tv The Papers BBC News May 19, 2020 10:30pm-10:46pm BST
for reviewing how bbc three served its younger viewers. in a normal year in the uk, local authorities will step in and arrange some 4,000 funerals in cases where there are no family or friends, or if there's no money to pay for one. they're called public health funerals and undertakers are warning that the number will be significantly higher this year because of the pandemic. 0ur correspondent angus crawford was given permission to attend a service in east sussex, and this is his report. a finaljourney... there is a very visceral fear i think in everyone about ending up alone. ..for albert roy sadler. links to family and friends, long broken, so no—one to follow the hearse. it causes you to look back and think, "well, why, how did things end up this way?"
only one mourner today — christina, from the council. people who might otherwise have been with us here today, roy's family and friends, are absent, and so it falls to us few here to pay our respects and to bid farewell to him. relatives, out of touch for years, care home staff in isolation. so, it's left to strangers to say goodbye. he was born in october 1937, shortly before the second world war, but roy's was a tough childhood, and in fact he never got to know his mum, who passed away... the actualjob is to arrange the funeral, but a funeral is a farewell and it is a summing up. we have to have something to say — it would be too sad not to. so, christina set to work trying to find loved ones, building a picture of the man and his life. they do come into your affection, little snapshots of their personality,
that you think, oh, i would have liked them. you know, and so, you're not going along just with a lanyard on as a council worker, tapping your hand, going, "when is this finishing so i can go to lunch?" you're going to a funeral of someone you kind of know. i have at every single funeral, i have to say, cried. emotions do get hard when you walk into the chapel and you notice very briefly that no one's there. the funeral director, too. grief may touch her work every day, but these services are especially difficult. we're all human. i would like to think that if any of my family members or friends was in these circumstances, that a funeral director looking after their funeral would feel as passionately as we do. these are real people. they all had a life, or have a life, have a history, have a story. there is great poignancy in the fact that he has no friends or family here to mourn him.
if relatives are untraceable, or simply can't afford to pay, often, the local council will step in. in fact, across the uk, last year, there were more than 4,000 public health funerals. but the warning is that the devastating impact of covid may mean many more in the months to come. on a personal level, i suppose there is almost sometimes a warning that, you know, don't take things for granted. things can go wrong, so, treasure those people who mean a lot to you, keep them close, and make sure your life doesn't go that way. would you please stand for the words of commendation and committal? it's nice to have got to know you — sadly not when you were alive, but you seem like a nice man and i hope we did you proud at the end. "amazing grace" plays. for albert roy sadler, the journey ends. but thanks to christina,
it doesn't end alone. # was blind, but now i see #. the rising number of public health funerals, angus crawford reporting. before we go, a reminder to catch bbc breakfast at 8:00am in the morning when 100—year—old colonel tom moore, who's raised tens of millions for the nhs, will give his response to the news just released a few minutes ago, that he's to be knighted. the honour follows a special nomination by the prime minister in the wake of colonel tom's record—breaking feat, raising £33 million for the nhs in its efforts to contain the pandemic. 0ur warmest congratulations to sirtom. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. have a good night.
bringing us tomorrow. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are political strategist jo tanner — and anand menon — director of uk in a changing europe — a research group focusing on uk—eu relations. tomorrow's front pages... the metro reports on the blame game emerging in whitehall between the government and its scientific advisers. and in some breaking news — captain tom is to be knighted for raising millions for the nhs — we'll talk about that injust a moment. the paper also reports on the chancellor's economy warning.
