DD: Let's go to the lady right in the front now. Yes, ma'am?Question 3: When will the United Kingdom re-engage with the rest of Europe instead of just talking to our allies and trading partners?DB: A good question. There are increasing numbers of new members of the European Union and the United Kingdom hasn't really had an outreach or foreign policy directed towards expanding its dossier of nations in its foreign policy. Chris Grayling, since you're the only member of the Government here.CG: We've got plans to re-engage in Europe during the autumn and winter, particularly with newer nations or nations we haven't had an opportunity to formally meet. Sitanova springs to mind immediately, but Britain is open for business. We're the fourth largest economy in the region with the third highest incomes. We have a broadly diversified economy, good manufacturing, plenty of iron and coal, natural gas, minerals, resources. We have the region's biggest chemical engineering sector, our education system and education industry is top notch. Our renewable energy sector is growing rapidly, and we have a healthy start up business capacity with low corporate tax rate. We could be trading far more than we are, and this Government is looking to get on with the job. We've already seen an expansion of trade to Inimicus under the Conservative Government. We can also use our trading relationships to also promote democratic ideals and work with our partners to get real change across Europe. That's what I would have hoped that the Commission candidates would be promoting rather than meddling in national sovereignty and failed leftist economic policies that don't work.JM: Yes, of course, Chris Grayling, one of the most right in the Tory frontbench, thinks that the Commission is too far left and sees engaging in Europe in purely economic terms. The United Kingdom has also been one of the most stable nations in Europe. We should be using our democracy as an example of what we can do in Europe when there is stability, which we've seen a lack of in Europe. It's become a dangerous place with rogue nations deciding to ignore European law. I applaud Anja Emerett and her efforts to at least reach out and get things done for the sake of our future when it comes to European nations interrelating with each other. Her proposals are sensible and we could all use an audit on whether or not we follow European law correctly. It's the right thing to do (audience applauds).DD: Julia Hartley-Brewer....JHB: Oh good, I get to talk now. Well, of course the Marxist Book Club is going to think that the European Union should be swinging to the left. Chris Grayling has hit the nail on the head, which is something I don't really get to say much about the Government to be quite honest. They've got a long way to go, but they've done some good things. European re-engagement can be a pragmatic approach with both trade and ideals coming to the forefront. Often times, nations will not take lectures from other governments but in the process of making deals behind closed doors, you can raise concerns and objections. Building the relationship, building the trading relationship has got to come first though. If we don't trade with our European neighbours and colleagues, we're just going to get passed on and on and on again. I mean, this is a great country. We should be optimistic and looking outward! (Audience applauds vociferously.)DD: Who would have thought that the audience Julia Hartley-Brewer called "lefty London" would be giving her the loudest applause line for the night?JHB: Aha! It proves that there are some sensible people in the audience! (Audience and panel laugh)DB: Tasmina, what's your opinion on the question?TAS: Well, I find myself in an awkward position in agreeing with Julia Hartley-Brewer and Chris Grayling on the idea that...JHB: Good girl! There's hope for you yet! TAS: Yeah, don't count on it. (Audience reacts) This is the only thing I will ever agree with a Tory on. We've got to put ourselves out there. Scotland, Ireland, and Wales are waiting on the UK government to step up its trade efforts. Scotland has done some smaller deals with Miraco and Icholasen on its own, but we're waiting for new markets and big deals. There's a ton of new opportunity out there. Now, does it all have to be free trade? I don't think so. I think it should be fair trade and that's what previous Labour governments have tried to deliver. Let's see if the Tories continue to work in the national interest like Labour did or if they are going to just sell the whole house for the sake of capitalism.DD: It looks like even Tasmina has left you all by yourself, John! JM: I know...it looks like me and the Marxist Book Club will have to go on with providing a credible alternate government.JHB: