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In other news: Bill Cosby walks free from court after the judge declares

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a mistrial in his sexual assault case.

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

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

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Standard and Rachel Cunliffe, Comment and Features Editor

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The Observer claims that the government repeatedly

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

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

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praising Her Majesty for calming the nation.

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The Sunday Mirror labels the Duke of Cambridge

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

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The Sunday Telegraph says Theresa May could face a leadership

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

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The Sunday Times reports that senior Conservative

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

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performance or face a confidence vote in the party.

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

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

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

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

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

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doing straightaway after the tragedy. They all got together and

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

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

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

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

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

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flagging them up because the commander has been indicating that

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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criticism she has been unsympathetic. It's because she

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

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

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

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

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

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

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experts in fires and fire defence systems and flammable building

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

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

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

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

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

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they can get the resources they need. Counselling, medical

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resources, anything. That is separate from building regulations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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horse leadership challenge without naming who this potential challenger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday Times is saying the Conservative Party is giving Theresa

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

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

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

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

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

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Minister. There were protests planned this week and John

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

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

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

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

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interesting to look at how the Labour Party is merging the

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

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

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

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

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

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suggesting, big businesses are telling her to rethink our heart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Conservative Party and with business, is that they want Theresa

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

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

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

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mentality of battling down the hatches -- battening down the

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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same touch to bring the country together in is really difficult

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

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

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

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

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

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