorable invasion of privacy, surely we have moved on. The British


don't find that kind of invasion of privacy anything new at all? It is


not very new. It is a long tradition in France that men and women have


you know a love affair. The point is it seems very annoying because it is


very strange as a President on a motorbike is visiting his


girlfriend, you know. I think this is the case, this is not the case of


scandalous liaison, a scandalous love affair, but this is the way it


happens. It seems very strange that the President is riding a motorbike


behind his guard and visiting his girlfriend like that. There are many


other ways to meet a woman you love and you don't need to hide like


that. I think this is very clumsy. No different, sorry, Jacques Myard,


what about President Giscardt, when he infamously, allegedly, he would


pose a problem because he would disappear very often, had an


accident allegedly on the river banks of the Seine with a milk cart.


This is true, this is why this is very new. In France we have a huge


tradition of polygamy for everyone. Nobody is going to blame him on


that. Of course we will smile because in fact he will have a


private problem with his official girlfriend, who is normally with him


in the Elysse Palace, I think he will have to explain himself to her,


you know. These are just allegations of course, do you think that the


voters care, do you think it will affect his political standing?


Traditionally we know two things, traditionally we know that there is


this, as Myard was rightly saying, there is a long list of Presidents,


whether it is President Mitterrand, or Sarkozy, we could go through the


Presidents and the last 30 years. Normally there is great tolerance of


infidelities. And by the way, who is to say that all the British


ministers in the Government, or some of them, aren't, as we speak, having


secr trysts et cetera, I'm not saying they are, let's be clear.


There is a great tradition in France, and number one in France


this does not affect your poll rating, and number two, the real


number one is if it doesn't affect your job, it is not in the public


interest. So it is not just about the strict private laws. Why,


Jacques Myard, would he then take this to the courts. We know there is


a threat of legal action, do you think he's genuinely worried? Of


course everyone has a trite protect his private life. But since there


has been the rumour in Paris, I think it is a mistake to bring that


to a court. That will emphasise the rumour and say if there is some


smoke it means there is a fire. But, in fact, I think that in terms of


politics, it will affect the President only because you know he's


dealing with these kinds of things, and not focussing on his job, that


is to try to solve the economic problems and unemployment. This is


the main point. It will pass very quickly. Have we got a new French


First Lady? We will bring you back next week when we know.


Late last year the tech giant, Gooling, made -- Google, made for


them a low-key announcement that they would start a health project.


They think technology can rescue the human body. They are not alone, the


health tech world has exploded, at the world's biggest techno in Las


Vegas this week, one in three gadgets were health-related. David


Grossman put his body on the line to test a few out. If only can I just


get to Vass Vegas, then I could really get -- Las Vegas, then I


could get fit and healthy. That is not phrase you hear often, but among


the bright lights of America's most excessive city, could lie our


technological salvation. We use technology for everything, in


our appliances, cellphone, computers, health and fitness is


such an important part of our lives it makes sense. I'm a hiker, camper,


sailor, I travel around the world, I love that, that's my life. This


allows me to do everything. And I do it by myself. All right I'm ready


for my close up! At the consumer electronic show in Las Vegas, the


world is getting a closer look at some pretty amazing health and


fitness technology. We have had fitness trackers that log your


activity for a couple of years. Now think of an ailment or part of a


body and there is someone here who wants to gadgetify it. Like this


device which will tell you how fat bits of your body are. How much body


fat do you have? 3%. There are pints of milk with more fat than you. 3%.


What do you think I have about? 5%! I like this chap! In many cases they


are exploiting the processing and connectivity of smartphones, like


this ECG heart monitor. It is quite comfortable. It can send real time


data to your doctor. You don't have to make a doctor's appointment or go


through the process of calling up and making an appointment and


getting hooked up to this device. You basically strap this on in the


morning, it is really comfortable, you don't really see it, and you


know you are doing something good for your health. The transmitter


picks up this value and sends it to my receiver. I can show where I was,


that was breakfast, that was lunch. That constant monitoring and


connectivity is transforming diabetic care as well. The next


generation of glucose monitors could liberate millions. So many people


are afraid right now and they don't know where they are. Little kids,


their parents won't let them do sleepovers or they are afraid, they


make them up to check their fingers. They get this, and communicate to


smartphone, moms across the room or across town and alert their parents


when the kid goes high or low. To demonstrate the next piece of


fitness technology I need these. Hold on, hold on. You get a yellow


line. That is not bad. What does that mean? That means you tapped him


slightly. If you are going to hit him, that would be good. The Rebok


check light is designed to be worn under a helmet or whilst playing


sport, using a traffic light system to indicate a potential head injury.


In that zone you need to get assessed, even if it is are you


doing OK or a more rigorous assessment depending on what we are


doing and the resources available to us. With the explosion in wearable


technology that we are seeing at this show, people are taking


technology to parts of the body it has never been before. Places you


wouldn't necessarily expect. For example your feet. This is a smart


sock. Now why would you want a smart sock? Let me show you. As I'm


running my foot, or the sock is sending data in real time to this


smartphone. Why might that be useful? Well let's stop this and


talk to one of the people behind it. He's easy to spot, the only person


by the pool with a plastic foot! We can capture, not just how far and


fast you walk or run, but also how well you walk and run. Is that just


for athletes or are there other uses? No there are multiple use, you


can think about golf, you can think about fall detection for elderly


patients for example. We detect what doctors call gait analysis. Seeing


how well you walk or run. So we have a basketball, what is it doing here?


It is a digital coach, it is what is inside the basketball that is


important. Nine sensors inside the ball, it measures the motion of what


you are going to put into the ball when you shoot it. It will measure


the forces. So in the future, it seems, there will be no excuse for


anybody not having a body like this. Or you could do what I have done,


become a robot, now I don't have to worry about health at all. If you


will excuse me, I'm off to the buffet! That's all we have time for,


but Jeremy is back on Monday, until then, have a great weekend. Good




The plebgate policeman who admits he lied. The French president and the reports of a secret lover. The health tech debuting in Las Vegas. With Emily Maitlis.

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