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The fear gripping women in the Americas
about the Zika virus and birth defects.
The possible links, only recently suspected,
have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika
from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.
We have an exclusive interview with the woman
taking on the Brazillian government to overturn the anti-abortion law.
Should the UK put a stop to Saudi arms sales
after the damning UN report on civilian casualties in Yemen?
Systematic and widespread violations of the laws of war have taken place,
committed by both sides to this conflict,
They found that 119 strikes by the Saudis have breached
international humanitarian law, that is a very damning finding.
I'll be asking the Saudi ambassador to the UN
why Saudi planes are attacking non-military targets.
All that striving and idealism and hope and progress
and science and art and conscience, and it all ends like this,
And in an exclusive television interview,
Julian Barnes talks about heroes, cowards and Vladimir Putin
on the day his novel about Shostokovich is published.
An emergency World Health Organisation meeting today in Geneva
has declared that the mosquito-borne Zika virus, linked to a surge
of a birth defect called microcephaly in the Americas,
has become a threat of alarming proportions.
A causal relationship between Zika virus infection
and birth malformations and neurological syndromes
has not yet been established - this is a very important point.
The possible links, only recently suspected,
have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika
from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.
The increased incidence of microcephaly
as it places a heartbreaking burden on families and communities.
nor is there a vaccine to protect against it,
and the governments of some South American countries
are advising women not to get pregnant.
This outbreak, which began in Brazil, has spread to 20 countries,
and in all the countries of South and Central America,
there are stringent anti-abortion laws,
a fact which is leading some women to call for a change in the law.
by human-rights campaigner and lawyer Debora Deniz.
Good evening to you. Good evening. How fearful are women in Brazil and
in the Americas more general about Zika? We have to name who are these
women. Basically, they are poor women from two cities and the
Brazilian north-east. It is not, generally speaking, women in
general. They have social class, they have colour. So we talk about
black women. Of course, there is tremendous fear of getting pregnant,
of knowing what will happen after the delivery. What we have at this
moment in this country is a group of women who is in fear of getting
pregnant, and not knowing what will happen during the pregnancy. And
what women, a poor woman who is pregnant, what does she do if she
has the virus? What help does she get? What is open to her? In fact,
in Brazil, abortion is a crime, so if a woman performs and macro
abortion, she goes to the jail. We have only two exceptions, to save a
woman's life and in the case of rape. A recent decision at the
Brazilian Supreme Court authorises abortion in cases of anencephaly,
another foetal malformation which is incompatible with life. In cases of
microcephaly, women have to be pregnant, but it is important to
remember that we have a social class split in Brazil, so when we talk
about abortion, writes in general, we have to remember that wealthy
women will access safe and illegal but safe abortion, and poor women
will go to the illegal market or be pregnant. So tell me, what is the
challenge were making to the Supreme Court? At this moment, we are
planning to propose a case to the Brazilian Supreme Court. We have
vast experience in the case of anencephaly and the one who was in
the leading group to propose the case, and we won in 2012, and we are
naming this case as women's rights case, and it is basically, it has
three parts. The first one is we have a Minister of health who said
that we have lost the fight against the mosquito. We would like to tell
him that we have to win the fight against the mosquito. Before you
tell me about the others, I want to ask you about the criticism being
levelled, that you are using the Zika virus and the fear about it to
change the abortion laws, that this is a bigger women's rights issue
right now. Yes, the case is not only to change the Brazilian legislation
on abortion. As I said, it is a women's rights case. Because we have
to fight against the mosquito, but we have to offer a comprehensive
sexual and reproductive health care to women. We live in a country where
poor women do not have access to contraceptives, to have the early
diagnosis of microcephaly, and abortion is only one piece of this.
And indeed with microcephaly, and the way that ejection is made, it
can sometimes be with a very late ultrasound in the eighth month of
pregnancy, when an abortion is not an option. I know, but I think that
we are moving ahead, and the moment that we have now, we can have access
to diagnosis in an early moment of pregnancy. If women have full access
to prenatal care. The problem in this country is even the diagnosis
the aid not have, so I think that you are asking me something to the
public powers, so it is probably a second moment after we will have the
case, and if we change the situation in this country. But this is not
only an abortion case, the way that we are planning it. It is more than
that. It is a women's rights case. There is a third part. We have, at
this moment, as the Minister of Help said, a new generation of children
with microcephaly. We need a strong welfare state to care for them, to
take care of them. Because many women will want to continue their
pregnancy and have a child, however damaged that child might be, because
they want that child, so presumably the welfare care is one of the most
important elements of this. Of course, but we have to consider all
the possibilities. We have to fight against the mosquito, we have to
protect women's rights. How big a moment could this be for Brazil, do
you think? Sorry? How big a moment could this be for Brazil, do you
think? Yeah. You know, this is kind of... We are living and a
conservative national congress, and this kind of scandal and corruption
that we are facing, and this is a case to reframe what we need for
public health needs. So I am not ignoring that we have a community of
disability rights that has to be with us in a case like this. Thank
you. But my point is that... Oh. I am afraid we have to ended there,
Debora Deniz, thank you for joining us from Brasilia.
