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Hello and welcome to our Sunday morning edition of the Papers.
With me are journalist and broadcaster Benedicte Paviot,
and Dave Wooding, Political Editor of the Sun on Sunday.
The Mail headlines with new allegations
about Culture Secretary John Whittingdale's private life.
It claims he sent a photo of highly sensitive Cabinet papers to a woman
A crisis is looming in primary school places in England,
with a shortfall of 10,000 places expected in four years' time.
The Sunday Express dedicates a full page to the photograph of the Duke
and Dutchess of Cambridge visiting the Taj Mahal and replicating
The Sunday Telegraph quotes a senior Government minister saying Britain
could face an economic shock similar to the banking crisis if it
And The Sunday Times writes that the former cricketer
Sir Ian Botham has backed Britain leaving the European Union and said
Britain should 'stand proud' as he did as a cricketer.
First of all, the Telegraph. Economic rupture if we leave the EU,
says a Government minister. It would be similar to the banking crash.
What do you make the? It sounds painful, doesn't it? Rupture. This
is Project Fear taking off. The Government are laying down stark
scenarios of what will happen if Britain votes on the 23rd of June to
leave the European Union. The latest is from Stephen Crabb, newly
promoted to the work and pensions brief. After Iain Duncan Smith left.
He has said that the shock waves caused by RX it would be akin to the
banking crisis of 2008. He talks about self harm by voters. -- caused
by our exit. He is talking about the economic and social consequences of
wanting to leave will stop already, the people who want to leave the
European Union know what he is going to say, just like the 16 page
brochure that is going round all the houses at a cost of ?9 million. They
are saying that all people want is objective information. It doesn't
exist. I don't think anybody is going to get it.
We can think that there is not going to be some kind of ink pact in some
kind of shock if we come. Yes, and there's no way that that couldn't
have an impact. It will have an impact. An economic one, and all
kinds of things that we don't begin to know. That is one of the
criticism that is levelled at the Brexit camp - they are not making
clear enough what Britain down the track could look like if it was out
of the EU. What is interesting, as you say, this word self harm. He
talks about, businesses will flee, factories will close, jobs will be
lost with disastrous consequences for families. As you pointed out,
David, this landmark report expected from the Treasury tomorrow. The
Telegraph also points out that pro-Brexit Cabinet ministers think
this is scaremongering. I will be reporting later on this week on
President Obama's visit. We believe he is going to suggest that it is
better for the UK to remain, and how that will play out, that Britain
would be stronger in the EU. Will that backfire? Lets just move on to
the Sunday Times because of what you just raised. Ian Botham swings back
for Brexit. Bummer saying one thing, Botham saying another - -- Balmer --
President Obama saying one thing and Ian Botham saying another. People,
to take one side or the other. In the Sunday Times, we have had the
fear in the Sunday Telegraph, and in The Times we have Ian Botham
swinging bat for Brexit. A great analogy. Inside, it has a graphic of
him swinging a bat and a blue ball with the European Union flag and
stars on it. He is saying it is a racket and that Britain is being
swallowed up by it. It is full of waste and corruption. He has really
had a go at the European Union. Again, both camps will be bringing
people to win support. Argue surprised that they lead with it? He
has opinions on politics, and that is great, but is it a lead story?
Although the official campaign launched on Friday, we feel we have
been in this campaign for ages. I am fascinated. I know the opinion polls
got it wrong at the last election, but I would be fascinated we could
put some figures on how many people Ian Botham can swing. I'm not sure.
And I certainly wouldn't put him in the same camp as President Obama. If
anything, we know that the Chinese president, when he was here, the
Indian Prime Minister, they've all been coming out. The French
Government as well. Matt Horne is giving an interview on the BBC as
well. I wonder how many votes he will swing? I'm not sure. What is
sure, and what the Sunday Times is pointing out, is that this is
certainly a blow, this endorsement from Ian Botham, for number ten.
They were looking for support from arson Wenger as well. -- Arsene. We
in Liverpool wants to remain in Europe, having beaten the riskier
Dortmund -- Borussia Dortmund. A 10,000 gap in primary school
places. It is not just a funding crisis, there are more of us. And we
need more primary school places. It is being blamed partly on funding
and partly on policies that have made it difficult for schools to
expand. It doesn't say it in the Observer piece, but I guess partly
immigration from Europe. And the fact that they are becoming
academies and it is constraining them, isn't it? The suggestion is
that by 2024 we will need 350,000 more school places on top of the
300,000 more that we already need. The Conservatives, Nick Gibb, the
schools minister, is saying that free schools that have been brought
online by the Government will cover a lot of that. The Shadow Education
Secretary is saying, kids are not getting their first Playschool. One
in five will not get their first place. Over 90% get one of their
first three choices will stop if my child got the third choice, I don't
think I'd be happy. -- over 90% get one of their first three choices.
Something I've become aware of the last two years, it's simply not that
way in France. It is a phenomenon. We know that parents sometimes lie
about their address and then schools have investigators going round to
check where they live. It is not just in one place in the country.
They are talking about this detail revealing short play -- shortfall in
places in Bolton, Manchester, Leeds, Bolton, Leicester, Birmingham,
Walsall, Richmond-upon-Thames, Sutton and Slough. So there will be
a lot of worried parents there this morning.
I thought it would be a great vote winner for any party to say, we
promise that within a few years anybody will be able to walk their
job to school without getting in a car, on a bus, because we will have
schools that you can go to that are near you and are good. And that's
what the free school system was supposed to provide. They changed
the rules on where a school could be set up. It could be set up in an old
pub or a disused cafe and so forth. It remains to see how well this
goes, but it has been going for six years and we are already being told
that there is a 10,000 gap in the number of places. There is another
aspect. Let's look at the Sunday Times. Stress lessons for parents.
