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

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With me are the playwright and novelist Bonnie Greer

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We just want to bring you news on those honours. First of all... The

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police officer tragically murdered in Westminster, awarded a medal by

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the Queen, recognising actions that save lives. And awards going into

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the pensioner Bernard Kenny, went to the aid of murdered MP Jo Cox and

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the main who killed after the -- helped after the Tunisian attack.

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Billy Connolly, knighted, jury Walters becomes a dame. Sir Billy,

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CBE in 2003. Said he is pleased and a little bit embarrassed to be, a

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knight! No need to be embarrassed. We start with The i,

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which carries a large picture of the protests earlier today

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at Kensington Town Hall, reflecting on the increasing anger

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among residents and those affected The Mirror contrasts the separate

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visits to the scene today by the Queen, who met survivors

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and volunteers at a makeshift shelter, and the Prime Minister

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who made a private visit The Daily Mail also features

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a picture of the moment today when demonstrators made their way

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in to council offices to demand answers, with the paper noting

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many protesters called The Times says the Prime Minister

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had to take cover as she was jeered and called a coward as she left one

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of the churches co-ordinating The Daily Telegraph claims

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the protests today had been organised and co-ordinated by left

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wing militant groups and that the man who led

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the demonstration had once been arrested, and released without

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charge, for terrorism offences. The Sun echoes claims by protestors

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and those caught up in the tragedy, that the victims were murdered

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and that the council had The Guardian said those calling for

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potential to offer guarantees to people made homeless, would be

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rehoused. And fire safety experts want the cladding used at Grenfell

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Tower to be banned. The Mirror... Four Theresa May,

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brutal reading? We have both talked. Just two stories. Each of them,

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cover them except one. One of the stories, the Prime Minister. I am

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not a judge of a person's character, but the demeanour, and appearance,

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less than required. People are asking serious questions about her

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empathy. Can she actually do this job? It takes just a teeny bit of

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humanity, as the Queen exhibited, to actually talk to people. She is bent

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in. Talking to people. Somebody coming out of the Paris knows how to

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talk to people. And the Prime Minister was being held back. The

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human question, why? What is she doing? It is a political crisis that

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could end her career. It seems as though she is struggling with every

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single aspect of her role, trying to get the former government and

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knowing what is going to be said in the Queen's speech. She does lack

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that ability to talk to people, look at ease in situations that we

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require politicians. Would it have made a difference that she had gone

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to the scene quicker? After news had emerged? Certainly. We have got

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different expectations of what politicians should do, and we want

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them to demonstrate how much they care. That is the point. A new age.

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You have got to be faster, respond, and with social media people are

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talking to each other. Politicians have often said they do not want to

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get in the way of emergency services. The Queen just walked into

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this situation, does the job. Great juxtaposition of how the pictures

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can tell the story. Does this represent the politics eyes --

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politics of the disaster? It has already been about the politics,

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because of the decisions made, about renovating the spot. It was a series

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of decisions that are now being called into question. Rightly,

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called in question? It is political. This is social housing. Related by

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the Council for people. It is political. If you can use the world

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existential, the people are deciding what destiny is going to be, shaping

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it, as fast as possible. This political party, the Prime Minister,

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not moving fast enough to address this. Another front page. Along

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similar lines. The Times. May takes cover. Again, from her point of

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view, brutal reading. Advisers will be dismayed. She is the Prime

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Minister. She used to be the Home Secretary. I understand that she

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needs security. At the opening gesture, it should have been that I

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need to go there. Get me there. She went today. Promised ?5 million.

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That seems to have been rushed aside. The story has got momentum.

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It seems as though nobody in government seems to be able to get a

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grip. Not even the ministers, talking about the enquiries, the

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nature of that cladding. But it seems as though it is a great storm,

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around this. Paralysis. One of the ladies from the gathering, when she

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was told that the Prime Minister had come up with this 5 million. She

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said I do not want the money, I want her to explain to me what is going

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on. If you can imagine these people... Going to be in shock, and

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trying to find loved ones, no homes. This is just basic human stuff. The

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Prime Minister does not seem able to deal with that. Interesting, this

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irony. The man who unified Germany, died. He knew how to bring unity.

