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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Kate Andrews,
News Editor at the Institute
of Economic Affairs and the former
Labour advisor and political
commentator Ayesha Hazarika.
Good to see you both. We have quite
a few of the papers already in.
Let's look at some of them.
The FT leads with the state
of the UK stock market,
suggesting it's trailing its rivals
because of concerns around
growth and profits.
It also has news of the German
Chancellor's coalition deal to stay
Some low alcohol beverages are being
marketed as if they are soft drinks,
warns the Metro, quoting a study
that claims people who switch
to weaker drinks could end up
consuming more alcohol overall.
The Express reports that millions
of households will see their council
tax bill rise this year.
The picture shows the Duchess
of Cambridge getting her
heel stuck in a grate.
The Telegraph has revelations
about a campaign to overturn Brexit
that apparently has the backing
of billionaire George Soros.
The i newspaper focuses
on the plight of young migrants
prepared to take extreme risks
to get to the UK.
The Times reports on a hundred
million pound financial shortfall
at Surrey County Council.
The Sun has a response
from Denise Bulger to the news
that her son's killer Jon Venables
has been jailed for a second
time over the possession
of child abuse images.
The Guardian's front page reveals
secret government documents have
estimated a no-deal Brexit
would hit the economy
to the tune of £80 billion.
No chance of getting through an
addition of the papers without
talking about Brexit. No matter how
hard we try! We are going to start
with that story, the front page
We tried really hard(!)
can't ignore it, a secret plot to
thwart Abraxas, apparently, a
picture of Mr George Soros? --
Apparently it is his
plot, he is a billionaire, known
quite famously for breaking the bank
of England, that is in reference to
the fact that he bet against the
pound during the 1992 Black
Wednesday currency crisis. He did
not literally break it! He has been
accused of coming up with plans over
a dinner, a secret document has been
leaked that would put the government
in a position where it would have to
call a general election will
probably hold a second referendum.
The goal is not to get a soft
Brexit, it is to reverse the
decision. I don't think it is
particularly newsworthy that some
people have enough money to be
holding a private dinner are
discussing the fact that they would
like to remain in the European
Union. Even putting a document
together is not shocking. I imagine
lots of people are doing this. The
most newsworthy thing about me is at
the end, sources at the dinner said
that the message fell flat and that
donors left without giving money.
Even if you are very opposed to
Brexit, it is hard to see how it is
not going to happen at all. That is
probably not because people are
going to get behind. Soft Brexit,
maybe, but not at all, that is
The Daily Telegraph, we
know where they stand?
the byline, the first name is Nick
Timothy, I think the beard has gone,
but he is still very much a man
connected into Number 10 and was
very against this kind of you. I was
a Remainer, I would like us not to
leave the EU, but I am also a
Democrat. We had a referendum and
voted to leave. I think everybody
has the right to make arguments
about what kind Brexit, get people
to change their minds. What is about
this is the fact that it is the
people that really want to stop
Brexit happening, it is like they
learned nothing from the Remain
campaign. It did not do well, is
lost. It should have spoken to
working men and women, particularly
outside of London. Again, we have a
millionaire, a billionaire
businessman, lots of other rich,
white, powerful men, based in
London, trying to reverse something
that has happened. That is not the
way to get a successful outcome on
Brexit. These other guys that look
like they could have been Presidents
club. They are not really...
not casting aspersions, Mr Soros,
you are a very rich man, please do
It shows a ten year to what
is going on. Make the arguments
about why you are worried, don't
have a rich, powerful, mail dinner
to thwart it.
What is funny, planted
a document discusses having Momentum
style rallies and concerts. There is
recognition about what is getting
people excited and motivated. I
don't think the people at this
dinner would necessarily be the
people attending those rallies and
concerts. There is a recognition of
I think they love that the
Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon and said,
we will have a piece of that. It is
not as simple. The thing that
motivated these people, they felt
that they were the underdogs that
would not go to rallies for the 1%
that have just come back from Davos,
you know what I mean?
They want a
change, and Brexit is the change.
you disagree with Brexit, this is
not the way to do it.
We are all
Does Brexit mean
The Times, the UK's richest
county hit by £100 million cash
crisis, how can that be?
looks like many, many areas of the
UK are falling short when it comes
to council funding. Nearly every
part of England is warning that tax
rises, particularly council tax, to
make ends meet. Nine out of ten
councils will be hit by Williams of
pounds of deficit. The average looks
to be 6.9% of the budgets. There are
a few reasons that this is
happening, of course. The government
has cut funding to local areas, and
this means they either have to
reduce services or make up the funds
in some way. It is understanding
that there are certain services they
don't want to cut, particularly
related to children. They are
looking at new ways to raise
revenue. The problem is that council
tax has risen by 60% since 1998.
