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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be
With me are the political commentator, James Millar,
or, what is it, politics wonk, and the journalist Eva Simpson.
Let's have a look at tomorrow's front pages.
The Metro reports that Opposition Mps have vowed to fight
Theresa May's plans for new grammar schools.
The Daily Telegraph says union leaders at Southern Rail have been
accused of deliberately damaging Britain's economy by ordering
the longest rail strike for almost 50 years.
The Daily Express leads on the news that talks with big business over
quitting the EU have have begun six weeks after the Brexit vote.
The Guardian focuses on the International Paralympic
Committee's decision to ban Russia from competing
The Times says Russian and Syrian aircraft are bombing opposition
areas of Aleppo in revenge after a rebel alliance broke
The Financial Times leads on a survey which suggests
that the pay of FTSE 100 chief executives rose by a tenth last year
And the Daily Mail reports on the tax-payer funded expenses
We will start with the Guardian and the Paralympic story, how Russia was
banned outright from competing in the paralympics next month. In stark
contrast the paper says with the International Olympic Committee's
failure to suspend the team. This is what a lot of people thought should
have happened with the Olympic Games. Yes, people will think the
Paralympic committee... They will have more credit than the Olympic
Committee because they followed through with this. There was a
report which suggested the Russian government was backing widespread
doping. They have still managed to send 217 athletes to the Olympics.
At the moment they are not standing any to the paralympics. That is the
position at the moment. It is a few weeks until it starts. They will be
going through a series of appeals and counter appeals -- Paralympics.
Yes, the court of arbitration could be quite busy. We have spoken with a
lot of Paralympian is who applaud this decision. It would be galling
to play against those competing from a country where there has been
state-sponsored doping. The situation is you have half... You
have able bodied athletes who are about to compete and who will be
competing and then you have the Paralympian to have a different... A
governing body who have been banned outright. Although you could say the
Paralympian body had been strong, they have banned the team outright,
you could question how fair it is that it doesn't cover all of them.
And, conversely, though, some Paralympian is will be completely
clean who lose out. It is such a mess. As a spectator watching, it is
hard to watch any Russian athletes... It is hard to know
whether they are competing from a clean slate given what this report
revealed, or whether they are competing fair and square. It does
send a powerful message for next time, doesn't it, too? Yes, you've
got to hope so. The report into what went on at the Russian Winter
Olympics was amazing. Into what was alleged to have happened. You can't
choose what country you come from. If you choose to be Russian and
clean it seems unfortunate that your government is up to all sorts of
hijinks, apparently. But at the same time, if you are from anywhere else,
you would be hacked off. The longest rail strike in 50 years to hit
economy with ministers attacking union leaders for causing pain to
passengers and business leaders. This strike is taking place this
week for five days. If you are unfortunate to still be at work and
not be on holiday, and have to commute, especially into London,
then you will be hit by this rail strike. Southern... On Southern...
Yeah. So what's happening in Dover? Conductors are claiming that their
work has been devalued. Changes to the way they operate on the trains.
There is a suggestion that their work is being devalued, their jobs
are being put at risk. The issue is the strike has been given the
go-ahead but it only has the support of 393 staff members. Yeah. That was
a helpful answer. There have been issues with staff not turning up to
work and claiming to be sick. The company and the union have
essentially... They are at loggerheads and it doesn't seem to
be any way out of it. There had been so many complaints about them, daily
problems. You just have to go on Twitter and there is a stream of
angry commuters. According to the Telegraph, it will affect up to
300,000 commuters, and this is as the government was supposed to have
brought in tough laws on the issue of when unions can call strikes and
they had to have a certain amount of members who voted for the strike. If
they are the only people affected either strike, you can't ballot
people who are not going to take part. It makes a mockery of the law.
If 300,000 are affected... Southern have sacked all the rest of the
staff. Maybe if they employed more people they wouldn't have such
problems. It is strange. Telegraph says it will hit the economy. Well,
it is all very well, Amber Rudd, Home Secretary, complaining it is
reckless and will be badly damaging and will cause needless pain to the
economy, but didn't her economy just take us out of the EU, after telling
us it would be dreadful for the economy, and they did that?
