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Tonight, a secret British plan to intervene in Syria. Newsnight can


reveal how the British military plan to train and arm 100,000 rebels. We


ask the Foreign Office minister at the time if the west missed a chance


to defeat Assad? A former Jihadi tells us about cells


of insurgents already in Baghdad, waiting to take the city.


I have been speaking to a man who knew the secretive leader of ISIS,


for on insight into how the group operates.


The man in charge of HS 2 sell Uso -- tells us why he and his


executives should be paid for than the Prime Minister.


Steve Smith has been to Yorkshire for a Tour de France excursion. We


have only just met, have you got it the right way round, what is it? My


bib shorts. Good evening, Britain did have a plan to intervene in


Syria. And a highly-developed ambitious one along with its allies.


Training a Syrian rebel army to defeat Assad. More than just an


exercise in what might have been, the blueprint for action was


designed at the highest levels of the military, and considered by


David Cameron and in Washington. Our investigations correspondent has


an exclusive report and contains some graphic reminders of the


horrors that have unfolded in Syria since 2011.


There were never going to be easy solutions to Syria. So much blood


has been spilt, and so many lives lost. In a region where the


credibility of the west has been shattered since the Iraq War. So it


wasn't difficult to see where the west chose to sit this one out. The


British military seemed reluctant to get involved. Or so it seemed.


Senior defence sources have told Newsnight that Britain did, in fact,


have a secret plan for intervening in Syria. It was the brainchild of


General David Richard, Britain's most senior officers, who told


Downing Street there were only two ways of ending the bloodshed


quickly. The first was to let Assad win, the second was to defeat him.


To defeat him he recommended and equipping a substantial army of


Syrian rebels. The plan was not without risk, but doing nothing, he


argued, was the worst of all options.


The plan was called Extract Equip Train. 100,000 Syrian rebels would


be vetted, recruited and taken out of the country, probably to Jordan


and Turkey, for training by western countries, including the UK and gulf


allies. Once the army was ready, after around 12 months, it would


march on Damascus, the army would do so under western and gulf air power,


a shock and awe attack that would allow the Syrians themselves to


defeat Assad. Amid Kate I don'ts and carnage, this offered a middle


ground between an insurgency, and the politically impossible notion of


putting western boots on the ground. A veteran of many conflict, and


regarded as an arch pragmatist, General Richards had a team of


defence analysts fleshing out his ideas. Newsnight was told the idea


was considered by David Cameron and also by counterparts in Washington,


including General Martin Demsey, America's most senior officer. Over


here the Attorney General was asked to consider the legalities, and the


plan was sent to the National Security Council, but not formally


discussed. Ultimately Downing Street decided not to support the idea.


There was a sense of exhaustion that we don't want to get involved in yet


another Middle East conflict coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan, this


was not the right time. There is an increasing scepticism in Downing


Street to take military advice. There has been a difference between


the military and the politician, I have never seen them as far apart as


they now seem to be. They don't disagree with each other but they


are on different plains in many cases. But if the Richards plan


sounds like an extract from the "what if" manual of


sounds like an extract from the history, think again, two years on


and the arguments are turning full circle. Direct western involvement


suddenly seems a possibility. Last week Barack Obama asked Congress to


authorise a half billion dollar programme to train an army of


hand-picked rebels. As newts night -- Newsnight discovered recently,


the President too has been on a journey. I did advocate for limited


but focussed action in Syria to try to vet, train and equip moderate


opponents of Assad. And you were overruled by the President? I was


overruled, in part because of the lessons from Iraq. I think President


Obama's present plan has echos of what was talked about in 2012, the


difference was in 2012 the conditions were more favourable to


something like this having a useful influence, if not working


completely. Now the plan is probably too little too late and is being


enacted in a situation getting worse not better. Western policy makers in


a sense have to have the courage to do nothing and to work on what comes


after that Civil War. Evidence of chemical weapons attacks in Syria


last year, finally persuaded David Cameron to seek Commons authority


for military action. He lost. Yesterday saw the final phase of an


operation to destroy Syria's chemical weapons. The handover has


been a rare success for the international community. Syria


remains in chaos. There is deep regret among some Syrian opposition


leader who wish the west had intervened long ago and are still


urging greater support. The international community did not


intervene to prevent those crimes, at the same time also did not


actively support the moderate elements on the ground. The huge


opportunity was missed and that opportunity could have saved tens of


thousands of lives actually, and could have saved also a huge


humanitarian catastrophe. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the west intervened


