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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Dia Chakravarty,
the Daily Telegraph's Brexit editor,
and Laura Hughes,
from the Financial Times.
Welcome. Happy New Year. Let's show
you what front pages we have.
The Metro leads with that explosive
book behind the scenes
of the White House,
which includes unflattering
material about the president
and revelations about his hair.
The times also features the book in
which Steve Bannon is said to have
made some sensational claims about
his former boss.
The Express looks at how much money
is spent on foreign aid, and says
some MPs say it should be diverted
to the cash-strapped NHS.
The FT reports on the story
we brought you earlier,
about companies being warned
to replace all their computer
hardware or risk a cyber
attack from hackers.
The Telegraph leads on the release
of John Worboys, thought to be one
of the UK's most prolific rapists,
who is set to be freed from prison.
The Mirror also has that story.
It says Worboys will be released
just eight years
after being jailed.
The sun headline says that is not
just this as a Parole Board approves
his release. And the Guardian leads
on the National Health Service
winter crisis, which led to an
apology from the Prime Minister
after tens of thousands of people
had their operations postponed.
Let's start off with Donald Trump
and this sensational book, as it is
being described. The new line on
that, according to the Times
newspaper, is that Donald Trump's
mental health has been questioned by
Steve Bannon, his former ideological
soul mate and top aide who know, it
seems, has turned against him.
basic story is that Michael Wolff,
the journalist, is bringing out a
book tomorrow and President Trump's
lawyers are trying to get an
injunction to stop that from being
published. The explosive claims you
talk about, talk about the
spectacular falling out between
Steve Bannon, his former right-hand
man, and Donald Trump. It talks
about invoking this amendment, the
25th Amendment, which questions...
Which can actually depose a
president from office on mental
health grounds. It has gone to that
sort of level. There is a huge
amount of interest. This is
following the events of what
happened after Charlottesville and
Trump's inability to actually
condemn what is seen as the white
supremacist aspect of those
allegations in this book from what
we have read so far. Do we learn a
lot, do we think, but the real White
House, the real Donald Trump?
think it is less about the White
House and more about Donald Trump's
time in the White House. Already
people are suggesting this book is
not true, that it is actually not
totally accurate. But whatever does
come out will be incredibly damning
to the president, which is why he is
taking these dramatic steps to try
and stop its publication. Ironically
though and brilliantly for the
author himself, this huge storm is
the best PR you could ever hope for.
It is a best seller already. It was
meant to come out next week. But
because of the excitement it is
being published tomorrow.
Trump so angry about it. The front
page of the Metro plays on that.
Keep your hair on. An unflattering
picture of the American president.
As you say, the more he tries to
stop this book being published,
which seems a forlorn attempt, the
more he -- it is destined to rise in
the best seller lists.
difficult to stop it being
published. There will be leaks.
Everybody will try to get their
hands on the book. It has reached
the best seller list through
pre-orders. What actually is going
to happen would be quite
interesting. I don't know if
anything new is coming out of this.
He has this perception. It seems to
be a confirmation that a lot of
people, allegations that a lot of
people are made against him. How he
comes out of it will be interesting.
It is interesting with the leaks we
have seen so far, the family of
Donald Trump say there are
suggestions his daughter had a sort
of plan and part to become the next
president following her father.
Really personal things about her
describing his hairstyle and how he
managed to get it that way. Stories
of his wife crying when it was
revealed he would be president,
arriving in the White House not
knowing how to do with that. The
question of his mental health is
quite a serious one. I remember the
time in August when the racial
violence was happening in Virginia,
the leader of the free world had
this sort of extraordinary response
to the violence and kept blaming
both sides, then blaming one side,
it was all very confused. These are
pretty serious allegations that
supposedly have been made by one of
Trump's closest allies. He has since
come out and said, it is not me, we
have a good relationship, I am super
loyal to my old boss.
Trump claimed he lost his
mind when he left the White House.
Let's move on to the Daily Telegraph
front page. It is on a number of
front pages, the story about John
Warboys, sentenced to a minimum of
eight years after drugging and
sexually assaulting at least 12
women. He was a black cab driver,
known as the black cab rapist, who
had what was called in the trial as
a rape kit in his vehicle. Ian Sloan
to get released.
