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Many of the victims were police officers.


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


With me are Rosamund Urwin, Columnist at The London Evening


Standard and Tom Bergin, Business Correspondent at Reuters.


Good to have you both here, giving up your Sunday's nights, such is


your dedication... And mine too! Let's look at the front pages...


The Times says Theresa May will back steep rises to council tax bills


this week in an attempt to plug a gaping hole in


The Telegraph leads with comments from the Home Secretary,


who has criticised what she calls the "unacceptable" rail strike


that is expected to shut down one of the country's busiest commuter


Donald Trump's attack on the credibility of


The Metro leads on the reported spat between Nicky Morgan


and Theresa May, over the Prime Minister's


The Independent reports on fears that some countries


will try to frustrate Britain's future status in the World


And the Mail reports on the case of Alexander Blackman,


the Royal Marine jailed for killing a fatally-wounded insurgent


Let's look at how the Daily Mail reports -- the Financial Times looks


at this story. He would say that, wouldn't he? It's unsurprising that


he is unhappy that the CIA has said that Russia interviewed in the


presidential elections. And of course, if we go back if you months,


he appeared to call on Russia, to hack and release Hillary Clinton's


e-mails. He backtracked on it after he said it, but we have quite a long


history here. Anyway, what is interesting here is that we got both


Democrats, as you would expect senators, but also Republicans, John


McCain and Lindsey Graham, saying that the probe should not be a


partisan issue. That it must go ahead, and President Obama is


ordering a full intelligence review of Russia's meddling. The other


complication, if you like, is the fact that somebody considered to be


Secretary of State, is rather close to Vladimir Putin, we are led to


believe? Yes, covering the oil industry, he took a poor view on


sanctions, has a long business in doing deals with Russia, some of


those. What is interesting, the Trump position was described as --


trump described it as ridiculous. He did not approach the State


Department to seek any kind of guidance on how he should handle


these phone calls. It is not clear why he is ruling out Russian


involvement so clearly, the CIA and the FBI are clear that Russia was


involved. The FBI is a bit more cagey about the intention of the


Russians, whether it was too back Hillary or not, but it was


interesting. Before the election we saw Donald Trump regularly assert


things that had no basis or fact. We've seen a couple of things since


the election, the claim that there was a voter fraud against him in


some jurisdictions. It will be interesting to see if he will


continue with this policy of asserting things as fact without


basis, and how it will play out as president. People can choose to take


you from your comments before you get elected but you would expect a


bit more candour and clarity with what you say. Some would say that


there is an assertion without much fact, he's not having the daily


intelligence briefing which is a long-standing practice that


presidents and President-elects get. His quote is "I'm a smart person, I


don't need to be told the same thing every day". Before he is even


elected, if we get this report, a full investigation that is supported


by both of the parties, it cast doubt the legitimacy of his


presidency, if there is some sort of Russian involvement? Even without


him knowing anything about it, nobody is suggesting that he was


aware of it. At the end of the day, he's the president. And both sides


have said that he's going to be president, there's no particular


reason to rerun the election, even if you find there is Russian


involvement. Today, Nate Silver, the well-known American pollster, or he


was saying that it could have had an impact.


You can separate the two on his legitimacy with knowing the fact.


They don't have too get in the way of one another. I looked back, the


US meddled in the 1996 presidential election in Russia. Obviously, Boris


Yeltsin getting re-elected. There are allegations that they were


receiving, a nudge from the White House. Political consultants from


Washington out there. It's not to say that nobody else has ever done


this... No, it isn't. Let's not even get started on Latin America.


The Daily Express. Anger at new bid to block EU exit. It's another legal


challenge? Yes, any effort, I guess, to block EU exit would cause anger


for the Daily Express, they are very keen on Brecht said. -- Brexit.


We've counted at least four. This is another one, basically the argument


is even if the government have the right to take us out of the EU, does


it mean they have the right to take us out of the European free trade


area? The latest legal challenge is saying that they don't. You know, we


have to see what happens in court. But we became aware of this at the


end of last month, and the number of lawyers in London kicked it about


and generally thought that the government did have the power to do


this. And one or two happened naturally together. I'm not sure how


much legs this claim will actually have. The Daily Express could sleep


safely. All I am thinking, it's more evidence for the fact that we should


not be reducing an incredibly complex thing to a binary question


that we put to the public. We should have had a more sophisticated


approach. It would have been a much longer


question, like the one the Italians were trying to answer one week ago!


About bike chambers and things like that. But


if they dare do it, and many MPs have said that they would not, but


if they really did not want us to leave the single market, MPs would


be able to vote against it in Parliament, surely? Technically, if


they wanted to but you have to look at the facts on the ground at the


moment. And the facts on the ground at the moment, MPs could stop


Theresa May from triggering Article 50. That seems to be the current


legal position. MPs this week in Parliament expressed great


unwillingness to do that. It seems the way that this one will play out,


we will trigger a tackle 50, negotiate and maybe there will be a


second thought at some stage we get that deal -- trigger Article 50. Any


activity, legal action to cancel Brexit before that, it looks


somewhat unlikely given the comments we saw from MPs and others over the


last seven months. It feels like any divorce, just creating a lot of work


for lawyers and filling their pockets! 50 them in the Supreme


Court the other week... Hmm. Home Secretary strike warning, this is a


walk-out where if you travel on Southern Railway any time, we hear


some pretty bad stories about how it is run. This will only add to it.


