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information have not been accessed. We will bring more on this at 11


o'clock. Now it is time for the papers.


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


With me are Benedicte Paviot, UK correspondent at France


24 and Jack Blanchard, Political Editor


Tomorrow's front pages, the Metro leads with the dispute


between British Airways and it's cabin crew - the paper says more


than one million people's holidays will be affected by the strike.


The Mirror has an exclusive in which it says children as young


as five are made to carry out manual labour in North Korea.


The Express quotes the Brexit Secretary David Davis saying Britain


will not compromise on curbing EU immigration in the renegotiations.


The Guardian also leads with the cabinet minister's comments


in which he says there will be no plans drawn up until


Or at least it will not be made public until February.


The Telegraph writes Britain's most decorated female soldier is calling


for an end to the witch-hunt of veterans involved


The i says that 50,000 people are trapped in Aleppo. And new mothers


are being warned to look for signs of sepsis, according to the Daily


Mail. The Times has its own investigation into bureau DeShawn --


airport money changing stations. We start with the Guardian. A


picture of the situation Aleppo. There was a lot of hope last night


that a ceasefire was going to come into force. It lasted for a few


hours and then the fighting started again. Many people are comparing


this to the war in Lebanon, conflicts since the Second World War


that really gripped the imagination in horror and intensity? Yes. What


is very clear is that we are getting a lot of photography, a lot of


filming, I understand the West have also sent drones but and


documenting, as we speak, what is happening in Aleppo. Possibly, in


the coming days and weeks of the situation in Aleppo, it will be


over. But the massacre of civilians is staggering. I think it is very


difficult to be sitting there and watching, in our living rooms, our


offices, this kind of, in real-time, massacre of civilians. The battle


for Aleppo may be over, but the battle for Syria is not over.


Meanwhile, you have the regime, President Assad, that was crumbling


only months ago, who, thanks to the Russian and Iranian backers, have


pulled this off, in a sense. The people that are really paying the


price are the civilians. It just beggars belief. I think a lot of


people feel very powerless. Earlier this evening, you have a very


interesting interview with somebody from the human rights organisation?


Yes, from World Vision. What was very powerful about her testimony


was that she was very factual, and it is such a dramatic situation,


appealing for help. In the Guardian, this piece, it says about doctors


and civilians, yesterday they were optimistic about what was happening


there, and they are imploring the world to respect the ceasefire. That


is part of the problem. Hope, when it presents itself, as it did last


night, fills so many hearts with joy, and the possibility that things


might improve. For it to be snatched away so quickly, it is terrible. But


the point that was being made, we are seeing these images coming out,


is it part of what has made this tragedy so striking, the fact you


have eyewitness testimony, on iPhones, as the bombs are falling,


they are talking about it going on in a way that did not happen in


Bosnia, did not happen in Libya, which was only four years ago.


Absolutely. It is such a change. When we saw was being covered with


video cameras 70 years ago, it was such a big change to how people saw


war. We are seeing that technological revolution having the


same effect again. We had these horrendous situations before in the


past, but it always seemed very distant. You only really learned


afterwards what was happening. Now you can watch it in real-time,


extraordinary videos of doctors, people that are right there in


Aleppo, sending messages, desperately pleading for help.


People in the West are sitting there and wringing their hands. We saw in


the House of Commons today, there is nothing MPs can do. They are raising


a time and time again. All Theresa May can do is turn around and say


that Putin needs to make this stop. And, of course, he is not listening.


What the Russians decide to do, will the Russians and President Putin to


continue to give this back into Assad? What will run do? What will


the new President in America do? That will be key. The Metro, Yahoo


are going to be withdrawing their labour in a dispute over pay. -- BA


staff are going to be withdrawing their labour. The Telegraph suggests


that unions are coordinating strike action over the coming weeks. This


is the bottom of the Daily Telegraph. Unions accused of


conspiracy as BA cabin crew join strikers. Post Office workers are


going on strike. Of course, big problems on Southern Rail. You


represent a prounion newspaper, I guess I could say, the Daily Mirror.


