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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
They have no better offers, so here
The Political Commentator,
and the Deputy Head of Sport
at The Sun, Martin Lipton.
Tomorrow's front pages, starting
with the I picks up on a story
about a the Irish border which,
the paper claims, could derail
Also on Brexit, the Financial Times
reports on two large pharmaceutical
investments into the UK,
providing a boost to Theresa May's
vision for post-Brexit Britain.
The Metro reports on the story
of a stolen car killing five people,
including two schoolboys.
The Telegraph claims that a security
review will recommend prioritising
investment in cyber security, rather
than the traditional Armed Forces.
The Times runs with an investigation
into children that are being used
by criminal gangs as drugs runners.
The Guardian leads with a report
that patients' lives are being put
at risk as inexperienced doctors
are being left to run A&E units.
The Mirror reports on claims that
Russian cyber units are spreading
false information about flu jabs
in the UK.
And the Express claims that Britain
should brace for a month of icy
weather in the run-up to Christmas.
So let's begin.
Something not on the list but on the
front of the FT. A Saudi Prince
pledges to root out Islamic Islamism
in the world.
pledges to root out Islamic Islamism
in the world.
Everybody would love the world to be
rid of Islamic terrorism. He wants
Saudi Arabia to be a much more
moderate state. He's also being
quite assertive in the region. This
is obviously quite disconcerting if
you are thinking about peace in the
region, and obviously it is a threat
to Iran. But he is saying that we
need to rid the world of Islamist
terrorism but obviously it doesn't
bode well for the stability between
Iran and all their states nearby.
Talking about a pretty big military
Yes, here we are the
Sunni-Shia split was has been in
Islam for hundreds of years, once
again ruing its head. Saudi Arabia
is a Sunni state and it is the Sunni
states which include Iraq, Syria
lobe yob and Yemen as a bloc here to
the root out Islamic terrorism which
happens to be pointed at Iran and ka
too, the founding places of this.
And there have been very good
reasons for that to be stated but I
think it reinforces this schism
within the Islamic world,
particularly the powerful states
within that part of the Middle East
and it'll be interesting to see what
happens. Clearly there has been this
change within Saudi Arabia in the
last month or two in which there's
been a very aggressive
anti-corruption or nominal, at
least, anti-corruption effort being
put in by the Royal Family there.
We'll come back to the FT in a
minute. Look at the I. A rift with
you do Lynne puts the Brexit deal in
danger. The EU 27 saying - we have
to sort the border out first and
Liam Fox now saying - Martin, no,
we'll sort the trade deal out first
and worry about the border.
problem is everyone is arguing their
particular corners and no-one is
appearing to join up the argument.
So you have the issue about the hard
border between the republic of
#50ir8d and Northern Ireland, when
we fall out of the EU, and the
It could be an ordinarily
departure if we get our skates on.
We are talking about hard Brexit and
the we are going to do it, it is not
going to be that orderly. It is
going to happen, some what may. The
issues are so vast, you do wonder
how we ended up with a deadline
which is making everything more of
concern. If we are going to leave
the EU, the decision of the 52% that
voted, maybe we should have been
more sensible about how we got to
that he end game. The issue for
Ireland, the DUP are keeping
Government in Government and whilst
the DUP were a very pro-Brexit
party, they also can't afford to see
the economy of Northern Ireland
undermined totally. Therein lies the
This is really serious for
Theresa May. Actually she must be
winds again wondering why she held
an election, if she hadn't and lost
her majority she wouldn't have the
DUP in this game and it would be
much more simple but obviously
Ireland are upping the ante because
they have their own possible general
election looming. Are we seriously
looking at stability in Ireland,
with the UK, in danger because of
Brexit? That's what is at stake
here. There's no way that the
deadline is going to be met by
mid-December for this to be sorted
Back to the FT.
Big pharmaceutical groups to provide
a boost for May's post-Brexit
Yes, she needs something
more positive. What is interesting,
in the Budget last week, Philip
Hammond was talking about
post-Brexit UK and what the UK can
get from where its progress can be.
He was talking about driverless
cards and technology and it seems
like science and technology is their
kind of answer as to how Britain
moves forward outside the etch uchl.
So this is good news if you hoped
for this post-Brexit vision
pharmaceutical companies will invest
£1 billion, which could bring 17,500
high street jobs, which is really,
you can be really positive about
this, because this is where Britain
does do well in science and things
But a lot of scientists
were saying that we've got to have
this cross EU community network,
free movement of travel, movement of
personnel, because a lot of research
is not done in just one country.
a lot of research is over a number
of countries, they come together.
There's also - you know people from
all over Europe who come to work,
who are scientists come to work in
the UK, and if they're feeling
uncomfortable they may want to go
back to wherever they originate
from. We've got to find a way of
changing the economy. Quite clearly.
