13/12/2016 The Papers


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Hello there. Well to Our Conor look ahead to what the papers are


bringing us tomorrowment With me are Pippa Crerar,


political correspondent at the London Evening Standard,


and Neil Midgley, media commentator Let's lock at some of the front


pages: The FT says Donald Trump has the backing of senior Republicans to


push through Rex Tillerson's nomination. This follows criticism


the oil boss is too close to Vladimir Putin. The I turns over its


front page to the crisis in Aleppo, as people leave the war torn city.


The Metro leads with that story. The paper says the rush is on to save


100 children cut off from their parents and stuck in the city.


The Telegraph claims UK taxpayers have footed a 50 million bill for


all southern rail strikes this year. According to the Times ministers are


considering to break up Southern and pushing for an all out ban on rail


strikes. The Daily Mirror calls for a complete renationalisation of the


rail network, which it says it supported by unions, MPs and the


public. Thousands of banking jobs in the UK could be lost if ministers


don't agree a transitional deal on access to the sing the market. The


Express highlights a report which claims that positivity may be the


key to living a longer life. Its headline eye catching, revealed: How


to live longer. The secrets are in that paper. You are probably going


to buy it now, that's the whole point.


Onto the I. We've been hearing from our correspondents tonight, experts


on the region, this is the beginning of the end game, it might seem. Yes,


well weapons have fallen silent. As you say, it appears to be the end


game for Aleppo. There's two main areas that the papers are covering


of this story, one is of course, that the people of Aleppo themselves


and that many have been on social media, using Twitter and posting


videos online throughout the conflict and given people real


insight, real civilian journalism. Many of them have said farewell,


because they don't know what the future holds, whether they will find


themselves escaping the city and making it through to somewhere more


peaceful or whether they will leave and meet a tragic end. There's a


powerful photo here of a father carrying his child through the


rubble. It would be impossible for anybody to feel anything but gutted


about what's gone on there. The second element of what the papers


are covering is the blame game. British politicians in the House of


Commons held an emergency debate in which they discussed all the


different possibilities, aid drops, what could be done next. There were


powerful speeches, not least from George Osborne, the former


Chancellor who said, "We can't absolve ourselves of blame. MPs are


deceiving themselves if they don't think they played a role in this,


because in 2013 MPs voted against military action in Syria.


Andrew Mitchell told me tonight that if they had the vote now, obviously,


it wouldn't be a vote for military action, the lack of foresight three


years ago, many people including George Osborne are pointing to as


part of the problem here. Yes. Yes, they are. It's impossible to say how


those air strikes, which remember were planned in retaliation for


Assad using chemical weapons on his own people. It was nothing to do


with Aleppo, nothing to do with Russian involvement. That has come


subsequently, certainly military involvement on this scale.


Therefore, I do wonder if we unpick history at our cost. Also, when has


British military intervention in the Middle East actually done any good


at all? That's my question. That seemed to be the point made by the


US Congress as well. President Obama went to Congress, he didn't have to.


