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Hello and welcome to the lookahead
to what the papers will be bringing
us. Let's start with a look at the
front pages. The Metro leader with a
picture of Rebecca Dykes, the
British embassy worker found dead on
the side of the road in Beirut. The
Financial Times said millennial is
an gig economy workers have been
left behind by pension reforms. The
Daily Express looks at a warning of
wild winds for Christmas, saying 70
mph storm chaos is on the way. As
with many of the papers, the
Telegraph taking a picture of
Rebecca Dykes as well as a message
from the UK government that the
Saudis must stop starving Yemen 's.
In the Times, the Tories urging
Theresa May to stay on over fears a
leadership election would wreck post
Brexited trade talks. -- Brexit. And
across party allies being called
saying Labour are the key to
securing a soft Brexit. In the
mirror, news that a British embassy
worker has been killed in Beirut.
And the Daily Mail lead with what it
is calling middle-class pension
crisis with more than 6 million
failing to save enough for their
retirement. Let us dealt in. You can
start us off on the times. Time to
think about Brexit...
change. This is more about the
leadership which confuses me because
I think Mrs May surprised everybody
in the last few weeks and has done
extremely competently so I do not
know where this leadership contest
comes from. It seems to me the paper
is making up an agenda. Even mobbed
is not think it is a good idea. --
Mogg. The timing is interesting. The
election has to be in 2022 and much
of this mess created by Brexiters
will have to be sorted before then.
I can see why people are beginning
to think because she herself has
said at some point she wants to see
this thing through and then the Mac
but I think it is such a wrong
moment to be talking about Tory
leadership contest. The people in
this country are really trouble,
divided parties, don't really know
where we want to go and the idea of
another leadership contest does not
help the country feel at ease.
fair to say, in recent months will,
there have been mutterings that
somebody else is needed at the helm.
The story down saying that she must
stay because if she goes the
uncertainty and change in leadership
would be disastrous for Brexit
Even a fortnight ago the
knives were out after the problems
with the DUP deal but commonsense
has broken out in the Conservative
Party and she pulled off a terrific
agreement with the European Union
and there was the European summit
and they agreed that significant
process has been made and they can
move on to stage two and that is a
terrific accolade for Theresa May.
If you think the timing, because
round two, the second phase of
negotiations will start in the new
year where there would be an
agreement on the transition
agreement and some agreement on the
framework of the new trade
relationship with the EU but, after
Brexit, in the 29th of March, 20,019
we have to organise the trade
And the transition period...
Can I finish, please. We have a
transition period so the trade deal
can be finalised and it cannot be
finalised until we are a third
country in any case. We are talking
about the spring of 2021 before we
get through the transition agreement
and hopefully the detailed trade
agreement will come into operation
so you are talking 2.5...
is an interesting paragraph at the
end in the Times, the timetable is
likely to dismay those in Parliament
to believe the best chance of
securing the top job lies in an
early contest and David Davis and
Boris Johnson a mention.
guesswork. Those two names come
quite closely after some comments
from Michelle Barnier, the EU chief
negotiator, about cherry picking the
best Brexit. David Davis and Boris
Johnson would disagree with that and
they would come at loggerheads...
Some people say I do not understand
why this man gets any presence at
all but there you are, he belongs in
a sort of costume drama but he said
something, like, you are not going
to give away all of these and Boris
Johnson has said Suckling but this
is one of the problems in the Tory
party, these endless struggle that
goes on and not just over Brexit. It
never seems to settle.
As far as I
can see, the Cabinet talks, they
will meet next week...
going to fall into line?
site that the subcommittee has some
sort of coming together of the view.
And the negotiator for the EU would
say that. David Davis, Theresa May,
they will take their negotiating
position and I suspect that if they
are rational, both sides will come
to some mutually agreeable...
sorry but I not sure they are
In the Guardian, they have
a different approach...
A lot of the
arguments we were having earlier,
Ruth were saying... The Raikkonen is
that disagree with you, Ruth, and
82% in surveys done...
By the FT...
Not just the FD, and every time I
said this, they are foreign,
lefties, Irish, but they are
economists and they have said this
thing is not going to happen in the
This is in the
Guardian. For the sake of the
nation, for the sake of our future
generations, because we have lived
our life and we have to think about
the future generations, that the
right enough people within all
parties but even within Labour, who
might want to work with the kind of
sensible, rational Tories to come up
with a better model because when we
are heading seems to me utterly
wrong and it seems wrong... There is
a new poll done today which shows
that Remainers and Leavers, the
Remainers have gone up substantially
by 11 points.
What you make of this
Could Labour rebels be picked off to
join the Tories?
I could not believe
this for a second. I wonder what the
strategy of these rebels is.
Assuming there is a framework
agreement next autumn which I think
is a strong possibility, what will
they do? Vote against it? There will
be no deal! What is the game?
don't understand. Apparently by
going over the head of Jeremy
Corbyn, they could put hard
Brexiteers back in their box, they
Theresa May makes these
decisions, but is she a hard
She is not the only one.
She is the Prime Minister. She is
constantly under pressure from this
other lot. She should not be the
only one making these decisions.
there an appetite among Labour
backbenchers to get involved with
I would be very
I think there is such a
strong... I really admire the 11
Tories who did what they did last
time with the vote, it could not
have been easy for any of them. We
know what is happening with them.
