tv The Briefing BBC News September 9, 2019 5:00am-5:31am BST
this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. our top story: seeking a snap election for the second time. borisjohnson attempts to win the backing of parliament to push ahead with his brexit plans. the head of a us aid agency says hurricane dorian has left parts of the bahamas looking like they were hit by a ‘nuclear bomb'. and a 5—set thriller, as rafael nadal beats daniil medvedev to win the us open final and stake a claim as the greatest men's player of all time. british airways grounded. the first—ever strike by the airline's pilots cripples flights, causing travel disruption
for tens of thousands of passengers. a warm welcome to the programme — briefing you on all you need to know this in global news, business and sport. also in the programme — how cynical are you? tom hanks plays fred rogers, the us kids tv host, to counter cynicism "which has become the default position for so much of daily structure". so do you agree? are we far too cynical and not optimistic? tell us what you think — just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. so it's looking like another
momentous week in british politics and for borisjohnson‘s government. later today, mps will vote for a second time on whether to hold an early general election. also today the mps‘ bill forcing mrjohnson to ask for a brexit extension in order to avoid no deal is set to become law. and then, possibly later today but certainly by thursday, parliament will be suspended or prorogued. gareth barlow reports. it is the start of another intense week for brexit and for british politics. it is a week where we will see more vote, more debate and more demands to stop, but also not stop, the uk leaving the eu. so what is in store ? the uk leaving the eu. so what is in store? first up, the bill forcing borisjohnson to ask store? first up, the bill forcing boris johnson to ask for a store? first up, the bill forcing borisjohnson to ask for a brexit in order to avoid no deal is set to
become law. but borisjohnson is said to be exploring all possible legal avenues to stop him being forced to ask for another delay. meanwhile, the government will once again try to call for a general election, something that opposition parties say they will oppose. and on monday, certainly by thursday, parliament will be formally suspended, or pro robed. as the prime minister met his closest advisers to plan the next steps, government ministers insisted it is business as usual, if there is such a thing these days. i am absolutely clear that we are working wholeheartedly, straining every sinew, to get a deal and the prime minister is personally putting in all the significant effort you would expect from a leader to get this deal done. but the government is not just facing stern opposition at home. in europe there is increasing frustration with britain. translation: they say they want to
propose alternative arrangements to guarantee their withdrawal and protect against a no deal. we have not seen them. so it is a no. we are not seen them. so it is a no. we are not going to extend this every three months. on monday, boris johnson will travel to ireland. britain's prime minister has said he would rather die in a ditch and ask for brexit extension. but the irish leader has a different message for the uk. it is about protecting jobs and livelihoods, protecting business and livelihoods, protecting business and peace and security. if an extension is required to do those things, i think any politician should be prepared to do that. so with britain divided, politicians disagreeing and deals being discussed, expect another week of political fireworks, court cases and the continued clamour to solve the three—year conundrum. just don't expect brexit to be solved. not this week at least. i think that would be quite domestic. —— optimistic.
