21/05/2014 Newsnight


With Jeremy Paxman. Police Federation reform urged, self-harming teenagers, Prince Charles and Putin, the local and European elections and footballing fuss over Yaya Toure.

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The Government runs out of patience with the Police Federation. Evening


all, I'm the mug tonight. It tells it to pull itself together or be


pulled together. The Home Secretary cuts some of the public money it


receives, but why should it get any at all. We tour the high and low of


Europe who meet the bunch of people you have never heard of to meet


those who want to be the President of the EU. Do many people know your


policies? That is not the problem, they have to taken a interest in


what we are proposing, I'm not running after the electorate. Can an


inadequate cake be the reason for a footballer to quit his club. There


is nothing wrong with the report, it is my rider, if you look there it


explicitly says no brown ones! Two years ago when the Home Secretary


went to the Police Federation annual conference in Bournemouth she was


met with jeeres and boos. Today when she went to the same event she stuck


it to them. The standing of the Police Federation could hardly be


lower and today she told them if they didn't improve there would be


laws to make them improve. For good measure, not that they will notice


very much given the tens of millions they are sitting on, she will cut


the grant they get from the taxpayer.


It was a speech watched in near silence by the 2,000 officers in the


room. This is my fifth... Theresa May has never enjoyed a warm


relationship with the Police, this was not the day to build bridges. We


have seen accusations of bullying a lack of transparency in the


accounts, tactical campaign, huge reserve funds worth millions of


pounds and a resounding call for change from your members. It would


be the easiest thing in the world for me to turn a blind eye to these


matters. To let things go on as they are, to deny the need for change. It


would be the easy thing to do, but it would also be the wrong thing to


do. The Home Secretary reeled off a list of police scandals, from


Hillsborough to Stephen Lawrence, to plebgate, it was a forceful speech


and the tone left some in the audience angry. Lots of public


sector bodies under various Governments have gone through


significant changes very quickly and it goes very wrong. You can't hand


brake turn an aircraft carrier. I sat there and listened and didn't


have a prepared question, I listened to everything you say, I would like


to thank you, I know it doesn't correct but through 21 years of


front line service I faced everything, including being


attacked, hospitalised, saving lives, and for six years of


full-time Fed Rep I represent every officer who suffers in the way I


have. I have never had such an attack and personal kicking as every


comment from what you said then. (Applause) It is almost two years


since then Chief Whip, Andrew Mitchell, was stopped outside the


gates of Downing Street, when it emerged that PC Keith Wallis lied


about his part in the row, it set off a whole chain of events that


left the federation damaged. A review called bad behaviour, poor


treatment of staff and hoarding of financial information. MPs also


criticised the federation's ?26 million headquarters in Kent, with


its own swimming pool and hotel. Last month the chairman and General


Secretary said they would step down after what was described as a


worrying loss of confidence in the organisation. As a result the Home


Secretary said today that ?190,000 of public funding, to pay the


salaries of the federation's top officials will be stopped. Police


officers will have to opt in to federation membership rather than


being automatically enrolled, and the organisation will have to open


up all its bank its and respond to Freedom of Information requests for


the first time. The federation was created by an act of parliament. And


it can be reformed by an act of parliament. If you do not change of


your own accord, we will impose change on you. Newsnight understands


that some of the measures now being imposed is -- imposed had already


been suggested, but were either dismissed or implemented. Officers


say there is a clear danger for the Home Secretary if she forces this


through without consultation. If you are the Home Secretary you do not


need to make an enemy of the Police Federation. The Government seems at


loggerheads with the Police Federation and seems determined in


some way to punish it. If it punishes the federation it might end


up punishing the whole of the Police Service, the knock I don't know


effect of that is the -- the knock-on effect of that is the


public get punished, the don't get the service they are paying for and


deserve. It is a brutal few years for the Police Federation, the Home


Secretary says it is time for change, and that change may not come


without a fight. We talk about this with Mark Reckless, a Tory MP who


sits on the Home Affairs Select Committee, and Tony McNulty, a


former of the committee. You were there? People were stunned, I


thought she was magnificent, for a lot of people it was a stunned


silence. It would have been so easy for her to paper over the cracks, to


massage people's ego, to tell them it was the for the federation to


choose whether to reform. Instead she gave an incredibly powerful and


passionate performance, she just stuck to what she believed in and


did everything possible to drive that through. And earlier on in the


day I spoke to one of the key reformers who was really worried


that actually the motion was going to be watered down, they would vote


down some of the things and they wouldn't get the reform they wanted.


