tv The Papers BBC News November 13, 2020 10:30pm-10:46pm GMT
and communities get together and pray for peace and prosperity for the year ahead. but how are families coping under the covid restrictions? our correspondent rajeev gupta has been finding out. diwali is one of the most celebrated times of the year for hindus, sikhs and jains. 0h, nice! but this year, the coronavirus means that things will be quieter, with families making do with festivities from home. and for some, they may not even be celebrating at all. mum was all about family. that's something piral raja from bolton knows all too well. the cruel reality of the virus has disproportionally affected families like hers. # happy birthday to you.# her mum died just two weeks ago after contracting the virus in the second wave. she was only 63 and self—isolating.
we didn't expect what happened to my mum, and we took all the precautions and it would just take an event where people get together for it to go rife, and, you know, we wouldn't wish that on any family. diwali is very special in everyone's hearts, and we can celebrate, we can get dressed up, we can have the diyas lit up, but i think all within our own homes, without kind of mixing. with diwali falling on a weekend this year, extended families would have expected to come together for large gatherings. instead, preparations are now being made for a diwali from home. say namaste, kids. namaste. and for me, that includes a video call with my mum and the kids instead of seeing her in person. i'm going to miss all the love and cuddles. actual presence of the grandchildren, i would say, and my children. i wish that next year we are together and able
to celebrate it happily. as the chancellor lit diyas outside downing street to welcome in diwali, the government have put out a plea, asking people to respect the strict covid rules. there are thousands of nhs doctors who celebrate diwali every year with theirfamilies, but for them, this year will be different as well with many staffing nhs wards instead. i can't celebrate with friends, i can't celebrate with family. diwali is all about giving, it's all about resilience, it's all about victory. and if i'm working on that day and i can help people, then that is just as much of a celebration in some ways for me. so despite diwali being celebrated in a different way, this year perhaps the festival's central message of triumph in the face of adversity is a more pertinent one. rajeev gupta, bbc news, manchester.
and faiza shaheen, the director of the centre for labour and social studies and former labour prospective parliamentary candidate. hello to you both. our chat in a moment. quick look through some of the front pages, though, and there is one story really dominating. the daily telegraph reports dominic cummings was ordered out of downing street for good last night after being accused of briefing against the prime minister. according to the times, the departures of lee cain and dominic cummings represent the conclusion of a vicious power struggle at the heart of government. the financial times says the architect of britain's exit from the eu left downing street carrying a cardboard box and a trove of potentially dangerous secrets, and quotes a government insider saying they wouldn't be surprised if there's an explosive stunt between now and christmas. the i reports it was a bitter end to life at downing street for dominic cummings after days of political turmoil as,
according to the paper, borisjohnson lost patience with his controversial chief adviser after toxic infighting, whilst the guardian says the prime minister has been urged to appoint an mp as his permanent chief of staff — to help heal deep divisions between him and his backbenchers. the daily mirror reflects on the victims of the yorkshire ripper, who died today, saying they can now rest in peace. and the yorkshire post also carries pictures of sutcliffe's victims, saying his deaths ends one of the most hauntingly notorious chapters in yorkshire's history. 0k, ok, let's begin our chat. hello again, both. faiza, we're good to with, it's got to be dominic cummings, and it's the front page of the ft we are going to kick off with first —johnson
the ft we are going to kick off with first — johnson cuts cummings list. what details did you pick out in this that you found intriguing? one of the things i want to say, this is the story that is dominating across the story that is dominating across the papers, a picture of dominic cummings, whichi the papers, a picture of dominic cummings, which i think is really interesting, him walking out of number ten with a cardboard box. he does not have to walk out that way, and this speaks to me to the drama in numberten, to and this speaks to me to the drama in number ten, to the spectacle of him wanting to be seen to walk out in this way. and i think one of the things that is really irritated me about this story is that it is really political gossip in a lot of ways, there is very different pieces that will come out, for instance what cummings may or may not have said about boris johnson's fiance, various turn arguments internally, andi various turn arguments internally, and i think for us, as outsiders, thinking about the invocations of such drama at the heart of government, when we are still in the grips ofa government, when we are still in the grips of a pandemic, we are in the middle of the second lockdown, when
the unemployment rate jumped this week, the applications of this, we still have not got a brexit deal. what does this mean about the way in which the country is being run right now? it really does not look good. michael, faiza said there said that a lot of this political gossip. it was political gossip that led to lee cain and cummings leaving, and it was briefings, as many papers say, against, really, the top of the chain. fascinating. particular explosive on the front of the ft. it is fascinating detail, and it is political gossip but it is important political gossip but it is important political gossip. on the one side, you have these two guys, lee cain and dominic cummings, who have the ear of the prime minister, kind of
telling him what to do, and then on the other side, we have carrie simons, his fiancee, they are now struggling to control power —— carrie symonds. that picture on the front of the papers, that is the picture i think the public expected to seat six months ago when he went to seat six months ago when he went to barnard castle. it has not looks good for borisjohnson, dominic cummings has finally gone, and alec ethic with their turn to do is this great reset. if you read the ft, it is like the last days of rome in there. there is going to be a blogger, which is the scary thing political advisers do, like borisjohnson
