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


Jeff With me are journalist James Rampton and Sian Griffiths,


education editor of The Sunday Times.


The Sunday Telegraph warns that the Autumn Statement may


include a tax raid on middle-class job perks -


The Observer claims Europe's leaders are to force the UK into a hard


Brexit in a bid to see off any future populist insurgencies that


might lead to the break-up of the European Union.


The Sunday Times says the Queen is to invite


Donald Trump to Windsor - with Ministers hoping


she'll help cement ties with the new American President.


The Sunday Mail claims that the Duchess of York has


launched a legal case against the owners of the now


defunct News of the World for 25 million pounds after the fake


Sheikh sting that she says destroyed her reputation.


The Sunday Mirror's top story is an interview with TV chef


Jean-Christophe Novelli, whose new-born son is very ill.


the Autumn Statement will give us some people better health checks.


What do you make both parts of that? It is clever and as you say, this


idea that is going to be a raid on job perks and classes, gym


memberships, phone contracts, a lot of companies offer those now and of


course they do cost quite a lot in lost income tax out of national


insurance contributions so I think it will be a palatable way of


getting money back for the state. Even the middle classes can afford


it. The Government have made it very clear it is very interested in


helping these managing families. Nobody will say working class any


more because you can't say that. There has also been squeezed middle.


By reading these salary sacrifice middle-class perks that a lot of


people who are insecure jobs do enjoy -- by raiding, I think that


will be quite popular and I think spending ?1.3 billion to fight


congestion on the roads and improve our real services, that's going to


be a winner. -- rail. It is very easy to say you're going to spend


all this money but as we have seen with Heathrow for example, it might


not ever happen. I live near Holloway Road in North London which


has been dug up 40 or 50 times in the past two years which creates


immense traffic chaos in itself. There's an interesting stat here


that says 100 million working days will be lost between now and 2040,


which cost 13 billion to the economy due to traffic congestion so if


there is some way of solving that alleviating it, that's got to be a


good idea because it will help everyone and help business


particularly to get from a to B. Is the Chancellor suggesting it is not


all about Brexit but it is interesting to find out the tone, a


cautious is he going to be? People will be looking at his demeanour.


They will and I think they will be other things on the odd statement.


We have a story in the Sunday Times -- Autumn Statement. We think he


might be spending millions on the expansion of grammar schools so they


are other projects I think we will be seen as the week unfolds. As


everything is about PR these days, it is very important to give an


impression of business as usual. Nigel Lawson was used to say, steady


as she goes. That's the impression Philip Hammond was to create for the


markets. They hate uncertainty. We seen the plunge of the level of the


pound after Brexit. Philip Hammond was to emphasise his own long career


in business and quell fears that things are going to become chaotic.


Let's move on to the Sunday Times. Queen to invite Trump to Windsor.


This is a well worn path but it does them to work with foreign readers.


-- tend to work. Donald Trump invited to meet the Queen as the


Government employs its secret weapon to cement ties with the American


president. One of the sources is saying that Donald Trump is a


massive Anglophile because his mum was Scottish of course and he is


really keen to meet the Queen. His late mother loved the Queen. He


says, I can't wait to meet her. My mother would be chuffed. He's now


the American president but he's also a person and meeting the Queen is a


huge thing for anybody. I don't think he has necessarily endeared


himself with the Scottish people because of the shenanigans with golf


courses. But also, to be a fly on the wall, he has made a career out


of saying the unsayable and what is he going to say to the Queen? Even


what had immense diplomatic skills, she might be taken aback. Her


Majesty will acquit herself fairly well. I did see one of the American


papers, he was asked at some point about Trump Towers and its


garishness but he said it is based on British architecture. It is more


like Louis XIV, over the top garishness. Apparently the elevator


door costs more than my house! It is incredible what he has done in terms


of extravagance. He has the opulence of the French king which led to the


French Revolution! Back to the serious world that we have to cover,


the Observer says your's leaders are to force Britain into a hard Brexit


-- Europe's leaders. It is hardly surprising that those left in the


European Union don't want to give Britain an easy ride. It is


something the EU is terrified, that if they see the British getting an


easy ride, they are in favour of cake and eating it, if they get it


both ways with free movement and immigration, then a right-wing


parties are making great strides in Europe, in Holland, in France with


Marine Le Pen. Italy is very unstable at the moment. The Prime


Minister is likely to lose a vote on the constitution in Italy next week.


