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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are the journalist Dina
Hamdy and broadcaster David Davies.
Tomorrow's front pages,
The i, which leads with the tributes
paid to the former Welsh
Carl Sargeant, who was found dead
after facing allegations,
from a number of women,
about his personal conduct.
Staying with the same story,
The Metro details how
the 49-year-old father of two had
been unaware of the details
of the claims made against him.
The Telegraph goes with the fallout
following the International
Priti Patel's unsanctioned meetings
with Israeli politicians
during a private holiday
over the summer.
Eating too much sugar could speed up
the progress and severity
of Alzheimer's according
to new research, that's
on the Daily Express front page.
The Financial Times leads with a
warning from Wall Street banker to
the US commerce Secretary that a
slow Brexit could force them to
start moving jobs out of the city.
The Times goes with the claims that
two Labour run councils are using
offshore companies to avoid paying
millions of pounds in tax. The
Guardian leads with more revelations
from the Paradise Papers detailing
how the Prince of Wales's private
estate secretly invested in a
friend's environmental firm in
Bermuda and the Daily Mail details
how a mother who posted propaganda
to a so-called Islamic State group
on social media was spared jail
after the judge took pity on her
Before we talk about some of those
front pages, a line from Laura
Kuenssberg, our political editor,
which will be relevant to the
discussion, and she says that
sources have suggested to the BBC
that Priti Patel is in deep trouble.
Number ten is examining new
revelations about her meetings
overseas tonight. The minister and
Theresa May have apparently not
spoken this evening and that will
appear in a tweet that Laura has
security, but suggestions she has
been fired are not correct at this
point in time. That is what Laura
Kuenssberg is saying about relations
between number ten and the
International Development Secretary.
There may be further developments in
the hours to come. Priti Patel of
course has left the country because
she is going on business to Uganda
so she did not appear in the Commons
earlier when opposition MPs were
demanding further comments from her.
With both David and Dina we will
start with that issue. The front of
the Telegraph, they are leading us
where Laura Kuenssberg was
Absolutely, and as Priti
Patel's International development
colleague, Alistair Burt, said in
the Commons this afternoon, she is
in the air. And she was literally in
the air at that time, earlier than
expected, she managed to get out of
the country. That is where she has
gone and she is in Africa and
getting on with the job. But looking
at these stories tonight, yes, Priti
Patel is in deep trouble, you would
have to say that and you would
expect a denoument when she gets
back. But it's not only her, the
government looks in deep trouble
And the Daily Telegraph,
clearly a Conservative supporting
newspaper, is not pulling back on
No and I think they shouldn't.
Frankly nobody knows more what Priti
Patel or Boris Johnson need to do to
be sacked. This week has been
extraordinary. She has scheduled
meetings without telling the Foreign
Office or the ambassador in Israel,
or indeed the Prime Minister has
gone leaving her in the dark when
she met Netanyahu last week. It
extraordinary that this has
happened, and she lied about it
initially to the papers before
finally admitting that she has had
these meetings. And now we discover
that a lobbyist was also present in
these meetings. The point I would
like to make is that both the
blunders of Patel and Boris Johnson,
if I may bring him into the
equation, are to do with the middle
East at a time when the region is on
the brink of a showdown perhaps
between Saudi Arabia and Iran is not
an outright war. As you can find out
from the Financial Times story here.
Let me get to that a little bit
later if I may because I want to
stay with the Conservative Party for
a moment because inside The times,
you brought them together, Priti
Patel and Boris Johnson, both
brought together because of the
difficulties they face.
I am sure
the conspiracy theorists will point
out that both Boris and pretty Patel
were leading members of the Brexit
campaign Battle Priti Patel. Putting
that aside for the time being, you
referred to the inside page, "Patel
led lobby group chief sit in on
secret Israel talks". She has been
accused of breaching the ministerial
code on several occasions now. This
was Lord Pollock, honorary friends
of the Conservative friends of
Israel, who set up 12 meetings for
the international the relevant
secretary during her family holiday.
That would have been quite a family
holiday with 12 meetings! One
wonders how long the holiday was.
Less time for the beach!
time for those very nice beaches in
Israel but anyway, there it is. As
far as Boris is concerned...
to do with the fact he had to go
before the Commons today after he
spoke last week in front of a
committee of MPs with reference to
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who is
currently in prison in Iran.
thinking, if I said to you, what are
the attributes that a Foreign
Secretary, the successors to Lord
Palmerston and Lord Salisbury and
Douglas Hurd and Lord Carrington,
those sorts of figures, what are
those attributes? You talk about
diplomacy and resilience and tact
and command of detail, reputation
abroad. You would have to ask how
many of those attributes would the
present Foreign Secretary have.
