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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are the political editor
of the Sun on Sunday,
Dave Wooding, and Owen
Bennett, deputy political
editor of HuffPost UK.
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
The Metro leads with the ongoing
investigation into the poisoning
of former spy Sergei Skripal
and his daughter Yulia.
The Express asks why it took
authorities so long to issue advice
to anyone who was in the area
where the pair were poisoned.
The Telegraph says hundreds
of people have been warned
to wash their clothes and clean
belongings with wet wipes.
The i also leads on that story,
saying the Chief Medical Officer has
told residents there is no cause
for alarm over the advice.
The Times reports that the Prime
Minister is on the verge of issuing
sanctions against Russia if it is
proved that the country was behind
Meanwhile, the front page
of the Financial Times features
analysis that shows multi-national
companies are paying significantly
less in tax than they were before
the 2008 financial crisis.
Not surprisingly, lots about the
poisoning in Salisbury. Let's take
out closer look at that story and in
particular how the Times is
reporting it. Theresa May set to hit
back over spy death, it says,
prepared to announce sanctions - but
they haven't proved it yet?
fact it takes ages to prove any of
this stuff. What happened last time
with the polonium poisoning? It took
about ten or 12 years and we still
haven't pinned it down on anybody.
It was traced rack to Russia,
It was but it takes so long.
The Times is reporting that there is
some irrefutable evidence which
links it with Russia and that she is
ready to act. There was a report
today that in Cabinet, Boris Johnson
had dared to mention it was the
Russians and got slapped down rather
firmly by the Prime Minister. But it
looks like she has now come round to
thinking what all of us suspect,
which is that Russia is behind, is
going to take some action.
It is a
nerve agent, we haven't been told
which one it is, much more difficult
to trace than something which is
radioactive like polonium?
that that is why they are being
cautious. The Times have gone for
Theresa May to hit back over a
Russian spy death and I don't think
anybody has actually died yet! So I
think The Times have got a little
bit ahead of themselves with the
headline. Talking about Boris
Johnson in Cabinet, we know when he
gave his statement to the House last
week he was keen to point the finger
at Russia. Theresa May is trying to
be a bit more tactful. Not difficult
to be more tactful than Boris
Johnson, I guess. The action they
protect - expulsion of diplomats and
spies, things like that. The idea
that we are going to not have any
official representation at the World
Cup in Russia I don't think will
cause them to many sleepless nights.
The alarming thing is that as is
mentioned in here, stepping up our
military presence in Eastern Europe.
Which of course would be the biggest
escalation of facing down Russia
since the Cold War.
But the more I
think about it, your observation
about the headline is really very
troubling, isn't it? They have sent
a correction apparently, so it was a
mistake. But the government has got
to say that it will do something if
it is irrefutable?
former ambassador to Russia was on
BBC Radio 5 Live earlier and he said
that in the clamour to do something,
you end up making statements which
actually cause longer term damage to
your relationship with Russia and we
need to work with them on things
like Islamic fundamentalism and the
Middle East. We cannot learn every
single bridge with them. Of course
people will say they started this
because they are the ones who it is
believed carried out this action.
But people say if you start putting
more troops on the border with
Estonia, it only takes a couple of
planes to crash in Syria for these
things to escalate.
The other side
to that is that if you do nothing,
you send the whole message to the
whole world and to the EU when
negotiating Brexit that we are just
a pushover and if you want to come
and wager a war on our streets, then
Let's have a look at this
one. This is the advice, if you are
one of these 500 people in this
restaurant or pub in Salisbury, you
need to clean your stuff?
advice should have gone out within a
couple of hours perhaps but it has
taken them over a week and now, the
advice is, wash your clothes. And
wipe your mobile phone down with a
wet wipe! Is that really our best
line of defence against this kind of
potential nerve agent? It seems like
they've really not grasped the
severity potentially of this. On the
other hand you could say that there
have not been people getting rushed
to hospital with symptoms, so maybe
it is safe. But I think if I was
living there I would be a bit
Imagine if you lived there
in the area and you see these police
officers walking round in those
suits like we can see on the front
page of the Telegraph there, it is
quite alarming. It shows that it is
quite serious threat if these
officers are wearing this gear, and,
of course, ordinary members of the
public are not wearing that stuff,
they're just being told, wipe down
Let's have a look at the
statement, the spring statement, the
litter levy, anything which ends up
in landfill causes rubbish?
this is wonderful. I think this is
about the second or third
announcement talking about doing
something over plastics are. Trying
to reclassify chewing gum as a
single use plastic, because
apparently that is what it is
classed at in some countries. But
this is not legislation, it is just
a consultation which has been
announced before. It makes Michael
Gove look very good, which Michael
Gove is happy to have, a bit of
stardust, but it is not a new
Apparently it costs
Ken Pisi for a piece of chewing gum
to be scraped off the floor.
According to the Telegraph.
What I would come
down really hard on is when you are
eating in a restaurant, maybe
Don't mention that, please!
And you put your hand under the
table and somebody has left a piece
of chewing gum there.
Don't put your
hands under the table! Goodness me!
Keep your hands above the table!
There is nothing under here, I can
It's clean, I've just
Huffington Post, here is
your take on it, Owen Bennett, like
at the end of the has to tunnel
we're still in the tunnel?
