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


With me are the political commentator Lance Price


and Caroline Wheeler, political editor of


The Metro leads with our top story tonight, the terror


The paper features a picture of the suspect being wrestled


The i shows the man being led away by officers just a few hundred


The Telegraph front page is also dominated by that story.


But the paper also reports that allies of Boris Johnson


believe he could be moved from the Foreign Office


The Foreign Secretary's sister has joined the Liberal Democrats.


As European leaders meet to discuss their strategy


for Brexit negotiations, the FT says they are preparing


to recognise the potential for a united Ireland within the EU.


Hundreds of headteachers warned the Prime Minister that education will


collapse without what the paper describes as proper funding. Here,


the head of the NSPCC has warned that social media companies should


be fined if they fail to protect children online. And here, they look


ahead to the release of Marine A tomorrow.


Ladies first, the Guardian. The terror story. A little after 2pm,


2:22pm, a man was arrested in his 20s, very close to Downing Street,


it appeared that in his rucksack was a series of knives. Not very long


ago we were hearing of a similar style of attack with a knife when


another assailant broke into the Houses of Parliament compound with a


knife and killed a police officer. It has echoes of what happened then,


but on this occasion the interesting thing is that it appeared the


security services were on to this individual, a number of the papers


have splashed on this story, with the notion being that either a


member of his family or somebody within his community had become


suspicious about his behaviour. There is lots of different elements


of detail that we have been given about how he was tracked down, the


notion that he was followed onto a tube and when he got quite close to


the Houses of Parliament, he was closer to Downing Street when he was


swooped upon and arrested. That is when they made their swoop and they


stopped it, so there were no consequences, no death, nothing. You


have worked in Downing Street, would you have take a trip there, what has


struck you about the story. Caroline is right to say that the most


interesting thing is that he did not succeed, and the police and security


services did what they were paid to do. We are always being told in


briefings that the police foil an awful lot of attacks that we get to


hear nothing about, but this was played out on the streets, with


cameras and people filming on their phones, so we could see how


successful a well briefed, with good intelligence, operation can be. If


he was followed on the cube, the police would have deliberately tried


not to have arrested him on the cube, where he could have done more


damage, they waited until he was in the right position, where they could


disarm him and make sure he could not do any damage. The daily Mirror


has this shot of his face. It spread online. What struck me about this


story, they waited until he was off the tube, he got above ground, but


what a location for them to swoop. Exactly. It was so public and it was


intelligence led. I was walking down Whitehall, it seems to keep


happening where I am not far away. I was walking down Whitehall at pretty


much the time that this was happening. The only signed I could


see. There was a crowd of people around the entrance closest to the


Downing Street entrance, the Houses of Parliament. It was indicative


that something happened, but a very different atmosphere from that which


we had with just five weeks before, where there was a very real sense of


panic, a feeling that they did not know what was going on, a sense that


there may have been one or more assailant at the time. It is clear


with this that it was a well contained police operation, there


was no sense of panic, people inside the building were aware there had


been an incident, but there was not the level of concern or panic, there


was more of a sense of the police having it under control, it has been


dealt with, almost a suggestion that it was much less of an event than we


had had with the attack five weeks ago. They knew he did not have


accomplices, there was not the risk of the early attack that there was


somebody else will stop the interesting thing was the headline


on the Daily Mirror, the smirk. He appears to be looking right pleased


with himself, even though he has just been arrested. One concern I


have with him being on the front of the newspapers is I worry that the


people who do these things come for whatever reason, ideological


notoriety is one thing they are notoriety is one thing they are


seeking, and we are doing them a favour by putting them all over the


papers. You think it should stop at social media? Certainly not, I am


not saying journalists should not cover the story, but it was an


incident that will still put quickly, there are not issues


resulting from it, apart from giving the services a pat on the back.


There was the notion of whether or not you splash with the picture of


the assailant or whether you went with the victims who had lost their


lives five weeks ago. The Daily Telegraph has the same image, but


the story we have picked out on the front page, we had to touch on Boris


Johnson. He would be disappointed, I am sure he watches! Religiously, to


see if he will get a mention. You got a mention. It is not anything to


do with mugwumps. Did you know the word? Charlie And The Chocolate


Factory? Something to do with American politics, but I could not


have explained, but now I know. We are now clear about it. But this is


something which he is more concerned about, his own political future, and


whether or not, if Theresa May get a very substantial majority, she can


dispense with him. She has already joked she could dispense with him.


Why was he needed? He will be leading figure of the Brexit


campaign, he led the campaign with a certain panache and all of the style


we associate with him, the question was whether he could knuckle down


and do a serious job in Government as Foreign Secretary. Some people


think he has, some people don't think he is a credit to the


Government. Theresa May is sober, she may not be impressed by some of


the hijinks. At the weekend it was the Sunday newspapers in the wake of


the election that began the speculation around reshuffles. It


was the story that is still several weeks hence. And we were taking


briefings, the suggestion was that the highest offices would not move,


Amber Rudd, Iris Johnston, Philip Hammond. As time moved on, there was


a question that began to emerge around Boris, the notion that he


might be sidelined from the campaign, a suggestion that he would


not go down well in some of the northern seat, he was too posh, and


it jarred with the big's daughter image that she is trying to portray.


There were stories in the media this morning suggesting that ministers


are briefing against him. I don't think he has been briefed against in


the way that some embers of the Cabinet are being briefed against.


We don't have long, let's turn to the Financial Times. A bit of Brexit


in Ireland. This is interesting, and curious, the suggestion being that


EU diplomats might be raising the prospect of Northern Ireland voted


in a referendum to rejoin, or join the south, to have a united Ireland,


and state in the EU. And that somehow this possibility would be


enshrined in the Brexit treaty, because the Irish Government would


like it to be, just off the Spanish Government would like Gibraltar to


be included. It is bizarre, I suspect it's diplomats in the EU


wanting to make life difficult for Theresa May, talking about a united


Ireland and Gibraltar. And this weekend, the other European leaders


meet behind our backs to talk about us. How dare they! How dare they


unite to oppose the British Government, shocking! The Times has


another serious story, very quickly summarise this, Internet safety. How


on earth do you begin to tackle it? As a parent it is a nightmare, the


notion that your children are on their iPad, you cannot police what


they are looking at, although there are that you can adapt so they


cannot look at certain things. It is probably the biggest risk in terms


of safeguarding for parents. We have the suggestion from the NSPCC that


social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter should be fined


if they fail to protect children online. How do you do that? It is


very difficult. You could put health warnings or age warnings, but that


will not stop people. It might be an invitation. It is policing the


Internet. The same with terrorism. I think people at home using the


Internet will think, this is what politicians should be worrying


about, rather than throwing insults around. Thank you for your time. A


visit from us, goodbye. Mother Nature has been


keeping us on our toes.


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