tv The Papers BBC News January 3, 2021 9:30am-10:01am GMT
this is bbc world news, the headlines: a growing row over schools in england — some councils urge the government to abandon plans for reopening primaries. but the government insists school closures are a "last resort" to curb infections. liverpool's council leaders have added to calls for the uk government to impose a new national lockdown — saying it's needed to prevent a catastrophe. india's medicines regulator gives the go ahead for two coronavirus vaccines — as it starts one of the world's biggest vaccination programmes. the oxford jab will be used alongside a locally developed vaccine. and israel leads the world with the highest rate of vaccinations — one in eight israelis gets a covid jab. now the sports news
with jane dougall. lots of great goals in the premier league. there certainly were, yes. covid—19 has caused another postponement — fulham's match at burnley this lunchtime is off, after a further outbreak at the london club. four matches did go ahead yesterday in the premier league, some great goals coming up, especially from arsenal as their recovery continues, plus tottenham move up to third in the table. austin halewood reports. so a new year, a fresh start and for tottenham renewed hope. their eyes are firmly set on a first premier league title and, after a disappointing end to 2020, this was a welcome start to their first game back against leeds. harry kane from the penalty spot, 1—0. and usually for spurs, if it is not kane then it is often son heung—min. commentator: the double act are at it again. son with his 100th goalfor the club. a shaky start, then, to the new year for leeds,
but for spurs things are looking up. well, meanwhile, across london, arsenal had been looking over their shoulder. after the bleakest of mid—winters, the gunners are 14th but recently they've found their spark, and at west brom it came from the left wing. commentator: brilliant play from kieren tierney. that's a blast and it's an absolutely sensational goal! and not long after that, arsenal looked like their old selves again. two before half time and two more after it. in the january snow, their season back on track. 0n the south coast, brighton fans were looking for some new found—inspiration too and they got it. commentator: what a way to start 2021! captain lewis dunk rescuing a point in a 3—3 draw with wolves. but the team most craving the new year was sheffield united. with only two points so far, it is the worse start to a season in premier league history so this was the last thing they needed.
palace ahead after just four minutes. and after that it only got worse. eberechi ezejinking his way through the defence and finishing one of the goals of the season. a strike that quickly finished all of sheffield united's new year cheer. austin halewood, bbc news. tottenham managerjose mourinho may have been happy with their win over leeds but he was definitely not happy with three of his players — erik lamela, sergio reguilon and giovani lo celso, who were pictured at a party, in breach of coronavirus rules. the club are investigating — they said they were "extremely disappointed". i believe that we do everything to keep our players safe. i believe that every club also tries to do the same but we are not in control of 2a hours per day, and i think i told you enough and i told you everything.
in the scottish premiership, rangers and celtic marked the 50th anniversary of the ibrox stadium disaster, which cost 66 fans their lives. both teams laid wreaths before the old firm derby, in memory of the supporters who were killed in a crush on a stairway. almost half of those who perished were under the age of 20. to the match itself — and celtic were the better side until their defender nir bitton was sent off for that foul on alfredo morelos. then a deflection off callum mcgregor was enough to give rangers a 1—0 victory — their third derby win in a row and a i9—point lead at the top of the table. there was a real shock in rugby union's premiership, with reigning champions exeter chiefs beaten for the first time this season. and it was a heavy defeat too — wasps winning by 3a points to five, as exeter paid the price for resting
six of their international players. lima sopoaga there with the pick of the tries — he also kicked nine points. sale ended their run of three straight defeats by beating bottom of the table gloucester 22 points to 19. they trailed for much of the match at kingsholm until the 78th minute whenjosh beaumont scored their only try of the match. edinburgh narrowly got the better of glasgow warriors in their pro 14 game at murrayfield, to take the 1872 cup. it was a really tight match and it was scoreless for over an hour, before jaco van der walt got edinburgh's first points on the board. a few minutes later they extended their lead, when magnus bradbury crossed the line. glasgow got a late try but edinburgh held on. there's more on all yesterday's games on the bbc sport website. british boxer luke campbell said he was "heartbroken" after his hopes
