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Gavin Williamson's Letter To the Office for Students in the UK Signals A New Focus On Access
"We start this week with some regulation news. Secretary of state for education gavin williamson has written to the office for students setting out a selection of strategic priorities. Mary was this police and pen letter. Oh go out is pretty long seven pages and it starts with. What i thought was a slightly mealy-mouth thank you to michael barbara. And welcoming lord warden. The new chair of the f. ethnic covers just about everything you can think of. What mental health financial sustainability smooth admissions this summer quality and standards which of course must be driven soon as possible peak you a reduction in bureaucracy What type for recruiting people from china bit of antisemitism free speech slash academic freedom and so on. I thought it also says that they want the sector to interpret the government's formal response to the pierce review as as the strategic guidance about what to do with teff and so i reread that as well and interestingly when you read the government's response to the tough it says they'll setup more details in the strategic guidance. so there's a little circular pass to go round there if you're interested mixed messaging about free speech and academic freedom will apparently be much clearer in future policy paper on the topic. I kevin williamson. I don't think was quite convinced by michael. Barbas recent speech on the topic and he wants to take much more active and visible action in this space so Yeah wait wait with interest on that one. I'm a bit concerned about access and participation as a an emphasis on high quality courses and not just more students on low quality courses as they call them so. I think no no more bums on seats. Unless they're disadvantaged and high quality and an emphasis on cold spots and white working class boys which is music to my ears you'll appreciate urging schools again to work with schools to raise attainment and this phrase equality of opportunity not outcome which we might want to talk about. I think i think basically we've got further signaling of a change of focus from widening participation towards fair access at the at the top end of the sector which after all is by the biggest gaps are and the other eye-catching idea in this letter is the possibility of revoking degree awarding power subject. So i have to think about that. And i thought it probably wasn't a very student centric thing to do and oh well this is just. It's another set of messaging. That tells us basically the government doesn't want more people go to university unless it's kind of top proper universities riedel this alongside the skills for job. Swipe paper high-quality alternatives and so on and the big question is will the alternatives behind off quality. So that we don't just end up with the middle class is continuing to go to union the rest being diverted. I dunno level forum. Five outcomes at
"gavin williamson" Discussed on The Wonkhe Show - the higher education podcast
"Degree is based on. I think the russell great state were so. It was so russell. Greek because in in the in the one of the paragraph says that example will ensure that all students receive fair outcomes that comparable with those in previous years always been cynical. I would say well the just going to even out the mark so that cohort graduate with the same degree outcomes regardless of what the to actually manage to attain. And if i were standing i'll be really pleased at that but it's not an detriment policy Really she for me is not. The universities will find a way to smooth things out whether it safety neck. So all fiddling in examples it's the inequalities between stints relatively thrived through the pandemic and stinson happened are incapable of remediation. A simple extension will mention eighty credits. One hundred twenty. Whatever known if that when actually helped address that inequality debbie. I never thought. I'd see the day when i could see so. Many students actively engaged in a debate about degree algorithms for halio. How do we fix this. I mean okay. So bunch of stuff universities are already doing. I mean when one is to actually look at the assessment process itself and try and see how the assessment process can be designed in such a way as to give students the best possible chance to show what they have learned. And i think a lot of cases it is quite important spurs to move on from some sort of quite old school assessment models and one of the best ways to do that is through a continuous formative assessment. And perhaps kind of you know in the same way as of quality kind of wrestling with a-levels look at bringing in kind of teacher -ment of students are doing and obviously you all kinds of issues bias and it's not it's not straightforward and i think often when students are talking about no detriment and policies and certainly when you talk about the the vital importance of anonymous marking this thing. Here's where we are. What does the absolute best. You didn't think thing that we can do. And and try and have that dialogue with students. And i realize i'm saying this in a way that suggests that that's super easy and of course assist. It really really isn't. But i don't. I think that's probably not very helpful is kind of i guess. The of announcements in statements about policies that talk about standards and that sort of thing simply. Because i mean what we've just got. It's an awful lot of human beings wrestling with a difficult situation. And you know everybody wants the same thing. Everybody wants as far as as far as possible to be able to demonstrate what they've learned and i think there's something about new detriment is less about saying we should be able to be allowed to pass exams without having learned the material saying if we haven't learned the material if we're not able to perform we don't want to say we don't want that to be seen as a reflection on our ability and our capability and we don't throw university to see us as having failed in some way and this is where i think kind of thinking about how to talk about these things and communicate them becomes really really fundamental now jonathan. I mean it's great that we've got you on because you say Of your eye across at schools and many of these problems are much worse in schools. It's where the is focused. They must have some great solutions over in schools that we can just steal right now yet. The i mean you've you've you've nearly wanted and that's That's exactly what we have so well it's it's quite straightforward which used in schools. It was very important that we are going to have exams up until the point where we are not not having exams. And it's very important that we have teacher judgement other than when we are not using judgment and it's very important that we don't have an algorithm other than when we are going to have standardization so the plan for jesus he's natal's and stop me. If this is confusing is that we are going to have that. We are going to have exam set for some subjects by some examples particularly those set by private schools. We are going to have some things mocked For vocational exams and be in particular. Where they need to be assessed for licensed to practice. We are going to have something set by teacher judgement. That teacher judgement may or may not be standardized in a way that is not clear at the moment. It's definitely not going to be an algorithm but more or less what we'd really like is if universities can sort this all out for us please and just accept all the kids taking a levels and beat texas. Yeah let's get university because that would more or less all schools problems That's a not entirely unfair summary of whether the heavy has with executive right. Well well well now look see so the other thing. I've been picking up. His clearly to generate an educational outcome takes tita tango right. So students have to put some effort in universities. Have to put some effort in and lots of the statements that have been coming out from some universities effectively. Say we've recognized. That students have struggled. But i keep picking up top articles and see a tweet some students. They're angry that there's not a lot of recognition that universities have also struggled and he says something difficult universities are finding it hard to say out loud because of the kind of legal position about whether universities staff also struggle to deliver their into the bargain. Well it'd be legally she. Jim and i couldn't promise him coming. I think i think to to try. Nuncia christian universities have done a lot but a lot of it is utterly invisible to students because quite rightly they have no interest in this over the summer universities went through all of their courses modules. And make sure that that in the online version. They weren't accidentally for example. Going to set an assessment on something. That was no longer possible to learn that they've been issued in a very significant amendments to to this segment strategies to accommodate Cam the fact that we don't see students but the truth is that students want to be around staff and staff want to be around students and an awful lot of learning goes on in those ephemeral encounters at the end of the lecture at the end of the seminar calcium. The corridor meeting in the library and none of that can happen at the moment so the experience of learning is constrained to the face to face or virtually equivalent of after learning kind of environment. And all the rest is impoverished. But there's nothing we can do about it. Because short of having academics wandering the country looking steams from their university and spreading kerry visited so that leaves learning that. He's so much key. Part of being at universities not happening and similarly most students learning less well from their so. I don't think we can pretend the university learning this series as it has been in the past rule that we might say we're getting digital skills and some upside. It's less good but there is absolutely nothing that university until until we can bring this team tease also to parceling up effectively. They rightful students to reset or retail or submit light. Some of that is about giving people longer to achieve and academic standard inside the race on one level or another something that can be done which is just giving people more time if the kind of bandwidth of the learning is restricted. But it strikes me that surely there were some courses. I mean you've got caught because you've got caught big craft portfolio. Surely there are some courses that have compliance that just can't be done and complete realistically until restrictions lee. Yes sir. i mean what we're doing is extending the second semester right into the summer courses like that in the hope that we will be able to give students access to facilities but equally that then. We'll stop students from entering the job market at the time of year. That might have expected to you. Then again my calculation is there is no jobs just as long as possible. Yeah another three or four. Years will probably be ideal. So they're all potential remediation if the vaccination program works and we can get students back onto campus in march for example and then back.
