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tv   The Papers  BBC News  March 20, 2020 10:45pm-11:00pm GMT

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prime minister did everything he could not to put these frederictonian measures in place and i think what a lot of people understand why he chose to wait. he mentioned today that community can we feel as a free nation that we are british people feel the right to go to the pub, so he did not want to have to clamp down but itjust became clear as the week was progressing that people were not really taking it as seriously as perhaps they should be. so now he's gone and with this final move and i think it will get criticism for not doing it earlier, but personally i doing it earlier, but personally i do understand where he was coming from. i also think perhaps his relu cta nce from. i also think perhaps his reluctance by being his favour if the premise or did not want this to happen, didn't want to push it to this but it's come to this, perhaps people will see how serious it is more than if he had gone straightaway and look like he was keen to do it. so i think it might be the right move at the right time. yes. it's been a really interesting week because the sheer pace at which
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things evolved of the last few days of so there were suspicions that this would happen, but initially we thought it might be in london and i'iow thought it might be in london and now the whole country is facing this, and speaking to government officials that say that's because the crucial 75% isjust not being reached. as olivia said, people do seem reached. as olivia said, people do seem to support this. there was a pull out in london that said 57% of people supported stronger measures, andl people supported stronger measures, and i think that was the crucial problem this week. it looked like we we re problem this week. it looked like we were heading towards this measure, but it was not clear when and not clear how. until you had to both the support for workers and the compulsory closures and it just seemed inevitable that we were not going to get the level of compliance that we needed to stop this. let's turn to our next page and a state front page of the telegraph, and its and we are not sure how much this is
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all going to cost us. and the government. of the state is to pay wages as the pm orders and national shutdown. it's incredible just watching him standing there and saying, as the telegraph point that we don't know how much is going to cost, this is open—ended, this package and we understand it may have to go on for months and months, and we are ok with that. it's just, imean, he and we are ok with that. it's just, i mean, he kept on saying i think he said five times over that short speech, he set a president said. and it really is and to watch a conservative government doing this ina conservative government doing this in a newly elected conservative government decide to take this huge, huge step to deliver 80% of people present wages for an on verified length of time is just mad. necessary and sensible, but it's just watching it is we get from a mind blowing, really. when you look at this a lot of this is call me fears and nervousness about what is going to happen. yes, and that's the
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real issue. the government ideally wants is for businesses to be able to weather the storm and then come back hopefully after the period of time that this has been able to sort itself out as much as possible. and the measures today about covering 80% of workers wages is to put them into what's called furlough that evenif into what's called furlough that even if they cannot work theirjobs are not there perhaps today can waiting staff working cafes and so oi'i. waiting staff working cafes and so on. that they can still be there ready for when businesses come back. so the government is asking quite a big thing of this which is basically to trust it. that's what's really been missing, i think up until today. we did have earlier measures that were coming you know, already huge package of 350 billion for businesses in loans and grants and a
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tax breaks, but this is the part that ties it to workers. because that ties it to workers. because that money previously was not conditional at all on keeping stephan. and that was way a lot of people were still going to work, because theyjust did not know what they wanted to get as much pay as they wanted to get as much pay as they could before they potentially lost theirjobs. interestingly this measure also applies to people who have already lost theirjobs this week. it can be done retrospectively. in the government has kind of been hoping that people will take them up on this. talking about that, from what we heard today access to the money probably won't be made available until april time. sorry, go ahead, olivia. yes, which is definitely going to be difficult. although he pointed out that somebody will be made available on monday which is picking up on what she said about trust, there's got to be so much trust both ways, the government putting a huge amount of
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trust and businesses to try and keep their staff on if they possibly can because even if the government is paying 80% of wages that still going to be very expensive for businesses and businesses have to trust the government that they will stump up the money and this all will carry on coming through for months and months, because from businesses perspectives the worst thing that could possibly happen is that they follow their staff and keep them on for ages and then are not able to return. businesses will have to trust the government will allow life to return to normal at some point. so we've just all got to trust each other all the time which, it's very interesting to see which bodies have put their trust in a conservative government we will get onto talking about how the unions have won the trust in the conservative government. true to the front page of the mirror, calling us a breakthrough. yes, the tuc has been involved in the discussions around this as have others but it's quite something to see them describe and
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measure by a conservative government and what's more, lynn mccluskey the general secretary of unite, not known for being a fan of boris johnson, to put it mildly called it historic from a bold and very much necessary. so it kind of shows you how difficult these circumstances are that you are getting political foes to come together, but also i think there have been frantic looking at the government over the la st looking at the government over the last few days, because we have seen packages and other countries, sweden for example has a similar arrangement and other european countries, and i think there's been a cce pta nce countries, and i think there's been acceptance that the situation is so serious that these measures need to be taken, and talking to officials this evening they were adamant that it will be as much money as it needs to be. i'm going to take her to the front page of the times talking about money. we've got a few more
