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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


are online and you can read a detailed review of the papers every


day of the week. You can also see a repeat of our review. Posted every


night shortly after we have finished online. It is an eye player or at


this address. Thank you.


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