02/04/2017 The Papers


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


With me are Jim Waterson, who's the political editor


And the public appointments adviser Jacqui Francis.


Decently giving up their Sunday evening!


The cover of the FT features a stark warning


from President Trump over North Korea.


The Telegraph also carries the President's comments


on its front page, ahead of his first meeting


The I focuses on the row over comments made by Michael Howard


The same story is on the front page of the Metro, with the paper


highlighting the former Tory leader's claim the Prime Minister


would even consider war to keep the territory.


The Express says 20-minute walk a day could save your life,


following a report by the British Heart Foundation that


three quarters of heart patients take no exercise at all.


Donald Trump's warning to the Chinese is the Times' lead


tomorrow, with the President saying he would take unilateral action


if necessary to halt Kim Jong-un's nuclear programme.


The Daily Mirror carries a photo of the daughter of Tracey Wilkinson,


visiting the scene where her mother was stabbed to death


alongside her brother Pierce in Stourbridge last week.


We have to start with Gibraltar. Tonight of all nights. Fighting talk


on Gibraltar. The Defence Secretary insisting the UK will defend the


Rock all the way and Lord Howard comparing Theresa May potentially to


Margaret Thatcher should it come to it. He did not quite mention war,


did he? I think he's said this has been mentioned and that obviously


Theresa May will strongly defend and support Gibraltar. For some reason


it was translated into Margaret Thatcher and possibly tanks and


invasion. I am not sure how that happened and I am sure Theresa May


is pleased he is incommunicado as she works out how to roll back from


the idea that we will invade Gibraltar. The direct comparison was


made? A former Conservative leader Michael Howard was doing the rounds


on the shows this morning and said comments to the effect of, we were


willing to defend the Falklands and would be willing to do the same


again. We are not going to war with Spain. They are a Nato member. We


would have to defend them against ourselves if we did. We would tie


ourselves in not. You have someone like Michael Howard willing to talk


this language and willing to say we will use military force to defend


our landed interests. It gives you an insight into the mindset of the


people coming up with this. And maybe the people they appeal to,


that kind of talk would have a residence, even if it is only


metaphorical. Absolutely and what happened for some people, when they


heard about the letter sent, it was civilised, like, we will do this and


that and will negotiate and was not as hardliners some individuals


wanted, I think so Michael Howard, saying this is what we want to hear.


How one is this? It is one thing to appeal to the constituency you think


it will resonate with but another thing to start the negotiations.


Lord Howard will not be part of it. It comes back to the latter invoking


Article 50, it did not have a mention of Gibraltar, which


surprised some EU officials and Spanish diplomat saw the opportunity


and put in a line on the response letter. It is a misalignment of the


two letters, which may be as simple as someone forgot to put on line in


one letter when it was drafted in Downing Street, but we end up four


days later with talk on the front pages we might have an armed


conflict. That will not happen. It is all about the language and


mentality we can learn from this. The Telegraph newspaper is connected


to Brexit as well, Spain buoying Scottish Nationalists as the row


over Gibraltar intensifies, saying Spain has abandoned plans to stop at


independent Scotland, should Scotland achieve that, from joining


the EU. There have been concerns from some Scottish interests that


Spain would not want to see an independent Scotland act ceding to


the EU because it might give Catalonia ideas. This might be more


important of the two Brexit stories tomorrow. This gives Scotland and


Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP a free pass on a key issue in the past,


with the argument being if you declared independence, before the UK


left the EU, you would not be able to get in the club. This clears a


major hurdle for Scottish nationalism. It makes life easier to


make the case it would not leave them outside the EU. This is another


front on which tensions will be raised between Madrid and London. I


am sure everybody is wondering, is this a quid pro quo for something


else Spain feels aggrieved about, for example the idea of security


arrangements and sharing details. If you want to play that card, OK, we


will play this card, saying we will not say anything about Scotland if


they want to join. I wonder behind the scenes what messages have got


mixed up that people are saying things like this. It is a lot of


sabre rattling before the negotiations. You wonder if there


will be temperate language when they negotiate. Of course. This is people


setting out their stall. Going in and waiting to see what everyone


comes back with. On Scotland getting independence and getting in the EU,


there has been a change of thinking from Spain on this. Staying with the


Telegraph, police warn they'll changes will help release criminals.


