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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be
With me are political editor of the Sunday Mirror
and Sunday People, Nigel Nelson and political commentator Jo
Tomorrow's front pages starting with...
The Observer says cancer patients are feeling the brunt of the NHS
crisis, with operations being cancelled on a regular basis.
The Mail on Sunday suggests cutting the foreign aid budget to fund
It claims more than three quarters of voters support the idea.
Meanwhile, on the same story, the Sunday Mirror has a picture
of a 2-year-old girl it says had to sit on the floor for eight hours
Theresa May's Brexit strategy is the Sunday Telegraph's focus.
It says the PM is prepared to lead Britain out of the single market.
The "Brexit Battle Plan" is how the Sunday Express put it,
saying May is going to get tough with Brussels.
And the Sunday Times carries an image of Prince William who it
says will be leaving his position as an air-ambulance helicopter
pilot, to pursue full-time royal duties.
So those were some of the front pages. We will have a more in-depth
look now and we will start off with the Sunday Times and discuss Brexit.
This is... The Prime Minister will make a speech on Tuesday and there
has been a bit of a briefing from number ten to the newspapers. We are
led to believe that this is going to be heard aiding her cards on the
table and it is very much a clean, hard exit which I think will in some
way go to reassure the Eurosceptics and people who have been calling on
her to be more decisive. It also, I think, shows that perhaps Boris
Johnson is winning the argument about Britain leaving the customs
union in order to secure control of immigration. But, you know, it will
be interesting to see what the effective, on the financial markets.
Do you think it could be shaky even in the leader? They call it a market
correction. Darling Street staff expect her words to create a market
correction. She is down to she doesn't damned if she doesn't. There
has been a growing call for her to be far more clear about what it
means and we are waiting for the Supreme Court judgement any minute
now. We are. We are waiting for MPs to get a vote on it which will be
interesting to see if they want to fiddle around with what is going on.
For instance, Jeremy Corbyn says he is the bottomline is that we in the
single market. How do you do that? Does he then vote against Article
50? He said no. At some point, if it returns to Parliament you can bet
your life that MPs will be trying to find a vehicle to hold this process
up. I think we have gotten to a point where I'm not sure where
Theresa May could have gone with his other than where we are at the
moment. It was perfectly clear from Europe that free movement was not
going to be messed around with so that ruled out a single market.
Free-trade deals with the rest of the world meant, we want those, it
meant that we were not going to get the customs union. I think her
negotiating hand was won without any cards in it anyway. You can see we
have reached a stage where, right, at least we know the direction that
we are going in is hard Brexit. I think, also, Europe will be
listening and watching very carefully on Tuesday. Already the
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands is saying that he will
block any trade deal with the UK depending on Brexit, unless they
sign up to tough tax avoidance. Nobody wants Britain to become a tax
haven. They envision that possibility. And so it starts. We
will get an awful lot more of this. This is one of the problems of
laying out your position, things like this will happen. We have
already seen today the chief Rex that negotiator worried now about
the city of London and the impact it may have on the other 27 countries.
All this, you see when things really start blowing it will get very
difficult and very messy. And you are correct. The rest of Europe will
be watching because they have elections coming up. French
elections, Spanish elections. And we have Donald Trump moving into the
White House in a few days time. It is all moving. It is really
exciting, isn't it? At least it is moving now because there has been a
lot of waiting. Let us move on to the Mirror. I think it is only right
that you take us through this. Fraud in the NHS. We were looking for an
image that sums up the worst crisis in 15 years in AMD is specially. We
found it was a little girl who is two years old and was taken to
hospital in Kent and she has severe asthma. There was no bed, she just
had to be put on the floor with a blanket and that is what AMD has
come to now over the winter crisis. This was a Sikh girl. She spent
three days in hospital. They could not get her into a ward. She came in
at 630 in the evening and did not get to a ward until 2:30 a.m. . It
sums up just how bad things have become. We also do a poll in the
paper where people are very generous about the NHS. They are talking
about, look, happy to pay more tax if that money could be specifically
earmarked for NHS. The government hates that kind of thing, they want
our money and decide how best to spend it stop you can see that
people are concerned enough about it, everyone knows that it needs
more money, the question is how you get it. Here you have taxpayers
coming up and saying we can help. It is also how you spend the money stop
it is a lot more complicated than I just said. You could find a million
pictures in hospitals around the country that are just as
heart-wrenching and awful and tragic as this little girl. But where are
the pictures of the other people in AMD and how did they get there?
