17/02/2017 Newsnight


17/02/2017

With Kirsty Wark. Can Trump deliver his campaign pledges amid all the chaos?; Blair's Brexit call to arms; winners and losers of weak sterling; and are mammoths on the way back?


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Tony Blair urged the population to rise up against Brexit -

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One of his most trusted lieutenants says it was electrifying.

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But a leading political commentator tells him to butt out.

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This is the way the American mainstream media see

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the leader of the free world - howling in the wind, out of control.

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But today a different Donald Trump took the stage.

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Focused, even disciplined, chanting the mantra that

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America is going to start winning again.

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Away from all the sound and fury, a month into the job, is he actually

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Also - back from the wilderness, will a hybrid mammoth and elephant -

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a mammaphant - soon roam the permafrost again?

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Tony Blair today set himself up as the lightning rod

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for anti-Brexiteers, exhorting them to action,

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that we could end up with Brexit at any cost.

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In a speech today the former Prime Minister said,

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"This is not the time for retreat, indifference or despair,

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but the time to rise up in defence of what we believe."

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He also said that a hard Brexit gave more legitimacy to the argument

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He did not specify the mechanism for resistance, nor whether he

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would lead any campaign, but scorn came swiftly.

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Nigel Farage called him yesterday's man, while the Foreign Secretary

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urged the British people to rise up and turn off the TV the next

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Well Tony Blair isn't here tonight, but his former political secretary

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and sometime speechwriter John McTernan is, along

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with the columnist Simon Jenkins - who says Blair should butt out.

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I'll be speaking to them in a minute, but first here's

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Yes, the British people voted to leave Europe and I agree the will

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I accept right now there is no widespread appetite to rethink.

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But the people voted without knowledge of the terms of Brexit.

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As these terms become clear, it is their right

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Our mission is to persuade them to do so.

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Is he just feeling left out, a man without a mission, trying to

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re-engage? No, Tony has stood back, and I think it was finally seeing

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the three line whip getting Labour MPs to vote to invoke Article 50 two

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lead him to say that Labour becoming a handmaidens of Brexit at any cost,

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and some needs to speak up for nearly half the country that voted

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to stay in the European Union, and many people that are worried, in

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many sectors, but the consequence of Brexit. At one point he says that

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Brexit was the will of the people, but the people have the right to

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change their mind. That doesn't make sense? Why not? If you believe in

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democracy, you believe that people, if they are mature enough and

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intelligent enough to be consulted about leaving the European Union,

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they are mature enough and intelligent enough to change their

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minds. If it becomes clear there is no such thing as a frictionless

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border, if you have gone to Turkey to look at the border, or a country

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in the customs union, there is no such thing as a frictionless border.

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Once the reality comes in, people are allowed to change their views.

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You said he should butt out, but he is a former Prime Minister, he has

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some skin in the game and it seems to be he is the only one that is

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going to hold the government's fee to the fire? I found it

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extraordinary. This is a man who made fame and fortune from being

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elected on the wisdom of the population, he certainly doesn't

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believe in that any more when it doesn't agree with him. It is

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undignified, beyond anything else. It is clearly the case that there

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was a referendum, they voted, it was a good debate, a tedious debate will

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stop a 72% turnout, more than Tony Blair ever got. At the end of it,

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they decided they wanted to come out of the EU. To say they are ignorant

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or ill informed, with a ignorant or ill informed when they voted for

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Tony Blair to not go into Iraq? Well, there was a manifesto, but it

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didn't contain the war in Iraq. You could say that we didn't know the

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nature Brexit. We had a Conservative manifesto saying we would be in the

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single market? There is a totally different debate about what happens

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at the end of negotiation. It could be that it is sensible to have a

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referendum on the final deal. At the moment is, he is saying you have got

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it wrong, I want you to change your mind. He doesn't say how he will

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change your mind. Does he want to tear it up and start again? It is

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daft. What is he actually wanted people to do? Saying rise up, did he

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want people to take to the streets, what actually would be the

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mechanism? It is genuinely not very complicated. He said a lot of people

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like me, many people I know that voted to stay in the European Union,

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we are intelligent people and have questions. I really don't understand

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how you can, when every car company in Britain has a single factory

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floor, across many territories, how can you have frictionless importing?

