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


-- Hello and welcome to our look ahead to


With me are Benedicte Paviot of France 24 and Kevin


We start with the Mail on Sunday, which claims


that the Prime Minister Theresa May is considering a dramatic U-turn


on university tuition fees to attract younger voters


The Observer reports a Tory revolt against public sector cuts,


suggesting Theresa May is facing pressure from within her Cabinet,


who are demanding a radical overhaul of state funding


Brexit talks is the Sunday Telegraph's headline as the paper


leads with concern that number 10 has told business leaders that


Theresa May could abandon Brexit talks over the "divorce bill".


The Express reports that British fishermen will be given exclusive


rights to a 12-mile zone around the coastline under


And "Rogue SAS unit accused of executing civilians"


is the headline on the cover of The Times.


First, a good evening to you both. We start with the Telegraph and the


front page. Kevin, do you want to kick that one off? This is a


briefing from business leaders that has apparently been given by a


former number ten figure. This person, who has not been named, was


in Downing Street at the time, just after the election and they have


subsequently left, which does not matter which


-- doesn't narrow it down. They say that he has been told that if


Brussels tries to set -- play hardball on the divorce Bill, how


much question pay to leave the European Union to meet its previous


commitments, then the Prime Minister is willing to walk in or storm out,


as we lock -- like to see comment journalistic circles. This happened


in September. This has been designed for domestic consumption, which


essentially is to make the Prime Minister because if she is talking


tough in the eyes of the public. I think this would have been more


credible if it had happened before the election or if conservatives had


a good result in the election, but really, the Prime Minister has been


severely weakened and, I think, the European leaders have smelt blood.


The delay she does not have strong hand. The whole point of calling the


election was so that she has a strong mandate and she does have


that. I just don't think it carries the same week that it would have


done had she got the result that she was looking for. It's not something


she wants to have attached to her. Her storming out, it would not be


good PR? I think it's interesting that according to this person that


has now left Downing Street, it would be for domestic consumption


and four September. What happens in September? Annual party conference.


Funny that! Just a happy coincidence! I think what is


interesting is that this divorce Bill, whether as you 100 billion


euros or half of that, this was not explicit in the referendum campaign


and there are people who feel that not a single penny, some people and


the government, believe that not a single penny should be paid off any


divorce Bill, but of course that's not generally true in the divorce


anyway. So I think that there is a problem. Yes, the rest of the


European Union is watching extremely carefully, both the result of the


election that we fought happened on Friday the 9th of June, but also how


this is all playing out, whether it was the Queen 's speech, the tapered


belabour our amendments, etc and I think an interesting line in this


piece in the Sunday Telegraph, about, the liquid -- the move could


be seen as deliberately provocative by you tube leaders. The European


Union has said that they are not looking to punish Britain, that it


needs to be beneficial. I don't see how walking out the work score deal


at all. Especially when looking to get a good trade deal as well. This


is supposed to be settled before we had to discussions. Britain wanted


these talks to happen at the same time. If we start point off on the


divorce poll, doesn't suggest that will get much leeway when it comes


to getting a trade deal. Just to rent this particular story off, in


some European states, in particular Germany, the finance minister is


already seeing that I suspect the British are going to feel that they


have made a mistake and what is the likelihood of ours going back on


Brexit? That is so much going on. She said, Jimmy say I'm a dreamer,


but are not the only one. All of these knots, wink, wink. We have had


the referendum. The clock is ticking on Article 50. I don't think there's


any going back now. Let's move on, the chaos continues, Conservative


chaos over tuition fees U-turn. Some of the study up for us. This is


interesting. According to Simon Walters, the political editor of the


mail on Sunday, Damian Green, who is briefing heavily, the most senior


minister in the government, effectively a Deputy Prime Minister,


says that the national debate may well be needed on the issue of


tuition fees and in order to get back the youth vote, a support that


is seen as having very much voted in favour of Labour and having been


wooed successfully by Labour, and particularly by that late pledge by


the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to say that tuition fees will


be waived completely, although they were introduced by the Labour Party


initially, and then increased by the Tories later on, that it is


absolutely capital that the Conservative Party change a lot of


its fundamental core beliefs and therefore backed down on tuition


fees. So this would be the mother of old U-turns. One can imagine, if


this is indeed true, that Damian Green would be saying something that


were not sanctioned by the Prime Minister herself. So one wonders


what other of the core beliefs are going to be ditched in order to woo


back the youth vote or indeed the actual votes -- the older fought. It


makes you wonder what the Tories really stand for now, doesn't it?