UK health advisers say missing school is greater risk than COVID-19
"Were doing everything they could to help Nevada. Chief medical offices in the United Kingdom of Said Children's should return to school after the summer holidays warning that missing out on their education posed much bigger risks to them than catching covid nineteen. The red joint statements from the top health advisors to the governments of England Scotland? Wales. And Northern. Ireland represents a boost for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who has said getting children back to school is a national priority. Confidence in the government's approach to schooling Jerry the coronavirus pandemic took a hit last week when Education Minister Gavin Williamson was forced into an embarrassing u-turn over examination results. Evidence shows that a lack of schooling increased inequalities, reduced opportunities and could exacerbate physical and mental health issues. The statement said. By contrast, there was clear evidence of a very low rate of severe disease in children. Even if they caught covid nineteen, an exceptionally low risk of dying Johnson said, reopening schools in September is a social economic and moral imperative insisting they would be able to operate safely despite the COVID. Nineteen pandemic. Separately England's chief medical officer was
Hurdles as states scrap standardized tests due to school closures
"Of course closing schools to combat the spread is prompted several states to cancel standardized testing many were slated to begin in April but now school closures could they they could have some kids might not be going back to school at all until after the summer as some states are asking federal education officials to waive the testing requirements now many states use them to advance students to the next grade level and to rate schools and teachers education groups also say bringing kids in for testing weeks after online learning probably wouldn't be fair I've not just schools here in the USA act as the U. K. fights the same problem Boris Johnson the prime minister there said he's following the science and he is closing schools looking at the cause of the disease looking at where we are now we think now that we must apply downward pressure of further downward pressure on that pop would cove my closing the school save I can announce today and Gavin Williamson is making the statement not enough in the house of Commons that off to schools shop that dates from Friday afternoon for they will remain closed for most people so the vast majority people's until further notice and I'll come to Alex playing what I mean by the vast majority of people do is to slow the spread of the virus and as I say we judge of this is the right moment to do that but of course as I've always said we also need to keep the NHS going to treat the rising number of cases so we need health workers who are also parents to continue to go to work and we need all the critical workers with children to keep doing their jobs two from police officers who are keeping us safe to the supermarket delivery drivers social care workers who look after the elderly in whose side vital movies movies got more details shortly about who we need him we need it in
World leaders react to Baghdadi death
"Leaders hailing the devil vices said I will Dr Albert Donnie who killed himself when he was trapped in an American rate in Syria ABC's Tom rivers is up the foreign desk around the world the reaction is similar in Sydney Australian prime minister Scott Morrison says of the fight against ISIS the sap Tom a very significant Jim pine street it is not the end of the cave in London former defense secretary Gavin Williamson this can anybody else's and makes the United kingdom's safer place
"gavin williamson" Discussed on FT Politics
"Maybe Dominic Robb who would then go back to Brussels show, the Europeans what a real negotiation looks like renegotiate withdrawal agreement rip out the backstop, of course, the lightly outcome of that is that people in Brussels will just say sorry before we made clear, we're not doing that. Then the new Tory lead a comeback to Westminster say we need to leave without a deal. Parliament will say we've made it clear we're not going to allow that to happen, and you have an election now that scenario is so alarming to quite a few people in the conservative party that there will be an attempt to prop Theresa May up after European elections rather than that the party fall into the hands of the Brexit, tears Boris Johnson, and possibly that likely to general election before the end of the year. There will be people say Theresa May keep going soldier with your deal. We're gonna get a deal through and leaving an orderly fashion, and if we leave. In an orderly fashion. That increases the chances of a more moderate conservative leader coming through someone. Maybe like Jeremy hunt the foreign secretary. So you're right. The pressure on trees may off those European lectures will be massive that it will be coming from both sides. Some people say she's gotta go immediately. Another people say soldier on one other thing, which the European elections might show is that while the two main parties are trying to sort out some kind of cross party deal, actually, what voters are really veering towards and we've seen a sign of it in these local elections is that the veering towards parties which have a much much clearer position. So lib Dem's actually a very clear position on on a referendum said they've done. Very well Farrar has a very clear position on hard. Brexit will no deal. So he was likely to do very well that may well be one of the lessons, of course, the parties. We haven't mentioned hair as well. A change. You k the new party they didn't really participate in these local elections. Do you think they could reinforce in the European elections? That sense all actually the British public. Does want have another. Referendum of you think that's possibility potentially because I think how people vote in easier. Elections would be very different if we were all skipping the public to vote in a general election. This just feels like a way of sending a message of costing vote. Either in favour of hard Brexit or a second referendum say. Yes, people that might normally traditionally vote for the major political parties could choose to cost vote. Elsewhere because it is such a black and white issue. If you do go for change UK, or if you go for the Brexit party. Let's just round off. Then by asking you the difficult question, which I think comes almost every one of these podcasters where do you think we're going to be at the mix big appointment say around June when European Council happens in terms of the British position. I mean, George first of all do you seriously think there's a chance of a labour conservative cross party deal? All do you think actually will be hurtling towards some unknown outcome? Thanks for us, James. Well, look, I think all the signs of everything that Tris tried on. Brexit hasn't worked and speaking to people on both sides of the debate about these cross party talks seems to me the idea of this grand labor, conservative bargain, big deal to deliver. Brexit is not going to happen. I'm told that on the extreme end of what might be done. They're looking at ways to sort of manage it. So maybe you have people voting certain ways on amendments to the ritual agreement Bill, but basically nothing quite straightforward as straight up and down deal because the labor party just doesn't want to dip its hands in the blood of Brexit that doesn't mean that you can't possibly get something through. I think that's possible. But at the moment looking moderately unlikely, and I think be ferry reckless personally sits here and makes a prediction that a deal will be done before the June European Council because all of our past experience..
"gavin williamson" Discussed on FT Politics
"Both parties lost control of some major councils. But it was undoubtedly good night for the Liberal Democrats who demonstrated them might as a successful local campaigning force. They picked up scores of seats and took control of several Tory councils independence, also did notably. Well, so how much of this was all about Brexit. Or was it all about local issues hit to discuss this us with me are George pocket FTE's, political editor and Laura Hughes, our colleague FT's, political correspondent, George come to you. I do you want to give us a brief overview of where things stand. What have we seen in these results while I think we should say festival that we're speaking. Before we have all of the results in. So we haven't done the final figures, but the pattern is clear to everyone C, which is that it's been as you say cloud night for the conservative party, but pretty much as bad as everyone was expecting hundreds of seats lost from very high water. Mark the seats contested in two thousand fifteen same time. It's David Cameron won that election victory. But I think the very significant thing apart from the resurgence of the Liberal Democrats, which we might talk about later is the fact that the labor party did really badly. Now losses weren't on the scale of the conservative losses. But if you think to the day before the local actions, John McDonald shuttle chance was predicting labor gains around four hundred seats that plainly hasn't materialized, and that is worrying for the labor party is obviously worrying for the conservative party. People are really into these results what you would expect them to read into them, depending on that perspective. Brexit, obviously being a very big factor and local issues as well. I mean, the conservatives haven't done as bad as some people might have expected given their disarray at Westminster partly because they do still rest on record of being quite. Fish into the local level of keeping council down fixing potholes and collecting the bins. That's got an offset while those well would have been much worse set of results. Nori yours hasn't pleased. I mean, Georgia's put them since there on how badly Labor's done. Also, the conservatives will bring out the lib Dem's who had a pretty bad few years in British politics have actually done very well here, they have I thought John catis the polling experts out really well when he said they should be cracking open at cheap champagne, maybe even a perspective because yes, they've done. Well, but if you compare it to how they used to do pre twenty ten it's not on the same level here. But it is worth noting. They've done. Well. And that shows you that there might be a lot of Tory and labour voters who are very concerned that Brexit is happening. A tool on the other side of things whilst you got the Brexit voters who are very angry at the main parties, there are still those that don't want Brexit to happen. And in these elections, the lib Dem's was the main party that really did have that very clear. Message. We want to stop Brexit. So that's why people did put their votes, and that's Vince cable lib DEM leader is feeling very happy today. And so he should do. Let's would both you trying to draw back a bit. I mean, these local elections of the first of two phases. We have in the UK in this period, these elections than we're going to have European elections on the twenty third which will then be another perhaps even bigger test of where things stand George to start off with the way in which labour and the conservatives have done as you say suggests that a lot of people think that they've mucked up Brexit that they're bad performance reflects the sense that the main parties just have not delivered on things of got in the way. And as a result, what is going to happen? How are they going to respond in this period up to the European elections and beyond very good point? Because I think the impact of on the Brexit debate of these elections will be very profound. You're right that the European elections will be probably even worse night for both the Tories and the labour party because in the European elections. You'll have Nigel Farraj party..
"gavin williamson" Discussed on FT Politics
"And he must go and he refused to resign. Which is quite van most ministers will hunting notice saying you've got no confidence me I'm going to go. He even refused to do that. Yeah. I think the refused things to say about this a former colleague of mine in the lobby. Gabby Hinz live put out a really interesting Twitter thread pointing out that actually very very few leaks. Come just from somebody up journalist, or you may have I got a story for you. It really doesn't tend to work that way. Mostly it is people pursuing a line. They've heard of whisper something they chase it up. They phone number of people. And sometimes the people happen to me as well. Sometimes the people who actually have given you the story don't realize they've given it to you. They. I think they were simply confirming something you will ready new. So the truth is we don't really know unless the security has been monitoring the phone calls. We will probably never find out for sure who is telling the truth on this matter. But the point that I think some people have lost in this case, the primary does not need to make her decision on the basis of beyond reasonable doubt or the balance of probability or any of the other criteria the criminal prosecution service use when deciding whether she's she can say, you know, what I think you're wrong. I'm not convinced and I don't want you in my cabinets anymore, and that's fundamentally what happened here. I think Miranda green. This comes to the key point. Which is the it was a political decision. Not illegal warm by Theresa May because the general guidance from number town this has been it was to do with that lack of trust in the Defense Secretary because that room as we've discussed many confidential things at talked about. And she has to know the everyone in that move is not going to go and leaked this particular. Bit of information wasn't national security. It was a political decision to allow some involvement of Hawas, and it was really a PR. And bama's -ment for the government. And really it's up to the five ministers. She doesn't like want someone in cabinet, then that's her coal. But this crucial thing is it doesn't look like there's going to be a criminal investigation. You can see why gang Williamson personally obsessed with the idea of what he did say on phone call to the journalist because he wants to as it were his name. But in fact, as says that isn't the interesting thing about these developments, the idea that political appointments dismissals should be held to criminal standards of proof as if in a court of lower is absurd..