Yes, tell me about it! This is the other side of it, that parents,
particularly in private schools, are putting such a lot of pressure on
their kids to do well, partly, I suspect, because those who are
paying for private schools are paying through the nose. And they
expect results. And that expectation is being passed on to their
children. They are already giving pupils of all ages lessons in how to
stay calm. This has now been taken on to the parents, because they are
coming into school and, particularly the pushy parents. They put more
pressure on kids these days to get a good grade before they take them on
at university. The attainment level has really raised quite a bit. It is
interesting, because the Sunday Times get our attention by saying,
stress lessons for pushy parents. One the inside page, page eight, we
are told to breathe, breathe deeply, whether you are a student or a
parent, to cut the stress. It is said these are not pushy parents but
once you are made angry by the higher exam grades demanded by
universities, as you were saying, David. Stress during the child's
early life because you are not sure you can get him or her into a good
local school and can't walk them to school, then you're worried all the
way greater university. Then you get to university and you worry about
paying for it, and then getting the job. Natasha Dean, the Government's
health champion, mental health champion, and she says that there is
not enough focus these days on art, music drama and sport. Kids are
being put into academic hot houses. They are concentrating the three
letter are -- on the three Rs. Also, there are so many tests now. I talk
to teenagers who say, I used to read books off the curriculum, and then
as you progress you don't have the time. So, you don't have time to
smell the roses, play sport, make music. I would put in an additional
thing - I bet you they've got lots of screen time for all sorts of
other things, so let's not feel too sorry. The consequences, to come
back to the mental health issue, are really quite worrying and your right
to draw attention to them, David. The paper talks about growing
concerns about a surge in cases of self harm, depression, anxiety and
eating disorders. These are really... It might seem trivial
about pushy parents are not pushy parent and stressed out students,
but these are serious things, self harm, depression, eating disorders.
I have a couple of favourite stories, and one of them is, from
the Observer, incredible find - palatial Roman villa found in barn
conversion. He was changing electrical cables and phoned one of
the best preserved Roman villas in Britain ever. Which is amazing. It
was 1705A.D, 25 rooms, he's found the whole ground floor. An
incredible thing to find us. He was fixing the shower and was getting
some electricity laid on in advance, and while they were digging up some
of the ground, a little flash of colour and then they found this
brilliantly preserved Roman mosaic floor. The pictures are there to be
seen on the page. Luckily, they realised when they were doing it.
They might have kept on digging, but they didn't. They realised
straightaway. Look-mac realised what was going on and told them to stop
and contacted Historic England. My question was, what happens? Will
that be turned into a tourist centre? Who owns the land? Nokia 's
cottage down. Who knows? There's no doubt that one of the pictures of
the weekend as the Royal picture. It Excise is the ghost of 24 years ago
with Diana. A really charming picture, the Sunday Telegraph has it
on the front page. This is a story that people are warned to, whatever
their views about the Royal family. There is something, Prince William
and Prince Harry, being the sons of the late Princess Diana. When you
think back, I reported on it for the BBC and I was working the morning
that she died. On the Saturday, we had her funeral, and the Queen
Mother said, that's my funeral. There is such, I think happiness in
that sense that Prince William is forging his own life, and it is
terribly moving to see him sitting on the bench in the very spot at
which his mother sat, with his wife, and clearly a loving relationship.
We are told by the Sunday Telegraph that body language experts have gone
through this, and they say that they oppose, with knees touching,
emphasises that their marriage is full of love. I think we knew that.
Not only are the legs touching, but I was studying the pictures a moment
ago and I noticed that Prince William's right foot is actually on
the same spot where his mother's two feet were 24 years ago. Part of it
is that they came to celebrate their love, but at the same time to excise
the ghost of all those years ago. Another favourite story of mine
comes from Dave Wooding, body language expert. We will maybe get a
football if we have time. In the sun, Jeremy Corbyn in mac attack.
Labour ban McDonald's. Congratulations, this is quite a
good story, Dave. At every party conference, they have a big
exhibition and lots of companies pay money to put up stands. Labour's
National executive committee have banned by Donald from having a stand
there this year. It means Labour will lose ?30,000 will stop I've
spoken to one MP who says it's ridiculous, we need the money. There
is a big funding problem for Labour at the moment, the big-money donors
have pulled out. At the same time they think it is a bit snobbish
because they are traditional voters probably eaten McDonald's. But you
also find out, David Wooding, on the back pages of the sun, that
McDonald's has already been cleared, I like the word cleared, is this a
security check? Cleared to mount an interactive experience, whatever
that is, in support of British farm Rogers at the Tory and SNP
conferences. Tell us more. I'm told it's one of these computer gadgets
you put on and you step into a happy meal box and walk around. At the
same time, McDonald's, this is what the MPs have been saying, they
employ 100,000 people, British people. They use British farming
produce, potatoes and meat. They are a British business and it is
anti-business to say you can't come. Ed Miliband's battle with a bacon
sandwich, after that you would think... We have one minute left.
Another Dave Wooding. This is why I said you were a Leicester City fan.
Partly to annoy you, because Yuri Liverpool fan. A rise, so cloudy.
Ranieri for a knighthood. There are some MPs who said that if they win,
and it is a 5000-1 shot, he should be given a knighthood. Another
foreigner in British football. By the way, the McDonald's does the
same thing, sourcing from French farmers. I think since they had such
bad publicity, they have cleverly adapted their menus and try to
source things from several countries will stop we will watch McDonald's
and Ranieri. Thanks to Dave Wooding
and Benedicte Paviot. Just a reminder we take a look
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