At Westminster today, the Shadow Foreign Secretary
called on the Government immediately to suspend all arms sales
to Saudi Arabia following the UN report on Yemen by a panel
on civilian targets in violation of international humanitarian law.
It said that 60%, more than 2,500 civilian deaths and injuries,
What is not clear is whether any British supplied weaponry,
airplanes or bombs, were used in these attacks.
Here's our diplomatic editor, Mark Urban.
The Saudi-led coalition struck targets around Yemen again
yesterday, part of the campaign that began ten months ago.
As it has gone on, the humanitarian situation has worsened
and allegations been made of deliberate targeting
The leaked report from a UN fact-finding mission has now set out
allegations that air strikes have breached humanitarian law.
because it found that systematic and widespread violations
of the laws of war have taken place, committed by both sides
to this conflict, including the Saudi-led coalition.
They found that 119 strikes by the Saudis
have breached international humanitarian law.
Because they were targeted badly or...?
Well, the principles of international humanitarian law
require the warring parties to distinguish
between military targets and civilian objects.
We found that schools and mosques and markets and residential areas
have been hit by the Saudi-led coalition,
The report has made the British Government's position trickier.
Having long sold Saudi Arabia combat aircraft and bombs,
Britain is now finding that lucrative relationship under fire.
Given the detail of the UN panel's report and the extreme seriousness
of its findings, will the Government now suspend arms sales
to Saudi Arabia until that investigation concludes?
Mr Speaker, this is about whether the Government
is implementing its own arms-control rules.
has been to question the accuracy of that latest UN report.
The people who wrote this report didn't go there.
They are basing this on satellite technology.
That does not mean to say that we dismiss it at all,
And I commit myself to sit down with the Saudi Arabians
to make sure that we go through this with a fine-tooth comb.
But as the Foreign Secretary made clear to Newsnight,
the UK is now paying close attention to these allegations.
The Saudis deny that there have been any breaches
Obviously, that denial alone is not enough,
we need to see proper investigations.
We need to work with the Saudis to establish
that international humanitarian law has been complied with.
The pressure group Campaign Against The Arms Trade
is now preparing a legal challenge to the British
Government's export licences for weapons to Saudi Arabia.
The UK Government has failed to make sufficient inquiries as to the basis
for these Saudi assurances to enable it lawfully to conclude that,
notwithstanding the evidence to the contrary,
there is not a clear risk that military equipment
may be used in violations of international humanitarian law.
The Yemeni conflict has claimed thousands of lives
people like these amputees at a makeshift rehabilitation centre.
The UN also accuses Houthi rebels of breaching humanitarian law,
may be used in violations of international humanitarian law.
and in fighting against those irregulars
the Saudis can claim the backing of the UN resolution.
But however much they say right is on their side,
the issue of civilian casualties is becoming a big problem for them
Earlier, I spoke to Ambassador Abdallah bin Yahya Al-Moallimi,
the Saudi representative to the United Nations.
I began by asking him whether he had admitted the charge in the reports
that there had been 119 Saudi coalition air strikes in violation
of humanitarian law. We deny that we have had any raids aimed at anything
but military targets of the Houthis and the forces of the former
president. We do not know the source of the information that was provided
in the report. We believe that these sources have been mostly Houthi
related propaganda individuals and agencies. We do not think that the
team had sufficient presence on the ground to be able to document that.
These strikes included refugee camps, weddings, two hospitals,
water bottling plant, Oxfam food warehouse. If they were targets then
your bombs were aimed very badly. No, the wedding is proven to be an
erroneous report. It was a gathering of forces loyal to the president.
