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


With me are the broadcaster Julia Hartley Brewer


and Associate Editor at The Guardian, Hugh Muir.


The Financial Times leads on Syria, reporting that Vladimir Putin says


the US is being duped into attacks against the Syrian regime.


The I focuses on the diplomatic moves to attempt to punish


Vladimir Putin for his backing for Assad and the vetoing


The Guardian reports that the American attitude to Russia has


hardened. Boris Johnson's failed diplomatic


moves also feature in the Telegraph, which says he has been rebuffed


by all sides for failure to secure support for sanctions on Russia


and described him as being out The Metro's lead story is today's


ruling at the High Court that the gravely ill baby


Charlie Gard should have his life support machine turned off


as soon as possible, The Daily Mail says Charlie's


parents are vowing to fight on. The Express quotes an Oxford


University study which says eating fresh fruit every day cuts the risk


of diabetes despite We are not looking at that front


page. The statements of the obvious. The story on the front page of the


Daily Mail, it is on the other papers as well, little Charlie,


eight months old. A height court judge said it was with the heaviest


of heart that he came to this decision that doctors are in the


right if they decide to switch off his life-support. There but for the


grace. We would want to be the parents, who would want to be the


doctors and he would want to be the judge? A horrific story. None of us


is a medical expert or a legal ethics expert, but this is a


situation no one wants to be in. It is ?1.2 million just in donations to


fund this possible treatment that might work in the States, but the


judges ruled it is not fair on the baby. He needs to die with dignity


and I don't know how, as a parent, or as a doctor, you make that


decision but there comes a point when it is kinder to let your baby


died. I don't think any of us would ever be happy to make that decision


ourselves. I think that is actually what has made this decision easier


for the judge and further doctors, because they firmly believe that


more treatment would put little Charlie in more pain. I think that


is right and I think this is a case where we all have to accept that


everyone is acting in good faith and trying to do their best for Charlie.


I think it deserves its prominence on the front page because there are


important societal issues here. Who can we say it has the best interests


of the child at heart? Is it the parents or the judge? The judgment


went to the hospital. He did his job. If ever there is a case that


needs to go to a higher court, this is the one. The parents say we think


there is something else we would like to try. As a society we have


exercised our duty of care getting him this far and the treatment we


have given him so far, but if the parents do feel there is something


else they want to drive, is it right that we should say they cannot do


that? It is not about the cost on the NHS or anything like that, but


there does come a point when it is not fair to put a child, or for


adults, we make this choice all the time, we have been battling for the


right to die for adults. There is a point when you need to let people be


and let people make their choice. I wouldn't want to be the judge, but


they do have the right of appeal. It seems likely they will. They do have


the right of appeal. They are considering whether they want to.


They are right that there will come a point at which further treatment


is inhumane, but he makes that decision, is it the state of the


parents? That is something we do need a definitive legal ruling on.


These cases do individually go to court because we are talking about a


human life you. You mentioned people acting in good faith and doing their


best. Let's talk about Boris Johnson. Front page of the eye.


Johnson loses fight for Russian sanctions. I spoke to the former


Foreign Secretary today and I said if you had a particular policy you


wanted the rest of your colleagues in the G-7 to come on board with,


would you talk to them about it first before saying that this was


the policy and I want these guys on board? He said yes, but that clearly


didn't seem to happen in this case. We are a really been a lot of what


we have something that we do not appear to have a functioning


diplomatic operation at the moment. We have a buffoon as Foreign


Secretary. I think many would disagree with that characterisation.


Theresa May would be won, she gives him the job. The point is that he


has a relationship with other nations, the Foreign Secretary is


that would allow him, when we need him to strike sums of arrangement,


that we as a nation think is desirable, to get that done and he


clearly cannot get that done because they clearly think he is a bit of a


joke. I personally think foreign -- Boris Johnson was a terrible


appointment and is out of his depth. This shows that. I don't think


foreign policy is made by Foreign secretaries. It is made number ten.


The problem is, we have France, Germany and Italy refusing to take


action. They dragged their feet over economic sanctions over Crimea. What


happens if Russia marks -- marches troops into an allied country? They


are happy for innocent children to be gassed and they will do nothing.


They should be ashamed. This is a collective failure of British


diplomacy. It is a failure of Germany, France and Italy. The point


is we have to persuade. If we have to persuade Western democracies to


take action against a man who is it a tottering demagogue supporting a


mass murderer, I'm not sure I want those people to be my allies.


President Obama didn't do anything. He has blood on his hands. I think


President Obama has a lot to answer for. A failure to take any action.


That is the one blot on his presidency. We are not going to


analyse the legacy of President Obama. I would have voted for him


but I don't think he was a great president. Sometimes you don't get


to choose your allies, sometimes you have to say what is the objective we


all want and see if you can persuade them of the course of action?


