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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment -


Jeremy Corbyn says he takes his share of responsibility


for his party's defeat by the Conservatives


Speaking at the Scottish Labour conference -


I've been elected twice to lead this party.


All my energies go into leading this party -


all our members' energies go into this party.


Britain faces a 'sustained and serious' level of terror threat


from Islamist extremists - that's according to the Independent


Sir Mo Farah has reiterated that he is a clean athlete


after a leaked report by the US anti-doping agency suggested


that his coach Alberto Salazar may have broken drugs rules.


In a further sign of worsening relations between Donald Trump


and the media, the US President has announced


he won't attend this year's White House Correspondents dinner.


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


With me are the journalists James Rampton and Martin Bentham,


home affairs editor at the London Evening Standard.


Good evening. We can look at some of the front pages.


The Metro leads with a story about five people hit by a car in South


London. The paper also marks


the Oscars 2017 with a picture The Financial Times


reports on the tensions between some American banks


who employ thousands of people who's promised to bring


jobs back to the US. The Express claims that millions


of us will be forced to carry on working into our 80s,


following a warning from a former The Daily Telegraph features a photo


of the British actress Naomi Harris ahead of the Oscars. We can start


with the Times newspaper. This story about the Scots demanding a new


referendum. Curious because I thought it had gone away. It is a


ticking time bomb not going away. Senior figures in the government say


the impact of Brexit on the UK devolution settlement is the


government's greatest concern at present. The rumours are swirling


about Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister in Scotland, is preparing


to table another referendum when Brexit, I'm sorry, when Article 50


is triggered. If the UK Prime Minister Theresa May rejects that,


people say it could cause a constitutional crisis and I think


that the state of the union is one of the things that is very much in


play, and I would say is one of the disastrous consequences of Brexit,


like the border between Northern Ireland and the republic that has


not been properly worked out by the UK Government and I fear it will


lead to a lot of plot on the carpet. The last opinion poll I recall about


this had a large majority of Scottish people against a new


referendum will stop does it mean the sands are shifting? Not that we


know of. Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold a gun to Theresa May's head and


has been doing all along. Of course, it is a legitimate fear number 10


will have, and it would be destabilising it a vote was to take


place. The problem for Nicola Sturgeon is what you said. The


opinion polls indicate the majority would be against. She will not want


to hold one if she thinks she will lose. Some of the key things that


stopped the Scottish people voting in favour last time remain, such as


they would not remain part of the EU, even though Nicola Sturgeon went


to Brussels to try to strike some sort of deal. That is an uncertain


prospect and the official position from Europe is they would not be


part of the EU, and also they would have to be part of the pound


sterling. And if they have that, we would control economic policy in


this country and the rate of exchange. There are complexities.


Echoes of the referendum in the first place. I noticed this story


about concerns about Northern Ireland. Apparently the Cabinet have


been discussing that. There are going to be elections this Friday


for Stormont because the assembly dissolved earlier this year over


another crisis. It seems that there is an intense sense of disorder and


chaos that is wreaking this nation at the moment and the fact that


there is not a sitting government within Northern Ireland makes it all


the more difficult. The Republic come into play here because that is


the only land border the UK will have with the EU, has at the moment


and will have after Brexit. I think these are incredibly difficult


constitutional issues and I fear the government does not have answers to


them. We will talk about it later. We are back in an hour. Another


interesting story, about tech giants and cyber bullying. This is an issue


that concerns people, certainly parents and adults as well, that the


story here is Facebook, Twitter and others are summoned to Whitehall to


demand there are better ways of identifying people who are abusing


other people on social media and basically making their lives


unpleasant or worse and trying to remove that content in the way they


seek to do with extremist and terrorism material, and there has


been a concern not enough has been done. Women have talked about the


problem where they get misogynistic abuse and so on. It is an important


issue that the government is trying to put pressure on some of these


technology companies to try to address. The technology company


claimed they work hard and if you are threatened with actual violence


it is a matter for the police. It ties in with a shocking story you


featured about the singer Lily Allen who said she has come off Twitter


because she was getting abuse, if you can believe it, because she had


a stillbirth. Shocking is an overused word but it is shocking


people could think that is a legitimate thing to do. What Diane


Abbott said I found disturbing was that yes, you can block someone but


they can change their name and start abusing with the new Dame and there


is no way of tracing this. Part of the concern is that it is up to the


individual who is being persecuted to raise that concern with the


social media provider, that is a criticism made and the idea behind


this I think is that the company would proactively act to identify


the stuff... They identify word usage and patterns of behaviour and


they can do that. They have a close eye on what is going on and that is


the idea behind this. I think the police could be more proactive. They


have prosecuted successfully, the CPS, the file anti-Semite who abused


the Labour MP. I think more should be done because the iron of this


storm, the people there, are released offering. Harassment. That


is a criminal offence potentially. The Times newspaper has a picture


that older viewers, and older presenters, may be familiar with.


