BBC News November 7, 2017
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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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