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fights. That is all the sport. In the cricket, India are 174-5 and on


BBC News Gavin Esler has The Papers. Welcome to our view of the Sunday


papers. With me I Josie Delap, home affairs correspondent for The


Economist, and Dave Wooding, political editor for The Sun on


Sunday. The Dell Castro is on front page of the Sunday Times, saying he


was the scourge of the west. Fidel Castro is also on the front


page of The Observer saying The Sunday Mirror has an interview


with another alleged abuse victim of the former football


coach Barry Bennell. The Mail On Sunday claims police


were warned by their own expert that allegations of child abuse


against the former Prime Minister Ted Heath shouldn't


be taken seriously. Theresa May will announce


a crackdown on executive pay this week, an approach previously


advocated by Ed Miliband. And The Sun On Sunday says


Princess Beatrice cut Ed Sheeran's face with a sword while


attempting to knight And The Sun On Sunday says


Princess Beatrice cut Ed Sheeran's That is a cracking headline. I'm


sorry. I must take that more seriously! We will get to that in


the end. Let's begin with Castro, or Fidel, depending on how you view


him. There are a different takes on all of the newspapers. Grief and


some celebration in the Observer, but they have pieces talking about


the revolutionary leader. And the Sunday Times says he is the scourge


of the west and has pieces saying he is a monster, which pretty much sums


it up. Absolutely. The coverage reflects the contrast in statements


we have had from different leaders. Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Trump, Barack


Obama, responding to this figure, depending however you judge him, he


was a giant of the 20th century. You can't deny the fact that he was a


leader that everyone will remember. Whether you see him as a scourge,


revolutionary, a monster as some people describe him, that will vary


enormously. Some of the left have come out today saying he did a lot


to improve health care and education, but don't forget he took


the world to the brink of World War when he invited Khruschev, the then


Soviet leader, to make a pre-emptive strike on the USA. When he took over


in 1959, there were about 500 to 600 executions. Thousands of people fled


Cuba. In the 1980s, around 1984 or 1985, there were all these Cubans


who had fled to Florida, and it was something like we have seen


recently, the migration crisis from North Africa to Europe. I was really


struck by the coverage and the tone yesterday. I spoke to a lot of


people about him as well and broadly on the left, there is the


idealisation of this romantic hero, very good-looking guy, all very sexy


and so on. Very much downplaying the very serious abuses that took place


in Cuba. And on the right, you have the idea that he is a complete


monster, from people and organisations who tended to support


Bina J in Chile, and in Nicaragua, and Bautista in Cuba himself. --


Pinochet will. I think most people will see it less black and white.


Absolutely. He bought Cuba its liberation but at the cost of its


liberty. He did provide health care and education in a way that we


hadn't seen. Much better than other places in Latin America and the


United States, you might say. But poverty. Yes, a controlled economy


that didn't work for the people of Cuba, and phenomenal human rights


abuses. To paint him as a hero or a villain, that doesn't really capture


the kind of person and leader that he was. We can agree that he was a


massive figure. This is a tiny island, quite unobscured place in


the past. He put it on the map. Maybe not for the best reasons. I


think what you say about the tribal politics element of this, people on


the right hero worship, turning a blind eye to the bad things they do,


and the same happens with people on the left. What I found interesting


here with the assassination attempts. 638! And the CIA came up


with some fantastic ruses, exploding cigars. Poisoned milkshakes! They


were going to poison his diving gear, hoping his beard would fall


out. They made an oyster shell for the bottom of the sea when he went


scuba-diving with some toxins in to kill him and failed every time.


There is a great quote in the Observer, looking at the


disproportionate effect he had. A US diplomat a few years ago. Cuba seems


to have the same effect on American administrations that a full moon has


on a werewolf. That extraordinary level of frustration and I think


anger and embarrassment for America, of having so close this resolutely


Communist, Revolutionary regime, which did not respond to the


sanctions that America imposed on it for decades, and he just held in


there. That is a good point. When Obama changed things, and he clearly


did, he pointed out that we have been doing the same thing for 50


years and it hasn't worked, which is a statement of the blindingly


obvious. And the question now is what Donald Trump will do when he


takes office in January. He was very critical of President Obama


'soverjoyed to Cuba and his relaxing of the restrictions on Cuba. --


overtures. But without the figure of Castro, he will feel a bit more open


to that relationship. And he won Florida. A remarkable coincidence


given the Cuban-Americans who hate Castro. Let's move on because there


are some interesting domestic stories. The Telegraph. Theresa May


carries on Labour's business pay crackdown. This goes to the heart of


another big theme in politics. Theresa May in business and how well


she is getting on with other business leaders. This reminds me of


something Ed Miliband was talking about in the last election only a


year ago, putting curbs on fat cat pay, as we like to call it in the


red top media. This has been reawakened by the scandal involving


Sir Philip Green and the closure of BHS and the pensions crisis there.


What Theresa May is saying actually is that she wants to put workers


almost in control, giving them a say in the pay packages of senior


executives. And much more transparency about what goes on. I


wonder whether some die-hard Conservatives in the party will see


this as stifling aspiration that is anti-business, which is what the


Conservative Party wants it to be, and on the other hand it is really


addressing a problem which Mrs May wants to do, building a Britain that


works for everyone. We keep hearing that phrase. Is she using socialism?


