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That's all of the sport, now on BBC News, Martine Croxall with The
Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be With me are Business Journalist
Josie Cox and journalist It's nice to know what 9:30am looks
like! The front pages, beginning with...
The Observer focuses on the Unite leadership battle -
featuring an interview with the man challenging Len Mcluskey
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
The Sunday Telegraph also focusses on the unions -
claiming Theresa May is facing pressure to curb
And the Express says the High Street is heading for a record
breaking Christmas - fuelled by Brexit.
Let's begin with the Sunday Times. And, this idea of a loyalty oath for
public office holders. It has been suggested by the Communities
Secretary Sajid Javid, but following on from this report that Daimler
Weise Casey has published into looking into how well integrated we
are -- Dame Louise Casey. Yes, it is very far reaching. It applies to
civil servants and even local council workers. I wonder how
effective this would be. You can get people to swear an oath to anything
but whether they fundamentally change their beliefs and values as a
result is questionable. What kind of sanction would there have two B for
it to be meaningful? We can say anything. If I want a job, I will
say it. Do I feel it or believe it? There is a problem, there is a
problem of integration. You know, within SummerSlam communities and
frankly quite a lot of white people who do not want to integrate --
within some Muslim communities. Just saying that you cannot get a job
unless you come up with this oath? That will only end up in resentment,
I think. And it is not just public office, it is everybody in society
who have an investment or share in the same ideas. How do you bring it
about? Exactly, it would apply to all migrants. Currently, it is just
people seeking British citizenship. It is just so... Are we going to ask
those people who happen to be indigenous Britons, right? To
express tolerance when a lot of them are deeply intolerant of all
backgrounds. This could be against discrimination laws and so on. What
I think is that there was a problem and there has to be a more
imaginative way of dealing with it. How? Louise Casey has certainly got
the debate started... Don't get me started on her! Believe me, Yasmin,
I won't! We have 13 minutes! There are a lot of things that we could
actually... We have all kinds of activities. In Denmark there are
fantastically local authority schemes to bring people together.
Informally, casually, to be friends. We could do that. Moving on, the
Telegraph. A fuse union stories this morning. It is nice to feel a proper
newspaper and not just the front pages! Pressure on May.
Prime Minister faces backlash over failure to impose emergency laws to
curb crippling strikes. Southern Rail this week, it means a
lot of difficulty for people trying to get about. What are the pressures
that she is under? This has been going on for quite a long time.
Conservative governments and successive ones have tried to curb
the power of the unions. Now, some of these strikes are perfectly
legal, what will we do? Change the law again... I am quite interested
that Theresa May is refusing to curb the powers of the existing
conditions under which strike... I would have thought she would have
gone for it. They are quite crossed that she is not. But I think that
she is right to not immediately step into this and make laws because of
strikes. One of these suggestions is that critical industries would have
to commit to maintaining a certain level of service even in the event
of a strike, which I think would still slow people down if they are
trying to move around on the railways for example but would not
be quite the impact that they are facing this week? And I wonder
whether it is the impact that is needed in order to get the point
across, and whether keeping crucial services or at least half of them
running would in fact defy the point of the strike will together. And the
same with The Daily Telegraph, a picture of a mother and son but not
any of them... The Queen and Prince trials, in a photograph taken by
Nick Knight, a fashion photographer, prior to the final night of the
Queen's 90th birthday celebrations. Yasmin, what do you think? She looks
really good. I like her frock. At her age she looks really good. And
so does trials! -- Charles. He is looking very fondly at his mum. She
never greens a lot. I would love to know what is going on in her mind.
-- grins a lot. This headline... This is Len McCluskey, the head of
the Unite union facing a challenge from someone else. They are
accusing, Jeremy Corbyn, he is accusing Len McCluskey are basically
not doing his job as the head of the Unite union. I wonder whether this
is not a proxy of what is happening in the broader Labour Party at the
end of such a divisive year indeed for the whole Labour Party. Yes, but
I think, I have never heard of this chap before. He does have a point.
Len... I can never say his surname properly... McCluskey. He is more
politicised than a couple of union leaders have been in the past but
there are limits, after which he fails himself and the Labour Party.
The Labour Party has always suffered from this thing. At the hands of the
union. -- unions. I think that there is a point here? Not all unions are
politically affiliated of course, but if you are, you are inevitably
going to be quite politicised and you? Yes, but you can do it subtly.