For her to give such a powerful speech making the case for


For her to give such a powerful was impressive. Did you ever try to


reform the Police Federation when you were there? We worked alongside


them, you will remember 26,000 of them marched outside the new Home


Office because we to beinged some of their pay in a round of pay


settlements. I would disagree with the analysis. I think she was unduly


gratuitous, going for the person rather than the ball. She could have


done, I agree in substance with most of the things she said, God they


need to reform, I told the constables' committee when I met


them recently. They get that. You thought she was playing politics? I


thought it was to do with tomorrow and post-2015 Mr Cameron on his bike


environment, which is unnecessarily given the seriousness with which


they need to reform. Somebody said to me today she almost pulled the


feet from the jaws of victory and someone who was there, senior fed


person said to me they thought it was as much about revenge as reform.


They get the notion of reform, even the most recalcitrant, I have been


to some of their conferences in the past where it really felt like you


got the claim and the next stop was the 1970s. I did a blog post with


the constables and said you can't be as sluggish as in the past and


expect any sort of respect from people. But she went overboard,


there was too much politics there. There was a lot of politics there,


wasn't there? I think there were politics there, but they weren't


perhaps the politics people expected. When you heard her as a


Conservative Home Secretary list this litany of things that had gone


wrong with the police and say rather than a few bad apples this is more


serious. When she said only 42% of black Caribbean people trust the


police, that is unacceptable, that is why we had to change. What she's


doing with stop and search many people would have thought why


bother, Labour didn't for 13 years, yet she has taken hold of it and


taken a lot of political risks, because she believes it is the right


thing to do. Within you look at that conference, very few young officers,


very few women, hardly any ethnic minorities and any graduates, she


says we need a police force that serve the people they represent. I


have criticised her on some issues in the past, but I was proud so her


as our Home Secretary sitting there today. I think that is part serious


and part pantomime. I'm in this perplexed because much of what she


said I agreed with, but the pantomime was unnecessary. She had


to threaten them, look at the organisation, look at the state it


has got to? I spoke to key figures in the constables, they get the full


36 elements of the report into how they should be changed. The Fed


instigated it, you would think that she did. They had to, look at the


state they were in? They know it is way past the last chance saloon. The


bit of what is her vision for policing, a little bit not the bad


caple routine but something that said to the people in the room, many


of the catalogue of things I have gone through how appalling things


have been through policing are historic and many weren't born in


the room. Within you had a defending of police and crime commissioners


and the passion she put into that, if the police for the first time


don't like what is happening they can elect someone who can change the


budget, the Chief Constable. They can but they don't. She said that is


how we get change in policing. 15% turnout for PCCs. The Government


cuts crime. There was a ballot box in one place where nobody voted.


What about the public money, she mentions the ?190,000, it is a token


figure. There are millions of tax-payers' money going to pay


salaries of people doing nothing but looking after the interests of the


Police Federation, which to all intents and purposes is a type of


trade union? A lot of their members don't feel looked after. Do you


think any public money should go for it? They have all the committees for


different ranks, they didn't strike. They need to make savings so it


costs less for officers and the public money doesn't need to go in.


We don't need to have so much time of police officers spent with the


fed rather than out on the streets. Overall I do think they need a


federation, they are not allowed to strike. The most important element


of this is getting a federation that represents its members as well as


the public interest. I think now the Police Federation will take hold of


this, run and deliver these reforms and we are seeing the changes we


need in policing, crime is coming down. My experience is fed members


and reps up and down the country doing a fantastic job, representing


members through the most mundane of processes, that must continue but


the reforms must happen. Crime is come down and there is the form we


need. The number teenagers self-harming, cutting or poisoning


themselves is increasing at a startling rate according to new


figures prepared for the World Health Organisation. We will discuss


in a moment, first, just how bad is the situation for young people in


England? A decade ago a major study showed


just under 7% of 15-16-year-olds in England self-armed, today that


figure has almost trebled. A new study suggests it is now 20%, one in


five of all 15-year-olds in England. The lead researcher thinks that


level of self-harm indicates a much bigger problem. It is a real tip of


the iceberg phenomena, I think, in terms of our other data also shows


that for example 45% of girls feel low weekly. At age 11 that is


significantly lower. As they progressed through adolescence, a


whole series of markers of poor emotional well being seem to rise.


