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


With me are Kate McCann, who is senior political correspondent


at the Telegraph, and the political journalist Rob Merrick.


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with the Financial Times.


It says George Osborne is considering a plan to sell-off


the Government's stake in housing associations, in what it says would


be one of the largest-ever privatisations of its kind.


Corbyn steals a march on Labour plotters is the headline


It suggests the Labour leader is looking to change party rules, in a


The i has details from the court case involving a Brixton man accused


of imprisoning and beating his daughter over a 30-year period.


The Telegraph sets out further details of possible industrial


action by Junior doctors, who are currently being balloted


The same story is the lead in the Guardian.


The paper says that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is


The suggestion from a Tory minister that those


affected by tax credits cuts should go without, to make ends meet,


The Times leads with the migrant crisis.


The paper says Europe's system of open borders is under serious


And there is a warning that Storm Abigail could wreak havoc


So we are going to start with The Times Which features the latest


developments, in some cases lack of them as well, in the migrant crisis.


Borders in crisis after migrant talks fail. Free movement across


Europe close to collapse. There was some agreement, though, wasn't


there? There was some agreement, but perhaps not be agreement that


everybody wanted to see. The African leaders have agreed to voluntarily


received failed asylum seekers, at European leaders were hoping... It


is kind of where we are right now, isn't it? Exactly, they were hoping


for an agreement that that would be as a matter of course, and the


biggest point in this article is that Schengen, the system of orders


between 26 EU nations of free movement across those borders, is


looking likely to collapse. And Donald Tusk is warning more


countries are going to bring back border controls that hits at the


very heart of what Europe is about. Is also a big part of David


Cameron's argument and renegotiation planned that border controls are


very important. So it is a very, very big issue for European leaders


to have the sort of grapple with. It will be interesting to see what


happens in those coming days, to see whether borders will be put up to


stem the flow of migrants across Europe. It is a big issue which has


been here for some time. It will be here for a lot longer, and surprise,


surprise, it is another story about European leaders failing to agree in


a crisis over the big issue of the day. You know, the reaction of some


people, of course, when these people arrive in Europe is to say, well,


they should go back. They are economic migrants, this is the Aga


met, they should go back. But of course, what this shows, even if


that is desirable, which is an open question, it is so difficult to


achieve -- this is the argument. Presumably the solution would not be


what Germany has done, to open its borders to refugees, but this story


talks about the pressure mounting on Angela Merkel. There is a quote


comparing her management of the crisis to a careless skier who


triggers an avalanche. That quote comes from her own Finance Minister,


her own ally. There is disagreement on the governments of various


countries. There does seem to be a multiple procedure that people are


talking about, to try and ease the migrant crisis. It is managing the


borders, it is allowing people in, and it is easing and trying to get


rid of the various issues they are fleeing from. But what there doesn't


seem to be as a general procedure that everyone except, everyone


agrees too. And that is the problem, really. There is a big


problem here that there are lots of people already in Europe and in


European countries and nobody knows how many because they have come


across borders that are open. And that is going to become even more


problematic when we see people looking for housing. So there are


migrants from Africa and other parts of the world, and the Middle East,


who are in these camps. And that cannot last forever. That issue is


going to become bigger and bigger as people come. Something I learn from


our correspondent Clive Murray is that Britain is the biggest donate


of aid in Europe -- Clive Myrie. And they are quite heavily involved in


the fight against Islamic State as well. The counter to that is that


that might be at treble, but Britain has -- that might be admirable, but


Britain has talked about thousands of potential refugees by Christmas.


We have not seen any figures as to how many of that 1000 have arrived.


And as Kate says, the conditions are horrific. As the weather turns in


southern Europe, it is frightening what will happen. To remind us,


there are still millions more on the move in addition to those in refugee


camps. The Guardian, the health secretary condemns extreme action as


doctors warn of three walkouts. The first one very much industrial


action. Extreme action which you perhaps didn't see coming. I think


it was something he hoped wouldn't happen but it looks increasingly


likely and I don't know if Jeremy Hunt will be able to avoid that.


