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with penny smith and baroness ros altmann — first the headlines. tributes are paid to the actor chadwick boseman, who's died of cancer at the age of a3. he starred in black panther — a film that proved ground—breaking and inspired a generation. criticism of the government's timing of new guidance for schools in england on how to respond to covid lockdowns — coming just days before pupils are due to return. the italian coastguard picks up migrants from a rescue boat in the mediterranean, a vessel funded by the street artist banksy. the first piece of silverware of the new football season in england has been won — chelsea are crowned winners of the women's community shield. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers
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will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are broadcaster penny smith and former pensions minister baroness ros altmann. lovely to have you both here with us tonight. tomorrow's front pages, then. the express says a coronavirus vaccine could be ready within the next six weeks in the ‘best case scenario‘ — and britain is now at a crucial stage in the fight against the virus against the virus. as a result of the pandemic the uk is set to have the largest tax rise in a generation — that's according to the sunday telegraph — which suggests treasury officials are pushing for the move. the observer reports that the prime minister is facing a showdown with what they call ‘furious mps' over his handling of covid—19. the papers calls his leadership chaotic and says the conservatives have surrendered a massive lead over labour. and the mail on sunday talks about rupert murdoch's plans for a rival news channel to the bbc — they say is being spearheaded by a former bbc employee by a former bbc employee
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and downing street adviser. we will talk about that in a minute. andrew on twitter says if we run out of things to talk about our guests can help us tonight with pensions advice and sewing tips. you can, can't you 7 we advice and sewing tips. you can, can't you? we got it all covered, really, which is these rival channels, they won't have that. let's start with the sunday telegraph. bombshell tax hikes to pay for the virus. we know, baroness ros altmann, there has been a huge amount of spending, rishi sunak has really pushed the boat out to try to keep businesses afloat, and he has got to pay for it somehow. certainly there is talk of tax hikes, but i would be very surprised if we had a massive increase in taxes at a time when the economy is on its knees. you know, we have got a really difficult economic environment and quite
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frankly the bank of england has been pretty much buying up all the new debt that the government has issued. it may be indirect, but effectively the quantitative easing policy that the quantitative easing policy that the bank of england has pursued is basically printing money and buying the government bonds that have been issued to pay for what is happening in the emergency. so i think sooner oi’ in the emergency. so i think sooner or later, the government will need to review tax and have a big widespread, widescale reform, but i wouldn't expect that to be an emergency response to what is going on at the moment, i must say. the alternative, the paper suggests, though, penny smith, it is not a tax increase, but whitehall cutting spending. you see, it is very difficult and it is a bit of a tightrope walk and this is, i mean we keep on saying it is really unexpected, but i agree with baroness ros altmann, i mean it would be really difficult if... here we are in the worst recession for
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300 years, i think they are saying at the moment, and raising taxes at that particular time when people are already feeling neurotic about their finances, to suddenly start reading pensions and essentially raising, reading anything where people are actually trying to save and be prudent. —— reading anything. if you look at this here, people willjust say, they would have been better off if you just dun spend spend spend and not looked after your old age at any stage at all. and this is the conservatives, who traditionally try to be, or say they are a party of low taxation. not always the case. i think generally speaking the government would prefer lower taxes. they certainly don't want another bout of austerity, and i don't think anyone does and i don't think there would be any support for that. and one of the tax changes people are suggesting was something that i think was quite popular in certain
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parts, which was in online sales tax, so that you would help redress the balance a bit between the high street, which has got these enormous business rates and problems with funding and lack of footfall, whereas online the costs are much lower and the profits tend not to be taxed in the uk. but that caused a problem with a potential trade deal with the us, so even that tax change looks as if it might have gone on to the back burner, so i would be very surprised, like penny said, if there really were to be looking at other big tax hikes or even big spending cuts right now. let's look at the observer. a couple of stories first. fresh doubts on the return of universities. it was a lwa ys the return of universities. it was always a bit touch and go as to how university students were going to manage to go back, we don't have to bubble will be taught online even if they went back to university
