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'The Martin McGuinness I Knew'

Tony Blair's chief of staff remembers Martin McGuinness. Plus Obamacare's replacement, legalising drugs and is the glass half empty or half full over Brexit?

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He took the long road from IRA commander to Deputy First Minister


At the end of the day it will be the cutting edge of the IRA that will


bring freedom. People look at me in


the round and they know that in my younger days I was


involved with the IRA but they also know that I've been at the heart


of the peace process for over Political leaders from across


Britain, America and Ireland have praised Martin McGuinness's


contribution to peace. In a way his intrinsic nature never


changed from the time he was in the Bogside to the time


he was the Deputy First Minister. But what peace is there


for the families of innocent I'll be talking to a man whose


father took a bullet And what now for the


Republican movement. Is Martin McGuinness's dream


of a united Ireland getting closer? Finally we won a big tax cut but we


can't do that until we keep our promise to repeal and replace the


disaster known as ObamaCare. Emily goes in search of the next


American health system. TrumpCare is moving


in the right direction. They're saying, it was too


high, a lot of people And we continue our pastoral care


series helping Remoaners Now that we are leaving we can


at least have an honest conversation about who we want to come


here and how we treat So with my glass half


full here's to Brexit. The death of Martin McGuinness,


from a rare heart condition, has aroused mixed emotions among


former Prime Ministers, political opponents in Northern Ireland


and the families of IRA victims. He travelled a long way from a job


in a butcher's shop in Derry, to IRA Commander in the city,


to a key architect of Northern Ireland's peace,


and finally a decade as Deputy First Minister


of Northern Ireland, but along that way many innocent


people were murdered. From Tony Blair to John Major


to Theresa May, the consensus is that without him


the Good Friday Agreement The Queen, whom he praised


for her contribution to peace, has sent a personal message


to his family. Bill Clinton said that he believed


in a shared future, and refused However, for many families


of the IRA's victims, the past is ever present and some


do not even know where In a moment I'll be speaking


to Austin Stack, whose father But first Jonathan Powell


was the Government's chief negotiator on Northern Ireland


from 1997 under Tony Blair. When he first met the IRA leader


in October of that year Many years later he invited


Martin McGuinness to his wedding. Martin McGuinness's life


was an extraordinary journey. As far as the Provisional


IRA is concerned the fight will go on until


the four demands are met. To hard-line politician


in the 1980s. At the end of the day


it will be the cutting edge of the IRA which


will bring freedom. To uncompromising


negotiator in the 1990s. Well, we are not going to give


them their new Stormont. And finally Deputy First Minister


sharing power with his For over 40 years he was


at the centre of the The Troubles, as leader


of the Derry Brigade, IRA chief of staff and head


of Northern Command. But ultimately he helped bring


the violence to an end. I spent a decade negotiating peace


with Martin McGuinness. The first time I met him,


like most people, I saw a terrorist. When I left government


I invited him to my And now he's gone I think we're


in danger of underestimating Derry today is a beautiful


city at peace. But in the early 1970s


it was at the centre of a bloody war between the IRA


and the British Army. Denis Bradley was a local Catholic


priest trying to keep He had the looks and the charms


and the ability to go places where other people


perhaps didn't go. That gave him confidence,


it gave him an insight, and then he discovered that he wasn't too bad at


it, that he was as good as the rest at it, and perhaps even better,


that he had a natural instinct for There was no argument about


whether he was an IRA man or not. He was highly respected


among the hard men, and the harder they were the more


respect they had for him. So he was certainly


on the tough side of the I met him in June 1972 in Derry


in what was then free I was told there were


going to be talks And I met Martin,


that was the first time I'd met him, 45 years


ago, a long-time. But for many in Northern Ireland


Martin McGuinness was the You will never defeat


the Protestant people of Ulster! What would your


dad have thought of Martin McGuinness


was evil personified. He was the man who was terrorising


Northern Ireland and he was everything that every Ulsterman,


every Protestant, every Unionist So when did the hard man change


into a peacemaker and why? By the late 1980s the violence


had reached a new peak - with the Enniskillen


bomb even IRA leaders, including McGuinness,


