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We used to know where we were with this guy.
It was about rescuing the nation's finances...
No unfunded spending, no irresponsible extra borrowing...
But will a new regime bring new priorities?
Ahead of Phillip Hammond's first Autumn Statement, we ask who he is -
And we get a glimpse into his formative years.
I think what we've seen with the new government is,
understandably, a change of tone and a desire to draw a contrast
Philip Hammond's contribution to that, early on in his
chancellorship, he talked about a reset of fiscal policy.
I think people probably overinterpreted too much meaning
We got hold of half a bottle of sherry and proceeded to drink it.
Very randomly, we ended up having a bit of a cheeky snog!
Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!
As footage emerges of neo Nazis celebrating Trump's election,
we ask the former deputy secretary of state where US
Finally, come's America in photographs. We talked to the former
Wall Street trader who took them. When anonymous Cabinet colleagues
reportedly described the Chancellor of the Exchequer as "arguing
like an accountant, seeing the risk of everything" last month,
it was, somewhat strangely, Tomorrow, when Philip Hammond
delivers his first Autumn Statement, we should get the strongest
indication yet of whether this alleged caution will prove to be
a strength or a weakness in these The scariest Brexit-related
predictions may not have immediately come true but the Treasury's
goalposts have already moved quite a lot since George Osborne moved out
of Number 11. Deficit reduction is no longer
the top priority and apart from Jams - that's families who are just
about managing, and our report later tonight into spiralling food
prices won't provide them with much comfort -
it's not clear yet In a moment we'll take a good look
at the character of the man delivering the Autumn statement -
and the political journey he's made. First, though, Newsnight's Chris
Cook has been considering the scale One word above all defined the last
six years of government. The largest budget deficit of any
economy in Europe... George Osborne's intention
in 2010 was to almost close By now, the squeezing on spending
and tax was supposed The deficit last year
was still 3.8% of GDP. So we're two to three years behind
on a target set only six years ago. That also means that the stock
of public borrowing hasn't stayed Our stock of debt was supposed
to touch just 70% of GDP Well, the Brexit vote is expected
to weigh on short-term growth. The average economic forecast back
in June projected our economy The average dole claim projections
for next year were about 710,000 people, now they're
about 830,000 people. Well this line shows how
the Government had reduced the deficit and what it expected
to happen to the deficit in the coming years,
measured in billions of pounds. The Treasury expected
us to hit its target for moving from a deficit
to a surplus in 2019-20. Now, this new line is
the Resolution Foundation's estimate of what that slightly slower growth
will do to those projections, And you can see that the deficit
doesn't become a surplus Well, if the Chancellor
wants an overall surplus, austerity will need to be deeper,
or will have to continue for longer, The Government could slog on,
or it could change its fiscal rules in ways that would give it more room
to invest in infrastructure, But the key point is this -
this Autumn Statement will be Our political editor
Nick Watt is here. What have you learned? Think we can
be pretty sure we will be talking about that group of people you have
just mentioned, the Jams. These are people just about managing, and they
have been identified by Downing Street as the key group of voters in
need of help. There have been some tensions between Number 10 and 11
Downing Street over this. Philip Hammond has been saying that the
first responsibility is to ensure financial stability. But he has come
round to Theresa May's mission. You will see some measures relatively
modest. It will be interesting, one thing to look at tomorrow is
something we recently highlighted on Newsnight. There is going to be a
modest reduction in George Osborne's planned cuts to Universal Credit.
What that will mean, as lope bus-load paid workers with more
hours, their benefits will be reduced at a more modest and slower
rate. The first fiscal event, in Treasury speak, since the Brexit
vote, it really is a huge moment for Theresa May's government. We thought
we would take an in-depth look at the character and journey that has
brought Philip Hammond to the job he always dreamt of having, in
circumstances he never envisaged would happen. I must warn you, this
film does contain detail of his disco days.
Until now, we've known him as the dull man of British politics.
Spreadsheet Phil, even to his friends.
Philip Hammond has risen with barely a trace but today he is
emerging as one of the central figures as a new order judders into
Since his days as a teenager in Essex there
Philip, the deadly serious student, businessman
and politician, and then there is Phil, the resourceful entrepreneur
and charmer with a twinkle in the eye.
Suburban Essex may not have felt that it was quite at the centre of
Luckily, a schoolboy entrepreneur and his
close friend were on hand to enliven the scene.
