05/01/2016 The Papers


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the first black African to make a test century for South Africa. A


tough day for England and with one day left in the Test match draw


looks likely. And the first leg of the Capital One Cup semifinal first


leg between Stoke City and Liverpool. That is coming up after


The Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead


to what the the papers will be With me are Beth Rigby,


the Digital Editor of the Times and the writer


and broadcaster John Kampfner Tomorrow's


front pages...starting with... The FT leads


with the bid by Sainsbury's for Argos and Homebase,


which it says is an attempt to head off the entry of Amazon


into the UK groceries market. Labour's reshuffle,


and the sacking of Michael Dugher, That story on the front


of the Independent, which also, like many papers, carries a picture


of a tearful President Obama, who has called for


tougher gun controls. The Metro leads with


the disappearance of former Police say they have found three


bodies in the garden of her family The Telegraph says that police


failed to notice for six weeks that the Briton suspected


of appearing in the latest IS video The Guardian says that


David Cameron was forced into granting ministers a free rein


on the EU referendum after a manoeuvre by


leading Eurosceptics. The Express says the move


is a "huge boost" We will start with the Independent.


The tears of President Obama, the jeering by the gun lobby, on the


front page. An emotional address from the president saying why he


would use his executive authority as president to push through tougher


gun controls. As John and I said in the last time we did a paper review


after a mass killing in the USA, there was another heartfelt press


conference from President Obama and today he has decided he will not be


a lame duck president in his final year, he will finish this and


finished business, or try to, and tighten the gun controls. Because he


has been blocked by Congress on this, by the Republican party, he


has taken the step of taking executive orders to effectively


force it through over the heads of Congress which has got the


Republicans up in arms. It will be huge fight. He clearly, from the


picture of the tears rolling down his face, it's a very effective


press conference in he surrounded himself with families who have been


victims of these mass shootings. He really wants to try to do something


about it. His argument is that he has the majority of the American


people on his side committee believes, if not the majority of the


American politicians. So he is trying to play that card by saying,


I am the president and I will override them and go over their


heads, to the people. Something like 87% of Americans in the latest


opinion polls want tougher back rent cheques and yet Congress, the


Senate, and the household mark of blocked it at every turn. One


wonders how they managed to get away with that, given the depth of


feeling and the number of shootings there have been in America just in


the last six months. Except that the numbers for Americans who actually


believe in the constitutional right to bear arms is very different. It


has got some, do I say it, normal Americans believing in that


constitutional right. Nobody is attacking bad right! This is the


adage about being divided by a common language. The British, that


is, the Europeans and the Americans, cannot get this head around this. It


seems completely bonkers. It is not just having a single rifle, shot


gun, although that is quite weird in my book. It's having the


semiautomatic weapons. They can fire hundreds of rounds indiscriminately


with barely a chat. We just don't get it. The gun lobby has stopped


almost everything in the last 30 years and everything has got worse


because of this noxious cocktail of the provision of weapons, they are


so easy to get hold of. Here in Europe you can get hold of weapons


comparatively easily but that is doing so he legally, -- illegally.


On top of that you have social media, which reinforces, as it does


for the jihadists, or whatever, this idea of distorted heroism. It is


curious. Beth, you mentioned the idea of the Republicans in Congress


being against this, Ronald Reagan supported deeper, wider background


checks in 1991. The anniversary of him being shot! And his press


secretary actually being killed. It is difficult to comprehend why the


Republican Party is so behind the National Rifle Association on this


and is not willing to contemplate any change. The point is, what is


curious about this is, he's actually asking for minor changes. All these


are, are changes to loopholes whereby people can go to a gun fair


and buy a gun without checks. I think it has become an emblem for


the Republicans of liberty, and the right to carry a gun. And he has so


much, Case in point, that emotional press conference that he's been


holding, for years, and each of these shootings, he has turned it


into his personal crusade. He has personalised it. And that makes it


even more emotive for his opponents. Biggar you can bet your bottom


dollar that if Hillary Clinton wins, she is almost certain to get the


Democratic nomination and then it will be her against who knows who,


maybe Donald Trump, if she wins she will not go for this as an issue in


the way that President Obama has. Although she did put out a statement


to the effect that whoever wins the election needs to stand on the


shoulders... And then all the Republican candidates came out on


Twitter and said that he has overstepped his... 87% of the public


are supporting you and your running for national election? The way that


politics works, 87% of the people might want it but if your supporters


don't you have to play to them. OK. The Independent. Jeremy Corbyn is


ridiculed by the man he sacked. This is getting weird. Yeah. This is the


only one of the papers we have two putted on the front page. I think


that's quite good. -- to put it on front page. Reshuffles are the


perfect fodder for Westminster anoraks. I love that!