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figures with the headline, wages bailout for workers. yes, and there is deutsche bank suggesting that this will cause a 6% drop in uk economy which would be the biggest recession we have had in 100 years. which is, i mean, obviously absolutely terrifying, just going back to the point about the government is cupping and how people are reacting to the way the government is cupping, it's worth pointing out the in a way this is not quite a normal conservative government. this government was elected in very specific circumstances, it hurt swathes of the north that it never had before in the government that was determined to prove it was the government of the people. and in a way has been given in the most insane drastic circumstances be given an opportunity to prove that is the government of the people. when it's going to cost the government, and whether it's going to bea government, and whether it's going to be a government that can hold true ina to be a government that can hold true in a sort of conservative principles, the small state fiscal conservatives seem
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principles, the small state fiscal conservatives seem to have gone totally at the window in the circumstances. but if this government can weather the biggest recession and not be held accountable that will be quite something as well. it reminds me, nicola, of the many marshall plan, doesn't it? i think what was interesting as well and what boris johnson said today and yesterday is that he has repeated this point, but he says that after the financial crash that banks were bailed out the people were not. gordon brown, who was 011 people were not. gordon brown, who was on the radio yesterday i think for the day before, at this point, he was very critical of boris johnson's approach so far, so it's clearly a bit of a political dig at him, buti clearly a bit of a political dig at him, but i think there's an acknowledgement that the country has to come through this altogether. in the interconnectedness of all this, that's almost incredible thing about the way that this operates. he needs
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us the way that this operates. he needs us all to do something together to protect everyone, and i think that that has really kind of exposed some of the ways in which our society operates, and for example things like making sure co—workers are paid adequately communicate short different parts of the economy are supported like delivery drivers of food, i don't think that those jobs we re particularly well food, i don't think that those jobs were particularly well appreciated before this, and suddenly we are starting to see exactly who are the people that are really, really essential to keep us safe at the moment. we are going to turn to the sun, and up until this afternoon it was very much the british keep calm and carry on, but time has been called now. yes. these had done was we are all going to need a drink after that, and that's fair enough.
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newspapers doing this can be the son is doing this seeing this as a way for the community to rally around. i got a for the community to rally around. i gota campaign for the community to rally around. i got a campaign going on at the moment trying to get volunteers in the thickest community thing is going to matter so much from the fa ct going to matter so much from the fact that we cannot go to the pub and have a drink is absolutely alien to british people. we are going to have to find other ways of connecting because loneliness is going to be a huge problem and people work or home not able to socialise thank you olivia and nicola. to forget all the papers are online. just had to the bbc news website.
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it's all there for you — seven days a week at — and if you miss the programme any evening you can watch it later on bbc iplayer. thank you again to olivia, nicola and to your selves for watching. i shall see you shortly, but for now it's the weather. good evening. more of us to enjoy it's because like these across the uk during friday. more central to go around what a glorious picture this was from cumbria. was not like this everywhere. still had her pesky weather fronts in this area of cloud and even into the afternoon had a little bit of rain reported in the hastings area of east sussex. it's a pretty dull and damp here. looking at the weather picture this weekend there is the chance of getting an odd passing shower it will affect
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you in scotland, a cold one affecting northern areas with medium—high cloud at weston to be quite a nice sunrise for some of you tomorrow morning. ajury quite a nice sunrise for some of you tomorrow morning. a jury of high—pressure or the pressure not changing too much, butjust shoveling position a bit and that means the winds will start to shift toa means the winds will start to shift to a more towards a southeast direction. another day or we have chilly winds around. for most of it this could be a bright day with sunshine but as i say to see some cloud coming across each areas of scotla nd cloud coming across each areas of scotland always quite medium and bright conditions. the winds will be strong particularly across the coast and hills of southwest england and wales that chilly breeze everywhere, the onshore winds keeping things a little bit cooler around the east coast of england and scotland as well. which of her 7 degrees in aberdeen away from the east coast of
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glasgow seeing a high of 11. through saturday night through many areas the clear skies from the winds will start to fall a little bit later and that means is going to be a colder night for some few with frost a little bit more by the way from the immediate east coast weather when will continue to keep temperatures a few degrees above. one way of dry weather and sunshine coming our way but again is the cloud there a bit from place to place. if you're cloud working in from the scottish islands and then for most of us a decent day would letter rents it should feel a little bit less in the chilly side. it tortures as high as 12 degrees. your next week the high—pressure just about to hold on and that we have more fun with her to come for many of us for monday and tuesday as well. that's your weather.
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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00: sweeping and extraordinary measures to deal with coronavirus — the forced closure of pubs, restaurants, and gyms, and an unprecedented rescue package for workers and businesses. you may think that you are invincible but there is no guarantee that you won't get mild symptoms and you can still be a carrier of the disease and pass it on to others. it came as the government promised to pay all employees 80% of their salary — up to £2,500 a month — an "unprecedented move", said the chancellor. today i can announce that, for the first time in our history,


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