of another world title shot suffered a severe blow. in the early hours of this morning, campbell was beaten on a technical knockout by the rising american star ryan garcia in a gripping lightweight fight in dallas. campell, the olympic champion from london 2012, —— campbell, the olympic champion from london 2012, landed a left hook in round two to floor garcia. but he recovered — and he was the first man to beat campbell by stoppage when the fight was halted in the seventh round. campbell told garcia afterwards that he punched harder than anyone he'd everfaced. so garcia moves towards a title challenge, but at 33, campbell is running out of time. england's cricketers have arrived in sri lanka, for their two—test tour. a charter flight landed in the south of the island, where all members of the party and their belongings were sprayed with disinfectant, before everyone underwent a rapid covid—19 test. their next stop is a bio—secure bubble, where they'll prepare for the matches,
the first test starts on the 14th. england abandoned a tour of sri lanka in march on the second day of a practice match, as the pandemic spread. and that's all the sport — now it's time for the papers. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. —— bringing us today. we can speak to the political editor of the sun on sunday david wooding, and the writer, critic and commentator shyama perera. hgppy happy new year, thank you for being with us this morning. let us go through some of the front pages. the sunday telegraph leads on comments from 0fsted's chief inspector amanda spielman — who says children cannot
be ‘furloughed' for months whilst coronavirus cases subside , and that time out of classroom should be kept to the "absolute minimum". teaching unions havejoined forces to call for schools to be kept closed to slow the spread of the virus. the sunday express reports on comments from the prime minister — he describes the work on the oxford vaccine as "a triumph of british science" — and believes the uk will defeat covid in 2021. the sunday times leads on analysis, which shows nearly a quarter of people in england live in a constituency with no hospital, gp practice or community building for administering vaccines — as the oxford vaccine roll—out is due to begin on monday. and the mail on sunday reports on comments from england's deputy chief medical 0fficer professorjonathan van tam, who has defended the decision to extend the gap between administering two doses of the vaccine from three weeks to 12 weeks — insisting "it is the way we save most lives". so let's begin. we will come to vaccines in a minute, let's start with the
0bserver minute, let's start with the observer and the row over schools. they have teachers, leaders accusing the government is a shambles over the government is a shambles over the reopening of schools. where do you stand on this? should schools reopen tomorrow? i think it is important to get children back to school but this is clearly a difficulty and what we really have a, we strip out all the argument over whether this kids are safe in school or not or whether teachers are safe in school, it really is a row, a fight to the death between the education secretary, gavin williamson, and the teaching unions. the teaching unions, the national education union, the biggest teachers union instructed the members that they would be quite within their rights not to turn up to school tomorrow legally. gavin williamson had been telling everyone that, yes, we will get all the schools reopened. 0nly that, yes, we will get all the schools reopened. only 2041 was a 90, schools reopened. only 2041 was a go, he was false into a bit of an embarrassing u—turn when he said
most london schools would be open, he was ordered to say that all the primary schools will have to close. —— only 24 hours ago. it looks like also primary school around the school will close. i know teachers will want to teach their students, they will feel frustrated by this. it will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow, there will be a lot of uncertainty around with the militant wing of the union in favour of not returning to school and a lot of not returning to school and a lot of teachers feeling they want to help the children. shyama perera, we look at the telegraph, they are saying we must not value michael children's features, time out of the classroom must be kept to an absolute minimum. there is no easy answer on this. the balance of their feature and the nation's health. i think what you have got here is to cogent arguments
which is the union argument in the observer saying we need to protect out observer saying we need to protect our members and amanda's argument which is we need to protect our children. i do not think those two arguments are exclusive. i think most teachers and head teachers do wa nt most teachers and head teachers do want to protect children and they wa nt want to protect children and they want to protect children and they want to educate them. and if there is an anxiety in the classroom, it is an anxiety in the classroom, it is an anxiety that is being felt right across the country and so all thatis right across the country and so all that is happening is it is being reflected back of the us from schools. i think this a really difficult one. you cannot win either way. what we are seeing quite clearly is children following months and months behind and in the long term, possibly years behind on their education and the social development asa education and the social development as a result of being home—schooled. not all parents are able or competent enough, i certainly would not have been, to home—school children. i think this is... what does one do? if they do not go to
