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I was telling tall tales all the
time. My mum came and brought me the
journal, she said, honey, some of
the stuff you have been talking
about, why don't you try and write
Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Henry Mance,
at the Financial Times
and Deborah Haynes, defence
editor at the Times.
Will be take you through some of the
papers at the moment.
First, a quick
The Times leads on an interview
with a government security minister
about plans to tax internet giants
if they don't help combat terrorism.
On a lighter note, there's also
a colourful picture of Eddie
the Eagle and fans -
some of the stuntman's
tricks will be shown
during London's New Year's Day
The Observer takes a closer
look at the fallout
from Lord Adonis' resignation -
and the Labour Peer's call
for Chris Grayling to resign.
The Mail on Sunday reports on plans
for so-called unpaid border guards
at ports and airports -
it also shows Rod Stewart modelling
an interesting choice
of knitwear when he turned up
to support his beloved Celtic
earlier this evening.
The Telegraph's top story focuses
on retailers' plans to get around
the government's ban
on credit card fees.
The Sunday Express leads on plans
for the over-75s to get
a new super vaccine.
So let's begin.
Henry and Deborah. We are going to
start off with the Sunday Times.
Tech giants are being zeroed in,
We know politicians
hate the amount of tax that Apple
and Facebook pay already but this is
about specific costs that these
companies may be having. He is
saying it is costing the government
hundreds of millions of pounds
because the government is having to
invest in human surveillance of
terrorist suspects because it cannot
break the encryption of services
like Whatsapp and the various
messaging services used. The article
suggests this would be a windfall
tax on these huge silicon valley
companies to enable the government
to get money back.
Deborah, what do
you make of that?
It has long been a
bugbear of the government how the
advance of social media, how
everyone is using social media
platforms, including terrorist
groups, to radicalise individuals.
This is mentioned in the article,
too, how companies like Facebook and
winging down extreme material fast
enough. And despite repeatedly, to
May has repeatedly talked about
this, the need for companies like
Twitter to be much more responsible
in terms of policing their own
sites, and equally, Whatsapp which
have in printed end to end messaging
and not allowing the police in a
timely and marry as necessary to
crack them is a really big problem
and it gives
you've got the Minister in an
interview saying, this kind of
problem, in terms of this free rein
for extremists and terrorists to act
online is what keeps him awake at
night. He says we are mobile revolt
than at any point in the last 100
years. -- more vulnerable. It is
about getting these companies to act
with urgency. They are suggesting
some full -- form of windfall tax
similar to that imposed on
privatised utilities during the Tony
Blair years. But who knows?
the fact that he says because they
sit on beanbags in T-shirts that
they are not ruthless profiteers. I
just got to the end of this article,
quickly scanning through, quite a
warning towards the end St, if you
are going out this weekend, he is
advising people, check where the
exit are. He's almost driving the
point that this is a every real
threat on home shores.
He says, go out as normal, we
mustn't let them win, but if you are
going to nightclubs, etc, if you do
spot unusual things, say something.
It puts the damper on things, but I
suppose it gets the point across.
Let's move on to the observer. Lord
Adonis is St Mr Grayling should be
Andrew donors who
resigned on Friday said he has had
enough of being the government's
chief infrastructure adviser.
Mainly, Brexit, and the other thing
he said was a low-profile decision
by the Transport Secretary Chris
Grayling in November to allow other
companies that operate the east
Coast Main line, Virgin Trains, to
pull out of that contract early and
because those companies would due to
pay hundreds of millions and up to
years of pounds to the government in
those years, that money that the
government and taxpayers may now not
be getting. He says this is a
decision that is hugely damaging to
public fining is. A sign of some of
the justification for Lord Adonis's
argument is on the day this was
announced, though price of
Stagecoach went up.
Deborah, he does
go on to say why didn't he adopt the
alternative course which was to set
up state companies as well, doesn't
Why didn't he do it? I sort of
honed in on how the effect of this
is that it is potentially going to
cost taxpayers money, and if the
people feeling the costs will be the
rail users, we have all faced this.
3.6% rise potentially in your season
tickets from Tuesday. It is warning
that people will start tearing their
backs on the railway. Cos of how
costly it is becoming.
got some protests coming up?
Commuter groups and opposition
groups are planning protests across
the country because of these rises.
I'm not surprised. It will be an
interesting start to the New Year.
The Mail on Sunday, I had to read
this twice, how did you take it when
you saw it?
