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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are the deputy head
of sport at The Sun,
and the political
commentator, Jane Merrick.
pages, starting with
the I, picking up on disagreements
over future Irish border
arrangements which, the paper says,
could derail Brexit plans.
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 stolen car
which crashed, 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 thousands of children that
are being used by criminal
gangs as drugs runners.
The Guardian leads with a report
claiming 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 says that Britain
should brace for a month of icy
weather in the run-up to Christmas.
Let's begin with the times and an
investigation that has been running.
The headline, thousands of children
groomed as drug mules on a huge
This is a pretty horrendous
story. Genuinely chilling. And
terrifying, I have to say. The
suggestion in this story is the
criminal gangs are using children as
drug runners, grooming children as
young as 12. The National crime
agency involved here, and it has
been dubbed the county line struck
with urban gangs moving the drug
between the inner-city and
out-of-town locations, and it sounds
like an absolutely horrendous
situation which the police are now
trying to counteract. Children being
basically sucked into helping these
drug gangs across the country all
over the place, from coast to coast.
And the approach to it now is to get
at the gangs by using human
trafficking and slavery legislation
to impose harsher penalties because
they are much greater punishments,
children because if they get caught
with drugs on the assumption would
be they are treated as a minor.
Exactly. This is the appalling
thing, they the most vulnerable
children in the country, a lot of
them are in care medicine as 12, as
you say, and it is appalling and a
one scale it is a similar technique
that is using in Rochdale and
rubber, the grooming scandal there,
they are being groomed to do this
but once again, these children, what
is the care system doing? How are
these children being allowed to be
taken in this way? I think it is an
important investigation into what is
an appalling operation on a massive
And the way they get them to
actually comply is through some
really appalling violence.
graphic, you can read this. They
include kidnapped, torture, severe
physical attacks, threats to rape,
and kill. The most vile use of live
Rich on young vulnerable people. It
is utterly despicable. This is the
first time I've seen this, it has
come out of the blue, I think. And I
think it will rumble through for a
period of time.
It is really
worrying. The Guardian, health
stories, safety fears as junior
doctors are left to run A&E.
anybody who has had anyone who knows
it has been a patient or a doctor
even working in the NHS in the last
few months will save the pressure is
on the NHS are bigger than ever and
it isn't about the money, it is the
stuff also, and all sorts of things,
at the story in the Guardian is that
they are under such pressure to fill
the gaps in the A&E departments
which are the most critical parts of
the whole system, that they are
being thought of led by
inexperienced young doc is. There is
a case here, this is a warning by
the head of the General medical
Council and they are saying that
examples here, a huge survey has
taken place of how they have
uncovered this, a survey of 55,000
junior doctors, and this is quite a
sort of regular occurrence, and a
group of young doc is straight out
of medical school in charge of A&E
and left with decisions that are
thought of literally life or death.
I mean, it is really, really
Very little supervision,
it says, being asked to work way
beyond their competence.
Is this not
also part of the fact we have had
this idea of masochism structured
within medical industry where to
prove that you are good enough to be
a junior doctor you have to work 25
hours out of 24 on an eight days a
week for 13 months of the year. Just
to prove you are up to it.
Superhuman efforts expected of
people, weight above and beyond
legitimate expectations. And you
therefore... You have young doctors,
and they are in their 20s, often
just kids are asked to do things
they are not capable of doing at
that point. And obviously there is
then a dangerous things going wrong.
And of course you cannot just
conjure up a new doc.
It takes a few
years. It does take a few years. The
Daily Mail reveal cut-price
ambulance crews since 1999 calls.
seemed on treble nine calls. This
appears to be a similar sort of
Genesis to the previous story in the
Guardian where of necessity, you
haven't got enough staff, people are
slightly underqualified to be there
and it hugely important roles, it
says here we have the technicians
look like paramedics in terms of the
uniform that they are not quite the
same, they have less training, fewer
skills, five of the ten ambulance
trust in England show they would
dispatch these technicians to almost
300,000 calls. Without paramedics
last year, including 155,000 of the
most serious radicals were patient's
live were deemed to be in imminent
danger. These are skills, but just
slightly less skilled.
But we know
the care that you get in the first
few minutes after having something
like a heart attack and really make
the difference between a full
recovery or not.
Or even surviving.
This feeds into ambulance waiting
times, and we have heard about
ambulances queueing up outside A&E
departments could they cannot get in
because the response times, the
pressures, it is the same thing and
I want to say the work that
paramedics and the health services
do is amazing and I think the
criticism isn't on them and
obviously they are trying their
best. It's a difficult situation.