school, we are back into total lockdown because the only difference between tier 4 and total lockdown has been the fact that the schools and universities are open. if we close our schools, we are basically back to where we were this time last year. everybody struggles, everybody suffers and our children will lose yet more time in their development. dave, we've had from borisjohnson in the last few minutes, he is saying that parents should send their children back to premier school tomorrow in areas where schools are open and he said there is no doubt in my mind that schools are safe. —— send their children back to primary school. how difficult is this for the government on the education secretary?“ difficult is this for the government on the education secretary? if you area on the education secretary? if you are a critic of the government, you will accuse them of mixed messages throughout. we had go back to work, say the economy. the next minute, we we re say the economy. the next minute, we were told to stay at home and protect the nhs and save lives. the same with the schools, we need to
stop creating a lost generation of young people. on the other hand, we are worried about the virus and spreading it. if you are on the side of the government, your view will be it isa of the government, your view will be it is a balance trying to get the balance right. there is no evidence that children are spreaders. a lot of the scientific and medical establishment say there is no threat of children as spreaders or sufferers of covid. you can understand concerns of people in the classroom. a lot has been done to try and make them she now compliant. but then you have the ofsted chief saying it would be devastating for children. —— a lot has been done to try and make them covid compliant. david blunkett is saying all the reforms that have been carried out by successive labour and conservative governments over the past 25 years risk being completely undone and going backwards as the
gap between the haves and have not widened. with online learning, it is the less privileged kids who are going to full further behind. let's go on to the vaccine, the great hope, that is the way out of it. shyama, the mail on sunday, it has the comments from jonathan van tam about extending the gap, extending it to 12 weeks of a way of vaccinating more people, giving them one dose. do you think that makes sense? a lot of doctors are saying people have been promised a second vaccine, vaccination within three weeks will be pretty disappointed by that. i have got a mum, she had herfirst vaccine last week, and then she will not get her second vaccine. according to jay vt, the analogy he is using, if you have two pens over 80, do you want one of them to be 95% safe and the other not to be
safe or would you rather have two of them 87% save? —— to parents. i think the problem here and what is causing concern is notjust letting down all the people who were given a very clear direction of travel and a proper timeline, it is also the fact that we do not know if what he is saying is right because the company that makes the vaccine is saying, hang on, we only tested it up to three weeks and the second job was at three weeks. we do not back this 12 week gap. we are almost experimenting with people at the same time as trying to save them. it is a very difficult one, andl them. it is a very difficult one, and i find it really extraordinary. i would love the bbc to explain how a quarter as i would love the bbc to explain how a quarteras our i would love the bbc to explain how a quarter as our population is considered vulnerable, what does fundable mean in those circumstances? initially it was age, than infirmity and now it seems to be that one in four of us actually
is desperately in need of a vaccination or else we are likely to die. the sunday times: the postcode lottery for the vaccination. we are supposed to get the oxford ash of the knicker roll—out from tomorrow. the promise of 2 millionjobs the knicker roll—out from tomorrow. the promise of 2 million jobs a week is looking in doubt. —— oxford astrazeneca roll—out. is looking in doubt. —— oxford astrazeneca roll-out. we are in unprecedented territory here. they have done a properjob pair, a team of four who have gone run checking out all the availability of vaccine and it seems that one in four places have no vaccine and that is about 13 million people. again, some people will have to travel a long distance. if you are elderly and vulnerable, that might be difficult. they say 10 million people all eight have to travel about ten miles, 2 million people will have to travel 20 miles to the nearest hub. there are loads
of these hubs been established. it is almost like the normandy landings. things are going to go wrong as they did in 1944. it is a big operation. the military are involved, there are millions of doses of vaccine having to be shifted to hubs. people putting shops in the arm, they have to be trained, organising bookings and keeping records and cleaning places. there is a lot of work to be done on this, it is huge. a lot of work to be done. shyama, telegraph had doctors, retired doctors being called in to give the vaccine, but a lot of red tape. the telegraph has us if we can cut the red tape. it is not the retraining by checking the retired doctors still remember how to administer every injection and can be trusted
