18/02/2017 The Papers


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

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With me is the political commentator, Vincent Moss

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and the broadcaster, Charlie Wolf.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:

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The Sunday Times' front page says a head teacher in Oldham fears

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for her safety because of an alleged plot by Islamic extremists to take

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The Observer leads with a leaked report warning of chaos

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for EU nationals living in the UK after Brexit.

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The Mail on Sunday reports of child sexual abuse claims against former

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The Sunday Express carries a story about young children of alcoholics

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calling a helpline and asking to be read bedtime stories

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The Sunday Telegraph reports that Russia plotted to remove

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the government of Montenegro and assassinate its Prime

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Those are the front pages. Let's have a more in-depth discussion.

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Good evening to you both. Shall we start with the Observer? Another

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Brexit story. Their Brussels's correspondent has part of a leaked

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report from MEPs in the European Parliament that suggests there is

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doubt over the fate of EU citizens living in Britain, what happens to

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them once Brexit is underway. They will be end and a legal no man's

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land. Will there be a cut-off date if you live here as an EU citizen?

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When will that be? What will happen to British citizens abroad. It is

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one of the thorny problems Theresa May has got. If you are an EU

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citizen living in Britain, I think you would be worried about what your

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status would be. There should be a grandfather clause. If you are here

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legally originally, you should have a right to stay. I think you have a

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right to have time to leave, I cannot see this country just kicking

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them out. I cannot see it being physically done. It is one of those

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semi-scare stories. Our immigration records are not particularly

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brilliant so the status of certain people won't be that clear. It

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almost works in their paper. Potentially. If you haven't got the

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paperwork, you might have a problem. We did have a story earlier in the

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week where Theresa May had said she was confident there wasn't going to

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be an issue. But it wasn't clear. Exactly. There will be time to go

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through Brexit, like a two-year process, so people should have been

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a warning at some point as to what is happening. C, do you want to pick

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up the next one, the Sunday Times. It is more Brexit. Tim Shipman in

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the Times. Downing Street officials believe part of Britain's annual aid

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Bridget should support a new deal for countries in the European Union,

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including Poland and Hungary. I have heard this story in the past, these

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are countries that are more amenable to as leaving because they

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understand how we feel. Having been under the grip of communism.

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Essentially they are saying, let's pay them. Let's give our aid budget,

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tell the European Union where we will send our money, which I don't

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think Jean-Claude Juncker would be happy with. Those people will of

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course negotiate on our behalf and within the EU for a better deal.

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There is fights over this money within the UK Government, because

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this department is saying this is our money, not yours. If it will

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stir up Brussels, it will have to work. They are looking at this as a

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sweetener, giving these countries, the likes of Poland, Hungary

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elsewhere, the Baltic areas, this cash as a trade deal sweetener. Also

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it plays into the conservative agenda, they don't want it going to

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India, Africa and other such places. They would rather see it in the UK,

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but if not, close to home. So another Brexit story. Which leads

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nicely onto the front page of the express, India and foreign aid.

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Vincent, they are saying they never asked for it in the first place?

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This is an interview with the Indian High Commissioner over here. He said

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we never asked for any foreign aid. Britain just gave it to us. India is

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seen as having a lot of wealth in certain areas, but not in other

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areas. But the High Commissioner says very nice things about England

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and the UK and says it would be a winning situation, relations are

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very good, we both excel in high-tech technology. We all get on

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very well. But there are questions as to why we are sending this money

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to one of the world's wealthiest countries. This money has to be

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given away, if they want to get rid of it, PO Box 238, small bills only.

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But it is the silliness of how this target driven thing is setup. They

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have tonnes of money they don't know what to do with. I know what they

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could do with it, send it to me, but hospitals, the police and things

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that need to be done in this country, they cannot spend it here.