aggressively and came to regret it. In Syria, it is done doing very


little, the question remain, is that a lesson learned or an opportunity


lost. Alastair Burke was the Foreign


Office minister with responsibility for the Middle East between 2010 and


2013, and in Vienna is the adviser to the moderate opposition to


President Assad in Syria. Now we have only just been able to report


the existence of this plan this evening, but would it have been a


good idea to do something on such a grand scale, training and arming up


to 100,000 rebels? I'm not in a position to comment on the report,


but I think the report you have just had accurately describes the


difficulties of intervention or nonintervention. I think the scale


of what you have been reporting would undoubtedly have given the


Prime Minister cause for real pause. This was two or three years ago, the


atmosphere about Iraq and Afghanistan was even more vibrant


than it turned out to be in the vote in August last year, where even


after a chemical take parliament was not prepared to authorise support


for direct action. The arguments against intervention, well I know


they were quite strong at the beginning of the revolt in Syria.


Because it did not seem like the right thing to do, where as the


right thing to do was to support those moderates who were trying to


do the job themselves. Interesting, none the less, that although these


details are new, that the military was at least making suggestions,


looking at options of something on a much grander scale? Good, you would


expect the military to be involved, to think through what options should


a British Prime Minister have, and that should comprise all the options


from doing nothing to considering whatever action might be appropriate


and need to do a particular job. But in every case, and certainly we


learned from both Iraq and Afghanistan, getting in is far


easier than getting out. I would imagine had the Prime Minister even


considered taking that plan to the public and to parliament it would


have been very difficult to convince them. Now, of course, in hindsight,


the arguments that are being made about could something have been done


earlier are very stark. Because we have learned the price of


nonintervention, and even more so because of the decision last August


when it was much more clear what was happening and we could have and


should have done something more then. Do you think that western


leaders tried hard enough before we got to this terrible state of


affairs in Syria that continues to unfold today? Of course not we have


been very grateful to have all the political support from Britain and


France and the United States, that goes without saying, but this


political support was married with inaction which the Assad regime


correctly interpreted as a green light to keep on doing what it has


been doing. Which is a war on the civilian population. This is what we


have to remember. The initial plans to arm these so called rebels, I


remind you that the rebels were for the vast majority officers and


soldiers who had defected from the Syrian army. It would have been a


lot easier to make sure that they were a cohesive unit, that they had


their uniforms and training and that they had salaries to form a true


army to go and fight the Assad regime. I remind you today that the


Free Syrian Army, without the actual help from any of the western


Governments is fighting, not only the Assad regime but the extremist


groups of ISIS and Al-Qaeda. We have had this even without any actual


weapons or training, imagine what could have been done and how many


lives would have been saved. What kind of difference would 100,000


trained troops have made? You Alone they wouldn't have made a difference


without the weaponry. We have to be realistic and look at the situation


on the ground today. The Assad regime continues to bomb every day,


with barrel bombs and air strikes, it is impossible to achieve anything


on the ground in Syria without the appropriate weapons to neutralise


the air force of the Assad regime. This is one thing that has to be


clear. Of course the training of the rebels alone wouldn't have been


enough. What the Syrian opposition has been asking for, repeatedly, for


the past three years the right to defend itself and defend the people


of Syria. Weir' not asking for... . You worked very hard as a minister


on this, you travelled around the world trying to knit together some


kind of action. As you see now insurgency from Syria spilling over


in a terrible way to Iraq, is it matter of regret to you that we did


not do much more then? If it was a plan to intervene three years ago,


you would have had me in the studio night after night asking why is


Britain intervening, now it is clear. Nonintervention is as much a


decision as intervention. We can see the consequences. What we now have


to do is find those moderate FSA fighters, they are fight ISIS as


well Ascarate sad. We should give -- as Assad. But it is a long way from


the sort of intervention that we led the programme with.


The rapid and brutal advances of Sunni insurgents in Iraq took the


Government there by surprise. ISIS, who have now declared an Islamic


state in the areas they have seized appeared not just suddenly, but well


armed and well organised. Tonight we can reveal just how well prepared


they were, with a network of safe houses, precisely designed plans for


their attacks, and how they intend to proceed to Baghdad. We have been


speaking to a former Jihadist who has been advising the Government.


