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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers
With me are the broadcaster Penny Smith and Liam Halligan,
the economics commentator for The Daily Telegraph.
"Nuclear Fallout" is the Metro's headline.
It refers to the row between Britain and Russia
after a public inquiry concluded the former Russian spy, Alexander
Litvinenko, was probably killed with the approval of President Putin.
The i goes with the same story, saying the Kremlin views
The Times claims Russia could be linked to seven political
assassinations apart from Litvinenko.
The Guardian features the same story but also reports that
one of Britain's top gynaecologists advises that a fifth
of maternity units should close to ensure mothers get better care.
The FT's top story is that US and European stock markets have
recovered a little after the Central Bank prepared to launch
The Mirror claims that the Conservatives could snub UK
steel firms and use cheap imports to build new Royal Navy warships.
The Daily Telegraph's front page highlights the news that
the murder rate in England and Wales has risen sharply
And finally, the Sun has more on the inquiry
The paper says managers tried to hide accusations that an unknown DJ
seduced a 15-year-old girl, who later killed herself.
Russia in the frame for a string of murders. The picture on the front is
of the two assassins, according to this report, of Alexander
Litvinenko. And the suggestion is that other assassinations were
carried out in the UK, but not necessarily by these two. We have a
328 page report today. Everyone is wading through it. The headline, of
course, is that the FSB probably sanctioned the killing of Alexander
Litvinenko in 2006. Death by polonium in a London hotel. And that
means that the Russian government probably is implicated as well. I
think that what is interesting today, as well as the fact that this
should provide some relief to the grieving widow of Alexander
Litvinenko and his son, who has also been making media appearances today,
is that the Russians have responded in kind calling this report blatant
provocation and a politicising of what is in fact a criminal case. You
do get the sense, however, from Whitehall that despite the strong
rhetoric, the real point of today is to draw a line under this episode.
There is no talk of sanctioning Russia beyond the exist and EU
sanctions still in force... Except that they are considering, Theresa
May is considering, isn't she? She is considering to see if they should
issue fresh extradition requests for these two, one of whom is an MP and
the other is a Russian Army veteran. They said they don't want to call
for a boycott of the World Cup, which is in Russia in 2018. We are
not seeking to punish ordinary citizens. But if they were going to,
today would be the day to do it. But that wider point, in general, asking
for the extradition of these two is frivolous. It ain't going to happen.
If you really want to punish the Russians, you freeze President
Putin's assets. They have already said they will do that. But then on
the other hand, we do live in a global world and at the moment,
Islamic State is a bigger issue than this and therefore... And we need
Russia in order to try and get some sort of deal there. This has cast a
shadow over bilateral relations for a decade between Russia and the UK.
There is a lot of pragmatism, if I can put it that way, at the top of
the British government that we need Russia not only to tackle Islamic
State but also Russia as a member of the UN Security Council in terms of
the rapprochement with Iran, which is also very important. David
Cameron declares war on which can't lawyers. -- witch-hunt. They say
they. Access to public money for foreigners who have not been in the
UK for 12 months. -- they say they will choke off access. This is one
of those stories that you have to undertake. Essentially, they are
saying... And you can see from this headline, pm supports Daily
campaign to prevent the hounding of brave British soldiers. -- Prime
Minister supports. I want to put on my glasses to make sure I don't get
this wrong. Sweeping changes to legal aid agreements. And what it
says is that removing the financial incentive in what would be a legal
first, Number Ten is also plotting to take draconian action against
this person, who has led the charge against British troops. It involves
claims that British soldiers went on a killing and torture spree
following a fierce battle in southern Iraq in 2004. Documents
could have brought the inquiry to an earlier conclusion. The man in
question has said that over the last 12 years many cases of abuse made
against the Ministry of Defence in the occupation of Iraq have been
made successfully. No one is above the law. We cannot imagine that the
Prime Minister is proposing this should change. And what I would say
is that this is really an incredible story. More than 1500 compensation
claims against British voters. And a lot of public money for legal aid.