Are there suggestions that the unions are coordinating this? Only


in the right-wing press and certain conservative MPs he would love to


use this situation as an opportunity to get leveraged for new anti-strike


laws, just weeks after the last set of anti-union laws. These are


disputes that have been long-running. If you know anything


about these disputes, the dispute at BA has been going on for several


years. Since 2010, they have been taking on groups of staff and paying


them a tiny wage, compared to the existing cabin crew. Some of them


are on a basic salary of ?12,000 per year, an average of up to ?16,000.


The union says they have to sleep in cars between shifts and moonlight in


other jobs. This is not part of a massive conspiracy. It does look


weird, doesn't it? Post office workers going on strike just before


Christmas? Rail strikes? BA just before Christmas? No Christmas


flights. No Christmas parcels. There is certainly an argument that the


union might be trying to use its power when it can wield the most.


The idea that they are phoning each other up and organising it, I think


it is far-fetched. They spend more time squabbling with each other.


Course to rethink the free bus pass? Absolutely. This is interesting.


This is the story about withdrawing free bus passes. It is Simon


Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England. He was telling MPs that


there was no point in giving people free bus passes and free bus


transport if there is nobody to provide the basic care that they


need. It is all about the the combination of, on one hand, NHS


medical care, emergency, outpatient, impatient, but also, if don't have,


and there have been so many cuts because of austerity measures, 40%,


I think, over the last few years because of austerity measures, what


is the point in putting that money into bus passes? I think they are


incredibly important. I think it is not just people that are ill, I


think it is about social interaction. I think there is


something fundamental. A society that cannot provide, even in


austerity times, proper social care and that kind of thing, having free


transport, I think we need to look at ourselves. We need to question


priorities. Let's move onto the next story, and I am not just saying that


because you are here. Child chain gangs of North Korea, the kind of


campaigning story we expect in the Daily Mirror, no showbiz tittle


tattle! We do occasionally like a bit of that. But this is a terrific


story, Russell Myers, our chief investigative reporter, he has been


to North Korea to look at the reality of life behind that curtain.


A lot of the reporting of what happened in North Korea is done in


quite a joking way, it seems a bizarre regime in the West. We tend


to find a lot of humour in it. What he's doing here is actually showing


the reality of life. Has this extraordinary footage of lines of


young children working in what they call chain gangs. I am not sure they


are literally chained up, but they might as well be. Lined up on


railway lines. Extraordinary, hammering at Stones, carrying them


around, doing hard labour in blazing sun. Some of them are five, six,


seven years old. It really brings home the horror of what life is like


in this regime, in a way that it is very difficult to do. It is such a


closed regime. It is very hard for journalists to get in, anybody to


get in and see what is going on. A really good exclusive. You were


saying in order to do this kind of story, it does not necessarily shift


front pages, I know it is difficult for the red tops, in a very


competitive market, you have to have celebrity tittle tattle to get this


kind of stuff out? People love to read about them, and there is


nothing wrong with that. The Mirror hides itself on being a campaigning


newspaper, particularly on worker exploitation. It is fantastic that


the newspaper puts resources to it and we have a journalist that can


get out there. Very risky reporting. They might not invite him back. Lets


not ask how he got into the country. Finally, clean living kids, they


don't want to smoke or drink any more. Yes, quite extraordinary. It


seems that, according to the NHS survey, we have the cleanest living


generation on record. Jack, you were referring to them as a boring


generation? They are addicted to their screens. It is often asked why


British children, and adults, drink so much. In France, we drink, but we


also eat up the same time, that is a significant difference. Apparently,


these clean living children are snubbing cigarettes and alcohol.


They will cost less to the NHS. Sadly, the clean living headline


does not include the fact that they don't exercise and seemed to be


horribly obese. We need a new definition of clean living? All


right. Thank you so much for looking at some of the stories. Many thanks


to you for watching. Much of England and Wales saw some


sunshine today and we got to 15 Celsius, very mild indeed. It turned


into a decent sunset. Thanks to a weather watcher in Surrey


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