Today the Iraqi Government said there were up to 2,500 members of


what they called sleeper cells, ISIS militants already in and around the


capital, waiting for the word from their leader to begin an assault on


Baghdad. Thatalies with some of what our colleagues in the north in


Kurdistan have been hearing from Kurdish intelligence, italies with


what I have been hearing -- tallies with an interview I had a little


later. That is part of ISIS's tactic, to spread fear and


confusion, the Government says it has arrested some of the cells, we


have also heard reports of Shia militia allied to the Government and


going around and arresting them and some of whom disappear. Very little


is known about Abu Baka Baghdadi, the man who leads ISIS. I met a man


who can give insight, a senior adviser to the Government, a former


militant himself, who has given up the path of Jihad. He has been given


access to some very high-level Iraqi intelligence on ISIS, he has been


sharing his I re insights. In Baghdad they are waiting for what


they call zero hour, when ISIS sleeper cells will try to take


control of the city. The group's leader is known as "the invisible


Sheikh". Only two confirmed photographs of him exist. We have


spoken to man who says they knew him when they were both religious


scolars in the 1990s. ISIS has enjoyed a spectacular and


rapid rise to dominance. As it swept through the city of Mosul last


month, the army simply through the city of Mosul last


Just days before they were driven out of the city, Iraqi security


forces unearthed some crucial out of the city, Iraqi security


information. During a raid on a safe house they seized a number of


computer memory sticks containing house they seized a number of


treasure trove of information on the house they seized a number of


group's organisation and assets. There has been a study of the data


and a meticulous inventory of weapons and fighters.


You have seen the contents of these memory sticks, what was the most


valuable information? The leader of ISIS now has his sites


on the capital. It is estimated ISIS has put in place hundreds of sleeper


cells in the belt around Baghdad, with more inside the city itself.


They are waiting for a sign, he says, "zero hour".


Just like they did in Mosul? Yes. With revenue streams from smuggled


antiquities, to gun running, to captured oil wells, the ISIS leader


no longer has to rely on foreign money, it is morphing into a


conventional army. To the horror of the English


shiress, tracks will be ploughed through the English countryside to


knock 20 minutes or so off the journey from London to Birmingham.


