11/03/2017 The Papers


No need to wait until tomorrow morning to see what's in the papers - tune in for a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines.

Similar Content

Browse content similar to 11/03/2017. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!



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 commentator Jo


Some of tomorrow's front pages are already in.


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


she has no backup plan if the UK fails to get a trade deal


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


It says she will fire the starting gun on Tuesday.


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 Scotland in the Rugby Six Nations.


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


The paper says police have been given extra funding to follow it up.


Let's began, and I think we can get the overall theme. There is a lot of


Brexit, of course, it is a big week ahead and the Mail on Sunday saying


that David Davis has been grossly negligent, dereliction of his duty.


And in fact there are pages and pages of this and this is the report


from the foreign affairs Select Committee, and these committees are


very influential, as you know. If you cast your mind back, the same


committee warned David Cameron and criticised him for gross negligence,


was actually the phrase they used, for not having put into shape or put


on the backburner a plan for if there was a live vote in the


referendum. What they are saying now, it is possible that, because


Theresa May has set a bad deal is better than no deal, is worse than


no deal -- leave vote. It actually there might not be a deal, in which


case what is the plan? What happens? And they are absolutely not mincing


their words at all. The chairman of the Select Committee, Crispin Blunt,


was a very committed Brexiteer. But this is talking about what are we


going to do? Talking about it being destructive, talking about mutually


assured damage, a throwback to the Cold War phrase mutually assured


destruction, so it is absolutely damning and there are two very


significant votes coming back from the amendments from the House of


Lords tomorrow, and possibly Article 50 being triggered on Thursday or


Tuesday. So the fear is deadlock and then we don't know what happens.


That's right. Everything now gets very complicated because the first


thing that Theresa May has got to do is get Article 50 passed by


Parliament. So Monday we see a couple of votes in the House of


Commons pinging back to the House of Lords, everyone hoping it will go


unamended from the Commons and the Lords will roll over and we're off


and running. So technically she could trigger on Tuesday. She can't


do it on Wednesday because of the industrial action is and it might


interfere with those. The next date is Thursday, or she could surprise


us all by saying I will do at the following week and a lot of people


are saying the following week is perhaps more likely. Nigel, stay


with this one and move us on to the Sunday Times because we have had the


devastation story of Brexit, tucked down in the left-hand column is a


little nest egg which might come to us if we leave the EU. ?9 million


down the back of the so. It is amazing that these figures, we used


to talk in figures if you remember not so long ago, and ?9 billion


which apparently we didn't know we had is sitting in the European


investment bank and so what Theresa May wants to say is that is our


money, we will have it back now, thank you, because we're leaving the


EU. And what the Sunday Times is suggesting is that maybe on the


basis of doing that we will get a deal over their bill to us, where


they are talking in terms of perhaps up to 50 billion pounds. They will


charge us to leave. So it sounds like this is how the negotiation is


going to go on, that you have a bit of our money, we're not going pay


that money, Boris Johnson says don't pay any money at all but it is an


interesting bargaining chip to say we would like our ?9 billion back.


Especially when it is to plug the deficit in the EU's own pension


scheme. The pension scheme is a problem, we have an agreement that


we are going to pay the pensions until who knows when, that is where


the ?50 billion comes in. A lot of accountants are working this out


with their calculators before the negotiations began. It could be


worse, they could be self-employed! Let's move to a different story.


