17/04/2014 Newsnight


An exclusive on the Obama strategist recruited by Labour, Ukraine, Birmingham schools and the death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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a Newsnight exclusive. We reveal the man who sent Obama to the White


House twice has been hired to work his magic on Ed Miliband. What


chance the American campaign guru David Axelrod


what chance the campaign Guru David Axelrod can make a winner? They are


trying to support their families and retire with dignity. Frank Luntz,


the top American pollster, and political commentator Rachel


Sylvester discuss the star hiring - and the size of the task.


After days of this in eastern Ukraine, will the deal in Geneva


help? She's the most successful far right


leader in Europe and she tells Newsnight she still wants to court


Nigel Farage for her team. And the Nobel prize-winning novelist


Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died. We reflect on his life.


Good evening. It is a star signing. We can exclusively reveal that Ed


Miliband has put his faith in the American campaign strategist David


Axelrod to get him into Downing Street. He must have worked in


number on him because last year, Axelrod, who started his career


campaigning for Robert F Kennedy when he was 13, apparently said his


role as Obama's chief campaign strategist would be his final role.


So Axelrod makes a royal flush. The Conservatives have Lynton Crosby be


and. To help with the significant task of


convincing the public hears a winner, enter the man who propelled


Obama to use presidential home. Who? The master strategist behind the box


office appearances. Don't be fooled that David Axelrod always appears on


the edge of the frame. In both of Balmer's presidential races, he was


central even though he ended up being the butt of the old joke. So


my advisers have switched over to the dark side. David Axelrod works


for MS NBC which is a nice change of pace because they used to work for


David Axelrod. But why would he want to go from this to having a shot at


this? He has been taking calls from Ed Miliband since the summer and


with arm-twisting from Douglas Alexander, he was persuaded to sign


up. As the man himself explained in a carefully prepared clip. I think a


candidate is a winner who speaks to the lives of the people they are


running to represent. Ed Miliband understands the struggle that people


are going through in Britain to make a living wage, to support their


families, to retire with some dignity. He understands that a


growing economy demands that you have brought prosperity and not just


prosperity which is awarded by a few. I think you can build a


movement. Even if he shares those big themes, it is a rather different


endeavour. From a billion-dollar campaign with a candidate almost


designed for Kodak moments. To the gentler charms of British


campaigning, a budget of probably less than ?10 million and a


candidate who the public has so far refused to fall in love with, even


with the family snaps. But as Ed Miliband's senior strategic advisor,


Axelrod is unlikely to be taking to the stump. And how useful can an


Atlantic transplant actually be? In a way, I do think some of these


advisers are taking candy from the hands of a baby by taking this


money, these big fat contracts to work for British elliptical parties


because the truth is they have not run a nationwide campaign. Their


experience is very different. I am not sure how much of their wisdom is


exportable to Britain but it will certainly make those advisers with


DVD collections of The West Wing thrilled when they wake up in the


morning and that is why they want him. But new Labour gained


enormously from careful study of the Clinton playbook. If ever I get the


reception that Bill gets anywhere, I am thankful I am not running against


him! Axelrod is not the first hire from the Obama camp to Ed


Miliband's Labour. But this man, Jim Mussina, has taken a different


ticket. I want to take a minute to talk to you about what we are


building on the ground. He has gone to work as a sometime adviser to


David Cameron's election campaign. Certainly one politician gained


massively from David Axelrod's dig commission. Sometimes conventional


politics turns out to be wrong. Laura is here now. Are they playing


this as a coup? They certainly are. They are delighted about this. David


Axelrod is a big political player. He is not going to give his


expensive time, let alone an expensive public endorsement is


somebody he thinks is a bit of a loser. I think in terms of the


Labour grassroots, it probably depends how far they are from the


Westminster bubble in terms of their enthusiasm because sometimes big


hires do go wrong. The thing that Labour HQ are frankly salivating


