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He takes over from Kezia Dugdale.
Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me the broadcaster and former
Fleet Street editor,
Eve Pollard and the journalist,
Welcome to you both. Let's take a
look at tomorrow's front pages.
The Observer leads on the situation
in Zimbabwe, with a picture of one
of the anti-Mugabe demonstrators
that have been out
on the streets of Harare.
The Mail on Sunday reports
on an apparent altercation
between two Labour MPs
in the Commons chamber.
The Sunday Express claims that
in Wednesday's budget the Chancellor
will announce support for Britain's
tech industries that could mean
we'll have driverless cars
on our roads by 2021.
The Sunday Telegraph also leads
on a pre-budget announcement,
this time reporting that nurses
are in line for a pay rise.
Well now, where shall we start? The
Observer, shall we do them first? Ya
's men, it is about Robert Mugabe,
extraordinary scenes in Zimbabwe
will stop -- Yasmin.
It is an
extraordinary story. The Army has
not behaved as army is usually do.
They have been respective of the old
man. I was in Uganda when the EDI
main coup happened and I can tell
you that armies behave shockingly
when coups happen. -- Idi Amin. Now
it seems that people are coming out.
They were quite scared in the
beginning or disbelieving. Now even
the army people and Zanu people are
That is the party.
ruled over them. He has been
shocking at times. I think he will
have to go but he could have done it
differently. He could have left with
grace. He has a lot of money.
Grace or with his wife?
Design extraordinary situation.
is heartening, if you're going to
topple a dictator which he was, this
is a civilised way of doing it.
Today he handed out things at a
university. He went out specially.
He is 93. They are showing him a bit
of respect. But you'd think is only
every other country which was run by
a code to...
But it ain't over. The
person who was selected was his
This is a man with the
nickname the crocodile. A long-time
associate of Robert Mugabe involved
with most things...
One thing which
it is important to remember, and I
read a column about this, we do need
to remember what he was like in the
early days. He was a hero, a
liberationist hero. He was put into
prison for ten years.
He got a
degree when he was in prison.
baby boy died then. The radiation
authorities and our government would
not let him go to the funeral -- the
Rhodesian authorities. Then he
turned into this person who was
dictatorial and thought the country
belonged to him.
It is the
end of an era. Let's go domestic.
Eve, the Sunday Telegraph, looking
ahead to the budget. Philip
Hammond's in trade must be enormous.
They are talking about a pay boost
Quite a lot of his
intraday is coming from his own team
and this is actually, apparently he
is going to give a boost to nurses
and probably to schools, but what is
interesting is that I've four years
and others have said this, the NHS
is not -- should not be a political
football, it is much too serious. It
should have a Royal commission. We
are paying managers a fortune. We
are paying agencies a fortune to get
nurses. We don't have nurses homes.
How can you afford to live in London
if you are in a? I can remember the
time, my parents had a friend who
was a nurse, lived in a nurses home.
But the reason it is always going to
be in politics is because taxpayers
pay for it so it is bound to be a
But in France
they paid for the health service and
it is not a football.
As you have
said, they want the teachers, they
want the cap removed. State schools
are in a terrible state. And then
there are the people who want a
Brexit whatever it is called, war
chest, because it is going to cost.
I don't know how he's going to do
all of this because he is a sensible
He is a sensible man who has
built up a good business of his own.
The curious thing about Brexit is it
seems like a very bad divorce.
Somebody has taken the money and
Somerby has taken the house and they
say only when you give me the money
and the house I will tell you when
you can see the children.
I wish we
had got a mediator and not got a
Nobody told us we would
have to give billions. I don't know
We seem to have strayed from
the NHS to Brexit. I know there are
links. There is a lot of detail in
this story. There are quite a few
other things in there as well.
are talking about tech because the
driverless cars which of course
journalists are fascinated by,
because most of them are in a state
where they would like to have
driverless cars and not want to
drive themselves when they have had
a drink or two.
That is a rather
It is. They will
probably tell us we cannot drive
them anyway. I would love it, I
could talk on the phone and put on
make-up it would be fantastic.
the idea of this thing in your house
which you speak to and it does
things, oh no!
Hang on, we have
strayed again. Get back to this
story in the Sunday Telegraph.
previous budgets we more or less
knew all about the budget by now.
