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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Lord Digby Jones, Former
Trader Minister and Henry Bonsu,
broadcaster and campaigner.
Tomorrow's front pages.
Metro devotes its entire front page
to the engagement photo
of Prince Harry and Meghan Merkel.
The paper wishes its
readers a Merry Kissmass.
The I claims that the Health
Secretary, Jeremy Hunt,
wants to take over as Deputy Prime
Minister following the
departure of Damian Green.
The Express headlines details
of what it's calling
a breakthrough on Alzheimers.
The Financial Times shows
an image of Nikki Haley,
the US ambassador to the UN
who has warned that the US will not
forget countries who voted
against its decision to recognise
Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The Daily Mirror leads with a report
about an alleged Russian spy
who visited No 10 as part
of a Ukrainian delegation.
The Telegraph features claims
from Boris Johnson that Damian Green
was the victim of a 'vendetta'
by retired Met Police officers.
The Times has a similar story,
alongside another picture of
the recently-engaged royal couple.
And the Guardian says that tens
of thousands of NHS patients
will have their surgeries cancelled
this winter to help avoid a crisis
across the health service.
That is a flavour of the front
pages. We can dip into some of
those. Digby, Jeremy Hunt is after a
That is a statement of
the obvious, isn't it. People go
into politics to be Prime Minister
and any politician who tells you
they don't is not often telling you
the whole truth. Yes, they want to
change society and change their
country but they do want power. I'm
not at all surprised. I'm not
passing judgment on whether he would
be good or not, but I'm not
surprised that he would be on the
move. There are two ways, he will be
in the bars and the corridors and he
will be saying, if I was to suggest
I might be, would you support me,
that is a manoeuvre, the concept of,
oh, what a good idea. The other
thing, if you notice what they are
saying the headline, the Health
Secretary is on the move, claims
Cabinet colleagues. If you also
wanted to become the Deputy Prime
Minister is one of the best ways of
getting rid of a competitor for the
job is to put it out that someone
else wants the job. He who wields
the knife is often not the one who
becomes the King. One takes this
with a huge dose of salt because
many people will say, let's trash
Jeremy Dennis, this puts him out of
the game and clears the field from
the -- Jeremy for this. Politics is
a dirty business.
I'm not sure
Jeremy Hunt is on any greater
manoeuvres than anybody else, the
only evidence in this piece is a
quote from a Cabinet member who says
he is deeply ambitious and seems
convinced he has a good chance of
greater things at if you look at
Jeremy Hunt's career, it hasn't been
stellar, it has been controversial,
but also a safe pair of hands with
health. Before that he was culture
minister. When David Cameron asked
ministers to take a campus cut in
their budget, he volunteered 20%, he
is able to go clean skin -- take a
10% cut. He is a flexible friend and
maybe that is what you need as the
deputy prime minister.
from opposing Brexit to supporting
it, with an increased social media
Interesting point. He has
taken to social media over the top
of the usual routes.
What was that
If you look at a lot of what
Jeremy Corbyn did in the election
and what Trump does in America, I'm
not talking about the messages, but
if you look at the route to market,
to the consumer, the voter, what
they are doing, they are ignoring
the usual routes and the usual media
channels and the press briefings,
and Jeremy Hunt is going straight
over the top of all of that, and
getting quite the Severus in his
tweets. -- white angry.
He is quite a blind person.
trying to put a bit of character
into his profile.
Boris Johnson says
that Damian Green was the victim of
a vendetta, although he does not
back this up with much. Theresa May
has also shared the concerns across
the political spectrum about the
conduct of two retired police
officers Neil Lewis and Bob Quick,
who were in a position to know what
was found on Damian Green's
computer. They then leaked this to
the media and it appears they may
have broken the law and the knives
are out for them in the Tory party
and also some sections of the media.
And it worries me, it asks a big
question about the trust equation
between the public and the police.
Because when it happens with
personalities, they will always take
sides because they have people to
defend and they have reputations to
protect but if you look at people we
have never heard of, in the high
street tonight, and the police doing
it, they will say, you are going to
tuck me up like you tut. Damian
Green, and then there is a lawyer
somewhere, and it worries me, the
behaviour of these retired officers
could damage some good policeman
doing a good and difficult job, and
also of course, in public life,
people might think, I'm not going to
be an MP is look at what happens to
you. And then whether it is Labour,
liberal, Green Party or new cap,
Conservative, you don't have good
people going into politics. -- or
They will say this was in the
public interest because of what
Damian Green was saying on
television, it was a conflict with
what he said in private.
on. Surgery cancelled over flu
It is written in
this article, oh dear, oh no, this
isn't GP surgeries, this surgery as
an operations. They have been
cancelled because of flu outbreak
fears and this is written from a
critical point of view. I think it
is very good planning. What they are
saying is, if there is flu in the
next few weeks the stretched NHS
will get past breaking point, so you
are bound to get the problems you
have with that, ambulances waiting
with people in the corridors, or the
rest of it, and flew in the old and
the young, it is a killer, and
therefore, for once, the NHS is
showing a bit of forecasting
management and everything else, and
tired my rid. It is a shame The
Daily Telegraph is riding about is
if we should be critical of it --
and flooring it up.
The quote at the
end, the NHS national director, the
public should use pharmacies and the
NHS 111 system and have flu jabs if
eligible. I am eligible but I didn't
I had mine. I would like
to say one thing, the real solution
to the NHS problem of crowding and
stretching, a lot of it is the lack
of a connection with social
services, and social care. In the
village where we lived there is a
lady who can get home for Christmas,
she's coming after a very serious
accident, paralysed below the waist,
the NHS have done a great job with
this woman, and they are ready to
say, you can go, and release a bed
for someone else. Social services
are saying, we are not ready few.
And it all costs money.
-- we are
not ready for you.
It all has quads
aggressors. -- it all has
That bed could be used
by a flu patient.
Henry, trade deal,
take it or leave it, they are
looking ahead to what may happen in
a few months' time.
threatening, and some people say
this is in line with what the FT has
been pushing for some time.
You might say that.
last it worked.
This is based on a couple of
sources, a senior government
official, and so we have got to look
at these sources.
It is a propaganda
This is a very highly
respected global newspaper. This
person says the commission will
prepare a take it or leave it
proposal, a Canada, threadbare
Canada proposal and the other source
is a top EU diplomat who says the UK
is still in Brexit Lala land and
they need to understand winter is
I actually hope we are now
into another negotiation, added is
in the interests of the EU that they
get a good trade deal -- and it is.
I know that.
It doesn't help when a
lot of unaccounted and unaccountable
and unelected officials in Brussels
start negotiations in this way.
are well into the negotiations.
it was the other way round and a
British official had said this you
would be the first to say this is
Our politicians say all
kinds of things, like go whistle.
Why isn't the FT writing something
once about how the EU treats us.
FT is a very respectable newspaper.
Yes, I take it every day, but they
are losing my respect because they
are so biased, their coverage.
might see that as biased because you
I am going to call a
truce at that point. I was richly
And none the wiser.
Exactly as Lord
Rees said it should always be! --
Let's move on. Metro now.
you put this up.
It will happen any
second. A lovely photograph will
appear on screen.
The palace have
put out a couple of photographs to
celebrate the royal engagement and
one looks a bit posed and the other
one looks fabulous. And on this cold
night with a lot of grief and
anguish in the world, tomorrow
morning people will go to work and
they will pick up their copy of the
paper and I think that is the most
lovely photograph of the Digby has
his N'Zogbia pulse on the finger of
the nation. Isn't it a lovely
-- Digby has his pulse on
the finger of the nation.
official engagement photographs of
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We
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