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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Kevin Schofield, Editor
of PoliticsHome and Rachel Shabi,
Journalist and Broadcaster.
Lets give you a flavour of the
papers as a whole.
Lets give you a flavour
of the papers as a whole.
The I leads on Brexit,
with trade talks due
to take place in weeks,
as negotiations move
onto the second phase.
The FT reports on a
U-turn by Ryanair,
reversing a decision to recognise
pilot unions for the first time,
in the hope of avoiding
strikes over Christmas.
The Times reports on the fallout
of a collapsed rape trial,
after police failed
to disclose evidence -
it says some senior barristers
suggest it's just the
"tip of the iceberg".
The Telegraph says eight
in ten rural homes
and businesses are mobile phone
blackspots, amid concerns some
are being "left behind".
The Mirror leads with
claims that some hospital
nurses are having to pay up
to £1,300 a year just
to park at work.
The Express reports on a study
claiming that shedding
weight could be the key
to combating rheumatoid arthritis.
The Sun looks at next
year's Royal wedding -
to be held on the same day at the FA
Cup final, on Saturday, 19th May
And "what a right royal
own goal" says the Mail,
expressing concern that next year's
nuptials will be a clash
for millions of football fans.
Brexit trade talks, Kevin, the i say
it could be kicking off in weeks,
what a joy.
Donald Tusk the European
Council president hinted today that
trade talks, which the Prime
Minister and government are
desperate to move on to trade talks.
What happened today is a formal
rubber-stamping of agreement phase
one being dealt with and moving on
to face two, it was a formality
after the agreement last week. A lot
of excitement around that. It took
the tension out of the summit in the
last couple of days. Maybe start to
look forward to phase two. The
negotiating document the European
Commission put out today stressed
that trade talks formally wouldn't
start until March, which is three
months away when you consider we
have to be out by March 2000 19. The
clock really is ticking. I think it
caused a fair bit of nervousness in
Whitehall. But they've been having a
nod and wink that informal trade
talks can begin. Which should
hopefully pave the way for some kind
of deal. Theresa May wants a trade
deal to be done by the time we leave
in 18 months' time, 15 months' time.
The EU has said, it's something you
can finalise after you've left. So
there is this is still a big gap
between getting to this stage, it's
been the easy part even though it
seemed difficult. This will be
They say in i they
praise Theresa May's role in ending
the stand-off but it's been a
gruelling six months. Where do you
think Theresa May is that all of
It feels like longer than six
months. Where she is is where we
always knew she would be. Having to
agree to the framework that the EU
has set. She could have done that a
long time ago. We could have saved
ourselves nine months and had nine
months more to negotiate. I think
it's been mismanaged by the
Conservative government. Of course
now we are looking at, yes, the EU
is saying we're not going to start
talking about trade until March, but
to be fair, it's not as though the
Conservative government has said to
them what they want in those trade
talks. The cabinet is meeting next
week to have their first
conversation about this, something
they've been avoiding all this time.
Because the Cabinet is so divided
It's interesting if we
look onto the FT weekend, we've got
a big piece on this, Theresa May
given green light in Brexit talks.
Tucked away is a quote from Angela
Merkel, German Chancellor, saying
Britain has to tell us what they
want. The most difficult phase is
yet to come. Where is the vision is
the question a lot of people are
You hit the nail on the
head, the Cabinet is so split,
you've got the Remainer element of
Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd. Against
Michael Gove, David Davis, Boris
Johnson, these hard Brexiteers. The
Prime Minister's way of handling it
has almost been don't talk about it
until we have two. It is called the
end estate discussion. What Britain
wants Brexit to look like come March
2000 19. It's remarkable, 18 months
since the referendum and they
haven't got around to talking about
what they want Brexit to look like.
We were told it would happen before
the end of the year which means only
one more Cabinet before Christmas,
which is on Tuesday. It's going to
be a bit of a ding-dong I would have
thought. At the same time, they
won't come to any conclusions.
They'll be having a say because they
Again I think this is
entirely her mismanagement, she
could have said, and this would have
been... This is true of a 48-52
result referendum anyway but
especially true after the election
which quite clearly returned to
parliament a mandate for a much
softer version of withdrawal from
the EU than she and her government
has been planning. She could have
resolved this 18 months ago.
