04/10/2016 The Papers


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


With me are the former Labour political advisor,


Ayesha Hazarika, and Neil Midgley, media commentator at


We are going to be gained with a reminder of the breaking news which


makes it onto the front of one of the pages tomorrow morning, the


resignation of Diane James, the MEP elected 18 days ago to lead the


party, Ukip. That is the head in the Times. Ukip leader quitting after


three weeks. Full marks for getting it on this quickly. Great scoop by


Lucy Fisher in terms of getting the scoop. This story is extraordinary


and I don't think we'll get to the bottom of it for some time. A report


said she felt shaken after being spat on on a train on the way to


Cardiff but I think there is more to it. The key line in the resignation


is that she does not have the sufficient authority nor support of


her colleagues and party, indicating that there were rules she wanted to


change, questions she was asking about finances so I think it allude


to something much murkier going on. And rats fighting in a very small


sac. There is a question about whether Ukip still has a role in the


post-referendum Britain, what do they stand for, what do they want,


what is their pitch to the electorate? Nigel Farage has been


the leader at least twice. They want him to come back! Technically he may


still be the leader because she has said she has not formally become the


leader. For ever Farage! Steven Woolfe, who was the Ukip the hope


against the Labour Party in the North, there is some weirdness about


him not getting his papers in on time. I don't think it was 18


minutes. It is like Stranger Things, these strange things happening in


Ukip. One difficulty happening with Ukip, the Times has done it and now


the Daily Telegraph. Presume the others will be dependent.


Interesting that Diane James Haskell in her statement to the Times -- has


given her statement. And it is on the day of Theresa May's big speech


at the Tory party conference. Getting the news before 9pm, when


the paper goes to bed. It sets the agenda. The Daily Mail is doing its


bit tomorrow, Ayesha, with its very bold image, Theresa May savaging


leave the liberal -- savaging the liberal elite. We are all liberal!


What is really interesting is that I think that Theresa May's speech is


not going to have many nuggets of policy, it looks like they have


briefed out the interesting policy things, the timing of Article 50,


the thing about overseas doctors and immigration. The key message they


want to get to the country is a big patriotic message, a big appeal.


Ironically I think it is to the Ukip voters and those who voted for


Brexit, saying that we've heard you, we get what you are saying and we


are on your side. It is more about tone. We have Eneko on the front of


the Daily Express, the message that they won't grovel to Brussels. -- we


have an echo. According to the press Association, Liam Fox this evening


was casting doubt on the quality of the CVs of the trade negotiators who


may be a part of the British team. It would be a strange interview


where the interviewer says, would you grovel to Brussels and Theresa


May would say, just a bit. Of course she has to talk tough and Theresa


May personally has played a very strong tactical game, staying


relatively neutral during the referendum campaign itself so now


she can pretend to be all things to all men and women. Particularly to


disenfranchised Labour voters. The stark thing that stood out to meet


at the Labour conference was that the Labour Party has no answer to


the many millions of natural Labour supporters who want curbs on


immigration. The Labour Party just isn't speaking to that and Theresa


May comes from relatively modest background herself, she is able to


say once again, as Margaret Thatcher did in the 80s: we are the parties


of the aspirational working-class -- the party. Picking up on what Niall


said, looking at the front of the Guardian, Theresa May calling on the


Tories to seize the centre ground. Papers will take the editorial line.


You briefed the papers to things that may appeal to their readers.


People will feel that her initial big picture on the steps of Downing


Street was very much that they are going to rules from the centre,


almost like an Ed Miliband speech, like one government, but I think the


reality will be different. I think Neill is right, they need a


political and strategic decision to go after the northern heartlands


where they will try to settle. They know that Labour is soft in those


areas because of the Brexit vote and immigration issues. Difficult for


Labour to navigate through the Freedom of movement stuff. Diane


James and Ukip couldn't come at a better time for Theresa May. Her


policies, grammar schools, immigration, that is catnip to that


kind of right wing, people who are interested. She's saying to Ukip


voters, come back to the Conservative Party. This talk of the


centre ground is for the birds. Right! Fact! Not closing the deficit


by the end of the Parliament, the people who care about that.


Extraordinary because for years the Labour Party have been said that


their policy of borrowing more to invest was irresponsible but now


that rule has been ripped up. There is that think that in government you


can fairly shamelessly pick from what the other parties have and you


don't get access match -- you don't get too much flak. This fund from


and am -- announced from Amber Rudd today. The living wage. Diane James


said in her first conference speech, she called Theresa May magpie May


because she was collecting policies and the grammar school policy was a


Ukip policy. One thing in the Guardian piece, Theresa May


attacking the Labour Party saying that they have not just been divided


as a party, they have divided the country. I have issue with that,


Labour is very divided. At least Ukip have made us look better but I


don't think anybody would say that the Labour Party policies are


defined in the country. Grammar schools are very divisive. Hardline


talk on immigration, doctors going back, that is pretty divisive stuff


and she will have a big row with Scotland over Brexit. The big idea


that... I think she will be far more divisive. If Jeremy Corbyn and the


Labour Party had done the right kind of job with their supporters in the


referendum vote, we would have had a Remain vote and the country would


now be united in membership of the European Union, that is the


divisiveness of the Labour Party, internal fighting, not doing what it


needs to do with the big issues in the country. The Labour Party is


definitely divided. Nothing was more divisive than the referendum result


and it is your guide's fault. -- your guy. The Guardian look like


they have some fashion advice for if the Prime Minister gets into tough


negotiations with the EU. And some advice from Kim Kardashian and Kanye


West, apparently hiring doubles. Going to the Metro, bumpy Brexit


ahead, a slightly different take on her words. Yes and in particular on


Philip Hammond's words. Good cop bad cop I think, Philip Hammond is


saying as Chancellor, you know, it is looking bleak and it will be a


roller-coaster and it may look all right at the moment but choppy


economic waters ahead and then Boadicea Theresa comes along in her


chariot and says we are patriotic, tough, the party of the working


classes the same as everybody else. Clearly it is going to be bumpy


ahead. There's one sentence that sooner or later must come out of a


Conservative's mouth, either we want to stay in the single market or we


don't. That will be the decisive point that will decide how bumpy it


gets stuck last word. The Chancellor Philip Hammond summed it up when he


said that nobody voted to get poorer when they made the decision, time


will tell. The IMF have said that they were possibly overly


pessimistic but they are still worried about the future. Ending on


a download! Thank you for joining us. -- down note. A reminder of the


breaking news about Diane James's decision to quit as Ukip leader


after 18 days because she says she does not have the authority to make


the changes she needs. Still a relatively quiet and


tranquil scene over the UK over the next few days in stark contrast to


the devastation brought by


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