tv The Travel Show BBC News December 19, 2019 6:00am-6:31am GMT
good morning — welcome to breakfast with charlie stayt and mega munchetty. our headlines today: impeached — donald trump is charged with abuse of power and obstructing congress — he'll face trial in the senate next month. the other ones who should be impeached, of them. extra funding for the nhs in england and longer sentences for violent criminals, just two government bills to be announced in today's queen's speech. turbulent times for british airways. the uk's flag carrier is voted one of the country's worst airlines — again.
i'll look at what went wrong. one win away from being named the best club side in the world. roberto firmino‘s late winner for liverpool sends them into saturday's final at the club world cup. my my jaw dropped myjaw dropped to the floor about four or five myjaw dropped to the floor about four orfive times. and we'll find out if the force is strong with the final installment of the star wars‘ skywalker saga following its european premiere. good morning from beautiful windsor castle. go here all morning and singing carols inside it's nice and toasty, outside its weight. the rain moving north and more rain sweeping in from the south—west to the course of the latter part of the morning. it's thursday 19th december. our top story. donald trump has been impeached over
allegations that he abused his power for personal gain. it means he will now face trial in the senate, where he could — potentially — be removed from office. he's only the third president in history to be impeached as our north america correspondent peter bowes reports article one is adopted. and with that, donald trump and the history books as the third us president to be impeached. a decisive vote by the house of representatives controlled by the democrats sealed the president's fate. it followed a day of high drama of the kind rarely seenin of high drama of the kind rarely seen in the us congress which is bitterly divided. at the precise time of his impeachment, the president was being lauded by his fa ns president was being lauded by his fans at a rally in michigan, the kind of made for television choreography that donald trump rebels in. the do nothing democrats, and they do nothing, all they want to focus is on this. what they could be declaring is that the patriot
disdain for the american voter. this lawless pa rt is disdain for the american voter. this lawless part is an impeachment is a political suicide much for the democrat party. have you seen my poles in the last four weeks? the president is accused of withholding military you ray aid to ukraine to try to get the country to investigate his political rivaljoe biden. but, say the democrats, is an abuse of power and the reason for the first article of impeachment. the second, obstruction of congress claim when it was claimed the president tried to block the enquiry into his discussions with ukraine. article two is adopted. the passing of two articles of impeachment, the charges, means that president trump will now face a trial in the senate where the republicans are in the majority. mr trump is almost certain to be acquitted more high drama is guaranteed. the nhs will be at the centre of the queen's speech today, as the conservative government sets out its legislative agenda for the year ahead.
her majesty will outline what the government wants to achieve, including an extra 39 billion pounds per year for the nhs in england. )more money per pupil for schools in england. as well as legislation on the uk's future relationship with the eu, which is due to be agreed by the end of december next year. the ceremony itself will be more low key than previous ones, with cars used instead of carriages and the monarch wearing a hat instead of a crown. let's find out more detail on what will be announced from our political correspondent nick eardley who is in westminster this morning. good morning, nick. isuppose this isa good morning, nick. isuppose this is a way for the government to also —— almost make a stand, outline its intentions for the next five years. there is going to be a weird sense of deja vu. it was only nine weeks ago we were last year for a queen speech boris johnson brought ago we were last year for a queen speech borisjohnson brought his plans to parliament. today will feel a lot different. not because the content is any different, a lot of
what you will hear later this morning is very similar to what was said back in october. the big difference is, boris johnson said back in october. the big difference is, borisjohnson can do it now. it's not a wish list, it his plans for the next year. at its heart is the big election issue, the nhs, more funding for the health service over the next few years, there is going to be a law which says that by 23—24, the budget for the nhs will be £34 billion higher thanit the nhs will be £34 billion higher than it is just now. that is boris johnson saying, we care about the health service, we're not let it shrivel and it's not owing to be pa rt shrivel and it's not owing to be part of any trade deal, as it was debated numerous times, critics will question that and we will see more of that today. there will be other measures for the health service. it's going to be easier for doctors and nurses to come to the uk, fast track visa after brexit. there will