I think that is pretty harsh.
He has resilience! But it is a
At least he showed
I was going to say, he did show
up and in terms of what Iran as said
in response to what he said, the
reading is that it might have taken
the pressure off him.
Yes, but we
have to remember that they did haul
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to an
extraordinary court hearing just to
tell her that what was Boris Johnson
said was adamant prove...
she may have been training
journalists was what he said.
Exactly. And maybe endangering her
further and extending her prison
sentence further when it should be
the last thing he does.
Is there a
job in government where language
That is why the
reading of it is so important. In
the Guardian, this is a tragic story
of Carl Sargent in Wales.
It is very
hard to know what to say about this,
apart from I don't envy his family,
they must be in a really terrible
state at the minute. His position,
his reputation has gone down the
drain, and he is now dead, all in
one week. It must be a lot for a
family and his children to take on.
And the allegations, we don't know
what they were...
hear the reaction of Jeremy Corbyn
when he said that actually
everybody, in any way, on whatever
side, dragged into these allegations
from any of this nature, they need
pastoral care and you need to
consider that whatever the truth.
But it is an enormous human tragedy.
Let me go to two stories on the
front of the Financial Times. You
mentioned one that I will come true
in a moment but take us to Wall
Brexit has been
having a few days off from most of
the front pages! But here it is in
the FT and we are told that a group
of financial institutions with big
London operations led by Wall
Street's banks have told the US
commerce Secretary who is in the
country at the moment that Britain's
unstable government has slowed
progress in Brexit planning and that
might force them to start moving
thousands of jobs out of the city in
the near future. Again, echoes of
the referendum campaign and all the
rest of it. There is no doubt that
this deadline that has been set of
March 2019 is now starting to
concentrate minds in a very real way
and you can't just click your
fingers and move people from one
part of Europe to another.
when this appears I feel duty bound
to feel that the FT did not want
Britain to leave the European Union
in the first place.
and they would seize on this sort of
story, but there is a feeling that
there is real concern about, on the
one hand, the instability of the
government, and on the other hand,
the apparent lack of progress in the
And also Brussels have said
that because of the uncertainty with
the government, if they don't agree
on the first phase of negotiations
by December, they are not going to
move onto the second they don't
expect to now with everything going
And that is with those three key
points before you start talking
about trade. You mentioned Saudi
fleetingly. I will let you go there
Thank you! What I want to say,
the reason why the mistakes made by
Boris Johnson and Priti Patel this
week are significant in my point of
view is because they are both
related to the Middle East at a time
when it is in turmoil. The backdrop
is obviously the Crown Prince's move
by rounding up members of the Royal
family and major businessmen in
alleged anti-corruption crackdowns.
In effect, many people have seen
this as a power grab as well as a
wealth grab potentially. It already
had repercussions on Lebanon, it
will have repercussions on the Gulf
as mentioned here, Kuwait, Abu
Dhabi, Iraq and Bahrain are going to
feel the chill financially so to
speak. It is all connected at a very
critical time for the region and the
last thing you can do is afford to
I don't think people
in this country realise what is
going on in a 5-star, or is it six
start or seven start, Hotel in
Riyadh at the moment. Some of these
immensely wealthy people who've been
rounded up and they are sleeping on
mattresses on the floor, admittedly,
of this posh hotel.
It is quite
Without access to
lawyers or allegedly their phones.
It is a who's who in Saudi Arabia.
And it has barely been mentioned.
am glad we highlighted it. Going
back to the Daily Telegraph, this is
what to do that could do with Mary
Porter 's -- Merhi Portas was trying
to do to the high street but is not.
And not just her, David Cameron,
that was the call from him, save our
high streets. Here comes Saint Merhi
Portas to do it for us. -- Mary
She was going to save all these town
centres. But now it seems to have
all faded away and she is saying,
hey, there was an awful lot of fluff
around this but not enough money.
And also we are shopping online so
One more from the
Telegraph? I think so. Twitter plays
the long game with 280 character
limit. Do you wish to tweet at
Not really! I have
drifted off it recently.
worried about Twitter because a few
years ago it was the coming thing
and I'm worried it has lost
momentum. This is a way, I assume,
to try to get some of that momentum
back but its strength was always its
brevity. And so if you lose the
specialists, you lose the very point
Brevity is the key at this
point as well.
And it's finally that
everybody is waiting to see what
President Trump is going to do with
the extra characters! God help us
Thank you very much. That is it
tonight. You can see the front pages
of the papers online on the BBC News
website and if you miss the
programme any evening you can watch
it later on the iPlayer. Thank you
to Dina and David, and goodbye.