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Lionel Shriver, about her work, and whether Donald Trump's America is


represented in her latest book. Hello and welcome to our look ahead


to what the the papers will be With me are Robert Fox,


Defence Editor of the London Evening Standard, and Esther McVey,


former Conservative And not a single Donald Trump story


tonight. I'm in mourning! I am sure it is just a momentary hiatus.


The FT says Theresa May is on the brink of formally


launching Britain's exit from the European Union, after rebel


Tory MPs admitted they were unlikely to have the power to block the move


when the bill returns to Commons tomorrow.


The i says Tory veteran Lord Hestletine, who was sacked over


Brexit, has accused Mrs May of treating colleagues


For the Metro, it's "March madness", as strikes over driver-only trains


spread to three parts of the country.


The Telegraph has a picture of a serious-faced Nicola Sturgeon


behind Theresa May - it says the Scottish leader


is threatening to derail Article 50, the formal notice of the UK leaving


the EU, with plans for a second independence referendum.


Brexit preoccupies the Express again - it says MPs have been urged


not to wreck the bill's progress through Parliament.


And The Times says the heads of 35 Oxford colleges


have signed a letter, pleading with MPs to allow EU


citizens already resident in Britain the right to stay after Brexit.


The Guardian focuses on the possible trade implications of Britain


post-Bragg said. The photograph is of Murray Black, Britain's youngest


MP, who says she hates parliament and may stand down at the next


election. It will be a sorrier place without her, probably. Let's starred


with Brexit. It's on many of the front pages. The likelihood it could


be treated -- triggered this week. Tories into a mile ahead of Article


50, it says. Five big Tory names on the front page. The Chancellor and


the Prime Minister's relationship said to be under strain. The


referendum was supposed to be the end of Conservative divisions on


Europe. It hasn't worked out that way? I wouldn't say the Tories are


in turmoil. Yes there are tensions and fundamentally it's more to do


with the budget last week, I would say, and people coming forward


saying, you have broken a manifesto pledge by increasing national


insurance to be and is for the self-employed. That would be the


issue. But Theresa May deftly shifted that away, leaving it to a


vote in the autumn, saying, let's have a look at self-employed, the


Devon -- the definition of it. As for Michael Heseltine, who is saying


she is treating colleagues as performing fleas, what happened here


is, and he knows, and anybody who is a member of the government voting


against the government, and he has been in government for many years,


knew he would be sacked for what he did because that is going against


the very nature of collective responsibility. So he wasn't treated


unusually. It would have been unusual to have allowed him to have


carried on. I think this is making a story out of not too much. But


obviously every party has got differing views on differing things.


I don't think this is big. Do you think it is as big as the front page


would have it? I must say, reading the article, it is a storm in a


store -- Tory teacup. Lord Heseltine got a lot of praise for saying the


House of Lords is and to get the government to think again. And also,


we want a unilateral declaration that EU residents will have their


rights guaranteed. Theresa May agrees with that. There isn't one MP


who doesn't agree. There is something running behind this, isn't


there? If we are to ignore entirely what the House of Lords did or said


and voted upon in the deliberations on Brexit, and Article 50, as Mr


Davies is inviting his party, Parliament and the country to do,


what on earth is the point of parliament? This is the real


question of what I would now call, seeing what is going on in the


Netherlands, the nativist part of the right-wing of Tory party, part


of their claim for Brexit was to return sovereignty, national


sovereignty, to the country. The instrument of sovereignty, which


they seem to be playing in and out with, is Parliament. They keep


saying the people have spoken and that's it. Are they really saying


that uniquely a referendum is the only thing that you cannot rescind,


abrogate, alter, moderate? Anything you say in Parliament, including a


motion to shoot all redheads tomorrow morning, can be rescinded.


That is her statute law works. This idea that this thing is set in


stone, I think they are driving themselves into a big trap. The


daily express saying MPs are told not to sabotage EU exit. That is not


going to happen, is it? They will win the vote. It will be triggered


this week. Of course. We are constantly talking about it. There


will be pressure from the public. There is pressure from the media.


