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


With me are public affairs consultant Alex Deane


Starting with the i, and the parents of Charlie Gard who have given up


their legal fight to keep him alive. It is on the Sun's front page as


well, picking up on comments made by Charlie Gard's parents outside


court. The story also appears on the front page of the Metro and Charlie


Gard is also the Daily Mail's lead story. The Telegraph front of the


story on how consumers who buy internetting gauged appliances for


them homes -- their homes are vulnerable to cyber attacks. The


Times says that ministers are considering clamping down on


developers who sell houses with escalating ground rents. Also a


story on the Police and Crime Commissioner accused of pulling


police away from an anti-fracking protest. The Guardian leads with a


warning from the Bank of England on rising levels of personal debt. The


Express fix on what it calls a row among doctors over the safety of


starting is. So, it was inevitable given the huge public interest that


there is in the story that this is the only picture on the front page


and the photograph on the front page of the Daily Mail. Incredibly


striking and while we are looking at the papers, they are united in


morning trade Charlie Gard, who it seems, his battle has come to an


end, but the next focus will be on what the parents are saying has


caused this decision, which is that great form and is it prolonged the


decision so long that he could no longer have the treatment. It is not


that they are saying he could have been saved if he had had the


treatment earlier but that if he could have promptly had the


treatment instead of the court process, they might have saved him


but now they have to give up because the process has taken so long. Right


now, it is a very sad story that everybody rallies around and mourn


server for the next age is very dangerous that the people on the


other side of the argument. The doctors would say they work in the


interests of the child and they presumed that there was nothing that


could be done for him and whether there was or not is... And it is


certainly true that many independent doctors who didn't work at Great


Ormond Street Hospital of those doctors that there really was no


hope of this experimental American treatment working, or any other


treatment. Journalistically, I would like to add that it's just amazing


the way a story like this catches fire. You know, it became a minor


story in April and then suddenly, it just took off. Then you have Donald


Trump commenting, you have the Vatican, you had controversial


American pastor coming over here to way into the debate. They raised 1.2


million on a crowdfunding website, social media funding Mac at the rate


fuelling it but that is the way that human emotion stories which really


tell the raw sorrow and anger and quite understandable sense of fury


that the parents have gone through, are communicated to the public and,


as I say, it is fuelled by social media and it has become an


incredibly huge worldwide story. The front page of the Sun," we are so


sorry we couldn't save you". They say they are haunted by the what


ifs. And I take James' point entirely, the doctor treating


Charlie Gard seemed entirely of one view and many doctors who weren't


from, none of them would support what has happened, the threats and


so on, but the point for me as a layman, many of us will be


wondering, you say there is no hope but when you switch off the machine,


that is definitely no Hove, right? So the chance of life is what the


parents were seeking. A doctor on the programme this evening said are


these expert, ordinarily kings of their domain, are they in some way


reticent to take advice or maybe expertise from outside their


hospital? I have two uncles that doctors but it doesn't make me a


doctor and maybe I'm a bit naive, but I would always trust the


integrity of the doctors and I am slightly suspicious of the Michael


Gove line, we have had enough of experts, everybody knows better than


experts, but I think the doctors do take a Hippocratic oath which almost


all doctors follow to the letter and would have the child's best


interests at heart and I absolutely agree that if I were the parent, I


would be fighting as long as I could and as hard as I could to keep him


alive, but sometimes, doctors are right. I don't trust expert but I do


worry in this country that institutions, especially when they


are used to being in command, don't like being told they are wrong and


there might be a bit of that. And a great suspicion of experts in this


country, as we well know. This is one of the other big stories of the


evening, the visit of Liam Fox to the United States, this is the front


page of the Independent. He is dismissing concerns that some might


have in this country, if there is a future trade deal in the United


States, they are correlated chicken and hormone raised beef. Some


watchers of the Brexit process will wonder why he is there because we


are not formally allowed to have negotiations with any other country


whilst we are still in the EU protest Michel Barnier said, very


French expression, how can you stop people talking? You can have the


informal conversations with their to negotiation and that is what Liam


Fox is doing and there is no bigger fish in the Pont than a deal with


the United States. We are their largest investor, they are ours and


so forth. Things people get hung up on, chlorinated chicken catches the


mine because it sounds horrible, is food standards. And his bargaining,


which is probably true statistically but a difficult one to swallow, is


that this is a detail and what I would invite you to hang onto him


thinking about that is that if you have been to the United States and


jaw not vegetarian, you have eaten chlorinated chicken and hormone


treated beef and you are fine and even if you are, you have eaten


genetically modified food. Interestingly, at the end of this


front page, it says the National farmers union, their president has


said it is vital that any discussions on future trade deal do


not serve to allow cheap food imports. This is interesting,


everything to do with Brexit is about playing to the home crowd.