This is the spooks. Apparently the Russians who may have it in for UK


elections. Yes, well this is following on from all the


shenanigans which have been going on in America during the elections of


Donald Trump, and the claim that Russians, it is always the Russians,


somehow or other were hacking the elections and this has actually come


from GCHQ, which is Britain's listening and monitoring post and


they have called an emergency summit with all the main political parties


in this country, to warn them. And I think this is unprecedented. Nigel


will know better than me but it is unprecedented to give a warning to


all political parties to say that, you know, you hold all this data and


all this information and party members, and their involvement in


various campaigns, and goodness knows what, and banks and families


and all that sort of stuff, policy interests, it would be very easy for


hackers to manipulating that. -- start manipulating that. It will be


interesting to see how the parties respond, but it is clearly a


warning. There are campaigns all the time for online voting instead of


going into the booth or doing postal votes, this will knock it on the


head. Online voting is not on the cards now, and I don't think it will


be four years. In the Sunday Telegraph, we were making fleeting


references are moment ago to the insurance, and this is a suggestion


that the Cabinet is now in a war. It is such a shambles, this decision by


the Chancellor. That is what the Sunday Telegraph is telling us. They


have hated this policy since it came up in the Budget. They have been


furious about it and have turned their fury on to the Cabinet because


they are furious with each other. What it is saying is that Philip


Hammond had an hour-long briefing with his Cabinet colleagues but he


forgot to mention that if he hiked in a national insurance for the


self-employed, he would be breaking a manifesto commitment, at which


point you would expect every Cabinet minister to how and say we can't


possibly do that. This is where it gets a bit confusing. -- how. It


looks like the Cabinet ministers, having not been told, didn't notice


and this is the part I find stretches credibility. If you are


telling Cabinet ministers who only last year or the year before went to


the polls based on a manifesto, that one would rather hope they knew


backwards, the first thing they would think of is, is this a breach


of a manifesto commitment? And by the way, look what happened to the


Lib Dems when they breached their manifesto commitment over tuition


fees. And certainly, myself and colleagues in the Parliamentary


lobby, we knew it was a manifesto commitment which was why we didn't


think he would ever do it. So it seems a little odd that the Cabinet


didn't actually point out themselves that something was awry here. And it


is a total shambles because nobody anywhere seemed to recognise that it


would be like throwing a hand grenade into the party. That there


would be this absolute fury. Two we are going to rattle on through, take


us a little lower. Talking about tuition fees and the Lib Dems, we


are now taking lessons from France as regards our MPs and what they


should and shouldn't do. Indeed. New rules are likely to come into


Westminster about MPs employing wives and children, presumably


husbands as well. As you know, in France, Fillon is at the centre of


this controversy over having employed his wife and children for


not doing the job they are supposed to do, or not very much, allegedly.


This will urge politicians to advertise all vacancies and a


blanket ban on hiring family members at Westminster, which is in place in


Scotland. So it is bringing England in line with Scotland. Sunday


express delving a little deeper, and going inside 2-page format. A new


angle on the grammar school issue, perhaps. Yes, this is Theresa May's


pet project to create a new generation of grammar schools. This


is from the grammar school heads Association. So they are worth


listening to. What they are saying is when designing new grammar


schools has to be from the bottom up, not the top down. This is what


most people's concerns about the new grammar school, that in fact they


will become elitist and would be for everybody. The heads Association say


you can make it that, but what you have to do is, you have to start


when children are at primary school. You have two have the right primary


school is to -- primary school is to feed into the grammar schools. My


view of them is that they are not a problem in principle, but the


selection procedure offers me somewhat. Same with the Labour Party


and some Tories feel the same way. This seems to be a way forward. They


are saying no quick fix. A story about something which might be a


quick fix, this is a diet which reverses diabetes in ten weeks. This


is a story in the Sunday express, which one takes with a pinch of


salt. But this is type 2 diabetes, and this is based on a study in


America, a small study, just over 238 patients. But because type 2


diabetes is a huge problem and is linked to obesity, and because the


reason that happens is that carbohydrate intake is the single


biggest factor in blood sugar levels, and that is why people end


up with type 2 diabetes, what this study has shown is that over the


course of ten weeks, with high-fat, low carb diet, they can actually


reverse it. If it is true, and there is a lot of work to be done, because


it is small, the implications for actually fixing Type II diabetes,


turning people's lives around, saving the NHS millions and millions


of pounds that it currently spends on drugs or surgery, and it hasn't


been rubbished. The charity diabetes UK is also funding a trial, and the


National Obesity Forum saying this is highly significant, and suggests


carbohydrates are damaging. It does tell us a little bit more about what


carbohydrates do, so it is good for diets. While we are talking about


fixing things, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the world wide web,


says there is some fixing to be done and we need help. He is not happy


with fake news and the way data harvesting goes on and what he says


is it is time to get whole thing sorted out. Unfortunately we are not


told exactly how he plans to do it, but he wants to do it with the


support of the public. His idea seems to be to get back to his


original concept, which is a web that gives equal power to everybody.


So in other words, don't let the fake news jockeys go and take over


the whole thing. What will be interesting to see is what he comes


up with. I'm sure all of us, especially in the news business, we


would love to get fake news out of Twitter and Facebook and so on.


Given that he invented the thing, maybe he really has got some ideas,


but at the moment he is just appealing for people to get together


and come up with something. To finish, anybody watching the last


hour will have seen that we set Nigel little challenge. I don't


think I will hold on to it but we have been having fun with the lovely


pictures on the Sunday Times and the Observer of the English victory in


the Six Nations. We have Danny Care with that wonderful flying... I


don't know if it was a Trihi was going for them. You are not a rugby


fan but you will pay tribute absolutely, it was quite brilliant.


England have equalled the world record for 18 consecutive wins, a


fantastic game. 18 consecutive wins in a row, 61- 21 over Scotland, they


have to play Ireland next week for the Grand Slam, which is Venice. It


is in the bag, so they have won the Six Nations. I am quite impressed.


Headlines coming up for you at the top of the hour.


Download Subtitles