We've go the to find new fields and
new areas and if science is the way
forward, then let's embrace this.
I'm a bit worried about driverless
cars, the idea of a future without
Jeremy Clarkson is probably good
news, though. I think we've got to
try to explore everything. It's
interesting that clearly Hammond was
talking down this path last week in
the Budget and while one would say
£1 billion is not a huge amount of
money, given we have agreed to £3
billion to help us out Brexit-wise
and 1700 jobs is not a lot
forget we are using the European
Medicines Agency. I'm trying to be
positive but we've lost that.
Telegraph, reasons why Christians
back Trump? This is the Archbishop
of Canterbury? We hadn't spotted
All we have here is a
paragraph on front. Trump has a huge
- 85% of the evangelical Christian
vote in the US. It's a huge part of
his - despite all the issue, which
you might thought would be
counter-productive towards their
It is particularly
attitudes towards women that this
attitude picks out, because they are
completely unacceptable in
Christian... . It's good to hear the
archbishop say this and he is on the
more progressive side of the Church
But he talks about, yeah,
he has talked that they are
completely unacceptable. This is
interesting, because there is a
state dinner on the cards but not a
fixed date. It is a dinner at which
he will have to meet the US
President. So, it is interesting how
he is laying down a America,
possibly and the President will
probably respond in his usual way in
In a tweet.
The Times - thousands of children
groomed as drug mules. This is a
Times' investigation. This is taking
place here, on an enormous scale
according to this article.
really the most appalling story, a
really important investigation that
the Times has done. I didn't know
anything about this before, but it's
this thing called - county lines,
where children are groomed to take
drugs between, around the country.
They are talking about coastal
towns. The investigation is talking
about thousands of children being
used as drug runners and they are
using very similar techniques,
grooming techniques to those in the
Rotherham and Rochdale scandals. We
are talking about children as young
as 12, in care, so obviously more
vulnerable and it really is an
appalling story but it's very good
that it's having a light shone on
Yet another dimension to child
Absolutely. It is
interesting here that the line in
the second half of the story on
front page of the Times talks about
the prosecution, the police changing
their tactics and charging the
people behind this with human
trafficking, under modern slavery
legislation, which has much more
significant penalties. It's a very,
very worrying - actually quite
chilling story to read and
incredibly concerning. I think of
all the front pages we have seen
thus far, it's by far in a away the
most important story by a very long
way. I mean, you don't want to
believe it is as big as this. But if
it is, it is horrendous and chilling
and, you know, as ath fare of young
kids, it's a pretty scary prospect,
I have to say.
And also questions
for the care system once again.
That this is being allowed to
happen and the most vulnerable
children in our society are being
exploited in this way.
And it veils
like across a huge part of the
country. A a network.
We need to...
Not one particular city or town.
need to know a lot more. This will
be, I'm sure the start of this story
because I can't believe it is a
one-off hit. This is going to run
and run and run. There are real
issues that have to be addressed and
uncovered and we need to know
exactly what this is all about, but
it is, as soon as we saw t the pair
of us thought - we were shocked
It seems to have come out
of nowhere. The Telegraph again -
Armed Forces lose out to cyber war.
When you've got limited funds you've
got to make some difficult decision.
An interesting scenario. A new
Defence Secretary in Gary
Williamson. His first major issue is
an absolute war, it appears with
Philip Hammond over the funding for
the Armed Forces. The suggestion
here is that the national security
advisor has said it is more
important to increase the funding to
fight cyber attacks than to bolster
the conventional Armed Forces. There
is a £2 billion short fall t would
appear in terms of what the MoD
thought it needed and what it is
going to get and it is not going to
get that money because owe parts of
our Security Services feel they have
a bigger fight to fight over
radicalisation, Isis and also, who
knows potentially what the Russian
threat actually is but there is a
concern of criminal involvement in
all sorts of evidence there.
this money, though be regarded by
Nato of the 2% of spending that
we're supposed to give to defence
That's separate, isn't it? I think
what they are saying is that they
need this to fund a short fall and
actually this is interesting because
it is sort of a new twist on an old
story that the MoD have been
underfund Ford years, say the
defence and says the minister
involved has always complained of
going back decades of saying there
isn't enough money. But we do need
money for cyber terrorism, though.
The threat is huge. Actually I think
Britain has been slightly behind the
curve on funding for this, on
funding for the Security Services.
Slightly behind. We do need money
for that. As you say, it is the
Russian threat that is quite
It is interesting here
that Philip Hammond is getting
involved. He has been forced to step
down two weeks ago. Apparently -
well obviously the ex-Defence
Secretary likely to speak out on
what is the right level of defence
spending. Shouldn't he have been
doing that when he was Defence
That's the papers for this year. On
Twitter we have a person looking
forward to Andrew's papers stack.
They have toed and froed a bit
tonight. Maybe you