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tonight's games in the Scottish Cup and the Scottish premiership, and


Ronnie O'Sullivan with more on his decision not to make a 147 in the


World Cup of snooker. Hello, and welcome to


our look ahead to what the papers With me are Caroline Daniel,


the editor of the Weekend FT, and Matthew Syed,


a columnist at the Times. Tomorrow's front page,


starting with: The Times reports that the Palace has denied that


a speech by Prince William backed That is the lead, too,


in the Telegraph, which says the Duke's remarks echo


the intervention by the Queen on "Shut your Cakehole" is the Sun's


headline. It is a reference to comments


by the actress Emma Thompson, who has apparently described the UK


as a "cake-filled, misery-laden, The FT says Saudi Arabia and Russia


have agreed to freeze oil output in the Guardian reports that


a new report has highlighted high The Mirror leads on the missing


junior doctor Rose Polge, who left And finally, the Express says house


prices are rising by an average That is good news if you've got a


house. A lot of people don't is the problem. The Times says don't push


us into Brexit. This isn't an editorial. Not yet... You think that


is how they are going to go? It is a strange story because it has been a


mixed day for David Cameron in Europe. The European Parliament has


suggested they have some issues with the deal and they have a right to


have a say on how the deal might go down in terms of being able to vote


on it. On the other hand they also stressed that they don't have the


right of veto over the proposed solution but they had some push back


today and that wasn't great for David Cameron. He wants to have it


signed, sealed and delivered. He doesn't want to have some ambiguity


about the Brits voting on a referendum and later on the European


Parliament undoing it. He has been under pressure from the Eastern


European bloc as well, over the concessions around migrants and some


of their benefits but I think this is... I rather like the fact that in


the first sentence we see a rather stressed David Cameron because they


want to give the sense of Time running out, the only having until


Friday and then he can come out and win some of these issues. Some of


this is just a bit of drama. Going back to my initial point, and this


is in your newspaper, The Times, is this the way that they are Leaning,


do you think? Don't push Britain into Brexit? This is an imputed


quote from Cameron, and it could just be choreography, as you say. I


think there will be a lot of this manoeuvring in the build-up to the


discussion at the end of the week but some of the detail is quite fun.


He is normally so very relaxed, a senior European official said he


looks terribly, terribly stressed and he is worried according to this


report that MEPs will water down an agreement which was already sorted


by a great deal of the British press. And that could end his


premiership and tarnish his legacy. But I suspect, I'm with you. One


thing is that there is a lot of manoeuvring and smoke signalling at


the moment. Secondly, most people will not make a decision on the


future referendum on them initiate of child benefits -- the minutiae.


They will make it on how they feel about written's future. So this is


not as significant as it seems. And the suggestion he is pleading with


European MEPs to save his deal, he is in fact arguing with his own MPs.


This is a far more important domestic issue than what one MEP may


do. The largest groups in the Parliament made clear their support


for British reforms. That is hardly MEPs pushing Britain into Brexit. If


we go to the Independent, the eastern bloc tells Cameron has


benefits plan is unacceptable. You were pretty relaxed just then. It


sounded as though you thought that... Don't over into print.


That's what I always do, over interpret. -- over interpret. It is


just posturing. It is a poker game. When it comes to the negotiation,


each has to show that they are willing to walk away if they don't


get their minimum conditions. And so they are, as it were, exaggerating


what they can do. So the other thing that is worth throwing into this, is


Prince William has weighed in. Not just MEPs, not just European


Commission, it is the future monarch who has given a coded message that


you don't think is significant at all and I think is rather fun, that


we should stay in. A coded message not even mentioning the word


Europe. The eastern bloc is basically saying they want Britain


to walk an extra mile for the deal. They are not happy with Britain


doing this anyway. They want to make Britain sweat a bit and they


wouldn't mind the fact that David Cameron looks a bit stressed. And


they have their own constituencies as well which they have to play


too, no question about that. We are not going to talk about its William,


we did that in the previous hour. But we will talk about another


member of royalty, acting royalty. This is Emma Thompson who has


attacked what she called a cake filled, misery laid in Britain,


saying that we should shut out cakeholes. Not quite, the Sun says


that she should shut her cakehole. Is that the Victoria sponge? I love


Victoria sponges. It is crucial, the proportion of cream. Britain's parts


are the envy of the world. It is one of those kinds of stories -- tarts.


You had Michael Caine a few months ago coming out as very Eurosceptic.


Now we have a left-wing lobby coming out, a pro- EU lobby. She did make a


slightly unfortunate statement during a press conference promoting


a film in Berlin, so she sort of rift on what she thinks about the EU


-- riffed. It is a great headline but I don't think it will make a


substantial change to the debate. Will this really affect the man on


the Clapham omnibus? More successful than the EU is jam sponge. It is all


about the lightness of the sponge. It has to be light and fluffy, there


is no question. I think she is one of the great actresses. Sense and


Sensibility, one of my favourite films. I can understand saying we


want to be part of Europe, but that doesn't mean we have to be negative


about Britain. I'm quite surprised how shrill... I mean, she was asked


in a movie press conference so she may have been taken out of context.


