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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be
With me are the journalist, James Rampton, and Martin Bentham,
Home Affairs Editor at The London Evening Standard.
Good evening to you both. Good evening.
Tomorrow's front pages, starting with this.
The Metro leads with a story about five people who were injured
when they were hit by a car in South London.
The paper also marks this year's Oscars with a picture of actress
The Times says the Scottish Government may be
preparing to call a second independence referendum.
It also features a photo of Carnival-goers in Venice.
The Financial Times reports on the tensions between some
American banks, who employ thousands of people outside the US,
and the new President, who's promised to bring jobs back
Theresa May could put an end to free movement
That's according to The Daily Telegraph.
The paper also features a photo of British actress,
Naomi Harris, ahead of the Oscars.
The Sun carries the same photo of Ms Harris,
but leads with the story that a British man who was jailed
in the US for murder has returned to the UK.
And the Guardian has an exclusive report on claims
that the NHS has lost the data of thousands of patients.
Right. OK. Let us get started. James. The Telegraph. A curb on
migrants will start in a few weeks. Very interesting. Was it Chairman
Mao who said we are cursed to live in interesting times. I believe it
was Confucius. Misquoted by Donald Trump. I think we are in interesting
times. Every day there is an extraordinary story, especially
coming out of America. This is an interesting development. It was
spread around this would happen. But there are good sources for this. The
cut-off date for EU migrants in this country is likely to be around the
15th of March once the Article 50 bill has gone through Parliament.
That means that those EU people who are here already will be allowed to
stay but anyone arriving after that point will have much tougher visa
restrictions and will have restricted access to benefits. It
will mark a massive change in the way that migrants are treated by
this country. This is a very contentious issue indeed. The point
is that the government, if it is going to end free movement as part
of the Brexit process, has to have a cut-off date at some point. It will
be legally, I think, practically, very difficult to do it before
Article 50 is triggered. It could be... It could be that the line is
drawn when we actually leave the EU. There is a quote here from an
unnamed source saying there is a great surge of half of Bulgaria and
Romania coming we have to be quick. The fear is that many people will
want to come in quickly to get under the wire if we take too long. There
is a legal point at which you say people who are here already can
stay, as you said, they have the absolute right to be here, anyone
you will have to be subject to these examinations abide Smith, a
Eurosceptic, says Theresa May will give clarity while the EU looks
muddled and mean-spirited. A good old battle to have over that. That
might apply more to Brexiteers. I think there is definitely an
intriguing battle ahead. Part of what Theresa May will have to do is
make sure there is finesse with the EU to make sure the hundreds of
thousands of Brits abroad have a similar right to stay there. That
will be the central part to deal with. This is where I don't think it
has been mean-spirited at all on this issue. The government is clear
they want to allow the EU citizens here the right is it. The only
reason they have not guarantee that is the House of Lords wanting to
make sure the European countries that we are negotiating with give us
the same rights to do so at the moment. Some are happy to do that.
Others say that should be put further down the line in the
negotiations. The government has been clear it want s to give them
that right. I just want to say muddled and mean-spirited. Scots to
demand new referendum. Number 10 fears. Theresa May writing in a
Scottish magazine to persuade them to send a signal to the SNP. I
thought the referendum had thought of gone away in Scotland. There is a
fear. Although the opinion polls show the Scottish people will not
vote against like they did in the 2014 referendum, of course, it is
something the government does not want to happen. Nicola Sturgeon is
trying to threaten the government with the risk of a referendum. So,
Downing Street is understandably concerned there will be another
distraction and a major potential change. And so she wants, the Prime
Minister, she wants to send a message to the SNP to say that you
should not vote for them and we want to stay. Whether or not that happens
and they have the courage to go for the referendum, I am quite
sceptical. They won't do it unless they think they will win. In this
piece it says that Mrs May faces a double headed devolution risk with
Northern Ireland. Many think this is the biggest concern within
government about Brexit. Although there is the potential of a huge
amount of chaos over another Scottish Referendum, also, there is
great uncertainty gripping Northern Ireland at the moment. That
uncertainty comes from disbanding a couple of months ago. They have
elections this Friday. Does look unlikely to resolve this crisis.
There is still a heck of a long way to go to bring the two sides
together. There is huge uncertainty spreading throughout the UK. And I
just hope that over because the next few months, we can sort it out.
Because it looks quite chaotic at the moment. OK, let's go to the
guardian now. Jeremy Corbyn reeling, as newspapers would say. On the
ropes. Here he is. The headline says gives me time to develop policies.
Off you go, I just think it is extraordinary. Last week John
MacDonald was blaming Tony Blair. And then the weather. Storm Doris.
