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


With me are the broadcaster and author, Dame Joan Bakewell


The Telegraph leads with criticism of the National Trust for dropping


the word easter from its easter egg hunt, and carries a large picture


The I says opinion polls show Labour losing over a hundred seats at next


The Express reports one in five British workers has no


The Financial Times leads with the news that


unemployment in the Eurozone is at an eight year low.


The Metro reports a claim by a union leader that some teachers


are working four day weeks then working another for free to keep


The Daily Mail says that banks are exploiting customers unable to pay


their credit card debts. The Mirror leads with two armed robbers who


poured boiling water over their pension victims. The Times is


warning of unethical behaviour by aid contractors. We'll start with


the Guardian. Saint Petersburg. You know it well, Joan?


And what is tucked away here is that the second bomb which did not go


off, would have been several times more powerful than the first and was


designed to be disguised as a fire extinguisher which had been picked


with shrapnel. It would have been much worse than the one which killed


ten or 11 people. Small mercies. Indeed. Absolutely dreadful. 50


people have been injured. You know Saint Petersburg as well, Tim. This


happened just after 2:30pm local time. Not rush hour but the damage


that has been caused is horrific. Russia has been the victim of some


horrible terror outrages in recent times, 200 odd Russians died in a


plane that was brought down in shambles shake classier. Of course,


Russia has been prepared for this for quite some time. There has


always been the fear that because of their active involvement in the


campaign to bomb Aleppo in disgraceful ways, that there would


be a backlash from fundamentalists. I am afraid there is obviously no


justification for it whatsoever. What we have seen in sick Petersburg


today. But Russia probably is braced for it and will expect more. It


could be checked now. -- in Saint Petersburg today. I suspect what we


will now see is a crackdown by Vladimir Putin of the kind we have


seen in Turkey by President and again. Using terrible terrorist


outrages. It's a classic case of, we have an excuse now. We can go in


heavy on the protesters. We had a democracy protests in Russia


recently, Friday. That will have worried Britain and he now very


sadly has, because of this tragedy, an excuse to crack down. -- that


will have worried Putin. It's the purview of the Prime Minister, but


of course we know who's pulling the strings.


The BBC can't be accused of Brexit bias, because the referendum is


over. This is according to my erstwhile colleague Mr Nick


Robinson. Does he have a point? Of course the BBC is perfect in every


way! Obviously when you present. You've got it, Tim. We have a remain


here and a Brexiteers. Full balance. I think the BBC, to be fair, during


the Brexit campaign worked incredibly hard to be balanced. I


hear what Nick Robinson says here and it's a good defence of the


corporation. But I think there are programmes partly because I think a


lot of the staff in the corporation tend to lean one way, sometimes


wonder if there is a full understanding of the Brexit position


on some of the BBC's bulletins and broadcast. There's an awful lot of


attempts, quite rightly, on a News Corporation like the BBC to ensure


there is balance of race and gender among other things. I wonder if


there is another attempt to ensure that on a whole range of political


and ideological issues there are enough people in the newsroom to


think in diverse ways. Who come from different parts of the country. Who


are not all London-based, for example. I think that's unavoidable,


because they come down to London to work at the harbour. Having been --


to work at the hub. He says if company a announces that it will


invest more in the UK and create more jobs, it's not our duty to


search for a company that says it will invest less. Just to balance


the news. It is a trap this, on the one hand, because there are now so


many diverse hands on which we could look. There are not just two options


in life any more. Life has become much more... OK, a bit of


perspective as well. Like Michael Howard 's silly remarks about


Gibraltar the other day. They were silly. And I think perhaps not


getting it quite out of proportion like some broadcasting articles have


done. That's part of the responsibility as well. Not to pour


fire on some of the issues that social media pause fire onto. I


think that was just to add to the gaiety of Nations, because it was


just so silly. The Spanish slightly worried according to some


commentators I spoke to. The only Brits likely to invade Spain are our


tourists. And that's bad enough! Corbin heading for disaster in next


month 's local elections. How low can you party go? The Labour Party


is schizophrenic at the moment. What is extraordinary is that while a


large part of the party is in despair, at the prospect of these


losses which have to be confronted, Corbin's circle of supporters and


the thousands of people who joined up under the new rules are


absolutely passionate Corbynista 's. They really cheer him to the Echo.


