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Hello and welcome to our Sunday Morning paper review.
With me are the Sun's Deputy Head of Sport,
Let's have a look at the front pages.
plot by Islamic extremists to take control of her school.
leads with a leaked report warning of chaos and uncertainty for EU
nationals living in the UK after Brexit.
reports of child sexual abuse claims against former
The Sunday Express carries a story about young
children of alcoholics calling a helpline and asking to be read
bedtime stories when their parents are drunk.
reports that Russia plotted to remove the government
of Montenegro and assassinate its Prime Minister last year.
The Sunday Mirror claims a convicted rapist who claimed a
?2.5 million lottery jackpot with a deliberately damaged ticket
had bragged to his friends about the plan beforehand.
The Montenegro plot. This is clearly sourced by Whitehall. The Russians,
her friends in eastern neighbours, tried to subvert the Montenegro
Government and ferment and violent overthrow the state with an attack
on parliament and a planned to assassinate the then Prime Minister.
He has no stood down and been replaced by his deputy. There is a
clear worry from Moscow that a lot of satellite states will become more
westernised and Montenegro are one of those. It is the process becoming
a Nato member and seeks to become an EU member. At this very detailed
report in the Sunday Telegraph and appears to show the sheer scale of
the Russian involvement and they have form. Look at what is happening
in Crimea and think a lot of the sphere of the next step will be
similar sportss plots in the Balkans, in Estonia, Lithuania and
Latvia with the Russian minority might be used as a pretext for
something else. It is was like fiction but it is fact. Martin is
right. That is formed for this. But also not to support Vladimir Putin
in any way are endorses worldview, but from the Russian perspective it
will of course look very threatening that Montenegro wants to join the
EU. That it has application in play and also wants to be part of a call.
It will see it as a European judgment on its territory. --
encroachment. This idea of a Russian plot led by two intelligence
officers to lead a revolt against the democratically elected leader.
This is from the United States textbook on the CIA was involved in
all sorts of plots to do the kind of thing. It even had a school of the
Americas which is a school for political clues.
-- coups. We see what has happened in the Ukraine with the Orange
Revolution and the pushback and people being thrown in jail because
the opposition leaders. Russian opposition leader suddenly had these
investment charges against them. And clamp-downs on the free press and
the authoritarian measures. It is then a stark context because we then
have this between Trump, which is to be the bulwark against Russia, and
Moscow for whatever reason. These things of piquancy and Westerners
for us in Europe. -- resonance. We're talking now about business
rates. Everywhere I go, every shop I going to be talking about business
rates. Completely. People are really worried about losing the premises.
In my area it's all independent retailers like the dry cleaner and
the grocer who have petitions that say these business rates are going
to force us to close and that does seem to be the picture across the
UK. You say that all the papers have done pretty solid reporting from
high street talking to retailers. This is the first time in seven
years in business rates have been recalibrated according to property
rises. The disparity in the rates is what is causing so much concern.
Some large businesses such as sports direct who were named in one of the
papers the other day, it is facing a cut while smaller and independent
businesses are not. I think that is a genuine fear that the old fashion
high Street is going because I will get is a homogenous situation when
every turn looks the same. You end up with nothing that differentiates
one time from another. And some other things that my paper covered.
Changing the rates for the football clubs. And if you're an Internet
business you do not have a building. Not only is it completely
unaffordable but it will force them to close. Set against the giant
packs that corporations seem to benefit from and this thing about
not being enough our being able to avail themselves of tax loopholes.
To not pay what you think would be an appropriate level of tax. It is
hitting the national supporters of the Government. -- natural. You know
that MPs are worried. This online from the Government saying there
will be no U-turn which means they will make a U-turn. They will then
say they have listened to the people. The Observer raises concern
about EU citizens after Brexit. This is EU nationals who are now in the
UK and have been for some time. That thought to be 2 million. They have
lives and families and children and work in school and the rest of it.
