The Queen's Speech is on Wednesday - but there is no majority in Parliament. Lord Heseltine speaks to Newsnight, plus news of Barclays fraud charges and the latest on Grenfell.
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For 60 years the Queen has been delivering her speech
at the opening of Parliament - but has she ever seen
A minority government, with no deal and a weakened leader.
How can the Government begin to set the agenda
Nine years on from the financial crash,
Barclays bankers face charges - is this a moment for major public
catharsis against those we thought untouchable?
And the printed press turning up the dial on Jeremy Corbyn.
Did the tabloid propaganda machine misfire, or has
We all have to recognise that we don't have a monopoly now.
We've got new forces, disruptive forces that
are fundamentally changing the media landscape.
There is something vaguely absurd about the prospect
Perhaps it was the dawning realisation that led to a stripping
down of the pomp and ceremony of tomorrow's Queen's Speech. Gone, we
now understand, will be elements usually reserved for such occasions.
Strangely appropriate, for a government having to moderate its
own ambition. The first Queen's Speech
after an election is traditionally a time to reassure the people
there is a steady hand. A sense of direction,
and a parliamentary agenda to be laid out -
the product of the nation's vote. We returned a minority government -
with as yet no DUP deal - We are revisiting questions
about the decisions taken a year ago And we have emerged
from the horrific events of recent Our political editor
Nick Watt is here for us. We're going to start with the deal,
or no Deal, with the DUP? The mood music between them did not look
great today. At Stormont, the DUP said the Tories mustn't take them
for granted. It feels to me there will be a version of the supply am
confident steel, that is not a full coalition, possibly on Thursday this
week. As I understand it, the DUP is looking at two core principles. In
the first instance, as Unionists, they would like to get games for the
United Kingdom as a whole. Maybe deep pension triple lock will
survive. In the second place, they want gains for Northern Ireland.
Crucially, they are saying this will not be for the DUP, they will be for
Northern Ireland as a whole, a big emphasis on building up and
improving what they describe as Northern Ireland's creaking
infrastructure. Where do you see us on Brexit? The numbers in parliament
after the election have moved in a mildly soft Brexit direction. I have
been speaking to senior Tories who believe they can stop the government
leaving the EU without a deal. They are saying that, if such a scenario
is looming, they would be able to pass, they would have the numbers to
pass, a very simple amendment to the Repeal Bill, the measure that will
convert the body of all EU law into UK law, before the UK decides which
bits it wants to get rid of. That amendment would, very simply, they
say, cancelled the repeal of the 1972 European Communities Act, which
provided the lawful basis for our accession into the EEC, which then
became the EU. The idea is this, they want to discourage the
Government from going down the no Deal route, by saying in Parliament,
could complicate Brexit effectively obliging ministers to go back to the
EU and ask for an extension of the article 15 negotiations. Westminster
now has a very different feel with a minority government. I have been
looking at how tomorrow might pan out.
As the UK Basques in glorious sunshine, you could be forgiven for
thinking we have stepped back in time. It was for decades ago that
Britain experienced a prolonged heatwave and life under a government
with a tenuous grip on Parliament. Westminster will be treated to a
familiar sight tomorrow, as Her Majesty breaks into Royal Ascot to
deliver her delayed Queen's Speech. The pomp and ceremony, slimmed down
in the circumstances, will suggest that the ship of state sales on in
magisterial style. But this will be a minority government that will have
to cut deals to survive. Theresa May had hoped to secure a deal with the
DUP by tomorrow. That has still not been agreed, giving a taste of how
challenging this parliament will be for the Tories. There is a good
chance it will be similar to the 70s, given the government is in a
minority. One significant votes, it will need to have a full turnout. It
will depend on the measure. Don't forget, the Government is a minority
in relation to all other parties, not the opposition. It could be
trench warfare in terms of committees, not just on the floor of
the house. Labour plans to make life very difficult for the Prime
Minister, amid high hopes that a second election may have to be
called. Where we have just had a new parliament re-elected and the
Conservative manifesto was actually trashed before the election was even
over, you wonder why they want to be in power when they don't have a
programme. In the end, we have to move forward as a society, with a
government that knows what it wants to do, with a programme to make
society better, instead of one that is adrift. I think that is the
danger, after this election, for the current Conservative government. The
Queen will travel along this well trodden route tomorrow, although the
day will have a slightly less formal feel about it. His speech will
herald a Parliament that will ultimately be defined by Brexit.