They fill the holes. They are passionate in his support. They


don't represent the country. But they represent a very strong morally


convinced set of political... Some of the insiders in his office have


been resigning recently though. Are there signs of it falling apart from


the call? I get the feeling that's because is not a very good manager


of staff. At that thing that matters to do the disillusionment of


politics, I think the enthusiasts remain super enthusiastic. Everyone


else is going, but there aren't... We have to convince the public.


Because you don't get elected. So that realisation that the public


perhaps, it would seem, have not come on board with this whole


project. That still isn't sinking in as far as those who are closest to


Jeremy Corbyn are concerned that she much and only speculating here, but


I believe. The truth will dawn eventually because of this


government and the cruelty of the cuts. Schools running out of money


and hospitals. Old people dying and so on. The penny will drop and


people will suddenly see that they have been right all along. You don't


believe that, do you? I don't believe in that particular project,


though I do believe it's an evil government doing wicked things. You


really believe it's an evil government? No! It's on record now,


Joan! You had a title. As a conservative, I can't see any


pleasure in either the complete collapse of the Labour Party. Not


complete. Well, near collapse. Not in the North, it hasn't come close


to collapse. Every country needs an opposition and frankly we have quite


a week Tory Cabinet which is not being held to account in the


comments particularly. I would welcome a Keir Starmer or a Hillary


Byrne leaving the -- leading the Labour Party. A quick look at the


times. Theresa May in Jordan for talks there. Saudi Arabia as well.


We had on the 10pm news just recently. We both like this picture.


Both of us have misgivings about our trade dependence on the spot of the


world, but particularly Saudi Arabia. This is a country that does


not respect women's rights particularly. Or at all, very much.


Here we have a female leader of our country going there, and having to


sort of acknowledged this. That's right. She's wearing trousers,


that's correct. She's not wearing anything on her head, they may


disapprove of that. But she's doing it in her own right. She is stepping


down alone into a world that does not give women any kind of credit.


That's impressive. It is. As we had only ten o'clock News, allegations


of weapons used by Saudis sold by Britain against people in Yemen. A


difficult relationship. "Teachers lose a day's


pay to do homework." That's in the Metro. Stressed staff


cut hours to free up time for marking. The teachers I know do


spend a lot of time marking papers. Because there are so many stats,


these various sets of things that children are to reach, they now have


to check they are doing it at every stage. There is no freewheeling


education in which people can coast a little and learn adjacent


information that is not strictly governed by passing these exams or


reaching these targets. We target crazy. I think it is so sad for


young children when the teachers are just going crackers trying to keep


up with it. And hit their targets said the report on the School


reflects them well. But you have to have a bar to which these schools


and pupils reach? That's part of the target system. That's part of the


system we have set up. It's not one I grew up with many years ago. It's


been accentuated. There was a time when you simply passed. In my day,


it was the 11 plus or not. That's coming back, you know? LAUGHTER


Easy, Tiger! Tim, for that, you have to explain why Easter has


disappeared according to the Telegraph. The National Trust


usually has an Easter egg Trail where kids follow their chocolate


desires at this time of year. The National Trust are renaming it the


great British egg hunt. Cadburys think, who have sponsored this,


think that this will be more appealing now to non-Christians as


well as Christians. The Archbishop of York, the most Reverend John


Saint-Saens, is not impressed. Spitting on the grave of John


Cadbury, is his understated reaction to this. I'm a Christian, I don't


think this is something I particularly welcome. I think most


people, Muslims, Jewish people, they are -- actually quite like the idea


of a Christian country where these principles are celebrated. I don't


think they find offensive. Neither can I get too worked up about the


fact this is being renamed. In a slightly more lively way. It does


mean you can flog eggs in November, doesn't it? August. It's Easter.


It's a famous festival and just as we like to Bali or whatever, --


Diwali. We celebrated and respected. I'm not an observing question but


it's Easter, it is a serious festival. So let's just have Easter


eggs. We all agree, we not impressed. Thank you very much for


looking at some of the stories behind the headlines. We'll have you


back soon. Don't forget you can see the front


pages of the papers online Were going to look at the front page


of this Sun before we leave you. It has the clear message, up yours,


Senor 's. They spent all day working at! Don't forget you can see all the


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