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Referring back to the last story on the European story, even that, the

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OECD tells this country where it has to send its money and they cannot

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send it to these countries to Poland and I think Albania was mentioned as

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one of the few that qualifies, which isn't in the EU. I find it amazing,

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it is this country's money, but they cannot be told how and where to

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spend it. Go figure. Go to the Telegraph. Russia plotting to

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assassinate the Prime Minister of Montenegrin. Great old-fashioned

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Sunday newspaper story. Saying the Kremlin was plotting to oust the

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government and kill the Prime Minister on a planned coup on

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election day and it cites it was one of the most blatant recent attempts

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at Russian meddling. It is sourced from Whitehall sources, so something

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going round the MoD and the Foreign Office. It plays into that broad

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theme that Putin and Russia are meddling all over, certainly parts

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of Europe, if not the world. But it is a great old-fashioned story. Here

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is an opening scene from a James Bond movie. The pair that were over

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their setting things up, spent months overseeing the recruitment of

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a small force of Serbian nationals and to arm them. The plot was to

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kill the Prime Minister and the Kremlin strongly denies this. But at

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this level, they say Putin had to know of it and have do approve of

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it. This is going into the Nato argument. You have Michael Pence,

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the vice president talking to the security meeting today about Nato,

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saying listen, you need to give up the cash and hit the 2%. Germany

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doesn't want to. They are calling it a holdover from the cold War and it

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throws up new arguments. Without having to take over a small country.

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Vincent, it is interesting they used British intelligence on this, to try

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and unravel the plot? Yes, Whitehall sources and British intelligence on

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the Russians is good. Sometimes it is not so good in other parts of the

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world, but Ben Farmer has good contacts in that area. It isn't a

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movie yet, but it probably will be in the next couple of years.

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The The Mail, this is a story that has been rumbling for a while. This

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police operation was set up a year ago. It is surrounding Sir Ted

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Heath. What the Mail on Sunday is alleging, the police chief in charge

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of this enquiry quotes him as saying, a source close to him saying

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the Wiltshire Chief Constable is 120% sure there is some truth to the

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allegations. It is based on the fact that one of the reasons around Ted

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Heath said he couldn't have been involved because he couldn't drive a

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car, didn't have a car and he was always chauffeur driven. The Mail on

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Sunday has produced photos showing Ted Heath in a car. That means he

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did have a Kaka so there could be something there. It is a very long

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read, and there have been allegations around various people,

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but nothing is definitive. The police investigation continues. They

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are pursuing leads and I have looked at these stories, there are a lot of

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allegations, some from decades ago. It is hard work for the police to

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get to the bottom of this. When testimony from victims, many of them

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from people with incomplete recollection, and an area when there

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was no CCTV. Sitting in a studio with a lawyer, I wouldn't want to

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base my testimony on he said, she said, or, he was driving a car. It

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says the police are refusing to call off the dogs on this. A Tory MP said

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if Edward Heath was a child abuser, then I am an aardvark. Do you think

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we will get to the bottom of this? I don't think it will go away any time

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soon. The idea of a conspiracy involving a Westminster elite will

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rumble around for years to come. Quickly, let's go back to the Sunday

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Times and the Trojan horse makes a return. The Sunday Times, a school

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in Oldham and the headmistress is saying she is being pushed out. Give

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us a summary of this. It is another chapter in the idea there is Islamic

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infiltration in schools. It is the latest twist written by Andrew

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Gilligan. A teacher said she is concerned for her personal safety.

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Oldham is an area of high Pakistani community and these allegations are

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around. We are just getting one side of the argument, I am sure the

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people involved would say it is not the case. Sorry to cut in, but we

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want to cross to Florida because Mr Trump, I believe is now speaking, or

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about to speak at this campaign style rally. That is Melania Trump,

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his wife. It looks like she is opening proceedings for him. A lot

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of people have been describing this as a reset rally for Donald Trump.

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He hasn't had the easiest past week, but the last month has been a

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turbulent one for him. Just recently, his national-security

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adviser, Michael Flynn, had to quit the job. Interviews for that will be

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taking place tomorrow. But this rally is seen by Republicans as

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getting Mr Trump back to his true support base. It is very similar to

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one that he attended and held in Minnesota during the campaign trail.

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Very quickly, whilst I have got you here, what do you think about this

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rally, tying it in with the last week's events? He realises he's us

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communicate very successfully and efficiently with the public and the

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press are an obstacle to that. At least, in his eyes. Not much they

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don't cooperate, but they take a cynical view. He wants to talk

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directly to the people. President Obama did it frequently. Maybe not

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necessarily at rallies, but he would find ways of soft interviews, going

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on the Tonight Show and he is employing the same tactic. Let's

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listen to what Melania John Harris to say. And where all Americans can

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work and succeed. A

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