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Apologies. We are three minutes late.


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


With me are the ever punctual journalist James Rampton


and Lucie Fisher, Senior political correspondent at The Times.


Have to make sure he's got his prop. Otherwise we will get marched off


the set! Need to make sure by Raman has his eponymous pen.


Theresa May will put the Manchester attack at the centre


of her general election campaign, according to the Financial Times.


Mrs May is also featured on the Telegraph's front page


after she criticised Jeremy Corbyn's comments linking British foreign


policy with UK terror attacks, saying Mr Corbyn was 'making


Mrs May, who is attending the G7 summit, said voters faced a choice


between her 'working constantly to protect the national interest


and to protect our security' and Jeremy Corbyn, who she said


'isn't up to the job,' according to the Guardian.


The i's front page says police have told the public to 'go out and enjoy


themselves' over bank holiday weekend because they have made


'significant progress' in investigating terror networks


The Daily Mail also leads on the investigation


The newspaper reports there will be a security lockdown this weekend,


with police and security forces expected to be present


More than 23,000 potential jihadist extremists have been identified


by intelligence services, according to The Times,


There is a similar splash in The Express, which reports that


a 'big blow' has been dealt to the extremists as police begin


Meanwhile The Sun focuses on a separate terror plot as it says


three men have appeared in court accused of planning to detonate


After a week like this we will inevitably end the week looking back


on what has happened in Manchester and the investigation and where he


has got to. Making great progress see the police. The Times, UK home


to 23,000 jihadist. Manchester bomb escape surveillance. An


extraordinary number of potential suspects here. Who are of greater or


lesser threat to the country. That's right. This is a figure given out by


the Security minister. Of these 23,000, it said that 3000 people


present a risk. There are 500 open operations. Really interesting


detail is that Salman Abedi, the Manchester attacker, and also Khalid


Masood, who committed the Westminster attacks several weeks


ago, were both former subjects of these enquiries. They will not live


suspects at the time of their attacks. It's quite a jittery sort


of fact to learn, that they had been under suspicion that they had been


deemed safe enough to move on enquiries from. You wonder how the


security services are meant to cope with that number of potential


suspects. Extraordinary. 20,000 who featured in that previous risk


category, which is pretty scary. I heard an interesting debate on Radio


2 today about, if we did not renew Trident, we would release 400,


sorry, ?40 billion. Somebody was suggesting, we could put that


straight into security services, because it takes 30 officers to


monitor one suspect. It's incredibly labour-intensive. They are just


overwhelmed with work at the moment. There is just too much, I think


generally they are brilliant at their job, but there is too much for


too few people to do. It doesn't say in this article the backgrounds of


these people. Have they come from abroad or are they British-born? Are


they British citizens, have they been abroad to places like Libya and


Syria? Have they been radicalised that way? There was a great deal of


detail missing. But it shows the scale of the problem that they are


facing. That's right. One of the difficult things is that many of the


studies conducted in places particularly with more intensive


suicide bombing trends, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, there does not seem


to be an obvious psychological background profile. Some people are


poor, some middle-class, some highly intelligent, some quite thick and


easily brainwashed. If there were an easy fit of background it would make


these people, the security officers who have to watch them, a lot


easier. The Telegraph them. Corbyn is making excuses for terror


attacks, says May. Certainly the Conservatives piled into Jeremy


Corbyn for what he said about British foreign policy being one of


the sources for potential radicalisation. I know Corbyn fan,


but I do think Boris Johnson in particular misrepresented what


Corbyn said. He was not necessarily offering, as they have used this


very eye-catching and perhaps hyperbolic phrase, he was not


offering an excuse for terrorism. He was trying to explain why it might


be happening. There was a poll saying 52% of people do believe that


foreign wars have influenced terrorists in this country. It is


slightly playing into my feeling that Theresa May is struggling in


the selection. This is certainly something that has surprised us. She


started with a 25 point lead, the latest poll has her down only to a


5-point lead. That's a cataclysmic fall off. An insider from the Tories


saying that they are slightly disappointed with her performance,


that it has not taken off. They thought she would be like Angela


Merkel, seen as the mother of the nation. But that just has not happen


with Theresa May. Tories were expecting more. The golf poll you


talk about. There are likely to be more polls over the weekend. -- the


UGOV poll. Some say the timing of these comments was distasteful. I


think that's right. Particularly with Corbyn this morning making an


example of Britain's support for intervention in Libya, Libya


obviously being the country Salman Abedi the attacker is a


second-generation immigrant from. Had visited recently. So I think,


the timing is odd. I would also say tactically from a campaign point of


view, we think that before this terrible bombing happened, Theresa


May was on the back foot, having to make this huge U-turn on social care


policy. It strikes me as surprising and interesting that Labour got


stuck in today on foreign policy, which is not traditionally their


strong suit, particularly under Jeremy Corbyn who was not seem to


have this orthodox or sort of mainstream views. They choose to go


big on that as the topic with which to resume their campaign. Labour's


traditional strengths are health and education. Education is a massive


issue. We got a letter from our children state school this weekend,


pleading for money, saying, we are going to be in real terms 20% down


from where we were five years ago. That is catastrophic for a school


that wants to provide a good service or its peoples. I really think that


if Corbyn hammers that home, he has got an advantage because May looks,


some people are calling her the May bot. She looks like somebody who has


tunnel vision. When she is challenged, as Andrew Neil did


brilliantly the other day, she struggles. Like the alien in those


Ridley Scott films, who just repeat the same phrase over and over again.


