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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me is Susie Boniface,
columnist at the Daily Mirror,
and the Public Affairs
Consultant, Alex Deane.
good to see you both, happy New Year
and all that.
The I takes a closer look
at the ongoing pressure facing
the NHS this winter,
and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's
apology for having to cancel tens
of thousands of non-urgent surgeries
until the end of the month.
The Times leads on one of the many
explosive claims included in a new
book about the tram presidency,
taking special interest in a claim
that Tony Blair warned Donald
Trump's aids that British
intelligence may have spied on him.
The Guardian reports on a call by
the leader of the local council in
winter to get rid of rough sleepers
by the time of the wedding of Prince
Harry and Meghan Markle.
The Telegraph says
the Environment Secretary,
Michael Gove, will announce plans
for farmers to be rewarded
for opening up the countryside
to the public and enhancing
the environment after Brexit.
It also shows a windswept dog called
'Cookie' soaking up Storm Eleanor's
gale force gusts on the beach
at Heacham in Norfolk.
The metro takes a more ominous look
at Storm Eleanor, with an image of
Porthcawl in South Wales.
And The Metro also
celebrates the lottery win
of a cab driving widower,
who scooped £24 million
without matching all
the numbers on his ticket.
That is also on the front page of
the Mirror, with the Lotto winner
celebrating, surrounded by five
daughters. And the story of the
homeless man originally branded a
hero following the Manchester Arena
attack, having pleaded guilty to
stealing some of the victims's
The Financial Times leads with fears
over Britain's asset
management industry -
and its vulnerability to EU
countries after Brexit.
The express has a weather story. -10
in some areas warning that we were
facing a week-long chill. You know
where you are with the express has
in the middle of winter.
know where you are with the times as
well because we will start with
that, Susie. Blair warns Trump UK
may have spied on him. All of this
is part of an explosive new book by
the journalist writer Michael Wolff
in the States that is coming out
next week. All kinds of claims. This
is a very interesting one to stop
they are all very interesting, and I
have to warn the viewer here...
viewer? The viewers, or 15 million
of them, Susie!
I always thought
about the viewer, and the listener
on the radio. The reader when I'm
writing the papers.
OK, we get it!
The issue is that many of the people
he has interviewed have a reputation
for, shall we say, misleading the
public. Tony Blair also has that
reputation, allegedly, when it comes
to dossiers. Allegedly. We have
someone who has misled the public
and is being investigated by the FBI
telling Michael Wolff someone else
who has misled the public are said
to him. Journalistically speaking,
you can't really nail anything down.
We can talk about the claims but not
the definite truth of anything in
The claim is Tony Blair
tipped off the Trump administration
that in the run-up to the election,
the national security agency in the
United States was buying on the
Trump team. Needless to say, both
the White House and Trump's
spokesman denied it was his. I
believe Tony Blair who said it and I
believe it happen.
He it didn't
happen. He says it is a fabrication.
He didn't talk about the NSA, he
talked about our GCHQ, he talked
about the British spies spying on
Trump effectively for their friends
at the NSA. It has been broadly
shown after the Snowdon revelations
that the NSA bankrolls a big part of
what GCHQ does. We have a listening
station in Cyprus that the NSA pays
for, and so forth. But the
interesting thing is that the
trumpet construction denies this
happens. If you asked them, the UK
Government denies it happen. But
GCHQ denied to ten years they were
doing Burrell Collection on your
phone calls and e-mails and it
turned out they were. These denials
are of limited value.
The point you
made, Susie, in a post-truth world,
a lot of that created by the very
man on the front of the times here.
And the people around him who are
now turning on each other.
reaping what he has so on?
problem with the Trump White House,
the people who have him in there,
they were a fairly loose group of
affiliations. There were some be
built to win the support of the
Republican Party, some who went to
Russia, apparently, some like Steve
Bannon and bright went to the
extreme right wings, went to perhaps
nationalists supremacist groups. As
a result, now they are in the White
House, when there is a problem there
is not one particular core ideology
of them to stick to the difficult
times. Now they are under pressure,
they are starting to fall apart and
this is why Trump has turned on his
former conciliatory, Steve Bannon
and started attacking him.
That is deeply weird but none of
that suggests this story is
necessarily untrue. For me, the
thing about GCHQ's snooping, they
said they were not collecting data
on you, me and everyone else. We had
an investigatory Powers Tribunal
ruled that they were collecting
everyone's data unlawfully. Why
should we believe Donald Trump was
I don't think people
would mind if they were listening to
him in the run up to the election.
So why deny it?
they were not doing it.
of the Telegraph, farmers to be paid
to open up land to the public
according to Michael Gove, the
It seems when
we leave the European Union, in
Shalaa, in 2019, we will be
subsidising our farmers who will
lose from their subsidy, instead of
just giving hand-outs, which I think
is right, we will reward farmers for
greater public access. The quote
from Michael Gove is that you will
only receive public money for public
On land that hitherto Ramblas and
Coe could not go on to. To me it
sounds like a very good idea. It is
also quite brave of Michael Gove.
