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


With me are the Defence and Security Editor for the Daily Mail,


Larisa Brown and Jim Waterson, Political editor at Buzzfeed UK.


Returning to us. Let's have a look at some of tomorrow's front pages.


The Metro leads with Spanish police shooting dead the main suspect


One of the stories on the front page of


the Financial Times is the solar eclipse seen by millions


The Telegraph says families could get discounts


on their supermarket shopping if they hit weekly exercise "step


The Express leads on the news that doctors involved in arthritis


research are launching a nationwide campaign to highlight the impact,


the disease has on the estimated 10 million across Britain.


The I carries a picture of today's eclipse,


which it calls the most watched in human history


And the Daily Mail says high street banks are shutting more than ten


branches a week in a wave of closures. The Guardian covers the


England woman striker who has accused the national team manager of


discrimination. He has been cleared of any wrongdoing. And the Times


reports on research that people with long-term gum disease are 70% more


likely to develop dementia. Let's begin with our guests. Jim,


can you start, it's the eclipse. It is going to be the picture on many


front pages. We like the times with lots of different images. With a


story like this it's always the battle of the art editors! I think


the Times is the winner with the nice sequence of it passing over the


moon in front of the sun. That is the right way round, isn't it! Yes


it is. It's just one of those striking images.


I think we'll have to wait about 90 years for the next one! And remember


the last one, I was just a child. I remember I was standing on a


hillside. In America, especially the midwest, we were talking to people


as they watched it this evening and it was a beautiful, clear sunny day


then, and then the temperature drops and everything goes black. Strikes a


chord. It makes an emotional. Many people we spoke to were very


emotional. Some of my favourite coverage is the town that won the


cosmic lottery, Nasa said they would have the best coverage, ten years


ago, so thousands of people have been flocking there. It was


wonderful. One woman was interviewed, it is a cafe, it used


to be a brothel but they'd had stood on it into a cafe to accommodate all


the visitors! Changing human behaviour! Very positive. Your


newspaper, let's go to them, a couple that we recognise, Donald and


Melania Trump. I like the headline. It is even more orange than me! Ace


this is a brilliant picture, because moments before, he looked at the


solar eclipse about his glasses. The one thing you never to do. I think


it was a worry that he might damage is A side. He is clearly fine and


has gone on to make his prime-time address tonight -- he might damage


his eyesight. He took his glasses off long enough to wave at the


crowd. He is of course a politician of sorts. Let's stay with the Daily


Mail. That front-page main story, banks abandon the high Street. Jim,


perhaps you would take us through what this has found. This is about


how four years banks pledged to customers that they would not close


branches, they would be your local friend, your community, the last


bank in your small market town and now they are closing on Mars,


because people are doing so much online banking that it is


decimating, more than decimating, the footfall in the high street


banks. Their arguments are that we can save money if we close them. If


you can imagine the Daily Mail reader in a small town, I need this


community, I need my bank open, I have elderly relatives who don't use


online banking. And you sometimes need to go to your bank. I went


there to ask about money from abroad. You cannot always assume


everything is on the Internet. This is an important story because a lot


of elderly people will be extremely worried by this. For some people,


elderly people don't always know how to do online banking and it is a day


out for them, so if you have about ten miles away... Post offices were


supposed to be the centre of the community and they have been closing


like mad. I think your newspaper mentions small businesses. People


need to pay in money. A lot of people do things in cash. There were


concerns that it would affect the high street, people do that so they


can go to the bank, if there is no bank fewer people will go to local


shops on the main shopping streets. I can't believe I'm taking the side


of the banks, I'd probably go to the physical bank once or twice a year,


someone still insists on paying you with a paper check... I write


checks, Jim. Jon Daly I haven't had one in ten years. I tried to give


one to one of my sons the other day and he sneered. I go to banks quite


frequently and I think it is a great shame. Tale to be discussed. Let's


go to the times. Back to the times, I should say. The headline is US


demands Afghan troop boost. I got the impression that we were either


out of Afghanistan or desperate to be out of Afghanistan. A lot of


people assume that but we have 500 troops still in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Donald Trump tonight will do his hugely anticipated prime-time


address about Afghanistan and the new American plan to defeat the


Taliban and Islamic State in the country. The Times reports that he's


going to provide another few thousand troops to boost the troops


there, they also have an exclusive saying that America will put


pressure on Britain to send more troops. We've already said we will


send an extra 100 in the next few months. Forgive me, but sense


neither here nor there. Not like the 10,000 that the Americans will have.


It seems quite a small number. Although we don't know how many the


Americans want us to sand. They could ask for many more. Three years


ago, we were told that the war in Afghanistan was sort of, we were


winning and the Taliban were on the back foot, and fast forward to


today, and you've got 80% of Helmand province has now been taken back by


the Taliban and you also have Islamic State fighters in the


country that have been pushed out of Iraq. Is this a classic thing of


America getting into a quagmire? A lesson from history, nobody has gone


into Afghanistan and come out of it well. The thing about Trump is that


he ran on a campaign policy of bringing the troops home and


stripping overseas battles, and after saying again and again


explicitly that he would take troops out of Afghanistan, six months in,


he's about to sign of all these extra and going over. As regards UK


politics, can Theresa May seem to be jumping to Donald Trump's whim on


sending troops abroad. It would not be a popular move to send more


troops to Afghanistan, as far as I can see, and it will be hard to say


that if the Trump presidency is what is demanding the back-up that makes


it an even harder sell. Talking about going back on things that he


said before the election, you wonder where this is coming from. James


Mattis is the US Defence Secretary. A tough guy in a military sense...