realised they'd gone too far. It's really desecrating the dead


and a blot on mankind. A corner was turned and in the midst


of the violence the IRA started reaching out


secretly to the British. I think after the Enniskillen


bombing that is when Martin McGuinness became


moving from the hard man Denis Bradley was one of those


in Derry who facilitated the secret back channel between


the IRA and the British I think that McGuinness was quicker


and earlier into the fray of peacemaking than anybody else


within the Republican movement. The back channel for


the British government It was never comfortable


for the IRA either. There's only two ways


that a conflict ends, and Martin, I think,


very well knew it. One is an absolute victory


and defeat, one side over another. And if that is not


possible, and in most modern history it hasn't been


possible, then you discover that, you know, negotiations


are a part of where you go. In the end the link collapsed


because mistrust between In 1996 the IRA went back to war


with the Canary Wharf bomb. When Tony Blair came


to government in 1997, he made peace in


Northern Ireland his first priority. I first met Martin


McGuinness here in Castle Buildings on 13th October 1997


along with Tony Blair. It was the first meeting


between a British Prime Minister and Republican


leaders since 1921. We arranged the meeting


in a small windowless room so no one could take photographs


of us meeting Republican leaders. I declined to shake


hands with Martin Tony Blair was more


sensible and shook them by the hand as


he would anyone else. It was here that the


peace process began. I remember Martin being,


you know, there is a lot of accumulated pain and hurt that he


wanted to express and that he was very determined to give me a lengthy


and detailed account of why the British were to blame


for the problems of Ireland. But the importance of the meeting


was that it happened. When we came to government


Martin was made the chief If he was involved the people


got to have some sense. My wife always says she would trust


Martin McGuinness with her life. She doesn't say that about me


but that's another story. So I suppose people


had that sense of You always felt as a


chief negotiator that somebody had to sell


this to the troops. If a deal was done with Martin


he could deliver and he was And I think that was


the distinction. I'm not saying the selling powers


of Gerry were not considerable but I think Martin was the person who had


the ability to sell it. became Deputy First Minister sharing


power with Ian Paisley. My main memory of that


day was the two of them sitting on the sofa


in Paisley's office trying to outdo each other in terms


of telling jokes. We were nearly sitting


on each other's knees. And big Ian kind of tended to take


up a fair bit of space. It was amazing how like at


the crack of a switch to put a light on that they seemed


to have said listen, we've been through all of this,


you were on that side, I was on this side,


terrible things happened, The terrible legacy of the victims


which we all can never forget. But that these people


were prepared to give it a go. How do you manage to build


a relationship with someone who had been, as you say,


the personification of evil? The two of them did sit


down and had a very, I was privy to part of that


conversation where my father said to Martin we can have a battle


a day, we can make the community


out there depressed, or we can actually hand in hand take


this country forward Martin McGuinness risked not


just his career but his life to make He achieved things


as a politician he Now he's gone, a new


generation who weren't involved in The Troubles have to see


if they can continue his legacy. I worry because frankly this process


in Northern Ireland is still fragile and unless there is a continual


commitment by all the parties including the British government


then it's at risk, frankly. We are past conflict,


apart from a small number of people who are trying to


draw us back into it but they have I worked with Martin


McGuinness for ten years. At first I did so with


grave reservations. Over time I came to realise that


if you're going to make peace you have to talk


to your enemies. For some he will always be viewed


as a man with blood on his hands but I believe his legacy will


be as the hard man who changed to negotiate peace, and perhaps most


importantly, to make I ultimately take the view


if Martin McGuinness helped us achieve peace in Northern Ireland,


do we then hate our opponents, or end up recognising that without them


we actually couldn't In a way his intrinsic nature never


changed from the time he was in the Bogside to the time


he was the Deputy First Minister. I think what changed


was his deep-seated belief that the next generation had


to live in a different environment from his, and that is


really what impelled him, again, to become


the greatest advocate and deep


practitioner of peace. He's from the Bogside.


