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


With me are Tony Grew, Parliamentary Journalist


and Caroline Frost, Entertainment Editor


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...


The Telegraph dedicates its front page to radical islamist


Anjem Choudary, and reports that a Judge has questioned why


The Guardian leads with retail chain Sports Direct's decision


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


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


resigned his chairmanship of the Home Affairs Select Committee


as a result of revelations about his personal life.


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


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


denied the suggestion made by Brexit Minister David Davis that


leaving the EU will probably mean leaving the single market.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


someone who claims to despise these values basically claiming


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


constituents. I come from a generation that wonders about


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


committee sessions and you have all of these outstanding members of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


shambolic. It is a serious problem. When you


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


this is the kind of picture that gives nonpolitical journalists a


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


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


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


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


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


machinations between the advisers will be interesting. There


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


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


ceremony. There's also a story on Sports


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


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


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


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


therefore consumer pressure can lead to pressure from the board because


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


will make things better. She appreciates that education is


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


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


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


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


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


because it ideological. People oppose academic selection at 11 on


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


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


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


interesting ideological split. The document that was leaked said they


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


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


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


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


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


For now, goodbye.


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