25/02/2018 The Papers


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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With us, Charlie Wells,

Deputy Snapchat Editor

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for The Economist,

and Rosamund Urwin, who's

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Financial Services Correspondent

at the Sunday Times.

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Welcome to you both.

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Many of the front

pages are already in.

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Will start with the Guardian.

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It looks ahead to Jeremy

Corbyn's Brexit speech

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tomorrow, where he'll outline

Labour's Brexit policy.

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Concerns over the quality

of milk post-Brexit leads

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the front page of The i.

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The Metro has a picture

of the building that was

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on fire in Leicester

on their front page.

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The Ambulance Service say six people

have been taken to hospital.

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A chilling warning from the Express.

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They say temperatures in parts

of the UK could drop to minus 15

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with snow and blizzards expected

across the country.

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While The Mirror says the cold snap

dubbed the "beast from the east"

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could cause death and travel chaos.

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A colourful picture

from the Closing Ceremony

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of the Winter Olympics

is on the front of the Telegraph.

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The Times shows a beaming

Ivanka Trump representing the US

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alongside a less cheerful looking

North Korean General

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at that closing ceremony.

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That's how the papers are looking.

We are going to have a look in

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detail. First of all, the Guardian.

Corbyn, Brexit speech to put Nate on

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the spot. A bit of a change in

policy here. A customs union now

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appealing to them.

So Jeremy Corbyn

is finally getting off the awkward

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fence that he has been sitting on

for months and saying we are going

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to state in a customs union in the

European Union. That is going to

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happen tomorrow in his speech at

Coventry. And what this seems like

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it's a shift for Labour. And

essentially a signal to many of

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Labour's voters who backed Remain by

quite a large margin that

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potentially, Labour will be

following a soft Brexit strategy. A

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customs union as part of a soft

Brexit strategy.

Anything new

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customs union. We cannot be in the

one we are currently in.

And he

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is... There are plenty of people in

his party who will say it did not go

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far enough and the Guardian have

broken I hear the 80 Senior Labour

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figures emerged and made a statement

that Britain stays in the single

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market. Of course, Jeremy Corbyn was

elected by his membership with an

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emphasis on his membership... His

membership not only overwhelmingly

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eroded Remain, but they also would

like to a different approach on

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Brexit. I think this is putting

clear water between Labour and the

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Tories in terms of the policy but at

the same time, there are people in

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the party who think this is not go

anywhere near far enough.

Corbyn

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accused of selling snake 00 over

Brexit. How is it snake oil? That

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sound like a fake suggestion.

That

select a fake use of phrase... That

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comes from David Davis. What he is

here is that this, obviously he

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claims it betrays labour's

supporters who voted Leeds. He says

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is actually breaching the Labour

Party manifesto of 2017 and putting

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jobs at risk by surrendering one of

the chief prizes I Brexit. His

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argument is Labour may think they

have found this simple solution but

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there is a lesson that are yet to

learn. It looks like snake oil, it

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smells like snake oil, don't expect

it to make you feel better. Of

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course, David Davis is a man who

said way back when we will be

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signing all these deals, that

leaving the EU will be very easy and

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he is obviously saying you cannot

find a simple solution to this. That

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sound like he's changed his tune

rather a lot.

For some but,

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remaining in a customs union which

is a replica of what we have

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currently got is not what Brexit was

about.

Who can really say what

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Brexit is about when it was a very

simple vote with very simple

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language describing an incredibly

competent procedure? Something I

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really want to focus on... Remaining

in a customs union, the United

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Kingdom could not strike trade he is

on its own. What the story does not

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bring to the fore is the fact that

the UK already enjoys some four

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dozen free trade agreements that the

EU has already negotiated. And

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negotiating that many free-trade

agreements with other countries

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outside the EU, a very different

negotiating position, is not going

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to be easy.

And with future deals,

would you rather if you are another

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nation, sign up with the EU and all

those member states... That selling

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Britainshort. Let's look at the FT

and his take on Brexit. Northern

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Ireland... Preventing the return of

a hard border but when the North and

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the Republic.

With the EU is

essentially saying is that if there

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is not going to be a hard border

than Northern Ireland needs to

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maintain the regulations that the EU

has. Because the European Union does

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not want the Irish border to become

a sort of free-for-all for products

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that do not have the same sort of

regulations that the EU upholds. And

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so they're essentially saying this

just to stay in place -- needs to

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stay in place.

Is also historical

tensions with that border.

Of

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course.

The Good Friday Agreement

has been successful in the large

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part...

