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That's all of this board for now, now Maxine Mawhinney has a look at


The Papers... -- that is all of the sport.


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


With me are Martin Lipton, Deputy Head of Sport


at the Sun and Rosamund Urwin from the London Evening Standard.


Let's have a look at the Sunday papers.


The Express features the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge


who saw their visit to Paris overshadowed by the Orly airport


attack: the Royals "continued defiantly with their programme,"


The Sunday Times also pictures the Duchess of Cambridge,


but its main story is that alleged rape victims will be spared


cross-examination in court, under new reforms announced


The Mail goes it alone with a controversial call


from a retired doctor for women to be able to terminate a pregnancy


The Telegraph says new evidence has emerged over claims that a pregnancy


testing drug has been linked to birth defects


And the Sunday Mirror has an exclusive interview


with George Michael's personal medic - who says the star knew


Let's dive straight in. Let's go to The Times newspaper first, this


story about rape victims who can now give evidence on video tape, what do


you think of this? This is overdue. Obviously, it can be incredibly


painful to relive your attack in court. Liz Truss has given an


exclusive interview to The Sunday Times and is bringing forward plans


for us to have a recorded cross-examination for adult sexual


offences and tried in Crown Court. We have taped evidence in child sex


cases which is used already, it is being extended. It seems a really


sensible measure, it is incredibly difficult for some people, and I


think it does stop people coming forward, the idea that they have to


get up in court and talk about what has happened to them. And in front


of the person for whom they are alleged to be the victim? And


effectively be grilled by a solicitor, a barrister. Martin, what


do you think? I agree, absolutely. This is overdue by a number of


years. The trauma of being raped, I cannot imagine. The horror of having


to relive that, in front of a room full of strangers, in front of the


person you believe perpetrated that act. With the understandably


forensic and aggressive nature of a cross-examination. It's a horror I


would not want to contemplate. Anything which would alleviate this


distress in any way, a cross-examination would still take


place but a more controlled one. An antiseptic way, in a small room in


front of a camera. I think it is beneficial for everyone. It's


interesting, the suggestion pilot schemes have been developed using


the concept that there have been far more guilty pleas, early guilty


pleas. Yes, one of the other lines is that because of the reduced


pressure, I suppose, that evidence can be clearer... You are not going


to stumble... If you are sat in that box with a judge and with


cross-examination, with the jury and the press, whatever. You are going


to be even more nervous than you would be in any event. Someone to


look after the interests of the most important people in any crime, the


victims. One thing mentioned here that Liz Truss found out, a case


where a defendant faced his accuser wearing the same clothes in which he


had allegedly committed the rape. On the next page, it talks about a case


where somebody went on the stand and afterwards found the trauma so


great, she killed herself. The cause is not clear but it is great trauma,


and there are a number of cases where people suffered greatly after


facing this in court. It is interesting, using the pilot from


children, it's obviously been successful. In The Sunday Times,


George Osborne, OK... Martin, let's begin with you.