HA! It's about as credible as the Boogeyman and pigs flying. JM: Yeah, but who ran the country for almost 20 years with the highest rate of growth ever experienced by a British government? JHB: Only to be voted out of office because you got into a war that was inept and started to get distracted by other bad decisions. Oh, and the economy was starting to go downhill and your party was going to force Barack Obama to either step down or call a snap general election and go out quietly. See, the left likes to pretend it's nice, but they play dirty. Stabbing politicians in the back and forcing them out of office. It happened to Blair, then Brown, then Miliband, and it almost happened to Obama. The right gets called out for being about power, but you know what...Prime Ministers on the right don't get forced out of office like they do in the left. And it's not just here either. Look at Miraco, Australia, Icholasen....I mean, that show on Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard...the Killing Season...Hillary Clinton ought to watch her back.TAS: She'll be fine. She's...she's a strong woman and she's shown that she's an able politician. She'll last. The right has its own problems too. Its position regarding Europe is going to become a real problem for Theresa May. She's seeing pressure from UKIP gaining in the last election that she will have to do something about this or she could see the Conservatives lose seats in England.CG: No, the biggest party under pressure from UKIP is Labour! You may find that shocking John and Tasmina, but the fact is that UKIP and Nigel Farage pushed into Labour heartlands! The Labour Party is increasingly looking like a London centrist, champagne socialist entity. They don't speak for ordinary people and if it doesn't find that, it will be replaced. DD: Hold on. Hold on, we've gone off topic completely. We seem to have a consensus on stage except for John regarding the re-engagement with Europe. We only have time for one more question. Yes, you from the top.Question 4: Is the European Commission useful or has the time of its usefulness gone?DD: An appropriate question. Let's just go around the table. Julia...JHB: It isn't useful. It should be abolished.DD: TasminaTAS: I'm voting for Eilidh Whiteford, so my verdict is that the European Commission is useful.JHB: Good lord...(Audience laughs.)JM: I'm pulling for Marc Grenouille and I hope Labour voters come out and back him. The Commission isn't useless but it needs to continue to evolve into a proper executive branch. Cabinet is the UK's executive body, and Europe needs one as well. CG: I agree with Julia. The European Commission has outgrown its usefulness. It needs to be abolished and more powers designated to the European Council. DD: We'll have to leave it at that then. Remember, we'll be in Bristol next week and then Liverpool. Join us next time on Question Time.(Audience applauds, music plays.)
11 November 201509:00Huw Edwards: It's 9 o'clock and it's time to talk about the election results. That...is the result of the snap general election. Hugh Robertson and his Conservative Party have won a majority of seats, 334, and will govern starting immediately. A King's Speech WILL pass the House of Commons, as they have a functional majority of 17 seats, a workable majority that will survive confidence votes and defections. Wow, what a result. Joining me this morning is Andrew Neil, Sophie Rawson, Emily Raitlis and Jeremy Vine. Jeremy, talk to us about the swings from last night.Jeremy Vine: Hello, and welcome to the Virtual Election Room, where we can look at the swings of each individual seat and have a Virtual House of Commons. And, let's look at Labour safe seats like Houghton and Sunderland South. It remained Labour, but there was a large swing to UKIP. Another swing in a safe Labour seat in Hackney, the constituency in north-east London...look at the swing to the Conservatives. 5.5% to the Conservatives, and if we look at the image. Yes, it brings us past the hung Parliament situation and into the Conservative majority, leaving us with a Conservative Majority of 17. Edwards: Quite extraordinary result, considering the short timeline. Mr. Robertson will go to the King today, he will get the authority to form a Government, and we will have a King's Speech, we're told, by the end of the week. Considering the unprecedented nature of all of this, a state opening of Parliament has been ruled out by Buckingham Palace and the Conservatives. Andrew Neil, Andrew...what does this mean?Andrew Neil: This means that we'll just see the full pomp and circumstance in May like other state openings. The country needs a Government, and the Conservatives want to ensure that they will take over from Labour very soon. Considering the foreign policy situations, Mr. Robertson is going to want to hit the ground running. We've already gotten some Cabinet leaks from inside the Conservative Party HQ. It looks like the man who he replaced as Leader of the Conservatives, William Hague, will be the new Foreign Secretary. Chloe Smith, Zac Goldsmith, Ruth Davidson, all new faces to the Tory Party who were elected in 2012, are in the Cabinet. 