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21/04/2016

With Emily Maitlis. What's Obama's foreign policy legacy? How did Prince change music? Has the Queen's popularity silenced republicans?


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President Obama lands in London, on the next leg of his foreign tour.

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But is anyone listening to a president with

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And will those who come after him cement the deals he's made

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As the race to replace him fast approaches, we ask our Atlantic

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facing guests what they think American foreign policy

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# This is what it sounds like when doves cry...

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We remember the artist now forever known as Prince.

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We'll be joined live by singer Mica Paris

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And, in her 90 years, has the Queen witnessed or even prompted the quiet

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death of the republican movement? Where are they now? Tony Blair

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expelled me from the Labour Party and she agreed to come and open City

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Hall. The Queen is above politics. President Obama has arrived at the

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US Embassy in London bringing the British leg of his foreign policy

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tour and a meeting with David Cameron. Don't be surprised if the

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air is frosty. This bilateral will mark the first full meeting between

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the two metres since Obama, in a candid interview, accused Cameron of

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failing to pull his weight in the Libyan crisis of 2011, words which

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may have gone deeper than publicly acknowledged. His expected

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intervention on Brexit may have soothed some quarters but the

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meeting is also expected to address Libya, counterterrorism and a future

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strategy to counter Isis, but could what is sealed to day be completely

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torn up in a post Obama world? Mark urban looks back at his foreign

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policy legacy and asks how much of it will stick.

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You would expect a president to rack up the air miles. Barack Obama is no

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exception. He is in Britain for the fifth time as president to talk

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about the challenges facing Europe and with time running out for him to

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add to his list of legacies. In the past hour, he landed at Stansted,

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flying in from Saudi Arabia, where he'd been discussing tackling the

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Islamic State group. One of those issues he could never having

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dissipated when elected. Barack Obama had all kinds of ideas of what

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he was going to do when he came into office, only to see the financial

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crisis develop, you know, literally during the transition. It was

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completely absorbing. George Bush thought he would have one kind of

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presidency and suddenly he had 9/11. The world has a way of confounding

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what every new president wishes to do. That battle taking US forces

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back into Iraq is just one area where events have conspired to

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frustrate the agenda he set out at the start of his presidency. The

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world, as Obama wanted to remake it, involved a pivot Asia, not just

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China but south-east Asia as well. That meant repositioning, diplomacy,

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trade and the military, away from the Middle East, a path that was to

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be smoothed by winding down the war in Iraq and we setting the

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relationship in Iran. There was to be less Europe as well. A military

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drawdown and another reset, this time with Russia, to soothe

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remaining tensions. That isn't how it turned out. Only some of these

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aspirations proved realistic. We will give him credit for a number of

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things, although they are unfinished business, for example, the Iran

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deal, getting the millstone of an unsustainable Cuba policy of our

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neck, making a pre-deal with China on climate before the Paris climate

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summit. Those are some of the high points. How did Obama's world

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actually turn out? A list of presidential trips still shows

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Europe way out front. His most visited country, whisper it in

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Whitehall, has been France. But the UK and Germany also figure highly.

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Today, US troops are going back into Europe at Russia reset failed, and

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back into Iraq as well. Much the same has happened in Afghanistan,

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visited four times, while China has figured just twice, with a third

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trip planned. There has been the nuclear deal with Iran and, late in

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his term, Cuba has been written in as a dark horse diplomatic coup. But

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even these achievements could be rehearsed and, indeed, a hostile

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Congress and presidential challenger have said they will do just that. We

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will totally dismantle Iran's global terror network, which is big and

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powerful but not powerful like us. Perhaps the greatest challenge for

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President Obama has been a custom in Americans to the limits of their

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country's power, when so much of their political discourse emphasises

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its greatness. These are not things that are easily accepted by a large

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nation with a very rich history, particularly the history of the

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post-war period. And, you know, it is tough, too, against the backdrop

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of American partisan divides right now, where one side of the aisle is

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defining greatness in largely military terms. President Obama has

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acknowledged his foreign policy is a work in progress and much will