And in an attempt to spread the wealth from the south to the rest of


the country. On top of the enormous price tag, the boss of the project


told Newsnight he's asking the Government for permission to pay his


top executives top dollar too. Expensive, late, overcrowded, the


complaints are familiar. Even though three million of us use a train


every single day. There have been shiny upgrades to station, attempts


to deal with demand, but as more of us want to travel this way, space is


running out. HS2 is meant to be the big solution, but protests,


petitions and a ?50 billion price tag stand in its way. MPs have


signed off the superfast link between London and Birmingham for


now. The group that wants to build it today feels confident enough to


start discussing the actual design. But can it be worth it? I asked the


man who has the job of making sure it is. Today you are starting a


discussion about the design, but are you confident that in 100 years time


people will be looking at HS2 in the way we sit here and look at the


grand surroundings, is there that kind of vision? We are very


privileged in St Pancras, it is a masterpiece, as is King's Cross


which blends old and new. What today is all about with the design panel,


is having that discussion, how do we get the project to stand the test of


time. That is the real challenge. The problem with that is it comes


with a very hefty price tag, can you guarantee the project won't go over


budget? I can't guarantee anything personally what I can do is put in


place the decision-making process and the right people to make sure we


make the right decisions and we can properly and adequately manage the


budget. When members of the public hear it might cost as much as ?50


billion and you can't guarantee it won't be more than that, there is a


real fear that people are being asked to sign up to a blank cheque


to a project that won't deliver for several decades? Projects take a


long time. But the most important thing is to understand why you are


doing it and stick to the vision. Why are you doing it? Why is it


worth that price tag? It is nothing about railways, and it is nothing


about trains. It is nothing about trains? It is nothing about trains,


it is all about people, it is about what we are seeing is a growing


disparity in wealth and jobs and opportunities between a city in


London which is globally competitive and separating away from the rest of


the UK. Ten million more people come into the UK in the next 20 years, a


million new homes in London, it is feeding a beast. Because this is


where all the best jobs are. You can't keep doing that because London


will never be the London we want it to be, if that pressure cooker


environment continues. So this new railway, the first one in 100 years,


north of London, will then allow business and wealth to distribute


across a nation. You know as well as I do the evidence on that is


decidedly mixed. Some economists believe HS2 would spread health


around the country, some believe the opposite. It would suck it all into


London? It will do both, make motoring of the north accessible for


commuters, there is no doubt about it, but it will also facilitate


businesses moving north. Do you ever get up of grumpy bits being a bit


glass half empty about this? No, I believe we constantly have to make


the case. The Olympics were seen as overbudget, irrelevant and a


complete waste of public money. And right up to a few weeks before the


games. And the first three or four years constant criticism in the


press. In the end everyone was very proud of what the UK could do. Do


you get fed up with politicians appearing to be a bit uncertain


about backing HS2, they appear to be rather fond of, not quite changing


their mind, but blowing hot and cold? We have to win both public


acceptance and acceptance of both parties. I have been consistently


saying we don't work for one particular party we are here to


convince parliament. How much would you pay to get the right people on


the project? The worst money you can save is skimping on hiring the best


people. I'm determined we hire the west people. We can't pay over the


odds we can't even pay what the private sector can pay, there is


some attraction in working on the biggest infrastructure in the


country. We have to have the flexibility to hire the right people


now, rather than when it gets into trouble in years to come. As a


public sector project you will have to ask permission from the


Government to employ people from those kinds of salaries? That is


right. We are hiring project people who will be held accountable for


their performance, Thesee don't per-- if they don't perform they


will go. They will not be on long-term tenure, if they survive it


will be on performance. How much are you going to pay them? You are


talking at senior level people above the Prime Minister's salary. In the


next six months we neat 20-30 of these at least to do a project of


this size. Just out of interest, you commute on the train every day as I


understand it, do you get much work done on the train? I come in on


western line, I think what was recorded as the most coned train in


the UK. Why is that? That is because CrossRail is 20 years late. That is


because at the crucial times people blinked and decided it wasn't value


for money and we are desperately trying to deliver it. Every time we


go on the central line and get hot and bothered it reminds us to make


the decisions at the right time. Even the biggest companies in the


world don't have the power to protect themselves of scandal. Not


least when they are accused by one of the biggest companies countries


in the world. GlaxoSmithKline are finding themselves in a lot of


trouble after allegations were laid at the door of the Chinese arm. We


have uncovered some of the trail of e-mails that has put GSK under such


pressure. GlaxoSmithKline is one of Britain's


biggest companies, and a major pharmaceutical player worldwide. In


January last year executives in London began receiving a series of


anonymous e-mail about its Chinese operations. Now its China boss faces


the threat of prison and a sex tape scandal and London faces questions


about GSK's very survival in the Chinese market.


The e-mails were sent from someone called "GSK whistleblower", this


person alleges in hospitals across China GSK bribed doctors and


managers to buy their drugs, and to buy them at inflated prices. They


alleged that GSK used travel agents to pay bribes. Chinese police


believe they may total ?300 million. It seems the whistleblower had the


ear of the Chinese authorities. The British chief of the GSK's China


operation, Mark Rielly has been detained, along with several


colleagues. Their fate unknown. British companies are subject to the


bribingry act and Chinese legislation. As I mentioned foreign


companies don't benefit from cover, they don't benefit from connections,


they rarely, if ever will have that sort of thing to protect them. They


are exposed. GIENDing the identity of the -- finding the identity of


the GSK whistleblower became a priority for GSK. We managed to get


hold of some of the e-mails. It appears to be a person with a solid


grasp of English and the GSK operation. They are striking in


their detail. The e-mails alleged that GSK China was running a


pevasive cash advance bribery scheme, they said the sales


personnel identified key decision makers, they attempt to build a


relationship with that decision maker, first taking the person to


expensive lunches and dinners, and then giving them nice gifts. When


the relationship has been established and both sides trust


each other the cells' employees will start to give doctors cash to win


business. Payment, it is alleged can come in other forms, foreign


holidays disguised as conferences. But perhaps the most damning


allegation in all of these e-mails is one sent on January 16th 2013.


Bribery, in some form, is involved in almost every sale that GSK makes


in chine. -- China. In response we have this statement from GSK:


In April 2013 GSK China hired a local private investigator, a former


Reuters journalist, called Peter Humphrey, to try to find the


whistleblower. Glaxo briefed Humphrey that they suspected it was


a former Glaxo executive who had left the company in 2012. Humphrey


suspected her too and focussed his inquiries on her but found no hard


evidence. All our attempts to contact her have failed. But she has


denied being the whistleblower. Within days of Humphrey delivering


his report on Shu, he and his wife were arrested. They were put on


Chinese state television, their faces blurred and Peter made what


was purportedly a confession. They are to have be charged on charges of


breaking privacy. I think both are held in small cell, about the size


of the kitchen over there. And each cell consists of seven to eight


inmates. Through the consulate. Peter's son Harvey hasn't seen his


parents for a year. He his they have been left high and dry and in the


meantime his father, especially, is suffering.