"gavin williamson" Discussed on FT Politics
"Welcome to politics, a Wiki discussion on what's happening Westminster from the financial times. I'm Sebastian pain. This week will be discussing the dramatic sacking of Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson the first Cowdery booted out for leaking in living memory, plus James blitz will be discussing the local elections, oats. I wanna tells us about the state of the political nation. I'm delighted to be joined by off. It's got it to George Pokka defense security edited David bond columnist Robert shrimps, the deputy pantomine degreen political cost lower Hughes, and we apologize in advance for slightly crackly podcast this week the T in its final few weeks at a home on. So the bridge soon to move to a shiny, new building black and house. So if you can bear with us with the order quality will be back to normal soon. Thank you for joining. And if you find chef liking this episode after politics, then subscribe or leaves a postive view and will be very grateful on Wednesday. Good evening and Email dropped into the inbox of Westminster's journalists. It was a curt letter from Theresa May to govern Williamson and nounce that he has been some rarely sacked from the cabinet following an inquiry into the unprecedented leak from the national Security Council. The prime minister had lost trust and faith in the Defense Secretary. But he has refused to go quietly. Mr. Williamson has sworn on the lives of his children that he was not responsible for the leak about Hawaii's involvement in the UK five G network. But will we find out whether he was responsible so David bond, we were sitting here last week talking about this leaking quasi on weather, and who might be responsible. And we never thought that we would get to the bottom of it. Because these leaking quite happen. All the time in why toll under snow me too, many people with access to the privileged information to point of finger to SEIs ity to say this person was to blame. But clearly in this situation to ISA may has come to the conclusion that was no. No other viable explanation. It had to miss the Williamson. And even if he denies it. She lost faith, and that was it. Yes. Absolutely. And while lots of people at the time of the leak would pointing the finger at Gavin Williamson in a sense, he wasn't a surprise to emerges the potential coporate here with that. Of course, he does deny it. I think it tells you just how seriously it was being treated inside number ten and by the cabinet secretary Simone said will. And I think there's a reason why it was being treated so seriously and nice because it was a leak from the national Security Council. You know, we've used to leaks of cabinet many times over the years, but this felt like a different level of seriousness around that. So some said we're really wanted to make sure that he investigated thoroughly in someone pay the price. So love shames d we know that to east main met with Mr. Williamson at five PM yesterday. And she put forward this evidence to him and the key bit. The Abbas has pointed the finger towards Mr. Williamson's eleven minute phone call between him and the journalist on the daily. Allographs who wrote the story, and Mr. Williamson has said that phone call was about other matters. We can speculate what might be. But really nobody knows a puff from him and the journalist, and he is completely denied that was what was discussed on that phone. Call after half an hour of backwards and forwards with the PM, essentially, she said that he hadn't engaged with the Enquirer. There was no explanation must have been ham..
Huawei leak prompts sacking of UK defense minister Gavin Williamson
"On Wednesday. Good evening and Email dropped into the inbox of Westminster's journalists. It was a curt letter from Theresa May to govern Williamson and nounce that he has been some rarely sacked from the cabinet following an inquiry into the unprecedented leak from the national Security Council. The prime minister had lost trust and faith in the Defense Secretary. But he has refused to go quietly. Mr. Williamson has sworn on the lives of his children that he was not responsible for the leak about Hawaii's involvement in the UK five G network. But will we find out whether he was responsible so David bond, we were sitting here last week talking about this leaking quasi on weather, and who might be responsible. And we never thought that we would get to the bottom of it. Because these leaking quite happen. All the time in why toll under snow me too, many people with access to the privileged information to point of finger to SEIs ity to say this person was to blame. But clearly in this situation to ISA may has come to the conclusion that was no. No other viable explanation. It had to miss the Williamson. And even if he denies it. She lost faith, and that was it. Yes. Absolutely. And while lots of people at the time of the leak would pointing the finger at Gavin Williamson in a sense, he wasn't a surprise to emerges the potential coporate here with that. Of course, he does deny it. I think it tells you just how seriously it was being treated inside number ten and by the cabinet secretary Simone said will. And I think there's a reason why it was being treated so seriously and nice because it was a leak from the national Security Council. You know, we've used to leaks of cabinet many times over the years, but this felt like a different level of seriousness around that. So some said we're really wanted to make sure that he investigated thoroughly in someone pay the price. So love shames d we know that to east main met with Mr. Williamson at five PM yesterday. And she put forward this evidence to him and the key bit. The Abbas has pointed the finger towards Mr. Williamson's eleven minute phone call between him and the journalist on the daily. Allographs who wrote the story, and Mr. Williamson has said that phone call was about other matters. We can speculate what might be. But really nobody knows a puff from him and the journalist, and he is completely denied that was what was discussed on that phone. Call after half an hour of backwards and forwards with the PM, essentially, she said that he hadn't engaged with the Enquirer. There was no explanation must have been ham.
"gavin williamson" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Monocle Daily
"So the principle of leaking from that is really very very serious and Gavin Williamson he admits that he spoke to a journalist at the telegraph. But absolutely denies that. He talked about what had happened in the meeting. And of course, it's it's possible that the journalist just as it were put to into together and took inferences from things that gaming Williamson, either didn't say or did say, and then wrote his stories at O'Hare story as if it was a scoop. But if that was the case you've still go to say this massive lack of political judgment for. Minister of of his seniority to be talking so regularly to journalists. Indeed, I wonder how much more this will be investigated this leak and the handling of this sensitive information as as you pointed out there, and what the the greater possible fallout is within this government. Well, it this is something that threes may need like a hole in the head. When the government is collapsing in other respects, where there is no cabinets authority with ministers leaking like real the possible meeting having to do this is really awful because now she's lost. Another senior minister, she'd have to reshuffle the government, and even the idea that well, the prime minister's re stumping authority on the government in this case is a bit misplace really because he was forced into it. And I don't think it really increases authority very much at all. And the only thing I think that could make these worse for Downing Street would now be a police investigation, which some according for interestingly, most of the people who are calling for police investigation opposition politicians because they want to. Make this difficult as they possibly can for the prime minister. But Downing Street, I'm sure we'll want to police investigation. The metropolitan police I can promise you don't want to do an investigation and the chances are it wouldn't actually go anywhere. It would just keep the issue alive without align. The government just to move on. What do you think it says about this government entry Somme that someone would leak this information? Or should we be looking this in a different way that it is just a terrible handling of sensitive information? When it's both. I mean, it tells you something about any government when it starts to leak. I mean, you can see this through history toward the end of governments made it happened last the in such a big way during the Joe made you governments in nearly nine hundred ninety s between nineteen ninety two a nineteen Ninety-seven that government got more and.