This guy committee just talks all the time about politics within the
Labour Party. He is a trade unionist. You can be more subtle,
businesses who back the Tory party do not do this upfront all the time.
It is a lesson? And they accused of behaving in a less than transparent
way? Yes. But I think that they could learn a little bit from the
other sector. Let's stay with the Observer. Look at this story at the
bottom. TUC and businesses urge Made to act now on the rights of migrants
in Britain. -- Theresa May to act now. The rights of EU migrants
should be guaranteed, they say, so that they can remain in the UK after
Ore, because a lot of industries rely on those workers, don't they?
-- in the UK after Brexit. It is some thing that Theresa May has
addressed only last week. She said that she wanted answers to these
questions. But, she's also said that she is basically not going to do
anything until the talks are triggered in March. Three months is
a long time and a lot of people will be affected by this. And over 1
million British people are also living in Britain. 1.3 million, I
think. I think that it is unfair and wrong to keep people in... How many
months as it been already since Brexit? Some of these issues are, in
a way, protected by law. Article eight of the European human rights
Convention says that you have a right to a family life, and... These
are often bypassed. But we would still be part of the convention
unless they decide otherwise. You get the right to permanent
residents. Isn't there some worry unnecessarily? A lot of it is about
rhetoric as well. And signalling, a willingness to show that
collaboration with EU states that had been particularly hostile in the
aftermath of the Brexit vote. A lot of my Polish friends are very
anxious and feel that any minute now... They feel it, emotionally
they feel insecure at the moment. The Polish Prime Minister, when she
came over, she was sounding rather different to a lot of EU leaders.
Probably in recognition of the fact that there needs to be some
reciprocity. It's an anxious time if you are an EU migrant. And the
attitudes now developing in our country towards them. So... They do
not feel that welcome or integrated, I think, quite a lot of them now.
The Mail on Sunday, the great foreign aid freeze, a stunning
victory says the newspaper, for their campaign.
As Britain suspends new aid contracts after we expose fat cat
dirty tricks. What are those dirty tricks? We both have mixed feelings
about this. The big story here, Ian Birrell is a very good journalist,
about how many executives, if you like, the CEOs of big charities, the
bonuses that they earn, it is a fair enough story but I think that there
is something else also happening here which makes me uncomfortable.
It's kind of an attack on aid itself. But isn't it the right kind
of age to the right kinds of places? Making sure money gets to where it
is meant to be, rather than going in other directions? I would say so and
it is such a big industry it is difficult to police as a whole.
Transparency is so paramount. I think Ian has a good point here. The
wording is very strong. He's talking about a dramatic halt to new
contracts. It sells like a review going into something that has to be
reviewed, but it would be interesting to see the outcome. We
face cuts here on so many fronts. The best way, isn't it? To get
people to support the idea of us giving foreign aid. Showing that it
is properly having an effect? It is, but what is awful is that some of
The Papers in the last few months have said, let's stop and look after
our own. If you do not want refugees to come here, you better keep up
with some good aid projects, actually. Otherwise, you have to
work at the source or people will do what they've been doing and die and
coming to Europe. You cannot have it both ways, really. Let's go back to
the Sunday Times. Strictly winner, hip hip, Ore, our BBC Sports
presenter... He is lifting up his partner in her spectacular yellow
gown, it is not just a dress. She was so surprised when they won, her
face was extraordinary! Neither of us have been committed to strictly
watches this year... Maybe we should have been, it looked fantastic this
year. I am so impressed at how quickly the contestants pick up
those steps. Ore had never danced before. Some competitors have
dancing their background. Sport is his thing, obviously. No, I think
that the way that they do it... Ed Balls for God sake! He did really
well. It would have thought? He certainly committed, didn't he? His
gangland style, I watched it half a dozen times... It is so joyful! --
here's Gangnam Style. And we've just spoken to the parents
of JoAnn and Kevin Clifton... And those dresses! The wardrobe
department at the BBC News Channel is not quite as well at providing
the sequence! She says, dressed in black for this morning... --
sequins. That's all for The Papers this morning.
Thank you to both of you. A reminder that we look at my's front pages
every evening at 10:40pm during the week. -- we look at tomorrow's front
pages. A man is adrift
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