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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are the political
commentator Lance Price
and the public affairs consultant
Tomorrow's front pages.
The Metro leads with the sentencing
of acid attacker Arthur Collins,
who has been jailed for 20 years.
The Daily Telegraph reports that
Scotland Yard has announced a review
of all current rape and sex abuse
investigations, after a second trial
collapses in less than a week.
A story also picked up by the
Guardian, which claims the case is
the second in which material had not
been disclosed to the defence teams.
Four meant arrested in Derbyshire
and South Yorkshire to prevent an
alleged terror plot. The Sun claims
the men planned to attack over the
The Express claims that household
face a hike in council tax,
after Ministers allow Police
and Crime Commissioners to raise
funds for local forces.
The Daily Mail also headlines
a possible rise in council tax,
which it suggests could add more
than £100 to average
The Star warns of three massive
storms set to blast Britain over
the Christmas period.
So, let's begin...
Starting with the front page of the
Metro, which has the sentence for
Arthur Collins, who threw acid in a
crowded nightclub 20 years, a hefty
But no less than he
deserved and some of his victims
expressing the hope he would serve
life in prison. He is a man who was
no stranger to the criminal court
system and he was on a suspended
sentence for another nightclub act
of violence. When he committed this
one. To be clear, people may not
know how serious it was. People with
third-degree burns on their face
with the City through. Corrosive
acid in their eyes. His wilful act,
injuring many people, 16 people were
injured that night, was an act of
supreme selfishness. And almost
sociopathic, in total disregard for
A sentence really
designed to send a message about
what the system thinks of this sort
Yes, it is a one
sentence, of course. As Alex says, a
lot of the coverage, there is the
heartbreaking evidence from the
victims of the attack. You see his
face all over the front pages, but
it is the victim is we should be
thinking about. And by pleading not
guilty, he forced them to go to
court and relive the horror of what
happened. And they say that every
year now, one of them was
celebrating her birthday and every
year now, it will be the anniversary
of that attack and their lives will
never be the same again.
They have to disclose evidence. That
Like the same scale but the
ex-girlfriend of his who was on the
TV show, because she had an element
of Fame she gets mentioned in every
story about this awful person.
move on to the Daily Telegraph and
The paper points out that the
conviction rate is 11%.
hard to prove and it is one word
against another. It is difficult. In
our system, the right thing is to
contest these as best you can. Not
withholding material that is plainly
relevant. It was clear they had held
back material that was plainly
Let's go on to the Daily
Express which shares the same front
Both these middle market tabloids
look very similar this morning.
Concentrating on how much this will
cost individuals. The reason it will
happen is this massive funding
crisis. In part it is the need for
police and growing commissioners to
get more resources into combating
crime but more important is the
social Care Bill. The government has
failed to come up with a solution to
this. The government have not
stepped in and local government are
having to step up the cost. This
money is going into that.
to me we've ducked some of the big
questions on council tax, and plenty
of properties are worth a great deal
more money than they were when they
went into the bands initially.
Furthermore, the increase in value
means we probably need some higher
bands to represent more significant
They don't necessarily
reflect income, do they? True. These
are regressive and will hit poor
people the most. That's why these
papers have run identical front
pages. The front page of the i. It
is a second day front page. It was
that the NHS was running a deficit
of 100,000, and now it has the
Health Secretary agreeing that there
is a problem.
He disputes that
number. He says it is not accurate.
That is a Labour figure, an estimate
he says is not right. But he does
say there's a problem.
Notwithstanding more people working
as professionally qualified staff,
32,000 more people working there
since 2010 but nevertheless he
concedes there is a very big
problem. What a thing to have to say
having been one of the longest ever
serving Health Secretary is.
if he had not said it. He would have
been laughed out of court. There are
times in politics when you have to
take it on the chin and recognise
that you are facing a problem,
provided you can indicate that there
are things in the pipeline designed
to address that problem. The problem
is that a lot of those things take a
lot of time to come through in terms
of training new doctors or making
sure those going through medical
school go into general practice. In
the short term, the NHS is hoping we
don't have a really cold winter. GPs
are the first port of call. Let's
move on to the Financial Times. It
has a very happy looking Paul Ryan.
Let's put some context into it.
People view this as if it is a
rampage through the tax rate. It
will still be higher than ours but
not by much. Ten years ago the tax
rates were broadly comparable. There
is was a bit higher, ours was 28%.
Now we have a flat rate of 20. The
Americans have been so uncompetitive
that it is a wonder they've done as
well as they have. You can criticise
this administration for many
different things but this is
They are smiling because they can
say that they've got to the end of
the year and actually passed
something. It is a significant.
first victory. The other front page
story is banker bonus hopes dashed
as the EU insists on rules for
access. We've bitterly opposed any
limits on bankers bonuses. We say it
will not be global if you pause
across the EU. People earn megabucks
across the world. One of the things
people have hoped for, written by
people like Mark Carney, is that
when we leave the EU we can be
outside the banker bonus caps and
preserve the city of the's edge. It
seems that the EU wants to say you
need to maintain equivalents on
things like goods, to make sure your
material is the same standards but
also have equivalents in the rules.
It becomes almost impossible to
envisage the EU -- the UK agreeing
to that. It's stymies the point of
leaving. We want to trade with the
world and not just the EU. Great
front cover of city AM. It happens
every year. Somebody gets likened to
Scrooge. He is stating the obvious.
If the United Kingdom wants to have
freedom of access, which now trade
deal has ever been offered to
anybody else with that advantage, we
will be to stick by the rules.
not obvious at all. Nobody else
outside the EU have bankers bound by
requirements imposed by the EU.
Leaving the single market is a
fundamental, not least because it is
about freedom of movement. That
doesn't mean they get to dictate
what are bankers do. News in brief
on the front page, promote parking
to get the green light.
cars could already do this. This is
great news for everybody who finds
parking in tight spaces difficult.
They need to rewrite the Highway
It must be safer.
I think you
are both hopeless. It is part of the
skill of driving. That is it from
us. You can find the front pages on
the BBC website. If you missed the
programme you can watch it on BBC