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


With me are political commentator James Millar and author


James has red glitter in his pockets, but has not added it to his


beard, sadly, despite promises. Tomorrow's front pages: The headline


in the i newspaper is ISIS killer It adds that Europe's open-border


policy has been blamed for allowing the suspect to flee more than 1,000


miles across three countries. The Telegraph also


leads on that story. It says counter-terrorism experts


are warning that Europe's open borders are putting


security at risk. The Guardian's headline


is The End of the Manhunt. It says the Moroccan authorities had


warned Germany about the wanted man The Times has a picture of the body


of Anis Amri under a blanket It also carries the story


of a banking terrorist blacklist which is apparently so useless it


includes a three-year-old member The Daily Mail has some advice


for anyone who is feeling unwell over the festive season -


postpone Christmas. The paper says health chiefs


prescribe self-isolation to keep And the Daily Mirror says


chocolate Santas could kill. It reports the Co-op has withdrawn


them from its shelves, after button batteries


were found inside. We will begin with how the Guardian


is looking at story of Anis Amri, the man wanted in connection with


the Berlin Christmas market attack. End of the man-hunt, it says. The


suspect was killed in a gun battle in Milan. Questions asked how he


could flee across Europe, he managed to get into France and Italy


travelling by trains, and railway tickets have been found. It has


become wearily familiar image, this foil blanket covering the body of a


young jihadist who has committed some appalling atrocity in Europe,


we have seen it in France, Germany, Belgium, and now this particular


individual has come to the end of his run in Italy. Obviously


questions are being asked about how he got 3000 miles from Germany to


Milan. But at the same time, bigger question is perhaps for German


security forces, who had the suspect under surveillance for six months


and let him slip through the net, repeatedly, it seems. And here, the


Guardian saying Morocco had also warned Germany and about this


Tunisian. For my money the Guardian's coverage is the best of


the bunch, because it has the vital detail that Morocco had warned


Germany about this fellow. He was jailed in Italy for a while, and


found his way to Germany. It is sort of a litany of failure, not least


because the Germans picked up the wrong guy on Monday. Although it has


to be said the Italians are fairly proud of themselves, and obviously


with good reason, having caught the fellow. And he shot one of the


policemen, and the Italian minister has said that Italians will be able


to have a happy holiday and all Italian should be proud of him, fair


enough. On the Daily Express, EU's borders, Nigel Farage saying the


passport free zone helps terrorists launch attacks. There is the option


of closing borders. Yes, but I think you have to envisage a pretty major


emergency to roll back your's progress in creating an environment


of open borders, after an attack carried out by one man driving a


truck, awful as it was. And I think this is a big challenge, isn't it,


for politicians across Europe, is to retain a sense of proportionality


about these kinds of incidents. It is very interesting to see how


Germans have handled this. Angela Merkel took 12 hours before she came


out and made a statement after this attack took place, and she has been


very measured in her response, obviously walking a tightrope in


Germany at the moment, trying to make sure that this whirling in


support for far right parties doesn't go any further. But


obviously our very own Nigel Farage is going to be very keen to try to


capitalise on an incident like this, and a paper like the Daily Express,


which generally we can rely on to propagate inaccurate and damaging


stereotypes about migrants and refugees, is obvious the all too


happy to help them. The question is, of course, what is he trying to


achieve? He has achieved it, we have left the EU. And anyway, you have to


show your passport when you come into the country. He says there is a


risk to public safety from the Schengen zone, we are not in the


Schengen zone. The contrast with Angela Merkel, a proper politician,


in power, and she has said everything will be done to look into


where the Germans went wrong in this case, and the Nigel Farage is


shooting his mouth off to all intents and purposes, I suspect.


There will be people who agree with him, on mainland Europe, within the


EU, there will be concerns. But again, it is that sort of simplistic


response, it is a problem with open borders. You are never going to be


able to stop every single plot, ever. 100% security just doesn't


exist, and it is a sad reality but if the debate is always framed as a


binary between perfect security, because we are living in a kind of


fortress, and being prone to these attacks, we are not going to get


very far. It is worth pointing out that this fellow was not one of the


immigrants who came into Germany in the big wave in the last 12 months.


