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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Eve Pollard,
the broadcaster and former
Fleet Street editor,
and the economics commentator
and author Dharshini David.
Tomorrow's front pages:
The Sunday Times claims
the Prime Minister will hold
a cabinet reshuffle on Monday,
with up to six ministers
being moved or sacked.
Its main story follows
an investigation by the paper
which claims to have found Google
profiting from those
with addictive diseases.
The Sunday Telegraph reports that
Theresa May is to appoint
a new education secretary
to try to reinvigorate
the Government's approach
to schools, leaving the incumbent,
fighting for her job.
In another area of education policy,
the Mail on Sunday claims Mrs May
has criticised her new university
tsar, Toby Young, after old social
media posts of his were found to
contain sexist and obscene remarks.
The Observer headlines
President Trump's reaction
to a new book about
The publication by the journalist
Michael Wolff questions
President Trump's mental stability
since taking office.
The Sunday Express writes that
Theresa May has ordered a review
into parole boards after former taxi
driver John Worboys,
found guilty of sexual
assault against 12 women,
was released after
nine years in prison.
I didn't mention Brexit, but it is
still in here, I promise, somewhere,
related no doubt to the reshuffle,
which is where we began. The Sunday
Times headline, Theresa May plots to
reshuffle an entire sixpack of
It is amazing how
they make Vics Pack sound like a lot
when there are lots and lots of
Cabinet ministers, many of whom we
cannot remember the names of. --
sixpack. Apparently they are going
to change again on Monday or
Tuesday. It was Monday, but it could
It could be the senior
ones on Monday, the more junior ones
Well, Theresa May does
not have a lot of time, because Mr
Barnier is probably celebrating
Christmas and is not freely
available for Brexit talks. So you
have to get your reshuffle in fast.
Apparently they did research in the
set one of the reasons the Tories
did not do well at the election was
that people were very unhappy with
the schooling of their children,
which I think there is a feeling
that schooling, we never come out
anywhere near the top of the list is
of children who have got
mathematical knowledge or reading
and writing skills, all the rest of
it -- lists. So we are going to
change all the people round and have
Well, that would mean,
then, as it says in the Sunday
Telegraph, that Greening fights for
job as Theresa May wield the axe but
some teaching unions have felt she
understood them a great deal more,
which of course may be problematic
to the Conservatives.
this is interesting, because we all
thought it was the NHS which was in
crisis. When you read these reports,
it seems the government thinks
education is the crisis creating a
headache for them, and therefore
Justine Greening must go. She has
been quite popular in some sectors,
relatively speaking. It is also a
time when you are seeing huge
changes to the funding of schools,
creating a lot of problems for
schools and parents, all of whom
vote, and that has been hugely
popular, and this is a central plank
of the government's pledged to
improve productivity post-Brexit and
we are also hearing from the Sunday
Times that Mrs May thinks Justine
Greening has a patronising tone. So
it looks like, if these are right,
she could be on her way out while
Jeremy Hunt could be on his way up,
replacing Damian Green.
I have to
say, newspapers do get a bit over
excited about reshuffles.
readers do not.
Some readers do,
probably if you have a vested
interest, or if you have been
writing to them and they have been
writing back to you, you lucky
person. But in the end, of course,
the political editors, it their
life. It changes who they can have
lunch with, who they could be
talking to, and if you have just got
yourself in with Justine Greening,
and then off she goes, maybe... I
mean, it is important, but actually
Brexit is the thing that matters
It is the thing that is taking
everybody's time and energy. The
other thing which has set Justine
Greening and Theresa May apart was
their attitude towards grammar
schools, which hasn't materialised,
Has not materialised, and
don't forget Acura three is not just
about education, she also has a
quality under her belt as well. I
know we were talking about the
gender pay gap.
I never tire of
talking about that!
Why is it always
stuck in with somebody else's job?
would be only too glad to sort that
It could be Monday or Tuesday
you find out.
It is a strange one to
tuck in when it affects more than
half the population.
On the other
thing, of course, you are quite
right that the NHS is having
problems, and it makes great
headlines, but more people have
children than ill, thank heavens,
and it really does affect people's
lives and their dreams and all the
rest of it.
The Mail On Sunday. The
PM's discussed at the student tsar's
sordid tweets. This is Toby Young,
who we know and who has in the past
kindly reviewed the papers for us,
he has a new office for the student
watchdog at some tweets from eight
years ago has resurfaced.
the thing university students are
told all the time. Be careful on
social media, because it can come
back to haunt you.
