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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are the political editor of the Sunday Express,


and Tim Shipman, the political editor of the Sunday Times.


Two political editors for the price of one. Ben Chifley being with us.


-- thank you for being with us. Let's take a look at what the


papers are saying in the morning. The Observer reports that US


presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton shares Barack Obama's opposition to


the UK leaving the EU. The Mail leads on Boris


Johnson's anger at Mr Obama's intervention


in the referendum campaign. The Sunday


Telegraph says pregnant women are among those whose hospital treatment


has been postponed ahead of the first all-out strike


by junior doctors. The Sunday Times


reports that this year the super-rich have suffered


the worst decline in their fortunes The Independent carries a photo


of one of the many events to mark the 400th


anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Its main story is


about a hospital in Lancashire The Sunday Express says that cold


calling firms could face fines And the Sunday Mirror has


a photograph of what it says are the ashes


of the singer Prince being carried Let's crack on. The Mail on Sunday


with a pretty striking headline, Boris rage at ridiculous weird


Obama. It should make you think he had been desperate rude about the


President and it is a personal attack on him, but it is more about


what you said. He said it was a ridiculous and rude statement he


said about our trade deal and go into the back of the queue. If you


read inside, you get the quote which explains it better. He says no one


in the last 48 hours has come close to answering my point. It is very


weird that the US should tell the UK to do something they would not dream


of doing themselves in a million years. So it is not Obama that is


weird, but what he said. And this is another more angry intervention from


Boris Johnson after a week which has been dominated by the President's


visit and his statement over Brexit. Leaving aside the arguments, who has


come out better, Boris or Obamacares I think Boris is lying on


his back in the gutter shouting in the hope that Oscar Wilde is looking


at the stars. -- or Obama? None of them have really got him out of that


horizontal position. And not in the Brexit campaign think he may have


overreached -- a lot. Good old Boris. He will keep bashing away. I


think both sides of the argument think it is bad, with the Treasury


putting out a document saying it will cost millions of pounds. It was


discredited by a lot of people. Even people in the Brexit camp think that


is cut through to the public in some way, and now the president of the


United States is saying one of your key arguments on trade is nonsense.


That has done a fair bit of damage. Is part of the problem that actually


this is not about money, it is about a sense of identity, sovereignty,


issues that don't necessarily boiled down to shillings and pence. It is


not about facts, and for them at least, that side of the argument is


hard. I think it is difficult, this situation is, because we're offered


interviews all the time, when you get down to the nitty-gritty, they


are passionate about what they are saying and this is going to mean


this... Some of them. Yes, some of them. This is what it will mean if


we stay in or stay out, but the truth gets lost. You can read the


Treasury report about how much it will cost to leave. You can listen


to argument about how much it will cost to stay. But nobody really


knows about the economy, which is why this intervention is so


significant because President Obama saying claims have been made that it


will be fine and dandy and we can have this trade deal with America


fairly quickly, and he has said no, you will go to the back of the


queue. We have heard people say he is a lame duck resident out of


office in January and he can't do anything about the trade deal --


president. It was this? And then he comes galloping over the horizon.


When Obama did his town hall meeting with the students, one of them put


his hand up and said, could you give advice to your successor, because


she may want to do something? Lots of applause. Most people think


Hillary Clinton is probably likely to succeed Obama, and she is


reinforcing the same argument he has made that it is very important


Britain stays in the year. That is a helpful intervention for Downing


Street and David Cameron. And going back to what we were talking about


earlier, if you believe in the sovereignty thing, if that is your


thing, you will vote out. If you are worried about the economy, you will


probably vote in. The people in the middle of thinking, what happens on


trade or immigration? It is a fluid situation. There are a lot of people


in the middle. It is between a quarter and a third of people who


have not made their minds up. We have been writing about this every


week since the general election and are ready to throw ourselves off a


cliff collectively, but a lot of people are not paying that much


attention. Friends are intelligent and engage. A poll in your paper was


saying that it was moving towards leave, and now we have swung back


the other way. I suspect we have another few pendulum is to go.


Another ten weeks of this wonderful debate to go until we go to the


polling stations! Thank goodness we have lots of time. For now let's


move on to a story you have written on the front of the Sunday Times


about the doctor strike which is imminent. It is the contingency


planning being made for the strike. We'll be strike go-ahead? -- will


the strike? We have not seen anything on this scale, it is due on


Tuesday Wednesday, and they will a mass walkout. There will be no


emergency care. Pregnant women to be hit by the strike, hundreds of


thousands of operations and appointments being cancelled. What


is happening this evening is that the Labour Party have tried to


broker a deal between the doctors, and are offering the guilty Jeremy


Hunt. They have a former Tory spokesman, other former ministers


and the BMA all on board. -- offering the deal to Jeremy Hunt.