Many people who receive hitherto
this kind of hand are wealthy
landowners who have received it
either for owning land they owned
anyway, or owning land and then not
doing anything with it under
set-aside. Michael Gove is
Environment Secretary once again
rather surprises people by doing the
unexpected and probably doing a good
Does it make sense to you,
To some extent,
journalistically. This is a speech
Michael Gove is given, an early
version handed out to some
newspapers. The Times and the
Telegraph both reported it
differently for different reasons,
they have different readerships and
different reasons for not backing
Gove. What good is saying in the
Telegraph has absolutely no figures
are attached to it.
So he doesn't
say how much it might cost?
Just a moment. The Times reports
that the total cost will be £10
billion. It also says that these
promises, to give a transition to
farmers for their subsidies, was
intended to end in 2022, and Gove is
having the extent that to 2024
because farmers would not have long
enough, in terms of preparing for
the future and buying their
equipment and so on and so forth. If
you say farmers have two games
subsidies, which they need, then you
have to do give that farmer more
than he would get for putting it in
wheat or crops or animals or solar
farm or something else. So it will
cost more than perhaps capped
subsidies would do and there is no
figure on it.
Or indeed not growing
Yes, quite often you can
get subsidies for not farming your
land. Your average person in this
country would ask why is Khalid
Abdullah Al sued receiving hundreds
of thousands of pounds a year for
his land and capped subsidies, and
why when we promised to match that
subsidy for doing nothing? Isn't it
right when we leave the EU that we
ask them to do something in return
for that money, to allow public
access to the land? I sound like a
socialist saying this!
me, you will never sound like a
God bless you!
The Paice, Jeremy Hunt -- the Ibiza.
They have had to
prepare very hard for this winter.
There were queues in A&E in summer.
There were issues plainly coming
several years down the track. Now we
have a particular cold spell, a
norovirus and a flu outbreak and a
growing social care problem. More
and more people with conflicts
problems have to go to A&E at the
last minute and be treated there.
Hunt had to apologise for stop
further is no crisis, there is
nothing to see here. You only have
to have spent five minutes in the
NHS to know what the problems are.
To know someone who works at the NHS
or to have used it. There are
clearly problems afoot and you can't
continue denying it.
problems afoot but the lazy answer
is that there is not about money but
putting more money into the NHS than
But not enough.
because some people regard the NHS
as a religion.
Demand has gone up 4%
of the funding has gone up 1%.
are several countries who give
roughly the same or less, like
Australia, Switzerland, that don't
fall over when they have a flu
outbreak. The point about it is not
the amount of money that goes in, it
is about who provides that payment.
Generally speaking it is when it is
a universal state system that it
falls over. It is about inefficiency
and incompetence, not about the mad
money for stop in the end people
like shouting the odds on that don't
like people pointing it out because
to them the NHS is a cult, our
national origin. You can't touch it
in politics in case you die.
don't want to defend it, you don't
get to use it.
And there you go.
should be cleared out of winter for
the royal wedding, apparently the
call from a local council.
it is someone who has a lid flies
are treated if you time is. You
think people would learn not to use
social media, or indeed the comment
in the way they do. The Conservative
leader of the Royal Borough of
Windsor and Maidenhead seems to have
written to Thames Valley Police,
asking effectively for the
enforcement of the law as it stands,
which is to stop aggressive begging
and intimidation. But that is
different from saying I want to
clear the homeless out of a
particular borough. On the one hand
you have what he has asked for, in
the law as it stands, not
unreasonable. On the other, people
behaving I think probably unwisely
on social media. In the end, the
Guardian like to say Tories are bad.
Does it, Susie?
Going back to the
story, the council leader has
treated apparently it is an issue he
said some of these while he was
skiing in Wyoming.
So you are saying
the same as me, back to the story.
Then he has written to the local
Police Commissioner, which has been
released to the public before it has
gone to the Police Commissioner, he
says. Maybe the post was just late
(!) As Alex rightly says, he has
conflated the issue of homelessness
and rough sleeping with begging and
vagrancy which is not the same
thing. You have a real issue with
homelessness, about a dozen people
sleeping rough on the streets of
Windsor on Christmas Day cared for
by local charities. It is known that
a third of people who are rough
sleepers have mental health
problems, nearly half have substance
abuse problems. You constantly clear
them off the streets. No you could
give them somewhere to go for the
day. It cost about 1500 quid to get
someone off the street at about
£20,000 to the state to them to have
on the -- stay on the street and
have helped the need.
perhaps in Windsor covering that
particular story but no confusion
about the guy in the front of the
Daily Mirror. This Cabaye has won
Wendy Fawell million pounds. "My
Girlfriend is looking down from
heaven, she passed away last year".
Amazing story, God bless him. He got
five numbers, as did several dozen
other people who got about a grand
apiece, but he also got the bonus
ball, and that has made him a
multimillionaire. And God bless him,
because last year his other half,
Four years ago.
me, four years ago, collapsed and
died on their Christmas tree. It is
a great story of someone who
deserves a true bit of luck and who
It is nice to get a
deserving lottery winner. But the
problem he will find is that when
you do have lottery wins, the
winners are often inundated with
begging letters, family member is
they haven't heard from in years and
years. You don't have to have
He could have said no. He
clearly feels he could do with it.
People so they often want to share,
I just hope he doesn't get taken
We will end at there.
Thank you for the stories behind the
headlines and the YouTube watching.
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Thank you, Susie and Alex.