There will be a series of bills to provide a legal basis for the UK's
new life outside the EU. But the election has changed the
parliamentary numbers and senior Tories now believe there is a
majority to stop a so-called hard Brexit. That is leaving the EU
without a deal. The outcome of the election puts tremendous pressure on
the Government. Obviously in relation to the actual negotiations
themselves, but now in relation to the House of Commons. The pressures
its placing on government are twofold, one is in relation to its
own supporters, and the other is the House of Commons. To maximise impact
it needs to carry the whole house with it. It may need to think about
how it achieves that, in terms of keeping the house informed, but also
listening to the house. A chastened Theresa May will declare tomorrow
she will govern with humility and resolve. In addition to the Brexit
legislation, there will be draft bills on domestic violence and
tenant fees, designed to attract consensus. The Prime Minister wants
to show that, even without a parliamentary majority, she can make
a difference. As the Prime Minister said after the election, we got more
votes and more seats than anybody else, albeit not the result we
wanted. I think it is still a very ambitious Government and there is a
lot to get done. Delivering Brexit and also delivering on the domestic
agenda, big things that will change peoples lives in a very significant
way. Actually, I think there will be quite a lot of consensus in
Parliament. Lots of debate about the details, but actually updating
mental health legislation, something that I think will have a great deal
of sporty consensus. The Queen will be hoping she can return to royal as
got after her duties in Parliament. There will be no such relaxation at
Westminster. Our once strong and stable Prime Minister will be
embarking a dramatic scaling back of her election manifesto in her bid
for political survival. Earlier this evening,
I spoke to someone who's seen a few Queen's Speeches in his time,
the Conservative I asked him what his advice
to Theresa May would I think that it's not conceivable
that she will lead the Conservatives So I think that the realistic
appraisal she has to make is how does she secure the best possible
successor for the And that may need a bit
of time because two things First of all the who,
and there's no obvious choice. Secondly and probably even more
important, the what. My guess is general election
in the year, 18 months' time, and the period between now and then
is going to be dominated by the same issues that have caused the trouble,
the continuing austerity In a sense then it doesn't
matter what she says, if you think she's not going to be
around to implement it or to be I think that the Queen's speech
is going to be dominated by the jumbo Brexit Bill
and a number of smaller Brexit bills, and everything else
will be relatively obscure And if Theresa May goes,
does she take her own version I think that the idea of a hard
Brexit is not credible. I don't think there is the majority
for it in Parliament. We have a split Cabinet,
we have a split country. And the opening shot, if you like,
yesterday, the first meeting, we lost the argument on the issue
of the bill we are We wanted to get on to the trade
issues, that are vitally important. The French and the
Europeans said no. Do you think Brexit
as it stands is dead? In the hard sense that we're
going to leave the whole thing and be our own independent sovereign
nation, that is simply not the way I think that is very much
open to question now. You, sir, are a staunch,
unashamed Remainer. There will be many here
saying you're just hearing Well, it's not really
what I want to hear. Because I'm seeing my
country humiliated. You know, though, that a change
in leadership would be done by Tory party members
and they are overwhelmingly Or do you think that there should
be another coronation It would be better if there
could be an agreement that wasn't as a consequence
of the divisive leadership struggle. Well, the leadership struggle
is already beginning. I mean, great protests of unity,
we all know the form. But the friends of each
of the potential participants are canvassing the House of Commons,
looking for support. We are seeing the government,
minority government, without yet the support of the DUP,
do you think Conservatives are better off with
a deal, or without one? I don't think it is relevant,
because it won't last long enough Simply the by-election phenomenon,
which will start, unavoidably, will reflect public disquiet,
which is always there It is a bigger threat than can be
met by what looks like a very fragile relationship,
if it happens, with the DUP. So is there anything that
Theresa May can say tomorrow which would give her the authority
to reset the clock and start again? I think it will need
a new leader to do that. We did ask the Government
for an interview, but they declined. So let's talk to their designated
surrogate, Tory MP Chris Philp. Nice to have you here. I suspect
there will be a lot of you disagree with in that interview. He painted a
picture of a leader on borrowed time? I don't recognise that. There
is a lot in Lord Heseltine's comments I disagree with. The two
main parties, who got 80% of the vote in the election, both said
clearly we are going to leave the European Union, we are going to come
out of the customs union and single market. So nothing has to change on
the directional Brexit? I don't think so, the two main parties have
the same things in their manifesto. Why did your Chancellor today
suggest a very different set of priorities? I don't think he did. He
said we are leaving the European Union, we are going to be leaving
the customs union. He said we would be prioritising the economy in the
negotiations. In terms of the free trade deal. There is no change
there. If you look at the Lancaster house speech, the Brexit White
Paper, it was clear in those documents... Theresa May is going to
carry you through a five-year parliament to the next election? You
believe that? I haven't got a crystal ball. What is that code for?