What makes teenagers self-harm? Another large survey of young people


earlier this year showed a water of those who self-harmed did so because


they were bullied. But some of it was down to the every day trials of


teenagehood. Difficult family relationships, and pressure to do


well at school were also likely triggers. Now we have a clinical


psychologist and author of the Skeleton Cupboard, Kat worked with a


charity that intervenes to improve the mental health of young people.


She herself self-harmed during the ages of 14-21. During that time you


were self-harmling, what were you doing? Mostly cutting but also


scratching, overdoses, anything I could do really. Why were you doing


it? I mean I started when I was 14 and it kind of started by accident


and what I found was the first time I did it I got a release from it.


Ith very quickly came a very negative coping mechanism for me.


You felt better afterwards that is what you mean? It is very


counterintuitive. I imagine it is painful? Yeah. But afterwards you


feel better? And also you get a certain adrenaline release when you


self-harm, a lot of people get addicted to that sensation as well.


Did you want people to know you were self-harming? No. I hid it for the


first five years, which is no mean feat, and you know it took me five


years to kind of come out of the closet about mental health problems


so it was a really big deal to tell people for the first time. You were


cutting on your arm were you? Yeah. So you wore long sleeves? For about


six or seven years. What do you think you were doing? The first time


I had never, ever heard of anyone self-harming, it wasn't one of those


things where I had been on the Internet or seen someone else doing


it, it was an accident and then I found out actually by going on-line


that other people were doing it as well and actually I wasn't alone.


Were you doing it because of a particular trigger, you were unhappy


at a particular moment or a generalised thing? I started getting


depressed when I was about 13. I have always been very anxious and


had obsessive compulsive disorder, I was in a really low place and it


just seemed to click and help for some reason. How did it help? It was


just a kind of relief, I think a lot of people think self-harm is similar


to suicide, but for a lot of young people they


to suicide, but for a lot of young they stop them doi anything worse.


It is a way of leasing emotions slowly. Tania Byron you see a lot of


cases and deal with the families of people who self-harm, can you


generalise about which social class it is most common in or which


gender, it is most common among girls? It is but we are seeing more


and more boys self-harming. You know the report today has really


confirmed what mental health practicers who work with children


and young people have known for years, there has been an increase in


68% for admissions to hospital for young people self-harming, it


crosses classes. We are seeing a lot of kids from back groupeds you


wouldn't presume would have difficulties. Kids from nice homes


and aspirational families, particularly those around exam time,


they are under so much pressure that self-harming becomes a trigger. The


intriguing question is why it is growing so much, it is not just


exams is it? It is not, and chirp and young people do it for different


reasons. A lot of people say it is attention seeking and a fad. And


there are some young people who flirt with these behaviours and will


stop. But there are young people like Kat who have significant


issues, that self-harm is a coping mechanism. You see the self-harm but


you need to understand what is triggering it, what is that young


person anxious about, the depression, what else is going on in


their life. In a sense it is more of a manifestation of other problems.


Are there more sources of anxiety and depression now than then? We are


seeing increasing numbers of children being diagnosed with


anxiety and depression, and certainly in clinical services we


are overwhelmed by young people who are presenting with these issues. We


are also diagnosing more, that is not necessarily a God thing.


Different the fact that 6% of the mental health budget is spent on


children and young people's services, we are seeing services cut


across the country. Waiting lists are so long that kids are chronic by


the time they can be seen. We have a real crisis on our hands. We don't


have the provision for these young people. They either end up in A or


we don't know they are doing it, because they do it secretly until it


becomes a chronic problem. I don't want to sound cynical, they grow out


of it doesn't they? Some do, like they grow out of other adolescent


behaviours which they transition through it. 50% of all mental health


problems will show by the age of 14, 75% of all mental health problems


excluding dementia will show by 24. Here we have a time in life that we


know, neurobiologically we will see mental health problems, we are not


invest anything that and spending the money we need to provide the


services to people like Kat who need the support. When you go into


schools to talk about this, what sort of response do you get, what


are you saying to them apart from anything else? A lot of the team I


will go on when there has already been an incident, a suicide attempt


or there is knowledge that self-harm is going on. A lot of the time the


kids, they are quite shocked that someone is coming in and talking to


them so openly about their own experience, but they are relieved


and you get a lot of young people come up to you after the class and


confide in you and some of them are telling me things that they have


never, ever told anyone Do they feel they are getting the support they


need at school? No. We have been campaigning to get mental health on


the curriculum. I have certainly been campaigning on that for about


five years and we have seen no change at all. It seems like we are


missing a real trick with PSHE lessons. If we could do mental


health lessons in the way we do sex and relationship education we would


target a huge amount of young people. You would support that view?


