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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are Tim Shipman, political editor of The Sunday Times and


Caroline Wheeler, political editor of the Sunday Express Tomorrow's


The Observer leads with the fallout from


Iain Duncan Smith's resignation, saying the Tory party is at war.


The Mail on Sunday claims the Prime Minister


unleashed a four letter tirade at Mr Duncan Smith when the Work


and Pensions Secretary made clear he was determined to resign.


the resignation could do to George Osborne's leadership ambitions.


And the Sunday Telegraph says


the knives are out for the Chancellor, as he suffers


what they call an unprecedented backlash from Tory MPs.


The photograph is of the England rugby team, celebrating


their Six Nations Grand Slam victory.


The Sunday Express has a different lead,


reporting that murder trials could be shown live on TV under plans to


And for the last ever print edition


of the Independent on Sunday, the paper has


the simple headline Lights Out and a special report on climate change.


Well, so much to get our teeth into, The Mail on Sunday is where we will


begin with Iain Duncan Smith's all out. Outrage, Cameron's four C at


Iain Duncan Smith, we can't even allude to what those four letters


were. Appalling latter is. David Cameron is not happy to say the


least when he heard Iain Duncan Smith was resigning. Iain Duncan


Smith of course resigned late yesterday. A fairly surprising move,


not something we had necessarily seen coming, although


behind-the-scenes apparently sources close to him said it has been


something he was considering for some time. If you believe the line


from Downing Street they were puzzled by why he had gone


particularly given they had just climbed down on the thing he was


concerned about, of course cuts to the benefits for the disabled.


That's where they are coming from. This is what David Cameron muttered


those words in response to. Puzzled isn't a word the Prime Minister used


when he was exploding with rage. I think he was more than puzzled, he


was furious. You 4G expletive were told. -- four letter. It's a very


serious thing to say. Iain Duncan Smith resigned by letter from his


Bucks home -- we're told. He was surprised when he was phoned up and


roundly abused for failing to turn up in person and for not giving them


to warning. It was all a bit shambolic to be perfectly honest. He


resigned at 8:56pm last night. I know. Not the time of day, his poor


old special adviser was pulling her hair out, if you're going to resign


on Friday night then do it before the first edition of the papers. But


Iain Duncan Smith insisted on hanging around until he had had two


quite difficult conversations with the Prime Minister. You, Tim, in


your newspaper, the Sunday Times, look at what this might mean for


George Osborne. The focus now is really turning to what this means


for the Chancellor. There's a lot of it all over the place this evening.


We're not saying Osborne is unfit, the man has lost 2.5. Stone, on his


way to becoming Prime Minister after David Cameron, but the inevitability


of George Osborne has evaporated. Quite a lot of people have come


pouring out of the woodwork declaring he is unfit for high


office. What is if they are not happy with? A lot of this is quite


personal. -- what is it. Osborn lorded it over these people for


quite some time. -- Osborne. He's quite influential with the Prime


Minister in assigning jobs doles out the cash. If you're someone he wants


to impress them the phones you up and asks if there's anything he can


do for you -- he doles out the cash. When it doesn't look like


you're going to win then you need to fall back on personal charm, and


that's not been a great strength of the Chancellor so far. One rather


sharp tongued minister here is comparing him first to Frank Spencer


and secondly to the Child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which


is about as damning an insult I've heard for some time. It's about


judgement as well. We've had numerous examples where his


judgement has been brought into question. There was the Omnishambles


budget in 2008, and there was the tax credit fiasco, which wasn't that


long ago, only in November. It's whether or not he has understandably


core message of the party and a feeling that because he has


appointed his proteges to those high positions, he's reflecting his ideas


within an echo chamber. Iain Duncan Smith said last night in his


resignation statement that this change to the disability payments


was a step too far, indefensible to hand over tax breaks to higher


earners while taking away benefits from all vulnerable people. Then we


have Baroness Altmann, pensions minister, who has walked alongside


Iain Duncan Smith, really letting loose tonight with this personal


statement saying she is incredulous by the way he has behaved and the


fact Iain Duncan Smith, she says, championed this very package of


reforms that he is now used as a reason for resigning. This is one of


the more astonishing statements any of us have seen for some time. If


one is allowed to inject a note of cynicism, Baroness of modern was


busy rounding on George Osborne not so long ago saying he's getting it


wrong over pensions -- Baroness Altmann. Today he is getting into


Iain Duncan Smith that will make the party leadership more happy with


her. She said she found it hard to work with him and he wants to


further the campaign to leave the EU. If one was being suspicious you


could say large chunks of this statement was written in Downing


Street. I know her well, she's an honourable character, but it's


interesting she is prepared to sling the Khyber in this way. I'm sure


that's not quite the right phrase. There are bits of this reminiscent


of the discussions Number 10 have had with us today. There are quotes


that I can recognise here. She was also saying... Iain Duncan Smith


shut her up. That's another astonishing bit, from a personal


perspective for months I've been silenced by him in what I said has


been strictly controlled. That must be the weeks when she wasn't being


silenced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Prime Minister.


