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


With me are Josie Delap of The Economist and Prashant Rao,


Deputy Europe Business Editor for the International


Tomorrow's front pages starting with...


The Sunday Telegraph has an interview with


the new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation who says


the threat of terror attacks is at its highest in a generation.


The Sunday Times reports on a leaked report that


Sir Mo Farah's coach, Alberto Salazar, may have broken


anti-doping rules to boost the performance of some


Both Salazar and Farah deny any wrongdoing.


The Sunday Express has more details about the man who murdered


the children's author Helen Bailey. The Mail on Sunday claims that


a critically ill little girl died hours after a GP refused


to see her because she turned up a few minutes late


And The Sunday Mirror reports that the fiancee of notorious


prisoner Charles Bronson is also working as an escort.


So, let's begin. We are starting with the Observer newspaper and a


big headline across the front. Jeremy Corbyn to take the blame, or


we face disaster. That word disaster has been thrown around a lot in the


last 24 hours. It has, and this is after Labour won one of the


by-election seat, but it lost Copeland which it has held since


1935 and it is very unusual for a government to seize a by-election


seat. We have now seen the deputy leader, Tom Watson, and Keir


Starmer, Labour's Brexit spokesman, criticising Jeremy Corbyn, who when


asked after the results who should be taking responsibility, was it


him? He said no. There is increasing pressure from other members of the


party for him to take some of the blame. And pressure for him to stay.


He has got a small piece in the Sunday Mirror where he talks about


how he takes his share of responsibility. But he makes clear


he was re-elected as the leader not too long ago. It is interesting what


is happening with the Labour Party. In the last paragraph in the


Observer it says about one third of Labour voters would be more likely


to vote for his replacement. If he is part of the problem, it is not


clear what the solution is. Do you think there is a growing group


against him? These are pretty open and against him in terms of being


critical of him either bleakly or directly. Do you get the sense


Jeremy Corbyn is better in opposition and he would be in


government if you know what I mean? Yes, he is a rebel. He was a Labour


rebel for many years. He was not part of the Tony Blair government,


not part of that leading group of Labour MPs and it was a great


surprise when he won the election. For a long time he was very


comfortable with that important position of questioning your party,


of raising descent, but that does not necessarily win elections. It


does not seem to be working for him at the moment. In the Sunday Times,


you mentioned Tom Watson talking about the possibility of a wipe-out.


