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Today, my guess is Leo Benedictus
with his book that starts off as a
creepy thriller and then turns into
a contemporary horror story.
Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
to what the the papers will be
With me are economics commentator
and author Dharshini David
and broadcaster and former
Fleet Street editor Eve Pollard.
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
The Observer leads on comments
from a former head of the civil
service, who makes a scathing
comparison between some Brexiteers
and German nationalists
between the world wars.
Theresa May faces a coup
from Cabinet Brexiteers,
if she persists with plans to remain
in the customs union,
according to the Sunday Times.
The Sunday Telegraph leads
on the Prime Minister being urged
to invoke the example
of Margaret Thatcher
to defy her Chancellor over Brexit.
The Express accuses Jeremy Corbyn
of environmental hypocrisy,
claiming he left a diesel car
waiting outside his house for 40
minutes before getting in for
a six-mile trip to Westminster.
Meanwhile, the Mirror has an image
of the Health Secretary,
Jeremy Hunt, taking a nap
in a hotel, which the paper claims
was taken while thousands
marched through London
calling for more NHS support.
Let's start with the times. As you
would expect, an awful lot of Brexit
stories going on. Not a massive
surprise considering what is
happening next week. We might get to
a crunch moment when members of the
cabinet have to decide what form of
relationship they want with E you
afterwards. Let's start with the
Sunday Times story. Depending on how
you look at it, the dream team are
set to go into Number Ten. Boris
Johnson, Michael Gove and Jacob Read
more. What you make of that.
Interesting, a lovely mock-up
picture of them as the three
Musketeers. It is looking like
all-out war. They will start
discussing what the trade
relationship will look like.
Interesting whether they come up
with anything as a result. Probably
nothing. We are looking at the
biggest risk to Theresa May's Prime
It looks like they
will have to make decisions. It is
impossible to square those two
I also think that this
happened in Davos because in the
end, the sharp point of all this is
going to be business and businessmen
who are, I'm afraid mostly men, a
few women, who will have to work and
still making a living if we can't
export to the EU. And in Davos,
Trump, for all his many
extraordinary abilities, like
tweeting from dusk to dawn, invited
a lot of European companies to
dinner. He walked around and shook
their hand and asked them what they
could do with United States. Theresa
May had dinner with her aides. The
whole point is to go and whip up
trade. There was this trip going to
China, which was fascinating. China
has an enormous population and could
change the world for Britain if we
got down to it seriously. It looks
like there are figures coming out,
leaked by various people. We know
that the figures you get out are as
good as the figures you put in. We
are being kept in the dark. There is
a frustration that things are not
more open. I was for staying in, not
being the first to come out. I am no
love of the youth. But now that we
have made the decision, we have to
get on. -- I am no lover of the EU.
We would have to keep people in
jobs, key factor is going. At the
moment, we sell everything to VE
you, what we're going to do?
main thing is the customs union. The
international trade secretary says
that he will resign if the customs
union is agreed. But mainly because
his job is to drum up trade. And he
would not build today that with
Exactly. It is more
complex, if we stay in the customs
union, we will have to make
sacrifices regarding free movement
of people. It is not mentioned on
these pages that immigration is the
key factor. The whole idea of trade,
at Davos it was noticeable that you
saw the Prime Minister of India and
Trump's delegation touting for
business, everywhere was open for
business. Not the UK. This strange
position that Theresa May is
thinking I have to keep the EU happy
and on the other hand, I have all
these Brexiteers snapping at my
And there are very noisy
Brexiteers, some of them very able,
but I have no idea how many of the
Tories in the House of Commons pro
Brexit or not. But we have voted.
Everything seems to be so secretive.
Let's see the figures. Then let the
Brexiteers, these three brilliant
men, say what is wrong with the
figures and what is should be done
rather than just having a go at all
Another Brexit story here. Brexit
attacks on civil service worthy of
1930s Germany. Jacob Rees Mogg has
accused the civil service of only
leaking memos which show that we
should stay in the customs union.
The ex-Cabinet Secretary making the
comparison with knotty Germany.
Pretty incredible stuff. It must be
quite frustrating if you are a
politician and you deal with an
unwieldy, slow civil service. And
when they come up with figures that
you don't agree with. I think going
to 1930s knotty Germany is rather
strange and over the top. But
obviously, -- 1930s Nazi Germany.
But obviously, this is the week that
Theresa May says this
is a negotiation and you don't tell
everybody what your bottom line is.
But there have to comment point
where you show leadership and show
some parameters and there is a
And unfortunately for her,
we are used to 24-hour news. We are
used to things happening quickly. We
have been going on about this for
ever and we are impatient.
all rightly. There are impact
studies, let us judge. Rather than
Jacob Rees Mogg, the man who might
be Chancellor, complaining.
where are the CBI on this?
to the Chancellor.