I think this probably is socialism. The Germans do something very


similar and that is across the board, including very right wing


parties like Angela Merkel. It brings a degree of harmony, people


say, to boardrooms, if you have that. Ride. I think the real problem


with this kind of policy is that one of the questions will be the extent


to which it has an impact on working people and their salaries and the


extent to which this is more about her showing himself to be on the


side of the JAMs, the people she was talking about in the run up to the


Autumn Statement. Her relationship with big business is convicted at


the moment because they have different positions on Brexit and


what kind Brexit Britain should pursue, and big businesses are not


keen on the hard Brexit they are leaning towards. But at the heart of


this, I forget the most recent figures, but basically if you look


at average pay and what the CEO earned in the 60s it was a multiple


of 30 or 40 and now it is several hundred times, and people are asking


whether TV executives are any better now than 30 years ago. Better paid!


-- chief executives. Absolutely and this is a poisonous idea that has


started to emerge after the financial crisis, when people


started to focus on pay. Forcing companies to publish the gap between


executive pay and the average pay of ordinary workers, with more


transparency. I think a lot of it is awareness. They get to the top, like


politicians are out of touch, they earn huge salaries and they forget,


they are unaware of what ordinary people think like and how it is seen


by ordinary people. Work is having a little moment to intervene might


make them think twice. -- workers having a moment. I liked this story


in The Times, which isn't surprising, also about Mrs May. The


Brexit challenge keeps her awake at night. Really! You would hope that


it would! The extraordinary complexities of Britain leaving the


EU, I am not surprised. I am surprised that she sleeps at all.


Maybe she doesn't? Indeed. It would be one thing if the Conservatives in


the government had unified approach about what they wanted from Brexit


and how they want Britain to leave the EU. You idealist! Even then it


would be an extraordinary conduct a difficult thing that would take


years. But to be trying to do this when even she has not quite worked


out exactly in what manner Britain should be leaving the EU is frankly


an impossible task. This also plays into something that many people


would think of as one of her strengths. She is known to be a hard


worker. He is known to do the work, and you know better than I, not


every politician actually does the work necessary. She spends a lot of


time... She is a serious player. She doesn't spend much time briefing the


media, giving interviews. She is probably a serious politician for


serious times. What I quite like in this is the fluffy stuff. The


leather trousers! That immediately got your attention. What is


fascinating about Theresa May, and I have known her for 18 years and I


have had many conversations with her, and you never feel like you


have got to know her very well. She is a deeply private person. I did an


interview with her in October, and this interview in the Sunday Times


Magazine seems to scratch the surface a bit more, a bit more about


her. Philip chooses all her clothes. He goes out and help her pick her


clothes. There was a lovely vignette in there. Her first wedding selfie.


She was near a wedding and somebody saw her and said, Prime Minister,


will you join the wedding party for a few minutes? And she went and


posed for video with the bride and groom and made a mini speech. Little


bits of her personality are coming out and that will do her good


because we don't really know her. That's true. Another thing this


points to is another trait of hers which people talk about, which she


is not terribly good at delegating. She likes to keep an eye on


everything that is going on, and there is a sense of her being in


control of everything. And when you are dealing with a task as mammoth


as Brexit, that isn't possible. When you are dealing with a Cabinet when


there are many opinions, delegating may not be best!


I also like this story in The Times. Bosses told to bring back Christmas.


In a week when we have been told that living standards have not gone


up for a decade, we could do with some Christmas cheer. We are being


told not to be killjoys about Christmas and don't worry about


offending other faiths. Most people I know who are Muslim or Jewish,


they are very happy to celebrate Christmas and they do it in a


different way but that is fine. This story comes back every year. There


is always somebody trying to stop you saying happy Christmas and to


say seasons greetings, or something like that. We are told that


Christmas is slipping away from its original meaning. And I think


probably, as you say, most people are happy to go along with it. It


has to be people who are not Christians who do this, make a big


fuss about it. It seems to be very sensitive people of a Christian


background who are worried about offending people. I think diversity


is probably affecting some politically correct people too much


and they think they should bend over backwards and not offend people. The


truth is that people of other faiths are not offended. If I go to India,


I will celebrate a Farley with everybody else and have a jolly good


time. -- Diwali. I think people are secure enough in their own faiths


and opinions. It is the first Sunday in advert, so we are off to a good


start. Three cheers for Christmas! Now The Sun on Sunday. Great


headline. Royal Ed banger. Beatrice cuts Ed Sheeran's face with a sword


as she tries tonight James Blunt. Which one is the gaffe? It is a


great story. Ed Sheeran has been on social media with this little gash,


and they said he fell over drunk, but it was basically a mock


knighthood ceremony verging on execution! Princess Beatrice, Prince


Andrew's daughter, she was in the world large with Ed Sheeran and


James Blunt, the other celebrity. -- in the royal lodge. And James Blunt


said he would like to be so James Blunt, Ana Beatriz said she could


sort out, grabbed the ceremonial sword, and tapped him on the


shoulder, but it was so heavy and when she waved it behind her, she


nicked Ed on the face and he needed six stitches. I bet the economist


wishes it had that story! Whether it will still have legs on Friday, we


will see! Ed Sheeran seems to be fairly content. Frankly, I think it


will be a great story for him to dine out on for 30 years, scarred by


a Princess. The royal mark of Zorro. And we have got to pay tribute to


you for the headline on page 11. Can you catch it on camera? It is about


Castro and you came up with our man in heavena. I convinced he has gone


to heaven? We were talking about it. There are plumes of smoke but that


could be from his cigar! Thank you to Dave Wooding and Josie Delap. You


can see The Papers at 10:30pm and 11:30pm tonight on the BBC News


Channel. Hello. An improving story through


the day today. It started quite grey but good spells of sunshine


developing for many areas. Sunny spells developing but we have


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