10/12/2016 The Papers


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


With me are Caroline Wheeler, political editor at the Sunday


Express, and Joe Watts, political editor of the Independent.


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...


The Mail on Sunday leads with a story about former education


minister Nicky Morgan being banned from meetings in Number 10


for criticising Theresa May's choice of trousers.


The Express warns of a ?100 council tax rise.


AA Gill, very well-known TV critic and restaurant critic. The really


tragic thing about this is he was only 62 when he died. He had not


known for long that he had cancer. It was only a month ago that he let


slip he had cancer in an article he wrote. Very painful reading, reading


about the fact he had been told that the drug that could potentially save


his life was one only available privately and he laments in this


last article, which the Sunday Times published today, that he has come


from a fairly humble upbringing, this was a shock to the system and


the worst thing he has had to face in his life, the fact it was losing


a battle against cancer but also a life-saving drug was unavailable to


him and you cannot imagine that. That must be something many people


do face. He explained that stress and strain on him join the last days


of his life. And you admired his writing? When I was young, a lot of


us a university doing journalism, we would be gripped by his stuff. And


even though it had that element that divided opinion, his style really


gripped you, that is why I'm really looking forward to reading his piece


tomorrow. Quite an acerbic style. He was one of those critics that


transcended the critiques. We read his stuff to read his writing. Let's


stick with the Sunday Times. Their main story is about Brexit and


another court case. We have just had the supreme court case all week so


tell us about the other one. There are a number of court cases going


on, a couple in Ireland, the main one you have had the good fortune to


be covering all week, and this one. This is a new court case. This is


about a challenge to the idea we will either single market. And a new


development in this is that the campaigners who will press for this


court case or write to the government tomorrow to basically say


they are taking their case to the High Court in an effort to keep


Britain in the single market. The interesting thing about this court


case is this is not brought by remainders, this is brought by


Brexiteer 's. In fact, peter Wilding, the chairman of the


pressure group, has been leading the case for a smart Brexit. And another


conservative activist, who also voted to leave, it is the idea that


it is Brexiteers who also bring court cases. Do you think it will


slow the Brexit process down or has that timetable been set now? I don't


think anything is set at the moment. Things change very quickly. Before


the Supreme Court case was going on, Theresa May was going to trigger


Article 50 without consulting Parliament that was change very


quickly. She said she was still stick to the schedule she has set


up. But Article 50 is just the start of that negotiating process. There


is talk of a transitional deal. But there are going to be the court


cases and what this really shows is that every little chink in the


legislation, and it is very chunky legislation, this whole process is


full of holes, nobody knows how it will work or well it will take us,


and it was never really written in the knowledge would be used any time


soon. It is open to interpretation and that means there are lots of


angles that people can bring these cases from. This is my favourite


story tomorrow, The Mail on Sunday. Toxic texts over Theresa May's


trousers! We have these incredible decisions being made about leaving


Europe but the story that has gripped the imagination of The Mail


on Sunday is this row over Theresa May's leather trousers. This is a


pair of trousers that the Prime Minister is fond of wearing. They


cost ?995. The former Education Secretary has been rather mean about


these particular trousers, suggesting they cost too much money,


and the Prime Minister ought not be wearing this. It has precipitated


this incredible rather has ended up on the front page with this feature


link exchange of messages between Fiona hill, who is basically one of


Mrs May's chief of staff who works closely with her Downing Street, and


Mrs Morgan, who has now been unceremoniously uninvited to an


event at Downing Street. We were just looking at the story about the


Brexit court case and that shows how divisive Brexit has been at the very


top technical level and it goes right down to the trousers, at every


level! The government, the Tory party in people's homes talk about


Brexit and that is reflected in this story as well. Readers the texts


though. Let's here a flavour of these extraordinary texts. The hill


first sent this text to Alistair Burt, a former minister. So, after


Nicky Morgan made her comments about the leather trousers, Fiona Hill


said, don't bring that woman to Number 10 again, which is quite a


pointed phrasing there. Nicky Morgan got wind of this and texted back, if


you don't like something I have said or done, please tell me directly. No


man brings me to any meeting. Your team invites me. If you don't want


my views in future meetings, you need to tell them. The reply was, so


they're! It is playground stuff but it shows how he did an acrimonious


it is getting. When Nicky Morgan was in government, she had this


reputation for being nice and soft touch, but she has emerged in this


whole new Brexit world as the sort of polar opposite to Theresa May, a


fiery and hard-headed person. Trouser gate is what The Mail on


Sunday is calling it! Your paper, the express, a story about a council


tax rise. Following the Autumn Statement, there was a big Guha at


the time because what Philip Hammond did not mention was the NHS and in


particular social care, which is this major crisis that seems to be


ballooning every day, which is the councils are saying they do not have


enough money to look after the elderly and the disabled within


their care. We have the local government settlement coming up, one


of those events we all look forward to in the Westminster calendar, and


one of the things I have learnt that the government is considering is


putting up that part of council tax which George Osborne introduced to


ring fence money for social care. It is currently set at 2%. The


suggestion as it could be raised by as much as 5%, which would push


council tax bills up to 7%, which is about a ?107 increase next year. It


is one of those things where the government has got to do something


about it. My thought is that what they will do cleverly is what they


have done with the police precept, which is to put on councils and say


to them, we will give you this flexibility to raise the bills by


this amount, but you've got to make the decision about how much you will


raise it, and they would do that very quickly. This was a great trick


of the Conservative government's great devolution plan. They passed


are not supposed to councils. But they have also thrown upon them the


responsibility of making these huge cuts over the last several years.


That has put a huge burden on councils and has caused a lot of


anger amongst local residents as well. Let's return to the Sunday


Times because another interesting story they have got is about child


refugees vanishing. Some of the children brought to Britain from the


Calle jungle six weeks ago have apparently disappeared, they are


saying. Fears they have been drawn into prostitution or slavery. I


think this is very worrying. This is exactly what we were saying was


happening in the jungle, that these children had gone missing from


within the jungle. Now they are brought over to the UK and it seems


their plight here has been no better than it was over there. The


suggestion here is they may have been drawn into slavery or


prostitution and David Simons, a spokesman for the local council in


Kent, is saying that traffickers have been pursuing these young


vulnerable refugees, often via social media, for the money that


previously they had agreed to pay to the UK. These children have been


through enough. Surely, they don't deserve to come to these shores and


then find they are sucked into the same old racket? Beggar's believe


that the British authorities had not been able to keep track of them all


protect them. There were huge numbers. Join the debate in


Parliament there was an underlying assumption that when they are in


Calais, they were in a terrible state, huge danger, we would bring


them over here and look after them and they would be rehoused. But it


turns out that pretty quickly, we have lost track of the situation


over here as well and they may have been sucked back into these awful


modes of life. If that has happened, there will have to be some kind of


Parliamentary inquiry. Theresa May has led a lot of debate around the


amendment in getting those children over here in the first place. But


there has always been stories about our own children going into care in


this country and there are often statistics which suggest that


children taken from this country are going missing. So it seems to be


part of a wider problem. Care doesn't always mean care. Thank you


so much to both of you for looking through the papers as we have them.


It is still quite early and we will get more front pages in when we see


you again at half past 11 and stop that many thanks to both of you.


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