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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Helen Brand,
Chief Executive of the Association
of Chartered Certified Accountants
and Jason Beattie, Head of Politics
at The Daily Mirror.
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
The Times reports that every
rape case in England
and Wales could be reviewed
by the Crown Prosecution Service
after the collapse of several
trials over the failure
to disclose evidence.
The Telegraph says the UK
is in negotiations with the EU
to extend the Brexit transition
period to nearly three years.
The government, though has strongly
denied the story.
Now you've got to be in agony
to have a hip op is the headline
in the Daily Mail which claims NHS
Trusts are turning down patients
for routine hip replacements.
The Express leads
with the rise in GDP.
The UK economy rose by 0.5% in
the last three months of the year,
defying economists predictions.
A poll in the Guardian
shows support has grown
for a second EU Referendum.
The ICM survey says 47% of people
want a second vote after the terms
of the UK's withdrawal
from the EU was clear.
The FT reports on an apparent
diplomatic rift between the UK
and China that could threaten trade
talks due to take place
during the Prime Minister's visit
to the country next week.
The Sun says that a darts governing
body has banned women appearing
on stage in a move the paper labels
as political correctness
going too far.
And the Mirror has the death
of the wife of Singer Paul Young.
Stacey Young died today
from Brain Cancer earlier
today at the age of 52.
And so a variety of stories vying
for top billing across a range
of tomorrow's papers.
We are going to begin with the
times, every rape case to be
reviewed, trials faced delays as
disclosure scandal mounts. This is
because something like four rape
trials recently have collapsed,
Yes, and it is having very
serious consequences. First and
foremost, obviously, miscarriages of
justice need to be prevented. The
nondisclosure, we have discussed it,
surrounding incompetency is, and
lack of resources, but it is serious
that so many cases are falling by
the wayside. Following on from that,
we know rape cases are
underreported, under prosecuted and
there aren't enough convictions that
come through from rape cases. The
effect it has on the women whose
cases are already in process, all
women who are thinking about coming
forward, this throws all of that
into doubt now and it is very
Whatever they do, it
seems there isn't the trust in the
justice system that the judiciary
Helen is right. Will
this deter women coming forward?
They already have a lack of face
that claims will be taken seriously.
We should be quite careful. This is
current rape cases, not historic
ones. It's one is going through the
courts at the moment. And it is off
the back, as you said, of 2-3 cases
where there has been miscarriages of
justice. One particular one was Liam
Alan, where his defence team asked
for evidence and the police failed
to hand it over and said it didn't
exist. It was only when it got to
court and a barrister said we need
to see the evidence, and it turns
out that the woman in question had
been sending lots of texts of a
flirtatious nature. Therefore, the
case collapsed and why didn't the
police disclose that information?
This is the problem, are the police
under resourced? That is one
complaint. Are they incompetent? Or
is there a greater conspiracy going
on that they are trying to push
through convictions to meet some
sort of target?
Alison Saunders was
talking about that, she said that is
absolutely not the case and rejected
that entirely. Let's move on, it
wouldn't be a paper review without
Brexit, would it?
We like Brexit. I
am excited by it.
I do politics for a living.
Let's start with the Daily
Telegraph, it is on three front
pages. UK in talks over longer
transition for Brexit...
David Davis has been
setting out what he thinks
transition should look like from a
UK point of view.
This is what
happens, we actually leave
officially the European Union on
29th March next year, and then we go
into a transition period where we
don't leave at all. We then have two
years, we were told, or around two
years, to actually prepare for
leaving. Even during transition, we
have ad hoc membership of the EU,
accepting the rules, freedom of
movement, members of the single
market, members of the customs
union, under the jurisdiction of the
European Court of Justice, all the
things Brexiteers hate. Now we are
told, strongly denied by Downing
Street, the transition period could
go on for three years. That is a
possibility. I have spoken to very
senior EU officials that say they
don't want to go on beyond two
years. But if we get to the stage
that we haven't got our border
systems in place, and we haven't got
the cheques ready, and we haven't
sorted out regulatory alignment, and
worked out membership of various
agencies that matter, planes can't
take off because they can't get
permission, because they are not
regulated, we need to do that. That
is why you can see the timescale
slipping, and you can see the anger
of Brexiteers that want to leave now
because our glorious future ahead of
us is not. That is why it's so
The government is angry or
a categorical lie already.
have. Shall we deal with the
statement from Downing Street? This
is a categorical lie, the
time-limited period should be
determined by the length of time it
takes to put in place new
arrangements, and we believe it
should be around two years. The
Telegraph is ranked a front-page
article suggesting British officials
are in discussions with Brussels.
They are in. Business wouldn't like
it to go on any longer, would they?
Certainty is what is being looked
for, currency is what is being
looked for. We can only see an
extended transition period injecting
more uncertainty into the process. I
think they're probably have been
some discussions along these lines,
whether it's as formal as is said
here, because of the practical
issues, it is a very practical
process that needs to be gone
Shouldn't there be
contingency plans and pays? Nothing
has worked out how anybody expected,
it is a good idea to think about all
eventualities, isn't it?
or for business? Certainly
businesses are thinking about all
eventualities and lots of
contingency plans are in place, but
as we heard from the Chief Executive
of Goldman Sachs this week, those
contingency plans are being
activated because I can't wait any
Matt says, somebody is
having a drink, a tipple, opening a
bottle of wine, and the legend is,
"We are doing dry January after a 30
day transition period." The Daily
Express, Brexit boom is here. How
big is this boom?
