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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be
With me are the broadcaster, John Stapleton and the former
Conservative Employment Minister, Esther McVey.
The Financial Times which says the government's
considering paying the EU billions of pounds to retain Single Market
of a looming economic crisis on both sides of the border.
The Express says that pro-Remain MPs are plotting to halt a full exit
Hammond is accused of trying to 'undermine Brexit'
The Sun's top story is on legal actions against British troops.
It reports Prince Harry has described them as 'a'joke'.
The Mirror splashes on the search for missing toddler Ben Needham.
It shows his grieving mother and grandmother and the police
The Metro reports claims by a charity that seven out of ten
tenants are living in damp or infested homes.
which says that 40% of homes are below an acceptable living standard.
Let's start with the times. One of the papers that is looking at
Phillip Hammond's attitude towards what Brexit should look like.
Hammond clashes with Brexiteers on migrants. He worries that curbs
could harm business. As you said that in the headline, the accountant
quick, that is the sort that I had. The Chancellor of the Exchequer
behaving like an accountant. He raises what many people say is a
valid point, if we expect school workers to come here to have visas
and put a block on nonskilled workers, businesses that will be
affected. Farming, for example, relies on casual labour. Unless,
they decide to pay more money and then British people may decide to do
the job. His counselling caution and being criticised for doing so. He
did not like the idea, the potential idea of visas for skilled workers.
He asked us to look at the options. We all laughed at that joke about
him being an accountant. Later on he said he is facing accusations as
part of a pattern of behaviour on which the Treasury has failed to
provide construct if assistance to the Brexit process. That is the
problem, not whether or not is acting like an accountant because
that is as it should be, but whether he is acting on behalf of the
Treasury which did not necessarily want to go along the Brexit vote and
they were not really accepting the fact that the country voted to go
out. What David Davis voted for was the best access to the EU but
outside the EU and working within that. What people wanted when they
voted for Brexit actually was a control so that we could have say
over what was going on. But you cannot frustrate will of the people.
Get a good deal but do not frustrate them. Do you think Hammond is
comfortable? He and his Treasury officials or are they frustrated
even more? They need to look to see what best way forward is. It is not
for them as a couple of important people without doubt but the vote
has been given and you go forward and say how do we do this? You look
at the other countries with big trading partners with the EU,
Russia, China and the US. They were to WTO rules. We could do that.
There is another aspect. Cabinet paying billions to keep single
market access. For some people Brexit meant not been part of the
single market. Many people who voted Leave would say that we thought the
whole deal was that we dictate our own laws, curb immigration and do
not need to pay the EU billions of pounds every year. But this suggests
that in order to keep the city sweet and functioning we may have to keep
doing that. It would be something of a surprise. Look at the paper it is
in. The Financial Times. Of course they are. The people they want to
sell this newspaper to any other bankers. You've got to listen to it,
it is an important industry but at the end of the day what we cannot
have is now Brexit. If people want to be in the single market than
paying for the bill is run by EU courts and also having free movement
of people, you are still in the EU. You have not come out. It will take
some explaining, like this piece set, it will not go down well in
certain quarters. Let's move on and look at the Telegraph. A picture
here of a Baroness facing an key's question over the timing of her
peerage. A very successful woman. Ran Liberty for many years. Probably
could have sat on the bench of labour at any point that it is the
fact that she has been in charge of this anti-Semitism investigation
within the Labour Party. It was ultimately seen as some by a
whitewash and the question is at what stage did she accept the
peerage from the Labour Party? Subsequently made shadow attorney
general. I, like you, have known her well professionally. Interviewed her
many times and have the highest regard. But this is a mess. We need
clarification here. It appears that the allegation is that when she was
asked by the then chairman of the relevant committee to provide an
answer to the question when did you say yes to the peerage, she is yet
to do so. She spoken about it had an interview with the BBC in but that
is not really for a Parliamentary point of view satisfactory. Until
that happens, you know, we are not clear about this. To be ferried is
not just a few people complaining it is a whitewash it is the home
affairs select call it committee as well saying that actually what you
have within the Labour Party now is an institutionally it has become
anti-Semitic and therefore there is a problem. Look at the timing. She
was doing this report. It did not separate out what she was doing, it
was not a thorough investigation at the same time she was, it appears,
she is getting a peerage and she goes straight in with an appointment
to the shadow attorney general position. All of that for herself
she needs to come out and explain it because you up quite right, she has
had quite a good career so far. This now is not looking too good for her
or anybody else and that report was pulled. The daily mirror and the
anguish of Ben's family. Over 20 years since the child disappeared in
Greece. Many searches being done on a suggestion that he was killed by a
digger driver. This poor family, you have interviewed them. 25 years,
certainly in the early stages I was in touch with the family quite a lot
and I cannot tell you, you can imagine what they have been through.
Every time the phone rings in that house there is the thought that is
this the tells them they have found and it is all over. Their life has
been a rollercoaster. Emotions are peering down here, year after year
after year. And there are people to say we should not be wasting time
and money in pursuing this investigation. I would say that walk
a mile in their shoes. I know it is an American word, but when you have
no closure and when you have not seen a body or yawn not seen your
child, you cannot put to bed as it were a new live with that for ever.
I was on the Madeleine McCann board, working with Kate McCann because of
the college with her. It is the most exhausting thing is living with
hope, hoping that the phone call will come. Understanding that it is
truly terrible. The Independent. Boris Johnson tries to explain his
about-face on Europe. He wrote two articles. One in favour of remain,
the other in favour of leave. He has had some questions. Two days after
it published the article saying leave, of course, he came out, as it
were. If you have read it it certainly is not a ringing
endorsement to stay in. In fact the first half of it talks about how he
was hoping that there would have been a wonderful renegotiation with
Europe and he would come back and there would be things they could do.
There was not. But why do it? Why write an article like this and white
print it? At the time he was wondering what to do. Nobody would
come out with their view until after the renegotiation. Sometime in
February. He writes for the Telegraph every week. His view was
to come out but he thought and he said, you know, he was looking into
if there was anything he could support. So it was written for
Boris's benefit? At the very end the yes the vote is a bit of a deal that
it contains a germ of something good. It is not a ringing
endorsement. Later on he said that he was a Brexiteer and he believed
it was for the best of the country. Soul-searching is good. I was not
somebody who was out automatically. I took a lot of soul-searching and a
lot of understanding what was going on and eventually I came to the
conclusion. I am glad he did all of that and I am glad he worked out and
I am glad he went through a lot of anxiety because it is right to have
the right decision for the country. Let us have a look at the Daily
Mail. Victim is now blame victims for being burgled. He. A police
officer has likened people who leave a window open and then asked police
to investigate a burglary to people who are obese. And as the NHS for
help. I have some sympathy for the police. They are overworked and
undermanned. The research into school on the services. Some are
grateful, some are not. I know when my house was burgled it was entirely
my fault. They were around in a flash and I got a number and it was
all over and done no time at all. It is a tricky one. I think years on
thin ice here. He also said that what he wants to do is have more
crime prevention so that people do lock doors and what they are
concerned about here as student ignoring home security. They would
soon go out. It is obvious. Close up and block the windows. Do the best
you can. Of course it should investigate it.