tv The Papers BBC News December 22, 2020 11:30pm-12:01am GMT
from midnight local time. french nationals and european citizens will be allowed entry, with an up to date coronavirus test. the new rules will also cover lorry drivers. nearly 3000 lorries are stuck in kent and waiting to cross the channel. france has confirmed it'll open up to traffic from england tonight, provided drivers produce a recent negative coronavirus test certificate. eu diplomats say progress has been made in post brexit trade talks, but differences on fisheries still remain. britain's transition period ends in just over a week from now, but europe says it's prepared to negotiate beyond december 31. america's top medical adviser anthony fauci has been given the coronavirus vaccine live on television. he said he wanted to encourage americans to get theirjab too.
hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are jolting scott from the westminster correspondent of the post on the left and melanie grant, editor of the telegraph on the right. let's start with the papers, the financial times. —— geraldine scott. the financial times leads on france reopening the border to lorry drivers currently stuck in kent, providing they have a negative covid test result. the metro front page centres on a picture of the tailbacked lorries trying to leave the uk, saying there is ‘no room at the inn‘ for the drivers this festive season. the sun also leads with a festive pun, calling the covid border crisis a ‘kick in the baubles‘, with a picture of lorries piled up in manston airfield today. the times reports that the freight backlog may not be cleared until after christmas, despite france re—opening its borders tomorrow. the guardian focuses on gp's concerns about the roll—out of the coronavirus vaccine,
with over half of hospitals in the country still wait to receive supplies whilst concerns grow about the new covid variant. and the telegraph focuses on the potential announcement that tier 4 areas could be widened on boxing day, with the potential of a full national lockdown in the new year. a lot to look forward to. so let's begin. we will start with the daily telegraph. here four to be whited on boxing day. they comes below a picture of the truck part we discuss come on almost every single front page. let's start with tier 4 to be widened. geraldine, ithink page. let's start with tier 4 to be widened. geraldine, i think you might have to do is at this earlier, the least surprising headline ever. —— you might have hinted at this.” did say it is really not a surprise. we had all these warnings from the science that this mutant strain would affect everywhere. patrick valla nce would affect everywhere. patrick vallance said it has spread outside of island and we said all those pack trains and people leaving or tier 3
is already is in place but regardless of that, it is superior transmissible. it is way more verlander than the strains we are ready have. so it is really not surprise. it doesn't respect orders, this virus. we already know that. the only question was when, not if tier 4 would be rolled back to other areas. and if that would turn into a national lockdown which it seems you're vinegar it might.” national lockdown which it seems you're vinegar it might. i been trying to read the small pit. i haven't gotten through the whole telegraph but it is your paper, so that the say where is here for might be going? would this be a blanket imposition across all the nations of the uk? what we report is that specifically areas in the country where covid—19 rates are surging in the areas that specifically named in the areas that specifically named in the article are parts of the north and midlands, burnley, stoke—on—trent, rugby, and local leaders in birmingham i've reportedly had any kind of emergency meeting tonight where they discussed
whether that city should also be taken from tier 3 to tier 4. 0n whether that city should also be taken from tier 3 to tier 4. on top of that, as if we didn't need and have an effect and the bad news already, looking at potentially moving some of the areas that are in a into tier3, which moving some of the areas that are in a into tier 3, which would mean shutting down pubs and restaurants and that would be catastrophic for hospitality in those areas. and it gets worse. sorry. i government soui’ces gets worse. sorry. i government sources the chances of a full lockdown in the new year will be pretty high. what is the difference between tier 4 and a blanket lockdown? good question actually. it is difficult. tier 4 is quite a re ce nt is difficult. tier 4 is quite a recent innovation. it was only trumped up, nicola sturgeon pointed, recently, i'm not sure exactly in practice perhaps for national lockdown, tier 4 has exemptions for things like religious worship. we
will find out soon enough i suppose. we will. geraldine, one thing that is argument talked about. it is something that is widely been discussed. schools. iwent something that is widely been discussed. schools. i went to the government said hell or high water schools are coming back. they largely did so. but this time, boris johnson is saying we will see if thatis johnson is saying we will see if that is possible and matt hancock has talked about the staggered start. do you think given that your job westminster that you might see a return to where we were in march and april were schools were shut? first of all, let's recognise the ridiculous position where it was only a couple looks to go to the government was issuing kind of legal threats and direction to reopen schools in greenwich for example. and now they are conceded that actually schools will have to have this staggered start that you talk about. that is one thing. i think that we have seen this new strain
