04/05/2017 The Papers


04/05/2017

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Hello. Welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us

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tomorrow. With us former trade Lord Digby Jones and Henry. Brace. Brace.

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Tomorrow's front pages of the Telegraph leads with the Duke of

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Edinburgh who is retiring from public duties this autumn. "I have

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had my fill is the headline." There is a similar headline in The Sun.

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The paper totted over 22,000 personal engagements made by Prince

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Philip. The same story is on the front of the I. The paper estimates

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the Duke made 5,000 speeches. The Times claims that the Queen's

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consort decided to retire to avoid growing frail in public. The Mirror

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claims that Cliff Richard has spent an unreasonable amount on legal

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action. There is a warning from Donald Tusk to Theresa May to show

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respect during Brexit talks. There is a six month slump in oil prices.

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Apparently Prince Philip will wonder what all the fuss is about, but

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that's what we're going to talk about first. He's stepping down from

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public duties in the autumn. Here is the Metro. "I have had my fill. 70

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years of service." He could have retired sometime ago? I thud think

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even the most ardent Republican would be saying that's public

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service and it's, I think, just fabulous and the nation obviously

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should be very grateful to him. It's not the easiest thing in the world.

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It wasn't in 1947 or in 1952 for this guy who had obviously, isn't

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The Telegraph calls him the alpha male and suddenly, having to go one

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step back and let his wife. Today, we would say what's wrong with that?

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In 1947 it wasn't done. I'm full of admiration for the man and if he

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wants to spend the last few years on this planet in privacy with the

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woman he loves, what's wrong with that? The Telegraph have a similar

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story. The main picture story. Prince Philip retires, service with

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a smile. Everyone we've spoken to, the gaffes aside which some people

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found rather tricky to cope with. We could highlight one or two. Some of

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them have been controversial. He puts people at their ease. He cracks

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a joke. He could put you at your ease. If he says to you, "Well, my

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word, you're working in a factory in Edinburgh, it looks like it has been

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put together by an Indian." We can laugh about it because he is an old

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guy. He had fantastic coverage. The headlines are superb for him and if

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you consider as Digby said how he had to go from being this naval

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officer, a guy who would have continued to have a brilliant

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careerment you were in the Navy... I didn't marry the Queen. To fuming on

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one occasion. I'm the only man in the country not allowed to give his

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name to his children. But at the same time he said my duty is not to

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embarrass her or to let the Queen down so he has been a pretty

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sterling companion. I'm fortunate enough to have met him. So have I.

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Pat my wife sat next to him at a dinner. She did it with a degree of

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trepidation because of his reputation for being short. She said

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he was charming and he put her at her ease and Matt in The Telegraph

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is wonderful... Let's look at that. They put it right by the photograph.

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It's a, I mean, all three of us in our various ways open things at

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times. People say I open envelopes. It is the two curtains of an opening

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with the plaque behind and the little thing he has unveiled and it

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says, "Unveil your own damn plaque." He always had a good one liner and

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the papers are working hard to match the kind of things he has said in

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his time. Not just the controversial ones, but the funny ones. When I met

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him at Buckingham Palace, I was running a radio station called

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Colourful. He said, "What do you do? ?" I said, "I run a radio station

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called Colourful." He said "It's all very colourful in here." There is a

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nice poem on Twitter. Let us look at the FT. Thames Water fine over river

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sewage dwarfed by ?1 billion pay-out to owners. Digby, before you mention

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it, I will, Digby has written a new book. This is the kind of stuff you

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talk about in your book? Fixing business is not about running a

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business or fixing a badly performing business, it is fixing

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business's reputation, it is trying to get business to play its proper

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role and to be seen to do so. In the book I talk about the things you can

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do, skills, training, environmental sensitivity, all that. But the big,

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big chapter is on executive pay and how business has got to sort itself

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out. I'm a capitalist to my core, but if we are going to have business

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playing its proper role and seen as such and cut slack by politicians

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accordingly, you cannot have and I talk about Volkswagen and I talk

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about Philip Green who has done nothing, he hasn't broken the law,

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but the reputation isn't there and loads of others. I look at this, and

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I'm pushing you guys to put the FT up because I don't think that

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business gets its fair share of coverage on the business... We talk

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about business every day. I was going to say, I was the one who

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said, "I want this covered." Thames Water paid its owners ?1 billion in

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dividends over ten years. During which time it dumped the equivalent

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of 21 supertankers of sewage into the Thames. This is about

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accountability and not rewarding people... Not rewarding failure in

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one way. If the shareholders are losing money or the company is doing

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badly, they still get the big executive pay-out. The company is

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basically letting down the environment, the community, causing

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fines, not doing the right thing, and then paying out a load of money.

