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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be


With me are Tom Bergin, who is Reuters' business


correspondent, and the senior political correspondent


Tomorrow's front pages: The Daily Express leads on words


of optimism by the Prime Minister about Brexit and the UK's economic


Allegations against Labour MP and Chair of the Home Affairs Select


Committee Keith Vaz paying to meet male escorts make the front


The Daily Telegraph has more on the Keith Vaz story,


but a smiling Theresa May enjoying the limelight


Brexit makes the lead in the Guardian.


The paper claims the Prime Minister has declined to endorse pledges made


by the vote leave camp for a points-based immigration system.


It also has an impressive picture of the replica of the Great Fire


of London, which was set alight tonight to commemorate the 350th


anniversary of the original epic blaze.


The Daily Mail also runs the Keith Vaz allegations


on its front page, along with news from a report which says E coli


is found in a quarter of supermarket chickens.


And finally, the Mirror devotes almost its whole front page


to Keith Vaz, saying the senior politicians faces calls


Let's start with a few of the headlines, then, regarding Brexit


and what it might look like. The Daily Telegraph says the PM could


stop Boris Johnson's plan for points -based immigration. This is


something that Australia has been using for quite a long time. It has


been pointed to as something we could adopt, but not necessarily. It


is the magic wallet for immigration according to the Brexit campaign. It


looks here, there is more detail in the FT, that Theresa May is taking a


position whereby she would look at reverential treatment for EU


citizens. Of course the aim here would be to try and preserve more


access to the single market by giving a bit more leeway with


respect to access to the Labour market, while at the same time not


allowing it into our policy. It is not clear if this would work,


certainly in terms of achieving access to the single market because


our partners in Europe have been pretty clear they want to have total


open door or no deal on trade access. And employers often need


speed, they need to be able to recruit people quite quickly. Yes,


that's it. In many ways that was a dividing line in the EU referendum.


The boss class, employers, wanting higher net inward immigration


because of cheaper Labour and workers who feel their wages have


been depressed because of migration to the UK. The Guardian, Theresa May


refuses to guarantee Brexit alleges, saying the extra money for the NHS


which was talked about rather controversially at the time, and


also these warnings from Japan and the United States, still saying this


is not going to do you any good if you leave the single market. There


is still a lot of uncertainty around what Brexit really means, and I


think it is a key issue. The Australian style points system, the


?100 million extra each week from the US if we left the EU, and cuts


the energy bills, all pledges made by the Leave campaign. He told the


British public this is what you can do if you vote for Brexit but of


course the Leave campaign were not the government and now Theresa May


is making pretty clear she is not necessarily going to accept pledges


made by leave campaigners. And the ?100 million was a net figure, the


number on the side of the bus which we will never forget was ?350


million. The Prime Minister can point to the fact that the CBI for


example is saying that businesses are doing very well. The value of


the pound has fallen. Yes, you can look at the FTSE, doing very well.


