09/01/2016 The Papers


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and went on to present Crackerjack and Top of the Pops.


Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are the journalist Benedicte Paviot from the news


channel France 24 and the political commentator and former adviser to


The Independent on Sunday leads with claims that Jeremy Corbyn


is planning to fast-track changes to party policy on Trident.


School discipline is the lead in the Observer which claims


the prime minister is to suggest that parents should have a say in


The Mail on Sunday matches our top story this evening,


the swoop by police in Ghana on the main suspect police want to speak to


in connection with the murder of Sian Blake and her young sons.


The front of the Sunday Times also carries a photo of the suspect


Arthur Simpson-Kent but its main story is about the junior doctors


The planned junior doctors strike is also the lead in the Telegraph,


with the health secretary claiming the walkout could hit A units.


And finally the Sun splashes with allegations


about the private life of the singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.


We will begin with politics, as we often do on a Saturday night. The


Observer, Jeremy Corbyn urges party unity as a top MP quits. We will


have to wait to see who this is. Yes, Alison McGovern. She has


already quit, and one could be mistaken for thinking this is going


to be another live resignation on the BBC on Sunday. It seems she has


already resigned, but the Observer says she will be launching a very


bitter attack against John McDonnell, because he in fact


earlier this week accused the pressure group Progress, which she


chairs, has been full of people with heart right conservative views. The


problem with what we are seeing in this column is the development of


another internal story to the Labour Party, as opposed to the Labour


Party telling the world and certainly the nation, let alone its


own MPs, what its policy is under Jeremy Corbyn. The alarm here is the


fact that Jeremy Corbyn, although the title says that he urges party


unity, in another place it talks about imposing unity, because he


seems to be bypassing Labour Party MPs, because he wants to do that and


get through his policy on Trident. Will come to Trident in a moment,


but when you look at the state of the Labour Party, what your


feelings? I think what Alison McGovern is right to highlight is


this worrying development we have seen that started during the


leadership election, which has seen a coarsening of the internal debate


within the Labour Party, a real descent into tactics online that


seemed to be operating online from parts of the party, which owes


nothing to labour values, and has the Shadow Chancellor making


comments about Labour Party members. I think they would prefer to see the


Shadow Chancellor talking about George Osborne about policy, rather


than making is here as claims about the BBC and the other MPs. There is


a suggestion here that there would be a fast track way of teaching


Trident. How would it work if this article is correct? Despite all the


shenanigans, the position of the Shadow Cabinet is not fundamentally


changed on Trident. It is party policy, it is what MPs stood on at


the last election. What Jeremy Corbyn is looking to do is create a


rival power base by using the national executive committee of the


Labour Party as an alternative voice in this debate. But the fundamental


mistake is the more that there is a narrowing of policy debate within


the Labour Party, the more we will get ourselves into trouble. We


should be looking to broaden the policy debate we are having to have


more party members, not to mention the public, somewhere in this debate


as well. It was the MPs who were voted in, wasn't it? Yes, in May


2015. I know a week is a long time in politics, but surely by now, what


would be the real responsibility of the Shadow Cabinet? What is the


point of a reshuffle if you are going to try to bypass the Shadow


Cabinet anyway? I think this is very worrying, and it seems like the


party has not settled down, we were supposed to have a debate in summer,


the reason the election had been lengthened, and all this talk that


the media is concentrating on, because it seems to be a lot of


internal politics going on. Let's look at the Sunday Times. David


Cameron, I will bulldoze Sin Cara states -- sink states. This would be


to destroy 100 of Britain's sink estates. This is to tackle drug


abuse and address poverty. This is to try to really get rid of poverty


in this country. But it is also making me think of what we were


talking about earlier Ron, parenting classes. It is almost as if the


PM's feeling about the country, the family, I think there is a real


concern on his part that poverty and drug abuse, and families being a bit


disjointed and living inside those estates... He says the families are


doing their best but the environment they live in is dire and therefore


not conducive to addressing gangs. This will appeal to a lot of Labour


voters, won't it? I think... I am sure what will turn out to be the


case is that the reality of this policy will turn out to be different


from the headline here, and of course you can't talk about the


circumstances people are living in without raising the fundamental


issues of the fact that this is the same government that is cutting tax


credits, that has seen a record number of people going to food


banks. If David Cameron really wants to reduce poverty, a headline in the


Sunday Times and about sink estates is not the way to do it. The key is


to occupy the centre ground, because Jeremy Corbyn is not occupying its.


