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hello, i'm christian fraser. you're watching context on bbc news. the pressure mounts on british prime minister, borisjohnson. one of his conservative mp's defects to the opposition. more letters demanding his resignation have gone in, and then this from a former cabinet colleague. so, i remind him of a quotation, altogether too familiar to him, of leo amery to neville chamberlain. "you have sat there too long, for all the good you have done. in the name of god, go." cheering. in a bruising session of prime minister's questions, borisjohnson mounted a passionate defence of his record, as the opposition called on him to quit. from backyard parties to beltway blues. a year on from the inauguration, the president meets the press this hour, with democrats asking whetherjoe biden is still up to thejob. tonight with the context —
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sarah vine, columnist with the daily mail, and ruth smeeth, former labour mp in stoke—on—trent. and on a busy night, we also have... amanda renteria, former adviser to hillary clinton. welcome to context. occasionally, there are two stories that collide and compete for our attention, and this is one of those nights, although strangely, there are obvious parallels between them. on this side, these are truly dark times for the prime minister, borisjohnson. today, one of the new intake of northern mps defected to the labour party, while one of his former brexit allies stabbed him in the front and called on him to resign. in washington things are not quite as serious forjoe biden, in washington, things are not quite as serious forjoe biden, but like the conservatives, the democrats are asking what their leader can do to stop the rot. in the senate the president's agenda is stalled, inflation is soaring,
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in the senate, the president's agenda is stalled, covid—i9 still a problem, and the midterms are coming. the president hasjust taken the podium. this is his press conference of 2022. let's listen in. —— first press conference. -- first press conference. good afternoon- _ -- first press conference. good afternoon. tomorrow _ -- first press conference. good afternoon. tomorrow will - -- first press conference. good afternoon. tomorrow will mark| -- first press conference. good - afternoon. tomorrow will mark one year since i took office. it's been a year of challenges, but also the year of enormous progress. we went from 2 million people being vaccinated at the moment i was sworn in, to 220 —— 210 million today. we've treated 6 million newjobs, more in one year than any time before. unemployment dropped, the rate dropped to 3.9%. child poverty dropped by more than 40% —— nearly 40%, the dropped by more than 40% —— nearly a0%, the biggest in us history. applications grew by 30%, the biggest increase ever. for the first
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time in a long time, this country's working people actually got a raise. the bottom 40% saw their income go up. the most of all. we cut health insurance from millions of americans family, and we made surprise medical bills illegal in this country. you know those bills you get that you don't expect? to $5,000 beyond what you thought? no more. they're now illegal. thanks to the american rescue plan, ask a been taken. we've seen record economic group. —— micros. we're about to make a record investment in rebuilding america to be number one best infrastructure in the world. we're way below blood. we
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will create betterjobs for millions of people. —— below that. everything from making clean water, removing lead pipes, every american can drink clean water. it will make affordable high—speed internet available to every american in urban, rural in support suburban areas. we never done that. now we are. still, for all this progress, i know there's a lot of frustration and fatigue in this country. and we know why. covid—19. omicron has now been challenging us in a way that it's the new enemy. but while it's caused concern, it's not cause for panic. we've been doing everything we can, learning and adapting as fast as we can and preparing for a future
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beyond the pandemic. i know that after almost two years of physical, emotional and psychological weight of this pandemic, for many of us, it's been too much to bear. we're in a very different place now. we have the tools, vaccines, boosters, masks, tests, pills, to save lives and keep business is open. 75% of adults are fully vaccinated. we've gone to 90 million adults with no shots in arms last summer, and down to 35 million with no shots as of today. and we're adding about 9 million more vaccinations each week. we will stick with our vaccinations because they work. so, get vaccinated, please. get your booster. look at, we're also increasing testing. should we have
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done more testing earlier? yes. but we're doing more now, we've gone to zero at home test a year ago, to 375 million on the market in just this month. if you buy a test at a store, your insurance will reimburse you. on top of that, we're making 1 million at—home tests available for you to order and deliver for free million at—home tests available for you to order and deliverforfree —— 1 billion. just visit covid test .gov to know how to get that free test kit. in addition, there are 20,000 sites where you can get tested in person forfree now. and now, we have more treatments that keep people out of the hospital at any other point, including anti—viral pills. we purchased 20 million of these new pfizer pills. more than any country in the world. the bottom line on covid—19 is that
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we're in a better place than we've been thus far, clearly better than a year ago. we aren't going back to closing schools. schools should say open because the american rescue plan, we provided to states $130 billion to keep our students and educators safe and schools open. social distancing, hygiene for classrooms and school buses. we've added another $10 billion for covid—19 testing to be administered at schools. in many states and school districts have spent this money very well. unfortunately, some haven't. i encourage the states and school districts that use the funding to protect our children and keep schools ocean, use it. —— open. covid—19 will not give up and accept
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things. covid-19 will not give up and accept thins. ,, , things. studio: joe biden - things. studio: joe biden going | things. srumo: - joe biden going through things. srumo: _ joe biden going through the things. srumo: — joe biden going through the greatest hits of his first year, but plenty of questions. we will come back to that conference throughout the show and pull out the best bits. i want to put up some of the numbers that perhaps underscore why this moment is so important tojoe biden. his approval rating since the summer has slumped. just 40% of voters now approve of the job the president is doing. 68% of voters say the country is on the wrong track. republicans in congress are favoured over democrats to handle the economy, immigration and even on the pandemic. they are barely beating the republicans. amanda, the republicans. there is an opportunity for reset. amanda, there is an opportunity for reset. what does the president have to do tonight? he reset. what does the president have to do tonight?— to do tonight? he has to set out a [an of to do tonight? he has to set out a plan of what _ to do tonight? he has to set out a plan of what to do. _ to do tonight? he has to set out a plan of what to do. certainly, - to do tonight? he has to set out a plan of what to do. certainly, it'sl plan of what to do. certainly, it's great and important for him to talk
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about what has been done, but the most important thing right now is what does the future look like for them? especially as we go into the midterms, we're trying to figure out what happens with schools. he started off already talking about 75% adult vaccination, but how have our lives changed in a year? it doesn't feel all that different. people are worried about inflation and schools, so the question will be, what does our future together look like? and that's really what he has to set in place today. bath look like? and that's really what he has to set in place today.— has to set in place today. both joe biden and boris _ has to set in place today. both joe biden and boris johnson _ has to set in place today. both joe biden and boris johnson are - has to set in place today. both joe j biden and boris johnson are facing biden and borisjohnson are facing similar questions about the cost of living and inflation. does he lean into predictions that the worst is behind us, or does he risk setting expectations too high? that
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prediction — expectations too high? that prediction -- _ expectations too high? that prediction -- bad _ expectations too high? that prediction —— bad predictions are worse than none. he's got to be very careful here, which is to say, here is the plan to move forward. even if you're explaining what your path is, it will be important for this president do not put himself in a corner several months from now, so i think he should be very careful, especially with what we've seen with covid and inflation. and his ability to actually move the needle when he has a path that's not working for him. 50 has a path that's not working for him, ,., ., him. so important in the midterm. i know you're — him. so important in the midterm. i know you're going — him. so important in the midterm. i know you're going to _ him. so important in the midterm. i know you're going to watch - him. so important in the midterm. i know you're going to watch that. . sarah and ruth have been waiting patiently. there was a moment during prime minister's questions. there's nothing quite like... there's nothing quite like a bit of red on blue to galvanise conservatives.
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the picture of christian wakeford, former conservative member for bury south, now sitting behind keir starmer, was a hugely damaging look for the government. in 2019, he was part of the new intake of red—wall mps that handed borisjohnson his thumping majority. but if the intention was to speed up borisjohnson's departure, did it backfire? listen to the noise coming from mps behind the pm as he tried to push back. well, mr speaker, if we'd listened to the right honourable gentleman about covid restrictions, which is the substance of his question, then we would still be... we would've been in lockdown after... shouting. if we listened to... if this is the truth, if we'd listened to the labour front bench in the run—up to christmas and new year, mr speaker, we would've stayed in restrictions with huge damage to the economy. and it's because of thejudgements that i've taken and we've taken in downing street that we now have the fastest growing economy in the g7 and gdp, mr speaker, now back up above pre—pandemic levels. and as for bury south, let me say to the right
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honourable gentleman, mr speaker, that the conservative party won bury south for the first time in generations under this prime minister, with an agenda of uniting and leveling up and delivering for the people of bury south. and we will win again in bury south at the next election under this prime minister. hear, hear! the prime minister was almost growing into it, reminding supporters of what he'd achieved, to the loud acclaim of his party. so far, not entirely disastrous, until this happened. i expect my leaders to shoulder the responsibility for the actions they take. yesterday, he did the opposite of that. so, i remind him of a quotation, altogether too familiar to him, of leo amery to neville chamberlain. "you have sat there too long for all the good you have done.
