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


With me are the journalist and broadcaster Rachel Shabi


and Martin Bentham, who's the Home Affairs Editor for the


Are we going to talk to the straightaway or have a look at some


of the papers? We will do just that. Let's have a look at some of the


papers. The Mirror leads with


the Manchester Arena bomber, Salman Abedi, who was seen carrying


a suitcase days before the attack. The Guardian's top story


is Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn taking part in live


TV interviews tonight. The Telegraph says the Labour Leader


refused to say in the interview if he would ever authorise


a drone strike to kill The Times focuses on Theresa May


trying to woo working-class Labour and Ukip voters to switch


to the Conservatives over Brexit. An opinion poll shows the Tories


have a 6-point lead over Labour. The Metro leads on the female


zookeeper killed by a tiger at It also has the death of former


Blue Presenter John Noakes. One of the stories on the FT


is Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron


holding talks near Paris. And eating fish just


once or twice a week could protect against dementia -


that's according to research seen Well, let us begin. Let's go to this


TB, keep trying to avoid the word debate but it's in the headlines.


You start off with the Guardian talking about... This is Theresa


May, Jeremy Corbyn first and then Theresa May. The interviews were


separate and then taking questions from the audience. What do you think


of it? I thought it was a no score draw. Jeremy Corbyn performed


perhaps better than some people might have thought he would. I think


he did quite well from that point of view, Theresa May did -- had some


difficult questions about the U-turn and leading the Brexit negotiations.


She came through it quite well and finished quite strongly. It


ultimately probably will not affect the election a great deal which was


a bit of a no score draw. The Guardian story is an early version.


Jeremy Corbyn was the first person to appear. They have started with an


account of his performance. They will catch up by updating with what


Theresa May was saying and being questioned on. Complete a reporting


job, which is unusual in an election campaign. Rachel, the point about


Jeremy Corbyn, he faced quite a tough time because he was asked, did


you support the ERA? Paxman seemed to dig into his history a great


deal. -- the IRA. They both faced tough questioning. Corbyn about the


thing people have been trying to get to stick to him for the last month


has not worked about the IRA. I disagree. I think this was probably


a win for Corbyn in the sense that Theresa May, let's remember we're


not having debates because she didn't want them. She didn't want to


be exposed to a live debate with Jeremy Corbyn. The more we see of


her the more we can understand why. She doesn't do well in this format


and she doesn't do well for the public. With Jeremy Corbyn, it is


the opposite. He thrives in this environment. He is very natural and


engaged when he has a chance to be with the public. The more exposure


she has, the worse she will do and the more it will appear like her


leadership is premised on a very thin veneer. With Corbyn, the


opposite is true for stop the more people see the more they like him.


Some people. There are a lot of voters. A lot of people are not


convinced by Corbyn. That is a definite fact. He is well behind in


the leadership. Here's behind compared with where he was before.


It is under liable and completely unimaginable he is doing as well as


he is doing. I certainly would do. He has improved and performed quite


well tonight. There were some areas he was wobbly on. He ultimately came


through well. I do think she did well. Didn't Paxman get a point over


the Prime Minister when he said to her, listen, the way you had to


backtrack, let's call it a U-turn over social care and things like


that, particularly care of the very elderly. It showed in negotiations


over Brexit, people in Europe will say, you have to stick to your guns


and she will run away. That is truth is that she had difficult issues and


that quote from Jeremy Paxman about a blowhard who will roll over at the


first sign of battle, whatsoever. That was difficult for her to deal


with. On the other hand, when she said, are you prepared to walk away?


She gave a good answer to that. It makes no sense. Walking away from a


no deal is really strong. You could say walking away with no deal is not


a strong position. Let's have a look at the times. The front page of the


times. Mae woos working class with a tough line on Brexit was that surely


it is a tough line to say, if we do not like it, we will go. Is it tough


to say, we will take whatever chaos that will follow a no deal. That is


not tough. It makes you look low. Like you have no ground to stand on.