That has never left him. To have been part of achieving peace


and to find a peaceful way to achievement for a wee lad from the


Bogside. There were many victims


of IRA violence. Mr Stack was the chief prison


officer at Portlaoise High Securtiy prison, where a lot of IRA


prisoners were held. He was shot in the back


of the neck in 1983, It was Just three years ago


that the IRA acknowleged their involement after Gerry Adams


facilitated a series of meetings with his son Austin


who is in our Dublin studio now. Good evening. I wonder if you think


the actions of Martin McGuinness as a Democratic politician out way all


the hurt and the harm done to families and indeed the victims of


IRA violence. First of all, just express my sympathies to the family


of Martin McGuinness and I think this evening when we talk about


Martin McGuinness we should bear in mind that his family are morning and


I just want to express my pimp -- my sympathies to them. To answer your


question I think when we look at the legacy of Martin McGuinness what we


need to do is to look at this totality of that legacy. There's no


denying that Martin McGuinness in the latter years moved into the


political domain but we also should not deny and should not shy away


from examining Martin McGuinness and his past. You have to bear in mind


that Martin McGuinness and his organisation were responsible for


thousands of murders, thousands of atrocities. And Martin McGuinness


never, he is lauded as a peacemaker today but from our perspective as


victims Martin McGuinness had never at any stage tried to reach out to


the victims, he never tried to reconcile with victims. And he never


acknowledged the victims. I can point to several incidents I know


certainly my good friend David Kelly whose father private Paddy Kelly was


shocked by the IRA, David approached Martin McGuinness asking him for


answers in 2011 and Martin McGuinness shunted him away with the


words, just move on, you. So from that perspective, as victims we


would have a very different take on Martin McGuinness and his legacy and


I think we should look at the whole of the legacy and not just the


latter years. It is inevitable perhaps when use see archive footage


of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, it looks like a different era and four


order -- in order for peace to work and continue working is it


inevitable that that would end up coming to the forefront and actually


the legitimate grievances of many victims families are not satisfied


but perhaps sidelined. That is exactly it. It appears that the


feelings of the victims have been shunted to one side and this evening


my thoughts would be with some very good friends of mine in Enniskillen


and Claudy listening to the plaudits being thrown the way of Martin


McGuinness, people who lost loved ones, people who are physically


injured and still in great pain today. In Enniskillen. Those people


have been traumatised again today by the plaudits thrown to Martin


McGuinness and for them the legacy is very real. And those people are


suffering today. And from that perspective we should just bear that


in mind. And that is real, the footage as you describe it is old


and seems to be from a different era but today the victims are still


suffering, there are still in that space. I wonder with so many of our


generation, some dying prematurely, but moving on, whether you're


optimistic for continued peace? I'm always optimistic and fully


supportive of the peace process. And supportive of peace. But what myself


and other victims are conscious of is there has been, you know, pretty


much nonexistent attitude towards us. Particularly people of the ilk


of Martin McGuinness did not try to reach out to us. When he reached out


to political unionism he never reached out to the victims. He never


tried to reconcile with the victims. And for peace to work in its


totality the victims must be included in the process. And that


has never happened. Thank you very much for joining us tonight.


Joining me now in the studio is Irish historian and columnist,


And from Salford, professor of politics at the University


of Liverpool, Jonathan Tonge, who directed the 2010


and 2015 Northern Ireland general election surveys.


