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This is BBC News with Martine Croxall.


We'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment,


The organisation representing NHS trusts in England has warned that


frontline services won't be able to meet performance targets set


by the government over the next year.


Police have arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of the murder


of a one-year-old boy and the attempted murder of a girl


of the same age at a flat near Finsbury Park in north London.


George Osborne's latest job as the editor of


the London Evening Standard has led to calls for a rethink


has five roles as well as his job as an MP.


The plight of the civilians of western Mosul in Iraq.


Survivors of Islamic State now in desperate need of aid.


Some residents in Derby have been offered temporary accommodation,


that's after their homes were damaged when a water mains


burst sending plumes of water three storeys high.


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


With me are Lucy Fisher, senior political correspondent


for the Times, and Eve Pollard, former Fleet Street editor.


The FT leads with a report on an apparent deal between the UK


and Germany to cooperation on defence.


According to the paper, Theresa May wants to emphasise


Britain's contribution to European security in a bid


On its front page the Mirror features a report


on the threat of famine in parts of Africa.


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


The Daily Express's main report is about the Treasury


considering a drastic cut to pension tax really.


The paper warns against what it calls a tax raid.


It says it is needed to fill the coffers


after the Chancellor's U-turn on National Insurance contributions.


The Telegraph says the BBC has demanded to be protected


by new laws that promote its shows over those of rivals,


arguing that public service broadcasters face a real threat


of losing out in the wake of the rising number


And the remote-controlled flying squad


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


criminals and hunt for missing people.


The Guardian says Donald Trump has come in for strong


criticism by the former British Ambassador to Washington


over what he has described


as unthinkable and nonsensical wiretapping claims.


The Sun reports that the Grand Tour presenter


Richard Hammond was badly hurt in a motorbike crash


It says the TV star had almost died while filming Top Gear 11 years ago.


And the Times leads on a government crackdown


on the exploitation of the self-employed,


saying firms that use these workers to avoid paying sickness,


pension and maternity benefits are to undergo a review.


Pretty big selection of stories. We will begin with the Daily Mail,


takeoff for police drones Edfors it says, a room of controlled flying


squad will chase criminals and hunt for people. If you've got fewer


police on the beat, is this the right way to fill the gap? It


doesn't feel people with the same kind of confidence of these on the


beat does and we have major issues around privacy, I'm not sure I'm


comfortable with the idea drones that can save that recorded footage


and geotag people, that will be kept on file and when you're walking down


the street a drone could add to our CCTV nation. In some ways the CCTV


nation already exists and makes us not be great place for terrorists to


come and all the rest of it because they are aware they will be caught


on many cameras. On the other hand, I feel the idea of drones doing some


things would work. I think it's very much countryside forces who feel


they could be useful to find people who are lost. I can see that that


would work. But boys and their toys, you can see on a cold day, let's


launch a drone, let's not go out, and all the paperwork that would


have to be done and there's a human side that you need from the police


that won't be there. I'm not saying they can't gather information or


they can't be useful but the idea of fewer bobbies on the beat must be


bad. Let's look at the Sun, the one you


expected me to start with. We other area able to... You are very Fleet


of foot! Not the front page by page two of the Sun. The Tories urge p.m.