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European parts are coming in. Those are the arguments, I'm asking you

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what the mechanism is to rise up. The question is really

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straightforward. We need to keep asking us questions. We got a white

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paper from the government, which is a D/E in terms of effort, not in

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terms of quality, it is a U in terms of quality. We have to ask them

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questions. The Government say it will all be OK. What if it's not?

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What if we see the costs... Well, let's take Simon Jenkins's point,

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that a second referendum might be legitimate in the future. It's

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interesting, Tony Blair didn't even specify what the mechanism would be.

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The next general election? 2020, some kind of cross-party campaign?

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It could be as simple as the polls start to show that the Beau Sandland

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do actually want to have a car industry in Sunderland. -- the

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people in Sunderland want to have a car industry. But Nissan have

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invested in Sunderland? On the basis of promises made by the Government

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which are as weak as the ones they made to the Northern Ireland

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Assembly. Do you recognise that maybe this is just an exhortation

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for people to question their MPs? To take more of an interest in it than

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they have been taking? Or do you think this has to be through a

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referendum or general election? I voted Remain. Blair was saying you

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got it wrong, I want you to do it again and change your mind. Go on

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doing it again. He is basically saying you are stupid. Ever since

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the vote, all of the Remainers, I and I am on their side, they have

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gone on about how the people are somehow ill informed, stupid. They

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weren't, they genuinely believed they wanted to take back control.

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They might be naive, but they made a decision. It was clear what the

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decision was, he should just get a life and realise it. Do you think it

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is legitimate to raise the possibility that a hard Brexit will

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give added legitimacy to Scottish independence? Yes. That is a

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different discussion. He is raising a point about hard Brexit, which is

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fair enough. But he's not saying that, he is saying you got it wrong.

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I don't say how you can save you got it wrong after an election. His

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point is that it gives legitimacy to Scottish independence, and the

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likelihood has increased. Would you rather see Scotland independent in

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Europe than out? There are no circumstances under which I would

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like to see Scotland independent. For Scotland to leave, to leave a

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fiscal union that transfers 10% of GDP every year, to join a customs

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union were it would have to pay 2 billion a year, that is ridiculous.

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They are playing with fire with the constitution. The Northern Ireland

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question is not marginal, it is at the centre of this. Once Northern

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Ireland goes, the whole of Great Britain falls apart. You have other

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Remainers, leading Remainers, thinking it is the wrong person to

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do this, he is asking the wrong questions and it is anti-democratic.

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Well... Chuka Umunna, for one. When our voices being heard? If Gordon

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Brown had spoken about this, we would not be an Newsnight talking

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about it. Tony Blair still has a way of capturing the imagination of the

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country. He made this speech and got us talking about it, that is a good

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thing. The next step is to build the movement. Does he want a referendum?

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He wants a chance for the public to have a second thought about this. A

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referendum? It could be through a general election, it could be

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through a referendum, it will not be through Jeremy Corbyn's Labour

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Party. I am with Simon that there is a strong case for a vote on the

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deal. That is not what he said! After the extraordinary verbal

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fireworks of Donald Trump's White House press conference yesterday,

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followed by the news that his pick to replace Michael Flynn as national

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security adviser had declined the job, the US President

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attended to business. He signed a measure to roll

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back a coal mining rule of the previous administration -

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a promise made in the campaign. Today he travelled to Charleston,

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where he unveiled the latest Boeing Dreamliner,

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the biggest to date. Donald Trump, accused of chaos,

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insists that his administration is a well-oiled machine,

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putting election So, four weeks in, away

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from all the noise, is he actually getting anywhere with delivering

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on his promises? For a man with a fresh election

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victory, Donald Trump seems to have an urgent need to compare

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himself with his predecessors, I don't think there's ever been

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a President elected who, in this short period of time,

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has done what we've done. Some of the President's posts

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are easily disproved. I guess it was the biggest electoral

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college win since Ronald Reagan. A quick glance at the facts

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shows this is nonsense. This kind of howler,

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Mr Trump's battles with the courts, and intelligence services and,

