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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Michael Booker,
Deputy Editor of The Express
and the political commentator Daisy
The FT leads on the first charges
made as part of investigations
into alleged Russian links
to Donald Trump's Presidential
featuring pictures of
and Paul Manafort on its front page.
That is the top story in the
Guardian too, summed up in their
The Metro splash is that
the government is promising
a crackdown against sexual
harassment at Westminster.
It's the same lead for
the Daily Telegraph, which reports
that the story could turn out to be
more embarrassing for MPs
than the expenses scandal.
Ministers face being fired over
"inappropriate" behaviour -
which goes with the same story,
according to The Times.
It also features a picture of Kevin
Spacey, who today apologised for
inappropriate advances a young actor
claims he made when he was only 14.
And the Express focuses on a health
story. But paper this is a dose of
aspirin a day can halve the risk of
developing some cancers.
Let's start with the Financial Times
and the story we will be talking
about for months, the charges in the
Mueller investigation, Daisy.
think a lot of attention will be on
George Papadopoulos, but actually,
it is the Paul Manafort anger of the
story that I am more interested in.
This chap was Trump's chief of his
campaign from June until August
2016, some might say a small period
of time. But this story is about his
involvement with Viktor Yanukovych
in Ukraine, for whom he was working
for a number of years, taking
millions of dollars. I have spent
some time in Kiev earlier this year.
This man was a seriously unpleasant
criminal, running a country,
stealing billions of dollars, who
has now fled after he was unseated.
It was not a bloodless unseating.
100 were killed as a direct result
of his actions. We had the war in
Crimea and he is now being harboured
in Russia. He is a seriously nasty
piece of work and Trump's right-hand
man was working for him, getting
thousands of dollars every month. He
is now accused of laundering $18
million. I think that shows you the
type of man he is and we should not
underestimate the influence of
Ukraine and Russia on this story and
how entwined it all is.
But what is
difficult for people to understand
is how everything is linked. Robert
Mueller is meant...
If you listen to
Donald Trump, it has nothing to do
with him. Then when he heard about
George Papadopoulos admitting to
lying, he went a bit quiet on
Twitter. This was seen as indicative
that he may be a bit worried. But he
does not always show that he is
worried about anything. In the FT it
says it is a serious threat to the
president. The White House has
denied any tie-up, but these
indictments are digging away at the
side issues to get towards Donald
Trump himself. There were stories
over the weekend that he would not
bother standing in 2020, because it
has all been too much for him. He
does not like the spotlight on him.
And away the FBI are working this,
clearly Robert Mueller is only
bringing in his indictments when he
is certain. And as he gets these
people like George Papadopoulos, he
has gone towards them and they have
said, I will cooperate. Will
Manafort now start to operate will.
With his business partner? It is the
Al Capone way. You get them on tax
evasion and then see if you can get
them on something else.
Financial Times says the three
indictments revealed the twin track
approach taken by Mr Manafort in
this investigation -- the approach
taken by Mr Mueller.
He is being
clever and he has to be. Trump and
his administration want rid of him,
and you can see why.
under house arrest now. I assume the
FBI will not let him, but I am sure
he must be tempted to do as many
others do and go to Moscow and stay
there for a bit.
That story is
clearly going to run. Let's move to
the front page of the Metro, also
something I suspect has a lot of
legs on it. Pestminster crackdown.
lot of MPs are worried at this time
of night when the papers are shown
on television, because they worry if
they are the ones who are going to
But they will only be
publicised if they have done
And it sounds as if
a few of them have done something
wrong. In Westminster, Andrea
Leadsom was talking about how they
want to see a tough and independent
panel created so that victims can go
to them with complaints and then be
urged to go to the police. You would
think they normally should go to the
police, but in an environment like
this where there are powerful men,
women don't want to make complaints
because it can affect their career.
Hopefully, it will have some effect,
but 36 Tory MPs are accused of
sleaze. There are four Labour MPs at
the moment also facing separate
claims that they have sexually
harassed women. There is clearly a
big problem in society.
Let me bring
in the front page of the Daily
Telegraph, with the same story. They
are saying the sex scandal could be
worse than expenses. An
It could be worse, but
there is a danger that lots of
different types of behaviour are all
lumped into one dustbin and all men
are being thrown into that dustbin.
The power point is an important one.