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in the name of god, go." let's bring in sarah and ruth. how significant was the intervention of david davis? i significant was the intervention of david davis?— significant was the intervention of david davis? ~ ., ., , david davis? i think nothing annoys to mps david davis? i think nothing annoys tory mps more _ david davis? i think nothing annoys tory mps more than _ david davis? i think nothing annoys tory mps more than one _ david davis? i think nothing annoys tory mps more than one of- david davis? i think nothing annoys tory mps more than one of their i tory mps more than one of their people _ tory mps more than one of their people defecting. _ i think it's backfired in a funny wax _ i think it's backfired in a funny wax i— i think it's backfired in a funny way. ithink— i think it's backfired in a funny way. i think they're _ i think it's backfired in a funny way. i think they're varied - i think it's backfired in a funny way. i think they're varied onl i think it's backfired in a funny. way. i think they're varied on —— very— way. i think they're varied on —— very annoyed _ way. i think they're varied on —— very annoyed that... _ way. i think they're varied on —— very annoyed that... that - way. i think they're varied on —— very annoyed that... that is - way. i think they're varied on —— very annoyed that... that is not| very annoyed that... that is not going to — very annoyed that... that is not going to work _ very annoyed that... that is not going to work for _ very annoyed that... that is not going to work for them. - very annoyed that... that is not going to work for them. i- very annoyed that... that is not going to work for them. i thinkl going to work for them. i think david — going to work for them. i think david davis. _ going to work for them. i think david davis, he's _ going to work for them. i think david davis, he's always - going to work for them. i think david davis, he's always been, that's— david davis, he's always been, that's how— david davis, he's always been, that's how his _ david davis, he's always been, that's how his career— david davis, he's always been, that's how his career has- david davis, he's always been, that's how his career has been| that's how his career has been divine — that's how his career has been divine -- _ that's how his career has been divine -- to— that's how his career has been divine. —— to find. _ that's how his career has been divine. —— to find. i— that's how his career has been divine. —— to find. i don't- that's how his career has been| divine. —— to find. i don't think boris _ divine. —— to find. i don't think boris wiii— divine. —— to find. i don't think boris will be _ divine. —— to find. i don't think boris will be particularly - divine. —— to find. i don't think. boris will be particularly worried about— boris will be particularly worried about him _ boris will be particularly worried about him. he's— boris will be particularly worried about him. he's not— boris will be particularly worried about him. he's not really- boris will be particularly worried about him. he's not really that. boris will be particularly worried - about him. he's not really that much of the _
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about him. he's not really that much of the big _ about him. he's not really that much of the big hitter. _ about him. he's not really that much of the big hitter. it's— about him. he's not really that much of the big hitter. it's interesting. - of the big hitter. it's interesting. i of the big hitter. it's interesting. ifett _ of the big hitter. it's interesting. ifett iike~~ _ of the big hitter. it's interesting. ifett iike~~ i_ of the big hitter. it's interesting. ifelt like... ithink— of the big hitter. it's interesting. i felt like... i think of— of the big hitter. it's interesting. i felt like... i think of the, - of the big hitter. it's interesting. i felt like... i think of the, today| i felt like... i think of the, today was _ i felt like... i think of the, today was good — i felt like... i think of the, today was good for— i felt like... i think of the, today was good for him. _ i felt like... i think of the, today was good for him.— was good for him. that's interesting, _ was good for him. that's interesting, because - was good for him. that's interesting, because i. was good for him. that's i interesting, because i think was good for him. that's - interesting, because i think from your perspective, i'm going to put your perspective, i'm going to put your tweet up. it was probably quite delicious for labour mps. the choreography of the announcement. you have wakeford sitting behind keir starmer. it you have wakeford sitting behind keir starmer.— keir starmer. it was a little delicious. _ keir starmer. it was a little delicious. the _ keir starmer. it was a little delicious. the last - keir starmer. it was a little delicious. the last five - keir starmer. it was a little l delicious. the last five years keir starmer. it was a little - delicious. the last five years of british— delicious. the last five years of british politics, if you've been sitting — british politics, if you've been sitting on— british politics, if you've been sitting on my side, it's been a little — sitting on my side, it's been a little bit — sitting on my side, it's been a little bit challenging. what we've seen over— little bit challenging. what we've seen over the last few months as the tightest— seen over the last few months as the tightest challenge. i think in terms of boris _ tightest challenge. i think in terms of borisjohnson, this may well lead to a more _ of borisjohnson, this may well lead to a more protracted departure, but ithink— to a more protracted departure, but i think we could be clear that his departine —
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i think we could be clear that his departing. even today, as he tried to do his list of achievements, even talking about bury south. the labour party won _ talking about bury south. the labour party won in — talking about bury south. the labour party won in 1997. very much within a lifetime _ party won in 1997. very much within a lifetime, it's lying an exaggeration after lying an exaggeration after lying an exaggeration from this prime minister, and i think he's a dead man— minister, and i think he's a dead man walking. one thing that's interesting about david davis, it shows— interesting about david davis, it shows the — interesting about david davis, it shows the range of anger from different— shows the range of anger from different wings of the conservative party. _ different wings of the conservative party. and — different wings of the conservative party, and that hasn't gone away. to our party, and that hasn't gone away. our viewers party, and that hasn't gone away. trr our viewers around the world, what we're watching as the 1922 committee, the committee of backbench mps. the number that would tip a vote in the house would be 5a. i suppose it's useful in one way that christian wakeford was left.
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crosstalk let's not forget that sue gray's report— let's not forget that sue gray's report is— let's not forget that sue gray's report is about _ let's not forget that sue gray's report is about to _ let's not forget that sue gray's report is about to land, - let's not forget that sue gray's report is about to land, and - let's not forget that sue gray'sl report is about to land, and that could _ report is about to land, and that could change _ report is about to land, and that could change everything - report is about to land, and that could change everything for- report is about to land, and that| could change everything for him. report is about to land, and that. could change everything for him. at that point, — could change everything for him. at that point, if— could change everything for him. at that point, if it's _ could change everything for him. at that point, if it's really— could change everything for him. at that point, if it's really damning, i that point, if it's really damning, then— that point, if it's really damning, then that — that point, if it's really damning, then that is _ that point, if it's really damning, then that is another _ that point, if it's really damning, then that is another hurdle - that point, if it's really damning, then that is another hurdle for. then that is another hurdle for him to overcome — then that is another hurdle for him to overcome. even _ then that is another hurdle for him to overcome. even if— then that is another hurdle for him to overcome. even if he _ to overcome. even if he overcomes that hurdle he _ to overcome. even if he overcomes that hurdle, he has to _ to overcome. even if he overcomes that hurdle, he has to get - to overcome. even if he overcomes that hurdle, he has to get over- that hurdle, he has to get over the local elections— that hurdle, he has to get over the local elections in— that hurdle, he has to get over the local elections in may. _ that hurdle, he has to get over the local elections in may. i— that hurdle, he has to get over the local elections in may. i think- that hurdle, he has to get over the local elections in may. i think what tories _ local elections in may. i think what tories are — local elections in may. i think what tories are really— local elections in may. i think what tories are really worried _ local elections in may. i think what tories are really worried about - tories are really worried about is lived _ tories are really worried about is lived in _ tories are really worried about is lived in gains— tories are really worried about is lived in gains in _ tories are really worried about is lived in gains in safe _ tories are really worried about is lived in gains in safe tory- tories are really worried about is lived in gains in safe tory seats i tories are really worried about is i lived in gains in safe tory seats —— lib dem — lived in gains in safe tory seats —— lib dem they're _ lived in gains in safe tory seats —— lib dem. they're also— lived in gains in safe tory seats —— lib dem. they're also worried - lived in gains in safe tory seats —— i lib dem. they're also worried about that, _ lib dem. they're also worried about that, and _ lib dem. they're also worried about that, and i_ lib dem. they're also worried about that, and i think— lib dem. they're also worried about that, and | thinkthat_ lib dem. they're also worried about that, and i think that could - lib dem. they're also worried about that, and i think that could be - lib dem. they're also worried about that, and i think that could be a - that, and i think that could be a real reckoning _ that, and i think that could be a real reckoning for— that, and i think that could be a real reckoning for him. - that, and i think that could be a real reckoning for him.— that, and i think that could be a real reckoning for him. let's have a listen to what _ real reckoning for him. let's have a listen to what christian _ real reckoning for him. let's have a listen to what christian wickford . listen to what christian wickford that when he came out of the house after defecting —— back to the other it goes back to the issues of the other it goes back to the issues 0�* the other it goes back to the issues of free school meals of dominic cummings _ of free school meals of dominic cummings. the _ of free school meals of dominic cummings. the only... - of free school meals of dominic cummings. the only... there's| of free school meals of dominic - cummings. the only... there's been a lot of build up in a lot of sourcing that taken many sleepless nights, but it's the right decision, and i
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hope my former colleagues can associate and can understand it. there are some conservatives who say these aren't. .. there are some conservatives who say these aren't... they come with different priorities. i want to show you the channel 4 pole that was out last night. it's not an entirely big sample. it has labour 11 points ahead, waiting all but three of the seats they lost to the conservatives in 2019, including, ruth, stoke—on—trent north, yourformer seat what you lost. with that attempt to to dip your toe again? i think we're way ahead, but what's very clear— think we're way ahead, but what's very clear is — think we're way ahead, but what's very clear is my former constituents are very. _ very clear is my former constituents are very, very angry, where there it is rny— are very, very angry, where there it is my hairdresser who said she doesn't — is my hairdresser who said she doesn't usually do politics, but the
