11/03/2017 The Papers


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Hello. This is BBC News.


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


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A judge has been criticised for warning women that they could be


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And England crush Scotland at Twickenham, winning a second


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


With me are Nigel Nelson, political editor of the Sunday Mirror


and the Sunday People, and the political


Some of tomorrow's front pages are already in.


The Observer says Theresa May is under fire by MPs who fear


she has no back-up plan if the UK fails to get a trade


The Mail on Sunday also leads on the Prime Minister's impending


plan to trigger Article 50 - the says she'll fire


The Sunday Telegraph's top story is what it calls a war


in the Cabinet over the Budget - with ministers reportedly furious


at the Chancellor for not warning them that he was planning to break


a manifesto promise with a rise in National Insurance


The front page of the Sunday Times has rugby hero Danny Care flying


through the air as scores in England's victory against


And The Sunday Express reports on a potential new lead in the hunt


The paper says police have been given extra


let's delve a little deeper. We start with the Observer. I feel we


need a drum roll. Tuesdays when we are likely to see the Prime Minister


triggering Article 50. Or Thursday. It is also triggering lots of


accusations of, do we really know what we are doing? Good question!


What the papers are full of tonight is a foreign affairs select


committee report which absolutely slams the government. It was chaired


by Tory Crispin Blunt. But he is broadly saying is that if we don't


plan for failure, then that would be a dereliction of duty. That is what


he is accusing the Prime Minister of. What has really got the gold of


MPs is they made the same kind of warning to David Cameron, saying,


you may want a referendum, you don't have a plan. Where is the plan? They


are saying this is similar. They think the negotiations may well


fail. What are we doing for planning if they do fail? At the moment we


can't hear anything from the government. We are going to stay


with this story. The Mail on Sunday, dereliction of his duty. Savaging


Brexit Minister David Davis, suggesting there is no plan. As


Nigel said, they had already been very critical of David Cameron,


accusing the government of gross negligence, of never having a plan B


for the result of the referendum, which resulted in a Leave vote. To


do it again would be absolutely appalling. They use this phrase,


mutually assured damage, which is a throwback to mutually assured


destruction, a Cold War term used by Russia and America. It is absolutely


damning. It is chilling for the government. It is chilling to


business. It is chilling to the country. If there is no deal, and


Theresa May has said we will walk away because no deal is better than


a bad deal, they have got this idea in their heads it is possible there


is not a deal they can agree to. What is the plan? If she does


trigger it on Tuesday or Thursday, they have two years to come up with


something. Politically, if there is a plan B that is being configured,


they don't want to make too much of it because they wanted to succeed.


What if it doesn't succeed? There needs to be a contingency plan. The


chaos that gripped Whitehall Atherley referenda must because


there was no plan for leaving in the first place. -- after the


referendum. Because we were caught out that time, the argument from MPs


is that we should be making plans for that. David Davis tells us he


has a plan A, plan B, plan see -- plan capital see... You get the


feeling they do not know what they are doing. Do you get the impression


the Parliamentary committee are giving guidelines as to what they


think the back-up should be? No, I don't think they are. They are


saying it is a possibility, so you can't pretend it may not happen. It


is an insurance. It is the duty of government. What they are saying is


you can't be negligent. I think what they are saying is that obviously


everybody involved is going into completely uncharted territory.


Probably the only people who have any idea of what it means and what


the deal will be will be the many lawyers working through. Nigel


touches on what David Davis is saying, and we make come on to that


in a bit, because he has written an article in another Sunday paper, but


you can't talk this up because it may not be down to us in the end. It


will be about what the other 27 countries are offering. Hiding


behind the claim that negotiations are not working. She wouldn't say


anything to begin with. Then she admitted we were going to be in the


single market. Other things are obvious, too. She must be more


honest. The Sunday Times has a headline that suggests she is clear


on some of the money payback. This sounds like a very jolly good story,


that we will be sitting on ?9 billion coming our way. The argument


seems to be that we have got 9 billion sitting in the European


investment bank. Our money. Theresa May, when she finally gets to


Brussels to start the negotiations, will say, before we start, can we


have the dosh back, please? The idea seems to be to spike the European


Commission's guns about starched -- charging us ?50 billion for leaving


the EU. Where they got this figure from seems to be a mystery. We're


Prattley oh a lot of pension contributions and so on. Good luck


to. -- we apparently owe a lot of pension contributions. This says


that ministers are confident they can reduce the size of a Brexit bill


to something more politically palatable. This goes back to talking


up. They may be confident but they don't know what the bill would be


yet. If we're going to get his ?9 billion back, allegedly, is the EU


going to ask for money back that it has already for farming subsidies or


other grants and things we benefit from. It is a bit like a Moroccan


Bazaar, isn't it?! This is an ugly divorce, isn't it? Somebody will end


up in a cold, chilly Park. Before we get too depressed, take us onto the


other story in the Sunday Times, a Russian cyber threat to UK


elections. This story has been running around. I have to confess I


was taking the Mickey out of Nigel last time we were on talking about


the spies in your cattle. -- kettle. Now your TVs! People at GCHQ, the


listening spying station, and what they are basically doing, they have


got a story which is that GCHQ are offering and calling for a summit.


