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BBC News November 7, 2017


tonight at ten: new revelations in the paradise
papers — prince
charles‘s offshore investments and questions
about a conflict of
interest. the leaked documents reveal his
duchy estate secretly invested
in a friend’s environmental firm in bermuda.
the prince has long
campaigned on green issues, but he went on
to lobby for international
rule changes that the company stood to profit
from. there’s a conflict
of interest between his own investments of
the duchy of cornwall and
what he’s trying to achieve publicly. officials
deny prince charles
spoke out simply to further his investments.
also on the programme
tonight: the former welsh government minister,
carl sargeant, has been
found dead just days after he was sacked over
misconduct allegations.
the british motherjailed in iran — fears
that borisjohnson has made her
plight worse by saying she was training journalists
there. i accept that
my remarks could have been clearer in that
respect. labour demands an
investigation into the international development
secretary’s unsanctioned meetings with israeli
politicians. a formal
apology from the first minister of scotland
to gay men, convicted under
legislation which made homosexuality illegal.
and we speak to the first
black editor of vogue about race and using
young models on the catwalk.
and coming up on sportsday on bbc news…
andy murray says he hopes to
be fit again for the new year, but crowds
in glasgow have got a sneak
peek of his progress. good evening. tonight,
more questions about how
the royal family invest their millions. the
latest revelations from the
paradise papers — the cache of leaked documents
about tax havens — show
that prince charles‘ private estate — the
duchy of cornwall —
secretly invested in an offshore company in
which a close friend was a
director. that’s perfectly legal, but he’s
been accused of a conflict of
interest because he went on to campaign for
international rule changes
that would have benefited the company. the
prince’s spokesman insists
he’s never chosen to speak out on a topic
simply because of an
investment decision. the paradise papers were
shared with the
international consortium of investigativejournalists
— including the
bbc‘s panorama programme. richard bilton
has this report. for years,
prince charles has campaigned on environmental
issues. this week, he’s
in malaysia, and yesterday, he spent time
in the rainforests of borneo.
but panorama has discovered he campaigned
on one issue that he secretly
stood to profit from. the paradise papers
show the prince of wales‘
private estate, the duchy of cornwall, had
$4 million in the tax havens
of the cayman islands and bermuda. this document
shows $1 million in an
offshore fund. their annual report says the
prince is actively involved
in running the duchy. the governance of the
duchy of cornwall allows the
prince of wales to have a hands on involvement.
so you can really see
his green wellies stamped over all this turf.
we found one deal that
centres on this man in the cap, the late hugh
van cutsem. he was one of
the prince’s oldest friends. mr van cutsem
was a director of sustainable
forestry management limited. they were registered
in bermuda and traded
in carbon credits, a market created by international
treaties to tackle
global warming. sustainable forestry management
limited would have made
more money if international regulations were
changed to include carbon
credits from all forests.
the chronology of events raises serious questions
for the prince. in
february 2007, the duchy buys 50 shares worth
$113,500. at that time,
sfm’s directors agree to keep the duchy‘s
shares confidential. mr van
cutsem asks for lobbying documents to be sent
to the prince’s office.
the prince begins making speeches, campaigning
for changes to two
international agreements on carbon credits.
injune 2008, he sells his
shares for $325,000, a profit of more than
$200,000. but we can’t find,
nor has the prince’s office been able to show
us, any speeches prince
charles made on this specific issue before
he bought his shares. he made
three major speeches in the seven months
after he bought them. i think it’s a serious
conflict. there’s a
conflict of interest between his own investments
of the duchy of
cornwall and what he’s trying to achieve publicly,
and i think it’s
unfortunate that somebody of his importance,
of his influence, becomes
involved in such a serious conflict. this
is the sort of thing the
prince was saying in his speeches: despite
the prince’s lobbying, the
regulations surrounding carbon credits were
not changed. his spokesman
said: i think what happened was wrong.
what i don’t think is that he deliberately
acted in a way which was
unacceptable. i think if he’d realised the
context in which he was being
asked to do something he would have acted
in a different way. there’s no
suggestion that any of this is illegal or
tax was avoided, and it’s
impossible to know why the share price rose
after prince charles‘ estate
secretly invested in his friend‘s company.
for the second time in a
week, the paradise papers raise serious questions
about how royal cash
is being managed. richard bilton, bbc news.