There has been a lot of to-ing and fro-ing in the last couple of months


in trying to renegotiate doctors' contracts. I think it is likely that


they will walk out. I think that is going to look out on both doctors


and on the government. I don't think anybody is going to win out of


this, and certainly not the people who are going to suffer, literally


because their operations will be cancelled, their appointments will


be put back. People will really feel this. And it will be the first time


that dock as have walked out on strike, it is very symbolic. The


argument is about whether Jeremy Hunt is changing the terms of the


doctors' contract to such an extent that that means lots of people are


going to move out. On the front page of the Telegraph, there are some


figures showing only 1% of junior doctors will earn less, the rest


will add more all the same. So I think there is a question about who


is sort of telling the truth here? And junior doctors are refusing to


sit down with Jeremy Hunt, or saying that they don't want to sit down


with Jeremy Hunt and talk it over, and that means they are likely to


vote for the strike action. What happens as a result of that will be


really interesting. Jeremy Hunt digging his heels in over this. It


will be interesting to see how this all plays out. The Guardian is


pretty adamant that he is not going to back down. Presumably he has no


choice but to dig in. He has conceded ground already it was he


has reassured us that the majority of doctors will not be worse off


even as they lose their penalty rates, so he has given way to some


extent. The government is part of a plan to save tens of billions of


pounds on the NHS by 2020. No one believes that is going to be


achievable that if you are going to get anywhere near it you have to


find a way to make the NHS run more efficiently. That is going to sound


very odd to people at home because all day we have been reporting on


the NHS missing targets and being overwhelmed with admissions, and yet


there are more cuts to be looked at. They wouldn't call them cuts,


they would call them efficiencies. They would say ways that the NHS can


be run more efficiently and the money can be pumped back into the


NHS. It is an enormous sum to find, ?20 billion. This is an attempt to


find more by making working hours more sensible. We are trying to


change their working practices. The doctors are demoralised, working


hard, and putting in the time and effort, they would argue. The danger


is if more of them quit and fly off to Australia where they don't work


as hard and they earn more in the sunshine. Part of the reason we lose


doctors abroad. Shall we move onto Independent. Jeremy Corbyn steals a


march on labour plotters. Basically the independents suggesting he is


looking at changing the rules for the Labour Party, being booted out.


Or not re-elected, anyway. And some of his own MPs, it is the latest of


that story, isn't it? Jeremy Corbyn and his top team on one side who are


wanting to make some pretty drastic changes, got some very strong ideas


and then you've got the so-called moderates on the other side who are


a bit concerned about that and what it might mean. There has been some


interesting talk today about whether journalists should use that term


moderates for these MPs, Jeremy Corbyn's camp feels that paints him


as extreme, which is unfair. What term do you use? We use different


terms, we do use moderates. It has taken on the meaning of people who


used to be in the Labour Shadow Cabinet and who would not have been


seen as quite as left wing as Jeremy Corbyn is now, and therefore are


more moderate. That is why it it is used. This story is interesting


because it seems to suggest, and I think that is broadly true, that


Jeremy Corbyn is trying to shore up his support in case there is a bid


to oust him as leader. As Robert was saying earlier, it is unlikely to


happen in the next couple of months for the next couple of years,


because a lot of people in the Labour Party accept that Jeremy has


a big mandate from the electorate and they want to see how that plays


out. And it would play very badly for them to try and take on but at


the same time they don't underestimate the fact that there a


group of MPs below the surface planning to mount a campaign to


introduce a new candidate at some point. Some papers you would expect


these kind of headlines, he is not shaking them off, is he? I wonder if


he can win an election or be Prime Minister without the support of the


press? There has been some speculation perhaps, if Labour is


doing really badly in three or four Mac years' time, resuming that


Jeremy Corbyn is still there, that perhaps he would be willing to make


way for another left-wing leader, someone who would follow much of his


programme, but perhaps he might be convinced that he himself is not


electable, that he would lead Labour to defeat. This would suggest


otherwise. If he is attempting to change the rules, that would suggest


to me that he is determined to lead Labour into the next election, and


that would send shivers down the spines of most MPs who think he will


condemn Labour to certain defeat. Another MP making the papers, Tracey


Crouch, has apologised. Losing tax credits, then ditch your pay-TV.


This is an interview where she suggest that people trying to make


ends meet cut back on what she deemed as luxuries. So I have mixed


feelings about this story. Really? Yes, because the original interview,


this is a line from the original interview but the interview focused


on the fact that Tracey Crouch very sadly had a miscarriage during the


election campaign and that led to the question of whether she would


want to accept the position of sports Minister, which in itself is


quite a big story. And I think that has obviously been lost given that


this is the angle some newspapers are taking. She still said what she


said, she said it in the context of conversations with her constituency,


saying that she has seen examples where people are still paying for


Sky TV and maybe they need to have a rethink. We were discussing it


before we came on, it is obviously not a particularly wise, to make and


I think Tracey has apologised this evening for saying it. The Daily


Mail does point out that perhaps it was coming... It wasn't the right


thing to say but it was coming from a well-intentioned place. It does


point out that she was brought up by a divorced mother on a pretty modest


income. So she was talking from experience of having to make ends


met, in a way. I think she has made what many would think in most


circumstances is a sensible point. That the family is struggling it may


have to make do without some of the things it would wish to have an Sky


TV is maybe one of those. things it would wish to have an Sky


TV is maybe one of While it might be a sensible point, it is terrible,


terrible politics because the tax credits crisis is so much bigger


than that. 3 million people are going to lose ?1300 a year, so


clearly that is much more than the cost of Sky TV. Huge numbers of


those people will not have Sky TV, so it is hugely offensive and more


than that, the government broke its promise to people not to take that


?1300 off than, a promise that was made by the Prime Minister during


the election campaign. Maybe a sensible point in another time but


very bad politics. Would it be getting as much coverage if we


didn't have the tax Reddit cuts? No, it is because we are in the middle


of this tax credit row -- credit cuts. And they are going to have two


announced new measures in the Autumn Statement. They have no idea what


they are going to do. And they are struggling to figure out what it is


going to be, and... We have run out of time for a fun story, no time for


a skateboarding squirrel or. ! -- skateboarding squirrel or a dog!


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