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narrated. Hello, and welcome to our look ahead


to what the papers will be With me is the journalist,


Lucy Cavendish, and Tom Bergin, Tomorrow's front pages then,


starting with this. The stop story for the Times


is about efforts by UK ministers to push for what it describes


as "very punitive sanctions" against Russia if the country


refuses to cut ties with President The Daily Telegraph leads


with claims that Russia and Iran are threatening to retaliate


against the United States with military action if the US


launches more airstrikes on Syria. The paper quotes a command centre


made up of Russian and Iranian forces accusing President Trump


of crossing "red lines." On its front page, The Daily Mail


carries the same story. It also has a picture


of Chris Bevington, the British man who was killed in the attack


in Stockholm on Friday. The Metro is also among those


leading on the threats Its front page also shows


a picture of the coffin of the Westminster Attack victim


PC Keith Palmer prior The US military is the focus


for the Financial Times. It leads on the US President's


decision to increase US naval power The Independent's main story,


billed as an exclusive, is about the rising number


of domestic violence victims withdrawing charges


against their alleged abusers. And the Guardian says that most


asylum seekers are placed Lots of the papers, as you might


expect, are going with the aftermath of the cruise missile strikes by the


United States against Syrian forces earlier in the week. The Daily


Mail's headline, Russia up the ante on Syria. We will hit back say army


chiefs. Anonymous warning of real war. -- an ominous. The idea was


chemical warfare was used by Syria and that is the red line that Barack


Obama put down and did nothing about. He was not president then,


but Donald Trump of course ridiculed Barack Obama's line on that. Russia


is clearly using very threatening tones. It is hard to know exactly


what this would mean underground. But the reality is the US has got


troops, and according to reports, it could be 500 US troops within Syrian


border is. So consequently, there are targets the Russians could hit.


They could hit them and say they were aiming for Islamic State and


create the deniable excuse. But this was done with Syria and Turkey after


Turkey shut down one of their gets. They pulled back from that. -- jets.


Just because we are seeing threatening statements does not mean


Russia will follow through. The other option is sanctions, which


would not need the agreement of the United Nations. They have not been


able to pass resolutions because of the veto by Russia. This is


something Boris Johnson has proposed recently. That story has moved on


slightly. There has been a lot of worry is about the fact that Boris


Johnson is not going to go to Russia, which he said he was going


to do. -- worries. But we have moved on with the idea of sanctions. The


problem with that take, and it is difficult to figure out what effect


the sanctions have. There are already sanctions in place and that


has not been anything clearer about what those sanctions would be. How


would you work out whether it is having an effect. This is ominous,


that threat of real war, that is in the Daily Mail. Obviously sanctions


would be a better option. But what sort of sanctions can be put in


place? There are often financial sanctions. The Times, tough new


sanctions on Vladimir Putin. Boris Johnson says he is being ridiculed


on Twitter by Russian people. It is like Monty Python sketch. Trading


insults. The talk more recently with tighter banking sanctions, at the


end of the day we could turn off the taps in the oil pipes and shut the


Russian banks off with a swift messaging system. There are things


we could do. The question is do we have the intention of rushing things


that far. So far, the sanctions have been incremental. So there is more


coherence between what the US and UK are doing than within the Trump


administration. We have had Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN,


