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


With me are John Crowley, Managing Editor of Newsweek Media


Group and the broadcaster Lynn Faulds Wood.


Lovely to see you. We will get on with our chat in a moment. First


off, a reminder of what some of the front pages will look like tomorrow


morning. The Telegraph says that the Brexit


talks between the UK and the EU have descended into a slanging match


with the EU's Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier being


called 'unhelpful'. Whereas The Times picks up


the frustration of the other side in its headline: 'It's time to get


serious, Brussels tells Britain'. The FT says that Theresa May is set


for disappointment this week so the paper claims,


the Japanese government won't rush The Metro reports that the driver,


accused of killing eight people in a motorway crash on the M1,


was twice over The lead in the Express is that


arthritis sufferers, who take Ibuprofen for pain relief,


are greater risk of high blood who take Ibuprofen for pain relief,


are at greater risk of high blood The Daily Mail highlights the case


of a five-year-old Christian, The Daily Mail highlights the case


of a five-year-old Christian girl, who it says, was forced to live


with Muslim foster carers. That is some of our front pages.


Let's kick-off. We start with the Telegraph. It has all been about


Brexit today, it is round three of the talks and Britain is not happy


with Michel Barnier. I don't think this has descended into a slanging


match, it started off a slanging match, remember Boris telling them


they could whistle for money and Michel Barnier, who strikes me as


being a very urbane, great example of somebody who is calm under


pressure, he said the only sound I can hear is the ticking clock. We


don't seem to be getting anywhere any fast -- very fast command to


have yet another slanging match, there is also tough words being


used, such small print on the front of the Telegraph I have to put on my


glasses. A senior source in Britain says Michel Barnier's attack is


inconsistent, ill judged, ill considered and unhelpful. What cards


have we got to play in this game at the moment? It seems to me that


Michel Barnier is saying, show us your hand, and we are saying, no, we


can't show you are a handful stop what was the phrase David Davis


used? Constructive ambiguity. The news is taking a pop at him because


he accused Britain of ambiguity today. I think there is a bit of


mudslinging going on. We were told last year to take back control, we


didn't quite realised that this hard negotiating phase which we are in


now, it is tricky, and whether you are a Brexiteer or remain, whether


you agree or not, there is two very men staring at each other down the


barrel, it is not thinly veiled taunts, they are stabbing each other


in the front and it is all rather unseemly, to be honest. But also


they should do it away from the public gaze, if humanly possible,


because this doesn't strike me as helpful. I don't know what our cards


are and I'm not absolutely sure we've got too many, because we've


come at this unexpectedly and we were not really prepared for it, and


they are saying things like, Michel Barnier is saying, we will be less


secure because of Brexit and a British voice is saying that is


risible nonsense. I don't think it's a risible nonsense. We will have to


give leave the European defence agency, Europol and then all the


French have to do is say we're not going to look after Calais and


Dunkirk, we are just going to open the gates and let them all come


through to Britain and it's your problem of the migrants want to come


to Britain. You mentioned Boris Johnson and Wesselingh. I don't know


if you picked up on the interview on radio for them I think it was


yesterday, where he did concede, did say that Britain would have to meet,


we will have to meet our legal obligations when he was pressed,


bike, I think it was Mishal Hussein, about the divorce Bill. What do you


make of that? There seems to be an acceptance that we have to pay. Will


that open up the negotiations and the EU will say, let's move ahead.


Michel Barnier is saying there are three pillars, three separation


agreements that need to be done, the first on the divorce Bill, which has


ranged from 100 million euros, the FT reported a few months ago, which


is clearly not acceptable for the UK Government, coming down to 30 or 40.


There is also the issue of Northern Ireland, the 310 miles border that


the EU says must be solved before you get into the nitty-gritty of


association, and that is obviously very close to the heart of people in


Northern Ireland. My family come from there. People are extremely


worried about it. The last thing, one more thing, they want to agree


on, the EU says they want to agree on the fate of the citizens here in


the UK from the EU and I think there is 1 million Britons in the EU, what


happens to their status as well? It is unseemly. This is really... This


is mudslinging. They should come it all down. Let's turn to The


Huffington Post because we continue with Brexit. The headline here is


this idea of a messy divorce. Barnier has always said we are going


too slowly and I think having an election that cost us 120 million or


something in the middle of all of this when we should just have been


cranking on, the decision has been taken, get on with it, don't keep


looking, which is the way it looks to me is happening in Britain as if


we are not really getting to the point. And, of course, we don't


blame them for saying, right, we want you... At the moment you pay


towards a lot of the European institutions and projects we are


working on and you can't suddenly cut off, you agree to them so you


should pay towards them and the British are saying we are being made


to pay twice because we are trying to leave the Single Market and we


are still being made to pay into it. At the moment there is a stalemate.


But who blinks first? That is what the constructive ambiguity phrase


that David Davis has come out with is true, you don't want to reveal


all of your hand all at once. This is a hard negotiating phase now.


