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Welcome to the Papers.
With me are the Political
Commentator Lance Price
and Camilla Tominey,
political editor the Sunday Express.
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
Let's start with...
The FT, the paper says
the Chancellor, Philip Hammond,
has caused a fresh rift
in the Conservative Party by urging
'modest' Brexit changes.
The Times take
on the story is that Theresa May has
turned on the Chancellor
following his remarks.
The Guardian reports
that Mrs May's leadership is under
threat from the latest revolt
in Tory ranks over Brexit.
The lead in the Metro
is the meeting of Theresa May
and President Trump at Davos.
It has a picture of
the pair shaking hands.
Its headline says the relationship
between the UK and US is "so great".
The I has that same photo
on its front page and reports that
Mr Trump will come to this country,
this year for a working
trip, not State Visit.
The Daily Telegraph
carries a warning by
the Defence Secretary that Russia
could cause mass casualities
in Britain by crippling our
crucial energy supplies.
And so there are a variety
of stories vying for top billing
across a range of tomorrow's papers.
Let's start with the Financial
Times. Philip Hammond who is also in
Davos along with everybody else by
the looks of it, saying he wants a
soft Brexit, not too much to change
at all after we leave.
The big ones
in the cabinet cannot help
themselves setting out their stall
for what Brexit should look like, we
had Boris Johnson doing his thing
over the weekend and getting slapped
down by Theresa May, now Philip
Hammond himself getting slapped down
by Downing Street for saying that
the way he sees it is there should
only be a modest economic divergence
between the UK and the EU after we
leave the EU. He makes the perfectly
valid point in my view that the
economies are currently aligned,
it's not as if you were trying to
bring together two economies that
are very different, as was the case
with the deal for Canada. They are
already well aligned so you only
want to diverged if it's in your
interest to do so. He thinks that
should be modest.
On the other side,
Brexiteers will say we need a clean
break, to make the most of the
upside of having our own trade deals
and all the rest. We want to get out
and do our own thing.
Jacob Rees-Mogg who is a leading
Brexiteer and probably the
mouthpiece of Brexit along with
Boris Johnson is not necessarily
saying anything new or that the
Prime Minister has not set herself
in her own Lancaster house speech,
and that is that she has put
together a 12 point plan and its
unequivocal in saying we must be out
of the single market and out of the
customs union. What's interesting
talking about the comparison with
Boris's intervention is the humility
of invective that has been quite
good on government because it's got
people thinking the government might
spend more on the NHS once we
Brexit. It is also had the effect of
having been a consensus around the
Cabinet table that there will be a
Brexit dividend. When it comes to
Hammonds, and I was getting this
mood earlier in Westminster, they
are angry that funnily enough,
pardon the pun, his view keeps on
diverging from the message the Prime
Minister is trying to put out. It
makes it look like there is no
consensus between number ten and 11
which is awkward at a time when
Theresa May is once again looking
It is extraordinary that
senior Cabinet ministers feel they
can speak out like this without any
threat of potentially being sacked.
I interviewed Bernard Jenkin early
and he said maybe it's time for
another reshuffle, she needs to
bring in people who agree with her.
We had one suddenly last week of the
week before. People are still
talking about the fact that as you
say, the really big senior Cabinet
ministers, the Foreign Secretary,
Home Secretary to a certain extent,
Chancellor of the Exchequer seem to
feel they have license or the
ability to go out there and say
these things and they know they will
not be sacked. Every time they do it
it weakens Theresa May, a mixer
looked as if she is captive of
Cabinet rather than in command of
them. That is what of course
immediately prompts all the
speculation about how long she will
There is the split in the
Cabinet, you can't get away from it,
they have different views of what
the future will look like after
Brexit. How will they resolve that?
The issue of Europe is always
dividing all parties, it's not just
a problem for the Conservatives but
for Labour as well who similarly
cannot seem to agree on what the
Brexit end stage should look like.
Equally, because this has come with
another story, the chairman of the
9022 backbench committee receiving
more letters from MPs urging Theresa
May to go.
Let's look at that.
is a lot of rhetoric around
Westminster tonight, if somebody is
going to be resigning, it should be
Philip Hammond. It's an interesting
one. Theresa May in this hugely
difficult position of trying to
manage Brexit when there is no
agreement on it, trying to manage
the government and there seems to be
no agreement on whether she should
be there or not. It's tricky, a rock
and a hard place situation.
question is, are these real threats
to move against you? I detected this
week in Westminster, definitely
there is frustration that she has
not being bold enough on things like
the NHS, that she has not got that
vision for the country. This
extraordinary story in the Guardian,
the idea that there are 48 letters
that must be written to Graham
Brady, they are a bit worried they
might get there and have this
accidental leadership contest.
Somebody else apparently has written
a letter, those sources close to
Graham Brady which usually means the
man himself have talked that down
and said the figures that have been
bandied about are not right. There
is no doubt there is a substantial
number of people who certainly
willing to consider the possibility
of a change in leadership if they
are not actually seeking to go for
it. The fact is, if she will be
unseated, she will be unseated by
the Brexiteers, who think she is too
close to the view being put forward
by the Chancellor, that the break
with the EU won't be significant
amount to satisfy them. That's why
this speech from Jacob Rees-Mogg
tonight is significant. She has been
put on notice that they would be
prepared to move against, if she
moved too far in other direction.