All of these people might say, why do we need the EU? It would be an


almost existential threat to it if they make it easy for the Brits and


in that respect, I agree with the EU, give them a hard time and show


them it is not easy and you will have a very difficult time as the


tumbleweed blows across your economic wilderness. Nigel Farage,


he is a divisive figure in her country, surely it is right that if


Marine Le Pen wins, it would be game over for the EU, without fans and


without her policies the EU would be finished. 60 years of EU integration


would be at an end. The way things are going, it is not inconceivable.


I'm told by a great number of French experts it is impossible for her to


win. Her father was down to the last two and everybody who wasn't in the


French National front, which was 60% of the country, ganged up and


stopped her father getting in, but it does worry me that it will only


be Germany left in the EU, like a Monty Python, when the black natives


having his limbs sliced off and he says, I'm fine, I'm fine -- Black


night. -- knight. We are much more interested in Renzi's future in


Italy and the Chancellor of Germany's future and the next French


president. Those are the three largest remaining economies in the


EU once we exit, so if one of those pillars was chipped away, it would


be cataclysmic for the EU. Let's move on to the Sunday Times. Here's


a story we can all enjoy. Tony Blair. Who? He was Prime Minister,


elected three times. Oh, that one! I thought he was just a rich man who


toured around giving lectures about how brilliant he is. Tony Blair is


saying Theresa May is a lightweight and Jeremy Corbyn is a nutter, so


I'm back. It's a good headline! Sources are saying that he is


positioning himself to play a pivotal role in shaping Britain's


Brexit steel and he is scouting out a power base in Westminster and


apparently he is setting up an institute close to Whitehall and he


has already been holding talks with senior ministers and officials as he


tried to re-enter British politics -- tries. He's not impressed with


Theresa May, he says she is a lightweight and things Jeremy Corbyn


is a nutter and the Tories are screwing up Brexit, so enter Tony


Blair to sort it all out. I like the squad, he thinks there is a massive


hole in British politics he can fill. I think it is a whole lot of


people would want to put him in! A lot of us voted for him in 1987


that he was going to change everything and he did for a few


years but then the catastrophe that was Iraq destroyed his reputation


and since Chilcott, he's been trying to rehabilitate himself, but the


damage has been done, it's too late. He says he has an office he is going


to fill with 130 staff. That's as big as most medium-sized countries.


More people than we have negotiating trade deals. Exactly, because we


can't find any negotiators! His point is there's a vacuum of


leadership in British politics, that's effectively what he's saying.


And he's right, and I never thought I would say this in a million years,


but I agree with George Osborne, who is saying that all the predictions


which levers said was project fear, could come true. We don't now what


is going to happen after Brexit, to the economy or who we are going to


do trade deals with, so apparently Tony Blair has been meeting George


Osborne. It might seem like an unholy alliance, but it also might


feel like saviours who are talking sense.


Tony Blair thinks it will end in tears and bitterness, that Brexit is


a car crash that will end in a pile-up. A lot of people think that


is a reality. Leaving aside reservations about Tony Blair,


Theresa May has said if you don't want to reveal your hand, but there


are those who think she doesn't actually have a hand. I think there


is a great fear about this pending appeal in the Supreme Court. If the


campaigners win that appeal, which seems likely because it would be


very unusual for the Supreme Court to overrule a judgment about the


sovereignty of Parliament, then the Government is good to be forced to


reveal its plans, if it has any. -- going to be forced. The other part


of Tony Blair's supposed comeback is his reference to Jeremy Corbyn. It


was interesting that Prime Minister's questions this week,


given the profound changes in the world and the discontent about how


to handle Brexit, the questions about the Supreme Court and so on.