They are saying roll out the contract, but don't do it


everywhere, do a pilot scheme. And talk about these people dying out


weekends. The BMA have dug themselves into a hole, and the


government are in a sticky position. The BMA are in a sticky position is


if people start dying Outlook support the doctors will drop. The


idea that people will die because of a lack of doctors in emergency is a


scary prospect. We have seen some effects, but this is on a different


level. The thing to remember is that the previous strikes have just been


junior doctors walking out, and still preserving emergency care. My


step father and husband were both taken to hospital during the last


strike and was still seen to, although it took longer. There were


both down with. This is an all out strike, said people in emergency,


those doing the most critical care cover, and will not be there. There


is a great sentiment from Conservatives and Labour that Jeremy


Hunt has not managed this well. Are you getting the impression among


Conservative MPs that notwithstanding they might see the


argument, moving to a seven-day NHS, which is already seven-day, but the


screening and back office services and operations taking place, they


believe in that, but they think the way they have got themselves into


this confrontation has been a mistake. They have been at


loggerheads. To see somebody try to offer a situation that could get


them both off the hook without losing too much face in political


terms is significant. So you can still say I have the new contract.


The other thing that is interesting is you have seen the Labour Party


since Jeremy Corbyn became leader, which is consigned itself to arguing


internally. Jeremy Corbyn pursues his own agenda but doesn't often


seem to engage with the political sphere and trying to affect what is


happening. But this is interesting, Labour bringing people together.


This is the Shadow Health Secretary. She is trying to find a way that


might satisfy Jeremy Hunt and the BMA. That is a difficult thing to


do. In the next couple of days we might find out if this will go


ahead. The first bit of constructive opposition we have seen for a while.


And face-saving on both sides, which is politically important. That is on


the front of the Telegraph as well, but I am struck by this story with


the little photograph of Philip Hammond. This one really has


potential to be incendiary. This is the situation that British ground


forces might be said to be beyond. There has been lots of mood music


that this may or may not be on the agenda, and we think special forces


to some extent Tom at the SAS are already embedded. It depends what


you consider graduates are. We change the law in Britain so we


cannot send in troops will go to war will do anything without the consent


of Parliament. So it is significant here is saying this in his own


terms. He is also making astonishing warnings about British cruise liners


and commercial shipping being warned to avoid the coast of Libya. Even


some of the big cruising companies do go very close to the coast. All


round, a very worrying development. We have troops probably already in


there. Until now, we have had talk about sending people to train and


assist. Hammond has been over to Libya. President Obama asked for


what he learned there. My impression from Downing Street is that the


people running Libya at the moment I trying to do their own thing and


don't necessarily want to be seen to be bringing in Western troops -- are


trying. They want to get something in place that maybe they can assist


with logistical support and training and advice, but it is obviously


significant if he is really out -- ruling out sending ground troops. We


have had this statement from Michael Fallon saying that the promise


William Hague made at the end of last Parliament that the government


would legislate, put in more that Parliament has to give its consent


before troops are deployed, was not going to happen. They want to


maintain flexibility. It is like an irregular verb. You consent to this


device, -- UK and -- you can send troops to advise. It is pretty well


established that the SAS are there in significant numbers. But they


won't talk about it. They has been suggestion of escalation and they


won't talk about that either. Interesting. Let's end on your


paper, Caroline. I would like to talk about cold callers. But we will


leave that. I have to ask you about this top story, why are we losing so


many stars in 2016? It says Siebe pages eight and nine -- see pages


89. It is a stellar lineup. You have David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Victoria


Wood, Paul Daniels and Prints. The reason they are at buying is the


stars. Apparently the planets are all aligned a certain way, which is


not happened for the last 13 years, and apparently the last time, we


lost James Cagney, Kerry Grant and Orson Welles. The sad news is that


they will be more of the same until the end of the year -- Carey Grant.


We could do some more. But then it will not happen again until 2045


when we'll see another year of great tragedy. If you are a celebrity,


hide in the cellar for the rest of the year. Early nights. Don't stay


up for the paper review. Stop joking and you will be fine. Thank you both


for being with us. That is it. Coming up now it is The Film Review.


Without. -- good night.


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