Scarpering second jobs for MPs? This could end the second jobs for MPs,


I'm more interested in six jobs for MPs can he seems to be a very busy


man! I didn't realise you could be a newspaper editor on a part-time


basis, or a deputy editor on a part-time basis. It's a full-time


job, I'm not sure I could be the MP for Wandsworth


Wandsworth or wherever while putting a newspaper to get. I struggle


enough! What would your Reading be, that he is more of a figurehead? I


suspect so, he had a job in a few years ago working for The Times and


the Telegraph. In a minor capacity. He has no knowledge of the newspaper


industry, he doesn't know how to put a story together or develop


headlines. What does he bring? That he's the former Chancellor of the


Exchequer, and I had to say, in a pro-Labour but anti-Brexit city, he


and it's one of those boxes given his position in the referendum. I


think there will be a pact between him and the mess of the


-- and the London mayor. It's a bit of revenge for him. He has the


chance to slaughter Theresa May and those who feel have trashed his


legacy. On a platform read by millions of people. It seems wrong


to me that they can do this. It is not the first and there has been a


political editor of the standard all other newspapers. The editor of the


Telegraph was a cabinet minister but not simultaneously. He's going to be


your boss, Rosamund? Yes! What is your -- what has the reaction be? He


came in on Friday to talk to the troops. And how did that go? It went


well, there were not questions, there was not time. He wants to put


out a paper that is good, he would not want to take on a job with all


of the attention it has got... I'm sure he will find it easy and be an


excellent work for her new boss, she will flourish as she always does! We


are putting you in a difficult position but Martin, you are right,


but questions about whether you can edit a paper... The chairman of


public life, has shunned the light -- shone the light on whether MPs


should have more than one job. Does it come down to salaries? Not


so much salaries, but the divergence of interest. I think it's no fair


thing that you have members of the House of Lords and the House of


Commons who are professionals in other walks of life, professionals,


doctors... But it is difficult to have a full-time job and still be a


full-time member of a house of parliament. This story will run...


It will run and run! We will ask you when you have had a flavour of it


all! In The Observer, Nicola Sturgeon's


warning to Theresa May, obstruct second referendum at your peril.


Nicola Sturgeon is talking tough on this?


Yes but it is interesting, it looks like she has been bounced into this


position by Alex Salmond, who is more hawkish on the call for a


second referendum. We have this pretty and pleasant spat between


Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May. -- and pleasant spat -- and pleasant. I


do not think Scotland can win. Wherever the vote takes place, she


has two resign, in the same way that Salmond does. If they vote for


independence, it's unlikely, but who knows... We all called Brexit


differently! She is suddenly in charge of a country where the


economic arguments in favour of independence were based on an oil


price of $130 per barrel, and there was a mythical huge sea of oil in


the North Sea that everybody was keeping quiet about before the


referendum because the British government did not want anyone in


Scotland to know this thing that doesn't exist exists... It is


bizarre. But this is about timing. And there is clearly a Nasa monitor


-- animosity between the two. They are both important people. If I was


Theresa May. I would want Scotland to go earlier. If there is any


chance of the Scottish First Minister being a conservative, like


Ruth Davidson, it would be if the SNP were to split in two, with


recriminations and aggravations, a referendum bid again... Nobody will


want to be the Prime Minister that sees the end of the union. You don't


want that on your card. And you had to think about Northern Ireland now,


that double whammy. And possibly Cornwall. But I agree, Nicola


Sturgeon has the best of both worlds at the moment. When things go wrong,


she can blame Westminster and kick a pasting there. When things go right,


the SNP in power in Scotland, -- kick up a stink.


They have a monopoly on seeds there. It is a difficult position for her.


People think, we have had two major referendums, we do not want another.


And in the last 24 hours, there was a poll, I know they change over time


but they say that a majority of people are against another


referendum in that time frame. You want to wait and see what comes from


the EU. I know plenty of people in Scotland who voted to stay as part


of red Britain. Now, because of Brexit -- as part of Great Britain


but now because of our decision to leave the EU, they are rethinking


it. What guarantee do we have that


Scotland can stay in the U... And without the euro, what would their


currency be? Would the Spanish government want to encourage a


breakaway after those problems in Catalonia? These issues would become


greater, the more there is a possibility... Any more comments on


Gordon Brown's that way? You season self as a saviour of Britain, from


the last independence, -- he sees himself.


It is fair to say that he sees Scotland as the issue that he can


bring back to the forefront... I thought he spoke really well on it


and it was a fair point. The thing is, the concept of a third way, it


goes back to when we had Clinton and Blair trying to triangulate in the


same way. I do not think people want to hear about a third way but I


understand the argument. Brown tries to field a middle


ground. I think maybe they do, what we have seen with Brexit and the


previous Scottish referendum is the binary question where we know that


political events are complex. And we want to compromise. As we saw with


Brexit, 48% of people said, hang on, we didn't vote for any of this! You


are a typical Remainer! Let's stick with the breakfast... Brexit! It's a


difficult word to say! A lot of us have done it, I hold my hand up!