like boris johnson —— like borisjohnson —— dominic cummings will be writing something explosive. he is taking a box out of there, it could be a box of papers, paperclips, but adding a bit of drama to it. they will be repercussions. if you read across all papers, you get the big picture of what has gone on, the ft has got the most drama in it, and it looks and there is much trauma to come, if we believe what had been going on before. there is a couple of reasons we are given here, faiza, same as the ft and also the front page of the ft and also the front page of the daily telegraph, we can turn to the daily telegraph, we can turn to the front of that as we continue our chat on that. brexiteers feature a lot as a possible reason. yes, there are two reasons in this article, well, three. one of them is this dynamic of the air that cummings has had any dry that he has had with the office, and other mps basically
being, conservative and peas, saying, we are not being listened to and dominic cummings is quite dismissive and ignores us, we have been sidelined, and that has caused ru ptu res been sidelined, and that has caused ruptures and arguments within number ten and amongst tory mps. ruptures and arguments within number ten and amongst tory mp5. the second reason is around carrie symonds, boris johnson's fiance, and various things that have been said about her, and the third aspect i think is interesting, is that, actually, we are all of this grandeur about what dominic cummings would achieve in thejob, but dominic cummings would achieve in the job, but actually what we are hearing from insiders is he actually could not do the job. he was disinterested and, from the last minute, he thought these could be donein minute, he thought these could be done in the last two or three days. that is not how government works. we do get this picture of various failures, various followings out, various issues of power and power dynamics within number ten and the wider conservative party. interesting, isn't it, that the
article talks about the faction? it does make you wonder who else is within the faction and still in number ten and what is going to happen next. the ft leading to revenge, but could there be more people leaving? there could be, because going across the spread of the papers, they do say that dominic cummings, he brought in a bunch of people — he wanted weirdos in their — and he brought some people in there, clever people, who did not do an awful lot according to the articles, and now they're going to be cleared out. i do think there needs to be some sort of clear out, some sort of reset here. fascinating word says that he has been accused of dithering by dominic cummings, has borisjohnson, of dithering by dominic cummings, has boris johnson, and of dithering by dominic cummings, has borisjohnson, and according to the telegraph, it says that carrie symonds has been sending up to 25 texan were to him, which is quite a
lot of texts to be bombarded with, thinking about what she thinks he should be doing policy wise, but it sounds like a six form common room in there and these people are supposed to believe the country. it is very dramatic and enjoyable to read, but when you take a step back and think about it, it is not great for the country! just to clarify on that, the text is part of this dossier that borisjohnson was upset about, as part of these briefings against, so that could fall into the whole idea of political gossip. he was upset when he saw that and that was upset when he saw that and that was partly when he told them to go. but let me put this to you. what do you make of carrie symonds's name featuring so highly at the highest ash lonza power, but also michael gove is in the mix as well. faiza, i will start with you first. gove is in the mix as well. faiza, i will start with you firstlj gove is in the mix as well. faiza, i will start with you first. i just find a way in which the story has played out over the week, with
carrie symonds in the middle of it, it is completely inappropriate. i wa nt to it is completely inappropriate. i want to come back to the fact we are in the middle of a pandemic, the under plumbing rate is rising, i know food banks here, referrals have gone up know food banks here, referrals have gone up across know food banks here, referrals have gone up across the country —— the unemployment rate has gone up. this isa unemployment rate has gone up. this is a very serious time, it is, i think the word unedifying is fair. it is not ok the government is being run in this way. you have to remember alongside this trauma, we are constantly hearing of examples of where contracts have not been at —— tended out, they have been given to friends, people closely connected, this as to this picture of sleaze and corruption and various inappropriate and, quite frankly, incompetent ways in which to run government. michael? bringing in michael gove into it, again, he was
quite a big ally of dominic cummings in the first place, so it is going to be very interesting to see what happens with michael gove. and as it says in there, what lee cain did, if they wanted an answer to something, they wanted an answer to something, they would go to michael gove instead of borisjohnson because they believed he was not making enough decisions. that is not great. it is not great particular event in unelected fiance of the prime minister is having such a great influence, obviously they are only human beings and we know in america, the first lady has influence on the president, we do know that prime ministers wives do clearly have an influence, but again, it is not great for democracy. and when these are the people making the decisions rather than the mps we elect. ok, we're going to turn out to the front of the yorkshire post. what a powerful and sad front page. faiza, this is following the death of peter sutcliffe. absolutely. these are the
types of front pages we should see after this death. we should not be talking about sutcliffe, who should be talking about the 13 women murdered by this man and the others who were forever affected. this story, and it is picked up in the daily mirror as well, is really horrific, this time when women when living in yorkshire —— when women living in yorkshire —— when women living in yorkshire lived in such fear. it is really important to remember those who were brutally murdered and the applications for theirfamilies murdered and the applications for their families —— implications murdered and the applications for theirfamilies —— implications for theirfamilies —— implications for theirfamilies. there theirfamilies —— implications for their families. there has theirfamilies —— implications for theirfamilies. there has been a sense of a leaf from the families there is some closure now that this man has died. michael. yeah, it is good to see that sutcliffe is not on that front page and it isjust the memory of those women, and again, today, we heard from west yorkshire