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play in rugby next season? All that in 15 minutes


after the papers. Hello and welcome to


our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.


With me are the political commentator Lance Price,


and Tony Grew, who's parliamentary editor at Politics Home.


Tomorrow's front pages. We start with a look at the FT, and


the top story of Tesco's dismal trading results. The chief executive


said they were the worst he had seen in his 40 year career. The express


is claiming that a healthy lifestyle is the key to beating dementia. The


independent's a main picture is of Hong Kong's defiant stance against


China's Tiananmen Square blackout, with crowds holding a candlelit


vigil. The Telegraph leads with the death of a baby reportedly from a


contaminated batch of intravenous medication. The picture is of the


Queen's page boy who collapsed during her speech. That is also the


big story in the guardian. The Daily Mail says it is the first


time in British history that a trial has been held entirely in secret.


And the Mirror has a picture of the UKIP leader Nigel Farage with a


female companion in Malta. So let's begin with the Telegraph. A number


of papers reflecting on the Queen's Speech, but this photograph takes is


there, and you were there. I was there in the press gallery this


morning. This captures beautifully the moment, because the main problem


for the press, like myself and most of the other people watching, was


that we couldn't see what was going on. This gentleman carrying the


cap, here's a Cabinet minister, it was quite difficult to see what was


going on. The Queen was about nine minutes into the speech, and it can


be quite boring. You know what is going to be in it anyway. And this


is one of the pages of honour, they carry her Parliamentary Rob, which


is quite heavy, said that it doesn't drag behind her. He is known as


Viscount Eyrthry. The Queen kept on reading the speech. You can see that


Charles and Camilla were concerned. He was taken out and recovered quite


quickly, we were told, and was reunited with his family, and then


the Queen was left with three train bearers who had to try to manhandle


the train. It does get very hot in there, because you have all of the


peers and the MPs crowding in, and you have the TV like. So you have to


feel some and sympathy for the poor lad. I don't think it was a comment


on the tedium of the speech. There was a little flicker of the eyes


from the Queen, which the cameras picked up, but there wasn't a lot in


the speech. It wasn't a big event in that sense. It is the last one


before the general election, a truncated year anyway because of the


timing of it all. Most of the politicians will be much more


concerned about what is going into their manifestos than the last bits


and pieces of legislation, so it is not surprising that there isn't a


great deal. 11 bills, Tony. Most of them have been trial. No new ideas,


no great surprises. This is the Lib Dems' fault. They insisted that the


parliament would be five years, but in Lib Dem classic attempts to


tinker with the constitution, they wanted to set all of the


parliaments to be five years long. If the Prime Minister thinks he is


going to win, Parliament is normally about four years. At the moment, we


should be getting ready for a general election. The tough stuff of


the coalition agreement has already been done, so there is very little


left that the parties agree on to put into the Queen's Speech, which


is why they were talking about a tax on plastic bags. I think people will


be talking about that. I think it might be more other talking point


than you think. That is a very England centric view, it is already


applicable in Northern Ireland and Wales and coming in Scotland, so


only the English will be interested in that. One of the issues raised


was fracking. The Metro goes with the idea of them drilling under your


home. It sounds terrifying that they could come and park themselves


somewhere near to your home and go underneath it without having to ask


your permission to do so. But it is fascinating the way in which the


whole fracking debaters developed. It has become one about energy


security. We don't want to be dependent on the Middle East on


Russian gas and so on. The debate is different in this country what it is


and others. In France, everyone is opposed to fracking, and no


government could get away with this. The Germans have been opposed up


until now, but it seems they are coming around to it, because they


don't want to be dependent on the Russians. So whether or not we will


see these people turning up outside our front door is soon, it depends


where you live. A green energy campaigner was quoted, you shouldn't


the allowed to turn up outside someone's home and start fracking


under their garden. It sounds like a line from a comedy! This could be


the new North Sea oil for Britain. It could solve our energy needs, and


America is used in example. But this could be one part of the Queen's


Speech that could prove contentious. The Lib Dems are not happy. If you


introduce legislation in your last year as a Government, of the Lord's


start to object, it falls. I will be interested to see what Labour have


to say about this as we get closer to the general election. It seems


like a no`brainer. If the Tories are keen, they should be opposing it.


And it is interesting that David Cameron was telling us that his


would be the greenest Government ever, all about the wind farms,


solar energy, natural advantages that the UK has, and now it is all


about fracking. We have gone from being the Green party into some kind


of wild west scenario. My understanding of Labour's position


is that whilst not opposed to fracking, it shouldn't be seen as


the answer to everything, and it has to go alongside other sources of


energy. Any common`sense person would tell you that. A sensible


country has a mix of energy sources. It may be that fracking can continue


to contribute to that. And there may be advantages to it. I have heard it


talked around in Parliament, jokes that Lancashire could fall into the


sea which was popular in Yorkshire! Indeed! There is a limited amount we


can say about the secret trial, for obvious reasons. What you make of


it? It is extraordinary. It is almost like a super injunction,


where you can't even referred to the fact that there is an injunction. Up


until today, it wasn't even possible for journalists to refer to the fact


that there was a trial in secret, even that was a secret. And clearly


it is something that greatly concerns civil liberties


campaigners, and they are quoted in the story here. But it is troubling


for all of us to know that this sort of thing can happen. It appears that


the prosecution felt that unless it was in secret, they wouldn't be able


to prosecute the case at all. We can't judge that because we have no


idea what they are talking about or who the defendants are.


idea what they are talking about or The question that I still have in my


mind, because I haven't been able to find an answer so far, is who has


the power to decide that a trial like this can take place without any


others know anything about it. Does that prey on your mind? Two points


occurred to me, not all trials are open, there are severe restrictions


on the family courts. I guess this comes down to whether you believe


the security services are doing this because they genuinely feel it could


jeopardise National Security Agency around, and the second thing is,


although I object to any do anything that means journalists can't


observe, but at least we're not taking people to Guantanamo Bay just


assuming we cannot bring our processes forward. It is an old


adage that justice must be seen to be done, that would undermine one of


the fundamental principles. I know you have been reading the Tesco's


story with interest, dismal Tesco has been the juggernaut of


British supermarkets, it has powered ahead in the last three decades,


from the domestic landscape in terms of


supermarket shopping. A lot of countries it is heading. One thing


that really jumped out, shareholder returns, and for Tesco since 2011,


minus 13.9, Morrisons still struggling, minus 16. Ocado, 84.4%,


a huge jump. If I was a shareholder, I would be looking at the home


delivery market. I am not a market analyst, but this is interesting.


People seem to have fallen out of love with very large shops that they


have invested a lot of money on, and they are facing competition now from


some of the better value... It is from above and below. Tesco's


problem is they are stuck in the middle. They are doing quality food,


but there are people doing much cheaper food, which there is a


market for. I think the chief executive is under a lot of


pressure. He says he is not going anywhere, but I would have thought


that his position must be under considerable threat after all of


this. And not because they don't, as Tony says, still have a huge market


share, but he's talking about quarter after quarter where the


situation is not going to improve, and I think there's only so long


that shareholders and board members will be prepared to be patient.


Another good brand name, we have seen so many iconic stores going out


of business. It is not going to happen in this case, but the scale


of them as a company, the turnaround plan is worth ?1 billion, vast


amounts of money. We are out of time, gentlemen, we have talked at


such length about Tesco that we have not had time to move onto another


one. Thank you for the moment, see you at 11:30 for another look at the


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