28/06/2017 The Papers


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

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With me are Jenni Russell, columnist at The Times, and Steve Hawkes,

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:

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The Metro's front page is dominated by a picture

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from the Hillsborough disaster - on the day six people were charged

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over the deaths of 95 football fans in 1989.

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The Mirror's headline is "95 - manslaughter charges",

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with the paper showing the faces of all the victims

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The relatives of the victims are pictured on the front

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page of the Guardian, as they called today's CPS

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One of those charged, former chief superintendent David Duckenfield,

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is pictured on the front of the Telegraph.

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The paper also reports on what it sees as a day

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of confusion from the government on public sector pay.

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The Times reports on the apparent choice of the senior judge

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who will lead the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster.

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The FT leads on a day of uncertainty for Europe's bonds

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A lot of the front pages Jude lead with the Hillsborough decision, and

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six people facing charges in relation to that incident back in

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1989. What we are going to do is start with the Metro, which is

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focusing on this potential farce over the 1% pay cap. The Labour

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Party put forward an amendment to the Queen's Speech, that the pay cap

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should be dumped. It didn't pass, but a lot of debate over this. What

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this has exposed is the terrible trouble that Theresa May's

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government is in. She called an election to get the big majority,

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and ended up without one. She realised that the public doesn't

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find her government popular, have had enough of this territory and

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want a different kind of Britain, and she doesn't know what to do

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about it. Her Chancellor, who she intended to sack until she found

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herself with no panel when she came back, her spokesman let everybody

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know that that public disquiet about the pay cap, and that some people

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might get a rise in their salaries, but the Chancellor is furious that

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the Prime Minister is taking financial decisions without

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consulting him first. This situation would have been unimaginable a month

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ago, when Theresa May was the mistress of everything and the

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Chancellor was about to lose his job. It wasn't long ago when Theresa

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May was rated the most popular Prime Minister in recent history. We now

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have outright chaos. Jeremy Corbyn didn't land a blow today. Theresa

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May got through PMQs. We had Oliver Letwin on BBC this morning, saying

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that it looked like this was going to end. Then Michael Fallon said,

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looks like we are going to have to raise Army pay by more than 1%.

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Chris Grayling came out as well. We thought she would announce she is

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reviewing it. After PMQs, the Tory press office gave a signal that

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there was going to be a review. The next fiscal event is the autumn.

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They didn't talk about the pay cut that is in place until 2020, and we

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thought, there we go. Then the Chancellor through his toys out the

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pram, and there is absolute turmoil in government again. Is Philip

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Hammond the architect of all this? The architect of the row? No, no. If

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all the indications through the day are that the government is going to

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get rid of this, and then all of a sudden they are not... What Philip

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Hammond is not prepared to put up with any more is a Prime Minister

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who thinks she can make announcements about his area. It

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shows how powerful the Chancellor is now, and how little coordination and

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trust there is between the people who run the country. . I cannot

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envisage the Tories are sticking with this. It looks as though he

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wants to be the one to announce this. It looks he wasn't allowed to

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do that much. After the election, he walked into Number 10 and said, I

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thought you were going to sack me. It was that kind of confrontation.

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They have to try and stop this squabbling, because they will be out

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of power if this carries on. The Telegraph continues this. Tory chaos

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after public paid double U-turn. This is what you were alluding to

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earlier when you had ministers earlier on today suggesting that the

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policy was going to be changed, and then suddenly they decided not to.

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Spare a thought for the people in Number 10 at the moment. Two of

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Theresa May's lieutenants have gone, and there is a huge vacuum there.

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The people there are good people, but there is a real vacuum in terms

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of what is going on. Cabinet ministers are told what to eat,

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where, say, when to move. They now feel emboldened. Remember about

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Grenfell Tower couple of weeks ago, Number 10 didn't know... That would

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not have happened before. I think people will be watching this

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thinking, you still have a Prime Minister, someone at the top. No

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matter how weak she is, she's still at the top. Can she not say, no,

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this is how it's going to be? If not, why not? If you are working in

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the public sector, you don't really care about this row. You think, I

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haven't had a pay rise in five years, and information is now

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soaring towards 3%. Real wages are being squeezed, and people will

