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


With me are the broadcaster John Stapleton, and Kate Proctor,


political correspondent at the London Evening Standard.


Tomorrow's front pages: The Daily Telegraph reveals it has


seen documents that show EU officials are trying to prevent


the Prime Minister securing a deal for British expats in Europe.


Like many of the papers, it also features a large picture


of Princess Charlotte which was released to celebrate


The Financial Times says the European Commission is preparing


to issue plans to control the City of London's


The high cost of calls to and from bedside phones


in hospitals is highlighted on the front page of The Metro.


The i claim tax laws used by HMRC are so complex,


taxpayers who fill out their returns online may end up overpaying.


The furore surrounding the now infamous meeting between Theresa May


and Jean-Claude Junker is on the front of the Daily Express,


with the Prime Minister claiming the account was just


The Daily Mail leads with a special investigation in to claims fertility


clinics exploit couples desperate for a baby by persuading them


to donate eggs in return for free treatment.


The Times warns of a looming crisis surrounding financing deals


for new cars, saying buyers are often not made fully aware


And finally, the Guardian says the Prime Minister is having


to battle to get Brexit talks back on track,


following what it calls a botched and humiliating start


to the negotiations with the President of the European


Hello again, John and Kate. We will start inevitably with a debacle. The


Daily Telegraph. Would you like to kick us off, Kate? So this is an


account of the dinner between Jean-Claude Juncker and Theresa May


and the Telegraph has seen documents showing that Jean-Claude Juncker had


for a while had a plan that he wanted to put the brakes on Theresa


May's deal to try and make sure that EU rights were sorted out as quickly


as possible. This is talking about expats, Brits living abroad in


Europe, so Jean-Claude Juncker has come to this meeting and really left


Theresa May in some way describing it... She is using megaphone


diplomacy, she is being very forthright in what she wants, and it


has really, really rattled a lot of people. Yes, he is reported as


saying he was astonished that she had raised this, and he thought it


could all be sorted out very quickly but in fact the Telegraph points out


this morning, or tomorrow morning's papers, that EU officials have known


for a long time that is what she wanted to do. It shouldn't have


caused him any surprise, put it that way. It is an amazing story, but you


will remember after the event Theresa May said they had been very


constructive talks, et cetera, et cetera. It illustrates the need for


newspapers because a German paper has found that what really went on,


or so we are told, and has come out with some amazing detail. It might


have been constructive, but there were certainly some very sharp


opinions exchanged about crucial issues. Does this particular story,


on the front of the Telegraph, say how they unearthed this plant to


block Theresa May? Is there any detail given about that? It doesn't


give any detail but it does say Jean-Claude Juncker was aware of


this. He has managed to keep a lid on this for a certain amount of time


and now we have had this dinner and a week later we are getting juicy


detail on how fraught relationship sounds as if it is between these two


people. He phoned Angela Merkel, apparently, the next day and talked


about Theresa May living in another galaxy, on another planet. It has


not been a great meeting of minds, to put it mildly. And clearly this


information... I say clearly, it would appear this information has


come from someone who was in the room as an EU official, we imagine,


who has leaked this to the German newspaper and of course the British


newspapers today have picked it up. It just feels like such


mischiefmaking. It sounds slightly underhand, doesn't it? That is


investigative journalism! I think Jean-Claude Juncker has really swept


up on the wing here. He sounds quite extreme and very hard line on how he


will be approaching Brexit, and you think this is power play and


posturing so he can come back in and be the guy that saves the day and


the end. We will stay with the Telegraph, and put smiles on


people's faces. Hasn't Charlotte grown? I still remember the baby


pictures. We don't get that many pictures, so every time they do


release one is very celebrated and obviously what she is wearing will


sell out in no time as well. It is on the front of the Telegraph and a


lot of the papers today as well. Happy birthday to her and all the


other two -year-olds. There are one or two more. She is the spitting


image of George. And the Guardian has more Jean-Claude Juncker. As the


Guardian might in these circumstances, they say that it


shows she has screwed up, basically. It wasn't as hunky-dory as the


British government would have us believe. There certainly appears to


be a lot of areas in which they did disagree, and Jean-Claude Juncker


and his officials expressed astonishment, as to the issue of


whether or not we should pay. Our people say we shouldn't hate to


leave the EU, they are saying you are out of your mind. ?50 billion,


depending on who you talk to. Massive areas where they disagree,


not least the issue of whether we can settle the deal for Europeans


living in the UK and Brits living abroad. You have this line as well,


sources close to Jean-Claude Juncker saying the chances of Brexit talks


failing are now over 50% which from the very beginning make things sound


as if they are in a very precarious situation. I think that will be


music to the ears of Brexiteers, who will be delighted to hear that


things are going so badly wrong. You are far closer to all this and I am,


I just read what I see in the newspapers and you are a political


correspondent, but one thing, it confirms for me that this is a heck


of a site more complicated than many people imagined it would be. I think


many people who voted for Brexit, with decently held views, thought it


would be all over in a few weeks. I will be surprised if this deal is


done in two years' time. This is meeting one, in a sense. And what


happens if at all stops? What happens to Brexit? It is


interesting, isn't it? Let's talk to the Times, and we have a lovely


picture of Princess Charlotte, and the story we are concentrating on is


Staton 's. It is causing many of my generation some concern. The story


says that 6 million people are on the wrong does, and basically the


body that determines these things, recommended three years ago that


more people should be put on stronger statins. And GPs for


various reasons haven't necessarily done that. In fairness to them, I


think they are saying that there are some side-effects to some of these


statins, and there are big concerns about the impact, but nevertheless


the official view is that more people should be on them, and this


piece is saying please don't rush to your doctors all at once. 6 million


people rushed to their doctors tomorrow morning, the NHS is in


bigger trouble than it is at the moment. I don't think there is any


immediate emergency for any of those people, but it is something to bear


in mind, and ask your GP about. Only 6% on the recommended dosage.