0ur royal correspondent
nicholas witchell is in delhi. just how embarrassing
is all this
for prince charles? it is embarrassing. i
think, for prince charles? it
is embarrassing. ithink, particularly so embarrassing.
ithink,
particularly so soon after the revelations
about the queen‘s offshore
investments. there‘s been no detailed response
yet. it‘s the early hours
of the morning here. also in panang where
he and officials are. in terms
of the conflict of interest allegation, iimagine
the conflict of
interest allegation, i imagine they will say
the prince was minded to
speak out, not to try to increase the value
of his, in his terms, quite
small shareholding, to increase the value
of his, in his terms, quite
smallshareholding, but because of his passionate
interest in these
environmental issues. he was putting his money
where his mouth is, if
you like. 0n the broader point, clarence house
has said the prince has
had no direct involvement in investment decisions,
careful choice of
words there. i have no doubt he had a sense
of the general direction of
travel. 0n offshore directions i think clarence
house will be robust.
it‘s not illegal. he voluntarily pays income
tax. there is no tax loss
to the united kingdom. they will point out
that the duchy of cornwall is
out to identify high yield investment
opportunities, just as other entities, such
as pension funds. but it is
certainly unhelpful to the royal households
that this will re—open the
calls for greater transparency about finances,
republic, the pressure
group, has done that tonight. it reminds us
of the potential pit falls
of having an activist prince who speaks out
and lobbies on sometimes
sensitive issues, one of which we now know
he had an indisclosed
financial interest. thank you. there‘s a
special section on the bbc
website dedicated to the paradise papers with
much more explanation and
analysis. a senior labour politician in the
welsh assembly has been
found dead just days after he was sacked as
a minister, following
allegations from a number of women about this
personal conduct.
49—year—old carl sargeant had been suspended
by the party until
investigations into the claims were carried
out. it‘s thought he took
his own life. his family say they are “devastated
beyond words”.
sian lloyd reports. morning all. carl sargean
t was a well known figure
in welsh public life. he was an assembly member
since 2003. just days
after allegations about his personal conduct
were made public, police we
re conduct were made public, police were called
to his family home this
morning, where his body was found. it’s morning,
where his body was
found. it‘s understood that the 49—year—old
had taken his own life. his
family said carl was a much loved husband,
father and friend. he wasn‘t
simply a part of ourfamily, he father and
friend. he wasn‘t simply a
part of our family, he was the glue that bound
us together. he was the
heart of our family. we loved him so very
much. the assembly is in deep
shock, all the elected members and the staff
here in the senedd. carl
was a member who was liked and respected across
the political parties. his
role as cabinet secretary for children and
communities was close to his
heart, but he was sacked on friday by the
first minister of wales, ca
rwyn friday by the first minister of wales,
carwynjones, and suspended
by the labour party, amid allegations med
by a number of women. “—
allegations med by a number of women. —— made
by a number of women.
responding on twitter he wrote: yesterday
carwyn jones said yesterday
carwynjones said he‘d asked his office to
speak to the women who had
come forward. 0n hearing the news of his death
today, mrjones described
carl sergeant as a friend and said he was
shocked and deeply saddened.
jeremy corbyn said he was horrified by the
news. all allegations must be
examined and must be pursued. but there also
has to be great pastoral
care and
support given to everybody involved. in the
welsh assembly flags have
been lowered and tributes being paid from
members of every party. but
there are questions about how mr sergeant
was treated after he faced
accusations about his behaviour. it’s accusations
about his behaviour.