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start to feel a lot poorer. If they cannot keep their government

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together and they have to call another election, according to

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current opinion polls, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have a very

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good chance of winning because people are fed up with the Tory

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policies. People had better get their acts together and start acting

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like a government who are coordinated not only on this, but

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also on the huge issue of Brexit. There isn't any sign of that at the

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moment. Public sector workers deserve a pay rise, and I believe

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that is coming. I cannot envisage there will be a budget where the

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Chancellor stays up and says they will keep it at 1%. I don't think it

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will happen. After what we have lived through this year, it's not

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going to happen. But they need to find out where they find this. An

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extra 1% on the whole public sector payroll is ?3 billion. It is the

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equivalent of another penny on income tax. There was a report this

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morning saying that the public don't mind a rise in taxes if it goes

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towards this. Lets go on to Buzzfeed. There is a story that's

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interesting, talking about the fact that a number of people who are

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missing presumed dead as a result of the Grenfell Tower disaster all

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ended up in a small, concentrated number of flats. It seems that as

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the fire took hold beneath them, the people at the top of the block went

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upwards and outwards, hoping to escape the fire. Although the police

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have managed to talk to at least one person from 106 flats lower down in

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the block, and they know that among those flats, 18 people died, they

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say they have not been able to locate anybody alive from the top 23

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flats. They don't know how many people were there for many reasons.

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They don't know how many people moved up. They know that a number of

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the flats were being sublet, and the council have no record of how many

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people were in those flats. They also don't know how many people were

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staying over as guests for Ramadan. There are a lot of conspiracy

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theories, because there are lot of conspiracy theories and mistrust of

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the authorities. A lot of people feel that the authorities locally

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are trying to cover-up the number of dead. The people in the council are

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trying to frantically identify who was there that night. They are

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asking anyone who was there that night, even if they were staying

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there is legally, to come forward and identify themselves. They know

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that people who were staying there are too scared to come forwards in

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case they face some action. I was there in the wake of the disaster,

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and I was walking towards the tube in the evening. I overheard somebody

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talking, who didn't see me and my producer, and somebody said, the BBC

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is part of the conspiracy. You walk past and you think, you know, we are

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reporting what the police are telling us, and the police are

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telling us that from what they understand, it is this number of

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people who were in the apartments when the whole thing went up, and

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they probably will not have a confirmed figure until the end of

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the year. This is where ministers have to step up and forget politics.

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Some are forget worried about the ramifications. Trust has been eroded

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because of all of this drip drip, not because of the deaths, which are

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heartbreaking, but because of all this other information, such as

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government buildings, hospitals and schools being said to have this

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cladding on them, but we're not being told which ones. And who

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brought that cladding and who is to blame? That feeds all this. I

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certainly don't believe that. In years and years of being ignored,

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and the feelings they had of these places being dangerous being

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ignored. One thing the Home Office could do is to come out and say, we

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will not take any action against anyone, irrespective of their

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immigration status and we will offer a lifetime amnesty, that would make

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a difference. At Home Office are saying that they will not take

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action. They are not offering an amnesty for the rest of their lives.

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I should just quickly say, it looks as if they have picked a judge to

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head the enquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster. This was coming

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tomorrow, so fair play to the Times. What this reminds me of, remember

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the child sex abuse enquiry, where we have had four judges? The victim

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groups were not happy with the choice of judge. I just hope we

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don't have this down. There is some unease already about this judge, Sir

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Martin Moore. I hope we can move on about this and the enquiry can

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start. Never mind the Times with this story. The source is confirmed

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tonight to our Laura Kuenssberg. Finally, a sad day, Michael Bond,

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the creator of Paddington Bear, has died at the age of 91. Do you

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remember the books growing up? I was old enough to be around when the

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Paddington books were first published. They were almost the

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first books I learnt to read with. I also had a Paddington Bear in

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somebody's house when my daughter took her first steps. We took the

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boots of the little Paddington and put them on her feet, and they

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fitted perfectly. I have a photo of it. One of the actors who put trade

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Paddington in the TV show, he read that Paddington was a Peruvian Bear,

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so he came to the audition with a South American accent. And Michael

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Bond said, no, more like Noel Coward! Thank you both for coming.

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