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Wednesday's terror attack. The investigation continues and one man


remains in custody. The United States says it is investigating


coalition air strikes that were carried out in Western Mosul,


killing dozens of civilians. Hello, and welcome to our look ahead


to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow morning on our breakfast


tables. With me Ruefli, a Banking Group adviser. And John rental,


Chief political column columnist at the Independent. The Sunday Times


claims EU migrants living in Britain will continue to receive Child


benefit after Britain leaves. The Observer reports on the coalition


air strikes in Mosul, which it says have caused at least 150 civilians


and caused international outrage -- killed at least 150 civilians. The


Sunday Express's front-page features the Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood


and says he has spoken for the first time since trying to stave PC Keith


Palmer -- save PC Keith Palmer in Wednesday's terror attack. The mail


reports that the air ambulance Prince William co-pilot had a near


miss with a drone last summer. The Sunday Telegraph leads with Douglas


Carswell's resignation from Ukip, reporting that it could lead to a


civil war within the party. Independent also has a picture of


Douglas Carswell, but its main story features calls for Europe to stick


together following the Westminster terror attacks. You were there when


the horror unfolded. A very striking photo of Tobias Ellwood, not a new


photo, but seeing it in that context is a very strong image. It is the


first time he has spoken to a newspaper since then. You know, he


was a modest hero. I remember speaking to an MP who said, you


know, that they were told to get out of the way. By the police. Tobias


Ellwood went the other way, to the way that they were being told to go.


He went because he is a former soldier. He thought he might be able


to help, and he did actually try to do all he could to try to save Keith


Palmer and to stop the bleeding. But unfortunately he wasn't able to do


it. Ruth, to the left, a photograph of Keith Palmer. We have seen this


photograph before, it is bringing all of the pieces together over the


weekend, I suspect a lot of the papers will do that. The photo was


taken by a tourist whom he posed with 45 minutes before he died. He


is wearing the stab best which unfortunately wasn't able to protect


other parts of his body. You go in and out of those gates on a regular


basis, you were a Treasury official a few years ago, you are a regular


at Westminster talking to committees, giving evidence and so


on. You must have been chilled by what you saw. I think he looked very


vulnerable. What strikes me is at the gates there are an armed police.


I think they were on at some point, and there were objections from MPs


and visitors. That will have to change. I see Lord Ian Blair, you


said in the introduction, he is calling for tighter security of the


Commons, and I think that is almost a first stop that they have armed


police there. They have an police around the rest of the Houses of


Parliament and nobody bats an eyelid. There is a dilemma. I spoke


on the night of this attack to Lord Laxton, who you will probably know


both as Alastair Cook, from the Tory Party, he was an aide to an MP who


was blown up almost on the very spot where this attack happened in 1979.


He said one of the things that people like her used to say is, we


don't want to be treated any differently than anybody else. Those


who are against our democracy win, in a sense. I don't think that is


realistic. You do have to protect these places. Nobody wanted to put


those gates up outside Downing Street either. It was nice to have


Downing Street as a normal London street, but it's not practical.


