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


With me are political commentator James Millar


The FT says a City of London delegation will head


to Brussels this week to press for a post-Brexit free-trade deal.


The Express leads with the crisis talks between EU officials over


a surge in the number of migrants trying to reach Europe.


The Telegraph claims the Chancellor Philip Hammond


is at odds with other senior ministers over the funding


The Metro says nurses are quitting the NHS in their thousands


amid increasing workloads and plunging morale.


The Guardian claims the UK has ditched its hope of securing a "cake


and eat it" Brexit deal - and also shows Andy Murray


practising ahead of beginning the defence of his Wimbledon title


And the Mail says young drivers are being tempted into high levels


of debt by car dealers offering them new vehicles for no money upfront.


And finally, the Mirror says 69 refugees have drowned this year,


while trying to reach Spain from Africa.


OK, so a good selection of front pages there. A good evening to you


both. James and Rachel, we will start off with the FT. And a story,


what do you make of the latest trump saga? It is mad! We have become so


used to him doing weird stuff but this is a story that is based on him


having a pretend fight ten years ago, which somebody has then put on


the Internet with a CNN logo on the head of the man he pretended to


fight and he has re-tweeted it. CNN are not unreasonably suggesting this


is out of order. On have said it is an incitement to violence, that he


is winding up his supporters. Do you think his supporters would take it


that far? What CNN are saying is that it could lead his supporters to


then lash out physically and literally at the media? I definitely


do think that is a possibility. I do think that anyone is saying him


posting this as a direct threat from himself to reporters, but that has


definitely been an escalation in the way the media is perceived in


America. We had a Republican representative standing for election


in Montana, who allegedly assaulted a Guardian journalist. We have had


reporters arrested and assaulted when reporting from actual protests,


so doing their job, and there has been an escalation rhetoric against


the media. Every single day, if you read Donald


Trump's Twitter feed, which unfortunately I have to for work,


every day it is fake news media this, dishonest reporters that. That


escalation of rhetoric does have consequences when you have


supporters who are ever gone by that. When you would say you would


encourage people not to look at it, why? What is so upsetting about his


Twitter feed? There are a couple of things. One is it is sad to watch


the man who has such a privileged and powerful position lose his


dignity and the dignity of the office through all of that, and the


other thing is it is very distracting. I think some of the


main issues affecting America at the moment are the health care bill, the


Republicans are trying and have recently failed to get through


Congress. There are all kinds of other issues on national security,


on Russia, that America should be confronting, and when you follow the


day-to-day feuds which are found by Trump on Twitter, you kind of miss


out on that. That is exactly the point, the dignity of the office.


Six months ago, Barack Obama was in the Oval Office. You would not


imagine him doing something as weird and pathetic really as this. Donald


Trump has said it is modern day presidency, this is what it's all


about. Anyway, we will stay with the Financial Times, and move onto the


second story that has caught our attention, the City of London press


Brussels for a post-Brexit trade deal. They are going it alone, is


that what they are saying? Get used to it, it is Trump and Brexit, that


is what it will be for the next two years. It is called a blueprint, it


is an exciting way to jazz up the story. It would appear that the city


is concerned with the way the Brexit negotiations are going or not going,


so they will mount their own efforts to get their voice heard in


Brussels. Will they be heard? Part of the article does say Brussels,


however, is unwilling to discuss the future relationship with the UK


until they have sorted out the divorce. What this story really


shows is on both sides, there are individuals, political individuals,


the negotiators, who are upping the rhetoric and upping the emotional


side of it. Britain saying we will not pay or we will not stand for


that. The EU saying we will walk away with no deal.