Completely support that view. Absolutely, we are not helping


children learn to grow in their emotional resilience, and children


really do struggle with anxiety, there is a lot of pressure on kids,


a lot of targets, a lot of testing, a risk avest society, kids raised in


captivity, I could go on and on. This has to be a wake-up call, we


have an election next year, where is is the investment in child and young


adult mental health services and the most vulnerable of our generation.


The Russian President Vladimir Putin was doubtless a bit busy signing a


$400 billion deal to supply China with energy to pay much attention to


wh Prince Charles has said about him. He is said to have compared him


to Hitler in German. Germany, it is not too controversial, more about


the law on internet discussions, more or less sooner or later some


fool will liken someone to the Nazis. Is he right, we have been


getting the reaction from the streets of action. He has no right


to speak anything in England. There is freedom of -- he has a right to


speak anything in England, there is a freedom of speech in England and


Russia. Prince Charles is crazy, Putin is a good man. He has a right


to have this opinion Putin is a good man. He has a right


think Putin is like Hitler. I think Prince Charles is a little bit


afraid of Putin. He doesn't kill people, Hitler killed people and he


had a philosophy that was based on putting people into prison camps and


killing them. It is not correct, our President is good. With us now is


historian and author of Berlin, and Stalin grabbed, two a-- Stalingrad,


two accounts of the Second World War. Does this account hold water?


There is always a great danger in making any historical parallels, I


am afraid the Second World War has become the dominant reference point


for every crisis and conflict. It is dang us from that point. Having said


that there is no doubt that there are certain disturbing echos, 1938


and 1939, for example the whole question of Odessa, claims on a


corridor to. Also discussion and mum merits that Ukraine should be


partitions with Poland. The Poles wanted nothing to do with it. It is


interesting to see the particular echos. Much more than the historical


parallels is a question of mentality. German, of course, had


this burning resentment, which Putin echoed with his fear that the


collapse of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopoliticle... You are


comparing Hitler's and Germany's anxiety and anger about the treaty


of Versailles with the way that Putin and much of modern Russia


feels about the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet


Union? Indeed. But also there is a similar national self-centeredness.


A feeling that they are hemmed in and the rest of the world doesn't


stand them. Thank God, on the other side, I don't think that Putin will


be like Hitler who was furious he didn't have a war in 1938, in


September. I don't think didn't have a war in 1938, in


is crazy enough to want to actually have a war. If you were a real


pessimist, you could see if this comparison would lead naturally to a


comparison we are going to have some sort of confrontation? History is


never predictive and it doesn't necessarily mean that anything is


going to follow in the same pattern but you can see certain echos which


is enough to make one fairly nervous. I think a lot of people


have mentioned that and seen T As far as tactics go there are some


similarities, if you look at German behaviour? The same game of playing


four national self-determination amongst minorities and so forth. Do


you think that we in the west, you have alluded to this already, that


we in the west really understand how the world works to people


we in the west really understand how themselves on the other side of the


fence? I don't think we do. This is one of the problems, we have failed


to understand why Russia feels the way it does. It doesn't recognise


Ukraine as a separate one, they believe it is little Russia and an


integral part of what they see as greater Russia. You could say that


Hitler had a notion of huge Deutschland and the other parts that


should belong. What is your prescription for that? I wouldn't


dare make one, but I do think there are, thank God, differences, there


is no way that Putin would dare to go to war in this particular way.