Certainly since the election since
saying... There is no constituency
amongst the nation for anything like
the kind of Brexiteer extremists in
my Cabinet are advocating, so we're
not doing it and that's it. She
could have resolved that with better
She could have not had a
general election. Rachel, delve
inside. Page two of the sun, they've
got this headline, don't cash our
bricks checked yet. They say there
are these sticking points that could
bring things to ahead again.
Particularly on the issue of the
money. Saying you can't have it
until you've agreed this, this and
May be realistic to the sun.
Probably not to anyone dealing with
Greasy, we talked about the
infighting in Conservative
government. There was this talk of
possible rebellion this coming week
but they seem to have had that one
This was a self-inflicted wound
by the Prime Minister, about a month
or so ago she brought forward an
amendment to her own bill saying the
data Brexit, 11pm on the 29th of
March 2019 must be on the face of
the bill. She gave it to the Daily
Telegraph. A cynic would suggest it
was only done to get a nice headline
in the Daily Telegraph. It was to
make her look quite tough and
pander, almost, to the Brexit wing
of the party. She got beaten early
in the week for the first time on
the withdrawal bill. There was a
hard-core of Tory rebels. She was
looking at another defeat on this
amendment on the Brexit dates next
week. Looks as though tonight there
has been a climb-down, she's managed
to get other Tory MPs to put forward
a slightly diluted version of the
amendment, which the Remain rebels
have said they will vote for. She's
not going to lose the vote next
week. It is again how weak her
position is, this was supposed to be
heard test of strength. She's had to
What more Brexit story
before we move on, in the Scottish
times, an Angolan immigration
control. Economic worries. With the
uncertainty of Brexit. We've had the
SNP budget. This is coming home to
roost, people thinking, what happens
This is what is coming next.
Now we've moved on to the bit where
we discuss trade with the EU, this
is going to come back onto the
agenda. The relationship between
immigration control and the economy.
Hence the Scottish times, The Times
in Scotland, Leeds with this story
of how the Scottish economy is being
stifled by uncertainty. Over
immigration and trade, which is
suppressing wages. It is also making
businesses lack confidence and lack
capacity to make decisions around
investment. It is, of course, that
dilemma. Because throughout there
has been this fact, sorry to have to
use the word, but it is a fact, the
economy is adversely impacted.
Various sectors are starting to
suffer, particularly the NHS, which
is in a recruitment crisis because
nurses especially, and doctors, from
the EU, no longer want to come here.
Partly because they have no
guarantee of what their work and
living conditions will be, partly
because the UK has become a hostile
place, in terms of turning landlords
and hospitals and doctors into
Has it become a
Absolutely it has
become a hostile place.
elements, I'm not the country is
When we talk about
landlords refusing anyone without a
British passport a lease, I would
describe that as hostile.
That is a
hostile act... But...
conditions. I don't think everybody
in the UK is hostile, I don't think
people from every person in the UK
as hostile. The climate in this
country is hostile.
Let's come away
from Brexit because that takes us
into calmer waters. Back to the
Financial Times, a story about
Ryanair and another feisty character
in the form of Michael O'Leary.
We've seen something of a change in
the position of Ryanair.
Minister has had to back down on
this amendment. Ryanair have had to
back down. Michael O'Leary the chief
executive has consistently spoken
against trade representation for his
pilots. Now he's had this ongoing
dispute with pilots, Christmas is
coming, clearly this is the worst
possible time of year for them to
have cancellations. He's basically
read the writing on the wall. A
remarkable U-turn given his record.
A Christmas miracle.
He says he'll
recognise unions as a way of getting
an agreement with the pilots to get
the planes back in the air because
they do not want... Something like
20,000 flights were cancelled in the
summer, which was disruptive enough,
people missing out on their
holidays. People want to fly home
for Christmas and that is probably
I feel like you've almost
burst into song, driving home for
To the Times, they lead on a
different story. We looked at the
times in Scotland, the immigration
story. In England, The Times
focusing on this rape case, which
has fallen apart because of a load
of evidence that never made it to
the defence team casebook. It has
opened up a whole issue about
whether this is happening more
A road kick that collapsed
because at the 11th hour evidence
was given to the defence that
exonerated someone who had spent to
years on bail with the threat of a
six-year conviction hanging over
them. The time is now say there are
more cases like this, that, you
know, this is something that wasn't
just a one-off in terms of how the
police handle evidence. They think
we need to be careful how we handle
this story. Because there is a quote
here from someone from the criminal
bar Association, saying the failure
with a rape case, that we heard
about yesterday, was not an isolated
incident, and police and the CPS
might be unconsciously biased
towards people who report... That
cannot be the case.
