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We are usually late but tonight we are six minutes early. Sorry about


that. Hello and welcome to our look ahead


to what the the papers will be With me are David Wooding,


political editor of the Sun on Sunday, and Katie Martin


from the Financial Times. Tomorrow's front pages,


starting with... We start with the Daily Mail,


which looks at the rising staff costs at the foreign aid department


which have gone up sharply over The I features a picture


of a still smouldering Grenfell Tower with the warning


that the insulation used in tower blocks may be as flammable


as the cladding. The Express leads with the claim


that Brussels still wants to exert control over the UK once


the country has left the EU, through European Court


of Justice rules. The Daily Mirror follows up on it's


campaign yesterday to change The Telegraph is leading


with the concerns expressed by senior city figures


that the government is focussing too much on trade talks and is failing


to prioritise the financial services industry, one of the


largest contributors The Guardian leads on the council


head who has stepped down. The Sun has a large picture


of tennis world number one Andy Murray urging readers to rub


the picture and assist him in recovering from a hip injury,


ahead of the Wimbledon tournament He has got a bad hip. He did not


look good. We can start with the price. -- we can start with The i.


The threat in high-rises is being ignored by the government. It is not


just the cladding, it is what is inside the cladding, the insulation.


From what I understand every single tower block's cladding that has been


tested has failed. There is clearly a serious problem on our hands here.


Every single one is taking it to quite some level. There is a failure


somewhere in the building industry but also a problem within the


Council. Many papers are running on the fact that the head of Kensington


Council has quit and so has his deputy. There is a lot of criticism


about how the council dealt with the fire and housing the residents whose


lives have been disrupted. We are spoken to residents tonight who are


concerned that this is a sop. They have stepped down from the


leadership positions but they have not left those councillors, there


will not be an election triggered to replace them. Where does this leave


the leadership? The state of the Cabinet? They may have had something


to do with it. This brings the total number of people who have gone to


four. The leader and the deputy leader also the chief executive of


the council and the head of the organisation that ran the tower


block. The very least they can do is to go. They need to fall on their


swords but why has it taken them so long, it has been two weeks. From


what Nick Pagett-Brown was saying, once last night's meeting became


another political story, the fact he was intending for it to be a private


meeting and journalists got a court order to be allowed to attend to


make it a public meeting, he felt suddenly there was another issue


that was taking over rather than the problems itself that needed to be


resolved. If it had not been this meeting that had broken the camel's


back it would've been something else soon. The meeting went very badly. A


number of John Ellis had permission to be in the room. You can find the


footage online. There were questions about whether journalists were there


and it was very scrappy and promptly called to an end. The council did


not look in control. Not only have we had this massive tragedy but the


handling offer it afterwards by the government and the local council,


the way the whole thing has been handled in the aftermath has been a


shambles and it has put more agony on the per families. Theresa May is


under pressure. The Mayor of London says that should be independent


counsel was brought in to run the council and Jeremy Corbyn


questioning the scope of the inquiry. There have been moments


when people have gone over the top. John MacDonald the Shadow Chancellor


called a murderer, which is unwise. There is a bit of political


posturing on this. People died because of problems with planning,


sifting rules, fitting in contracts, whatever it was. A lot has gone


wrong. We need to look after these families and get them rehoused and


then we need to make the other tower blocks safe. We hear their is too


much red tape, but it seems there is a lattice where there are gaps that


these things can fall through. Buildings can be built or renovated


and they are not safe. Regulation and red tape has a bad reputation,


but this is the kind of situation that could have been prevented if


the materials had been fit for purpose and the building had been


fit for purpose. It is the same in financial services, there is a lot


of red tape out there but they are trying to stop people from losing


all their money. Can we look at The Financial Times for some stories.


Household savings rate at 50 year low. That is quite shocking when you


think that if interest rates go up people might have to rely on the


money they have saved to bridge the gap, but will be dear to put


interest rates up to control inflation if it will put an extra


squeeze on households? Interesting figures from the Office for National


Statistics. 1.7% of income is left unspent and has full budgets


according to numbers that came out for the first quarter. The average


for the last 50 years is more than that. It might be happening for a


number of reasons and you cannot draw a straight line between living


standards and saving rates, but this is like the situation will is to pay


-- it is a situation where limits to pay is making people very close.


There is also the suggestion that the UK consumer can get the UK out


of a hole. We are quite good at shopping and we have done well at it


over the last year. We have still gone shopping, but you have to


wonder at what point that will run out of road. We will have to make


some difficult choices. Probably some underlying issues here. If that


is the amount of money that they are putting away to save, how much I be


putting into pensions? Some people are withdrawing their cash lump sum


is out of their pensions to do work on their homes and so forth. Are we


building up another problem, which going back 15-20 years we were being


told we had not saved enough for our pensions but now because of the


taxes on pensions and the squeeze on income Ebor may not be saving enough


for their pensions. It seemed that the Bank of England which may be


drifting towards an interest rates sooner rather than later said it


will be later. It has been a big week for central banks this week.


