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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead
to what 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,
starting with this.
The Metro devotes its entire front
page to the engagement photo
of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel.
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 Damien Green.
The Express headlines details
of what it's calling
a breakthrough on Alzheimer's.
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 Number 10 as part
of a Ukrainian delegation.
The Telegraph features claims
from Boris Johnson that Damien 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.
So, let's begin.
The Telegraph. A Green vendetta from
Yes. Boris Johnson said
the former Deputy Prime Minister
suffered a police vendetta. This is
building up steam. Theresa May
echoed these concerns across the
political spectrum. It is putting
increasing pressure on Cressida Dick
to make sure things are properly
looked at. It does not tell us
exactly what laws the police may
have broken. It refers vaguely to
possible prosecutions and the
referral of this case to the
Information Commissioner's Office.
They are not serving officers, so
they have not broken the Official
Secrets Act, but there may be fines
if they leak personal darter to the
data to the public. -- data to the
There is another aspect to
this article after that where it
says in other developments, talking
about Kate, you had a bit of
interview on your headlines, I think
there are a few things here where it
has not been her finest hour.
Firstly, she was quoted, The
Telegraph picked this up, she said
she did not want him to resign, she
wanted an apology. That is
incredibly naive. I think she
deserves an apology is that the I am
not talking about that. -- I am not.
She must have known that seeking one
would lead to the other.
Did she not
mean when she first took this
complaint to Downing Street sometime
ago she wanted an apology back then?
That was my reading of it.
Quite right. The other point, she
has quoted here in The Telegraph,
she said I have been through such a
terrible ordeal since reporting
allegations that I advise other
women to stay silent. She should not
have an ordeal. This society should
allow a person, woman or man, to
say, look, you did this to me, that
is an allegation. It might be
proven, it might not. No matter what
happens, no woman must have a stay
silent. You will not stop this
dreadful behaviour by people if you
do not let these people make
It can be heard talking
about what you can suffer by doing
If you are in front of this
camera, and whatever you say,
whatever you do, I just have to come
out with one outspoken peace and be
politically incorrect and what
people want to do to me is amazing.
And I am low in the latter. I am
saying to people do not stop coming
out about this.
All of these
allegations inside politics, they
must have good, robust
whistleblowing procedures. People
will not feel confident to come
The Times. It is
in the same territory.
I worry about
this. That was a good summary. It is
quite similar. The Times has another
angle. The police themselves, Ken
Marsh, the chairman of The Police
Federation, he is turning around and
seen you should not have done this.
The reason he is doing this is,
tonight, there are policemen, good
and decent coppers, doing a good job
on the streets. A bond of trust
between society and the police, they
do not carry guns by right like
every policeman does in other
countries, they come from society
and a police society. And that bond
of trust... Some people will say are
you going to fit me up like Green?
It creates the impression the police
cannot be trusted. The moment you do
that it makes the police job more
difficult. Marsh is saying the
abhorrent actions... He is saying
you are making my job hard.
police are in a position of power
and have access to delicate
information they have to keep secret
and only use when the law requires
them to do so.
These two would say
they had public interest reasons to
do it which will be tested. The i.
Jeremy Hunt and his political
He said on your
programme he is a health man to his
core and passionate about his
current job and has been in it for
five years. But some of his
colleagues believe he is manoeuvring
and is touting his name around. He
believes he has not reached the
Senate of his career and is deeply
ambitious. He says he has a good
chance of greater things. -- zenith
of his career. What is the specific
job that Deputy Prime Minister is
to? -- Ministers do? He was a
Remainer, not a Brexiteer. He is
active in social media. I remember
from university days many years ago,
he is nice. He is a very nice and
bland conservative Christian chap.
Is that a compliment?
It is. But he
is the kind of person that, when
David Cameron... Yes. When asked if
he would implement in prison custody
budget, he said 20%.
-- 10% budget
cuts, he said 20%. There is no empty
seat at the moment.
There is a quote
on manoeuvring, putting the word out
he wants a job. That is a claim from
other colleagues. If you were in the
cabinet and wanted a job, get rid of
one of the people who wanted it more
than you. So you put the word out he
has been making manoeuvres. Politics
is a dirty game.
You are seeing more
manoeuvres than just one.
would say at the end of the day if I
was Theresa May I would take some
time and watch and wait. I am ending
stronger than many people thought I
would. I would just keep the powder
dry and watch others break cover. If
this does not work, they will break
cover, and you will see a scrap.
