17/12/2016 The Papers


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


With me are the Assistant Editor of the Times, Anne Ashworth


and Tony Evans, sports columnist for the London Evening Standard.


Not Monday, I am clearly a day out. The rioting was Friday, today's


Saturday and these are tomorrow's newspapers.


The Observer focuses on the Unite leadership battle,


featuring an interview with the man challenging Len Mcluskey to head


The Mail on Sunday leads with what it describes as the great


foreign aid freeze, saying the government has agreed to halt


new contracts after an investigation by the paper.


The Sunday Times says the head of the rail union behind this week's


industrial action has vowed to topple the Conservative government.


The Sunday Telegraph also focusses on the unions,


claiming Theresa May is facing pressure to curb


The Express says the high street is heading for a record breaking


The unions and in particular, the rail unions. This is a blast from


the past, a braille -- rail boss threatening to bring down the union.


Threatening environment, people taking increasingly difficult


positions. In the papers today, the Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph,


the pressure on the government to take on the unions. We are seeing


that the strikes are not just about pay conditions and safety, they are


about bringing down the Tory government, which I and not against.


This in flames it. The situation has become increasingly... In the Sunday


Telegraph, pressure from conservative MPs that go back to


Thatcher ministers. Former ministers in her government now putting on


pressure today. Putting pressure on Theresa May. We are moving in that


way. Are there areas in which you would think that is acceptable? No,


I don't think so. One of the things in Britain, for the best part of a


century, pay and conditions improved for the right to strike and you take


it away, it is a dangerous game. I am surprised with the huge emphasis


on the front pages about unions. It is like they all rang each other up.


There are so many other stories around. Let's not get ahead of


ourselves, it is not 1978, not the winter of discontent. If you are a


southern rail user it is aggravating and there will be hold-ups at


airports. But it is not a general strike. An industrial strike of the


1970s. The idea that politicians from former governments are trying


to tell the Prime Minister this is what she should be addressing


amongst all the other problems is, frankly, battling. The economy is in


trouble because of many reasons. We have austerities, the banks, 2008,


nearly brought down capitalism, lots of problems we should be worrying


about. Frankly, the battle with the unions is not a big issue. The


unions have spent years watching their membership diminished. They


have seen their influence in politics and arguably the workplace


diminished for different reasons. Changing contractual reasons, many


reasons why it has been difficult for them. Suddenly, if they read the


papers to -- tomorrow, they might think they matter. It is


extraordinary but it is 1970s, bringing down the government. And


then Mrs May being asked to crack down on the unions. The headline of


the Telegraph, unions run rampant. That suggests there is more than


just a strike on Southern Rail and possibly two days of action at the


airports over Christmas. The impression is, not quite the enemy


within but, people would think, where is this happening? Holding


society to ransom and frankly I have not got the ransom note yet. It is


very interesting, they don't bring out why they think Mrs May would be


resistant to any legislation against strikes. Do you think she will be?


She seems to be attuned to be ordinary person, middle Britain and


there is some suggestion she feels that will be curbing important


freedoms. I don't know what is on her mind but it seems to be she has


some kind of sense, we do have the right to withdraw our labour. That


is a crucial... Fundamental freedom. She will not be saying what the old


guard may be doing, she doesn't want them pushing her around. You have a


new Prime Minister who is uncertain on the way forward, who is


ambivalent about Brexit and there is a bit of nervousness in the


government going forward. The Tories trying to take advantage and make a


move. I must say, I think there are other things happening. Iama bit


baffled. We were shocked Aleppo was not on the front page. Lovely photo


of the Prince of Wales and his mum. Very striking picture, beautifully


lit. Gorgeously taken picture and the front-page picture is very


important. A lot of time would have been taken to make sure they got the


right one. No doubt they will ... They have all three are gentle


winners of Strictly. Quite clever. The Royal Family to sell papers. We


will move on to the Observer. The photograph, maybe not as spectacular


as the Strictly photos or as regal as the royal one, but the man who


will be the leader of the free world, in one month, no wonder he


has something to smile about in front of the Christmas tree in


borrowed. He will not give up on the thing of the missing drone. He wants


to get, criticise China, prod them, he would like to work them up into a


furious. It is a lot of sabre rattling. Do you think they


understand that and say, it is OK, let him have his head. They do this


stuff. We shouldn't worry. The fundamentals of our relationship and


position, we don't have to worry about this guy. I think they would


be very good about not taking him too seriously. He is posturing


before he gets into power, playing to his power base. When it comes


down to it he will need to be friendly with us. They will say, you


want trouble, we will pull all the debt. It is interesting


repositioning American policy to be anti- China and soft on Russia.


