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Review -- Fantastic Beasts. Hello, and welcome to our look ahead


to what the papers will be With me are the broadcaster,


Natalie Haynes. It's nice. I'm not making a comment,


it is nice. And the Independent's


deputy political editor, The Daily Telegraph leads


with Prime Minister Theresa May's planned tax pledge to try


and win back business. 'New push for "clean break" EU


exit,' is the headline for the Daily The paper says 70 Eurosceptic


MPs are joining forces. The Metro says: "Blair is back


in politics," with reports that the former prime minister


is setting up a new institute And according to the Independent,


a third of young homeless people Let's look to Wednesday and the


Autumn Statement, the first one with Philip Hammond at the helm, here it


is on the i, Osborne austerity continues in Brexit budget and


Britain has to get match fit. Austerity was supposed to be a thing


of the past, wasn't it? And it feels like the last two or three weeks or


so we have had a little drip drip of worrying about managing families, we


will have some sort of fun for them which will make things a little bit


easier and nicer, excellent use, and suddenly three days before the


statement of thing is coming back and it is no, austerity, we are in


trouble, he is the only person who feels, who is breaking the party


line and saying we will be in trouble with Brexit so we can't do


anything and the question is expectation management or war and I


think expectation management... That is unusual, normally it is me.


Maybe. There are elements of disagreement between Number Ten and


Number 11 and Theresa May is keen to find someone to make good on her


promises for struggling families and Philip Hammond is less committed to


that and more worried as Natalie says about the impact of Brexit and


if he has any money to spend, he will spend it on tackling the causes


of our productivity crisis such as by transport and better broadband,


we need, along those lines rather than giving money to people in need.


Alternatively, perhaps the government thought people were not


excited about the budget and it will be first of all a splurge for


families and now it is continued austerity. Tune in on Wednesday and


find out. No, I don't think so. Do you? You talk about families who


will really struggle. They are on the front of the Guardian. Revealed,


cost four 6 million families. ?2500, some families will be worse off by.


Journalists light myself don't just report what happens in that budget.


You have to look at the big picture and what has already been announced,


when it was announced it was going to happen in years to come and so it


is happening now and what that means is huge cuts to Universal Credit for


low income families and huge cuts to benefits for many disabled people. A


four-year benefit freeze. So whatever goodies Philip Hammond


manages to find down the back of his so far there is no way he can


possibly compensate for what is coming and that is what this report


says. And as you say it is up to families just about managing with


?2500 worse off, it is an enormous sum. Has that fear come from this


study from the consultancy, Policy and Practice? Yes, the financial


circumstances of 187,475 households were studied and they have included


in that not just things like the benefit freeze but they have also


looked at rising rents and increasing inflation and the number


they have come out with is ?48.90 a week and when you think about it


that is a serious whack, it is a serious amount of money to spend on


groceries, heating, electricity, petrol, which of course is now


incredibly expensive, and these are things which people are going to try


to stretch their money to meet and it is a lot of money to lose. The


Times, Aleppo loses last hospital in onslaught from Russians. It is hard


to imagine, isn't it, the conditions in eastern Aleppo in particular,


because it has been under bombardment and under siege for so


long. Yes. And there were eight medical facilities, none of which


have now been functioning since Saturday, according to the Times. I


have to say they are the only paper that sees fit to include what is a


major I would have thought news story on their front page. Yes, I


suppose perhaps everyone else is just so riven with helplessness that


it doesn't feel like the information you want to share, that there are


premature babies being moved because the room where they are with their


incubator is filling with smoke. I assumed we could all agree that


bombing a children's hospital was wrong but it turns out there are


people who will defend all kinds of things. There are reports as well of


barrel bombs being used loaded with chlorine gas and a family of six has


died. It is difficult to get a lot of information out of Aleppo because


of the conditions. There are not many journalists, if any. There is


some testimony and to map quote leap out, one in the Times, quoting a


former graphic designer leaving eastern Aleppo with his family and


he says if you watch the film Mad Max you can imagine the city, there


is nothing useful, we spend time hunting for things to stay alive, I


feel I am not living in the 21st century. And a quote from a British


doctor who was there, no more, and they have been fed messages from the


Assad regime that if you don't live in the next 24 hours you will be


killed. The Times deserves credit for keeping the story on the front


page. Other papers have not. It is not just another story about how


terrible life is in Aleppo. It is something over and above that. The


last hospital. There is no hope for people with injuries in a Aleppo.


Looking at two papers, the Telegraph and the FT and what is happening in


politics in mainland Europe and notably France and Germany. Firstly,


the Telegraph, Nicolas Sarkozy suffers shock defeat in first round


of French primary. He wanted a second go at being president and it


is not to be. Yes, I suppose if there was one contender in the


election that a reasonable number of British people would have heard of


it would have been Sarkozy as president, perhaps it is our


mistake. He is out of the race. It has been suggested that it is


another example of voters turning against the establishment candidate


in the same way as Brexit. And with Trump winning. The contenders who


beat him were former French Prime Minister is so you can argue they


are in the establishment as well, maybe people just like Nicolas


Sarkozy. And Francois Fillon looks to be the contender next year and


the person who will take on the national front. And from what I have


read Nicolas Sarkozy risks chasing the populace vote and moved a little


bit to the right in the hope of appealing to those who might intend


to vote for Marine Le Pen. If the last few months have told us


anything it is that repositioning yourself when you are already a


known quantity is a recipe for disaster at the moment. We have a


strange craving for what is perceived to be authentic and I used


those quotes because that is in the eye of the beholder. Someone can be


in the establishment or the blue-collar billionaire can be


employed and people don't see it as being intrinsically ludicrous.


