tv Newsday BBC News October 4, 2022 12:00am-12:30am BST
welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm monica miller. the headlines... the uk chancellor tries to shore up his government's economic credibility after an embarrasing u—turn on a key budget policy. i know the plan put forward ten days ago has caused a little turbulence. i get it. i get it. we are listening and have listened. indonesia sacks a police chief — after one of the world's worst football stadium disasters. at least 32 children were among 125 people who died in the crush. and a welcome in scotland as the king and the queen consort
attend theirfirstjoint engagement since the end of formal mourning. live from our studio in singapore — this is bbc news. it's newsday. britain's finance minister kwasi kwarteng, has told the conservative party conference in birmingham that he's still determined to deliver his economic plan hours after performing a major u—turn on a flagship policy. he's abandoned a proposal to lower taxes for high earners, following widespread criticism, turmoil in the financial markets and a dramatic drop in the value of the pound. the chancellor acknowledged his plans caused, what he called, "a little turbulence" in the economy. he's now also expected to bring forward his next financial statement from the 23rd of november to this month. here's our political
editor, chris mason. first thing this morning, things are moving. and fast. the planned tax cut for the highest paid is being junked. the government has blinked. it was an ambitious plan, and we talked to lots of people up and down the country. i saw the reaction. we considered what to do with it, and ifelt and the prime ministerfelt that this was just a distraction on what is a very strong package. translation, the idea tanked so have conservative poll ratings and there was little chance mps would vote for it, anyway, so it is being ditched, as the chancellor's next interview beckoned. do you owe an apology? actually having the humility to say look, we got this wrong and we won't proceed with the abolition of the rate. do you owe people an apology? we are not going to proceed with the abolition of the rate. we have listened to people, and yes, there is humility
and contrition in that. contrast what he called humility today with the pride of the original announcement, just a week last friday. but i am not going to cut the additional rate of tax today, mr speaker. i am going to abolish it all together. from april 23rd, we will have a single higher rate of income tax of a0%. in contrast, the chancellor this morning, with the prime minister yesterday. are you absolutely committed to abolishing the 45 pence tax rate for the wealthiest people in the country? yes. little wonder after the u—turn some ministers discovered the art of quick walking when in the company of cameras. you are going to bump into walls, you are going to bump into a column. although others would talk. sometimes you have to fatc political reality snf listen and that is what they have done. the majority of what was announced, so the cut in national insurance, the cut in corporation tax is going ahead, and that is fundamentally important to get to economic growth. this was the flotsam and jetsam
of the announcement. thank you. and as for what labour make of it... the mini budget showed what their instincts were, it was to cut taxes for the wealthiest in society, paid for by borrowing, which in the end, current and future taxpayers will have to pay for. the prime minister and chancellor have binned one bit of plans that improved impossible to sell. there is a lot else that may not prove popular either. the prospect of spending cuts, benefits cuts and spiralling interest rates which critics will blame on them. and then there are those within the conservative party who are sceptical of the government, who will now ask on what else might they budge? the chancellor of the exchequer. enter at less than a gallop kwasi kwarteng, for his hastily rewritten speech, greeted by polite applause. thank you, conference. what a day.
