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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
at the papers with my guests. Good
evening to you both. We will be
looking at the front pages in a
moment with Nigel Nelson, the editor
of the Sunday Mirror and Sunday
people and the broadcaster Penny
Smith. Let's look at the front
pages. The Sunday Times says Meghan
Markle plans to make a speech at her
wedding. Meanwhile, Donald Trump has
criticised Theresa May according to
the Mail on Sunday who thinks the
PM's approach to Brexit has not been
tough enough. The Independent on
Sunday in Leeds with a dramatic
picture of the bomb in Kabul which
has killed at least 95 people and
injured many more. The Telegraph
says Cabinet source is warning of a
Brexit betrayal. The Express has a
story on rogue parking companies.
Lots of stories on the front pages.
The papers all have their own
investigation is taking place. Let's
start off with the Mail.
having a discussion, Nigel and I,
about whether it is really a snub
when what he has said is he would
have played hardball with Europe. He
he said the EU is not all it is
cracked up to be, I would be tough.
It is not really a snub. He says he
has been invited, Theresa May has
invited him twice to Britain and
everybody is saying did we know
about this? Is it true?
Because as we know, there have been
suggestions that there would be
protests and various other things,
and also in this, this is an
interview he has done with Piers
Morgan, and in it he praises Macron
and says how he really likes them
and they went up the Eiffel Tower.
And the wife, he likes the wife is
He likes the wife, they
closed everything and it was
fantastic. I supposed it is the
contrast between saying Theresa May
should have done this, but the
Macrons, they are great! That is
what struck me.
It was a new special
It is not as!
It is quite special to
get an interview with Donald Trump
so full marks to Piers Morgan for
pulling it off. But the problem is
you get the feeling that he did not
say anything. When it comes to the
so-called snub about Brexit, what he
says is he would have taken a stand.
What does that mean? David Davis
might say he is taking a tough
stand, Theresa May might say she is,
so it goes on. I think the news that
he thinks he is coming to two visit
is the most interesting, as Penny
said. The fact that Buckingham
Palace does not know anything about
it and nor does Downing Street, does
make me feel that he is a bit
confused. We do know that he is due
to make a working visit at the end
of the year. That seems to be set in
But the idea of a state visit within
Maybe it is one of those
things when people say we must do
lunch and you get your diary out and
that you look horrified.
reported that when it was brought up
Mr Trump said we will talk about it.
It has then moved on to two visits!
Who can tell?
Let's turn to the
Telegraph. A couple of stories that
we are looking at on the front page.
Again, it is Brexit. Brexit
You could call it
Brexit common sense, it rather
depends on which side of the
argument you are on. What the
Telegraph is suggesting is that
Whitehall officials, Whitehall
mandarins as we like to call them,
they are trying to get the Prime
Minister to agree a soft Brexit.
Much of the lines that Philip
Hammond was talking about, that he
seemed to get hauled over the coals
over by the PM when he was in Davos.
This is the idea of the modest
Brexit, not too many differences and
so on. They are saying Jeremy Heggie
Cabinet Secretary is behind this,
along with Ollie Robbins, the PM's
chief Brexit advisor. They may well
be advising that. It may be the
sensible thing to do. But the
Telegraph being a Brexit paper, this
is a betrayal.
They do say that
obviously they have the big war
cabinet meeting on Monday, say
really keying it up.
Every time I
hear the word whenever I try, I see
people sliding under the table! The
thing is, we are in it for the long
haul. It seems to me that these are
the small things on the way to our
divorce. These other bits, I have
mentioned it before, it is like a
divorce. You have the house,
children, probably children and then
house. You have all these things to
unpick and then you are talking
about who is having the books.
aspect of Brexit concerns you?
Whenever they start talking about
things that I think are going to
really affect me, let's face it,
that is the only thing I really care
about, being able to get to Europe
quickly and getting through customs
without worrying, and also about
companies and companies that rely on
European interchange. Those are the
things. This to me, as I said...
People have got bored with it
because not a lot has happened. The
feeling that one gets all the way
through with the government doesn't
really know what it wants from
Brexit. That is what the Europeans
keep telling us. When we know what
we are aiming for, it might get more
in just in because we will then
begin to understand how it will
affect us individually. Until it
happens, it can be a bit dull.
is putting it mildly for some!
Something that will probably get a
lot of people's attention is council
tax bills to rise by £80.
because as we know, councils are
strapped for cash, and the
government has lifted its cap on
increases, and it looks like quite a
few councils are going to say right,
lets makes it out. We need lots of
things doing and we particularly
need to pay attention to social
care. Social care has been the one
thing they have been banging on
about with the NHS, the reason why
the NHS is struggling is because of
social care, and that has this
It of all the bed
And frankly, no one likes
tax rises, but my view on this one
is, bring it on. Until we start
talking about this whole social care
issue and until we integrate the
health side and the social care side
and the billions it will cost, we
will have constant problems. Yes,
somebody will have to pay for it
somewhere along the way, let's start
with council tax.