over is not that they have Axelrod on the books but he is willing to


say publicly he shares their analysis of what they think should


be a really big elliptical appeal. When it started out as the squeezed


middle, it got some fun pokes at it but he seems to have signed up for


it in a very big way. Have front of house will he be? Labour are being


quite cagey about how involved he will be. Depends how much money they


are paying him. It does. I understand it is six figures. They


did not say how much. He is a well-known man. They have signed up


his firm until the general election. It is also worth pointing


out the differences. These big hires do go wrong. Gordon Brown employed


somebody which went wrong when he gave Gordon Brown a speech which


John Kerry had more or less given previously. They do not always


understand the system and fundamentally, they are working with


completely different political animals. Obama was a change


candidate, Ed Miliband is in the Cabinet. With me is Frank Luntz a


strategist and Rachel saw Lester, the Times columnist. Frank, you have


been up against him in the States. What is he like? Pretty quiet. He


does not want to have his picture and name out there so I am surprised


he filmed that little clip. I will tell you, families struggling,


retire with dignity, this is Barack Obama's language and the danger is


if he tries to take American language and apply to British


politics, for example the spelling of Labour. Do you think this is the


last role of the dice for Ed Miliband? Fire won he wants a big


player and he wants to pitch for the squeezed middle. As Frank says the


middle-class in America has a completely different meaning. The


danger is you can have the best political message in the world but


if the messenger is not appealing, it will not make any difference.


Axelrod must have made a calculation that it was going to be a battle and


if he can deliver, that will be the final feather in his cap? It is this


analysis that you can either have a recovery which is a trickle-down


recovery where the very wealthy do well and that trickles down to the


rest, or it is people in the middle who feel left behind, you have got


to help those people. It is the fact that both Miliband and Axelrod have


agreed on that analysis which Obama also shares. I think it seems there


is something on the centre-left which crosses both sides of the


Atlantic. Whether Miliband is as good at articulating that is Obama


is not clear. The fact that the district did not change and they


kept the same boundaries which will be tough for the Tories, it is a


different ball game. The Conservatives should be doing much


better in polls. But also look at the communication. I think Douglas


Alexander is the best strategist in all of Britain and I do not think he


gets credit for that. If Miliband cannot score points off this


government's failure to communicate, when can he? It is interesting


because the Obama team is working for both sides. It is split. Would


you have taken this job if the money was good enough? It is not the money


but the chance to work with Douglas Alexander is an incredible


opportunity. In the end, you have to be responsive to the local cultures.


You have to be careful you do not put politics first, you put policy


and people's concerns. I am nervous that this will make it sound like


Americans are for hire. It should not be that way. Do you think you


could get Miliband elected? You spotted Cameron. I know I would do


things differently. I would focus on the team, not just the individual. I


would focus on promises made and where they kept. And RU better off


today than you were four years ago? Because even though the numbers are


good, people do not feel it. It is smart that they are focusing on the


cost of living but they should call it the cost of life. I should say it


is not just Americans coming over. We have Lynton Crosby working for


the Conservatives and Ryan Coetzee from South Africa working for the


Lib Dems. It is almost as if they have lost confidence in themselves


and want endorsement from outside. I remember David Cameron saying you


cannot drop democracy from 20,000 feet and there is a danger that you


cannot drop election victory from 4000 miles. Each culture is very


different. Each country has a different nuance and emotion and I'm


sure you can understand that if you are not the country. The true story


as it was the British political elite went to America in 1979 to


teach one of Reagan how to win in 1980. The British taught Americans


how to do politics. As far as Miliband is concerned, there is no


other place. He does have an American obsession. It is


fascinating. He went to live there with his father when his father got


a job at Harvard when he was 12. It was emotionally performative time.