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image _ doesn't usually do politics, but the image of— doesn't usually do politics, but the image of the queen sitting alone made _ image of the queen sitting alone made her— image of the queen sitting alone made her more angry than anything else _ made her more angry than anything else so. _ made her more angry than anything else so. i— made her more angry than anything else. so, ithink we have made her more angry than anything else. so, i think we have to look at how upset— else. so, i think we have to look at how upset people are, and some people _ how upset people are, and some people who voted for conservatives first time — people who voted for conservatives first time, now they see the consequences. this isjust given them _ consequences. this isjust given them not — consequences. this isjust given them not permission, but it's given them _ them not permission, but it's given them an— them not permission, but it's given them an opportunity to re—evaluate whether— them an opportunity to re—evaluate whether that was a or not. canl them an opportunity to re-evaluate whether that was a or not. can i ask ou about whether that was a or not. can i ask you about christian _ whether that was a or not. can i ask you about christian weight - whether that was a or not. can i ask you about christian weight furred, l you about christian weight furred, sarah? there are questions right and left. the momentum group on the left wing says this is a man with politics, and no place in the labour party. there are some on the right who voted for him at the election who voted for him at the election who said there should be a violation. who said there should be a violation-— who said there should be a violation. , . ., ~' violation. -- by-election. ithink if ou violation. -- by-election. ithink if you have _ violation. -- by-election. ithink if you have such _ violation. -- by-election. ithink if you have such an _ violation. -- by-election. ithink| if you have such an extraordinary swing _ if you have such an extraordinary swing towards _ if you have such an extraordinary swing towards one _ if you have such an extraordinary swing towards one party - if you have such an extraordinary swing towards one party with - if you have such an extraordinary|
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swing towards one party with one candidate — swing towards one party with one candidate i— swing towards one party with one candidate, i think it— swing towards one party with one candidate, i think it makes- swing towards one party with one candidate, i think it makes it - swing towards one party with one j candidate, i think it makes it very difficult — candidate, i think it makes it very difficult i— candidate, i think it makes it very difficult. i think— candidate, i think it makes it very difficult. i think a _ candidate, i think it makes it very difficult. i think a by—election - difficult. i think a by—election would — difficult. i think a by—election would he _ difficult. i think a by—election would be the _ difficult. i think a by—election would be the fair— difficult. i think a by—election would be the fair thing - difficult. i think a by—election would be the fair thing to- difficult. i think a by—election would be the fair thing to do. difficult. i think a by—election - would be the fair thing to do. the certain would be the fair thing to do. certain hypocrisy, he did would be the fair thing to do.- certain hypocrisy, he did sponsor last year a private members bill, which mandated a by—election when an mp crosses the floor. yet he's just on that. mp crosses the floor. yet he's 'ust on that. , , ,., ., ., mp crosses the floor. yet he's 'ust on that. , , ., ., on that. this is someone who has one on on that. this is someone who has gone on a — on that. this is someone who has gone on a political _ on that. this is someone who has gone on a politicaljourney - on that. this is someone who has gone on a politicaljourney was i gone on a politicaljourney was discussed _ gone on a politicaljourney was discussed the action of his government, and decided enough is enough _ government, and decided enough is enough i_ government, and decided enough is enough. i know fora government, and decided enough is enough. i know for a fact he's been speaking _ enough. i know for a fact he's been speaking to— enough. i know for a fact he's been speaking to his constituents for months — speaking to his constituents for months about how uncomfortable they are, months about how uncomfortable they are and _ months about how uncomfortable they are and i_ months about how uncomfortable they are, and i think you will have to have their— are, and i think you will have to have their backing. he's got the tracking — have their backing. he's got the tracking of— have their backing. he's got the backing of the constituency that he represents and of the wider labour party. _ represents and of the wider labour party. and — represents and of the wider labour party, and we will see in the weeks and months — party, and we will see in the weeks and months ahead how that lays out. i and months ahead how that lays out. i don't _ and months ahead how that lays out. idon't think— and months ahead how that lays out. i don't think there's any need for a
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by—election right now. i don't think there's any need for a by-election right now.— i don't think there's any need for a by-election right now. when you look at, and we talked _ by-election right now. when you look at, and we talked about _ by-election right now. when you look at, and we talked about the _ by-election right now. when you look at, and we talked about the letters i at, and we talked about the letters going on to the committee, the only person who knows whether there are 54 person who knows whether there are 5a letters is sir graham brady, who is like a steel trap. do you suspect that the reason after all the scandal there's been, the reason we aren't already at 5a is because conservatives look at the other runners, the people might replace borisjohnson and aren't entirely convinced? boris johnson and aren't entirely convinced?— boris johnson and aren't entirely convinced? ., ., , convinced? no. the most obvious --eole convinced? no. the most obvious eo - le to convinced? no. the most obvious people to replace _ convinced? no. the most obvious people to replace mr _ convinced? no. the most obvious people to replace mr rishi i convinced? no. the most obvious people to replace mr rishi sunak| convinced? no. the most obvious i people to replace mr rishi sunak or liz truss _ people to replace mr rishi sunak or liz truss both — people to replace mr rishi sunak or liz truss. both have _ people to replace mr rishi sunak or liz truss. both have their— liz truss. both have their difficulties. _ liz truss. both have their difficulties. there - liz truss. both have their difficulties. there will- liz truss. both have their. difficulties. there will come liz truss. both have their- difficulties. there will come a tipping — difficulties. there will come a tipping point _ difficulties. there will come a tipping point when _ difficulties. there will come a tipping point when they- difficulties. there will come aj tipping point when they make difficulties. there will come a l tipping point when they make a difficulties. there will come a - tipping point when they make a final decisioh _ tipping point when they make a final decisioh i'm — tipping point when they make a final decision. i'm not— tipping point when they make a final decision. i'm not sure _ tipping point when they make a final decision. i'm not sure we're - tipping point when they make a final decision. i'm not sure we're there i decision. i'm not sure we're there yet we _ decision. i'm not sure we're there yet we will— decision. i'm not sure we're there yet. we will have _ decision. i'm not sure we're there yet. we will have to _ decision. i'm not sure we're there yet. we will have to wait - decision. i'm not sure we're there yet. we will have to wait for- decision. i'm not sure we're there yet. we will have to wait for the l yet. we will have to wait for the report, — yet. we will have to wait for the report, but _ yet. we will have to wait for the report. but i'm _ yet. we will have to wait for the report, but i'm not— yet. we will have to wait for the report, but i'm not sure - yet. we will have to wait for the report, but i'm not sure we're . yet. we will have to wait for the i report, but i'm not sure we're there yet.
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report, but i'm not sure we're there yet i_ report, but i'm not sure we're there yet ithink— report, but i'm not sure we're there yet. i think today— report, but i'm not sure we're there yet. i think today has _ report, but i'm not sure we're there yet. i think today has crystallised i yet. i think today has crystallised things— yet. i think today has crystallised things and — yet. i think today has crystallised things and people's _ yet. i think today has crystallised things and people's minds - yet. i think today has crystallised things and people's minds a i yet. i think today has crystallisedj things and people's minds a little bit, things and people's minds a little bit. and _ things and people's minds a little bit. and i— things and people's minds a little bit, and i think he's— things and people's minds a little bit, and i think he's had - things and people's minds a little bit, and i think he's had a - things and people's minds a little bit, and i think he's had a bit- things and people's minds a little bit, and i think he's had a bit of. bit, and i think he's had a bit of the support that _ bit, and i think he's had a bit of the support that was _ bit, and i think he's had a bit of the support that was not - bit, and i think he's had a bit of- the support that was not expected. we were _ the support that was not expected. we were talking _ the support that was not expected. we were talking about _ the support that was not expected. we were talking about a _ the support that was not expected. l we were talking about a by—election, and of course keir starmer would say let's have an election because if there is a new leader, that leader wouldn't have a mandate. the question, i suppose, wouldn't have a mandate. the question, isuppose, when wouldn't have a mandate. the question, i suppose, when you're talking about winning back these seats is whether they are won over by keir talk —— keir starmer. this will be the first time they've seen him up close. let'sjust will be the first time they've seen him up close. let's just watch as two term performance today the house. mr speaker, first he said there were no parties, then the video landed, blowing that out of the water. next, he said he was sickened and furious when he found out about the parties until it turned out that he himself was at the downing street garden party. then last week, he said he
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didn't realise it was at a party, and surprise, surprise, no one believed him. so, this week, he's got a new defence — nobody warned him that it was against the rules. that's it. here is some statistics from the opinion polls. chris curtis calculated that labour is enjoying a double—digit lead naturally, but he says that largely due to 2019 conservative voters in red ball seats going into the don't know or want vote column —— red wall. 10% have made a switch to labour. their humour —— sir keir starmer has a lot to do. it humour -- sir keir starmer has a lot to do. . , humour -- sir keir starmer has a lot to do. ., , ., humour -- sir keir starmer has a lot to do. ., ., , humour -- sir keir starmer has a lot todo. ., ., , , to do. it was our lowest result. it was disaster. _ to do. it was our lowest result. it was disaster. it's _ to do. it was our lowest result. it was disaster. it's a _ to do. it was our lowest result. it was disaster. it's a mountain i to do. it was our lowest result. it was disaster. it's a mountain to l was disaster. it's a mountain to climh — was disaster. it's a mountain to climh but— was disaster. it's a mountain to climb. but this has given space for keir starmer to lay out a plan for
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the country— keir starmer to lay out a plan for the country and to be heard. i think one of— the country and to be heard. i think one of the — the country and to be heard. i think one of the challenges that the labour— one of the challenges that the labour party had last year is we didn't— labour party had last year is we didn't have _ labour party had last year is we didn't have the right to be heard, and now— didn't have the right to be heard, and now we do. so, it's about him putting _ and now we do. so, it's about him putting forward a plan, making a very clearm _ putting forward a plan, making a very clear... and that we want to run the _ very clear... and that we want to run the country. i think you saw some _ run the country. i think you saw some of— run the country. i think you saw some of that today from keir and the team around him, whether it's rachel reeves _ team around him, whether it's rachel reeves and _ team around him, whether it's rachel reeves and the energy plans for the nhs. there are people working hard that her— nhs. there are people working hard that her hungry and want to be in government. | that her hungry and want to be in government-— government. i wonder whether actuall , government. i wonder whether actually, having _ government. i wonder whether actually, having ducked - government. i wonder whether actually, having ducked and i government. i wonder whether i actually, having ducked and dived and tried to get on top of this with operation big dog, whatever you want to call it, forcejohnson actually would welcome a vote of no—confidence, what he? would welcome a vote of no-confidence, what he? that's a very good — no-confidence, what he? that's a very good question. _ no-confidence, what he? that's a very good question. who - no-confidence, what he? that's a very good question. who would . no-confidence, what he? that's a i very good question. who would want to have _ very good question. who would want to have his— very good question. who would want