spreading in the school is more kind of readily and as we all know, the worry isn't necessarily for children oi’ worry isn't necessarily for children or young people catching up because they tend to recover. but it is passing it on to add delete and relatives and at home. so we do have the staggered start and we are no they are late getting back to things like that and i think the government will be very, very reluctant to return to the scenes we saw in march of schools closing and online learning for everyone. but i wouldn't be surprised if we sought more shorter—term closures and raising of the majors come again to try and stop this spreading quite so rapidly in pupils and taking it home. let's look at the daily mail. did you want tojump in?” home. let's look at the daily mail. did you want to jump in? i want to say schools present an interesting dilemma. the government has been stuck very firmly to this line but i would be interested to see if they draw any kind of distinction between primary and secondary schools given
that secondary schools have been much more linked to higher rates of spreading their primary schools and obviously when you close in schools, that has huge knock on impact for the whole economy enemies parents are scrambling around trying to find childcare and mothers end up staying home to look after those kids. —— and it means parents. it is a big step and it doesn't just affect the children. if you truly value the education of children, there are possible arguments that going ahead and vaccinating teachers ahead of... i had heard that before but we will be asking around about that. let's look at the daily mail. —— i had not heard that. i often when i look at these papers come for world war ii reference and i couldn't find one. there is and at the moment. i did find my other second category which isa find my other second category which is a scientific sounding government name and there it is in the second paragraph, a gold command meeting of
ministers and officials. they got these fancy names. is policy working? we already know that the tea rs working? we already know that the tears we've had so far haven't been enough to contain the virus. and i think this is kind of already wet we are saying. you talk about goal command, covid, cobra, the regular price and that really matter if somebody is making these decisions come you trust who is making them. i think that is a massive policy problem that the government has right out. trust. and that the public trust that the decision are being made are the right one. because without trust you don't have the compliance and that is one of the compliance and that is one of the major problems we are seeing with the steering system. we don't have the compliance that we had in march for example. it is been going on for so long. the policy is what the policy is. but i'm not sure that people are trusting it or abiding by
it in the way that they were previously. is that your experience, madeleine? that is probably accurate. something that is a behavioural scientist warned about at the start of the pandemic. people would start to get lockdown fatigue and the compliance intolerance would go so far. but i also think there is a part of having closed down, he closed on a pump which is taken great steps to make himself covid secure, instead of that, people would been socialised anymore set of compliant environment, now more likely to be socialising indoors illegally. there may have been some unintended consequences for the rules the government opposed. back to the guardian now. tell us the story. yes. the guardian reports that it is very alarming news because they report that more than half of hospital trust and two thirds the
are yet to receive the supply of the vaccine. and there's a growing sense of panic that finished mutation given at high levels of transmissibility. in this to me is very worrying news because as we have been talking about the current tiered system committed the same to be containing the spread. and given we are almost certainly facing —— and injanuary, we are almost certainly facing —— and in january, the we are almost certainly facing —— and injanuary, the only move out of this terrible situation is to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible. which would be this extraordinary national logistical effort. the fact that it is their relatively early stage, there are so many reporting shortfalls means that there are many people in the same category as my grandma who have yet to be vaccinated and this doesn't really bode well given the enormous cut of the operation that will be needed to vaccinate the country quickly enough to get us out of this terrible situation we are in. why
come if this guardian story is accurate, why say government not this first ben wright? it is a massive logistical effort. —— at this first bit right. we have to admit that. we're talking about schools earlier. i read a story saying there could be mass roll—out and schools but it is all very well towards mass roll—outs but you can't get the vaccine to where it needs to be. my partner popped my grandfather, jack, it is 90s, he had his first note. —— my partner popped my grandfather. that he had his first post. it is nobody‘s fault. you have the first dose, you have to wait 21 days for the second us. and then a couple of weeks again into your actually protected. people have still not had their first dose, six weeks away from getting that immunity from the first dose and we have a long road ahead of us. we need to start now, get the vaccines
