06/09/2016 The Papers


06/09/2016

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

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With me are Tony Grew, Parliamentary Journalist

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and Caroline Frost, Entertainment Editor

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...

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The Telegraph dedicates its front page to radical islamist

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Anjem Choudary, and reports that a Judge has questioned why

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The Guardian leads with retail chain Sports Direct's decision

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to change its employment practices, which have been heavily criticised.

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The Metro's focus is on Keith Vaz, the MP who has

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resigned his chairmanship of the Home Affairs Select Committee

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as a result of revelations about his personal life.

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The Mirror goes with the same story, questioning whether Mr Vaz

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At the top of the Financial Times is the news that Downing Street has

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denied the suggestion made by Brexit Minister David Davis that

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leaving the EU will probably mean leaving the single market.

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And the Express is reporting that Migrants at the so-called Jungle

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camp in Calais are planning to come to the UK when the camp

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That is getting everyone up-to-date. Let's begin with Anjem Choudary and

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this striking, smiling photograph on the front of the Telegraph.

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Sentenced to five and a half years in jail. The crux of it is that he

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bit the hand that fed. Yes, the judge that sentenced him said is it

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not enough that he was funded by the liberal western tomorrow because --

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democracy he despises? People who are on benefits have had to go

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through hoops, but he continued to claim, although he was fit for work.

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Iain Duncan Smith, the former works and pensions secretary said he got

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his officials to look into this, but the problem is they are not guilty

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until they are found guilty. Caroline, is it a shocking

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indictment of the system? It is one of these classic things where the

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values that this country is proud of, free speech and the welfare

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state, looking after people who need us to look after them, and both

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these things are being savagely tested in the most emotive way by

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someone who claims to despise these values basically claiming

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everything. I enjoyed that the judge put it on the culprit, saying it was

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questionable. We sit here shaking fists and think, why are we doing

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this? It is a tough one. Values are all well until someone comes along

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and tests them. We had someone from the Quilliam Foundation saying they

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were surprised it was only five and half years. Although the political

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reaction? Yes. It's the prize that people have been tried to get for a

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long time. I'm not sure how much she will serve out of the five and a

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half years, but importantly, we say it is a disgrace he was paid half ?1

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million in benefits, but he has five children and taking away his

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benefits will punish those children as well. It is is not -- it is not

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as clear cut as it looks. I'm a very vengeful person, but there needs to

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be balanced and understanding. I am shocked by the story, but he has got

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five kids. We can't polarise an isolate people more and more into a

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point where they do become radicalised. Let's move to the daily

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Mirror and the man who is dominating the headlines today and arguably

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since Sunday. Keith Vaz. Do you feel sympathy? Do you buy the apology?

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The Daily Mirror doesn't. I work with journalists, some younger than

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myself and I grew up in the days of the Tory, back to basics, family

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values, etc, and the property is a great problem. Some of my younger

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colleagues on that shocked. They're not sure why he should go. The

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comments are, has he done anything illegal? It should be done to his

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constituents. I come from a generation that wonders about

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credibility, so I am torn. Is it a scandal? It is a scandal in the

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sense it is on the front of the Daily Mirror. With Keith Vaz, even

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today he thought he could hold on. It then became apparent that he

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could not continue as the chair of the home Affairs Committee. He

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hasn't resigned from the other committee he sits on both. He is

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eyes will be on whether he can rebuild his reputation. He is a real

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marmite figure at Westminster. Those who don't like him will take the

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opportunity to tell him he has to go. If he was the chair of energy

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and climate change, I do think he would go, but because the committee

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oversees vice and drugs and has produced a report on prostitution,

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it did not smile right and crucially it was going to cause problems for

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the committee. It was felt it was untenable because there was no

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obvious time this will stop. If you were according to one of these

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committee sessions and you have all of these outstanding members of

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Parliament talking to you and if you felt it was not going your way, the

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temptation to tip the wink to Keith Vaz would be overwhelming. But then

