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


With me are Laura Hughes, political correspondent


at The Daily Telegraph, and Pippa Crerar,


political correspondent at The London Evening Standard.


Two political correspondents, can't beat one. Good to see you both.


Let's look at the front pages now. The Chancellor, Philip Hammond,


wants to shore up a ?27 billion Brexit insurance fund. In the


Telegraph, his plans to raise taxes could anger Conservative MPs who


hoped for cuts. Calls for MPs to stop the Lords


forcing a final vote on a Brexit deal after they voted to amend


Government plans this evening. A new procedure using tiny plastic


beads could largely replace prostate surgery, in the Mail. Wikileaks on


the Guardian. The organisation claims it has leaked files showing


the CIA and MI5 hacked technology, including smart TVs. The leak is the


worst security breach for Western intelligence since the Edward


Snowdon leaks in 2013. Let's look at some of these front


pages in detail now. The FT, Hammond lines up Brexit budget. I know


you're on top of everything. You've been writing about this all day.


Brexit budget, that means he's saving money for potentially rainy


days to come. Yes, spread sheet Phil as he is known amongst close


friends. That's his moniker? Yes. Tomorrow he's been able to announce


better news that he would probably have thought he Cox the OBR are


saying they will increase growth forecasts by 2%, 2017, that's good


news. You'd expect him to stand there - Cut taxes. You would expect


that. Give lots of money to the NHS. Lots of people would hope that, but


spread sheet Phil is being cautious. He's very aware that we're on the


brink of Brexit of Theresa May triggering Article 50. We've had


warnings from business leaders saying we don't want to be on the


edge of a cliff face. He's obviously taken that very seriously. He wants


this guarantee, this insurance fund, the ?27 million in the bank, almost


for a rainy day. We don't know what's going to happen. He doesn't


know was going to happen. He's being cautious. Perhaps being sensible.


There will be a lot of Tory MPs that will not like this. They'll want


relief for the middle classes, for businesses. But they're not going to


get that tomorrow. That's not going to happen. He's going to be


cautious. Uh-huh. He should be, shouldn't he? Because we have no


idea what is down the road as far as Brexit is concerned. And Article 50


will be triggered in less than three weeks. Yes... So the Government


hopes. It is very much his modus operandi, probably the one thing he


inherited from George Osborne, a very different style of politician,


as Chancellor, was this idea that you've got to fix the roof when the


sun is shining. He's storing away some cash, ?27 million. There will


be a couple of spending commitments. They're the reaction to crises. The


social care crisis and the row over business rates. Short-term temporary


relief for both. But fundamentally the Chancellor is almost a


technocrat and wants to review how these two areas will be funded in


thuure. Possibly we could -- in future. Possibly we could expect to


see in weeks to come reviews announced of how they might actually


be funded better as time goes on. We're not going to get any George


Osborne-style political flurish, rabbits out of the hat. Remember


that this is the last big spring Budget we're going to get. One in


the Autumn, then it will be one every two years. He doesn't like the


drama that surrounds the Budgets. He just wants to do the job. Part of


that is preparing the UK economy for Brexit and everything that entails.


The Telegraph, the suggestion is that he's going to raise taxes. Yes.


Actually what people are saying it's going to be the highest earners that


could lose up to ?1,000 a year. So the jams aren't going to be


affected? Yeah, it's the self-employed potentially that might


be impacted by this Budget tomorrow. There's been talk of the fact that


he might ask all the self-employed people in this country to increase


the national insurance they pay from 9% to 12%. We can expect to see


that. He will carry on with Osborne's targeting of landlords and


dodgy landlords. It's not what people want. A lot of MPs wanted a


Trump-style approach to this, sort of maybe perhaps, some would say


short-term, but others would say, we should be rewarding the businesses.