He follows the red Sox. He loves the optimism of America and it is also


about that time that he spent with his father. Is there a


misunderstanding? The point about what Axelrod did for a Obama, as


Laura said, he was a change candidate, he was hugely different,


he was presidential. It is a completely different electoral


offering that we have here. His analysis is you win from the


centre. Miliband has decided the centre of gravity in British


politics has shifted. That is a huge gamble for Miliband. I'm not sure


that the voters have become more left wing. Certainly in the past,


Axelrod's analysis has been that you do not win from the centre. That


will be an interesting dynamic to watch. If he supports the Red Sox,


there is no way he will be Prime Minister! In terms of the left and


the centre, because you have four parties, it will be like snooker. It


will be balls bouncing off each other. You are not going to be able


to tell who is going to win. What is it that Axelrod will do that will


set Miliband apart? The theme seems to be get out there, speak to the


people but actually Miliband has been trying to do that. There has to


be some kind of huge slick campaign. Fine macro I do not think


they can necessarily do that with Miliband. It will be about the


wealthiest have done the row well out of this recovery but the


ordinary people, the squeezed middle have not. It is reinforcing that


message which is there will be super rich versus the rest. Miliband has


started on that and he has got to hope Axelrod can sharpen that


message which appeals to people. There is an alternative message


which is hard-working taxpayers. You can argue over whether you are


middle-class or working class. Almost everyone defines themselves


as a hard-working taxpayer. If Cameron focuses on that, that is the


answer to this class -based politics. There will then be no


cigarette paper in the way they will campaign. That requires Cameron to


be laser focused on communicating the efficiency of government, the


effectiveness of government, accountability of government, so


they cannot run an anti-incumbent campaign. And secondly, if you shown


to be fighting for hard-working taxpayers, and they have not done


it. It is all about the West Wing and as Laura says, they are all


salivating. But you wonder what kind of heartland Labour supporters will


make of this? Last year the Labour team said let Bartlett be Bartlett


talking about the West Wing. Miliband isn't Barlet or Barack


Obama. The they are imposing their fantasy politics on a less glamorous


reality. The idea of fantasy politics! Thank you very much. All


this week, the maelstrom over an alleged takeover plot of Birmingham


schools by Muslim hardliners has been intensifying. The decision by


the Department of Education to appoint the former head of


counter-terrorism to investigate the accusation affecting 25 schools did


nothing to calm matters. It was described as "desperately


unfortunate" by the Chief Constable of West Midland Police. Accusations


over the segregation of girls and boys within classes, related visits


to 15 schools by Ofsted, the supposed banning of sex education


have all become part of the mix. We have been digging for clues in


Birmingham. In the past few weeks a storm has grown around Birmingham


schools and the so-called Trojan horse letter. The document, sent


anonymously to figures across the city, claims to detail a plot by


hard line Muslims to infiltrate Birmingham's state schools. Step


one, identify the schools that are based in Muslim areas, to influence


and take over. Step two, tell each parent that the school is corrupting


their children. The local rumour mill assumes that it is a forgery


and one that may have been cooked up to help one side in a local legal


dispute. For some liberal Muslims said it shed light on a real issue.


They worry that a small cliche has pressed auto conservative Muslim


line into secular state schools. The authorities are now worried too.


There are four separate investigations covering 25 of


Birmingham's schools. The council, which has had 200 approaches from


members of the parliament. The Department of Education asked Peter


Clarke a counter-terrorism official to take a look. All of that focus


and attention is going into a relatively small part of the city.


Birmingham's Muslim population is compacted very tightly. It is a


rather selling agree gaited city -- egg agree gait city -- segregation.


This concentration means that Birmingham has a number of schools


where Muslims make up almost the entire student body. Some worry that


allows so-called Islamisation of secular schools. A teacher, at one


of the schools at the centre of the investigation, spoke to Newsnight on


the condition of anonymity. His voice has been disguised. I don't


think will is a problem with teaching Arabic, or having haogical


food. When there is an idea behind the thought ho cress to Islamise the


schools, it's a problem. The local MP, Khalid Mahmood, is worried. It's


an issue of people fitting into the wider society. If you take that away


they will be less able to get on in wide society. Lots of the


allegations are focussed on Park View, a comprehensive school.


Academically, the school is a great success. Sources say that, for


example, romance between pupils is severely punished. A socially


conservative reading of Islam is said to underpin it. The Chair of


Governors, named in the Trojan horse documents, said the school is


mainstream and and it reflects the local area. We cater for the


communities we serve. I don't apologise for any of that. Nobody is


asking for any favours. We don't want any favours. This former Park


View parent said the school gave his daughter the education she had


wanted for her. This is majority Asian area and Somalis. Therefore,


we would like, not anything special, but because this area is a social


conservative area, you would expect some kind of values that would


reflect the overall majority. The issues in Birmingham are


crystallising a problem that has been discussed widely in government


for several years. That is, how much should we worry about extremism if


it's not violent? There are some people in government, like Michael


Gove, the Education Secretary, who think that religious conservatism,


if it's extreme enough, is dangerous because it can be the ideology for


terrorism. There is resistance to that view. I'm not going to accept


that the pressures from the Muslim community in Birmingham to respect


Islam within the school is going to lead to terrorism. I think that is


stretching this argument far too far. This dispute has now spilled


over into concern at the choice of this former terrorism official to


investigate what people in the ground think of as an argument about


religious conservatism. Peter Clarke is a former Head at Scotland Yard of


counter-terrorism. We are dealing with allegations here. We are not


dealing with Al-Qaeda, who had a number of issues in the city before,


and there has been some mistrust, this will add to it. I don't think


it's sensible. There are worries among moderate Muslims in Birmingham


about whether some conservatism may have shaded into extremism. We have


new evidence that their concerns have existed for a number of years.


