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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Jo Phillips, political
commentator and Nigel Nelson,
Political Editor of Sunday Mirror
and Sunday People.
A chance to cut up each -- to catch
up with them because they've had a
bit of a head start.
Tomorrow's front pages
then, starting with...
The Times says that Paedophiles
are using YouTube as a 'shop window'
to showcase abused children.
The Telegraph says that police have
sparked an increase in shoplifting
by not investigating
thefts under £200.
The Guardian leads with
Tory MPs demanding that
Chancellor Phillip Hammond reveal
the Brexit research papers
looking at trade outcomes.
Brexit also fronts The "i" -
following comments from
the Conservative Mayor
of the West Midlands
warning against a Hard Brexit.
The case of Laura Plummer,
the British women jailed
in Egypt leads The Mirror.
The Financial Times says
that the retail sector
is disappointed at the drop
in footfall for the traditional
boxing day sales.
The Sun leads with British Troops
being asked to use
gender neutral words -
dubbing it the PC Brigade.
And The Express says
a stroll in the garden
will help fight dementia.
So let's begin.
Good that you have joined us for the
rest of the festivities.
would you be doing! Just stuffing
yourself with cold turkey!
about some of these stories seem to
have been reheated! Well we end the
year as we began talking about
Brexit. Tell us about, we will talk
about that in a moment. But first
the case of Laura Plummer. Jailed
for taking drugs into Egypt.
she's 33, she comes from Hull City,
she went out in October to see her
partner and she was arrested on
suspicion of trafficking drugs at
the airport. She was found with 290
tramadol tablets in her luggage
which she claims were for her
partner who suffers from chronic
back pain. Tramadol is a very heavy
duty pain reliever which you can
only get in this country in
prescription. Her family obviously
devastated, she has been in a jail
in a communal cell since being
arrested in October and clearly very
distressing. But there are I think
questions about, if the prescription
for tramadol was not for her then
who was at four. Because you can
take prescription drugs legally
providing you can prove that they
are for you and you have only the
amount you need.
So you think if she
had been able to accept a
prescription, present bad, that
would have helped her case?
and another question about 290
tablets being quite a lot. I'm sure
for her family it is devastating and
for her as well but there seems to
be something not quite right.
Guardian straightforward and
factual. The mirrored taking a more
That is right and I
think the contrast is interesting.
The mirror pretty much more on the
side of Laura Plummer, our girl will
die in hellhole jail. Not talking
about the rights and wrongs of the
case are much as more of an appeal
for clemency. One of the things that
comes out from this is that we all
need to be aware of what we can take
into someone else's country and what
we cannot. The advice on the Foreign
Office website. If you are taking
drugs in the prescription drugs
albeit, to find out if they are
legal in the country you're going
People might not necessarily
think about it.
According to an
interview with her MBE earlier today
on Radio 4, Karl Turner, that
information may only went up on the
Foreign Office website since her
arrest. But you should still be
asking the question, you would
expect to take enough jerks that you
would need for your own prescription
for the length of time you will be
But 290. Politically this has
played better for the government
than the case of the Iranian woman
because the Labour MP poured praise
on the Foreign Office.
This is the
point I was making about this being
a clemency issue, that if she did
not know and was a bit naive about
taking drugs, it may well be we
could ask for mercy from the
Egyptian authorities. But that is
the kind of thing the Foreign Office
could do, and at the moment from
what we've seen it does not seem to
be that that the conviction is
Moving on to a
subject that is no great surprise,
the Boxing Day sales. Have you
picked up any bargains?
seen the bags in the corridor! Back
in the old days when we were young
reporters, will often dispatched to
some department stores where some
hapless couple would spend their
entire Christmas waiting to purchase
a reduced price suffer and they
would get a bargain. Those days have
gone. But apparently people still do
flock to the shops. And judging by
Oxford Street in London, they still
do. But not as good as it looks
because according to analysis,
football is down by 5.2% on last
Retail having a tough time
this year. Will it matter if instead
of footfall in the shops, we just
let our fingers do the walking?
not sure it would, as long as people
are buying things it does not make a
huge difference where they are
buying them. It does to the shops
but not the economy as a whole.
Provided you have people doing that.
But at the moment the online figures
have not come through so there is a
questionable whether inflation has
now stopped people buying stuff.
will know when we have the full
picture. But if you shops go bust,
and the high street becomes... And
also you would imagine most high
street stores probably pay their
fair share of tax. For some on rail
-- online retailers may not
Many of them do not as
we have seen.
Well there is a novel
take on this story?
light-coloured rehash, because this
is about what came into force with
the anti-social behaviour act. The
police decided that there would be a
£200 threshold for pursuing
criminals for shoplifting and things
like that. And if caught and
prosecuted it would all be done by
post. So they're looking at limited
resources, they are cash-strapped.
But of course retailers are getting
fed up with this. And what is
apparently anecdotally according to
this story coming to light is that
organised gangs can go into shops
and they can steal stuff valued
under £200. So £199? Or to lots of
£100 or whatever, that can still be
used, it is still good and can be
used for other things whether it is
buying drugs barons or whatever. So
they're worried about the
And also retailers are
still out. And no one would want the
message to go out that this is what
you should be doing.
with some police forces
investigating car theft and suddenly
there is a spate of car thefts,
bound to happen.
Well the Sun
newspaper, again talking about from
an Chantrey, always good to find a
Underneath a photograph of
Rhianna. About the Ministry of
Defence, allegedly. Allegedly. The
PC brigade, very large writing.
Apparently a notice has gone up in
This is one for the new
They do not like
army slogans. Anyway what it is
suggesting is words like mankind,
sportsmanship, because they contain
the word man, they should look for
alternatives. I do not mind too much
humankind, I can just about manage
that. Mankind is anthropological. I
appreciate that. There are certain
areas... When it comes to things
like manhole covers I do not like
the idea of human hole covers. And
also, I think writing nowadays has
got more difficult so I quote
government 's books man, spokes
woman, depending on who is providing
This is going to
run and run. We will be back at