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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Jessica Elgot,
Political Reporter with
the Guardian and Henry Zeffman,
Political Reporter at The Times.
The Telegraph covers an agreement
between the UK and France over
Apologies that we are so laid,
Chelsea and Norwich couldn't get
their act together in 90 minutes!
The Telegraph covers an agreement
between the UK and France over
migrants at the border in Calais,
with Theresa May expected to pay up
to £44 million to keep police checks
on the other side of the Channel.
With the same story, the Daily Mail
says its 'Le Stitch Up' and also
claims the offer to loan Britain
the Bayeux Tapestry is designed
to sweeten the Calais pay-out deal.
The Times quotes the Government's
spending watchdog saying billions
of extra pounds are being spent
on private finance initiatives, with
little benefit for the taxpayer.
The Guardian also leads
with the controversy over PFIs,
saying the projects can cost up
to 40% more than using
The I headlines a pensions
shock for high earners,
as new rules take effect ahead
for the tax return deadline
at the end of this month.
While the Financial Times says
Goldman Sachs is being pressured
into changing its fixed-income
and commodities trading business,
after a 50% drop in revenues.
And finally The Sun claims a former
SAS soldier who helped free hostages
at the Iranian Embassy siege
in 1980, has been left homeless
after the local council
failed to house him.
It's a right old mix of front page
stories our guests will be
checking out tonight...
One story in particular features,
and most of the front pages, and
that is Calais. A look at the front
pages of the Telegraph. The big
picture is of the Duchess of
Cambridge, on a visit to Great
Ormond Street Hospital there. She is
having a high five with the little
heart patients. The top story, £45
million to keep the border at
Calais. Jessica, that is a lot of
money and people will be upset about
It is, you can see that The
Daily Telegraph has that in. The
leading Brexiteers there, giving
more money to France is absurd, they
say, they suggest it will go on to
this Brexit bill. I'm not sure that
is how Google works but Theresa May,
the former Home Secretary, she knows
how important the agreement is. She
knows... She probably thinks £44
million is the price worth paying to
make this a French problem rather
than a British problem.
that Emmanuel Macron could have come
up with any figure and they would
have had to have said yes. Have
migrants that side rather than the
It was important, she was the
longest serving Home Secretary ever,
she spent a lot of time dealing with
issues like this. From her
perspective yes, it is a lot of
money but for the government, any
amount of money is the right amount
to keep that problem on the French
side of the border.
self-declared boys of Middle
England, the Daily Mail... Let's see
what they think of it. -- voice of
middle England. £45 million more in
block capitals to stop migrants at
Calais. We get to borrow the Bayeux
tapestry as a sweetener but only if
the local murder agrees with it. --
but only if the local mayor agrees.
But this is the prize that is to be
paid, even if people are not
The Daily Mail,
consistently the most supportive of
Theresa May, championed her early in
the leadership campaign when Boris
Johnson was the front runner. They
are not happy. This is the kind of
thing that they have campaigned on
for a long time, it was assigned to
Theresa May that if there are more
capitulations or stitch ups, they
are willing to say that the
government has gone too far.
the Daily Mail have been happy if
Theresa May said no and the border
came back to Kent?
Am sure that what
is Theresa May would say...
imagine the headlines, all of the
border posts had to be moved from
Calais to Dover, then you spend
millions of your own money on
setting up new systems over here.
You cannot see that the Daily Mail
would have reacted well to that
either. Theresa May may think it is
a short-term hit but beyond that...
What game is the Daily Mail plane?
What are they trying to say? That
she should have accepted a lower
figure? I don't understand.
they are saying, are we paying 45
million quid for the bare tapestry.
That is the sweetener that they have
given us. -- the Bayeux tapestry.
Maybe it is good PR play by Emmanuel
Macron. He has an eye for a stunt
He didn't have to give
And it was a nice story in The
Times but the really important thing
is this border. That's what she will
want to do when she sees Emmanuel
Plus onto The
Times... Henry, this one is for you.
The Times newspaper, billions lost
by taxpayer on wasteful PFI
contracts, public money being used
for private initiatives, we know all
about Carillion and that, it's a
sign of the whole debate. And PFI in
the news as a result?
extraordinary figures from the
National Audit Office, the
government spending watchdog. They
say that they cannot find evidence
to back up the Treasury 's gains.
With an infrastructure programme,
that they pay back of a long period.
They cannot find evidence to support
claims that it is cheaper than
borrowing itself. It is worth noting
that Theresa May may get some flak
for this but the report finds that
85% of payments made under PFI last
year were procurement decisions made
more than ten years ago. It really
is a story about a load of public
policy decisions made by Gordon
Brown, first in the Treasury and
then when you move to 10 Downing St.
Yafai is not as popular with the
government any more.
But the rent on
these buildings, the government and
what the tax payer pays, it is
comparable to the cost of the build?
The cost of publicly financing
projects can be 40% higher than
relying solely upon government
money. If that was a bank offering
you those kinds of differences, you
would always turn it down. The
figures are quite astonishing. £10.3
billion, the annual charges for
2016-17 for those deals. It is money
that is effectively going on
improving health services and
schools in those companies.
Major, Tony Blair, it was really
extended. You would argue that you
would not get certain structures
built if you did not have a PR five.
