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This is BBC News.
We'll be taking a look at tomorrow
morning's papers in a moment -
first the headlines...
Up to 30cm of snow has fallen
in some areas of the country,
affecting travel on the roads,
railways and at airports
and causing hundreds of school
closures tomorrow morning.
The Foreign Secretary has left Iran
without any agreement on the release
of the British-Iranian woman,
The Brexit Secretary,
David Davis, has warned
that the UK could still refuse
to pay its divorce
bill if it doesn't get
a trade deal with the EU.
Disgraced celebrity publicist
Max Clifford has died
in hospital at the age of 74.
He had been serving
an eight-year sentence
for historical sex offences.
Qatar has signed a £6 billion arms
deal with the British defence
contractor, BAE Systems.
It includes the confirmation
of a large order of fighter jets.
Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are the Parliamentary
journalist Tony Grew
and entertainment reporter Caroline
Tomorrow's front pages...
The Metro leads with the heavy snow
that's caused travel chaos in many
areas of the UK today.
It also has news that the average
house price has dropped.
The FT leads with Brexit -
it says Britain's chemicals
and pharmacutical industries have
asked the Government if they can
remain within EU rules.
The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
is also pictured in Iran
with the country's president
as he tries to secure the release
of a Briton jailed there.
The Times leads with Brexit
negotiations and Ireland's
unhappiness over comments
by the Brexit Secretary,
David Davis, that a hard border
on the Island is a statement
of intent rather than
a cast iron guarantee.
The Daily Telegraph leads with news
that 10-year-olds are being asked
if they feel comfortable
with their gender in
an official NHS health study.
Police failure to attend
domestic violence call outs
is the Independent's lead.
The paper also points out
that the snow may have caused
headaches for many of us
but for others, it was
a chance to have fun.
So let's begin...
The Metro has a glorious photograph
of the snow but on the main story,
the biggest fall in house prices for
Is this true? Yes, there
is a lot of economic uncertainty
that will affect how people feel
about the global economy and whether
they buy a new house, but it is
worth pointing out that it says the
average asking price has dropped by
£8,000 across the UK, £23,000 in
London and that is not suddenly make
properties affordable for people who
cannot get onto the property ladder.
That is a small dip in what can seem
an unsurmountable ocean. It's a
difference three for people who own
their homes, such as Caroline!
this bad news, then? Only if you are
hoping to sell your property in the
immediate future, which I am not. As
Tony said, this is just a chink of
relief for aspiring first-time
buyers and the previous chink was
for the great gift of the exemption
of stamp duty for properties up to
£300,000 and that was a political
move and this becomes an economic
shift and it is good news that
first-time buyers will be watching
carefully to see that the market
carries on decreasing in their
favour. However, they have quoted
the right move director that this
should be seen in the context of
push and pull price pressures. I
said that in one go! Adding to this
impending increasing uncertainty
over Brexit. Perhaps some light but
with a grain of salt.
You need to
see a trend. The man from right move
is quoted as saying the trend will
be a mixed bag.
Strange wording that
shows that house prices have been on
the same trajectory for a period of
time, they forecast another year of
slowing in the pace of price rises.
A slowdown in the pace of them going
up, so not exactly the breakthrough
news people might think.
Let us move
on to the front page of The Times.
Ireland warns Theresa May over
Brexit. This is after the story we
have been running about David Davis
saying that the deal is not cast
This comes as is a prize to
people in the EU that they have done
the deal with and it is interesting
that David Davis thinks he runs his
own Brexit policy and I remember
having collective Cabinet
responsibility when the government
spoke with one voice and it now
seems to be whoever happens to be in
the studio. That has not gone down
very well in Ireland because one of
the key issues is the British
government has given assurances that
it will avoid a heart border and the
British government says it will
think up brilliant regulatory
infrastructures and use technology
to mean that is no border
infrastructure but the thing about
this that annoys me is David Davis
has chosen to say these things not
because he believes they are in the
national interest but for a narrow
party reasons. Everything the
government has done over Brexit is
for narrow party reasons. David
Davis still fancies himself as a
leader of the party and he is
signalling to the right of the party
and the Brexiteers that a hard
Brexit is still on the table and no
deal. Neither of those are on the
table because the commitments made
by Britain to the EU last week.
it that clear that he has gone
freelance in this sense? Michael
Gove said the other day that nothing
is agreed until everything is
What does that even mean? I
remember, nearly two decades ago,
that the piece was hard four, those
lights in the rooms in Northern
Ireland, the entire Labour Party,
there wasn't this breaking away of
the message and the fractured
branding, it was Tony Blair and Mo
Mowlam and I remember waking up to
that great thing that they had this
breakthrough and this week I
remembered that because I saw this
thing overnight, the same thing, we
are going to work through the night.
What for? So we then get to the next
chasm, the next disagreement? There
was a lovely treat that's it either
Northern Ireland is going to fail
because of Brexit or Brexit is going
to fail because of Northern Ireland.