There are armed police around Westminster already. There was a


counterargument. One of the reports today said that perhaps the police


themselves or security services are concerned that having an armed


officer may make them a potential target. Whereas if you had roving


armed police and unarmed officers but officers with protection that


might be a good balance, but clearly you think events have proved that


wrong. I think they have to be insistent. They have armed police


now, there is a precedent for it. I think the police by the gates should


be armed as well stop right let's move on to the Observer. This, John,


is the report from you are gassed all. They are increasingly confident


according to this report, although the police haven't said this openly


yet, that Khalid Masood acted alone and we may never actually no,


because he didn't share that information, why he did what he did


on Wednesday. Talk about a fast moving story. 24 hours ago we were


reporting the exact opposite. These WhatsApp messages they wanted to get


at. Suggesting he had been indoctrinated and perhaps encouraged


to do it. I think... You know, how do I know? This feels more plausible


to me, that we are just talking about a man armed with nothing more


than a car and a knife. You know, in a rage about, you know, goodness


knows what and we will probably never know. It's very odd, because


he was 52 years old, and in a way, you think of people in a rage in


their 20s and teens, young men who fired up by jihadists. He doesn't


seem to have been motivated by that. In fact we don't know what his


motivation was. It does seem as though it was premeditated, he must


have worked out his route to come across the Westminster Bridge, to


work out where he would do quite a lot of damage. Thank goodness he


didn't do more damage, actually. More to the point, if he acted


alone, as Amber Rudd said the other day, you really can't stop all of


these things come you know. I'm afraid in an open society there is


always a risk that we will be hit by people like this. Let's move on to


the other story on the front of the Observer. In a sense we have been


talking about, terrible for those involved, but a comparatively small


number of casualties compared to what is happening in so many other


parts of the world on sadly an almost daily basis. One place where


the casualty numbers one loses track of almost is Iraq. This assault on


Mosul has been going on for months. It is hard to tell how much progress


is being made and how come you know, the objective is to take the whole


of Mosul, but quite how far they are in achieving it. I remember reports


months ago suggesting that Mosul was about to fall and you got the


impression that this was something that was going to happen in the next


few days. It is extraordinary how much Iraq has just forward of the


front pages of our newspapers. But, you know, good for the Observer for


putting it back there. Well, a tragic civil war, we know that. At


the end of the day, the Iraqi forces will actually prevail and they will


we take Mosul. This attack actually took place last week. It has


suddenly come into view. The UN has raised concerns about the number of


civilians and whether if you like the ends justify the means. Let's be


honest about this, they are going to resume this attack on Mosul, they


are going to get hold of Mosul, and Isis will be pushed further and


further and told the caliphate, as they call it, will disappear. At the


terrorism will continue. Let's move on to the Independent. Job, you know


about this story because it is your photograph on the top left there. By


2020, cars will be Tory again, you say that as if it is of years? It is


obvious that he wants to rejoin the Conservative Party -- Douglas


Carswell. Theresa May's whole approach, a lot of what she is


interested in, is getting back the Ukip voters who deserted the Tory


body. That is what grammar schools was about, her hard line on Brexiter


-- who deserted the Tory Party. It would be hard if you are a Tory


activists in Clacton, given that he has rubbed your nose in it by


holding the seat... Forcing a by-election. Douglas Carswell is a


very engaging blokes, very popular. And I think that they will have him


back. He was always a square peg in a round hole in any political


parties appeal and he is a bit of a maverick, that is part of why we


like him, he is a free thinker. He doesn't fit in very well, he


certainly didn't fit in in Ukip, which is a nest of vipers anyway!


The only thing stopping him coming back to the Tory Party is his own


principle that if you change party you have got to have a by-election,


he doesn't want to do that so he is in the holding pen at the moment. I


think he will rejoin the Tories. Ruth, what do you make of it was


like he hasn't quite done with instant job's immortal phrase,


ratted and we ratted, because he hasn't gone to his old party --


Winston Churchill's phrase. I think he has been Tory all along. He said


that he joined Ukip because he was desperate for Brexit. A lot of


Tories were desperate for Brexit, but now it is being delivered by


Theresa May, he is a Tory. But a strategic Tory. You are not


connected to any party, but you aren't enthusiastic supporter of


Brexit. I am a member of the Tory Party. I hadn't realised you are now


a member. From your point of view, being do so as dispassionate as I


know you will be about this, do you think Ukip has a purpose now post


two I don't think. You have just admitted that Laurie Conservative! I


can authoritative lyc e that Ukip is finished! They are having a civil


war despite the Sunday Telegraph. There is a very striking image. Ukip


has been having a Civil War since it was founded! A very wonderfully


vivid, colourful picture of the floral tributes, some laid by police


officers outside the site where PC Keith Palmer died. We have time for


a very interesting story. On the face of it, Ruth, this ought to be


giving the other editors in Fleet Street palpitations when they see


this on the front of the Mail and they haven't got it. William's


helicopter a split-second from lethal crash. Do we know if it is


true?! Of course it is true, but it is rather carefully phrased. It is


Prince William's helicopter, but not necessarily with him in it. That's


very sharp. There is a photograph of Prince William, but you are right,


it doesn't say he was in there. It was also quite a long time ago,


that's the other thing. Also, what kind of drone was this? Was it a


little plastic throne, sort of that size, or was it something more...


Was it being operated by somebody? We will have to wait until we get a


hard copy of the paper until we find out on page four. I think it is a


nonstory! In that case, giving your judgment, Ruth, we won't do it in an


hour's time, we will find something else to talk about! Revenge on, we


will be back with you in an hour's time at 11:30pm -- Ruth and John.


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