They are all guilty about. They all have their slogans. I know they are


programmed to say stuff but she looks particularly so. Corbyn was


interviewed by Andrew Neill and was on the back foot a bit, talking


about Trident. He has been on the back foot. Well gas, Andrew Neil is


an excellent journalist. Corbyn has been on the back foot. He was asked


six times about the IRA and would not give a definitive answer. He has


more Achilles heels than he has heels, Corbyn. He has so many weak


spots. I think there will be more stuff about how mass and Hezbollah,


that the Tories are just waiting to reveal about Corbyn. I feel they


have some stuff. Dirty tricks, sadly sometimes when elections. Let's stay


with the Telegraph. Suicide bomber may have used benefits to fund


plots. What's the suggestion here? The suggestion is that the


Manchester attacker used student loans funding to travel back to


Libya. Where he is believed, the Telegraph says, to have learned


bomb-making skills. There is a lot of interest around where his funding


was coming from. That is a key element of the police and security


services enquiries. The Times today was talking about how he had opened


up the good of bank accounts through which to go to DIY stores to buy the


nails, the shrapnel to include in the bombs. It says his finances are


a major theme of the police enquiry. Having never held down a job? He


allegedly claimed at least two student loans which were ?7,000


each, with no intention of going to those colleges. That's ?14,000.


Apparently one, he went to Libya to learn bomb-making. We were paying


for that. Extraordinary, certainly some loopholes the need to be


investigated. I am not really criticising the government on this


because they are overwhelmed with threats and information, and also


committee characters who pop up and claimed to be a threat but they are


not really. It's identifying, and this is incredibly difficult, who is


a real threat on who is a hoax, if you like. Back to that point but


ultimately the terrorist is responsible for the actions they


carry out. Of course. To the i, and the mail. This week where they have


made incredible progress and several arrests, another one tonight of


course in connection with the suicide bombing in Manchester. The


i, police say, go out and enjoy yourselves. It is of course a bank


holiday. So many public events taking place. Absolutely, not least


people going off to the beach, resorts, theme parks. James I know


you off to the FA Cup final. I work in the Palace of Westminster day


today and it has really struck me as quite an unusual change to seize


troops with their purple berries, parading around the estate. Seeing


this picture here armed police with those huge machine guns. This is


Scarborough. Worried about the donkeys there, I think. It feels


very un-British Army. -- it feels very un-British to me. Absolutely


right to keep the country safe. Seems to be a cross-party consensus


on it. Andy Burnham has said, on it. Andy Burnham has said,


Theresa May is right, he supports the move of raising the level to


good God. It's about stopping people panicking. Getting into this


building tonight there was an extra barrier had not seen before. I was


at first denied because I did not have a pass, then thought that a


good thing, it's reassuring to see that people are really taking it


seriously and they are worried about our safety. That is very reassuring.


I think the security services and the police in the terrible days


following this appalling incident have really stepped up. They are


reassuring people by their presence. I know there are sometimes sinister


overtones about having armed police on the streets but this is the


moment and the levels are critical, you really want that. Daily Mail


talking about a bank holiday ring of steel, saying they are mine people


bomber network. Security services bomber network. Security services


saying, bear with us. You are going to have to be subject to extra


security checks. But you can absolutely understand why. Even the


Hay literary festival is mentioned! They will be furious their


handkerchiefs and combatants will be searched. That is the level of


security they are going for. -- their handkerchiefs and their


cravats. I'm delighted there will be armoured cars. I think that's a


strong message. I think the security service at the moment have to say to


people, we are in control, and we are going to win this, because the


alternative is unthinkable. We cannot give in to them. I know that


is what people always say, but making the show of strength is


important. To show our determination and resilience. Let's end with the


Financial Times. Cloudless skies, bust - don't like that word, but


anyway - bust nuclear record. It has been fabulously hot. And there is an


energy benefit. I put on some suncream Iborra .my daughter today


and it was sparkly. I looked like Anton did back from strip may come


dancing. It's not all positive. I always have that mahogany spray tan,


which apparently the fans love! It's got its own Twitter account, my


spray tan. Anyway, there is a real benefit here, for the first time


solar output has gone up to 24.3, outstripping the amount from nuclear


power. That has to be good. Also bringing down the price of wholesale


electricity which would be, which is much cheaper than they are expecting


than that generated by Hinkley point. It's interesting, government


subsidies and the price of solar panels falling by about 80% since


2009 has allowed solar industries to have this huge rise. It's amazing to


think a quarter of our electricity at lunchtime today was generated by


the sun. Being a rather more rainy nation, I'm not sure we can count on


such a record every day of the week. It's interesting that only 1.4% is


still generated from coal. Perhaps for President Trump, who wants to


create clean coal, and open all the coal mines in America again. It


looks like he's been left behind by technology here. That's all we have


time for. We never have enough time! If only there was a second paper


review. 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 - and if you


miss the programme any evening you can watch it


later on BBC iPlayer. Thank you to my guests,


James Rampton and Lucy Fisher. Good evening. It's been a hot day,


the hottest of the year so far. That will culminate in


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