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


With me are Giles Kenningham - communications consultant and former


Director of Communications at the Conservative Party.


And the FT's Political Correspondent, Henry Mance.


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...


Brussels' 2.4 billion euro fine for Google


is the main story on the FT, which reports the decision


could potentially have far-reaching implications for the tech sector


and already-strained transatlantic ties.


The Metro leads with the European Court of Human Rights


rejecting a plea to intervene in the case of critically


It says the decision closes off the last legal avenue of appeal


The i looks at the Government's Brexit strategy, reporting


on divisions within Theresa May's top team, as senior Cabinet


ministers square up in public over competing plans for the UK's future.


The Daily Express focuses on a report by the Office


for National Statistics, saying about 27 million Britons may


not have a big enough pension pot once they retire.


The Times carries a report on a fresh cyber attack,


similar to the one targeting the NHS, hitting a number of big


The Telegraph leads with the Bank of England warning that lenders


were making it too easy to borrow money, raising fears


The Guardian says the SNP has abandoned plans to hold a second


independence referendum before the UK leaves the EU. We have tossed


coins, Henry, your first! Good news for you. Basically, cyber attack


causes chaos, another one. Ransomware, they were trying to


extort money, and this is ongoing. Yes, people watching will be


thinking, is this going to be a facet of life? You have terrorism


threats, climate change threats and now cyber attacks, which seemed to


be coming up readily. Their staggering details, one is that the


Chernobyl nuclear plant is monitoring radiation levels manually


because the window systems have crashed. That is the kind of effect


being felt from around the world. We don't know where it originates or


whether it has a political intent. The companies, employees, for


ordinary citizens, this is going to cause havoc when they start up their


computers tomorrow morning. When we were in government, we thought this


would become as big a threat as terrorism, George Osborne earmarked


?1.9 billion to tackle this. It is going to become a reality for big


business and government, how do you deal with this? It can be absolutely


crippling, you know, over how you deal with stuff. It's part of the


problem, Henry, the suggestion that a lot of companies in the age of


austerity-lite looking at their bottom line, checking the ledgers,


realising there isn't much cash after the recession, not investing


in security was part of a way to cut costs. Companies will be looking at


their vulnerabilities, another is that people are using their own


devices, they want to be able to access work e-mails in all kinds of


places with ease. Security is not often top of mind for people. I


think you will have very worried people at the top of company saying,


we've got to get a grip on this. Our sensitive data and customer


information can't go, reputations are at stake if we make a mistake.


It transcends borders, that's the real problem for people, you can't


look at it domestically, you've got to look at it internationally. It is


getting to be a massive problem. Staying with the times, made's top


team splits over Brexit division between David Davis, Hammond and


Johnson. That's not good, bearing in mind we are embarking upon the


biggest cost and usual change in this country for 50 years. It is the


sign of a new World order. -- the biggest constitutional change. You


can see splits spilling out in a public way. This row over the


transition period, should we have one, if so, for how long? David


Davis started by saying there would not be won. Philip Allen's much more


in favour of a soft Brexit and having one -- Philip Hammond. The


consensus emerging out of the Conservative body is that we should


have won. The very fact this has spilled out into the public is not


good. What it says to the rest of the world is that we are, you know,


a country who is basically riven by splits and divisions. We are


essentially facing a period of chaos and division. Also what's really


interesting is I think that Philip Hammond today mocked Boris Johnson


over this famous Boris Johnson quote, I want to have my cake and


eat it. When you are getting into this sort of area of satire, I think


it's slightly problematic. What's interesting is Philip Hammond's very


involved in post-election. Everyone said he was going to get sacked.


Theresa May's aides were reefing that he was going to get sacked,


ironically he is now in quite a strong position -- were briefing.


