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


With me are Susie Boniface, columnist with the Daily Mirror and


the Public Affairs Consultant Alex Deane.


The Financial Times, which leads with Donald Trump's


tax reform plans - saying that the President is hungry


The Mail reports on plans to prioritise vulnerable people


who have been victims of crime - claiming that people who speak good


The Times claims that private schools are encouraging pupils


to learn a trade rather than go to University.


The Mirror leads with a weight loss story -


Loose Women presenter Lisa Riley has had loose skin removed


The I features a story on queues at airports -


both for British citizens and foreign tourists.


The Express warn their readers that a heatwave is on the way


The Telegraph say that Buckingham Palace is in lockdown tonight after


a knife attack on police officers on the model.


Donald Trump, front page of the Financial Times eyeing an ambitious


tax reform agenda. This is a man, not much of what he promised has yet


come to past. He wants to get on the front foot and tax reform is the


issue which has been number one on the agenda for the Republicans.


Personal tax, income tax as well. It is the big challenge for this


President moving beyond declaration to actually deeds and changing


things. That is why as the Financial Times identifies, he is going to


come into difficulties that the arguments he has been having with


his own party, with the Speaker of the house, Paul Ryan and the Senate


majority leader Mitch O'Connell because he will need their help in


delivering tax reform and to state the obvious given what has happened


in this country, we have lowered corporation tax and our corporations


pay more tax than ever. We have lowered our higher rate of income


tax. It is that kind of basic reform that Donald Trump wants to deliver


in the United States. He is having the wrong kind of argument about


whether debt ceiling is and whether it has to go up yet again. No easy


thing with the Senate and the house poised as they are for real tax


cuts. This would be job's first real reform and he is not helping himself


at the arguments he has against his own side. The Financial Times is


right, he is making his own life more difficult. The reason that he


is hungry for a legislative win is because all he has had its losses.


Tax reform was one of the big planks he campaigned for, it is also


something which his businesses that he has not divorced himself from


entirely stand to gain from quite a lot. His own children will probably


gain hundreds of millions if not billions from suggested reforms of


the inheritance tax that they have in the US, which is one of the


things he wants to put forward and Alex has referred to, he is having


big arguments with Paul Ryan, the leader of the Republicans in


Congress and also with the Senate leader Mitch O'Connell and if he


wants to get tax reform through the house, he needs their help to do it.


If he is going to do this and try and push, one of these big cells he


made to the American people through, he has to do it before he upsets


them any more than he already has. Time is of the essence. What is the


argument against these? I take your point about raising revenues, not


everyone agrees, but still, where does Trump get the opposition? It is


contentious because there are some who think we ought to make the


wealthy pay their share and becomes an ideological point, almost I do


not care what your statistics say, I know we should have a higher rate of


tax to make people pay more. You almost do not care whether it


delivers more money, it is to be able to say that you are taxing the


wealthy more. Inheritance tax is a special point in that many people,


even those who never realistically Payette,


resented, because they aspire to have the kind of estates where they


would pass something onto the children. It is taxing you on


something you have already been taxed on. It is taxing you when you


try to hand something onto your children, it is a tax on love. It is


a tax that redistributes through society. It attempts to. The


American system is slightly different to ours. When someone has


a huge amount of wealth, like Donald Trump, he has billions of dollars


worth of tax and property, it gets taxed at such a rate that it gets


broken up and get spread around. Donald Trump inherited a lot of


money from his father. Probably more than he has ever made. You get taxed


on everything in life, taxing your new death seems pretty cheap. Let us


move to this side of the Atlantic. The Times main story. Top schools


push bubbles away from university. The privately educated advice to


learn trades. Not what you expect. The Times is trying to say that posh


pupils are doing the tags and they have been doing vocational courses


and they're going to be plumbers. Because degrees are so overrated and


cost too much. There are several points in the story that are


fascinating. The first is that what has happened is that this has


happened in independent schools since tuition fees came in and


because the eventual lifetime cost of repairing some of those fees for


people who are going to be doing well will be more than ?100,000 over


your lifetime and people are starting to think, do a need to get


a degree? Am I going to be a lawyer or a teacher or something or am I


going to be working on my father's large country estate 's work I need


to know about animal husbandry? They're stopping to ask themselves a


question because of the costs involved and I'm sure this is


something that pupils at normal state schools are doing in far


greater numbers. The other thing that is interesting is of the 452


independent schools who have submitted how many pupils are


getting the text and A-levels, only 700 -- 603 of them took the text.