To cause snap election on the front of the Sunday express, an exclusive


from Caroline Wheeler. The Prime Minister has always said no to the


idea of her going to the country before 2020. She has but I think


things are getting to the stage where I think that she probably


feels if she had a larger majority, I guess that's where we feel an


election would put her, she would be able to get things through much


easier. She's got the problems with Nicola Sturgeon, who said she hasn't


been elected by anybody. That doesn't help. She's also got


allsorts of things, grammar schools, allsorts of things, that will be


challenged by her own side and she's only got a majority of 12, 13? 17 is


a working majority. There are also concerns about by-elections as a


result of investigations into election spending. You could resolve


all of that, could you, by going to the country sooner Prez blew yes,


certainly you could. The strategic reasons for calling the election


continue to grow as Jeremy Corbyn's ratings plunge and Labelux in more


trouble. Looking back at David Cameron and George Osborne, a more


political team would have gone to the country but Theresa May prides


herself on not playing games. She said there wouldn't be an election


and her aides are sticking to that and she won't fall into the trap


that Gordon Brown did of allowing speculation to arise that it might


happen. If they going to do it before May the fourth they have to


be quick to make a decision, not far away. Looking at the Times. May will


tell bosses to give workers more rights, crackdown on exploitation of


the self-employed. I remember a couple of weeks ago when there was


the U-turn eventually on National Insurance contributions, one of the


arguments for cutting them up in certain classes was there a few


receipts coming in from taxes from PAYE but this would suggest the


Prime Minister thinks more people should be regarded as employed. The


problem is a lot of the wage you get and the ways you get cheaper service


and things is not to pay all the social costs of full-time staff. I


do think you will get people who will be working with no pensions, no


maternity benefits and all the rest of it. That may be a problem for


them. On the other hand it will push up the costs of technology, all


these other industries, where people are being asked to act as sole


traders and not pay PAYE so inflation will just carry on going


up. I wonder if this is an indication of what Theresa May will


do when it comes to workers' rights post Brexit when some people have


been concern if we don't have the protections of the European court of


justice those workers' rights could be eroded. Yes, things like the


working Time directive, things that are protected because they are in EU


law. She has suggested they would be transposed to domestic statutes but


this is slightly more about the changing nature of workers, the gig


economy has risen with delivery and technology companies, many people I


don't think even started off trying to get round to stop so many


receipts going to the Treasury, but it certainly is the case now that


that is happening. There's been a widespread review to look at how


these people when they do get older, how for example their pensions are


paid. Let's look at the Guardian. Tramp attacked by former UK envoy


over wiretapping claims. -- Trump. The president accused of peddling


falsehoods and endangering UK US relations. This is Peter Weston got.


Diplomatic language is always quite bland to the rest of us, but by


diplomatic standards, this is a fairly stinging criticism? The


President of America doesn't use diplomatic language, does he? It is


a free for all. He does have to be careful, the Donald, when he starts


mentioning countries... Apparently this was first raised on Fox News.


By a fine legal mind. Exactly. Then it wormed its way into the White


House that way. But you've got to be careful if you start saying GCHQ are


tapping your phones even if the ex-president asks for it. Diplomacy


is full of tact and double language, I'm afraid that will have to come


back. The Republicans have said really the White House owes Britain


an apology. But how many people really believe every word Donald


Trump says any more if they ever did? The biggest question, what do


his voters believe, do they believe him, that is the crowd he is playing


to. I think this will do. That's the case, when you look at Steve Bannon,


some advisers around him, and their connections to these very brash,


shout the media websites, what game is he playing by making these


outlandish claims -- shouty. Obama was there, he is there now, he has


won, get on with it, that's what you've got to do. The FT, Liz Truss


tells judges to woo the people as extra scrutiny may be in place after


the court of justice. She's telling the judiciary they will have to


expect and cope with and respond to more criticism of their actions and


explain themselves more. I think there will be a lot of angry judges


tomorrow. Already there's a problem with recruiting judges who have to


take a pay cut from being very well-paid QCs to become a judge.


They expect the Lord Chancellor, who has sworn an oath, to protect them,


not telling them think you're backing they have to explain


themselves to the public and to the media -- finger wagging. There's an


argument for better education about rule of law, separation of powers,


what the independent judiciary do, but the place for that is the


classroom, not for judges to have to go out and explain the often


incredibly complex decisions and framework in which they work. I


think in a way... Judges are very special people, they are very


interesting. They are slightly removed from the world. The idea of


asking a judge to do a double page bread in a tabloid newspaper, tell


us about your likes and dislikes -- double page spread. It's highly


unlikely! It has worked very well with British law that they are...


Occasionally they are a bit to separate, once Edwina Currie did her


biography and it appeared in the autobiography and the newspaper, and


I remember the Chief Justice at the time said, what did she do that for?


And I said, I think about ?1 million! They are very much not


attached to the world in a way but perhaps they are attached to the


cases they hear. I can't see them settling down with a woman's


magazine to say, this is what we do every day. Maybe they will be put


under pressure to explain their decisions. Let's look at the


Telegraph for the final couple of stories, BBC demand top billing in


law. This is James Purnell, director of radio and education, saying the


BBC should have greater prominence in the TV guides we have on our


screens these days. It's not just the BBC that is asking for this, it


is public service broadcasters generally and there's an amendment


going into the digital economy Bill this week which, if it passes, would


enable that. I find this whole idea slightly anachronistic because the


way I consume TV is through going on websites, directly to iPlayer or my


Netflix account, but I appreciate many people in their living room


still have a TV and a removed control. Do you not have one? I do,


but it is a modern one that is linked up to the Web and my laptop,


it has a button on the run of control that says Netflix. Does it


do the ironing? It doesn't yet. I will have one when it does! That's


his problem, you have a whole younger generation who look at TV in


a whole new way. I sympathise most with him because radio doesn't get


much coverage at all and he is head of radio at the BBC. There's an


argument if you provide good content people will find it wherever it is.


Finally, why happy workers take a breather. Advice from happiness


guru, Max Strong, coming to us tomorrow on the UN international day


for happiness. What shall we do on the UN international day of


happiness? Maypole dancing? It is literally going outside and taking a


break. In a nice polluted corner of town. I think we need it now. I


spent so many hours each day glued to my computer, to have a reminder


in the modern yoga mindfulness held the 21st century, this is the


modern-day fag break. Taking the dog for a walk will suffice, as I do


everyday! That's the papers for tonight. Thank you to Lucy and Eve


for coming in. All the papers are online and on iPlayer in case you


missed it. Coming up next, the Film Review.


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