Hammond faces a mutiny from Brexit ministers? It's incredible, it


seemed to weeks ago he could do no wrong but now it seems he can do no


right. To watch the budget unravel so swiftly... We had the


omnishambles before... It's an absolute disaster for him. He has


been hung out to dry by Theresa May, quite clearly. Now you have the pro


Brexit lobby pushing and demanding more money. The Treasury must have


tens and millions of pounds of extra funding. It could undermined


Britain's trading future, forging new links across the world...


Clearly there will be a demand to underpin the negotiations to ensure


that there are no negative repercussions. If it goes wrong, the


finger of blame will once again be pointed at the Chancellor of the


Exchequer. Suddenly, he's in a more difficult position then he would


have imagined. He was anti-exit, his position of Foreign Secretary was as


a Remainer. There are recriminations where you can see it coming. Doc


they do not think he is a true believer. Philip Hammond clearly


remains... Given the fallout from the Brexit, including the national


insurance contributions, how do you think he would be personally damaged


by this? I think he and is may have fallen out substantially, he did not


want to back down. -- Theresa May. He thought they should stick with


it. Clearly, whilst it was a very unpopular move, especially with


newspaper columnists, they might have thought of that! If there was


an opposition worth the concept of opposition, he would be in a lot of


trouble but he has got away with it, because of how useless Jeremy Corbyn


and McDonald... I think his defence, Theresa May thinks he has an air of


competence that is lacking. There is still an argument for national


insurance. I did not agree but there was an argument for it being


correct, you should look at realigning. But you don't ignore


your own manifesto commitments. No, I agree. Do you think he feels, with


what he sees... I think he will fill extremely let down. I think he feels


sidelined. It would be interesting to see how he rebuilds his


authority, it has been unquestionably damaged. And also his


relationship with the Prime Minister. Again, it has been


significantly weakened. He would rightly, I feel, and his advisor


would feel he is not only been let down but stabbed in the back. He was


hung out to dry. We have a couple of people not in favour of the Prime


Minister, we are racking them up! In the Mail on Sunday, they've gone


for this shock headline. Let mothers abort babies of "Wrong sex".


A shocking call by doctors, ethics board is terminations based on


gender alone. It is not the first time we have heard this. There is a


possibility, if you have some sort of inherited genetic disease for it,


but this is more widespread? This is choice. This is selective abortion,


and in other parts of the world it is more common, like India and China


particularly, in that part of the world. We are mostly talking about


female foetuses. You do not have to be anti-choice to oppose sex


selective abortion. It is much more nuanced than that. Personally, I


have studied this in other countries and throughout the world. To me,


this is not always a free choice. It is painted as a binary but the


individual is not always making a free choice because some women are


conversed into making these decisions because a son is desired.


And when a woman makes any choice, even if she thinks it's free, we do


not make it in a vacuum. There are societal pressures imposed on you,


and those decision to reflect a society that does not value


female... And the society could end up having unbalanced agendas. She is


also calling for abortion at any time. -- genders. We have a limit to


24 weeks at the moment. In other countries, it is lower. She is


basically calling for it at any stage in pregnancy. Even those who


believe in a woman's right to choose, I am strongly in that camp,


would find it difficult to stomach. I think there comes a point where


once the foetus is capable of life, then surely, that is beyond the


stage where... Unless there are medical reasons where you have to do


it for the safety of the mother... I think this will run a bed. It is


such a controversial and divisive issue.


Let's go back to the Telegraph. Rosemary, what's happening in


Cornwall? It might seem unlikely that people in Cornwall are victims


of ethnic pressure but the Council of Europe has condemned the


government for neglecting the Cornish minority. The southernmost


County, obviously, has suffered erosion of its language, there


are... 500 speakers of Cornish, apparently. And landmarks have been


Disneyfied, like Pentagon Castle. It was blowing a gale when I went there


a few months ago. It was not like a fairy tale princess, it is a rugged


bit of rock on a headland. You access it through narrow bridges. It


is not Disneyfied! Calling on the BBC to broadcast more in Cornish.


That is W1A territory. Parody in the BBC. Someone worse complaining in


that about treatment of the Cornish by the BBC. We will see what they


come up with next! Complaints from everybody now! Thank


you very much indeed for joining us. Those are The Papers this morning.


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