DfT, this kind of continues again, this is a Brexit trio for us here on


The Papers, because Theresa May is hoping to start building trade deals


in the background, but it seems as if she is hoping for Japan to meet


her halfway. She is just about to go there. Yes, she is, two days. The


big problem is we were helping Europe to have an agreement with


Japan, and now we are saying actually, we are going out and we'd


like to have the same agreement as we work helping Europe to have with


Japan command Japan are saying we are a bit busy at the moment. This


could be a good leak that we're not going to get very far with Japan,


because the Financial Times is now owned by a Japanese company, so this


could well be true and it seems perfectly plausible to me. If you


are doing a deal with Europe, wait, join the queue, Britain, and then we


will talk to you. I think she could come back empty-handed the way David


Cameron came back virtually every handed from Europe. Japanese


officials say their priority is completing the deal with Brussels,


as you say, and they also say we can negotiate until Britain is out of


the EU. I think this is what Shinzo Abe, Theresa May's counterpart,


wants to hear from Prime Minister Theresa May. Very quickly, let's


stay with the front page of DfT. I don't know how many housewives will


be able to afford nearly $40,000 for a plastic bag. What is happening in


Kenya? I am a bit allergic to the word housewife. I can multitask! But


basically Kenya has become the fourth country to ban plastic bags


and they have banned them, you get banged up in prison, $38,000 fine


for something. They are talking seriously. Rewinder, a country that


has had so much strife, has already banned them. And then I look at the


high street and I still see people staggering about with plastic bags.


For goodness' sake, people, get ones that you can put inside your bag


that is reasonable, not plastic! Let's move quickly on to the Times,


Christian girl with a Muslim family. Christian girl with a Muslim family.


It sounds like a horrendous case. Apparently the child was sobbing and


begging to be returned to the foster family because she doesn't


understand Arabic. The girl is also understood to have said that she was


regularly expected to eat meals on the floor. This story has been done


by Andrew Norfolk, an award-winning journalist who broke the story on


what is happening, and what happened in the child sex ring in Rotherham.


We don't have an insight into what was said. There is a statement from


Tower Hamlets. My only insight is what on earth is a council doing not


spotting this one coming? Warning klaxons should have been sounding.


We contacted Tower Hamlets council and they go back to us, and just to


read out the statement: we are unable to comment on individual


cases all those subject to court proceedings. The council's fostering


service provides a loving and stable home for hundreds of children each


year and in every case we give absolute consideration to our


children's background and to their cultural identity. All of our foster


carers receive training and support from the council to ensure they are


fully qualified to meet the needs of the children in their care. That's


the statement but something has gone wrong here. I'm going to guess this


is happening all over the country and let us know if it does. This is


one of the questions that the Times asks, if it is a one-off or if it


goes further. I view pro Frank on the front of The Express, are you a


fan of IB preference? No, there is a wonderful conference in Barcelona at


the moment with the top people in the world talking about their


research, but for the public this is so baffling. Only about two years


ago we were told not to take these other painkillers because they have


too many side-effects, just paracetamol, and now they say


paracetamol has side-effects. We have got to be told as the public


and what are the right... Wipe clean the board, on a piece of paper in


every home, what are the best painkillers to use if you have got


common conditions, and which ones you should not touch with a barge


pole. John, surely most tablets taken to excess are bad for you? You


don't even have to take them to excess, by the way. I'm totally


confused I don't know which ones to take. That is my point. You do not


know where to stand with these pills, you read that one is good to


take one week and then that it is bad for you the next. There is


something called Cochrane collaboration, the scientists review


everything in the world, they should tell us what is safe to take. The


Times, maybe this is the responsible we don't need painkillers, we don't


need drugs, we just need to start getting fit and there is hope. And


EU are never too old to get fit. Everyone should be out there doing a


bit of something or other, and most people in Britain don't do much.


What do you both do? I run and I walk. I walk, I have a fitness


tracker that tracks my walking and I play football to a very bad standard


occasionally. It says getting fit in your 40s and 50s could half your


long-term risks of stroke, so some body at the younger end of that,


that gives me hope that I can get off the sofa and perhaps even the


more encouragement to get more fit. It says 100,000 people a year in


Britain suffer strokes either through disruption of blood supply


to the brain or bleeding within it. We can laugh and joke about our lazy


lifestyle but it's important and you can do it now. What was that


well-known... The Baker on the high Street. For breakfast I went to a


baker that is popular in the North of England and is growing in


southern England and had a coffee and sausage roll this morning. How


many steps have you taken? 8000 steps running up-and-down the stairs


here between different shows. Do you know how many flaws we have got?


Just 2000 to go. It's not like the old step counters that sitting at


your desk and you moved and it was half a mile. That is cheating. We


will find out how many steps you have done. I will give you an


update. For now that is it for The Papers, don't forget you can see the


front pages of The Papers online, have a look at the BBC News website,


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