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of course, the media, have rather But are we missing

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significant progress I have to tell you,

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I spent a lot of time Once you get out of the Washington,

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DC bubble, there are a lot of people in the United States who are very

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happy with Trump, happy with his style, happy

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that he is really disrupting and doing what he said

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he's going to do. So, it's something I would say don't

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pay attention to all the media and all the polls, wait a little bit

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longer to see what the American people have to say about his

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presidency at this juncture. One month into his 48 month term,

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Mr Trump already claims numerous In terms of changing Washington,

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he has nominated a new Justice He's imposed a hiring freeze

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on nonessential federal workers and a temporary halt

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on new federal regulations. And he says he's negotiated

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and saved money on US In trade policy, his withdrawn

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from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and, he says, eliminated regulations

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for some US manufacturers. On immigration, his travel ban

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on seven majority Muslim countries has come of course,

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been spectacularly overturned, though he has introduced a four

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month ban on new refugees. He is reaffirmed his commitment

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on a wall on the Mexican border and brought in a crackdown

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on so-called sanctuary cities who refuse to comply

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with US federal law. There have, of course,

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been spectacular upsets, too. Losing his national security

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adviser, Michael Flynn, and a failure to answer straight

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questions on his administration's - and before that his campaign's -

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contact with Russia. There are elements of this

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transition that have I don't think that's unusual for any

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presidential transition. If you look back to 2008,

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when President Obama was first elected, there were some bumps

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in the road there. So, clearly, there have

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been some challenges. On the other hand, I do think that

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some of this is probably overblown, in the sense that the President

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is still engaging in executive action, he does still

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have a functional relationship, functional at the very least,

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certainly, with Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell,

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the Republican leaders So, I would say that the overall

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assessment is that, you know, things could be going better,

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but they probably could The President was in

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South Carolina today at Boeing, A technological marvel,

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no doubt, but nothing to do Nevertheless, a neat

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backdrop for him to restate I campaigned on the promise that

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I will do everything in my power to bring those jobs

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back into America. We wanted to make it much easier,

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it has to be much easier to manufacture in our country,

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and much harder to leave. I don't want companies

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leaving our country. The details of exactly how

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he's going to do that, just one of many key areas

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where details are still sketchy. For example, repealing

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and replacing Obamacare, the new infrastructure plan

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and the new tax-cutting plan, are, as yet, still just

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campaign promises. The infrastructure, I still think

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that there's a lot of disharmony amongst House Republicans

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regarding the size If you're going to look at what's

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really going to come down the pipe next, I think it's immigration,

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tax cuts and Obamacare. Mr President, you've been in office

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for just four weeks... The people who've always laughed

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at Donald Trump have certainly had But they are not who the President

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needs to worry about, And for them, perhaps,

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it's still early days. Does the American media give Donald

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Trump due credit for what he means? We were hoping to be joined by a

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member of Trump's administrative team but with me, we are delighted

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to have the former executive editor of the New York Times, Jill

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Abramson. Good evening. You have seen three administrations come in

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with the complexity of that. How does this rate in terms of chaos?

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It's disorderly. That's for sure. I'd put it on the upper end of the

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scale, but there have been bumpy beginnings. I remember covering the

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new Clinton administration, in the early 1990s, and he had to go

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through two failed Attorney General nominee is. And finally he got his

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appointee confirmed on the third try. So that isn't that unusual, but

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yet, this amount of confusion and leaking and plotting against one

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another already visible inside the White House this time, I would say,

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is unusual and the tholin that matter, I think, is quite a serious

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one. -- and the Flynn matter. As a former editor of the New York Times,

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is it hard, does it stick in the crore, of the liberal media, to give

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him any credit for what he has done? Is it easier to jeer from where they

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sit? I think that that is really nonsense. I think that the New York

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Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal have given extensive

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coverage to everything from the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the

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President's meeting with Wall Street bankers last Friday. To what has

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happened at the State Department, to the trade treaties. I mean the

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substance of what is happening is being covered by the media. And I

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would argue that Trump himself is causing tremendous distraction with

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these ceaseless attacks on the media, and I think those are

