tv The Papers BBC News July 8, 2020 11:30pm-12:00am BST
cases of coronavirus — more than any other country in the world. over 130,000 americans have also died from the disease. the united nations has warned its aid agencies don't have the resources they need to fight the looming threat of famine in war—torn yemen. the country is also struggling with a surge in suspected coronavirus deaths. here in the uk, the chancellor has set out plans to revive the economy and protectjobs, as the country tries to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown. he announced a job creation scheme for young people. and at a hearing at london's high court, johnny depp has denied he slapped his ex—wife amber heard after she laughed at one of his tattoos. the actor is suing the publisher of the sun newspaper over an article that referred to him as a "wife beater".
hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are author and journalist rachel shabi, and anna mikhailova, deputy political editor at the daily telegraph. great to have you both with us. let's look at tomorrow's front pages. unsurprisingly, a lot of tomorrow's papers are leading with a variety of headlines around the chancellor's announcement today. the telegraph goes with "come dine with me" — as rishi sunak promises ot pay 50% of restaurant bills up to £10 a head... the i calls him the "half price meal deal chancellor." the mirror describes today's summer budget as "chicken feed." "grab a ten—pound rishi dishi" is the metro's take. the times says "sunak serves up 30 billion pound rescue."
"lunch is on rishi" is the mail's headline. the financial times, meanwhile, says sunak‘s scheme to revive the economy will push borrowing past 350 billion pounds. and the guardian warns of mass unemployment fears despite the chancellors "plan forjobs". so those are some of the front pages we have already. let's start with the daily mail, one of many of those front pages which is having a lot of fun, actually, with this idea of a lunch voucher. but as the labour party said, we'd been promised a new deal, and instead we got a meal deal. we are all focusing very much on this, are we missing the bigger picture? the reason we are folk dancing on this today is because pretty much everything else in the budget was previewed beforehand. this turned out to be the only new
thing in it, hence why all the front pages are splashing on it today. 0bviously pages are splashing on it today. obviously the other big things are subsidized wages for young people, an extension of the furlough scheme to start paying employers to keep workers on. the main focus, really, is trying to stave off unemployment, trying to get confidence back in the economy, get people working, going out and eating out, which is why this voucher scheme has, for restau ra nts. this voucher scheme has, for restaurants. it's an eye—catching thing that's not a big amount of money or anything, but it is an attempt by the treasury to really get people out there and boost confidence. i think the daily mail's front pages of all is the most interesting because they're only ones that make the point that there is no such thing as a free lunch, especially on the chancellor, and they do that thing at the bottom saying, who will pay for it eventually? so there is the hint of
eventually? so there is the hint of eventual tax rises to come in future budgets. a very good point, there's no such thing as a free meal. rachel, when it comes to this idea of encouraging us out to go to those restau ra nts, of encouraging us out to go to those restaurants, and there were conditions, this isjust a monday to wednesday, do we feel confident enough to do that? i don't think we are. iagree enough to do that? i don't think we are. i agree that it's not the most substantial announcement, although i do think overall the announcements we re do think overall the announcements were lacking in the substance needed. but when we look at the reasons why people aren't going out, it is probably things like not wanting to spend money at a time when there's so muchjob insecurity and economic uncertainty around. and also, let's face it — the infection rates in this country are still high. the daily covid—19 deaths are still over 100 a day. that's more
thanit still over 100 a day. that's more than it was before we went into lockdown, and so i think obviously we want people to go out, but you would imagine that a better way to do that is actually to deal with the infection rate, set up a test, trace and isolate system that actually works so people are reassured about going out, and also put more measures in place on the economic side. the scheme is a great idea but it is now coming to an end. we also need much more rewiring of the economy in order to assure people that there will be the kind ofjob stability that lends itself to spending extra cash and going out. when it comes to the times looking at the concerns for obesity, encouraging people to go out and eat fast food — it seems that the glass
is half—full or half—empty. but there are serious concerns over what this could potentially encourage us to do. well people are making the very valid point that restaurants are going back butjim still can't reopen. so people looking to exercise are unable to do that yet, and yet we are being encouraged to go to pubs and restaurants. i think those businesses do need to find ways to survive, and that does involve people going there, working out ways of socially distancing people, eating outside and trying to be safe while also not having the whole — many businesses that were on the verge of completely running out of money fold, which would be disastrous and have health
implications of their own, and very long—term implications for a lot of people. but as rachel said, i think it is completely understandable that so it is completely understandable that so many people are still — they do not feel safe going out, they do not feel confident yet. and that will be a big problem for what the chancellor is trying to address here. and in terms of some of the other measures, rachel, stamp duty is one that has been discussed a lot. stamp duty on properties worth in less then £500,000, but not on social housing? as you say, suspended for eight months, but it is england and northern ireland. in the trouble with that is twofold — it really does nothing to tackle the concerns of it really does nothing to tackle the concerns of renters. it really does nothing to tackle the concerns of renters. there are many of rent that's millions of renters across the country, families as well
