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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are the broadcaster and journalist Shyama Perera


and the political commentator Vincent Moss.


The Sunday Times leads with news of a fresh challenge to Britain


The Mail on Sunday has a front page story about former education


minister Nicky Morgan being banned from meetings in Number Ten -


for criticising Theresa May's choice of trousers.


And the Express warns of a ?100 council tax rise.


Let's begin obviously with the political story of the day, trouser


gate. There are toxic texts over the PM's trousers and a couple of pages


inside. I think it is a really important story, Gavin, not the


story itself but what it throws up as a question. The story itself is


that Nicky Morgan is banned from Downing Street from having to make


some sort of remark about Theresa May's brown leather trousers which


cost nearly ?1000. She has been banned by Fiona Hill who rather than


having sent her directly text, said one to Alistair Burt saying don't


bring that woman here again. Day both want a soft Brexit. First of


all Fiona Hill using sexist terminology, don't bring that woman


again. Apparently Nicky Morgan said you can say to me directly. But


apparently Fiona Hill is also in charge of this makeover of Theresa


May and it is that kind of sexist dressing of the Prime Minister that


I was sort of exercised in the Green room because the reason Angela


Merkel is so powerful is you never noticed what she is wearing.


I have been fortunate to meet her and she buys a number of jackets and


pairs of trousers which are the same colour and no one talks about it.


Basically it is smart trousers and smart jacket. She power dressers.


Theresa May is dressing like a middle-aged Barbie. And actually,


you don't want to notice what your leader is wearing. What you want to


know is that the power is in their brains and in their actions, not on


their bodies. It is very hard because if you are a male politician


you just wear a dark suit and no one knows where it comes from and how


much it costs but people will ask how much the clothes cost and when


you get a price tag, in the case of Theresa May's leather trousers and


it is nearly ?1000, people will say that is a lot of money and you look


like you are out of touch and that is what has happened in this case.


It is also where the emphasis goes. The fallout is over trousers, not


over soft Brexit. It has become like a playground. Isn't it a simple


truth that women in politics are judged completely differently from


men, they are judged for the way they dressed. The President of


chilly came here and bet the Queen and she was really annoyed that the


chilly and press had focused on what she wore when meeting the Queen


rather than a very important relationship for Chile. Even here I


am taken in for the full works and make up, thank you Ray much, BBC.


