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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be
With me are Torcuil Crichton, Political Editor at The Daily
Record, and the barrister and broadcaster Sophia Cannon.
Thank you for staying for a second review, which is an unusual retreat!
The Financial Times says there's alarm within Downing Street
as the Chancellor hints that he wants to scrap the 2015
Conservative pledge of not raising taxes.
The Mirror also leads with the Chancellor's comments.
It suggests Mr Hammond has signalled he could increase VAT or income
The Times says sources in Washington have told the paper
President Trump is prioritising a trade deal with the EU over
The Independent reports on a British judge,
who warns the Government is displaying "invincible ignorance"
in thinking they can free the country from
The Daily Mail warns of a new mortgage price war
The Sun also warns of tax rises and pension cuts
if the Conservatives win the election.
It says there could be an increase in overseas aid spending.
The Express writes the Prime Minister is to reject
a fresh call from Brussels to give a life-time guarantee of working
rights to EU citizens currently in the UK.
And the Guardian leads with the Presidential elections
in France, and the heightened security in polling stations
Starting with some reflections on three days of campaigning we have
had after the snap election was announced, much to everyone's
surprise. The Daily Mirror is where we will begin. The Tory bombshell.
The Chancellor says he will drop a pledge not to hike taxes. This isn't
comfortable for Philip Hammond, who says he wants to lower the tax
burden on people, when the economy is doing well. Indeed. Spreadsheet
fill, as he is nicknamed in the British press -- Phil, as he is
nicknamed, is that the Tory party is the party that supports the economy
and is fiscally secure. However, he has a black coal. Two forces are
undermining this. First of all the demographic changes and also he is
seen those who voted to leave or remain, the economy will be under
pressure. When we leave the EU. Indeed. Where is he finding the
money? Has tried to raise national insurance... That didn't work so he
did the U-turn. Indeed. This way is a clever way. He is thinking to
raise VAT, to put a tax on everything that we buy that special
for people and the issue is VAT is paid by more people, poorer people,
at a higher rate because it is the way people buy and consume their
goods. Who would have thought it? The rule of politics, you can't go
into an election promising to raise taxes because you will lose that
election. Unless you are a long way ahead in
the opinion polls. Unless you are confident of getting more than 100
seat majority, as you can afford lose if you friends on the way.
Philip Hammond, last month he tried to raise taxes by raising national
insurance by 2p. He had to drop that in 48 hours. That budget melted in
his hands like chocolate! So he is saying, I will have to get three of
these restraints. The 2015 Tory manifesto said there would be no
rises in national insurance because David Cameron's backroom boys when
they wrote that, they thought they would get in the Lib Dems anyway.
Now they are having to stage an election to escape their own
manifesto. It's now about taxes and it will be the same for tomorrow.
Should we applaud politicians for admitting taxes? We need more
funding if we want the NHS to have enough money in the office. It
depends who is paying the tax. John McDonnell said this is a tax
bombshell. This is the mother of all tax bombshell is. More importantly,
this is bullying the poor, bullying people who can't not pay VAT on our
heating, on our consumables, on things that people need to have in
their homes. Labour is accusing of hiding this VAT bombshell that was
brought in after the election. As you said, the poor pay as a
proportion of their income 10%, which goes on Vatable goods. But he
might just opt for income tax instead of VAT. That's what happened
yesterday. When Don McDonald considered the idea of people
earning more than ?70,000. The day before, yes. Yes. The whole issue
was if 70,000 pounds, it's a lot of money, are you rich on ?70,000? We
are having existential questions being asked. Where should the tax
burden rests? Because Brexit, even though we do want to talk about it,
is making us look inwards as to where we will get this money from,
who is going to pay and where the savings will be found. You ask
people, ask voters, if they are willing to pay more tax for these
essential services and of course they say yes. Someone should.
Someone should. But they don't say yes in the ballot box, bedded reward
politicians who say they will pay taxes. The Sun. It supports the
government and Theresa May and says no to tax rises, no to an increase
in the national aid, no to the end of the triple lock for pensioners,
all of which might happen if the Tories back out. Pay and DisMay.