And in The Guardian, residents face
a huge bill to remove cladding. This
is people living near or at the
It is extraordinary,
these residents are living in a
building where they have the same
kind of flammable panels as the
Grenfell Tower. The property owner,
where they all own those flats, they
need to spend £2 million to replace
the cladding but he will give them
the bill of £31,000 each in order to
make the flats they own say. It is
They are private
Yes, at the moment, because
the flats are unsafe, and the
flammable cladding, there are fire
wardens patrolling there. 24 hours a
day, at the cost of £4000 a week.
The government will have to do
It is a flabbergasting
story. Sajid Javid, the housing
Secretary, said that the government
told the owner of the freehold five
months ago that the cladding was
unsafe. Imagine being a resident,
having seen that same cladding go up
in flames at Grenfell not so long
before. You would be petrified. For
many of them, it is more than they
earn in a year. As just said, surely
the government will have to pay
It would be interesting, they
are not going to use public money to
bail out Korea, why would they do
that for this guy? Or whoever has to
service this block of flats. -- to
bail out Carillion. This is
basically the former Chancellor, Mr
Osborne, usually they get some sort
of nod, but that will not happen in
this case. They do not like one
another, do they?
Some would say
that George Osborne has a lot of
jobs and maybe he doesn't need
another one! But the two do not get
on. As evidence by George Osborne's
entry in the Evening Standard. You
only need to look at the front
He hammers Theresa May
I don't know, something
tells me that George Osborne doesn't
necessarily consider his political
career to be over. If he was to join
the House of Lords, then maybe that
would put the brakes on him ever
returning to the House of Commons. I
don't know, whether this is
something that he once?
wasn't expecting anything from
Theresa May, the woman who sacked
In her first act as Prime
Minister comic she didn't even let
him clear out his flat! In the
story, friends of George Osborne so
that he never wanted a peerage. I
can believe that, I wonder if he
considers himself a Tory still? It's
an extraordinary thing to say about
someone who was Chancellor less than
two years ago but his politics are
so different to Theresa May. He's
made it clear so often. He
definitely does not see his career
necessarily as being over but maybe
he is looking at the French
president, looking at Theresa May --
meeting Theresa May tomorrow and
thinking, hmm, maybe I can be the
I don't know if the
country would agree... If he isn't a
Tory, what is he?
Well, there is
this centre ground, certainly a lot
of people in Westminster think they
fall somewhere between Jeremy Corbyn
and Theresa May. Whether the
appetite for that in the countries
is larger, I don't know. But I think
Osborne is part of the bridge in the
Very interesting! In the
Daily Mail, it is the demise of
landmines... Landmines! Land lines!
That would be a good thing! Can
nuisance callers lead to the death
of the landline? My mum used to call
the landline, but I can talk to her
on my mobile so it doesn't matter.
Is this really what will happen, do
I do, I don't have a
landline either. My mum has my
mobile number, that is fine! But
this story attributes the demise of
the landline to nuisance telephone
calls. A survey found that of $2000,
32% had missed calls from their
parents because they did not want to
answer their landline in case it was
a nuisance call.
I didn't do that!
It may be true, but the story is,
why do you need them? We have mobile
The nuisance call thing
influenced my decision.
I don't have
a landline but in the story, most
people have missed calls from their
parents but 5% of people said that
they missed calls from a long lost
love who may only have their
landline. Maybe that is an
So long lost that they
were together before mobile phones!
OK...! Finally. The inside of The
Times newspaper, a big statue in the
middle there. That is Baroness
Thatcher. Apparently, it still does
not have a home.
Apparently not! They say one
of the reasons it doesn't have a
home is because it hasn't been
rubber-stamped by Margaret
Thatcher's family, the objection is
that she does not have her famous
Is that the objection?
Is there any reason as
to why the sculptor did not put the
The sculpture was a
freelance trust and raised a lot of
money soon after Lady Thatcher died
in 2013. Offering back they
commissioned the sculpture. It isn't
just the handbag but the family are
anxious about the risk of it being
vandalised. Even Winston Churchill,
perhaps a less divisive figure, his
statue in Parliament Square, where
they want to put it, has repeatedly
been vandalised. What is worth
noting is she is a divisive figure
but still, there isn't a statue of a
woman in Parliament Square but that
will be looked at in the coming
years, more female statues.
application was first submitted the
Royal Parks Association, managing
Parliament Square, they objected it
on the grounds that it was not
supported by Lady Thatcher's family.
Was that on the grounds of possible
Yes, I think the handbag
thing is a funny story but to me it
feels like the key objection is they
are worried that if the statue goes
up in a place like Parliament
Square, the site of a lot of
demonstrations, both of us work in
Parliament, there is usually some
sort of demonstration or meeting or
gathering in that space every day.
With Margaret Thatcher, although she
was the first female Prime Minister
of this country, she is a divisive
figure and I can imagine that a
statue would be a target for vandals
and why it could be a target in a
place like that.
Thank you to both
of you. Apologies for the late start
Don't forget you can see the front
pages of the papers online
on the BBC News website.
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And if you miss the programme any
evening you can watch it
later on BBC iPlayer...
Thank you Jessica Elgot
and Henry Zeffman.