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of the table at! Lucy Fisher, correspondent for The Times, and


star of the latest Papers Trail, and Eve pollard,.


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


The FT leads with a report on a UK-Germany defence cooperation deal.


"The Prime Minister is seeking to emphasise Britain's contribution


to European security in a bid to bolster post-Brexit


On its front page, the Mirror features a report on the threat


The paper has launched an appeal to help thousands of victims.


The Daily Express has a report on the Treasury


considering a drastic cut to pension tax relief.


The paper says the "tax raid" is to raise funds


after the Chancellor's U-turn on national insurance increases.


The Metro is leading with a report on the death of a toddler in London.


And the remote-controlled 'flying squad' makes


the Daily Mail's front page - the paper reports that the first


24-hour police drone unit is to be launched this summer to to chase


And the guardian talks about Trump and the wiretapping claims. So,


let's begin. A remote-controlled flying squad to chase criminals and


hunt for missing people, 21st-century Sweeney Todd. Boys on


their toys, what can we say? Devon and Dorset, that part of the world,


are saying they are thinking of getting drones because that can help


them look for people who are lost, in trouble, and I can understand


that. How you can utilise a drone in the middle of a burglary, I'm not


entirely sure, but the dangerous thing is they are saying you can't


get all these trends, and they are not a bargain, by the way, but it is


the sort of money that chaps like to spend, and cut down on the police


force, cut down on bobbies on the beat and all the rest of it. I'm


sure that will be the argument. I'm sure drones can do useful things,


looking for people on Beachy head all that sort of thing. The idea


that drones can guard people, and apparently they guarded the Duchess


of Cambridge recently in Wales. They must have a recording facilities so


that they concede if a crime is in the middle of commission of a crime,


but there are privacy concerns for some people. And you'd have to be


very lucky to have a drone up in the right place at the right time. I


think there are big privacy issues with this, particularly when it is


allied with new technologies. The Russian state is pioneering


technology that can recognise every single face. If you link to that


this, then anyone walking down a street, you could in point their


location, and that is quite concerning. They say they will use


it for marches and all the rest of it, which on the one hand makes you


feel scared for your privacy, but on the other hand you might save time


if trouble makers were known. A close eye must be kept on the cost,


as the public sector has a poor record of getting value for money.


You can imagine the latest drones. They can move at 40 miles an hour at


100 feet, they cost ?1000. How'd you get it back? Remote-control. They


are very skilled, people who use them. There does seem to be a human


element that may be missing. That might be part of the issue, if they


are having to reduce police numbers. The Financial Times, life after the


European court of justice, which is currently the place at which cases


end up because we are inside the European Union, that will change,


the Supreme Court here will be the first place that cases are referred


to. I find it extraordinary that Liz Truss has said to judges, come out


and explain to the public what you do after she was attacked for


failing to stand up for the judiciary when the Daily Mail


branded enemies of the people over the article 50 challenge which they


presided over purely on a legal basis whether Parliament needed, the


approval of Parliament needed to be sought to trigger to call 50, so I


think it is a little bit, there will be judges choking on their


cornflakes tomorrow morning when they see the Justice Secretary


saying that. I think it is quite a superficial, cheap thing to say.


