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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Benedicte Paviot -
UK Correspondent at the French
broadcaster France 24.
And the Defence Editor
of the Evening Standard, Robert Fox.
Welcome to you both.
Tomorrow's front pages...
The Observer leads on Brexit,
and warnings from backbench Tory
MPs that they will vote
against the Government in Parliament
if the Prime Minister tries to bully
them into supporting an extreme
version of leaving the EU.
The Sunday Telegraph features
a column from Theresa May,
who says she has proved her critics
wrong by achieving the first
stage of the Brexit deal.
Boris Johnson calls
for the Prime Minister to strike
a Brexit trade deal that gives
Britain the power to ditch EU laws.
That's in an interview
in the Sunday Times.
Theresa May also writes
in the Sunday Express,
saying she will not be "derailed"
from her duty to deliver the
public's decision to leave the EU.
The Mail on Sunday says left-wing
trolls sent abuse to the pregnant
wife of a Tory MP after he heckled
Jeremy Corbyn over his age.
So, let's begin...
Let's start with the Sunday
Telegraph. Benedicte, Theresa May,
I've proved doubters wrong. That
might seem to some observers like a
bit of a rough week, but she doesn't
seem to see it that we stipulate she
has had a rough week. Of course she
now is after that turbulent six
months, says the
Telegraph, she is
really showing that she is confident
and that she is claiming victory
over the doubters, not just the
doubters in her own party, and in
Parliament, but actually I think
she's very much referring also to
other EU leaders in a sense, not in
the Sunday Telegraph, but she's
convinced them, persuaded them
almost, charmed them all beat them
down, because they've been talking
Britain down, certainly quite a few
Brexiteers are not happy at some of
the things that have been happening
in Parliament. Yes, she's had a
tough week and are very much so,
tough six months, certainly since
the general election, but she is
really talking tough and defiant and
indicating that she is moving
forward, and this is ahead of the
French were, because we know it is
the first time in the coming days
the Government will actually sit
down and talk about the way forward
and the terms of what Brexit deal
should actually be.
Yes, the Cabinet
actually getting briefed, the full
Cabinet for the first time, which is
extraordinary. The Prime Minister is
a battler, you have to say that.
thought Benedicte was about to is a
strong and stable! You know, -- was
about to say strong and stable.
She's back to form, she is winning,
because we're going to go through
the papers, they are all on
manoeuvres, they are all in the mix.
Boris, Philip Hammond, not Michael
Gove, I may say, Jacob Rees-Mogg,
who has come up with a hysterical
one-liner for those of a less than
but more sceptical persuasion --
less than passionate but more
sceptical. She knows what's
happening, but what's interesting is
the brief alignment of those two
stars, Philip Hammond Boris Johnson,
about the approach to a trade deal.
Yes, they are going to talk about
the trade deal. But just think how
long it to add to establish the
Canadian trade deal. This is
immensely complex. If you apply to
be a new member, not that anybody is
going to do that in the short-term,
but in the Balkans we may find
somebody popping up like Kosovo or
whatever to join, the document for
joining is huge. It's millions and
millions of words. And equally, and
doing it is going to prove very,
very difficult. I think that's what
we're to hear about. Sorry to break
the turkey early, and mix my
metaphors, this Brexit thing is
going to go on and on and on. It's
going to be irrelevant, as --
In the Sunday Telegraph,
referring to the Cabinet, how to
unite the Cabinet on Brexit remains
the biggest obstacle. Isn't it
amazing that at this point this
hasn't already been done's there is
actually another problem looming, it
would seem, in the coming days. I'm
not even referring to the amendment
that will be won were defeated,
we're not sure which, but it looks
like now a possible win with some
flexibility on the exit date. But
actually, as the Sunday Telegraph
also points out, there is the
considerable looming challenges,
including the one about the fate of
Damian Green. It would seem that
there would be a second inquiry. Of
course, this is her trusty, Ally,
deputy, friend. What I would
personally say that I have found
profoundly shopping over the last
couple of weeks, Bob quick, former
police officers, top officers, who
make personal breaches of
confidentiality is very worrying in
We are going
backwards a bit and we must press
pause. The Sunday Express headline
on the stories, I won't be derailed,
she says. As Robert was saying, it
goes on and on and on. But there's a
lot more steel than one might have
There's lots of juice in
the argument, we will find as we go
Let's go to the Observer. They
have a different line about this.
This is from the House of Lords,
Conservatives there, call off the
Brexit bullies or face-to-face.
Robert, have a go at that one --
It's like the famous
Monty Python sketch of Wuthering
Heights. Because we're getting
messages left all over the place,
all of these papers, and I really
want to let sheep or Enigma to
decode it for us, what the hell is
going on's the Observer story is
based on a piece for them written by
two Tory peers. One a former editor
of the Sunday Telegraph. Talk about
building a castle on what is barely
sticks and straws. It's very, very
interesting. What patients with
craft and Ross Altman are
threatening in this is that if you
mess around with people who stick up
for a role of Parliament in all of
this, then we're going to vote
against again and again and again.
That means Tory peers as well. Just
to draw it in, you were getting on
to the point, what is really going
on is the people have spoken, as
Nigel Farage would say. His line.
But it's the role of Parliament. And
I think, you know, if you go back to
Magna Carta, and I really mean that,
the central run of Parliament in the
British constitution, this argument
and debate was bound to come up,
because the one thing you didn't get
in the referendum where the terms of
leaving Europe or the terms on which
used the end Europe. I think this is
going to be the argument and the
debate. I think this is the splitter
for both major parties. I think you
can split both.