with me is now is tony travers, director of the institute of public affairs at the london school of economics. so today, as mentioned there, the prime minister is going to ask parliament to go ahead with a general election. that is correct. this happened last week and he will try again this week. of course, under the fixed term parliaments act he requires a two—thirds majority to be able to go ahead with a general election on his terms that he is putting forward here. all the evidence is, as we speak, that he will not get that majority. he did not last week and we're back where we we re not last week and we're back where we were last week. so something that happened last week that will be cemented today is the bill put forward by parliament to force the prime minister to ask for an extension for article 50 that should come into law today but there is a lot of controversy about what the prime minister might do to try and counter that all legally find a way
around it. this is legislation that requires parliament to take over the business of its day—to—day activities. and push through legislation through the commons and the house of lords quite quickly and that legislation will get royal assent today. interestingly, this is something at one point that we said ministers might not recommend it for royal assent. and that, in theory, ensures the uk cannot leave the eu without a deal on october 31. however, it is now clear from speculation about meetings between ministers on the weekend and what is in the press this morning, that ministers are thinking of a way of writing formally to say they would like to extend article 50, if it comes to that, if no deal has been done. but with an accompanying letter saying they do not want such an extension. so they will be within the letter, if not the spirit of the law. how that turns out, who knows. and of course there is also the risk
that this will all end up in court if what the government actually does is challenge from outside. in the meantime, how damaging do you think with this critical week about to begin is the resignation of amber road and what she had to say, her reason why it was that this government is really not even the attention at all to trying to broker attention at all to trying to broker a new deal. they are more focused on preparing for the no deal exit. this was a remarkable piece of theatre over the weekend in britain that amber rudd, the work and pensions and secretary, had agreed to go into the cabinet and then resigned over the cabinet and then resigned over the weekend, making the point that it was all the government ‘s efforts inside government to be made for no deal with virtually no effort according to her, toward striking a deal. do you think we will see more this week? boris johnson is going to dublin this week to see the irish prime minister there. i think that is supposed to be seen as evidence
of trying, given the northern ireland so—called tax stop is so important to renegotiation. in the end, i think we will have day by day skirmishes, politically, possibly more resignations and the challenge 01’ more resignations and the challenge or boris is to hold his government together and be convincing that he can see his version of brexit through rather than being forced to change course. we shall talk to you again soon, i am sure. you for coming in so early this morning. we have a lot more detail on our website, of course. the devastation caused by hurricane dorian has left the bahamas looking like they've had a ‘nuclear bomb' dropped on them, according to the head of a us aid agency. a huge relief operation is now under way but there's growing anger that not enough is being done. at least 43 people are confirmed dead but that figure is expected to rise ‘significa ntly‘. simonjones reports. this is the devastation wrought by hurricane dorian.
the mud, a shantytown built over decades. it took the storm just hours to rip it to shreds. across the archipelago, 70,000 people are said to be in urgent need of food and water, the basics of life, a week after dorian hit. there are parts of abaco and the bahamas that don't show a great deal of damage, and then there are clusters of communities that are devastated, almost as though nuclear bombs were dropped upon them. aboard this caribbean cruise ship, they are making sandwiches as fast as they can, all part of a massive effort to get supplies to those who bore the brunt of the storm. in some areas, virtually every building has been damaged, if not destroyed. one family there told us they had lost everything. went back the day, the morning after the storm, and the waterjust would appear that it went over our roof. the whole house, the interior is gone. it's just completely gone. i lost everything — my children's clothes, everything. i mean, everything.
it's only a shell of a building. the building is standing, but everything is gone. others are scrambling to escape as conditions deteriorate. some have already been evacuated to the capital, nassau, leaving behind an island without water and electricity, where the stench of death is filling the air. hundreds and possibly thousands are still missing. when i see that the people who used to live here or were here before me, and they call me and they tell me everything is back in order, then i'll be back. but prior to that — and they're saying it'll be 7—10 years, i'll be back. and that is how long it will take to rebuild this once scenic part of the caribbean. dorian brought the sea to the land and the land to the sea, its nearly two—day rampage the worst hurricane people here can remember.