it‘s understood that even this morning,
carl sergeant did not know what
the allegations were. all business here at
the national assembly has
been suspended as a mark of respect to carl
sergeant. the mood here is
sombre, as members reflect on the man they
knew and questions remain
about the personal turmoil that surrounded
him. the foreign secretary,
boris johnson, faced calls to apologise, and
even resign, today over
comments he made about a british woman who‘s
being held in iran.
nazaneen zargari—ratcliffe was arrested
last year for allegedly being
part of a plot to overthrow the government
in tehran. borisjohnson told
mps last week that she was in iran to train
journalists. but her family
insist she was just on a family visit. they
say the foreign secretary‘s
comments could add years to her prison sentence.
this afternoon,
mrjohnson said he was sorry of his remarks
had been “misconstrued”. lucy
manning reports. she has been held for 584
days, separated from her
daughter gabriella and her husband. nazaneen
zargari—ratcliffe, from
north london, is iranian and british. imprisoned
by iran and now her
case seemingly undermined by the british foreign
secretary.
borisjohnson‘s comments to mps last week
suggested she was in iran
training journalists before her arrest. when
you look at what nazaneen
zargari—ratcliffe was doing, it‘s just,
you know, she was simply
teaching people journalism as i understand
it. her family always clear
the thompson reuters foundation employee was
just visiting relatives
with her young daughter. i don‘t think it
was helpful, i think it was a
mistake. and i think it‘s a mistake that
needs to be corrected.
she was in a very bad way on saturday, when
she‘d just come out of the
courtroom and just cried for most of the phone
call because she was
bewildered why these new charges were coming.
the iranian judiciary‘s
website suggested the foreign secretary‘s
comments shed new light on her
case. it has meant five years imprison for
plotting to overthrow the
regime could be doubled to ten. the foreign
secretary had to call the
iranian foreign minister and was forced to
clarify in the commons. the
uk government has no doubt that she was on
holiday in iran when she was
arrested last year and that was the sole purpose
of her visit. i accept
that my remarks could have been clearer in
that respect and i‘m glad to
provide this clarification. he faced calls
to resign. how about the
foreign secretary himself shows a bit of personal
responsibility and
admits that a job like this, where your words
hold gravity and your
actions have consequences, it is simply not
the job for him. will the foreign secretary
now apologise ? he cannot be
trusted to do thisjob and he should resign.
eventually, after nearly an
hour, there was a sort of apology. of course
i‘m sorry if any words of
mine have been so taken out of context and
so misconstrued as to cause
any kind of anxiety for the family of nazaneen
zargari—ratcliffe.
according to the foreign office, the iranian
foreign minister said today
the fact mrs zargari—ratcliffe had been
brought back to court wasn‘t due
to borisjohnson‘s comments and he promised
to work with the british
government to try and resolve the case on
humanitarian grounds. but the
political complications in iran between the
more moderate elements and
the hard liners in the regime means it won‘t
be that straightforward.
maziar ba hari, a journalist,
was held in an iranian jailforfour months.
for nazaneen, i‘m not sure
what is the price, but experience has shown
that they‘re not going to
release her without getting something in exchange.
for richard
ratcliffe, he has been unable to see his daughter
or his imprisoned wife
as he can‘t get a visa. as gabriella‘s
got older, she‘s understood more,
so she now knows that her mum‘s in prison.
she thinks that mummy and
daddy are both in prison. she‘s said to
her mum, she‘s praying to god
for them both to be released. he now wants
the foreign secretary to
visit his wife when he travels to iran in
the next few weeks. lucy
manning, bbc news. pressure is growing on
the international development
decretary,
priti patel, tonight after she held a series
of unofficial meetings with
israeli politicians during a holiday in israel.
labour have called for
an investigation saying the 12 meetings, including
one with israel‘s
prime minister involved serious breaches of
the ministerial code. 0ur
diplomatic correspondent, james landale, reports.
