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


With me is Dia Chakravarty, Brexit Editor at the Telegraph,


and John Rentoul, political columnist at the Independent.


Let's show you tomorrow's front pages, starting with the guardian,


Michael Bloomberg saying that Brexit is the silliest thing a country has


ever done, apart from electing Donald Trump as President of the


United States. According to the Daily Telegraph,


some of the world's richest people are bracing themselves


for their financial details to be exposed, after a major offshore


company admitted that its computer The Financial Times highlights


an estimate that multinationals avoided paying as much


as 5.8 billion pounds in UK corporate taxes last year by placing


profits in overseas entities, a 50 % increase over previous


government forecasts. The Daily Mail says drivers


are paying more than a billion pounds a year in fines


amid claims they are being The Metro says the mother of a young


Briton who died fighting so-called Islamic State,


in Syria, has said she is The Daily Express says


there's been a breakthrough in the fight against dementia -


saying research suggests common blood-thinning drugs have the power


to protect against the condition. And The Times highlights


new research suggesting Gatwick has overtaken Heathrow as the airport


whose expansion would bring the biggest boost


to the economy and least damage Let's start with the guardian,


Michael Bloomberg saying that Brexit is the worst ever decision. I


suppose I can hear Brexiteers say, who cares? I think a lot of people


might be thinking that, and this is precisely the sort of comments which


have been made by a lot of world leaders, in the lead up to the


Brexit referendum, which I would argue probably has changed more


people's minds towards Brexit and away from it. People don't like


these interventions. So mind your own business? A bit like that.


Speaking on behalf of Remainer is, this is the sort of thing we could


do without. Some incredibly rich American telling us how stupid we


are averaging to leave the European Union. The single stupidest thing


any country has ever done, that is quite a claim. Apart from electing


Donald Trump, which is a good line, but front-page lead in the guardian?


Please. It is just annoying, especially as this is the guy call


one of the stupidest thing is a rich man has done is build that ghastly


new headquarters in the, rowing a beautiful cityscape of St Paul's. It


is hideous, go and have a look, and don't have a listen to him. Is that


is the single stupidest thing that any man has ever done! The


Telegraph, super-rich hacked in Bermuda data leak, what is that


about? This appears to be another story where a company called


Appleby, based in Bermuda, with offices in many tax havens, who is


warning their client tonight that there has been a leak, and I think a


lot of people are in desperate conversations with their lawyers to


night trying to understand the damage. How sorry we feel for the!


Are they quaking in their boots? The Panama Papers were very embarrassing


to some people, including the then Prime Minister David Cameron, but if


sunlight is the best disinfectant, maybe it is a good thing. Who knows.


Is a data leak a good thing? The sunlight point is a good one, it is


all out of the open. But the other side is the Internet security side.


How safe is the private data, and how far do these leaks go? Ridgers


makes it awkward if it is very rich people are not you and me, but from


an Internet security point of view, who else might fall prey to it? It


is a question to ask. John, Universal Credit is the front page


in the Independent, selling three quarters of the public want the time


cup for people have to wait before they get their benefit. The six-week


delay built into the system is the focus now of intense pressure on the


government, a lot of backbenchers are very worried about it, and this


will add to the pressure on the government. The poll is interesting


in that people are not persuaded of the benefits of Universal Credit,


people wanted to be stopped altogether. What is the reason for


this delay? Is it a computer? It is built-in. People are saying they


have had to wait months and months. That is where it goes wrong, but it


is designed to be your paid per in arrears, so when you first claim can


wait six weeks because it is supposed to take into account what


your circumstances are over the previous month. See you think it is


flawed? I do, and purely for the purposes of saving money. It would


cost a huge amount to have payment is made within two weeks, which is


the existing... Iain Duncan Smith, the creator, says it is a great


reform. He has been speaking out against the delay, actually? Really?