it has been tough, but we need to focus on thejob in hand. the chancellor wearing the demeanour of a man winded by events, leaning on gallows humour. if i can be frank, i know the plan put forward ten days ago has caused a little turbulence. i get it. we are listening. and have listened. and now, i want to focus on delivering the major parts of our growth package. there was, though, a defiance from kwasi kwarteng, a determination not to be derailed from his main mission. we couldn't simply do nothing. we can't sit idly by. what britain needs more than ever is economic growth. and a government wholly committed to economic growth. with grit, with drive and with determination we can meet the challenges of this new era. thank you. applause. thumbs up from a colleague,
smiles of relie. a slow walk after a long day, which will leave an indelible mark on this government. chris mason, bbc news, in birmingham. in indonesia the chief of police in the city where a stampede at a football stadium left 125 people dead has been fired — 32 children were among the dead. a further nine police officers who were deployed at the match have also been suspended. from java our correspondent laura bicker reports. fans once flocked here to show their love of football. now this stadium has become a focal point of grief. there's also mounting anger towards a police force many feel played a role in this disaster. this woman made it out of the stadium. she was shocked to see bodies scattered in the streets. "why did they fire tear gas into the stands,
because there was a lot of women and children, and the gates were locked," she said. "they couldn't get out." small groups of fans ran onto the pitch after the final whistle on saturday. police fired tear gas. they said it was used to avoid anarchy. those in the stands rushed to leave but in the chaos the result was a deadly crush. the key focus of the investigation will be on the police use of tear gas, which fifa has banned. analysts say it's banned for a reason — because tear gas is used to disperse crowds, but fans tell us that some of the gates were locked, so where were they going to disperse the crowds to? 19—year—old mohammed wasn't supposed to be at the match on saturday. he got an extra ticket with his girlfriend. this neighbourhood now mourn both young lives.
and mohammed's father has lost his only child. translation: i was shown my son's dead body. - i stood back. i didn't want to see him. it's too much. my hope forfootball in indonesia, enough. this is the last. no more football in indonesia. football violence has long been a problem in this country. matches are suspended while the investigation continues. it could be that this huge loss of life may finally bring some changes. laura bicker, bbc news, malang. for more on this, i am joined now byjacqui baker, a police and security expert and lecturer at murdoch university. shejoins me now from perth. i first want to ask, violence
is nothing new at football matches in indonesia, and the police that they only used tear gas when necessary in order to disperse crowds. do you believe this? �* , disperse crowds. do you believe this? �*, . ., , disperse crowds. do you believe this? ., , this? it's certainly the case that indonesia _ this? it's certainly the case that indonesia has - this? it's certainly the case that indonesia has a - this? it's certainly the case | that indonesia has a football hooligan problem, and there has been numerous instances of violence is that stadiums. however, there are better questions about the police's use of tear gas in this incident. certainly as the report noted, where are crowds intended to go? moreover, why did the police used tear gas and shoot it into the stadium area when the real problem was on the pitch? in effect, the rioters are hooligans who were creating havoc where in a defined area that was already being policed by officers. what was the reason for using tear gas in this context? so was the reason for using tear gas in this context?— was the reason for using tear gas in this context? so what is the preparation? _ gas in this context? so what is the preparation? because - gas in this context? so what is j the preparation? because they have lots of fans and certainly
things have gotten rowdy in the past. what are the methods that they already have in place? what went terribly wrong this time? it what went terribly wrong this time? , , , ., time? it is very interesting to note that _ time? it is very interesting to note that the _ time? it is very interesting to note that the metropolitan i note that the metropolitan police had flagged this match as a security problem weeks before the match occurred. so clearly preparations were under way to manage the match. i think it's a real problem here is that the police don't consider a crowd friendly our careful considerations of risk and benefits when they mapped their crowd control techniques. moreover, we see them deploying different branches of the police, including more violent branches of the police at this incident, including the military who where 600 to the police for this incident. we see these different police forces running around the pitch, brutally kicking people, hitting people, and this is