They know their readership. The Sun, they appealed to the white 'van man'
electorate. They would feel this. Obviously a lot of them are
self-employed and a lot of them use the VAT system. Added on to this,
OAPs also face an attack on the triple lock. Although we are out of
Europe, we still would be paying 0.7% on our foreign aid budget and
they see that as very much a bitter pill. Why should we be paying into a
foreign aid budget when a should be raised? Soft power and all of those
things Britain benefits from. They blinked it together to make you feel
at -- as a Sun leader that these are linked and it's a clever device, but
as you say it is the wrong one. That amount of aid... Theresa May has
recommitted it and she has had to, which is quite good because she was
being bullied earlier in the week. It will be put in black and white
what each party thinks. Different forces, mostly media forces, have
been trying to claw back on Britain's commitment to overseas
aid, which is hugely important in terms of exercising international
compassion and basically doing the right thing. Capitalism has been a
major force in the past century to lowering poverty, to increasing life
expectancy, and to ensure that there is more quality in the world. But at
the moment capitalism isn't running the way it is supposed to. The
Times. Angela Merkel lands a Brexit victory for Brussels. Do they prefer
a block of 27 member states with hundreds of millions of people in
it? This is a good story. A good Times splash. Before Brexit Obama
put us at the back of the queue, then Theresa May goes to Washington
and they hold hands, we are in front of the queue and Boris Johnson says
we are the front of queue. Hold on, Angela Merkel! She doesn't seem to
get on that well with Trump. She is pragmatic. She says this
transatlantic trade partnership will be simpler and easier than you
think, Donald. Donald Trump likes deals, he likes big deals, and Trump
on America trade does five times more. And doesn't provide a path in
for the EU. It depends on what the deal is. Is it a surprise that
America wants to make a big deal with a big trading bloc and then put
the smaller company further down the queue? It's not a surprise. It's not
a golden carrot. This whole idea that Trump is supposed to be coming
this year to see the Queen and for a state visit... And see some
relatives in Scotland! We are no longer this idea that we are the
nation that we used to be. We are looking at the wrong end of the
telescope. If we leave we ongoing to be very small, a small island
nation. We have always batted above our weight. Then why don't we
continue to do so? Because things have changed. Technology isn't what
it was. It has recently come out that... But all of that innovation
we are capable of, all of the things people price about Britain, that
won't change. One would hope it won't change but the whole idea now
is the way we are trading and have traded in the past 40 years and it
has been supporting our economy, it supported it, and now we are
dismantling it in three years. Robotics might take care of that! We
are more likely to be a nimble offshore economy with low taxation
rates for big companies. And of course that probably means lower
wages as well. Finishing with the Guardian and looking ahead to the
French presidential election, the first round run-off is on Sunday.
France heads for the polls on high alert. There are some rather
stringent legal guidelines when you report in the run-up to the French
election. Anything that's broadcast which could be considered propaganda
in France risks in infringing these guidelines. That means things like
material that you might be favouring one candidate over the other, so we
will have to avoid that and explain it just you wonder why we aren't
mentioning in the -- the individual candidates. This is an election that
is probably more important than the one we are about to vote on in six
weeks. It may have a bigger effect on Brexit than those going to be
ballot box later. France will be a big player in negotiating with the
UK. And if they are still in it. That's not the issue. The issue now
is democracy in the shadow of the gun. There will be 60,000 extra cops
on the streets. This is a European democracy that we are talking about.
Troops being stationed on the streets. When you list the attacks
that have undermined the French sense of security, we had Bataclan,
Nice, Normandy, and what happened yesterday. I think when you see them
and you list them the pedestrian nature of them... The horror, I hope
the terror is slipping away because it has now become so mundane that we
are just waiting. We have become immune to them. France is becoming
fatigued. That may or may not play into the hands of any one candidate.
We have to remember things like our own referendum in Europe was
overshadowed by that terror attack of Jo Cox, which kind of soft the
collective breath out of politics and the nation for some time. Did it
affect the results? It seems not. Will this attack affect the result?
The difference obviously with the people of France is they've had
history. There have been occupied and have had this issue where
they're very democratic foundations have been undermined by the forces
and many people are undecided. I think it is 20%. But we can't say
too much about that. We are expecting a high turnout and it is
the first round run-off. We will be covering the results at 6:30pm on
Sunday here a BBC News. That's it for The Papers tonight.
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Thank you, Torcuil and Sophia. It's time for Sportsday.