Behind-the-scenes, there are businesses and business leaders who


understand that there is an opportunity for a mutually


beneficial deal, or at least one that is more beneficial than just


walking away with nothing. The key line stands out from ears this is an


example of how financial services are fearful of leaving their hands


on the fate of the official negotiators while talks are based on


narrow divorce related issues. Basically, they do not trust the


negotiators not get really emotional about this, and they seem to think


we need some kind of backroom deal to keep things from blowing up,


essentially. And if people are wondering about this aspect of the


City of London, it is the idea of passporting, the deals that come in


and out. Let's put the FT to one side. It is the cod wars we will


focus on. Britain risks return to cod wars. I do a lot of stuff about


Brexit and the amount of times fish comes up. We did not know who 12


months ago that fish would be such a big issue. Where it will go is


intriguing. This is Michael Gove saying we will leave an agreement


that is not the Common Fisheries Policy, which a lot of fish men do


not like. It is an old agreement that allows Dutch, French, Belgian


and German vessels to fish in what you might call our waters and allows


us to fish in their waters as well. If we don't let them use our waters,


we do not get to use theirs. But it is being dressed up as taking back


control of the sea and this sea of opportunity line, the various


fisherman's organisations' PR are doing a good job. I vividly remember


both the Leave and Remain side chasing each other down the Thames


in boats with signs about fishing. There was Nigel Farage on a boat and


was it Bob Geldof following. It was a publicity stunt and it may not be


the most important issue but it is one of the hyper emotional issues


and going back to what I was saying before, there were all these flash


points of issues which people get very emotional about, even if they


are not necessarily the big economic fighters. And we have seen in the


general election, a lot of the seats which went Tory from SNP have big


fishing communities. This is a big issue. A subject we were just


talking about, and the problem of the boat migrants. A meeting being


held in Europe to try and solve this. Rachel, do you want to pick


this up? Yes, this is the migrant crisis again. 2015 was the really


brutal and horrific year. 12,000 migrants landed in Italy last week


alone. The numbers are really rising as it is the summer. What this story


is really about is that Italy and the Italian government have had


enough. The Italian government is seeking permission or is basically


telling the EU that they are no longer supporting the EU asylum


seekers procedures. This is a really important issue, because it shows


that as well as Brexit, there are a number of huge, huge issues the EU


is facing at the moment, migration I think being the most important one.


Whether Britain leaves all stays in the single market or not, the EU


will have to confront these problems and they are not going away. Unlike


Brexit, it is consecrated, however, some politicians like those from


Ukip who are quoted in this story, seem to think it is much simpler


than it is and they say centre the boats back to Libya. That is silly.


It is complicated. It is horrible. James, if you can sum up what we are


talking about on the front page of the metro. Bad news if you work in


the NHS? It is a striking headline, nurses quitting in thousands. The


only thing I would say is they don't seem to have figures for the numbers


joining the NHS. If more are joining them leaving, it is not a problem. I


suspect that is not the case. There are also issues about EU nationals


working in the NHS and those numbers are going down as well. It is


perhaps again a little more complex than is being portrayed in that


headline, I think. Do you think that number could be arrested if we have


the cap on the pay increase lifted? Nurses and the NHS are one of the


sectors which people have been talking about. I think it will help


with those issues of plunging morale, but it is not just about pay


in the NHS, there is a serious funding crisis in the NHS going


forwards, and it is a bigger picture than just pay, I think. Let's go to


the Telegraph and our story here is the Cabinet flipped over austerity,


oh, my goodness, austerity, here we go again! Again, it is another story


we will get for the next few years. Splits in the Cabinet as the big


beasts jostle for position and jostle for money as well. It looks


like the 1% public sector pay cap will get bust. It is a question of


when and who benefits politically. This is a really interesting story,


both because it is about austerity which will come back again and


again, but also this is one of the first issues which the new cabinet


of the new parliament has really argued over, and what really comes


across as a lot of Cabinet ministers who were maybe lying low or taking


the party line a couple of months ago, are standing up for their


departments and what they want. Michael Gove has said it should be


lifted or it could be lifted. Philip Hammond has said if we have lots of


extra spending we might need some unpopular extra taxes. So far no one


has spoken about breaking the pensions triple lock which would be


my personal way of dealing with that. You have Justine Greening and


heads of departments dealing with a week Prime Minister they can come


out of the woodwork and make their voices heard. I agree that the cap


will get removed in some way, but regardless of how this one turns


out, to brace yourself for many, many more battles like this. How


this turns out will impact the battles because Theresa May could be


weakened further by this. They want to tell people they are listening


and that possibly will not be good enough. There is talk of waiting


until the autumn budget to break the pay cap. That will be three or four


months of battles and whining and she will get weaker and weaker. Very


quickly, I want to jump ahead to the Express. This is what everybody is


talking about. Wimbledon kicks off tomorrow. Defending his title is


Andy Murray but he may have a lucky charm in the wings in the form of...


Yes, his second baby Richie said is on the way. Don't think it is


imminent! There was one question about whether he would even play at


the last one. I suspect it will come down to his hip which seems to be


his problem going into Wimbledon? He is playing the lucky loser from


Kazakhstan. We are not very good at cheering somebody who actually wins


things so I wish him all the best of luck tomorrow and I want to remind


everyone that he has a baby on the way but Serena Williams who is not


playing Wimbledon because she has a baby on the way, she won a grand


slam title when she was pregnant. Yes, she is waiting to drop, as they


say! Thank you bray much, James and Rachel. We are back at 11:30pm. The


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