be some other measures in there today as well. as you mentioned, there will also be cutting down crime as well, tougher sentences for the most serious criminals and, you guessed it, brexit will be front and centre today although we will hear more of that tomorrow when the brexit vote comes back to parliament. at 7.30 we'll speak to rishi sunak, chief secretary to the treasury, about what's on the government agenda for the next 12 months. shadow foreign secretary emily thornberry says she's the best candidate to become the next labour leader because she comes "from the heart of the party". she was highly critical ofjeremy corbyn for his neutral stance over brexit and says the party wasn't "sufficiently clear on what its position was". a number of other mps have said they're considering whether to stand. mr corbyn says he will step down "early next year". we need a bridge from where we are
now two winning the next election andi now two winning the next election and i think that, in the end, the things that we stand for our right but i don't think that we were putting them forward in the best way. we need to make sure we have a proper strategic vision and we need to articulate it properly and we need to win people's confidence and faith. we want the opportunity to serve but people wouldn't give thus that opportunity unless they can trust us. the first minister of scotland, nicola sturgeon, will outline her case for another scottish independence referendum later this morning. the snp leader believes her party's success in last week's election gives her a strong mandate for another vote. the government's says it will not support ms sturgeon‘s plan. a state of emergency has been declared in parts of australia as more than 100 bushfires continue to burn and temperatures hit a record high. it's forecast to get even hotter by the end of the week. our correspondent phil mercer is in the town of penrith in new south wales for us. ——he is in the blue mountains
outside of sydney. the situation is getting worse. gives us idea of what it is like. choking smoke, extreme heat raging bushfires. australia's summer heat raging bushfires. australia's summer of crisis is continuing. we we re summer of crisis is continuing. we were in the western suburbs of syd ney were in the western suburbs of sydney a few hours ago where temperatures were in the mid— 40s celsius, air quality was so bad that the local councils were shutting swimming pools and certainly in the city of sydney, air quality has been at dangerous levels. we are in the blue mountains to the west of sydney and the smoke you can see behind me, it's basically from two massive fires that continue to rage out of control and we are hearing that in one of these fires, three firefighters were hurt, two of them seriously, when flames engulfed our fire engines. this is a crisis that just keeps getting worse. this heatwave has sent extreme intense heatwave has sent extreme intense heat barrelling from western
australia all the way over here to the east and there is a fear that conditions on saturday could be even worse and as you say, about 100 fires continue to burn here in new south wales and it's a say the firefighting effort, the heroic firefighting effort, the heroic firefighting effort, the heroic firefighting effort here in eastern australia and elsewhere is being stretched to the very limit. the european premiere of the new star wars film — the rise of skywalker — has been held in london. the movie, starring daisy ridley and john boyega, concludes the star wars saga started by george lucas more than 40 years ago. our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba was there. the fans were out in fourth for the evening's premier. for so many, star wa rs evening's premier. for so many, star wars is more than simply a movie. this film and the other two in the latest trilogy of all one praise for
the way they've seamlessly evolved from the originalfilms the way they've seamlessly evolved from the original films while also moving significant forward when it comes to things like gender balance and diversity. they fly now? people have had to fight long and hard for characters like this, for women and anyone sort of not in a traditional film sense to play so i'm also thankful to all of the people who have been fighting for years years for roles like this to be available. what has being part of this meant to you? it's meant being part of telling a 42— your piece of history. it's notjust telling a 42— your piece of history. it's not just been telling a 42— your piece of history. it's notjust been a movie, it's a cultural phenomenon and to have contributed something to that, it's an incredible experience. there is a lot of responsibility. a billet same time it's also shared responsibility. i am there, we have a whole crew, we have thousands of people working on this movie so it doesn't all fall on my shoulders and i'm glad about that. disney bought
lucasfilm in the right to star wars for about $4 billion. the success of this new series makes it look like a good argument and it's all because ofa good argument and it's all because of a passion star wars still enjoys from the fans, 42 years after the saga first began. great deal of excitement about that film. we will be talking about it later. are you excited? i be talking about it later. are you excited ? i will be talking about it later. are you excited? i will put it out there. it's funny, when it first came out 40 yea rs it's funny, when it first came out 40 years ago, a moment in time, slightly passed me by right at the beginning. so, you know, itried to join... have you caught on? i have now. i am a massive fan. we're just hours away from the official state opening of parliament, and the new speaker of the house, sir lindsay hoyle, says he wants to be the first in almost 30 years to wear the traditional ceremonial wig. there's just one slight problem.