Well, it was 1%
issue at the end of 2017, stretching
it a little to describe it as a
boom. The growth figures for the
entire year of 2017 were lower than
2016, and the lowest we have seen
since the D12. It is hard to
extrapolate from that that we are
seeing a boom. Where the country is
growing, it is largely on the back
of global growth where we are seeing
that filter through into the British
economy, rather than anything in
particular that has happened in
relation to Brexit.
The project fear
was supposed, we were told, we were
going to be plunged into a
recession, and it was, the economy,
it was good to be in a bad way. Even
those that have been negative about
the impact of Brexit, it is not
quite that bad.
Some bits of project
fear have already come true in terms
of seeing a slowdown in growth, we
are seeing the pound fall in value,
and we are starting to see
businesses move offshore. The
doomsday scenarios were 42034, after
Brexit had happened. Brexit hasn't
happened, so we should hold judgment
here. They were long-term
predictions, rather than short-term,
and they may well come true.
haven't yet left the European Union
and we don't yet have the
settlement, so it has not happened.
The Guardian, though, is looking
towards a second referendum, because
there is a surge in support for it.
Who has got the stomach for this?
Britain favours a vote on Brexit by
a 16 point margin but only when we
know the final terms of departure.
Then what do we do if we say we
don't like the terms? Then what
happens? I don't suppose they have
looked into that, have they, but...
We had a poll in a similar area last
week, which had a slight majority
for not wanting a second referendum.
We asked a slightly different
question. What we then found was, if
there were a second referendum, the
majority of people would vote to
Remain. Nobody wants an election,
because we are tired of elections,
but I think we are starting to see,
and we always have caveats with
polls, we have had a run of polls
recently showing a bias for another
It is stalled very
Very marginal. What we are
seeing is the entrenched views
amongst age and the people that
voted Leave, the older people, the
over 65 is, they are just as
strongly in favour of voting to
Leave. For younger people, as the
Guardian poll bears out, as our poll
there is, they are fanatically
wanting to Remain. It is a fanatical
divide. The Guardian shows the
Midlands, particularly East
Midlands, very, very strongly still
for Brexit. But you go to Bristol,
classic metropolitan area, slightly
higher educated, very, very strongly
Talking trash about the
East Midlands, we won't stand for
it! There are lovely people from Lee
Smith and! Self praise is no
recommendation. Let's look at the
Daily Mail. Now you have to be in
agony to have a hip operation.
article says it all comes down to
cost in the end. The NHS is having
to try to delay operations because
it doesn't have the funding to go
through with them. Therefore it is
making sure that people really,
really are in agony before they go
for their operation and insisting on
weight loss, insisting on stopping
smoking, those kinds of measures. In
themselves, they good things for
general health, but aren't medically
relevant to having a hip operation,
so again, it is another symptom of
that general NHS challenge around
finding the resources to meet the
medical needs of the population.
£9,000 for the average hip
That would make sense.
By problem here is that we have
right wing papers complaining for
years the lower taxes, vilifying
governments raise taxes to pay for
health care, and turn around and go
this is terrible, they can't have it
Politicians find it
difficult to sell the case for
There is definitely a
shift on this one. People are
starting to wake up now. They want
public services they desire, whether
it is education or a better health
service, they have to pay for it
There is also a message in
here about the wider health care
issue, social care, preventative
health care, which puts you in a
position where you might not need a
hip operation, and the joining up of
Social care in
particular, it has been cut by 6
billion in the last six years. No
wonder hospitals are struggling.
FT, rift Taisho 's UK China golden
hero. This is the Belton Road
It is essentially a
really big the ancient silk Route
China's plans for China businesses
involving billions and billions of
dollars of investment throughout
Asia, Africa, into Europe. We have
done a lot of research around the
opportunities that this presents,
and it presents a lot of
opportunities for British business
in many countries across emerging
economies. That, essentially, is
where the future growth will come
from and we are talking about a
protest Brexit well, it is where
trading is going to happen.
May will visit China. China is
hoping for a formal endorsement.
What I don't understand is why we
are reluctant to endorse this given
we are meant to be a free trading
wonderful Britain post-Brexit.
Pictographic, the Prime Minister's
former disaster after the decision
to call the election, it just seems
weird that Britain would not want to
We will see what
diplomatic language gets used when
she is there.
This time last year,
President Xi was talking about free
trade, we welcome that very much. It
is in contrast to the speech today
from Trump in terms of global versus
protectionism. It is part of that
free trade initiative.
with a bit of navel-gazing. BBC male
presenters take cut in pay. John
Humphrys is one of six highly paid
male presenters who have done the
decent thing, supposedly, for which
the BBC says it is grateful.
should be, should we, very no-ball.
Men self-sacrificing in this way to
help the good cause of gender pay
I wonder how effective it
will be in resolving the wider
issues amongst 19,000 people.
is an interesting story, which
essentially is why we are talking
about it. But the bigger issue on
equal pay and gender pay reporting
are the systemic issues that exist
within organisations. We will see
more around these issues in the next
couple of weeks.
You are right. My
company, I know, we have to reveal
this. The BBC is the first one to do
it, and therefore we are talking
about it. But it is a weird way to
handle it, saying they grateful,
maybe expressing attitude to the
women that have been underpaid for
many years and do a wonderful job.
Thank you for your comments. I don't
have a view. That's it for the
papers for tonight.
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have both been paid the same for
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