Go on,. A few months ago James Mattis admitted that the war was


failing and Afghanistan, quite frank comments and I think people have


realised that there must be any strategy, so this is Trump taking


advice from his generals. James Mattis winning the battle, one might


say. The next stories interesting, but in wondering if it could plug


capability gaps, although we are understood to be reluctant to send


more troops. Sounds like we would the bare minimum, help with bases in


the region, sent their cargo planes, with the unpopularity of Trump in


the UK I can't see anything involving Britain pushing into an


American led war to be a good look at the moment, even for a Tory


government. And there's talk of Trump saying to Afghanistan, stop


harbouring jihadists. Barack Obama made those comments clear in 2009


when he did his last prime-time address in Afghanistan so it is


rehashing an old argument although quite an important one. Indeed. Now


to the Daily Telegraph. Larisa, would you get us off on this story.


Keep fit to get money off your weekly shopping! It's brilliant.


This phenomenon at the moment of people wearing the Fitbit and some


supermarkets say they could get discounts on their weekly shopping


if they meet the step targets. Would you like me to explain a step


target? Could you explain Fitbits? Gadget on your wrist which documents


how many steps you take each day. A lot of people wearing it because


they go out and about and they tried to certain target. Are thousands and


thousands of steps. And young people like to compete with each other and


say, I have done more steps than you today. If you had a certain limit of


steps each day, you could be rewarded and this NHS scheme, free


cinema tickets for example, if you get 12,500 steps three days a week.


This is a new radical NHS policy designed to tackle obesity!


Seuk-hyun Baek I am afraid I'm being cynical. We always come up with


these ideas. -- and being cynical. We always come up with his ideas.


Sadly the extent to the NHS can influence human behaviour and


convince people, rather than doing 12,000 steps to get a ticket, just


spend money to go and watch a film and sit down rather than doing some


exercise! I have my doubts as to whether the NHS can design towns


where this can happen. As a developer is building a new


development they will have things built in. This is a reference to the


government 's idea of encouraging healthy living. It's tagging onto


this idea of building new towns which will not be full of unhealthy


slobs, miraculously, if you offer incentives, there might be a way to


convince people to take part in healthy living programmes. Who is


paying for this. Cinema are not charities. We'll NHS England have a


huge budget to do this? I thought they were short of money. They are


short of money. I imagine it's a tie-up with a private company that


wants publicity. The key thing is the extent to which the can


influence people. I imagine a lot of people would like free cinema


tickets and discounts from the supermarket. The other interesting


thing is, if they could convince people to stay healthy and in later


life, savings would be enormous. If you could get all those people...


That I fear that the people already minded to exercise will take part in


these programmes and the people you need to target would stay in, on the


server. My dad has a Fitbit, I bought one for Christmas, normally


he wouldn't go out walking and I think he will love this. He wears it


every and tells us are many steps is done and I think this is the kind of


thing which will get him out more. Let's go to the Financial Times,


Jim. I think you take an interest in a subject like this. North - south


divide of rail and road spending must end, is a business chiefs.


Project after project of northern transportation sidelined, and


invested in, not getting enough money, it still cost a bomb to get


from York to Manchester and it takes an hour and a half and yet you can


get across London from about ?8 relying on trains. Disproportionate


spending. Having grown up in the North of England and now living in


London the quality of transport here is so much better and more


affordable and when you a small two carriage train rattling across


between major cities in the north and there is one every hour whenever


I go on the reporting trip that there you realise how unfair it is.


You are a North Yorkshire lad. Fitbit, you are from Preston. I


disagree. We spoke about this earlier, smack Larisa, you are from


Preston. You are always on time and you can get a seat, whereas


commuting to work in London is terrible. Is that not the point,


there is a great publishing on the move, whether on the roads in the


south, although roads seem crowded everywhere to me these days yet the


trains are crowded and that is we've got to spend your money. I'm in


favour of Crossrail in London because you have to support growth


in London. Let's talk about it. The day after the Transport Secretary


Chris Grayling accidentally let slip that Leeds - Manchester might not be


electrified, the following day he announced he was backing Crossrail


which could cost tens of billions of pounds. When you are sitting there,


I know some journeys in the north are lovely but if you are commuting


to Manchester so often it's disgusting and overcrowded. You'll


be very annoyed that the money is again going to the capital. Larisa,


the Bake-Off is back, although it's on Channel 4 and here's a picture on


the front of the Guardian, Prue Leith, Noel Fielding, Millie Berry,


although there is a bit of a problem, Prue Leith has spoken about


the ad break stash Mary Berry. She says that if people don't want the


ad breaks they can watch the show later and skip the adverts. Which


given that Channel 4 has paid tens of millions of pounds to get the


show from the BBC and ensure they are delighted with that! The chief


executive, J Hunt, says, we are a commercial broadcaster and we do


need to pay the shows like Bake-Off. That sounds like a gritted teeth


remark. All publicity is good publicity. Indeed.


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