They are calling on all political parties, the leaders of all


political parties, because political parties hold an enormous amount of


personal information online about their members and things, and they


are very concerned, GCHQ, lured the possible disruption to the next


general election -- to the possible disruption. They have intervened and


they have stopped apparently a cyber attack on the BBC election coverage.


Did you know that? I did not. By a gang of hackers known as the fancy


bares. They sound rather fond! Deliberately cuddly! Because of


what's happening, all the concerns about fake news and weather the


Russians were involved in the American election, it will fuel the


thing that we don't want to go down the route of online voting.


Old-fashioned as it may be, the paper and pencil works. That is


years away if it ever comes at all. It is a ramping up, telling people


to take it seriously. We were mentioning the parallel with the


states and that the Russians somehow had a hand in the American


presidential elections. The focus very much on Russia? Yes, they seem


to be the ones doing it. We have the same discussions going on in France


with the French elections. It does seem when you talk to people who


know about these things in Whitehall, it is always Russia.


China is pretty interested but they want to steal technology, really.


The Russians want to mess around with democracy. We are fearing that


Russians are actually doing this. It seems perfectly sensible. Have a


summit, swapped what you know, how you can protect yourself. The Sunday


Telegraph. Let's return to politics. This takes us back to the budget.


The suggestion that the Cabinet is now at war over a shambolic decision


by the Chancellor. Does this sound vaguely familiar, rows between the


Chancellor and MPs?! That old one. This is a story that claims that


Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, failed to brief the Cabinet on the


fact that the introduction of the increase in national insurance for


self-employed people was breaking the Tory party manifesto before the


last election. It does rather beg the question, if they were briefed


on it, do they not remember what was in their manifesto? This is a blame


game. Clearly that was an absolute error. It is a bit like George


Osborne's pasty tax. It is a nonsense that somebody in the


Treasury should have worked out what was going to happen, there was gone


to be this absolute uproar on the very people who are just about


managing, the self-employed, the entrepreneur ors. Whether or not,


reality is that all of those people would be affected, having the


resolution foundation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, they


actually say it will not affect people on the very low level. It is


a way of levelling income tax and making it fair. If you are going to


do it, why not go on the winter fuel allowance for wealthy pensioners, or


bring prescription charges down? It is a good job you are not on Twitter


because you would get lots of tweets about that. I know but don't just


pick on one easily identifiable group. Does seem a particularly Daft


decision. I was astonished when I heard in the budget. When you read


the Cabinet didn't notice it was breaking a manifesto commitment, I


found that hard to believe. One of the things we give the week before


the budget is we work out our predictions. This is one that had


been around. The reason we threw it out was on the basis that, hang on,


it is a manifesto commitment, surely they won't break it? Surely the


Cabinet know about it and if they don't, why not? Let's return to the


Observer. Tucked away down the side. You made reference to fake news, a


very zeitgeist thing. This is the web creator himself, Sir Tim


Berners-Lee, who says the Internet is broken. Perhaps he is going to


unplug it! This is one of these stories were the headline looks as


if it is an interesting story. When you look into it, there isn't


actually a story. He is meant to be unveiling a plan. He has unveiled a


radical plan to combat fake news 28 years after he created the Internet.


But what happens is he has written an open letter to the observer


talking about the chilling effect on free speech, Internet blindspots


that corrupt democratic process. But he says with public support he hopes


to comp up with policy solutions. -- to come. We want his solutions and


then we will support it. Did you come up with any solutions? Not yet!


Give us in minutes! This is not on our list. But knowing that you are a


fan and Nigel not so much, let's pay a little tribute to England's


victory in the Six Nations at Twickenham. They have lovely


pictures. We have Jonathan Joseph, man of the match. Got a hat-trick.


The Sunday Times with Danny Care. It is fantastic. 18 wins in a row for


the England team, which I think they are very close to beating New


Zealand's record. They have to play Ireland next week. That will be a


walk in the park. And this was the Calcutta cup. After we finished


this, you take Nigel away and give him a briefing and we will question


him at 11:30pm! It is an exam now! Very many thanks to Nigel and to


Joe. We will be back with more at half past 11. Coming next, it is


time for Reporters.


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