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overblown. Isn't it the case that it has -- that it is because the media

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finds what he's doing objectionable and makes that clear, and that is

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out of touch with the many millions that voted for him, that there is

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now a disconnect between the liberal media in the cities and what is

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going on in the rest of the United States? Well, it is clear that many

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people in the United States have a lack of trust in the news media,

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that has been true for a long time. That is not something new with the

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election of Donald Trump. But I certainly don't agree with you that

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the coverage of the substance of what is happening in the White House

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is being covered by the liberal media in an unfair way. I think the

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facts are being told, as they should, and the news media, the best

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part of it, including the New York Times, are doing what the first

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Amendment asks the press to do, which is to hold power accountable.

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And that is what they are doing. I wonder, in the end, if you look at

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these White House briefings and press conferences, whether actually

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plays to Trump's on agenda, actually, as you were saying,

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because the media is unpopular anyway, to go on the attack, and

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then what happens is the media plays into that? I totally agree with

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that. I think what the media has to stop doing is covering itself, and

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the battle between the new president and itself, and it needs to just do

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its work, follow the news, get behind the news and inform the

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public. Stop being self-referential and self obsessed. Thank you very

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much indeed. Since the EU referendum,

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news about the economy has been seen through the prism of Brexit -

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and on the whole, so far, it has Unemployment is down

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and the FTSE is still strong. But inflation is up and the retail

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sales figures are pretty sluggish. But the biggest change

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to the British economy since Brexit The lower value of the pound

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has winners and losers, Many believed that Brexit

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would wreck the UK economy. But, so far, it's held up better

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than the Remain camp warned. Not so for one of the more

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tangible measures. Sterling has tumbled, at one point

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by a fifth of its value. It sounds like a negative,

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but it isn't for everyone. At the luxury end, like this boat

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manufacturer, a lower pound is attracting foreign consumers

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whose dollars and euros are now People have taken advantage

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of the exchange rate, our boats have been cheaper,

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relatively, than our Italian About 30% of our material costs,

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we buy in foreign currency. So our costs, in that respect,

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have gone up, and we have had to price as a result of that,

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to offset it. But it's been nowhere near as much

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as the devaluation of the pound, so we still remain very competitive

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against our foreign competitors. The value of the pound

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against the US dollar has dropped by around 17%

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since the EU referendum. Currency markets don't

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like uncertainty. And politics has played the most

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part in sterling's movement. In early October, the Prime Minister

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announced at a party conference that Article 50 would be triggered

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by the end of March. There was some brief respite

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when the High Court ruled in early November that a parliamentary vote

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was needed to trigger Article 50, bolstering hopes in a nervous market

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that a soft Brexit could be pursued. Miss May's speech at Lancaster house

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in January made clear that she intends to undertake a hard

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Brexit. Some speculate that the

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triggering of Article 50 Top end businesses

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are powering ahead. But they're also very mindful

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of a lower pound feeding into higher raw material costs and,

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of course, the great uncertainty surrounding a Brexit deal

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that is yet to be struck. So they are still very much

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dependent on high-end, luxury and discretionary spending

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continuing. A day I will never forget,

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the 24th of June. Straightaway, from that day, we have

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noticed an increase in traffic. There was no doubt that some people

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were ahead of the understanding And because of the currency that has

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changed, we have seen a massive It has been a very great

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and interesting story, I think you can use the analogy

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of perhaps the swan. Clearly, with London luxury you have

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lots of very positive noises above the surface in terms of public

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realm investment, in terms of tourism, tourism continuing,

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spend continuing, footfall rising. But underneath the surface they are

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going to have to paddle harder. From a consumer credit perspective,

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interest rates is the key thing that I think we are predicting 2.7%

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inflation for this year. I think it could go

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higher than that. That is going to impact

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the domestic shopper in the UK. Most likely to affect our spending

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habits - food prices. Suppliers and retailers are trying

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to figure out how to pass on rising We're seeing already a number

:23:21.:23:23.

of suppliers in trouble as a result of this,

:23:24.:23:31.

unable to pass on the extra costs. So, eventually, I think

:23:32.:23:36.

we are going to see a number but also I think we're going to see

:23:37.:23:39.

