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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
as First Secretary of State,
after he made misleading comments
about pornography found
on his office computer.
The Metro reads Green out,
after an inquiry found he had
breached the ministerial code.
The Telegraph also
pictures Damian Green.
It says Theresa May's Cabinet has
been hit by a third departure
in just two months.
The Daily Mail's headline sums up
the scandal is what a sad way to go.
The Mirror says the Prime Minister
The FT also pictures Damian Green.
Its 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 i claims that the UK has
demanded total secrecy for future
trade talks with the US.
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
Well, let's begin inevitably with
Damian Green's demise. Jack, kick us
off. This is the Telegraph, Damian
Green sacked as Theresa May loses a
There was a mad scramble
when this news broke at 8:39pm which
is right on deadline for most
people's first editions. Most of the
papers have managed to get it front
and centre on the front page but I
was watching from the press gallery
in the House of Commons, and I was
watching journalists sprinting to
their desks to get the news out. The
Telegraph did a nice job, and there
are some interesting details we
hadn't seen before, saying Theresa
May received the report about Damian
Green's behaviour on Monday so she
has known since the start of the
week what the conclusions were. She
passed it to her independent
adviser, Alex Allan, who agrees with
its findings, and said that Damian
Green had to go, but this has been
sat on the prime Minister's desk for
48 hours as she considers it.
timing is interesting with this. I
think they had a huge dilemma here.
They couldn't be seen to be covering
up such a sensitive issue, but you
do question it. As Jack said, had
just dropped in time to get out, but
in the current new cycle it is very
difficult to cover something up.
would David Cameron cover it?
think there has to be full
disclosure, full transparency, and
you actually have to question the
tactics about dumping something like
this out late at night because the
optics don't look great. The
follow-up from Jack, two interesting
points in this story, one that she
had a pop at the police on this,
saying they had a duty of
confidentiality. It will probably be
lost in all of this, but in the
letter she wrote back about the
breach of confidence in relation to
the 208 investigation and the
allegations of pornography being
found on his computer, but also that
she had to sack him. He says I
regret I have been asked to resign
from the government and I think as I
was saying earlier on, Number Ten
need to turn this into a position of
strength saying she showed her
ruthless streak, getting rid of her
best friend, her political
confidant, she is someone who leads
from the front.
What does she do now
in terms of replacing him? Does she
feel that same post? -- feel that
same post? How does she deal with
the remain versus leave elements?
She is not someone who has a natural
constituent in the party, she is not
someone who has lots of political
allies. You look around the table
and think who would she bring in?
Some people are speculating Amber
Rudd, but do you put a target on her
I think Number Ten were saying
this evening they will not be an
immediate replacement for Damian
Green. He didn't have his own
department so he will have to have
someone -- he won't have to have
someone within hours to run the
military as when Michael Fallon
resigned. It goes into recess
tomorrow, everyone stops watching
the news and gets on with enjoying
their lives for the next week or so,
so she can sit and have a think
about this and that is what I think
she will do. What will happen as she
will ultimately appoint a new number
two but she will do it as part of a
wider reshuffle in the first week of
the new year, and take a step back
and look at the bigger picture. Some
of the names being thrown around
tonight are Amber Rudd, the Home
Secretary and a friend of Theresa
May. Also Jeremy Hunt, the Health
Secretary, who is seen as loyal to
her and someone who straddles the
remain - leave things not perfectly,
I think reshuffle would be
a huge mistake. My experience of
reshuffles as you always create more
enemies than friends. She is a prime
Minister not in a strong position
and when you put people on the back
ventures, you create lightning rods.
My issue is that from her has to be
more about policy than personnel
moving forward -- backbenchers.
Looking at the Daily Mail, what a
sad way to go if they take on it. A
reference to the police in this.
Yes, my reading of that headline,
which reads slightly strangely to
me, is it is quite a supportive
headline for Damian Green, I think,
unless I am misreading it
completely. I am not sure that will
be most people's take on it. The
Daily Mail wrote some pretty strong
opinion pieces against the lady who
made allegations against Damian
Green at the time, which seemed to
go further than most people would
expect. They seem to be sort of
sticking up for him here. They are
obviously very supportive of Theresa
May as a newspaper.
This will be the
most supportive front page, as Jack
said they have been her biggest
cheerleader, they have put in their
headline the police leaks led to the
downfall, so they are putting a spin
on the story.
Him lying about it
seems to have led to his downfall.
It was more sort of a cover-up as
opposed to the actual accusation.
so often happens.
And also the
report did say that the lady who has
made allegations against him as a
credible and plausible witness. And
so that has come down on her side,
so that is what has happened here.
Taking us to the FT, still politics
but we are talking Brexit and this
is partly based on what Mark Carney
has been saying.