Vincent was told he does not need it and I said that is a very sexist


thing to say. You probably needs it more than I do! But women are judged


completely differently. This is that's dresses and so on the came an


iconic thing, her handbags, nobody ever talks about Macmillan's 3-piece


suit. The truth is the public are interested in these things. I'm not


sure how much we can say about exit, we have years to go. People will


talk about these things. It is fascinating that somebody would


spend that amount of money. You can almost get a second-hand car for


that amount of money. You could get several poor families Christmas from


that pair of trousers. Do people think like that or do they think


here is a relatively wealthy woman who can dress as she pleases and


that is up to her. You should not be thinking how much Prime Minister's


clothes cost. I'm sure David Cameron's suits cost thousands of


pounds but we never thought about it. We should not be having to think


about what she is wearing. Somehow I think like Brexit that might run and


run. Let's move on to the Times now. AA Gill, giant journalism dies aged


62. A few weeks ago he announced he had the full English, as he put it,


of cancer. People are shocked at how quickly this happened. He only


announced it two or three weeks ago that he was suffering from terrible


cancer and now he has died. It feels as if he has been cruelly snatched


from not only his legions of fans but his family very quickly. The


Sunday Times plays great tribute to him and also another former


journalist who has recently passed away. He was at the peak of his


career. As a journalist also, what set him apart, I'm sure you have


friends and I certainly do, who make a name ploughing a particular


journalistic furrow and every time some of the needs of specialist on


that subject they get called out. What happens is that whatever their


brilliance is gets dilutive downed dilutive den to the point that you


are reading stuff with their name on it and the most interesting thing is


their name as they have run out of the vocabulary, they have run out of


the originality, they can no longer say something new. You just hear


people spouting the same. What set AA Gill apart if he could turn out


thousands of words a week on ten different subjects and every


sentence was worth reading. He was never dilutive. His brilliance was


never dilutive. It was constant across everything he did. For me he


is the journalist's journalist in many ways. Every time I read AA Gill


on Sundays, even a restaurant review, you learn things in it, you


got a world view. You laughed. And you laughed. His brilliance is such


a loss. It is. Let's also look at the other side of the Sunday Times


front page. A new court case threatens to derail Brexit. As we


have seen with the other court case it is a complicated matter. Perhaps


you could explain it, Vincent? Not really. This is about an article


called article 127. People say there will be a fresh court case over


this. It is another attempt to derail Brexit and I think we will


hear more and more of this as the months go on. What is interesting is


it has been brought by two people and one of them is actually at Leave


voter which makes it slightly different. But I think they leave


that that vote wanted is what we effectively call soft Brexit. I


don't know if you are getting is irritated by these terms as many of


us are. They are the only terms we have, hard, soft, red and white


blue, Brexit means Brexit. It will get increasingly bitter as it goes


on. The Observer shows a council tax rise is too small to help with care


costs. This is an interesting story as we are all getting older. Council


tax is set to go up because of this than people realise we have to do


something to pay for the cost of social care. It is out of control


and too expensive and everyone is struggling to find a solution. It is


about the Better Care fund wrought in by this government which is not


meeting any targets as far as I can see. The Observer has found that of


151 local councils who responded asking about their targets for


improving care for people in care homes, 58% missed their target. And


we have time for a couple more. The Sunday Telegraph, ministers demand


AIDS stop bashing Boris. The alternative view is he should be


more careful with his words. -- ministers' aides. Stop treating him


like a clown. He is the Foreign Secretary. I noticed Fiona Hill is


also implicated. I just wonder if this is the kind of new Alistair


Campbell? It takes two of them to become one Alistair. We have a


couple of minutes left. This is one of the good stories of Christmas,


eat up, fat is good for you. This is in the Sunday express. New dietary


research means we can enjoy a guilt free Christmas. I am not too sure


about that. There is no harm in having any fat. It is very hard for


me to comment on this but I certainly think with all food fads,


it is not about the food itself, it is about the quantity that is bad


for you. Is that good for you? Personally, so far, it has been good


for me both literally and figurative leaks, but I think this kind, it is


about fascism around what we eat. This fear of getting large, fear of


being unhealthy, which is all predicated on the fact we cannot


look after the people who are unhealthy or have problems. It is


all part of a big anxiety about society no longer being able to


service its citizens. But also, if you look at this kind of lifestyle


journalism over the last decade, you would either think there is no point


actually because one minute something is great for you it is a


magnificent food, the next minute it is no good for you and now we're


being told that fact, which we were told for decades is terrible for


heart disease and so on, it is not that bad, is carbohydrates we have


to avoid. You get conflicting advice on all these things. Today fat is


good for you. I think the key is sugar. That is the real killer. It


is to function on Sunday we started with Sunday supplements and now we


have content online all the time. You have to fill pages with stuff.


Lifestyle is great because you can regurgitate it in every form.


Tomorrow, if we could only have a single newspaper and a single page


on the website you would never read another story about what we eat.


Indeed, but the question is, what do you actually trust? Because some of


this information is contradictory, we are told the phases of super


foods and so on which are not that superb, it does seem as if a


balanced diet that the Romans would have understood is possibly the best


way to go. That and exercise. But the Romans were not that healthy!


That is indeed true. We will leave it there.


Thanks to the political commentator Vincent Moss


Just a reminder we take a look at tomorrow's front pages every


Good morning. It has been a fairly fresh start to the day compared with


recent days. Not as mild but there is plenty of sunshine out there.


Things are set


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