Their features completely uncertain because they are being as pawns in
our negotiation about withdrawal from the EU. On top of this there
has been a leaked report that says because there are weaknesses in the
British immigration system and the way that charts and processes of
non-British citizens and it is just not up to the job of being able to
filter carefully select should be here. That is adding to the
uncertainty. A previous court case for many years ago would have it
they would say that, wouldn't they? It is interesting that one of the
pieces in the Observer suggest that had much scheme for the National ID
card been approved ten years ago this would have been an issue that
could have been avoided. The problem, it is claimed here, is that
there is no real logging of people coming to the country. The fate of
British citizens in Europe is also uncertain. It is interesting now
that the trigger for Article 50 leaving the EU is going in front of
the House of Lords, this issue is one that might be sent back to get
an amendment is slapped on it. It is causing a lot of distress and I
think a lot of the Lords have a political freedom and political
space to be able to look about best cleanly and say this is just
completely ludicrous. It is not fair to do this to people. There has been
inconsistency. Affordable to those clear a lot of Brexit ears were
saying there would be no impact on foreign citizens are British living
abroad. -- Brexiteers. One would hope that could be a sensible
solution probe could say this is where we stand. People are rightly
fearful of where they're going. The Sunday Times has an article about
what is known as another Trojan horse plot. This is an old term with
a a primary school sent an e-mail to a local council to say that she
believes there is a plot to force a particular conservative branch of
Islam onto the school. -- Oldham. There were issues in Birmingham and
Tower Hamlets and Luton. This is one of the journalists hobbyhorses that
you can see why there are issues there. She is claiming she has had
death threats. It is a very strong statement, an e-mail sent to her. I
have very strong reasons to believe this is happening. I am the subject
of death threats and aggression to my car and a verbal abuse and
attacked physically by a parent. This goes back to 2013. It will
concern people. The Birmingham are quietly went on for a long time and
while some of the claims were dismissed the thrust of them were
our peril. -- where upheld. There were cross-party concerns in the
city as well. The danger is you end up branding everyone is a
fundamentalist and trying to attack and destroy what is the norm in this
country. It is an issue that has to be looked at. It is an issue that
needs to be reported responsibly and I'm not sure that this front page in
the Sunday Times achieved that. As you rightly said the Trojan horse
plot, number one, in Birmingham was not as big as people thought. There
was an official Government cross-party enquiry into it that
concluded that a lot of the fears were unsubstantiated. None of that
is to take away from what this headteacher has experienced and her
concerns for our own safety which is an incredibly frightening. But we
are in a context where the Muslim population in the UK is very
besieged and it has become acceptable to scapegoat and demonise
that minute in a way would not do it any other community and I think that
needs to be care in the way this is reported because the impression
created is that we are dealing with Islamist extremists and conflating
that the religious conservativism which acts which different things.
And making much more about the naturally is the case. I want to
look at the mail On Sunday briefly. Allegations against Edward Heath. We
have known that ever teeth and others have been accused for some
time of widespread paedophilia. Lee and Britain died just before he was
officially cleared. His family blamed the failure to exonerate him
as a contributory factor in his death. Another Lord was also
accused. A lot of the allegations have been viewed as being fantasy,
basically. This one particular called Nick who has been seen as a
source of a lot of his allegations. However this is the Chief Constable
of Wiltshire Police who is investigating. It is sources close
to him. They say he is 120% sure of the allegations against Edward Heath
had totally convincing. The rationale for the stories he did
drive a car. One of the claims made by those who supported Heath and
dismissed the allegations are that he could not have driven to commit
these offences because it did not drive. He was always driven by the
Government driver. There are photos in the story of him at the wheel of
this rubber 2000 car that he bought. -- Rover. Other witnesses talking
about him say that he did drive a car. Maybe it is a little chink of
light for those who believe in it. There are a long series of quotes a
from the source. Close similarities to accounts given to those who have
come forward with same names and times and places and incidents
coming forward. Stories and details dovetail. Contains disturbing stuff.
Investigators have been shocked by what they have learned. Fast Edward
Heath cannot reply and respond to these now. Rachel, do you like
football? Like underdogs winning. Should we say "bigly"? The FA Cup
has been fantastic. Yesterday was a bigger shock of the lot. Lincoln
City going to bodily who play pretty much a first-team. -- Burnley. The
first time in a hundred years and non-league side is whose last eight
of the tour. Satellite playing Arsenal Monday night. Millwall won
yesterday. That was lost, there victory over the champions. --
Sutton. They would all want magister united away. It would be all over
television and the biggest payday. -- Manchester United. They probably
would not want Millwall home. We take a look at tomorrow's front
pages every evening at 20 to 11 here on BBC News.
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