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


With me are Martin Bentham, Home Affairs Editor


for the London Evening Standard, and Rowena Mason, Deputy political


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...


The Daily Telegraph reports on calls for courts to treat Asian gangs


who groom white teenage girls as racially aggravated criminals.


It follows the conviction of 18 people in Newcastle yesterday.


The Independent has a photograph released by the North Korean regime


Its story is about the standard of rented homes - it says millions


of people are living in homes that contain serious safety hazards.


The Independent has a photograph released by the North Korean regime


appearing to show thousands of people rallying in


The Daily Mail focuses on the contaminated eggs scandal,


saying supermarkets are 'scrambling' to clear the shelves of products


The Times reports that the scandal is likely to be far bigger than has


been reported. The Metro has the same story,


and the Food Standards Agency's estimation that 700,000 of the Dutch


eggs were imported. The Guardian says that people living


on estate in South London say they will have to leave because the


buildings have been at risk of collapse for decades.


Let's start with Donald Trump. Does not feature as much as you might


expect. Trump's new threat to North Korea. We will see the daily


Mirror's look later. He is saying that the rhetoric may be has not


been strong enough. But in the same statement, says we cannot rule out


negotiations. We're not sure which direction he is heading. They have


been all the threats flying between North Korea and the United States


and it is hard to see how Donald Trump could wrap it up further


having said he wanted to bring down fire and theory on North Korea. He


said today that wasn't even scary enough. So it is really quite


astonishing. We were discussing earlier that it is not featured very


heavily on the front pages, maybe it says something about how people view


the credibility of the threats materialising into some action.


Apart from the Mirror, they have a story saying that the US would quite


like the UK to help them spy on Kim's nuclear bases. It says they


could be involved but what would be the risk involves two RAF planes?


Not very much, they are unlikely to be shot down. Whether it happens or


not I don't know, the bigger risk is the nuclear Armageddon that might


break out. There is not much risk to our planes, probably. But as Rowena


says, it is interesting that you have footage of people in why, some


quite relaxed about it, saying they have heard all about it. People hear


my filly bit more nervous if we were in the firing line. The interesting


thing about this was that trump's rhetoric is quite bellicose and Al


Gore was making the point on Radio 4 that it is not trump being a


hothead, this is a problem that other illustrations in the past have


allowed to develop and therefore it is a big problem that is going to


have to be confronted. And whether this method of his girls put


pressure on China to exert some influence on North Korea and achieve


something, it has achieved something through the sanctions of the UN


Security Council, maybe all these hot words will lead to something


actually being achieved. On the other hand, there is the massive


danger that people could talk themselves into something abysmal.


And North Korea's response is that if all think about putting its


military plan into action and firing a missile very near to Guam.


Far more newspapers on the egg story. The Daily Mail... The Food


Standards Agency saying that 21,000 eggs were affected and it turned out


to be 700,000! There is a question about not least in the Belgian and


the Netherlands where they knew about this and the warnings were not


passed on, and we are discovering this because they have arrived on


our shelves in greater numbers and without thought. It is hard to get


too worked up about it given that there doesn't seem to be much health


risk according to the Food Standards Agency. Fortunately, it is something


not very desirable, but probably with no negative consequences to


people eating it. I think part of it, why it is interesting, is that


although this pesticide not supposed to pose a health to human health,


there's an element creeping in about a cover-up which is why people are


suspicious. The numbers went up from 21,000 to 700,000, they think, and


people might have been eating these eggs for quite a few months. So


people may be beginning to doubt whether it is more harmful than the


Food Standards Agency has been making out? Goes back to other


controversies like Bobo horse meat, this issue of the food chain, --


like the horse meat scandal, the issue of the food chain, how many


countries is food going through before it reaches our shelves. Do we


trust people providing our food and the people monitoring?


The Times, modern slavery widespread in the UK. The tip of the iceberg


that we have established. The National Crime Agency saying that


every large towns and cities probably -- has people involved in


this kind of slavery whether it is in agriculture or domestic labour.