prices in shops going up even more. It's something that businesses

:23:40.:23:43.

all sizes are grappling with. Since June, this company has seen

:23:44.:23:53.

the price of cocoa rise 3%, peanuts move 8% higher

:23:54.:23:57.

and sugar is up 21%. Price rises for the key

:23:58.:24:01.

ingredient of this business Corn prices, so far,

:24:02.:24:03.

have been hedged. Our prices certainly

:24:04.:24:11.

won't be going down. For us, a lot of our contracts

:24:12.:24:13.

for raw materials come In our situation, and many

:24:14.:24:16.

other companies like us, we're very nervous about passing

:24:17.:24:21.

on any form of price increase. The fall in the value

:24:22.:24:24.

of the pound has affected both And, yes, Brexit has played

:24:25.:24:27.

a significant part in this. Pretty much the week

:24:28.:24:31.

after the referendum we started getting the famous letters

:24:32.:24:33.

from suppliers and Some suppliers did sort of a big

:24:34.:24:35.

hit at the beginning. Some have kind of continued

:24:36.:24:44.

to review every few months and send us another letter saying,

:24:45.:24:47.

your prices are going up This week's rising inflation numbers

:24:48.:24:49.

are unlikely to be matched So the fear is that the once buoyant

:24:50.:24:52.

consumer is going to shy Today's retail sales show

:24:53.:24:57.

that the pinch is being felt. So the economy can no longer rely

:24:58.:25:04.

on the shopper to keep it growing. Finally tonight, scientists

:25:05.:25:10.

from Harvard believe they're just two years away from bringing

:25:11.:25:12.

the woolly mammoth The great beasts died out 4,000

:25:13.:25:14.

years ago but they're only bodily extinct -

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they're not genetically extinct. The Harvard team hopes to use

:25:24.:25:25.

a powerful gene editing tool to splice together elephant DNA

:25:26.:25:27.

with mammoth genes they've found The Harvard team itself are keeping

:25:28.:25:30.

pretty schtum until they've actually But joining me now from Salford

:25:31.:25:41.

is Matthew Cobb, Professor of Zoology from Manchester

:25:42.:25:45.

University. Good evening. What is it that these

:25:46.:25:53.

scientists are actually trying to achieve? They are trying to do a

:25:54.:25:56.

number of things. They are using this incredibly powerful technique

:25:57.:26:02.

which George church, one of the key research is involved, has been

:26:03.:26:08.

involved in developing. This enables you to change single letters in the

:26:09.:26:11.

DNA code to alter it in any organism at will. This is going to change

:26:12.:26:16.

biological discovery and medicine. It is already having massive

:26:17.:26:20.

effects. They want to introduce into the elephant genome, the Asian

:26:21.:26:23.

elephant, some of the genes which they think help the man is to

:26:24.:26:30.

survive in colder climate. Make them hairy, for example, or have greater

:26:31.:26:35.

subcutaneous fat. But they only claim that they will be able to

:26:36.:26:38.

create an embryo with these genes. At the moment, they have no timeline

:26:39.:26:44.

on when they would actually have an elephant with proper manner genes in

:26:45.:26:50.

it wandering around the steps. We're not going to see herds of mammoths

:26:51.:26:58.

wandering along the Siberian Alps any time soon. But the claim that

:26:59.:27:04.

has been made, having what they are calling a mammaphant, because it

:27:05.:27:07.

will not actually be in an effort if it ever gets out there onto the

:27:08.:27:11.

permafrost. What it would actually do would help counter global

:27:12.:27:14.

warming. What did you make of that case? There are far better ways of

:27:15.:27:18.

countering global warming. Who knows what they are going to do, Professor

:27:19.:27:24.