Good evening. Ruth Dudley Edwards, Martin McGuinness was the main


proponent of United Ireland, do you think that is closer now or further


away or does his passing actually change that equation? I do not think


his passing changes it but we should remember if there was any chance of


United Ireland the IRA said it backed by generations. There was


always a possibility, given the right kind of approach and approach


of friendship, that both sides of the border might get to know each


other and that organically trade might occur, friendships might


develop and that in due course, possibly people might see the


possibility of a united Ireland. But once the are a decided to try to


bomb and kill Unionists into a united Ireland, they wrecked it. Do


you take that analysis, Jonathan, or do not have a different attitude


towards the possibility of United Ireland? That is the reason why


Martin McGuinness move towards peace. Even with the huge bombs of


the 1990s which flattened London and Manchester, even then the IRA could


not force a united Ireland. What you've seen is Sinn Fein making huge


political progress since the IRA ceasefires of the 1990s. It has been


growth of almost every election for Sinn Fein since that period. And


Sinn Fein is very much on the march, buoyed by a successful election


earlier this month in the north. It is more likely than not that at some


stage they will sit in government in the South and I do think a united


Ireland is back on the agenda. Certainly it is being talked about


seriously. Brexit provides a material change in circumstances to


quote Nicola Sturgeon in the Scottish case that could lead to


united Ireland. Soft nationalists basically have accepted devolved


power-sharing within the United Kingdom but firstly you have not got


that with the collapse of the institutions in the north, and


secondly soft nationalists have accepted the border is a fact but


they will not accept a water as a fence again if that happens as a


consequence of Brexit. That brings the United Ireland idea back on the


agenda in a way you have not seen in recent times. So in a sense not just


down to demographics, tectonic plates shifting a bit faster, not


only with Sinn Fein gaining ground in the north and the South, and


indeed the reaction to Brexit, but also just a feeling in the north,


you have Unionists, Protestant children taking Irish citizenship as


they can under the Good Friday agreement. Different attitudes from


younger generation. Yes and quite a lot of people think of themselves


now as Northern Irish rather than Irish or British and that is


developing a sense of Northern Irish identity. But do not get carried


away with this United Ireland business, Gerry Adams is calling for


a border poll but the south of Ireland does not want it and the


Northern Irish would not vote for it. A very small part of the


Catholic community in Northern Ireland would vote for it. It is not


possible economically. And I would also say that Martin McGuinness, his


death is a hell of a blow to Sinn Fein. Massive blow. He was their


strategist, he had more brains than most of the rest put together. He


also was not impeded by the vanity and egotism of Gerry Adams which


gets underway, which makes and confrontational and very bad at


diplomacy. Gerry Adams can do the hard man, he cannot do the winning


personality. You cannot do that charm in the wake Martin McGuinness


could. So they're missing Martin McGuinness and they will be


something I think in the south. I wonder then, it is a big leap to


talk about this, but if you think there are no kind of figures of


stature, if you do not take the others that are there now into play,


no figures of stature. Is there a danger then that there is going to


be something that might approximate to return to violence? I do not


think there is any prospect of that. One of the most successful things


Martin McGuinness did was to marginalise the dissidents. That was


not as easy as people might imagine. The worst atrocity of the troubles


came after the Good Friday agreement with the Omagh bombing which killed


29. Martin McGuinness took personal risk in trying to marginalise those


groups. In terms of the broader picture Sinn Fein has defined a


replacement ultimately also for Gerry Adams, he is broadly the same


age as Martin McGuinness and the longest serving leader anywhere in


Europe. He has been Sinn Fein president since 1983. So potentially


there is a huge void at the top of Sinn Fein when Gerry Adams quits


politics. But I think they have been preparing for some time now. And I


think if you had all Ireland poll it be interesting, the mathematics, on


whether there would be support for a united Ireland. Do you agree that a


number of Catholics would not supported in the north, the South


would not want it because of the economic consequences? I think


plenty of Catholics are comfortable with devolved power-sharing within


the UK but at the moment that does not look as if it will be coming


into place. The institutions are in trouble and Sinn Fein said they will


not work with Arlene Foster. So you will have Northern nationalists


taken out of the EU against their will. Also some Unionists are


unhappy with that, 30% of the DUP vote voted to remain in the European


Union. So there is unhappiness, the situation has changed in terms of


the discussion at least. Thank you both very much.


And now - it's a big week for one of Trump's


biggest campaign pledges - as repeated last night


at a rally - to "end the catastrophe of Obamacare."


This is perhaps the first big legislative test of


Trump's administration - and it's left his own


On the campaign trail his rallyng cry was that he would repeal


And that's exactly what he's trying to do now.


But what he's suggested as an alternative is hated by pretty


Republican moderates think it will adversely hit


the elderly and the poor, right wing republicans say it's just


Obamacare-lite and way too expensive.


Democrats of course never wanted to see it repealed at all.


This morning we saw President Trump up on Capitol Hill trying


to win his party round before that critical House vote on Thursday.


He suggested they were fools not to come together,


that they risked losing their seats if they appeared disunited.


But as of tonight the feeling here in DC is that he's


There is a core of around 40 ideological republicans called


the House Freedom Caucus who are willing the bill to fail.


The bill would be sunk if 22 or more of them vote against it.


There's talk of putting vice president Mike Pence on the Hill


for the next two days solid to talk them around.


But what do the patients make of all the politics?


We went to Trump country - some hours north of


For the first time in 24 years the people


This county, Fulton, heavily rural, elderly and white,


They took a gamble he'd deliver what he promised,


After he came along and he started making sense about a lot of things


that I've been thinking about for years and years,


the changes that had to be done, I decided to change my politics


Trumpcare's moving in the right direction.


I think it's going to be a lot better than Obamacare.