They keep changing. I would love to be a fly on the wall in Thorpe


Hammond pots house right now. If this has landed on his doorstep, he


will be taking his hero to rate now. This is ?8 billion a year to axe


tuition fees. We would the money come from? The premised, all


throughout the election campaign, was criticising Labour and Jeremy


Corbyn for the magic Mainichi, that there's a quote that has come to


back -- come back to haunt quite significantly. He doesn't say, but


even that's a signal that they are going to look at it. People would


argue that tuition fees actually haven't had a detrimental effect on


encouraging young people from working-class or less well-off


backgrounds to go into higher education because you don't have to


pay the fees upfront, you pay them back when she were paying a certain


amount of money, so it is all well and good to see we will act tuition


fees and get young people coming back to us, but I think there is


something much more deep-seated in terms of the Conservative Party,


they have become toxic. Let's turn to the Sunday Times. A rogue SCSI


unit. I believe these are allegations that we see at the BBC


have not been able to verify. It no identity of anyone or the unit


itself, but it does cover the front page of the times. It's an


incredible story. If it turns out to be true. There has been an extensive


investigation by the Sunday Times. The allegation essentially is quite


simple, the rogue SCSI unit in Afghanistan killing, executing,


unarmed civilians and it would appear, allegedly, trying to affect


-- set them up by leaving guns which are traditionally used by the


Taliban and then taking pictures or looks different. The allegation is


that these are unarmed civilians that were taken at by this so-called


rogue SCSI unit. There is an investigation which has been


confirmed by the Defence Secretary that doesn't exist. Previously. Yes,


previously. In February. Yes, any secure underground bunker in


Cornwall, which makes it sending the secretive and they have been


caddying at this investigation and it seems, according to sources, that


it has been a credible claim, salt, as I say, the tones are to be true,


this will be an absolute scandal. We will stay with the times. This story


is that parents face ?60 fence when children are late for school. The


bit harsh, isn't it? Yes, particularly since the bizarre says


that sanctions to improve punctuality could improve --


included making children collect litter, remove chewing gum or mop


classroom floors before school and then we learn that it is a measure


that is used in Cisco gear that is often a leader, it is pointed out


here, a leader in academic tables. It says the fence could be used as a


last resort. I think that there is going to be some very worried


parents. I would be very cheeriest to know whether there's going to


improve the punctuality and that sounds a bit like a parking ticket


because you could get ?60 fee, fine, if your children consistently turn


up late, so be careful! That could rise to ?120 if it does not paid


within 21 days. I've been caught with that one before! Nothing is


good to focus appearance meant more, I think, than ?60. That's a lot of


money, for being late. I will have to set the alarm clock a little


earlier. Maybe it should be means tested. That is really complicated.


I think it should be more, if your lovely close school because you have


no excuse. Do you of course to the school? We haven't been wagered and


we definitely would be if we would be charged. How would you enforce


it? Someone's come to detest that in court. Let's go back to the


Telegraph. We've been reading with a study on BBC News today. Sorry we


are looking at is that the council ultimatum. -- is the cancer


ultimatum. The Balkans have been reading with this. The government is


keeping an extremely close eye on the behaviour, watching whether they


are on the ground, whether they give interviews, whether they actually


seem out of touch. But on this morning was incredible. I can crash


of an interview. The way that the council leader resigned last week


was almost grudgingly resigning and blaming the media. Of course, the


anger was palpable in the first five days. The point is that, can we


really wait next week for the election of another council leader?


Is that the normal modus operandi? Don't believe in being overreactive,


but I think that really, couldn't that have been moved along? I think


it is worrying when we hear that at least one or two people have been


charged rent for flats that have burnt down. Of course, this is a


huge task, for any council, and I think there is good well, but there


are lessons that need to be learnt for the future. And I'm not even


going to mention the whole cladding scandal. One thing I want on the


ground and the seen it anywhere else, though stored told by a


resident of what's next in the tower, that whole area, there was a


consultation that was closed and overnight, where they were walking


and redeveloping the theory and achievement -- changing the use of


that area. This is all now gone completely quiet and it would seem


wholly inappropriate. What's interesting is that we were talking


to one of the volunteers today and she was saying that she still not


really picking up on council presence on the ground, helping


those residents. That extraordinary. It makes you wonder and you would


have thought that the local authority would have some kind of


emergency response strategy in place for and clearly this was an


extraordinarily awful incident but you would think they would have some


kind of sport -- this book response. That's for a national commission,


that will be really important. This must never happen again. One more


misstep and that desert. We have about 30 seconds. That fantastic


picture on the Telegraph. The Lions Deidre dream after thrilling win


against the all Blacks. Either of you watch this game? I don't -- I


didn't, to screaming children to do with this money. Nobody gave him a


chance. It said the fantastically for next week. One more game in the


series. Dare to dream. Dear to win. Thank you.


You'll both be back at 11.30pm for another look at the stories


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