out into the gp surgeries when they are asking for them and they can be delivered easily to people so that inafew delivered easily to people so that in a few weeks everybody who is vulnerable and needs to vaccine can be as protective as they can be.” wa nt to be as protective as they can be.” want to follow up. your partner p°pped want to follow up. your partner normed my want to follow up. your partner popped my grandfather, how was he after the first dose? over the moon. he can't wait to get out and see people again. his wife is in a care home. they have been interacting through the window, been heartbreaking. the sooner they can get the vaccine in her care home as well and they can be reunited. they have been married now 70 plus years. the sooner that can happen the better. that is one story. we almost have to cover that. we will move on with that in our minds. the times reports on the huge story we have been talking about, when this thing going on at dover. everybody including the times is running this picture of the lorries at mensing
airport. showing 1500 lorries. there has been a deal as france reopens border. this that mean it is all solve, madeline? it doesn't mean it is our thoughts. there is a huge backlog there. some of these drivers have been sitting there in the freezing cold days before christmas for days and you cannot just cleared those kind of backlogs overnight. 0ne those kind of backlogs overnight. one thing that does give me help is the fact that initially different work saying that it had to be all drivers of lorries had to be able to show that a pcr test. and the issue with the pcr test if that can take up with the pcr test if that can take up to 72 hours to get a result. and they have now under pressure from perhaps the eu but also the uk have agreed to a lateral flow test would do eight you can get pretty much instantaneous results for those and thatis instantaneous results for those and that is good because to suggest they will be able to clear that backlog sooner will be able to clear that backlog sooner but it is been built up to
such an extent that it will take some time to shifted and even though this christmas, we are still going to get our turkeys and supplies, in general you might find there are some specific areas where they are experiencing shortages. should there be sympathy for france which herds thatis be sympathy for france which herds that is nearest neighbours had a new variant of the virus and wanted to stop 48 hours to get a new system in place? i think there should be something sympathy. we spoke earlier about an overreaction but in some ways ca n about an overreaction but in some ways can you blame them? we've had months of this virus spreading through communities around the world, the governments across the world, the governments across the world have been found on the back foot and wanting and acting lately, i don't think you can necessarily blame them for wanting to try and get ahead of it, was he heavy—handed ? yes. was get ahead of it, was he heavy—handed? yes. was it using hammera heavy—handed? yes. was it using hammer a nail, whenever the phrases? yes. but i don't think you can blame
the country for trying to look after its own interest which is arguably something that our government is also doing at the moment. this look at the metro. a very similar picture. you can count the 1500 lorries almost. the telegraph, no room in the end. ifind myself quibbling with this. i don't know what and they are talking about that might be relevant to dover and i don't think they really want to stay anywhere. they just want to get don't think they really want to stay anywhere. theyjust want to get home but that is the headline they have got. this is the kind of picture i think a lot of us that we might be saying on the 1st of january if there ever was to be a no deal. and yet we are seeing it on a different crisis. how does that strike you? of course this latest crisis was totally unexpected. this has come out of the blue, nobody expected i think the government was warning of this mutant strain, they were really not exactly tempering their language, they win at the population to be fearful and therefore to comply with the regulation. i don't think that they anticipated that
what would happen with it would potentially spook our friends elsewhere in europe. particularly the french into taking such a drastic measure. this is a kind of come we don't know yet what the situation in the event of a note to brexit could look like with this is giving usa brexit could look like with this is giving us a taste of the absolute worst case scenario that nobody really expected. when is the real brexit deadline, geraldine? can you help me with that? i'm afraid i cannot. who knows? no, i do think... do you tell them out when people save them? saying you won't believe them. the have a good sense of when not to believe it when somebody says there if they deadline?” not to believe it when somebody says there if they deadline? i put in a diary. maybe in pencil rather than pan. ido diary. maybe in pencil rather than pan. i do think this is it. we are not going to go any further. this