There is nothing more complex than law, and it is for the education


sector to explain the rule of law is, separation of powers. The other


issue as well is that as Lord Chancellor, she has a legal


obligation, she has sworn an oath to obligation, she has sworn an oath to


defend the independence of the judiciary. She was criticised for


being very slow to come out and say not very much after those attacks in


the press. And judges I know, they would run a mile, I think from


sitting down and doing an interview with a journalist. All their


training has been be above it, don't get down and dirty, just get on with


your job as per the law says. And I think the politicisation of the


judiciary as you have in the US is highly undesirable. It would be a


bad thing for British society to see that come here. It would. And there


should be more female judges, I would like to say that. Wouldn't it


be helpful if in some we, the general public, who never come into


contact with the courts as to, understood how it fitted altogether,


the role that the Supreme Court will have on the fact that it is supposed


to be above politics. It is, and what was so curious about the whole


situation was that nobody had ever said to David Cameron, I presume,


you do understand that this will have to go through Parliament as


well? A lot of MPs didn't seem to understand that! In the old days,


you did civic studies at school, but that has been dropped from the


curriculum, and I think a lot of people don't understand. If you


don't come into contact with the law, which is the best way to be,


those of us who recognise notepaper from lawyers upside down when they


get to their desks as an editor does, it is good to be educated


about who comes from where and how it works, but I'm not sure that


judges should be the ones to do that. I agree with you. And Liz


Truss has said, you are going to come in for more attacks, so you


will have to defend yourselves. So many judges go into it because they


have earned a lot of money being barristers and lawyers, they go and


do it for less money and they are now going to be attacked, that makes


it seem really attractive, doesn't it?! Let's look at the Daily


Express. New tax raid on pensions, anger as retirement perks could be


hit to plug the budget U-turn. If you can't raise money by increasing


national insurance contributions, the suggestion is that pension tax


relief will be the target. I am the only person at this table who is a


pensioner, and much good has it done me! Let me just say, this will be


another U-turn, won't it, because who votes? And also, the whole


point, I thought, was that as you grow up you should invest in your


pension so that when you get to the end of your life, you are not a head


beat weight on the state and on your children and grandchildren. So the


whole point, if you are going to teach people now, don't be careful,


don't squirrel money away for when you are old, just spend it all in


your 30s and 40s, that is a great lesson, very nonconservative. It is


a great lesson, and a similar criticism at the national insurance


hike that has been abandoned, again attacking entrepreneurial people,


sole traders who set out on their own, also very unconservative, but


this was a key U-turn the George Osborne had to perform before he had


even announced it. Widely rumoured brief, a lot of speculation, so also


to me if it is right that Philip Hammond is thinking of this, it


speaks of this lack of will to call radar that he has been criticised


for -- political radar, are they trying to all the while by floating


ideas that have been through the mill. The interesting thing is, are


they taking advantage of the fact that they are so far ahead in the


polls, and there is a very little likelihood that Jeremy Corbyn could


be Prime Minister, and thinking, we will take a risk. If they don't vote


for us, we will still win. They have to plug the gap somehow and they


have finite options. But I have to say, what are they spending their


money on? One of the things that I think is really worrying, and Liz


Truss says everybody things press freedom is very important, one of


the problems with the press now is because there are fewer journalists,


because we are not covering the councils, because lots of local


papers don't have somebody covering what is going on in their local


area, where money is being spent and all the rest of it, I feel I know


less and less about where we are spending the money. We are shocked


when we discover that areas that should have lots of money, the


people in charge of bowling at the money for foreign aid, are being


paid half a million a year to do so. I don't know, I disagree with that.


There has probably never been a better time to transparency with the


budget as a shin of records, -- the digital creation of records,


journalists have more access, and there is probably more transparency,


maybe not at a local level. It would be very interesting for someone to


explain where our taxes are going to, why we have problems as we do


social care and all the rest of it, social care and all the rest of it,


and what can we do? And actually it would make more of us feel keener to


pay more tax or spend more than this sort of I feel just not being in the


middle of editing a newspaper, I'm not sure newspapers are taking this


role, you say you can get hold of the information. You mentioned,


conveniently, thank you, foreign aid. The Daily Mirror is looking at


the famine that is affecting several countries in Africa, 20 million


people at risk of starvation. There is a campaign to raise money and the


picture of a little girl who died within a week of them featuring her


in a previous report. This is about the drought in Somalia and other


countries affected, too. There has been a great deal of money raised in


a short time, again, by the British public, when the DC put an appeal


at, but clearly the Daily Mirror thinks not enough is being done. In


many ways, there is very little coverage of something of a


humanitarian disaster on this scale. I think that is right. It is


difficult, people turn away from the horror of it, and that picture of


this little girl is just absolutely heartbreaking, and I think 24-hour


news people think they are perhaps they knew it to the crisis, but it


is very easy to bash, and rightly in many cases, when money is misspent


or wasted, the Ethiopian Spice Girls, wires and British taxpayers


money, going to that. But it is important to cover the attempts to


help people facing starvation. I am so old I can remember the Ethiopian


crisis... You are not the only one! And British people are the most


generous in the world, they are fantastic when it comes to situation


like this. But what worries you is you are giving money to somebody who


will put it straight in a Swiss bank account, and it is not getting to


the tragic stories of this little girl who died, and does social media


say that we get fatigue? The FT, Trump calls for aesthetically


pleasing wall, this is the wall that will be built between America and


Mexico. What does aesthetically pleasing mean? I'm hoping that David


Hockney and Banksy will go around their with their paint, and there


can be a mirror to Donald so he can check his hair. It is a lovely idea


that there will be less aesthetically pleasing wall. That is


what it is all about(!) but there is a requirement for it to be built


with American materials. Yes, and it says here, only aesthetically


pleasing colours and textures on the US side. It can be ugly concrete for


the Mexicans to look at. Mexican builders' firms being asked to


examine their conscience and not reply when asked to build it. We


will be back at half past 11 with another look at the pages with Lucy


and Eve. And you can see the papers seven days a week on our website.


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