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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the front pages will be


With me are two political commentators and former


Downing Street advisers, Lance Price and Giles Kenningham.


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with the Daily Mail, which leads


with accusations that the National trust is exploiting the rights of


their volunteers by making them where gay pride badges. The Daily


Express was that millions of holidaymakers heading to Europe


-based big delays due to passport checks. The Telegraph headlines


claims from the Prime Minister format a Nick Timothy who says the


Conservatives lost their majority because the party abandoned Theresa


May's promise of change. The Guardian carries an interview with


one of the medical team who treated Charlie Gard, who blames politicians


and religious leaders with interfering in his case. The sun had


lined Prince Harry's visit to Africa with his partner where they will


celebrate her 36th birthday. And the Times headlines Mo Farah's triumph


in the 10,000 metres, it also warns of threats to holidaymakers


travelling to Spain where anarchists accused the travel industry of


destroying Barcelona and the Balearic Islands.


Let's begin the paper review, what shall we start with, Mo Farah? It's


kind of the big story of the night. I don't know if you saw the race but


it was really close in the end but it was pretty emotional stuff out


there and the crowd loved it. Sealing his place in history as


probably the greatest British athlete ever. Remarkable, retiring


on a high, which very people don't like few people do, fantastic, a


real feelgood factor for British sport at the moment -- which very


few people do. He hasn't been beaten in a global competition since 2011.


A fantastic record and I don't want to tell tales out of school, I come


into this newsroom quite a bit and I've never heard the news room break


out in applause very often but he did when he finished. It looked a


bit close towards the end. At one point he was being jostled. He


looked tired at one point. This is by viewers from when he won the gold


at the Olympics in 2012 -- five years. Phenomenal to stay on top for


that long. He's trying to do the double, the 5000 metres as well,


that may have taken it out of him a bit, brilliant to see him with his


little son on his shoulder who had been asleep two minutes earlier and


he was woken up and put on his shoulder with his crowd shouting at


him. Let's do a bit of politics given we have the two of you here.


This is Nick Timothy, who until recently was working with Theresa


May as one of the... He was the co- Chief of Staff. Giles, did you ever


worked with him? A bit, not massively. This is his first


so-called kiss and tell in a political sense except for it isn't


that amazing, there's no real bombshell in here whatsoever as far


as I can see, it seems pretty anodyne. The top lines out of this


are he says reports that Philip Hammond was going to get the bullet


are wide of the mark. That Theresa May will still walk away from Brexit


without a deal and the so-called dementia tax, which many people


claim cost of the Tories the election, was still the right thing


to do. So far and we've only got the front page here is that it doesn't


seem like he is trying to settle any old scores, but we haven't seen the


inside pages, now he's got a regular column in the Telegraph so perhaps


there's more to come. But based on this front page there is nothing


really we didn't know. Do you agree the Tories did well because they


abandoned Mrs May's message of change? I don't agree with that and


that is a curious conclusion for Nick Timothy, it's they abandoned


change but it was the wrong kind of change. They were proposing change


in a way that concerned the way social care was paid for in the


dementia tax, free school lunches for kids, proposing change to the


triple lock on pensions, they were proposing changes but people didn't


like the changes proposed. I think what he fails to face up to is the


fact the Conservatives went into that election convinced they were


going to win, taking the public for granted, it was the election nobody


needed, apart from Mrs May wanting to increase her majority and she


took the country for granted and the election for granted. What might be


interesting is so far we don't know what Theresa May stands for. She


hasn't defined herself, she didn't define herself at the start and


maybe some of these columns might shed some light on it but so far she


hasn't got a defining ideology. The only thing that will define her is


the election and Brexit. Waiting for Fiona Hill's version of events? I


suppose out of the two she has taken a lot more stick, the press has been


unrepentantly hostile towards her and I suppose the next big


flashpoint in this will be the two books on the election that come out


on the Yvonne conference, that will be incredibly problematic for


Theresa May. It's becoming an annual thing, the book just beforehand.


We've done this every night this week. You have come in from France.


I flew in from the south of France yesterday and I went through


passport control at Marseille airport faster than ever before. May


be the guy doing the passport checks has been watching the news channel


online and had seen what was going on. But they barely looked at my


passport on the way through. You look like a nice guy! Doesn't mean I


wasn't delayed by three hours but that was easyJet and their planes


breaking down. Who wouldn't want to be anywhere in southern Europe at


the moment? -- who would. If it isn't the delay is coming back it is


the threat of... That's the next story. Anarchists. I am going to


Spain next week. Good luck. Not looking good, is it? It will be so


hot I can't go out during the day and I could be stuck at the airport


and then anarchists protesting about what? Accusing you of wrecking the


island and saying tourists are destroying the pearler garlands and


Barcelona and Majorca. This coincides with one of the busiest


weeks when people go away so it adds to the chaos -- Bowie Eric Islands.