Wu Mac it is a reference to the week about the British like to moan --


she may be trying to convince too many topical news events. Into one


piece of fabulous Victoria sponge. The Sun also has that quote. But we


are going to go on to the Financial Times. The Saudis and Russia agree


on output freezing bid to halt oil price slide. This is a freeze so as


you are suggesting earlier this is hopefully perhaps the bottom of the


slide? This is an important intervention but it is not just one


the market wanted. They wanted them to cut production so the oil price


would go back up and we are all back in the energy game again. Instead


they have said they will stop production where it is and they want


to get other countries like Venezuela and Iran to also agreed to


halt extra production in the hope that that will stop the oil price


sliding but they could have done a lot more, and so people will be


disappointed. But the hope, I think, for an average consumer is


actually the slide in oil won't go down to $10 a barrel which some


people have been gloomily forecasting and it may stick around


$30 which is a bleak what the scientists want to achieve, which is


to cause trouble for the American fracking companies. They have been


trying to deal with ) companies over in the United States and put them


out of business. They have managed to do that with some independent


producers -- some fracking companies. They have had to bring in


a Budget which was the most stringent and cost-cutting, I


suppose you could say, in a long time in the kingdom. This isn't just


about economics for Saudi Arabia. It is about the long-term political


integrity. Survival. As if America becomes independent, energy


independent, on the basis of that relationship, which is essentially


about the US providing protection and arms in return for oil, changes


fundamentally and the attempt to keep the price low, private capital


has been driven into loss-making for the fracking companies in America.


It is interesting they have made this strategic decision now. What I


don't understand is that OPEC tripled the oil price in the 70s,


there was stagflation. Now the price has gone down, it is also a


disaster. You can't get it right. This is very true. Going onto the


Guardian. High sugar content of hot drinks. Now this isn't just your


normal cup of coffee or anything. This is this big things with fruit


in and all kinds of cream on top. I mean, they look as if they are going


to give you a heart attack anyway. I know where you're coming from, but


if I was offered in a Starbucks chai great -- grape latte, I wouldn't


think it has 25 teaspoons of sugar. I am fine with any ingredient in any


product so long as the label is clear. That puts the onus on the


consumer to manage what they consume. But I want clear labelling.


I went to New York a couple of years ago and had a couple of frappe --


frappucinos. It was so cloying. Sugar is the new salt and the new


tobacco. We are getting these stories regularly about the hidden


problems that sugar can sort of highlight. This would not have been


front-page news a while ago. And what is equally interesting is that


Starbucks is saying it will commit to reducing sugar in its tricks by


25% but not until the end of 2020. -- in its drinks. That seems a long


time when we already know the impact, I would say for the really


big ventis you should disclose how much sugar is in them. For most of


the drinks they tested, two thirds of them had less than a can of


Coca-Cola in terms of sugar. I think the most extraordinary thing is the


fact that it says hot chocolate is a fashionable hot drink these days.


What will be next? We are going to go to the Times. Prescribed drugs to


tackle Britain's gambling epidemic. That sounds weird. There are two


different things. I am really interested in the Times picking this


as something to investigate because these... What are they called? Fixed


odds machines, they are the crack cocaine of gambling and they take


?300 a minute. I had a friend who was addicted to gambling and went


into the most horrific downward spiral and the advertising is


everywhere. You cannot watch any sporting coverage without seeing


blanket advertising, both on the television screen and on the shirts


and on the sponsors. And I think it is a problem, and I think, you know,


as I said in the previous answer, I'm worried about the state getting


too involved in these kinds of issues but it is interesting The


Times has gone after this. I am deeply worried about medicalising


this, allowing doctors to look at the list of conditions and then to


start prescribing, in this case, a drug. I think there has been far too


big moves over the last or four Mac decades to medicalise behaviours


which should be dealt with. -- three or four decades. What is drug


actually do? It is a drug prescribed to people with addictions to alcohol


and other drugs, it reduces the neurotransmitters involved in


oxytocin and of that kind. Opiates. Onto the Telegraph, finally, British


children are the laziest. Discussed. There wasn't a lot of proof in this


story. Good headline though. I was more concerned about the fact they


were apparently doing the least the work of any child, so that has been


a concern for me. And it does say that thousands of children had also


had to disclose attitudes to possessions and the iPhones and it


doesn't say anything about their interest to possessions and iPhones,


just talks about them being lazy. That is unfair to Britain's youth.


So says a woman from the Financial Times talking about a story on the


front of the Telegraph. Thank you to Caroline Daniel


and Matthew Syed. Coming up next,


it is time for Sportsday.


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