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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Giles Kenningham,
PR and former Conservative adviser.
And Jack Blanchard from Politico.
Tomorrow's front pages.
The Guardian leads
on the sacking of Damian Green,
That was after admitting he was
misleading about claims of
pornography on his computer.
The Metro reads "Green out".
The FT also pictures Damian Green.
It's main story is about Brexit
and a bid by UK regulators to woo
foreign banks with a promise
of easy access when the country
leaves the EU.
The Express reports on research
claiming that eating salad
vegetables every day could help
stave off dementia by
boosting memory power.
It pictures Meghan Markle
attending a Christmas party
at Buckingham Palace.
We will start with the demise of
Damian Green. Take us to be Metro,
Pretty blunt. Theresa May
has lost her closest political ally
and probably one of her few
political confidants. The equivalent
of David Cameron losing George
Osborne when he was in government
and for number 10 they need to spin
it as an act of strength by Theresa
May, showing her ruthlessness. She
got rid of her best political
friend. As with all these things it
was more the cover-up than the
original claim they did for him. It
is a metaphor for her leadership.
She felt she was getting momentum
and this happens.
Jack, how do you
see it? This is the third
resignation. Michael Fallon, Priti
Patel, is this the biggest of the
Yes. He is heard de facto
number two and he stands in when she
is out of the country and hears her
closest ally, they have known each
other since university so imagine
how it feels to write the letter she
wrote to a best friend saying sorry,
you are out. I think it genuinely
shows a ruthless streak that perhaps
not everyone would know was there
but if you read the report by the
Cabinet Office, the summary, into
his behaviour, I am not sure the
Prime Minister was left with much
choice. They basically came down on
the side of the person making
allegations against him and also
said effectively he had lied. The
other allegations about pornography
on his computer. When that became
clear I'm not sure she had any
choice. It is a misleading claims
about the allegation, not
necessarily the allegation itself
This comes back to an
issue from ten years ago. Having got
rid of Michael Fallon in a ruthless
way, she set the bar high. If she
had not got rid of him she would
have faced accusations of cronyism.
And a bit of a cover-up. So
difficult for them. The issue is how
you get back on the front foot and
in a normal news cycle you would
have a rich diet of domestic stories
to push things on the Brexit
overshadows everything. In the
absence of a distinct domestic
agenda it is difficult.
We can look
at the front page of the Guardian
newspaper. At what point during the
day, Theresa May was privately
dealing with this, while she was on
her feet in the Commons, or sitting
on a searching committee
She didn't epically
long Prime Minister's Questions. And
a committee hearing that went on two
hours where she was grilled by
backbench MPs. Poker-faced all the
way through but she does almost too
well. People might say that the
Maybot came into its own today
because you would never have known
behind the mask she would have to
Cusack one of her best friends. I'm
sure she would have known this had
to happen today.
She got through
PMQs on that that Select Committee
is the most gruelling so fair play
to her. And it felt like she had got
into a groove but this is a bit of a
Theresa May's critics
would say she is a decent person,
genuine, believes in doing the right
thing. I think she would be not
impressed by Damian Green's
behaviour and in the end she is not
the sort of person who would let it
Donald Trump has been in the
news this evening. He has been in
buoyant mood as a result of tax
policy in the US but the Guardian
from pages concentrating on what he
said about the UN. His decision
regarding Jerusalem being the
capital of Israel as far as he sees
it and the critics who are mounting
Again with Donald Trump
he is rewriting rules on
international diplomacy, saying
countries that do not back his
resolution on Jerusalem will lose
aid. Quite a big move by him.
we are also seeing, America having a
different face to the world. This is
a bullying thing for someone to say,
saying if you do not back us every
time, all that money, aid money,
helping starving children and that
kind of thing, that will be gone. If
you think of the implications of the
withdrawal of that money, that is
serious, and not the sort of
language we are used to hearing from
the United States.
And it could
involve a country like Egypt.
of this money is spent in America's
interest because it is about global
security but I do not think Donald
Trump thinks that far in front.
