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keep you up-to-date with that throughout the day. That is all for


the sport. Now, the papers. Hello, and welcome to our look


at the Sunday Papers. With me are the Deputy


Europe Business Editor for the International New York Times,


Preshant Rao, and the Sunday Times' Let's get you up to speed with the


front pages. The Mail on Sunday claims


the Conservatives' opinion poll lead has been slashed in half


because of Theresa May's plans over The Sunday Mirror claims


their survey gives the Tories their biggest lead since 1991,


with more than 50% of the vote. Theresa May parks her battle


tanks on Labour's lawn, according to the Sunday Times,


as it reports on Tory manifesto plan to offer ?100 off


energy bills for workers. A poll in the The Sunday Express


suggest one in seven Labour voters will switch to the Tories


in the upcoming election. The Sunday Telegraph


has an interview with Patrick McLaughlin, Chairman


of the Conservatives, who claims that Jeremy Corbyn


is not suitable to take on the responsibilities


of Prime Minister. And the Observer reports a pledge


from Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, that he won't do any coalition


deals, saying he wants the Liberal Democrats be


the main opposition. Hello to you both. Let's plunge


straight in with the Mail on Sunday. Tory lead slashed in half after tax


U-turn. What U-turn, and which poll? It is extraordinary. Other polls


elsewhere have the Tories well ahead, sort of 48, but the Mail on


Sunday suggests it is down to 40- wanted nine. It is a triple the


refusing to rule out any tax increases, refusing to contribute to


the triple lock on pensions, and the commitment to .7% on aid, which


appears to have gone down quite badly with the court Tory heartland.


The interesting thing about the poll they quote is that the fieldwork for


the interviews was done later, yesterday after the story started to


bubble about tax. It is a curious one because we know that the


Chancellor is looking for cash because he told us he was. He had


his tax proposal effectively told he could not do it because it broke the


last manifesto, so it won't be a surprise if the Conservatives has to


find some more money and raise taxes to do so. How many of these things


are real shockers? It is hard to tell which poll is to be believed.


If any! I feel like still we should take all of these with a pinch of


salt and an understanding that the polls have a margin for error. The


Mail on Sunday does note that this would leave the Prime Minister with


a majority of 46, which is more than she has currently. This is curious,


it is the other thing with all of this, the Brexit effect on all of


the parties. This could revive the Liberal Democrats we are told,


because they are unashamedly pro the EU, but at the same time because the


Conservatives and Labour have been divided over this, some uncertainty


about what impact that could have on a more conventional election


environment. I am sceptical about overall figures because this time


round there will be tactical voting going on. There are a lot of domain


is who still not happen, and can see situations where you are living in a


stitch in C, people are voting tactically, not the way they would


normally vote, just to make a point about exit. And the interesting


thing about trying to make a comparison is that Brexit is


something where every vote had the same value, whereas the in situ


disease, this country operates things and makes it hard to know


where their support is. The dream party is not a huge force in


politics, but they were saying they would territory the lean back


withdraw to have the Lib Dems a more successful run at it -- green party.


If a 7000 vote Tory majority in one constituency could swing the result,


they have two coordinate in some way. Let's move on to the Observer,


which should appeal to both of you because you are reporting for an


international audience. How foreign is this British election? This is a


man who could be quite influential in Brexit terms. Yes, you will be


running the European Parliament side of Brexit, who is critical of


Theresa May, saying this is a nonsense, that there are pure


political considerations that meant she called this debate. Of course it


was. To some extent he is just stating the obvious. This is what


politicians do. Precisely, the fact it is coming from a federalist and a


Belgian to boot means it will not go down well. It is a classic Observer


story, I can't see it running on the Mail on Sunday or the Sunday Times.


Do you think there is a big risk for politicians from the EU because of


the pressure in commenting on the UK election this time round?


Absolutely, in the run-up to the Brexit referendum that incredibly


powerful politicians from all over the world, including Barack Obama, a


lot of their comments became toxic. At the same time it is worth noting


that these are largely facts, that this was a bitter cold decision, but


when it comes down to it there are numerous instances of elections in


order to strengthen their hand, but look at Greece, it did not change


that much. I'm not sure 27 other hunter Israeli care. That is an


interesting person. The radical Prime Minister saying I'm going to


show that the weak people are on my side and therefore the EU will have


to listen to us, but it did not work. Dash-macro Greek.