Quite a clever
powerplay by Mark Carney. He is
saying the UK will be open to
European banks after Brexit. But
this depends on, you know, the UK,
on the EU reciprocating. As I was
saying, I think there is a sense of
momentum behind what we are doing. I
think so far the UK has been far too
defensive in the whole spin war and
how we have been positioning
ourselves for these negotiations.
The EU have skin in the game. There
are plenty of European businesses
finance out of London. They want
some certainty. But also countries
like Japan and South Korea want to
know what is going on. So it is good
he has put the onus back on them,
saying you have to sort things out.
And the EU has other problems at
play here like what is going on in
Catalonia. So pushing it forward,
putting the pressure back on them,
and ultimately they do want a deal
as well, but it won't be easy.
will be consequences if they don't
A sinister threat from
the Governor of the Bank of England
and lots of people will be pleased
to hear that. He hasn't really been
a popular character for lots of
Brexit supporters, they have seen
him as an arch remainer, is
campaigning against Brexit because
he thought it was a threat to the UK
economy so to see him coming out and
batting for Britain, as it were,
will go down well.
Thoughts on other
elements, the length of the
transition period? Michel Barnier
speaking today, Christine Lagarde
talking about the state of the
economy, so many elements to
consider on a daily basis.
speaking to someone in the city who
is quite influential and they were
saying it could take three years,
two years is good, but what we want
to certainty, we don't want an
open-ended transition period. That
is a big dilemma for the government
about how they framed this.
seem like we are drowning in small
Brexit stories all the time. There
are always 19 things to write about
and hear about. Because that is the
whole thing, it is important, but it
is weary to write and read and
So let's not talk about
it any more. Turning to the
Guardian, this is Donald Trump not
talking about his tax measures,
which he was looking very, very
pleased about earlier, I might add,
but this is about what he said
recently about Jerusalem being the
capital of Israel as far as the
Americans are concerned and the
reaction to it.
Yes, and this is
classic Trump volleying. If you
cross me, don't expect any help from
me even if that help is actually
stopping kids from dying in Asia,
Africa and all the rest of it. --
classic Trump bullying. He is going
to deny aid to small countries if
they don't vote the way he tells
them United Nations and my guess is
this sort of coercive stuff did used
to go on behind the scenes a little
bit, in quiet little conversations,
but here the President is coming out
and bawling out smaller countries in
press conferences like this, it is
not what we expect from the United
States and it is important to
remember how abnormal disputes. You
can get used to Trump and expect
that this is how the world is now
but we have had a long time of
America acting in a much more moral
arbiter role in this, and it is
depressing to read this.
feel quite emboldened by this tax
cut, it will energise him to carry
on defying the normal rules of
political dimension and diplomacy.
What is interesting here is that one
of the countries might be Egypt,
which you would normally imagine
would be a strong US ally and others
in the Security Council have already
expressed their doubts, including
the UK. Theresa May questioned the
wisdom of it.
Theresa May had it out
with him over Jerusalem, she was
very clear that this is the wrong
decision and this is not helpful.
The question is, in a post-Brexit
world, what happens with Trump?
There is speculation about him
coming here next year, the trade
deal, they are having to tread a
fine line with how they deal with
The Express, not the front page
but in inside story which has caught
our eye. And this is just one of
those good news stories. A sweet
snow baby, born after being frozen
for 25 years.
Quite a heartwarming
tale. I think this is unprecedented,
a baby born from a donor embryo
frozen 25 years ago. And what makes
it all the more remarkable is the
mother is 26 years old, I suppose
what does this mean for science and
medical advances going forward?
Incredibly heartwarming, great to
A story out of the States, we
Yes, a story out of
Tennessee. It has cost them £10,000
for this procedure and they are
saying they wouldn't rule it out
again, so if you are in a position
to do that, but it is nice that
couples who are not able to have
children otherwise, is great that
they have this opportunity now. For
some reason they are called snow
baby is, I think because it is a
I was looking for exactly
that definition, it says children
like them are called snow baby is
because they develop from embryos
which have been frozen.
So I am
confident we will have a story like
that every Christmas.
rather well, doesn't it? Let end
with the Times. Apparently one
portion of spinach a day can fend
And not just spinach.
Talking about heartwarming Christmas
stories, sprout the front and centre
of the story as well, good news if
you want sprouts in your Christmas
dinner next week. -- sprouts are
front and centre. It seems to have
been pretty widely carried in all
the press today. So yes, get eating
your greens is the message.
than 200,000 people in the UK suffer
from dementia, and it hasn't been
any cure for it, and they are saying
if you are over 50 's, start eating
your greens, it massively increases
your thinking skills -- over 50s.
And quite a long list, sprouts,
lettuce, asparagus, you name it.
of many superfood.
That is it for
the papers. Next it is time for
another look at Sportsday.