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to have hisioh — very good question. who would want to have hisjob. he _ very good question. who would want to have hisjob. he has _ very good question. who would want to have hisjob. he has a _ very good question. who would want to have hisjob. he has a tiny- very good question. who would want to have hisjob. he has a tiny baby. to have hisjob. he has a tiny baby at home — to have hisjob. he has a tiny baby at home he's~~~ _ to have hisjob. he has a tiny baby at home, he's... i— to have hisjob. he has a tiny baby at home, he's... i believe - to have hisjob. he has a tiny baby at home, he's... i believe it's- to have hisjob. he has a tiny baby at home, he's... i believe it's a i at home, he's... i believe it's a colossal— at home, he's... i believe it's a colossal act _ at home, he's... i believe it's a colossal act of— at home, he's... i believe it's a colossal act of self— at home, he's... i believe it's a colossal act of self harm, i at home, he's... i believe it's a i colossal act of self harm, wanting to he _ colossal act of self harm, wanting to he prime — colossal act of self harm, wanting to be prime minister. _ colossal act of self harm, wanting to be prime minister. the - colossal act of self harm, wantingl to be prime minister. the problem with this _ to be prime minister. the problem with this whole _ to be prime minister. the problem with this whole scandal— to be prime minister. the problem with this whole scandal is - to be prime minister. the problem with this whole scandal is it's i with this whole scandal is it's given— with this whole scandal is it's given the _ with this whole scandal is it's given the labour— with this whole scandal is it's given the labour party - with this whole scandal is it's given the labour party an i given the labour party an opportunity— given the labour party an opportunity to— given the labour party an opportunity to show- given the labour party an opportunity to show theirj given the labour party an - opportunity to show their teeth. it is good _ opportunity to show their teeth. it is good for— opportunity to show their teeth. it is good for keir— opportunity to show their teeth. it is good for keir starmer— opportunity to show their teeth. it is good for keir starmer to- opportunity to show their teeth. it is good for keir starmer to stand i is good for keir starmer to stand up and have _ is good for keir starmer to stand up and have these _ is good for keir starmer to stand up and have these fights, _ is good for keir starmer to stand up and have these fights, and - is good for keir starmer to stand up and have these fights, and you i and have these fights, and you would've — and have these fights, and you would've thought _ and have these fights, and you would've thought with - and have these fights, and you would've thought with the i and have these fights, and you i would've thought with the majority, that would — would've thought with the majority, that would have _ would've thought with the majority, that would have been _ would've thought with the majority, that would have been a _ would've thought with the majority, that would have been a fairly- would've thought with the majority, that would have been a fairly rare . that would have been a fairly rare occurrence — that would have been a fairly rare occurrence. because _ that would have been a fairly rare occurrence. because of— that would have been a fairly rare occurrence. because of this i that would have been a fairly rare occurrence. because of this messj that would have been a fairly rare i occurrence. because of this mess up with these _ occurrence. because of this mess up with these rules _ occurrence. because of this mess up with these rules and regulations, i with these rules and regulations, which _ with these rules and regulations, which lets— with these rules and regulations, which let's face _ with these rules and regulations, which let's face it, _ with these rules and regulations, which let's face it, goes - with these rules and regulations, which let's face it, goes back- with these rules and regulations, which let's face it, goes back to i which let's face it, goes back to the fact— which let's face it, goes back to the fact that _ which let's face it, goes back to the fact that the _ which let's face it, goes back to the fact that the rules - which let's face it, goes back to the fact that the rules and i the fact that the rules and regulations— the fact that the rules and regulations were - the fact that the rules and regulations were a - the fact that the rules and regulations were a bit i the fact that the rules and - regulations were a bit complicated in the _ regulations were a bit complicated in the first— regulations were a bit complicated in the first place. _ regulations were a bit complicated in the first place. most _ regulations were a bit complicated in the first place. most people i in the first place. most people didn't— in the first place. most people didn't really— in the first place. most people didn't really understand - in the first place. most people didn't really understand whatl in the first place. most people i didn't really understand what they were doing. — didn't really understand what they were doing. and _ didn't really understand what they were doing, and it— didn't really understand what they were doing, and it turns _ didn't really understand what they were doing, and it turns out i didn't really understand what they were doing, and it turns out the l were doing, and it turns out the people — were doing, and it turns out the people who _ were doing, and it turns out the people who were _ were doing, and it turns out the people who were actually- were doing, and it turns out the i people who were actually making were doing, and it turns out the - people who were actually making them didn't understand _ people who were actually making them didn't understand what _ people who were actually making them didn't understand what they— people who were actually making them didn't understand what they were i didn't understand what they were doing _ didn't understand what they were doing we — didn't understand what they were doing we can't _ didn't understand what they were doing. we can't shy— didn't understand what they were doing. we can't shy away- didn't understand what they were doing. we can't shy away from i didn't understand what they were i doing. we can't shy away from that fact _ doing. we can't shy away from that fact i'm _ doing. we can't shy away from that fact i'm a — doing. we can't shy away from that fact. i'm a conservative, _ doing. we can't shy away from that fact. i'm a conservative, but- doing. we can't shy away from that fact. i'm a conservative, but you i fact. i'm a conservative, but you have _ fact. i'm a conservative, but you have to — fact. i'm a conservative, but you have to expect _ fact. i'm a conservative, but you have to expect that's _ fact. i'm a conservative, but you have to expect that's a - fact. i'm a conservative, but you have to expect that's a bit - fact. i'm a conservative, but you have to expect that's a bit of - fact. i'm a conservative, but you have to expect that's a bit of a l have to expect that's a bit of a mess — have to expect that's a bit of a mess there's— have to expect that's a bit of a mess. there's no— have to expect that's a bit of a mess. there's no getting - have to expect that's a bit of a i mess. there's no getting away have to expect that's a bit of a - mess. there's no getting away from the fact—
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mess. there's no getting away from the fact that — mess. there's no getting away from the fact that that _ mess. there's no getting away from the fact that that is _ mess. there's no getting away from the fact that that is not _ mess. there's no getting away from the fact that that is not a _ mess. there's no getting away from the fact that that is not a good - the fact that that is not a good book — the fact that that is not a good book the _ the fact that that is not a good book. the labour— the fact that that is not a good book. the labour party- the fact that that is not a good book. the labour party are - the fact that that is not a good| book. the labour party are are the fact that that is not a good - book. the labour party are are going well -- _ book. the labour party are are going well -- good — book. the labour party are are going well —— good looks. _ book. the labour party are are going well —— good looks. let's _ book. the labour party are are going well —— good looks. let's see. - book. the labour party are are going well —— good looks. let's see. must. well -- good looks. let's see. just very quickly- _ well -- good looks. let's see. just very quickly. since _ well —— good looks. let's see. very quickly. since we're talking about plan b restrictions, no working from home today or masks in public spaces. all of that should have been playing well for the prime minister because he had a lighter touch than some of the leaders of the developed nations. it's not, and this is why conservatives have shot themselves in the foot. .. , �*, conservatives have shot themselves inthefoot. , �*, . ,, in the foot. exactly. it's eclipsed all their good — in the foot. exactly. it's eclipsed all their good work. _ in the foot. exactly. it's eclipsed all their good work. they - in the foot. exactly. it's eclipsed| all their good work. they worked incredibly— all their good work. they worked incredibly hard, _ all their good work. they worked incredibly hard, they've - all their good work. they worked incredibly hard, they've done - all their good work. they worked| incredibly hard, they've done this fantestic— incredibly hard, they've done this fantastic programme, _ incredibly hard, they've done this fantastic programme, no - incredibly hard, they've done this fantastic programme, no one - incredibly hard, they've done this fantastic programme, no one hasi incredibly hard, they've done this - fantastic programme, no one has had a particularly— fantastic programme, no one has had a particularly good... _ fantastic programme, no one has had a particularly good... but _ fantastic programme, no one has had a particularly good... but they've - a particularly good... but they've done _ a particularly good... but they've done some — a particularly good... but they've done some good _ stuff and it's been eclipsed. we'll
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talk len stuff and it's been eclipsed. we'll talk plenty more _ stuff and it's been eclipsed. we'll talk plenty more about _ stuff and it's been eclipsed. talk plenty more about boris johnson. we are watching joe biden's press conference in washington. stay with us. hello. no frost this morning, but it's going to be a different story tomorrow morning. we've had an area of rain moving southwards across the uk today, even the chance for photographing some rainbows. it's a brief interruption to the quiet weather we've been having come because high pressure is about to move back in. but behind this weather front that brought the rain, we have brought down across the uk some colder air once again. feeling colder still in what's a very brisk north—northwesterly wind, especially across northern scotland and down the north sea coast of england. and that will bring some further showers, which are going to be wintry in nature, particularly on hills, but maybe a little bit of snow to lower levels in places, particularly in the northern isles. the odd shower for northern ireland, the west of wales, the far south west of england overnight, but most places are going to have clear skies, allowing temperatures
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to drop to or below freezing for the return of the frost in the morning. so, it'll be a cold start in the morning. there'll be plenty of sunshine around. still a few showers towards the north east of scotland, wintry in nature. some sleet and hail with the showers running down north sea coastal parts of england, particular towards lincolnshire and norfolk. still a wind chill here as well with this brisk breeze, so it'll feel coldest here. a chance for a shower in northern ireland, the far west of wales, the far south west of england, probably these clearing away. and many places having some sunshine. now, overnight and into friday, where skies stay clear, the frost will be even harder. but you'll notice the cloud increasing, northern ireland, western parts of scotland in particular. that will keep temperatures a few degrees above freezing, two degrees in glasgow, belfast at five degrees, but through many rural parts of wales and england, it will be several degrees below freezing. the chance of a few mist and fog patches on friday. it does look as if eastern areas will see most of the sunshine on friday. the wind isn't as strong. it will feel a bit warmer. some cloud pushing into the west may bring a little drizzle
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towards north west scotland, and temperatures are edging up a little bit, particularly where we've had a couple of chilly days in the east. into the weekend, high pressure very much in control. our weather front�*s bringing some rain at times and breeze towards northern scotland, but most places are going to be dry. and actually around the area of high pressure, some milderair pushing in, so we've lost the darker blues showing up. it's not going to be warm, but temperatures will be close to average for the time of year. a lot of cloud around, some sunny spells, especially in the east, and there could be some fog slow to clear in places.
