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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.