Both mental and physical health have taken a huge downturn. But now he


has been kept in such a cramped condition for so long his arthritis


has gotten a lot worse and he's suffering from major mental


condition such as memory loss, sleep deprivation. Peter Humphrey's office


in Shanghai has been closed down. We managed to locate an e-mail, which


he wrote after he had finally seen the GcmK whistleblower e-mails with


his own eyes. What he had been told was a smear campaign he now believes


it was the truth. But nothing yet has been proved. And


GSK does seem to be the target of attempts to discredit the company.


This flat belongs to Mark Rielly, someone hit a camera in his bedroom,


filming him and his partner having sex and then sent the film to


company HQ in London. But it is the corruption allegations that will


most trouble the board in the UK. Some reports suggest GSK's license


to operate in China may be under threat. GSK's chief executive faces


something of a crisis in the country. Prosecutors are preparing a


case against Mark Rielly and other senior executives, they could face


years in prison, here in London the Serious Fraud Office has opened up


an investigation into GSK and in Washington the state department is


asking questions. The company is in trouble, China is one of the


fastest-growing markets for pharmaceuticals, but for GSK China


is the biggest headache. Not cop tent with cycling smiles and smiles


throughout the alps, with lycra burn and God knows what else. The


competitors in the Tour de France decided this year going up and down


the Yorkshire Dales would make it more special. The Opening Ceremony


was there this evening, and Smith no stranger to cycling shorts himself,


went earlier this week to have a go at the course.


The excitement is amazing, people are getting into it. Every single


house on the roof had a bike stuck to the fends and ban -- fence and


banners everywhere. And pork pies in the shape of Bradley Wiggins side


burns. I would love to try one of those. Everyone is getting in the


mood for the Tour de France Yorkshire, or bikes and tights for


short. It is a great national event of France coming to Yorkshire, one


noted for its cuisine and people who can be a bit chauvinist, and the


other is France. We have only just met, this is Indian Wells mit, but


have you got it on the right way around? Yeah, yeah. What is it


exactly? My bib and shorts, fastening everything together. I


couldn't help but notice you applying something to legs? It is


lubrication to loosen the legs applying something to legs? It is


before the start. What has happened to cycling in the past few years,


are we right in I think it has enjoyed something of a boom? Yeah,


it is exploding I would say. We started at our club two years ago


and it has grown to 170 mens members in two years. It is great. My young


lad has started racing and a bike of ?300 has got him into racing and


last him two or three years. Maybe not ?4. # 9 for a football, but it


is not the most expensive sport in the world. We have been on the


lookout for like where widows whose husbands spent their weekends packed


into tight clothes and cycling. Not my husband. Chance would be a fine


thing? Yes! Robinson wins a stage in the Tour de France, something no


British rider has done before. It is almost 60 years since Bryan Robinson


became the first Brit to finish the tour. Now 83 he still gets on his


bike. Nowadays he fires up an electric motor for the steep bits


around his home outside Huddersfield. It isn't a poor man's


sport any longer. When I came into it you bought a secondhand bike or


you managed to get a new frame and put the secondhand bits on it. You


just had the one bike really. And when you went to race you took the


mud guards off, raced and put them back on again and came home. It is a


lot different. Going to my grandson's garage now and he has a


bike for this day and that day, he's amazing, and clothing galore. And


that clothing is worth millions. This is called a Shammy! Not only


the one-piece racers with intergrel cod piece, but also this cunningly


adapted work jacket for the cyclist on his way to the meeting. Is this


firm catering to the called "mammals", middle-aged men in lycra.


There is a new group of people coming to the sport. It is viewed in


isolation, it is a little bit reductive, because cycling in the UK


has a history going back 150 years, it started as a mode of


transportation that was then popularised. It just feels like we


have had since the early 1990s almost a re-focus on the athletic


side of the sport. Writer Tim kitted out like an old time continental


racer, and bottles for water and red wine. Hello, handsome beast, talking


about the bike of course! Underneath the wool jersey he's all mammal! It


could be a lot worse, in terms of mid-life crisis, the more


traditional demonstration of it mid-life crisis, the more


would not be good for your health and look more silly. You mean a red


sports car and younger wife and that kind of thing? Very much, dying the


hair and adopting idiotic fashion, as opposed to this. On the eve of


the tour coming to Yorkshire, it is a departure for the old race and for


onlookers of a certain age, a big moment in their life cycle.