Sir Philip Dilly, who got into a bit of hot water because he was here


when all the flood problems were happening, he is the Environment


Agency's chair, he was on holiday. Not in the part of the West Indies


that he said he was in. On one level, if your home has been flooded


it is ghastly, and doesn't really matter if his family relations from


Barbados or to automaker? The reason it matters is that the initial


statement that the Environment Agency put out was disingenuous, and


the reason it matters in reality is because it speaks to a lack of grip


that the Environment Agency had going into this problem -- Jamaica.


But more than that, it would seem basic common sense that if you have


the kind of job that he has Environment Agency, you would think


that being around at this time would probably be a good idea. It is


just, when people are having a really tough time, it is bad enough


that they think, it is all right to you, you are in Barbados, he is


entitled to don his holiday, but it is the timing. I think it is the


fact that there was an attempt to lie, certainly to obfuscate at


first. I like that better. And this at a time when people's livelihoods


and homes and businesses are threatened, very understandably, to


then have someone who was available I'm sure via Skype and e-mail and


text message, the last thing you want to do is lie about that. It is


unfortunate, not a good idea. Of course, when we know how much is


paid and he is working three days a week, it gives the impression of


somebody that is not very conducive, when there are people who are facing


their futures, with businesses having to close down, and the


problem of insurance, and how people will get through the coming months


when all their possessions and livelihoods have been threatened or


are finished. And they will have to completely rebuild their lives.


CabiNet split over Europe censorship in the Sunday Times. -- the Sunday


Telegraph. A suggestion that David Cameron is trying to keep


Eurosceptic ministers on a tight rein over their messaging. There is


a suggestion that there will not be collective responsibility, that


ministers will be free to vote in conscience. The CabiNet split in


itself is not a secret, but the fact that civil servants are apparently


looking at speeches and toning down the Eurosceptic nature of certain


ministers' speeches, and at the same time others are being encouraged to


make Euro friendly speeches, so that is being criticised as being double


standards. The Chancellor and PM accused of having already made up


their minds, that they would rather stay in. What an exclusive! This is


part of the problem, the government has to maintain its fiction that it


somehow hasn't made up its mind about whether it thinks Britain


should be a member of the EU. This whole problem comes back to David


Cameron's focus, because of the nature of the splits within the


Conservative Party, in having to focus on party management rather


than national interest. That is what is depressing about this whole


debate. Whatever happens in this renegotiation, some people will say


it is enough mark others that it is not. It doesn't change the


fundamentals of whether Britain is better in Europe or not. That is


what the argument will be about, and we might as well just get on with


it. Here we have a cartoon. The husband says, I can't come to


church, the communion wine will push me over my weekly limit. You have


got to live a little. All of these experts, whether it is statins, they


tell you this, they tell you that, I think a little bit of alcohol,


generally I like it with a bit of food... I think having been raised


like that, and a lot of French people are, then you enjoy it. Some


people said Champagne is like drinking the stars, and I like


sometimes been closer to the stars. I like that idea. It is a panel of


people giving advice about something people think they know best about.


The interesting thing is the story about the Pope and the leadership


within the church, and yet again you are seeing a change of tone from the


Pope, the challenge he will face is trying to change doctrine, of


course. On a Sunday, the best day of the week to start. Lovely to see you


both, thank you. Up next, The Film Review.


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