But he is certainly going to extract everything he can without of the


stablisation of Ukraine. We could think more broadly about the way the


world is and how people in the different parts of the world might


see it differently from us? Absolutely, the Chinese see it


differently. They are very easy at the way Putin is playing the


self-determination card. They are worried about Tibet and the extreme


North West of China. They don't like any notions of playing very


dangerous games. Thank you very much. Thank you. Dove droned on much


of this week about the elections to the European Parliament. This is of


course charity work, because the overwhelming likelihood is that most


voters simply won't turn out tomorrow. This is not unconnected


with the fact that so many consider the European Parliament a gross


irrelevance. But there is another European election campaign being


waged from which voters are even more estranged. It is the


competition to become President of the European Commission, a position


as subject to popular democracy as being head of the Chinese politic


bureau. They are the candidates you have


never heard of and you may know nothing about in the elections, we


bring you the campaign for the top job in Europe, President of the


Commission. Apparently this time it is different, you get to decide.


Sort of. We try out the names on the unsuspecting electorate. What do you


feel about Gida Hofstad. What about Martin Shults? No idea. I used to be


ballad. By choice. It is a great hairstyle, easy to take care of. One


joke curtesy of winninger of -- winner of Eurovision is this man,


this centre right politician wants to be the next President of the


European Commission, the law makers of Europe. We joined his battle bus


in Athens with an ever-present police escort. It is the 35th


European city he has visited since his campaign began. Do you think


many people know your policies? I don't know, but that is not really


my problem, of course it is my problem, but they have to take


interest in what we are proposing. I'm not running after the


electorate, they have to inform themselves. The President right now


is Jose Manuel Barroso. He was chosen, like all his predesows --


predecessors in a back room deal. The EU leaders must now pick a


President taking into account the results of the elections of the


European Parliament. What does that mean, stick with me here, it depends


on interpretation, but some MEPs say Europe's 400 million voters will


influence who gets the top job. That is why he's touring Europe. A hard


hat essential these days for politicians interacting with the


electorate. Here he is checking out the extension to the Athens Metro.


The Greek Prime Minister also made him welcome. Mr Samaras is on the


European Council, it doesn't look like he's waiting until the election


results to let us know who he wants to be President. They understand


about democracy in Athens, they invented the concept, literally


"power to the people", that is what the European Parliament claims is


happening in the up coming elections, that voters are being


given power in a way they have never had it before. But things aren't


always as they seem. Perspective often shapes our view. That's clear


in mini-Europe, Brussels tribute to the EU, here appearances can be


deceptive, and critics say the same of the new European-style democracy.


It is a very imperfect procedure, because in Britain you cannot vote


for Mr Juncker, there is no party supporting him. Mr Shulz is the


party of the socialist family, people can only vote for him in


Germany. In Britain you didn't vote for him and Labour does not support


him, what is the legitimacy of his nomination, I don't see that. To


counter criticism the presidential candidates have held a series of


live TV debates to an audience of... . Best skip over that. But Newsnight


won't accept the long-held view that European politicians are frankly


boring. We have scoured the biographies so you don't have to.


Juncker is favourite, chosen by the centre right EPP. Martin Shulz was


picked by socialist. Mr Hofstad is the choice of liberals and


democrats. The far left have Greece's opposition leader. Mr


Keller is one of two grown candidates. Take note though, this


race is a Conservative and euro-sceptic free zone. Because none


of those parties buy into it. Everybody nowadays is complaining


about the low voters turnout, and for once we are doing a big leap


forward for democracy, and giving people real choice, also putting


faces on party programmes. Do you really believe TWHAUN of you will be


the President of the Commission? Yes, absolutely, I strongly believe


that one of us five will be commissioned President, because that


would be following the treaties. I think the member states would deal a


great blow to democracy if they were to disregard the vote of European


citizens. But disregard it they may, despite


all the trips around Europe, primarily on public fund, the treaty


says the EU leaders still nominate the President. MEPs will vote or


veto that choice. It is thought many, including David Cameron have


no plans for any of the candidates on public view. Outside the pulse


parliament amongst clued up Europeans I road tested the concept.


As I understand it the MEPs say you vote, your vote counts towards


choosing which party is the largest party in the parliament, the Lisbon


commission nominates somebody and the MEPs vote on it? The general


public get a superficial say in it, we don't get a vote, we just kind


of, it is kind of pretending. Lots of people say this is the big new


democracy in Europe, the big change? It don't like or sound like that to


me. What it is, is an attempt to link


the voters of Europe with the institutions that affect their


lives. If they are paying attention the EU citizens will find out how it


plays all out. Back now to the election, we do have


a vote in, and it was the last day of campaigning for them today, din


at the end by the enthusiasm for UKIP, Nick Clegg was still out there


selling the healthy delights of the European all you can eat buffet.