to do so. they are saying there is too much, we've been hearing all the stuff about and safety, you need your anger management training, i think if chemex can give jobs, why can't former doctors? asa can't former doctors? as a punter, it would be nice to know that the retired person who is giving me an injection is up to speed on the current way of doing things. dave, sometimes we forget the human face of all of this, the sunday people, they have a striking front page about a woman who was holding her mother's hand in hospital. they both had covid, annabel and her mother, 76, sadly died, just 24 ways after picture was taken of the two them. that is in the sunday people
front page. it is harrowing. that picture was taken 24 are ways before 76—year—old maria died and both of them, as it says, were stricken with this illness. annabel has used, bravely use this picture to send the message as they headline says, don't let this be you, to show how rampant and what a dangerous virus this is. there is a danger after ten months that some people are getting a little bit blase about it, as we have seen. this is a stark reminder, a microcosm of what is going on. yesterday, there were 445 new deaths announced, with about 55,000 more infection. 445 people have gone through what annabel and maria
experienced here. that isjust through what annabel and maria experienced here. that is just a little scratching of the surface of the problem. it is a bigger human tragedy every day. appealing to people not to break the rules, you have in your paper more rules, you have in your paper more rule breakers, alleged rule breakers and it is benjamin mendy, the manchester city footballer hosting a party. new year's eve, several of his team—mates actually had covid. this was three days after the match with everton was postponed because a lot of the players in the city team where she positive. mandy then goes and has a party —— covid positive. he then had a party in his house. he sent a video to some agency in london asking for some girls to come to the party. it is not clear whether they did all they did not.
there are pictures of people leaving the party and it is just shocking that footballers are behaving like this. again, we have said about politicians, it is one rule for us and one rule for them. some people just think because they are either wealthy, powerful, famous white evaders, just do not have to carry out and stick to the rules —— famous or whatever it is. i have not seen my children for weeks. lots of people are in the same situation. all of us have different sacrifices we have made. we get quite angry when we see somebody like that who is earning a lot of money, he can live in the comfort of his big house and other people are struggling in their little flats, trying to obey their little flats, trying to obey the rules. shyama, let us redecorate from what benjamin mendy says about theirs. he said his girlfriend, niece and nephew, who all live with
him, attended this party. he admitted his girlfriend's friend and her partner were also there along with a share. covidiot is one of the words of 2020. i am not going to be overly virtuous about this. i've had people in our garden in the past. what we are saying is those who should be setting the example not such an example. i do not think they are alone in that. i think what we are alone in that. i think what we are seeing writ large as the content oi'i are seeing writ large as the content on liz truss or even anxiety that we all have about the rules keep consta ntly all have about the rules keep constantly changing. — — all have about the rules keep constantly changing. —— is the mistrust. if we go back to annabel's mother and the photograph of the two of them in the bed, b said they caught it from the 12—year—old son he had gone back to school in september. it looks like the story
is current, it is not. each of the members of the family living together went down with covid after the 12—year—old got it. all the young swans we re the 12—year—old got it. all the young swans were fine but annabel and her mother ended up in hospital and her mother ended up in hospital and her mother died november one. —— all the young ones were fine. it ties in with our study whether we should send children back to school, it spreads like wildfire. it brings us back to those idiots who are having big parties because they are not understanding that at the moment, everybody is in danger. what we do not know with a new strain of cove rt is we do not know with a new strain of covert is how badly it is hitting young people, because it seems to be hitting them really hot which the first rain did not. let us talk about greta thunberg, she is just 18, and the sunday times have been talking to her. apparently she insert she does not care whether celebrities and anybody else flies
