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Welcome, and to our look ahead to what the papers will be


With me are Robert Fox, Defence Editor at the London Evening


Standard and Rachel Cunliffe, Comment and Features Editor


The Observer claims that the government repeatedly


failed to act on fire safety warnings before the fire at Grenfall


The Express leads with the Queen's response to the fire,


praising Her Majesty for calming the nation.


The Sunday Mirror labels the Duke of Cambridge


the 'prince of compassion' for the role he played in responding


The Sunday Telegraph says Theresa May could face a leadership


challenge from within her own party if she waters down Brexit.


The Sunday Times reports that senior Conservative


figures have told the Prime Minister she has ten days to improve her


performance or face a confidence vote in the party.


Let's begin with a little bit more in-depth look. All of the papers


focusing on the terrible tragedy in west London. The Sunday Telegraph is


talking about the response, the initial response, being simply not


good enough. The Prime Minister has issued a statement reflecting that


as well. A real juxtaposition in terms of what the volunteers were


doing straightaway after the tragedy. They all got together and


yet, the officials were taking a long time. I think this is the


question of the need for really in-depth enquiries. It is propping


up the time to start going into the detail of things like building


standards, fire regulation, going back to things like the Bradford


fire and the King's Cross fire which were particularly bad. Its work


flagging them up because the commander has been indicating that


this is going to be the worst civil fire in London since the blip by the


looks of things, looking at the toll of death and injury and people being


displayed. -- since the blitz. It makes it so truly iconic. I think


the first responders' argument is quite interesting. The police and


the Fire Brigade and everybody trying to do their stuff but what


comes in with the local council people, this is where Mrs May has


been extremely graphic, from various quotes in the papers, about her


criticism. That seems to me there is a big failure here which is


indicated in the sidebar story, interestingly, in the Observer,


saying the British Red Cross is now being asked to put professional


organisers into North Kensington to help out. The problem is what you do


after the first responders. It is what America learned after nine or


11 and Hurricane Katrina. It is no use to say that we will do things in


the third World. Nonsense. Take a country like Italy which 80% of the


tension that shellac territory is subject to our -- earthquakes. They


have a ministry who deals with units of the military like the Red Cross


that can go in that honestly, this recurrent callout the military,


particularly if the Tory are going to cut the military down. When you


have army of 100 thousand, and you can't call out that many people.


Actually, we have big questions because Grenfell Tower isn't a thing


that can be fixed in five days. It will take five months or possibly


even a year to get everybody sorted out, get them housed, get their


lives on an even keel, if even they can be in some cases. The Prime


Minister is saying she was the people as affected to be re- housed


in three weeks. A big challenge. She is saying that because of the


criticism she has been unsympathetic. It's because she


didn't meet them for several days. We are talking about hundreds of


people in central London and you also have the issue of all the other


people in tower blocks who are are in potentially similar fire risk


situations who are raising concerns and fears that their lives. It is


completely understandable. -- they fear for their lives. It is really


crucial. We have had a lot in the past few days and have all become


experts in fires and fire defence systems and flammable building


cladding that there is a subsequent issue here which is that it doesn't


seem to be a centralised response system. You are hearing responses


from survivors and families saying there is nobody here we can talk to,


they don't have the information, the charities and the Red Cross are


being helpful but no one is being, there is no centralised unit where


they can get the resources they need. Counselling, medical


resources, anything. That is separate from building regulations.


We really should be able to do this in one of the richest countries in


the world. We are expecting a task force and somebody with high viz


jackets to turn up. We are expecting that to take place. A lot of the


criticism has been focused on to are made and it has been a difficult


week for her. The election result has been a difficult result for her.


The Sunday Telegraph is now talking about this threat as a stalking


horse leadership challenge without naming who this potential challenger


is. I think I hear the wheelbarrow of the daily Sunday Telegraph


politics trundling down. It is a strange piece because the headline


says the Conservatives are allegedly preparing a stalking horse,' is. --


single quotes. They couldn't really name anybody. It really is rather


unsatisfactory but the Telegraph is in Tory heartland so it is picking


up the mood music, if I can mix and that is all. There is clearly


something that. -- mix a metaphor. They must be thinking she is not


doing terribly well but there is no obvious challenger that I can see


emerging. Once a name is mentioned, it is cancelled out almost


immediately. Left, Right, woman, man, Amber Rudd, Michael Gove, David


Davis, as Johnson. Every time it is raised in a conversation in media,


quite rightly, it is itself cancelling, self-destruct mechanism.


