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Another example of opaque financial affairs tonight.
Someone who's been handsomely renumerated.
No, tonight we have the story of Labour's spokesman
That will remain between myself and...
We're on the Referendum Road - hearing from the people
Spanish, French, seem to be able do what they want to with the fishing
and we're not allowed to, so it is just time we came out.
Sexism from MPs in the parliamentary lobby.
Or a deeper problem in an old boys' club?
The innovative film director Peter Greenaway, on his new film
For ten days, since the Panama Papers were leaked,
financial morality has been top of the news.
The tricks of the rich have been on parade, the word "dodgy"
At issue, whether people manage to usurp more than their share
Concerns undoubtedly accentuated by the news today,
that BP shareholders were voting on the chief executive's
As Jeremy Corbyn said on Monday, "There is now one rule
for the super rich, and another for everyone else."
So what does he, and others who have been pointing fingers,
make of the behaviour of Labour's spokesman on trade unions?
He used to be general secretary of the National Union
Most of the union's cash then came from donations from sick,
Eyebrows have already been raised at the remuneration Mr Lavery
received, but Newsnight has learned that he was also given a generous
mortgage by the union, well below the market rate.
Mr Lavery denies any irregularity, but the accounts are opaque.
John Sweeney has been poring over them.
Back in the day the coal miners dug deep to make Britain rich. But, at a
price. More than 4 billion has been paid in compensation, to men who
suffered from lung disease, and other illnesses.
The national union of mineworkers helped their members get the
compensation, and in return, miners could tick a box. Gifting a part of
their money to the union. This is a story about what happened
with some of that money in the NUM Northumberland area.
That was the Labour Party is best defending the trade union movement.
Before Ian Lavery became an MP in 2010 he had been the General
Secretary of the miner's union in Northumberland for 18 years.
I told the common,s, I said I'm the most experienced man here, with
regards to the trade union bill. I have been assaulted on picket lines
and I have been on strike more than anybody in the Commons. He is now
Jeremy Corbyn's front bench spokesman on trade unions.
So what happened on his watch as the NUM's Northumberland area boss is
instructive. The first line on the graph shows the amount of money
spent on members' benefits from 1992 on wards, the year Lavery became
General Secretary, the second line, Lavery's pay.
In 2010, Lavery quit the union and was elected MP for Wansbeck, one of
the safest Labour constituencies in the country. Mr Lavery got
redundancy money and that feels odd because it seems as though he
effectively resigned to go and work in that place behind me. The dosh we
think ?62,000. But on top of that there is a further 58,00 pounds,
paid out to past General Secretary redundancy costs. -- 85,000 and
there is a mystery about who that is.
Mr Lavery started at the union in 1992. He has told us that he did
receive a redundancy payment in 2013. When the ?85,000 pops up on
the union's accounts, so on the face of it, it looks like the mystery
beneficiary of the mystery ?85,000 is Ian Lavery.
These numbers are reasonable. The argument could be made if the
National Union of Mineworkers Northumberland area had thousands of
members, but the world has moved on. All the pits are closed, the
industry is dead. And the union moribund. How many members has it
got? Just six people. Mr Lavery has certainly benefitted from the union
in other ways. This is his house in Ashington,
bought in 1994 for ?75,000. Like most people, he got a mortgage.
Unlike most people, the lender was not a bank but the National Union of
Mineworkers Northumberland area's provident and benevolent fund.
Newsnight has obtained these documents that show that Ian Lavery
got a mortgage at an exceptionally generous rate. A typical mortgage in
1994 attracted an interest rate of round 8%. Lavery's loan from the
fund was at just 3%. There is another mystery in the accounts, a
fund loan worth ?109,000 written off in 2007. The year when Mr Lavery
says his mortgage arrangement ended. Newsnight has been doing some sums.
?109,000 is pretty much exactly what you would expect Mr Lavery to owe
had he made none or virtually no remaim on his mortgage. Was the
109,00 pounds written off by the union actually ?109,000 owed Mr
Lavery. Mr Lavery says all of this is a private matter.
He does say that regular mortgage payments were made, but not by whom.
Hello. Since news might began in investigation, we have repeatedly
asked Mr Lavery for an interview. We went to his constituency office in
Northumberland. To begin with, they wouldn't reply to our e-mails. They
wouldn't return our phone calls, they wouldn't even open the door.
