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on that, and the rest of the week's
top cinema releases,
in The Film Review.
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.
The Observer leads on Brexit,
and warnings from Tory peers
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's front
page features an article
by the Prime Minister with a quote
"I've proved doubters wrong".
And another of its stories
highlights changes to company
pensions, and new government plans
reduce the automatic enrolment age
from 22 to 18.
In the Sunday Times,
as well as their lead
on Boris Johnson's warning
on Brexit, there's a story
on tuition fees, with the former
David Willetts, saying he wants
an urgent government review to scrap
high interest rates
on loan repayments.
Theresa May 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 claims left-wing
trolls sent abuse to the pregnant
wife of a Tory MP after he heckled
Jeremy Corbyn over his age.
Let's get started. The Sunday
Telegraph, first of all. Robert, you
can start us off. Theresa May says
she has proved doubters wrong. One
might think she had a very tough
week, but she sounds rather
It is rather like
somebody who has taken too deep a
scuba-dive, and has at last broken
the surface. A rather elaborate
metaphor, that you can almost hear
her gills heaving in and out.
has survived, is what you are
She is saying, strong and
stable, one wonders if she will
declare another election! There is a
certain quiet triumphalism. She sees
even her near rivals in utter
confusion. The thing that she is not
focusing on, which she knows is the
problem, is Parliament. Lots of
stuff in the papers over the weekend
about Parliament having its say,
from quite extraordinary, well, very
interesting, I should say, Tory
voices. That means that if the
battle ahead. In the Express peace,
which is related, she does a piece
for them, and she has an interview
with the Sunday Telegraph, but she
insists that it is her duty to
deliver your democratic decision.
Brexit means Brexit. The trouble is,
very few of us really know the
implication of what Brexit is going
to mean, five years hence.
what do you think? How was the Prime
Minister doing? Is she getting over
the idea that this is all actually
going quite well, really, despite
Well, she is still in
That's the point. She's
still standing. I don't know if she
has been taking any tips from the
sidestepping, waltzing and tangling,
it takes two to tango in Strictly.
She has tweeted about this. She is
Strictly standing, she is strictly
defined. She is very much claiming
victory for getting that green light
of phase one two phase two. -- phase
one to says two. But there are
challenges looming. She says in this
Telegraph article that she has
proved the doubters wrong. She has
other challenges which are coming in
the days ahead. It will be a crunch
week, because there is going to be
this cabinets preparing to discuss
for the first time.
Cabinet, but... It is just going to
be the opening cannonade, as we
know. One of the things that we are
not discussing and I am sure it will
come up over this holiday period is
whether she is going to change her
team. Because one of the really bad
moments was when David Davis was
asked by the House of Commons
committee, have you done the stress
tests on what's the impact will be
on the British economy? And he said
no. It then turned out that civil
servants in his and other
departments had started doing them.
But they had come up with some
figures that they didn't
particularly like. I can see a move
around going on.
that is the other challenge that the
Sunday Telegraph is talking about.
That is a big, looming challenge
ahead on the fate of Damian Green.
And the fact that her embattled
deputy could go. Could go as early
as this week, according to the
Sunday Telegraph. Besides the fact
that she needs a united Cabinet
which she obviously doesn't have.
You've got what I been called be
divergers and the liners.
onto one large character in this,
Boris. Brexit must leave us a vassal
state. I think this phrase, vassal
state, that will pass into the
language for a week or two.
CROSSTALK. What is he actually
It is interesting. This will
worry the Prime Minister, this lead
article in the Sunday Times, Brexit
mustn't leave us as a vassal state.
Boris is going to be making an
intervention, it would seem, in the
coming days, to what he says is the
government seeking to maximise the
benefits of Brexit. Failing to get
an agreement which allows
divergences mean that the UK
That we wouldn't be in the
European Union, we would still be
shadowing it as far as all the
regulations are concerned, in the
makes a Boris Johnson extremely
unhappy. Clearly this is also
pointed reference to Philip Hammond,
what he said in China, about
wallowing during the implementation
period or the transition period,
whatever we want to call it, for two
years. -- following. Following all
the rules of the EU, while not being
part of it any more.
Robert, this is
where we see the cracks in the
Cabinet. Not just cracks, yawning
I think the wonderful abuse of
the English language, of the
political and which which comes up,
as you say, we have the Jacob
Rees-Mogg thing. We cannot be a
colony of the EU for two years.
Colony! On, get over yourself.
Equally, Boris Johnson says Philip
Hammond, this is a quote, "We can
have a very original economy". I
hope it isn't too original in Boris'
terms, because he is no economist.
This is so strange. Just to draw
that together, he is obviously
cooking up an arrangement with
Philip Hammond. Let's do this
together, and it is an interesting
duopoly, it is a meeting of
Yes, as far apart as they
could possibly be.
temperamentally. Philip Hammond is a
tremendous man of details. Nobody
has ever seriously accused Maurice
Johnson of being that.
briefly about the tone of the
debate, which is invoked by Boris
Johnson, he has apparently rounded
on hardcore Eurosceptics who called
for the deselection of 11
Conservative MPs to help defeat the
government last week.
There have been death
threats. He says this is absolutely
obscene and I think this is very
important, the fact that Boris
Johnson makes this point in the lead
Let's move on. Robert, I
think it is your turn again.
