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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


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