Mark Carney give quite a strong impression this week that he would


be minded under certain circumstances to start thinking


about raising interest rates, which we have not done for ages. Only ten


days beforehand he was saying that specifically that now was not the


time to do it. There is not so much clear blue water between the


statements as may one appear, but there is a shift in mood globally,


both that the Bank of England and the European Central Bank and


elsewhere to say, we might be starting to edge towards getting


interest rates back to normal but everyone is saying but we need to do


this very carefully because we have not been in this situation before,


we have been sold for so long, we need to tread carefully. We can stay


with the FT that moved to the story, the picture story on the front page.


Pride of place, Germany legalises gay marriage despite of Angela


Merkel's vote. She gave everyone the option of voting. She voted against


the reforms. The first thing that shocked me was that I did not


realise Germany did not have equal marriage. I thought we were behind


them. A great picture on the front page, a lovely picture. It coincides


with gay pride, celebrations going on across Europe this week. The


shock there was Angela Merkel voting against the reform. I think it was


an open vote, a free vote, but it is not what we expected. It passed


pretty easily in the end, 393-226. I presume that Angela Merkel knew that


that would happen. This has been a matter of personal conscience


Fathauer and a reminder that a lot of social issues in Germany tend to


have a more conservative attitude towards than we are used to hear. We


can look at The Daily Mail. The stories also in The Sun. To do with


the foreign aid budget. The civil service bill rockets and it should


be spent differently. This is suggesting that the foreign aid


department bill, the wage bill for running it, has gone up by 40% in


seven years. The Daily Mail likes of the other newspapers has been


questioning whether we should be spending this kind of money, at any


kind of money. 40% of not very much is not very much. You with your


statistics and clarity. The bill has gone up by ?38 million. It is a drop


in the ocean when it comes to public finances. The Sun is making a


similar point. When you are talking about amounts of this size but we


have just given ?1 million to Northern Ireland 's, it makes you


wonder whether we are focusing on the right numbers. It will play well


with people who want to see the NHS is the recipient of this money.


David Cameron brought in the 0.7% rule. He did this to try and ensure


that the Conservative Party are not nasty and it is backed by the Labour


Party. In the country, they say charity begins at home. When we are


spending money on other countries they have genuine concerns about


that. The wage bill has gone up by 40%. The public sector workers are


all having their pay capped at 1%. That is now being brought forward.


The Conservatives are now agonising over whether they should lift the


cap on wages and this highlights the other side of the coin. It did not


get much action in the House of Commons, removing the cap. There was


a boat on that. Two stories in The Telegraph. BBC to take on net flicks


with cliffhangers and cricket. Cricket coming back to the BBC, and


Channel 4, it will be like the summer of our childhoods. The


cliffhangers were in the days before boxed sets and DVDs. Now you can


download the whole thing. You had to watch the TV at that time unless you


were wealthy and had a video player. It is quite fun that people will


gather around. The problem with not watching it live is that you hear


someone talking about what you see something about a dramatic episode


you are two episodes behind. The BBC can't be taking on some of the cost


that the streaming services are able to put money into. It is about


creating events and moments and being part of a family schedule, if


you like. The cricket deal is extraordinary. A lot of money has


gone to the England and Wales Cricket board. There is going to be


a lot of cricket on TV. It is a sweet idea that you have everyone


gathering around to watch the TV. Half of them on their iPhones. I


like to thank the BBC already has a programme like that. Finally, the


story keeps going, Rebellion spreads to the Lords. The speaker has said


that you no longer have to wear a tie in common is now a Liberal


Democrat peer is suggesting the same thing in the other place. It should


not be a huge surprise because John Burkle is quite well known for


having stopped wearing tights and wigs in Parliament. God knows what


the rest of the world thinks about how we dress of these things. I find


it difficult to get to animated about what people wear in


Parliament. Clearly there is a strong school of thought that it is


the thin end of the wedge in the usual characters are coming out to


talk about how unhappy they are. It is clear where people are going to


be in the debate. Apparently it is already happening on the BBC. On BBC


News watch an editor showed up with no tie and chest here. Where do you


draw the line? Would you be allowed to go to work without a tie? You're


representing accompanying you need to look smart. You cannot go wrong


with a tie, because no one will look at your hair. I think it is ordered


that one of the Lords is going to break the rules. Can you imagine all


the Lords wearing their costumes but not the ties. It is the way the


world is moving. Maybe we will see Jeremy Corbyn in a sheltered. It is


becoming more like a County Council, some have said. That is all from The


Papers tonight. Don't forget you can see the front


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