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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what The Papers will be


With me are broadcaster Rachel Shabi and political


Let's just take a look at some of the front pages before we speak to


them. The Mail on Sunday focuses


on pensions, reporting that Theresa May will bring in new laws


to prevent a repeat of the Sir Philip Green BHS scandal


if she wins the election. The Observer leads on this weekend's


meeting of EU leaders saying they want the UK to provide


guarantees to EU citizens living in Britain before any


trade talks can begin. The Sunday Times reports


that the other EU member states have rejected Theresa May's negotiating


position and accused her of living in a "parallel reality".


The Sunday Telegraph says the Prime Minister has rejected


the demands coming from Brussels with politicians on both sides


of the Channel warning that the talks could turn nasty.


The Sunday Express concentrates -- it also features Anthony Joshua,


who beat Wladimir Klitschko yesterday at Wembley Stadium. The


Sunday Express concentrates on the investigation


into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann,


ten years after she went missing. It says Scotland Yard's


prime suspect is a woman. And the Sunday Mirror has


an interview with Madeleine's mother, Kate, who says


she still buys her there we are. Now let's begin with


the newspapers. We are going back to the mail on Sunday. Lots of them


covering the election. What strikes me about it is Theresa May going


into bat and Jeremy Corbyn, a bit more predictable, on the matter of


business malpractice, if you like. Absolutely. Going after


irresponsible bosses. This revelation came from a Mail on


Sunday into the with Theresa May. If I lived in a country where the press


was regulated by the state, that would be how the interview would


read. It is very flattering. K the Mail on Sunday tend to support the


Tories. This policy pledge has been dubbed an anti-Philip Green Charter.


He sold BHS for a pound and left a massive pension deficit. This is the


Prime Minister pledging to introduce regulation that. Companies from


trading, or selling other companies, if that is a move to strip a pension


fund. You would think that regulation would exist to stop that


already. We go back to the days of Robert Maxwell. She is promising a


new look to make it illegal to recklessly put pension schemes at


risk. It is amazing that is not illegal already. It seems like a bad


thing. She was batting on Labour's to some extent. Lots of people think


she is parking had tank on the Labour lawn. You reach out to people


not in your core vote. You should not be so surprised she is reaching


out to that sort of territory. Let's go on to the Observer and talking


about Labour. They want to outlaw zero hours contracts. That sounds


nice ambition but they have become extremely common. This is


fascinating. That story is Theresa May wanting to interfere with the


free running a business. This story is Labour saying exactly the same


thing. Labour wants to deal with rip-off bosses and the rest of it.


This is called, unashamedly, left-wing pitch to British workers.


Theresa May's was easy Justin is standing up to British workers. It


is intriguing. Banning zero our contracts and putting a halt to


unpaid internships and ending the cap for public sector pay. I'm not


sure how it will work in practice. There is the argument of where do


you pay for it. Zero hours contracts pledged to ban is a smart move by


the Labour Party. It is recognising the economy has changed. One in 36


people is now in a zero hours contracts. To be clear, people don't


want to be on these terms. They don't want to go to work from week


to week and not know how many hours they are working. Flexible working


might suit some people but it is not the same as a zero hours contract


and nothing is guaranteed. They are different things. We have heard some


terrible stories about people on zero hours contracts. He was --


there was someone in a sports distribution centre saying that kids


were going home alone because parents were being randomly told to


work extra hours. The kids could not call them because they are not


allowed mobile phones in the buildings. You have to think, that


kind of thing, actually we do need to have measures to stop that


happening. Also flesh on the bones about how they will do it. It is a


good idea. How you will do it and make sure it does not cost jobs or


money is another thing. That is something we will not see in this


campaign. We still have six weeks to go. Let's go on to the European


Union being beastly to this country. A front page of the observer says,


the EU threatens Theresa May on trade talks and citizen rights. It


is very combo to the language. Be you has basically said to Theresa


May -- the EU has basically said to Theresa May these are the


parameters. We have established these parameters. We will need to


have some agreement on EU citizens. We will need to have agreements on


Northern Ireland and the border and we will need agreements on the exit


bill. All that before we move on to what the future policies, the


trading relationships and everything else looks like. That is just a


statement of the parameters of the negotiations. It is extraordinary


this has been played as the EU trying to stitch up... It is the


obvious story to put on the front page for a Brexit election.


There is a lot of newspaper hyperbole going on. Then we are


going on to the Sunday Times. This wonderful expression about living in


another galaxy, according to Brussels. I am not sure who said


that. It is a bit disobliging. It is extraordinary that Theresa May is


getting a reputation for being a good negotiator. The EU is saying


she sucks at it she is not able to comprehend basic terms that are


being offered to her. There is quite the disparity between her image and


the reality. In the real world, the Prime Minister will not be doing any


negotiating. It is up to people like David Davis and so one, and the


negotiators. It depends on what the outcome will be. It is a


negotiation. What the front pages are saying is the British government


has one position and the EU has another. That is the bottom line.