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depend on his successor. Given the possible choice between Trump and

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Clinton, the question of how much of a legacy would remain would not be

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much darker. Joining us now, Bruce Jentleson,

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who worked at the State Department under Hillary Clinton and is now

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Henry Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy at the Library

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of Congress, and David Graham, who covers the US election

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and global news for the Atlantic. Welcome. Thank you. It was

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interesting hearing Mark calling this a work in progress. Bruce

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Jentleson, how different do you think American foreign policy would

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look under a Clinton presidency? There would be elements, a fair

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amount of continuity, and there would be some change. When Hillary

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Clinton was secretary of state for President Obama, they worked

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together and agreed on any number of issues, and there have been some on

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which they disagreed. Let me use Syria as an example. In late 2012

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after the presidential election, Secretary Clinton was among those

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pushing for the United States to establish a safe haven and a no-fly

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zone, to give more aid to the opposition, while at the same time

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pursuing aggressive diplomacy. That remains her position. President

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Obama has chosen not to do that. In some respects, I think she would be

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looking for a different balance point between the use of force and

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diplomacy. That is one issue that illustrate it. Let me make you more

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candid. When you are looking at something like Mosul under Isis,

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Libya, the next one on the map, are you saying basically she would go in

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way he would fear to tread? Not at all. This isn't about mass American

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ground troops like George Bush in Iraq. It is a question of how you

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mount a course of diplomacy strategy, in which you raise the

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pressure in Syria on Assad, and to a certain extent on the Russians, to

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try and come to the table with them and get a political transition.

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There is no way there is a military solution to Syria but a bit more

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coercion can help. How successful do you think Obama has been with his

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relationships and where is there room for improvement in terms of

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what comes next? I think it varies a lot from region to region. His

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relationship with Israel has not been as strong as some craziness --

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some previous presidents. Many will tell you that is positive, others

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will say it is negative. Use the ups and downs with David Cameron, with

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Angela Merkel with surveillance issues. And you see some bright

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spots, improvement with Iran, opening to Cuba, so across the globe

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you get a real range of stronger and weaker positions. If we are not

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talking about a Clinton presidency, let's say, about a Trump or a Cruz

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presidency, how much of this would stick Mr Mock would we see the Iran

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deal torn up all the Cuba bingo? Is this primary talk? With Donald

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Trump, it is clear we would be seeing something different, but what

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exactly is a bit unclear, because he speaks in such generalities. He says

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for example that he would not care up the Iran deal but he would

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renegotiate it. What exactly that means it's hard to tell. We know he

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would take a hard line with China. He seems to want to have a close

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relationship with Russia. But he speaks with so few details it is

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hard to tell exactly what the pivot away from Obama would be. Do you see

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a Republican presidency as being more isolationist than a democratic

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one? I think it is worse than that. It isn't isolationism if the United

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States comes home. It is bullying. Build a wall and make Mexico pay,

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but 45 increase on imports from China... Do you really believe that

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rhetoric in your heart? That is what he said and we can only go on that.

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It has been sufficiently credible that over 120 Republican foreign

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policy professionals said they would work for him. He might try and

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strike various deals as he tries to go to the election, but that is his

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attitude. Fundamentally, it is his temperament. There is a ready, fire,

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aim to Trump but I think would be very dangerous on almost any foreign

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policy issue. Where'd you think the European relationships would go?

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Obama seems to like France more than the UK, perhaps. Do you think there

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is work to do in repairing the relationship with Cameron, and do

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you think that Hillary Clinton would be interested in putting Europe

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higher up the priority list? My sense is that she would like to

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repair those relationships. The Russian ship may be a bit stronger

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during his first term, which she was running the state department. -- the

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relationship. Obama has this deep scepticism of what the US can do,

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and I think you see less of that with Clinton, so you might see a

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different engagement with the world. "Dearly beloved, we are gathered

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here today to get through this The lyrics of Prince's Let's Go

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Crazy have bolted back into the music world's collective

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consciousness tonight after his death was

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announced at the age of 57. He became one of the most

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pioneering, popular, inimitable voices of the '80s

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and '90s and beyond. His music could be haunting,

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his stage presence He redefined gender

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and his own identity, most notably changing his name

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to a symbol to remove himself from contractual obligations

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with his record label. Put aside, for a moment,

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your concerns about what on earth is happening to our artists

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in the year 2016 and remember just There was Elvis in his jumpsuit,

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James brown in a cape, but nobody looked, sounded or, dare I say,

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smells more like a rock star than Prince. You would call him Snape

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kept that he would probably save that made him sad fact.

