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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are broadcaster David Davies
and journalist Dina Hamdy.
Not a journalist, political analyst,
I'm so sorry. Let's get it right
shall we? We'll be talking cricket
later and Dina will hopefully learn
a lot from David.
The Times reports that
the best-paid family doctors
can earn up to seven
hundred thousands pounds.
The Telegraph reports
that the minister
for the constitution has accused
Jeremy Corbyn of trying
to rig the election.
The I leads with a
suggestion that drunk
revellers should be treated in,
what is described as, 'drunk tanks'
rather than our hospitals.
The Guardian leads with an MP
warning social media giants they
could face sanctions if they
continue to stall Parliament.
The Daily Mail's front page
covers a study suggesting
Britain has a growing problem
with addiction to
The Financial Times says worldwide
merger and acquisitions
surpassed three trillion dollars
The Mirror is launching
a campaign to end
charges in hospital carparks.
The Sun reports UK supermarkets will
start selling bacon that doesn't
have harmful added nitrates. The
Daily Telegraph headline, got been
trying to rig the election. A
minister calling for an attempt to
block boundary reforms an affront to
democracy. Daesh Parliamentary
boundary changes are always, always
controversial. Another set is
scheduled for 2018. Most observers
think were they to be introduced to
balance up the size of
constituencies, at the moment we
have some constituencies with 51,000
voters and other constituencies with
90,000 voters. The idea is proposals
will cut the number of MPs from 650
to 600. And balance... Most
constituencies around 70,000. That's
the idea. Surprise surprise, the
party that would be more likely to
lose out on this would be the Labour
Party. Surprise surprise the Labour
Party are opposed, are likely to
oppose, the changes. Actually the
truth is that in the past you can
find other parties, big parties, one
might even say, that have opposed...
What could you mean?
boundary changes in the 1970s and
80s. They make a difference to the
lives of people whose seats
disappear. A certain seat in
Islington under likely changes might
disappear. It might seek the current
MP, Jeremy Corbyn. That is why it is
inevitable there will be opposition.
Having said that, the background to
this was it all came into the
limelight. After the MP scandal. The
Tories had a majority then. Nothing
could have stopped them from doing
the boundaries, finishing it off.
And they didn't. Because it would
have been counterbalanced at that
stage by introducing the
proportional voting system which
they were not keen on. There is that
element to it.
Let's look at the i.
Facebook and Twitter warned over
inquiry into fake news. Not being
very forthcoming with the
information required of them.
astonishing that they have been
asked to hand over similar
information in the US. Eventually
they did handover to Congress huge
amounts of data. They are
effectively snowballing and ignoring
the parliamentary committee here.
Now they are being threatened with
sanctions, not specified what
exactly sanctions will be. But it is
going to be perhaps targeting the
revenue, the advertising, and it
could really hurt.
The suggestion is
that Russian misinformation, as it's
described, was allowed on these
They've had a very bad
Christmas, the social media
companies. I mean yesterday they got
a bit of a battering from a former
president, Obama, in this
conversation with Prince Harry. And
today they are getting a bit of a
battering from Mr Damian Collins,
the chairman of the select
committee, that is looking into all
this. I mean, for me, they are the
victims of their own success, you
can argue. They haven't been very
forthcoming and they haven't been
very helpful to a committee. As
Deena has just said, what a select
committee in the House of Commons
can do about all of this, they have
no direct powers. Yes, they're
advertising could be affected. It
remains to be seen whether that can
and will actually happen.
Financial Times, EU set for new test
of popular sport of Italy gears up
for election in March. March four,
this is. Another and establishment
party is doing extremely well.
Indeed, this is called 5-star. It
was formed by a comedian in the past
and is now doing rather well. But
Italy is heading for, yes, as you
say, a general election. An
unpredictable outcome, everybody
says. A hung parliament is the
likeliest outcome. Then we'll be
back to the good old days of Italian
politics, when it was instability.
The most extraordinary thing about
this story in the Financial Times is
that icy a name, Silvio Berlusconi.
He of the Bongo Bongo Land two is.
On another comeback. How old is Mr
God only knows. This
particular party is
antiestablishment in a different
way, not anti-immigration, just
environmentally, a bunch of
environmental activists. It isn't
similar to Ukip.
It isn't bad news
for the EU. Any instability is bad
Silvio Berlusconi is 81. He
doesn't look it I don't know why.
You might say that, I couldn't
A little help...