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we get into the arena of should everyone declare all their interests

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or the time? I'm not happy with the wave this story has been handled. I

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think there is a prurience, a Victorian moralising. We are all

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guilty of that. Is there not a vicarious way we approach

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newspapers? Someone has got caught with their trousers down or whatever

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it may be, there but for the grace of God could go anyone. Our

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relative, Coley, ourselves. We don't know. There are only 650 MPs, and

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there is always someone who has got themselves into a terrible scrapes

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and it is Keith Vaz's turn. Talking of scrapes, let us move on to the

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Financial Times. We have a photograph on the front which is a

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wonderful picture. It is all smiles there, but these are the three men

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having to share a country house together at weekends and by all

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accounts they don't necessarily have identical views on what Brexit

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should mean, but they all play a part. Doctor Fox, David Davis, Boris

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Johnson. What does the storyteller 's? It tells us a couple of things.

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It tells us Davis Davis -- David Davis does not have much detail,

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although he did say yesterday its probable that the UK would be part

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of the single market. That is a fundamental decision for him to

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take. We have had the farcical situation today where a minister

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standing at the dispatch box has not been directly contradicted by the

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Prime Minister's smokes man -- smokes man -- spokesman. It is

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shambolic. It is a serious problem. When you

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are at the dispatch box, you are speaking for the government. We can

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put this down to inexperience in David Davis's case. It does point to

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a bigger problem. The government does not seem to know what the plan

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is. It has been months and we don't have a clear route for the Brexit

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negotiation. Caroline, you are an entertainment editor. David Davis

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putting his foot in it. Are you missing the old Boris Johnson? He is

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very well behaved. It is you say, entertainment is my currency and

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this is the kind of picture that gives nonpolitical journalists a

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good time. I think it's the first time they have been photograph like

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this. We know they shared this house, although we don't know what

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the time-share arrangements are. They are the three magic suitors to

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the Princess, which is Theresa May. They are like the three Bears with

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the porridge. Someone will come out on top, but I can imagine that the

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machinations between the advisers will be interesting. There

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definitely will be turf wars. The Guardian has a photo of the Pearson,

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who is going to be the flag bearer for the Paralympics opening

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ceremony. There's also a story on Sports

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Direct. They have had bad press over the last 12 months and Mike Ashley

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has jumped the gun. He has the criticism at the board meeting and

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says they have felled regarding zero hour contracts. It is a clever bit

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of PR. I think it is desperation. He has realised that media pressure and

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therefore consumer pressure can lead to pressure from the board because

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Sports Direct's brand has been trashed in the eyes of consumers.

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This is the least he can do to stop rebuilding the brands. The

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impression given is people are still buying from Sports Direct. Whatever

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the bad headlines, they are still buying the product. But their

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reputation in the wider context is bad. People are still shopping

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there, but they are aware the people serving them are on zero hour

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contracts. Finally, the Times. We were asking if they all agree about

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Brexit. The Times asking if they all agree about grammar schools. This is

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one of Theresa May's standing in the doorway at ten Downing St saying she

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will make things better. She appreciates that education is

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important. These plans are gestation and everyone is jumping on them

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because... You think they would have learned by now.

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She has been careful in her first interview when talking about it. She

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said they would consider all things. There is talk that grammar schools

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may be on the way back. This is an interesting thing in politics

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because it ideological. People oppose academic selection at 11 on

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the basis that it is just their beliefs, not because of evidence.

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Grammar schools are popular. You went to one? I did. Disclaimer. It

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was a Catholic one, but I did grow up in Northern Ireland. It is an

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interesting ideological split. The document that was leaked said they

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might not get it through the House of Lords. Interesting times ahead.

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Tony and Caroline, a real pleasure. That is it. Don't forget, all the

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front pages are on our website. You can see us there as well with each

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night's edition being posted on the page shortly after we have finished.

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Thank you to Tony and Caroline. I will be back at the top of the hour.

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For now, goodbye.

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