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hello, i'm christian fraser. you're watching context on bbc news. one yearon one year on since his inauguration, joe biden defends his administration, saying if anything is over delivered. i administration, saying if anything is over delivered.— is over delivered. i have not overpromise _ is over delivered. i have not overpromise and _ is over delivered. i have not overpromise and if - is over delivered. i have not overpromise and if anything i is over delivered. i have not - overpromise and if anything have outperformed what anyone thought would happen. on this side, prime minister boris johnson would dearly like to reset the agenda, but it's not getting any easier. today, one of his own mp�*s defected to labour party, while a former cabinet colleague told the house his time was up. tonight with the context, sarah vine, columnist with the daily mail, and ruth smeeth, a former labour mp in stoke—on—trent until the last election. and watching that press conference for us, amanda renteria, former advisor to hillary clinton.
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welcome back. joe biden is still on his feet. this is his first major press conference of 2022, so what are we looking out for? certainly something on how he moves his agenda forward. the white house seems eager to get joe manchin back to the table on build back better. what is he going to do about voting reform? how long will covid restrictions be in place? and then russia. the secretary of state tonight in ukraine and due in berlin for talks with germany, france and britain tomorrow. keen to reset the agenda, here he was talking about that squeeze on the cost of living. the was talking about that squeeze on the cost of living.— the cost of living. the best thing to tackle high — the cost of living. the best thing to tackle high prices _ the cost of living. the best thing to tackle high prices is _ the cost of living. the best thing to tackle high prices is a - the cost of living. the best thing to tackle high prices is a more . to tackle high prices is a more productive economy. with greater capacity to deliver goods and services to the american people. and a growing economy where folks have more choices and more small businesses to compete and with more goods getting to market faster and
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cheaper. the goods getting to market faster and chea er. . . goods getting to market faster and chea er. , , . , , cheaper. the president has 'ust turned to russia in i cheaper. the president has 'ust turned to russia in the i cheaper. the president hasjust turned to russia in the q&a - cheaper. the president hasjust - turned to russia in the q&a sessions let's listen in. let turned to russia in the q&a sessions let's listen in-— turned to russia in the q&a sessions let's listen in— let's listen in. let my mother used to sa , let's listen in. let my mother used to say. bite _ let's listen in. let my mother used to say. bite your— let's listen in. let my mother used to say, bite your nose _ let's listen in. let my mother used to say, bite your nose off to - let's listen in. let my mother used to say, bite your nose off to spite. to say, bite your nose off to spite your face. to say, bite your nose off to spite yourface. it's not like they to say, bite your nose off to spite your face. it's not like they have all these wonderful choices out there. i spoke with the prime minister of finland and we are talking about concern on the part of finland and sweden about what russia is doing. the last thing that russia needsis is doing. the last thing that russia needs is finland deciding to change its status is updated not said they were going to do that but they are talking about what in fact is going on and how outrageous russia is being. we are finding ourselves in the position where i believe you will see that there will be severe economic consequences. for example, anything that involves doll denominations, if they invade, they are going to pay. they are not going to end banks would not be able to deal in dollars. so there is a lot thatis deal in dollars. so there is a lot that is going to happen but here is
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the thing. my conversation with vladimir putin, and we have been, how can i say it, we have no poem understanding one another. he has no problem on sending me, nor me him. and the direct conversations where i put it out and said you know, you have occupied before other countries. but the price has been extremely high. how long? you can go in and overtime extremely high. how long? you can go in and over time a great loss and economic loss, go in and occupy ukraine. but how many years? one, three, five, ten? what is that going to take? what told us that take? it's real, it's consequential. this is not alljust it's real, it's consequential. this is not all just a it's real, it's consequential. this is not alljust a cakewalk it's real, it's consequential. this is not all just a cakewalk for russia. militarily, they have overwhelming superiority as relation to your crane. but they will pay a stiff price immediately, near term,
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medium term and long term if they do it. i'm sorry. ok... david, new york times. it. i'm sorry. 0k... david, new york times. . ~' , ., it. i'm sorry. 0k... david, new york times. . ~ , ., . ., times. thank you. i wanted to follow-up _ times. thank you. i wanted to follow-up on _ times. thank you. i wanted to follow-up on your _ times. thank you. i wanted to follow-up on your answer - times. thank you. i wanted to j follow-up on your answer they times. thank you. i wanted to - follow-up on your answer they about follow—up on your answer they about russia and _ follow—up on your answer they about russia and ukraine. when you were in geneva _ russia and ukraine. when you were in geneva in_ russia and ukraine. when you were in geneva injune, you said to us about president _ geneva injune, you said to us about president putin i think the last thing he — president putin i think the last thing he wants now is a cold war. since _ thing he wants now is a cold war. since then, — thing he wants now is a cold war. since then, of course, you have seen him gather— since then, of course, you have seen him gather these troops, 100,000 troops _ him gather these troops, 100,000 troops around ukraine and the secretary _ troops around ukraine and the secretary of state said that he thought — secretary of state said that he thought he could invade at any moment— thought he could invade at any moment and the cyber attacks. and you have _ moment and the cyber attacks. and you have seen the demand that he have a _ you have seen the demand that he have a sphere influence in which we withdraw— have a sphere influence in which we withdraw all american troops and nuclear— withdraw all american troops and nuclear weapons from what used to be the soviet _ nuclear weapons from what used to be the soviet bloc. i'm wondering if you still— the soviet bloc. i'm wondering if you still think that the last thing he wants— you still think that the last thing he wants is a cold war, and has a
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view— he wants is a cold war, and has a view of— he wants is a cold war, and has a view of him — he wants is a cold war, and has a view of him changed in the past few months? _ view of him changed in the past few months? and if it has, and he does inveigh, would your posture be to really _ inveigh, would your posture be to really move back to the kind of containment policy that you saw so often _ containment policy that you saw so often when — containment policy that you saw so often when you were still in the senate? — often when you were still in the senate? . . . often when you were still in the senate? . , , ., senate? the answer is that i think he still does _ senate? the answer is that i think he still does not _ senate? the answer is that i think he still does not want _ senate? the answer is that i think he still does not want a _ senate? the answer is that i thinkj he still does not want a full-blown he still does not want a full—blown war, number one. numbertwo, dol think he will test the west? test the us and nato? as evenly as he can, yes, ithink the us and nato? as evenly as he can, yes, i think he will. but i think he will pay a serious and dear price for it that he does not think now will cost him what it's going to cost him. and i think he will regret having done it. now, whether or not i think that... how can i say this? in a public forum? i think that he
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is dealing with what i believe he thinks is the most tragic thing that's happened to mother russia in that's happened to mother russia in that the berlin wall came down, the empire has been lost, the soviet union has been split. but think about what he has. he has eight time zones. burning told her that will not freeze again naturally. the situation where he has a lot of oil and gas, but he is try to find his place in the world between china and the west. and so i'm not so sure that he has... david, i'm not so sure he has or is certain what he is going to do. my guess is he will
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move in, he have to do something. and by the way, i've indicated to him the two things he said to me that he wants guarantees of, one is ukraine never part of nato and number two is that nato will not be strategically stationing weapons in ukraine. we can work out something with the same piece with what he does on the russian line as well and the russian border and the european area of russia. on the first piece, we have a number of treaties internationally and in europe that suggest that if you get the chance and you choose who you want to be with. the likelihood that ukraine is going to join with. the likelihood that ukraine is going tojoin nato in the near term is not very likely. based on much more work they have to do in terms of democracy and a few other things going on over there and whether or not the major allies in the west would vote to bring ukraine in right now. so there is room to work if he wants to do that. but i think as
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usual he is going to do... probably should not go any further, but i think it will hurt him badly. seems like ou think it will hurt him badly. seems like you were offering _ think it will hurt him badly. seems like you were offering some - think it will hurt him badly. seems like you were offering some way . think it will hurt him badly. seems i like you were offering some way out here, _ like you were offering some way out here, some — like you were offering some way out here, some offering, sounds like what _ here, some offering, sounds like what it— here, some offering, sounds like what it is— here, some offering, sounds like what it is it — here, some offering, sounds like what it is it at least on informal assurance — what it is it at least on informal assurance that nato is not going to take in— assurance that nato is not going to take in ukraine any time in the next few decades and it sounds like you are saving — few decades and it sounds like you are saying we would ever put nuclear weapons _ are saying we would ever put nuclear weapons there and he also wants us to move _ weapons there and he also wants us to move all— weapons there and he also wants us to move all of our nuclear weapons out of _ to move all of our nuclear weapons out of europe and not have troops rotating _ out of europe and not have troops rotating through the old soviet bloc _ rotating through the old soviet bloc you — rotating through the old soviet bloc. you think there? no, rotating through the old soviet bloc. you think there? no, no, there is not space — bloc. you think there? no, no, there is not space for— bloc. you think there? no, no, there is not space for that. we _ bloc. you think there? no, no, there is not space for that. we will- is not space for that. we will station them. we are actually going to increase troop freshens in europe poland and romania if in fact he wants because we have a sacred obligation in article five to defend us countries. they are part of nato. we don't have the obligation relative to ukraine although we have great concern over what happens to
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ukraine. thank you. maureen, usa today. ukraine. thank you. maureen, usa toda . . ~ . ., ukraine. thank you. maureen, usa toda. . . ., ., ., today. thank you. i want to follow u . today. thank you. i want to follow u- on today. thank you. i want to follow up on your— today. thank you. i want to follow up on your comment _ today. thank you. i want to follow up on your comment on _ today. thank you. i want to follow up on your comment on build - today. thank you. i want to follow| up on your comment on build back better— up on your comment on build back better and also— up on your comment on build back better and also ask _ up on your comment on build back better and also ask you _ up on your comment on build back better and also ask you question l up on your comment on build backl better and also ask you question by the pandemic _ better and also ask you question by the pandemic. you _ better and also ask you question by the pandemic. you said _ better and also ask you question by the pandemic. you said that - better and also ask you question by the pandemic. you said that you'rei the pandemic. you said that you're confident— the pandemic. you said that you're confident you — the pandemic. you said that you're confident you can _ the pandemic. you said that you're confident you can bit _ the pandemic. you said that you're confident you can bit past- the pandemic. you said that you're confident you can bit past big - confident you can bit past big chunks — confident you can bit past big chunks of— confident you can bit past big chunks of build _ confident you can bit past big chunks of build back- confident you can bit past big chunks of build back better l confident you can bit past big. chunks of build back better this vear~ _ chunks of build back better this vear~ does— chunks of build back better this year. does that _ chunks of build back better this year. does that porting - chunks of build back better this year. does that porting many. chunks of build back better this. year. does that porting many are looking _ year. does that porting many are looking and — year. does that porting many are looking and looking _ year. does that porting many are looking and looking at _ year. does that porting many are looking and looking at breaking l year. does that porting many are . looking and looking at breaking the package _ looking and looking at breaking the package up— looking and looking at breaking the package up into _ looking and looking at breaking the package up into individual- looking and looking at breaking thel package up into individual portions? and then _ package up into individual portions? and then on — package up into individual portions? and then on the _ package up into individual portions? and then on the pandemic— package up into individual portions? and then on the pandemic come - package up into individual portions? and then on the pandemic come in. package up into individual portions? . and then on the pandemic come in the supreme _ and then on the pandemic come in the supreme court— and then on the pandemic come in the supreme court has— and then on the pandemic come in the supreme court has blocked _ and then on the pandemic come in the supreme court has blocked the - supreme court has blocked the vaccination _ supreme court has blocked the vaccination or— supreme court has blocked the vaccination or tester— supreme court has blocked the vaccination or tester for - supreme court has blocked the vaccination or tester for largeri vaccination or tester for larger businesses. _ vaccination or tester for larger businesses, are _ vaccination or tester for larger businesses, are you _ vaccination or tester for larger| businesses, are you pittsburgh considering _ businesses, are you pittsburgh considering whether— businesses, are you pittsburgh considering whether to- businesses, are you pittsburgh considering whether to require | considering whether to require vaccine — considering whether to require vaccine for— considering whether to require vaccine for domestic— considering whether to require vaccine for domestic flights . considering whether to require vaccine for domestic flights as| considering whether to require i vaccine for domestic flights as a way to— vaccine for domestic flights as a way to troost— vaccine for domestic flights as a way to boost vaccination - vaccine for domestic flights as a way to boost vaccination rates? | vaccine for domestic flights as a - way to boost vaccination rates? no, look, first way to boost vaccination rates? no, look. first of— way to boost vaccination rates? no, look, first of all, _ way to boost vaccination rates? no, look, first of all, on _ way to boost vaccination rates? look, first of all, on the last part of the question, the supreme court decision i think was a mistake but you still see thousands and thousands of people who work for major corporations having to be tested. as a consequence of the decision made by the corporation and
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not by the standard i set that is there. , ., �* , ., , there. joe biden setting out his oli there. joe biden setting out his policy towards _ there. joe biden setting out his policy towards russia _ there. joe biden setting out his policy towards russia and - there. joe biden setting out his. policy towards russia and clearly there are huge concerns in washington at the moment that we are on the brink of war and that 100,000 russian troops massed on the eastern border are soon going to cross into ukraine. is there anything they can do to stop it? let's get see what amanda renteria makes of what the president has had to say so far. secretary of state in ukraine today and going to geneva to mark with a crunch meeting with the foreign minister of russia on friday. is it the last chance do you think to try and stop it?— and stop it? you know, you are heafina and stop it? you know, you are hearing and seeing _ and stop it? you know, you are hearing and seeing joe - and stop it? you know, you are hearing and seeing joe biden . and stop it? you know, you are - hearing and seeing joe biden talk a lot more to the america people even about foreign policy and that's a very big indication of what they learned it from their afghanistan conversations and so as not only important of these conversations are happening but that he is communicating this to the american public, the efforts he is putting forth to actually sit down and really mentally down with russians
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and our european allies, but also to communicate that right after the american public and depending on where it goes he is really setting up where it goes he is really setting up a foundation to really educate and lead america and do what is the next age between russia and america. that was one of the most important pieces that just that was one of the most important pieces thatjust happened today is being able to hear the president talk like that, really a deeper level of a shipbuilding then you normally hear out of a president and you can seejoe biden's cumber in that kind of conversation in this administration recognises they have got to get the russia policy right and they have got to start working with president biden to speak about it and communicated in a way that americans understand what we are doing there. but is it the very last effort can be could hear his voice that they are anticipating in the white house what let �*er rip it will do in their preparing people and allies to prepare for whatever route to decide to take here.— to decide to take here. there was a limit to where _ to decide to take here. there was a limit to where he _
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to decide to take here. there was a limit to where he could _ to decide to take here. there was a limit to where he could go when . to decide to take here. there was a limit to where he could go when he j limit to where he could go when he did not want to spell out exactly what the repercussions would be for russia but some of it we know. obviously they're going to put sanctions on russian banks it will be able to trade in dollars and they have already talked today about stepping up their military support for ukraine but it sounds to me like that what you are saying particularly after what happened in afghanistan and the way that the withdrawal was managed that there is real political risk forjoe biden here on top of the domestic problems here on top of the domestic problems he already has. here on top of the domestic problems he already has-— he already has. there is and that's wh ou he already has. there is and that's why you are _ he already has. there is and that's why you are seeing _ he already has. there is and that's why you are seeing him _ he already has. there is and that's why you are seeing him had - he already has. there is and that's why you are seeing him had this i why you are seeing him had this conversation with the american people and to be able to describe what vladimir putin is dealing with her or his assumptions or a view of what is happening in foreign relations, that aspect is really important because he did not do that during afghanistan. and sol important because he did not do that during afghanistan. and so i suspect you will see more conversations but it really is repairing the american public for what's ahead as re—emerging confidence not only in congress but really around the world to say understand that i had been a part of this and i know what is
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article five and i get the difference between ukraine and our other allies and he also dabbed in there a couple of things that he and america is willing to do should put in cross that line and that was really important as well. just on the other issues _ really important as well. just on the other issues and _ really important as well. just on the other issues and will- really important as well. just on | the other issues and will become back to his message and any talked about that tonight, we had the democratic strategist mary ann marshall the programme last night and after we came off air, she tweeted this... the party needs to go a lot harder than it has to date on kiersten cinema and joe mansion and every day, everywhere she said we have to sort of and she is saying we have to sort of and she is saying we have to sort of and she is saying we have to hang on these two —— senators delay switch position and failure is an option. that the right strategy because unless he gets those two back on board, all the pledges he makes regarding his agenda to build back better in voting reform, whatever it is,, it's stuck, stalled in the senate and it goes back nowhere. it’s
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stuck, stalled in the senate and it goes back nowhere.— goes back nowhere. it's definitely stuck. no doubt _ goes back nowhere. it's definitely stuck. no doubt about _ goes back nowhere. it's definitely stuck. no doubt about that. - goes back nowhere. it's definitely i stuck. no doubt about that. however it what you have heard today and what he said is he does look at the realistic situation he's in republicans right now. this is a president who very much love the senate, the body he used to be in, and what you saw today is him recognising that that body he used to be in has fundamentally changed. and he has to change his own tactics, his homilies about what can be done to a new way and so that entire conversation around build back better was interesting one for the american public to tune into because what you heard from him is understanding that build back better is would be very difficult but he is going to start to not only use different tactics but work through build back better to see what chunks he can use, what pieces he can get through and i suspect there will be two outcomes they will take. one is can he push more on sinema manchin but also were republicans in this on
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some of these pieces that are really attractive to a lot of these republican senators who have been talking about... 50 republican senators who have been talking about. . ._ talking about... so splitting debilitating _ talking about... so splitting debilitating illness - talking about... so splitting debilitating illness of - talking about... so splitting debilitating illness of it - talking about... so splitting debilitating illness of it and | talking about... so splitting i debilitating illness of it and try to get them through?— debilitating illness of it and try to get them through? that's right for them and _ to get them through? that's right for them and he _ to get them through? that's right for them and he knows _ to get them through? that's right for them and he knows those - to get them through? that's right - for them and he knows those partners and their are partners in some aspects of weather is child poverty, really some of the economic issues that folks have been facing on the ground with small businesses, competition, agriculture and he heard talk about farmers so there is some opportunity there that you can see he is going to now set out and his team is going to work on those. stay with us. this is context on the bbc. still to come on the programme, we'll have the story behind this campaign video from a candidate standing for the us senate. many of us and try to go green as we
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become more aware of climate change in the environment it's me elsie could help us public transport. putting two electric buses can help reduce carbon emissions and one company has designed a double deck or with the longest battery range in the uk. it or with the longest battery range in the uk. �* ., ., . ., , the uk. if we're going to clean up the uk. if we're going to clean up the air in our— the uk. if we're going to clean up the air in our towns _ the uk. if we're going to clean up the air in our towns and cities - the uk. if we're going to clean up the air in our towns and cities we| the air in our towns and cities we had to attract more people onto public transport and that means getting rid of all those diesel buses chugging around and that is where this new piece of technology comes in. designed by a neck formula i engineer and his team, it looks like a normal double—decker but they say they find a way of boosting how far he can go on one charge. it's got five batteries, like this one secreted around the vehicle, but that's not the clever bit. the clever bit is at the back because apparently with electric buses they can use as much energyjust heating and cooling the cabin as they do physically driving along so they
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have developed much more efficient air conditioning and that means overall it's got a much longer range. ian fully used to work for williams and lotus until he decided to turn his skill summing a bit less racy. it to turn his skill summing a bit less ra . . . to turn his skill summing a bit less i’a , , ., , to turn his skill summing a bit less ra . , . , . ., racy. it still a big challenge and interesting _ racy. it still a big challenge and interesting that _ racy. it still a big challenge and interesting that way _ racy. it still a big challenge and interesting that way is - racy. it still a big challenge and interesting that way is and - racy. it still a big challenge and interesting that way is and if. racy. it still a big challenge and l interesting that way is and if you look interesting that way is and if you took in _ interesting that way is and if you look in formula 1 because the ttatteries_ look in formula 1 because the batteries we need for the electric bus are _ batteries we need for the electric bus are very happy and we still need to carry— bus are very happy and we still need to carry the — bus are very happy and we still need to carry the passengers and so it's quite _ to carry the passengers and so it's quite a _ to carry the passengers and so it's quite a big — to carry the passengers and so it's quite a big challenge to get the weight— quite a big challenge to get the weight distribution right on the vehicle — weight distribution right on the vehicle from electric bus. some of that learning _ vehicle from electric bus. some of that learning from _ vehicle from electric bus. some of that learning from the _ vehicle from electric bus. some of that learning from the earlier- that learning from the earlier career has helped you with this? absolutely and we have quite a few of the _ absolutely and we have quite a few of the guys who worked on this in my career here _ of the guys who worked on this in my career here who have worked on weight saving and very efficient design — weight saving and very efficient desian. �* . . weight saving and very efficient desian. �* , . ., . . , weight saving and very efficient desiun. , ., ., ., ., design. bus giant go-ahead is one on a london route _ design. bus giant go-ahead is one on a london route so _ design. bus giant go-ahead is one on a london route so the _ design. bus giant go-ahead is one on a london route so the vehicle - design. bus giant go-ahead is one on a london route so the vehicle is - a london route so the vehicle is would be taking its first passengers later the spring.
