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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 the political
commentator, Jo Phillips.
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
The Observer leads on Government
figures that reveal almost
four times more men
than women are in Britain's
highest paid posts.
The Sunday Express says
that the ex-Russian spy
Sergei Skripal and his daughter
Yulia may have been poisoned
by the contents of a parcel that
went undetected in the post.
The Sunday Telegraph reveals that
senior Government figures
are leading a plan to ban Russian
officials involved in corruption
and human rights abuses.
The Sunday Times claims that
since becoming Prime Minister,
Theresa May has
received over £800,000
of donations from Russian oligarchs.
The Sunday Mirror front page
features claims that up to one
thousand children could be involved
in a new child abuse and trafficking
scandal. And the Sunday People says
that the Russian President Vladimir
Putin is planning eight more
attacks. Of course, it's worth a
reminder that Russia has not yet
been found responsible for the
Salisbury attack. Worth reminding us
that Russia has not yet been found
responsible for these attacks.
So Russia dominating
the majority of the front pages,
as it has for the past few days.
So let's have a closer look
Starting with the express.
Interesting take. The one problem
with this, there has been a complete
sort of security clamp-down on
basically any information coming
out, and so, it's like a example of
the new Inco, when that happened,
2006, people were prepared to talk
to you and now they are not, but
what is being suggested here is that
it was a parcel delivered to their
house which may have contained the
poison. -- Alexander Litvinenko. At
the moment, we still do not know
what the nerve agent was that they
ingested, the express has said it
could be something which is labelled
newcomer, a variety of different
agents. It is more powerful, hugely
powerful, a pinhead on your hand
could kill you. There is a huge
variety of those particular nerve
agents, we are led to believe that
the authorities know what the nerve
agent is but they will not tell us,
one assumes it is something they
have tucked away here, and it is too
secret to reveal. They will have a
quandary but eventually it will have
to come out.
The news that you were
reading says that traces have been
found at the restaurant.
to the restaurant at which they
dined, Zizzi, really.
They may have
taken it in on their bodies. There
is an awful lot of fantastic
speculation, there is a human
tragedy in all of this, but this is
a cracking good story, it is John
Vaccaro meets McMafia meets Nigel
Nelson! -- John Le Carre but one
week on it is full of stuff like, a
neighbour has seen a courier
arrived... Well, my neighbours from
the BC that, so in the absence of
fact, lots of speculation.
nerve agent, I have thought about
that, have you picked up on that?
One of the interesting thing is, why
come in with something, a
radioactive thing for Alexander
Litvinenko, polonium, the Russians,
I'm pretty sure it is the Russians
that did this, they want everyone
else to know about the fact that
they did it, so the more exotic you
can make the death, the more likely
it is that people will believe it is
you, and there is another side of
this, it is a warning, yes, and...
What are your friends like? You have
heard this from your friends!
One of the things they are doing,
making this stuff, like a new toy,
they want to go out and use it, they
have a laboratory, making these
different agents. I never understood
what you don't just pushed somebody
in front of a train if you want to
kill them but the Russians like the
idea of this exotic way of doing it.
It is drama. Let's turn to the
Sunday people. We are still on the
subject of Russia, but now, a
slightly different take.
about how many spooks do I know,
this is... Look at this, a Russian
ex-KGB Major, I have known him for
several years, he has been targeted
for assassination by the Russians
because he effected over here, Boris
Karpichkov, and he claims he
received a call on February 12, with
a hit list of eight names, his name
was on it, and so was Sergei
Skripal. What was interesting about
that, he did not recognise the name,
they served in different parts of
the Russian intelligence network so
he has never met Sergei Skripal, in
Britain or in Moscow, and he served
there. The name did not mean
anything to him. It does now, three
weeks later, the attack comes.
know, there has been a lot made...
Now they are looking at the wider
family, some people are saying this
is a message, if you do mess with...
This is all speculation. And
obviously, the police in Salisbury,
special forces investigating
toxicology, have apparently been
looking and examining the
Gravestock... I don't think we yet
know whether they have exhumed the
body of his wife...
appear on the grave.
His son died of
liver disease, he was cremated, I
believe, the wife died of cancer,
some years ago. -- examining the
graves. It is about the wider family
but also, how long, he has been here
for a long time.
The next question,
so many questions, what can the
British government do in
retaliation, if we turn to the
Sunday Times, we have an article
here, but it has been described as a
response to a poisoning scandal, not
too sure if they are saying they are
going to carry out some of these
measures, without the evidence...?
This is a story about... Theresa May
promised to distance her party, the
Conservative Party, from Russian
donors, when she became Prime
Minister. It has been revealed that
Russian oligarchs and their
associates have registered donations
of more than £800,000 tinged she
became Prime Minister, that is quite
a lot more than previous
Conservative Party leaders. -- since
she became Prime Minister. These
people are willing to pay quite a
lot of money for some of the things
mentioned here, not the Russians
solely, anyone who wants influence
is willing to pay things like
£160,000 to play tennis with David
Cameron. £30,000, to have dinner
with the Defence Secretary, Evan
Williams. Strikes me as frightfully
usually so! And his
There is this stuff
about, where are you taking money
from, you are right, it leads on to,
what do you actually do, do you hit
people in the wallet?