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The juxtaposition of this, interesting. Theresa May has talked

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about representing every community. We can move to the Telegraph.

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Looking at this from a different perspective. Some of the

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demonstrations, particularly Kensington town Hall, stormed...

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Militants, they said, hijacking the protest. This is not the front page

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story. The Sun and Mail, no friends of Labour, Corbyn... It is about the

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rage of the people. The Telegraph is leading with rumours. This about

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Jeremy Corbyn, at the bottom, this is what should be inside the

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newspaper. It gives something authenticity if it is on the front

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page of a newspaper. It is social media rumours. I like a newspaper to

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tell me what has happened first, then possibly say there were people

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who were using this for political ends. But I want to know what is

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happening, what people are talking about. Why has the Daily Telegraph

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done this? The i... This same sort. I was there yesterday. You could

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sense the mood. Yesterday, that grief turned to anger. Today, more

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so. What about Jeremy Corbyn's handling. He has been applauded,

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even by critics. Jeremy Corbyn, the Queen, Prince William, have done

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human things. And the mayor. Just go in there. Just see what is going on.

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Nobody knows what is happening, but address people, hold hands, talk to

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them. Do you think the Prime Minister was worried that she would

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be jeered? The Queen was shouted at. Prince William. Jeremy Corbyn. This

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is the political leader of the country. If she cannot take people

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shouting at her, in the wrong job. I am hoping this is going to be the

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construction disaster that gets this country thinking about the quality

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of what we build, renovating existing buildings and that really

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lessons from this disaster. You always hear we will learn,

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recommendations that sometimes get implemented. Sometimes get lost.

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What this cladding on the exterior of the building had caused problems.

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Other countries do not have it. Let's learn from this, for once.

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That is one of the things that the protesters have said. We want

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answers. But enquiries can take time, really thorough. That is going

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to take time. This catastrophe has been a huge national metaphor. I was

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once a resident of Kensington and Chelsea. The richest borough. 1.4

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million average. And you get the story about this estate. How it

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happened. We saw this on television. It comes together. A big moment. The

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political leaders need to understand. People have had enough!

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And all of these newspapers, reflecting anger. Sun, no different.

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Murder! And our banner, from the protesters. -- a banner. Just

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reiterating the minimal savings, made by using this cladding. 5000,

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6000. It is how this was managed that seems to have galvanised

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opinion. It is different for anybody to be able to talk about anything

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other than this at the moment. We are going to show you some of the

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other front pages. Inferno. Anger erupts. The protest is, storming the

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town hall, and going past Downing Street. The Guardian, similar.

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Grenfell Tower fury on the streets. And one of our story. All of the

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broadsheets and tabloids, united. It is not often you get the newspapers

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doing this. Got the same music. And what is going to be said next

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Monday, when we start to discuss Brexit? Before the Queen's speech.

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That is what should be dominating the news. The Financial Times also

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have one of our story. Amazon on Whole Foods. Extraordinary.

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Purchasing this market grocer. A pay cheque. That is how much it costs to

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use this place. Amazon into physical stores. Moving into a sector that

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they do not dominate. Stores are dying in the US. Malls are ghost

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towns. That is what this is about and that this won't is going to

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happen here. We are not going into shops. Going to be keeping those

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open, but are not distributing outlet for services. Does that worry

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you? I think it should worry us all, but it is the financial might of

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Amazon, the deal-making. Retail lives are changing. It is going to

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affect jobs and communities, depending on these. Owing to be

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gone. And it is not afraid to go upmarket. We have all got to grocery

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shopping! Go rear out of time. Thank you. It was lovely have you in the

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studio. You can see the front pages online, on the website. And if you

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have missed the programme, you can watch that on the iPlayer. Thank

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you. Good night.

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