What on Earth has she ever done to Labour? A lack of cars. The public
services are wrong. The demographic has changed. It is really an
unbelievable failure to face up to their own responsibility. And I
speak as someone who might under different circumstances well be a
Labour supporter. It is a catastrophe what is happening to the
Labour Party at the moment. Jeremy Corbyn has been extremely bad for
democracy. This is, I believe, a terrible government. It is an open
goal. Jeremy Corbyn is running towards the goal but he has his
shoelaces tied together. You cannot hit that open goal. If there was a
fairly capable opposition leader this government would be in better
shape in this country would be in better shape. Jeremy Corbyn is quite
clear. He got voted in twice and had eight bigger authority the second
time. Why should he not stay in? He says give him time. Things could
change with Brexit. That is where the problem is. He was elected again
very recently with an enhanced majority, he still has grassroots
support. The problem for the Labour Party is, if Jeremy Corbyn is
replaced, who would replace in? They have the same political mindset, and
so on. That would not necessarily assist them. The moderates of the
Labour Party, A, have no credible candidate and no obvious candidate,
and, B, a clear policy at this stage. Jeremy Corbyn is not the
problem. The Labour Party is in a state of flux. It does not know what
it stands for. Go back to the Copeland by-election. The NHS is a
clear message of the Labour Party. They are talking about maternity
hospitals. That did not resonate. Part of the issue is that, again,
there is mistrust in their ability to deliver. Part of the problem is
they have not got enough support among the public with people
believing they can deliver. People like what they want to do, though.
There is a fascinating quote in The Guardian. I haven't heard it
elsewhere. I do my best to reach out to people, he said, but clearly,
persuading our wonderful media in Britain to report on our policy
would be a big achievement. We have been doing that! Jeremy Corbyn will
not be speaking at the Martin Couture-Rouleau. -- Correspondents'
Dinner. It is ridiculous. He has been loud about his criticism of
nuclear power. People in Copeland do not like that. It is extraordinary
that he cannot face up to these responsibilities. To blame the
media! It is a problem. But on the other hand, you cannot always say
our message would be popular if it wasn't for other distracting
factors. Sometimes people understand the message but don't quite like it.
Let us move on to something rather different. This is the Daily Mirror.
A front-page story. Maarten. Schools face a worse squeeze. This is very
much a Labour story. There are cuts to come in education and rather
serious ones. It is a serious problem for the government. It is a
nagging headache. The Institute for Fiscal Studies, not a left-wing
institute, it is independent and respected, a financial think tank.
They say there will be a funding plunge of 6.5%. Of course, the
government has got this austerity programme. There is pressure on
public finances. And, of course, things like education are a very big
part of public finances and that gets squeezed. But of course it gets
let it be very difficult because when you have your local schools,
teachers having their wages being cut, that has a huge impact on
people. Certain parts of the country are going to be losing out because,
London, for example, there is a highlighting that London schools
have good funding relative to other parts of the country. A double hit
for some schools. It says heating turned off and clubs cancelled. This
story is warring. My three girls just had a letter saying can you
help us with some money? They don't have enough funding to keep their
very high standards up. Trips cancelled. Possibly much bigger
class sizes. I mean, one former cabinet minister says successive
generations are being let down. I could not agree more. I said heat
turned down with a pinch of salt. I don't think they are sitting their
freezing. The Financial Times. They are leading into stories inside.
Interesting. Donald Trump roofs comedy gold on TV. Why is this? --
proves. He is such a good target for satirists. Sunday Night Live is
enjoying its best ratings for 20 years. Alec Baldwin does a brilliant
impersonation of Donald Trump. Alicia McCarthy does a great Sean
Spicer. Last seen attacking journalists with the podium in the
media room. I loved that sketch. But the proof for me that they are
hitting the tough it is that Donald Trump and Spicer are watching and
complaining. You know you are hitting home when targets complain.
On the other hand, the people who voted for Donald Trump and support
him would agree with him, wouldn't they? It is good to talk about
comedy gold and audience is going up, but his Republican support is
enormous! That is true. He seems to have still got the support of his
core supporters to get in the White House. Some of them are probably
having a bit of a laugh as well, because he is quiet, you know, on a
serious level, he is quite an alarming character, but on the other
hand, he is very easy, as you say, to lampoon. He has some character
traits which are kind of entertaining when they are not
worrying you. He is good material for any comedy sketch. One of my
favourite moments in the rugby in Scotland and Wales, the character
went in on three very, very Orangemen. I wondered what they were
doing, then I realised they were dressing up as Donald Trump. --
Orangemen. He is right for satire. It is easier to laugh at someone
than cry, perhaps. We have delivered there. James and Martin, thank you
very much indeed. Just before we go, we have just had some bad news. Sir
Jeremy Kaufman, the Labour MP, Father of the House of Commons, has
died at the age of 86. That news is just coming to us. But that is it.
That bit of news was not in the papers. Thank you to both of them.
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