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


With me are Paul Johnson, Deputy Editor of the Guardian


And Director of Bell Pottinger, Tim Collins.


Good to see you both. Let's have a look at some of the front pages.


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...


The Financial Times leads with the undisputed


political story of the day - the Conservatives'


It says it's "rattled" the Tory campaign.


It reports there's confusion about exactly what the new social


It calls it "May's manifesto meltdown".


Pensioners will pay for the new policy,


according to the Times, but it reports that Tory sources say


it won't require tax rises or spending cuts.


The Metro says that the Prime Minister has denied accusations that


she's not so much "strong and stable" as "weak and wobbly".


The Mirror asks, how can we ever trust Mrs U-turn? A different lead


investigation reveals vulnerable investigation reveals vulnerable


teenagers have been exposed to pornography through Facebook.


A rather topical front page from the Express,


although it's not actually about the so-called dementia tax.


It says scientists have found dementia runs in the family.


Tim, I'm going to start with you. Theresa May, strong and stable all


week and wobbly, like jelly on a plate, so goes the nursery rhyme!


This plays against the very thing that she was trying to put forward


in this campaign, it's all about leadership, that it's about a strong


negotiating hand, that you want Boadicea leading us into these


Brexit talks. Jolyon a plate, according to the Metro? -- jelly on


a plate. Brexit more than anything else was about politicians not


listening. For decades they wouldn't listen to what the public was saying


about emigration and power is going to Brussels. We do have a prominence


to now who clearly has listened. -- we do have a Prime Minister. The


reaction of particularly Tory leaning voters on the doorstep was


very negative to this, and she has listened. The thing about the U-turn


bit, that element of the policy that is new today actually takes us


straight back to David Cameron's policy and what was the Goverment's


policy until a week ago, that there should be a cap. It's not as if she


has plucked an idea out of nowhere. That used to be a Tory Party policy,


I thought about it further and we will go back to it. Paul, it was


clear what Tory cause was under David Cameron last week. In fact,


Quadri days ago -- what Tory policy was. She decided to pass it out and


now she has brought it back in again. I was looking forward to see


how Tim would spin his way out of that one! This is a complete


shambles. The first time in history that a manifesto promise has been


broken even before the election. It's just been a day of complete


confusion. You've had a very angry Prime Minister, ministers running


away from BBC TV cameras shown on screen. You had anger, blame gaming,


you've had finger-pointing, the whole thing. It is a meltdown. It's


being called meltdown Monday. This is not a rational act, it was forced


upon Theresa May on the Government. Tim, come on, the front page of the


Telegraph, chaos. The fact is, there were people within her own party,


people within the Cabinet to thought it was a bad idea. Is she just not


listening to anyone? I do think one of the lesson that has come out of


this is that we know, this is true with Tony Blair and probably with


David Cameron, he had a very sort of gilded circle, it does seem that


prime ministers of all parties are to you eager to just listen to a


very few voices and they tend to govern much better when they listen


to a wider Cabinet and consult a bit more. That is probably a lesson that


needed to be learned by Mrs May, as it was learned by her predecessor. I


suspect after this, she will... One thing that is good about her is that


she does listen. She campaigned for a Mane and now she is carrying


through Lees, but she listened,. I don't think she will make this


mistake again. They get up this morning and say, Prime Minister,


we've got to get rid of this, how do we get rid of the policy? What we


do, Prime Minister, we ditched the policy, how do we explain that? We


say that nothing has changed. But who do we blame? We can't blame


Cabinet ministers or the head of policy at Downing Street, they had


nothing to do with it. We will blame Jeremy Corbyn! How do we do that?


Say it is fake news, that is how we get out of it. By the way, you have


a half an hour slot in your diary this afternoon to explain all of


this to Andrew Neil! I bet that went down well! It is a difficult day. Is


it a mortal wound? No, the reality is we are going to come on later to


the story about opinion polls. It is important but all of this in


context. She remains further ahead even in the worst opinion polls that


were above is a work published over the weekend than Margaret Thatcher


was before her general election landslide, more than Tony Blair was


in his worst poll before the 1997 landslide. The reality is, most


general elections over the last 30 or 40 years, in fact, every general


election, you have had the result in the end that you did in the middle.


We get very excited about these things, but most rotors have made up


their minds already. They decided that they prefer Mrs May to Mr


Corbyn. This hasn't been a great day for her but it won't change


anything. Left-leaning press, Paul, playing this. Your front page in the


Guardian is doing so, the Daily Mirror as well. How can we ever


trust Mrs U-turn? Not the most flattering picture of the Prime


Minister. PM flip-flops again. The fact is, she still is, according to


the polls, we ahead of the Labour Party. This has been a good day for


them. -- we ahead. We seeing an element of hubris here on behalf of


the Prime Minister, because she was so far ahead, we have the changes to


getting rid of free school lunches we have means testing winter fuel


payment, winter fuel allowance is. And we've now got this U-turn as a


result of the belief that she could potentially scare her core vote.