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# She's never satisfied # Why do we scream at each other?

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# This is what it sounds like when doves cry...

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He sold 100 million records, he won seven Grammys and an Oscar, and he

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went through names rapidly, jettisoning them when they didn't

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suit him any more. # You've got the butterflies... Most

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people don't get famous with one name and then change it. What is the

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story? Well, I had to search deep within my heart and spirit and I

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wanted to make a change and move to a new plateau in my life, and one of

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the ways I did that was to change my name. It sort of divorced me from

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the past and all the hang-ups that go with it.

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# I only want to see you laughing in the purple rain

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# Purple rain, purple rain # Purple rain... Prince, or whatever

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alias he happened to be serving under, right, he could he could

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play. -- he could write, he could sing, he could play. An older

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generation of tax legends took notice. At a time when I thought

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that rock and roll was dead and then I went to see Purple Rain and that

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was it. It is a reincarnation of Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix in

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one and I thought it was what the world needed. Controversial, but I

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love him dearly and I think he is a genius.

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Is that Britain's?! Reckon executives might not agree but

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Prince was a total pro. Loose Women was never like this. Giving away

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free tickets on a chat show. I love you, Prince! I love you back. You

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are going to be at Madison Square Garden? We're doing a wonderful

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series of concerts with an array of special guests and a bands that

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played like a jackhammer. You have to come and check it out. And what

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about this for a work ethic? # Oh, no, let's go. The only time it is of

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a half-time in the Super Bowl and the smallest guy on the field is the

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most valuable player. -- it has ever arraigned at

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half-time in the Super Bowl. # You don't have to be beautiful...

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To the premature end, he was always writing, playing impromptu

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performances and a long run of dates in London.

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# 2000, party over, out of time. For better or worse, the star who had

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its oil -- had it all, even point his own epitaph, the artist formerly

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known as Prince. Steve Smith, remembering Prince. And joining us

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now: and Oscar-winning director Steve

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McQueen. Mica, you shared a manager with

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Prince. Tell us the story of how you first met him. It is very strange. I

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was a huge fan and I was given a golden ticket for a private show at

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the Camden Palace. Everybody was there. I was 18, standing in the

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audience, looking at my hero and thinking, I cannot believe I am

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actually watching him. And he called out and said, I think your name is

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Mica, Singh. I was just blown away. He gave me the mike and I just

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started singing ust My Imagination by the Temptations. I have lived it,

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because I was terrified. He was very instinctive. And then he called me

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up and asked me to come to Minneapolis, to Paisley Park, and he

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wrote a song for my next album. So you literally sang from the

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audience? How old were you? 18. And the next thing you knew, he was

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writing songs with you and for you? For the second album, yes. It was

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amazing. It was shocking for me at the time, obviously. But it was

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surreal. Because he was like that. If you liked you, he would find a

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way to contact you and work with you. Because that is what he is

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like. He knows what he likes. Steve McQueen, what was it for you, the

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pool of Prince? What was it that drew you in? It was the freedom.

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There was a black artist totally and utterly free. And inclusive. He

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wrote, produced, arranged, played all the instruments. And he was sexy

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and religious and free in every single aspect of his life. And he

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portrayed what he did in such style, and with such funk, you had to go

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along with Prince. Prince was Prince, there is only one Prince.

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You wanted to make a film with him, or about him. What did you want to

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say? The camera would have been shaking if I was making a movie with

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Prince. I met him after I won the Oscar and we talked. He was just

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extraordinary, a very generous person. He took off his shades and

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met my mother and I thanked him for what he had done for black artists,

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and black people, because he was just a megastar. He was the best,

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there was no one who could touch a guitar, dancing, writing, singing.

