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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment.


Police investigating the suicide bombing in Manchester on Monday have


The Conservatives and Labour promise more action to minimise the threat


of terror attacks in the wake of the Manchester bombing.


Thousands of British Airways passengers have faced a second day


of delays and disruption following the massive computer


failure which grounded all BA planes at Heathrow and Gatwick yesterday.


We've tried desperately to contact BA by email, by phone,


on their website and also trying to find ground staff,


and we haven't seen anybody on the ground at all.


Landslides and floods in Sri Lanka have killed at least 150 people


and the country faces the risk of more mudslides as


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


With me are John Rentoul, chief political commentator


at the Independent, and Ruth Lea, economic adviser at


The Financial Times leads on the IT chaos causing


misery for BA customers, but carries a photo of a rather


happier-looking German Chancellor at a campaign event.


The male report claims of a moronic cover-up over cutting costs on


computer systems. The election campaign is the main


story for the Telegraph. It claims that Jeremy Corbyn has


been denounced by members of his own party after attending


a ceremony in honour of a terrorist. A key legal power has been used only


once to control British jihadists, say the times.


The Mirror has a full-page photo of some of the 40,000


people who took part in the Great Manchester Run.


The paper calls it a "defiant act of solidarity".


A terror warning is the top story for the Express.


It reports fears that Libya has become a breeding ground


British Airways, the photograph says it all, a female passenger looking


absolutely exhausted and desperate, sitting on a trolley with her bags.


Here it is, camera three! The worst chaos I have ever seen, the quote


from a pilot. Half term misery as disruption to continue for days.


Very, very few BA staff seem to know what is going on or the Indy


terminals explaining to passengers. It is a terrible story. This


weekend, as half term starts, bank holiday weekend, the worst possible


time, and it makes me worry about whether I have backed up my


computer. You take these things for granted, you should computers will


work, and when they don't, you ought to have back-up systems, and it


looks as if cost-cutting means that they do not. It aims to have been a


power failure which has brought the system is down, but the union were


quick off the mark, they said, you outsourced a lot of this to another


country. That is what the Financial Times say, because of the


cost-cutting, we do not know, but we are so dependent on the systems, if


they go down, it is a tragedy. We only have to think about the


ransomware virus, damaging the NHS. There does not seem to be adequate


back-up, either in BA or in the NHS or anywhere else if something goes


badly wrong. If it is a problem with cost-cutting, they are going to lose


a lot of money. The Telegraph is suggesting that compensation


payments could be ?50 million and loss of goodwill and loss of


business could be another ?50 million. Some terrible statistics.


The ineptitude staggers you. This is what comes across to us, passengers


cannot get any information. The company does not by what has gone


wrong. They are not sending anybody out. They have nothing to say,


everything stops. It shows how dependent companies are. Even if


everything stops, having people out there, surely, would be a sensible


thing to do, offering people refreshments, accommodation, health,


advice. They do not have the contingency plan. People complaining


they did not have food or drink. The minimum you can do is keep people


reasonably comfortable if they are going to be stuck in an airport


lounge. They did not seem to have anything. The only common sense or


comments that seem to be coming from the cabin crew. They have said, we


are not doing -- going anywhere. They will have to start talking


tomorrow or Tuesday, after the bank on. The Financial Times, Angela


Merkel holding a large rear. She is in Munich, signalling that Germany


and France will have to get closer together, because they cannot rely


on Britain and America anymore. It is farcical. She says, we can no


longer rely on the USA, because Donald Trump was less than polite to


them in Brussels at the Nato meeting. He told them to pay up,


because of the Nato members, only three or four meet the 2% of GDP


target, one is the UK, Greece, France and the USA. Germany is way


behind. She is one to talk. But the idea that the US or the UK will walk


away from Nato is absurd. When it comes to the UK, Theresa May went


out of her way when she invoked Article 50 to talk about security


cooperation. She had said as Home Secretary being in the EU was


important for security. She has done one or two U-turns. Joking apart,


when she sent her a letter to Donald Tusk, she made a big issue about


security. The UK will not walk away from the security agreement with the


EU. I do not think she is a fan of Angela Merkel! Off the back of the


G-7 summit, when they were trained to get people on the right page over


climate change, the United States could remain isolated if they do not


carry on with the Paris accord. The important thing, apart from the


quantity of beer that Angela Merkel is trying to drink... Did she drink


it all? Angela Merkel is running an election campaign, as Chancellor in


Germany, and this kind of anti-American talk goes down quite


well with the German electorate. That is the true story. It tells us


her direction of travel. Where Germany will head if she is still


Chancellor. The Brexit negotiations start in the middle of June, you see


positioning going on in the EU, toughening up the talk. It is big


talk. There is so much of that. They are politicians, that is the


problem! What will we do without them? The daily Mirror, a fantastic


picture, he streets of Manchester filled with tens of thousands of


runners taking part in the great Manchester run, putting on a show of


solidarity. Life will carry on as best we can. It makes you proud of


Manchester. I don't live there, I have not lived there, but one of the


striking things about the response to Monday's awful events is the way


that Manchester has asserted its identity and sense of solidarity,


and I have found it very moving. When people started sinking the


oasis song at a memorial service, and this again, it is wonderful. I


am very proud of them. I come from just south of Manchester, I can put


a Manchester accent on, I can be right authentic! We must have known!