He has been kicking around Europe for five years. The Daily Mail,


postpone Christmas is the advice. Do the NHS a favour and don't turn up


to the A if you are feeling crook. That is always the advice if you


have a vomiting bug, don't go to hospital, because even if you feel


like it you are going to spread it. Health chiefs giving drastic advice,


which is if you are ill, stay in bed. But it is a great Christmas


story, because people are getting the scribbles, people are getting


tired as we get caught doormat near the end of the Christmas run, and


the number of people will look at that on Christmas Eve and think I am


feeling well, what do I do about it? And that is something the Daily Mail


specialises in doing. It is a pretty depressing prospect to be told that


your prescription is self isolation over the Christmas period, but it is


the story that we keep returning to again and again. It is the funding


of the NHS. And we will in 2017, no doubt. Some people will want to


postpone Christmas, I suspect. May be not because they are unwell,


indefinitely for some. An investigation into the chequered


database of 2 million high risk individuals, but some of them can't


possibly be as high risk as their inclusion would suggest. Talking


about headlines, this is a headline with the word banks and honest. That


is supposed to catch your attention on the subject is a three-year-old


Royal and the top historian on the blacklist, which given most people


are not three-year-old Royal is or top historians, might put them off


the story. There is a database of 2 million high risk individuals


including criminals and senior politicians, 49 of the world's 50


biggest banks use to carry out compliance checks. I imagine some of


these people might be having a quiet word with them, saying to take them


off it. But they might not know they are on it, and we are living in that


age of surveillance and... We saw a few months ago the government


passing the investigative Arik Powers act, which basically means


they can keep a record of all of our internet use -- investigatory. We


don't need to be told we are in a fairly Draconian state of affairs.


The Daily Mirror is where we go next. Chocolate Santas could kill.


They have been recalled. According to the Daily Mirror, because some of


them may contain this lithium battery. And James gave a gruesome


description of the effect such a battery can have on a young child's


oesophagus. I don't Exley want you to repeat it, it was disturbing. in


September, an organisation of surgeons put out... They have fairly


gruesome examples of kids who had swallowed these batteries. They can


burn you, surely. They showed what it does to a piece of ham, strangely


enough, and just burned straight through. Just by putting it on the


ham? Something to do with the liquids and batteries. It is a


really good news story. The content is horrible, but it has Christmas,


and there is a slight mystery to it, it is if you did want to hurt


children, this would be a very effective way of doing it. You just


wonder if some nasty person out there has done this. How did they


get inside? And they have done a bit of public service by putting it on


the front page. That Santa Claus already looked a little bit


sinister, when juxtaposed with the lithium battery... Maybe I am just


paranoid. I think you might be, too much time spent as a correspondent.


Let's find something a little more cheerful, shall be, to finish on.


Miranda's mother and Bake Off. She seems to have said on a chat show


that she wouldn't mind presenting it with her mum when it moves to


Channel 4. Given that Bake Off is going to be one of, if not the, big


TV show on Christmas Day, why not happen on the front page? It will


get people. Miranda Hart is a national treasure and so is Bake


Off, so it would seem a good fit. I don't know anything about her mum,


presumably she can bake a bit. Apparently Miranda and her mum Diana


were on a charity version of Goggle Box, and they were very funny


together. So that is where this idea has come from. Not that she needs to


be a fantastic cook, necessarily. You are both much deeper into the


weeds of this story than I am at this point, but I do think that it


will be and uplifting in the 2016, which has not in the most enjoyable


year on many fronts. Maybe Bake Off is the opiate for the masses we need


at this point. Isn't the BBC great? There is more to life than Reuters


and the Financial Times. We will finish on something else which I


haven't seen. Here is a festive surprise for you, and I don't mean a


scantily clad Ellie Goulding. Forget the scantily clad singer. A last


gasp raid on High Street. Manic Manday, as husbands and dad 's flood


the high streets. They are likely to spend 1 billion quid. James and his


partner earlier this year published a book about gender stereotyping.


James, what do you think of this as a story? I don't think I can find


the words. It is just rubbish, isn't it? It is just stupid stereotyping.


I mean, it is the worst of toxic masculinity, is right there. But


there is an element of truth in it. Let's face it, I did my Christmas


shopping on Christmas Eve last year. Why? Lack of organisation. Did


Christmas come as a surprise to you? It wasn't because of the contents of


your pants, or was it? I am not sure that is a topic for discussion. It


is nothing to do with that. You generally speaking and organised


sort of person? This year I have done a better job, I have to say. If


any of my family are watching... Of course they are, they are all


watching. You are all sorted, then, are you, James? Absolutely, I did


Christmas shopping, I do all the cooking, just because I do, not


because I am a man. Frantic fellers will blitz shops. I will just park


myself on the high street and do a little straw poll. It is early to


dismiss this story out of hand, but if they do, it is not because of the


contents of their trousers, it is because society has trained them to


think that shopping is for women, and therefore Christmas is for


women. We are victims, at the end of the day! I would so like to carry


on. Let's take this outside, shall be?


James, Matthew, condiments of the season to you both. We will see you


in 317. I am back on 29 December. Coming up next, it is Newsday.


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