They are being asked to do this
without the necessary
qualifications, I think that is very
No government could ever
spend enough money on the NHS are
what people expect it to deliver.
But people also have an expectation
that the service will be optimum.
And not some optimum. Therein lies
the significant issue.
The I, rift
with Dublin puts Brexit deal in
danger. Very different expectations
on each side about at what point the
Irish border issue will be resolved.
As it relates to the trade agreement
that Britain wants.
hard border soft border issue has
been rumbling on for months actually
but it is probably the most
important issue that hasn't really
been addressed properly by our
government and actually Ireland are
now stepping up, they are upping the
ante on the issue, firstly because
they have their own sort of
political issues at home and a
possible general election looming
but also because there has been a
deadline text to the middle of
December to the first stage to be
sorted out and the Irish border
question is part of the first stage
it is contingent on that, and what
Ireland is asking for is a sort of
assurance that they will not be a
hard border which would equate to
disaster to the peace process
without moving onto the next, they
will veto any steps for a hard
border before they, talks can move
forward. So Theresa May and David
Davis are in a difficult situation
of how they move the talks forward
and Brexit is just stuck in the mud.
Liam Fox saying it has to happen the
other way around, first bought out
the trade deal and then we will
decide what the border needs to be.
The problem we have here is because
of this desperate wish on behalf and
I think everybody, even those do not
support Brexit, for it to be a
success, they are trying to expedite
things through without them being
seen properly in place. " From Liam
Fox in the Telegraph is we don't
want there to be a hard border. But
the UK is going to be leaving the
customs union and the single market.
Well, if you do that, there is
probably going to be a hard border.
Unless you have it in the Irish Sea
and then that is of concern to the
And you know, they are still
keeping this government in place at
the moment, in particular you know
we have the schisms between Tory
party over Brexit, between the Ken
Klark Quinn or whatever, but it have
to be that big and there is a
minority legislation to put the
administration down, there is all
sorts of things that are going on
and we are in a ridiculously narrow
timeframe for this to be sorted out,
we are looking at leaving the EU
effectively in March 2019 we are
talking about deadlines being this
time next year. That isn't very
long. We have wasted six months
after the trigger of Article 50
without getting anywhere.
at the FT, Saudi crown prince
delivers pledged of ridding the
world of Islamist terrorism.
It is a
busy man at the moment! Having got
rid of all of the corrupt people in
Or asking them to
pay a few quick to make the charges
And put them in a nice
hotel while they are at it, which is
lovely, but had been someone who was
the crown prince has decided people
on Islington are some. So he's
basically said we will take on the
Shia because we are Sony and there
are essentially old schisms between
the two wings of Islam being played
out on a geopolitical basis.
Mohammed bin Salman. The Saudis do
with the Iranians because they are
sheer, that by the Qatari survey as
it -- accused of bankrolling Islamic
State they were grabbed the Sony
states which is Iraq and Syria,
Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and Prince
Salman says we see its defeat in
many countries, we are tracking down
terrorism, we will pursue it until
it is completely gone from the
surface of the earth. It is rather
politicians from other countries
have said similar. If you push it
down it pops up somewhere else.
of course it would be wonderful if
we could get rid of that and as it
says is the story, this is in the
context of the absolute the
horrendous attack on a mosque in
Egypt on Friday. The worrying thing
is he is taking a much more
progressive stance, ' is, at home,
but also in verities -- is Martin
says, it will affect all of the
satellite states and I think it must
be very worrying, especially if you
have Donald Trump and here's sort of
Middle East International policies,
it is very disconcerting, if Saudi
Arabia will be suddenly more
assertive on a regional level.
Finally, the Daily Telegraph, armed
forces lose out to cyber war. This
is traditional personnel not getting
the funding that they may be a
Yes, and the shortfall
is £2 billion. This is the new twist
on an old story. The MoD has always
complained about not having enough
money and the Defence Secretary has
always had to ask for more money
than the Chancellor. It actually, --
but actually the National Security
adviser is saying that the extra
money is needed to tackle cyber
terrorism which is true, there is a
huge threat from Russia and
Except if we are asking
for trips elsewhere.
This is the
issue being raised and it is a big
test, just a few weeks into the
tenure of Gavin Williams, the new
Defence Secretary, more
interestingly, Michael Fallon of
erstwhile Defence Secretary, has
already said he will speak up about
this. Didn't have the opportunity
for the previous two years, you may
ask, but there you go. There are
issues and the funding of the
defence forces is a big one.
it for the papers. Please observe
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the midpoint of the circle.
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Thank you, Martin and Jane.