Buy the bullet: global defence spending
"Hello and welcome to the intelligence on economist radio. I'm your host. Jason Palmer every weekday. We provide a fresh perspective on the events shaping your world. The first of may brings out protesters all over the globe campaigning for better labor conditions. But in France weekly demonstrations by the so-called issue lay zone have been going on for months. Yesterday's mayday gatherings. Brought out a violent fringe that threatens the Jones message and president of annual Macron's attempts to address it. And we take a look at a new study that tries to measure, which English speaking country produces the most bullshit. But I. Last week. China's navy celebrated its seventieth birthday in grand style. As president Xi Jinping peered through binoculars into rain and mist a flotilla swept through the South China Sea. Nine. Winds there. What this moving you. Rose of white clouds, sailors stood on worships and saluted Mr. g who was aboard a brand new destroyer China has also boasted of its nuclear submarines and says it's building a new aircraft carrier America sees China as a growing rival, not just a military threat, but also economic one and the contest is being felt by America's closest allies in Britain yesterday. Gavin Williamson the Defense Secretary was fired by Prime Minister, Theresa may. He was accused of leaking details of how the country plans to let hallway a Chinese tech firm. Build part of its future five g mobile phone network. In response to that plan. America has threatened to cut back intelligence sharing with Britain. Beyond this America and China are leading the world in rearmament race. As a new report makes clear essentially the will to spending enormous sums of money on defense. Shizhong Joshi is economists defense editor this is the report by the Stockholm International Peace Research institute Cypriots Swedish thing Tang, and what it says this year is that global defense spending in twenty eight teen walls one point eight trillion dollars. Now, obviously that's a loss of money to put it in context of just how much it's the highest amount in real terms since sippy began this exercise in nineteen eighty eight and collecting these figures the end of the Cold War. It is seventy six percent higher than nine hundred ninety eight which was the peak of the post Cold War peace dividend when western countries began slashing on forces slashing spending. So you can see just how far we've come in the last twenty years. Also, just how much things have changed geopolitically and who's spending this one point eight trillion dollars, well essentially to. Countries are spending a leading the charge. That's America and China surprisingly America is heading shoulders above everyone else. It will spend about seven hundred sixteen billion dollars this year. That's significant increase from last year it out spends the next eight or so countries combined which gives you a sense of just how far ahead it is. Now, China is well behind spends a fraction of that. But it's military spending growing very quickly. It grew at an average of ten percent every year between two thousand and 2016 between two thousand fourteen in two thousand eighteen churned out. More ships ships with greater tonnage than the entire Indian Japanese navy. So that gives you a sense of just how rapidly they growing. And is this grew spread also among other nations or only American to the growing. It is great will that's provoking response. Particularly in Asia in Asia, for example, with seeing huge spurts among other countries. India for example, now. Spends more than any country in Europe. And I think Indians very proud of the fact that they are outspending not only countries like France, Germany, but also their old, colonial master Britain. Modern and invincible. Of whom stupefaction? Residency is Joel Indian skies ever own words. But Asia, Shirley, isn't the only place where governments want to to be up their defenses. No on Marshall Europeans. Have also been tooling up in recent years. They're obviously very worried by Russia, particularly after Russia's annexation of Crimea in two thousand fourteen they've been spending substantial amounts of quite quickly. If you're one single country its military spending would be four times that have Russia. In fact, it would be the second biggest military power in the world. So back to China, which has been spending money hand over fist as you say. But the their capabilities are still much much weaker compared to America's is there. Some sense of of when China might sort of outpace America will it'll be many many years before it can actually equal American spending. But I would say China gets to concentrate most of its military forces in its front garden in the western Pacific America has global commitments. So could we have a situation where Chinese forces in Asia? Outmatch American forces. Absolutely. We could have that very soon. Indeed. Depending on what America does depending on how China stretches capabilities so beyond America, China is is there anywhere where this would've frenzy of military spending. We'll kind of change the league table. I think we've seen a few changes taking place to Saudi Arabians in the Middle East have been spending huge amounts in the past ten years to the point where they are. Now, the third biggest spender in the world that obviously is going to have a major impact on the Middle East. If you look at Turkey, I think they've also been on a spending spree, and I think in Europe, one of the most interesting countries in eastern Europe, which of course, it's closer to Russia more about Russia's influence, and that's Poland. Police spending has been rising very quickly. They've been buying lots of American weapons, including an American Ed defense system, and they have been at the vanguard of some of this military spending spree in central and eastern Europe that we've seen in recent years. So looking at all these numbers is it's a global trend is everyone spending more. No, I think there's some pretty interesting places. West bending is is shrinking stagnating. The first example is the Middle East. Having said that Saudi Arabia. It was on this spending spree for the last ten years that slowing down. Sippy says that military spending the Middle East shrank by one point eight percent. In two thousand eighteen Saudi Arabia is planning on cutting spending after a number of years of growth, Iran is planning on cutting spending. Although we we don't have data for a few big countries like the United Arab Emirates and Casio. I think Africa's another good example military spending in Africa in two thousand eighteen shrink for the fourth consecutive year. And of course, as we know they're they're big protests in ALgeria and Sudan the military's under pressure from protesters to give way to civilians that could have an impact on on military budgets. I think finally the one I'd like to mention which is really interesting is Russia. Russia has modernized its armed forces over the last decade invested in lots of shiny new weapons. Sippy now says that his slowing. Down at that that boom in Russia is coming to an end. It's calculation say military spending in Russia shrunk by three and a half percent last year. Okay. Some of that could be to do with the fall of the ruble. This little probably spending a lot in ruble, terms. But I think what we all seeing is that the years of Russia plowing money into its military driven by oil that is slowly coming to an end, and that will have an impact, of course, on the European military balance. I mean, it's it's tempting to imagine that more spending on arms makes conflict more likely. There's just simply more more guns and weapons in more hands. What's your take on the Wilbur one really gave us a strong association between alms racing and conflict? We thought the Germans and the British and others competing supremacy. In your building up ships building up weapons and that played a role in contributing to willed, we'll one I think the political science the sort of social science around. This is a bit more complicated. I don't think there is necessarily clear connection between rapid arms racing. And outright conflict. Some people would say actually countries build up weapons, they feel they can deter their adversaries, they feel more secure. They don't feel the need to be vulnerable into lash out. So the association is complicated. What I would say is. I think there's a kind of cycle relationship between mistrust and building homes, the more countries don't trust each other like the US and China over China's island building and in competition in Asia, the more they build up weapons to prepare for the possibility of a clash the more. They build up weapons the less they trust each other. Thank you very much for coming in. Thank you very much.
The UK and Canada are both embroiled in Huawei linked controversy
"Prime ministers. The prime minister of Canada, the prime minister of Great Britain. What do they have in common? Besides that they participate in the Commonwealth, and they speak English. Well, the Chinese now watch this story, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, it's on the front page of your Wall Street Journal right now has fired. The Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson forty two extremely extremely well spoken. Young men. She accuses him of leaking the secret NFC meeting which concluded that the United Kingdom would permit while way to install a portion of its size speed five G network in Great Britain a portion she accuses Gavin Williamson of leaking that revelation. Gavin Williamson, the former Defense Secretary says no I didn't Theresa May now has to face the possibility that govern Williams and has rocketed to the top of the list of the conservative party to replace her. Now, go to Canada, the other side of the water, and we welcome. Charles Burton of Brock university to have Gordon I tell this story the star so far until this latest episode is that the United States requested Canada, detain an executive of. Wow, way, the very same Weiwei the wild way that is accused by the United States of being an agent if not the same as the the Chinese communist party, especially its militant spying way ring while way using technology to. Prey on vulnerable states that install while way technology, especially those attracted to the five G upgrade the United States. Does don't do it? That is not the issue in Canada, the issue in Canada is that Canada has detained an executive a relative of the man who founded why way and is pending transfer of that executive to the United States prime minister Trudeau the story, so far has not responded, any forceful fashion. The last time we talked to Charles the Chinese work claiming tainting of foodstuffs and cutting off an important export for Canada, an import for China foodstuffs, this very carefully challenged the farmers of Canada a big portion of the voting public while it's dough the prime minister had not responded. So now an update Charles good evening to you the. To prime ministers seem to be in trouble in some version with China and wow away, they're responding in an unusual fashion. Theresa May accusing Williamson of being leaker. How has prime minister Trudeau responded to this embargo of your food stuffs and has it gotten worse? Good evening to good evening. Well, I mean, the latest is that they're they're banning Canadian pork exports which could compensate for the canola exports previously banned because you know, the Chinese pork is in trouble with African swine who I'm so, you know, there's a market for Canadian, pork. That's just been blocked off. In addition, just in general, they're suggesting that Canadian soybeans of head shipments with Anson them clearing. Canadian agriculture commodities into China has been slowed to the extent that the Chinese customers for the Canadian product are naturally looking to alternate. Sources. Because of their uncertainty about whether they can get the Canadian product through to their market. So in general, China's doing everything it can to to harass Canada and pressures over memento. In addition, we've had another drug smuggler who with arrested in China and twenty twelve who just last week Canadian has been sentenced to death. So it seems that China's using every means it can to try and and make it difficult for candidate to continue to maintain the the Demong extradition commitment to the United States. And apparently most recently we've heard that the Chinese government have issued directives to the provinces seeking information from all Chinese state firms have dealings with Canada with a view to compiling more lists of possible retaliatory measures that will presumably be played out in the days and weeks ahead. In the meantime, our prime minister seems to think that this is just the storm in relations that they're what they're doing is wrong. But that it will blow over and we'll come to an understanding it and go back to to the relationship of the past which was to compromise on Chinese human rights, cyber espionage, China's international behavior with the promise of promise of enhanced Canadian access to the Chinese market. Gordon? So at the end of this year, we have Justin Trudeau your prime ministers, go up for general elections is of Chinese of all these Chinese actions against canola farmers now pork razors. You know, all of these detentions of Canadians retaliatory actions is that going to have an effect on the election. And what would have will it help through though? Or will it hurt him? Oh, I think it will certainly hurt him. I think in particular outraged at the idea of two Canadian citizens who are being held by the ministry of state security, the black jail where they're subject to brutal, torture and revelations are leaked by the people who have consular access to them not at the place where they're being held there. Brought blindfolded to to police stations to meet with Canadian consular officials. We know for example, that neither men Michael neither of them Michael speaker, and Michael covert have seen the light of day since December. Ember and that they're subject to sleep deprivation, and you know, the usual techniques China US to deal with political distance. Well, the prime minister's complete lack of any effective response to anything that's going on. I think indicates a degree of weakness, and and his collaboration with Canadian firms who have strong connections with Chinese communist business networks, which is leading to this non action response. But I think emotionally Canadians are unhappy about the idea of Canadian citizens being subject to torture while government stands essentially, idly by unable to do anything about it. Charles says the report in the national post that a former ambassador to to Beijing from Canada guy saint-jacques is reporting. The China's compiling lists. You mentioned this to target Canadian businesses has the prime minister commented on that report. As he was spotted in some fashion, isn't that his job to protect Canada? He has not responded in any fashion. And you know, as you may recall, he fired the the Canadian ambassador to China. John McCallum one of his former senior cabinet ministers for making comments supportive of MS mums defense, which led to public outcry, and that's been several months, and so far we haven't seen any ambassador for Canada in Beijing. So we don't have any information about it is that the government is not proposing anybody which would be puzzling. Or is the Chinese government refusing to accept a Canadian ambassador in which case one would expect logically that that we would then expel Chinese investor to Canada Lucia yet we have good cause to do. So when he suggested that the only reason the Canada rested miss mum was that our judicial systems biased by white supremacy. So comments that are clearly beyond the acceptable realm of diplomatic discourse. But there again, nothing is happening. So so far, the only thing we've seen actually some compensation for the canola farmers with how you're, you know, our elections are wide open you and yell questions to the president has the premise or not face to question one about the fact that they're said to be targeting our businesses, isn't that part of his job. Well, certainly you would expect to get answers. But what we get as baffled gas. Really, you know, they say things like we're absolutely going to be doing more on the canola file coming out in the few days. That's the kind of answer you get. I think these answers are answers. The American press would not tolerate from American politicians, but you know, Canadians tend to be respectful and polite, Gordon, we have about a minute. So trials besides expelling the Canadian best of the Chinese embassador out of what else can do. Well, I think we ought to certainly get together with our allies and insist that China follow the terms of their WTO entry, which they are flouting, you know, very badly. And I believe we should crack down on the sentinel. We Canada has provided funding to the Chinese police to investigate the feno, which we know is coming out of small factories and South China. We should be inspecting all shipments into Canada, very vigorously, the Chinese suggestion that maybe they would do something about it. If we agree to allow them to open a police office in their consulate in Vancouver, which presumably would be used to provide cover diplomatic cover for agents of the Chinese ministry of state security is a complete nonstarter and wouldn't work but slowing shipments of all Chinese products into Canada expecting inspecting them for this. Options white powder would in fact, cause some pain to China and Microsoft in in China, feeding Canadian requests the other thing that we could do withdraw from the Asian infrastructure investment Bank. We only went into it against drunk US objections because we thought we could curry favor to establish a free trade agreement with China.