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It is just wrong. It's a monopoly remember. When we talk about

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accountability, it has not being slapped with a ?20 million fine when

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you can afford to give ?1 billion in dividends and the head of Ofwat

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saying, "He is not proposing any solutions. There is nothing that

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appears that can be done about this company. It doesn't help when you

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read that the FT says a complex structure which owns it, includes

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off-shore holdings in Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands. I can't think of

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one redeeming feature. Stay with the FT for a second story. In the

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briefing section, Trump wins vote to replace Obamacare? He needed to get

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this win before his 100th day anniversary. It appears that the

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freedom caucus has been won over, the question is by what? Is it by

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reducing the amount of coverage that would be given to people by medical

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aid or reducing the coverage of preexisting conditions? The

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resistants are saying come the 2018 medium-term electionings every

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single Republican who voted for this will get punished because a lot of

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people will be left without coverage. Remember, before

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Obamacare, there were 40 million Americans who had no access to

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health insurance for the ripest country on earth. What he has done

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is he has got something through, what it doesn't say is how and

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somebody somewhere has done the deal. Someone has... The Senate

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might stand in its way. It will be diluted on the way through. He has

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done something. It doesn't say what, but the concept of changing this is

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all very well and good, but America surely cannot go back to being a

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country where you're rich, per capita, you're rich, you are the

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world's policemen and 40 million people have no access to health

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insurance. A lot of people think it is OK they go without health care. I

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used to say access to health care because they have access to health

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care, it is just they can't afford it. They are taking away the tax

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credits to enable people to afford it. Even before mental health. They

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are trying to make it more afford I don't believe as well to bring the

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premiums down. We don't know what it will be. The Express. EU to face

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explosive crisis without the ?85 billion from the UK. Whether it is

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?85 billion... It's actually. When I used to do corporate deals, when you

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were on a sticky wicket and you didn't think you were going to do

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very well, you got your PR machine of your client out there setting the

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agenda publicly, constantly trying to shore up your own position in

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public and everything I have seen from Juncker last weekend to this is

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all about the same thing. It's about basically they're trying to get an

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agenda where ?85 billion becomes the norment so they are talking about it

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always so it becomes the norm. The British Government is trying to set

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its own agenda too? I would like to think that's fine for a Brit. It is

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fine for both sides. It is a negotiation. Of course, but what I'm

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trying to say is, everybody repeats this ?85 billion. I would start at

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nought. I would say... Before that it was 60 or ?50 billion. This ?85

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billion from the Financial Times. You're surrounded by people who have

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their democratic right to have a discussion, even a row! What I'm

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trying to say is, they keep, what the fear is, they will keep

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repeating... The Brexit supporting newspapers that are repeating the

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?85 billion to put the fear of God into people. This is a paper review

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so we ought to look at the article! It has been calculated in the Daily

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Express that Britain contributes 12% of the bloc's total budget and could

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lay claim to ?58 billion of the EU's total assets. We loo like half our

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share out, like having half the house when you have a divorce. They

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are saying it is ?85 billion. I'm going to leap to the last paper now.

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We have got a longer review at 11.30pm.

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The Daily Star fears for 62 more premiership stars. This is after

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Aaron Lennon talked about having his mental health problems, he is not

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alone it says. The pressure, is this what it's about? I remember years

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and years ago, I think stfs Stan Collymore and his then manager said,

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"What's wrong with you?" I lot of the premiership, even Championship

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footballers, the key reason why lots of people, men and women, become

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mentally ill and have problems is thwarted ambition, it isn't the

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money you make, it is what else is going on in your mind, everyone is

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talking about the push being more open about mental health. There are

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lots and lots of people particularly young men who struggle with things

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going on, we have got our demons, but it's even more pernicious if

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nobody understands you. You can't talk about it to anybody. As

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footballers you have got to be strong and out there... That last

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point. It is macho culture. I'm not making a jult here. Factually, you

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can't admit frailty and factually, you are banking this money... And

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you're not going to get any sympathy. I think it is the tip of

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the iceberg. Also, you know, it's clear, statistically there have got

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to be quite a few gay premiership footballers, you never ever hear of

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one. Imagine the pressure that puts on people. If you are gay and you

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love to come out and be normal, and you can't be... Just be yourself.

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Exactly. The mental pressure that's putting on somebody... The suicide

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rate of gay men is really, really high. In football, it is the last

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bastion and somebody has got to do something about it. I noticed on a

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lighter note, John Gregory was manager of just tell me the club...

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Aston Villa. Thank you. Birmingham's finest have to be

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mentioned. It wasn't finest. What are we going to look at? The weather

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in a minute. It is such a relief to get through it. They're back again

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at 11.30pm for round two. I am pleased really.

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Thank you for having us. A pleasure. Hello there. Good evening, it was a

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lovely day for large swathes of the

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