It is not code for anything. I thought we would vote to Remain and
Donald Trump would never become President, so I have given up making
political predictions. The 1922 Committee, a week ago, all of my
parliamentary colleagues, 320 of us, were cheering the Prime Minister,
coming back, having beaten the Labour Party by 60 seats and 1
million votes. We are all firmly behind her. Do you agree the
manifesto has been ditched and something has to be much more
consensual? I am quite excited for what we can
do with that country in the coming years especially helping those on
low income and those just about managing. So in the manifesto, in
the Queen's Speech I expect confirmation that are going to keep
on putting up the minimum wage and raised tax threshold to help those
on lower incomes. And police cuts? We've already said that we will
protect police budgets. That is different, police funding is the end
to specific police cuts which have been going ahead, which we are now
hearing will not be taken. So the police budget is to be protected and
has been pretty years. There was a proposal to change the way it was
allocated between different regions. Will it change direction, we heard a
lot of things like she will not come for free school meals for children,
or takeaway much-needed funding for police on the front line of terror.
I think the message is to learn from the election. But on the terror
funding, we are spending ?2 billion extra on anti-terrorism. That was
announced a year ago so there is more money going into that. Where
are we now with the DUP, you heard Lord Heseltine said was irrelevant
because there simply will not be a government for long. I simply do not
agree, last week I saw three and interviewed my colleagues
enthusiastically supporting the government. Just on the DUP
specifically? The deal has not been reached and the government and Prime
Ministers have been busy this week with Brexit negotiations and that
terrible fire. I'm confident that there will be an agreement reached.
And you look forward to that? I think there will be a sensible
arrangement. They do not want to see Jeremy Corbyn running the country
any more than will -- than we do. Of course it would be a confidence and
supply arrangement. Does it make you got going into government with the
DUP? It is not the coalition, it is a confident and supply arrangement.