There was one disco that used to take place in Shenfield
I sort of said to him, we could do that.
And so, to cut a long story short, Philip hired a hall, sold tickets,
asked me if I'd DJ, and I was getting my
whatever it was, 20 quid or something, for DJing.
And Philip was just making a fortune!
Even as a teenager, Philip Hammond was showing characteristics that
That would be the sort of thing that I'd
But if it hadn't got a Phoenix stamp on it, it
Philip Hammond stamped all of the records owned by the business,
even though they were in the care of his mate.
He once said to me that he wanted to be a millionaire.
I think he said by the time he was 30.
And I think he did actually achieve that in the end.
I remember going round to his house once.
We got hold of half a bottle of sherry.
And very randomly, we ended up having a bit
Who'd have thought that Philip Hammond was such a good kisser?
He used to wear, as memory serves, quite a long black leather coat.
And he had very long jet black hair that
kind of hung like crows wings down past his shoulders.
He was very distinctive to look at, very tall,
I can remember that in history classes for example he
would come in with his Daily Telegraph.
He always would finish his classwork ahead of everybody else.
And he put his big boots up on the desk
and he would start reading the Telegraph.
And swapping political dialogue with our history teacher,
And usually towards the end of the class
they would swap papers and then they would sort of score jolly
points off each other, making political points.
But I do seem to remember him talking about the joys
And the fact that one shouldn't feel guilty
At Oxford, the political geek was in his element.
Here he is watching the seminal debate at the Oxford union in 1975,
days before Britain first voted on its relationship with Europe.
It took another two decades after making millions in business
before Philip Hammond finally answered his true calling.
In 1993, a familiar figure was watching.
There is a whole subclass of the population which no longer
understands the distinction between right and wrong,
Philip Hammond was not elected to parliament until his early 40s.
It is better they wonder why you do not speak then
And he watched as youngsters such as George Osborne overtook him.
His breakthrough came when George Osborne appointed him
as his deputy in the opposition Treasury team way
Newsnight understands that the future Chancellor almost
quit the front bench at that point because the new post
But he stayed on after he was tipped off about the move, giving him time
to reflect on how it might eventually taking closer
Something that always struck me back then was I think it
been very easy for someone in Philip Hammond's
position being brought in as George Osborne's deputy,
even though he was a decade older than him, to bear some
I think that he understood that this was a balanced ticket, as you talk
That George was younger, more political,
there was a driving force behind the leadership and Philip
In the lengthy years of opposition and
early days of government, Philip Hammond was
seen as something of a dry Eurosceptic Thatcherite.
He was critical of the decision to legalise
same-sex marriage and on Europe some colleagues thought the man now
dubbed the Secretary of State for soft Brexit might even support
The Philip Hammond I knew was a pretty Eurosceptic
individual and certainly one who I thought
would not make the change he
He is a very pragmatic figure indeed.
I assume the Foreign Office has worked its usual magic on
people and he has seen the importance of changing your mind
And now he is indeed, appears to be to the outside
world, leading the drive for soft Brexit.
Rather than the hard Brexit you might have expected some years
But close friends say he was never an outer, just
a classic sceptic who wanted to see the EU reform.
There's been a widespread misunderstanding of
the Conservative Eurosceptic position.
The classic Eurosceptic position which Philip I think
wholeheartedly held and 85% of the party,
was that we are cautious of Europe, we think it needs reform,
Finally at the age of 60 and after 19 years in
Parliament, Philip Hammond secures dream job when his Oxford
contemporary Theresa May appointed him as her Chancellor in the summer.
Friends say the Chancellor regards himself as more of a finance
minister than some grand political figure who meddles
His primary aim is to ensure financial stability, for now
that means resetting the dial on the economy by abandoning George
Osborne's plan to achieve an overall budget surplus by 2020.
One Osborne ally believes the Autumn Statement
will actually mark continuity with the old regime.
I think what we've seen with the new government
understandably is a change of tone and a desire to draw a contrast with
And Philip Hammond's contribution to that early
on in his chancellorship, he talked about a reset of fiscal
policy and I think people probably overinterpreted too much meaning
The reality on substance I think is largely
continuity, particularly Philip Hammond himself is a fairly
He believes in balanced budgets and I think
that we will see evidence of that in the Autumn Statement this week.
Phil Philip Hammond knows that
his success will depend in large part on maintaining a constructive
As passing acquaintances at Oxford, they have an effective, though not
He is dismissive of her approach on immigration and I have learned
that the Treasury has been irritated by
briefings that the Chancellor is wary of the Prime Minister's mission
The people who are just about managing.