Should that happen? Of course it should end. But if you have a
target, whether or not the person who needs to be out and a knee in
front of this person... I take the point that you may find AMD
cluttered with people who should not be there. We need to address that.
The number of drunk people on a Saturday, for instance. It is a
powerful image. The vision was that the NHS should be based on need
rather than an ability to pay. I think now it is not about need it is
about expectation and part of the problem is that we have an ageing
population and people with more complicated illnesses that can be
treated that 4050 years ago would have killed somebody. You have far
greater sophisticated stuff even in things like eye surgery and things
that can be done... That is the point. In 1948 when the NHS was
founded, the average male life expectancy was 66. Now one in three
children born today live to be 100. As a result we get more prevalent
ageing diseases. The 1948 model worked wonderfully in 1948. The
biggest problem is we have kept that model all the way through until now.
It has been fiddled with at the edges but it has been kept. What we
need is a complete rethink is the NHS is to be sustainable. That leads
to our next piece. You would talking about diseases and the progress of
medicine. The Observer talks about cancer operations where so many
cancers now are treatable which means it is more pressure on the
NHS. That model does not fit society today. Also the lives we lead and
the diet we eat, some of this and the chair of the Health Select
Committee was talking about this on radio today, she has been writing
about it often. Some of it does come down to us and the responsibility we
take for our own health. It is about diet and sensible living. It is also
about the expectation that if you don't do anything and you smoke 500
cigarettes a day and eat rubbish and you become overweight and put
pressure on diabetes and everything else you, you can't just expect to
rock up to AMD and have it fixed. Actually, it you might be doing that
and that little girl is sitting on the floor. It is huge and I think
there are hard questions that need to be addressed by politicians. One
of them is to get some sensible evidence about why are people doing
this. The government is now in a head-on collision course with GPs
and do we know the shore. At the same time they are cutting funding
to pharmacies who are huge first stop for many people and not used
enough. It seems to me that their needs are better... A bit more of a
cold and harder look at where the money goes. Do people over 60
automatically need free pensions? Well, most of us will not be drawing
pension until we are willing to our 60s. If we have one... On that
cheery note we will go to to another story in the Observer and talk about
senior British politicians including the ones named in this article such
as Liam Fox and Warren Johnson being targeted from the Kremlin. This
comes from a former Foreign Office Minister and in a sense this is
obviously in the wake of what has been happening with Donald Trump but
aimed at us. This is not actually knew. It is quite amusing to think
of Russians chasing Boris Johnson around. It must be a dream job that
they were hoping for because I am sure they would have a lot of fun.
But, yes, what they are always looking for is compromising
material. Not necessarily to blackmail somebody. It is often to
find out more about them or whatever. Even those who are well
disposed to Russia. And that is what the allegation is over Trump I am
not entirely surprise, however, that the Russians have the Foreign
Secretary and the International trade Secretary in their sights. It
is not really astonishing. It is astonishing. If you publish --
pitched this idea to a publisher or a television producer, if it had all
the details, they would not take you seriously. It seems to me that we
are now going back... We are having a lovely... A resurgence of the old
cold war and spy movies. Meanwhile everybody puts everything that they
do on Facebook or Twitter. Fake news. Kind of staying with Donald
Trump here. Everything is fake news. That is negative. It is going
further, now. A committee of MPs investigate. And, good. High time.
What we have seen with what happened over Donald Trump is that these
allegations all emerged back in October and no-one did anything with
them until Buzzfeed put the document on its website. No newspaper or
respectable media organisation would have done that. The BBC would not.
So the whole storm is actually a story about a story and the question
comes down to is there a way of regulating Facebook, Google, Twitter
in the same way that the mainstream media is heavily regulated? That
seems to be the question that emerges. This group of MPs want to
investigate a sea of it as possible. I have always said that citizen
journalism is an oxymoron because you are not a journalist unless you
are a journalist. And as Nigel says and you know, you need to have your
sources verified. The beginning of this, I think, was WikiLeaks. There
was an awful lot of material and it fed into the particular political
agenda. Fake news is far more popular. It is facilitated by social
media. I will ask you, Joe, I tried to find you on Twitter tonight. And
this is where fake news outlets access
were there? Because I think it is a total waste of time and I don't
particularly want to share my personal thoughts with... I will do
it here and I will do with -- when I write. But I don't want other people
to have contact with me. It is useful but, you know, you can still
message and call people and you may tell them have you seen this story?
And you are not exposed to fake news. The point you make is true.
Once upon a time we all knew the National Enquirer was rubbish but
now it looks reasonable because it is on the Internet. Thank you very
much to the both of