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Who has all of those talents, all of those gifts? Helped me to unpick

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that. I would come back to you, Mica, with the same question in a

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minute, but when you say, Steve, all he did for black artists, what did

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he do for black artists? What did he give them? I would not say black

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artists, I would say young black people, for them it was the first

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time the shackles of an industry... I mean, he was free. To put out an

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album every year, to tour when he wanted, to do and aftershow, this is

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a real artist, with no boundaries. And I think that... I mean, he is so

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influential. Look at all the albums that came out in the 80s and all the

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people who copied Tim, from George Michael and so on. The 80s and

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beyond. Everyone copied Prince. Because he was the way. Mica, did he

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feel like that, did he see himself in that way or did he see himself as

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a man constantly struggling to change or Dumora? I never got that

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from him. -- change or do more. What I got was he was music. He lived it,

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breathe that, every aspect of him was music. I mean, I would be in the

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studio with him and it would be like until six or 7:00am, he was still

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going, like it was the daytime. He was a workaholic, it was all about

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music. And he worked incredibly fast. Some of the songs, they are

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alleged to have been written in ten minutes. Yes. And loads of them as

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well. I remember him telling me that he has bolts of songs that go on and

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on. -- vaults. Constantly working time. Amazing. Steve, do you think

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there is untapped music that we are only just coming to? Is there a lot

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of stuff that did not see the light? I don't know about that. All I want

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to say is that what he did, in his unfortunately short lifetime, it is

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just incredible. There is enough music that he has produced for three

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or four lifetimes. He has done so much musically. It is just

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incredible. He moved into movies, of course. What do you think his

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influence was there? It is not everyone who can make that

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crossover. Well, I think Spike Lee said it best, at that time, when he

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did Purple Rain, that was hugely influential, as a black artist,

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having a movie about himself, which he produced, and he was financially

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involved in and it was a hit, it was unprecedented. What was it, 1984,

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85? I think it was 1984. Amazing. And he directed the second one,

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Under The Cherry Moon. I mean, he was a pioneer. It is as simple as

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that. And he was such a contradiction of figures. He was

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someone who felt deeply religious but deeply sexual onstage as well

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and outwardly sexual. Yes, when I got into Prince, before I met him,

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what happened was I had his album and he had suspenders on. And I come

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from the church, so I used to have to hide the album in the house from

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my grandparents, who were ministers, because everyone was saying, you

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cannot have that, that is wrong. And it did not matter that he had

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suspenders on because when you heard that funky beat, I mean, it was just

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shocking. The way he fused all of those styles as well, you have to

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remember the fused funk, soul, jazz, classical, and then he mixed it with

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technology, the way he was so ahead with technology as well, he was

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definitely an enigma. The news today has come... I was quite sad,

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actually, before I came on the programme but hearing Mica talk

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about Prince and human memories, there is so much joy, there is so

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much to what he did, the artistry, it is pretty incredible when you

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think back. What's Mica was saying, it gives me lots of warmth in my

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chest. I was feeling sad before I came on and now I think, he knocked

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the ball way out of the park. Was there a moment where you remember

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thinking, this man is changing my life, this man is going to have a

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profound effect on who I am from now on? I mean, this guy came out with

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an album every year. It was just incredible. I remember my friend

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Mark gave me, what was it, excuse me, what was the album? I am losing

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my train of thought. I was listening to this album and every track was

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revolutionary. If I was your girlfriend, hello?! Speeding up the

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vocals. Whole idea of him being male, female, inclusive, black,

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white, number one, Prince. No one could touch him. I think the best

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one was Sign o' the Times, because it was sparse, and the message was

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so powerful. That was the one! For me, that was the pinnacle. We have

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only just begun the reliving. Before we go, Sign o' the Times, you were

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one of the few who spotted some of the warning signs over the last

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year, but maybe all was not well with his health. I saw him last year

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and I thought he was a bit thin, that was the only thing I thought.