They are constantly talking about it in the House. Parliament is


actually, you know, in charge of what's going on. Everybody is having


a say. All they are saying is it was a referendum, so what we have to


make sure is that is seen through. Everybody is having a say. The Daily


Telegraph headline talks about Nicola Sturgeon's last ditch attempt


to stop Brexit. It is not go to happen. We are going to leave. What


is Nicola Sturgeon doing? She is trying to get a Scottish boys at the


table in the negotiations. -- voice. This has been her problem. Some of


the more extreme suggestions, including in this story, that


Scotland can go it alone because, by the time that the Brexit


negotiations are finished in two years, March 2019, they could be out


of the United Kingdom, that is brinkmanship of the most


extraordinary order. The suggestion again in the Telegraph piece is that


she may be forced to go for another referendum for the independence of


Scotland. Well, the opinion polls at the moment say she won't win it. And


with a declining economy. She's looking weaker all the time. She


keeps coming back to this, we are having another referendum. She has


marched her voters to the top of the hill, she now has nowhere to go and


she is sounding very weak. There is the possibility of the break-up of


her party, too. Look at DfT. Rebel MPs except likely defeat. The


Commons expected to pass the bill. The story we are going to look at is


at the top. Anger rises as President Erdogan calls the Dutch Nazis. This


is a complicated story. The opposition in Turkey have been able


to campaign ahead of the vote this week. The ruling party feel that


they have not been given the same opportunities to speak to their


electorate in the Netherlands. This is ineptitude on both sides. As a


DfT is reporting it. What appears to have happened is this. -- as the


financial Times is reporting. How began's ruling party asked for two


senior figures. To come to the Netherlands to hold a rally to


persuade Turks, those that might have the vote and were not sure --


we are not sure how many there are in the Netherlands, to vote for


greater powers for President Erdogan come June, or whenever the election


is. It is much earlier. It is not this week. That is the Dutch general


election. Sorry. You have let the cat out of the bag. That is the


point. They asked them not to do it this weekend because of the run-up


to the Dutch, very toxic, general election, where nativism and the


presence of Muslims in their country is an issue. I really think it is


about timing from their point of view. President Erdogan's reaction


has been so hyper, I would even call it absurd, to call them Nazis is


inept, it is completely wrong. What he has done easy has got the


headlines around the world. He was trying to get the 5 million Turks in


Europe to vote for him to have extended powers in Turkey. It isn't


only the Netherlands that have said they don't want these rallies.


Germany have said they don't want them because of the agitation on the


ground. More importantly for the Netherlands, it is because there


election is this week. March madness, says the Metro. A million


hit by train strikes. We saw the disruption on Southern trains. No


more will be hit this week. My hometown is coming out. This is the


RMT making sure 2000 guards walk out. At the end of the day everybody


has got to get to the nub of what these strikes are about. They keep


going back. Is it about safety of the passenger? Is it about these


driver only operated trains? No, it's not. We have had them for 30


years. 60% of trains are run on them. We know they are safe. This is


about RMT having power, flexing its muscle and really not thinking about


the people they are causing so much strive to. It is about a union


protecting members and their jobs, isn't it? It is completely wrong. It


is not about that. They are not losing their jobs. They are getting


the guards to do other things. They are opening -- opening and closing


the door is not the most important thing on a train. It could be


checking whether there is anti-social behaviour on the train,


checking whether people are safe, it could be about telling them where


they need to get off or payment about a train tickets. It is not


about just opening and closing the door. I want to return to the


Telegraph. Foreign aid wasted on green energy plans. ?2 billion. This


is an old theme. I don't mean old story. The Telegraph are going in on


the enormous aid budget. ?12 million. -- ?12 billion. 0.7% of


GDP. Cameron pledged to support the millennium goals of the UN and they


can't account for a lot of it. The Telegraph has dug out to schemes


which have not yielded anything. -- two. A solar power scheme in Kenya


and a wind in Ethiopia which has provided energy for barely 100


households at a cost of half a billion between them. One of these


things is that it is very difficult to audit a lot of what Dhif it is


doing. -- divot. Plus it is becoming a tremendous political football


because anything from defence through to welfare says, why are we


spending 12 billion? They want to repatriated. -- to repatriate it.


But they really don't will know, and the civil service don't know, how to


disentangle this. Year after year there is an awful lot of money


wasted. I have witnessed a tremendous waste of money in


Afghanistan, for example, where we spent 3 billion of aid. I wonder how


much of that is yielding at the moment? I think Mrs May, the Prime


Minister, will have to deal with this in this term because it has


been building. And the money is going up. By 2020 it will be 16


billion. When at home people are saying, we need several billion for


other things, whether it is social care, it shouldn't be a sacred cow,


foreign aid, that we can't look at and say, is this money being spent


wisely? If it is not, could it be better spent at home? You read my


body language. I want to do one more story. The RSPCA in a dogfight with


Crofts over dog leads. You have no interest in this. I have no dog in


this fight! The argument is these dogs are held to tightly on their


leads. Crofts say this is nonsense. I have two agree with Crofts. I love


dogs. I have several of my own. Very naughty. But I think in this


instance, they are not your regular run of the mill dog, they are


performing dogs. These are more performing dogs. Doesn't mean to say


they want to be kept on a tight league and have their heads held up?


We are overemphasising the point. They are going around a ring. They


have been doing it for many years. The Kennel Club says it is a silly


nonissue. If you don't agree with Crofts, it could be a different


issue altogether. For the RSPCA -- for the dogs to do what they have


been trained to do, leave them be. It is part of posture as well. This


is a problem with fine thoroughbreds. Over breeding dogs, I


do believe, is wrong. There ears aren't right, their eyes right.


That's it for now. There you go. You have to fight your corner. You can't


get a word in edgewise. Don't forget, the front pages are online.


You can read a detailed review of the papers. We will be back at half


past 11. Don't leave us yet. Robert and Esther will be back.


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