These elections present his party with something novel the their


opponents used to be able to say what is the point of voting Lib Dem,


they will never form a Government. But now they are the Government, or


a bit of it at least, problem, we report now from Kingston where they


have been a big force for years, but are now looking at quite another


prospect. Doesn't look like a hot bed of


activism. But when it came to turfing people out of their homes,


house boats, Kingston river so Ied was the scene of high political


drama and the local liberals' big chance. The pride in the Riverside


heritage has come in for harsh criticism recent low. Last night 40


families who lived right on the river, descended on the build hall


in furious of the council's destruction of a long standing river


tradition. Protesting with the safely middle-class boat people


helped them bed into the council where they eventually took control


from the Tories. Now the Liberal Democrats have won this town for 12


years, this time tomorrow it could be all over. Roger rose to be leader


of the only, having fought for the rights of those who prefer life on


the Thames gentle way. Tories hate it, they can't understand why anyone


would want to lead such an alternative life, they prefer to


them as river gypsies and they were people like you and I? Now you are


in Government you can't be the house boat campaigners, but y can't be the


recipients of the protest vote? It has made it harder, there is no


denying that, some people feel let down, I suppose, by some of the


things which our parliamentary colleagues have had to do. In a


sense that is coalition politics. There is no coalition in Kingston.


You wait so long to be in power, and when we are it doesn't go the way we


would hope. A polite understatement. Escaping third party obscurity has


meant major unpopularity. In tomorrow's vote the Lib Dems might


lose half their councillor, officials are briefing they could


say goodbye to all of their MEPs. Lovely as it is to mess around on


the river, campaigning in the local and European elections is more than


just a past time, more than their rivals, the Lib Dem base is built on


councillors, envelope stuffers and door knockers, they are all vital to


the pet. Members of the European Parliament are a crucial part offier


infrastructure, even if a training ground for future leaders. After six


months of the worst-ever polls since they joined the coalition, can the


Lib Dems face challenge from either two. It took years of local graft to


build their place. So the Lib Dem's best chance at a


decent scorecard is holding places where they are already dug in.


Broadly keeping Tories out in southern spots like Kingston and


Labour at bay elsewhere. Do these Thames side voters want more of the


same? There are sometimes when you think oh my God what are they doing,


on the whole they are not do too bad. We haven't got a post box on


the estate, the bus doesn't run on Sunday, anyone with their 80s has to


walk to the main road to get a bus. I'm lucky I live there. We have


bikes riding on the pavement all the time. I don't think they have done


wadly but Mr Cameron early in charge. I'm not so sure about that.