Church thinks they will dig into the soil and that will help bring called

:27:25.:27:28.

a to slow down the melting of the permafrost. I think we would be

:27:29.:27:31.

better off dealing with the release of carbon dioxide which is

:27:32.:27:34.

increasing temperature. That is the key issue. This is incredibly

:27:35.:27:37.

exciting work at some level because it shows the power of this

:27:38.:27:41.

technique, but really the ultimate thing, an elephant or a mammoth, it

:27:42.:27:48.

is not just a bag of. It is an animal with a history under social

:27:49.:27:51.

life than this thing would be completely separate from anything

:27:52.:27:55.

else like it. -- bag of genes. Nothing else like it would have ever

:27:56.:28:00.

existed. But scientists like that challenge. Yes, but ethicists and

:28:01.:28:07.

bottle community, this is just one example of the questions that this

:28:08.:28:10.

gene editing technique will pose us, major ethical issues we will have to

:28:11.:28:14.

come to terms with. What are those ethical issues? For a start, an

:28:15.:28:20.

elephant and a mammoth, it is a social organism. At the moment they

:28:21.:28:24.

are suggesting that they will not be doing IVF on an Asian elephant. That

:28:25.:28:28.

is possible but they are clearly concerned that if they manipulate

:28:29.:28:31.

the embryo and implanted into the elephant, something might go

:28:32.:28:34.

horribly wrong, it might grow too large. So they are planning, and

:28:35.:28:39.

this is where I think it gets into the realms of science fiction, they

:28:40.:28:42.

are planning to have an artificial womb in which they will grow this

:28:43.:28:48.

elephant for 22 months, up to a weight of 100 kilos. I think we are

:28:49.:28:53.

a long way off that. The problem will be that even if you are able to

:28:54.:28:58.

do that, and Church is a pretty clever guy. Anyone who has been a

:28:59.:29:02.

mother, or who has been close to someone who is a mother, knows that

:29:03.:29:06.

a baby is not just a thing that is being fed. It is alive and

:29:07.:29:10.

interacting with the mother, learning things in the win. The same

:29:11.:29:15.

is true of an elephant or a mammoth baby. So you would end up producing

:29:16.:29:18.

this isolated and strange organism which would have no social

:29:19.:29:24.

connection with its kind. It would have no other kind. If you tried to

:29:25.:29:28.

introduce it into a herd of Asian elephants, they might reject it

:29:29.:29:31.

because it's not funny, because it behaved funny. I think given that

:29:32.:29:36.

these are elephants and not mice or rats, there is a major ethical issue

:29:37.:29:38.

as to whether this is the right thing to do. Thank you, Professor.

:29:39.:29:43.

Tomorrow morning's front pages, Tony Blair gets the front page of the

:29:44.:29:47.

Guardian. Blair's Brexit speech sparks Labour fury. And the suspect

:29:48.:29:56.

in the Korean killing, thought it was a prank, on the right-hand side.

:29:57.:30:00.

In the Telegraph, Blair's EU campaign is insulting, says Boris.

:30:01.:30:05.

The former PM calls for a new movement to make the case against

:30:06.:30:09.

Brexit. Angela Merkel defies Trump over defence budget, is also at the

:30:10.:30:12.

bottom of the Telegraph. And then on to the Daily Express. Get us out of

:30:13.:30:20.

the EU. As arrogant Tony Blair tries to lock Brexit, a new poll reveals

:30:21.:30:25.

an increasing number of voters demanding to get out. And arrogant

:30:26.:30:31.

speech sparked outrage and even some Remain supporters were aghast at his

:30:32.:30:35.

bid to reverse the historic decision to leave the European Union. Well,

:30:36.:30:36.

before we go ?750,000 for a stag? That's how much the national

:30:37.:30:43.

galleries of Scotland need to raise to buy Landseer's Monarch

:30:44.:30:46.

of the Glen and put it on display. To raise awareness for their appeal,

:30:47.:30:49.

they brought the Monarch to life and projected him onto the outside

:30:50.:30:51.

of their gallery. They've got until the 17th of March

:30:52.:30:56.

to meet their target. Hello. In a moment we will look at

:30:57.:31:46.

some other European city forecasts for this weekend. Here is a look at

:31:47.:31:53.

how Saturday develops across the UK. A wet started Northern Ireland, the

:31:54.:31:54.

rain clearing and into

:31:55.:31:56.

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

Can Trump deliver his campaign pledges amid all the chaos?; Blair's Brexit call to arms; winners and losers of weak sterling; and are mammoths on the way back?


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