really is the crunch time now. i don't necessarily think that means we are going to walk away with no deal. this is how these things go. it is our brinkmanship. negotiations right up until the end. i'm not a betting woman so i'm not going to bed on the other way but i wouldn't bed on the other way but i wouldn't be surprised if something was pulled out of the hat at the very last minute. we know mps are poised to be called the parliament if so be. but ido called the parliament if so be. but i do get the feeling that this is the deadline. we are going to know for sure the deadline. we are going to know forsure ina the deadline. we are going to know for sure in a couple of days' time. what does this particular crisis tell us about relations between britain and laissez france and also the wider european union? this is about the coronavirus web brexit is involved as well. to an extent. although i do think this was france acting white broglie actually compared to other eu member states acting quite rationally. —— acting role. it is a serious step to
prevent freight even from entering your country. — — prevent freight even from entering your country. —— acting broke. not just passenger problems as we know from people who try to holiday. travel bands have been a standard feature of this but the idea that you prevent those kind of supply chain from operating is pretty drastic. even in italy, when italy was considered to be the global epicentre of the pandemic, still exploiting pretty much as usual. france has really gone out and a limb here and they have actually received a of sorts from the european union and stating that recommending to member states that while travel might be barred from the uk for the foreseeable, you would want to do that with freight and cargo. not least because that affects many consumers on the other side of the english channel, not just us brits. let's look at the sun newspaper. they have a similar picture. and the headline kick in
the bobbles which i don't really need to translate. it talks about tearfour and it need to translate. it talks about tear four and it says... -- tier —— tier 4. macron. —— tier4. macron. pretty predictable from the sun but will that hit a nerve with some readers? like i said, i don't think you can blame the french and macron for taking the course they did in my opinion. if they going to be helpful? maybe know what that was it meant to be helpful, probably no. i think there are going to be people who think that he acted like a pack of when it would fight this before and after this. —— acted like a covid—idiot. but a lot of things in our government are coming well either. those who live in glass houses and all that, and i will reserve myjudgement i think. we would do a post papers postscript
but that we don't we have done other papers this might be your last appearance in 2020. what a share of abiding memory of this year, madeline? the night extremes. the one that really got me was either arguing over what when the derbyshire police were sending drones. geraldine? my memory of this yearsingh drones. geraldine? my memory of this year singh myself isn't miniature in the corner of my computer screen while trying to do myjob. —— seeing myself in sliding the untidy parts of my house behind me in various parts. no sooner can we get back to meeting in person and doing things a person in my book. bring it on. let's go forward to 2021. name me a couple of things you're looking forward to doing, assuming in the spring or
forward to doing, assuming in the spring or summer forward to doing, assuming in the spring or summer we emerge forward to doing, assuming in the spring or summer we emerge from this like survivors in an apocalypse?” really wa nt like survivors in an apocalypse?” really want to go on holiday again. i have been planning a holiday to japan with my two best friends and i got cancelled. i didn't manage to have any holiday this year. i'm looking forward to embracing travel again. i would looking forward to embracing travel again. iwould hate looking forward to embracing travel again. i would hate for the world to contract as a result of this virus. 2021 for you geraldine? holiday, long lunches, times in the pub, that will probably do it to begin with. we have to ease ourselves back and slowly i feel. it is been a long year alone. the longest. madalyn and geraldine thank you both so much. —— madeline. that is it. good night.
good evening. i'm ben croucher with a round up of the day's sports news. we'll start in the efl cup where arsenal's struggles continued as they were thumped 4—1 at home by manchester city in the quarterfinals. languishing 15th in the premier league, arsenal were quickly behind against the defending champions when gabrieljesus had the freedom of the six yard box. alexandre lacazette equalised to make it 1—all at half time before a howler from the arsenal keeper alex runnarson allowed riyad mahrez to restore city's lead. phil foden and aymeric laporte put the result beyond doubt and keep city on track for a fourth straight league cup. for arsenal their last domestic win was on the 1st of november. there was a great story in the evening's other league cup game as brentford reached a major semi—finalfor the first time in their history. josh dasilva scored the only goal — as newcastle became brentford's fourth premier league scalp in the competition this year. disappointing because we missed
a wonderful opportunity of taking the club into a semifinal where it has not been for 40 odd years or wherever it is. i have to accept what's coming my way and accept the criticism which is fully justified, because we certainly have not played well enough tonight. to win the tie which is a big disappointment. premier league players at clubs in tier 4 areas will soon be tested for coronavirus twice a week. top flight players have only been tested weekly since the start of this season. but with cases increasing in london and the south east of england, testing in those areas is stepping up to the same levels used during ‘project restart‘ in the summer. it‘ll happen as soon as it‘s practically possible. the efl have also confirmed they‘ll review and strengthen coronavirus protocols over the christmas period to help minimise the risk of transmission. one side currently impacted is league 0ne‘s ipswich town. their next two games are off after seven positive tests within the first team squad and staff. manager paul lambert is one of them and while the football league say they‘re looking at increasing