Maybe she's being silenced by all of them, if she's trying to get a


message out that nobody likes. Quite. Don't forget, Ros Ball G-Man


is one of Britain's leading pensions experts -- Ros Ball Jo Oldman. She's


coming from the outside and often what goes on in Whitehall is pretty


baffling to people who not spend a lot of time there. This may be her


natural reaction to being cooped up and told to be quiet. She has


certainly told us how she feels. Let's move on and away from what's


happening with Iain Duncan Smith, but staying with what is happening


with the Conservatives. The Sunday Telegraph, Brexit campaign is built


on fantasy claims Sir John Major, former Prime Minister, who wasn't


always exactly keen on what was going on with the European Union in


his own day, was he? He had a tough time from his own people and in the


finest traditions of what we've seen from the Prime Minister, he had his


own words for the Euro sceptics in those days. You have to feel a bit


for Sir John, he's made it on the front of the Telegraph this evening,


but he's been bumped from Andrew Marr tomorrow and been replaced by


Iain Duncan Smith. Good to see him getting an outing here. He's seen as


an elder statesman and Downing Street lakes to wheel him out and


use him because he's popular with the waverers in the middle that


think... My mum thinks he's a nice chap and might listen to what he


says about Europe. Why is he saying it's a fantasy to think of Brexit?


He's giving a scene Jo similar warning to one we have seen before,


saying there would be economic disaster ahead and the breakup of


the UK if Britain votes to leave the EU. He said the outcome would


trigger a second referendum on Scottish independence, which is


another one of those arguments we have seen made before which has


struck a fear chord in everybody's hearts, because everyone knows


Scotland has a different perception of Europe to the rest of the UK.


It's an interesting intervention, you can see why he's done it,


perhaps that's why he did it, because they knew he was going to be


on Marr. I don't see a definitive new argument from those wanting us


to remain. It's up to the Leave campaign... This is the tragedy with


this debate, we've heard every argument that's likely to be made


and we are still 95 days from the key moment. We will be back again.


Who knows what could happen within the Conservative party within that


time. That's the problem, this story could become the Conservative party


in all out civil war. There's probably more days of that to come.


And for the government, the risk is they can put up their grid and


advance these arguments and put up what they want, but events can


intervene. Migration crisis, if there's a terrorist attack, these


things could affect the outcome of this in a way they can't control.


Sunday express, a different story, Old Bailey live on TV. Which bits of


a case would be shown? This is going to be a pilot scheme. The government


has a clear intention, this is the lower action of travel they want to


go in, the Ministry of Justice will lay a proposal on Monday to make


this pilot scheme a reality. They will film the sentencing statement


the judges make. They're doing it in eight courts across the country and


the Old Bailey is one of them, which is significant, because the Old


Bailey normally gets the most prolific offenders and high profile


murder cases we ever see. I must stress it's a pilot, although there


is Presidents, because they've started to film in the court of


appeal. Britain is usually a way behind other countries. We've seen


other trials across other countries before with Oscar Pistorius in South


Africa and OJ Simpson in America, Amanda Knox. How much appetite is


there for this? I wonder how much appetite there is for looking at the


sentencing. The danger is unless you get the Monty Python singing judge


or something like that it could be rather jump. Most broadcasters for


big murder trials would carry that footage. The interesting thing is to


see if it expands further and we could get into celebrity barristers


strutting their stuff. Anyone who has watched Making A Murderer has


seen there's an appetite for true crime on the television, let's see


if it takes off. We shall. Finally, lights for the Independent on


Sunday. Here's the last print edition it says of this newspaper,


but the news never stops, we've got used to these very striking front


pages the Independent on Sunday. This is the picture here because it


is Earth hour across the world. Very sad. Those of us who work in print


don't like to see any publication close, especially not one which is


as interesting and different as the Independent on Sunday, which has a


lot of fine journalists working with it. I'm baffled by the picture to be


honest, it doesn't immediately scream Independent. That is their


offices. Especially when they've got an interview with the Prime


Minister, which I'm quite jealous of. They are talking about optimism


for climate change and lights out. A sad day but we will still feature


them on the BBC. We will let you go home and go to sleep before you


become completely catatonic. Thanks for joining us, it's been a very


interesting evening. Coming up next it's time for The Film


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