completely unacceptable com pletely u na cce pta ble behaviour from the completely unacceptable behaviour from the police. completely unacceptable behaviourfrom the police. what has happened in this context is clearly police planning which should have been well in place given the history of football hooliganism has gone terribly wrong. to me, this reflects a problem of police professionalism and the failure of police reform for the last 20 years. of police reform for the last 20 yew-— 20 years. for many people watching — 20 years. for many people watching in _ 20 years. for many people watching in the _ 20 years. for many people watching in the uk, - 20 years. for many people watching in the uk, i- 20 years. for many people watching in the uk, i think| watching in the uk, i think this has been a reminder of the hillsboro stadium disaster, and that took decades for any justice to be served. do you see any justice justice to be served. do you see anyjustice being served in this incident in indonesia? it's worth remembering that over the last 20 years, we have had numerous human rights reports both within the government and external to the government. we have seen numerous efforts to retrain the police and human rights friendly behaviour. we have
seen numerous efforts to professionalize the police. these externally driven report writing and recommendations to the president and chief of police, they are not working, they are not bringing about the kinds of reforms the indonesian police deserve. so i don't see much hope, actually coming from these independent fact—finding teams, plus police have launched an investigation. we are going to see multiple investigations, but you see, as you say, the took over 20 years for anyone to even be criminally charged. will be see that indian division asian cash indonesian case? i sincerely doubt it. . ~ indonesian case? i sincerely doubt it. ., ~ , ., indonesian case? i sincerely doubt it— indonesian case? i sincerely doubt it. ., ~ , . doubt it. thank you very much forjoining _ doubt it. thank you very much forjoining us— doubt it. thank you very much forjoining us on _ doubt it. thank you very much forjoining us on the _ forjoining us on the programme. donald trump is suing the broadcaster cnn for defamation in a federal court in florida. the former us president is seeking 475 million dollars in punitive damages. donald trump spent much of his presidency clashing
with media organizations including cnn, calling them fake news and claiming they had an agenda against him. our north america correspondent, david willis has been following that story and hejoins me now from los angeles. mrtrump has mr trump has been no fan of cnn, but what do we know about this current defamation case? well, you're absolutely right. donald trump has lobbed to the term fake news that many media organisations here, but none more so over the years than cnn. perhaps along with the new york times it has become his batna wire, and now he is taking action through the courts in his home state of florida, filing this 29 page lawsuit, claiming defamation on the part of cnn and seeking $75,000 in compensation terry —— compensation and more than
$470,000 and —— compensation and more than $100,000 and punitive damages, basically what the trump lawyers are maintaining is that the attacks on their client have gotten worse as it's become more clear that perhaps he might be running for reelection in two years' time, and they say that the comparison that cnn contributors or presenters have made between the former president and adolf hitler have gotten worse. they say that the use of the term the big lie, which has been used by cnn to rebuff donald trump's claims that the 2020 presidential campaign was riddled with fraud are basically another reference to adolf hitler of course using that term to basically bring about hatred againstjew. this is the sort of thing he's threatened in the past. he's also filed lawsuits in recent years against the washington
post and the new york times. that's when he seems to be seeking to go through within the course in florida.- the course in florida. david, thank you — the course in florida. david, thank you very _ the course in florida. david, thank you very much - the course in florida. david, thank you very much for - the course in florida. david, | thank you very much for that update. you are watching bbc news. we're on the red carpet in london for the premiere of the film "the woman king". this was a celebration by people who where relishing their freedom. they believe everything is going to be different from now on. they think their country will be respected in the world once more as it used to be before slobodan took power. the dalai lama, the exiled spiritual leader of tibet has won this year's nobel peace prize. as the parade reaches its climax, two grenades exploded, a group of soldiers
jumped from the truck taking part in the parade and ran towards the president, firing automatic rifles. after 437 years, a skeletal rebbe of henry viii's - tragic warship emerged, i but even as divers worked to bully her up, the mary rose went through another- heart stopping drama. i want to be the people's governor. i want to represent everybody. i believe in the people of california. this is newsday on the bbc. the uk chancellor tries to shore up his government's economic credibility after an embarrasing u—turn on a key budget policy. indonesia fires a police chief — after one of the world's worst
