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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be
With me are Tim Collins, a former MP and Director
With me are Tim Collins, a former MP and director
of the Bell Pottinger communications agency, and Paul Johnson,
Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:
The Daily Express says new snow chaos is on the way.
It predicts Britain will be plunged into the deep freeze next week.
The Metro also leads on the snowy conditions.
Its headline is "White Out - travel misery as snow sweeps Britain".
The Telegraph leads on Britain's role in the Trump dossier.
It quotes an American source as saying the British government
gave permission to the FBI to speak to the former British spy
The Financial Times says that just one day after heavily fining
Volkswagen, the US government is turning its fire
The Daily Mirror leads on the NHS, and a photo of a boy
His case was referred to by Jeremy Corbyn yesterday.
The time gives a warning that any transitional Brexit arrangements
could leave Britain under the rule of European judges for years. -- the
time. The Daily Mail: Trump blames Britain
for sex storm. Russia's really unhappy with how this is panning
out. -- Kremlin blames Britain. Russia is delighted, particularly if
they can drive a wedge between the United States and the United
Kingdom. The trouble is of course, these are things where there are
some presidents. Back in 1992I remember there was a totally
inaccurate report that John Major's Government had helped the critics of
Bill Clinton, and that coloured and damaged the US and UK relationship.
I suspect Mr Trump will be hopefully being advised that Theresa May did
not authorise all this sort of stuff, but the last thing we need is
the sense that the UK was complicit in some way in trying to damage Mr
Trump. Same thing on the Telegraph. The British role is fascinating
here. The person who put the dossier together, he is ex-MI6 and the
Russians say, you are never XML -- ex-MI6. He left the service is about
seven years ago. He once said to a journalist, do you know who I am?
The journalist said, no, he said that is the way I like it. But
illusion has gone for ever! Eye-macro the suggestion here is
that he was hired to find information, and what he found was
so important, he thought, but that is what he passed it onto the FBI.
One of the things that to be honest honest doesn't seem to be right to
me is that Donald Trump has done something in his private life that
is so scandalous that he would be subject to blackmail by the Kremlin.
Have you ever found anything that Donald Trump has done that he is
ever embarrassed about? There are huge numbers of things much more
damaging than what is supposedly in this dossier, and he is totally
shameless. He cannot be blackmailed because he has no sense of shame.
This British element, with an MI6 officer, who has a track record,
there is also the involvement of an ex-British ambassador to Moscow. You
can see that this is how the document got through the hands of
John McCain and into the FBI and onto the table of Barack Obama,
because of this credibility of the figures who are involved, and they
are British figures. I'm not saying about the contents of the dossier,
but is a different thing. But again, if you remember George W Bush ten
years ago made a statement to the US Congress relying on British
intelligence, -- allegations about people scurrying around trying to
get you -- nuclear capability in Africa, it turned out to be false.
We have to be careful but the relationship is not dented. And we
have to be careful about which figures we referred to, it is also
difficult to tell the moment. No doubt the most famous dossier since
2003's "Dodgy dossier". This is the" dirty dossier". The Daily Telegraph,
first snow, then floods. Stand-by for tidal surge. Parts of the East
coast, people are having to leave their homes. For most people this
winter's been pretty mild so far. Two we have this sequence of army on
stand-by, army on alert. But it's also been the first time I've seen
the phrase "Thunder snow". As in like thunderstorms but snow instead.
Although it's got the usual sort of reaction from north of Scotland etc
and the north of England, saying, gosh, call but snow? It is more like
mild sleep. We don't count it as snow until it is up to knees! --
mild sleep. I am with Paul on this, I've lived in Cumbria. This is the
sort of stuff that the south-east appears unable to cope with, the
sort of stuff but the North of England and Scotland deal with all
the time, and it is actually winter. Why do we get shocked but January
and Fabry are called months and we get floods and snow? What is
important though is that some people will be worried about the hamster
like, and hope they will be able to cope. -- January and February. The
Guardian, Europe awaits as Theresa May commerce 's keynote speech on
Brexit. I wonder how much better informed they will be afterwards?
Theresa May has promised a speech next Tuesday on Brexit, so we will
get clarity perhaps. Perhaps we would go beyond "Brexit means Brexit
close quote. And we might even go beyond "Red, white and blue Brexit."
