27/08/2017 The Papers


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It says it's to avoid the economy falling off a "cliff edge."


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


us tomorrow. With me are the political


commentator and journalist, Daisy McAndrew, and Tim Stanley,


lead writer at The Daily Telegraph. Of course some of the papers feature


Tropical Storm Harvey. The FT reports that the US State


of Houston has been hit by "catastrophic" flooding


as the storm caused torrential rains The Express focuses on what it calls


Labour's U-turn on the single market, saying the party is facing


a backlash from MPs after announcing The Sun suggests scientists


in the US have found a breakthrough to prevent the risk


of heart attack and cancer. The i also leads


with the same story. They say the drug has been welcomed


by the British Heart Foundation. The Guardian's headline is Backlash


over Labour's shift to soft Brexit. They report that the move risks


alienating thousands of voters in traditional seats who support


greater controls on immigration. The Daily Mail, also reports


on the new study which claims thousands of lives could be saved


thanks to a new heart drug hailed as the biggest breakthrough


since statins. The Times claims that a young


Christian child was taken from her family and allegedly forced


to live with foster carers where she was encouraged


to learn Arabic. We will begin with that story from


the Times. Tell us what has been claimed. It is a very interesting


story. Controversial for many reasons. Controversial for what


Tower Hamlets is being accused of and for the Times itself. It is an


exclusive written by a fantastic journalist with a reputation for


getting big scoops. There is a part of me that thinks there is more to


this story than meets the eye. I suspect this is the beginning of a


number of stories on fostering children. This fight here old little


girl, you can see her on the front page, pixelated, has been placed


into foster care, taken away from her mother, and pay for them was on


family. -- five-year-old. They don't speak English all the time at home.


You can see they were a burka. The controversy is people will think


this is pandering to racist views. Why should you not have one religion


fostering another when you come down to it, if the child cannot make


herself understood, does not make herself heard, that is a serious


problem and could be very distressing for the child. Then you


come to the whys. Are then no white families, non- Muslim families --


there no. You think there cannot be none in the area. They have not had


problems in the past putting white children with white foster parents.


It seems to me this is either the way from the Times of saying how


many more stories like these are out there? Is there a greater scandal


about fostering in Tower Hamlets? We will find out more. I have something


to say from them soon. The Times has been told that across London there


are several examples of white British children with nonwhite


foster carers. This sounds like the beginning of a series of scoops. The


question is, to what extent does this contradicts the children's act


that requires before making any decision about a child, the local


authority should give thought to the racial origin, religious background,


and cultural and linguistic background. There is nothing wrong


with a Muslim family fostering a white child. Of course not. It is


about the law. There have been cases of Conservative Christian,


politically conservative families, who have been denied the right to


foster. Is this case like claimed? A child baptised in a church put with


a Muslim family that do not meet the apparent standard return in the 1989


act? And this particular Muslim foster mother has been saying things


to this child like white women all drink too much, you are immoral,


that is a quote. Tower Hamlets is saying this. We have a comment from


a council spokesperson. We are unable to comment on individual


cases, those subjects to court proceedings. We provide loving homes


for hundreds of children every year and in every case we give absolute


consideration for the background and cultural identity of the children.


All foster carers receive training and support from the council to make


sure they are fully qualified to meet the needs of the children in


their care. If this foster mother has had this training and if the


quotes are not true, it has not worked. The other thing that makes


me feel squeamish is even though you cannot see her face, this is a


vulnerable child, one with a difficult life already, on the front


page of the Times. That makes me feel uneasy. If it is because this


is a story that desperately needs to be told, I understand why. But it


makes me feel... Is it not more than one family? I don't think so. They


are concentrating on one but they say they have heard of others. I


heard it was two Muslim families where this happened. They have


apparently done through to households. Just to round this


conversation off, we cannot verify it at this point in time. We put it


out there because it is on the front page of the Times. This is another


reason. It is Tower Hamlets. They have a very controversial past. We


remember the man was sacked and the council stripped of its powers in


the past. -- mayor. That makes it more newsworthy when something


happens. The Express. The coverage of Labour's record U-turn, as they


call it. The record on Brexit. They said they wanted to leave the


customs union. But Kier Starmer has nailed their colours to the mast and


say they support a transition period, one in which Britain stays


within the customs union. They say it will last 1- for years. Then a


new relationship will be created. -- 1-4 Labour is trying to carve a


position which will win over Remainers and Leavers. However, the


Express... We were saying this that several stories are reported


differently in different papers. Most papers have, the same line,


which is interesting. There will be a political cost to take this


position. Many Remainers wanted this. But many UKIP voters and Tory


voters and Brexit voters voted for Labour with the understanding they


accepted the vote. Many voted leave from Labour. The Tories... It was a


mixed picture, the selection. The Tories did pretty well in the north.


It is good news in that it means we are back in a pre-election position


where we know what Labour's position is. Wanting to stay with the single


market. That gives the Tories an opportunity. It might be worth


showing the front page of the Guardian. It is doing a similar


thing. They are using the term soft Brexit. We will hear more about


that. Any decision, announcement, is political. This is an especially


political decision. The Labour Party has decided that things are shifting


in a certain direction. Soft Brexit is now the way to go. The Labour


frontbenchers were sacked, if you remember, for voting against hard


Brexit, just a number of months ago. This is a huge U-turn and should not


be written up as anything other. But if they believe there is a lot of


buyer's remorse, regretful Brexiteers, they are wrong. The


evidence shows people are not regretting it. If you ask them in a


poll do you think the government is handling it well, anonymous lay no,


65%. People would not vote differently. -- in an anonymous way.


They could be looking to form a parliamentary alliance. They


essentially have within Parliament, they are starting to manifest a


2-pronged go, on the one hand to rewrite the legislation,


safeguarding environmental standards and perhaps pressuring the


government to say we will stay within the single market in the


transition period. That is the first thing. Parliamentary action. The


second thing is to try to make the case for a second referendum. Once


the negotiations are over, Britain will get a second chance to vote on


this. That will leave open the option for the status quo. But this


man says that is what the single market means when it comes to


politics in this country, it means... Most people would be happy


to stay in the single market for purely a trading relationship. But


most see that opens up the gates to mass migration. That is what they


feel leaving the EU was about stopping. In the final minutes, the


images in front of the papers from Texas. Very frightening. We have


seen the moving pictures on this channel and others denied. People


calling at the worst natural disaster to hit the States for many


years. -- tonight. I heard earlier it was five dead, but that number is


expected to increase significantly. We hope it does not. Even if it does


not, the damage being caused to livelihoods and properties is


intense. When you see these before and after pictures of how strong it


is, it is extraordinary. It looks like a third World country. We just


don't get those kinds of weather incidents. It remains to be seen how


the president copes with it on Twitter. There has been talk of him


going there on Tuesday. Interesting to see how that unfolds. That is it.


Don't forget, all of the front pages our on line on the BBC News website.


-- are on line. It is there for you every day of the week. You can see


tonight's edition on line. Thank you. And now it is the film review.


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