And, have been known to officials. Newsnight has seen documents which


show the police were notified about two figures at Park View School in


2010 suspected of spreading radical ideas. No action was taken, but last


year the Department for Education declined to allow Park View to open


a new school, in part because of fears about extremism. The events in


Birmingham raise big questions about what role religion should play in


the education system. And about when it is that devotion become a worry.


View Educational Trust deny there have been instances of extremism at


the school. They say if they were aware of any allegations about such


behaviour they would have investigated it. The agreement over


Ukraine, that was thrashed out today in Geneva by diplomats from the US,


EU, Russia and Ukraine, to reduce the unrest on the ground, called for


all sides to refrain from violence and provocation, the disarming of


all illegally armed groups and for the control of buildings seized by


pro-Russian separatists to be handed back to the authorities. The


response from Donetsk in the east of of Ukraine was immediate.


Separatists occupying a local government building said they would


not leave until supporters of Ukraine's new government quit their


Maidan Square in Kiev. So has today's Geneva deal removed the


threat of more sanctions against Russia and increased the chance of


the planned elections taking place next month. I'm joined by Mark


Urban. Was it a breakthrough? It's important and progress. Up until


today, there was a real prospect that elections, due on the 25th May,


to give that country an elected government, an elected President,


were going to be disrupted by this trouble in the east. That the people


there would press their demands for federalism or a special deal for


Russian-speakers within Ukraine, by doing that, stop a national election


happening. Now, all of these things, which you mentioned in the inrow,


are now supposed to happen to de-escalate the crisis. Get people


out of the government buildings, all the rest of it. Sergei Lavrov, the


Russian Foreign Minister, hied that Russia exists that addressing those


grievances will only happen after that 25th May election. That is a


very important point. Earlier today I spoke by Skype to the US


Ambassador in Kiev to ask how it might go from here. The


constitutional commission, formed by RADA, will offer recommendations by


the 15th May. There will be further consultation with Ukraine's


Constitutional Court, changes to the constitution require separate


readingses in two separate sessions of the RADA. You are looking, as you


say, a process of several months to make these changes to Ukraine's


fundamental document. In the meantime, Ukraine has functioning


democratic institutions. Our belief is those institutions need to be


allowed to function. That means the Presidential elections on the 25th


should go-ahead. But, should we read this as a back down by Russia? Well,


there is definitely been more diplomatic language - From Lavrov


You can say some of the interpretations, the armed groups,


do those armed groups include the new National Guard, formed by Maidan


supporters to act as the strong arm of the interim government. Should


they be disbanded. Russia could press that point. Critically, many


countries have said to the Russians, if you want to de-escalate this, you


have 40,000 troops on the borders of Ukraine, rescind the permission


given to you by the Upper House of the Russian Parliament to go in and


use those troops in the Ukraine if you want to calm this situation.


This morning, in Moscow, Vladimir Putin, when asked about it,


specifically wouldn't give such a guarantee.


TRANSLATION: I would remind you that the Federation Council of Russia has


given the President the right to deploy armed forces in Ukraine. I


very much hope I will not have to examiner countries that right. I


hope the the acute problems affecting Ukraine can be resolved by


political and diplomatic methods. How much has Russia been (inaudible)


with the idea they are facing an appalling economic response from the


West Well, the fascinating thing in this crisis, different methods being


used by the two sides, just as President Putin signalled there that


he will keep his hand, if you like, on the hilt Or the handle of his


sword, his army on the borders of Ukraine to ensure an outcome that he


wants, so the US today explicitly signalled that its financial weapon


is not being (inaudible) either. John Kerry explicitly said this


afternoon in Geneva, if we don't get what we want over the weekend,


progress to de-escalate to come out of the occupy government buildings


we will use further sanctions. If you look at the Russian economy in


the past few weeks. It has been suffering. People pricing in some of


the things they think might happen. T stobgck market tumbling by 10%.