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accommodation? yes, there are so many words where you just think why'd they choose that word? bubble. bubble implies that hey you are, you have got beautiful bubble and you may be meander around have got beautiful bubble and you may be meanderaround in have got beautiful bubble and you may be meander around in it and on a nice rainy day you get a nice bit of... anyway. but they make it sound like this bubble is something that is actually totally safe, it is like you sit in your little bubble. it is not. in fact, there is no such thing as safety in this world, as i keep on bangingl as safety in this world, as i keep on banging i keep on about. there are problems with face—to—face teaching, there are problems because of the fact that you have got adults. if it was all children teaching children, perhaps it wouldn't be quite so much of an issue, but it was always going to be a problem. how come it is certainly only now being fought off. that is what keeps on being said. why is it
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always that we are on the back foot for everything? as well, for a lot of people going to the university for the first time, they have had the ignominy of the exam results to navigate as well. a huge amount of uncertainty for many young people. yes, andi uncertainty for many young people. yes, and i must say, martin, and you and penny may not agree, but i honestly think that we have to let people get on with their lives now. now that we can see, we know better how to control it, how to make people better and university students, especially the first yea rs, students, especially the first years, they have already had their education messed up this year and this fiasco over the exam results and the stress and strains that they have had. and if we don't have face—to—face teaching, but have more online teaching, that is fine, but these kids have been waiting to go to university, they have got into university. to try to say to them two or three weeks beforehand
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actually, we don't think you should come back... i am not convinced that is right at all and i hope that we will just is right at all and i hope that we willjust get on with the education of our young people, whether at school or university. and if some of them choose not to go, that i understand. you know, that is a different issue if they have particular health problems, but the vast majority of students and young people and lecturers as well are unlikely to have severe problems from this. it isjust that gathering in indoor spaces, isn't it? will come back to that in the next hour, we'll talk about it some more, but i wa nt we'll talk about it some more, but i want a quick comment from both of you, ross first. with the observer, labour have closed the lead in the polls. well, to be honest i think again it has taken quite a while and one might have expected it sooner. governments tend to lose popularity, especially during a time of crisis like this. but i do think there is
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deep disquiet in the party at a number of changes of policy u—turns oi’ number of changes of policy u—turns or the lack of direction we seem to have had in recent months and eve i’yo ne have had in recent months and everyone is hoping that over the coming months much more control will be demonstrated, much more strategic thinking and planning, rather than knee jerk reactions that seem to have been too often the case so far. i'm going to move us on, penny, if thatis that is ok to the sunday express. virus, the next six weeks are critical. how so? yeah, they are saying the best case for a vaccine scenario is mid—october, best case for a vaccine scenario is mid-october, mash mass screening of students, high local crop crackdowns, university college london extremely close to developing testing. of course, the thing is, yes, all their exciting and
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everything else, but in the meanwhile until it actually happens we can keep on saying this. originally, of course, i think it was september when we first started talking about vaccines. i think there was a suggestion they might even have it ready by september. the point is they do have to obviously make sure it is all ok and that it will... make sure it is all ok and that it will. .. that we make sure it is all ok and that it will... that we are not going to suddenly learn years down the line that there are any issues with this particular vaccine. so yes, the next six weeks are critical of course because we are also going into winter and we know that this virus manages to linger on longer in cold weather. so much that the scientists don't know yet about how this virus behaves, how long we have immunity for. yes, nobody actually knows. this is a new virus and clearly we are learning as we go along. you know, there has been a lot of progress in treating people who have got covid—i9. the number of people