Theresa May's letter to dismissed defense secretary Williamson
"Shea. The British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has been sacked for information leaked from a national Security Council meeting in an unusually harsh letter, the Prime Minister Theresa may said there was compelling evidence that Mr. Williamson was responsible for those disclosures something. He denies the NFC meeting had discussed the sensitive issue of allowing the Chinese company while way to take part in developing Britain's five g mobile network, his political correspondent, rob Watson. I think it's hard not to conclude that this is all part of what might be called the Brexit Malays in British politics. What I mean by that is the sort of total breakdown in discipline that you've seen among government ministers divided government, which leaks all source of information from meetings, which is supposed to be confidential from cabinet meetings now until now that had been restricted to cabinet meetings extraordinaire, self to say that, but now, of course, have got us new level of. Gravity with leaking from the national Security
"gavin williamson" Discussed on World News Analysis
"And he Thallady to help protect interests hidden confirm. The exact date of the mission was more on those were now joined on the line by Mike postion senior lecturer at Southampton Solent university and visiting professor at university of international business and economics, so Mike. What do you make of Gavin Williamson's Commons? That Britain's shoot increases the salary. I'm in. Surely, this rhetoric is more aggressive than defensive and potentially dangerous at a time. When we have the US invest show withdrawing from the enough nuclear arms reduction treaty. Yes. I do. Find the comments surprisingly aggressive belligerent. It obviously has a lot to do with Brexit. And the absolute chaos that is taking place in probably will follow and so desperate lunge towards allies former allies, and I suspect there's probably some sort of reciprocal agreement with America to facilitate or expedite some sort of favorable trade deal. So it it really is ill-timed the language. I think is is totally on the diplomatic. And really the UK. I think I'm missing the boat completely at a time where they should be looking to form friendships with emerging economies rising economies such as China. They seem to be doing the open it. So it's a very worrying. Also said that Brexit has brought his country to a great moment in history dots. They must be ready to deploy hot power against those who flout international law and failing to intervene against aggressive. Foreign powers risks are nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger. So as you go into engage in more military, interventions as it tries to reassert a self into the post Brexit world. It's hard to say the stage. That's what he seems to be claiming. And then that's the way forward, and it's a massive increase in the defense budget, and this will significantly increase the role of the UK. I think he's just basically some sort of again timed ill judged. Lounge towards raising the UK profile at a time where he knows..
Chinese spacecraft makes first-ever landing on far side of the moon
"Gill has gone into hiding with his wife. The pair thought to have left the embassy in Rome in November does days before the end of the embassador posting their reported to be seeking asylum. The technology giant apple is blamed the economic slowdown in China for big drop in its sales. Forecasts in response. Apple shares dropped sharply. And after I was trading on Wall Street rotary. Kathleen Jones reports it's highly unusual for apple to say anything about its finances between quarterly results, so Tim Cook's letter to investors came as a bombshell. He warned them to expect revenue for the current quarter to be five billion dollars lower than predicted ascribing. Most of the problem to a slowdown in the Chinese economy exacerbated by the current trade tensions between China and the United States. But he's also clear that there are wider problems with the iphone high prices and a sense that the latest models of only marginal improvements have made consumers everywhere reluctant to upgrade officials in the south Indian state of Kerala say at least two hundred people including dozens of police officers have been injured in clashes conservative Hindu groups leading day of St.. Protests. They're angry that to women and to the well known temple sub Ramallah on Wednesday, ending a longstanding ban and women menstruating age. Here's is science Asia editor Jill mcgivering is called a general shutdown many shops and businesses are closed and transport services are at a standstill violence broke out as demonstrators clashed with police and buildings and vehicles were found allies d- on the surface. This is a religious dispute. Women want to exercise their legal right to worship at the Sabbath mala temple conservatives opposed them. But it's also political activists from the pro Hindu BJP blame the state's left-wing leaders for supporting the women and India faces general elections in a few months time world news from the BBC deadlock continues in Washington after discussions between President Trump and leaders of congress failed to resolve the budget dispute that's caused a partial government shutdown on Thursday. The Democrats take control of the house of representatives. They've promised to pass their own budget proposals. Excluding the president's key demand for funding to build a border wall with Mexico. More bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a Russian apartment block collapsed and Monday, bringing the number of confirmed down to thirty seven a suspected gas explosion demolish part of the ten to building. And the euro city of magnitude. Tsk? British police are questioning two men suspected of arranging the illegal movement of migrants across the channel the British government is blamed criminal gangs for recent surge in arrivals, and is questioned whether the migrants genuine asylum-seekers, Ben Ondo reports the national crime agency said the two people arrested in Manchester were thirty three year old from Iran and a British man aged twenty four since the start of November nearly two hundred and fifty people have reached the UK by boat though. None of been reported in the last forty eight hours. The home secretary subject Javid has described it as a major incident. He's now reported to have written to the Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson asking the Royal Navy to provide a patrol vessel. In a statement. The ministry of defence said it was ready to help out a yard has turned up off southern Australia nearly nine years after being abandoned storm by teenage American round the world sailor Abby Sunderland was just sixteen when she sat CEO from California and twenty two. Ten to try to become the youngest past never to circumnavigate the globe. Singlehanded? She had to give up her attempt. Five months later when yachts mast snapped in nine meter high waves epi said that seeing the vessel reappear after so long at brought back many memories. Good not so good BBC news. You're listening to the inquiry on the BBC World Service. I'm Neil Rozelle. Started as a pinprick of light. Just another star in the firmament over months, the group, brighter becoming more and more distinct. Grew a tail like a comment, and then it grew larger and brighter still. Could be seen by day. Finally, it lit up the sky in a brilliant molten moment. And then. Darkness life on earth would never be the same. That happened sixty six million years ago, an asteroid more than ten kilometers wide slammed into earth starting a mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs. The same thing happening now. But this time the asteroid is us. So today, we're asking are we heading for another mass extinction. Hot one fog Magadan. A lot of people. Find them creepy. Our first
The trade war is deepening the gloom at Chinese factories
"There was lightly bigger-than-expected a decline. In the kitchen manufacturing PM I this month this suggests growth in export oriented sectors of China's economy has continued to lose momentum and let's get more details now we go, live to Hong Kong where. Our chief Asia economics correspondent current is standing by and a great. To speak to you as always so let's start with the the latest data if we could this PM I they under shoot on the PM does it mean that the Chinese, economy is depression President Trump likes to say so yeah good morning the look at certainly is a signal that the export side of things. Is coming under. Some degree of pressure. To caution index is. Considered to be a, better read of five Companies those export orientated ones and interestingly the export order. Index, as continue to remain below fifty eight this latest reading so to suggest tourism pressure there the broader China macro slowdown so far though it's probably more to do with domestic issues especially a campaign underground, but he thirties to get a grip of the level of dash in the economy so we are seeing signs of. Self as China's economy some of it is domestic some of it is. Linked, to trade war but I think the real trade war action will play out, over coming months okay so that's certainly something to watch yes so that sort of, takes me onto the next. Question which is is there any part of this that can be attributed to the trade conflict with the US not really if what you're saying. About the domestic story holds true that's right. I mean the bigger picture in terms of China's slowdown certainly so. Far being domestic all deleveraging campaign as it's called? But when you look at. It as, caution PM. My reading when you look at the index on expert orders that does show it still remains a negative territory and that certainly is something that you could point to the trade Or having an impact remember to broader global growth, story remains somewhat still. Relatively robust helping overall Chinese exports, so when you see this. Award is indexed in negative territory you've got to wonder why, and some people are, pointing to the trade war but as I say though a one three passenger new. Territory the end of its week which tariffs on two. Hundred billion worth of goods. If that happens then it's expected it'd be, more material and back to visible over the coming months and of course we've. Got. The potential for for extra tariffs. On. Two hundred billion dollars worth of Chinese imports into the, us to, be applied this week is earliest Thursday perhaps what are the prospects for that then we'll will? Push pushes. To new level and a trade war and don't forget. To China. Has promised, to retaliate if that happens with tariffs on, sixty billion worth of US imports remember they kind of match. Dollar are much China dollar much US I, should say dollar, for dollar when it comes to trae tariffs but I can certainly, retaliate where they can so at, the end of this week if both sides push ahead of those Tariffs we will? Be new terrain for trade war it will be putting us on an even deeper path and it shows that in the, near term release it. Doesn't seem to be any kind of a negotiated solution to, visit seems like we're undesired. Along yeah no offramp just yet brisk briefy and. What kind of retaliatory, measures, could we see from the Chinese, then if they do run, out of sort of tit for tat imports to. Tariff sure what, I think the, overtones will be the non-tariff barriers they can generally make it more. Difficult for USA Inc to operate in China they can slow down regulatory approvals they can slow down processing poor thicken even eight right could orders for US made goods there's, several avenues and channels that can choose? Respond if they wish