Automatic pensions. This is the
Observer, automatic pensions for
young people at work.
Well, they are
saying that any young person in
employment earning £10,000 and over
must go into the pension scheme,
must go into the general
dispensation. This is a small detail
which is almost cosmic. Certainly it
has huge implications. It comes to
this point, too many pensioners, too
many non-productive people, and how
on earth are we going to keep public
and private pension system is going
as the pop relation gets older? --
population. This is a step towards
it. One of the things that we do
know is that young people do pull it
off the evil hour, such as it is,
but it is in there a summation, of
buying into a pension scheme. The
fact is that with the present
welfare dispensation, I'm talking
about 15, 20, 25 years from now, it
is unsustainable. So they are trying
to get young people to buy in and
say very early on.
here with what goes on with
President Macron in France, and the
source of reforms he wanted to do? I
don't know what the pension
situation their makers, but are
there any similarities?
also has an ageing population. And
people lower down the scale are hard
pressed to save enough money.
that is the point, if you are
earning £10,000 or more, certainly
in the London area, that would be a
There are no tuition fees
in France, though. So you do not
begin your adult life of the 1000 or
whatever it is in doubt.
It is also
the problem that people are living
so much longer entering state
pensions and other benefits. I mean,
it has suddenly expanded in the last
20 years to an extraordinary degree.
When the 65-year-old pensioner
exists, the maximum average of state
employers, drawing pensions, that
averaged 13 years. It would be
double that now.
It is. It is almost
23 years now.
Let's move on to a
Christmas time story. Amazon faces
Christmas parcels enquiry on the
front page of the Sunday Telegraph.
Parcels not arriving in time. Do you
I do occasionally use
Amazon but I am not an is on prime
subscriber, unlike my fellow
reviewer, who pays £79 a year, I
gather. -- Amazon Prime. Because he
has been promised deliveries within
And it is those people who
have been let down?
Yes. They are
not happy. Interestingly, Amazon's
helpdesk has apologised, saying that
this is a busy time of year. Wow,
funny, that. Sometimes it is 48
hours and at other times it isn't. I
think the smile that is on the side
of the Amazon parcels will have been
wiped off some of those boxes when
they arrive late.
Big, bad company
time for you, is it?
What was that? They will make a huge
amount of money, a huge amount of
sales over Christmas. £1.4 billion
in 2016 in profit. It is better to
promise three days, don't promise
two days and then say it is a busy
I want to take your points
about the image of Amazon. One of
the things that was chilling, which
came out of the story of the Murdoch
deal, Murdoch selling to Disney,
your media editor spelt it out
fantastically. The world of
communication is going to be
dominated by three or four, possibly
five giants. That is why I said,
unfortunately, it is not going to be
the BBC. One of the really big ones
is going to be Amazon. The fact is
that they have an image problem.
They have a severe image problem
because they run roughshod over some
of the people that are contracted
indie gig economy to deliver for
them, and this high-handed attitude
which you have indicated here.
have suffered from this, you've got
parcels you are expecting... Herston
Mark it may not necessarily be
Amazon's fault, there is quite a
look bit of stealing going on.
have had parcels which never
arrived. You do need a reliable
service. I do love Amazon, but we
are still talking about books,
If you want a book go to
your local bookseller.
You have to
be prepared to pay for that, but I
On to another story.
Robert, you can start as on this
one. Royal wedding fever. The
Sundays press FrontPage, at hotel
room £629. Have you booked your
hotel room for the royal wedding in
Talk about cheese eating
surrender monkey, I am going to be
in Italy guiding a tour when it
And I shall be on the high
So neither of you will be
watching that, or the FA Cup? I will
not be shedding a tear from either
Michael. This is a fabulous piece,
my esteemed colleague and I had a
problem, we are told that 90% of
hotel space is in Windsor are booked
out. -- 98% of hotel spaces. But
come on, how many hotel spaces are
there in Windsor? We asked
everything on our smartphones and
they cannot tell us.
There are quite
a few hotels in Windsor. So, this is
a story that I am sure the French
are grouped and fascinated by, and
you will be covering it right the
way through to the bitter end?
I haven't booked my hotel, which
is... I've been concentrating too
much on Brexit. I do know that I
will be there.
Have you got your
glossy 2018 royal calendar?
quickly, come on. There is a picture
of people on the front page holding
up a glitter ball, because they are
the winners of...
Yes, 42, the
oldest champion in the BBC's show's
history. We should also point out he
had a fantastic Strictly Come
Dancing partner. Full credit to her.
We wondered if you could give us the
inside story as an excavator?
might do, after this.
Is it going to
be in your memoirs?
It might be. Did
you watch the programme?
but added watch the final, which was
quite interesting. The real star of
this, you are quite right, it is Ms
Jones. It is only the second time
around for her. She did wonderful
choreography. The other thing that
is slightly, you know, I get a tear
in my ire with the Reverend Richard
Coles, who was wonderful. -- eye. It
was so professional, the final. All
of those competitors, actually, the
season of goodwill, they worked
We will have to lever to
You can help Lexia 's
competitors. -- next year's.
all from the papers. Thank you to
Benedicte Paviot and Robert Fox. Up
next, The Film Review.