I cannot speak about this
The front page of
the Daily Express. The weather is
always a favourite story. Just
surprised it is not Brexit! The big
freeze chaos to get worse. How do
you feel but in response to bad
Places outside London
respond in a perfectly normal
fashion, they get on with it. People
from other countries find it strange
that the weather is such a constant
source of conversation for British
people and for the Daily Express.
Once again, this shows that as a
country we cannot deal with our
infrastructure, the transport
infrastructure is not particularly
able to deal with a dusting of snow
and it is not that unusual when we
find this chaos at airports and no
doubt there will be significant
chaos tomorrow morning. It is
December, it snowed!
It has been
quite mild in recent winters?
will have the classic English
conversation, today was slightly
colder than yesterday and tomorrow
will be slightly warmer!
psychological as much as anything.
There is an economic productivity
equation and this will affect
enormous numbers of people, perhaps
it is the people writing about it,
the journalists in London and
photographers going nearby, we know
all about that, I will get a phone
call saying, I am in Scotland and
you are lightweights in London.
it makes for the beautiful picture.
The front page of the Financial
Times. An interesting story here
about Labour and its policy on the
Bank of England?
Labour have asked
consultants to look into a series of
issues, not just do with the Bank of
England, and one suggestion they are
considering is moving some functions
of the Bank of England to Birmingham
Six and thinking about whether or
not the governor should be based in
Birmingham. Labour are also talking
about creating two new institutions,
the national investment bank and the
strategic investment bank and those
might be Birmingham. A separate
financial hub in Britain's second
city and as someone who is
hopelessly part of the London
bubble, when I go to places like
Birmingham Six for party
conferences, it always strikes me
that they have these really big
financial centres in our major
cities, it is not just in London. We
have centres across the country and
I like the idea of decentralisation
and less focus on London. But I
worry that this idea that the
governor should be based in
Birmingham, that is just fluff. It
doesn't matter. He will spend his
time in London all the time anyway.
In terms of building new
infrastructure, it is interesting
and exciting, it will not win many
votes and I am sure people in the
Bank of England will be horrified at
this headline, should they wish to
stay in London. But there are lots
of advantages to staying outside of
the capital, I am told!
told by pigeons! Caroline, there
must be some sense that the economy
does need to be rebalanced? This is
what the policy, whether you like it
or not, is aiming to do?
George Osborne before departing the
Cabinet with his great Northern
Powerhouse and even though he has
left, the wheels of that continue to
turn successfully beyond the borders
of the Watford gap. I can only add
my voice to toady's, it is
refreshing as somebody who, not as a
victim, but you get into this matter
centric bubble, thinking things only
happen in London, it is refreshing,
when you go to places beyond the
city walls and he realised there is
a lot going on, culturally,
socially, artistically, and if it
takes an economic shift of the
weight of the Bank of England, then
so be it.
The front page of the
Telegraph. A little bit more signed
to enhance our environment, tills
ringing to the side of these
I am horrified by this
story. Marketing employees and visa
have spent one year choosing the
perfect noise that can single speed
and convenience! It says the company
has been running a complete
vibration at users feel through the
phone claiming they are entering a
new era of sensory branding. God
help us all! I don't think I want by
phone to vibrate a certain way.
Obviously, they think there is some
currency in this because Visa have
put a lot of effort into this but I
am not sure if they have done much
market testing, I am not
particularly in favour of sensory
Any idea of what this
energetic and optimistic sound bite
big? I love the idea that you are
immune to sensory branding.
thought this meant bespoke. I
thought every time I went to a shop
I would get my own, personal signed
and I was sinking, which song or
bridge or ref would like? Van Halen?
That would get me going! Lots of
people who are not of our generation
perhaps will have more fun with this
and we might?
Lets move back to the
front page of The Times and the
story that Caroline really wanted to
talk about! What the Queen really
did next and writing on the crime,
you have spent many hours of your
life in the interests of research...
So, the Queen, series two, for the
uninformed, has landed on Netflix
and Tony has watched even more than
me. It is quite brilliant but it
does raise the question because
Peter Morgan, the scriptwriter,
calls this a combination of error
and dense research, some very
informed speculation and some quite
rightful dramatic tendencies so we
have ended up with this incredibly
powerful inside story of the
monarchy in the second half of the
Playing around with what really
happened? Just some necessary
borrowing from the wardrobe, the
dress up wardrobe. For all intents
and purposes, for me, this has shed
light on chapters of history I did
not know enough about, the Suez
crisis, the Macmillan government,
that is promised in this series,
Tony is cross with the JFK arrival,
There is a more fundamental
point, I understand artistic
license, implying that the Duke of
Edinburgh's father blamed him for
the death of his sister in a plane
crash is not an inaccuracy or
playing with history or received
wisdom, that is just a lie and that
is wrong and someone of the... It is
not true and any amount of artistic
license does not change the fact
that this is not just on true but
deeply hurtful to the Duke of
Who will not watch this
and when asked, don't be ridiculous
will be the answer!
He is immune to
sensory branding! It is a version of
history that is demonstrably not
We will leave it there for the
That's it for The Papers this hour.
Thank you, Tony and Caroline.
You'll both be back at 11.30pm
for another look at the stories
making the news tomorrow.
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