Daily Mail. Boris Johnson's cyber
war threat with the Kremlin.
It is a
real problem. We are in agreement
about this. What Boris Johnson is
talking about is incredibly serious
from the business point of view.
What I can tell you, one of the
greatest threats to business is
cyber-attack. Not only do they ran
some things, if you do not pay, your
products will be ruined, but also
stealing. -- ransom things. The
public sector, you saw the issue
with the NHS months ago. Interfering
with elections as wellthis goes to
the core of Western democratic
values. Russian-made not be doing
it. We have to be careful. -- Russia
may not. But someone is doing it.
This is it. You said it is a serious
story. It is. It is huge. But is it
serious when it comes out of the
mouth of Boris Johnson? I would
suggest not. We cannot taken
seriously, not just because he used
to all of this stuff, he is just
making silly gaffes and putting
lives at risk in Iran, Libya, all of
the things he has said in recent
months. He is going up against
Sergey Lavrov, a man who is hugely
experienced and close to Vladimir
Putin. Will he take Boris Johnson
seriously when he hears about a
threat of cyber war? GCHQ, we can be
serious thing see you, that's a
It is easy meat to say they
do not do these things.
Do you think
Boris Johnson would say this to
Sergey Lavrov to his face? Not at
NHS operations axed to avert
the winter crisis. The Guardian.
Hospitals setting up makeshift
wards. We talk about this in the
previous hour with the Guardian
being more alarmist than others
Talking about the possibility of
hospitals turning areas into
temporary wards. This is temporary
at the moment. Simon Stevens, the
Chief Executive of the NHS, has been
made personally responsible for
winter services. Many elderly will
have the flu. We will see huge
operations, cataract removals, knee
operations, hip operations. People
need these. Unless they are
life-threatening, people will have
From the point of
view of the Guardian, the
anti-government alarmist... Yes.
Alarmist. This is complete alarmist
from the Guardian and does not
become them. What I congratulate the
NHS for is what do we always do? We
criticise them while they do
excellent work. For once, they have
said we are going to get ready for
this and we are going to plant this.
With great respect, important
emergency operations, nothing to
worry about. Those with an active
elective surgery requirement, it is
not necessary. It is great planning
from the NHS. It would be nice just
once or anti-government newspapers
to say something nice. -- for.
fair, The Telegraph, you highlighted
them, they are not being
To be fair to them,
they said in it that it was actually
planned with no flu at the moment.
a short agreement is the 40 minutes
ago. -- let's go and other
a short agreement is the 40 minutes
ago. -- let's go and other note
a short agreement is the 40 minutes
ago. -- let's go and other note of
ago. -- let's go and other note of
surefire agreement. I will give you
a shorter period this time around,
EU plans, take it or leave it, if
Britain fails to clarify.
things, the FT, which I take every
day, I admire their journalism and
reporting. I will worry that they
are falling down the chasm of
propaganda. They are too pro
remains. What I worry is, they quote
to EU officials, both saying
basically, we are in Lala land if we
think we are getting anything better
than a Canada deal. What I say is,
in Europe is starting its
negotiation. They would say this,
It is perfectly
reasonable for them to decide who...
Your favourite newspapers like the
Telegraph and the mail, they
editorialise. The Financial Times is
then your favourite, Brexit here.
They have an editorial line and that
governs who they choose to take what
is wrong, that is journalism.
FT's history was, it was to be
objective on the front page. The
point I want to make about the
actual trade thing is that this is
the EU starting off by saying where
it is a. This was the other way
around and this is what David Davis
said, the EU is in Lala land and
thinks it can do without Britain in
Guys, we have one minute
left. I just want to try and focus
on maybe one more.
Let's go to the Metro. We rather
like this photograph.
in the. There is a most lovely
photograph on the Metro. It is
lovely. These other photographs
released by the palace to celebrate
the royal engagement. There is a lot
of sadness in the world, isn't that
It is a beautiful picture,
they look deeply in love. It doesn't
And on the FT, we have
self driving cars being taught in
Boston, Pittsburgh and Detroit to
recognise a snowflake. The trouble
is, nobody has talked taught about
them -- taught them about snow. You
and I agreed that is what technology
has got to do.
Disrupt and leapfrog.
Very good. On that note of near
Thank you very much. And a
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