no—one can actually find it. bernard weatherill was the last to follow this centuries—old tradition in the 1980s, but his successor betty boothroyd decided to go without, as has every speaker since. it was last spotted 20 years ago. but all is not lost — a london wigmaker has come forward to say he has a replica in stock, if sir lindsay would like it. the problem i have with the week thatis the problem i have with the week that is that old, and it's obvious, isn't it, what does that smell like? well, maybe it's been kept in a very secure environment. it gets heated in the house of commons. it's not like it has a lot of use. gusty, musty. if you can't find it, you
should dig something out of an old dressing up box. i'm not sure it had the gravitas they were looking for. i don't know if that wig has any gravitas anymore. it's certainly eye—catching. how are you? good. it's a busy 24 hours for liverpool. we saw them in action and then the semi—final at the club world cup and they won but they left it late. i think someone please will be jurgen klopp because they have prioritised it. it a late late goal put liverpool into saturday's final. firmino scored it as they beat mexican side monterrey 2—1 for the right to play brazilian side flamengo in saturday's final. there's going to be a manchester derby in the semi—finals of the carabao cup. that's after manchester city beat oxford united 3—1, whilst united saw off colchester united. this brilliant strike from leighton baines took everton's
match with leicester city to penalties. leicester won it, and will play aston villa in the semis. meanwhile, celtic moved five points clear at the top of the scottish premiership after a two—nil win over struggling hearts. ryan christie and olivier ntcham scored to move celtic further ahead of rangers, who have a game in hand. after producing a godlike out, it's great. didn't you watch the football? you are glued to the action on the touchline. football? you are glued to the action on the touchlinelj football? you are glued to the action on the touchline. i brought information to the table. good morning, ben. two yellow cards in two minutes and both of the coaches. jurgen klopp. did they get sent off? just a yellow card. it got a bit feisty on the touchline. between each other? there was a crunching challenge from a liverpool player. there was a bit of anger. there wasn't a thing between them
particularly but far be it from me to... you are the expert this morning. all our faces when charlie talks about the football. it happens sometimes, it does happen. let's have a look at the papers. what a mess. many of the paper is looking forward to today's queen speech. which will lay out the new government's agenda. the daily mail picks out what it calls boris's high street boost, which it says comes in the form of a business rates tax cut for 500,000 independent firms. the mirror reports on what it describes as forgotten families who were victims of last month's floods and have nowhere to go during the festive period. the metro says tony blair has stuck the knife into labour's indecision over brexit. the photo at the top is of actor daisy ridley at the star wars: the rise of skywalker premiere in leicester square last night.
and online, the washington post reports on donald trump becoming the third president in us history to be impeached and face trial in the senate. we trial in the senate. will have more on that and explain we will have more on that and explain exactly what that means a little later in the programme. i mean, seriously. what that shows you is that... it has been a busy morning. this is me and that is charlie. work is being done, it is an organic process. you know that. i am getting it all sorted out. the camera is over there. john is going first. if i could camera is over there. john is going first. ifi could delve under charlie's stashed... reflecting on the daily mirror on some of the big moments, of the last ten years in british sport. andy murray's when in 2013, super saturday, at the london olympics. ap mccoy running his 4000th winner, more success at rio.
this is british, a firm focus on british success. but when you put it like that you realise what a great ten years it has been in british sport when you pick out some of those big moments. have you got a favourite? i think murray in 2013. that was a special moment. i think because the year before he got so emotional when he lost in the final, so emotional when he lost in the final, so when he finally won it, you are like, he's done it. a quick cat story. i know you have a story as well. this is palmerston, the foreign office cat. his appointment is chief mouser to the foreign office because larry is chief mouser to the cabinet. but palmerston has been a little bit stressed, so there are new palmerston protocol is introduced. his lifestyle has come under scrutiny. he has had too many
treats. he is also getting depressed because his territory is too big. so officials have now shut certain doors in parts of the foreign office. the cat is overweight, it sounds like. he is stressed, and his territory is too big. anyway, we are worried about burnout. speaking of fatcats, an investigation on the front of the times, this has been confirmed by the bank of england this morning. let me explain the background to this. you may be familiar with this sort of shot, and this sort of press conference, and these are the sorts of things we show you on bbc news, all broadcasters show you this press co nfe re nce broadcasters show you this press conference from the bank of england governor every couple of months. a video feed of that goes to everybody at the same time. the times has discovered there is a separate audio feed sent from this press conference, and it is intended only to bea conference, and it is intended only to be a backup, it is there in case the video fails. but of course, as we the video fails. but of course, as we know, in telemetry, if you are sending a picture it takes a little bit longer than if you are just