Nonetheless it is an attempt to say, oh, well, my politics are like this,


and voters are not buying it. We don't want people to triangulate


their position. We don't want people to move position. We have a strange


point in politics where we said on the what is your position, OK, I am


not interested and from then on you cannot win it back. The FT, Angela


Merkel seeking a fourth term in office, she seems to be sticking to


her guns and saying, I know it will be a tough challenge. Although her


popularity has waned, she still has a lot of wide support. You're, I


wonder if it has anything to do with Obama's visit this week. There was a


real sense, wasn't there, during the coverage of the visit that he was


passing on the torch of her being the person we are looking towards to


speak up for a united Western category of countries and leaders


and there is a vague sense that perhaps he is already bypassing the


next president of the US and offering it over to Angela Merkel.


Maybe that was the push she wanted. But there is an anti- Muslim,


anti-immigration party that is increasing its support in Germany.


Yes, there is. I mean, it is less popular than the National Front in


France, and I don't want to make predictions in politics, but surely


Merkel will win again. Now you have said it. There is a quote from her


hair which... -- her here which... How many people in the world will be


dependent on her and suicidal if Marine Le Pen wins next year. Angela


Merkel says it is grotesque and almost absurd to suggest she can


solve the world's problems alone. We can only do it together. Sorry,


Angela, but people are looking at you as the only person who can


vaguely keep things on track. The sun that, a tiny Navy is a danger,


who has said it? The defence Select Committee has a report out tomorrow


which makes the case for a shipbuilding splurge in Britain --


The Sun. If you ask people how money warships Britain have, people would


say 30, 40, 50, I don't know, memories that we once had an empire,


it is true that we have in fact 19, 13 frigates and six destroyers,


which is in many, and that is the point the committee will make


tomorrow. Will it make any difference? Most of the defence


budget is going to be spent on renewing Britain's Trident


submarines and missiles over the coming years and decades and I


suggest that will leave little for expanding the rest of the defence. A


pathetic fleet. You're, and as always we have more details front of


the Telegraph, but as always with stories about defence acquisitions,


the usual weight, you have spent how much, it doesn't work because... MPs


criticise mistakes in the design of the destroyers which have led to the


billion pound vessels being plagued by power outages in need of engine


refits. A report called restoring the fleet and in its usable failing


for not being designed to operate for long periods in warm seas such


as the Gulf and it does seem like an inexcusable failing. A bit of an


oversight. Yes, ?1 billion and engine refits. As always with


defence stories, you find yourself gazing at the sums and eyes


watering. Very quickly, two store is also on the Telegraph, British


children bottom of world fitness league, 38 countries have been


compared and we do very badly on. Yes. I find it hard to relate. I was


watching my daughter swimming up and down a 50 metre pool and she was


looming far better than I ever could, now, let alone when I was


that age and there are clearly lots of children who I see out there


playing sport as much as my generation ever did but presumably


there are not enough of them. This story tells us that overall these


children are getting less fit. England used to have a C-D rating


and now it has a D- rating for the fitness of 11- 15 -year-olds and


Scotland is even worse with F. I wonder what it is, then, because it


is expensive to do these activities if they are not available in school,


joining clubs, getting them now, it costs a lot of money. It is and they


are expensive and yet, still, the requirements seem not to me to be


impossible with one hour of moderate exercise per day. You think, well,


that is 1.5 miles walking to school and home, isn't it, and I know it


rains and not everyone embraces, as I do, the chance to get soaked and


say, this is brazing and character building, I really do see that, but


it is not unfeasible to fit that into your life, it doesn't have to


be a trampoline or ballet class or horseriding or the things we think


of as expensive, it could be going for a run or a walk. Finally,


keeping his crown, Andy Murray on the front of the Telegraph beating


Novak Djokovic to finish the year world number one. Ah yes, it would


have seen a unthinkable when Novak Djokovic was all conquering. I find


it astonishing that Andy Murray can win so many tournaments in such a


short amount of time and somehow his battered body has taken him over the


line. We were talking earlier that presumably he will collapse into a


heap if he hasn't already. Extraordinary stamina. It is


extraordinary and also the psychological strength that must


have been required to beat him yesterday after being one point


down, serving for the match twice, winning on the tiebreak, and then


coming out and having, I am sure not easy, relatively easy straight sets


win over Novak Djokovic, it is just amazing, his willpower is something


to marvel at. Rob knows all of the finalists at Wimbledon back to 1970.


Who played in 1983? Oh, that was when John McEnroe won. Oh, you see?


It is his superpower. It is. It is your superpower. I think it is


right. Lloyd? Yes. Mastermind. John Humphrys on the phone. Got away with


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