Benedicte, just go through that
story, anything else about that that
appeals to you? We've gone back to
Damian Green and then we went back
to Magna Carta, can we come back
To quote the Observer,
and indeed Ross Altman and patients
wait, what they very much pointing
out, what they called the resulting
appalling insults from Brexiteers,
calls for expulsion from the party,
even death threats, what they call
worrying symptoms of the toxic
atmosphere which has been created in
our country. I think that is of deep
concern. To have a diversion of
opinion is obviously totally
understandable and encouraged. But
what is not acceptable is doing
courage people to insults, threaten
or encourage other people to
insults. And some of these MPs, it
is no joke, have received death
threats, or their partners, their
wives, their husbands have received
death threats. Seen from continental
Europe, this is actually quite
shocking, I have to say to.
leave Brexit behind for the moment
and go to another story. There are
other stories, thank goodness!
Benedicte, perhaps you could start
us on this. On the front of the
Sunday Times, I hiked student loans
now slashed them. This is Lord
Willits, who came up with the idea
of university Jewish and fees at
£9,000. The trouble is, it is the
interest that is charged on them,
and he says that is too high.
tuition fees. He oversaw tuition
fees, universities kept on hiking
It made it a huge
He is now saying that it
should be slashed for the greater
good of preserving a viable graduate
repayment system that is politically
acceptable. The extra 3% on the
interest rate should be dropped.
That's funny, I have consistently
seen in the BBC paper reviews the
Riaz reviewers saying this very
thing. Perhaps they are classed
cottoning on. It's so much easier
when you are not in Government to
have these thoughts!
This is part of
the Conservatives trying to appeal
to young people who might have
right. Every study of the last
general election shows there is an
absolute split in this country to
the above 25-year-olds on the below.
You are quite right, it's trying to
make student loans cheaper, student
loans killed off any Government
pretensions of the Lib Dems, and
they know it. This is actually, we
are in the sunny uplands, we are
just coming into something that is
going to be very important in the
next general election campaign.
want Jewish and
-- they want tuition these to be cut
They are saying, let's
turn off the tap a bit.
This is very
much a Christmas time thing. Amazon
are in trouble. They are facing
Christmas parcels inquiry. Robert,
are you waiting for parcels?
go a wall for four days. It was a
straightforward report. Amazon offer
a service, to which I subscribe,
called premium. For reviews, I do
want to be able to say, I will get
that book in my hands or whatever
the following day. That is what
Amazon prime promises. It is a
premium account. I think it is about
£9. We've got a lovely story for
parcels going round the world and
being delivered late and so on. But
I don't think anything can damage
the fair name of Amazon at all.
Fairlane, possibly. Benedicte, do
you think that?
I'm being sarcastic!
No company is beyond criticism and
beyond the bridge. I think if you
promise that, you are in trouble. We
had a story a few days ago about the
fact of how little the drivers are
paid and how they are expected to
peak in a bottle and all kinds of
things. Big companies like this need
to be very careful, whether it is
Uber or Amazon or Google. Clearly
Amazon have got a problem. I would
imagine that being a savvy company
and seeing they are on the front of
the Sunday Telegraph, they will be
trying to put the smile back on the
customers. I don't subscribe to
Amazon prime. Or even premium!
go to an important story. There are
two big stories we have got to get
to. The first one is, the royal
wedding looms. Benedicte, on the
front page of the express, Royal
Hotels, don't even think about it.
hotel room is £620?
We only learnt
yesterday afternoon, the exact date,
Saturday, made the 19th at Saint
Georges Chapel, the big Royal
wedding, Harry and Meghan. It seems
that hotels in winter already
feeling the Meghan effect.
Apparently, because within hours of
that announcement, 98% of all rooms
were fully booked. I gather up
prices have soared as high as £620
per night. I know I will be the
reporting on it.
From the point of
view of viewers...
I will take a
dawn train to Windsor.
want this story, between now and the
wedding itself, not just the day
itself, you are going to be
overwhelmed with it.
reporting on Brexit, which will not
surprise you. But there is no doubt
that we will be covering this as
well. There is great interest in
rural stories. And of course we a
The express have
this story, a free glossy calendar!
They have been upstaged!
to the story of the night. The
result of the Strictly Come Dancing.
Were you watching?
I have been, but
I've been slightly put off. You can
see what a sober, restrained
character I'm! It's the overall the
top for four months, not of the
dancers, but of the judges. We had
Bruno Tonioli falling off his chair
again today, and the reprises of
Craig Revel Horwood on his knees
before one of the dancers. They were
on another planet, this lot.
did you think of the man who won?
Three women rivals! I saw the last
dance, the standard was Inc Fred
I must tell you, the
Prime Minister herself, she's got
very important matters to attend to,
but she tweeted about it saying it
has been fantastic to watch,
congratulations to Joe McFadden and
commiserations to my constituent,
Debbie McGee was
Would you have picked
He did a storm, it was the
Charleston that did it!
I might not
have, but it wasn't up to me.
could have been up to you, you
should have phoned in!
As they say at the
end of French films... That is the
end. That's it for the papers this
Thank you, Benedicte
Paviot and Robert Fox.
You'll both be back at 11:30pm
for another look at the stories
making the news tomorrow.
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