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


With me are Martin Lipton, the deputy head of sport at the Sun,


and Helen Brand, who's the chief executive


of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.


Hallen, it is lovely to have it here, thank you for coming in, and


you, Martin, of course. The front pages, the i carries a warning about


the terror threat of drones. The Daily Telegraph says an


investigation is under way into a massive cyber attack on US credit


rating firm Equis fax among fears that hackers may have stolen the


personal data of up to 44 million British consumers.


The Independent leads on that up to half a million Americans have


been told to evacuate their homes ahead of Hurricane Irma


The Daily Mail claims that English charities are given


far less lottery cash than their counterparts in Scotland.


It carries a different story on the front


The Sun leads on allegations concerning a bride-to-be who it


claims jilted her would-be husband at the airport.


The Mirror also carries those allegations on its front page.


The Guardian carries a warning from the Nato chief,


Jens Stoltenberg that the world is more a dangerous place today


The Times reports that an influential Tory donor has


criticised Theresa May for being "hopeless",


"very indecisive" and leading a weak government,


We can start with that litany of criticism from The Times! Top Tory


party donor accuses Prime Minister of mishandling Brexit and alienating


business. This is a carpet magnate, tell us a bit about this story. It


has descended quite quickly into the personal about Theresa May, but at


the heart of that is the increasing despair of business around the lack


of clarity on Brexit negotiations. Since the day of the vote, business


has been asking for clarity about the transition process, about access


to the single market, and none of that is coming through, so I think


this has been pulled out here, but Theresa May's leadership style and


the way she is leading her party has been pinpointed by Lord Harris is


one of the reasons that that is not coming through. He used to be a


somebody in the Conservative Party, he was deputy treasurer, close to


David Cameron. I don't quite of happen to him! This is pretty nasty,


aggressive stuff here. Describing Theresa May is hopeless, indecisive,


leading a weak government, talking about her basically not being up to


it, and also dismissing Boris Johnson is too lazy to be an


effective Prime Minister, calling for Ruth Davidson to become Tory


leader. How would she do that? Unless she gets ennobled and did


what Lord Hume did back in 1963 to become Prime Minister, that is


pretty unlikely. I can't believe that any senior conservative would


say that they would prefer a strong Labour government lead by somebody


like Tony Blair... It's not sounding very futuristic. Basically despite


last week's attempt by May to say that she will go on and on ad


infinitum, no one is buying it, and this is positioning again within,


but I think as Helen said, the bigger issue is people's doubts and


criticism, critiques of the government policy. But why is she


being clobbered in this way when she is not the one handling the Brexit


negotiations? It is David Davis, Liam Fox who are supposed to be


dealing with trade when it can finally happen. They are all members


of her Government, and people look to the Prime Minister for


leadership. I think her injecting clarity from the very top, that


style of leadership is incredibly important. She is supposed to be the


first among equals, but that is the idea of Prime Minister, she is the


first Lord of the it, and apparently she is also Geoffrey Boycott. Yes,


let's look at this on the guardian. Theresa May bowled over by boycott.


I think you had better set out what has been happening. Where did she


appear? She appeared today on Test Match Special, which is an


interesting place... Is she a cricket fan? If she is, she stopped


in 1982 when Geoffrey Boycott last played. This reminds me of when John


Major talked about old maids going across the lawn on their bicycles


and all the sort of thing. It was spinsters cycling to Evensong,


please get it right! But if it is trying to prove that you are current


and not living in the past, why would you go back to someone who


stopped playing 35 years ago, or he was a very fine player. He has been


a big figure. But the funny thing was, she baked her Rome Brownies.


Apparently a Nigel Slater recipe. But that is a big thing, to bring


cake. She was asked about her style, and her response was, I get


frustrated, people use the term robotic about me. I don't think I'm


the least robotic. Well why are you say in it, then? You are bringing it


up again! Don't talk about what things aren't. But Jonathan Agnew


asked, didn't he bore you to tears, Geoffrey Boycott? He stuck to his


guns, I'm sure she is trying to make an analogy, that being boring is not


the point, it is about getting the job done, but it is quite an odd


person to hold up as your leadership figure. He was also at the heart of


the ructions which destroyed Yorkshire cricket for many years


because of the chaos, the divisive camps that he was one side of in


that. But he did introduce us to the idea of the corridor of uncertainty.


We have a lot of those in this building! Let's move on to the i.


This is the picture on the top of the eye, Irma's path of destruction.


Just tinder made out of buildings in the Caribbean. Many of them are


territories linked to the UK, and it links back to the last story about


leadership, and showing that we are connected and our people there


feeling supported in the way that they need to be through what is an


absolutely Terol time, the pictures are shocking, and I think that we as


British territories, we do have a duty of care to the people there.