as young people. the rent freeze is coming toa as young people. the rent freeze is coming to a close, which means that hundreds of thousands of people face evictions, which is obviously a desperate situation that the government needs urgently to address. but also, if you want to stimulate the housing market, you would think of far better ways to doing that would be building social housing, actually affordable housing, actually affordable housing, which has the benefit of not only creating jobs in the construction industry, but also generating the kind of homes that people renting might one day be able to buy. onto the financialtimes, which is focusing onjust to buy. onto the financialtimes, which is focusing on just how much this scheme will push borrowing. it says passed £350 billion — the deficit is almost twice the size
dashed this will lead the deficit to be double the size that it was in 2008- 09 be double the size that it was in 2008— 09 during the financial crisis, putting that into perspective these huge, huge sums. like many countries, i think the uk is treating this crisis as a wartime crisis, and therefore this sort of debt is seen as acceptable and something that can be managed, particularly with ultra low interest rates. i think when you look at a figure of that size, £350 billion, what makes it slightly strange is where there are fights over preschool meals for kids in the summer, where the psalms there are so summer, where the psalms there are so small by comparison. i think there's an issue, like rachel said, for example with social housing, why isn't there social housing part of this? why are we spending £4 billion on stamp duty which includes a tax
hike for a second home owners and landlords, but not boosting house building and housing for people who need it most? so that is what i think, when people look at that number, it's not so much currently a concern that we won't be able to afford paying it, it's more an issue of if we are spending that much altogether, why not spend a bit more ona altogether, why not spend a bit more on a few more things? is there an question then of being out of touch with what the public is calling for, what people need following such a traumatic time that is still ongoing? in a race is a really good point about the u—turn over preschool meals, so you can definitely see one looming over rescinding the free car parking for nhs staff, which obviously you would
think after what the nhs workers have done for this country, there's likely to be a public outcry over that, as well. but i think that this government is not equipped to look at the kind of deep structural reprogramming of the economy that is neededin reprogramming of the economy that is needed in a crisis like this. it wasn't the government that was in place that recreated the wartime economy, and that's the scale of the task required. it hasn't spent decades thinking about what level of state intervention do we need, and where do we put it, what levers do we apply, and how do we roll out this policy? it has not spent time thinking about it because that is not where it is ideologically. these are more progressive, left—wing policies that in fact the labour party has spent the last five years
devising policy for, and a think tanks have spent several decades formulating policies for. so it's actually not surprising that this government is floundering over the scale of the test required and how to do it, because that's not really where it's at ideologically. that's not where it lives. onto the guardian, which once again, it's the same image of the chancellor, saying the chancellor is serving food at a restau ra nt, the chancellor is serving food at a restaurant, he serving food, he's got his name badge, no mask, which has raised questions in certain areas, but he's serving food at this restau ra nt areas, but he's serving food at this restaurant following his announcement. the guardian focusing on the fact that despite this huge investment, these announcements, there are still real fears of
unemployment continuing? absolutely. every week, there are announcements of morejob cuts in different sectors, and there'll certainly be a second wave unemployment when the furlough scheme runs out in october, and one in the summer as well when the recession really begins to bite. and that's what the government is most aware of right now and what pretty much every single measure in this mini budget was designed to stave off. i think one of the biggest problems is that it didn't come with a forecast like a normal budget would, so we haven't actually been able to see the most up to make —— up—to—date estimate on where the economy is at. so the numbers we've seen economy is at. so the numbers we've seen given today, £30 billion sounds
a lot. but we don't know how that will play out, we don't know whether the recovery is still predicted to be, like the bank of england says, the bound or pessimistic you shape, or l—shaped. at the moment, the consensus has been that it's the middle one, which involves a high level of unemployment. and that is something that will really be very painful for the whole country. and it is this uncertainty that creates so many fears. it's ok to be adjusted to go out to eat, but uncertainty overjob adjusted to go out to eat, but uncertainty over job losses adjusted to go out to eat, but uncertainty overjob losses is really worrying. and rachel, this announcement that companies who keep their staff on after will receive a £1000 bonus for every furloughed member of staff that will continue to be employed. but only for three
months — so that longevity isn't there. that's right, it's essentially streamlining and tapering off the furlough scheme, which was a good scheme — it had some holes but overall it was a good idea. i think the problem some holes but overall it was a good idea. ithink the problem is some holes but overall it was a good idea. i think the problem is first of all, it is worth remembering that a lot of people had job insecurity prior to the pandemic as well. we found so many families that had savings barely of £100, and people already worried about getting to the end of each month with bills paid. sojob insecurity has been built into our economy for quite some time. and of course it's much worse now, and you would think that now is the time, if ever there was one, to create sustainable jobs with good conditions in good pay. that's what's been sorely lacking in the economy. and those are the
