02/05/2017 The Papers


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


With me are Alison Little, Deputy Political Editor


at The Daily Express, and Ned Simons, Deputy Political


The Financial Times reports that new demands driven by France


and Germany have raised Britain's Brexit bill


The Metro leads with Theresa May's claim to Jean-Claude Juncker that


she'll be a 'bloody difficult woman' during the upcoming negotiations.


The "I" leads on what it describes as "misleading


warnings" about statins, saying thousands of Britons


are dying of heart attacks and strokes as fewer patients use


The Daily Telegraph says it has learned that the Government


is mulling over plans to offer cash hand-outs to diesel drivers in a bid


to encourage them to scrap polluting vehicles.


The Daily Mail says the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are seeking


?1.3 million in damages over the publication of topless photos of


Kate taken by paparazzi photographers in France.


We will start with the Daily Express - keep taking your stat ins. A


number of other papers have this on the front page as well. Lots of


concerns about the side-effects of statins, but this report seems to


suggest that those effects should not stop people from taking this


life-saving drug. The belief is that statins... I am doing a Diane


Abbott! I knew I would do this. 300,000? Don't you mean 300 million?


Statins? ! They are actually saying that patience, if they know they are


taking statins and are told about the side-effects, they will start


feeling them, like restless muscles and poor sleep. If they are not told


and they don't know they are taking statins, they don't feel them. So it


is psychological? Yes, psychosomatic effect. Some of the professionals


are saying when you take medicines there is a huge list of side effects


because the manufacturers are trying to protect themselves, so they are


saying, don't list the side-effects because in themselves they worry


that people, the patients into experiencing them. The fact is, Ned,


this suggestion seems to be that there may be issues on the side, but


it is worth taking them despite that. Gasbag, and it is weird. We're


used to package is having more warning. You think about cigarettes


and alcohol, all the warnings. Now they are saying, no warnings. I


think people think that every day there is a different story about


drugs being good for you are bad for you. It is difficult for the


consumer to know what to do, really. Dump at the warnings on, then. Then


they will have no idea! On the front of the metro - Theresa May, I will


be bloody difficult to Jean-Claude Juncker. It is not even her line,


which winds me up a bit. It is what Ken Clarke said about her, caught


off Mike on Sky News. This is a clear attempt to paint her as a


strong negotiator. Like fact that when she comes up with a good line,


that grabs the front pages, it is not even has. I cannot even imagine


Theresa May swearing, even in private, even when she stands on a


plug. That is why it doesn't feel right. It felt right in Ken Clarke's


mouth - a bloody difficult woman! As Ned were saying, it was in pretty


much all the papers, the lead story on the Ten O'Clock News, on ITV,


here and everywhere. It seems to have done the job, Alison, of


responding to what could be bloody difficult negotiations, frankly,


from Jean-Claude Juncker, Guy the horse


that -- Verhofstad. There was another story we will look at on


that, but it doesn't do her any harm. People who like Margaret


Thatcher will be attracted to this idea. The fact that Theresa May says


very little, if you watch interviews, she can't offer half an


hour and say very little, so one statement like that that is slightly


swearing, suddenly it is the most interesting thing is she has said


all week. Does it mean that everyone is to become a sailor over the next


six-week, turn the air blue then keep the front pages at the? She has


got Horace for that. -- she has got Boris Johnson for that. All the EU


sources are coming out, and there was a report in the German


newspaper, and now every news outlet, the BBC as well, going to


their own sources and saying, how difficult will you make it for


Britain? Jean-Claude Juncker and others, it is almost as if he is


trying to undermine her election pitch. Mrs May's official spokesman


told lobby journalist this morning when asked, Theresa May will be in


charge of the talks, assisted by David Davis. It undermines her


strategy, because she is trying to say to voters, who do you want


talking to the other 27 leaders - Jeremy Corbyn or me? And they are


saying, you are not going to be talking to us anywhere. It will be


interesting to see how she responds. How can they make a remark? More


hard-core Brexiteer 's will be outraged. Of course they were going


to be like that. The idea that it would be this rational process, this


is politics. I don't think we should be surprised that the negotiations


will be like this. What might you say, of course, it was likely to be