The Medecins Sans Frontieres, one of them we acknowledged was a mistake
and we spoke with them. Look, mistakes do happen. But the extent
of these mistakes is not as wide as it has been reported. But the point
is that 60% of civilian deaths, according to this report, 2682
people were from air launched explosives by the coalition. Is that
an acceptable number? No, it is not, and it is a hugely overestimated
number. We think that the vast majority of the civilian casualties
have been the result of arbitrary artillery shelling is by the
Houthis. So a bottling plant, Oxfam food warehouse, a refugee camp, are
you seriously suggesting that Houthis were using an Oxfam food
warehouse to house their troops? Probably not. I'm not particularly
familiar with the Oxfam food warehouse. But I'm certainly used
the bottling plant. I'm certain that what was described as a wedding
gathering was nothing but a gathering of military troops, and
many others. Can you guarantee that none of the civilian deaths in Yemen
were as a result of the use of British weaponry? I can guarantee
that all the weaponry that are in possession of the Saudi Armed Forces
and the Armed Forces of the coalition are used to target
military targets, and are used in conformity with international
humanitarian law. Why did you want the resolution for an independent
investigation into what was happening with civilian deaths in
Yemen to be shelved? We supported an alternative resolution that was
presented and suggested by the veggie debate government of Yemen.
That government itself is accused of war crimes. What have you got to
lose with an independent investigation? Surely that's what's
needed, if indeed it is a possibility that 60% of civilian
deaths are caused by explosives from the air? We can't work based on
assumptions that are made on an arbitrary basis. It is a UN
investigation. No, it is not a UN investigation. It is a report that
was collected outside of a UN mandate and it was based on
information provided by the Houthis in most cases. Let me just turn to
another aspect of this. There are at least six British military advisers
in the command and control centre for the coalition, what do they do?
I do not know, I am not willing to talk about the command and control
centre or what the military personnel do there. Would you accept
that these British military trainers would be looking to make sure no
British weaponry was used in anyway that could kill or maim civilians?
No, I don't think I would expect them to be doing that, that is the
responsibility of the Saudi Armed Forces. As far as we are concerned
it does not and whether they are British supplied, American supplied,
once they are in our possession they are Saudi weapons and weapons of the
coalition. And we intend to use them as responsibly as we possibly can
and in full conformity with international laws and regulations.
If the British military advisers advised you not to hit a certain
target, would the Saudis comply with that? That's not of anybody's
business other than the military leaders of the Saudi and coalition
Armed Forces. The reason I'm asking this is because Philip Hammond,
Foreign Secretary, came on Newsnight in September and called for proper
investigations into Saudi air strikes in Yemen and he said that
Saudi assurances of compliance with humanitarian law are not enough. I
wonder what representations the British government have made to you
following that. You would have to ask that question to Philip Hammond
and the British government. Because if it is seen to be that coalition
strikes are in violation of international humanitarian law, UK
sales of arms to Saudi would have to hold if they have been found to be
in breach of international law. And I wonder if there was a suspension
of British arms sales, how the Saudis would respond. We conduct our
activities with the utmost care and responsibility and we do not expect
any such action to be taken by the UK Government, or to be required to
start with. Ambassador, thank you very much indeed. Thank you.
Last summer, Newsnight and BuzzFeed News started a run
of reports on Kids Company, the celebrated youth-work charity,
as it ran into trouble and collapsed.
One of those reports, into allegations by former staff
members that the charity failed to report sexual abuse and violence
by clients of the charity, sparked a police investigation.
Today, the police announced that they do not have sufficient
In an interview with BBC News today, Ms Batmangeilidjh had this to say.
They behaved incredibly honourably, and they kept boundaries,
and they did their investigations based on fact.
But the fact is, when a children's charity is accused of sexually
abusing the children in its care, it's the kiss of death.
Chris Cook, who has led on this story for Newsnight, is with us.