protocols, lambert is critical of the measures currently in place. i think we've been left out there to fend for ourselves. i think everybody should follow suit with that protocol. it doesn't really matter what team it is. we deserve to be treated the same with the testing, which if you don't things like this are going to happen more and more. fifa has lodged a criminal complaint against its former president sepp blatter in connection with the finances of a museum project in switzerland. it is the latest allegation of financial impropriety against blatter, who resigned as president five years ago amidst a corruption scandal. he‘s always denied any wrongdoing. covid—19 has claimed it‘s first rugby premiership fixture this season with leicester tigers‘ boxing day match against newcastle called off. an outbreak in the tigers squad is to blame, with a number
of positive tests leading to a larger portion of the side having to self isolate. more now on concussion in rugby where latest medical figures released by the rugby football union have shown that one in five professional players in england suffered concussion during the 2018—19 season. that campaign was the eighth in a row to have concussion as the most commonly reported match injury with just over 20% of players affected. it‘s an increase from 16% from the year before. several former players have already launched a legal case against the sport‘s authorities for alleged negligence in relation to dementia caused by playing. could 2021 finally be there year we see one of the most eagerly anticpated fights in british boxing history? anthonyjoshua versus tyson fury for an almighty heavyweight unification bout — with all four belts on the line for the first time in history. talks are ongoing between the two camps. joshua has told us he‘ll fight
fury any time, anywhere. iam certain, iam keen, iam ready. we can do it back here if we have to. honestly, it is about tyson fury, but at the same time it is not. it is about me challenging myself and getting my hands on that belt. i want to be an undisputed heavyweight champion, that is legacy. and also brings the attention to boxing. me and tyson fury, aside from the trash talk and the height of the fight, we can do a greatjob of bringing attention to boxing and say this is the biggest fight in history. we have come from a little community gym, give us some support, and who knows what the future can hold for the next generation. he‘s barely played in 2020 but andy murray is finishing the year off strongly. he‘s made it back to back wins in the battle of the brits premier league by beating cam norrie in straight sets. murray won 6—4, 7—6 in roehampton.
it‘s the first event in a couple of months for the former world number one following a pelvic injury. heather watson, dan evans and teenagerjack draper were also winners on tuesday. only 72 days since the last american basketball season finished, the new nba campaign is underway at midnight. brooklyn nets against the six time champions golden state warriors will open proceedings. it‘s the shortest pre—season in the history of america‘s top 4 sports leagues. one of the nba‘s star names can‘t wait to get going. we all say it's the game. we all say it's another game. it's our first regular—season game, so a lot of excitement being back in action. it's all up for grabs so it's going to be a great story lines and headers every week about who is showing up and surprising us. don‘t forget the check out the website bbc.co.uk/sport for more on those stories and plenty more besides. do enjoy the rest of your night.
good evening. frosty night for some across parts of scotland and northern ireland but england and wales, frost free tonight because too much cloud to operate the rain coming and going as well. not raining all the time, dry moments out there in some places saying dry but splitting temperatures, 11 on the south coast with clearer conditions across scotland and northern ireland and a frost around to ta ke northern ireland and a frost around to take us into wednesday morning. a lot of cloud around to begin with and it rain on the borders. increasing amounts of some time developing and a few showers in the far north in england and wales cloud and are bricks of rain, some of which will be on the heavy side from southwest england and wales, rumble of thunder. dry and bright moments to be had at their in temperatures for five celsius across parts of scotland. windy threw wednesday evening and into wednesday night.
this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. france re—opens its border to britain, after a two—day closure to prevent the spread of a new strain of coronavirus leaves thousands of lorries stuck in kent. freight drivers and eu citizens will be allowed in — but only if they can provide a negative coronavirus test. this will take two or three days for things to be cleared, and before that, the hauliers should not move themselves to kent. it won‘t speeded up for you, you are better off waiting for further instructions. as the us congress passes a coronavirus relief package, president electjoe biden warns the worst is yet to come 0ur darkest days in the battle against covid are ahead of us, not behind us. europe‘s chief brexit negotiator says talks are at a crucial stage — but with just nine days to go until britain‘s