sending the sound. and the sound gets to people fractionally quicker than the video version. they have found a company charged with supplying this emergency only backup audio feed has been selling it to corporate clients and have been using it to trade. so they are hearing the information in theory seconds earlier. that is a lot of trading. in the world of high—frequency trading, as it is known, a couple of seconds can make a huge difference. they have been finding people have been trading on that information. it might be the bank of england governor's views of whether the interest rate will go up or down in the next few months, or what his outlook on the economy might be. absolutely fascinating, a bit nerdy in the business world, but fascinating how that works and the value ofjust a couple of seconds. not nerdy in your world, though, is it? a couple of seconds counts. why don't you tidy up? let's not dwell on it, it is absolutely fine. time for the weather now, and carol
is at windsor castle this morning. she will be singing for us, she will be singing carols by carol. she will tell us whether, in between all of that, as well —— tell us the weather. we are inside the grand reception room at windsor castle at the moment. it is spectacular, such gorgeous chandeliers as well. her majesty the queen and princess margaret grew up here, but not only that, did you know they also performed pantomimes here as well? we have got some very rarely seen pictures to show you ofjust we have got some very rarely seen pictures to show you of just that. the first picture you are seeing is taken in december 1944. it is the princesses, elizabeth and margaret, in their performance of old milder red riding boots. the next one is the same performance with some of their other colleagues, and this one taken the year before in 1943, with the princesses and their fellow
performers for aladdin —— old mother. in 1941, princess elizabeth, as you can see, dressed as prince charming, with princess margaret as cinderella, and the last one is from this same production. inside windsor castle this morning, it is lovely and toasty warm. outside, actually, it isa and toasty warm. outside, actually, it is a mild start to the day as well. the forecast for today is really messy. some of us will see a little bit of sunshine, some of us will have some heavy rain. it's been very windy overnight, the winds will easy touch for most but some of us will still have windy conditions across the northern and western isles later in the south—west stop but we are pulling in around an area of low southerly winds. and that is a mild direction for us. so first thing this morning we do have some rain across parts of wales, in through northern england, the north midlands. all of that is going to be pushing northwards through the
course of the morning and clearing. we will have a drier interlude before late morning the next batch of rain comes in from the south—west, spreads across southern england, heads to the midlands and wales, and by the time you get to evening it will be in northern ireland and also southern scotland. a blustery day but a mild one. top temperatures today could actually get up to 14 degrees, but for most of us we are staying in double figures. through this evening and overnight, that same band of rain pushes northwards across scotland. you can see how it continues to curl around western parts of scotland and also northern ireland, and by the end of the night it will take another swipe at south—east england, east anglia and also the midlands and parts of north—east england. as and parts of north—east england. as a result, it is not going to be a particularly cold night, temperatures falling between about seven temperatures falling between about seven and nine. tomorrow we start off with the rain across the south—east, for example. that is
going to be pushing away through the north sea during the course of the day. for many of us, we will see some bright spells. still some showers, though, across parts of western scotland and also south—west england in particular. and if anything, temperatures just down a notch on where they are today. and then by the time we get to saturday, well, we've got a drier day to start with. again, there will be some sunshine, there will be some bright spells, meaning there will be areas of cloud. there will still be a few showers dotted around the west. a more coherent band of rain and then sunday is looking like a brighter day with some showers and also blustery. so there is going to be something for everyone in that forecast, because we've gotjust about every element. you never fail to deliver, carol. thank you very much. back to our top story: as we've been hearing, donald trump has become the third us president in history to be impeached. impeachment is when charges of wrongdoing are brought against a president by the lower chamber of the us congress, known as the house of representatives. mr trump is accused of withholding military aid to ukraine to try to get that country to investigate his political rival joe biden.