Is this a clean bill of health now for Kids Company? If you talk to the
former leaders they have always talked about how they thought these
allegations were unfounded, even talked about some of them being
malicious, and they see this as real vindication. In more neutral terms
what has happened, Scotland Yard have been investigating for six
months and they just don't have enough evidence to mount a
prosecution. There are a couple of strands still going on, and it is
worth keeping an eye on the Charity commission, looking at the financial
side. It is worth a member in a lot of the allegations about Kids
Company, particularly the ones we published, were about the misuse of
funds, not illegal things but odd use of money. One thing from the
video we saw, she talked about the charity being accused of abusing
children in its care, I don't think anybody accuse them of that. The
issue was they heard complaints about clients of theirs and they did
not do enough with them, did not take them to the authorities. So
where does that leave all of this? They are really not vindicated on a
lot of things. This is very welcome news for the charity, but they have
warranty had a report from the National Audit Office which
questioned the use of ?40 million of public money. We have had a report
from the Public Accounts Committee of MPs that said the government put
money into what they said was a failed, expensive experiment. A new
report is expected next Monday from another committee of MPs, the public
administration committee. What is that likely to say? We don't know,
but what we can say is that they've been looking at governance of the
charity, its effectiveness. They've heard more evidence than anybody
else. They've heard cases where clients were given almost ?1000 a
week in support by the charity. They've heard evidence that perhaps
the charity didn't help nearly as many people as it said it was
helping. They've heard evidence from local authority officials about
whether it was a safe place for young people. It is worth pointing
out that the person who is likely to be reading this report is the former
chair of the trustees. Because the trustees are really going to get a
kick in, I would expect. Alan Yentob, the former creative director
of the BBC was chair of the trustees for Kids Company for more than a
decade. Thanks very much indeed. In the face of the constant
cruelties and purges of a totalitarian regime,
would you act as a hero, stand up to your oppressors,
and face the likelyhood of death? Or allow them to bend your will
to theirs and muddle through? of Julian Barnes's latest
novel, published today, about the anguished accommodations
Russian composer Shostakovich made In The Noise of Time, Barnes
questions whether for an artist, artistic survival
is possible or worthwhile, when the artist is destroyed
by shame and the betrayal of others,
especially of his fellow artists. In his only TV interview,
I spoke to him about the composer whose music
he has listened to since he was 18. And why he thinks the rise of no
platform represents the closing of the mind.
He didn't want to make himself into a dramatic character but sometimes
as his mind skittered in the small hours he thought, so this is what
history has come to. All that striving and idealism and hope and
progress and science and art and conscience, it all ends like this.
With a man standing by a lift. At his feet a small case containing
cigarettes, underwear and toothpaste. Standing there and
waiting to be taken away. In the book you discuss in a way
whether being a hero is easier Often looking at a
tyrannical state from the outside, we want
people to be heroes. But then we are also asking
for their blood when we do. And to be a hero you can throw
a bomb, you can pull a trigger, On the other hand,
in Stalin's Russia it wasn't just you who was wiped out,
it was your family, friends, So your only choice,
really, was to compromise. He paid Caesar as best
he could while keeping as much of himself, his private soul and his
music as untouched as possible. There's a scene at the beginning
of the book where he has his first meeting with power, as it was,
the forces of Stalin. And he thinks that he
is going to be purged. And he waits outside a lift
for almost a fortnight. After Lady Macbeth was condemned
he thought that he was probably What happened, oddly,
on the weekend between the Saturday and the Monday was
that the interrogator So he was sort of off
the hook for a bit. But he still thought
that he would be taken So he spent the night standing
on the landing outside his flat by the lift doors, because he didn't
want his wife and child, the trauma of having the door broken
down in the middle of the night, child taken away, perhaps
to a Soviet orphanage where she would be brought up
as a good communist and never know That was unthinkable
to him, but that was You have Shostakovich say it's easy
being a communist if you don't live And you talk about
Picasso and Sartre. One of the interesting sides
of Shostakovich is he was a great ironist and he was
also very sarcastic. He was particularly harsh
on fairweather friends, and on those he saw as helping
enforce an entrenched Stalinism. Stravinsky, whom Shostakovich
revered, they met twice, very uneasy meeting on both
occasions, Stravinsky never went to the help of any
persecuted Soviet composer. So Shostakovich's conclusion
is that you can have artistic integrity, as Stravinsky
did, and not have moral integrity. He thought that that
was a weakness of So on one hand you have
the Solzhenitsyn figure and on the other
side the Shostakovich figure, which do you think
you would have been? Oh, I think I would
have been a coward. I would have done some kind of deal
in order to keep on writing Shostakovich used to say that music
is not like Chinese eggs, it doesn't gain by being
buried in the ground He did not think that when a piece