having weakened since then, dorian has now reached canada, bringing heavy rain to nova scotia. from there, it is due to head out to sea, to the relief of those unlucky enough to have found themselves caught up in its destructive path. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. a powerful typhoon has caused significant disruption in and around the japanese capital, tokyo. typhoon faxai knocked out the power to nearly a million people and shut down much of the public transport system. it was the biggest storm to make a direct hit on tokyo in more than a decade. a search is under way for four crew members missing after a cargo ship listed heavily off the coast of the us state of georgia. the ship is carrying 4000 hyundai and kia cars bound for the middle east. there were 2a crew on board — 20 have been rescued. hundreds of secondary school students, many wearing masks with their uniforms,
have formed human chains in districts across hong kong in support of anti—government protesters after another weekend of clashes. the protests, which are now in their third month, originally started when the government tried to introduce an extradition bill. that bill has since been withdrawn. the world could be free of malaria — one of the oldest and deadliest diseases to affect humanity — within a generation, according to a major report in the lancet medicaljournal. each year there are still more than 200 million cases of the disease, which mostly kills young children. if you were planning to fly with the british airways this week i am sure you are aware that a pilot strike has begun to it is and two day
strike, a dispute over pay and conditions that has led to over 1600 flights being cancelled. passengers have been offered refunds or bookings with other flights and it is expected to cost ba up to $50 million a day. with me is eileen burbidge, a partner at passion capital — a technology venture fund based in london. good to see you again. what i find amazing, andi good to see you again. what i find amazing, and i should know of all people, is this is the first time that pilots abstract with british airways. because we always talk about strike action we assume we have been here before. we hear about airport crew and ground crew and cabin crew but this is the first time the british airways pilots have taken strike action. and it is about pgy- taken strike action. and it is about pay. they have been offered an 11.5% pay. they have been offered an 11.5% pay rise but they are not happy about that. that is the pilots union saying no. it is gone on for months. the package was offered injuly and represented an 11% increase. it would see some of the top pilots paid in excess of £200,000 a year by
the end of the period. this pay package was accepted by two of the other unions that represent cabin crew and ground crew but you are right, it is the pilots union that said, look, over years right, it is the pilots union that said, look, overyears and right, it is the pilots union that said, look, over years and years and yea rs said, look, over years and years and years we as pilots have been the first to take pay cuts and forgo bonuses when times were tough. now that our parent company is showing a profit, we need a bit more back. and thatis profit, we need a bit more back. and that is what is interesting. ba has been through a tough time and pilots say that we stop them, we gave up 110w say that we stop them, we gave up now you are making decent money again, we would like to be rewarded. a few weeks ago they recorded a —— rewarded —— recorded a 20% increase. so pilots union wants some of the back. airliner saying that the prophets under reporting is quite variable and they just prophets under reporting is quite variable and theyjust got a huge fine, £183 million from regulators because of a data breach. they have
to had delays and issues so they are saying that this is not something to rely upon. the pilots say if we don't participate this time, when would we get to? thank you very much. we have interesting stories to discuss during the business briefing and we will have more on this straight, the impact on how you may be affected were supposed to fly with them to that comes up later in the business briefing. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: from wheelchair to waterski. 15 years after he was shot and left for dead, a fresh challenge for our security correspondent frank gardner. george w bush: freedom itself was attacked this morning, and freedom will be defended. the united states will hunt down and punish those responsible. bishop tutu now becomes spiritual leader of 100,000 anglicans here, of the blacks in soweto township, as well as the whites in their rich suburbs. we say to you today in a loud
and a clear voice "enough of blood and tears. enough!" translation: the difficult decision we reached together was one that required great and exceptional courage. it's an exodus of up to 60,000 people caused by the uneven pace of political change in eastern europe. iam free! you're watching the briefing. our headlines: borisjohnson is set to ask parliament to approve a snap election which he hopes would give him a fresh mandate on brexit. the head of a us aid agency says hurricane dorian has left parts
