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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be
With me are Asa Bennett, Brexit Commissioning Editor
at The Telegraph and the Times Columnist Jenni Russell.
Tomorrow's front pages...starting with...
We start with The I which carries an extraordinary picture
of the devastation caused by hurricane Irma as it swept
The Metro says the UK has promised ?32m in aid to UK
territories in the region, it also carries a picture
of Prince George on his first day at school.
The Times claims the Prime Minister is being pressured to sack
a minister and an aide following their support for a letter
urging Mrs May to stick to plans for a hard Brexit.
The Daily Mail urgues Brussels not to treat the UK with 'contempt'
saying the Eu's lead negotiator Michel Barnier has unleashed
a string of personal attacks on the Brexit Secretary David Davis.
The Mirror says the Royal navy was racing to the caribbean to help
save stranded Brits, including two sisters who it says
The express reveals the seven steps we all need to take to keep our
brains active. The Sun's splashes the plea for the Britons trapped in
what it calls the nuclear hurricane. We will begin with the coverage of
Irma and that picture, simple headline, devastated, it looks like
matchsticks and these are buildings that had just been demolished. Whole
island is said to be barely inhabitable. Although the death toll
is steadily rising, the real devastation is for those people who
have had islands flattened and livelihoods ruined and they have
been cast out of their home. This is lead pair up with this stark image.
Britain has woken up to this and is pledging to raise its AIDS relief to
?32 million. Other nations have been quicker -- aid relief. Given that we
note that there are more hurricanes coming like Joe is a hands Katia,
lasting solutions will be needed. It is facing the next onslaught. The
temperature in the sea feeding these enormous storms, particularly Irma,
the size of France. It is almost unimaginable that you can have a
storms so large that if you were sitting in a house in Provence and
rang her friend in Normandy, you would be in the same storm. The
problem with this story is that the British response is shameful, ?32
million is absolutely nothing and it will be spread between many islands
and when you consider that Barbuda is 90% destroyed according to its
Prime Minister, I knew nothing about and well before this, but it has
been British since 1650 and it is strategically important, because 20%
of the world's shipping passes through its waters on the way to the
Panama Canal. We have got a lot out of a name that island, and now, in
its hour of need, we are not prepared to do anything like what
the French are doing for their islands. We have been ill-prepared
and slow to respond. There is a difference that plays into this in
how many of our territories have more autonomy than those that are
French protectorates. Anguilla is British, apparently and unlike some
of the other countries that had independence, they say we should be
treated exactly like the Falkland Islands are the people of Gibraltar.
We have the same kinds of responsibility and so far we are
acting as if we did not. The Daily Mirror says that the Navy are seen
to save British citizens. The French got their military interposition
beforehand because there are forecast, we know these storms are
coming. They are there to predict this. Experts look ahead to these
things. We know about the storms, the Navy was able to move in. People
have been saved, like this couple who were missing in Barbuda and the
mother feared they would be victims. No wonder Britain has had to move as
fast as they can. The reaction of Theresa May has been slow on this.
We have learned lessons from Montserrat 20 years ago when the
volcano erupted but there was criticism that things -- but things
have improved. It does not look that way so far and I think Britain will
have to up its offer. Let us move on to Brexit. It seems to have been a
long time coming. The Times, Minister in firing line over MPs
Brexit letter. Who is in the firing line and white? There is a minister
in the department who are part of a watt sub group of MPs who want a
very hard Brexit and these people who are part of the government have
privately urged MPs to back a public policy, a letter to the newspapers
which says we want a hard Brexit, no transition, we want to be able to
sign trade deals when we leave in 2019 which is directly opposed to
the policy that the Chancellor is pushing and if you have collective
responsibility in government, you cannot have people who are ministers
who are privately urging people to subvert the government policy. They
are in a lot of trouble and I am afraid it is part of the example in
which a small group of hard Brexiteers tried to push the country
to do something that anyone involved in business or trade or services is
anxious about, because it if we have a hard Brexit, we will be following
off a cliff edge without any arrangements with the rest of the
word about goods trades are services and in all probability, we will not
have it for airlines, we will have lorries backed up in Kent, we will
be in the disastrous situation which will cost us jobs over decades. A
lot of people who are very keen on that kind of Brexit would say that
we managed before, we went into the EU, why can we not managed after?