603 pupils in the schools is a tiny proportion, and across the country,


376,000 state school pupils are taking BTECs. There may be a bit of


a trend, but it is not swamping us... The numbers are relatively


small but there is a trend in that direction and I for one welcome it.


For some time in our country we had a perverse belief in arbitrary


numbers and saying, 50%, as the then Labour government said, should go to


university. There are problems at both ends of the spectrum, I went to


a normal state school and a university, by no means the


cleverest person at my school, some people did not have the aspiration


to go who probably should have. We do have in our country and British


people have it worse than many other countries, in Germany if you are an


engineer, but the something of great pride but in this country, we treat


those sorts of skills as slightly below the salt. We encourage people


to pursue university degrees who frankly should never go. In a lot of


Europe, it will go to university for longer. That is the strange thing.


Long education. I did not go to university, didn't do me any harm.


Before we leave the subject, you would have thought the sort of


people who can afford to send their children to posh schools would not


worry too much about universities. The reason that those families have


perhaps more money to dispose of it is because they are more careful. It


is not just about affording the fees, it is about whether going is


the best thing to do for you and your future and for many young


people, doing a BTEC and going the vocational route is better for you.


Let's move on. EU warns Britain against playing the Northern Ireland


card and Brexit talks. Please, just quickly, new viewers here and tell


us about this. Interesting story from the Financial Times, the


European Union is saying do not think you can claim that your


special relationship with Ireland means you can somehow circumvent


normal relations with the EU in the course of negotiations. The EU's


point is that you have decided to leave, knowing full well you have


this land border EU country, you have to play by the rules and


understand that are going to not do this as an extraordinary situation


with the norms are circumvented because you have a special


relationship with Ireland. The United Kingdom's prospective is


first of all, the most vital thing is to ensure that we do not really


stymie activity and cross-border trade on the island of Ireland and


that we are able to ensure that the peace process continues. I think


those things do add up to a special circumstance and I think that not


only is that the position of the UK, I think it will also be Ireland's


position as well. I understand that the EU is saying to the UK, do not


think you can use the Northern Ireland situation as a bargaining


chip to undermine normal processes, as reality bites and we go further


down the track, I think it will come about, whether or not they think it


is right. Yet another complexity in this Brexit business. In shorthand,


the EU is accusing the UK of using the Northern Ireland situation as


emotional blackmail, to get us the kind of Brexit, the EU will agree


with anything to suit us otherwise there will be some terrorism and


Britain are saying to the EU, it is all very important and we do not


want terrorism and if there is, we will blame you. It is almost


impossible to divorce the issues. You cannot say, Brexit is entirely


separate to what you do in Northern Ireland and the peace process and


the border and everything and you cannot agree it separately and it is


also slightly unreasonable to say that they are dependent one upon the


other because if you are in negotiation, saying we would like to


sell your machine pies and it all depends on what we agree over here


and it is unrelated, it is madness. It is a fair point, Ireland is an EU


state, but the Irish to more of their trade with the UK than anyone


else and you could argue the Brexit is more of a problem for the Irish


than the UK Government in trade terms. I think, we have regulated


travel between the United Kingdom and Ireland under Common travel


area, well predated the European Union, we do


not need EU to tell us what to do on that and furthermore, there is a


special relationship, Irish citizens vote in our elections... What you


will have is that Northern Ireland will have to have a sort of separate


Brexit arrangement to the rest of the United Kingdom, because it has


that land border with the Republic of Ireland because there is no


appetite for customs checks on the border, then it will effectively


maintain or continue as it is now worth Scotland and Wales will not.


They tend to brag about with there will be systems for doing it. There


are roads, border which crisscross the border of three or four times.