difficult, of course, it will be a tortuous process was perhaps. That


has not been what David Davis, John Redwood, Jacob Rees Mogg, Iain


Duncan Smith, that is not what they have been saying. Iain Duncan Smith


and Jacob Rees Mogg, it will take two years to sort this out. Not a


problem. And a lot of people believe that. You don't know how long it


might take. This could be bluster. The start of negotiations, a lot of


tough talk. It doesn't mean that it will be that hard and it could just


take the two years. It could end up being a very good deal, but the idea


that there wasn't going to be a lot of noise around it - that was always


going to be the case. It could be incredibly hard and we could end up


crashing up with no deal at all, and that what the Brexit campaign said


was a little optimistic, perhaps. The front page of the Financial


Times - the side bar, Diane Abbott's issues today, which are taken, but a


much more in-depth analysis of the problems concerning the Shadow Home


Secretary. On the inside page of the Times. Labour policy in tatters


after Abbott's interview to forget. After my own very poor start to the


session, she is a very experienced politician and television performer,


and it was a terrible interview. The Times got a fantastic picture of


Nick Ferrari. He looks so happy, and he did so well, he absolutely


skewered her on her vagueness. Not only is this the woman who would be


Home Secretary in six weeks if Labour wins, she was not just


faffing, she did not correct herself. She did not immediately


correct herself about how much the policy would cost. She lost it. I


don't know what happened. The line from The Times, and it is great,


they are saying it gets even worse, because labour say that this policy


will cost ?300 million, and they say it will be even more because they


haven't factored in training and equipment and inflation and things


like that. Very hostile. Ned, even if she had got the figure she was


hoping to grasp, that figure is wrong anyway, and it plays into this


whole sense, for some people, that Labour are just not with it, not on


it. I think that was why this was quite damaging. Diane Abbott, in


defending herself, it plays into the attack line that Labour are not


competent and do not have their act together. A lot of Labour policies


are popular. The Conservatives will say that even if the idea is a good


one, you have not costed it properly and you are not able to articulate


it, let alone put it into practice. And I think that is why it did


matter and it was not just a small gaffe. It was deserving of the


reporting that went around it. Briefly, Alison, the Daily Telegraph


- Tory cash hand-outs to scrap diesel cars. Ministers under


pressure to get tough on drivers and improve air quality. Ahead of


Thursday's council elections, which some people keep forgetting about.


This was after the Government said it would appeal against the High


Court decision last week, which said that they cannot keep delaying this


until after the election, so they have had to come out with this and


they are talking about this idea, and saying that as early as Friday,


probably an inconvenient time for us, some compensation to diesel


drivers who want to replace their cars, their engines, or to retrofit


their engines to be clean. I am outraged that some of the car


companies, I think they are bang to rights for falsifying their air


quality tests, which then led people, encouraged people, to buy


these diesel cars, and it the taxpayers, who are going to end up


bankrolling it and not the car companies. I don't understand. It is


an interesting point, Ned, because the Labour Government, in allowing


car manufacturers to continue making diesel engines on the quid pro quo


was that they would find a cleaner way of doing it and they were given


time, and they have not done it. Also, the wider point, it is good to


see the environment back on the front pages. Air pollution is


particularly an issue which affects a lot of people, children in schools


and cities so it is good to see that back now. Finally, the Guardian,


Ned, three pictures there of the Prime Minister eating a chip. It is


not quite her Ed Miliband bacon sandwich moment. In such a


controlled campaign, with events in close rooms with activists and few


members of the public, any photograph like these, where she


looks slightly more human, you could argue it makes a lot better. The


chip looks worse than she does! Her nail polish matches the ketchup. Are


you saying its planned? A planned chip. This is not a mill


abandonment? Now. OK, right. Alison, Ned, thank you for looking at some


of the stories behind the headlines, and thanks to you for watching. --


this is not a Milind Tandon moment? After Monday, a chilly night to come


across the clearer floral parts in the north and west of Britain. Here


is a view from Ayrshire. It was in western Scotland that the


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