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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are the Telegraph's Brexit
commissioning editor Asa Bennett
and the poltical commentator Daisy
Good evening to both of you.
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
Let's take a look. Good news for
The Metro leads with the news
that the number of people getting
on the property ladder
is at an 11-year-high.
Housing also makes front
page of The Express,
which reports that average house
prices have climbed by £1,000
a month in the last year.
The Financial Times features
South Africa's ruling ANC party
asking President Jacob
Zuma to stand down.
The i's front page
focuses on Boris Johnson.
It looks set to a key speech the
Foreign Secretary will make
The Daily Telegraph
front page also reports actress
Minnie Driver has resigned
as an Oxfam ambassador
following allegations over
aid workers' conduct.
And The Daily Mirror carries
allegations that drunk students
groped women at an
Oxford University club.
Let's look at the Telegraph first.
What you think you will hear?
depends which newspapers forward
coverage of this speech to believe,
whether this is Boris Johnson, as
the Telegraph is saying, laying down
the law, saying that EU laws are
intolerable, that for us to continue
do have them, and sort of wagging
his finger at Theresa May and other
papers say this is a very consensual
speech that Boris Johnson will make.
Making it tomorrow we will find out.
We understand there are two versions
he has presented to Downing Street
and he will get one of them out at
the time depending on how the mood
takes him but there will be nervous
at Downing Street because we all
know what Boris Johnson's other
agenda will be, promoting Boris
Two versions of the speech,
that really is...
Quite a head game.
He is a
showman after all so maybe he is
starting the Brexit extravaganza of
speeches from all the ministers who
are relevant on this and for the
Foreign Secretary, because yes, some
papers like the sun have spun it as
a rebuke or a warning shot to the PM
to say it is intolerable and under
democratic that we are still tied
into the EU after Brexit but I
interpret it that he's not wagging
his finger at the Prime Minister but
people like limits -- people who
supported remain around the Cabinet
table like Phillip Hammond, because
the way day at Chequers the
ministers are meant to be having in
the next week, where finally, after
hours of debate, they will decide
what they want from their future
relationship with EU so he's trying
to put his argument with some brio.
And heading off anyone thinking
about a second referendum?
saying that would be entirely
undemocratic, taking potshots at
people who have said that under
Prime Minister herself as an
important meeting on Friday with
Angela Merkel. -- and the Prime
Minister. You can imagine how she is
feeling, Boris on his feet tomorrow,
what will he say? Will he make life
harder for her and her important
meeting on Friday or make it easier?
It will keep us amused but you
wonder every single day, some
speech, something on the grid of
Downing Street, pushing Brexit, you
think that people would like a bit
of a break from it!
Let us take a
Brexit break for a moment but
another story that is sitting on the
grid in South Africa is what on
earth is happening with President
Jacob Zuma? Day after day, we hear
the ANC kind of saying, "It is time
to go". The Financial Times focusing
They have really gone big
on this and you can understand why
because the ANC had turned on
President Zuma, calling on him to
resign but it is not as simple as
that because yes, there are causes
for this and it has been nine years
of stagnant popularity, stagnant
economy and the poll ratings have
gone down. But at the same time,
with corruption scandals also
polluting the reputation, they don't
have legally binding powers on him
so he may well stay put and this
whole thing may drag on even longer.
Do you see anything in the story
that is new or is it the same one we
were talking about last night?
is new is that they are saying
there's a deadline for him to go but
they are not saying what it is. We
know, having seen certainly Jacob
Zuma refusing to go anywhere that I
would put my money on him pushing
the deadline as far as it goes. Of
course the insinuation or the
assumption is that so much of that
is to do with the alleged corruption
against him, that he wants to get
his ducks in a row and probably,
mixing my knowledge is but
feathering his own net and his ducks
in a row before he is prepared to
walk away. That is the suspicion.
He's obviously a canny and cunning
politician, Jacob Zuma would not be
without a plan to protect himself.
At the least, you knows his back is
against the wall but they don't
necessarily have power except for
political pressure to apply on him
so he has survived for years through
these kind of things so this is why
he knows he can survive yet again.
Daisy, staying with the Financial
Times, interesting football pricing
Very interesting because what
we are used do is watching the
Premier League sell its TV rights
for more and more eye watering sums
of money every year. Last year we
saw the new player, Beattie sport,
entering the market, bidding and the
competition between Sky and Beattie
sport entered the market and pushed
it up astonishingly. -- BT Sport.
