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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me is the political
commentator Dina Hamdy
and broadcaster David Davies.
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
Let's look at them. The Metro shows
photos of David Beckham at the
unveiling of his new football team
in Miami. The paper's main story
says Angela Merkel has mocked
Theresa May for dithering over
Billing an exclusive, Buzzfeed News
says it has seen a new Brexit impact
assessment that claims leaving the
EU will adversely hit almost every
sector and every UK region. We will
be discussing that indepth. The
Times claims Theresa May is now
facing calls from party donors to
resign with a number of financiers
calling for her to leave at a
The Financial Times headlines that
MPs found guilty of bullying, sexual
harassment could lose their seat
under new plans drawn up by MPs. The
Telegraph leads with equal pay here
at the BBC with claims women have
faced what it calls vailed threats
from management when asking for
equal pay. The paper also writes
that e-cigarettes could raise the
risk of cancer according to a new
The I says that the British have the
worst diet in Europe. We eat up to
four times more fast food than the
French, Greeks and Italians.
The Guardian has an exclusive
interview with the outgoing German
ambassador in which he tells British
Brexiteers to stop fixating on the
second world war.
That's it for the papers tonight.
Plenty to talk about. Let's start
with the Metro. I think it's a snide
headline, what do you make of it,
Well, these are dire times
indeed for our Prime Minister. I
don't think there's much doubt about
that. If she was looking for a few
friends, whether Mercury has helped
her by one of her briefings to
journalists, apparently last week in
Davos, MrsMerkel confided that
MrsMay responds to all her questions
by saying make me an offer and
MrsMerkel replies, but hang on, you
are leaving, we don't have to offer
Dire times indeed. If
we move on to Buzzfeed, this is
This is a
huge story. Kudos to them for
breaking it. The most striking line,
you take out...
This is a Brexit
analysis, they've got their hands on
it. One of the Government's own
It does finally
Exactly. We have been told
maybe it does or doesn't.
They've seen a Brexit impact
assessment due to be shown to
Cabinet this week. It says?
no scenario that does not leave the
country worse off. That is the
scariest part of the story, the
whole story. The softest Brexit
scenario leaves the country still a
lower growth by 2%. The
comprehensive deal, if you get a
comprehensive deal, it's still 5%
lower growth rates. The no deal
scenario, leaves you with an 8% less
growth over that period. So it's
very dire. It's been kept secret so
far and the reason is it's
embarrassing, according to sources.
But on the plus side it does say the
analysis assumes in all scenarios a
trade deal with the US will be
concluded and that it would benefit
GDP by about 0. 2% in the long-term.
Trade deals with other non-EU
countries and blocs such as China,
India, Australia, nations of
south-east Asia, would add in total
a further 0. 1, to 0. 4% to GDP in
the long-term. But these do not
outweigh the costs.
interesting about this is one
wonders how they thought they would
always keep it secret, that this
existed and this was the conclusion.
They say they're trying to keep it
secret or under wraps because they
don't want to give away their
negotiating tactics or - the thing
is even with the benefits that David
outlined, it comes down to less than
If this is right.
really worth it to leave the EU, is
the question that you would be
starting to ask immediately after
reading this article. For me, the
biggest negative impact that comes
from leaving the EU is you are going
to have to leave the customs union
and the single market.
Yet those who
support leaving Brexit would say we
have heard this before, it's not
happening at the moment, why is it
going to happen?
That's exactly what
they'll say. They will say this is a
draft, I am sure it will be a draft
of some sort or another. Or an early
version or something like that. But
It's the Government's
Buzzfeed for having something like
this and printing it, and indeed you
may be going on to The Times. It's
in The Times story, well down the
story, I can't believe it would have
been had The Times had this story.
Well, exactly. You are right. Let's
move on to The Times. It mentions it
there in the second column. It adds
to the substance of their story, May
faces growing calls to quit. This is
going to increase pressure on her.
Crucially, last week evidently there
was a meeting of Conservative donors
which was very, very rough indeed.
They do matter in the Conservative
Party, not least at a time like
this. All this, the critics of the
Prime Minister do seem to have
seized the initiative in the past
week-and-a-half or so and how she
will deal with it, in this Times
story, they say one source close to
the Brexit supporting European
research group of back bench Tory
MPs thought her survival were no
better than 50-50.
I was talking to
a colleague in Brussels earlier, who
was saying actually the thing that
really spooks the EU, today we had
Michel Barnier outlining their
negotiating position in terms of the
transition phase, but the thing that
really worries them is how secure is
Theresa May's position and how
stable is her Government. It's not
going to be good for anybody if in
the middle of these negotiations we
get into another leadership crisis.
But there is a storm brewing of some
sort, whether it culminates in a
leadership contest, that remains to
be seen. But there has been this
Winter of Discontent feel to
MrsMay's Cabinet for the last few
weeks and the decisions she keeps
making are not helping, like the
botched up Cabinet reshuffle and the
lack of vision and the lack of
focus, the lack of a plan on what
Brexit should look like and also the
fact that she doesn't seem to be
having a strong hold on the Cabinet
members themselves. It's almost as
if she's paralysed with fear of
saying the wrong thing so ends up
not saying anything at all.
political journalists love a good
story and amazing story from their
perspective would be the leadership
challenge. Is this media flam?
must be seen as more than that now.
