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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are the Associate Editor
of The Times, Anne Ashworth
and the Playwright and Writer
in The New European, Bonnie Greer.
The Sunday Telegraph claims
that the Prime Minister has been has
been warned by MPs not to retreat
from a pledge to "take back
control" of British laws
from Brussels post Brexit.
The Sunday Times meanwhile says that
a member of the Labour Party has
died after apparently
taking his own life amid allegations
of sexual misconduct.
The Mail on Sunday alleges
that there are links
between Boris Johnson
and Michael Gove's bid to persuade
Theresa May to take a tougher stance
on Brexit and a Russian Tycoon.
And finally the Sunday Express
reports that Meghan Markle
is being guarded by royal protection
officers as the Palace
prepares to announce her
engagement to Prince Harry.
Let us begin our review today. The
Mail on Sunday, it's all about
Michael Gove and Boris Johnson,
probably the two leading Brexiteers.
They wrote a letter to the Prime
Minister secretly trying to get her
to take a tough stance on Brexit.
What is this link, alleged link with
This story, it's a
multi-layered story and you need to
have a lot of background knowledge
of who is who in think-tanks.
lot of music too.
In order to be
able to understand it. The bare
bones seem to be there are the
think-tanks that seem to be having a
huge amount of inNorwich Unions on
Michael Gove and Boris Johnson,
notes of secret meetings. But the
institute is interesting because the
people behind it who're two very
rich brothers who made their money
through Gazprom, the big massive
Russian energy giant. It's alleged
they have links to Putin.
and Gove wrote a letter earlier on
this month to Mrs May saying you
have got to do this, that and the
other and this story in the Mail on
Sunday is saying, what they wanted
in the letter is already happening,
including £3 billion set aside in
case we don't get a Brexit deal.
letter that was leaked to the papers
so that we all knew about it.
It was called, for your eyes only,
The Chief of Staff,
Full disloads sure, like they
say in America - I wrote a piece for
my paper, the New European. I used
to have some sort of dealings with
them a few years ago and it's an
interesting place. I didn't quite
know what it was about. It was at
the time I was there very much
interested in Boris when he was
Mayor. They published a prosperity
index which is apparently the thing
they exist for so they gather this
data in which they then describe who
is the most prosperous. The whole
thing is prosperity. Any time you
see prosperity in relation to Brexit
which David Davis has used, it's the
buzz word. People are starting to
wonder how much it's influencing.
There is some kind of rumour. There
is a big meeting out of Chequers or
something. People trying to figure
out what it is.
There is no reason
to think they're sinister, is there?
Well, think-tanks would like to be
thought of as sinister and powerful
behind-the-scenes bodies but within
this story, there is a claim that
one of the members of staff is
already the day facto Brexit czar
which was one of the demands made in
To be honest, when I heard
David Davis say prosperity, I went
bing, bing, bing, because that is
one of their buzz words. I think we
are entitled and good for the Mail
on Sunday for bringing this up. We
are entitled to know a bit more. If
they had that kind of inflews, it
doesn't mean it's bad. We just need
all, just find out who they are.
It's a good talking point.
Who are they, yes, that
Let us move on to the Sunday
Times and another disturbing story
as we have had a lot of claims about
sexual impropyrety, a story that has
been rumbling on for a few weeks --
impropriety. This is a suggestion
that somebody who worked for the
Labour Party had been accused of
something and they've been
It's alleged that this person worked
for the Labour Party and has died.
There are no other details.
worries me is that we are seeing
these stories emerge. We don't know
the background to this and there
seems to be no apparatus in place to
deal with this, no party seems to
have a proper policy on how to deal
with these accusations, how to deal
with the aftermath and it seems to
me that it's something they need to
tackle soon because there are some
politicians who still do not know
what the accusations are that are
being made against them. I think
it's down to the leaders and the
speaker to find some way to assemble
this. The same things go on in
America and France. It's a cultural
shift. It's a very big culture, one
of the biggest in my lifetime
certainly, and it's happening. It's
coming on and it's important that it
happens. But what the politicians
need to do and also businesses, they
need to find a mechanism by which
all of this can be gathered up,
weighed up, can be understood. We
don't understand it yet.
they are racing to catch up, doesn't
it? The leaders are discussing how
to make it work?
They need to move
faster. In the United States, there
are apparently some kind of slush
fund that existed that was basically
made from taxpayers' money to sort
of pay. You know, we need to move
this a lot faster and get some sort
of a mechanism by which women and
men who're making these accusations
can come do, this and this whole
thing can happen very quickly.
seem to be no guidelines as to how
the system should be used. I mean,
people seem to - I mean the divide
between private and professional
life seems to have been blurred and
people are looking at things on the
IT systems at their work and not
realising all of that will be logged
and there will be consequences
because people in the IT department
will be looking to see what is going
It's quite shocking. I'm proud
of the men and women starting to
ring the alarm bells. Certainly when
I was young, there was nowhere to
two. You couldn't say anything. Now
this is all starting to come out,
it's happening faster than the
system is able to cope with and
that's what's happening.