It was too high, a lot of people couldn't afford it,


Now a key pledge on the campaign trail in places like this was that


promise to repeal Obamacare, the health care programme that


encouraged, some would say forced, millions of Americans to buy


insurance and that expanded Medicaid, free insurance


for the most vulnerable, through government subsidies.


Next is an executive order minimising the economic burden


of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...


Republicans have long argued it was too costly for government


and premiums were too high for patients.


It was repealed on day one by executive order,


but this month the President produced his own plan.


We came to the Fulton Medical Centre to see what they make of it.


Just a decade old, it puts diagnosis, surgery,


emergency services, and an elderly care home, all under one roof.


Margaret Black has spent three months here.


Do you know what the cost will be to you?


Well, I know I had three trips to Pittsburgh in the ambulance,


And if that was taken away, if your employer didn't have


I mean, I wouldn't have the money to pay it.


Under Trump's plan, employers would no longer be held responsible


Some believe that change is badly needed.


I think that it needs to be revamped.


Companies that offer health care like my husband's,


which we are fortunate for, that's a great thing.


But there's companies out there that can't afford to pay


They're going to end up shutting their doors, and that's


Broadly, this plan would cost the government


Let's show you how that could look in practice.


Under Obamacare, Medicaid was expanded in the majority of states.


Large employers were obliged to provide insurance to their workers.


Health insurance became mandatory, with fines for those who didn't


enrol, and there was a cap on the difference insurance


Under Trumpcare, they intend to cut Medicaid expansion and stop any more


They will free employers of the obligation to


They'll stop insurance being mandatory, but say those


who go two months without it may face higher policies.


They'll use tax credits to help people buy it and they'll make


major cuts to women's health programmes including


The moment the presidential plan emerged, it appeared he had pulled


Infuriating both those on the left of his party,


worried that it would leave many Americans unprotected,


and those on the right who have called it Obama-lite.


Hated the fact he hadn't got rid of it completely.


The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office - think along


the lines of our OBR - predicted that 24 million


more Americans would be uninsured by the next decade


Older, poorer people, would be worst hit.


I asked the head of emergency services, Dr Douglas Stern,


I don't think that is an exaggeration.


I think we could have more uninsured patients and that's going to push


them towards an expensive health care, the emergency department,


because if someone's uninsured they're going to wait


And then once they have an acute problem they're going


to go in to the system through the emergency


department and unfortunately, that's the highest cost


So, Dr Stern, from what you're saying, this is a community that


can ill afford to pay for this health care?


We have some patients that are on a fixed income and usually


And they're on a fixed income, they don't have the opportunity


And they choose between taking their blood pressure medication,


This is President Trump's first real legislative test


His party holds a majority in the chamber, but needs 216 votes to win.


As things stand, the rump of conservatives known


as Freedom House Caucus, believe they hold enough


I know, I've talked to a lot of people that


So there's a pretty persuasive case made by the leadership


I think there's a lot of people that have concerns


You must have done the maths, do you think there's


Yeah, right now we don't have the votes to pass the bill.


Well no, I want to get to yes, but I want the Trump


So everybody agrees, the right-wing think tanks,


the liberal think tanks, both agree the architecture


The President himself went to Capitol Hill this morning


to lobby for the bill in his own inimitable style.


Telling Republican congressmen they risked losing their seats


Tremendous health care plan, that's what we have.


Affordable care, American health, no one even knows what it's called,


but just like Hillarycare of the 1990s or Obamacare now


or who knows, perhaps Trumpcare or even Ryancare next,


the sticking of the name on the bill is not about pride or posterity,


it's an attempt to affix political blame if it all goes wrong.


And what of Fulton and its 84% who stood so solid behind Trump?


Are they watching the machinations on the Hill, the swamp,


They'll give him the benefit of the doubt for now,


Whether they like it if he does, it is perhaps the bigger


A mother whose daughter died at the age of 15


after taking MDMA called tonight for the legalisation of all drugs


Everything from heroin to MDMA to cannabis.


Five years ago Anne-Marie Cockburn's daughter Martha was sitting her


GCSEs and thinking about studying engineering, she was a talented


But she was also curious about drugs - something her mother found out


after she died from taking half a gram of MDMA powder that turned


Anne-Marie Cockburn is with me now. Thank you for joining us. What


actually happened to Martha on that day? She went kayaking with friends


on a Saturday morning, a lovely July day in 2013. And afterwards she for


some reason swallowed half a gram of white powder that turned out to be


ecstasy, MDMA powder that was 91% pure. Within three hours of taking


it she was dead. So that was actually an incredibly powerful


dose? Yes, much higher than the normal street level. I think


possibly the chances are it would have killed more than several


people. I've been told it was enough for five to ten people in one go.