Capital flight from Russia since the crisis started. Some people say $70


billion. The key thing, it appears, that the Russians fear is US Tressy


Department blacklisting of some of their financial institutions, the


Red Letter approach, which has been used against Iran, that could


absolutely freeze up the movement of capital and cause them serious


damage. That is the balance now between the US and Russia. As they


wait for this to play out in Ukraine. Mark, thank you very much.


The UKIP leader, Nigel Farage's, role as chief scourge of the EU in


Europe is being challenged by the French Front Nationale leader,


Marine Le Pen. Such are her party's opinion poll ratings ahead of the


European Parliamentary elections, she might just be about to become a


lot more powerful. Pollwatch 2014, based on opinion polls across


Europe, suggest she is on target to form part of a far-right bloc in the


parliament and so, for the first time, be entitled to a share of


public funds. At the same time, her bloc would be a challenge to UKIP's


right-wing Europe f free Europe of Freedom and Democracy bloc. Laura


Kuenssberg travelled to Strasbourg to interview Marine Le Pen. She


asked her, how her party could reach beyond the protest vote.


That united front of refusal in the UK, Nigel Farage is part of what you


describe as that, isn't he? You see him as part of your


movement? Perhaps politicians in the UK are


simply put off by your views? You say you would ban pork free meals


for Muslim children in the towns you control. One of your allies in


Holland said he would take care of the number of Moroccans in one town.


Maybe British politicians do not want to have anything to do with you


because of the views you hold. You said yourself it makes sense for


you and Nigel Farage to work together in a strategic way because


you have a lot of things in common but he does not want anything to do


with you because of your views? But isn't it the case that some of


the views you have put forward understandably do not appeal to


British politicians because they can be at worst offensive and at best


prejudiced? You said Muslims in France were almost like having the


Nazi occupation. That is what you said. You said it


was like an occupation. And there is nothing offensive


towards European Muslims in your view about saying those kind of


things, that it is against the identity of France or somehow


unacceptable for Muslims to be praying in public places?


Is your invitation to Nigel Farage to be part of your campaign still


open? Would you hope to work with him in


future? WorldCom in a statement to


Newsnight, UKIP said they were not interested in any deal with Marine


Le Pen and her party because of anti-Semitism in her party. Tonight


we learned of the death of one of the greatest 20th-century authors,


Gabriel Garcia Marquis, whose novel One Hundred Years Of Solitude was a


literary masterpiece. He was 87 and had been ill for some


time with pneumonia. His writing transformed Colombian literature and


his use of magical realism inspired other writers to explore those


worlds. Here is a look back at his life. Until tonight, he was perhaps


the greatest living novelist, the most notable literary voice and


spokesman of his continent, Latin America and the godfather of a


style, magic realism. Gabriel Garcia Marquis was born 87


years ago and raised in a dirt poor banana growing town in a lonely


corner of Columbia, that beautiful but often benighted country. The


family built its definitive shelter, a linear house with eight successive


rooms along the hallway with an alcove filled with begonias where


the women and family would sit to embroider on frames and talk in the


cool of the evening. The rooms were simple and did not differ from one


another, but a single glance was enough for me to know that in each


of their countless details, they had a crucial moment of my life. The


landscape and people of his childhood furnished his fiction,


including perhaps his most widely read book, One Hundred Years Of


Solitude. It sold 20 million copies and was translated into 30


languages. I invent nothing, he protested. People always praise my


imagination but I believe I am a terrible realist. Everything I


invent was already there. This was his answer to the charge,


if it was a charge, that he wrote magical realism. In fact, he trained


as a reporter and alongside his novels was a shelf of great


nonfiction, documenting his country's problem with kidnapping,


for example. He was that rare writer, one who fully deserved his


Nobel prize, awarded more than 30 years ago now. Nor did it become a


premature headstone on his career. He continued to publish, to travel


and interest himself in the politics of his hemisphere. He was confident


of Fidel Castro of Cuba. Some thought a strong man in a novel was


based on the leader in Havana. The writer was variously compared to


Cervantes, Mark Twain and Dickens. He was known to his adoring fellow


Colombians as Gabo. Joining me now in the studio are the writer a R


Kennedy and from Scotland's Ian McEwan.