They will negotiate to try to find common ground. It does not bode


well. This fascinating dinner in the week where the Prime Minister had a


meeting. All these European leaders. They phoned up Angela Merkel and


said we have a different issue. We are in different galaxies. A few


hours later, she said, Brexit means Brexit. There is a fascinating story


to be told about that. I would love to read about that in the future.


Let's go onto another story. Rachel, I think it is your turn again.


Labour donor. This is in the Sunday Times. Labour donor to stand. I


think it is a threat to stand against him, isn't it? Someone


called Michael Foster. Michael Foster is a publicity guy. He has


very top shelf clients, including Chris Evans, I'd think. Top drawer,


I think you mean. He got suspended from the Labour Party because he


likened supporters of Jeremy Corbyn to Nazi storm troopers. Here's a big


founder of the Labour Party. He has given more than 400,000 to Labour


since 2010 according to the Sunday Times. He thinks that what they is


now, six weeks ahead of an election, is to change its leadership. The


fascinating thing is that is not backed up by the polling. Buried in


the story is a poll. Last week, the Sunday Times did a poll made it the


splash. This week's is buried in the story right away at the bottom. It


shows that Labour has closed the gap to 13 point is clearly a big gap but


it has been closed by ten points with the bat is amazing given that


Jeremy Corbyn and his team are up against his reputation and the vast


majority of the printed press. And yet he is catching up. Quite


rapidly. Still a long campaign to go. If he keeps catching up by ten


points per week he will win a landslide. Opinion pollsters have


had an even worse time. It is noteworthy. Whatever you think will


happen in the future. Closing the gap by ten points is noteworthy,


isn't it? It is one poll. If newspapers are going to write


stories about one poll, they need to choose which one they choose. Let's


go across the Atlantic. James, we have a very familiar man giving a


very familiar salute. An important day for Donald Trump. 100 days is or


is a big deal in American politics. 100 days since JFK started with the


100 days being a thing. If there were not an election on, the Sunday


papers would be full of analysis pieces about Donald Trump's 100


days. As it is, it is not such a big deal, which is probably a good


thing. How many other through the want to think about what has


happened in the last 100 days and what will happen in the next? There


will be 1200, 1300 days to go of this presidency. I was just


wondering if people had calendars with the countdown, crossing off the


days. I am sure they do. That is quite a lot of days. Apparently he


is finding it harder than he thought it would be. It is always used as a


sort of measure about how the new boy, or new woman, is getting on.


When you tick of the things that have been achieved against the


things you want to do, it is controversial. There is a disparity


between what he said he would do and what he actually in reality has


managed to achieve. Whether that is because the legal system intervened,


as was the case with the Muslim ban as it came to be known. That is not


constitutional. Or whether it is parliamentarians saying, no. We are


not going to sanction the building of the wall or the repeal of the


Bama care. One way or another the things he has wanted to do has been


obstructed or cancelled out. It is interesting that that does not seem


to have really affected his base. His supporters are still really


happy with him. Indeed. It has not really dented his popularity of


reputation among his supporters. That is curious. It makes you think


what actually would change that. Someone who has had a good hundred


days is his daughter Ivanca. It is interesting the way she is seen as


the one person who could tell the president what is going on and


present a good place to the world? I don't really understand how this is


possible. Members of the German press obviously should be asked. We


actually don't know what your role is. What in fact does the first


daughter do? You can imagine them saying, we have had a look at the


past. This is not in your constitution. I think that is the


question that needs to be repeated. She is seeing James as a stable


centre in the middle of the White House. It is a good business. Who is


she accountable to. She and Jerry are regarded as this voice of


reason. She is his daughter. She has inherited some kind of sense. I am


intrigued how that has fit together. It is about where he has got the


sense from. Is it just in comparison to her father who is completely mad.


The old sport of boxing, coming back with a wallop and Anthony Joshua. It


was a heck of a fight. 90,000 people going mad at Wembley Stadium. It is


a sports story on the front page. It does not happen that often these


days. There was a time when the Grand National winner, sport does


not get onto the front pages quite as often. At the end of the day a


man has battered another man in front of 90,000 baying fans. The


older I get the more uncomfortable I get. I did not watch it but I love


the stories about a comeback from a sixth round knock-down. Everyone


loves those stories. That is it from the papers. My grateful thanks to my


guest. Let's take a look at tomorrow's FrontPage is --


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


evening at 10:40pm here on BBC News.


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