Turning to the
Telegraph... The paper goes into
this a little deeper, and it is...
That is enough... A Visa ban?
is what the Telegraph are talking
about what could be done, and this
is a sanctions regime, to do it
alongside the US and Canada, and the
idea is to freeze assets, target
people, very difficult to do things
like that, I'm not sure how much
Vladimir Putin would care if we did,
but within London, about £90 billion
of Russian money comes through
London. Clearly, it would cost us
quite a bit to lose it but when we
get to a stage like this, yes, we
must do so. One thing I don't
understand why they don't do,
chucked out a few Russian spies,
that seems to hurt them more. Our
spies would have to leave Moscow,
but it seems to me that is the way
forward, to show a bit of strength.
Also this act, which has been
hovering around for a few years,
Magnitsky Act, one of the people on
your hip list -- hit list. Bill
Browder got it brought in in America
because it was his lawyer who died
in prison on what they said were
trumped up charges, no reason why we
couldn't do something like that.
Staying with the Telegraph, further
down, chaos for Accident and
Emergency, a bit of a meltdown...?
think I speak with a certain
interest in this because my son is a
paramedic. I do sometimes wonder
about the calls they are sent out
to, as do most ambulance crews who
are probably working tonight. And we
completely, everybody understands
the dispatcher has got a
terrifically difficult job, and if
someone says, I have chest pains,
you know you do not know if they are
having a heart attack or whatever it
is but when we heard the report last
week of some repeat callers, one
person making over 3000 calls, to an
Ambulance Service, there has to be
somewhere that you are gauging
these, because there are people
going to hospital who perhaps do not
need to be in Accident and Emergency
and people who need to have other
services, mental health, social
services, care for all the people...
You can't put it all on the
Ambulance Service and then expect
them to be out on the streets
responding to what is happening
Let's go back to the
express, I love this story, did you
know this happens...
something like it. We all go on
hostile environment courses now and
go through the kidnap stuff, but
Meghan Markle, the one she has gone
on, it beats the lot, the express is
saying that she was sent off to
Hereford, the SAS headquarters, to
be put through her paces, and rather
than news the blank ammunition that
I have been used to when we have
gone on these courses, she gets live
and mean is on. The SAS officer who
founded the course says, I guarantee
that she would have been petrified.
He seems to say rather gleefully!
Not as much as the woman who would
have been her mother-in-law,
Princess Diana, her hair caught
She did insist on sitting by
the window. A point that is
interesting to take out of this,
normally you go through the course
once married, however, they are...
She, Megan, in particular, is going
through beforehand because, I will
read this out, member of the Royal
family is according to one military
source because of heightened
security issues at this time, they
have had to put her through that
early rather than later.
We are only
weeks away from the wedding, May
19... Obviously imprinted on your
mind! That is why, my invite stuck
in the post(!) if you are going to
do it, why wait?
The way they talk
about some of the details, you do
not realise that they have to know
what they are doing.
Some of us are
old enough to remember Princess and
busting out of a crowd with a gun,
very serious. -- Princess Anne,
bursting out of a crowd with a gun.
Big day tomorrow, isn't it.
Mothering Sunday, yes. The Sunday
Times here is talking about new
politically correct cards that you
have two sent out. Waitrose sending
out gender neutral is one, happy You
day, rather than Mother's Day, which
I think is horrible. I prefer the
ones from Scribblers, if you are
dealing with a same-sex couple, two
mothers is better than one would be
one of the cards, and another one
that I like, dad, thanks for being
the most amazing mother. They seem
to have a bit of wit about them. The
worst thing is that we should rename
the day completely... To make it
gender neutral. Guardian 's day of
carers day. Which is all. Blue it
takes it away from what it was,
which is Mothering Sunday, part of
the Easter pattern of Lent.
people will not be aware of that.
But it is like when you say happy
holidays instead of happy Christmas,
we are having holidays because it is
Christmas. This is to do with
ancient church stuff that carried on
into the Anglican and Catholic
Church, going to your mother church
which would be bigger church to the
parish it is not about mothers. This
is pure commercial...
talking about this.
And you call
yourself a historian(!)
think about Father's Day? Should it
be the same thing happening?
sure the same thing will happen...
You have grandparents... It is like
Valentine's Day, if you care about
somebody, do you have to have a
special day to do it?
That is what
my husband says, and it still
doesn't wash, he says, everyday is
Valentine's Day! Know, Nigel, no!
-- every day.
The getting the card?
He never does forget the card, I
I hope he's not watching.
Thank you very much, back again,
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