of the bahamas looking like they were hit by a nuclear bomb. and rafael nadal won the us open. it was a long match, extremely exciting. let's get all the news on that and the rest of the sports stories on the bbc news sport centre. hello, i'm tulsen tollett, and this is your monday sport briefing, where we start with the tennis news that rafael nadal has beaten daniil medvedev in five sets to claim his fourth us open title in new york and 19th grand slam overall, leaving him one short of all—time winner roger federer. the 33—year—old won the first two sets against his russian opponent, who is ten years his junior and was playing in his first major final. medvedev wouldn't lie down, and fought back to level it at 2—2, with nadal winning the final set 6—4 in a match that tookjust under five hours to complete. australia have retained the ashes
after a thrilling 185—run victory over england at old trafford. england needed to bat the final day out to at least manage a draw and take the series to the fifth test at the oval in london on thursday. but, with less than 15 overs remaining craig overton was given out lbw, handing australia a 2—1 lead that can't be bettered with only one match remaining. there was a few nervous moments there, no doubt, coming off headingley. we would be in a position again, but again, i thought we learn from that. i thought we held our nerve, bowled really well against a team that fought really hard, like we knew they would. ferrari's charles leclerc made it successive formula one victories after winning the italian grand prix at monza on sunday. it is ferrari's first win at their home race since fernando alonso triumphed in 2010, with merecedes's valtteri bottas second, and championship leader and reigning world champion lewis hamilton taking third, leaving him 63 points
clear at the top. germany will be without full—back nico schulz for their euro 2020 qualifier against northern ireland on monday. the borussia dortmund defender tore a ligament in his left foot during germany's 11—2 defeat to the netherlands. that loss leaves them second in group c on nine points. leaders northern ireland, with 12 points, have lost their last seven meetings against germany. that win for the netherlands leaves them third in the group ahead of their match away to estonia. ronald koeman‘s team will be desperate to qualify for euro 2020, having missed out on last year's world cup. elsewhere, in group i, fourth—placed scotland play leaders belgium in hampden park. you have to go all the way back to 1996 when scotland last played in a european championship. over a number of years, we haven't managed to reach a majorfinal. so if you don't reach a major final, the more often it happens, the less people start to believe in it. so
one big result, maybe, can change the whole mindset of notjust the squad, but the whole nation. like i said, hopefully it comes very, very $0011. slovenian primoz roglic remains nearly 2.5 minutes clear of the field heading into stage 16 of the vuelta a espana later. american sepp kuss won stage 15 on sunday to take his first ever grand tour stage win. but it is roglic who holds the advantage heading into another day in the mountains, with a 144.4 km ride from pravia to alto de la cubilla. cars spinning off the track is something you expect to see in motor racing, but not quite on this scale. heavy rain led to a mass pile—up during a cup race in denmark at the weekend. 11 cars were involved in this crash, and there were only 16 cars taking part in the race. one driver suffered broken ribs, but thankfully none of the other drivers were seriously hurt.
you can get all the latest sports news at our website, including the latest from the opening sunday of the nfl season. that is at bbc.com/sport. but from me, tulsen tollett, and the rest of the team, that is your monday sport briefing. injune 2004, the bbc‘s security correspondent was shot whilst on assignment in saudi arabia. he then spent seven months in hospital, and has returned to carry on working for the organisation, despite losing the use of his legs. as well as working again, frank has also rekindled his interest in skiing. but he has been unable to try another of his previous hobbies, waterskiing, until now. how do you waterski when you can't use your legs? i'm frank gardner, and i use a wheelchair because i got shot while on a bbc assignment in saudi arabia 15 years ago. i've done a lot of
skiing, snow skiing. it's called adaptive skiing. i used to waterski before my injuries, but waterskiing has always just been that one challenge too far. i've avoided, i dodged it, i've ducked it all these years. there is a charity called access adventures that gets disabled people like myself into the water to give it a try. the first challenge is going to be struggling into the wetsuit, and that is a challenge in itself. i've just put my leg through the arm of the wetsuit. i feel like a kind of beached seal. ok, second challenge is getting into the actual kit that i'm going to ski in. so this is called an adaptive waterski, which, as you can see, it's got a kind of fixed seat attached to it, which i'm now going to get myself into. how does it feel being back in the water? well, cold and wet. hit it!
it's a big moment where you feel that tug on the rope and the boat accelerates in front of you. and suddenly you're up, surging out of the water, you've got spray all round you. you're skiing on the water, it's unnatural. it is exhilarating, it's totally exhilarating. there is a definite "eureka" moment in this, where the instructors just peel away and suddenly you're on your own. when theyjudged i was ready for it, they allowed me to go over the wake, to ski over the wake, which is this — it's kind of a bump in the water. and it's a little scary at first. it's kind of like you're side—slipping over a little hillock made out of water, is the best way i can describe it. of course, you're thinking, i'm going to fall on the other side. but you don't quite, you adjust.
