26/08/2017 The Papers


26/08/2017

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

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With me are Kevin Schofield, editor of PoliticsHome,

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and journalist Rachel Shabi.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with The Mail on Sunday

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which reports that Theresa May intends to crack down

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The Observer leads with news that Labour want the UK to remain

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in the single market for several years after Brexit.

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The Sunday Times says more than 100 academy school chain heads

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are earning more than the Prime Minister.

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The Sunday Express front page is dedicated to the fatal crash

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on the M1 where eight people lost their lives.

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The Sunday Telegraph reports on weaknesses in Parliament's

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security exposed by security service tests.

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Starting off, should we start with the Observer and the news that

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Labour are making this dramatic shift? Is it really that dramatic?

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Maybe not. This front-page is coming off a piece Britain by the shadow

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rakes it -- the shadow Brexit secretary. He

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is saying that Labour wants to stay in a customs union in the

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transitional period. This would be in reaction to the Conservative

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position which was put out by Liam Fox and Philip Hammond, saying that

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in the transitional period, the Conservatives would want to leave by

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the customs union and the single market. That seems a strange

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position to take because presumably the transition period is intended as

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a buffer so that damage is not done during that period of exit. It

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relates specifically to the Labour market and the customs union. So,

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Labour have said, that makes no sense. Obviously we will have a

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transitional period. At least the government has come to its senses on

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that, knowing that it is necessary and desirable. But as would look

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very different. It is a clear distinction between the two parties.

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It also says that Labour have left the option open of staying in the

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single market and the customs union for good, long-term. That is

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dependent on Brussels agreeing to that, which it is a big question. It

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also brings up the question of free movement, I don't know how you could

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remain in the single market without insisting on free movement. That is

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probably the reason that most people voted to leave, they wanted to take

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back control of the UK's borders. In terms of the politics, it is a very

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difficult one I think for Labour to sell to the country, especially a

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lot of traditional Labour voters in the north who voted for Brexit

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specifically for reasons of migration. I will believe it when

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the general comes out and confirms it. There have been so many

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conflicting messages from not just the Cabinet, but the shadow cabinet

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as well. For the general to come out and say this, I think it is

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significant. How do you think that the EU will take this idea of a soft

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Brexit? I think what we are hearing from the EU is just, look, whatever

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it is you want to do, will you please just tell us? Put it down on

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paper. What we are hearing from the EU, especially in the last few

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weeks, in response to these policy papers that the government has put

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out, on top of the two negotiation meetings, the reaction from the EU

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has very much been, you still don't really seem to know what you want.

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You haven't told us. We have asked for clarity on these three things in

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this phase of the negotiation. What happens to UK nationals in Europe

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and vice-versa, what happens to be Irish borders, and what happens to

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the bill that Britain have to pay in order to leave? -- has. There has

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not really been a possibility to move into the next phase of

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negotiations with any of those. The Independent, Hurricane Harvey, the

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state of Texas, according to Reuters, they are taking supplies

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and food to areas that have been badly hit, it has been downgraded to

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a tropical storm at the coastline is very vulnerable? Yes, the risk of

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flooding is very high. We have seen pictures today coming out, the scale

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of damage in places like Houston and Rockport, there has been a lot of

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damage to buildings, we have seen trees on the ground, electrical

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poles... It is the slow-moving aspect that is the problem. People

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are hunkering down and bracing themselves for the worst. It is

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hanging around. Going back to Brexit, the Independent, apparently

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it is the big businesses who are leading the talks? That won't come

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as a huge surprise. Not to most people. The big business appears to

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be where the government is more concerned about keeping people on

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side. We know that the business establishment, if you can put it

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that way, they are pro- remain and they have a lot of concerns about

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what happens when we leave these two trading systems. On the one hand, it

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is probably not that surprising that they have a lot of influence, but

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there is a significant line here, which says, the groups that donated

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money were given access to the team. I think that will stick in the craw

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of a lot of voters. It also says that trade unions are not getting

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the same exposure. And David Davies has been laying out some walls of

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his own to Russell 's? He has shown how determined he is to get things

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done, giving up his bank holiday to fly... -- Brussels. He is going over

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there to kickstart the next round of talks. We are told it is going to be

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a lot more aggressive, he is going to go in and tell the EU to stop

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dragging their heels, be a bit more flexible and try to meet the UK

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halfway. I think the ball remains in Britain's Court. It is determining

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what the terms of the exit are and whether the EU will agree to those

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terms -- court. Yes, they are still waiting for the detail, and they? --

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aren't they? Yes, determining the bill for leaving and that sort of

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thing, the EU is not saying they need to know that figure exactly but

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they need an idea of what the figure will be. If they can agree on those,

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then they can move on. They are not even getting that. With things like

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the border in Northern Ireland with Ireland, Ireland and the EU did not

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cause it and don't want it. They don't necessarily understand why

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they should now be having to figure out a way a round it that avoids

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impacting this very difficult peace process. There is a lot of concern

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in the Foreign Office about the potential process. It is so

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difficult to see how you could maintain a frictionless border how

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do you square that circle? Returning quickly to the Mail on Sunday, why

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do you think Theresa May is setting her sights on fat cat and their

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salaries? -- cats. The Mail on Sunday, they are really giving it a

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full backing in terms of exposure. When you look inside, paragraph 30,

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after listing a lot of these fatcat bosses, it says, there is no

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indication of wrongdoing by these people nor any government

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indications of wrongdoing. So, they have decided to sort of... It sounds

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like a very stupid position to take, but you can see why she is taking

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it. The appeal, the Labour platform of speaking to these rampant wealth

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inequalities within our society, they are very popular. Of course she

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wants to tap into that. Unfortunately, nobody is going to

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believe her for the reasons he outlined. And now a section of her

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party is going to believe she is behaving like an anticapitalist. It

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seems like a loser- lose situation. Many parents will be wondering how

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much their heads of schools earn after this story. -- lose-lose. It

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is extraordinary, and it is quite jarring because it is in the context

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of schools facing cuts, parents being told... Being asked to pay for

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things all the time, textbooks, teachers buckling under the pressure

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of classes and sometimes ending up feeding children who are coming to

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school hungry. They are obviously facing the consequences of austerity

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cuts. It makes it particularly galling when we hear of figures like

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this. $420,000... Outrageous. The Princes will be honouring their ray

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of light a day before the anniversary of her death. Yes, it

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says that the queen and the Prince of Wales will remain out of view, I

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think that is probably the best thing that they could do. The two

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boys have been put forward to talk about it. It must be very difficult

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for them. This will be the last time that they will have to do it, I

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believe. Thank you very much for that. Have a lovely bank holiday

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weekend. I am going to be indoors, working away. Coming up next, stay

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tuned for Meet the Author.

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