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now, listen, it's been such a frenetic programme tonight. i think for a moment we need to just sit back and chill. so, here is a story about the democratic candidate for the us senate, gary chambers from louisiana, who released a campaign video last night that mightjust raise an eyebrow. every 37 seconds, someone is arrested for possession of marijuana. since 2010, state and local police have arrested an estimated 7.3 million americans for violating marijuana laws, over half of all drug arrests. black people are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana laws than white people. states waste $3.7 billion enforcing marijuana laws every year. most of the people police are arresting aren't dealers, but rather people with small amounts of potjust like me. i'm gary chambers, and i'm running for the us senate and i approve this message. mr chambers is running a campaign on socialjustice. he says he is hoping the ad
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will destigmatise the use of marijuana and spur a conversation on legalising it, which many states have already done. i don't want to promote recreational drug use but there are two things in that add. one if that is a very big to be, let's be clear about that. that is a lot, a whopper. to be, let's be clear about that. that is a lot, a whopper. there's a lot auoin that is a lot, a whopper. there's a lot going on _ that is a lot, a whopper. there's a lot going on in the _ that is a lot, a whopper. there's a lot going on in the world! - that is a lot, a whopper. there's a lot going on in the world! to - that is a lot, a whopper. there's a lot going on in the world! to my . lot going on in the world! to my second point which _ lot going on in the world! to my second point which is _ lot going on in the world! to my second point which is he - lot going on in the world! to my second point which is he got - lot going on in the world! to my second point which is he got all| second point which is he got all the way to the end of the add which i think is pretty impressive. 50 there you go, if you are going to run again for stoke—on—trent north, gary chambers is your man. that how you campaign? chambers is your man. that how you camaiun? . v chambers is your man. that how you camaiun? . h ., chambers is your man. that how you cam-rain? ., �*, ., ., campaign? that's not the way i would cam aiun campaign? that's not the way i would campaign but — campaign? that's not the way i would campaign but he _ campaign? that's not the way i would campaign but he raises _ campaign? that's not the way i would campaign but he raises a _ campaign? that's not the way i would campaign but he raises a really - campaign but he raises a really important _ campaign but he raises a really important issue. i'm not sure decriminalisation is the way to go. in decriminalisation is the way to go. in the _ decriminalisation is the way to go. in the us — decriminalisation is the way to go. in the us context is different to the uk — in the us context is different to the uk but there is a genuine important issue and maybe not a
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traditional— important issue and maybe not a traditional campaign tactic. it�*s traditional campaign tactic. it's . uite traditional campaign tactic. it�*s quite interesting because on social justice issues, we are quite liberal, more to the left of you here in the uk than the us, but on this issue you have gone full cheech and chong. if you look at the polls of cannabis of the moment, more americans believe pot should be legal, 68%, that's according to the latest gallup poll, 18% of americans now admit to using it and that's up from 10% in 2005, and it's now legal in 18 states and in fact medical marijuana is legal in 37 and will come back to that in a second. how is that happening? how has cannabis become an issue on which all americans seem to agree? a, become an issue on which all americans seem to agree? a couple of thins. one americans seem to agree? a couple of things- one is— americans seem to agree? a couple of things- one is as _ americans seem to agree? a couple of things. one is as are _ americans seem to agree? a couple of things. one is as are about _ americans seem to agree? a couple of things. one is as are about getting - things. one is as are about getting attention and making sure you can break through all the noise, and this seems to have a shot at that.
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on the subject matter, i will say the conversation on cannabis has changed so incredibly fast and it's particularly important for younger generations and particularly important for black and brown communities who are incarcerated in too many are incarcerated on cannabis and try to figure out how you actually release that. and do right by brenda black unities who have been incarcerated at much higher levels and so he does point to that in this conversation but we are beginning to see in both blue and red states a real openness to cannabis as people have started to use it for arthritis, for epilepsy and beginning to see some of the effects of that. so the conversation has changed and i think there is an opening here to have a new kind of the recession in america but in elections as well.— the recession in america but in elections as well. gary is not going to win as he _ elections as well. gary is not going to win as he runs _ elections as well. gary is not going to win as he runs and _ elections as well. gary is not going to win as he runs and get - elections as well. gary is not going to win as he runs and get the - to win as he runs and get the republican in louisiana he was that by going way ahead in the polls with the medical marijuana issue, this is a serious point now because it is
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legal here technically but so many parents who have wanted it for their children for things like epilepsy, was a former health secretary fought really hard for, they still cannot get it. really hard for, they still cannot aet it. �* . . really hard for, they still cannot retit. get it. right. it's an absolute distrace get it. right. it's an absolute disgrace and _ get it. right. it's an absolute disgrace and the _ get it. right. it's an absolute disgrace and the horror - get it. right. it's an absolute disgrace and the horror thatl get it. right. it's an absolute i disgrace and the horror that we get it. right. it's an absolute - disgrace and the horror that we have seen, _ disgrace and the horror that we have seen. the _ disgrace and the horror that we have seen, the pain that is causing families— seen, the pain that is causing families when they have been prescribed that they cannot physically get medication and they have tried to leave the country to -et have tried to leave the country to get it _ have tried to leave the country to get it and — have tried to leave the country to get it and that's honestly been impossible during covid—19. and mainly— impossible during covid—19. and mainly for— impossible during covid—19. and mainly for young children with epilepsy— mainly for young children with epilepsy and how it would have helped — epilepsy and how it would have helped them, it'sjust devastating was and _ helped them, it'sjust devastating was and i— helped them, it'sjust devastating was and i think there is a genuine conversation about medical marijuana that needs _ conversation about medical marijuana that needs to be had, whether that everything from ms to different types _ everything from ms to different types of — everything from ms to different types of cancer treatments to epilepsy— types of cancer treatments to epilepsy but how are we going to use a drug _ epilepsy but how are we going to use a drug his _ epilepsy but how are we going to use a drug his medicine is a very different— a drug his medicine is a very different conversation to help we have been using it for recreational use? _ have been using it for recreational use? ., . , , have been using it for recreational use? ., ., , ., , use? here here to that because of my mother used — use? here here to that because of my mother used it _ use? here here to that because of my mother used it and _ use? here here to that because of my mother used it and it _ use? here here to that because of my mother used it and it was _ use? here here to that because of my mother used it and it was crucially - mother used it and it was crucially important to her. sarah is back as
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she was a laid back she dropped off altogether. you are watching gary chambers today in this enormous dubious of what do you make of it? anything of any politicians in the conservative party may be able to pull that off? no, you are all mute! turn yourself on!— turn yourself on! sorry, i've had a bit of a tech _ turn yourself on! sorry, i've had a bit of a tech nightmare. _ turn yourself on! sorry, i've had a bit of a tech nightmare. i - turn yourself on! sorry, i've had a bit of a tech nightmare. i was - turn yourself on! sorry, i've had a. bit of a tech nightmare. i was going to say i_ bit of a tech nightmare. i was going to say i can — bit of a tech nightmare. i was going to say i can think— bit of a tech nightmare. i was going to say i can think of— bit of a tech nightmare. i was going to say i can think of quite _ bit of a tech nightmare. i was going to say i can think of quite a - bit of a tech nightmare. i was going to say i can think of quite a few- to say i can think of quite a few politicians _ to say i can think of quite a few politicians who _ to say i can think of quite a few politicians who could _ to say i can think of quite a few politicians who could do - to say i can think of quite a few politicians who could do that i to say i can think of quite a fewi politicians who could do that but i'm politicians who could do that but i'm not— politicians who could do that but i'm not going _ politicians who could do that but i'm not going to— politicians who could do that but i'm not going to reveal- politicians who could do that but i'm not going to reveal their- politicians who could do that but i i'm not going to reveal their names because that — i'm not going to reveal their names because that would be _ i'm not going to reveal their names because that would be bad - i'm not going to reveal their names . because that would be bad obviously. i because that would be bad obviously. idon't know. — because that would be bad obviously. i don't know, i thought _ because that would be bad obviously. i don't know, i thought he was - because that would be bad obviously. i don't know, i thought he was quite. i don't know, i thought he was quite good i_ i don't know, i thought he was quite good i was maybe _ idon't know, i thought he was quite good. i was maybe the snoop- i don't know, i thought he was quite good. i was maybe the snoop doggl good. i was maybe the snoop dogg of democrats _ good. i was maybe the snoop dogg of democrats. the — good. i was maybe the snoop dogg of democrats. ,, ., ., , ., democrats. the snoop dogg of congress- _ democrats. the snoop dogg of congress- i— democrats. the snoop dogg of congress. i think _ democrats. the snoop dogg of congress. i think there - democrats. the snoop dogg of congress. i think there is - democrats. the snoop dogg of congress. i think there is a i democrats. the snoop dogg of congress. i think there is a lot | democrats. the snoop dogg of l congress. i think there is a lot of votes in this. _ congress. i think there is a lot of votes in this. he's _ congress. i think there is a lot of votes in this. he's