And I think that will happen. And we will deliver things like the energy
cap to help ordinary families, extra for the NHS and school. Thank you
very much. Back to that delayed deal
between the Tories and the DUP. In Northern Irish politics the past
is rarely another country, and that can make for some uneasy
alliances - the DUP as a party come to the table
with a fair amount of baggage. John Sweeney has been taking
a closer look at who they are, Northern Ireland is part
of the United Kingdom but some of what happens here is quite
different to what goes It is the preparations
for a bloody good bonfire, to celebrate the victory
of a Protestant king against a Catholic King,
in the 17th century. Theresa May's government
cannot survive long without the support of ten MPs
from the Democratic Unionist Party. The DUP was founded by the late
Reverend Ian Paisley in 1971 when both sides of the sectarian
divide reached for their guns. And this the late
Martin McGuinness - once the chief of staff -
and much later, Northern Ireland's And this was Gregory Campbell,
with his legally held revolver. Today he is one
of the DUP's ten MPs. You either be killed
by them, or kill them. Sam McBride reports
for the main loyalist newspaper There is no sense that the DUP
is anywhere near as closely aligned to loyalist paramilitaries
as Sinn Fein would I think the relationship
between the DUP and loyalist paramilitaries or those who are very
close to loyalist paramilitaries But because Number Ten needs
the DUP, the spotlight is fiercely In particular the Ulster Defence
Association, the UDA. Banned in 1992 but still
very much in business. The troubles are over, but
the killing is not ancient history. Late last month a man
called Colin Horner, who people said was an activist
in the UDA, took his little boy shopping
in the Sainsbury's behind me. Shopping done, the little boy
was in the car when a man came up It is believed this is an internal
power struggle in the UDA. A few days later, Arlene Foster,
the leader of the DUP, meets Jackie McDonald,
who many people believe is the effective leader of the UDA
in Northern Ireland. So at its most charitable,
this does not look good for the DUP, or the people
they are negotiating with. Arlene Foster was at her
feisty best when tackled about the paramilitaries
during the election. We condemn utterly the murder
that occurred on Sunday. Such a horrific murder
in front of a child, who will never be able
to get over that. That will stay with that child
for the rest of his young life. Just to be clear, that the UDA,
the UVF and every paramilitary organisation should be
out of existence. Did you say that to Jackie McDonald
yesterday when you met him? I had no need to say
it to Jackie McDonald. Jackie McDonald knows my views
very, very clearly. If people want to move away
from criminality, from terrorism, But anyone who is engaged in this
sort of activity should stop, should desist, and if they don't,
they should be open Alistair Ross was a DUP Minister
in the Northern Ireland I can understand why that
reception looked pretty bad, but of course many politicians
in all parties are working with people in difficult
to reach communities. And actually most of the last ten
years has been a criticism of politicians for not engaging
with people and trying to move them Just before the election,
the Loyalist Communities Council, widely held to speak for the UDA,
the UVF and the Red Hand commando, issued a statement, calling
for every unionist to vote for three Nigel Dodds, Gavin Robinson,
and Emma Little-Pengelly. The DUP told Newsnight
that the party had rejected the endorsement, and that applied
to the three MPs. Did these MPs, did they say, no
thank you, we don't want your help? I think Emma Little-Pengelly
actually posted something on Facebook just after
the endorsement where she certainly wasn't saying that she welcomed it,
but there was an implicit acceptance of it where she was effectively
saying that just as loyalists have a past, it doesn't mean
they shouldn't have a future. She was I suppose giving a nod
and a wink to those people that she accepted their endorsement,
she wasn't going to Other DUP figures in other parts
of Northern Ireland were not so happy with it and were very keen
to get out there that really I want to thank the people
of Taughmonagh... In her victory speech,
Little-Pengelly thanked specific Starting with Taughmonagh,
which so happens to be the home turf This is an incredible day
for unionism in south Belfast. This is the future
of Northern Ireland. Behind me there they are putting
together wind turbines. But we have just spoken
to somebody whose words take us He is a Protestant who has been
a victim of UDA violence, and he says the UDA and the DUP
are far too close. He says he has seen with his
own eyes the UDA get Because he was afraid
of what might happen to him In Northern Ireland both sides
in politics know people But only one side is going to keep
Theresa May in power. We have just finished a meeting
with the British Prime Minister And we told her very directly
that she was in breach Will fringe elements of the IRA keep
sitting on their hands? The bad news is that the marching
season is about to start and the nationalist hard man
who secured peace, Newsnight asked the DUP
about this allegation. A spokesperson said that there can
be no place for any paramilitary And it is easier for unnamed sources
to make allegations than to present We asked for an interview