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He was the slimmest I have seen him in all the years I have known him

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and it was something I thought he looked a bit thin but I think he

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worked so hard. This is a guy who was constantly touring, constantly

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working and hardly slept. He loved his job. Great to have you both. I

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appreciate you joining us tonight. As beacons blaze across the country

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this evening to mark the Queen's 90th birthday,

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she enjoys what feels like unclouded popularity,

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garnering respect even from those who don't see themselves as dyed

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in the wool monarchists. So has she properly seen off

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the Republican movement in On double time tonight,

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here's Stephen Smith again. You could be forgiven for thinking

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that Republicans hadn't taken such a pasting since their battles

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with the Royalists Today, though, the sovereign

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reigns unchallenged, enjoying a popularity to make other

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establishment figures Will you be stocking this with

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newts? The newts are in there already. I had two badgers

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frogspawn. -- two batches of frogspawn.

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Labour's Ken Livingstone pours his energy into

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But didn't he once hoped to live a bit like the French

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Do you still describe yourself as a Republican?

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Yes, theoretically, but I don't think it will be an issue

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I don't think it will arise because if you say we're

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going to get rid of the monarchy, then who are you going to have?

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I don't think we want to move to a presidential system

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like America, we want to keep a prime ministerial one.

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So you would need a head of state, largely ceremonial,

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and people don't want some clapped-out old politician.

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What you might get is celebrities running for it,

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I was really struck because when Mrs Thatcher

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was abolishing the TLC, the Queen agreed to come and open

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And then when Tony Blair had expelled me from the Labour Party,

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she agreed to come to open City Hall on the very day he was

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I think the Queen is just above politics, and politicians come

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and go, and she is there to serve the people.

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Has the bell tolled for a British Republic?

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But what about after the Queen's reign?

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A recent hit play, King Charles III, imagines rocky times

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And some Republicans see it that way, too.

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Republicanism used to be the R-word that could not be mentioned,

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it could not be talked about, right up until 15 years ago.

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Now it's quite acceptable to talk about it, think about it,

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And I think that is what has happened, but of course the Queen,

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because of her world celebrity status, really,

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she is a celebrity rather than anything else,

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while she's there, the political class in this country, in my view,

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In a room over a pub in Birmingham, members of the pressure group

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Republic look forward to what they hope will be

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They claim to have 5000 members and many more sympathisers.

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Graeme Smith is Republic's full-time salaried CEO.

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If it is not her, if it is not the Royals, then we get

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President Blair or President Stephen Fry.

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You never would, the point is, well, you would get someone

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who is quite serious and ultimately has been chosen by the people,

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so it is going to be someone that is going to have that kind

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Sorry to interrupt you, but it seems we are about to name

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a research vessel Boaty McBoatface, so are you sure you have

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that much confidence in your fellow citizens?

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The point is, we are about to elect a new Mayor of London and we have

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elected governments of different stripes across the country

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in Scotland, England and Wales and so on.

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If you look at the Republic of Ireland, they directly

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elect their head of state, who has a very similar

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They are accountable and certainly in the last decade and a half

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they have enjoyed levels of popularity equal to that

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The Queen has been quite clever in not being ostentatiously wealthy.

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The next couple of generations are much more open about going

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on holiday all the time and all that kind of thing.

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And I think what is going to happen is it is going to be evident how out

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We are not all in this together if you happen to be a Windsor.

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If that has doused the Royal braziers a little, Tracey Emin,

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who met the Queen at the Turner Contemporary Gallery

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in Margate, says she is a convert to monarchism.

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When I was younger, I did not feel for the Royal family

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And then, when I was about 20, in my 20s, I saw a royal procession

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coming from Victoria Station and I had to get off

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the bus and stand and wait, and then when the Queen went past

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in her golden coach, my hand went up and I just

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started waving and cheering like everybody else.

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I am going to do the right thing, I thought, I am going to make

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Her Majesty a very nice birthday card and send it.

