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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.