Eventually, we got an e-mail from Ian Lavery but there are questions
unanswered. So, time to catch up with him. Near Westminster.
John Sweeney from news might. You got the mortgage from the union.
Yes. Did you pay it off? The union and myself came to a financial
agreement in 2007, in relation to mortgage which will remain private
between myself and the union. That was the agreement. OK. But you were
the General Secretary of the union. Yes. So you are agreeing with
yourself, it looks as though. It looks as though you raided the
onion's piggy banks That is unfairment We are here to ask you a
question. Did you pay off your mortgage? My mortgage was paid off
with the National Union of Mineworkers in a financial agreement
which was acceptable to both parties. You are talking with
yourself. I was never involved in any of the negotiations at the
beginning of the mortgage, I was never involved with any of the
negotiations at the conclusion. That is absurd. You might wish to say
that but it isn't. It is unfair to say that, because these... Why is
that unfair? You were the General Secretary of the union and the union
gave you a mortgage and you haven't answered the question. Did you pay
it off? For the sake of clarity, for the sake of clarity, any business
done with regard to the General Secretary, I wouldn't financially
business I wouldn't be involved in. What I will say once again, to you,
that the mortgage was settled in 2007, between the trustees... Did
you pay it off? In 2007, between myself and the union, and that was
done on a private basis. You paid off the mortgage? That will remain
between myself and the National Union of Mineworkers. Of which you
were the General Secretary at the relevant time. Yes. So it looks like
an inside deal? Disgraceful to suggest such a thing. I have get to
commons, I have a meeting. I hope I have answered your questions. You
haven't really I hope I have been polite enough to try. You haven't
answer the principle question. I have spent ten minute hearse
answering the questions and I have e-mailed you, so thank you very
much. Thank you. Rightfully or wrongly, the public
are demanding more and more transparency from the politicians,
as to where they get their money from. On the question of Mr Lavery's
mortgage, he has been as transparent as the river behind me.
John Sweeney there, who worked on that with producer Ed Brown.
As we went to air, Labour gave us this short statement:
Voluntary donations made by miners all went
into the general fund and none went into the benevolent fund.
You probably remember the reform of the English NHS back in 2012.
A reorganisation that got rather little scrutiny at first,
then there was disquiet, which then turned to large scale
discontent, and then some redrawing of the plans.
Well, are we heading down a similar path now, with the reform
The Government's plan is to take schools out of local
authority control, by turning them all into academies.
It's had some attention, but given the magnitude
Yesterday the Commons debated it, at Labour's instigation,
and there was clearly some disquiet among Tory backbenchers.
...an outstanding school in every sense of the word.
They said to me they would not want to become an academy.
And what I fundamentally struggled with is a very simple point,
that I should go to them and say, despite the fact that your school
is outstanding, that all of your staff are working
brilliantly and delivering fantastic education,
that we are now going to force you to become an academy.
...does not allow us to draw conclusions on whether
academies in themselves are a positive force for change.
If I were to sum up the concerns expressed to me by teachers locally
it would be confusion, I think, as to why something
that is so obviously not broken needs fixing.
Well, the man who set in train many many reforms
in the Education Reform Act 1988, was Kenneth Baker.
Now Lord Baker, he created GCSEs, the national curriculum,
City Technology Colleges, and earlier vintages of academies.
Good evening to you. Do you support make all school academies? I support
them because I started them with a city technology colleges in the '80s
but it had to start in a gentle way, hay to final teams of people to run
them. Head teachers who never had to employ people before, who never had
a capital budget, they became managers. There is a huge difference
between the things you started up which were carefully calculated
schools designed and organised and in ways of doing things and taking
every school and say you are an academy. Since I left, the history
was by 2009 when the coalition started they there were about 200
academy, there are 4700, a huge change, absolutely huge change,
which has happened naturally, quite naturally and I think that is the
best way to proceed frankly. Rather than forcing? Yes, if one wants to
get to the stage of having them all out coax them along the road. There
are authorities like Gloucester where all the schools are academies
and I think Southwark but let them do it at their pace rather than
anything else. So the Government are pushing it faster or too fast or too
hard for your liking. Yes, I think eyou can, with a well managed
academy you can get better results if it is really well managed, but
not even is well managed. The idea is to put them into groups?
Multi-Academy trusts? You've got that right, yes. These are ten or 15
age? Yes, that sort of size. Several existing the moment but if they're
going to do all the schools, they will need something like 2000
multi-Academy trusts and there are not anything like that number. You
are running some of these, UTCs, that is something like a trust?
