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


With me are the political commentator Jo Phillips


and the Sunday Mirror's political editor, Nigel Nelson.


Let's have a look at some of the front pages before we discuss them


in detail. The Observer leads with a warning


about the health of the NHS - top bosses saying it's


on the brink of collapse. Meanwhile, British


traditions are under threat A government review will point


the finger at growing ethnic Own your own home for ?900


because of the Help to Buy scheme - that's the main headline


on the Sunday Express. The Sunday Mirror continues


its reports of claims Last week, Mr Vaz referred


the allegations to his solicitors. Plans for new grammar schools


are being drawn up by councils following yesterday's announcement


by the Prime Minister - that's the front page


of the Sunday Times. While the Independent


dedicates its front page The ceasefire is due to come


into effect on Monday. So, shall we start with the Sunday


Times? The councils opening new grammar schools offering thousands


of places. It is almost as if they saw it coming. These are five


councils where there is already selective education. This is not


surprising that some councils. This, I think, will prove to be a missed


fort and miss timed move by Theresa May. She, like I, are grammar goals


but there is a great danger that we look back at those of us who


benefited many years ago with a nostalgia that is not appropriate


for schools today. What is wrong with grammar schools? There is


nothing wrong with them. It is how you get into them. Yes, the


selection process. It is increasingly hard to get into them.


All children should have access to good schools and good teachers, it


should not depend on where you live and whether or not you can afford


tutoring. It is about social mobility. Yes. And there has always


been a divide between grammar school kids and the others. There was


always the thing that the rich kids went to private schools and


everybody else went to the second very model. Things have changed


since then. It is not just the social scene, is it? Schools in the


deprived areas do not always have good education. And there are people


like me who go to pieces in the exam hall. I am not against the idea of


grammar schools but what I am against is the fact that they have


announced this without consideration. So Theresa May has


come up with an idea that selection is not merely at 11, it can also be


at 13 or 16, I do not think that is appropriate either. If there could


in assessment process that was continual that would decide which


schools would benefit from which children, that would be different.


She needs a detailed plan about how this may work. At the moment it does


not seem as if she could get it through the two houses, certainly


the house of of Lords. Many comprehensive schools rise to the


challenge, don't they? If there is a grammar school down the road, the


comprehensive really goes for it. There is no reason it cannot work


but we don't know how it will work. She has bounced into it, we feel,


because there was a leak earlier in the week. I imagine what she planned


to do was to use party conferencing in a couple of weeks time and then


float the idea without having to go into too much detail. Suddenly now


she needs to put flesh on this idea. Like you say, even as a modern high


schools raise their grades, private schools expect a huge boost because


if there will be more grammar schools, there will be a process of


those who can afford it... It does not do anything for social mobility


today. It may have done 20 or 30 years ago. I think or intention is


very clear and she has launched a scathing attack on public schools


which is another knife in the back to the old It -- eaten attendees.


This has come from the NHS chiefs. Yes, it comes from providers and


they speak for hospital trust and chief executives. It is a familiar


litany now that they are running out of money and cannot meet targets


without some major influx of cash in the Autumn statement. It does seem


that we are getting to a point where we are going to have to start really


thinking about radical solutions for the NHS because we really can't


afford to keep it going. So either we will need to pay an awful lot


more in tax for it, it is clear that the amount of money that is being


put in is not enough so either through taxation or the idea of


charging for certain services. I was interviewing a hospital on BBC radio


the other week that had started crowd funding. Just to raise funds.


It would not matter how much money you poured into the NHS because


there will be demand, the demand is insatiable. In a way it goes back to


the grammar school thing, if you tackle something, schools are not


the big issue. The NHS is and always is as we approach winter. The


expectations of people is that they will be seen by a doctor, referred


to a specialist and will walk out of the doctor surgery with a


prescription and if they want an ambulance they will get one. We


actually have, somebody, somewhere, some politician has to be brave


enough to tackle that. Tackle our perceptions? I think it is more our


sentimentality about it. The problem about discussing it with


politicians, they recognise that there are certain things that must


be done we do not go out there and say it because the moment a


politician says anything about the yen hate S, the community


misconstrue sit as an attack and they are dead in the water. And


there is something strange about the British character... We are in love


with the NHS. We are quite protective of it. The idea that it


cannot change be it cannot use what is a 1948 model for a 20th -- 21st


century servers. Steady on, steady on. Serious crime set to join the


list of other hate crimes. This is misogyny in England and Laos. This


is Nottingham where they have been trialling using misogyny under the


definition of a hate crime. They have been doing an experiment there,


police in Notting ham, they have had 20 investigations in two mums,


investigating a case of misogyny every three days. They have


specially trained officers targeting behaviour from unwanted physical


approaches through the street harassment, and other forces are now


looking at this. What we do not know is whether the investigations have


led to any prosecutions or whether somebody has been told to behave


better or where it is actually going. There are two things here.


Many people listening to this and thinking well, there are other


things that the police could be dealing with. There are also people


on the other side which is more nuanced, which is where women,


affected by misogyny, they feel more able to go to the police and that


they are complaints will be taken seriously. And now that the BBC is


talking about it, they will know that possible. The problem is that


it was initially successful in Notting ham and other forces are


looking for it. But what is the criteria for success? Hate crimes


reported to them when it comes to women but is the same thing happened


in disabled hate crime came in. I have some figures I was looking at


this week that says disabled hate crime has gone up 40% in the last


year. What does that mean? Does that mean that people hate disabled


people more than they did the previous year or that police at


catching more haters? Or that people are reporting it more. But what is


the criteria for these crimes? We will find out, won't we. Let's move


on to the Independent. This will be a big story. We can be forgiven for


not feeling that this is a turning point, that is the question that the


Independent asks when it comes to the ceasefire in Syria. The whole


thing is that we do not know until it starts on Monday. He reported


that more than 100 people have been killed today, and this has happened


before. A wall becomes more deadly, I am told, in the hours before a


ceasefire. Yes, the final spasms of somebody tries to grab more


Territorian before the ceasefire begins. The idea of the Russians and


the Americans coming together, that could reduce the violence. The


problem is whether it works out. At the moment, the South feels more


say. As far as the Americans are concerned that aside and not stay


there, he must go. The Russians and the Americans need to agree about


what happens to a side. It is an interesting deal, part rivals, and


part allies. Russia are close Assad. It will put pressure on the


Americans to use their pressure on Turkey and Saudi Arabia. We call it


a coalition... Hull it is not. It is but it is not. It is a group of


countries. There are so many factions here. What is happening in


Syria is an absolute microcosm of everything in the Middle East with


so many things. And the knock-on to the neighbouring countries and


tribes, be it Kurdish, Sony or Shi'ite Muslims, the most important


thing is that if there is a ceasefire then humanitarian aid can


get through. Quickly, we only have 40 seconds, let's squeeze in the


Sunday Telegraph. Political correctness eating a threat to


Christmas. This is an annual story, isn't it? It is a little different.


The headline overdoes it but the head of integration has come out


with a report on to how integration should work. She says how could


anybody object to calling a Christmas tree a Christmas tree. It


was political correctness. She wants us to look at the issue of


integration and basically, no-one could take offence at the phrase


Christmas tree so let's try to be more sensible. And it was a


year-long study. Excellent salary will run again next Christmas. Thank


you for taking a through the papers and thank you to you for joining us.


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