I think there's an element... I had a friend in one of those queues on


the front page of the papers and he said it cleared within five minutes


but at the moment they were bad -- that moment. There are a number of


issues here. Good luck. A bit more politics now. The Irish Prime


Minister coming up with a suggestion about what should happen because of


the Irish border, which is a problem both sides have said is a priority,


but there haven't been many concrete ideas coming up about what they do


about it. He is suggesting the answer is for Britain to stay in the


customs union or have a bespoke customs union. It underlines the


difficulties facing Theresa May, she has 27 other countries to deal with


in these negotiations. It's not unreasonable to say they wasted the


first year not doing that much, they were unremittingly hostile towards


business and now they are bringing them back into the tent and they are


paying the price and now it's a race against the clock. They are going to


get these negotiations done by March, 2018, but that would be


unprecedented. The EU Canada deal took seven years and it hasn't yet


come into force so we are living in cloud cuckoo land -- cloud cuckoo


land if we think it will be done and dusted in a year and a half. There


will be a transition period where nothing much changes, will that


happen? Certainly because there won't be the answer is in place for


so many of the complex problems. What they were saying was there's


frustration in Europe that people feel because so much time has been


wasted. This has been a difficult problem, the only land border


between Britain and the European Union, but it's not in tactical --


intractable and after 14 months they have said they are still unable to


come up with the he is suggesting he does. This is a story that has been


rumbling on, mutiny at the National Trust. Volunteers have accused the


national Trust of trampling on their rights by making them were badges.


They have been told they have to wear them to mark 50 years since the


decriminalisation of homosexuality. It seems bizarre you are told what


to wear? The National Trust I think is the biggest membership


organisation in the country, it has five millionplus members. It seems a


bit strange they are being forced to wear these badges. The majority of


people are 40 quality. But it seems like a strange row to kick off. I


can't quite know what to make of it all. The Mail and the Telegraph has


this story this morning, they are trying to make it a thing about gay


rights. It's almost a thing about the rights or the obligation of


employers to say to their staff what they can and can't wear when they're


doing their job and whether it would be supporting comic relief or


wearing a poppy on Remembrance Day. I agree, I hate being told what I


have to wear and I would much rather, much as I support pride and


all the rest of it, I would much rather the people at National Trust


properties were wearing the rainbow flag because they wanted to rather


than because they were told. A couple of Brexit stories, they are


everywhere, this is in the Daily Express. The fury at Michael Gove's


sell-out of the EU fishing, there is uncertainty about fishing, they are


concerned they might be used as a bargaining chip in all of this.


Bargaining fish and chip! Very good! . I should work for the tabloids.


You should work for the Sun! Do you think this will happen? It adds to


the whole sense of uncertainty and chaos. During the referendum debate


goes said we will take back control of our waters, now he is saying EU


countries can go into our waters -- both. To me it's not just about


policies, it's about the overall impression this gives of what's


going on at the moment and it feels like we are in a state of flux and


chaos and there's no real sense of certainty about what's going to


happen. What does it mean to say take back control? Michael Gove


seems to be saying it wasn't OK for European fishermen to be in our


waters because the EU says it's OK for them to be there but it is OK if


we say it. All take back control means is the same things carry on


happening but it is us that says it's all right rather than in


agreement with our European partners. The same thing I think


will happen on migration. I'm sure David Davis will say it's all under


control. These things will be negotiated in the coming months.


Let's look at the Daily Mail with our last couple of minutes, playing


with people's lives, a review into betting machines, which is being


abandoned because the Treasury are worried about the tax they won't get


in because of it but this is a problem for people addicted to


gambling. These are described as the crack cocaine of gambling. There's


been a huge campaign to stop them being in betting shops. It looks


like the government have done a U-turn or have taken the side of


betting shops. They contribute ?400 million to the extractor every year


and they feel they can't do without that cash. But it is a massive


source of contention. The Labour Party have taken it up as a big


issue, saying that we are going to get on top of gambling and we have


to crack down on it. The line is gamblers can waste ?100 every 20


seconds on this machine so it's alarming. The death of foreign


languages as schools drop French and German, did you do French and


German? I did and all my worst grades were in languages. I still


thought they were worth doing. One of the reasons some kids don't want


to do them is they say it is harder to be sure of getting a good grade


in French and German than in some of the sciences and maths and other


things and kids are now being driven to get the result to get into


university and to be focused on how they can use their education in


their employment future. Things like French and German are simply losing


out. That's it. Don't forget you can see the front pages of the papers


online on the BBC News website and you can see us again on the iPlayer.


Thanks to Lance and Giles. Now a little later than usual, it is time


for Newsnight. COMMENTATOR: He's a one-man world


superpower, victory for Mo Farah!


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