We should be rewarding the people making money. Actually this Budget


isn't really about that. He is spread sheet Phil, so he ain't going


to be Mr Trump. He's a technocrat, as you were saying. He is going to


be incredibly cautious. Isn't that what this country, perhaps, needs at


the moment, which is why Theresa May picked him as Chancellor? Yes, but


the Conservatives, many of them will have their eyes on their core


electorate, the middle classes. While, for example, taking the


continued hammering of buy to let, second home enners letting out their


properties, now George Osborne was very good at talking about these


being dodgy landlords, companies that were getting everything they


could get, grabbing everything they could from cash-strapped tenants and


not necessary lay biding by the law in the way they should. There's many


middle class Tory supporting families that have in recent years


invested in one buy-to-let property which is instead in lieu of pensions


or savings. That's just one example. Obviously middle classes are


concerned about business rates and the longer term impact on small


businesses. Many of them, many of which they work for or run. It's


tinkering around the sides on the tax system. In 2015 the


Conservatives pledged they would put up income tax, VAT or national


insurance. So it's about him finding where he can so he will put up, the


suggestion is alcohol duty will go up again. Where he can get away with


it. These Conservative MPs can't have it all ways. They want Brexit


to work and clearly, we all want Brexit to work, but clearly, Mr


Hammond feels that in order to just in case there are issues leading up


to finally leaving the European Union, he does need a bit of a fund


in the back pocket. As a result, some taxes are going to have to go


up. I think ultimately they will accept that. When have you met a


politician that doesn't want cuts. MPs must stop Brexit, stop EU exit


rebels rather, Lord's bid to force vote on final deal will be


overturned. That's highly likely, of course. It was another kick in the


teeth for the Government this evening. Yeah, it was a kick in the


teeth, but realistically, we're not going to see a continued ping pong


of this bill between the Lords and the Commons. Realistically the Lords


are going to leave it. They just wanted MPs to have another vote.


They wanted to do their job. What was interesting is that in this


amendment today there were four clauses. Actually the Government


when they responded to these peers this afternoon, the point that they


really made was their opposition to the four clause in this amendment.


It suggested that if Theresa May comes back and doesn't get a deal


that they want, and the Lords and the Commons say no, we don't like


that, there can be a no-deal option. Because if there is an option of no


deal we don't want it, what message does that send to EU leaders around


Europe? If they know they give Theresa an awful deal, MPs, Lord's


are going to say no thanks. Does that mean Britain is staying in the


EU? Is this a veto or not? This hangs on the assumption that


actually we trigger Article 50, is that then revokable. Can you trigger


Article 50 and then in two years, say, no, actually we don't want to


go? Well, I suspect the other 27 would say yeah, we've got no problem


you staying. On our rules. And news just in, Conservative former Cabinet


minister, Lord Hesseltine has been sacked as Government advisor. He


told this to the press association this evening. He made it clear where


he stood this afternoon in the Lords. He's made it clear where he


stood all along. He's a Europhile. He thinks the country shouldn't have


voted to leave the European Union, let alone proceed in the way that


the Government has done. But to sack him? As an advise orin the --


advisor in the department of communities and local government.


He's not got a Cabinet job. He's become a bit a thorn in Theresa


May's side. They're obviously just wanting to really slap him down and


make a point that the Lords might be tolerated on this occasion, but they


better watch out, and everyone had better get in line. The Commons


better not play funny business when the bill comes back there. They


better get on and pass it. Also this is a message to the Commons as well.


I think, yeah. It's the fact that he's a big beast. When he says


something, we all write about it. That's really tricky for the


Government. Because he's advising Sajid Javid, he is in a position


like that and deifying a three line whip and working for you. As you


say, he's a long, long time Europhile. There you go. Moving away


from politics, onto the Times. Very sad story this, this is Vince the


white rhino. He was shot three times in the head and had his horn, one of


the horns taken off with a chain saw. He was not in the wild. He was


in a zoo in Paris. It's the first such attack seen in a Western


facility. When you compare that poachers in Africa killed over a


thousand rhinos in 2015, which, and the number continues to increase,


about a quarter of the world's rhino population were killed in South


Africa. Tragic and awful though it is, you're used to hearing these


stories from Africa. But to actually hear about it in a Western facility.


In a zoo! Which allegedly has security and CCTV. Obviously the


rhino horns are shipped off to China or other Far Eastern countries,


apparently they can make about 35 grand, which doesn't seem that much


when you consider what they've actually done. Used in traditional


medicine. Yes. It's really sad. British zoos, well probably zoos all


over Europe, are upping their security. Whip nay, which has --


Whipsneade is upping its security to make sure our rhinos are safe. We


have run out of time. Front page of the Mail. Mary Berry. I mean, what's


going on here. She's apparently stirred up a debate, what do you put


in spag bol. This debate has been going on for more than 24 hours. She


put white wine in her bolognese last night on TV. And cream! Cream and


white wine. I don't know, everyone has about in uproar on Twitter and


saying it should be red wine. You can't put cream in spaghetti


bolognese. That's what Clive puts in. Red wine? At least three


quarters, but you made it last night. I did. What was in it? It was


very traditional. But the bits, vegetables chopped in tiny bits. I


have young children that would have picked them out. Mushrooms, carrots


and pepper. Top tip for parents. No white wine. It was for children. For


our portion I added in a bit of red. If it was for your hubby and other


adults. He was cooking for me! If he was cooking for his wife, there


would be no white wine in it? Absolutely not. And no cream. No,


but I quite like that idea actually. I looked at that and said that's


cheating. You can't just put cream into everything. Of course it's


going to taste nicer. The French put cream in everything because they've


got dairy mountains. They have to get rid of it. That's why they put


cream in everything. Now we're leaving the European Union, you


can't have cream in anything. Mary, listen to that. Mary, you're a


goddess, but no. Thank you very much indeed for looking at the stories


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