We know that he is great friends with Norman Lamont. An awful lot of


this is about giving Theresa May some wiggle room after the


negotiation. The idea that there is a two-year period that takes us into


2019, and then the concern that Britain would then be in full


pre-election mode, and so if she wins, and nothing is guaranteed, she


has an extra two years to deal with that, to maybe get a longer


transition period. So you think that could strengthen her hand, if she


does not have that fear of a general election immediately after these


Brexit negotiations? Yes, it gives her strength to be weaker, which is


a strange thing. The Sunday Times. This is interesting. Theresa May


parks her battle tanks on Labour's lawn. This was on the news channel


yesterday lunchtime. I guess the campaign has not officially kicked


off. The policy fight has started. Theresa May, when she first became


Prime Minister, struck everyone as being surprisingly interventionist


for a Conservative, and this is another example of this. This is a


policy we have seen before, except it was a labour policy that was


pilloried. Now the Prime Minister potentially suggesting that the


Odyssey is that the Prime Minister will use the Conservative manifesto


to cap the utility bills for those paying standard tariffs which have


been dubbed a rip-off. It is interesting how Theresa May is


looking to peel off some Labour voters where she can. This is your


paper's front-page story. It is fascinating. I have seen previous


evidence saying that if you put the same policy to voters, they will


either supported or won't support it, depending on who offers it. The


policy could be identical, but if they don't like the person offering


it, it won't help. Precisely, it is like you could make a deal with


China? Richard Nixon because he was Republican, but the Democrats never


could. It is a crazy policy. The Tories criticised it when Ed


Miliband came up with it, and other people piled in and said it is


economic nonsense. Why stop at utility bills? Why not put a cap on


what you pay for food in a supermarket, or in a restaurant, no


starter can cost more than ?5 question mark I worked in a country


where this kind of stuff went on, called the Soviet Union, where


prices were controlled. I am exaggerating, but it seems odd. We


have a privatised energy system, so just make sure there is proper


competition. How does it look from your perspective on as a business


journalist? I agree. It is hard to understand how you can make this a


feasible, working policy. The idea would be theoretically you would


promote competition and make it easy for customers to switch so naturally


companies would only be able to offer lower prices. Unfortunately,


this does not seem to have been the case in Britain. It is pretty easy


to switch. It is basically because we are too lazy. Is that true? I


don't know, but it is annoying. You go to a different shop to buy a


different product, but the last time I switched my electricity, I don't


remember it coming out a different colour or a different flavour, or


being more powerful than my previous electricity. It is a pure financial


thing. Life is too short. We have all got more interesting things to


do. Well maybe we will have more interesting things to talk about as


the pain continues. Talking of which. I don't know if we can see


this on camera. This is a survey in the Mail on Sunday, proof that the


paper is not taking everything in its opinion polls too seriously.


This is one of my favourite things about the British elections, that


there is a sense of humour. Which type of dog reminds you of party


leaders? Theresa May is a labrador. Tim Farron is a poodle, and Jeremy


Corbyn is a stray. A labrador, that is interesting. They are a bit


docile, aren't they? She is clearly not a Rottweiler. I am not very good


on dogs. I have a cat at home. Not the best person to ask. There are


lots of questions in this survey, covering all kinds of things,


including whether voters think Theresa May is like Helen Mirren in


the Queen. There is a bit of a generational issue. One about Albert


Steptoe, which probably passed dozens of people by. Precisely. The


Mail on Sunday know that demographic. But be ready for more


of this. Have pity for those of us who work in the newspaper industry


because there are lots of these inside pages to fill. It will get


more and more desperate. I don't think there is too much pity, but I


know there is an election that both of you are excited about which is


happening in France as we speak. Peter, your paper has been following


this. As a weekly paper, there must be a dilemma about how you cover


this next Sunday. We have the first round of voting today, with 11


candidates. The top four are really competing, of whom two will go


through to the run-off two weeks from now. So next Sunday will be


fine because we will be in the middle of it. The interesting thing


today is that it is so wide open. We have got Marine Le Pen from the


National Front. Emanuel has emerged from nowhere. They are both the


front runners, but only just ahead of the traditional conservative who


has a Welsh wife and a generous expense account, and the Jeremy


Corbyn of French politics. They are both behind. We can see Manuel


there, he has just voted in Paris. Lots of attention for him, of course


one of the front runners. The Sunday Telegraph has got a very striking


photograph to tie in with that election result. Yes, the headline


is "France on the brink". Every time we come into an election, we say


this is the most important election the country has ever faced, but


France is very interesting in the sense that these two frontrunning


candidates, we don't know, if they were to win, the future of France


and the EU, they are big questions that will quickly need to be


answered. France's future relations with Russia. There are some really


big issues at stake that extend far beyond France. The impact of the


vote will be felt much further than the borders of that one country.


This is an election we should care about? Very much so. It is slightly


odd for us because it happens in two stages, but it is mathematically


possible that we have a run-off between Marine Le Pen on the far


right and the candidate on the far left, which would be an


extraordinary result. They are both fairly sceptical about the euro.


They are both sceptical about the EU. But very different points of


view. The last time we had a National Front when I in the lead,


it was Marine Le Pen's father. Some could not bear the thought of him as


president. Presumably this is a big dilemma. It might be a case of


voting for the least worst option. I think if we have what the polls are


suggesting, that would be fairly straightforward, although if you


were centre right... I suppose some people on the right that would peel


off and go to Marine Le Pen. But the other, nations are very interesting.


Any last thoughts on that? These four are so tightly trumped. --


clumped. It is hard to tell until you get to the ballot box.


Just a reminder we take a look at tomorrow's front pages every


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