There are Labour MPs...
Chuka Umunna. There is one example.
This has got to be bigger than a
political party. What is going to
happen and what is happening is so
important! Two it is very important.
Political allegiances could dissolve
for the greater good.
It would be
great to have more voices, but you
believe politically it is
I think it is a
political nonstarter. I am prepared
to admit I am wrong.
In terms of
what we might see as you move into
phase two, we are hearing about the
Canada plus plus plus deal. The
story focusing on Michel Barnier.
David Davis, sorry, last week,
watching him perform, he was
He was tired.
these studies he commissioned which
he refuses to let us look at. We
still have not seen 52 of them!
has released them but has kept
information back for commercial
He cannot do that! He
has even said that actually they
have not been done.
He was talking
about the impact on the economy.
Yeah. We need to know that!
given that evidence to the exiting
committee. But it is commercially
Some of the work has not
been done. He has said it but you
will not agree on that. I think she
is right to say that.
We will stay
with the Guardian. The picture of
Rebekkah Dykes. We don't know much
about this story, but what do we
This dear lady was working for
the Department of International
Development in Beirut and she was
kidnapped and strangled. It would be
inappropriate to speculate as to why
she was killed and the circumstances
of her death.
A family spokesman
saying we request the media take
care with her privacy. The Times.
Social media. The perils thereof.
According to the Times Facebook has
finally conceded that social media
can harm health, and it proposes
users improve their well-being I
posting more updates and comments.
How does this work? -- by posting.
It is an addiction. It is an
addiction. Now it is out there you
cannot put the genie back into the
bottle at all. Academic studies,
especially for young people, it is
extraordinary how they feel they are
living if they are opposed...
not real if there is no photograph.
There is a whole thing going on
where Facebook says it recognises
the problem but says go and do more
of it! It understands nothing!
Talking about putting the genie back
in the bottle. Do you agree? There
was a survey a few weeks ago, I
cannot remember who did it, many
young people said they would rather
social media was never invented and
could live happily without it. That
is a pie in the sky.
It is done. I
understand that people look for
admiration all of the time and it
does not always come. They also
contrast and compare their
lifestyles with others, and others
look better. What is happening is
that they feel undermined by this.
They are probably addicted to it is
a pillar it is a form of addiction.
Some psychologists are worried that
the core of each individual, the
selfhood, if you like, is now
The self is now dependent
on what other people think of us.
That is true for all of us to a
point. We live in a society and
depend on others. But when
everything is tied to what others
think of you, and they can be unkind
and thoughtless and cruel, it is a
horrible thing. And I get so much
hate mail. The only way I survived
it is by not looking. I am old
enough not to do that.
We will talk
about pensions. Two different angles
on the story. The headline,
middle-class pension crisis. What
are they saying?
The Daily Mail
talks about middle classes while the
Financial Times talks about
millennials and the big economies.
They are saying that even with the
pensions, we are talking about
increasing contributions. -- gig
economy. Nevertheless, there will be
many people outside the remit will
not be in a position to save enough
for old age. I am afraid this is a
truth and I don't know how to get
around it. Certainly, government
reforms have made the situation
better for those who are employed.
But for those not employed, problems
Even here? This
surprises me, for those earning more
than 55,000, they would have to save
Those are figures plucked out
of the air. The moral of the tale is
we live in an ageing society with
more and more demands made of the
new generations, future generations,
of taxpayers. People will be
expected to save for old age for
themselves. And it will be
Especially, as the
Financial Times talks about, the
changing role of employment,
especially the gig economy.
poor people delivering food on
bicycles, they get almost nothing.
How do they save? How are they
supposed to save? Older people are
really not thinking about how the
young have to live. I saw someone
saying they are having cappuccinos
and eating avocados and not saving
and this rubbish, you are earning £5
It is not just a pension
issue, it is broader.
How can you
Most people in the gig economy
like it because it gives them
freedom. Though some people will not
safe enough for old age.
thought. We will finish with The
Telegraph. Just talk us through this
one. Saudis must stop starving
It is interesting and
important. Because, you know, the
Tories, all governments, have been
sucking up to Saudi Arabia for
decades, the royals, everybody. I
have not heard such a strong
statement on Yemen coming from a
Secretary of State. And on the front
page of The Telegraph! I think it is
really important. The story in
Yemen, we know about Syria and what
is happening in places in Iraq and
so on, most people know nothing
about what is being done in Yemen.
And actually, reporters are being
kept out as well. And it is the
children! There is typhoid! There
is, you know, cholera! All of these
things happening, no water, absolute
starvation, a policy of starvation.
And this focuses on aid that should
get through, but an accusation that
Saudis are preventing it.
International Development Secretary
replacing pretty -- Priti Patel,
they are warning Saudi Arabia is
blockading aid. I think the Yemen
civil war is horrific. Perhaps not
enough attention is paid to it. But
it is tragically part of the Saudi
Arabian, Iranian, conflicts, the
struggle for the control over the
Middle East. These poor people in
Yemen are in the middle of this
horrendous conflict, it this is
racking their lives. -- this is
wrecking their lives.
The aid depot
across from Saudi Arabia had
medicine and food just sitting
The UN elected Saudi Arabia
on to the human rights committee. I
cannot believe that happened!
is a lot more to talk about all of
those stories, but that is it from
us tonight. Don't forget, all of the
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