Let's talk about that a bit more. For people like that to say that,


what does that say about the state of the people at the top of the


party for a start? Is Jeremy Corbyn not listening? It sets out how


worried they are and compares the fears of Labour in Scotland where it


was totally wiped out by the SNP. That is what they are fearing in the


north of England where labour is losing its long-held seeds. What


about who is coming through? Who would replace him? We had a


discussion earlier, there are interesting people who may


potentially replace Jeremy Corbyn. But last summer the list of people


who came up were wiped out. Labour's supporters support Jeremy Corbyn, or


they did last summer. The number of people who are not tainted by the


Tony Blair years or indeed Iraq war, and those who came through an


incredibly green after the last election, there is not a crossover


of people who are saved on both sides, the experience, but not being


tainted. We are hearing advance notice of what he will say this


afternoon and he will admit the loss underlined what he said the scale of


how hard the task is of persuading people of the message. This is why


we stood up to hatred and division. I cannot lie and say that the result


in Copeland was what we wanted, but now is not the time to run away or


give up. He is saying they cannot run away from their message, but the


question for many people is what is their message at the moment? It is


not clear whether they oppose or support Brexit. He is saying Labour


supports it, but there are many people who do not like Labour's


stance on Brexit. Working out what Labour stands for at the moment is


one of their major challenges. The second story from the Sunday Times,


the benefits for migrants replace the act. What is this? This is the


new revolution after the last revolution. It is the biggest change


in a generation. The immigration debate is constant. This is an


interesting change that they are proposing and it kind of makes it a


little more technocratic by removing the number of Visas from the


government's control in theory. I am curious about this committee that


will recommend these is. What if it is too low or too high? What about


if you have to bring in 100,000 engineers? Who is going to advise


them? This as immigration is a technocratic thing, but at the


moment immigration is an extraordinarily political issue in


Britain. This reaffirms the government's desire to rid reduce


immigration down to 10,000 people. It does really means stopping lots


of family reunification is happening and stopping refugees happening,


cutting international students, cutting and skilled migration and


also skilled migration. This is when Theresa May is trying to do trade


deals with people like India and America who send skilled people


here. If they start accepting people from these countries, this is not


clear. Theresa May says that all those here at the moment on the


triggering of Article 50, they will remain. This goes to the point that


immigration feeds into everything. It is in every single debate in one


way or the other. When Theresa May went to India, the Indian government


was asking about Visas. This does not stop at the water's edge. Other


countries are asking, will our students be able to go to British


universities? Will our entrepreneurs be able to setup? Let's go do


something lighter. A bit of trouble in Cambridge. This is a college


where students have been complaining about items on the menu like


Jamaican stew and Tunisian rice, arguing they are cultural


misrepresentations and they do not exist in the countries that are


being referenced. I mean it is sort of easy to laugh at these kinds of


things. It is hard to imagine that these are deliberately


disrespectful, that this is the college trying to impose some sort


of colonial idea on its culture. If the point of this is to make


students feel at home, if it is to educate other students about


different cuisines, this is a bit cack-handed. It sounds just like a


recipe to be honest. The Pembroke catering staff, stop mixing mango


and beef and calling it Jamaican stew. That came from the students.


If you are going to do it, get it right, get the name right. It sounds


foolishly inaccurate rather than deliberate. It also sounds


delicious. Have we gone politically correct mad? Where does political


correctness begin and what is too much? There are reasonable things


that are of a different era that should not be set any more that are


offensive to minorities and that are helpful. I am not sure if this


college was trying to hurt people. This was just not handled terribly


well. The editorial in the Sunday Times is not forgiving on the


students. There is danger everywhere. Think what might happen


in Pembroke College if a student from someone else is asked if they


want a bit of Bakewell tart. This is more serious, terror chief threat. A


bigger and greater terror threat that we are facing. This is the new


independent overseer of the country's terrorism, a watchdog. You


cannot question his credentials, he has been a barrister for 30 years


and has prosecuted these cases. When he says something like this, you


have to take notice. The headline is warning of the risk of attacks in


Britain is at its highest since the dark days of the IRA. It is a stark


warning. It is. What we talk about these things we talk about the level


of threat and how serious it is, but you do not get a strong sense of


exactly what that represents in terms of the kinds of attacks. You


have to assume that the threat level was very high after the 7/7


bombings. Did that mean we would see more bombings in the line of 9/11?


Now it is about lone wolf attacks and British people who have been


radicalised and have spent time fighting in Syria. It is a very


sophisticated threat level, even though it is described in broad


terms. It has changed over 30 years, we are facing different threats now.


We are dealing with it in a different way. That is right. One of


the things in the interview is Max Hill points out there has been one


fatality in Britain through terrorism. It is remarkable how


successful Britain has been at preventing or heading off these


kinds of attacks. It is easy to lose sight of that with these constant


warnings of terrorism. People in Britain have largely been able to


lead their lives in peace and security since the 7/7 attacks. You


only realise when something might have been happening is when you hear


the court case. Let's move onto another story. We


have heard from Michael Heseltine today this. The peers are uniting to


soften Brexit. This could be potentially embarrassing for Theresa


May. It is going to be embarrassing for Theresa May because the


Conservatives do not have a majority in the House of Lords, so we will


see a lot of debate amongst people who oppose Brexit and Michael


Heseltine and other Tory rebels are planning to vote against it. I do


not think in the end the House of Lords will vote it down, but they


will do their best to put some amendments onto it. It illustrates


the astonishing perplexity that Brexit brings. It is not just a


negotiation with 27 other countries, it is a negotiation with the House


of Lords, the House of Commons, there are so many different actors


which we do not appreciate. This is getting complicated really fast. The


stakes are high for her, and she was there on the first day in the House


of Lords watching and you would be if this was your first big piece of


legislation, but it shows what is at stake. Absolutely, this is the


greatest political change that Britain has had to face in many


generations. It is an extraordinarily complicated,


difficult task. And we will hear about it every day until it happens.


Let's finish off on a funny note. You cannot beat a cartoon. We are


talking about Highgate. And the pie eating goalkeeper who was spotted


eating pie on television and has since been sacked because he was


betting on it. It says a bet that Meryl Streep will eat meat pie


during the Oscars ceremony. There has been a lot of talk about meat


pies. I will not tell you what we keep under the desk. I am not sure


about this story, the original story about the goalkeeper, because it is


bittersweet. He lost his job. It is hard to see who was really badly


affected. Everyone loves a sports story of the plucky small team. It


was heart-warming. It is hard to imagine who wanted him fired. He


cried, I feel sorry for him. We have had Jamaican stew and pies and


everything else in between. Thank you very much for joining us this


week. Just a reminder we take a look


at tomorrow's front pages every The weather is going to throw


everything at us over the next couple of days. Rain, Gayle, snow,


ice, hail and blunder.


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