Talking about the objective that most people would want, the front of


the Financial Times. Russia ramps up Syria tension with claims US tricked


into action. To drive a wedge between Moscow and Damascus, that


clearly hasn't worked. In fact, it is driven them closer together.


Putin is Dublin done. This is it, you are not quite a shame Vladimir


Putin on this. This is a man who is happy to kill his own people. He has


done it on London streets. This is a man who is shameless in every sense.


There is no question. The claim that America was duped into an air


strike, I think Donald Trump might have accidentally done the right


thing but for the wrong reasons. He wanted to get the aclaim, to be


thought of as a strong man. He wanted to get rid of the niggling


issues about whether he is just the puppet of Vladimir Putin? He thinks


he has dealt with that. The big issue is Rex Tillerson is in Moscow.


Looking at economic sections, which is of the American company with the


biggest investment in Russia? His old company ExxonMobil. The


tentacles of Russia and American business and the trumpet


administration are so closely entwined now. We are in dangerous


territory. Whether Rex Tillerson can strong arm or Sweden something with


Vladimir Putin, I do not know. I don't hold much hope. What makes you


nervous at the moment is the problems seem subacute and the


people you are relying on notice of them don't seem up to it. I don't


have that particular faith in Rex Tillerson. In some ways he might be


conflicted. Trump seems to make policy completely on the hoof. It


might be the last week he did the right thing for completely the wrong


reason. I think the thing that makes me nervous is not even the ideology,


the ideology makes me nervous, but what really makes me nervous is that


all the people we seem to be relying on to get us out of the sticks are


pretty incompetent. John Spicer, the American President's press


secretary, went into a former press briefing and said how awful, awful


Assad was because not even Hitler had gassed his own people. You could


see everyone looking around. These people cannot walk straight and chew


gum. He doesn't even know basic history. Alexander Litvinenko, his


death in London streets, Moscow of course denies that. I love that the


BBC feels the need to say that. The Russians did it. You wanted to


mention the Telegraph. It is laying into Boris Johnson's seeming failure


of diplomacy here and Boris Johnson used to be a writer for the


Telegraph. He did. ?250,000 a year. It was chicken feed that. I wouldn't


get out of bed for that money. We could pay all the stuff on the


Guardian for that. He is in the cold from the G-7 and the United Nations


and his own government. I think Theresa May doesn't trust for


minute. Let's go to the Times. A breaking story this evening. This


explosion, some kind of blast, involving the Borussia Dortmund


football team on the way to the ground for the Champions League game


against Monaco. Very worrying. One of the players has been injured. All


the people, the spectators honoured in the stadium waiting for the game.


They were told to wait at least half an hour. They have rescheduled the


match now for tomorrow night. Very worrying. Germany has had so many


terror attacks. Lots of speculation about who is behind it. Certainly


very worrying. Roadside bombs appeared to be aimed at the


travelling from the hotel to the stadium. Very nervous time.


Westminster, Sweden, now this. There is a heartening element, that is how


people responded. There was a ground full of people who left in an


orderly fashion. There were fans from Monaco to work given beds for


the night in Germany. They were cheering for Dortmund in the


stadium. I think that is the way forward. You just can't stop these


things. I was speaking to the cab driver on the way here and he said


it is a high profile game, what would not protected? How can you


protect against that? I am fed up with candlelit vigils when people


die. I think we should start getting angrier. A lot of people get very


angry when they saw the video uploaded online of the United


Airlines staff driving a passenger who paid money to be on the plane,


they dragged him off and, frankly, this is the kind of PR blunder that


is in every PR person's worst nightmare. It is absolutely


extraordinary. The incident itself was so problematic in terms of the


decisions that they made, the questions they have to answer about


what made those decisions, how they chose people to take off the flight.


We know one of the reasons the fight was over but was because the airline


was flung its own staff and they were distancing paying customers to


get their own stuff on. It is all very problematic. The stuff


afterwards, the way the company reacted, it has been extraordinary.


They said this guy was belligerent. I would be belligerent. It is a


textbook example of how not to do it. I like the fact that the Pepsi


chief executive but we had the worst PR disaster this month and United


Airlines said how that beer. The statement has changed. There is


accusation that they were accommodating this passenger. It is


sold and nothing else. The staff did nothing illegal and nothing against


company policy. It was all according to procedure. You can drag someone


this. It is different in America. They double click and overbook


morphemes in America. We tend to get fights for longer journeys, but even


here, what they have done in the EU, they have upped the compensation


parents after plate which means they are less likely to do it. If they


had paid someone have $1 million to get off that plane, they would still


be quids in right now. This is America. Someone would have cut off


the fight for some money. We have to live there. It has been great having


in. Don't forget you can see the front


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Thank you Julia and Hugh.


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