Philip Hammond sees some merit in this idea, but he has reminded
Number Ten that his first priority must be to ensure financial
The two Oxford contemporaries know their government
will ultimately be defined by how successfully they navigate the UK
Newsnight understands that the Chancellor has
He is unimpressed by what he regards as the excessively optimistic claims
of Brexiteer Minister Boris Johnson and Liam Fox.
And he fears that the UK could tumble out of the EU in a hard
Friends say he is so concerned about business uncertainty
that he believes that the UK should negotiate a transitional deal
to cover future trading relations at the same time
Theresa May appeared to float this idea yesterday.
It is clear that one of the things that Philip is increasingly
coming to the realisation, is that we may need to put in place
transitional arrangements so that negotiations do not have to stop
It may well be in our national interests
to continue those negotiations for some time to get
While the Chancellor is wary of Liam Fox and
Boris Johnson, he has formed an alliance with the third
Friends say he regards the Brexit secretary as a grown-up, immersing
himself in the gritty detail of his job. Britain will have its first
proper introduction to data the two Philip Hammond 's. Spreadsheet
Philip might be the man for the moment as finances and a bumpy
phase. But Phil, the confident charmer, will need all his political
wiles to survive the choppy Brexit waters ahead.
We're joined by the Conservative MP Heidi Allen and Labour's shadow
Minister for Industrial Strategy, Chi Onwurah.
You have got to cheer your man to the rafters tomorrow, that is how it
works. But what are you hoping to see? We're getting ready some big
clues about what we're likely to tomorrow. I have been campaigning
hard to reverse the damage done to the universal credit system last
year. I'm hearing ?1 billion putting in to reducing the harsher rates.
Given the fiscal climate and the fact that we are to lift the
national minimum wage, it is not bad. It had been suggested that 2
billion was the figure that would make a meaningful difference. 2
billion would have fully reversed all the changes put into work
allowances. That goes some way, though not as much as I would have
liked. But given the economic situation we are still in with the
deficit and the debt, we have got to be a bit realistic. But if they're
bumping up the national minimum wage. I've also heard that letting
agencies will be banned for people ranting in the private market. Just
to focus on the broader economic picture. Your maiden speech focused
on universal credit. And people afterwards questioned why you were a
Conservative! I think it is an old-fashioned view perhaps of where
the Tory party, what people thought it was. It is changing. I would not
have joint if I had thought it was going to continue in that way. But
Theresa May is pushing that new broom. I just do not like the term
JAMs. I know what the term means to me, it means the people that used to
work with me at Royal Mail who just about every day, would make ends
meet. It is money hand to mouth, choosing whether to put on the
heating or do their shopping. A basic thing. These are the people I
am fighting for as many of us are across the whole house. So the
squeezed middle. Even less than that, people on very low incomes.
Are we seeing the ghost of Ed Miliband appearing in these
conservative economic policies? I think Theresa May is challenging --
channelling much of Ed Miliband's policy and the squeezed middle has
extended to incorporate many more people. Since the financial crisis
we have bad actors incomes staying the same. -- average incomes. Many
people are worse off today, we had wasted six years and is why Philip
Hammond needs to set out his fiscal plans and how we're going to see
growth, sustainable growth back in the economy. In the face of huge
uncertainty that we have proposed Brexit and post-Trump. And if he
sets out fiscal plans and they bear a passing resemblance to the
manifesto that you fought the let's bash the last election on, where
does that leave the labour economic policies? The Tories are failing by
their own targets, we had 711 ?50 billion added to the national debt
at the same time as people have got poorer. So everyone around the
country who sweated blood and tears for its charity is now worse off.