The i continues the story, Cabinet chaos on Brexit. We might be able to


bring up the front of the i to show that. The whole point of the


election was to nullify this. It was to clear the decks and to allow for


a united front. Driven by Theresa May. And potentially driven by some


would say the hardliners within the Government. On Brexit. At the


election result has led to, according to the i on the times and


others, chaos. At the beginning of the campaign one of the interesting


things was people in Brussels said, we would quite like Theresa May to


win a big majority so we no what we're dealing with. Brussels now


saying, who represents the British position? Is it Theresa May, he was


not saying an awful lot today? Is it David Davis saying, I want this


transition period all done and dusted by the next election? Is it


Philip Hammond, who is a bit softer? Is it restores, who is not really


part of the debate but people are making fun of anywhere? That is a


tricky position to have if you are negotiating. Ultimately, isn't


Theresa May, the buck stops with her, she's the Prime Minister,


shouldn't she be saying, Mr Hammond, Mr Davies, Mr Johnson, it's my way


or the highway, hard Brexit or soft Brexit? But you can't do that. This


is the issue, our authority has been fatally undermined. She's still the


Prime Minister, the leader, make a decision! Our authority has been


undermined. The one irony is her biggest weakness is her biggest


strength. Nobody else at this point wants to take over. It is a poisoned


chalice. I can see the real crunch points coming for it, either at


conference or when you have got through the divorce proceedings. At


the moment nobody wants to touch it because it is so difficult and there


are no easy answers. Onto the Financial Times, no easy answers for


the Scottish as well, or at least for the SNP, Henry. Some are


suggesting that Nicola Sturgeon's announcement today that she is not


going to push for a second independence referendum until after


the Brexit talks suggests that, for the first time in quite close to a


generation, Scottish nationalism is actually on the retreat. That would


certainly seem to be the case. Or at least a step back. Theresa May took


a gamble in this election to try to get a big dirty, it didn't work out


for her. One gamble she has taken that it hasn't worked out -- to try


to get a big majority. She didn't specify when the time would be.


Nicola Sturgeon has effectively had to back down and say, Scottish


voters don't want it right now. The SNP lost 29 seats in the election,


they lost Alex Salmond and the leader in Westminster, it was a


humiliating day. They are having to dodge the mood. At the same time, if


you go to an SNP event, it is filled with activists who want


independence. Nicholas Dudgeon having to balance their enthusiasm,


people who got involved in politics to get involved in the referendum --


Nicola Sturgeon. The broader opinion has gone, let's focus on public


services and have a bit of stability and calm down with all of this


constitutional talk. A difficult balancing act for the SNP. Their


whole raison d'etre or, the S, is Scottish independence. At the same


time, Brexit has into being and that has thrown a spell in the works for


everyone. We have seen the effect south of the border on Westminster


politics, now it is having a similar effect over that. This is the one


silver lining in the cloud for Theresa May. It is not happening,


she can relax about this for a while. Having said that, Nicola


Sturgeon is a formidable politician. And you should never discount that.


All politicians have their shelf life. She's been around for a long


time. You know, it may be that her time is slowly coming to an end. OK,


Google have been naughty according to the European Commission. That's


the front page of the frying chill times as well, Giles. Brussels ?2.4


billion -- your row fine. They are such a massive company, between now


and Wednesday they would make that money. It is unprecedented. It also


underlines that they are a monopoly. Going forward they are going to face


intense scrutiny. It also opens the door to, what else will they face in


terms of more Legislation? They say they are reviewing it, but this is


quite worrying for googol. -- Google. We are going to go on to the


Daily Telegraph. A rise in easy credit. The Bank of England issued a


warning suggesting that a lot of banks, it is as if 2008 didn't


happen. Interest rates are low, lending is rising sharply, the car


market has been booming thanks to personal finance. This is different


to after the Brexit Road, when probably Leave papers were excited


about economic prospects, saying the economy were doing much better. Here


we have some of the problems. This is the challenge for the Bank of


England, how do you stop the supply of credit at a time when wages are


not doing great, the economy is slowing down? Can you put up


interest rates? Tough decision. Read book indeed. No hope for baby


Charlie. Charlie Gard has a rare condition. His parents want him to


stay on a ventilator and to get treatment in the United States.


Three British courts have said it would not be good for him. And the


European Court of Human Rights has agreed with that. That's the story


on the front of the Metro. Going onto the Mail. Two Remainiac crooks


slip into Britain, remain you want them to be set back -- Romanian


crocs. They can't be sent back because of human rights. It plays


into the kind of Ukip Handbook about clamping down on immigrants.


Although I don't think that even if we left the EU this would be subject


to the judicial system. Obviously it is a big talking point, something


that would get people excited down the pub. But there are never easy


answers in this situation, I think. These are jail cells in Remainiac


which are two metres by one metre square. The question is whether we


should be sending people back to those conditions -- jail cells in


Romania. The judge has said, the minimum is three metres. I don't get


the headline, beyond satire. The male is saying, -- the male is


saying committed human rights are beyond satire. Surely the limit has


to be somewhere. There has to be something humane, and the judges are


the people who made that decision. The European Court of Human Rights,


which we would not be leaving anyway with Brexit. Although Theresa May


has been criticising it in the past, she has decided we will stay. That


is an interesting point. Finally, quickly, the back page of the


mirror. Hair we go again. We've lost on penalties to Germany, Giles. Come


on! We are cursed when it comes to penalties, we cannot take them.


Somebody needs to give us some lessons! Germany are our jinx team.


The England under 21 team were practising penalties after every


training session, Henry, what's going wrong we can't toss a coin


this many times and lose. I think last year we were losing to Iceland.


In fact, it is this very day, or was it yesterday? When year ago. No


substitute for a pressure. On that note, we going to leave, Brexit and


the programme! Henry and Giles, thank you.


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