New No. 1 album dethrones 'Thriller'
"In another bit of news that should keep the band flying high the RIA. That hotel California the eagles maintained, Seventy-seven release is now twenty six times, platinum making, it, the third. Best selling, album of all time, now Jackson's, number is likely. Off by just a bit the last time the, r. i. a., tallied sales for the eagles greatest hits was in two thousand six and then it was twenty nine times platinum sales and streams for thriller were updated last year
"I will die here": Toll rises in India's worst flooding in a century
"The worst flooding in a century leaves more than three hundred people dead in southern India in more than eight hundred thousand people have been. Displaced Indian authorities are fighting raging floodwaters to bring relief supplies to the survivors particularly in remote areas the downpours, beginning, on the eighth of August they've triggered floods and landslides caused homes and bridges to collapse. The Kerala state known for its quiet tropical backwaters and beautiful beaches weather officials forecast more rain across Kerala right through tomorrow
"gavin williamson" Discussed on KMJ NOW
"The uk he's appealing to his british counterpart who i believe is gavin williamson by threatening that france could overtake the united kingdom as the us has top military ally in europe if the uk doesn't up it's contribution to its own defense spending yeah we've got troops in britain to is that part of this maybe we don't really know johnny you're on the air hi talk to me ray i i really believe that baby it is time yeah the time to change that we have have to have a reduced present not not to eliminate but keep it in key strategic areas and by reducing our footprint will allow in make mandatory the other countries of the world to step up that's what president trump is asking step up and take control contribute more be more vigilant for yourselves and and you know so they share the more responsibility of nato and securing peace where do you think those strategic areas are geographically on the globe where we should maintain some sort of troop presence well i believe that poland is one of them israel is of course another pan not near the presence that we have but still significant that it would be a detriment for other countries to think that they could walk them and you know take over would you reduce them by a quarter a third a half seventy five percent i think that has to be measured upon the threats that that is presented now that we're sure wouldn't want to reduce it by half if you've got you know six battalions whomever on the other side of the border if you know what i mean i know what you mean yeah i hear you yeah that's a that's a measure of call it's just like everything else you're just you're just adjust until the saturation rights meets the need now would you are you doing this in your own theoretical little world are you doing this for reasons of security are you doing this for reasons of economics because it's costing us a lot of money for both to why why are you doing this i would say it's a combination of both you know and it's just not one aspect of whether it's monetary or whether it's an ideal ideology it's the combination of various yes it's like when you make the batch of cookies gotta have the right ingredients don't leave something out or add something more okay that's an interesting way to put it but i get it i understand what you're saying johnny thanks hey when it comes to you on the phone make sure you turn your radio down or off so i don't hear the delay me echoing in the background there i'm playing devil's advocate all right donald trump is maybe doing the same thing he's looking at taking some troops out of germany may be all of them moving into poland maybe and bring them home you got mad dog mattis over in defense saying to his german counterpart excuse me british counterpoint counterpart you've got to do more defense spending you have to meaning you're gonna start taking care of yourself a little bit here because we have troops in britain too so what's going on with all this now there was a time on the campaign trail for mr trump private citizen before the days of the oval office in the presidency we talked about bringing them all home to save money this is a different time we don't need to have this big presence in germany and japan and poland and all these other places even though there is a nato requirement that we have to honor what do you think is it the times change to a degree where we can start bringing a lot of these troops home permanently and if so what are your reasons for wanting to bring them home strictly financial horse because we just don't need the marigny more a lot of this was cold war stuff a lot of.
"gavin williamson" Discussed on BBC Radio 4
"Says the result of its latest monthly poll is an astounding turnaround from mr javid his ratings have been so consistently poor that contemplated removing him from the poll altogether the son reports that the us defense agree james mattis is urged britain to increase its military spending if it's to remain washington's partner of choice is phrase the paper says elite letter from mister mattis to his british counterpart gavin williamson expresses concern the uk's military capability is at risk of erosion the letter according to the paper says that his blue blacks is france and the us of concluded the now is the time for a significant increase in defense investment eddie man's departure from the bbc is widely reported the is as the presenter of pm on radio four's quitting following moves to cut his salary in order to close the corporations gender pay gap according to the paper he was reluctant to accept the scale of reduction in his salary agreed by other present the male quote sources saying they mayor also believed to be overlooked as a replacement for david dimbleby on question time is he felt the job would go to women the times reports he set to join the commercial talk station lbc on a significantly higher salary fully as the wimbledon fortnight begins the three time champion chris evert suggests that the men's final should not always be the highlight of the tournament and women should take it in turns to play their final on the last sunday she makes her mom for parity in the times in the leading the scale and credibil male and female competitors all recall but the matches in which they play or not it points out the wall men play five sets women play three so the paper feels that the shores emerges or inevitably less of an epic spectacle however thrillingly their fault for as long as women play it declares it seems reasonable that they should play i as well ninety minutes to eight no it is the biggest surprise of a world cup so far two thousand ten champions spain knox sounds by host nation russia and in russia it's not just the national football team that enjoying unexpected success so with the authorities for them the world cup is turning into a p coup in the russian capital of been policy all night so nicely then for our moscow correspondent steve rosenberg who was that one standing on nikolsky street just down from red square and for the number of people who are here singing and john chang and blowing waving russian flags it feels as if the whole of russia has come out and that's because of russia's historic win in the world cup russia beat spain to win a final place in the competition for the first time in eight years and that is an amazing achievement aside which came into this the lowest ranked team right in front of me people are climbing lampposts and unfurling giant russian triggers soccer success has sparked national euphoria amazing no.
"gavin williamson" Discussed on talkRADIO
"Bet you a pound to pinch to the proverbial you and i both know this to be true alex will be the doctor on this morning by september i guarantee you he'll be out because i'll go to the suburbs sort of medical issue and they'll say who should we do you know that that will happen hey talking well not so much daytime tally book breakfast tally who's coming back to good morning britain richard made yes we were speaking about that because we played the clip of his interview with gavin williamson that went viral that actually got him the job you know when he cut off the defense secretary and interview terminated and scribbled on his script he was so angry as a twitter account if anyone is listening he was a tweeter go on i think it's called accidentally portrayed and he is basically all over that he's brilliant i think this is a really good move by itv's bosses he's pitch here with susanna reid i don't know whether he's going to apparently he's covering piers morgan so he's going to be the number one cover now for piers morgan dorado so he might sort of stepping now and then it'd be very worried to be shifting in my seat of ben shepard this morning because you never going to get those from ben shepard he's lovely is great on that on what is it tipping point i mean brilliant my partner is obsessed with tipping point for that now case though me i'd brady obsessed with the chase and that's how i got into tipping point because i've got him a little bit earlier not below wednesday chason because i've got no benefits i'm actually joan says the day a politician answers the question with a stray tone is the day when amy turtle tells meg mortimer that she swears blind she changed bathroom towels an empty the waste paper bin in nine is that the crossroads reference mortimer was a was a character in cross rate that's probably for your time it was it was a soap opera based in a motel in birmingham the anti crossroads high now is the hit film not britney spears starting darling oh yes with kim cottrell let's not forget that one kim control played the mother in it and we had no such a hit for you was it anyway we'll come back with some more of the news paper stories this morning including more trouble for ant mcpartlin and if you're a commuter while the woes continue we'll talk more about that here on talk radio time now twenty two minutes to seven the u k online and on radio we have ways of making you wake up it's.