LAUGHTER. So, you know... Here we go again,
Brexit. A lot of people say we will be fine. Exactly, it is just a
bit... LAUGHTER. MPs... Sorry, Janet, the Metro,
please. Janet is directing to know. She keeps singing in my ear. It is
annoying. MPs fight Theresa May's bid to expand grammars. The peers
and Lords won't like this. There will be some opposition. This was an
announcement yesterday in the Sunday Telegraph that the new Prime
Minister is minded to reintroduce grammar schools but she is going to
be facing a lot of opposition. If she thought that people would be
sort of dancing in the streets about this, then she is sadly mistaken.
Their big argument is that it is great for social mobility. Children
from poorer backgrounds have access to a higher level of education are
they go on to achieve so much more. The sad fact is the current grammar
system, there is only about 3% of children who receive free school
meals who go to grammar schools. Which is a marker of deprivation.
So, is in the current system it doesn't support poor children, how
can we guarantee that new grammar schools will do that? I can't even
believe that this is on the agenda, quite frankly. Neil Carmichael says
he doesn't think it improves social motor will teeth. They are very
popular with parents. With some parents, yeah. Politically, this is
going to be interesting. It is possibly a clue to something. If
Neil Carmichael as a Tory is against it, it only takes a handful to be
against it and it won't get to the Commons. And then the SNP come into
play in the Commons. And in the Lords, the government doesn't have a
majority. The only way they can get it through would be if there was a
manifesto commitment. Does this mean Theresa May is pondering an early
election, and she could get it through the Lords that way, it might
be a bit of... You have heard it here first. It is a big thing to go
through... It is very popular with people who vote... The Daily Mail, a
law unto themselves, how are you, the taxpayer, pays thousands for
police Chiefs' private health while they take up to 64 days' holiday per
year. They are cross about this. Why are senior police officers are
allowed to claim this money? There must be a legitimate reason. Thanks
to national guidelines for senior police which haven't been updated
since 2003. Yeah, basically, if they get moved around, or if they move
around, it doesn't seem unreasonable they are entitled to relocation
expense. The problem is what exactly they are claiming on these
relocation expenses. Some of them don't really want to tell the people
who actually pay their relocation expenses what they are paying. The
thing that will annoy a lot of people reading this is that we
understand, as you say, you are entitled to expenses, but if you are
already earning ?200,000 a year plus, I think some people might
think it is a bit excessive to be claiming for things that they could
really pay for out of their own pocket. There is no suggestion that
they are doing anything wrong or illegal but it is... They are the
rules at the moment. We think it needs a bit of taste as to MPs
expenses. Daily Express, Treasury Chiefs get to work on cutting ties
with Brussels and what are we left with, what kind of relationship do
we want to have after it is all decided? No one knows what
relationship we're going to have, or what we will have. Some are clear
they don't want freedom of movement and they don't want to be part of
the single market. A bit confused. Some of them surely know. We hope
so. A lot of them have done a runner since the referendum. Some of them
have been given high up jobs. They have. They have been awfully quiet
on exactly what Brexit will mean. Doesn't it mean what it means when
the result of a negotiation with current partners in the EU comes? It
means whatever you want it to mean at the moment, that's the trouble.
Maybe these talks will give some shape to it. We are not sure they
are talks. It just as the department for EU as it have been contacted by
the city. I am not sure what that means. They have fired up a couple
of e-mails and gone on holiday. Are they experts? Officials. Experts we
might need to listen to? Officials... Oh, officials in the
city. This article refers to this poll showing two thirds of
grassroots Conservative Party members don't want a similar deal to
Norway. All sorts of different ideas were thrown about, weren't they,
with Norway, Switzerland, Albania, wherever. Most people decided we
didn't want to be like Norway because they still have to pay Ian
and be part of it but they are not part of the decision-making process.
They still had to have freedom of movement. I am not surprised two
thirds of people survey it in this Express say they don't want it,
because one of the big things was we wanted to have control of borders.
Not freedom of movement. I am not sure how scientific this survey is
but they have not asked what they do want. Well, they know what they
don't want! It is easy to say that. I suppose what they want is the moon
on a stick. You can't get that. Yet. The Daily Telegraph, it has such
resonance with me, I hope it does with you - no, I hope it doesn't,
actually. Morning eight. Your body is playing catch up. If you wake up
feeling like you have aches in the morning, white? My hands feel really
stiff -- aches. Anti-inflammatory proteins haven't kicked in. -- why?
Limbs feel stiff because our body has been suppressing the
anti-inflammatory proteins during sleep. Do you have that problem? I
bet blues suppresses it even more, which is why you have even more than
eight. That begins with an H. Marvellous. It has an education.
That's it for the Papers for tonight.
Coming up next, it's the Film Review.