When did you find out what happened? Well, it was very quickly we got


told drugs were involved. And in respect of the dosage and so on that


wasn't until a few days afterwards. But initially, yes, we were told


instantly she has taken something. She was with friends at the time?


She was with friends but she was the only one who took it. So then after


the funeral you were going through the family computer and what did you


find? I found her Google history and she'd been looking for ways to take


ecstasy safely. Because she was a clever girl and she wanted to make


sure she wouldn't overdose. Yes. She was at that stage in her adolescence


and she did want to try things, she was a curious child and I encouraged


her curiosity in life, as you do as a parent as much as you can. But


that was a moment when I realised the situation was that she got lost


in the detail and made a great mistake. She had taken ecstasy


before and I think, as any mother would, you'd had a kind of


contretemps about it. Yes, I was one of those parents, I said why would


you do this? She said it makes me feel happy. I said, aren't you happy


anyway? She said yes but it makes me feel even happier. I couldn't


believe that. I just said don't do it, don't do it, I didn't want her


to do it. I said just say no. And you know what went on to happen.


After that terrible tragedy occurred you then started a campaign for


legalisation. I want to go back and ask, before what happened happened


were you for the legalisation, or even decriminalisation of drugs? I


didn't think it related to families like mine. I was blissfully ignorant


but I've learned the hard way and I've learned very quickly what I


really should have known then. What do you say to people who say, well,


if you legalise drugs for the over 18s it's still going to be the


teenagers who, even though drink's legal, who experiment, take too


much, and indeed get themselves into terrible trouble? Well, had Martha


taken something that was licensed and regulated with a label, with


ingredients, and dosage information, she wouldn't have taken enough for


five to ten people and I believe she would still be here today. You don't


want to think of your child taking drugs but if they are going to do it


anyway I'd rather they get something from a licensed dealer than from the


black market. What do you think of the whole just say no? It's out of


date, it doesn't work. I said just say no, instead of telling Martha


what she needed to note based on what she was doing. We need to


engage with this properly and we need to be realistic about modern


society. But some, I suppose, would say that the just say no works for


some kids and some just say no to heavy alcohol use works as well and


it's legalised. So, actually, does there need to be a clear message


anyway about drugs? About what drugs are, about handling drugs and so


forth. The only way we can do that is to get it out into the open, to


shed complete light on the truth of drugs, the good, the bad and the


ugly and the only way we can get rid of the black market is by a legal


and regulatory model meaning you can fully educate people, they note the


parameters, they know what it contains and so on. You can't


educate at the moment that it might have this in it or it might... In


Martha's case she had no idea it was 91% pure.


There will be other parents who will take a diametrically opposed views


to you because they think actually nothing would be further from what


they want to see that legalise drugs were on the streets. Well, I wish I


had the luxury of still being a parent. On their behalf I'm talking


about the subject so they don't become me. Anne-Marie Cockburn,


thank you very much indeed. Thank you.


For much of the last year Britain has been divided into two,


at times seemingly irreconcilable tribes -


Or Remoaners, depending on your point of view.


But with the start of our formal divorce from the EU days away,


we've been doing our bit for national unity by inviting


prominent Remainers to find at least one positive thing


Tonight the News Statesman's Stephen Bush raises a glass to Brexit.


It's become one of the most reliable and soul-destroying


cliches of our politics, that you can't talk


Of course, that isn't true, as a cursory glance at a British


But it is true to say that while we've been in the EU,


we haven't been able to control most of the immigration to Britain.


This has meant that our politicians have avoided talking up the benefits


of immigration and have erected ever crueller barriers to people who wish


Now that we are leaving, we can at least have an honest conversation


about who we want to come here and how we treat


We leave you with the camera work of Jeremy Jones


Jeremy records aeroplanes taking off and landing, and he was filming


at Birmingham Airport in the middle of Storm Doris last month.


In a 60mph crosswind he witnessed more than a few


hair-raising moments during aborted landings - none more so than this


one, made by William Barron, the pilot of Monarch Flight 971J.


Hello. Snow, ice and heavy rain in the forecast


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