The piece in the Times will be looking at what Theresa May is


trying to do this week, which is re-energise her floundering campaign


by appealing to the working class vote. A lot of the operational


premise of this campaign has been that the Conservatives will


basically swallow up Ukip voters now that they have moved so far to the


right there is no need for Ukip. This is very much of them continuing


in that same vein. The question really is, if the Labour Party voted


for Brexit and is going for Brexit, then, it is not a given that the


Ukip photo would automatically switch Conservative. Quite a few


Ukip voters were traditional Labour voters. That has always been the


case. It is true from personal experience, being on the campaign


Trail, it has not been as much about Brexit as an issue in the election


on the doorstep. Theresa May, despite the setback she has had but


she wants to try to return to the agenda before, trying to present


herself as the more compelling leader. She has had a bad week or


so. The Manchester attack and the big wobble over social care which


has undermined her position. She wants to get back to some of the


issues she think she is stronger on and score points on. She still think


she will be more effective over the area of immigration and so on with


the Brexit negotiations. Did the issue of security, came back in some


ways to Manchester, did security figure in it? Did once say, I am


really tough on this or not. Security came up quite a bit from


the audience in both the sets of questions. I think the policing


issue came up quite a bit, that Theresa May had cut the police force


by 20,000, especially when the police force had warned it would put


us in danger if there were a security attack. I do not think it


was the surprising issue of the debate. Don't say debate. Let's go


back to the business of Manchester. Martin, perhaps you would start us


on this one. It will be in a lot of the papers. It is a picture of some


and a birdie with a blue case and the cops hunting for it. -- Salman


Abedi. This is the latest bit of CCTV footage that has been released


of his movements. You have had some in a supermarket. What is happening


is the police and MI5 are trying to piece together exactly where he was


at all points in the four days since he returned from Libya and also to


trace this suitcase, which they are saying they do not believe has


anything explosive or dangerous in it but at the same time I have


informational something in it which is useful to them as part of their


investigation. Basically they want to piece together every single


detail of what happened in the period he was in the country. We see


so many images and they come up. They said the public should not


approach because you never know what the suitcase might contain. A


difficult situation altogether. Let's move on. Another sad story


here. The match around this business about the woman's zookeeper. We are


beginning to get a few more details. A couple of the newspapers, we are


talking about the Metro Festival. Basically, what we know about this,


I think the woman has been named. We know a little bit about it but not a


lot. Not a lot, except it sounds horrendous and gruesome. Zoo was


evacuated after bloodcurdling screams were heard. This was a young


woman zookeeper being apparently attacked and killed by a tiger. This


was over the bank holiday. Obviously, it would have been very


busy, I would imagine, and was very quickly evacuated. A horrible


business altogether. As you say, lots of families around and so on.


But a freak accident. These things hardly ever happen. That is the only


consolation. We don't know how it did happen. It was not that the


animal escaped. Presumably something went wrong in the procedure for


keeping the animal London zookeeper apart, while the zookeeper was doing


whatever she was trying to do at the time. Some suggestion that the


zookeeper who died when to try to help somebody else. Who knows? A


ghastly business altogether. It will be in a lot newspapers. Let's go


back to the Times and British Airways with the most appalling


weekend. Another line in the Times. BA accused of profiting from trapped


passengers. What have they done wrong now? There are allegations


that people are having to bring the premium rate hotline to register


their compensation claims and also that people are not being reimbursed


for having to take upgrades to find a way of getting out and getting


away on holidays or business trips, or whatever it is they were going


on. It just compounds what has been an absolutely disastrous few days


for British Airways. I feel sorry for them. I quite like British


Airways. They have been shooting themselves in the foot left right


and centre. All these people, it is not just the fact you have had your


flight is delayed. You can get refunds and so on. That does not


help you if you have lost days of your holiday or you have missed the


whole start of it. And almost certainly your luggage has gone


somewhere else. Behind all this, there is a suggestion from the trade


unions involved that what British Airways did was to get rid of


skilled IT people, British Airways employees, and subcontract the work


to India, and that is at the root of the problems. One wonders if that


can be true but there has been a massive IT failure. It is


interesting in this piece from the Times, the BA chief Executive, when


he finally did appear... It is not a good look at it takes that long. He


said something about the surge that cut out their system being so strong


it actually cut out their back-up system as well. That seems really


odd. It seems like a really strange setup to have and suggest some kind


of... It is very bad business management that has a system which


can be blown out by one power surge and the back-up as well. Clearly you


need their resilience from a corporate point of view in the


system so that if the main one goes down, the back-up will work,


especially on something like the airline. The allegation is they are


not the first people to suffer from this. D in the US had problems a few


months ago. Quite similar system failure. The trouble with BA, when


they are going out of Heathrow in particular where it is chock-a-block


with planes and it is absolutely at capacity all the time anyway,


anything that goes wrong has a massive knock on effect. It takes


days for it to unravel, to clear the backlog. I think it is horrendous. A


lot of people will think twice before they book with BN again -- BA


again. On the front page of the Daily Mail. Some familiar faces. The


Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two children, romping in their


garden, I think it is. Romping in their garden in Norfolk. A really


nice image. A nice family snap. Very relaxed and casual. I'm taken by the


dog in motion in the middle of this shot. They have captured him


mid-round in a very engaging manner, I think. There is a point to the


story. I wish Diana had met my family. One must remind themselves


it is 20 years since the Princess of Wales died. I thought it was about


the grass not being cut. He needs to get the lawn mower house. It is a


lovely photograph. If you were running the Royal properties, you


would be Astroturf in them, wouldn't you? Sign up I would. As long as you


don't suffer from hay fever, it has to be said.


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