with the three DUP MPs endorsed Britain's Serious Fraud Office has
defied critics who accuse it of failing to pursue those
at the top by criminally charging Barclays and four
former senior managers. The charges were over
undisclosed Barclays payments to Qatari Investors during emergency
fundraising in 2008 that allowed the bank to turn down a state
bailout at the height The move surprised many -
and of course there have as yet been no convictions -
but it may be a defining cathartic moment for those who believed
the big were too big to fail - Once the public's lust for justice
was carried out in Execution Dock Today a commemorative
gallows swings within sight There an industry that has in recent
years certainly felt the scorching But this is a different kind
of public spectacle. The Serious Fraud Office has charged
Barclays and four of its former The charges relate to ?12 billion
in emergency funds raised by the bank from Qatari investors
in the midst of The seriousness of it comes
about for two reasons. One is the seniority
of the people who now, for them, unfortunately find themselves
in the dock. And secondly, because the SFO has
chosen to charge Barclays itself as a corporate entity
with a criminal offence. And I cannot think of another
example where the Serious Fraud Office has brought criminal charges
against a household and global household name like it
has in this instance. The bank and four former Barclays
executives face charges of conspiracy to commit fraud
by false representation relating to a first
deal in June 2008. The bank and former chief
executive John Varley as well as Roger Jenkins,
a key deal-maker, face the same charge relating to another
October 2008 fundraising. They are also charged
with what is called unlawful Fraud by false representation refers
to ?322 million paid to Qatar for The allegation is that these
payments were not all But for some the issue goes
beyond a simple disclosure one. Fundamentally the issue
is not one of disclosure, And a criminal charge of fraud
by way of misrepresentation requires the prosecution,
the SFO, to show that those it says acted wrongly,
acted in a dishonest fashion. It is the element of dishonesty that
moves this from a regulatory investigation conducted,
for example, by the Financial Conduct Authority,
into a criminal prosecution. The second charges is unlawful
financial assistance. That alleges that Barclays
in November 2008 lent And in doing so Barclays effectively
provided some of the funds The most damning part of this
is the financial assistance. So if you look at the companies act
2006, what you find is a section there which says that a company
cannot lend money to another financial vehicle company and that
other companies then buys the shares So this is what was
allegedly happening here. Where Barclays was giving money
to a Qatari investment vehicle, and that vehicle was then buying
shares of Barclays Now, this is problematic because it
dilutes the capital base of the first company and if things
go wrong, both of the companies The irony is that thanks to this
deal, Barclays did not need public money when its peers
were bailed out. And these charges have nothing
at all to do with the causes As much as anything
Barclays' old hard charging And the lengths it was prepared
to go to to avoid public ownership. Andre Spicer did some work
with Barclays around changing its culture
following the crisis. I guess the step is showing
that they are able to hold The big danger, which has
happened now, is the banks seem to have said yes,
we have de-risked our business, yes, we have become more ethical, yes,
we have got these lovely posters which show us how caring
and kind they are. But have they really
change their culture internally? Or are we beginning to see some
of the bad practices seep back in? And are we just going to see a sort
of repeat of some of the problems The Barclays of today is keen to put
the Qatar fundraising behind it. The bank said it is considering its
position in relation to the charges. Mr Jenkins and another executive,
Richard Both, said they contest Mr Varley and the fourth executive
have yet to comment. They will appear in
court on July the 3rd. Now, since the Grenfell fire last
week, we have been looking at the role that the new cladding
around the building may have played. Yesterday we reported that local
councils had been asked by the Government to report back
on the status of high rise Our Policy Editor Chris Cook
is here with the latest on that. Where are we? The news is, as you
say, we had the Government had asked local authorities to investigate
their own blocks and housing associations. They asked them to
send any samples of aluminium cladding they had to make sure it
was not the sort of cladding we saw at Grenfell, aluminium cladding with
a plastic cork, that was not the better, more fireproof cladding.
Actually, the situation might be better than we feared last week. We
know that in Scotland they have not found any, through their own
processes, nor in Northern Ireland. We know in Birmingham, Leeds,
restore, Wolverhampton, we have not found any. Manchester have almost
finished their audit and have not found any. There were five blocks in
Newcastle, where they were sending samples. There were 13 in Camden in
London, three in new and three in barn, sending samples to test to see
whether it is dangerous or not. They have already had the results back?
