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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Nigel Nelson,
of the Sunday Mirror and Political
commentator, Jo Phillips.
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
We almost have an embarrassment of
The Observer investigates
system, claiming two-thirds
of prisons are providing inmates
with inadequate conditions
or unacceptable treatment.
The Sunday Express says Theresa May
has declared there will be "no
going back" on Brexit.
The Telegraph leads
on claims prominent members
of the Labour Party met eastern bloc
agents during the Cold War.
The Mail on Sunday has
an interview with Brendon Cox -
the widower of murdered MP Jo Cox -
Who has stepped down from his role
in two charities after admitting
inappropriate behaviour with a
The papers says he has also stepped
down from two charities,
set up in his late wife's memory.
The Sunday Times says
the Education Secretary is looking
at a number of university reforms,
including cheaper tuition
fees for some courses.
And the Sun on Sunday reports
on alleged marriage difficulties
between pop stars Cheryl and Liam
A variety of stories for us to mull
over. We will start with a story
that has been rumbling on. We talked
about it last night in a different
form. The Sunday Telegraph, a
Czechoslovakian agent claims 15
Labour MPs met with spies. It
started with Jeremy Corbyn and is
now spreading out?
Among the 15 were
John McDonnell. They said they were
absurd claims. It has been called
ridiculous. If you put this into
context, we are talking about the
1980s. Eastern Europe was going
through a major change because of
Gorbachev, the Berlin Wall coming
down in 1989. We used to get in the
House of Commons a lot of East
Europeans who would pop in and pop
out. You would think, well, some of
them may be spies, maybe all of
them? You would be careful about
talking to them! But MPs did. It
would be reasonable for MPs to do
that on the basis that they wanted
to learn what was going on in
eastern Europe at the time. If
Jeremy Corbyn really thought he was
talking to a diplomat, that shows a
bit of naivete. You always have to
imagine that these people may have
been spies. The idea that they could
have been passing information
across, I'm not sure they had any.
Or there is no evidence of what they
could have done.
What could Jeremy
Corbyn in 1986 possibly have
provided about the British treatment
or Secret Service to a
Czechoslovakian agent or spy?
how many other MPs from other
Exactly. Eastern Europe
was a big political football at the
time. They spoke to all of these
people. If you were sensible about
it, you always thought that maybe
this diplomat is not a diplomat, or
whatever. You would be a bit careful
but you would listen to them.
we move on?
I think it is a bit of a
Sorry! "Yes, I was a sex
pest" confesses Jo Cox's husband,
this isn't quite what he admitted...
It absolutely isn't what he says. He
is clearly deeply embarrassed. He
has resigned with immediate effect
from the two charities that he was
running, set up in the wake of Jo
Cox's murder. An astonishing tearful
confession in the Daily Mail. He
does not say that he was a sex pest.
He says he knew that there were
incidents when he was working with
Safety Children that people feel
uncomfortable and it made them feel
uncomfortable. I think the story in
itself is obviously, for him, a
great fall from grace. A public
figure with a great deal of public
sympathy. He would of Jo Cox and the
father of their two children. -- of
the widow. We hear this time and
again. When men say, it was just a
bit of banter. Here, he says he
failed to acknowledge at the time
how he made people feel
uncomfortable but he saw his
behaviour as playful rather than
It shows that years
later, people can take a very
And in fairness, he
takes a different view. While he
doesn't go as far as admitting
allegations made against him, what
he is actually saying is that his
behaviour was bad, he drank too
much, some people may have felt
uncomfortable cause of it. He
regrets of that. It shows it can
come back and haunt you years later.
The statement from the Jo Cox
foundation says that the board has
accepted his resignation as a
trustee, since establishing, they
have admired the dedication that
Brendan has shown to create a
positive legacy for Jo It was
established in 2016 for practical
efforts to champion the cause is
that she did. He is taking a step
back because he does not want this
to get in the way of all of that.
Let's stay... We are moving to The
Sunday Times, I beg your pardon. "No
Screen sex, please. We are actors!"
I think at this time of night, it is
half term, it must be
post-watershed... I will only read
out the first bit. Equity are
suggesting they needed a rethink
about sex scenes, in rehearsal and
protecting actors and actresses. I
would have thought they already did
that. There is a lovely thing here
that says when Roger Moore had to
film a sex scene he would apologise
in advance to the act was involved
in case she aroused him noticeably,
which presumably means raising two
eyebrows instead of one!