This is the behaviour that Harvey
Weinstein is being accused of, that
he was using his powerful position
to bully, attack and harass women
who he felt he had power over
because they wanted to be in his
movies. When you move that situation
to the House of Commons, of course
there are situations like that.
Sometimes, they are just clumsy men
who have had a drink too many and
are making a pass to a woman. That
is not the same thing. People are
now saying it is a witchhunt. Others
say it is just a way of getting men
off the hook. The truth is somewhere
in the middle.
It is this use of the
word inappropriate. Where does
inappropriate" and begin? I don't
think we have set those boundaries
yet as a society -- where does
inappropriate end and criminal
begin's you and I have both worked
in the House of Commons, Reeta.
was lucky enough never to experience
anything like that from an MP, but
the power balance was not there. I
was a journalist. I didn't want to
be a politician, so they couldn't
further my career apart from maybe
giving me a story, which is not the
same kind of power balance. Some of
these women are saying politicians
were trying to exert their authority
in an unseemly way by saying, if you
want to be a candidate, I can help
In the Telegraph, they say two
women have left one minister's
employer because of his behaviour.
It could make or break those women's
careers. They may no longer think
they want to be in politics.
some people, the worms are turning
and saying, why didn't these women
report it? We all know why they did,
because they would become the story
and people would say, a
I am going to stop you
there because we want to get through
a few of these stories. The other
story on the front page of the Daily
Telegraph is Kevin Spacey's house of
cards cancelled after harassment
They are doing a sixth
series at the moment. Netflix have
announced they will not do a
seventh. That was announced last
night on Buzzfeed when the story
came out from Anthony Rapp, who was
14 in 1986 and Kevin Spacey invited
him to a party and made a sexual
advance on him. There has been a lot
of controversy firstly about that
and secondly about the fact that he
says he can't remember it, but if it
did happen he is sorry and he said,
by the way, I am now living as a gay
man, which people have seen as an
attempt to somehow wriggle out of it
. But at the same time, he has
caused uproar by somehow conflating
making sexual advances against a
child with homosexuality, which for
a long time, the gay community have
been trying to get away from that
Certainly, because it looks so
cynical. If he provides the press
with the story of him coming out of
the closet, which is what he is
doing, he then stops the attention.
I have read a lot of members of the
gay community saying, this is
outrageous. They are not saying he
should have come out. But to come
out today seems very cynical. And
then to somehow link it, almost as
if to say, this is just what happens
if you are a gay man in the closet,
you make inappropriate advances on
young boys, no, it isn't. Nobody
believes that. He has made himself
very unpopular with the community he
has only publicly joined today.
Let's move onto the front page of
your paper, Michael. Aspirin cuts
Well, it is different
to all the other front pages. This
is good, because a lot of people
take aspirin every day. This is a
study that has been done of 600,000
people who have taken this for at
least six months, and it seems to
have reduced the chances of being
struck down by a number of digestive
system cancers by up to 50%, things
like stomach, pancreas and bowel
cancer fell. We had the decision of
whether to go with something like
Kevin Spacey or Trump on the front
page, but that is all inside the
newspaper. This is the sort of thing
a lot of people will talk about as
well. And it has not been part of
the news agenda during the day.
Michael, we know the Express often
goes with a health story on the
front. You and your colleagues are
sometimes teased about that. But
presumably, it must work for you.
There must be a reason why you do so
many health stories. Is it because
you think people are bored of the
I think you have to
sometimes give people something
different. You know there are so
many newspapers that will go down
similar lines. This story is part of
something that is embargoed until
tomorrow morning, so no one will
have read it already. Newspapers are
all fighting for their lives, so if
you can give them something
different, why not?
And the other
different thing you have given is
the royal kiss. Is that news?
believe that is the first kiss on
the lips that Prince Charles and
Camilla have done in 2005. We have
been talking about how in recent
weeks, the Royal Family are getting
more touchy-feely. They are not as
cold as the monarchy used to be and
this is another example of it. She
has been at a yoga retreat.
been doing her downward dog. 12
years, they have been married.
Doesn't time fly? Thank you both
very much. My client Daisy. That is
it for the paper tonight. You can
see the front pages of the papers
online on the BBC News website. --
Michael and David. And if you missed
the programme any evening, you can
watch it later on BBC iPlayer.
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