of his was banned it would get He just thought the people
for whom it was being written The book is about truth
and freedom and conscience. I wonder if you think
now that there is artistic Well I'd be very wary about writing
a satirical novel about Putin. One of my favourite Russian sayings
which I used as an epigraph to one of my novels 20 years ago
and I repeat in the book is: Which is so wonderfully ironic
and so Russian and so Shostakovich. And they do say it,
Putin, don't they? That he is very
straightforward to deal with, and when he lies,
he lies brilliantly. But if you were in opposition
to Putin, given what has happened to Litvinenko,
would you have sleepless nights? I would, I would have
sleepless days as well. And you can understand
why they are building mansions, the rich ones,
all around North London. Which is interesting now
because there is a resurgence of interest and affection for Russia
from the British left. I don't think it's the shining city
on the hill any more. But I remember when the wall came
down, I remember being very disappointed with Western
politicians because I thought that they would say, ah,
now we can painlessly and without any fear look
at what left-wing systems had and maybe take some of the best
that they had, and some Whereas in fact when the Cold War
ended everyone was sort of high-fiving and saying "We're
the best, our system has won." Terrible consequences
in Eastern Europe, complete Pensioners who'd worked as surgeons,
say, having to go and dig I have friends in Bulgaria
who told me all about it. But you talked about being a child
of the Cold War, and having very distinct memories of
what repression really was. And I wonder if you think
that we take free speech and the attacks on
freedom of speech too Particularly on no platform
is really what I'm talking about, Actually what do you make
of the idea of no platform? I think it's crazy,
especially in academic situations where the whole point
of being young and clever and at university
is to have your views challenged and opposed,
and to have forceful figures like Germaine Greer
come and annoy you. I think no-platforming
is a very bad idea. Because you disagree
with someone about one item of thought, therefore
the rest their thinking is not only That's a kind of
closing of the mind. I don't know when there
was ever a golden age. Earlier this week,
Newsnight revealed that a number of key witnesses
to the Tory party bullying inquiry were calling for a senior official
to stand down from his role
overseeing the investigation. At first, Rob Semple
refused to do so, Our investigations correspondent
Nick Hopkins is here with the latest
on this story. Who is Rob Semple, and why is he so
important? Rob Semple runs what is called the Tory party national
convention, which represents volunteers at Lansdowne the country,
so we has a big job, and he has a place at the top table of the party.
-- volunteers up and down the country. He was also one of the
officials due to set in judgment on the bullying inquiry sparked by the
death of Elliott Johnson. The problem is that Mr Semple has been
linked with a man at the heart of the allegations of bullying, a chap
called mark Clark, and this was raising real concerns among some
witnesses who said that it is inappropriate for Mr Semple to hold
this role, he should stand down. Mr Semple was refusing to do so, and
when we spoke to Central Office earlier this week, they said they
would not ask him to do so. So what has changed? Earlier this week,
Semple was digging his heels in, when I asked whether he would stand
down, he said, no, I was one of the proposers of the independent
investigation. But that was before he saw our film on Tuesday night in
which Elliott Johnson's parents spoke very movingly about the loss
of their son, and they also said that they thought Mr Semple should
stand aside. He should do the decent thing and realise that any inquiry
conducted by the Conservative Party in which he takes apart is always
going to be questioned by the general public, people will say, how
can a man who has associated with Mark Clarke be seen to be a person
that is actually overseeing part of the inquiry? Well, hearing that
seems to have made him change his mind, and earlier today Mr Semple
released a statement in which he said, as a father myself, the wishes
of Mr and Mr Johnson are paramount to me, and after seeing their
interview on BBC TV, I have decided to recuse myself from the board
meeting that will discuss the bullying report. He also said he did
not regard that as a reflection on his own impartiality. What happens
now? I have spoken to Mr and misses Johnson tonight, they are relieved
that Mr Semple has stepped aside. They describe it as a victory for
common sense. But I think they and other witnesses to the inquiry are
wondering, I think they are slightly be willed it, why did it take the
Tory party so long to realise that this was a potential problem, and
all the way through this there have been episodes in which they have had
doubts about the independence and integrity of this inquiry. I should
also say that Mark Clarke denies all the allegations against him. Nick,
thank you very much indeed. It's been a stalwart
of military campaigns, beloved by 007,
the world's most famous spy, royalty and most farmers
in the country, the Landrover Defender
has been in production longer than any other vehicle,
the best part of 70 years. While recent iterations of the car
has become a must-have for the school run
in London's pricier postcodes, the last of the original
bone-shakers rolls off the production line
in Solihull tomorrow. that meets safety
and emission regulations, but that will hardly compensate fans
of the simple brute which could be fixed
with the blow of a hammer. Talking of which, here's motoring
editor Stephen Smith. A museum piece that people have a
soft spot for but has supposedly been overtaken by new technology.