it began with some
holiday photos from israel. not of priti patel
seeing the sights, but
having coffee with a politician and visiting
a charity. just two of 12
meetings she had without telling the foreign
office. her most important
engagement was with israel‘s prime minister,
something theresa may knew
nothing about when she welcomed binyamin netanyahu
to downing street
last week. this afternoon, labour summoned
the international development
secretary to the commons to explain herself.
she‘s at a meeting. the
speaker: minister of state, alistair burt.
but it turned out she was on
her way to africa, leaving her deputy in charge.
and she‘s presently in
the air. he said that miss patil had not
harmed britain‘s interests, but made clear
that ministers should tell
the foreign office about their trips. you
would, of course, let the
foreign office know in advance, which my right
honourable friend did
not, and that was the error for which she
has apologised, but the
meetings were all really pertinent to her
work. he confirmed that after
the trip, miss patel suggested using british
aid money to help the
israeli army treat wounded syrians in the
occupied golan heights, an
idea the foreign office vetoed because the
uk doesn‘t recognise israel‘s
annexation of this area. an idea theresa may
did not know about until
the bbc reported it this morning. all this,
labour insisted, was a clear
breach of the ministerial code of conduct.
does the minister accept that
it‘s time the secretary faces a cabinet
office investigation or does the
decent thing and just resign?
some mps say in normal times, with a strong
prime minister, with a
healthy majority, priti patel would have had
no choice but to resign.
but these are anything but normal times. the
prime minister‘s spokesman
says she still has full confidence in miss
patel, but labour sense blood
and are bombarding miss patel with questions
that soon she will have to
answer in person. james landale, bbc news.
0ur political correspondent,
ben wright, is in westminster. controversy
surrounding two cabinet
ministers today — another difficult day
for theresa may and her
government? certainly, sophie. these are stormy
days for theresa may‘s
government as they are for the rest of westminster.
as one former tory
minister said very tartly today — if these
circumstances were normal
then borisjohnson would be out on his earand
borisjohnson would be out
on his ear and priti patel would have quit.
these aren‘t normal times.
the government is divided, particularly over
brexit. the conservatives
don‘t have a majority, of course in the
house of commons and the defence
secretary, michael fallon quit last week.
the government are reluctant
to lose another cabinet minister so soon.
to lose another cabinet
minister so soon. priti patel was called in
to see theresa may
yesterday, was given a real dressing down,
but she stays in herjob for
now. i should say that this evening there
are rumours circulating around
westminster very strongly she could be in
real trouble this evening. she
is currently on a trip to africa, but this
evening the prime minister
and priti patel have not spoken. there is
certainly a question mark over
the future of her in the cabinet. borisjohnson,
he also stays in his
job, but it has been a very difficult day
for him. he had a pummelling
in the commons from mps who are very angry
about how he‘s conducted
himself in this. in particular, the discrepancy
between what he says he
meant to say in the commons last week to mps
and what he actually said.
they are angry too that there was not a unequivocal
apology from him at
the start of the day and mps had to extract
some contrition from him
later this afternoon. they are angry about
the
way that he handled what was a very sensitive
case. i think trouble too
for borisjohnson, sensitive case. i think
trouble too for boris johnson,
but sensitive case. i think trouble too for
borisjohnson, but the
foreign secretary was emphatic that all that
mat nerd that instance was
the fact that his remarks haven‘t harmed
the judicial process under way
in tehran, and that view was echoed by the
iranian foreign minister,
too. 0verall at the end of the day you have
a british foreign policy
that‘s looking very haphazard. a question
mark over one cabinet minister
and theresa may‘s grip on her cabinet is
looking pretty weak. ben, in
westminster, thank you. president trump has
urged north korea to “come
to the table” and make a deal to end the nuclear
stand—off. speaking in
south korea on his tour of asia, the president
struck a very different
tone to his previous fiery rhetoric. but he
warned he “hoped to god” he
did not have to use the us military against
pyongyang. 0ur
correspondent, mark lowen, sent this report
from seoul. backing the man
they say can stop
north korea‘s march to war. supporters of
donald trump out in seoul
today, defending his hardline approach to
the north‘s weapon‘s tests.