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dying from covid—i9, even as the number of people getting ill from it, had been soaring, has fallen sharply, which is great news and thatis sharply, which is great news and that is a first step to trying to rebuild confidence to help everybody realise that obviously we hope to get a vaccine, but if we don't that the level of fear out there maybe can be reduced somewhat. and as penny says, we need a vaccine that is safe. there is no point in vaccinating people against an illness and finding that somewhere down the line that causes them or other people, more people, illnesses that we haven't thought of yet. let's finish with the mailon thought of yet. let's finish with the mail on sunday, a quick comment from both of you. penny, top tory launches tv rival to woo wet bbc. woking seems to be earnestly enlightened —— woke seems to be
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earnestly enlightened in a pejorative way. one of the channels that might come into being and so is rupert murdoch. they could be too, lots of competition for us!|j rupert murdoch. they could be too, lots of competition for us! i know! well, are you feeling safe, secure? yes, it will be called... news, this particular one, this is all on the back of rule britannia at the proms and alli back of rule britannia at the proms and all i would say is about woke and all i would say is about woke and wetness and all the rest of it is that i suppose the most important thing in any organisation is to get a big range of people in it at the top, so that actually everybody can talk without feeling that they might be the... white men trying to make decisions on behalf of other people. i wonder how diverse these other channels might be, but in an era where we are told that tv audits are declining —— packed audiences are declining, this is good news. just briefly. yes, it is and i think a
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bit of competition is good, but this idea that somehow there's something terribly wrong with the bbc i've never subscribed to. and i think that one of the problem is that the tories have had and the right wing have had is that the bbc is perceived as being too left—wing. i don't necessarily agree with that. i think, you know, we can't expect a national broadcaster to always agree with the government in power or to a lwa ys with the government in power or to always oppose the government in power, and i think the bbc itself has done quite a good job of trying to balance use. if it has strayed too far in one direction, having some competition will be good and i think diversity itself will be good. but i can't imagine that in this day and agea but i can't imagine that in this day and age a new right—wing channel is suddenly going to take over and knock the bbc off its current position in any substantial way. well, we will keep trying to do our
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best and we will ask you to join us to do that at 11:30pm. for the moment though, thank you very much, but penny smith and baroness ros altmann will be back for another look at the papers in the next hour. coming up next it is clicked. this week, another chance to see click live 2019 in scotland. enjoy. in an trying to give them a sense of direction. it is about three hours behind schedule. hopefully, it is all going to work out in the end when we go live at five o'clock. no pressure. fingers crossed. it is all going to happen. i'm just changing bits, i hope it doesn't mind. like that? yeah. ijust want bits, i hope it doesn't mind. like that? yeah. i just want these to bits, i hope it doesn't mind. like that? yeah. ijust want these to be n. it is kind of nerve-racking
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nerve—racking at the minute, but i'm excited. there is a bit of a buzz on, isn't there? i've been looking forward to it for weeks. why you quys forward to it for weeks. why you guys here today? just wanted to see a lot of new stuff going on. are you sure we shouldn't be there already? trust me, we will get there on time. but dundee is 500 miles away, even a flight is going to take too long, there is no way. seriously, i had a word with a guy who knows a guy and he says there is a short cut. all we need to do is use this. we you need to get out more. you need to press start.
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goodness, are you ok? more. you need to press start. goodness, are you 0k? yeah, just go with it. go with what? what the... in an right, follow me. ok, this is weird. come on. are you sure this is the most direct route? pretty sure, yeah. oh, you had it upside down, didn't you? a little bit, yeah. ok, this is more like it! ah, dundee, we should only be a couple of blocks away now! blocks, nice, isee what you did there!
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yeah, there it is. v&a dundee. both: here we come! from v&a dundee, this is bbc click live! please welcome your hosts, lara lewington and spencer kelly. applause yes, it's that time of year again where we leave the comfort of the click offices and go live to the world. or, at least, to a crowd of very eager tech fans. v&a dundee was the spectacular location for a show that took in everything from artificial intelligence to facial recognition. the museum not only celebrates the past, but also looks to the future. most people's idea of robots are shaped by the robots that they see in science fiction, so the kind of film or tv or video games or music.