We might get Britain's position. But the other 27 members might save you
can think what you like, but it depends what we are prepared to give
you. But she has given some pretty strong indications already. If your
bid to insist on taking back control of your borders and not being
subject to the European court of justice, that means it cannot be in
the EU single market. I hope she will say we will bring back
democratic self-government, but we are still going to be European and
eat French cheese and eat at Italian restaurants. The reality is we will
still be Europeans. The important thing is the price of Mr Kipling
cakes and Marmite is going up! By now we were supposed to have the
global recession, world War three, house prices collapsing... Where we
will -- when were we going to have world War three? Prime Minister at
the time, who seemed oddly incapable of saying anything that was true.
And last week the chairman of HSBC said we are going to see a Jenga
type collapse of financial jobs. If Europe is silly enough to cut
themselves off from the only financial services sector on the
side of the Atlantic, it will do more damage to them than to us.
Which is why it won't. I'm not sure that is what I said, but thank you!
The daily Mirror. Picture of our little boy on the front page, "Five
hours in a knee without a bed". -- A This is a message from this
little boy's mother after her son had to wait many hours to see a
doctor even though it was suspected he had meningitis. I think this
illustrates something that is very stark, there is a real problem in
the NHS. Apparently there are proposals from a number of people on
a cross-party basis that there should be a cross-party analysis of
the NHS, because there is a fiction that is going around for a lot of
people on both sides of the political debate that somehow there
is plenty of money, the Tories said there is plenty of money because the
economy is so strong, the Labour Party say the Tories are too mean to
spend the money, but in reality there is not enough money to go
around. We need a fundamental look at the principles of the NHS on a
cross-party basis. However, that story is a victory for Jeremy
Corbyn. He raised this issue at Prime Minister's Question Time, and
he raised it. Simon Stevens have been saying this, yet he woke up to
headline saying that Number Ten was losing faith in him and he's had to
come out and be quite explicit about the amount of money, he says there
are financial pressures, and in 2018, 2019 we will have even less.
In a macro but there will never be enough for the NHS, its demand is
infinite. Two the Government will say we've given them all the money
they've asked for, but the NHS and others will say it is still not
enough. Don't taxpayers have to make a decision about whether they are
prepared to pay more tax specifically for the NHS if you
could ring-fenced it that way? We change the balance between the
generations. There are many perks for pensions that perhaps should be
saying. All we look at the option, can we really continue to afford to
have by far the largest overseas aid budget in the Western world? Maybe
we should look after our own first. We could talk about but a bit
longer. But we haven't got time. The Financial Times, M leads UK
retailers' strong season. A number of them doing very well over
Christmas. Some are doing very well. The food file has been well, the web
sales have been good, and some have held up very well. -- footfall.
Union-macro we haven't had Brexit yet...
It may be spending world because of the gloom that is over the horizon.
The grey dawn of an isolated UK! A self-governing country is always
good to be more prosperous, and we seem to be likely to be a more
prosperous in the very short term as well. How fabulous is that? Fab --
finally, scientists hunt down the switch that turns mild-mannered mice
into killers. Your subject for the next two minutes is this. This is
all about lasers and what happens in the brain. But what we really need
to do is dashed back to tell a mild-mannered man into a killer is
to tell a garden editor that exit is working! -- Guardian editor. I'm not
sure what this technology is, but it's about moving your runs about.
But you can switch it on and off. -- moving your runs about. You can
encourage the mice to attack both animate objects and inanimate
objects -- moving neurons about. It's not obvious what the practical
use of this would be, but it's interesting nonetheless. The last
sentence, "The production of killer zombie mice is not on the agenda".
Thank heavens, we say! It does say there will be practical applications
such as treating neurological diseases. The Prime Minister was
talking earlier this week about mental health, if some chemical
solution could be found about it, that's got to be a good thing. Will
you both come back on and be on together? Yellow macro we would love
to. -- we would love to. The market and the other economic edit --
indicators will be turning towards... Who will have the last
laugh? Will pick it up in a couple of weeks. You can see the front
pages of the papers online on the BBC website.
And if you miss the programme any evening you can watch it
Thank you Tim Collins and Paul Johnson, and goodbye.
It's a wintry night out there, some of us have seen snow, but