Can you outline this. Broadly speaking the story is that police


will have to charge offenders, alleged offenders, within 20 days or


release them from prison. There have been cases particularly around long


crime investigations into historic child abuse and also stuff about


journalists with phone hacking where people were kept on bail months and


years and never charged but also having their name besmirched and


unable to work. The issue is is it more fair to people let off


eventually without charge? Or is there a risk you end up letting off


people who are guilty because the police have not within a month found


the evidence. The College of Policing think it is the latter and


dangerous. They give the example of the Soham murders. They say it takes


longer than people think. It is not like CSI, you tap into a computer


and it tells you information. You wonder if it will mean that people


are arrested over and again. It is possible. Some of the journalists


cases, close to our industry, use or careers ruined with no charge, then


reading across into other cases not as well reported, there must be


people whose lives have been ruined because the police have not got


round to finding evidence so it seems a fair balance. The Financial


Times, telling us it has an exclusive interview with President


Trump. If China is not going to solve North Korea, he says, we will.


That headline is on the front pages tonight. Clearly cross about the way


North Korea is behaving. China is one of North Korea's few allies, but


we do not know what sorting North Korea means. No, he is saying if


they don't, we will. As you said, slightly worrying, because I wonder


when things are not going well domestically, sometimes leaders


think, let's look abroad and see what we can do. A pre-emptive


strike, I presume, is one of the things they are thinking about or


covert operations in North Korea. But who would want to go there?


Sabre rattling is one thing but if you say that to North Korea, they


might easily call your bluff. He is said arranged that man it might be


something he decides to do. The missile tests have caused such


tensions on the Korean peninsula, as well. It is not a complete joke of a


nation, they have the ability to fire missiles along way. It is on


the back of comments by the Obama administration, it is not just in


Donald Trump's heads. What might be something Donald Trump came up with


on the spot that if China does not do anything, we will wade in.


Sometimes politicians go into interviews with a single line they


want to put across. If you read the transcript of this interview it gets


the feeling of they said, what will you do if they do not back down?


Well, I will wade in on my own. Which is worrying if that is how


policy is made. Perhaps he just wanted to answer the question.


Terrifying if that is coming about. Setting out his stall before he


meets the Chinese premier? He is meeting him the first time this


week. It is part of what he is trying to do. I worry if in the


Pentagon they say, sorry, what? Did somebody mention, get your boots on,


we are off somewhere. Perhaps he is trying to say he has put pressure on


the Chinese before he meets them. There could be sanctions. China has


failed to step in. In South Korea they have a political crisis and are


less willing to act tough. It is basically down to Mr Trump to work


out what he wants to do. This will not bounce China into doing


anything. They will do something if they want to do it but him having an


exclusive and they are reading the Financial Times of thinking of


course, Donald, we will do what you want us to do. Send them a note and


saying, please stop doing that? We can look at the Times newspaper and


aired a -- air disaster fears over a poor standard of English among


foreign pilots, meaning perhaps communication in the skies when


things get tricky is not as clear as it might be. It is worrying that


this is more than once before we have had pilots... I understood they


double-check and speak carefully in a particular language to ensure if


they do not understand they asked them to repeat it but one assumes if


you are a pilot, you have the same standard in terms of communication,


no matter what country you are from. You would have thought. This implies


not. There is a case where a pilot has gone on the wrong way without


being clearance which the air traffic controller thought the pilot


did not necessarily understand instructions. The main concern is


pilots based overseas are in some way getting around, all being guided


through the language tests. They can fly the plane, the issue is whether


they understand what local controllers are telling them. Shall


we finish with the Express. They love a health story. We are being


told to walk. Obviously not enough doing it. A daily walk, experts tell


20 million lazy Britons to get more exercise. That always goes down


well, to be called a couch potato! The point is simple. The British


Heart Foundation are concerned patients they see do not do any


exercise. This front page could have been run at any point and probably


has been over the last 50 years. It says if you keep walking you will


get fit. If you keep eating healthy food you maybe will have a healthier


life. The moment this breakthrough is the moment the Express will go


out of business. Maybe we need is the Express to remind us. It says in


some regions, the figure is as high as 97% of people being physically


inactive. There are lots of ways we are told we can change that. It is


difficult to acquire new habits and easy to acquire bad ones. Take the


stairs, get off the bus they stop earlier. But the real thing is the


cost of 1.2 billion to the NHS and increasingly we are told we have to


take care of our own health because some of the things we do cost the


NHS so much more. This idea we should do more exercise. 20 minutes,


of daily walking, which I'm sure we all do already? We are doing our


bit. I certainly do. That is because I have a dog and she insists upon


it. We will be back at 11:30pm. You can


also see all the front pages online on the BBC News website. We will be


back in 42 minutes with Jim and Jacqui.


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