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


With me are Lucy Fisher, senior political correspondent


for The Times and commentator Henry Bonsu.


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:


The Telegraph leads on events in Berlin.


The paper says the prime suspect for the massacre was under covert


surveillance for months as a possible terrorist,


until police let him slip through their grasp,


Anis Amri stares from the front of the Metro.


He's now said to be the most wanted man in Europe.


The Times says the authorities suspected Amri of "preparing


a serious crime endangering national safety" but red tape


The i says the German authorities are under pressure after a series


of blunders in their hunt for the killer.


The FT pictures some of the suspect's different identities.


Its main story is that the world's oldest bank is to be rescued


The Guardian says Amri was known to multiple German


And the Sun has a pun on the Queen's cold.


Headline writers at the Sun have done better than that I'm afraid.


Most wanted man in Europe, they now have a name and that's the face of


their prime suspect in the Christmas market truck attack. The terrible


thing is that he's had such a long head start in escaping after the


German authorities held the wrong man overnight. Amir Anis. Tunisian


failed asylum seeker. Turns out he's the master of disguise, already with


six aliases, posing as a migrant from three different nations. He is


clearly very... Practised at hiding his identity. Yeah. Yeah. Henry, the


fact is, as Lucy points out, this man has had 24 hours, more than


that, now, to evade capture. The German admitted that they got the


wrong person. Yes. To begin with. And, clearly, there are a hell of a


lot of questions the German authorities had got to answer in


relation to this man. Because he was on their radar. And he's now on our


radar. Because they hell of a lot is known about him. Usually, when we


have the rest or the killing of a suspect when it came to the Paris


attacks a year or so ago, we get all this information once the person has


been killed or captured but we are getting all this while this guy is


still on the run. We know he was in an Italian jail for four years and


he managed to get into Germany under Angela Merkel's "Open door policy".


They had him on their radar and let him slip through their grass, the


difficulty seem to be the red tape. Then it needed be sure where he was


from and that Tunisia would accept him. With the surveillance powers,


the agent undercover in the Tunisian - Germany community or "Islamist"


part of the Bellerin community or if he's gone across the border into the


Netherlands in that community -- part of the Berlin community. It


would appear at the German security services that they may not have the


capacity to get on top of this. People are making comparisons with


this country and the way we do things. That is unfair. Difficulties


they face very difficult different to us on this island which we have


been doing for many years. This man has had a head start. We know a huge


amount about him but he is a man of many faces. Many faces. Front page


of the Daily Telegraph. The Metro has a big headline and a big picture


of the man but the Telegraph is a lot more detail. You talked about


that, Henry. Lucy, the Telegraph goes on to say that the authorities


in Germany couldn't deport him back to Tunisia because he didn't have a


passport. They asked the Tunisian authorities for a passport and the


passport arrived yesterday. I know. So many sliding doors scenario.


Minute margins of time and circumstance. The fact he was under


covert surveillance by the German authorities for so many months, it


is awful to think he was on their radar' was involved in a robbery in


a park and a bar brawl, never arrested. What would he have done to


merit a four year sentence in Italy? Four sentence in every any European


country, but to get that, you need to have done something serious. You


need information share but a lack of it between European countries.


Europol is meant to share this information.


Is seems not to have been done. We saw the same thing last year with


what happened in France. That's true. As you say, the problem is,


sometimes you that when European authorities tried to deport them but


if the home country doesn't want to take them back or doesn't accept


they are of that nationality or origin, that can become difficult.


Today, there is this detail that the passport had just arrived for him to


go back. Maybe that affected his timing that he went and perform this


atrocity before he knew he was about to be kicked out of Germany. If you


are a host country and there is a possibility that you can deny that


this man actually is a citizen of this country... Masi you're not


going to want him. Why would you want this guy back in this country?


We are assuming most of this is true. Remember, 24 hours ago we


thought it was a Pakistani person. We still need to put that note of


caution in. But apparently, he is a supporter of the people behind the


Sousse terrorist attack which killed over 30 British people 18 months


ago. Close links to a terror network. You'd think that in the


interconnected world that we live in that these kinds of barriers might


have been sorted out. You would think so. But one of the things


about Germany, it prides itself, post-war, on being very... You know


Germany. I've been to Germany many times, burning, Munich, Frankfurt.


Germans pride themselves on being very open, tolerant. Which is why


the extreme right has never gone beyond a few percentage points. Like


in France. They don't want the Christmas market and the places


where they gather in the centre of their squares to be corralled with


heavy masonry, with gun toting police officers. People are saying


this is the new normal, we've got to change. I've went to Westminster and


it was noticeable, the uptake of police present even in London. That


is the new reality, as you say. Changing the guard as well. Roads


blocked off on the entrances. It is unthinkable. What is the most crazy,


weird, unusual, outlandish thing that anyone can think of and you can


be sure that some crazy person he wants to kill people will think of


it. Lucy mentioned earlier that this man was a master of disguise.


Multiple identities. Front page of the Financial Times. Four mugshots


of him looking very different. In all of them.