the world on planes. i am not telling anyone else what to do. what you make of that she seems to moderated her tone a little bit and i have to say i feel a little warmer towards her. i was never a critic of her. is that because he want to get ona her. is that because he want to get on a plane quite soon?” her. is that because he want to get on a plane quite soon? i have ruled that out. i've not been on one since fabry. it will happen one day, i am sure. she is saying she does not really care sure. she is saying she does not really ca re if sure. she is saying she does not really care if people go on a plane any more. she does her own thing. she won't buy new clothes, she doesn't need to travel, she is happy where she is. she understands people who have to travel for theirjobs. i think that is a far more acceptable viewpoint than saying we should ban all flights. i'm not saying she was saying that, but some of the ego worries believe we should all stick
to the rules strictly on global warming. ithink to the rules strictly on global warming. i think she is growing into a sensible young women. i think people will listen to her demo without tone. it is quite endearing interview, i would say. i without tone. it is quite endearing interview, iwould say. i —— i think people will listen to her more. she is saying just be the change or don't be the change, i have a daughter in melbourne who does not buy anything new. even had t—shirts in second hand. she loves meat but she only eats vegetables because she is trying to save the planet. it is not to do with saving animal life spent saving plant life. it is really interesting. i think this is what the nudge unit would have done in the old years. greta is nudging us instead ofjudging us and that is a great thing. we have a few seconds left, thoughts and wishes for the new year? we all have to wish that
the covid crisis is dealt with. if it was by easter, i would be happy with that. you can't wish anything more to get the covid crisis sorted. may be from a political point of view, we have got brexit out of the way, that is dominated the landscape for 4.5 years, if we get covid at the way, we might start to get back toa the way, we might start to get back to a normal even keel and talking about all the other things that matter in society. yes, like liverpool winning the league. absolutely! you dragged me into that one. wishes for the new year? unlike david, i do not feel that brexit is only out of the way. we've onlyjust seen now. only out of the way. we've onlyjust seen now. now we only out of the way. we've onlyjust seen now. now we know only out of the way. we've onlyjust seen now. now we know what it looks like, the next three years are going to be filled with the small print and huge rails and huge unhappiness.
what i hope all of this gives all of us isa what i hope all of this gives all of us is a sense of the importance of voting, and taking in politicians, this is not about the current government, i think they're doing the best they can, but it is like someone the best they can, but it is like someone at the bottom of the cluster in the best they can, it is not always good for everyone. i think we need to think about what we want in public life. when we are in an emergency, who do we trust to take an intelligent line rather than consta ntly an intelligent line rather than constantly chopping and changing because they do not know what they're doing. we trust both of you to ta ke they're doing. we trust both of you to take an intelligent line every sunday when you review the papers. thank you both for being with us. that is it for today. goodbye for now. hello there. yesterday, we had some fresh snowfall across parts of east scotland, northern
england in particular. this was one of our weather watcher pictures from yesterday showing the scene. think this is etherow country park near romiley in the stockport area. now, today, the air is a tiny bit less cold. they is a tiny bit less cold. will be widespread. xiao is more they will be widespread. xiao is more likely to follow as rain, maybe a bit of slate mixed in. snow across the pennines, highlands of wales. mostly about 300, 400 metres for the snow today. we are going to see some slightly colder air overnight from scandinavia. the showers might turn a little bit more wintry. frost widespread, a risk of icy patches just about anywhere. the colder weather through monday, again there isa weather through monday, again there is a greater risk of seeing a bit more of a wintry mix with a bit of sleet and snow in some of the showers. some rain pushing into kent but another cold day on monday.
this is bbc world news, i'm ben brown. our top stories... a growing row over schools in england. some councils urge the government to abandon plans for reopening primaries. but the prime minister insists it's safe for them to open across most of the country. our advice remains the same, which is far public health reasons, we think in the large majority of the country, large parts of the country, it is sensible to continue to keep schools open. the prime minister also admits that ‘tougher measures' may be needed in the weeks ahead. his comments come as liverpool's council leaders call for new national lockdown in the uk. india's medicines regulator gives the go ahead for two coronavirus vaccines, as it starts one of the world's biggest vaccination programmes.