"gavin williamson" Discussed on talkRADIO
"Of entertainment and brandon children general secretary of labor lead giving that tuppenceworth on all of the major stories of the day we return later in the show to heathrow debating that decision to expand by third runway will it ever happen with all these court cases threatened by not just a likud councils in west on but also the mayor of london and various green groups well we'll find that rose going to be talking in this atta vince cable about that housing policy speech and the latest revelations about suicide rates at university what more can students get in terms of from universities in terms of help to keep them healthy and happy what we'll talk about all of that in terms of their healthy and happy defense spending there's not much happiness about two after gavin williamson the defense secretary of the weekend it emerged that he had basically threatened the prime minister demanding an extra twenty billion pounds over ten years in extra defense spending two billion pounds a year the house of commons defence select committee has issued a new report today saying the defense budget should rise from two percent of gdp to three percent that sixty billion pounds now the government said well we've been clear we'll continue to exceed data's percents spending target but many would argue that actually we only hit on a technicality with the way that pensions are allocated to the md of budget but it will involve a significant increase defense spending if we are going to maintain our influence with our nato allies and crucially with our washington ally let's talk about to talk to judy lewis he chairs defense let committees also conservative mp for new i east good morning to you well there's a lot of demands coming from not disconcerted mp's the defense secretary and now the defense committee for a boost to our defense spending how much do we extra de need more to maintain our influence as a tier one military power yes i'm not too happy about this expression matere suddenly become the vo would if a moment we could never be on the same level as the united states which carries pretty much three quarters of the burden of the nato defense effort but if by that you mean that we need a full range of military capabilities well we really are in a pretty weak position for doing that at the moment the sexual state for defence seems to have come to the conclusion that in order just to maintain the armed forces at the level that they're supposed to be actively moment and avoid damaging cuts we'd need a minimum of two billion pounds more a year and that's because there's a huge hole in the defense equipment budget apart from any other shortcomings what we're recommending is that we ought to be looking towards the sort of national efforts as a proportion of gross domestic product that we used to make not during the cold war years but during the mid nineteen ninety s when the cold war was over and that's when we used to spend three percent of gdp well the thing is is that when we talk about a full range of military capabilities this is a national debate we'd have about what role we want to play in the world there are other countries their neighbors germany for instance thriving economy they spend a fraction of what we spent of this century the gdp on advanced will under one percent that gdp and yet spend lots more on their schools and on their health service on their social services like is it time we had a national debate about the role we won't britain to play we we've been a very important power nuclear power of course we sit on the permanent member of the security council of united nations we've been involved in lots of foreigners scourge excursions of moore's in recent years many people in britain might argue that we should not be trying to act as the the world's policeman mundus sort of playing second fiddle to the united states on a lot of these issues and the we perhaps should scale back off forces and become a maybe more of a regional pab able to defend ourselves but not expect to be able to fight you do walls on two different fronts one time what would you say to those people.
Martha Kearney, Michelle Hussein and Bbc discussed on Today
"Listening to today on bbc radio four with martha kearney and michelle hussein and now some reason us from charles carroll a committee of peace has said that britain should significantly increase its defense spending if it's to maintain influence with the united states and its nato allies the commons defense committee said billions of pounds more was needed to improve readiness and counter possible russian threats this report comes as the defense secretary gavin williamson appears to be in a battle with the treasury for extra money for the armed forces new figures show that investments in britain's car industry has fallen by half in the past year the society of motor manufacturers and traders said it went from six hundred and forty seven million pounds in the first half of twenty seventeen to three hundred and forty seven million in the same period this year and it warned that uncertainty about brexit was damaging the industry mp's have approved plans to build a third runway at london's heathrow airport the government security majority of nearly three hundred with many labour mps voting in favor of the multibillionpound project the vote was attacked by environmental activists who staged a protest in parliament central lobby president trump has criticized the american motorcycle maker holly davidson for its decision to move some of its production outside the united states the company says it's trying to avoid retaliation by the eu against new american import duties mr trump tweeted that he was surprised that harley davidson of all companies was the first to wave the white flag britain will seek new palace today for chemical weapons inspectors to say who was responsible for nerve agent attacks in syria the foreign secretary boris johnson will use a special meeting in the hague to table the proposals which are opposed by russia and the burmese army says that it sacked the general who led the campaign which forced seven hundred thousand range of people to flee myanmar last year in a facebook post the army said that major general mum also hurt lost his job for showing weakness in the face of ranger militant attacks on the police force he's one of seven security officials who've had e you sanctions imposed against them the time is now twenty seven minutes to seven i the nhs now defense the military has become a significant new spending debate with a committee of mp's cooling for the government to put billions more towards it norman smith our assistant political editor is on the line how big an issue might defense now become norman well the defence select committee or calling for a really huge increase in defense spending ineffective fifty percent increase in the ammo d budget taking it from the current two percent of gdp year to three percent noncash terms what that would mean is a cash injection of between sixteen to twenty billion a year that is compatible with the level of cash boost that mrs may has just unveiled for the nhs and that they say is needed to make good a deficit in defense spending to end what they regard as the attrition in our military capability but also to meet new and emerging defense threats in particular they say from russian submarine activity in the north atlantic but also because of the change political circumstance with president trump now much more resistant to us tax payers in effect bailing out nato they say snob ligation on countries like britain to take a leadership role in nato and paying in more but also there is a a brexit factor of you like a need for britain to show it can punch its weight in the world and to have more of a defense if it still have a say with countries like america and yet we already have the biggest defense budgets in europe and that's why i suspect it's going to be very hard to get that sort of commitment out of the chancellor because as i say we already have that twenty billion extra for the nhl we don't really know where the money's going to come from beyond the suggestion that a significant amount will come from taxes there is already a potential revolt building up on the tory side against tax increases jacob reesmogg smoke saying the idea that were easy tax rises was for the birds and suggesting there should be no tax rises in the budget we know saudi javid to is pressing for more money for the police we've got the end of the public sector pay cut and jeremy homes to unveil his plans for social care in.
Kathy Clugston, Ebola and Andrea discussed on Today
"To seven you're listening today on radio four with john humphreys michelle hussein and kathy clugston with a summary of the news the bbc understands that the government is considering a recommendation to send up to four hundred more troops to afghanistan the defense secretary gavin williamson has written to the prime minister suggesting an increase in the number of army personnel who are helping to train afghan forces it follows a cold by the united states for nato allies to join it in sending more troops to the country president trump has tried to ward off north korea's threat to call off their son summit by promising that the country's leader kim jong un will remain in power if he gives up his nuclear program mr trump distance himself from comments by his national security adviser john bolton who angered the north korean spy referring to libya as a model for denuclearization the speaker of the house of commons john berko has been accused of swearing and calling a senior minister a stupid woman during an angry outburst in parliament according to the daily telegraph his remarks were aimed at the leader of the house of commons andrea led some a spokeswoman for mr berko said strong and differing views were expressed on all sides but mr berko treated colleagues with respect the world health organization is to hold emergency talks to discuss an ebola outbreak in the democratic republic of congo this morning the body said the global risk to public health from the virus remained low but it had raised its national alert level to very high for the drc figgers tanned by the bbc show that large numbers of people who challenged the decision to remove their main disability benefit were successful last year in the southeast london and wales around three quarters of those who contested a decision about their personal independence payment one their appeals the consumers association says many householders are getting half the broadband speed promised by their providers the findings by which were published a week before new advertising guidelines will require companies to advertise average speeds.