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but robots are a bit more real than what we think. most children now will grow up will now grow up with siri or alexa, or some kind of smart helper in their life and i think, in the future, that's going to increase. we're going to have more robotic helpers helping our children and helping usjust increasingly more and more on an everyday basis. currently on display is the exhibition design between human and machine. so, rather than robots coming in and replacing us and replacing your jobs, i think the future is a bit more of an optimistic one. we've got an amazing structure commission that's been specially built here for us at v&a dundee and this is all about the idea of humans and robots collaborating together to create something amazing and wonderful, and i think that's a bit more what the future will be like. so, slightly less pessimistic than what we imagine. i hope. in recent years, dundee has become something of a digital powerhouse. it's synonymous with video
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games like lemmings, grand theft auto and, yes, minecraft. dundee has the honour, we believe, of being the city in the world with the highest per capita volume of games developers. that's come around for a number of reasons. it started off back in the 19805, there was a lot of us programming away on spectrums that happened to be made in the city, so you could always pick one up, factoring in when they went slightly so you could always pick one up, ex—factory pick one up, ex—factory when they went slightly wrong for less than they cost in the shops. some amazing video games came out of the city at that point. and that gave a lot of us inspiration to go and set our own companies up. the world's first video games degree was offered here by abertay university, all the way back in 1987. so, we thought we'd check out some of their more recent work. all in the name of social interaction, of course. why is abertay university
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so hot on gaming? 0h, at abertay, the staff have either previously made video games or we currently make video games. and we're all part of a research lab called abertay game lab that make really fun experimental games, pushing the boundaries of computer gaming in different ways. this eerie, stifling hot landscape looks otherworldly but, in reality, the game you see is called assembly and we are all in dundee and the name is 1981. this is the time of assembling the first computer, so there is the computer zx spectrum and the basis of the assembly line. so we have the winners trying to assemble these that expect from
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computers to actually packaging and shipping this computer. this is actually a bit of social history here as well. it is, and it is what we usually call her stories because they are the alternative histories, they are the alternative histories, the hidden figures of the video games industry and they history and it was the women who assembled the computers that were tremendously skilled and basically brought us the first computers. speaking. this professor has dedicated 30 years of her life to researching technologies to improve communication for those who have difficulty speaking. at... it's very much like the predictive text on your phone, but, as we saw when we invited her onto the stage,
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it can be a very slow process. minute... actually telling a story in real time is laborious, time—consuming. a lot of our communication aids only type at eight to ten words a minute. how on earth do you conduct a real conversation in a feed? annalu's team, in partnership with cambridge university, has created a new system that remembers what you've typed before and offers up whole sentence chunks in one go. whole sentences to use as i speak. applause so... as humans, we always retell stories. so, what i'm telling you now,
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i've told many people before. and this is where it gets even more clever. a body—worn camera observes where annalu is and who she's speaking to. it can then suggest sentences that are relevant to that situation. so, this is the computer vision brain behind oursystem. the camera i've got in my right hand is the one the person wears around their necks, so the camera can see what they can see. they can see the person they're speaking to. so, at the moment, it sees me. and you can see on the screen, it picks out my face to identify whether i'm a known person, whether i'm a friend, and if it knows me, who i am. it takes a guess from the whole environment it can see to say, where are we? are we in a cafe, at work? and this information, we then used to predict the right
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sentences i might want to say in this environment, with this communication partner. the more annalu uses it, the more it learns and the faster the system becomes. the system might think we're in a museum, i'm talking to a person i've never met before, that might be an opportunity to talk about my work, so it will bring up sentences i've used before to talk about my work, so i can access them timely. stories provide the fundamental essence of being human. they are really important. we are our stories. we are all very boring people. laughter i mean, i know people that repeat themselves over and over. yes, they do! i mean, i know people that repeat themselves! we all do! laughter applause
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three, two, one, push! back inside, and a click live show wouldn't be a click live show without waving, shouting and generally getting a bit overexcited. cheering all that remains is to thank everyone who turned up to see us live and, of course, you at home for watching. go, go, go, go! applause yes! applause hello. august this year, as we know, has thrown a lot of weather at us.
