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Coming up in a moment, The Papers.
Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are the broadcaster
John Stapleton and Kate Proctor,
at the London Evening Standard.
Welcome to you both.
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
And one story dominates as it has
dominated the news coverage today.
The Financial Times broke the story
about the men only President's Club
who called a halt to the events
after allegations of sexual
harassment. It's also the top story
in the Metro under the headline
sexists and the city.
Theresa May was appalled by reports
of what she read about the event,
according to The Daily Telegraph and
has rebuked one of her ministers.
One has had to explain his
The Times reports that
there have been calls
for an end to the gagging orders
which allegedly stop
hostesses at parties -
from reporting harassment.
The same story is the lead
in The Guardian too.
Along with the news that scientists
have cloned two monkeys. The Daily
Express as a change of subject with
David Cameron caught on camera
saying Brexit is not as bad as he
feared. An uplifting story of a
woman who has given birth after
being caught in the grand foul fire
tragedy. And the next stories summed
up as sleaze balls. Let's start with
the Financial Times. It has scored a
Congratulations to them,
cracking investigation, got everyone
talking, it has been in the papers
today and will be there tomorrow.
What amazes me is after the Harvey
Weinstein scandal, has been a great
debate about the role of women and
the question is how does any group
of people imagine that in 2018 they
could get away with something like
this. I found it bewildering. This
was an event at which women were
told to wear sexy black dresses,
underwear to match, high heels,
paraded in the fanfare of trumpets
to a men only assembly and in some
cases they were treated to put it
mildly, inappropriately, to bid it
at its strongest, they were sexually
abused. Unbelievable that these
people thought they could get away
I did not know these
gatherings existed so it was
shocking, well done to the FT for
bringing this to our attention. This
club will be closing after this. The
FT has updated as farmers, they are
shutting down this organisation, --
updated us mess. This has tarnished
the reputation. They would never
have been able to hold an event
again. I hope it is not the end of
it, I think there is more to do, you
need to speak to the trustees and
the people who arranged the event.
Seeing this being discussed in more
I think there are a heck of
a lot of questions to be asked
Michael told these women to dress in
this way and did the beneficiaries
of this event really not know what
was going on? It's been going for 30
years. It must have happened before
otherwise the FT would not have had
a tip-off to go and have a look at
it. So they have questions to answer
and so have the organisers. An
interesting debate. In your newsroom
a minute ago, four women were
talking, and one of them said, are
we overplaying this a bit? These
women went voluntarily, some have
been there before and enjoyed the
event. It leads to new opportunities
for them and they've been back once
or twice. And I wondered if we were
getting excited about this because
it is posh people at posh event.
Given that you say that lets look at
the front page of the Metro with
this great headline, Sexists and the
City. Is this partly the point, that
it is taking part in the City and
not so low?
Of course, this is what
it feels so scandalous because it
feels like a different group of
people altogether. The women's
minister said today that there seems
to be some sort of correlation
between wealth and holding these
Is this why we are more
horrified by it?
Probably. For me
this is masked in charitable giving,
supposed to be something altruistic
yet at the same time it has
essentially degraded women. This is
why I find it shocking that, some of
the most respectable people in the
if we get worked up about this
should we also get worked up about
the fact that there are clubs in
Soho with this kind of thing goes on
every night. There is a difference
as someone pointed out, the women
who work in several know what they
are in for. Some of the women
employed at this event certainly did
not and every woman has the right
not to be abused in this way.
for a shift if you are a student or
on a minimum wage, that's a lot of
money to earn in one night and when
you get there you have entered a
room of hell.
Let's go to the front
page of the Daily Telegraph it also
leads on this story but with a
List makes the
point, the political ramifications,
when minister who is there, and says
that he left early because he felt
uncomfortable, but this report
indicates that he was there until
930 PM and he was at the same event
of the previous year and has been
called upon to account for himself.
His line was that he was not aware
of this activity. It must have
happened before otherwise the FT
would not have been there.
trying to put a different point of
view, if you look at Hostess
agencies there's quite a lot of
information that might set alarm
bells ringing. When were the vital
statistics of the addresses are
dashed home hostesses.
Many of the
women did not know what they are
doing. Host 's work is something you
might done as a student, because you
feel it might be a good idea and you
can be young and naive and five
years later think, that was a
excuse the behaviour.
I don't think
we can say that women signed up for
this because they enjoy it and they
knew what they were doing. I don't
think we can say that.
A small story
at the bottom, Trump hails the new
Churchill, was that.
It is Theresa
May apparently. He has told her she
could become this generation is
Winston Churchill. He made the
comparison with Britain's wartime
leader in a phone call on December
19 last year, the date is
interesting because remember, in
December last year, they had this
big bust up over him be treating the
Briton First upwelling tweets and
she condemned him for that and he
told her to mind her own business.
Apparently they have made up.
Downing Street could control this
phone call why did they not let us
One big photograph of Theresa may's
This is not the first
time he's been caught on camera, he
was caught having in a jolly way
when he handed over to Theresa May.
It will infuriate a lot of people,
people might think, you were
supposed to be such a big champion
for remaining and now it sounds like
you are accepting Brexit which I
don't think people will be happy to
hear. I think his judgment is
welcome that he not centrestage any
more. And to get the feel of
somebody who called the referendum
and get a wishy-washy appraisal is
not but satisfactory. I think
Theresa May might secretly be quite
pleased. He is perhaps given her six
out of ten.
Is coded a mistake, not
a disaster but when you set up
against some things he said during
the campaign to stay in, forecasting
thousands of job losses, saying it
was like putting a bomb and the
economy and would cost as all
pheasants, yet having said that, the
other side also said a lot of things
that didn't come true.
continue to be debated. The front
page of the Guardian has a couple of
slightly frightened looking monkeys
on the front. They are exactly the
same because they are clones. I'm
old enough to remember Dolly the
sheep although I am not sure that
you are. Same business. Turkeys
cloned in China, it took the
scientists 19 different attempts. 79
attempts, sorry, I am misreading it,
some concern, are we getting a step
closer to cloning human beings. Of
course that is illegal. There are
ethical issues as well in the very
process so far.
They have done it to
use these monkeys to look at medical
treatments for genetic disorders so
this will be interesting medical
research, to try to see what this
might mean for future
investigations. I know it is an
unsavoury topic for many people.
Indeed it is. The Times has words
from Theresa May that she is going
to talk about tech giants at Davos
This is her big speech, at
huge gathering and economic leaders
and experts. Theresa May will talk
about technology and how they should
be more pressure on social media
providers to remove terrorist
content which is a very noble thing
to talk about but again it's about
talking about putting on pressure.
She's going to say to people and
perhaps more pressure should be put
on shareholders to influence social
media companies in haste and knowing
how quickly they take things of the
it's a difficult thing to
The fact remains that goes on,
and they do defend and things are
published which are distasteful, at
their worst, horrifying.
with the front page of the daily
Mirror. Elton is quitting for the
sake of his family but it's quite a
long process of quitting!
process. He will do three years
worth of gigs too rounded off and
after that we'll do a residency so
he look after his young family.
always suspicious of artists who say
they will quit, I'm a fan of
seagulls, they once had a fight on
stage and asked if they would ever
play again one band member said hell
would have to freeze over first. 14
years later they did play again and
the album was called hell's frozen
over! I am sure he means it, he
wants to spend more time with his
He's 70 and has given the
world so much music, I think these
last three years will be enjoyed by
Thank you both.
That's it for The Papers tonight.
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Thank you Lisa and Sarah.