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Now on BBC News it's time for The Papers.


Hello and welcome to our look at this morning's papers.


With me are Caroline Crampton from the New Statesman


and the political commentator James Millar.


First, let's take a quick look at what's on the front pages.


The Sunday Telegraph has a photograph of Usain Bolt


and Justin Gatlin after their controversial 100 metres final,


The paper reports the the UK is prepared to pay up to ?36 billion


It says it's the first time a precise figure has been proposed.


The Independent on Sunday also focuses on Brexit


and a warning from scientists about the government's intention


The Observer concentrates on advice from the Children's Commissioner,


who's concerned that many kids are bingeing on social


The Mail on Sunday says it has found that around 40% of police stations


have been closed down in seven years.


The Sunday Times reports that British students


are being discriminated against by universities, in favour


The Sunday Mirror has a story we've been reporting on today,


the ordeal of a British model who was kidnapped in Milan.


And the Sunday Express chooses to feature Prince Harry


and his girlfriend, the actress Meghan Markle, as they arrive


Let's start with the Telegraph. The big picture of Usain Bolt. He lost


and only got a bronze. What does that say about the world of


athletics? It is a great picture because the winner has his back to


the camera which tells the story. No one cares about the winner because


he is a drugs cheat and he got booed when he won and all the rest of it.


But Bolt took the adulation of the crowd because he has been a great


athlete and I have to say, I'm quite pleased he lost. That might be


controversial. It proves he is human. If he finished and had never


been beaten, there will be questions as to how he has been so invincible.


I think it has humanised him a bit more. Controversy about the crowd


booing and jeering Gatlin. Some say people should just have been silent.


Fans will do what they want to do. Booing is an acceptable reaction,


just like cheering is when someone wins. It was interesting, the


interviews we saw with athletes afterwards how Usain Bolt, rather


than looking back at his or saying that he had been beaten by someone


who had been banned for being a drugs cheat, he just talked about


his performance. A lot of people also say that if you are dropped for


drugs cheating once and even twice, you should be banned for life.


Gatlin's win adds to that argument. You same bolt is retiring because he


is 30 and knocking on, but Justin Gatlin is 35. It does seem unusual,


to say the least. Let us move on to the main story in the Sunday


Telegraph, the EU Brexit divorce bill. There has been talk about how


much the divorce feel might be. 100 billion is the top and figure, but


now for the first time, according to the Sunday Telegraph, we have got a


figure. It is 40 billion euros, or ?36 billion. Does that sound about


right? Who can say? So many figures are floating around, but what is


clear is that we will pay so Boris Johnson's statement that the EU can


go whistle, we need not pay any attention to it. We will have to


make contributions to the EU after we have left in order to maintain


certain benefits and smooth the way to a transitional arrangement. What


is interesting is the sourcing for this story. This isn't one random


person saying this, there are three separate sources in Whitehall and


government. This is probably a fairly excepted fact in the Civil


Service in Whitehall and it's now a question of managing the media and


people's expectations. That is tricky because a lot of people who


voted for Brexit will say that we should not have to pay a penny. This


takes us back to the misinformation of the EU referendum campaign.


