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


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


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:


The Metro's front page is dominated by a picture


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


over the deaths of 95 football fans in 1989.


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


with the paper showing the faces of all the victims


The relatives of the victims are pictured on the front


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


One of those charged, former chief superintendent David Duckenfield,


is pictured on the front of the Telegraph.


The paper also reports on what it sees as a day


of confusion from the government on public sector pay.


The Times reports on the apparent choice of the senior judge


who will lead the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster.


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


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


six people facing charges in relation to that incident back in


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the Prime Minister is taking financial decisions without


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


who thinks she can make announcements about his area. It


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


earlier when you had ministers earlier on today suggesting that the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


together and they have to call another election, according to


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


government buildings, hospitals and schools being said to have this


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


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


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


and the feelings they had of these places being dangerous being


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


will not take any action against anyone, irrespective of their


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Paddington books were first published. They were almost the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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