Reagan, the axis of evil but the new axis, Russia and America. An


intriguing thought. We move from Donald Trump two and international


issue important back home. -- onto an international issue. Critical on


something David Cameron did, the British budget going to foreign aid.


They are investigating and have suggested there are examples where


the money has been poorly used, at least the supervision of how it is


spent is poor. As a consequence, some of the projects have not


deserved it. I think there will be a great deal of relief, the money,


finally scrutiny as to how it is spent and if it is going to worthy


projects. The new argument this week as to whether a better way to spend


some of the cash would be on care of the elderly. I think this is going


to be a massive debate, issue in the new year. Is our aid being used


properly, buying the influence it should buy, that is a crucial aspect


of giving aid. There is a real risk when you get into that debate, the


criticism that has been made of Priti Patel, a stronger relationship


between the money spent on aid and the benefits of purchasing power,


particularly ahead of wrecks it. We give you money, in return you by our


stuff. That is not necessarily the best way to measure it. I think that


might be true but people feel we are cash-strapped as a nation, we are a


great philanthropic and charitable nation but want value for the money


we spend overseas. It is an increasing sign of British


isolationism. Wrecks it, spend the money here, that is fine but will it


get spent here? The reality is we would hate for it to go to the


begging bowl barons as the Daily Mail calls them. It is a sign that


country is becoming more in chiller and I don't think it will benefit


Britain long-term. You think whatever we might see as a benefit


here, the perception of the outside world is negative. Back to the


Sunday Times. We talked about unions. We can ignore that and talk


about prisons. This is an interesting headline. Cold showers


triggered jail riot. A depressing story, life was so bad. It was a


fairly small thing, they couldn't get a hot shower. They are banged up


plumbing goes, it is midwinter. It plumbing goes, it is midwinter. It


always goes midwinter! It comes to the heart of what we think prison


should be about, is it about rehabilitation or is it putting


people in, more and more of them and not attempting to think we need to


turn these people once more into decent members of society.


Privatising prisons is madness. There is talk, Northumberland's


prison is on a knife edge and problems elsewhere. We could be


getting into a period of prison riots. It has been outsourced, the


prisons. Money has been withdrawn from it. And there is no coherent


policy. Abhi trying to punish them of all rehabilitate them? If we want


to punish them, give them cold shower was but we are spending so


much money on reasons and people come out and commit crimes again. It


appears to be a your your relationship. We need to make sure


people don't go back to prison after being there. Some businesses should


be government controlled and prisons is one of them. I wonder if we are


coming into a broader debate, aid and prisons, how our taxpayer money


is spent, whether the strategy is right, whether it is piecemeal, no


thought out doctrine behind the prison system. And I wonder whether,


how this can be accomplished, by what means we could no if we are


getting value. It was easy enough to bail out the banks, of course. One


to ponder and we will ponder it by thinking about the photograph on the


front of the Sunday Times. Lovely photograph. When you talk about the


quality of colour photography in the newspapers these days, the vividness


of Joanne Clifton's dress, she and our colleague at BBC News, Ore


Oduba, have won Strictly. This picture, it exemplifies the Ginger


Rogers and Fred Astaire quality that Ore had in his dancing, the moment


of pure joy that dancing should bring. A tribute to a great light


entertainment show that it should bring joy on what is a very dark and


miserable time. I think you and Anne can replicate the picture over here.


Would we have a few minutes more before we have to go to De Film


Review? And there you go, he did. I suspect in a few minutes he will say


he never looked back. Thank you very much.


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