The industrial dispute is about the introduction of driver only


operation trains which obviously Southern Railway like to bring in.


Staff do not want that. They claim on their side that there are safety


issues around that, and it is better to have somebody to do ticketing and


customer service. The way that most people simply experience this is a


complete nightmare getting to work. They have quite little sympathy with


both sides in the end. The way that this has played out, Southern have


not handled it well in terms of PR either, all along the way. Now we


have another three-day strike this week. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday,


Whateley. What hope is there that it will carry on? We have seen other


strikes recently averted, relatively last-minute. The Daily Telegraph is


going a step further and saying that the government should look at taking


action. And looking at the strike rules and union rules to have some


sort of impact on it. The situation here seems to be one of technology.


The train company says that they can operate perfectly safely without


having conductors. The rail regulator agrees with the train


company. We've had these for 30 years and we don't seem to have...


We have enough period of time to compile it, if they were


tremendously unsafe. The union compiled a dossier and looking


through it, there were accidents and driver only trains -- on driver only


trains but when you look at them, it's not clear to link to the fact


that it was a driver only train. This is obviously going to continue.


The next step would be driverless trains and driverless cars, maybe it


is a sign of things to come? And this story, lastly, the High Court


ruled that the union was allowed to stage a walk-out. Tomorrow, they


will be in court appealing that decision, again it is more work for


the lawyers! The other story in The Daily Telegraph, Boris refuses to


back down as he meets Saudi king. This is where the Foreign Secretary


was not particularly countrymen to about Saudi Arabia a few days ago,


and then he had to do his diplomatic best whilst meeting came Salman. --


Kenya Salman. Normally, you something less


positive to say to them. You could say that his comments today, as The


Daily Telegraph was saying, he's not backing down, but not soothing the


situation, the Saudis can only read it has saying, Boris does have an


underwhelming view of us and our behaviour, we will have to wait and


see the final impact, when it comes to trade deals or arms purchases.


Although the Foreign Minister here is being very diplomatic himself,


saying that Mr Johnson's comments had been misconstrued and taken out


of context which is quite generous? That is what Boris and soap was


claiming that it is interesting. Theresa May has put him in such a


high-profile position but one that keeps them quite far away from


government, and also, you know, in the everyday sense. It does not give


him anything to do with Brecht said. So, it is quite interesting as to


how it will play out -- Brexit. He is such a loose cannon at times but


the Foreign Secretary has taken a lot of money away from his Telegraph


column and his book that was meant to be coming out this year. He had


to hand back a lot of money... We cannot have that. The Times have


an investigation on their front page.


This council tax discussion has been brewing for a long time, social care


does not have the funding it needs. Councils are bearing the brunt of


those costs. And the NHS takes it because people are not moved out of


hospitals quickly enough into social care. Chancellor Philip Hammond


wanted to address this in the Autumn Statement last month. And


essentially, there was a desire not to... They did not want any more


costs on that squeeze, the jams, the squeezed middle group, and The Times


investigation is setting out a lot of the problems, that we knew were


there, but they got quite concrete things, at least 250 residential


care homes have closed since March. A huge number of complaints. People


stuck on walls. Some doctors have referred to it as bed blocking. I


would add that it is slightly more complex because those people going


into social care have incredibly complex needs and should stay for a


bit longer in hospital because they need to go to places that had to


provide incredibly detailed and complex care, C don't want to shut


them out of hospitals -- so you do not. Any increase in council tax


bills will... That money will be spent on social care, is that


guaranteed? I guess one could. It is part of the bigger problem, as you


mentioned with the NHS, this funding. Going into a position where


you have inflation next year. Wage growth is expected to be moderate.


The expectation is in 2017 we have flat, at best, real income growth.


The question is, where does the money come from? People will feel


the squeeze, and it will be Brexit related. Whether you believe it is


good or bad for the economy, we will see inflation and wage growth will


be moderated. These things are under more threat at the moment, it seems


there will be more to come with this space... Let's finish with the


headline of the night, in the metro. The wronged trousers, that reminds


one of Wallace and Gromit, of course! Politics again, Westminster


left stunned over the farce over the PM's clothes.


Some leather trousers came in for criticism... Why are you looking at


me? It's too obvious to ask Rosalind about this! It interesting, is it


one of these things that only comes up about women, that women are


pressured? In some ways, no. George Osborne was beaten up over his ?10


Biron Burger when he is trying to look street, I guess... And there


was the stance thing as well... And they mentioned his hair cut at one


point. It then again, David Cameron, I believe, he had expensive Savile


Row suits and it was not questioned. Look at the French Prime Minister on


television, men do not appear to be criticised, perhaps because it is


casual. Theresa May created a rod for her own back when she started


talking about equality. And she spent ?995 on these expensive


trousers. Was it cause she was wearing them at a photo shoot? Maybe


she had been dressed by the stylist, do you mean? There's been a lot of


interest in her shoes over the years as well... I know, I can't get


enough! But there is something slightly interesting in this story,


Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, she has been very


critical of the government in the past over grammar schools, and was


being allowed to come in and meet with other ministers. She is in


favour of a soft Brexit. She was heavily pro-remain. She has been


cast out of this meeting. I think there is an argument of playground


politics, it does not seem a reason to cast someone out. It doesn't seem


very sisterly, to comment on another woman's clothes, and... Alistair


Burt was told, don't bring that woman to Downing Street again, and


she replied, I don't get bored by a man to these meetings. We will do it


all again hopefully with a few more stories for you at half-past 11. You


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