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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be
With me are Prashant Rao, deputy Europe business editor with
And Beth Rigby, media editor at The Times.
The I leads on the war of words between the two sides
of the EU referendum debate, as the official
Claims from Ken Clarke that David Cameron won't last 30 seconds
as Prime Minister in the event of a vote to leave the EU are among
There's a free window sticker for readers of the Express,
which is launching what it calls a special crusade for Brexit.
The terror arrests in Birmingham and at Gatwick Airport
It reports on UK security forces being on high alert ahead
of the Queen's 90th birthday and President Obama's
The personal finances of former Prime Minister Tony Blair
are scrutinised in an investigation carried out by the Times.
The Mail reports on claims that high street banks are secretly
psychologically profiling customers.
And in the Mirror, the chief of Eurovision criticises
the approach the late Sir Terry Wogan had
Fans have fought back already. So, let's make a start and where else to
begin but, yes, we EU referendum. It is on a lot of the papers but we
will only trouble you with two of them tonight. Here is the headline.
I would love to get an American view on this in a moment but first of
all, day run and the big guns are being rolled out already. It was
interesting when Boris Johnson said he was going to join the Brexit
camp, he also said he wasn't going to be front and centre stage,
campaigning hard against David Cameron and here he comes, on day
one, guns blazing. He has references to the fear campaign by the Remain
camp. He is the front man of the exit campaign. Just explain the
Gerald Ratner thing. We don't want to shock anybody. There is a swear
word coming up. This story. What Johnson did today was he said that
David Cameron and his allies were the Gerald Ratner's of the Jewish
politics and the reference is of the affordable jeweller. He basically,
in 91, described his products as total crap. He said, by-products are
rubbish and this was the beginning and end of the jewellery trade and
consumers stopped buying it. Boris is trying to align this to the
remain as, saying, is this all they can come up with? Our relationship
with the EU is a bit rubbish but it is the worst we've got so we have
got to stick with it. We have to explain who Gerald Ratner was. Most
people will have forgotten. How does your paper report what is going on
in the EU? It must be quite baffling in many respects to your readers. It
is a huge, enormous issue and the White House is weighing in and even
from an American perspective, it is critically important. I think what
is interesting is a lot of people are already exhausted and the
campaign started today. Imagine voters here? It is kind of amazing.
At the New York Times I think we have tried to take a bit of a
removed approach, trying to look at issues from a step back because I
don't think the New York Times readers are massively concerned that
Boris Johnson is for or against. They would know who a lot of the
personalities are. The international perspective was easier with George
Osborne being the International Monetary Fund, and he was able to
talk about what he regards as the global view of where Britain should
be. That's right. I think in the Financial Times, George Osborne is
quoted as saying he was abraded publicly by the Japanese, Chinese, a
number of Europeans, the IMF and others. Everyone is talking about is
around the world. And president Obama is about to come to the UK and
Boris Johnson got his guns out on that. He said, don't be
hypocritical, Barack Obama, and ask the richest people to vote Remain,
when you wouldn't give up sovereignty. I think that is a sign
that in this war of attrition between the In and Out, it is white
noise where it is claimed and counterclaim and those in favour of
Brexit know that when President Obama comes over and probably says
we think it is better for the UK economy to stay in and the UK people
to stay in, that potentially has more potency because he doesn't have
skin in the game in the way that phase in the daily battle to you.
They would be difficult to find an equivalent to President Obama to
argue the case. That is right and it is not just an economic concern,
there is defence as well. The government has argued that Russia
could come in and wreak havoc if Britain left the EU. Who is to say
whether or not that would happen? It is not just an economic concern for
the US, it is a security is concerned. There are a lot of things
at play which make it interesting. Today it is a lot about the sort of
individuals at play and the issues, I would say, beginning to come to a
form. The Daily Telegraph, which is the other thing we talked about. The
reference to Gerald Ratner. The fact that Britain exports knickers to
France and the suggestion we couldn't do that outside the EU. The
fact is we probably could. He is stating facts and somebody else
could state the opposite. At the moment we don't know what the facts
are. I think what Boris Johnson was trying to do today with the Gerald
Ratner references and the knickers if he was trying to say, don't be
afraid of leaving. You know, there is a silver lining. I think the exit
accompanied to give the British people some sort of road map of what
that looks like because actually, he might want to say, we can trade with
Europe but every time they have puts forward a different model, look at
the Canadian trade agreements... Whatever. It is not really clear
about what it actually means so I think they need to give the British
people the sense of what would a Britain outside of Europe look like?
As opposed to saying, it will be OK. He also talked about the need for
democracy and the fact we can be in charge of our own laws and we don't
have to go to the European Court of Justice to be the final arbiter. We
can do that for ourselves and that will appeal to a lot of people. I
think that's right. The people who want to leave on making the argument
that it empowers British politicians and voters. The argument today about
whether or not money that went to Brussels would be better spent on
the NHS, things like that. It is very much a case of trying to put
forward the case of, we will be in charge again. It won't be giving
money to Brussels, whatever the figure might be. This seems to be
what the debate centred around today. We have ten more weeks to go.