It is a really shocking story and modern slavery has been a huge focus


of Theresa May which she was in the Home Office and tried to carry on


when she was in Number Ten but the interesting element of the story is


that prosecutions of slavery and trafficking fell last year from 129


to 96. It is obviously taking some time for all these new measures that


Theresa May brought in to clamp down on modern slavery to come through


and work. To be fair to the National Crime Agency, they made the point


that rather like terrorism, people are not necessarily charged under


terrorism offences, they are charged... Well, not normal, but


non-terrorist related offences. These may have been charged with


rape or drugs or money-laundering offences. So they may not reflect


the full picture. What is true, is that the anti-slavery Commissioner


raised concerns that the anti-fashion -- the National Crime


Agency and not been acting on information received and more


broadly, they were saying today that they were shocked by the scale of it


so it seems as if there has been a slight slowness to get on top of it.


Now people are getting aware of it and realising the scale.


Rowena, tell us about this Guardian story, fresh concerns over safety of


tower blocks. Another shocking story by Peter Walker. It is about some


tower blocks in south London where hundreds of people have been told to


leave their homes because there is a different risk to the tower blocks,


not the fire risk that had such tragic consequences in brimful


tower, it is to do with gas safety and they have been told that they


have to switch off all kinds of gas appliances and potentially move out.


Decamp, is the word they use, decamp for several weeks or days in which


is a strange word to have to use to them. This is in Southwark Council's


territory. It says that these blocks, and may apply elsewhere,


after the disaster many years ago, southern tower blocks were built


with these big slabs of concrete bolted together on site and for some


reason, which I can understand what it is, the commendation of those


concrete slabs and gas, if there's an explosion in one flat, what must


happen is that the concrete slab breaks and it causes the whole thing


to collapse. It is saying that these tower blocks were meant to have been


reinforced, the Council for they had been reinforced, but it turns out


they have never been reinforced. These residents have been living in


these blocks which could come down like a pack of cards if there was a


gas explosion. And it might affect other tower blocks so it comes back


to the issue about the checks that are done on tower blocks and safety


and so on and the chain of command in this whole area. And the fact


that it takes a terrible tragedy like Grenfell Tower for people to be


checking about this kind of risk. Let's look at the FT. Tiny story


here. France urges fairer taxation of US tax. Martin, you spotted this,


what is it about? -- US technical companies. The French and the German


companies have put some proposals to the next European Council meeting in


Finland next month and they are complaining that the French economy


minister has said that as B, which is France's second -- which has


France as the biggest market has paid something like ?99 in France in


the past year and they are not paying any tax on the millions they


are making. It is familiar from Google and so on. These


multinational corporations which are operating across, making huge


amounts of money, and not paying tax in the countries they are based on.


This is a European attempt to find some way of ensuring that what our


fair taxes are paid by these companies. In the European Union,


there might be a fair chance of getting them to pay within the


European Union but it's probably requires an international effort and


not all countries will feel so inclined.


That is what politicians have been banging their heads against for a


long time. You have these international summits and there have


always been low tax jurisdictions and it has always been difficult for


the companies that want to do something about it to act


unilaterally but it seems like France is having a good go at it.


Let's finish with the Daily Telegraph. When you are drinking


that chilled diet drink and feeling virtuous because you gave up the


full sugar variety, we have got bad news. Diet drinks could make you put


on weight. What is the science behind this? Apparently, if you have


a diet drink, the body normally associate sweetness with lots of


calories and burn them off, or tried to burn some of them. And if the


diet drink doesn't ... With the diet drinks, it doesn't get the message,


there is a mismatch between the sweetness of the drinks and the


banning of calories, so it makes you fat and is pointless. Very alarming


for people who drink a lot of diet fizzy drinks. But I suppose there


are other reasons that you might drink the strings, for your teeth.


The bubbles are very good. Drink water. The reward circuits


don't register the right sort of makes between sweet and calories.


They don't taste so good anyway, so you might as well the full fat


version! That it fully papers for tonight.


You can see all the front pages on BBC's website. If you missed the


programme, any evening you can watch it later on the BBC iPlayer. Rowena


and Martin, lovely to see you both. Coming up next, the weather.