Jeremy Corbyn's first question was about the islanders, a worthy cause


but hardly top of the agenda for most people who wanted to know what


about where their country is is true. All the stories we have been


talking about this morning, Brexit is an underlying theme of all of


them and I think the uncertainty about where we are heading, it is


the major thing that is facing us and for the Leader of the Opposition


not to be addressing it at Prime Minister 's questions is wrong.


Although I am left of centre, I think Jeremy Corbyn is a potential


disaster for democracy because we need a very serious opposition to


bogus Government to account, particularly in these extremely


uncertain times when no one knows how it is going to pan out. We need


a leader who will say Theresa May, what I never you doing? -- what on


earth are you doing? Jeremy Corbyn did eventually mention Brexit and so


on, but the implication of what Tony Blair is doing, or hoping to do, is


that there is a centre ground in Britain which is not being


represented by a strong voice in Parliament or elsewhere. I can see


him as a kingmaker for a comeback by Osborne. I don't think he is totally


discredited and I wouldn't wish this at all but if the economy does crash


and burn, Osborne might be able to come back to centre stage and say,


this is what I predicted, here I am, usage. I loved your story in the


Sunday Times. Oxford students pick classism officer because


working-class students have been told, did you get that from Primark?


Michael insults, micro aggressions. -- micro insults. This is an issue


with students, the rights of the working classes. We have heard


officers to support... Do you mean the working class or the squeezed


middle? The top universities are very small proportions of


working-class students -- Oxford and Cambridge have tiny proportions, but


this is funny and serious at the same time because student unions


have defended the rights of transgender students, lesbian and


guy mag students, and now the rate of working-class students -- gay


students. It sounds silly and ridiculous and bizarre, and lots of


student unions have chav evenings where they dress up as Vicky Pollard


and get drunk and that is offensive to working-class students on campus.


The thing about Oxford is you have this huge divide between privately


educated students are incredibly wealthy and a small minority of


working-class students on bursaries and there is a real tension, a


social division. Students who come from working-class backgrounds do


have difficulties getting into universities. That is the principal


difficulty. Somebody saying, did you get your calls from Primark, on a


scale of zero to ten, that is lower for people from working-class


backgrounds. That is indicative of a whole attitude. I agree with you


that if you hope these events were you looking down your nose at


so-called chavs, it does bespeak a white attitude that somehow people


from public schools are superior and no better -- know better. The Linden


club highlights it will. -- Bullingdon. There is a massive


disparity with working-class students and universities. The


question is, why are they not going there? It is not about classism, a


classism officer is not going to solve anything. My daughter has just


left Lady Margaret hall in Oxford where they have started a scheme


which will give 12 students from disadvantaged backgrounds a year's


free tuition at Oxford at the college to see if they like it and


they are suitable for it. It not dependent on A-levels. It is done


through interview and an assessment of their potential. I think that is


a brilliant scheme and is the sort of thing that Oxford should be


doing. The final story of the day. Our future Prime Minister Ed Balls,


the most popular politician in the country? I always try to get back to


watch Ed Balls on Strictly anti-surpassed himself yesterday, he


descended from the ceiling playing a flaming piano, playing Great Balls


Of Fire and he had me in stitches. We love the Eddie the Eagle figure,


we love the person who tries. Same with John Sergeant and Ann


Widdecombe, we love the idea of someone fighting against the odds.


We love an underdog in this country. Having said that, if Tony Blair is


looking for a figurehead to take over the middle ground, who better


than this guy who is winning more votes than the Labour Party every


week? Maybe Tony Blair should go on Strictly!


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