it‘s a kind of a warning to kimjong—un
and his regime — if you do wrong
things, you‘re going to be destroyed. but
across the road the other
side, fearing mr trump‘s bombastic talk
over north korea. passions and
divisions accompanying him on this trip. threatening
north korea, it‘s
not the answer. we have to make them talk
around the table and we have
to talk about it. these people say that when
donald trump fires off a
tweet storm or a tirade against kim jong—un
from the other side of the
world, it‘s seoul, 30 miles from the north
korean border, that‘s made to
feel vulnerable. they‘ve lived with a nuclear
threat
from the north for decades and they say that
president trump is making
it worse. the welcome was traditional, a reminder
of an old alliance
,now strained as mr trump has accused his
south korean counterpart of
appeasing north korea. it‘s vowed to continue
to develop a long—range
nuclear missile that could hit the us. applause
the two leaders seemed
to present a united front, president moon
saying he hoped it would mark
a turning point on north korea. from donald
trump, less fire, more talk
of pressure on the north to change course.
we have many things happening
that we hope, we hope — in fact i’ll go
a step further — we hope to god
we never have to use. with that being said,
i really believe that it
makes sense for north korea to come to the
table and to make a deal.
that more restrained tone didn‘t stop the
protesters. tomorrow, they‘ll
hear more from mr trump as he addresses parliament.
with tension on the korean peninsula at a
critical level, the call for
peace grows louder. mark lowen, bbc news,
seoul. a brief look at some of
the day‘s other news stories: a man was
jailed for a minimum of 18 years
today for murdering his adopted baby daughter.
matthew scully—hicks was
convicted of shaking to death 18—month—old
elsie at their home in
cardiff last year. staff shortfalls are now
said to be the biggest
single risk facing nhs hospitals in england.
the group representing
health trusts says recruitment and retention
of nhs staff is lagging
behind demand and leaving existing workers
on what it calls “the edge of
safety.” the government says it‘s launched
the biggest ever training
programme for doctors and nurses. twitter
is to double its tweet limit
to 280 characters. the company announced an
experiment in september to
test the larger character limit to help users
better
express themselves on the site. the decision
is part of plans to make
the social media platform more accessible.
two of the biggest gas and
electricity suppliers, sse and npower, are
in talks about merging their
operations in the uk. the deal would create
a business to rival the
market leader, british gas. the broadcaster
sky has threatened to shut
down sky news if its news channel proves to
be the major sticking point
in a multi—billion pound takeover bid by
rupert murdoch‘s 21st century
fox. fox‘s bid for full control of sky is
currently being investigated
by the competition and markets authority on
the grounds of media
plurality. 0ur media editor, amol rajan, is
here. how seriously will
this threat to close down sky news be taken?
well, sophie, ispoke well,
sophie, i spoke to people in the industry
this evening who are
sceptical. they have said they have seen the
tactics before. it‘s a cred
ya nlt seen the tactics before. it‘s a cred
yanlt threat for a couple of
reasons. the fist, the sheer amount of time
this proposed merger is
taking to go through. it was six yea rs taking
to go through. it was six
years ago that the murdoches first bid forfull
control of years ago that
the murdoches first bid for full control of
sky. they have bid again. it
was derailed by the phone—hacking scandal.
they bid again. it spent a
year in the regulatory quagmire. the second
reason, sky news loses
money. it employs hundreds of journalists,
produces world—class material
it loses tens of millions of pounds. the independent
directors of sky
are senderosing a clear message this evening,
if they had to choose
maybe they would prefer for commercial reasons
to do deal the with 21st
century fox than continue the losses at sky
news. the government will
see it as an aggressive gesture. if it‘s
credible, i‘ve reason to
believe, based on the conversation i‘ve
had, it could make this merger,
which has taken a long time to happen, slightly
more like. amol rajan,
thank you. scotland‘s first minister, nicola
sturgeon, has offered a
formal apology to gay men convicted of sexual
offences that are no
longer illegal.