That is the key difference between us. But also, Theresa May talked
about industrial strategy yesterday but we had no idea what she means by
that. What she announced, and industrial challenge fund of some
amount in four years, that is not an industrial strategy. And the failure
of George Osborne's economic has convinced the Conservative Party we
need an industrial strategy and need the state to intervene and ensure
sustainable growth, but still to see any indication of specific measures
to support our industry and investment. In the meantime you
would welcome this taper on the universal credit. Absolutely, it was
obscene that the poorest in our communities, 50% of children in
households on universal credit, it seemed they were paying the price of
austerity. This does not fully address that, but it is better than
nothing and we are glad that they are reflecting that. Osbournomics
has been absolutely busted. Six years in Downing Street and now his
predecessor has given up on it. What you say to the people who had wage
freezes because austerity was the answer to the deficit, who may have
lost their jobs in the public sector because austerity was the answer to
the deficit, people who have really been squeezed, as a direct result of
the policy is your party enacted. It is not fair to say it is just
because the policies that were enacted. George Osborne said it is
the poorest that suffer when deficits are high. Now Philip
Hammond is saying deficit reduction cannot be the top priority. So just
let those two together, the poor will suffer more. Whilst I prefer a
relaxation, that we will not aim for a surplus in this Parliament, I
think it is right that we release the pressure just a little because
it was becoming unbearable. And I believe under the previous
administration it was all about the production of the deficit almost to
the cost of everything else. So it is right that we release that. But
not just George Osborne policies, this has been a difficult period
across the world not just for our country. And it is turbulent. My
worry with Brexit is that it will get more turbulence so I'm glad to
get this extra cash to help them right back. Looking back at that
comment about high deficit hitting the poorest hardest, are you
suggesting that your colleagues who advocated Brexit have not -- have
caused people to suffer more in the short-term at least? I'm hoping
absolutely not. I know what I'm fearing, but Britain is a resilient
country and I suspect we are all adjusting. My constituents wanted to
remain but we've got to accept the decision and I know it is a tired
phrase, but this is what British people do. The Prime Minister has
announced ?2 million going into research and development and size
funding. We have the innovation and that translates into jobs. There's
not enough money to go around and it is finding that balance. Thank you
very much. They called it Project Fear
during the referendum campaign but there are signs that some
of the warnings of post-Brexit economic trouble may be
crystallising into Project Fact. Credit Suisse published its annual
Global Wealth report today and estimated that Britain is one
and a half trillion dollars poorer in dollar terms due to the fall
in the pound since the vote to leave But even if you're not one of those
people who don't trust experts, it's hard to see a number of that
magnitude, my ten-year-old tells me there are twelve noughts
in a trillion, in the context Much closer to home,
Newsnight has been told that because of the value of sterling,
food prices are likely to rise by more than 5% over
the next six months - We may not be a nation
of shopkeepers, but we are a nation Savouring the memories
of products from the past, days when Smash meant potato
and instant coffee Grocery shopping is at the very
heart of our life. We all need the basics
of life, we have to eat. But the cost of those essentials
is critical to the economy. The more we spend on the weekly
shop, the less we've got left It's easy to be nostalgic
about Spangles and old brands. The fact is, back then in the 70s
and 80s, your supermarket shop would take up a much bigger chunk
of your money than it does now. In fact, over the past few years,
food prices have actually But now, following Brexit,
while the pound has weakened, that means ingredients and packaging
that come from abroad have So, someone is going to have to soak
up those increased costs. That's either the supplier,
the retailer or us, the customers. This man knows the answers
better than most. Justin King ran Sainsbury's
for a decade, during which time sales grew,
but prices stayed flat. He thinks the fall of
the pound now is bound to Something of around 40% to 50%
of what we buy in the shops is sourced abroad in currency
other than the pound. With the current rate
of exchange, we could expect that to be about 10% more
expensive than a year's time. If that's about half
of what we buy, that means something in the order
of 5% inflation. After years of little or no
changes in price, that rise But it's a prediction
backed up by the group that oversees the whole British
food and drink industry. But I think some prices will have
risen between 5% and 8%. I think that's about
where the consensus lays. We've heard about battles
involving Marmite and Toblerone, but not all suppliers
are multinational giants. Many are small companies,