-- against British soldiers. And it is a no-win, no fee principle, which
means anyone can get involved. But they have found instances... It has
put a time limit on it and making sure that cases can only be brought
that are sponsored by legal aid by alleged victims who are actually
resident now in the UK. The Express. Migrant houses will go to flood
victims. This is an interesting story, of course. As a result of the
migration crisis, local councils across the UK have been required by
governments to house a certain number of families fleeing the civil
war in Syria. Britain's response has been to go to refugee camps and
identify families rather than taking families who make it to Britain
under their own steam in order to stop an exodus, if you well. Cumbria
has been told to take 30 Syrian families. That was in November.
Since then, we have had big storms and the terrible flooding in the
Lake District and we have had news now that the crisis it can bring
council has been granted an exemption by the government on this
requirement. -- Cumbrian Council. That means those houses can be given
to provide temporary accommodation to flood victims. That would make
sense to a lot of people. One-man is quoted here, Matthew Connolly, and
he says he totally understands there is now a local crisis which eclipses
what is happening internationally and we need to sort ourselves out
first. There is a general feeling that this makes sense. OK. The
Mirror. Ultimate betrayal. Proud industry decimated. I feel terribly
sorry for all of these communities. It does have a whiff of Wembley
miners went to the wall. -- of when the miners. I was born in a mining
area and after the event, you just think... When you look at the
numbers, it is, for example, over 1000 jobs going in one place, 2000
jobs elsewhere. And then more in Scotland. That already is more than
4000. But with those jobs also go so many other jobs and a whole area, an
area that becomes decimated, and it is totally understandable that there
are people saying... I do understand that if you are in the EU, you have
to put these things out to tender and so on, and it is all about
getting the best deal, but at the same time, you cannot help but
thinking that other countries have done it, other countries have bailed
out their industries... Despite all of that devastation and decimation,
they could be using foreign steel to build... The Mirror put their finger
on something here using Freedom of Information and some other dry
questioning of ministers. There will be frigates built on the Clyde. The
Mirror is a feeling that the government may use steel for those
frigates that is sourced abroad. Why would they do that? According to the
Mirror, because they are trying British workers. According to the
government, they are duty bound to get the best deal for taxpayers that
they can. In 2014, the average price of British steel was between 800 and
900 euros per metric ton and the average price of Chinese steel was
around this 580 euros per metric ton. Since then, the pound has got
stronger, which exacerbates that problem. Some people say that the
Chinese are really dumping their steel at low prices in order to
decimate our industry but it is extremely difficult to prove. The
point is that we are all taxpayers and I think there would be a lot of
people who would say that a better deal for us would not be to have
loads of people unemployed and have these areas completely wiped out.
Families using elderly relatives to steal cash. This is contactless
payment cards. I don't like them. I do. It means you can... I told you
that in confidence! Payments have chuckled in the last year. --
tripled. These are horrible people stealing from elderly residents,
mostly women over 80, who do not know that these cards don't require
a PIN number and... Is this really a widespread problem? It seems to be.
According to this charity that has conducted the study, it is a
problem. I must say that despite the potential for abuse, I do think it
is inevitable that there will be a lot more of this. With contactless
card in any form. In the end we will have chips inside our wrists. I
already have that. You can buy the drinks later. The Times. Think big.
You have the biggest brain. Mine is very small. Mine is tiny. If I shake
my head really hard, I can hear it rattling. We are getting to the
point where we walk into a room and we cannot remember what we went in
there four, and yet we can apparently is all 4.7 billion bugs
in our head, including Tolstoy and Russell Brand. Do you want that one
in your head? This is one of those great nerd stories. Is by the
professor of computational neurobiology in California. I'm not
sure I believe that. But don't we just love a Boston story? The part
of the brain that Heelsville memory has capacity ten times greater than
previous thought. -- deals with memory. 670 million webpages. They
say they have unlocked the design principle. We discovered the key to
unlocking the design principle for how hippocampal neurons deal
with... Hippopotamus neurons? I love the idea of hippopotamus roaming all
over the place. Anyone going on holiday this summer, why not take
4.7 billion books with you? And then forget your passport!
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