Pace yourselves. Let's stay with the Telegraph for a
non-EU story. Here is the headline. These are leaked e-mails revealed
last month that a doctor from the BMA doesn't think a full walk-out is
easy to defend and not reasonable. This won't please... It speaks to
something about how... I think, certainly, of the people I speak to,
there is a lot of sympathy for the junior doctors and we think they are
going through. There is a point at which it becomes an unpopular thing
and I think the BMA, fiercely, they will be embarrassed by this but it
speaks to the fact they have to understand the art surgeon lines
that if you cross them, it becomes hard justify strike action. Do you
remember, the junior doctors and Jeremy Hunt have been locked in a
long battle about this and there have been walk-outs and protests. He
has come under a lot of fire and in for a lot of criticism and he has
basically imposed the contract. Eventually he imposed it and they
were furious but I think what it is beginning to show now is the resolve
is beginning to wane. They had the public on the side but over time,
that support could begin to fade. And if I was in the government now,
I would look at that leaked e-mails being exposed and say, I think we
have lost this battle. You wonder how long any campaign can go on for
because people get fatigued. Senior doctors make the point that if
junior doctors are out on strike, they are still there, stepping into
the breach. That is true but the NHS is such an enormous thing that is so
pervasive in Britain that there are so many services that come under
threat and I think what they speak to in this is the should continue to
work in paediatric services on strike days because there are
certain things that you need sufficient numbers of medical staff.
The other point is the government will not back down on this and that
is partly because they want to introduce different contracts to
different parts of the NHS and care system so if they back down now,
they can't introduce reforms down the line. Let's look at the FT. A
number of very highly paid individuals, all of them then, I
don't know what that says... Investors on the war path over
executive pay. The suggestion that he has got so great that
shareholders might have something to say about it. Be very interesting
story. There was a row over executive pay in the height of the
financial crisis when suddenly workers wages were stagnating and
people were losing their jobs and there was this at the top of
Britain's corporate life that were being paid a lot of money and then
it seemed to dissipate a bit. This week, a couple of big companies, the
shareholders have voted down the pay packages of the people at BP and
Smith and nephew. What is beginning to happen is when you look at this
story, what investors are saying is that actually, he has kept on rising
and it is an acceptable. The average pay ratio between a fit the 100 pay
executive and the average worker is 150 times, compared to 50 times in
the 1990s. -- FTSE 100 company. In-depth as -- investors are now
saying this is not sustainable in a culture where people are becoming
very angry, not just about corporate paper as you saw in the Panama
Papers, received wealthy people, people who are very rich, not paying
their share. There are some countries that have a limit, did
they? Some companies have a limit about how much the person at the top
can be paid as a multiple of the person at the bottom?
There are limits. The case here is that people on the side of the
salaries argued that the BP chief executive has his markers and if he
hits them, he gets paid for hitting the markers. It doesn't matter to
them that lots of people are losing their jobs at BP and the company is
losing money. These aren't the only companies. There are investor
meetings coming up. Anglo-American, Shire.
Big companies. We don't often have a chance to feature the international
New York Times. Briefly, if you would, explain this story.
A German comedian has gone out and put out an aggressive, the difficult
take on the Turkish leader -- satirical take on the Turkish leader
and the Turkish leader has come back and has basically got Germany to
allow this comedian to now be prosecuted under a pretty antiquated
law in which a foreign leader to deduct criticising a foreign leader
can lead to a prosecution. And he could get a prison sentence.
It has been used before the against Pinochet of Chile. The migrant
crisis is the background to this. You have to see this in the context
of where is Angela Merkel with Turkey and what is the relationship?
Of course, she has, along with European colleagues, negotiated a
deal whereby they can send refugees back to Turkey from Greece, which
has been absolutely overwhelmed by a deluge of people fleeing from Syria,
Iraq and Afghanistan. She doesn't want to upset the apple cart and it
is very important for her, in terms of her relationship with the German
people, that she doesn't accept the Turkish because the Germans were not
happy with her letting in a million migrants last year. But at the same
time, it is not going to play well because if you are a German citizen,
is it right that she should be effectively arguably curtailing the
freedom of speech of one of her citizens?
Fascinating. Finally... Not finally. I'm getting ahead of myself.
Momentarily, the Daily Mail. Big Brother. Staff creating secret
psychological profiles of customers. Why is this?
The story is they are carrying out secret psychological tests on
customers to sell them more stuff. You can be labelled one of four
personality types. Which one are you?
Would you like to guess? It would be boring to be amiable or
a logical thinker. When it comes to money, it would be
good to be a logical thinker. I don't know about emotionally
expressive when it comes to being in a bank?
I think, when it comes to this story, Tesco, for example, with the
loyalty card, will divide you into categories of shopper to sell you
more stuff. More data driven than taking a look
at you as you walk in. The point is that companies do this.
They take information they can get to sell you more things.
Finally, the times. Page 43. We love this story. Chinese footballers
ordered to win the World Cup by 2050, and they probably well.
What are they doing? China has been massively successful at improving
its sports teams over the years so now we have this story whereby by
2015... By 2050, China must be, according to a document that has
been circulated, a first-rate major footballing power and it can lift up
the sports dream and that could be the blueprint for the nation's
revival. We have seen astonishing sporting
revivals. When you look at the height of the
Cold War, the Chinese and Russians were formidable in the battles
between the US, you know, and the Eastern powers. In gymnastics, the
Chinese, basically, if they put their minds to a sport, they
normally have great success. This is going to be fascinating. If you
imagine a new economy, if you'd like.
If you imagine, a billion people or more, they have a great deal of
talent to look at. It is not anywhere near the top tier
of global footballing rankings but they are really putting some weight
behind this. There is some really nice analysis on how Chinese clubs
are enticing players away from some big European clubs like Chelsea and
Paris Saint Germain because the money is in China and interesting
opportunities. If only saying it out loud could
make it come true. Maybe we could win the World Cup by
2050! Let's say it and cross our fingers.
I would like to say that my opposite number has been an title keith-mack
-- has been an Have I. News for Yeo. -- has been on a comedy programme.
There is the official campaign that got underway.
Gatwick Airport at the front of the Daily Telegraph, with reports of the
security forces on high alert ahead of the visit from the Queen and
President Obama. And the mail claiming high street banks are
secretly psychologically profiling customers. All of those front pages
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