What was so enriching about his stories? A translucent quality about


the prose itself, an extraordinary experiment with time, driving Miss


and fiction with one other unknown and unusual element. He really was a


one-off and one would have to go back to Dickens to find a writer of


the very highest literary quality who commanded such extraordinary


persuasive powers over whole populations. It really is an


extraordinary phenomenon, his literary career. You heard him say


that he is a realist and he has been putting this idea that he was not


about magic realism but wasn't it about the stories that his


grandparents told him that he remembered and if used his whole


idea of what fiction would be about? -- ends used his whole idea.


People rightly remember One Hundred Years Of Solitude but Love In The


Time Of Cholera was one of the best. This unknown Colombian town, the


heat, the corruption, the Swamp Younis of it all is named in the way


that is important. This runs against the current of the magical but still


it is there that magical element and that is what makes him so


extraordinary. I thought it was amazing that it was only recently he


decided he would write his memoirs and he was going to take his time.


First one volume and then a long time before the second volume came.


This idea that he was denying that he was ever going to start writing.


There was a sad quality to this because he had a neurodegenerative


disease. He was making pronouncements about how he would


never stop writing but in fact he had. There was an element of tragedy


that we will all come to, I guess, at some point or other for


ourselves. Ian, thank you for now. Ian talks about Love In The Time Of


Cholera being his favourite. But One Hundred Years Of Solitude was


translated into 30 languages and a bestseller, or what was it about


that book? It comes from a whole set of beliefs, if you write something


true enough and full enough, it has the capacity to change the world. If


you set out on that premise, it will. You have these incredible


swathes of time that you will accomplish and take on all kinds of


technical challenges because you believe you can do it and because it


is worthwhile and you have a definite aim insight. There is a


huge beautiful confidence. When I read him as a student I was not


thinking of writing and he literally blew my mind because you can do


anything, your mind can do anything. Within reality, there is a


reality which is magic. If you dream you kiss your boss and you see him


in the morning, you look at him differently. That is real. It is a


different book in Spanish than it would be in other languages. The


child with the kick's tale in One Hundred Years Of Solitude, in


Colombia you can take that as a given. Not necessarily because that


has happened but because the folkloric is part of your


experience. In the world we live in today, the folkloric is not


celebrated in the way it was. In South America and other countries


the folkloric was incredibly important. If you look at his


influence it is difficult to trace. If you imagine his influence more


tangible tea, you might think Sam and Rushdie -- Salman Rushdie,


Midnight's Children. The permission to tell a story in that way. It is


the permission to make something out of absolutely nothing. We have this


special voice where we say folkloric. These are stories which


have stood the test of time for centuries. There are extraordinary


good. It is not just that I will make up some fan fiction and then


turn someone into a parrot. You have to explain so much more and those


guys go for it. Ian McEwan, you talked earlier about Dickens but


where would you put him in the pantheon of writers? Right at the


top. Talking of his influence, I think he had a massive effect, not


only of Angela Carter and Salman Rushdie in say the British literary


scene, but I think he loosened asked up in our little corner of


north-western Europe. All kinds of writers who you would not associate


with magical realism, suddenly were able to break free of a kind of


literary inhibitions into thinking for themselves and how they might


experiment with time and space and fiction. I would place him right up


there in the best Parnassus, almost of a Shakespearean quality. And the


other side of his life, the opposition to Pinochet, the row but


went on for years and years and years. He was capable of very


obstinate principled behaviour, wasn't he?


He was. I was there three or four years ago having dinner and talking


about that great rupture. In fact, behind it I think there was great


fondness and great mutual admiration. This was really the


battle of giants. He was often cast, I think, unfairly in the context of


Latin and American literature as an extreme right-winger. This simply


wasn't the case. He had strict (inaudible) against Castro. Many


which were true. There were writers and journalists in prison in Cuba.


He dared say so. I think there was a kind of... A rather (inaudible)


quality to this discord. Now I think the death will settle this. Thank


you very much. There are a few more beautiful sounds in the song of the


Nightingale. The nightingale is in decline. There is a petition to


bring the nightingale back, to the BBC airwaves. On midnight on 818th


May 1924 a million people tuned into BBC Radio to hear the first ever


loud outside broadcast, a nightingale in full song accompanied


by a chelist. We thought you might like to hear it right now tonight.


-- cellist Beatrice Harrison. The second-half of the weekend sees


more unsettled weather, rain around as well. We start in Good Friday on


a chilly note. A beautiful sparkling blue sky sort


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