People who voted for Brexit and who believe in that side of the argument


were told that. It was wrong that they were told that, so it's


understandable they make that assumption. James, this is something


that has to be sorted out from the EU's point of view. If we are going


to have a new trade agreement, this has to be sorted out. This figure of


36 billion, I have a problem with that. I have have just been on


holiday and I think that 40 billion euros equals 40 billion quid! It


seems we will be paying for access to EU benefits, which will cost


about ?10 billion a year. The actual pay-out that we have to fork out for


our liability in terms of projects that are ongoing in Eastern Europe,


pensions, buildings, all this sort of literary bricks and mortar in


some cases, that they are saying will be 10 billion. I'm not sure the


EU will settle for just 10 billion. We know what the EU figure is, it is


60 billion. But this figure, is it the British offer, if you like and


it's not necessarily what the EU are going to settle for? It's a haggling


process. It is, and this is a low first appeared. I'm sure somewhere


deep in Whitehall is the upper bound of what they will go to. That will


be interesting. James, let's talk about children bingeing on social


media. The children za is warning of kids being on the tablets and


smartphones all the time. It's like junk food. It is a good Sunday story


because all parents are concerned that the children are on screen is


too much. But parents have been worried about that since the dawn of


television to some extent. It is interesting because kids don't watch


television any more. They do watch YouTube as social media. That's just


the way it is, things have changed. There is a lot of talk about


comparing it to junk food. I am sure parents will be screaming at the


television right now. Stop them bingeing on social media, but how do


you do it? The children Tsar doesn't seem to have any ideas of how to do


this. Adults of a problem with this as well. Speaking for myself, none


of us seem to be able to do much about it. The stories light on


evidence that it is bad for kids. I know there is a feeling that should


be out climbing trees rather than watching YouTube, but there is a lot


of good stuff on the Internet. There was a balance to be struck. I


suppose one of the things is that they don't read books as much as


they used to? The summer Reading challenge comes around every year


and they are encouraged to go to the library. It doesn't have to be an


either or. Speaking of education, the Sunday Times said that


universities are taking foreign students ahead of British students.


Is that true? That's what the story is suggesting. It's a good story for


the moment because we have a level results coming up next week and the


obligatory picture of some happy students hugging each other. Female


students. Of course. This is less a story about students are more about


universities in the way they are funded because what lies behind this


is not that universities wish to betray sixth formers, but just that


non-EU international students bring in higher fees. Universities have


had the government grants cut progressively and have to make up


the shortfall somehow. With Brexit coming along, EU students, there is


a lot of uncertainty about how many will be admitted, so this kind of


makes sense. The suggestion is they can get into British universities


with lower academic requirements. Nothing like with the A-levels,


where you need two az and a B. Yes, they have these access courses that


are being run by two or three big companies that they say will


guarantee you a place at university, but you do have to passed the course


to get in. It does play into that fear, especially if you have kids


who have taken A-levels. Will they be beaten to the line? They are


using figures in an interesting way. For an example, Manchester


University, British graduates have declined by 10%. In terms of bold


numbers, those figures will be different because there will be 10%


of a huge bigger number of British undergraduates and 50% of a smaller


number. The journalist dudes pose as an international student and he was


told that he would be guaranteed a place. I think we are getting ahead


of ourselves. I think that was just one incident. All right, let us have


a look at the mail on Sunday. Criminal - 40% of police stations


shut down. We think about fuh bobbies on the beat, on the street


maybe, but this is about police stations. -- fuh bobbies. The


figures on this one are quite controversial. There has been a lot


of discussion after the recent terrorist attacks. I think the Daily


Mail has gone with this because he was the Home Secretary in 2010? I


think it is a coded attack against the Prime Minister. Good analysis.


And, of course, Amber Rudd is the current Home Secretary and is being


talked up as the next leader of the Conservative Party. Is it a bit like


high street banks? Some people might argue that you don't need as many


police stations physically as had we had in the past? What was the last


time any of us and she went to a police station? I used to go as a


cop reporter, but I haven't been for a very long time, but there is


something about closing police stations. It makes you think that


it's a bit dodgy. There seems to be only one police station in


Northumbria that you can walk into. What people would want to know is


because this is a worry headline, is that OK, police stations are being


cut, but our police response times good? If I call 999 the nonemergency


number, will someone still come and help quickly as possible? If the


response times are good, maybe people won't mind that there aren't


as many police stations. The last story, Prince Harry sweeping Megan


off to Botswana. A lot of papers are wondering whether he will propose.


Probably not! As I have learned from the mail on Sunday, they have


previous coverage of when Prince Harry took his former girlfriend


Chelsea to Africa with the same headline. Does the new statesman


have a view on this? People going on holiday, but them. Are you


fascinated by Megan and Harry? I can't say I am, to be honest? There


has been so much bad news and whatever you think of royal


weddings, they are big news to most people in the country, but actually


a royal wedding to look forward to is perhaps what the country needs to


look forward to to bring it together after all the Brexit staff. So you


are calling for a royal wedding? That or an England World Cup win. I


think the royal wedding is more likely!


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


Coming up on BBC One after this programme is Sunday Morning Live.


With the details, we say good morning to Sean Fletcher.


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