I go back to my received pronunciation! I agree with


everything John has said. The Mancunian people are the most


wonderful people, they really warm. Out of this appalling tragedy, it


seems as though you have seen the good side of nearly everybody in the


community, whatever their religious persuasion. One of the most touching


scenes was with a Muslim gentleman with an elderly Jewish lady, and


they are very good friends. Part of a multi-faith forum. I thought, that


is so right, and to see him there was so incredibly helpful. The


spontaneous applause when the balloons were released in memory of


one of the victims when her parents turned up to set them off in Saint


Anne Square. Lots of little moments which have been extremely moving.


More and more arrests today. A 25-year-old man, and more raids in


different parts of Manchester. Obviously, still an investigation


going on, which is why I thought it was a bit unfortunate that the


politicians started arguing about the politics of it on Friday. I


thought it was too early, I thought, leave the political arguments until


this week. Campaigning was suspended for several days as a sign of


respect. Let's look at The Times. Power to ban UK jihadis has been


used just once. These are the temporary exclusion orders. They are


to stop various people coming back into the country if they have been


in various suspect countries. I am not a security expert, you have to


be careful what you say, but perhaps the services have to tighten up


big-time. It is not just about these orders, I would not be sorry to see


the control orders brought back. They were introduced in 2005 and


dropped in 2011 at the behest of Nick Clegg. They are essentially


house arrest for people under suspicion. We have to take this


terrorism seriously, no doubt, and if it infringes some freedom of


movement, that is part of the balance of trying to get this right.


This is symptomatic of the fact that the security services have to be a


little bit, or substantially, more security minded than they have been.


It explains what it means, you can be kept out of the country for up to


two years. It is not inconsiderable. It is a case of slamming the stable


door after the horse has gone. From what we have learned about the


perpetrator of the Manchester bombing, he seemed to be coming and


going from here to Libya without much attention being paid to him,


and that has got to change. That is what this is about. Travel documents


can be cancelled, they can refuse re-entry unless they agree to


restrictions, or reporting to police on a regular basis. You would


imagine that would be quite helpful to the authorities. That ought to be


happening more than just once. I wonder why it has not. We are not


experts, but it suggests they have just been rather lax. The bomb was


on the radar, he was one of several hundred that the security services


were looking at, and somebody from one of the mosques in South


Manchester had reported him as being suspicious in his attitudes. They


will just have to tighten up all round. It will be good to know who


decides who is subject to these exclusion orders. The Home Secretary


is to sign it off, that somebody at a lower level has to decide. Let's


finish with the Independent, back to politics, and the campaign up to the


election, which is not too far away now. An exclusive, Labour most


trusted to protect pensioners, the poll is a major setback for Theresa


May. We have a lot of polls in the independent, but this is


significant, because the Conservative vote depends so much on


older people turning out, because they turn out much more than younger


people. I think the significance of the social care proposals in the


manifesto, which have not gone away, has not been sorted out, has


unsettled a lot of old people who are going to have their free care


visits withdrawn if they owned their own house. That is going to have an


impact. It has still not been made clear, the original selection --


suggestion would be a cap, then the Conservatives suggested, which came


to the surprise of the party, that you would have to pay everything in


your estate up to 100,000, which flipped it round completely... That


what the big change. It was reported in various bits of press, they took


at the idea of the CAP, because it had originally been in the


manifesto. That was not a clever thing to do. It was not just about


the social care, which is a terrific worry for anybody in their 70s and


upwards who need care, and there are an increasing number of them, but


the means testing of the winter fuel allowance, and the end of the triple


lock. All in all, adding it up, it seemed an absolutely anti-pensioner


manifesto. A lot of the narrative was that a lot of these people, who


are going to vote Conservative anyway, will do no matter what is in


the manifesto. How certain can they be? That is why it is so


significant. You cannot take people for granted. If you unsettled


people, they are not going to vote Labour may not turn out to vote at


all, and if at the other end you have Jeremy Corbyn promising free


cherishing and succeeds in mobilising young people and getting


them to turn out, you could see a dramatic effect. Almost twice as


many people trust Labour to protect pensioners than the Conservatives,


that does not break it down, and fishing, into age groups? Whose vote


will be affected by this? Your concern maybe younger people who are


concerned. Maybe, authority would expect it would be the older people


who would be more concerned. But it is one explanation as to why the


Tory poll lead is narrowing quite substantially, although it still


suggests that Theresa May is en route for a fairly large overall


majority. But it does not look quite as secure as it looked a fortnight


ago. It does not. Let's leave it there for now. You will be back


later. Don't forget all the front pages


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