A dreadful set of results won't be a surprise to any Lib Dem. Says this


former adviser to Nick Clegg. But might bring forward the moment when


bigger realities have to be face. Local Lib Dems have been in power


locally over the years. They are paying the penalty for party at


national level finally getting into power for the first time. The party


is kinding it difficult to deal with understandably, but it is a


challenge they have to face. If in the long-term the next five or


sentence years that will clearly have an impact on the ability to


calm pan. Whether fending off the Conservatives here or fighting


Labour in the northern towns, or the SNP, UKIP or greens in other parts


of the country. Being a national Government has Scotched the question


Lib Dems used to get on the doorstep. What is the point of


voting for you, you will never be in charge. But if decisions taken in


coalition erode local support dramatically, in the long-term how


will the party really sustain. The next few days will be painful,


although they don't directly dictate next May. But the demand they will


urge is what happens if the Lib Dems keep on losing, how does the party


now in power stop its relevance floating away. The deputy leader of


the Liberal Democrats is in Aberdeen. What's your explanation


for why you are doing so badly? I'm not prepared to say that until the


polls are closed and votes counted. That may be your line, but Nick


Clegg's word published in the Guardian tomorrow, in the event of


you getting no seats or up to two seats you should say you are


disappointed but the party remains resolute this was expected at this


point in electoral cycles? To be clear what we are saying is some of


the polls if they were right would lead to a setback. I don't think we


should judge them before they are closed, that is the point. As far as


the overall position is concerned. We have fought the European


elections on a straight and honest and pro-European ticket. We have to


be it clearly a taken on UKIP, and we are in favour of European reform


or to contemplate Britain leaving. We have nothing to be ashamed of and


people do not say they don't know what the Liberal Democrats stand


for. Perhaps they know too much and that is why you are predicting you


will get a hammering? I'm not prepared to accept that. Your party


is? Why is it issuing guidance to people as to bah they should say


when -- to what they should say when confronted with terrible guidance? I


will make a judgment of the results when I see them. If we have setbacks


we have to evaluate how we mean and take it back. We have gone into


coalition something that is a political party. I have been a


member of this party for half a century. I didn't join it as a quick


fix in Government. I believe we have accepted our responsibility and


delivered radical changes on the tax cuts. Something that David Cameron


said couldn't be done. We have probably delivered the most radical


reform of pensions since Lloyd job. We have delivered apresent at


thisesships for young people that wouldn't have happened without the


Liberal Democrats. We have waived the way of coalition. Even at the


price of the -- emplosion of the party? We are in Government and


shouldn't walk away, but neither apologise for the things we have


achieved. We have a situation, not from your point of view I understand


it, but I find it extraordinary that a party that has helped bring down


the deficit, interest rates low, seeing sustainable growth across all


sectors, that has contributed t tax threshold to ?10. , 500. It is


reasonable to say to people this is what we have done and more like


that, but we didn't do it unless you vote for us. We have to fight for


those votes. Thank you very much. The world of sport has spent the day


trying to recover from the news that Tour de Romandie maying Yaya Toure


might be considering leaving his club. He doesn't feel loved. There


was confusion about whether the club it given him a birthday cake with


enough icing on it. When you are screwing them for a rumoured


?200,000 a week these things matter. We gave Stephen Smith a packet of


Hob-Nobes for his birthday, which helped him consider shows of


affection in the media. Not since Mary Antoinette decided to eat only


cake has a scandal caused such a furore.


# Happy birthday to you. Is he trying to have his cake and you


know... . Cakegate is the truth. Have we seen the cake? Has the


footage been doctored. Are you City engaging in a British Bake Off


subterfuge. I won't believe a cake was involved until they send me a


piece. It is an extraordinary saga. A grown man, he's 31, he should have


reached the able where he doesn't want to be reminded of his birthday.


There is a suggestion linked to Yaya Toure's agent where he felt that


cake wasn't close to the one the middle eastern owners had. It is


very childish f it was his mum and dad that forgot it that would be


something. He has made this perhaps to get the recognition he wants and


deserves really. He has been a fantastic and crucial player for us


this year. Of course it is difficult for hard-working people like you and


me to understand how highly strung they can attach such importance for


a few FRIP rows. -- friperies. When it comes to perks and sweet meat,


football is the new rock 'n' roll. Classic right to demand, Van Halen


wanted the promoter to provide bowls of M with the brown ones taken


out. There is method behind that apparent madness, if a promoter is


bothered enough to extract the brown M, he will be bothered to supply


the power supply and the clean towns that you have asked for and the


aspect that you asked for and the security. As long as there are


winners like Yaya Toure, clubs will indulge their players and agents,


particularly as the summer transfer window opens. The Premier League is


England as Hollywood, the power structures within it are very


similar to Hollywood. The whole pressure comes from the talent. So


the money comes into the game in huge amounts and is required to draw


talent. Talent recognises that and therefore plays all sorts of games


to ensure it gets more of that. Fans might wonder at the hissy fits,


but if Yaya Toure stays with the champions this summer, what are the


odds that season tickets will sell like... . Very popular things.


That is the end of the round up about worries and dysfunction, we


should maybe count our blessings, we don't live in Iran where it has


apparently become a crime to be happy or dance to Farrell Williams'


cheerful song of that name. Young people dancing on a video from were


arrested and paraded on state TV before eventually being released. It


just looks like they are having fun to most of us.


# Because I'm happy # Clap along if you feel like


happiness is a truth # Because I'm happy


# Clap along if you know what happiness is for you.


# Lap along if you feel that's what you want to do


# Clap along if you know # What happiness is to you


# Clap along if you feel like that's what you want to do.


# Clap along if you feel like that's what you want to do. Good evening,


could be a bit noisy tonight across England and Wales, heavy thundery


rain working northwards. Heavy rain still there across northern England




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