We have a guest presenter of the Cycle Show, otherwise known as Lady


Velo, and Daniel Nolls has talked about the psychology behind it. We


are seeing a boom or a buzz around cycling. What is it really all


about. Has it got a bit of an image problem if it is all middle-aged


lycra house? There is a real thing in British cycling, and there has


been a growth in the number of people cycling. But if you dig down


deep into it you have middle-aged white men well off. If you look at


where people cycle it is where they live, Cambridge, Hackney, that,


yeah, that I think adds to a sort of image problem. Is it a problem


because some people, myself cycling in London, you sometimes see people


behaving pretty badly. Boarish people cutting people up, scaring


grannies on pavements, has the culture become too aggressive? You


see a lot of people in the morning. I cycle to work, you see 20-minute


cycle work in full lycra gear, cycling shoes on. Every traffic is a


pitstop to charge away. It is unsettling for people who just want


to cycle to work. Is that fair, you are fond of your bike? I am fond of


my bike, I don't think that is a fair representation of the cycling


demographic and culture in Britain at all. I appreciate what you are


saying about called "mamales" middle-aged men in lycra, and they


might be the ones cycling, I would be the antithesis of that with the


cycling that I do. But on the other side I have a road bike so I'm


getting into road cycling. It is such a complex mix, it is such a


diverse mix of cyclists within Britain, there is so many different


scenes as well, I appreciate what you are saying about it being


aggressive. I think is this a cycling scene, people say the


cyclist. The scene, it is a fashion


statement? In a lot of countries we ought to emulate, Holland and


Denmark, places where a lot of people cycling, cycling isn't


something that you are, it is just what you do. You wouldn't say that


you are a trained commuter if you get the train to work. We have this


thing with cycling. I'm all for recreational cycling but it clouds


out the getting around aspect of thing. If there is a cycling scene,


whether there is a East London or whether it is Charlton in Manchester


or Cambridge. It is about something else, it is about making a personal


statement, not just getting from A-to-B, is it not just weird? Not at


all, I don't seem to think there has to be different sets and scenes,


then it is devisive and talking about it in that sense, you are the


roady or the MTB or computer. What is an MTB? The mountain bike! We all


learned something here. It should be inclusive and we should encourage


people to cycle and embrace it. My personal opinion is cycling is


growing in Britain. And the Olympic legacy will have motivated people


and it is aspirational seeing that. Is it being captured by the


middle-aged man spending more than ?1,000 on a bike. It is like golf,


if you want to buy a bicycle in some countries it is hard to get hold of


a decent second hand one. There are places we have a cycling culture


that work, Cambridge is one of these places. A lot of the country it is


this niche thing and expensive. Why say it is difficult to get a hold of


a decent secondhand bike, or there are safes available to you even if


you wanted to get a decent bike. Will you cycle home? I am actually!


Thank you both very much indeed. Time for a look at the papers, the


front page of the Telegraph tomorrow:


That's it for the front pages. Finally, 50 years ago some BEEP-er


decided they had the God given right to BEEP everything up for people


like me who just wanted to make decent, interesting -- TV, they were


worried about upsetting the kids at home little BEEP-eres, so they came


up with the ideas of the watershed, before 9.00 you got super BEEP like


quiz shows swearing no sex. After 9.00 you can get BEEP more, we are


well after the watershed, before you complain. Here is a pile of the good


stuff the TV police didn't want you to see. It is by today's standards


weak, so don't be BEEP-ing offended. We saw a programme at 6. 35 and it


was the dirtiest programme. You dirty Fukofuka-er. What a BEEP-er


rotter. It was the hottest day of the year


so far in the south-east corner, it looks as if we could see a similar


story for Friday, sunshine and different story for the west. Cloud,


rain and wind gathers, and some of that rain tense as it pushings in


across the western side of Scotland. 16 or 17 degrees the high, it will


feel disappointing, heavier pulses of rain across the Lake District as


well, clouding over the north of England into the Midland. East


Anglia, much of the south-east corner could see temperatures into


the high 20s, that is the low 80s Fahrenheit. A promising day. As we


push to the west of the Isle of Wight, across to Devon, the cloud,


rain and wind remain a