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Hello and welcome to our look
at the stories in the Sunday Papers
with me are the Political
Millar and James Rampton,
Features Writer at The Independent.
Let's take a look at this
mornings front pages.
And the Sunday Express leads
on the theory 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 says senior
government figures are leading
a plan to ban Russian officials
involved in corruption and human
right abuses from entering the UK.
The Sunday Times claims
that since becoming
Prime Minister, Theresa May has
received over £800,000
worth of donations
from Russian oligarchs.
The Sunday People leads
on an interview with a Russian
defector who says Vladimir Putin
is planning eight more
attacks in the UK.
Of course, it's worth a reminder
that Russia has not yet
been found responsible
for the Salisbury attack.
The Observer reveals government
figures that show men
earn almost four timemore than women
in Britian's highest paid jobs.
And finally, the Mail
on Sunday headlines
allegations of bullying
against a former executive
of the One charity,
which was founded by Bono.
The allegations have been denied
by the individual involved.
So plenty to look at
this morning with many
of the papers leading on Russia.
Who wants to go first?
This is stuff
that if you read in a novel you
might think is too far-fetched but
then you dig into the details of the
story and it keeps spiralling out
more and more details emerging. The
story in the Telegraph is about the
so-called act which they hope to
bring into force which will bring
sanctions against Russian nationals
accused of gross violations of human
rights and they hope to ban them
from coming to this country and
freezing the assets.
It is named
after a man who died in a Russian
prison cell after being beaten and
in the United States they had the
Yes, it exists on our
statute books and David Cameron has
said in the past he was regretful he
did not enacted more forcefully.
There are many things he regrets in
life and that is one of them!
Extraordinary the way this is
spinning out in all directions. 250
security service officers in
Salisbury, this is just the
beginning of the story, not the end.
You know what happens, the editor
says find something on this. The
papers have responded, they have
been able to find all sorts of
different lines. The Sunday
Telegraph is amazing, this act,
because it's against people who are
gross violators of human rights
whose crimes include torture and
extrajudicial killings. These bands
and assets freezes, should these
people not be in jail?
Times have got a political line.
Yeah, another line about the
connection between the Tories and
the Russians and this goes to the
heart of the matter perhaps in terms
of response because there are claims
its billions of Russian cash kicking
around in the country, can we afford
to stand up to them if they did
this? It's not a huge amount of
I would not mind
Well, comparatively speaking
it's not a huge amount but it's not
a good look, taking money from
They are under pressure to
give it back.
Which will only
increase. The wife of a former
Vladimir Putin Minister paid £30,000
last month to have dinner with Gavin
Williamson the Defence Secretary,
that is not a good look! That is how
It is underline how eyebrow
raising, I will not risk any more
legal questions, also paid £60,000
to play tennis with David Cameron. I
would want to be paid that amount to
play tennis with David Cameron but
it indicates the extent to which
there is an impression being created
that certain people are attempting
to buy influence. They have donated,
Russian billionaires and lobbyists
donating £3 billion to the Tories
since their return to government in
2010 and it's not a good look. We
don't know the exact allegations but
we know the impression it creates
and PR is everything in the modern
Going inside the Sunday
Times, perhaps as a result of these
difficult questions, a story about
You can tell this
is a big story because there's not a
huge amount of leaks in terms of the
details of what happened at the
nerve agent might be but come to the
Cabinet, the Sunday Times can find a
way to find out what is going on.
It's a remarkable story because
apparently Theresa May has slapped
down Boris Johnson for suggesting we
need to be hard against the
Russians. Of all the things Theresa
May might have told Boris Johnson to
shut up about in recent years she
chooses this? I think most people
would back him and say yes we need
to stand up to the Russians.
puzzling on the face of it, does the
story illuminates why she might do
It seems to be indicated that
a lot of ministers are briefing that
they are proceeding Theresa May as
being weak and lacking leadership
and it plays into the idea she has
been limp, to use their word in the
past, apparently she may well thwart
a full enquiry into the death of
Alexander Litvinenko who was
allegedly murdered by Kremlin
foursomes in 2006. Nerve agents
don't come off the shelf and puts
this says. There are only a handful
of agencies in the world capable of
creating this agent which has left
traces apparently in a restaurant,
maybe even in graves and ambulances,
an extraordinarily powerful agent
and you do not get it in Boots
another great coat is that we cannot
have people in the middle of England
threatened by Silent assassins as if
it's OK on the borders of England!
Not in Salisbury!
That's not fair.
The serious point behind that is the
public are really going to start
putting pressure on?
think this is outrageous. In a way,
I think the fact it is Salisbury
brings my bridge as it is because
it's a cliche but it's a very
beautiful, historic city and the
cliche would be you would not
expected to happen there. Dreaming
spires, William Golding wrote a
story about the warranty expired...
Is there not some John Le Carre
action down there?
There is no. GCHQ
is not too far away. However, it is
a terrible cliche but it's the last
place you'd expect it to happen,
walking through a shopping centre,
something we all do with great
frequency and it happened,
apparently and its impacted on many
people. The poor policeman who says
he does not seems up as a hero
rushed to help them, one of his
relatives said he ran towards the
danger Ancelotti admire that person.
He was seriously ill in hospital and
we will hear the diplomatic
ramifications I hope. Just see where
it spends next.