This one is happening this week and
we are still making guesses as to
what Philip Hammond will do.
No money really. He has got
to loosen austerity.
The point about
all these stories, it is not just
about what will the Chancellor do,
will he put a penny on tax here or
there, he has a political battle to
fight, Yasmin? Brexit is on his mind
but he wants to stop young people
It is a political
agenda because the Tory party is
losing support. But he himself is in
a lot of trouble because of this
Brexit think tearing his own party
up. I would not want to be Philip
No one talks about Brexit
caring the Labour Party apart.
are not in power so they did have to
do the budget.
They don't count. It
will mean a big change for him.
Let's go back to this business of
driverless cars because the Sunday
Express is saying driverless cars by
2021. Where do they get that 2021
I don't know. According to the
Sunday express, it very confidently
said driverless cars will be on the
roads in three years as part of a
multi-million pound plan, as part of
the technological revolution. I
don't know if these are placed
stories, prebudget placed stories or
For a start, you would
have to flatten half our roads which
have eternal bumps. 2021 is much to
year. And Kessler are still busy
getting out there driverless cars --
Tesla. I love the idea of them. You
can do your washing and make up!
seem to have gone round in a circle
again! The point is, I have to
confess, I have a motorcar now which
I have learned to be cautious with
it, because if it thinks there is
another car getting in the way the
brakes come on. We are not too far
away from the time when cars are
It is very soon. The
human still has two count. The have
been some incidents where they have
started testing these things. The
human instinct is a very important
Are they going to be running on
electricity? How will we make enough
electricity and will we have enough
place to plug your car in?
any got the front page of the Sunday
Express, but it does say Philip
Hammond is a Houdini of politics if
he gets all this right, he is
expected to spend money developing
are doing this, the Americans are
doing this, the one way we will
survive if we sadly do have to stave
off on our own is being as fit and
as good as them at business so we
will have to make stuff. There is no
doubt we need money put into it.
think I would prefer money to be put
into more essential services than a
driverless car. We don't need it.
This might lead us back to the
Observer again. They have a story on
the front page, 1000 nurseries shut
as childcare crisis mounts. What is
This is about how many
nurseries, many of them outstanding,
have closed over the last year. The
Tories did promise, if you remember,
30 hours for people earning less
than £100,000 a year, 30 hours of
free childcare. That is terribly
important because when you and I
were working, childcare was not so
expensive, but now it has become a
This will help the
middle classes, £100,000 is beyond
But it means if you
are less than that if you are a
woman you can have a part-time job.
The truth about this as they are
going bust these places, because
their rates have gone up, because
their rents have gone up. What
should have happened if everybody
should have looked at schools around
the country and said, can we build a
class on. It would be easier if
parents were taking little ones and
bigger ones to the same place. Can
we make space somewhere on the
facilities. The playground may not
be as big. Then they would not have
to pay rent and all the rest of it.
Talking about a radical approach to
It is also about how much
childcare workers are paid. We are
going to have to start thinking more
seriously about means tested
benefits. People that can afford it
pay for their own childcare and
people who can't and need to go out
to work need to be better
subsidised. This 100,000 cap, I
never agreed with it. But also what
I am astonished by, it says the
preschool learning Alliance say
local authorities typically pay
nurseries and childminders for
pounds 27 hour. -- £4.27.
thing is I bet you if you or I
volunteered to be teachers and we
would both be bloody good, in a
nursery for a day a week, they
would... The trouble with means
testing if it costs more to means
test than to pay people out almost.
I know why it was a universal
benefit, lots of these universal
benefits have been good since the
end of the war, but we cannot afford
for middle classes to be getting the
amount of money out of the state,
Very quickly, one last
one, the Sunday Telegraph front
page, a picture of a smiling couple
70 years married. What do you think?
Ask her, she is a royalist! I am
I think the Queen has done a
brilliant job. One of the brilliant
jobs is she and the Duke of
Edinburgh have stayed married for 17
That is an achievement. But
lots of other couples do.
many as they used to.
Will see of the next
generation can keep it up.
can't, they went!
Thank you very
much. -- they won't.
That's it for The Papers this hour.
Thank you Eve and Yasmin -
you'll both be back at 11.30
for another look at the stories
making the news tomorrow.