What they are
only told this now.
He was in his
A young man, didn't
know any better!
The other thing is,
he probably understand students
better than somebody who has never
done anything so silly.
I have read
the tweets, and they are not the
ghillie edifying. You haven't read
them, but you will find them very
On the other hand, people
have been saying how can you, in a
position of responsibility, make
these kinds of comments on a public
forum and expect to keep your post?
Has he apologised? Has he talked
about it? Has he been questioned?
People have been defending...
Friends of years have been defending
him, so he amounts to a great deal
more than that, and as you said, he
has done a lot of work with Free
Schools, so he is clearly embedded
in the world of education.
other hand there was all this talk
about the fact that a press release
had said he taught in Harvard and
Cambridge, when in fact he was a
student and had some kind of
supervisory role, which isn't the
CV writing, maybe that is what
needs to be looked at as well.
sure you have been way you say you
Don't exaggerate. The
Sunday express, PM's fury at rate
fast. A Lot four Theresa May to be
dealing with at the moment, before
she gets back to the racks at table.
This is the release after nine years
in prison of John Worboys, the
former black cab driver who many
people felt should have served
longer than nine years for these
There is this new thing,
the indeterminate sentence, which is
about ten years old, apparently. Of
course, when they say somebody has
an indeterminate sentence, you think
they are going down for a long time.
That is not how it works at all. But
interestingly, we have been looking
at possibly becoming parole board
You can apply for
this, can you?
Well, it is public
appointments. It is a bit in the
mire and sludge. I think you need a
double degree in classics from
Cambridge or Oxford to become one,
but we are going to look into it,
The other thing which
struck us is there are only three
people on the board who make the
There are many people who
sit on the board, but at any one
time there are only three.
go into how many people its?
but it comes down to three people in
Well, it may do. You also
have the situation where not only
were the victims not told he was
going to be released, and many, many
victims were not used in the court
Indeed, and the fact of the
matter, as well, is we don't know
why the decision was made by the
parole board, and we won't know.
Daily Telegraph reports that the
children, chairman of the parole
board is considering publishing the
rationale behind the decision to
release John Worboys, but tonight, a
spokesperson for the parole board
said this is misleading and that it
has no plans to release this
information, because rules don't
permit it to. And that raises the
question about should the rules be
changed? No-one the rules should be
changed. I think that if you were
one of those victims or a relation
of one of those victims, you would
want to know why the world, why this
group of these three people on the
parole board, thought this man had
changed so much in nine years,
having been convicted of raping, I
think, 14 women, is that right?
is a hell of a lot.
And then there
are all the other alleged victims
It is 12 convictions, but
there are thought to be possibly 100
Don't you often think in
Britain that our laws are very
old-fashioned and they are all about
property? So you steal, you really
go down for a long time. But
actually raping a woman on a
When you look
at the kind of things he had in his
cab, it is utterly shocking.
there are calls for the reasoning
behind the parole board's decision
to be made available. The Observer
is where we will finish, bigly.
think we should put this on our CV
is when we apply for the parole
board, we are a very stable genius.
I will give you both good
references. We have heard Trump say
I am a very stable genius, we have
also said we have a situation where
I was a very excellent student,
which is extraordinary English,
Even if you were a very
excellent student, would you go
around boasting about it?
better to wear these things lightly.
I think so, that people find out for
He is keeping this story
You have to wonder,
apparently he has his lawyers going
over this one, but you have to
wonder if he has read the book as
avidly as others?
Wolff says he doesn't read.
audio book available? They are
casting doubt on his mental
stability, whether he is fit for
office. He wants instant
gratification, but of course Donald
Trump is rubbishing Michael Wolff,
saying he is a fraud and this is a
work of fiction.
If he says he has
tapes, that will be interesting. He
says he was sitting around in the
White House for ages. I mean, Donald
Trump is on the Apprentice every
day. He just happens to be president
of America. He just happens to be
broadcasting from the White House.
And having started reading the book,
I have to say what you read here
ties in entirely with the character
Michael Wolff is talking about. I
don't think he is doing himself any
favours with these types of
And the books will sell
well. It is a shame it wasn't time
for Christmas, it would have gone
wild. Thank you very much for coming
in, lovely to see you both again.