Absolutely, this was trailed in
David's paper but he was quick to
point out today that we are still in
the tunnel. I think for Philip
Hammond it is a problem, because
they're saying that we are about to
leave this tunnel but we do not know
where we are going to end up. What
they would do once they are not
doing austerity. We've had eight
years of it with them in government.
It has been their policy basically
for ten years and they need a new
one. Because everyone is thinking
about Brexit, there is and this big
debate about what they're going to
How excited are you about
the spring statement?
I just can't
wait, I will be springing out of bed
very early for it! I just think he
needs to give us some hope because
at the moment it is generally be
called in who is giving people hope,
and the Conservatives are aware of
this. But it is still very, very
cautious language. For a chap who is
known as the victor Meldrew of
politics, or Eyore after the moaning
% from Winnie the Pooh, this is
quite upbeat for Philip!
at the Guardian. We knew that some
university bosses are earning
hundreds and hundreds of thousands
of pounds and this tries to put into
some kind of perspective?
This was a
story about the expenses they're
claiming, £7 million any one vice
chancellor had his pet dog flown
over from Australia, at the cost to
the taxpayer of £1600. So, they're
really raking it in. What the
Guardian have done on this story is
to compare their salaries with those
of senior leaders in the same area.
They've looked at the chief
executive of Birmingham City
Council, who earns £185,000 a year.
You think that is not about salary
but when you compare it with Sir
David Eastwood, vice chancellor of
the university of Birmingham, it is
dwarfed - £378,000. It is just
giving you the comparison between
senior people in different top jobs
in the same area.
What could be done
to bring down that level of pay?
is interesting, the Guardian have
come out on attacking public sector
pay almost, which is unlike them!
The people at the very top, the
Universities Minister has given a
statement, this should be looked at,
but not actually said what is going
to happen. The new regulator, the
office for students, will require
universities to publish the
justification for salaries and most
of them will probably say it is the
market rate! The public service --
public shaming doesn't seem to be
Let's have a look at the
picture story of the Guardian. It
says this is going to be a statue of
somebody who is covered in the most
extraordinary tattoo is, and this is
going to be a work of art based on
It is a work of art based on
someone who is a work of art. Marlon
Brando, Apocalypse now perhaps!
Apparently it is going to be 3.5
So, something to have a
It is quite striking
And he is a very striking
man as well if you look him up
online, some extraordinary tattoo
is. Let's go to the FT, China votes
to amend constitution, allowing Xi
lifetime rule. He is due to step
down in 2023 as the Chinese premier,
but not any more if he doesn't want
No, it seems he is going to be
able to stay on indefinitely.
Apparently this was passed by 99.8%
of the 3000 votes people's Congress
in Beijing. I kind of get why it is
a big story but I also get that this
is a country which doesn't practice
democracy is doing something
undemocratic! I know there is
something to see but I struggle to
get the shocking aspect of it!
is of course a foregone conclusion
but I wonder who the two people were
who voted against! And the three who
abstained! I wonder whether they are
still around whether they have been
put up to it to try and make it look
balanced coverage that was suggested
to light that you could not have a
unanimous vote because it would not
look could. I think we should send
Gina Miller, the anti-Brexit
campaigner, out there to have a look
Andrew Adonis can see how
much he is earning and have a crack
down on that as well!
Get them all
over there! Apparently a lot of
people, ordinary member is of the
public in China, it won't make any
difference to them who is in charge
because the state is so pervasive
Exactly, it doesn't matter
who is in charge, because it is not
a democracy. So I guess it doesn't
matter to the ordinary man and
But there were excesses when
Chairman Mao was running China, and
I think that is why the law was
changed, to try and stop a repeat of
that, so only time will tell whether
he behaves himself.
Shall we move
onto oppressing matter, in the
Express, on page three, no less...
Clotted cream clots Cornish fury at
tea-time treat blunder... You just
know where this is going. It is all
about which order you put your cream
and your charm on your scorn. Now,
you are from Devon, so which is the
The correct way, for
everybody, who is cream and then
jam. I will not have those people in
Cornwall telling me otherwise!
Basically there was a National Trust
house who put on their Facebook page
a picture of the Devon way of doing
things and in Cornwall they got lots
of people very angry saying, it was
wrong! And they put out a very good
statement to say, we would like to
sincerely apologise, the person who
made this error has been marched
back over the river. Saying rest
assured, your mothers are safe here!
Do you think it was a Devonian
I can't comment on what
our Devon spies do, it would be
inappropriate for me to do that!
are not from Devon or Cornwall but
which way round do you do it?
got to be jam first because if you
think about it, you put the cream on
and then try to put the jam on it,
it doesn't work.
You see, that's how
I do it as well, from a purely
it looks better because you have the
Look at that beautiful...
That's probably why they've done
that picture, because it shows the
cream and the John, but it's not the
right way to do it.
And what about
I am for as many things that
will give you a heart attack in your
food as possible.
agree, you have to gild the lily, it
has to be salted butter as well!
Shall we do that for the second
half, can we get it?
I think we
should, can anyone send one in?!
Wouldn't that be wonderful?! If
anybody had thought ahead. That is
The Papers for this hour. Dave
Wooding and Owen Bennett will