The sending of samples is reassuring? Well, we haven't had the
samples back. Only in the case of Barnett do we think it is the
dangerous plastic cladding. That is the only case where we think there
is prior reason to believe that is the case. Even in those cases, they
are installed in a different way, they are surrounded by more
fireproof material than was used at Grenfell and they have regular fire
breaking. Even if something went wrong, it should hopefully be
better. I appreciate if you live in one of these blocks, it is worrying
and frightening. We have a picture of a quite troubling fire from
Camden from 2012. As you can see, a pensioner's flat got absolutely
gutted. This is in one of the blocks of flats where Camden has sent
material to be tested at the government laboratory. I don't know
if you saw that picture, the window was scorched, but it didn't spread,
it was contained. Even these flats that have the aluminium cladding,
they may be fine. Reassuring. Thank you very much.
The day the Sun newspaper went full anti-Corbyn and splashed COR-BIN
across it's front page there were - anecdotally - reports
Copies of the paper picked up not by those who agreed with it -
but by a whole younger crowd collecting them to set them
In years to come,this election may come to be
The point at which the old media - all of us - lost our power.
Younger voters relied on their newsfeeds,
full of stories that older generations simply werent seeing.
So are the days when it was The Sun What Won it truly over?
The BBC's media editor Amol Rajan reports.
As you may have noticed, Theresa May wasn't returned
to Downing Street with a thumping majority on June the 9th,
despite all the warnings about the alternative
from what we still call Fleet Street.
We've had enough of Jezza's rubbish, vote Tory!
Britain's newspapers aren't used to being defied.
Once upon a time, when the papers spoke, the country listened.
If Kinnock wins today, will the last person to leave
We don't want to influence you in your final judgment
on who will be Prime Minister, but if it's a bald bloke with wispy
red hair and two Ks in his surname, we'll see you at the airport!
Or, at least of the country appeared to have listened,
But, news just in, print titles aren't the political power
I have to hand it to Kelvin MacKenzie.
Back in 92 he said, will the last person turn the lights off
and essentially claimed all the credit for the Conservative
In fact, that was probably the high point of influence of newspapers.
There were other factors, they just got overwhelmed
I think since then, relatively speaking,
newspapers' influence has certainly declined.
It's not irrelevant, but other voices, as you say,
in a fragmented media landscape, have become more important.
There is unanimous agreement that, with declining circulations
and the shift to online, newspapers are weaker
They don't have an overall majority at this stage.
But perhaps the election of June 2017 was a turning point
Going into the campaign, Theresa May generally received
fawning coverage of a kind her predecessors could only dream of,
while Jeremy Corbyn was pilloried as an anachronistic idealist.
Revealed: Corbyn's manifesto to take Britain back to 1970s!
And yet, for the first time in perhaps four decades,
the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Lord Rothermere did not get
the result they wanted, even though the PM was reinstalled
Stephen, do you think Fleet Street underestimated Jeremy Corbyn?
Yes, there is no doubt that they did.
Not just Fleet Street, I mean half of the Labour Party
most of the Tory party, most of the chattering
Yet at one of the haunts favoured by hacks in years gone by,
Stephen Glover of the Daily Mail warns that the influence
I think people are often, particularly on the left,
in danger of exaggerating the power of the right-wing press,
as though the right-wing press decide the outcome of elections.
If you look back to the 1990s, when Blair was courting
The Sun and Rupert Murdoch, and in those days The Sun
was selling twice as many copies as it does now.
Well, I think that The Sun was following Blair as much
as Blair was The Sun, and The Sun knew that some change
was going on in society and it felt it from its readers.
Like the Mail, the Daily Telegraph has historically been intimate
Its editor argues that Jeremy Corbyn got the coverage he deserved.
We were surprised that Mrs May didn't win a majority,
We endorsed her because she was closest to our values.
That's not to say that our support was unqualified.
We said throughout the campaign that she should have talked
I think it was a failure not to do so, they have a strong
record on the economy, a good story to tell, they didn't.
Interestingly, the failure to do that did help Corbyn.