And if you
did not raise his eyebrows!
nothing happened, indeed! We don't
want to go into the details...
Perhaps at 11:30pm! But they want
safeguarding and probably a
If you have the
safeguards they mention here, you
deserve an Oscar nomination if you
can carry them out!
I thought people
pretended to kiss each other, I
didn't think they really did it.
the 1950s, the bedroom scene meant
one that was capped on the floor --
that one foot was kept on the
There will be an intimacy
Who could possibly apply?
Staying with The Sunday Times...
Where are we at? About seven
minutes? Six minutes? With better
crack on! Students to get cheaper
places at University...
appears to be the case, apparently,
is that Damian Hines, remember the
new Education Secretary, I can tell
you what he looks like, this is his
first big interview and he is
stamping his authority because the
government is going to order
universities to offer students value
for money. They will slash tuition
fees for arts and drama and
vocational courses. They are the
ones that have expanded a lot. They
are the cheapest to run and make
universities the most money.
Universities are concerned over the
loss of money but I would have
thought that kids looking at that
and think, the tuition fees are not
as high, they will be flocking to do
these presumably not very well run
courses. It doesn't make any sense
But some courses would be
cheaper to run.
make more money?
not be charging so much...
If one is
5000 and another 7000... There is a
lot of arguments that one needs to
happen is to bring back the
maintenance grant for poorer
students to help with living costs.
But I seriously think the government
is going to announce a cap on fees
and they will raise the level of
income of which students have to
And abolish tuition fees
And unleash a wave of new
faith schools, a strange expression,
to unleash them... And grammar
schools. We have been there before.
Let's have a look at The Observer.
Shock figures revealed the dire
state of Britain's prisons?
shocking figures, 68% of surveyed
prisons, they provide unsatisfactory
standards. Two inside jails are an
acceptably unsafe. -- are unsafe. We
know that they are not fit for
purpose. They had to build a lot
more prisons or take some of the
84,000 prisoners out of them, and
try other forms of punishment. But
you cannot carry on packing more
people into jail the way that we are
at the moment, and leave them in
There is little
rehabilitation going on.
And a huge
problem with drugs, particularly
psychoactive drugs and increasing
levels of violence. What is most
damning is not necessarily The
Observer's and research but Lord
Woolf, he oversaw the Strangeways
enquiry after the riot in 1990. He
says that we are in that kind of
territory, back to pre-Strangeways
Times, which is shocking.
Corbyn is under pressure? Neil
Kinnock appears to be applying
Apparently 20,000 Labour
members have demanded a say on
Brexit and Neil Kinnock has halted
the exit altogether. It is clear
that Jeremy Corbyn will be
confronted by some people in his
Shadow Cabinet this week who want
him to come clear on whether he
wants to remain in the single market
and the customs union. From the
referendum, Jeremy Corbyn has never
been clear about what his particular
stance on Brexit is. It has been
confusing for Labour Party members
and the rest of the country.
No, I did
not say that! Nigel, please! You
will get me into such trouble to
even imply such a thing! What is the
point in changing their stance?
Theresa May says there will be no
second referendum but it is
Yes, I still think that
there is a very small possibility
that there could be. I do think it
is unlikely. It would mean a change
in public attitudes, and we would
have to see it with people
protesting or whatever. I do not
think any of those would happen.
Brexit will go ahead but there's the
possibility that you could have a
second referendum and it would have
to be a referendum on whether we
left, given the conditions we had.
It isn't unreasonable for party to
ask their leader on their position.
There are local elections coming
It is now perfectly clear that
they do not have a clue. But we do
have all of these speeches to come.
They still have to go for an away
day to get their position sorted
out. And Angela Merkel is curious as
to what they will come back with.
And we all?
And in the
A lovely photograph.
Lizzy Yarnold successfully defending
her Winter Olympics title.
looks about ten years old. It's a
beautiful photograph. She has hit
the record books, hasn't she? And
she is a fan of the archers. She
calls her tea tree Mervyn.
like a go?
No! You need nerves of
Once you start...
How do you
get into it? You cannot do it
It isn't at most leisure
Apparently the Winter
Olympics are very popular with
children and I think it's because it
looks like magical scenery and not
like sports playing field.
normally get to see these sports.
And it is great television. It is
great to watch something like that.
When you see her shooting down
You the toboggan?
With bells! And a nice and cosy rug
to sit on. And my Father Christmas
That's it for The Papers this hour.
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