"gavin williamson" Discussed on BBC Radio 4
"Home secretary sajid javid said all fees will be waived for the group who he said had regularly put their lives at risk in challenging situations his andy moore the interpreting shared the same dangers as british troops on the front line in afghanistan and the additional risk of retribution from the taliban many of them were allowed into the uk under a relocation scheme but face the prospect of paying nearly two thousand four hundred pounds for themselves and each family member if they wanted to seek indefinite leave to remain more than one hundred fifteen temperatures wrote a letter to the government saying their lives were in limbo the defense secretary gavin williamson had been lobbying on their behalf saying britain had a duty to them late last night the new home secretary sajid javid accepted that argument he said it had always been the interpreters would be able to stay in the uk with their families and now they will be able to do that for free volkswagen's former chief executive martin winterkorn has been charged in the united states in connection with a diesel emissions scandal prosecutors claim he knew that his company's vehicles with cheating emissions tests mr vindication resigned from vw show the after the scandal emerged in two thousand fifteen from new york joe miller reports seventy year old not inventor corn was in charge of the world's largest carmaker during the period it fitted millions of vehicles with software to cheat in emission tests he's always maintained that he reported the illegal activity to authorities soon after becoming aware of it but in an unprecedented case against an overseas business leader a federal grand jury in michigan charged mr vinci corn with making false representations to regulators and the public mr vinci corn is already in legal trouble in stuttgart where vw investors claim he sat on information about the candle for more than a year but even if found guilty it's unlikely mr vinter corn will ever see the inside of a us prison as germany does not extradite its citizens joe miller reporting it's nine minutes past seven labor had high hopes of doing well in london those early talk in the campaign of winning the flagship conservative councils of one's worth westminster kensington and chelsea it wasn't to be our political correspondent ross hawkins has spent the night at the ones with count in south west london walking into this count the.
"gavin williamson" Discussed on Remainiacs â€“ the Brexit Podcast
"Ministers now saying this has to be based on evidence we've seen mps on the government benches saying we have the right to see the information that is going to affect my constituents so while there may be a limitation on how impactful this is in the public i think when you look at what it does to the government and what it does to the internal dynamics to the labour party that's a very different matter and it okay let's go onto all next use item from the real economy to the westminster bubble all those irreconcilable splits in a conservative party that we keep hearing about finally coming to the surface last weekend the times reported that because of theresa may's weakness and the slow progress brexit only a handful more tory mps required to reach 48 which is the number of members needed to trigger a vote of noconfidence in her as party leader louis go dole of sky news reported that boris johnson and gavin williamson on now actively working to topple have meanwhile relations between the chancellor philip hammond on the europhobes saint to their worst yet after hammond said the eu and uk economy is would only move apart very modestly after brexit jacob reesmogg that she ideolog of the tories european research group demanded a fundamental change in minister's tone to this is the political equivalent of a light punishment beating with kick them at theresa may duty disowned uh so as to a cell from similar treatment however it didn't seem to make much difference there were two polls by tuesday the prominent conservative donors were said to be turning on her so all we seeing mass mattis coming to a head in uh in the tory party in your in westminster all the time what's what's happening unfortunately i am large roma verbas to avoid it so i it's it's extraordinary the the ratcheting up of of the intensity of the internal problems in the conservative party over the last two weeks and most extraordinary and much troubling is that she had a rough obey a piece the other day of saying this isn't as a result of challenges with the eu this is as a result of stasis of.
"gavin williamson" Discussed on BBC Radio 4
"The air force in 2014 president trump during his visit to japan said the shooting was an act of evil donald trump said that gums were not to blame for the killings speaking during that visit to japan the president said that a mental health issue lay behind the shootings a former conservative party activist who told the house of commons authorities that she had been raped by someone more senior in the party has said that her complaints were completely ignored the woman told the victoria down but she a program that she went to the clunker of the commons saying that a toxic sexdriven culture at westminster fueled by heavy drinking had contributed to the alleged attack her concerns about the culture were passed on to the leader of the cult leader of the commons andrea led some but the alleged victim says that she didn't receive a response more details from catching night amanda his name we've changed to protect identities reported the alleged rape to the police all waiting for the case to go to trial she contacted the house of commons clarke to complain about a culture of heavy drinking and welcome sexual advances at westminster she says she was told her concerns will be passed to the then chief whip gavin williamson and andrea led some the leader of the house of commons both mps say they were told about the alleged rape the mrs led some admits she was told about concerns over the culture no one can tell us what action was taken amanda says it's destroyed her theresa may will meet party leaders today to discuss a new parliamentary complaints system in response to a wave of allegations of sexual misconduct my in peace the deputy defense secretary of state draymond green will be interviewed as part of a cabinet office investigation it's been expanded to include claims that pornography was found on one of his parliamentary computers in two thousand eight a claim he strenuously denies the sacked leader of catalonia colors pushed him on and four of his former ministers have been conditionally freed by a judge in belgium they'd handed themselves into police after spain issued a european arrest warrant the government in madrid wants the.
"gavin williamson" Discussed on BBC Radio 4
"Police while waiting for the case to go to trial she contacted the house of commons clarke to complain about a culture of heavy drinking and welcome sexual advances at westminster she says she was told her concerns will be passed to the then chief whip gavin williamson and andrea led some the leader of the house of commons both mps say they weren't told about the alleged eight the mrs led some admits she was told about concen save at the culture no one can tell us what action was taken amanda says it's destroyed her theresa may will meet party leaders today to discuss a new parliamentary complaints system in response to the wave of allegations of sexual misconduct by mps her deputy first secretary of state damien green will be interviewed as part of a cabinet office investigation it's been expanded to include claimed that pornography was found on one of his parliamentary computers in two thousand eight a claim he strenuously denies the confederation of british industry is schooling for government and business to unite behind a clear strategy to protect the uk's economy ahead of its annual conference the group said uncertainty was taking its toll with firms worried about post brexit trade i'll correspondent joe lynam reports the cbi president paul drexler will say that there is a need for a single clear strategy from government about what kind of relationship the uk is seeking with the eu is expected to likened the brexit trade talks to a soap opera with a new episode every week he set to say that if there is no clarity on brexit a third of companies will start implementing their contingent see plans by the end of january the cbi would also call for a leapfrog in industrial strategy to take advantage of rapidly developing new technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics and shocking footage of dangerous driving captured by police officers in an unmarked lorry has been released by 'highways england some of the four thousand motorists caught on camera include a man eating while steering with his knees and the motorist putting toothpaste on a brush the time is six minutes past six and chris forces at the rather chilly weather center this morning gross yes little on the called side john isn't it temperatures have got down to minus six decrease celsius in the coldest spot suss braemar in scotland but.
"gavin williamson" Discussed on WGTK
"America it's hugh hewitt i'm following alfirkh youth stories but we don't know yet what's going to be in the tax bill and i am uh i'm just amazed at what is happening in great britain gavin williamson has been named their new secretary of defense it's called the minister of defence he's forty one years old he's never held a junior ministerial job he's never been you know the deputy minister anything like that he was the parliamentary private secretary to david cameron for three years and help theresa may runner campaign to be the conceive at conservative leader who succeeded david cameron and then he recently came on a chief whip yesterday the minister of defence had to resign because of the sexual harassment scandal and today theresa may appoints this completely inexperienced holy unqualified man to be in charge of a britain's military unbelievable ludicrous us shing one backbench tory reaction to make the decision and other senior tory suggest to me this is heather stewart who writes for the guardian pm may have done a deal with brek williamson hand the toxic handle the toxic brexit cox then quit and make him prime minister williamson for pm one tory mp gosh could france's or court be preparing its own next that uh text from tory mp about gavin williamson rights lewis could all he's out of the blank he nypd foul in a pinch to the job it's way above his ability and then there ten thank you should know he's rise has been meteoric until last summer he was a backbencher he was david cameron parliamentary private secretary as a chief whip he kept the pet korean sheila kaul krona son fast he likes hedgehog his forty one he went to a comprehensive he's from scarborough both of his parents were labour voters he doesn't like boris johnson reportedly joined theresa may leadership campaign primarily this stopped johnson from becoming prime minister for it became prime minister memberparliament he ran a pottery business i this is just astonishing to make quite the world doesn't take anything seriously anymore and in the time when everything is serious they're not taking anything serious at all uh tax cut through syria's don't forget tax cuts now dot com tax cuts now about comey average tax.
"gavin williamson" Discussed on Amanpour
"Well she's gained a key ally in the cabinet in gavin williamson who was head chief whip and again the chief whip isn't it also a very important role given have very slim majority in parliament he's the man who corrales mps to vote for her and his deputy has moved into that role so it has been fairly seamless today's what is of course a must be of concern to hire is the idea that there are still two ministers who are under investigation for a suppose its sexually harassment issues and that she must fear that more is still to come dinah magnay thank you so much as this unfolds in westminster and potentially a tipping point is achieved we moving onto grace jones now when she famously sang pulled up to my bumper baby surely didn't mean without consent and if this crisis has proved any thing is that nobody is immune to the horrors of harassment and abuse including the iconic an iconoclastic grace jones herself she is known for her fears and fail is strength but when she joined me earlier today to talk about her new documentary blood light and balmy the disco queen told me how she suffered abuse as a child and as a young woman's struggling to get into showbiz grace jones welcome to the program thank you thank you good to have you here and i actually want to start by asking you given that you have spent your life in show biz in modeling in film onstage this harry came of revelations of sexual abuse especially against young women coming up through the system can you identify with what's going on now i totally identify with it because it happened to me.