the first minister‘s apology coincided with
new legislation that will
automatically pardon gay and bisexual men
convicted under historical
laws. the bill will also allow the removal
of such convictions from
criminal records. 0ur scotland editor, sarah
smith, reports. flying the
flag with pride, nick and phil are celebrating
today. all the way from
the castro, san francisco. from the castro,
in san francisco. they‘ve
seen changes in the law that have allowed
them to openly live together
and to marry, but a decade‘s old conviction
for a homosexual offence has
plighted nick‘s life. as a religious education
teacher, he lived in fear
of being discovered and sacked. convicted
for what i feel naturally,
for what i am, that seems so unjust. even
though i was breaking the law,
ok, but so unjust for the rest of my life.
thank you presiding officer.
in the scottish parliament today, they came
to hear nicola sturgeon say
she will wipe the slate clean for anyone convicted
in scotland, and to
say sorry. as first minister, i categorically,
unequivocally and
wholeheartedly apologise for those laws and
for the hurt and the harm
that they caused to so many. today‘s announcement
from the scottish
government goes significantly further than
recent legislation in
england. not only does it include a formal
apology for discrimination in
the past, it also includes an automatic pardon
for anyone convicted of
same—sex offences which are now legal. # sing
if you‘re glad to be gay
#. homosexuality remained illegal in scotland
until 1981, long after it
was decriminalised in england and wales, men
could even be arrested just
for trying to meet in public places. if you
rented a property, you could
be thrown out by the landlord because the
landlord would say — there
might be criminal acts taking place in this
property. you could be
stopped by the police and accused of loitering
if you were hanging about
a place
where 0nly gay people went to meet, and you
could lose yourjob and lose
yourjob with impunity. summarily, like that,
you‘re out the door. not
something this happily married couple now
need to worry about, but they
remember when the law declared their relationship
to be a criminal act.
now they‘ve been told the scottish government
recognises it was the
state that was wrong, not them. sarah smith,
bbc news, edinburgh. a
statue of the novelist george orwell has been
unveiled outside
broadcasting house. the author of animal farm
and nineteen eighty four
worked at the bbc as a producer during world
war ii. the statue, by the
sculptor martinjennings, is the only one of
him in the world. during his
two years at the bbc, george orwell contributed
to many radio
broadcasts, particularly overseas, but none
made it into the
corporation‘s archives. he is the first
black editor of the british
fashion bible vogue.
this week, edward enninful‘s debut edition
will hit the newstands and
he‘s making it clear he won‘tjust be making
fashion statements, but
political ones too — saying vogue has lost
touch with multi—cultural
britain. he‘s also acknowledged that young
models are, as he put it,
“pretty exposed” and says he will try to do
more to protect them. 0ur
arts editor, will gompertz, has been talking
to him. so here we are. so
here it is. this is the december issue. my
vogue is about sort of
feeling inclusive. it‘s about diversity,
sort of showing different
women, different body shapes, different races,
class, sort of tackling
gender. do you think it perhaps failed to
keep up with multi—cultural
modern britain? yes. my predecessor was here
for 25 years she had, you
know, her vogue. you know, a quarter of a
century. she did a greatjob
and i‘lljust… you’re being very polite
– do mine! laughter
edward, had the magazine got complacent, do
you think? i mean, you know,
it represented its time, that‘s what i can
say. it represented a time
and i feel we‘re in a different time now.
do you worry — given, you
know, the rise in mental health issues, particularly
with young women —
that vogue can create a series of images which
makes people feel anxious
and dissatisfied with themselves? i mean the
subject of body image
obviously goes on. when i started in the ‘90s,
you know, a sample size
was sort of a four and a six and now it‘s
a zero zero, and i feel it‘s a
conversation that the whole industry has to
partake in. naomi campbell
said in the past, hasn‘t she, that she‘s
experienced racism in the
fashion industry. have you, too? i mean, you
know, istarted as a
16—year—old model. so, you know, i experienced…

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