Margaret Thatcher with Norman Tebbit beside her. She just had an election


victory. What is this about? I believe a certain presenter was


there that night. I cannot deny it. You are too young! 1987. The famous


night when Margaret Thatcher held up three fingers because it was her


third victory and Norman Tebbit, her great ally, by her side and the


great irony is that building, when it was relinquished by the Tories,


was given to the EU India is now called Europe House. One of the


bonuses of Brexit is they will try to buy it back. There is a rich


irony that Mrs Thatcher was brought down by her antipathy towards Europe


when she said no, no, no, dejected -- to Delors. One wonders about


property values in that part of London and whether they can afford


it. Only the EU can afford it! The Daily Express understory, they


mention it on the front page but the details are inside and familiar


figures, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump. Nigel Farage again with


Donald Trump, at a dinner this time on the Saturday night, last night.


Dinner with Donald it is captioned. Nigel Farage showing again what


great friends he is. Not many people in this country are keen on Donald


Trump but Nigel Farage seems to be and there he is at the centre of it.


I was interested in the table setting. He seems a little bit far


away. Perhaps not central enough for his liking. But grinning like the


Cheshire cat. It looks like the dinner party from hell. Two of the


most unpleasant people on the planet sitting at the same table, that is


my view. There will be many people thinking, that is great, Nigel


Farage is making contact with Donald Trump but as a journalist, at the


moment, I feel angry with what the president is doing. He has excluded


the BBC and New York Times and Washington Post from briefings and


it is the first time a sitting US president does not go to the White


House correspondent 's dinner and there is a hostility to the press


that is not democratic and to make it worse Nigel Farage says the media


is losing the battle big time. But that is my view. Within the story,


the pictures were posted on Twitter amid rumours Theresa May will


increase attempts to woo the president with an invitation to


address the Tory conference in October. It seems the President's


much talked about visit seems to be slipping back. I am not sure if this


is the second one. Maybe a second one. It would seem unlikely he would


come twice. That would be a political visit and the state visit


would be a state to state interchange. There would be one


visit... You cannot have US president here quickly for a


conference. I hear he will be doing a stand-up slot in a pub in Balham


that night, as well! The Financial Times. Trump on television. What is


this about? This is a small story proving comedy gold on TV. His comic


foes in the US, their ratings revenues have shot up because he is


easy to lampoon. We had a great clip on your news bulletin earlier of the


White House dinner from 2011 with Barack Obama, who was then


president, making fun of Donald Trump in the audience. Of course,


trying to have comedy then and the joke at the time was Donald Trump


becoming president. That was meant to be funny and it has now become


reality. I read somewhere it was that moment when Donald Trump


sitting there, not smiling, and fed up... Livid. It may have been the


moment he thought, right, I will go for the job. I would say the


satirical programmes are really working because Donald Trump is so


upset about them. Saturday Night Live, they did a brilliant


impression, by Alec Baldwin, and he was tweeting in the programme saying


it was a disgrace, as its ratings went through the roof. And then


there was a brilliant impersonation of Sean Spicer attacking


journalists, with the podium. Sean Spicer said it was beyond me. You


know you are effective if your targets complain. A lot of people


all over the world think Donald Trump is terrible, but his


popularity generally among American voters, record low for an incoming


president, his standing among Republican supporters, nobody has


had it higher. Of course. As a journalist, I agree about the media


in a sense, on the other hand, that has been his strategy. He can argue


he communicates in his own way with the people he wants to communicate


with and we are some corrupting influence between. Not what I think,


but that is his stance and it has been effective for him will stop of


course, it becomes worrying whether it is based on misinformation and


alternative facts that are not facts. I interviewed earlier a


political scientist in Washington who said it is not a short step from


this to suppression of the media in America. This is extremist language


now. I saw the interview and I was interested. He said Donald Trump had


affinities with President Erdogan in Turkey and Egypt. It might be an


extreme comparison, and... Turkey has more journalists locked up than


any other nation in the world per capita. Somebody so keen to exclude


people who disagree with him, he is pernicious. We can still reporters


journalists and the BBC who has been excluded will continue to report


what is going on and maybe rather than focusing on the briefing, you


report on what is happening the substance of it, and that way you


can hold people to account and so unless he goes down the road of


those people who lock people up, it is a long way from suppression. Very


quickly, back to the Times newspaper. Scrap use by dates on


milk. It says to use the sniff test. You can drink it until it starts to


smell not very pleasant. You told me earlier about scraping mould off


staff. -- stuff. It is not the government about to do something it


is telling us to do something obvious. We waste 100 million pints


a year because of the sell-by date. We throw away ?700 of food a year,


the equivalent of 500 meals. In a nation where lots of people are


struggling and using food banks and a world where many are starving,


that is terrible. We have to leave it there. Thanks. That is it for


now. I'll be back at 11 for a full news


bulletin and we'll be taking a second look at the papers


with our guests at 11.30. Sara Baume has written a novel that


deals with one of greatest contemporary problems,


and perhaps her own experience too - the feeling of loss,


maybe hopelessness, among young


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