Let's move to the Financial Times.
Two elements to this, both Brexit
related. We have city wooing
investment banks with promise of
easy access after Brexit.
Carney taking a different approach
to what the EU has taken. A big
battle about how much interaction
there will be between our financial
services industry and Europe's and
Europe seems to put up the barriers,
or threaten to saying if you do not
fall into line your banking industry
will not get anywhere near. Mark
Carney is saying whatever happens
after Brexit, you are welcome will
stop and it is throwing the ball
back to them.
It is clever power
play. There aren't lots of
businesses financed out of Europe
and he is saying, you have to sort
this out. A lot of countries will
want the EU to come to a deal but
countries like Japan and South Korea
want a trade deal and it feels at
the moment the UK has momentum in
this. The EU has other issues like
Catalonia so it is good to push it
back onto their plates.
hope it is reciprocated, if not they
will be consequences, what do we
read into that?
There is a threat
from Mark Carney. We go on about how
big a deal it is for Britain to get
a deal on financial services because
it is a large part of the economy
but there is a lot of money for the
EU and they rely on our financial
services industry. We are the
European capital of that industry.
No deal would have big implications.
I think we have been far too
defensive and now it looks like we
are getting on the front foot and
framing the debate.
What are the
other elements in the Brexit events
today? How long will the transition
period be for a example. We heard
from Michel Barnier, not necessarily
saying what Theresa May might want
I spoke to somebody senior
in the City and they said three
years we wanted, two years is
acceptable. We want certainty, we do
not want it to be never-ending. That
is the conundrum for the government
how they communicate certainty.
Michel Barnier is saying maybe it
will be a year and nine months. The
way the story we have to cover it,
every twist and turn and people must
be sick of hearing it. Are they
rowing about whether it is 20
months, 24 months? The important
thing is the transition delay sorted
quickly so everybody knows the EU
single market will finish on this
One of the elements about the
transition period is whether or not
if during that transition period new
laws appear, will they still apply
to the UK and if not will that be
It will be a problem
for some in the Tory party. As Giles
might not. A lot of backbenchers
will not be impressed if we are
still taking rules from Europe after
we have left.
Some elements of the
party, so then it is more important
to get out rather than the deal,
which is problematic in terms of
scrutiny and getting a good deal but
that has been noticeable. How much
kick back on what Theresa May came
back with in the initial divorce
A Tory MP told me
today, I want to get out, I just
want to scrub the EU symbol from my
passport, that is all I care about.
Hopefully that is not everyone who
sees that issue.
Having got past
this period where these three issues
had to be resolved up to a point,
are we now starting afresh? The
sides are starting this far apart
and will move closer together?
still think the time period is
unrealistic. You speak to the people
who did the EE you can as a deal and
that took seven years with one
country and we are talking about so
many countries. The EU does not tend
to do things quickly.
And it is not
in their interest. Theresa May's
argument would be we're not at the
same starting point as Canada. We
can finish was something that is not
to do with the EU. Inside the Daily
Express to an interesting story
about a frozen embryo, a donor
embryo frozen for 25 years.
It is a
nice story and definitely the
heart-warming stuff people like to
read around Christmas time. A young
American couple who had a baby who
is technically almost as old as her
mother because the embryo was frozen
in 1992 and has now been implanted.
They have had a baby. An amazing
world we live in, where medical
science can make this sort of thing
An incredible story. A nice
quote from the mother, do you
realise I'm 26. If the baby had been
born when it was supposed to, we
could have been best friends.
sure we will hear a lot about this
In the circumstances of
the couple, they were struggling
obviously to have a child of their
own. Benjamin the father has cystic
fibrosis which can make the father
infertile. Hence the arrangements we
have. It makes you wonder where this
will lead to.
As Jack said, it is a
feel-good factor among a lot of doom
and gloom at the moment. And some
great photographs. Really
Photographs of her
pregnant and the record-breaking
baby. On that more uplifting note,
thank you. We will do this again at