conditions that we didn't see in the announcements today, so there were no conditions attached to the youth employment scheme, for instance, that there should be good jobs with training components attached with a decent wage level attached. will be also want to see is jobs creations programmes, the kind of thing that the green new deal is suggesting where you create greenjobs, which again are high skilled, well—paid jobs that also have the advantage of tackling the claimant crisis, or social housing —— climate crisis. a job scheme that actually keeps giving into the economy, keeps generating wealth for the economy. so these are the measures we want to see the government take, but of course they are the big, systemic rewiring steps that this government doesn't seem to either be interested in or know how to do. let's put these measures to counteract the
coronavirus, the impact on the economy to one side, and focus on the financial time —— financial times which looks at the clashed over the scottish government and westminster for westminster setting environmentalfood westminster for westminster setting environmental food standards. the snp threatens to defy these proposed uk legislations. 0f snp threatens to defy these proposed uk legislations. of course this is on the back of brexit. yes, i think what many people forget is that while this is going on and we've got the coronavirus crisis and the recession, at the same time there are crucial brexit talks ongoing which will determine whether or not we can leave with a deal, or whether it will be on no deal terms. and one of the biggest browns part of this is food standards. so there's a exclusive story in the financial times that one of the big rows per the micro brewing is that
westminster will try to impose their food standards on devolved governments without giving them essay. and this is certainly, if it all pans out like that, it will be a very big route to come. and food standards of course are really significant, and a lot of people watching this one, given that the hype over chlorinated chicken coming in from the united states, and a lot of concern over what will happen to those standards after our ties with the eu finally do go. absolutely. these standards are really big worry, and they are built into this potential trade deal that this government is looking at with the us. a big part of that is about standards that apply to food standards that apply to food standards and environmental standards, lots of markets that the
us wants access to but which would require the uk to lower its standards quite significantly to the ones it has now by a dent of its membership to the eu. the problem is of course, as you say, it is for our food quality over which we would have no control. and there are quite sweeping have no control. and there are quite sweeping measures have no control. and there are quite sweeping measures being proposed at the moment over whether we would even be able to find out where food was coming from. but also significant impact on farmers and the way they farm, and the exposure of their markets to imports from the us. so we see farmers associations quite angry at the proposals coming down the line, as well. but as you say particularly for the devolved nations, already a strain has emerged on the way the pandemic is being handled, and that spent years of strain over brexit. so this is
another fault line that looks to be emerging. just ending on the daily telegraph, we have more details coming out of london's high court, wherejohnny depp coming out of london's high court, where johnny depp has coming out of london's high court, wherejohnny depp has denied slapping his ex—wife, amber heard. details about what he was doing with his ex—wife's dog? details about what he was doing with his ex-wife's dog? yes, this is the latest in an extraordinary showdown betweenjohnny depp latest in an extraordinary showdown between johnny depp and latest in an extraordinary showdown betweenjohnny depp and his ex—wife, amber heard, all very hollywood in the middle of london thanks to a libel trial over the sun newspaper. this is the latest detail that she alleges thatjohnny depp hung her dog out the window. i have to say i was watching the chancellor today and not the high court, but i look forward to reading this tomorrow. fairenough, forward to reading this tomorrow. fair enough, important to say that johnny depp is denying it. the case will continue, as they say, but the
papers tonight have to end. thank you both so much, it's been great to have you to discuss tonight's morning edition of the tape the micro papers for the time being. as always, if you'd like to get involved in the conversation. good night for now. hi there, good evening. i'm chetan pathak with your sports news. after all the anticipation for the return of international cricket, the opening day of the first test between england and the west indies in southampton saw fewer than 20 overs played in the end, thanks to the rain. rory burns and joe denly got england to 35 for one, with the players coming together at the start to condemn racism and pay their respects to recent lives lost, as our sports correspondent joe wilson reports. for the first time anywhere in the world since march, professional cricketers took
to the field. the silence was for the victims of covid, and for the great west indian batsman sir everton weekes. some actions may make us think about how much the world has changed. others make us consider how much change is yet to come. the west indies players wore a black glove today, just as two black sprinters did in protest at the olympics over 50 years ago. both teams wore the black lives matter symbol. while there were no spectators, no saliva allowed on the ball, but the eternal rules of cricket still applied. commentator: bowled him. that is emphatically out. dom sibley gone with england's total none. there was no roar when burns hit the first four of the summer. no flags waved, just satisfaction and relief it had finally stopped raining. joe denly could applaud himself for that shot, in his mind, anyway.