University technical colleges, yes. They are successful. They take
youngsters from 14-18 and they have very practical courses. In the week
they are making things. How easy is it to build a chain like the one
you're running, a good chain, and can you do it in the course of safe
three-year is? One of the best is Phil Paris, he has got 30 schools,
and he started 30 years ago. It takes a long time. To have school
managers, ex-heads and people who understand the arcane world of
school finance. You introduced the national curriculum and academies
don't have to do it, so it is just unravelling the national curriculum?
If I were now dealing the cards, I would stop the national curriculum
at 14 and at 14 have a series of technical colleges. This is what
Austria does and it has the lowest level of youth unemployment. In a
way, the colleges I'm starting fit into that category. They are 14-18.
At 14, youngsters know where their interests lie will stop our
youngsters make things with their hands. What is so interesting, and
you have been banging on about this for decades, what is so interesting
is that the whole thrust is to get book learning back into classrooms,
isn't it? That's what conservative educators believe. I think that's a
huge mistake. You need a knowledge economy but in itself that is not
enough. You need practical application of knowledge. If there
is a youngster at one of our colleges making the chassis of a car
and rounded bonnets and so on, doing that he will understand the
importance of trigonometry. Not just in book learning. I believe in
learning as well as studying. You are an educational radical! You can
call me that, but I think our heads in each UTC has a target, when the
student is leaving at 16 or 18, no one should join the ranks of the
unemployed and we are meeting that. Our youngsters become apprentices,
they get jobs or they join universities. There are other things
you disagree with the government on in this programme. By taking out the
LEAs, which you're comfortable with, you don't have local accountability.
Have they cracked that now because you've removed it? Some of the
academies do have local accountability, they are very close
to their communities. Our youngsters are close to our communities. We
have one Coventry, they want another one in Solihull. This comes from the
requirements of the local communities. Those ones often have
parents as governors and they want to take that out. I'm fully in
favour of keeping parent governors. It sounds like you are completely at
odds with them on almost every aspect! No, the general thrust is
right, but parent governors are useful people and they can be a
contact for people in the school and we have parent governors at our
university technical colleges. We also have business people. We have
local business people coming in and teaching the youngsters on projects,
and therefore our youngsters get used to teamwork, problem-solving.
They becoming playable. Lovely to talk to you. -- they become
employable. Some have called today the first day
of the referendum campaign. It may not feel that way to you,
or me or anyone, but it's all to do with the official designations
yesterday of the groups who'll be To mark this special moment,
we're launching our new series in which we go round the country
and hear from voters about how We've been planning it for weeks,
and yet we were still debating what to call this
series this afternoon. EU and Yours, Knowing Me,
Knowing EU and many other variants We did fix on a name,
and to start us off Katie Razall has At new linen fish company, even at
dawn some truths are university acknowledged. This is your business,
it is fish, I'm guessing you of... Here they know that this is is
paying more for fish. But Europeans eat more fish than we do. A place
for everything and everything must be in its place. They would feel
they would be better off out of the EU. The Spanish and the French can
do whatever they want and we are not allowed to. It's time to leave. It
could still be bigger if we could employ more people and it would be
good for places like this. 44 years in the job. With the catch loaded in
the van, Newsnight hitched a ride with Newlyn fish company's
door-to-door salesman Tony. This is the luxury of the job, we get to see
some beautiful views every single day. I will be voting to come out.
The farming has gone downhill, the fishing has gone downhill, there is
no more mining. But for some of Tony's customers, the referendum is
less cut and dry. I would like some cod please. This loyal customer buys
Tony's fish but not his arguments. I would vote to stay in. It's a worry
knowing what it's going to do to the economy, for our children. I think
it would be a period of incredible flux.