Let us move
on inevitably to another story about
Brexit and the evening cannot go by
without one or two stories about
that. The Sunday Telegraph.
anybody picks up a Sunday paper and
thinks yippee, there's a Brexit
I work in Westminster
normally, even in our office there
may be times when that may be
voiced! This is a story, another
warning to Theresa May as if she
hasn't heard enough from people in
her own party about not betraying
the party over the European course
which is something that many of them
feelshire strongly about -- courts.
Slightly baffling. I thought the
European Court of Justice would
remain only to deal with cases of
the EU nationals after Brexit.
Wasn't that going to be the
restriction on the basis if we were
able to offer that to the EU, that
might be able to ease other parts.
think the problem is that you can't
have a parallel court system, you
can't have a parallel EU or a bunch
of people who live here. Brexit
people are saying the hardline, get
rid of the whole thing and the EU is
saying, you cannot have our citizens
living in your country and there are
the only EU citizens who're not
under EU court, that is off, it
can't happen, it's not going to
happen. The hardlines are saying,
get this court out of the country.
That's where she is. Brussels has
been very, very precise. There
cannot be a parallel EU, a market
where there is no freedom of
movement, a group of citizens in the
EU who're not under the court. You
make another level of EU
citizenship. They don't want that.
She's got to figure out how to
navigate this against people say who
want it all out of here.
I wonder if
sometimes the European Court of
Justice doesn't get confused with
the European Court of Human Rights.
It all gets confused.
Also I would
have thought that the EU story today
would have been Ireland.
idea that there might be in the
republic an election before
Christmas. I wanted to read more
But this is a Telegraph
doing whistle and it's important for
them to keep, for their readers to
keep this kind of thing forward
because Ireland is extremely
complicated. So if you do... Well
it's not really, but if you do the
bang, bang, bang about the courts,
it reminds them of what the hardline
We'll move on from
Brexit. I know you are very sad
about that! Let's talk about
productivity. This in the Budget was
one of the big problems with the
British economy and has been for a
long time. This seems to suggest
there might be the answer. What is
Well, it's not that we
don't have good enough technology,
no, it's because we spend too much
time at our desk looking to see if
we've got a WhatsApp message or a
text or updating our status on
Facebook or going on Twitter. That
is what is happening, our minds are
not on our work.
You are distracted?
I get tired of people beating
up on the British worker, I don't
buy this at all. I think people work
very, very hard. What is going on
now, we are having a revolution in
technology. A lot of things are
shifting. We are having different
things to indicate productivity. We
don't know the answers to this yet.
I think people work very, very hard
and I wish that we had a system
whereby the new technology can be
sort of measured up and captured.
The system is not up to snuff yet.
People work hard. That is wrong.
is quite interesting, there is just
this whole kind of mystery as to why
our productivity remains low.
think the measure isn't there yet
and I would love to see someone,
some science geek or whatever come
up with a way to measure how people
are working because I think they are
working very hard.
I wonder if we
have become a look-down society. You
know when you are on the train, the
tube in the morning, you want to
say, take your eyes off that phone
and see the world.
Talk to the
person next to you!
Yes. I wonder
whether this is a broader problem,
maybe it's stopping collaboration at
work. I think we need to look at
It's no more
different than Paris or New York. I
think people shouldn't do this. This
is a lot more complicated.
move on because we can't end Without
a Royal story. Engagement expected
any day. Theresa May cleared her
diary on Thursday because it was
expected to happen and it hasn't.
Americans would have killed her if
that news came out on Thanksgiving.
That is why!
Yes, that is what
happened. She's American, there is
no way that this was twoing to
happen on Thanksgiving.
they've all got too much to do, to
No, this is a down news day. If
this came out on a down news day,
this country would never have been
forgiven so I think they pushed it.
That is what happened.
It will give
the nation's spirit a lift. I'm
quite excited about it. I'll want to
read the details and I'll get
excited about the dress. I think
it's what we need. Also, she is
going to be a new spirit in the
Royal Family. I do really think that
we are looking at the moment for
This will be the one we like. We
like this guy. We like Harry.
like a good news story.
country needs the lift.
leave it there now. That is it for
the papers this hour, thank you to
Anne and Bonnie. They'll both be
back at 11. 30 and we'll do it all
over again. Coming up next, Meet the