The daily Mirror is where we will go
next. It has launched a campaign to
axe hospital parking tax on the
sick. At times these are extremely
expensive parking charges. That
people have to pay if they want to
go as patients or visitors. - it
isn't the Mirror that has launched
the campaign, it was Mr Corbyn who
initially proposed it in May of this
year when he called it a tax on
serious illness. He would fund it by
raising insurance tax on private
health care. Some of these nurses
and health care practitioners pay up
to £100 a month in parking. Leading
to... Causing some nurses to rush
out between shifts to change their
parking lot so they wouldn't be
fined. Plus of course families of
I would like to hear
somebody justify the level of these
charges. Because whatever they were
when they started, they have reached
ridiculous levels in certain parts
of the country, dare I say it, in my
own neck of the woods, in the West
Midlands, there are people who go
for cancer treatment that can last
all day who are paying fortunes to
park the car or the family car in
these car parks. The NHS is supposed
to be free at the point that you
Staying with the daily
Mirror, -13 Celsius. Big freeze.
Snow chaos. Coldest night. This is
the problem, the next morning of the
ice which is so treacherous
easy to be critical sitting here in
a nice one television studio.
Despite the fantastic efforts of the
gritters, and I here we have more
these days than we've ever had
before, and others, how we cope with
the winter weather in this country
is, frankly, not our greatest
achievement, because year after year
we go through all of this and we
have all the why can't we do better?
By the way we can't afford it. It
doesn't happen so often. The reality
is, hundreds of people in 2017,
2018, stranded at an airport
overnight. Some old, some young. Is
Isn't it because we
don't have enough of it often enough
to be geared up for it? In a place
We don't give it a priority.
We don't. We should do. The gritters
have done a fantastic job, worked
really hard. For those of us stuck
for four and a half hours yesterday
as an airport in Europe, we may be
worked up about this at the moment.
But honestly we come back and we see
all those lorries on the A14, not
some minor road, the A14. Clearly
not gritted in television pictures.
How is that defensible? I've never
seen you so vexed!
Is spent six
hours in the airport.
I thought that
would have taken the wind out of
your sails but no. To the Telegraph.
Asked Doctor Google before your GP.
That's what I was going to say. Not
a month ago I was reading the exact
opposite, that you would be told off
by the GP if you go in and know what
is wrong with you. Now you're told
please stay at home at all costs
unless it's really serious, then the
last resort is to see a GP. It's
It tells you how
stretched they are.
Seek help from a
reputable, reputable online service.
Some of us know when we go online
with some little injury or whatever,
I had one not so many months ago, I
can still remember going online and
being bamboozled by this good
advice, bad advice, middle advice.
What is it?
I think they mean you
should go on the NHS website.
think they probably do but then you
could be guilty of something called
to two where you go online and
think, I've got that and that and
you think you are more ill than you
Then they should call 111.
don't want you doing that either do
Unless you live where I live
in the West Midlands and you have
the greatest pharmacist in the whole
world. She advises me and tells me
what to do. I get on and do it.
can often help you.
dangerous territory, talking about
cricket. Before we came... Dina said
she didn't really get it, we were
trying to explain the rudiments of
the game. On the front of the times
we have Alastair Cook rising from
the ashes. What has he done? At
He's scored the highest, made
the highest score over 200 runs,
20044I think. Not out. Still to go
in this morning as well. The highest
score by a non-Australian batsmen in
a Test match at the MCG, the
Melbourne Cricket ground. I'm not
long back from Australia where I
categorically failed to inspire the
England team in the Perth Test match
to great heights. The body language
of the England team and, dare I say
it come off Alastair Cook in that
match, was awful. It's so wonderful
to see him do this today. And my
instinct is he will retire pretty
soon. Maybe even at the end of this
series. He will go down as one of
the great English test batsmen, no
Why did it take until now?
They've lost the Ashes, they are
trying to stop the whitewash. They
needed this three weeks ago.
have the answer to this you wouldn't
be coaching the England cricket
Why is it called a double
100 runs is a century, he
got 244, so he got a double century
plus. If you'd got to 300, it would
be a triple century, have we piqued
Indeed. I'm going to
go back and do some research and
start watching it.
Start at 3:30am.
If anybody has a
bat and ball we could have a go in
the corridor. There is a nice long
corridor, we can try. That is it the
papers, if you come back with black
eyes, you'll know we didn't manage
to hit the ball much. Cyberchondria
and David will be back at 11:30pm
for a second look at the papers
because it is Christmas. -- Dina and
David will be back.