football stadium disasters. iran's supreme leader has accused the us and israel of orchestrating protests in tehran and other cities — following the death of a young woman who'd been detained by the morality police. it's the first time ayatollah ali khamenei has commented in public on the unrest, saying he'd been heartbroken by mahsa amini's death. us presidentjoe biden says he will impose what he called "further costs" on iranian officials responsible for violence against peaceful demonstrators. our analysis editor ros atkins reports. this is last night in tehran at one of iran's most prestigious universities. students in an anti—government protest were trapped in a car park by security officials. others outside came underfire... ..from what appeared
to be paint balls. as you'd imagine, this is the lead story here on bbc persian. and for my colleagues in this newsroom, to establish what's happening in iran, social media is crucial. all day we've heard about more protests, such as here at semnan university, east of tehran. these students are chanting, "freedom, freedom." and by looking at videos such as this, the bbc has confirmed at least 65 protests in recent weeks, many led by women. this is from shiraz today. ——these girls are chanting, "death to the dictator," which is aimed at iran's supreme leader. and as they know, by removing their headscarves, they are breaking iranian law. and all the videos we use in our reporting are verified byjournalists such as baran abbasi. so what we do, we try to find some landmarks in a video that we can also find on google maps, and also cross—reference them
with videos of the same location we've had previously. and the authorities don't want these videos to be seen. the internet�*s been heavily restricted, but the protests keep coming. they began with the death of mahsa amini after she was arrested by iran's morality police. they've become a direct challenge to those in power. and now for the first time, iran's supreme leader, ayatollah ali khamenei has responded. translation: the death - of the young woman broke our hearts, but what is not normal is that some people have made the streets dangerous, burned the koran, removed hijabs from women and setfire to mosques and cars. it may have broken his heart, but there is no sign the supreme leader is listening, to these schoolgirls singing a protest song but too scared to show their faces, or to the many others
who demand the freedom to speak and dress as they choose. ros atkins, bbc news. now for some breaking news, japan's chief cabinet secretary has confirmed that japan's chief cabinet secretary has confirmed that a japan's chief cabinet secretary has confirmed that a north korean missile has been fired eastward from the country passing overjapan and falling into the pacific ocean about 3000 km from the country. now, the cabinet secretary said that north korea's repeated actions are a serious challenge to international peace. there is yet to be any comment from north korea. the king and queen consort — have attended theirfirstjoint public engagement — since the end of the period of royal mourning. the couple visited dunfermlin in fife, where king charles gave a speech, to mark its new status as scotland's eighth city. here's daniella relph. bagpipes play. dunfermline welcomed
a new monarch, and they looked pleased to see him. it was malcolm iii who first created this royal seat of power, almost 1,000 years ago. today, it was charles iii who met the crowds and granted dunfermline city status — awarded to mark his mother's platinum jubilee. it is my hope that this new distinction will not merely burnish the legacy of our past, but will also brighten the prospect of our future. that would, i know, gladden my dear mother's heart, as it certainly gladdens mine. marking the 950th anniversary of dunfermline abbey is relatively safe territory, but in these early days of the king's reign, there has already been a noticeable shift. in line with government guidance, he will not be attending the cop climate
conference in egypt next month. the freedoms of being prince of wales replaced by the constraints of being king. in edinburgh, the focus moved to the palace of holyroodhouse, and a reception to celebrate the british south asian community. the event here fits firmly into the king's thinking as he begins his reign. he has already pledged to use his time as monarch to protect the diversity of the uk. in holyrood's great gallery, there was a clamour to get up close to the king and queen consort. some were even able to sneak in the odd selfie. amongst the guests, representatives of the nhs, the armed forces and the arts, including the music producer naughty boy, who started his career with a grant from the prince's trust, now here to meet the king as an ambassador for his community. i'm a muslim pakistani, british—born, you know, and that gives me so much hope for the future. and british—asian trust as well, with everything
they're doing in pakistan, india, bangladesh, you know, issues that are sometimes marginalised in the news, but our king cares about them. balancing those issues he cares about with his responsibilities as head of state, the challenge the king now faces as his schedule of official engagements begins. daniella ralph, bbc news, edinburgh. to london's leicester square and a film review with an impressive mainly female cast. the woman king has already taken the number one spot at the box office in us in its opening weekend. let's take a peak at the film before we hear from luxmy gopal.