But a lot of
people are not getting pay rises,
how will they pay for this?
of inflation, they are Angela
getting paid equally as is. The cost
of life is getting more and more. We
are in 's territory. No matter which
way you dress it up, whether you put
those on it and put glitter on, it
is still austerity.
The other side
is we have ambulances queueing up in
car parks. However you cut it, more
money is necessary and it means a
lot more money. Obviously, if the
Labour government was in the moment,
what we would have is the highest
paid would be making the biggest
contribution. That to me is the way
forward. However you look at it, we
are all going to have to pay some
Talking about pay, let's move
on to our third story on the Sunday
Telegraph. What grabbed you about
this story? The BBC are accused of
The argument is because
you have the gender report coming
out next week, the BBC decided what
a perfect time to deflect from this
and we will announce that some of
the top paid presenters like John
Humphreys and Huw Edwards have
agreed to take a pay cut. It does
seem that this is a bit more
fundamental. The BBC needs to think
about what it needs to and what it
do wants to be. You might argue John
Humphrys should not get £600,000 of
public money and Hugh Edwards, I
hope he is not around at the moment
to hear after! You can argue about
things like that you can argue about
pay parity, but at the end of the
date is public money and it is how
you spend it. I would have thought
this was a perfect time for the BBC
to look at itself and say, do we
need to do everything? Do we need to
have so many expensive light
entertainment programmes on? Isn't
it part of the BBC to be producing
television that would not be
How does this
compare to the commercial side?
think with the BBC, and particularly
with radio presenters, like you were
talking that John Humphrys, the BBC
in the past has talked about other
commercial pressures and part of me
thinks, you are not supposed to be
competing in that way so therefore,
don't offer huge salaries because
somebody will do it because they
want to do it. You don't need to
offer these massive amounts and you
cannot get that in the commercial
sector. You really can't. These
wages are far more than anybody
OK. Let's move on
to the Independent. And, yes, 95
people killed in Kabul. There are
stories of women and children also
killed in this. The Taliban really
picking up the pace on attacks in
I think for me, there
is also that added hideousness that
it was all packed into an ambulance.
It is that horrible juxtaposition.
Just like when you find out doctors
have joined Isis, for example. You
think there is something quite weird
about that combination of something
which is supposed to be helping
people who are ill and then blowing
people to bits. You can only imagine
the hideousness of living in a place
like this, and the same in Syria, to
I will look it up for the
next programme, I think the
international Red Cross have said it
is regarded as a crime, that they
have used an ambulance, something
which should help people, to commit
an atrocity. I will find that for
the next hour. Nigel, could you take
us to the Express please?
The Express have gone completely off
piste when it comes to politics. A
story which will affect a lot of
people because 6 million people get
private parking tickets in this
country. No more. The government is
doing something about this. This is
Sajid Javid the Communities
Secretary. The idea is a new code of
practice for the private parking
companies. They handle private bits
of land and hospital car parks. If
they issue tickets when they should
not and if they have an appeals
procedure which does not work or if
anything is confusing about the way
they operate, what they can do is
remove the right to go to the DVLA
to get our addresses and that will
put them out of business because if
they have not got the addresses from
the DVLA and our names, they cannot
finance, they get no money and that
will be the end of them. That is the
You were telling us early on
about how you stopped off somewhere.
I was at party conference. I parked
on a hotel for court to put in in
Manchester. I drove off, put my car
in a multi-story. The next morning I
found a ticket on it from one of
these private companies. Somebody
had seen me in the hotel and worked
his way all round the car park to
put the ticket on. Tickets are not
actually tickets, they are invoices.
I refused to pay the invoice and
told the company I would happily
expose them in the newspaper if they
pursued it and that was the sad
thing is not everyone can say that
threat. How would you know it was a
cowboy? First of all the tickets
should not look like tickets. It is
one of the things that would be
banned under this system. They will
not be local authority. It will be
written on it that it is a private
firm. And then what you do is you
take them on. You should be able to
get rid of them.
I think a lot of
people would be scared.
quickly, irony want to get to this
story, the bride will be speaking at
her wedding. What do you think about
The amount of weddings I have
been to in the past two years where
the bride have spoken.
it is relent. Andy McDowell did it
in the film For Weddings and a cat
We have not mentioned
which wedding it is. It is Meghan
Markle and Prince Harry. Why do like
I just think it sounds like it
will be really good fun. There is a
line where it says she is even
thinking of putting in some jokes.
We will leave it there.
Penny and Nigel, thank you. We have
more coming up in the next hour. You
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