December just gone, Sky and BT Sport
formed a truce and we are wondering
what it would do to prices and it
has had the reaction we thought it
would which is that prices have come
down for the first time. They are
still I watering, the amounts the
Premier League clubs will get from
selling their TV rights but it is
the first time they have ever gone
down. Interestingly not all of the
auctions have happened yet and Sky
can only bid on one more but it will
be interesting to see what impact it
might have on the future of the
Premier League. The other thing is,
they are still amazing money and I
think the rest of the British
economy could learn lessons from how
these clubs revive their own
fortunes and actually create a lot
of money within the economy and I
think the wider lessons should be
Anything to add?
sign of how competitive sport is,
given there are other outlets that
you can watch it online and media
outlets like that so this is the
squeeze on the price they can demand
but it is still big-ticket stuff.
Looking at the Metro, the first of
our property stories for the night.
This is an interesting one about
first-time buyers, you first, any
surprises in this story?
I think it
is what has led to this, it is not
suddenly it has become more
affordable, it is not landlords
I was interested
in that as well, it is a selling
But there are knock-on
effects and benefits and lots of
supply suddenly and this is how we
have seen the record come through.
Interestingly, they are saying they
are new results, this is from 2016 -
17, so there's a bit of a lag in the
stats which is to be expected, but
first-time buyers, I think it was 36
quite recently so that is a
significant drop, and their earnings
are 41,000 which is still a lot more
than your average buyer. But it is
heartening to see however, I think
what happened with the December
figures, they went down again so
predictions are that this was a
little spike and that they will go
down and it will continue to go down
again but it shows that reforming
the tax system which is what led to
this, reforming the rental tax
system, does have beneficial effects
of the rest of it. People say you
tinker with the tax system and it
does not make much difference but in
this case, it did. It might be a
blip but it made a difference.
the other house prices story,
perhaps less of a blip, perhaps
quite serious, long-term rises in
A reminder that the supply
shortage is still there and the
government, despite its warm words
on getting house-building going, it
is failing to do it because house
prices are soaring by £1000 per
month and I'm sorry to hark back to
Brexit but given we were told that
after the vote, suddenly the prices
would not be so high...
That is what
the express is saying, it says,
despite what people say, this is the
boom after the Brexit vote.
a subtlety that they are missing out
from, it was not they would fall, it
was that they wouldn't increase by
so much so if anything, the express
maybe even more excited if they had
voted remain because it would be
bigger price increases.
I think the
figures show a big north-south
divide, Scottish house prices have
gone up much more than London which
you would expect because London
prices are so high already, they
have gone up by less but in Scotland
I think it is more than 7% which is
with the express, the nice picture
of the Queen and Prince Charles but
the story, good Prince Charles miss
out on head of the Commonwealth? --
good Prince Charles. What is the
It is one of those
questions to which the answer is
almost certainly no, however there
was a big was the secret meeting of
the Commonwealth great and good at
Marlborough house today and a lot of
the discussion was clouded in
secrecy and the BBC I think has seen
the notes of the meeting and one of
the questions to be answered was,
what does happen when the Queen
dies? Prince Charles will be
automatically keen, but he will not
automatically be head of the
Commonwealth. -- be king. But who
else is going to be? The Queen is
head of state for 15 or 16 of the 53
states of the Commonwealth which is
far more contentious than whether he
becomes Commonwealth head but I
think it might be... Would you want
to be head of the Commonwealth?
Apparently he does.
He's done a lot
Clearly and he wants to be.
Running out of time, I want to get
in this lovely Shetland pony, back
in the Metro, a very nice picture,
we have Meghan Markle in Edinburgh
at the castle almost wearing the
same as the saddle blanket, it is
like they coordinated their
They thought ahead. This
little Shetland pony was a bit of a
nipper, trying to bite Harry's hand.
I don't think it was a royalist and
it did a massive coup as they
approached which the picture editors
have ended out.
And a quick nice
story on the Telegraph front page,
your paper, Cupid leading the way to
a patter of tiny feet, what are they
Stats on the NHS show that
on Valentines week is the time when
people have a go at trying to
conceive and have a baby.
Very much but it amuses me
that there is a lag, a fortnight
afterwards, people relent on their
Strike while the iron is hot.
the end of February, all romance is
dead by the beginning of March.
the rest of the year but those two
A baby boom to be expected.
Thank you for joining us.
That's it for The Papers tonight.
Don't forget you can see the front
pages of the papers online
on the BBC News website.
And if you miss the programme any
evening you can watch it
later on BBC iPlayer
Thank you Asa Bennett
and Daisy McAndrew.