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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment.
With me is Martin, the deputy head of sport at The Sun. And the editor
at the London Evening Standard. We will go through the papers in a
moment. First off, a look at the papers. The Daily Telegraph.
The Daily Telegraph claims that Royal Mail staff,
as well as rail and airport workers, may strike over Christmas,
leaving Theresa May facing pressure over "industrial chaos."
The paper also notes Andy Murray's third Sports Personality victory.
The Guardian also celebrates Murray's win, but focuses on claims
that the justice secretary had prior warning ahead of the riot at HMP
The Metro leads with former Chancellor George Osborne's verdict
that his warnings about the UK being poorer after Brexit
Brexit also dominates the Financial Times,
but the paper focuses on fears about exit talks being delayed
will mean banks leaving the UK for abroad.
The Times claims that Britain is dumping overseas aid money
into trust funds to try meet the country's annual target.
And the Daily Mail leads with the claim that millions
of pounds of UK aid money has been used to fund a talk show
OK. We will begin. Lovely to see you. We will start with the
Guardian. Liz Truss and Birmingham Prison. The disturbance of the major
rioting, the prison has been out of control. It has been subdued. It is
talking about how Liz Truss was warned two months ago about the
dangers of such an incident at Birmingham. There were not enough
staff. Quite a large prison, 1500 inmates, one of the largest in the
country. It goes on to talk about the problem of drugs in the prison.
One of those watchdogs has talked about this. The thing about this is,
and the story quotes Nick, the Chief Inspector of the prison until the
end of the year, he warned explicitly, as did his replacement,
about the risk of legal highs, psychoactive drugs. They were
creating a tremendously violent atmosphere imprisoned. This has been
well-documented. This story shows that the secretary warned of the
dangers of Birmingham, and predecessors had been warned about
this risk actually buy the chief inspectors of prisons. For many
years it has been growing, the concern about the levels of violent
incidents in prison. Drugs being thrown over the wall and all sorts
of things. And then cutting staff members by 30% since 2010. You have
a situation where in essence there are increasingly unstable inmates in
there. And at the same time, fewer and fewer staff to deal with them.
It is a toxic problem unfortunately. The danger that has been spread.
There is a suggestion from a prison in Hull. It is a bit of a tinderbox
situation. It seems some have been involved in the instigation of the
Birmingham issues. And it is clearly a growing concern. I also wonder
sometimes how it can be avoided. It is all well and fine to talk about
when these things happen. But whether the Justice Secretary or any
civil servant can actually prevent random out sparks of violent. The
two things are, the current Justice Secretary has not been in her post
very long, and has inherited a problem that has been in the making
since they cut the offices in prisons why such a large number
since 2010 onwards. -- by. She has landed with this problem and now has
to deal with it. The problem with her side is that it is actually not
a problem, according to her, it is simple to deal with here and now.
More numbers in fewer prisons, a better ratio between staff and
prisoners, and we also need a better way of stopping drugs coming in.
They talk about nets, don't they? Providing more nets and body scan
is. You cannot throw them like that. If these things are coming in by
drone it does not matter how big the nets are, these are co-ordinated.
There are many instances where they could stop it. There was a killing
of an inmate earlier this year. There were problems previous to
this. But there was a report there were broken windows and drones were
flying out of window ledges and going out through the window.
Interestingly, the Times also has this story on its front page. I
don't know if either of you picked up on the point that, I think the UK
has the largest number of prisoners or people being sent to prison
compared to the rest of Europe. I mean, you were saying... Are we
going back to 20 years ago? Often there is the belief, and
understandably, that I think you need to have two show you have a
more Draconian sentencing policy. But the argument is all you do is
institutionalise people more and make them more likely to offend when
they come out. And you are putting them in small spaces designed for a
particular number and having them share cells, et cetera. There is an
argument we have been at that level for quite some time and the violence
is now happening because there is in essence not enough staff. So they
have said they are not prepared to pay for enough staff to cope with
the numbers they have got. There are warnings by the chairman of the OA
in Hull. It has been happening for years. Let us stay with the Times.
But stay with the aid story. Dumping these incredible figures into trust
funds. This is a toxic issue for many Tory MPs in particular, that
David Cameron set this to get of 0.7% of GDP spent on aid. That is a
very worthy objective and lots of it does achieve some good things. But
there is the feeling, and this story reflects that, what has been
happening, to make sure we meet that target, but the department for
international development is putting money into these trust funds, and
that money is sitting there in those funds. If you have a budget and need
to spend it in a certain period of time, you get to the end and say you
have not spent enough and you put it in a fund. What happens to these
accounts? Literally just sitting there. Just sitting there? A large
amount of it. ?4 billion apparently. And also the sheer scale, 0.7% of
national income equating to ?12 billion this year alone which is a
vast sum of money when we know there is other... Social care. Yeah. We
understand international aid can be good to event legal migration,
people fleeing their state of advance. If that is sitting on a
bank account, that is clearly not satisfactory. The World Bank
charging 240 million to UK taxpayers just defined what hasn't been spent.
Andy Murray. -- just to fund. Yet another strike for Theresa May. The
only thing keeping this country running over the last few days is
elves, sleighs and reindeer. Everything is stopping. Trains are
stopping. Flying as well. And now they will be a mail stoppage. A
threat of a strike to prevent presence -- presents being
delivered. I am a massive satsuma fan. The front of the Sun. Picking
up the traffic story. This is a story suggesting... This is
something already happening in London, the council has powers to
police bus lanes and all those things. It is saying these powers
are going to go from the police outside London to the local
authorities. And of course, as you say, that will be more rigourously
enforced. The police don't really like to do traffic enforcement any
more. So many people will be hit by them now. Anyone in London would say
they are pretty good at spotting any minor offence and you will get a
fine in a number of days. With all those cameras. This will get
people's blood boiling. Why don't people just not stop in bus lanes?
They need to be aware of signals and all indications. Have you gone down
a one-way street without knowing it or taken a wrong turn? People
followed the Sat Nav. It says turn left. I blame my Sat Nav. I found
myself in a spot where it is only for a bath. I thought, why am I in
this spot? -- bus. Suddenly, click, click, I had a fine. Andy Murray,
the front of the Guardian. He is great and popular and a deserved
winner. He has been in a marvellous, magnificent... He is only popular
now. Once he shared those tears after winning the Wimbledon final,
people realised... Is that all it took? Loves a Gavin Lewis and human
interest. We talk about England losing at the ball and we got so
used to it that it doesn't even seem to matter any more but that has gone
into the background. -- football. This is so significant. We need
positive news in tennis. It has been a long time coming. We have had
success in athletics, but tennis! He has been brilliant. But Edmund and
others want to follow him. I know about Murray is that he is
happy to be a role model, wants to be and wants to encourage kids to
play. He'll do everything that he can to get kids on the court and
that's great. Well played Andy Murray. All happened at the right
time for him. Fantastic news. And on that note, we're going to have to
say thank you and goodbye to both of you. It's been great fun. And that
was the Papers tonight. Don't forget, all of the front pages are
online on the BBC News website where you can read a detailed review of
the papers. All there for you seven days a week. And you can see us
there too with each night's edition of the Papers which is posted on the
page shortly after we finished. So thank you to Martin Lipton and
Martin Bantham. Coming up next is the Film Review. But from me, from
the three of us actually, it's goodnight.