She is walking the tightrope.
though that might risk a general
election, and allowing Jeremy Corbyn
into number ten?
for the Brexiteers, is it worth to
have Jeremy Corbyn in number ten or
an arch Remainer in Theresa May's
position? In regard to the
Brexiteers, the question is whether
they will attribute this beginning
of bread lines that we also saw
yesterday the David Davis -- this
pinkening of red lines. Yesterday he
seemed quite casual saying there
were no bread lines at all, it was
not just a case of pinkening but the
idea that they had been robbed out
altogether. It is up to Mrs major
tidies loose ends together and
reassert the point you made in the
Lancaster house speech that we will
move onto a different position.
Interesting to see it that
materialises. Now onto the front
page of I think every newspaper,
that photo of Donald Trump and
Theresa May shaking hands. There
they are at Davos. They have not
seen each other since a number of
spats over a number of issues
including the tweets that President
Trump retweeted, actually, which was
the bridge and first tweets. A few
problems. -- Britain first tweets.
The body language was as good as
they could make it but it is a
complete farce. Theresa May says,
shoulder to shoulder, Trump says
joint at the hip. They must be
virtually one body right now!
A horrible thought for all
concerned. It is simply not true.
Bridging and the US offered further
apart on key issues now than they
have been for as long as I can
remember. Residents and Prime
ministers tried to stay in June as
much as they can, they always claim
that they are, but this time it's a
complete fabrication. Despite
Brexit, Theresa May is in favour of
global free trade, Donald Trump is a
protectionist. They disagree
fundamentally over Iran and whether
or not to carry on with the treaty
signed there, they disagree over
climate change, they disagree over
the response to Islamist and other
terror threats. Fundamentally
disagree on whether or not the way
to tackle that is to look for
greater integration within society
or, in Donald Trump's case, to push
people out, because you don't like
them. This nonsense about a special
relationship which has been nonsense
ever since the press was invented
has been a farce.
He is coming to
It might be a working
visit, not a state visit, without
the bells and whistles of an event
that you would usually expect in
London, it might take place
elsewhere. We know the president is
keen to go to Scotland because
that's where he can trace its roots,
his mother was Scottish. I feel it
still goes beyond that, and for
people living in Britain and America
there is a great deal of shared
culture, there is an affection
across the pond, it will be even
more strength and come May when an
American actress marries into the
royal family. All these different
stages are quite significant,
perhaps with a capital P it's not,
but there is still a recognition
between both countries and their
inhabitants that there is a more
special relationship with America
than some other countries.
not go much further than we kind of
speak the same language and we watch
a lot of their telly and they love
us in the Crown.
Let's move on to a
relationship with another country,
Russia. An extraordinary headline
and story in the Daily Telegraph,
Russia ready to kill us by the
thousands, this is the Defence
Secretary. It's all about, he says,
the possibility that Russia could
effectively hack into our energy
supply and therefore lead to lots of
On one level he is right but
it's an extraordinary headline, were
she ready to kill us by the
thousands. Why would they want to do
so? The actual quote is, they could
cause thousands and thousands and
thousands of deaths. That is to
extrapolate what might happen, but
that would only happen if there was
a world war going on. I don't think
anyone is suggesting we are at that
point. However there is no doubt
they are looking very closely at
Bridge and's vulnerabilities and the
particular when he's talking about
here is our vulnerability in terms
of energy supply. -- Britain's
vulnerabilities. If people have
wondered why in the past Theresa
May, who is a cautious Prime
Minister and now she is a
cash-strapped government, have
agreed to a £20 billion cost for
this reactor, this is your answer.
We have to have energy security.
There is no doubt the GCHQ and
others can see that the Russians are
looking at where we are vulnerable.
Though she was concerned about
Chinese involvement in that. She
We are always
concerned about Chinese involvement
in everything. What's interesting
here is pointing out the common
perception now with regard to the
Russian threat, it does not quite
match the reality of what they are
capable of. Uses the example of the
plan for Russians will be landing
craft to appear in the South Bay of
Scarborough or off Brighton Beach.
Who is imagining that?! But that
they want to quote, kill our
national infrastructure, is
certainly food for thought.
throat lozenges don't work according
to the Telegraph.
Neither does cough
syrup. My father, a retired GP, has
always said this, it's nonsense.
They all sell different things,
tickly cough, chesty cough, it's all
How long have I spent at
the pharmacists counter wondering
whether I've got a tickly cough or a
dry cough. I think it's all
psychological, if you think they
were it probably gets you through
your next interview if you have a
tickly cough. And bad for my
ministers, the Chancellor we were
talking about earlier was feeding
the Prime Minister and cough sweets
during her speech at the Tory party
conference and it did no good.
Apparently a throat spray more
They are much better.
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