LAUGHTER I love a good reshuffle, I always


will. The best bit, it is not here, although I read it on Twitter


earlier, Sunday was asking whether they would complete this reshuffle


before the Chilcot Report came out! Which would come first? Three years


already, and today he got rid of Michael Dugher, who was shadow


culture and creative industries secretary. The only one so far to


have been got rid of. The response to his sacking has been very strong.


I would slightly disagree with John. He's a it is a Westminster bubble


story. The reason that this is interesting is that the whole point


of this reshuffle, it was after the Syria vote in the House when Mr


Corbyn felt that Hilary Benn had not supported him and had shown him up,


effectively. It was also after the old by-election which Labour one.


Which cemented his position as leader -- the old by-election which


was won by Labour. This is his attempt to stamp his authority on


the party which has given him a lot of difficulties since he became


leader. That's gone well, hasn't it? Interesting because 30 hours into


this reshuffle, Hilary Benn is still in place as Shadow Foreign Secretary


and will probably stay there. That is what the Westminster watchers


think. The only person to have gone is Michael Dugher. It seems that Mr


Corbyn is not able to make the changes he wants because of the


backlash within the Shadow Cabinet. Some reports in the Guardian earlier


suggested that ten Shadow Cabinet ministers had threatened to walk out


if you removed Hilary Benn. -- if he removed Hilary Benn. It is a window


into the battle for the heart of the party. The last word. Reshuffles are


supposed to show the strength of the leader. This clearly has not done


that. Although there is a great history, Tony Blair always said that


he would forget people and have to find them jobs, it never goes


according to plan. An interesting observation is that when David


Cameron did them he very rarely did. He tried to keep people in place. To


be an effective opposition if you keep changing your Cabinet ministers


how will they get momentum against your opponents in a hazard commons?


Onto the Guardian, the Prime Minister forced to give ministers


free rein on EU. A similar problem to Mr Corbyn's. It's going to be a


free vote. And ministers can campaign whichever way they like as


soon as he comes back from Brussels with a deal that he can give to the


British people. To be honest, this was not if, this was when. The


Eurosceptic wing of the party, including some Cabinet ministers who


were prominently Eurosceptics, like Chris Grayling, Theresa Villiers,


Iain Duncan Smith, they have all said, behind-the-scenes, we need a


free vote. Because there will be certain people in Cabinet who will


feel that they have to resign if they are bound a collective


responsibility. Eurosceptic MPs were pressing the promised to make this


announcement at the party conference. He has held and held his


ground. Because he did not want to do it. He did say two and are that


ministers would not be allowed to do what they wanted to. They were


flipping and flopping on this, were they going to do it or not. The


point is that now Cameron is looking towards the referendum, and is


looking beyond that, to the yes or no vote, how he will rebuild the


party, after the event, because it will potentially split it.


Michael has time made the point that he felt that Britain would look like


a laughing stock -- Michael Heseltine. It would look as if David


Cameron had one line on Europe and his cabinet ministers had a raft of


different ideas about what should happen. Is it clear that if the


prime ministers loses this vote when it comes, potentially in June,


you'll have to go? It will be very hard for him to stay, not just him,


his associates, George Osborne, the mainstream... They would have to go


as well? I'm just saying that this would put all the events of the past


years into perspective. This is absolutely massive. The problem that


David Cameron has is that he continues to struggle to show the


reforms that he is getting in Europe. If he could already have


banked them and come back with a paper saying, these are the changes


that I have got, he could have gone hell for leather on the Yes


campaign. He hasn't even started to do that yet. The Yes campaign has to


campaign with one hand tied behind its back. Have got to come in there.


The Financial Times. Sainsbury's pursues Home Retail. Fascinating. A


lot of activities around mergers and acquisitions. A fascinating story,


because you've got a Sainsbury's, a big grocer, Home Retail a big


non-food retailer and they are competing against Amazon. Amazon


sells non-food products. A lot of people do all the Christmas shopping


and Amazon. They are getting drones to deliver the parcels. Sainsbury's


will be wondering how they can compete not Amazon wants to be a


food retailer. It's an interesting strategic shift in the market.


Sainsbury's, one of the biggest grocers... They used to own home


base and they sold it in 2000. You can't drop eggs off with a drone!


LAUGHTER They will find some packaging! John


and Beth, you will be back in one hour. We will look at more stories.


Stay with us. Now, coming up, it's sports day. -- it's sports


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