I call on about 150 customers today. Most of them say can I have the
usual please? Luckily I know what the usual is! In general I think we
want to get out of it. So you will vote that way? Yes, Tony will be
happy! There is real poverty in Cornwall. Because the county's GDP
is well below the EU average, European money has poured in,
funding airports, superfast broadband. Between 2000 and 2014,
the EU invested almost ?900 million in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Another 480 million or so is allocated up to 2020. But it doesn't
always buy them appreciation. Little and large. I will have you know I'm
the tallest in my family! I don't know if I never met anyone as tall
as you. I have a nephew in Canada who is seven foot one. I'm 6-foot
eight. My initial reaction was get out. Because I'm thinking nationally
across the country, is it actually worked while staying in? I'm still
not certain. It is this thing, there are too many questions. Where in the
dark. It was time to bid farewell to Tony. Round the corner from his fish
round but unlikely to be regulars, Penzance's estate, designated the
most deprived area in Cornwall, poorer than parts of Poland and
Lithuania. The charity working out of the community centre has had a
little money from the EU's social fund. This is our signature Sri
Lankan hotpot! Every Thursday they offer a free lunch to those in need.
Welcome, would you like some lunch? They invited me to join them. Since
Brian Collett left the Navy, life has been tough. Where are you living
at the moment, have you got somewhere to live? No. Well, I've
got a tent. A two-man tent. So you're sleeping in a tent somewhere
around Penzance? Yes. In a way I suppose a tent is better than a
doorway, yeah. Living around here especially is just a dead end and as
you said, they pumped a lot of money into Cornwall and I've not even
heard of any money being put into Cornwall. I do know where the money
from the EU has gone but it has certainly not come here. I don't
want to leave the EU. I think this country would be screwed if we left
the EU. We've got no industry any more. We seem to be doing better
being in the EU than without it. I know loads of farmers here who would
be screwed without their EU funding. Does anyone want to leave the EU? No
Are you able to vote? Do you think you will? Without a fixed address,
you don't get anything coming through the post. If I was able to
vote, I would vote to stay in because it's a really romantic idea.
But you know where your bread is buttered. Remain as will take
comfort from those sentiments. Despite Cornwall receiving more
money for each of its inhabitants than anywhere else in England, there
has been a lot of talk that it is veering Eurosceptic head of the
referendum. Carly's Organics is one of 25,000 British businesses to have
got EU help. This pan-European enterprise
received ?300,000 from the EU's regional development fund to build a
new factory and help boost the local economy. It has enabled the business
to grow in terms of sales, which in turn has meant that we can employ
more people. We now employ nine, where we had three before, in Truro.
It's a significant upturn on the number of hours's work, which has
got to be a good thing for COBOL. Newsnight's arrival coincided with
the processing of some very un-European Brazil nuts all the way
from Bolivia. -- for Cornwall. Even here in a place that has benefited
from European support, attitudes as well as ingredients are mixed. I
think it's rather churlish to have this great funding and then say
thank you very much, we opt out. A bit ungrateful? Well, it would feel
like that. It's more than that, my inclination, it may or may not be a
good thing, but so much of our security depends on joining
together. The funding has obviously been incredibly beneficial for us as
a company. We have been able to take the business to where it is. It
doesn't necessarily... I'm still undecided on that. My heart of
hearts, leaving would be a good option as far as being nostalgic and
thinking about Britain being great and thinking about the great
industries we want to have in our country. And bringing independence
to the country. I don't know, I really don't know. I think that the
fact that this factory has been lucky enough to be given European
funding is great. We've employed more people, and hopefully we are
driving more money through Cornwall and then up through the country...
But that doesn't make you think you're definitely going to vote to
stay in? No, not at all. Perhaps the last word should be in Cornish. As
Cornish speakers gathered for a weekend of immersion in a language
officially recognised as a minority tongue. I wondered if you knew if
there was a word in Cornish for Brexit?
LAUGHTER What about remain?
They sang us out, Celts first and Europhiles in the main, many feel a
Brexit would have an adverse impact on the land they love. But some of
their -- many of their Cornish neighbours may not be in tune with
that sentiment. A female political correspondent
was referred to as "totty" What he apparently said
to the journalist, "I want She is Isabel Hardman,
who is a frequent contributor to this programme, and her response
was to complain But not everyone thinks
the act was crime enough Another female journalist,
Isabel Oakeshott, wrote in the Mail, "There is a case to be argued
that she should have been pleased. After all, he expressed
the inclination to talk to her, over and above whoever
else was there". It raises the question about the
frictions of social change are crossed generations.
Isabel Oakeshott is with me now, as is the columnist
Did you really mean it when owe say possibly she should have been
pleased at being called totty? I was saying as a political reporter you
have to have a pretty thick skin. Politics is a rough old game and
politics and journalism they are both rough old games an our bids is
getting story, that is always the focus of any intr action I am having
at work. -- interaction. Personally I am prepared to put up with quite a
lot in the pursuit of the story and being called totty doesn't register
for me on the Richter Scale of offensive. What have you had to put
up with? All sorts over the year, I gave an example in the piece I wrote
for the Mail today of a senior MP, a Knight of the Realm. I named him,
Sir Alan Duncan happens to be gay who pinched my bottom the other day.