sort of talking about regime change, you know, removing Bashar al-Assad


from power. There is a big question mark about... Well, there seems a


shift, Bashar al-Assad was never going to be removed from power, it


felt like. And now that does seem to have shifted completely. But with no


suggestion of what the next sort of powerplay would actually be. I mean,


the compensation seems to be learning quite quickly, in its own


view. President Trump said after he saw the images on television of the


child victims, he changed his mind, which is interesting. You know,


politicians don't usually admit making a dramatic change of mind in


such a short time. There is nothing wrong with changing your mind. Maybe


politicians should do it more often. But it does mean that there are


inconsistencies that you are referring to and it is natural they


would occur. Of course, one would hope you would think over time they


become more consistent. It is not a good idea to have many different


ideas. Talking about Korea and moving naval vessels over there. We


have a lot of fronts to be considering. Now, staying with the


Times. Sorry, I am moving on to pick the NHS seeks ?10 billion as a cash


boost from hedge funds. Now, the government will say, hold on a


minute, we gave you the billions of pounds extra that you needed to be


why is this ?10 billion needed? -- needed. Partially because there is


so much money needed, but also interest rates are so low it is a


golden opportunity to raise money for infrastructure without having to


go back to the government and asking for more money. Umm of course, hedge


funds are not known for generally giving people money, and that's the


problem, at low interest rates, and being kind to people. They need to


make money ultimately. They are ultimately in it to make money. So,


at some point, the NHS has in borrowing money that they will have


to pay back, and some more, that they don't have. How is that


actually going to work as white that reminds me of the private finance


initiative, doesn't it? It is difficult to borrow your way out of


poverty, especially not spending that money that you borrow on some


kind of cash flow generating asset. The issue is that hedge funds do not


have the biggest balance sheet in the world. Because that which they


raise capital is significantly higher than that which the borrows


at. If you are the NHS, the cost you could borrow money off the


government, possibly of the Government Works Loan Board, or go


to a hedge fund, the hedge fund will be more expensive. There is this


real concerns are that this may not be the cheapest option. -- concern.


How come they cannot get this money off the usual funding mechanisms


from the government for infrastructure? Is it because it


does not meet the usual standard to apply? There are many elements here


which would make one be concerned that these could end up being, not


just a windup Pailan, but quite expensive. -- pay loan. So many of


these PFI loans that were signed previously, hospitals got into


trouble with them. Wood and a taxpayer be concerned at the track


record? -- wouldn't. The Sun. We will tread carefully. A campaign for


justice says the front page. 35 years after the IRA murdered


four-year is, the Hyde Park bomber must pay. -- four people. It is a


horrible attack. People remember it from the images of the horses that


were killed, very visual. They were depicted on the television and


newspapers. There was an IRA attack back in 1982. Though it has been


convicted of that. There have been investigations and a trial. The Sun


is now saying they are unhappy with the outcome of an attempt to, you


know, prosecute somebody for that to be and they want to take a civil


action and are trying to raise money for that. -- that. That is a very


unusual thing for a newspaper to do. And within the context of a, well, a


really complicated conflict, which is now in the process of the end


result, that is also bringing some risk. You have to choose which evil


acts you want to put right. Then people could see you are picking


favourites. The fact this is the Sun is especially the case because this


was almost certainly, one of the most, I think, controversial


headlines in newspapers. The Irish bustards headline. The day after.


The Sun decided to put pictures of dead horses and said Irish, not IRA.


That was perceived as racist. The Sun would not be an independent


arbiter on such issues. It is definitely going to cause some


disquiet. Newspapers always run all sorts of campaigns, but raising


money for a court case, that is what sets this part. It is a civil case.


Again, I would really question why The Sun is doing this campaign now.


Newspapers have always been good at campaigning. Many are proud to say


they do good campaigning. I am not sure why it is campaigning right


now. And, you know, it is very difficult, because we cannot look at


the legalities of it. It would be a civil case, obviously. We will keep


an eye on it. The Telegraph, finally. Pay of Southern Rail boss


almost doubles. Charles, getting on to half a million almost in salary.


Of course, nearly a third of Southern's services were late last


year. And chaos and misery. We have seen it all over the media and


Twitter. Absolutely everywhere. People are having a really horrible


time. No seats, trains all over the place, striking. It doesn't actually


say why, but this gentleman, his salary is going up half 1 million.


He may decide he will not take it because of the situation he is in.


But who knows? It is a PR disaster. This is difficult. Often someone's


pay get scrutinised. But if it is in their contract, the company needs to


pay it. There may be no performance aspect to it either. The negative


outcomes you are referring to, the tardiness, it may not be his fault.


He could be being measured on different parameters. The buck has


to stop somewhere. Yes. But it is all eagle. And it is in his


contract. The issue is that comes into that rampant executive pay


issue we are seeing. -- legal. We have seen it be totally disconnected


from performance. Executive pay is rocketing up in performance is not


doing the same thing. It keeps on rising. That is the issue MPs are


looking at and recommending changes to. But the government has no


appetite for that. That is it for me papers tonight. Don't forget, all of


the papers are on line on the BBC News website. You can read a


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home. -- week. Thank you both of you. Coming up next, The Film




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