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on the front page of the financial times, us special counsel robert mueller says his report neither accused not exonerated donald trump, because a sitting president cannot be charged with a federal crime. meanwhile, the hollywood reporter has this picture of disney boss bob iger, who has said it will be "very difficult' for disney to keep filming in georgia if the state enacts a new abortion law." —— bob iger, who has said it will be "very difficult" for disney to keep filming in georgia if the state enacts a new abortion law. and finally, the bbc website has this report from ofcom, which shows as online usage grows, so do social media concerns. what do you think? are you worried about how much time you're spending online? let you're spending online? us know. so let's begin. you're spending online? with me is jane foley, who's senior foreign exchange strategist at rabobank. welcome back. starting with the story here with borisjohnson facing trial over misleading claims over brexit. he of course denies all of these accusations but how damaging is this on a political level, never
mind the court case itself? the timing is interesting because we are in the beginnings of the leadership battle for the tory party and according to the bookies at least johnson is the favourite. certainly, if his name is on the balance sheet when it goes out across the country to the tory party, the polls are indicating that he would win. this has the potential to damage his reputation and it is quite interesting, it is, according to the judge, about misconduct in public office. and we are told it is not about trying to undermine the brexit argument. this is a private prosecution by a private individual, crowdfunded? exactly, anyone has the right to bring a private prosecution but he has crowdfunded about £200,000 in order to raise this. it is against borisjohnson in particular because we remember in the uk in 2016, the time of the
referendum, the bus that said we are sending £350 million a week to brussels, and that money could have caused be used on the nhs. the accusation is that that was untrue and particularly, that borisjohnson knew it was not true. so how will this proceed? knew it was not true. so how will this proceed ? do knew it was not true. so how will this proceed? do we know the timeframe? is it because the leadership election for the tory party and the next prime minister of this country is imminent, within weeks? but court cases do not exist within one week time frames so this could drag on for months? it could. the first step is he has to appear in courtand the first step is he has to appear in court and have the charges read to him and there will be the magistrates court earlier, there was an appearance earlier in the month and the next procedure is able appearand and the next procedure is able appear and then it will go to the crown prosecution service as you say this could be drawn out, it will no doubt last longer than the leadership battle but these headlines of course are coming at a very sensitive time. a source close
to him says this decision risks to undermine democracy so this will really be a war of words for some time. looking at the times. new recommendations, funding report calling for a cut in fees but then being paid back over a longer time period —— the times. being paid back over a longer time period -- the times. now, students pay back their loans over a period of 30 years and whatever is outstanding after that gets written off. according to these statistics about 23% of students have some amount of some debt written off after that time so this report suggests actually, they could be paying back over a0 years, meaning that far less would have amounts written off but in return, the interest rate should be lower. interest rates are ridiculously high and in my opinion, they are, around 6.3% which is far higher when you consider bank loans or mortgage rates are much higher than the prevailing and no doubt the companies that owned the debts are
saying we have to pay off a lot of the debt, the credit rating perhaps on the student is not high which is how they justify those rates at it is very high. the fees themselves, for england specifically, they are saying they should be cut from 9250 to 7500 per year and when you compare that to countries around the world it is nothing, it is pennies, people in america spends tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of dollars on the university education which they really do have to pay back over a lifetime. that is true and it is i was been the case in america but if you look at europe, this is high, university in ireland for example or the netherlands, you could get a degree for a much lower price depends on what you are comparing it to and of course there is flexibility for some stu d e nts to course there is flexibility for some students to potentially study abroad as well and potentially in europe to get those cheaper loans. the financial times. this is about, some would say shocking statement, from robert mueller the special counsel
who led the investigation into donald trump and his administration as to whether or not there had been any collusion with russia. and he said very explicitly that the reports that he issued one month or so reports that he issued one month or so ago clearly did not agglomerate donald trump of committing a crime. does this do you think a signal to congress to actually impeach him? this is the big argument and certainly what he has done is he said he will not testify to congress, it will not give any more information out. which is what they have been calling for. so he has handed over the reins to congress and they need to decide whether to go further or not to the argument about impeachment again becomes valid. nancy pelosi the democrat speaker of the house has suggested she doesn't necessarily want to do this. she is of the opinion that if