I think you can look at things like Facebook and say,
when you got a message such as Corbyn's, where you are making
specific offers, to specific interest groups of more money,
it's possible that people who use Facebook only find the bit
that relates to them, the offer of more money
for their particular interest groups, and they don't see
the overarching narrative that if we were to try
and deliver all that money, then we would soon become Venezuela.
# We've had enough of broken promises...
August titles like the Telegraph and Mail have to reckon
In an industrial park off the Old Kent Road in London,
not far from Peckham, Labour Party member Aaron Bastani
has, together with fellow comrades, launched Novara Media,
a left-wing antidote to what he sees as the prevailing
So, Labour have just increased their share of the vote by 9%.
This marks a watershed moment for the modern Labour Party.
I call myself a libertarian communist.
I've also called myself a fully automated luxury communist.
People that own newspapers and, sadly, many people that write
for those same newspapers simply don't understand how
difficult life is for so many in 21st-century Britain.
The likes of Novara harness the viral power of Facebook
in particular to advance an unfiltered worldview.
But are they hacks in the traditional sense?
Aren't you in danger of not really being a journalist,
but being either an activist or a propagandist?
I wear those commitments very publicly.
I think, actually, far more journalists in Britain
are politically committed than they dare admit.
The point is, I'm honest and open about it.
I think the challenge for many people in the media
print and broadcast, is to be very clear and open
?10,000 and you can essentially have a TV channel
Whether you are Novara Media, whether you are The Financial Times
What I'd say to anybody watching this is, go out and do it yourself.
Let them come forth and bring forth their blogs.
As Mirror editor Lloyd Embley points out, national papers do themselves
I think it is a watershed in some respects.
But I think it's wrong to suggest that Fleet Street can't and doesn't
The Mirror has always supported Labour, but last year even
they stuck the proverbial boot into Corbyn.
In the context of the problem that he was having with the MPs
and his Parliamentary Labour Party, at that point, we felt
that it was so disruptive that it would not be beneficial
But, at the time, that was the basis for what we said.
The Mirror and Corbyn have now made up.
The deputy editor of another title that warmed to Corbyn
acknowledges that his canny use of new alternative media was key.
You can put stuff out there, unmediated.
Also, you don't have to give up access in exchange
for the size of your audience, which was always the trade-off that
a left-wing politician had to make before.
They had to say, OK, The Sun are probably going to be
quite hostile to me, but I need to reach their readers.
Actually, they found a way now, I think Jeremy Corbyn's Facebook
page has got 1.1 million likes on it, to reach a tabloid sized
audience without having to go through those editorial hoops.
Before you pronounce print's influence dead,
it's worth bearing in mind the Tory manifesto acceded to many
And let's not forget the outcome of another big vote recently.
Your country needs you! Vote leave today!
In terms of the influence of the press, I think
that is probably the most significant example in recent times
of where the printed press did have an influence.
If there is a broad dividing line in British media, it is that
print is for the old and online is for the young.
Ever since I been a journalist, newspapers have always wanted
to appeal to the young, and they've always failed.
When they do try to strain to hard towards younger readers,
they find that younger readers don't buy them, because many young
people aren't interested in buying printed newspapers.
They also disenchant their existing readers.
If we all say the world is completely atomised,
I think that's what newspapers, great newspapers have always done.
They've had a strong sense of community.
We all have to recognise that we don't have a monopoly now.
We've got new forces, disruptive forces, are have
fundamentally changing the media landscape.
Whether the next generation cares about what the papers
But they are breaking and remaking news as we know it.
So, will the last person to leave Fleet Street please
That is it for tonight. As Glastonbury approaches, we leave you
with this charming bit of nepotism from Dave Grohl, who promoted his
daughter, Harper, in front of 20,000 people.
# Playing in the street, going to be a big man Sunday
# You've got mud on your face # You big disgrace
# Kicking your can all over the place
# We will, we Will rock you! Very good evening to you. Many parts
of the country had a beautiful day today, particularly in the
The Queen's Speech is on Wednesday - but there is no majority in Parliament. Lord Heseltine speaks to Newsnight, plus news of Barclays fraud charges and the latest on Grenfell. And has the printed press media lost its electoral force?