Anything with Darren
Sammy on the front page will raise
an eyebrow. -- Dad's Army. It seems
a long time ago that we were so
overstretched that we needed to have
captained manner in man our
defences. There are people who can't
get into the police force and they
become special constables and they
are largely unpaid. This is saying
could we use volunteers for
Farnborough ballpoints at the
borders. -- vulnerable points. They
may be access points from -- for
jihad is returning from Syria.
Perhaps it is the way, if it has
worked in policing, maybe it will
work on the border.
They are saying
it could come into force in 28 team.
Less than 24 hours away. They have
had a pilot scheme running. It is
aborted talk about how rollerball --
important to talk about how
vulnerable they are. Much of the
security forces have had to enjoy
many cuts and efficiency savings and
the fact is they don't have the size
of the force necessary to protect
our borders. They are obviously
looking at ways to try and do this.
It is obviously not ideal to have
people without the power of arrest,
I think it says, Manning these
vulnerable points but maybe it is
better than nothing. And the
government needs to think about
greater investment. The capability
review is going on at the moment and
the big focus in the media and I
have been interested in it, is the
defence element to it. Border
protection, there are 12 strands of
work and one of them is border
protection, it is a cost neutral
exercise that money will be flowing
from certain areas into others so
maybe we will see, given Brexit and
everything, a greater push to
protect our borders.
The Home Office
refusing to give details of how they
will vet these volunteers. A little
Encase you get some
have a go hero who is dreaming of
taking down illegal immigrants at
the Irish border? I imagine there
will be some concern. Charlie
Elphicke, the MP for Dover, says
there should be rate caution. This
is something the unions dislike they
say we have trained members, if you
want this job done properly, invest
in the services.
credit card fees ban on shoppers.
seems it is to do with how when you
click online and if you use your
debit card it is free and if you use
all ready card you get a charge. --
your credit card. The plan is to get
rid of that but the Sunday Telegraph
is revealing that they have learned
that some retailers and other
companies are planning to sneak
around the rules by refusing credit
card payments, increasing shelf
prices, and introducing new service
judges across the board. -- service
charges. Is that of people paying
the charge for credit cards,
everyone will have to pay the extra
which doesn't seem likely outcome
the government wanted the method the
Staying with the Telegraph,
New Year party goers facing strikes
This is Storm Dylan.
Jeremy Paxman, in the FT yesterday,
referred to New Year's Eve is the
worst night of the year. Lots of
people have stresses and strains
without these things mounting on top
but this year, it looks like you
will have to be careful on the roads
and trains and you will have to
check the exits of any nightclubs.
Have a great time!
celebrations have kicked off fine.
There hasn't hit yet. I think it is
a three-day celebration. Super jab,
very quick lead.
It is true, it works. The flu is
Would your parents be happy
to have this?
If it is generally
some kind of amazing jab that can
cure flu, why is it only for this
It is a super strong dose
of the vaccine. Try what you can
with that. The idea is if it works,
it saves the health service money
because people don't go back into
Don't you find when you
have the flu jab, you get sick?
I'm a northerner, maybe that is it.
Interestingly, though, a lot of
elderly don't have the jab because
they say, I don't need it.
get sick. Giving them a super dose
of it, you start worrying. This is
nice dory. -- my story.
outnumbered here. We are talking
about mums on wedding certificates.
It is fatally astonishing that in
the 21st-century, your father of the
bride name, and occupation on the
certificate, but not other's. So,
What is more astonishing is
that when I got married, I didn't
even question it. Isn't that bad?
What does that say about me?
isn't the first time it has been
attempted. Previous proposals failed
because they hadn't considered same
sex marriages, and part of it also
was that they involved replacing
tens of thousands of register books
across the country, but I think this
is a great step forward. And why
didn't we ever pick this up before,
Why weren't we angry?
this has all been part of a
campaign, as well. An interesting
line here from the fatherhood
Institute saying that this is long
overdue and she wants and end to
discrimination against fathers whose
names are not routinely included on
paperwork from schools and GP
I've never thought of
that. Mean either.
I deal with all
This because we are good
at it. You are not saying anything
here. There was a legal challenge
from heterosexual couple who said,
we want a civil partnership because
marriage is a patriarchal
old-fashioned institution and this
is some of the things that would
address their concerns.
That's it for the Papers this hour.
Thank you, Henry Mance
and Deborah Haynes -
you'll both be back at 11.30pm
for another look at the stories
making the news tomorrow.
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presents Meet the Author.