This seems to be
the biggest story of the night. It
has struck quite a lot of people, I
think, the fact that 102 people have
come forward and alleged that this
man has raped them. And as you have
just read out, it was all
premeditated. He had a rape kit in
his car to carry out his crime. When
the case was actually been discussed
in the courts, I think it was in
2009, if I remember correctly, the
police officers involved were
originally very surprised at what
they thought was quite a lenient
sentence that had been served. It
had not been referred to the Court
of Appeal at that time. That seemed
like a surprise to a lot of the
officers involved in this case. Now,
with this early release, it is very
strange. He is going from a closed
prison to being released.
government sources are quoted as
saying this is a surprising
decision. The government are clearly
Yes. And also David
Lidington, the Justice Secretary,
has no powers to do anything about
it. The concern would be the public
perception of this decision by the
three members of this panel who have
approved his release and seemed to
deem this man is now safe to be
among women. There will be calls to
see how they reached that verdict,
what the conversation was they had
in that room when they made that
decision. The number -- a number of
the women have come forward and said
they had absolutely no idea this
decision had been taken. That to me
is pretty shocking. They didn't even
know this man was going to be coming
out. One woman said she learned of
the news while cooking tea for her
children. She saw it on the
Jamie Oliver in the
daily Mirror. Stop your kids buying
sugary energy drinks. Shivering
drinks is a hot topic. We ran a
story earlier on. -- sugar in drinks
is a hot topic. The makers of iron
Bru are going to cut New Meadow
sugar in it by Mark -- half.
Oliver has become known as a bit of
a killjoy, saying children should
not be reading this and that. When
he himself has tried to serve kids
healthy food at school, kids were
actually refusing to read that and
were actually trying to go and eat
fast food somewhere else. The
question would be to see how we
actually deal with it as a society.
I think far too often we are very
quick to slap on a tax on something.
To a certain extent we expect the
state to be the parent rather than
our parents, schools or communities.
Often that does not work. If we're
not getting into the habit of
healthy eating, people will
stockpile and probably have the
sugar and take it from somewhere
else. I question the merits of that
to a certain extent. Of course we
need to be concerned about what we
Let's move on to the Guardian.
The NHS story is a big story this
week. The postponement of routine
operations causing a lot of people a
lot of anxiety. The Prime Minister,
an apology to the patients hit by
the this -- by these delays. A
politically damaging to think this
is too Theresa May?
I think it was
quite damaging yesterday that Jeremy
Hunt apologised. When she gave a
statement she chose not to
apologise. She has struck a
different tone today and has made
that apology, probably because she
felt it was necessary. It is
damaging for her because obviously
the strained relationship she has
with Stephen -- Simon Stevens, who
as a transactional arrangement of
Number 10 at the moment in a way he
didn't have under George Osborne. He
has kept out of the dark. Before
Christmas Theresa May said as head
of the NHS you are personally
responsible for ensuring we get
through this winter. Every statement
ever made by her on the NHS
contributes to this slightly bizarre
strained transactional relationship
that these two have. It probably
paid for a politically today to
apologise but Labour will jump on
this and called for more money to be
put into the NHS.
Problems in the
NHS, the education system. The Times
front page, crisis in teacher
recruitment as applications have
fallen by a third. That is a big
Yes, concerns are apparently
around classroom stress -- stress
and accountability. And confusion
about routes into the profession.
That is very strange. Classroom
stress I can understand.
Accountability and confusion around
route into the profession is
something we should be able to deal
with. Accountability, what does that
mean for teachers? Accountability is
something that every adult in every
industry would have two deal with. I
don't understand how they propose to
deal with it. They are comparing the
jobs with management consultancy
etc. Accountability will be an issue
in those jobs. Are we saying we're
not preparing our teachers when we
are providing them with the
training, with the necessary tools
you need for the role? And how can
you do, what can you do to train
them better for these particular
stresses of this particular
The Financial Times,
Laura, your paper. FrontPage. They
have got a about defence.
through that? Defence cuts is a big
issue. It has been recently. The
defence Minister recently urging the
government not to make any more
cuts. The government does not know
how to deal with a black hole in
funding. They are trying to break it
up into little bits so they don't
have to answer questions as to how
they have gone to plug this massive
gap. We have certain targets. There
are still proposing... There are
calls from senior politicians asking
for more money. The goblin don't
seem to know where it is God, from.
They are pushing the issue back into
the long grass for as long as they
In a sense there is not enough
money for the health service either.
A perennial problem for government.
Where do you allocate the resources?
It is always going to be about
priorities. When it comes to
security, the Conservative problem
is also that there is a group of
very plucky young Conservative MPs
who feel very passionately about
this. They have been adding their
voices to it. Johnny Mercer, seem to
be a rising star in the Conservative
Party. This could be politically
quite difficult for Theresa May and
A few seconds left.
Laura, looking ahead to 2018 as a
political correspondent, would this
be a difficult year for the Prime
If you look back at last
year from the terrorist attacks to
the Brexit negotiations, to losing
Cabinet ministers, she is going to
try to watch yourself this year. She
doesn't want to be the Brexit Prime
Minister. She will try to talk about
other things. But in reality it is
going to be about Brexit. I am not
predicting anything because I don't
think you can.
You spoilsport! All
right. No predictions. Thank you
Good to talk to you. That is it from
the papers denied. You can see the
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That is it. Goodbye.