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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers


With me are Isabel Hardman, Assistant Editor at the Spectator


and James Lyons, Deputy Political Editor at the Sunday Times.


One story dominating, let's talk you through the front pages, as we have


them. The Telegraph is reporting on the British tourists minutes away


from take-off and who now find themselves stranded in Sharm


el-Sheikh in Egypt after the British Government suspended all flights in


and out of the resort. The Guardian says the Government was acting on


specific intelligence relating to the crash, which it received in the


last 24 hours. The Mirror has the stark headline, it's not safe to fly


home. The Times reports and comments from American intelligence sources


that Islamic State was responsible for blowing up the plane. The Metro


says Government concerns stem from its own intelligence sources rather


than anything coming out of the crash investigation in Egypt. And,


the only paper not to feature the plane crash, leads instead on pleas


from the National Grid for heavy users of


Let's start off with the Guardian, consumption after an unexpected


Let's start off with the Guardian, this is a huge story which broke in


good time for all the papers. All papers able to get together some


pretty comprehensive analysis. The question is why have the


government decided to suspend flights now when the plane came down


over the weekend? The answer is they have had intelligence not part of


the flight investigation that led them to believe they had to, as a


precautionary measure, to suspend the flights. This is uneven of the


visit of President Sisi. The Egyptian president here for a


visit, embarrassing timing? The Egyptians are already up in arms


about the decision so it will be an uncomfortable meeting tomorrow. It


will be a body blow for tourism in Egypt's, which is already reeling?


20,000 people stuck out there now and the Foreign Office has changed


its advice this evening, which has said Sharm el Sheikh, no longer


consider it safe. As far as I can can see from reports around, the


bars are open restaurants are open and there doesn't seem to be any


heightened security. You have been there several times? I have been


through Sharm several times. I wasn't too concerned. There is a


history of these problems in the region. Sharm has been targeted, a


resort of the coast, there were suicide attacks there in 2006 which


killed 23 people. It will not come as a surprise there are risks in


this area. I was reading this morning, Gove's wife had been


planning a winter break and cancelled on the last-minute on a


gut instinct, so there you go. Isabel, the Metro, bomb alert,


grounds Sharm flights. What they were saying is, the statement from


Downing Street we had, it may well have been brought down by an


explosive device. What an unusual statement by Number Ten? Yes, given


the Egyptians and the Russians at the weekend said they didn't think


it was the results of a terrorist package. The plane itself


disintegrated in the air, I suppose the airline company are relieved at


least one country is starting to raise again, the possibility of


terrorist activities. It is saying in the Metro, it is understood the


concerns are from Britain's own intelligence sources but I


understand it could be some satellite imagery the US got hold of


which they may have shared with us, which showed a flash in the sky. The


Egyptians saying this is an overreaction by the British


government, but if you are a Prime Minister or a Foreign Secretary, it


is hard to take any risk when you think perhaps the airport security


there at Sharm el Sheikh is not up to scratch? This is why politicians


have such a difficult job. If they hadn't suspended flights and


something happens, you can imagine the reaction when the press here


find out there had been intelligence that had been passed to the British,


suggesting it might have been something to do with terrorism. You


can totally understand why they have taken that decision. It is awkward


in terms of relations with Egypt. You have seen the impact on other


countries that have had terrorist action, Tunisia for example. It


comes after they put a security team on the ground to check out the


airport. This comes as news from the Home Secretary's wanting new


surveillance powers for the intelligence agencies. In some ways


she might think this backs up her case the security services do need


modernised, up today intelligence gathering techniques, in order to


combat terrorism? In Westminster this afternoon when news of this


filtered out before flights were suspended, Downing Street were


suggesting terrorism was involved, some of my more cynical colleagues


thought it might have been a coincidence, but I think we can


discount that. The Guardian are reporting tonight, although Labour


have given a warm welcome to the package they think is a lot more


moderate than what they were expecting, there is some judicial


oversight, the extent of the information retained isn't as fast


as was feared by many. Let's rattle through the others. The Financial


Times, pretty close to power cuts, if you believe this. National Grid


in an emergency plea that the heavy users, industry, to power-down? Yes,


asking heavy industry to switch to rack up generators to ensure supply.


If you go further down in this story, I assume this is because we


didn't have enough power stations and needed to build more, but there


is another angle to this. The problem with the energy supply has


been caused in part because electricity prices are too low to


get supplies incentive to use capacity at short notice. The


Telegraph, James, they have speeding fines. The police will use speeding


fines to raise money? This is a more honest approach many forces have


used in the past. Beds police talking about zero tolerance


approach. Anyone going over 75 Leader of the House 70 miles an hour


will get a fine. It comes in the midst of a cash crisis. Even if you


are doing 71, low margin for error. Talking about slippers, they are


back? It is on the front page of the Telegraph, they are still in fashion


despite underfloor heating and lovely carpets. I am sure James has


a pipe and slippers waiting at home for him after this. Not quite. Do


you wear slippers, ever, Isabel, do you wear slippers? I am a fan of


big, sparkly bed socks. The perfect Christmas present, a pair of


slippers? I am at this stage in my life where all I want is a bottle of


scotch and some socks. Good to talk to, we will be back in an hour to


review the papers. James and Isabel, many thanks. Coming up next, it is


time for sports


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