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She was best known for playing
Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley.
Britain is set for its coldest
February week in five years
as freezing air, dubbed
'The Beast from The East',
arrives from Russia.
Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Martin Lipton,
the deputy sports editor
of The Sun, and Benedicte Paviot,
president of the Foreign Press
Association, as well as UK
correspondent for France 24.
Before our chat, we'll
look at the front pages.
Following the UN's resolution
for a ceasefire in Syria,
the Observer carries the picture
of two children in Eastern Ghouta,
where it's thought hundreds have
died in the past week.
Brexit leads the Sunday Telegraph.
The piece is from the
senior Cabinet member,
David Lidington, in which he claims
that the SNP could split the UK
economy and ruin trade deals.
Let's stay with Brexit,
and the Sunday Express reports
that the Prime Minister will declare
Britain's best days lie ahead
in a major speech
coming up next week.
The Sunday Times carries claims
about high street tycoon
Philip Green's business plans.
The Mail on Sunday reports
that the Ministry of Defence
is setting up a helpline
for British troops suffering
from conditions including PTSD.
And the Independent has a picture
of the actress Emma Chambers -
best known for playing
Alice Tinker in the TV series,
The Vicar of Dibley -
who has died at the age of 53.
A nice mixture of front pages there,
we shall start. Shall we start with
the Observer? In the lead story
really for us today was that draft
resolution that was passed in New
York at the UN, what are your
thoughts on that, realistically?
Sadly, one fears that not a lot will
actually happen. Within minutes of
the Security Council resolution,
which was unanimous and all 50
members of the Security Council
voted for the 30 day ceasefire, the
bombs started falling again in this
province, this on clay on the
outskirts of northern Damascus. The
regime in Syria cares not at all
about the lives of these people, it
does not, and unless Russia can be
brought to the table and forced to
do something about it, because
Russia the strong power in the
Middle East, then nothing will
change and we will have is more
What is that say
than about the effectiveness of the
UN, what do you think?
are very many questions, I mean we
have had many criticisms, some from
the US ambassador, Nikki Haley, to
the UN, some from France's UN
representative, saying that if this
was not passed yesterday or today
that it really could be curtains, I
mean, for the respect of the UN,
could spell the end of the UN
itself. It is quite extraordinary.
Let's be very clear, this week of
intense bombardment, which has
proceeded finally after this
prevarication because of Russia,
really, that bombing on Eastern
Ghouta, possibly 500 people, over
100 of them children, killed just
this week and that is where delay
in, and what is being talked about
is simply allowing aid deliveries,
medical evacuations, children to see
daylight, Fred to go in. They
understand one of the aid charities,
it is not in the newspapers but I
had an interview, they have been
ready since the 14th of February
when they last went in, but of
course, they need the ceasefire to
be able to go in. They needed day to
go in, at least a day to go out.
They do not know what conditions
they are going to be dealing with.
And bombarded by the Syrian
government forces, backed by the
Russians, but it is basically Bashar
Al-Assad bombing his own people,
OK, let's turn, we are
going to stay with the Observer and
university chiefs having 5-star
expenses. I mean, the figures here
are shocking, I think an annual bill
of 8 million in expenses by vice
chancellors, is that right?
awful lot of numbers here but is a
Channel 4 programme but it has been
linked to the Observer, and these
are the questionable claims made by
the University vice chancellors,
including a pawn star Martini.
stopped right there that you forgot
the fine dining, the 5-star hotels.
I did not know what a pawn star
We do now. We looked
up, we did our research.
understand it is called research.
Apparently, it is passionfruit,
vodka with vanilla essence, and you
have Prosecco on the sideline juices
Freshly squeezed lime juice as
It is the only way.
And £1600 for one new vice
chancellor for his pet dog to be
relocated from Australia. This is
properly scandalous when lecturers
are being told that they should not
be taking industrial action over
potential cuts to their pensions,
this is absolutely quite a
revelation, I have to say.
turn to the Telegraph and possibly
another scandal that will get you
head up today. What do you think
about this, the aid charities
scandal? What has really upset you
about this story?
I think the thing
that makes it very difficult to come
to terms with is that it is clear
from the decisions that have come
out that a number of charities, not
only were aware of this sort of
behaviour of sexual abuse
perpetrated by aid workers in
various parts of the world, and I
understand that the view was that
the good we do outweighs the bad
that some of us do, and I can see
why that might be argued, it just is
not a moral argument that is
acceptable. But this has only come
out subsequently and these major
charities were aiding and abetting
this behaviour, they were not doing
anything about it, they were passing
them on to other jobs other similar
ilk within the aid industry and if
someone is taking advantage their
position to sexually abuse young
kids, to take advantage of teenage
prostitutes of any gender, what on
earth are they doing in this, these
jobs? Is absolutely horrendous. It
really, you can understand why there
is now a genuine fear among a lot of
these charities that they are going
to lose a lot of their donors.
a lot of people are saying that the
real money for these charities comes
from the government, that is their
core funding but they do not want to
lose the support of the public.