having to deal with a trading environment
that has been mixed up. Raw material costs have gone up
considerably since the 23rd of June. That is something we
are having to manage. And they haven't gone up a little
bit, they've gone We buy all our raw materials
in dollars or euros. So, we don't want to pass that cost
onto the consumer, but we can't
absorb everything. We are having to look at ways
to manage through cost So, the challenge is
how to find creative ways to avoid passing on rising
costs to price conscious customers. We could buy from the UK,
rather than buying abroad. So we are looking at producing
a hedgerow smoothie at the moment, and all
the fruit comes just from the UK. Christmas is the busiest time
of the year for retailers, glossy Justin King thinks many are simply
holding off inevitable price rises. When I think back to the financial
crisis of 2007-8, there was a lot of conversation at that time
about why we weren't immediately seeing the effects on the consumer
and consumer behaviour. It actually took the best part of 18
months, maybe closer to two It was 2010 before we saw consumers
start to change the way that they shopped, batten
down the hatches a bit. I think that's the timelines
we are talking about. Big, famous shops don't
have a divine right to exist. Woolworths and BHS,
both testament to that. So, if there is a grocery battle
brewing, what determines The challenge is that the best run
businesses will be able They won't pass it all
onto customers, they will look Businesses that are already
stretched, already perhaps with lower margins,
perhaps with less strong relationships with customers,
they are the ones that are going to suffer in that environment,
because they will get squeezed in the jaws of not being able
to put prices up and costs Can you see a familiar High Street
name disappearing this time, because they just can't keep up
with this battle? I just can't tell you
which one it will be. It will become clear over time
who the winners and losers are. We have become very used
to very low food prices. But if these warnings are right,
they may soon become Time now for your Donald Trump news,
much of it culled from meeting at the New York Times earlier
which was scheduled, then cancelled, Tonight, the President Elect
believes that humankind has played Yesterday, of course,
he thought it was all a hoax He currently doesn't
want to prosecute Hillary Clinton. During the election campaign,
you'll recall, he insisted that she would be jailed
in the event of him winning and regularly encouraged supporters
to chant 'lock her up'. And while some of those supporters
chose to celebrate his victory in Washington this weekend by making
Nazi salutes and espousing undiluted white supremacism,
today he strongly condemned the so-called alt-right
extremists who nonetheless still consider his Chief of Staff,
Stephen Bannon, to be a sort of patron saint
of the whole movement. Here, in case you haven't seen it,
is the footage of a man called Richard Spencer,
who claims to have coined the very term alt-right,
addressing fellow fascists The mainstream media -
or perhaps we should refer to them Ambassador Wendy Sherman
is Senior Counselor, Albright Stonebridge Group
and was President Obama's Deputy She previously worked
as his Under Secretary of State I don't want to seem ungrateful for
you giving your time tonight, but are we wasting our time trying to
analyse Donald Trump at this point? It seems a little like trying to
nail jelly to the wall, or jello, as you would say? What has happened
here, and President Obama spoke on this when he met President-Elect
Trump, he is now coming to understand what it is to be
President of the United States. These issues are complex and there
is a reason why President Obama has proceeded in the way that he has.
Yes, I am glad that he has condemned the alt-right meeting that took
place. I would also like to apologise for all of the demeaning
things he said during the election that have many people in the streets
of my country very scared on a daily basis about what is going to happen
and whether their rights are going to be protected. I'm glad he said
that maybe humankind has something to do with climate, but I want to
make sure he is going to hold onto the climate accord which the whole
world has signed up to. I don't know that we are throwing spaghetti
against the wall, but I agree that we don't know exactly where we are
going to land and we will see whether as an intellect tramp really
becomes, in fullness, what is required of a President of the
United States. You mentioned the people living in fear of some of the
comments he made, or fear of the wrong locations of some of the
comments. Plenty of people cheered them. If he doesn't deliver on the
stuff that you worry about, would you not have a whole new raft of
worries that his supporters might have a grievance? Well, his
supporters may have a grievance, but they won the election and he is the
President-Elect, even Secretary Clinton got the majority of the
popular vote, as your viewers I am sure know by now. We have an
electoral college system, so small states get to have a say and states
cannot decide, through popular vote, who wins. We have a pretty divided
country in terms of the feelings here and what the President of the
United States is supposed to do is bring the country together.