The Sunday Telegraph says, don't let
Hammond ruined Brexit. This is
Philip Hammond, the main remain a
voice in the cabinets. People are
saying they have to stand up to him.
But he may be talking to the CBI who
are saying that if we walk away, we
don't know where we will sell our
goods, we don't know if factories
will close down. This can't be done
without that other side, which is
Ultimately, it is all
about business and livelihoods. But
one group want to go alone and do it
Do you sing she was
She might, but I
get nowhere that will get her.
That's this is about the facade and
how it looks, or perhaps it is about
indecision or being 50-50 in a
situation when you can't decide.
Another story in the Sunday
Telegraph. Women given cancer all
clear misdiagnosed by test blunders.
That is the kind of story that makes
people fearful. You go for those
test and you assume that they are
getting a clean bill of health. What
is the story here, Dharshini?
is worrying. 900 sample check for
Sir Michael cancer. And a percentage
of those had been cleared, people
told they were negative and in fact
there was something. Something not
quite right about them. But this lab
in Basildon, people are now saying
that they will have to investigate
the results of 60,000 women.
And they are trying to
encourage younger women to go for
some ears and the idea...
is, if you ask most women who have
had a dodgy smear test, most women
have. You need to go back and to
check. And it's hard to get a test
in the first place, to persuade your
GP. And the relief of somebody
saying you are OK, and then you
discover your not. I can't
understand how they can be so inept.
Let's have a look at the Times. This
is, women's refuges may get
transgender staff. This sounds
similar to a story about a woman who
complained that she asked for a seen
a member of staff and somebody was a
transgender member of staff.
Potentially rape and abuse victims
in women's refuges and this is the
story about whether transgender
people will be able to deal with
women who have been the victim of
violence from men.
The fact that you
have gone to a refuge. Arda and so
old I can remember when the first
women's refuge was open. I remember
sitting there with ten women and
they told what they had gone
through. And to actually pick up and
take almost nothing with you, often
they have fled in the middle of the
night when their husband was out
when he was drunk and they thought
she would wake up, to actually leave
and go to the refuge is a big thing.
And I think the idea of not being
looked after by women is quite
scary. I'm sympathetic to
transgender people, but this is one
case where you actually want the
opposite of the person who has
And it is a balance
between equality and sensitivity to
And this is just
a review of the policy.
Let's move on to the Sunday
Telegraph. Uma Thurman, on the front
of lots of Sunday papers because she
is alleging that Harvey Weinstein
attacked her as well. We should say
here that he has said he is
considering legal action following
Uma Thurman's allegations, according
to his attorney. They are saying
that Mr Weinstein is stunned and
saddened by what he claims to be
false accusations. This carries on,
we have heard two more women are
leading against him in this country
Quite a long interview she
has given with the New York Times
went goes into detail over what
happens over a number of years. She
said this happened before she made
El Bill. And she says that perhaps
her agency may have been in some
ways complicit in all this and she
feels something about the fact that
she didn't speak out and there are
other girls or women.
will say wide and she speak out
And I'm told that Harvey
Weinstein has a lot of e-mails from
women who have accused him saying,
glad to see you Harvey, I will see
you for my screen test next week.
She then carried on making films
with him, which I find
extraordinary. Because she is not a
new girl on the block. If she was an
18-year-old looking., we understand
how this thing works. She is Uma
Thurman and then she carries on
working the man who she says has
behaved so badly. I haven't read the
New York Times interview but it is
extraordinary. And of course, the
agency is probably guessed things
were going on because of gossip.
It's a small community in Hollywood.
But she is complicit if she carried
But on the other hand,
she talks about things that she went
through on L Bale, that Quentin
Tarantino made a drive a car that
she knew was unsafe and she ended up
crashing it and that is symbolic of
the power that these men had.
but she is a famous actress and she
is not broke. Turn and walk away.
The Sunday Express, Jeremy Carbon is
their headline. Labour leader leaves
car guzzling gas on yellow lines. We
cannot verify this, obviously. I
think this is a chauffeur driven
car, he has a driver and they say
this was left running outside his
I'm just wondering how long
the photographer sat in his car with
the engine on waiting for that
Somebody in that street would
have said, come and take this
picture. But the truth is, it's a
nightmare if you are going to be in
the public eye, you have to watch
everything you do. But he talks
about using the train or using his
bicycle and he believes very
strongly in all of that. He will
have to get rid of the diesel.
surprising that he has got a diesel
It may not be his regular car.
Maybe he has no choice.
I think he
will be cycling everywhere from now
That's it for The Papers this hour.
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