They do know what to do. The interesting thing and merging from


all the plate -- papers today, real concern about the Queens speech on


the 28th of June which is usually the manifesto for a government with


a comfortable majority or a working majority. No, now it looks as if it


is going to be the occasion of the first may be quite a number of these


autumn of confidence votes. In the Prime Minister. The longer that goes


on, the process, I think her position looks as if it will weaken.


She has really got to pull a rabbit out of a hat and suddenly say, "I am


in charge, I can show you how to do it and this is the way forward." The


Sunday Times is saying the Conservative Party is giving Theresa


May ten days to turn this all around. They are also focusing on


the Queens's speech and can she regain the favour of her party. Of


course, if she can't, you have labour waiting in the wings. What is


interesting about the election result, many of those in the Labour


Party are taking it as a mandate for Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime


Minister. There were protests planned this week and John


McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, was saying people should go to the


streets at to defy Tory rule and it was as if they are selling the idea


that Theresa May had stolen the election. Obviously, she won more


seats than labour. Labour did still lose the election that it is really


interesting to look at how the Labour Party is merging the


response, the outrage over the fire and the upset over the election and


to kind of build a movement that says, for whatever reason, whether


it is the election of a fire or accept, this woman is not able to


lead us. I think that sentiment is coming through the Tory party as


well. She is being pressured from all sides. As the observer is


suggesting, big businesses are telling her to rethink our heart


breakfast. Also telling her do not water down the Brexit. -- are hired


Brexit. 'S - Crowtree. -- hard. It is what is best for the British


people. To go back to the Sunday Telegraph, the only word that comes


to mind is brave. The people have voted for a hard Brack said. No,


they voted to leave the EU -- Brexit. The Eurosceptic MPs have


warned any attempt to keep Britain in the customs union and a single


market and give any leeway for the European Court of Justice will


trigger an overnight coup. What is this? Is this journalism? Actually,


it is pure comment. What it is, I'm sorry, not being a card-carrying


Tory myself, this is a thoroughly divided party. I know that your


party, Rachel, is looking at the story that the big companies the


observer is looking at that don't want this hard Brexit. The EU


citizens living here, largely living and working in London, there are


trading restrictions, financial services passport in, all of that.


The unifying factor, both with the Eurosceptic and people within the


Conservative Party and with business, is that they want Theresa


May to listen. She hasn't been very good at that. She has her advisers


should listens to but she keeps her cards close to her chest. Whoever


they are. They ask clearly still having an effect of her. It is that


mentality of battling down the hatches -- battening down the


hatches. They need negotiation with the rest of Europe, you need


somebody who is listening to concerns. People that can listen to


advice. We haven't seen that from her. Can she change? If she wants to


stay Prime Minister, she has two. Very unusually for a Prime Minister,


she didn't fight the election on the economy. On security and leave it


with me. It is so unusual in modern times is not to major on the


economy. I think that ... We are good talk about that for hours but


we will come back to the parody -- terrible tragedy. The royals are


taking the mood of the nation. The Queen has calmed a shaken nation.


This I'm sure it is common sense that the Queen is incredibly well


advised. The way that little touches, the statement, drawing the


nation together. But also the nice, deft touch of announcing the award


so they could an ounce PC Keith Palmer's medal, richly deserved. In


a non- cynical way, it was just brilliant. It was just all the good


guys had gone out of the way and done things and really put their


lives on the line, as PC Keith did. That is so good. I will bring Rachel


in on this. We have the younger side of the Royal family, the Prince of


compassion. Look at that photo. Leigh especially juxtaposed to the


photo next to it which is the harassed -- horrific scene of the


building. The Queen is now 91. She isn't going to be around forever and


people are looking to Prince Charles and Prince William, do they have the


same touch to bring the country together in is really difficult


moments. The one thing you didn't mention, is Kate. That trio of


William, Harry and Kate. They really are, and have got the touch between


them. It quite magic. It's different from the older generation. Taking it


through. We have to leave it there. As always, not enough time to talk


about all of this but thank you very much for joining us on the Papers.


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