And Boris Johnson has defended the response tonight, because there has


been criticism that there was too little, too late, perhaps not enough


but to reactive. I do suspect that this sheer scale of this disaster


meant that any response would have been too little and may be too late,


but there does seem to be a genuine concern in the Caribbean islands


about the lack of response from the Government. The French and Dutch


have been praised. Matt Cromwell on the Dutch Prime Minister as well,


and we haven't really seen the same response... I understand that the


French and Dutch have far more troops based in the region, whereas


we are having to find people, so it is in a way easier to be there more


quickly, but still, what is the level of support? It is great to see


that there are now playing is nearly there, there is a frigate. But it


could take a couple of people to get their -- couple of weeks for people


to get their biplane. To get there, by aeroplane. And they had to make


sure it was safe before they went, safe to land unsafe to deliver the


goods. On the other aspect is what is going to happen in Florida this


weekend, the Daily Telegraph, thousands in Florida Exodus,


something like half a million people on the move. At the moment I'm told


that people in southern Florida are being told to move, not the people


in central Florida. I have a stake in this one in my parents live in


Orlando, and they are staying put, despite my efforts to tell them to


go. They have put duct tape on the windows, it is all fine! They do


know that this is an airborne phenomena? You might have thought


that, but you never know, but apparently everyone else is staying,


so it is OK, apparently. But I think the hope is that the more permanent


structures they believe will be safer than the caravan parks which


are obviously open to all sorts of elements. And the roads are clogged,


because everyone is heading north, so they can't get up people are


spending hours and hours not moving, and do you really want to be on a


motorway in a car of this thing happens? And then of course we have


Jose out in the Atlantic, not likely to hit Florida, but the other


islands that have already suffered. It does seem to be a constant


barrage of natural disasters at the moment. We have not seen much of it


coming through in the papers, sure the whole issue around climate


change and how much this is affecting, bringing about these


scenarios is going to come into play, because there have to be some


longer term solutions, however prepared we are, however much we


have our disaster recovery plans and put into place all the good


practices around that... I'm not sure what you can do about 200 mph


winds. Sea temperatures are function of global warming. Staying with the


Daily Telegraph, 44 million Britons caught in a US hack. This is


customers for companies like BT, British Gas. Have you not got that?


You have got it. There you go. Please pay attention! Customers have


had their personal data taken, not directly from these companies, but


something else. This is another trust issue, and we would all feel


more Cottrell with BT and British Gas, but this data is held by


another company, a US company, Equifax, so it is all about how our


data is used, the integrity of the data, and it is still not clear what


exactly has happened. The information commission is looking at


it. This is 143 million customers in the US. This took place in May, and


we are only just hearing about it. This is the thing that people are


fearful of giving information, because they don't trust these


companies, they don't trust computers, and when things at this


happen, it reinforces that thinking of is this safe, and my vulnerable


here? They don't know. Let's move on to the guardian, Desmond Tutu break


silence to attack Aung San Suu Kyi, and we have had Malala Yousafzai


also expressing consternation that Aung San Suu Kyi seems to be


presiding over these military led operations against the Rohingya


minority in the wacky -- Rakhine state. Teller macro


the difficulty of Aung San Suu Kyi being in this position, it is


challenging to all of us, we have held up as a heroine for the stand


she took for democracy and the sacrifices she made for Myanmar, but


I think the really big questions are being raised about how she is


tackling this issue. It was an issue raised before she was elected, and


she batted it aside, and suddenly it is real, and it is disconcerting to


discover that the people you set up as heroes have feet of clay. And


Desmond Tutu saying he is breaking his vow to remain silent on public


affairs out of sadness. And it will cause controversy as well that he


has been breaking ranks almost amongst the Nobel laureates, but you


can see the pain and anguish on so many faces, it is quite


heartbreaking to witness. Finally, the Times, sport on the front page.


This is good! I thought you would approve. James Anderson celebrating


500 Test wickets, the only Englishman to do that. The only


Englishman, sixth person in the history of Test cricket, and he


wants to go on and on, and he is in the perfect place to do it, at


Lord's, the home of cricket, massive swing ball, taking the middle peg


out of the West Indies opening batsmen, great delivery, and he has


been a fantastic bowler. He has also learned to control his body as well


as he controls the ball. Because his pace has slowed down. He started off


tearaway quick, and at 35 years still bending it round corners. The


top spot is 800 wickets. So he has got a way to go, but you think he


has the time? He isn't going to get that far, Courtney Walsh is at 519,


and McGrath, the Aussie is at 563. That would put in third, fourth.


Morillas in and worn other next -- Shane Warne are the next. Robert


Alan, who is producing tonight, advises that the spinsters cycling


to Evensong was from the clergymen's daughter in Orson Welles.


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 evening, you can watch it


Palin, I hope you will come back thank you for joining us. Martin,


thank you for joining us as ever. Coming up next, the weather.


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