Goodness me. Staying with the Times, the car market. So this is a story


about the way that people in Britain are buying their cars, and there is


concern that there has been a mis-selling issue. So people that


are buying their cars through finance deals, and that is 90% of


new cars, basically it is saying here that there is a risk that the


person who is leasing the car doesn't quite know the full chain of


the financial transactions that are backing it, so although there might


be working with one company and paying one company, the person they


owed the money too could be further down the line. There is a bit of


confusion back, and that is putting people at a great of risk if one of


those companies go bust. People could be in a very precarious


financial position. So it really feels like it is the very beginning,


the story, of a much bigger issue. It is like the old leasing


arrangement, you finance the car for three years and it is not actually


your own. It is a health warning on that, to make sure you know what you


are doing. They compared it to the crisis that triggered in America...


I can't think, mortgage crisis. So let's move on to the FT. I am sure I


still tap into the bank of mum and dad from time to time. I don't know


about you, Kate. They are watching, they will no! I am a governor of the


bank of mum and dad, so I am well versed in these matters, as a matter


of fact. Are you surprised by this? I think this is a really interesting


story. They are saying, they have done a survey and they say that 26%


of all UK property transactions are now financed by the bank of mum and


dad, and that is the equivalent of the number of transactions financed


by the Yorkshire building society, so there is a whole new building


society of mums and dads and family and friends. The equivalent of the


ninth biggest mortgage lender in Britain. For someone my age and my


generation, this is a very common situation. Perhaps if you want to


get onto the property ladder, you look to your mum and dad for help,


and in saying that, you know, you are in a very privileged position


because your parrots can help you. What it points to such a bigger


issue here. You have got Nigel Wilson, the chief executive of LNG,


says the housing market is broken and demand is out pacing supply.


Interest rates are lower and we still have this problem that people


under 35 cannot afford to buy because they don't have the deposit


on the other big factor, not just for young people, but a whole lot of


other people, is stamp duty. It has slowed the market down quite


dramatically, because it is a big, big amount of money. You also think


I going to be in a position to be able to help out? Generational


change completely. There is an awareness that our generation have


to save up either. I am in the luckiest generation ever born,


because we missed national service, we were part of a democracy, most of


us have had a fairly good time. But now we are paying the price. The


Daily Mail, and exploited by cash for eggs, IVF clinics. Rather


worrying. Yes, it is a really sad story, and very alarming. Fertility


clinics accused of exploiting desperate women by asking them to


donate eggs for cash and free treatment. Women on lower incomes


who want to have IVF are being offered a strange deal where they


can have their eggs harvested, but they would give half away. And then


they would have some money from that, or they would be given another


round of IVF. You get some free treatment, but it is just so


uncomfortable sounding. Why does that make it uncomfortable? If you


are donating eggs but getting something back, why would that be...


It doesn't feel like this is the correct medical and ethical way to


be doing things. One someone far more qualified than us, Lord


Winston, says I fear that some of my profession have no moral or ethical


compass any more. I think that is the issue. It is stepping over a


certain line. Hospitals, I have never used one of these phones, I


see it and they terrify me. My mother, God bless her, spent some


considerable time in hospital and they set up one of these things


beside her bed. And you would need a degree in technology to operate


this. And these are laid on for people like my mother, and people


who are sick. And now, according to this one firm, charging 50p a minute


to use the phone, and ?5 a day, 12 times as much as it would cost with


an ordinary TV licence, to use the television. It is a disgrace. I


think you are in hospital, you are supposed to be looking after people,


not charging them. I am surprised that these phones still exist,


because it is accepted that you can use your mobile phone in most wards,


obviously there are some exceptions, but most people have mobiles, that


they? Not all elderly, vulnerable people have mobile phones, and they


are the people who will end up spending a lot of money. It is a


good story, it will strike a chord, I think, with a lot of the Metro's


readers. Going back to the Telegraph, the drama being put


together by the BBC, King Charles III. Do you all know what it is


about? The problem is... So King Charles III, it was a stage play,


very popular, being made into a TV adaptation, but there are concerns


from some actors, they didn't want to play King Charles III, in case


that jeopardised their chances of getting in on a further down the


line. Forwardthinking! I think some actors actually do take this very,


very seriously, and they take their Honours potential seriously. But


King Charles III such an amazing role, I don't know why you wouldn't


want to leap into it and do it. And most actors I know would give their


right arm to play it, irrespective of the consequences. I have read


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