President-Elect Trump has yet to do that, and to give reassurance to the
people that did not vote for him. I was glad on the night of the
election that he said he wanted to be President for all of America, but
he has yet to take the steps and say that things come in my view, that
will give the assurance they need. And we have to see what his policies
bring on issues like immigration, what he will do about taking on all
of the wealth at the top of our population, and not well distributed
throughout the population. There is a lot to be seen and a lot to come
ahead. We are all watching and waiting, and making sure that we
stayed, forthrightly, what is necessary to really be President of
the United States. Let's talk about the things we do know. I have been
swotting up on your speeches, in the context of international diplomacy,
when you were speaking in Geneva, just before the Iran negotiations
began in 2013, and then the Carnegie endowment for International peace in
February of last year. It's really boring, isn't it? A lot of this to
go see Asian, it is really detailed, and it demands a level of
application. -- it is really detailed and demands a level of
application that maybe he has not demonstrated. Can it be more like
Ronald Reagan, with people like you in the background doing the heavy
lifting? You can delegate, but you certainly have to have a grasp of
it. I picked up a copy of The Art Of The Deal, Donald Trump's book,
because I wanted to understand how he thought about things. Bradley,
doing a deal for a building is different from negotiating change
when it comes to international security. If a building doesn't get
built, a building doesn't get built. If the Iran negotiation had not been
successful, we might find ourselves at war. The stakes are quite
different. There are many people that have an interest in the
outcome. That agreement in particular was not just a bilateral
arrangement with the United States. It was an agreement reached with the
entire international community. Very briefly, the co-author said that
Trump will not just have his eye on closing down elements of the press
and the media, he would be keen to enact some sort of silencing of
freedom of speech. Do events today make that look a little bit
excessive? Well, to go back to your opening, James, for today, it makes
it look better. He actually had the meeting with the New York Times and
said the first Amendment was something nobody should worry about,
which is freedom of speech. He did and on the record interview with the
New York Times. But that is today. We need to see sustained openness.
Starting tomorrow. Thanks for your time this evening.
The forgotten corners and the forgotten people of America
have moved sharply into focus since Donald Trump's victory
and it's fair to say that most city dwellers -
not to mention most media professionals -
have been surprised by what they've seen.
In 2012, he turned his back on a 20-year career
as a Wall Street trader and, like a latter day William Hogarth,
set off with his camera to chronicle the oft-overlooked underbelly
In an exclusive film for Newsnight, here he shares some
I'm a photographer and writer and I spent the last two years talking to
voters, a lot of them Trump voters. They are people that feel very much
like the country has left them behind, economically and socially.
They feel very much like there is a sense of humiliation, a sense of
feeling very much like the world has humiliated them. With Trump, they
see somebody who they think is helping them to restore their pride.
Laurie is in a small town in Ohio. She said she was frustrated and
there was nothing in the town for her kids to do. She had five
children, two of them fell into drug use, like a lot of the places I went
to. She felt very much like the world had left her behind. She had
voted for Obama the first time, she bought into the idea of hope and
change, and she did not see that coming, so she was going to vote for
Trump. She was very explicit about that. The gentleman in the picture
is in a McDonald's in Virginia, in a town that lost the textile mills 25
years ago. Since then, it has not recovered. I believe he is a
part-time minister as well. He had made a home-made Trump button. One
of the things about the Trump campaign that people made fun of was
the kind of ad hoc nature of it. It wasn't professional. For people like
Billy, it really represented to him that the campaign was real, it was
true. It represented him because it didn't have the trappings of a big,
professional campaign. The pictures of the bar owner, who had been a
firefighter all his life, is retired, he was very tall on whether
to vote for Trump or not. His frustration with Hillary Clinton and
frustration with what she represented, the sense of
entitlement, I think that ultimately pushed him on voting for Trump, even
though he was aware of the many problems Trump hard. It wasn't an
easy decision for him. He didn't just jump on a bandwagon and say he
loved this guy, he was very torn. Ultimately, I think he represents
what I saw in a lot of voters, have the Democrats have a better
candidate, I think we would not be where we are today. Sitting in a
truck, he has a Confederate flag on his truck. When you look at Paul,
you realise he also has only one leg. He talked about having been put
in the slow classes at school and made fun of all his life, as a
cripple and a retard. For him, what the flag represented was a community
that he could join, that accepted him. It doesn't help to yell at him
and say he is a racist. You have to look at a more holistic approach and
ask, why did he get here? Why did he get to this point, where he finds an
identity through the Confederate flag? Through voting for Trump? I
think when you look at Trump voters, you look at the anger that is
manifested in their vote, ask, how did it get there? What are the
conditions that created that? If you are going to stop the anger, stop
Trump in the long run, stop politics like this, you have to address the
inequality and the context that created that anger.
Clarification, we wrongly said earlier that Damian Green had said
on this programme that restoring cuts to Universal Credit would cost
?2 billion. It was not Damian Green that told us that.
But before we go, it was reported today that the number of plastic
bags left on our beaches has halved following the introduction
of the 5p charge for them in October last year.
But perhaps we underappreciate the aesthetic qualities
The film American Beauty knew a bag's worth.
Like a little kid begging me to play with it.
That's the day I realised that there was this...
And this incredibly benevolent force wanted me to know that there was no
Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world.
High-pressure building across the UK,