Flying in the
face of what we normally say.
that were the case, the rape
conviction case would be higher than
5%. It seems to me not necessarily a
very helpful comment to make in that
context are very valid claims, about
the way police and the CPS handle
evidence, which might also be
related to funding and having to
operate with cuts.
More to say on
that story but I'll delve into the
Daily Mail. What a right royal own
goal, this is about the date of
Harry and Megan's wedding.
Incredible, of all the Saturdays
they could have picked, they picked
the same day as the FA Cup final. I
got married in May and it was at the
back of my mind because a lot of my
friends coming down from Scotland I
knew were big football fans, I
thought it's not on the same day as
a cup final. It wasn't, I was
telling Rigel earlier, my mum and
dad got married on the date of the
cup final, Scottish cup final, 1971.
My dad is a big Celtic fan, Celtic
were in the final, so he missed the
final. It went to replay and he cut
short his honeymoon. Came home.
Quite a good test bed for the bride
to see how serious her husband is.
You think, is he going to be fully
concentrating on the wedding have
his mind on the football.
It is of
this story turned up one of the
reasons it ended up on the same day
as cup finals is because they
decided they couldn't have it the
Friday before because it would
necessitate a bank holiday. That is
I'd love a bank holiday.
Not only does it clash with the cup
final but we've been deprived of an
The suggestion is
Prince William, president of the FA,
might have to sneak off quickly
after the service.
They say they
will have a morning service so he
can make it in time.
Right, to the
mirror, nurses, immigration, this is
a big nurse story. Despicable is
just one word, the big headline.
What is despicable according to the
We have got many
Not a lot to go on.
focus for the mirror is the 14 day
Christmas TV Guide. Nurses are
having to pay for parking. Which
seems extraordinary, the amounts
they are having to pay, especially
since we already know we have this
seven year pay cap amongst other
things. They are facing huge crisis,
financially. We heard through this
year, nurses having to use food
banks and generally finding it very
hard to stay afloat. It reminds me
of one of the things in the Labour
Party manifesto, to provide free
parking for NHS staff as well as
visitors. Starting to see the sense
of introducing something like that.
They say £1300 a year.
A lot of
You have to feed the meter at
You assume it's a
separate car park. The Daily
Telegraph, let's whizz through. They
have this story about town versus
country, a technological divide.
What is this?
Eight in ten homes in
rural areas are essentially mobile
phone blackspots. Can't send text
messages, can't go on the Internet.
This is a piece of research, back-up
plans by the government to loosen
planning laws, so more mobile phone
masts can go up. It can be bad
enough in London, but nothing
compared to rural areas in this day
and age where people do so much
online, people work from home. Not
being able to access a mobile
Internet coverage, it's almost like
running water and heat and light
these days, people just assume...
They ought to have it.
go about your normal business
back, small businesses especially
say this particularly hinders
development and growth. It's
frustrating to hear about nationwide
these things holding the economy
we shouldn't have to put up
with this type of... Especially the
postcode lottery, if you live in a
rural area, that is the price you
have to pay, you can't phone anyone.
We can't avoid ending with a little
bit of sparkle, a bit of
Glitterball. In the Daily Express.
Debbie McGee, aged 59, is doing so
brilliantly on strictly. What I want
to be the dancing Queen.
Highlighting it is the strictly
final, should we be excited, will
you be watching? I mean, everyone is
excited. She's been great, really
inspiring throughout and, you know,
I think she's...
I just wonder...
She's 59, in great shape, such high
praise from the judges.
whether she has the... I haven't
watched very closely all series
because my eldest's daughter is mad
on it, I wonder if she is popular
with the public because I remember
her being in the dance-off a few
weeks ago despite doing really well.
I wonder whether the public don't
quite want her to win it, that's
my... Top tip.
The favourite is Joe,
is done very well and has been
capturing hearts along the way.
very good Scottish contestant.
money is on him as well? We don't
see any buyers.
6:30pm tomorrow night, a
little plug for the strictly final
if people want uplift in these
impossibly bleak times. Thank you to
Kevan at Rachel, that is all from
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If you missed the programme on any
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online. Thank you to Kevin Schofield
and Rachel Shabi, that's all from us
tonight. Good night.