04/05/2017 The Papers


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


claims that Cliff Richard has spent an unreasonable amount on legal


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


trepidation because of his reputation for being short. She said


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


business or fixing a badly performing business, it is fixing


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


basically letting down the environment, the community, causing


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


aid or reducing the coverage of preexisting conditions? The


resistants are saying come the 2018 medium-term electionings every


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


people will be left without coverage. Remember, before


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


We have got a longer review at 11.30pm.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


lovely day for large swathes of the


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