the telegraph says the british medical association says schools can open onjune ist, so long as it is safe to do so. the guardian says up to 1500 primary schools could remain closed, after several councils say they won't force them to reopen. meanwhile the mail accuses a teaching union of using cynical tactics to stop schools from reopening. the international edition of the financial times says the recent drop in carbon emissions is likely to be shor lived. in singapore, the strait times reports on the three stage plan to reopen the country. and the star says millions of briton are planning to swap summer holidays abroad for camping trips in the uk. so, let's begin... thanks forjoining us. let's begin with the daily express front page. recession it like we have never
seen, off the back of comments from the chancellor, rishi sunak, who warned that 3 million people could end up out of work as the coronavirus wreaks havoc. very worrying reading, but unsurprising given what damage the coronavirus has done on an already quite damaged economy. one of the biggest challenges is that the chancellor and his team simply don't know what is going on up and down the country in individual businesses. we have heard from major businesses who have expressed concern and talked about job losses because of the impact of the virus on the individual businesses but there are lots of firms for which wejust businesses but there are lots of firms for which we just don't know how certain the future looks, and thatis how certain the future looks, and that is part of what the chancellor is almost starting to stress because we have no idea when these other stages of releasing the lockdown and what things might look like, until we know that we simply don't know
how much longer businesses are planning for this uncertain time and until they know how they can get back to doing selling their wares or serving people, it is pretty much impossible for anyone to plan. anand, the chancellor has said he will not be able to protect every job and every business. credit to the chancellor for being honest in front of the committee, he admitted what he doesn't know and he admitted he won't be able to control this going forward and that he won't be able to save jobs. we have had a staggering rise in the number of people claiming unemployment, up 846,000 injust a month. that is a real worry for him because the other hidden part is we don't know when the state funded a fellow scheme ends, how many of those people who are on ends, how many of those people who are on the scheme will have jobs to go back to, so unemployment is a real issue and the economy looks set to shrink by a third in the second quarter. numbers like this are unprecedented so he has a job on his
hands but it is good to see him admitting that and admitting this —— he doesn't exactly know what this means. he said even if we can reopen retail, which he would like to be able to do on the ist ofjune, there will still be restrictions on how people can shop. how do you allow clothing retailers to open properly if everyone comes in and starts touching close? a difficult situation to be able to openly tailor safely. there is a fundamental challenge and a boss of a beret, ithink fundamental challenge and a boss of a beret, i think it was $4, spoke about the issue of distancing and how you can cope with how many people you can have on your premises —— the boss of a tory, i think it was fullers. —— a brewery. there is a fundamental challenge for any of these businesses, they can reopen and bring staff back from fellow,
but what do they know the public appetite is going to be? —— back from a furlough. the data suggests many people are still worried and i know a friend who got on a train to go into london from the suburbs and he said he was only one of two people on a carriage on a train but obviously many people are sitting at home thinking they don't want to travel on public transport because they are worried about the dangers. we simply don't know how many people will be going wanting to go out and about or whether many people have started to shift their habits to shopping online. so many people have been scarred by this experience, anand, understandably, and there is still a lot of fear out there about getting out and about and restarting your life in a way similar to the way it was before. absolutely. the government was taken aback by how the brits did lockdown from the start and i do not think they expected as many people as they did
to stay away from work, and british public opinion seems to want lockdown to continue. and how people react even if the government starts to change the laws is something we just don't know and there is a danger that even if you open the shops people won't go to them. the daily telegraph front page, we were reporting that the british medical association had basically written a letter saying that they were worried about the reopening of schools but now they have said that schools can reopen on the ist ofjune as long as it is safe to do so. a change from how they spoken about it before. sounds like internal politics going on at the british medical association and the letter that was written last week has irked some of his colleagues who did not like the time, because he said he advised
teachers do not engage with the government which sounded a bit excessive to some of his colleagues and so the bma have rolled back on this a bit, but the problem for the government is not just this a bit, but the problem for the government is notjust what doctors are saying, and everyone agrees great schools should go back if it is safe, but people are far from convinced around the country it is safe and the first conservative council in solihull have said they are not certain about the 1st of june, and that is hot on the heels of other labour council saying the same. if local government and parents are not convinced it is safe to go back, that will be a problem. the other thing about this, everyone's tone has started off being very extreme, we see with the british medical association and the tone adopted by the unions, everyone has been confrontational and this has been confrontational and this has made a bad situation even worse. is it too much of a confrontational
tone taken in this discussion? to some extent, yes, but also we have to acknowledge that people are generally scared. we have had the government telling people about this dangerous virus and the reason we have had to have such draconian measures and restrictions on our freedoms and suddenly we are saying, 0k, it is ok for the kids to go to school, and ultimately many parents are going to be extremely worried about their children. there are also, even if we take out the unions and take out the issues around those who are running schools, there are so many practicalities with parents up so many practicalities with parents up and down the country regarding how they get their children to school, from school, the wraparound childcare they used to have, grandparents having a huge role to play often. for lots of parents there are many other considerations whichjust opening the there are many other considerations which just opening the schools does not sell. going to the comment about
people being scared, the chairman of the public health committee in the bma has said that the bma wants schools to reopen and he also talked about a zero risk approach not being possible and that is basically the key. are we going to get to a point where there is zero risk for us to go to the shops and back to schools, and back to work, is that really possible and realistic or should we just accept what he says which is this is about safe being an a cce pta ble this is about safe being an acceptable level of risk? that is forjo initially. acceptable level of risk? that is forjo initially. no one can provide a zero risk environment and the reality is that the public are going to be left with choices to make about their behaviour and whether they wear face coverings for example, the government suggesting that face coverings could be used on public transport, so there are