1, 2, 3! excellent. well done. that was so much fun. really enjoyed that. i hadn't done this for so many years, so to get out on the water and finding the limits of your body and your skills are, it's brilliant. if you spend pretty much all your waking day based in a wheelchair, which is endlessly tedious, i'll never sugarcoat it, that's a lovely independent feeling. frank gardner trying something that is really difficult. i have tried and failed. let's talk about tom hanks's latest movie. he is discussing this in toronto, where
the film event is at the moment, and he was interviewed by a reporters and he basically says the increasing level of cynicism in society is partly what led him to take on a role as a lovable children's tv entertainer, fred rogers, who is a us children's tv presenter who was just known nationwide. he died in 2003. so tom hanks plays him in his latest film, which i look forward to seeing. and so we asked you, are you cynical? do you agree with that opinion? many of you have been in touch, and thank you for your views. guy says i am only cynical when people give me reason to be. i am optimistic most of the time but i can't expect things to be the way i wa nt can't expect things to be the way i want them to be. others are not on board. jonathan says it is not cynicism to criticise and at the same time benefit from the stakes of oui’ same time benefit from the stakes of
our society. this is actually nihilism. thanks for all your views. there are many. i will see you soon for all the business stories. hello once again. i hope you've managed to enjoy some of the decent weather that we can provided, because for some of you, right from the word go on monday, it is going to start a pretty wet note. the rain could be quite heavy, surface water and spray around if you are travelling as well, so please bear that in mind. it won't be raining everywhere right from the word go. parts of northern ireland will be dry and increasingly bright, and the rain quite patchy towards the eastern side of england. come the afternoon, i think some of that rain fizzling away. a lot of cloud left behind, the odd bit of brightness. i don't think it will reduce the intensity of the rain in places across the south—west and into parts of wales as well. it will be a cool sort of day, and as we get on
through the night, as the cloud and rain pulls away, the skies begin to clear under this little ridge of high pressure. so it will be a chilly old start to the day on tuesday, but at least it is going to bea dry tuesday, but at least it is going to be a dry and bright one for many. and it stays that way for the most pa rt across and it stays that way for the most part across the greater part of eastern scotland, much of england and wales. but there is no escaping the fact that it turns very wet and windy across western scotland and through northern ireland to finish off the day. top temperature with a bit of sunshine back to 20 degrees. look at the number of isobars here through the rest of the night and on into the first part of wednesday. this is going to be quite a windy speu this is going to be quite a windy spell of weather, and a wet one as well. overnight on tuesday some of the gusts will be up around 60 mph overnight. the window featured throughout the day, the rain slumping its way and tending to fizzle as it works its way towards that south—eastern quarter. following on behind, a bright and blustery sort of day. with a breeze coming in from the west and south—west, not a cold one. 19 on
the eastern side of scotland, 21 in the eastern side of scotland, 21 in the south. this whole pack of energy here was the remnants of tropical storm gabrielle, it sat around in the mid—atla ntic, storm gabrielle, it sat around in the mid—atlantic, didn't make any headlines a la dorian, thankfully. it will spread moist tropical air through northern ireland, but at least with all of that mild air coming from the mid—atlantic, the top temperature on the day with a bit of sunshine across the south—eastern east anglia 22 or 23 degrees. and once that is away, high pressure builds on friday and for many of us for the weekend as well. settling is very nice stop —— settling things very nicely.
this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. british airways grounded. the first—ever strike by the airline's pilots cripples flights, causing travel disruption for tens of thousands of passengers. the electric threat. why brazil is now at a cross roads after going all in on ethanol—fueled cars. and a brand new trading week is under way in asia — this is how the markets are looking despite disappointing trade numbers from china — we'll be live to singapore for the latest.