she went ahead with the impeachment that actually, it may play into his hands and give donald trump a stronger hand coming up for next yea r‘s stronger hand coming up for next year's elections. so it will be interesting in the next few weeks to see whether or not congress does decide to take it further but he certainly, robert mueller, wants to step back. i think the argument is from nancy pelosi, and many people believe that donald trump is such a divisive figure that it will not shift the dial, his supporters are supporters and his detractors are his detract is and it will not sway anybody so what is actually to be achieved in this if there is an election coming up but we have seen people standing for the democratic nomination come out and actually push for this so you wonder whether it is in their favour because then the whole of congress gets bogged down in the issue. this is likely it. with the figure such as trump, who do know that some of his dirty laundry is out there already and yet, he still has his supporters that have not detracted from his popularity. hollywood reporter now, about georgia and its decision to introduce new abortion laws which have not been enacted yet but the boss of business as if they do go ahead, then disney would have to look very carefully whether or not they continue to work there. the
reason is georgia has a 30% tax incentive for the industry for the entertainment industry so lots of companies are going there but it seems like bob iger was the first to come out and say actually, we're going to have to reconsider. netflix also said something similar. there was one report i read this morning that suggests state gets around about $2.7 billion because of some of these films that are made there, disney particularly, and you are looking at like a and things that are huge. —— like panther and avengers. it does say that as soon asa avengers. it does say that as soon as a doctor can find a heartbeat of as a doctor can find a heartbeat of a foetus that they cannot be an abortion and could be as early as six weeks when some women do not know they are pregnant what this is about really, this is the liberal minded creative industries really fighting back against the more conservative minded government in this region. again, it is quite an interesting position. others have
argued that actually pulling production from this state will damage ha rd—working production from this state will damage hard—working people who actually rely on these wages so it will be an interesting debate to come. another story here on bbc news online which is also covered in a lot of the papers is about online usage 01’ lot of the papers is about online usage or incident usage growing, so do social media concerns, according toa do social media concerns, according to a new ofcom study, notjust about adults but also children and the impact it is having on them. adults but also children and the impact it is having on themm adults but also children and the impact it is having on them. it is who most of us worry about most. a lot of adults are using the internet more and we know that and we have concerns about spam e—mails and earlier this week, news that banks are taking action to try to maybe give money back to customers who have had the money taken off them because of fraudsters but really i think this is about children and it is about the concerns that children are having, it says here that one quarter of children in the survey have experienced cyber bullying, most of the reports from children about potential harm are related to swearing, offensive language, i
think there are deeper concerns about what else children might be seeing as well. of course this has beenin seeing as well. of course this has been in the news a lot in the uk this year in terms of self—harm, and of course instagram being accused by the father of molly, committed suicide earlier this year, all last year, as well as, we have all been quite upset by a lot of this news but it is the impact it is having on children, really. 5196 of children aged between 12 and 15 have experienced online billing which is frightening. jane, great to have you with us. stay with us. much more to come. all of the top stories. back inafew come. all of the top stories. back in a few moments.
hello. one thing we're certainly not short of at the moment is cloud across the uk, and through today, it will tend to stick around in many areas and bring some rain into the north. by the weekend, though, i'm hopeful we'll see more in the way of sunshine, and we're going to see things significantly warming up for some. more on that in just a moment. a lot of warm air coming in from the atlantic in the next few days, but it's coming up to the south of this frontal system. that will mean a lot of cloud around, some more persistent rain across the northern half of the uk in the short term, as well. but by the weekend, high pressure will start to push in from the south, thin the cloud, and allow more sunshine. today, though, most of us are going to be stuck with fairly grey skies, and across the northern half of the uk, some more persistent rain as the day goes on. heavy at times, possibly, for northern ireland, the south—west of scotland, parts of the north—west of england, maybe the far north—west of wales, too. to the far north of scotland, some sunshine for the northern isles. to the south, some brighter skies to the lee of high ground. breezy day across the board, particularly gusty around western
coasts and across the hills, quite murky in the west as well. just 11 degrees there in aberdeen, but up to 23 if we get some brightness across the south—east of england. overnight thursday into friday, looking at more wet weather across the northern half of the uk, but hopefully the cloud to the south perhaps thinning and breaking a little as the hours go by. high pressure trying to squeeze its influence further north. certainly a mild enough start to friday, but once again, you can see the rain waiting to push into northern ireland and western scotland. and through the day, that frontal system continues to buckle to the north of the uk, so there will be more heavy downpours. to the south, the high is nearby, and that should allow the cloud to thin and break a little more, see a bit more in the way of sunshine, and temperatures creeping up across england and wales on friday, into the mid 20s. milder for aberdeen, but still a lot of cloud around, and some rain, but the heaviest of the rain for northern ireland and western scotland. but, by saturday, that high throws its influence further north. we should see more in the way of widespread sunshine and a pretty
warm day even across the northern half of the uk, but to the south, we could get up to 27 degrees celsius in the south—east of england. a very short spike of a heatwave, though. by sunday, the weather picture starts to become quite showery across the uk, and that will see our temperatures beginning to slide away. still a pretty pleasant day to come, though, on sunday. in the sunny spells, there will be some warmth around. turning much chillier, though, next week.
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