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


With me are Sian Griffiths, Education Editor at the Sunday Times


and Robert Fox, Defence Editor at the Evening Standard.


The Sunday Times reports a Cabinet Office row in


which the Chancellor Philip Hammond is said to have referred to public


The paper reports general 'astonishment' from


The Independent reports a poll that suggests that a majority of voters


would be happy with a tax rise to see the salaries of emergency


Brexit negotiations are on the front page of the Observer,


with a warning of chaos ahead and a former EU Ambassador saying


the Talks have a one in three chance of collapsing.


The Sunday Telegraph leads with the salaries


of the BBC's highest earners, suggesting there is a gender pay gap


And there's a great image of Garbine Muguruza's


balancing her Wimbledon plate on her head.


The Mail on Sunday says the French Government and banking


chiefs are engaged in a plot against the British banking sector.


So let's start. The front page of the Sunday Times, your paper, Sian.


Chancellor says public sector is overpaid and these are remarks that


the paper has got from five separate sources? At Augusta. It's a great


story. It's Philip Hammond saying that they cabinet met Joe Murphy


meeting on sector are overpaid. He refused to


be lift the pay cap because he says they earn 10% more than private


sector workers taking into account pensions. What is really giving us


the headlines for that is on several occasions he apparently used the


word overpaid, and of course at the moment, you know, after the


election, with a mood in the country as it is, that is such a strange


thing to say. Teachers are doing that school funding should be higher


and teachers salary should be higher and we have seen the recruitment


drives and schools, and it does not capture the mood of the nation. I


guess it is true that if you look at pensions, public sector pensions are


generous. You can make this argument about the 10% differential, but


against that, public sector workers have actually seen their income fall


in real terms over the past seven years, and it just seems to me an


extraordinary miscalculation, really. As though he hasn't learned


anything from what has been happening of the last few weeks. I


feel duty bound to fake the Treasury quoting their confirms the


Chancellor has talked about public sector workers of having it in


percent premium, because of pensions, but denied he used the


word overpaid. Many put that on the record. Robert Wood, what is so


interesting about that, is that other Cabinet ministers. Such as


Johnson and goes say the public sector workers should get a pay rise


-- Boris Johnson Michael Gove. This is the player in the paper and.


No fewer than five people leaked the story of a confidential cabinet


meeting. Because our defence correspondent, I can hear the


torpedoes leaving the tubes and they are sinking Phil, forensic


spreadsheet Philip Hammond, potential leader, you are sunk. That


is what's going on, it wiped it out, tin-eared. I experienced him when he


was Defence Secretary and he is known as spreadsheet bill, he looks


at the bottom line of the finances, he looks at the accounts. But he


doesn't get the hinterland. He talks, albeit privately, without a


sense of irony, about a list at the time of Grenfell Tower, of the need


to reward public services. And the public now feel that the public and


emergency services, particularly as Sian mentioned, are under rewarded.


I know the 10% and so one, actually it is people like senior civil


servants, senior military, senior diplomats, and I hear them banging


on at meeting after meeting. They are an index linked, very, very


substantial pensions. That is part of the inequality and this will play


very, very badly, I think, with the public as a whole. But it is a


political game, it is part of this awful expression of being on


manoeuvres. Most people in this cabinet seems to be fighting each


other. It's so interesting because innocents we've had this story of


the Prime Theresa May saying looking at the pay public sector pay cap


will stay, it didn't but come a -- Iddon becoming front-page story. I


think it is a death warrant for the government. They will find it


difficult to fight a Tamil election which won't be in five years' time,


I protect it will be in a austerity ticket -- fight a general election.


We will talk more about Brexit, a large component of the Brexit vote


was the sustained effect of austerity. They are on a high risk


game. We will get on the Brexit surely but we want to look at one


other story on the Sunday Times, your story, Sian and the new GCSEs


that have been sapped by 16-year-olds this year and all the


All I found this really interesting. I didn't interview with the new


Chief inspector. I didn't expect her to come from this angle. But she is


really worried coming into the job that kids are not getting a broad


and balanced education. She has seen in schools and teachers drilling


kids with their GCSEs and for all GCSEs. They are taking three instead


of two years to teach them, kids to think their GCSE options at 13.


Others such as art, music and drama, all those we think of a balanced


education, are often the things kids become passion that abounds, are


being squeezed out of the curriculum. There is a feeling of


schools are becoming almost like factories. We get new GCSEs in maths


and English this summer, with the new grading scale -- grading scale.


A lot of parents don't know that they are a start to G and they will


be harder than in the past. The whole thing is bubbling up to be a


complete mess, to be honest, in August. We will brace ourselves.