we must fight back for our people. you are asking me to take them to war. war. some things are worth fighting for. it's one of those perfect moments where a role meets a movie, meets a narrative, a personal narrative, meets great actors, meets a great location. it's all of that. now this film features an all woman army, a predominantly black women cast. how much does that mean to you? it means everything. six—year—old viola would have been saved with watching these images back in 1971. six—year—old viola wasn't seen. six—year—old viola was invisible. this film, i think, will influence a whole generation of young girls. and if we look at the black lives matter movement and if we look at the fact that here we are on black history month. do you feel optimistic about representation of people of colour, women of colour? i have to feel
optimistic because i am a person of colour. either i fight or i die. so i have to feel optimistic, because i'm not going anywhere. i'm always going to be in the fight. the one thing i know, that i know that i know is that i'm a survivor. so even without hashtags and black lives matter and hashtag oscars so white or whatever, at the end of the day, i know i am viola and i am going to be standing like an oak tree. that was a really powerful image of the young viola there. john, i want to take you to the young john when you were growing up in peckham. did you ever imagin that you would be seeing a film with this level of black representation, let alone be in it? my generation is a tad bit different. doors have been open to us, opportunities have been put in front of us and we can see what the generation before us tried to achieve. for us, it's always been about for filling that. i've been hopeful, optimistic about it
and now it is happening. thatis that is all for now. stay with bbc world news. thanks for watching. hello there. according to data released by the met office on monday, across england and wales in september, we saw a first month of above average rainfall since february. this is the average line — notice how significantly low it was at times during the summer. problem is, to sort the drought issues out, we need more of what we had in september. and whilst we'll see some rain certainly across northern and western areas over the next few days, the south and east, not what we need — largely dry for one or two. heaviest of the rain is across those western areas, and by the end of wednesday we could see 30—80 millimetres of rain. by the end of the week, some parts of western scotland maybe as much as 200 millimetres. and that's because a supercharged jet stream will push in weather fronts like they do on tuesday, and that'll drop a lot of rainfall across those
western areas. and starting tuesday, wet across parts of western scotland, northern ireland, but very mild here, 14—15 celsius. fresher to the south and east, but not as cool as it was on monday morning. some southern and eastern areas will stay dry throughout the day, particularly east anglia, the southeast, and the channel islands. brightening up through scotland and parts of northern ireland as we go through tuesday. but southern scotland, maybe northern ireland, and certainly to northern england, we'll see outbreaks of rain develop — same too across north and west of wales, some of which will be on the heavy side. top until the country drier, but for all with winds — quite blustery in the morning, easing a bit into the afternoon a mild one. and a mild night will follow the wind strengthening, touching gale force later across the west with more in the way of heavy and persistent rain developing. scotland, northwest, england, wales again, probably likely to see that, but notice what a warm start it will be to wednesday morning, a warm and windy one gales in places. and this is a developing area of low pressure. now, if the development takes place after it leaves the uk, that's where we'll see the strongest the winds
out into the north sea. but if it happens earlier, bear in mind winds, could be stronger. the cloud and more persistent rain for many will be during the morning, lingering longest into the afternoon, east anglia and the southeast. but most places on wednesday will brighten up to sunshine and blustery showers, some of those heavy and thundery. these are the average wind speeds — we could see gale force winds quite widely, particularly for parts of england and wales, even 50—60 mph gusts possible in the west. we'll keep you updated — all depends on how that low pressure develops. turning fresh into the north and west later on in the day after a very mild start, and that leaves us with a fresher end to the week, thursday and friday. very blustery, though, with frequent showers in the north and the west. bye for now.
this is bbc news. we'll have the headlines and all the main news stories straight after hardtalk. welcome to hardtalk, i'm stephen sackur. britain mourned the death of queen elizabeth in ways that combined the intimate and the personal with the grand and ceremonial. for most of us, of course, death and grief remain a very private affair. an irreversible, life altering shock when we lose someone close for which there is no guide or preparation.
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