Councils are needing to find
funding, but families have to find
extra cash. I am very nervous about
this. I call for a pause before they
raise taxes to look where they could
be making more efficiency.
County Council said in a statement
this evening that they have agreed a
three-year budget, despite severe
pressures. We aren't councils across
the country, they are keen to
stress, are under pressure due to
rising demand for services and
falling government funding. We have
been managing the growing need for
social care, partly by making
savings of £540 million since 2010.
The key, Ayesha, is that this is one
of the richest, a Tory council, if
they have trouble, everybody does?
That is what I was shocked by. The
average gap was 14.7 million, and
you wonder why. It gets you to a
broader point. Local authorities and
councils have been under severe
pressure for a very, very long time,
since the financial crash, since
2010. They have really had budgets
cut and cut. Actually, the first
councils that bore the brunt of it
were lots of northern councils, lots
of Labour run councils. Some of the
cuts were political in terms of how
it was meted out. All councils are
facing it. You cannot underestimate
the knock-on affect people's lives
that these things have. You
mentioned services being cut, cuts
to the roads. Sure start centres
closing. That has a huge impact on
childcare. Adult social care has a
huge impact on the NHS. We have seen
older people not being able to get
out of hospital, bed blocking,
backing up A&E.
And adult social
care, the cuts to councils. Youth
centres, it has a huge knock-on
I would argue that you
need to rethink taxes. There has to
be a better way to redistribute
money, whether it is locally or
nationally. If you are a family, you
don't care whether the money or the
tax, where it is coming from, it
affects you directly.
The Times, sit more exams to beat
Yes, the claim here is that
children should be setting more
exams, not fewer, so that they find
them less stressful. Nick Gibb is
actually talking about internet or
social media pressures rather than
assessments, on the other side you
have a Labour MP saying that exams
bring women in particular to
breaking point. She mentions a high
achieving girls school. You know, I
think we have to look at this from
more of a social perspective.
Children are facing all kinds of
pressure that Ayesha and I would not
have grown up with. Particularly
online. The point about internet and
social media is very important. Is
there one way of teaching kids how
to take exams or schooling that will
fit all? Of course not, some
students will do a lot better if
they are sitting more exams, some
will need to wait until the day and
that is how they will perform. I
wish we could speak more about the
individual and not just what kids in
Is there logic to doing more
If you run more
marathons, you will get better.
are not marathon running machines.
We put so much pressure on them and
we should let kids be kids, let
their minds expand and let them
learn things. One thing that would
really help children is more
creativity, the curriculum on
creative subjects that have been
cut, more sport provisions. I think
you have better, healthier, more
intelligent and better rounded
children if they have healthy
brains, intellectualism, creativity,
healthiness through sport. All of
this is just completely wrong.
interconnected. There is not a one
size fits all. Kids need options.
The front page of the Financial
Times, we will quickly look at this.
Angela Merkel looks like she has her
grand coalition. The FT is reporting
that. She has given ground in order
to get the coalition and stay in the
chancellery. We are going to go to
the Express. Ayesha, gift from
heaven, £700,000 request. This is a
We had a negative
story about local councils and this
is a positive one. If village was
trying to raise funds for a
community hall for 60 years.
Yesterday they found out a resident
left them £700,000 in his will so
that they could do the job. What a
His wife deserves credit as well.
They have identical wills, who ever
passed away first sent the money to
the other and then they were jointly
planning to give.
It shows that
local things are really important,
having community spaces, they are
going to build a fantastic amenity
space for birthday parties, communal
activities. People need these things
in their communities.
Finally, the bold truth. Gust of
wind revealing Donald Trump's bald
You don't think this is the
Why are we doing this
last? We should have done it first.
Sending people off to bed with a
smile on their face. You know they
say hairdo? This is a hair don't!
There were pictures of him with his
mother and he has identical hair.
You need serious hairspray to keep
that in place.
It looked like a very
windy day. I am sure this happens to
supermodels all the time as well...
It does not, you're not going to see
Wind going through your hair
is a good look.
He is not going to
be on the Armani commercial, no
matter what his doctor says.
why he is so upset as a human being.
He would be happier if he sorted his
Why doesn't he just face
up to it, like me? If you are bald,
you are bald! Sorted out, I know you
are watching online. Don't tweet at
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That is what Donald is going to do!
Thank you Kate Andrews
and Ayesha Hazarika.