I was surprised by I didn't take offence at it. I thought this was
just, you know, one of those things. Jenni, first of all should she have
taken offence at Alan Duncan pinching her bottom? That is its
ball's choice. The more important -- Isobel's choice. The term used to
Isabel Hardman demeaned her, didn't take her seriously, she is an
outstanding political journalist, she was political journalist of the
year, she is a credible person, and what she was taking offence at was
that somebody deciding to treat her in a demeaning fashion, so treating
her less seriously than men round her, if you just ignore this, as the
other Isobel advocates then nothing change, you would never have had a
civil rights movement in America if you said you know black women
shouldn't mind being sent to the back of the bus, you wouldn't have
had gay right's movement if gays hadn't objected to being called
faggots. You only have to put into that sentence I want to talk to the
N word to see that kind of language says you are less a person and it is
right that we should start demanding in twaun 15 that language isn't
accepting. Or 2016 even. Yes. I disagree about the comparisons you
make, the heart of the matter is this, think, when the gentleman
concerned used the word totty he meant it, however clumsily, he meant
it as a compliment, the other words you use were clearly der rowing tri.
It is also der rowing tri, it says I am not treating you as a political
journalist, I am talking to you in sexual term, unless you acts that
women do not get taken seriously for we know that because we had a
century behind us of women being treated like that, going through the
'50s and nothing changed until women started saying don't treat us that
way. To be clear, you made various suggestions of how you might behave
in that way and one was she could have written a note to him. Yes Or
could have said something to him personally. Am I assuming that
wouldn't work for you? She has to make an issue and a public issue,
because otherwise it doesn't tell everybody else. That is the point.
The point is there is still an incredible amount of sexism going
on. I know people, women working in offices now who are subjected to
something much worse, but they are unable to talk about because they
are powerless. If they alienate the men working with them they know that
will be punished. Isobel was in the position of being strong enough and
in a strong enough position to be able to call this out. It doesn't
rebound on her personally and has the advantage that it is public
issue, other men in the Commons won't say it to her, and won't say
it to other journalist, and everybody is thinking about this
issue now. A private note would have accomplished nothing in the matter
of social change. As far as I am concerned, I am there to report a
stories, I am a political commentator, I don't work for the
Fawcett Society, I am not a campaigner. Women are not treated
equally to men, is that not a concern to you. I have suffered sex
criminal on many level, much of it trivial. You roll with the punch,
the problem is, in no way do icon done sex enrichment. You are with
this. If you start making an enormous fuss about very small
things, then you would never have time to do your job, you would be be
going off whiting to the whips. It wasn't an enormous fuss, she didn't
name the MP, she said this has happened I think it is unacceptable
and she reported this person to the whips. It couldn't have been handled
better. I have extreme respect for Isabel Hardman, she is a colleague,
she knew I was going to write this, we discussed it. But the inevitable
consequence she well knew about tweeting about it was there was
going to be a fire storm. Can I add something important. One very brief
point. I watched a speech by Martin Luther King who explained why it was
important that words like neck row should no longer be used he said you
start with behavioural change. Then that changes attitudes, and in the
end it changes men's minds, that kind of sexism is what means that
women don't get taken seriously. I say choose your battles. We leave it
there. She chose it well. Fans of the film director
Peter Greenaway will not be disappointed by his new movie,
which opens in art house It's every bit as visually lush
as Greenaway's other films - such as The Cook, the Thief,
His wife and Her Lover. And in the Greenaway
style, very physical. By which I mean there are explicit
depictions of nakedness, As well as anal sex of a kind
you don't normally see on screen, unless you venture into the more
obscure parts of Tumblr. The film is about the giant
of Soviet film-making, Sergei Eisenstein, a ten day visit
he made to the Mexican Sergei Eisenstein was
one of the creators The 1925 silent epic
Battleship Potemkin always cited as one of the most important
movies ever made. This scene on the Odessa steps one
of the most famous in film. Eisenstein himself had a turbulent
career, sometimes in - His reputation outside Russia
took him to Hollywood, He did team up with the left-leaning
writer Upton Sinclair, who helped finance some of his work,
including a trip to Mexico, in which he burned through cash,
produced miles of film, and yet which didn't result
in a marketable product. Peter Greenaway's film focusses
on ten days in Mexico and a gay relationship between Eisenstein
and his Mexican minder. Well, Peter Greenaway is with us,
good evening. So where does Eisenstein rank in your Pantheon of
great, of the film world? Well, we haven't had a lot of cinema, it has
only been going 120 years so maybe we shouldn't be churlish but I think
probably, you know, in terms of real visionary film-makers there have
been very few. You can count them on the fingers of two hands, I think. I
would rate Eisenstein right at the top of that list. It helped of
course, that he is working in the 1920s and people were saying what is
cinema? They are finding out the vocabulary, he was not particularly
surprise, surprise really so I suppose politically committed. He is
nicely ironic about everything that is happening. He has had some
experience in the theatre, and he has made one, I think, masterpiece
called Strike, a piece of propaganda. That was the first one?