What right, he's got quite a fat chow hall look. Very gaunt and thin


on the one next to him. Six different aliases. Three


different nationalities. Tracking this man will be difficult. But what


we have been talking about, how you have cross-border intelligence and


security that joins up all the dots. European court rules, indiscriminate


UK mass surveillance law to be illegal, Lucy. It's very


interesting, the timing of this judgment given that we have just had


this terror attack. The ECJ has ruled against this law that would


allow the Home Office, the government, to keep the internet


records and phone records of British citizens for 12 months. If you


suspect someone of being involved in crime or serious crime or terror,


instead of asking the authorities onwards looking to keep records, you


can look back at what they've been looking at online or the website,


not every web page but the general domain names. And the people they've


been in contact with. This has been ruled illegal because it is so


indiscriminate. The idea it is not targeted, you should not have these


net trawls of data that affect every UK citizen when there is no


suspicion. When you look at some of the departments that would have


access to this, things like the Food Standards Agency, the gambling


commission, you do think, as a British citizen, what I want these


people looking at it? What's going on? It's one thing, an author body


institution having access to this data but what about the individuals


in those organisations, are they incorruptible? We have seen cases of


police officers when they are upset with journalists, a journalist was


investigating a police department and a police officer used his access


to go after the generalist. It is the indiscriminate nature of this


mass surveillance that the ECJ is exercised about? That's right. One


of the most fascinating details about this case is that it was


originally brought by David Davis, Tory MP while on the backbenches, he


was a champion of Civil liberties. But as of Civil Liberties. David


Davis Spartacus. But he quietly withdrew from the action and kept a


low profile. Exactly. This is not going to matter when we leave the


European Union. It might do. Final paragraph says that this decision


will pose a problem for London as EU rules, bear in mind we have been


talking about terrorism, do not allow exchange of personal data with


countries that do not comply with its privacy regime. If we continue


with this, after 2020, we have left European Union but it might not


have, we might not be able to get the Europol type thing. Do you know


something we don't? Have you got a hotline to Theresa May? No. There we


are. All right, let's go on to the daily. This made all of us, all of


our ears prick up when we heard this, the health scare for the Queen


and Prince Philip. It's amazing, really. For me, this idea that she


had a heavy cold which stopped her going to Sandringham, they do this


every year. It just shows that given the Queen is 90 and Prince Philip is


95, it shows how ready they get ill. Public servers, all the travelling


they do, all the people they have to meet and come across the germs that


might be transmitted quite resilient. All those little kids


with posies! Lucy! That's a horrible thing to say! A bit of diversity


might help the Jean Paul. What's wrong with the Jean Paul? I'm not


saying that. -- what's wrong with the gene pool? They are both unwell.


This train from King 's Lynn, they get driven to King's Lynn from


Buckingham Palace. The armed protection. And then all the way up


to Sandringham. Yeah. They will make another decision tomorrow, maybe. If


they've got over it a bit they will go. It could be as late as Christmas


eve. But it's a big thing. That's when I head off to the West Country


or the Midlands. I go to Manchester. You go to Manchester. They go to


Norfolk, the family get together and it is important. Absolutely. To miss


that would be a shame. A day or two ago, the Queen quietly disengaged.


Not quietly, because it was reported by Nicholas Witchel quietly. That's


his job. Thanks, Nick. She's dropped 25 charities that she was patron of.


She will no longer be a patron. Those patronises will go to some of


the other members of the family. -- those patronises


The advisers to Theresa May are almost as much as she does. Fiona


Mill and Nick Timothy, they are both on ?140,000 per year, we have


learned today, only 6% less than the Prime Minister herself on round


about 149. I have been digging around today in all the records. I


was interested to find that there are 400 civil servants who earn more


than 150 K per year. I always thought the civil service was a bit


less well than that. As you reach the top earner. Is that a case of


our civil servants and special advisers earning too much or the


Prime Minister earning too little? That's a good question. The Prime


Minister and too little. David Cameron in an act of mea culpa cut


down the salary from 160 or so to 145. But the president of the United


States and about $400,000, post Brexit is about... 300 p! That was a


joke, not a statement! It was a joke! It's over, it's over! What are


you trying to say? Maybe the Prime Minister, considering the


responsibility... Have come a bunch of MPs haven't complained about


this? Because they want a pay rise. They are about to award themselves a


pay rise. 10%, isn't it? They are coming onto just under ?75,000. Some


MPs called me about this case today. MPs are unhappy there are 17


advisers in number ten who are earning more than them on their


basic pay. They think that's a bit unfair. Not necessarily the top


people like the chief of staff but when you go down the grade and


you've got right people advising London and what haircut to have. It


is a privilege of doing your job, being a public servant in the most


direct way. That's what I should have told them. That's exactly what


you should have said. Thank you both for looking at the papers. You will


be back in about 50 minutes. Do it all again. Looking at the headlines


again and some of the other ones will have come in. Many, many thanks


to you and thanks to you for watching. Stay with us, the


headlines are coming


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