The reality is, jobs and actual real-world economic activity in this


country, and whether over the long-term that will continue. I


think that has always been a concern for people so we will see what


happens with growth and unemployment. But the question in


terms of the guarantee, she has a very difficult thing to do. She is


trying to deliver on mutually exclusive and contradictory promises


on the part of the campaign. So very difficult choices to make them. And


on this subject, the Daily Express, no fear over EU exit, she has been


warned off watering down a deal with Brussels but a deal has to be


negotiated. It is not necessarily what written what is, it is what


other people are prepared to give us -- what Britain wants. She is


optimistic and looking at the benefits and lots of up the


statements, but not a lot of detail. I think that at the moment that is


something which increasingly we are going to see business asking for. We


have already had up partners asking for that. Is will hold off


investments if they don't know what the future is like. Looking at the


FT, Hinkley Point offers prize to EDF and Chinese partner. So this is


a little bit complicated. It is a little bit complicated but this is a


boon for critics of the Hinkley Point project. A new analysis says


that EDF, a French backed company, and CGM, the Chinese state backed


company, stand to make ?100 billion in revenue if the nuclear power


station goes ahead -- CGN. And the interesting thing here is that the


very controversial model of pricing electricity that the whole project


centres on, the burden of that increased price will fall on


consumers. And this has had the breaks put on it. Whether this


project goes ahead in its previous form. Absolutely, according to


former colleagues, Theresa May has concerns about security implications


of Chinese investment in the UK. It may also be about the money. It will


involve the company is getting twice the current rate of electricity, the


differential may be higher in the future because it is an inflation


linked price and we are looking for shale gas, and if we ever find that


the cost of electricity generation will go down. Financially this is


enormous. ?30 billion is the cost of the subsidy, that is what you and I


will be paying for it if it goes through. You can understand why


Theresa May is giving pause for thought. The Times has a headline


that the NHS blows nearly ?2 billion in payoffs to bosses, these are


redundancy settlements. Yes, obviously bosses in the NHS is a


perennial question. We talk about how there is not a lot of criticism


of inefficiencies in the NHS, and they get in professional managers


and they seem to be a source of increasing inefficiency according to


many of these reports. Some of those are not founded at it does seem in


this case that people have received pay-outs which are well above the


ceiling the government had put on pay-outs. And a huge amount of money


leaves the NHS at a time when it is struggling for money and it seems


that some of those posts have to be either reinvented or people brought


back in on a freelance, contractual basis. You are absolutely right, at


a time when the NHS is having to ration services in some areas,


surgery being refused to obese patients, for example, people are


very angered to see that 6-figure payoffs going beyond the cat


mentioned and sometimes two or three times that tap, are being paid at


the managers. This goes back to the restructuring of the NHS led by the


former Health Secretary under the coalition government. A huge tearing


up of the structures of the NHS which led to a lot of post is being


abolished and reformed. Some people left their job and were given big


pay-outs, but in a revolving door system they come back to work for


the NHS again in a different capacity. Let's look at a couple of


stories from the Daily Mail. Shameless is the headline. It is


talking about these allegations surrounding Keith Vaz, the Labour MP


for Leicester East and also who has been sharing the Home Affairs Select


Committee for the last five years. He clings to power after paying Mail


escorts. He blames the press for exposing him, and Jeremy Corbyn, the


Labour Party leader, dismisses the scandal as a private matter. In most


parts of the country, paying for sex is not illegal. All these


allegations at the moment, and Keith Vaz has expressed his deep


reservations and concerns about the fact that the Daily Mirror has even


run the story in the way it has run it. Yes, I think the key issue here,


why the story would be in the public interest, is because he chairs the


Home Affairs Committee which looks into vice issues. It is even at the


moment running an enquiry into prostitution. So the allegations


against Keith Vaz are that he has himself participated and liaised


with prostitutes, raising lots of questions and making people think is


he really the right person to be presiding over an enquiry which is


looking into laws to do with sex workers. It is an interesting one. I


mean, Jeremy Corbyn is saying it is a private matter, as we discussed.


The issue of solicitation of prostitutes is a legal area of


ambiguity in the United Kingdom, solicitation from an automobile is


not legal, solicitation at all in Northern Ireland is not legal. Even


if it was totally legal, it is an area where I think people aren't


entirely comfortable with it, and I think that the issue of being a


private matter, probably a lot of voters would not take that view. And


that particular point may make his position, even though these at this


stage are just allegations, that may make his position of authority


difficult to sustain longer term. He says, he has referred to what the


Sunday express has done -- he has referred what the Sunday express has


done to his solicitor. There has been no confirmation whether these


are true so difficult week ahead for Keith Vaz. Still on the Daily Mail,


superbug found in a quarter of chickens. I feel I can read this


story a few years ago. It is interesting, and it is all coming in


the wake of... When you see that, it takes the question of whether we


have enough regulation of food standards. We have had a campaign as


a newspaper for the last several months about getting rid of


regulations. It is a very interesting situation, but obviously


it is not good if chickens have got this... Unfortunately from the


reporting that we've seen in the newspaper, not a lot of details of


what the problem is here, what failings in which stores all which


rules are not being followed. It would be interesting to see more


detail on this. Even if we don't have EU regulations, we have our own


regulations which suggest that E-coli in chickens are not a great


idea. I am glad to say I am a vegetarian. But it does worry me,


the antibiotics pumped into supermarket chickens. E-coli is


another matter altogether but one in four chickens having a strain of the


superbug sounds very worrying if that is correct. Yes, we have had


other bugs in the past, eggs which were not particularly safe, and


Selman Eller. That is going back a bit, but this is E-coli this time,


so resistant to antibiotics. That is the issue and it can be deadly, of


course. The Daily Express page two, Mother Teresa made a saint. And it


hasn't taken long. She died in 1997 and already she seems to have been


sort of fast tracked. Absolutely, and as an Irish person, I assumed


she was a saint for years. It is not surprised it is coming in as quickly


and a huge turnout today. Among the Catholic faithful is a bit tricky


among the more religious, I suppose, of Catholics. She is a very popular


figure. But of course in other areas she has had her critics, about, you


know, helping alleviate poverty but maybe not focusing on the root


causes of poverty. She might of course have argued that as a


political area, which she thought she shouldn't straight into but


nowadays we see advocacy to be quite important. There has also been


criticism of who she took money from, some of the sources of that


money were a bit suspect. Yes, she is not a whiter than white figure in


many people's eyes. There is a lot of controversy surrounding Mother


Teresa. But she is such a global icon, I am not surprised she has


been canonised in only 19 years. It is a formalisation of what many


people thought anyway. And just to say, one key thing is she was the


stigmatising working with people like lepers, AIDS patients at the


time, other types of ill and destitute people who were considered


untouchable and that is a legacy that should be honoured. Page three


of the Times. Poldark, it is a Cornish name, Lewis the Jetset to


Cornwall. Are they all hoping to get an eye on Captain Poldark? I wonder.


As it happens I went with Boris Johnson on the Brexit trail to


Cornwall and we stopped in a town and some women in the village


crowded around the bus and they were hoping to see Poldark, not Boris


Johnson. The show has exquisite scenery and I'm not surprised that


the story says a fifth of all visitors to Cornwall in the past


year say that they were inspired by a Poldark to come and see the


landscape for themselves. And there have been a lot of programmes over


the years which have done that the various parts of the country. I


guess so, yes. Obviously Poldark is fronted by an Irish actor. I


remarked to your producer that it was good to see a show which were


still marketed the Irish charm. She said actually it was set in Cornwall


and I was feeling a bit deflated. Our rude, and you are a guest! But


it is a reminder again of the importance of the way that culture


itself as an significance beyond immediate viewership -- and


economics significance. These programmes get sold overseas, people


watch them in the United States. And finally, fact and fiction merge as a


character from The Archers goes on trial. This has been a very


well-publicised storyline, this woman who is on trial in The Archers


on Radio 4 for trying to potentially kill her husband, Robert, who by


many people's standards is a very controlling man. Yes, it is


extraordinary that pick up it has had, and when you think of The


Archers as a gently rolling, bucolic sort of storyline, it is really --


real drama. It has had interesting consequences, there have been


thousands of pounds raised for charity, an uptick in calls to


domestic violence helpline is, and are raised in awareness. And every


body wants to know the verdict. We will have to wait and see.


Thank you, Tom Bergin and Lucy Fisher.


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