With the content of the letter, it was reported in bombastic terms, but
then wanting the hardest Brexit possible, although many of them
would say this is just called Brexit. There is a fascinating point
of difference which is the reason why the aid to the Chancellor is
facing a dicey situation about her career, on the face of it she is
meant to be toeing the line, not making waves and actually, there is
part of the letter that runs counter to what Phillip Hammond once, he
once a standstill transition, we are still close to the single market and
the customs union, where she would think that was repellent and you may
as well stay in anyway. The Tories are now saying, maybe she's no
longer for this parish. You are still causing a problem for the
Conservatives. The reason why this matters is why the Brexiteers are
trying to drive this fall, it is as if the Remain won the referendum.
This was about to join the euro and Schengen agreement. The Remain
Campbell would have asked for an extreme joining to Europe and the
hard Brexiteers are interpreting the result is the worst possible outcome
for the UK. This is the problem, it was a blunt and crude question, do
you want in or out. The Financial Times. Criticism of David Davis as a
negotiator. John Caudwell Yunker has gone for the jugular by insinuating
that David Davis is unstable, whether politically or physically,
it is not clarified and he lacks the authority in the negotiating team
and it is all from minutes coming out of the European Commission. This
may seem like absolute trash talk from the European side ahead of some
sort of Abbeydale at the end. The minute state from July, Michelle
Barnier was asked about David Davis, he said, I applaud the
professionalism and David Davis has a logical approach. Maybe they have
improved in attitudes. The daily mail does not think so. Do not treat
us with contempt! This is a ludicrous overreaction, this was not
a public statement, it was not trash talk, this was a briefing message to
the commission. All he was doing was reporting back on the way that David
Davis has been behaving and all the information that we have had from
people who work within the area and working with other ministers, is
that he is not doing his homework and that people are anxious about
the fact he is not concentrating on the task ahead and it is accurate to
say he does not seem to think that these negotiations demand his direct
involvement. He has never stayed more than a couple of hours before
returning to London, he is not in the negotiating room trying to push
the talks forward, it is simply accurate, unfortunately for all of
us. The Telegraph, a different story. New review recommends race
blind trials, criminal trials. This is interesting because David Lambie
was asked by David Cameron in 2016 to look at the fact that the
criminal justice system incarcerates so many black men in particular.
They are jailed at something like four times the rate that white men
are. David Lambie got part of the way through the review and found it
is not just a end up in jail, black men in particular but black people
in general are more likely to be arrested, charged and prosecuted and
sentence. He has suggested that perhaps there should be trials in
which the people who are making the judgments do not know the race of
the people they are sentencing. Unconscious bias has had a lot of
attention and companies are being encouraged to think about what kind
of unconscious bias exists within their ranks. There is increasing
awareness, with that review, the games are laudable but in the detail
there are unresolved questions because if you have the race and
name it hidden from such judgments, there will still be ideas about what
the crime might be. Let us say someone was bringing in drugs from a
foreign country, it might be clear where they are hailing from or even
the other implication that you have a deferred punishment in terms of
responses, who decides? You may want to have them having rehabilitation
first rather than jail sentences. There is so much ambiguity. What is
fascinating about that is that the DWP did a trial in which they
discovered if you had a foreign sounding names were four times less
likely to be called for an interview. Unconscious bias was so
real and that is what David Lambie thinks he might be tapping into.
Daily Express, how to keep your brain sharp. Anything new in there?
Stay fit and your mind will follow. If only! What is compelling is it is
saying it is not just about being fit, it is about whether you want to
end up with dementia or do you want to keep your brain going for as long
as possible? We all love lists. If there are seven things we need to
do, don't drink too much, walk a few minutes every day, each vegetable.
We are more likely to do it. Carry that check list antic, the everyday.
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Thank you Asa Bennett and Jenni Russell.
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