The one thing that's always kept the
Conservative Party together,
ultimately, is what the alternative
would be, not least at a time like
this. Just as a film doing the
rounds at the moment about
Churchill. I happened to see it
Churchill at a moment when he didn't
have the support of everyone on his
back benches, he had problems on the
front bench as well. Ultimately, and
he definitely dithered for a moment.
Ultimately, there was a moment when
he was bold. He decided, I am going
to go for it. Now at what point is
MrsMay going to stand up and say,
whatever the cost of this, this is
what is right for this country.
That's what people are crying out
Theresa May's Churchill moment.
I have my doubts she's going to this
moment and I have doubts there are
many people in the Tory Party and
this Cabinet that are putting the
Where is the
We could talk about it
all evening if we had time, we don't
unfortunately. The Financial Times.
A couple of stories vaguely related
in terms of equality. Let's start
with the MPs risk losing their
Yes, which is drastic
actually. It's a good thing I
suppose that somebody's finally
decided to do something and take
some sort of action on the whole
issue of the sexual harassment
that's been brewing over since 2017,
since the wine teen thing. This is
supposed to -- Weinstein thing, this
is supposed to be a cross-party
working group of MPs and staff. It's
going to have a phone line,
dedicated phone line for reporting
and resolutions and independent
investigators to consider evidence.
If there are offenders after the
investigations and everything, the
decision could be taken by the
parliamentary commissions for
standards, which is independent, to
suspend so-called said MPs. That is
huge. People have to worry about
their careers now and losing their
seats and that is a good thing.
sends out a very firm message.
Interestingly, in a softer way, but
still a strong message, this story
they've put up in the briefing
column, page 18, story about
easyJet's chief, his pay. He has
opted to lower his salary.
talked about boldness and the
inequalities of pay, the extremes of
pay and lack of pay in this country
He brought down his pay
because he was awarded, when he came
into the post, he was awarded far
more than his predecessor who was a
woman. It actually leads on to The
Telegraph and this splash they have
about women at the BBC facing
threats over pay.
I don't know.
Originally I come - my family cops
from Egypt and Egypt is a developing
country, and since the 60s, men and
women have had equal pay, so I come
from a place where I don't
understand how in the developed
world, in Britain, and in other
western countries this situation
could exist where a woman is paid
less than a man doing the same job.
I know that there could be other
subjective factors into it like
years of experience or different
backgrounds and what not. But this
seems to be larger than the BBC,
it's systemic. Private sector and
public sector alike, it's a mindset.
For me, I cannot wrap my head around
this mindset, I don't understand how
you can justify it.
David, you were
at the BBC back in the day.
long time ago.
understand a little bit of how the
BBC operates and you also understand
how the outside world operates.
do. Those of us who were around in,
dare I say it, the 1970s and 80s at
the BBC, do find it remarkable how
these disparities have been created.
I do get that there are many issues
about how do you reward, how do you
evaluate experience? But however
it's been allowed to happen, why is
this very prevalent at the moment,
this story, yes, because of Carrie
Gracie and China, and how she's
spoken out, but also because the
director general of the BBC is to
appear before a Select Committee, I
think it's tomorrow, and he will -
we are told he is going to say some
presenters' pay has been got wrong,
but that pay is largely fair in the
BBC. So there is going to be a
defence of it. But there is no doubt
that somewhere along the lines
something has gone radically wrong.
When those outside the BBC have this
light shone on what's going on
inside the BBC, when people are
told, as our media editor in his
reporting at the BBC, saying
presenters' salaries are capped over
£300,000, how does that play, that's
still a lot of money.
There is also
this perception now that with people
have huge salaries and is it right
at this time of financial crisis,
2008 financial crisis, the freeze on
wages throughout the country for so
many sectors and so many people, is
it right that people who have high
profile jobs get this amount of
money? There is a perception, there
are those people out there who say
no, as a public broadcaster perhaps
people shouldn't be paid these huge
salaries and it is a bit ridiculous.
Is there a market out there, David?
Well, that is the question. Most
certainly. Sometimes, the BBC is in
the unfortunate position of its
competitors are widely perceived to
be Sky and ITV and the rest, and the
truth is they don't make salaries
public and people do get offered
more and yet the BBC is widely seen
as no more, no less than somewhat
related to civil servants.
wind up with someone who doesn't
have a pay ceiling, one would
suspect, David Beckham. His
unveiling of a new team. Had
S David, for four
years this is what he has wanted to
do. He stuck at it, when they
couldn't find the right area of
Miami, and the mayor here and there
said you can't come, not in my
Now he has a football
team. He has thelands.
Soccer is for
men and women, is unbelievably
popular in Florida.
I remember going
to games in the United States where
it was just packed. And big money
maker. Thank you both very much
indeed. Rekind of you to come in.
That's it for the papers tonight.
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Thank you, Dina and David.
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