The border is madness. Some people are suggesting that the UK will have


this back door into the EU or vice versa. If you wanted to come


illegally into the United Kingdom and you are an EU citizen, come on a


tourist visa and then overstayed legally rather than going via


Ireland where it will be more difficult. Let us move on, the Daily


Telegraph, they have moved very specially because we were here just


this evening about events at Buckingham Palace. You were close to


it. I was. You do not know much about it. On my way to the studio,


all I saw was what is in this picture, lots of blue flashing


lights, the police cordoned off the whole area and we were diverted very


quickly away through west London. Incredible really, the speed at


which the police responded to this incident. It is one of the busiest


areas of London and traffic was packed. They had very efficiently


and calmly manoeuvred traffic in this incredibly busy London area,


mostly calm, while they themselves propelling themselves down London


Street at a very high speed. That is what they are trained for. A lot of


people I know come to us at this time, just to explain what we know


which is not a lot. What we know at the moment is that a man with some


kind of blade, eyewitnesses say a sword and police confirm it is a


knife of some kind, we do not know whether it is a pen knife or a great


big samurai sword, anything in between the two, has attacked some


police officers. Too early to say if it is terror related, even if it is,


there is a Venn diagram were madmen and terrorists cross over, there is


a big link between the two. We know the man who has been detained


has been detained on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assaulting


police, that is quite a serious kind of assault, it is not common. They


might move the charge down from that. We also know that two male


police officers sustained minor injuries to their arms. That would


imply it is a defence of wind. It is not because they have been punched


in the face. The Queen is at Sandringham at this time of year.


Balmoral, sorry. Let us hope it was nothing too dreadful. Let us move


on. Susie, the Daily Mail has the story and others do as well, the


headline, police saying we may not come out if you speak English. That


is a wonderful bit of headline simplification. Explain what this


tells us. And you're not in any danger. What we are talking about,


the second-in-command of the country's biggest for say callers


will be prioritised. If you have a vehicle theft, perhaps a bicycle has


been stolen from outside your home and the police, it happened a week


ago while you are holiday, the police will not turn up and look at


the empty railings, if you are perfectly able to speak to them over


the phone and file your insurance claim, that is the end of it. If


however you have learning difficulties, if English is not your


first language or if you are elderly, they might come out to see


you and Wood the person because you will need that extra face-to-face


interaction. It is entirely reasonable prioritisation of calls.


That sounds fine, except it says in the Daily Mail, last night MPs and


campaign groups hit out at the police man involved saying that


these proposals were utterly bonkers. Do you have some sympathy


with that? I am about as police sceptic as you get in the political


mainstream. I ran Big Brother watch for a couple of years, I think our


police force is covered up a paedophile ring in South Yorkshire,


they behaved disgracefully over things like Hillsboro, I am very


police sceptic. This is not really a story in my view and people who have


attacked it had done so on the basis that they were asked to give a quote


that they then gave without really thinking about


what the story men. For me, this is a story about the police saying if


you're able to expect the situation over the phone, we will take it over


the phone and if you're not able to do that, we will come and see you.


If you phone up and say, I speak English, I am middle class and


middle aged I appear to be being stabbed in the face, the police will


still turn up. People are sceptical when you hear the word might. One MP


blames it on political correctness which is insane. Silly season. When


the police come and arrest the householder who sat on the burglar


rather than arresting the burglar, that is the sort of story that the


Daily Mail should be making their meat and drink on. Gates of hell,


the neck story. Actually, what is this. This is about Heathrow. I fly


a lot for business, when you come through Heathrow, by the third of


the gates are working, that is true, the sun has spotted this and ran the


story because at the same time, they point out, Bank Holiday cost for


rail travel are going up because our transport system is trying to


discourage people from travelling, even though everyone travels on the


Bank Holiday to see their families and it will be busy on the roads. It


is a bit of a dog bites man story. We have more people flying, so there


are increasing queue length and Theresa May as Home Secretary was


busy cutting numbers of border force agents. It is like the self-service


talent supermarket, you need someone there to supervise because they get


chewed up and they need someone to reset the whole thing. We have to


leave it there. Don't forget you can see the front


pages of the papers online It's all there for you - seven days


a week at bbc.co.uk/papers - and if you miss the programme any


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