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


With me are political commentator James Millar,


Tomorrow's front pages: The FT says a City of London delegation


will head to Brussels this week to press for


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


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 the Mirror says 69 refugees have drowned this year while trying


Let's have a look through those papers. Starting with the Guardian,


the UK ditches its cake and eat it Brexit stands. Going on about Brexit


and cake, and you despair sometimes as to how this will all turn out but


according to the Guardian government insiders are reporting a dramatic


change of mood. The idea of cake and eat it is controlling your own


borders and the sort of stuff and having access to the single market.


And the suggestion is you cannot, and it is going to be difficult and


messy. One year on, I think they are owning up to that. The media has


gone from denial, centred on Theresa May saying you can have your cake


and eat it, and now we are into bargaining, which is what side do


you want. Hopefully we can skip the anger and depression but really what


you have this two options, high access and low control, which is


like the EA, and the other is higher access with economic cost. This has


been the dilemma since the beginning, it was the dilemma during


the referendum, of if we leave the EU what kind of deal do we want? The


fact it has taken a year for the government to at least acknowledged


it is not particularly encouraging, although at least they are


acknowledging it now. It is one of the oldest things there is, that you


can't have your cake and eat it. This is the sort of headline you


would expect from the Guardian. One thing I would suggest is it is all


insiders, and I'm issuing its fairly well sourced for them to have it on


the front like that. It is all doom and gloom. In the sun, we are going


inside 2-page two. The PM must go in June 20 19. You think she will last


that long? What is interesting about this is they want her to start her


departure timetable and say that she will leave on time, after the Brexit


deal but before the 2020 to general election. If anyone thinks that we


can get to 2022 without a general election I have a bridge to sell


them. The Tory party does not want Theresa May as leader, they will not


forgive her for the election result, but as we discussed on this


programme before there is not another leader in the wings, and


clearly the Tory party shadowy figures who make all the decisions


think it would do more damage to replace her now without a leader.


There was talk yesterday, when we heard from this former aide to David


Davis saying that he was hamstrung, and there was talk that maybe David


Davis is placing himself, maybe, or Philip Hammond, maybe. There is no


alternative, but there is no shortage of ready exclusively men


who think they can do the job, but no one actually wants them. If she


said she was going in June 2019, the idea that these gigantic egos would


sit on their hands and say the leadership campaign starts in 2019,


that is just for the birds. They would be all over each other and the


party for the next two years, trying to jockey for position. Is quite


contradictory, really. Senior Tories want her to spell out her departure


timetable, exactly what you just said. If she spells out the


timetable now, there is zero chance of her or anyone else getting


anything done for the next two years but if we were in any doubt that the


Tory party was not happy with her, this would clarify things. Which


means perhaps that Jeremy Corbyn is very secure. He can put his troubles


to one side. His position as leader is more secure now following the


election. Certainly his position is more secure than Theresa May's. Even


though he lost the election, somehow. But obviously last week we


had the Queen 's speech stuff, and where Labour exactly sits on the EU


and what their policy really is, he is back in Parliament, he had a


pretty torrid time when he was leaving with his MPs before the


election, and I suspect we will slide back into Labour chaos as


well. I don't think it will take particularly long, I think the


divide is on the EU will come to the forefront very soon. We have 49 MPs


vote against what the party MPs were telling them to do, he sacked some


of his frontbenchers, some resigned. Those issues have not gone away and


as soon as he makes a mistake I think they are waiting to try and


oust him. Good luck. Let's turn to the Times, and Theresa May began on


the front page. This time her terror plans are being condemned. It is


this never-ending chipping away at her authority. Yes, exactly. It is a


different angle. In some ways a better angle, because the Guardian


stories are essentially tittle tattle and sources. This is her


independent reviewer of counterterrorism legislation


suggesting that the idea that you have to find Facebook and Google for


not taking down extremist content is both unnecessary and unworkable --


fine. And it is her own watchdog, as well. That is what is really


damaging about it, is that this is kind of the centre of her anti-


extremism or counterterrorism proposals, and she has got her own


watchdog criticising her for it. I think what you have got here, and


you also have it in those comments that Amber Rudd made a while back


about encryption, is that the people in government don't necessarily


understand the technology, and they want policies, obviously they want


to keep us safe, and they want policies which look like that is


what they are doing, but if they don't understand the technology they


don't have a hope of doing anything remotely workable. And obviously the


Home Office is her stomping ground. It is very much a home Office


mentality, isn't it? Staying with the times, and the top of the page.