Is there anything
the papers have failed to get to?
Whodunnit is the obvious one.
Everyone is suggesting it is Russia
but we don't know. It seems it's so
obvious it's them but then why have
we not find the smoking gun?
on a press trip with some Russians
when the Malaysian airliner full of
Dutch people were shot down over
Ukraine and we heard in this country
it was definitely Russian backed
forces in Ukraine and the Russian
journalists said of course the CIA
did it. It may be an Russia they are
seeing it as the CIA doing it to
smear us and add to the idea of
anti-Russian sentiment in the West
which has a lot of traction in
Were to leave that there
are, there are other stories in the
paper. The crunch some numbers from
HMRC on highly paid men and frankly
less highly paid women.
It's a good
Sunday story I think because this
will be huge in the next few weeks.
Big companies have to report their
gender pay gap so this will really
kick off in the next few weeks. The
Observer have got ahead of the game
with this one. It's a fairly blunt
instrument I would suggest, figures
on how many people earn more than
£100,000, 681,000 men. Those earning
over £1 million 7000 the maximum
Further down the story is the more
interesting stat that male taxpayers
had a median income of 25,000 and
the few milk and butter 20,000. That
is a shocking gap at the average
level, a £5,000 gap at quite a
low-level and that makes your eyes
pop out, you think how is that
And that does not include
people who do not pay tax and that
tends to be women because they have
all law paid work. Have they
reported this story or have they
just got ahold of numbers, I don't
see many exciting quotes?
out of steam fairly quickly and the
Will this do?
is a big story, it's shocking, the
question is when we get these
figures in the next few weeks what
will be done about it because it is
undoubtedly going to show huge pay
gaps and of the ones we have had so
far, the bosses tend to say that is
because women work part-time and
work on the shop floor, not the head
office not understanding that the
Or they are pushed out for
demanding pay rises.
Do I hear a
reference to someone's book coming
In October, yes.
Let's move on,
going to the express.
what you call it, the budget? The
mini budget? It will get some sort
of strange shorthand I am sure when
it happens. We are a told it's going
to be a fairly minor event, it's not
going to be a big budget yet the
Chancellor is doing around in TV
studios and telling it fairly
heavily with this suggestion that
gross forecasts will be up and there
might be an end to austerity. We
have heard this before suggesting
public servants will get a higher
pay rise and then it hasn't happened
so I don't know what he's up to if
it really is going to happen or if
he will disappoint people again in
which case you might find himself in
a spot of bother.
This is one of the
Chancellor who said there were no
unemployed people in the country
which makes me suspicious. It
reflects that every single story has
to be viewed through the prism of
Brexit because he might say there is
light at the end of the tunnel today
but who knows what will happen in
March next year and beyond when the
economy could fall off a cliff if
certain hard Brexiteers get their
way that's going to happen.
would be contested by them.
they may well but if some were
contending we go to WTO rules I
think all the experts and I know we
don't believe in experts any more,
passing the economy would suffer.
Some people say it will be brilliant
and we will have billions! Kill Max
Orrin a! Take your pick of the
the Mail On Sunday.
I saw an Irish
comedian the other day and he said
if there was a referendum in Ireland
90% of Irish people would vote to
leave Bono. He is deeply unpopular,
something to do with the order of
sanctimony he radiates while there
are still possible questions over
some of his tax arrangements in
Holland. There is just a whiff of
This is more off the
It gives it more heft
that they can put his picture and he
can be in the headline but the meat
of the story is shocking because
there are allegations and executive
of his charity in inverted commas
pimped out an employee to an MP or
attempted to. To try to get some
That is a truly shocking
Bono is not technically
involved but you can stick his name
on it, it feeds into this whole
charity shame and bullying and
sexual harassment and everything but
it's absolutely horrific, some of
the stuff, if it is true it is
terrible. There is also a racial
element because its people based in
South Africa and the suggestion is
this would not have happened in
London or Washington but the bosses
when they are just Africans. So that
another layer of horror.
and Save the Children and Unicef, is
this the end of this story?
so because I lament the fact people
have used it, particularly the right
wing, as a stick to bash charities.
Tories talking about lefties
involving charities and everything
charities do particularly in the
developing world is and if matters
certain right-wing people and this
is just another way of seeing
do-gooders do not know what they are
doing and they are messing up but
no, most of them are doing a
fantastic job and helping people
less fortunate which has got to be
supported. We cannot suddenly say we
want nothing to do with it.
had to live bar use. Talking of
that, Mother's Day or do we call it
I don't really
understand it because my mum is the
best so why is everyone else...
TALK OVER EACH OTHER
understand that. Let me rip into
this one, Mother's Day card school
gender neutral. According to the
introduction of this retailers are
introducing the use of the M word to
make the day more transgender
exclusive but there is nothing in
the story to back that up. What they
are doing is introducing new cards,
two mums are better than one, happy
you day, making it more inclusive
which is a nice and good thing.
of the messages is bad, thank for
being the most amazing mum. That's
an extraordinary development, even
ten years ago let alone 30 years
ago, that would never have happened.
The fact that is being done by
mainstream companies I think is
Happy story to end on, I
will let you go and celebrate your
mothers, your father is, your youth,
whatever way you want to put it.
Thank you both for coming in.
That's it for The Papers
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