Obviously it is important to develop links with the US for when we leave


the EU but this is a turf war that might be developing between the Fox,


who has been complaining this week that he is not getting enough


coverage, and Michael Gove, who has said he wants to enforce


environmental food standards and indeed Andrea Leeds said today she


was worried that British farmers would be disadvantaged -- Andrea led


some. So there will be a big battle. Like any good trade union, the NFU


are sticking up the interest of their members. That is what they are


paid for! A story on the front page of The Times which is rumbling on


the shopping precincts and pubs, the rip-off scandal of leaseholds. So


you buy a new house, you get a decent deal and tact in in the small


print is the ground rent, the leasehold and you think I have 999


years, it looks like a small leaseholder and lo and behold, it


starts to go up pretty quickly and the Government says it is going to


end this. People are not realising that they are buying a house they


don't fully owned, and their leasehold, which we are used to


seeing in flats, is being attached to new-build homes, which means you


may be paying up to, concrete examples, of ?10,000 a year being


paid in ground rent. That is going to make homes unsellable in the


future if that escalation continues, and it's not right. There is no


principal reason for doing it. One example here of someone who bought a


house in Bolton for ?200,000, a family home, her ground rent went up


3000% and will hit almost ?10,000 a year. This is a scheme that people


are: greedy and nobody seems to have highlighted it before and I think


Sajid Javid has done a good job, bringing it to our attention and


using colourful language that will catch the eye and saying enough is


enough, if house-builders aren't prepared to step off the ground rent


gravy train, I will derail it and that will go down well with the


people who are in it and that is 43% of new builds being leaseholds, an


extraordinary percentage of the market. It has put people in a


horrible position but one has to point out that they took the


decision to take that misprision of the under professional advice and


they have something to answer to. -- Take That position. They are saying


you can buy it but it is 2,000 and then a few years down the line, it


is a lot more. I'm not going to blame the people hoodwinked into


these deals but if they were professionally advised and it wasn't


flagged to them properly, someone has to suffer that. There may be


more legal action on that, you are right. In the Times, anti-fracking


police chief accused of pulling force from protest, the police and


crime commission of the North Wales. It is very interesting, with Police


and Crime Commissioner is, you can argue it either way, they should be


professional and run by like police officers or it is good to have


democratic principle in. The good thing about -- the thing about


elected Police and Crime Commissioner is issue will from time


to time get conflict-of-interest were what a person stood for before


they took office as PCC and what they are now doing in their job and


this seems to be a clear example of someone who has an agenda,


anti-fracking, in charge of the police, who have a duty to protect


those carrying out unlawful business and directing them not to do so, so


police officers are pulled away from protecting those who are trying to


carry out their fracking activity. As you say, the way the Times tells


it, it does look quite questionable and the residents who are "Backing


fracking" are calling it cronyism and it is true that Mr Jones was a


member of "Phrack three Wrexham". His forces sending officers to help


out in Lancashire Blackpool and he is saying how can they do that when


there are capacity issues at home and he is saying it is nothing to do


that. Many people will look at the fact he


was in anti-fracking campaigner, and they will question it. Are the


memories of what caused all the problems in 2008-9, are they


starting to wear off? The Bank of England is saying that they are


increasingly alarmed by the amount of money being borrowed on easy


terms. The Guardian says people are complacent about building up debt


but when you have a central bank that prints money, which is what


quantitative easing is, and keeps rates so low that you can't make


money if you are a saver and you can't make real returns in the


economic environment because interest rates are so low, how can


you say I am shocked to find out there is gambling going on in this


establishment. How can this have happened? It is a shocker. It is


interesting that it was maybe 25 years ago that Gordon gecko said


"Greed is good" in Wall Street, the famous film about Wall Street


operatives and it seems to be the motivation of a lot of people, the


greed or consumerism that is driving this huge consumer boom at the


moment, but the bank is warning there is a spiral of complacency


that could lead to another crash. That is quite alarmist to put it in


those terms but he is warning we could be going in that direction.


Interest rates are artificially low. It punishes savers and encourages


this kind of spending. It says it has helped the economy to grow.


Speaking of which is true in the short term. We are going to the


Telegraph and the rugby story. We have brilliant women's teams doing


so well at the moment in the football and the cricket and the


rugby women are the world champions and that they have all lost their


job. I can't understand, even if you think the right thing to do is end


of the contracts, they are moving their focus from full 15 rugby to


playing sevens, which is a fast-moving, exciting game and I


enjoy both films, they are both great forms of rugby, but who in


their right mind says, days at you win the World Cup, let's get rid of


our contracts for our victorious squad, shake the whole thing up and


make some of them effectively redundant? That is definitely the


Gerald Ratner School of ER. What interests me is that you are


personally to blame for this because a Labour MP saying it is a kick in


the teeth and to treat women like this, particularly in light of how


women working for the BBC got paid... So everything is to do with


BBC pay. With three guys talking about the papers! Moving swiftly on.


Men of a certain age. Maybe we could all go out for a pint because it


says here drinking to forget could be harder than you think, so I


brought this expert panel together, these expert drinkers who could tell


me whether that is true or not. We have a long time thought that you


would drink to plot their jaw memories, but a very interesting


study undertaken by the University of Exeter demonstrates that there is


a limited, and they want to underscore this, limited, positive


affect from drinking and that, actually, what you think of as the


well-established negative effects of drinking too much can be


counteracted by the ability to have recall. So if you are drinking to


forget, try something else. It has destroyed a lifetime of hope that I


would forget. And listening to blues music telling me to drink and all of


my woes will disappear, I'm just going to have to drink to forget


that music. A sharpener tonight. That is it for the papers, you


consider front pages of the paper online on the BBC News website, it


is all there for you, seven days a week. And if you missed the


programme, you can watch it later on BBC iPlayer. Thank you to Alex and


James, it has been a pleasure having you. Thanks for watching.


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