One of the scariest things

Brexit calls into question is the

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Good Friday Agreement. The DUP,

obviously in conference with the

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Conservatives. Arlene Foster said in

December that any form of regulatory

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divergence between Northern Ireland

and the rest of UK was unacceptable.

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This is going to be a big problem.

And if you remember, she kicked up a

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bit of a stink to Theresa May, which

set back this issue of them finding

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agreement over its.

Also, Rosalind

and I were talking about eight

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Twitter comments Enda Kenny from a

viewer. Talking about how maybe

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Theresa May should take on the

rambling border... -- a Twitter

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comment came in from a viewer.

Lots

of roads keep crossing over, was the

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points. And there are farmers would

land on both sides and there are

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people that work on one side and on

the other across over every single

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day.

Jeremy, thank you for your

tweet. Let's look at the times.

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Embattled universities face limits

on powers. They're really under the

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spotlight at the moment.

And with

good reason. All these vice

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chancellors Arnie crazy 6-figure

salaries. There is reason to think

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that we should look at many of these

issues. However, I would add this

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looks like government meddling in a

way that seems really quite

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questionable to me. Essentially, the

new office for will tackle not only

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management issues such as salaries,

which has risen to... Also academic

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matters including interest of

degrees and the number of contact

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hours. That does seem sort of

micromanaging of universities. One

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of the things it mentions here is

whether students get any value for

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money. And of course, you might say

that over £9,000 is an awful lot of

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money to pay each year for a degree,

but it wasn't universities who

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changed the policy there, was it?

It's still quite cheap in comparison

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to go to university here.

I don't

want to talk about my student debt

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that let me just say there is

significant amount and it's a

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problem. Student debt adds to the

risk of pursuing a degree for

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students. And the point that I am

struck by here is the story gets

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into the idea that sometimes

expanding and expanding and

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expanding higher education is not

actually beneficial. There are a few

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studies that actually show a strong

link between more people going to

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university in a decrease in social

mobility. It sounds like a great

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idea but there are other things that

people can do to to help people.

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Let's have a very quick look at the

Financial Times again. China seeks

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to extend presidency. Due to step

down in 2023, but could go longer.

A

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lot of China watchers thought that

Xi Jinping would follow the rules to

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achieve. And would step down after

two terms but it'd look like he

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could potentially be something of an

Emperor full stop and theoretically

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stay in for much of his life. And

that is concerning, as China becomes

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wealthier, as he tries to exert

power on the world stage. If it has

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what seems to be an unchecked ruler

who has spent the past term and a

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half so applying -- solidifying his

power, he can essentially do what he

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wants with the world's most powerful

militaries and largest economies.

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Russia used to have a 2-term limit

on its presidency and of course, one

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of the things Putin about to do is

get rid of that.

That's what it

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looks like.

Let us look at the

Guardian. Social media firms failing

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to protect young users. Harassment,

cyber bullying, affecting mental

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health. Really damaging to young

people's self-esteem.

If you are

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using one of these tools and summary

from your school or somebody did you

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do not know send you harassing

language or negative comments, that

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hurts, especially when you are 12

years old, 13 years old, maybe 14

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and you're just starting to get a

sense of how social interactions

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work stop it's hard enough for

adults, isn't it?

It is very

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draining getting abuse online. One

of the things mentioned here that I

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think it is worth a think about is

young people feeling let down by

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social media platforms and they want

companies to take a much harder

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line. I've talked at great length to

all the main Internet companies

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committee big social media giants

about what they do and I just do not

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think that they have enough

mechanisms in place to remove users,

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to stop users. Order is particularly

bad because what it says for his

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freedom of speech. -- Twitter is

particularly bad. If you are woman,

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from an ethnic minority, you will

find that you get a level of abuse

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on there if you have a sort of

public platform that is very, very

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hard to deal with and it stops you

saying what you think.

Let's finish

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with a quick mention of the weather.

Trains asked as UK braces for big

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chill.

You can see why train users

have not been happy. They faced

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astronomical figures and they have

been told on top of that there train

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has been cancelled and the still has

not even come yet.

And tomorrow is

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Monday, which is always...

These are

the Monday morning papers. Talking

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about trains being cancelled for

tomorrow night aren't they? Make

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other plans or work from home if you

possibly can. We would struggle here

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to work from home.

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That's it for The Papers tonight.

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Don't forget you can see

the front pages online

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on the BBC News website.

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It's all there for you seven days

a week at bbc.co.uk/papers.

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Keep smiling, folks, what you?

You're still in vision.

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