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That is all the sports and now, now on BBC News, here is Gavin with The


Papers. Welcome to our Sunday morning edition of The Papers. The


front pages: The Sunday Times says Palace officials have conceded the


Queen has been damaged by recent stories, strongly denied she favours


a British exit from the European Union. The Mail on Sunday have


disclosures from the new book from David Laws who describes this


simmering tension between the Prime Minister and Boris Johnson and


Michael Gove. The papers look to the budget with the mail saying the


Chancellor is under pressure to ditch tax cuts for the well. The


observer is saying this could have an effect on the EU vote. The Sunday


Telegraph reports the trains on the HS2 rail scream are in danger of


derailment. I'm not clear why they think the Queen has been damaged?


Has it damaged her? I don't think so. We have a second, third person


accounts of what she might have said. It is based on rumours. Even


if she said what they said she said, which is the European Union seems to


have a lot of problems and going in the wrong direction, it doesn't mean


Brexit does it? When was it said? I agree with her, it is fantastic. The


Palace fights to save the Queen's independence. Then you get the


sourcing of it and it is a friend of somebody and somebody who had a


relation who is one of the Queen's many ladies in waiting. It is based


on a book which refers to a conversation three years ago, is it?


The Queen had said something like a Scottish voters should think


carefully before they voted. Hardly surprising! What is the opposite of


that, don't think before you vote. But this goes back to the sun


newspaper and Tony Gallagher. He knew what he was doing and he was


reflect ding his master's voice, namely Mr Murdoch. He would know you


don't report private conversations. There is a protocol, particularly


strong about the Palace and the Queen herself. He chose to break it.


You have said it, his master's voice. A much more interesting story


is ministers sensational memoirs. Michael Gove is nuts and Horace is


after my job. I love that headline. Bring back Playschool. You do want


to read this story. I want to read the book. The series point is,


stripped of the abuse, it looks like the Conservative Party is fighting


its own civil war? It is very true. We have seen bits and pieces even


without looking at this book. We have seen the tussles. It goes back


to 2010, if not earlier. It has got worse as things have gone along. I


think Brexit has become a point where there will be a fair amount of


blood-letting. It is not going to go away. If you talk to people on the


Brexit side and put to them, what happens if you lose? They say, we


keep on fighting. It is a core issue of absolute belief for many people.