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the sting in the tail, a decidedly cool weekend for any stage of summer, let alone the last week of august and indeed meteorological summer. the view from the north yorkshire coast on saturday, temperatures just around 12 or 13 celsius and a stiff northerly wind as welljust adding to the chilly feel. the wind will ease in part two of the weekend, high pressure arriving and settling things down, but it is not going to feel much warmer. in fact, we will start the day with temperatures close to freezing in some scottish glens. but it is still a noticeable breeze, but a lighter breeze across the eastern side of england. bar the odd shower in scotland and northern ireland, sunday is looking like a mainly dry day, the afternoon a mixture of cloud and sunny spells. and a lighter breeze, perhaps a greater chance of seeing some sunshine where you are. it may not feel quite as chilly. overnight and into monday, still perhaps the odd shower around, but many places will be dry with a mixture of cloud and clearer spells and it will be another chilly night for the time of year going into monday morning. it's a bank holiday, except in scotland, on monday
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and it is high—pressure in control, but we have this rather cool air in place, so it is certainly much cooler than it was late august bank holiday last year. there are some weather fronts approaching from the atlantic. they take a while to get in, though, so for many it will be a bright start, and notice some cloud building, but there will still be a few sunny spells coming through that cloud during the day. as that weather system approaches from the atlantic, thicker cloud in northern ireland may just produce a bit of patchy rain later in the day. temperatures for the most part for many of us, though, still just around the mid—teens. so here comes our weather system as we go into tuesday, not a particularly strong one. it will have some outbreaks of rain for northern ireland and scotland, slipping into parts of northern england, but what it isn't going to do, we think, is move all the way south across the uk, it willjust tend to die out in place going through tuesday night and into wednesday morning. to the south of the weather front, cloud, some sunshine, temperatures a little bit higher. it looks to be a stronger weather system heading our way for mid week, so this low pressure passing well to the north of
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scotland will have some stronger winds if you are closer to that, particularly north—west scotland, but clearly much more rain associated with that for parts of northern ireland, scotland, perhaps into parts of northern england and wales as well during wednesday. to the south—east of that, notice temperatures are rising, hull and 20 celsius on wednesday, a few sunny rising, hull at 20 celsius on wednesday, a few sunny spells around. so this area of low pressure again well to the north of scotland has a trailing weather front, which tends to just ease a bit as we go into thursday, so not a huge amount of rain showing up, but what will happen, we think, is thursday to friday a pulse of energy will run along this weather front and then push back in across parts of england and wales on friday. so we aren't finished yet with that weather system. we can see that arriving then for friday and even into the start of next weekend we just have to wait for that rain to clear southwards away from southern england, but then high—pressure looks to build in after that and settle things down again for the second half of next weekend and into at least the start of the following week,
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so here comes that high—pressure. so next weekend, it looks like there will be some rain initially to clear southwards and then with high—pressure moving in it becomes mainly dry and it looks, next weekend, to be warmer than this weekend. not really very warm, mind you, just warmer than this weekend. and let's face it, that wouldn't be hard. goodbye.
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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. tributes to the actor chadwick boseman, who's died of cancer at the age of a3. he starred as the lead in the gound—breaking marvel hit, black panther. when he played black panther, it was literally a game changer, man. it was a massive budget movie that he would go to the cinema, i took my kids there and they came out there feeling different, they came out there feeling special. the italian coastguard takes 49 migrants from a rescue ship funded by the artist by banksy. but hundreds remain at sea. thousands protest in mauritius at the government's handling of a massive oil spill, which threatens the island's marine life. "working well, yeah!"
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