not _ congress. i think there is a lot of votes in this. he's not wrong, i congress. i think there is a lot of i votes in this. he's not wrong, there are and _ votes in this. he's not wrong, there are and if— votes in this. he's not wrong, there are and if you — votes in this. he's not wrong, there are and if you look— votes in this. he's not wrong, there are and if you look over— votes in this. he's not wrong, there are and if you look over here - votes in this. he's not wrong, there are and if you look over here in i votes in this. he's not wrong, there are and if you look over here in the | are and if you look over here in the uk, are and if you look over here in the uk. the mayor— are and if you look over here in the uk. the mayor of— are and if you look over here in the uk, the mayor of london— are and if you look over here in the uk, the mayor of london has- are and if you look over here in the l uk, the mayor of london has already said that _ uk, the mayor of london has already said that he — uk, the mayor of london has already said that he is — uk, the mayor of london has already said that he is going _ uk, the mayor of london has already said that he is going to _ uk, the mayor of london has already said that he is going to relax. - uk, the mayor of london has already said that he is going to relax. i- said that he is going to relax. i think— said that he is going to relax. i think there _ said that he is going to relax. i think there is _ said that he is going to relax. i think there is a _ said that he is going to relax. i think there is a generational. said that he is going to relax. i. think there is a generational thing and a _ think there is a generational thing and a lot— think there is a generational thing and a lot of— think there is a generational thing
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and a lot of people _ think there is a generational thing and a lot of people are _ think there is a generational thing and a lot of people are much- think there is a generational thing| and a lot of people are much more relaxed about _ and a lot of people are much more relaxed about marijuana _ and a lot of people are much more relaxed about marijuana who i relaxed about marijuana who are younger — relaxed about marijuana who are younger than _ relaxed about marijuana who are younger than perhaps _ relaxed about marijuana who are younger than perhaps our- relaxed about marijuana who are i younger than perhaps our generation it. younger than perhaps our generation it and _ younger than perhaps our generation it and i_ younger than perhaps our generation it and i think— younger than perhaps our generation it. and i think you _ younger than perhaps our generation it. and i think you talked _ younger than perhaps our generation it. and i think you talked about i it. and i think you talked about medical— it. and i think you talked about medical marijuana _ it. and i think you talked about medical marijuana earlier i it. and i think you talked about medical marijuana earlier and ij medical marijuana earlier and i think— medical marijuana earlier and i think there _ medical marijuana earlier and i think there is _ medical marijuana earlier and i think there is stuff _ medical marijuana earlier and i think there is stuff there. i i medical marijuana earlier and i. think there is stuff there. i think the direction _ think there is stuff there. i think the direction of— think there is stuff there. i think the direction of travel, - think there is stuff there. i think the direction of travel, you i think there is stuff there. i think. the direction of travel, you know, is towards — the direction of travel, you know, is towards some _ the direction of travel, you know, is towards some sort _ the direction of travel, you know, is towards some sort of— is towards some sort of legalisation, _ is towards some sort of legalisation, so- is towards some sort of legalisation, so he i is towards some sort of legalisation, so he is. is towards some sort of- legalisation, so he is probably on the money— legalisation, so he is probably on the money they— legalisation, so he is probably on the money they are, _ legalisation, so he is probably on the money they are, i _ legalisation, so he is probably on the money they are, i was - legalisation, so he is probably on the money they are, i was there. j legalisation, so he is probably oni the money they are, i was there. i imagine there _ the money they are, i was there. i imagine there are _ the money they are, i was there. i imagine there are a _ the money they are, i was there. i imagine there are a lot of- the money they are, i was there. i imagine there are a lot of votes i the money they are, i was there. i imagine there are a lot of votes in| imagine there are a lot of votes in it for— imagine there are a lot of votes in it for him — imagine there are a lot of votes in it for him i— imagine there are a lot of votes in it for him. . imagine there are a lot of votes in it for him-— it for him. i imagine so but as i said... it for him. i imagine so but as i said- -- they — it for him. i imagine so but as i said... they might _ it for him. i imagine so but as i said... they might be - it for him. i imagine so but as i said... they might be too - it for him. i imagine so but as i i said... they might be too stoned to reuister said... they might be too stoned to re . ister to said... they might be too stoned to register to vote _ said... they might be too stoned to register to vote so _ said... they might be too stoned to register to vote so there _ said... they might be too stoned to register to vote so there is - said... they might be too stoned to register to vote so there is that. i i register to vote so there is that. i do register to vote so there is that. do know it is might be a very register to vote so there is that.“ do know it is might be a very bad idea if he made his way all the way to the hill. it idea if he made his way all the way to the hill. , , to the hill. it will be interesting and maybe get _ to the hill. it will be interesting and maybe get mix _ to the hill. it will be interesting and maybe get mix things - to the hill. it will be interesting and maybe get mix things up i to the hill. it will be interesting and maybe get mix things up a| to the hill. it will be interesting - and maybe get mix things up a bit. absolutely. listen, thank you very much to all my panel and a lot to get through tonight with a real smorgasbord of stories which we managed to pull together so thank you, amanda, sarah and ruth the ability to see you all and back same
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time tomorrow on complex and hope you willjoin us for that and see you willjoin us for that and see you then, bye—bye. hello. there was an interruption to this very quiet weather on wednesday as an area of rain moved southwards and in the showers that followed even some rainbows to be photographed. it is the briefest of interruptions to the quiet weather, because, well, high, high — high pressure is moving right back in across the uk to settle things down for the rest of the week, the weekend and even into the start of next week, as well, at least. with the weather system that moves southwards on wednesday, colder air has followed on behind in a north—westerly wind with a few wintry showers. it does mean a widespread frost again as thursday begins then a wintry flavour to some of these showers from northern and eastern scotland and down the north sea coast of england, where we have the most significant wind chill on thursday even though the wind is gradually easing. and it will be a decidedly chilly day at around three or four degrees
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in the coldest spots, whereas in belfast, eight degrees, plymouth nine degrees. most places away from those eastern coasts, bar one or two showers for northern ireland, the west of wales, far south—west of england, will be dry with some sunshine. now, overnight and into friday, where skies stay clear, an even harder frost will be around. but notice the cloud increasing across north—western areas, and so notice here temperatures staying above freezing in belfast and stornoway, just above in glasgow. but for many, it'll be a cold start on friday morning, high pressure very much in control. it's just around the area of high pressure we just bring in a bit more cloud at times towards western areas, particularly into northern ireland, western scotland, whereas to the east, this is where we see the lion's share of the sunshine on friday. the cloud may be thick enough at times in north—west scotland to produce a few spots of light rain. for the most part, though, it is dry and temperatures are edging up a little bit where it's been so chilly towards the east. and into the weekend, the high pressure�*s centred
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just to our south—west, and much of the uk under the influence of that. and we've lost a lot of the blues, as well. it's not going to be warm, but an indication that there is somewhat milder air trying to push in from the atlantic. but with cloud, maybe some drizzle at times in the west, and, close to weather fronts to the north and north—west of scotland, some outbreaks of rain. most likely to see the sunny spells will be across eastern areas. temperatures are close to average for the time of year. but do bear in mind, especially the closer you are to the centre of this high pressure system, so mainly through wales and england, there's a chance of seeing fog. some of that by day may be reluctant to clear. and where it doesn't clear, it has an impact on the temperature, really holding it down compared with other areas that break out into some sunny spells. and still in north—west scotland, some outbreaks of rain on sunday — and this is actually the longer forecast — the only area really going to see some appreciable rain, whereas most of the places are going to stay, with high pressure close by, dry. still this weather front just close to northern scotland on monday,
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maybe a few heavier bursts out of that for a time. elsewhere, variable cloud, maybe some fog slower to clear but also some sunny spells breaking through at times, too. temperatures close to average, a few spots maybe just reaching towards ten degrees, but cooler where any fog lingers. deeper into next week, it looks like the high pressure will still be close by, maybe squeezed a little further south. if that happens, weather systems around the atlantic may impact more of the uk, with perhaps a greater chance of seeing some more widespread rain for a time, especially later next week. but any of these changes and the speed of them really uncertain. you know with high pressure close by, the weather is in no hurry to change. bye— bye.
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tonight at ten: we're live in downing street after a day in which borisjohnson faced a wave of calls for his resignation. is it all over, prime minister?! knowing that more conservative mps want him to step down, mrjohnson apologised again for his handling of matters during lockdown. i take full responsibility for everything done in this government, and throughout the pandemic. doesn't the country - deserve so much better than this out of touch, - out of control, out of ideas and soon to be out of office prime minister? — adding to mrjohnson's problems, a conservative mp switched sides to labour as the calls for resignation from his own side grew louder. you have sat there too long, for all the good you have done.
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