Yes, it is quite extraordinary. You could characterise this as callous


or as complacent, you could characterise it as a trust issue.


You could characterise it as the right thing to do! There is no doubt


she did the right thing by introducing the future of social


care into the rational conversation, there's no doubt something has to be


done about intergenerational wealth. But to do it in this way was very,


very or indeed. To say to a big ball of the country, to say to a big pull


of your constituency -- you're going to have to pay, I'll tell you how


much after the election. I understand why Tories like me or


upset with the idea of undermining the principle of inheritance. What I


genuinely don't understand is how socialists like John McDonnell or


Jeremy Corbyn can say, we're going to fight for the right of


multimillionaires in the south of England to hand over the entire


value of their homes. We're going to fight to make sure that


multimillionaires keep the winter fuel allowance is. Why is the left


saying, we are keeping every privilege for the rich? I thought


Jeremy Corbyn's allowance is that the system is rigged for the rich.


It's mad! I think we are in argument about whether the rights or


wrongs... The triple lock. The Conservative sums don't add up. In


the Andrew Neil grilling we saw, tell us about taxes. I can't give


you any promises. Tell us about the NHS and the extra ?8 billion. I


can't tell you where it is coming from or whether it is new money or


not. There two default position is that the primers has. Number one is


evasion, number two is blame Corbyn. The most important sadistic she out


with in that interview was she said, in the next ten years there will be


2 million more people over the age of 75 needing care. We can't expect


people in work to pay higher taxes because the tax burden is the


highest it has been for 30 years. We can't borrow it because our or ring


is far too high. Where do we get it? At least the Tories have some ideas


about. Labour is the magic money tree and a free unicorn for


everyone! If we had got to the Don Lock cap, it could have been costed.


-- the Andrew Dilnot cap. Ministers yesterday was on... Gentlemen,


please! I need a whistle or something! We are back to the cap,


but we don't know what the cap is, the interesting debate, no limit has


been set by the Conservatives so far. Paul, interesting, this poll.


This is the Huffington Post suggesting that in Wales Labour are


racing ahead with Welsh voters stop your yes, this is curious, this


poll. They are talking about an extraordinary 16 points swing to


Jeremy Corbyn's favour in Wales. Now, we've been here before with


swings. We've been here before with poles. We are quite a way out from


polling day. These figures are doubtless moving around, but they


are only moving in one way. The Tory vote is staying basically steady, or


so it seems. Labour seems to be inching up. And the other parties


seem to be involved in a third-place play-off. Polls are just polls,


that's it. Lets not forget, the polls called the referendum wrong,


they called Trump from, they called the last general election wrong, I


wouldn't get too excited. I know you are looking forward to the great


socialist republic, but it ain't going to happen. You were talking


only about how far ahead Theresa May was in the polls. If she is as far


ahead as Mrs Thatcher was, it she didn't do very well either. Let's


move on to the Financial Times, Trump at the wall. I hope we can get


this picture on screen. Can you imagine from tweeting this out to


say, number one he is made stopping a flood by holding back the waters!


-- here is me. Number two, I told you I would build a wall! It is


significant, though. It is significant and very interesting,


the significance has been underwhelmed, it has got into


difficulties. Because Trump, his approach to secrecy has been


encapsulated in this visit. In a trip to talk to the Russians he


talks about secret intelligence being passed on from Syria. He then


gets other people to deny it. He then confirms it himself, and today


he says in public, oh, but I'm never mentioned Israel, it wasn't me,


honest. It's! It was an incredible clanger. One issue of substance. At


the weekend he was in Saudi Arabia, he spoke at a conference of 40


Islamic countries, all of whom are delighted that under him US foreign


policy is going back to its traditional stance of backing the


Saudi view of the Middle East rather than the Iranian view of the Middle


East. Although that will be unpopular with some, he is amazingly


popular in the Gulf states, because they feel that America is back being


their friend against. The Times, apparently storms and tea on not


going to be part of the break between cricket matches as people


thought they would. When I saw this on page three I wondered why it


wasn't on the front page! And act like this ripping apart the very


fabric of society, this has got to be another thing that Jeremy Corbyn


has come up with! But it isn't. There is a reason it is the bottom


of page three, it is talking about doing away with cucumber Sam Wood


is, but it comes from Tony Oxley of fear of Cricket club. -- cucumber


sandwiches. -- fare Roque Cricket club. If it was the Test matches, it


would be the most important story of the day. I wonder why the Theresa


May to boggle is not on the front of the Daily Mail. -- De Bock all.


Don't forget, you can see the front pages of the papers online


It's all there for you, seven days a week, at bbc.co.uk/papers.


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