Never thought I would be associated with anything like that. I am
talking, of course, about the Land Rover Defender, seen here being put
through its paces on a secret BBC stage where Countryfile is filmed.
-- estate. It is really about and Wenger, I should have some sheep in
the back or a party of commandos. -- about an adventure. Next time you
are late for work, it is worth remembering that nothing but nothing
gets in the way of a Land Rover. Like the Spitfire and
bread-and-butter pudding... The Defender was an all conquering
British invention thrown together by serendipity and inspired
improvisation. We took an American jeep and made it our own. It is a
bit like what the Rolling Stones did with the blues. The genius
responsible was Maurice Wilkes, who tested his Land Rover on the beach
at Anglesey. He wanted something hardy and farmers could choke up
hill farms in and repair themselves if they had to. For the lowdown on
his creation, I consulted design guru Stephen Bayley. Welcome on
board! The North face of Soho! E-group a sketch in the sand of the
day in Anglesey and said, we are going to make a better four-wheel
drive like this. -- he drew. The original one had components from the
cheap, but it is altogether more sophisticated. It is that terribly
rare example of a British product, to my mind, a central thing doing
Bush values, probity, no-nonsense. Honesty as well, this is a very
honest vehicle, there is no pretence about what it is. It is either
military equipment or agricultural plant. As it also featured on the
school run? This is the great grandparent of the notorious Chelsea
tractor. There is a direct line of descent from the Land Rover to the
popular and much derided sports utility vehicle. But no, I do not
think people use the original Land Rover Defender on school runs. It is
actually quite hard work to drive. It is not a relaxing car, the
difference is like flying in a 1948 aeroplane, you know, which was
noisy, uncomfortable and vibrated a lot. The difference between that and
an Airbus, silent, smooth and stable. You are having an authentic
1948 driving experience here. Is this the most storeyed set of
wheels in London? Jack's Series 1 Land Rover once belonged to an army
bomb disposal unit, and a vehicle and is a description was linked to
the great train robbers. -- answering. I have snapped the rear
axle, the gearbox gave up on me. That is a piano pedal, it is set on
fire twice. I have had the tail for loch outside Buckingham Palace. I
put it in the back and drove off. -- Paul off. Although it is the end of
a vehicle, it is also the end of a mentality, the Land Rover,
especially the defender, is something which is very empowering,
because with very little skill you can work on it yourself, and now
people buy vehicles with, you know, five years' warranty and then
actually replace them within that period. You know, the Defender will
go on for ever. Yes, we will all miss the Defender, high and low
alike. According to the Queen, Her Majesty herself gets about in one on
her island states, ideal for a bit of stag spotting. You cannot beat
pulling on the plus fours, climbing into the old defender and popping
out into the countryside. It feels like adventure, especially if you
have a nice flask of oxtail with you and an eyeful of red deer. But like
the man said, they think it is all Rover. It is now. The front pages,
going to the Guardian, EU steps in over Google tax row. On the
right-hand side, deal close at UK benefit kids for EU workers. The
Daily Mail, ministers promise cosy tax deal for US giants. The Daily
Telegraph, Cecil Rhodes' statue at Oxford, they say it is to stay in
place after furious donors threaten to withdraw gifts and bequests worth
more than ?1 million if it was removed. Finally, the Financial
Times, a different take on that story, David Cameron eyes compromise
over migrants benefit cuts. How significant is this, plans for
reform in Europe? Potentially very significant, because he has managed
to meld two things we have been talking about, an emergency brake on
migration and forcing people to wait four years until they can claim
benefits after they have migrated to the UK. He has merged them into one,
and emergency brake which will delay the point at which new migrants can
get benefits for four years. It is the worst of both worlds from the
perspective of Eurosceptics, because what it means is that he is
potentially negotiating a deal which means that only Brussels will be
able to tell us when the four year moratorium will come in, that will
be in the hands of the European Commission. Thanks very much indeed.
Before we go, let's go back 60 years to January 28th 1956.
grabbed his guitar and shook his hips
in front of a television camera for the first time,
on the Dorsey Brothers' Stage Show on CBS.
# Get out of that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans
# Well, roll my breakfast cos I'm a hungry man
# I believe you're doing me wrong and now I know
# Cos the harder I work, the faster the money goes
# Well, I said shake, rattle and roll
# Well, you won't do right to save your doggone soul... #
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