It is his delay. They have had seven years to sort this out. We have


heard these reports about these conversations going on, arguments,


debates within the Treasury, and it was meant to be Iain Duncan Smith's


baby, he was passionate about welfare reform, but what I heard was


that the money was simply not forthcoming from the Treasury, which


ended up in something massively problematic in the way it was


finally delivered, and I think that is one of the reasons Iain Duncan


Smith cited as the reason for him to leave that post, but it is


unacceptable that you have this six-week wait, these are the most


vulnerable people you are dealing with, and I cannot see how there


cannot be a turnaround needed. It is a warning from the chief executive


of Virgin Money on the Financial Times, saying that sexism is


prevalent in the financial services industry. I missed this, I was in


the House of Commons today but I missed this evidence. It looks


interesting, and achieve executive of Virgin Money says that sexism is


a real problem in City firms, and quoting someone she is to work with,


a senior woman Royal Bank of Scotland who was upset because she


was expected to sleep with her boss. It is astonishing that such


attitudes are carrying on. To think in the wake of Harvey Weinstein that


other industries are now looking to see how they can improve themselves,


and this is one example? What became clear after the Harvey Weinstein


scandal broke was that it wasn't anything to do with that industry at


all, it seems like women found the courage to finally speak out, and it


seemed as quite a prevalent thing in almost every industry, we have


talking about it, parabili European Parliament is a hotbed of sexism and


women have been putting up with this role on time. We were to give


sunlight being the best disinfectant, this is one way of


dealing with it, the more women who speak out the better. But the


message needs to be very clever young girls considering careers in


these industries. It is also a place for us to go and find Aaron feet.


People have worked hard over the years so that women of my generation


can find our feet in the world. And there is this women in finance


Charter, the initiative to boost gender diversity in the city of the,


but the chief executive Virgin Money was saying a couple of the big


investment banks didn't sign up. I think the Bank of England only


signed up just a little while ago, and this has been going on for some


time. But I worry about these fancy signing up to charter is where.


About themselves because they have ticked the box. And also in the F T,


China, this Communist Party Congress, and President Xi Jinping,


and Carrie Gracie, are China editor was saying he is the new red


Emperor, he is the new Chairman Mao. And his name has been written into


the Chinese Communist Party constitution, which is a big deal.


Mao Zedong is the only other person who has been in his lifetime written


into the constitution. I don't know enough about China, but I find that


fairly reassuring in the sense that President Xi seems to be a fairly


capitalist moderniser. Running, Ennis party! Who is bringing China


into 21st-century. We were rather that


they were democratic and liberal and respected human rights, especially


in Tibet, but the system seems to be working, and


it is extraordinary have this huge ComRes party Congress in a country


with more billionaires than America, apparently. It is fascinating. One


of the things I also find interesting is that it seems like Mr


Xi has not pointed any officials young enough to be a guaranteed


success as a president, anatomy would sooner he will hold office


beyond 2022. He will be around for a long time, one would suspect. Last


story, the Daily Telegraph. This is the controversy about Cambridge


University replacing some white authors with black writers on


English literature courses because of demands from the student union


women's officer. It is a fascinating story. I'm sure Cambridge University


would say they were responding just to an open letter from the women's


officer of the student union, but it seems to me like it is broadly a


good thing to have a more diverse curriculum. There are people quoted


in the Telegraph article saying that this is a very worrying trend


because you can't have the curriculum by some kind of


statistical measure of ethnic diversity. But if it is just saying


you don't just want the canonical dead white men, then that is a step


forward. I think it is absolutely right that important BME authors


should be included in curriculum. I think it is important that students


don't miss out on reading the other classics. The responsibility to


strike the right balance will be on the authorities, and they need to


make sure they do a good job. Deduced the English at University? I


studied English at Cambridge. So you are very well qualified! What


authors warn your curriculum? Hardy, Dickens and Shakespeare! I remember


choosing my own authors for a lot of the work that I did. But they'd


tends to be white men, I do remember, rather embarrassingly.


Well, interesting, good to talk to both of you. That's it from the


papers for tonight. 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 For the moment, thank you to both of


you, and we will see you again soon. Good night.


It's a cloudy evening out there, a spot or two of rain


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