He could have unilaterally done this, he felt after Iraq and after


the mess the West has made of past engagements in the Middle East, that


he had to do that. Congress said no, just as the British Parliament. That


was after the British Parliamentary vote. Exactly. He decided he had to


do that to cover his own back. And it swung between humanitarian


intervention and not. Really British MPs and the Americans were scarred


by Iraq. When Ed Miliband first started talking with David Cameron


about the 2013 vote he was supportive and said he would like to


support it in the House of Commons. Then after a series of concessions


and then it became apparent to him he didn't have the support amongst


his own backbenches. He took a political decision not to. They were


hugely scarred by Iraq. You swing both ways. Nobody wants to repeat


Srebrenica or Darfur, unfortunately, we've got to hope that what's


happened in Aleppo, something like 5,000 people over the last month


alone have died there. It's just a tragedy. 82 killed in their own


homes, reminder of the Civil War in Lebanon and the massacre of


civilians by militias linked to the Israeli forces there. Onto the


Telegraph. The rail strike. Now rail strike costs taxpayers 50 million


while train company saves cash. All this is over who is supposed to shut


the doors. I mean that's what it boils down. To And who is supposed


to drive the train ie... A driver would be good. And well, but no. Not


one who isn't on strike. The driverless trains is what this is


all about. Again, like my simplistic view of British military


intervention in the Middle East, show me a an innovation that any


trade union has ever supported. Are you calling them Luddites? RMT,


ASLEF? Yes. Yes! I am. It's a great story showing that the taxpayer is


footing the bill for the strike, because what we've got here is a


situation where this line or set of lines haven't been privatised in the


sense of sold off to the highest bidder. It's a fixed price contract


that Southern Railway's parent has to run the services, but the


Government maintains control of both the revenue and the cost. Well


that's all very well, if you think you know what the costs are going to


be. You think, oh, we might get more revenue and attract a few more


passengers onto this line. Fixed price contract with your builder,


for example, when you renovate your house is generally a good thing,


because your builder takes the risk of things running over. In this


case, this has come back to haunt the Government. Of course, now there


is less revenue, less fares being paid, because fewer people are


travelling because no trains are running. Also the Government has to


pay the cost of the compensation. So this atomisation of the railways


that was the way that the Major Government privatised the railways


is coming back to haurnt the Government now. To the Daily Mail


then. Daily Mirror. Sorry. Renationalise - no that wouldn't be


the Mail. That would be a story! Daily Mirror. Renationalise our


railways now! Do you think that's been given added impetus by this?


It's really popular with the public. A lot of people think it's just like


the papers, lefty socialists that want to renationalise the railways.


Loads of people do. Every poll done it suggests the majority of the


Brits would like to renationalise. We like to complain about the state


of the railways. These are people all under the age of 35, who don't


remember what it was like. Quite possibly. But it is something, I


mean, the Government is certainly thinking about doing, and the Times


picks this up, is stripping GTR, the parent group of its massive


franchise in the new year. Other senior rail industry figures are


concerned that it's going to be like a poison effect and start a ripple


affect around the industry and cause more strikes. There's a feeling that


the unions are considering launching coordinated action in other areas as


well. They want to nip this in the bud. What then happens to it is


really an unknown. Sadiq Khan has called for a renationalisation of


the Southern franchise. He wants Transport for London to run it. He


says that's the long-term solution, more local democratic


accountability. That's nationalisation of another sort. But


the Government is currently discussing all options. They started


holding talks again with unions tonight. It's something. The company


and the unions, which won't stop this current round of strikes, but


hopefully might prevent the action happening again at Christmas and


disrupting the ailways then. Financial Times, Mr Trump? This is


brilliant. I mean, he's got more millionaires in his Cabinet than you


would see at the average country club. Billionaires! Millionaires and


billionaires. This guy has been given an award by Vladimir Putin and


he's putting forward as America's top diplomat. Yes. Not only is he


putting him forward as America's top diplomat, Rex Tillerson head of


Exxon Mobil, the oil company who is very close to Putin, or so we


believe, not only has he got to be nominated by Trump, he has to be


confirmed by Congress. Trump is worried that even a Republican


Congress, which is what he's got, won't necessarily confirm him in


this new role as America's top diplomat. Trump is rolling out, as


the Financial Times says, heavy weights to blunt the Tillerson


nomination revolt, including Bob Gates, former Defence Secretary and


Condoleezza Rice who was high up in the Bush administration. Red blooded


Republicans, both of them. Both of them unimpeachable. When you get to


the fourth paragraph of the story, you realise that Exxon Mobil is a


client of Mr Gates' consulting firm, whose founders include Miss Rice.


Yeah. Millionaires and billionaires all round. I know! I know! And


what's perhaps, I'm just trying to get my head around this, because it


seems so bizarre that you would have someone so close to Vladimir Putin


being put forward as America's top diplomat. The suggestion is that


this is all Nixon going to China in reverse, this is trying to isolate


the Chinese by co--ying up to Russia. I think the relationship


between the States and Russia over the next few months is definitely


the one to watch. We've had the CIA a few days ago suggesting that the


Russians, it was proven they were interfearing with the US election.


We've now got a Secretary of State who received a medal from Vladimir


Putin and whose, Moscow's senior foreign policy chief is saying, he's


not just close to Putin. He's close to all of us. He wanted sanctions


watered down against Russia as well. Trump has made a big thing about his


not being an outsider, that he's, Washington outsider. That would


bring a breath of fresh air into relations. The impact of that


relationship is massive. Not just for China, but the rest of the world


as well. To appoint an oil executive who is close to Russia and has no


experience is likely to cause, ruffle a lot of feathers around the


world. It's going to be interesting. Finally, Einstein and the shrinking


father Christmas. The faster an object travels according to


Einstein's special theory. That object could be Santa Claus.


Exactly! How does Santa fit down the chimney. Good question. The answer


is that Santa and Rudolph and all the rest of them have to travel so


fast to get presents to all the children around the world that


Einstein's theory of relativity dictates that they get smaller,


physically smaller, which is what happens to all objects, as you will


know, according to the theory. It proves that father Christmas exists,


a fact which my three young children will be delighted to hear. Exactly!


Many thanks for looking at some of the stories behind the headlines.


Thanks to you for watching and goodbye.


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