there were glimpses of a contest, but not the full view. everything had been done to make this match happen but nothing could force the sun to shine. the weather did not cooperate. but cricket showed it can adapt to the covid world, from the first moment of the day when the two captains prepared to shake hands and suddenly remembered they weren't supposed to. joe wilson, bbc news. the champions liverpool have beaten brighton to boost their chances of surpassing manchester city's premier league record of reaching a 100 points in a season. jurgen klopp's side, who beat aston villa at the weekend, made it back to back wins with a 3—1 victory at the amex stadium. mo salah scored two of the three — with liverpool now on 92 points with four games left to play. earlier, manchester city thrashed newcastle 5—0 at the etihad stadium. david dilva scored city's fourth. there were also goals for gabrieljesus, riyad mahrez, raheem sterling,
as well as an own goal. shefield united left it very late against wolves before scoring their winner in added time. that 1—0 win takes them seventh and just a point behind wolves now, with both sides eyeing qualification for european football next season. west ham are stilljust four points above the drop zone after a 1—0 defeat at home to burnley. they've also played a game more than relegation rivals aston villa and bournemouth. there'll be no ryder cup golf this year, after organisers decided it wouldn't be the same without spectators. team europe were expecting to defend the cup on us soil in wisconsin in september, but the event's been pushed back until the same time next year. europe's captain padraig harrington believes it's the right decision. dominic the decision is based on health and safety, but trying to get organised behind the scene, it would be difficult to pull a team together
that was fair and representative. and all the competitions that go with it, you know, what happens if a player gets covid—19, what happens if there's a cluster, do players have to quarantine for a couple of weeks? there were so many complications, i could just keep listing them. so there is a sense of relief now that it's been pushed back. and hopefully the symptom or —— september, we can go ahead as normal. that's the case, looking backin normal. that's the case, looking back in hindsight and saying, why didn't we go ahead? but come next september, we will give everyone a fair crack of the whip in 2021 to qualify, and all pick a team based on that. there've been a total of ten positive tests in the first round of premiership rugby‘s coronavirus testing. a total of 804 tests were carried out across the 12 clubs on monday. six players and four non—playing members of staff returned positive tests and will now self—isolate — saracens, harlequins, and northampton have all confirmed that some of the positive results came from them.
the premiership season's set to get going again on the weekend of 15 august. that's all the sport for now. more reaction to those stories on the bbc sport website, as well as to all of wednesday's football. but for me in the team for now, thanks for watching and good night. hello again. there were two very different types of weather across the uk during wednesday. it's a similar set up as we go into thursday. in the south, we've got lots of low cloud — this was cardigan bay during wednesday afternoon. to the north of that, we've got a shower a regime with much more sunshine around. and the divider is this area of low pressure. so, keeping all parts unsettled, but it is bringing in heavy and persistent rain during the course of wednesday night. and that heaviest rain will be clearing out of the way, but it leaves a legacy of those weather fronts and misty clouds.
it's pretty humid, as well, but that by the front across the southern half of the country a tad chillierfurther north. but lots of misty low cloud, feel and coastal fog to clear first thing, or certainly the rain clears, but that misty low cloud is likely to hang around for much of the day. so dull and overcast, damp and dreary, and very little changes. of course it won't be raining all day, there will be some drier slots as we head through the day on wednesday. and it is still quite warm, 19—20 celsius generally speaking. you might see some of the brighter skies filter in from the north of england later. just the odd shower for northern ireland with some sunny spells. sunny spells across scotland, but given the light winds, when the showers develop, they could become heavy and thundery and slow moving. so a lot of rain falling in a short space of time for most. but equally on either side of them, plenty of sunshine. and those will translate into clear skies as we go through thursday night, as those thunderstorms rumble out.
and that clearer weather will gradually filter southwards. so not quite as humid through the night ahead. more comfortable for sleeping. more sunshine on offer, therefore, as we go into friday. but a brisker wind, and that wind comes down from the northwest, and it will make it feel cooler — notably so in the south, although there will be more sunshine to compensate. but equally as you can see, lots of showers, which will be heavy as well, running southwards on that northwesterly breeze. they do tend to dampen down any activity towards the west later. why? that's because we got the azores high moving in, and that's with us for the weekend just with the risk of more rain coming into the northwest of the uk come sunday. so for many, we are lifting our temperatures a little, as well, with more sunshine and lighter winds across the south. in the north, still predominantly dry, but potentially some rain in the northwest later.
this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. yemen's latest battle. after years of civil war, the country faces a crippling fight against the covid pandemic, with little medical care and almost no testing. the number of coronavirus cases in the united states passes three million — but the white house insists the latest surge is flattening out. because of what the american people have done and because of the extrodinary health care workers around the country, we are encouraged that the average fatality rates continues to be low and steady. the uk government unveils a 30 billion pound plan to support the economy, and savejobs. on day two at the high court in london — the actor