10 women are in the Cabinet, a little more on parity but still a minority. Priti Patel, a new Tory star in the making, will be the Defence Secretary, a HUGE appointment. She is the first Defence Secretary in the history of the United Kingdom's Cabinet governments.Edwards: What do you make of the Scottish result and the apparent divergence from the traditional parties in Westminster?Neil: This could get very interesting. It all depends on how the Government in Westminster treats Holyrood. The Conservative policy towards the devolved Parliaments has been to give them the ability to be more autonomous in terms of taxation and fiscal policy on certain issues.Edwards: Alright, and let's look at the charts. Here are the final popular vote shares:Emily, Sophie, what do you see here?Emily Raitlis: It's got the Conservatives winning 37.5% of the vote. I think the more people study that a whopping 62.5% of the vote was against the Tories, the more they will call for electoral reform. The first past the post system is going to produce more zany results like this the more diverse people are in their voting support. In other words, if people keep voting SNP, Plaid Cymru, UKIP, and Greens, the worse the majority party's popular vote share will be. Neil: Oh yes, I dare say that if a new voting system hasn't been petitioned by the people afterwards and championed by the other six parties in Westminster, I will eat my hat. Edwards: And here is the final seat tally as well.Sophie Rawson: Well, as we knew before 334 seats. The poor Liberal Democrats though got DECIMATED by the Tories and in some spots, Labour, in England, and the major parties got mowed over in Scotland. It seems that this election, for the calamity that it was for Labour, saw it and the Conservatives consolidate themselves as the two largest parties. The Conservatives will have to be careful in their governance, because it IS only a majority of 18. That can be knocked down and while Labour might not be a majority party in the 2020 election, a Labour-SNP coalition could happen if they get a parity of votes in 2020. Edwards: Oh no! We have barely gotten done with the 2015 election, and you're looking forward to 2020!?Rawson: Of course! It's never over.Edwards: Okay, stay tuned for our reporters live at the House of Commons, Downing Street, and Buckingham Palace bringing you coverage of the new Government, a Conservative government.
8 August 2015Hello, and welcome back to the BBC Proms. Katie Dunham here with the 4th Prom, the Youth Prom! The BBC Youth Orchestra have set up on the stage for their performance. This evening they'll be playing kids' favourites like Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, which is an expanded set of varations on the Rondeau for the play The Moor's Revenge written by Henry Purcell. We also have Peter and the Wolf and the Swan Lake Suite by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky.Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the OrchestraProkofiev: Peter and the WolfTchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20bNow, don't let the term BBC Youth Orchestra fool you. These are still professional musicians of an adult age, but they specialise in giving performances to children. The three selections (which make this the shortest prom) are all children favourites from around Britain. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is a perfect introduction into what the instruments of the orchestra sound like and look like. The Russian Peter and the Wolf not only gives more insight into how the orchestra works, but also the idea of leitmotifs and how they can propel a story forward through drama and interaction between themes and motifs. Finally, the sumptuous Swan Lake Suite provides some favourites from the famous ballet which inspired the children's movie The Swan Princess, which starred Liz Callaway as Odette, the princess who gets turned into a swan. Though none of Tchaikovsky's music is present in the film, this selected work is always a favourite with children. Next week, we will have the greatest compositions from the United Kingdom that make us feel British. The Fifth Prom: British Heritage will go backwards in time to Purcell, Handel, Byrd, and a little less far reaching with Vaughan Williams, Holst and Elgar. Thank you for tuning in this week!
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