Would you stop donating?
what Penny Mordaunt is demanding my
Monday is for almost 200 UK
charities to disclose any
safeguarding issues and there is no
doubt that some of them are eating
humble pie, and this is why more
sexual misconduct claims are coming
out. But to be clear, on Oxfam, the
only 10% of the money, I understand,
£32 million in the last natural
year, actually went Oxfam. They also
get other donations and there is no
doubt that by Tuesday, they had lost
over 7000 individual donors and
subscriptions. What is the big
question mark at the moment for
those charities and for the rest of
us is we do not know what big
corporations, they are observing for
the moment, are not making public
that they all looking at it, et
cetera. So it is about the initial,
a small number of people who seem to
have targeted these organisations,
let's remember that there is
fantastic work that is done by these
aid charities, whether they are
French or British, and by the way,
the British scandal is making
international headlines. But France
and other countries are looking at
this and I think the most
interesting thing that has come out
that apart from safeguarding rules
and the whistleblowers line in all
of that, is very much this idea put
up by Save the Children and I think
one of the worst possible things
about preying on vunerable people is
for one person to do that, not be
reported on and be able to move onto
OK, well, we will
see what happens this demand. The
Sunday Express has led the Brexit
and apparently we have some good
This is wonderful.
Theresa May will tell the country
the best day is really do lie ahead
of us, she will be... Because we
have an ambition. OK. And we will
have an ambitious future in our
ambition and we are going to make
that ambition into reality and we
will have an ambitious policy and a
great relation ship, and the best
exit is about our national future,
part of the way we improve the lives
of people all over the country.
Excellent, so Brexit will be the
beginning of a bright new chapter in
a national story.
Do you feel
And our best days, I want to
point this out again really do lie
ahead of us. That is excellent news
and I am delighted to read it, I
think the whole country will rejoice
in this brilliant speech on the
Prime Minister, who once again
And when is the speech?
Friday, in the north-east.
Yeah, I am so happy.
That is what is
said that the decisions we make now
will shape this country for
The Sunday Times.
Reigning on the Prime Minister's
parade before she makes that beach
and before the United front becomes
very public about this day away at
Checkers, is that actually the
Archbishop of Canterbury is not
agree at all and is warning that the
catalyst of British introspection,
xenophobia and self-pity. I had to
say that on the European continent,
this has been reported somewhat
before. Justin Welby as saying that
actually this is very, very serious,
he is actually also saying that what
he is witnessing, seeing and hearing
about is more hate crime, more
divisions within this country, and
he is basically by worried about
OK. We have three more stories
we are going to squeeze in. The Mail
on Sunday, that makes you happy,
does it as yellow well, it is a
start. We have troops come back from
various parts of the world who are
suffering from their involvement.
well, it does. This will be the
first round-the-clock helpline for
them to ring for help, basically
when they need someone to talk to,
to listen to them, to give their
problems. The mental stress, the
mental harm that warfare does to
people is now accepted, I think.
People were shot forward in the
First World War because they could
not cope with it and thankfully we
have moved on, they still happen,
these things still happen. It is how
you deal with people, how you give
them a chance to read out and deal
with -- to readapt to civilian
They quickly, we have a
minute. The rugby, who is following
it, who is a fan?
We were rubbish.
And we, as in England?
thoroughly deserved to win, they
were much better. England's Rugby
World Cup hopes destroyed up at
Murrayfield. The first lost to
Scotland since 2008 and rightly so,
they were excellent.
I'm going to
point you to the front page of the
Telegraph, why did this your
Well, because I just think
he has a way off, I think it
actually has a French flavour, maybe
it is my education and my
sensitivity, but it is basically two
University academics walking along
and saying if a philosophy...
lecturer. And that is, I could just
see that as a dissertation in the
baccalaureate. As the Vice
chancellors make expenses claims,
pawn star martinis and go to 5-star
hotels, the lecturers are fighting
for their pensions. And meanwhile,
the poor students who have to do
exams, I do not know if they get any
I'm going to say a very
good night and thank you to you
It has been a pleasure.
is water, this is water. Don't
forget, plenty more online. You can
see the papers on the website seven
days a week.
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