Yes. And he made it when he was 26, and it is extraordinary, that such
an amazing film, which I would say was one of the really first, you
know successful cinematic products it is amazing... How annoying! You
have taken this ten day period, ten days in the making of and he has
this favour with his minder, how real is that story? Is that loosely
based on true facts or is this inspired by some events that you
possibly occurred? You sound as though you are doubting me already.
I can show you the archivele material. He had this devoted
secretary back in Moscow, and she was certainly in love with him, but
he did not return that affection but they had an intimate correspondence.
It is all there in an archive, in Moscow, I can produce the archive
and I can say that it is not a Peter Greenaway fibbingion. The Russians
-- fiction. The Russians don't like it, he is a Russian hero, they don't
like the fact you have made him gay. Well, there is a feeling, I sup
poets, I wouldn't say I have great friend in Russia but lots of
acquaintances and the average Russian are not phased by this
homophobia thing, I think, we regard it as a piece of political
gesturing, to demonise the west. -- fazed. I think also, maybe there are
other ways I have offended, after all, I haven't put a film, I haven't
put the film together about Eisenstein in Russia but outside
Russia. We haven't, one would imagine it would be sensible and
that is what we tried for, to get a Russian actor to play it. So I
didn't do too well there. On these three counts for a time I was
unpopular. Let us talk about film. You have said some interesting
things about film. You think stories are not that important. It is all
about the visual imagery, you are a painter by trade. By training, from
a very early age, about 13 or 14, I wished to have had a career as a
paint e still hoping for it! But you know, text has so many ways in which
to purvey its meaning, 8,000 years of lyric poetry, 350 years of the
novel. The theatre hands its meaning down in text and not in image, so
let us really sigh if we can create a cinema that is really all powerful
and depend very largely on image, not on text, because you know,
cinema is meant to be about picture but we have a text based medium.
Every film you have seen started its life as text I can be certain. You
can say we haven't seen cinema, we have seen 120 years illustrated
literature. ? Before we let you go, the big issue here, you live in
Amsterdam, the big issue is our relationship with Europe. I don't
know if you get a vote, have you been in Amsterdam...? I still have a
vote, I have to say I don't make great use of, here in Great Britain.
But file, you know I feel I have, a live in Amsterdam. I feel like a
good European? Is that a cliche. I am happy with that. I think it
regret ful there are plans for Great Britain to leave the European
community. And cultural link sthrrks a film industry thing that would
say, you know, like the farmers and fishermen have their take? There is
a Dutch film industry, and in its own circumstances it is, you know it
is followed and it is enthusiastic, I don't think we can say that
Holland is a film-making industry country, but they do have, I mean
think of the painter, you know... The visual imagery again. It is, you
know, if you are fascinated by visual literacy, they can give it
broigle and Vermeer and Van Gogh, the list is endless. And three
cheers for them. Peter Greenaway. Thank you.
That's just about it for tonight where, in Porthcawl,
a pair of benches sit besides one of the most beautiful
But instead of facing the glorious sea, Bridgend Council officials
In defence of this rather odd placement, tourism chiefs christened
the benches as Britian's first dedicated "selfie benches".
So we asked local residents to take a seat and send
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we will see further heavy downpours at times in the south. The odd
rumble of thunder, further knot o for Scotland and Northern Ireland a
wetter front makes its way south, by the afternoon a return to sunshine
but chilly conditions in Northern Ireland. Some
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