Let's move on. Staying with your paper, Sunday Times getting a lot of


coverage today. Lots of coverage on acid attacks. In the latest acid


attacks, a child has been laid for the grooviest bodily harm and other


serious offences. We -- GBH. We are not talking about


that specific case. We have seen an area of London where it becomes a


fashion. Look at the National statistics, the incidence of the


attacks has doubled. It is a fashion and it is disturbing. It seems to be


now the thing. Almost in the wave knife crime came in as an epidemic


among a certain category of teenager, a demographic. I'm not


doing it by class or whatever. The point is, the thing raised by Amber


Rudd, who is effective in addressing it, you are looking at the wrong end


of the tell us that if you go have it too is sentencing policy. In the


age group we talk about, sentencing isn't much of a deterrent. I think


its greatest huge global questions about policing, about community


relations, about what is going on. There is a subculture in a lot of


these inner cities where things are breaking down. And this kind of


outrageous attack is completely acceptable. Equally we have that


licensing regimes for this substance, it's jolly difficult to


do. Why would you want sulphuric acid? You can make it easily. One of


the more the suggestions was stopped and searched policies to try and


catch people carrying acid and actually it is becoming a problem in


schools. We found 12 year were taking acid to schools and sports


drinks bottle. It is quite frightening. We come from north


London where there has been a spate of attacks. There are a group of


children who ride in balaclavas and bikes via live and I myself feeling,


I regarded them as slightly worryingly and there might snatch my


phone. And now I think I have to keep well away because they might


have acid which is a life changing attack. Absolutely. Let's move on,


give the other papers a look. Let's look at the Observer. Former civil


service head warns Theresa May of Brexit chaos. Overwritten? Or


underwritten? I write for a bit of the Brexit chaos paper as well. Our


points and warnings have been good in the standard. We are up there


with the Observer in the Guardian. They are quoting the ambassador but


also their former head of civil service and really very much at the


helm, and someone I have known well, for whom the expression tough-minded


is an understatement. It is chaotic. I am rather dismayed, being from the


Eurotrash tendencies, being an Anglo Dutch family and working in Italy


extensively, at how little of Europe is being understood by this. We come


onto another story of the male from a French conspiracy. But here we are


so badly prepared for this. I have been taught to buy a number of


senior civil servants and diplomats who are extremely worried about


this. And the other side of the negotiations, so-called, are


extremely worried about how unprepared everybody is. It's highly


complex. They are not even asking themselves forming a David Davis all


Liam Fox or Theresa May even, have they any understanding about what


the shape of Europe is going to be? We now have to think in six months's


time, in 18 months' time, one thing that is sure, the Observer are


pointing to as well, no way Billy hard and fast exit negotiation


position being prepared by March 20 19. This is extremely difficult.


Angela Merkel and Macron are in a project that has gone for some time


on reshaping Europe. It cannot go on as a single speed Europe. Things


like the olive oil belt, the problems of migration and Brexit,


and migration particularly is top of it. I want to reshape. Angela Merkel


pointed this do David Cameron, Cameron says I will win the vote and


we are headed for a difficult Tamil election around 2019. The job will


be far from done a rampant -- general election.


Brexit plot to wreck Britain -- French plot to Great Britain in the


Daily Mail, what do you think? The story is France is allegedly


threatening to disrupt and destroy the city and French executives are


offering money to France to move from London to France. To move to


Paris. This is all from a memo from Jeremy Brown? The City of London's


Brexit envoy? He has met banking chiefs in Paris and written this


memo to the Mail on Sunday. I love the headline. Bombshell memo leaked


to them are so spiteful plan to destroy the city at any cost. So the


stakes are very high! You can see them rubbing their hands with glee


with that headline. Mail on Sunday, let's lighten the tone slightly on


the front page, Jodie Whittaker, broad church star, tipped to be the


first Doctor Who. I don't know the first thing about Doctor Who. Oh,


come on. It's a lovely story, it's such fun. What has to be said, the


outgoing doctor, Peter Capaldi, he has raised it to a new level.


Fabulous actor, who real hero worship, he and David Tennant


between them did such a good job. Because we also have David Tennant's


broad church farm partner, Olivia Colman. But we have another answer,


transgender. He contains identity, it must be a transgender Doctor Who?


Even if it's not a transgender Doctor Who, this idea it is going to


be a woman and the first female Doctor Who. That will really play


for young people for whom this whole idea that you can choose your


identity, you can be male or female gender binary, that is such a lovely


modern idea. But I am so perplexed, I thought he could only have 12


regenerations and this is the 13th, is that right? When will they put


those stars of another genres, John Sargent or Ed balls? That would be a


turn-up for books. The power of the imagination, they have done a


terrific job. We find out today don't we? Straight after the tennis.


Talking about gender, let's go to the front page of the Sunday


Telegraph, more traditional gender story, BBC braced for pay row. You


must be in the middle of it. I first came to the BBC 49 years ago and


it's always been around. This is based on the fact that later this


week, the salaries of over 100... Those that are concealed by a


commercial confidentiality company, we won't know about. I think this is


a terrific tilting point because we name names here, Fiona Bruce,


apparently gets half a million. Some of the big radio stars like Nick


Robinson, presenter of the today programme, I find it difficult


personally, to where salaries like this. He gets very high six figures.


20 seconds I have to let Sian have saved. Gender pay... I find this


very. Get more. Women earn less money than men do and that is what


disclosing the gender pay gap is about. It'll be interesting to see


on the Today programme, Sarah Montague, John Humphrys, what do


they get paid? We find out on Wednesday. Thank you for watching.


That is it for the papers, my thanks to our guests.


Just a reminder we take a look at tomorrows front pages every


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