I remember the American civil war. I wasn't personally there. But it was


the Confederates afterwards, the great lost cause and it went on for


the rest of the 19th century and into American politics. There are


traces of it today. Remember the Confederate flag over South


Carolina. Can I just say, this is desperate stuff. First of all, we


have to say somebody voted to get out of the EC, as it was then. We


could follow the example, Greenlands. -- Greenland. Greenland


is on top of the agenda for most. Ins and outs, now is your big


opportunity. I have been in clubs, pubs, railway stations and been


board the decades about both sides of this argument. Now is your time,


make your case. I am astonished at how badly they making it on both


sides. Given the importance of it. My friend Mike Jackson, has ago. He


wants to stay in? He is keen on England and southern tree. Going


back to the civil war analogy, it is this article of faith, kind of like


the SNP. We must keep going with Scottish independent. But going back


to the civil war analogy, what happens next? Do we get


reconstruction? Then is what we are doing a sudden strategy escalated


and accelerated. Then the Tories talk about cutting loose everything


and focusing on hanging on to southern England. The people will


decide. Talking of reconstruction, if you read the Observer, Osborne


tax plans will hand the money to the wealthiest. George Osborne is in


this newspaper saying we are doomed. Not quite, but because of world


factors, oil, the Middle East, China and dangers, all of which is


generally accepted, things are looking bad this year? Yes. I am


surprised he came up with this just now. Of course, he could have


started warning is more clearly after the general election. They got


in with a majority, a working majority, given the law which I


think is rather questionable, over all things being equal, parliaments


must run for five years, which is a mistake. This should have started


warning as then. Going back to something related in the Mike


Jackson piece, Mike Jackson says we have got to stick together as


allies. Alliances work things out. The big thing he points out, which


is related to the world crisis, it is the movement of people, the


migration crisis is part of a world crisis. This will cost us a hell of


a lot. We have had a bit too much of a sunny uplands in the preambles to


budget speeches by the Chancellor. I think it will be quite a tough


budget and I don't see him doing anything spectacular for two


reasons, which are alluded to throughout the papers. One is just


the general Brexit debate, which as you rightly say, is tearing up the


Conservative Party, whatever they may say to the contrary. The other


thing, he is part of the Boris, Cameron succession mix and he will


not do that to spoil his chances. If you go back to the Autumn Statement,


what is that about the conditions haven't changed globally that


drastically. So why wasn't this flagged up then? It was a bit more


optimistic in the Autumn Statement, although he did say there would


cuts. I agree it should have been flagged up last May. The policies


should have been put in place at that point. But having said that, I


don't see how he is going to present something radical or revolutionary


with Brexit pending. In terms of the gloom, Mr Osborne's gloom, he is on


the button as far as... It isn't just him, the president of China


says the same thing, the governor of the Bank of England, they all do it


in different ways. Knowing a bit about of Mario Draghi's background,


this has been a big fear that we could be in a long decline of the


euro. People around him really think the euro, we are going to see it


very soon, looking very unviable. The question is whether they have


any more clubs in the bag to do anything about it. The Telegraph,


HS2 at risk of derailing at top speed. These journalists -- research


says it could go wrong. It is like the zombie movies, it cannot die. It


keeps coming back. Leader-macro it is a terrible model, come on. You


mean a chest to is a model? The debate. HS1 seems to be OK. But this


isn't built yet. I think there is a fundamental here. The reason why,


the strongest case for building HS2, you cannot fix and upgrade the


existing track and use it at the same time. I know we're looking at


an infrastructure that was built for a nation, or a union of nations of


about 40 million at most and we're looking at a country of 70 million.


Things are going wrong all over the place, gas, floods, whatever. An


awful lot that is not resolved about HS2. I don't want to be, not in my


backyard, but my cycling track, I go from Euston. And that controversy is


roaring on. We don't have time to talk about the Heathrow Airport


controversy. There's an interesting piece in the Sunday Times, Niall


Ferguson. He says, President Obama tours blame on his friends while the


middle east fixes cracks. As Patrick Cockburn says in the independent and


what Ferguson alludes to, President Obama was having a go at American


allies in the middle east. Saudi Arabia is the problem. I think we


are on the same page on that, perhaps? The unquestioning support


for Saudi Arabia for not just the President Obama period, but going


back decades into the 40s, has been a major issue for all of us. I think


we are seeing the fruits of it. But also seeing the solution of it. He


is saying no blank cheque support to the Saudis. We have been talking a


lot about reconstruction, the real problem in the centenary is how are


we going to put this mosaic back together again? We are not. I think


Niall Ferguson's column, he's pretty cunning as a journalist when he was


moonlighting from Oxford. I think that comment has grown into a major


important. He has always got something interesting to say about


the USB. It is a compliment by the Patrick Cockburn piece. What


President Obama is saying, you have all got together and you have got to


sort this out. You, Europe, with the middle east powers, he is not


particularly articulate, but he is a thinker, a very deep thinker. I


don't think we will get as deep thinker after him whether it is


Hillary or Donald Trump. Ferguson uses the metaphor, because this is a


catastrophe waiting to happen. It was always built by Saddam Hussein


on the cheap. People knew it. It is very difficult to maintain. US


military engineers have tried to do it. But since the care of it has


been difficult under Isil, if this breaks, it will flood, I have got to


get it right, the Euphrates valley. It goes right down to bag dad.


Attends the 1.5 million could drown. General Lloyd Austin said to the


Senate this week, quoted by Ferguson, this would be a


humanitarian disaster. So, says Ferguson, quite rightly, if there


wasn't a humanitarian disaster anyway, nobody has a strategic view


how to do with it. It needs a brain like President Obama's. It will be


with us for the rest of our lifetime. Maybe it is one the


President Donald Trump. Can you imagine! We are going to get


President Donald Trump. One of the pieces is President Obama's motto is


don't do stupid stuff. He may have to rethink that one. We may see


Donald Trump recalibrating himself. Anorexia is not as says Joan Beckel.


She says the rise is a sign of growing losses and self regard. What


do you make of that? It is a difficult one. I am trying to be


sympathetic and take into account she grew up in the war years. Really


trying to pass off anorexia on narcissistic young people as I


think, doing the young people quite a huge disservice. The thing about


this that struck me was, what you are sort of saying is, it is your


fault you are sick. Which is unfortunate, because it is an


illness. Knowing the person personally, I don't think she would


say that. Joan is like a head girl. To set it in context, she was laying


out the sketch, she was drawing up the short list for the welcome prize


but the science of the. Very, very good prize. She was musing on this


thing about the obsession with diet and image. She is a grandmother, I


am pretty sure. She sees this. What she is trying to say which has come


out in her latest autobiographical volume is people taking charge of


their own destiny. That is what she is worried about, people and sixth


forms and so on. The blame culture. It is the buzzword of the day, she


has fallen for it. Everyone is narcissistic. After all, what are we


doing? This is an exercise in narcissism. But this idea we just


got on with it and keep calm and carry on, had its moment. But I


think let's say, not precisely what is needed right now. I slightly


disagree. Virtues that are encouraged not active, they are


intransitive or passive. Things like courage, taking responsibility,


risk. We have got the compliance Nat sees all round the corner. I am


about to fall over and microphone cord. I think what she is trying to


say is there is a lot of truth and sends in that, perhaps it didn't


come out the right way. We will get some compliance Nat sees Timmy you


at the door. Thank you both. We take a look at the next day's front pages


at 10:30pm and 11:30pm here on BBC News.


Good morning. It was a murky start with fog and mist patches around.


Those fog patches continue


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