but being impeached does not neccesarily mean he will be removed from office. for that to happen, the senate would have to convict the president after a trial. two presidents, bill clinton and andrewjohnson, have been impeached before, but none have ever been kicked out of the white house. in order to remove president trump, two thirds of senators would have to vote in favour at the trial next month, which is unlikely to happen. the president has called the process a witch hunt. political analyst eric ham joins us now from washington. eric, good to see you this morning. so what do you make of this? the impeachment that lots of people have been talking about has finally happened. it has, and it went pretty much along party lines, like we thought that it would. and now the question is will these articles of impeachment actually get over to the senate? we heard from the speaker,
nancy pelosi, tonight saying that she is not so quick to actually walk these articles over to the senate, because she does not yet see a process by the senate that has been laid out, especially one that is fair. so while we are expecting a trial sometime early in 2020, we simply don't know if that will happen, because now it seems that there is a game of chicken that will ta ke there is a game of chicken that will take place between the speaker of the house and the senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell, overthe rules of engagement for an actual trial. hold on, though, if someone says the president needs to be impeached, the third time in us presidential history, surely the system is in place. well, yes, but there is actually no timeline that says when the articles of impeachment must descend over to the senate. in fact, impeachment must descend over to the senate. infact, nancy impeachment must descend over to the senate. in fact, nancy pelosi can hold onto these articles of impeachment for a month or even a year. there simply is no timetable, again. even though there is the impeachment and removal of a sitting us president is clearly within the
bounds of the congress, there simply aren't the details or the timelines in terms of how this all is supposed to play out. and so many of these rules, they are operating on rules that operated either in the clinton or the nixon impeachment process. but now we are heading into uncharted territory, because clearly nancy pelosi wants to see something in terms of how the trailer will be laid out. she made clear tonight she will not name the managers that will adjudicate the case, because she does not see a process, and she does not believe that the process will be fair. ok. say it happens, whenever it happens. what is the actual likelihood that he is going to be found guilty by the senate? likelihood that he is going to be found guilty by the senate ?|j likelihood that he is going to be found guilty by the senate? i think thatis found guilty by the senate? i think that is slim to none. in fact, i think the bar is simply too high. many actually look at this and see that there are too many republicans, because the republicans controlled the majority of the senate. but also there are two democrats that could
quite possibly vote with republicans, doug jones from alabama and senatorjoe mansion from west virginia, two deep red states that do not support this idea of impeachment. so the idea of a majority of democrats actually supporting the idea of impeachment i think is a bridge too far, even in this senate where you see such a polarised climate —— joe manchin. this senate where you see such a polarised climate -- joe manchin. he has completely dismissed this out of hand, hasn't he? he has his usual bluster around this. is this actually going to affect him in the eyes of voters or the american public? well, because its president donald trump, we simplyjust don't know the answer to that. how many people thought president donald trump would actually get elected in 2016? and now that he is impeached, while that does carry a stigma, we simply don't know how it will play in 2020. now, of course, any real action of the president is a referendum on that president, so of
course, donald trump will have to address that issue, and we do know that white suburban women are running away from the republican party in d roves. running away from the republican party in droves. still we don't know in fact how this will play out in 2020. but what we do know is the fight over this issue has onlyjust begun. thank you for taking us through that. time now to get the news, travel and weather where you are. good morning from bbc london, i'm geeta pendse. cases of dementia in london have doubled in the past five years, according to nhs data. experts say the rise is due to an increase in diagnosis rates and an ageing population. nhs england said the priority is finding out as early as possible whether you have the condition, to get the right treatment. rents across the capital are predicted to rise slightly next year as the supply of properties struggles to keep up with demand. a survey by the royal institution
of chartered surveyors suggests stock levels, affordability and brexit uncertainty could have an impact on the market. rics is calling for a change in approach to address the crisis in the housing sector. christmas is a time when people like to give back, and one little boy from south—east london is doing just that by giving out pyjamas to those in need. dominic, with the help of his school friends, has helped gather over 1,000 pairs of pyjamas and other essential items to give to children who will spend this festive period in domestic violence shelters. soiam so i am thinking of my christmas list, and then i realised that not all children have an amazing christmas, so i researched a bit about it. and it turns out that some people have a rubbish christmas. i wa nted people have a rubbish christmas. i wanted to help. let's take a look at the travel situation now.
there the travel situation now. are minor delays in the di good there are minor delays in the dlr. good service elsewhere on the tubes this morning. on the trains, south western strike action continues today, with a reduced service and some replacement buses. delays and cancellations on southeastern trains on the ladywell and hayes line following problems at the depot. in westminster, abingdon street, old palace yard and st margaret street are closed between millbank and parliament square for the state opening of parliament today. now the weather, with elizabeth rizzini. hello, good morning. plenty of heavy rain around last night, so it's rather wet underfoot to start the morning. some large puddles on the roads on the pavements, and towards southern and western areas of the capital, there is a met office weather warning and forced to cater for further heavy downpours, and that warning is valid until midday