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Yesterday, this woman was elected as the first black female president of

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the NUS. Her election has sparked controversy as she has been accused

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of anti-Semitic remarks, including -- including Colin Bernd Neumann

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university as I missed out let. She says her comments have been

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mis-represented, she isn't racist, and she emphasises the difference

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between being anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic. She has been accused

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of not supporting a motion condemning the so-called Islamic

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State, but the NUS says this is because she disputed the wording of

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the motion, not the principle. But students from at least seven

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universities of voting to disassociate from the NUS. Harry

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Samuels, an Oxford NUS delegate who wants to disassociate, joined us.

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You are campaigning to disassociate your university, Oxford, from the

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NUS. Yes, we disagree with the direction of the NUS. My delegation

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was elected on a reformist slate and we went to the conference over the

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last few days to see what it was like, to try and put forward some

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reformist emotions and to see if there was any way to change the NUS

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for the better. This is about the NUS or her in particular? Not hurt

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in particular. Her election enshrined the fact that the NUS no

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longer represent all students and there are other grievances we have

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lived with the rest of the organisation, and it is the mixture

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of those reasons and the culmination that we saw in this conference is

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why we are campaigning to leave. Looking in, she won it, she got the

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mandate, more than 50% of the vote, and that is how democracy works. Are

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you saying, we just don't want that any more, we don't buy into it, or

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are you saying the NUS doesn't account for at least seven of these

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universities? I would dispute that she was elected democratically. The

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only people allowed to vote for the NUS president of the senior

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delegates. She was elected with I think 372 votes, so 372 people out

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of 7 million students represented by the NUS voted for her. That isn't a

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mandate. It is still the process by which the NUS elects its presidents,

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and she won it. She did, and we are saying that we disagree with that

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process and we want the elections for the people who represent the

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entire student body to be opened up to all students. There was a motion

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on that today which was one member, one vote, and that was defeated. You

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want to pull yourself away from the NUS for good. What happens when they

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get their next president and it is somebody that you agree with? Do you

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opt back in? No, we need to make this clear. We are not seeking to

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disaffiliate simply because we disagree with this particular

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president. For the last few years, we have seen an increasing level of

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things we disagree with, increasing evidence that the organisation can

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no longer be reformed, and it is the election of this president that is

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the straw that broke the camel's back. Why do you think there is this

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shift? A variety of reasons. A lot has to do with the fact that the NUS

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fails to engage with the student it seeks to represent. In my election,

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as I was elected as a delegate, only 14% of people eligible to vote in

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Oxford turned out to vote for me. It is similar across the country. The

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NUS fails to engage with people, it fails to go beyond the cliques that

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remit, and we think it should be a broad organisation, an organisation

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representing all students. We have tried to reform it but they are

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simply not able to be reformed any more. The NUS knows it has got a

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right of reply and we are happy to speak to them about this and other

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issues. Thank you for coming on. Let me take you through the papers. That

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story is the top of the Times, Oxford threatens to dump student

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union in anti-Semitism row. The topline alongside that picture of

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Prince is from Obama, an opinion piece he has written for the Times.

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The topline is, don't turn away from the EU, Obama tells Britain, anger

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over President's intervention no doubt will come. The Independent as

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this silhouette, the black and white Prince with the dates, no words. The

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Sun has, the Purple Rain is over. Prince dies on Queen's birthday.

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Something that is hard to miss. The Daily Mail has got the Queen herself

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with a birthday smile saying, she is loving every -- she is loving every

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minute. Two years ago we paid our own

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tribute to the artist formerly known as Prince when he played a gig

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at Ronnie Scott's nightclub in Soho Newsnight went down to the very long

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ticket queue to see what a hardcore I'm not doing it. No, it's cool.

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# I only wanted to be some kind of friend...

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# Baby, I could never steal you from another

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# It's such a shame our friendship had to end

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# Purple rain, purple rain # Purple rain, purple rain I've got

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a dodgy throat. # Purple rain, purple rain. Purple

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rain, purple rain. It was a bit less predictable. No.

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# I only want to see you laughing in the purple rain.

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Some of us have had lovely print -- spring sunshine and warmth recently

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but things are set to

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In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day's headlines with Emily Maitlis.

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