Britain braced for a snap Trump visit after attack goes viral.


President Trump may drop in and visit reason. He has a gap in his


diary between the G20 Summit and his next engagement, a lovely way of


introducing a story. Basically if he is going to come to the UK, he is


not going to meet the Queen, he is going to meet Theresa May, he is


going to visit his golf course, so that is his priority, and you get a


sense that the reason it will be so short notice, 24 hours' notice, is


because his people don't want time for there to be a protest. I mean,


good luck with that in Scotland. You can organise protests pretty


quickly. You also worry it is because he has no idea what he is


going to do next. That he might say I am going to go to Scotland and


play golf. I like the fact that they call it a snap Trump visit, because


the snap election went so well. So the end of this week, possibly? It


is before he goes to Bastille Day, after the G20, before July finishes.


Looking at the express and the Mirror, and it is migrants


dominating their front pages. We have the EU in crisis over boat


migrants, and migrants on cost at beaches. Two very different


approaches to the same story. It is largely a story because the weather


has improved, leading to more attempts to get across the


Mediterranean. But whereas the Express claims that Europe is under


siege from these migrants, which is just ridiculous, because these


people are in no condition to besiege anything, the Mirror calls


it an avalanche, which is a sort of natural occurrence. It is a very


interesting exercise in different ways of approaching the same story.


You have the Mirror referring to it as tragic, as hell. The weight... I


looked at the story on the inside pages and it talks about children


who have died, profiling some of them, and it talks about the


tourists who are on these beaches, and their take on the grief and the


tragedy that they are seeing could not be more different to the Express


story, which is all quotes from mainly UKIP representatives or


former UKIP representatives, talking about how this shows that the EU


needs to reform its migration and asylum policy, which maybe it does,


but they are really using that story as a way in to criticise the EU.


Let's turn to the Mail. This story has been building over the last few


months in the papers. It is par loans. It is an interesting one. It


is a consumer sort of story, it works for Daily Mail readers, people


like your normal people who have cars, and it ticks a lot of boxes.


In this country we have politicians, journalists and bankers who are all


a bit dodgy, and they are going for car salesman. Because there is no


one more dodgy than a car salesman. Sitting in his lime green armchair,


like that is the worst thing they have. But there is something serious


because from what they are reporting, young people are walking


in off the street without an apparent income and being offered


loans of thousands of pounds, and it kind of snacks of the financial


crisis, and a sort of pyramid scheme. It just sounds


unsustainable. Lee Mack and they do make that point that this is


consumer debt again, people who clearly don't have the means to pay.


Sometimes who are themselves in credit card debt, being encouraged


to take on loans that they can't afford to pay back. Because there


are so many stages in between the people who hold the debt and the


people who are taking about that it seems so removed that it seems a


really good idea and there is definitely the sense, reading the


story, but this is something that could blow up very badly. It is


being being compared to the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Let's go


back to the Guardian, and we are talking Wimbledon. Stroppy Zen


cream. Two different players on that page -- strawberries and cream. The


Daily Mail and the Telegraph have gone with a pretty young lady, well


done, she has got into Wimbledon, and I wish her the best. But there


might be something behind it. They have gone for a full-length shot


whereas the Guardian picture of Andy Murray is Andy Murray looking


aggressive and actually playing tennis rather than looking all


demure. I can see why you you pass that one over. I agree, it would be


great if she was playing or if they had a picture of Johanna Konta, our


actual hope of winning the women's title. Again, best of luck to the


wild card. She will love the fact that she is on the front page of the


Daily Telegraph. Would she? All would she rather be on it for


winning a match and playing tennis, rather than being a pretty young


lady? Yes, you need a favourite, really, don't you? One I hope she


wins tomorrow, and I hope she is on the front page on Tuesday. And I


will be watching Andy Murray very closely. The women's title is also


wide open at the moment, because Serena Williams is pregnant, Maria


Sharapova can't play at the moment for a variety of reasons. Will it be


another Venus Williams, you have federate, you have Andy Murray, you


have Nadal, you have Djokovic Tom are all playing in the men's game,


and the women's game is wide open. Johanna Konta all the way.


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